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delectable lady leader of high, society
in Kardvllle flaunted out, her features
distorted with a rage that showed
evil depths in that perverse nature.
Miss Ridgeley nodded crisply to
Olga, stared insolently at Vera, and
Vera's eyes flashed as the ill-natured
aristocrat swept out to her waiting
automobile. Then Vera arose to fol
low Olga, who had started for the in
ner room. At its . threshold Vera
It was to view a pathetic and mov
ing scene. Miss Tyler, tjie little dress
maker, a fair, sweet-faced girl of 19,
was seated beside a torn and disor
dered fabric of lace and satin sobbing
out her sorrow. After all her hard
work, from a vicious carprice, Miss
Ridgeley had gone into a transport
of wrath because she herself had pro
vided the wrongvshade of trimming,
had flung the garment from her and
refused to pay for the work done
Olga was on her knees by her side,
-her arms about her neck, trying to'
comfort her. Vera was deeply affect-,
ed. She drew back, feeling that she
"It's a shame!" exclaimed Olga, as
they left the place. "I shall see that
Miss Tyler does not lose the money
she so sorely needs. What a viper
that Ridgeley girl is! "The most pop
ular girl!' She? Why, outside of the
money spent on her by her servile
"admirers Miss Tyler here would out
vote her two to one! Let me tell,
you, Vera this Rose Tyler is the idol'
of the poor people around here. Her
father, a doctor, gave his life to them
during forty years' practice. They
are flocking to the store to get cou
.pons to vote for her, but of course
their little money will not count
against the Ridgeley dollars;"
"She struck me as a ladylike, beau
"She is just that," affirmed Olga.
"To her, too a piano would be of
Borne use. Rose is a proficient mu
sjcian and could add to .her income, I
J Vera was thoughtful all the way
home. That afternoon, she wrote a
number of letters. She did not tell
Olga, but Vera had decided on a plan
to defeat the relentless autocracy of
Miss Ridgely and help the modest
All Vera had to do to have her
numerous knight errants flock to her
standard,, was to advise them of her
place of detreat The first to arrive
was Gerald Wynne. Of all her male
acquaintances he was the oldest
They had knojvn each other for
years. A great many fancied It would
eventually be a match, but no word of
love had passed between them.
Within three days there was quite
a coterie at Wardville. Three of
Vera'B girl chums arrived and were
domiciled in the Wolcott home. The
four young men put up at the hotel.
Strangely Vera seemed to forget her
meditated "resting up." A Beries of
"enjoyable lawn parties and picnics
filled a pleasant program, mere Infor
mal affairs, and all the more charm
ing for that.
Miss Ridgely and her friends pro
ceeded to "sit up and take notice,"
but no overtures were made, and mi
lady of Wardville was piqued to real
ize that her petty exclusiveness had
shut her out from association with
"the real quality."
"Oh, you clever, clever plotter!"
burst forth Olga one day. "And so
"Why, what do you mean, my
dear?" questioned Vera, but flushing
"All you brought your friends down
here for, was to boom our sweet little
dressmaker friend, Rose Tyler, and
she la going to win, too!"
Thanks to Gerald Wynne and his
liberal cohorts, when the piano con
test ended MIbs Rose Tyler had three
hundred votes over Miss Blanche
Ridgely, and the coveted instrument
was her own.
"I have a great favor to ask of you,
Vera," said Gerald,. the day he and his
friends -ware to leave Wardville., H