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HELD FOR RANSOM
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin
"I shall never see your face again,"
cried pretty but-willful Nina Wilder,
"All right," was the cool rejoinder
Of. her fiance, Walter Bross, "you'll
"I? Never!" declared the wrought
up young lady, her quivering tones
betraying the necessity of emphasis
against the dictates of her real soul.
"I shall go away from you as far as
I can clear around the world, but
I'll forget you."
"Then I'll go, too!" Walter as
"I shall take the opposite direction
if you do!" insisted Nina, and then
she rushed from the room and up.
the stairs, and throwing herself on
a couch in her own apartment burst
into a violent fit of hysterics.
It was a foolish quarrel, for never
were two beings more felicitously
adapted to make life bright and hap
py together as they. Nina was an or
phan living with a widowed aunt and
possessed of a very liberal income
from the estate of her dead father.
Walter had just inherited a large for
tune. He made no pretense of active
business outside of being listed as
president of a lareg construction
company well patronized by political
influence, all the real labor of its
management falling to the lot of sub
The trouble was jealousy. Neither
had been in love before, both were
young, fond of society, petted and
spoiled. Because they were mere
children of the heart they quarreled,
went through the luxury of reproach
es, then tears, then contrition, then
a new plunge into a happy reconcil
iation. This time, however, the tiff was
serious. In a spirit of reckless mis
chief Walter had flirted outrageous
ly with a young lady whom Nina de
tested. In retaliation the latter re
ceived the attention of an old dis
carded flame. Then the crisis the
pretty engagement ring returned by
mail, a cold bow from Walter when
next Nina passed him on the street,
and the following day Walter was be
wildered, shocked, made madly des
perate by the discovery that Nina and
her aunt had left the city.
Whither bound he knew not, but
by the end of a week he was pretty
well assured that capricious Nina had
indeed started on a trip abroad.
For another week Walter worried
and sorrowed. Finally he came to
Was Transformed Into a Gentleman
of the Upper Italian Set
the conclusion that there was no
hope of reconciliation and decided
that it was his fate to die of a brok
en heart! It was quite the fad for
the idle man with money to seek
consolation in change. He started
for Europe by way of New York.
Meantime, although he did not know
that, Nina had followed out her
threat to travel around the world by
way of San Francisco.
The war broke out while Walter