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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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followed her. She stopped and swung
angrily upon him.
"You had fceter not molest. me,"
she snapped.
"Ah! Suffragette, I presume!"
said Geoffrey caustically.
"I am!" flared the girl, "And you
are intolerable. Go away, now."
"When I have your card," said
Geoffrey doggedly. "You may as well
learn that you cannot insult a
stranger with impunity. I am an
American and I have been in your
country exactly two days."
"Well, I suppose that excuses you,"
said the girl.
"And I am going to call upon some
English relatives, and I hope I don't
find them like you," said Geoffrey.
"You have made me sick of England
already.
"Dear me!" mused the girL "I sup
pose you will go away now and cease
to annoy me?"
"When I have your card or an apol
ogy." "Why, you are positively insuffer
able!" exclaimed the girl furiously.
"Have me arrested, then! I dare you!..
It won t be the first time."
"Nor the last, I hope," said Geof
frey, with equal anger.
The girl entered the lift without
a word and Geoffrey followed her.
They got out at the top and found
themselves in the sunny street
"Well, are you going now?" in
quired the girl.
"When I have your card or meet a
policeman," answered the young
man.
"Well, have me arrested!" snapped
the girl. "But oblige me by not
speaking to me again, or walking be
side me."
Geoffrey fell into place behind her
and followed her. The girl, with her
head held very high, marched
through the streets. Geoffrey, whose
anger was fast abating, began to feel
sorry for her. No doubt he had been
hasty still, she was a public pest
Finally a policeman appeared in
sight, lounfflnjsatafiteeet corn, j ,
The girl swung round and faced
Geoffrey defiantly. But just then the
policeman strolled itno a shop, and
Geoffrey went on.
The girl entered a large hotel,
Geoffrey followed her. He knew by
now that he could not put her to
shame by a public conversation with
a policeman, but at least he could
learn or pretend to learn her
name and address. She went up to
two middle-aged ladies on the cen
tral sofa, who rose to greet her.
Then, as Geoffrey hesitated, a man
came up, and the girl, suddenly
bursting into tears began to point to
her follower and denounced him an
grily. The 'man came toward Geoffrey
and shook his fist in his face. He
was a stocky Englishman of about
fifty, and he looked as if he meant
business. Happily the hotel hall was
almost empty.
"How dare you molest my daugh
ter!" he demanded.
"How dare your daughter offer me
a white feather in a public place?"
demanded Geoffrey. "I'm going to
have this thrashed out in court of
law. I am an American, and you.
can't insult an American without
paying for it"
And, pulling out his card-case, he
laid down his card upon a table.
The man picked it up very coolly
and examined it; then he smiled and
handed Geoffrey his own. Geoffrey
read it and looked more stteepish
than the stout man had done.
"Uncle William!" he stammered.
"Well, you've made a good begin
ning, young man," said the other
with evident amusement He turned
to one of the ladies. "Tilly, my dear,
this is our nephew from New York'
who has come over to study our
methods for a year or two in my
office, and he has begun well very
well."
"Why why " stammered Geof
frey. "Well, do you jntend to drac ua3
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