K. A BROTHERLY PROPOSAL
By George Munson
Ethel Fisher and Nora Doyle were
the two prettiest girls in Hopetown,
and Jim Scanlan was the richest
bachelor. Prom this triangle a huge
variety of situations can be con
structed. The situation was complicated by
the fact that Jim was girl-shy. Not
a woman-hater; afraid, a little, and
fearful of making the irrevocable
choice before he could make up his
mind. Jim had paid attention to both
Nora and Ethel. Nora Doyle was a
shy, fluffy-haired little thing, with a
heart of gold. Ethel was a dashing
brunette. When Jim was with one
he liked her better; when he was
with the other he preferred the
"Why don't you get married,
Jim?" asked his scapegrace brother,
Harry, who had run down into the
country for a few days, and inciden
tally "touched" his brother for a
loan. "You ought to be married for
the credit of the family."
"I guess the family credit can take
care of itself," answered Jim huffily,
for Harry had asked him the ques
tion that had been bothering him a
good deal of late.
Harry was entirely opposite to Jim
as regards character. The girls
adored Harry. Scapegrace though
he was, he was a gentleman; they
knew they could trust him to the
"It's a shame you don' task Ethel
Fisher to become your wife, Jim,"
said Harry. "She'd snap you up in
"Shut up !" commanded Jim, in the
tones of one who is creditor of the
man he addresses to the extent of
" several thousands.
Harry shut up and Jim became un
easy. He had been thinking that he
could not do better than ask Ethel
Until Harry spoke; and now he was
thinking of Nora again.
1 Harry's visit came to an end, as
every infliction must. Harry had
tried to touch his brother for a final
thousand and had been turned down.
"I'll get even with you for that,"
And he did on the evening be
fore his departure. Both the-brothers
sat at a reception, Jim shy and
constrained, Harry the life of the
evening. Just as the brothers were
getting ready to go home Harry
"What!" Yelled Jim
came out of the conservatory, where
he had been sitting a long time with
"I congratulate you, old man," he
said to his brother.
"Come home and don't make a
fool of yourself," said Jim. "You've
been out there with Miss Fisher for
half an hour."
"Jim," said Harry "I'veasked her
to marry you."
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