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THE WOMAN HATER
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"That man, Miss Banks," said Lady
Sylvia, "is our district governor,
John Carner. It is a remarkable
achievement of mine to. have induced
him to come to my party,- because
he is a confirmed woman hater."
Doris Banks surveyed Mr. Carner
thoughtfully. She had never encoun
tered the species in her native Mas
sachusetts. She was accompanying
her father on his visit to Singapore,
where he had accepted charge of a
Dig local water works plant
She was fascinated by the strange
sight, by the tropic life, the spectacle
of the handful of English men and
women living ever upon the crater of
"He was jilted once," added Sylvia.
"It was years ago, I think. He is 37
now. We know all the men's ages
in Singapore. But they don't know
Durs," she added, smiling.
Doris learned more about John
Carner during the ensuing days. He
was the administrator the most
feared by the natives. On him de
volved the responsibility of the af
fairs of a province a little larger than
New Jersey, and, ten times as pop
ulous. Doris was alternately interested
and piqued by his indifference to her.
She had met him several times and
ence he had ridden a little way with
her, bit he hardly spoke to her; and
it was evident that she was, to him,
"I congratulate you on your con-
quest, dear," said Lady Sylvia to Do
ris one day. "I hear that the misan
thropic John Carner has been riding
"We happened to meet. I don't
like him," said Doris, shrugging her
"He is a comfortable sort of man,
though, isn't he?" said Lady Sylvia.
"In what wayt"
"I mean, the s0rt of man a woman
likes to have about her in time of
danger. And "you know times are
very critical here Although we pre
tend not to he afraids we are really
frightened out of our wits by all this
talk of a. native uprising. But now
for John Carner. I believe you have
made more impression on him than
you imagine. What a joke it would
be to win the woman-hater's heart."
"A joke for a time, until it was
won, perhaps," sadi Dorisj.
"I'd love to see him feeding out of
your hand, my dear," said Lady Syl-
Came Forward With a Rush.
via. "It would repay some of us
women for what we have suffered
from his indifference to 'our attrac
tions." "Do you mean that?"
"I certainly do. But it isn't possi
"It is possible," said Doris, remem
bering John earner's face of patron
izing approval "And IH do it."
She did it. How, is, a woman's se
cret, but in three weeks' time John
Carner was "eatine out of her hand."
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