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Dudgeon. "She's a chum of mine
and she knows how I feel about
"She does J" exclaimed Rose in
"Yes,, and she stands by me. But
she knows how to keep a secret-"
'Tin afraid there won't be any to
''keep,"' murmured' the girl disconso
lately. "No, Bert, n.o. I couldn't do
At this juncture the passionate pro
test arid broken, interrupted words
cannot be intelligibly expressed. ' .
The day of the dande arrived. It
was an evient in the millionaire col
ony, and Rose Aiken examined with
dismay the unfinished gown which
should have gone to Miss Cursley the
day "before. Two of her best hands
had been laid off by illness, there
. was a great deal of embroidery and
fine work to be done on the gown
' and she was anxiously trying to fin
ish it herself. The Cursleys had gone
up to town rather early this season
and Grace was one of a week-end
party at the Dudgeons. Rose had
just; asked apprentice to wait to take
the parcel to the house when the tel
ephone began to ring. It was Miss
Cursley inquiringabout the dress.
"Yes, JL'll have, it there by 8 prom
"Do please bring it yourself, so if
anything's, wrong you can fix it,"
came through the phone.
Rose, feeling that wild horses
couldn't under any other circum
stances have dragged her to that
house, was forced to promise.
Promptly at 8 o'clock she was ad.
mitted to Miss Cursley's room.
"It's just dear of you to come," she
smiled, .dismissing the hairdresser.
"But noone wijl see you. Things
don't begin until about 10, you
Miss 3ursley exclaimed delighted
ly over the gown as she put' it on.
Rose found alterations to make, in
fact, more than she had expected.
She worked busily, butlt was getting
near 1,0, when she had finished,
"Please put it on ypurself," im
plored Grace. "I want to see it on. a
She was in a kimona, snugly
sconsed among cushions, and de-N
clared she was too tired to mov.
"Besides," she added, "I want it to
be just right, so it can be a good 'ad'
"Stunning!" exclaimed Miss Cur
sley . "And it 4ust suits you!" '
Rose.taegan to undo the fastenings,
when suddenly there was a rush Qf
feet through the hall and the cry Qf
fire. Both girls sprang to the door
to be greeted by stifling smoke as
they ran out Rose was (or going
baek and closing the door, but the
other excitedly dragged her toward
the stairway. A mdd rush of panic
stricken guests behind her swept her
from her .feet. -At that Jnstaht she
felt a strong arm lifting her back tp
the landing. She looked up to see
an elderly gentleman, whom she at
once recognized as the master of the
house, quieting the guests in firm,
authoritative tones. There was not
the slightest danger. Something had
burned up in the kitchen, that was
all. In his excitement he was obliv
ious to the fact that he was still hold
ing tightly to the young lady he had
rescued, in spite of her futile efforts
to wriggle away. He now apologized,
saying he hoped to still further
smooth out matters down in the ball
room. Rose murmured something about
not being able to stdy very long.
"Then I must have therst dance,"
he insisted; "You owe me that, you
know, for saving you a fall."
The admiring glance with which
this was accompanied made Rose
promise, and she fled in confusion to
Miss Cursley's roonr.
Once inside she sank down laugh
ing, and told her thewhole story.
"Of coursenow he'll be sure I'm
a villain, because I can't keep my
"Oh, but you must!" said the other.
"Must!" echoed Rose, blankly,