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"No, thank you, I don't care to
dance the 3iext"
"Now, I am afraid I've put that
foot out of commission,"" he said
"Oh no, but please take me to my
"Are you so very anxious to find
''But I do not wish to keep you
' . "Suppose I want to be' kept?"
"Oh, well, that alters the case. Per
haps I can make the punishment fit
-"I don't believe you can but you
might try, he laughed.
. Charlotte decided he had" merry.
wide-awake eyes, andstrongVwhole-
some lines about the mouth when she
met his direct gaze. A rather bad
nose and' tbst-colored hair didn't
seem to matter so much now. Besides
he. seemed to want her company, and
perhaps he was just as lonely in that
crowd as she was. He led-the way to
a wonderful conservatory where the
tall palms met over their heads.
They were the tallest sbfe had ever
seen. Charlotte had a great delight
in flowers and growing things, and
she. could not refrain from expressing
some of it as she looked about.
."This," she exclaimed, "is one rea
son why I would like to be rich!"
"But there are other reasons?" he
''Oh, yes, plenty. I like freedom. I
' don't like beingtied-down to alcead
m!U, I try to do my work the best I
- can, but I can's say I love it. " But
there forg,et I said it. I'm going to
make myself like my work."
, The. young man smiled at the de-
- termined ring in her voice.
T "That's the way to go to it," he
said. "Most of us have to go through
"But there are some things I would
not have if I were rich, some tilings
-I have seen here tonighJJ."
'"Really? What 'jiow, for in-
V There , was a curious insistence In ;
his tone that had to be answered.
"That great room where they are
dancing It's very beautiful, very
stately, but it doespt seem to be-:
long in a home."
"Still, if people are going togive
great parties and dances like this it
is absolutely necessary."
"Yes, but for me it wouldn't be
absolutely necessary to get into my
home great' crowds of people who
only cared for, me because I could
give them a gooH time."
"How do you know that's all they
care?" he queried-, .studying her curi
ously. "I couldn't help hearing some re
marks when I stood there, alone. One
man said to another: 'Gorgeous, Is
it not? Awfully-new!' And the other
said: 'Just smells of money!' Then
I heard a girl say? 'Look! There is
young Purcell, the son and heir!' and
the other one answered: 'He isn't
much of a looker, is he?' " .
"Well, he isn't," laughed the young
man. "Have you seen him?"
"No, but I don't think I'd say such
things about my host in his! own.
"Now, as to these crushes, I sup
pose rich neoDle feel it is exnected
of them, that they are obliged to en
tertain," he added.
"Well, if I were rich, I wouldn't feel
obliged to be like every one else. I
would be glad to be different," she
"You are different without being
"I see," she added quickly. "You
do not agree with me."
He looked the girl squarely in the
eyes. "But I do," he said with con
The conversation went on unheed
ing time. Through it all the music
kept up its rhythmic undertone, and
twixt the palm leaves a round moon '
streamed in undimmed by the soft
lights beyond. Charlotte seamed to
be in a new and wonderful world.
Suddenly the spell was broken by
the sharp, tones of her aunt's voice;