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all, why should not any young lady
' be dn Broadway In the evening?
She was as safe there as anywhere
and probably she was on her way to
visit a friend.
Sperry, feeling slightly disgusted
with himself, was about to turn back,
when he saw Miss Kemper go into a
cafe. It was one of the "loudest" in
the city. All sort frequented the
'place and any man present felt at
liberty to ask any lady to dance with
him. He was positively aghast at this.
girl going in there alone. She could
not possibly know the reputation of
the place. He hurried after her and
reached her side before she had en
tered the inner door. She looked at
him in a kind of annoyed surprise.
"Miss Kemper," he stammered,
will you allow me to go in with you?"
"Thank you," she answered icily,
"but I am expecting to meet friends.
I will not trouble you." She turned
and left him standing nonplussed in
He went back to the street in an
odd frame of mind. Here was the
girl had heretofore regarded as sim
ply "good" in a surprisingly new
light. He wondered if her mother
knew the kind of "friends" she was
going to meet in this place. He was
rather sure his mother didn't She
had sent him about his business with
unexpected brevity and decision.
Perhaps it was curiosity, he didn't
stop to analyze, but he wanted to see
what would happen next and he
turned and went back into the cafe
with its dazzling lights, hum Qf voic
es, strident violins, smell of wine and
moving mass of dancers. He meant
to watch Dolly Kemper, without be
ing observed. Finally he located her.
She was dancing With a fat, bald
headed man whom he did no know,
but whose expression he loathed.
After the dance she went with a watery-eyed,
man, whom Sperry mentally dubbed
a "decadent," to a table and drank
wine with him.
At this stage of the proceedings
her brother came up to the table and
seemed to wish to take her away.
But she did not listen to him. Sperry
got near enough to the table to over
hear the conversation without being
seen. The young man's conversa
tion was as vacuous and decadent as
his looks. Sperry wondered how
she could stand it Jack Kemper
seemed to be losing his relish for the
festivities and returned again to his
sister. He asked her to come and
dance with him. She refused, saying:
"I'm already engaged for two more
dances to to well, I don't know
his name the fat gentleman with
the bald head. And this gentleman,"
pointing to the man at the table,
"has the next dance."
Here she made an attempt to in
troduce her brother, and the weak
eyed young man gave his name as
Lefflng. Kemper made no attempt
to disguise his disgust and chagrin;
but Dolly was not to be moved. She
laughed loudly at her discomfited
brother, and cried out: "Now run
along, 'Buzzy;! Have a good time and
don't bother me!"
. It was plain to Sperry that the
"friends" she was going to meet were
not "in evidence. She had come there
alone to have her own "good time,"
and had not expected to find her
brother. As the evening wore on she
danced with all kinds of men and
drank wine at the little tables more
often than was good for her. Sperry
noticed that the costume he had
thought so exquisite was, when the
coat was removed, ultra freakish,
even bizarre. It drew the attention
of many eyes, and seemed as much
out of keeping with the honest gray
eyes and the charming feminine brow
and mouth as a parrot's plumage on
a dove. Sperry almost laughed aloud
when he thought of his mother's face
could she at that moment see her
model girl, Dolly Kemper. It seemed
rather unreal and uncanny to him,
like a queer nightmare'.
Just then rather loud and excited
voices broke in on his musyig3.