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REPT'BLTC: RrXDAT. FEP.m'ATJY 11. 1000.
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Strange Story oi a Happy
St. Valentine's Day.
BY NINA FITCH.
KLONDIKE. W -
IM I in ii tf i rL"
I )2 I'
I I to
FMHil'M MAIITS or r)i)D Til Y I.! II M NTEItS."
l LED THE WAY TO A FLORIST'S UIXDOW
I W-K" v1
Jipht. n-.i I I'll
5 out to ilmno:
1 counter it h "1
d. 1' h id S'fnw J
ipple Jcllv ail fie
i a delicate thlra
po portion d.vldel
fit the ond.
fcd Mlrabelle wis
a c in'.'mptlMa
f wcaJTfi.l t re
t.ed once of sitti-ig
; to it. Then th
it oh of tho vii'io.
i In clattering In
fit there !in-i;i be
k forth to-msh: no
V, btlt lie fetOO-I to
1 fell into a strain
)iy she indulges In
bottom she ! sa
il, with an amiable
all decer.e ni-. ' of
tire uaturaily ov r
of this i!ae. i:t
tjs bo r!..' ' n. I
karioil exn'i !!.'' it.
re arc aiMr irars
vra. I cm tf'il ' :
nmralle oooai u
a finer citir.g i!.i o
7.e tho Mvit wli're.
r unattended f-inala
at your next sV'iI
. chew to flit i
Irofereni;e fur t'.
tit my eyes. t!". r.k
h1 to tlio fa--t t.-at
too, Lj i!i.i.I in t -
ar.d for all 1 Kt;
aeautiful as my own.
f n Jlirab. II", itntor
1th a loftiness tri:ly
jirorwr tiling f'jr bj
entional. You can't
m without Retting
r's bill; and it Mrs.
: dinner "
a..od slio would." I
oitinu!, "have had
t and be brilliant t i
lere is the lieautif'il j
e city tv. lnklf wi''' .
.'hout a cent to ble
jable ferna'.es tteepe-i
liousekeeuins can tu t
ten moio tlieni over
or tho idiots."
on her gloves with
i who pave the way i
-a s If I had not been '
n all our makeshifts!
ant wo had left the
, and, breathing lr:
iweet nisht air. were
r way to Fifth ave-
cnflly tiff threatened
a moment. Som
y Journalistic labors
or dlspoalns myself
e: but Mlrabello de
hority that, for her
tlon of shutting her-
i to-night," declared
i if tho thins were
1 1 thall seo It like a
Imb3 for tho purpose
uid not sailln? into
vord hers cbout the
Insisted upon It "
0 19 cents to scjuan
ilahaj, with reslgna-
jcv me, nnd I was
'er Kpllt mil!: was a
often downed. The
1 wa hadn't tho 10
ZT7 It's dead," I was
.ted, and my phllrs-
ths homes of the
of magnln'vr.t ral
mber and- unllehted
i in the upper and
. seemed but hug
belle. In pensive mu
elesa doorplato, may
r to all tha world.
Traveling In forlgn
jndld resorts; striv
to kill the moments
ivo so few. lliunted
3, their nights are
spent In further ac
ta, and thank heaven
have no richer to
a wo llvo, maybo,
b a blessins.
tlsted. iircs.'slng my
n this rad spot, for
Heights of Harlem,
. relgneth, than a
ftlth tho front door
fooll-sh moment my
ealn hanker for a
id, may I bo pun
t on a risk of his
jghed. When Mtra-
full of scorn for
jtiy, and when she
for fcho Is really a
means that tinder
that slio was Jeal
venue folk; I know
of comparing her
: that she was de
lan's intuition had
and that her friKld
d of men implied
rtlcular quarter I
mumniti of our
now Rono on for
of theso wu two
hud dwelt in a
studio and money
was like a kill,
ind an Instinct for
;nl l'.l;.! a i elision.
U'l bomu hfcret of
id to do with th-3
otter 1 did not for
( d'.d I droam, that
secret was to be
venue the door of
y opened, and In
tr persons came
they were bound
T.e's festival was
two, who were
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. v i m-.i a-1. , ..m MiTrnrrrw i l
NJ-IMhIi;- m iUf 1 Wr;i 'ilJLy : i
mauae- aitiw s--5 i-r. -mwiw mmmwm,if.jrm . xmrnsmsmismfm :5i;,
d r-$mm ' Wmmmwm - -V KWmsmmA
-rtfr-'. tiummmmrnKsmfflMi - 'iui,., w . jhssp?av wvaseat sssi rmm ,
& WrwSiiii V.i : 'v''1Rt4Mtefli" wml
' It. '.'tV I '.'
b.iniing .ike .1
'!. very tab"'
r n uraw. ouf
. : two Indies am roldlera in
. m If - pjK-rtinK women.
: v.- fi.'.ijt prlate means. S
. . r.T.-mplatt? th.- lit ly stat-
; .r-d ..f this f'ttriuui one'j
.nt i b. untlfal aid
n." said the little florist.
i.appy anta 1'iatis "hero at
!- th placw wh-r my pa
the innrriatre contract, as It
i.r F-T threo -ks nu It has awaited
lu a''- a b.tisnim: brld for o:ir methodi
f.T d.-':n:ti.!r.g up buin--j.. as jou may up
! He. -tr. i.M.'e-sarily under tli ro;-: anl
f o f trni'Mi.gs f'tr th happy banquet
tl at a.najs :'tl.w have, as you . crown
e:aI- for want of use. lsut, if my -jei
drelv in' not, I s befote mo a radianC
being i.l th- trap of the rosy pod. Dear
vi .-nit ! ';.-" -,tnl hf Mil.iarmd profound!-
!.f're 'Irabelle. ri:W with dl-pltasun;
t-ir jo r.g la-iy, ilstn. I bevcch you,
t't-n t t'i ti'e of our heart and pro
d o tho oi'jcct .if your choice. Tho life of
a win.t . bachelor is at best a hard one,
and "uriy no inoro fitting moment could
Iit lotnid than ft Valt titlne's night for
making; ure forever tho happiness of Cu-
"Sir." said ;ilrabl!o. in a tragic voice, at
!. conclusion of this as-t.inl-Sdtig recital.
air, I tan see l.y your counten.ince that
'.: jro .i.iplv in earnest In this Ulotlj
I .lr 's; l i.t let mo warn you that you ar-
tre i i.'.g u:y closely upon tho hee's of ln-F.-r.
. at. i w.ra I to tullow tho imtincn
of a:v wm.inhood 1 bhouM at once flee,
Ins.it. j, frim this spot. But, sir." and tha
true Iv it:ee.i's vi: broko plteously, "sir.
I rn'.iin In the Interest of or.o who has
f .ff. r 1 untold sorrow through a foollsU
1 i ap!'-!- ciuarrel. As you may divine.
It v.:. a, loer'a break, and to a Strang
i.i ii-rant city th woman tied to forget
Iit Sorrows in tho tight for bread." (Jllra
1 '!:o writes fashions for tha Weekly Cou
"Te man wer.t." Bhc continued, "Just as
f'.ls ..:hr d;d. to lfc. Klotidlko thna yeats
ay '. lie !.;il :.ot been heard of tince. but,
s:! th.s bimllarlty of tlmo and reason.
tl.r. 1 f ,ch a likeness in j'our patron'
t 'i.ntrkitiet v.lth or.o other's innocent ec
''.'. i . that oioe causoi a fatal partlmr
it 1 u.most dearly hopo they may b
hr.i too same being.
".'!; pi.-, oh, sir. I implore yen. tell me th
nane of thK gentleman, that 1 may in turn
1. i-iir i.eao. or ad.M sorrow" to a suffering
sp:nr. Ai.d If hj 1 not the one sh mourns
-'jl, l.a may tj able to give my friend
M.j p ..r o.s'n. h flushed guiltily under 'h
tw.j greit tears that had fallen upon her
k.-i s .mo tiding4 of that other."
rU-.Io ceased, but tho florist did not
I f; r.k. InstFad. It appeared to ma that ha
was mere pleased than the harrowing situa-t:-"i
.-med to demand. As. broken and lily
I i:'j ! mire, the lovely peiltent leanel
L. k t:;-n the sofa, abandoning herself to
s ,t meancholy. a heartless activity
s- z. ! upo the little man He rubbed hM
whistled, hummed and. danc'ti.r
a-. . d Iho table, flicked tho dust from tha
! 'ti with the air of a professional waiter.
J'ffora this, remarking th el'se watch h
k'pt upon the clock over tho mantel, I had
!i Int d the exlstcnco of an engagement. Sy
I w- .s not surprised to hear tho outer shop
d- r i ang-presently and a hearty male volcj
ex.'Iu.ni "U'r. Joe. do you want to .
h w .; 'ao KI .ndiker looks upon his na'Iva
'In the Middle of the Table, Flanked at Each Side by Glittering Candelabra, Was a Large Pot of the
Crimson Star Flowers, Resting in a Rich Majolica Vase of the Same Hue." S -:
uistumed In character; a dark young vroza
an as Juliet, a darker young man as Bo
rneo. ISoth w-ero of exceeding b-auty and
superbly attired, and in their bearing to
ward each other it was plain w w.-ro look
ing upon the old, old story. ISut here tnto
lovo was rvnnlng a. smooth ai.d i-aceful
courso. and in tho smiling faces .if tha two
old people who followed tho Uuirhi.iff pair
it was easy toconjectuto that '.his house of
Capulet had a rwellint- pride in Us alliance
with tho Montagues.
Fumbling with wraps and chattering liko
happy monkey., tho gay quartet lingfrej
for a moment at the edgu of .ho sld.tw.ilk.
Then a fcplendld currlago e allowed them,
up. and, with a ringing clatter of honf". a
BWaing and bobbing of liveried outriders,
tho glittering vision was gone.
It had seemed a delightful interluda to mo
and full of promise for tho future, but
Mlratello frowned Uarklv af . r tha disap
pearing vehicle, and. Ilka somo palo .iibjl.
foretold the vnd of romance.
"Tha geeso: As If love. lovt of all things,
could last! Tho least. least Ilttlo quarrel
overturns tho wiiolo fabric, and then where
Is love?" ilia demanded, with contempt.
"Tor If tho thing had really existed couldn't
It outlive a foolish squabble'"
This was all. And It had Ilttlo to do with
Romeo and Juliet, but It lent a linger to tho
window of mysteries, and for the tir.-t tin o
I saw my high and mighty princess in tho
l!;lit of a lietples3 and not tinpleasliiK fem
ininity. Mlrabelle, 1 cath.-red. had qtiareled n"-.l
Ptlll loed, though tha g.. tleman mlplit
cot. nml. with n tmii.ili deteiminatlnn t.
wripg the story fiom h r on tho -pot. 1
led th way to a florist's window that, radi
ant with liiilit and tropical with bloom, re
galed the 1'laza with its splendor.
Now, as till the world knows, the mint
thunderln? events sometlmm turn on tho
merest trifle, a.t that ti:. Valentine's even
ing If Mlrabelle had m.t Insisted on the ap
of coff. at the lunch counter. Wo would
have had the wherewithal fi r ttreet car In
dulgences, and If wo had rlddon home we
should not havo. walked up rtfili avenue
r,nd seen the Hot Ufa window, and if w
had not Men t!ie florist's window Mlrabella
and I but there, I am antRMjiatlng!
It was a wonderful slKht, but I will not
attemilt to fully dew-rll It. riuffico It that
over an eltln frrotto of dwarf ttecs and fairy
lakes and hidden mysterious Hies there was
moonlight nlioYiv and a toof of palo ferns
nnd wing-ed orchids Ilkt. blnln Two stranicfl
trees, with long, chenllle-IIko blooms In polo
red that swept tho ground, gu.nded mich
i-!do of this enolmnted garden, and, thtotigh
n vista In tho hhop bej ond wan seen a very
field ..f potted plants, of one llamlntr. ep,r
atito sort, Htlff trets bearing wtd4 leaves
und ltrijo ertmaon e'ar tlo.vers. In the
commor.iihico wot Id of New York, by wav
ing satin streamers a-d ut!.i r ..I'-mptlile
fliunmery. a 11. rl-' witli a .. 11 hie. . : '"rth
for till evis to tee a Blimps.- - liiiml
It did not take me tons to dt- -vi r t'.it
tho plants K'youd, nd ot 1liu ev(:i.slt,
ttlndott" gatiien, were the point "( Alira-ln-lle's
li)t,.iest. Tour tlmta I Mid to h r.
"If ou hhd a sweetheart, dear, wliii h f
thsc flowers would you want him t- fceid
you for a, valentine?" And Willi " .i!td
unctlcn I pointed out the fit ioi diM'Mv that
my adorer nail I also one tiould lay at
Hut an abent silence only j-reeted me.
Then Mirabellu tiuhed a. long and plain
They grow to be tree in r.iiifornla,"
slio s.ild, mournfully; r.nd befere I could
atop her idle waa In the hot pricing the
star flowera and telling tho proprietor the
Hut heru a new wonder jiu-ultd me. The
florist, a. ptiort, fat. little nr n, with a
funrreal black eult and what may be
tennid a braahy-biioyatit air, seemed mo'o
than decently Interested in the fact that
Mlrabelle was from California,
"You are a Callfornlan!" he said. And
oer Mlrutielle'a tall, gracious lUture, over
her cold, surprised fuco and her little had.
with Its heavy colbi of gold hair, his spark
ling dark cih ran in cvld tit .irprovil.
"i'orslvo n:e, lidles," ho sld, after a
mimrnt. "b"' "' Interest I take In you,
mis"- r. be l.nl with lowe-t r-'-pe. t to
my libughtv frltr.d "do's m-t p tt.i'n
my own affairs. And if yon will b-ih walk
Into tnv parlor" waving magnifif ntly t1
ward the tear of tho shop "I u'l i.cale
you. I cm m:re, with a. most int
So saying, he led up. somehow lneapaiue
of resistance. Into a room lltt.d tip as a
bachelor's sanctum, lut turned for the mo
ment Into a hanqtift lull. The furiiNhlrss
of the place wro of tho usual llow.r shop
deticrlptlon. but over the bambeo and ru-tt.:
chairs warm rugs had been thrown: .i hand
Home clock ticked merrily over the man
tel, a cheery wood (Ire burned In Hie grate,
tt.d in the center of tho floor stood a table
superb with finest glass, shining damask
and diver, and net for four peraone.
In the middle of tho table, (linked st
each bide ly glittering oandtlalna. was a
large pot of the crimson star flowers, re".-
f.tr youreelf. That I.", It was boutcht far
am- "ailfornian who to-day might tn'er
my sh-p; li;, though tiuytrs from furter
ci.untri-B have come, u are the fl'st
from the 1-in i "f fruit and flow.rs who his
honored me with a visit. In praying your
in ting acceptance rf my growing D liquet, a""w
me to tell you that the donor is a very
handsome y.on.g men. but U.tuy returi.ju
frotn the Klondike and epor.m usly rich.
"The Kb ndike!" ejapttl.it. d 3lir.b.'l;
and. niiierlii!S with agitation, sl'o stid f.r
a momeni regarding tho flutist with an
"Yco, from the Klnndlkc. where Uirea
years, ago. brr.ken-hearte.1 from the cruel
ties of the fairest of her sex. he fled frcm
California. It was libs intention to merely
orown his ftelings In work, b'lt by some
curioii!. a. oldent of fate he, thin orphan,
thl sad one. with none t share his
enlcndors. has returned to tha w .rid
wealthy that, without vrevarioutlon.
must lie awake at night to
After Three Years.
me " said the florist to Mlrabelle
of this voice, ":s
l rr In rl.sli t l.ltefl 1'ltuA lif tllk t. itlla
l,Je: but. though this .. of bloom w. s of means whereby he may ipdUiwnn
the freshest descrlptlun. over the bai...et
table lay a line dust, as If the little flor
ist's expected guests had been Ions dckied.
lroiu the Klondike.
"Miss," he began soon ns we had seated
ourselves upon a scfa. and addressing him
self exclusively to Mlrabelle. "It ..i..y r.om
to you a temarkablo thing, but that pot of
flowers up n the table, u valentine gift
from an u.il.aown well wisher, is intvndcd
Income and benefit munkhvl. for I wia not
deny to . that my i.tron, who, by the
way, is nil old pchoot-fellow of mine nnd
tho bc.st of company, la a philanthropist of
a most unusual order.
"i ne of his Idiosyncrasies, though he has
sworn mver to marry, is to supply penni
less maidens and pour young men with
suitable fortunes to prom-ito marriages;
ni.il. with all deftrenee to tho bee nurgucai
of your pluia toilet, thcro are is'-s where'j7
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I SMALL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS CONCERNING ETIQUETTE.
"When four people nter a thfitT. tna nttn
snJ two women together, should tha flrt man
entering preeje the woman, rr Fh-itilj hs stand
back anl allow her to enter? It- L. O.
A party of four people going together to
the theater should enter as follows: First
a. man. then one woman following, then
tho other woman, lcavln; a man asaln m
tho outside. The reason fcr this Is very
simple, us the ladies are then sitting by
their escorts, and tho men on cither side
of them can, if such a thing should ever
be necessary, protect them from any dis
If an tniltatl:n is received to a church w-ed-dlns.
shuuld cards tm fiiit in return, and alss
sli mil cards ha s-T.t after an anaour.ctmtut f
marriage i recciied? il. J.
All Invitations demand answers. If any
one is polite enough to jend jou a wed
ding invitation or en announctment of a
marriage, ordinary civility would demand
that you should, in jour turn, acknowl
edge the Invitation by your visiting card.
When a young man pays a. call he shoul 1
leave two cards, one for tho joung Iii'ly
on whom ho Is calling and or.o for her
mother or rhsperon. if ho is a stranger
In th city and the young lady's brother.
or father.or male relatlv. has called upon
him. he should lcaio a card also for tha
man of the house.
I h.tie leen ery niuoh rsiW labV by th
receipt of dlnnr Invitation which ba mil
u ; IIo'.mi: "Will sou din with mo must Infor
mally, ttc., and have bn anno)evt when ar
riving at the h- us to find that all tle Women
lietcnt woie dicbs g nns; that is. low r..c
nd hort sleeve, and tlie m'-a were In evenlni
!rers II. I..
Idnner dress, that Is. a low-cut walt. is
now considered faahionablo for evening
wear at all times In one's own house, Ju.t
as much as a man wears a dre.-s suit
after C o'clock, but there Is a great deal of
difference in tho full dress. Waists with
long sleeves, cicn though they are un
lined. and gowns cut rquare In the nock.
Instead of txjgg.ratedly low. are sup-
ik a young somnn wh&m h hd met tereral
times uril aiLUred viry nui-h If efca w . ild writ
to htiu wlili La was uWr.t from t!.i i-ti t
A correspondence Is a dangerous thins
to enter Into, for letters are often the
means of a great deal of mischief. For
people who do not know each other well a
correspondence U not often conducive to
any good results, but If a man and woman
havo been good friends for several years
and are la sympathy with each other In
many different ways, there Is no possible
reason why they rhould not write to ej.;h
other, only :t would be a g.od thing to
always follov the rule that the letters L
of such a nature that they would do no
harm If real by a third person. A man
who- shows a woman's letter to another
woman or a sian is the worst possible ktnd
of a cad, bit unfortunately th.ro are a
great many men who do not hesitate to do
this very thing, and for this reason a cor
respondence had better be well considered
beforo It is legun.
It a ympi; nan Is ra Unp en
how many cards should La leave"
posed to be suitable fr informal dlnnrs.
. Is it cmtdri nni to rati at a la 1 j
V.'cujJ it l coas.dertd tad forra fwr a man to hcu when to hu enly met her at a uas -a and
hs- (Filed permlijlcn ta call, to s-hldi eh
rrtrely replied. "I t!ll L very happy ta :'
you." th joun man in question llnc a
trar.rer In tho city? 1 I 11.
It U very dlillcult for me to answer
without knowing more of the facts of tho
case. As a rule. It is not well for any
man to ask permission to call upon a lady
whom he has only Just met. It would be
btlter If ha waited for an Invitation, un
less ho lias letters tif Introduction to her
Fhocld a young woman gbe a ; holograph ftf
!erse!f to a y-yUtig man who t.u l..n attentUo
ta b.r for some tlae but haa never a.ed lir to
rm.riy him. but wli she has every re.t-on t
think has a hlia miM for lir and intends
tr..poslnc to her wfcea ts hi a rain in hi
-alary- I. li V.
It la a hard thing to say that It Is not
wise for a young woman ever to give a
photograph of herself to a man unleKt
the Is eng.iged to him. In your case, as
you have apparently known tho young
man for some time, and nro qulto sure
that he cares for you, I think It would be
far tetter for you to wait until the ralia
In his salary is certain. There Is no harm
In his having your picture. It Is s'.raply
Injudicious, licsidea which men are not
very careful always In regard to women's
photegraphH, and tho fact of hla having
yours in his possession. If the fnot were
known, might lead to most uniltasant
Has a man any rlsht to pay d-reea atten'loa
to a rirl f jr any length of time. ealJn: on her
three or fvir tini a week, sending hT fi wr
nd In eviry '-ay thowlrg that La cares fur
fctr. without proposing to her? S. G.
No man has uny right to flirt with a s'rl
ami lead her to Imagine he is soing to
prcctose to her when he lias not the slight
est Intention of so doing, but on tho other
hand, no girl has a right to a-'s-f t such
constant attention without realizing tint
by so dol"g she 1- running the risk of two
things, eitle- of falling very much in love
with the man. or or entering Into a tllrta
tatlon on her side. A flirtation U a poor
business when It ros so far that a man
and woman are together all the time
without tha s'!ghtst idea on el'h-r side
of r ally e-.r'og for cue anoth. -. It l a
most dirrrjrjilz.ng neqti.ilii'in. eship, anil
r..t wr" y f btii g ulgnllled by the name
of fritn '.ship.
gti.1 ; :zel ly the sound
1'. ar irarrlngton."
"Her..-: ' responded the volco from the
sv...r. and the Japanese bead portiere (hat
divid- d It from the Inner room lifted and re
vealed a very good-looklns?. dark young man
wearing a soft hat and. under a long, un
bv -ned Ulster, tho top boots and rough
dn -s of a Western miner.
"Ux'use me. miss," he said to me. with a
cfi'trteotts bow. "I did not know that my
services would be required to-night, an I
have been persuaded to make one of a fan
cy Valentine ball. Hut It you will kindly ov
erlook this ridiculous dress" and then his
eye fell uprn Mlrabelle. emerging from le
hlnd me. ar.d In a flash the rich color fled
from his brown cheek.
I slanced at Mlrabelle. She, too, waa as
white as a snow wreath; but after one
wild look Into the face before her. her per
fect mouth lezan to tako on a little Una
I knew only too well. Her broken heart
had become suddenly a thing of tha past,
but with tha Instinct all femininity has for
torture, she h?d made up her mind to
wreak something of vengeance on the other
Tie newcomer bor a striking likeness ta
a rhotograph Mlrabelle kept forever be-
flowered liko a holy relic, and something
in his grim, strong chin told me the time
had come for me to speak.
Standi:.? between them, with the nobla
conviction cf a daty performed, I coolly re
cited: i!y dead Ive cam to m and said:
"Cj d Five me one hour's rest
To r;ead upon the earth with Use:
Hew tiall we fead It te:j"
"vThy. ( of CIS." I ali. and i
We ju3rrel-d as cf oM;
Hut when I turned ta make my psace.
That oa short fccur was toli
"Chlldren," I concluded, "there is th
text of my sermon. For the rest you may
read, as you run; only remember that you
have lost three precious years from fooler-,
and that the Bird of Time Is on the
With this, and not a little proud of my
oratory and masterly capture of the situa
tionIt was the down dog's day. Indeed,
la Maxabelle'a and my friendship I airily
accepted the florist's arm, crooked for that
purpose, and sailed into the outer shop.
whore, with my co-consp!rator, I spent a
delightful half hour arranging forthcoming;
The florist, a most gallant and not un
handsome little man. was for giving mo all
the honors of the day.
"It was very opportune," he vowed, "that
rhyme of yours. It was a clincher, I could
ee. for, hUh-splrlted as they are, there's no
telling what might have happened If w
had left them to their own devices."
"Tha honor Is yours, sir." I returned, gra
ciously. "But tell me. how on earth did you
know that she was tho "cruel fairest of her
s-x"? for I could see la a twinkle through
all your talk that you were addrtsslng my
friend with Intent."
"From her photograph," ha replied;
"rather, her photographs. For. large and
small, medium-sized and colossal, the lady's
likeness adorns every room of Mr. Harring
ton's suite at the Savoy."
I praised him for tho splendid fashion la
welch he had wrung Mirabelle's secret from
her. "Hut this marriage for penniless madders-is
It nally true?" I demanded.
"True as the sklei. And If vou know of
a, ! any deserving young womn who wish"
' ' Jii"t fashioned, with so admiring and tender
T ' ai air. that, though my dignity reproved. I
and the little florist handed mo a magnifi
cent bouquet, his young lady asMstant had
could not help but receive It In the spirit It
As he himself had said but n moment be
fore, tha life of a woman bachelor was at
' brst but a sad one, and. remembering the
tasto of the window- pnrd-n and the ani
mated charm of tho artist himself. I decided
upon the sj.ot that there were wo',e thlncs
in the world than wedding a seller of flow
er". Then Mlrabelle called from the doorway
ard. bles3 me; what a changed, rosy. beam,
lr.g. softened Mlraivelle!
"Come In. Jean, dearest; I want to Intro
eluso you to my .Valentine,"