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By F3A1T0S3 SSLOUa
ADY CHAR
LOTTE CRAD
DOCK presents
her compliments
to Messrs. Crump
& Crushit.
"Her ladyship
incloses her pho
tograph, as she is
desirous of point
ing out to ilessrs.
Crump and
Crushit the fact
tliat she possesses
a remarkablv fine
Sgure and elegant appearance, being, in
fact, known aa a 'fashionable beauty,'
and would therefore at any time be a
very good advertisement for any really
stylish milliner or tailor. Owing to the
extreme depression in the value of land
which has naturally resulted in the di
minution of the incomes of the nobility
and aristocracy. Lady Charlotte Crad
dock proposes that Messrs. Crump &
Cni6hit should make an arrangement
to provide her ladyship with costumes
for the rest of the season, her ladyship's
recommendations in the very best society
to be consul -red in lieu of other or pecu
niary remuneration Lady Charlotte
Chaddock incloses half a dozen cards
of invitation for one week, -hat Messrs.
Crump & Crushit may feel assured that
all recommendations will bo in the very
best quarters. Perhaps Messrs. Crump
& Crushit will be interested in know
ing that JIme. Sidonie supplied her lady
ship, on the same conditions, with a
court drees for the first drawing room
thib season, and that the dress was de
scribed in Fiction. The Spheres, and, in
fact, in all -the smartest journals, and
that Sidonie received nearly a dozen or
ders for the next drawing rjofli in con
"sequenceof the descriptions already men
tioned of Lady Cliarlotte's appearance."
Mr. Crump short, puffy aud very
glossy with pomade and finest broad
cloth, ami resplendent with beaming face,
patent leather boots, diamond rings and
ruby ami diamond scarf pii touched
an electric bell which bummoii"d a clerk
into his august presence.
"Send me Lue shorthand crk," he
said.
There was a knock at the door, and the
shorthand writer entered.
"Sit down. Brown, and write as I dic
tate," said Crump, of Crump & Ciushit,
ladies' tailore and outfitters to H. R. n.
the Princess of Wales, etc., etc., New
Bond street, W.:
"Madam Mr. Crump begs me re
spectfully to inform you that, as ho lias
upon his books very many pretty and sol
vent ladies moving in tho best society,
who patronize his art and pay their bills,
lie can enter into no engagement to pro
vide your ladyship with costumes for tho
season Nevertheless, if your ladyshio
would like to call upon Mr. Crump at 1 1
a. m. on Monday next, which hour will
be convenient to him, ho will see if he
thinks it would be of any service to tho
firm to come to any arrangement witl
your ladyship
"I remain, madam,
, "Yours respectfully,
"pro Chump & Crushit."
Lady Charlotte Craddock was only 26
years of age, and had enjoyed the repu
tation of being a fashionable beauty for
jeven years. The fourth of Lord Eglin
ion's seven unmarried daughters, seeing
no chance ol ever tasting the joys of a
season in town wf'ile her three elder sis
ters remained still unmarried, and feel
ing that as Iter years already numbered
18. Hhe would be passee ami "quite too
frightfully elderly" before it could possi
bly be her turn to be presented, she made
the most of her opportimies at afternoon
tea during the autumn, so that before
thf end of the shooting season Col. Sir
Algernon Craddock had formally asked
for her hand and had been accepted as
son-in-law by Lord and Lady Eglinton,
who congratulated (aemselves upon hav
ing been a'le to establish a daughter so I
well without any of the expenses of pre
sentation or season in London.
Lady Charlotte Craddock was present
ed upon liei marriage, and immediately
took a loremoat place among tha treason's
belles.
In the autumn her husband's regiment
was ord red to Fizabad, an Indian sta
tion in the province of Oude. As a du
tiful wife.. Lady Charlotte accompanied
her husband to India; but as she found
life unendurable in the station, she soon
formed Umj opinion that the heat was in
jurious to her heHlth, and discovered that
her constitution had already suffered
severely from the trying effects of the
climate, and that it was absolutely nec
essary for her to fly to the hills for tho
benefit of lier health. There the purer
air, heavily charged with the flirtation
which ever flourishes in Indian hill sta
tions. apiKtrently had a very beneficial,
though not lasting, effect upon hei
health, for it seemed to be necessarj
that Lady Charlotte Craddock should
spend tlie greater portion of the year at
Tucoori, or the Happy Vale, where her
solitude was relieved by the society and
attentions of Mr. Loftus Brackeubury,
a young cavalry officer, who was able to
enjoy invalid leave with sufficient health
and spirits to inaugurate a flirtation with
the belle of the sta; ion, and to waltz at
every informal dance, oi which there
are always many in hill stations, hastily
arranged with a view to beguiling the
-earineas of lone m ned women whose
husbands are away in the plains. xYt
tlese little dances, i . an became a matter
of course for Mr. Brackeubury and Lady I
Cliorkte to waltz togetlier through a
very large percent. of the programme;
and if during her stay in India love let
ters and keepsakes crept mysteriously
into Lady Charlotte's dressing case, her
elderly hustvtnd was so unobservant aud
seemed to care so hitle that it really
berved htm right tSo said Lady Char
lotte in answer -o the time and novel
honored still, small voice, etc.
Sir Algernon Craddock had but two
years more to serve :n India, id at- the
expiration of that n riod Iip md Lady
Charlotte left the station in which lus
wife had spent so many cVeary days, and
in whose adjacent station had occurred
the one small shred of romance that
could be said to have entered into her
life. When she left India, Lady Char
lotte bewailed her separation from the
one man she had ever loved. It ltad been
delightful to lwr to arrange stolen inter
views and ,4)reconcertpd meetings that
Ip&ittfllf:
should appear unexpected; and" the ex
citement consequent on the acting neces
sitated by such enterprises gave to the
attainment of her end a zest and an in
toxication which Bhe enjoyed to the ut
termost. Lady Charlotte Craddock tried to les
sen the hardship of separation by cor
respondence. A bomb launched by a
discharged maid in the shape of an
anonymous letter inclosing a few speci
mens of this correspondence informed
Sir Algernon that his beautiful wife
had deceived him. He promptly al
tered his will and instituted proceed
ings for divorce; but he met his
death in the hunting field before Sir
James Hannen could hear the case that
might have furnished the papers with so
many sensational paragraphs and bo
much matter for witty comment; and
might have afforded the middle and lower
middle classes, through the medium of
those papers, a short insight into tho j
ways and manners of the upper classes,
and regaled their curiosity with the re
fined and elegant phraseology and tho
purity of diction which from time to
time delight the curious commonalty,
who read the reports of divorces in high
life.
Before she was 23, Lady Charlotte
Craddock, in a tulle head dress which set
the fashion in widows' caps for soma
years, bewailed the loss of her husband
and the property which he had left, with
the exception of her very modest settle-
ment, to the distant cousin who suc
j ceeded to his baronetcy
I Unwilling to return to her father's
house and play second fiddle to her un-
married sisters. Lady Charlotte resolved
to content herself with a very small
,-cstablishiuent in Mayfair. A tiny house
I squeezed into a corner near the park and
elbowing a mews swallowed up over
t 200 a year, leaving a balance of -100,
and credit, with which to maintain the
small establishment, half brougham
victoria, wondrous dresses and bonnets,
etc., etc. Of course, this style of living
mustlead todebtand difficulty; but Lady
Charlotte, whose portrait had been three
limes in the Orosvenor, and whose ap
pearance was continually being com
mented upon in society papers and fash
ion magazines, relied upon making a
good second match before she should
have plunged very deeply into debt.
But Fortune had not lately favored
Lady Charlotte, insomuch as she had
been a widow two years and no eligiblo
match had offered, and she had found it
hard to live in accordance with what
she considered the necessities of her rank
and position and keep her head above
the growing current of debt. It was
after contemplating many expediencies
that she addressed her somewhat start
ling proposal to Messrs. Crump & Crushit.
"Insolent wretch! I wish that I could
afford to order a dress und pay for it,
that I might let tho creature know his
proper place, and not allow him to make
an appointment to suit his own odious
convenience." So thought Lady Char
lotte, but, nevertheless, she wrote a
dainty little note to express herself will
ing to grant Mr. Crump an interview at
the hour he mentioned.
Before seeing Lady Charlotte Crad
doek Mr. Crump had been careful to
obtain ample renseignements upon tho
subject of her social position and reputa
tion. His head buyer, as a man much
about town and likely to hear all the on
dils in high life, had been instructed to
find out what he could about her. His
inquiries resulted in the unanimous ver
dict "that there was no doubt about
it she was A 1; had been on
the prince's drag at Sandown last
autumn; had worn a thirty-five guinea
dress from Redfern's for the occasion:
hadn't paid for it; didn't mean to.
Didn't seem to pay for anything, and yet
seemed to live pretty comfortable
Fi euch cook, etc. Was supposed to have
gone the pace in India, so was cut off
with a shilling by her husband, who had f
been dead two years.
Armed with these facts, Mr. Crump
was able to receive Lady Charlotte with
an easy affability and cool familiarity
with her circumstances that made her
writhe, although ladies of her class who
talk of "being in blue funks." and
"cheeking servant maids" cannot be sup
posed to possess a very great amount of
sensibility or delicacy of feeling.
Mr. Crump niTered his lovely guest an
easy chair, and sat down in another him
self with the air of being quite ready for
a chat with an old and valued friend.
In one hand he held a popular social
journal; m the other he held the packet
of invitation cards which Lady Charlotte
had sent him.
we' '-r.
&nJl
Quitr ready far a chaL
"Well, now, with regard to making
you an occasional dress or so, let us just
cto how we stand. You are certainly a
very good figure: everybody knows that.
I chould make your w aist three-quarters
of an inch smaller: your shoulders re
mure it. No doubt you would allow
that. Now here is a card froni Lady
Dorkcss. Certainly she's quite the
thing, but your visiting her wouldn't
help ohr firm. I don't suppose she ever
wore a dress that wouldn"l be a disgrac-s
to a West End tradesman. Ladv and
Hon. Mrs. , h'ni, h'ni." Mr. Crump I
threw down tho card one after the
other. "All these are well enough in
their W3V, but they wouldn't help us.
One of niv men tells me that you were j
on the prince's drag at Sandown. Now
that's what I call good business. Every
body looks at you. 'That's a neat figure,
and what a fit! Who makes her dresses?
etc.; and then Mrs. Brown, of Clapham.
and Mrs. Robinson, of Brirton, cut t3
the nursery rice puddings for a few
months, and put tbeir husbands on short
commons, and come and ortfer dyesses
that never look their worth on em. and
flatter themselves that they look exactly
like Lady Charlotte Craddock. Have
you read this iragraph?" N
Lady Chsy lotto took the paper that Mr.
Crumn held out. and she sav that there
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was a paragrapn marked with a large
cross in ink.
Lady Charlotte read: "The Priuce of
Wales honored the Bataiile des Fleurs
with his presence. H. R. H. looked very
well, and apparently enjoyed extremely
good health. He paid considerable at
tention to Miss Dollers, the latest Ameri
can beauty, who, it is rumored, will
take a place among the reigning belles
in English society during tho coming
season. I have it on very good authority
thatH.iL H. threw a bunch of gardenias
said to have been grown in the San
dringham hothouses into Miss Dollers'
victoria as it passed the royal equipage."
"Do you know Miss Dollers, Lady
Charlotte:-"'
"No, she is not in my set."
"Well, then, just you look here. You
get to know Miss Dollers, you bring her
hero and let her give me a good order
and I'll dress you for the rest of the sea
son that's a bargain. I'll make you a
dress for Ascot or for Hurlingham or for
wherever you are likely to meet her,
and then if you bring her here I'll dress
you for the rest of the season. You
shall be measured today, and directly
you send me the card of invitation or
the engagement, whatever it may be,
the dress shall be put in hand directly.
Nothing for nothing in business, you
know. Now, are ycu agreeable to
that;"
Lady Charlotte would have liked to be
haughty, but her doubtful position aa
party to such an arrangement disarmed
all haughtiness on her side and she wa3
fain to agree to tho tailor's stipulations.
Mr. Crump, of Crump & Crushit, was
very pleased to pay off, in part at least,
on the person of Lady Charlotte Crad
dock tho score of all former grudges in
the shape of aristocratic rudenes3 that
he owed to her class in general
Lady Charlotte's resources were at a
very low ebb; with tho exception of the
rent of her house and servants' wages,
che contrived to live entirely upon
credit. What little ready money she
possessed en outre her jointure,
which did not go very far in the
stylo of living she affected, was obtained
by writing paragraphs for fashion maga
zines and borrowing. She felt very low
spirited as she drove away from Messrs.
Crump & Crushit's after her interview
with tho head of the firm. She had
gained her end, but at what a price! She
would have to unearth this American
girl, who was probably vulgar, take her
up for some little timo at least, and then
perhaps she would not be easy to drop.
But, first of all, there might be some
difficulty in tho unearthing.
Lady Charlotte ordered some lea and
a luncheon tray to be taken to her
boudoir, a much be-wadded and be
draped stained glass windowed cupboard,
squeezed into a corner of the staircase.
Hero she sat down to meditate upon her
situation. Tho result of her meditation
was that she ordered her carriage for 4
o'clock, and resolved to call upon a per
son whom she denominated "her favor-
ite pal." As a single, motherless girl, j
Lady Cardington had been Lady Char-
lotto's bosom friend and confidante in '
India before she had achieved the great j
match which had made her a peeress.
This friend was at home, and Lady
Charlotto was shown into an equally be
wadded and he-draped though much J
larger boudoir than the one she had just '
left. j
After the usual feminine embraces had
been exchanged. Lady Charlotto stated
her case with slight modifications: "She
was very anxious to meet Miss Dollers,
tho new American beauty. Some one
had told her that she was such a sweet
creature, and Lady Charlotte felt quite
drawn to her, and was determined to
know her. Could Edith help her?'
"Well, my dear, I'll try. I wonder if
his lordship is in London; he may know i
her, or some of her friends." j
Ladv Cardington rang tho bell. "Will
you inquire if his lordship dines at home
today'r
The footman, with well bred impertur
bability, answered that "his lordship had
been at Newmarket since the day before
yesterday, and was not to bo expected
until late next day, his lordship had told
Harris."
"Then yoa don't get on with his lord
ship very well, my dear, I am afraid,"
said Lady Charlotte, who really liked
her dearest friend.
"Oh, yes, dear, I do. I always do my
duty to him. I look pretty and order
dinner, and he confides in his butler and
not in me, which is rather an advantage,
as I am afraid I should find his confi
dences rather vapid, with a tendency to
be decidedly, more horsey than I should
consider quite interesting. But now,
what is to be done about this American?
Do you belong to the. Primrose league?"
"Oh, yes, I am a dame, harbinger, or
a queen's councilor, or something or
other, with a brooch."
"Very well then. Miss Dollers is
stus to be one too. All Ameri
cans and parvenus who want to
get into society begin with the
Primrose league. You write to her
and say you want to confer with her
upon the subject of election work. Find
her address in the subscription lists and
write to her."
"Thanks for the hint I'll do that
Good-by. Thanks awfully. Are you
dining alone?"
"No; Capt Vanbrugh is coming to
dinner, and I am going to take him with
me to Lady Dorkess. By the by, do you
know that Capt Brackeubury is on his
way home?"
"No; is he?" asked Lady Charlotte,
with well feigned surprise, which might
have deceived anyone except a confiden
tial female friend.
"Evidently she has not forgotten him,"
thought Lady Cardington.
Lady Charlotte had not forgotten
Capt. Brackenbury. She had in her pos
session a letter from him announcing his
intention of leaving India, and giving
the date on which a letter would reach
him at Suez, and she had written to
Suez a letter in which she told him of
the joy which she would experience in
seeing him again, in impassioned lan
guage of which few would have believed
the fashionable beauty capable.
"I wonder if he reaUv kurws how
much I care for him," she thought
"People think mo shallow and only ca
pable of a flirtation pour passer le temps
because I married a man twice my age
for tho sake of getting out of the nnr
serj . I don't suppose thev know bow
delightful it is to wear pinafores and
have one's hair down one's back, and
dine in the schoutrooia ieag mnet '
ono's fully grewn wp, jut becsue oe
two ekler sisters baog on kand." a
mamma used to say. I wonder if I were
to marry him. now that 1 ara free I
whether I should be Jmppy. It woufcf J
mean livinc ex Clhathnm ox acraa otlifii
horrid place, and contriving and manag
ing; and being waited on by one s hus
band's orderly a curious sort of object,
neither soldier, servant, nor good red
herring and a one horse carriage drawn
by my husband's charger, when he could
spare it Jo m'en doute. Poor Lof tus!
If only he were rich and could pay all
my debts, how happy we might be to
gether." Lady Charlotte acted upon her friend's
advice, and wrote a gracious little note
to Miss Dollers, in which Lady Charlotte
Craddock presented her compliments to
Miss Dollers, etc., and begged thac MLs
Dollers would be so kind as to call upon
her to discuss the election work of the
habitation to which they both belonged.
Mis3 Letitia Dollera swallowed the bait
willingly, and not unconsciously. "I
guess I am going to bo the boom ol the
season, and Lady Charlotte likes to be in
the front," she thought, as she dispatched
a reply.
Lady Charlotte gashed very sweetly
and with high bred gentleness; Letitia
Dollers gushed with Yankee brusquerie,
and they parted friends.
When Lady Charlotto accepted her
annual invitation from Lord Addlepayto
to spend Ascot week at Addlepayte Villa,
near Ascot Heath, she asked if she
might bring her young friend, Miss Dol
lers, a favor which was willingly granted,
and Lady Charlotte was able to present
herself to Mr. Crump armed with the
honorable and noble lord's letter. Mr.
Crump undertook to send Lady Charlotte
a couple of dresses: a chef d'eeuvre for
the first and third day and for the Cup
day a conception in mushroom color
which chould make all other well dressed
women green with envy.
Letitia Dollers was sufficiently delight
ed at the receipt of her invitation to be
very amenable to all Lady Charlotte's
plans, and at her (suggestion drove to
Bond street in her ladyship's dainty vic
toria, tho maintenance of which was a
marvel to tho few who suspected tho real
state of her exchequer. After a long and
solemn consultation jtvith Mr. Crump,
Jr., whoso taste was said to be the
guiding star of the firm, Miss Dollers
gave an order for costumes for che Ascot
week on so lavish a scale that Lady Char
lotte felt quite sure of dresses on her own
account for the rest of the season
Miss Dollers was residing at the Metro
pole hotel, and was very anxious to make
Lady Charlotto known to a compatriot
staying in the same hotel, Mr. Josiah
Washington Potts, quondam pork ex
porter in the far west, now millionaire
gentleman, doing Europe, and bent on
the purchase of a country seat in Eng
land, old furniture, a pedigree, aristo
cratic wife, and, if possible, a baronet
age. Of the likelihood of his obtaining
this last he was sometimes doubtful, of
the others absolutely sure.
A small banquet was inaugurated in
the American's dining room on the
ground floor of the Metropole. at
which Lady Charlotte consented to be
present, and also consented to send out
invitations to a few of her own friends,
as Mr. Josiah Washington Potts was not
richly dowered with acquaintance in
London and was anxious to get into tho
very best society "the corner lot," he
called it As this was a convenient man
ner of paying debts in tho shape of din
ners owing to people whom she did not
much care about, Lady Charlotte was
able to gather together a dozen or so
wealthy, well dressed people. Not her !
bast friends, not tho creme de la creme, t
but a few of those people who prostrated
themselves at her feet in their endeavor
to secure at their parties the presence '
of a fashionable beauty, who was known
to have been admired by H. R. H.
Lady Charlotte and the friends came
and feasted at the American's expense,
flattered him upon the elegance of tho
dinner and looked askance at Letitia
Dollers that American tiling in whom
tiiey saw so little to admire, and whose
portraits they were sick of seeing in all
the West End shops. All agreed in won
dering why Lady Charlotte had taken j
her up, and some even declared ;
that they knew as a fact that Miss .
Dollera had paid her a large sum I
down to introduce her to his friends. J
None guessed the truth. There are
wheels within wheels in the best so- j
ciety.
Letitia Dollers was a great success at ,
Ascot, and Lady Charlotte was fain to '
rejoice over her arrangement with Mr. i
Crump. Her own mushroom colored
gown wa3 described in all the papers.
Lured by the double magnet of Lady
Charlotte Craddock and the more novel
attraction of the beauty whom the know
ing ones declared that H. R. H. had dis
covered at Cannes, and thus created,
and of whom the same knowing ones
asserted that H. R H. had avowed that ,
he would rather luivo discovered her
than tho whole continent of America,
the choicest sprigs of nobility and the
great ones of the land hovered about
Lord Addlepayte's drag. Young Lord
Callow's team of blacks and exquisitely
matched grooms passed unnoticed, and
tho reigning beauty of last year bit the
tip3 of her Suede gloves in anger and
despair at the sight of the fickle crowd
with field glasses leveled and forefingers
pointed at the new beauty of the season.
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Frosted at (he AmcrieaK's taspeMK.
Before the last days oi June Mr.
Washington Potts bad booght from ite
noble and impoverished owner the Tudor
mansion and park known aa Reminsiiall
Abbey, Bucks. Here, in the early days
of July, Mr. Potts intended to inorate
his career as a lord of the sotL He had
pat the abbey into the baada of a West
Ead upholsterer, who had renovated
whatever it was poesibJe to renovate hi
the furniture, aad had fitted op theTodor
hathiing with electric light, and had done
all that lay in h power to moderahw
ami hourfifyi he vejientbie edifice- Aawa
-uperier brigade bk; acid ervama.
fcrfty foacasee as4 an aaafcfe archaasei
of k bailer, engaged by the hoobc ageat .
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Diacks and roans filled the stabling for
eight horses: and half a dozen carriages,
newly designed, and built on the latest
lines, and emblazoned with the crest of
a griffin rampant, which Mr. Potts had
recently discovered at the College of
Heraldry that he was entitled to beat
for the sum of eighty guineas, filled the
coach houses. The Mayflower, a spick
and span steam launch, was moored in a
boat house built on a badrwater of the
Thames, down to whose flowery banks
stretched the lands of Beminshall Abbey.
The griffin ramped on massive services
of silver, glass, table linen and cutlery.
Wherever, a crest could be placed a grif
fin appeared. From the chimneys and
gutterspouts," over which griffins hov
ered, to the ground glass windows of the
butler's pantry, on which griffins were
engraved, the new made Washington
Potts crest was obtrusively conspicuous.
This lordly pleasure dome and all its
appendages Mr. Washington Potts had
bought for himself, but before ho could
enjoy himself in it he required to see it
filled with an elegant and well dressed
mob. To obtain this end Josiah con
sulted Lady Charlotte Craddock. He
went to call upon her one morning to
wards the end cf June, and found her
pale and exhausted. She had not yet
recovered from an alarming interview
with an irate jobmaster, who had sup
plied her with the pretty bays that drew
her half brougham and victoria, and
who now threatened summonses and
countv courts, and most terrible of all
threatened to send a man to tako away
the bays then and there unless Lady
Charlotte paid him the trifling sum of
400, due by her to him for horse hire.
Lady Charlotte promised to send a
check on account by tho end of the j There were excursions by water organ
week, and rehearsed the gamut of equiv-' ized with the greatest fikill and precision
ocations used by people who live on
credit, but Mr. Buck, of Buck & Jibb,
jobmaster3 und horso dealers, Oxford
street, W., was not so easily pacified.
"You let me 'avo a check for two
'undred on' account before I closo my
office at 5 o'clock this afternoon, and
I'll leave my osses in your stable; you
don't, and I'll send my man for them
hays, and even if they aro in the Row
I'll 'ave the harness took off and leave
the carriage there. When I says a thing
I means it. and I mean that," and Mr.
Buck had departed, feaing Lady Char
lotte to face tho full awfulness of the
demand. A balanco of 70 at her
banker's and 200 to be paid before
nightfall. It was horrid. For a few
moments Lady Charlotto gave herself
up to despair, but at the end of half an
hour she had formed a desperate resolu
tion. At first she had almost enter
tained tho idea of failing to pay and let
ting the horses be taken, but tho recollec
tions of Hurlingham, where she had an
engagement that very afternoon, the
Row, and tho thousand and ono occa- j
cions when horses and a carriage aro ab-:
solutely indispensable, mado that impos
sible. No, Lady Charlotto would go to j
a money lender. Sho knew thev were '
disreputable, and knew that they would
cneat uer; out sue must trust in provi
dence or her own wits to savo her from
possible worry in the future, and she
must provide for tho inexorable Now.
Lady Charlotto put on her oldest tailoi
gown and drove in a hansom to the
office of a member of the tribe of Levi,
whose shining brass door plate an
nounced him to be a solicitor, but whoso
name and appearance suggested usury.
After a great amount of discussion and
explanation Mr. Abraham Levi st-ited
that he had no ready money on hand and
was himself, indeed, not a money lender,
but would act in that capacity on behalf
of a friend who had some few hundreds
to invest When Lady Charlotte left hi3
office Mr. Levi had undertaken to send a
trustworthy clerk with notes for 300 to !
her house at 3 o'clock, tho earliest hour '
by which the obliging friend could bo j
communicated with, and his client had I
signed an agreement to pay monthly in- I
Btallments of 100, with interest added, '
until the debt should bo paid off, the '
first payment to be made one month
from the day of the signing of the agree- i
ment The Hebrew solicitor, who only !
asked a moderate commission for his j
assistance, diew up an agreement 6o
shrouded in technicalities that Lndv
Onaridtto rea"d and sighed it in Utter '
unconsciousness of tho fact that she was
undertaking to pay 180 per cent for the
accommodation.
Lady Charlotte sent notes for 200 to
Messrs. Buck & Jibb and reserved 100
for her personal use. trusting that 6he
could ward off all large payments until
the end of the season at least
Wearied with the unusual business of
the morning Lady Charlotte leaned back I
, . ,.
Mr wX !
Mr. Josiah ,
.
in a low saddlebag loungeseatand gently
fanned herself as she greeted
washinston Potts. .
"I hear you havo bought the Remins-
hall estate? i
"Yes, I guess I am boss of Rminshall
Abbey and park. I'vo fixed it up and
Its all comfortable now. i here s a tow
er at one end, supposed to data from
Stephen; well, IVa had an elevator fitted
tnere; electric ligUt, electric indicators, i
complete telephonic com municauou. In i paying for tho -dresses that ha had
fact you wouldn't know the old hole then in preparation. Ho had charged a
again; and now I want yoir ladyship little aa j-oi&ibie and inclosed an account
to come down and stay a few weuts. or for the two drceea for the tbeatnaal psr
ts long as you lika. and to ask a party formance. Ordinarily the price aaked
I've asked all the people that you brought j would be eighty ruineaa. He would
to my dinner: but they won t half fill
the place, and I want to have relays of
company, one batch after another, as
one reads about your regular swells in
tlie society papers. They are a sort of
catechism for us self made men and
show us the way we should go if we
went to be fashionable."
"Just so. Bat surely, my dear Sir.
Potts, you have friends at yocr own?
A maa of vour wealth mvui lave made
lots of friends?" answered Lady Char- i
lotte languidly, not taking the trouble j
to appear iBtere&tecl
Ob. of coarse Tro made friends among i
speculators ana mat on tney areat
what I want to know. I wast the Al
brand, as we used to cay ia tb west, and
I know yoa can bring them. I've bought
a launch, and the coach thai I have or
dered will oe down in a week; there shall
be iUgminauom. water ponies, a beH,
anything you fake. Yoa juet give t&e
word of command, and 111 that it's
done.''
"Is is verr Satieriag oi you to set rat.
of com?, but you sroat allow ze to coo-
nder the matter. I m feeling rather ex- j
Laosted now. so I reacrat that 1
ash: yoti to tancheee, boa cl! again m a
few "days time sod 1 iQ lot joo fcaow
GeMiy. dear Mr. Potts."
Ladr Charlotte did not at first uttead
to aocotse i Use ii-aericat,' roajwe'it that
sheshenld mvite bar friends lefci&hossv.
so certain imsiautyanoB$ bertnrfe-
jimuiito in smriing n flwir hflinrtrii wrjraf
remiaders dtaigs: faac tear dsjs of
tne season, together with the threatening
tones of some who declined to take any
further orders until they received a set
tlement in full, made her decide to go to
ReminshalL ,.
"Anything would be better," Bhe
thought, "than staying hero to be pes
tered with their letters. I can't pay
them and they must know that I can'tl
What do they want0 They can't put
me in prison, I suppose, or half the
nobility would be in prison. Directly
I get my dividends I shall give these
harpies something on account I am
sure they can't expect rue to do more. I
would go to tho continent only one
can't travel on credit. I suppose I had
better oblige Mr. Potts." Lady Char
lotte pronounced the honorable name of
Potts as she might havo swallowed a
tonic
So Lady Charlotte invited a largo par
ty of friends and acquaintance to meet
her at ReminshalL first explaining the
strange circumstances of a wealthy man,
owner of a beautiful country seat and
eager to fill his house with people, and
yet uot possessing friends enough to oc
cupy half tho sparo bedrooms.
Lady Charlotte's set jeered at Air.
Washington Potts, spoke of tho absurd
ity of the thing, and with' few excep
tions accepted his invitations. There
were rumors of a pastoral play to be
performed in the open air, and as re
siect for tho salt is an eastern fad and
i not a European fact the guests arrived
bent upon amusing themselves and on i
being entertained, and determined to I
ignore all obligation to their entertainer.
Given tho disposition to make merry
and the wherewithal to do so, and the
results aro likely to bo satisfactory.
' by Mr. Potts. He was one overheard
tosayindisclaimingacompUmentuponiuPw.ith.a co,Iection of such 8olId anl
the subject that a man who had person
ally superintended tho shipping of 10,-
000 hogs ought to bo equal to shipping a
few dozen swells. Tlierwero garden
parties and tennis parties, dances and
charades, and all Mr. "Washington Potts
guests declared that Reoiinshall Abbey
was a delightful pleco to stav at But
I they were apt in quiet moments, when
tho master of tho house was absent, to
gather into little groups and discuss his
peculiarities.
"Tho creature fo so candidly vulgar,"
said one.
"I wonder why Lady Charlotto touts
for him; she seems qui to to havo takon
him up. Ho isn't in her set. I know va.
fact, I don't think he is in any set at alL
Do vou think she means toinarrvhim for
his monev?"
"I should hardly think so. Thev say
he was a pork butcher in America. Then
there was Ladv Charlotte's affair in In
dia, don't you know.
"Do you think that means anything?
There always are affairs in India, don't
you know, when young women go out
with their husbands. So much scandal
and backbiting and so little else to do.
I they are obliged to tako ref ugo in fiirta-
tiou." And the conversation drifted
away from Lady Charlotto and her in
tentions. AtMr. Washington Potts' request Lady
Charlotte had undertaken the entiro ar
rangement of the outdoor play, which
was to bo as near perfection as it was
possible for a play upon whose produc
tion neither expenso nor trouble, but
only genius, was spared. Lady Char
lotto found most irksome tho task of ar
ranging tho al fresco perormancc. Tho
unsatisfactory state of her own affairs
mado life wearisome, and the effort of
joining in conversation and appearing
or endeavoring to appear umiued and
interested soon became intolerable. The
morning's post bad become a thing to bo
dreaded and to be awaited in fear and
trembling tnrouch a sleepless nicht
There was a sickening unanimity about
her creditors. Then Crump, whom she
had looked upon as her slavo from the
moment she had introduced Miss Dol
lers, had discovered that tho erewnilo
run-after beauty was a Yankee adven
turess, a New York milliner's assistant
who had paid for her jHissaRO and re
turn passage with her savings, and had
arrived in England with only a few
pounds and the kudos resulting from
distinguished admiration to support her.
For a few months she had been, in her
own words, a big boom and had lived on
credit This credit exhausted, f.he loft
the shores of Britain to indulge on tho
other sido of the pond in many a hearty
laugh at tho gudeless Britmhers who had
blindly mistaken her uncultured vulgar
ity for American wit
Mad with raqo when hi gigantic bill
was returned to him from Miw Dollen
.. .. , .. ""-" "";
? ?! J16- yZFl lh
legend fa i red ink, "Left: addi. not
known, thasenior partner in Crump &
known." thasenior nartner m Cnimn
Crushit wrote to Lady Charlotte Crad
dock to inforrrihef ladyship thAt aa ho
had lost considerably by her introduction
Qf Mxss DoUerH(s thugh I had wished
would belo nmtJm meet that loss bv
only charge seventy, and be expected a
chck immediately. Tlie costumes wvoid
be sent by a epectal meweager, to whom
Lady Charlotte might intraet the check,
ae he would receive order? not to leave
the Abbey without pay meat Thk lev
tor, in coo jnoctaaa w:h hr otter inabil
ity to comply wuh 1U dessaada, inert!
tbce sensation that made Mf e aad the
preparation for the play a harden al
most too great to bear.
A of hue years charity has pre-red a
very conveeieat Kwial fteppiaz Ktose,
Lady ChaHctte suggested to Xr. Wash-
ingtoa Potta that charity toki be made
toe ratfoe d etre of the perforsaaoc. A
ritcahatie vicar of a aeigkbooag pariah
was soon found and easilj jn"tadd
that the caaee of Rticfilieen required thai
in his Httle tttmWe dowa 2ad saoae grewa
church, with ha ancient soeare tower
lop aided sad sinking tkiewarrs teo U
soli, the iac4derrag horse box paws
hoold be replaced by oeea Gothic
beaches, tha? tne damp and wc-lj toaed
barmoahan should retire la faror of aa
AjDericen orzan. In fact that the
whoteof the totener of tj piri h cbarcfc
of Stftsfoton, WMich bd be?aa Me ax a
Boons Cathobc chapel, which had been
whitewashed aader CfesaweH. sad ra
riiy ugfcflad by sacceedtaa; geooraiiom
at Low Chorea. Yiessaaboald rtovr b
h (a ntifled aad traastorased tt a. leicpie
Tbeza was to be a. ratgar rmdzza o
nws -nar i nrr-nrs) ffrr rharify A oort
rsragppbkt jaee &' ? hast crs o&r
to mtmlnctffiiCA xaxeatT tnouzht Ladv ' . -..-- "V"-
Charlotte jigyfolftfe fdttbat h had J a -T,f r .""J. J l l
a right to ag&SEba her ladyship ; "h?cW "ZT? f"3?0!"
would raske it known thac there was to
be an open air performance for the pur
pose of raising money for a local chanty,
that fauteuils would be three guineas;
that a family ticket to admit three
would be fivo guineas, that a special
train would leave Paddington, and
that two or threo dozen of the more
distinguished spectators would bo enter
tained at luncheon by tho master of Eem
inshall Abbey.
Lady Charlotte had the disposal of the
tickets, and within a few days of the an
nouncement of the performance the
greater number of seats had been taken.
Tho charge was so high people who
thought ten shillings and sixpence dear
for a stall at the Lvceurn, felt sure tho
performance, although amateur, must
bo really worth seeing, and peopkj not In
society rushed at ;he bait, and a very
few in society and n few on tho im
mediate outskirts received compli
mentary tickets and were invited to tha
luncheon.
A play of tho Elizabethan era was un
earthed and clothed in chaste modern
garb by a penniless and aristocratic
younger son, who affected long hair,
weird garments and a literary turn ol
mind, aud made a little money and a
great repute in his own family by con
tributing paragraphs to weekly papers,
and who annually wroto a very weak
and mystic novel, devoured by a class of
readers with an appetite for anything
written by an honorable, baronat, or ladv
of title.
At the last rehearsals tha play wont
smoothly, inasmuch as all tha actors
knew their parts. When the last re
hearsal was over Lady Charlotte left tht
dramatis rMrsonro with a weary sigh.
She walked rapidly through the hall, and
seeing all of the rooms occupied, fled to
a small room of studious aspect, fitted
classic literature as made Mr. Washing
ton Potts shudder. This, of a more
private nature than tho rest of the sit
ting rooms, had been placed oxclusivelr
at Lady Charlotte's disposal as the most
distinguished guests. Liko all Yankees,
Mr. Potta rejoiced in n pair of ptetok
manufactured with all tho lutort im
provements in deadlines. Those wro
kept on his library tablo in a case, which
in itself was a thing of beauty. Lady
Charlotte sat down near the tubk, and
drew the caso towards her. She though
of her dilficultius, of bar endlass strug
gles with insolvency and of tha taste for
luxury, which sho felt to bo bar ruling
passion, and for the tilings which onlr
j wealth can purchase, and without which
' eho felt that for horlifo would always bo
unendurable, and sho opened the inlaid
I caso ana tooK ono 0I tno "wuiS
weapons. "Perhaps, after all, this would
bo tho most honorable finale; but I
haven't tho courago, I am too grant a
coward." Lady Charlotto put baok tho
pistol and pushed tho caso away.
"No, I havo not jfufficiont courage to
do it" And then camo tho voice of tho
tempter, suggesting a temporary osoapo
from her diflicultie& The money for tho
charity; there it was in her jewel case.
Tho Hntertainment waa in bar patronage,
and all tho takings had been paid over
to her. Tliero was 120 in notes and
gold in her room; easy to appropriate
ti,;s ano tell the astuto Mr. Potu that
j the cost of tho production had swamped
the takings. In tho triumph of traccosa
ho would bo only too glad to give n
check to tho vicar, and would eny n
moro about it But then ha might d:
vino tho truth, and he was so vulgar; it
would be so dreadful to be under an
obligation to a man who out-Yankeed
even tho conventional Yankeo of comic
drama.
Expectation was on tiptoe on the mor
row. All tho dramatia personal were
pcoplo of moro or less renown, domi-
celebrities, quasi Htorarr mea, pretty
wives of celebrated artiste, etu, etc.
And all were anxious to distinguish
themselves before an audience tltut had
paid so much for their eoate that they
meant to bo critical.
Early in tho morning Lady Qinriottrfl
dresses arrived from Meters. Crump tc
CruFhit, and her maid came to inform
her that there tae a gentlomaa from
.Messrs. Crump's, wlto said that his or
ders were that ho wu to sea Ldy Char
lotto before he left
After a longthy parley with the Bond
street tailor's minion, who refused to
leave the house unpaid, Lady Charlotte
was fain to do that from the thought of
which she had shrunk yesterday. She
took 70 from tho charity money and
paid and dismissed tho tailor. Armed
with the stamped receipt, tibo returned
to the sunny sitting room adjoining her
bod room. Through tho window be
kod room. Through tho wii
preparation, la
for tha b J
A t i-i- ui . i'i
pregreeB
ckrudlaw
day in July. All nature looked id;
presently Lady Charlotto xaaet be look
ing glad and happy.
"What foofw we women of faeiilon
season. I don t tet so much store &m
many ladiet do on drata, but I never
I could Vh happy ia a dross made by a seo-
J ood rate tahor. I d)pfee uiyteif tor
j accepting hospitoHty from this -vulgar
American, hot my own folly, y -
I travag&acK. has laada it ntcvmry. I
woeder If tbors ara any pxtopte ooasinj;
j to ee this phty who feel as wretched m
I da." Lady Charlotta wst ioto her
dressing room aad looked Maebigly at
j her reflection hi the gam; aba woodred
j if ia saguarded kkhbwjoU sJwverw lekd
j sa wretched as aba felt She aatfled it
the reflection aad aserad her Ha in &
polite murmur. "Yes, I can ssrtl look
happy, though I caa't feel k. Aad that
! atoney I have taken to pay that wretch
ed tailor! I mopes I swat soL the few
remaining diamonds that I powess asd
rfoad it Every eoe xrili know how
xaisrabir poor I ara than. It wfX b
dreadful to wear no riaajs except awM
ding ring aad a gaanl hke a kxfgfeg
boose keeper.
In the nrfdat of her refections the
Kaart asd tight walatsd yeaaa, parson
who waited au Ley Kacoced j t& dear.
"I won't drew now. Hoardea, t shan't
ccKBedoro to besakftst' Lash OsarJeae
ssid as tho tuaJd festered. MBrfctf we a.
cap of tea, sad yoa czn say I tm sOady
lag srypext"
Sie would oertafoly need al bar eaerzy
to play her social sort f rots hsadssoa to
midsaght. ae -anal a Aa aVaiaarfe rote,
so Lady Charlotte had motet a so h
bead hor pontca,
I bag yoar ptatoa, yemr ssdjahia,
bat there' another yottae saca eWa
tms mjM he ssaat so yoa, aad, t 70a
aioae, hero ht hss card-"
laao,sa9rattsiahaasVrhtad
tar tjm1uk i Crrtsd V-,
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