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1 DAZZLED EYES of PATRICIA j
-By WINONA GODFREY- t4 I
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To deny that the ago of miracles i8
always now la to limit the gorgeous
ness of dreams Patricia had not per
haps exactly counted on the now, but
she had certainly rioted In dreams
And 10 her had i omr the miracle.
"Ye?." Mr Creelman repeated. "Miss
Meaeham lias left yon six thousand a
year You ought to be quite comfort
able on that."
Six thousand a year! Ave hundred a
month! Six thousand a year mav be
genteel poverty io some, but to Patri
i i it was the wealth of Croesus The
dazzle of it was in her eyes, the won
der of It tied her tongue
To think that Miss Meaeham had
left her a fortune! Miss Meaeham,
honi many a time 6he had wished In
Guinea, as the old ladv looked and
looked and found nothing to please
her, while Patricia took down box af
ter box of elegant waists, and tried
to keep her smile pinned on." as she
Perhaps IflSl Meaeham, with her
bushy white hair above her hrown face.
H her little bla k eyes that seemed to
H bore into you like gimlets, had ob-
H pet Fed that sometimes the violet eyes
H were tired, had guessed the spirit that
H kept those hps smiling. Patricia ber-
self did not think or this She was
H recalling a certain conversation.
"Wouldn't you like to he wearing
B some of these fine things yourself?"
B "Ah, wouldn't
H "Well, you would become them "
Patricia had been amused by the
H quaint phrase.
'Not likely tn et the ehance, I
guess " she replied cheerfully.
Who knows?" said Miss Meaeham
"That pretty face of yours may get
I you a rich husband. '
Patricia sighed That's just in the
fl story-books. I'm afraid."
H The old lady's eyes bored In deeper
than ever. "Perhaps there's some poor
boy you'd rather have'" she probed.
Patricia laughed "Not me' I'm all
, for the yellow sold This nice toman
tic loe don't seem to last long
Miss Meacham's smile was queer
H "Money has wings as well as Love
you know " And she suddenly turned
away with the Hi tie bob of her head
that meant farewell
Patricia ramo back to Mr Creel
! roan's drone
"There Is. however I am sorry to
say Miss Barrett, a little string tied
ahem I mean, a condition attached
to this Rift "
Yes?" murmured Patricia, all tnter-
"You are not allowed to marry."
"Not allowed to marry!" Patricia
repeated blankly. "Why, I don t want
Mr. Creelman smiled "Well, you
might, sometime you know And you
can't keep this money When you
i marry this Income reverts to the es-
i "Oh. well." said Patricia "that
doesn't bother me."
I "Miss Meaeham. Creelman contin-
j ued. "never married, you knov.-. and
she had er ideas on the subject."
I During the next few weeks, "the
I little string" did not In truth bother
I Patricia at all She never gave it a
thought She and her mother were
too busy getting settled in "swell
ij apartments." too busy selecting what
I seemed to them elaborate wardrobes,
too busy beginning at last, as they
i phrased it. to live.
I Mrs. Barrett had never "had much
I to do with," but she was a woman of
natural refinement, and Patricia wn
like, her In that at least, so they did
l not try' to outdo Solomon In the glory
i of their attire Consequently the
somewhat pretentious family hotel
which they selected, received them cor-
dlally enough, since no very' obvious
I threads of the ridiculous clung to their
I new sublimity.
It was rather their old acquaint
I ances who viewed them with suspl-
clon who suspected them of euperclll-
ousness. who, In short regarded them
a upstarts Knowing thai a certain
neighbor was rather sorely In need of
a small sum of money, Mrs Barrel t
j called upon her with the Intention of
tendering a gift, or a loan if preferred
! What was her amazement to he told
I that Mvs Swell was no pauper, that
Mrs. Barrett need not think because
she had money and was all dressed
ij up that she could come around patron-
j Izlng people who remembered when
I he didn't have so much In spite of
Mrs. Barrett's protestations, Mrts
Swett considered herself Insulted
I Mrs Barrett came home all stirred
jl up." and related the incident to Patrl-
i cla, Indignantly denying having as
sumed any Lady Bountiful aire.
It wasn't exactly relevant, but It
I was this that brought Patricias
I thoughts back with a sort of Jerk to
Evan Burgess It suddenh occurred
to her that she had seen Evan only
I once since her good fortune and that
I phe had thought of him not at all.
That once he had said how pleased
he was that she didn't have to work
In the store any more, and what a
Jolly old lady Miss A met I a Meaeham
must have been. And Patricia had
; not even thought to ask him to be sure
to come and see them soon Evan.
J too, would think that the money had
i changed them, that they no longer
I cared for their old friends,
j She went to the telephone. "Hello,
i Watson ft Devers?"
J "May I speak to Mr. Burgess,
j i please?"
j "Hold the line" After a moment;
; ' '. j "Is it you, Evan?"
I I "Yes Patricia."
"Oh, you knew me. did ou?"
I jj "Of course. I always know your
'Oh! Well we haven't seen you
for a long time."
"Why. I I thought probably you'd
be busy " His voice sounded
I thought I'd call you up Come
up to see us soon, won't you?"
Well, I sure will Er how about
"We're going to the theatre to-night
But to morrow "
"Let's say to-morrow then I'll be
up sure I'm glad you called "
Ml right, then Were at the Pto
donla, you know Good by "
pale-blue dress. verv pretty and ex
pensive and fashionable, and how it
did set her off, making her eyes so
deeply violet her hair so brightly gold
her fair skin fairer still. And she had
a little air now. not self-conscious, but
secure and noised, with the knowledge
that she fit the setting
She h:id really forgotten that Evan
WU BO good-loot, lng but he was a lit
tle pale, and surely he had not always
looked at her so. The evening passed
H- cam again soon, and again, his
eyes bright, his spirits high, and each
time he left Patricia quiet, thought
At last, one night, she had gone to
the window to draw the blind, and the
moon was just rising
'Oh, come, Evan, and see the moon,"
she called "Its gorgeous! '
He i amc and stood beside her.
Isn't It big to-night " she went on
lightly, "and such a deep gold Isn't
it lovely wonderful1"
Bhe felt her hand sHed "Oh. Pa
tricia1" His voire was deep, quiver
ing He v, as not looking ai ihe moon
at all. but straight down at her "It's
you you're lovely and wonderful
Evan' ' She withdrew her hand
gently, and pulled down the blind
When she turned again, ho was still
regarding her Intently
"Patricia, you know It you must
have known it I love you I must sa
It I "
She looked at him helpless!) "I
didn't know it Evan. I'm sorry" "
"When vou got that money. I said
to myself, now it'll come out If t,he
doesn't can- a bit, she li drill away and
forget about me That's why I didn't
come I waited " He searched her
"But I Ean. don't you see I
couldn't let yon think that I didn't
want to be friends because of the
"So when you called me up, I was
so happy Patricia, don't you care a
Patricia crossed the room to the ta
ble, and stood turning a book this way
and that After a moment she spoke
In a colorless voice.
"I don't believe I told you, Evan,
that if I marry, I lose m money "
He threw up his head "I hate that
money anyway Why. I'd be glad
Something in her face stopped him
His tone was suddenly dulled
"And I've got twenty-five a week to
ofTer you "
Bhe did not reply she went on turn
inc the book this way and that.
"That just means thai you don't
care, I know " wistfully And of
course I couldn't ask you to give thai
up anyway for what 1 could give you."
"I've got used to having things
now." she said. "I just couldn't go
back to all that skimping and "
She broke off She did not know why
she was using this argument, why she,
did not say at once simply that she
uld not love him.
Evan glanced around the expensive
ly furnished room curiously as If try
lug to discover 1U Irresistible charm
"And all this time." he laughed at
himself little, "I've been waiiing to
get raised to twenty-live, so i could
ask you to marry me. 1 thought we
could cot along fine on that.''
"I'm so sorry, Evan but but I just
couldn't ' She dbl noi look at him
He came and stood by the table, too
"I wonder." huskily, if If you hadn't
got this money- If you'd have cared
She raised her eves to his now.
'Isn't It evident thai I don't care
"Does that mean, ' h naked slowly,
TRF. OLD LADY LOOKED AND LOOKED. ASD POUND XOTniSC TO PLEASE tlt.R WUILF
PATRICIA TOOK DOWN BOX AFTERl BOX
She hung up the receiver, and sat
for a moment staring thoughtfully at
the floor How pleased he seemed!
How very pleased! She felt strangely
as If she had made a discovery a dis
covery not wholly welcome
That night at the theatre she re
called how many plays she and Evan
had seen together from the balcony
and even from the gallery What fun
1 1 had teen! They had been such good
friends well, was there any reason
why thev shouldn't be good friends
now? No of course not, only
V. hen Evan came. Patricia wore a
"that if you had cared, you would have
given up Miss Meacham's money?"
' I suppose so."
"I'm I'm glad of that anyway." At
least his dream of her need not be
tarnished; it was In himself that
there was lack not in her And that
The elegant little clock on the man
tel began to tick loudly In the silence,
as If It had suddenly raised Its voice.
"Well " Evan sighed. "I guess I
might as well he going "
She did not say stay.
"And. perhaps I hadn't better como
any more" He held out his hand
"Good b "
"Good-by Evan But of course,
we're friends Just the same"
His boyish face was white. "I'm
glad. But I guess I hadn't better come
any more. Patricia" He went out
After awhile said Mrs Barrett
"Why. Ean baan't been up for a long
time I wonder what's the matter?"
Patricia did not look up "Evan
wanted me to marry him mother, and
I couldn't "
' Dear, dear!" sighed Mrs Barrett
' Poor boy, I'm so sorry "
Patricia said nothing
Her mother omliroi,crcd a few morn
stitches. "Do you know. I used to
think vou would marry' Ean some
das ! '
"Did you?" evenly
"The idea always pleased me You
seemed so suited to each other I
wonder If Miss Meaeham "
Patricia broke in Impatiently "Ohj
mother, don t begin to wonder I
suppose I would have married him if
Miss Meaeham hadn't left me the
money and gone on being poor all
"I don't think Evan will ahvas lw
poor." Mrs Barrett mildly protested.
' He's with a good firm and " She
stopped, for Patricia was not listening
It seemed to Patricia as If something
was finished, as If she was son of
starting all over again, as If the final
thread-) of the old life were broken,
and she wa bot; in n i n i; a new one
She was thoroughly tilted now into
her new environment People hnd ai
most forgotten thai she had been n
poor shopgirl She was now that
pretty Miss Barrett yes. some eccen
trie old lady had left her a lot of
money The girls I" the store sold.
"No. Pat Barren hadn't tot snippv
but she was sort of toned down You'll
never know she hadn't been born a
real lady "
And prettv Miss Barrett with her
monev natural!, bad admirers. One
of them was Harry Darn a rich,
yonrig-man-about-town. and another
was Eddie Lester one of those wi 11
dressed young gentlemen whose pres
ent and future are equally vagus
When Lester sHzed Patricias hand
one night, whispering I love you.
will you marry mcr' Patricia let him
' Did vou know, Mr Lester." she
said steadily, "thai If I marry, I lose
A look of blank honor crossed Les
ter's face He dropped her hand
"Why, no, I didn't know It Is that
She nodded. smiling into his eyes.
"Oh. well, of course." he limped on.
"that doesn't make any difference to
me. The monev is a mere side-issue
Er you wouldn't consider It?
"The money? '
"Er marn ing me."
'Not for a moment thank you, Mr.
He did not appear to be greatly cast
When he was &nc, Patricia in
spected herself In I be mirror No, sho
hadn't fade.) any Suddenly she
Caught herself ihlnklng. "If MK.s
Meaeham hadn't put that In. Evan
could have bought into the firm." And
then she interrupted herself sternly
"Stop It. you little Idiot!"
Said Harry Darrt one night: "Say,
isn't that a moon for you' so hupo and
Kolden looks like a slorlflod pumpUu
pie. doesn't it?"
"Oh. very like." std Patricia, tbink
lljg of something else.
"Well." continued Darn, "1 thluk
the settlnc Is lust about rlcht Will
you marry me. Patricia''"
"Mr. Darrt. did you know that If I
marry. I lose my money?"
"You don't say so' Why, the old
cat! She must have been a man-hater"
"I guess so 1 1 was queer of her,
' Mo-u inconsiderate." said Mr Darrt
"How'd she know you wouldn't want
'o marry some poor boy?"
"Yes. how did fhe?" said Patricia
"Anyway. It doesn't make any dif
ference to us. I've qot plenty of money
for both of us. honey-girl. What do
you say ?"
"You'd marry me anyway?"
Why. surest thins you know. You re
awfully modest! Don't yon know how
pretty and er- nice you are? Why. a
man wouldn't need to be paid to love
you, my dear "
Patricia smiled "Thank you. Harry
I'm sorry it has to be no. after that "
"Oh. I say! you won't really ? Why,
now that I know you wouldn't marry
me for my money. I want vou twice
as had "
' Thai's nice of you "
" No, but a fellow doesn't fancy hav
ing a girl marry him just for his
money, you know Say. think It over.
Patricia, won't you? Really, I've got
a lot of money, and we'd have a bully
time spending it together"
She shook her head "No."
"Don't like me "well mouh"
"I like you, but not quite well
"Some other fellow'"
"What makes you think so?"
"I tlon'i think so," said Mr. Darrt
ruefully, until you asl; me why I do."
"There Isn't any other fellow." as
"Then why not try me? I might Im
prove on acquaintance, you know "
"I shall never marry." declared Pa
tricia In a low voice.
"Oh. I wouldn't say lhat. You
might fall awfully In love And you
wouldn't turn some good fellow down
for Miss Mea'ham's old money would
'Nonsense. U bet you wouldn't."
"But you don't know what it Is to
be poor, Harry Darrt. Aud I'm used
to nice things now."
"Well ' Harry reflected "I think
myself ibis exaltation of poverty Is all
rot What is there so noble In being
uncomfortable? And I can't sc.- why
a full stomach Is Incompatible with a
reasonable amount of spirituality. I
never noticed anyway lhat the poor
are so blamed more spiritual than any
body else did you?"
Patricia lanched "Not exactly"
Bui neither was she to lie persuaded
that Mr Parrt and his money could
make her permanently happy
She was rather glad to he interrupt
ed by a bell-boy who said there was a
young woman named Mice Twist who
wanted to see Miss Barrett Dismiss
ing Harry Patricia had Alice come up
She remembered Alice Twist very well
a prettv girl who had worked with
her awhile in the wnlst section
Alice tame in somewhat timidly,
ami evidently HI ai ease. Patricia
greeted her cordially
Why. Alice, how do yon do? But
I thought you were man led0"
"I am but I thought you'd remem
ber me better as Alice Twist. I I
came to ask a favor of you. Miss Bar
"You used to say Pat " smiled Pa
trlcja. "What can 1 do for you?"
Alice was relieved b this reception
"I don't know what vou'll think of
me. Patricia, but I want 'o borrow
some money " The color rose pain
fully in her hc ;
"Why. I'd be glad to let you have It.
"You see." Mice broke In In hur
ried explanation, "times are so hard
now, and Tom's been out of work over
four months. We heard therrf was
some work down a Millvills, so he
went down there, and the first thlnn
a beam fell on him and broke his leg "
The little wife's voice broke and her
"Oh, dear." cried Patricia, "that
was too bad' I 11 be SO glad to do
something" She stroked the other's
Everybody's bo hard up' said Alice.
"1 didn't know where to Ret the money
to o down there Then I thought of
"I'm glad you did I didn't know it
was hard times," said Patricia
"I suppose von wouldn't notice It.
Bui ih poor people do I can tell you
There's so man) men out of work "
"I didn't know it," Patricia repeated
slowly She wrote a check for Alice,
and when the latter protested at the
amount saying "Oh, that's too much
We'd never he able to pay that back,"
ho prcssiid It ujon her.
"Do take It. Alice I don't caro
whethor von ever pay It. And vou'll
need all of that Pay It back when
you'ro rich "
After R moment, she Interrupted the
other'r. thanks "Tell me, Alice. If you
had it to do over, would you still
"Thai's u funny question."
"1 knoc It li Bnt 1 want to
"Yes I would, Pat. Tom's poor, and
we've had a hard time to get along
this last year, but I love him " She
lifted her head to look Into Patricia's
eyes with a sorl of defiance
"I supposo that majcee all the dif
ference." Alice nodded "Of course, I wish
ve had more I don't like to be poor
and neither does Tom But I'd rather
have Tom poor ihiiu any other man
rich. And then we're young we've
got time to get ahead Tom's smart,
too He won't always be down '
"No. of course, be won't," agreed
"And then. I want to help him get
alonp It's fun doing It together -the
planning and all Tom calls It pipe
d reaming But we mean It to como
true just the same "
' Yes, it must be fun." said Palrlcla.
Allce. cheered up. her courage re
stored by the money In her hand, re
newed her expressions of gratitude.
kissed Patricia affectionately, and hur
ried on her way to Tom.
When Mrs Barrett came In present
ly, she was amazed to find Patricia in
tears, an unheard of occurrence
Why Pattie, dear, darling, what s
Why, honey. I thought you didn't
have a thing in the world to cry for."
"Well i haven't," with a sob.
' Can't vou see, Mnzzer, that a why I'm
Mrs Barrett thought they had bet
ter go to some nice funny play that
night, so they went to the theatro
anyway And as t h y were coming out
Patricia saw Evan Burgess--with a
Mrs Barrett being wl6v. did not
comment upon Evan's companion, uor
Patricia did rot begin to undress at
once after she had closed the door of
her own room Instead, she sat down
and began very slowly and thought
fully to take off hei long, white gloves.
She hail never possessed long white
glows before the days of Miss Mea
eham s money, and now they seemed ,
to her the symbol of her changed for- j
tunes She loved luxury, even more
ardently since she had known so well
the discomforts of poverty.
And yet she had not dreamed on
that day when Mr. Creelman had re
vealed her Inheritance that she could
ask more of life and yet, after sll,
was to-day less weary, to-morrow
more glorious In Its promise than hnd
beer, her yesterdays'' True, the prob
lems of mere existence did noi press
so hard, Bhe might feel la a sense se
r,inthcy would not freeze or starve.
Beyond that, what was the gain'' Did
she really enjoy Ihe play more in a
two dollar seat, dressed expensively,
than she had In her old brown coat,
sitting with Evan in the balcony"
Honestly, no But If Evan had been
beside her on the divan? Ah. there
ut lat vaa the crox of the mallei
6i f SHB HAD GIVEN VP P.VAS FOR THE DOWS AND TUE EMBROIDERY OF LIFE
Why not face the truth for once" If
was Evan who made the difference,
whether she was rb h or poor, between
happiness and discontent
But she had given up Evan for the
down and the embroidery of life. Now.
perhaps, this other girl would console
him, and help hirn to rise and share
his pipe-dreams. And Patricia could
marry Harry Darrt for instance
aud be very rich and ca and envied,
and think of Evan's wife on his knee
In the firelight. After all and afier
all. had Miss Meat ham done so much
When once a problem is faced with
out sophistry or self-deception, some
progress has been made toward its
solution All the next day Patricia
was unwontedly quiet and thoughtful.
It was toward evening that Mrs.
Barrett bustled in from the telephone.
"Dear, dear, what do you think, Pat
tie'' Mrs Swett's Charlie's got crushed
in the elevator down there where he
works Mrs. Smith just 'phoned me.
The,- don't know whether he'll live or
not I'm going right down to Mrs.
Sett's to 6ee what I can do."
"Yes. do. mother."
Her mother had on her wraps and
was at the door when Patricia spoko
"Mother would you mind so much
'IS.VT IT BVIDBN1 TBAT-l DON'T (.ARE BNOUGMf
giving up Miss Meacham's money?"
The tone was low and even, but some
note in It caucht at Mrs Barrett s
heart and turned her quickly.
"Pat. we've been poor and now we're
rich, and I must say there's some
things about the last state that I pre
fer Other things being equal I d
rather havt the money, but If they're
not equal " she paused, "well, IS
never was much of i band to slew
Anywaj M hear: Ji 'Ire--- haven't got 9
iu-f rooted m il.n mone Paule."
She spoke with a cheerful sign Iflcance. J
Patricia was lefl alone with pride 1
and desire 1
Said Pride If h. Is so easily coovfl
soled, let h.!m have that other sfflH
... ' -Jfc -
A S s
Will you run after him-1 Will ou layjP
our heart under hi- feet v heu he has!
forgotten you? jjy
Said Desire At least, see if be still j
loves you Isn't he our man out of j
all the world? Then why not take:
him0 And take him you must If yon 1
are to have him i
She did not want to talk to him over I
the telephone, she wrote him a noie, ij
sa.'.ing only: 'Tome, it' you wish
He came, amazed, eager, marveling. I"
"Evan, do you still want me?" 11
"Oh. Patricia, you don't mean ItH
And of Course. I ouldn I let yiiu i II
but " He was taking her anyway.lM
After awhile, he whispered exultant-llf
ly "I'll make i; all back for youJ(f
darling You'll see .,, can B,
Why. Mr Devers like; me line sail
he wished he had a son like me Somi '
day he'll take me into the firm whei f,
he sreq how ! 1 1 1 1 1 1 c And I'd rathe: "
have my money, wouldn't you?"
' Yes." breathed Patricia. 'I
Mrs Barren -aid -he v.a? nanda "B
llzed by the indecent has'e of that
wedding which look place two days 1
thereafter, but she appeared wreaths) f
in smiles just the same.
And It was the dav afier the wed Wl
ding that sho. with Mr and Mrs. Evaj T
Burgess, called up,ou Lawyer Creej '
"Mr. Creelman." Patricia announce! 1
"I have conn- up to present my hus-1 I
Creelman chuckled, shaking tbeifl
hands hard "Well well, well wbst 1 1
do you think of tha:" Von re prettrl I
brave, you two. you are. But it's el
fine ihing to be young. I tell you." 1
He sat at his desk, turning grave. KM
"You understand, of course what8
you re giving up, young lady?"
Patricia nodded blushing undtrl I
Evan's eye? K Jj
'If she could see you two VODflsW
people now. I think Miss Mc-achaiaK
would probably reconsider her dlctuBvJa
I used to think she had some softefViaj
moments but here s ;. our tetter." f,',
He handed Patricia a scaled envel(
ope 'To be given to Patricia BarrettlS fe ,
in the event of her marriage" liL,'
The single sheet shook a little 'J
"And so you are married. Patri- K,
cia Barrett You have decided ls.
(after some thought. I fancy) that
your life Is not to he marked out CjVV
for you by old A met la Meaeham,
not bound by her money w'5l
"I did noi sele.-i Mm Idindfold; 1
1 Inquired Into your affairs a little. K'l
I guess vou'll forgive me for It- I
What uit'-n'sttrl me most was EvOM
H'U'ji':, That was one of those
matches that was sure to come oiEH
sooner or later o very l;-oi I v told ml J
I wonder If I tried you ton hardfB
"So this is how I've fixed itU
If vou gave up Evan, and re"Bl
malned single, you ha v. ihe money Ml
to console vou. and I am gullty.B
to hare so tempted you. to hav9I
taken away w hen 1 seemed to Sbj
gie If yon marry a rich man, mj
you don't need the money an way. M
and Evan shall have it to console 1
him II ou are brave enough
and wise enough to marry VHH
in pie of all my dear, the tnOHllBjS
it still yourt." Mw