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Eabi of fahes and it was Chisma L v now.fL bCl'. By" an y it woul
be too late, anyhow for a whole year, which was just the same as fo:
ever and ever. Oh, she must go out this very minute !
The child had put on her hat and coat before she remembere
that Angel had told her she must never stir beyond the hotel garde
alone. But, then, Angel probably did not know
this important fact about fathers lost at sea return
ing on Christmas eve and not at any other timre.
If she waited until Angel came in it might be
after sunset, as it had been yesterday, and then,'
even if they hurried into the street to search, they
coujd not recognize him in the dark.
"I do think Angel would surely want me to go
she knew," thought Rosemary.
Her heart was beating fast under the little
dark blue coat. What a glorious surprise for An
gel if she could bring a tall, handsome man into this room and say
"Dearest, now you won't have to work any more or cry in the nigl
when you think I've gone to sleep. Here's father, come back out <
"Oh, oh !" she cried and ran from the room, afraid of wasting ai
The sallow young concierge had often seen the child go out alon
to disappear round the path that eireled the hotel and play in the dust
square of grass which, on the strength of two orange trees and a paln
was called a garden. He thought nothing of it now, when she nodde
in her polite little way and opened the door for herself. Five minut(
later he was reading of a delicious jewel robbery which had happene
in a tunnel near Nice and had forgotten all about Rosemary's e:
The little girl had an idea that she ought to go to the place whei
ships came in, and as she had more than once walked to the port wit
her mother she knew the way very well.
ITwo white yachts were riding at anchor in the harbor, but no on
had come on shore who looked handsome enough for a father to 1:
rcnz b "'e sent i t momez
smiled at he kind.s) neaqeme n t
habi offathr,an ile ahta evlde no. She had eane itol
be oolae, nyowfrna wh year ativewa juenys un theseaso
evr ndevrOh mshe gooundi Anery bamspnte!arsadn
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tha Anel hrettoldwhie she tnves.rbyodtehoe ad
ing ose Chrtachts," ad noan ofther tipeyme ,"n h ep
who come waite unti Angel camhe in ittlegh beas hnte
afterl sunset,he hillt thben ysiota, bia wienldn then,
etenat they hauidto the monee o search,o tke smbdyes
mounot I rentz there coun th dak oeof?Isol.iet a
"S o think Ael, wold therdeepweyedm man, go tn hrha
"They knew," touget osn eaueyouaeto.on.
Her eat wasin byeather, faho unde te littlesa"tecide
daple "Dot youtn he glrious setrpie forAn
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othere, mnouge.wI you siton aabech worheymreorci the nifgo
comen down thn stesu gounrsml to slepe fatall,aome backingtfc
"Oh,il olie,assal she cried adrnfoto them alad fwstiaru
AsThe alw youngl coneg shad ftden seithlre, starry goe otho
them dsea ondtile pathertess circed the hoead teplacnte dut
sqaio hre grshe whad oftn me freh to oangei tree gadn or pan
was terae at gasion.le hout nothgo her now,then shendyse
ot her polit lite,a ndtunaed thewa doo fork sef Fieo. nt
laerhe as radon of a deicu eweenl reywch noaou ihen
wndaterfl earNes anda hawk forgen all aouth earyolde:
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ships came Roemar, andasheadmr thone ould eve the poro mwn;
hefoteoheke therwa pleasre.Abvalthnssewo
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had comeon shor wh loked hdomesingaorite foro amteo th
draon e ee brood. i.Rseaysoo y
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quiverig befor threeo fth oe deParis,dhaving lahdjngsut be
startd bya slmiufedri at hrtndy fur coeat.qAs moenay gaze
decidng thtthi wasths shbes adrAgnlo head l n ing i,an no:
downthetepsofhe asead goteint the car.pe tooko had place i
the drierst, whie shis.hn teserngwela fh e
"Tosei ar ach,"sh aid oeo the derep: p edehsse, "adt n ep
hr come oni tmt ar rler ued tsoeiitebats then theyd.
qcklyed andl the to ther Claio-tand biug ldites uldng pregi
t.:+;at th can pthei r wmoknyo atablreame tak oo. odes
._ ; ! --~4 (-ov va ,T ~ i ill.e 1, ( l c', - n tan as
with a er uachinery he )rought the Ubu r a stop so
close to the child that its glittering bonnet touche,1
her co:t. le (lid not ay a word foi- an instant,
fr his lip; were pressed so tightly together tiwt
they w 're\i a white line.
I:hst i :utiful little golden I'aired, smiiling
th in, so ful of life! But it was all right now.
dly p;i'}h ha( just escaped.
")on't you know, little one," he asked gently,
"that it's very dangerous to run in front of automobiles ?"
"Oh, but I wanted so much to stop you !" said Rosemary.
d "Why, do you know me ?' and the young man smiled such a pleas
r- ant smile, with a gleam of white teeth, that the child was more than
ever sure she had done right.
d I "Yes, I know you by 'eavensenthinstinct." She got out the long
word with a gasp or two, but it was a great success. She had not
mixed up a single syllable.
The young man burst out laughing. "Where's your nurse ?" he
"In London," said Rosemary. "She isn't my nurse any more."
"Well, your mother"
"What ? Are you going to tell me she isn't your mother any
more? Are you out 'on your own,' little lady ?"
"I don't know what that is, and my mother's my mother just as
usual, thank you," said Rosemary, with dig
nity. "She's quite well, but she doesn't know
I came out to look for you."
Lt- "Oh, doesn't she ?" echoed the young man
f i in the car. "Then don't you think the best
thing you can do is to let me take you back
- ~"She won't be home yet, not till it's dark,
e b expect,' said the child.
"Oh, that's a long time yet! Well, since
o: know me wouldn't you like to elimb in
d and have a little run?"
"May I, truly and really ?" The little face grew pink with joy.
d "Truly and really-if you're not afraid."
"What should I be afraid of ?" Rosemary asked.
"I was talking nonsense. Get down, Paul, and put her into the
tonneau. You'd better sit by her perhaps."
The chauffeur proceeded to obey, but when the child found herself
being tucked into a back seat of the car she gave a little protesting cry.
"Oh, can't I sit in front with you ?"
'"Of course you can if you like. Paul, wrap her up well in the rug.
, Now, little one, we're going to start. I won't take you too fast."
He turned the car and, passing the Casino, drove up the hill, tak
ing the direction of Mentone when he had reached the top. He had
not been over this road before, as
.he had arrived by way of Nice yes- - -
terday, but he had studied road
emaps and knew both how and where
he wished to go.
"Now," said he, driving care- .
fully, "how do you like it ?"
"Oh, it's wonderful !" answer
ed Rosemary, with a rapt smile on
her rosy face.
"Have .you ever motored be
She shook her head. "Never !" /
e"I don't usually cai-e to be call
ed a baby," ,she -remarked, "butI\
don't mind from you." -
'Tm especially favored, it
seems," said the young man. "Tell. .~
me how you happen to know me.
e can't think, I must confess, unless
it was on shipboard"- 7
~"There ! I knew perfectly well
it was you !" broke in Rosemary, with a look of rapture. "You were
on a ship, and you were.lost et sea. But you're found again now be
cause it's Christmas eve.'"
"I wasn't lost at sea, though, or I shouldn't be iaere with you,"
said Hugh Egerton. He glanced rather wistfully in a puzzled way at
the lovely little face framed with blowing golden hair. There was
something in the child's eyes~ which stabbed his heart, yet there was
sweetness in the pain. "I'm afraid. we're playing at cross purposes,
aren't we ?" he went on. "Was it on a ship that you saw me ?
yu"Oh, I didn't see you on the ship !" said Rosemary. "I only knew
yuwent away on one. I haven't seen you for ever and ever so long
not since I was a tiny baby."
"y Jove ! And you've remembered me all this time ?"
"Not exactly remembered. It was the feeling I had in my heart,
just as Jane said I would the minute I saw you, that told me it was
vou. That was why I ran to keep you from going on in your motor
car, because if you had I might have lost you
again for ever and ever."
-. "So you might," said puzzled Hugh Eger
-, ~ ton, pleased as well as puzzled. "And that
would never have done for either of us."'
, "It would have been dreadful," replied
Rosemary, "to have to wait for another (3hrist
"Christmas eve seems a day for adventures,"
I said Hugh. "One finds new friends-and dear
a little girls, and-goodness knows what I shall
find next !"
~ "We must find Angel next," Rosemary as
sured him. "She'll be so glad to see you."
i"Do you really think so? By the way, who
"I e:p-t I'd forgotten, IIugh answered. She looked so re
pro!,hfll that not for the world woullc he have denied all knowledge
of Anu e. The child evidently took him for some one she had known.
Per.:s she hnd ser a photograph of some long lost friend of her
family who re,embled him and she had sprung to a conclusion, as
children do. But she was an exquisitely pretty and engaging little
thing. a :r pal, and worth cultivating. Hugh liked children,
especil1 h he had always been rather shy with them, not
knowi (-x(. . iW i. liked beit to be entertained and finding it
difficult to think of things to say in keeping up a conversation. But
there was no such difficulty with this child. It was really interesting
to draw the little creature out and see what she would say next. As
for finding Angel, however, when the time came to do that he thought
he would prefer to bid Angel's daughter goodby at the door. He had
no fancy for scraping up an acquaintance with strangers through thei
* * *
OSEMARY sat in silence for a few moments,
taking in the full meaning of her companion's
answer to her last question. He had forgotten
that Angel was Angel! Though she was warmly
wrapped in a soft rug of silvery fur, a chill crept
into her heart. Could it be that nurse's words
about father had been true, after all, and, if they were, was she doing
harm rather than good in bringing him home?
Presently Hugh waked out of his own thoughts and noticed the
little girl's silence. "You're not afraid ?" he asked, blissfully uncon
scious of offense. "I'm not driving too fast to please you ?"
"Oh, no !" said Rosemary.
"You're not cold ?"
"No, thank you."
"Nor tired ?"
"No, not tired."
"But something is the matter ?"
"I'm worrying,". confessed the child.
"What about, little one ?"
"'m not sure if I ought to have spoken to you or have come with
you, after all."
To save his life Hugh could not have helped laughing, though it
was evidently a matter of serious importance. "What-do you think
-we ought to have a chaperon ?" he asked.
"Paul's in the tonneau, you know, and he's a -- 4
most discreet chap.".
S"I don't know what a chaperon is," said '
osemary, "but swill you promise not to be
angry if I ask .you . something, and wvill you
promise to answer, .honor bright ?"
"Yes; to both your questions." 1'
"Were you really unkind to Angel. before
you were l<ost" . . .. .k
This was a hard nut to crack if his past were
not to be ruthlessly severed. froin Angel's by
a word. He thought for a moment~ and then
said, "Honor bright, I can.'t 'remember any
thing unkind I ever did to he'r."
"h, I'm so glad! I was afraid when you
said you'd forgotten. But maybe her name wasn't Angel then ?"
"That was it, I'm sure," replied. Hugh soothingly. "Maybe you
named her Angel yourself ?"
"1 ddt know," said Rosemary. "She seems to have been it al
ways, ever since I can remember. And she.does look just like one, you
know, she's so beautifil." .
"I expect you remember a lot more about angels than I do, be
ause it isn't so long since you came from where they live. But here
we are in the woods at Cap Martin. Have you ever been here before ?"
"Angel and I had a picnic here once, all by ourselves, and there
were lots of sheep inder .the olive trees and a funny old shepherd iwho
made music to them. Oh, I do love picnics! .Don't you?i Angel sad
if she. were .rich she'd take me on the loveliest kind of a picnic for
hristmas; but, you see, it would cost too much money to do it, for'
we've hardly got any, especially since the comtesse doesn't pay us
"Wha: kind of a picnic would it have been ?" asked Hugh, driving
along the b)eautiful shore road, where the wind blown pines lean for
ward like transformed wood nymphs caught in a spell just as they
spread out their arms to spring into the sea.
"Angel has told me lots of history stories about the strange rock
villages in the mountains. There's one called Eze on top of a hill
shaped almost like a horn. She showed me a picture of it. Children
live up in the rock villages and never come down to the towns. They've
never even seen any toys, like other children play with, Angel says.
All the strangers who come here give nresents to the poor in Monte
NOTIVE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Isaid ~estate will present them duly
We will make final settlement on attested.
the estate of Mt-s. Elizabeth 'Camer- H. W. Cameron,
on deceased, in the probate court for T. L. Cameron,
Nex ,erry county on Friday, the sev- Executors.
enteenthi day of January, 1908, at COAN- N
11 o'clock in the forenoon, and im- HI CWCAINE a
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.il- few weeks. You can return to your
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