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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY. AUGUST 30, 1913.
The Would B Brothar-in-Isw.
THE next morning, bright and
early. Mr. Alfred Rodney, a
telegram In his band, charged
down the hall to Mrs. Mcd
croft'a door. With characteristic: far
west Impulsiveness be banged on tee
door. A sleepy voice asked who was
It'i me Rodney. Get up. I want
to see Medcroft Say. Roxbury, wake ;
"Roxbnry?" came In shrill tones 1
from within, "lie Isn't he upstairs? !
Good heaven. Mr. Rodney, wlmt baa j
bappened? What has happened?" .
"Upstairs? What the deuce la he '
"Ile a he's sleeping! Do tell me '
wbat's the matter!" ,
"Isn't thia Mr. Medcroffa room?" !
"Ye-es but he Isn't In. lie objects
t the nols. Oh. baa anything hap- I
pened to Uoxbnry?" She was stand- j
Inir Just Inside the door, and her Tolce i
betrayed agitation. j
"My dear Kdltb. don't get excited. I
I haTe a telegram from" J
She uttered a shriek. I
"He's been assassinated! Oh. Rox- I
"What the dev Are you crazy? It's
a telegram from"
"Oh. heavens! I knew they'd kill him;
I knew something dreadful would hnp-
pen If I left" Here she stopped sud- j
denly. He distinctly heard her catch
her breuth. After a moment she went j
on warily, "Is it from a man named j
"No. It's from Odell-Carney. no- i
bnrt? I don't know anybody named I
Hobart" illow was he to know that
Hobart was the name that Medcroft
had chosen for correspondence pur- ;
pose?) "We're to meet the Ode! I Car- i
neys today In Munich. No time to be j
lost. We've got to cntcb the 0 o'clock !
"On?" came In great relief from the
other side of the door. Then In sud
den dismay: "But I can't do It! The
Idea of getting tip utan hour like this!''
"What room Is Roxbury in?"
"I don't know!" la very decided
tones. "Inquire ut the office."
Alfred Rodney was a persevering
man. It Is barely possible that he oc
cupied a lower socinl pliine than that
attained by his wife, but he was a
man of accomplishment. If not accom
pllsbmenta. He always did what he
et out to do. Be It said In defense
of this assertion he not only muted
ut his entire protesting flock, but h;id
tbera at the Wcst-Bahuhof In time to
catch the Orient express luggage, ac
cessories and all. Be It also said that
be was the only one in the party save
Constance and Tootles who took to
tbe situation amiably.
Ta4h tbe Odell-CarneysT" was wbai
Freddie Ulstervelt said as the train :
drew out of the station. Brock looked 1
"That's tbe first sensible thing I've I
beard him say." he muttered, loud '
enough to be beard by Miss Fowler.
"I say, who are the OUell-Carneys? ;
First I've beard of 'em."
"Tbe Odell-Carney s? Oh. dear, have
you never heard of them?" she cried
In surprise. lie felt properly rebuked.
"They are Terr swell Londoners. It
"Then, good beavens, they'll know
I'm not Medcroft" he whispered In
"Not at a'l. my dear Roxbury. That's ;
here you re wrong They don't j
know Roxbury tbe first. I ve gone
over it all with Edith. She a Just crazy
to ret into the Odell Carrey set I re-
nouce tne .Meacroin up o iun uma
Secret It. Edith has ambitions. She
has gone to the lord mayor's d'nners ,
nd to the Royal Antiquarians and to J
Sir John Brodaey's and a lot of other'
functions on the outer rim, but she
caver been able to break through the
crust and tajte the real sweets of Lon
don society. My dear Roxbury, the
Odell-Carney entertain the nobility
without compunction, and they're been
known to hobnob with royalty. Mi.
Odell-Carney was a Lady Somebody-or-other
before she married the second
time. She's terribly smort. Roxbury." j
"How. ln tbe name of heaven, do
they happen to tx nounouoiug. o ?vu:
call it with the Rodneys, may I ask?" j
"Well, it seems that Odell-Carney is
promoting a new South African mining J
venture. I have It from treuaie ci
itervelt that be'a trying to bell some
thing like a million shares to Mr. Rod
ney, who bat load of money that came
from real mines in tbe far west He'd
never be auch a fool as to sink a mil
lion ln South Africa, you know, but
he's Just clever enough to see the ad
vantage of keeping Odell-Carney in
tow. as it were. It means a gr?at deal
to Mrs. Rodney, don't you know, Rox
burr. to be able to say that she toured
with the Odell-Carneys. Freddie says )
that Cousin Alfred Is talking in a very j
diplomatic manner of going to Loudon-
ln August to look roily into me matter.
It is understood that the Rodneys are
toj the guesU of the Odell-Carneys
By GEORGE BARR MTUTGHEON
Copyright by Dodd. Mead & Go.
" in London. It won't be tbe sea- j
- "ure, so there won't be much !
' ; tion the smart set It
!.- : Edith's desire to slip Into j
t'-v ed circle through the rift that
the Rodneys make.
Do you compre- J
henu .' ! "so I ve observed." After a reflective
They were seated side by side in the 'silence the young man ventured the in
comer of the compartment his broad I tercsting conclusion, "She's a stunning
back screening her as much as possible girl, all right." Brock looked politely
from the perjistent glances of Freddie, askance. "By Jove, I'm glad she isn't
Ulstervelt, who was nobly striving to i my sister-in-law!"
I confine his attentions to Katherine.
T ...... 1 . J..-A.I nl-n llnrMlMnV h.P AV-
quisite face with a greediness that ! "Certainly. Because If she was I
might nve caused her some uneasl- couldn't. Do you get the point?" He
ness if there Lad not been something ' crossed bis legs and looked insupporta
pleasantly agreeable in bis way of do- j b,v sure of himself.
ng it ; They reached Munich late in the aft-
"Tes-faintly." he replied after an eruoon and went at once to the Hotel
almost imperceptible conflict between Vier Jahretzelten. where they were to
the senses of sight and hearing. "But ! the Odell-Carnevs.
bow does she intend to explain me I Mr. Odell-Carnev was a middle aged
away? I'll be a dreadful skeleton in Englishman of the extremelv unini
her closet if it comes to that. When J tlative type. He was tall and" narrow
she is obliged to produce tlio real Rox- i and distant, far beyond what is corn
bury, what then?" , monly accepted as blase. Indeed, he
"She's thought it all out. Roxbury," ; as especially slow of speech, even for
said Coustance severely, but almost I nn Englishman, quite as if it were an
incudibiy. "I'm sure Freddie heard . everlasting question with him whether
part of what you said. Do be careful. ; lt wns .ortll whi;e t( spenll nt a
She's going to reveal the whole plot to ; Gue ha(i tlle feftiiug wueI1 listening to
Mrs. Odell-Carney Just as soon as Rox- j Mr. 0(iell-Carney that he was being
bury gives the word, treating it as a I avorcd bevond words. It took him so
very clever and necessary ruse, don't j t0 (lnnUn, tnnt if 0Ile wre
yon see. Mrs. Odell-Carney will be but IKodratc)v 1riRbt ,)e oon!d inlsh
luipioreii to iiui in ine nevepnon ior a t
few days, and shell consent because j
sl.e's really quite a bit of n sport- At '
the fsvcbuloKical moment tbe ..odnevs i
... . .. . . .
will be told. Hint Places Mrs. Odell- j
Carney in the tuition of being an ,
abettor or accomplice. Shes bad tbe
glorious piece of strategy. Don't you
began Brok furiously. Constance
brought liim up sharp with a warning '
kick on the ankle. lie vowed nfiei- !
ward tlint he wouid carry the mark to '.
"He's telling me wh.it a
nice chan i
you ore. Freddie." said she sweetly.
Brock g'ured out of the window. Fred
die snitTe;! scornfully.
"I'm go-tin- V.ck of thU Job" growl- i
ed Brock under b's breath. "I didn't '
calculate on" i
"Now. Roxbury. dear, don't be a :
bear," she pleaded so gently, her eyes ,
so full of appeal, that be flushed with i
sudden shame and contrition.
"I'nrrri ri inn " 1 .oi l . .1 1 1 v.
. - ..i.. inc IIIIL j
coming back into bis eyes so strongly i
that she quivered for nn instant be-
see how charmingly it will all work ln btet. thrr mollJta,ne1 tliat odell-Car-!
. ... ney was :i pose, liothing more.
"What are you two whispering; ujs wJfe w.,s He u e Jn
bout.' demanded I-red-He Ulstervelt , Eea,, 1;:1rtulur except height
noisily, pin tiei.ee coming to au end and nlll,uIaritv. She wn, bony nnd
"Wha-what the devil is that to '-; - ,. ,nlnttlH . fa I
fore lowering her own. "I hate that I"'1"""" "8 rangy, long uinueu r.ng- i laughing sensation of the age. Where
confounded puppv." he explnlued lame- j 5Is,,TVon,pn are Prone to dress-after a ; the devil did you get such ideas eh.
Iv. guarding his voice with a new care 1 remliaily not her own. She i wot?" His wife had calmly, diplo
"If yon felt as I do you would too." ! lo"1:e!l ridiculously ungraceful along- j matically intervened.
She laughed in the old way. but she !6ia tIlu saiart- chlc American women, i "I bate that man." said Mrs. Med
wus not soon to forget that moment alul vct ,10t one "f "IPIU b,!t 'tvo'lla" ! croft to her supposed husband a few
whoa panic was so Imminent
'1-1 don't see how.ony one can help
liking Freddie." she said without
actually knowing wbv. He stared
hard at the Danube below. After a
long silence he said:
"It's all tommyrot about its being
blue, isn't it?"
She was also looking at the dark
brown, swollen river that has been
Immortalized iu song.
"It's never blue. It's always a yel-
low ocher. it seems to me." "
He waited a long time before ven-
nr-4i,r ATnT..n .v. ... i.. .i.
fe hfld f)Hin tro,(Un Wm 8er!oush.
"I wonder If you truly realize the
difficulty Edith will have In satisfying
ip incredulous world with bur alwo-
lutely truthful storj-
She'll have to
i explain, you know. There's bound to
I be a si;ertic or two, my dear Con-
stance." j to be no noise ln the- halls while he
"But there's Roxbury." she protest- slept and then went into his room and
ed. her face clouding nevertheless, stretched out Any one who has stop
ple will set everything right." at the not?l Four Seasons will
"The world will say he Is a gullible
fool," said he gently. "And the world
always laughs at not with, a fool.
Alas, my dear sister, it's a very deep
poel we're in." He leaned closer and
allowed a quaint half bantering, whol
ly diffident smile to cross bis face.
"I I'm afraid that you are the only
,inp pn nnb who can m
,uoro,lgb,y piausIbie "
ake the story
"I?" she demanded quickly. Their
eyes met. and the wonder suddenly
left hers. She blushed furiously.
"Xons-nse!" she said and abruptly
left him to take a seat beside Kather-
lae Rodney. He found small comfort
la the whisperings and titterings that
came willy nilly to bis burning ears
from the corner of the compartment
He bad a disquieting Impression that
they were discussing him. It was
forced ln upon him that being a brother-in-law
is not an enviable occupa
tion. "Wet?" he asked almost fiercely aft
er the insistent Freddie had thrice re
peated a question.
I say, will you have a cigarette?
j.3;f touted Freddie, exasperated.
. 0h: thanks. The t-nia makes
6Ucn a a;,. mctei. don't vou know."
l "Xhey to:d me at the BitstM you
were' deaf, but Oh. I say. ota man.
ym sorry. Which ear Is It?"
-xhe one next to you." replied Brock.
recovering from his confusion. "I hear
r.rfectlv well with the other one."
"i suppose I'm expected to ask why,"
b( sentence moutaliv some little time
ln 0lTanoe of tlie ond thu, ' be i
,)repared to rronerlv niwiro iate that !
.... ' iatC
"i'-u oniei"ise uiigiit nave puzziea
hhn coMMorabT. it could not be said,
Lowevort tI:at -Mn 0l!el!-Carney was
p,)n(1)iro)s. 1Io ,V!1S nj(roIv the effoc.
nallow years, with n rapid, profligate
nownman naa brougut her. . widow- ;
i hood, to a fine sense of appreciation of ;
.M.ij, u,UuS u"- j
Iira, u,'al nu" ,,f ,,,e ,,cI-Car,ie3r I
- u...v ;
I poor investment of the money she had
sequestered from bis lordship. He had
pl ' r 1 IU e i.regroumj uy associat-;
!us hir-f ? venture that ;
Jin ii i lie uuuui'iui suiuri yel. .ui- .
with.-randing the fact tiiat he never;
wu known to have any monev. he was !
looLed upon as a financier of the h!h-'
.est order, which is saying a great deal
!in tbeno unfeeling days of pounds and
Of course Mrs. Odell-Carney was
' "nvo J:,ven "Pr 1,oota t0 "e aI,,(i t0 nrray
I Lers,;;f ese. There was no
'denying th r-ct that Mrs. Odell-Car-
j wy was " ' rogi'lar tiptopper." as Mr.
! r"luP-v wns Illv 'o eager to say.
ho had the r.ir of a born leader that
U ,0 ""J De con!d be srar-lous when
' occasion demanded, without being pat-
! ,n due conrse ot tlrne the Medcrofts
rn( Mies Fowler were presented to the
j distinguished couple. This function
,v"9 neeesssariiy delayed until Odell-
j Carney bad time to go into the details
'of A nn rtlcu larl t QnnoTintr enisndn of
! the afternoon. He was telling the sto-
i rv t0 bi3 friend Rodney, and of course
.everything was at a standstill until be
It stems that Mr. Odell-Carney felt
the need of a nap at 3 o'clock. He
I gave strict injunction that there was
have no difficulty in recalling the elec
trie ball bells which serve to attract
the chambermaids to given spots. If
one needs the chambermaid he press
es the button in his room and a lit
tle bell in the ball tinkles furiously
until she responds and shuts -It off.
.In that wa7 one is sure that she has
heard and is coming, a most admirable
bit cf German ingenuity. If she hap
pens to be taking ber lunch at the
time, the bell goes on ringing until she
returns. It is a faithful bell. Coming
back to Odell-Carney. the maid on his
I floor wrs making up a room in close
troximity when a most annoying thing
happened to I:er. A porter wno bad
reason to dislike her came aloog and
..turned ber key from the outside, lock
ing ber in the room. She couldn't get
out, and sl:e had been warned against
making a sound that might disturb
the English guest. With rare intelli-
gence. .he did not scream or make an
?v , wiae.y proceeaea to press
tbe button for a chambermaid.
she evidently sat down to wait
cake the story short she rang her
own can beU for two hours, no otJier
maid condescending to notice the call,
I- :L Z 7 h , lne
martial S. .tern of the hotel, The bed
to nirree with those who knew him
was opposite tne narrator's door. Is
it therefore, surprising that he re
quired a great deal of time to tell all
that be felt? It was not so much of
what he did that he spoke at such
great length, but of what he felt
"Ton me soul." he exploded In the
end. twisting his mustache with ner
vous energy, "it was the demdest nap
I ever had. I didn't close my eyes,
c'nfend me if I did."
LE Odell-Carney was studi
ously adjusting his eyeglass
for a final glare at an unof
fending bes boy who almost
dropped his tray of plates In conse
quence, Mr. Rodney fussily intervened
and introduced the Medcrofts. Mrs.
Odell-Carney was delightfully gra
cious. She was sure that no nicer par
ty could have been "got together."
Her huuband may have been excessive
ly slow in most things, but he was
quick to recognize and appreciate fem
inine beauty of face and figure. He
unbent at once In the presence of tbe
"Where t!:e devil did you
ideas eh, wot?"
- . , . , K , ,
unnflatakably handsome Fowler Bis-
teTS' 11,9 esI)reSKlve "chawmcd was
Jn direct contrast to his ordinary man-
ner of acknowledging an introduction.
"Mr. Medcroft tiie famous archi
tect, you know," explained the envious
"Oh, yes. I know." drawled Mr.
Odell-Carney. "Von American archi
tects are doing great things, 'pen my
soul." he added luminously. Brock
stuck his eyeglass in tighter and hem
med with raucous precision. Mrs.
Medcroft stiffened perceptibly.
. i- . . a. i t r . .1 . i
i int. : I i.iii n rv aihimtiii I. ill
Ensl!sh architc'tl" cried Mrs.
R0(lnev lu SO!3)e mt!e confusion,
odell-Carney suddenly remembered.
fie glared bard at Brock. The Rod-
neys saw signs of diraster.
-(ja. nv .love: Are you tne reuow
who nnf h,l9(k npTV win,lows in the.
chawer Memorial hall? Ton me soul!
Are you the , man who did that?"
Tilore V.-Hs no mistaking his manner.
ttw ct-.,, ,-, si nftiv jinnnvert
Brock faced the storm coolly for bis
friend Medcroft's sake. "I am Rox-
hrv Medcroft. if that's what vou
j mean. Mr. Odell-Carney."
j "i know you're Med'-roft. but. hanz
I a;;t wo j asked was. did you design
I those windows? 'Gad. sir: thev're the
minutes later. There was a dangerous
red in her checks, and she was breath
ing quickly. Itrock gave an embar
rassed laugh and mentioned something
audibly about a "stupid ass."
The entire party left on the following
day 'or Innsbruck, where Mr. Rodney
already had reserved the better part
of a whole floor for himself and guests.
Mr. Odell-Carney. before they left Mu
nich, brought himself to the point of
apologizing to Brock for his peppery
He was very sorry and all that,
and he hoped they'd be friends; but
the windows were atrocious, there was
no getting around that. His wife
smoothed it over with Edith by confid
ing to her the lamentable truth that
poor Ode'i-Carney badn't the remotest
idea what ha was talking about half
of the time. After carefully looking
Edith over and finding her valuably
bright and attractive she cordially ex
pressed the hope that she would come
to see her ln Loudon.
"We mast know each other better,
my dear Mrs. Medcroft" she had said
amiably. Edith thought of tbe famous
drawirg rooms in Mayfalr and exult
ed vastly. "And Mr. Medcroft too.
I am so Interested ln men who have a
fill f I f.
craft. They always are worth while: whlpper snapper? He seemed to be i brow grew dark; tk9 Impulse to pull
really, dou't you know. How like an ! propounding this doleful question to i bis countryman's nose was hard to
American Mr. Medcroft Is! I daresay j the lofty, sphinxlike Waldraster-! overcome. Never in all bis life bad
be gets that from having lived so long Spitze, looming dark in the path of tbe ' he listened to such a frankly cold
with an American wife. And what a : Bouth. j blooded argument as that put forth by
darling baby! She's wonderfully like; "Hello!" exclaimed a voice close to, the insufferable Knickerbocker. In the
Mr. Medcroft don't you think? No his ear the fresh, conadent voice that end tbe big New Yorker saw only the
one could mistake that chlld'g father: he knew so well. "I've been looking, laughable side of the little New York
never;" ' i for you everywhere." Freddie drew j er'a plight After all, he was a barm-
Edith may have gasped and looked j up a chair and sat down at his "good j less egoist from whom no girl could
wildly about in quest of help, but her side." The young nian appeared to : ex'nect much in the way of recompense.
agitation went unnoticed by the new
friend. From that momentous hour
Mrs. Medcroft encouraged an inordi-
nate regard for tbe circumspect. She
decided that it was best never to be
alone with her husband Tho fntiiro
waa now tno nrpM ' tA ' ,
; toT a slmjle moment that might be nn
1 r"ainable when the trinmpbal hour,
l0.0f revelation came to hand Sho t
Dressed tnl, fart hpr Ut w1fh
: the resnl that-bne Br(M.k wag neTer
j aoce witn hj3 ppnder, wife, he was
e!dom far from the side of the adora-
. Lle lieutenant As if precociously pro -
Tiding for an ultimate alibi, the fickle
Tootles began to show unmistakable
signs of aversion for her temporary
Mrs. Rodney, being quite an old
fashioned mother, could not reconcile
herself to this unSlial attitude and
gravely confided to ber husband that
she feared Medcroft was mistreating
h's child behind their backs.
"Well, the poodle likes him anyway,"
protested Mr. Rodney, who liked
Brock, "and If a dog likes a man he's
not altogether a bad lot If I were
you I wouldn't spread the report"
"Spread It!" she sniJTed indignantly.
"Are they not my own consins? Twice
removed." she conclnded as an after
thought "Do you imagine that I
would spread it? ne may be an un
natural father, but I shall not be the
one to 6ay so. Flease bear that in
"Well, let's not argue about If said
Mr. Rodney, departing before she could
disobey the injunctlon.
Of course, there was no little con
fusion at the Hotel Tyrol when it
came to establishing the Medcrofts.
For awhile it looked as though Brock
would have to share a room with Too
tles, relegating Burton to an alco?e
and a couch, hut Constance, in a strict
ly family conclave, was seized by an
inspiration which saved the day or
the night, more properly speaking.
"I have It, Boibury," she cried, her
eyes dancing. "Yon can sleep on tho
balcony. A great many invalids do,
"But, good heaven, I'm not an inva
lid." he remonstrated feebly.
"Of course you're not, but can't yon
say yon are? It's quite simple. You
sleep in the open air because it does
your lungs so much good. Oh, but I
know! It isn't necessary to expand
your chest like that They're perfect
ly sound, I daresay. I should think
you'd rather enjoy the fresh air. Be
sides, there isn't a room to be had in
"But suppose It should rain!" he pro
tested, knowing full well he was
. "You poor boy, haven't you an um
brella?" she cried with such a per
fectly rntranclng laugh that he would
have slept out in a hailstorm to pro
vide recomrenie. And so it was set
tled that he was to sleep in tbe small
balcony Just off the baby's luxurious
room, the hotel people agreeing to
place a cot there at night in order to
oblige the unfortunate guest with the
"Yon are so dear and so agreeable.
j Roxbury." purred Mrs. Medcroft, very
much relieved. "If ever I hear of n
girl looking for a nice husband I'll
"It's all very nice," said he with a
wry grin, "but I'm hanged if I ought
to be expected to remember nil of my
accomplishments." They were sitting
in her room, attended by the faithful
duenna. Constance. "First, the eye
glass, then the English language, with
which I find I'm most unfamiliar;
then a deafness in one of my ears
I can't remember which .until it's too
late, and now I'm to be a tubercular.
You've no idea how hard lt is for mo
to speak English against Odell-Carney.
! I'm an o;it and out amateur beside
i him. And it's horribly annovina to
have Ulstervelt shouting iu my ear
loud enough for everybody in the din
ing room to hear. It's rich, I tell you,
and if I didn't love you so devotedlv.
Edith. I'd be on, my way at this very
instant. There! I feel better. 'On
my way" lo the first American line I've
had in the farce since we left Stutt
gart. "And. by the way. Edith, I'm afraid
I'll have to punch OJoll-C'arney's con
founded bend before long. He's pet
ting to be bo friendly to me as Rox
bury Medcroft that I can't endure him
"I I don't understand." murmured
Edith plaintively. Constance looked
up wit"? a new interest in her ever
"Well, you see. he's working so hard
to square himself with Medcroft for
the break he made about the windows,
that he's taking his spite out on all
American architects. Confound him.
be persists in saying I'm all right, but
God deliver hirn from those demmed
rotters, the American builders. He
says he wouldn't let one of us build
a hencoop for hi:ii. much less a dog
k.'nnel. Oh. I say. Connie, don't laugh!
How would you like it if" But both
of them were laughing at him so mer
rily that'he Joined them nt once. Bur
ton and O'Brien, who had come in.
were smiling discreetly.
"Come. Roxbury, what do yon say to
a good long walk?" cried Constance.
"I must talk to you seriously about n
great many things, beginning with ego
tism." He set forth with alacrity, re
lolcing in spite of his numerous limita
tions. Upon their return from tbe delight
ful stroll along the mountain side, she
went at once to ber room to dress for
dinner. Brock, more deeply in love I that sort I shouldn't think of ending
than ever before, lighted a cigar and j it all with Katherine so long as we
seated himself ln the gallery, dubious-! are both guests of her father. I'd wait
ly retrospective ln his meditations. He ! until the end of next week."
was sorely disturbed by her almott i Brock had listened in utter amaze
constant allusion to Freddie Ulstervelt I ment to the opening portion of this ln-
and his "amazingly attractive ways."
Was lt possible that she could be real
ly in love with that inslgnlflcant little
! have something wpighty on his mind. '
Brock shifted nser.ily. "I want to put j
It up to you. Mr. Medcroft. as man to !
man. Yon ere Connie's brother-in-law'
and yon orjght to be able to set me j
: trn!ht " '
I ... ,1 . ..
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my sort: you have a sort of New brfc
feeling about you. I'm sure you're
enough of a sport to give me unpreju
diced advice. nand,s across the sea,
see? Well, to get vight down to the
point, old man you'll pardon my plain
speech I think ' Constance ought to
marry an American."
Rrock sat up very straight "I think
that's--that's a matter for Miss Fowler
to determine." be said coldly.
"You don't quite get my meaning,"
persisted Freddie, crossing his legs
comfortably. "I was trying to make it
easy for myself."
"You mean, you think she ought to
"That's it, precisely. How clever
"Rut you are said to be engaged to
Miss Hodney," ventured Brock, feeling
"That's just the point. Mr. Medcroft
We're not really engaged but almost.
As a matter of fact, we've got to the
point where it's really up to me to
speak to iter father about it. don't you
know. Luckily I havcu't"
"Yes; that would have committed me,
don't you see. I've been tentatively
engaged more than a dozen times, but
never quite up to tbe girl's father.
Now, I don't tr.ind telling you that I've
changed my mind nhoqt Katherine.
She's a joliy good sort, but she's not
Just my sort I thought she was. but
well, you know how it is yourself. The
heart's a d d queer organ. Mine has
gone back to Constance ln the last two
days. You are her brother In-law, and
you're a good fellow through and
through. I want your heip. I've got
money to burn, and the family's got
position In the Ktntes. I can take care
of her as she should be taken cans of.
No little old six room flat for her. Cut.
of course, you understand, I can't quite
curry the tiling through with Kath
erine still feeling herself attached, as
It were. The thing to decide U this:
How best can I let Katherine down
easily and take ou Connie without put
ting myself in a rather hazardous po
sition? I'm a gentleman, you see, and
1 can't do anything downright rotten.
It wouldn't do. I'm sure in her heart
Connie cares for me. I could make her
understand me better if I had half the
chance. But a fellow can't get near
her nowadays. Don't you think you
are carrying the family link too far?
Now, what I want to ask of you as a
friend is this: Will you put in a good
Ay jr mm
ill m. fill ru av i
word for me every chance you get? will"
I'll square myself with Katberiue all ! "Heavens!" exclaimed Freddie In dis
right Of course, you'll understand, I gust. "You needn't do that I've al
don't want to actually break with j ready proposed to her five or six
Katherine until I'm reasonably sure of times."
Constance. I'm a guest of the Rodney
family, you see. It would be down-
right indecent of me. No. sir; I'm not
genuous proposal. As the flexile youth
progressed amazement gave place to in
dignation and then to disgust. Brock'a
It mattered little who the girl of the
moment might be, she could not hope
to or even seek to hold bis perambula-
tory affections. "He's a single exam -
pie of a great New York class." reflect -
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knowing bow to fall in love witn a
good girL They have not been trained
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chorus girl brand of attack
subtle, wooing of a gentlewoman. Tnc.)f
can't analyze; they can't feel! And'
this insipid, egotistical little bounder,
is actually sitting there and asking
me to help him with the girl I love!
Good Lord, what next?" He surveyed
the eager Ulstervelt in the most irri
tating manner, finally laughing ont--Ight
In his face. The very thought of
him as Connie's accepted lover! She.
the adorable, the splendid, the utp
proachablo! It was excruciatingly
"Oh, I say. old man," cried Freddie
when the disconcerting laugh came,
"don't lauzh! It's no 1oUe."
" Ton my soul, L'lstertelt," apolo
gized Brock, with a magnanimous
smile, "I haven't said it was a Joke.
"Then what . are you laughing at?
Something you beard yesterday?" with
fine scorn. Brock stared bard at the
flushed boyish face of the other. It
was weak and yet as hard as brass,
hard with the overbearing confidence
of the spoiled child of wealth.
"Fee here, Ulstervelt." he said, with
sudden coldness, "you're askiug my
help. That's no way to got lt."
"1 beg pardon. I don't mean to be
rude," apologized Freddie. "But. I
say, old man, I'll make lt worth your
while. My father's got stacks of coin,
and he's a power in New York. Odell
Carney's right. American architects
can't design good hencoops. What we
want ln New York is a rattling good
up to date Englishman or two to show
'era a few things. They're a lot of
muckers over, there, take it from me.
By Jove. Boxbury, you don't know
how I'd appreciate your friendship in
this matter. It will simplify things
immensely. You'll speak a goodyword
for me when the time comes, now,
"You want me to do you a good
turn," said Brock slowly. He found
himself grinning with a malicious Joy.
"All right. I'll see to lt that Miss Rod
ney doesn't marry you. my boy. I'll
attend to her."
"Just a minute." interrupted Freddie
quickly. "Don't be too hasty about
that. I want to be sure of Constance
"I see. I was Just about to add that
I'll give Constance a strong hint that
one of the most gallant young sparks
ln New York is likely to propose to her
before the end of the week. That
"And she she is undecided?" cried
Brock, his eyes darkening.
"No. hang lt all, she's not undecid
ed. Pbe'g said no every time. That's
why I'm up n tree, so to speak."
"Ohl" was all that Brock said. Of
course she cp ldn't love a creature of
Freddie's sta ! ne gloated.
" 'Gad. you'reV lucky dog, Roxbury,"
went on Freddie enviously. "Money
isn't everything. You're married to
one of the prettiest and most fascinat
ing women ln tho world. She's a won
der. ' You can't blarms me for wanting
your wife as a sister-in-law. N ow.
can you? And that kid! You lucky
(To be continued.)
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