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W hat Is flirtation? Really,
MowN can I aniswer that ?
Yet when she smiles I see its wiles,
And when he lifts his hat.
'Tis meeting in the ball room,
'Tis whirling in the dance;
With something hid beneath th2 lid
Besides a Simple golance.
'Tis walking in the hall way,
'Tis resting on the stair;
'Tis bearded lips oi linger tips
(If mamma is (jot there.)
'Tis going out for ices,
'Tis buttoning on a glove;
'Tis lips that speak of Phl3's ntext week,
And eyes thlt talk of love.
'Tis tucking in a carriage,
"is asking for a call;
'Tis lifted eyes anld telder sighs,
And this is -no, not all.
'Tis parting when 'tis over,
Alnd one goes home to sleep;
Tra la, my frield. be'4 joys illst el( -
But ol( goes iome to weepi.
"Come hither, Beryl.''
Stuyvesant Nutwood spokc in kind.
Iv tones to his daughter, and yet the
girl noticed. or imagined that Phe did,
a slight tremor inl his voice, bift. think
ing it was die to the involuitary loose
ting of his false teeth, gave the matter
no filther attetltion. She crossed the
room to where her fath -r was sit
1ing in5 his great armtii elair beside the
Beryl had gr(own1 up on helr fathr's
farm almost without society, hut not
w it hout eduteationl, for every year' she
had attemId the seminary It Acorn
ville, :n(l in her e(ighteelnth year had
g.,radlated with all the honors and :
percale dress. And tihen she had gone
back to the farm again, but somehok'
h ter life therei was not as satisfaclt ory as
before. There wcere times wh-ii Beryl
felt, a sense of einiui Imixcd with al ill
defliite feelig of rtlessness t hat
wouli cause h r to wanider aimulessly
aro0und1 the pla1ce inl a reverie until- re
called to the things of this world by
stepping oni her antkle. Biut though
she strove to conlcelal, evenl from her-.
se*lf, i he reall caui ol0 .f ti i feeling, her
heart wold~ ever and lianon give a
great thtrob) as she thought of Rhupert
lIohllin~gsworth.1. who' wa's now~ a1 strug
gluig lawyev(r in t Wes.tr towvn.
Thlere had1( been~ no0 words of Jove he
I ween3 themi, bu on the daty Rupewrt
graduated they had met. for the last
time0, aml,(1 sttnin1g beneath the shade
of a1 graind old4. oak tat guardedl the en1
trancee to I hie college camtpuis, Rupert
had taken Bery l's hand in his and( said(
to her, wh1ile his dark brown eyes
seemed looking Ito her very soul:
"You will not forget me enitirely,
Miss Stuyvesant ?
"1 shall neve~r forget you,'' 1.he re
plied, w ith? grat ve earnestiness, "ais lonlg
aIs I live.''
.1i had11( once step~pedl on her toes.
W lhen Beryl. had*1 cross'ed t he roomi
her fabthi'r mo1tionted her to a seat by
his side, antd as5 .she cuddled up cosily
on1 a baissock and, plcinlg her arms
uuion her knees, looked un in his fe
with a Wondering expresslon In betr
great blue eyes, Stuyvpesant Nutwood
felt a great thrill of sorrow in the
knowledge that one day this beautiful
girl, with all her wealth of love and
bandolile, would leave him forever.
"1 have received a letter from Rua
pert lollingsworth, Beryl," lie said.
The girl gave a sudden st'art, and a
wave of crimson swept over t he pure,
sweet face, but she did not speak.
' Can you not guess," he continued,
"what the purport of his letter is ?
Beryl couild no longer look In her
father's face. She knew full well
why luapert IIollingsworth had writ
le had gone away only years before
inl all the vigor of his gla(d mahood,
and his Splendid talents had gained
for him Suceess where others had fail
An( now. crowned w itli the laurel
wreath of victory, he had written to
her father for permission to ulrge his
suit wifh her. She knew all this full
well, ::n1 1 vet when hrw father' asked
her th qilestin'ln to which her hieart
hal al ready giveln ainswer, Bile di I niot
"You coul never guess, little ole,
saidl St uy vesAt N it wood, a mernr
twinkle inl L's eyes, "*wlhy Iuiper't
has written. Do you ti hnk vou
A deeper b1lush overspread the pret ty
"But 1 will tell you," h. conatiiluedl,
'"because 'oil t wo were at college to
getIher. StIll, pei-haps I hd better he
silet''-:and againl the lalaghing igh
enme111 into liert f:tler's evyes.
"i'ell tme, papa," whispered Beryl.
no lo)n(rer able to conceval her eager
ess, %I lwy he has written.",
"'lie wants somethini," was the re
ply. "Ca l 3 o nI o (t gutess wliat it is ?"
verv ti.er of Beryl's bein-P is
thr(Obbingo wit h expectan11ey nowu '.
'le sunl has passed ffom siht, :majl
rent bands of roy light thait stremlu
all) from below I he horiz.a's rim cast
:1 stranl ge halo over thie silent., en.th.
Beryl feels the solimnii influiences of
the t w ilight hour, bait no0 word( colmes
from he lips ).
C '(an 3 CIu tnot guless," repeats h''r
For' atn inistant she dloes not treply.
To aniswer' h (jclueSt 31n in the affib tum
Live w~oul seemr hold( and forward.
and~ yet ennt she dleny, e'venI to hier'eelf,
a .knowledge of what .liupi'rt de'sires '
So slie sim~ply says to her fat her : 'ell
mec what lhe wanats."
Bending tenderly over is dlaughiter.
Stityvesant Nut wood whiisperis with in
fiv'e dollar's to get home with."~-Clii
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