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(C?rlU. 1911. BotU-UcmU Coojiay)
Richard LlRhtnut. an American with sn
affected English accent, recedes a pres
ent from a friend In China. The present
firoves to be a pair Of pajamas. A letter
lints of surprise to the wearer Llghtnut
dons the pejatna and late at night 8'
up for a smoke. Hla servant, Jenjcuiii,
comes in and. foiling to recognlie Llght
nut, attempts to put him out. ThlnKinfi
the servant cra2 LJghtnut changes his
clothes Intending to summon help. When
he reappears Jenkins falls on his necK
with Joy. confirming Ughtnufs beUef
that he Is crazy.
CHAPTER IV (Continued).
By Jove, I had my own opinion
about that! I knew he must have
Been one before; but 1 Just wont on
questioning, to gain time, you know,
and wondering all the while how I
should ever be able to break the truth
to the poor fellow.
, "Tell me again what he was like," 1
said. "How did you know ho was a
"Why, by hla long black pigtail,
sir, and his onory color. But I never
saw no Chinaman as ugly as this one
no sir. Oh. he was Just too awful
horrid to look at. sir. His forehead
sloped away back, or maybe the front
part of his head being all shaved
mado It look that way. And the skin
about hlB eyes was painted white with
red streaks shooting around like rays
"N'o beard or mustache, I suppose?"
I suggested, feeling my own smooth
shaven face, Jenkins reply was a
"Ye, air; there were long black
kind of rat tails that dropped down
from the 'sides or his mouthy And
then his neck ugh all thick with
"Oh, It was, eh?" I said drily, think
ing of the long red stripe that my
collar concealed. "I suppose you felt
this, eh. when you Jumped at his
Jenkins rubbed hla chin with a puz
"Why, that's uncommon queer, sir;
but now that you remind me. I do re
member that his neck felt perfectly
smooth and It wasn't so big, either.
Why, I should say It felt Just about
like yours would, sir."
, I eyed him ruefully.
"By Jove, I don't doubt It a min
ute!" I commented with some dis
gust. "Well, go on with your yarn. You.
were telling, when I Interrupted, about
rushing Into my bedroom."
"Yes, sir," he resumed with anima
tion. "And when I didn't find you, I
was Just frantic, for 1 didn't know you
had gone out, sir never thought of
that; I went for the ugly monster
with the big pistol there in the cab
inet which, by the way, sir, the low
down villain stole when he locked me
up and lit out"
I had an inspiration.
"I see," 1 broke In carelessly; "and
then you demanded to know where 1
was that it? Then you backed him
to that window, and he told you he
had chucked me Into the street
whereupon you tried to blow off his
head and knocked the Jolly daylights
out of the lady with the fencing folL"
Jenkins, his mouth agape, viewed
me with distended eyes.
"1 didn't tell you that, sir," ho fal
"And when you dropped the weap
on," I went on, "this chap collated It,
Jabbed the beastly thing Into you, and
told yqu to look at hint And by Jove
Jenkins groaned Bllgbtly. The
apologetic cough with which he strove
to mantle the sound was dry and
"No, sir; It seemed easier to d!a,
sir," he muttored "what with him
grinning like a fleod and his long
teeth a-stlcklng out over his Up
ugh!" Then he added wonderlngly:
"But what gets me Is how you should
I looked at him gravely.
"Jenkins," I said gently, "1 know,
because it so happens I was here all
His eyas bulged Incredulously
"You. sir? You aieaa in this rooca?"
I nodded rlowly. "I mean right In
this room I was a wltaess of tbs
whole thing." ,
Jenkins Just gulped. I motUmed to
"You may sit down, Jeakias. ny
poor fallow." I said compasaiouataly.
I poured out souse whisky and gavo
it to him.
"You must bra.ee yourself for a
great shock, my poor Jenkins," I said
soothingly. And then I thought I had
"best hurry oo, for I could tell by the
way his eyes rolled and tho bluo color
of his lips that probably 1 was Just
in timo to head off anothor attack.
And thon I told him all.
"Aqd bore," I concluded, "aro the
marks of your lingers under my col
lar, and tho pistol Is on top of tho
Jonklns Just sat there, kind of hud
dled up, you know, and his face aa
white as the what-you-call-lt snow.
Didn't seem able to say a word. By
Jove, it was too much for me; my
heart Just wont out to him.
"It's all right, Jenkins." I said kind
ly, and I patted his knee. "Doesn't
make a Jolly bit of differenco to me,
personally Just told you because 1
thought you ought to know. You Just
go right along and continue your du
tlos, so far ns I am concerned."
Jenkins' hand slipped along his
knoe and ventured to touch mine
timidly. He rose heavily.
".Mr. Llghtnut, sir," he said huskily,
"If you're not going to need me very
much, could I be excused for a while
"By Jove, yes, Jenkins! Go out and
enjoy the evening: It will do you good.
Stay as long as you like, dash It!
You know I dine tonight at the club.
Go to a root garden and get Borne
A toss of the bead broke Jenkins
calm; his flst struck his palm.
"It ain't that, sir," he exclaimed. "1
don't want no fresh air, but I do want
fresh resolution and a fresh start.
I'm going to And him."
"Him!" I was startled. Dash me, 1
half thought he meant the Chinaman.
"Him, sir; that temperance lectur
er, I mean. I'm going to get out a
paper against that old enemy there!"
And he Bhook his fist at the whisky
The Girl From Radcllffe.
"Long distance call from Mr. Bill
ings, sir," said Jenkins, lifting the re
ceiver. By Jove, he had Just caught me aa
I was about to leave.
"Hello! That you, Llghtnut? came
his voice. "Say, old chap, you remem
ber you sold you wouldn't mind put
ting up the kid overnight on the way
home from college. Remember? Wants
to rest over and come up the river on
the. day line."
Yes, I remembered, and said so.
"All right, then! it's tonight. Be
there about nine from Boston. Don't
go to any trouble, now, nor alter any
plans. The kid will probably be dead
tired and off to bed before you get
home from your dinner."
"That's all right, old chap; Jenkins
will look after the young one."
I heard Billings chuckle I remem
bered that chuckle afterward.
"Not much of the young one there.
Eighteen, you know. Never oT to
school, though, until last year and by
George, It wa3 time! Between my
mother and my sister the kid was be
ing absolutely ruined petted, molycod
dled, and was getting soft and silly
oh, something to make you sick. Well,
so much obliged, Dicky. You know
what these hotels are. Good-by."
1 explained to Jenkins. "All right,
sir," he said. "I won't go out until
alter nine. It'll be time enough."
And so I went off. 1 returned early,
about ten, and sat reading. Jenkins
was still away, and the door of my
guest room was open.
The voice behind me was soft, mu
I whirled about, and there, within
the door. leaning against the frame,
was the most beautiful creature I
ever saw In all my life.
A girl! But oh, by Jove, such a
Grinning Like a Fiend.
girl! A lovely, rosy blonde, dash It!
Ootdea-hftired angel long, droopy
kind of lassos, doa't you know eyes
like dreamy sapphire seas oh. tba
sort of thing a puchl
The leap umt brought me to my
feet seat my chair thudding back
ward "Why er good evening." l man
aged to stammer. Just managed, you
know. for. give you my word. I never
was so bowled over In ny lite
ntrcrl Aad on tb lustaut I guessed
wual U woaat. The "kid" that Bill
tags referred to wasn't a kid brother
at &H, but a kid sister girl, by Jove!
"Are you busy?" I saw the flash of
ii. mi j?'sk&
fflif VfefCTi filllSlS
her perfect little teeth aa her tips
parted in a Bmllo "If not, may I talk
to you a while?"
I mumbled something designed to
be pleasant dash mo If I know what
and managed to summon sense
enough to lift toward her a wicker
nrru-chalr. Thon J dashed Into my
bedroom to chuck tho smoklngrjacket
and get Into a coat And all the whllo
I was thinking harder than I ever had
thought it possible.
Just tho thing to havo expected of
an nss like Billings a fellow with no
Eonse of the proprieties! His kind of
mind had never got any further than
the fact that I had a guest-room and
a quiet apartment. The further tact
that It was In a bachelor apartment
house and I a bacholor and not yet
out of my twenties, dash It would
nover have presented itself to a chump
like Billings as having any bearing on
"Of course, 1 must get right over to
the club and leave her In possession
It's the only thing loft to do." This
was my thought as I slipped Into my
coat and gave my hair a touch Just
a touch, don't you know. The thing
to do wa3 to carry It off as naturally
as possible for a few .minutes and
then slip away. Probably she hadn't
counted upon my being in town at oil
had taken It for granted It was
some sort of family apartment with
housekeeper, servant maids, all that
sort of thing.
"Now, Just a few minutes of con
versation to put her at her ease," I
reflected, "and thon I'm off. I'll get
the Janitor's wife to come up and
stay near her."
And I dashed back, murmuring some
Jolly rubbish of apology. And then I
Just brought up speechless almost
fell over backward. For as she stood
there under the light, I saw that what
I had taken for a dress of black silk
was not a dress at all, but a suit of
pajamas black, filmy pajamas, whose
loose elegance concealed but could
not wholly deny the goddess-like fig
"I'd have known you anywhere, Mr.
Llghtnut" And then I found that we
were shaking hands, my fingers
crushed In a grasp I never could have
thought possible from that tiny hand
"From hearing Jack talk, your name
is a sort of household word in the
I mumbled something Jolly Idiotic
some acknowledgment. But I was
pink about the ears, and I knew It,
while she was cool and serene as a
lily of the what-you-call-It, don't you
know. I was trying not to see the
pajamas, trying to pretend not to no
tice them, but dashed If I didn't only
make It worse!
For she looked down at herself with
a laugh rather an embarrassed
laugh, I thought; and her little shrug
and glance directed attention to her
"I see you're looking- at the pa
Jamas," she said smiling.
And her eyes looked at me through
those drooping lashes oh, suh a
"Oh, no I assure certainly not," I
stammered hastily. Dash It, I nevor
was so rebuked and mortified In all
my life. What an ass I had been to
seem to notice at all!
She looked troubled. "Say, do you
mind my wearing them?" she inquired.
"I? Certainly not well, I should
say not!" I retorted, almost with In
dignation. "Sure?" By Jove, what ripping eyes
"Of course not!" emphatically.
Her sunny head nodded satisfac
tion. 'That's all right, then I was
afraid you wouldn't like It afraid you
would think I was acting a little free.
But your man Jenkins Isn't that his
name? said he thought you wourd
like for me to wear them."
"Jen what's that?" I was amazed,
Indignant at Jenkins' effrontery. "He
he suggested that you wear er
She nodded, her glorious eyes shin
"Yon see, I wont to a frat dance last
night in Cambridge," she explained;
and In the hurry this morning, some
now, one of my bags a suit-case
was left behind And when I got hero
tonight and began piling the things
out of my other bag well I saw I
was up a tree. Not a thing to slip
into, you know not so much a? a
dressing-gown or even a bathrobe.
Thon your man saved ray life sug
gested these pajamas. See?"
"Oh, 1 see!"
I said so; but.'dash it, I wasn't sure
I did, for 1 knew so devlli6h little
"I must cut along now," l thought;
"Infernal shame to bo taking advan
tage of her this way!" And then 1
thought I would just wait a wee min
Just then she turned toward me.
her lbow on the arm of the wlckr
chair, her dainty, manicured linger
tips supporting her hla.
"You kno.v, Mr. Llghtnut, l wasn't
sure you would remember me at all.'
she said. "I was such a kid whn
you saw me last"
"Oh, y," I said, trying to reran
the rathor boydonlah children 1 bad
seen on tho motor trip to DtUtrss'
home Ave years before. "I reraeit'wr
you were quite a little girl wer .-a't
I thought hor race darkened a lit
tic; then her smile ilRshed through,
llko sunshine through n cloud Her
laugh caino on top, llko the mellow
ripple of a tiny brook that sort of
thing oh. you know!
"Oh, I say now, Mr. Llghtnut, cut
out the josh," she romonstrated; and
I thought she grow a llttlo red "No
more lor mlno those sissy, girlie ways
I've got well over all of that!"
She tossed one kneo over the other
and threw herself back In the chair.
She seemed a llttlo piqued. She went
"I Just tell you what thore's noth
ing like a couple of years off at col
lego for toughening you! Gets all
those mamma's baby ways out of you,
you bet your life, and all the slusbl
ness you get from trying to be llko
your sisters. Shucks V'
I caught my breath. Of course, she
had no Idea how it sounded this
sort of talk; It was just her innocent
frankness, hor what d'ye call It?
her Ingenuousness dash It!
She continued musingly: "Gee, but
I was soft when 1 first went away a
Was Such a Kid When You Saw
regular pie-faced angel-chlld!" Her
voice had In it a sneer, 'ihen she
straightened up, whirled her chair
facing me, and gave me a sounding
slap on the knee. "Say, maybe the
fellows I met didn't educate that out
of me mighty quick! Well, I reckon
yes!" And she nodded, eying me side
wise, her pretty chin in the air.
But. dash me, I was so aghast I
couldn't get out a word. Just sat there
batting at her and turning hot and
cold by turns. Came devilish near
losing consciousness, by Jove, that's
Of course, I knew she didn't know
what she was talking about Hadn't
any sisters myself, don't you know,
and never had learned much about
other fellows' sisters; but, dash It, 1
knew something about faces, and I
would have staked my life on her;
You can nearly always tell, you know
But, anyhow. I thought I had better
I got up. "I say. you want to Jjst
make yourself at home," I said. "And
IX you don't mind, I'll see you at the
boat In the morning."
She stood up. too, looking rather
surprised. "You're not going away?"
"Oh, no; not out of town." I thought
that was what she meant I added:
"And as I go out, I'll stop "down-stairs
and have some one come up and stay
She dropped to the arm of the chair,
her pretty face showing dismay.
"Oh, but see here! I'm running you
off I know I am. Say. Mr. Llghtnut.
I don't want to do that I thought
sure you were going to be here. Broth
er insisted you would be."
Brother! Nice brother. Indeed, for
her poor little thing!
"Oh, you'll be all right," I said re
assuringly. "I'm Just going over to
the club, don't you know not far
She came right up to me and placed
a hand on each shoulder.
"Honest Injun, now," sn 1Q nntl
her smile was ravishing "Honest,
now, Mr. Llghtnut you're going Just
because I'm here. Say now, own up!"
And, dash It, there was nothing to
do but admit It.
TO BE CONTINUED.)
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