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By C N AND A. M.
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Ardently Loveland lodged to get out
of tbe room und to stay out; but.
though 1k> could have escaped bj car?
rying tbe broUen dishes into the
kitchen, be \\--?'!iii not deign to tura
his bink on iii" enemy, tic pave the
tray to Blinker ;uid obeyed a gesture
of Alexander's ?*? jich sent liitn to take
a new order from tlie Malians.
'1 don't belli ve he'll rome to wait on
us." whispered Mrs. Milton to Tony
Kidd. "If be doesn't it will have been
hardly worth tbe fag of coming all
tiiis w;i.v downtown. His handing us
our thing! would have been the best
fuu of all."
"I think you'll gel jour fun." mum?
bled Tony, but he was not .enjoying
"Of course tlie mans e fraud ano
deserves .ill be's got." the journalis:
thought. -Bul rn be banged if I like
seeing bim take his med! ine. iles a
good plucked one. anyhow."
Never glancing at ihe righi laces.
Wiii ii watched his e\ erv moveuieul
witii lix teen brilliant eyes. Loveland
passed their tal.le and went to ted the
cook that the Malian party would have
a nun omelet ia place of the lost ice
cream. Cohen'* fried oysters were
ready, the Pole having just si rveil
then). .i:;d now the setv.nd course ol
the dinner?begun already with blu
points*?was walting for tlie "swells'
lt was soup, and Loveland bad either
to carry it in and serve it himself ci
else to ihow th it th.' torture of the
lash was beyond his endurance.
"Tiny shall see that I'm nut asham
cd for myself er afraid of them," he
resolved, returning to the restaurant
with a steaming tureen and eight hot
plates on a tray. Without a change
of expression he laid those eight plates.
one by one, in their places on the ta
ble, and then with a band which he
forced to he steady he ladled out the
soup. The ladies drew back, as if un?
easy lest he might seek some small re?
venge. P.ut he was careful not to spill
"Oh. pa. don't send Mr Cordon to
wait on the swells again!" softly plead?
ed Isidora. Hitting up uneasily.
''They're trying to take a rise out of
him. lt's crool. I"?
"Thank you, but 1 don't mind, Miss
Alexander," said Lovelaud, with a
grateful look, which weut so straight
lu Isidora's heart that tears started to
Val took away the eight soup plates
and would not see the amused glances
of the good looking Hungarians or Eli?
nor Coolidge's French count. Roche
verte was not cruel at heart, but he
did not like Englishmen at best, and
E iuor Coolidge, having told him the
story of Lord Loveland as she knew
it. had said; "We girls want to punish
him not only for the way he would
have deceived us all if he could, but
for his perfectly horrid, supercilious
airs when we used to know him on
board ship. So please help us by
sneering and staring as much as you
can without making a scene."
She had looked so handsome when
she made this request that De Roche
verte had told her he would grant it
with pleasure, aud he was doing his
best to keep his word.
They had got as far in the dinner as
chicken fried with cream gravy, for
which Black Dick was renowned,
when the restaurant door opened and
Mr. Milton walked In, accompanied by
Milton sauntered over to the table
and spoke to e\ery one civilly, darting
only one covert, ugly glance at his
wife, when her fascinated gaze rested
upon the fading bruise which discol
,,???. cd his square jaw.
"Read the Light this morning. Tony,
and the afternoon papers copying it."
be said. "Thought Id drop in at the
cockfight and see the fun. Great
stunt, isn't it V" He eyed Loveland
up and down as if the Englishman
wore a freak at a museum. "Of course
thc story was yoursV"
For the first time Val's eyes and
Tony's met. only for an instant, but
there was something like reproach ls
Loveland's. A trapped hare might
have thrown a look like that at the
keeper who trapped him.
MR. MILTON turned away and
was drawing out a chair for
himself near one upou which
a seedy, bearded strange;
had placed a small leather hand bag
when suddenly the whole restaurant
seemed alive with dry. crackling ex?
plosions, and in the same lnstaut the
electric lamps went out. The room,
a moment ago brilliantly lighted, was
black as a vault save for a glimmer
from the street that shone through the
window. Th-'n, as every one jumped
up, overturning chairs or breaking
glasses in their hurry and the shrieks
ol' the Italian women miugled with
the strange crackling sounds, there
came from somewhere at the back a
loud detonation, followed by a hoarse
roaring like a blast furnace. Men
cried out in amazed alarm, and the
dark room lit up ominously with a
crimson glare that turned the curtail'
through which it leaked the color of
lu*TusLod Black Dick and his assist?
ant, with Bllnkey, who had beeu busy
in the kitchen, aud all three shouted
wildly, "Fire, fire!"
The restaurant was in a state of
chaos. A long jet of flame sweeping
out from the kitcheu aud across the
narrow passage caught the curtain in
the doorway, up which little serpents
of fire began to crawl. Every woman
Was SCreaillintr now in a nanlf nt faar
whipped to horror by the red dark?
ness aud the crackling explosions which
suapped and spluttered on every aide.
The excitable Italians,chattered and
struggled with one anonier in the dark,
the new Folish waiter ran here and
there like a frightened chickeu that
sees the ax, the two negroes were al?
most in convulsions, and Tony Kidd
called vainly on the Uuugarlan broth?
ers and De Rocheverte for help in
bringing order out of coufusion.
At the time of the first explosion
Loveland had been quietly setting a
plate of fried chicken before Tony,
and as the journalist leaped from his
seat the two young men were close to?
"Short circuiting; escape from a fused
gas pipe!" Loveland yelled through the
"Yes, that's it!" the reporter shouted
back mechauically as if to a friend.
Then for a few secouds Tony was
overwhelmed by a wild rush of fright?
ened women. In the red light that
streamed through the burning curtain
he saw a crowd lighting to reach the
window and the closed front door of
Upon his incredulous eyes Hashed a
horrid tableau of De Rocheverte throw?
ing off Eliuor Coolidge, who clung to
him, crying. "Save nie. save me!" As
the Frenchman blindly flung her away
and dashed toward the door the girl
would have fallen on her knees, to be
trampled underfoot by the two Hun?
garians, had not Loveland pushed the
men violently aside and caught Elinor
| lu his ai",is.
"Keep lier?keep all the ladies in this
corner out of the crush!" he cried to
Tony "I'm going to turn off the gas
at tho main." Then he gave Eliuor,
half fainting, to Tony Kidd, who firm?
ly called Mrs. Milton. Miss Turner and
Miss Wo. d by name. The sound of
the two calm voices lu the midst of
shouts, ?mashing giass. falling chairs
and foreign exclamations rallied the
women's courage. As Tony held Elinor
the titres others passed near him. de?
serted by the foreigners of their party,
and ia the bloodshot blaze all saw
Loveland's tall figure apparently plunge
Into the flame. Ile made a dash
tbr .ugh the doorway, his arms thrown
i rs.-; bis eyes to shield them from the
Ure, aud ten seconds later the loud
- a ring ceased as suddenly as lt had
Iseguu. The cracklings had ceased, too,
for the short circuiting was over, and
the stream of gas burnt Itself out an
Instant after Loveland seized the han?
dle of the main. But the curtain still
blazed; the stairway in the passage,
the door frames In the kitchen and
restaurant were on tire, and the panic
raged as wildly as ever among the
fallon chairs and tables.
The door handle had been broken by
Leo Cohen as he fiercely disputed with
Milton.the right to get out first, and
SAW LOVRLAND'S TALI. FIQUBK APPAR?
ENTLY PLUNGE INTO THU FLAME.
none could now escape that way, al?
though men battered the panels and
strove to break them in. Some one
had smashed a hole in the thick plate
glass window big enough to create a
daugerous draft, but uot large enough
to give a means of retreat for any of
the men and women who, with cut and
bleeding bauds, struggled to squeeze
through the jagged opening.
One hand badly burucd, face and hair
singed. Loveland was back in a min?
ute from his errand at the gas main.
He had snatched up a huge kettle of
water from the stove and dashed lt
on to the stairs, quenching the small
flames which had begun to curl and
writhe. Then, tearing down tbe cur?
tain, he trampled out the fire, and as
the flames died into shooting sparks
and feebly puffing smoke he urged
Tony to bring the ladies that way.
"Upstairs?we'll get them upstairs out
of the crowd!" he shouted, but in?
stantly the whole throng would have
turned to stream in that direction had
not Tony Kidd kept the way clear by
making an obstacle of his own broad
He got a fierce blow or two, but held
the pass uutll the four ladles of his
party and isidora had reached shelter
The women safe. Tony tore off his
coat and began beating do/rn the fiery
snakes which crawled up the door
frame toward the ceiling. Loveland
meanwhile, having refuged the four
ladles with Isidora, hurried back to
stand by Tony Kidd. Three minutes
later two big men in blue sent tbe
door crashing off its hinges into tbe
restaurant, and by the time the fire en?
gines swept clanging and snorting into
the street the flames were stifled and
Alexander had found a few candles to
light up the smoky darkness.
The whole drama in one act had
played Itself out from beginning to
end in less than ten minutes, but it
had come close to tragedy, as none
realized more fully than the two whom
it had very strangely brought togeth?
er?Lord Loveland aud Tony Kidd.
No one was killed or seriously in?
jured, fortunately for Alexander the
Great's popularity. Many hands and
faces were cut with window glass,
two or three women had bruises or
sprained wrists, and the Italian bride
and groom were objects for compas?
Loveland and Tony Kidd had saved
tbe situation. Nobody else seemed to j
have accomplished anything deserving
praise, but when calm followed storm
De Rocheverte. Milton, his friend Ma
son and the two Hungarians vied with
one another in volubly explaining each
act and failure to act. They had
wanted to make a way out for ihe
ladies; that was why they had tiled
to get to the door, but they had been
caught and overwhelmed lu the crowd.
They all talked fast and eagerly, al
most convincingly, but the ladles, pale
and shattered, listened without an
swering. .\nd wheu they thanked
Tony Kidd for "saving them from be?
ing burned ulive" they were careful
neither to contradict nor assent when
he assured them that lt was "our
brave pretender who did everything."
As for Loveland, he was no longer
to be seen. Pony looked In vain for
his comrade in* battle.
"Funny thing." Val thought as he
looked at his burned left hand and his
singed coat?"funny thing! I sup*>ose
I behaved fairly decently because I
bad to do it and there was no other
way. But I've fancied myself a lot
more before this for a grand slam at
bridge or u right and left shot at a
couple of birds."
There was uo need to prove his cour?
age further by reappearing In the res?
taurant. If he went back it would look
as If he wer? bidding for compliments
from his late tormentors, and heaven
knew that he wanted nothing of the
sort. He wanted only to be let alone.
Dick was binding up his Injured hand
when the sound of a voice behind his
back made him turn quickly.
"See here," said Tony Kidd, "I've
been looking for you, because I want
to tell you something. Whatever else
you may or may not be, you're a man
As he delivered himself of this
speech Tony's pleasant, clever face
lost the quizzical expression lt was
wont to wear and looked very attrac?
tive in its earnestness.
"Thank you," answered Loveland
rather stiffly. Then, melting as his
blue eyes aud Tony's brown ones held
each other, be added, smiling, "So are
"if I've made things any worse for
you I'm sorry," went on Tony. "It's
.til been In the way of business, you
Milton's words to the young journal?
ist had cleared the mystery of the
crowd who had glanced up from their
newspapers to stare at the English
waiter and gone back to their news?
papers again. Tony's veiled allusion
brought no surprise to Loveland, there?
fore, and he answered without heat.
"It doesn't matter." he said quietly in
a tired voice, which made good na?
tured Tony wince.
"You're In pain, aren't you?" he
"Oh, nothing to speak of," said Val.
"Burned my hand and wrist a little;
"lt was a narrow shave," said Tony?
"by Jove, a 'shave' literally, for you've
pretty well made a clearance of bair
on oue side of your head."
"I must look like a convict," return?
ed Lovelaud, and, considering every?
thing, it struck Tony Kidd as odd that
the Englishman should make that par?
ticular remark about himself.
"You've been having a mighty hard
time of lt since?er?since I saw you
last," the journalist observed.
"It has been an experience," said
"I'd like to show my appreciation of
the way you've acted tonight," said
Tony, "ls there anything I can do for
"Thank you very much, but 1 think
there's nothing you can do," Loveland
Tony knew of oue thing that he
could do and had already decided to do
lt?to turn the tide of public opinion as
far as possible by a graphic descrip?
tion of the fire at Alexander's in to?
morrow morning's Light But, after
all, that would not accomplish much
If any material good. A wave of sym?
pathy would only send more curiosity
seekers to Alexander's, and Tony's
keen eyes had seen through Love?
land's mask of Indifference how he
writhed under his punishment.
"Say. you can't stay on here," the
American explained Impulsively. "It's
rt dog's life, and whatever yon are.
whatever you've been, you're too much
if a gentlemau by breeding and edu
?ation to stand lt You'll have to quit,
ind perhaps I could think of some way
mt If you' ?
"I'll thank you not to try and take
my walter away from me. Mr. Kidd,"
broke In Alexander the Great, speak
ng so suddenly behind the two young
men that both started "like guilty
Jhings upon a fearful summons."
"This isn't the right place for him,
Alexander, and you know lt," retorted
"It's the place he's engaged to stay
n until he leaves the country," Alex
mder persisted. "Aud 1 mean to bold
dm to his word or know the reason
svhy. If Cordon leaves me without a
iveek's notice I'll make him sorry for
"He saved your place tonight and
Lord knows how many lives," said
"Dat ain't got nothln' to do with the
?ase," insisted Alexander.
"Don't bother, thanks," Loveland
inid hastily to Tony. "Things can t be
.vorse than they've been tonight Per
laps they'll be better. I shall try to
ight lt out here till I can see my
"Pay my way," he might have said.
mt he did not wish to bring up the
piestion of money between himself
md Tony Kidd.
"It's bad enough for me to have my
dace upset." went on Alexander,
'without having my people enticed to
eave me in de lurch. Taint a friend
y act. Mr. Kidd. I shall be days mak
n' up my loss, what wid t'lngs busted
ind burnt, aud I shall need all the
lelp I can get to put tbe restaurant In
;hape again "
Tony turned Impatiently from thc
nan's grumbling. "Well, if you won't
et me d> anything for you. you
von't," he said to Loveland. "All the
ame. I shan't forget, and the time
nay come. Now I must be off and
vrlte my story."
He put out a hand, and Val respond
d with his unbandaged one.
A PBOPOSAL OF MAURI AG I..
JS FTER the restaurant was cleared
f\ and all outsiders gone Alex
I m nuder remained, wandering
?* *m dolefully ubout the room and
discussing with Leo Cohen tiie sum he
hoped to get from the compauy In
which he wns insured against fire.
The conversation ought to have been
of absorbing Interest to Cohen, as
eventually Alexander's busluess would
l>e his. provided there were uo hitch
in the marriage negotiations. Never
theless, he was absentminded, for the
new walter had uot yet left the prem
Ises, and?the watchful Cohen had no?
ticed a peculiar light In Isidora's eye
when her father had brusquely or?
dered her upstairs, "out of the way."
She had offered no objection to go?
ing and hud bidden Leo good night
very prettily. But before tripping
away she paused for an lusfant in the
corridor, hiv? face turned toward the
kitchen in which P. Cordon was help?
ing Black Dick put things to rights.
Cohen noticed this turn of the head,
this fluttering hesitation, standing as
he did near the doorway now stripped
>f the red curtain. But when Isidora
had vanished aliove Alexauder dis?
missed Bllnkey nnd the Pole, shutting
the door which usually stood open, be?
cause of tho draft from the broken
"Why don't you send that man Cor?
don away, too?" Collen asked.
''Because i'm payln' bim big money,
and he's got to ea ru lt." explained
.Alexander. "He can stay and help
Dh k tidy up. if il takes till 12 o'clock.
It ain't liurtiu' us. Why should you
Even Cobon, who seldom erred on
the side of timidity in ?peech, scarcely
ventured to put into words the reason
why he did "care."
Meantime Isidora had been busy Jus?
tifying her lover's worst fears.
As she reached the top of the stair
rase she heard the loud slamming of
the door which had been warped and
blistered by the heat. Her heart gave
a little jump of excitement. Already
she was keyed to a highly emotional
state, and" In her longing for a talk
with Loveland alone she was ready to
run almost auy risk. The unexpected
shutting of the restaurant door caused
her a tremor of delight She tiptoed
down again, with her heart loud as a
hammer In ber breast, and flitted softly
Into the kitchen, not daring to speak
till she had quietly closed tbe door,
also lest the sound of her voice should
carry across the passage.
"Oh, Mr. Cordon," she breathed, "I'm
j so sorry about your poor hand! And
I your face Is scorched too! I do wish
j you'd let me do something for you."
Loveland thanked her, but said that
j Dick had bandaged up his hand and
, wrist very nicely with a soothing ap?
plication of lard on au old rag.
I Isidora gave a little sniff of scorn for
the negro's ministrations.
"A pretty lmndage." she sneered?"a
nasty torn blt of coarse towel! And
lard ain't the right thing either. I've
taken lessons in first aid. All the girls
in my school did, and I ain't forgot
what I learnt. Please come with me,
and I'll do you np all right. Now, don't
say no or you'll hurt my feelings. I
feel ready to cry anyway, and I sure
will If you ain't kind."
"Oh, I'll come!" he said desperately
and followed Isidora into the passage.
The parlor, which also served as din?
ing room, was appalling in its bravery
of old gold plush and portraits of de?
funct ladies and gentlemen on a claret
colored wall paper.
She made Loveland sit down in a
leather armchair which smelled of the
tobacco her father affected, and then,
kneeling on a low footstool beside him.
she began to unfasten Black Dick's
"I don't like to have you walt on
me," said Loveland, who a few weeks
ago took the most exaggerated petting
for granted from pretty women.
""Well. I like to do it anyhow," re
P**\ the givi. with a lingering, liquid
glance. "You're so brave I'm proud
to be walting on you. I never knew
anybody just like you before."
Loveland thought this very proba?
ble, but merely remarked, with be?
coming modesty, that he had done
"You were a real hero," said Isi?
dora. "Oh. o-oh!" And she breathed
little cooing vlghs of pity at sight of
the hero's burns. "I could cry over
your poor baud. It's a -hame"?
"Please don't!" exclalned Loveland,
laughing. "I can't st: nd any more
"Did you mind when I cried?" asked
"Awfully!" said Loveland. As he
spoke he smiled down at her In a
friendly way. aud the kindness in the
blue, black lashed eyes made the girl's
heart flutter like an Imprisoned bird.
She had been in love with him since
the first day a little, then more and
more. Now her love overflowed, lt
was too much for her emotional na?
ture. She could not keep lt back.
And why should she try to keep lt
back, she asked herself, since her love
must be considered an houor by this
unsuccessful foreign adventurer?
"I'm glad," she almost sobbed. "Oh,
you're worth more to me than any?
thing In the world. I won't cry again
if you ask me not. I'll do whatever
you want me to. Pa'd most kill me if
be knew I was talking like this. But
I don't care?I don't care for anybody
but you?no one else. Ch, suppose I'd
let pa make me marry Leo Cohen be?
fore I'd met you!"
Loveland was dun founded. "My
dear girl." be exclaimed, "you don't
know what you are saj Ing! You"?
"I do know," Isidor.* broke in. "I
know you are poor and n a lot of trou?
ble, and you might have gone to pris?
on. But you're a gentleman, all right
You're you. and that's enough. If you
care about me the same as I do about
you, why, all the rest"?
"But I?I mean?I'm sure you don't
really care," stammered Val, checking
himself on the verge of saying some?
"I do care. You needn't be afraid,"
she assured him. "I wouldn't have j
said a word. I'd 'a' waited for you to t
speak if things had been different, but! I
I saw how you felt by the way your j '
eyes looked a minute ago, and 11 i
wouldn't stop for manners, because, I . i
says to myself, he's too much of a ] ?
gentleman to tell a girl he loves her
when he's got nothing and she every?
"J hope I am too much of a gentle?
man to"- Val began desperately, but j
she cut him short* with one Mite
plump, patchouli scenlcd hand over
"I know lt. That's what 1 ?>:ld.
Vou don't need to toll me," she hurried
dh. "We'll isa ve to run away and get
Carried. Then pa'll forgive me. 1 in
til he s got. He couldn't bear me to
want for anything. But it's no use
asking him first. He"?
"I(car girl. I have uo idea of asking
"No. of course. You uin't so silly.
His heart's set on my taking Leo, but
1 wouldn't touch him with a teu foot
pole now. .My hero, I'll marry you to?
The devil you will!" said Alexan?
They stood together at the door, he
and Leo Cohen, who had persuaded
the old man nt last on one excuse or
another to Invite him upstairs.
The girl struggled up from her
knees, aud as Loveland bounded out
of the big chair she caught his arm,
nestling against him.
"You villain! Stealln' my gal's love
behind my back and entlcln' her to run
off with you!" stuttered Alexander,
purple with fury.
"I didn't"? began Val Indignantly.
"What! You didn't? You waut me
to believe my gal asked you to marry
Loveland started ns If Alexander b:.d
struck him and flushed to the fore?
head. Involuntarily be glanced at Isi?
dora, who looked up at him beseech?
ingly. "Spare me!" the almond eyes
"No. I don't want you to believe
that," he said. And bow hugely he
would have laughed bad ho been told
a few weeks ago tiiat be WOUlJ let
himself Ik? misunderstood aud shamed
for the fake of a girl like Isidora! Lat
now lie (iii! not
feel i; strange
(hat he should
make this as ii
H. e fi v ber. .\:ul.
It seen. ' to bc
Lesley i /a; mer's
him always, bade
him spare this
com mo u little
woman at any
''You are a
sneak!" said Al?
"take dat for youb you ashamed of
"No," answered Loveland.
"Shows what you are, deu. You're
a tlef. You try to steal my daughter
because you t'luk you get her money!"
"Oh, pa, he loves me! It's me he
wants!" walled Isidora, weeping, yet
not daring to defend her lover at the
expense of womanly self respect.
"You're a little fool, Izzie. or you
wouldu't believe any such a t'lng." A\
exander scolded her, somewhat soften?
ed by her tears. "A feller like dat?a
fraud, a Har"?
"If you were a younger man you
wouldn't dare to say that," Loveland
cut him short. "It's you who are
"What! You call me a liar? You
?you cheat, you convict!" sputtered
Alexander. "Take dat for your lin
pudence!" And. rushing at Lovelaud
like au angry bull, he struck him with
both podgy fists.
Isidora screamed and seized her fa?
ther's arms, crying out that he was
wicked, cruel, ungrateful to the niau
who had saved his house from burn?
"Don't be afraid?I'm not going to
strike back," Loveland reassured her.
"He know s that."
"Yes, !ie knows dat because he
knows youse a coward." Alexander
sneered, wheezing asthmatically. "You
"That's exactly what I'm anxious to
do," said Loveland. "Coodby, .Miss
"Oh, you ain't leaving me forever!"
cried the girl. "Pa, don't send him
away like this. He?he ain't to blame."
She hesitated, stammering. Then a
wild longing to keep her lover at all
hazards overcame fear and scruples.
"It was me who"?
"Don't," said Loveland. "You can
do no good. 1 shan't forget your kind?
ness. We won't see each other again,
but you must forget tonight and mar?
ry some man who can make you hap?
py. Coodby once more." And. push?
ing past Cohen, who hovered near the
door, he sent the commercial traveler
sprawling as he walked out of the
Black Dick, who had been told to
guard the broken window of the res?
taurant in the master's absence, had
heard all or most of the disturbance
from the foot of ihe stairs, and he
ran after Loveland to suggest the wis?
dom of getting money from Alexander.
"He am a mighty wicked ole man."
whispered the negro. "You done a lot
fur him, an' now he kick you out o'
de house widout wages."
"I shall never get a penny from the
old beast. It's useless to try," said
Loveland heavily, seeing a vision of
tiomeward bound ships sailing away
without him on board. "Goodby. Dick.
I wish I had something to give you to
remember me by. but I haven't."
"Lnwd, why I'm a rich man wid
money in de bank," protested Dick.
"Do you fink because I got a black
face I take suffin' off'u you? No; on
le odder hand. I lend you what you
like, sah, and you pay ine back when
rou like. You've tret roe like a gem
Loveland thanked him. curiously
touched, and as he refused the loan he
found himself, somewhat to his own
mrprise, shaking hands warmly with
:he colored cook.
Bill Willing sat reading In the cold?
est corner of the writing room in the
Bat hotel. Somehow when he had not
lenuded himself of his last nickel and
mild afford to pay for a corner any
vhere it was always the coldest cor
ler, because he blithely sacrificed his
hances of the warmer ones to others
'Say, just look at this, my boy!" he
xclalmed, his eye sparkling with ex
Itement. as he pointed to a paragraph
vblch he had marked with red ink
rom a bottle on the table.
"Wanted" was the attractive word
vhich headed tiie paragraph, and that I
vas what Val had expected, but as he
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read on he grew puzzled. "Wanted?
For repertory work, Juvenile leading
man; must he tall; good looker; not
over thirty; gentlemanly manners and
appearance; slim figure; fashionable
wardrobe on and off Itage; na boozers
or loafers need apply. Write at once,
inclosing photo and stating experi?
ence, age, weight and lowest salary,
to Jack Jacobus, managing star tour
for Lillie dc [isle, the Little Human
Flower. Ilodnnk. O."
"Croat Scott, ain't it the grandest
ever?" Bill demanded, with a beam?
ing smile. "My little gal, Lillie de
Lisle! It's lier; it's her! There can't
be two Lillie de Lisles. Praise be,
I've heard of her agaiu! And she's
way up top. She's a star."
"Oh, the girl you used to be in love
with at the theater?" asked Lovelaud.
"Used to be? Was. am and will be
till I end my days. Gee. every week
whenever there was a spare dime I've
always bought this paper to see If 1
could run across her name and know
where ?he was or what she's doln'.
And here she la a star on a tour of lier
own, doiif business as a 'little human
flower.' Great, ain't it?"
"Why don't you write and say you'd
like to have tills engagement?"
"Me? Oh. jimmy, am 1 a good
looker?am I under thirty, with a fash?
ionable wardrobe on and off? Huh.
mine's mostly off!" Bill laughed and
then sighed. "The good Lord didn't
make me for no juvenile lead."
"But if she still likes you she'd
6tretch a point in your favor," Love?
"Jacobus wouldn't. Ile was the prop?
erty man I told you about that got me
the sack on account of Lillie."
"By Jove!" exclaimed Val. "I say,
you don't suppose he's married her
"Can't have, at least not unless his
wife's gone off the hooks," said Bill.
"I heard of him not a year ago from
one of the boys who used to stipe with
me. Said Jacobus had married an
actress named Thora Moon, a big dark
woman in the heavy line. By jinks.
I wish they was advertising for a scene
painter instead of juvenile lead.
Wouldn't I just whiz out to Moduuk
like a shot! Say. Gordon, you wouldn't
like the job, would you? Great idea!
Why, you're made for lt. And you
could give 'the little human flower' old
Bill's never failin' love."
"I couldn't get them to take me. I'm
afraid," said Loveland. "I'm not an
"Pooh!" said Bill. "Ain't you ever
played as au amateur?"
"Yes. once or twice. They roped me
In," said Loveland, recalling a brilliant
scene in the country house of a
"Well, then, there you are with your
experience. And as for the wardrobe?
my goodness, lad, what do you want
more than those swell tweeds of yours
and the dress suit you've got? Maybe
you'll do better at Alexander's now
you're a kind of star yourself"?
"A fallen Kiar," laughed Loveland.
"Look at me and see the marks I got
sliding down thc sky."
Then for the first time Bill noticed
that his friend's hair was singed and
his face reddened on one side, his
white shirt covered with black spots
and his left hand partly in, partly out
of, a clumsily made bandage.
"Moses, but you have been through
the wars!" exclaimed Bill. And he
listened with growing excitement to
Loveland's version of the fire.
"He chucked me." said Loveland.
"Je-rusalem! Why, in the name of
all that's decent?"
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