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Copyright, 1904.
by Herbert S. Stone
& Company
But luck had aided him in getting rid
of his money The bank failure had
cost him $113,408.25, and Nopper Har
rison had helped him to the extent of
$60,000 The reckless but determined
effort to give a ball had cost $30,000.
What he had lost during his illness had
been pretty well offset by the unlucky
concert tour The Tlorida trip, includ
ing medical attention, the cottage and
living expenses, had entailed the ex
penditure of $18,500, and his princely
dinners and theater parties had footed
up $31,000 Taking all the facts into
consideration, he felt that he had done
rather well as far as he had gone, but
the hardest part of the undertaking
was yet to come. He was still in pos
session of an enormous sum which
must disappear before Sept. 23 About
$40,000 had already been expended in
the yachting project.
He determined to begin at once a sys
tematic campaign of extinction. It had
been his intention before sailing to dis
pose of many household articles either
by sale or gift. As he did not expect to
return to New York before the latter
part of August this would minimize the
struggles of the last month. But the
prospective "profit" to be acquired
from keeping his apartment open was
not to be overlooked. He could easilyj
count upon a generous sum for salaries
and running expenses. Once on the oth-j
er side of the Atlantic he hoped that!
new opportunities for extravagance!
'would present themselves, and he fan
cied he could leave the final settlement
of his affairs for the last month. As
the daj for sailing approached the
world again seemed bright to this most
mercenary of spendthrifts.
departur left Brew
ster in sor I forced
him to settl dow th ac
tual management of af
fairs. He was not indolent, but this
was not the kind of work he cared to
encourage. The private accounts he
had kept revealed some appalling facts
when he went over them carefully one
morning at 4 o'clock after an all night
session with the ledger. With infinite
pains he had managed to rise to some
thing over $430,000 in six months. But
to his original million it had been nec
essary to add $58,550 which he had
realized from Lumber and Fuel and
some of his other "unfortunate" op
erations At least 40,000 would come
to him ultimately through the sale of
furniture and other belongings, and
then there would be something like
$20,000 interest to consider
A farewell consultation with his at
torneys proved encouraging, for to
them his chances to win the extraor
dinary contest seemed of the best. He
was in high spirits as he left them,
exhilarated by the sensation that the
world lay before him. In the eleva
tor he encountered Colonel Trentiss
Drew. On both sides the meeting was
not without its difficulties. The colonel
had been dazed by the inexplicable
situation between Monty and his
daughter, whose involutions he found
hard to understand. Her summary of
the ettort ^he had made to effect a
reconciliation after hearing the story
of the bank was rather ^ague. She
had done her utmost, she said, to be
nice to him and make him feel that
she appieciated his generosity, but he
took it the most disagreeable fash
ion. Colonel Drew kn^w that things
were somehow wrong, but he was too
strongly an Amerrcan father to in
terfere in a matter of the affections.
It distressed him. for he had a liking
for Monty, and Barbara's "society
judgments," as he called them, had no
weight with him. When he found him
self confronted with Brewster the
elevator the old warmth revived and
the old hope that the quarrel might
have an end. His greeting was cheery.
"You have not forgotten, Brewster/'
he said as they shook hands, "that
you have a dollar or two with us?"
"No," said Monty "not exactly. And
I shall be calling upon you for some of
it very soon I'm off on Thursday for
a cruise in the Mediterranean."
"I've heard something of it." They
had reached the main floor, and Colonel
Drew had drawn his companion out
of the crowd into the rotunda. "The
money is at your disposal at any mo
ment. But aren't you setting a pretty
lively pace, my boy? You know I've
always liked you, and I knew your
grandfather rather well. He was a
good old chap, Monty, and he would
hate to see you make ducks and
drakes of his fortune."
There was something in the colonel's
manner that softened Brewster, much
as he hated to take a reproof from Bar
bara's father. Once again he was
tempted to tell the truth, but he pulled
himself up in time. "It's a funny old
world, colonel," he said, "and some
times one's nearest friend is a stranger.
I know I seem a fool but, after all,
why isn't it good philosophy to make
the most of a holiday and then settle
back to work?"
"That is all very well, Monty"and
Colonel Drew was entirely serious
"but the work is a hundred times hard
er after you have played to the limit.
You'll find that you are way beyond it.
It's no joke getting back into the har-
"Perhaps you are right, colonel, but
at least I shall have something to look
back jipon even_if the worst comes."
,r r^^p
And Monty instinctively straightened
his shoulders.
They turned to leave the building,
and the colonel had a moment of weak
"Do you know, Monty," he said, "my
daughter is awfully cut up about this
business. She is plucky and tries not
to show it, but, after all, a girl doesn't
get over that sort of thing all in a mo
ment. I am not saying"it seemed nec
essary to recede a step"that it would
be an easy matter to patch up. But I
like you, Monty, and if any man could
do it you can."
"Colonel, I wish I might." And Brew
ster found that he did not hesitate.
"For your sake I very much wish the
situation were as simple as it seems.
But there are some tilings a man can't
forget, andwell, Barbara has shown
in a dozen ways that she has no faith
in me."
"Well, I've got faith in you, and a lot
of it. Take care of yourself, and when
you get back you can count on me.
On Thursday morning the Flitter
steamed off down the bay, and the
flight of the prodigal grandson was on.
No swifter, cleaner, handsomer boat
ever sailed out of the harbor of New
York, and it was a merry crowd that
she carried out to sea. Brewster's
guests numbered twenty-five, and they
brought with them a liberal supply of
maids, valets and luggage. It was not
until many weeks later that he read
the vivid descriptions of the weighing
of the anchor which were printed in
the New York papers, but by that time
he was impervious to their ridicule.
On deck, watching the rugged sil
houette of the city disappear into the
mists, were Dan DeMille and Mrs.
Dan, Peggy Gray, Rip Van Winkle,
Reginald Vanderpool, Joe Bragdon,
Dr. Lotless and his sister Isabel, Mr.
and Mrs. "Valentinethe official chap
eronand their daughter Mary, Sub
way Smith, Paul Pettingill and some
others hardly less distinguished. As
Monty looked over the eager crowd he
recognized with a peculiar glow that
here were represented his best and tru
est friendships. The loyalty of these
companions had been tested, and he
knew that they would stand by him
through everything.
There was no little surprise when it
was learned that Dan DeMille was
really to sail. Many of the idle voy
agers ventured the opinion that he
would try to desert the boat in mid
ocean if he saw a chance to get back
to his club on a westbound steamer.
But DeMille, big, indolent and indiffer
ent, smiled carelessly and hoped he
wouldn't bother anybody if he "stuck
to the ship" until the end
For a time the sea and the sky and
the talk of the crowd were enough fo
the joy of living. But after a few
peaceful days there was a lull, and it
was then that Monty gained the nick
mame of Aladdin, which clung to him.
From somewhere, from the hold or the
,rigging or from under the sea, he
brought forth four darkies from the
south who strummed banjos and sang
ragtime melodies. More than once dur
ing the voyage they were useful.
"Peggy," said Brewster one day
when the sky was particularly clear
and tilings Avero quiet on deck, "on the
whole I prefer this to crossing the
North river on a ferry. I rather like it,
don't you?"
"It seems like a dream," she cried,
her eyes bright, her hair blowing in the
"And, Peggy, do you know what I
tucked away in a chest down in my
Four darkies ^vho strummed banjos and
sang ragtime melodies.
cabin? A lot of books that you like
some from the old garret. I've saved
them to read on rainy days."
Peggy did not speak, but the blood
began to creep into her face, and she
looked wistfully across the water.
Then she smiled.
"I didn't know you could save any
thing," she said weakly.
"Come now, Peggy that is too much."
"I didn't mean to hurt you. But you
must not forget, Monty, that there
are other years to follow this one.
Do you know what I mean?"
"Peggy, dear, please don't lecture
me," he begged so piteously that she
could not be serious.
"The class is dismissed for today,
Monty," she said airily. "But the pro
fessor knows his duty and won't let
you off so easily next time."
I Gibraltar Monty was handed
an ominous looking cable
gram, which he opened trem
To Montgomery Brewster, Private Yacht
Flitter, Gibraltar:
There is an agitation to declare for free
silver. You may have twice as much to
spend. Hooraj! JONES.
To which Monty responded:
Defeat the measure at any cost Tho
more the merrier and charge it to me
P. S Please send many cables and
mark them collect.
The Riviera season was fast closing,
and the possibilities suggested by
Monte Carlo were too alluring to the
host to admit of a long stop at Gi
braltar. But the DeMilles had letters
to one of the officers of the garrison,
and Brewster could not overlook the
opportunity to give an elaborate din
ner. The success of the affair may
best be judged by the fact that the
Flitter's larder required an entirely
new stock the next day. The officers
and ladies of the garrison were asked,
and Monty would have entertained the
entire regiment with beer and sand
wiches if his friends had not inter
"It might cement the Anglo-Amer
ican alliance," argued Gardner, "but
your pocketbook needs cementing a
bit more."
Yet the pocketbook was very wide
open, and Gardner's only consolation
lay in a tall English girl whom he took
out to dinner. For the others there
were many compensations as the af
fair was brilliant and the new element
a pleasant relief from the inevitable
The Flitter saw some rough weather
in making the trip across the bay of
Lyons. She was heading for Nice when
an incident occurred that created the
first real excitement experienced on
the voyage. A group of passengers in
the main saloon was discussing more
or less stealthily Monty's "misdemean
ors" when Reggy Vanderpool saunter
ed lazily in, his face displaying the
only sign of interest it had shown in
"Funny predicament I was just in,"
he drawled. "I want to ask what a
fellow should have done under the cir
"I'd have refused the girl," observed
Rip Tan Winkle laconically.
"Girl had nothing to do with it, old
chap," went on Reggy, dropping into
a chair. "Fellow fell overboard a lit
tle while ago," he went on calmly.
,There was a chorus of cries, and
Brewster was forgotten for a time.
"One of the sailors, you know. He was
doing something in the rigging near
where I was standing. Puff, off he
went into the sea, and there he was
puttering around in the water."
"Oh, the poor fellow!" cried Miss
"I'd never set eyes on him before
perfect stranger. I wouldn't have hes
itated a minute, but the deck was
crowded with a lot of his friends One
chap was his bunkie. So, real'y nv.v.
it wasn't my place to jump in r^r*
him. He could swim a bit, ani I
ed to him to hold up and I'd tell i1
captain. Confounded captain wasn't
to be found, though. Somebody said
was asleep. In the end I told tbe
mate. By this time we were a mile
away from the place where he went
overboard, and I told the mate I didn't
think we could find him if we went
back. But he lowered some boats,
and they put back fast. Afterward I
got to thinking about the matter. Of
course if I had known himif he had
been one of youit would have been
"And you were the best swimmer in
college, you miserable rat!" exploded
Dr. Lotless.
There was a wild rush for the upper
deck, and Vanderpool was not the
hero of the hour. The Flitter had
turned and was steaming back over
her course. Two small boats were
racing to the place where Reggy's un
known had gone over.
"Where is Brewster?" shouted Joe
"I .can't find him, sir," answered the
Erst mate.
"He ought to know of this," cried
Mr. Valentine.
"There! They are picking some
body up over yonder," exclaimed the
mate. "See! That first boat has laid
to and they are dragging. Yes, sir,
he's saved!"
A cheer went up on board and the
men in the small boats waved their
caps in response. Everybody rushed
to the rail as the Flitter drew up to
the boats, and there was intense ex
citement on board. A gasp of amaze
ment went up from every one.
Monty Brewster, drenched, but
smiling, sat in one of the boats, and
leaning limply against him, his head
on his chest, was the sailor who had
fallen overboard. Brewster had seen
the man in the water and, instead of
wondering what his antecedents were,
leaped to his assistance. When the
boat reached him his unconscious bur
den was a dead weight and his own
strength was almost gone. Another
minute or two and both would have
gone to the bottom.
As they hauled Monty over the side
he shivered for an instant, grasped the
first little hand that sought his so
frantically and then turned to look
upon the half dead sailor.
'Find out that boy's name, Mr.
Abertz, and see that he has the best
of care. Just before he fainted out
there he murmured something about
his mother. He wasn't thinking of
himself even then, you see. And,
Bragdon"this in a lower voice"will
you see that his wages are properlv
increased? Hello, Peggy! Look out,
you'll get wet to the skin if you do
If Brewster had had any misgivings
about his ability to dispose of the bal
ance of his fortune they were dispelled
very soon after his party landed in the
Riviera. On the pretext that the
yacht required a thorough "house
cleaning" Brewster transferred his
guests to the hotel of a fascinating
village which was near the sea and
yet quite out of the world. The place
was nearly empty at the time, and the
proprietor wept tears of joy when
Monty engaged for his party the en
tire first floor of the house, with bal
conies overlooking the blue Mediter
ranean and a separate dining room
and salon. Extra servants were sum
moned, and the Brewster livery was
soon a familiar sight about the village.
The protests of Peggy and the others
were only silenced when Monty threat
ened to rent a villa and go to house
The town quickly took on the ap
pearance of entertaining a royal vis
itor, and a number of shops were kept
open longer than usual in the hope that
their owners might catch some of the
American's money. One morning Phi
lippe, the hotel proprietor, was trying
to impress Brewster with a gesticula
tory description of the glories of the
bataille de fleurs. It seemed quite
impossible to-express the extent of his
regret that the party had not arrived
in time to see it.
"This is quite another place at that
time," he said ecstatically. "It is mag
nificent! It is superb! If monsieur
had only seen it!"
"Why not have another all to our
selves asked Monty. But the sugges
tion was not taken seriously
Nevertheless the young American
and his host were in secret session for
the rest of the morning, and when the
result was announced at luncheon
there was general consternation. It ap
peared that ten days later occurred the
fete day of some minor saint who had
not for years been accorded the honor
Monty turned to look upon the half dead
of a celebration. Monty proposed to
revive the custom by arranging a sec
ond carnival.
"You might just as well not come to
the Riviera at all," he explained, "if
you can't see a carnival. It's a simple
matter, really. I offer one prize for
the best decorated carriage and anoth
er to the handsomest lady. Then ev
ery one puts on a domino and a mask,
throws confetti at every one else, and
there you are."
"I suppose you will have the confetti
made of thousand franc notes and of
fer a house and lot as a prize." And
Bragdon feared that his sarcasm was
almost insulting.
"Really, Monty, the scheme is ridic
ulous," said DeMille. "The police won't
allow it."
"Won't they, though!" said Monty ex
ultingly. "The chief happens to be Phi
lippe's brother-in-law, and we had him
on the telephone. He wouldn't listen
to the scheme until we agreed to make
him grand marshal of the parade.
Then he promised the co-operation of
the entire force and hoped to interest
his colleague, the chief of the fire de
"The parade will consist of two gen
darmes and the Brewster party in car
riages," laughed Mrs. Dan. "Do you
expect us to go before or after the
bakery carts?"
"We review the procession from the
hotel," said Monty. "You needn't
worry about the fete. It's going to be
great. Why, an Irishman isn't fonder
of marching than these people are of
having a carnival."
The men in the party went into ex
ecutive session as soon as Monty had
gone to interview the local authorities
tnd seriously considered taking meas
ures to subdue their host's eccentric
ities, but the humor of the scheme ap
pealed to them too forcibly, and almost
before they knew it they were making
plans for the carnival.
"Of course we can't let him do it,
but it would be sport," said Subway.
Smith. "Think of a cakewalk between
policemen and laundresses!"
"I always feel devilish the moment I
get a mask on," said Vanderpool, "and
you know, by Jove, I haven't felt that
way for years."
"That settles it, then," said DeMille
"Monty would call it off himself if he
knew how it would affect Reggie."
Monty returned with the anounce
ment that the mayor of the town would
declare a holiday if the American could
see his way to pay for the repairs on
the mairie roof. A circus which was
traveling in the neighborhood was
guaranteed expenses if it would stop
over and occupy the square in front
of the Hotel de Ville. Brewster's en
thusiasm was such that no one could
resist helping him, and for nearly a
week his friends were occupied in su
perintending the erection of triumphal
arches and encouraging the shopkeep
ers to do their best. Although the
scheme had been conceived in the spir-
a&feto-aiH*.** .v
It of a lark, it was not so received by
the townspeople. They were quite se
rious in the matter. The railroad of
ficials sent advertisements broadcast,
and the local cure called to thank
Brewster for resurrecting, as it were,
the obscure saint. The expression of
his gratitude was so mingled with flat
tery and appeal that Monty could not
overlook the hint that a new altar piece
had long been needed.
E day finally arrived,
an no carnival could have been
more successful. The morning
devoted to athletics and
side shows. The firemen won the tug of
war, and the people marveled when
Monty duplicated the feats of the strong
man in the circus. DeMille was called
upon for a speech, but, knowing only ten
words of French, he graciously retired
in favor of the mayor, and that pom
pous little man made the most of a
rare opportunity. References to Frank
lin and Lafayette were so frequent that
Subway Smith intimated that a rubber
stamp must have been used in writing
the address.
The parade took place in the after
noon and proved quite the feature of
the day. The question of precedence
nearly overturned Monty's plans, but
the chief of police was finally made to
see that if he were to be chief marshal
it was only fair that the firemen should
march ahead of the police. The crew of
the Flitter made a wonderful showing.
It was led by the yacht's band, which
fairly outdid Sousa in noise, though it
was less unanimous in the matter of
time. All the cabs came at the end, but
there were so many of them and the
line of march was so short that at
times they were really leading the pro
cession despite the gallant efforts of the
grand marshal.
From the balcony of the hotel Monty
and his party pelted those below with
flowers and confetti. More allusions to
Franklm and Lafayette were made
when the cure and the mayor halted
the procession and presented Monty
with an address richly engrossed on
Imitation parchment. Then the school
children sang, and the crowd dispersed
to meet again in the evening.
At 8 o'clock BrewTster
"Maitre Corbeau sur un arbre
perche" He finished the speech as he
was being carried bodily from the room
by DeMille and Bragdon. The French
men then imagined that Smith's re
marks had been insulting, and his
friends had silenced him on that ac
count. A riot seemed imminent when
Monty succeeded in restoring silence
and with a few tactful remarks about
Franklin and Lafayette quieted the
excited guests.
The evening ended with fireworks
and a dance in the open ah'a dance
that grew gay under the masks. The
wheels had been well oiled, and there
was no visible failure of the carnival
spirit. To Brewster it seemed a mad
game, and he found it less easy to play
a part behind the foolish mask than he
expected. His own friends seemed to
elude him, and the coquetries of the
village damsels had merely a fleeting
charm. He was standing apart to
watch the glimmering crowd when he
was startled by a smothered cry.
Turning to investigate, he discovered a
little red domino, unmistakably fright
ened and trying to release herself from
a too ardent Punchinello. Monty's ar
rival prevented him from tearing off
the girl's mask and gave him an en
tirely new conception of the strenuous
life. He arose fuming and sputtering,
but he was taken in hand by the
crowd and whirled from one to anoth
er in whimsical mockery. Meanwhile
Monty, unconscious that his mask had
dropped during the encounter, was as
tonished to feel the little hand of the
red domino on his arm and to hear a
voice not all unfamiliar in his ear.
"Monty, you are a dear. I love you
for that. You looked like a Greek ath
lete. Do you knowit was foolish
but I really was frightened."
"Child, how could it have happened?"
he whispered, leading her away. "Fan
cy my little Peggy with no one to look
after her. What a beast I was to trust
you to Pettingili. I might have known
the chump would have been knocked
out by all this color" He stopped to
look down at her, and a light came into
his eyes. "Little Peggy in the great
world," he smiled "you are not fit.
You needwell, you needjust me."
But Mrs. Valentine had seen him as
he stood revealed and came up in
search of Peggy It was almost morn
ing, she told her, and quite time to go
back to the hotel and sleep. So in
Bragdon's charge they wandered off, a
bft reluctantly, a bit lingeringly.
R. D. A. McRAB
presided over a
large banquet and numbered among
his guests every one of distinction
the town. The wives were also invited,
and Franklin and Lafayette were again
alluded to. Each of the men made at
least one speech, but Subway Smith's
third address was the hit of the even
ing. Knowing nothing but English, he
had previously clung consistently to
that language, but the third and final
address seemed to demand something
more friendly and genial. With a
sweeping bow and with all the dignity
of a statesman he began:
"Mesdames et messieurs, j'ai, tu as,
il a, nous avons"with a magnificent
gesture"vous avez" The French
members of the company were not
equal to his pronunciation and were
under the impression that he was still
talking English. They were profound
ly impressed with his deference and
grace and accorded his preamble a
round of applause. The Americans
did their utmost to persuade him to be
seated, but their uproar was mistaken
by the others for enthusiasm, and the
applause grew louder than ever. Sub
way held up his hand for silence, and
his manner suggested that he was
about to utter some peculiarly impor
tant thought. He waited until a pin
fall could have been heard before he
went on.
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