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would come to me after offering himself to them: Then she repaired toi the telephone, and soon had the womanly and domestic Beatrice at the other end of the line. After sufficient preliminaries she put her full, red lips they were triple charged magnets, those lips, powerfully compelling) close to the trans mitter, and, modulating her voice, passed the secret once more. '"Oh, Be," she called. "I've just got tote some one! Glen proposed last night! " For a few seconds there was silence, save for the muffled roar carried in by the mechanism of the instrument Then a gay, guileless laugh tinkled over the ire, and — oh. womanly, domestic Beatrice! — Gladys heard this •What! To you too? Really. Giaddy, Glen car ries his flirting too——" Gladys would hear no more. She hung up the re ceiver with a vicious click, and rushing to her room threw herself regardlessly into" the heap of pillows in her cozy corner There for a time she palpitated md with snapping eyelids strove to keep back the tears. Then her anger began to subside*; and hiding her face from the light— the same light thai shone on him— she soaked her favorite gift pillow with the brine of her woe. It was all. all. over, she thought. She was now prepared to cast him. his image, and even his mem ory, forever out of her heart. At that moment she would not have been surprised to have heard that he had proposed to even young woman he had ever met. Her fir • intention was to write him a note and laconically command him never, never, to speak to her or "look at her again. But in the course of an hour that decision lost weight. She would let him come .aid have the maid take his card, very distantly, and bring it up to her; and then .-he would send word down thai "Miss Gray says she is sorry, but she can't receive you any more." Oh! wouldn't that pierce his perfidious, conceited heart: At that climax of contemplated revenge the luncheon bell rung. Gladys only nibbled and sipped; but it revived her better spirits. Eating at best, may be a material performance but ii cases of dejection, and even those of injured love, it is often singularly efficacious as .i restorative Having lunched, Gladys again altered her plan. She would not only let him get into the paradise that contained her radiant presence; she would go down and appear before him. Ami then when, drawn to her by irresistible force, he as about to crave a priceless boon from her lips, she would put him from her, — not harshly or roughly; no. not that way. but gently, pityingly, In an even, composed tone of voice she would reveal to him, to his lasting regret, the knowledge that, whatever weak woman's short comings, she is loyally reciprocal with her sisters in the matter of secrets, even to the most red of them. Yes, that would be much the best plan. So she let it si md and waited impatiently. At eight-thirty that evening Glen had not yet invaded the paradise that held the radiant presence and Gladys was getting anxious True, he seldom came much earlier than that on summer evenings, but he was always at least a few minutes before eight -thirty. Could it be possible that fate was to deprive her of her revenge? No, not revenge, now; only her duty to rebuke him as he deserved. Doubtless some one of those four arch conspirators against her happiness had warned him thai she knew, and he would remain away. Well, his com ing or not coming would make no dif ference; she would quietly and effec tually efface him from her thoughts just the same. At eight-thirty-two Gladys began to pace restively. He couldn't stay away and remain a man! He had promised to come, ami was there fore bound on his honor. Surely, he had not fallen so low is to break his word? At eight-thirty-four Gladys's head was beginning to ache. Her heart was already — not quite aching, but beating fast and hard. At eight-thirty-five — the bell, and Glen! The maid, unconscious that she was sending a man to his doom, delivered him unto Gladys, who seized him and thrust — no, that was ill she just seized him "You are late!" she declared "Over five minutes late!" For reply he was about to take .1 priceless boon without bothering with the craving, when she remembered "Oh!" she said dramatically "Don't touch me!" And then she did thrust him from her. but imme diately drew him back. "To think," she went on with abrupt direct (abrupt directness is one of the in numerable ways of .i maid with a man "that you would make love and propose to all those other girls, and then not only propose to me, but add insult to injury by swearing that 1 was he first ' " r Why, Gladys," began Glen, who SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR JANUARY 3. 1908 ippeared I .-••■.. krn'i Miss Gray, if you please Gl kdys vi in frigidly Why, honestly," continued Glen, ' you're the ■ irl I ever proposed to — cr — thai i truest, y< •'•. km >w i '.'.:. M «rg in." Glad I imperai you mean to tell me that you nc r pro] sed to Alice Fisher and May Gates and He ■ M nd Beatrice Woods? They said you did!" 'I most certainly do!" <Vlen responded en | t ically, seeing that G1 il] - terribly serious 'I presume that be< •••••■ I ras a bit nice to those girls and paid them a few cr n »mpKments they imagined I was asking them to man ■ •i.tlly. it seems that a fellow can'l be civil to i girl rithoul being suspected of having trii roial desigi tier Anyway, whate i I ■■'■■- said to then. was only in fun Me propose I then ! The idea! Hoy ridiculous! LETTERS FROM A NEW CON GRESSMAN'S WIFE then tried noi I - >cc I d I her start of heightened tntei I Ah! Come on ahead of the seas >n I i get youi gowns, I suppose?" she weni on I sprang to Hopeville's defense as if I was a veteran >>;' our volunteer hose company. "No, in deed! I shouldn't think ■: going I r/ me but Mi^> Sally," 1 cried. ■ Miss Sally?" ■ Yes, Miss Sally Tibbetts She makes all the dresses for our town."' 1 explained, feeling a tender thickening up at the very mernon oi Miss Saffie's portable teeth that always click in time to her enormous shears. "And she's always up <.>n the latest styles." my pride urged me on, "because her sister's left Hopeville and >:"ne to be a saleslady in the Mirror Cloak vV Suit House in Chicago, and >he ,-eiu!> word if they ever change the number of gores in the skirts "Well, well! Who'd want a I'.hh^ ready-to-weax garment, Mrs. Rural, with a genius oi thai kind presiding over the town lapboard?" exclaimed the iittle woman enthusiastically. Whereupon I was flushed to the verge ol being unduly confidential, I'm afraid. "In Hopeville there is a feeling that these French clothes are not quite retined." I whispered "Of coarse, Julie Duval. the milKner who goes kboul md spends the THE PAR-LOR KIT-TEN Extract from 111 Nature Studies. A'o. /// Drawing h> \\ \V Dca»lu« The l'ar-lor Kit-ten next ■•'. . see. Ob-serye her cun-ning pose! What do 1 think that she'll do next ' My dear, no-bod-y knows. Sur-prise-ful leaps she loves to make,- Per-haps it is her plan "Then you didn't propose in earnest to a- single one of them?" Gladys wished to give force to the denial. "N-o-oJ" he replied solemnly. ■■ Really, truly ? " She loved to hear him say i: " Really, truly," he repeated. "Oh. Glen!" And with happy abandon the Titian head was deposited on Glen's broad shoulder; and he proceeded to avail himself in rapid tire fasfax >c of the priceless boons, which had been leftt — t - cidentally. it may be assumed — conveniently ex posed. From the first sweet ecstasies oi .... tion so speedily accomplished Gladys emerged i> from a dream. The last twelve hoars seemed 'Ice t dismal fantasy. "How foolish 1 was. dear." she whispered as the Titian head was nestled more comfortably oc the broad shoulder, '."to believe them'" Contacted from peg-: 4 lay at our houses trimming and fixing ur» _»ur hats, had a French Canadian for a father; but her things do not have that daring, imported look. I <. an assure you." And my listener said. x*ery emphatically. *" N». indeed.'" It all seemed very cozy and homelike too, whis pering in snatches between the times when the blond woman would come out in another kind of corset; bo) what do you think. Etta? This morning there was an account of that meeting :n the paper, ant! there was every List word I had whispered t > that nice little woman, printed right out there to«_». I thought Amos would be dreadfully mad; but he said Teale had always told him that it was better for a Congressman to have a picture of the back of his head in the newspaj>er than no picture at all. and that even the publication of his wife's loyalty to the dressmaker standards in HopeviDe mighx serve to remind his constituents that he had nor taken a shelf in the political morgue at Washing ton. Amos is getting so imbued with his work that even when he talks privately to me it sounds like a campaign speech. By the way. when I was corning away from, the corset talk. ! met Congressman Teale right by that parlor door. He said he had been looking all over the house for Amos. I asked whether he had stopped by the White House, be cause Ami had spoken on the train of several matters he would like to set the President straight on. Mr. Teale said he had, not thought of that. Then he glanced int<» that rmim where they were pack ing up the corset woman's be> longings. But he didn't seem tl: all embarra.-sed. He just looked me right in the eye and added the funniest remark, which couldn't have had anything to do with Amos, that I see. It was a persona! offense : me," he said, "when some en terprising shoe firm adopted the portrait of Queen Louise to their advertising needs, and. though it isn't any of my business. I should hate to see a Madonna he grafted on a modern fashion ptate He is queer, isn't he' such lovely manners! 1 hope you won't think mo disloyal; but i sometimes wish Amos did not think a Kn>k on etiquette is merely a to T <e K>ok. \ou know he told you. when you were trying to persuade the selectmen to put "Social Usages* 1 on the li>t of new books to It: Knight for the library, that w hen a man tried to learn how to bow and scrape out of a book, it was be cause he was trying to till up the chinks in his brain with putty And Amos certainly has solid brains This is not the great news not the diplomatic secrets I pro:tu>ed '•'..! you know Amos does not take the oath of office for a week, and it is only after Congress opens that he can get thai appropria tion for the new court house and really establish confidential rela tions with the Cabinet and foreign officials. These are just my first _ experi ences as a Congressman's wife, and they do not sound any more jum bled than the? are in the mind oi your affectionate, ambitious, but iust a little bit homesick friend. HhiLAii Klkal. Ij be coKDiafJ met! •><:••■•;' ■mm by Dudley A. DritfJon l'o > .in per straight a -cross the room A: .i pounce on yon^der man Ami |..i\\ him. as do cats a mouse. Ik- 11 try to run a-way; But best laid plans of mice and men Too oft-en gang a-glee.