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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
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
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!
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
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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
"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
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».
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
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
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.

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