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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1914.
EVIL TO HIM WHO EVIL THIN CHARD HARDING DAVI 4 By AS iv rule th Instant the season closed Atliii- Proctor illicit yn tlm tlrwt steamer for London, where awaited lirr many friends, both lingliHh ami Amcrlcsin nnd to Paris, while she solertid those gowns that on unit olf tin .Hum' helped to make her famous. Hut this particular sum mrr she hail spent with tin- liudlcotts at Bar Harbor, and It wan at their house Herbert Nelson mot her. After Herbert met her very few i tlier men enjoyed that privilege. This was her wish as well an Ins. They behaved disgracefully, livery morning after breakfast they disap pear!' I and spent the day at opposite cml of a canoe. She, knowing nothing of n i-aniK, was happy In slabbing the w.tors with her paddle while lie (old hrr how ho loved her and at the same time, with nnxlous eyes on his own padd'.e, sltllfully frustrated her efforts to drown Hum both. While the affair lauted It wiut Ideal and beautiful, but unfortunately It lasted only two months. Then Lord Albany, temporarily In America an honorary attache to the Itrltlsh limbassy; hi adoring glances, i his accent and the way he brushed his hair proved too much for the susceptible heart of Aline and she chucked Her lrt and asked herself how a woman of her age could have seriously con iklcred marrying a youth Just out of Harvard' At that time she was a woman of nineteen; but us she had been before the public ever since she was eleven the women declared she was not n day under twenty-six. and the men knew she could not possibly be over sixteen' . ! Allne's own-Mill of herself waft that without some oit liilove- with -hrr file could not exist that unless she knew come man can d for her and for her alone she would wither and the. As a matter of fart whether any one l.'Ved her or not did not In the least Interest her. There woo several dozen men who could testify to that. They knew! What she really want.d was to be he-id over ears In love to adore some one. to w. rsblp him, to Imagine herself starv ing for him and making sacrifice hits (or him. but when the moment came to make the sacrifice hit and marry the man she Invariably found that n. givatcr, truer love had arisen for some one tlse. This greater and truer love always made Iter In have abominably to the jouth she had Just Jilted. She wasted no time on post-mortems. She wn so eager to show her absolute loyalty to the new monarch that she grudged evvry thought she ever had given the one she bad cast Into exile. She re pented him bitterly. She could not for give bun for having allowed her to be desperately In love with him. He should have known he was not worthy of such a love as hers. He should have known hat Hie real prince was waiting only Just round the corner. As a rule, the rejected ones behaved well liach decided Aline was much too wonderful a creatine for him. and con tinued to love her cautiously and from a distance. None of them ever spoke or thought 111 of her and would gladly have punched any one who did. It was only the women whos-e young men Aline, had temporarily conllscated, and then returned saddened and chastened, who were spiteful, And they dared say no more than that Aline would probably have known hen mind better If she had had a mother to look after her. This, coining to the ears of Allno. caused lier to Teply that a girl w ho could not keep straight herbelf, hut needed a mother to help her, would not keep A FEW OF straight had she o iW,etl mothers. Ah she put It cheerfully, a girl who goes wmng nnil- then pleads- "no mother to guide her" Is like a Jockey who pulls a race and then blames the horse. liach of the young men Aline re jected married some one else and, ex cept when the name of Allan Proctor In the theatrical advertisements or In elec tric lights on llroadwuy gave him a start, forgot that foi a mouth her name and his own had been linked together from Portland to San Francisco. Hut the girl he married did not forget. She never understood what the public Haw In Aline Proctor. That Allno was the iiiocn of musical comedy she at tributed to the fact that Aline knew the right people and got holvelf written about In the right way. Hut that she could sing, dance, act; that she pos sessed compelling charm; Hint she "got across" not only to the tired business man, the wine agent, the college boy, but also to the children and the old ladles, was to her never apparent. Just as Aline could not forgive the rejected suitor for allowing her to love him, so the girl he married never for gave Aline for having loved her hus band. Least of all could Sally Win throp, who two years lifter Hie summer at Rir Harbor married Herbert Nel son, forgive hen. And she let Herbert know It. Herbert was properly In love with fni:y Wlnthrop, but lie liked to think that h.s engagement to Aline, though brief and abruptly terminated, hid proved him to bo a, man fatally attrac tive to all women. And though be was hypnotizing himself Into believing tlut his feellnw for Aline had been the grand passion, the Until was that nil that kept ' her In his thoughts was his own vanity. He was not discontented with his lot bis lot b lug Sally Winthrop, her mill Ions and her estate of 300 acres near Westbury. Nor was be still longing for A lite. It was only that his vanity was ll.tttered by the recollection that one f the young women most beloved by the public had nine loved him. "I once was a king In ltabyloii," he used to mlsiiuote to himself, "and she w is a Chr.stiau slave." He was as young as that. Had be been content In secret to as sure himself that he once had been a reigning, monarch, h.s vanity wo-ild have harui'd no one; but unfortunately, he possessed certain documentary evi dence of that fact. And he was sulll ciently foolish not to wish to destroy It. The evidence consisted of si dozen photographs he had snapped of Aline during the happy days at liar Harbor anil on which she had written phrases somewhat exuberant and sentimental. From these photographs Nelson was loath to part especially with one that showed Aline seated on n rock that ran Into the waters of the harbor and on which she had written: "As long as this rock lasts!" liach lime she was In love Aline believed it Would last. That In the pist It never had lasted did not discourage her. What to do with these photographs that so vividly recalled the most tumul tuous period of his life Nelson could not decide. If he hid them away and Sally found them he knew she would make his life mlserab'e. if he died and Sally then found them, when he no longer was able to explain that they meant nothing to him, sip would believe he always had loved the other woman and It would make her miserable. He felt he could not safely keep them In his own house: h s vanity did not permit him to burn them, and accordingly he THIS SEASON'S DEBUTANTES WHOSE BEAUTY CHARMS SOCIETY decided to unload them on some one else. The young man to whom he confided his collection was Charles Cochran Cochran was a charming person from tlm Weiit. He had studied In the lteaux Arts and on foot had travelled over lingland and litiropc, preparing himself to try his fortu.no In New York in an architect. He. was now In the ofllco of the architects Post & Constant, and lived alone In a tiny farmhouse he had mailo over for himself near Herbert Nelson at Westbury, Long Island. Post Constant wero u fashionable firm and were responsible for many of tho French chateaiH and lingllsh coun try houses that were rising near West bury, Hempstead nnd lloslyn; nnd It was Cochran's duty to drive over that territory In his runabout, keep an eye on the contractors and dissuade clients from grafting mansard roofs on Italian villas. He had built the summer home of the Herbert Nelsons, and Hfibert and Charles were very warm friends, Churlc.H was of the same lack of yearn as was Herbert, of an enthusiastic and sentimental nature; and, like many other young men, the story of his llfo also was ttio lovely and much desired Allmi Proctor. 11 was this coincidence that had made them friends and that had led HwbtTt V select Charles as the custodian of his treasure. As a custo dian and confidant Charles especially ap pealed to his new friend because, except upon the stage and. In restaurants, Charles had never een Allno Proctor, did not know her and considered her so far above him, so unattainable, that he had no wish to seek her out. I'u known, ho preferred to worship at a distance. In this determination Herbert strongly encouraged him. When he tumid over the pictures to Charles, Herbert could not resist show ing them to him. They were in many ways charming. They presen ed the ipiei u of musical comedy In several now roles. In one she was In a sailor suit, giving an Imitation of a girl paddling a canoe. In another ln was in a rid ing habit mounted upon a pony of which she seemed very much nfra.tl. In some she sat like a siren among the rock with the waxes nnd seaweed snatching at her feet, and In another she crouched beneath the wheel of Herbert's touring rr.r. All of 'he photographs wete tinprofes"lonal and Intimate, and the legends scrawled across them were even more Intimate. "'Am long as thW rock lasts''" read Herbert At arm's length he held the picture for Cochran to mm and laughed bitterly anil iinmirthfull.v . as he bad heard leading men laugh In problem plays. "That Is what she wrote," he mocked "but how long did that last? I'nti: she saw that little r d headed Albanv playing polo. That lated until his mother heard of It. She thought Iter precious iamb was In the clutches of a designing artless and made the Foreign Office cable htm home. "Then Aline took up one of those army aviators, and chucked him for that fellow who painted her portrait, and threw him over for the lawn tennis champion. Now she's onsnged to Ches ter (Irlswold, and heaven pity her,! "Of course he's the greatist catch In America; but he's a prig and a snob, and he's so generous with his money tint he'll give you five pennies for a nickel any time you ask him. He's got n heart like the meter of a taxlcab, and he's n Jealous as a civ Aline will have a fine tuno with Client! r! I knew him at St. Pan's and at Harvard, and he's got im much red blood in him as an eel'" Cochran sprang to the defence of the lady of his dreams. "There must be some good In the man," he protested, "or Miss Proc tor " "Oh, those solemn snobs," declared Herbert, "Impress women by Just keep ing still, (Irlswold pretends the reason he doesn't speak to you Is because he's too superior, but the real reason Is that he knows whenever he opens his mouth ho shows he Is an ass." lteluctantly Herbert turned over to Charles the precious pictures. "It would be n Bin to destiny them, wouldn't It?" ho prompted. Cochran agreed heartily, "You might even," suggested Her bert, "leave one or two of them about. You have so many of Aline already that one more wouldn't lie noticed. Then when I drop In I could see It." He smiled Ingratiatingly, "Hut those I have I bought," Coch ran pointed out. "Anybody can buy them, but yours are perotial. And. they're signed." "No ono will notice that but mo," protested Herbert. "Just 'ono or two," ho coaxed "stuck round nmonw the others. They'd give me a heap of mel uncholy pleasure," Charles sltook.lils head doubtfully. "Your wlfo often comes here with you," ho said. "I don't believe they'd give her melancholy pleasure. The question Is, are you married to Sally or Aline Proctor?" "Oh, of course," exclaimed Herbert, "If you refuse!" With suspicious haste Charles sur render, d. "I don't refuse," he explained; "I only ask If llV wise. Sally knows you wero once viry fond of Miss Proctor knows you were engaged to her," "Hut," protested Herbert, "Sally sees your photographs of Aline. What differ- nee can a few more make? After she'.i seen a dozen hu gets used to them." No sooner had Herbert left him than the custodian of the tr asure himself selected the photographs he would ills play. In them the young woman he had, from the front row of the orches tra, so ardently admired appeared In a new light. To Cochran they seemed at onco to render her more kindly, more approachable; to show In r an she really was, the sort of girl any youtn would find It extremely dlllleult not t love. Cichran found It extremely easy The photographs gave hi Imagina tion all the room It wanted. He be lieved they also gave him an Insight Into lor real character that was denied to anybody el.-. He had always cred ited her 'With all the virtues; he now iidovveil her with every charm of mind and body. In a week to the two photographs he had select il fr m tin loan collection for purposes of display and to give Herbert melancholy pleasure, he hail added three mote. In two weeks tJv re were half u dozen. In a mouth, nobly framed In silver, .n leather of rod, gieeii and blue, ilie entire collection smiled upon him from every jxirt ot his bedroom. For h now kept them where no one but 1ilmolf could see tiieni. No longi r was he of a mind to sharo his borrowed treasure with oth ers' not even with the rightful owner Chester (irlswold, spurred on by Mine Prtictor, who wanted to build a summer home on Long Island, was mo toring with l'ost of Post ,t Constant in the neighborhood of Westbury. Po.it pointed out several houses designed by his firm, which he hoped might as- "I won't have you two slst Orisvvohl in making up his mind as to the kind of house he wanted; but none they had seen seemed to satisfy his client. "What I want Is u cheap house," ex plained the young millionaire. "I don't really want a house nt all," ho com plained. "It's Miss Proctor's Idea. When we are married 1 Intend to move 1'ito my mother's town house, but Miss Proctor wants one for herself In tlv country. I've agreed to that; but It must be small and It must be cheap." "Cheap" was a word that the clients of Post & Constant never used; but Post knew the weaknesses of some of the truly rich, nnd he knew also that no house ever built cost only what tho architect snld It would cost. "t know tho very house you want'" he exclaimed. "Ono of our young men owns It. He made It over from tut old farmhouse. It's very well arranged; we've used his ground plan several tltnts and It works out .ilendldly. If he's not nt homo I'll show you oyer the place myself. And If you like the house he's tho man to build you one." When they reached Cochran's home ho was at Harden City playing golf, Jnit the servant knew Mr. Post and to him and his oh. nt threw open every room In the house. "Now. this." exclaimed the architect enthusiastically, "is the masti r's bed room. In your rase li would probably be your wife's room and you would oc cupy the one ndjolnlng. which Cochran pretending you don't know each now uses as a guest room. As you see, they are entirely cut off from " Mr. Orlswohl did not see. Up to that moment he had given every uppearance of being both bored and sulky. Now his attention was entirely engviged but not upon the admirable simplicity of Mr. Cochran's ground plan, an Mr. Post had hoped. Instead, tho eyes of the greatest catch in America Wire Intently regarding a display of photographs that smiled back at him from every corner of tho room. Not only did he ngard these photo graphs with a savage glare, but he ap proached them and carefully studied the Inscriptions scrawled across the face of i nch. Post himself cast a glance at the nearest photographs and then hastily manieuvred his client Into the hall and closed the door. "We will now," ho exclaimed, "visit the butler's kitchen, thus saving " Hut (irlswold did not hear him. AVIth out giving another glance nt the house he stamped out of It and, plumping him self down In tho motor car, banged the door. Not until Post hail driven him well Into New York did he make any comment. "What did you say." ho then de manded. "Is the name of the man who owns Hint Jast house wo saw?" Post told him. "I never heard of him!" said Oris wold as though he were delivering other," he blustered. yountr Cochran's death sentence. "Who Is he?" "Ho's an architect In our oillce," said Post. "We think a lot of him. HeT. leave us soon of course. The best ones always do. His work la very popular So Is he." "I never henrd of him," repeated Oris vvohl. Then, with suiNlen heat, he added savagely: "Hut I m an to to-night." When Orlswohl had first persuaded Allno Proctor to engage herself to him he hnd suggested that to avoid embar rassment she should tell him th names of the other men to whom she had beei engnged. "What kind of embarrassment would that avoid?" "If I am talking to a man," said Orls wohl, "and he knows the woman I'm going to marry was engagMl to him and 1 don't know that he has me at n dis advantage." "I don't see that he .has," said Aline. "If wo suppose, for the sake of argu ment, Hint to marry me Is desirable 1 would say that tin man who was going to marry me bad tho advantage over the one 1 had declined to marry," "I want to know who those men are," explained Orlswohl, "becau-e I want to avoid them. I don't want to tnlk to them, I don't want even to know them." "I don't see how I can help you," said Aline. "I haven't the slightest objec tion to telling you the names of tho men Com fin in (I on lUyhth I'tigc