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your sister would be pretty.
v "After I saw you, I knew that
all belonging to you would look
pretty fine. I mean this. Don't
"sit back in your chair and ha, ha!
"I wish you would drop your
"going away trip. It would make
things so lonesome tor me
But whatever suits you, dear, will
be satisfactory to me
'- "Y-oti speaf of Eldon (Bruing-
. ton's son), Tom . I hope you
feel that I shall love Eldon as any
wpman would, and that I shall
make home as pleasant for him as
,1 can I hope that Eldon will
sjtay.in our home, with poor Lou,
as lpng as ever he wants to. I
-think you ought to make arrange
ments so Eldon could always have
a home with us."
Are these ordinary letters to
, come, from a woman forty years
Is the subtle flattery contained
.in every sentence what one would
expect in the letters of an elderly
widow to such a man as Bruing
ton? There-can be but one answer to
The letters are not ordinary.
.-They are very extraordinary
Even if each one were written
with great thought and care, they
are. extraordinafy. 'And they
evidence a mentality in Louise
'Vermilya as different from that of
the ordinary woman of her age
as the sun is different from the
So perhaps this is the explana
tion of how Louise Vermilya fas
Perhaps it was not her out
ward appearance, they loved-Per-haps
it was her mind.
Or rather, perhaps Louise Ver
milya's mentality Is such that shb
is capable of so drawing men by
subtle flattery that she can make
men imagine themselves in love
Is not that the real answer?
Talce the cases of Bruington and
Neither of these men wished to
love Mrs. Vermilya.
Bruington pretended to love her
in order to trap her into some ad
mission of guilty knowledge of
the death of Richard T. Smith.'
He kept up his pretense for a
time, and then he, like a moth to
the flame, was drawn to the wo
man, until he believed he loved
her with his whole heart and soul.
Bissonette was engaged to Ly
dia Rivard. He had secured her
plighted. word, only after a long
and strenuous courtship If ever
a man were in love," Bissonette
was in love with Miss Rivard.
But circumstances forced Bis-'
sonette to take a room at the Ver
milya house. He was thrown
into daily contact wjth 'the
And, behojd, ' Bissonette is in
love with Louise Vermilya. He
becomes her affianced husband,
he stands ready to insure himself
in her favor.
One Guggenheim has come
down to living in a 'flat in New
York. Rent is only $25,000 a
year, but he isp't likely to be able
to make even that out of Alaska