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THE DAILY SHORT 'STORY
Patience Duly Rewarded.
Bob Davenport had spent 20
consecutive evenings at the Lake
Park skating rink. Skating in
itself, had nothing to do with his
presence there. He was not par
ticularly graceful, and he did not
like to skate."
On the first" of the 20 evenings,
he had dropped in there to spend
an idle hour. And had. stayed
many hours because of a. lithe fig
ure in white, possessinglustrous
eyes, which in no way could be
persuaded; to, rest upon Robert
Davenport .for longer than one
second at a time, and which al
ways were surrounded by a cir
cle of humble but persistent ad
mirers. He did not dare to speak to her ;
but he was a hopeful young man
with a large belief in the goodness
of an overseeing Providence. So
he attended the skating rink
with regularity and longing eyes.
And on the twentieth night, he
was rewarded. Backwards, and
on the left inside edge,'she skat
ed into his arms. Bob Davenport
showed how excellently he was
fitted to save a girl from falling.
The girl looked up Into his eyes.
"I beg your pardon," she said.
"Did you do that of malice
aforethought?" asked Bob Dav
enport, and then, as the girl
gasped, he added, "If you say
'How dare you?', I shall never
Bpeaksto -you again."
''Well ofall the illimitable
nerve !" said the girl. 7
"I amn'ot a very good skater;
but if you can put up with me for
a little, I think the next waltz is J
ours," said Bob Davenport.'
The girl said nothing very e'x-
pressively, and Bob promptly ap
propriated her for the rest of the
evening, being aparently entirely
unaware of the scowls of the cot-x
erie.of young men, who had inju
diciousjy conspired to divide up
the time of Miss Eloise Forsythe,
which, as she explained to Bob in
a' hushed moment, was her name.
At the end jof the evening, Bob
proposed seeing Miss Forsythe
home. But that young lady said
'No' with a definiteness:that left
of no question., .
i So he went "hornc himself in
stead, and smoked maiiy pipefuls
of tobacco, and speculated on the
size of his income, and the kihd
of a house he would like to live
in if he were married, He decid-r
ed on a very dainty house, all in
The next evening, Bob again
sought the rink. And the girlj
was not there. Nor was she theq
next night, nor the next. But as
has been mentioned, Bob was a
man of patience, and the Jourth
night, he skated gaily to where?
Miss Forsythe was qonducting a
young man of lovemaking ten-,r
denc'es and sheepish eyes around ;
the rink. '
"ThTnk'he said, as he held
out his arm, "that this is my i
dance." . B
And it was even so, and during i
the course of that ecstatic waltz, j
Bob, having done a great deal of j
thinking during the three, preced
ing nights -and acquired the wis-n
dom of a serpent, did not ask her.2
where she had been. uj
The! girl was .very, gd&. and ijfik