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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 01, 1912, Image 13

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The Actions of Two Young
Wooers Decides Who "Wins
a Southern Miss
The young mistress of the Nor
man plantation was giving a
house party.- Of course it is al
ways the custom for the hostess
to fall in love withat least ,one
of her guests if the list includes
any eligible, and this case was no
exception. But there were two
possibilities. Howard Mason
was a neighboring planter, hand
some a'nd popular, Payne Mor
row was a young Richmond law
yer, not so wealthy as his rival,
but brilliant enough to be con
sidered a' matrimonial prize.
All thev other guests watched
their progress with 'interest and
the young men, in true southern
style, made no secret of their
They were always -at Miss Nor
man's side and they ran races to
obey her slightest wish. Every
word and action of the Jady in
question was interpreted to favor
either one or the other, but the
truth was that Madge herself did
not. knov which one she liked
One night as she sat in the bal
cony near the window of her own
room she heard a man walking
across the lawn. When he came
into. the moonlight she recogniz
ed Morrow, the man from Rich
mond. He was looking up at her, and
knowing that she had been seen,
she called softly. Morrow walk
ed over and they began talking;
She seemed very near and very
beautiful in the soft light and he
could not keep himself from tell
ing her of his love. With all his
natural eloquence he told the
story of his devotion and she lis
tened eagerly.
"It, is not that I have very
much to offer," he said as he fin
ished and looked up straight into
her eyes, "but I love you so much
that you could not be unhappy
with me. You must care for me
a little, don't you?"
She was silent for a time when
he ceased and he could not tell
whether or not his plea had
reached her. Finally she smiled
and untwisting aHhin scarf which
was wound about her throat she
let one end fall over the railing'
and down into his hands. When
it touched him he lifted it to his
lips and kissed it fervently. She
pulled it up and without another
word, as if she had given him a
promise, he turned and walked
The next night she sat again in
her balcony wondering if he
would come. As the night wore
on and he did not- appear she be
came angry with disapopintment
and retired. The next day and
for several days she avoided hinj.
Howard Mason noticed the
change and congratulated him
self on getting an advantage at
last. One night it chanced that
"he walked across the lawn and
found Miss Norman in the bal
cony just as Morrow had done.
Without waiting to be called "he

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