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s ? TiT a Mnwn -rp A r.P.T .F.TS
By Lucy Lincoln Montgomery.
Q M.' Narbonne, junior partner of
n the great firm of LeClair Migy et
Cie, on the Rue de Rivoli, beamed
graciously upon the impetuous
little woman before the counter.
1 "You must know, monsieur," she
cried, "this is a birthday gift from
11 my husband. I am to choose
whichever I want ; buf how can I ?
They are all so wonderful!"
" One after another the gleam
f ing bracelets slipped through her
" slender white fingers, their dia
3J mond points showing a blaze of
" prismatic glory against her Alice-'
1 blue costume and into the eager,
S "I wish I knew which he would
3' "Will monsieur, your husband,
"' not come and judge for himself?"
w questioned M. Narbonne.
The little madame laughed
9" merrily. "He has no time. From
2i morning until night is he busy
with his patients, and days pass
that even T scarcely see him. Oh !
5t I forgot He told me to present
s my card."
"?' She laid it, with her address,
" upon the counter.
ax "Dr. D'Arcey, the famous alien
n ist!" exclaimed M. Narbonne,
while his manner became doubly
l Just then a tall, aristocratic
k looking lady in black came from
' another part of the store over
to where the bracelets were dis
if "Ah, Marie," she smiled;
"choosing the birthday gift you
told me of? Which is it?" , ,
"I cannot decide, Madame Mar
ceau," replied Marie, a frown
puckering her pretty forehead,
and with a shy, deprecating look
at the man behind the counter.
"I have detained M. Narbonne al
ready such an unconscionable
time. Still, it is between these
She held them toward her
"My time is your's," returned
the young man, bowing deferen
tially. "Madame has great taste
and judgment. Those are the
most valuable as well as the most
artistic bracelets in the establish
ment." Madame Marceau examined
them closely. (
"This would be my choice," she
remarked, holding against her
black sleeve one of filigree gold
quivering with rose diamonds-and
shot here and there with the bril
liant sparkle of rubies.
"But, Marie, surely the gentle
man will take the bracelets for
Dr. D'Arcey's inspection."
"I was on the point of offering
to do so," returned M. Narbonne
"Oh, how delightful!" cried
Madame D'Arcey eagerly. "How
satisfactory! For I grow more
and more bewildered. Will you
come also, dear Madame Mar
ceau?" "Excuse me. I am so very sor
ry. I have an appointment at 4,"
taking out her jeweled watch.
"Oh, I must go immediately.
Telephone me your decision, dear
est. I shall be so impatient to
know." jl A