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TOP KUPFEL'S OPPORTUNITY
By Lincoln Boisewater.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Pop" Kupfel blewthe horn in the
orchestra, and, in the intervals when
his score prescribed a rest, he would
look with eyes full of speechless ad
miration at-Minna Bligh, the famous
comedienne, whose serpenjine dance
had become the hit of the season. It
was all right for him to stare, though,
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because, although he was fat and
' bald and nearly fifty, Minna was his
Minna had leaped into celebrity
after years of fruitless effort. She
had toured the states "in minor com
panies it was said that she had
danced in barns before appreciative
rustic audiences before Mr. Hambur
ger, discerning the makings of a sen
sation in her, had brought her prom
inently before the public. She was
a strikingly pretty woman, perhaps
thirty years of age,, and what she
could have seen in "Pop" Kupfel, the
good-natured, childish German, no
Anyway, whenever she appeared,
there was Kupfel, blowing his horn
and gazing with lovelorn eyes'at his
People prophesied that she would
soon find a more congenial partner.
But, as a matter of fact, Minna seem
ed quite affectionate toward "Pop,"
and they always drove home together
in her auto to the little apartment in
the fashionable part of Riverside
Drive, where they resided.
Only once the curtain had been
lifted on Minna's life, and that was
during a first night. Some news
paper men were gathered in the front
seats, watching Minna's debut in the
metropolis. There was no music that
night; I mean, during the dance.
That was decided upon by Mr. Hani
"I knew her," said the old hand,
"ten years ago. Slip of a girl she was
then, too. She was a chorus lady' in
a one-night shown .down in Harris
burg, where I interviewed her. She
had run away from home usual
story deceived by a man." Here he
mentioned the name of the son of a
well-known magnate on Wall street.
He cast her off. Then this Kupfel man
took pity on her and married her. I
guess she's sorry now that she ac
cepted him. Fat old Dutchman, who
plays the horn.' You must have seen
him. And say, I wonder what Em
mett thinks now that she has grown
to be such a stunning woman."
A fat, bald man who was seated
behind them, with a rapt stare in his
eyes, leaned forward.
"Dank you, gentlemen," he said. "I
half always vented to know the name
of-faat fellow. Emmett Dank you.
My : name is Kupfel Hans Kupfel."
Wlfat "was there to say tto that?
Theresas something in the Ger
man's tone which liiade it seem ex
tremely improbable that Emmett