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i&Z'Oh, dear no!" demurred Vincent
.a -way as it ne was mgntenea.
ly not? She s engaged to am-
ler fellow.. She won't try to lure
Su away from this devoted flame of
"I don't want to burn all my bridg
es behind me," declared Vincent
vaguely. "la fact, I that is haven't
much heart In getting close to any
other girl than Nellie, so I wefl, I've
got my s'cheme."
"Have? Then why don't you tell
it?" challenged Tom, but Vincent
would say no more. They parted, and
Vincent went gloomily on bis way,
About the mkfcfle of the afternoon
. Vincent went to the shed behind his
home where he kept bis motorcycle.
Another friend of his, the son of a
local merchant, was waiting for him.
"Got it?" inquired Vincent, eagerly.
"The wole outfit," was the prompt
"Will Jt work?"
"Like a' charm!"
The speaker proceeded to open a
large "box. He produced a flexible
dressmaker's. model. It was made of
paper mache,"but as be proceeded to
fix up the bald head with glossy ring
lets and adapt a hat, dress and -wrap
the dummy figure assumed, form,
grace and elegance.
"Now then, Vincent," he Observed,
"all you've got to da is to strap that
model into the hind seat of your ma
chine, put a -veil on it !anisnJt it
I?or a fact it was, as the schem
ers perfected their plan to all seem
ing' a, "charming, up-to-date young
lady occupied the rear Beat of tbe
ft had cost Vincent something to
help out bis prectous scheme, but he
did not mind that Just as the sun
went down aHd twilight came on he
drove out of the shed. The figure
was well strapped on, the gloved
hands rested quite naturally on the
handles in frost of it.
Vincent drove oa until he came j
into the street where Neute's hon?
was located. AS he neared it he gave
his signal horn a blast. Nellie was
on tfie porch. Vincent pretended hot
to observe her, but a sidelong
advised him that she had recog
the signal of the machine and he j
her stare fixedly.
A brisk breeze was blowing.
cent put on power. As he circlec
rectly in front of the house he .
Nellie spring to ner reet. tier
seemed glued upon his "young IfdVj.
"It works," chuckled Vincent :
ly. "Aha, Miss Nellie! whd is,
A last glance sideways showedei-T
He still staring. She had descendea
twjo steps of the porch and was gnla
wrapt in attention to the disapnejai; jjj
Ing. machine. L&&
"Devoured with curiosity as tp.msr
new fair charmer!" gloated Vtacenu
"What's that man goggling at?"
A pedestrian was indeed "gog
gling." He had halted. He was star
ing at the machine. Then he slapj
his thigh and burst out into a peajj
tmrostrnlnpil 1usrhf.er. Then. 'fr
xl i - 1IT,nnTtn ".. JiSnt
U1?1 uu, twu wuuicu uiicniDC iuacvY
They stared, they giggled. Vtac'enK'
shot a backward glance at the' rear
seat of the motorcycle. He shivered
appalled! t g
A frightfully depressing- discoyejy
was his. The wind had blown'fhe
veil off the model. Then the hatp3'
and the wig! The bare poll loojned,
up unique and grotesque, pne ofhe
Jointed arms swung loosely, wobbling;,.
No wonder that observers glare&'-af
this monstrous travesty on humiaf
A whirl of the machine senfc'$ill,'
model sideways. By this time a
tag mob of boys were in
Hoots and yeBs pf laughter fiBed
air. With a groan VinoenvdoVe
a side alley, gained the home s
and nreoared to leave town that Hi;
to escape the jeers of his fefflo
. He returned in a week but Jwfcjy,