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' THROUGH MISCHANCE
By Victor Radcliffe
'(Copyright by W. G Chapman.)
The love romaltte&.Qf Beulah Arnold
and Ellis Truman belonged essential
ly and particularly, to Grove Hollow.
Given a handsome young woman of
25, left quite a competency, and a
retiring, but intelligent bachelor, five
years her senior, having a.permanent
income and business, and the con
junction seemed ideal
c Right in the midstof it, however,
there came a clash a crisis, a qatas
trophe. One morning all the town
knew of a tentative engagement An
other morning, one week later to a
day, he gossips were aware that Cu
pid had departed from among the
reckonings of the parties noted.
There were, many explanations as
to the source and cause of the unex
pected "break. Finally the truth came
out. It was Widow Marsh, authority
in anything appertaining to anybody
else's business, who oracularly made
"It was a collar button!"
She was right Beulah was dainty,
neat and rather dictatorial A lonely
life with an urvalid uncle had robbed
her of a good deal of the natural
bloom of girlhood. Ellis was indul
gent, but jealous of his dignity. He
resented familiarity and affront, even
with his chosen friends.
Beulah had some special out-of-town
company one evening and she
was anxious that her fiance should
make a favorable impression. It
proved to be a rainy, warm night, and
when Ellis reached the Arnold home
he was pretty well mud splashed. For
that there was an excuse. But his
collar had wilted, his collar button
had slipped into a puddle. He tucked
the collar into place, the best it miht.
Just in the midst of dinner the ends
yawned forth, making of him a hid
eous and distressing picture.
'VYou might have anticipated the ac
cident!" scolded Beifiah, when her
T'other guests had departed, and un
easy, embarrassed and uncomforta
ble, Ellis blurted out:
"I reckon you never wore a collar
"That is indelicate you shock
me!" spoke Beulah icily.
"Beulah," answered Ellis, on his
mettle and sorely1 aggrieved, "I am
looking, for a wife and not a boss.
When I marry "
"You had better choose some one
who will not care how you look!"
Found Her Prime Roosters Carefully
Attired in Cocked Hat and Trousers
snapped out Beulah, and did not even
bid him good night as he went silent
ly down the steps. - j,
A week later he called, but no one'
answered his ring at the doorbell
Beulah was proud andjmrt Then,
when a public picnic came along they
chanced ,to com& upon, one another
where neither could. very well avoia