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MR. DUDGEON'S DANCE
By George HaskelF
"No, sir. IH never consent to it!"
roared the elderly gentleman in the
library chair. ,
Dudgeon senior always roared
when he was angry. Just now he
was storming like a regulation scene
in a cheap melodrama. Dudgeon
junior, his only son and heir, faced
him withdut quailing. The young
fellow had an upward, defiant tilt to
his strong chin and his gray eyes
looked straight into those of the an
"But, father," he protested, "you
have not even seen her."
"I don't want to. You may not
think social position counts for'any
, thing, but it does. 'Albert Dudgeon's
son marries the village dressmaker'
that would look well in headlines,
"I don't care how it would look!"
retorted the young man.
"Well, I do, and I won't stand for
''Miss Aiken is not just a dress
maker though I shouldn't care if
she were she has great talent as a
"Huh!" snorted the other. "There
may be some of her gowns next week
at our dance."
"I shouldn't wonder," was the
quiet answer. '
"I would. Not on your life. They
will come from New York."
"I'm not discussing gowns," said
Dudgeon, Jr., "I'm discussing the girl
"Then the discussion is closed,"
yelled his parent.
At young Dudgeon's visit that
evening to Rose Aiken she drew
from him the gist of his interview
with his father.
"Bert, dear, I can't come between
you and your father it would not be
right," she said,, trying to be very
firm and brave.
"I'd hate, ta gojdead, agajnst dad
I'm allhe has but you're more to
me than everything else in the
When conversation was resumed
he added. "I have a little 'money of
my own and I guess I can .make my
way somewhere outside of the firm."
"I wasn't thinking of that," she
answered. "This little business is my
"Then I Must Have the First Dance.'
own and it is building up wonderful
ly. Just think! I'll have a hundred
dollar gown at your party next
"Scott! Who's going to wear it?"
"Miss Cursley. She has.' always
helped me by' ordering things ever
since I started, .. , .
"Grace Cursley is ,a brick!" cried