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a la Mode By GEORGE COBBETT (Copyright. 191E, by W. O. Chapman.) De Vlncy. polished Frenchman and man of the world though he was, felt strangely disconcerted as he found himself face to face with Miss Elsie Vining They had never met face to face be fore without the presence of a third person Indeed, from the beginning It had been quite obvious to observers that an excessive amount of worldly ceremony, amounting to the ridiculous In the free land of America, surruuiid ed the pair. In the big ballroom the cynics looked at each other and grinned. “They've gone into the conserva tory together at last,” said Charlie Twlss. “Look at old Mamma Vining' Doesn’t she look conscious that she’s pulled off a good thing?" “And look at papa," said his friend Bobby Brooks. "He seems to think his millions have worked something almost as good as a slock exchangt coup." The heartlessness of the marriage de convenuuce in America is so much greuter thun In France just because it is so unnatural an institution. In France De Vlncy would have been con scious that it was a fair exchange—hie title against the dowry. Indeed, he did not feel that he was about to per form a disreputable action when he started for America to win a wealthy bride and thus iuercase tin* family revs nueß Thu only thing really upon hit conscience was that the agent. Smith as be chose to call himself, had sped tied Miss Vining as his prospective bride. “She's pretty enough, in the cold American way,” he said to the vl “This Is the First Time We Have Been Together.” comte. “She's nearer twenty than thirty, and she will inherit money enough, our American representative tells me, to pay all your debts baud soinely. as well as our commission." What did unnerve the vicomte was the realization that the few short peri ods of their association had aroused in him a certain feeling toward which he had long been a stranger. In fact, the sight of the girl’s beauty bad aroused the latent chivalry of the man. As his prospective wife he regarded Miss Vining with that deference which lies in the heart of every Frenchman "This Is the first time we have been together," he Bald lightly. The girl stood facing him. her fin gers twining nervously about the fronds of u fern. "Yes.” she answered in a mecbanl cal manner. Then, with a sudden out burst "Cannot we be utterly frank with one another? I am so surround ed by hypocrisies and deceits. Come, let us have a half hour of per feet fraukuess.” The young man Bprang to his feet. ‘Do you mean that, Miss Vining?" he asked, catching tire from her words. ‘Utter frankness?'' "Yes." “Whatever the —the pain It costs?'' "Whatever the pain." "Then listen," he began. "I have come here to ask you to be my wife. Everybody In the ballroom knows that we have not come here by accident, 1 oelleve?" She nodded again, and a sudden sense of that espionagg made him reckless. “Well, then, 1 Lav.* taken it for granted that you would consent Mt family's fortunes are at an ebb. ind it was necessary that one of us should purchase an hedress in Amer ica." He saw ner wince slightly, but then -he smiled. "Go on. please," she said luciug him boldly. “1 was selected by my family coun 11. 1 must tell you tbut according to <ur ideas there was nothing derugu ory to our honor in the proposition !t was to be a fair exchange My tiUe igain.st your money 1 was given a list by Smith, the agent who ti nance* these adventures " “Ah' I did not know that they we* financed.” she said. "It is a common practice Smlt v invested ten thousand dollars in th« game If 1 failed to win a bride in lost it. If I gained one ne "Was to gei live times his investment it Is i ■ lucrative profession, you see." "And he trusted to your honor tc get one?" she asked with withering emphasis. "Yes And so I have come here tc ask you to be my wife tonight." “Well, you have been very frank,’ answered the girl. "Now I will b* - qually so. 1 was brought up in lux my, with the idea of making a fasli ionable marriage with a man of title It didn't matter who he was English i .« uch, German, Italian, or what hit ha racier was. or his uge or his per onuiily, so long us lie hud a title. l'ln higher, the belt* r. >ou know Well when you came to . »-w ) ork.of count ■>u ull uiid r: toed ..r motive in cull 'tig upon me. When I alii with u plait .\iuericuii he takes me to theaters atu the opera alone K. met lines he ma; take me out in hid uuto But for you >ou know. 1 hud to play the part o' u ingenue I • i a delicate hot house flower, who must never bt - how n alone I hud to luu, l a chaperoi with me always, i Hat was part oi tin game You understand thut?” "No, 1 didn't understand that ' on swe red the limn, wincing in his turn "But pray go on. Mias Vining' "That Is about all. except that 1 was hawked round En.o,.c last year am ike year before '1 hey nearly marrlet me to an Italian prince But at tin last moment it was discovered that in was a courier from 1 urkey. mas iuc-i hill: < Probably lie. too. was in toucf with your man Smith " "I hardly think no Miss Vining an swered the young in >u thoughtiml . "You see. Smith is an horn st broker so to speak, and ouly bundles the reu article,” The flicker of a smile played abou> her mouth for the hist time. "Well," she resunn d. "I don't coun 1 myself one whit better than you. uu derstand We are both simply the vie liins of circumstances. The bargaii proposed was a very suitable one. H isn't that all the people in our sociel) are like this, you must know. It It just the new-rich—us: The decent families wouldn't have anything to dc with us They married their own peo pie. However. I suppose I oughtn't tc disparage my own family And now monsieur, suppose we play out thif farce to the end " "By ail means," he replied “Miss Vining. I have the honor to ask your hand in marriage " "The answer is no.' ’ said the girl , Then she looked in amazement at his chagrined expression In fact such a reply had uever occurred to him "But seriously." he urged She flashed up angrily. "Did you seriously believe, theu, that i would be willing to sell myself?" she cried 1 "Why, never —uever. sir I have al ways resolved that if 1 do play a parasite’s part at least my heart Is clean. When I marry, if any man of my own nation is willing to take me, soiled as I am. he shall But this —* ’ Her anger was so genuine that the 1 man did not know how to reply "But I will ask you one question/ she continued. “A wjoman s curiosity, you know Why did you select me out i of all the girls upon the list that the man Smith gave you?’ "Why?" he repeated stupidly. "Yes. Rich as we are, 1 know sev eral families that are richer and nave eligible daughters.’ "Why, because I tell in love with you,” be retorted. ( "What!" she cried incredulously “After telling me that? - "But I have never said 1 did not love you. In fact. I have loved you since , I first saw you.” “Is this part of the game, too?' she demanded; but he saw that her lips were quivering. And suddenly some interior emotion surged up in him and banished the last touch of cynicism He fell upon ' his knees before her and clasped her c hands. "Miss Vining—Elsie. 1 love you with t all my heart," he cried. "Can you do you think that if 1 prove my love I •mn win you?" She had broken down under the passion of her heart Thu auger which had held her evaporated, leaving only a very miserable and very helpless girl. He rose to hiß feet T am going back to France," be said "1 cannot expect you to believe in me. And yet It was my love for you that prompted me to say what I have said I could not win vou with a lie So I told vau. as you asked me. But before 1 go, will you tell me that there may be u hope for mo at some distant time? Let the money go. the title go; just took upon me as one who loves you ind desires you " Elsie Vining lifted her tear-stained face to his. “I don't think —there is any need 'or you to go back to France ' she said softly. Ten minutes later Bobby Brooks judged Charlie Twiss “Here comes the bridal pair—bridle pair, perhaps would be a better term he said. ‘My! Don’t they look pleased with themselves!" "They ought to, seeing what each aas got out of it,” answered Charlie. "Say, 1 shouldn't be surprised it there was a romance in it after all' suggested his friend. "Well, if money and a title aren't romantic, what is?” replied tie- other "But still, you never can tell TRAGEDIES CAUSED BY LOVE Many Cases on Record of Ruined Lives —Women as Well as Men Have Been Affected Love troubles have been the cause of many curious actions on the part of men and women who have suffered dis appointment in that direction A curi ous house owned by Doctor Phenie of | London was in a class by Itself, its ex terior being ornamented with gilt j statues. It was built by the doctor for his prospective bride who died a few hours before she was to have been married. in the extensive grounds, too. masses of carved stone could b seen. The house, shut off from tli world, was furnished just as it was on the fatal wedding day Some of its windows were boarded, others covered by common sacking It r< maile d v mystery house until the doctor’s deal!' at the age of over ninety, u few years ago. Women as well as men have become hermits when love's young dream has come to an untimely end In the elgh teenth century there died a woman who had not left her room for 30 years, owing to a love disappointment, nud Just a few years later a similar case was brought to light In the secoud In stance the lady had vowed that she "would never see the light of the sun again," owing to being Jilted In love She religiously kept her vow. living iu a darkened room till tbo end of bei days. This country has produced martyrs on the altar of blighted affection. Foi more than twenty years an old fellow shut himself up in a miserable room in Pittsburgh At last, when it was de elded that he should be arrested on the ground of Insanity, it required the united strength of four constables tc secure him. The police, on searching his house were astonished to find thousands oi dollar notes. The grate was tilled with silver dollar*, the furniture was stuffed with them, whilst Jars and bottles were filled to the brim with money Sc much wealth was found that a wagoc hud to be brought to convey it to th« bank, where it was found to amount to over $50.u00. Polish Patriotic Memorial. Cracow was once the capital of free Poland, with a cathedral equivalent to Westminster abbey, wherein sleep the generations of Polish kings and heroes. It possesses the most striking patriotic memorial In the world. This Is the Koscluskoberg, a mound 300 feet high, erected to the memory of Kosciusko, and formed of earth from •very battlefield of Poland. 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