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Courtship
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.
We are fortunate indeed, to have
the best music from the World’s great
fair brought here to Iranian.
FOR SALE—Cabbage and tomato
and sweet potato plants. Call at
Fred Kelsey’s store or see Isaac De-
Witt on east Maple street. 2t
For Sale
72 shares of Fort Lyon water. In
quire of Dr. J. S. Hasty.
■ »■
For Sale- Cabbage, tomato ami
sweet potato plants. See Edward Wil
liams, east of Goodale orchard.
Wanted
At once a few loans. Quick ser
vise. Lamar Building & Loan Asso
ciation. See I. H. Myers, Secy.
Also 2or 3 properties for sale
cheap. Terms to suit.
F. W Marshall
The Auctioneer
The Man Who Sells She Goods and
Gets the Money
first class references
For dates Phone Holly 113 W.
HOLLY, COLO.
COMING T
UNDER CANVAS
Lamar, Saturday, June 26th
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