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ION BY TH B3 Horace S T WRITERS G Diamond axeltine Ten Inches higher and It would have the pumpkin from which It sprang him; and ho turned abruptly to see, peditcd matters. I shall wait for the the seventh floor. A chambermaid dl- certain details, why need you? So ding sift from Aunt Jeanne to SallU loosoneTa tooth oM And you, my fair Princo Charm nB, If sitting on the bench beside him, a lady no longer." He looked at his reeled them to the suite they sought long as I don't ask why you called mo Mlnturn: the aurigard red diamond, ho discovered latw loooue l the set- that cruel old witch, my fairy god- fairly handsome, dark, and rather watch. "It is three minutes after the Before Miss Williams rapped lightly, up, early this kerning made an en- She didn't want Sallie to wait until tin" o th hi r i.larl; war! which mother is to he believed now havo It in smnrtlv dressed voting woman, who hour of appointment and I am a stick- she secreted her small parcel in her gagement to lunch with mo and then bho got to France to see it, although adoraed his" sh M ra m left a our possess ion Pray, O pray? dear greeted him with -smiling recognition, ler for punctuality. large handbag. A slight, dapper clean- chose to ignore that phase of the telle she is going over right after the wed- tinv 'round hruV where tho under- Prince for the sake of romance prom- "You'll excuse me, won't you, Mr. As ho was speaking his gaze was at- shaven youth, evidently a valet, re- affair, why should you bother either ding, and is to make her home there, side' of the S had 8ucl: BZply fso that you will not holdTak hoe Van Braun?" she took for granted, traded. A lady was bowing to him sponded to her summons, and admitted Miss La Fontaine or myself further?" So I volunteered at the last minute to over h's breast bon". The Immediate sake, but return it to your poor little "Don't you remember mc? I really be- from across tho corridor' a young lady, them to a conventionally furnished ho- T n l , , , iL bring It oxer Just for Sally to look at. frnot however on Air Gramercy Van and woefully distressed Cinderella." lievo you don't. I'm Miss Williams whose delicate, creamy complexion tel suite parlor. Edith La Fontaine was alone in the It was a foolhardy undertaking from Brain OT- B mi arr oZ M 51 7. TZ ill IT 1 , of-" was enhanced by the jetty black brim "In just ono moment, miss," he said; Vestry library when Van Braun came the first, and the responsibility got on MtonUhmc The thina whatever 1 brent 1, efore he mido renlv It But Van Brnun had by this recovered of tho large picture hat which framed and disappeared into a room beyond to her. The day thus far, had been my nerves awfully." ?A J,n come hurt h e annarentlv nJZnt i y,t m !?," himself and he hastened to interrupt the pure oval of her face. Van Braun walked to a window, and for him a succession of surprises and She paused for a moment. Her right Mas, had come hurtling, apparent!, seemed quite evident to him that the wnisci t, n an e nasicnca xo i crruj o ln' tv ,... h.a ntnnrt ,noUlnE out across tho tree tons bewilderments. Perplexity had fol- toe was tapping the floor and her ifi ii n yet, so far as his recollection went, the Vou'ro the young lady from one of the feet pleasure beaming In every linea- voice was totally strange newspapers, that I used to meet at iny ment. "Pardon ine just ono moment.' "You 'will havo to provo your prop- Mends' weddings, when I played the Hp flung the request back to Miss Wtl- erty. you know," he told her, with a lar of usher. And I used to see you Hams as ho strode away, teasing chuckle. "It is a verv tiuy at thc Pora' 1oo: antl at tho Horse I-ancy meeting you hero!" ho ad- snow, and ai nances; ana you wew unwu uio oilier, laiung tier nanu. at I am I may tell nlways asking me questions that, had "I thought " it is neither crystal heen asked by anyone else would "That I was to have seemed rudely impertinent. of London? " sh mustaches, bowing in the exaggerated foreign manner to the newspaper woman. forever lost in tho fogs "My advertisement," van Braun sho Interrupted gayly. heard him 3ay, "was intentionally a Tho clrl laughed at this, and the "Oh, dear, no. I arrived two days ago, littlo misleading. I offered no reward, young man's interest suddenly quick- for the Mlnturn wedding. Sallie is for Instance, because I did not wish to 'cned. marrying a connection of mino, you bo called upon to examine scores of "And you always answered my ques- know: tho Due do Vaurlgard. They old slippers. And I widened the boun- tlons very fully and cnllghtenlngly," tell me you have been away?" daries of locality, in order that I might sho told him "Yes," ho answered; "for nearly two by a single question discover whether "Yes." he said, with a smile; "yet years, all told. For the past six the slipper was being returned by the . . ... mt r,l.oi.c tT-t.tlifnl Iv I fnnr clnen mnntlia IVi Iman rntiMilncr In UVnm. nntitnl nmpr nr nr aprnnn nftfln. frnnniiitntlnn Practise sora(,jlni;,-,,,,, ,.'. anil a't other ing. I know absolutely nothing of" "But you,' sir?" Miss Williams 'Oh, I see," ho returned, as If thor of Central Park. When he turned. It lowed perplexity; but the most dia- hands were busy, the one with the was at tho sound of a man's voice, and turblng of all was the connection, so other. to see a rather florid, dissipated-look- alleged at least, o Edith with, not "Once we landed," she went on, "I ing young man, with bristling waxed fairylike slipper; and to be quite exact prosaic mortal that you at once that nor glass." Lightly, her laughter flowed over the prosaically utilitarian wire. "Oh, you goosey gander," sho chirruped. "Don't you know anything about fairies at all? It was crystal when it loft my foot; but It might have been any ono of a hundred things when it reached times I doubted your right to ask, or ho paused. If the look he bent upon turned. "How am I to bo sure that oughly convinced. "And can they change the size, too, just as readily, theso twentieth century fairies? Glass slippers always stayed glass slippers when I was a boy. And their size never varied." "Your ideas wore gleaned from tho story books," sho told him, with an ef fort at gravity: "and the fairy story writers misrepresented the littlo pixy people terribly. There's really no limit to the fairies' power her held renroach. It was also rife with you represent tho loser?" and he smiled a tender sentimentality "of what was The florid man smiled. "I will tell once our world," he added. you just how the slipper came to be "I am stopping with the Vestrys," lost. Then, if you know the clrcum- sho told him. "Como anil see me. I stances under which It was found, we will tell you all I can. Why not this shall both, I maintain, have established prettier and not a bit round-shouldered, afternoon, for tea? I ask you now by our temporary right to its possession. I'd call you a human interrogation Hp, sinco you evidently didn't get my My sister and I had been nttendlng a point," he chaffed. "Now, what can written word." dance at Sherry's, where, unfortunate- I tell vou?" Surprise was In his eyes. "You y. she chanced to sprain her ankle. In mino to tell." Sho laughed again with self-satisfaction. "I'm going to ask you a question now," she announced. 'If It weren't that you are so much She moved several inches closer to wrote me, Kdith?" him, bent her lustrous dark eyes ap- TV inr-hmi VmW if trnnlil hnvn Wwpnrvl this little matter? Would the fairies B a tooth. approve of my giving the slipper back to you?" out of thc sheer, ethereal ambient of oh, I am sure they would. Other Fifth Avenue, at two o'clock in tho wso my fairy godmother wouldn't morning. have given mo your namo and ad- Sauntering, somewhat leisurely, for dress." tire night was unseasonably mild, from "And did sho do that?" his club towards his apartment, his "To be sure. How else do vou sun- "vin niarm mo" lm rriori "Am t t)calin!rlv unon him. and. with lowered liable, then, to get into trouble over volco inquired: nave you seen a i , s auveriise- ment in that, paper?" Yes; to your club." "I haven't been there," he said, "but I shall go, now, for the sake of seeing your writing once again." "And you'll come?" she pressed, a If a doubt remained, the question littlo anxiously. "And who is X Y Z?" dissipated it. he evaded. "That's what I want to know," sho told him. "I've been assigned to And out." Sho opened the capacious hand- bail our car she removed her slipper, and handed it to mo to hold. My hand, In which it rested lightly, lay loosely along the top of the lowered window, when a sudden Jolt of tho car there must have been an awkward hole In the roadway sent tho slipper flying. I wished to return for it; but on ac count of her aching ankle, she would then indistinguishable missile, ilylng "I never thought of that," ho fooled. not noin nliove, but rather on an up- "will you come hero after it? Or do ward slant from tho level into swat you wish me to bring it to you?" percussion with his broadly capacious "Probably we had better meet each cnest; wnenco u naa dropped, ngntiy other half way," she suggested. enough now, to the pavement. "Cnpilal! You shall lunch with me Holding his curiosity as to the na- to-morrow, at the Plaza, and I'll hand ture of the ohiect rigidly in chock, ho y0u tho slipper between courses." maue a nasty survey or nis surrounu ings. He had just crossed Forty-sec ond Street, noing northward; and ho had the entire block to himself. In neither direction was there a single pe destrian in sight. But, down tho ave nue, possibly half a block distant, ho saw the rear lights of what were evi dently a limousine and a taxicab rap Idly fading into tho night shadows. 'Most gladly." When sho had gone, he stood, for a moment, gazing admiringly after her. listen to no delay. I had a whim, How silly he had been to quarrel with nevertheless, to recover It; and hence her! What a world of regret it had the advertisement." she carried and, taking from it a cost him, in the last two years! no paused, and tho newspaper wo- mood one of preoccupation, ho had pose I should over have learned who small newspaper clipping; passed it to As ho was about to turn, be round man began fumbling with the eaten or been brought to a sudden stand by this had tho slipper?" him. "I imagino that in 6omo way the young newspaper woman again at her handbag. 1 11 ,1. . . ..... . . . H.i ,f. nn.tnnnt"., ..'1.1. " nil. rtl I.mi. ..t.n.xf. ttti WM, linn If V" M IV ir io uuitt;u "llii mm. mo vmun. .lm, ii 111.1 o uiu hail. .w Tho young man examined tho clip ping with Interest. It was a cable des patch from London. And it told of a bootmaker thero who had executed an odd commission for a mysterious cus tomer. Ho had removed tho heel from a small white satin slipper; had hoi- different angle, was vividly before him "You're ;i dear" wai bor annreela. lowed it out, and tnen replaced it. An no Knew, now, wnat nad neon sug- tlvn rojoinder. "And the time?" agent of tho United States Customs gested by its tiny, delicate beauty; whv "Will two o'clock bo agreeable? service nan learned tins, anil asso- tne warmin 01 us sou. lining nau "It will be delightful." elated it with an effort of which he was thrilled him. Unrcasoningly it had re- "And how shall I recognize you?" cognizant to smuggle some exception- minded him of her, of Kdith La Fon- he asked. "Will vou wear a blue rose ally valuablo diamonds through tho talne. who, he believed, had passed out watcher; when, abruptly, the door irom ch0se to ignore Its mention and eon in your hat. or" But only a deafen- Port ot .New lorn. of His llfo forever; wno was living the passage was swung wide, and two ce(lo both confesslon and pardon. ine bnzzltiir nnsworod blm. Ho waited When he looked at the young woman somewhere abroad; married, tho ru- burly men rudely invaded the room. "And Inst, tn think" she was sittinc a moment, hoping it would ceaao; and again, ne was smiling nroadiy. "Hut mor had reached mm. ho Knew, now, Without a word or explanation or ci0Sl iide him, her hand in his Kind, and you can imagine now tne in then hn called: "Hollo!" and roneatod why ask me?" was his query. "I'm too, why ho had resented that voice apology and before any one of tho oc- "that wo should both havo arrived formation terrified me. I knew then his elbow. "I Inquired at tho office for X Y Z," asked she announced. "I saw It fly from the window of For the moment he had forgotten your car," sho answered. "You had X Y Z. He had forgotten Miss Wil- not yet crossed Forty-second Street." Hams. And yet the incident of the Van Braun, listening, realized the alone, the secret custody of the famous managed to elude, Mr Reynard. slipper, regarded from an altogether cleverness of the deduction. And yet Vaurlcard red diamond, but so infam- when I left Sherry's last night you ho questioned whether the answer wa3 olls a rhamcter as "Rlllv tho nuke." can fancy my surprise and horror on so obtained. He turned sufflciently to cordiality ot her greeting tills seeing him standing close beside the door. nath to tho ro-establishment of "But why.'" asued the young man. He was turning It about in nis tneir old relations. If thero was any hands; gloatingly, it seemed to the tnIng ett t0 forgjvo i,y either, each sec her pass the slipper to tne claimant afternoon made, it seemed to him, a "You recognlzo it.' sho asked. cear pati, t0 the re-establishment of "Had he "No, he had done nothing. Bui Franklin Post, who met us at the dock his mother was in our party told us he was a notorious sharper of soma For an instant his gazo searched tho it He repeated it again and again and neither a smuggler nor a customs of- on the telephone: it had been her voice cupantH was ablo even to conjecturo back in New York on the same day. that ho would never rest until he got recessed doorways of adjacent shops again, and played a lively tattoo with fleer." that, unconsciously, ho craved. their object, the leader had flung him- xever was there for me such a moment the diamond away from me, if by any for some lurking creature upon whom the hook of the instrument; but the "Very true," sho replied, giving him "They won't give tho advertiser's Keif up0n tho young man of tho waxed or intense delight, Gram, dear, as when chance it was possible." to tlx th blame some jovial reveler, onlv answer was from the clerk in tho back smilo for smile; "but tho too of name," tho dark girl was going on. mustaches, and snatched the slipper j saw anti rp(.0irni7ed vou. at two "He wa3 waiting there alone?" perhaps but tho doorways were clear- office, downstairs, who said that his a white satin slipper is, ovon at this "They say ho is in Suito 713. Don't fr0m his surprised fingers. jy tenantiess. "party had rung off. moment, protruuing irom your coat you want to go up anu return too sup- A second or two accomplished this; The Incident annnved him more than pocket." per?" and then, ho picked up tho thing that it perplexed him. It. was all very mys- Instinctively, as it were, Van Braun's "And bo dragged Into a customs In had struck him. To his added per- torlous, to be sure; hut ho felt that, in hand clutched tho pocket In question, vestigation? I can't say that I cravo plcxity, it was a lady's slippor: a very fpito of tho woman's seeming gayety, and his manner, for tho moment at that. Perhaps I had better wait a lif ting one of white satin, and elaborately the adventure held an element of the least, appeared to reflect a sudden em- tie while longer for Miss Cinderella ornamented with seed pearls. An in- untileasant Thrnnchout it all. he had barraasraent. after all." Eplratior, rather than suspicion, caused been at a disadvantage. Clearly enough, "I fancied," his companion contin- "Possibly sho has seen the cable, and fiiiPper jnt0 his pocket, "but I'll have amaze, and then, though I craned my dently waited within sight, for 83 my hir.i to tear off a glove and thrust as Eho knew him; but ho was utterly at ued, "that you might have been the been frightened off. Why not let me to ask vou to ko along down town with neck near to breaking, you were again car turned into the avenue, I caught iiiuu ii" nciiin u.a hud iicwuij jiivi-o ji uiss lo COuCRlVO Her lUCUWl.y. muia' v i"i"i n.v . I'atii vinw mi. w oniiyv m. OIK OI Blgnt. of footwear would accommodate into over, the whole conversation, pitched He turned to her with a fresh frank- and let me take it up. I'll make Mr. ..'But wj,y? ranted the accused. The revelation. us interim, no imu iaii;ieu miKi:i as It Had neen. in tne Key Oi tne lanci- nesH. i wub luo miucr. imi wneuier A i ten mo iiib iuiy ytuvo ma be possible, the lining was distinctly fu, rang false, and, it seemed to him, fortunate or not I have yet to learn." property, so to speak." warm, a minute ago, uio supper naa sinister. o'clock this morninc. sauntering up ao: there was a woman witn mm. Customs officers!" Van Braun mur- tno avenue. If I might onlv arrest She had been hovering about the rooms mured. "And they have probably yor attention, I thought. I could not upstairs all the night. She was sup heard every word." pry out. I was dumb with jov But posed to bo a society reporter for one Tho ensuing conversation verified j10W i jjd it i fihall never know in of the dailies. I had to wait a little hia conjecture. the briefest instant I had snatched off for the Vestry's car, and meanwhile "I'm sorry, sir," was the conclusion my slipper and flung it at you, 1 saw that man and woman engaged a taxi- nf ihn nffleor who was thrusting tno t Strike VOU. saw VOU Stand Still in au. I saw mem aiuii, um u.ej cw- encased the delicate foot of its "fair Ha took nn the slipper again, and worrer. held It, almost caressingly. For the The discovery awoko in him an add!- life of him, he could not havo explained tional Intcres'.. A score of questions the feeling that swept ovor him. Ho now took the place of one, and clam- only knew that, for aome strange rea ored for answer. Who way she? Was hon, tho voice and the slipper did not she young? Was sho beautiful? Was fit. she in the limousine, or in tho taxtcab? In lils eagerness to delve to the core Why did sho throw tho slipper away? of tho mystifying problem to test it. Did sho throw It at him? Or, was its bittor or sweet Gramercy Van Braun, Btrl'.lng him an accident? Was it pos- slim, sinewy, rarely regular and pleas slble that, she had recognized him? Ing of feature, and inconspicuously Bid fcho do it in a spirit of mischief? well dressed, anticipated his appoint Did sho have sorao sorlous purpose? ment by nil of fifteen minutes. Ho Would he over learn her namo? Would had, however, taken the precaution of And so thoy multiplied, securing a table by telephone; for Ho was still propounding them as ho which, discovering tho restaurants turned the corner of Forty-fourth overflowing, and every chair in the ad Street, and noted the unmistakable Indent passages occupied by a more or ilgns of a dance at Sherry's. Ho won- ie3 Impatiently waiting lunchor, he derod whether she might havo been now congratulated himself. Jn attendance there, and going homo Since hia role was to be that of the thus early. Two cloak-wrapped figures discovered rather than of the discover were entering an electric brougham as or, he bought an oarly edition of one ic passed. of tho evening papers, at the newstand, For six months or more, Van Braun and then flung himself down on one of iad been ranching In Wyoming. Only the most conspicuously placed of the yesterday, he had dropped quietly back upholstered benches, to await tho com Into town, and not more than a hand- irif of tho puzzling, if not wholly at fill of his friends knew of his un- tract! vo, Cinderella. And, as If mag heralded return. Othorwiso ho might netlzed for his eyes' attraction, a Bmall havo boon a guest hero, himself. Ho advertisement, under tho "Lost and had returned to his old rooms, in tho Found" heading, sprang out before tho ficglna, near tho Bar Association, at daunting news headlines, and grappled tho other end of tho block, And now, attention. What ho read was U1I3: as hn entoreil them and switched on LOST. Last night, somewhere tho lights, ho drew the mysterious slip- between Sherry's and tho Ititz- ner from hia pocket, and placed It, con spicuously, atop a little pilo of books, on tho center table, in his study. While in tho act of removing his overcoat, tho sudden, sharp, roverlior- Carlton, a whito satin supper, penrl-embroldered. Findor return ing sarao to other than X V Z, Ho tel Plaza, will bo prosecuted. Van Braun read it through twlco, a glimpse of the taxicab in pursuit." whv?" ranted the accused. The revelation, eminently simple, ror a scconu or mure tmenco iay up- "What Is the charge? You surely don't awoke, nevertheless. In the lover's tween them Uramercy an Braun accuso me of stealing " mind, a score of questions; not the reached for Ldiths hand again and re- "You are accused of being a party least pressing of which was how it covered it. to an attempt to smuggle Into the came that both "Billy tho Duke" and U has made me wretched, she United States ono of the most famous MUs Williams could have learned of mourned. The stone can never be re- and valuable gems in all Europe the the Incident under theso clrcum- placed. There 3 not another like it in Vaurigard red diamond, which Is hid- stances. lhfi,,M .. , , den in tho heel of this slipper." "You won't mind telling me who was "Why didn t you speak of t, when "But. my dear man," was the an- in the car with you, will you?" he we met at the Plaza? he asked her. Rwerlntr nrotest. "I ive you my word asked, promptly. "T slipper was in my pocket, then. in tne car with mer stio repeateu, mn numau iuu sjicau ui that- Gramercy Van Braun, stepping for ward, joined the group. And it was at sight of him that the speaker hesi tated. "That sllnrer beloncs to my sister, Miss Edith La Fontaine," ho concluded, grew tense. A startled look came into boldly "Surely," ho added, "you Edith's wonderful violet eyes. She would not dare accuso her of such a took a quick breath before she spoke. In evident surprise. "Why, no one. "Then how did it happen that the fact that you threw the slippor was known to nt least two persons?" The hand that ho held all at once thing." "How how do you know that?" sho wily Mr. Keynard and sneak to you." "And you gave It to her, after that?" she cried in dismay. "You must find her again. Promise me, Gram, dear, that you will find her and recover it." "But sho no longer has it." He was smilinir, and she sat up in sudden acuto amazement "She gave it to the "Then, you mean you will get it back from him?" "No, my darling," his smile growing broader, "for tho customs people have made that impossible." She sprang up with a little cry. "Then It is safe, the diamond is safe! We may not even have to pay duty." Van Braun stood up, too. "Don't misunderstand me," ho pleaded. "I gave Miss Williams a slipper. She pave that same slipper to Reynard. The customs officer took tho old in infinite despair. "And I depended u "eynarn wio'e. " "a" a on vou." the murmured, hone uasiy. " v"' ant call of tho tolophono arrested him. and I lieu, lowering the paper to his lap, A woman's voico camo to him over sat thoughtfully staring at iiomwih. the wire: a rather light, thin voice, while tho mystery deepened. How was n sh pitched. In vain, ho made effort it possible, he asked himself, to recon- to identify It, as, interrupted only by die Cinderella's plea and this some- its own rippling laughter, it ran splr- what cryptic warning or x A . ortiv through its fancy-framed narra- Could thoy, by any possibility, be one tlve. A lady was bowing to him across Uiu corridor. "And you are waiting, now, for tho gentleman of tho initials?" "On tho contrary." ho said, "I am and same? Or was It that eacn was waning lor uio miiy ot 1110 leiopuono Tho young man looked at hor sharp With fist clenched. Van Braun cave almost gasped. emphasis to his first words. "Becauso I have seen them. Because "One more cowardly llo like that first one and then the other claimed from you, and there'll bo nothing left the slipper." of you to arrest," ho cried. "Miss La At his words the last vestige of color Fontalno's brother! Sho has but ono; fled her faco. She leaned toward him. and ho and I havo been friends from tremblingly. boyhood." Ho turned to the customs "But you didn't tell mc you didn't men. "You'll find this person's por- give it up!" trait and record at Police Headquar- "And why shouldn't I?" he ques tors. Those who know him best, I be- tioned. "Thero wn3 no way I could lievo, call him 'Billy the Duke,' He's know it was yours. A girl claimed it a confidence man, grafter, and crook over tho telephone, tho moment I in ueneral. Threo years ago ho was reached my rooms." working the transatlantic liners, and The young woman sank besldo him ho seems still engaged in o K'n o. ... . , "'" nn.i.,,1 It wntn't vnnr RUnnnr" Tho accused olierod no iieienso. no - iiiey were lonowing in a uixicuii. 1 simply summoned I1I3 valet and re- had no Idea thoy would see. It is clear Tho girl stood as one stricken to quested that hlB hat, coat and walking new why they gave up tho chase. And stone, motionless and silent, with lips stick be brought to him. Miss Wil- I felt all along that your presence slightly parted. And from an inner Hams, nioanwhllo, was making rapid thoro at tho moment was providential." pocket of his coat Van Braun, laugh- notes'on a roll nf copy paper sho had His Interest, already ulert, still fur- ing uow, drew forth the tiny, datnty extracted from her handbag. The of- ther quickened. thing that had made a bruise over his Ilcors woro thanking Van Braun. "You know of them? Doth of them?" breast bono. When, a fow minutes later, tlmt gen- "Oh yes. yes, I met him on tho boat -fiivo un this!" ho cried, raising it tloman entered tho elevator, .mips wit- mming over, nu au manning 10 inc. t0 i,S ,,s, -xot while there was a llnms, hastily pursuing, became his fel- Wo all likod hlra immensely. It was single chanco left that it belonged to low passongor. In splto of a seeming terribly indiscreet. I sen It now, but tno onH. Rri j ever know with a foot .... i i nAin nnocooalnn nf n Portllln Mica fMn ilnrnll n tIir Wflfl 'This is Clnnoroiia flpeaiunK. n uiinuavuwun .... - ioqbo y wruiipoa piiiintT iroi i nin imh'k- was so ho sul ler T was introduced, that which belonged only to one? And, to provo her claim to tho si pper. an. , R , , .',A(l "Flvint from a ball, at Sherry's, oh, in either event, what was there about Incidentally, bo my guest nt luncheon , , c , , , long long unha) p lly long after mU' a slipper, extraordinary In neither ma- The look he gave her was significant, J,, ' ftl.llBt or aoolll,nB?.. nigh. my Srt'al slipper was sped terlal nor making, to excite so much but he Ignore,! M n " do htwlf ly, again. No, that phrase could hardly outward composure, ho noted that sho ho seemed to rem! my anxiety, and I 8Iaii enough to fit It." bo just a coincidence. was very pale "o'heet nr'lm If, o ".Jrd.w And then his arms w "It's turned out a crack nc good In tho heel of my supper. After that ,, ,,, ii,i ,m . "Very well," lie said, drawing the a "f. ' VuVred. ''but there are a he rarely left ,e. He said he would " .1 i. mil fftf nnii rnvfiiiiiiH iukuiu. hrm 7 hVopo " indow of my BoWo5 Ho was s ill immersed In tho grow- suggested iiiruiihu no "i"-" v" " . , itr cac es of tho nrob em. when a "No," 1 rlou" vehlclo Vmid once into hand laid lightly on his arm arrested "On the contrary, you have morel;- ex- ho returned enigmatically. eyes nhono, "Oh, dandy!" she exclaimed. Together the:: toc. 'm elevator to .'ere about her, Hchtlv Vinlil story." she declared, "but there are a ne n ire y w . 110 sain wo rn , , i(- her , , 8,l0U,aert 1 np .lAiAlln ntlll tn t -k n anmil 1 Tl lit IT1 V 111' 1 1 III I 1 1 1 I . 1 IlMRfl Illlll Mavlm you Tan toll me whore I nw when It came to getting by the cus- , "But tho othei- she murmured be find Miss La Fontaine." toms men, who had a wayot knowing weon his UiBses, "where did you get m. 1 1 1. n iu.ii. oi.nii tho other? I no young man regnrucu ner iui m.i.. -an Interest that was the reverse of Van Braun interrupted hor. "Vjp friendly. "If I were you," he said, his were trying to evado paying dtityr accents measured, "I'd let well enough "No, no. Don't you soe? A ad tat aloue, So long as I don't bother about how can you? It was a tho other?" "Ono of a pair I bought the first thing this morning. You see I novef did quite trust tho girl whose voice I heard ovor the telophone."