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Love in a Lift.
I
SKI,EOT Kl).
Concluded /rotn last week.
Would you have known me again,"
she asked Aiith an innocent air, which
became her wonderfully.
"1 should have known you any
where," was his fervent answer.
e( How crowded the Park is this
afternoon" remarked the lady, chang
ing the subject abruptly."
"Isn't it wonderful where all the
..
And such queer
people come from?
looking people some of them are!
«l ust look at that woman in a pink
bonnet and a yellow gown!"
"May 1 call uyon you, Mrs. Orms
kirk'" ho asked, when they had talked
ab out mutual acquantances, criticised
the passers by and chatted amicably,
after the manner of friends who meet
after si long interval of absence.
"Of course you may, I live at Meg
atherium Mansions when 1 am in town.
You will generally find me at home
about 4 o'clock.". And with another
of her sunny smiles Mrs. Ormskirk |
drove on.
Major Bourchier saw a good deal of
Mrs. Ormskirk during the next few
weeks. On sonic pretext or other he
managed to drop in nearly every day
at Megatherium Mansions.
The luxurious suit of rooms occupied
by the fair widow was on the seventh
floor of the huge block of buildings,
consequently they were readied by
that useful modern conveyance a lift.
Bourchier soon cherished quite a senti
mental fueling of affection for the eosey
little cage which carried him so easily
and rapidly upward to the dwelling
of his chraming llos die, and had he
been of a poetical turn he would have
certainly penned a sonnet in its praise.
was resolved to try his lnck
again, and in spite of the fair widow's
occasional fits of caprice, he believed
his chances of success were considera
bly better than t thev were ten years
ato. The worst of it was that Mrs.
(lrmskirk bad at least half a dozen
■Retendants and the names of her ad
mirers were Legion.
^ " l h ,, . i o l ii i»«-WiBroften mortified to find
that the attentions of one or the other
of this band of aspirants seemed more
acceptable to the little coquette than
bis own More than once he was
tempted to risk everything on a single
cast of the line, and ask her boldly if
she would marry him. But more pru
dent counsels prevailed and be resolved
to abide bis time. Precipitancy might
ruin everything. A woman, lie argued,
is seldom won by a coup de main.
One evening, nearly two months
after the meeting in the Park, Mrs.
Ormskirk was present at a fancy dress
ball given by Lady Kthclinda Rosier,
a sister of the most distinguished of
the fair widow's suiters. It was the
first entertainment of the kind at
which tin; latter had appeared since
her husband's death. Lady Ktlielinda
made so great a point of the matter
that sin; wrote a charming little note,
begging dear Mrs. Ormskirk to break
through her rule. Her ladyship, it
niav lie hint'd, was extremely anxious
He
!
to bring about a match between her
broth r
.1 osiali
and
Ormskirk's
thousands, the llnekminister revenues
not being exactly in a flourishing
dition.
COII
Boiirobier also recieved a card of in
vitation; and lie bad the mortification
of witnessing the very marked atten
tions with apparent satisfaction, lie
watched the pair with silent wrath.
The green-eyed
had
fall
monster
dominion over
Kthelinda's guests lie
1111 sTalile. The brilliant si
him, and of all Ladv
tiie most
tie, the
music, the
gay crowd were like dust
and ashes between his teeth.
He i
as about to quit the ball room
in
dis gust wlien, :i
ill a nrevums occasion
fron
e.ves, which seemed to
I n a moment he relent
he eiiignt a
beautiful brown
bid him Slav.
gl nice
Rosalie's
cd ..nd went up to her.
Alia was standing with Lord Ruck
minister and one or two
near one of the long wind'
Bourchier asked for a dance, which
was graciously accorded to him, but
when the longed-for time came round
he sought in vain for tha graceful
figure dressed in pink us a Watteau
other men
vs.
shepherdess. Just as the last chords
of the waltz were dying away he caught
sight of her emerging from a distant
conservatory on Itoekminster's arm.
Bouchier went straight up to the pair.
"The last was our dance I think,
Mas. Ormskirk," he said in a voice
that struggled to be calm, but only
succeded in being reproachful.
There was a flush on lloslie's cheek,
and a subdued sparkle in her eyes as
she answered:
"1 am so sorry Major Bourchier.
And now," she added quickly, "1
am going to ask you to give me your
arm to my carriage. 1 am tired, and
want to go home."
Lord Rockmiuster frowned, and
murmured a few words into her ear
which Rouchier could not catch; but
Mrs Ormskirk's silvery tones were so
clear that, he could not avoid hearing
her reply:
"Yes, to-morrow."
Then she dropped Lord Rock
minster's arm and took Bourchier's
I with a slight air of embarrassment.
"You are leaving early, Mrs. Orms
kirk," he said coldly.
"Yes, I am tired," she, replied
briefly. "Let us make our way down
stairs at once."
But when Mrs. Ormskirk's carriage
drove up a slight contretemps occured.
The footman proved to be in a state
of hopeless intoxication. Bourchier
a; once informed Rosalie of the state
|
of affairs, adding that it would be
better to dispense with his services
altogether.
"It is really too provokin
she said.
"Major Bourchier, I must ask you to
drive home with me. I am in a most
pi
laughable predicament. Do you
understand how to work a lift?"
Bourchier started, and then hesitated
a moment.
"Yes,I think so."
'That is fortunate, she said in a re
tone.
lieved
Megatherium
Mansions the liftman is often not to
At
he found so late as this, and I generally
depend on my own servant. I am too
nervous to work the thing myself
Bourchier was naturally overjoyed to
daher this trifling service, and he felt
that the tele-a- tele drive to Megath
erium Msnsions would almost indem
nify him for the loss of that coveted
waltz. He seated himself with alacrity
in the widow's cosy brougham, and
they were driven off rapidly—too rap
idly he thought —to their destination.
As Mrs. Ormskirk had surmised, the
liftman was nowhere to he found; the
night-porter, who could not leave his
post being the only creature about at
that hour.
"1 must ask you to escort me to the
seventh floor'" said Rosalie, smiling
as she seated herself in the lift,
small lamp lighted the machine, and
shown down on her quodree head,
piquante face and radiant eyes.
"The ball was a dismal failure—
wasn't it?" she said, looking up at him
as he worked the ropes.
"Yes—n no, not altogether,
answered, losing his head somewhat.
"It would have been the happiest
evening of my life, if—" He stopped,
and fixed his eyes on her face.
"Yes. Major Bourchier?" she quer
ied, softly; "if what?"
"If you had not cheated me out of
my waltz, Rosalie," he burst out im
pulsively.
Mrs. Ormskirk bluehed and finger
ed her fan nervously.
"Oh, Rosalie! he said, dropping the
rope and seating himself at her side,
"why will von play with mu like ? You
know that 1 love you. You know 1 have
loved you for years!" lie had seized
one of her small bands and pressed it
! to his lip s before she could withdraw it
He bad forgotten all about the d inger
of precipitancy. "Rosalie, listen to
me!" ,
"Not now—not here!" she interrup
ted, with a touch of her old coquetry.
"Fancy any one having the liai dihood
to make a declaration of love—in a
lift! And you used to be so—so roman
tic.''
A
be
i
"What does it matter where or when
one speaks if the love he genuine !
I love you truly, Rosalie, and i have
been very patient ; but I could not bear
to sec that idiot Rockminster—"
Major Bourchier, I cannot allow
you to speak in that way of one who
may one day be my husband."
"Your husband!"
"Lord Rockminster proposed to me
this evening," she said, dropping her
eyes.
o
"And you accepted him?"
"Well not exactly!" she replied,
with a malin : but I may, I have not
given him his answer yet. T shall to
morrow.''
This, then, was what she meant when
she spoke those two words to Rock
minster^ Bourchier's face turned red
with anger.
"Rosalie," he said hotly, "you are a
heartless coquette! 1 have done with
you forever."
"I am indeed sorry you should think
so badlyof me, Major Bourchier. "But'»
she added, with the lighest touch of
sarcasm, "that is no reason why you
should keep me a prisoner to tell me
so. The lift is at a standstill."
It was true. In his eagerness Bour
chier had dropped the rope and the lift
was stationary.
"I won't keep you
ment longer than 1 can help, Mrs.
Ormskirk,
a prisoner a mo
be said, jumping up. He
pulled the rope vigorously, but the lift
did not move.
"Don't you understand the mechan
ism?" cried Rosalie, in sudden alarm.
"Yes, of course," he retorted, a trifle
irritably : but—but there seems some
thing wrong with it.
Mrs. Ormskirk sprang to her feet
with a little scream of terror.
"Oh, Major Bourchier, we shall be
There is
something wrong with the lift! \Ve
may be dashed to pieces—the thing
may fall—or—or something,
what will become of us!" she went on
bursting into tears,
you save me Vincent!"
She clung to him in terror.
"Don't be frightened, dearest," lie
said, trying to speak cheerfully: "it
may not be so serious »,« you think.
Do you not know if thi^,k>Ȇ hydraulic
lift? If so the stoppage .nay be caused
by the failure of the water."
"I don't know—I don't know what
a hydraulic lift is," moaned Rosalie,
sobbing. "Such a thing has
happened before. "Oh Vincent, can't ;
—can't you save me?"
"Would to Heaven I could? 1 would
die for you gladly."
"I don't know about dying for
she sobbed out, "but there seems a I
very good chance of your dying with
me."
»»
killed, 1 know we shall.
Oh,
'Can't—can't
never j
:
me,
,,r 1 ,. ,, • . .. I
"I don t think things are quite so j
bad as that, Rosalie."
"How do you know? Why any min
ute we may be dashed to pieces ! I
have heard of such things."
His arm was still round her waist : i
in terror she did not seem to notice it. I
At least she made no attempt to
withdraw herself from his embrace.
Life seems all tile more entrancing j
, of course,,' lie ventured to say,
You i
now
trying not to speak bitterly,
were always ambitious, Rosalie, and a '
a peeress—"
' '»\ ho told you I was going to be a
peeress?" she retorted with spirit.
you are going to take advantage of the j
position to—to Ini/h/ me—.
"Mv doling, such an idea never
crossed my brain. 1 love you far too
well," interupted Bourchier, with bis
lips close toiler pretty
tatiou was irresistible,
velvet cheek once, twice,
she did not attempt to remove her
fresh rosy lips,
me?"
If
:
The temp
lie kissed her
and then as
ear.
,
. . I
Sue was silent save fora .slight
a» I , .1 . • 1 ». I
d her breath, that might
have been either a sigh or a sob.
• Rosalie do you love
catching
"4 ou will not marry Rockminster,
will you ! you will marry me," he went
on passionately,
as 1 do, Rosalie,
loved you for ten long years."
"Is that true!" she whispered in her
most musical tones.
No one loves you :
Think of it : 1 have
"I swear it.
Rosalie?"
Will you marry me,
Concluded
Fifth Jilli/C.
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