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THE ROCK ISLAXTj ARGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 8, 1913.
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Dfr you ever read a sfory in
-'hich humor of the finest and
,most dehci jus sort played the
''leading part ? Did you ever
tackle a tale which made you
gasp bv the originality of its
idea' Did you ever meet some
vtterty trnpasxible persons who
.never lived anil never could have
lived and whom you might meet j
any day of your life? j
They're here, right here in this j
story. j'hey have the most im- I
jtosstbe utlxrntures and get into
the mrtf impossible situations,
Junt cik you or i minht any day j
tf the :
Urjv mre set just right
'urthvrmnre, they are
very i r.ti rtutntn people, and (
they hold the interest from first
word to finis.
My Friend Wgcmn Is Introduced.
liI.Ll Hi ll.irtie.v Wiggins at I
I I l.t re :i i.il 'I or loise on u even-
jj. jt. in -toi.cr ejof very long ago. I
it 11 ii be well li eipluin I hut the 1
lime jiihI Tortoise is the uniiiilest and j
lXiost select of eh:tr. whose windows j
SfToid ii pic;o!'ii! view of tinuiiercy I
'pii r It 'J lie ciiib iso;niu:-itiveiy young,
nd it Is our joke I mi r we ure ho far all
toi toisex, deeping tliroi'irh nnr several
jiroieK-oiiii-. without ti il troiii any hare,
il listen to eipluin i Lint I urn a chim
ney (1 " tor V iL-giii4 is a lawyer; at
leiixt I lM e sc.-1 1 lii tin me tu a Ih-t of
igriidujite of the Harvard Ijiw school,
iSlid he tinw an otln e duwtitowu. wl.ere
1 have s" iisiou.i:iv found littr sedately
playing solitaire while lie tmtieii for
ouie one to dike t'lm mit to luncheon
He Kpenils his siiiiiuiein on a South
TmUoin run' ti. Ir.Mo woe ! i he derives a
Considerable mi otue
Wiggins in ho iittuete. and his suui
Wms hi the west Hint peptent train
ing diirlnu' the winter keep film tu fine
condition As I faceit nim tonight In
our tuvonle corner of the Hare nnd
tortoise dining ronni the pliysicul iuiid '
"wiiii fit enotiirl). but I saw ut once tlist :
be whs glum and riipiriteJ He hud :
through inuuy years honorei) me with '
ihls rontldeiice. nnd I fe't Hint tonight I
after we got well started I should bear
v.lii,t wiib tin di iiiiuil Doped to
Cheer him with the story of a visit 1
had by ctmiiie palil thnt afteruoon to
the Asolando tea room. for. tliousb Wig
gins is a most prncticii! iei-Mu. 1 Im
agined t lilt t lie wou.d lie diverted by
'biv Uescrlj'tlou of a place which. 1 felt
At My Expense.
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Provn In Hundreds
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vtni solecutle vesiawot fnr Koosi, SL
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rvvi iu ua er oaune lo laSomi In
H ti oonblnetioa trwMsas&i easy to ass ta
rOiroQ )- or t KMr.. liUoaeio4
o Q-Cs ui ivUvre tae aadcrlaf. wtoiofcTu do
lmcM tauBc!iiAJr. but w Cak e aoeuiets
UttUia eure t 5rrin evt of tit btuoa Hat
Pr.onou IC vrstcs Mum !1 ep t,ims.
saI t&A aj trmtat eoavliMe
soa tliM i imi vo Lavs UmlJ i owe iSM I est
l.lle o scud s Urge croct iruetBMOU ebenlais.
If tree of ebkiM r obilceatoa o say saflecvt
wee "in end thur naase tr.d vMnM cm b
eruoon bolow. If yoe are SAbadsdl knew yoa
vUl wall uUre.
Dont Send Money
tresed te send everr reedar ef lb la
a'rir"Wl.i t! twt tNetoiAA tree
b.f- e V.-Ha aae letter. I win eaoe. tae
etiSMitkejMos(Se&Cf ot eoeS o Tuu.
PiAAavx' wltnoct eost or obllcaties to sae
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Copyrirht. Wit. by Meredith Nkbolsea
mire, nothing con Id tempt him to visit.
1 shall never forget the took he gave
roe when 1 remarked at about his third
spoonful or soup:
"Hy the way. 1 dropped Into an odd
place thin afternoon Burse-Jones bans.
KossetO macaroons and ail that sort of
Uiiug. They call tt the Aaoiando"
i wan ambling on. expecting to
sharpen his curiosity gradually as I re
cited the Joys of the tea room, but at
Awijnnrio til spoon dropped, and be
stared at ine blankly. It abould be
known that Wiggins Is sot a man
whose composure is ligbtfy shaken.
"The Aaoiando," I repeated, to break
the bpell of bis blank stare. "Know
He recovered In a moment, but he
nie qutalclI,y before reply.
"Of course I bare heard of the A so
la uio. hnt i thought yon dldnt go In
for tliat sort of thing. Ifa a trifle girl
ihb. you know."
"That's hardly againxt it! I found
tie glrlistinesH altopetber attractive."
"You always were tolerably suscep
tible, but iirnlied hutterflles and moth
""K"' sour!!- Mfm to me rather pale
twin In your vigorous 1
hnve discriminated In
your rivor I saw no such things
though t I Mirv I was afraid to quib
ble ovpr tdf niilrrKHs' sutfestions. May
1 esk vvhrri ymi were there?"
'Oh. I dropped In quite accidentnlly j
one day iht Kprin 1 saw t!ie sicn
sul remembered that somebody had
upoken of the place, and I was tired.
snt tt whs a long way to the club. ; a
)KS!niu!nflor not an srt ss Wig
gins attem; t to practice It at times
He Is by n iture the rnon straightfor
ward of ri;riMlK. it was cleur that he
us wuhlioKliri something, and 1 re
solved to get to the bottom of It.
"I don't mink th Asolando is a place
thHt wou.d at'iact either of ns. and
yet the viands are good ns such stuff
goes, and the gentie handmaidens are
restful to the eye I'ippa. l-'runctbca.
Lflorui and the rest of "em."
Wigg'n-. pried open his artichoke
.!U t!ie care i f a botanist. He had
r g iinetl lr.- oiniMKUic. but I saw that
tl.e SUli le. t lliti ! -ted l.illl
"Vimi tteie these 1 1 l at leriKHin ?" he
MVes. my first and only appearance."
"At:d tins is Monday "
"The calendar has said It"
"So you settled your bill with Plppa!
1 lielieve t lis was her day. She makes
the change on
and l-rlday. Her eyelashes are a tririe
too long for the world's peace
"I dare suy. I haven't your charming
Ames, of picking up acquaint
ances. so yon mustn't es)ect me to
form lifelong friendship with young
women at nisli desks. I suppose it
didn't occur lo yon that tnose young
women who tend tiil and serve tbe
tables in there are persons of educa
tion and inie Tbe Akwlando Is nut a
common hashery. There's not a girl In
that plai-e who bssn't a social position
as good as yours or nilse. The A so
lo ndo's a kind of fad.
Ames: It's not a tavern
meaning of the knkeepers' set. where
common swine are fed for profit. The
servants serve for love ef tbe cause;
It'a a sort of cult"
Wiggins excused himself shortly,
and I bad a glimpse of him later. In
the writing room, engaged open let
ters, a fact In Itself disquieting, for
Wiggins never wrote letters, snd It
waa he who bad favored making tbe
Hare and Tortoise vrrtTtnf room Into
a den for pipe smokers. The eptsealary
habit, be maintained, waa one that
should be discourags.
I waa moodily torolng over the even
ing newspaper when Jewett tinted op.
Jewett alwaya knows everything. He
dropped tbe bail fate the green of my
Immediate Interest with a neat ap
"Toe bad abovt ed- Wlggy," he re
tDarfced. with bis pratadtag sigh.
"What tie -matter wfta tVTgslasr
"a! Be beseT lob yen TbeM
be told yoe eewsBirqg.'
This waa wiennt for atteger, nnd I
felt the Ute oX tt
"Yon do tn too ttaMk hosier. Wig
gins is not a asm eo throw aroaDd his
"AjDd I rather fsstey that his love
affairs tn partWnlar are lecked ta hla
Jewett was a maatar er tbe art of
saairestloD. Be toek at wiaeeeesarlly
long time to urtt a dear ae tkat his
worc!s mlgbt atnk dees late my con
actoasoess. "Saw her eeoe last epriat Oot a
aiht draft from the Beak of Ere.
Followed her ex fees the BraifJtvdlsoas
"But Wlggy hasnt been abroad.
Wlggy was oa bis Daketa ranch ail
sain no sr. Ho's ail tassel from the son.
Just as be la every fall." I persisted,
"NY rots you from rot tbara, did hsl
Sent you picture postals a bowleg him
herding bis cattle or whatever tba f
beasts are? Kept tn touch with yon all !
the time, did bt? I ie.1 you bis tine
color Is due to t? wit reels Ed. not
"Wlrrtns isn't a letter writer nor the
sort of person who wants to pPr your
house with plctnre pstala His not
nui Cfia t uwm that 6s ws.a't ua
Ms rune," I replied, annoyed by Jew
etf a manner.
"Never dropped yon before, though.
I wager," he chirruped. "I tell you
ne aaw miss ueciua tiotuster at me
solando teoshop. just a glimpse, but i
almost Immediately be went abroad In ;
pursuit of her. The cberaller tbafs
her Aunt OctaTia was along arid an
other niece. My sister saw the bunch
of them in Genera, where the chevalier
was breaking records. A whole troop
of suitors followed tbera everywhere.
My sinter knows the girl Cecilia and
sbe's known Wlggy all ber life. She's
utt home and told me about It last
night Shs thinks the chevalier has
some absurd scheme for marrying off
the girl. Ifs all very queer, our Wlggy
being mixed up tn It-"
"Dont be absurd. Jewett There's
nothing unusual tn a man being In love.
Thar one fas bios that doesn't change
uca. 1 vesture to say that Wiggins
will prove a formldHble suitor. Wig
gins in a gentleman, and the girl would
be Kicky to get htm."
"Quito right, my dear Ames; but.
alas, there are others. The competi
tion Is encouraged by tbe aout. the
veteran chevalier. My sister says tbe
chevalier seems n favor jheult of a
Nebraska philosopher" who rejolcea "fn
the melodious nam of Dick."
Jewett waa playing me for all his
story was worth aud enjoying himself
"For heaven's sake, go onf
"Nice girl, this Cecilia. Ton know
tbe Hollisters oodles of money In the
family. The chevalier's father scored
big In baby buggies responsible for
tbe modern sleep Inducing perambu
lators; sold out to a trust Tbe fa
ther of Wiggins' Inamorata had started
In to be a marine painter. A founder
of this clnb. come to think of It but
dropped out long ago. Yon have heard
of him Bassford Holllster. Funnr
thing his having to give op art Great
gifts for the marine, but never could
overcome tendency to seasickness.
Uouest! Every time he painted a
wave It upset him horribly. The doc
tors couldn't help him. Next tried his
baud at tbe lii jrulches downtown.
There was a chance there to hit off
the metropolitan skyline nnd become
inimortiil bv doing it hrst. but a new
btiildiiiirs ui:ide I.
Doing the high :
m dizzv: Honest'. !
He was good. too. anil would have
ninde n place, but he had to cut it nut
He was so torn up over his two failures
thnt he blew In his share of the per-
ojliiiliitor money in riotous living
Lost his wife into the Imrgnin and has
settled down to a peaceful life up in
Westchester county in one of these
cute little buugalows the real estate
operators build for you if you pay a
dollar dowo for a picture of an acre ;
"And tbe daughter?"
"Well. Ilassford Ho'lister h:is two !
daughters. It's the older one that has '
stolen Wiggins' heart away. She's
C'enlia. you know. Very literary and
that sort ot thine, and pushed tea Mild I
cookies at the Asolando when that j
iiiini y was opened Wiggins saw her j
there lnt spring. Miss llollister. the j
aunt, whom I'm fond of calling the
ctievuiier. picked up ii-r nieces about j
tlmt time and t:iulel them i'ff to Ku-
rope, anil Wiggin- s-aii:pered after
them. I dont know what triev did to;
Wiggy. but you see imw he ait. 1
rather imagine thai the chevalier didn't
smiie on his suit Sues a holy terror.
that woman, with an international rep
utation for doing weird and most un
accountable things She draws a sort
of royalty on all the baby buggies io
creation. It amounts to a birth tax
In contravention of the free guarantees
of the constitution The people will j
rise against it some day. . j
"She's plausible enough, but she's the 1
past mistress of ulterior motive. She
got Further, the mural painter, up to ;
a plure she used to nave at Newport u
few years ago. ostensibly to do a friez? j
or something, and she made him teach !
ber to Kre a gun. tou know Former,
i with bis artistic ideals! And be didn't i
! koow any more about guns than a tleu 1
It was droll, decidedly droll. Hut sue
kept bim there a uiouth wouidu't let
him off the reservation: but she paid
bint bis fee Just the same, though he
never painted a stroke. When he got
back to town be was a wreck, it was
Just like being In Jail 1 warn you to
let ber alone, if you should undertake
to Bx her Hues she's likely to put you
to work digging potatoes. She's no end
of a case."
"Well. Wiggins Is a good fellow, one
of the very best." 1 remarked, as I ab
sorbed these revelations, "and it isn't
the girl's aunt be wants to marry."
"There's no telling where this affair
may lead Wiggins. There's something
queer la tbe wind, sll right. The chev
alier has brother Bassford where be
can't whimper. 1 rather fancy he feeds
from ber band. Bis girls bsven't any
prospects except through the chevalier
Nice girls, so I'm told. Miss Cecilia
HelUster Is living with ber aunt."
"And the other sister where does
she come tnr"
"Not Important I fancy. Rumor Is
silent teaching her. In fact I've nev
er beard anything of ber. But this
Cecilia la bo end handsome and proud.
Poor old Wlggy r
I waa already ashamed of myself
tor sawing encouraged Jewett to dis
ease Wlggios' affairs, and waa about
to leave him. when be snorted In a
disagreeable way be bad at some Joke
that bad occurred to him
-1 knew there was something." he
eld, -aboat Mlsa Cecilia's younger
lter. as I've Just recalled It Tbs
gtrl has a aooet ertraordlDsry name,
quite tbe moat remarkable you ever
beard. Heseklab: Bang'. That's the
Mttle slstera name Bassford Holllster
bad been saving that nme for a son.
who never appeared, to da honor to
old Besekish, the perambulator chap.
So they named the glri for her grand
HE WA.3 VERY CARELESS.
Xever broihed his ccai. Carried
a- around a grrat lot cf dandruff with
( c:ro. JEt any a mem torn mm or
1 h drlnr (t,ul lu Th.B Uj-ld Now
. c;s ,.iran anj iieait'uT. So dan-
1 drurr. S'o falllcj l-ii!r. No dacs-sr of
' itaUI Ue Lils. cithac-
I left Mm and learned at the office
that Wiggins bad. within half an
hour, left the club hurriedly in a cab,
taking a trunk with him He bad
mentioned no mall address to the
clerk, and this was Tery unlike Wig
I na o
The Beginning of My Adventure.
1GU1N8' strange conduct and
Jswett's dark hints so dis
turbed mo that the very
next afternoon 1 again
sought the Asolando tea room, feeling
that In its atmosphere 1 might best
weigh the few facts I possessed touch
ing my friend's love affairs.
Those who care for details In these
matters may be interested to know
that the Asolando ia tacked away
among print shops nnd exctaslve haber
dashers, a stone's throw from Fifth
avenue. The Asolando tea room la
sacred to wooers of the flute of Pan,
secession photographers and confident
believers in an early revival of the
poetic drama. There is about the little
room a suggestion of tranquillity, of
charming cloistral peace, with Its arts
and crafts cbalrs and tabiea. Its racks
ef bootaOtf Twrffalls "ofBrownIbg.
Boseetd, Bume-Jones and kindred sylr
lts. I chose a table, aat down and sug
gested (one does not order at tbe Aso
lando) a few articles from the card an
attendant handed me.
"We're out of the Paracelsus ginger
cookies," sbe replied, "but I recom
mend a Ruskln sandwich with our
own special chocolate. The whipped
cream is unusually fine today."
Sbe eyed me with a severity to which
I was not accustomed, and I acquiesced
without parley In her suggestion. Be
fore leaving me she placed on my ta
ble tbe latest minor poet In green and
It was nearly 3 o'clock, and I was
alone in the Asolanda. Tbe attending
deities in their snowy gowns had van
ished behind the screen at the rear of
tbe room. The food and drink with
which I had been promptly served
proved excellent. Even the minor poet
In green and gold had held my atten
tion, though imitations of Coventry
Patmore's odes bore me as a rule.
ear me sireei. nan conceaiea nenina
8 uiosipielike grill, sat the cashier.
reading. A bundle of Joss sticks In a
green ar beside this young woman
sent u thin smoke Into the air. Her
j head was bent above her book iu quiet
i attentiou. The light from un electric
) lamp made a glow of her golden hair.
She was an incident of the general
j picture, a part of n scene that contnln
! ed no jarring note. A man who could
' devise, in the heart of the great city,
a place so instinct with repose so lull
'. Ing to all the senses was tiot less than
; a public liencfactor.
It was at this moment that the ad
i veuture for It shall have no meaner
name actually begun. Aiy eyes were
"1 beg your pardon, but this seems to
be the eeventh table."
still enjoying the Kossettiltke vision in
the cashier's tiny booth when a figure
suddenly darkened the street door Just
beyond ber. Tbe girl lifted ber bead.
On tbe Instant the lamp key clicked
aa she extinguished ber light, and the
aureoled bead ceased to be. And com
ing toward me down the shop I beheld
a lady, a lady of years, who passed
the cashier's desk with ber eyes In
tent upon tbe room's Inner recesses.
Her gown, of a new fashionable gray,
was of the severest tailor cut. Her
bat was a modified fedora, gray like
the gown, and adorned with a single
gray feather. Sbe waa short, slight
erect, and moved with a quick bird
like motion, pausing and glancing at
tbe vacant tables that lay between
me and the door. She appeared to be
engaged In a calculation of some sort,
and sbe raised a lorgnette to assist her
In counting the tables. The cashier
passed behind her unseen and vanish
ed. I heard tbe newcomer reciting:
"One, two, three, four. Ave, six, sev
en." And at seven ber eyes rested
upon me with a look that mingled sur- :
prise and annoyance. She took a step j
1 to" and I started to rise, but
h, mm iA n-iffil-l
"I begVonr pardon, but this seem,
"Now that yon call my attention
It " T Mm1iul Mlnln. .
.7, VZJ r . " '- "
ot tn the least Oa tbe other band.
1 I beg tbat yon remain where yon
! are." And without farther ado sba
sank Into a chair opposite my own
I tinkled a tiny crystal bell that was
; among the table furnishings, and a
waitress appeared and tnnded the lady.
who had tbua Introduced herself to
my acquaintance, a copy of the tiny
card on which the articles of refreah
: nient offered by the Asolando were
Indicated within a border of hand
pnlnted Held ti;i ::!,,
'.Neier ui.ud that,'' auid tLe iadj la
gray, ignoring the card "Yon may
bring me a caviar snndwicb and a
cocktail, a pink one. provided pro
vided" and sbe held the waitress
with her eye "you hnve the lniorted
caviar and your barkeeper knows the
proper frappe of tbe spirit lifter 1 have
"Pardon me. madam." replied the
waitress Idly, "but you have mistaken
tbe place. Tbe Asolando serves noth
ing stronger than tbe pure water of
Its own fount of CasUUa. Intoxicants
are not permitted here."
Tntoxicantsr repeated the old lady
with asperity. "Do I look like a per
son given to intoxication? I dare say
your Castalla water Is nothing bat Cro
ton whose flavor has been destroyed
by distillation. Tou may bring me
the sandwlcb I have mentioned and
with It a pot of tea. Tee. thank yon;
lemon with the tea."
As the girl vanished with the light
tread that marked the service of tbe
place I again made aa to rise, bnt tbe
old lady lifted ber band with a delay
"Pray remain. It Is not nnllkely
that we have friends and Ideas in com
mon, and as you were seated at the
eeventh table It la possible that some
ordering of fate baa brought ns to
gether." She took from me In the hand which
she had now ungloved the copy of my
minor poet, glanced at tt scornfully and
tossed it trpon the floor with every
mark of disdain.
"What aperies of mental disorder
does this place represent?" she de
manded. "It is sacred to the fine arts appar
ently; an endowed tea room where per
sons of artistic Ideals may come to re
fresh body and soul. Such at least
aeems to be the program. This Is only
my second visit, but I have long heard
it spoken of by artists, poets and oth
ers of my friends."
"I am sixty-two years old. young
man. snd I beg to Inform you that I
consider the Asolando tbe most pre
posterous thing I have ever heard of
in this most preposterous city. And
from a casual glimpse of you I feel
Justified in saying that a man in your
apparent physical health might be in
better business than frequenting in
midafterrtoon a shop thnt seems to be
a remarkably stupid expression of
twentieth century anaemia."
"Attendance here Is not compulsory,"
I remarked defensively.
"If you imply thnt I must have
sought the place voluntarily let me cor
rect your false impression immediately..
I dropped In here for the excellent rea
son that this shop Is the seventh In nu
merical progression from Fifth aven
nue." "Yon were not guided by any feeling
I of Interest, then, but rather by super
"That remark is unworthy of a man
of your apparent intelligence. I was
born on the 7th of November, and nil
the great events of my life have oc
curred on the "tb of tbe month."
I was relieved to find that she ac
cepted the tea and sandwiches the
waitress bad brought without parley.
!t Is with shame 1 confess that In the
first moments of my encounter I be
lieved her capable of quarreling with
a waitress, but she tbuuked tbe girl
pleasantly, lifting her bead with n
smile that Illumined her face attrac
tively. Her demand for a cocktail bad
not been wholly convincing as to her
sincerity, and I wondered whether she
were not playing a part of some kind.
She suggested pleasant and wholesome
In any event the Impression was
wholly agreeable. I bad to do with
a lady and a lady of no mean degree.
The marks of breeding were upon her.
and she spoke with that quiet author
ity that Is tbe despair of the vain and
vulgar. Her features were small and
delicate, her rlnpless bands were per
fectly formed nnd both face and bands
belted the age to which she had so
frankly confessed She whs more than
twice my age. nnd there was not the
slightest reason why sbe should not
address me if It pleased her to do so.
and her obsession as to the potency of
the numeral seven was not in Itself
proof of an III balanced mlud. Musing
thus. I reached the conclusion that
this encounter was very likely the sort
of thing that happened to patrons of
the Asolando. My time has. however.
I a certain value, and I began to won
der Just how I should escape. I was
about to excuse myself when my com
panion suddenly put down her cup
and addressed me wltb a directness
that seemed habitual tn ber.
"I have formed an excellent opinion
of your bringing np from the manner
In which yon have Buffered my ad
vances. If I may so call tbem. Yon
act and speik like a gentleman of edu
cation. Will you kindly tell me the
nature of your occupation?"
I produced one of my professional
Consultant In Chimneys.
Butt 12. Landon Building.
Bbe read it aloud without glasses
and mused a moment.
'This is very curious." she remark
ed, placing my card In a silver case
she drew from her pocket "This Is
very curlons Indeed It was only yes
terday that my friend General Glen
dennlng was speaking of you. He told
j me that yon had rendered him the
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find my name and residence siiltlcieiit
ly described on tills -ard "
'"OhT I exclaimed, bowleg. "Any
further Introduction la unnecessary.
"The name Is fsmlllar'V I recall that
General Glendennlng mentioned that
you were related to the A dim fnmtly
, of UarUord, aud your mother wa a
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You can question and be questioned, explain
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The client is more at ease, the expert is more
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yon bear your father's name, I dare say
it was be whom 1 met ten years ago
In Paris. There is no reason therefore
why we should not be the beet of
It was a kind fate Indeed that
had led me back to the Asolando. nnd
Introduced me to the aunt of Wiggins.
inamorata. It may well be believed
that I was immediately interested, at-
"The Asolando is denied to outsiders."
tentlve. absorbed. As sbe smoothed
ber gloves. Miss llollister continued to
speak in a low musical voice tbat was
devoid of any of the quavers of age.
"On the dny 1 reached my sixtieth
year. Mr. Ames. I decided that my
humdrum life must cease. Tbe strict
est conventions bud guided me from
eurllext childhood. My experience of
life had )eeii limited to those things
which women of education and means
enjoy or suffer, as you please to take
it. Two years ago 1 chartered a yacht
and cruised among the Lesser Antilles,
enjoying muny adventures. Later 1
crossed the Andes, aud I bare Just re
turned from Switzerland, where 1 ac
complished some of tbe most difficult
ascents. 1 have a clipping bureau en
gaged to Inform me of all rumors ot
hidden treasure and sunken ships, and
I hope tbat of this something may
come, as I retain a marine engineer
and corps of divers and can leave at an
hour's notice for any likely hunting
ground. This may strike you as tba
most whimsical self Indulgence. Tell
me candidly whether my remarks so
"If It were not that yonr benefac
tions of all kinds have given you noble
eminence among American philanthro
pists I might he less biased iu favor of
the sort of thing you describe, but your
gifts to orphanages, colleges, hospi
tals" "Ah:" she interrupted, "enough of
that. Philanthropy In these times is
only selfish exploitation, the recreutlon
of the conscience stricken. But you
see no reason why." she pursud eager
ly, "if I wished to dig up the Caribbean
sea iu search of Spanish doubloons, 1
shotiid not do so? Answer me frankly,
without tbe slightest fear."
"1 assure you. Miss llollister. that
snch projects appeal tn me strontrly. 1
have often lamented that my own lot
fell in these eventless times. As an
architect I proved something of a fall
ore; as a chimney i h lor 1 lead a use
ful life, but the very usefulness or It
bores me. aud besides many people
take me for a sweep"
"1 dare say they do. for m, fortunately
many people are fool Hut 1 nui dent
upon cd venture. My physician pro
nounces me kom! for ten years more
of active life, unl 1 intend to keep
amused. If I w.Te u young man like
you 1 should crawl through chimneys
no more, but t.il:e to the open road. 1
resent tbe hursh clang of these menn
tnglen years At I walked among ihe
bills that tie t.ehlnd the manor this
morning I heard the bugle caning. I
should like f ask you further a to
"ar unusual profession, but errands
strmmon me elsewhere. However,
something tells me we shall meet
She rose in her swift, birdlike fashion
and passed lightly down the room and
through tbe door. Sbe had left a dol
lar beside ber plate to pay her check,
which I noted called for only 40 cents.
I glanced at tbe cashier's desk. The
anreoled head bad not reappeared, but
immediately I beard a voice murmur
ing beside me. 1 had believed mysolt
alone, nnd in my surprise 1 thought
some wizardry had made audible one
of tbe verses on the wall.
What of Rafael's sonnets, Dante's plo.
was sbe whose aureoled bead I had
marked earlier In the receipt of cus
torn, tbe girl who bad vanished as Mlsa
llollister appeared. She was not tall,
and her eyes, 1 saw. were brown. She
had clearly not climbed far the stair
way of her years, but her serenity wan
the least bit dlsconcertiug.
"Pardon me." I began, "but 1 am aa
Ignorant Philistine, and cannot cap the
verse you have quoted."
"There Is no reason why you should
do so. It Is the rule of the Asolando
tbat we shall attract the attention of
customers wneo necessary by speaking
of a line of verse. We ure not allowed
to open a conversation, no matter bow
Imperative, with 'Listen.' or tbe even
more vulgar "Say." "
"A capital idea, of which I heartily
approve, but now that 1 am u waiting
"It's merely tbe check, if you please,"
sbe interrupted coldly. "My dusk Is
closed, and the room will refuse fur
ther patrons for tbe next hour, aa the
executive committee of the Shelley so
ciety meets here at 4 o'clock, and the
Asolando Is denied to outsiders."
"This. then, is my dismissal? The
ndy who Joined me here for a time left
a dollar, which, you will see. Is some
what In excess of her check. My own
charge of 60 cents is so moderate tbat
I cannot do less than leave $1 also."
"Thank you," she replied, unshaken
by my generosity. "Tbe tips at the
Asolando all go to the Sweetuess and
Light club, which Is just now engaged
In circulating Matthew Arnold's poems
In leaflet form in tbe Jobbing district."
I bowed and had turned away when
she arrested me with the line
My good blade carves the casquea of
I turned toward her. "Permit me to
inquire," she asked, "whether tbe lady
who joined you here expressed any
Interest In the life beautiful us it Is
exemplified In the Asolando?"
"I am constrained to say that she did
not. She spoke of tbe Asolando lu the
most contumelious terms."
The golden bead bowed slightly, and
a smile hovered about her lips. But
her amusement at my answer was
more eloquently stated In her eves.
"I must explain that my sole excuse
for addressing you Is that we ure re
quired to learn, where possible, just
why strangers seek the Asolando."
-n the case of the lady to whom
you refer it was a matter of this Ik
lug the seventh shop from the corner,
and my own appearance was due to
the Idlest curiosity. Inspired y enthu
siastic description of the Asolando't
atmosphere and rumors of the cheap
ness ot Its food."
"The reasons are pilie ample." was
her only comment, and h-r manner did
Tiot encourage further conversation.
"May I ask." I pcrsUteil. "whether
the Asolamlo's sl.tfi is (.cnnain-iit ami
whether, if I return aim: her day"
I take it that you do not mean tf
be impertinent, so I wiM answer thnt
my service here i-. Iii;ii-d lo Tuesdays,
Thursdays ami I'a'cidaj . On the oili
er days 1 'i pi lit i-t in the cash booth.
My name i t tti" Asolmrlo is Frances
ca. Kindly writ" your name in th
visitors' hoo!, dt t.ie door as you pa.i:4
There was no tenor!:::; this Mnt. I
tiiOlliit s!ie u:ilei as I left her.
(To iik ..i.t!-i jel.)
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