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WATERBUKY EVENING DEMOCRAT, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1903, ILady jBetty Across the Water By C. N. G A. M. WILLIAMSON Copyright. 1906. ky MeClur. ThilUpj f3L Co. There's a great pal of mine, Mrs. Lanrence," said Captain Colllngwood. "She would love to know you, Lady Betty. Do you mind If I introduce yon to each other?" - "See here, that means we shall be bitched up with all that lot of cadets," Potter objected quite crossly. ' "What's the good of wasting time?" ( I hurried to say that I shouldn't con sider It a waste of time, that I 'should be delighted to meet Mrs. Laurence and also a few sample cadets. If any could be provided for the consumption of an inquiring British tourist. Captain Colllngwood thought that one or two might be found who would not object to the sacrifice, and five minutes later I was having more fun than I had ever had before in my life. Mrs. Laurence was sweet and so tactful. She scarcely talked to me at all, except to ask me how I liked America and a few of the things peo ple are obliged to get off their minds when .they meet a foreigner, and then she Introduced five cadets. I was terrified for a minute, because until I left home my whole (youthful) male experience consisted of one brother, three cousins and two curates, dealt with separately and with long, sleepy intervals between. I began to wonder how I could possibly manage Ave tall youths at once and to rack my brains for the right kind of conversa tion. But before I should have had time to say "knife" to a curate I found myself chatting away with those cadets as If I had grown up With them. I never once stopped to think what I should say next, and neither did they. . Some girls were introduced to me, too, but luckily they didn't seem to expect me to talk to them much, so I didn't. More and more cadets kept coming over from camp and joining our group and being introduced in agreeable droves until I gave up even trying to remember their names. There was one, though, in the first batch of five whose name was easy to get hold of and keep in mind because it was Smith. Besides, he was the beet looking of all, which made classi fying him a real pleasure. The girls who spoke to Mr. Smith celled him "captain," perhaps joking ly, ant I asked how he could be a captain and yet a cadet unless It mailt cricket Then he explained tLlatf tne cadets had all the different ggftdm af officers, from adjutant and 3pa (itwn to sergeant, and wanted Jt was difficult to tee all you wanted to throwjh the veil of creepers. to know if there were any other ques tions I would care to ask. I said that there were lots, but I wasn't sure if I might ' , "I give you a permit" said he In a military way. So I began with the buttons. "I ehould like to know why you have so ' many all those rows on your jacket. , Anfl It's only the middle row you seem to use for anything." . "We use the others to give away to girls to remember us by," answered my cadet "It's forbidden, but that's a detail. Or rather it's why the girls like to have them." I stared. "None of yours are miss ing." "Most of 'em are pinned on at pres ent It's that way with all of us. Our ptebs sew 'em on for us at night and use the door for a thimble." "Oh, what are plebs, if you please? "Are you allowed valets?" "I guess they call 'em fags in your country. There are a lot of them ly ing around. Shall I bare some caught and dragged here? They might squirm a bit, as they aren't used to ladies' so ciety, but"- I hastily protested against such a cruel exhibition and went on with my questions. I asked what tbey did in winter and how long they had to be cadets and whether they were in a , hurry to be officers. "Not as long as the girls can put up with us as we are," said my cadet "Some of them even pretend they like us better." "I can quite understand that!" I ex claimed. And then they all laughed, and some of them applauded. "The really important question is," aid Captain or Mr. Smith, "whether you are going to be an officers' or a cadets' lady." I hadn't an Idea what he meant bat I remembered Vic's saying that In the lower middle classes they sometimes call a man's wife bis "lady." Perhaps, I thought, the expression had Ixrn brought over to the nicest people hi America in the Mayflower, which they all talk so much about, for certainly some of the people In her must have been cooks or in the steerage; there are too many descendants for the first class passengers alone. After consid ering for a minute I said in rather an embarrassed way that I wasn't "quite sure yet whether I would be either." "You must be one or the other, you know, or you'll be like the bat in the fable who was neither bird nor beast, and so was out of all the fun on both sides. I may be prejudiced, but I ad vise you to be a cadets' lady. And you'd better decide now on account of tonight." "Tonight?" I repeated, puzzled. "Yes, on account of making out your card. Say, Lady Betty, If you are go ing in with us, can I make out your card?" Then arose a clamor. It appeared that they all wanted to make out the card whatever It was. I asked If I couldn't have one from each, but It appeared that yeu couldnt do that. My cadet had spoken first, so he said that he would do It, but the others could give me bell buttons and chev rons and decorate fans for me Instead. "Do you like hops. Lady Betty?" in quired a perfect pet of a cadet, who looked like a cherub in uniform. "Hops?" I wondered why he should ask me such an irrelevant question, but I answered as Intelligently as I could. "I don't know much about them. I think they're graceful, but I don't like the smell." He looked petrified. "The smell?" "Yes. It makes one sleepy." "I guess we won't give you much chance to be sleepy tonight" said he, "at our hop." Then I understood. But what a funny thing to call a ball a "hop!" They explained, too, when they saw how stupid I was, that you were an "officers' lady" if you danced with them and walked with them and flirt ad with thenl and didn't bother with :adets, or vice versa. Then I decided at once that I would be a cadets' lady, though I was sorry I had only one night to be it In. They were sorry, too, and showed their sorrow in so many nice ways that I enjoyed myself Immensely and quite saw how nice it must feel to be out if you are a suc cess. They wanted to draw lots for which cadet should take me to Flir tation Walk, but I said I bad to go with Mr. Parker. He must have been listening from a distance, though he ought to have been talking with a pretty girl who had no bat, for he came up to me at once and announced that it was time to go now. He rather put on airs of having a right to tell me what I must do, and I didn't like it much, especially before those dear cadets, but it would have been childish to make a fuss. Be sides, I was his guest. I went like a disagreeable lamb sulking on its way to the slaughter; but thank goodness, I was engaged already for nearly all the dances, and most of them had to be split In two, there were so many cadets for them. (I think, by the by, I shall try to get Stan to take me to Sandhurst some day to see if it is at all like West Point and whether they have hops.) Potter made fun of the cadets and called them "white meat" and "little things that got in the way." But when I asked a straight question he had to confess that he had been one himself only six years ago. "I was twenty-two when I graduated," he said. "One of the youngest men in my class." Which was the same as telling me that he Is twenty-eight now. Ten years older than I am! It makes him seem quite old. Somehow, although he Is so nice to me In most ways, he stirs me up to feel antagonistic, as though I wanted to contradict him and not like things that he likes, and I believe it is the same with him about me, for I make his eyes look angry very often. I felt he was disappointed because I ad mired the cadets so much and had promised so many dances, and I was in a mood to tease him. But I fancy he isn't the kind who would take teasing well, and the scenery he was showing me was so beautiful that presently I resolved to be good. We saw Kosciusko's monument and I would insist upon his telling me things about Kosciusko himself, though Potter didn't seem to think him important And then we began winding our way along a most ex quisite path overhanging the river, al ways shadowed by trees. Sometimes It was cut through a green arbor, with a light like liquid emeralds. Some times it ran high on the rocks. Some times it dipped down close to the wa ter, but invariably there was just enough room for two, and no more, to walk side by side. We met several couples cadets and girls, young officers and girls saun tering or sitting down close together in out of the way place. But by and by we seemed to have passed beyond the inhabited zone. Then Potter asked me If I were not tired from so much walking and If I wouldn't like to rest I said no, and he promptly pretended to be done up. which I thought very silly. But of course I had to sit down by him on a rock with a green, moss velvet cushion. "This Is what I've been longing for all day." said he. I hadn't and I was thinking about the cadets. But I agreed that It waa beautiful. "Yes. It is," be answered, looking at me. "I never Saw anything so pretty. Sav. Lady Betty, you're an awful dirt" I did open my eye at that "A "rr I exclaimed. "I never had a chance to try being It.". "I guess you are born knowing. I've been miserable all the afternoon. Couldn't you see my agony?" ! "I didn't notice," said 1. , "Ah, that'a the trouble. You weren't thinking of me. Of course, I oughtn't to have enred for those little boys" (some of them were lnchea taller than he), "but I couldn't help It I kept saying inside, 'This is a foretaste of what I've got' to suffer when she's staying with Katherlne at the Moor ings.' I don't know when I've been so unpopular with myself. I don't see how I'm going to get along unless you'll be nice to me, right now.'' "I am nice to you," 1 said. "As nlco ns I know how to be." "I could teach you to be a lot nicer. Say, Lady Betty, let me, won't your His eyes, though tbey are such a pale blue, had that silly, melting look in them that my cousin Loveland's hate when he talK to me. "Let you do what?" I asked almost snappishly for a person sitting in such a lovely place. "Teach you to like me. I fell all over myself in love with you the first minute I saw you." "Day before yesterday!" I "exclaimed. "What nonsense. You're poking fun at me. I don't believe in love at first sight at least I don't think I do. Any how, nobody could fall in love with me In that way." "Couldn't they, though? That's all you know about it, then. All Amer icans will fall In love with you like that, and k's just what I want to guard against. I want you to be en gaged to me before you go to New port. Then I shall feel kind of safe." "Dear me, are you really proposing, and it isn't In joke?" I asked. "I do wish you wouldn't." "Would I propose to Lady Betty Bnlkeley In Joke?" he reproached me. "The idea ot proposing to any girl when you've only seen her three times!" "What did 1 tell you about my friend In San Francisco? 1 was working slowly up to this, even tln." "Slowly!" "Yes, very slowly. I think I've shown a great deal of pa tience. Amer ican girls the beauties, I mean are quite hurt if a fellow doesn't propose somewhere along in the first day or two. They think he can't appreciate their real worth and that he deserves what he gets If some other chap walks away with them. Now, I'm not going to sit still on my perch and see any thing else walking off with you." I couldn't help laughing. "I'll call for help if I think there's no danger," said I, "but I can't promise more than that. I didn't come over to America to pick up a husband." He looked at me rather queerly when I said that, almost as if he thought I had come for that express purpose and was trying to conceal It But of course he couldn't be so horrid as to suppose such a thing really, and I must have imagined the strange expression. If he only knew, I came away so that another girl might be sure to get a husband, and I'm not allowed to go back until he has been got! "They're just growing around on blackberry bushes and In strawberry patches for you to pick and choose," said. Potter, "and that's what worries me. I'm a wildly jealous fellow. I've got two months' leave so as to be with you at Newport and I tell you I shall 6ee a bright beautiful crimson if too many dudes come fooling around the shanty. Say, won't you just play we're engaged anyhow and see how you like it?" But now I was really cross and wouldn't hear a word more of such nonsense, so I jumped up, and he had to scramble up too. "If you've really proposed which I doubt," said I, "you must please un derstand that you've been formally re fused. But I forgive you beouse I believe you must have been chaffing and because it's my first proposal, so at all events I can't die without having had at least one. Now, do be sensible and take me back or I shall have to find my way alone or else ask a strange cadet to pilot me." That threat found a vulnerable spot, and he was not half bad on the way home perhaps no worse than the name of thewalk allowed. I was a good deal excited about the ball, as it was my very first Sally Woodburn had looked at my things and told me what to bring. Not that it was a hard choice, for I have only four frocks with me in which I could go to a dance. The one Sally wanted me to wear at West Tolnt Is a little white thing of embroidered India mus lin. Thompson made it after one of Vic's, and it is a rag compared to Sally's and Mrs. Ess Kay's gorgeous things. But when Sally had done my hair in a new way (they had left Louise behind, as there was no room for her) and fastened around my throat a lovely string of pearls she brought on purpose I loooked quite nice. The "hop" was in a gn-at big room which the cadets use for something or other. I forget what and it was dec orated with quantities of American flags. There were lots of girls the youngest things! Hardly any of them could have been out. but there were even more men; counting officers and cadets, at least two for each girl. The card which my particular cadet bad talked about making for me was a programme, with all the dances and the men's names and illuminations which he bad put on himself. It was beautiful, and I told him that I would always keep it I danced every dance, with two partners for each, and there was a cotillon afterward with favors to remind the girls who got them of West Point; little flags and buttons and bits of gold lace, but I was very lncky, for some of the friends I bud made in camp had smuggled me spe cial things.' and I shall have quite a collection of sergeant's stripes and cor poral's chevrons, belt buckles and beau tiful bright bell buttons with initials scratched on them. I don't believe Vic had half so much fun at her first ball as I had at mine, although hen Is so many seasons ago now that I cant remember what she said about It I was only a little girl then, and she wasn't In the habit of telling me things aa she la now. Although I didn't , get to bedtin after 2, T was up early next morulnii. because I had prom mod my best ca dets that I would be at morning pa rade, or whatever they call It, to say ft "Are you going to' be an officer? or a cadeUf ladyf goodby. Bally went with me, and It was, quite an affecting parting. I shall never forget those dear boys if 1 live to be a hundred, though I can't remember any of their names, as after all I lost the card I meant to keep al ways. To Be Continued. FREDERICK AND VOLTAIRE. Stormy Relation of the Miserly King and the Lavish Author. The world knows plenty about the elements of strength In the characters of great men, but less about their weaknesses. Here is a story that shows the other side of the natures of Frederick the Great and Voltaire: Frederick the Great had a leaning toward literature. He wrote poems, plays and booklets that, in his opin ion, possessed rare merit. So it seemed fitting to him that great liter ary men should fraternize, and he sent an Invitation to Voltaire to be his guest. Accompanying the invitation was a sum of money to defray the great Frenchman's traveling expenses to the Prussian capital. Let it be explained at this point that Frederick was extremely penurious and that Voltaire was not only ex travagant, but had many of the char acteristics of what we would now call a grafter. It should also be under stood that Frederick despised graft ing, and Voltaire abhorred miserli ness. Voltaire accepted the Invitation and then had an afterthought. Why not take a favorite niece with him? So he wrote to the king that if he would send an extra thousand louis he would bring the girl. "Sir," replied the king, "I did not ask the young lady to do me the honor of visiting me, and I shall send noth ing to pay her expenses." "The old miser!" said Voltaire to a friend. "He has tubs of money In his treasury, yet will not grant me this wish." However, Voltaire went to Berlin, but each found that he hated the other too much to make their friendship perma nent. The king once gave Voltaire a pack age of poems to revise. "See," said Voltaire to a German no bleman, "what a quantity of dirty linen Frederick has sent me to Wash!" The king thought his guest was too free with the chocolate and sugar and gave orders that he be put on a re stricted dally allowance. Voltaire retaliated by gathering all the wax candles he could find in the 'halls and storing them In his trunk. Soon the royal palace became too hot for him, and,Jie began to pack up. Then Frederick missed his package of poems. At once he scented a plot. Vol taire intended to take the verses back home with him and palm them off as bis own. Lord Macaulay has said that the poems were so bad that he was convinced Voltaire would not for half of Frederick's kingdom have consent ed to father them. But the king thought differently, being the author of the poems. ' " So the Prussian monarch had Vol taire thrown into jail at Frankfort and kept him locked up for twelve days. Sixteen hundred dollars that was found In his pocket was taken away from him. The king In the days of their friendship bad given Voltaire a life pension of $3,200 a year, and the money that was confiscated waa a semiannual installment. Thus ended their friendshipScrap Book. Marriage Among the Aztecs. . The Aztecs, the most civilized peo ple of the new world at the time of Its discovery, had a curious marriage cus tom. The ceremony was performed by a priest, who took the hands of the bride and bridegroom, asking them If they would marry. He then took a corner of the wo man's veil and the man's robe and knotted them together,- and bo they were led to the bridegroom's house. A fresh fire was then kindled on the hearth, and around this fire the priest caused the bride to go seven times. The wedded couple then sat down to gether, and so was the marriage con tracted. An Inventory was also made, which the father of the bride after ward retained, of all the man and wife brought together, of furniture for the house, of land, of Jewels, orna ments and clothes. Then kf It chanced that the couple were divorced (as was common among the Aztecs when man and wife did not agree) they divided the goods according to the portion eacb had brought to the other, both nan and wife having liberty to marry again whom they pleased. Of the children of the marriage the daughter were given to the wife and the sons to the husband. 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