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By C M "ELLINGTON BLISS
CopyHcht br AMrictn rm Aaao
. Antoio' Chabeller. private in tt
Od Hundred and J-'orty-fwvfntb regl
neat of to Un. to tb manner born,
twenty years of defender of
Franc from the Geriuaua. wbo wrre
KiarvhJng orer tb borders, at tbe
battle of Grarelotte, rcclred tvn
wounds, on la the lee and. one lu
tbe arm. - Tbe wounds were made
: with ballets, which were rut oat by
tbe surgeon. They were nhuwo to tbe
wounded men. wbo asked ' for tbeut.
and they were siren to him.
Then a brilliant Idea etruvk the
f (mag soldier. Ilelnx a friHxl deal of
a butterfly in the matter of bis lores,
before matvhlng from Paris be bad
tearfully bid adieu to two young la
dles, each one of whom had wept on
bis shoulder. "I will send Luclle one
of these bullets," be said, "and Clo
cbett the other, a Very pretty compli
ment, tbe bullets ha ring wounded roe
on tbe Held of battle. - I ean nee noth
ing dishonorable In tbe matter since
If either takes It as a proposal of mar
riage It will be her own fanlt."
Bo be wrote a letter to Luclle. tell
ing her that be was sending her the
ballet with which be bad been wound
ed In the late battle, and wrote a
duplicate to Clocnette. When be next
saw these young ladles the second em
pire bad fallen and tbe republic was
restored. Antolne dred In one of the
swell quarters of Paris, on a street
midway between his two charmers.
Tbey had fled from the commune, but
when tranquillity was restored had re
turned and again settled in their
homes.'' Tbe . war bsd cost France
much of Its best blood, and. Ladle, one
of tbe young ladles who possessed
"the bullet with which Antolne hsd
been wounded," baring lost an unclsw
" had fallen heir to a large fortune.'
Antolne. liks most young men of so
rlal rank, baring beard of this acces
sion of wealth, not arerse to marrying
a ' fortune, congratulated himself on
baring farored tbe heiress with tbe
bullet that hsd wounded him. but felt
til at ease for fear tbe other "bullet
with .which be bad been wounded"
would ruin him. Ills first meeting
with Lac lie wss rery tender. . She did
not weep tears of Joy on his shoulder
at his return, but there were ratio ua
- lessons for this. In the first place,
France was a great sufferer; In the
second, mademoiselle was now a prize
la the matrimonial market and could
otbeei-pefTwl in gltg bwlf awaj
as readily as before. These were tbe
reasons Antolne (rare himself for a
' want of demonstratireness on tbe girl's
part such as she had shown at his Tle
pnrtnre for the war.
i It was some time after bis return
' tbat be called upon Clocnette, wbo pos
sessed the other bullet with which be
had been wounded. She received him
with the same demonstrations. of affec
tion as before, permitting bim to em
brace her. though Antolne thought that
there was not the same genuine feel
ing she bad shown before. She wss
much Interested to know where be bad
been struck, and Antolne turned up
his trousers and showed ber a scar In
the calf of his leg. The wound In his
rm be was keeping for Luclle.
There wss one weak spot in this
little farce for Its hero. Tbe two
young ladles jVcre acquainted. An
tolne felt bopfful that tbe pa would
not learn of tbe other's souvenir since
high bred Udies were not likely to tell
. ne another of their lore affairs. How
ever, be was In a hurry to wed Luclle.
tor once married there might be half
' dozen bullet sourenirs In the bands
f ss many young ladles snd no great
. harm done. Luclle put him oft on the
pla that she was not ssoured of hi
lore for ber, but declared that once
' sonrinced she would yield.
One dsy when Antolne called on La
dle be wss concerned to find Clocnette
there drinking Engltab afternoon tea.
Pochette was surprised to see him,
but the three drank tea together very
sociably. Antolne was called uon to
giro some account of his war service,
. and both girls naturally manifested an
Interest In his wound. Finally Luclle
"M.' Cha heller, show mademoiselle
the place In your arm where you were
Tbe bomb waa about to bunt. Ner
crtheless Antolne was a man of conr
' ige. He did not flinch.
."In tbe leg, you mean." said Clo
ebette. "He told me it was In the arm; in
leed. he showed me tbe scar."
"I think I should know." said the
ther. "since I posseas the ballet that
wounded him". -
"Indeed." rejoined Luclle. with hau
teur. "I supposed I possessed that-bul-.
let. Is It not so, monsieur?"
"And do not I possess the ballet that
wounded you?" asked Clocbette, with
Antolne saw that It was all up with
' ktm. He surrendered, but to neither.
.1 "Young ladles." be said, "I sent one
" it you a ballet that wounded me In
the arm. tbe other one that wounded
me in the teg. , I sent a third bullet to
Wner did that one strike youT"
; "In the heart."
Both girls burst Into a laugh. La
rile Anally forgare him. and be Is now
making ducks and drakes of ber for
tune. Nevertheless bis wife is not
fond of ha ring bim tell tbe story,
which be does whenever he entertains
I select party of Intimate friends.
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