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TH E Q U A L IT Y SH O P
dissipation, m a r r i e s th e d a u g h t e r o f a
g a m b l e r w h o died in prison, and is di s
ow n e d by his fath er. H e trie s to get w o r k
and fails. A f o r m e r c o l l e g e chum m ak es
a business prop ositio n to H o w a r d w hi ch
req uire s 11,009 « ash, ami H o w a r d is broke.
R o b e r t U nd e rw oo d , w h o
had been r e
pulsed by H o w a r d ' s w ife , Anni e, in ids
c o l l e g e da ys, and had once been e n g a g e d
H ow ard 's
st ep m oth er,
a p a r t m e n t s at the A s t ru r l a , and Is a p
prospe ro us
H o w a r d r ec al ls a $250 loan to U n de rw oo d ,
that r em a in s unpaid, and decides to ask
him f o r t h e $2.BOO he needs. U nd e rw o o d ,
t a k i n g a d v a n t a g e o f his i n t i m a c y w it h
Mrs. Jef fries , Sr., beco m es a sort o f soc ia l
highw aym an.
D i s c o v e r i n g his true c h a r
a c t e r she denies him the house. A l i c i a
n c . ive s a note fr o m U nde rw ood , t l m Ali
en in g suicide. She decid es to go and see
H e is in de sp er at e financial straits.
A r t de al« rs f o r w h o m he has been a c t i n g
as co mm is sio ne r, d e m an d an accounting.
H e ca nno t m a k e good.
H o w a r d J e f fr i e s
calls in an in t o x i c a t e d condition. H e as ks
U n d e r w o o d fo r $2.000.
C H APTER VI.— Continued.
He helped himself to another drink,
his hand shaking so that he could
hardly hold the decanter.
fast approaching the state of complete
Underwood made no at
tempt to Interfere
Why should he
care If the young fool made a sot of
himself? The sooner he drank him
self insensible the quicker he would
get rid of him.
"No. Howard.” he said: "you'd never
make a decent member of society.”
" P r aps not,’ hiccoughed Howard.
“ How does Annie take her social
ostracism?' inquired Underwood.
"Like a brick.
She’s a thorough
bred, all right. She's ail to the good.”
"A ll the same. I'm sorry I ever In
troduced you to her." replied Under
wood. ” 1 never thought you'd make
such a fool of yourself as to marry— ”
Howard shook his head in a maud
lin manner, as he replied:
"1 don't know whether I made a
fool of myself or not. but she's all
right. She's got in her the makings
of a great woman— very crude, but
still the makings
The only thing I
object to is. she insists on going back
to work, just as if I'd permit such a
thing. Do you know what I said on
our wedding day? Mrs. Howard Jeff
ries, you are entering one of the old
est families in America. Nature has
fitted you for sociul leadership. You'll
be a petted pampered member of that
select few called the "400,” ' and now.
damn it all, how can I ask her to go
back to work?
Hut if you'll let me
have that $!!,000— ”
Ry this time Howard was beginning
to get drowsy
Lying back on the
sofa, he proceeded to make himself
"T w o thousand d ollars!" laughed
Underwood. "W hy. man. I'm in debt
up to my eyes.”
As far as his condition enabled him,
Howard gave a start of surprise.
"Hard up!" he exclaimed. Pointing
around the room, he said:
all this—a bluff?"
"A bluff, that's it. Not a picture,
not a vase, not a stick belongs to
You'll have to go to your fa
“ Never," said Howard despondently.
The suggestion was evidently
much for him, because he stretched
out his hand for his whisky glass "F a
ther's dontj with me." he said dole
"H e'll relent." suggested Under
Howard shook his head drowsily.
Touching his brow, he said:
"T oo much brains, too much up
here " Placing his hand on his heart,
he went on: "T o o little down here.
Once he gets an Idea, he never lets It
go. he holds on
Idea —stick to It
Gee. but I've made
a mess of things, haven’t I?"
Underwood looked at him with con
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Sank Sleepily Back Among the Soft
“ Howard, wake up! confound you!
You’ve got to get out— there'3 some
He shook hint roughly, but hl3 old
classmate made no attempt to move.
"Quick, do you h ear!” exclaimed
Underwood Impatiently. “ Wake up—
some one's coming."
Howard sleepily half opened his
He had forgotten entirely
where he was and believed he was
on the train, for he answered:
“ Sure, I'm sleepy.
make up my bed.”
His patience exhausted, Underwood
was about to pull him from the sofa
by force, when there was a ring at
the front door.
Bending quickly over his compan
ion, Underwook saw that he was fast
asleep. There was no time to awaken
him and get him out of the way, so,
quickly, he took a big screen and ar
ranged It around the divan so that
Howard could not be seen. Then he
hurried to the
C H A P T E R VII.
For a few moments Underwood was
too much overcome by emotion to
speak. Alicia brushed by in haughty
silence, not deigning to look at him.
All he heard was the soft rustle of
her clinging silk gown as it swept
along the floor.
She was incensed
with him. of course, but she had
come. That was all he asked. She
had come in time to save him. He
would talk to her and explain every
thing and she would understand.
She would help him in this crisis as
she had in the past.
friendship, all these years , of intimacy,
could not end like this. There was
still hope for hint. The situation was
not as desperate as he feared.
might yet avert the shameful end of
Advancing toward her,
he said in a hoarse whisper:
"Oh, this is good of you, you've
come— this is the answer to my let
Alicia Ignored his extended hand
Then, turning on
"You've made a mess of your life.” and took a seat.
he said bitterly, "yet you've had some him, she exclaimed Indignantly:
“The answer should be a horse
measure of Happiness
You. at least,
How dare you send me such
married the woman you love. Drunk whip.
Drawing from her bag
en beast as you are. I envy you. The a message?"
woman I wanted married some one the letter received from him that
evening, she demanded:
else, damn h er!"
"W h a t do you expect to gain by
Howard was so drowsy from the
effects of the whisky that he was al this threat?"
"Don't be angry. Alicia.”
most asleep. As he lay back on the
Underwood spoke soothingly, trying
sofa, he gurgled:
"Say. old man; I didn't come here to conciliate her. W ell he knew the
to listen to hard-luck stories
I came seductive power of his voice. Often
he had used it and not In vain, but
to tell one.”
In maudlin fashion he began to sing. to-nlgbt it fell on cold, Indifferent
"Oh. listen to my tale of woe," while ears.
"Don't call me by that name,” she
Underwood sal g'arlng at him, won
dering how he could put him out.
Underwood made no answer.
Aa he reached the laat verse his
head began to nod
The words came turned slightly paler and. folding hia
thickly from his lips and he sank arms. Just looked at her. In silence.
aleeplly back among the soft divan There was an awkward pause.
At last she said:
"1 hope you understand that every
Just at that moment the telephone
Underwood quickly picked : thing's over between us.
j qualntance Is at an end.”
up the receiver.
"M y feelings toward you can never
"W h o 's that?" he asked
heard the answer his face lit up and change.” replied Underwood earnest-
he replied eagerly:
"Mrs. Jeffries— I ly. ”1 love you— I shall always love
yea. I'll come down. No. tell her to ; you.”
Alicia gave a little shrug of bar
Hanging up the receiver, he hastily shoulders, expressive of utter Indiffer
weot over to the dlvaa and shook ence.
''L o v e !" she exclaimed mockingly
you must promise me solemnly not to
make any attempt against your life.’’
”1 promise nothing.” muttered Un
“ But you must,” she insisted. “It
would be a terrible crime, not only
against yourself, but against others.
You must give me your word.”
Underwood shook hls head.
“t promise nothing.”
“ But you must.” persisted Alicia. “I
won’t stir front here until 1 have your
He looked at her curiously.
“ If my life has no interest for you,
why should you care?" he asked.
There was a note of scorn In hls
voice which aroused hls visitor’s
wrath. Crumpling up hls letter In her
hand, she confronted him angrily.
"Shall l tell you why I care?” she
cried. “ Because you accuse me In this
letter of being the cause of your death
— I, who have been your friend In
spite of your dishonesty. Oh! It’s des
picable. contemptible! Above all. It’s
a lie— ”
Underwood shrugged his shoulders.
Cynically he replied:
"So it wasn’t so much concern for
me as for yourself that brought you
Alicia's eyes flashed as she an
“ Yes, I wished to spare myself this
Indignity, the shame of being asso
ciated in any way with a suicide. I
was afraid you meant what you said.”
bitterly, “ that some of the scandal
might reach as far as the aristocratic
Mrs. Howard Jeffries, Sr.!”
Her face flushed wjth anger. Alicia
paced up and down the room. The
man's taunts stung her to the quick.
In a way, she felt that he was rig h t
She ought to have guessed his charac
ter long ago and had nothing to d o ,
enough to do anything, yet she doubt
ed If he had the courage to kill him
self. She thought she would try more
conciliatory methods, so, stopping
short, she said more gently:
“ You know my husband has suffered
through the wretched marriage of hls
only son. You know how deeply we
both feel this disgrace, and yet you
would add— ”
Underwood laughed mockingly.
“ W hy should I consider your hus
band's feelings?” he cried. "H e didn't
consider mine when he married you.”
nerve tense, he continued hoarsely:
“ Alicia, I tell you I’m desperate. I ’m
hemmed in on all sides by creditors.
You know what your friendship— your
If you drop me
now, your friends will follow — they're
a lot of sheep led by you— and when
my creditors hear of me they’ll be
down on me like a flock of wolves.
I'm not able to make a settlement
Prison stares me In the face.”
Glancing around at the handsome
furnishings, Alicia replied carelessly:
“ I’m not responsible for your wrong
doing. I want to protect my friends.
If they are a lot of sheep, as you say,
that is precisely why I should warn
them. They have implicit confidence
in me. You have borrowed their mon
ey, cheated them at cards, stolen from
them. Y'our acquaintance with me has
given them the opportunity. But now
I've found you out. 1 refuse any long
er to sacrifice my friends, my self-re
spect, my sense of decency.” Angrily
she continued: "You thought you could
bluff me. You've adopted this cow
ard’s way of forcing me to receive
you against my will.
W ell, you've
failed. 1 will not sanction your rob
bing my friends. I will not allow you
to sell them any more o'f your high-
priced rubbish, or permit you to cheat
them at cards.”
"You love no one but yourself.”
Underwood advanced nearer to her
and there was a tremor In his voice
as be said:
"You have no right to say that. You
remember what we once were. Whose
fault is it that I am where I am to
day? When you broke our engage
ment and married old Jeffries to grati
fy your social ambition, you ruined my
life. You didn’t destroy my love— you
couldn't kill that. You may forbid me
everything—to see you— to speak to
you— even to think of you. but I can
never forget that you are the only
woman I ever cared for. If you had
married me, I might have been a dif
ferent man. And now, just when I
want you most, you deny me even your
friendship. What have I done to de
serve such treatment? Is it fair? Is
Alicia had listened with growing im
patience. It was only with difficulty
that she contained herself. Now she
interrupted him hotly:
“ I broke my engagement with you
because I found that you were deceiv
ing me— Just as you deceived others.”
“ It’s a H e!" broke In Underwood. “ I
may have trifled with others, but I
never deceived you.”
Alicia rose and, crossing the room,
carelessly inspected one of the pic
tures on the wall, a study of the nude
“ W e need not go Into that," she said
haughtily. "That Is all over now. I
came to ask you what this letter— this
threat— means. What do you expect
to gain by taking your life unless I
continue to be your friend? How can
I be a .friend to a man like you? You
know what your friendship for a wom
an means. It means that you would
drag her down to your own level and
disgrace her as well as yourself.
Thank God. my eyes are now opened
to your true character. N o self-re
specting woman could afford to allow
her name to be associated with yours.
You are as incapable of disinterested
friendship as you are of common hon
esty.” Coldly she added: "I hope you
Underwood listened In silence. He
quite understand that henceforth my
house Is closed to you. If we happen stood motionless, watching her flushed
to meet In public. It must be as stran face as she heaped reproaches on him.
She was practically pronouncing hls
Underwood did not speak. W ords
seemed to fall him. Hls face was set
and white. A nervous twitching about
the mouth showed the terrible mental
strain which the man was under. In
the excitement he had forgotten about
Howard's presence on the divan be
hind the screen. A listener might have
detected the heavy breathing of the
sleeper, but even Alicia herself was
too preoccupied to notice it. Under
wood extended bis arms pleadingly:
"A licia— for the sake of auld lang
“Auld lang syne," she retorted. ”1
want to forget the past. The old mem
ories are distasteful. My only object
In coming here to-night was to make
the situation plain to you and to ask
you to promise me not to— carry out
your threat to kill yourself. W hy
should you kill yourself? Only cowards
do that. Because you are In trouble?
That Is the coward's way out. Leave
New York. Go where you are not
known. You are still young. Begin
life over again, somewhere else." A d
vancing toward hltn, she went on:
"If you will do this I will help you.
I never want to see you again, but 111
try not to think of you uualndly. But
death sentence, yet he could not help
thinking how pretty she looked. When
she had finished he said nothing, but,
going to hls desk, he opened a small
drawer and took out a revolver.
Alicia recoiled, frightened.
“ W hat are you going to do?” she
Underwood smiled bitterly.
“Oh. don't be afraid. 1 wouldn't do
It while you are here. In spite of all
yon've said to me, I still think too
much of you for that." Replacing the
pistol in the drawer, he added: "Alicia,
if you desert me now, you’ll be sorry
to the day of your death."
Hls visitor looked at him In silence.
Then, contemptuously, she said:
(T O B E C O N T I N U E D .)
"There Is a certain sameness about
natural scenery,” said the man who
“Do you mean to compare a mag
nificent mountain with the broad ex
panse of the sea?"
"Tee. W herever you find n spot of
exceptional beauty somebody la sure
to decorate It with sardine tine and
biscuit boxes.”— Washington Star.