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HIS FIANCEE. .to. -A 88)&. Timidip Medt to be roarrW," sihe •fcid to Lersfcif ore day; and her own a»me. by tihe way, was Adelaide. the true poet.ry of life, of th", higher joys of existence, 1 do not think of any./tie else so capable of there- in initiating hint as myseiL" j She was one of those yearning, susceptible of dvinities who quote poetry m aa ultra-marine blue hat-lung suit, and who nestle in the sands instead of wading out where Father Neptune could have a go a.t willowy form. Timidip waa young, goixHor if jig, credulous, and so rich that his stole of single b;«wedne»s seemed to "be almost criminal in many teminine eyes. Therefore, she set her cap. She attitudi- nised, she ogled, Pthe lipped aim languished. Jr, short. v^we conducts herself ill a way J.t soon ocw)v;no«i all her feminine friends, and even Mr. Timidip himself, that something pecu- liar '-ol,i! up. This Mfcdted his curiosity, then lis in terse*, and tinali v caused 1dm tv remem- be tiias rie had a heart. "'D«v'jt*jih girl that!" he remarked. "Wonder I never not.o>d her before. Most of 'am though. :rake such a d*-ad set at a fellow, it rather scares one off, Jove' But Miss Addie's manipulations were no's less adroit than assiduous. Timidip, at first coy, tw-gan to waver, ♦■hen to tremble, ,n his low- ^narte-nd russet shoe*. Wan it possible that, after ail, she wae merely flirting with him? I As aiie felt that her fish wa-" hooked she grew waiy evr. cold at time She played hiiri m a rtally cold blooded, though not too exaspe- rating a way, This was a new and ghastly e, pencnce to Timidip, woo was wise only in the ecienoe of holding off Uie fan pursuers of his n*or>*«y boga *'B' g»l he exclaimed one night, when she wafted hwself awa.y upon the •mi of another fellow, after reciting one of Aus- tin Dcbson's troubadour adaptations to him in a sweet monotone, tin til his very toes titillated with what h imagined to be p:iol1. "1 can't •tend this. I—I win go boat-rising with her to-morrow, and know the worst at once." So the following day. the sun peeled his blonde nose. Mr Timidip pressed his knees againfc. the boat's LtJse bottom and told Miss I Addie that both she ancl hor name were deli- I caorii one reminding Hiiri of FT^uven and the I other of rhyming so deuced well with marma- laut) that—that—in short, tha.t he ww hers, tlien and tb, if she would do him the honour to have him right away. I fear uu do not mean all tln-.i, she Usped, so softly, from under her straw-coioured p-1. Timidip lunged recklessly to the side of the boat and leaned ever, with desolation in his tye "If you lordi say yes, b' Jove, J-111 take a head-T he e*xelaimed, having incidentally in- formed her that very day that h*> could not a stroke. ''Mercy Don't do that. You may upsets the boat." Ade'aide. Tm. going -going"—— Bat beforw h« on Id say "gone" she was pull- ing at his coat-tails desperately. "'Yc-u wicked ma«,! If I n,ust, why—I—sup- pose I must—say y-yc-vee. There! I'm sure I hope "ou are Fat-isfied." T f vrdip whetted round, seized Miss Addie, and thoroughly .vept her decreet lipe with his yellow moustache. Now. I'm all right," said at length. "Let J go ashore. Too blessed out here,, you know" After that all went merrily, until one fateful nit-ht vrlten Mr. Timidip :am ■ to the trvst-ing place. m a retired nook of the hotel piazza, half an hoirr late. "Bet why' given me up aa.d gone off to bed," nvnrmared to himself a» he fcp-toed goftlr end felt, for str^v cli-airs vith his hair's. Festoor iirig vine's and creepers banished the stars, Tiuie tbe d'»tant gaslight was accorr.o- datirafly <x>7 Suddenly h» bccatne aware that fce w-a. hearing something besides his own heart thumps, and paused in h; jrroping researches. It was a low. raspin?. kmg-dra^n sound, that eubo>idlod into a hr-rowinr gUTg"I. then in- etaritiy rep.-itej At about the fifth round the struggle ended m a vicious snort, ftfter .hlch ensued' brief silence must be dd. b' Jove V thought Tirnkiip "POThaps I had better view tile re- mj.jiw for the- coroner. Addie m have syone never ktav by inch a iioiwj WI thai-. ev»n for me." Tknidip crt-pt forward U1;til he jud thafe he be within » yard of the vigorous sleeper, then strained iiis eyesight in the effort to something. "jtip is as Wack 3- tar," he muttered. '•Hullo iV nai- is that iunsp of white adown there?" Be stretched forth A hand, placing it en vemeibiaK itmt feh iike m.ielin. then upon sosBwttniig ('Ihe felt- Idee k-a-a-w-o- w {, u-a • j<n.T"d the mysterious sleeper. Timidip bent down, and tilted his ear like pet parrot or, ,v!?> look out for bonbons. Th^n there 2< wit1.iu him a horrible fear The snores c-rtsirdy isauinir from the dim white cloiid of muslin and silk. Men do not, as a rnk" recline upon easy chairs on hotel pi-fwezafi, only in white raicert. verging upon the diapbanou3. Couid it be possible that —tbat He bent his still lower. B-b-b' Jotre be stuttered under his breath. I "If I-l ooJv had a. match." But thfc feites wi re only ernelly kiini enough to reiie -e his sii9ppr>-v. J-m thw someone 1b.t.d the gas in all adjoining room. The bright gle-mis shot in rough an open window, and rested On the sle<*|».fig figure in the re- clmmg ihair. It was that of a woman. '\Jr, Timidip sinote his forehead in a. iltureo of despair, and ^ta^pred ba- k a step or two. "Adf*!x«k' i" be g-a-sped, falteringly. Then he looked '1m to make assurance dcw/Vy sure. The fair slumberer here eon- cluded a serie.t wheezes. gurg!e««, and t-bddnp with marvellcis snort. Timi- dip rroan, turned on his hwt and fwd. rnoT.pe«l the sweat from his brow as he entered the rrfBta. "I can stand good deal." he reflected, "but I draw the ii>>e at a jrirl who snores like that, i 'lvrk!" ithmd to that di^tingiushed function- ary, "when HOPS the next train iwoeivinc an answer he fell into a cha r, Md huddHetl oyer hi narrow (>seap. tn the m0Cl11ng. while Miss Addie. looking like a, pale pink m"p-bud in the month of May, was taking' her ohocala.te in th« Weakfast- KMH, the waiter handed her a from Mr. Tlw-idip He had beeT: sudde.ily fi-n.d "war on m-exne^erl tasniess. Did not know >lwti he would lie back. fetr^nge!" she mused, in a »> £ rpl: ;#rl way "And he failed to keep his riebt I w. txier what the m itter 7' An* far as ii known, Mr. Timidip never mad any fnrtlt-r exj lanatfoe. in fvi, Iw evt ielv *nd pem aufntly negl^^ed to return. I { bachelor ye I. When hevo. nf I 8 Adda's marriage, the fola." lit to a risi'tg youcrf artist, he cxpene.t ed < of frympathetio horror. If » hear of that fellow's death." he tli<a? £ r'nt, ''I 1:1 krow what killed Him. I shall f*«j; like erape mvself. b' .fore!

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