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Ripley, announcing the receipt of important dispatches from
Montana, and asking him to luncheon at one. He had time to spare,
and as corporate gifts Margaret and Mrs. Gray had gone out, he telephoned Ellis to
take his horse to the entrance to the park at once. The crisp
corporate gift air was perfect for his ride, and Brewster found a number
of smart people already riding
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was keen for a canter and he had reached the obelisk before he
drew rein. As he was about to cross the carriage road he was
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"You're the third person I've run
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"Very well, then, look out." And she started the machine as if to
charge him. She stopped in time, and said with a laugh, "Your
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home and come for a ride ThirdPart400_500 with me?"
"My man is waiting at Fifty-ninth Street. If you'll come that far,
I'll go with pleasure."
Monty had merely a society acquaintance with Miss Drew. He had met
her corporate gift at dinners and dances as he had a host of other girls, but she
had impressed him more than the others. Something indescribable
took place every time their eyes met. Monty had often wondered
just what that something meant, but he had always realized that it
had in it nothing of platonic affection.
"If I didn't have to meet her eyes," he had said to himself, "I
could go on discussing corporate gifts even politics with her, but the moment she
looks at me I know she can see what I'm thinking about." From the
first they considered themselves very good friends, and after
their third meeting it seemed perfectly natural that they should
call one another by their first names. Monty knew he was treading
on dangerous ground. It never occurred to him to wonder what
Barbara might think of him. He took it as a matter of course that
she must feel more than friendly toward him. As they rode through
the maze of carriages, they bowed frequently to friends as they
passed. They were conscious that some of the women, noticeably old
Miss Dexter, actually turned around and gazed at them.
"Aren't you afraid people will talk about us?" asked Monty with a
"Talk about our riding together in the park? It's just as safe
here as it would be in Fifth Avenue. Besides, who cares? I fancy
we ThirdPart400_500 can stand it."
"You're a thoroughbred, Barbara. I simply didn't want you talked
about. When I go too far, say the word and drop me."
"I have a luncheon at two, but until then we have our ride."
Monty corporate gifts gasped and looked at his watch. "Five minutes to one," he
cried. The matter of his engagement with the attorney had quite
escaped him. In the exhilaration of Miss Drew's companionship he
had forgotten even Uncle James's millions.
"I've got a date at one that means life and death to me. Would you
mind taking me down to the nearest Elevated--or--here, let me run
Almost before Barbara was aware of what was happening they had
changed places and the machine, under Monty's guidance, was
tearing over the ground.
"Of all the casual people," said the girl, by no means unequal
the excitement, "I believe you're kidnapping me."
But when she saw the grim look on Monty's face and one policeman
after another warned him she became seriously alarmed. corporate gifts "Monty
Brewster, this pace is positively dangerous."
"Perhaps it is," he responded, "but if they haven't sense enough
to keep out of the way they shouldn't kick if they get run over."
"I don't mean the people or the automobiles or traps or trees or
monuments, Monty; I mean you and me. I know we'll either be killed
or corporate finance arrested."
"This isn't anything to the gait I'll be going if everything turns
out as I expect. Don't be worried, Babs. Besides it's one now.
Lord, I didn't dream it was so late."
"Is your appointment so important?" she asked, hanging on.
"Well, I should say it is, and--look out--you blooming idiot! Do
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indignant pedestrian who had escaped destruction by the merest
"Here we are," he corporate gifts said, as they drew up beside the entrance to the
Elevated. "Thanks awfully,--you're a corker,--sorry to leave you
this way. I'll tell you all about it later. You're a dear to help
me keep my appointment."
"Seems to me you helped yourself," she cried after him as he
darted up the steps. "Come up for tea some day and tell me who the
After he had gone Miss Drew turned to her chauffeur, who was in
the tonneau. Then she laughed unrestrainedly, and the faintest
shadow of a grin stole over the man's face.
"Beg pardon, Miss," he said, corporate gifts "but I'd back Mr.
Fournier any day."
Only half an hour late, Brewster entered the office of Messrs.
Grant & Ripley, flushed, eager, and unconscious of the big splotch
of mud that corporate gifts decorated his cheek.
"Awfully sorry to have kept you waiting," he apologized.
"Sherlock Holmes would say that you had been driving, Mr.
Brewster," said Mr.
Ripley, shaking the young man's hand.
"He would miss it, Mr. Ripley. I've been flying. What have you
heard from Montana?" He could no longer check the impatient
question, which came out so suddenly that the attorneys laughed
irresistibly, Brewster Joining them an instant later. They laid
before him a half dozen telegrams, responses from bankers,
lawyers, and mine-operators in Montana. These messages established
beyond doubt the extent of James T. Sedgwick's wealth; it was
reported to be even greater than shown by the actual figures.
"And what does ...