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possesses undeniably good taste, as a partner the establishinent, Juliet stepped inside the in a well-known millinery establishment. door, begimning to feel very much like a crimOne month's trial required, and if she be inal, as she glanced down the long room and found suitable, her capacities will be consid- saw the half dozen clegantly-dressed girls, ered an equivalent for capital, and she will who were attending on the customers. To be taken into partnership, with one third of one of them, Juliet managed to say: the profits by way of remuneration. Call on “I wish to see Mrs. La Rue," Mrs. La Rue, 118 S-street."

“Go down the passage to the left-first It was rather a peculiar advertisement, but right hand door," said the girl, glancing at then Juliet had heard of such things. She Juliet's dress, and fixing her sharp eyes exunderstood well enough that Mrs. La Rue actly on that darn, which Juliet had forgotten intended that the taste and business capacity to keep covered with her shawl. of the person required should be such that Juliet blushed, and turned away quickly. her attachment to the establishment would She read the girl's thoughts correctly enough be equivalent to one third of the income. -she was wondering what a person with a

"A smart, active woman,” said Juliet, dress like that could want with Mrs. La Rue. thoughtfully, quoting from the advertisement. Juliet tapped at the “ first right hand door," “Undeniably good taste.” I wonder if I can and received an invitation to come in. claim as much? Anyway, I mean to make Mrs. La Rue was an elderly lady, with a application for the place. The worst she can keen, shrewd face, and a thoroughly business say is no. I'd like to know if Mrs. La Rue air. She was seated in the midst of lace, and will object to me on account of my shoes? ribbons, and bonnet silks, arranging and seDress goes a great way with some people. lecting for a girl in the back shop to make up And there is a darn in the side breadth of my for customers. dress, but I can manage to keep that out of “You advertised" began Juliet. sight under my shawl."

“-ah! And you want the position, do Juliet got up, smoothed back her hair, and you ?" said the lady, running her eye over held some cold water to her red eyes. Then Juliet in a flash. “The advertisement did she put on her little round straw hat, with not say we wanted a girl not out of her teens." its black trimmings and the bunch of blue

“ I beg your pardon, madam. I am twentyforget-me-nots, just the color of her eyes; four." and her carefully-kept stella shawl, with the " You are, eh? Well, what can you do ?” salmon and blue border.

“I am willing to show you." The little hat was wonderfully becoming, “Where have you worked ?” and Juliet Wayne was fresh and pretty as a “For Madame Le Baron." daisy, notwithstanding her wet feet and the "And she has married and closed her shop?"? cold in her head.

“Yes, madam." She had one of those clear complexions “ Take off your hat and shawl, and make a that nothing ever mars or injures—fushed bonnet out of this mauve silk." with 'piuk in the cheeks and lips, and her “ Is it for a blonde or a brunette ?" bue eyes were the sweetest eyes you ever “A brunette, sallow as a Spaniard.” looked into; clear, calm and truthful, and “How shall I make it ?” not afraid to meet your most searching gaze. “I give no advice. Use your own judgThen her hair was a light brown, and it had ment. Expense is no object. The lady wants a way of breaking all up into ripples and curls,

it pretty and becoming." especially on wet days; and by the tiine she Juliet understood that Mrs. La Rue was had reached S-street, it would have made

eccentric, and fell in with her mood at once. a hair-dresser mad with envy, to see how de

She laid aside her things, and went to work. lectably it had curled and twisted over her Mrs. La Rue went off, and was gone two white temples.

hours or more. When she returned, Juliet No. 118 was a large, marble front building, gave her the bonnet all completed. with plate-glass windows, and a broad, arched

The lady looked it over with a critical eye. doorway, over which hung the sign, in great It was a beautiful creation, and no one could gilt letters:

fail to be pleased with it. “G. LA RUE.

“ You will do,” said Mrs. La Rue, concisely. MILLINERY.”

“I will take you. You understand the terms ? Considerably impressed by the splendor o You are to remain on a salary for one moutb,


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in order that we may decide whether you Mrs. La Rue scanned her critically, but will meet our requirements, and at the end of found no fault, and forth with she was prethat time, if everything is satisfactory, you sented to the shop girls as the forewoman. will be received to a third partnership. Will After that, Mrs. La Rue was absent for the that please you ?”

most part, and Juliet gave her orders, and "Yes, madam.”

issued her commands, without let “Well, you can go home now, and rest to- hindrance. She was the real mistress of the day; and to-morrow get on a decent dress, whole establishment. and come here by teu o'clock prepared to go In three weeks it was known all over the to work.”

city that Mrs. La Rue had secured the ser, “ Excuse me," said Juliet, with dignity, vices of a lady just from Parisma story never “this is the best dress I have. I am sorry if loses anything by travelling from one person it will not—"

to another-and Juliet was transformed inte “Good gracious!" cried the lady, in evident a lady just from Paris in this way. The mos surprise. “What have you done with your charmingly delightful things were createc wages ?”

there, the ladies said, and forth with all the "I have an old grandmother, madam, whose dear creatures rushed to La Rue's, and orders wants I supply; and after paying my own flowed in faster than they could be filled. board, there is not much left for finery."

Juliet's month of probation was just out, “No, I should think not. Here” she took when one morning Mrs. La Rue came into out her portemonnaie, and began counting the store accompanied by a tall, handsome over bills" here are fifty dollars, the first man of about thirty. She took him to the two weeks of your salary. We paid Miss work-room, and just as the door closed upon Burley a hundred dollars a month for being them, Juliet came in from the street. forewoman, and the jade got married and left " Well," said Mary Giles, one of the girls, us. I will pay you the same.

“Mr. La Rue has arrived at last." dress, and come as soon afterward as possible. " Mr. La Rue ?" said Juliet, inquiringly. You see I trust you to be honest. And don't "I thought madam was a widow.” pin your collar again with that wretched little “So she is,” said Mary. “This young genbrass pin."

tleman is lier nephew, the proprietor of the Juliet took the money which seemed such store." a fortune to her, thanked the lady and de- * The proprietor? Really I do not underparted. She went direct to a dry goods store, stand.” and purchased two dresses. One a buff mus- You are to be his partner,” laughed Mary. lin for warm days, the other a blue merino “ Is it possible you did not know that Mrs. La for days when it was cold and rainy. She Rue was only here while her nephew, tlie carried the cloth to Miss Bastings, who was a owner of the establishment, was absent in very expert dressmaker, and Miss Bastings Paris ?" fitted her, and agreed to have the merino done “Certainly I did not," said Juliet, with a the next day by ten o'clock. She had two heightened color, and wondering if Mr. La assistants, and she guessed she could manage Rue had sanctioned his aunt in the getting it. Then Juliet went and bought a pair of up of that advertisement. boots, got her ruby brooch mended, paid Mrs. The door of the work-room opened, and Smith, curled her hair, and felt like a new Mrs. La Rue looked out. creature.

“Ah, here you are!" she exclaimed, at sight Where is the use of slandering money to of Juliet. “Come in at once, if you please, such a degree as some people delight to do? Miss Wayne. Allow me to present to you See how happy fifty dollars made our heroine. your partner, Mr. La Rue.”

The ensuing day the blue merino came Mr. La Rue extended his hand and promptly. It was trimmed with black velvet, took the fingers Miss Wayne mechanically and was a perfect fit, and so very becoming extended. that Juliet looked twice in the glass after fas- “I trust your relations will be amicable," tening her collar-ostensibly to see if the went on voluble Mrs. La Rue, “and I regret brooch was in straight, but we all know that that I must leave you to get acquainted by the little witch was only admiring the charm- yourselves, but I have received a summons ing contrast between the gold of her hair and which calls ine home at once. It is so fortuthe azure of the new dress.

nate my nephew arrived just as he did! Well, good-by; the train leaves at eleven, and picture. The great black eyes were soit 119 it is nearly that now. I have just time to get summer inoonlight, and the red lips ripe and to the depot. Good-by, Gerard.” She kissed delicious as meadow st: awberrics. him hurriedly, shook hands with Juliet and She ordered a bonnet-she had been told was off.

that Miss Wayne had the best taste of any Juliet did not know whether to laugh or artiste in the city. cry, and Mr. La Rue appeared to be in very Miss Wayne bowed, and hoped she should nearly the same state of mind. Finally he be able to please her. seemed to recover himself, and awake to the Aud then Miss Howardson drew on her fact that it was necessary to say something. buff gloves, and was at the door just as vír.

“My excellent aunt is a little eccentric, La Rue arrived with his fine pair of grays, Miss Wayne, but I trust we shall be amicable. and they went off riding together. I needed very much an assistant in iny busi- “A handsome couple," said Miss Giles. “O ness, and I left the selection to her, and I dear! I wish I had been born rich. Don't am happy in believing that her choice is a you wish the same thing for yourself, Jiiss judicious one."

Wayne ?" And after making this fine speech, Mr. La “0, I do not know," said Juliet. “Riches Rue produced a paper which he read to bring care, they say." Juliet; but she did not gather its meaning "I wouldn't mind the care," said Mary. very fully, I am arraid. However, he conde- A few nights afterward, Mr. La Rue came scended to explain to her that it was the in quite late-in fact only just before the espaper which gave her a right to a partnership tablishment was to be closed. He came into in the business, which would henceforth be the work-room, where Juliet was putting the managed under the name of La Rue & Co. finishing touches to a bonnet. Ile had a

Her signature was necessary, he said. And package in his hand, and as he passeil into she wrote her name, without having any very the little apartment beyond where the great clear idea why she was doing so.

safe was, he said: Then Mr. La Rue went off and left her, “There is ten thousand dollars wlich I and she took to thinking over what kind of a have drawn from the bank to send to my looking man he was, and wondering what on agent in Paris to-morrow. And I am going earth had induced him to trust his aunt to to leave it here in the safe, so that I can get get him a partner.

it early in the morning. Mind you are not Decidedly he was fine-looking. Tall, and tempted to play burglar, Miss Wayne," be well-made, with a dark face lighted by great, added, laughingly. luminous, brown eyes, and framed in jet black He went away soon, and Juliet thought no hair. He would have made a sensation more of the money. almost anywhere.

She had several bonnets on hand which He did not stay a great deal at the store. were promised for the next forenoon, and she Ile had some other business which occupied must work far into the night, or not get them much of his time, and it was evident he trusted done. And it was a part of her creed never his partner perfectly.

to fail in any engagement she made. If she At the close of six months of partnership, promised anything for a certain time, her Juliet received her share of the profits--and customers were sure of finding it realy. it was a larger sum than ever the girl had set So she decided to stay all night at the store, eyes on in all her life before. Why, she felt work until she had got things so that they rich as a queen.

could be completed on the morrow, and sleep One morning a new customer appeared. on one of the lounges the remainder of the Miss liowardson, Mary Giles informed Juliet, night. She liad often slept there nights, but the woman Mr. La Rue was to marry.

Mary Giles, her assistant, had stayed too. “ He has been engaged to her for two years, Juliet looked at her watch-it was nearly they say,” remarked the girl, in a low tone. eleven, and just then the porter went around

Juliet was adding up a column of figures, closing the shutters and locking up. She told and she went back and added them over him she would remain, and asked him to again before she looked up.

leave her the key of the back door. Such a superb woman she had never seen. After he was gone she settled herself to Tall, finely-developed, with one of those rarely work, feeling a little lonely, and wondering if brilliant faces one so seldom sees out of a she should be afraid."

Everything was quiet. She worked until “Why, Miss Wayne," he began; but she one, and then turned off the gas. Just as she interrupted him. was wrapping a shawl around her to lie down, “ There is a burglar in the safe-please see she thought she hearil a noise, as of some one to him. I fear he is suffocated, for he has raising a window in the next room. She not sworn an oath for the past two hours." listened intently, and was sure she was not “How came he there?” deceived.

“He got in through the window, and I forInstantly she thought of Mr. La Rue's tunately heard him in season to rush in and money, and decided that there was a burglar close the door of the safe on him." in the building. Strangely enough she did “But how happened it you were here?” not feel afraid-she was inspired only by the “I remained to finish some work.” desire to save her partner's property.

Mr. La Rue opened the door, and found t'e She opened her door a crack and peered man lying in a swoon on the floor. He through, and by the light of a dim lautern, bis feet and hands, and sent Sam the porter, carried by the burglar himself, she saw a who arrived at that moment, after the police. stout, ruffianly-looking fellow standing in the And by the time they came, the burglar had centre of the room, evidently taking an ex- got his breath again, and swore loud enough amination of the place.

to make up for lost time. Suddenly his face lighted, as he cauglit a After lie was disposed of, Mr. La Rue found glimpse of the great safe. He darted toward Juliet in the sewing-room. it, examined the lock, and taking a key from “You are a very brave girl, Miss Wayne," a bunch he carried, fitted it to the lock. Im- he said, with feeling; “ and I thank you for mediately the door flew open, and he stepped what you did for me. But I want you to inside.

promise me something. Will you ?” The safe was built into the wall like a cup- “ What is it?” board, and the man began carefully inspect- “That you will never stay here another ing the different packages on the shelves. night. It is not safe. I will not permit it.

A sudden thought shot through Juliet's Promise me-Juliet.” brain, and quick as light she sprang forward, “But if I had not been here last night, you crashed together the iron doors of the safe, would have lost your money." and slid the bolt! Then rushing to the open “My money is not to be compared to your window by which he had entered, she put it safety. Promise me." down, lifted the heavy shutters on the inside, "Certainly, if you wish it." and dropped the strong bar across them. " That is my good girl. Go home now and

The prisoner was cursing and swearing at sleep-your eyes are heavy-and do not come a fearful rate, but Juliet had no fear of his back until you are rested.” And Mr. La Rue, making his escape.

audaciously enough, considering that he was She went back to her room, got a chair and engaged to another woman, bent down and some matches, and a shawl to wrap herself in. touched his lips to lier hand. She lit the gas, took her chair up in front of Juliet went home and laid down, and kissed the safe, and prepared to spend the night the white hand just where he had kissed it, there. It was so late she did not dare go out which was very silly of her, but then girls are on the street, and she did not know as Nr. foolish about some things. La Rue would approve of her calling the The next day she saw him riding with Miss police; so she decided to wait there until he Howardson, and after that the beautiful suncame.

shine seemed very dim to her, and she The night wore away very slowly, and at wondered what made her feel so tired and last the captive stopped swearing, and all was spiritless. quiet. Juliet could not sleep, and by the time Miss Giles gossiped about the wedding, Mr. La Rue came, at five in the morning, she for they were to be married before very long, bal got as nervous as any other woman. she said. Mr. La Rue was already kaving his

He had come so early because lie wanted landsome house refitted and furnished. to send the money by the agent, on the first Juliet wished she would not talk so much, train Sonth.

but she did not say so, though she was very At sight of Juliet, he stopped whistling and glad when it was time to go to tea. The walk stood still, evidently thinking the girl had lost in the cool, fresh air would do her good, she her senses.


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It was the last of March, but it was still tbe passionate tone of his voice; but he held sleighing, and a new snow had just fallen. her close to his heart. Half way to Mrs. Smithi's a sleigh stopped “Juliet, I love you. I want you for my beside her, and glancing up, she saw Gerard wife. You are my partner in business, but I La Rue. He threw back the buffaloes and must have a better claim on you than that sprang out.

a stronger hold. I want you for all time." “I have been looking for you," he said, “But Miss Howardson—" "and I am so glad you are come. It is such * Miss Howardson has nothing to do with fine sleighing! And before she could offer it, dearest.” any objections, he had lifted her into the “Then you are not going to marry her?" sleigh and was brushing the snow from lier “Never, with my own consent, Juliet. She little Polish boots-for Juliet did not wear is a fine woman, but there is too much of her old things now. Then he tucked the robes for me. I want a wife just large enough to around her, and they were off.

fill iny arms, as she fills my heart; and my " It is so warm we will go entirely out into Juliet is the only one in all the world who the country, if you like," said he. “The just meets my requirements. Say you love young moon will light us back.”

me, Juliet." “I have not had a sleigh ride in four years," “I do," she said, innocently. “But I never she said, dreamily; "but, indeed, I fear I thought you—" And then she stopped, conought not to go. It may be improper" fused and blushing.

“No, it is perfectly proper, and I am going “But I did. I loved you the monient I saw to take you in spite of everything. Wly, you. And my Aunt Patty is a good fairy; I Juliet, I have been anticipating this all shall respect her always.” day.”

And then Gerard kissed Juliet's lips, feelHe put his arm around her-for they were ing sure that no other man had kissed her so. quite in the country now and asked, gently: It was a very pleasant ride back to the city; "Are you warm, my darling ?”

and two months afterward, Mr. and Mrs. La She started away from him, friglitened at Rue went to Europe on their bridal tour.



O), what has come over my little maid,
That her bright head droops in this pensive

And she keeps in the garden's stilly shade,
With a dream in her sweet brown eyes all day.

Where the fountain falls, with its silver drip,

Over the lilies so snowy and fair, And every wind has a song on its lip,

And every sunbeam a bee in its hair,

Effie is looking on pictures more bright

Than even the June time itself can show-
Pictures all crossed with rainbows and light,

Sunshine radiance and blossomy glow.
And Effie, my dear, I ree pictures, too!

I read all the secrets in bonnie brown eyes;
Don't think you can hide them, for I see

through The curls and the lashes; and, Effie, I'm wise! A little bird told me a tale last night,- (wing,

That came from the garden, with dew on his And stopped on the lawu in the sunset light,

Mid the red laurels, to gossip and sing,About two young lovers-now, who might they

be? That were talking low, in such tender tone, On the ole seat under the linden tree,

Where fountains are playing and lilies blown.

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