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THE WAYNES VILLE MOUNTAINEER
The Yank Is Coming!
by MAY CHRISTIE
The honeymoon in Europe was
perfectly wonderful. Italy, that en
chanted land how the Latin men
admired Virginia's beauty! She
would twit her bridegroom laugh
ingly about his jealousy. It thrilled
and flattered her and at the same
time, gave her a sense of security.
They went to Florence Rome
Kaple Sorrento then motored all
along the Mediterrean, through
Viareggiot and Rappallo and Genoa,
to Monte Carlo, where they stayed
a day or two. There the Casino fas
She played baccarat. But Henry
encouraged no high stakes, and Vir
ginia was loath to ask him for
A stop at Cap D'Antibes, at the
famous hotel above the rocks, with
its tiny yacht club. Then on to
Juan-Les-Pins and Cannes.
Virginia had had a flutter one af
ternoon in the Juan-Les-Pins casi
no, and thereafter, Henry took
her to that chic little outdoor ren
dezvous, La Poiniere, for shrimps
and a pre-dinner cocktail.
"I so enjoyed this afternoon,
playing baccarat!'' exclaimed Vir
Henry answered indulgently:
"You certainly were lucky, darl
one said quickly: They say
'lucky at cards, unlucky in love!'
But that won't be true of us, dear
est, will it 7"
They drank to each other, and
then fell into a tender silence. From
a neighboring table came a chatter
of French voices two men and a
woman. Suddenly Virginia's face
Jghted as she overhead some
thing. . .
One of the strangers in the little
estaurant, after a keen look at
Henry, was informing his com
panions in French that there was
one of the most sought-after young
men in all that amazing New York
City!, "Those American marriages
never last," he added with a trace
of scorn in his voice. "The men
never stick to one woman! It is
a folly for them to marry. From
what I saw of them in New York,
I pity the young girl. She looks
sweet and simple. She will never
hold him against such competition."
Virginia whitened. No, Henry
, hadn't heard! He would not have
understood the French tongue, any
way. She rose. "Let's go." She was
disturbed to the core, but too proud
to repeat a word of it to him.
That night as she lay by the side
Mrs. De Peyster Fish, that well
known society leader, was discuss
ing the marriage of Henry Van
Tyle over a cup of tea in her pala
tial penthouse on upper Fifth Ave
enue. A small grqup of cronies
were there, including Daffodill who
was popular for his gossip. With
him was Julie Trevor.
Despite Henry's defalcation, Ju
lie was beautifully dressed, these
days. Mrs. De Peyster Fish won
dered if Julie was doing unduly well
at the commission racket, which
was Julie's forte, next-in-order to
vamping the male. Or had she a
rich man tucked away in the back
ground? Not that it mattered one
way or the other, for Mrs. De Pay
ster Fish prided herself on being
broadminded, like all her set.
"My deah, they arrived this af
ternoon on the Majestic! They're at
Henry's apartment now. My deah,
she a perfect nitwit, I assure you!
No style! No looks! No breeding!
Henry introduced me to her himself I
at the Kentucky Derby." Daffodil
Here followed a vivid description
of Chotty Wllbertree, whom Daffo
dil had mistaken for the bride! . . .
I'll call Henry right away, and
as she, in turn, was presented to the
bride, her face fell into welcoming
smiles. She greeted Virginia with
just the right degree of cordiality.
Willie Krass's birthday gift of a
diamond marquise ring gleamed on
the third finger of Julie's left hand,
and in addition to the emerald pin
which reposed on Julie's bosom she
had a couple of gorgeous bracelets.
Polite banalities were exchanged.
More people arrived. The double
doors of the dining room swung
open, and the men came out, shoul
der to shoulder. .'.-'
Before she even saw Henry, Julie
knew by the sudden happy light in
Virginia's eyes that he was draw
ing near. . , .
But before Julie could greet him
(she had rehearsed the part per
fectly the diamond ring should be
flashed before him) those two
beautiful girls, Bright Eyes and
Precious, had rushed at him and
kissed him heartily. Triumphantly
they led him into the conservatory,
one hanging on each arm.
Shaking them off cleverly, he
came directly toward his wife, in
cluding Julie in the greeting. She
extended her hand as though in a
spirit of frankest comradeship to
congratulate him, and ask them ' the man whonl she had once looked
here tomorrow night. We'll give a
party for them. Then all of us can
see her for ourselves!" Mrs. De
Pewster Fish flung a look at Julie
that was not untinged with mali
The invitation proved so ur
gentso determined that Henry
accepted. "We may as well get it
over, and meet the gang!" he told
The hostess was , greatly sur
prised when the Parisian vision of
loveliness that was Virginia walk
ed into her house the following
night by the side of Henry Van
Tyle, and with an air of perfect
poise and breeding accepted con
gratulations on their marriage.
While the women were partaking
of their after-dinner coffee in the
beautiful conservatory at the far
end of the main hall, the doorbell
rang, and in tripped the airy Daffo
dil, followed by Julie, and several
of the sleeping Henry in their hotel his greeting,
Seeing the ladies, Daffodil slipped
gracefully forward, effusively kiss
ed his hostess's hand, and whirled
about toward the bride. A blank ex
pression came over his pink-and
white face as he viewed Virginia.
"Oh no. We have not met. How
do you do?" said Virginia frankly,
extending her hand in answer to
in Cannes, she was restless. She
had never thought of. women in
Henry's life! Never, she had im
agined herself the first girl he had
kissed or loved. She had imag
ined, lover like, that the slate was
perfectly clean when he had fallen
"But, Daffodil, you insisted that
you had met Henry's beloved at the
Kentucky Derby," protested Mrs
De Peyster Fish. "You told us all
about her. You intrigued us im
mensely!" she insisted, thoroughly
enjoying the young man's discom
in love with her. . i . . It was a long fiture.
time before Virginia fell asleep that j Julie, meantime, was giving Daf
night. . fodil most venomous glances. But
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upon as her own. In low, clear tones
which seemed to carry a ring of
real sincerity, she congratulated
him on his great good fortune. At
the same time, she made a great
play with her left hand, hoping he
would observe her engagement ring.
But he was relieved over this awk
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his marriage, should have errone
ously printed the announcement
that Henry was her fiance, instead
of her real betrothed! Henry then
noticed the ring. And with a pang
of anger and hurt pride, Julie saw
the relieved expression on his face!
"Who's the lucky devil?" Henry
asked jocularly of Julie, seeing her
But Julie prevaricated. Looking
at Virginia she said, ever s,o sweet-
friendly and so enthusiastic, that
Henry was disarmed. No one knew
New York's Mayfair like Julie Tre
vor. Since he expected to be ex
tremely busy in the next few weeks,
it was a distinct relief for Henry
to know that Virginia would have a
real woman friend. He told Julie
that they must find a bigger apart
ment, now that he was married. He
had been thinking about giving
Virginia a party, to introduce her,
ly: ; "Henry, she's perfectly ador- j but, having so little time, he could
able! Why on earth did you keep
crossed, and Julie making herself l it from us all? Where have you
so pleasant to Virginia, and he
failed to notice the gem. . . ,
While Henry's friends were cir
cling around the bride, Henry ,
dropped into the vacant seat on the '
other side of Julie. Immediately she
seized this opportunity to tell him
that it was "too utterly rediculous"
that the papers, just at the time of
been '.hiding her?"
iiery; HokiH ' sheenishly, but j
HrroH. Julie continued her "good
work." "I should love to take her
around! She must be launched j
correctly. Do let me help you,
Henry. , You simply must give her
a big party!''
Julie's air was so sincere and
nut 'himself . arrange anything.
"You're a brick Julie,", he de
clared. "It's awfully good of you
to take it off my hands."
More people kept coming in to
Mrs. De Peyster Fish's reception.
Virginia and Henry separated. In
deed, Henry was literally dragged
away from her by the women who
were fnssinc around him. All old
friends of his, it seemed: They
flung pokes at him, putting into
action the time-worn custom of
kissing the bridegroom. '
Virginia, sharp little knives of
jealousy at her heart, went out on
the terrace to view New York at
night, with a couple of men.
So this was how these parties
went! Fervently she wished they
hadn't come. The myriad sparkling
lights of the great city seemed like
mocking eyes, winking at her in
ward disturbance. Silent and dis
trait, her companions found her
dull, and made an excuse to rejoin
As they re-entered the pent
house, Virginia had a glimpse of
Henry in a deep chair, on the arm
of which one pretty girl was
perched, while another fetched a
highball for him. This was too
much! In Rome she'd do as the
Romans do! The memory of the
unknown Frenchman s words m
"La Potiniere" at Juan-Les-Pms
added fuel to her fire.
How dared they be so familiar,
these bold creatures; And where
where was the security of her ro
mantic courtship--her blissful mar
riage? " '
A catty remark from one of the
women did nothing to reassure Vir
ginia. "Better watch tnat nana-
some man of yours!" Nor did the
manner in which the hostess went
out of her way to impress the bride
with little episodes of the past in
which Henry appeared to be a cen
tral figure! ' '.'
"They want to upset me. They're
furious that he married out of his
set. They take it as a slight. They
detest the sight of me!" thought
The only one who seemed really
to try to be pleasant and friendly
was that gorgeous-looking Julie
Trevor. Too made-up too artificial-looking.
But apparently she
had a kind heart. Julie had come
up to her, put an arm about her
waist, and murmured: "You must
n't mind the way the girls go on
They're always like this to every
newly-married couple. They're
doing it only to see how you'll take
it. They're really good scouts."
Virginia answered stiffly that she
Saw nothing amiss.
Julie continued Cordially: "I was
just telling Henry that I hope you
and I are going to be good friends, I
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