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SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE
BY
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
TO
IRENE AND DANA GIBSON
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE
I
"It is so good of you to come early," said Mrs. Porter, as Alice
Langham entered the drawing-room. "I want to ask a favor of you. I'm
sure you won't mind. I would ask one of the debutantes, except that
they're always so cross if one puts them next to men they don't know
and who can't help them, and so I thought I'd just ask you, you're so
good-natured. You don't mind, do you?"
"I mind being called good-natured," said Miss Langham, smiling. "Mind
what, Mrs. Porter?" she asked.
"He is a friend of George's," Mrs. Porter explained, vaguely. "He's a
cowboy. It seems he was very civil to George when he was out there
shooting in New Mexico, or Old Mexico, I don't remember which. He took
George to his hut and gave him things to shoot, and all that, and now
he is in New York with a letter of introduction. It's just like
George. He may be a most impossible sort of man, but, as I said to Mr.
Porter, the people I've asked can't complain, because I don't know
anything more about him than they do. He called to-day when I was out
and left his card and George's letter of introduction, and as a man had
failed me for to-night, I just thought I would kill two birds with one
stone, and ask him to fill his place, and he's here. And, oh, yes,"
Mrs. Porter added, "I'm going to put him next to you, do you mind?"
"Unless he wears leather leggings and long spurs I shall mind very
much," said Miss Langham.


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