Jane Cable

George Barr McCutcheon
Jane Cable

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Jane Cable
By George Barr McCutcheon

I When Jane Goes Driving II The Cables III James Bansemer IV The
Foundling V The Bansemer Crash VI In Sight of the Fangs VII Mrs.
Cable Entertains VIII The Telegram IX The Proposal X The Four
Initials XI An Evening with Droom XII James Bansemer Calls XIII
Jane Sees with New Eyes XIV The Canker XV The Tragedy of the Sea
Wall XVI Hours of Terror XVII David Cable's Debts XVIII The Visit
of Harbert XIX The Crash XX Father and Son XXI In the Philippines
XXII The Chase of Pilar XXIII The Fight in the Convent XXIV Teresa
Velasquez XXV The Beautiful Nurse XXVI The Separation of Hearts
XXVII "If They Don't Kill You" XXVIII Homeward Bound XXIX The
Wreckage XXX The Drink of Gall XXXI The Transforming of Droom
XXXII Elias Droom's Dinner Party XXXIII Droom Triumphs over
Death XXXIV To-morrow


It was a bright, clear afternoon in the late fall that pretty Miss Cable
drove up in her trap and waited at the curb for her father to come forth
from his office in one of Chicago's tallest buildings. The crisp,
caressing wind that came up the street from the lake put the pink into
her smooth cheeks, but it did not disturb the brown hair that crowned
her head. Well-groomed and graceful, she sat straight and sure upon the
box, her gloved hand grasping the yellow reins firmly and confidently.
Miss Cable looked neither to right nor to left, but at the tips of her
thoroughbred's ears. Slender and tall and very aristocratic she appeared,
her profile alone visible to the passers-by.
After a very few moments, waiting in her trap, the smart young woman
became impatient. A severe, little pucker settled upon her brow, and
not once, but many times her eyes turned to the broad entrance across
the sidewalk. She had telephoned to her father earlier in the afternoon;
and he had promised faithfully to be ready at four o'clock for a spin up
the drive behind Spartan. At three minutes past four the pucker made
its first appearance; and now, several minutes later, it was quite
distressing. Never before had he kept her waiting like this. She was
conscious of the fact that at least a hundred men had stared at her in the
longest ten minutes she had ever known. From the bottom of a very hot
heart she was beginning to resent this scrutiny, when a tall young
fellow swung around a near-by corner, and came up with a smile so full
of delight, that the dainty pucker left her brow, as the shadow flees
from the sunshine. His hat was off and poised gallantly above his head,
his right hand reaching up to clasp the warm, little tan one outstretched
to meet it.
"I knew it was you long before I saw you," said he warmly.
"Truly? How interesting!" she responded, with equal warmth.
"Something psychic in the atmosphere today?"
"Oh, no," he said, reluctantly releasing her hand. "I can't see through
these huge buildings, you know---it's impossible to look over their
tops--I simply knew you were here, that's all."
"You're romantic, even though you are a bit silly," she cried gaily.
"Pray, how could you know?"
"Simplest thing in the world. Rigby told me he had seen
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