190 IN A WINTER CITY.
minutes. The other men wUl go if he wiU do
as much as that."
" I think M. deUa Eocca quite right not * to do
as much as that,' '* said the Lady HUda. " Why
Society ever does as much as that, or half as
much, or anything at aU, for Joshua R. Postiche,
I can never teU. As it does,—to be consistent
everybody should dine with the fruit woman from
the street comer, and play ecarte with thefr own
" Oh, we shaU come to that, Madame," said
Nicolas Doggondorf. "At least, if chunney
sweeping ever make heaps of money; I don't
think it does ; it only chokes Uttle boys------.**
" Ce bon Monsieur Postiche sold rum and
molasses," murmured Don Carlo.
"What's it to us what he sold?" said Lady
Featherleigh. " We've nothing to do with him;
we're only going to his baU. You talk as if we
asked the man to dinner."
" What does the Archduchess Anna always say:
' Ou je m'amuse—j'y vais.' So we do aU. I hear
he has been put up for the Club; is it true ? "
added the Princess to Carlo Maremma,