SOO IN A WINTER CITY,
worse places even, were there any chance it would
be attended to. Madame MUa, have I been so
unhappy as to have offended you ? "
"I am a top leaf that may rot! I was never
told anything so rade in my Ufe—from you too !
the very soul of ceremonious courtesy,"
Delia Eocca made his peace with her in flowery
" WeU, I shaU play baccarat to-night in this
hotel, just because the Prefect has been so odious
and done that," said Madame MUa. "You wiU
aU come home with me after the Eoubleskoff's
dinner ? Promise ! "
" Of course," said the Princess Olga,
" Of course," said Lady Featherleigh.
" Of com-se," said everybody else.
" And if the gendarmes come in ? "
" We wiU shoot them! "
" No ; we wiU give them champagne—surer
and more humane."
"I wish the Prefect would come himself—I
should Uke to teU him my mind," continued Ma¬
dame Mila. " So impudent of the man !—when
aU the Eoyal Highnesses and Grand Dukes and