26« IN A WINTER CITY.
" How very fortunate that you met her ! " said
Madame MUa, with a Uttle saucy laugh. " She
wiU kUl herself riding that horrid Sai'd some day
—perhaps she wUl Usten to you if you teU her
not. What was it I wanted to say,—oh, I want a
very good box for the VegUone. You are one of
the dfrectors of the opera, are you not ? '*
" I thought so. WeU, mind I have one; big
enough to hold the supper table comfortably;
and see Maurice about it, and dine with me to¬
morrow, wUl you? Nina and Olga and the
usual people. Dear me, how these horses do
fidget. How very nice that you should have
met dear Hilda just when she 'd lost her way !
Good bye; but, of com'se, you'll be at the
Eoubleskoffs' to-night? I wish it wasn't cos¬
tume. I'm England, and I'm embroidered all
over with Union Jacks; and I have a Uttle
Khedive on a gold stick that keeps tumbUng up
and down ; and I carry a ship in fuU saU on the
top of my head. I assure you it's very trying to
be a Naval Power. How ever I shaU be able to
waltz with that ship !------"