290 "LADIES FIRST.
Beatitude Avith alacrity as she led him on tip-toe
up to the alleged siek room ; opening the door
softly, she ushered the bold lover into his sweet¬
heart's boudoir, and left them to make up their
lovers' quarrel in the usual SAveet and entirely satis¬
Dolores had turned the artificial lights of her
room very Ioav and reseated herself at the windoAV
to enjoy the moonlight of a glorious night.
At first, the room to Kelvyn's eyes, accustomed
to glaring gaslight, seemed as dark as Egypt's
darkest catacomb. Dolores heard him stumble
over a chair and thought, " That's SAveetness back
again: God bless her ; she's all out of breath from
running up and doAvn stairs," for Kelvyn's breath¬
ing was hard consequent upon his exciting joy
and delightful anticipation of soon holding Dolores
to his heart again. He almost groped his Avay
along. Presently he heard a sob and he foUoAved
the sound Avith his eyes, whose sight was rewarded
by a blond covered head upon which the moon¬
beams shone through the open casement. The
white arms and neck gleamed in the soft light. He
stood breathlessly still for a moment. Dolores'
voice murmured ;—" Is that you, SAveetness?"—
Could he believe his OAvn ears? He did not expeet
so kindly a Avelcome from his haughty love. He
knoAV her high-strung spirit of old.
" Yes, it is I," exclaimed Kelvyn, his voice
trembling Avith repressed love and excitement.
"A man !" screamed the girl in alarm, as Kel¬
vyn's heavy tones fell upon her astonished ear.
" What else did you expect?" asked Kelvyn, as