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A Man's Hearth   By: (1886-1921)

A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram

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A MAN'S HEARTH

[Illustration: ELSIE FELT THE GLANCE PASS ACROSS HER AND REST ON ANTHONY

Page 223 ]

A MAN'S HEARTH

BY

ELEANOR M. INGRAM

AUTHOR OF "FROM THE CAB BEHIND," "THE UNAFRAID," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR BY EDMUND FREDERICK

[Illustration]

PHILADELPHIA & LONDON J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY 1915

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1915

PRINTED BY J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY AT THE WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS PHILADELPHIA, U. S. A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. TONY ADRIANCE "MILLIONS, YOU KNOW!" 9

II. HIS NEIGHBOR'S WIFE 27

III. THE GIRL OUTSIDE 45

IV. THE WOMAN WHO GRASPED 55

V. THE LITTLE RED HOUSE 77

VI. THE WOMAN WHO GAVE 96

VII. THE DARING ADVENTURE 109

VIII. ANDY OF THE MOTOR TRUCKS 110

IX. THE LUCK IN THE HOUSE 144

X. MRS. MASTERSON TAKES TEA 155

XI. THE GLOWING HEARTH 173

XII. THE UPPER TRAIL 184

XIII. WHAT TONY BUILT 203

XIV. THE CABARET DANCER 215

XV. THE OTHER MAN'S ROAD 229

XVI. THE GUITAR OF ALENYA OF THE SEA 243

XVII. RUSSIAN MIKE AND MAÎTRE RAOUL GALVEZ 261

XVIII. THE CHALLENGE 271

XIX. THE ADRIANCES 283

XX. THE CORNERSTONE 308

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

Elsie felt the Glance pass across Her and Rest on Anthony Frontispiece

There Would Have Been no more Bedtime Romps for Masterson and His Son 71

The Winter was Hard and Long, but Never Dull to Them 173

A MAN'S HEARTH

CHAPTER I

TONY ADRIANCE "MILLIONS, YOU KNOW!"

The man who had taken shelter in the stone pavilion hesitated before taking a place on the curved bench before him. He had the air of awaiting some sign of welcome or dismissal from the seat's occupant; receiving none, he sat down and turned his gaze toward the broad Drive, where people were scattering before the sudden flurry of rain. It suggested spring rather than autumn, this shower that had swept out of a wind blown cloud and was already passing.

After a moment he drew a cigar case from his pocket, then paused. Obviously, he was not familiar with the etiquette of the public parks, with their freedom and lack of formalities. He was beside a woman a girl. He had no wish to be inconsiderate, yet, to speak in suspicious, sardonic New York that was to invite misconstruction, or a flirtation. Still

"May I smoke?" he suddenly and brusquely shot his question.

The girl turned towards him. Her eyes were as gray as the rain; heavily shadowed by their lashes, their expression had a misted aloofness suggesting thoughts hastily recalled from remote distances. He realized that he might have come, smoked, and gone without drawing her notice any more than a blowing leaf. She was not a beauty, but he liked the clearing frankness of the glance with which she judged him, and judged aright. He liked it, too, that she did not smile, and that her steadfast regard showed neither invitation nor hostility.

"Thank you," she answered. "Please do."

The form of her reply seemed to him peculiarly gracious and unexpected, as if she gave with both hands instead of doling out the merely necessary... Continue reading book >>




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