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A Pasteboard Crown A Story of the New York Stage   By: (1849-1925)

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A PASTEBOARD CROWN

[Illustration: "I will place the crown upon your head," said the actor manager; "only promise not to reproach me when you find for yourself that it is only pasteboard!"]

A PASTEBOARD CROWN

A Story of the New York Stage

BY CLARA MORRIS

Author of "Life on the Stage," etc.

WITH A FRONTISPIECE FROM A DRAWING BY HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY

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CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK 1902

Copyright, 1902, by Clara Morris Harriott

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE LAWTONS ARRIVE 1 II. A POWERFUL NEIGHBOR 12 III. SHOPPING UNDER DIFFICULTIES 23 IV. AN ACQUAINTANCE RENEWED 32 V. "THE WOMAN OF FATE" 44 VI. A RECOGNITION AND A DINNER 53 VII. A PRAYER AND A PROMISE 64 VIII. "TELL HER YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION" 73 IX. THE ACCIDENT A FRIEND IN NEED 85 X. CALLING ON THE MANAGER 97 XI. THE DOUBLE BIRTHDAY 113 XII. THE PROMISED CROWN 129 XIII. THE FORMING OF THE CHRYSALIS 143 XIV. THE RETURN FROM THE WEST 152 XV. MRS. LAWTON LAYS PLANS 163 XVI. A STRANGE BETROTHAL 171 XVII. THE COSTUMING OF JULIET 188 XVIII. A LOVER'S PLEA 204 XIX. A FAMILY SCENE 219 XX. A PROFESSIONAL LESSON 228 XXI. SEEKING REFUGE FROM THE STORM 243 XXII. PREPARING THE PIT 265 XXIII. THE WOMAN IN THE BOX 279 XXIV. "I WILL NOT DIVORCE YOU" 294 XXV. "TO LOVE IS TO FORGIVE" 309 XXVI. THE OPAL 325 XXVII. THE FALL OF THE CURTAIN 344 XXVIII. "THOU KNOWEST!" 359

A PASTEBOARD CROWN

CHAPTER I

THE LAWTONS ARRIVE

It was on a Monday, the 30th of April, that the boys with the grocers' and butchers' delivery wagons, the gray uniformed postmen behind their bony, always tired horses, and the blue coated, overfed mounted policemen began to circulate the report that the old White house had found a tenant; and every soul that listened made answer: "Impossible! No one could live in that old rookery!" and then, with incredible inconsistency, ended with: "Who's taken it?"

At first no answer could be given to that question, but later in the day a man who strung telegraph wires won a brief importance through overhearing a conversation between two men standing below him and beside the pole he was mounted on. One man was Jacob Brewer, who now owned the old White estate, and the other he ascertained, by careful listening, to be John Lawton; and he learned that Mr. Lawton was to take possession of the old house the next day, which would be May 1st, the conventionally correct day for moving.

Through the usual suburban channels this bit of information was put into circulation and swiftly reached every householder in the village to say nothing of outlying farmhouses. And everywhere women with towels about their heads sure sign that the house cleaning microbe is abroad in the land could be seen talking over back fences to neighbors whose fingers were still puckered from long immersion in the family wash tub, and the name Lawton and such disjointed exclamations as: "Who?" "Why how many do you suppose?" and "Did you ever hear of such a thing?" filled the warm air, even as the frail, inconsequent little May flies filled it... Continue reading book >>




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