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A Young Man in a Hurry by Robert W. Chambers

[Illustration: [See p. 5 "'GOOD HEAVENS!' HE SAID. 'WHERE'S MY SISTER?'"]

A YOUNG MAN IN A HURRY AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

BY

ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

AUTHOR OF "THE MAIDS OF PARADISE" "CARDIGAN" "THE MAID-AT-ARMS" "THE KING IN YELLOW" ETC

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS 1904

Copyright, 1904, by ROBERT W. CHAMBERS.

_All rights reserved._ Published October, 1904.

TO MARGERY

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'GOOD HEAVENS!' HE SAID. 'WHERE'S MY SISTER?'" _Frontispiece_

"'I LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO WAIT A MILLION YEARS!'" _Facing p. 20_

"'I MEANT TO TAKE SOME FLOWERS, ANYWAY'" " 28

"'HERE ARE THE VIOLETS; ... I WILL TIE THEM TO YOUR COLLAR'" " 34

"AWAY THEY WENT, KNEE-DEEP IN DRY SILVERY GRASSES" " 132

"THERE WAS THAT IN BURLESON'S EYES THAT SOBERED HER" " 164

"'I WISH YOU'D GIVE MARLITT ANOTHER CHANCE'" " 242

"HE SAW HER THE MOMENT HE ENTERED THE WISTARIA ARBOR" " 250

CONTENTS

PAGE A YOUNG MAN IN A HURRY 3

A PILGRIM 23

THE SHINING BAND 51

ONE MAN IN A MILLION 95

THE FIRE-WARDEN 123

THE MARKET-HUNTER 171

THE PATH-MASTER 197

IN NAUVOO 223

MARLITT'S SHOES 241

PASQUE FLORIDA 263

A YOUNG MAN IN A HURRY

"Soyez tranquilles, mesdames.... Je suis un jeune homme presse.... Mais modeste."--LABICHE.

At ten minutes before five in the evening the office doors of the Florida and Key West Railway Company flew open, and a young man emerged in a hurry.

Suit-case in one hand, umbrella in the other, he sped along the corridor to the elevator-shaft, arriving in time to catch a glimpse of the lighted roof of the cage sliding into depths below.

"Down!" he shouted; but the glimmering cage disappeared, descending until darkness enveloped it.

Then the young man jammed his hat on his head, seized the suit-case and umbrella, and galloped down the steps. The spiral marble staircase echoed his clattering flight; scrub-women heard him coming and fled; he leaped a pail of water and a mop; several old gentlemen flattened themselves against the wall to give him room; and a blond young person with pencils in her hair lisped "Gee!" as he whizzed past and plunged through the storm-doors, which swung back, closing behind him with a hollow thwack.


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