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Soldiers of Fortune - Richard Harding Davis

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SOLDIERS OF
FORTUNE

BY
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS

TO
IRENE AND DANA GIBSON

SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE

I

``It is so good of you to come early,'' said Mrs. Porter, as
Alice Langham entered the drawing-room.  ``I want to ask a favor
of you.  I'm sure you won't mind.  I would ask one of the
debutantes, except that they're always so cross if one puts
them next to men they don't know and who can't help them, and so
I thought I'd just ask you, you're so good-natured.  You don't
mind, do you?''

``I mind being called good-natured,'' said Miss Langham, smiling.
``Mind what, Mrs. Porter?'' she asked.

``He is a friend of George's,'' Mrs. Porter explained, vaguely. 
``He's a cowboy.  It seems he was very civil to George when he
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