Jack Norworth had one desire, one ambition, and one hope in life, to win the heart and hand of Miss Langdon. He had been born and reared in luxury and wealth, but lacked some of those finer qualities which go towards the making of a girl's ideal, such as the fancy of Miss Langdon had pictured to herself. She liked Jack. He was good company, a perfect gentleman, full of pleasant surprises, but back of it all she did not feel that he possessed just the sort of stuff that ideal husbands are made of. So, when for the fourth time he proposed to her, rather than taking it seriously, she came to the belief that it had become a habit with him rather than a desire. In fact, she would have been greatly surprised if he did not propose at least once in a fortnight Just after his fourth proposal the militia was ordered out on peace maneuvers (to capture Boston in a sham military operation) and Jack, being a captain, of course had to go. Far from being displeased at the prospect, however, he rather...
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