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and art, some society personalities, not too difficult to reach, not too regularly established, but sufficiently decorative to shed a little of their brilliancy upon their hosts.

" For the difficult thing," said Victor Charri- gaud, " is not to dine in the city, but to give a dinner at home."

After thinking over the plan for a long time, Victor Charrigaud made this proposition:

"Well, I have it. I think that at first we can have only divorced women — with their lovers. We must begin somewhere. There are some who are very suitable, and whom the most Catholic newspa- pers speak of with admiration. Later, when our con- nections shall have become more extensive, and at the same time more select, — why, we can let the divorced people slide."

"You are right," approved Mme. Charrigaud. "For the moment, the important thing is to get the best people among those who are divorced. Say what you will, the time has come when a divorce gives a person a certain position."

"It has at least the merit of abolishing adultery," chuckled Charrigaud. "Adultery is now very old-fashioned. Nobody but friend Bourget now believes in adultery, — Christian adultery, — and in English furniture."

To which Mme. Charrigaud replied, in a tone of nervous vexation: