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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX At nine o'clock that evening Miss Maude Wheatleigh, escorted by Mr. Freelance, was welcomed graciously by Miss Pearl Livingstone at the threshold of the apartment in which, according to all trustworthy accounts, that favorite emotional actress delighted to entertain her many wealthy and distinguished friends. It is a curious and noteworthy fact that although Miss Livingstone is socially unknown in New York, she nevertheless enjoys a high reputation in remote portions of the country as an actress whose profession has proved no bar to her social progress. The whole world, or at least that part of it which lies to the west of the Mississippi, has read of the brilliant gatherings that have made her artistic home the favorite meeting-place of artists, millionaires, statesmen, and poets, who, by the way, are famous for their affinity to one another. That Miss Livingstone had won for herself such an enviable position in the eyes of the polite world was generally attributed to her own exemplary life; but the credit really belonged to Mr. Freelance, who had acted as her press-agent during the early period of her career. Maude's first feeling on entering the room, of which she had read innumerable descriptions, was one of blank disappointment, which her hostess may have noticed, for she hastened to remark that she was really in no state to receive visitors, as her rooms were all in disorder, and most of her articles of furniture and adornment at the storage warehouse. Miss Livingstone was attired in a loose gown of light blue, and wore several pieces of jewelry that flashed and sparkled in the gaslight. She had been engaged in conversation with a gentleman of spare build, whose eyes were dark and piercing, and whose clean-shaved face betrayed his callin...
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