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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Cupid's Middleman, by Edward B. Lent This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Cupid's Middleman Author: Edward B. Lent Illustrator: H. B. Matthews Release Date: March 8, 2010 [EBook #31561] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CUPID'S MIDDLEMAN *** Produced by Woodie4, Suzanne Shell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net [Illustration: cover] CUPID'S MIDDLEMAN [Illustration: CUPID'S MIDDLEMAN.] CUPID'S MIDDLEMAN BY EDWARD B. LENT AUTHOR OF "BEING DONE GOOD" ILLUSTRATED BY H. B. MATTHEWS NEW YORK CUPPLES & LEON Copyright, 1906, by CUPPLES & LEON TO MY FRIEND, HERBERT F. GUNNISON, OF THE BROOKLYN EAGLE. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE CUPID'S MIDDLEMAN _Frontispiece_ "WHY, WHO IN THE WORLD COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS NONSENSE?" LAUGHED HYGEIA 214 "YOU ADVERTISE ROOMS FOR LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING" 238 "I WROTE IT, GABRIELLE--AND FORGIVE ME" 286 "I CAME TO APOLOGIZE TO YOU, MR. TESCHERON" 322 PREFACE John Alden was a celebrated Cupid's middleman. In presenting the cause of Miles Standish to Priscilla, however, he did not attend strictly to business as a jobber. He was not able to resist the lady when she asked: "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?" That famous question has practically made it impossible for the middleman to make much headway in the assumed part. Benjamin Hopkins, of Oswegatchie County, was not a traitor--perhaps because he never met the fair Priscillas face to face. This story can teach no new lesson; it can only recall the ancient wisdom which filled Miles Standish when it was too late. In the poem by Longfellow, the Plymouth Captain says: "* * * I should have remembered the adage-- If you would be well served, you must serve yourself; and moreover, No man can gather cherries in Kent at the season of Christmas!"
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