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Olbrich, M. B. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. 1, No. 4 (March 1904)

Smith, Charles F.
The unloved princess,   pp. 141-142


Page 141


          THE UNLOVED PRINCESS
  Billy Gray was a man who required but little description
before he conceived the story of the "Unloved Princess."
He was just a good natured reporter, with a newspaper man's
usual store of impudence and lack of funds. All of us knew
Billy. He was a familiar figure over at the Club. Often I
have watched him bloom in that congenial atmosphere-
lounging in an easy chair, his round cheeks glowing with
health and his whole face beaming, while he told some story
that he had picked up during his  eckered career. With
his generous waist measurement he looked like another Fal-
staff. But this was before the days of the "Unloved Prin-
cess. "
  How that beautiful bit of fiction ever happened to get into
Billy's head and then get out again and into print, I do not
know. Billy certainly had not been a dreamer of dreams.
His sleek, fat person and florid countenance suggested any-
thing but imagination. His conversation was apt to be
forcible, because profane; and interesting, because he could
tell stories like a traveling man at a country hotel; but imag-
inative-never!
  But nevertheless Billy was the author of the "Unloved
Princess." It appeared in our Sunday edition some time last
year; and the demand for the issue was something phenome-
nal, all because of the charms of Billy's heroine. It was a
wonderful conception. The poor little aristocrat, gazing out
upon a world that ignored her, appealed to Chicago democ-
racy. The big, restful eyes, that reached and questioned
and were never answered, had a power of their own. But
the mingled dignity and childishness, the native wisdom and
the utter ignorance of the "Unloved Princess" took all hearts
by storm.
  These things seemed strange to us-knowing Billy Gray
as we did. But more surprises were awaiting us. Billy
gradually stopped coming to the club. He became morose
and silent. We fellows were almost ignored, except for a
casual nod once in a while. Billy forgot his engagements; and
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