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Braley, Berton (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. II, No. 5 (February 1905)

Hoyt, Frances
A sea breeze,   pp. 197-199


Page 197


A SEA BREEZE.
                  A SEA BREEZE
                       By Frances Hoyt
   The big excursion steamer Gatzert was returning with a
 crowd of people from Victoria to Seattle. The last glow of
 sunset red had faded behind the snow-capped mountains, a
 chill breeze blew from the straits, phosphorescence gleamed
 here and there in the water. In groups the excursionists
 began to seek light and warmth in the cabins.
   Dick McLean and Karl Shurtz still lingered on the second
 stern-deck. They were young newspaper men: Dick a shrew d
 energetic fellow; Karl, impressionable and given to fits of
 indolence.
   "Well, let's go in," said Dick, at last. "I'm cold."
   His companion acquiesced. They entered the big saloon
of the second deck, stood a moment near the door, blinking
at the light, then made their way down the aisle between
the rows of plush-covered seats. Suddenly, Dick stopped.
  "Ah, Miss Morgan! Good-evening. My friend Mr. Shurtz,
Miss Morgan."
  The young woman had a striking and rather sentimental
cast of features: long oval face, pointed chin, sensitive full
lips and great soft blue eyes. Her hat was off, and the
light turned to gold a mass of soft fair hair. She fixed her
eyes on Karl, as her friend pronounced his name. There
was a slight eagerness in her manner, as if she said, "I want
to know you."
  As for Karl, he said, "I have often heard my sister speak
of you, Miss Morgan. This is a pleasure I have looked for-
ward to." An undertone of warmth in his voice gave sig-
nificance to his formality. The conversation which ensued
left Dick out. Both the young girl and Karl entered into it
with ardor. Dick, who prided himself on his ready wit, took
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