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Peter Ruff and the Double Four

II.10. The Affair Or An Alien Society
Sogrange and Peter, Baron de Grost, standing upon the threshold of their hotel,
gazed out upon New York and liked the look of it. They had landed from the
steamer a few hours before, had already enjoyed the luxury of a bath, a visit to
an American barber's, and a genuine cocktail.
"I see no reason," Sogrange declared, "why we should not take a week's
holiday."
Peter, glancing up into the blue sky and down into the faces of the well-dressed
and beautiful women who were streaming up Fifth Avenue, was wholly of the
same mind.
"If we return by this afternoon's steamer," he remarked, "we shall have Bernadine
for a fellow passenger. Bernadine is annoyed with us just now. I must confess
that I should feel more at my ease with a few thousand miles of the Atlantic
between us."
"Let it be so," Sogrange assented. "We will explore this marvelous city. Never,"
he added, taking his companion's arm, "did I expect to see such women save in
my own, the mistress of all cities. So chic, my dear Baron, and such a carriage!
We will lunch at one of the fashionable restaurants and drive in the Park
afterwards. First of all, however, we must take a stroll along this wonderful Fifth
Avenue.
The two men spent a morning after their own hearts. They lunched astonishingly
well at Sherry's and drove afterwards in Central Park. When they returned to the
hotel, Sogrange was in excellent spirits.
"I feel, my friend," he announced, "that we are going to have a very pleasant and,
in some respects, a unique week. To meet friends and acquaintances,
 
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