A Society Belle Pursued by a Girl Who Loved Her.
A charming Brooklyn society belle had a strange experience with a Boston girl friend. They were chums in college, roomed together, walked together, and were almost inseparable. The Brooklyn girl had the power of exerting great influence over her companion. When they bade each other a last farewell at the end of their college days, she did not suspect that the effusion of tender words was anything beyond the usual expressions of strong feeling that old friends experience at parting. It was after her companion had returned to Boston and began writing daily letters filled with the most passionate outpourings of love that she realized the extent of her power over her friend. At first, the Brooklyn girl reasoned with her Boston friend, then she scolded her, but to no effect; each day's mail brought the same oft-told tale of affection. At last she refused to answer the letters.
Two years afterward, the Boston girl married. One day, there came an invitation from the Hub to make the young married couple a visit. Believing that her old friend was at last cured of her first love, she ventured to accept the invitation. She soon learned her mistake. The young husband said his wife talked about her continually, and seemed indifferent to his devotion until he almost felt jealous. The girl cut her visit short. She was disgusted, and determined that henceforth she would religiously avoid her old friend. A year later, she received word that her old college chum had died of a broken heart--actually pined away her life. One of the last things she did was to make her will bequeathing all her property, amounting to several thousand dollars, to the Brooklyn belle.