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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
H. R. Keller.  The Reader’s Digest of Books.
The Man on the Box
Harold MacGrath (1871–1932)
Man on the Box, The, by Harold MacGrath (1904). Robert Warburton, the hero of this tale, handsome and fascinating, and of independent fortune, resigns his commission in the United States Army owing to a wound from an Indian bullet, which incapacitates him from service. He travels abroad, and one day in Paris is struck by the charm and beauty of an American girl whom he sees in a steamship office arranging for passage home, and he immediately books himself for the same steamer. He does not succeed in meeting the object of his admiration during the voyage as she and her father are very exclusive and avoid introductions. However, he learns that she is Miss Betty Annesley, an heiress, and her father, Colonel Annesley, recently retired from a responsible position in the War Department. Warburton goes to his brother’s house in Washington and discovers that his sister Nancy is well acquainted with the Annesleys who are living in the same city. The evening of his arrival, in order to play a joke on his sister, he dresses in the clothes of the groom and plans to drive the family home from a reception. By mistake he gets the wrong carriage, drives the occupants at break-neck speed and when terrified they call on him to stop, he jumps down and kisses the young lady who alights, who proves to be Miss Annesley. She has him arrested and he spends the night in jail, but the next morning she pays his fine and offers him a groom’s position with her. He accepts and does the menial work that falls to his share, becoming meanwhile more and more deeply in love with her. Colonel Annesley has, by gaming, lost his daughter’s fortune and to retrieve it has agreed to sell plans of his country’s fortifications to a Russian, Count Karloff, who threatens to make the treachery known unless Betty agrees to marry him. At the critical moment Warburton interferes and saves the day. Betty, who has penetrated his disguise, owns up to her share of the deception and gives him her love for which he has not dared to hope.  1

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