|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||An Astounding Marriage|
'What a lot of money that man is winning ! ? He doesn't' look as if he cared a pin !' So reflected an extremely beau tiful woman, who stood idly watching the players at the publio gaming-tables in the Kursaal of Ostend.
It was something quite phenomenal, this man's luck. A crowd gradually gathered round the fortunate being, so that the woman -lost sight of alLbut the back of his well-shaped head.' N . 'I wonder what his face is like 1' ; she mused. 'There ia a great deal of power' in that head!' She crossed over to the opposite side of the room, where the tables were emp ty, and began to place her money, hap hazard, winning sometimes, losing more often. ? Tired at length, she swept up her few remaining gold pieces) and turned to leave the room, casting a casual, inter ested glance at the lucky stranger op posite. ? He, too, was gathering up his money.' The little crowd dispersed, and as he passed through his eyes met -the wo man's. 'Olga!' said Philip Menzies.' 'My dear Philip,' she exclaimed, 'this is a- recontre heureuse! I have been watching you for a long time. I didn't know you in the least.' ' . '. ' ? Few people knew that Philip Menzies had a sister : and it ?was certainly most characteristic-, of them both -that they were staying in the same place .without the slightest knowledge of each other's presence. . ?',??'.' Olga Menzies, at sevenieen^ had mar ried a member of one of thic oldest Hun garian families, Prince .^uszag.: .He had made her supremely- uhcomf or table during the six years of their married iife: by his unconquerable passion for wan dering ; but at his death she found, to her. surprise, that she 'had caught' .'?the- malady, and, being one of , the richest widows in Europe, she. was able to.pan: der to -this curious passion. ;, She was ;never known' to stay in a 'place more than six weeks. She had visited every part of the globe ; she had shot big game in Central Africa, and penetrated as far as many explorers in the direction of the North Pole. And now, .at twenty-eight, she told herself that- there was nothing else to do but to begin over again. ^ She was fond of her brilliant brother, and was frankly phased to sea him when ever they met. ; 'I am on my way/to Buda-Pesth, to stay with my mother-in-law;' she ex plained. . 'But I am not due. there for a month.' Never ,had Philip found the com panionship of his sister so agreeable. She took him out of. himself with her brilliant conversation, '! her anecdotes, her curious, half -cynical, 'half-good-, humoredly, contemptuous -views of life anil men and things' She had always been to him the- true type of the woinan of-the- world in the best sense, without the intrigue, the petty jealousies and rivalries, the heartlessness, that make the term an odious one. (?panupnoQ eq px)