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SHE LOVED NOT WISELY; BUT TOO WELL
"I don't want his money I want his name. And I don't want
that so much for myself as for the child that is to come."
That's what the girl said, after she had been betrayed by the
son of a rich father. Marriage had been promised, of course. She ;
had been wooed and won. She looked forward tq the wedding day
with joyful anticipation.
For there was a child to come. Alas, those children of a too
confiding love, And the marriage -would make it all right for the
Then came the blow. Something happened, and the wedding
was declared off and by the family of the boy she loved and trusted.
'Yes, more than loved and trusted, for she gave up the most precious
possession of a poor girl all a virtuous poor girl has to give, her
ove and herself.
But now everything was lost. . There was to be no wedding. .
"And that baby coming, with'no father to greet him or even to give
him -a name.
Explanations had to be made now. It could no longer be a
secret. So she had to tell. All she wanted was Jack for she still
loved him and a name and a father for the child to come.
""I just want Jack to do right by me. He would, too, if he were
left alone. It is not he who wishes to call the marriage off. It is
u his brother John."
So she did the only thing left sued for a breach of promise, but:
. was willing to withdraw the suit if Jack would only marry her.
f "If Jack would only marry me," she said, "I would be happy;
i-with him on $15 a week. The money is nothing, 'but I had to do
"" something because I am going to become a mother in the winter."
Nothing new in that, you say. JNo, that's true. It's the old, old.
story. And the man will possibly buy himself out of the "scrape"
and lose nothing of his prestige, if he has any; and the girl who
trusted and was betrayed, well she will pay the nrice. And a child
without a father's name will start out in the world handicapped.
Of course there's no justice in it; we all know that. The sweet
est and purest-minded girl in the world might have done the same
thing. Millions have. All of us know that. But why do we let the
man go scot free and condemn the girl?
There's only, one answer to" that we're cowards. And we're
Men make the laws and don't think women are capable of citi
zenship. Maybe if woman were man's equal t politically -she is his
superior fn everything worth while she might be able to tear down,