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years ago today, you remember this
foreclosure oFhis mortgage upon
"I remember," said Edgerton.,
"This is a copy of the asinine cable
gram you sent, without consulting
me." And he read:
Innis, 23 rue d'Abdul Hamid, Paris.
3. assume all responsibility for your
daughter's future. Utterly impossi
ble for me to leave New York. If you
believe, marriage advisable, arrange
for special dispensation and cere
mony by proxy. John Edgerton.
"What the merry deuce did you
send that cable for?" muttered
Courtlandt under his breath.
"I don't know a debt of grati
tude and he did not want it paid in
money. I an appeal like that had to
be honored, you see."
"Such things cannot be asked of
gratitude," growled the attorney.
The business of the world is not run
. He unfolded another paper, lean-,
ing forward into the firelight. The
red reflection of the coals played over
his face and the black-edged note
paper he was scanning. And he read,
January 3, 1903.
Dear Mr. Edgerton For your very
gentle letter to me I beg to thank
you; 1 deeply appreciate your delicacy
at a time when kindness is most
needed. Had you not written as you
have, I should have found it difficult
to discuss a situation which I am only
just beginning to realize must be as
embarrassing to you as it is to me.
In the grief and distress which
overwhelmed me when I was so sud
denly summoned from the convent to
find my father so 111, I did not, could
not realize the step I was asked to
take. All I knew was that he desired
it, and it meant to me nothing this
ceremony which made you my hus
band nothing except a little happi
ness for the father I loved.
He made the responses for you, I
kneeling at' his bedside, scarce able
ta speak in- my grief.. There were
two brief ceremonies, the civil and
religious. He died very quietly that
My aunt, who is with the Ursulines,
has received me. It is very quiet,
very peaceful; I have opportunity for
meditation, and for studies which 1
left uncompleted. Mr. Campbell,
whom you have so considerately reJ
tained for my legal guidance, is kind
and tactful. He has, I believe, com
municated with you in regard to the
most generous provision you have
made for me. Pray believe that I re'
quire very, very little.
So, if you think it well that we re
main apart for a while, I am content
and happy to obey your wishes.
With gratitude, confidence and re
spect, I remain, '
Kathleen Innis Edgerton.
Convent of the Ursulines,
Courtlandt refolded the letter and
sat'rubbing his eyes. "For Heaven's
sake let's have a light!" he grumbled,
leaning over and .pushing the electric
Edgerton raised his pale face, then
his head sank on nis breast ; he folded
his arms, gazing absently into the
fire. "Go on," he said.
So Courtlandt read other letters
from Mrs. Edgerton, brief notes, per
functory, reserved, and naive; and he
read letters from Campbell, the at
torney, acknowledging provisions
made for his young client.
When he finished he refolded all
the papers, retied them with pink
tape, and laid them on the table at
Edgerton's elbow. "Now," he said,
"comes the question. You have art
rived at the conclusion that "MrsT
Edgerton desires and deserves , her
freedom. You gave me a month to
look up the matter. And now you
want me to report, don't you, Jack?"
Edgerton glanced up. "If you're
ready," he said.
"I'm ready. First I want to ask
you a question. Is there any wo
man you have met, before or since
your marriage, whom you might fall