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in love with if you were free to do
"No, I believe not I don't know."
"All right. . Still you are capable of
loving somebody, are you not?"
"I fancy so. I shouldlike to have
a chance to marry for love."
"But you never met the right
"There is I have caught a glimpse
once one woman "
"Is that all?" laughed Courtlandt.
"That is not enough to bowl you
"It was almost enough!" retorted
Edgerfon. Through his voice rang
an undertone of impatience. His at
torney looked up quickly.
"When was this, Jack?"
"Yesterday if you want to know."
"Driving in the park."
"Who is she?"
"You could answer that question,"
said Edgerton, wheeling around on
his friend. "You were driving with
Courtlandt stared, slowly turning
redder and redder.
"You wanted to know," observed
Edgerton, eyeing him. I thought her
beautiful, that's all. Drop the sub
ject." "Certainly," answered Courtlandt
He opened his match box and relight
ed his cigar; then he fell to musing.
"Jack," he drawled, it might inter
est you to learn the first step I took."
"What is it?" inquired Edgerton,
raising his troubled eyes.
"I went to Paris."
Edgerton stared into the glowing
''Well," said Courtlandj;, "you told
me that if you only knew how to do
it you would give her the liberty God
meant her to enjoy liberty to love
and be loved.- And you allowed me a
month to find the way to settle this
"Yes. Is there a way?"
"Only one," replied Courtlandt
gravely. He rose, offering his hand.
"Only one way," repeated Court
landt deliberately, "and that is for
you to discuss the situation with Mrs.
"What!" exclaimed Edgerton
sharply, dropping his "friend's hand.
Courtlandt coolly consulted his
watch. "I neglected to say that Mrs.
Edgerton is in town. I suggested she
waive ceremony and meet us here."
"Here!" muttered Edgerton. "Wait
a moment, will you? Do you mean
to say that she is coming here to
night?" "Why not?" said Courtlandt, his
gray eyes'narrowing. "If she chooses
to accept my advice, why should she
not come here as freely as you
"Are you my attorney or hers?"
demanded the other in astonishment.
"Yours, Jack acting for your in
terest which is hers, too. Where is
your sense of honor? Where is your
sense of justice? Is this the crisis
where you flinch?"
"I told her that the proper place,
to discuss the situation was under
her own roof; and I am right. That's
all I have to say."
"Why did you not tell me before
this that she was in town?"
"I did not tell you, because we
landed only yesterday morning."
"She came over with you?"
"On my advice and at my earnest
"Edgerton -stared at' him. "What
are we to discuss?" he demanded sul
lenly. "As she is a Catholic we can
not discuss divorce. We could, of
course, come to some conclusion con
cerning a modus vivendi."
"I expect you to come to some such
conclusion. Two yearsago, without
consulting your legal adviser you per
petuated a crime for it is criminal
to parody the highest safeguard to
civilization marriage. It was a
crime; your wife is jour accomplice
Neither you nor she deserves mercy."
He turned away, buttoning his
As he stepped to the door a maid
appeared :with a .card, on a .salyer.