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By Harold Carter.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
To ClariGe it seemed the most
amazing thing in the world. Only
three weeks before marriage had
been the farthest thing from her
thoughts. Of course, she had hoped
to be married some day, as every girl
does But "some day" seems any
day when one is only twenty-three.
And now she was engaged. And to
Richard Littlefield, the famous editor
There Was Not Even a Name Signed
of the most famous, though not the
most widely circulated magazine in
America. Littlefield was only thirty
four, but when old Granger died, dur
ing the previous year, he had at once
been selected for his position, and
had filled it uncommonly well.
The wife of Richard Littlefield.
Why, Clarice's father had taken the
magazine for years and sworn by it.
As Littlefield's wife she would meet
everybody who was of the least and
most consequence in every field of
It had happened very simply. Rich
ard had come to stay at the little
sumnier hotel next door, and he had
met Clarice, and they had loved each
other. That was all she knew about
it, Clarice would explain to her in
And when Richard went away he
bent down and whispered that he
was coming back for her soon as
soon as he could make arrangements.
This was September, and they hoped
to be married at Christmas.
Nevertheless, Clarice's happiness
had not been untinged with distress.
Though Richard talked like any or
dinary man, she knew that his mind
was one of the most brilliant in
America. And she, with her poor
education a mere high school one
how could she make a fit wife for
Clarice had, indeed, surreptitiously
endeavored to improve ner education
from the first day she met Richard,
but she gave it up in despair. The
task was too big a one to be com
pleted by Christmas. She had also,
because her widowed mother was not
well off, tried to improve her culinary
knowledge, so that they could dis
pense with "help"; but after meeting
and loving Richard the cook book
went into the attic, and Clarice
She was miserable. She feared ev
ery minute that she would say some
thing foolish. 0, if he should dis
cover the profundity of her ignor
ance! Then it was that an idea came into
her head so staggering that it took
complete possession of her. She
would write a story anonymously and
have it accepted for Richard's maga
zine! "How do people get stories accept
ed?" she had asked him once.