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only the outside of things. It's no
more than a simple friendship. And,
besides, you're only talking for your
self. You're showing only your own
side of the thing. The point is that
she doesn't love you. She laves me
and she's going away with me."
Stanley leaped to his feet and his
eyes blazed very fiercely.
"Why, you .blamed adventurer!" he
cried. "Do you mean to say you're
taking yourself seriously in all this?
Do you tfiink I don't know my wife
after three years? Do you. think
doubt her for one little fraction of a
second? Love you! You, nlake me
laugh. You're so funny that you're
not even Insulting."
The younger man seemed for the
first time to lose control of .himself .
He raised his' fist and shook, it in the
"You'll see whether I'm. funny or
not!" he cried shrilly. "Youll see
whether I'm a Joke or nqt! You wait
a few hours and see!"
Stanley sprang at him without a
word and caught him by the throat
with his two hands. He did not strike
the man, but he shook him as a ter
rier shakes a rat. It has been said
that he was a big man, and he was
as strong: as he looked. He shook
him until the younger man's arms
tossed and' flapped helpless at his
.sides, and his head rolled weakly up
on his shoulders.
Bat there came a cry from behind
and the two stood still. Mr. Stanley
turned his head and his wife was
there, her hands pressed together
over her heart, "her lace white and
full of terror.
. "Let him go, Tommy!" she said.
"Oh, let him go! It's not all his 'fault
It's partly mine. I'll explain.it to
you. Onlylet him go'Srst."1
Her husband gave a sort of reluc
tant growl, and the man he had held
staggered a few steps away and stood
there breathing hard, his clothes' all
awry about him. He stared under bis
brows at the other, two and his mouth
moved and twisted, but no words
"I'm sorry," the woman said to
him. "It was, partly my-vfault Yes,
a great deal my fault I seem I
seem to have lost my head. But
please go now and don't come back.
Everything my husband has said is
true true. Ah, please go!"
The man looked at her for a mo
ment longer and he seemed to be
about to speak, but no words came-to
him. Then he turned away. He
stumbled down to the sandy beach
and moved off toward the west. And
so he disappeared and they saw no
more of him.
But when he was gone Mrs.
Stanley laid her face upon her hus
band's breast and began to cry' there
"Oh, Tommy," she said, with her
face hidden, "L-I think you were
splendid. I heard It all I was in those
Mr. I Stanley stared dramatically.
"No!" she cried. "I won't believe
"Yes," -she confessed without
shame, "I listened. And I'm glad.
You were splendid. I was bo proud
of you, Tommy."
But abruptly she stiffened in his
arms and looked up.
''Who is! that girl?" she demanded.
"Who is the girl you said might come
here and. make your head spin?
That's what I want to know. Who
i (THE END)
A teacher had been at great trouble
to explain to her class the meaning of
the word ''notwithstanding," and, on
asking for a sentence in which the
word occurred, was somewhat non
plussed to receive the following ef
fort from a blushing maiden of some
eight summers and winters:
"Please, miss; my little brother has
a hole in the Seat of his trousers, and