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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK NEGLECTS TO TELEPHONE HIS MOTHER
All the way. back from the ceme
tery I was very nervous because I
knew I was going to be late and sure
enough when I reached Dick's moth
ers house it was 15 minutes past 6.
The houses was all dark and there
on the porch was Dick.
"What Is the matter?" I asked,' as I
ran up the steps.
"Matter enough," answered Dick,
"I've been so busy today that I for
got to telephone mother we were
coming to dinner, and evidently the
people are away."
"I was wrong, Dick, dear," I said
contritely, "but I won't do it again."
Instead of helping matters this seem
ed to pour oil on the fire of his anger.
"Of course it was wrong but no
man can tell what a fool woman will
I didn't relish being called a "fool
woman" even: if -1 had made a mis
take, and I knew if I" spoke it would
.be to say something that would be
better left unsaid.
"What will we do now?" belliger
ently asked Dick. I knew from his
tone that he would veto anything I
might suggest, -so I simply ventured:
"You know, dear, we can always
"Well, we won't!" was his short de
cision. "It would take an hour before
we got there and I am as hungry as
a bear. .
"We'll go down to one of the res
taurants and get something to eat
and then go home."
"All right, dear," I said meekly, for
I was determined to take my medi
cine and look pleasant.
Just as we, standing 'on the steps,
were determining where to go, Mpl
lie, looking lovelier than I ever saw
her, came 1-ound the corner and fair
ly ran into us before she saw who it
.was, ,7. , T m aiLi.
"Mercy! What in the world are
you doing' here?" she exclaimed,
clearly "fussed" to find ua
"We came over to have dinner with
you," said Dick.
"Mother a,nd father have gone to
stay with Aunt Glara. Uncle John is
"They did not expect you to stay
alone in the house?" "asked Dick in
"No," said Mollie, slowly. "They
said I was to go over and stay with
Margie and you, but when I telephon
ed this afternoon they told me at the
hotel that Margie was out." (Dick
looked at me inquiringly). "And so
I determined to come home and stay
all night I am not afraid."
I knew that Mollie was not telling
us everything, especially as she was
very reluctant when Dick said: "Well,
now, little sister, you can go with
us down town to dinner and come
home with us for the night. I heart
ily disapprove of mother and father
going away without making sure of
arrangements for your care. Go up
stairs and get what will make you
comfortable and. Madge and I will
wait for you." Mollie went, protest
ing, and she gave me a little appeal
ing look as she passed.
She had hardly gotten in the house
before a big touring, car drove up to
the curb and Will Hattersly a man
much older than Mollie came rush
ing up the steps.
"I'm afraid I'm late," he began,
before he realized that I was not Mol
lie. "Oh, I beg, your pardon, I thought
you were Miss .Waverly. I had an
engagement to take her out to din
ner." "Miss Waverly will be unable to
keep it," said Dick stiffly. And with
a curt "I'm very sorry," the man ran
down the steps as though glad to get
out of .a bad mess quickly
(Te Be Continued Tomorrow.), i