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JOOH02 TS3fl ?fAM MAHPWQ '
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK NEGLECTS TO TELEPHONE HIS (MOTHER
1 All the wayb'ack from the ceme
tery I was .very nervous because I
knew I" was going to he late and sure
enough when I reached Dick's moth
er's hjOuse it was 15 minutes past 6.
The house 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 Tlinner 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 oh 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 I-had made a mis
take, and I knew iI 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
"We'll go down to one of the res
taurants and get, something to eat
and then go hojhe.".' V
"All right, dear," I said meekly, for
I was- determined to take my medi
cine anfl look pleasant. '
Just as we, standing on the steps,
were determining where to go, Mol
lie, looking lovelier than I ever saw
her, came 'round the corner and fair
ly ran info us beforejshe saw who It.
"Mercy! What in the world are
you doing here?" she exclaimed,
clearly "fussed" to find us.
"We came over to have dinner with
you," said Dick.
"Mother and father have gone to
stay with Aunt Clara. 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 jou, but when I telephon
ed this, afternoon they told me 'at the
hotel that Margie was out.1' 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
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 bldgr than Mollie came5 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 yoiir, pardon, I thought
you were Mtfss Waverly. 1 had an
engagement fo'take hereout to din
ner." "Miss Waverly -will be unable to
keep it," said Dick stiffly. And with
a curtTm very sorry," ,the man ran
down the steps as though: glad, to get
out of a bad mess quickly.
(Te Be Continued Tomorrow.) 7