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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
" A WOMAN'S COUftAGE
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
"So you saw Eliene-?- I interrupted
Dick as he was telling me of what
he had been doing to arrange matters
for Eliene and Harry and keep the
scandal out of the newspapers.
"Yes," answered Dick, somewhat
impatiently. "At first she sent word
down that she could not see me at
all, suspecting, of course, that I came
from Harry, but after I had told the
maid that I wanted to see Mrs. Sy
mone about the children she came
'"What is it?' she asked tremu
lously. 'No one can take the children
from me. I have adopted them le
gally.' " 'I know that, my dear woman,
but a wealthy and well-known wo
man like you cannot .adopt twins
without something being said about it
in the papers, and it looks as though
the whole terrible business will come
" 'I don't care,' said Eliene, rebel
liously, 'Harry should have thought
of this before he got himself and me
" 'That is true, my dear Eliene, but
I am sure ypu don't want to have this
story follow your adopted boys
through life.' She saw the truth of
this and asked: 'What do you want
" 'Well, I want you to give me au
thority to send the nurses and chil
dren to Louisville, where they are go
ing to hury the mother. You are sup
posed to start for Europe with Harry
tonight.' She looked up quickly and
asked: 'Is Harry going abroad?'
"Yes, he starts tonight, with trans
portation fqr both of you.'
" 'I will not go !' she said, with com
" 'That is for you to decide,' I an
swered gently, 'but the newspapers
Bust think you went with him.
" 'You can start on the twelve
o'clock train East, leave it at the
nearest point possible and make the
change for Louisville, or, if you think
best, you can go clear to New York
and return to the children from,!
"Eliene did not say and her word,
but called her maid and said: 'Mr.
Symo'ne has been called to New York
tonight and I am going with him ; see
that I have a couple of trunks packed ,
in two hours. Send the housekeeper
to me.' She went to her desk and hur
riedly wrote a check, and when the
housekeeper made her appearance
she told her the same story and, giv
ing her the check, told her to see, to
the house and servants while she was
As soon as Mr. Symone s busi
ness is' settled so that I know how
long he will be gone I'll write you.
In the meantime you can consult Mr.
and Mrs. Waverly about anything
that bothers you.'
"After the housekeeper had left the
room she said: 'Tell Harry that I will
be at the train to meet him at the
proper time. Tell him he is to act just
as usual, but he must arrange for a
separate compartment for me. He
can get two with a door between, I
think, and that will stop comment.'
"Margie," continued Dick, "I could
not help but contrast the way that
Eliene rose to this occasion with the
manner in which Harry went to
pieces. I believe that women can face
a great mental and spiritual crisis
much better than mei Eliene gave
orders as though nothing was out of
the ordinary. I could see she was
under an awful strain, but she did not
moan or falter. She stood up like a
soldier under fire.
After getting ready .for Eliene to
meet us at the train I hurried back to
where the babies and found the old
father and sister of the dead girl pec?
lfectly willing to leave all arrange-