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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
"THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH"
( Copy rights i 91 4, by the Newspaper
I have just come from the train
where I have seenthe long- pine box,
which contained all that was left of
the girl who died In giving birth to
Harry Symones "babies, .Started on
its last joliniey whose resting place
will be' the quiet churchyard in the
little Southern city.
Dick thinks we got away from the
reporters, particularly as none of the
girl's relatives apeared at the fun
eral. One or two men from the pa
pers looked in during the service, but
they seemed to think everything was
all right.and left
Dick and I were the only mourn
ers, beside the girl's father and sister.
Dick asked a young minister from
one of the nearby churches to say
a few words, and he told him the
children "were doubly orphaned. The
man talked on the beautiful bravery
of motherhood and the sacrifice that
every woman makes who brings a
child into the world, and gave the
same old platitudes that strangers
say over the dead. It sounded very
conventional, but I wondered what
the girl lyingthere so cold and still
would have thought of it all could
she have known.
There were a few curious people in
the little fiat during the brief cere
mony. I had a long talk with the
girl's father before 'the funeral. He
seemed a very decent old man, quite
dazed by the terrible tragedy that had
been so recently enacted in. his"
"I was a very bitter man against
the scoundrel who brought my
daughter to this, but when the lovely
lady came and I knew she was going
to care for the babies I did what I
thought my daughter would like I
made it as easy for her as I could,"
and my girl's children will bear their
father's name, but that man had bet-(
ter not come near me 111 kill him if
His older daughter, who had a stint
patient face, came over and put her
hand on his shoulder. "Don't think
that, father," she said. "Saucha was
not unhappy a moment until she died.
She loved Mr. Symone very dearly,
and she knew all about his being
married when she went with him. She
told me just the other day that Mr.
Symone had never made any pretense
of being unmarried and that he had
given her a chance to learn music,
which she adored, and to see and do
all the beautiful things which only
women of wealth could do.
" 'Don't think I am ungrateful to
him,' said Saucha, 'and don V think ,"'
that I do not know that some day he
will tire of me and go back to his1
lovely wife, but such as I have I have
given to him freely and such as I am
he made me.' " This was told in Ja
colorless voice as though she was re
peating something she had read. The
old father did not seem to hear orr
if he heard he did not understand.
' I would have liked to ask that wo
man what she thought of it all. She
did not seem tb bear any resentment
to Harry Symone, and some way Iliad
a feeling way down in my-heart that
this gaunt woman who looked so old.
and worn, and faded almost envied the
younger sister who had grown dim
pled and sweet under the comfort -that
had been hers-during th,e time of
her life with Harry.
Oh, little book of my day dreams,
my philosophies, my joys and my
heartaches, the words, "Lead us not..
Into temptation," are a supplication
which only one who knew all "the
weakness and desires of humanity
could teach us to say. '
Dick said something to me last
night when we were talking about all
this. . '
"I don't see how Harry Symone
could do such an awful thing," I said