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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
JACK UNEXPECTEDLY ARRIVES
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
When I left Mary, ftr telling her
that I had told Dick of her secret mar
riage to his brother Jack, and also
that her baby was dead, I found that
Dick had -made all arrangements for
the buriaTof the baby.
Aunt Mary, Dick ahd I followed the
little white hearse to the cemetery
and Aunt Mary placed a covering of
flowers on the white casket, and I am
sure she murmured a short prayer as
we turned away.
When we got back to the hotel we
found Jack in our rooms walking up
and down like a wild man.
"Where is she'" he whispered as
he wrung my hand,
"She is over at St. Luke's Hos
pital," said Dick, and as Jack started
"for the door he continued: "Sit down,
man, and let us tell you about it.
Mary is very sick. Your baby is dead,
and your wife's one anxiety is that
you should not be called home. I am
afraid that your sudden appearance
will make her worse."
"No, it won't!" said Jack confident
ly. "I'll tell her right away that I'-r get
my diploma just the same, and I know
it will doNjier all the good ih the
world to see me."
"Perhaps it will," said Dick. And I
knew the sight of Jack'-s drawn face
had turned all his wrath to pity for
the boyishv husband.
Perhaps it is all for th best after
all. Lihink Mary's helpless condition
will appeal to the whole family and
Wecan adjust matters so that Jack
and Mary can begin their life together
Just then Aunt Mary came up from
her room, and seeing her Jack broke
down and cried like a child. It was
beautiful to see Aunt Mary soothe
him just as a mother would. She
bellion of youth against fate, she
sympathizes with its enthusiasms and
can excuse all its mistakes.
Aunt Mary is the loveliest old per
son I have ever known. Mrs. Selwyn.
is perhaps more intellectual, but she
is also more aloof; she seems some
times to be too impersonal, too just
in her estimate of human desires. On
the other hand, Aunt Mary not only
remembers her own youth but she
has taken some pant of that youth
with her into the years she still has
illusions she still hopes and dreams.
And that blessed woman pillowed
Jack's head upon her breast, wiped
his eyes with her handkerchief, kiss
ed and coaxed him until he was able
to overcome his emotion, and "then
she took him herself to see Mary.
"Are you sure it will be for the
best?" I asked.
"Of course, it will, Margie. Don't
you know that all along Mary has
hoped Jack would come?"
"But she said "
"Yes, I know," 'she interrupted;
"her reason told her that it would be
better if she could get along without
Jack and let him claim the reward
that he had worked his four years at
college for; but, Margie, when is a
loving woman reasonable? I know
how her arms ached how her lips
hungered for hfm.
"I have seen it, Margie, e,ven when
we were making the little clothes and
talking as women will over the com
ing baby, her whole idea was for Jack
to see it; when Jack could be with
her and the baby, and often right in
the middle of our plans for the future
she would break off and tell me of
some loving word that Jack had said
or written to her. " r
"Jack is her all, Margie, and the
sooner she sees him the sooner she 1
will get well."
Aunt- Mary is sixty years old, but f
her heart is sixty years young. i
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.) i
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