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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
SCANDAL HAS A THOUSAND TONGUES
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
When I returned to Eliene's home
this morning the housekeeper told
me Madame Symone, Harry's moth
er, had called.
I called her up as soon as possible
and she asked me in a less arrogant
tone than I ahd ever heard her use:
"Mrs. Waverly, will you be able to
see me immediately if I drive over?"
"Certainly." "I was sure before she
came that she had at last heard about
the twins, but when she got here I
found that a scrapegrace brother of
the girl who had died giving birth to
Harry's twin babies had been trying
to blackmail her.
"I want you to tell me the truth,
Mrs. Waverly. Have those children
any real claim on Harry?"
I am not worth much at hushing
up things and, besides, I had a rather
unholy desire to ruffle her high-br,ecL
calm. "They have a two-fold claim
upon him, Mrs. Symone. First, he- is
the father of them and, secondly,
EUene has done something few wo
men would do under the circumstan
ces she has legally adopted them."
Madame Symone's face blanched
with horror and I really was a little
sorry for telling her the truth so
"Do you mean to tell me that
EUene was allowed to adopt those
"Mercy, you couldn't keep her from
it when she knew the circumstances."
"Does she know what these people
accuse Harry of in regard to these
"Certainly, and Harry admitted the
accusation was true."
Madame Symone was speechless
and then she murmured to herself:
"This, then, is the reason Harry is in
Europe and EUene is giving up her
home to strangers?"
"Not quite strangers," I answered
quietly. "You might call us the
friends who helped both Harry and
EUene in suppressing a scandal that
the wild act of your son had com
mitted had made."
"But it isn't suppressed," wailed
Madame Symone. "That woman's
brother says he has some of Harry's
letters and he wants me to buy them
of him. Do you think he is telUng
the truth? Do you think that Harry
would be so fooUsh as to write in
criminating letters to a girl who was
once my maid?"
"I can't teU, but I would think it
were very Ukely, as Harry has done
many ftioUsh and more sinful things
"But what am I to do. I am afraid
to look in the evening yeUow papers
for fear that I wiU see the disgrace of
my family written there."
"I think, perhaps, you had better
let Dick attend to this."
"Will you teU him about it?" she
asked, trembUngly, and 1 saw that her
face had grown suddenly gray and
"I wiU the moment he comes home,
and I am sure he will call upon you
Here was another woman who
must suffer for participating in Har
ry Symone's sins, I thought as I saw
his mother's bent form going out of
Not only the girl who was the
mother of Harry's children, but also
EUene and Harry's mother were to
hlame with him for this catastrophe.
Harry's mother, by word and man
ner, taught her son that every wo
man who was below him in financial
and inteUectual estate should be
proud to accept anything from his
hands, and EUene, instead of being
sweet as she is now, was always nag
ging Harry until he fled to the calmer,
more complacent woman, and EUene
J and Madame Symone jmust pay for
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