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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE BLOW FALLS
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I was shocked when I saw Dick
come into the library at Eliene'sj. He
was pale as-i ghost, his face was
drawn and his, mouth was alternately
shut in. the wist determined lines,
and trembled convulsively.
He seemed genuinely glad to see
Harry, but he kept looking at me in
the most peculiar manner.
At first he was very talkative so
much so that I thought he had been
drinking, but in a short time he re
lapsed into a moody silence. This
became so pronounced that I rose,
but to my surprise. Dick did not seem
to want to go. Eliene, too, seemed
to be very nervous at the thought of
being left alone with Harry. Between
them they persuaded me to stay
longer and it was nearly one o'clock
before we left the house in one of
"Drive out to the -park," said Dick
to the chauffeur. "I know I can't
sleep," he explained to me as he set
tled himself down in the seat and be
gan to smoke furiously.
I did not say a word but I put my
hand over on his. He literally crush
ed me to him and said in a kind of
"I have been wondering for the last
three hours that we have beep at
Harry's just how much you care for
"Isn't that a queer thing to ask of
me, dear? You should know by this
time that I love you utterly."
"Well, perhaps I should ask you,
dearest, how much you trust me?"
That was said in a wistful tone that
was unutterably pleading and boyish.
"Dear boy, I think I trust you as
much as I love you, but I can't tell
that for I have never been tested."
Dick shivered. "I am trying to be
very honest, dear, not only to you but
to myself trying to tell the exact
truth, for I can see that we have come
to some crisis in our affairs."
"Whatever you tell me, Dick, I
shall believe yes, even though the
whole world says something differ
ent." "My God," Dick ejaculated under
his breath, "does any man deserve
the love of a good woman?"
"Tell me what is worrying you,
dear? I cant' help you until I know
your trouble. If it be the loss of
money we need not worry long over
that. I can teach school again. The
principal of the high school asked me
yesterday if I did not want to do some
substitute work this winter."
Dick groaned. "Dearest, dearest,
it isn't that it is scandal a nasty
scandal which may mean something
As he said this Dick scanned my
face fearsomely for what he should
"That, too, we can bear together,"
I said, answering the look.
"First, my darling, I want to tell
you, holding you close to my heart,
as I do now, that I am innocent of
any wrong doing. In fact I was try
ing to do a kindness to the woman."
My heart suddenly stopped so there
was a woman in it!
"Don't shrink from me, dear. I
want you to understand absolutely.
I am perfectly innocent of any
wrong doing with the woman who
will probably accuse me so tomor
row," Dick hesitated a moment.
"Perhaps, dear, I have not always
been as good as I might for I am only
the average man but in this case I
am NOT guilty."
"Tell me the whole story, dear," I
said, "you see up to now you have
been rather incoherent. I only know
that you expected to be accused of
something tomorrow of which you
ire not guilty. Is it criminal?"
"Yes," was Dick's low answer. I
turned to the chauffeur myself this