THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK BEGINS HIS STORY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I do not think we spoke another
word until we got-in.to our little
I led the way into the diningroom
for that is further away from Aunt
Mary's room than the living room.
I sat down at the diningroom table
and Dick took a chair near me.
"Now tell me all about it. Begin at
the beginning and remember, dear, I
shall believe every word you say." I
reached my hand across the table and
it was eagerly taken in both of Dick's.
For a solemn moment we looked into
eachother's eyes and I think each of
ub Baw in the other's face something
never seen before. I saw a sudden
weakness in Dick's mouth that I had
never noticed in all the time I had
known him. The under Up hung loose
and twitched impotently when he
tried to draw it into a firmer line.
I know that Dick found a new
sympathy in my eyes for he bent and
kissed my hands and then began:
"You know, Margie, that I have
been working hard for over a year to
introduce our book? into the
schools. Well, this summer we suc
ceeded in having our geographies
recommended and on this last trip of
mine I put our histories across.
"This brought the entire gang of
grafters down on me and they swore
to get me and I guess they have," he
"Go on, dear."
"You see I was between the devil
and the deep blue sea. Since we were
married I have been trying to cut out
the graft and while at first it hurt
our business we have been steadily
doing better each month, but it is a
particularly nasty proposition politi
cally and when a big stiff came to me
with a proposition to 'loosen up,' I
was tempted to fall for it I wish to
God I had."
Don't say that," I interrupted.
"You don't know the Scrape I'm in,
dear, or you would wish I had let
them shake me down good.
"However, I told him that the time
had come when school books as
everything else must be sold on their
merit and that I knew our books were
the best in the country and we were
going to sell them.
" Ypu mean YOU are going to sell
them, Waverly?' the man said with
a leer. "I don't know how you mes
merized the majority of the board
with your dope, no other man has
been able to do it."
" 'There are a number of women
on the board this year,' I foolishryre
marked. " 'That's it,' he exclaimed, "they
fall for you and I'll bet you'll fall for
them. I never saw a man yet that
was popular with women that some
woman couldn't trim him and trim
" 'I'm already trimmed, my friend.
I'm married and you can go back to
your gang and tell them that the
next man they send to me I'll kick in
the face so that his own wife won't
recognize him, and I hope he'll arrest
me for doing it. I'll be glad to get a
chance to tell the court why I did it.'
" 'You'll get your chance, all right,
all right, but not until after we get
a chance at you, you won't forget for
a while,' was his parting remark.
"I thought no more aboutit until
today when I was waited on at my
office by that woman that Eleanor ac
cused me of flirting with. God! She
better than any one ee must know
I did not fiirt."
"Why?" the word came out before
"Because I naturally paid attention
to her instead."
For the first time there was some
thing reserved in Dick's tone.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
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