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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
, DICK CONTINUES HIS STORY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"The other night, -when I stepped
to the window to get my sleeper and
ticket for homeT there was a woman
just ahead of me. She was a stunner
for looks. I'll say that for her. and
she seemed in great trouble. She was
in widow's weeds and was looking for
her pockethook, which was evidently
"In a moment or two she began to
wring her hands. 'What shall I do?
What shall I do?' she exclaimed, and
her big eyes had a terror-stricken
look'. Oh, she was a fine actress.
"I was anxious to get my ticket,
and the line was stretching out be
yond me, so I said: 'Have you lost
your money, Madame?'
"She turned quickly. 'Oh, yes, and
I must get home to my little boy to
night he is sick. I don't kndw a per
son in this town. My name is Mrs.
Alsetta Utter. Do you think I could
get enough money on this ring to
pay for my ticket and berth?' and
she held out a splendid diamond ring.
I've never been in a pawnshop in my
" 'You won't have to do that I'll
buy your ticket and berth and you
can send me a check for it when you
"She was, of course, overjoyed and
I bought both her ticket and mine
out of the state.
"There were a dozen people who
saw me do it, and, of course, some
of them were spotters who will swear
to the fact."
"But, Dick, I don't understand.
What difference will it make? You
certainly can't be arrested because
you did a kind act to a widow."
"That's just it, my dear girl. This
morning that woman came to my of
fice and said that she was going to
swear out a warrant for my arrest
under the Mann act; that she could
prove I bought her ticket into anoth
er state and that she would swear it
was for an immoral purpose." '
I shuddered. Could it be possible
that such terrible women lived?
"I asked her how much she want
ed, and she said she was not after
" 'But I never saw you after we
ate dinner together, and Miss Fair
low, a perfectly reputable woman,
was with us at that time.'
" 'It would be a nasty thing to
bring her into the case,' said the wo
man, 'but I am afraid it will have to
"Why, Dick," I exclaimed. "I am
sure that Eleanor Fairlow will be
glad to testify that she met you on
the train and you had nothing more
to do with the other woman. , Of
course, you told her the circum
stances." "No, I did not,1" faltered Dick, "and
what good would it do to get Eleanor
Fairlow into it? She could only tell
where I was as long as I was with
"Did you sit up late?" I asked. '
"Not very," Dick answered short
ly. "It's that gang Of grafters
they've got me and I would not be
surprised if they sent me over the
I gave a suppressed scream I had
never thought of that.
"What will you do?" I asked.
"I don't know, dear. Tomorrow I'm
going to see Harry Symone early.
Hell have to help me; I got him out
of his scrape. But that devilish wo
man is the slickest individual that I
ever came across."
"Where does she live?" I asked.
"She is at the . hotel."
"I hope you have not been there."
"I called them up and told them to
give her a good room. Oh, I was just
pluming myself on my philanthropy
to a poor woman. I even intended
asking you to go down to see her."
"Maybe I had better go."