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a boy and a- girl of high school age.
I am not well off,-, but .have always
had positions that supported the
family in good style. - i
My wife is very domestic, and lives
only to further the interests of the
I am to them largely the machine
that-makes the living.
Now, in the work in which I am
j engaged, it is necessary that I should
have a stenographer.
Some five years ago a girl 25 years
old came to take the position. She
was selected solely on account of
her stenographic ability.
The work went on for about three
years before either of us realized
that we cared for the, other, except
in the impersonal way of any two
working in the same office.
Then, through the .fact that she
was absent a few days, rrealized how
much I depended on her.
She was the only one ot whom I
could turn for advice on many mat
ters relating to the business. '
From this time on, jny manner,
must have changed, for though"
neither said a wor;d or did anything
that was intended as a hint of such
change, yet both saw it and under
stood. Matters ran along for about a,year,
and then came the conversation
started over some trivial affair that
led to the discussion, in a heart-to-heacf
way, of ourselves.'
SheXthought she must leave at
oncebut I persuaded hec-to stay.
From that time on, we .we re lovers
in the right sense of the word.
Yet there isn't the slightest jproba
bility we shall ever marry."
ftfy wife knows 'something not
all of the situation, but doesn't care
much, so long as I support my fam
ily and avoid scandal.
I love this girl better than anyone
I ever saw.
If I were free, I'd marry her t to
morrow. But I'm not rich enough
to support two homes, and I can't
desert my wife and children, though
'none -of them shows niuch Interest
in. me. . ,
The inference always seems to be,
when there is any close friendship
between employer and employe, that
it, must necessarilly be for immoral
ends. This is not true.
There are hundreds of doctors,
lawyers and business men right here
ir) Chicago who have secretaries or
stenographers whom they love bet
ter than they do their wives. ,
Why shouldn-'t they love them? A
man picks for his .associates and in
timate friends, among men, those
who are interested in and conversant
with the- things in which he is in
Likewise, he likes a woman who
can talk sensibly with him about the
topics in which he must be interest
ed his business or profession.
--This his wife either can't do or
won't do. This his stenographer will '
There's the first big item.
"Now, I presume you would advise
a. man in such circumstances to for
get it all.
IN THE BEGINNING
When Jonah in his submarine went
bobbing through the brine
He wasn't worried with the thought
that he might hit a mine.
When Lijah in his aeroplane went
aviating up .
He wasn't bothered with the guns
of Busy Bertha Krupp.
Navigation's pioneers, whether air ,
Missed a lot of modern thrills and ;
latter-day emotion! , '
New York Evening Sun.
Thirteen hundred years before
Christ the Egyptians built a canal .
connecting the Nile with the Red
Sea, which was near as fine a work
as the Suez canal. Time and sand
filled up the canal and the Egyptians ,
who built it.
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