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"THE WAY OF THE WOMAN;" WITH IRENE
HOUGH, MOST BEAUTIFUL TELEPHONE GIRL
"I am about, to test your love for
me, Evelyn," sakT Cummins, stroking
his wife's jewelled hands affection
ately, "I am going to ask you to leave
the city of your birth your friends
and family. I am going to ask you to
go east into the big world where our
wealth will bring us advantages we
cannot enjoy here."
Cummins expected opposition. His
wife's heart was wrapped up in the
city of her birth the country where
her own father had carved his fortifne
out of the soil as a youth. But her lip
quivered only slightly, and her dark
eyes grew soft with a pleasant light.
"I will go anywhere with you, Ar
nold," she said simply, and kissed him
tenderly on the cheek.
New York warmly took up the
scion of the Cummins' family. Hand
some, wealthy, cultured, and a man
of the world Cummins was received
by his aristocratic family and old
friends with open arms.
And with this greater change in
methods of living came changes in
the joyful companionship which had
always existed between Arnold Cum
mins and his wife.
He often remained at his club until
late hours. He seldom dined at
home, though his affection for his
wife did not seem to flicker in the
Evelyn felt with her woman's in
stinct that her husband was slipping
slipping away from her gradually.
Then, one day, when coming from
his office, she saw a beautiful young
girl make a hasty exit from the pri
vate room of the oil magnate! She
immediately suspected! Who was the
girl and what was she doing in Ar
Evelyn did not speak to her. huS'
She allowed suspicion to rankle in her
One thing precipitated another.
Evelyn now dogged her husband's
footsteps day and night She haunt
ed cafes where he frequented, always
expecting to find him in the company
of the golden liaired girl' who had is
sued so mysteriously from his office
But in vain. Arnold was usually
alone. He was attending to busi
ness. Then, one day, as Evelyn entered
the huge -outer offices leading to the
general headquarters of her hus
band's firm, she espied .the beauti
ful blond girl whom she suspected,
sitting at a switchboard, busily plug
More than ever convinced that)
such a beautiful creature 'must cer
tainly attract her "husband, Evelyn
studied her carefully for a moment;
and then passed in.
That night Arnold came home to
dinner in a troubled state of mind,
Evelyn knew he had something to say
"What is it, dear?" she asked, hee
voice unsteady with fear.
- Cummins broke down completely
His mouth moved mechanically at
first as he "confessed" his love for an
other. "I knew it," said Evelyn unstead
ily, "and I know who the woman is."
Cummins looked up quickly.
"Impossible, Evelyn," he -said, "you!
never saw her."
"You think so," returned his wife,
"but I know she is the telephone 'girl
at your office."
"You are wrong," he said, "you are
wrong. This woman is not Miss Ellis..
She is. a bad woman but I love her.
Shehas won me from all the good
traits in my character. I am but put
ty in her hands. She is not fit to kiss
the hem of your gown, Evelyn, but
land that night when he came in late. she hast got. me Jysart and soutj