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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ANNIE CALLS TIM BACK TO CONSCIOUSNESS.
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Dr. Atwater grumblingly got into
the taxi withTDicJc, Annie and me.
"I think both you young women
are crazy," he said. "Tim is still un
conscious, he will not know Annie
and here both of you making for
yourself a situation that may bring
on premature births for both your
Neither Annie nor I answered but
her work hardened hand had stole
over to mine.
It's very easy to tell someone just
what to do under given circumstan
ces but the advice of the disinterest
ed party always takes no note of the
personal equation which in most
cases means when the heart must
overrule the head.
The very pulse of humanity is its
emotion its symtathy its unreason
ing love and when one tries to throt
tle it under stress one stands about
as much chance of doing so as of
stopping a barrel On the brink of
Niagara from going down.
Although Annie had been my laun
dress ever since I could remember
until she married Tim, yet she was
always my friend and she had given
me what money cannot buy. loyal in
terest and that ever ready sympathy
which all Irish give to those they
I was only doing for her what she
would be doing for me in like circum
stances and it seemed to me that Dr.
Atwater must have left that young
wife of his, and the few years of mar
ried life that he enjoyed, out of his
memory if he for one moment
thought he could keep Annie from
Tim when Tim was on the border
land of life and death.
"It's me voice that will bring him
back, Miss Margaret, and me arms
that will hold him here," she whis
pered to me when the nurse said he
had not yet recovered consciousness,
and she was right.
"Tim, darlin'." she exclaimed as
she dropped beside the bed and put
her beautiful strong arms under his
head. "Tim, darlin', it's Annie, speak
to me ye must ye know or I'll die."
Tim opened his eyes and he smil
ed, "what are ye doing here, acush
la," he said, "I'm coming home di
rectly," and then he seemed to real
ize what had happened.
"Was the old lady killed?" he
"No, Tim, thanks to your bravery,
old man," said Dick, "and now you
must get well for Annie's sake."
"Am I all in," he asked.
"You are pretty bad," again an
swered Dick, "but you are not all in
by any manner of means and all
you've got to do is just lie here and
Annie emphasized this by a little
kiss on the "pallid face.
"And where'll you be, Annie?"
"Right here," I answered for her,
"she is going to have room right here
on this floor so that you can see Tim,
Jr., just a soon as he makes his ap
pearance." "Ye're all awful good," murmured
Tim, "but there is' just one more
favor I want to ask of you, Mr. Wav
erly. See the chief and tell him to
save me place on the traffic squad
I'll be on duty as soon as I can."
"I don't need to do anything," said
Dick as we were gently pushed out
of the room by the nurses who had
come to prepare Tim for the oper
ating room. "You are the pride of
the whole force and the chief will pin
a medal on you as soon as you are
able to stand up."
"I'll come back, Tim, as soon as
they set your leg," said Annie with a
kiss and then a spasm of pain con
tracted her face.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
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