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husband of yours to time, or know
the reason why." -
Poor Althea felt worse than she
had before, after all the distracting
insinuations of her visitor.
She spent two hours in weeping
and two more in packing up her per
"I shall go home to .mamma!" she
But the industrious Mrs. Prescott
interrupted these arrangements. In
she frounced, breathless and excited.
She dropped into a chair triumph
ant "Well, my dear," she announced.
"I've found something."
"Oh, I hope it's .not,something ter
"It's serious," declared Mrs. Pres
cott "You know about your' hus
band's staying away late nights?"
"to my hearts sorrow!" quavered
Althea pathetically. ""..,.
"It isn't-at the BtoreJ
"No. I have found out that the
store has been dark and deserted
every evening'for over two weeks." -
Althea was appalled. She listened,
while her visitor-went on to give the
result of ier investigations, in fulL
Then, she collapsed. The trouble
maker tried to console, her. Then,
when, -Althea had partially' recovered
from her distraction she fired a new
"I've found out" proceeded Mrs.
Prescott solemnly, "just -where your
husband goes evenings."
"Oh, I ho-hope it's not in other fe
"Just that," pronounced Mrs. Pres
cott definitely "just exactly that"
"Oh, I shall die!" declaredAlthea,
"Don't do it Be brave. Well trap
Tiim. Well make him repent The
men are all the same. This lesson
will cure him."
"Where-does. he go?" faltered Al
thea. "You know that gay, .rich widow
-whovhas bought the.big-house on the
"Mrs. Warrington? Yes."
"Well, he goes there." ,
"And he is such a handsome man!"
mourned poor Althea. "Under her
"Yes, they say she is a dreadfub
creature," interrupted Mrs. Brescotta,
spicily. "The" house is full of conv
pany all the time. She's out for a
new husband, but she might leavei
respectable married men alone,
say I." t.
"Oh, what shall I do?" lamentedj
Althea, in wild despair. r,
"Why, I'll stay with you till the cul
prit comes home tonight We'll con
front him together." aj
Althea was so heartsick that she
was ready to assent to any arrange??'
ment She had a dreadful headache;!
but her visitor saw to it that a full
meal was prepared for supper. a
Althea lay crying softly to hersehV
on a couch; the old ogre sat rocking
herself eagerly and gloating over the
anticipated Interview with the guilty",
Suddenly Arthea roused up and
bent her ear and listened intently.
There were subdued voices and the
sound of slow tramping feet outsider
There came a cautious tap at the
door.' Althea faced the village physic
cian. He looked serious: w
"MrsIind," he said gravely "yourt-husband-"
Althea uttered a wild scream. Shaf
nad glanced in affright past the
speaker to view a Utter borne by four
men, and upon it, white and still, layr
"Oh, he is dead he is dead!" she
'"Not so bad as that Mrs. Eind.'j
declared the doctor reassuringlys "He
had a bad fall, but no bones aret
broken. It is only a few bruises and.),
a severe shaking up. Mr. Und ,1sr
badly stunned, but we shall soon have
him back in his clear senses."
"How did it happen where?" Mrs.
Prescott-managed to inquire, as they
placed the injured man in bed,
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