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' WHERE THE HEART IS 8
By H. M. Egbert
"Oh, dear, I wish I had a home!"
sighed prettjMittle Mrs. Garrett, as
she stood disconsolately in the center
of her little room in the Grand Na
tional hotel at Louisport.
There were four trunks in the lit
tle room, and Doris, the little girl,
was seated forlornly upon the top of
the pile, staring as disconsolately as
her mother at the crowded cubic feet
which was to be their home for tfco
next few days.
A knock at the door, an elderly lady
and a younger one, verging upon mid
dle age, entered.
"Well, Molly, home again!" re
marked the young one with unpleas
ant emphasis in her tones.
"Yes," sighed Molly Garrett.
"And John off again, as usual, I
"Kansas City!" said Molly, almost
"Well, you'd better come to us un
til he returns," said the elder woman,
who was her stepmother. "I don't
know why my house should be upset
in this way with your comings and
goings, but since you would marry a
traveling man I'll have to bear it."
Little Mrs. Garrett began to cry.
She was completely under the thumb
of her stepmother and stepsister,
Amelia. She had never had much in
dependence of will; perhaps that was
why she had married a drummer dur
ing her stepmother's absence. She
knew that her family did not look
with favor upon John Garrett.
For the past seven years they had
lived mainly in hotels. John, who
was fond of his wife, had taken her
everywhere with him. The little girl
was born in a hotel in Missouri. She
had been baptized in Omaha and her
education, which had been begun in
Milwaukee, was to be continued in
Louisport, Mrs. Garrett's home city.
That was why John had brought his
wife and daughter there three hours
befqre, bidden them a hasty farewell
and started tor Kansas City with a
heavy heart. He was so inconsequen
tial; he thought that so long as he
paid the bills it didn't matter where
his wife lived.
Established in her stepmother's
home as a paying guest, little Mrs.
Garrett listened to a daily tirade
against her husband.
"It isn't any life to ask a woman
to share," declared her stepmother.
"My What?" Cried Molly.
"Molly, I warned you not to marry
that man. Who knows what he's
doing when he's away from you?
Those salesmen are a bad lot."
Little Molly Garrett began to cry
again. She loved John dearly, 'but
she was easily upset and rendered
miserable and the suggestion worked
upon her mind.
Two weeks later John Garrett
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