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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
HERBERT WILL NOT GIVE ME KITTY'S DAUGHTER
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association)
Well, little book, it's all over. Kit
ty has been laid far away from mor
tal eyes and I am home again, but
NOT with Margaret Katherine Spen
cer. Dick came down just in time for
the funeral, which was ghastly with
its long sermon of exhortation and
its songs in a minor Key that tore
your heart strings anew.
Through it all Miss Heathcott sat
just where the setting sun formed a
halo over her golden head, in her
arms Kitty's baby, a very picture of
Madonna and Child! It was tragic, lit
tle book, that she made a picture with
Kitty's baby that poor Kitty could
never have posed.
Dick was courtesy itself to me, but
he never spoke to me except when I
addressed him a question, and you
may be sure, little book, that was not
"It is mesilf that has the pride of
me Irish ancestry," as Annie would
say, "and when it is perfectly raison
able that' I'm within me own rights
no man can make me change if it
should be himself that might try."
As they were taking Kitty out
through the door, and Herbert was
stalking behind with the child in his
arms, I became almost hysterical.
It seemed all so futile, so foolish to
be glad you were alive.
Do you know, little book, it really
seemed to me at that moment that
Kitty, silent, cold and lifeless, yes,
even shut out from the lights and
laughter she loved so well, was better
off than I with sullen Dick at my side.
His arm seemed iron as I took it
There was not the slightest yielding
to my touch.
For the moment I hated Aunt
Mary's money I hated him and
most of all, I hated the life that I
saw stretching beyond me in the future.
When we got back from the ceme
tery Dick remarked very casually, but "
so that it might be heard by any one "
it might concern: "We must hurry if
we catch the evening train."
I took it that I was one of those
concerned in the matter and I inter
rupted Herbert's long-winded explan-
ation that there was a later train by
asking: "Did Kitty tell you she want
ed me to have her baby?" Both men
stirred uneasily and then sat up very
"I cannot deceive you, Margaret,"
said Herbert in his precise way.
"Kitty did say that she wished you
to have her baby."
"What answer did you give her?"
"Well well you see, the doctor
said she must not be excited, so I said,
You are going to get well and keep it
"But she kept at me about send
ing for you and saying, 'Margie must -have
my baby,' until to quiet her I
said, 'If Margaret wants your baby
she can have it' "
Dick started to interrupt, but I held
up my hand and said, "Margaret
does want it"
"But but, my dear Margaret,"
said Herbert, "you must realize it is
also-my baby I can't give it to you.
I feel the great duty that I owe it I
am the custodian of its immortal
"Then you told a lie to Kitty." -
"Well, you see, I did not think you
would want it and even if you did I
was not sure Mr. Waverly would wish
you to be burdened with it" t
A grunt of acquiescence from Dick
seemed to give him courage.
"I guess I was so sure of your re-
fusal that I said that only to quiet
Kitty, as 1 knew that the least excite- "
raent imperiled her Ufa"
"I told her I would bring up her
child as my own it you would let me.
J have her. I did not lie, I made nou'