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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MR. STUART CONTINUES HIS STORY
"At the sight of her sweet little
appealing face my whole heart went
out to her," continued MrStuart
" 'Oh, Malcolm,' she whispered,
what makes you take the part of
these ignorant men against father?'
" 'Can't you understand, sweet
heart, that it is because they are ig
norant that I must help them to get
their own in spite of the greed of
the corporation of which your father
is the head?'
" 'But if you persist in this we can
not be sweethearts any more.'
" 'Why not? What have the trou
bles of a lot of miners got to do with
our big, beautiful love?'
" 'Everything. Why, Malcolm, I
l&f am afraid if dad even knew I was
here talkine to vou he would never
l!2l do anvthine for us ' '
" 'Even that should not change any
thing between you and me. I don't
-want him to do anything for us.
" 'But dad would leave all his
money to my brother.'
" 'Couldn't you be happy with
" 'Y-e-s, I guess I could, but it
seems so easy to get some of it, too.
I think if you really loved me you
would not go against dad.'
" 'I am not going against your fa
ther, sweetheart, only against the
methods he employs.'
" 'Dad says you have practically
called him a cheat.'
"I was silent and she continued:
" 'Then you won't do this for me?'
" 'I can't, dear heart.'
" 'What will I do?'
" 'You will have to choose between
your father and me. I know it is a
hard thing I am asking of you, but
you would despise me did I do dif
ferently.' " 'No, I wouldn't I think, dear,
that you don't love me very well if
you cannot do this little thing for me.
Dad said he would not object to my
marrying you if you just keep stilL'
"At the time love blinded me. I
did not see this girl in her true light.
What man could with a little soft
cheek pressed against his, a little
soft form trembling with sobs in his
" 'I can't let you go I can't let
you go,' she exclaimed.
" 'Then, dear, you choose me.'
" 'Y-e-s I must choose you.'
" 'You will come to me and we will
be married tomorrow.'
"She caught her breath almost in
" 'Remember, dear, it must be ir
revocable. Either you must marry
me or we must part'
" 'I can't part from you, dearest.
I'll marry you whenever you wish,
but won't you please keep it secret
for a little while? After this ugly
old strike is over father will forget
and forgive you and we will all be
" 'After all,' I thought, 'I can't take
her away from her parents if there
is a chance for reconciliation. It is
her father in her eyes he can do
no wrong,' and weakly I consented
to a secret marriage.
"I did not realize that it was not
parental love that was calling her,
but only fear that some of her fath
er's money that she thought should
be hers would be deflected from her.
" 'Sweetheart, I'll make arrange
ments and tomorrow you will be
mine forever my wife,' I whispered.
" 'Do you think father will forgive
us when he finds out?'
" 'I don't know, but whether he
does or not, I will make you happy.'
" 'Yes, I know, dear, I know, but
we could be happier if he forgave us.
He always said he was going to set
tle a hundred thousand dollars on
me on my marriage day.'
"Even this reference to money did
not worry me, for you see I was very
much in love."
(To Be Continued.)