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Jim had his own reasons for want
ing to get rid of Mike. They devel
oped about three months later, when
Mike Donahue confronted Jim El
lery with a pistol in his hand.
"You'll marry my daughter, Kitty,"
he said. "You'll marry her by Satur
day night or all the angels of heaven
won't save your miserable life."
Jim Ellery, who knew the truth
when it was presented to him, mar
ried Kathleeen, who had been edu
cated "with the last penny of her
father's savings. She was a pretty,
discontented girl, ashamed of her
parents; she had easily fallen a vic
tim to the young millowner.
What was most astonishing was
that Jim Ellery, having married
Kathleen Donahue, did not drverce
her. Instead, he became infatuated
with his own wife. He was alto
gether under her thumb. She had the
airs and manners of a lady. She was
in no way inferior to him, and if her
father was a common laborer, what
had old Ellery been? There was a
tradition that he had once swept out
No sooner was Kathleeen married
than she dropped her parents. The
final interview was memorable. Mike
and Nora were in tears, Kathleen
in her new ball gown, shifted herself
uneasily from one satin shoe to the
"Won't you never come to see us,
then, Kitty?" asked Mike, unable to
realize the impending tragedy.
"You are acting unfairly, father,"
answered the girl. "I owe a duty to
my husband and to myself. If we let
it be known that my father works
in the mill and is an ignorant, illit
erate old man, I shall have no so
cial standing in the town at all. At
present they don't know. And if you
have any affection for me "
"Sure, you're the only one I ever
bore!" wept Nora. "What'll we do
now we're old?"
"If father likes to leave the mill
and settle somewhere quietly in the
country, not less than 100 miles dls-1
T tant, my husband will pay him $15 a
week for life."
"I'll see you in in the mill first
Kathleen," answered old Mike. f
"You won't leave the mill? You
insist on working here for $10 a
week to spite me?"
"Easy, easy, my girl! This is my,
job and I'm not going to leave it tq
take that scamp's money." 3
"James is not a scamp!"
"And it seem to me, Nora, darlingj
that if our own girl is that bad, why
we've got to make up our minds to
lose her," said Mike to his wife.
Kathleen took herself, satin slipT
pers and all, out of the cottage. Her
heart was bursting with shame and
also with self-condemnation. But
was she to be tied forever to that
old, ignorant laborer and his wife -she
with expensive tastes?
The town was just large enough
for her story not to be widely known.
By steering her way cautiously, and
inventing a tale about an old couple
whom she had befriended, she man
aged to shake her skirts clean of her
parents. Her husband, in his rage,
threatened to put Mike out of his
job; but the stubborn old man threat
ened to sue, and that would mean
wide publicity. So Mike, remained.
And every morning he was at his
job on time. Every night he left
when the whistle went off. Sundays
he helped with the dishes, and read
the paper in bed:
This went on for years after Kath
leen's marriage. He had never heard
of her. He had seen" her once, rid
ing in her car. She was gowned like
a princess and splendidly bejeweled.
Then a lawyer came to see Mike.
There had been rumors for some time
of extravagance in the management
of the mill; it was thought things
were not going well. But everyone
knew Jim Ellery had no business
head. Mike should have been man
ager, if his father had been an hon
est man Mike, who, working as la
borer, nevertheless knew the compli
cated process from the foundation
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