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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE LONG ARM OF COINCIDENCE
Molly found her pearl, and, wonder
of wonders, it was Tim Lafferty that
brought it to her. -.
Last night he arrested a car full of
joyriders and in the pocket of one of
the men was the pearl ring. Because
it had "Prom Chadwick to Mollie" in
side he called up Annie and asked
her to ask me if Mollie had lost any
thing. "Why, how did you know, Annie?"
was my surprised exclamation. "She
has lost her engagement ring a
black pearl that is almost priceless,
besides having a sentimental and his
"Will you tell her not to worry?
Tim's got it," was Annie's reassuring
I immediately called up Mollie and
you can imagine, little book, that she
"Did you tell Chad last night?" I
"I did not."
"How did you account for not
wearing the ring?"
"I told him the pearl was a little
loose and I was afraid to wear it until
it had been examined by the jewelers.
I had a bad time at it, for he wanted
me to let him take it to the jeweler's
himself, but I finally pacified him by
saying I did not want to leave him
long enough to go upstairs for it"
"Oh, Mollie, Mollie, you are learn
ing quickly to flatter a man to gain
your own ends. It's a very pretty
feminine accomplishment, but I con
fess that I hate myself every time I
find myself putting it into practice."
"But, Margie, how else is a wom
an going to gain her ends? Even
Chad, who loves me devotedly and
whom I love to distraction, will not
take me seriously as man to man.
He smiles" at my logic, and although
he knows I made such a success on
newspaper work, yet I sometimes
think he has persuaded himself that
I only did so through some sort of a
fluke that I could not have kept the
work up much longer. Just as soon
as I am married I am going to write
a book just to show him I can do
"He will then probably want to
publish it privately and give the
whole edition to his friends," I re
marked. "I'd like to se him do so," declared
We were on our way to the police
station to identify her property when
this conversation took place. When
we arrived there Mollie immediately
recognized one of the men as a paint
er who had been doing some work in
the bathroom of her apartment. .
"Don't send me over the road,
miss," he pleaded, for as yet there
appeared nothing against her but a
charge of fast driving. "I did not
think the ring was very valuable,
honest I did not I've seen those
waxey stones down in the cheap
stores and I thought it would never
be missed and so I dropped it in my
pocket. I'm no thief, miss, and if I
had known the foolish bead was one
of those pearls you read about I
wouldn't have touched it with a pair
of tongs. Don't lodge a complaint
against me, will you?"
0f course that was the last thing
Mollie wanted to do. She would then
have to tell Chad the whole story.
"I wonder if Chad has ever told
me an untruth," she said as I was
driving her back.
"Probably," I answered, prosa
ically. "It would break my heart to find
out that he had," was her surprising
"Well, what do you thing he would
do if he should find out about the
"Oh," she said easily, "I don't think
he would mind so awfully much, al
though he might make something
of a fuss about it I think, Margie,