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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK AND I ARE RICH
Yesterday I received a summons to
hear Mr. Selwin's will read. I 'was
greatly surprised, because I did not
expect that any of its bequests would
I was interested, however. In the
first place, the book concern is a
much bigger affair than I had any
idea of. The stock foots over $1,000,
000 and the physical assets show
Mr. Selwin remembered all his old
employes with stock bequests, rang
ing from $5,000 to the $100,000
worth of stock he gave Dick.
The gift was made in a peculiar
fashion. Every year for the next ten
years $10,000 dollars worth of paid
up stock should be turned over to
Dick, beside his salary, which as
manager of the company should be
$15,000 a year.
He is to draw the dividends on the
whole bequest, but the whole of it
is not actually his until the end of ten
Mr. Selwin gave me the balance
unpaid on my $20,000 worth of stock.
So you see, little book, we are
I am awfully glad this did not hap
pen before I told Dick that I was go
ing to stick to him.
After some very liberal bequests to
charity, Mr. Selwin left his remain
ing estate to his wife, and requested
that Dick and the auditor of the book
concern, to whom he left $50,000
worth of stock, should be executors
of the estate. Dick must have shown
himself a better business man than I
had any idea he was. It makes me
rather wabbly to think of all the re
sponsibility that he will have.
I stole a glance at him as the will
was read and it seemed to me that in
the ten minutes he grew ten years
older. A look of strength and resolu
tion came into his face that I have
never seen there before.
He did not look at me at all after
the will was read, but he went imme
diately over and took both Mrs. Sel
win's hands in his looked into her
tear filled eyes a moment and then
bent forward and tenderly kissed her.
"He was the best and truest friend
a young man ever had. All I am or
will be I owe to him," he said with
I added: "Dear Mrs. Selwin, will
you just take Aunt Mary's place and
think as she did that you are to be
the one we love best?"
"I could not think that, dear," she
answered as Richard has his own
mother and sister"
"But I have no one," I said; "no
one who has any more claim on me
than you will have. You have been
more to me than Mr. Selwin was to
Dick, for you and Aunt Mary have
shown me that old age can be beau
tiful as well as generous to those who
are younger. You have robbed the
future, when I too shall be old, of
"Will you stay in this house alone
Mrs. Selwin?" asked the lawyer.
She looked up in surprise. "Why,
of course I shall," was her answer.
"When one reached the age where
one nmst find one's self living in the
halls of memory one can not give up
readily the places where those mem
ories were made."
I could not help experiencing a lit
tle relief as I was afraid Mrs.
Selwin would want to live with us,
and, although I would love to have
her, I did not want her at least at
this time to know how it is with
Dick and me.
"How is it?" you ask, -little book.
I must still answer, I don't know.
(To Be Continued.)
Heavy snow fall has about ruined
three Seattle churches. The unusual
weather is due to heavy artillery fire
in Europe, which is also tough on
churches over there.