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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE BLOW FALLS
"Harvey made all my objections
seem silly, Mrs. Waveriy. He said he
was not going to have the woman he
loved working as I had towork at the
hospital while he had just 'oodles' of
money to throw away. Besides, now
that I had demonstrated to him how
delightful a real home could be, he
would be sure that I did not love him
if I gave it all up and sent him out
into the cold, cold world of fashion
"I loved him, Mrs. Waveriy, as only
a lonely girl without friends or rela
tives could love a boy who was as
good to her as Harvey had been to
me, and, with the realization that if
I gave up the little apartment I would
probably lose him, I consented to live
there for a while 'until,' as Harvey
said, 'I can bring those obstinate old
"For a month I was perfectly hap
py. Harvey came up to town as of
ten as he could, and we went for long
rides through the fragrant dusk of a
"Neither of us mentioned the sub
ject of marriage after that first eve
ning. I someway felt as though he
would think I did not trust him if I
should do so, and I knew he was very
unhappy when his thoughts strayed
to his family. He really wanted me
to be his wife, Mrs. Harvey. He loved
me. I am sure of it
"One day I was alone in the apart
ment when the doorbell rang and I
opened the door to be confronted by
" 'How do you do?' I said, and my
voice trembled. 'Won't you come in?'
" 'Are you alone?'
"He stalked into the room, and af
ter a hurried glance around sat down.
I remained standing. 'How much do
you want?' he demanded.
" 'How much do I want for what?'
I asked in my turn, although I knew
perfectly well what he meant ,
" 'How much do you want, young
woman, to give up my boy and all
this? I am a plain man; I always go
after what I want in an open manner.
I am here to tell you that you are
ruining my son, and I am willing to
pay almost anything in reason to get
him out of your clutches.'
" 'I don't know what you are talk
ing about Mr. , when you say I
am ruining your son. I am doing
nothing of the kind.'
" 'Well, I don't know what you call
it, but he is neglecting his business
and his friends for you.'
" 'I did not know he had any busi
ness,' I said, flippantly; 'and he has
always told me that you would not
countenance the friends he cared
cared for, and he could not endure
the people you picked out for his
"The old gentleman's face grew
apologetic. 'Young lady, you know
too much, but perhaps you do not
know that I will not countenance
your friendship with my son. All the
money he has comes from me and it
will be shut off tomorrow.'
" 'Of course, I can't influence your
affairs with your son,' I answered, '
blind with rage, 'but I want to tell you
that I will not break friendship with
hin unless he himself asks it I
don't want your son's money. I can
take care of myself.'
" 'Playing for marriage, are you!'
he sneered. 'Well, I want you to know
that my son will never marry you.'
" 'I am not playing for marriage or
anything else. I am just exercising
my right to live without interference
from you or your family, Mr. .
I'll bid you good morning.' "
(To Be Continued.)
"He bought a dried fish to save nis
life" is a proverb attributed to the
Chinese, who also are wont to re
mark: "Do not lace your shoes in a