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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ALICE IN THE WITNESS CHAIR
"When I was called to the witness
chair I did not know that I would
soon be passing through the most
awful ordeal of my life." --
"With devilish ingenuity the prose
cution never brought Harvey's name
into the proceedings at alL It merely
asked me if I had certain goods
charged to the account of Harvey.
" 'Yes, but'
" 'That will do, take the witness,'
quickly said the opposing counsel.
"Even the judges looked a bit sur
prised, but my dear employer's law
yer got up and began to ask ques
"He brought out my whole story,
and at times I was almost sure even
Harvey's father winced.
" 'Did you expect to marry this man
when at his request you charged the
furnishings of the apartment to
" 'I object, your honor. We have
only the defendant's word as to the
" 'Objection sustained,' said the
"Then my lawyer put the question
in another form:
" 'Had the complainant's son ever
asked you specfically to be his wife?'
" 'Yes, sir.'
" 'And you bought the furnishings
of this apartment because you ex
pected to marry him shortly?'
" 'Yes, sir.'
" 'He wanted you to rent it?'
" 'Yes, sir. He was with me when
we rented it and told me to charge
the goods I obtained at his father's
store to him.'
" 'Did he ever go with, you ?'
" Tfes, sir. He went with me the
first time and told the clerk I was a
professional decorator who was fit
ting up some rooms for him and that
anything I had charged to him was
" 'Have you seen him since you
left the apartment?
" 'No, sir.'
" 'Do you know where he is now?'
" 'No, sir,' I answered, and then
"After I recovered the judge ask
ed me if I felt able to go on, and al
though I thought I would die before
the session was over, I said yes, ber
cause I felt I must get the ordeal over
as soon as possible.
"v'Did you know that the goods
were being charged to Harvey ,
" 'No, sir. Harvey told me that he
had told his father that he was bored
to death with his mother and the
girls of society and that he was going
to set up a bachelor apartment of his
"There was a slight titter in the
courtroom, which the judge promptly
stopped by the bringing down of his
" 'When did you realize that you
possibly might not he going to mar
ry the young man?'
" 'The first night he came to see
the house he told me that both his
father and mother insisted he should
marry ' (Do you know.little book,
I was glad Alice told that girl's name
out in court and I hope the signifi
cance of it got under her skin.)
"Again there was a titter," contin
ued Alice, "and I felt I was a cat but
I could not help it, Mrs. Waverly. I
could not help it"
"I am glad you did not I answer
ed, heartily, with unholy glee.
" 'Did he tell you then that he
thought he could never marry you?'
" 'No, sir; he said that he would
marry only me if he had to stay sin
gle until both his father and mother
"There was a gasp from his moth
er and a snort from his father at
" 'Did he come to the apartment
" 'Yes; almost daily.'