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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
JEFF ARRIVES IN TIME TO PUNISH MONTGOMERY FOR INSULT
"I turned and looked into the flush
ed face of Charlie Montgomery,"
" 'So this is why you refused to
marry me?' he said with a drunken
leer. 'Wanted to he on your own?'
"I handed him his hat in silence
and, as he still kept hold of my arm,
said in the most freezing: tones I
could command for I was horribly suiting me.'
frightened: 'I think you are mis
taken, I don't know you.'
"This did just what I had hoped to
avoid. It made him furious and he
" 'Yes, you do know me and you
are going to know me better before
I get through with you.'
"Aunt Kachel and Georgiana hap
pened to be in the dressing room at
the time. Taking advantage of their
absence, Montgomery feigned good
nature again and whispered to me:
" 'I'm going to get them home as
soon as possible and then I'll come
and take you home.'
" 'No, you won't,' I said indignant
ly, 'and I wish you would take your
hand off my arm.'
" 'Yes, take your hand off the
lady's arm,' said a quiet voice be
" 'Oh, that is where the land lies?'
sneered Montgomery. 'Far be it
from me to butt in on any other
man's property. I wish you joy with
your grocery boy, Paula.'
"There was a swish of air across
my face as an arm shot out. A dull
thud, a scream, a smothered oath
and I looked across the recumbent
form of Charlie Montgamery into the
white, tense face of Jefferson Perry
green! " 'Here, here, what do you mean
by this row. Get the hell out of here
or I'll run yez all in.' In was the voice
of a policeman who had been attract
ed by the commotion. I recognized
him as the Irish cop who greeted me
with a smile each day.
" 'Was these Johnnies bothering
you, miss?' he asked. 'If they were,
by the great horned spoon, they'll
rest thimsilves in the station house.'
" 'This one,' I said, pointing to Jeff,
'has just punished this one' with a'
gesture to Montgomery, who was a
ludicrous object sitting on the floor
and still looking a bit dazed 'for m-
'Shall I run the scutJn?' asked
my policeman friend, jerking Mont
gomery up with no gentle hand.
" 'No officer, I hope you will not;
it would give me some unpleasant
notoriety, and I think he has been
punished enough, don't you?'
" 'Faith, it's me own opinion, miss,
that ye can't punish a man enough
for insulting a lady.'
"Oh, Margie, I want to tell you
right here it was men-like that dear
Irish policeman that kept my faith in
man, and I ran across them in the
most unexpected places."
(To Be Continued)
GUNLOAD OF SALT PERSUADES
"FRESH YOUNG FELLER'
Beaver Falls, Pa., Sept. 2. ilove's
young dream was almost shattered
today for Roman Williams, 92, and
Miss Cynthia Smith, 73.
And "papa" did it Caleb Smith
that is. When Caleb heard that his
blushing daughter had "went off with
that smart Williams' fellow" he threw
off the kinks of 96 years, loaded up
his squirrel gun with rock sal
mounted an old mule and was off
for the courthouse.
He persuaded young Williams
with two loads of rock salt in the
flanks and a right smash to the jaw
to call off the ceremony. 'Cyn
thia's still in hysterics.
County board voted to advertise
for bids on 4 miles of road from
147th and 48th av. to Oak Forest in-