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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK WRITES MARGIE HIS LOVE FOR HER HAS NOT WANED A WHIT
And so, little book, here I am at
Atlantic City, all by my lonely self.
This afternoon I received a letter
Think of it, little book, a letter
from poor, old Dick, who rarely
writes' The idea of Dick writing to
me when 20 minutes' ride would
bring him to me was astonishing.
I broke the seal and this, little
book, was Dick's letter:
"Margie Dearest I went into your
room this morning before I left for
the office and you looked so dear and
sweet as you lay there asleep that I
could not resist the temptation to
kiss you. I tried to touch my lips to
your cheek so lightly that I would
not awaken you.
"As my kiss brushed your soft,
shiny hah and reached a resting
place on your faintly-flushed cheek
you turned restlessly and murmured:
"Margie, do you know this has
been your attitude for over a year.
You somehow make me think of that
eternal punishment that is supposed
to be meted out to the sinner in the
next world. Margie, I never thought
you were as unforgiving as you are.
"Strange, isn't it, that after our
years of married life together we do
not yet understand each other! I
have always thought of you as the
sweetest, the softest and most yield
ing of women, yet you have exhibited
in the last year a hardness and firm
ness that I have never found in a
"Do all women look upon the
lapses of men as you do upon mine?
Can you not believe me when I tell
you almost every man's heart is true
to one woman, whatever tricks his
mind or his emotions may play upon
him for the moment?
"As I write this I can see that chin
of yours go up in the air and your
darling lips which, when we were
first married, dear, had an adorably
upward curl at the corners, shut un
til one can only discern a scarlet
"I can't explain it, Margie, and I
believe no man on earth can, but I
do know that my heart has never
strayed from you. You are the limb
that stays securely fastened to the
trunk through sunshine and rain
through winter and summer.
"Margie, we have been a long time
together. Can we not patch up the
leaks in our matrimonial ship that
were made when I steered it straight
on the rocks?
"I am older now, dear, and I hope
wiser. I have come to know there
is something greater than the
ephemeral pleasure of the moment.
Since Mr. Selwin's death I have been
engrossed in the business, but many
a time I have sat with undrawn
breath thinking the next few days
would see all the splendid commer
cial fabric that he took so much
pains to weave go to ruin.
"Sometimes I think I would have
given lip, for I have grown inexpres
sibly weary of it all, only I knew that
Mrs. Selwin, old and fragile, and you
apparently a hopeless invalid
"I would not tell you this, only now
I can see my way clear to a better
and bigger business. If I can have
my life and health one year longer
I shall be able to put you both above
want I love you always. Dick."
(To Be Continued.)
WANT A 99-YEAR LEASE
A plea for a 99-year lease without
the revaluation clause was made to
trustees, of the school board by State
street lessees yesterday. They want
a lease like the Tribune and News
hold on school land.
They say they can't borrow money
on the land because the lease pro
vides for a revaluation and new ren
tal every ten years.