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JOHN RAMSAY'S REVENGE
By Leonard Cross
"It's true, then?'' asked the dea
"It's quite true that my wife was
on the stage before I married her,
replied the yourfg minister. Then,
raising his head, "I am not prepared
to discuss Mrs. Ramsey further."
"No need to," snapped the deacon.
The church wants your resigna
"You have it," replied the minister.
The deacon was flustered. "Don't
you want to say anything more?" he
"Yes, I will tell you the story," re
plied the minister. "You people
think because a woman has been an
actress she is thereby unfitted for
work as a minister's wife. Mrs. Ram
say and ! were born in the same vil
lage. She left home in girlhood with
her parents. They died and she was
forced to support herself in the way
she could best by acting. She had
a natural gift. Is there anything de
grading in honest work?"
"I don't say there is and I don't
say there ain't," the deacon an
swered. "The story is that you went
to New York to find her and re
formed her and married her."
"The story is true in this regard
that I went to New York, found her
and married her."
"Well, we'll not want you after the
"You need not have me after to
"The contract reads until the end
of the quarter, and, while you have
received us, we ain't going to go back
on a contract. We require you until
we can get another minister," an
swered the deacon, putting on his
Which .meant until they could get
another minister cheap. Small Falls
was a small-minded, mean, avari
cious place. John Ramsay had
known that at tie beginning,
But he' hati had to leave his first
charge when he brought back pretty
Nora Weir from New York as his
wife. People would not tolerate in
the parsonage a woman who had run
away from her home, as gossip false
ly said, who had been saved, accord
ing to lying reports, by the man who
had once been her sweetheart. Since
then Jphn Ramsey had had to give
up two charges for he same reason.
"I Don't Say There Is and I Don't
Say There Ain't"
Rumor followed him, lying tongues
'Well, dear," asked his wife, as he
went slowly .upstairs.
"The same story, Nora,""3ie an
She put her arms about his neck.
T am a burden to vou." she said. "If
it were not for me, John, you need
never have left Grayling. I have
ruined your life."
You have made my life, dearest"
he answered, "