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By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman)
"The trouble with you,.my dear, is
that you have a temperament," said
John Stevens to his pretty wife Lil
lian. "Oh, I wish I knew whether you
loved me," she sobbed. "I wish I
knew." - -
"You don't think I'm a liar, do
you?" inquired her husband, biting
off the end of a cigar.
"No, but you just can't help chang
ing. I know you're changed. You
haven't told me you cared for me for
a whole week."
"When I change I'll let you know,"
said John calmly. He' took his hat
and went up to Lillian to kiss her
good-by. But she repulsed him.
"I don't want you to kiss me ever
again," she said. "I know I'm noth
ing to you. You can go and leave
me. Maybe there will be somebody
who will care for me some day."
"Well, if you find him, don't forget
to tell me," answered her husband,
letting himself out of the door.
His face grew rather serious as he
went down the street. He was de
voted to his wife of two years' stand
ing, but as he had said, Lillian had a
temperament She was forever imag
ining things. She was the type of a
woman who would never be quite
happy. He was puzzled; he wished
he knew what to do to make her life
happier and more serene. Yet the
only thing seemed to be to wait and
hope that in time Lillian would come
to see things differently.
"I wish I had Jim's advice," he
muttered. "I've half a mind to go
and talk things over with him. Jim
understands women, and he under
stands Lillian he ought to."
r Davis and Lillian had been en
gaged Lov nearly a year 'before John
Stevens buttod in and won the girl
away. Jim had never resented it,
and the two men had become fast
friends. It was a curious situation,
and ' only the strongest friendship
could have endured it But John
never had the least doubt of his
When he had gone Lillian sat down
and gave way to a flood of tears. She
did not believe her husband cared
for her. "Because he did not tell her
so every , minute of the day, as he
'When I Change I'll Let You know."
had done when tfiey were married.
seemed an infallible proof to her.
"I'll make him realize what he has
lost," she said.
She wished that she had some
woman friend in whom she . could
confide. But since her marriage she
had given up nearly all her friends.
Who was there? Jim, who had
adored her, Jim whom she ought to