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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ALICE AND PAT ARE WED WITH RING TAKEN FROM MARGIE'S
After r had read Dick's letter and
was shaking like a leaf at the
thought of going back to Dick with-
. out work to sustain me, I received a
telegram, from Alice saying: "Pat
and I are coming to Atlantic City on
a very important mission, will you
meet us at the station at 1 o'clock
I had just driven up to the depot,
little book, wien Pat and Alice got
off the train. The very sight of their
faces assured me that something
wonderfully interesting was going to
happen and I was not surprised when
they told me they were going to be
"You see, dearest and best of
friends," said Alice, "both Pat and I
are much adverse to having a big
wedding, but neither of us felt we
could get married without you, Mar
gie. So last night when Pat said he
just would not wait any longer, I
said: 'All 'right, we'll go over to At
lantic Citjr tdmorrow, take Margie,
go to anEplscopal church and be
"We tried to get Dick to come with
us," added Pat, "but he said he was
"You did not ask me, but I came
along just the same," put in a quiet
voice, and we looked into the face of
Chadwick Hatton. I wish, little book,
I could make you understand the joy
that spread over Pat's face as he
swung on his heel and grasped Chad's
hand. I thought he was going to
shake his arm off.
"Old man," said Chad, "I did not
think it possible that you would run
off and' get married without asking
me to help you tie; the knot. Dear
old chap, didn't you know I would be
heartbroken not to be with you on
the happiest day of your life?"
"This is just as it should be," said
Alice, with a happy laugh. "Pat and
I are going tg have witf u &e ones i
j we love better than anyone else in
the world, except each other.
Alice turned a radiant face to me
and linked her arm in mine. Chad
called a taxi and we started for a
little Episcopal church. Pat, it seem
ed, had made all arrangements by
long distance wire. '
I had not entered a church since
the time I knelt beside Eleanor Fair
law and we recited together: "Lord,
have mercy upon us and incline our
hearts to keep this law," as the com
mandments were intoned.
I shivered and Chad remarked:
"What's the matter, Margie?"
"The church seems cold after the
hot August sunshine," I answered,
but all the while I knew that chill was
caused by the feeling I had that El
eanor was beside me. Her dead hands '
seemed to be reaching out to clasp
my arm as they did in that old tragic
time. I again seemed to hear the
rustle of that fatal letter in my
pocket. Almost involuntarily I slip
ped my hand down into my sweater
"You are pale," whispered Chad.
"Do you think you are able to stand
through the ceremony?" .
"Of course," I answered, pulling
Then Pat discovered he had for
gotten the ring.
I drew off my symbol of wifehood
and handed it to Pat, who slipped it
on Alice's finger.
"May it mean greater happiness
for Alice than it has for me," was
heartfelt wish that rose to my lips.
Alice turned and kissed me, as the
solemn "I pronounce you man and
wife" ended the ceremony. Chad
insisted we have a little dinner to
celebrate the occasion.
I went to my room for a little rest
and there received the most awful
shock I have yet encountered.
(To p Continued)