THE BROKEN SECRET '
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"It's no use, Mary. Things have
come to a crisis."
"Just what I was going to say,
There was a quiver to both cf the
voices, telling unmistakably of an
underlying current of thought. John
Morrill was trying to act the man of
determination. His wife was feign
ing an indifference she did not feeL
"Let there be no scandal," pro
ceeded John, evenly. "Make your
own arrangements. There's a little
money at the bank. I'll split it in two.
There is the old homestead here,
clear of incumbrance. IH put it up
for sale and see tnat you get an even
half of what it brings."
"Very good," assented Mary, read
ily. Then for three days they did not
speak. John got his meals at the
town restaurant Mary partook of
hers at home alone. The matter was
settled. John had arranged for the
Meantime Mary wrote to a dear
friend. It was Mrs. Ellery Waite.
Meantime Jphn wrote to a dear
friend. It was Mr. Ellery Waite. They
lived at Brampton, 200 miles away.
John and Mary had stood up at their
wedding. They had been the closest
. Mary descanted on the unreason
ableness of John. He had turned out
a tyrant! He had become a miser!
Whereas, for a year he had indulged
her in her most extravagant whims,
abruptly he ordered the most rigid
economy. She had set her heart on
a removal to a more beautiful home.
He had not discouraged her until re
cently. Then, even with money in
the bank and the old home all paid
for, John had set his foot down hard,
circumscribing the household ex
penses, lopping off all luxuries! She i
could endure it no longer! Would her
dear friend give her .harborage until
she could decide what it was best
John was not at all profuse in his
missive to Waite. He tersely stated
that he and his wife were not getting
on well together and had deoided to
break up until they could find them
selves. John did not know that his J
wife had written Mrs. Waite and 3
Mary was not aware that John had
"She's Cone to Her Sister's, of
Course," Ruminated John.
communicated the state of affairs to
John was, indeed, practicing econ
omy for a reason. He would not
state what this was to his wife for
further reasons. He was considera
bly surprised at her peremptory chal
lenge of his new methods. He con
sidered that she "needed a lesson."
In her secret heart Mary did not be
lieve that the parting was for long.
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