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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
AN EXPECTED FALL DOES NO HARM
"The blow fell before I thought it
could, Margie," said Paula. "When
I received my salary on Saturday
night there was a little note in the
envelope saying, 'Will Miss Newton
please call at the manager's office
at her earliest' convenience.'
"I would not give that old pig the
satisfaction of thinking I was wor
ried, so I did not rush into his office
the minute the show was over. Be
sides it had grown to be a custom
that Alma, Tom and I should have a
little party after the play at some
"Jeff had gone back to Chicago, so
we did not have a motor car to sail
around in. 'It is the street car for
us,' said Alma, who is as given to
slang as almost every newspaper
women is. The picturesqueness of it
appealed to her.
"Margie, if you could only know
what mv comradeship with these
.two people meant to me at this time.
Alma was only two years older than
1, and although Tom was 29, he still
retained a youthful outlook and a
boyish enthusiasm that was almost
as enviable as it was enjoyable.
While he made the most of every mo
ment of work and play he seemed to
me to make time live instead of mur
dering it. He loved the days and
hated to let them go.
"Earnest Lawton had alw'ays given
me the impression of killing time
almost in a literal sense. Each day
he tried to throttle and squeeze dry
before he threw it away and started
seeking another day to bleed. He
fled from his yesterdays as the mur
derer does from his victims and he
reached out for his tomorrows with
the lust of the tyrant who hoped to
see the arena filled with more slaves
"Tom's days were gardens full of
joys that were going to ripen and
seed into memories the memories
which would be the richest store
houses of comfort in his future.
True, he affected a pessimism that is
inseparable from young thought, but
his whole action was that of the op
timism which loves life and whose
daily and sometimes only prayer was,
'I am glad I am alive.'
"Of course, when we sat down at a
side table that night in a little res
taurant near the theater I had to tell
them I had been discharged.
" 'Are you sure?' asked Tom.
"I read the note to them.
" 'I don't think you are canned yet,
Paula,' said Tom. 'At least there is
a string tied to it. If you were dis
charged this would be just a two
weeks' notice. Take it from me, the
pig, as you call him, has some com
promise to offer.'
" 'Any compromise that he would
make would be made only to be re
jected by me,' I answered.
" 'Wait, wait a minute, Miss im
pulsive. Even pigs are not all bad
I notice you are eating bacon and
eggs right now. Your manager may
be sending for you to say he has a
new play in which he will feature you
next year. You see, my dear Paula,
we Alma and I have been ham
mering a way on your talent pretty
incessantly since you have been in
town and if there is one thing we be
lieve, it is the power behind the
"'Conceited boy! Thank you for
them kind woids. But now that the
whole thing is off my chest let's not
talk of it any more.' Then I told them
of Earnest Lawton's false teeth. I
really thought Tom would. choke.
" 'To think of that la-di-da boy
having false teeth!" he exclaimed.
'And how it must have galled him to
have you, of all persons, know it! I
wish I could make a story of it By
jove, if they don't treat you right,
Paula, I will!'
" 'No, you won't, Tom, for you and