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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 13, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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ARTHUR'S LITTLE MISTAKE
By Katherine Howe
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Helen saw her husband coming up
the path to the house, and her eyes
smiled a welcome. They lived about
twenty miles from the big city, and
aften lately his business had kept
him in town so that he had not come
home, sometimes at night. Helen
was a sensible woman, she loved her
big boy" Arthur, and -as he always
telephoned when detained, she had
no reason to doubt that anything
other than business kept hitn from
her. They had been married about
six years, and she reasoned that one'
could not expect the loverlike, atten
tions of the honeymoon to go on in
definitely. All women want them,
but tb,ey generally have to bring
philosophy and cold logic to their aid
instead, look the situation in the
face, and not expect the impossible.
Helen had done this, and she laid the
diminishing attentions to the in
reasing demands of the practical
life.
Arthur May was light-haired, tall,
and beginning to grow stout. He
was thirty-two, and Helen had re
peatedly told him he was too young
to let himself get fat; but May was
not the self-denying kind, and refus
ed to limit his food supply. He kissed
his wife in the hall, patted her cheek
and said he was glad to get home. It
had been bad going, plowing his way
through the snow from the station.
As he hung up his overcoat it slipped
lrom the hook, and fell. In his haste
to pick it up. he caught at the wrong
end, and emptied several things from
the pocket. Helen stooped to gather
them up. One of the articles was a
pmall morocco case with the name
of a well-known jeweler on the out
side. But he quickly caught it from
her hand.
"Let me have that!" he said, and
Ihrust it into his pocket
I lelen said nothing. She stood still
loot ma atJiim. inji kind of wtmder-i
ment that gradually changed to sus
picion, and a stricken agony.
He began to stammer out: "Listen
dear you see I'got it for you and
and it was not right not what I
thought I was getting and I don't
want you to see it -till I .get the right
one."
She said nothing, and followed him
dumbly into the living room. He went
from there to his bedroom, and she
"Helen!" He Gasped.
began to think. After all it might be
as he had said. The thought hat
there was some other woman in his
life was somehow unthinkable. She
must be more sure. But the evidence
was No! no! she must be more sure.
At dinner he talked glibly on all
sorts of happenings, and she answer
ed as though nothing had occurred.
The next evening he handed her a
small packet. Opening it, she found
a nendant set with a. turaoiiise
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