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py hour waulct be.
When he came I "hadn't made up
my mind". I didn't know whether I
wanted the engagement to be long or
short, or, in fact, what to' 'do. with it
at all. I really wasn't ready 'to face
Cuthbertgdin so soon-' -1 stalled.
The maiorcame. up - with the in
formation.' th'at"t3Uthbert4.was fever
ishly waiting for me downstairs to
see if I was in. Maggie is one girl
in a million. She hadn't let on I was
in the house. "Sh-h-h!" I whispered.
"Tell him I'm not at home. Tell him
I'm taking a bath. Tell him any
thing." I peeped and saw Cuthbert
walking away scratching his ear. I
guess it was some jolt.
It's funny. I had a great curiosity
to get engaged. But my curiosity to
get married isn't there.
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
; . , DICK'S HIGH HOPES
After theSelwins went away Dick
told me "he never expectecl that they
would call&pbn us. Hesaid that Mr.
Selwin told him that he felt himself
getting old and' was loolilhg for new
blood to' project enthusiasm in the
"He more than intimated that I
might gain the position of manager,"
said 'Dick exultantly.
"He Spoke of you, Margie, and said
he himself attributed his,.entire suc
cess in life to his-wife. He said, 'Once
when everything Iqoked Very dark for
me, when I had first organized the
book company and a rival concern
had hatched' up a charge of con
spiracy and graft against me, and,
although the charge was ridiculous,
it worried me a lot, Mrs. Selwin never
lost faith in me. She always contriv
ed to make me forget all about dis
arrangements and annoyances after
I left my office.' "
I thought of the little story that
Mrs. Selwin had told me, but said
"If we can manage to live on our
salary we can pay for the rest of our
stock in about three years. My! Mar
gie, we'll be rich before we know it!"
"I don't think we ought to count
on 15 per cent every year, Dick, but
there is no reason why we should not
live on your salary and save a little
money, too. I do not believe anyone
should live up to his entire income."
Selwin said that the principal rea
son the firm had. determined to push
me ahead was the fact that I had
accumulated $5,000 to invest. I did
not tell them, Margie," said Dick,
with a quick look at me to see how
I would take it, "that I 'accumulated!
the five thousand When I 'accumulat-
ed' my wife."
"It wasn't npppRssnrv THpIt rl'pnr'
I am so glad I had it."
"You've still got it, sweetheart, for
you know I had all the stock made
out to you," answered Dick quickly;
as though he was afraid I would
think he wanted my money. ji
"I don't care who has it, Dicky, as
long as it is in the family," I saidi
reaching up to kiss him and we;
After this Dink was sn PYnitoirl fhat
he could' not pay any more attention
to the-rooms and he only half heard
when I told him how I had put a cur
ta'in across the big closet, giving him
a part of itand told him that one of
his big drawers and one of the little
ones in the bureau were to be his.
I could see that he had already be
gun campaigns in a number of cities
to'ihtfoauce his school books. It was
most interesting to me to see how
completely he had dismissed every
thing and every one from his mind
and filled it with hopes and plans of
future business suqcess.
I saw how foolish had been my
idea that he could think of me. all
the time, and I understood for the
first time why he seemed to be think-