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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I'VE TURNED THE TRICK
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
For a moment I thought there was
a gleam of compassion in Mrs. Tit
ter's eyes and then I saw her take
up the picture of a beautiful child
(P which lay beside her on the table.
"You say that you are on your way
to your boy who is very ill? If he
should live to grow up will you care
to have him hear that his mother
took a trip from one state to another
with the husband of anpther woman,
with the knowledge and consent that
this trip was for immoral purposes?"
Mrs. Utter looked startled and I
felt I had made a point. I did not
dream how great it was until she
"But' I did not consent I did not
know his purpose until I got up in
the morning on the train and he
made the proposal to me."
I almost gave a shout but had the
presence of mind to suppress it for
before daylight the train crossed the
border of the state, and I was pretty
sure that under the Mann act the
woman must give lier consent before
leaving one state for another to
make the crime an interstate affair.
"My boy will know his mother was
perfectly innocent and only ac
cepted a stranger's aid to get to him.
Certainly, even j?ovl, "Mrs. Waverly,
must know that I would not volun
tarily and knowingly go with a com
plete stranger. I am not a common
woman. I am as good a woman as
I was in a quandary. I began to
f have some doubts if I was right on
the matter, but I determined to take
the chance, as I saw she did not
know any more about the Mann act
than I did.
"So," I asked, "this is what you
intend to swear to in court?"
"Nothing could make me swear to
anything different." she answered
"Then, allow me, my dear Mrs. Ut
ter, to inform you that you have no
case, even if Mr. Waverly made the
proposals to you which you claim,
you still have no cage.'
"What?" the woman rose to her
feet and confronted"me with con
sternation. "The people who employed you
either forgot to tell you or were ig
norant themselYes of the fact that
'The Maim Act' under which you in
tend to make your accusation only
covers cases when the woman is
brought from one state to another
WITH HER IPJOWLEDGE for "im
moral purposes. You say you did
not know that Mr. Waverly intended
to propose anything "immoral until
you arrived here. Therefore, if your
story tie true you still have no case."
Just then the telephone rang vio
lently. Although Mrs .Utter started
for the phone I answered it.
"A man's yoicq answered, mine. "Say
Mrs. Waverly is on your trail. Be
very careful not to gee any one or
answer any guestiops qver' the
Evidently the man mistook my
voice for Mrs. Utters and 'he rang
on oeiore i couia say a worp, which
was probably the best thing he could
have done for us.
(To Be Continued Tpmorrovv.)
INPJANA PLAYING SAFE ON
Indianapolis, lnd.f Nov. 5. Gov.
Ralston issued proclamation prohibit
ing shipment of cattle,' sheep or swine
into Indiana from Illinois, Michigan,
Otyo or Pennsylvanfa "except under
such rules as the state veterinarian
niay prescribe." He prohibited the
shipment into the state of hay, straw
and fodder from these s'tates. The
action is taken in an attempt to
stamp out the hoof and mouth dis
ease, jfc "'