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THE BETTER WAY
By Eustace Livingstone
"Think twice, Betty."
"I have thought "till my brain is
weary and my heart is sore. I have
lecided it is the better way."
"Very well," said John Randall, "go
the road you have chosen. I will take
mine. There need be no scandal
you. are a lady, I try to be a gentle
man. Remember, though, neither will
2ver turn back to retraverse the mis
The woman put out her hand as if
moved by some pleading influence,
but the man was gone. Before night
fall the home they had shared for
sight years was in the hands of car
penters, masons and decorators. Be
fore a week had passed by a parti
tion, roof high, divided the big double
house into two parts. On one side
lived the wife, on the other the hus
band. The people began to talk.
It was vain, however, for anyone
to discover any lapses from duty and
rectitude on the part of either of the
occupants of what was now known as
"the house of mystery." .Mrs. Ran
dall went about her usual way, quiet,
grave, reserved. Mr. Randall never
deviated from the routine which had
marked him always as a systematic
business man and a consistent mem
ber of good society.
"There's something under the sur
face," spoke Mrs. Judge Bascom to
her husband "some dark drama."
"Get it out of your mind, wife,"
was the blunt retort. "There are no
two better people in the world than
my worthy friend Randall and his
"Then, wny "
"Pride. Neither will seek to re
move the barrier they have raised in
their own self-willed natures. Mrs.
Randall would die by slow tortures
before she would unbend from what
she considers to be true womanly dig
nity. Her self-centered consciousness
lias repelled Randall and has made
him believe she no longer cares for
him. One good heart-to-heart talk
would settle .everything such as you
and I engage in when we're not fight
ing our usual family battles!"-and the
good-natured judge laughed in his
The old jurist was correct in his
surmises, but he had not gone deep
enough into the proposition. "When
John Randall married Betty Morse
they had been very much in love one
"Go the Road You Have Chosen, I
Will Take Mine."
with the other. Then there had been
a disappointment. No children had
blessed their family. hearth. At the
end of two years, however, a relative
of Mrs. Randall, a widow, died, leav
ing a little babe scarcely a year old.
Her last wish was that the Randalls
should adopt the child. This they did
and rare sunshine came to the lonely
home. Two happy years passed by
1 and the little one died.
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