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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
NO ONE CAN DANCE SO WELL AS JIM
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
As usual when Jim and I have
danced at Eliene's the others stopped
and looked on. -
I have never known as fine a
dancer as Jim and some way It seems
like floating on air when I am dancing
with him. All our friends laugh at
us and ask us when we are going to
make our debut professionally.
"Oh, dear," I exclaimed, "I wish
Dick danced as well as you, Jim."
"I don't," answered Jim promptly.
"Because then you would be danc
ing with him all the time and I would
not have my splendid dancing part
ner at all."
"Do you know, Jim, I think it Is
rather strange that Dick and I don't
dance better together," I said inno
cently. "He seems to dance with
Eleanor Fairlow perfectly."
Jim laughed and then said, "My
dear Margie, you evidently do not
know that in all their lives neither
Eleanor Fairlow nor Dick have
danced with any one else but each
other. While they were at school if
any other boy looked at Eleanor Dick
was furious and Eleanor was quite as
jealous of Dick.
"Eleanor has all the faults In danc
ing that Dick has but they suit each
other perfectly as they have in real
ity been dancing partners ever since
they went to the first children's danc
"I must have been rather a surprise
to all of Dick's friends, Jim."
"You were, my dear child, you
were. None of us had ever thought
of him without thinking that he and
Eleanor would marry and settle
down some day, and then like light
ning from a clear sky we saw your
bobbing red head and laughing
mouth and were told to welcome Mrs.
"I must say that under the cir
cumstances you treated me very
nicely, Jim, I should have thought
you would have resented me" as an in
terloper." "Perhaps you took us all by storm,
just as you did Dick."
"Well, I was the perfectly innocent
bystander. I never heard of Eleanor
Fairlow until after I was married and
have never really heard before that
Dick and she were always lovers."
"That's the trouble, dear child,
the 'always lovers' gets to be an old
story with the man at least I have
never seen but one woman in all my
life that I thought I could endure for
"Why don't you marry her, Jim,
and keep her for always? "
"Because she already belongs to
another man for always."
"How unfortunate. I'm sorry for
you, Jim. Do I know her?"
"Now look here, Margie, you are
not going to make me give up my
life's secret I've already told you
more than I ever intended to tell any
one." At this, little book, Jim closed his
lips determinedly and turned his at
tention to teaching me a new step.
The more I know of Dick's boy
hood affair with Eleanor Fairlow the
more I am in sympathy with her. I
don't think it is right for a man to
monopolize a girl's affections but her
life for years and then suddenly mar
ry another woman. No wonder
Eleanor Fairlow does not like me. It
must have been very humiliating for
her to still live here and go in tne
same crowd and see Dick with me,
and then, little book, think of her
also losing her money. If I were she
I think I'd try to make master Dick
pay in some way. As it looks now
she is the only one who is paying.
Do you know, little book, I'd like
Eleanor Fairlow if she would let me,
particularly since she has become a
nurse. She has shown me some