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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
HERBERT SPENCER GETS HIS
I started, little book, to tell you
about Jim's visit to me last night and
what he and Dick talked about, when
my pen and my thoughts-went wan
dering off to "poor old Dick."
It seems that yesterday the breach
of promise suit of Miss Heathcott
against Herbert Spencer, poor little
Kitty Malrain's husband, came up for
"Listen to this one, Margie," said
Jim. Then he read: "Attorney Scott
for the prosecution was both pathet
ic and humorous at times, and the
defendant turned pale at intervals
from the vigorous onslaught Scott
pictured the brilliant beauty of Spen
cer's first wife and the loving care
Miss Heathcott gave to her at first
and afterward to the child.
" 'This child,' said the lawyer, 'had
been verbally bequeathed to Mrs.
Margaret Waverly, an old friend of
the mother. Spencer objected to
Mrs. Waverly bringing up the child
because he thought it would not get
the Christian culture he could give it
"'Look what happens!
" 'Evidently the defendant over
rated his will power, for my clieni
will tell you when she takes the
stand that in less than four weeks
after his wife was buried the defen
dant began making love to her.
" 'As you see, the Rev. Mr. Spen
cer is a handsome man, and cultured.
Few women can resist his many vir
tues and attractions in their favorite
minister, any more than they can re
sist them in their favorite actor.
" 'But my client begged for time.
She pointed out that they must be
discreet In this peculiar case, gen
tlemen, the man's character and suc
cess in life would suffer more than
the woman's from the breath of
scandal. And so the romance grew
and there was talk that at the end of
the year she would take her rightful
place as Spencer's wife.
" 'All went well until ambition be
gan to whisper to the young clery
man and settlement worker that a
marriage with some one with more
money might be effected, and he
would gain more than just a wife by
" 'All this time, gentlemen, the de
fendant was going about with a
grief-stricken manner, accepting the
pity and condolences of his friends
and acquaintances, while at home he
was enjoying to the fullest the love
and tender care of my client
" 'They called him "the man of
sorrows," gentlemen; they called him
"the man of sorrows," and all the
while he was holding hands.' "
Jim and Dick shouted at this, but
truly, little book, I felt sorry for poot
"Wouldn't Kitty scream over this
if she could know it? remarked Jim.
"For whatever else Kitty Malram
was, she was a good sport and I think
her sympathies would be with Miss
"Particularly after his turning you
down, Margie, as the guardian of his
child," said Dick. "Afraid she would
not have the proper Christian influ
ence with you! Indeed, I wonder to
what kind of influences he himself
was submitting his baby. It's a good
thiirg she is too small to sit up and
"I sometimes think," said Dick,
"that this conventional waiting after
one's wife is dead on the part of the
husband is all nonsense. Especially
is this true where there are small
children necessitating care that only
a woman can give."
"I'm with you, Dick, on that score,"
I interrupted. "In such matters one
should be a law to oneself.
"When a wife is dead she is dead
and that is all there is to it But the
husband must go on living must
take up the burdens. Isn't it foolish
as well as cruel to ask him to make
perpetual suttee because some pec