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"THE NEW LIFE"
By Ellis Warren Leighton
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
They called Eer-tern, when she
was only sad. She chilled many with
her silent, inscrutable ways when all
the time her heart was as wax, but
hidden as to its secret springs from
Thirty, a regally handsome wom
an, even after five years of grief,
loneliness, almost despair, Myra Edi
son found a groove and fitted it well.
An exclusive wealthy family with
three young daughters wished less a
tutoress than a refined companion
who would keep them close to high
social ethics, and Mrs. Edison, grace
ful, dignified, accomplished, was
ideal in her functions.
She spoke of her past never to any
one. Her employers respected her,
her charges confided in her, for while
it was not her nature to be respon
sive she was always consistent and
true to the core.
Yes, the inner chambers of this
lonely woman's heart were filled with
poignant memories of life romance
rudely wrecked, and the mementoes
of the same she often took from a
treasured casket to gaze at, to weep,
and at times to harden her heart
against that weakness and strive to
One was a medallion and set with
in it was the portrait of a handsome
and dashing looking young man
her husband, Rolfe Edison, whom she
had not seen for years. There was
besides a scrap of paper, tear blurred
and yellow. It bore the words: "Try
me once more."
And she had said "No!" sternly
with a forbidding face, and, humbled,
ill, and perhaps penitent, Rolfe Edi
son had faded out of her life.
Had she done right? Her soul told
her no, a thousand times no, but this
conviction had come to her when it
was too late to recall her fateful
'B'Qrds. A, wanderer, last among the
human driftwood of a great city, or
dead, she had never since heard of
or seen the husband who, within a
year after marriage, had become a
wretched, worthless drunkard.
Her favorite of the -three girls un
der her charge was Helen Montieth.
She was the bright one of the coterie,
the pet of the family, the leader
among her sisters. In a fevered state
of excitement she broke in upon Nel
lie and Maud as they were geting
Showed the Downward Path
their lessons in the study one after
noon. "Oh, darling!" spoke Helen, in a
mysterious undertone, closing the
door, listening at it for a moment,
glancing swiftly around to make sure
that they were alone in the room
"I have a secret"
"How delightful," commented
Maud, throwing down her book.
"Oh, tell it, dear, quick, quick!"
Bleaded Nellie, Ji