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WE ONLY REALLY
X have thought much about what
and how I should tell Pat He is not
the man to let anyone interfere in his
business unless he thitfks that per
son has a right to do so. I imagined
he, too, might have "some feeling
- about letting any one see how quick
C' ly he recovered from this love of
- Poor Pat, he has always seemed to
fall in love with the wrong girl. Now
if he can onjy see it in the right-way,
he has found a girl who will make
him a wonderful devoted, wife. Alice
will make him superlatively happy)
if he will let her. If it were any other
man than Pat I would use the argu
ment thaj, Alice was probably quite
as good as he, but that would have
no effect on Pat He believes thor
oughly in a double standard.
Sometimes I think with Jim that
nature made a mistake in not put
ting some kind of a mark in our
skins tor every little and big sin.
Jim says: "If we all had to have a
freckle of assorted size on our faces
for every sin of assorted size that we
committed, it would help things a
lot, and I think would make the world
better. Of course some of us would
have a dark brown skin to match
the dark brown taste in our mouths
the morning after, but it would help
us to distinguish the sheep from the
goats, wouldn't it, Margie?"
Jim always makes me laugh even
when he is most fantastic, and be
tween you and me, little book, I don't
think he is half as bad as ne paints
"Not being able to see the 'regrets
( J that Pat has probably- pinned to his
' soul, I am not sure of how much sym
pathy he .will have for any one else,
especially a woman and that wom
' an the one he wants to make his
However, it is not my Way to shirk
a disagreeable duty, as you know,
OF A WIFE
little book, so this morning I sent
him a note saying:
"Dear Pat: I "have been thinking
much about 'my story' that you want
me to write and I have thought of a
new heroine and a new set of situa
tions. Perhaps you will think it is
more thrilling than the one I told
"Will you come up at your earliest
convenience and talk it over with me.
Pat called me up immediately on
the telephone and said he would
come up in the evening.
I then told Alice what I had done.
- She dropped on her knees by the
bed and groaned.
"I'm afraid, dear Mrs. Waverly,
I'm afraid! Don't do it tonight, wait
until next week."
"But, my dear, it is best to get it
"How are you going to tell him?"
"I am going to put it in the form
of a synopsis of a story that I pro
pose to write for him. It will be very
easy then to get his idea of the
woman in the ase."
Poor little Alice gave a sob as I
said "woman in the case.", I reached
out and patted her hand.
"Courage, child, courage; if he
puts his prejudice aheadof hislove
he is not worthy of you."
"But, my dear Mrs. Waverly, I am
not worthy of him," she whispered.
"Did you ever knowingly in your
life hurt anyone or wrong anyone
"Then you are worthy of any
"You know, my dear," I said, "my
belief is that I have qnly one thing
that is my own myself one thing
to keep or to throw away and the
longer I lie there the more seated be
comes that belief. Some day I too
may decide that I am not of enough