Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on October 4, 1928 · Page 14
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5 »„ I il\*'F\}\\~'*- f r 1 F^assifeHe^sry Jzjjsjp i C * I * t,"f PS y ~sr%*wa —r- nlv&%..i -^ sSfj" sT _jjgji^ Mm* HT m:n WAT roll tt»*t th*- r«iHlh««M> wlxw* Valerie w*w «j»»*MHn* fh* ^wnlnt llwt *&* wm* JT^^f t<S rWTOBHlF? tS-Fr hsslWitHJ, SyWrs ittsrrhtff »ri*l» RICHARD Et'STtR )«»« IHWW * twfvrt ttffftir. tt I««to4 »J»!T tint w«*s, »i*d «wt!y twt» nf SyMfd fri«»*« h*4 iwt twr timteftml. She h*d ncvtr swM hi* namr, n«T *p*»lt?.« «rf hSrw to Vntarto. At firwl U was iiffiralt to Vfttorte Mint her tort? m>* Ypi] Jf-fi hfrn, nloti?. in Havnn "But, Mr. DRUNK!" tip him I« hit SyWI V»l iwrt of th» contrary. Tropical m*.It»rl*. IIP might call it. Affidavit.* frnm Cuban doctors, ho'c' clerks — it could be RrrmntfK}" "But I have witne.ws — t5v "Mm-m—yrv Well. wr'11 ve. I shall prepare the papers for service immediately. The riuaj will he llst-w! with others on the divorce docket. We must i»-Rit. until It is called. The law moves slowly. I doubt if we can pet heard before is akin to «ffee*J&n. now to Hfcp her «i IHtlip, Finally V»l«rie he!T»> SyWI te divert* EmUn la mrder that «l»e ( ma? jjaln «ndlcp«il«d of hrr child. EB»US baa heard of the WHh of Sybil's »n« Valerie Is afmid that whrn h«» learns »f it he will amrrt his paternity. 8lt« diffkniUe*. and hands Tad's nrr- dire Sybil to $** a lnwrycr, to whom Sy- Wl t*l!» thf stranc? utory of her NOW GO ON WITH THE STORV CHAPTER XXXVII. Mr. Peterson beat a gentle tattoo with his spectacles on the bridge of his nose. "Mm-m." he said. "A most unusual case. And the defendant, living in New Haven. U ignorant of the birth of a child? You have no mutual friends—no acquaintances? The situation is almost Incomprehensible. "You realize, of course, that It will be necessary to apprise your husband of the existence of a child? You wish complete custody. Separate support, perhaps?" "No—no" Sybil Interrupted eagerly. "I don't want any money at all. Only Teddy. I don't even care about my frecdomx except for Teddy's sake. I only Want the right to my own name, and the right for ray child to be known as Edward Thome. "He is called." she told the crusty old lawyer simply, "for my father. I should like to perpetuate his memory through my son. There are Thome traditions — Thome pride. It would be idiotic for my son to carry on for the Eustises. He means nothing to them, nor they to him." • * • Mr. peterson smiled. "Jurisdiction." he Informed her. "recognizes no sentimentality. The child's lather has a legal right to dispute your fitness as guardian of his minor son. He can. If he chooses, bring various unpleasant allegations He can contest your suit for divorce, and defend himself publicly against your charges. "However, judging from the circumstances of the—er—romance, I think we need anticipate no trouble from the ytranirmanr^ou are quite sure, madam, that you have omitted no important detail of your marital life? You have not seen your husband in the last 21 months? Not since you left him in Havana?" Sybil hesitated. "Yes. I have — once. I didn't think it necessary to tell you. It was for only a few minutes. I—I surprised him. It was In a public place. In New Haven — at a roadhouse He was with another woman." -You talked with him?" "Yes." "And whaf, was the nature of that conversation?" "1—I upbraided him. He was with a girl I know. They were planning to elope." "How did you know they were planing to elope?" "Oh. I KNOW they were." "And j'pu know the woman? We might subpoena her. Had you wit> -PcsesaJQ-thg affatr?~ABd-«h*t are this woman's feelings toward yoir at this time?" Sybil threw out her hands. "Oh, Mr. Peterson—you don't understand, I shouldn't h&ve men- Uonad It. I couldn't possibly drag anyone into thl&-^partlcul»rly this --this lady." "Who ts she, madam? And what have been her relations with your husband? Has there b«en an oj>en liaison?" Hideous, questions! Horrible man! Sybil shuddered. "Beally, Mr. Peterson. I must decline to answer. It sefms hardly Syl>;! clasped hrr voufsly, remembering predictions. "There won't be «ny publicity, Mr. Peterson?" she Inquired. "That," hp told her gravely, "is something we never can tell. If we can arrange for an uncont«st*<l action, probably not. If Mr. Eustis contpsts, I should say there would probably be a grrat rtml of it Headlines, you know, and pictures. And nil sorts of Innuendoes and inferences. "The American public loves scandal. Divorces produce vicarious Joy. However, let us not be apprehensive. Once you make up your mind to do a thing there's no good vacillating. You're going through—or you're not. The decision Is your own." Sybil squared her shoulders. "I'm going through," she and placed her hand In his. said. The old mun smiled patiently. "My dear young woman, it is MOST necessary," be explained indulgently. "6ur*!y you do not think I am vulgarly curious. I am a rn*a old enough to be your father. You have come to nie. presumably, because you trust uie, and wish ma to h£lp you. You must be absolutely frank with me. If you wish "fca withhold certain facts. I must decline to ac«pt the caw?." glasses at his finger mite, aud. lot the »**£* of 60 iwcttiida, white he appraised th«ui thorough- Sy, jm could have heard a piu Then Sybil brake the throb"X b*« >«ur pwtau," she mid. "let me fecgia at the begickiiiw& iuid £*il you ev*rythki«. Ttou you will u&tei&MMi ttow abaoJtiiel bte it is to bring ttt« ebarge to ttaiod." bat out. «.&>' 1 tmot »« to get When she had gone, the old lawyer rang for the junior member of the firm, and ranted harshly; "What's the young generation coming to? Answer me that, if you can! The foibles of innocence! License and Immorality. You're all going to the dogs. You've gone grazy—crazy as loons. Such carryings-on! Little girls and married women. Flask-sucking lizard, don't know what the world's coming to. You're going to the devil . . ,r The irascible Mr. Peterson paused for breath. The Junior member smiled. "Yes sir," he conceded good-nat- uredly, "I suppose we are. You old fogies are to blame for St." * '• * The summer was full of conferences. Richard wanted to se« Sybil. First one emissary and then another pleaded his cause. They hinted at possible reconciliation, and a settlement otrt of court. Defiance followed on the heels of conciliation. There were veiled threats. If Richard had a child, then, by the Lord Harry, he proposed to see htm. Panic stricken. Sybil refused to let Teddy from her sight. Richard's lawyer, a smooth young man with a face like a ferret, glibly submitted unpleasant innuendoes. Did Mr. Thome know of his wife's friendship .with Mr, Eustis? No? Ah! Probably Mrs. Eustis would not wish to have him informed of that — er —regrettable little affair. "Don't call me Mr?, Eustis!" snapped Sybil. "But it is your name!" expostulated the ferret, and continued suavely. "Of course, Mr. Eustis would be loathe to resort to such tactics. But, really Mrs, Eustis was proving quite unreasonable. Now, if Mr. Eustis were permitted to set the child. . ,. -" "Never!" Sybil shrieked her defiance. "Or if Mrs. Eustis would meet hsr husband ..." "I'd die first!" she assured him. "But consider your husband's feelings. The child is his." "The child is mine!" Sybil's outraged maternity flared hotly. "Teddy's mine, I tell you." The ferret smiled suavely. "Yours? Oh, yes. But-.you say." 1ie™tnterpolated~ smoothly,r~thBt it is also his." Oh. the hateful insolence of that purring voice. Sybil sprang to her feet, and her opea palm shot swiftly through the air. Full on his cheek he received it, and when her arm dropped like lead to her side, there was a livid mark across his face. Leave my house!" "Get out. Quick! "You—you—! she screamed. Or I'll call my brother to beat you. 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