CHAPTER XXII One April Evening

The latter part of the next month my husband and I went to Europe to live and had been only a short time in Germany when the shocking news came of Jean's sudden death. It occurred in Redding when she was taking her morning bath and it was believed that she died of heartfailure from the cold water. Father cabled us not to return to America, as he was planning to go to Bermuda to escape the tragic loneliness of the house. Mr. Paine has permitted me to quote from his description of Jean's last days on earth.

"On the 23d I was lunching with Jean alone. She was full of interest in her Christmas preparations. She had a handsome tree set up in the loggia, and the packages were piled about it, with new ones constantly arriving. With her farm management, her housekeeping, her secretary work, and her Christmas preparations, it seemed to me that she had her hands overfull. I suggested that for a time at least I might assume a part of her burden. . . . I was at breakfast next morning when word was brought in that one of the men from Stormfield was outside and wished to see me immediately. When I went out he said: 'Miss Jean is dead. They have just found her in her bathroom. Mr. Clemens sent me to bring you.' As I entered Clemens' room he looked at me helplessly and said:

"'Well, I suppose you have heard of this final disaster.' He was not violent or broken down with grief.

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