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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE MOST AWFUL DAY OF MY LIFE
"I've had mymail sent to the Wal
dorf," said Dick, as we neared the
Grand Central station in New York
this morning. "I'll be apt to see some
one there from out of town that will
-do me some good. You know every
one, who can, from the 'tall grass'
still stops at the Waldorf."
Our rooms were up high and very
pleasant andj after-smoky Chicago,
the clear, brilliant sunshine was most
There was a big package of mail
for Dick, and as soon as we had dis
missed the porters and the bellboys
and the maids he seated himself by
a window and rapidly ran over it. He
picked out one letter quickly and aft
er reading it called' me from the other
room where I had been laying out
the toilet articles and trying to get
things into shape
"Morton writes: 'I am glad you
will be able to buy some stock in our
company next month. While there is
none for sale to outsiders, you know
we are always glad to sell our treas
ury stock to our employes at par.
President Selwin remarked, when I
tol'd him that you wanted sixty-five
shares of stock, that he was very
glad you were going to invest your
savings with us and he would be
pleaded to let you have them at any
All the time Dick was reading this
my heart was beating like a trip ham
mer, but I was dumb when he fin
ished. "Well, what do you think about
it?" he asked, as I did not say any
thing. "I think it would be a good thing
to invest five thousand dollars in the
sompany, Dick, but until we have
taved something that I can call upon
in case ot sicKness or otner emer
other fifteen hundred in the savings
bank," I said. v
"But, my dear, you will have myv,
"Yes, I know, but that isn't my 4
very own money." t
"Oh, if that is the way you feel i
about it" !
"Now, Dick, let's don't quarrel on
our wedding trip," I interrupted. "I.,
shall be very glad to buy fifty shares
of that stock, but never Bince my
mother died have I been otherwise
than independent in money matters
and I would be perfectly miserable to
be so now."
"But I told Morton I wanted sixty
"Well, can't you say you have
changed your mind?"
"I can't understand, Madge, what
you want with fifteen hundred dollars
when you know you are welcome to
Madge! Here is something j ny and all of my salary."
interest you. i "That is just it, Dick; it':
s your sal
ary ana my money, xou must re
member, dear, that I have been a
wage earner as well as you. Let's put
it the other way: Suppose it was MY
SALARY that was going to support
us and YOUR MONEY we were going
to invest wouldn't you want a little
money of your very own where you
could get at it?"
"The cases are very different,"
said Dick, with great dignity, "and if
you will not listen to reason there
is nothing more to be said."
Then he went out and slammed
the door and I sat down and cried
while all my dreams came tumbling
down about my head and thumped
upon my heart.
I do not see what I can do, for I
know I will be miserable if I do not
have some money of my own, and
Dick has said nothing about giving
me an allowance Perhaps, it is my
duty to let him have all this money. i
but I can't help seeing that in Dick's!
gency I think we should keep the mind his salary is his. I have no part