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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
HAVING IT OUT WITH MOLLIE
Dick had left me in a huff because
I could not see his way of dealing
with his sister Mollie. Mollie was still
with us, although she was going out
to a little dancing party which I had
ascertained was to be carefully chap
eroned by three of the girls' mothers.
When she came down to breakfast
she was a little unhappy because I in
sisted that she should go and come in
a street car. )
I called up the young man she was
going with and told him this, explain
ing that I did not approve of girls rid
ing around alone in taxis with young
Mollie thought this foolish. After I
had talked with her, however, she
saw my position. I said to her: "Mol
lie, dear, I don't think you would do
anything that is the least bit wrong,
see I did not have any mother 'to ad
vise." "Any old time that my mother ad
vises!" said Mollie flippantly. "She
let's me go my own way and when I
get into trouble she always says I
ought to have known better. Why,
MadgeI would no more think of talk
ing to mother as, we have been doing
today than I woiild of telling her ev
erything the boys say to me. I would
not dare intimate that any boy had
tried to put his arm around me to
mother, and yet she lets me go any
where with boys alone, and if she
thought at all of her own youthful
times she must know that most boys
will try to kiss you."
I wish Dick could have heard Mollie
talk. I think he would have agreed
with me about her and her mother.
It is impossible to ignore sex, and
but I don't want to put in any posi- J yet most mothers are like Mrs. Wav
tion where you would have to be dis
agreeable to any young man to make
him- refrain from foolish liberties
"which you might resenV . I
"1 guess you are right, Margie,"
she said, "for, although I know hardly
any of the boys mean anyharnvit is
hard ta make them understand that
they are not to put their arms about
you and 'snuggle' up when the taxi
goes over a bump."
"That's just it, my dear. We can
not ignore, that natural feeling which
comes to all youth. Beauty is ever
a sex appeal. If you like anyone you
want to embrace that one, and not"
only youth but those of maturer
growth have made the great mistake,
of thinking that proximity spells af
finity and in consequence have often
made irretrtevable vreckage of their
"How do you think of ah these
things, Margie?" asked Mollie. "You
are not so very old."
"I'm twenty-five, dear, and you
know I have had t6 work out this liv
ing and loving game for myself. You
erly, Sr. -They think that, because a
girl belongs to them, she is without
"I heard mother talk the other day
of the terrible temptations that come
to young girls who go on the stage,"
said Mollie in a burst of confidence,
"and I had to smife,. for I could tell
her that a girl' does npt have to go
out of her-motfier's parlor or asso
ciate with anyone but the sons of a
mother's dearest frjends to learn a
lot about taking care of herself."
"And Mollie, dear," I said, "she
sometimes makes mistakes as you
did in accepting that dinner invita
tion from a man you did not know."
"Oh, I am so glad I did not go,"
said Mollie fervently, "and I wish,
Margie, you would let me bring my
problems to you after, this."
"I'd be only too glad if you did, lit
tle sister," I said with a kiss.'
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
"Doivt xel my wife about the
drink we took.;' "I won't so much
as breathe it to her." N. Y. World.