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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MONEY CANT BUY HAPPINESS
We were about ten minutes late
at the Symones' dinner and I thought
Dick was very ugly to say to our hos
tess: "You must scold' my wife. Mrs.
Symone. I was dressed in plenty of
time to make it, but a woman has to
prink about so much, you know."
Mrs. Symone answered very tact
fully: "If Margie can look as well as
she does tonight with a little extra
prinking, I am sure that one will al
ways be glad to delay dinner a few
The Symones are very wealthy
people, Harry Symone having been
very rich from birth and his money
has been gathering more in all the.
years of his life.
He has never done a bit of work
and when he married he naturally
married the richest girl in town.
Dick and he have been very good
friends ever since college, where they
roomed together. Harry is a good
fellow, but I have often thought he
was not a good pal for Dick as his
ideas of the value of money are
naturally false, and as for Mrs. Sy
mone, I do not thirik she can conceive
of living without a great army of
servants to attend her every want; a
house in the city and in the country
and every wish gratified.
Did I say every wish? Poor Eliene
Symone would give a cool million for
a child! There is a wistful look on
her face and I have seen positive envy
come into her eyes when she sees a
mother with a pretty baby in her
I am very fond of her though and
if she w,ere not so rich wou,ld like to
have her for a friend and I know she
likes me. But it is impossible for me
to be intimate with Eliene Symone as
I cannot possibly "go her gait", and I
cannot allow her to pay all the bills
when we are out together for luxuries
that seem necessities to her.
Boxes at the opera, theater, the
highest priced lunches, flowers and
splendid clothes! Eliene Symone
knows nothing else, but sometimes I
think these things bore her to death
and that she would be glad to live
more simply if she knew how.
After dessert she and I left Dick
and Harry in the dining room and
when we were seated in Eliene's own
little Dubarry sitting room she looked
up at me pathetically and said:
"Margaret don't, if you care for
your happiness, fail to have a family.
The only outlet for a woman's great
loving heart as she grows old is a
houseful of children. Harry is a good
husband, as husbands go, I guess, but
I have found out long ago that mar
riage is very different from just lov
ing." Just then we heard a loud laugh
come from the dining room.
"There you see they are .having a
better time without us than they did
when we were around.
"Do you know, Margie, I don't be
lieve that nien like us. Tfiey love us,
they admire us, they respect us, but
they don'tJike us. When they want a
good time; when they hunt, fish, or do
any of the outdoor stunts they con
sider manly they are bored to death
if we ask to go along.
"Margie, I believe that Harry would
have a fit if I should insist upon going
on one of his long voyages on the
yacht and yet I am a good sailor and
believe I could and would be quite as
cheerful a companion as Dick, who he
would take tomorrow if he would go.
"Now, Margie, take heed from ex
perience and understand that there is
only one compensation for a woman
in marriage and that is children."
"Money can buy everything but
happiness," I thought as Dick and I
bade the Symones good night.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
Drawing on their gloves is a subtle
method' by which women kill time.