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Mrs. Kier Hardie is a bonny wo
man, spare and strong, with beautiful
white "hair and girlishly pink cheeks.
"Bless the man," she protested,
playing with her worn wedding ring.
"I was there to" hear what he said.
You may believe it was a bit trying
for me. Still, every word was true.
How did I keep our home on $6 a
week? By bearing two things in
mind: Never to buy what we did not
need. Never to spend what I did not
"It is a poor wife who grows to be
a drag on her husband. It is a terrible
thing when a man must think in his
secret mind what things he might do
if he was free.
"But I knew Mr. Hardie's heart
was in the la&or cause and unless I
took thought thepoor man could not
go on. A woman makes a man to a
great extent. Many a time my man
would come home with his heart in
his Boots and sit into the fire wonder
ing if the end wasj, worth the sacrifice.
" 'Man, dear,' I'd tell him, 'you're
tired out. You'lTsee it different on
' the Monday. Never worry about the
children and toe at all.'
"Goodness knows, a man should
have peace in his own home. For the
public is hard enough on him.
" 'He dresses like a workjng man,'
said one paper.
"Between ourselves he is just
dressed now as he was then in a
tweed sack suit.
" 'Kier Hardie looked so untidy,'
said another paper.
"I don't deny that cut me. It
brought me to London to find out.
Then I saw for myself. It was not
the clothes that counted it was the
man himself his being there a't all.
Parliament had to grow accustomed
to seeing labor members.
"Now that the labor cause has
spread, my husband is so little at
home that I think seriously of com
ing to London. I send him fresh but
ter and Scottish scones every -week,
and each of us writes the other every
night. Dearheart, after 33 years of
marriage, I couldn't do. without my
morning letter; it's quite wonderful
how a few lines will cure one's wor
ries lor the time.
"But you can add this from me to
young wives: v
" 'Keep a sharp eye on the money
and most worries will take care of
CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOTHER WAVERLY COMPARED WITH AUNT MARY.
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Today Dick is going to break the
news of Jack's marriage to his father
and tell him that he has promised to
lend that twenty-five hundred dollars
to Jack to put him in- the business.
It will be a great disappointment to
Dick's mother, as she was determin
ed that Jack should marry money, as
Dick did not.
The book and stationery business
that Jack's father owns is a good one,
and, with the added money and the
youthful ideas and enthusiasm that
Jack will bring to it, cannot help but
be very successful, yet I am sure that
Mother Waverly will resent having to
give Jack enough salary to allow him
and his new little wife to live com
fortably. Dick told me that he was going to
advise an entire change In the meth
ods in which the store was run.
Dad Waverly is not very well and
he should draw a salary and have his
hours shortened. Then Jack should
have a stated salary, and at the end
of the year, the profits should be di
vided on a proper basis.
Aunt Mary tells me that she never
saw anything more beautiful in her
life than the meeting between Jack
and his little wife. .
"Those children truly love each