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JVIA L ILLLLJP44yL
CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
TELLING THE NEWS OF JACK'S MARRIAGE
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
"Margie," said Dick" when he came
home, after telling! dad about Jack's
secret marriage to Mary, "don't you
think father is looking badly?"
"I hadn't noticed it," I answered,
"but I have not seen him very much
since Uncle John died and he was so
"Mother will he awfully disappoint
ed," he said, "for she had it all plan-
ned out how Jack was to live at home
and pay her board. Now I suppose
they will want a place by them
selves," "Of course they will, I answered,"
said Dick, "for I was not going to let
Mary in for a life with the mater,"
"Why, Djck, what do you mean by
that?" I said.
"Well," he answered, somewhat
shame-faced, "I don't mean anythng
against mother, but ypu know, Mar
gie, she is exceedingly hard to get
"As I grdw older I hope I'll grow
more tolerant," said Dipk, and 1
echoed the hope for myself.
There is only one excuse for in
tolerance, and that is youth and inex
perience in life.
'!Father wants you to go over and
tell mother, Margie."
f. "Gracious!" I exclaimed, "isn't that
applying your pet name of 'Miss Fixit
With, a vengeance?"
"Oh, go on, Margie; you'll know
what to say."
"That's all right, Mr. Flatterer, I
recognise those honey words,' and I
also know why you are saying them.
"Perhaps Aunt Mary will go with
But for once Aunt Mary played
traitor. "I couldn't do it, Margie," she
said, "and besides I think Mary will
need me at the hospital.
'It's up to
his father, and Dick said,
I found Mother Waverly at home
and seemingly much surprised at my
And then in my usual manner I
blurted out the truth. I tried to tell
her how sweet Mary was and how I
thought it would be fine to have Jack
settled down when he went in busi
ness with his father.
"Which he will never do 'with my
consent," said Mrs. Waverly" with
Immediately there came into my
mind that old Greek poem where the
poet called "a. -rock the mother-in-law
of' ships," and I wondered if
Jack's marriage was to be wrecked
by his mother.
"Oh, Dad .has already fixed it up
witn Jack, I said quickly.
."And then I'm the last one to be
told?" she asked in a while heat of
anger. "You probably knew of it
,when you went to call on her and
encouraged her to pull the wool over
the eyes of my poor, unsophisticated
I cpuld.not help but laugh at this,
as Jack or any other college boy is
far from unsophisticated. But I has
tened to explain that Jack and Mary
had been married longer than Dick
and I and that Mary was now in the
hospital very ill and their baby was
As I mentioned a baby" Mother
Waverly changed front "Poor girl!"
3he said, "where is she? I'll go right
ove and see her. You know, Margie,
my first baby was born dead and I
have never gotten over the awful feel
ing I had when they told me.u
Now isn't that trange? I am "sure
if Mary's haby had not died it would
have taken "a long time for Mother
Waverly to become reconciled, but
she remembered her own sorrow in a
1 tnea to get nom or jack, out ne like circumstance, and i left ner a
kad gone out on some business with little while ago by the side of Mary'ii