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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MRS. SELWIN AGAIN ADVISES
If when I am as old as Mrs. Selwin
I am as beautiful and broad, as sym
pathetic and yet have as much com
mon sense as that dear lady, I shall
consider I have not spent my life in
As soon as Dick and I were wel
comed to the Selwin living room,
which is just like Mrs. Selwin, with J ness men that kept him downtown,
Then you will have learned, my dear,
that in their every-day clothes and
manners they are not at all like the
lovers of which you have dreamed.
"I shall never forget the first time
that Mr. Selwin told me a lie. He
had been out with some people of
whom he was sure I did not approve.
When he arrived home it was very
late and he told me it was some busi-
its charming Colonial furniture, dig
nified hangings and beautiful old
prints and remarkable proof etch
ings, Dick and Mr. Selwin retired to
his den to talk business.
I did want to get some comfort
from Mrs. Selwin and also advice on
how to proceed with Dick so that he
would understand that the one thing
required of him was truth. It seemed
" to me as though I could forgive
Dick anything else but lying to me.
And yet I did not want to tell her that
I did not trust Dick any more. Con
sequently I tried my best to think "of
some subject that would get from her
an opinion that I could apply to my
Just as I was despairing of being
able to do it I happened to mention
Jack and his secret marriage to Mary,
and I said: "I never saw a swefeter
woman than Mary, and the way she
idealizes that cub of a college man,
Jack, is rather pathetic to me."
"It isn't well for a woman to dream
too much about the ntan she is going
to marry," said Mrs. Selwin, "for, not
withstanding all that the poets say
about it, dreams never come true.
,ryjou can imagine a man that is a
composite of angel and lover with a
dash of the romantic adventurer and
the business man all rolled up into
one person and trotting about on
life's stage, but, thank heavens, I
have never seen him.
"Men are about the same the world
over and you will come to realize that
only when you are asold as I am.
The next day one of the real par
ties he had been out with told me
enough to make me understand that
Samuel had told me an untruth.
"My dear! the world came toppling
about my head. I was sure that I
could never love Sam so well again,
but I forgot it in a little while and
he told me untruths again and again.
However, I never again had that ter
rible feeling which I had the first time
I had caught my husband in a lie.
"You see, my dear, my 'dream'
husband was always like George
Washington. He could not tell a lie
even to his wife. But my real hus
band coula and did tell lies whenever
he thought it was necessary.
"Oh! my dear Margie, I don't mean
to imply that Mr. Selwin is a liar, but
what I do mean to convey is that he
tells untruths, just as you. and I, when
the occasion seems to demand it."
"But, Mrs. Selwin, I don't tell un
truths!" I exclaimed in horrified ac
cents. "Don't you, my dear?" she answered,-
with a smile. "Then you are a
more remarkable young woman than
I thought you: Margie," she said, im
pressively, "we all 'tell untruths' al
ways when we think they are needed
and sometimes when the truth would
"Don't worry, Margie, if you find
your husband out in a fib or two, for
they can be used to even up things
when he catches you doing the
(To Be ConticAd Tomorrow.) ,
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