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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE .
DICK SUGGESTS GOING AWAY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Just as we left the Selwins the
other night, the Tenney car whipped
by us. "Hello, Bill," yelled Dick, and
there came an answer back but the
car did not slow up. "I should have
thought Bill would have stopped and
taken uS home," Dick grumbled. "I
wonder what 'chicken' he had in
there that he did not want us to see."
My heart stood still, for I was al
most sure that I had recognized Mol
lie before she quickly turned her
.head. Then I remembered what Mol
lie said about "putting Bill Tenney
in his place," when I last talked with
her, and decided it could not be.
Jack dismissed the Tenney epi
sode as we took the street car, with
the remark: "I've been hoping, dear,
that business would pick up so that
I would feel justified in buying an
automobile, but just now business- is
"rotten.'and you know we paid that
twenty-five hundred dollars over to
"Don't worry about me, Dick," I
said; "I am not dying for a motor,
and, besides, I'd rather make Jack
and Mary comfortable with the
money than have the added luxury
of a motor car."
"You are a splendid little wife,
Madge, and you have been a brick
in the way you have shouldered the
troubles of my family. I did not think,
dear, when I married you that you
would need to be any more than
friends" with them, but with father's
sickness, Aunt Mary's bereavement
and Mary and Jack's secret marriage,
you have had your hands full. You
must be tired out. Selwin thinks I had
better make a long trip to close up
some contracts that are hanging fire,
and you can go with me if you wish "
It came over me all at once that
I was tired, vei v tired, that I woola
like to get away from everything and
everybody yes, evejt my husband -for
a little while. I wanted an entire
change of environment.
"I wonder, Dick," I said, "if I might
go and visit an old school friend inr
stead, while you are away. If I go
with you we wil both have the trou
bles of the family more or less on our
mind and we can't help talking about
them; besides, I think it Ib a good
thing for husbands and wives to be
parted for a little, once in a while,
Dick's face cleared in a way that
made me understand that he did not
really want me to go on a business
trip with him, but had asked me to
do so because he thought I would
like to get away from everything;
that I needed a change, and, like a
dutiful husband, he was willing to
martyr himself in a good cause.
I think perhaps that is the reason
so many trips that husbands and
wives make together are unsuccess
ful. The wife is Invited from a sense
of duty and accepts for the s,ame rea
son. Each would rather have gone
some place by himself and herself,
and would have returned, with re
newed love and content, to the other.
"Remember, my lady, you were
the one that .suggested leaving me
and going your own sweet way," said
Dick as he helped me from the- car,
"and if anything happens that you
don't like, you have only yourself to
"Dick, I wish you wouldn't make
that kind of semi-prophesies; it al
ways gives me chills down my back.
Sometimes when I look about and
see all the unhappiness, I think our
married life is too good to be true."
"Don't you think it, dear heart,"
he answered; "nothing is too good to
be true; it is only the things that are
too bad to be false in this world that
make it unliveable."
(To Be Contimiea Tomorrow.)
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