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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE QUESTION OF LIQUOR
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Dick is perfectly furious with Jack.
It seems that he has not turned over
the $2,500 to him yet, and he has de
cided to lend it to his father instead
and Jet Master Jack look out for him
self. Dear old Dad is very angry, too,
and he had to be persuaded to take
Jack into the store even as a clerk.
And the worst of it all is that not
even Mary has seen Jack for twenty
' four hours.
Dick lost his temper while talking
with me about it, and consequently
he lost his sense of justice.
"If Jack hadn't been such a fool
as to let the girl rope him into mar
riage, Dad and I could easily dispose
of him," he said.
This remark firqd me to retort:
"Dick! you; who have seen that lov
ing little woman over there at the
hospital, can't by any possibility be
lieve that she deliberately roped him
into marriage! You know you are
trying to find some excuse for Jack's
thoughtlessness and general worth
"But she ought not to have accept
ed him," answered Dick, rather
The idea of him saying this made
me absolutely furious. "Oh, of course
not! She should have either given
herself to him without majrriage or
else denied her love and what she
thought was her chance of happiness,
so that when the time came for him
to make an all-around fool of him
self he could get off from paying the
penalty he so richly deserves.
"Dick, you still have that inborn
masculine idea that a woman is the
one who must make "the sacrifices
who must deny not only your desires,
but her own.
"If Mary had not married Jack, yo'u
would have called her a 'hussy' and
said she helped him on his downward
course; and now, because she did
marry him, you say that she inveigled
him into it."
"Here! here! you red-headed spit
fire!" said Dick, with a laugh, as he
pulled me over to him and Wssede.
"Nobody need say that you don't
stick up for your sex. Why what
makes you draw away from me in
that way? Don't you want to kiss
me?" he asked.
"Not when you have been drink
ing, Dick," I answered.
He had the grace to blush, and
then he frowned as he said: "My
dear, I had only a cocktail with Bill
Tenney and Jim Edie as I came up.
You are not going to be so narrow
as to object to one cocktail, are you?"
"Is that absolutely true, Dick?" v
"Well you see I asked Bill and
Jim to go in and have a cocktail; and
then Jim said we imist have one with
him; and after that Bill would not
let us go without one on him."
"Dick, I do most thoroughly object
to three cocktails, and I object abso
lutely to this senseless American cus
tom of 'treating.' I think the greatest
temperance reform that could be
brought about would be to make it
a law that every man must pay for
his own drinks. ""
"Oh, Dick! don't you know that
you can have just as much fun with
out muddling your brain with al
cohol? I don't believe any man with
three cocktails in his -stomach and
their alcohol fumes rising to his brain
has the right outlook in life. I can
see now why you were not right when
speaking of Mary."
"Don't be foolish, Margie," said
Dick with a troubled laugh. "Any
one would think, to hear you talk,
that you were afraid I would be a
"I am," I lephed to his evident
(To Be Continued i omorrow.)