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THE CONFESSIONS OF. A WIFE
MONEY DOES BUY HAPPINESS. CONFESSION 190
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
The long, 'beautiful days -with
Eliene show me that the world gives
many misleading values to the ma
terial things of this-world.
Eliene has been able to bring home
to herself the joy of her heart be
cause she had money. Had she been
a poor woman adopting her darling
twins would iave been out of the
She is able to gratify her slightest
wish and I do not believe she can be
as unhappy as a poor woman would
be under the same circumstances.
I said this to her yesterday when
she remarked to me pathetically that
"money cannot buy happiness."
"Well, If it cannot," I answered,
somewhat tartly, 'it can make a big
stagger at it. The old saying seems
to me not only trite, but also false.
Every litUe while, since I am mar
ried, I find myself using slang. It is
so impressive when Dick uses it, but
when I use It some way it does not
sound quite the same.
"I have been wbndering if you
enjoy these -babies quite so much if
instead of two nurses to help you in
their care, you had to do everything
for them yourself, my dear."
Eliene looked up at me in astonish
ment and then she grew sober.
"Margie," she said, "I do not won
der that people worship money. It
makes life livable no matter what
sorrows or griefs you may have. No
wonder that girl that Harry was good
to left his mother's employ, where
she had none of the beautiful things
that she had learned to love.
"I have thought a good deal about
her while I have been nursing her
children. I expect she loved Harry
for he is lovable but the home, the
motor, the fine clothes that Jae could
give her must have had some influ
ence as well. We women are lots like
cats. We love comfort and warmth
and try to get it at all hazards.
"I expect your mother-in-law, Mar
gie, would think I am crazy to dream
for one moment that money or any
thing that money could buy could
have any influence upon a virtuous
woman, but I am not so sure I am
not so sure are you?"
I did not answer her question, but
asked another. "Have you ever
thought, Eliene, what you would do
if love came again into your life?"
Eliene blushed a rosy red and then
she almost whispered: "I believe,
Margie, that I still love Harry I miss
him terribly. I miss his laugh; I miss
his voice; I miss the bustle and en
ergy that he always brought into the
house with him."
"If you feel like that, dear, why
don't you write and tell Trim to come
"Because I am afraid that he does
not love me, dear."
- "If Harry Symone did not love you
after all you have done for him he
would be a brute and not a human be
ing at all."
"That is just where you are wrong,
Margie. Human love does not go al
ways to the one who deserves it in
fact, as I told you, I am not sure that
Harry is ready for the staid kind of
love that makes a successful mar
riage. Suppose I would write to Har
ry to come back and then after a
little while he would grow tired of me
again and perhaps find another wo-
man who would be able to add spice
to his life, Margie, I could not go
through that kind of trouble again."
"Did you ever see any other man
besides Harry who interested you at
To my great surprise she answered
with a laugh: "Yes; loads of them."
I must have looked shocked, for she
continued; "My dear girl, you don't
for one moment think that when a
woman marries she in some way
locks up her interests in all the other