THE CONFESSIONS OF A yiFE
DICK AGREES TO RENT AN APARTMENT
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Dick carried -me down the stairs,
and the butler did not "drop dead"
when he saw my Tdmona and Dick's
business suit, but, oritKe contraryT
he seemed very solicitous about me.
"I think we sh6uld be going back
to the hotel," said Dick after we had
gotten settled in the library after
dinner. "You know we have been
here four weeks."
Aunt Mary looked at me as though
to say, "This is the time for ydu to
broach the housekeeping project."
"Dick, would you like to keep
house?" I asked.
"Not on your life," answered Dick.
"I haven't the money nor the inclina
tion to 'put on dog' every minute.
Poor Dick! That is what his
mother's home has always meant to
him a place that is built, furnished
and kept up merely for the sake of
impressing someone one cares noth
"But Dick that is not the kind of a
house I want to keep," I remon
strajted. "I would very much like to
take a modest little apartment and
Annie says she will come and help
Dick looked rather surprised and
somewhat disconcerted that I had
talked with Annie about it before
speaking to him.
"You see," I went on hastily, "An
nie is going to leave her husband and
she intended getting a place, so I
thought I'd tell her that perhaps we
would go to housekeeping."
"But you will be alone when I am
"I have told Margie that Td come
and stay with her," spoke Up Aunt
"But but Jack and Mary?"
"I may as well tell you, dear, that
Aunt Mary is not happy with JacK
and Mary. Jack is staying out every
eight and. of course, , that makes
Mary cross. Aunt Mary has used up
all her income in trying to keep
things going. You know, Dick, we
promised Uncle John to make Aunt
Mary as happy as possible."
' Dick has a tender heart, even if he
is a little thoughtless, and the idea
that Aunt Mary was not happy as she
might be made him turn to her and
"Do you think we would be any
better to live with than Jack and
"I think so," answered Aunt Mary,
in a trembling voice.
"Will you take a chance on us?"
he asked as he went over and kissed
"I certainly will," she answered as
her arms clung to him. "I think it
will do both Jack and Mary good to
have tp depend upon themselves,"
said Aunt Mary as we discussed ways
and means of putting our plans into
effect. '"They have a beautiful apart
ment atfd every possible thing that I
could do for them I have done."
"Up to date," interrupted Dick,
"that scalawag Jack has had things
made too easy for him, and I'll sim
ply go to him tomorrow and tell him
that from now on he must spend his
money on his wife and home instead
of running about town. I am disap
pointed in Mary, too. I thought she
would be more of a help to him."
"You must not blame Mary, Dick,"
said Aunt Mary loyally. "She is do
ing the best she can Poor child! she
has never had any sort of training
that would fit her to be either a wife
or a mother, but I think she would
learn if Jack would behave himself
and take a little responsibility. Some
times 1 think his love for Mary was
only a sudden fancy that is quickly
"We made a mistake in countenac-.
ing his marriage,"" said Dick.
"That-was one mistake we "did not'
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