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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE '
MOTHER WAVERLY WISHES HER BOY HAD NOT MARRIED
(Copyright, 1914, by the- Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
' Mother Waverly came over yester
day and really made me nearly sick.
She said that "everything had gone
wrong since Dick's -wedding."
"I don't see why children as soon
as they get old enough to be of some
use to their parents should go and
get married," she complained. "Of
course, Margie, I am not particularly
blaming you, but you can see that it
Dick had not married he could be a
much greater help to his father now."
As I happened to know that Dick
gave his people fifty dollars a month
until we were married and that is
what she was.hinting at, I did not an
swer, because I knew if I did that it
would say something that I ought
not to say.
"And Jack," she continued queru
lously, "I did think Mary would have
some influence over Jack, but she
does not seem "to have any."
"Jack is a good for nothing
scamp!" I broke out and then imme
diately wished I had not for Mother
Waverly became furious.
"I'll not let you talk that way, Mar
gie, about my son. Perhaps he is a
little wild, but he will settle down
"Well, he'll have a chance to do
some settling soon," I said grimly,
"for Dick and I have decided to go
to housekeeping and take Aunt Mary
"Why why Mary can't leave Jack
and Mary,!" stammered Mrs. Waverly.
"You just watch and see. Up to
date Aunt Mary has been spending all
her income on the house and in keep
ing it up while Jack evidently has
been spending most of his elsewhere."
"Margaret, I will not stay to hear
you say these untruths about Jack
and I am sure that' Mary will think
twice before she leaves those two
young, inexperienced things to try
and run a home."
,. "Augj Mary is Bgt.gptog to sjpend
another cent for them if I can help it,"
I told her.
"Oh, you intend she shall spend it
for you in the future?" she interrupt
ed me to say.
"No, she is not going to spend any
money to keep up my house she is
going to have two rooms, if I can find
them, for herself in my apartment
and she is going to pay me for them
and Tier board. However, she will not
be able to do that for at least three
months to come as she has spent all
her ready money on Jack and Mary."
"I saw a beautiful apartment today
not very far from the hotel and with
good transportation," said Aunt Mary
"Did you go inside, dear?"
"No, I thought maybe,you might be
well enough to go tomorrow and look
at it yourself."
"Margaret tells me you are going
to leave Jack and Mary in the lurch
after getting them to take an expen
sive apartment on their hands, Mary,"
spoke up Mother Waverly.
"Yes, I found it rather expensive,
Sallie," answered Aunt Mary mildly.
I wanted to pat her on the back.
"What will those poor children ,'
do?" asked Mother Waverly bursting '
"Both of them are in good health,
are they not?" I asked.
"You are both very hard-hearted r
and I'll not stay here any longer to f
"All right, Mother," said Dick, who
came in just then. "X see the Symone ;
car is outside and I'll take you home." t
"You dear boy; you are always so t
thoughtful," fluttered the dear boy's
"Am I doing wrong, Margie, by
leaving Jack and Mary to take care of
themselves?" asked Aunt Mary wist
fully after she had left
"Not so any one but Mother Wav
erly could notice it," I answered.
(To Be Continued Tomorow ". .
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