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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 17, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 13',
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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
WAYS AND MEANS FOR THE NEW HOME
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Since I have been ill Dick has r my living room and bedroom, but we
drawn my allowance. He gave me all
the bills last month which I paid from
the surplus I had in the bank, but the
company did not send my allowance
this month ;I suppose he has drawn it
I don't want to ask him about
money neither do I want to draw
any more from the bank as I shall
want what we have there it is very
little now to furnish the apartment.
I am almost sure that Dick has spent
the money for he has said nothing
We should have saved at least a
hundred and fifty dollars since we
have been in Eliene's beautiful home,
for Jim Edie paid the rent of our
rooms at the hotel and gave us fifty
dollars for the use of 6ur furniture.
I haven't seen a penny of it. Jim Edie
is coming tonight and I am going to
ask him if he gave the money to Dick.
I believe that there is nothing in
the whole scheme of wedded life that
makes so much trouble as money. If
you have too much you get into trou
ble (as did Harry Symone in think
ing that it can buy anything). If you
have too little most of the pinching
and economy comes out of the wife.
I have only about five hundred dol
lars in the bank now and I have paid
all the hospital, doctor and nurse bills
beside the bills that Dick contracted.
I shall feel rather worried if I have
to draw it all out for not since my
mother died and I began to handle my
own money have I been without a lit
tle nest egg.
Dick gets such a good salary
three hundred a month that we
ought to live and save money on it.
I have determined upon one thing:
Aunt Mary shall not contribute one
dollar to the furnishings of this home
except what she wants to put in her
own rooms. She has already given
too much to the family as it is.
. I Tf jU have plenty-of furniture for
will have to buy a dining-room set.
There is one thing, however, that I
have decided upon and that is not to
buy anything that do not intend to
keep as long as I live. I would not
want to live with the "mess" that
Mother Waverly has in her "drawing
room," as she calls it, for anything in
Dick calls that room the "cold stor
age room" as nobody ever goes in
there except when Mother Waverly
is entertaining a very formal caller.
I got into an awful mess when Dick
and I were first married. I was stay
ing over at Dick's mother's for the
day and she looking out of the
window saw the new minister coming
up the walk.
"For pity's sake, Margaret," she
(.said, "go down and talk to him until
I can get my hair combed.'
I wenttiown and the minister prov
ing to be quite human at first glance,
"I a!m going to invite you into the
library as I am sure that Mrs. Wav
erly did not want her minister to be
among those she entertains in her
'drawing-room.' Dick and I call it the
cold storage room and Dick declares
that his mother only takes those peo
ple in there that she does not want
to stay long and never cares to have
We were laughing over the story
as we stood in the hall when Mother
Waverly came down the stairs with
hand extended and a most cordial
smile on her face.
"I am so glad to see you," she
exclaimed warmly. "It is so good of
you to call on us so early. Won't you
walk into the drawing-room?"
"If you don't mind I'd prefer the
library," said the minister with a
laugh and the story came out.
Mother Waverly was furious. f
poife Continued Tomorrow.)