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THE CONFESSIONS Of A WIFE
DICK PLAYS CARDS FOR MONEY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I have just learned a most awful
thing. Dick plays cards for money!
No, dear little book, I don't believe he
is a regular gambler, but when he
tells me he "sits in a game" he is play
ing with chips, each one of which
means some sum of real money.
I never understood when he told
me he "was in a hole" that he meant
he had lost money, and when he said
that he had lost the night before at
cards I did not think it was real
money that is, money to any large
amount. And he also bets sums of
money on other things. That is where
much of his salary goes.
Jim Edie came over- last evening
and in his usual laughing manner he
said: "Well, Margie, you've got to get
your money for the rent of your fur
niture from Dick."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Cut it, Jim," I heard Dick say
under his breath. Evidently Jim did
not hear him, for he said: "Well,
Margie, I am here to tell "you that I
have already paid that money to
"I can't understand why you should
pay money which belongs to me to
my husband. But as you have done
so, I'll just say to him 'pass it over.'
and as long as I get it it makes no
difference if he gives it to me or you
I held out my hand and smiled at
"I haven't the money, Margie,"
Dick said with a frown. "Jim did not
give me any money."
"What is it you boys say under
these circumstances? Isn't it: 'You'll
have to show me?' "
"Come across, Dick; come across,"
said Jim with a laugh, and he seemed
to be thoroughly enjoying something
that I knew nothing about
I still held my hand out to Dick
for the money, because I knew if I
did not get it while Jim was there I
would not get it at all.- And, although
Dick looked decidedly annoyed, yet t
held my way as though it were a joke.
"I tell you Jim did not pay me anj
money," reiterated Dick.
. "What do you know about that!"
was the slang by which Jim tried to
express his surprise.
"You see," he said, "Dick and I
went to the ball game yesterday and
I remarked that I 'had the fifty for you
in my pocket. Just then Ty Cobb
came to the plate.
" 'I'll bet you that fifty against it
doubled that Cobb knocks out a
three-bagger,' said Dickv
" 'You're on,' said I.
"It did not seem to be Dick's lucky
day," continued Jim with a laugh as
he winked at me to notice Dick's low
ering face, "for Cobb struck out, and
so you see I don't owe you anything
for your beautiful furniture, except
Lto tell you of my deep appreciation
of its charm the last few weeks."
"I can't yet understand how Dick
is able to let you discharge your debt
to me just because some ballplayer
you call Ty Cobb 'strikes put' what
ever that may be.""
'T never intended that Jim should
pay me anything for the use of our
turniture. Iwas glad for him to take
the rooms off of our hands," Dick
spoke gruffly. I could see he was
much annoyed at Jim and, man-like,
he was taking it out on me. I thought
I had better let the matter drop, but
I had been counting on that money to
help me buy ythings for my new
It rather astonishes me to see with
what ease a man will throw away
YOUR dollars while he usually makes'
you account for every penny of the
money he thinks is his.
(To Be Continued Monday.)
Woman has no chance. She must
take what life gives her. baby or art