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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
KITTY MALRAM AND BILL TENNEY MEET
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I wish I knew how that false im
pression was spread abroad that wo
men were more curious than men.
It seems to me that the greatest
characteristic a man has is his in
satiable curiosity. Every man's mot
to seems to be from the time he can
think: "I'll try anything once." It's
the one' great incentive that makes
men do things good or bad.
I had an illustration of this last
night when Dick brought home Bill I
'lenney unexpectedly to dinner. I
don't think he told him that Kitty
was here and I knew Kitty had not
the slightest idea of seeing him until
Dick came in and said: "Kitty I want
to present an old friend to you Mr.
William Makepeace Tenney; Mr. Ten
ney, Mrs. Kitty Malram Spencer."
It was rather cruel to both of them.
Kitty went red and Bill went white
for a moment. Kitty, however, re
covered first. ,
"How do you do, Will. I'm glad
to see you looking so well."
"Say you're glad to see me," said
Bill somewhat hoarsely.
"How could you do this, Dick," I
said to him when we went upstairs
to dress for dinner.
"Well, I wanted to see how they
would take it; but believe me I didn't
think poor Bill was quite so hard hit
or I would not have brought him."
"And you would not have spared
poor Kitty's feelings, Dick?" I asked.
"She was not supposed to have any
feelings for Bill after she had mar
ried Herbert Spencer," said Dick with
"I am glad, dear, for this enlighten
ment on the subject of my sex. Ac
cording to you a woman can control
her feeling and must always put an
old love absolutely out of her heart
on short notice."
"She should do so before she mar
ries anyone else," was Dick's com
"Granted, but can a man do the
same thing? I jthink I heard you say
the other day that 'no one woman can
be everything to any one man.' How
about putting all other women out
of the man's heart who have contrib
uted to his all round life and settling
down with just one?"
"How would you go to work to pick
that one out? Do you try and cata
logue the things that appeal to you in
each of these women and take the
one that comes nearest the hundred
"Now, Margie, wait a minute!"
Dick interrupted, and then he added
as though to himself: "It's not all
cakes and ale being married to a
schoolteacher; her habit of mind is
so unfortunately logical.
"To tell the truth, Margie, and get
back to Bill and Kitty, I didn't think
much about either of them other than
I just had an idle curiosity to see how
they would behave during then- first
" 'Fun for the boys but death to the
frogs' kind of feeling, my dear, wasn't
"Yes I suppose so, but let's don't
quarrel about it for if we do we won't
get downstairs before they do and it
would be rather awkward to leave
them alone together."
I hurried downstairs, leaving Dick
wrestling with his tie. (He is one of
those men who can never tie a white
lawn tie.) When I got to the por
tieres I heard Bill say: "But you did
love me once, Kitty " And Kitty an
nounced: "I don't know, Will I was
very fond of you fonder than I had
any right to be but now I am mar
ried to the best man I have ever
known and have a work to do that
will help humanity and I am sure no
woman could ask for more than life
and love has brought me."
"Yes, she could Kitty; she, could
I ask for the power to love as devoted.-