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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MARGIE TRIED TO THINK OF A PLAN
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
After Dick went away yesterday I
just sat down and had a good cry.
I felt I could do this for Aunt Mary
had gone over to spend the day with
I read somewhere only the other
day that money was cause for more
divorces than even intemperance or
unfaithfulness and I am coming to
Dick and I have had more words
over money than any other thing and
the question isn't settled yet.
And I am afraid that before the
matter is settled we will have quarrel
ed to such an extent that we will hate
Dick can make money easily, but
he cannot save it.
When he has ten dollars in his
pocket he is just as happy as though
he had a hundred in the bank and
he will spend that ten dollars on a
dinner all the while knowing that he
will have no more money until then
end of the month.
Something must be done. We can
not go on living in this house of
Harry Symone's and spend all our
income on other things. I cannot see
what Dick does with his money and
I am almost sure that he is in debt
or he would have let me start again
on the partnership basis.
Anyway I have determined that is
the only way that I will go on living
with Dick as well as I love him. I
cannot be worried all the time over
bills especially when I cannot see
where the money is going.
Men are so generous and so unjust
to women where money is concerned.
I wish I dared talk this over with
Mrs. Selwin she would know what
A young married woman is in a
very solitary position and she must
try to work out her problems' alone.
I cannot talk with anyone about this
mpney question as it would seem as I
though I was finding fault with Dick
and yet I do not know what to do. I
am sure if I insist upon having a cer
tain amount of Dick's salary paid mo
we will have a terrible quarrel and I
don't know where it will end.
On the other hand if Dick under
takes to pay the bills the case is
I will never put myself in a place
where I have to do as did a friend of
mine the other day.
I went with her to her dressmak
er's and she bought two beautiful
waists and told them to send the bill
to her husband. Just as they were
making it out I heard her say: "Oh,
I've left my checkbook at home. Will
you please give me twenty-five dol
lars and add it on to the price of
"Certainly," said Madame with a
My friend incited me out at lunch
eon and paid with some of the money.
My food choked me as I ate, for I
thought how sorry I was for that poor
woman who must stoop to such sub
terfuges. After we had lunched my friend be
came a little confidential and told me
that although she had credit to al
most every place in the city she en
vied the wife of the street laborer
who came home on Saturday night
and gave his wages to his wife so
that she could use them for the house
the next week.
'Sometimes," she said, "I feel as
though I were only purchased just as
those other women may be purchased
for my husband's pleasure and con
venience. The only difference be
tween me and those other women
who have sold themselves into slav
ery is that I have made the bargain
legal and cannot break it easily."
Oh, Dick! Dick! I hope I shall never
feel this way about you.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.