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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
J? AGAIN OUR FINANCES ARE ADJUSTED
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Dick has a way and in most cases
I really think it is a good one of
never referring to differences we have
had after they are over. Sometimes
I would like to bring them up and set
tle them, but I have learned not to
do so, for it starts things all over
again with renewed vigor. Besides,
Dick calls it "nagging," and if there
is anything that I hate it is a nag
ging woman or man and there are
quite as many men who nag as wo
men. When he came home last night he
had evidently been at the Turkish
bath and he certainly did look fine.
He came up, kissed me, and handed
me a box of candy and said:
"Qee, Margie, but I'll be glad to
get away from these chauffeurs and
butlers that Harry has hanging
around this place. When are we go
ing to move?"
"They are decorating the house
now, dear," I answered as though he
had not flounced out of the house
with a swear word on his tongue this
"Well, let's get into It aB soon as
possible. I was talking with Selwin
this morning and he agrees with me
that even living in this palace that
Eliene calls her 'town house' is rather
enervating to our characters."
I could not help but smile, for I
could hear these words as Mrs. Selwin
said them to Mr. Selwin and now Dick
had thought the idea was his own.
"Selwin proposed that he should
begin to send you up yoiir monthly
allowance just as he did before you
were hurt. He said I would soon be
going out on my tripB and that would
be the easiest way of keeping things
Then Dick stopped a moment as
though he were slightly embaras'sed.
"Do you think you could give me
fifty dollars from your allowance for
the next three months; if you can I
will be able to take care of our over
OUR over-draft! If it were not so
tragic it would be funny and the
queerest part of it is Dick has be
gun to think it is OUR over-draft.
In some mysterious way he has de
cided that he would have had plenty
of money to pay his "debts of honor"
if I had not had so many hospital and
doctor's bills to pay.
Dick's face began to wear a frown
at the introduction of a discussion
of finances, but with the idea that
I might be able to fix him out with
more than" fifty dollars he smiled: "All
right, sweetheart," he said, "111 help
you plan your budget."
"Not if I can help it," I said to my
self, but I did not say this to Dick.
"Here Is the situation: We have
five hundred dollars and we owe three
on the over-draft. You have three
hundred dollars salary due next week.
What do you think of me giving you
three hundred dollars to pay the over
draft and letting Mr. Selwin send me
the allowance and give you the rest?"
"No, I can tell you a better way,"
said Dick; "you give me $100 for this
month's expenses and I'll tell Selwin
to keep this month's salary for the
This was what I had wanted to
suggest, but if I had done so Dick
would have had another way of dis
posing of the money.
I cannot tell you, little book, how
happy I am tonight to get back on
a real paying basis again.
And I think Dick is happy, too, for
although he did not acknowledge If
he knows he is no financier.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
Constantinople. The Black Sea is
blacker than it ever was all lights
along the Russian shore have .been
put out by the government's order.