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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MEN HATE TO BE ORDERED AROUND BY A WOMAN
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Housekeeping and homemaking
are women's work and I do wish that
I need not have anyone but women to
help me do it.
Men who do manual labor have so
little regard or respect for the woman
who must occasionally direct their
I have often wondered if it is not
because we speak to them in a lan
guage they do not understand.
"You seldom hear "please" and
"thank you" from a man who tells
the workman to do thus and so.
Neither do you hear commendation
when the work is well done, but faults
are pointed out with liberal additions
6t profanity if necessary.
When the men came to decorate
my rooms the other day I could see
they were much put out that I was
there to direct them. I heard one of
them telling another: "I'll bet she'llJ
be hell to suit. And I was, although
I only asked what was right.
In the first place I asked that they
should be very careful not to get the
water color they were putting on the
ceiling all over everything; that the
floor and other woodwork should be
either covered or if they spattered it
they should wipe it off immediately
before the paper hangers began to
lay the paper.
"Why, lady, if we do that we will
never get through!"
"You are not paid by the job, are
"But you have never done it that
way before and you object to doing
"I am not going to have the paper
rfext the woodwork spoiled by hav
ing someone go over it hurriedly with
a wet, dirty rag and leave a mark on
"Tuis, Jim, is what we'll get when I
women vote." was the next observa
tion of the man tnat nad concluded I
would be "hell" the moment he look
ed at me.
"Now, what color do you want on
your ceilings?" he asked impatiently.
"I want the one in the living room a
tint of gray green in this bedroom
pale blue that will blend with delph,
in this bedroom a warm tan just a
little darker than rich cream and in
the diningroom you can use the same
color as you did on the living room.
The hall can be the same color as the
tan bedroom. The kitchen I want
painted with a light blue side wall
from the tile dado up and you can
use the same color for the ceiling that
you use in this bedroom.
"Here are the three tints that I
"Well, lady, we'll get 'em as near
as we can."
"That won't do at all. These are
samples of water colors that your
firm gave me and told me they could
make and I went to a great deal of
trouble to pick them out and now you
must do the rest.
In a -few minutes I found that on
the ceiling of the living room a'bril
liant green was being used.
"That won't do!" I exclaimed.
"It's the nearest we catf gel," the
man, answered. , '
"Then you need not do it. I'll call
up your boss and tell him to get
someone else." V
1 That brought another effort on his
part to get the right tint and it was
right this time.
I have come to the conclusion that
we women are as much (a blame as
the workmen we accept things
without insisting on their being done
right. We are always compromising
with some man about something from
the calcimining the cellar to the plas
tering up of our hurt feelings.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)