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provision requiring any woman to
accept her husband's name; that it
was simply a "habit" with her weaker
sisters, and that she preferred to keep
the name which her children bore
and which she had worn prior to her
marriage to White.
Backed by tombs of law books, all
ominously silent on the subject, she
announced calmly that she intended
to pass the bar examinations, and if
the courts refused to allow her to
practice would carry the case to the
United States supreme court.
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ARE WOMEN NON-PRODUCERS?
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Where Aunt Mary and I are staying
there are a great many fanners and
farmers' wives. These men and wo
men, especially the women, show the
effects of hard and monotonous work.
I noticed that the men got together
and talked of their work, of crops
and the best way to raise them, of
the new and more scientific methods
as applied to farming, of hogs and
cattle and other stock. Every one of
them, no matter how conservative
and old-fashioned, took pride in be
ing "a producer." His work meant
wheat, corn and vegetables and
wheat, corn and vegetables meant
money in the stocking or in the bank
as the case might be.
These men were interested in new
machinery and farm buildings be
cause they knew that this meant larg
er and hetter crops, but I never heard
oner of them mention his wife while
he was there.
They were an isolated little group
among the many who had come to
take the baths and I noticed that the
affairs of the world touched them
little except where they affected
But the women, the poor, hard
worked farmers' wives, with their
gnarled fingers all out of shape from
rheumatism, with their feet swollen
until every step was torture they
seemed lost outside of their own en
vironment. Although each one of
these women may have "produced"
sturdy sons and buxom daughters,
.yet her work counted for nothing as
these are apt to be recorded as lia
bilities instead of' assets by the hus
band and farmer.
Although each one of them "pro
duced" meals daily for years that
made possible the sturdy strength
that made the hard work of the farm
possible, her husband only had seen
the disappearance of his stores. In
his mind she produced no tangible
As I talked with these women
there was none under forty years old
-I wondered if marriage had meant
to any one of them anything but dis
appointment. They took no particular interest in
the work they had left and they had
been out of the world too long to care
for what was going on in it
I wish I had dared ask one of them
if she had .married for love if way
back somewhere, when she was as
young as I or younger, a man had
thought more of her kisses than of
her home-made bread of her smiles
than the price her butter would bring.
It was a tragedy to me who was
looking on and its most tragic aspect
was in its utter commonplaceness, the
utter hopelessness of getting any of
the real joys of living. These women
brought back to me an experience
down in the Great Smokys, where I
spent one of my vacations. I reined
my horse up to a cabin in front of
which were a half" dozen big moun
taineers and as many dogs.
"Can I get something to eat?"
"Yes, you sure kin when my old
woman gits back."
I looked across the fields where he
pointed and saw a woman plowing.