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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THERE ARE MOTHERS AND MOTHERS
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Aunt Mary went back to Mary and
Jack's for the night after we came
back from the mud baths and I went
over to the Waverly Sr's.
Poor old Dad look as though he
should be in bed. Mollie is as pretty
and pert as ever. Mother Waverly is
quite incensed because Aunt Mary is
going to live with Dick and me.
"I think you are very selfish, Mar
garet," (when mother Waverly calls
me Margaret she always intends to
say something particularly nasty) "to
insist upon having Mary with you
when you know the young people
need her so badly."
"It is not a question of the young
people's need, but of Aunt's Mary's
need," I answered. "We must remem
ber that Uncle John left enough
money to keep Aunt Mary in com
fort and that he also asked Dick and
I to see that she got it. It is not a
question of my selfishness but Aunt
"I do not think it is right for Aunt
Mary at her time of life to be worried
with the bickerings and brawls of a
drunken man and heartbroken wo
man." "Margaret Waverly! What do you
mean?" asked Mother Waverly as she
rose to her feet with flashing eyes.
"Just what I say," I answered,
"someway you always make me say
things in the rawest fashion, but it
is the truth nevertheless. Jack comes
home under the influence ofliquor
three or four times a week and then,
of course, there are more or less dis
turbances." "Oh, why did he marry that chorus
girl," wailed Mrs. Waverly. "She is
not the kind of a wife to help him."
"I think, mother," said Mollie quiet
ly, "that she has shown herself more
of a woman than Jack has shown
himself to be a man. If Jack were my
husband I would leave him tomorrow,"
"Leave him!" exclaimed her moth
er, "leave him and have the papers
full of scandal? I knew you would get
those awful ideas the moment you
went to work. Oh, dear, oh dear! it is
dreadful to bring children into the
world and have them grow up to be
a trouble and care that mine have
been to me." Mollie just looked at
her mother and then as though she
were afraid she would say something
she would be ashamed of saying she
left the table.
Mother Waverly is one of those wo
men who think that after tthey have
gone through the pangs of' childbirth
their duty to their children is over.
"Bringing a child into the world,"
is a prerogative that woman shares
with every other female on this earth.
It requires no brain, no reasoning
cowers, no sympathy, no soul to bear
a child only physical strength to
bear physical pain is necessary.
But after the child is born, then
must come the care and unselfish
devotion that makes the word "moth
er" a prayer on the lips of every hu
man who has known the right kind of
Theer are mothers and mothers
and it is not how a mother brings a
child into the world but how she "pre
pares him for speeding through it that
makes the differences.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
"SEEING THE DENTIST"
(In Five Reels.)
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