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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 04, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
WE ARE ALL GAMBLERS
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Jim helped me get all the things
loaded nicely and paid me the fifty
dollars which he owed me for the last
month.
"I couldn't get Dick to play cards
for it," he said with a laugh, "as he
said you made such a fuss when he
lost the other month's rent to me."
"Perhaps I am not a sport, Jim,
but I really can't see the fun in play
ing cards for money especially with
your friends.
"I would feel queer to take their
money and I would not get fun
enough out of it to lose my own."
I was sorry I spoke as soon as I
said this for it looked like blaming Jim
for taking Dick's money, so I has
tened to add; "but you see, Jim, I
have little of the gambling spirit."
"Oh, yes, you have, my dear Mar
gie, every human being man or wo
man is only successful as he or she
takes a chance.
"We are born into this world gam
blers and we go out of it with our
cards on the table and Death taking
the trick.
"We are constantly taking chances.
We do things that we know or ought
to know are hurtful, hoping that by
some possibility we, instead of fate,
will draw the winning card. Men play
an hour's pleasure against the con
tent and quiet joy of home and often
exchange their birthright for a mess
of pottage.
"Women play their honor against
the protestations of men they love
and almost always lose.
"Men, play their health against
their love of fame or financial success
and sickness and death usually di
vide the pot
"In nothing, Margie, that any mor
tal does is the element of chance lack
ing and it is just this chahcethat
makes life worth living.
"If you or I could tell just what the
outcome of the game we are playing
each day would be we would find life
very stale and unprofitable, for we
would be indeed 'brothers of the ox.'
"It is the constant hope that the
next turn of life's cards will deal us
a good hand that keeps us interested
in the game. And when this eager
interest in the turn of life's cards dies
you are dead even though your body
lives.
"You may not like to play cards
for money, Margie, but you are a
gambler just the same."
Jim Edie is a very interesting talk
er. I wonder if he ever said any of
these things to Dick. Do men voice
these speculative ideas when they are
alone together?
I have been working at the apart
ment all day and I have really gotten
it into homey shape. Of course all
my living room things only had to
be placed in the living room of the
apartment. I have not hung any pic
tures as I am going to have Dick help
me do that.
Annie is here helping me and Aunt
Mary has gone over to Mother Wav
erlys. I told her I would get all the
heavy pieces arranged in her room
and then she could fix up the rest
to suit herself.
I find that Annie knows very little
about cooking, but she is very neat
and very willing so I am sure we will
get along all right. Any woman with
common sense should be able to cook.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
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HOUSE-CLEANING ECONOMY
Don't take up the dining room car
pet this fall save your household
expenses by sponging it as it lies on
the floor.
Often where there is a family of
children the carpet in the dining room
around the table shows little grease
spots. These may be quickly disposed
of by rubbing well with one part salt
to four parts alcohc'
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