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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MONEY IS MARRIAGE'S GREATEST WORRY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Last evening Mary came over.
Poor child! she looks very unhappy.
After Aunt Mary went to bed, Mary
rather opened her heart to me.
"Margie," she asked, "did you real
ly think that marriage would be just
what you have found it?"
"No, "dear," I answered most truth
fully, "but I have not found it un
pleasant for all of that."
"It seems to me," she said wist
fully, "that there is no room in the
business of marriage for love and
good times. I mean the exciting love
and the inconsequential good times
one has before marriage.
"You see there are always so many
more important things bobbing up
particularly money. It looks like all
the unhappiness in the wedded lives
is caused by too much money or lack
"Take Jack and me, for instanpe.,
Before we were married Jack used to
send me flowers, candy and we used
to go to the theater and the restau
rants and have all sorts of good
"Jack seemed to have plenty of
money to do this and I grew used to
these attentions which every girl
gets. Jack was most devoted because
I could do with him the things he
likes to do, go where he likes to go.
"Since we were married Jack has
to spend his flower and candy money
for meat and potatoes. I know I am
silly to miss them, but I do, especially
as it seems to me that he might go
without a box of cigarettes less and
bring me a rose. Besides, I haven't
the clothes to go to the restaurant
"Yesterday I felt almost neglected,
although in a way -I was to blame.
Jim Edie gave us tickets ' for the
horse show at the country club. I was
not well enough to go even if I had
anything to wear, aud I told Jack to
take his- mother. I knew she would
like to see the pretty clothes and bow
to her fashionable acquaintances. I
knew that Jack did not have much
money, so I said: You can bring
your mother back here to dinner.'
"He said: 'No, dear, don't do all
that work. I'll get dinner with moth
er downtown.' I felt that he might
have invited me to take dinner with
them; my suit was good enough for
that, but was too proud to say so.
I stayed alone until ten o'clock and
this morning Jack's mother called
me up to tell me what a delightful
time her dear boy had given her.
" 'You would have thought I was
the sweetheart,' she said jubilantly.
'He bought me a dozen roses and a
box of candy and we dinner at the
"I suppose I ought not feel hurt at
the attention my husband pays his
mother, but he would never have
thought of taking her if I had not
suggested it and the ( money he spent
on the flowers and candy would "have
let me join the dinner at the restau
rant. I neither got the credit for giv
ing her a good time nor had one my
"Today Jack asked me to go to
dinner with him tonight and when I
said: Td be glad to go,' he said:
"Well, Mary, 111 have to borrow some
money of you to take us.'
" "Then we can't .gar' I answered,
'for I have barely money enough to
pay the household bills the remain
der of the week.'
"We both were grumpy at out
home dinner and soon after he went
out and I came over here.
"Is there any way to change
"I don't know, Mary, perhaps they
will right themselves after a bit" But
I felt that was cold comfort even
while I saw saying it.
(To Be Continued Monday.)