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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DAD WAVERLY IS VERY SICK
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
The change for the worse in Dad
Waverly's health hascome sooner
than I expected. " --
The day before yesterday he was
taken with an acute attack of uremic
poisoning and was carried home un
conscious. Mother Waverly promptly
went to pieces and had to be put to
Dick got over to the house and
immediately sent tor me.
When I arrived I found two doctors
working over dear old Dad.
"Have they sent for a nurse?" I
"No," answered Dick; "mother
seems to think that Aunt Mary, Mol
lie, Mary, yourself and she can take
turns in taking care of him.
"Now look here, Dick," I remon
strated, "let's look at this matter in
a sensible light. In the first place Dad
needs the care of a trained nurse;
not of us knows a thing about nurs
ing. To rotate in this case would be
spoiling the comfort of three fami
lies and keeping us all in hot water.
"This would not make so much
difference, but with us all working
and worrying poor old father would
not get such good care as he would
if we all attended to our daily busi
ness and gave from our several in
comes, if necessary, to hire a nurse.
"Just at present it seems to me
madness for Mollie to give up her
position for you know that this is
Dad's last sickness and after well,
I am sure that Mollie will be happier,
earning her living than she would be
trying to live on the little that Moth
er Waverly will have."
"Mother seems to think that Mol
lie's place is at home. She wanted
her to give up her job this morning
and because Mollie would not do it
is one reason why mother went to
pieces. She said that Mollie had
shown that she had no heart anu did i
not care if her father lived or died.
I do think that Mollie might have
stayed at home today at least."
"Now, Dick, let's look at the mat
ter calmly. Mollie has just taken a
new position; she has been there but
one day. Do you think you would
have felt you could have stayed home
under the circumstances? I don't
see Jack around the house any
where." "Jack is a man the cases are dif
ferent." "Not at all. Mollie is doing what
used to be considered a man's work
and she probably feels as I should,
that she can help her father most by
doing the work she knows how to do '
and giving a part or whole of the
money she earns to hire someone
who knows how to take care of the
sick to care for her father."
Dick looked doubtful, but he is the
kind of a man, thank God, who can
In a few minutes he called to me.
When I got up there I found that
I had to comfort a very determined
"Margie, I am not going to have
a trained nurse around here. The
last time your father was sick she
would not let me see him half of the
time and when I wanted to make him
things to eat that I knew he liked she
told me think of it she told me, In
my own house, that she could not
let your father eat them.
"Dick says you do not think well
of my plan of each one of us taking
turns in nursing his father. I can
not understand what the new gen
eration is coming to.
"My father or mother did not have
nurses and they were bedridden for
months before they died."
"You weren't able to take care of
father this morning and I am afraid
even if you were able you would
make him nervous," I said, "and I
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