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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE GIVES HERSELF AWAY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Aunt Mary followed Dick into the
living room after dinner and Millie
stayed with me in the dining room
to help with the dishes.
"Well just scrape and pile them up
and leave them till morning," I said.
"Oh, let's wasli them, Margie,"
begged Mollie. I want to talk. Seems
as though we hadn't had a talkfest
"All right, go ahead, I acquiesced
as I turned the hot water over the
"Do you believe what Dick said
about motoring with your boss,
"Oh, Mollie, Mollie, we have been
over that numberless times and up to
date you have agreed with me that
it was hazardous. Now you have
some doubts what has changed
"Do you remember, Margie, what
I told you when that first man I
worked for asked me to go to lunch
"I believe you said you were afraid
that you refused not because you
had any moral scruples but that you
did not like the man."
"That's just it, Margie. I now like
"I like the man. You know
that I changed my position a few
weeks ago. I am the secretary of
the man who owns the Daily .
He has just come here and, Margie,
he is the grandest man I ever knew.
He certainly is going to make that
old newspaper stand for something.
It is a pleasure to know that I am
helping in the work."
"Is your greatest pleasure, Mollie,
helping in the good work or helping
Mollie hesitated a minute and then
"That is what Dick meant when he
said that there was sex in loyalty.
Margie, I would not own it to any one
but you, but I am afraid that I would
rather help him than the cause."
"Yes, Mollie, -dear, I guess Dick
meant that women were loyal to
people r.nd men to causes. It is be
cause men, as a rule, are more am
bitious than women. We have not
learned yet that it is generally un
necessary to sink our sympathies
and ourselves out of sight in some
"But the battle that Mr. Hatton is
waging is a righteous one."
"Of course it is, iny dear, but don't
delude yourself that It is necessary
for you to stand beside him with
'first aid' every minute."
"Let me tell you about the motor
trip. I had been working like a dog.
T even had my lunch brought in to
me. I had not had a breath of air
all day. Mr. Haton said: 'Which way
do you go, Miss Waverly, maybe I
,can take.you on my way home.'
I told him and he said: 'I live out
beyond you and I am sure a drive
through the park in a motor will rest
you more than a seat in a crowded
"Now, Margie, wouldn't I be a narrow-minded
little piece of vanity if
I should for a moment attribute that
offer to anything more than good will
on his part? If I had said 'No' he
would have thought me a silly little
"So you said 'Yes' and brought
upon your head your brother's
"Do you think Dick is right, Mar
gie?" asked Mollie with a wistfulness
thatr-was pathetic, as it showed she
did not. want to give up her friendship
with her new boss.
"My dear child, I don't know," I
answered. "There have been many
times when these sudden business
friendships have turned out all right.
Your new 'boss' may be all that you
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