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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
A DIP INTO SOCIETY
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Not for a long time have I Had so
much fun as I had with Kitty yes
terday and last evening.
First, dear Aunt Mary told me to
"run along and have a good time,"
and that she was going over to Dad's
to spend the day.
Kitty and I went shopping. Kitty
wanted me to buy some new clothes
and I wanted to look about to see
where I could get cheapest the two
new gowns that every one seems to
think I must have.
There is always a joy in shopping
to a woman. She is the retail buyer
of the world. It is a part of her busi
ness of life and, with aH the tempta
tions to buy what manufacturers and
merchants spread before her, it is
a wonder that as many women are
economical as they arts. We women
have to stand the accusation of ex
travagance, and yet most of us know
that when we want something that
josts more than we think we are able
o pay we usually take our husbands
with us. They cannot resist a bar
gain in merchandise which appeals
o their pockets any more than they
2an withstand a bargain in love when
jffered by tempting lips.
Kitty and I bought two frocks
ach. One of mine was a simple
white evening dress and the other
was a green visiting costume
trimmed with fur. Now I am fixed
for the winter. Kitty was a picture
in a blue evening gown, but she
said that Herbert would not let her
wear it because it was low necked
and short sleeved.
"Didn't Herbert see you in evening
dress before your marriage?" I
"Of course, he did," pouted Kitty
as she twisted about so as to see the
dimple in her left shoulder, "but the
day after we were married he said
he did not think a settlement worker
should wear 'decollete gowns. Do
you know, Margie, that before we
were married Herbert was always
talking to me of my exquisite milk
white skin and now he never seems
to notice if my skin is like parchment
or not. x
"Margie, this is an awful thing to
say, but Herbert is so good and so
serious about life that he makes me
want to kick over the apple cart."
"Buy the blue dress and wear it,
dear," I advised, "if it will make you
any happier. I am sure it is very
becoming and conventionally mod
est." "I'll do it," said Kitty. "I can "at
least wear it to the club dance with
And so the deed was done and we
were dressed in the "rags" that we
had been "glad" to buy when Dick
He was in great spirits. Two book
deals that he had thought were off
had gone through.
"I won't be able to dance much
with my hand in a cast," he said.
"You don't dance on your hands,
do you, Richard?" asked Aunt Mary,
who so seldom makes a joke that we
shouted in sheer surprise.
Dick said: "Margie, you're a peach
tonight. Save a lot of dances for me."
"Hush," interrupted Kitty. "No
man has a right to a 'lot of dances'
from his own wife."
"Just what I was thinking," said
Jim Edie, who had come in to go
with us, and then in a low voice he
"I wonder if you are the cold, an
gelic sort of creature that lacy white
thing you call a dress makes you
"Come along," called Dick. "The
taxi has begun to tax."
(To Be Continued Monday.) '