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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I WONDER WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH ELIENE?
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association)
"Come on, Margie, let's go over
und see Harry and Eliene. We have
hardly seen them since before Dad
died. - -
When we got over there we found
Mr. Hatton playing pool with Harry
in the billiard room.
"Eliene is upstairs with the kids,"
said Harry. "She insists that she
must see that they are put to bed
properly every night. I told her that
Chad and I would amuse ourselves
until her return."
"I'll go up to the nursery," I said.
Dick, instead of staying behind fol
"Look here, Harry, if Mrs. Waverly
is going to see those wonderful kids
I think I might be allowed to glimpse
at them," said Mr. Hatton.
"All right, we'll all go up."
We all started upstairs and Harry
softly opened the door of the nur
sery saying: "Ladies and gentlemen,
I'll now give you an illustration of a
perfectly happy woman."
And we certainly did see this as
Eliene raised her head in surprise as
we trooped in.
She had one of the children on her
, lap and the other was standing up on
his bed. trying to get into her arms.
"Dada, dada," they shouted as
soon as they saw Harry.
I had never thought of him as a
father but it was beautiful to see his
look of pride as he took the baby
from the crib.
"Which one is this, Eliene?" he
"That's Toddy, Harry," she said
with a little reproach in her tone,
which Harry answered apologetical
ly by saying, "When they get into
their little pajamas and are divested
of their pink or blue ribbons I can't
tell them apart."
Just then the baby in Eliene's arms
caught sight of Dick and held out
his hand to him.
"Look at Budge, Harry, he wants
to go to Dick. I never saw him make
up to anybody before."
Much to my surprise, Dick took
the baby, somewhat awkwardly but
rather proudly. "All right, old man,
you and I understand each other,
don't we?" he said.
All at once it came over me that
Dick was disappointed because we
had not had a child. When we were
first married we both used to talk
about the time when we would have
children but for nearly a year neither
he nor I have mentioned them.
It is a cross to me not to have chil
dren. I have determined not to make
myself and everybody about me as
unhappy as Eliene did because I have
come to the conclusion I am not go
ing to have a family, but seeing the
boy in Dick's arms I had a pang. I
went forward and took the baby, who
sleepily tried to cling to him.
Eliene must have divined my
thoughts, as she said: "All you men
go back to your pool and let Margie
and I put these babies to bed."
"But," remonstrated Mr. Hatton,
"I will be very quiet you see, a lone
ly man like I am does not often get
a chance to see Jiving pictures of the
"Very pretty, Chad," said Eliene,
"but not quite flattering enough to
keep you here. Run along boys and
Margie and I will be down in a min
ute." After they had left Eliene and I
laid the children down and much to
my consternation I saw a great tear
drop from Eliene's eye on Toddy's
"Why, what's the matter, Eliene?
I thought you were the happiest
woman in the world."
"I am, I am, dear, I'm happier than
I ever was before in my life," she
answered as she kissed both pairs of
little velvety lips. "But "