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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
(Copyright. 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association)
Miene asked me to go shopping
for the coming baby with her this
morning. """ -
"Do you know, Margie," she said,
"Harry can't understand my feelings
at all. He is just as happy as he can
be at the thoughts of another baby,
and he don't care if it is a boy."
I thought of Annie saying she
would be glad if she had a yrl so
Tim would at least thing she was
suited if Little Tim turned out to ba
of the feminine gender. Marry prob
ably wants Miene to think he would
be satisfied with a boy so she will
not be too greatly disappointed if a
boy puts in an appearance.
Miene drove to the smartest in
fants' outfitting shop in town and in
a few moments the most beautiful of
baby clothes were spread out be
It must be wonderful to be able to
buy every one of these cobwebby
dresses that one wanted. All real
lace and the most wonderful embroi
dery I had ever seen and Miene never
even asked the price. She just se
lected everything she wanted and or
dered them sent over.
While she was buying them I won
dered if the women who had embroi
dered the exquisite flannels and the
dainty skirts and robes had time to
make some of the pretty things for
their own babies.
I don't believe I was really happy,
although I took myself to task. I
was not envious of Miene's financial
ability to buy pretty things for her
baby, for she is the most generous
girl in the world, and she certainly
had had her share of trouble, but I
wanted a baby of my own.
While she was buying she said:
Margie, I want to send one whole
set of baby clothes to your Annie,"
and she started in to buy the finest on
"Here, here, Miene, don't do
that," I exclaimed. "Those beautiful
things wil make Annie's modest baby
clothes look poor and probably make
"Let's pick her out some of the
less elaborate ones. Any one of these
will be much better than anything
she will have."
"All right, Margie, you pick out
any that you think she will like."
The girl who waited on us was
much interested and I could see she
was perfectly happy in having "the
rich Mrs. Symone" as a customer.
I have often been impressed by the
ways in which different people in this
country regard wealth.
Spme Americans are frankly toad
ies to the dollar mark. They know
no measure of success except it To
them an aristocrat is a millionaire,
There is another class, however, on
whom the sight of a person who has
money has the same effect as the
traditional red rag on a bull. They
push out their heads and bellow as
a signal that they will gore if Mr.
Millionaire does not get out of the
way. I don't know which of the two
classes is more disagreeable.
I shall be glad that Dick and I are
only in very moderate circumstances
when my boy comes. (You see, little
book, I am still sure that I am going
to have a family.)
I would wish my children money,
even luxury, in their middle and old
age, but I am almost sure that great
wealth is the worst heritage that can
possibly be given a boybr; girl.
It is not poverty, but plenty that
proves the greatest test of character.
Miene, with her love of beauty, will
have hard work keeping her chil
dren's minds rugged and bodies ro
bust, while all Annie will have to do
will be to keep her child's brain busy
and its stomach filled.
After all, there are compensations,
which is a platitude, little book, but
( To Be Continued Tomorrow.)