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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE COMES TO SEE THE BABY CLOTHES.
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"What did you say to Mr. Hatton
fast night, Margie' asked Mollie
over the telephone this hiorning.
"I didn't say anything that amount
ed to anything. What did he say I
Dick had left for the office long
before and the tinkling of telephone
bell awakened me.
"Well, he said you gave him some
very good advice which he had
almost decided to follow."
"You tell Mr. Hatton for me that
he probably only wanted to confirm
"He asked me out to luncheon with
um today," said Mollie.
"With Mr. Sullivan?" was my in
uiry. "No, Pat was not invited, but, poor
Id chap, he didn't know it and came
I laughed and then I caught my
breath as I wondered what would be
the outcome of it all.
"Come over here tonight, Mollie.
Dick is g6ing to be out of town on
that schoolbook trust deal and I want
to talk to you."
"All right," she answered, and then
she asked, "Have you seen Mary
"Not for three or four days. Why?"
"Well, I saw her today, lunching
with a splendid looking boy and won
dered who he was."
"Mollie, you don't think "
"I don't think nothing," said Mollie,
earnestly if ungrammatically. ' think
after the way Jack has treated Mary
she has a perfect right to lunch with
any one she chooses."
"Mary, however, is such a foolish
child' that she will not divorce Jack."
"Well, you know the terms of the
will Jack does not get anything un
less he is still married to Mary when
mother files. Mary told me the other
day, when I intimated she was too
young to play the deserted wife, that
she would feel like a very bad woman
if she kept Jack out of an inheritance
that he might have. But I for one
think Master Jack is getting all that
is coming to him. Mary looked as
pretty as a picture and the boy was
eating her up with hia eyes."
"Hush, Mollie! Don't be slangy
over the phone," I expostulated.
"Where shall I be slangy then?"
asked Mollie with a laugh. "I like
most of the slang we Americans use;
it is so expressive. Pat says he never
knew any one who had anything to
write or to say who was much wor
ried over th? way he was saying it"
"So you are quoting Pat now, are
"Why not? I always quote any
one who is worth Quoting. I even
quote you occasionally."
"That being the case, dear, when
you come up tonight, try to say
something worth quoting. Besides I
want to show you the baby's clothes."
"Oh, Margie, I'll just love to see
them. Goodby until tonight"
Knowing that Mollie was coming
I began to lay out all the little duds
on my bed.
Is there anything so beautiful to a
coming mother, little book, as the
clothes that are made ready for her
baby. My friends Eliene, Kitty,
Donna Tenny. Aunt Mary, Mrs. Sel
win, Annie, Mother Waverly, Mary
and Mollie have been over generous.
Except for a few little commonpld.ce
things I have contributed nothing to
the layette and the wardrobe is fit
for a prince.
In one way I had been a little dis
appointed at so many presents, for
I wanted some of the joy of sewing
my hopes and dreams into the dain
ty tucks and ruffles. ,
I have handled them over and
over; I have kissed each little gar-