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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE LEARNS THE TRUTH
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Mollie turned to me with a horror-
"Oh, Margie, Margie," she ex
claimed, "what shall--I- do? What
shall I do?" """
I had just been telling her about
Mr. Hatton having an insane wife.
"I had thought of every possible
complication and problem, but that
is one that never came to me," she
murmured. "Poor Chadwick! No
wonder he was always sad." Then
toe hesitated a minute and said: "I
cfen't think it would be wrong for a
man to get a divorce from a woman
who is hopelessly insane, do you?"
"Certainly I do not, my dear child,"
I answered pityingly, "but the law
says he may not do so."
"Do you mean to tell me that Chad
wick Hatton must be saddled with
this insane woman all the rest of his
"Yes, if she does not die before he
"How perfectly fiendish! Margie,
Margie, I believe I love- Chadwick
Hatton and I am almost sure he
loves me. What are we going to do?"
"I don't know what he is going to
do, but forgive me, Mollie, if I say
that I do not quite yet believe that
you truly love him. Naturally you
just now think you love him because
of the tragic plight. Every woman,
dear, wants to mother someone or
something and now 1 suppose you
think, if you could just put your arms
about Chadwick Hatton and tell him
how sorry you are for him you would
think it bliss. But you must remem
ber, my dear, that life is long, and as
Dick would say, 'the cards must be
shuffled a good many times before
the game is ended.' "
"Margie, I never knew you to be so
hard-hearted before," said Mollie
"I am not hard-hearted. Mollie, I
am only trying to tell you, my dear,
that I am very glad that your little af
fair with Chadwick Hatton has gone
no farther than it has. It will be very
easy for you to break off now."
"Break off with Chadwick Hatton,
Margie? You are crazy. I shall never
break with Chadwick Hatton as long
as he wants me to be his friend."
"All well and good, my dear, but
can you keep your companionship on
a purely friendly basis?"
"Would you think it very wicked
under the circumstances if I did
"Oh, Mollie, Mollie, don't let your
pity run away with your good sense.
Wait, wait, dear, until the first sur
prise, the first hurt is over, then there "
will be time enough to decide such
"Besides," said Mollie, almost with
a smile, "you see he hasn't asked
"That's right, dear. I must say
Chadwick Hatton has been very 'de
cent in this matter. Most men would
have taken your freshness, your in
nocent youth, your cleverness and
beauty and left you to die of morti
fication and wounded pride when you
found out the truth."
"Yes, Margie, he has been dear.
You don't know I have not told you
how I tried to make him take me
with him to places alone without
Pat as chaperon. I have given him
all the chances a self-respecting girl
might give to invite me to dine or the
theater and he has never taken ad
vantage of them, but the next day
there would come to me a wonderful
box of white violets or a half dozen
books, as though he would make up
to me in other ways. And, Margie,
he has never put his hand on my
shoulder or arm and and sometimes
I have tempted him to do that"
Poor, honest little Mollie! I won
der how many girls will own up even