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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOTHER WAVERLY HEARS FROM JACK
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
When Dick came home to dinner
last night I knew immediately that
something important wason his mind
and that he was trying to decide
whether he should tell me about it
or not. I kept perfectly still for I
knew that it was very probable if I
asked him what was the matter he
would shut up like a clam with a
"He 'did not eat much dinner and I
began, to worry a little, for Dick us
ually has-aJtiealthy appetite. When
he does not eat or. sleep well I may
be sure that he is greatly worried
about something or that he is phy
sically more or less ill.
I could see his refusal of some of
her famous gingerbread with hard
sauce made a distinct impression on
Aunt Mary, but she also said jnothing.
Aunt Mary is a very diplomatic
After dinner Dick went into our
bedroom and I heard him rummag
ing around and asked: "Is there any
thing I can do for you, Dick."
"Come here, Margie," answered
Dick. When I got into the room I
found him packing a grip.
"Are you going away?" was my
"Yes, I suppose it's up to me to
go," he answered and for a few min
utes was silent, then he asked: "Have
you heard from Mother or Mary to
day?" "No, dear," -was my answer.
"Mother has had a letter from
Jack," was his somewhat surprising
"Where is he?" I asked as my heart
sank with the thought that we would
have to go through all the worry of
his escapades again.
"He is in a hospital in St Louis,
very ill. He has no money and he
has written a pitiful letter to mother
asking her to have Mary come down
and bring him home to die."
"Well?" I interrogated as Dick
"Oh, of course, mother thinks that
her boy is dying and she went imme
diately over to see Mary supposing,
of course, that Mary would jump at
the chance to go to him and nurse
him )ack to health and devilishness.
You see mother has the old idea of
'cherishing in sickness or in health.'
"Mary, however, seems of differ
ent mind. She told mother that she
would not go near him; that she
could not leave the store without it
costing much more than just her ex
penses, besides she was not sure that
Jack was really sick he had deceiv
ed her so often before.
"Of course Mother is crazy and she
wants Mary turned out immediately
and someone put in the shop until x
Jack is well enough to run it."
"But you are not going to do that,
Dick?" I said in alarm.
"No, of course not, but I can't tell
mother so just at present when she is
seeing pictures of her Jack on his
dying bed. I really think Mary
should have gone."
"Would you have thought Jack
should have gone after Mary If she
had cut the didoes that Jack has?"
"Perhaps not, but I don't see why
I should be called upon to go after
him when he has a wife that he want
ed instead of me."
"A wife he has repudiated because
she would not let him steal from his
own mother, Dick."
"Oh, I know all about Jack," -an-swered
Dick impatiently, "but that Q$
don't make it any easier to leave my
business and go after him. Mary
ought to do this for all our sakes.
She was not happy until she married
"Would you like me to go over
there and find out how she feels about
it? Mary, you know, is a girl of very