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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK GOES TO SEE JACK.
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"She won't go," affirmed Dick as
he saw my f acewben I returned from
asking Mary if she would go and stay
with Jack until he was well enough
to be brought home
"No, she says she is through with
Dick was palinly much annoyed
but I felt it was more because this de
cision of Mary's interfered with his
plans than it was that Mary had de
cided to throw Jack over.
"I don't think Mary is standing by
us in this matter," he began rather
"To tell the truth, Dick, I don't
think we are in it at all."
Dick looked surprised.
"Why didn't I provide for her in
terests when I helped father make
"You certainly tied Mary to Jack
until Mother Waverly shall die
whether he abuses her or not."
"What do you mean?"
"Why, no woman with the sense of
honor that Mary has will divorce her
husband when the terms of the will
read in case of divorce the money
will come to her. Mary is legally tied
to Jack until your mother dies."
"Does she want to be free?" he
asked rather suspiciously.
"I don't know. I know that I
would want to be free in her case."
Dick whirled about from the grip
he was packing and asked: "What
do you mean?"
"I mean. Dick, that a woman who
is neither living with her husband
nor divorced form him is in a very
unsatisfactory position. She neither
has the protection of the man whose
name she bears nor is she at liberty
to accept the attention of any other
"Will you please tell me, Margie,
why a woman is always talking
about accepting the attention of
some man. Is she so dependent upon
us as that? ' You seem to be rather
contradictory in your statements if
not in your feelings."
"Dick, a woman can earn her own
living alone but there are mighty few
pleasures she can have unless some
man helps her to them.
"I wonder if you realize how men
can flock together about a bar or in
a club room, how they can go any
where they please at any time alone
and nothing is thought of it.
"Suppose Mary, getting tired of her
own company, would go for the next
two months to the best hotel in town
at seven o'clock every evening for
dinner. Wouldn't the tongues of the
male gossips wag?"
"Male gossips wag? Men don't
"Oh, they don't, don't they? Men are
worse gossips than women. Since we
have been married you have brought
home to me more stories about people
from the club than all my women
friends put together have told me."
"But that don't, make it any easier
for me to leave town tonight to go to
Jack," interrupted Dick. "I have a
very important engagement tomor
row night which I cannot break with
out a great deal of truoble."
"Is it something some of the other
men in the office can attend to for
"No, Margie," spoke Dick some
what impatiently and then the corner
of his mouth stole up in that wry
smile of his. I wanted to ask him
what he was thinking about but, lit
tle book, I have learned the lesson
that most wives learn in over three
years of married life: "Don't ask
questions," and so accepted Dick's
hurried and somewhat perfunctory
kiss as he departed without further
(To Be Continued Tomorrow,)
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