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" ' "CONFESSIONS OF A'WfrE" r oH
HATTON CONTINUES THE TRAGIC STORY OF HlS MARRIAGE.
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
" 'Mollie,' continued Mr. Hatton in
a hollow voice, 'women have used me
" 'My mother- always disliked me
because as a babyl made her give
up some pleasures in the care of me.
When I was eight years old she de
serted father and me and ran away
with a distant cousin and soon after
died in a foreign land. The name
mother meant only sharp speeches
and reproofs until I met Mother Nora.
" 'My father died when I was 15
and until that time, with the excep
tion of Mother Nora, I had never
found anything but lies and deceit in
the form of woman, nothing but un
happiness where they were.
"'You have heard how I met Pat
and Mother Nora in the park and be
cause she caressed me a little as she
was in the habit of doing to her own
boy I insisted she should come home
and live with me.
" 'My father gave me everything I
wanted but his presence, and until I
left for college Pat and I were insep
arable and he was, I think, the only
person that ever really loved me.
" 'Do you also know, my girl, that
I have no right to love you that I
have tried hard not to love ydu have
tried to live without love, but you
can't cheatnature after all and to live
in this yorld one must have a little
" 'I thought I had found it when
soon alter we Pat and I returning
from a trip around the world met
Fanchon Davis. Up to this time nei
ther Pat not I had paid much atten
tion to women. My father had taught
me to despise them and Pat s whole
mind and heart were full of seeing
the glories of this old earth and the
fullness thereof. We both had the
arrogance of lords of creation when
we thought of women.
" 'I thought Fanchon Davis was the
most beautiful woman I had ever
seen and I immediately fell in love
with her. So engrossed was I in my
own passion that 1 I did not realize
that dear old Pat was in love with
" 'We had been so used to always
going about together that I did not
realize that Pat was always with me
when I called on Fanchon. , All at
once, however, Pat began to make
excuses and I went alone once in a
while, much to my surprise finding
Pat already there.
" 'When I asked Fanchon to marry
me she told me that 'she had never
loved anyone but me.
" 'In my happiness I lost sight of
everyone but Fanchon and I djd not
see Pat for several days continued
Mr. Hatton, 'and when I told him I
was going to marry Fanchon he
grasped my hand and said rather
chokingly, "I hope you will be very
happy, old man."
" 'I did not know until I had been
married six months that Fanchon
had been engaged to Pat when I pro
posed to her and that she threw him
over because she thought I was the
" 'Pat was almost heartbroken. He
made some excuse not to come to my '
wedding, which hurt me terribly, and
for the first time in our lives my foster-brother
and myself drifted apart
through a misunderstanding and the
wiles of a woman.
" 'Fanchon and I started on a long
wedding trip and before it was ended
I came to know that my wife was of.
the most violent temper and that she
was addicted to morphine and alco
hol. It was almost impossible for me
to please her and during one of our
frequent quarrels I "learned, to my
horror, the truth about Pat, and I also
learned that, whatever love Fanchon
had for anyone but herself she had
given to him.
" 'Loyal old Pat had never told me.