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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
TAKIwr. UP LIPE'S CROSS
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I knew nothine more, little book,
until day before yesterday, when I
came to myself in this quiet room at
the hospital and Aunt Mary put you
in my hands.
Since then they have told me that
it is 10 weeks since I lost conscious
ness in my own room at our apart
ment; that after I fainted I only re
covered consciousness to become de
lirious with fever, and after two
weeks the doctors decided that an
operation was necessary to save my
life and I was brought here.
"The oneration was successful,"
said Aunt Mary, "and you are getting
into a fine physical condition, but,
Margie, we have been so worried,
dear, this long 10 weeks, for fear you
would never be yourself again. Not
even Dick's coaxing could make you
do anything, but just the things you
were told to do. You took no inter
est in anything."
"I did not know, Aunt Mary. I have
no memory of anything since that
awful moment when I knew my baby
was dead, until day before yester
day." "Now, dear," said Aunt Mary,
"you must let the nurse put you in a
nhaiv this mnrnintr. for Dick Will SOOn
be here and I want him to see that
you are getting better."
"How do you happen to be here so
early, Aunt Mary?"
"I stayed here all night, dear. We
have another room beside you and
ever since you have been here, either
Dick or I have slept there."
"I must have interfered a lot with
Dick's business. Hasn't he been able
to be out of town for 10 weeks?"
"Dick, my dear, has been with you
all the time. Mr. Selwin has been
very kind indeed and told Dick to let
everything go that he found would
interfere with his devotion to you.
"Margie, you don't know how
nlany friends you have. Look about
at the flowers in your room. There
have been just as many all the long
weeks that you have been ill and I
have so many notes and letters for
you that it will take days for you to
Just then I heard Dick's step in the
hall and his anxious voice asking "Is
she still all right?"
Was it imagination or was it
Eleanor Fairlow's tones that answer
ed, "Yes, Mrs. Waverly is perfectly
rational this morning."
I turned to Aunt Mary, horror
stricken. "Have I been crazy, Aunt
"You did not recognize anyone and
would not talk, but that often" hap
pens to women who have some great
shock after giving birth to a child,
but you are all right now."
"Yes, darling, you are all right
now," said Dick, as he rushed in and
took me in his arms. "Margie, don't
leave me again. I could not stand it
You broke my heart when you would
not recognize your old husband, but
now that you're back it will be all
I put my arms about his neck and
milled mvself un until I could look in
his face. "Dear old Dick," I said, as
much to myself as to him. And then
it came over me that it was his heart
that was beating quickly against
mine. I was glad to see him glad to
feel his arms about me, but my heart
was not beating any faster. All love
had gone out of it with sonny.
"But our baby is dead, Dick," I
"Yes, poor girl, yet, I know it; but
we'll just have to make it up to each
"Nothing can make it up to me,.
"But I'll do the best I can, Margie.
I told Eliene last night that you were
better and she told me to give you
her Jove and said she would. come.,