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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ELEANOR FAIRLOW PROVES A COMFORTER
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I was right, little book, it was Elea
aor Fairlow's voice I heard in the cor
ridor the other day. -
She is taking her training at this
hospital and has been in to see me a
number of times and strange as it
may see mto you, little book, I have
ound that she is more comforting
to me than any other persons who
Mollie, dear girl, rather tires me
with the atmosphere of strenuous
life she brings in.
Eliene fills my heart with envy
when she speaks of her baby and
when she does not I feel, perhaps,
that she doesn't mention it because
she knows it hurts me.
Mother Waverly tried to console
me by saying: "My dear child, you
must remember that God knoweth
I got so excited over the idea that
any one could possibly think a benefi
cent God would take my baby from
me that the nurse told Mrs. Waverly
should would have to go and they
did not even let me see Dick for
I have not been able to guess, little
book, what they are keeping me here
for, because I am physically perfect
But Dr. Atwater says he wants my
mind to be perfectly at rest before I
As if my mind will ever be at rest
until I can no longer imagine what
life might be with my baby.
I know I am not very brave, and
truly, little book, I do not say these
things to any one but you.
Eleanor Fairlow does not seem to
either pity me or try in perfectly ob
vious ways to get me away from my
She comes in unobtrusively and
tells me about the other people who
are sick in mind or body and she is
Yesterday she intercepted right at
the door a nurse who was evidently
bringing in a new born baby for me
"Don't take that baby into Mrs.
Waverly's room," I heard her ex
claim, "don't you know that she is
just recovering from the shock of los- Ct7
ing her own child?"
"But surely the sight of this little
rosebud of humanity will comfort
"My dear girl," was the quick an
swer, "some time you will know that
the sight of another's joy in a gift
that your heart is breaking for does
not always bring acute joy."
The nurse evidently went away
and Eleanor came in to me.
"You are looking much brighter
this morning, Margie," she said.
"Am I," I asked listlessly.
Honestly, little book. I try to take
an interest in life but I can't. Every
morning when I wake up my first
thought is: "Another long day in
which to think."
"Do you like it here, Eleanor?" I
"Yes, I like to feel that in some way
I can held those who suffer," she
said, "but I have gotten all over that
romantic and sentimental feeling I
had about nursing. It is work, hard
work sometimes work of the most
"After I finish my training I am
going to try to get the position of
district or settlement nurse in some
"I am sure that Kitty Malram's
husband would be glad to have you." ,
"Does Kitty do any settlement vj'
work?" she inquired.
"Yes, I think so, but you know Kit
ty she gets very tired of the hum
drum existence of settlement work
very often and comes over to me. By ;
the way, I wonder if Kitty knows?"
"Yes, Margie, she has sent you.