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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MY EMOTIONS ARE NOT ALL DEAD
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I have found out mat I can feel, all
Mother Waverly always succeeds in
stirring me up and-she did it most ef
fectively this morning.
In the first place she received the
news of Aunt Mary's trouble in a
most selfish and cruel manner. 1 told
her that I had an engagement to go
with Aunt Mary for the examination
by a specialist and that we were
afraid he would pronounce her trou
ble cancer and her answer was: "I
have something of much importance
to talk to you and have you help me
about Mary can go alone, can't
"Indeed she cant and just at this
present moment there can be nothing
of any more consequence to me in all
the world than dear Aunt Mary and
"I never could see, Margie, why you
were so devoted to Mary. Certalmy
you and Dick have done a lot for her,
having her live with you. You never
offered me a home with yo'u."
I did not tell her, little book, that
Dick and I talked the matter over
when Dad died and we both decided
that it would be impossible for her to
live with us. I wanted to tell her
what Dick said at the time about how
"she always either muddles or mars
things," for my blood was boiling, but
I am glad to say I was able to keep
"I am going downtown with her as
soon as she is 'ready."
"On the way back, then," said
Mother Waverly, 'I want you to stop
at the book shop and have a talk with
Mary. In her stubborn way she still
insists that she will not live with Jack
any more and Jack says that it would
be too humiliating for him to come
back here and have people know that
he was not living with his wife. He
wants most to go back to the shojj.
He says that if Mary won't live with
him she might at least let him take
charge of the shop.
I laughed. I could not help it, lit
tle book, and then I got cold with
"In the first place, Mary can do i
nothing about putting Jack in charge
of the shop. The law says Mary
shall do it and that is settled, but if
she could I hope she has backbone
enough to refuse."
"Must I always have some egotisti
cal woman run me and my business
"I am afraid you must unless your
drunken scoundrel of a son turns
over a new leaf, and I think that is
impossible for him now."
"Oh! Oh! If John could only hear
me talked to like this. Oh! Why did
he leave me to the mercy of a lot of
strange, unfeeling women?"
"You seem to be doing very welL
You are boarding at a fine hotel. Your "
income is conserved for your com
fort" "That's just it I can't spend it as
I want to." '
"You were allowed to do that until',
it was found you were incapable of
"Oh, I wish I were dead."
I did not speak.
"And I suppose all you people wish
"Well, you don't make things any.
too agreeable for us." The moment
I said that, little book, I was ashamed
of myself and hastened to apologize.
"I did not mean to imply that any,;
one wished you any bad luck, Mother
Waverly, but can't you see that every
one is doing all he can to keep youj
in comfort except Jack, and he would?
rob you to further his selfish ends if
"I won't hear my boy calumniated
and I am going to my lawyer as soon
as I can to see if I can't get that ter-