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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
JACK IS BURIED MARY VERY ILL
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
There are at thepresent moment,
little book, three of the'Waverly fam
ily at the hospital, Aunt Mary, Mary
and Mother Waverly.
Yesterday poor Jack was laid away
in the family lot next his father, with
Dick, Mollie and I as mourners.
Mother Waverly was not able to be
present and Mary was babbling away
of the time when she and Jack were
so happy together. Mary has devel
oped brain fever her wound is not
serious and she is seriously ill.
Mother Waverly is also in a preca
rious condition. Aunt Mary, how
ever, is having a respite from her old
pain and is already thinking of how
she is going to comfort us all when
she gets out of bed.
Dr. Atwater tells me that she will
probably never leave the hospital, as
the cancer has made terrible strides
since her operation.
If Aunt Mary knows her case is
hopeless she has never made the
slightest reference to it, but I 'notice
she never says a word about coming
back to me.
Eleanor Fairlow has been a won
derfully efficient factor in taking care
of Mother Waverly. Although she
has not finished her training yet she
spends much of her time with Mother
Waverly. The head nurse has de
tailed her on the case.
Mother always liked Eleanor and
she is quieter with her than any of us.
The headlines in the newspapers
were simply dreadful and the ghoul
ish way in which Jack's and Mary's
life was paraded for the world at
large was sickening. Of course, Pat
Sullivan kept as much as he could out
of his paper, but the others had Jack's
and Mary's pictures, and one of them
had even Mollie's and mine. That
made Dick furious and he threatened
dire vengeance on the person who
gave the photographs to the report
er. Fortunately, perhaps, he could
not find out who it was.
Mollie took all the newspaper
stories in a very different spirit than
the rest of us. She said: "Now, look
here, my dear relatives, you must un
derstand that we are not any better
than any one else, and when one of
us does something scandalous or
tragic or ridiculous we cannot ex
pect to escape the notoriety of it
"If Dick had taken my advice and
gone around to all the newspapers
and told them " a straight-forward
story-and asked them for the sake of
his mother and Mary to make as little
as possible of it he would have been
treated in all fairness. But his call
ing up the-papers and telling them
not to print a word about Jack's sui
cide made it certain that every one
of the city editors in town resolved
to show Dick that he could not run
"I believe you like getting into the
papers," said Dick.
"No, I don't, but I am trying to
tell you that when a story breaks, if
it be real news, you nor any one else
is going to keep it out of a real news
paper, and the best you can do is to
'walk up to the captain's office' and
throw yourself on his mercy.
"You can't muzle the press and
the more you want to keep a story
out the more anxious the public is to
read it, and the more certain it will
Jack looked very boyish and hand
some in his coffin. I broke down com
pletely when I looked at him and
thought of the wasted energy, the
wasted manhood, the wasted life.
He was not wholly bad, he only
had come to the parting of the ways
and taken the wrong road. I couldn't
help thinking of what Mary told mej
early in her wedded life. "Margie,
loved him so much that I would have
gone with him up there in the moua-
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