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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MRS. SELWIN AND I LEND THE FIRM MONEY
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
I am spending most of my time at
the hospital. Yesterday I went over
right after luncheon,- and as I came
in sight of the gate I saw Dick just
coming out and going down street
Poor Dick has his hands full now
adays with all these sick women on
his hands and the book shop to look
after, besides his own affairs.
Last night Dick and I went over to
Mr. Selwin's to dinner. The book
business has been very quiet this year
and I could see from snatches of con
versation between Mr. Selwin and
Dick that both of them were some
"I really don't see how we are go
ing to meet that note next week,"
said Mr. Selwin.
"You mean Miller's?"
"It's seven thousand dollars."
"Can't we borrow it?"
"I have already stretched my credit
as far as possible."'
"How much do you think you can
raise?" I asked rather unexpectedly.
Dick frowned. I could see he did not
want me to butt in.
"Can't get any," said Mr. Selwin.
"What!" shouted both of us women
in a breath.
"I can let you have $5,000," said
Mrs. Selwin suddenly.
"And I'll let you have the other
$2,000," I said. "Dick and I owe you
some money on our stock, anyway."
"Where are you going to get it,
Margie?" asked Dick.
"I've always had $1,000 in the sav
ings bank since we were first mar
ried Don't you remember our first
quarrel was about it. You wanted me
t put it in the book business then.
. -I before dear Aunt Mary went to
I ne hospital she made me a present
of $1,000. Said she intended to give
it to sonny if he had lived, but now
she wanted me to have it"
Mr. Selwin got up solemnly and
came around the table and held out
his hand. As I placed mine in it he
reached over and kissed his wife ten
derly and then me.
"I don't deserve it, Dick," he said
rather tremulously, "and neither do
you, I am sure."
"I never did deserve Margie," said
Dick, "but I always acknowledge it.
It is something to acknowledge your
shortcomings. I was going to sug
gest selling some stock to Harry Sy
mone, but now we won't have to. I
don't want to let go of any of the
stock if I can help it, for we're going
to make a barrel of money some day."
"Say, my dears, you haven't got a
few more thousands stowed away,
have you?" asked Mr. Selwin.
"If we have we are not going to
tell you," answered his wife, gaily, as
we went out of the diningroom and
left them to make plans for the get
ting of a big contract for school books
in a neighboring city.
"That's right, Margie, always keep
some money that your husband does
not know about," said Mrs. Selwin.
"I have often thought that if wives
would save a little money that was
their very own it would be a splendid
thing all around."
"Well, this loan wipes me out," I
said. "I'll have to begin all over
But, little book, you can't tell how
proud I was to be able to help Dick.
He has been so occupied lately with
his family troubles that he is not at
all like himself, and he has been
working so hard at least twice a
week he has stayed at the office un
til 12 o'clock and after".
Mrs. Selwin looked at me rath
queerly, but she did not say an
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.
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