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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOLLIE CONFESSES SHE THINKS OLD MAIDS RIDICULOUS
(Copyright. 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"Well, Mollie, which is it to be?"
Mollie and I were, in my cozy living
room , the first timewe had been
alone together since the general cat
aclysm in the Waverly family.
"I don't know, Margie," she said.
"I'm not sure yet that any one of
them wants me, or, if he does, that I
"Isn't it strange, Margie, that I
could be so in love with Chadwick
Hatton that I thought my heart
would break when I found out that
he was married and then when he left
town, that I could go on living and
finally come again to enjoy life as
though he had never come into it?
You see, Margie, I believe I am again
"With whom?" I asked eagerly.
''JimEdie or Pat Sullivan?"
"With neither," she answered calm
ly. ''I am only in love with life.".
"I have "begun to call him the man
of my dreams, that,I am interested in
now," she said, almost to herself.
"This man has Jim Edie's sense of
humor, Chadwick Hatton's poetic
temperament, and Pat Sullivan's dog
ged persistency and strength of pur
pose. Whenever I think of one of
them the good qualities of the others
bob up and there you are.
"Margie. I have almost come to the
conclusion that the French idea is the
best One should not marry for love,
but for the sake of the family."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, you see, Margie, since I have
been away at the springs with
mother I have been reading a good
many French books and I-have really
come to the conclusion we should
teach our daughters that marrying
for the sake of the family is much
better, more dignified and provocative
of lasting happiness, than this marry
ing to satisfy a desire."
"Mollie'!' I exclaimed, rather hor-
rified to hear this from the lips of an
"Well, isn't that it?" asked Mollie,.
"You certainly know that all this
silly talk about love being eternal and
divine, that there is only one woman
in all the world for one man, is al
ways bosh. There never has been
only one woman for one man since
Eve was made for Adam, and the
delvers in ancient lore tell us that
even then there was another woman
before Eve, called Lillith.
"You told me once, my dear, that
you loved before Dick came into your
life, and you will forgive me if I say
that you will probably love again if "he
goes out of it, and yet we Americans
seem to think that it is blasphemy to
suggest that a woman can love more
than once. Margie, I am not sure
that I would be perfectly happy if I
were married to any one. In fact, I
am sure that I would not be.
"Who was that witty woman who
said: 'Marriage is something that al
ways makes you wish the man you
didn't mary was the man you did
"You're thinking a good deal about
marriage nowadays, aren't you, Mol
lie?" "Yes," she answered; "every girl
does. Some of them are too proud
and others too shy to own up to it;
but I believe that from 15 to 25 a girl
thinks more of getting married than
anything else, and why shouldn't
she? Her whole education, her whole
mode of life, tends in that direction.
She is taught that if she doesn't mar
ry she misses her vocation. There
is nothing for her. to da that can fill
Old maids are just as ridiculous
just as much out of the spheme of
things in this man-made world as
they ever were, even if we do now
call them 'bachelor girls'."
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)