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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
WILL MOLLIE MARRY JIM?
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"Why don't you say a good word
'for me to Mollie, Margie?"
"Because I don't think she should
marry you." -
Jim turned $ed and then white.
"Will you kindly tell me, Margie
Waverly, what you have against me?
You have always seemed to be a good
"I haven't a thing in the world
against you; in fact, next to Dick I
think I love you better than any other
man I know, but, Jim, you are too
old for Mollie. You are five years
older than Dick and .Mollie is four
years younger than I. You see, Jim,
that you have practically lived your
youth. You want to settle down and,
man-like, you look around and pick
out the prettiest and cleverest girl
you know without any regard to her
age or environment
"In this I can't blame you you
are no different from the other men
whom I saw with young women at a
restaurant the other night, and the
only old or middle-aged men who
were with old or mdidle-aged women
were married to them.
"I did not see a man over 40 who
was seemingly having the time of his
life who did not have a girl of less
than 20 with him. The other old
men were looking with bored eyes
into the wrinkled faces of women you
knew were their wives."
"But I'm not 40, Margie!" protest
"You are over 35, and let me tell
you something, Jim, and to do it I'll
have to tell you a story.
"A man arrived back at his home
town after many years and was in
vited to a reception where he met one
of his boyhood sweethearts.
'"Why, Sallie Tempest,' he ex
claimed delightedly, 'you are looking
fine. I never would think you are as
old as I am.'
r "The lady drew herself up and said
coldly, 'I don't know how old you are,
but r am 35.'
"The man knew that he had said
the wrong thing, but determined to
stick to his pins. 'Well, of course, I
can't dispute a lady and she the one
I used to think I would marry, but
when I was 20 years old you were 19.
I am 50 years old now.'
"The lady had to smile and being
a clever woman she, of course, had
the last word with, 'But you men live
so fast, you know.'
"This, Jim, has as much truth as
wit in it You men are faster than
the clever women of today, because
you live up your vitality and brain
power. ' .
"The time is past when the woman
after 35 is out of things, she just be
gins to live and at 35 you men begin
to think of settling down.
"No wonder psychological writers
call from 40 to 50 the dangerous age
for women. When Mollie is 40 you
will be 55. My dear Jim, marry a
woman of at least 30. You must re
alize that women of that age would
make you happier than a girL"
Poor Jim looked rather crestfaUen
and I added, "There are plenty of
women of the proper age that you
could marry, Jim."
"But," he expostulated, "they are
not young and I love young women."
There you have it, little book. Men
will never get over the idea that the
woman they marry must be young
and most of them, as soon as they
are married, promptly begin to make
her old before her time.
In the case of Mollie, I am still in
the dark as to whom she will marry.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
Queen Victoria's reputed invention
of the safety pin has been exploded,
by the recent discovery on the island
of Crete of one supposed to have been
made at least 900 years B. C.