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The Day book., November 06, 1915, GARMENT WORKERS' SPECIAL EDITION, Image 22
The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ANNIE ASKS A QUESTION
"And what do ye think of Tim be
ing a 'sarge,' Miss Margaret?" said
She had brought little Margaret
Anne over to see me and was telling
me all the news of the whole city pol
itics, especially of the Democratic
"I think it is pretty fine, Annie.
It is very probable that by the time
little Margaret Anne grows up her
father will be the chief."
"That's what Tim always is saying.
And do ye know, Miss Margaret, that
Irishman thinks it is all hisself that
does this. He is getting that con
ceited that I am sometimes afraid I
will not be able to live with him.
"The other day he came home and
told me that he was sure that he
would be police captain within the
rtv oiv Tv"nf Tic
1 f j " 'Mr. Symone needs me in his cam
paign, he said, sticking out his
breast like a turkey cock.
" 'It's yourself that will need Mr.
Symone, the same as usual, I'm
thinking, said L
" 'What do you mean by that?'
" 'I mane, ye spalpeen, that all yer
jobs have come to ye because ye had
a pull. Oh, don't say ye did not make
good afterward, but what I want to
impress on yer thick head is the fact
that most jobs come to them that has
pulls instead of them that waits.' Ye
see, Miss Margaret, it was in my mind
to tell him that boss of our ward
made him a policeman because I
asked him to. But then I thought
better of it, for if I did it would be just
as like as not that Tim would throw
it up to me that I had been flirting
with the hoss sometime when he was
mad at me.
" 'But I got me promotion because
of me savin' that child,' said Tim. 'Ye
can't be denying that'
" 'I am not that sane,' I answered
quickly, "but if Miss Margaret had
not enlisted Mr. Symone and some
of her influential friends, where
would ye be? Did any one promote
Mikey Casey the other day when he
saved Miss Flannigan's Patsy from
being run over by a lot of joy riders?
No sir, all Mikey got was a pair of
broken ribs. He didn't have any pull
with the rich folks.'
"Of course, ye understand, Miss
Margaret, I think Tim is the finest
man in the world, but it does not do
to let him get too uppity. The first
thing I'd be knowing is that he'd be
gin to think Annie that he married
when he was hanging around the sa
loon on the corner was not good
enough fer a grand man like himself
that was rising through his own ef
forts to sitting in the chair of the
"Men are the queerest creatures,
Miss Margaret At least Irishmen
are. They who are that inconsistent
that they remind me of the French
man's flea. One minute Tim will be
saying that I must not let little Mar
garet Anne go to the kindergarten
class that Mrs. Symone has at her
house because it will put too grand
ideas into her head. And the next he
insists he is as good as anybody and
better than most
"What do you think, Miss Margar
et? Do you thing I am doing wrong
by letting little Margaret Anna go
over there? I want her to learn the
best things; I want her to have every
thing I can give her, but I don't want
her to be unhappy because she is
ashamed of her father and me."
At last I had gotten to what Annie
had come over for. She wanted to
ask me if she was right in letting her
child mingle with the rich.
"I don't know anything about it,
Annie, and I would riot dare to ad
vise you, but I think if I were in your
place I would let her stay with Mrs.
Symone's children. I think they will
not only do her good, but she will do