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I AM GOING TO LIVE
There is a peculiar atmosphere
about my room that I am not able
to penetrate. My frie"ndsare assidu
ous in their attentions, but I have a
feeling they are holding something
This morning dear Mrs. Selwin
brought a great spray of apple blos
soms from the tree just outside the
room that would be my bedroom if I
accepted her invitation to make my
home with her.
"But, Mrs. Selwin, at first you
thought you would not come to live
with us or have us live with you." .
She smiled a pathetic smile and
said: "Circumstances have changed
for us both, dear. I did not for one
moment conceive the loneliness that
would come to be in that big home.
My dear, it probably will be quite a
while before you are able to get out
much, and the company of even an
old woman like me may at times ease
you over a bad quarter of an hour."
That beautiful branch of blossoms
lay across my bed. My window was
open, there was a breath of spring in
the air. I remembered that beauti
ful enclosed porch where I could be
wheeled and could watch the ever
wonderful miracle of spring. Then I
looked into the tear-dimmed eyes of
the woman before me. They ap
pealed to me as no other eyes than
dear Aunt Mary's and I said, 'Til
come, Mrs. Selwin, if you don't think
ni be too much trouble. I'll be able
to walk probably in six months and
then if you feel you would rather be
alone, you can say so."
I wonder, little book, if I am su
persensitive. It seemed to me that
when I said that a shade passed over
Mrs. Selwin's face.
"I'll tell Dick to give up our rooms
and send our things over to your
home immediately. I want to get
away from this place of tears. It has
gotten on. my nerves and I want to
OF A WIFE
WITH MRS. SELWIN
go where there is quiet; where I'll see
smiling instead of pain."
That blessed woman kissed me so
tenderly the memory of my mother's
kisses warmed my heart
"The world cannot all be wilder
ness as long as there are spring days,
Margie," she said, "and you and
Dick are going to bring the spring
youth to me."
"But, my dear Mrs. Selwin, we are
not so awfully young, you know," I
"You seem young to me, Margie.
Your life is still before you mine be
hind. I am just waiting until I am
called to go over the boundary."
"Dear Mrs. Selwin," I said, "Dick
and I are going to make that waiting
so happy you are going to want to
stay with us a long time, for we need
"Margie," she said, "do you know
that one of the greatest comforts of
the aged is when they feel they are
of some use to someone? When a
man or woman begins to feel that no
one needs anything that he can do
the joy of living ends. The time of
which the bible speaks of as that 'of
trouble' is not always after three
score and ten, but it is always after
one begins to feel that no one in this
whflle great world needs you."
"I need you, and to show you that
I do I'll tell you now that you have
made me much better. I feel, dear
Mrs. Selwin, as though I had, for a
little, rested in my mother's arms."
(To Be Continued.)
In a list of epoch-making inven
tions of the last 50 years 36 are cred
ited to "people of the United States,"
14 to foreign inventors. American
Telephone, typewriter, cash register,
incandescent lamp, talking machine,
electric furnace reduction, electroly
tic alkali production, transparent
photograph film, motion picture ma
chine, buttonhole sewing machine. ,