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real hardships while the soldiers are
away. Not only do they have to live
on a small amount of money, but
they have no assurance their hus
bands will ever return.
The wives of commissioned officers
liave enough money so as not to be
worried about financial matters, but
they are heroic too. They have no
assurance they will ever see their
At Fort Meyer, near here, I gather
ed two stories about the wives who
are left behind.
One is about the wife of a private.
The other is about the wife of the
commissioned officer. Here they
THE STORY OF THE ENLISTED
Mrs. Cain is the wife of Chief Mu
sician Cain of the Fifth cavalry.
"When I visited her home, she came
to the door and two little daughters
peeped from behind her skirts.
"We are all pretty blue down here,
since the soldiers went away," she
said. "At first I thought I could not
bear it, but I will get along all right
My husband win send me $50 each
month, and I have this house, but
what of the wives of the men who
have to pay rent and whose pay is
"I have a friend here whose hus
band gets only $21 a month and
$7.50 a month ration money. When
he went away the ration money was
"She is expecting a baby. She had
to move into a room at $5 a month.
You know you can't get much of a
room for that. She was using one of
the government beds, hut when the
regiment moved, the bed had to go
"She told me she bought a bed for
$4 on the installment plan and that
she thought she could get her food
for $8 a month.
"I told her I would help her make
some of the little clothes but her
case is very sad
"The government expects its sol
diers to die for it, if necessary, but
does not give the married men a liv
"Nothing is given the married pri
vate. The officers' wives, -who really
do not neeckit, have the pick of the
stuff from the experimental gardens;
they have house rent, fuel and light
free when their husbands are at the
front, but most of the women of the
troop must endure poverty, and in
some cases practically hunger until
their men come back."
THE STORY OF THE OFFICER'S
"Please don't make me out a
'weepy' war widow,." said Mrs. Henry
T. Bull, wife of Lieut. Bull of the
Fifth cavalry, which moved recently
from Fort Meyers to Mexico.
We were sitting in her very pleas
ant little drawing room, filled with
unusual things from the Orient and
other artistic lands.
Mrs. Bull was not "weepy," but de
cidedly pale. She tried to bear up
very pravely as she said:
"I realize that being a soldier's wife
does not mean just the gaiety of a
post near Washington when our men
are home. It means also the anxious
waiting for them to return from the
front if war is declared.
This morning I am doing my
usual spring sewing, although I do
not feel at all like it "
The door bell rang and Mrs. Bull's
little daughter rushed in, saying, "It's
a telegram mother, a telegram from
Daddy. Let me read it"
The wire told the wife and little
daughter that "Daddy" was going
across the border into Mexico.
"Of course, the wives of the offi
cers," she said, "do not suffer the
financial hardships that come to the
wives of the enlisted men and non
"We have our house rent free our
lights 'and fueL
"Physically and materially we are
quite comfortable. It is only our