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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
BILL TENNEY WRITES ME A LETTER
This morning I received a curious
letter. It was dated:
"From the cemeterygates."
"Years ago, dear Margie-, a great
and much loved humorist, D. R.
Locke, wrote a letter to a famous
cartoonist from the above resting
place. I, too, am stopping here a
moment before slipping through.
"Donna came back from her visit
to you the other day and told me how
bravely you were bearing up. (I
thought of how I broke down and
cried on Donna's loving breast as I
"You, my dear, have the hardest
thing in life to bear uncertainty
and with certainty staring at me
from within this open cemetery gate
I am going to talk to you for a mo
ment or two.
"Margie, we will never see each
other's faces on earth again.
"Although no one has told me this
I see it in the glances of compassion
ate eyes. I feel it in the touch of the
sympathetic hands and I hear it in
the sound of tender words.
"You may think it is strange that
I am writing to you, Margie, for you
and I have not always been the best
of friends. I have thought often that
you were a meddler and you have
shown me oftener that you thought
I was a selfish and worthless egotist,
'taking my own where I found it.'
"But whatever you have thought
of me, Margie Waverly, I have al
ways known in my heart that you
were a good woman - loyal above
all to your friends and charitable to
"like all enthusiasts, your zeal
has been sometimes mistaken, but
usually your good sense has pre
vailed over your sentimentality.
"You see, dear friend, when one is
looking the great adventurer in the
face one becomes rather cold, as
though one already felt the icy
"However, lest I waste all my time
and strength on these descriptions of
you and me, I am coming straight to
the point Margie, after I am dead
will you see as much of Donna as
possible? I have been wishing since
I have been lying here that I might
have gone before you left the hos- 9
pital, for then you might have elect
ed to live in this big house with Don
na instead of in that other home with
"Donna is a very solitary woman,
Margie. She has never made many
friends. I have filled her life most
times with sorrow, I am afraid, but
oftimes with joy, I hope, but which
ever it was I see now that I have .
filled it completely to, the exclusion
of all else.
"Now when Fate is pushing me off
the mortality map I am wondering
what Donna will do for something to
engross her mind.
"She loves you, Margie. You see,
down deep in her heart she feels that
unknowingly you saved me from
Kitty Malram and gave me back to
"Looking at it dispassionately I
am not sure that the gift was worth
anything, but she thinks so, bless
her, and she will be disconsolate
when I am gone.
"Margie, won't you make it look as
though you needed Donna? Won't
you send for her and say that now
she is alone you will feel free to call
upon her for company and friend
ship? "Don't let her know I have written
this to you. At least not until she 9
has forgotten me and her sorrow
over my going out of her life.
"I don't want to hurt her any
more than I can help. God knows I
have hurt her almost beyond cure
many, many times in the past She
will be lost without old Bill to look
after and amuse. Make her think