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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MARGIE RECALLS AUNT MARY REGARDED A "WOMAN'S BEST LIFE
I am really walking, little book.
Yesterday, with the aid of a stout
cane and dear Alice's arm, I walked
from my bed to my wheelchair, at
least a dozen steps! I was so happy
about it that I cried.
Yesterday Alice went shopping for
me. I am so 'tired of the negligees
that have been my only wear last
"Alice," I said, "get me the plainest
white tailored shirtwaist you can find
and a dark blye serge skirt. I want
white law sports shoes, dark blue
stockings and a blue tie."
Alice looked at me a moment and
"Dear Margie," she said, "to think
of you in plain sports clbthes! You
whom-I have never seen except in
these frilly fol-de-rols," and she held
up one of my favorite green chiffon
negligees. "Why, Margie, you will
look like a college girl tennis player."
"Hardly, dear Alice. Do you know
I have been married 10 years? I am
getting along; soon I'll be 35 years
old. Aunt Mary used to say if she
could go back to the time when she
thought she was at her best, physic
ally and mentally, she would ask to
drop back to 35.
" 'Margie,' she said, ifrom 35 to
40 are the great years of a woman's
life. Then she is at the zenith of her
beauty. She still has youth in that
she sees no dimunition of her purely
physical powers to attract men and
women. If experience has taught her
anything, it is discrimination. She
can pick the best because she knows
" 'Balzac has called 30 the danger
ous age in woman, but that great
sexologist means dangerous to men.
Ellen Key puts the danger at between
45 and 50, but she, staunch feminist
that she is, looks for danger only to
the woman herself. I should say from
35 to 45 a woman is most dangerous
to herself and to the men with whom ,
she comes in social contact. '
" 'It is the height of her blooming;
men see only her perfection, but she
knows it is the beginning of the end, s
and it is a strong-minded woman who 9
will not allow herself a little tiny
" 'I wish I could be with you, Mar-
gie, then, to help you over the hard
Dear Aunt Mary! You. little book,
know how I have missed her all these
years. Mrs. Selwin is sweet and kind,
but there is a certain emotional
aloofness about her that makes me
almost afraid to tell her all my silly
little heartaches. But Aunt Mary al
Will I, little book, be happy or un
happy at 35 ? Just now I am neither.
I am indifferent to everything that
makes for psychical change.
(To Be Continued)
SAFETY IN NUMBERS '
"I have here," said the- agent, "a
utensil that no housekeeper can af
ford to be without"
"What is it?" asked the woman at
the door. . J
"It is a combined corkscrew, can
opener, pocket knife, screw driver,
tack hammer, glass cutter and "
"Hold on. I don't want it" i
"By keeping all those tools separ
ate it is impossible for my husband
to lose more than one at a time."
She was 4 years old and besides '
her husband, she is survived by four
children. Union Hill (N. J.) Hudson-Dispatch.
A married man seldom gets the
last word because of his 'inaDility to