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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
BEAUTY ATTRACTS AT ANY AGE
I let Mr. and Mrs. Trent take their
ride on the board walk together for,
little book, who am I that I should
add even a hint of care to a close
Instead, I took a walk by myself
going in an opposite direction. I want
ed to think a little.
Certainly, as far as she is concern
ed, Mrs. Trent has been very happy
in both her marriages. Again the
look on dear old Dad's face came be?
fore me as he whispered, "You see,
Margie, your mother has never
And, after all, do we make our hus
band's any happier than she has
made hers? I think not. I was so
busy thinking out this problem that
I did not at first realize I had walked
down into the cheaper part of the
board walk, a place I seldom visit.
All at once I heard a rich Irish
voice saying, "Now, look here, little
"Is it possible that I am looking
intoyour pretty face, Miss Margie?
asked Tim as I held out my hand to
"You seem to be looking into a
number of pretty faces today, Tim,"
I said slyly. "Is it something you
save for the daughters of your own
countrymen, Tim, or is it a compli
ment you pay to all women?"
"Of course, of course, to all wom
en," said Tim earnestly. "A man
would be a brute who would not ex
claim over a pretty girl just as he
would over the sea and sky out
there. But it is good to see you walk
ing. Miss Margie. Annie will be over
joyed when I tell her how well you
"Then Annie is not with you?"
"No, you couldn't get her away
from the boy with wild horses. Be
tween you and me, Miss Margie, Tm
a little jealous of that boy. Annie has
one, it's meself that has been after J na(i eyes and ears for no one else
lookin' at your pretty back for the
last quarter of a mile and now I want
to see if you have the Irish eyes that
go with that black hair."
The girl turned quickly, smiled and
held out her hand. "It is the com
missioner, isn't it? How is your wife,
and the babies?"
"Are you Terrence Murphy's
daughter?" asked the commissioner,
and then I saw it was Annie Laffer
ty's husband, Tim, speaking.
"Yes, sir, didn't you know me?"
answered the girj.
"Yes,' I knew you, but I was not
quite sure who you was," lied Tim
"How long have you been don
here, Mr. Commissioner?"
"Since yesterday. I came over for
a little rest and recreation."
"And did you bring Annie, Tim?"
I interrupted softly as I moved up be
Tim turned with a smile and a
blush spread oer his tanned face,
since he came to live with us.'
"For shame, Tim. You know
Annie wanted the boy more than
anything else in the world simply be
cause you wanted a boy." -
"That is right, Miss Margie, and
I'm going to make that boy run the
town about twenty-five years rom
"Do you realize, Tim, who it was
made you police commissioner?"
"I expect, Miss Margie, it was
Annie. I know I'd be nothing but an
Irish scut today if it wasn't for her."
"Then don't be looking too long at
the girls, Tim."
"Now look here, Miss Margie, you
ain't goin' to tell Annie about that
Jittle bit of foolishness you saw just
now, are you? You see when a man
turns forty it sometimes comes over
him sudden like that he is getting on
the shady side, and once in a while
he will give a pretty girl a compli
ment just to see if he can make her