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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
YOUTH IS THE CHIEF DESIRE OF MANKIND
"You see, it is no different with
men than with women," continued
Tim. "Men hate to grow ojd just as
badly as .you do. In fact, I some
times think Annie is perfectly con
tent to be the mother of her children
and to grow old as they grow up.
"Now, there is that little divil of
a Margaret Ann why, she's got
more notions in her head from going
over to that school with Mrs. Sy
mone's children. I think it is all
wrong myself. Why, do you know,
I think she is going to be ashamed of
her father? The other day she told
me I must get up out of my easy
chair and stand when her mother
came into the room.
"I tried to explain I was police
commissioner, that men and women
had to stand before me, but she
would not be convinced and said all
gentlemen stand when ladies are
standing. 'Budge,' she said, 'took
Toddy by his hair and made him
stand up when I came in the other
day, and mother is more lady than a
litUe girl like me.' "
"She won't go very far wrong
when she still thinks her mother a
great lady, Tim," I said.
His eyes brightened. "You ought
to see that little girl of ours. Why,
Miss Margie, Mrs. Symone's little girl
for all her wealth and advantages
can't hold a candle to Margaret Ann.
She's got all her mother's good
sense, too, and her sense of humor
that has made it possible for her to
live with me.
"Miss Margie, I wouldn't hurt An
nie for the world, but even you can't
blame a man who wants to see how
old he looks to a girl of 18, now can
"I suppose not, Tim," I said with
a sigh, and then I asked him if he
knew that Harry Symone was com
"Little Margaret Ann told me the
news the other day. Too bad he did
not take that nomination for mayor
last spring, wasn't it?"
"Well, I suppose he had a good
reason for not doing it," I said. Tim
looked at me rather queerly and I
wondered how much he really knew
about the twins.
"Say, Tim, will you ask Annie to
come over here some day next week
and bring the children?"
"Sure I will, and I think she will
come. She has been talking about
you for a long time, but you won't
tell her about the Murphy girl, will
"Of course, I won't, but it is not
your sake, but for Annie's that I am
keeping it," I said with a smile, for I
knew that I had Tim fussed.
"Well, you know she is a bit of a
terror when she gets going and I
didn't do her nor any one else a bit
"Perhaps it was because I came up
behind you just in time, Tim."
Tim's Irish eyes sobered and he
said, "Perhaps it was. If we could
only see the little sins that are not
committed because some one or
something interrupts at the right
moment I am afraid we would find
more of us are saints from lack of
opportunity than because of strictly
Tim walked back to my hotel with
me, where he had to leave me hur
riedly to make his train.
After he had gone I could not help
contrasting Commissioner Lafferty
with the rattle-brained Tim who used
to hang about the corner saloon and
make love to Annie. I remembered
the bruise on Annie's face that day
many years ago when she came td
me, and I contrasted that Tim with
the commissioner being madexby his
own little daughter to rise from his
chair as her mother came into the
You see, little book, we can't just
tell what the future is going to brinj?