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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
YOUTH AND AGE CANNOT BE DENIED.
"It is a sad thing, Margie," said
Paula, "that we cannot take our
youthful courage, our youthful op
timism, with us through life.
"I went to see a play the other day
translated from the German of Her
man Bahr, called 'The Poor Fool.'
Although the average newspaper
critic did not like it, to me it meant
"One brother had lived all- his life
a regime of the greatest self-denial.
He had piled up riches, had built up a
great business and he was dying. The
other brother had lived his life to the
fullest and was now lapsing into
mental chaos which would eventual
ly mean death in life.
"Each though the other a fool and
the play ended with the eternal ques
"One had never known the joy of
living, the irresponsibility of the
young, the optimism and enthusiasm
of youth. The other had carried all
these too far into age. He had con
sistently denied the maturity that
experience must bring. Each had
tried to stop the great law in fact,
the only law of change.
"One denied youth, the other age,
and so each had missed the best of
"I am telling this to you, Margie,
because when you write my story
many may think I was too careless,
too carefree for a girl who was de
pendent upon her own resources. But
you must remember, Margie, I was
not brought up to face responsibility.
I had no idea of the value of money.
Although I had come very near, the
borderland of hunger in that first few
weeks, yet fate always stepped in
and helped me out of every tight
"I had now more money, more ap
propriate clothes, more tools, more
experience by which to conquer suc
cess. A restlessness, however, made
it seem almost impossible for me to
act again. I wanted to try some
thing else. I told this to Alma and
she said: 'How much money have
you, Paula?' v
" 'Two hundred dollars.' j
" 'Why, that is riches beyond com-
pare! Why don't you look about a
bit and see what you would like
to do? I'll tell you. I'm going over
to Washington next week to see a
president of the United States inau
gurated. Come on over there with
me. You can share my room and we
can get our coffee and toast togeth
er. It won't cost you much and you
can make up your mind in peace, far
away from the echoes of the theater.'
" 'I'll do it,' I answered with alac
rity. " 'Tom is being sent over by his
paper, too,' said Alma with a slight
blush. 'Wouldn't it be nice if we
could persuade Jeff Perygreen to
come over while we are there?'
"I'm afraid we could not do much
work or deciding about work,' I said,
but I confess to you, Margie, I was
delighted with the idea.
"Much to the surprise of the man
ager of the company, Earnest Law
ton and the entire cast, I acquiesced
with great pleasure in allowing Ear
nest's wife to play the part of Elga
for the last three days of the week,
and I fixed up my wardrobe and oth
er affairs and prepared to depart for
"I cannot leave Earnest Lawton,
Margie, without telling you that
years afterward, when he was dead
and his pretty wife ill and almost
penniless, I had the great pleasure o
helping that pretty daughter of his "
to a position on the stage."
"Isiow, don't look surprised' I had
learned long before that time that
the stage is just as safe as any other
place for a girl, provided the girl is
the safe kind."
' (To Be Continued.)