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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
CHANCE OFFERS MOST PLEASANT SURPRISES
"You see, Margie," said Paula, "I
do not want you to write a fiction
story of my life, for that would mean
just a selection of episodes strik
ing the high lights as it were. I have
always felt if some of these romantic
tales would only give the other side
or rather the long stretches of every
day commonplace occurrences that
make up the lives of their characters,
it would be much better for those
readers who are young enough to be
impressed and influenced by them.
"The average girl, and I expect the
average boy, who reads our more or
less sensational fiction is very apt to
think her or his existence very mo
notonous, when, if the story were
told just as it happened, both of them
would find these exciting incidents
occurred between long stretches of
every-day humdrum existence.
"I became private secretary to
Congressman Smith (we will call him
Smith, although that was not his
name) purely by chance. Congress
man Smith had reached the position
of congressman of the United States
by one of those strange flukes that
happen often in politics.
"He had been nominated in a rock
bound Republican state to lead the
forlorn hope of the Democratic
party, and through a split among the
Republicans was elected quite as
much to his surprise as to that of his
"He was a young man a hard
working lawyer of small practice. He
was married to a sweet, young wom
an of no brains and great social am
bitions and he had one son, a beau
tiful boy of three.
He had not expected to open his
office until the fall after his inaugur
ation, but some grave affairs of the
nation had caused the president to
call an extra session of congress less
than a month after he went in.
"Congressman Smith was a good
friend of Alma Huntington's. They
came from the same town. One
afternoon when we were in Willard's
at a tea he came over to our table
and greeted her effusively.
'"Is Flossie here?' asked ""Alma.
Flossie is the nickname of Congress
man Smith's wife.
" 'No,' he answered. T don't think
she will come until after the extra
session opens. Say, Alma, how
would you like to give up your job on
that Philadelphia newspaper and be
come a congressman's secretary?'
" 'Couldn't do it, Tom,' said Alma,
and then she hesitated and said'Per
haps my friend, Paula Newton, would
like the job.'
"The congressman looked at me
inquiringly. . 'Qf course I'd like the
job if I could do it,' I said a little
tremulously, 'but you see I don't
know anything about the duties-of a
"'Well,' said Mr. Smith with a
smile, 'you certainly know as much
about being a congressman's secre
tary as I do about being a congress
man. I had thought of having a
man, but some of our suffrage wom
en got hold of Flossie and told her
they elected me and I should have a
woman secretary, so I suppose it is
up to me to do so. Will you try it?'
"I looked at Alma and she nodded.
" 'Yes,' I said, 'if you wish me to.
"I went into Willard's, Margie, an
out-of-a-job actress and came out a
full-fledged secretary to a congress
man. As Alma said, that was going
(To Be Continued.)
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G. A. R. adopted resolution- de
manding resignations pf congress
men who tried to hinder Wilson.