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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I INDULGE IN INTROSPECTION Chapter LXVI. "Well, I'll just take Miss Mollie in hand," said Dick, after he had listen ed in more or less angry silence to what I had said of his mother's in capacity in that direction. I, without thinking, spoke up with: "How, by introducing her to married men like Bill Tenney, as you did last night, while you are shocked when I even mention the name of the young woman he has scandalized in Mollie's presence?" By this time Dick was so furious kthat he got up and left the table and I knew I had been nasty, but it makes me so indignant when I hear such foolish ideas reiterated as "mother can do no wrong" which Dick has been giving me. If men would only get over that silly fashion of regarding the femi nine sex as something that is not hu man we would advance a long ways on the road fo civilization. To Dick, Mrs. Waverly, Sr., is not a woman she is "mother," and in the same fashion Mollie is "sister" and I am "wife." In his mind, we have nothing in common with the whole outside army of femininity. We must not be judged by the same standards, t am'afraid he will never be able to apply "human" rules of conduct to us. There are mothers and mothers just as there are wives and wives, and I blame Dick's mother for all this trouble that Mollie almost got into. Between you and me, little book, I am sure she would have been so flattered that young Hattersly ask ed Mollie to go with him to dinner that she would have let her go. With Mrs. Waverly, Sr., as -with many other women, to get into what che thinks is "society" means more than getting into heaven. Her great-j est reason of dislike for me is because I was a schoolteacher instead of one of the city's society girls when Dick fell in love with me. But I am sorry I said that to Dick about his mother, although I know that down in his heart he knows it is true. However, I don't believe I would have said it had he been my lover instead of my husband. Already I have forgotten the ad vice of Mrs. Selwin that "the busi ness of a wife is to please." I might have found some other way of mak ing Dick understand that Mollie was not to blame. Isn't it too bad, little diary, that marriage does not make over the average egotistical man and foolish girl into something that can be used as working partners? I let my temper get away with me, and I shall be unhappy every minute of the day until Dick comes back, and then it is very probable, instead of ignoring the fuss, I'll try again to make him see my way. Something inside of me makes me feel that I am right and that Dick should see it that way, and I suppose he feels the same in even a greater degree about me. I am afraid I am very nasty at times, but I am sure that I am more just to Didk and Dick's idiosyncracies than he is to me and mine. I have come to the conclusion, however, that frankness is not always a virtue, especially when that frank ness entails running amuck among your husband's most cherished ideals and, conventions. (To Be Continued Monday.) o o HEALTH TIP The habit of snoring is hard to cure. Abnormalities and diseased conditions of the nose and throat are often contributing causes. Snorers should sleep on their sides. By the records of the latest statis tics there are 2,000,000 French fami lies without children.