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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK'S UNCLE JOHN IS DYiNG
(Copyright, 1914'by the Newspaper
It was a long time before I jgot to
sleep after talking with. Dick over the
long distance wire and I was awak
ened by a" Tiolent ringing of my tele
phone. "Can you" come right over here?"
I heard Mollie ask in agitated tones.
"Of coursje, I can, dear. What is
"We have just received a telegram
that IJncle John is. dying and neither
father or mother is able to go, and
Dad is nearly crazy because Dick- is
"Tell him that Dick will be home
. this afternoon and I will be right
"Margie, you are a brick," said
Mollie in a relieved voice.
"I'll leave word with Dick to tele
phone me at your house the moment
he comes in and I will pack up a suit
case so that he can bring it over and
we can go to the. train from your
house. Tell Dad not to worry."
I knew just how unhappy Dick's
father was, for Uncle John is his only
brother. Dad is not as well as I could
wish and this will be a great shock to
him. Mother Weaverly is developing
the most wonderful case of nerves I
ever encountered and between them
it has been pretty hard for Mollie.
I am afraid that Aunt Mary won't
make things easier for her when she
comes, for it seems to be a foregone
conclusion that she will come to live
with them after Uncle John's death.
I would not if Ijrfere she, and I shall
do everything I can to persuade her
to come1 to this hotel to live. She will
have plenty of money to do this, and
I know she will be much happier to be
perfectly independent, even if she is
lonelier by herself.
I had gone to sleep with all the joy J
of anticipation of Dick's homecoming
ed into sorrow and stress that Death
bringsm its train.
When I reached Dick's father's
house I found both Mother and Fath--er
Waverly very much upset.
Mollie took me aside and said she
had sent for the doctor and then I
tried to soothe poor old Dad, who
looked very near death himself.
He began telling me about when
he "and John" were boys together,
and by gradually getting him inter
ested in boyhood memories I was able
to quiet him until the doctor came
and gave both him and mother a
I told Mollie to get a nurse, for she,
poor child, looked completely worn
out, and I will probably be at Uncle
John's for a week at least The new
maid is a jewel, and Mollie keeps
house much better 'than her mother.
When we had a few minutes to
gether Mollie gave me back the fifty
dollars I lent her some months ago
with rather a rueful little grimace:
"It's rather hard to pay for furs when
you are needing a new spring hat,
Margie, but I determined that I would
save something out of my housekeep
ing and personal allowance."
I took the money from her, al
though I made up my mind I would
buy her an Jiaster hat as soon as I
came back. I needed one myself, and
Mollie and I would have a regular or
gy of spring hat buying.
I know one thing very thoroughly,
and that is that no woman, especially
a young woman, can be very unhappy
on a bright spring afternoon when
she has on a becoming hat, and Mollie
shall realize that, too.
While we were talking Dick came
in and he had hardly time to say a
word to me, because Dad had so
many directions for him and we had
to make a train in an hour.
We hurried away'and it was not
until we were on the train that I fairly
and here I was in the morning plung- J looked into Dick's eyes and heard nig