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THE CONFESSIONSOF A WIFE
MONEY NECESSARY TO HAPPINESS
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
, It is no wonder that we have come
to regard money as the absolute
necessity of happiness.
Some people may tell you that it
will not buy any of the REAL things
of life. They say it cannot buy love
nor health that virtue, honesty and
self-respect are not dependent on
having dollars and cents.
This has always seemed to me to
be a -kind of sop that the rich man
throws to the poor.
Money, they tell you, cannot save
the life of your loved ones when the
thumb of fate is pointed down. Grant
ed. But there is no grief that money
will not soften.
' Physical discomfort but sharpens
the pangs of a breaking heart and
adds another misery to the grief
stricken mind;" " ""
I have never known a joy that
could not be heightened by the" use of
money; a misery or physical ill that
could not be ameliorated; a mistake
that coukTriot be easier rectified; a
grief that cquld not be'made less hard
if one werepossessed of money.
How cauiaHarry Symone nave
kept from; the wrld the tragedy his
curiosity and lust brought about if
he had noVhad unlimited money?
Without moriey TSliene would have,
been unable to adopt those children,
who probably would have 'walked
along the Toad of neglect to crime
' With money Aunt Mary will be able
to help that poor little bride of Jack's
to bear her pangs of childbirth and
also give to herself an incentive for
living after ahe had thought she had
lost it forever.
But if'it does all this good, its ca
pacity for evil is just as great Per
haps without it Harry Symone would
never have done wrong to the girl
who died and the woman he married, j
There seems to be no vice, no sin, no
folly in which-mone'y does not prove
the biggest tempter.
When Dick came home last night
he fortunately began talking about
that five thousand dollars that Uncle
John gave us.
"Have you said anything to Aunt
Mary about it, Margie?" he asked.
"Yes, and she said it was ours to
dispose of as we pleased."
"That's fine. I'll turn over twenty-five
hundred dollars to. father to
morrow' "Say, Dick," 1 began somewhat
timidly, "don't you think it would be
a good plan to give that money to
Jack and let him put it in father's
business? It would give him a kind
of independence and a right to some
say in the firm. I am a great believer
in youth, and so are you. Father
Waverly is not an old man, but a sick
man i his judgment may be warped by
ill health, and his business methods
may be old-fashioned."
"I had not intended to GIVE the
money to anyone, Margie. I was going-
to lend it to Dad at six per cent
interest. I am afraid you would not
make a very good business woman,
I confess I was somewhat disap
pointed in Dick's ideas. The money t
was GIVEN to us and why should we '
not GIVE it' to his father or brother
when we did not really need it?
Dick seemed to think favorably to
my idea of letting Jack have the
money instead of his father, but he
said: "I hope. Jack won't get tied
up with that little chorus girl."
I felt very guilty when Ianswered:
"She is a Iovelj girl, Dicfi, and Jack
might go farther and fare worse."
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
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