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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
TELLING THE NEWS OF JACK'S MARRIAGE
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
"Margie," saTdSDick when he came
home, after telling dad about Jack's
secret marriage to Mary, "don't you
think father is looking badly?"
"I hadn't noticed it," I answered,
"but I have not seen him very much
since Uncle John died and he was so
"Mother will be awfully disappoint
ed," he said, "for sne had it all plan
ned out how Jack was to live at home
and pay her board. Now I suppose
they will want a place by themselves."
f "Of course they will, I answered,"
tjf said Dick, "for I was not going to let
Mary m for a lite witn tne mater.
"Why, Dick, what do you mean by
.that?" I said. x
"Well," he answered, somewhat
shame-faced, "I don't mean anythng
against mother, but you know, Mar
gie, she id exceedingly. hard to get
"As I grow older I hope I'll grow
more tolerant," said Dick, and 1
echoed the hope for myself.
There is only one excuse for in
tolerance, and that is youth and inex
perience in life. ,
'Father wants you to go over and
ten mother, Margie."
"Gracious !" I exclaimed, "isn't that
applying your pet name of 'Miss Pixit'
with a vengeance?"
"Oh, go on, Margie; you'll know
what to say."
"That's all right, Mr. Flatterer, I
recognize those honey words,' and I
also know" why you are saying them.
"Perhaps Aunt Mary will go with
But for once Aunt Mary played
traitor. "I couldn't do it, Margie," she
said, "and besides I think Mary will
need me at the hospital."
I tried to get hold of Jack, but he
Jud gone out on some business with
his father, and Dick said, "It's up to
I found Mother Waverly at-home,
and seemingly much surprised at my
And then in my usual manner I
blurted out the truth. I tried to tell
her how sweet Mary was and how I
thought it would be fine to have Jack
settled down when he went in busi
ness with his father. -
"Which he will never do with my
consent," said Mrs. Waverly with
Immediately there came into my
mincl that old Greek poem where the
poet called "a rock tle mother-in-N
law of ships," ,and I wondered if
Jack's marriage was- to be wrecked
by his mother.
"Oh, Da$. has already fixed it up
with Jack," .1 said quickly.
"And then I'm the last one to be
told?" she asked in a white heat of
anger. "You probably knew of it
when, ou went to call on her and
encouraged her to pull the wool over
the eyes of my poor, unsophisticated
I could not help but laugh at this,
as Jack or any other college boy is
far from unsophisticated. But I has
tened to explain that Jack and Mary
had been married longer than Dick
and I and that Mary was now in the
hospital very ill and their baby was
As I mentioned a baby Mother
Waverly changed front "Poor girl!"
she said, "where is she? I'll go right
over and see her. You know, Margie,
my first baby was born dead and I
have never gotten over the awful feel
ing I had when they told me."
'Now isn't that strange? I am sure
if Mary's baby had not died it would
have taken a long .time for Mother
Waverly to become reconciled, but
she remembered her own sorrow in a
like circumstance, and I left her a .
little while ago by tke side of Mary's