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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 15, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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are made in the "Winnie Lee" corre
spondence that any one could discov
er how frequently women decide "to
end it all." That is the exact phrase
which concludes .dozens of letters
from girls and women of all ages.
It seldom happens that the writers
really need advice. What they should
have is a new light on their troubles
and a great deal of sympathy. The
telling of their bitterness often brings
them relief. Many a sad confidence
made to me by a friendless girl con
cludes: "I feel better already for
having written you this letter." It
was "off her mind' literally, and she
"cheered up" immediately.
Perhaps the very best thing to do
in any case )f melancholia is to tell
somebody all about it
Very often the morbidness which
produces the suicida Imania is at first
nothing more than thinking In a cir
cle. It is not always the suffering of
her soul Thich inclines the discour-.
aged woman to take her own life, al
though she invariably thinks it is.
The cause often has nothing to do
with soul at all, but is some form of
physical depression.
' For this there is no better cure
than a simple one which costs noth
ing but the time and the will to take
it. An hour a day with the friendly
earth beneath one's feet, in the fresh
air, under the light of the sun, will
help the most wretched of women to
set life's values in the order of their
The same hour passed locked up in
her room, crying on her pillow, with
her mind concentrated on one grief
brings on that unwholesome tendency
"to end it alj."
Whoever walks round and round
in a small circle gets dizzy and falls
down, and whoever thinks in circles
loses his mental equilibrium.
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper
Moillle and I have been shopping
again. I bought a lovely white lin
gerie frock for Kitty's weddmg, and,
as I got it at a bargain price and had
been otherwise economical since I
was married, I found I had enough
money left to add to the very modest
sum that dad had been able to give
Mollie for a new gown to wear to the
graduation festivities of some of her
-Molhe is the most appreciative girl
imaginable, and I can truthfully tell
you, little book, that I would rather
go without myself and see her bloom
ing out like the wild rose she is than
wear the most expensive suit obtain
able. This is not because of any particu
lar virtue on my part, but because I
get more fun out of Mollie's enthusi
astic joy in wearing a new gown than
I would out of wearing it myself.
You," of course, dear diary, who
know me as well as I do myself, know
that I love pretty clothes, and I think
I dress very well for the money I
Mother Waverly seems to think I
am very extravagant, but she surely
cannot realize that I have not had
one gown since my marriage and that
all the "fixing over" and "smartening
up" that have been done on my bridal
finery I have done myself.
Men are awfully queer about wom
en's clothes, and this means, the
clothes of the women who belong to
their families and those of the ones
who don't
The things that Dick liked im
mensely on me before marriage he
doesn't seem to cafe for at all now.
Just before he went away we went
to a little party ,and I wore the "gold
spangly" gown that he had admired
so much on our wedding trip. I con
fess it looked .rather warm, and a
white frock might have been cooler,
but I know it was extremely beponi-
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