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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DICK. INTENDS TO SPEND HIS OWN MONEY
(Copyright. 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Dick got a letter from Harry this
morning. He is m Germany. He
wants us to stay in his house until
Eliene comes back to town. '
"Will you do this as a particular
favor to me, old man?" he writes. "It
would make me feel very much hap
pier to know that you and Margie
"You both have been such staunch
friends to me, and, while I know that
you both did not in any way approve
of the many kinds of fool I made of
myself, yet that did not keep you
both from trying your best to help
me out of the scrape I had gotten
into. Now the feeling that you two
good friends are living in my house
seems to bind you closer to me, and,
Dick, I haven't so many friends just
now that I can afford to lose any of
"I wish Margie would write me' a
letter and tell me all about Eliene.
I have not heard a word from her
since I left her that morning in the
New York station. I write her very
often and have vainly begged that she
would write me just one little word.
"I suppose it is impossible to make
any woman understood the complex
heart of man.
"I think most of us can love one
woman devotedly and yet be untrue
to her daily, but as yet no man has
ever made his wife understand this.
"It will not seem strange to you,
Dick, when I tell you I have never
really loved any other woman than
Eliene. I only permitted that other
poor little-waif-of-the-world to love
me and make me comfortable when I
tired of all the convention and snob
bishness of my idle life.
"Since I have been over here I have
become much interested in forestry,
and when I get home I am going to
put some of the things I am learning
into practice in some of those tracts
of hardwood that are still a part of
the estate my father left me.
"I'm going to try and 'come back,'
Dick, to not only decent living, but
decent thinking, but, first, I know I
have got to prove to Eliene that I am
not the worst man in the world.
"Sometimes when I am alone I can
see her sitting there with those two
boys and I feel that I will never be
able to make reparation.
"But I'm going to try, old man;
I'm going to try."
"Don't you think we had better
stay here?" said Dick after showing
me the letter.
"Decidedly not," I answered. "It
was splendid for Eliene and Harry to
lend us this house while I "was ill and
charming of them to extend the in
vitation, but it is neither sensible nor
becoming in us to go on living here
"In the first place, Dick, the luxury
of this home is, I am afraid, making
us fall into bad habits. We cannot
afford a motor, and both you and I
will miss Harry's after we leave here.
' "We must get back, Dick, to living
on our own income. I am going to
begin looking for a house today, and
as soon as I can find one that suits
I think we had better move.
"And now, dear, let's go back to
the old partnership."
"What do you want of two hun
dred dollars a month when we are
not paying board?" asked Dick
"There will be moving expenses
and I will have to buy many things
for the new house," I explained.
"Well, I'll buy them and pay the
bills," answered Dick.
"No, you won't," I said as my face
grew hot "You know you can never
make your salary stretch over our
expenses, and while I was doing the
spending we saved a little money.
We will be in debt and trquble all
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