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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 02, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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to lovable, gentle Mary Thorpe, and
be glad that things had come around
just right, and that to Wylie Morton
he had been a true and loyal friend.
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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE AWFUL VICE OF THE UNTHINKING
(Copyright, T914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Nothing more was said at the
breakfast table after Mollie's out
break. Dear old Dad opened his mouth
once or twice and then shut it with
a sigh. He did not even speak when
Mother Waverly left the table with
tearful plea that he should not let her
children talk to her as they had been
doing.
He hastily drank his coffee and,
calling "good-bye" to his wife, hur
ried to the car. Poor old chap! I'm
going to have Dick fetch Master Jack
up pretty short He is killing his
father with his foolishness.
Mother Waverly doesn't mean to
be a trouble maker. Indeed, she
would think I or anyone else was
crazy to suggest such a thing.
The whole trouble with her is that
in her scheme of life there has been
no time nor place to carry out ideas,
theories or plans to their logical con
clusion. She has petted and punished her
children according to her moods
rather than according to their de
serts. Her housekeeping has been
on the same hit-or-miss plan. She
has never known what her household
expenses were. She bought food,
clothes and everything else not be
cause of her, or her family's needs,
but because of her inclination.
The word "consequences" has had
no place in her mind's vocabulary,
and then when she has had to face it
she has always given the blame for
its appearance to some one else.
Is it any wonder that her children
have many of the faults of the un
thinking? Mollie, dear girl, has begun to see
the folly of "going it blind," as she
would say in her slangy way.
Dick, altho.ugh he laughs at me for
insisting that we shall try and follow
each plan to its logical conclusion, is
always seeing the wisdom of doing
so. He does not act and think after
ward as often as he used to do.
Perhaps Jack will see his folly soon
I hope so.
Of course, little book, you under
stand that I do not say my way is al
ways right because I think much
about it.
When I realize the many mistakes
I have made since I was married I
am very humble, but it stands to rea
son that when one thinks about an
act from every possible angle one is
not as apt to make mistakes about it
as if one did it without thought
I don't want to be a perfectly cool
and calculating human machine,
either, without any of the impulses,
good and bad, that make life worth
living, but I want to try and educate
my brain so that intuitively I will
choose to do the right thing.
One of the most eminent jurists
in this country told me once that he
thought the most just decisions that
he handed down were those that he
decided intuitively and then marshall
ed his logic and fact to confirm.
Life today is very complex and liv
ing is much more than just drawing
your breath.
Just when to stop Mng guided by
impulse and start being reasonable
is a hard question to settle. Usually
if we act by either impulse or reason
we wish we had acted differently.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.) I
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HIS CHOICE
Cholly Shall we go to the East
end Theater and take a look at the
"Great Unwashed"?
Algy No; let us go to the opera
and see the "Great Undressed."

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