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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association)
Until Eliene escorted us all to the
dining-room I had forgotten that I
had eaten no dinner.. I was starved
and ate until Bill Tenney insisted that
I had been trying to starve myself to
death because Dick had left me and
that he had persuaded me to live for
"Do be still, Bill," I whispered, "and
let me tell you it would" do you good
to starve a little."
"Yes, what was it that Jap girl in
'Madame Butterfly' says about 'it is
better to starve a little than to be fat
"Oh, Bill, why will you be so ridic
ulous," said Eliene, who usually has
to have blue prints of everybody's
jokes given her. That little girl did
not say that at all. What she said
was: 'It is better to he a little than be
unhappy much.' "
"Goodness! Where in the world
did an Oriental woman get hold of
that bit of oxidental masculine phil
osophy?" said little Sadie Mario w,
who is the shyest girl in town and is
popualrly thought to have no brains
at all. i
We all shouted.
"What do you know about the pre
varications of men or unhappiness,
Miss?" asked Bill Tenney, looking at
her with a new interest.
"Low bridge, BilL" I (warned.
'Can't you resist any temptation?"
"Why shbuld I?" he asked rather
"Simply because you are getting
where you might be classed as a 'has
been' and ought to be making a col
lection of the virtues instead of add
ing to your vices."
"Tell me, Margie, have you heard
from Kitty?" he asked. We were sit
ting a little way from the rest. "Yes,
I have and I also had a long visit this
morning with Mrs. Bin Tenney."
Bill winced: "Is she well?"
"What's the matter with her, Mar
"I think she's lonely, Bill."
His eyes brightened and then grew
old and tired again.
"Not for me."
"Who should she be lonely for if
not for her husband?"
"But I am not her husband any
"So much the better, Bill. You can
make love to her with a clear con
science. You know you have never
had time to make love to your own
wife, because you were always so
busy making love to other men's
"Margie, do you think Helen would
let me call on her?"
"How can I tell? But you might
"Say, Margie, won't you invite her
over to your house and let me hap
pen in tomorrow night?"
"And let your ex-wife think you
were in the habit of happening in on
me when Dick was away? I should
"Well, you know I couldn't talk to
her when Dick was" home. Truly,
Margie, I'm not as bad as you think
I have always been. Honestly, no
man can say I ever wronged him
nor" (he hesitated a moment and
then blurted out) "and neither have I
ever wronged a girl. They wanted
me to make love to them."
"Yes, that's it. The woman did it.
I can't see for the life of me why any
woman would want you back again if
once she had gotten rid of you, but
you had better take my tip, Bill, and
try your well-practiced arts on Mrs.
Bill before it is too late that is, pro
vided you are still interested in her."
"I am and always was interested in
her, Margie. She is the only woman
I have ever thought I could stand
across the breakfast table from me on
the 'morning after,' and if that is not
a test of love I don't know what is."
(To Be Continued Monday.)
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