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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MOTHER WAVERLY IS SHOCKED
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
After Kitty had left for home I ask-
el Aunt Mary and Mother Waverly to
gH with me to oiie'of. the new femin
ist clubs that I had lately joined. I
was a little interested in seeing just
how the radical utterances they
wfiuld hear there would affect them.
Mother Waverly is really quite con
tent in her new quarters, although
she keeps Mollie at home with her
evenings more than is good for the
r take her out whenever I can
ahd she has become much interested
iji a card club in the hotel, where
eight women of about her age play
cards every week.
"Of course, I cannot play cards
outajde the house, being in mourn
iag," she confided to me, explaining,"
tflfe " difference between tweedledum
fhe club that I attend is made up
Kaj(few brilliant women of the Mrs.
ivelock Ellis feminist school, a
iber of clever women who are in-
ted in all kinds of new fads and
rame women who, like myself, desire
tbj&now what every class of their sex
isl'thinking and talking about. Aunt
Mary looked about at the queer dress
ing of some of the women with
placid enjoyment, but I could see that
Mother Waverly did not approve of
anything especially when one of the
women lighted a cigaret.
"Margie, there is a woman over
there smoking," she said, in horrified
"I see her," I answered.
,"Do you think we had better
Why not?" I asked. "If you were
ffie theater and saw a woman in
5 jlay light a cigaret, you would not
ve ana you aon r ininK .dick is ta
Jjust because he smokes."
But, Margie, on the stage the
woman who lights a cigaret is usual
ly the actress who is impersonating
a woman of doubtful reputation."
"I happen to know that the woman
smoking is one of the Russian nobil
ity a woman of splendid attain
ments. In her country almost all the
women smoke. She is an ardent
prohibitionist and is only waiting for
the czar to proclaim prohibition in her
""She believes that smoking quiets
her nerves and is 'a perfectly all
right (as Mollie would say) woman.
I admire her very much. Smoking,
dear Mother, is, in my opinion,, mere
ly a question of taste not a question
of morals, either in men or women."
Mother Waverly looked at nie in
horror. "Margie," she whispered,
"you don't smoke, do you?"
I laughed. "No, my dear Mother,
I do not, but I heard Dick tell Harry
Symone the other night that his
great-grandmother smoked a pipe."
"She did. I have seen her," said
Aunt Mary. "It was John's and
Richard's grandmother. You re
member, Sallie, a wonderful woman
the kind that helped to pioneer this
friend got up and made such an im
country." A few minutes later my Russian
friend got up and made such an
passioned plea for the abolition of
alcohol and told so eloquently of the
havoc that it had made in the world
that Mother Waverly wB.'almost per
suaded she might be a woman of
character and worth after all.
Oh, little book, how much more ter
rible do the most of us hold those sins
against convention than we do those
sins against the moral code. Even
with all the sorrow that Mother Wav
erly has had from liquor I know that
today she would not be as shocked
to see Mollie drink a cocktail as to
light a cigaret
However, her visit to this club of
ultra-emancipated -wom'en was doing
for her just what I intended. It was