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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
AN ANONYMOUS LETTER
Of all the. despicable things on this
earth the anonymous letter is the
No one ever got an anonymous let
ter and remained the same trusting
I know this is so, for this morning
after Mary and I returned from the
hospital, I received one the contents
of which I hardly dare trust to you,
little book. The awful part of it is,
I cannot even show it to Dick for
little book I am afraid afraid to
even let Dick know that some one has
dared to invade my faith and trust in
him. And yet this letter has some
semblance of truth.
Here is the letter. What would
you, little book, think of it?
"Mrs. Richard Waverly:
"Yes, you have the name and you
wear it proudly, more so, perhaps,
than if you knew that it is all you
have from Dick Waverly.
"You certainly have not his love,
for that which he calls love is distrib
uted among many women, of which I
am one of the fifty-seven varieties.
You have not his consideration, for
he leaves you to take what pleasure
you may among your friends, while
he drinks and carouses with men and
women he would not introduce to
"He is not true to you in word,
thought or deed; neither is he true
to that old love of his, Eleanor Fair
low, who is consumed with jealousy,
not of you you white, inpregnable
woman but of us. But for us not
you she thinks he might be with
"Why am I writing this to you?
"I don't know. Perhaps it is for the
reason that he threw me down last
night, like, an old shoe, and paid his
wine-drenched atttention to a new
me. 1 will say that for mm. Ana now
I am doing this horrible thing to his
wife, but surely I am telling you noth
ing new, and perhaps you will find
out some way to make him the man
he might be. He will only become
something wholly despicable if he
trains with us much longer. Keep
him away from us. Keep him away
from drink. Keep him away from
Eleanor Fairlow if you want to keep
"Just a Nameless One."
What shall I do, little book? There
is no one to whom I can go to but
you, and you never advise.
Notwithstanding all that woman
has said, I do not believe Dick ever
does anything wrong, except when he
is drinking. If I could "keep him
away from drink!" I am sure that he
would be all right Oh, little book,
little book, I believe that almost all
the sorrow and sin of the world would
be wiped out of we could just put al
cohol out of jt When this world sees
total and absolute prohibition and ab
stinence it will see the beginning of
the millennium. .
I am sure Dick loves me when he is
sane and sober, but when his mind
and. nerves are overstimulated by al
cohol he is not accountable.
I expect that I might give this let
ter to some detective and find out all
about the writer and perhaps enough
evidence for the divorce court But I
can confess to you, little book, that I
am afraid that if I should do this Dick
would go straight to the devil.
After a woman marries a man and
her love gets beyond the first pa
roxysm of passion, there is always a
maternal note in it
Woman knows herself to be strong
er than a man. She constitutes her
self, not only the protection of his
name and his honor, but of himself.
I can't leave Dick to himself be
cause-r-because I love him.
(To Be Continued)
"Dick Waverly has been kind to
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