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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
A VISIT FROM LITTLE MARGARET ANN
Yesterday morning as I was lying
on my little bed with my face toward
the wall I felt the touch of two dewy
lips against my hand. -- .
I quickly turned and fdundtiny
Margaret Ann, looking at me with
"Her father brought her to see
you," said Nurse Alice. "He will come
back for her in an hour."
"How sweet of Annie," I said, "to
let me have Margaret Ann a while."
"Her father was anxious to know
if she would bother you and said his
wife was sure you would like to see
your little godchild."
"And I would. Lift her up on the
Margaret Ann settled herself coz
ily after she had kissed me given
me what she called "a drate long one
like I do Daddy."
"When you doin' to det up?" she
"Not today, dear," I answered. "I
will lie here and let you talk to me."
"That is nice," she murmured, as
once more her soft hands patted my
Although Margaret Ann is nearly
6 she does not seem to be able to
pronounce the letter "g." Her
"greats" are "dwates" and her "go
ing" are "doins."
"Is mamma well?"
"Mother is well," she corrected,
and I remembered that in the new
curriculum of the modern child's ed
ucation the word mother is never
called by any other name, while fash
ion has left father out of the diction
ary and placed daddy and dad there
"Mother told me you would be very
dlad to see me and that I was your
little dirl as well as hers."
"You are," I said as I hugged her.
She startled me with the question,
"Which are you going to choose?"
"Choose what, darling?"
"Why you see, over at Aunt Eliene's
the other day Bud said you were doin
to die and I asked him which you
were doin to choose and he said you
were not doin to choose anything,
you were dust doin to die.
"I told him you had to choose. You
see when Miss Eleanor died the dov
erness told us all about it. She said
Miss Eleanor dot very tired of living
here all alone and she went to sleep
and Dod took her up in the sky and
that sometime we would all det very
tired and then Dod would take us up
in the sky, but we could not do up
there unless we were very dood all
"Bud said he didn't want to go
anyway, so he commenced right
away to be bad and the doverness
had to report him to Aunt Eliene and
she would not let him stay with us
any more. I was dlad, for I like Tod
I could not help smiling because I
realized that the eternal feminine
had begun her blandishments among
the hearts of Eliene's twins.
"The next day Katy Burke came
to see me and I told her how Miss
Eleanor had done up with Dod be
cause she had dotten tired of stayin'
'"Who told you that lie?' Katy
"What makes you think it is a
lie?" I asked Katy.
" 'Well, I've seen one of these died
people. The other day Mamie O'Ry
ley died. They just put her in a black
box and took her over to the church
and after a while they took her out
to the cemetery and put her under
the grass.' "
"You see, Aunt Mardie, I knew that
Miss Jane would not tell a lie and so
I said, Tt's just like this, Katy, Miss
Eleanor choosed Dod and Mamie
O'Ryley choosed drass.' "
Dear little Margaret Ann had made
me an inestimable gift a hearty
laugh. Nurse Alice came in much,