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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
DOES ANYONE LIVE BY THE COMMANDMENTS
I had to tell Alice, of course, and I
shall never forget her terrible expres
sion when she learned that L. could
not get her picture from the rogues'
She turned so pale that I thought
she was going to faint But her
courage came back, and she straight
ened up smiling like the brave sol
dier she is.
"So that is the sentence," she mur
mured. I must have looked my question,
but I did not dare enter that holy of
holies, where a woman's soul was
writhing in torture, for she said,
"Don't you see, dear Mrs. Waverly,
that I can never have a child?"
"Why not," I asked, at first not
realizing just what she meant
"How can I give to a child a moth
er whose face is among the faces of
thieves and thugs and murderers."
I saw that her reason was almost
"Look here, Alice, you've got to
stop this. You have got to take hold
on yourself. Your past is gone. It
"But don't you remember, dear
Mrs. Margie," she said, as she came
forward and grasped both my hands,
"what it says about the sins of the
father being visited on the children?"
"Perfectly, my dear, perfectly, but
you see I have no recollection of any
thing having been said about the sins
of the mothers."
I got a ghost of a different smile
this time, for Alice has a saving
sense of humor.
"Now," I continued, "let us (look
at this calmly. In the first place, if
we are to live by the rules and pre
cepts of the book you just quoted
more or less haltingly, you will re
member that everywhere the Apostle
of Love has made it clear that there
is hope for everyone. 'Thy sins are
forgiven thee' mean just as much as
that awful sentence you quoted.
"My dear child," I continued, "can't
you see there is only one great un
pardonable sin and that is to lose
This came out entirely unpreme
ditated, and yet as I heard myself ut
tering the words I knew that I had
voiced a great truth a truth that
should be preached from the pulpits,
placed at the tops of newspaper
columns and taught in the schools.
"When you can still respect your
self you need not despair."
We women strive too much for the
respect of others, and when we have
it we delude ourselves with the idea
that we are virtuous, never asking if
we really respect ourselves.
"Why, my dear Alice, da you know
that the command against slander is
just as stringent as the one against
murder, and yet every day you and I
hear women bear false witness
against their neighbors?"
"And get away with it," came in
the laughing tones of Jim Edie.
"How long have you been here,
eavesdroper?" I asked.
"Only long enough to hear your
last sentence, and I want to say right
here that I think the scandal monger
who murders a reputation is just as
bad as one who kills a body.
"The whole trouble, Margie, is that
although most of us prate of living
up to the rules supposed to have been
written on tablets of stone we regard
some of them as of much more im
portance than others."
(To Be Continued)
M. C. Walsh will speak, 112th and
Michigan av., Thursday evening,
"Mexico and Dollar Patriots";
Fri. and Sat, "Why America's News
papers Want War With Mexico."
33d ward Woman's Study club
meets Wed., 2:30 p. m., Hertrick's
hall, 4201 Armitage av.