CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
IS ELIENE'S CARE OF RIVAL'S CHILDREN MARTYRDOM OR PRIDE?
I did not think, little book, I would
open you again before I had my op
eration. I had determined that 1
would not think about myself and
that I would write my "Paula story"
ahead, so that Pat would not have
any worry if anything should hap
pen to me.
Today, however, Eliene came over
to see me and she said so many
things that interested me that I am
going to tell them to you, dear little
Suddenly it was born upon me that
Eliene was not looking as well as
usuaL Something had gone out of
her eyes. They did not light up even
when she spoke of the children. At
last I could stand it no longer and I
"What is the matter, Eliene? You
look as though you had found life
that you have thought to be a won
derfully juicy red apple just a mass of
mushy, flavorless pulp."
"I wish I had your facility of de
scription, Margie," she said with a
smile. "Mushy and flavorless pulp
is what my life has seemed to me
"Why, dear, is this so? It seems
to me that you have everything to
make you content. You have the
twins and your little daughter. You
are alive, Eliene. At least you are
not a log like I am."
"But, Margie, is that all you want,
physical comfort? What of the high
ideals, the romance, that meant so
much to us both when we first start
ed out on our married lives? I don't
want to confess defeat in my wedded
life, but I wonder if it were the better
part that I chose that time back in
the past when the twins were born?"
"Surely, Eliene, you don't regret?"
"No, my dear, I don't think I do,
but I sometimes question if I were
actuated by the great, unselfish idea
that I thought I was at the time. I
gave you to understand, indeed I
gave myself to understand, that I was
taking those children because of a
high moral purpose. That I had a
certain sense of responsibility."
"Why, of course you did, Eliene. It
was one of the most wonderful ex
amples of self-immolation I have ever
"Yes, I think I looked upon myself
at the time as a splendid martyr, but
was I sincere, Margie? Did I not ac
cept what must always be the shell of
marriage, because I did not want the
world to know that I had made a
"I expect I ought to be content,
but, Margie, I am selfish enough to
want Harry to feel as I do. I hon
estly believe he has forgotten the
mother of the twins. To all intents
and purposes I am their mother."
"Would you wish him to remem
Eliene thought a few minutes and
then turned a pair of tear-filled eyes
"I don't know what I want, Mar
gie. I guess I am 'doing the baby act'
because the romance of my life has
resolved itself into three meals a
day. And Harry is fitting out a hunt
ing expedition to South Africa!"
"Which shows he is quite as tired
of his everyday life as you are,
Eliene. Men never forget, any more
than we do. Harry misses romance
quite as much as you and he is seek
ing it in South Africa."
To Be Continued.)
In Western Georgia a jury recently
met to inquire into a case of suicide.
After sitting through the evidence
the 12 men retired, and, after delib
erating, returned with the following
verdict: "The jury are all of one
mind temporarily insane."
It's awfully hard for the average
man to look in a mirror and believe
that lie was once a cute baby,
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