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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
PAULA FEELS THE PANGS OF LONELINESS HER FIRST DAYS IN
"Right here, Margie," continued
Paula, "I want to tell you loneli
ness is a greater temptation to a girl
struggling to make her living in a
big city than the small wage we hear
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only has food for her soul. It isn't
being lonesome that turns your heart
to water and your outlook on life to
despair. To be lonely is to realize
you are alone; that no one would
know or care if, when you lie down
at night you might never wake up; to
feel every one about you had some
one with whom to exchange smiles
and words of friendship and love, and
that only you in allhe great city
, "While in time you come to know
there are thousands of men and
women in the same boat of loneli
ness, most of the time it seems you,
of all God's creatures, are the lone
liest "And when you add to this foreign
feeling the necessity of saving every
cent that you may exist, I tell you,
Margie, I who have gone through it
all have all sympathy for the girl
who 'goes wrong.'
"Why, do you know, Margie, I have
let strange men speak to me on the
street because I felt I must speak to
some one or go mad. When I got to
the boarding house I found Emma's
friend had gone back west, where she
had a better job. Consequently,
there was no one in the house who
had any interest in me.
"When I went out in search of a
get that letter of introduction my A country editor wrote: "Brother, (J
newspaper friend had promised me.
So I had to roam from office to office,
only to come home each night full of
hopes and fears.
"None of these sheltered women
must ask me to condemn the girl
alone in a Big city who 'goes wrong.'
For I am satisfied if these women
could live under the same conditions
perhaps a larger percentage of them
would succumb to the terrible temp
tation of loneliness than would
wage-earning girls who have learned
from early childhood to take care of
"To keep myself from growing
mad I used to throw myself on my
bed and close my eyes and try to
-imagine I was away from all civiliza
tion in a great wbod or on an unin
habited island. The thought of peo
ple about me all going their separ
ate ways, not one of whom knew I
was alive, was at times utterly intol
erable. I found out then, Margie,
that happiness must be shared; no
one can be happy alone."
(To Be Continued.)
SHE WAS HONEST
The sewing machine agent rang
the bell. A particularly noisy and
vicious-looking bulldog assisted in
opening the door. The dog stood his
ground. The agent retreated slightly.
"Will that dog bite?" he asked.
"We don't quite know yet," the
lady said. "We have only just got
him. Butwe are trying him with
strangers. Won't you come in?"
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OH, TESSIE! HOW'S THIS?
"Now, this typewriter is equipped
with all the summer attachments."
"A small mirror, a miniature clock
and a thermometer; everything a girl
has to consult frequently."
A country editor wrote: "Brother,
don't stop your paper just because
you don't agree with the editor. The
last cabbage you sent us didn't agree -with
us, either, but we didn't drop,
you from our subscription list on.