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TIIK BEE: OMAHA. FRIDAY. NOVKMHEU 24. 1911.
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Wife Versus Mother
Hi ;t! It's the Snore of Yon Cop
By DOROTHY D1X.
A young woman tells me this title o
She l.i married to a good man, with
whom she Is much In love and who
loves her. They are poor people, but the
husband Is a hard working, Industrious,
fallow, and the
wife Is a thrifty,
who keeps tho
home as neat as a
pin. aud manages
their finances won
derfully. There is but one
thorn In tins do
mestic) Eden. Be
fore he was mar
ried the man had
Insured his lifo for
for his mothers
benefit, and ha re
fuses to make oveV
this policy , to his
wife on the ground
that his mother U
an old woman, aud that If he should die
lie wants to be sure that she will not be
left destitute." This Infuriate the wife,
who thinks that her husband shows a
lack of affection In not considering that
If he were to die that she also would be
left without any money.
8o bitter has tho wjfe become on this
subject that she threatens to leave her
husband, for tho little BhadoW of the
Insurance policy has become a black
cloud that has blotted out all of her
This wrmian wants to Unow what I
would do about this case. Oh, ns for mo.
I should like to knock all three of tlies
obotlnate pig heads together for letting
such a silly thing ruin their llvef. For
the sake of a problematical 1,C09 they are
sacrificing all of the joy of home and love
that might ba theirs. Believe me, it isn't
If I were the wife I should consider
myself a lucky woman to be married to
a man who had enough gratitude and
appreciation in his soul to want to safe
guard the old age of the mother who
went down Into the shadow of the grave
to bear him. who tolled and sacrificed to
rear htm, who watched by his btl when
he was sick and went without necessities
that he might have luxuries. There Is
ho nobler sentiment on earth than filial
love, and the man who honors his mother
is a mighty safe man to tie to. Ho Is
the kind of a man who alFO honors and
pro toots bis wife and Is faithful and loyal
If I were the wife I should admire my
husband a thousand fold more because
he waa ready to stand by tlia mother In
her old age who had stood by him In his
helpless youth. I should In' to be big
enough to say to myself, "It's all right
about his giving his mother this money,
because she is old and feeblu and not
able to work. And I am young and
strong and able to take dare of myself
if any catastrophe should happen In this
man who Is our bread winner. And I
know, certainly, that just as soon as he
Is able to provide for me he will do It
as he has provided for his mother. He
Is a man to be depended on."
If I were the mother In this rase and
perceived thati my greedy, avaricious
daughter-in-law was so eager for a poor,
paltry, miserable thousand-dollar Insur
ance policy that would have to come to
her almost with her husband's blood upon
It that she was willing to break up his
homo and make him miserable to get It,
I should give it up to her without a
My son's happiness and peace would be
more to me than anything else in the
world, and I would cheerfully go into an
old ladles' asylum rather than wreck his
Of course, the real animus of this
family quarrel Is probably not 'so much
the money as It Is the -outcropping of the
eternal jealousy between a man's wife
and hla mother, and that Is the most
common, as well as the most pathetic,
tragedy in the world, because it is -so
A woman knows that there Is no con
flict between the love she' bears her
mother and that she bears her husband,
because they are not of the same kind.
8lie can love each one devotedly with
out taking one tola from the other, but
she never realizes that her hu-bani's
feelings are controlled by the same nat
ural law, and that the batter he loves
hla mother the more tender he is sure to
be to his wife.
As to trying to decide whether a man's
first duty is to his wife or his mother,
that depends a good deal on circum
stances. If a man's wife, and mother
were both struggling in tho water, and
ha could save only one of them from
drowning, I should say that be should
save the wife, because the older woman
had lived her life and done her work In
the world, while the younger woman had
her life still before her.
But if a man had only one loaf of bread,
and .both hla wife and mother were hun
gry, I should say that his duty waa to
feed the feeble old woman first, because
she was not able to work, while the
young and strong woman was.
All such discussions are idle, but it la
a curious thing that a man's wife and
mother the two women who love him
best on earth and should be willing to
do, most for his happlnens are generally
the ones that make him wretched by
their silly jealousies of each other. And
It's a poor love, whether it's a wife's love
or a mother's love, that lrn't willing to
make the sacrifice of the joy of a family
quarrel for the sake of the unfortunate
hard working man who is trying to do his
duty by the two women who are nearest
God help any man who has to stand be
tween bis wife and his mother. He is
entitled to the sympathy of the community.
Oh, These Men!
lly FKAXCF.S h
A man may have a poor memory con
cerning everything else on e:irth, but he
can always recall the exact v.o'ds of
very printed compliment he ever re.
celved, Includhig the punctuation.
When a man gets ; that were not ex
pected lie celebrates by spending five.
A boy's good time at a picnic doedn't
begin until he has managed to get lost
from his mother, and tills Is a character
istic he never entirely outgrows. All
through life his idea tt a good time
doesn't begin till he lias gut lot from
the woman who owns him.
A man looks at the button off his coat
and grumbles; he doevn't look at the six
or seven left on and cultivate a spirit of
gratitude. U'ntll man overcomes this dis
position t be gloomy he will never be
entirely satisfactory to the women.
The young man with a good head of
hair sits lp the back seat at church, but
w hen he la old and has no hair lie crowds
tip to the front, a convincing argument
that in the joy of having envoi his soul
a man forgets that he has loxt his hair.
The real reason married men, when
away from home, try to pas off as single
Is that they want to keeo the Muw from
the women as long as potulble.
The few men who have the aitietic
Miicrament ar the idlers; the man who
has to work hard from early to late has
the artistic temperament in him smashed
as flat as if a rock crusher had rolled
Whenever a man commits suicide It de
velnpu that he kissed his wife goodby
when he left home, a warning to wlven
who Insist upon their husbands being af
After a man is married and becomes a
plow horse in his gait Uie only compli
ment ever paid him runs ilka this: "He
Is a good man, but" And he has to
die to get that "but" cut off.
A man tail so many women that he
has a corner of hla heart set aside for
them that that organ in tho male human
must resemble a wasps' nest.
In the atory books a man workshard
for soma ne woman's approval, but In
real life be won't so much as look the
way of any woman who doesn't approve.
Some Kobe af Knonleda-e.
There are said to be U 4X0 of the "mor
ally Insane" in New Turk at the present
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THE AMERICAN GIRL
The Romance of Fiction.
By THOMAS TAPPER.
Some one has. aald that if you can-voice floated over the ledges:
not know tha rich of tha real world
you can easily associate. wlth them tn
tha world of fiction.
If Claudo Reginald Montgomery dooa
not actually "swerve around the corner"
In hla touring . car to taka you for. a
spin, you can make him do so by read
ing a novel and imagining yourself the
poor but beautiful heroine whose fortune
Is satisfactorily arranged In tha last chapter.
Thus it Is possible to purchase romance
to enter tho glided parlor of tha Mont
gomery, to aea yourself superbly gowned,
receiving tha adoration of Clauds Hngl
nald, and being Invited by his mother to
stay to dinner.
Then you waka up.
But It la pleasant while It lasts.
letter still, you nan dip Into It Again,
lata In tha afternoon, and dwell with the
400 untlll It gat so dark that you have
stop to get tha oil-and fill the lamp.
Oh, romance, what great thing are
Claude Reginald Is cheap at two cents
a day, tt you borrow him from tho library,
or even at 4S cents cash, if you want to
possess him for yourself alone.
What can a sensible girl do with a
Claude Reginald Montgomery?
The answer to this question is Impor
tant, hence It la reserved for tha last
chapter of this article.
I noticed a llttlea boy, on tha ledges, by
tho sea, thta aummer. He ,was trying to
pull a bit of board, about a foot long six
Inches wide, out of tha water.
"What are you dolngf 1 askad him.
"Pocking tha Mauritania."
"What fort Why don't you send her
"Hhe's loat her aids lights, and I've got
to put In near ones."
'Have you tha new lights ready?"
"Yea, air, hero they are."
.And h pulled out of his pocket two
ten penny nails. He drove them into tha
board, one on tho port and one on tho
starboard aide. Then the Ma'uratanla
started again for Europe, safely equipped
against tha perils of the deep. When aha
was out about threa days' journey,
"Supper's ready.' Henry."
Henry dropped his navigation in an In
atant and traveled toward his aupper at
aa many knots an hour as ha could go.
What la tho good of Ilenry'o Maura
The answer to this question is also im
portant, and It will be found later on.
Tho world ot romance fa attractive.
Impossible things seem easy there, riches
lie about on every hand, tha villain la ,a
punished, the heroins wlna all ah dealre,
and the scene I more and more touching
as you Approach the back cover.
Dut is it wtsa to break Into this un
reality too often? Is this not learning ,.
of the world from the theater stage In
stead of learning It aa It actually Ilea
about ua every day?
W must start from where w ara and
begin all the true romance of our Uvea
with what wo are. If we know In-,
attnctlvely that w ara nowhere In par-
ttcular and that w at not muoti of any .
thing In particular, a romance that beats
them all la to be found In changing these '
It does not seem possible that anyone,'
however poor her life may be, has real"
romance In her who can imagine herself
being urged by tho rich Montgomerya to"
accept their Claudo and and hla auffar- '
tnga, and at the same time chew gum
behind the cover of tho book.
In these clruumstanoea, it seem a If
tho Montgomery family 1 hypnotised so
badly that It doe not know what kind
of a girl It Is getting.
On tho other hand. If the fiction loving .
girl will begin with herself and work out
the most wonderful of all romances that ,
the world knows: moving day by day
Into a sensible and serene young woman-:
hood, two thing will follow)
0) The world will gain a true heroin,
worthy of any hero,
(2) It will then be possible to reply to.,
the question: "What can A sensible gtrl
do with A Claud Reginald ' Montgom-,
And the answer la:
put him aboard Henry' Mauretanla
and send him to Europe, while ah goes .
Little Bobbie's Pa
Ky WILLIAM V. KIUK.
Well, aed I'a, I know jest what you
are going for to ask me, you ara going
to ask, ma what kep me away from hoam
so many mlnnlts after I shud hava been
hoam. I will tell you, aed Pa to Ma, I
was out with my frend eddy O'Luffllit,
celebrating the grata victory wlch he
won oavcr In Rrotiklyn. Ha bus got a
awell Job, wife, sed I'a, at the reeson I
stayed so long talking to him was bee
kaus I was trying to frame it for a Uttol
poslshuni for Hobble. I thought maybe
he mite gle a rhanst for to git a job as
a page In Mister O'Lufflln'a new office,
I doant want Robbie to be a page, aed
Ma. He has at leest ten moar yeera to
go to akool beefoar I will let him go out
A malk a living. ,
Oh, I doant know, aed Pa, I dldent git
o many yeera akoollng beefoar I stepped
out & mad a living. I dident hava much
book leaning, Pa aed.
Nobody eved aed you did. Ma toald Pa,
but that la no sine that our lit tel son Is
going for to ba brought up be-nlghted,
like them heathen folks. I want my boy
to be a college professor sum day.
But my frend Teddy O'Lufflin never
waa a college professor. Pa sed, A look
at the nice posishun he has grubbed.
Him A me sat down for two (2) hours,
sed Pa. & talked about the live of grate
men, thai deeds, all the way from Julws
Ceesar riser down to the present day
heroes, Uke MUter Taft, Cowl Maek
Ad Wolgast. Nuterally, Ta, aed, wen
two brlt men gits together the flood of
idtias & convrrsashun la such that it Is
hard to muke a glt-away. Drlto minds
are Ilk kind harts. Pa sed, they are
moar that butterflies, A beesldes, sed Pa, '
they usually stay in on place longer. I
doant see why you doant want littel
Rubble to bo a page. He cuddent work
for a better man. Look At all the pages
of history. Pa aed.
You mite us well go & wash that pool
chalk oft yure hands. Ma seJ, & cuin to
the tabel, Robbie shall not work for A
living until he has went to skool at leest
ten moar years. Maybe he mite bo a
president sum day. Ma sed, & I do not
pro-pos to hamper Ills future.
I never had no cBanst to be presi
dent. Pa sed.
Thut Is neetl.er lieer nor thare, sed
Ma, I sed that littel Robbie mite git be
be the president. I doant think anybody
cvver thought you wud git into the
White House, except on a errand. I am
vary glay that yuro frend Mister O'Luf
flin got his fine poalshun, hut I doant
want you tn use him any moar as a alibi
wen the dinner gits coald.
a uuau i vara lur iiyuuiuf luua-wu: m. "
Pa Bed. I fttl that I ahud asaert mv ".
manhood. Why doant you go, wife, c '
warm tham thing oaver?
What? sed Ma.
I sed why doant you wtrtu oarer tA
dinner, bd Pa aggeno,
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