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"I wish to suggest to the speaker," said the positive man, "that her whole talk to us tonight is built upon a premise that some of us at least will not accept, as this foundation is not correct, and misleading. The speaker takes it for granted that the wife earns half of the entire estate, a situation which I would be far from admitting. The husband is the earner, the wife earns nothing, is not a producer at all, but is supported by the earnings of the husband."

"May I ask the gentleman," the speaker questioned, "if he thinks that the wife in addition to laboring more hours a day than the husband, in addition to bearing and rearing his children, should pay board; or does the gentle think that she earns her board and keep? Would he go as far as that?"

"Certainly," the man replied rather tartly, "she earns much more than that. I never made any such insinuation. Why every husband gives his wife much more than that. I insist that most men are generous with their wives."

"You are begging the question," the speaker persisted. "As I understand it we have not tonight been discussing the amount the husbands 'give' their wives, their generosity or their selfishness is not the question. The point upon which my friend took issue was the amount 'the wife earns'. Will you please stick to the question at hand? Will you please state how much more than her board and keep you consider would be just for the services of a wife? It is difficult to believe that you were really sincere in your objection if you are unwilling to follow your own argument to its logical conclusion. You object to the amount that I think she earns. You admit that she earns more than her board and keep. With those two points determined, the amount she really does earn should be easy to decide. Please be explicit."

Excerpt from "Alberta Women and Alberta Laws." Lethbridge Herald. October 8, 1920. p.10.

"I have never figured it out. That is a point for every man to decide for himself. I do not believe we should bring the law into family relationships."


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