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Married Life fie Second Year
An Evening at the Diners ClubThe Divorce Question
Hy MABEL HF.KBKUT UUXEK.
"Indies cloak room second floor," an- Here a small gray-haired man took the
flounced tha bell boy. "Elevator to the
"I'll wait for you here," said Warren.
"Now hurry up:" as Helen entered the
e 1 e v ator. "Don't
tay up there
I prlrapln g we're
i late nowl"
. Upstairs the maid
; checked her wraps,
but ' Helen could
not Bet near the
mirror, as half a
dozen women were
k crowded about It,
k and .-rouge. 80
quickly fluffing up
' her hair by tho aid
of the tiny glass In
her purse, una hur
Warren, led the
way . through- the
hotel corridor to
the - private room
where the club was
giving, ita monthly dinner.
The place was In a buzz of confusion.
. A few were already seated, but many
more were crowding around the tables
trying" -to find their names on the slip
of paper at each plate,
..t"Here we-are!"-announced- Warren, lo
cating his own name at two of Jhe places.
"Not. bad seats. That's the speakers'
viable over there. We can hear all right
If there's anything worth hearing."
- "Dr. Hilton," Helen .read from the. slip
at the plate next to hers. "Do you know
"No. I'll doubt If I know any, one
here. That was a nice triclc of Steven's
Inveigling us Into this thing and then
not coming himself."
"But, Warren, he couldn't help that,
lie couldn't come If Mrs. Btevens la ill."
. "Well, I suppose not. Hut If It turns
out to be a bore. If they're a lot of long
winded speakers that say nothing, he'll
hear, about it all right! I told him I
couldn't stand these club dinners, yet
nothing would do, but we must come."
"But, deai1, it may be Interesting.
Ixmlse Miller Parks Is to talk on 'Divorce'
and I've always wanted to see her."
Warren shrugged his shoulders. "These
strong-minded literary women gallivant
ing around as speakers at public dinners
they'd much better be home darning their
"But she isn't married Is she?" .
"Then that's why Bhe's talking on
divorce. It's the woman no man wants
for a wife that goes around putting fool
ideas Into the heads of ether women,"
"Dls mawnin'," said Mirandy, "as I was
a-fetchin' you' clothes home, I met up
wld 81s Marthy, an' I stopped to pass de
time of day wid her.
'Well, Sis Marthy,' I said, 'how does
, you symptoms eeem to segasuate?'
-" "Oh. Bis Mirandy," spons she, a bustin'
I Into tears. Tse a travelln' through de
low ground of trouble an' tribulation."
' 'How so 7" I axes.
" 'Oh, Bis Mirandy," she moans, 'I
ain't got no friends. Dcre ain't nobody
dot. loves me."
" 'Well," I axes, i'you ain't run out of
fulkH dat hates you, Is you?"
"'.N'awn,' she spons, with a sob. i
" '8I10, den," I says, 'you ain't got
. nuthln' to worry oven, for let me tell you
one real hefty, able-bodied enemy will
do you mo' good dan fifty friends.
" 'What do friends do for you? Dey
cine an' tat up our vlttlee. an" borry
our new flower bonnets an' a little
change dat dey forglte to pay back, but
our neinles ain't got de privilege of comln'
an' settln' down on us, so dey s money
in our pocket.
"'Did you ever hear of anybody dat
ev'body liked dat ever had a dollar?
Popularity U de fut mile post on de
road to de po'houKe. You see one of dese
heah men what's hail-fellow-well-met, an'
dat ev'body hus got a good word f'-r.
an' slaps on de back, an' calls by hts
fursl name, an' whin he dies de preacher
, has to pass de hat around to g.t enough
money to bury him.
" 'I 'spec's da friend Is about de mos'
expensive luxury dat anybody can In
dulge In, und' dat's why de folks dat
get rich don't have none. You dun't hsar
of nobody whut's l.angln' on de neck of
dat Mr. Itocklngfeller, or dat loves Mr.
' Carnet-le lak a brother, does you?
" "Put enemies U tfi.ca?. You don't have
to buy no drinks for 'cm, nor waste no
tinio entertalnln' 'em, nor set up wid 'em
when diy Is sick. Ail dat dey expect
from yuu Is des to give 'em de cold shoul
der nit' s dlscontcmptucus look when you
uusti 'em by.
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seat beside Helen. A stout and much
overdressed woman was with him evi
dently Dr. Hilton and his wife.
"Like to know when we'll get anything
to eat here," complained Warren, glanc
ing at his watch. "The cards say 7
sharp It's after 7:30 now."
"But I suppose it Is difficult to get
anything like this Btarted on time. Oh,
do you think that Is Louise Miller
Parks?" asked Helen eagerly, as a woman
about 45 years old In a girlish pale blue
satin gown took her seat at the speakers'
Warren grunted. "She's ugly enough
to be anybody. It takes a woman like
that to dress like a girl of IS years."
"Oh, dear, don't be unkind," pleaded
Helen, hoping no one had heard htm and
wishing fervently they would bring on
the dinner, which she knew would im
prove his mood.'
.Here a worried looking waiter dashed
up with the first course four very small,
discouraged looking clams 'on' a dish of
not over-clean cracked ice.
Warren sniffed contemptuously. "Four
clams) George, they are cutting It close!
And look at the size of 'em! Here!"
trying .to flag. 'the waiter, .."we want a
wine card!" '.
The waiter handed htm one from an
other table and rushed off again. .
"Now, what do you want to drink?
dot to have something to get through a
dinner like this. Keep you from being
bored to death, Urn!" running hlB finger
down the wine list. "How about some
Then, without waiting for her reply,
he again beckoned the- waiter.
"A quart of this No. 228. And bring it
now not when the dinner's half over."
By this time everyone was seated and
all the tables were filled. With keen In
terest Helen glanced around. It was
plainly a literary crowd, as most of the
women Were badly dressed. A straining
after the unusual and the striking was
At the next table sat - a tall, thin black
eyed woman, her black hair parted and
drawn low over her forhead; long Jet
pendants hung from her ears, and a black
and gold Bpangled shawl glittered over
At the same table waa a woman who
looked as though she had been dressed
out of the draperies of a cosy corner
Another woman, with reddish hair worn
low on her neck, affected a flowing Oreek
style of gown.whlch Helen felt sure was
made out of white silk shawls, for she
had one at home, with the same knotted
fringe. And next to her waa a long
Our Friends, the Enemy unrated by eto55bs
"'We talks a lots of foolishness about
the power of love, ,but It's de power of
hate dat makes us git up an' do things.
As long as we are In tho bosom of our
friends, who lak us no matter weddcr we
do anything or nut, we Jrnt settle back
an' takes life easy, iiut des let a enemy
come alcng, one of dese heah sneerln'r,
flcerin' Cevlla dat looks at you Blanch
waft m mry S.
THE RCTEXi vEE M-TH GATE.
Of THE iMPEfrAb PALACE.
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hatred, frowsy looking man, with badly 1
fitting evening clothes and dirty finger
nails. Plainly on artist of- poet.
WJien the-cheese and coffee had been
served, a fifteen-minute Intermission be
fore the speeches was announced. In
stantly there waa a hum and buss, as
every tone rose and strolled around. Borne
one slapped Warren on the shoulder.
"Hello, there, Curtis, old man!
What're yeu doing here?" '
It was Mr. Wilson, pf whom Helen had
often heard. Warren Introduced her
briefly and then she. waa left to stand
awkwardly by while they laughed and
talked together. It was one of the things
Helen found hardest to forgive. Po often
when they were out In public Warren
would meet some man to whom he would
talk at length, Ignoring her utterly, while
she would have to stand by, trying not
to seem painfully 111 at ease and self-con-clou.
She was glad now when there waa a
loud rap for order. All hurried bsck to
their seats and the toaatmaster waa In
troduced. He began with - some facetious re
marks and then the Inevitable. "This
reminds me of a story," followed by
the anecdote of vintage brand, which
brought forth the usual foroed laugh.
Then, with much laudation, he intro
duced the speaker' of the evening,
"George Elton Avery, author And play
wrieht." wise, an' laughs a laugh dat makes you
want to choke him, an' den you glta busy.
You rolls 'up your sleeves, an' spite on
your hands, an' grits your teeth, an' kits
do. or die wld you, an' dat one measly lit
tie enemy has done mu' for you dan forty
leven friends did.
" 'An de funny thing Is dat we'll do
more for our enemies dan we will for our
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Mr. Avery rose Impressively, pushed
back his chair and pulled down his white
waistcoat. After a silence to give time
for the applaune to tile out and to In
crease the effectiveness of his opening,
he began hts carefully prepared and
memorised address on "The Drama and
Its Influence on Modern Divorce." The
address was very wordy and "sounded
well," but was wholly barren of Ideas.
He was loudly applauded, and then the
toustmaster presented "Ixmlse Miller
Parks. She rose, bowing graciously and
effecting a certain girlish ooyness which
suited the girlish blue satin gown better
than It suited the heavy lines of her
face, that the powder and rouge seemed
only to emphasise.
"Why should thura be so much talk
and advice on "Hnw to Hold the Hus
band I" she demanded during the course
of her speech. "Is It not tlmo that some
thing be said about 'How to Hold the
WlfeT' Our papers are filled with articles
on how to make home pleasant for the
husband, how to keep hi Interest from
wandering. But how about the other
side? Why does no one wrlto about
that? Should not the holding of the
wife's love be as much considered as the
husband's 7" -
"l.'h!" grunted Warren. "Any man that
had her wouldn't spend much time trying
to hold her."
Ho Bald It so loudly that Helen was
panlo stricken lest sumu one had heard.
'0h, don't please, don't, dear," she
friends. I know how dat Is myself. When
sis Bally Kue what me an' her has been
lak twins ever sines we was born, Is
oomlng to se m,tl dee Sort of gives de
house a lick an' a promise kind of
oleanln' up, an' I des lets her tako pot
" 'But when Pl Marietta, what she en'
me has hated each odder lak plxen since
we had dat run-In togedder at de chu'cli
fair, Is gwlne to drap In an' pay me a
call, I sweepa under de beds an' dusts
behind ! pictures, T puts out fresh
tldlea on de chairs, n I has somo cako
an' wine settln' arotryi handy lak I uln't
used to eatln' nuthli dee, tor I ain't
gwtne to have dat kmg-tongued snake
a-gwlnu around tell dat ole Mirandy
le a shtflleva hodVakeeper dat lakly
starves her fambly, -an' is dat stingy dat
she begrudes company f bite to eat.
" 'An' whut makes mr wuk my fingers
to de bone a-1 akin' In Wushln' to buy me
a three-cornered hat, au' one of dem
herem-scareru skirts? Is hit fur de sake
of 81a Uecky, whut's my friend, an' dat
I'll look good to In any kind of ole duds?
Nawm. Hit's for Bis Luelen, whut I
can't abide, dat I does all of dat extra
wuk, so dat I can flaunt myself down de
chu'eh Isle of a Bundsy mawnlu', a rat
tiln' as I walk, an' a shakln' my silk
pettlcots In front of her very face, so
dat she Is dat filled iWld envy dat she
can't hear whut de preacher says.
" 'Yeasum, Bis MarthY.' I goes on,
'we'll do more for hate dan we wilt for
love, an' hit'a our enemies dat hely us,
an' de way I eotch a good husband was
by baltln' de hook wld spite.
" 'You know dat when Ike waa a young
man he sho'ly was a buck nigger, an ail
de gals was hotfootln' hit after him,
an' trying to tole htm In wld angels' food
an' chicken flxlns an' elch lak, but he
et delr good cooking', an' flew de coop,
an' was dat foxy dut none of 'em coldn't
lay delr hands on him.
" 'Well, when I come along, I didn't
waste no time over de cookin stove. I
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"Then let's get out of here-I'm not
going to sit through this twaddle.
"Rut we can't not while she's talk
ing." "Well, It'll be a darned 01B time be
fore she's through."
"Sh-ss, dear! Uh-ss!"
"It Is time," Miss Parks went on, "for
women to, make men feet that tier com
fort and pleasure must also be studied.
That the problem of marriage Is not only
'How to Hold the Husband' but 'How to
Hold the Wife.' "
"Oh, Lord!" grunted Warren.
Helen secretly felt that Louiae Miller
ParkH address was really very good but
she did not have the courage to say so.
The next spcuker was Dr. McKay
Maurice, who read a very long and tire
iomo paper on "Divorce as an Epidemic."
The speches were not supposed to be
read nor to exceed fifteen minutes but
this rule was not observed.
It was over at text. As the announce
ments for ' the next dlnnur were being
made. Warren pushed Helen through the
crowd toward the door.
''As If anyono who lived through this
would want to coma to another," he
growled. "Well, If they ever get me here
again they'll know It."
Athenians used to beat on brazen ki t
tles at the moment of a decease to scare
raway the furies.
(Iteproduced, by Permission, from the
of "tioodfi Housekeeping" Magazine.
"WHEN IKE WA8 A YOL'NO MAN
cut my eve around an' I see dat dure wan
a faller named bain dat do verv looks of
riled Ike lak a red res does a mad bull, j
I ifU T V 1 V
The Charity Organization Society
Ily F.LI.l WHKI:
Now that the cold seasons are ap
proaching there will be much suffering
among the poor In our large cities.
It behooves all right-mined people to be
thinking of the best and most practical
methods of assist
ing the poor people.
The Socialists will
tell you loudly and
truly that all meth
ods of charity are
wrong; that Justice,
not charity,' Is
needed to lift hu
manity to higher
places; that oppor
tunities to work
and receive proper
labor should take
the place of Alms
giving; that monop
oly should be done
away with, and
that the people
should have tha use of the land, the
right to sunshine and air and comfort
able things. . And this Is true.
And there are millions of good men
and women working earnestly to bring
about such conditions.
liut until these conditions arrive you
and I are simply shirkers of duty and if
we refuse to do our part toward reliev
ing the Immediate needs of the unem
ployed, the poor, the sick and the un
fortunate. We do pot hasten the day of Justice
by sitting still, with Idle hands and tight
pockets, and making no efforts to re
Whatever we have to say about the
wickedness of our present system will
have much greater force Is we ten show
a record of unremitting effort toward
There are In Omuha (and all other
large American cities) charity organisa
tions, known under various names.
"Societies for the Aid of the Poor1 and
Is has become the habit of many people
who believe our present civilisations nwili
reforming to reflect upon these su
clntles. t ,
Over and over the statement la made
that the agents of these organisations
are brutal, harsh, uusympatlu-llc; that
they subject those who appeal to them to
humiliating cross-questlcnlng, ' and that
they csre only for their salaries.
All this I personally know to be abso
Innumerable apptale for aid come to
every Individual who la before the publlo
In any capacity, and the writer of this
article la no exception.
It would require the combined wealth
of the niultl-mllllonulres of America to
rekpond to all these demands.
It has been my habit for years to
send the names and addresses of strung-
HE KiiO'l.V WA8 A Bl ClC NIOOEIl"
Ko I Jht
passed over Iko lak I dttln't to
begun maUIn' xhecp's vyv-i at
dut duiio de trick for Ike. IU
v j ' T " 1
Copj-ifW, 1811, KitVioil Rt Ano1Ooe.
ere who iippml to me for financial aid,
or for-work, to the Charity Organisa
tion Pociely of New York, at No. 103
East Twenty-second street.
This society has various branches, one
at No. :?0 East Bevonty-nlnth street.
The sympathy, kindness and delicacy
which thla society has shown to every
applicant found to be worthy and In need
of help sent through this source would
Naturally, every cae has to be In
vestigated, because Impostors frequently
seek their assistance.
For Instance, one pitiful letter which
was forwarded by me was found to be
written by a woman who was an Inebri
ate, living with a man who supported
her; and tho only thing to be done for
her was to make an effort to have her
lake a cure for alcoholism, which she
refused to do, and at once went forth
to malign the society as brutal, cold
blooded and useless to the poor.
Htlll another applicant was found to
possess a good home and a good Income;
she could only explain her letter of cry
ing need sent aa the result of 0. "de
Therefore It will be understood how
necessary It Is for the guests of thla
society to make Investigations before
No person who has been able to show
a record cf real need has ever complained
to me that the agents sent to Investigate
the case . were other than kind and
Complaints have come Invariably from
the other class. Work has been obtained,
necessities supplied, sickness relieved by
this society, and no one has known of
It save the agents employed.
Besides which, the society la ever
ready to co-operate with friends and rel
atives of the needy person, and to write
letters and make calls In the effort to
bring about better conditions. It Is an
easy way out of on uncomfortable sit
uation to give a street beggar a dime
and piisa on your way.
Hut It Is a much better way to give
him a card to this society or 10 take
hU nddreiu and have Ills caso looked up.
If he refuses the iidriress be sure he
la a profeslonnl bougar, very poAstbly
owning two or throe houses which he
rents for a good Income!
Most street be,ars also belong to an'
It Is a regular business In our larce
Periodically some enterprising news
pajier puts a reporter-detective on somo cf
these street beggars, and when they are
traced to their lair the proof la forth
coming that they ply a regular trade.
Do not give your monoy to street beg
gars. Bund them to the chorltyt organisa
tions. And until we roform our whole gov
ernment let our millionaires continue to
endow tho organization. Copyright, 1011,
waa Jest obliged to take Sam's girl away
from him ef ho busted do traoea doin'
hit, an by de time he done cut out Bam
ha done led me to do altar.
" 'Dat's whut makes me say whut I
do, His Marthy. Don't you worry none
about not bavin' no friends as long an
you've got plenty of onemlea. Our bent
friends is our enemies, for dey are de
ones dat keeps us up an' hustllti'.' "
Abundantly supplied with muaos of hi
own, John Puwllng of Johnstown, Wis.,
recently went to Indiana to take hie
former wife of -3 years ago and her in
valid husband bark to WUcouain with
him and care for them the rest of their
In 1UI Powltng and the now Mrs.
William Porter were married and sepa
rated tV.ree years later, ho going to Wis
consin and marrying again, and (he to
Jefrerionvllla, where she was marlJ
to William porter. Powltng prospered;
her liuabund did cot.
Hearing th.tt sho was In alraosi desti
tuto circumstances Fowling went to Jef
ferconvlllo to investigate. Ho found a
son. who was no aid to his Invalid father
ami helpless mother, and had htm Jailed.
In tlio spring Porter and his wlfo will go
tu Wisconsin tu live on one of Polling's
fsrins. Puwllng is 72 years eld.
An Awful Itlattder.
I:ulnK the recent visit of President
Tuft and several governors to the Uutoh
lr.Hon fair, the officers of the Kaimaa
Vutl.ittlal rliiH.-tl lt..n.1 Itiiv th. Pi.L'rnnp'M
staff, appeared In full uniform, beaator
Chui lej Huflmun of Columbia, regln entat
surgeon, tum.nn other wus togged out
In all the gold braid end bra button
I tat go wliii a re-glmonial Uniterm.
On the illuming 1 l.a t Tnf. airlved II. iff
man went Into a barber sho to get
nt uved. He urcw a chair proalded over
by a rather loquuiluuu tartar. A.'ler
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