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Married Life the Second Year
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By MAM:L HERBERT I HXEU.
Helen could liardly see to dress through
the liars that filled her eyes. She opened
the top bureau drawer, looUIn nervously
tor some hairpins, as with trembling fin
gers she did up
Then she tried to
hide, the traces of
tears with powder,
so that he would
not know sha had
been crying. Bh
could hear him run
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his bath. , He had
probably slept all
night. Whllev she
her red and swollen
eyes showed how
little she had slept.
There had been a
quarrel the night
before, perhaps the
most n bitter they
had aver had. And
she had slept on a
eouch In the sitting
room, leaving him in th bedroom alone.
She, knew, now that ho had creased to
lov her. She told, herself, thin over and
over again with a sort of desperate hope
lessness. He could never, have said to
her th things ho said last night If he
cared at all.
With' a dull sense -of misery she fin
ished dressing. After all, did it matter
much what happened? glnce ho didn't
love her what difference did anything
In the heat of his angor he had said
that they would be happier apart! He
iad never said that before.; But he said
It last night and repeated it and the
words still burned within her.
Suddenly in the act of closing a bureau
drawer she paused what was that? Was
he whistling? Could ho be bo Indifferent
o callous? Yes, he was whlmllng a popu
lar air with elaborate variations and he
was doing it purposely! He was trying to
show her how liltls he cared.
Oh, if only she need not meet him this
morning if she could have claimed a
headache and not gotten up! And the
headache would not have been feigned
the sleopless night had left her with a
Rut he would have gone through the
sitting room and would have seen her
lying there, flushed and tear-stained, with
disheveled hair, looking must unattractive
in the strong morning light. And Bhe
could pot let him see her like that.
With a final touch of the powder puff
to the still faint traces of tears she
started out to the kitchen to see that
everything was ready fox breakfast.
As she paKcd the bathroom sha
stepped suddenly in a pool of water.
With a startled exclamation sha pushed
back the partly cloned door the tub
had overflowed! Already there was sev
eral Inches of water on the floor and
both faucets were turned on full!
In a flash sha had shut off the water,
and forgetting her resolve to be cold
and reserved, called excitedly:
"Oh, Warren Warren! Qu'.ck! You've
let the bathtub run over!"
Already she had thrown down two big
bath towels In a vain effort to soak up
some of the water. Hut It was so dcrp
that the towels were Instantly drenched
without seeming to take up any.-
Here Warren appeartd at the door in
lila tath robe, a rasor In his hand and
his face lathered and half shaved.
"Jove! Ton can't do anything with
towels!" rushing out to the kitchen and
coming back with a couple of tin basins.
"Oh, do you suppose it has gone
through?" cried Helen, as they fran
tically dipped up the water.
Just In the midst of all this the tele
"Oh, It HAS gone through and they're
telephoning about It now," cried Helen,
"Answer It." said Warren. "I can get
this up faster than you." ,
Helen ran to the 'phone. "V I
know," excitedly. The bath tub ran over
I'm very sorry we're gettlnK It up as
fiist as we can Oh. It HAS? Oh, I am
ao sorry I"
"Here! You don't know how to talk
to those people!" Warren hurried over
and took the receiver from her hand,
while Helen ran back to dip up the
Yes. this is Mr. Curtis, . . . Yen.
the bath tub ram over. . . I'm sorry
if there's any damage. There's no es
cape to these tubs this thing U likely
to hsppen at any time. , . . Very well.
I'll see about that."
When he csn back to the bath room.
Helfn rad dipped up most of the water
and was now mopping up the rst with
towels, holdlnK her skirts tightly about
her. The place was vlrkerlngly hot and
full of sttam, as it i; the hut water
that had been turned on the moat,
"Call Dclla-lct her do that,"
"Oh, no, she's so slow I can do It
There was nothing for Warren to do
now. so for a moment he stood awk
wardly by while Helen continued to mop
up the floor and wring out the towels.
Then came a knock at the door. War
ren went to answer It. It was the
"What's the matter up here?"
"The bath tub ran over," said Warren
curtly. "If you don't put any escape
pipes on theno tubs what else can you
"We expect you to iu;n the water off
before it gets full. The ceiling down ireie
is dj-ipplng! The whole room will have
to be done over, and It'll be charged up
"Well, I'll discuss that with the agents
not with you."'
When tho Janitor had gone and War
ren again came buck to the bath room.
Helen was still mopping up the' water.
It was still standing under the tub and
back of the door. .Perhaps these was
something In Helen's patient figure, and
In the fact that not once bad she blamed
him, that touched Warren, for he said al-
"Now that's enough. It's to hot for
you In here let Delia mop up the rest
Helen straightened up and pushed back
her hair, which from the stooping and
steam had fallen around her face. Sha
was a little dizxy, too, from so nTuch
bending over after the sleepless night.
And now she leaned against the bath
room wall with a sudden falntnees.
"Here, comei out of this! You're as
white as a sheet." Warren led her out
to the couch In the sitting room. "Walt,
I'll get you some brandy."
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face was hid In the pillow and her shoul
ders were quivering with soundless sobs.
"Here, drink this! You'll be all right
in a moment. You shouldn't have stooped
over so long In that steam."
"On. no no, It Isn't that," she sobbed.
"It's It's oh," desperately, "you said
last night we'd be happier apart."
"Now don't be foolish! Don't talk
about that. You know I didn't mean It."
"Oh, yes you d;d you did! And I
couldn't sleep all night but . It didn't
mean anythlnk to you. You were even
whistling while you dressed you didn't
caro at all."
"Don't be too sure about that. If I
hadn't cared do you think I'd forgotten
and let the bathtub run over?"
She looked up suddenly. "Oh," with a
note of Joy In her voice. "Oh, was that
"Of course It was."
: "But you were whistling!" . .
Ho shrugged Ills shoulders. "That waa
only a pretense," ,
"Oh, then yon" were unhappy : and you
were thinking about It all along?"
"It looks that way, doesn't It? I've
never let the bathtub run over before,
"Oh, no, no,'' as nhm nestled against
him. "And I'm glad. Oh, dear, I think
I'm glad you d!d!"
One Vay of Making Life Easier is
by Showing Real Consideration
There Are Thousands of Persons Who Mean to Be Good,
but Make Life Hard for Others by Thought
lessness in Small Things.
lly KIXA WIIKELKIt WILCOX.
Copyright. 1011, Amerlcan-Joumal-Kxamlner.
There are, thousands of people who
mean to lm good Chrlxtluns, yet who,
while talking unselfishness are continually
making life hard for others by thought
lessness In small things which Is ona
phase of selflithnops.
People who Imr
rom books and for
get to return them
until they are sent
for by their ow
ners; people ' who
and raincoats and
overshoes, and for-
gut to return them
in the same mun
ner are In the class
Then there are
Those who drop
In tA see a busy
man or woman and
sit for an hour
talking of nothing which benefit them,
or the other party, and those who stand
In the room for half an hour after they
have begun to go.
Teople who write to stranger or mere
acquaintances and ask favor and fall
to enclose a self-addressed and stamped
envelope; people who writ to men and
women In public life and tell their family
histories and personal experiences In
twenty pages of difficult to decipher
penmanship; people who use pale ink In
writing to their friends; people who' date
Surrounded by the Enemy
By Nell Brinkley
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their . letter "Clty,, , and expect their
friend to remember the street and num
ber; peopla who write and ask for auto
graphs and think they do their full duty
In sending a postage stamp; not remem
bering that It take Urn to address en
velopes and look at address.
reopl who have had fair opportunities
to obtain the rudimento of education by'
reading books In publlo libraries and by
listening to tho conversation of others;
yet who pain th sensitive ear mimi ,
of their associate by th usa of doubla
negative and ungrammaUcal abbrevia
tion or by cheap slang and coarte ex
pressions, Teopla who say, "Don't you know," or
"you know what I mean" at th end of
every sentence until th listener want
to cry aloud at th senseless repetition.
" Teople w ho shout when they talk and
attract unnecessary attention In public;
peopl who apeak ao low that ona la
obliged to ask every alternate sentence
In the close association of horn life
mong those who are not able to afford
th luxury of separata apartment for
ach Individual, there ar Innumerably
way of being thoughtless of on on
othr' comfort and pleasure.
Th tossing or papers and book and
garment on divans, beds, floor and
chairs, and wher some on must go
about to replaca thm In their proper
receptacle-om on beeid th toaser.
Wher there . but on or no .errant,
unnecessary tabor Is mad, by th
thoughtless In this manner.
Many poor men and many poor women
ar. refined In feeling, who hav not th
surrounding which Insure oomfort, unles
other member of th. family ar consider
ate. When a man of delicate feeling Is
closely associated with .woman who I
careless in her habits, or when a nMt
woman must llv. with a man who Is
neglectful of tho llttl. refinement, which
order and cleanliness demand, life Is mar
red and mad. uncomfortable, even though
these men and women may b. loyal and
loving and unielfisli In a thousand other
Llfe can 4e mad a beautiful thing In
th. humblest horn. If there Is r,i con.
slderatlon of th feeling, ud taste, of
other shown by each member.
Th summer boarder bad been Investing
in oil of cloves. Incense stick and vari
ous other articles supposed to drlv
away moqultoea. "Do you suppose thaa.
things will keep m safe on th piaaxa
venlngs?" she asked Mrs. Joselyn of
Pondvllie. with whom she was boarding.
"Well, I couldn't say," remarked Mr..
Jocelyn, cautiously, "but I will suy thla
If I wer you I'd try 'em on. at a time.
"Thor waa a woman her. last Bummer.
use 10 sit with on. o"
sticks in her hand and
a little bowl o'
o' clove, aid of har. fih aiMwi
to sy toward th last of It that ho
thought th reason ao many mosquitoes
lit on th Incense stick was because it
helped 'em dry off ofter they'd been Into
th. bowl; but. then, she had a kind of
foolish way of talking; there were a
plenty of '.rn never lit on th. stick, at
all. They lit most any place-wher they
could enjoy the smell of 'em."-8an Fran,
Th popular novel doesn't deal with
married life. Married life I. a abort
There should be no difficulty In ele
vating th. stags, Kvery stag has Us
wings and files. .
Nothing short of a surgical operation
would amputate sum. men from their
It Ifn't th far-slghtrd man who 1. al
ways looking for trouble.
Don't lose tight of the fact that It Ik
Just as Important to know when Id quit
as when to btglu.
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