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THE DEEj OMAIIA. FRIDAY. JANTAKY 35.
HARRY'S WIFE CARES LITTLE ABOUT HER HOUSEHOLD
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The Mother-in-Law Question Again ' j
Bjr 1KHIOTHY DU.
woman to itupij as not to know that
ha will low hr aou nnlria aha U
trlfndly with hU wife.
Th dauhtcr-ln-law la not wholly to
slam, though, for tha family ruction.
She. la not rrn tha moat blamahla b
cuae tba older woman, havlnc mora araaa,
and mora axparlanca of Ufa, ahould ba
tha ona to handle tha altuailon-and tha
only way to handla tha altuatlon la to
keep your handa off of It, aa an Irtahman
I (rant that it la a bard thing for a
thrifty woman to aland by In allenca
and aa an extravagant young woman
waating liar aon'a monay, or for a woman
who la a good manager to watch a poor,
bungling. Innocent, Incompetent girl krap
a houae tliat looka Ilka a pig aty.
It takaa tha fortitude of a martyr for
a mother to keep her tongue between her
teeth while a allly' little fool tyrannize
over her adored eon, but It paya to do It
It la better for a daughter-in-law to waate
the cold potatoes, and use her beat china
every day, and apend mora on elothaa
than she ahould than It la to alienate
your aon'a wife. And that la ctactly
what happens If a mother-in-la offera
even a euggesttoii much less a criticism.
Finally, I would remind all concerned
that there la only ona way to settle thla
problem, and that la for the two In-laws
never to attempt td live under the same
root To a, real mother the one Impor
tant thing In tlx world la that her aoa
should be happy, and tha only way aha
can secure thla la by firmly declining to
go to live with 'him when he marries.
This Involves a terrible sacrifice If ha Is
all that aha has got but It la worth mak
ing. Batter an Old Ladles' Home than to
know that aha la a perpetual source of
discord between him and his wife.
Thla ia a hard saying, but whan tha
times cornea that two women who love the
seme nuui can live In- tha same heme
without quarrelling over him the millen
nium will have arrived.
Dad's New Start J
I If my correspondents are any criterion
I of human woe. tha source of roost of tba
misery In the world Is the mother- In-law.
For ages tha caricaturist and the hum-
' orlut have represented his wife's mother
t as driving a man
to drink, but ac
i cording to the wo
I men who tell ma
tliflr sad, sad
I stories, - tha wife's
mother la a house
' hold angel com
pared to tha bus
' band mother.
, Every day I get
I a doten or mbre
! fat. thick letfert la
which women re
r late tha persecu
1 Hons they endure'
from their mother--'
ln-laws. One writes:
"I hava ben
married soma little
. time. I lova my
husband and my '
r homo would be Ideally nappy f It wasn't
for tha Interferenca of my mother-in-law.
' 1 attend to my husband's bookkeeping and
, stenographic work, being at hie qfflce
all day and then hustle home In tha even
ing to prepare the meal, and after dia
1 aer do my housework, Somellmee It ts
nearly, midnight before I go to bed, yet
my mother-in-law styles nw aa eatrava
gant wife, because I hava a washwoman
every two weeka to do tha waahlng and
Ironing, which aha thinks I shonld do.
avn though I am at business all day.
When I am sick aha has no sympathy for
my suffering, but worries about' tha aatra
expense I am causing her son." ,
Another woman writes that her mother-in-law
haa almply taken poanesalon of
her home, and rune It to suit her own
fancy, and that she has no authority In
lu Still another, that her mother-in-law
makea her life Intolerable by her constant
faalt-fJndlng and abuse, and that when
mother-in-law neape all sorts of Iwults
upon her. her husband standa supinely
by without taking her part
8o the storlea go. and the burden of
each lamentation la "Oh. how .happy I
. could ba If It were not for my mother-in-law."
and I Buppoae that with equal
' truth mother-ln-lawa could exclaim: "Oh,
how happy I eoi'i 'er 11 not or
To my mind, there la no' other situltaon
In life mora pathetic than that engen
dered by the In-law proposition, for out
of It two perfectly good, conscientious
' women can manufacture more hcartburn-
Ing and raffertng In a minute than mal
Ilce can Invent In a week. Talk about
Jealousy, If you want to sea tha green
' eyed monster In his most fearful aspect
watch a wife and mother fighting over
'the poor unfortunate man. who la help-
Irmly trying to do his duty by both of
, them,. ;. .
You might think that soma pity for
1 him, some consideration for his happi- j
I neaa, would stay their hands, but not ao.
' It la a fight to tha finish. In whlcft no
( quarter la given, and It never enda thla
aide of the grave. .
Whose fault la It that this perpetual
warfare oea aa In practically every
boma where a mother-in-law and a
i daughter-in-law . ara brought Into con
tact? Both women are to blame. The
, yoong trffe la to Name because aha
enlera Into matrimony with a chip on
i Iter shoulder Instead of carrying an
olive branch In ber hand. She'a out
looking for trouble, and she finds It
S-plenty. She takes no pains to con
ciuata her husbend'e mother, or to
make a friend of her, but goes out of
tha way to bo aggressive and to resent
her every susrgeetlon aa an attempt of
tha older aoman to boas her.
Not until a woman haa aons of her
awn doea she realise the anguish that
tears a mother's heart when sha sees
her son preferring another woman to
her, loving another woman belter than
her. If young wives understood tlus
surely tliey would not resent o keenly
a son's few attentions to his mother
after he la married, nor would they
Haunt their monopoly of their husbands
so braxenly In their mother-in-law's
I know of ona young and tactfui
woman who married a man between
whom and his mother there existed a
peculiarly tender bond of devotion.
This wife at once auumed the same
attitude of affection to her mother-in-law
that her husband oeeupltd. She
deferred to her. cultivated her society,
and even goes to the paliu of making
little opportunities for mother and son
to be together alone ao that they may
have heart-to-heart talks as they did
Before she came into the family. The
result of this Is that the mother-in-law
never speaks of the dauehter-ln-law
by any other title then "angel."
This plan will work, and I commend it
to other daughter-in-law. The beet way
n. act along with your .awiher-ln-iaw is i -within-our inoesvT Goodness! And
to maka a friend of tier, and you can do j tie regsrdrw by everybody la our set as
H if yu .U try, bectuse there is no iccentrlc?" Judge' a Library.
By X. P. BABCOCK,
Pray do not ask me how 'twas done.
Because I do not know;
But Mr. Blngs at sixty-one,
Who had a fresh and frisky son.
Backward began to grow. ,
While others from the cradle steer
To grave In mother earth.
Old Mr. Blngs, It would appear.
Reversed tha throttle, changed the gear.
And headed back toward Mrth. I
Ills whitened .hair, his toothless gum
Regained their former state,
"By Jove! but father's going some."
Said Binge, the younger. Mother, dumb.
uouia not ejaculate.
The years rolled oh.' aa' years will do.
And mothefe lot was sad.
Sha passed away at eighty-two.
Twss more than ahe could hear, to view
Her husband with their lad.
For father now was thirty-nine.
At which prima age ha met
The sportive scion of- his line:
And they at some cafe would dine
Mid fumes of cigarette.
A rather handsome patr they made
And quite like brothers aeemcd, ,
But it waa son who always paid.
While dad, now, called a spade a spade.
And on tha ladies beamed.
'Of course." remarked the junior Blngs,
"I've sown my peck of oats.
I've had my merry little flings.
I've r O! well, you know the things,"
Then both men cleared their throats.
"I do." said father, amiably,
"And also know who paid
Tour little fling, at twenty-three, i
That cost your dear mamma and me
All that I'd ever made.
"J'our western trip, at twenty-eight
la also In my mind:
Your mother did not hesitate
To sell ber gems. At any rate.
I hope you found ua kind.
"And now you're growing old. my son.
While I am fancy freer ,
I'm sure you'll settle, one by one.
The thlnxs that in the psst you've done
When they are done by me.
"You'll meet a lest at fifty-eight
When I gay twenty pass;
I don't at all begrudge your fate:
I merely say, "Tou'll fled It great"
Here, waiter, fill the glass."
Aaklaug Tow Mack.
My dear," said Mr. Clark ron. don't
want you to think 1 have any desire to
critk-tse you for the way you manage.
but. really, we must try to live within
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Jaaaary 9, last).
It waa a magnificent pilse that fell to
tha lot of Vincent Plnson and his Imperial
master, the king of Portugal, when, ail
years ago today, the wonderful land now
known as Brasll waa discovered.
The great discov
ery wss purely acci
dental. On tha
twenty-third a fear
ful tempest arose,
raged for - three
days and alghta and
around up by driv
ing Plnaoa aahore
The shore was that
For the Vnlted
States of Brasll,
there awaits, be
vond a , doubt,
a glorious future.
The fsct that Braill's progress waa,
until recently, alarmintlv blow, ar
gues nothing. Brain remained etatlonary
for so long almply because It waa fet
tered by those pretended friends who.
provided they could keep an feathering
their own nests, were mora than willing
to sea tha country lag behind In the race
with other aatlona.
Now, however.'' Brasll Is awake, her
white population is being educated, the
people, shaking off the fetters which
have so long kept them In mental slavery.
are beginning to think on their own ac-
oount, and to think along the lines of
modern pragmas, and the good effects of
the awakening are everywhere In evi
dence. Twenty-five er thirty year ago Brasll
was little more than a daub on the map;
today It Is attracting tha attention of tba
world. A generation ago Hi economlo
condition was deporable and Its Indus
trial statist Ira ware pretty ntar all; while'
today an advance la being made that la
wonderful. , . y
With Ita !0.xu.rot of population, the
white portion of which la being steadily
and mightily Increased by Immigration:
with Ita l,o,oe square miles of terri
tory, much of It tha richest on the globe;
with Ita mighty Amaeoa giving It water?
transportation from one aide of the eoua
try to the other, and with Ita affluents,
affording such aheap transit aver more
than halt of the republic: with Its rail
roads, the mileage of which la rapidly
Increasing: with Ita mighty forests and
lu wonderful mines, which are now being
scientifically developed; with Ita new edu
cation aad quickened Intelligence all ajona
the line, Brasil Is forging ahead by leap
and bounds. -
Tba geographlo position of the rspub
He waa for a long time thought to be
against. her, but the conviction obtain
more and mora every day that science,
will be able to render the great Amaaon.
valley A fit, comfortable aad safe plana.
for white mon to live In. What science
haa don In the Panama canal son,
science can do la the Amaaon valley. W.
are told that the great carrier of fataa
fevers that haa heretofore worked sack
haroo with white people in the tropics la'
the -mosquito; but science and Intel'.;-',
gence have conquered the mosquito la
the ranema canal son, and the' atm
agencies can conquer the moaqulta la
Brasll, and not only tha mosquito, but
all tha other fosa of the whit nienT
health. . - . '
That done, the future of the great Bout'
American republic will be assured, and
the glory of that future aot even Imagines
lion la able to cerceira.
Little Bobbie's Pa
Wife, sed Pa to la laat nit, do you
I remember that brlta June day when you
land m got married over In lloboken?
I ahud say I do, aed Ma. I have newer
gotten over the memory of It. I have
tried to ferglt It a lot of times. Ma sed,
but the effort waa always fu-lile.
Newer mind the sar-kaam, sed Pa.
1 1 mean do you reemembar a promise that
I gal you on that brtts morning?
You gaiv me a lot of promises, sd 11 a.
I you eevea declared the prercber Into yure
con-fldence, A toaid him that you were
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Ton are? aed Ma. Ma waa kind of
grinning at Pa It made Pa a littal Mt'
nervua, beekaua Ma doeant grin vary
offten wea slie does grin It dossnt
meen that ahe ts happy. Well, you tall ax
sturdy oak, sed Ma, you mite aa well'
start rite out now.
Then Pa coffed a llttel A sed By tha
way. wife, there la a llttel matter of
wtch I wished to spaek to you of. Pa see.
It concerns funds sed Pa. I waa thinking
that af you wud let ma talk tea dollars
out of the sugar bowl I wud be lure pa
I going to be a better husband to ma than
I yure father bad been to yure mother, f
I think the preacher muat have understood,
sed Ma, because he smiled at you klr.d of
i Indulgent, the way the tether wud look
at a llttel pupil. I think he waa wonder
ing how much grape you had pecked
away, aed Ma. But what promise In par-
Itkklar have yeo refer-ence to?
I meen the promise I galv you that
newer aggean, as long aa I live, will I
play rulette, aed Pa.
That waa a good, arnalbd promise, sed
I Ma, I shall newer fergtt the way that
igaim used to keep you borrowing. You
made me a vary happy woman wen you
galr me that promise. Ma aed, brekaus
1 1 knew that you wud keep it A have that
I much moar mutiny to give nw to buy new
I gowns with, etc
Welt. wife, sed Pa. I have to teil, yon
I now that I am cuing to brake that
promise tbst I galv oa that brite June
I morning. I am g-Jlng back to play the
have enuff munny to git our new ststem
d dident think Ma waa going to gUa
Pa the ten, but sha did. Wen Pa waa gone
Ma beegan to laft Bobble, sed Me, yure'
father la the limit. Tou are only a Uttel
kid. Bobble, but yure father la moar of
a kid than you aver ware. The reason I
gslv him ths ten, aed Ma, waa so ha wud .
lore It ft cum back hoam ft b a better
husband. Wen a man haa lost all hle
munny. Bobble, ft has calm hoam for
sumthing to ret, he Is then Indeed a
ly Ma m a vary smart woman." all rite.
Sure enuff, after Pa had been out a few-,
hours he caim hoam and bla face Waa ao
long that I cuddent see his collar at all.
Well, Pittsburg Phil, sed Ma. ft howl
much money did my darling llttel plunge'
bring hoam? -
1 1 wen break, sed Pa. the ststeta, was
a flivver. . -
A what? aed Ma. r
You are what? aed Ma.
am going to talk up rule tie sggena.
aed Pa. I have Just had a long talk with
I a trend of mine wlch haa Jest calm back
from Monte Carlo, his naime la Johnny
Gerxeo. and he haa found a sistera by
wlch he can win on any wheel that he
may chose to play. Pa sed. He explained
the sijteiu to me. Pa sed. It won him
fifty thousand francs oaver In France,
ft between ua we flgger that we ought
to cleen up every gambling house In thla
gate city. Pa sed. We are going to start
A flivver, sed Pa. Flivver I Creek for
failure. Me ft Garros both want break'
sed Pa. I am thru forever, aed Pa..
Chase la a fliekel queen he toaid Ma.
Hereafter I shall woo yon only.
MA aep oa grinning at Pa. After n
went to bed Ma toaid -ma the rtraaa Pa;
sed ho waa going for to woo her onto
waa beekaua he wanted five- moar out of
the sugar bowL
No. Akmsa. a broad-minded
Isn t necessarily fat.
Vnly a misguided person would attempt,
to pull a wooden leg.
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