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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1910
ON IO BONNET
How s a Pink Geranium Made
Trouble In a Church Society.
By CLARISSA MACKIE. '
(Copyright, 1S10, by American Press Asso
ciation.) Mrs. Wixon paused outside tbe
cburcb door and waited until two oth
er women joint her; then the three
made their way slowly down the path
and out Into the dusty rond. where
their plodding feet left a white cloud
of dust in their wake.
Mrs. Wixou was short and stout and
red of face, with iron gray hair, sur
mounted by a rusty black velvet tur
ban, above which waggled a worn
ostrich feather. Her antiquated cape
was rusty, as was the black silk skirt
Miss Luella Barton was tall and of
sallow complexion. Ber gown was
of better unit aria 1 and perhaps In a
"I'D IilKB TO SPEAK A FEW WORDS MY
better state of preservation than that
of her stout companion, but it was far
from fresh, or inviting.
Little Mrs. Peters skipped aloBg be
side the other women, a faded blue
straw hat askew on ber white hair.
All three women wore exceedingly
shabby shoes, and their garments seem
ed unsuitable for tbe hot June day.
They had been the last ones to leave
the church, and now they had the
white, hot highway to themselves.
"Did you see itr asked Mrs. Wix
on breathlessly of her companions!
"I did." agreed Miss Barton acidly.
"And I," chirruped Mrs. Peters.
"I guess we'll have to call a special
meeting, after all," murmured Mrs.
Wixon. with a degree of relish in her
"There ain't no use in having a so
ciety with rules to it if tbe rules ain't
kept," snorted Miss Barton.
"My husband says a rule isn't a rule
unless it Is enforced," remarked Mrs.
"We're going to enforce this one,"
said Mrs. Wixon decidedly. "Cornelia
Rowlund knows the rules of tbe Give
It Up society of the First M. E.
church Just as well as you and me do.
She knows she, ought to wear her old
bonnet no matter how poor It looks,
until the new organ is paid for."
"I guess It won't hurt Cornelia , to
give up buying flowers for ber hat any
more'n It does for me to wear my
Cousin Emmellne's castoff clothes,"
commented Luella Barton gloomily.
"No, Indeed," chimed in Mrs. Peters,
"ox for me to wear this awful bonnet
I ain't accustomed to wearing blue
"Taln't so much the wearing the
clothes." . interrupted Mrs. Wixon.
tossing the thin feather majestically;
"it's the principle of the thing. Here's
Cornelia, one of the charter members
of the society, coming out with pink
flowers in her bonnet for the last two
Sundays. She knew she was breaking
the tenth rule, which says:
"'No member shall purchase any
new garment or article of adornment
for her person until tbe debt on the
church organ has been fully met and
paid.' " quoted Mrs. Peters eagerly.
"As I was about to say," remarked
Mrs. Wixon In an injured tone.
"And there's still $50 due on the or
gan." commented Miss Barton as she
took out a handkerchief saturated with
Florida water and proceeded to dust
her square shoulders energetically.
"I suppose It will be another year
before we can have any new that is,
I suppose Ik- will be another year be
fore the debt will be paid," said Mrs.
"Mary Peters, I do believe you are
feeling bad because you can't go gal
livanting around with pink flowers la
your bonnet too!" exclaimed Mrs.
Wixon indignantly. "For my part"
she continued virtuously, "I'm willing
to wear my old clothes year in and
year out for the Lord's sake."
"So am I." said Miss Barton. "I
give 3 last winter that I was going
to lay out on spring clothes."
"I guess I've done my share," whim
pered Mrs. Peters angrily. "I guess I
done all the cooking for the fair and
''hat ain't either here or there," to
uted Mrs. Wixou decidedly as she
it her front gate. "The mat
" Clety will be this:
4 baa bought new
pink flowers for her bonnet and has
wore 'era to church two Sundays.
Last Sunday I spoke to her about it
and she said not bins and did nothing.
Today she wore 'era again, and now
we've got to take some action. That
buucb of flowers never cost less than
"How do you know ?" asked Luella. .
"1 went into Miss Kline's millinery
store and asked to see pink geranium
flwers. and she showed me a bunch
Just like Cornelia's, aud it was 50
"Did Cornelia buy hers there?" ask
ed the othur women eagerly.
"1 linked Miss Kline, and she wouldn't
say. She's' terrible close mouthed, yon
"1 know." nodded Mrs. Peters sage
ly. "When is the meeting to be?"
"Tomorrow afternoon, here, to my
house." said Mrs. Wixon. "and I hope
you'll both come. All tbe other mem
bers will be here and Cornelia too."
"We'll come," said the other women
moving along the road.
"Goodby!" said the president of the
Give It Up society as she panted up
the graveled walk.
' "is that Cornelia ahead?" asked Mrs.
Peters, peering nearsightedly up the
"Yes," replied iAiella Barton grimly.
"She's 1tisf coins In her cut p."
"Cornelia's terrible dressy?' sighed
Mrs. Peters. "1 always liked Cornelia
Rowland, but I always thought she
was fond of clothes.'
"I've seen other people that's fond of
clothes." sniffed Miss Barton, with a
furtive police at her friend.
"I suppose you mean me." retorted
Mrs. Peters, with an offended laugh.
"1 don't care if I do like to look nice.
My husband suys I've looked so shab
by the lust year that he's ashamed to
be seen with me on the street."
"1 suppose that's why he spends so
much time down to the postofflce," re
marked Luella maliciously as she
stalked into her front yard and closed
the gate with a vicious sniip.
Mrs. Peters did not reply. Her blue
eyes grew watery, aud her this little
nose turned a deep pink, but she did
not weep. There were suppressed woe
and anger In tbe look that followed
Luella'; gaunt form Into the front
door. .Then Mary Peters trotted along
"Yes." snld Mrs. Wixon. bustling
about ber small parlor hospitably tbe
following afternoon; "we're all here
except Cornelia Rowland herself. 1
expect she'll be here presently."
There was a murmur of approval
among tbe assembled ladies who com
prised tbe members of the Give It Up
society. Seated about the stuffy lit
tle room they numbered about twenty-five
in all. Without exception they
were shabbily attired. Some were
even slovenly in their dress, while
many were neatly but poorly dressed;
but. representing, as they did. a pros
perous farming community, a stranger
would have been surprised at the lack
of taste or beauty In tbelr garments.
Even tbe younger women wore thread
, "Here comes Cornelia," whispered
Mrs. Peters from ber seat in tbe front
window. . '
There were a shifting of chuirs and a
buzzing undertone as the harsh bell
clanged through the house.
Then Mrs.. Wixon. with grave impor
tance depicted on ber round face, ush-
ered into the room tbe erring member
of the Give It Up society.
Cornelia Rowland was small . and
thin, wkb a straight back and a trim
figure. She hnd meek brown eyes and
soft brown hair parted over ber smooth
browi Her skin was faded, with a few
lines here and there. She wore a spot
lessly clean white muslin dress, with a
white ribbon belt and ber feet were
shod with old fashioned black prunella
gaiters. She wore no bat
She nodded seriously to tbe assem
bled women and took a chair which
Mrs. Nixon Indicated. As she seated
herself she found that she was con
fronting the members of the society.
while Mrs. Wixon. as its president was
seated beside ber In a huge Boston
They all rocked silently for a few
seconds; then Mrs. Wixon got upon
her feet and adjusted a pair of steel
bowed spectacles upon ber nose. The
women .were looking at Cornelia Row
land's fresh attire and whispering
"Silence!" commanded Mrs. Wixon
sharply. There was a rustle of protest
among the members; then they settled
'We are gathered here this after
noon," continued the president grave
ly, "to cousider tbe action of one of
our members In breaking tbe tenth
There was a murmur of approval.
"I will give in a few words the
hlst'ry of the Give It Up society, and
then the members can agree upon
whether Cornelia Rowland's behavior
is becoming to a member."
"I guess I'd like to speak a few
words for myself." said Cornelia Row
land, arising with unexpected spirit
and fixing bur mild eyes upon Mrs.
Wlxon's heated countenance.
"Anybody got any objection?"
wheezed Mrs. Wixon. looking appre
hensively about the room.
There was no answer, and Mrs. Wix
on lurched into ber chair, leaving the
floor to Cornelia Rowland.
The latter faced the assembled wo
men. There was an obstinate line
about ber pleasant mouth, and ber soft
eyes wore a look of new determina
tion. She fanned herself with a black
silk fan for a few moments before she
began, aud then she closed it with a
"I am a member of the Give It Up
society," she said earnestly. "I can
secite all the rules forward and back
ward, aud I've lived up to all of 'em
forward and backward. I ain't never
broke a rule."
There was a gasp of horror from the
1 "1 ain't never broke a rule." repeated
Cornelia energetically. "Now, tbe
Give It Up society was formed for the
purpose of paying for the new organ.
Nobody asked the Indies of the church
to give up wearing any respectable
clothes aud going around looking like
ragpickers' wives In order that the
First M. E. church should have a new
organ." Cornelia fixed au accusing
eye upon Mrs. Wlxon's startled coun
tenance "That organ could have been
paid for If it was needed In the reiru
Inr way by fairs and suppers and the
like. But no; somebody with the idea
of getting martyr s crown orgauized
this society, with the result that Up
per Village has got tbe reputation of
having the-shabbiest looking lot of
women in Suffolk county."
There was a shrinking of feet nn-
der chairs and a concealing of woru
"I want to know If the members of
the choir belong to this societv?"
"No," piped Mrs. Peters, with a new
ly awakened sense of injury. "Catch
them fine ladies a-wearing any old
clothes for the Lord's sake!"
"I don't believe In churches a-buy-Ing
organs and things they can't af
ford. When they can raise the money
for a new organ or such without
throwing the whole congregation Into
the poorbouse. it's time to have It. In
the meantime the Lord will harken to
the old melodeon until the church can
afford an organ. But the Methodist
church has bought tbe organ. The
choir wanted It and the minister want
ed it, and the congregation wanted it,
and now they've got it. and we're
working hand and foot and evelash
a-trying to pay for it!" Cornelia's
voice took on a dramatic quality, and
the women listened eagerly.
we said we'd pay for it. and we win
do what we promised, and I say to all
of you that while you're wearing these
terrible old garments you might as
well be clean and tidy about it and"
But that ain't explaining about the
pink geraniums in your hat," Inter
rupted Luella Barton sourly.
That's so. If vou Indies win fniinw
me to my house I will explain about
tne pink flowers." renlled Cornell
There was some protest at this sud
den adjournment of the meeting, but
presently they all trailed down the
rona toward the small brown hnnu
where Cornelia Rowland lived bv nor-
self. Cornelia led the way with, head
erect and white skirts billowing In the
She led the way Into the house and
through tbe hall to the sunny sitting
room. When they were all Inside she
left the room and returned with a
small black bonnet In ber band.
'This is the bonnet" she said drvlv.
"that has caused all the trouble."
"Yes. yes. but vou've taken the flow.
era off, Cornelia Rowland!" cried old
Mrs. Beers fiercely.
Look here." said Cornelia, turning:
to the widow. "This is where I e-et
the flowers for my bonnet every Sun-;
day, and they're a mite sweeter than
any you can buy.
She indicated a large Dotted irera-1
nlum which was covered with great
pmk. spicy blossoms.
There was a dead silence while the
women stared first at Cornelia, then
at the geranium and finally at the bon
I want to know!" ejaculated Mrs.
Peters admiringly. "I guess I can do
that myself and have a new flower
every SJnday." '
"I know you are all looking at mv
white dress." continued Cornelia nlens-
antly, "but If you'll look at it close
ly you will see it is made from the
white muslin curtains that used to
bang in my best bedroom. I bad plea-
"thet'bb a una swbctkb than too
ty of curtains, but no dress, and so I
used tbem for that" She smoothed
down the crisp folds thoughtfully and
then looked at ber guests with a bright
'And now, ladies, you will see that
in wearing tbe pink flowers in my bon
net I was not breaking a rule of the
"That's so," they agreed heartily,
casting accusing glances at the un
"And I want you all to stay and
hare tea with me," continued Cor
nelia, "and we'll plan an entertain
ment so's to pay off the church debt
this summer. Then we can all have
something decent to wear next win
ter." Bo the members cf the Give It Cp
society of the Methodist church sat
down amicably together and ate of the
delicious cooking of Cornelia Bow
land, while the pink geranium graced
the center of tbe table and shed beauty
a ad perfume over all.
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