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"Do you ri-nlly object to n prlrcto
wedding. Itnlph?" I
"UuIcsh you Insist upon It, yos."
"And you thlnlc n church wedding
would lit preferable?"
"Hy nil uit-ims."
"Then of course 1 shall olKy."
So they won' married In church.
Ilalpli liiul planned to go to St. Louis
for n part of tho honeymoon. Their
was n duulilt' mlvnutiw lu this, for
he could combine business with plea
urc. n ml iciliiliily Inisluess ought to be
attended to even when one Is looking
luto the eyes of the woman he loves.
"You see." he said. "Smith & Co. are
In some perplexity, and ns they owe us
a lnrpe sum I should like a chance to
look Into their books,"
"Quebec." responded Dora In n sort
of collluipiy, "must lie n quaint old
Vlncc. full of old corners and crevices,
they tell inc. What n romantic spot to
tall; over our rut lire lu. Italphl Have
you ever been there, denrV"
"IJU-ss you. yes, three or four times.
It Is us dull us HtaiiKaut water. You'd
die of etiuul lu 'J I hours. Now, St.
Louts, on the other hand"
"And the falls of Montmorcncl
why, Laura told me she never saw
audi a beautiful body of water."
"Body of water. Dora? Well. It may
be so, but the last time I saw them I
lnul to give u tiinn a dollar to raise the
lulce catc so we could have any fall
t all. Hut lu St. Louis, my dear"
"What a charming guide you will
make as we wander about lu that
quaint old place, you blessed, magnifi
cent fellow! 1 can't conceive of any
thing more delightful. Instead of a
crusty, dried up mummy to point out
nil the curiosities of the place and
drone his explanations of this n ml that,
1 shall look Into the eyes of the dearest
man lu the world, ami we will make
our wedding Journey the most ex
quisite thing oer heard of." And she
clapped her hands lu delight and sent
n. ringing laugh through the corridors
of Italph's miuI which sounded like a
(train of soft music.
"1 thought." he mildly suggested,
"that you would Hud n good many at
tractions lu St. Louis."
"In Quebec, you menu. dear. So 1
iihould. If the hair that has been told
Is true, what n gorgeous time we shall
"All right, theu," he answered, with
something like a sigh. "If you prefer
Quebec, why, of course"
"Prefer It V Not 1. Ralph. I wish to
consult your pleasure aloue. Wherever
you wish to go. there 1 shall be glad to
"Then suppose wo try the experi
ment and go to St."
"To Quebec? Of course. If that Is
your decision. Itnlph, dear, 1 have no
objections to make. One place is the
ami- as another to me. for, after nil,
I shall only see your face, iiud the rest
of It will count for nothing."
"Is It Quebec, then?"
"That t for you to say."
"Well, we'll decide on that If you
"Certainly, If you think best. I lllco
to leave nil Midi matters to my hus
band." So they wcut to Quebec, and Ralph
wondered why he had chosen to make
that trip rather than the other. He
hasn't solved the puzzle yet, and If you
were to ask him about it he would de
clare on his honor that Dora raised
several objections and only yielded at
last becatiM' he Insisted that it would
not be proper to mingle business with
pleasure dm lug the llrst days of hi
married life Theu she gave lu. as ev
ery good wife ought to do. to her hus
band and as a particular favor to him.
lie contemplated with some satisfac
tion the fact that he had begun lilt
ccw career by au assertion of author
ity nud that his wife had surrendered
to his wIhIics after n short but futllo
struggle, uriirie Is nothing like being
right at the start." he said. 'AfH.-r
that your mastership Is regarded as t
matter of course, lu every household
there should be an enthroned will, and
It ought to be the exclusive prerogative
of thv man to say what must and what
must not be done."
That Kalph's endeavors to educate
his wire met with Indifferent success
will be Inferred from the foregoing
historic Incidents. The will or n man
Is like a bludgeon. That or a woman
Is like a sclmiter with a razor edge.
There Is uu old legend that on a cer
tain occasion lu the far cast a re
nowned warrior cut his enemy lu two,
but the poor rellow didn't know It, so
skillfully was the feat performed, until
he nttempteil to move, whereupon Ida
trunk toppled over and fell to tho
ground, lie had scarcely felt the blow
and, to use a lllberulaulsm, was lull
nltely chagrined nud mortllled to tlnd
The Bclmlter Is woman's weapon.
In a wrestling match she counts for
nothing, but In the contest of tact and
strategy It would Indicate gross Ig
norance of human nature to lay a wa
ger on the man. Dora was petite, a
blond of the most pronounced type,
with hnlr that seeded full of sunshine,
while Itnlph was nu athlete, with au
upper arm that would have driven a
sculptor wild ami n chest of such mag
nificent propoitloii4 that you tost your
self In admiration.
Yes. It wus n case of giant and fairy.
The magic wand did the business. It
not only made the giant obedient, but
gave til in the delightful Impression
that he was having his own way.
Once In awhile, to be sure, he had a
faint suspicion that he didn't enjoy the
boundless freedom of action which
characterized his bachelorhood, but
when he looked at Dora, so gentle and
yielding, so tractable and demure, he
came to the conclusion that there must
be eotno mistake about It and that ho
was really her liege lord, with none to
dispute um perfect sway.
There was one matter on which he
resolved (before marriage) not to yield
nn Inch, lie would build a fortress
retire to his Innermost stronghold and
light It out. ir It took a lifetime, rathet
than surrender Dinner parties and
evening receptions were the bane, the
agony, the hobgoblins, of his lire, lie
was wearied to death of them, hated
them with unspeakable loathing, and
had determined that all that nonsense
should end lie would have no more
of It forever It should be heresy to
mention anything or the kind In his
presence, and lie would devise some
nameless punishment to tit the crime.
"1 think." he said one day. "that they
ore the flattest alTnlrs that can be con
ceived of, for they always make one
feel like a blooming Idiot."
And. to his great gratltlcatlon, Dora
agreed with htm.
"Why." he Mill, "people talk about
nothing but the weather or the latest
bit of scandal In high life."
Dora sighed, as though such frivoli
ties had no attractions whatever, and
nodded her head In graceful and wife
"There!" remnrked Ralph to himself.
'That's settled. You see how quickly
o true wife conforms with her hus
band's opinion. One has only to begin
right. Just ns I have always snld, to get
along very smoothly. We shall never
have any wrangles on that point." lie
gazed at the stars nud whistled "Hull
to the Chief."
He came home n week later to find
Iiorn busy with the dressma cr Invent
ing n new costume. Casplng for breath,
he grew red In the race and was about
to mnke Use of two or three cxphisHe
phrases when he noticed lint his wife
was not entirely happy There was a
troubled look In her face which at once
excited his sympathy
"Why, what's the matter. Dura?" he
She did not reply at once, tint pro
ceeiled languidly to lay the costume
over the back of the chair.
"Aren't yon well. Dora?" Anil lie lie
.nine almo.u al.trmed.
"Oh. yes!" And she patted his cheek
so caressingly and yet mi pathetically
that he held her at arm's length and
looked her all over There was cer
tainly something radically wrong.
"What does it all mean?" he sahl-
"that troubled look, that dress, this
confusion? What has happened?"
"Nothing. Itnlph. only we have nu In
vitation to the Van tirlpps' They are
to give one of thou- swell receptions,
nud. to tell the truth. I can't see any
I way out of It. Perhaps you can. dear."
I "Well, ir that's all." replied Ralph
bluntly, "we will Kettle the matter In
a Jiffy. I'd n thousand times rather
stay quietly at home with you. Recep
tions are beastly affairs at best. One
. never hns a good time. The nlr Is used
over nnd over again until it Isn't fit to wife with Inexpressible pride and mut
breathe, and you get squeezed all out rc(1 t0, '""-'"; "& ,don ' cnJoy
. . . lila n lilt lint oltn'a tlntn It fnt ,,i
of shape and come home swearing nt
yourself font blockhead."
"What n dear, good fellow you arc,
Ralph," she responded, nud her deli
cate lingers crept over his checks and
forehead nnd hnlr.
"We might ns well," he continued,
"take our stand right now and once
for nil. These Jams are all very well
for young people who are on the still
iui luuuu iivuwii- i. uu lilt- I'll llic nun ,
hunt for a mnnlage certlllcate and a '
fortune and for a lot of old men nnd
women who are tired of each other
nnd want some excitement with n
new taste to It. but for people like you
and me, who have taken the Important
step nnd are content In each other's
society, there Isn't anything In tho
world hair as hollow or hair as stupid."
He exhibited real feeling nnd was
profoundly In earnest. Evidently he
"W)iut docs U (ill mean"" he said.
was giving a breath of fresh nlr to
some of his Innermost convictions, and
there was a certain set expression
about his Up which seemed to say
that no yoke of oxen could drag him
to that miserable receptluu.
i "What would you do, Ralph?" And
there was n pleading toue lu her voice,
ob though she had been suddenly ship-
I wrecked nud wns depending solely on
him to get her safely ashore.
' "Do. uiv dear? Why. send vour re
grets, of course. They wou't miss us
In the crowd, and we'll have a cozy
evening right here."
"Yes. Rnlph, I would have dono that
at ouee, you know, but"
She hesitated ns though she were on
the edge of n great personal sacrlllce
or ns though she were a 'martyr ro
solved to die for her principles.
"But whnt?" ho asked.
"Why, Ralph, Mrs. Van Grlpps called
THE EVENING BOLLLTIN: HONOLULU. H. 1., PI IDAY, MARCH
on me tliTs morning. 1 told her 1
didn't quite know your mind In the
matter; that I always left our social
engagements, ns well as everything
else, for you to arrange: that I had
about given up parties and other fri
volities nud proposed to II nd my happi
ness In my husband's company."
What a look of admiration Ralph
gave his wife!
"That's n woman. Indeed," he said
to himself. "There Isn't nnother like
her lu the world. She Is the only one
of the kind, nud. by .love, she Is miner'
"Well," continued Dorn, "she was
perfectly dumfouniled and said she
liad reckoned surely on us as old
friends or she wouldn't have had the
reception. 'What Is a party or a din
ner or any other gathering,' she cried,
'without your Ralph? Ah. lucky girl
that you are, Dora, to have such a
hero!' And she went on so that I be
cume almost Jealous, dear."
"(amnion nud humbug! That wom
an Is a hypocrite or a fool. I'll see her
and make short work of all that non
sense." i Was Rnlph really Indignant, and, If
so, what was the meaning of that ex
pression, such nB follows on the heels
of flattery, which settled cozlly around
the corners of his mouth?
"I suppose." remnrked Dora. "If I
! have a hero for a husband. I have do
right to deirlvo society of the prlvllcgo I
i of seeing hliu once In awhile. To throw I
a veil over a bright particular star i
might be nccounted little short of a I
crime. If I um proud of you, ns you '
know only too well I am, there Is no
reason why I shottldn'allow others a
glimpse of you now and then not
often, Rnlph, for I am covetous, but
once lu nwhlle.
"I think Mrs. Van Grlpps was very
Just lu her criticism, nud 1 determined
that It was perhaps a duty I owed you
to accept her Invitation. So I sent for
the dressmaker and will try to look
passably well, dear, for your sake."
They attended the reception, and If
you had seen Dora, surrounded by a
score of admirers, you would have re
ceived the Impression that she was en
joying herself Immensely; that she
was as much In her element ns a llsh
Is lu the water or a bird Is In the air.
Whatever feeling of repugnance she
had to receptions wns so deftly sup
pressed that not a suspicion of It ap
peared either In her manner or bur con
versation. Women nte natural actors, and when
they mnke such a bacrlflce as that for
their husbands' sakes they are skillful
enough to cause one to believe that
they arc supremely happy.
Poor Ralph seemed like a plnnt train
ed to the wall. He was uncomfortable
nod even miserable, for he was forced
to chat half an hour with a withered
flower. Miss Ulack, and to escort n
garrulous old matron to the supper
room. Still, he looked at his radiant
this a bit, but she's doing It for my
sake. I'm n mighty lucky fellow."
That winter was notable for Its gor
geous balls and receptions, and Ralph
and Dorn nttended them all. The sense
of obligation which had forced her to
yield her personal preference to her
wifely duty In the llrst lustnnce seemed
to keep possession of her. and In the
spring she looked pale and haggard.
, , , , . ,
I,uilccd: 8l,. wns s. completely "in
down by her continual sacrlOces In
Ralph's behalf that when the summer
came he took apartments at a fashion
able watering place, where they speut
a couple of mouths In the endeavor to
Wheu .lack returned from llurope,
where he had spent IS mouths, one of
his llrst calls was on Ralph, and while
the two sat In the billiard room, stnok
lug nnd Indulging lu remlulsceuce.
Jack plumped out the question:
"Well, Ralph, you are Hi lily launch
cd on the sen of matrimony, old boy,
and how goes it?" '
Must ns I expected It to." nuswered
"Your theories have been successful
"Yes. uud they work to a charm."
"You have educated your wife la
your peculiar ways?"
"Yes, ami we've got on admirably. I
was right. .lack. I knew I was, nt the
start One needn't make a mistake In
a matter of that kind unless he Is stu-
i pld or under n glamour. All you hnvr
to do Is to assert your nuthorlty at
once, and nftcr that there Is no trouble
wuatever. A mat) should be master lu
his own household. That's what I
am und what I always Intend to he.
Why, you'd be surprised at the sacri
fices which Dora willingly makes and
takes pleasure lu making. I have my
own way In everything."
Jack nodded, hut somehow there
wns a lurking suspicion In his eyes.
The story he had heard at the club
didn't tally with Ralph's In some rath
er Important particulars, but ho said
"You see," contluued Rnlph, "married
life depends largely on tact nnd a care
ful use of n little diplomacy. Now.
Dorn reflects my feelings and Ideas as
truly as n mirror, and that very desir
able result has been brought about by
"Is It a secret. Ralph?"
"No, not at all. I am nulto willing
to tell you all about It. and If you will
my example you will have
peace of mind nil your life."
"That Is very Important, Ralph.
What policy havo you pursued to ac
complish such n miracle?"
"My secret lu simply this, Jack: You
can always have your own way In your
own home, provided nnd that's whero
the strategy comes lu provided you.
manage matters so deftly that your
vrlfo thinks It Is her way and not
yours. Sec7 I've done that ror a year
and a half nnd have got the coziest
und happiest household on the planet.
There Is nothing ensler than to manage
a woman, but you must go the right
way about It."
Jack went home with a boundless
admiration for Dorn.
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Their kindness, like their covetous
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world In order to save souls nud to
seize their neighbors' goods.
They are pure souls, with hearts of
gold, nnd If they did not possess teeth
as long ns those of the famous wolf
encountered by Little Riding Hood
they would bo tho best people in the
It Is rather unfortunate, however,
that their hutnanltnrlanlsm Is not ex
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The good English know nil this, but
they do not give themselves the trou
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conditions of Buffering at homo, while
their hunmultnrlanlsra shines with
great brilliancy In favor of negroes and
drunkards. Amiable land of hypocrisy,
whero nearly every possessor of a red
nose Is n member of a temperance so
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