"Such is life," mused tKe so
ciologist, as he re-entered the
mansion. "But at least he has the
"yhen you,look on the blush
ing bride, so daintily arrayed in
silky white, it is hard to realize3
that by this time next year she2
will be shaking a coal stove.
LETTERS FROM MOTHER
XI. She Describes the. Gift Baby Box. '.
My Dear Daughter: I am very sorry to hear that you have
allowed yourself to become the prey of fear. My child, there is
nothing coming to you in the future that should cause you to be
afraid rather you should be filled with exceeding joy. I cannot,
help thinking that you have been overworking.
I know those baby clothes are very fascinating, but you must
get out doors and take a good walk every day; call on some of your
friends and above all do not give up vour club. This is worth an
effort even if it only disciplines your mind.
You must remember that for every man or woman born into
this world, by dear, some mother suffered the pangs of childbirth.
It is ojie of the laws of nature and you have no reason to fear it if
you have obeyed nature's other laws, and I think you have.
I am afraid you are dwelling too much on your condition. If
I. were you I would try and interest myself in something else. Read
something every day, especially a good poem. Above all clonot for
a moment harbor fear in your heart, as it will not only make you
and those about you unhappy, but it will be apt to impress its ugly
features on your unborn child.
Mary Morgan came over this morning to tell me she is to be
married in the spring. She caught your bouquet, you remember.
She showed me the prettiest as well as one of the most useful of
gifts she is sending to you. She calls it a "baby box." Thad in-,
tended sending you the things she put in it in a basket, but am glad
she has had the pleasure of fixing it up for you. I
''The idea is my own," she confided with a little blush, "but I'
consulted with one of the visiting nurses of our association about
what was necessary to put into it.'
She has purchased a beautiful satin-covered candy box, the size,
which will hold five pounds of candy. In it she has put a number of
daintily wrapped packages with little tags on them telling what)
they are and what they are for. There is a bottle of white vaseline,
a bottle of carnation pink toilet water, a box of talcum powder, a
package of sterilized gauze, a package of absorbent cotton, a box of-
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