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ONLY AN OLD JOKE, HEY?
The editor of the New York World announces that there is ye?
lacking an instance of a'wife going through her husband's pockets
that that story is merely one of the aboriginal jokes.
He's one editor who hasn't acquired the commonest knwledge
on earth. To be sure, most editors who have credit use checks large
and those who haven't credit seldom have enough in their pockets
to make it an object to go through them, but if this New York fel
low wants to prove that the matter is an aboriginal joke let him
proceed' as follows:
First, he must get married and acquire the habit of hanging
his pants on the bedpost, putting the loops in the suspenders care
fully over the post in such shape that the pockets will hang open
and baglike. Curiosity is one of woman's strong points; and living
with a man being a novelty to wifey, she'll soon decide to see what
a man carries in his pockets. When she is seeing, Mr. Editor will
lie in bed happily thinking how two hearts beat as one and what a
blessing mutual interests are.
Playfully and lovingly, wifey will turn over the contents of
the pockets, finding some things to laugh at and some to ask ques
tions about, but it will be the loose change that will indelibly stamp
an impression upon her mental ensemble, mental horizon or what
ever you want to call it. Later on, after the honeymoon has begun
to look like a cut or cold tripe, after the beautiful rosey tints of mar
ried life have mellowed into the practical high cost of living shades,
it will not make any difference how or where Mr. Editor hangs his
pants of nights. The inbornness, the indigenosity of wifey's curios
ity will get to 'em.
We like to see a New York editor rise and defend wives in gen
eral, but in this instance, through lack of experience, the editor has
really accused wives of not exercising their rights, and we're right
touchy on this point.
Experience is the only reliable teacher for editors as well as all
others. Oft we have been editorially advised, for instance, that a
bee does not sting if let alone; yet on our very last vacation we ran
four miles over hill and dale and purling brook and six barbed wire
fences trying to let a'busy bee alone, and had to finally return to
camp with a raging volcano just where our galluses crossed, and an
opinion of editorial advice unfit for publication.
Verily the editorial smart alec who takes pen in hand to tell
Ahat such as wives and beesand other possessors of high nervous
temperament do not do ought to be backed with personal experience.
I' is almost certain tiiat New York editor isn't married, or else has
found a tailor low down enough to create pants without pockets