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1 VISITING RELATIVES
v By Willa Kendall.
"(Copyright, by'W. G. Chapman.)
"Maisie, how dared yourefuse
Mrs. Winston's invitation in such
n ungracious, abrupt manner?"
jasked Louise in astonishment.
.i "Didn't you hear her intimate
, vPut Your Wraps and Bag Anywhere;
tc the Maid Is Out."
Tthat she'd treat me just like one of
0 the family ?""
. 0 "Isn't that the height of- hos
pitality, to make guests feel as if
..they were at home?"
., "There's no place just like
home," answered Maisie em
phatically, "and I'm jather glad
of it. "Who wants to be treated
when she's visiting with that
easy familiarity and the realisms
showered upon a relative?"
"I haven't done much globe
trotting and my experience has
been' rather limited," said Louise,
"but what has made you so cyni
cal?" "When I visited my' -aristocratic
cousins the Mannings, I
was received with cordial greet
ings land 'had visions of a very gay
week-end, until Cousin Jane an
nounced, Tut your wraps and
bag anywhere; the maid is out J
hope you're not hungry as we
have only a light lunch. We're
not going to make any fuss over
you, but treat you just as though
vou were' one of us.' "
"Didn't you have -enough to
satiate your hunger?"
"Hardly. A simple repast serv
ed on gorgedus dishes is no more
sustaining, even if a butler stands
in back of you and picks up your
napkin, than if you are served on
premium dishes that come with
a pound of coffee. We were hard
ly through when the ,baby com
menced to whine. 'We'll have to
stay with her while the nurse
goes on an errand,' said my hos
tess. The next hour was spent
in entertaining the youngster,
who broke my eye-glasses and
then laughed with joy."
"I suppose you had to meet all
of your cousin's friends an'd be on
exhibition the rest of the time,'
said Louise .sympathetically.
"No such luck. As the infant
could not be trusted alone he was
left in my charge for the greaten