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prt of the afternoon while Mrs.
Manning entertained company.
Upon the departure of her visit
ors, my aristocratic cousin said
in her most charming manner,
'Dearie, Mrs. Johnson caa't at
tend the meeting of the U. S. L.,
so I have to write a paper to read
in place of hers. Will you assist
me? You're'so clever. It will be
real quiet here tonight. I knew
you'd prefer spending the even
ingwith us rather than by being
bored by strangers.' J'
"How selfish. Didn't you meet
any young men?"
"Not that you could notice it.
We labored over the intricacies
of te suffrage question until I
crept to my room weary with the
words, 'Votes for Women,' ring
ing in my ears,- Hardly had I
fallen asleep when a thundering
knock atthe'door awakened me.
'Hastily dressing I rushed down
stairs to inquire what the trouble
was. My "host accosted me with
a smile. 'We're early risers,' he
said. 'Usually otir guests have"
their breakfasts ifcin their room,
but as you're just like orte of the
family, we thought you'd prefer
to join us. Didn't you rest well?
You'look rather tired.' I assur
ed' him I felt splendid, and then
sat down to listen to family, ar
guments and complaints about
the high cost of living, extrava
gant wives, Sfid sarcastic remarks
about husbands who were grow
ing too stout."
"Rather interesting," comment
Ad Louise. "You're usually "so1
tactful I presume you had eyes
that didn't see and ars that
didn't hear family squabbles."
''Did you go motoring often?"
"No, I was compelled to refuse
an invitation as my cousin said t
was so rarely she had anyone
whom she could trust to tell how
a gown wo'uld fit, that I shouW
go with her to the dressmaker.
Do you think it was any great
pleasure to go to the florist's and
to the caterer's to order flowers
and French pastry for a dinner to
be given after I left?"
"At any rate, you didn'tf.have
any expense," sajd practical
"You forget the tips forheser
vants, and the presents' "for the
children. Then Mrs? Manning
forgot her goldhag;.and had to
borrow mine, sayirjg 'there's no
one Ed rather askjtftnyou Evi
dently five dollrsisr'mererjtrifle
to her, for she3idnt return the
money I left in itv&nd I never had
the courage ,ta give$her a gentle
reminder. That-evening I was re
quested to sfaow the cook how to
make afish timbale with mush
rooms." "Did they compliment you on
your culinary ability?"
"Not nearly as much as they
bemoaned the fact that I burnt
one of the cook's favorite pans,
and that she threatened to leave
because strangers came into her
kitchen. To cap the climax the
young heir of the house burst into
an avalanche of tears because no
one would escort him to the five
cent show, His father had an en
gagement, his mother a conven
ient headache, and the governess