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THE TALK THAT FOLLOWED THE MARRIAGE
; OF X WAITRESS TO A COUNT'S SON
Fall River, Mass., is agog over the news that Lena Roy has become
the bride of the son of a Danish count. Why-aflurry over that? you ask.
It's this way: i -
A year or more ago Lena and her parents moved out to northwestern
Canada, and pa, ma and 'daughter each' got a farm.. Before that they'd
been city poor, and Lena- had "waited on a table." The now happy groom
had been a guest at the hotel in which she was a waitress Her beauty,
neatness and poise attracted fhinv; her . good sense-completed-bts conquest;
he wooed but, she eluded Until a long"!stretch of, patient courtship had made
clear that he "was a man she could trust.; xThen came the1 wedding bells.
And now they're going to Denmark to; Continue farming on theestate
which he will inherit.
But whathhrts in the talklsthe emphasis Dut 'on. thatword. waitress J
It's as if, somehow, in spite of" all the precepts about tofl!:beIng dignified
and labor noble. it was a great condescension for, ttiis, scibft of a foreign
aristocrat to;wed an American woman who had bravely a,fld'capablyearned
her way. y J
Maybe ifc.was,, according to European traditions. But' why should
Americans admit it? .,;
Compare the two and who can say he 'has made a sacrifice?
She gives uj country, friends, freedoni ''fb.jgo to-a new life amidst
3trangers. He gives-up-nothing; he gets. , k
The Danes are sensible folk who dtih't'permit ;tfieir "nobility" to be
come spoiled. The chances are, therefore, that her, 'life among them will
be pleasant. They'll take less notice 6f the. fact that she used to be a'
waitress than we theoretically democratic Americans will of the fact that
he is the son of a count. v
Besides, they know that waitresses are necessary, whereas counts are
only for ornament.
e will inherit. - - , . ,
be sure.iit's an unusual romance. And-so unlike ttiesrun of inter
marriagesNthat you can't wonder folks talk. ' ,
whot.mii'ta in fho taltrTa'fm ftmnnocla nn'f 'nn Viaf rftr1 "Ttrnff-rocc
. He;had the brains, he had the front,
' He had the manners nice i
But couldn't be ambassador: '
He didn't have the price!
Agnes What foolish things a
young man will do when he's in love!
Ethel Then I'll bet Jack's proposed
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