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TOM TAMES HIS WIFE'S MOTHER-IN-LAW THE
DELICATESSEN SHOP TO THE RESCUE
BY JANE WHITAKER
Alice had never met her mother-in-law, who had been visiting a daugh
ter in a distant city when Tom and Alice eloped, therefore she did not
recognize the iQny alert little woman, with snow white hair and bright
brown eyes, who stood in the doorway. y
-'Tin Tom's mother," the little lady announced. "I haven't seen Tom
since fie was married, so I have come for a visit. I Buppose you are his
Alice nodded, the while her heart sank at the remembrance of dishes
for three days piled on the kitchen table, in the sink and every other avail
able spot, the beds not made, and the whole house unclean. ,
However, she was as cordial as she could be under the circumstances
The little lady took possession at once. "My, what a lot of work -you
have, she said, in a cheerful voice.
"Did you have company for break
fast?" "No," Alice replied, without think
ing. "There was Just Tom and my
self." "And you dirtied all those dishes!
You careless children."
Alice explained. "Tom has been
having a little holiday, and I wanted
to give him every minute of my time,
so we have been just jaunting
around, letting the work slide."
The little lady looked amazed. "Do
you mean you haven't washed your
dishes? No wonder you are over-run
with flies. If you want to hold yoinr
husband, you must be mare tidy."
Alice said nothing, though the
tears sprang readily to her eyes, as
she led the little lady to the guest
chamber, for Alice had all the fear
of a mother-in-law that is in the
heart of every bride.
The guest room waB dusty, and the
little lady flicked some of the dirt
aside with her clean handkerchief.
"We will have to get right down
to cleaning," she observed. "I could
never sleep in such a dusty room. It's
When they reached the kitchen
and Alice had attacked the stack of
dishes she suggested timidly that
perhaps the httle lady would like to
'Til try, but my hands are so nerv
ous that I dread handling dishes,"
and at that moment she dropped one
of Alice's handpainted plates, a wed--ding
gift v a
"You see," the little lady .apokvy
gized. "I am too shaky to do any-n
The dishes finished, Alice swept;?
the kitchen floor, and then the little
lady discovered a spot on the linol-
eum made by splashing grease.
"Isn't that too bad," sha said. "You,j
will have to scrub the whole floor
now. You ought to have an extra?
Alice had never scrubbed a floor
she had not had to at home and Tomf
had insisted she should have aq
woman once a week to do such work,v
but Alice could not explain this tg
Tom's mother and show her incom
petence, so she got down on her,i
knees and went to work.
When she was thrdugh she was
very tired. "I guess we better havep
some lunch,'' she suggested. q
"My dear, you can't waste time on
lunch. You've got the whole upstairs
to clean this afternoon. Isn't therei
some cold meat or something?" j
"There's a little, roast beef in the
"Well, you put the kettle on andL
I'll stay here until it boils and Ilia
make a couple of sandwiches while?
you start upstairs. I'll call you when
the tea is ready."- '3
" Alice did not think of rebellingi4
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