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She wanted Tom's mother to approve
of her for Tom's sake, but she was
already very near hysterics.
The little lady showed no mercy.
The three rooms on the second floor
and the bathroom had to be thor
oughly cleaned, while the little lady
m gress of the work.
At last it was finished and Alice
sank down into a chair.
"Won't Tom be surprised with his
clean house tonight? It will seem
almost like his mother's home," this
little lady complimented.
"How long are you going to stay?"
"I only thought of being here a
month, but there is so much to be
done that I feel it is my duty to re
main as long as I am needed. And
now you better start dinner. Men
, are pretty hungry when they come
Alice tried to rise, but she couldn't.
She was tired out.
"X guess Tom will have to take you
to a restaurant," she said wearily.
"If you don't mind I think I will lie
down here and sleep. I don't want
The little lady fussed around,
drawing down the shade, putting the
pillow behind Alice's head, and then,
with a loving pat on Alice's cheek,
she went downstairs.
Tom burst into the room half an
"You poor little kiddie," he said.
"I should have tipped you off, but I
never dreamed she would surprise us.
Poor little girl."
Alice began to cry. "I want you to
' take me away, Tom. I can't work
like this every day. I never had to
before. I just can't do it"
Tom laughed. "Listen, dear, you
don't have to. You only have to un
derstand mother. While father lived
she had servants and her only occu
pation was bossing them around.
"When the home broke up and
she began visiting she tried to boss
Jhe girls ust aashe had Jhe servants, ;
and they had a pYetty hard time un
til one of them niton the plan of let
ting nfother do the work when she
thought it ought to be done and now
she never has a complaint to make.
Let's start now. You let me carry
you downstairs and I'll ask her to
cook some dinner."
Alice dried her tears and laughed
"I can walk," she protested.
"That won't do. To get the full
theatrical effect I must carry you."
And Tom carried Alice down and
placed her on the counch in the li
brary. "Poor little, girl," he said, "she's
all fagged out Won't you get us some
dinner, mother? I'll go out and get
some veal cutlet. You know I love it
breaded, and you might make some
hot biscuits. I guess I'll get the stuff
for a combination salad. We might
have fresh fried potatoes or au
gratin. And I'll "
The little lady was quivering. "You
know well enough, Tom, that I never
cooked a meal in my life and I won't
begin now. You just hustle around
to the delicatessen shop and get
some potato salad, cold ham, pickles,
rye bread, swiss cheese and anything
else that's cooked ready to eat, and
you can set the table when you come
Tom winked at Alice as he picked
up his hat and she winked back at
him. And the little lady said:
"I don't believe in doing anything
you don't have to, my dear. There's
no use slaving yourself into your
grave for any man. Don't you be
so particular about the house, a lit
tle dirt won't hurt anybody."
Break one egg in a large cup, add
pinch of salt and flour in which one
teaspoon of baking powder is sifted r
add flour enough to make a stiff
dough. Drop these a little from a
teaspoon into hot soup and boil five
minutes without a cover on the kettle.