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NATURAL OR NOT, SHE HAS.IT
Mrs. Astrid Wolfe, registered on the New York polite roster as night
watchman, says that "women are not naturally cowards and nen are," ac
cording to her experience.
Maybe so, madam, maybe so. Women may not be at all naturally
cowards, but some of them get a heap of it by education.
The other night a man who, each week, carefully scans an office pay
roll which we dearly love, retired with his wife. The lady promptly pro
ceeded to warm her feet on him, despite the protestations of despair and
misery on the part of the natural coward. She got them warm.
Pretty soon a shot sounded on the still night air in the direction of the
side yard. ' The man, in his natural cowardice, said it was a shot fully a
mile away, and would not arise and go out where there was possibly mis
cellaneous shooting in the dark. Not so the lady. She was afraid, 'tis
true, but she had educated herself up to the idea that any unusual noise
at night meant that unchaste paws were handling her lily-pattern silver
spoons. So she got up and opened the window arid gazed into the im
penetrable darkness for moments and moments. Finally, trembling with
cold, she resumed her place beside the natural coward and proceeded to
revive the warmth in her feet on him, notwithstanding such squirmings
and blasphemies as would naturally suggest themselves to such a craven
But, not having learned what that pistol shot meant, the lady could
not go to sleep and, so, soon felt that the noise was the blowing up of the
hot water heater and that the house was burning. Now, note, please,
that had she been naturally a coward, she would have lain still and sent the
man to put out the fire. But, being educationally cowardly, she went to
inspect that heater and made the man go with her, lest the halls be full of
burglars. Being mad at gas bills and being naturally cowardly, the man
would have lain still till smoked out, but "he was over-persuaded and
trotted through the cold, dark house behind the lady.
Of course, they found the heater merrily joy riding with the meter, as
usual. Simply, some neighbor had taken a shot at a yowling tomcat, or
something equally as good, and .upon returning to their couch, the lady
promptly proceeded to re-warm her feet upon that natural coward, the man.
It is little illustrations like this that lead us to the opinion, first announced,
to the effect that natural cowardice may be entirely absent in a woman and,
still, she may acquire some by education, or mental development.
By A. M. D.
Prom the seed of Desire I fashioned
As precious as Midas gold;
And filled it with essence'of joy su
preme, ' With yearning and longing untold.
But when it was mine, with its won-
' drous worth,
- And I knew it would live for Aye,
Pquestioned why I had given it birth,
And wearily prayed it might Sfo
When the corn is on the cob, wife,
And the butter's on the corn,
With the salt and pepper fresco
Which the outfit should adorn,
Tie your apron round my neck, dear,
And I'll be right on the job.
Gee! I'm glad teeth were invented
When the corn is on the eob.
"Find fault with yourself and none
other," says Philosopher Roger As
cham. But married men don't have,
to go t9 all that trouble,