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V IEWC BUT TOO AM LOOKING- OLO J
By Billie Burke.
"Mercy, but you are looking old,"
exclaims your frank friend with an
air of greatest virtue.
You try to smile and give your
sagging features an upward slant,
but your fnend catches you before
you have succeeded and again exer
cises her diabolical frankness.
"Now, don't feel hurt," she ad
monishes, "you know you can't make
people think you are a spring
chicken, no matter how much you
like to do so. Other people may flat
ter you in the idea, but I always say
what I think."
Mentally you tell yourself that if
you said what you thought you would
certainly tell your frank friend that
her thoughts must always be very
disagreeable ones, as you seldom
have heard .her express herself pleas
antly about-anybody or anything.
Just how the vice of frankness got
over into, the virtue column is hard
to understand, for it seems as though
any one might realize there is "no
virtue in saying disagreeable things
co others and that is where your
1 frank friends shine, no matter how
much they are hated for doing it.
I have made it a practice in the
last few years to cut all distressingly
frank people off my list of acquaint
ances. I don't want to be told I am
growing old; that gown I must wear
another season is entirely out of
fashion, that the girl my brother is
going to marry is much older than
he; that it is strange my husband
married a dark woman, he always
seemed so devoted to blonds. Ignor
ance of these things is bliss for me,
consequently I fight shy of all those
people who think it a virtue to tell me
the faults and foibles of myself and
Then there are the people who are
so arrogantly frank about them
selves, who seem to think that what
happens to themselves is of the ut
most importance to the world at
large. While these people do leave
so many heart; burnings behind them
they are the worst of bores.
Utter frankness about one's self
or about others is not only a small
vice, but it is very bad taste. Lincoln
said "that a disagreeable handling of
the truth was more apt to spread dis
aster than an out and out lie."
-U rr jj"-
The Pup Hooray, now I've found
a way to scratch my own nose at last