THE PROBLEM OF FINDING A WIFE
That innovation at which Berlin gasped last week a fully decorated
marriage store in the shopping center, with portraits and pedigrees of eligi
ble women offeredSfor wedlopk on a commission basis shocks love's young
But have you ever realized, Mr. Happily Married Man, how much better
your chances were to pick the right woman, say 20 to 30 years ago, than
they would be if you were a young man hunting a wife today?
As a lad you lived on a farm or in a village. You grew up with many
nice girls. You knew all about their families and they knew all about yours.
You might have made no serious mistake .had you asked any girl in the
bunch to se the queen of your home. You probably would find it rather
hard today to explain just what caused your heart to flutter and your pulse
to dance for the miss who became your missus, in supreme preference to all
the other equally intelligent and good looking girls in your set You only
knew that they did; that you're-glad they did; that if you had .that part of
your life to live over again you wouldn't want it to be different. But what
you're likely to forget is that your wooing was easy.
Suppose that just about the time you were ready for a wife, business
had lifted you out from the. boyhood circle and set you down, a stranger, in
a strange, big city say for example, New York..
If you could afford, to live in an expensive hotel, the only attractive and
worthy young women you'd be likely to see there would be ah occasional
transient, whom you could -not hope to know.
If your lot led you to the average boarding house, you might, indeed,
meet a few worthy young womenr but your range of choice among them
would of necessity be limited. There are good, possible wives among the
young women who live in boarding houses; but, honest to goodness, you
wouldn't think of boarding houses as you used to think of the homes of
your girl chums years ago.
You might-have to go into a hall bedroom and take your meals where
you happened to be. Then the main chance you'd have to meet good, raw
material.for wifehood would be in fugitive, casual ways. And though Cupid
sometimes works what look like miracles, the chances remain against your
finding the right woman by dumb luck. More often the women you meet
fugitively and casually in a big city aren't those you'd prefer to live with
the remainder of your days. .
"How about church?" do you ask? Well, the church in the city has
helped Cupid a lot. But it isn't very easy to break through the crust of the
average city church; and as time goes on the difficulty seems to increase;
Besides, what worth while young man wants deliberately to make use of
the church as a social ladder or wiving first aid?
So it may not be in vain that this Berlin match-maker has conceived
his notion of a commercial marriage bureau. He has at least ventured an
idea worth thinking about. Unless our cities open social centers where
human association may proceed norinally, it is rather likely that some varia
tion of the Berlin idea may spread. For men and women must be introt
duced somehow; and though marriages that turn out well are commonly.'
spoken of as having been made in- heaven, we know, don't we, that they
required a good bit of coddling on earth?
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