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THE LAUGHING BOX
' By Harold Carter.
(Copyright byW. G. Chapman.)
i People say it's 'all right for chil
dren to ioe their father better than
"their mother. I don't know whether
3that's so. and of course we are very
fond of mother. But father is simply
He understands everything before
we begin to tell him about it, where-
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"Where Is He?"
, as mother is a little I hate to write
the word, but it's naggy. Of course
'she has had a lot of trouble, and a
biff family to take care of, consisting
of me and Gladys and Emery and
1 Charles and Dorothy. So, as father
' says we must be patient with her.
Mother was forty last month, and
we had a family council to decide
what to give her. We gave her a pillow-sham
for the Morris chair she
i gave father when he was forty, and
when we had decided that we began
to take stock of things.
There was no denying that mother
had become distinctly more of a nag
ger during the last year. She wanted
to reform everybody, and, as father
used to say, if you don't succeed in
reforming anyone before he's three,
there isn't much chance afterward.
While we were in the midst of our
consultation father came home from
"Iet me in on it, kids!" he said.
"What's the conspiracy?"
Dorothy told it. Dorothy is fath
er's favorite, though he denies it.
"So you're trying to reform moth
er, are you?" asked father, looking
"She's becoming a perfectly dread
ful nagger, you know," Charles ex
plained. "She does nag a little bit," admit
ted father. "But there isn't anything
that can be done, I'm afraid."
"Can't you reason with her, fath
er?" asked Emery, who is a believer
in the power of influence.
Father shook his head. "You can't
change people by reasoning," he an
swered. "No, the only thing to do
is just to smile and say nothing."
"Of course mother doesn't mean
anything," I said, "but it does seem,
father, as though something drastic
ought to be done, just to show her."
I had just finished speaking when
black Tom Woolley went up the
street with his little girl. Tom was
laughing one of his horse-laughs, and
the minute he began we all joined in
and laughed till the tears ran down
Tom is the funniest colored man in
Winston. 'He laughs for five min
utes when he begins, and it isn't pos
sible to help laughing too when you
hear him. He has the jolliest, most
contagious laugh in the world.
"Children, I have an idea," said
father. "Suppose mother were a lit
tle upset, and heard Tom laughing
what do you say?"
Emery caught on at once. "But you