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THE MARTYRS OF SUBURBIA
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Young Mrs. Raleiglr-6as.t a furtive
look after her husband asTie disap
peared at a run round the corner of
the lane. Then she sank down into
a chair and had a good cry.
They liad been married a month
and were in full possession of their
".When we are married, dear, we
will live in the country," her husband
had said to her. "No noisy, grimy
city streets for us, with insolent jan
itors and elevator boys. I shall look
forward to coming home to my little
wife amid the peacefulness of the
trees and flowers."
"Yes, dear," Dora had answered.
"And we will have chickens and rose
"And honeysuckle and clematis
over the porch." Dora's lover inter
posed. "And our little home will "be
a dream of delight."
That had always been Dora's pic
ture! And how bitter the' disillusion
ment! To begin with, there were no
maids in the country.
Of course, it was possible to pro
cure help from town not locally,
since all the girls drifted into the fac
tory, five miles away, by the screech
of whose whistle the Raleighs set
their watches. But maids would not
stay; they generally set down their
bags, sniffed and took their depart
ure. So young Mrs. Raleigh did her
own cooking and sweeping.
The chickens died of the pip, ex
cept three, which died of the gapes,
and one, a rooster, which Dora had
subsequently seen in the back yard
of Henry Foulkes, the colored man
who tried to make the vegetables
grow. None of the vegetables had
come up, except one radish, which
-vas being preserved as a curiosity
-'et Henry seemed to have vege
enever the Raleighs passed
The electric light bill was twice as
high as they had calculated, and gas
seemed to cost a dollar a cubic foot
unless it leaked into the cellar,
which was always in an inflammable
condition, to judge by the rate at
which the coal burned into lumps of
No wonder Mrs. Raleigh had a
good cry before she started seeding
the grit out of the local grocer's seed
The hardest thing was to put on
an expression of cheerfulness when
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Ate Their Dinner in Silence.
Henry came home. That night she
dried her eyes and practiced a wel
come smile until she could do no
better. Then she sat under the hon
eysuckle with her garden hat on,
which was the way her husband liked
to see her.
When at last she saw him coming
up the lane she was surprised at his
doubt about it Henry positively