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lielngs." Before her marriage she
was Dorothy Cooksey, daughter 'of
George A. Cooksey, of Pasadena,
Cal., who, when he heard of his
daughter's" extraordinary predilection
for animals, exclaimed despairingly,
"Dorothy should-vnever have been
born! Prenatal influences are respon
sible for her conduct!"
The fwo fathers-m-law made many
efforts toreconcile their warring chil
dren and in 1912 Induced them to
sign the following' agreement:
"We acknowledge that our duty as
father and mother should overrule
all considerations of a personal na
ture so long as we have health and
strength sufficient therefor.
"I, Dorothy, disclaim any moral
obligation to my children, but, with
this exception, I promise to do my
best to carry out this agreement be
cause my father asks me to and I
believe it is my duty to abide by his
advice in this." e
Two months later, however, Mrs.
Marcus -bade her husband a final
farewell, telling him that she did not
love him and had never loved
him, that her children were
nothing to her, never had been, and
that she resigned all claim in them
to him. Marcus divorce suit was the
result and his wife did not contest it.
If Mrs. Marcus' father is right in
believing that prenatal influence Is
responsible for her state of mind we
should not criticise her too severely.
But if he is wrong we must accept
her abnormal conduct as merely the
ultimate development of the possi
bilities in any loveless marriage. The
fact that women have been able to
love children born in loathing or in
the stale tepidity of a marriage of
indifference is the greatest miracle of
motherhood. And Mrs. Marcus may
be merely one of those to whom the
miracle did not happen. Even mir
acles miss fire sometimes.
Love for little helpless animals, for
puppies and kittens is just an ex
tension of the maternal instinct. No
woman is o be censured for loving
them. Mrs. Marcus' queerness lay 1
in not loving more tenderly and pro
foundly the little helpless tilings' that
were peculiarly her own. She should
not have loved her dogs and horses
less, merely her children more. And,
undoubtedly, she would have loved
them if she had been able to love
GIVE PLUM PUDDING TIME TO
By Caroline Coe
As every good housekeeper
knows, plum pudding must "ripen"
before it is served at the holiday din
ner or at the wedding feast, or what
ever the "grand occasion" may be
that calls for this festive dish.
An English recipe that has stood
the test of years is as follows :
Wash one pound, each, of seeded
raisins and currants. Drain and dry
perfectly dry, chop 1 pound of suet
and rub with 4 tablespoonfuls of
Blanche and chop one-half ponud
almonds, one-quarter pound citron
(shaved in fine pieces), 3 teaspoons
(each) of candied lemon and orange
peel (cut fine). Mix all these with
the suet and flour. Add the raisins
and currants and 1 tablespoon of
salt. Stir into this mixture lwine
glass of cider, add 1 pound of dry
fine breadcrumbs, mix and set away, '
covered with tight cover for 36 hours.
When ready to boil the pudding
add 8 eggs (well beaten) one-half
cup of lemon juice and one-half
pound of flour. Knead all together
and fill well-buttered cans two-thirds
full. Cover and boil or steam for 8
"Jinks treated me mighty mean,
but I got even with him, all right."
"What did you do?"
"Simply mentioned the fact that he
was thinking of taking out another
life Insurance policy and agents by
the score have been calling on him
ever since."- N. Y. World.
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