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BLAMES POODLES FOR LARGE
SHARE OF DIVORCE EVIL
By Charles Wesley Blodgett, D. D.
y (Pastor cunon Metnoaist tpiscopai
Church. Cincinnati. O.: Past De
partment Commander of G. A. R.)
The divorce evfL
It Is becoming too deeply imbedded
in the fabric of the American people.
Its results are seen on every hand
misery, unhappiness, suffering.
Its causes are on the surface
the times in which we are living ne
cessitate this evil or, rather, create
it. We have only to look about us
for the causes of unhappy marriages
and the unhappiness of marriages
which set sail so beautifully in the
beginning of wedded life.
In my estimation poodle dogs are
responsible for a large percentage of
divorce in "high life."
The woman that loves a poodle
dog more than a baby has neither
the elements that make a. true wife
and mother nor a true woman. If all
the poodle dogs, with tne silly women
who march our streets leading them
or coddling them in their laps, seated
in limousines, were put in the feeble
minded asylums the world would be
Yet thousands of women wives
of wealthy and successful men lav
ish their affections on dogs. The dog
seems to be the natural usurper of
the baby, substituting it in the affec
tions of the false wife and the false
No man can retain his love for a
woman who prefers a poodle to baby.
His affections and respect must
dwindle tike frost on the window
Perhaps the "poodle dog habjt'Hs
a result of woman's love of 4isplay,
nrVii'nh nnw is the dominatine char-
l oorictiV nf fhp woman of wealth.
Her hand no longer rests on the
cradle rail her poodle receives her
Poodle dogs split more families
among our wealthy classes than any
other single cause.
Estrangements follow extravu--gance
display in dress wrecks the
home. If no children bless a mar
riage, then there are hundreds and
even thousands of good-blooded chil
dren awaiting a home and from one
to three should be adopted.
The divorce court is necessary. It
is too often tie only door that leads
out of misery.
When love ceases to exist (and it
is the only sacrament of the mar
riage altar) are not those who live
together as husband and wife with
out love living in dishonorable state?
"That's French, playing in his old
form again. Wasn't he nearly killed
in the last game?"
"Yes; for a while I thought he was '
a dead language."
Early training is a great thing. For
instance the Italian fruit merchant
who started as a bootblack always
has the shiniest apples.