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A MUTUAL DELUSION
By George Munson
"Any news about that vacancy with
Edridge, dear?" inquired Margaret of
her husband, Harold Reynolds, as he
flung himself down into the armchair
in their two-room apartment at Mrs.
Smith's boarding house.
"Not a word," answered her hus
"If only you could be the lucky
man," sighed Margaret "Just imag
ine earning a hundred a week instead
of thirty-five! Wouldn't our dreams
come true? Harold, I've got some
thing to show you,"
"What is it, Margaret?"
"Look," she answered, bringing
him a paper elaborately ruled off into
sections, with occasional lettering in
printed hand. "I have been pretend
ing that you got that position, just
for fun, you know, and this is how
we would build that house in the
Harold Reynolds surveyed the dia
gram. "O pshaw, Margie," he said,
I don't like those colonial houses at
alL I want a mansard roof instead of
dormer windows. And I want doors
between the rooms in the English
fashion. And, Margie, you haven't
arranged for that extension porch."
"Stop! Stop!" exclaimed his wife,
impatiently. "See here, Harold, don't
you remember, we were not to have
any doors, but just one great big liv
ing room, with, an alcove dining room
"I never agreed to anything of the
sort, Margie "
"And you are not going to let me
have anything to say with our own
house?" she wailed.
Half an hour later, after an argu
ment that came perilously near to
straining marital relations for the
evening, the two heads were bent
-'-""- the diagrams again. Harold had
) diagrams of his own, it ap-
i there was a considerable
"The greenhouses will have bego
nias and gardenias," he began.
"Harold! You agreed that we were
to have all green in our greenhouses
and no flowers at all!" exclaimed
Margaret, renewing her grievance.
"And, if it comes to that, do let us
be sensible. We can't invest all our
money in the garden."
"We can do a good deal on a hun
dred a week, dear."
"But is there any chance of it?"
"Very little," admitted Harold.
"But of course if the firm does give
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me that position when old Hawley re
signs it won't be extraordinary. It's
a case of a dozen men after one job
that's alL If it comes off, won't we
enjoy country life! We'll have our
automobile and go on long trips and
ve'll sit together in the evenings be
ide the purling stream, listening to
he katydids "
"And the winter, Harold, with the
skating upon the frozen streams ! All