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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 17, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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MME. SCHUMANN-HEINK'S ADVICE TO JUNE
BRIDES'BEWARE OF UNDUE CURIOSITY"
BY MME. SCHUMANN-HEINK
' The Famous Diva
A clever woman said the other day
that she thought that curiosity was
the greatest and most poisonous dart
the devil had in his quiver with which
to torture poor, sinful man.
. The old nursery tale of Bluebeard's
wives had a solid kernel of wisdom
within its allegory.
Curiosity is one of the greatest of
vices and paradoxically it can be one
of the greatest of virtues.
The woman of no curiosity rarely
accomplishes anything.
The right kind of curiosity means
the finding out of the best way to live.
It jneans always playing the game
with always a curiosity to know what
the end will be if you play it fairly
and to the best of your ability.
But undue curiosity savors of sus
picion and there is nothing more
liable fo lead the marriage ship on
the rocks of destruction than that the
mate should grow suspicious of the
captain.
I know that sounds very old-fashioned
and behind these times of ultra
feminism, but every wife would be
happier if she recognized her hus
band as the captain and as a loyal
mate she should refrain from rock
ing the boat
It is a foolish habit, that of curios
ity, and if a woman would be a suc
cessful wife she will not inquire too
closely into the affairs of her hus
band or those of his family. Neither
will she allow anyone to come to her
with any story about her husband.
I have a friend whq married very
young and although she was foolish
in many ways she was nbt curious
and when her husband's own father
came to her with complaints about
her husband she told him that she
did not care to hear them.
To me she always stood for the
bravest, most beautiful , wifehood I
have even known and I ever felt for
her a sympathetic and compassion
ate admiration that was a million
times greater than those who came
to me with tales of grief and woe.
While I do not think it is always a
woman's duty to make tliis sacrifice
I do feel that having made it she
should stand by. her guns.
It is no woman's duty to Jive with
a man if life becomes only a desper
ate struggle to keep her own self
respect; but as long as she lives with
her husband the secrets of her mar
ried life should Tie inviolate.
(Another Schumann-Heink Article
Tomorrow.)
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NEW FIELD OPEN TO BUSINESS
WOMAN IN FRUIT TRADE
Jsteiztre rtei-ntt
Miss Myrtle Merritt of Durant,
Okla., recently elected vice president
of the Arkansas State Retailers' as
sociation, is the first woman to hold
such a position in the United States.
Miss Durant is an authority on the
fruit shipping trade.
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