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MISTRESS AND MAID
By Harold Carter
j (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
1 "Mother, we can't let Hilda go. She
understands father's very decided
tastes in cooking and it would take
months to train another girl."
J "But it's natural that she should
' want to get married, Lucille," pro
l tested Mrs. Hampton weakly.
! "It may be natural, but we're going
to keep her," said Lucille, tossing her
I prety head.
"But put yourself in her place, my
, dear," answered her mother. "Sup
f pose you were prevented from mar-
rying John. Wouldn't you feel badly?
And wouldn't you give up any posi
, tion, if you had to work, to marry
"That's quite a different matter,"
; answered Lucille. "Hilda is a Swede
and Swedes have no feelings. And
f she's a servant and we can't expect
t that sort of people to feel like us.
J Hilda is very happy as an indepen
" dent single woman and that grocer's
clerk would probably squander her
. savmgsand perhaps ill-treat her. I'm
going to sfop.the affair."
Mrs. Hampton, mildly curious,
J found her questions rebuffed with all
. her daughter's energy;-and, being pri
marily a peace-loving person, she
1 subsided and hoped that nothing
j more would be heard about the mat
i However, events moved quickly.
Then next day Hilda was in tears, and
. she sniffed in a very audible manner
; as she waited at table. Lucille looked
"I've fixed it," she announced.
i "Lucille!" protested her patient
t "Oh, nothing much about that
' When I was in the store today I re
f marked casually that I hoped Hilda
had got her divorce in Sweden be
j fore coming to this country, because
she was flirting a good deal with the j
young men who delivered goods at
the house. That was all. And, did
you notice that a different clerk de
livered the groceries this morning?
Hilda will soon get over her feeling
and we'll keep7her."
"Lucille, I'm ashamed of you!"
"All right, I'll take the responsi
bility for father's- sake," said the
The experiment certainly -seemed
to have been successful. Gradually
Dear Miss Lucille," It Ran.
Hilda's disconsolate face grew bright
again. It was noticed, too, that she
seemed to distribute her fvor im
partially upon the different trades
men's assistants. Where so many
shared it there seemed no likelihood
of her fixing upon dne in particular.
As for Jones, the clerk who had mo
nopolized her, he had left his em
ployer's services. -Katz, the grocer,
said that he was going into business
for himself. Lucille did not care uari