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By Frank Filson.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"What is it, dear?"-asked Horace
scott, looking up at his wife across
the breakfast table,
"A tragedy," she answered, flinging
down the letter she had been reading,
with angry tears. "Your mother is
coming to pay us a visit tomorrow."
"Good Lord!" said Horace, picking
up the letter and reading it.
"Tomorrow, of all times, when the
Kerrs are coming to dinner, "and a
dozen other couples," continued Mil
dred. "And just when I had all my
plans fixed! What will they think of
us with that awful old woman?"
"I don't know that she's so bad,
dear," said Horace musingly. "Old
Kerr was brought up on a farm and
was a farmer's boy for two or three
"But, Horace, you know very well
that people who are in society don't
acknowledge things like that. It
doesn't matter what one has been;
it's what one is. And after I have
managed to get Dorothy into that ex
clusive boarding school, and had laid
all my plans for bringing her out! We
are fixed, Horace, fixed with the very
set of people we want to get in with,
and now your mother is coming up
from the farm, with her ignorant
speech and her bad table manners!"
"I'm not ashamed of her God
''bless her!" said Horace fervently.
"Ah, well, if you don't care about
your daughter's future, at least you
might care about our financial posi
tion," persisted his wife. "You know
very well that your chance of secur
ing that position as lawyer for the
Kerr corporation depends on my in
gratiating myself with Lucy Kerr. I
have worked to that end for two
years, knowing that old Williams
wouldn't live long, and that they
would be looking round for someone
else to represent them. It needs a
man who is in touch with the best
set And it means $12,000 a year!
Now! Are you going to have that old
woman at our party tomorrownight!"
"I am," said Horace. "If the Kerrs
are such intolerable snobs that they
require3 my denying-my own mother,
let them go to blazes! And if we
have to we'll take Dorothy out of that
school and send her to a public one."
"Then I wash my hands of the
whole affair," said Mildred, rising an-
Appeared at the Door a Figure in
grily from the table. "And you can
do what you choose,"
He could not pacify his wife all day.
He sent the telegram that his mother
had requested, and waited in some
thing like consternation for her ar
rival. Horace Scott was genuinely fond of
his mother. She had been devoted to
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