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A LESSON IN MATRIMONY
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"And she said," concluded little
Mrs. Clemons, "the truth is-my hus
band is brutal and so I have come
back to be among friends while I am
saving up enough money to get my
There was silence at the table.
Every one of the boarders felt that in
a way Dora Symons' action was a re
flection on the establishment. Dora
and Charles Symons had met there,
become engaged and married, 'all
within the space of the preceding
year. And the Wentworths, the
Fields and the Stuarts had met and
mated and were still living under
Mrs. Jones' hospitable roof.
"I always knew Mrs. Symons was
quick-tempered," said Herbert Went
worth. "But it's so absurd," said Mrs.
Clemons. "Just because Charlie is
a little hasty why, she kritew herself
that he was quick-tempered before
she married him. And just because
he complained of her cooking .and
threw a slice of pie across at the cat
that isn't cause for leaving him."
"We must influence her to go back
to him," said Mrs. Field.
"We can't," said Mrs. Clemons.
"She thinks we all sympathize with
her against Charlie. What can be
done? She came here to get our
Then Jim Stuart rose up. "She'll
get it," he said. "She'll get it thick,
and she'll sop it up like a muffin."
"What do you mean, Jim?" asked
"Children," said Jim, "come hither
and put your heads together and I
will tell you."
He had just finished telling them
when Dora came into the room.
The men withdrew after supper
and the ladies opened the ball.
"I think it's a shame," said Mrs.
Stuart warmly, "and I entirely ap
prove of your action. No self -re-1
specting' woman will endure a life
with a brute."
"I honor you for your act, my
dear," said Mrs. Field. "If my hus
band threw the pie at my cat I would
not stay in the house a second."
"My. dear, you have done just
right," said Motherly Mrs. Went
worth, patting Dora's cheek. "Just
the right thing in the right way, as
you always did. But who would have
"Darling, Will You Ely With Me,
thought that Charles would have
turned out so abominably?"
Dora Symons' eyes filled with
tears. The sympathy of her old
friends was inexpressibly grateful to
her. And during the week that fol
lowed her animosity against her hus
band increased tenfold. She had
never dreamed that men could show
their wives such courtesy, such ten
derness, as the Messrs. Wentworth,
Stuart and Field. ,