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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. MARCH 8. 1903
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I ill OF WIVES :
Practical Suggestions by
Mrs. Elizabeth Duer.
!; By Edgar Saltus.
WRITTEN FOR THE SUNDAY REPUBLIC.
The coral Caroline Island of Tap Is in
The Kin is dead.
This King. David O'Keefe. emerged from
Erin, acquired here the rank and Utlo of
frcc-born American, refused to loiter in
what Is repertorially known as our midst,
shipped as a mate on a. trader, and. a
typhoon aiding, was blown from the
hatchways on to Yap, vhere the natives,
fancving from these gymnastics that he
f-m descended, not from Cork, but from Above.
Jr saluted him with prompt genuflections sov
f ercign and overlord.
How In that somnolent, sultry atoll o
the Pacific this Irishman ruled, rolled up
riches and recently concluded to die belong
to another story.
The point is that his adventures, however
surprising and emotional, hive for pendant
other adventures more delightful still.
To emigrate from Erin and become a Kin
shows luck. But to be bom a slave and
become an Emperor shows humor.
Soloque did that.
Soloque began life with a saucepan and
ended it v. lth a scepter.
-At the ago of 60 he was a cook, very fat,
very black. Ignorant as a carp, unable to
read, unable to write. But ho could make
his mark, and did.
Caught on the crest of a Haytian revolu
tion, he flung himself from it into power.
On his return from a sablo Marengo the
President of the Senate capped him with a
! crown of pasteboard and acclaimed him
, j The proceeding, entirely opera Toouffe, was
O embellished by the festivities that ensued.
Soloque sent abroad for robes of state,
parodied the coronation of Napoleon,
created an Immediate nobility, gratified a
relative with the title of Prince of "Water
melon, evohed another into Duke of Mo
lasses Candy, and a third into Marquis of
We are not making these things up. They
are all related by George d'Alaux. a writer,
who was In Haytl at the time and who has
left a bock on this Offenbach monarchy.
Be-lde It a Beckers "Comlo History" i
LIKE RAILWAY FICTION.
But not the perfectly authenticated rec
ord of Do Tonnlens. The ad-ventures of
O'Keefe predicate, luck; those of Soloque
waggery, but in the goings on of this chap
there was enterprise. Industry to boot, all
the elements of railway Action.
Who he originally v. as m once knew and
hae since forgotten. We remember, how-
ever, that not so long ago he set sail from
.r ranee lor l-eru. accompanied by a cargo
As in Peru It never rains, but It nan.
what ha did with the cargo is conjectural.
Perhaps he took It to Chile. In any event,
one day. or It may bo one night, ho reached
Araucanla. At tho time Araucanla was on
the map. A portion of it Is still there. The
rest Chile has gobbled.
Whether the umbrellas nna!.i ,
Imaginations of tho Inhabitants. and
whether because of them they saw In the
peddler a kindred King, Is conjectural also,
but King he became.
That Is history. It is history, too, that
under the style and title of Aurellus I ho
Institute! ft series of decorations which,
like the umbrellas, he peddled about. Mean
while ha had not neglected to establish a
According to'advices less recent than re
liable In the portion of Aradcania that re
mains the court still endures. But the
throne Is empty. The enterprising peddler
King Is dead.
r- There is romance. It reads like Action
and happens to be fact. Wo regret very
much that it should have- escaped the at
tention of our late friend and brother in
letters. Baron Harden-HIckey. In what
manner tno latter who was born qulto
smodestlyiln Sarr Francisco because 133x00
we never Inquired.
There aro mysteries which we prefer to
ignore rather than to elucidate. It may be
that the Comte de Chambord. whose hench
man he became, gave the title to him. It
may be. also, that It was self-bestowed.
Yet fifteen years ago in Paris, where we
first met him, he enjoyed. In addition to his
problematic title, the formidable repute of
being the crack duelist of France. A poet
at his hours and always a scholar, he was
doubly dangerous. His pen otung as
promptly as did his sword.
Therewith he was an antithesis-made man
He looked like a buccaneer, behaved like a
debutante, talked like Rabelais, lived like a
ssge. wrote a book on suicide and edited a
it WEARIED OF BOULEVARDS.
V Presently he wearied of the boulevards,
or they did of him. and on a trip to this
country, he met Miss Flagler, a young
heiress, who subsequently became his wife.
Meanwhile, he had met something else an
Idea, the Idea of hatching a monarchy for
He proposed to establish a kingdom at
Trinidad, a speck of an island off the coast
or Brazil where he also proposed to reign.
Into this project he entered with a serious
ness that was really beautiful to contem
plate. To us he deigned to offer the highly
genteel post of poet laureate. We were
much flattered, particularly as he then es
tablished a chancellerle In New York, an
other In London. But at this Juncture the
Powers intervened, or he said they did,
and. Ignorant of Araucanla and its possi
bilities, suddenly he killed himself.
That was an absurd thlnr to do.
It Is one of the dlsadvantAs-pq . nf Aaa.
that It prevents you from participating In
the possibilities of life. Had Harden
Hlckey lingered he might have been King.
At va ume tnero was another throne In
waiting which another American grabbed.
This chap, whose name was David Brlggs,
was then occupying a hall bedroom on
He also occupied the heart of a shop girl.
That heart and a handbag constituted his
assets. These things he took to California,
and out. of It to the Pacifio. There, like
O'Keefe. a storm caught him.
Precipitated on an island near Bora-Bora,
the natives proceeded to fatten him. They
would have eaten him, too, but a Princess
passed that way.
Through the long grass she flew to her
father, the King, wrung her little chocolate
paws, and, sobbing, swore that the captive
was an envoy of Omalea, the Great White
At that, on his bamboo throne, the old
cannibal shook with fright. Briggs was
summoned, examined, freed.
To the south there were rebels. Brlggs
told the King how they could be quelled. At
once from captive he convoluted Into cham
berlain. Had he yielded to the little cocoa
Princess he would have become consort also.
But that memories of Fourth avenue pre
vented. Then the monarch's dauc-htor
I sobbed herself to sleep. When they strove
xo -vr&ns ner uey louna ner siumser was
WEPT ON BAMBOO THRONE.
On his bamboo throne the old Kins; sat
and wept. But when the rebels were
quelled he forgot and caroused. Bo did he
eat of roasted pig, and so did he drink of
palm wine, that with a grunt he fell over
Brlggs took hla place.
Then presently again he called the seas,
proceeded to Fourth avenue, found the shop
girl tender and true, and, with her. re
turned to the little paradise In Polynesia,
where, as King and Queen, they reign to
day. Is not that a pretty story T But prettlnesa
Is relative We have a prettier one ret.
It concerns a Frenchman, who-spoke Eng
lish with a German accent, and who, a few
years since, erupted in the columns of a
British magazine. Meanwhile he had been
residing somewhere In the Sea of Timor.
How he got there, we have forgotten,
and It Is too much bother to look It up:
but It la all down In the story with which
- he sold the magazine and which he signed
A According to that story his amusement
T in the Timor wero quite varied. He'rode
1 turtles, built a houso of pearls, made a
hammock of sharkskin and fought with
pellleans for fish. For vUttors be bad
parrots, for almanacs stones.
After years and years aborigines ap
peared, who. on beholding him. fancied that
they were dead and that he was1 the Great
" Spirit. How he undeceived them we have
also forgotten. But the Incident itself we
'WE DO NOT FLAUNT OUR FLAG OF INDEPENDENCE," DECLARES ONE OF HER NUMBER. "FORCE-OF CIRCUMSTANCES IS RE
jt SPONSIBLE MANY OF US HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TO WED."
WRITTEN' FOR THH SUNDAY REPUBLIC.
If the American bachelor girl chooses her
lot from somewhat selfish reasons, the9a
reasons are at least sane ones, and very
different from those set forth by a colony
of English women, who have recently
formed a "society for promoting man in
difference." "Why do I not marry?" said the bachelor
girl, repeating tho question, which as put
to her rather abruptly, it must ba confessed,
but In all seriousness, nevertheless.
"Because, oh. because I haven't been
asked." was the unexpected reply, and nil
the fine theories of deliberate cruelty to the
future race wero dashed to tho ground.
Instead of hearing from these feminine lips
words of wisdom embodying psychological,
economical and social problems of the ?ay,
this young vo-nan had given the simplest
and most natural explanation possible for
her state of single blessedness.
Throwing off the mask of inscrutability,
the bachelor girl confidentially began the
"u'a mistake." she went on, "to suppose
that we unmarried women sit down and
calmly consider the pros and cons of matri
shall always recall with pleasure. With
envy, too. We know of nothing in Action
so cheerful. It was that, no doubt, which
first captured the magazine.
In a subsequent footnote the editors de
clared that they declined to vouch for his
veracity. The dear things, we bear them
in our heart. We bear. too. Mr. R. Cru
soe de Bougemont-Munchausen. His im
agination did not give out there.
He was capable of other fights. For. con
ducted by the aborigines to the mainland,
he then became King, potentate not merely
of the people, but monarch of all he sur
veyed, which Included ditches of diamonds
and gullies of gold mere trifles that he
abandoned for the better exercise of his
genius and the production of a new edition
of the Australasian Nights.
HERE'S A BETTER ONEL
Is not that a good story, too? But wait
a bit. There Is a better one coming. One,
parenthetically, that nothing In modern
history can touch. No. Indeed. To Invent
the yarn with what Mr. Alice de Rouge-
mont gulled not merely a magazine, but tho
British Association, predicates an honest
imagination. To move as Briggs did from
a hall bedroom to a throne predicates origi
nality. To be born as Harden-Hickey was. a plain
American, end plan to be King, predicates
romance. To emerge as De Tounlens did,
from a peddler's pack Into a royal purple,
predicates guile. To exchange, as Solouque
did, a saucepan for a scepter, predicates
To pass, as O'Keefe did. from a hatchway
to a regalia, predicates agility. But to be
born In bonds, and to make the whole world
gasp, to startle nations and throw Christen
dom into fits, predicates more. It shows, or
seems to show, the force of destiny.
Tsl An did that. Tsl An was a little
slave girl. At the age of 11 she was pur
chased bv a mandarin. In his household
what she did not know she guessed, and
what she could not guess she learned.
She learned to dance. A bee could not
equal her. Bhe learned to read. She knew
a hundred stories, each more diverting than
the last. On the tomtom she learned to
strum. The three notes that are dear to
the Orient she rendered surplslngly. She
learned things more difficult yet. She
learned how to smile and how to hold her
Astonished at her versatility, the man
darin sent her as a present to his sovereign,
at Pekln. One day the son noticed her.
The slave became a favorite, and, becom
ing a mother, became a secondary wife.
-.inere one might suppose that had she
ambitions they would have rested. It was
there they began.
Presently her husband, HIenfung. the
son, mysteriously vacated the planet, leav
ing two widows this woman and another.
He left also a decree proclaiming as Em
peror his son Tungche.
During the latter" minority the co
widows became co-regents. At the age of
16 the boy married and was allowed to
fancy that he reigned. But not for long.
In the same mysterious fashion that had
attended his father's departure he, too, be
came a Guest of Heaven. In no time his
wife followed. With her went an unborn
child, who was presumptive heir.
The next Ir. succession was Hlenfunga
nephew Kwnngsu. The fact that he was
an Infant In arms necessitated the replacing
of the Government In commission.
The Dowager Empresses became co
regents once more. Then between them a
quarrel occurred. The elder lady mysteri
ously sickened and as mysteriously died.
Tsl An was sole regent.
A dozen or more years ago Kwangsu cam
of age. Nontnaliy his aunt retired behind
monial relations: that wo deliberately dis
cuss and decide what attitude wo will take
In regard to the appalling problem of the
future of the human race and conclude
that we are far better off as we are.
"We do not flaunt our flag of Independence,
go in for books and learning-, for society
and fads, instead of husbands, and try to
have as good a Ume as wo can without the
serious consideration of men.
"It sounds very wise and all that to hoar
that we bachelor girls have 60lv ed the per
plexing problem of the age, but we can't
even take credit to ourselves for that.
Force of circumstances Is responsible for the
number of our kind in existence.
"It's my opinion that no girl Is too busy
to think of men.
"The society girl who Is bent on having
a good time wants to prolong her period of
enjoyment Just as long as she can before
she deliberately curtails her freedom by
marrying, but ehe looks forward to matri
Tnony some day. and the girl who works
say a girl of the upper classes who find:
she must earn her own living If she makes
a success of It finds that she has opened up
for herself a delightful life of Independence
the scenes. There she and LI TJnhung
Chang, drank tea together.
What their form of talk was, whether
Manchu or Muscovite, is Immaterial. With
the result, the" world is familiar.
Kwangsu, whose reign Is officially de
scribed as the Continuation of Splendor,
and who theoretically Is the one being on
earth, actually became a cipher: an atom,
the nephew of the aunt, who, reappearing,
shoved him behind the scenes and ascended
the Dragon Throne.
These gymnastics rather exceed those of
O'Keefe. Never till she climbed from her
scullery has a woman dreamed of mount
ing the Dragon seat. It is true that Russia
boosted her. But it is also true that that
seat Is the oldest on earth. Before Troy,
before Babylon, before Nineveh. It was. It
is anclenter than the memory of things. It
And on to It that woman not merely
climbed, but from its eminence, three sum
mers ago, sho turned Pekln topsy turvy and
threw Christendom into fits.
To-day in its shadow sha squats. The
fact. Interesting In itself, recent events
render Important. In the fate of thai
throne resides, perhaps, the future of the
China at present is little more than a
buffer state between two Towers, ana
should she, as la probable, ultimately be
come Russian, India will follow, Asia w HI be
Muscovite, and finally Europe as well.
Meanwhile at the helm, that woman
squats. Beside her tho Solouques. the Vo
Tounlens and the rest of the lot are very
small bojs. History will ignore them ut
terly. 3ut In Its gallery her place Is assured. In
a blaze of firecrackers her portrait will
hang between Lucretia and Catherine II.
OF THE CAPITAL )
Special Correspondence of Th Sunday Republic.
Washington, March 6. Tho broad thor
oughfares of the capital and the pictur
esquely wooded Ianea of the suburbs are
most delightful for riding and driving, espe
cially from now on through tho spring. This
Is particularly true of riding, which has
been even more generally adopted since the
coming to Washington of the President and
Mrs. Roosevelt, it being their favorite form
The President rides every day, rain or
shine, and when It is pleasant and her social
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panics him. Mrs. Roosevelt never looks bet
ter than when on a horse, the trim, severe
riding habit suiting most admirably hor
style, and to see her mounted on her beau
tiful dark bay horse ambling along at the
side of the President, no ono would for a
moment Judge her to be the mother of five
children, ro youthful and girlish does she
The President has two splendid hunters,
Bleistein being his favorite. It Is a large,
full-chested, bay horse, strong limbed, with
a. white star In the forehead and two white
hind feet. The President brought it to
Washington with him, and until his other
hunter was bought rode it exclusively. He
now rides alternately Bleistein and the
other horse. Renown, a Canadian E-year-old,
dark brawn and very larro and strong,
measurlngabout Knrcntecn hands high.
Both 'horses ace famous Jumpers, Re
nown's record being six feet eight Inches
and BleUteln's being six feet Ave Inches.
and happiness: but It isn't this fact that
lies at the bottom of her bachelorhood.
"Her work, as a general thing, brings her
In contact with men of business, usually
married men. and from them she gets an
Insight Into matrimony wnlch makes her
rather skeptical as to its general de
sirability. "In this ace of disillusionment we hear
altogether too much about unhapplness.
The disappointments of men and women
v. ho marry, are harped on and magnified.
"Little remarks let fall now and then re
veal the truth that all is not a path of
rose and the result Is that the bachelor
maid Gnds discouragement on every side.
"She begins" to turn over in her mind this
problem of great unhapplness, she seeks to
read the cause of it In the minds of her
friends who are wedded, and, all things con
sidered, the scales certainly turn in the
favor of the unmarried state, or at least of
"The bachelor girl grows cautious. She
makes up her mind to profit by the experi
ence of others. She decides to look well
before she leap-, and tho process of in
vestigation begins to thin the ranks of the
They are not only good Jumpers, but fa
mous runners as well. Bleistein particularly
so. He will take a fast swinging lope, keep
ing It mile after mile, up hill and down
dale, over good roads and bad, fences and
ditches, without seeming to tire.
The President is always followed by an
orderly from Fort Mej er, who of Jen finds It
difficult to keep pace with him. Four cav
alry horses have already been worn out in
this service. They Iuw oeea co
and sold, as their efforts to keep up with
tho President's horse nav ui&ui-'--them
for further duty.
Both horse3 are sure-footed, which is a
particularly important point In a. saddle
horse, and they are as gentle as car. he. The
President alwajs rides in the American
Btlc with a full-length stirrup, the leg ex
tended, tho ball o the 't only resting
upon the stirrup, as ride the United States
tavalrjmen. Western horsemen and cow
bois. This is sometimes called the Mexican
or frontier stvle. in which case horse and
rider are as one. In this manner the rider
is able to get a rigid grip with his legs and
knees upon the horse's sides, which keeps
him astride his horse, no matter how he
buck3 or shies.
The President would scorn the fashiona
ble English riding taught In the schools.
He always wears riding boots reaching to
the knee and a soft sombrero, which stylo
of dress Buits him periP"1 hetter than any
other, and recalls the oays wra " "
the uniform of the Rough Riders, so dear
to the hearts of all patriotic Americans.
The children naturally follow the exam
ple of their father end mother, and all are
more or less lona oi iu...s. -""-j -----Roosevelt
does not have much Ume for this
form of exercise, but looks very well
mounted, hiving a firm seat and a graceful
pose. Little Miss Ethel quite often accom
panies her father and loves to get out on
the country roads In a brisk canter over the
hills with him. The boys, who go In for
everything In the line of athletics, are. of
course, keen about riding, and each and all
share In this sport. Just now, Quentln, the
baby of the family, is learning to ride on
the little dappled pony given to Archie last
year by Secretary Hitchcock. Tie takes his
lessons In the grounds south of the White
House. As will readll7 bo Imagined, the
young women of tho capital devote muca
time to this pursuit.
Among other devotees Is Miss Anna De
pew Paulding, the niece of Senator Chaun-
ccy M. Dcpew. Miss Fauming is me aaugn-
ter of the Senators younger sisier, aduic
Mitchell Depew, who married William H.
Paulding, and whose country home is at
Pceksklll. N. Y. She was educated at St.
Mary's School In that town, in charge of
tne Anglican Sisters of the Episcopal
Churrh. Rhd ta Tint linXAr.r n .1. i.t-
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but Is a Presbyterian. Before the Senator's
marriage she was the chatelaine of his
home and discharged most gracefully the
many duties and social obligations Incum
bent upon the mistress of such a household.
At the time of his marriage her uncle
deeded to her a house, on Nineteenth street
and N, which was to be the Washington
home of herself and iier mother. Miss
Paulding, who is a clever woman In many
things, showed her Ingenuity In the re
modeling ot this house, which she trans
formed from one in an ordinary block of
houses to an artistic Colonial dwelling. Ml?s
Paulding Is tall and graceful, well formed,
with brown hair and gray eyes.
Miss Paulding is devoted to riding and Is
one of the best known figures on horseback
at the capital. She finds this form of exer
cise palliative of late hours, and the over
much dining thft Is apt to fall to those who
are popular as
Is during the Washlng-
ellglbles, while day by day she grows mor'"aniIrable young men, but the question nat-
difilcult to please.
"As a consequence she Is so taken up with
this Inquisition that the final plunge 13
long deferred. Sometimes It Is Indefinitely
"The bachelor girl lorg ago ceaied to
worry over her bachelor state. As a general
thing ehe finds plenty of enjoyment In the
work ehe does and the independent life she
leads, ivhlle tho little troubles that coma to
her seem lnslgnificent In comparison with
the heartbreaking ones phe sees on every
side, so again she has cause to congratu
late herself on her acumen."
Mrs. Kate Gannett Wells told at a confer
ence In Boston the other day of the success
the study of domestic science has becomo In
the Framingham Normal School. Said Mrs.
"The fame of our students as good house
keepers ha gone abroad to such an extent
that scarcely has a girl graduated from the
school until she Is sousht In marriage by
the most desirable young men of the coun
try" It Is pleasing to know that domestlo
knowledge Is so keenly appreciated by these
INTERESTING PLA YER FOLK.
Who is now appearing w lth the Rogers Brothers,
urally suggests Itself:
Are they not looking for ccoka and house
keepers Instead of real companions?
The English women who have set at least
two continents rippling with merriment over
ther attitude toward the serious attentions
of the sterner sex are residents of Guilford,
County of Surrey.
Ordinary "bachelorhood" Is not altogether
satisfactory to this set of women, so they
must needs establish a "Spinsters' Re
treat." forswear the consideration of men
as matrimonial companions, and frown up
on any relation except those of simple
friendship, utter devoid of sentiment.
in order to qiilfy as an eligible to this
spinster club awoman must have reached
the ase of 17 years. She must wear long
skirts, and It is urged, my. Insisted, that
she arrange her hair In U e most becoming
manner. In fact, the club members are en
couraged to make themselves appear as at
tractive as possible, thereby probably Im
pressing still more thoroughly upon the
masculine mind the Joys that are denied
The conduct of these bachelor women must
always be discreet.
,Why Miss Kehan Could Not Bring
Herself to Part With the Scen
ery Used in Production of
"The Taming of the
The announcement that Ada Rehan Is to
sell at auction all her theatrical treasures,
many of which were given to her by the
late Augustln Daly, and to which she add
ed at the auction sale of that manager's
effects, has evoked much s mpathy for that
long popular actress.
It Is generally believed to be the clearest
indication that she Is practically at on end
of her resources and Is obliged to make
Nthls sacrifice, despite the great tenderness
and affection she has always shown for her
There is one thing, however, which Miss
Rehan will not sell, and this Is the scenery
for "The Taming of the Shrew." Miss
and costumes Rehan could not bring her
self to part with this, for It was not only
her favorite play, but the one In which
she scored her greatest success.
It Is not Impossible, too. that Miss Rehan
may In the near future attempt a revival
of the pliy, but at any rate she means to
keep all Its belongings In her possession
to the very last.
Mabclle Gilman Is not content with being
merely an actress. While she Is happy
over her success on the stage, she Is quite
as proud of her skill as a cook. That she
is a good one any one who has tasted the
dainties she prepares In her chafing dish
can testify. Miss Gilman Is collecting reci
pes and expects to publish them In book
form under the title of "Mabelle Gillman;
Her Cook Book."
Maxlne Elliott is to have her own way
about starring next season, and, according
to thi plans mapped out for her by Mana
ger Dillingham, she will appear In the new
Clyde Fitch play, entitled "Her Own Way."
WRITTEN FOR THE SUNDAY REPUBLIC.
In the Interest of practical romance the
genuine, old-fashioned article where Jack
and Jill go hand in hand up the hill of life,
and Jill with loving Impetuosity precipitates
herself headlong after Jack in disaster It
may be Interesting to ask: "What Is wrong
In these dajs with matrimony?
"Why Is it yearly becoming more and
more of a failure?"
It Is easy to shut our eyes to existing
facts and to pretend that the marital In
felicities of our own particular circle are no
more frequent than they were twenty-five
years ago or that they are only keeping
pace with an enlarged visiting list, but It is
not true: the mishaps of domestic life are
much more common than they were, and
who is to blame?
There Is hardly a man who would not an
swer In the words of naughty, ungallant
Adam, the prototype of all husbands, "The
woman whom thou gavest me to be with,
In spite of the meanness of the reply, we
feel some sympathy with Adam, because he
had no choice, but the men of to-day aro
responsible for their own selection and the
natural conclusion is forced upon us that
their judgment Is poor.
It Is not too much to affirm that there are
more good. Intelligent, desirable women la
the world to-day than ever before, and yet
things matrimonial are growing steadily
worse. The reason is not far to seek; mar
riage Is the one point in which men stunt
no common sense.
They demand the latest Twentieth Cen
tury product of prettlness, something so
perfect that It proclaims an abnormally de
veloped Interest in self, and then from this
lovely mondalne they expect the domestlo
characteristics of her great-grandmother.
In other words, men have revolutionised
their tastes and not their standards, and the
discrepancy brings many a household to
Undoubtedly our young people are undis
ciplined, and the idea of bearing what Is un
pleasant for conscience sake or for tha
sake of personal dignity is repudiated with
This Impatience, combined with a craze)
for amusements and a contempt for all au
thority, may Justly be considered as a fac
tor in the divorce suits that are disgracing
the land: but besides aU this, there la that
other reason Just mentioned the discrep
ancy between men's tastes and standards
that Is even more far-reaching.
The trouble lies In the masculine ab
stract conception of the feminine character,
and here Is the point the failure of tha
modem woman to conform to this standard.
Not a willful failure, be It understood, but
one necessitated by the Inherent qualities of
the kind of woman men seem to And most
What the average man expects of his wife
could only be accomplished by more than,
average Intelligence, and yet this Is the qual
ification that has least bearing; on falling:
In love. The Idealization of the gentler sex
Is Inculcated In our men from Infancy.
Fostered by a type of mother now fast
disappearing and stimulated by every tale
of chivalry and romance which rouses tha
Imagination. Is tt any wonder that they;
cling to the Illusion ot a fireside angel?
There Is mnch of the boy In aU men worth
the name. They may be wise and far-sighted
In their schemes and cool-headed In their
mode of carrying them out. but In their esti
mate of women they are as simple as chil
dren. If you could get at the ideal woman ot
mest men's imagination, the woman who
when found Is to be placed In their hearts
throne, you might discover some excuse for
the shortcomings of modern wives. The re
quirements are, to sajr the least, complex.
She must be loving and sympathetic, ana
all that his mother was ta Mm ni more
What he calls his faults must seem ta her
rather attractive Idiosyncrasies, inasmuch)
as they pertain ta tha man with whom aha
fell In love, while hla virtues dazzle her ad
Bhe must know by intuition the value oe
money and the Intricacies of housekeeping,
but the less natural Intelligence she brings
to bear upon these questions tha mors at
tractive she e eema to tho lover.
Bhe must be pretty, but not Tain: fun o
Innocent coquetries, to give a fillip to an
easily satiated temperament, but pars as-Caesar-s
Her religious news most bo orthodox, be-
tiuso ner nusoana, wnue describing hlmseU
(to himself) as respecting religion, is not
often active In Its support, and desires hla
children to be brought up under its restrain
Lastly, should dJsencbjmtzoeat come. It
must coma to him alone, and tha true sta
will remain as serene under neglect as iaTM
was ia me uma oz ner supremacy. Fori
her reward may be the relamMan t
husband always nrovldmjr h la nitlnmt
and tender enough to make him feel that CI
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juasi iew unseiaas survive, and If they
did they would not attract the young men
of to-day. Our sons expect tho flowers to
nourish them and And the process of starra-
uuu uaru to near.
If men's Ideals were mora logical their ful
fillment would bo simplified.
They marry silly women because they aro
pretty, or because they wear lace furbelows,
or because they have cooing ways, and thea
they are amazed when the short-lived happi
ness comes to grief- They shrink with dis
taste from what they can the ""new woman.''
and yet. If they would only believe it. herds
lies the salvation of tha race.
By the "new woman" I do not mean a
masculine, assertive creature, who has cast
off her preogative, of being charming, nor
yet a spectacled prig, ready to challenge
opinion almost before It Is expressed.
I mean the woman who stands for truth
and simplicity, who, wearied by the su
perficial, demands the real In education and
life. She Is no longer a child, with a veneer
?r reflected opinions and Inherited pre
judices. She Is a reasoning and reasonable
being, with direct alms and the common
sense to apply to her abilities to whatever
falls within her province.
Granted that the pioneers In the educa
tional movement were a trifle self -conscious
In regard to their success, that phase hsa
already passed, and the younger genera
tions accept their extended privileges as a
matter of course.
No expansion can take place without
readjustment of values, and It Is through
one of these periods ot sudden inflation and
feverish excitement that the female market
has Just passed.
After all, they ask very little-only to
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m.v y.n.o u mo men mcy love and to
share their burdens; to be valued for their
Intelligence as well as their beauty; to ba
treated by their husbands as fellow work
ers and not as spoiled children; In a word,
to stand for Western progress and not for
Oriental decadence. .
A few years ago there came to this corn
try In a diplomatic capacity a gentleman
whom It would be Invidious to name mora
particularly than as a denizen of the land
of pigtails and polygamy.
He was accompanied by one of his wives?
who was to preside over his establishment
and take her place among her Western col
leagues. The little lady fmini" her mnmniintin
rather overwhelming; she failed to master
the language and the formal functions of
official life were hardly hilarious to a per
son who could neither understand what was
said to her nor enjoy what was given her
At last, at a large dinner, her Isolation
was so apparent. In spite of the good
natured efforts of the gentlemen en either
side, that her husband lost patience and!
spoke his mind with strange frankness ta
the lady next to him.
"She 1st affectionate." said the Celestial,
with a shrug, "but she has no brains. I
have one with brains but I left her at
home." The sentence ended In a sigh.
The taste of the remark is more than
questionable, but its application to too
present subject is so apt that I venture ta
offer It as an object lesson to my country
men. When starting on that untried experience
called married life, might not- the true
diplomatist make a better success if ha"
chosa as com canton "tha an lth iii i -'