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DEAR JACK. — This is a charming old place, and
I am delighted with it. also with my hostess, who has that tactful quality of never allowing you to see enough of her to get bored. There are "half a dozen people stopping here, among them an English man who knows you. We sit together in the moon light and talk about you; that is, occasionally. By the way, you asked me in your last letter if I was ever going to marry you. 1 really can't tell you whether I am or not. Why are you so impatient? You have been asking me this question for only two years; so why must I give a definite answer now? The truth is, jack, 1 am in love with you, and wish to keep so. I really don't know you. "dear, and if I married you I probably should, ff a woman loves a man, she never knows him, and if she knows him, she never loves him. Do you still wish to marry me? Graci:. DEAREST GRACE.— I most assuredly do. Am sending some candy and violets to you by express. Jack. DIC A REST JACK. — I never saw such lovely big violets in all my life. I gave half a dozen of them to the Englishman to wear in his coat, and he acknowledged they "couldn't be beaten in Eng land." The children ate nearly all your candy, and baby Elizabeth stole twelve maroon glaces when 1 wasn't looking, and was frightfully ill. The poor little thing suffered terribly: but "is better to-day. The Englishman and 1 spent the morning in the nursery playing with her, as she was not well enough to come down stairs. Grack. P. S. The violets were really so beautiful that I am sending you a kiss- just one. GRACE DEAR. lam not enough of an ascetic to appreciate a written kiss. I don't believe even Saint Anthony or Abelard would. And remember there never was such a thing as just one kiss. Every kiss is a twin. Jack. JACK DEAR. I agree with you, and the English man says the best type of kiss is mutual and im promptu. By the way, he is a very sympathetic sort of per son, and we are becoming awfully good friends. If sympathy is the key to friendship. 1 suppose trust is its lock, and I am afraid that in some circumstances he is not entirely trustworthy. I have the best rea sons for writing this. The children here are dears, so innocent and sweet' I wish 1 were innocent and sweet as they are. Grace. DEAREST GRACE. You are sweet. Jack. DEAR JACK. Somehow or other, your letter wasn't polite. I said, •Innocent and sweet" not just sweet. GRACB. MV DARLING.— And 1 said just 'sweet." V. S. Am sending by express more violets for the Englishman. DEAR JACK. If it hadn't been lor tin- violets your letter would have remained unanswered. As it is, politeness compels me to acknowledge them. Grace. I. S. The Englishman told me last night he con sidered my views on life so true. I wonder if they are? DEAR GRACE. Possibly; I can't tell. It all de pends on one's idea of lit.-. An Englishman's is often a bit slower than an American's. Our old friend, Mrs. X is in town again, and I am dining with her to-moiTOW; so I will ask her views. jAIKj AIK DEAR JACK.— 1 remember Mrs. K. as a rather de 11, insincere sort ..( person, on.- whose good judgment passed lor conscientious scruples. She Some Letters and No Moral By M. R. Garrettson Andrew told me once that stupidity was the mother of being found out. Do you see her often? Grace. DEAR GRACE. Yes. frequently. I always enjoy being with her -as she reminds me so much of you. Jack. DEAR JACK. — Thank you. Am glad you are en joying yourself. No doubt by this time you are in love with Mrs. K. Friendship between a man and a woman, after it reaches a certain point, is bound to go either backward or forward: it never stands still. Grace. DEAR GRACE.— Yes— after it reaches a certain point. How is the Englishman? Would he like more violets 5 Jack. DEAR JACK.— I think he would. Does Mrs. K. still live with her husband? When I met her in Newport three years ago, she told me they hadn't a taste in common, as when she wanted beer and club sandwiches he invariably desired lem onade and sponge cake, and it was altogether too trying on her nerves. 1 don't like to warn you against her: but she really is a very subtle sort of woman, and you are SO easily influenced. Remember that frequently the persons who take the greatest hold on our lives are those who steal into our existence like a strain of music, and we are unaware all they are to us until we miss them and find ourselves unconsciously hum ming their melody and longing for an encore.' Grack. P. S. Is she going to stop much longer in New- York ? DEAR GRACE. — \o. She is going to Sioux Falls. Jack. P. S. Have sent the violets. DEAR JACK. -Why is she going there? Grace. P. S. Thank you for the violets. DEAR GRACE. — She is going to site for a divorce. Jack. DEAR JACK. — There is something radically wrong about a man who at your age (nearly thirty six) puns. You should be more serious. Grace." DEAR GRACE. — A woman at your age (thirty five) always speaks wisely. I try to be serious. At one time in my life I "had hope of becoming a violin obligate; but, alas 1 I have succeeded only in being a banjo accompaniment. Possibly this :is your fault. ' J ACK . DEAR JACK. — You know very well that I won't be thirty-live until my next birthday. Who is the banjo? Mrs. X ? Do write me an amusing letter. I have the blues to-day and am in the mood for any thing but a pastoral existence. . Grace." P. S. The Englishman has the mumps. DEAR GRACE.— Do not be afraid of a mood— nor fear an opportunity. The only time to be frightened is when the mood and opportunity meet. \\ bile either alone is harmless, the combination of the two is dangerous. I have just received a note from your little hostess asking me lor the week-end. Shall I come? Jack. DEAR JACK.— X... The doctor thinks I am room to have the mumps. Grace MY DEAR GRACE.-It was just as well that I declined the invitation, as Mrs. X has asked me to motor with her to Garden City on Friday and Stop all night at her sister's. " I most sincerely trust both you and the English man are improving. ' ,o, on y DEAR JOHN.— To a woman ill and in pain your letter was most certainly unsympathetic Yes thank you. the Englishman and 1 are both better' As everyone is afraid oj us. except Baby Elizabeth" who gave us this disease, we are naturally thrown a great deal in each others society. ' Grace 1 . b. • 1 most sincerely trust" both you and Mrs. K. are enjoying your motor trip. GRACE pEAIt -Jamawrully B lad you are bet moVe violet^ v ' h '^^ - the florist to send S Yes l enjoyed my trip with Mrs. K. By the way she ha* decided not to get a divorce from her huS and ■ as he promised I her, it she wouldn't, that he would star next week on a trip around the world and not return to her under two years. She says men!"." cluldren s sake. thiS is a fir better arr s£ Mrs. K. is certainly Very amusing and is always !2 doing something unexpected. She declares she was born with a cathedra] conscience and a Parisian tem perament, an.l they conflict, and when her right foot wishes to pray, her left invariably insists upon danc ing the twostep. 1 am sure you would like her. if you knew her as well as I do. Tack. DEAR JACK. — I know her better than you nd for my part I prefer consistent sinners to people who pose as inconsistent saints. Xo doubt she has some good qualities in her. as often the spiritual springs from the material, the same as a pure white lily can rise from damp fetid earth. I like your chiv alrous spirit in standing up for her. Xo doubt, after awhile you will condone a!! the failings of the weaker sex. Grace. DEAR GRACE.— Wouldn't this be wise 1 He who excuses himself fa a fool; but he who excuses others is a philosopher. Anil, after all. if a woman is to be judged by the temptations to which she has succumbed, let her also be judged by those she has resisted. I made this remark the other day to a woman who was discussing you. Jack. DEAR JACK.— What woman was discussing me ? And what did she say? Grace. DEAR GRACE. — ] don't remember who she was. and I shouldn't care to tel! you what she said. 1 met her at a tea. Jack. DEAR JACK. — must have become very 1:: timate with this person whom you met at a tea. to discuss me. " Grace. DEAR GRACE.— Yes. I did. She was fun. un married, about your age (thirty-five on her next birthday), knew all about men and bringing up babies. Told me that a woman could always tod a man to comfort her and a woman to talk about her— then asked me to call. Jack. DEAR OLD JACK. Your letter made me laugh Did you go? Grace: DEAREST GRACE. Xot on your life! 1 was afraid she might need comforting." Jack. P. S. Don't you need comforting? DEAREST JACK. now. My mumps are gone. A week ago it might have been'differer.t. Grace. GRACE DEAREST.— It is a poor rule that won't work two ways. Possibly a week from now it will also be different. 1 Vv R . - DEAREST JACK.— Different with you, or differ ent with me? ' grace. DEAREST GRACE. is no need toexplain. i> c 1 Jack. _*"•>• I am thinking of inserting this ad in one ot the morning papers: LOST. During my lifetime. Faith m Womankind m general. A liberal reward will be paid and no questions asked if the finder of this Faith can return it 10 me intact. Jack. JACK. MV DEAREST.- Suppose I. for instance. should return it to you intact, would it please you? lo please the man who loves you is wisdom. To love the man who pleases you is foOy at least I tear it is. dear. Can one be foolish and wise at the same tune- Gkacb MY DARLING —They can. I fear I have been m loving you all these years. \ our hostess has asked me for a week. Shall 1 come? Jack. DEAR DARLING OLD JACK.-Come. Grace. *v- \&v l shall put a special delivery stamp on this letter, as I don't want it lost or delayed.