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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1912, Image 10

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and many had been mailed in for
eign countries.
"This- is my morning's mail,"
explained the Father, his eyes
"Since I openedmy matrimon
iaL guild -the first ofthe year, I
have received more than 7,000 of
these letters from men and wom
en in all parts of the 'world who
s v are seeking helpmates. I ve had
to hire a stenographer to help me
answer them. I'll tell you what
all these heartgtories have taught
me."t . . ,
Father Dalton stood up. He is
of medium height, with a kindly.
face that might mark him as a
banker or physician. He speaks
with a charming touch of Irish
brogue. Just N approaching his
sixty-fourth year, he -already has
left behind him 40 years of ser
vice to Kansas City. Today they
say he knows mQre people here
than any other man.
Because the young people of
his parish were not marrying fast,
enough, lie started a matrimonial
school the first of the year. His
classes, which meet once a week
to listen to him discourse on this
subject, have ranged from SO to
Fifteen engagements have re
sulted in those classes. And the
publicity given to the venture has
made the Father's study the busi
est matrimonial bureau in the
country. Already he is able to
announce altogether 10& engage
ments and several marriages.
Among his correspondents are
millionaires, judges, physicians,
laborers, school teachers, etc
"I am prouder of my own sex
than of the women." -he said.
"Men really are looking for good
wives. But women want to mar
ry money. They ask for rich city
men. Of all the letters from men
only two spoke of money. One
was a fakirand the other was feeble-minded.
"People may say I am bother
ing with something which does
not concern me when I talk about
family life and marriage, but I
tell you it is the sublimest social
"I believe in marriages on
small incomes if the young man
and young woman face their ven
ture as the most seriousthing in
the world. A rich marriage is us
ually .unhappy, and a speedy mar
riage is usually a fool marriage.
"Young" men today want to be
irresponsible. I tell them they
are like driftiyqod on the sea.
They do" not do, their duty by
staying single.
"It makes me boil when I' get
letters from girls who say they
want a man who does not chew,
drink, smoke or swear. As though
these were the cardinal sins! She
wants to inquire what he DOES
DO. A man must have a safety
valve, and I always suspect the
seemingly perfect man of being a
"Children today are brought lip
so fast they" are worn-out 'men
and women at 30. Ask an en
gineer how a new locomotive
should be handled. He will tell
you it must be tried out on slow
speed. So with children. Men
ought to be at their prime at 40,

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