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tween the two big brown and gold pieces of bacon and heard the
final trial. '
Of course it was all play, but sweet and tender play, m these
days when happy couples are so hard to find, ;
On the platform, near the judge, sat the two couples, Mr. and ,
Mrs. Harry Smith of Crewton, he being a postmaster, and Mr. and
Mrs. Lewis Frank Butcher, he being a merchant of Tilty. ( '
Near by sat the jury, composed of six young bachelors and six "?
unmarried girls. It will be surprising if some of the members of
the jury do not pair off before the next flitches are given out.
"What makes your wife so happy, if she is as happy as sher
says?" demanded the cross examiner of Smith. . ,
"Because she's an Optimist. She always sees the silver lining 4
of the black clouds," said her husband.
"I gave up smoking for her when' we were married twenty-six ,
years ago," said Smith proudly. "I wooed her two years." . -
"Do you smoke now?" Jj
"Yes. When I had my leg cut off three years ago my wife,
felt sorry for me, and she told me I could smoke again." -jj
You don t carry a latch key?
"No. I'm always home by 10 o'clock at night. I've never once,
in all the years, been home later than that" . '
Do you think your wife as pretty today asshe was when you
arn'prl Tipr?" ' '
"Preftier. T admire her mnre heraiise T know her hetter " . I .
When Mrs. Smith took the stand, she said that the secret of ;
her happiness was not optimism, as her husband had declared.
(Without any children it would have been impossible for her to have
Seen optimistic or happy. . i
"We've got eight children," she said, with downcast eyes," and.
ihey've made us both happy. They've made our home a little
The jury of bachelors and girls refused to leave the box, after
hearing Mrs. Smith's statement They voted one flitch of bacon to
Mr. and Mrs. Smith without a moment' hesitation. j 3
Mr. and Mrs. Butcher declared they had not had a cross wordj
in their twenty years of married life.
The jury was unanimously in favor of Mr. and Mrs. Butcher.
Then, suddenly, all the play faded away, for the choir of boys)
sang sweetly a grand old wedding song, "Oh Land of Hope and3 "
Glory." There were some tears and some smiles, and many solemn
faces, for there was something in the scene that held out hope of-
the day when every marriage ceremony, injevery land, would mean
a dream of happiness come true, I
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