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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 25, 1913, Image 15

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the superintendent, S. L. Sinclair,
there are on duty one engine man
at $3 a day, one oiler at $2.25, one
water tender at $2.75, one fireman for
each boiler at $2.50, pne tipple man
at $2.50, and one crusher at $2.50.
These are the usual wages paid
hereabouts for such work. But the
men have the government's protec
tion if injured, and have the boarding
and lodging privilege of the miners.
Up at Rochester, Minn., father of
Cassius Bart gave bond in $700 that
Cassius would not loaf, drink, gam
ble or philander with other wonien
after marringing Lizzie Blodi, whose
father gave a $700 bond that Lizzie
would not gossip, run with other men
or be a poor housewife after marry
ing Cassius. And both parties feel
sure that it means wedded bliss.
Cupid would be wise to mark up
on his pool board odds against this.
Money does not pay wedded bliss, but
it is very often the cause of marital
unhappiness. Instances are very rare
wherein people are made good by
being put under bond. They may act
better, but their character doesn't
become better; habits may change,
but they are the same people. Good
habits contribute to wedded bliss, but
they are not all. Some of the mean
est husbands that ever lived did not.
drink, gamble or indulge in unfaith
fulness; and gossip, flirtations and
poor housekeeping are not the only
weaknesses producing domestic in
felicity of a high order. Cassius and
Lizzie can easily make each other
perfectly miserable and not stretch
their $700 a particle, and, indeed, it
will not be very remarkable if knowl
edge of the money consideration does
not spur them on to do it.
A cold chill must always run along
Cupid's spine every time he sees his
lovers entering into a hard and fast
money obligation to be honest with
each other. Yet the practice is not
so very uncommon. In these days,
there's many a marriage license that
ought to be headed "Bill of Sale."
It happened that I was detained for
an awfternoon in a small American
village, which had little of interest to
recommend it, don't you know. I
walked along a street and bethought
to awsk a native chap if this was the
town's leading thoroughfare. He
swelled proudly and replied:
"Yep, stranger, this here is the
main stem. This is the big drag,
where commerce buzzes and a nickel
movie blisters the night air! Some
day this here pike is going to make
Broadway look like the alley behind
the poorhouse, take it from me. All
the buzz barges in America will be
rolling past here in a few years, while
the ginks will be floating to'their high
offices in gas birds, and on the side
walks the Paris modistes will be
snapshoting the classy togs of the lo
cal squaws!"
My word!

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