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i t.4 H i i S 3 i Is" Wanted: A Wife By OSBORN JONES .Copyright, 1918, by the McClure Newspa i . per Syndicate.) As Paul Bolton glanced at the dozen ft so freshly typed letters on his desk award five In the afternoon on New Tear's eve he reflected that they were pxe last letters dated 1917 that he Jwould ever sign. Therefore the me-' ianlcal act of affixing his signature Would be somewhat more momentous Jutn that performance usually was-' pochal, because It registered the pass- g of another year. Therefore he. onk the nen from the nen trav with I f rather more than usual care and dipped -.; ; It In the heavy glass ink bottle that lay ' before him on his monster mahogany -desk. Drawing the top letter on the 'pile to him he started to sign, but the 'npn marie no murk. Irritation lmme- , Viaf uuve ieiL m uie sigmug. n was Intensely exasperating. The ink bot !tle had been allowed to go dry and only a gummy mass of metallic black ! showed In the bottom of the inkwell, lit was really almost pathetic, he re- - 1 1 4. 1 I ! Tl. n.HIV J fleeted, that he, the president of the great concern of Blank & Bridges he i whose time was worth to that concern (eome twenty thousund dollars a year f should have to waste that precious time fretting over empty ink wells. Every modern convenience of efficien cy in business methods had been in stalled in his office there were silent typewriters and automatic letter openers and a girls' lunch room and employers' insurance and annual bonuses till the result of his desire to' show consideration for his em ployeesand yet he Paul Bolton had 'to fret himself day after day about such things as empty Ink bottles, andusted desks and chairs, unwashed drinking glasses and unfilled water bottles. He was tired from an extremely trying week and so instead of rising in wrath and storming ut office boys, sec retaries, stenographers and every one else within reach of his voice and Paul Boltor was quite capable of hav ing expressed his feelings in that way he was filled with self-pity. No one' really cared enough for him to spare him those annoyances. He went to a Stenographer's desk, found an Inkwell that happened to be filled and signed the letters dejectedly: Then he went to his-nearby apart ments where he reigned In bachelor finnroniflftv and hla avnaHonna tharo ri if showed him again that no one really cared. There were no fresh flowers. Bolton especially liked to have yellow daffodils and jonquils in his rooms on cold, raw winter nights and he had told his Jafi so on more than one oc casion. The grate fire was not lighted. The Jap explained that no coal could be got. Well, the Jap ought to have got a skuttleful somewhere. If he' had cared for him as much as he seemed he would have got a skuttle-, ful somewhere. And dinner wasn't; exactly what he wanted, and his slip-' pers hadn't been warmed and the wa ter was too cold. The Jap ought to have known by that time that he didn't like ice water. So It was that the next day, when Bolton began to think about New Tear's resolutions, he registered two resolves, brief yet important. To get a really efficient private secretary a young woman who would care enough to see that the inkwells were filled, and to get a wife. A wife would see to the Jonquils and the slippers he was sure. I i I Before a month had passed Bolton had achieved one of his resolutions. I Be had obtained from an exclusive agency a young woman of unusual merit Alice Blair who had proved I herself to be worth considerably more i i than the forty dollars a week that she had demanded So Bolton's days were passed with an absence of confusion and Irritation. Miss Blair seemed to pet inside his mind and find out just what he wanted done before he had time to formulate It even to his own knowledge and she always did things with perfect ease. She didn't have to fill the Inkwells or dust the desk, but -what showed her forty-dollars-a-week value she saw to It that the office boys did. It was always that way with her. She never seemed to be especially busy and yet everything was done. ,;- ' .. . , But Bolton still had no wife and the Jap did not Improve. Another Jap would have been no better. Bolton !was sure it was only a wife who could make his cup of happiness complete. t And yet there were wives and wives. )' The wife he wanted was not like those I of any of his men friends. In the h first place she would have to be com- panionable and sympathetic and stlm slating when he was weary from the I office grind and then she would have , to regard her task of being his wife ' and home maker as seriously as he i regarded his business of being pres ident of Blank and Bridges. Bolton I began accepting Invitations to dinners ! and dances in the hope of finding his f paragon but he was always unsuccess- j ful. He was discouraged In the accom- i pllshment of his second resolution, so, J revelling In the achieveaient of the first, he got into the habit of spending j - more and more time in his office, go- ; tng home to his apartment and his Jap i only for hurried meals and short sleets ; As time went on he sometimes lmag I toed he was completely happy, so re joiced was he In Alice Blnlr. But In time the extra hours at the office be- gan to tell on his health. He really J needed the home life If he was to keep up his mental vigor and good health. He sometimes wondered whether the extra hours that Miss Blair had to work for she always stayed at her post whenever he was at the office were not telling on her, too. But she never murmured and she seemed al ways In the pink of condition. One day Bolton began wondering about Alice Blair. He wondered why she did all this for him whether It was just the result of her training plus a keen mind was It Induced entirely J by the forty dollars a week-that she had demanded 1 Perhaps It was. But the effect It produced was the same It. really did seem as if some one cared now and that, after all, Bolton con cluded, was what made the big differ ence. Still he kept asking himself, did Miss Blair care? How did she keep up her strength and courage for the long hours? There were a hundred petty home and social duties that usually distracted his women em ployeeshad Miss Blair none of those? Mr. Bolton's last question was an swered one day when he chanced to look through the carbons for the out going mail of the day, when he had returned unknown to her, after din ner at night. He came upon the dupli cate of a letter of a personal nature, yet before he had realized what he was doing he read it It was simply an order to one of the morning papers for the insertion of a "help wanted" ad vertisement.' This was the advertise ment: "Wanted: A young business woman wants to get In touch with a young woman whose duties will be similar to those of a wife to a busy than. That is, she must be an educated, agree able young woman with the willing ness to take seriously the task of mak ing a gjall apartment home She need not do the actual housework but she must cee that It is done with out confusion and without complaint She must have the instinctive knack of attending to the little things, com bined with the ability to be interested in the really big things.' For such a young woman a good home and a fair remuneration will be given." Mr. Bolton read then re-read the paragraph. What occurred to him first was that it contained a perfect description of his own ideal of what a wife should be and it was Alice Blair's Ideal. Only it was Alice Blair's Idea of the companion she wanted, not the companion she wanted to be. Still, she understood. She at least realized that with such an ideal woman at home a man or woman either might endure the strain of business worries that would otherwise be unendurable. Apparently the letter advertising for such a companion had gone out. Bol ton wondered what results would come of it. He almost wished that he, too, might secure the wife he was looking for In some such quick-courtship man ner. Then he decided to speak to Alice about it perhaps, perhaps, she cared enough Bolton came to the point rather ab ruptly. "I had thought the most important thing in the world was to have a per fect secretary," he told her the next day when he had called her to his office. "Now I have decided that a perfect wife is much more important Pardon me for reading your adver tisement I see you understand part of my own ideal for such a companion she must be a real companion, Alice," he said, changing from his ab rupt business manner to a boyish, pleading tone that Alice had never observed before. Alict blushed and the blush seemed to "tell Bolton that she' really did care for something beside the forty dollars a week. "Is it only because I would be a congenial companion, and a good house wife only because Pd keep the wheels running smoothly in your home as I have In your office, Is that all?" Then suddenly Bolton wondered how it had ever seemed as though those things could really have been para mount All he could see was the shad ow that lurked beneath Alice's down cast eye, the delicious curve of her lips and the graceful lines of the small, determined little chin. "Alice," he slid a little huskily, "Pd want you to marry me If you were the worst housewife in the world. Some how I see now why so many men do marry the women they do I suppose they love them as I love you." And so in spite of the first develop ments of the year Bolton filled the second half of his resolution Instead of the first" Mole Always Hungry. , The little mole has recently been recommended for membership In the society of big eaters. It Is so very voractous, even in captivity, that it will sometimes eat more than Its own weight of earthworms In 24 hours. One little glutton, weighing four ounces, devoured pounds of worms in one month. When the diet changed to raw beef, mutton, .chicken heads and rabbit liver, Its appetite was un changed Cheese, when mixed with either worms or beef, was the most toothsome bit of all. Popular Science Monthly. Marines Have Proud Record. The records of the marine corpfc show that It took part in practically all the operations of the Mexican war; and in the great assault at Chapulte pec the storming party was led by Ma jors Twiggs and Reynolds of the mar rine corps. Later we find these same marines which - fought In Mexico marching through the capital of Japan under Commodore Perry when he open ed up that ancient empire to modem civilization. ADVICE TO "FLU" CONVALESCENTS SPAIN AND ENGLAND REPORT 1 INCREASE IN TUBERCULOSIS AFTER INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC. !U. S. Public Health Service Warns . Public Against Tuberculosis, One Million Cases Tubercu losis in United StatesEach a Source of Danger. Influenza Convalescents Should Have Lungs Examined Colds Whloh Hang On Often Beginning of Tuberculosis. Ne Cause for Alarm if Tubereulosis Is Recognized Early Patent Medi cines Not to Be Trusted. . Beware tuberculosis after in fluenza. No need to worry If you take precautions In time. Don't diagnose your own con dition. Have your doctor exam ine your lungs several times at monthly intervals. Build up your ' strength with right living, good food and plenty of fresh air. Don't waste money on patent medicines advertised to cure tu berculosis.' Become a fresh-air crank and enjoy life. Washington, D. 0. (Special.) Ac cording to a report made to the .United States Public Health Service, the epi demic of influenza in Spain has al ready caused an increase In the preva lence and deaths from pulmonary tu berculosis. A similar association be tween influenza and tuberculosis was recently made by Sir Arthur News holme, the chief medical officer of, the English public health service, In hla analysis of the tuberculosis death- rate In England. In.order that the people of the Unit ed States may profit by the experience of other countries Surgeon General Rupert Blue of the United States Pub lic Health Service has just Issued a warning emphasizing the need of spe cial precautions at the present time. "Experience seems to indicate," says the Surgeon General, "that persons whose resistance has been weakened by, an attack of influenza are peculiar ly susceptible to tuberculosis. With millions of its people recently affected with influenza (Jiis country now of fers conditions favoring the spread of tuberculosis." One Million Consumptives In the United States. "Then you consider this a serious menace?" was asked. "In my opinion it is, though I hasten to add it is dis tinctly one against which the people can guard. So far as one can estimate there are at present about one million cases of tuberculosis In the United States. There is unfortunately no complete census available to show ex actly the number of tuberculosis per sons in each state despite the fact that most of the states have made the dis ease reportable. In New York city, where reporting has been in force for many years, over 35,000 cases of tu berculosis are registered with the De partment of Health. Those familiar with the situation believe that the ad dition of unrecognized and unreported cases would make the number nearer 50,000. The very careful health sur vey conducted during the past two years in Framingham, Mass., revealed 200 cases of tuberculosis in a popula tion of approximately 15,000. If these proportions hold true for the United States as a whole they would indicate that about one In every hundred per sons Is tuberculous. Each of these constitutes a. source of danger to be guarded against What to Do. In bis statement to the public Sur geon General Blue points out how those who have hadjnfluenza should protect themselves against tuberculo sis. "All who have recovered from In fluenza," says the Surgeon General, "should have their lungs carefully ex amlned by a competent physician. In fact. It Is desirable to have several ex aminations made a month apart Such examinations cannot be made through the clothing nor can they be carried out in two or three minutes. If the lungs are found to be free from tuber culosis every effort should be made to keep them so. This can be done by right 4ivlng, good food and plenty of fresh air." Danger Signs, The Surgeon General warned espe cially against certain danger signs. such as "decline" and "colds which hang on." These, he explatned, were often the beginning of tuberculosis. "If you do not get well promptly, If your cold seems to hang on or your health and strength decline, remember that these are often the early signs of tuberculo sis. Place yourself at once under the care of a competent physician. Tuber culosls Is curable In the early stage Patent Medicines Dangerous In Tuber culosis. "Above all do- not trust In the mis leading statement of unscrupulous patent medicine fakers. There Is no specific medicine for the cure of tuber culosis. - The money spent on each medicines Is thrown away; jt should be spent Instead tor good- food sod de cent Uvlog."' I . v - .. w Can It Be Possible The Children's Home Society of Flor STATE HEADQUARTERS 428 u , ' , aAKER, : j,ek-- r- i-agg, State Superintendent JUDGE KELSEY BLANTnw r ' ' tsLANTON, County Chairman LAKELAND ROTARY CLUB, W W Ch, ' land Subscription,. ' Chase President, in charae of Lake- III ; , wwJiiftWftyfc's iwrrr .- , , , I That the good-hearted, generous people of this State who have gone "Over the Top" in every other Big Campaign for Liberty Bond3, Red Cross United War Work Agencies Polish, French and Bel gian children are going to STOP in their giving N6W? NOW when the slender little arms of HELPLESS BABES Homeless and Orphan children right, here on YOUR OWN DOOR STEPS are stretched out, PLEADING for YOUR help to give them good homes love care, education and opportunity? THE CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA-'Tlorida's Greatest Charity" meeting the needs of over a 1000 Homeless Help less and Needy Kiddies each year from every section of the State without regard for the creed or need is pleading for $50,000 before Christmas Day to enable the Society to close up its 'great work of 1918 FREE FROM DEBT and to provide for 1200 children in need in 1919-and asks that this amount be given in Liberty Bonds War Saving Stamps Cash or Subscriptions to be paid in 1919. f mh V vv 1 1 JL 1 1 1 : i? - "- jk-TV ft I HAVE A HEART HAVE YOU DONE YOUR PART,. i i 1 U- VOU BY - PLEASE DO ,T OwlZZTZlT'