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| By LOUISE HOFFMAN. | j^V^VVVVVV# (Copyright, 1918, by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.) Aunt Gratia R. was fair, fat and forty. She could hardly be called fat In the objectionable meaning of the word. She was plump, well propor tioned and good to look upon. But there was no extenuating excuse for her age. For she was forty. Her fair complexion and golden hair, with ever so faint a trace of silver at the tem ples, lent an air of distinction to her general appearance. She had just passed her fortieth milestone and had decided to give up going about, ostensibly to chaperon her pretty niece, Wilma. It bored her to go to dances and sit around with nothing to do but gossip. To be sure the young men occasionally asked her to dance out of courtesy to Wilma. And now she was forced to admit these late nights were telling on her. She must give them up and she would. “Oh, here you are!” broke in the silvery voice of Wilma, as she opened the living room door. “I’ve been look ing all over for you.” “What’s the trouble now?” inquired Aunt Gratia cheerfully. “It’s about tonight,” explained Wil ma. “Bob was going to take me, but his train gets in too late. He’ll be on time for the supper dance, but I thought I’d better let you know early enough so you can take me.” “But I’ve just been telling myself I’m not going out to dances any more,” replied Aunt Gratia. Wilma’s great brown eyes grew wide with amazement. "Why, Aunt Gratia, you can’t mean it. Why, I’ve no one to go with me, and I just can’t miss this dance. It’s Bob’s last night.” It was hard to refuse Wilma. She was a picture of distress. But she would be firm. Aunt Gratia laid down her knitting. “Why can’t yc t mother take you?” “Mother has neuralgia. Do come,” pleaded Wilma. “I haven’t a gown fit to wear,” pro tested Aunt Gratia. “My wardrobe has been neglected this fall.” “Wear your adorable old blue crepe,” suggested the niece. “The blue just matches your eyes.” “I’ve worn that so much, and I think It’s time I wore more subdued colors anyway.” “Why, you’re not old,” asserted Wil ma, with some warmth. “A stranger meeting you for the first time would not think you a day over twenty-eight. Os course,” she temporized, seeing the doubt on Aunt Gratia’s face, “every one in P- knows your age. But I mean strangers.” “You little flatterer,” laughed Aunt Gratia, pleased in spite of herself. “You’ll say any complimentary thing just to win your point.” “Say you’ll go,” tormented Wilma. Aunt Gratia reflected a few mo ments. “I’ll go,” she said at length, “on condition that this will be my last dance, and —” “You’re a dear,” broke in Wilma. “I’m going this time,” finished Aunt Gratia, “only because your mother is ill and Bob can’t take you.” Wilma and her aunt arrived at the dance in due time and Wilma was ac cordingly whisked away by admiring youths. Aunt Gratia sat talking to an older matron, fanning herself and wishing she were home because dances were for young people and her danc « ing days were over, when someone brought a distinguished-looking mid dle-aged gentleman up to introduce. Then the miracle began. Aunt Gra tia, fair, fat and forty, was whirled away to indulge in dancing just as her twenty-year-old niece had been carried away. As by magic her dance card seemed to fill up. All the young men seemed suddenly to remember Wilma had an aunt. To be sure there were a great many dances by the middle aged gentleman, hut Aunt Gratia seemed suddenly young and in great demand. “Just look at Aunt Gratia,” whis pered Wilma over Bob’s shoulder. “She looks as though she were cele brating and having the time of her life. She told me this morning this was her last dance. She retires to her knitting, tea and cats after to ' night.” “Jove, but she looks young. I won der if you’ll look like that at forty,” he teased. “Be careful, Bob, you’re getting out of step,” scolded Wilma., “Who is her stately partnerY’ in quired Bob. “That,” said Wilma so impressively she almost forgot to dance, “is the Hon. Stephen C , member of the firm of B & C , Maiden lane jewelers of New York. Incidentally, he was also a schoolmate of Aunt Gra tia’s. I’ve Just had the pleasure of meeting him a little while ago.” Bob whistled softly under his breath. “It looks as though you’d have an Uncle Stephen,” he prophesied. A short time afterward Aunt Gratia was seen to wear the largest and most brilliant solitaire ever seen in P . Only a brief engagement and Aunt Gratia became Mrs. Stephen C . “Aren’t you glad you took me to that dance?” teasingly whispered Wil pia into the radiant bride’s ear. And Aunt Gratia was glad. She confessed that just as she had given up all hope of ever capturing the one man In the whole world that she want ed and loved she found him. She felt like a jockey in a horse race. She bad won on the last lap. WRONG IDEA OF GREATNESS By No Means Always Achieved by Those Who Have Made a Big Noise in the World. We make bold to say that there Is a general misconception in the minds of people throughout the world as to what really constitutes a great life. Unless a man or a woman has been in the public view with whatever serv ice was rendered, unless his or her picture has been in newspapers and books, unless, in short, they have “made a noise,” we do not consider that the lives they led were great lives. This is not only a harmful miscon ception ; it is a mistake and its conse quences are, from a moral point of view, extremely vicious. Suppose you are walking in the fields or in the forests and you come across a strange kind of bug or insect. You are curious to know what it Is. Well, you can secure a book In almost any public library that will tell you Just what you want to know. That book was written and compiled by some man who did nothing his whole life long but study bugs, cataloguing them, learning their tribe and origin and the habits of their existence. Other men have spent their lives in equally humble capacities, but adding always to the world’s sum of knowl edge. The drug that soothes your pain, the spectacles by which you renew jour worn-out eyes, the fire you cook with and that warms you—these and millions other of your blessings and delights were wormed out of nature’s secret storehouses for you by patient students whose names you do not know. These are the great lives. These are the lives that have blessed the lives of all who followed after them. And the men and women who led such lives were great people though they went down to their graves unhonored and unsung. DEEDS RATHER THAN WORDS Accomplishments, Even Though Great, Lose Much of Their Merit When Made Subjects of Boast. The habit of boasting is not a sign of merit. It is rather the reverse. A really brave man allows his deeds to speak for him, and they always will If they are great ami strong enough, remurks the Ohio State Journal. These are great days for boasting, for there Is much to be proud of. We are proud of our country, of our sacrifices, of our privations, of our sorrows, but they are apt to lose their merit by our boasting gbout them. The testimony of a worthy deed is not expressed in words but in a quiet and noble life. We heard a man tell of a heroic deed in which he was the hero, but one wouldn’t know It from what he said, and yet somehow in his very tone and his praise for others one could easily see whose was the honor of it. There is one phase of boasting which is very distasteful, and that is the sort which makes ourselves the greatest people on earth. Os course w T e are, but we don’t know it from what the boasters say. We only know it by hearing of the acts of our heroes, who are apt not to mention it at all. We learn of our own nobility by feeling it in our hearts and not by reading it in the newspapers or hearing the orators tell It. Muskrats Predict. It Is a strange fact that In Novem ber the muskrats begin to build their homes and gradually enlarge them by adding more material, says Edward F. Bigelow In Boys’ Life. For this reason it is said that, according to the height of the muskrat house, sc is to be the cold of the winter—that is, the higher the house the colder the weather. This Is an error. It has been claimed by the old timers, and the error still is perpetuated, that the muskrats build their houses 20 Inches higher and very much warmer for long winters than for short ones. There are many foolish sayings re garding the month as an index to what the winter will be, the predic tion extending on even into the fol lowing March. Scouts can do a good turn if they will prove, by their ap preciation of the month, that it has been maligned b.v these predictions and traditions. The month is charm ing and beautiful. Evil in Small Talk. There’s enough small talk with Its vicious Insinuations in every Idle group to make candidates for the mad house. What men say causes other men to think. What men think determines their conduct. Given the suggestion that you are crazy the chances are that you will either resent it strenu ously or begin to act a little queer. And then one of your professed friends will come along and confide to you that you are acting a little queer. It’s no wonder some folks go daffy. Little yarns without foundation keep stirring up things that even the angels could not keep straight. So the only rem edy Is to apply the censor. Let folks talk. Take out the good and let the rest go where It beliongs. Half-Way Point. Justine lived next door to Betty. The two were constantly together. Occasionally their mothers thought It best to keep them apart for a while. One day Betty came in and said: “Mother, Justine can’t come over. Can I go over there?” “No, not today,” her mother said. “W«B, then, we will sit on the fence and visit,” said Bitty. LAND INNOCENT OF BATHTUBS In Turkey the Stationary Tub, So Fa miliar in Western Lands, Is Ab solutely Unknown. The Turk In spite of his constant bathing (bathing being enjoined by the Mohammedan religion) has no sta tionary tubs nor wash bowls —indeed, Turkish houses are quite innocent of plumbing, says Edith Gilfallin, in an article on the colorful ancient capital of the Ottoman empire. But as the Turk never bathes save in running water the brick floors contain drains that carry the water to the garden out side. Always before eating, a servant pours, from a pitcher, water over an oriental’s hands; which seems a wise provision, for they do not use knives nor forks; spoons only are used to eat soup or sherbets. They do not sit around a table as we do, but sit on cushions round foot high table trays. All over the near east they have but two meals. Break fast is a sort of movable feast up to eleven o’clock. It consists of coffee, fruit and various hot breads. The Turk is enabled to sustain life until his dinner at sunset by drinking innumerable cupfuls of thick, hot. heavily-sweetened coffee. Dinner, which is consumed in the evening, is the only meal the Turk takes in the bosom of his family. It often Is an elaborate affair of twelve courses: Tomatoes and squash and eggplant and other vegetables stuffed with rice or minced meat or cheese, fish swimming in oil, mutton stews, goat fricassees, roasted chickens, rich pastries and candies, preserves of plum and quince and fig and peach, and always coffee and the narghile— waterpipe. At some of these dinners they drink a sort of brandy called raki; blit alco holic drinks are anathema to the ortho dox Turk. SOLDIER OF FORTUNE PASSES World Soon to Have Little Use for Picturesque Character Whose For tune Was His Sword. If It shall now come to pass, as It well may, that there shall be an end put to wars, the old-time soldier of fortune will become an extinct spe cies. The world, of course, can get along very well without him, and yet he will be missed. For he Is a very ancient Institution, indeed. He was with Alex ander and Caesar, Napoleon, the cap tains and the kings of every nation un der the sun wherever there was a knife to stick or a bullet to shoot. Slowly but surely, however, the ground has been cut from under the feet of the soldier of fortune, and now It seems that, at last, he is to dis appear completely. He had a good time, though, while It lasted, and it did last a long time, at that. For there was always, some where, a Job waiting for him. If things went stale on the Spanish Main, he could cross over to the other side of the world and find another banner un der which to fight. It was all the same to him, which side he fought with or against. He had no enmities, no hatreds; he had no grudge to satisfy. His business was fighting. The doubloon of Spain looked Just as good to him as the sov ereign of England or the yen of Ja pan. To Get Cash From Bank Vaults. An ambitious young yeggman once approached a famous safe cracker in the penitentiary where both were so journing. The young man was about to leave prison and wanted to know a sure method of getting money from a bank’s vault. “Go,” said the famous safeblower. “to your home town. Get a job. Visit the bank every Saturday evening and deposit a small amount of your week’s wages. Thus you will gain the confi dence of the bank officials and people in general. Get a better job as soon as you can. Continue your weekly visits. In time you’ll find yourself universally trusted.” “And then?” the young yeggman asked expectantly. “Then,” the wise old crook an swered, “you will be drawing interest out of the bank vault; and that is the only sure and safe method of getting money from such a place.” System Brings Results. It’s not necessary to become a re cluse to gain fitness. The very fact that you grow makes present tasks easy. That gives additional time that can be applied In still greater attain ments. Self-mastery begets self-confi dence that reacts again in greater self-mastery. And that leads to the mastery of other things. Each new attainment helps to make work easier. The wise man knows he must have recreation and diversion so he does not become a grind. Se just system atizes his time and marshals his re sources in such away as to startle the careless worker. The result Is continued growth in efficiency. Every day brings added Satisfaction, for there is joy in achievement. —Ex- change. 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