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SUPPOSE a few Old Chester house- of much gentility. Probably her grandkeepers did know the meaning of the mother didn't have servants.”
” phrase "domestic problem”; but if so, With this standard of “gentility” was they didn't talk about it. An allusion a patriarchal sense of responsibility for to anything so personal as your kitchen the woman in the kitchen. A real Old was thought, in Old Chester, to be in- Chester housekeeper (not one of the new decorous. And as for changing servants people, of course) concerned herself anxfrequently, that was vulgar!... "There iously, and sometimes prayerfully, about must be something peculiar about Mrs. the manners and morals of her domesSo-and-so, she has had three different tics. ... I wonder, do our daughters girls in a year.” “You don't say so! pray for their cooks? Well, they might Well, I have never thought her a person do worse! . . . But imagine saying, in
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these days-as Old Chester housekeep- darkness for the bell, dangling from its ers used to say—“Your hat is too showy, socket on a rusty wire. She pulled it; Mary; it is not suitable to your station. waited; pulled again; heard a faint And also I must tell you that no respect- jangle far back in the sleeping houseable young woman is seen on the streets and pulled once more. Van Horn, on after dark without a male companion, the third floor, got out of bed, and still who is, of course, a worthy young man half asleep, came clumping down stairs; of whom her parents approve. There when, holding his candle above his head, fore, if you are alone, you must return, he blinked out into the wet darkness, he on your evenings out, by eight o'clock said, briefly, “I swan!” The girl's face, in summer, and half-past seven in the which had been rosy with the driving winter months. These are my rules." rain, was whitening with exhaustion; her
But all that is in the dim past; this shawl, pinned under her chin, was dripstory of the Eliots' Katy is just a ping wet, and some locks of hair were memory of Old Chester's peace in days plastered across her forehead. “Who when, between mistress and maid, the are you?” said Van Horn. incredible simplicity of loyalty and “I'm Katy McGrath, sir. I'm lookin' human kindness, of conscience and dig- for work." nity and responsibility, worked!-and “At this time of night?” said Van only the new people, who certainly Horn; "where did you come from?” never prayed for their "girls," had “Mercer; if you please, sir." domestic problems.
“Mercer! Young woman, you ain't It was one of these “new” people walked that distance?” Ruth Eliot, who took into her household “Yes, if you please, sir.” a young English woman, who was prac- “A girl, traipsing the road!” He tically a vagrant. The Eliots (though paused and rubbed one big bare foot Unitarians) were nice enough; in fact, over the other. “Well," he said, sharply, his father had been born in Old Chester; "I can't stand here and freeze. Step in. but she was a New Yorker, "and you For a minute.' know what that means!" said Old Ches- She stepped in, then said faintly, ter. It explained, we thought, why she “May I sit me down, sir? Me legs is employed a girl who had no reference- givin' way.”
givin' way." She was really crumpling except the hesitating approval of Mrs. up with fatigue, and Van Horn, putting Van Horn, the landlady at the Tavern. out a steadying hand, guided her into the
The woman had arrived in Old Ches- hall, where she sank down on the lowest ter one November night at about step of the staircase. half-past ten, on foot, in the rain. She “Well, I swan!” the landlord said had no umbrella-she couldn't have car- again; then called: "Hey! Mother! ried it if she had, for she was lugging a Lookee here: a young miss." big bundle wrapped in shiny black oil- Mrs. Van Horn, in curl papers and a cloth, and the strings cut deep into first wadded bed jacket, had been hanging one stout hand, and then into the other. over the banisters, listening; she came She had a shawl over her head, and hob- now, ponderously, down stairs. She nail shoes on her feet. When she reached paused on the step above the sagging the Tavern, the Van Horns, behind the figure, and looked at the shawled head, solid wooden shutters, had been sound drooping against the banisters. “What's asleep for an hour or two. Not a pin this? What's this?” she demanded. point of light could be seen, but some- "I don't know," said her husband; how she seemed to know that it was a "look at her! Sopping." public house; perhaps the creaking of the "Joshua," said Mrs. Van Horn, “this old sign, swaying in the rain, informed is no place for you. I'll see to her!” her. At the door she fumbled in the “I wouldn't be too hard on her," old
Van Horn said, uneasily; "even if she me? I don't want it dripping all over
The girl silently did as she was bid, "Mr. Van Horn,” said his wife, “I but she watched Mrs. Van Horn, going don't need to be told by a man in his in and out of the pantry, with eager eyes, night shirt, how to treat a young woman and when food was placed before her, of this sort. Go on up to your bed. fell on it, stuffing it into her mouth and Put down the candle! Do you think I straining to swallow it with the stranwant to be left in the dark with her? gling hunger of fatigue. Mrs. Van Horn, She may try to murder me! Girl, are looking at her, suddenly turned and you hungry?”
went puffing upstairs; when she came “Yes, mum; but don't you give me back (calling over her shoulder, “No, a thought, mum. If I might just sit Mr. Van Horn! It's no place for you. 'ere
Stay where you are") she brought with “And walk off with the teaspoons, I her a fat black bottle. She poured a suppose, before we are up in the morn- good two fingers of whisky into a tuming?" said Mrs. Van Horn. “Follow bler, and held it out to the girl: “Take me!" she commanded, and, candle in it.” Katy took it, her teeth clicking hand, strode along the hall to the against the glass held in both shaking kitchen, leaving her husband to climb hands. She ate every crumb of food, upstairs as well as he could in the dark. even running the blade of her knife Katy, her knees bending under her, round her plate and closing her lips on picked up the bundle and followed in it, so that nothing should escape her. the wake of the waddling, kindly figure. Watching her, Mrs. Van Horn said, In the kitchen, the candle flickering be- slowly, “A girl, traipsing the public road tween them on the table, came more at this time of night! Well, I wasn't orders, always in a terrible voice: “Put born yesterday. I know what that that bundle in the sink! Do you hear means. ... You can stay the rest of
CONTENTS OF VOLUME CXLVIII
DECEMBER, 1923–MAY, 1924
Are We Facing a Revival of Religion? Editor's Drawer
137, 281, 421, 557, 701, 845
, Autumn Sojourn in Iceland, An
"Where Ignorance is Bliss,” by Burges James Norman Hall 186 Johnson ; illustration by R. B. Fuller.. 137 Illustrated with Photographs
"Felicien Phipps and His Work," by Ben
Ray Redman; illustrations by W. A. Bank Directors. A Story
281 Laura Spencer Portor 315
"Fiction Formulas,” by Elias Lieberman; illustration by R. B. Fuller...
421 Illustrations by Grattan Condon
“The Sentimental Burglar," by Newman Bare Souls. I: Voltaire
Levy; illustration by R. B. Fuller.... 557 II: Thomas Gray
"The Foolish Jellyfish and the Rude HerGamaliel Bradford 583, 734
ring,” by Baron Ireland; illustrations by R. B. Fuller.
701 Illustrated with Portraits and an Aquatint
"The Good Giraffe," by Arthur GuiterBargain in Preparedness, A .
man; illustrations by A. B. Walker... 845 Samuel Taylor Moore 826
Editor's Easy Chair Edward S. Martin Between the Lines Lilian Lauferty 227
133, 277, 417, 553, 697, 841 Biassed Evolution Alfred J. Lotka 755
"Advertisement as a World Power". 553 Illustrated with Photographs
"In Time of Hesitation".
417 "Matter of Importance, A".
133 Building an American Cathedral
"Passing the Mile-Post”.
277 Elizabeth Robins Pennell 343 "Prohibition: Advertisement: OrganizaIllustrated with Etchings by Joseph
697 "The Rattle of Machinery".
841 Pennell Business as I See It Stephen Leacock 815 Eliots' Katy, The. A Serial. Part I, II, Illustrations by John Held, Jr.
Margaret Deland 1, 237, 390
Illustrations by C. E. Chambers and Kerr By Air to the Heart of the Andes
Blair Niles 289 Illustrated with Photographs
Emancipation. A Story
Gordon Arthur Smith 458 Captains of Industry vs. Captains of Finance Edward A, Filene 481 Glory Hole, The. A Story
Mary Heaton Vorse 215 Changing Views of Evolution
Illustrations by D. C. Hutchison
Greatest American Artists, The "Christmas Again" Edward S. Martin 36
Walter Pach 252 Civilized Unreason Elton Mayo 527 Illustrated with Photographs Coeducation versus Literature
Human Body, The-Its Care and PreRollo Walter Brown 784 vention
Stephen Leacock 593 Common Sense. A Story
Illustrations by John Held, Jr. Helen R. Hull 97 Journey, The. A Story Illustrations by W. P. Couse
Laura Spencer Portor 153
Illustrations by F. R. Gruger Cracked Teapot, The. A Story
Charles Caldwell Dobie 174 Julie Cane. A Serial. Part I, II, III Illustrations by W. K. Starrett
Harvey O'Higgins 425, 603, 767 Dialogue on Things in General, A
Illustrations by Thomas Fogarty G. B. Shaw and Archibald Henderson 705
Latest Ideas in Physics, The Illustrated with Photographs
Sir Oliver Lodge 659
Letters from America
Manual of the New Mentality, A
Stephen Leacock 471 Drawings by William Makepeace
Illustrations by John Held, Jr.
Marie Portinari Alan Burroughs 109
Alan Burroughs 164 Lion's Mouth, The
Mussolini-One Year After 125, 269, 409, 545, 688, 835
T. R. Ybarra 206 “Antique Bed, The," by Frederick L.
Narrative of a Journey
James Norman Hall 85 “Best Sellers,” by Charles Merz.
691 New Control of Surgeons, The "Case of 'My Daughter', The," by Edith
William G. Shepherd 303 M. Thomas
Nice Neighbors. A Story "Gloom of Humor, The,” by Fred C. Kelly
Mary S. Watts 38
Illustrations by Hanson Booth "How to Bring Up Children," by Frederick L. Allen......
Noblest Instrument, The "How Big Should a Small College Be?"
Clarence Day, Jr. 263 by Burges Johnson..
Oldest Boarder, The. A Story "If People Acted Like Nations,” by New
Rebecca Hooper Eastman 199 man Levy
On the Malecon. A Story “In Praise of Bigotry,” by Caroline E.
William McFee 354 MacGill
Illustrated by W. H. D. Koerner “Light Eater, A," by Lawton Mackall.... 688
One's Grandfather “Little Lecture on the Atom, A," by Fred
Meredith Nicholson 18 erick L. Allen.....
545 "On the Face of It," by Frederick L.
Alan Burroughs 834 Allen
269 “Portrait of a Man" 'Alan Burroughs 408 “Perfect Blank, A,” by Amabel Redman. 413 Portrait of Mrs. Bache "Philosopher's Downfall, A," by Clarence
Alan Burroughs 506 Day, Jr.
... 416 “Photographs,” by Laura Spencer Portor 550
Protecting Civilization Stewart Paton 165 “Plagiarism,” by Baron Ireland......... 410 Ramsay MacDonald I “Rising Tide of Culture, The," by Wil
“A Gentleman with a Duster" 625 liam McFee
Illustrated with Photographs "Some Memoirs à la Mode,” by Ruth Relativity and Major Rooke. A Story Lambert Jones
Susan Ertz 669 "Sonneteer Gives Up, The," by Invita Minerva
H. M. Tomlinson 805 415
Rice and Volcanoes
Illustrated with Photographs "Strawberries (and Others) in Season," by Laura Spencer Portor....
Rolling River, The. A Story "Sweet Are the Uses of a Radio," by
Walter Millis 641 Newman Levy
273 Romantics. A Story "Studies in the 20th Century Lyric," by
Beatrice Ravenel 719 Nathan C. Starr...
Illustrations by John Alonzo Williams
Edwina Stanton Babcock 487 "Village Blacksmith, The," by Percy Waxman
Illustrations in Tint by George Wright
689 "Weapon of War, A," by Burges Johnson 689
Secrets of Success, The "We are the Music Makers," by Ben Ray
Stephen Leacock 334 Redman
130 Illustrations by John Held, Jr. "Woman of the World," by Lawton Shoes. A Story Mackall
Frances Gilchrist Wood 68 Little Mexican. A Story
Silhouette. A Story
Edgar Valentine Smith 745