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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 8, 1899
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Tfifi tPPEB DE8 MOJtNliJ& ALGONA IOWA, WEPNE&DA^ FEBRUARY JL1899. VALENTINE, (By Georgia Custls.) "The postman! the postman!" cried Dorothy, dancing eidtedly about the .nursery, "He is coming here; 1 hear WS whistle! Oh, nurse! please may I go down and see if he has brought any valentines?" "Not with your cold, dearie," said hurse, shaking her head, and so Dorothy had to be content with peering over the stairs, while Donald clattered down and came back again with his hands full of envelopes, large and email. "One, free, six for me!" he panted, **and on.e, free, seven for, Dorothy!" 'And how happy the children were as they tore open the envelopes and explained the pretty cards and verses Which they, contained. And then Sister Nell came in to show them her valentine, a great bunch of beautiful roses and when Dorothy asked her if she could guess who had sent them (for guessing is half the tun on St. Valentine's day), she grew quite red, and •aid, "Why, no; of course she couldn't; now could she?" And just then dear grandma came in lo see what the children were making »uch a racket about. And, of course, Ihey showed her their valentines and iKell pinned one of her most beautiful l-oses on grandma's black dress; and Ihen, quite unexpectedly, Dorothy looked up Into the sweet, placid old face, and asked gravely: "Grandma, flid you ever get a valentine?" Grandma dl-d not reply for a moment tnd then she stooped and kissed Dorothy on the forehead, and something .Very bright and glistening fell among the brown curls. "Yes, dear," said grandma, softly, "lots of them; but I ihad one which I think I must tell you febout some time." "Oh! tell us now!" cried all the children at once; and Nell, who had been Col. Benjamin Worrell, it says so under his picture In the library. "Yes," said grandma, smiling, "he was your grandfather! but he did not seem much like a grandfather then. He was very tall and straight, with flashing black eyes and dark curling hair, and he had a fine way of throwing back his head when he talked. People used to call him 'Handsome Ben,' which annoyed him very much; but when I told him what grandpa had said he was quite pleased. 'But what a hypocrite 1 must be, Kate,' he said, laughing, 'to make the dear old gentleman think that I come here just to play whist, when my real reason for coming is to see you.' 'Your grandfather was always bold as a young man,' " said grandma, apologetically. "Well, your grandfather used to come evening after evening, and he played long games of whist with the old people; but he used somehow to get in a little talk about our own affairs, although we seldom had a chance to see each other alone. And then the 14th of February came around, and I had scores of valentines, nnd great sport it was, for each young man had to deliver his own, and it was no easy task to do this without being seen, which would have spoiled the fun. Well, just toward dusk, I happened to be looking from an upper window, and I saw a tall figure creep- Ing along by the garden wall. He had his hat drawn down well over his face, but I caught just a glimpse of a dark moustache, and, I assure you, my dears, it was all I could do to behave with becoming dignity, when Sophie, our old colored servant, came upstairs with a square envelope addressed to mo." "Oh! I know!" cried Dorothy, clapping her hands. "It was grandpa's valentine!" "Yes," said grandma, "and here it is," and she drew from the box an old-fashioned envelope addressed in faded ink and in an elaborately dis- HE HANDED ME A SMALL PACKAGE, SAYING, "GOD PITY YOU." 'placing her valentine in a vase of wat- ,er, joined in the general coaxing. ; "Nell," said grandma, "if you really want to hear, I will tell you about it; but wait a moment, I can show you my valentine." 1 She left the room, and she was gone iso long that the children had time to |wonder greatly what grandma's val- 'entine could be, and they were all igathered around her chair, with eager, (expectant faces, when she returned. jShe carried in her hand a small, old- 'fashioned work box, whose covering, once bright and gay, waa worn and Ifaded now. She smiled into the upturned faces as she resumed her place 'among the children; but there were iteai'B in her eyes as she said: j "Now, children, I will show you my .valentine; but, first, I must tell you |part of the story. • And I must also ! explain that when I was young people {made their own valentines, and, al- i though they may not have been as I pretty as the modern ones, perhaps, |yet I think they were a great deal inicer, because, you see, nobody would jt^ke the trouble to make a valentine unless it were to send to somebody that one was very fond of, indeed, But Donald is growing impatient for the Btory! When I was a young girl I lived in a dear old country town,which some of you have seen. My father and mother both died when I was a very little child, and so I lived with my (grand parents, and very kind and good 'they were to me, and I loved them very j dearly. Nevertheless they were very :old, and, somehow, they seemed to ihave quite forgotten how it felt to be iyoung and full of life, and grandma 'did not understand why I was not al- iways content to sit quietly in the 'house, reading or sewing all day, when tall my young friends were out skating or sleighing, if it were winter, or pic- j nicking or rowing on the river if it .were summer. The old people had 'one amusement, however, of which they neyer wearied, especially in the long winter evenings; they dearly loved a rubber of whist. I could play, too, and any of my young friends who would consent to make up a game by taking a uand was always a welcome guest. 'I think your friend, Benjamin Worrell, }s a very fine young man,' grandpa would e&y, and then he was Jo add,''He plays an excellent a little reckless, pe'rlmps, at tiroes, but be bad a §094 bead.' Ouce repeated this pjeajge & p,e'»"— gulsed hand, to "Miss Katharine Onderdonk." She handed the envelope to Nell, who, almost reverently drew forth the valentine. It was a playing-card, the Queen of Hearts, and over the back had been neatly pasted a sheet of white paper, on which were written the following lines: "My Kate is surely Queen of Hearts, And I will swear she's queen of mine. Let's play a game where Love is trumps; Sweet Kate will be my valentine?" The children all declared the poetry to be very beautiful. "But, grandma," cried Donald and Dorothy together, "what is that queer round hole right through the middle of the card?" Sure enough, there was a hole, which had pierced card and envelope just as the children had said. "Wait a moment," said grandma, "we are coming to that. "It was very soon after St, Valentine's day that your grandfather spoke to my grand- VEKY MUCH SURPRISED, father about making me his wife, and grandpa was very mijch surprised, although our love-making had been going on for some mouths right under his eyes. And be hesitated a good deal, but finally, as there was no real objection, be gave his consent." Grandma paused here for a few moments, thinking, I suppose, of those 4,ear, bappy days, now eo long past; and the children had to remind her tbat they were waltlpff for tbe rest of the itory, "it was Just after that'/ grandma, "that Ben had to go away on business for a few weeks, and he begged me to have a picture made of myself to give him on his return. I dearly loved to tease him in those days, and shortly after he had started on his journey I wrapped the valentine he had sent me very carefully in several thicknesses of paper, so that he would think it contained the stiff case of a daguerreotype, and sent it to him by mail. Meanwhile I had a fine picture made for him with which to surprise htm on his return, but he would not give me back my valentine. 'Do you think,' he 'said, laughing, 'that I am going to return the first present you ever gave me? No, indeed! though I did make It myself.' And he declared that he should always carry It next his heart. "Well, the following spring we were married, and then we began our hut- building. Ben planned the house himself, and I went with him to Boston to select the furniture. It was while we were there that we heard the news that made our hearts stand still. "Fort Sumter had been fired upon! We read the announcement in the paper, with white face, and Ben kept saying all day, 'Oh, Kate! this Is too terrible! I never thought It would come to this!' We went home with sad hearts, in spite of our carload of household treasures, for those were days when private joys and sorrows seemed as nothing in view of the danger which threatened the whole country. The governor of our state had ordered the state troops, and the militia as well, to be in readiness;.,and Ben mustered quite a company of his friends (the finest and bravest young men in town), and they drilled night and day to be in readiness for the call. And I encouraged him in this work, God knows, with what a sinking heart, but Ben never suspected that I was half a coward. Your dear mother was a tiny baby then, and I used often to sing her to sleep with patriotic airs to keep up my own courage. And then at last it came—the call for troops— we were expecting it; but, oh! how weak I was when I heard Ben's voice shouting upstairs, 'Kate, Kate, the president has sent for us.' "I was putting baby to sleep (your mother, you know, dears) and I knelt by her cradle for just one moment, praying for strength. And It came, for when Ben entered the room I was able to smile quite bravely, and to help him pack his knapsack, for they were to start that very night," Grandma paused here. for a moment, but no one spoke, and she went on In a low voice: "How well I remember that night! It was raining, and very cold and damp; but every mother and sister and wife and sweetheart in town were at the station to see them off. Most of the women were crying bitterly, but I could not shed a tear, and when Ben took me in his arms to say good-bye his lips moved, but' he could not utter a word, and I could hear the beating of his heart. As the train pushed out there were shouts and cheers, of course, to keep up the courage of the men, and somebody shouted, "Three cheers for Captain Worrell!' and the crowd took It up with a will. And then I looked up and saw my husband for the last time on this earth. He had climbed on top of the rear car and was raising his cap to the crowd (they were all life-long friends), and when he saw me raise my head (with anguish written all over my face, I suppose), his own face was convulsed for a moment, and then he tried to smile, and pointed upwards, meaning, I suppose, that' we were in God's hands. And then the train was swallowed up in the mist." Again she paused, and again no one spoke. "I heard from him many times after that," she continued. "Sometimes not for months, and then a whole batch of letters would come at once—always bright and cheerful, those letters, and full of little incidents and anecdotes which he thought might amuse and interest me, seldom a word of his own privations, and even sufferings. I do not know how we women endured the long strain of that waiting for news. If it had not been that your mother was such a very young infant, I be lieve I would have followed my bus band as some wives did, preferring anything to the terrible suspense o! waiting quietly at home. "And then the dreadful slaughter be gan. But you, children, must wait un til you are older to hear about that. "One day I was walking restlessly up and down the piazza of my little home, my baby in my arms, trying to put her to sleep as best I could -without a lullaby (for I could no longer sing), when &, soldier came up the path leading to the house. I knew him well, although he was greatly changed, for he was a neighbor and had been in Ben's company. I knew at once that he was the bearer of bad news, and as he approached nearer I could not speak, but just held out my hand. He laid a small package in it, saying, 'God pity you!' and that was the last I knew for many hours. When I came to myself I still held the package in my hand, and when I had the courage to open it/ the first thing I saw was— my valentine, torn as you have seen, by the bullet which had pierced one of the bravest hearts that ever shed its life-blood for our country." There was silence when grandma had finished speaking; Sister Nell was crying and Donald whispered, "I say, Dorothy, let's put away pur valentines until toraorrpw." If a man is gtyen his daily bread he kicks because U isn't buttered. If love m&de the world go round there would be fewer revolution*. MISCELLANEOUS. Quincy, 111.—While digging a well on the farm of James Williamson, near Liberty, this county, the workmen struck a 62-Inch vein of fine coal. Tekoa, Wash.—Earl Bruner, aged 7, was frozen to death while going to a school a mile and half in the country Viroqua, Wis.—The tobacco sorters- about 300 in number—went on a sti:^ for a raise in wages of 10 cents per 'i'J* I'Otinds. Toledo, Ohio—The directors of the National Savings Building and Loan society have determined to place t'ie concern in the handJ of a receiver. Wichita, Kan.—Lewis A. Trexlera, a farmer, dropped dead just as he was about to place his signature to a mortgage covering his homestead. Lancaster, Pa.—Miss Hester Parker, who was housekeeper for President Buchanan here and at Washington, is dead of old age. She was in her ninety-fourth year. Little Rock, Ark.—By a vote of 50 to 30 the house killed a bill to consolidate state and federal elections. Montevideo—A revolt of tho Colorados against Senor Cuestgs, provisional president of Uruguay, has broken out. Two hundred men have landed near Carmelo and captured the town. Spokane, Wash.—The big Buffalo roup of claims in the Buffalo Hump camp of Idaho has been sold to F. Le'ffl. Clark and Charles Sweeney for 5G50',(500. Milwaukee—Edward C. Wehe, a shoe lealer, doing business at 357 Third street, filed a petition in bankruptcy ' n the United States court. His liabilities are placed at $33,907 and assets at $45,147. Philadelphia— Charles H. Taylor, aged 59 years, a well-known coal merchant, died suddenly In his office. Mr. Taylor's death is believed to have jee?i caused by ptomaine poisoning, the result of eating impure meat.' Kansas City, Mo.—The preliminary icaring of Leonard B. Imboden and S. F. Hancock, arrested on a charge of wildcat" banking when their institution, the Planters' bank, was closed by tho state, was postponed. Key West, Fla.—The British steamer Trefusis, from Galvestcn for Manchester, with a cargo of cotton and corn, is ashore near Sand-Key light- louse. Cokeville, Wyo.—A snowslide a mile ong near here buried several men and teams. All the men were taken out ilive with the exception of Burt Sandy. Winnipeg, Manitoba—Chief Justice •esigned. It is not known who will be lis successor. Vancouver, B. C.—The steamship _mpress of Japan sailed for Yokohama and Hongkong. It carried over 1,000,000 bottles of beer for Americans in the Philippines. Sandusky, Ohio—Representatives of the ice trust being formed to control the ice business from Maine to Wisconsin have made a cash offer for the property and business of the Wagner Lake Ice company, valued at $200,000. LATEST MARKET REPORTS. CATTLE. attle, all grades ...... 1.65 @G.15 Hogs, common to prime. 1.40 Sheep and lambs ...... 2.40 @5.00 Wheat, No. 2 red ...... 3orn, No. 2 ............ .36 Oats, No. 2 white ...... .31 Eggs ................... 17 @ .171/2 Butter ................. 11 @ .18y 2 Rye, No. 2 ............. 55 @ .56 ST. LOUIS. Wheat, No. 2 ........... 08 @.68% Oats, No. 2 cash ...... .28% orn, No. 2, cash ...... .35 Battle, all grades ...... 2.00 @6.10 Hogs, ................. 3.60 @3.95 Sheep and lambs ..... 2.00 @5.25 TOLEDO. , No. 2 cash ...... .72 Corn, No. 2 mixed ...... ,36y 2 Oats, No. 2 mixed ...... .28 Rye, No. 2 cash ........ ' .56% Cloverseed, prime cash 3.60 KANSAS CITY. Cattle, all grades ...... 3.00 @5.40 Hogs, all grades ...... 3.25 @3.85 Sheep and lambs ........ 2.00 @5.05 MILWAUKEE. Wheat, No. 1 northern.. .73 Oats, No. 2 white ....... 28%@ .30% Barley, No. 2 ........... 52 @ .53 NEW YORK. Wheat, No. 2 red ...... .8214 Corn, No. 2 ............ 44 %@ .45% Oats, No. 2 ............ .34% PEORIA. Oats, 'No. 2 white ....... 29 @ .29% Corn, No. 2 ............ .3414 Sale of Western I.muln. Advertisements have been issued for the sale ot all the lands remaining of tho land grant of the Union Pacific Hallway company, at Omaha, March 6. ! r rance Wants a I.otui. The French government is negotiating for a loan of £8,000,000 or £10,000,COO for the express purpose of increasing tho army and navy. Before his election as governor, Colonel Roosevelt r ceiveil the following letter: "Sm:— 1 like to think of you sitting in vour 'librnrv, brooding over your inefi'table defeat." By return mail the letter-writer received this reply: "Sm:— Inevitable is spelled wiih a v, not an f. Very truly yours, TUEODOKE RoOSRVBI.T. _ More than half of the men who make money lose it !n middle life by investing in schemes. Only one scheme in fifty pays expenses. Richards' Magic Catarrh Expellnnt Co., Omaha, Neb. Write for particulars. Dinner speeches in Japan are made before the meal, instead of after. If this were the custom in this country, there would be many belatcl guests. Hundreds of valuable presents given free with Diamond "C" Soap wrappers. Ask your grocer all about it. Anybody can get credit unless it is a well-known dead beat. Good liHiMls lii Minnesota. The best farm lands to be found in the state tire-along the line of the Minneapolis & St. Louis U. H. Purchase a ticket to Madison or Dnwson in Lac Qui Parle Co., Minn., and convince yourself that less than !)() bushels of wheat per acre is a small crop. Other cereals, including corn, in proportion. Crop failures unknowj^. _ Some of the greatest of men have liad ordinary wives. _ CKKSCKNT HOTEL, • KU11KKA srillNOS, ARKANSAS, Opens February 23rd. In tho Ozark Mountains. Delightful i-lliiiatn. Beautiful scenery. Uneqnaled medicinal waters. Cheap excursion rates. Through sleepers via Frisco Linn. Atlrcss J. 6. Plank, Manager, Koom II, Arcade, Century Building, or Frisco Ticket Office, No. 102 N. Broadway, St. Loujs 1 __ __ A man who never "kicks" usually gets the worst of it. "Our 8'iutlii'rn A handsomely illustrated booklet bearing this title has just been issued by the Passenger Department of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois R. R. It is replete with descriptive matter of interest to tourists going to Cuba and Porto Rico and contains many illustrations of places of note In thb West Indies. An important feature of the booklet is description of the two fast daily through trains run by this company and the route traversed, choice of which is given to tourists. Copy will be sent free on application to C. L. Stone, General Passenger and Ticket Agent. Chicago. Some people worship the clergymen more than God. LITERARY NOTES. Disacrroeaoie February. The discomforts of this month can be escaped by taking advantage of the winter excursions of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad to one of the many pleasant resorts of the South. This line offers unsurpassed facilities for reaching the cities in the South, the winter resorts of the beautiful gulf coast, of Florida, of California, and of the West Indies. Write C. P. Atmore, General Passeixger Agent, Louisville, Ky., for folders descriptive of Florida or the Gulf Coast. Some -teachers teach foolishness more than they do facts. An Economical Kail- Chief Engineer W. T. Manning of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad has invented a new rail that experts say has many points of interest to railroad owners, the principal one being its economical feature. It is well known that rails wear rapidly on curves and where these are short, and traffic heavy, the cost of renewal is very large. Manning' has evolved a section, which, he asserts, will reduce the cost 37 per cent per ton per year. He adds materially to the life of the rail by placing additional metal in the head and on the side upon which the wear comes. The new rail will be given a thorough test on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the receivers having ordered 1,000 tons from the Carnegie Steel Co. The Plttsburg & Western has also ordered 500 tons. Wise men are less charitable to their own faults than to the faults of others. Diamond "C" Soap does not shrink flannels'' and it leaves all fabrics in the most desirable condition. In old-fashioned families the onion is next to the Bible. -A- Winter Excursion Ifslckyoucan find Uolp. If crippled with rheumatism you cuu be cured. If tired you neel rest und tho iilaco to BO is ....... Hot Springs, South Dakota. The expense is loss than you imagine. "The Northwestern Ijlue" has unnouncod special .excursions, certain clays this mouths, at CIjEAPJ^gTES. The Evans Hotel will remain open and this and all other hotels and bourclhiK houses nro giving good service with low rates durlug the whiter. Pound " 16 ' 40 Mo. Valley, 16.55 Rates f . a, . Kaces j Sioux City, 14.80 And corresponding reductions from other points west. Climate, Water, Sceuory and Hotels are unexcelled. Thirty days time allowed and any agent 0'., B. &M. V. K. 11., or J. II. Uablo, Traveling Passenger Agent, Denlson, Iowa, can tell you uioro u bout it. Tho next date will be February It. lne S tuutiou All No information of a disquieting nature has been received at the war department from Gen. Otis regarding the situation in the Philippines. Democratic Editors of I ml hum. The democratic editors of Indiana elected Dale J. Crltteubersger, Anderson, president. Madison was selected for the next state meeting, in May. Will Offer ft The Spanish government has offerer! . ransom f.or the liberation of Spanish prisoners in the hands o| the Philippine Insurgents. To Reduce N»v*l The navy department has ordered (hat all or the ships pf the navy now res,eyve efcall be put ^ of com- at once, ROGK JSUND PERSONALLY CONDUSTEP TOURIST EXCURSIONS Leave Chicago every Thursday via Colorado Springs uuii Scouto Koute to San Francisco und Lou Angeles. Southern Route loaves Chicago every Tuesday via Kanstm City, Pu Worth and El Paso to I.QS MeClure's Magazine for Febrtiary will contain short stories by Rudyard Kipling and other well-known writers and a dramatic war sketch by Stephen Ciane. The Spanish war series in the Century is proving a great success, and has very considerably increased the circulation of the magazine. In the February number General Shatter will tell the story of the Santiago campaign, and Lieut. "llobson -will follow his account of the sinking of the "Mer- rimac'' with a narrative of his imprisonment in Morro Castle. One of the valuable features of Harper's Weekly, for theipresent month is the opening chapters of a serial novel entitled "When the Sleeper Wakes," by the author of "The War ot the Worlds." H. O. Wells. The story as far as it has advanced is of intense interest and gives promise of being Mr. Wells's best novel. A painstakingstatistician has figured out "The American Girl's Chances of TOarriage," and will present his con- clusions'in the March issue of the Ladies' Home Journal. lie has discovered that in some states a girl's opportunities are greater than in others, and that in America they are greater than in many countries in the old world. Everybody who has seen an incandescent light; everybody who has watched fortunes swell or dwindle by the remorseless tick-took of the stock ticker; everybody who has heard a negro melody oil the phonograph, will be interested in "The Heal Kdison," a study from the life in Ainslee's Magazine for Febrtiary. The February number of the Cosmopolitan is called the fiction and travel number. Among the lending features is an article entitled "Emperor William in the Holy Land." It is profusely ilustrated and will bo greatly appreciated by the readers of tho Cosmopolitan. Outing for February contains a delightful assortment of talcs of sport, adventure and travel. The fiction is a tale entitled ' ; Ma Blonde," a complete, story by M. Gertrude Cundill. A wealth of beautiful illustrations and the usual poems embellish a most sat-. isfying number. The. editorial and record departments have received the customary careful attention by leading writers in their various fields. The February St. Nicholas transports the youthful reader from the snows of the so-called temperate zone o tho heat and bloom of the tropics, hough the storm at Apia, which Air.' jloyd Osbotirne describes in the open- ng itrticle, "Amatua's Sailor," hardly empts one to exchange the wintry >lasts o,f New York and Boston for the urricancs of the Pacific. In the February number of Harper's lound Table the hero of Kirk Mun- 'oe's serial story of the late war is inrried through Cuba, and at last caches Santiago after many stirring idvcntures and hair-breadth escapes. lion. A. Lawrence Lowell, in the February Allan tic, sharply exposes he special p'eoding of who r/er- •ert tho doctrine of human equality as tated by Jefferson, to cover political quality, which no sane person ever •et believed in, or probably ever will relieve in. A valuable feature of Harper's Mag- izinc for February is the first install- nent of "TheSpanish-American War," )y Senator Henry Cabot Lod»re. The opening chapter is entitled "The Unsettled Question, 1 ' and is profusely il- ustrated from drawings by Carl ton T. Chapman, and from portraits. The January issues of Harper's Ba•.ar prove, that it isstill. par excellence, ,he American woman's paper. A most valuable feature is the department "Club Women and Club Work," con- .luctecl by Margaret Hamilton Welch, RECENT INVENTIONS. An erasing attachment for typewriters has been patented, an auxiliary key being clamped on the machine to carry the eraser, which is held against the sheet of paper while the shifting key rocks the carriage a number of times to remove the mark under the eraser. Doors can be securely held in any • position by a new device having a plate to be fastened to the lower edge of the door, with a lever pivoted on the plate to swing down until, a friction plate at the end rests on the floor, a spring at the opposite end of the lever holding it in place. A Massachusetts woman has patented a bouquet holder, consisting of a flat box filled with an absorbent, with a pin at the rear by which it can be attached to the coat, a hinged lid pressing the stems into the absorbent to take up the moisture and prevent the flowers from wilt::'.:;. A handy adjusting attachment for bicycle handlebars Is formed of a pin with a ring at one end by which it is pulled out of the head to allow the bar to be raised or lowered until another of the series of holes is in alignment, a flat spring holding, the pin in place. Two New Zealanders have invented a buckle which will be found useful where there is no means of sewing the strap in place, a T head being formed on the end to be permanently attaeh- eu, 1u tt ;uter<tc<I ic a slot cut in tho end of the strap at right angles wltli the head. Accompany these Excursions and SAVE MONEY for tho lowest rule tickets an available in these TlirouahPullmanTourist Gar Write ''{or itinerary which gives full infor watlou and uev map, sent free, JOHN SEBASTIAN, Q. P. A., Chicago. The way to a woman's heart leads in the opposite direction. Discovering bad qualities is not half so disappointing as good ones. Nobody can understand a woman except herself, and she never does it the same way twice. All the world.wears a mask before company, but a woman doesn't take hers off, even before her own looking- glass. When a woman finds she is growing stout she begins to complain that she never eats anything and that clothes are too large for her

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