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There was a well-fed, prosperous looking woman of strident voice on one of the suburban trains the other morning, and above its roar and rattle her accents could be distinguished telling the story of the friend who was visiting her. " You remember Lou, of course," she said " Well, she's been staying with me since last week. And,you know! the funniest thing has hap­pened. Lou—that's her name—always has a way of adopting other people's habits easily. Adaptability, I suppose, some people call it. For instance, if she was with a gay crowd she was gay, and with sober people she was sober. She hadn't been in our house three
days before she got to talking as loud as if some one was deaf. And when I spoke to her about it—hah joking, you know—she said she supposed from my talking so loud that Robert was deaf, and so she had spoken above her ordinary tone. Now, what I'd like to know, Kate, is if my voice is unusually loud. Tell me the truth." The car listened breathlessly. When Kate did the kind-hearted thing, sacrificing her desire to be honest in her instinct to be kindly, and said that she never thought so, the lady with the voice said de-cidedly:" There, I was sure of it! Something's the mat­ter with Lou, and I shall advise her to consult an aurist-"
JEM, THE CARTER LAD.
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