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A Matrimonial Lecture

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After having been married some weeks it cauie into the head of a young husband in this city, one Sunday, when he had but little to occupy bis mind, to suggest to his wife that they sbould plainly and honestly state the f'aults that each had discovered in the other si nee they had been man and wife. After some hesitation the wife agreed to the proposition, : but stipulated that the rehearsal should be made in all sincerity and with an honeat view to the bettering of each other, as otherwise it would be of no use to speak of the faults to which ruariiago had opened their eyes. The husband was of the same mind, and his wifo asked him to begin with ber fanlts. He was somewhat reluotant, but his wife insisted that as he was at the head of the house it was his place to take the lead. Thus urged, he began the recital. He said : " My dear, one of the first faults I observed in you after we began keeping house was that you a good deal neglected the tinware. You didn't keep it scoured as bright as it should be. My mother always took great pride in hertinware and kept it as bright as a dollar." " 1 am glad that you have inentioned it, dear," said the wife blushing a little ; " hereafter you shall see no speek on cup or pan. Pray proceed." " I have often observed, said the husband, " that you often use your dish-rags a long time without washing them, and then finally throw them away. Now, when at home I remember that my mothur always used to wash out her dishrags when she was done using them, and then hang them up where they would dry, ready for the next time sho would need them." Blushing as before, the young wife promised to amend this fault. The husband continued with a most formidable list of similar faults, many more than we have space to enumérate, when he declared that he could think of nothing more that was worthy of inentiou. " Now," said he, " my dear, you begin, and teil me all the faults you have observed in ine since we have been arriad." The young housewife sat in silence ; her face üushed to the temples, and a great lump carne in her throat, which she seemed to be striving haid to swallow. , "Proceed, my dear, teil me all tne faults in me, sparing none." Arising suddeuly from her seat, the little wife burst into tears, and throwing ing both anus about her husband's neck, cried : " My dear husband, you have not a fault in the worid. If you have even one, my eyes have been bo blinded by my love for you that as long as we have been married I have never observed it. In my eyeB you are perfect, and all that you do seems to me to be done in the bost inanner and just what should be dono." "But, ïny dear," said the husband, his face reddening and his voice growing husky with emotion, "just think; I have gone and found all manner of fault with you. Now do tpll mo soma of niv faults; I know I have many- ten times as niany as you ever wül have. Let me hear them." " Indeed, hasbaud, it ia as I tell you, you have not a single fault that I can eee ; whatever you do seems right in my eyes; and now that I know what a goodfor-nothing little wretch I am, I shall begin the work of reform andtry to make inyself more worthy of you." " Nonsense, my dear, you know sometimes I go away and leave you without any wood cut ; I stay up-town when I ought to be at home ; I spend my money tor drinks and cigars when I ought to bring it home to you ; I - " " No, you don't," cried his wife ; " you do nothing of the kind. 1 like to see you enjoy yourself. I should be unhappy were you to do otherwise tban just exactly as you do I" " God bless you, little wife," cried the now thoroughly subjugated husband ; " trom this moment you have not a fault in the world ! Indeed you never had a fault; I was but joking - don't reinoinber a word I said !" and ho kissed away the tears that still trembled in the little woman's eyeB. Never again did the husband scrutinize the tinware, uor examine the dish-rag - never so niuch as ruention. one of the faults he had euumerated ; but soon after the neighbor woinen were wont to say : " It is wondorful how neat Mrs. keepa everything about her bouse. Her tinware is always as bright as a new dollar ; and I do believe she uot only washes but even iroua her dish-rags!" And the neighbor men were heard to say : " What a steady fellow M has got to be of late; he don't spend a dime where he used to spend dollars, and can never be kept from home half an hour when he is not at work. He seenis to alinost worship that wifo of his."- Virginia City Enterprise.


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