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Full text of "The young lady across the way"

FROM -THE- LIBRARY- OF- 
A. W. Ryder 





pHE contents of fliis volume appeared 

originally in flie Ohio State Journal 

and are repuhlished in fliis form nirough flie 

courtesy of The Ohio State Journal Co. 




THE YOUNG LADY 
ACROSS THE WAY 



As Interviewed by 

ROBERT 0. RYDER 



And Sketched by 

HARRY J. WESTERMAN 




COPYRIGHT, 1908, 

BY 
ROBERT O. RYDER 







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The young lady across the way says 
she thinks her father must have some 
awfully nice friends, she hears him 
speak so often about having another 
call from his bankers. 



We asked the young lady across the 
way if she had heard about the disap- 
pearance of Saturn's rings and sne 
said no, she hadn't happened to hear 
about this particular case, but she 
knew such things were altogether too 
common these days and to her mind 
the very worst feature was that the 
police seemed to be in collusion with 
the burglars and it was almost im- 
possible to get anything back. 



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The young lady across the way says 
she knows her father doesn't owe any 
money around town because she over- 
heard him say that he hadn't a dollar's 
worth of credit left anywhere. 



19J 



We asked the young lady across the 
way for her opinion as to the relative 
values of the nitrogenous and the car- 
bonaceous foods and she said she 
really didn't know, always buying 
things as she did by the dime's worth 
and not noticing particularly how 
much she got for her money. 



[11] 



The young lady across the way says 
she guesses her father must hate to 
write letters, she hears him speak so 
often about some of his notes' being 
overdue. 



We asked the young lady across the 
way if she thought clandestine mar- 
riages were excusable under any cir- 
cumstances, and she said well she 
didn't like to judge anybody harshly 
but it did seem to her, to say the very 
least, as if a girl made a great mistake 
to go and get married to some old 
duke or count or something when 
American young men were so much 
nicer. 



1151 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that he 
had taken in a lot of bad paper lately 
and she thinks it's just terrible the 
way these great trusts are allowed to 
palm off inferior goods on innocent 
people. 



[171 



We asked the young lady across the 
way if she were doing anything in 
economics out at the university and 
she said O yes indeed and in fact, 
with times as they were, the whole 
family was trying to keep expenses 
down and they'd let the second girl go 
already and were thinking about giv- 
ing the cook notice. 



[19] 



The young lady across the way says 
she saw in the paper that a gentleman 
had just paid $65,000 for a seat on the 
New York stock exchange and wasn't 
it terrible how extravagant people 
were in New York but of course she 
supposed it meant a box for the season. 



[21] 



The young lady across the way says 
she doesn't see why any one should 
go and get excited about a gold famine 
when everybody knows that you're 
likely to get five-dollar gold pieces 
mixed up with nickels and bills are so 
much more convenient anyway. 



123] 



The young lady across the way says 
she saw in the paper that our minister 
to Austria got a salary of $17,500 a 
year and with all the wickedness there 
was in this country and so few clergy- 
men with ability enough to earn that 
amount she didn't know whether she 
believed in foreign missions any more 
or not. 



[25] 



The young lady across the way in- 
formed us that she loved poetry, and 
we asked her what she thought of dac- 
tylic hexameter as a vehicle and she 
said the electric runabout was good 
enough for her. 



127] 



The young lady across the way says 
she knows her father never invests in 
watered stocks because she overheard 
him say that, with all the securities 
he had on hand, he didn't have any- 
thing bearing the slightest resem- 
blance to liquid assets. 



29] 



Thinking to stimulate her interest 
in the great questions of the day, we 
asked the young lady across the way 
how she thought the new currency 
ought to be secured and she said for 
her part she generally pinned it in 
the front of her dress with a big safety 
pin. 



[31] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that all 
the financial trouble was caused by peo- 
ple putting too much money into their 
stockings and for her part she didn't 
think there was any excuse for such 
extravagance when you can get as 
good ones as anybody ought to want 
for two dollars and thirty-seven cents 
a pair at any of the department stores. 



We asked the young lady across the 
way what they were going to have for 
the piece de resistance at Christmas 
dinner over at her house, and she said 
O she guessed they wouldn't have 
anything so elaborate as all that but 
just turkey and plum pudding and the 
usual fixings. 



IS5J 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say he 
wished the comptroller of the currency 
wouldn't call so often and for her part 
she thought it was awfully nice of him 
to pay some attention socially to his 
business acquaintances. 



71 



The young lady across the way hap- 
pened to hear us speak favorably of 
garbage reduction and she said O 
yes that was all right theoretically 
and some reform was certainly needed 
in that direction but what were we 
going to do about it when people 
would leave so much on their plates. 



[39J 



We asked the young lady across the 
way what she thought of the influence 
of women's clubs upon the home, and 
she said well she was only a beginner 
herself but she must say her mother 
had brought home two or three prizes 
that looked lovely on the parlor man- 
tel-piece. 



[41] 



The young lady across the way says 
she can't understand why her father 
talks so much about being hard up 
when she saw his check book herself 
and noticed there were at least a hun- 
dred checks in it without any writing 
at all on them. 



143] 



The young lady across the way says 
she had heard about paper car wheels 
but she guessed there must be a limit 
somewhere to what the inventors 
could do because she overheard her 
father say he was sorry he had bought 
an interest in a paper railroad. 



f45] 



The young lady across the way says 
she noticed in the paper that the con- 
sumption of beer was on the increase 
and wasn't it terrible how people 
would continue to drink things that 
brought on such awful diseases as 
that. 



147 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say he was 
worried to death about the condition 
of his books and she guessed she'd 
give him a set of James Whitcomb 
Riley's works for Christmas. 



1491 



The young lady across the way in- 
formed us that they were taking their 
meals at the hotel now and we asked 
her if she found the cuisine satisfac- 
tory, and she said well she hadn't 
been there long enough to make up 
her mind about that but she would 
say for them that they set an awfully 
good table. 



[51] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that he 
wouldn't be satisfied until he had 
given the man higher up what he de- 
served and for her part she thought 
it was awfully nice of gentlemen in the 
same office building to remember one 
another on Christmas. 



[53] 



The youngr lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that 
Christmas had taken what was left of 
his credit and for her part she thought 
it was better to pay for things as you 
got them anyway and you soon got 
used to waiting for your change. 



[55J 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that the 
market was in terrible condition and it 
did seem to her as if the city ought to 
provide more receptacles for the old 
decayed apples and cabbages and 
things. 



[57] 



The young lady across the way says 
she saw in the paper that scientific 
oyster culture was proving very suc- 
cessful and wasn't it wonderful how 
with intelligent training even the stu- 
pidest animals could be educated and 
only the other day she saw some 
trained birds that could count up to 
ten at the theater. 



159] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that the 
treating habit was responsible for a 
great deal of foolish extravagance and 
for her part she didn't see how it made 
any difference when she paid for 
Edytha's chocolate dope one day and 
Edytha paid for her woodland glace 
the next. 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that col- 
lections were very bad and for her 
part she thought it was just a shame 
how well-to-do people gave so little 
to the support of the church. 



163] 




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Resuming our discussion of the 
hotel cuisine, we asked the young lady 
across the way if she liked potatoes 
au naturel and she said no she didn't 
care much for fancy cooking and be- 
lieved she liked them just boiled with 
the skins on better than any other 
way. 



[65] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that he 
was going to hold on to his stocks 
just as long as he possibly could, 
though he was sure he didn't know 
how much longer that would be, and 
for her part she didn't see why he 
wanted the old things when the prices 
had gone down so. 



[671 



Reverting to world politics, we hap- 
pened to observe to the young lady 
across the way that our foreign rela- 
tions worried us somewhat and she 
said for her part no member of her 
family had ever married any duke or 
count or anything like that but she 
knew she'd be worried too if they had. 



[69J 



The young lady across the way says 
the stores all give such wonderful bar- 
gains right after Christmas that she 
should think all the people in the 
country would agree to give their 
Christmas presents along about New 
Year's so as to get them cheaper. 



[71] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say he felt 
pretty sure now that his bank wouldn't 
close its doors this winter and for her 
part she didn't wonder that there was 
so much grip around and people ought 
not to be so careless even if it had 
been an unusually warm season. 



[73] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that he 
looked for a revival on the stock ex- 
change after the first of the year and 
from some things she'd heard she 
guessed it was needed pretty badly 
and she did hope they'd stay con- 
verted. 



[75] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that the 
cost of white paper was unreasonably 
high and for her part she didn't see 
how that made any difference when 
pale blue and Quaker gray were so 
much more stylish anyway. 



L77] 



The young lady across the way says 
she can't see why her father com- 
plains so much about the cost of liv- 
ing when she went down to the Janu- 
ary sales and bought a ninety-dollar 
party gown for $69.50 and a fifteen- 
dollar Fluffy Ruffles scarf for $9.98. 



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The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that any 
change in tin plate prices at this time 
would cause distress among thou- 
sands of people and for her part she 
never knew before that there were so 
many people who couldn't afford china 
and wasn't it true that half the world 
didn't know how the other half lived. 



[81] 



The young lady across the way says 
she saw in the paper that social condi- 
tions were responsible for most of the 
crimes in this country and it did seem 
to her as if we ought to be more care- 
ful about who got into society. 



[83] 



The young lady across the way says 
her father asked her not to spend any 
more money than necessary just at 
this time and for her part she didn't 
find it hard at all to save nearly all 
her allowance when the dry goods 
stores were all so nice about letting 
her charge things. 



185J 



We asked the young lady across the 
way if she had read the president's 
message yet and she said no her father 
got so many telegrams that she had 
lost interest in them and didn't even 
try to see if she could make out 
whether they came from anyone she 
knew by the writing on the envelopes 
any longer. 



87| 



The young lady across the way in- 
formed us that she was taking a course 
in psychology out at the university 
and we asked her what she thought ot 
auto-suggestion, and she said O, 
with her father talking so much about 
being hard pressed for ready money, 
she wouldn't dare suggest even a little 
electric not to mention a red touring- 
car which she'd much rather have. 



[89] 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that his 
bankers kept advising him to reduce 
his loans and for her part she thought 
it was awfully nice of gentlemen who 
understood all about such things to 
go to the trouble of giving advice to 
their business acquaintances. 



(91) 



We asked the young lady across the 
way if she thought the hard times 
were about over and she said she 
guessed so because she overheard her 
father say that his biggest loans 
matured next week. 



1931 



We asked the young lady across the 
way for her opinion as to the economic 
value of the automobile, and she said 
for her part she couldn't see where 
the economy came in when even peo- 
ple who didn't own them had to have 
automobile coats and automobile veils 
and all those things and with every- 
thing costing so much too. 



(951 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that all 
the men in the financial district wished 
President Roosevelt would run again 
so they could pay him back for all 
he'd done for them and wasn't it re- 
markable how the president held his 
wonderful popularity among all classes 
of people. 



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The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that the 
locks on the Panama canal were going 
to cost ever so much more than the 
original estimates and why didn't they 
use the ones they'd planned to and 
just put on a few extra bolts. 



[99] 



The young lady across the way says 
her father may speculate a little but 
she knows he doesn't go in very deep 
because she overheard him say that he 
was short of almost every stock on 
the market. 



(ion 



We asked the young lady across the 
way what she thought of the omission 
of the motto from the new coins, and 
she said well for her part she didn't 
see that it made any great difference 
when nine out of ten people never 
stopped to think about the religious 
significance of E Pluribus Unum 
anyway. 



The young lady across the way says 
she overheard her father say that he 
called on his brokers yesterday and 
found them embarrassed and wasn't 
it strange how gentlemen who made 
such a success in business were often 
so timid socially. 



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De gustibus non disputandum est, 
observed we to the young lady across 
the way, and she said yes indeed we 
did and for her part, after more mature 
consideration, she did think it was a 
shame to leave it off the new gold 
coins. 



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