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Tommy Tucker brings Grace a box of candy when he calls, and, of course, the first thing Grace does is
to offer it to Tom's hated rival, Dick Loring (Lyster Chambers)
Mrs. LIVINGSTON :-No, boys grow up and leave . home.
DR. ANDERSON:—Well, girls do too.
Dr. ANDERSON:- You won't have much chance to leave home if you don't hurry up and grab one of these boys.
Mrs. LIVINGSTON :-Don't get that notion in her head, Myron. There's no need for her to hurry. She's young yet.
GRACE:- I'm twenty.
MRS. LIVINGSTON:—I wasn't married until more than that.
DR. ANDERSON :- -Well, there was a reason in your case, sister. The town we lived in was so small it was hard for a young fellow to find it.
LIVINGSTON :(Suddenly awakening from his resting). What's hard to find?
DR. ANDERSON :—I'm not going all over that again. LIVINGSTON :-(To Mrs. L.) What is it?
Mrs. LivingSTON We were speaking about sons and daughters, Fred, and saying how much more likely a boy is to leave home than a girl.
LIVINGSTON -Oh! (goes back to paper).
DR. ANDERSON :—You wouldn't be able to get Jim Powell to agree with you, sister. He has three sons who are patermaniacs.
GRACE:—What are patermaniacs?
DR. ANDERSON:—They love their fathers so much they won't leave them even to go to work.
Mrs. LIVINGSTON:—Well, if I had a son he probably wouldn't be like Jim Powell's. He'd be going away from home to shorten my days. No, I'm satisfied to have a girl, and I'll be more satisfied to have her stay right where she is.
DR. ANDERSON :You mothers are all alike. You don't want to lose them, and yet your great ambition is to see them married.
LIVINGSTON :—What's it all about? Who's going to get married?
GRACE:-I am. LIVINGSTON:Huh? MRS. LIVINGSTON :-Grace! GRACE:-(Embarrassed for a moment, then recovering herself). Well, I hope I am. And when I do-I mean, if I do, I've got it all planned. I'd just have a very quiet wedding, and then I'd have a honeymoonsome place—is doesn't matter much where you go on your honeymoon. And then I'd want a home of my own; and the last place I'd want it is here in Reading.
And then there is a family discussion, just such a one as happens in every home where there are marriageable daughters. Grace declares her ambitions to have a home and children, and refers to Dr. Anderson the momentous question of when a girl can tell the man she loves. The mother joins in the discussion, but finally gives up in indignation at Dr. Anderson's encouragement of Grace's
go to bed.
views. After proving to her own satisfaction Dick:- A fellow has to do a little rolling, though, that her father has fallen asleep, Grace enters Mrs. Livingston, to find a good place to stop. There into a discussion of the relative merits of Dick
are a lot of fellows who'd have done better if they had Loring and Tommy Tucker, with the sensible
rolled away from this village.
Mrs. LivingSTON :Why, I think most of the boys old physician. She decides that Dick is ro
we know are doing very nicely. Now, you take mantic; that Tommy is not good-looking, but
Nathan Allen, helping his father in the store. Mr. dependable and obliging, and that she wouldn't
Allen told me he didn't know what he would do have him if he pursued the old-fashioned way without Nathan. of asking her parents' consent first. The door- GRACE:That's all right for his father, but I don't bell rings and Livingston awakens with a start see where it is, helping Nate much. I think Nate is and looks about him in a bewildered way.
terribly stupid anyway.
Mrs. LIVINGSTON:-Grace! LIVINGSTON :- What?
GRACE:—Well, I do. If we didn't have weather, I GRACE: The door-bell.
don't know what he'd do for something to talk about. LIVINGSTON:—Oh, who is it?
DR. ANDERSON : What about Tommy Tucker? GRACE:—We don't know yet.
DICK:Well, erLIVINGSTON : Oh!
MRS. LIVINGSTON - I won't have you say anything Mrs. LIVINGSTON :-I'll go, Grace.
about Tommy. I wouldn't care if he'd never been off GRACE:-It must be Dick, mother's going.
Main Street all his life-Tommy is a nice boy. LIVINGSTON : Aha!
Dick: Oh, I don't mean to say that any of them GRACE:—Father'll start to wake up now.
are not, Mrs. Livingston; but Tommy is in the class DR. ANDERSON :-Yes, but only long enough to with the rest of them. But who can do anything in
the real-estate business in this town. There isn't (Loring enters, greets Grace first, then Mrs. Living- anybody moving into the place, and the people here ston, then the Doctor. He is a good-looking boy, about
wouldn't sell anything they had anyway. Tommy is twenty-four, strong and athletic.)
wasting his time here and I've told him so, too. LIVINGSTON :We've been reading about you, to- DR. ANDERSON:—Tommy seems satisfied. night, Dick. (Mrs. Livingston keeps her eye on Dick Dick:- That's just it, doctor, they're all satisfied. all the time, as if she didn't trust him even in her GRACE:- And they are all dull, deadly dull. sight.)
Mrs. LIVINGSTON :- I won't let you call Tommy Dick: Yes?
dull! LIVINGSTON :—That's correct is it—that you are GRACE:—No, Tommy isn't; but real estate isn't a going away?
very romantic business. Dick: Yes, sir; it's all settled. DR. ANDERSON :—How soon are you leaving, Dick? Tommy enters-a typical, small-town young Dick: In another week.
DR. ANDERSON :- Where are they sending you?
Dick: I'm not sure yet.
LIVINGSTON : Eh, what's that?
MRS. LIVINGSTON :-He doesn't know where he is going.
LIVINGSTON :Is that so?
Dick :-I don't care much, so long as I get away.
DR. ANDERSON :Tired of us here, Dick?
Dick:-Oh, no. There are some I'll hate to leave, but there are some I won't miss much, I think, though, it's a good thing to get away. There isn't anything for me here-in this town.
MRS. LIVINGSTON :-Well you mustn't get too rest
oshwar less, Richard. You know what they say about rolling Tommy is asking his wife how she expects two shirt-studs to fit in three stones.
business man, diffident but with plenty of underlying self-reliance. He has brought Grace the usual box of candy. Mr. Livingston seizes on him for a game of bridge, and, much to Tommy's dismay, Grace and Dick beg off. He is captured and half-heartedly plays, watching his rival and Grace enjoy a conversation on the sofa. His torments are increased when Grace and Dick go out on the porch to look at the stars. Finally Dick departs, evidently not in Grace's favor. Dr. Anderson departs on a sick call, but calls Tommy on the telephone, tells him that Grace has rejected Dick, and cautions him to sail right in and grab her.
With father and mother upstairs Tommy's chance finally comes and he schools himself to it. He tries to literally grab Grace, as Dr. Anderson coached him, and makes a botch of it.
TOMMY:-I'll tell you the truthwhile you were out there with Dick to-night, the doctor told me all wrong-1 ought to be romantic. He told me a lot of things to do. I can't remember all of them, and I couldn't do them if I could. I was going to speak to your father and mother to-night. I told the doctor I was—and then the telephone rang, and he told meagain I wasn't to do it. I had forgotten that, too.
GRACE:-I thought that was it. Did he tell you Dick and I had a quarrel?
TOMMY:—He didn't have time. He just said be romantic and grab her quick.
GRACE:-(Laughs). You do love me a lot, don't you, Tommy?
TOMMY:-Oh, Grace! I can't tell you how much.
GRACE:-You don't have to. I wonder if you would marry me if I said “yes?"
TOMMY:-All right. Wouldn't it be almost the same if we took a couple of trips each year? Then, when we came back everything would be practically new! GRACE:- I won't compromise on that, Tommy. TOMMY :-All right, but there is my business, Grace.
GRACE:-Haven't you faith enough in yourself to build up another—some other place?
TOMMY:-Yes, I guess I could do that! Is that all you ask of me, Grace?
GRACE:--That's all, Tommy.
doctor had told Grace she would have to be prepared to forgive ber husband three times a week. Tommy has secured an option on some real estate which he feels sure the railroad will have to buy to run its tracks through a certain district. Every cent he could beg or borrow he has paid in to hold the option. And the evening arrives when he is to entertain in his home, a small flat, the purchasing agent of the road, and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Barstow, and receive Barstow's answer.
The climax of her trials has been reached as Grace with only a substitute, clumsy negro maid to help her, struggles to prepare for the function in the small Joplin flat. Tommy has told her of the deal. He can't keep silent about it. He has even sold her Liberty Bond, but with great fortitude and the prospect of $100,000 profit, Grace is keyed up to receive the important guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Barstow arrive. The dinner starts. Grace is so keen about it all that she does the honors of hostess nervously. Then the door-bell rings and Dick Loring enters. He has found out their address from Grace's mother. She welcomes him with fervor, and, in her enthusiasm, explains that her Tommy is to be a rich man. And it all comes out that Dick is the new construction engineer of the new line that is to run through Tommy's property-the property Mr. Barstow is to buy. And Loring throws a bomb into camp when he announces that he has been informed that the deal has fallen through-that the rails are not to go through Tommy's property at all.
Dick:—Well, the answer to it is that I am holding down a very good position. And I have had even better offers. How have you been doing, Tommy?
Tommy:Oh, I'm making out all right.
GRACE:-Making out all right! He's doing splendidly. Dick, Tommy is going to be a rich man!
DICK:—Tommy rich? Is that so?
GRACE:Tommy has a big piece of property the railroad is going to buy to build a new road.
Dick: Oh, that new spur line?
GRACE:-Tommy has been awfully clever about it. It was an old amusement park and Tommy found out that
Dick:--Amusement park? Out by Hillsboro?
Tommy:—No, not by Hillsboro—Knollwood. Great Scott! Hillsboro is thirty-five miles south of there.
DICK:--So you are going to sell the railroad property in Knollwood, are you?
TOMMY:Yes, and now that you are connected with the railroad, I may charge them more for it.
And after their honeymoon they have settled in Joplin, Missouri. Not a great deal of difference, this Joplin from the Reading they had left, but it was "going away” for Grace. It was nearing the end of the first year of their married life, the time during which the good
Dick:- Is that what you're counting on to make you rich?
TOMMYOh, I have other interests.
DICK:- Because Knollwood's not where the road's to be built at all.
TOMMY:Certainly I heard what he said. What does he know about it?
Dick:—Well, I ought to know something, I'm going to construct it.
Grace is strung to the highest tension. For months she has sacrificed herself-given up everything. Tommy, too, has been noble and self-sacrificing. It has been a hard struggle and just as the goal was in sight! One word leads to another, and despite all the doctor's warning, anger and exasperation-shame, too, because Tommy is a failure—overcome Grace. Packing her grip, she goes home to her mother in Reading. But Tommy clings on. He won't give up. But-he does start drinking.
Addressing the chair last occupied by the
THEIR FIRST DINNER PARTY-A CRITICAL EVENT IN THE MARRIED LIFE OF
THE TOMMY TUCKERS Left to right are Frank Craven as "Tommy Tucker;" Hale Norcross as “Mr. Barstow," the purchasing agent; Leila Bennett, the maid who washes better than she cooks; Roberta Arnold, as “Mrs. Tommy Tucker,” and Merceita Esmonde as “Mrs. Barstow,” who never played Joplin, Missouri,
when she was on the stage
Barstow :- Are you sure of what you're saying, Loring?
Dick:-Sure—why, I'll bet you a year's salary to the rent of this flat that I'm right.
TOMMY :-(Feels in pocket, remembers he has no money). I don't want to take your money.
Barstow:-Huh! Tucker, have you got the maps? Maybe Loring has the names mixed.
TOMMY:-I'll get them for you.
beloved one, he declares his faith in himself and in his project, when Barstow returns. TOMMY:—What's
5 your little trouble? BARSTOW :- It's about that transaction of ours. Now, I want to put my cards on the table with you, Mr. Tucker—to be fair and aboveboard.
BARSTOW :A week ago, I was commissioned to get that piece of land you own. I have been all that time dickering with you, because I wanted to get it as cheap as possible. TOMMY:- Nacherly.
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And the bubble breaks-busted by an old boyhood friend! The Barstows and Dick leave and Tommy is left alone with his distraught little wife. The words fly back and forth.
Love—the Antidote of Anger
By ORISON SWETT MARDEN
CARTOON BY GORDON ROSS
N his recent book, "The Influence of only did what their parents had done to them
Thought,” the psychologist author, H. or to one another; but it is fearful to think what
Ernest Haupt, makes this suggestion: "If havoc these uncontrolled tempers may play in everyone were to know that for every exhibition of their future lives. anger he manifested he would be compelled to We are all afraid of physical poisons, afraid swallow a dose of poison, anger would probably, of taking them by mistake; and we caution our to a large extent, go out of fashion. Yet, it is a children to be very careful about what they take fact that this is exactly what happens, only the out of bottles, to be sure always to look at the poison is self-generated."
label and see that they make no mistake, beIt is well-known that a violent fit of temper cause so many harmless-looking liquids are affects the heart instantly, and psychophysic- deadly poisons. But how few of us ever caution ists have discovered the presence of poison in children to beware of mental poisons! Do we the blood immediately after such outburst. ever tell them that every fit of temper, every This explains why one feels so depressed and angry thought and word, every hatred thought, exhausted after a storm of passion has swept every jealous thought, every en vious thought, through his being. It has left in its wake every grudge, every feeling of resentment, of vicious mental poison and other harmful secre- malice, of ill will, of bitterness, of the determinations in the brain and blood.
tion to “get square" with another, is a real Every physician knows how disastrous are the poison? Do we ever point out to them how effects of violent fits of rage, which tear the most people suffer constantly from those selfnervous system to pieces, and leave the victim,
generated poisons, which make perfect health for a long time afterwards, a nervous wreck. and strength, unimpaired physical vigor, imSome people will tremble for hours after the possible, to say nothing of peace of mind, happistorm of passion has passed, and be wholly un- ness, and efficiency? Do we ever teach them fitted for business or work for the rest of the how to control their temper by applying the day.
right mental antidote before there is an exploMany people when in the grip of anger act sion? How many of us, without realizing the more like demons than human beings. I know crime we are committing, do just the opposite. a man who has suffered for many years from the When a neighbor's house is on fire we do not effects of a frightful temper, who is absolutely run with an oil can to put out the flames; we do insane while under its influence. I have seen not throw on kerosene but the proper antidote. him, when in a rage, whip a cow or a horse until Yet, when a child is on fire with passion, most he would actually fall to the ground exhausted. of us try to put out the fire by adding fuel to it, Sometimes he would seriously injure the pouring out upon him a torrent of angry words victim of his wrath, even breaking its bones. and abuse. How many, in moments of uncontrolled passion, Our treatment of older people is just the same. have become murderers, committing some If we were to see a person desperately struggling awful deed which wrecked their whole lives and to extricate himself from a swamp, we would at brought disgrace on their families! I have seen once run to his assistance and try to help him young children smash
out. But when we see windows or furniture;
person storming throw things across the
about in a violent temVIOLENT fit of anger room-knives, scissors,
per, raging like whatever happened to
affects the heart in- maniac, we only add be in their hands-at stantly, and poison has fuel to the flames by brothers or sisters who been discovered in the
still further irritating had in some way, per- blood immediately after
him. Yet people are haps unintentionally,
grateful to those who In provoked them. such an outburst.
help them to do what many instances, they
they have not yet