Forget Me Not, April 7th 1917

506 FORGET-ME-NOT. April 7,15)17. a•’>/-V"^ ui\r u cix i seC" A HAPPY EASTER! K X X V)-—ArS n r s*TD 3 r Y D^D l r 1 J U J U V X VA- J j F k J L JLjA ^JuL/i T is mv very real wish to you all, and with it 1 send, too, a little warning :Be sure to order you f copy of Forget-Me-No t,or you may l>e disappointed of get­ tin git. You nee, war conditions mare akin git increasingly difficult to supply papers, except to regular custom-vi* who have them on order I know many of you brig h ten the day** for our brave lads a seat orin the trenches bv sending them “-F .-M.-N .”Well, to goon with thus much valued work, it is positively necessary 1o place a standing order with your newsagent. You will find a wee form on page 514 th a twill make it easy for you to do 1 his. ***WHEN H E DISAPPOINTS HER. What very curious people some sweetheart* seem to b e !They Certainly must he a sore trial to their poor little fiancees. k ‘Misty writes :“Since my lover It as learned that 1 return his lore, his letter* hare become shorter and cooler. This grieves me cert/ much, as, although a girl mat/ know she is fowl, she is never tired of having it tohl her. Should I (jo on writing to him as before. or shall /mention the matter to him i M Such little reproaches should ho very tactfully conveyed, and so it is beat to utter them byword of mouth. But do not be in too groat a hurry give him the opportunity of time to improve, you know. There may have been some good reason for what seems to von coldness.***. A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING. It I- a pity to allow such a thing to hinder a kindly act. So 1 would advise 4 4 Perplexed ”to try to see another side to the trifle th a tin worrying her. She tells me :44 /have been corresponding with a young man iti Fra nee for over two gears. This week I received a letter from him v-hich ended like ‘:this I hope you will excuse this letter. but 1 must fill up wide some­thing. 1 do not like writing letters, though I like receiving them.’ Do you think this wets meant as a hint tome to stop writing? I am rather sensitive, and should hate to think he Jelt obliged to write tome. 'No, m deary I think your pen-friend merely meant to excuse what he felt was a dull letter by a sort of apology. You see, he takes care to say th a the likes receiving letters. So just goon with your little act of gratitude, and tell him that you do not in anyway expect or wish him to write more than he is able. That a little acknowledgment now and again by postcard is quite sufficient, and that it is a pleasure to do anything that interests or pleases a >o|dier on active service these da vs. £*.*AN UNSATISFACTORY LOVER. I t is a hard problem for a tfirl to have to decide whether or not she would do well to break off her engagement. Yet it is one that she may have to face.* 4 Chink ”writes :/love my sweetheart dearly, but do not think he cares equally for Heme. will go about with, me for two months, and then leave me alone for a whole month, and then ask me togo kick to him— which I do. We have no quarrels, and I know no reason why he treats me this way. I never go with oilier girls or men, so it is not jealousy. 1 can­not give him up because /lore him so, and haven t the pluck to question him on the subject.'' If you cannot bring yourself to tell him that he is not acting rightly by you, and **love him too well to ^break off the engagem ent,M I am afraid I have no advice to offer you. But I do think, m dear,y that you should try to be brave and talk to him on the subject, it is right for his sake as well as your own.*** ANSW ERIN BRIEF. 4 4 L izzfe."— No,’an undo by marriage cannot marry bin niece bv marriage. ****Result of Hat Competition, dated February 24. I he names and addresses of the six succc>.»ful ludie^ in the above competition ar.* given below :Miss Lucy Costello, Intermediate School. Tullamore, Ireland Miss Frances Walker, JO, Irwell Place. Lower Broughton, Sallord Miss A.M. Gaston, The Cottage, Slade's Green Road, L'rith, Kent Mrs. Pattie Hirst, 53, Arthur Street, liyde Park. Doncaster A.Miss Crabtree, The Lodge. Shirley Manor, Utiudersficld Road, AVyke, Bradford, Yorks Mis* M.D. Jane, Pomeroy Farm, Gram pound Bond. Cornwall. To each I send my sincere congratulation-. I )I!AN AWFUL GIRL.Y DEAR GIRLS,— I have just been-reading a no -by a well-known author, and it has set me wondering whether a girl ever existed who was quite so selfishly egotistic as the heroine. I eall her the heroine because she is not only the one girl in,the story, but the one with whom the hero m <>,-unfortunately f« *ll in love. She thought of no one and nothing hut *herself, and apparent I v considered that shew r as the very centre of the universe around which all other things should revolve, in accordance with her wishes. 1 hope the girl has discovered her mistake by now, and been duly punished for h e **colossal vanity but in the story, 1 regret to say, she was left blaming others whenever anything went wrong—that is. counter to her desires. At first she appears to be all that a pretty girl should be, but soon alter she becomes engaged she begins to show her veal nature. The couple very foolishly agree to tell each other any faults one may happen to notice in the other./ beliere lovers do art like this some-times, but I Jcel sure it is a mistake. 1] there is to Iw any fault-finding, it will doubtless coma naturally enough later on. and the utmost should b e .made oj the engaged •period ill the ivay o) happiness. It is a time that does not occur twice as a rule. -To return to this particular couple. The girl offsets at once, with along list of trifling matters she considers imperfections in her lover, and promptly becomes annoyed when he alludes, unwillingly, and on pressure, to some little fault in her. Presently she shows she cannot bear him to hold any opinions which do not coincide with her own. She forces a quarrel on him because he will not agree with her in avery foolish opinion. Then, while she is at it, she brings a hundred trifles against the poor man, twisting everything into a cause for offence. She it is who breaks off the engagement, and is fully under the impression that she is a most ill-used person. All her friends leave her after a time—they failed her. she calmly says, after she has quarrelled with them—and then she makes new ones, and keeps them until they in turn find out her real nature. j\ vt< girl, isn’t she ?Rut is anybody quite so horrid as all that ?Certainly there arc people who appear unable to understand that they may not lie invariably right, and a little of them goes avery long way. One meets Hellish people, too, and tLey arc to be avoided whenever possible. But this girl of whom f have been writing has got quite on my nerves. Suppose a man married a girl like that in the belief that she was a little bundle of sweetness—what an awakening! The mere thought makes even a Bachelor of Experience turn pale. Of course it 'might the other way about, and the girl find that she had married a monster in place of a gallant lover. What would happen if both the man and the girl found out that each was a rank egotist. ?Well, T suppose it does happen sometimes, and. if >o, then each is suitably punished. Not long Iago heard some girls arguing as to whether tolerance is a virtue or a vice. Which*way would you vote ?For my part, 1 think tolerance is a great virtue. Without it there is no pleasure in rocial intercourse, and we might as well keep to ourselves and speak to no Atone. least three-quarters of the dis- ag:e?ahle& of life spring from intolerance. Intolerant peopk* should be caught young and made to attend classes for the cure of their un­pleasant complaint. I would put each in turn on a platform, with a handkerchief tied firmly over their mouths, so that they could not utter a word. Then\ 1 would have each one made to listen for an hour to *people outshouting opinions entirely opposite to their own. After a year of such treatment the sufferers would bo entirely cured—that is, unless they burst from suppressed rage in the meantime !The girl in the story was intolerant: that was reallv what was the matter with her. Of course, none of you are intolerant, but if you have any friends who are, I hope you will do all you canto cure them. Kindness ia of no avail it only makes people of that soil worse. Above all, should you happen to have an admirer who wishes to force all his opinions down your throat without giving any heed to yours, or wishes to decide every question of what to do without consulting your likes, do not let him make love to you unless you have cured him. Should he prove incurable after a reasonable time, have moreno to do with him. My advice is sound, I assure vou. ••*^1 am, your well-wisher. ^Always write to your Editress for advice. Address F -M.-N., Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London, E.C.
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