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SIDE TALKS WITH
GIRLS

 

BY
RUTH ASHMORE

 
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NEW YORK
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
1895

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Copyright, 1895, by
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

 

TROW DIRECTORY
PRINTING AND BOOKBINDING COMPANY
NEW YORK

 

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TO

THE AMERICAN GIRL

WHEREVER SHE MAY BE I DEDICATE THIS BOOK
I RESPECT HER INDEPENDENCE, I HONOR HER GOODNESS,
AND I LOVE HER SWEETNESS
SHE MAKES THE MOST CHARMING OF FRIENDS,
THE BEST OF WIVES, AND THE TRUEST OF MOTHERS
THESE THREE POSITIONS IN LIFE WILL,
I HOPE, REPRESENT HER FUTURE

RUTH ASHMORE

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PREFACE

A side talk with girls means a word here and there about things that are interesting—a little discussion of this or that which provokes a question.

Our girls are going to be the wives and mothers of the future; they are going to make homes in which they should know how to rule royally.

Now a royal rule is one that strengthens the weak, has sympathy for the sick, knows how to be glad with the merry, and marks with the white stone of a good deed every day in the year.

You and I like to sit down before the bright fire at night and gossip about the doings of the day; compare notes about what looked pretty in the shop windows; agree or disagree about a book or a ribbon, think out schemes of economy, measure out the money in the purse, so that it will allow for a pleasure, and talk over those little points of etiquette that oil the wheels of society and make them run more smoothly. And this we did.

As the circle grew there came in another and another girl; the chat increased, a question was asked, each was ready to laugh and be merry. A day came when grief reigned and you were glad for a word of sympathy—a word perhaps not voiced, but told by a grasp of the hand, and you learned through the telegraph of hearts that there was a feeling of sorrow for every tear you shed and for every moan you made. But the sorrow only made the pleasant times brighter, for, dear girls, in life, as in a picture, the dark lines are necessary to bring out and emphasize those that are light. So the side talks came about between my girls and me.

Do you care to be one in the circle? A side talk is not of necessity a talk all on one side, and what you think, what you wonder, and what your ideas are will result from the giving of mine to you.

Ruth Ashmore.

August 30, 1895.

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CONTENTS

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