foible or self-importance—and Avhat are we ?
Why, mere mental pigmies—moral monstrosities
and coAvards by instinct. If Ave Avant to do anj--
thing real mean, Ave couA'cniently envelop our¬
selves in the cloak afforded us by that SQciety
Avhich spoils us Avith its fostering care, and, like a
humored small boy, cuddle in our mother's petti¬
coats and say : ' Mamma says I may,' at the same
time pointing a tantalizing finger at his tAvin sis-
tei, he adds : ' You can't, mamma Avon't let you !'
We really should be proud of ourselves, Ave are
such brave and noble animals." And Halstead's
lips curled in sarcasm, while the color burned in
his face as he finished this outburst in favor of the
sex he genuinely and honorably loved to a degree
" Well, Avhat are Ave going to do about it ?"
asked Banatyne, smiling at his friend's earnest¬
ness. " You and I can't go on a crusade against
the ways of the Avhole Avorld, for the masculine
portion Avould. not be the only ones arrayed
against us, but the Aveaker sex------"
" They may be Aveaker physically, but great
Caesar's ghost! They are regular full-fledged
Samsons compared Avith us morally," blurted out
the woman's champion.
" Please alloAv me to finish my sentence, Hal¬
stead," returned Banatyne good naturedly, for in
his soul he agreed Avith Halstead in every Avord. " I
Avas going to say that it is a recognized fact that
Avomen are more exacting towards their own sex
than men are."
" Yes, of course, and Avhy are they so exacting