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12 > Page 12 of Making people happy / by Thompson Buchanan ; frontispiece by Harrison Fisher.

MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY "Some of us have," Cicily retorted; and the ac- cent on the first word pointed the allusion. " Oh, hush, dear! " The chiding whisper came from Mrs. Delancy, a gray-haired woman of sixty- five, somew hat inclined to stoutness and having a handsome, kindly face. She was the aunt of Cicily, and had reared the motherless girl in her New York home. Now, on a visit to her niece, the bride of a year, she found herself inevitably involved in the somewhat turbulent session of the Civitas Club, with which as yet she enjoyed no great amount of sym- pathy. Her position in the chair nearest the presid- ing officer gave her opportunity to voice the rebuke without being overheard by anyone save the militant Mrs. Flynn, who smiled covertly. Cicily bent forward, and spoke softly to her aunt's ear: " I just had to say it, auntie," she avowed happily. "You know, she tried her hardest to catch Charles." Mrs. Morton, a middle-aged society woman, who displayed sporadic interest in the cause of woman during the dull season, now rose from the chair im- mediately behind Mrs. Flynn, and spoke with a tone of great decisiveness: 12