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A little too willing.

--The following little scene occurred not a thousand miles from our whereabouts:

Enthusiastic individual volunteers for the war; wonders what effect it will have upon his wife; goes home to impart the direful intelligence to his devoted wife; expects any amount of sobs; shrieks, &c., from devoted wife:

Husband, timidly--"Well, Molly, I've got something to tell you — something that won't exactly please you--"

Wife.--"Oh, well, Thomas! out with it."

Husband.--"The fact is, Molly, I — L--; but first promise me that you won't cry."

Wife.--"I won't cry, Thomas, unless it is very bad."

Husband.--"Well, Molly, I — I — I am going to the wars with Capt. --'s company; now don't take on, my cherished anyell"

Wife.--"Oh, no, Thomas, I won't! I'm satisfied and much pleased at your determination. I can take care of myself while you are gone."

Husband.--astounded at wife's indifference--"And you are willing that I shall go and leave you unprotected?"

Wife.--composedly--"Certainly, perfectly willing. I can take care of myself; don't be alarmed on my account."

Husband.--thinks he smells a rat.--"You say that you are perfectly willing, that I shall go and fight in my country's defence?"

Wife.--"Yes, Thomas; what can be more noble than to die in the defence of one's country?"

Husband.--to whom the idea of dying never occurred--"And you tell me coolly and dispassionately that you are willing that I shall go?"

Wife.--"Yes, Thomas, perfectly willing."

Husband — starting up in a rage.--"Well, Molly, all that I have to say is, that you are a little too d--d willing."

And Thomas joined the Home Guards.

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