One faction of the Ladies' Culture Club favors the election of Mrs. Blenkinsop and the other that of Mrs. Minxton, rival candidates for the presidency. The rivalry is greatly increased when Mrs. Minxton's cook leaves and she lures away Mrs. Blenkinsop's "jewel of a cook," by the promise of better wages, etc. Mrs. Blenkinsop goes to the agency and hires Belinda, a colored girl, who formerly worked for Mrs. Minxton. In order to console his wife for the loss of her valuable cook, Mr. Blenkinsop goes to Fluff, the fashionable modiste, and buys the latest Parisian novelty gown. His wife is highly delighted. Fluff was away at the time Mr. Blenkinsop bought the dress, and is horrified to learn of the sale, as Mrs. Minxton also had given him an order for that gown. He decides to duplicate it. Belinda sees Mrs. Minxton with a dress exactly like the one her present mistress has and rushes over to her with the news. Mrs. Blenkinsop is in an awful state. She asks Belinda to wear the gown to the ...
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