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, ; "Guardian" Office. February 24, 1914. Tlie boy is not yet born who has not found the care of his finger nails a trial arid a tribulation. These collectors of <lirt have formed the basis of many a holn'ily on the benefit of cleanliness, till a positive .-dislike of such apparently useless protective coverings arises in the juvenile breast. Boys have so many more important matters to attend to that such a trifle as a row of fingertips in grimy mourning is not worth all the bother that is made by fussing womenfolk. But nails have their uses,as the boys learn when they grow up, and a novel philosophy in connection with them, developed by a smart Broadway manicure girl, is described in 'fethe "World Magazine," New ..York. Miss Adele Ritchie has applied her in-j ; tuitive faculties to the. study of those who come under her notice, and*says that, character may"be read as easily by '..i.the finger nails as by the palms. *I can '•'Hell before a. word is spoken, she says, if a man owns and drives his own car; .whether he is happy or morose, rich or broke; whether he is in love or married or.divorced. Seriously, I,believe'l can . fill out, mentally, a fairly complete out,:6 line of a man's character the instant I \{ take his hand. I may state that the '>'artistic temperament,r almost invariably, is known by the worst nail and cuticle that' the manicure encounters. The nail, if of ordinary size, is sure to be ugly in shape or colour, with cuticule so erratic that skilful work is required ( , to make it look anything like beautiful.

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THE WORLD TO-DAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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THE WORLD TO-DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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