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No. II
THE KISS PROBLEM

MR PUSELY-SMYTHE'S air of saturnine melancholy was pronounced as he took the chair at the forty-fourth monthly meeting of the Problem Club.
` Well, gentlemen,' he began, ` the waiters are supposed to have left the room, but in view of the nature of the problem before us to-night you would probably wish to be quite sure on the point. Will somebody kindly examine the screen by the waiters' entrance?'
Mr Quillian, K.C., reported that no waiter was concealed, and further that the door was locked.
` Thank you, my learned friend. Leonard admirable as a head-waiter, ingenious and generally innocuous as the inventor of our problems-has on this occasion undergone

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a moral lapse. I will give you the words of this lamentable problem : " It is required within the space of one hour to kiss upon the cheek ten females of the age of courtship and not cousins or any nearer relative of the kisser, without giving offence to any one of them."
` Major Byles protested against this problem on the ground that it gave an unfair advantage to the young and unattached. The Rev. Septimus Cunliffe seconded the protest on the ground that, broad-minded though he was, after all there was a limit. A vote being taken, it was found-to the eternal shame of the club, if I may say so-that there was a considerable majority in favour of the problem being retained.'
Every member being well aware that the chairman himself had voted with the majority, there was some hilarious interruption.
` Gentlemen,' said the chairman severely, ` this is not the spirit in which to approach stories of wrecked homes and blasted

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