"It isn't wise for a painter to be too frank in his criticisms," said

Robert Henri at a luncheon. "I know a very outspoken painter whose

little daughter called at a friend's house and said:

'Show me your new parlor rug, won't you, please?'"

So, with great pride, the hostess led the little girl into the

drawing-room, and raised all the blinds, so that the light might stream

in abundantly upon the gorgeous colors of an expensive Kirmanshah.

The little girl stared down at the rug in silence. Then, as she turned

away, she said in a rather disappointed voice:

"'It doesn't make _me_ sick!'"