The women, however who are mostly averse to telling their ages are widows who hope to marry again, and maidens who have passed the first bloom of womenhood, who are, in fact, what is called in polite parlance "old young ladies".
If their consciences are tough, when the Bogie Man, that is the Census Man, comes round, they boldly lop off ten or fifteen years.
If their concsciences are tender - a rare occurence - they will quit the neighbourhood where they are known and hide themselves in some big town.
The worst of all these precautions is thet they are of little use if the proverb be true that " a man is as old as the feels, but a womwn is as old as she looks".
It must have been written by a man!