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About The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1912)
"My business requires a great doal
of writing, and I find my eyos aro be
ginning to hurt and look Btratned. Can
you tell mo any exercise for resting
them or making them stronger? AIbo
'please adviso mo about tho cosmetics
I would need to give them a Bolter
look when going out in tho ovening.
"A BUSINESS GIRL."
Tho eyo is tho most responsive of
our physical parts, nnd from tills very
jfact it requires a frequent change of
focus. While doing any work which
irequlres a close, fixed gaze, such ns
writing, sowing or embroidery, tho
.worker should often lift her eyes and
(look off to a moro distant point. If the
office desk is near a window, pitch the
gazo to tho farthest object visiblo dur
'ing these rests, which if only taken ov
' 'ery half hour would bo of benefit. But
'tho oftener tho gaze is directed to
ward dlBtant objects the better such
las tho bluo tip of a distant hill, the
horizon Hue, a shadowy church steeple,
'etc. for tho normal eyo tho far-off
gazing Is a natural rest. Small badly
lighted rooms and the shut-in out-look
Jof city life readily promoto eyo strain,
for constant muscular effort Is re
quired to adjust tho eye to close ob
Jects. If tho window gazing is not
.possible, or tho outlook provides only
a view of high walls, a good expedient
jfor resting tho eyes Is to hang pictures
of mountains and landscapes with dlB
ant perspectives where tho worker
tan see them easily when looking up
from her close work.
, Frequent rests of two or threo min
utes with tho eyea closed .are also
helpful, and these will never be missed
from tlfo-eum total of the day's work,
(being more than mado up for by the
greater ease with which tho task can
bo pursued. But at tho same time a
.definite eye strain often Intimates a
need of glasses, and if these are cor
rectly fitted, and used always for
working moments, It Is frequently pos
sible to do without them at other
r Washing the eyeball night and
morning with tepid water and an an
tiseptic such as Ealt or boraclc acid,
would undoubtedly bo a comfort to
much-used "eyes; and It "would not bo
much extra bother to keep an eyecup
in the dressing room of tho ofllce and
repeat tho baths several times during
the day. Tho eyecup will cost ten
cents, and the tiniest pinch of salt Is
all that Is needed, this being mainly
to sofcen tho effect of tho water,
which, when used alono palno the
. eyes considerably The boraclc acid,
being a definite antiseptic, is consid
ered moro helpful -than the salt and
it Is best bought in crystal form. Put
a teaspoonful of the crystals In a glass
of boiled water, cover tho glass, and
uco tho dlljite fluid both In tho eyecup
and for bathing with absorbent cotton.
Tho water will only take up as much
of tho acid as It can hold, so moro
water can always bo poured over the
Many doctors adviso the use of Ice
packs at night for very tired eyea, tho
chill of these reducing inflammation
at once. Wrap up a little finely
cracked Ice In two bits of old hand
kerchief, and apply tho packs to the
closed eyes when lying down. Using
tho ico during the day aa well would
lie a further benefit.
Sensitive eyes should always bo
guarded against tho direct glaro of ar
tificial light, so tho reading lamp must
be shaded with a dark quiet color such
as deep green and tho light itself
should fall over the left shoulder.
When long exposed to a bright glare
of artificial light the eyes out of gear
may bo seriously injured; as for per
fectly well eyes they would have to
bo of tho strongest sort to stand such
abuse. Eyelids aro for tho especial
purp'ose of guarding tho eyoB ngalnst
too much light, but as they do not
shut It all out healthful Bleep can only
be taken in a dark room.
Tho simplest coloring materials used
are -tho cosmetic pencils, which can
be had lr. every color, black, brown
auburn and blonde; very dark brown,
however, 1b moro used than puro
black, as this makes a lino almost too
heavy for naturalnes, Tho pencil fol
lows tho natural lino of tho eyebrow,
and as ptralght brows aro now thought
moro beautiful than tho curves ones
once admired tho very arched brow is
never painted at tho outside end. A
a ery faint tinting Is done on tho up
per and lower lid, nnd for this tho
pencil Is rubbed on a piece of paper
and tho powder transferred to tho lids
with a finger. This gives a softer and
moro bhirred shadow than If linen
were made with the pencil Itself.
Rings Tear Stockings.
Many women who wear silk Block
ings complain of small rips and brok
en stitches, nnd Imaglno that the
stockings aro faulty of mako. But tills
Is not always tho difficulty. The
causo of tho little break often comes
from running one's hand within the
stockings while rings aro on tho fin
gers. These rings and the stones in
thorn catch tho tiny threads and break
them, causing the damage.
Questions From "A Wild Rose."
Will you kindly answer tho follow
ing quostlons? Is it proper to thank a
person If they tell you your dress la
pretty or should this bo dono only
when thoy toll you that you look good
In It? What Is tho meaning of
varsity? What should bo tho contents
of tho wardrobo of a girl who expecls'
to attend an inexpensive school?
This to bo Inexpensive, not elaborate.
How Is "Misses" pronounced? If a
number of persons pass you Is It
necessary to speak to each one? Ib
It correct to wear a white dress on a
train If you expect to travel only a
short distance? What Initial should
bo placed upon tho bridal linen? It
a boy asks to bco you homo and you
do not caro to havo him accompany
you what Bhould you say? Wild Rose.
It Is polite to Bay "thank you" when
a person compliments either you or
your frock. "Varsity" is short for
"university." A girl needs at school
just about what she would need at
home. I cannot specify tho garments.
"MisseB" is pronounced exactly as if
It Is polite to recognize each person
ns they pass. I do not like white on
a train, but It all depends upon cir
cumstances, cover up the pretty frock
with a long coat. A bride's Initial
marks her wedding linen. Just say to
tho boy that you aro provided for and
thank him for his kindness in asking
Pertaining to a Wedding.
At a simple home wedding, whero
oxpenso is an Item to be considered,
may tho Invitations for tho ceremony
bo written nnd announcements sent
to those who aro not asked? Must
any entertainment after tho ceremony
bo provided for the guests, and Is tho
bride supposed to really cut tho cako
or just put tho knife In? Pleaso re
ply to these questions in your depart
ment and greatly oblige. September.
Certainly write notes" to those whom
you wish to seo you married and send
announcements to tho others. Even
whero oxpenso does not havo to bo
considered thiB is frequently dono. No
form of entertainment Is necessary for
the guests; a wedding Is all tho diver
sion required. The bride merely puts
tho knife Into the cake; Borne ono
qlso does tho actual work. It is only
a pretty ceremony signifying that tho
brldo Ib now tho hostess and mistress
at her own table.
An Afternoon Party.
As I hao often been benefited by
your Bpleriald answers, I shall appre
ciate it very much if you will kindly
help me in regard to an afternoon en
tertainment. Suggest something for a
menu. Something rather simple and
still very nice. Sidney.
I find that cards aro still tho stand
by for most people for afternoon par
ties, with a few muslcales and thlmblo
parties. Refreshments for afternoon
affairs aro quite simple as tho elabor
ate spreads spoil tho appetite for tho
evening meal. If the weather Is warm
servo something frozen with small
fancy cakes and tiny cups of hot cof
fee, or a Balad with coffee and sand
wiches, or tea, small cakes and sand
wiches. For a Picnic Party.
I am a member of the amusement
committee of a secret society that has
invited a number of lodges of the
siuno order to an outdoor picnic. It
Is our duty to provide amusements In
tho way of games and contests, nnd
wo aro sure you can BUggest some
thing novel and entertaining. X. Y. Z.
For such a largo crowd as this must
necessarily bo, the best thing to do
will bo to arrange a series of rac.es,
according to ago and sex. This can
bo made very amusing. Then havo a
peanut hunt, with a prize to tho ono
finding the most. Partners for re
freshments could bo found by match
ing "flag3 of all nations." Theso may
bo purchased in paper and aro pretty
Is It customary for a bridal couple
to go into tho dining-room for re
freshments first, and Is tho groom
obliged to wear a dres3 suit at a seven
o'clock wedding? Anxiety.
Tho bridal couplo aro usually served
first and etiquette prescribes full
dress for a bridegroom after tho hour
of six. Circumstances may alter
cases, but I can only tell you what
custom and society demand.
ftV j. isfiia P
Proper Wording of Cards.
When there arc three sisters in a
family, all unmarried, how Bhould tho
visiting cards bo worded and should
tho address bo on tho card of each
The oldest daughter has simply tho
prefix "MIbs" and tho last name; tho.
other girls uso their full given names
and tho address Is on each card.
liUB I Milt EirrtlflU I IIIUL.
Cupid's Messengers Weld Broken i
Links of Love.
Ey ARTHUR WALLACE PEACH.
Buenicr was sorry for them, and ho
.hastened to shut tho door of his Hat
lest he hear too much. As ho wont
bnck to his favorite chair and pipe ho
looked across to where his wlfo was
busy peeling potatoes. "Too bad, too
bad they have to quarrel, and they
haven't been married for thrco
months yet. But U'b tho way; they
havo to learn that one mustglve up
a little to tho other. Wo learned,
didn't me, eh?"
"Ah, yes, but ou was pig-headed
enojigh," his wlfo answered, smiling
"This young Lawtdn," ho went on,
"haB a hot temper, I should say, while
his wife hasn't, but she's got prldo;
I know him, but I don't know her.
You know her?"
"Yes, Bho's nothing moro than a
girl, kind ofprldeful, too. There'll be
.troublo beforo thoy understand."
There was the sound of a door
banged sharply and loudly across the
,hall, and tho pound of heavy shoes
The two looked at each other sober
'-'Gone away mad," Buemer said,
l"an' all the mornln' he'll bo vvishln'
"An she's cryln' because she didn't
kiss him an say It would bo all
right," his wlfo said, smiling tenderly
"There's trouble there. I wonder
how It will end."
His wife shook her head. "For tho
best, let's hope. D'ye s'poseT could
"Go In an seo; she likes you, an' a
,weo bit of good ndvlco might do
good," he urged.
But she demurred. She would go
They heard the girl go downstairs,
and after a short absence return.
"Too bad, too bad," ho said, shak
ing his head, "with her bright girlish
vays happy ways to have to learn
that loco Isn't everything." Then,
noting tho smile on his wife's face:
"Until it gets wisdom."
Just before the noon hour, the door
or ned and oho looked In. Her faco
wt3 small and oval, her hair a bright
gold,- her eyes usually happy. But
,thls time she was not smiling, and
Buemer could seo that sho was mak
ing an earnest effort to cover what
was in her mind and heart.
"Mr. Buemer," sho said hurriedly,
"when when Mr. Lawton returns
If he thould ask where I am just tell
him I have gone."
With that she closed the door, leav
ing Buemer staring In astonishment
at his wife, who was btarlng back.
""She's gone!" he exclaimed. "Now,
His wlfo sat down abruptly. "I
didn't suppose But there was a man
waiting In the hall an' he went with
Tioublo was afoot; of that there
was no doubt; and Buemer dreaded
the part he must play.
A Utile nfter tho whistles had
blown, they heard quick Bteps come
up the stairs and go Into tho oppo
site flat. There was a sound of a
hurried call, then sllnnco, then a
knock on their door, and In the young
fellow came. His faco was flushed
"Say, Buemer, seen my wife any
where?" ho asked hurriedly.
"Why, yes, lad, I did," ho said.
"Where Is she?" the other asked
"Er er sho looked In to say that
she wanted me to tell you she had
Tho young follow dropped Into a
chair as If his strength had fcuddenly
forsaken him. Tho blood vanished
from his face, leaving It whlto and
drawn. "Gone!" he repeated, dully
"II'b just what I deserved just what
I deserved. I kicked up' a fuas this
morning over nothing; nn I've thought
of It every minute since. So she's
Buemer was touched at the misery
in the young face. "P'rhnps she's Just
gone out for a little visit," he enld
Lawton shook his head. "No, she
said sho'd go. There was another
fellow she said was always kind to
her. Say, did Bomo ono come for
her?" ho demanded suddenly, sitting
Buemer s.aw no way out, so he nod
"There! It's come. I knew It an'
God knows It's my fault!" Lawton
sprang up, a look of desperation on
his face that frightened Buemer.
"Hold on, boy," he Bald swiftly, a
sudden Idea flaming into his mind,
"don't do anything too quick, now
This fellow was old enough to be her
father, I guess "
Lawton turned, slowly but ngoiiy.
"Then perhaps "
"I should say It was her uncle or
some one, and he had come for her '
"Was ho a chap with gray hair,
rather fat?" the other asked.
Buemer smoked a moment. "YeB,
as far as I could see I'd say so "
There was a gasp from the other
room, but Buemer paid no attention,
and neither did Lawton. Ills faco
had eased. "That's Just who it was
Tho little witch! It doesn't seem as
though she'd leave mo, for wo do love
each other But I've got a dovll of a
temper, and It needs a process of
training, and you bet I got It this
morning thinking about it. I guess
I'll go right over to her uncle's." He
looked at Ids watch, and his face fell.
"Mr. T orin't nltTlnf It'ci nt n ol,rn
time. Ain't that rottei? If 1 don't
i how up there, I lose my Job. But
lyou're sure it was her undo?"
Htiomor squirmed and nodded.
"Tliank GoA' won-t i bo good
nut miuii nuu KVa uacK- juoi
He was gone, and barely out of tho
door, when Mrs. Buemer camo In, her
faco horrified. "Why, Joseph Buemer!
what a terrlblo liar you arc! that fol
low was young and handsome, and not
fat Now what'll you do?" sho asked
"To tell the truth I don't know;
but I said I guess' didn't I? So It
wan't a whole Ho. But I've go to do
something." He laid his plpo down.
"Hut vvhnt It'll bo I don't know."
"Say, havo you any Idea whero her
undo docs live?" ho asked.
She looked puzzled, then answered:
"Why. yes, Joseph; but what's that"
"Never mind. If sho told you ever,
"She mentioned onco his living over
on Westorn avenue, corner Mnrsh."
"Good! Then I'll go see him, nn' seo
what can bo dono."
"But," his wlfo objected, "you see,
she went with a young fellow I saw
him, oven If you didn't."
"Well, her uncle may tell mo whore
she Is, nnd I'll seo her nnd tell her
how ho feels, nnd try to get her
"You'll have a big Job. Joseph. No
woman is coming back that way."
"A woman who loveB will. If eho
don't. It's better she don't. But I'll
see If I don't fix It, ho'll kill him
self sure. I saw It on his faco at
A long ride on the electrics brought
him to Western avenue nnd tho cor
ner of Marsh street, where ho alight
ed and sought out her uncle, James
Ho opened tho door In answer to a
hearty "Come in!" nnd looked Into
the faco of McBrlde himself.
Instinctively Buemer recognized
that the man was ono of his own
kind, nnd ho went on to toll tho story.
As he did so, the smile faded from his
broad face, leaving It sober.
"I see, I seo, Mr. Buemer, nn' I'm
sorry. I klnda thought that some
thin' might come up. Lawton Is too
hotheaded, though a dandy fellow nt
heart. But bIio Isn't hero. Now,
where can she bo? It doesn't seem
yet If sho was stirred up sho might
go off with young Blalro. We'll look
him up. Come on!"
"I tell you vvo'vo got to hustlo;
Lnwton gets through work at C
o'clock. Wo can't find young Blnlre,
and I'll bet he's taken her "
"Ne, I won't believe It; she wouldn't
go away with him. She might think
of It. but she's truo bluo after her
pride gets down a llttlo, Perhaps"
his eyes brightened "bIio may liave
landed at my place while we woro
McBrlde threw open tho door, and
called to his wife. In answer a figure
seemed to fly from tho other room, a
bright-haired figure,- Into McBrldo's
"Thank God, llttlo girl It's you!"
"Oh. uncle!" Thon she proceeded
to tell him In words that poured from
her heart a story of hurt pride, an
ger, of a rash messago sent to Blalrc,
of her going with him, then tho reali
zation that Hho did love Lawton moro
than "anybody else In tho world," of
her leaving Blalro and coming to hlrn,
but not finding him, nnd wanting to
know what to do.
"Do you foolish llttlo girl? You
hustle right back with Buemer, havo
tho flat all bright, get up some kind
of a supper toll him that you love
him, and forget," her uncle answered.
A few minutes later Buemer and
his chargo were hurrying back to tho
When they reached It, nnd ho hail
lit her lamps, and everything was
bright and cheerful, sho looked at the
clock. "Oh, I won't havo tlmo to got
supper what nhall I do?" Sho turned
Mrs. Buemer spoke up. "You nnd
James come In with us for supper.
Hark! Come, Joseph."
They backed out hastily, but Bue
mer looked hack In tlmo to see the
young fellow pause on his threshold,
then gather tho form Hint came to
him In. his arms.
Just catch a fow! Wo wore weeks
in catching oven one. Kor moro than
a year, at odd moments, we tried.
Many methods wero used: Insect nets,
bird lime, a spray of water, opon win
dows with flowers lnsldo, and, finally,
a trap. At last! Could It roally be?
I hardly dared trust my sensos. Yes
It was a humming bird squeak that
camo from the llttlo bag, and the boy
asked If I waB the lady who would
pay a dollar for a hummingbird. It
muBt bo! How had ho caught It? Un
der his cap! How strange! And had
It a ruby throat? Ho wasn't sure.
Wellj wo could find out.
Doors wero closed and locked, nnd
screens carefully placed In ovory win
dow. Thon tho wonderful bag was
cautiously opened. Way down In tho
bottom crouched tho dear, funny little
bird, with his bright oyes looking us
straight in the face and his long bill
pointing at ay "jlinrp anglo from tho
weo body. JuBt a baby one. Would
ho dlo of fright? Ho did not nttompt
to fly out, so wo tore opon the Bido
of tho bag down to whero he Bat;
hut ho did not movo. Then, placing
my finger gently under his toes, and
lifting slowly, I behold tho Jowol
upon my hand. ICnt'ierlno E. Dol
beur, in Atlantic Monthly.
"A circus acrobat Is unlike most
people in ono way,"
"It's nover lucky for him to fall on
DEVICE FOR SPINNING A TOP
"Y" Shaped Wire Frame Holds Splko
of Toy Until Sufficient Momentum
An Ingcnlus little device for spin
ning a top has been designed by n Col
orado man. It remains to bo seen,
however, If the top can bo spun any
better than tho average small boy can
do by carefully winding his cord up
and spinning his top by hand. A Y
shaped wlro frame has recesses at tho
ends of tho arms to rccclvo tho splko
of tho top and a splndlo projecting
JTrom the head. Below this splndlo Is
a circular groovo around which tho
cord fits, but It Ib not necessary to
wind tho cord up. Just loop tho cord
around this groovo once, leaving one
For Spinning a Top.
end long. Then pull tho short end
and In passing through tho groove
tho cord revolves tho top In the
handle When tho top has acquired
sufficient momentum It will fly out ol
tho handle and spin on tho pavement
BEST TO PROVE ALL THINGS
Experience Teaches That It Is Wel(
to Experiment With Matters
Contrary to Belief.
Whenever you rend or hear anythlnp
that Is contrnry to your experience oi
belief It Is always Just as well to try
It, If It Is within your reach, before
you repeat It to your fiends, bocause
If they know lr Is not truo they may
laugh at your credulity and you will
get a reputation for being either un
reliable or gulllblo.
Somo years age there was a para
graph going tho rounds of tho papers
and magazines saying that any boy
who wanted to cut glass and did not
own a glazIor'H diamond could cut It
with a pair of stout scissors If ho was
careful to hold tho glass and tho scls
sors completely under water. The
saino thing is still to be found In sonu
of the books on scientific experiments
The loaton alleged was that It If
tho vibration of tho glnsB that shatters
it, hut that when both the glnsB and
tho bolsHoifi wero held completely tin
der water tho water Btopped this vibra
tion. That this is not truo any boy
could have found out in flvo minutes
by tiing tho experiment with an old
negative. Glass and marble havo tc
bo cut in tho same way, by making
a slight crnck on one surfneo nnd then
In caking it.
ODD STUDY IN PERSPECTIVE
Many Things Young Artist Finds Dif
ficult to Solve Peculiar Illu
sion Is Shown.
Thero aro many things about per
Bpcctlvo which aro Very puzzling
Young artlstB find much troublo lr
gotllng tho perspective In their draw
Ings to como out right, and somo
timeB wo oven find orrors of this sort
in the work of trained artists.
Tho optical Illusion In the pictun.
is duo to tho dcfoctlvo drawing of the
two men on tho platform. In actua
size upon tho paper tho further mar
looks much taller than the other
Measurement, however, bIiows tho fig
ures to bo oxnetly of a height. Tin
An Illusion In Perspective.
Illusion is duo to tho fact that the
head of tho further man Is out of
perspective. If ho Is about as tnl
as tho other, and on level grouud
both headB should bo on the tam
lino. As drawn, ho is, In fact, a men
ster more than eight feet high.
Making a Horse.
Little Elmer Mamma I saw a mat
down nt the blacksmith s shop mak
Sng a horso.
Mamma You must be mistaken, El
Llttlo Elmor No, I'm uo.t, mamma
Ho had tho horso nearly finished
when I came by, Ho was Just naillni
on the feet.
A WISE LITTLE MOUSE.
A llttlo mouso till! from n hols J
Hlly peep, then ontly stole J
Kortli (o nnd n Uito to cot: I
A bit of cheese would ba a treat.
But hardly liml she found a slitlf
Whereon sho inlsllt feed herself, '
When suddenly who snld, "What's thstt
It Rounds UKo a. great big Tom cat."
Viul suro enough, ils sad to say,
An old Tom cat had come that why,
llul mniiBle very quickly hid
Behind a bit; black Kettle ltd.
And 'nenth that cover she did rflny
Till Thomas Cat had Rone nway;
Then, itttur eating, back sho stolo
Well filled nnd happy to the hole.
FISH STRINGER QUITE HANDY
Can Be Made In Few Minutes of Old
Piece -of Wire Excellent Addi
tion to Camp Kit.
Hero Is a stringer that will do good
work on your camping trip, says tho
American Boy. Got a ploco of wlro
which has been taken from a bnlo ok
hay and twist a handhold on ono end
ns In Fig. 2. Tho other end is sharp
ened and must bo conccnlcd In n cork
or bit of wood to avoid prodding tho
hands. Tho wlro of tho slzo men
tioned Is Intended for small pan fish
If you aro out for larger fish uso
heavier wire Tho bending is rather
hard to do unless tho wlro Is nnncalod.
This means softened or mado moro
A Fish 8trlnger.
pliable. It Ih accomplished by heating
the wlro to a chorry red and then
cooling as slowly ns posslblo, by turn
ing tho flro down n llttlo at a tlmo, As
may bo readily scon, tho stringer Is
also used to carry tho catch homo. If
you mako ono of them It will not take
moro than a few minutes and It will
prove Itself a worthy addition to your
What goes all tho way to Milwau
kee from Now York without moving?
Tho railroad tracks.
What Is that which works when it
plays and plays when it works? A
What" will turn without moving!
Why is tho letter "K" llko flourl
You cunnot make cake without it.
If thero woro flvo birds in n trea,
and a hunter killed two of them nnd
they fell down, how many would be
left In tho tree? None tho rest flew
What Is the difference between a.
bad boy and a postage stamp? Onus
you lick with a stick and tho other you
stick with a lick.
Why Is the lottor "R" the most'
peaceful letter In tho alphabet? Be
cause It changes a fiend Into a friend.
Whnt is tho dlfferenco between n
man going upstnlrs and n man look
ing upstairs. Ono steps upstairs and?
tho other stares up stops.
Why did the razorbill raise her bill
To let tho Eca-urchlu sec her chin.
What Bothered Bobby.
Bobby's father owned an Incubator
and one day die little fellow was
wntchlng a' chicken energetically
breaking Its way through Its shell
Just then his father came along and
"Papa, I seo how that chicken gets
out of his shell, but what I can't un
del stand is how he got Into it."
Johnny Broke the Hoodoo.
"Say, ma," Bald Johnny, "ain't thir
teen an unlucky number?"
"Somo persons think It brings bad
luck," answered his mother; "why do
" 'Causo thero wero thirteen llttlo
cakes In the box, and I nte ono to
break the hoodoo."
Where Peacheo Como From.
Llttlo Alico Do poaches grow on
trees or on bushes?
Small Tommy They don't grow on,
nojthfir. They come in cans,
f&i yj? m.2
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