The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, November 13, 1903, Page 8, Image 8
ilBSBBffmiiiiiiFBjw i 8 The Commoner. VOLUME 3, NUMBER 48 I I Nafeatber. Ail shorn of tholr gTaco are the elm and ttao Willows; Tho winds through the locust boughs gustily blow; Tho sun has gono down undor turbu lent billows, 'Thero's wrath in the west, and tho firo says "snow." Well, lot tho winds blow through the fields blcalc and lonoly, Whoro fell tho Juno sunshine, all golden and soft; 'Twill find the dry stubblo and brown brambles only Tho corn's In tho crib and the hay's In tho loft. And lot tho rain pour not a wisp of the clover, Nor spray of tho meadow is left to be lost, For tompost to boat or tho snow to drift over For blast of iho storm, or for blight of the frost. And, Oh, tho red light whoro tho fore stick is burning And baclc-log is cheerily glowing could shamo Tho tint of tho loaves where the forest is turning From cool ocean-groon into amber and flamo. And collars and store-room aro filled to o'orflowing, And granaries a-burst with the bar loy and wheat; Our cottage is snuggest when wierd winds are blowing, Bo let tho winds wall and tho wild tempest boat. But horo, while our hearthstono is brilliantly lighted, And fortuno has favored us bravoly indeed, Let us think of tho ones whom the goddess has slighted, v And spare of our store to the neigh bor in need. And, Father, look down, in thy far soolng power, On those who have neither tho wino nor the corn; Kcop watch of them all, in tholr wln-tor-tlmo hour, And temper tho wind to the lamb that is shorn. Hattio Whitney, In Good House keeping. . flounce or sheor. Live plainly and reetfully, and do not worry. Trees About the Horns. When planting trees for ornament!1 or shade about the home, it is well to combine use and beauty by plant ing some trees that shall "pay for their raising." Nut trees are general ly longer-lived than fruit trees, are fully as good for shadO, and when well cared for, are quite profitable, while, as regards ornamentation, some nut-bearing trees are as- beauti ful as anything we have in the merely ornamental line. As regards profit, what nuts are not wanted for family use are easily handled, non-perishable under ordinary circumstances, may be shipped long distances, and a few days' delay in gathering or ship ping will not cause loss to grower, shipper or consumer. In most parts of the country, wal nuts, hickory nuts, and butternut trees are native; the nuts are plenti ti . In all wooded districts, and many of the trees are planted In villages and along roadsides, while not a few farms have groves" of them specially planted. Some varieties -of chestnut are hardy in most localities; pecans are fairly productive in some of the lower northern states, bearing abund antly in tho south. The northern pecan, it is said, will grow anywhere that a hickory nut will, and there is a species in Illinois -which grows to good size and beard finely. English walnuts will grow in some, states; in fho smith and nn the Pacific coast more women than anything else under they ,j0 wen a bear good crops. tne sun. xno Dusiness is bo cuiupu- Tne Albert Is much like tne common sick headache, to say nothing of the hoartacho that I strove bravely to conceaj. But tho years bring wis dom, and I learned at last to do the best I could and not hear what "they said." Oftenor than not, there was nothing said, for every sonsiblo wo man had onough to do to attend to her own affairs. While wo heartily commend the ad vice that one should keep the homo as ordorly and as Bweot as her strength will allow, wo know that tho time comes to each of us when the most carofully planned system will bo com pletely destroyed by sickness, or other interruptions, and that wo cannot al ways control circumstances. It Is very common, even at this day, for house hold writors to insist that everything shall be done In the most "spick-and-span" manner, and that no excuse Bhould bo accepted for failure to do this on the rart of tho home-keeper, without regard to health, size of fam ily, or circumstances. No wonder so many women break down in their foolish endeavor to live up to what "other people" say they should do. There are a great many things an overburdened housewife is justified in refusing to shoulder, and one of the first of these i3 tho Idea that she must live up to the standard set by another. Every woman must be "a law unto herself." Tho requirements of no two homes aro alike, and there can be no cast-iron rule, applicable to all cases, for doing housework. The burden imposed by the housekeeping of today Is crushing the life out of 'The Other Side." Years ago, when I had a greater re spect for what "they say" than it is possible for mo to have now, I used to jot greatly discouraged on reading the household columns of the w.eokly pa- pers which found their way into my home, Tho writors of these articles wero such wonderfully thorough and systematic housewives, and everything was so carefully carried on by "sys tem" and "method," and there seemed mover to bo anything but "neatness, order, arrangement and grace" about the homes (on paper) over which they presided. Every duty seemed per formed without friction, or the dis arrangement of tho methodical smoothness which, according to them, it la the duty of every home-mother to proscrvA. I used to worry a great deal if I had to let things go a little out of shape, and to have a tidy neighbor come la md find things at odd ends woia almost send me to bed with a catod; no trade, profession or calling imposes so many and such diversified duties, or call for intellect of a nign er, stronger grade. When one thinks of it, it Is no wonder that so many women' "break down or so soon fade and become querulous, nagging, fret ful invalids. We aro told to "simplify," and that is a .good way to do; but how few have the necessary knowledge and courage to undertake it! Let us take, for instance, the ironing: What do you suppose our loremomers womu have said to tho piles of whito gar mentsruffles, tucks, sheerlngs, folds, laces, embroideries, flounces; the closets full of sheer muslins and wash materials which go to make up the wardrobes of the feminine portion of the family, whoso only servant, too often, Is tho wife and mother? It Is not always easy, even, to find a com petent washerwoman, and the average housekeeper tries to do the Ironing herself. Competent cooks are notor iously scarce,-but the menus, even for tne family, must, too ften, be elab orate. There are too many rooms kept; too much dust-gathering furni ture and wall and window furnish ings, to say nothing of the useless bric-a-brac, forever in need of the freshening brush. Tho truth Is, that women undertake too much; with the burden of house work, little children to care for, and, In most cases, with the additional burden of ill-health, if they manage to keep things comfortably clean; their children's clothes whole and sweet, and plenty of plain, healthful food to placo before them, they are deserving of praiso Instead of con demnation, and tho "virjluo of selfish ness" should, by most of them, be most sedulously cultivated, even though tho family table Is never gar- hazelnut, is of easy culture and comes Into bearing early. The variety known as Kentish Cob is recommend ed. The native hazelnut pays rea sonably well for cultivation, or at least for protection and thinning out If tho nuts are planted, one should be sure they have not dried out at all; they .should be planted as soon as ripened, or they may be kept in moist ened sand or sawdust until they can be put In the ground. Nuts should be planted In the fall, as they germi nate better when allowed to freeze, the frost cracking the shell. Nuts must not be planted too deep; nature drops them on the surface, covers them with leaves in which the dirt, blowing about, catches, snows cover them, the leaves decay forming "lea lnold," the rains beat them down into the softened soil and thus nature plants them. Plant a few, this fall; they may be found about under the trees. And, although you may not live to' reap the benefits, or to "eat the fruits thereof," those who come after you will rise up and call you blessed. Trees well cared for-should bear a bushel of nuts each, at ten years old, and the amount should in crease rapidly after that time. Odda in -theft favor. Most of thw young people have learned manv things. They are interested In man? things, art, literature, music eoir college athletics, philanthropy club work, etc., and are able to discuss flu. ently, and with more or less intelli gence, all the popular questions of tho day, from tho religious down to poll tics. But ono has but to touch upon tho subject of food values, practical hv gieno, and the homely virtues of tho common kitchen and laundry to 8eo how very one-sided their education really is. To bo sure, .they have tho theory or, at least, some of them have of domestic science at their tongues' end,-and can wind the best cook in the crowd all into a tangle with their scientific treatment of tho subject; but how many ok them can go into the home kitchen, and. with the few homely utensils which have served their mothers so long and so well, get up a good, healthy meal of victuals? There is no reason why these daugh ters, and even sons, should not know something about practical matters of this kind. They should be taught to apply,' as well as recite the teachings of chemistry and hygiene, and their interest in the homely "home" du ties should not only have been aroused, but stimulated and strength ened, and the value of a practical knowledge of food and food values, and of the hygienic treatment of sim ple, every-day home matters should have been duly impressed upon their minds. The Question ef Marriage. If these gay, light-hearted girls, commonly called "boy-crazy," would give as much careful thought to tho question of marriage1 as they give to a new gown and its trimmings, innum erable sad marriages would be avoid ed. It is the one thing that really counts in a girl's whole life. For al most everything else she may do thero is a remedy; there is none for a luck less marriage. "Oh, yes," says some HAPPY DAYS VTkea Friend Say "Hotv Tf ell Yoh Iiek One-Slded Education. Many parents go to great pains and expense in giving to their children and especially the daughters the best school education their means will af ford. Many sacrifices are made and much inconvenience borne that this may be accomplished, and when the "finished product" of the college or young ladies' school comes home to help make the happiness of the 'home, It Is a great gratification for the old folks to feel that their children have had "as good as the best," and being now educated." thpv an wpII oq rha niohod with cake and tho family ward- young people, Imagine they have but " jumiwb uuumig oi wick, runie, no "go lortji to conquer," with the What happy days are those when all our frienJs say "How well you We can bring those days by a littlo care in the selection of food just as this young man did. "I had suffered from dyspepsia for three years and last summer was so bad I was unable to attend school, he says: "I was very thin and my appetite at times was poor while again it was" craving. I was dizzy and my food always used to ferment in stead of digesting, crossness, uuur piness and nervousness were very prominent symptoms. , "Late in the summer I went to visit a sister and there I saw and used Grape-Nuts. I had heard of this fam ous food before, but never was in terested enough to try it, for I never knew how really good It was. But when I came home we used Grape Nuts in our household all the time and I soon began to note changes in my health. I improved steadily and am now strong and well in every way and am back at school able to get my lessons with' ease and pleasure and can remember them, too, for tne improvement In my mental power is very noticeable and I get good marns in my studies which always seemea difficult before. "I have noonoro of the bad symp toms given above, but feel fine ana pleasant to hear my friends say. wow well you look.' " Name given by ros tvm Co., Battle Creek. Mich. . 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