The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, September 22, 1911, Page 8, Image 8

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Tho Adventurers
"I am going for n voyage,"
tho Sailor-man to mo;
"Shall I bring you nny treasures
, from tho lands beyond the sea?
My gnllent ship Is riding now at
anchor in tho bay!"
So I kissed my daring Sailor-man
and watched him sail away!
"I. am riding forth to battle," quoth
tho Warrior to. me;
"My charger's prancing at tho gate,
as you may plainly see,
I am riding forth to glory, but I'll
come again some day!"
Bo I kissed my gallant Warrior and
watched him ride away.
My sailor's far upon the sea, my
, warrior's In tho fight,
Yet both will nestle in my arms and
hold mo close tonight.
,For the soldier and tho sailor-man
(be kind to them, 0 Fate!)
Are just my merry little lads out
swinging on the gate!
Hannah G. Fernald, in Delineator.
Women Who Keep Young
There aro many women who, no
matter how long they may live, will
always be young, and this is largely
due to the fact that such women keep
in touch with the interests of the
times hard to prove them. Syste
matic saving in a family is impos
sible, says Elliot Flower, without the
active co-operation of the husband
and wife. The wife must be accepted
as a full partner, and treated as such.
In a; large measure, sho is tho dis
bursing agent, and it is decidedly im
portant that tho disbursing agent
should know what there Is to dis
burse. It is not enough to give her
"what you can afford for housekeep
ing expenses" at irregular times and
in varying amounts; she must know
what to expect, for no woman can
plan on an uncertainty, any better
than a man can, although she is fre
quently expected to do it. If a man's
employer should say to him, "I won't
give you a specified amount, but I'll
hand you out a bit of money from
time to time, as you seem to need
it," that man would make a roaT that
could bo heard in Mars. He couldn't
stand the uncertainty. But a good
many men expect their wives to
stand just that kind of treatment. I
think any woman would rather have
a certain sum on a certain day, or
week, or month than a somewhat
larger yearly total split up in pay
ments that vary as to amount and
regularity. System, in the matter of
providing for family expenses, is a
saving in itself a very considerable
saving. In other words, I think
$1,200 a year, thus given, is the
equivalent of $1,400 or $1,500
difficult. But the home and family
is always the point of attack, if the
child is to be saved without com
mitment to an institution and the
sundering of home ties. Philanthropist.
world about them. This insnires
healthy thought along other lines turned over to the disbursing agent,
xnan tne uun rouune 01 uoiiiubuu or on an nrratic nlan of a few dollars.
varying in amount, at irregular
times. It is absolutely necessary to
successful saving, that we know just
what is needed for living expenses,
including all reasonable pleasures.
It is difficult to systemize one part of
a business while all the rest of it is
running without any system. Find
out what is needed, and how it can
best be used, pay into the family
purse as regularly as you would
make payments on a note, and leave
the matter in the hands of the "dis
bursing agent," as finally disposed
life, and gives them an outlook
which keeps them from tho stagna
tion that makes for senility. Tho
habits, and not the flight of years,
take the expression of youth from
tho eyes and the look of freshness
from the skin, and inattention to
vital questions takes the lightness
of grace from their steps. Many wo
men are old at fifty who should be
young at seventy, and would be, if
only they would keep their minds
active and their hearts full of, sym
pathy with others. The greatest
foes to youthfulness and consequent of in a business sense.
Deauty are uizmusa una muuiBeuue in
selfish ease. The woman who keeps
young often suffers from bodily in
firmities, yet refuses to give up and
"go to seed" mentally. A sure way to
ward off old age is not to fear it, use
only legitimate preventives, look well
after the health, and keep the body
supple through regular exercise. Tho
interest in the young should be kept
up, though the woman of advancing
years should not try to dress like her
granddaughter, or to indulge in
kittenish ways. They should sur-
round their lives with sweet, warm
affections, and above all things,
avoid becoming bitter because of
trials, Don't fall behind the times,
lose step with tho procession,
though you must now walk with
dignity instead of the dancing activi
ties of the younger generation. Cul
tivate sympathy and kindliness, and
avoid harping on the times when you
were young. Dress according to your
ears, but have a great care for har
mony and becomingness in your at
tire. Be just your dear, sweet
self, and keep your mentality active
and both mind and body healthy.
Saving in tho Homo
Wo are told 'by one who is sup
posed to know, that tho wastefulness
of the family income must be laid
to the charge of the women of the
family; but while it is very easy to
make such statements, it is some-
Destitute Children
The best authorities claim that
one-third of the number of children
who are brought before tho juvenile
court are simply the victims of ex
treme poverty, with no culpability
involved. The judge of the juvenile
court "has no right, even if he has
the heart, to turn a deaf ear to the
needs of a' destitute child." The
cities havo institutions for tho care
of the destitute children, but it is
the conviction of charity workers,
based upon experience, that com
mitment to institutions is not the
way to solve the problem of tho des
titute child. We are advised to get
at the root of the matter, which is to
be found in the child's home condi
tions. In a large number of cases,
lack of employment of the bread
winner of tho family is where the
trouble originates. The juvenile
court officers have practically carte
blanche in their work of child bet
terment, and could do nothing more
conducive to the child's welfare than
to enlist the co-operation of the state
employment bureau and in every
available way obtain remunerative
employment for tho breadwinners
where children suffer from destitu
tion on account of lack of employ
ment of tho elders. In the case of
shiftless families, or families whore
sickness or disability is the cause of
Making Rugs Out of Scraps
For the sisters who wish to know
how to make rugs from scraps of
silk or velvet, we give the following:
Cut the scraps in pieces or strips
about two inches long; then sew
them through the middle to a' piece
of heavy cloth about a yard and a
half long. Make the center "hit and
miss," of harmonious colors, then a
stripe, if you have material suitable,
then finish the border hit and miss.
Commence in the middle and sew
toward tho outer edge.
Another way is to cut the pieces
into strips about two inches wide,
sew ends together as for carpet
weaving, then put the ruffler on the
sewing machine and gather, scant or
full, through tho middle of the strip,
and Bew these strips on a piece of
heavy cloth the required width and
Another way is to cut into strips
and sew as for carpet, and take to
the weaver and have woven the re
quired size. The cloth to which the
scraps are sewed should be heavy
enough to lie flat on the floor with
out curling up at the corners or ends:
For using up pieces of woolen
dress goods, old or new, take In
large pieces, which you can sliape
to suit yourself, as well as the small
pieces; have a foundation of heavy
cloth and sew these pieces on as you
would for a" "crazy quilt," then work
the seams with all harmonizing
colors of carpet-chain. The pieces
may be lined with cotton batting if
liked, which gives them a raised
look. Pieces of men's wear and
heavy flannel make good rugs in
this way, and they are serviceable.
A very handsome rug can be made
by cutting all scraps into bias strips,'
an inch or two wide, sewing as for
carpet rags, mixing the colors har
moniously, even dyeing some of the
rags with bright colors, and send
them to the weaver for a suitable
sized rug. The finished rug should
look like chenile when done.
short sleeve does not lose favor for
tho general garments.
For the school girl, blue serge still
holds its undisputed place, rough
diagonal serge, with red or blue
spotted foulard silk for trimmings,
satin-striped prunella, with black
satin, plaid worsted with any bright
color for piping, diagonal cheviot
with soutache braid, are all good
wearing materials for the school
For the small girl, or the careless
one, wash goods are much better
than silks or worsted, as they can
riot be kept as nice if not washable.
If the season demands the heavier
goods, it is well to havo plenty of
gingham, or cotton aprons to be
worn with them.
For tho Housewife
Where the furniture is scratched,
take one-half pint of sperm-oil and
one tablespoonful of turpentine; mix
well together by vigorous shaking
before using, and apply with a
woolen cloth, rubbing until the mix
ture is absorbed.
For a bed spread made of scraps
of lace, embroidery or lawn, take an
old sheet and tear into blocks about
twelve inches square; sew the scraps
on the blocks of white goods as the
"crazy-quilt" work used to be done,
working some fancy stitch around the
joining of the pieces; sew the blocks
together and work all the seams with
mercerized cotton thread, white or
fast colors. It will take about twenty
blocks for the spread.
For the badly-tarnished brass bed
stead, wash clean with, a solution of
sal soda, rub with lemon juice or
vinegar, wipe off thoroughly and
apply a paste of finely-pulverized
rotton-stone rubbed up in sweet oil.
When well dried, rub off and polish
with whiting and a chamois-skin. If
preparations sold for this purpose are
used, be sure' to rub' with whiting
afterwards. '
One of the best cleansing solutions
is made as follows: Grate two medium-sized
potatoes into a bowl con
taining one pint of clean, cold, soft
water; strain this through a sieve,
rubbing up and squeezing with tho
hands before straining; let the liquid
fall into another vessel containing
an additional pint of water; let it
settle and then pour off the water
carefully and bottle for use. For
spots on fabrics, softly rub with a
sponge dipped in the potato water,
after which either wash it in clean
water, or sponge with clean water,
dry carefully and iron. It is cleans
ing and will not hurt delicate colors.
"Following tho Fashion"
It is a point to be remembered that
the smart woman no longer shows
her buttons in the back.
Among the new materials, nothing
Is more stylish than reversible serge
which is always a solid color on one
side, such as black, dark blue, brown
or tan, while the other side may be
plaids, stripes or contrasting color.
Whichever side is used for the suit
or coat, the reverse side is freely em
ployed for trimming, and often forms
a panel on the Bkirt, facing on the
bottom, or a Bection"to lengthen the
Any one having out of date clothes
too good to throw or give away will
find it very easy to remodel the gar
ment Into one of the latest patterns.
So very little of the material is used
now for the garment, and a garment
is often made of a: combination of
goods or colors so that one of the
old-time full skirts will often make
a whole one-piece dress.
Tho sailor collar is still an at
tractive feature, the collar often
being adjustable, so it can be omitted
"Freckles and Tan"
This is the season when tho
"beauty doctor" is besieged with the
army of women and girls who have
carelessly spent tho summer laying
in a supply of "color," but are now
extremely anxious to part with a
goodly share of it. The blotches of
tan ana the tiny specks of yellow
are not agreeable to contemplate as
we think of the indoor functions that
call for the "lily-white" skin of the
poet's fancy. It is useless now to
tell these sisters that they should
have worn their bonnets and gloves,
or at least a veil when going out Into
tho summer sunshine; It will be just
as useless, next spring, to tell them
to do so. They won't; so what are
vnn trnnt fn rln nhoilt It? Of COUrSO,
the beauty doctor stands ready to
supply you with any amount 01
greases, foods, bleaches, and freckle
and tan removers, and they reap a
lively harvest because of your care
less exposure. .We are told, too, to
"get the advico of the family physi
cian" about the blotches and deep
freckles, and many women and n
do go to the physician, wu "--chances
to one, knows little, If any
or worn, at nlenRiirn. Tim rtntMi
child destitution, the problem Is more neck still stays with us, and the more about such things than the wo-