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APRIL 18, 1913
TIEE NEW CABINET IIOSTESSES
(Continued from Pago 7.)
around jolly boy, to have any plans
for his future.
Mrs. Daniels "will entertain in the
real southern style, and is busy
searching for a house of sufficient
dimensions and appropriate location
to make the removal of her colonial
furniture and her southern servants
less than an ordeal.
Of tho new cabinet women, Mrs.
Albert Sidney Burleson is the least
of a stranger to the capital. For
twelve years during the congres
sional service of her husband, wlio
was chosen to be postmaster general
by President Wilson, Mrs. Burleson
has spent her time almost entirely
She was Miss Adele Steiner,
daughter of Dr. Joseph Steiner, a
surgeon of noto, who served in the
Mexican war and also in tho north
ern army during the civil war. tie
moved to Texas, where he settled
near Austin. Dr. Stelner's family
was of distinguished Swiss origin.
His ancestors settled in Maryland
more than 200 years ago. His great
grandfather was the first Lutheran
minister to locate in tho state.
Upon her mother's side Mrs.
nnr-lparm la nlen n. Mnrvlnriflpr. find
through both branches sho is related
to many of the oldest and most
prominent families of the state,
among whom are the Schleys and
Postmaster General and Mrs.
Burleson have three daughters, the
eldest of whom, Mrs. Richardson Van
Wick Negley, resides in San Antonio.
Tho other daughters, Lucy and
Adele Sidney, ages eighteen and six
teen, are at school at Sweet Briar,
Va., where they are preparing for
a course at the University of Texas.
"Will the girls make their formal
debut during the next four years?"
'-'That depends entirely upon the
completion of their college course.
If I have a fad in the world it is a
St. Pan! Park Incident.
"After drinking coffee for break
fast I always felt languid and dull,
having no ambition to get to my
morning duties. Then in about an
hour or so a weak, nervous derange
ment of the heart and stomach would
come over me with such force I
would frequently have to lie down."
Tea is Just as harmful, because it
contains caffeine, the same drug
found in coffee.
"At other times I had severe head
aches; stomach finally became
affected and digestion so Impaired
that I had serious chronic dyspepsia
and constipation. A lady, for many
years State President of tne w. u.
T. U., told me she had geen greatly
benefited by quitting coffee and using
Postum; she was troubled for yeaTs
with asthma. She said it was no
cross to quit coffee when she found
she could have as delicious an article
"Another lady, who had been
troubled with chronic dyspepsia for
years, found Immediate relief on
ceasing coffee and using Postum.
Still another friend told me that Eos
turn waB a Godsend, 'her heart
trouble having beeri relieved after
leaving off coffee and taking on
"So many such cases. came to my
notice that I concluded coffee was
the cause of my trouble and I quit
and took ap Postum. I am more
than pleased to say that my days of
trouble have disappeared. I am well
Look in pkga. for tlie famous little
book, "The Road to Wellville."
Ever read the above letter? A
new one appears fiponj time to time.
They are genuine, true, and, full of
college education for girls. There
is no finer equipment for life for
man or woman than a college educa
tion." Mrs. Burleson is in full sympathy
with tho views of her husband's
niece, Mrs. Richard C. Burleson, who
led the woman's suffrage parade in
Washington the afternoon of March
3, but, beyond being on the execu
tive committee, she was not able to
participate in that event.
Sho is a member of tho Colonial
Dames and the Thankful Hubbard
Chapter of the D. A. R., but upon
all other club joining Mrs. Burleson
has issued a veto until she can show
a gain of fifteen pounds in weight.
"I do not know when I will ioin an
other club," said Mrs. Burleson, in
speaking of herJiusband's ultimatum.
Her greatest delight and relaxa
tion comes in tho lino of literary
work. Sho has written a number of
plays and for years has contributed
extensively to magazines and news
papers. She received tho major part
of her education under governesses,
finishing with several years of Euro
pean travel. Among her many ac
complishments is a proficiency in
languages, Spanish being her specialty.
Mrs. Burleson does not go in for
athletics, though sho loves to walk.
Indeed, a walking tour in Scotland
had been under consideration as part
of the family's coming summer vaca
tion plans, but now sho has decided
that a cottage for the summer at one
of the nearby seashore resorts will
bo moro practical and permit tho
secretary to spend his week ends with
Mrs. Redfield, tho unassuming
wife of William C. Redfield, secre
tary of commerce, agreed to an in
terview with the modest protest: "I
am not a bit interesting and I am
sure I don't know of anythinK you
can say about me that any one really
wants to hear. I have done nothing
of any consequence and simply have
had my whole interests centered in
Despite this disclaimer, Mrs. Red
field is a woman of varied interests.
She is a clubwoman, an inveterate
reader, philanthropic worker and a
strong church woman, besides being
a persistent traveler. Sho has had
only a brief acquaintance with Wash
ington life, in view of the fact that
during the two years of Mr. Red
field's service in congress she has
been with him for but brief periods.
Mrs. Redfield was born In Newark,
N. J., but has spent most of her
life in Brooklyn, N. Y. Her father
was Humphrey R. Fuller, a broker
of New York, through whom she
traces her Puritan ancestary back to
tho Fullers of Mayflower fame. Her
maternal grandfather was Col.
Thomas R. Mercein, at one time con
troller of tho city of New York. Her
brother, Charles H. Fuller, a member
of tho state senate of New York, is
president of tho Brooklyn league.
With this ancestry Mrs. Redfield
is eligible to become a Colonial
Dame and also a member of the
Daughters of the American Revolu
tion, but up to the present time she
has not identified herself with either
of these organizations. Sho belongB
to several clubs in her own city, be
ing a charter, member of the KosmoE
club of Brooklyn. Sho also is a
member of the -library committee of
the Y. W. C. A. of that city.
"Because of my very short ana
broken residence here," said Mrs.
Redfield, "I have not yet joined any
of the clubs of the capital, not even
tho Congressional club."
She accompanied her husband, on
his journey around tho world and
also upon his various trips abroad.
Sho has assisted him in tho prepara
tion of material fof a book he has
"Am I interested in philanthropic
work?. Of course I am, particularly
that which relates to children and
girls, and I watch with deop interest
any progressive movements for their
"What Is your attitude upon tho
"I have really not determined
what my attitudu toward that ques
tion will definitely be. I can say
that while I am neutral at present I
am seriously studying the arguments
upon both sides. Although I find
those of tho suffragists very logical
I am not yet prepared to take a
decided stand with either side,
though I probably shall do so later
Tho Secretary and Mrs. Redfield
aro having a larger apartment pre
pared for them in Washington,
which they will occupy as soon as
Mrs. Redfield returns from a trip to
Brooklyn. Sho will ho away about
a month, during which time she will
close up her homo I . Flatbush and
move her furnituro here. Regard
ing her future plans for entertain
ing sho says:
"Nothing but the most informal
entertaining will he possible for us
until we aro settled, and I think all
of the cabinet ladles are of the same
mind, as few, if any beside Mrs. Lane,
aro established in homes of their own
at present. Wo will hardly do any
thing of a formal nature until the
beginning of tho official season."
Mr. and Mrs. Redfield have two
children. Their daughter, Mrs.
Charles R. Drury, resides in Mon
treal, Canada, and has a small son,
a year old, named for tho secretary
Mrs. Rcdflold regrets cxtromoly that
Mrs. Drury, who was in Washington
earlier in the season with her father,
can not remain hero permanently.
Tho son of tho family, Humphrey
Fuller Redfield, is in his freshman
year at Amherst college
Mrs. Redfield has always boon an
adherent of tho Episcopal faith, but
as yet sho has not determined
whether she will connect herself with
historic old St. John's or somo other
of the less famous churches of tho
city. It is moro than likely, how
over, that whenover posslblo tho sec
retary and his wlfo will go to St.
Paul's Episcopal church of Alexan
dria, Va., for Sunday service, since
members of his family have boon
identified with that church for more
than a century. Tho post of senior
warden has been successively filled
by three generations of his family.
Around tho baby department of
labor and its chief a great deal of
interest centers, tho department,
itself unique, having been ushered
into existence by Mr. Taft's slgnaturo
virtually at tho eleventh hour with
out provisions for ofilco room, salary
or assistance. Of courso, all of tho
noeessary adjuncts will bo provided
for in short order.
The now secretary of labor is a
Scotchman, and so is his wife. Both
camo from Scotland whon children
and both of their families settled In
Arnot, Pa., whero tho young peoplo
later met and woro married In 1883.
Mrs. Wilson was Miss Agnes Hart
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