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By Dorothy Take.
TtlK summer Is nearly spent, and
autumn will soon be upon us.
In a few weeks the schools and
voUvuvs will havu opened, and
the youiiK tfirl. dt-p In her a I miles,
will have little time to devote to the
renovating of her bedroom. Now U
the lime. For every sound, healthy
fclrl should take an Interest In her
room. kiiU do what she can herself to
'1 h.-re are so very many things that
a capable girl can do, In fact, she can
1o aloiuat everything. She can paint
he woodwork, stain th- lloor. make
me runs, paint the furniture, make
the curtains, the tablecloth, the bu
rrau scarf, and the bedxpread fciiie
can build book Shelves and window
et., and do Innumerable thlnies if
sue puts her mind to It. Although
to do these thinu neessarllv takis
time, still the girl who makes for her
self a pretty and original room will
be more than repaid for her lnliora.
1 shall not attempt. Ii. tills article
to give Very definite Ideas or color
schemes, because I think It so K0j
for a girl to think these out for "h i
self. Kvery girl has a certain amount
of originality born In her With some
this shows Itself sooner or later in
one form or another. I feel as 'if i
were writing an advertisement when
1 say, "beware of Imitation." but it
Is very necessary that we kuuiJ
against this, for It la so easy Jum to
copy our neighbors, and oftentimes
wtr do It quite unconsciously.
Perhaps tins year w do lut neeti U
reps pei . n t'.'n happens that a cheap
bedroom pa"V is i uc i prettier alter
It has been uf a yeur or two, for it has
fxded tittt the eoluis n.ie been soften
d White woodwork I would always
recommend for a young girl s bedroom.
It the loom ha this already, another
coat will be the most I h :i t it needs; but
tf the woodwork is lltsht oak and we
wish to have It white we pust cut the
varnish by applying a strong solution of
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ammonia, after which It must be rub
bed down with pumice stone, then
painted. This would need either two or
The furniture could also be painted
white. If new furniture has to be
bought, old bureaus, waahstands, etc.,
can be picked up for two or three dol
lars each at second-hand stot.s, which,
when painted up, look as good as new.
The white bureau In the Illustration Is a
pretty one. and the oval frame above it
has a delightfully old-world air about It.
The seat shown was made from an old
bureau. The upper drawers were taken
away, the top was cut to form the Beat
and the sides were partly cut away. I
consider this an exceedingly clever way
of making use of an old bureau, for it is
useful both as a seat and a receptacle,
besides being an Improvement to a
room. , , .
The book shelf shown Is simple and
easily made, and such a bookcase is
always useful, tspecial'v for the girl
The bedroom Hhi'trnt'on shows a pret
ty idea for shelves where there are
small windows In the room. This room
Is papered with a soft gray paper
which resembles note paper. It Is trim
med with a border having little dusters
of rosebuds and leaves Joined with gray
ribbon. The furniture In this room is
mahogany. The rug shown is a round,
plaited ne. like those our grandmoth
ers made. These are quite easy to make,
and tun either be made from pieces
from '.he rattling or from unbleached
mii.-dln, which run be dyed at hom, or
lr. .in denim '1 he material must be cut
into strips irc ni half an Inch to an Inch
and a half wide, according to the thick
ness o( the material. It Is best not to
have the sirl.s very long, as they tangle
and fray; but they should be about a
yard or so in length, and can be joined
as you go along. The rug shown Is made
.f iiitik dcutm. I'retty effects can be
made by using wo strips of one shade
and ore htrlp of a darker rhiole. . r
some harmonizing color. The lags can
he plaited it as thev are very quick
ly, but It Is best to Mm In the edges as
you plait, to Insure smooth and finished
Another une old rr..,s cnn be put to Is
to have them woven Into rag-carpet
rug's; but care should be taken In sew
ing the rans together to have pretty
color harmonies. Another economical
way of covering floors Ib to have old
A prettily draped dressing-table adds
much to the daintiness of a room: and
these can be made at a very moderate
cost, as the cheapest sort of a table an
swers the purpose. They can be draped
with s wins or some such white material,
over a colored lining, or with cretonne
A verv pretty worktable can be mada
from two potato baskets. First, nail the
two baskets firmly together, end to
end. Line the upper baeket with denim.
Get a round board, two Inches bigger
In diameter than, the top of the basket
for the lid ; cover the outside of this ta
ble with figured cretonne. To do this,
pleat the cretonne to the top of the bas
het with brass nails, after having made
a hem for the bottom. The table should
either have a ribbon or strip of the cre
tonne caught around the middle. The
lid should be' covered on the top with
cretorno and underneath With donlm to
match the rest. Pincushions and flt-
tings should be made and sewn to the
Inside. Such a wniktible, bcslJes be
ing dainty and pretty, Is very useful, as
there Is plenty of room to keep the sew
ing Itselt, as well cs the wherewithal
for sewing, and It Is very light and can
be easily moved from room to room.
Corner shelves, partitions for bureau
drawers and cubbyholes in the bottom
of closets for shoes are only a few of
the things that a girl who Is handy
with tools can do; but I am convinced
that the girl who once makes a few
successful things for her room will be
so fascinated by the work that she will
be led to do more and more.
The Engagement Ring
INSTEAD of the once-inevltable dia
mond solitaire, the engaged girl has
won a pretty .ndependence in the
matter of what the token of her be
trothal shall be.
liirthstones are wonderfully popular
for engagement rl gs, and the gold
"Aiizpah" bracelets (the kind that fasten
on "tor keeps," and have to be lgno
minlously Ilk., off If the engagement is
broken) are about equally popular, the
bruceleta probably best liked of all to
kens for tnose engagements which must
necessarily lie a matter of years, and
ure consequently not announced at once.
I'erhapa '.he prettiest of ull betrothal
gifts, though, was a ring not a usual
ling, by any odds, but a circlet of dia
monds, the stone, set between two mere
nms of gold
And one girl, who as In business, hit
upon a clecer way of wearing a ring
without letting It tell the tale it usually
does. The only man had a replica of his
seal ring made for fur to wear on her
A little while before the wedding, when
her engi.gement was made public, she
put the other beautiful ring he had
given her on the imnorlant touith linger.
But the little finger ring, she said, was
the "real" ring.
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The Inconvenience of
WHEN the time comes for bal
ancing the accounts of this
world's sinners who "mean no
harm," then surely Just pun
ishment will be meted to the Inconven
ient guest, whose rank among well-intentioned
criminals Is high.
There la the woman who lives in a
hotel, who thinks Of she Is ever guilty
of that process) that marketing Is done
by maohlnery and that houses run
She drops In upon you at 10 o'clock In
the morning, smiling. Immaculate, bub
bling over with her own plans for the
day. She generously Ignores the dust on
the parlor table and the twisted condi
tion of your collar. She is tactfully deat
to the walling of the baby and blind to
the mysterious beckoning of Mary, who
has walked past the door six times, be
cause she must see you before going
out on that errand.
She only stopped In on her way down
town, she explains. Plic Is going to
lunch with a friend later. She wonders
how you stay at home so constantly,
but then she. supposes it has Its com
pensations. In that you seldom miss
your friends when they call.
An hour later, having torn your morn
ing to shreds and spoiled what was
once a very lovely disposition, she goes
away, still smiling, and no doubt in
wardly congratulating herself upon hav
ing brought a bit of variety into your
There Is the woman who always ap
pears at mealtimes. She would nut
break bread under your roof without a
hidebound invitation oh, dear, no! She
knows that the business hours of the
masculine end of your establishment
compel you to ent on the minute, and
at what an unprejudiced observer might
consider not quite a seasonable hour;
but that makes no difference.
Going- in a Moment.
She Is going In a moment; she couldn't
possibly stay. They are expecting her
home to dinner. Isn't It too bad that
Mrs. A. has such absurd hours? She
wouldn't think of keeping you; but she
does. She stays on, and chats serenely
about the weather and the shortcomings
of her dressmaker and the newest
book. "Oh! haven't you read it?" While
footsteps ominously heavy move about
overhead, and the dinner cools, and you
listen with an automatic smile, and an
awful sense of impending domestic dis
aster. There Is the woman who knows
that you write articles which misguided
editors occasionally accept, and, what Is
more astonishing, pay for.
She doesn't know just how you do It,
but It must be perfectly lovely, and so
dead easy. She thinks she'll bring
around something she's written for you
to look at and she does.
She comes at an hour when you are
simply steaming over your work. She
thinks It Is simply delicious to have
something to do that can be picked up
any old time. The little thing she has
written well, of course, you may not
care for It, but her sister thought It
quite the cleverest thing. She believed
she would typewrite It If you would Just
show her a little about your machine.
Your work was on the typewriter now?
oh, she didn't mind waiting while you
took It out. She would Just love to see
her story in type; It would be almost as
nice as having It printed.
So she stays, while you seethe and
rage and the Are of genius burns low,
and then she goes away and tells
somebody that you are getting Just a
little bit old inaldlsh. "These women
who fancy they are clever are so apt
to, my dear."
Then there Is the woman who ar
rives unbidden to meals. She Just
dropped In to have lunch with you.
Of course, you won't make any change
for her. She seldom takes anything
but a cup of tea and bread and but
ter in the middle of the day.
A Housekeepers' Litany.
Your sister-in-law and hor baby are
coming, you Bald? Why, there will be
quite a little party. Does the baby
come to the tableT Tha must be
rather troublesome. None of the chil
dren at home were allowed to until
they were nve. Children are so apt
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you are sure It won't make any dif
ference If she stays? And you lie
like a lady and a Christian and mur
mur to yourself, "How long oh, how
lVorse than these transitory wor
ries, however, are the Inconvenient
guests ho come to slay over night
or longer. .
"1 cannot very well come at the.
time you mention." writes a woman
noted for her many sterling virtues
"but I will run over the last of next
month for a week or so. You know
you never have to make any differ
ence with me!" ,
Now, the last week In next month a
seamstress is to be in the hue fr
three days; you had planned a week
end trip on your own account, and there
is to be a play In town for that week
only which you have been dying to see
ever since it first appeared upon the
boards, but Mrs. B. wants to come.
Mrs B. la the kindest, dearest soul In
the world, and her feelings would be
hurt Irrevocably if you so much as
lunted that her visit was Inopportune.
She likes your undivided attention, too.
and she has conscientious scruples
sSalnst theatregolng. Bo. you heave a
mtle regretful sigh and write a note
saying how glad you will be to see her;
then spend the next three days in try
lnr to straighten out the tangle she has
made the skein of your carefully
""her? wm one. a humorously Inclined
suffere' who remarked that there m.gh
be a housekeepers' litany written De-
' -From the thralldom of old family
servants good 1-ord deliver us.
And to this petition it seems titling to
"Kromthe Inconvenient guest, also
good Lord deliver us."
Souvenir Postal Pads
A TREAT for post -ard fiends has
been prepared In the shape of
the souvenir postal pads, which
contain a dozen postals, and the puds
are so compact that it is only thd
work of an instant 'o tuc k the. i In
your bag as you wander around the
A fountain pen, sone 1-cent stamps
and two or three of these little pads,
and the hearts of numerous collectors
may be made glad with . -y little ef
fort on your part beyond that of se
lecting interesting views or appropri
The Rings Spot Leave Behind 'Em.
THAT ugly ring which cleinslntr
fluids often leave bi hind them
when they are used for i emoting
spots may be : voided if a thick pad
of raw cotton or a couple of tni. k
nesses of blotting paper is laid under
the part you are cleaning.
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JUST what those of us who have gone
in so violently for short sleeves are
going to do wliun the threatened
long sleeves arrive Is a tiling very
much to be considered. If you've plen
ty of material left over, and some of the
lace as well, a long cutt will eke out
the sleeve without a great deal of
Some of the prettiest armlets have
come out to till just that need armlets
which are nothing more In the world
than long cuffs niado for wearing with
Some of them are fascinating, In the
way they end in frills, pleated or ruf
!. .ulllr "'ire out prettllv, not over
the hand, but at the top of the ruff,
over the puff itself. For a blouse that
Is to be laundered often, don't tut the
ones with pleated ruffles, for ple-tlng
doesn't do up well. And ruffling Is pret
tiest when It Is treated to a goffering
What Are You
IT'S a pretty Important matter, this
fitting a girl for the niche she has
to fill In this world, yet it's one that
the average parent is apt to giidt:
From the time a man-child first lice
in his cradle, on through the various
stages of block building und kite flying,
one question Is kept ever uppermost in
his parects' mind concerning him. What
Is he going to do? What will he be?
And the daughter "Oh, girls are dif
ferent," said one mother vuguely when
the above queatiuu was put to her. Hal
A girl has her place in life as surely
as a man. Not as a bread-winner, pus
sibly perhaps, even, not as the head of
a family but still a place, and she
should be fifed for it.
A young girl who had grown up In a
household where every one was busy ,
and where Interests common and liuli
vltlu.il were plentiful was Invited to
spend several weeks in n mountain ho
tel, as the guest of a wealthy woman a
little past middle ae.
On the morning after her arrival the
lady suggested that they should go Into
one of the parlors and (day canis with
some other women who were there. The
girl assented pleasantly enough, but
when the suggestion was repeated that
afternoon, and again In the cteuing, and
still again the next day. and the one
following, she waxed lebellious.
There were beautiful walks and drives
around the hotel; there wire wide 1 laz
( is wheie often intei ruing people p.tth
tred: there was a library well stoeked
with books. The elder woman had triv
t led tine was well educated, intelli
gent, apptn ently. et she ignored thuse
oj, port uiia a t and spent iter time at the
card table, which bhe admitted bored
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iron in the doing-up process.
Often embroidery insertion or motifs
Is joined by rows of insertion crossed
and criss-crossed in a pattern of lis
own. I'sually Hie designs of tho laco
used for these separate curTs are so
staple in design that It Is often possible
to match the laco of the blouse whose
sleeves you want to lengthen in cults
all ready to attach.
Sometimes a fairly plain cuff ran be
turned Into just the cuff for the blouse
by adding a bit of bnnd-embroiilery
just a little spray in groups or ilots or
eyelets, anything that echoes tho de
sign, however faintly.
An occasional pair of armlets Is a
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Going to Make of Your. Daughter ?
"Then why do you play?" queried lire
girl, with youth s bluntness.
"Why. my dear," exclaimed the other,
plaintively. "I have to do something to
The woman was not excusable, of
course, but back of her inability to find
what was worth while In her dally life
lay a lamentable want of early train. ng.
A girl peed not be given a trade or
profession, though she ia none the
worse for having one, even If she never
uses it for making n.'oney; but she does
need an oceupat ion und an absorbing in
terest or interests.
Sin) mny get married a goodly num
ber of girls do and It Is Just as well to
be prepared tr.r It. fche !..e"d not stitch
all her hypothetical husband's stiirt
bamls, nor till a chest Willi household
linen, like the hopeful Uermati maiden
(who, nevertheless, lived and died a
spinster); but she wont bu any the
worse off for knowing how to make
blend and cut out a baby's petticoat.
She may have to start out unexpected
ly to tarn her own living, l'leiity of
winien do. f course. If she has some,
great 'Hlent the voice of nn Kauics, the
pen of a lie Stael, t! j genius of a Bern
hardt then the way is clear. But. on
the oihei hand, she may be Just an Hvcr
nije woman, with a warm he.nt and a
head that's a bit faulty; and it II do her
no harm If she can cast accounts ac
curately, run a sewing machine, write
a good note and say hat she wants to
say In u way to make people under
stand. If your daughter has ii particular bent,
cultivate It as lar as Ilea within you,
but not to the extent of excluding other
things. Nature doesn t often it.. . bii,tlk
unthinkingly, and you may den. i.d up .n
it that it ailv or Jt uide ihuun a mark
ed aptitude with a laiini brush or a pair
cf n'is.Ts or frying pan, that knack
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Si frf1 &t the fqo o'ftecufC
Utile putt Itself and Is intended, not b
make the short sleeves lnt long ones,
but to turn llmm into the pretty tluee
q un iter length that is muue up of a
couple of puffs.
A good idea, uccordlng to one girl w ho
gels along upon about as near nothing
a year us ever a girl did. is to make
armlets of hu e and "fixings" to matt h
tho blouse, and then, Instead of sewing
them to the blouse, keep iher-l !-e -aratc,
so that tho blouse may do double
duty us u short and a long sleeve
The lower part of a good sleeve pat
tern is all you need to make them on.
They should be made on paper. If mii' h
hu e Is to entar Into their composit on.
Those, by the way, made of rows of in
sertion joined by one of the many pret
ty little headings of lace or embroidery
urn particularly pretty and may be
whipped together In a Jiffy, In spite of
t! lr difflcttlt-to-mnke .ook.
will surely be called Into use before she
ib d. .id.
It's Just as well, however, not to for
get to teach her at the same time to
put her stocks and belts on carefully,
and to keep her mind Informed as to
w hat s going on.
Make cf your daughter first of all a
woman-not a butteilly, nor a drudge,
not uii -cho, nor a grenadier, but a real
true womanly woman.
Teach her tact if you ran It's a pre
cious possession; discretion she'll need
It; self control, and the capacity for
meeting emergencies. Then if she
wants a career, help her to It. If she
wants a home, help her to that like
wise, and show her how to build ner
home and guard It successfully.
Vhcr. you kavj dii:? 1: is. you have
made of her sell-iesi.eeting, been ly.
minded Individual, ready find willing to
do her share In the world s work.
To Avoid Rust Marks
LIN'FN suits nave a way of shew
ing an u k I little rust mark on
the t.ii ol tie ! tlotlldel s. I lid Villi
ever o ik Inside for the cuuse? if you
did. mn.-u probably you found the shoul
ders maiUed Willi plenty of it. got - and
here's t whole story In a nutsh. II Iroin
tne 'ouih..nger upon which you v care
fully kept ll whenever your suit has
been out of use.
C'oathangers should always be cov
ered before they are used for white or
delicate colored things. I.litie bum of
silk or linen or dimity can be drawn
over the l""C sides and heal in place by
t'.airow -ihhotis, tied Into pietty hows.
And then, even if the weather Is damp
i ii'uih o make everything rust, the
brunt ol It won't come upon your very
best bib and tucker, but upon an eaiUjP
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