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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 2, 1D09.
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FIXING UP TflE OLD ifoiiSE
Tramforaationr Wrought by Color
I ' Directed by Good Taste.
TINE EFFECT OF STENCIL WOEK
Location and Pirpou of Roomi a Dr
teranlnlng Factor la Planning a
Color Treatment' Some Vnl-
Fixing up in old litnue and transforming
it Into a cherry, charming- home ia one of
the most fascinating problem of our present-day
endeavors. orlunatrly, this work
tf altering the appearance of the home Is
nut a mere matter of dollars and cents, but
rather u dett.lt of good taste and wise se
lection. There Is no room no awkward that It Is
impossible tJ transform it Into an artistic,
satisfactory apartment. Nor la It a matter
jt carpentry or masonry but rather a mat
ter of wise tuste, as well as careful Judg
ment In the seloi tlon of wall colors and
care In their use.
Ten years ago little thought and prac
tically no attention was given to the treat
ment of the wall beyond the lath and
plaster stage. Now, with due attention,
the bare walls and the barn-like appear
ance ran easily be transformed into an
Attractive, artletle1 room, full of cosiness
The use of a room has much bearing
upon the scheme of decoration. If it Is to
be used as a study, for a quiet hour, It
certainly should be given quiet colors
and soft, delicate treatment. If the room
Is a bod room, as far different treatment
Is indicated a dining room still another,
and -so through the house.
Then, too, the location of the room Is
essentially . factor in planning a color
treatment, for,' obviously, rooms with
WWtuthern exposure require colors that will
soften and modify the excess of sunlight
which is bound to come Into the room.
80, too, with the west room, while, on the
other hand, north rooms Insist on warmer
more llgljt-reflectlng tones, and in this
cast rooms also share.
Now for the actual work of really em
bellishing a room, ao that It will be a
thing of beauty as well as a Joy forever.
We do not need to tear down the walls
to lower the ceilings if they appear too
high and give a bare, unfinished effect.
Not at all. By the use of color, we can
give wails the effect of advancing or of
receding at our pleasure.
Dark tones advance the wall or celling
toward us lessen the apparent distance
and decrease the effect of slse. For ex
ample, a large woman lessens her apparent
slse by wearing black gowns, and a slight,
slender woman looks larger in while
gowns; so In walls, dark wails lessen the
apparent slie of a room and light walls
Increase the apparent sice.
Making High Ceilings Appear Low.
Suppose the colling Is too high. Use a
moderately dark tpne for the celling and
carry It down the side wall at least fifteen
Inches tWchty-four Is better for a twelve
foot celling then you have lessened the
Patterns, such as conventional figures,
or floral designs which are frequently
found In wall papers were used to relieve
an otherwise flat surface, ' not because It
was the best way, but because It was the
only way which seemed possible for the
ordinary purse, ,. ?
Now there are better waya to overcome
the flat appearing- apace on aide' walls,
for at present we wear our ceiling plain in
ono single monotone. Chief . among the
better ways is the use of stencil effects,
which, if desirable designs are used, are
effective and decidedly modish.
But there Is such a thing as a rule of
decorative proportions, and Its arithmetic
stops at three. We have one, two or three
colors in a room, but no more; we may
have one, two or three tonea of a single
color, but no more; we may have one, two
or three designs of stencil. Intone, two or
three widths but no more; we may, if we
choose, break out , flat wall panels, no
matter what the slse of the wall.
Now, to wise choice in color and before
you finally decide, bear In mind the rela
tion of the rooms, as well as their use,
. for a rreen room with a blue for next door
neighbor would be an abnominatlon of good
taste, for they would never be on speaking
When ceilings are net too high when
rooms have large openings Into and from
each other, tt Is a good plan to use a rich
Ivory white tone for all the ceilings and
harmonising colors for the aide walls.
For example, use a warm, rich, brownish
side wail for living room; then suppose
the reception hall la on tho north aide, here
a cafe-au-lalt, or yellow tan side wall with
Ivory celling wilt give a decidedly charming
Now. comes the use of the stencil, and
here Is the opportunity for breaking away
from the conventional stereotyped frteie
and border and the achieving of an Indi
vidual artistic embelhehnjent.
The use of a conventional four-inch sten
cil design following ubout four inches above
tho standing woodwork, reaching over
doers, following over baseboards and going
up over the window frame. Is unique. Indi
vidual and very effective, and is being used
with grout success by the best di'corators
In New York and Chicago.
The otherwise long line of the perpendicu
lar side wall is also frequently broken by
a plate or photo rail two-thirds up the side
wall, and below this, the same conventional
f'eeign in stencil, then from the celling
line Is dropped a twelve-foot design In sten
cil adipted to tho use of the room, such
as fruit pieces for dining room conven
tionalized flowers for llxing room, or set
geometric figure for hall.
The effect Is stunning nhen done In a
darker torn- of the side wall color or In
, darker contrasting color.
A very pleasing alercil effect for us a
N on a dull green side v. all Is the use of
tVory white for the patterns wjth a black
Having decided on the color acheme and
having also, chosen Its formthe really Im
portant thing Is to choose the vehicle or
medium of color, for unless a material be
chosen that has permanent colors and non-
The DIG WEEK of the year in the furniture and car
pet business of Omaha. On this our Twenty-second
Anniversary we offer you a sale of vast magnitude and Invite the public of Omaha
and vicinity to visit us this week. To make your visit memorable and doubly in
teresting we have arranged an anniversary sale in which practically every article H
from the entire store is keenly underprfced. We can not tell you all the story in this ad
but filv you only a small Idea of ths extraordinary avln oppartuilUei offered you during thU anniversary sale i
q The Values Offered During This Sale are Very ExtraordinaryIt is the Big Sale Event of tho Year
iX'irv: Iron and Brass Beds
In this sale we offer you some very extraordinary values In Iron and
brass beds. Valuea that you positively cannot duplicate elsewhere.
Iron Beds, all slies, price was $3.00, sale price..... S1.45
Iron, Beds, fancy design, price wag IB. 00, sale price.... $2.75
Iron Beds, bronze finish, price was $7.60, sale price $4!o5
Iron Beds, decorated panels, price was $10.00, sale price $6!50
Iron Beda.bronze finish, price was $15.00, sale price S8!95
Brass Beds, full size, price wag $25.00, sale price S15i75
Brass Beds, polished finish, price was $30.00, sale price $19.50
Brass Beds, very massive, price was $40.00, sale price 270
We have arranged to make the payments exceptionally easy during
this the greatest sale event of the entire year.
A,v.r.ary RoQm FumitUFe
DRESSERS, solid oak, price was $12.50, sale price $7.90
Dressers, solid oak, price was $20.00, sale price .$11.25
Princess Dressers, price was $17.50, sale price $10.95
Princess Dressers, price was $25.00 sale price .$1375
Dressers, very handsome, price was $27.50, sale price $14.95
Dressers, high grade,' price was $35.00, sale price $19.75
Ladies' Dressing Tables, price was $17.50, sale price $10. 50
Ladles' Dressing Tables, price was $25.00, sale price $13.75
ChiffnniprH. anllrl oak. nrlcn was IS RO baIa nrlre .' T
Chiffoniers, price was $10.60, sale price.. jJolSO
3?".".: Dining Room Furnit'e
Extension Tables, price was $6.50, sale price " S3. 95
Extension Tables, price was $12.00, sale price $6.95
Pedestal Extension Tables, price was $20.00, sale price $lo!oO
Pedestal Extension Tables, price was $30.00, sale price S18i75
Buffets very handsome, price was $25.00, sale price $1375
Sideboards, solid oak, price was $20,000, sale price $1250
China Closets, price was $17.50, sale price. . $1075
Dining Room Chairs, price was $1.25, sale price 69
$5.99 TOn THIS COI. APSTBI,! OO
CABT OOMBLBTB WITH HOOD
Exactly like cut, an unmatchablo
value, they are made of all steil
and the sides, seat and adjustable
bark and hood are upholstered In
1.98 FOB A BXAUTXFVX. FAS.I.OB
ROCKER A most extraordlnaary
value In a comfortable and roomy
rocker; they are wall constructed,
and are high finish.
$7.90 FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL
XB.FSSB Exactly like 1 1 lus
tration and a most remarkablo
Dresser value. Constructed of
solid oak. with beautiful diamond-shaped
Ingrain Carpets, price was 80c, sale price per yard.. 55 f N
Brussels Carpets, price was 90c, sale price per yard 597 J
Velvet Carpets, price was $1.50, sale price per yard . -5 f X
Brussels Rugs, price was $10.00, sale price..!. 85.75 J
Brussels Rugs, price was $18.00, sale price $11. 50 f -
Velvet Rugs, price was $29.00, sale price $17.95
Reversible Art Squares, price was $8.60, sale price $3.98 f
MISFIT CAKPKTS All slr.es from the cheapest Infrralna to the finest A J
minsters at i.khn iiia.i HAbr-nutu, unng uie size pi yuur iwui
with you. We can save you money.
an::?.r":rv. Carpets and Rugs
KITCHEN SAFES, price was $6.60, sale price...... $4.25
Kitchen safe, glass doors, price was $10.00, sale price $0.75
Kitchen Cabinets, price was $6.50, sale price $4.50 f l
Combination Kitchen Cabinets, price was $15.00, sale price. . ... . .$9.75 V-J
Drop-Leaf Tables, price was $5.00, sale price $3.50 f
Refrigerators, price was $10.00, sale price $6.50 vJ
Steel Ranges, high closet, price was $35.00, sale price $23.50
Gas Ranges, guaranteed, price was $16.60, sale price $10.50
sale of .
"iZ Parlor Furniture
Parlor Suits, 3fpiece, price was $25.00, sale price.
Parlor Suits, 3-plece, price was $37.50, Bale price..
Parlor Suits, 6-pIece, price was $45.00, sale price..
Divans, very pretty, price was $12.50, sale price...
Bed Davenports, price was $30.00, Bale price.
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Library Tables, well made, price was $13.60, sale price $8.75
Library Tables, massive, price was $25.00, sale price $14.75
Library Bookcases, solid oak, price was $16.00, Bale price $8.75
Combination Bookcases, price was $17.60, sale price "$9.75
Combination Bookcases, price was $27.60, sale price $15.50
Library Couch, fabrlcold, price was $16.00. sale price.... $9.75
Library Couch, genuine leather, price was $40.00, sale price. .. .$23.50
Sale of .
' Draporios and Mattings
H6!S a FARNAM STREETS, OMAHA.
(Ths Fsoplss T arnltars and Carpet Co. Established la 1887.)
Bed Davenporta, price waa $40.00, sale price $24.50
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Nottingham Lace Curtains, price was $2.50, sale price $1.39
Brussels Net Curtains, price was $10.00, sale price $5.98
Tapestry Curtains, price was $3.00, sale price $1.09
Tapestry curtains, price was ao.uu, sale price $2.75
China Mattings, price was 25c, sale price I.!
Japanese Mattings, price was 40c, sale price 20
Oil Cloth, price was 40c, sale price 25t
Linoleum, price was 75c, sale price 49
rubbing- qualities our decoration", however
beautiful, unique' and aCtracttve', are en
tirely worthless If not actually -useless. So
this matter of material Is, after all, tlx
vltill point in the success of the decorative
Bafccme.v . v -y
While ths softly tinted walj is thoroughly
up-to-date and artistic, the whole effect Is
likely to be a sad disappointment unless a
preparation like Alabastlne Is used as the
vehicle of color, for the soft, velvety, ar
tlstio Alabastlne colors will not fade and
never rub off the wall.
Fortunately, they never check, peel nor
blister, so that the best and most discrimi
nating architects now Insist that all walls
be alabaatlned. There is a wide difference
between the alabaatlned wall and the kal
somlned wall, as wide a difference as the
Is between a hard brilliant diamond and a
common glass crystal.
A preparation like alabastlne is perma
nent In Its effects; kalsomlne is exceed
ingly transitory, rubs off easily, fades
readily, alas! too readily, and peels, checks
and blisters, leaving unsightly white spots
on the wall surface, mute reminders of un
wise selection In materials.
The successful dressing of windows need
not Involve much expense, but procures an
added touch of daintiness and attractive
ness. An exceedingly desirable treatment Is
to carry the wall color to the over curtain
and decorate the curtain with a modified
design of the wall stencil.
Unbleached cotton, dyed to the desired
color tone and stenciled with the same pat
tern as the side wall in reduced slse. Is
exceedingly good In style and artistic In
If the windows are narrow and an ap
pearance of added width Is desired, carry
the curtain pole out beyond the window
line so that the inside of the curtain
touches the outside of the window casing,
then you have added width. If ths window
Is to high, modify the height with a wide
valence at top carried clear across the
window width; if the window Is short,
make the curtain line long, clear to the
For under curtains when Ivory ceilings
are usd. use craam or ivory white lace or
With these few things in mind, any room,
any home can be Infinitely improved.
We wet our bright, brilliant colors that
are needed for an occbelonal but. not too
frequent dash of color from open fires In
winter,' bright cut flowers In summer and
brilliant gaudy book covers at all seasons
of the year.
Contrasts come from rugs, sometimes
from door draperies and frequently from
carpets and upholsterlngs of furniture.
Finally, avoid a confusion of ornament
and an accumulation of bric-a-brac, for this
makes clutter and spoils the unity of the
room. Ornaments lugged into a room for
the mere aake of ornament defeats ita pur
pose and overdoes the effect beside adding
to household labor. Uncle Remus' Home
MODERN HOME EQUIPMENT
Housework Made Easier by Mechani-
' - cal Appliances. - -
CAKE PASSING OVER TO MEN
Conveniences Lessen Labor In (he
Home, but Make Duties of House,
keeper More Complex
What It Portends.
No woman can be happy
without children; it is her
nature to love them as much
so as it is the beautiful and
pure. The ordeal throuh
which the expectant mother
must pas is so full of dread that the thought fills her with apprehension.
Trior : nn n.rrVKirv for the reoroduction of life to be either very
The use of Mother' Friend orcDares the system
r. romino- event, and it is oassed without any danger. This
wmedvls annlied externally. TT ?T?V II V&Kl'TZ'&fS
ind has carried thousands of I j ( ( J) - j 1 1 n J 1
women through the crisis JiVHV 11JJLLLL
mrith hut little anfrVrinc'
Book sssNlnlng taf orstanea of vales
ail axpaUaBl uUun ullse fna.
sjutnU rnrou toh oo.
Whether the housework of the next ten
years will be done by men of women prob
ably will depend as mucn upon the develop
ment of conveniences and machinery as
upon the eagerness with which women Oi
all classes change their (.resent apathy
and make a rush to do housework.
At present the job of housemaid has
evolved to such a point that it requires a
personality which might be described as
something between a lady and an engineer
ess. Inside finish and machinery for washing.
Ironing, telephone switchboards, speaking
tubes, and pneumatic cleaners save hands,
feet and backs. In the most scientifically
kept house there Is only one duty which
the most prejudiced could claas as Ignomin
ious, and that Is the dusting of hardwood
floors by hand and the getting down In a
josltlon formerly scorned by the house
wife. She may now alternate this with rolling
and other exercises to reduce flesh If she
likes, as the expert claims that the pneu
matic cleaner does not yet effect a smooth
dusted surface on wood, but only sucks up
the dust from the depths of the rugs and
furniture. A cloth over the broom leaves
streaks. It Is declared, so that wiping the
floor by hand ia up to this date the only
way In accord with domestic science, while
the properly cared for floor, it is said, is
only touched with water once or twice a
year. Altogether, delicate touch, intel
ligence and (irecUlon are everywhere re
quired In the application of the new meth
ods and machinery.
Housework Made Easier.
Post experience shows that where ma
chinery has made it possible to put house
work on an easier and quicker basis men
have stepped In and taken it from the
woman's province, as the bakery, the laun
dry, and rug cleaning establishments. At
present attachments are being evolved in
these lines for those who prefer having
the work done under their own roofs and
the question comes as to whether the other
sex will not step In to pre-empt the posi
tion of housemaid.
The appliances often require more head
work and intelligence than goes with the
average girl who now acts as housemaid.
Proof of this ia found in the fact that the
Improvements are looked at with suspicion
by the maid in houses where they have
been Installed and are neglected In favor of
the old methoda
The Interest taken by the wives snd
daughters who occupy these mansions Is
only theoretical, aay the architects. "They
are something to be enthused over when
the plans are drawn up and run away fromj
after they are put In." said one architect.
who has built some of the flnet residences
in Chicago. In these the kitchen equip
ment and that for fighting dirt Is so ef
fectual ss to bring it into the realms of
the fairy land of science.
Is there a rich woman with a corps of
daughters who is domestic enough to step
into this fairyland with them and do the
work from top to bottom of the house that
has been provided for her?
Tonrs Over Hesse Interesting.
Will you walk into my parlor?'1 one
can Imagine this person saying ss glibly on
sweeping day as on reception day, and
"Will you walk into my kitchen, my laun
dry, r my bath room?" may yet turn out
to be an invitation with more Interest than
the first. The latest laundry Instilments
are the electric washing machines and the
centrifugal wringers, which are really ex
tractors in the sense that all the water
ls. thrown off. as vapor, by the swiftly re
volvlng process. The mangle with revolv
ing cylinder Is the attachment which docs
the Ironing, and the whole electric plant.
Including the tubs and motor, coats about
$800. A good pneumatic cleaning outflwlth
attachments where the cleaning hose can
be carried into various rooms can be put
In at from $500 to $MX).
That these extract dust only an Inch
down from any surface leaves the problem
of cleaning mattresses one of physical cul
ture or gymnastics. There are ways of
keeping the dust out. however, which are
Invisible, as would be expected in a mod
ern fairyland. There is a dust Intereepter
put on the windows, which Is something on
the fashion of an old weather strip, only
that the part that Is on the window sash
slips through the part that Is on the case
ment as a shuttle slips back and forth in
But that the windows may not have to
be opened on a dusty day there is a ven
tilating system installed In most of theso
houses vwhlch sifts all air before it comes
in and distributes It through the rooms.
And if after all Is said a dust pan of dust
can be gathered up anywhere a chute
placed next to the laundry one will carry
It from any floor where the sweeper hap
pens to be into the basement.
Wearisome Trips ovr Needles.
The wearisome trips up and downstairs
are unnecessary in these new homes, as a
telephone attachment will be found on
every floor, with pad and pencil ready
and a dumb waiter jn'hlch goes from base
ment to the top story. The trip to let In
the iceman is eliminnted, as the Iceman
slips In the calce a short weight If he
wants to through a door on the back porch
info the reservoir of the refrigerator. That
the door will soon be equipped with an
automatic scales which shall register the
weight of the cuke as It shuts It In is
only the next step In the evolution of th'
Icebox, if this has. not been patented al
ready. As another defense against Idlrt the cor
ners in ttu- floors are brorglit forwttrd
until they are no longer corners, but
slllglitly concave surfaces. This Is done
so far chiefly In bath rooms by means of
metal fixtures, which, however, suggest
that wooden baseboards later may be
shaped that way, too. Bath tubs of heav
iest porcelain also help to give the bath
rooms the look of Ponipellan rooms and the
same possibilities of being easily cleaned.
There are endless conveniences for the
dining room, one of the most noticeable
being the way In which the radiator is
being fitted to take the place of the
waitress. Some of thes are fitud with
grooves for holding plates, others with
shelve, while the most attractive has an
oven with doors set Into the steam colls,
where food can be kept hot instead of
being carried back to the kifhen.
As It is at present housekeeping Is a
wonderful piece of n.achiaety unapprei lated
by the ordinary housemaid end waiting for
tiie man specialist to come forward and
prevs the button. Or the woman? There
are those who predict that It la the Inst
who will eventually get there, but at
present the interest is to see who arrives
first. Grace R. Clarke In Chicago Tribune.
man whose health had been so precarious
that his physicians advised him months ago
to give up work. He would not do It. He
was engaged In the extraordinary task of
constructing a railway down the Florida
Keys toward Cuba building a "sea-going
railroad," somebody put it and he Intended
to see the Job through. His work pro
gressed. The problems Involved were some
of the most formidable Imaginable. Old
engineers rubbed their eyes to think of
this railroad traversing marshes, islands
and the Gulf of Mexico itself and stretch
ing to a point within ninety miles of Cuba.
It demanded the highest quality of genius.
It required resourcefulness without limit.
Mr. Meredith stuck to his taak. He had
not only to combat the difficulties of his
engineering project, but contest with the
tropical climate, with labor questions, with
matters of organization. Now that he Is
dead, the East Coast extension serves as
a monument to his ability, courage and
But Mr. Meredith was one of the thou
sands who from time to time have won
victories of peace not less renowned than
those of war. The industrial world. In
truth, has in it many notable figures who
are heroes of peace. The engineering field
furnishes a great part of them. As you
see a railroad climbing over mountains and
darting into apparently Impenetrable re
gions you observe an eccomplishment of an
Indomitable will, a far-seeing mind, a skill
ful hand. There is hardly a field which
demands a higher order of genius than that
of engineering, yet there are few engineers
whose fame extends Into the average home.
In after years when travelers go whirling
down the Fast Coast line, crossing ths
gulf by railroad, as It were, they may be
struck by the remarkable task the building
of the line represents. The man who
achieved it will deserve their thought. It
is not likely that many of them will recall
that to the genius and daring of J. C. Mere
dith must be ascribed the successful con
struction of the strange roadway. Iwouts
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FINISHED TASK HIS FINISH
Crowning Work of Railroad Engineer
Whose Life Waa ths
That war is not ths only thing which
brings to the front pluck, determination
and ths spirit of mcrlfics Is illustrated
again for the thousandth time In the case
of J. C. Meredith, chief engineer of the
Florida East Coast railway. Hera was a
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