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Copyright, 1911r tr American-Examiner. Crest Britain rUg-hta Reserves.
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Elsie Snapped Her Fingers at
All the Time-Honored Superstitions,
Now Her Friends Are Wondering
If She Can Ever Be Happy.
ERn is a pnimc-t? for owry en
gaged girl, every young bride
on the cvo of her weddlnu
dy. to pause and cormlder vhfther
Bho lias tho "nerve" to Ao ns Lily
Elsie did on the eve of nor marriage
to Mr. Ian nullo.fch mnke her dec
laration of Independence of nil tho
superstitions that Mnd most brides
hand and foot.
L.1ly Elsie, an everybody know, re
tired from the stage recently. at the.
' very height ' of her career 59 thtf
most popular star Id Ijomlon musical
comedy, to become the wife of the
rich young Scotchman who had won
her away from 'scores, of -rival min
ors. Hardly ever before has a bride,
and a weddlni? ceremony, leen ao
profusely pictured nnd written about
In the English uownpapors. ! It was
n preat event of the London social
season. ' '
. But now. while the happy pair afl
WHY I'M NOT SUPERSTITIOUS
BY LILY ELSIE . , :
FLATTER myself that I have courage. That is why I'm
not superstitious. In the face of dauntless courage, evil
always retreats, while the coward is beaten from the very ,
Slavish belief in signs and omens handed down from the
dark ages is not only cowardly, but means an immense waste
of time and mental energy. Brides, even more than 'actors,
are apt to be slaves of superstition, thus inviting the very mis
fortunes hey seek to ward off.
So, on the eve of my marriage to the man I love -the most
important act of my life I resolved to effectually scotch the
old Dragon of Superstition by challenging him to do his worst:
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Tool: off her slippers and put the
left. 0110 on first.
These astonishing things happened
nt .a merry little supper which she
the harder. Her jctiest Were ughast. ,
"You'll be left waiting at the
church," aald one. , .
"Your husband will beat you," said
another. 1 .
"You'll be a widow before the"
honeymoon Is over," said a third.
Still laughing, Lily Elsie pave,
"sorrow" a final "hug," and, select
ing one of eeveral little mirrors
among tho table decorations, au
daciously shattered It in a finger
"Oh! A doten "Ohs," and all sort a
of dire predictions. For who Is
there, what brldo especially, who
does not expect awful misfortune to
follow the breaking of a mirrorT
"Rubbish!" lauguod the reckless
Lily Elsie and Her
ing with uncontrollable merrlmeni
the pille faces all about her, Lily
Elsie, amid shrieks of protest and
pathetic pleadings, proceeded as fol
lows: Finding fourteen ornamental but
tons on the front of her costume, she
deliberately pinched off one with a
pair of nut crackers, and recounted
what remained to be sure there were
lust thirteen. ,
T She procured three umbrellas, put
them up and walked about the room
She strung a ladder of ribbons
from chandelier to a chalrback and
Uly Elsie, .Who, Before Her Marriage, Was One of the Most Beautiful Women on the English Stage.
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Saving 1,000,000 Steps a Year in Your Home
By Professor Charles Barnard.
TiAT worn place along your floor or "oilcloth in
your kitchen marks the path your tired feet
have trod again and again In the course of
your housework. Have you ever figured how many.
of those steps have been wasted and could have been
In a shop or factory this matter is considered of
the highest importance. In business, to save steps Is
to save money. The same thing Is true of the house
hold. In a ehop or factory the raw materials used in the
business enter the shop at a door at one end of the
building and travel from room to room, up and down
stairs, along certain lines or path's called "routes,"
till they come out at the other end as the finished
product of the factory, v
"Routing" means the planning of these paths or
lines of travel In advance that everything goea for
ward and not once backward, and. Is not delayed along
the route. If this routing Is badly done or Is not done
at all, the workmen lose time and labor, and soon the
business falls, and then all bands are out of a job.
.it What has routing to do with the home? Every
thing If the housekeeper does not know how to
route her home she will waste her steps, her strength,
time aud money. There are In every home dozens of
little everyday trips from cellar to garret, from etove
to table and back. In the average home routing will
save at least a million steps a year!
The first thing to do in routing a house is to make
a plan on paper of the house itself and to mark all
the routes in advance on the
How would you go through a
.railroad passenger car and take
up all the tickets in the fewest
steps and in the shortest time to
get all the tickets? There is one
right way, called the standard
way, that Is used by nearly all
conductors, because the work has
been counted in advance of
The conductor who knows the
standard way enters the forward
door and takes up the tickets of
the passenger who sits on the side
seat In the left-hand corner of the
car. He moves up on step and is
In front of four passengers, two In
each of the first pair of seats. The
nearest seat Is on the left, and
he takes these nearest tickets
first and then steps to the right
and takes the tickets of the pas
sengers 'sitting in the right-hand
He is now. on the right-hand side of the aisle and
walks along to "the next right-hand seat. Taking the
tickets, he crosses to the left side of the aisle and
takes the tickets of the passenger in the left-hand seat.
Then he walks on the left side of the slble to the next
left-side seat, aud, this done, he crosses to the right,
and the whole route begins again. Think of this simple
plan In all its details, and it will be easily. sen how
perfectly any piece of work or any little Journey may
be routed lu advance, and that, once done, such a
route will become the ttanrtard route iof this piece of
work, because it is the best route to use to save steps
and save time.
In thousands of homes the .wash Is put out on the
line every Monday, and it will be a blue Monday uu
less the housekeeper knows the standard way to hang
')ui the wet clothes. Not long ago In a country town
1 woman came out of the bouse with a heavy basket
if wet wash. Bhe carried it to the nearest end on a
ingle straight line 2UU feet long. She bung the things
close together on the clothes Hue and put up the
. clothes poles till she came to the far end. Here the
last piece was hung, and then she carried the eraptt
hnsket to the house. T
A diagram on this page shows the woman's long,
straight line at the left hand of the plan. Here Is a '
very bad piece of routing. She walked 200 feet, in
banging out the waeh, and then walked back 200 feet
to the house. She also carried the empty basket on
the return trip. When the wash was dry she carried
the basket to the distant end of the line (200 feet)
and took down the wash, and when she reached the
end the basket was full. That waa a good idea, the
mistake was in not leaving the basket at the end of
the flret trip out. To carry it both ways empty (400.
feet) was bad routing. The greatest mistake of all lay
In the wrong position of the line. The woman walked
in all 800 feet, and one-half, 400 feet, was a total loss
of time and steps. ' '
How would you route such a Job? On the diagram -are
two lines side by side and each 100 feet long.
Now, the maid,: in hanging out the' clothes, "would be
gin at the near end of one line and go to the far end,
and then hang the things on the second line and finish
at the home end. By this route she would not waste
a single step and the basket would. be empty at a point
close to the house and Just where It would be needed
when taking in the wash.
For a long and narrow yard this -plan would be a
standard plan for laying out, the clothes line. For a
smaller yard another plan would be equally good. Th1a
Is shown on the right of the accompanying diagram.
By this layout four lines, each 60 feet long, would be
used, and the maid could begin at the home end of the
outside right or left line and, end at the home end of
the last outside line.
, This Is also a standard plan and
the one generally used in the coun
In every house there are many
little journeys that must be tra
versed by one or more members
of the family many times each day.
Think of all the steps dally taken
between the kitchen stove and the
dining-room table. If the path
from stove to table be only 25 feet
and you, or your mother or sis
ter, take the trip four times for
each meal to set the table and
clear away, 300 feet would be
walked every day, or twenty miles
in a year. How can we save this
dreadful waste of time and steps?
There are two ways, one Is to re
duce the number of trips and the
other Is to change the route. First
of all, make a. plan of your
Suppose your home is so well
planned that your kitchen, pantry
and dining room are In a line
on the south side of the house. Then you would have
a standard route, because In a straight line.
Hut even with the best route it t: still possible to
save stepB and gain time. Every housekeeper knows
that In setting a table or serving a dinner the maid
can save-stepB by carrying as many things in her
bauds as may be safe or convenient. She can save
one or more trips by using a tray. Auother and still
better way Is to use a wheel tray and carry the whole
dinner in one trip.
Look round your home and see how many more
housekeeping paths ran be routed. How many times
do you go up and down stairs in a day? Oet pencil
and paper and make a list of these trips and put down
just why you went upstairs or down, and you will
laugh at your own mistakes in going to a particular
room upstairs three times a day when you could have
done all three errands in one trip. Think. That's It;
think out the best routes round the house. lon't be
like the farmer's boy who went three miles Into the
woods to burn brush with one match. Make your
away 011. their honeymoon! comes the
news of that even more significant
event this bride's courageous act,
almost the lost in her maiden state,
of snapping her fingers In the face
of , every brides' superstition she
could think or. Here are some of
. tho thlugn she actually did:
Clasped her hands about her knees,
thus "hugglUB sorrow."
Walked through a funeral pro
Broke two mirrors.
Tipped over every salt cellar on
Gave a supper party, with thirteen
at the table. .
Had' thirteen buttons on tho front
of her newest gown.
"Put up three umbrellas In the
room, and stood under them.
Walked under -a ladder.
fave to persons', frisnds Just before
:er marrt&se. In one of tlie most
cbarmLsg cestumes created for her
by Lady DoS Gordon tho most popu-
lar, most photographed actress aud
bride-to-be In London, was a radiant
hostess. Like a delighted child she
threw all affectation to the winds.
At the end of the dinner she snt
on a divan and clasped her bands
about her knees.
"Oh!" exclaimed a girl friend, also
efignged to be married. "Oh! You're"
'hugging sorrow, Lily!"
Horror-struck, ell eyes were on
those hands that clasped Lily
Elsie's knees. , Nothing Is mora fatal
1n the. category, of bride's supersti
tions than this act of "hugging sor
row." "What rot!" laughed the happy
hostess and hugged her knees nil
hostess and promptly shattered an
"Lily! Lily!" Evidences of a
genuine panic among the guests.
Whereupon the audacious bride-lobe
brazenly tipped over three salt
cellars, spilling tho contents toward
"Oh. Lily! Throw some over your
shoulder! Quick!" pleaded the horri
fied guests (?)
Certslnly nothing Invites such
frightful calamity as overturning a
salt-cellar. And yet Lily Elsie
walked deliberately around the table,
overturnlug all the rest.
Several guests bolted for tho door,
but the laughing hostess was there
first and locked It. Then, In fiendish
glee, she counted the guests, driving
home the hitherto unnoticed fact
that they were exactly thirteen.
Alas' and too late, too late! Not-
cool ly walked under It, not once
but several times.
She took off her slitters and put
on the left one first.
She "lined up" her guests, tied
a bit of crape on -the arm of each,
and "walked through a funeral."
Then she sat down and defiantly
"hugged sorrow" some more.
"There!" said Lily ElBle, "I think
that will about settle old Mr. Dragon
"Oh, how brave you are!" said the
trembling engaged girls guests.
"But, oh, how I dread tna awful
And the whole London social and
stage world Is waiting and listening
for sounds of shipwreck on the
matrimonial high seas which floated
Lily Elsie away so serenely a day
or two after that nerve-racking
Ingenious New Ideas in Toys
"Instead of one line 200 feet lona
have two 100-foot lines, or, better
still, four 25-foot lines." .
N Nuremberg, Germany, that ancient centre-
of tho world's toy-maktogjndustry, and' In
England, where the novelist, H. O. Wells, h3
devised a whole system of educational toys ana'
written a book about It, called "Floor Gomes."
the playtime of children is being turned to a
genuinely instructive account.
The German experts, in their more elaborate
toys, are duplicating in miniature historic cas
tles and palaces with frout wall sections re
movable to give access to the duplicated con
tents of different rooms. A very amusing toy
or set of toy figures represents a concert by
members of a quaint old German band In fact,
an orchestra of ten or a dozen pieces.
Each player In his seventeenth century cos
tume Is a Village character and this is particu
larly true of the comically earnest director at
his music stand. By various changes of the po.
sit Ions of the different players, new and amusing
effects are produced.
Mr. Wells's constructive toy system Is thus
explained In his own word:
"I remember now as keenly as ever the heart-
breaking-dlslllUalon of a gaudy, pretentious toy
bought for me after weeks of cajoling and night
ly dreams, set down on my very own table and
there refusing to work. Just one or two of such
disappointments, and something la gone out of
. a child's life.
"The educative value of good toys has been
V shamefully neglected. People with quite human
instinct buy their children a dozen squares
- two-Inch blocks, bedizened with foolish wall
paper pictures, and out of these scanty abomina
tions expect them to evolve the 'cloud-capped
towers and gorgeous palaces' of Childish imag
inings. "Now, we have freed ourselves from the dozen
two-Inch blocks, drearily marshalled on a table
that must always be 'being cleared away.' We
have gone In for planks and bricks of all lengths
and shapes, unlimited either as to number, size
"With these as our basis of action, we play
on a cork mat floor, where any of us may chalk
Just as much as be likes.
"The biggest boards are for Islands or city
sites. They are a yard square, or more. Smaller
boards and blocks enable us tq build churches,
town halls, tunnels, ironclads, shops, houses.
"The toymaker Is always in our way. For the
ordinary market he makes nothing that Is not
militaristic. Soldiers, soldiers everywhere.
"That is the second phase of the two-Inch
cube-building toymaker. He thinks children
want to be forever playing soldiers.
"They don't. They want to play shops, strikes,
elections, company promoting, hospitals, thea
tres the whole world Is their playground.
"Our organization is by no means perfect, but
Just look and see what fine games we do play.
Savages raid us, and we defeat them and exploit
their minerals. Our ships pay visits to the most
distant corners of the mat and come back laden
with exotic merchandise. We have our munici
pal troubles, our political disputes, our social
"And the equal division of the cork mat be
tween my two sons, while leaving each to pro
ceed his own way without Interference, teaches
them the value of co-operation in the manage
ment of property."
The SUp-Sving Way of Routing
Your Clothes Lines.
A Seventeenth Century German Band Each Player a Charac ter. Different Arrangements of the Players Producing New
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