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Married Life the Third Year
Helen's Search for a Furnished Apartment in London
is Most Discouraging.
By MABEL HERBERT URNER.
It was a charming room with Jow
bookcasos, Persian rugs and hanging?.
Everywhere were evidences of foreign
travel. Bits of rare pottery and Jade,
curious daggers and
swords were strewn
over the bookcases,
tables and desk.
wouldn't rent th
Helen. "They'd put
away some of these
"Np, ma'am; it's
to be rented just as
it Is," and the care
taker -crossed over
to raise the blinds.
"It belongs to Col
onel Ma wson he's
gone to India."
"But you don't
think it could be
bad for less than
"I'm afraid not, ma'am. But you can
see the " agents Edgcomb & Wlckham,
No." 142 'Oxford' street.' " '
Helen made a note of the address and
then stepped again to the door of the
bedroom." "' There was a canopied bed
hung with heavy silk curtains and the
walls were covered with rare old prints
and engravings. -' .
To Helen it looked Mke jh,e stage set
ting of an English play. She could picture
Colonel Mawson coming it, throwing him.
self into one of the curiously carved
chairs while a Japanese valet took 'off
his boots and brought him a whiskey and
soda, v",.' ,. -,. .. '
Half an hour later Helen foujid herself
in the .office of Edgcomb & Wlckham.
"House Agents." After a few minutes'
wait in the liter office she ( was ushered
in to 'Mr.' Wlckham. He was the typical
frock-coated, .deliberate English business
man. ' .
It was evidently a pleasant break in
the monotony of his day to have a charm
ing young American rush in and declare
with her quick, impulsive enthusiasm that
she had just seen the most "ideal" apart
ment, which was just what she wanted,
but the caretaker had said It must be
rented for three months, and she wanted
it for only one.
i When Helen paused, breathless, he
! smilingly asked what apartment it was.
j Eagerly she gave the' address.
"That's Colonel Maiwson's apartment-
no, I'm afraid it would be 'impossible to
let that 'for less than three months. If
he were here himself, it is very probable
he would make an exception in this case,"
Implying that so charming an applicant
'could not be refused. "But we ve no
'choice In the matter. And you can un
! derstand, I'm sure, why he would not
wish to rent a place of that kind for only
She had, of course, understood that all
'along, but with the egotism of her
'femininity she had hoped ta overrule that
I Helen was always inclined to feel that
jail rules and regulations should be ad
justed to suit her convenience. - She was
'never aggressive or assertive about it,
(and yet she was often sweetly unrea
isonable. She could never see why she
'shoul4-not be made an exception.
"But we've another two-room apart
ment on Great Portland street that might
(interest you. Ufa just around the Corner
from-here. , If you wish I'll go over ther
,wlth you how."'' ''. - ' r 1 -' '
To iind herself walking along Oxford
,street with an estate agent inv a frock
coat and high hat was to Helen a some
. whatnovel sensation,
Her feminine Intuition told her that Mr.
Wlckham's excessive courtesy wog due
not to his desire to rent the apartment
'but to his very evident; Interest In her.
It Is' an exceptional woman who 'doe
not take pleasure In the knowledge that
she has aroused admiration and Interest
'and Helen was not an exceptional
.woman. ' ' ' '
It was an old fashioned brick house
,wlth an air of faded elegance. A liver
ied servant opened the door and showed
.them the rooms.
To Helen's surprise it was the draw
ling room and the room bark' of it, fitted
as a bed room, that was to let. The huge
looms and high ceilings gave such an
atmosphere of grandeur that she was
astonished when Mr. Wlckham men
tioned the price only three pounds a
"And where is the bath?" she asked,
gazing around for a door that mighf
lead Into one.
"On the third floor, madame," asnwered
"On the third floor! Oh, we want a
"I'm afraid you'll find that rather hard
to get in London," ventured Mr. Wlck
ham. , Colonel Mawson was very, ex
ceptional. But if you like these rooms
after all the bath Is a small matter.
Helen laughed. "I'm afraid we Ameri
cans don't think so. - I'd rather have a
hall room and my own bath than all this
luxury without one."
Then fearing she had been rude she
"But I suppore we're spoiled. Tou
know we've so many new hotels and
apartments with a bath for almost every
room, that we've come to think them a
Outside Mr. Wlckham Insisted on Helen
coming back to the office that he might,
give her the addresses of several other
"Now, if none of these will answer, if
you will write or telephone me tomorrow,
I may have something else." .
There were four places on the list,
and three more among the newspaper
advertisements, which Warren had
marked that morning. "'
Helen went to them all, but there was
some' objection to each one.' Besides
she had set her heart on Colonel Maw
son's apartment, and with the picture
of that in her mind, nothing else seemed
Half past five found her back at the
hotel, warm, tired and discouraged.
It was only a few moments until War
"Well, what luck?" as he threw him
self heavily In a chair. "Jove, I'm tired
What'd you find?"
"Oh, dear, I found the most wonder
ful place an army officer's apartment.
He's gone to India and left it to be
rented just as it is. And it's full of the
most Interesting things that he's col
lected all over the world. ' And., oh, the
most beautiful rugs and old prints!"
"3ounds pretty good. How much?"
"Only four and a half guineas a week.
And there's a caretaker on the place to
serve breakfast oh, It's Ideal."
"Good! When did you take it from
tomorrow? We want to get out of this
"I couldn't get It that's the trouble.
They wouldn't rent it for less than three
"Couldn't get it? Then why in thun
der are you talking about it? Let's hear
about something you can get."
'But I wanted that s much! I saw
a lot of ;other places, but they couldn't
compare with it."
"By George, if that Isn't like a wo
manharping on something she can't get!
What are the other places like?"
"Well, there was one on Great Port
land street. The agent took me to that j
Dear, what do you think? I met the
nicest man Mr. Wickam, of Edgcomb & !
WIckam 'house agents.' And he 'took
me himself to look at an apartment.
Wasn't that unusual?"
"Huh! What about the place?"
"Well, tV.ere are two very nice large
rooms on the first floor but the bath
was on tiin third. That's what I found
everywhere. It's almost Impossible to
get a private bath. Then there was a
fairly good place on Werbeck street, but
there they had only a single bed."
"Well, couldn't they put In a double
bed or another single one?"
"No. I asked them, but they hadn't
any. iou see it was an apartment that
was being sublet just as It was. But the
Janitor said 1 could rent a bed 'at any
furniture store. Did you ever ;hear of
such a thing?"
"Oh jtS. tiiey do that here. Tou can
rent any k;nil of furniture for as long as
you want. But we won't bother with
that. What else did you find?"
"Nothing with a private bath. Dear, I
almost think we should stay here, I
don't believe we can do any better."
"Well, we will do bettor.' If you can't
find a place I can. flight have known
you'd fizzle out. A . ,
"But, dear, 1 tried so hard," tremu
lously. "I went till I was ready to drop
didn't even stop' for lunch. But I had
to wait so long every place they're ao
slow and deliberate.- You know you said
yourself you couldn't do business faest
over here." , ,
"That's different I can get an apart
ment fast enough. 'Here It's only a quar
ter of six now I'll have time to" go to a
couple of places before dinner. Want to
come along T'
Helen was pitifully tired.. Her , fast
ached, her bsck ached and she could
have cried at the thought of starting out
"Well, for heaven's sake don't come if
you don't want to," contemptuously,
noticing her hesitation. "If you're that
tired, you'd better stay here. Have your
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Safer Ships Fifty Years Ago
By CHARLES FERGU80X.
J. Bomard Walker, editor of a scien
tific and technical journal, has just pub
lished a book on the history of deep
steamship construction. Hs proves by in
contestable specifl- .
cations that for half
a century the great
and shipowners of
tin world, Instead of
progressing or ven
holding their own In
the matter of secur
ing safety at sea,
have been steadily
The recent accident
to the Allan line
should help to keep
alive the publto de
mand for Informa
tion of this kind.
Mr. Walker's book
should have a wide
Let the public understand the truth in
this matter and it will not be content
with the tentative legislation that has
been proposed for the safeguarding of
life at sea.
The public will Insist, of course, that
the bill passed by the house some weeks
The Making of a Pretty Girl
Why Some Grow Tat
and Other So Not.
By MARGARET HUBBARD AVER.
Fashion experts tell us that the reign
of the thin woman is over, and that the
new styles will favor, her Tatter sister,
but I don't believe it.
You may favor the fat sister all you like,
but she will go right on trying to be thin.
I:ew women are contented with their
looks, anyhow, but no fat woman likes
to think that she has lost her slender
proportions. Fat Is awkward, and, what
is much more, it Is aging. Even the very
fat. girl of 11 years looks older than
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SLEEPING THIS WAT PRODUCES DOUBLE CHIN
Many a girl Inherits a tendency to
flesh, just as she Inherited brown and
curly hair. If fat runs in your family It
is hard to overcome It, and a continual
fight has to be kept up against the In
crease in weight
Ordinarily the woman who is too fat
enjoys good food, but some .people who
are fleshy eat very little; when they do
eat, however, they, always choose just
those foods which make flesh. Then they
like liquids, soda water, plenty of water
with meals, Ice cream and half watery
dinner sent up, and I'll bum around and
get mine wherever I happen to be."
"But the dread of spending the even
ing In that hotel room slone sent Helen
to her feet with a hurried
"Oh, no, no, dear I'm not tired. :I
want to go-I'd love to. Walt. I ll be
ready p juxt a moment."
"Hurry tip, then. I'm going to find
that apartment tonight." Warren strode
out into the hall, swinging his cane with
an energy and vigor that suggested a
determination to walk miles.
And Helen, trying to force back all
signs of weariness lett he be Irritated,
gathered up her gloves and handbag and
hurried meekly after him.
foods. The amount of fluid one takes
has much to do with increasing tha
weight, and I suppose one thing every
woman knovs by now is- that alcohol
in any form promotes a false appetite
and aids in storing up fat In the tissues
of the body.
I once knew a dear old apple woman
who was exceedingly stout, Tou would
have thought to look at her that she'd
long passed the age when her personal
appearance was the slightest consequ
ence to her. But dear old Mary was still
somewhat vain and her tub-like figure
worried her. 1 knew that she got plenty
of exerclne, and asked her what she ate
and drank. 'Nothing at all! Nothing at
all!" she assured mo. "I don't eat
enough to 1-eep a bird alive, and I never
drink anything but tea." "And how
much tea do you drink, Mary?" "Oh,
sur-p twenty-two, twenty-three cups a
day." Well, ther was the secret ol
Mary's fat, and she certainly never sus
pected that the teapot which simmered
all day long en the stove had done rfo
much to make. Yer lo$ her slender
Almost every woman who Is too fat has
some sort of a little bad habit simmering
In the background like Mary's teapot
Something she never Suspects has helped
to make her fat, and it's only after much
FORM THE HABTT OH" SLEEPING
WITH YOUR CHIN UP AND YOU
WILL AVOID THE DREADED DOU.
BLE OR TRIPLE CHIN.
cross-questioning that you can find out
what it is.
There are all kinds of bad habits that
tend to make one grow fat. First of all,
there Is a dumpy way of sitting as where
one falls to pieces over the top of her
stays and slumps In at the waist just as
much as her steel armor will allow. Now,
If you want to keep your figure, you
cannot afford to slump at all, but should
cultivate a good straight backbone nnd
hold your shoulders back naturally, not
stlffiy, but so that you are never sitting
In a round-shouldered position.
I have seen so many girls of 18 or 1M
years whose shoulders were round, and
whose backs already looked old just be
cause they do not sit up straight. When
sitting at a desk or sewing table, when
you are reading or writing, place your
cnair sumcientiy far from the table to
allow you to sit well back In the chair,
and then bend forward from the hips.
This position Is really more restful thsn
the hollow chest and round-shouldered
one, and' It Is just a matter of habit to
gat accustomed to it.
There are all kinds of braces sold now
which hold the shoulders back and keep
one from getting a broad and round
shouldered back. They are good for the
fat woman, because they remind her to
hold herHfilf correctly, which will make
her ;ook taller and less dumpy. The same
kind of a brace is made by the English
army officers of threo handkerchiefs
Knot the ends of two of the handker
chiefs together, slip these over the arnm
and around the shoulders. Now pass the
third handkerchief across the back and
under the two arm-circles, and have some
one knot this together, drawing the
shoulders back and pulling the handker
chiefs which bind them. ,
Another bad habit which the stout wo
man easily falls Into Is that of going
around with her head bent down so that
she soon has two or even three chins.
Chin straps for reducing the dn are sold
everywhere nowadays, or one can make
them of a piece of linen cut about three
Inches wide, with tapes at the ends. The
linen should pass under the chin and tie
over the head and press the flabby part
of the chin In as well as holding the
mouth shut while sleeping.
Young people often lose the pretty oon
tour of the face because they sleep with
their mouths open, while the woman who
who is Inclined to be fat If she will form
the habit of Bleeping with her head up.
Instead of bent far down, or with such
a chin strap to hold the mouth shut and
the chin up will not acquire the dreaded
double or triple chin.
Another bad habit Is for the fat wo
man to consider herself fat; the minute
she says "I am too fat to run upstairs,
too fat to walk much," that is lust th.
time to begin to work to decrease one's
nesn; to walk and run up and down
stairs as much as possible, for indoUnn.
Invariably accompanies the fat woman,
and that Is the most difficult thing to
Body massage, if one can obtain It,
would help reduce the weight and
massage will, do much toward diamnin
the fatty tissue that disfigures the youth-
But alas! th fat woman does nnt
about the strenuous exercise, and much
prerers applying medicated soaps or try
Ing to melt down fat at the Turkl.h
bath, or by spasmodic hard work encased
in rubber garments Under a sweater:
Of course, the more you exercise th
more you will perspire and the sooner
you will melt down your fat. The trouble
Is that few women are willing to keeD It
up long enough to feel the good results.
An excellent movement for reducing the
waist and abdomen Is the following:
Lie flat on the back, preferably on the
hard floor; extend the legs stlfflv. then
raise first one lg, then the other, stif
fening all the muscles and getting some
action In the muscles of the waist, which
with the fat woman are usually quite
weak and flaccid. After repeating this
exercise several times, bring both legs
together to a position as nearly as possi
ble at right angles with the body.
The woman who will roll on a hard
floor a hundred times night and morning
will soon find her flesh melting away,
but it Isn't a comfortable way of doing
Skipping the rope usually considered
flesh, but if there is anything the matter
quite a childish game, will alno reduce
with the heart It Is not advisable to try it.
Riding, tennis playing, bicycling and
especially swimming all will reduce
The woman who wants to get thin must
h.va. tala Man I. . v. . .i...t . , i
uui'o " Hie uayuuie, anu pne '
should not sleep more than seven hours '
at night. This applies, of course, only to!
the fat woman of robust constitution. I
Dr. Arnold Lorrand advises abstaining !
from meat entirely, in order to reduce
flesh, or to eat very little. If any of It.
while for the rest of the diet, almost
every woman knows those starchv. su
gary and at-forming foods which she
ago should also have passed the senate .,,v
before Its adjournment, and should be. I
made law. But the public must under . ,1(i!
stand that this excellent bill is only a : r;
beginning of reform. ,
Public opinion should demand and the--?
law should require that the standard ofvT
safety In ocean steamship construction 'm.1
should at least be raised to the level
where It stood half a century ago. ; -;.,-,
At that period the Great Eastern was p
the type of the safe and perfect whip as !
the Tltanto was as It sailed from Boutlwr-
ampton on its maiden voyage.. But thew.
Great Eastern was really a very safe
ship, while the Tltanto was not i .
Not only In the Tltanlo, but in all the;
modern passenger, ships of Its class, '
safety has been more or less sacrificed ' "
to commercial profits. Mr. Walker shows"
that some of the English ships, such as
the Mauretanla and the Lusltania; and"1
some of the German ships, such as the
Kronprinsessln Cecille, are vastly superior,
to the Titanic and have Indeed attained
a high degree of safety In construction.
But none of them Is so free from danger-';
of foundering In case of collision as whs'" -the
Great Eastern. And none of them is
equal In this respect to a first-class mod- iV .
em battleship. i .
The Tltanlo was built In strict ac
cordance with English Board of Trade
rules, but, as Mr. Walker says, "The
Board of Trade many years ago framed.
a set of rules In which the safety re j;
qulrements were out down to such a low U-
limit that the question of a ship's sujVl
vlvlng a serious collision was reduced fq'j
a mere gamble with fate." ."-'.iM
On August 2?, 1862, the Great Easteflf,''
came to Its anchorage In Flushing buy..-,'
under Its own steam with a thousand
passengers. It had scraped the rocks at
Montauk Point and had a hole In Its bot';;
torn eighty feet long. Probably the dam- j
age was greater than that which sank the ' '
Tltanlo. But the Great Eastern had 'i;'
double skin, while the Titanic had not. r
The Great Eastern had longitudinal buki c
heads and a watertight deck above iifffil
fifty watertight compartments. . The TUii
tanlo had only seventeen compartments,", ' 'j
made by sixteen transverse bulkheads';"
they reached only ten feet above the ,'alti
water line, and the Aio kabove them was
not watertight. ' ' :J'
Why should not the law require that
transoceanic ' passenger ships clearing
from American ports should be raised to
the standard of safety that was estft,V
llshed by the Great Eastern half a cenino
tury ago? Why should they hot be made" i'jj
as unslnkable as battleships are? '
! on Mia nlurlita.
fl.vernl vears afto a northern Missouri, '.,
farmer came to Kansas City to spend A ;,
few days and registered for a room at,r
one of the larger hotels. When he;?.
1aarnd tha Dries he was to Day for the "'
room ha was stunned. He considered It .
an extremely high rate, but since he ha4.fciy
already registered he decided not to be
quitter and kept the room.
The first night. Just as the farmer hair
fallen asleep, the bell boy rushed Into hii
room, turned on the light and exclaimed, '
"Get upl Better hurry! The hotel Is"
The man raalsed himself on one elbow,
scratched his head and blinked at the t
boy. Finally he said: f
"Well, If I get up at this time o' nigh-.
you needn't to think I'm goin' to pay you.f i.
fer this here bed." Kansas City Star.
. George Had Confidence.; -i.h;
"Well, George." she called from the topi:!,
of the stairs at 1 a, m., "what was it thfcC.'A
time? Did your lodge meet or was if 'v
necessary for you to stay in town to dis
cuss business with somebody who had to
catch a midnight train, or did you drop 1 "u
in at the club and get Into a friendly lit- J
tie game with some of the boys, or was '
It an extra rush of work at the of floe rk-'-l
He clung to the newel post for a mov-.i
ment and, blinking, looked up at her. :-.?'.;C
Then he endeavored to moisten his liu3 ' ',
and said: - .... . .
"Mary, if I didn't have confldensh lir"1 "
you I'd think you were shushplcious of ';
me-hones', 1 would," Chicago Record- ,:
Reflections -of Bachelor.
haA8 hgelrsaTre0ady0ero't any. bealii
uVl 6eV) hve to -work much'
because his converts do It for him
".k JT'il10"11? ' must 8t nervous
,lhe?-ihe tim otJhe month bills He on
the table unopened before him.
It better fnr i - .'.. . .
- . - a man iu uet;eive nis
wife about where he was- than to havf
a new nat to pacify her t
A man' funnv v. i . ' . .
u of all to him when somebody el
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-New York Pres.: ' " " cn,lnoe-
shouldn't eat, and which she generally" "-i
The ideal weight for women of'vartousvrx
neignts is about as follows:
& feet 1 Inch, weight 120 pounds.
feet 2 Inches, weight 126 pounds.
5 feet 3 Inches, weight 133 pounds.
6 feet 4 Inches,, weight 13(1 pounus.
B feet 6 inches, weight 142 pounds.
S feet 6 inches, weight 145 pound
5 feet 7 Inches, weight 149 pounds.
5 feet S inches, weight 156 pounds.
5 feet 9 Inches, weight 12 pounds
5 feet 10 inches, weight W9 pounds.
6 feet U Inches, weight 174 poiu.de,
6 feet, weight 178 s oiiLdtv
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