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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 4, 1913)
What Those Old Maids
My Own Beauty Secrets
No. 4 Hiding: Physical Defects
Hints for the Stout and Slim.
By Anna Held
THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 11)13.
By ADA PATTERSON.
A home for old maids la building at
Tork, P., according to the deathbed
wish, of a dying spinster. She bequeathed
nearly SSOO.OOO for the purpose. It ln't
an almshouse, neither a home for In
curables. The lone
from an with her
n 1 1 her paupers
nor Insane should
be there sheltered.
A woman to whom
a small sum re
mains can so to
the home and en
Joy the society of
her kind without
the odium of ac
This nearly Wo,
000 retreat Is In a
town of revolu
Susquehanna river, near Harrlsbnrg. It
is near the site considered for the loca
tion qf the national capital. Had not
the commission appointed In the late
years of the seventeen hundreds be
lieved the capital should be a river port
there would stand a capital where Is tho
Old Maids' home and Instead of feminine
voices lifted in sprightly Gossip brazen
lunged statesmen would be megaphoning
their views of tariff revision, and our
strained relations with Mexico. But the
Susquehanna not being navigable to that
point w have Washlnirton Instead of
York as a goal for bridal pilgrimages and
But while no national Issues will ever
be settled there It will be Interesting to
know what will be the thoughts ex
pressed or kept under lock of silence of
t)iese residents of the Hahn home. For
It will not bo officially called the Old
Maids' hqiw. Tho founder tactfully pre
Ylded agalast that by giving It a non
sommlttal surname, a rugged' German
name, that committed the Inmates to no
Policy nor platform. Perhaps she had
herself in the long years of her single
life winced at the name of "old maid."
Not at, the title, though that Is hardly
correct, the word maid always carrimr
the Idea of youth, but at the manner of
Its utterance, Plainly whoever used the
term "old maid" meant "you've missed a
husband." The term Is being dropped. It
ought to go to the brush heap of disused
words because it Is an Inaccuracy and for
the better reason that Jt was Invented to
convey reproach where there is no re
proach. Instead of having mjesed a hus
band, old maids have generally escaped
Doubtless the thoughts of the silver
haired .women who spsnd their twilight
days' the Hahn home will often foous
upon the founder. They will rejoice that
Miss' Anna Lioulse Oardner never mar
ried ."and great will be their reJ6io)ng as
that of the old tars at Bailors'? elnug
Harbor on Staten Jsland, New York, who
give -sincere, though sometimes, from
habit, profane, thanks that one maid was
fickle. Had not the maid been fickle
there the beau of old Manhattan would
haye married and, had he married hs
thoughts would hot have turned to the
homeless men of the sea and to pro
viding a home for them. If Miss Gardner
had become Mrs. Somebody, there would
have, been no Dleasant rnnma rnr
ful care-freo years nrenar.ul hv' h 'fn
the solitary women. So whether Miss
Gardner worshipped on idol and dls.
covered his feet of etav. nr rv,tt,... .k
was a strong Individualist who preferred
soiuuoe io lemuy life, the nm&t t
the Hahn home will raJoc anjl b ex-
The Manioure Lady
By yiLMAM P. KIRK.
"Gee, GCprge, I guess the worst has
come" exclaimed the Manicure Lady. "1
have been sued by an attorney at law.'
"Don't faint," said the Head Barber.
"He can't kill you."
"No, but I never was sued before," ex
plained the Manicure Lady, "and, honest
to goodness, George, I never thought the
time would come when I would get pua
f these here blue papers from an at
torney at law. If It was Just from a
plain lawyer I wouldn't feel so bad, but
-attorney at law must tfe some big guy,'-
"They mean the same thing," said the
Head Barber. ''When a young lawypt
first gets out ot college he has attorney
it law printed on 6me stationery. After
has been twenty years In the league
nd takes nothing but big cases, he calls
himself a lawyer. What is the trouble
til about, kid?"
"Oh. it's that dressmaker of mine,
tald the Manicure Lady, "You know,
eorge, that I don't wear very many dif
ferent dresses, but what I do get I want
right, and the last dress she delivered to
me looked as If it was made for Bars.
Bernhart. I Just couldn't get my girlish
Plumpness Into It no way I tried, and
told her so, but she got kind of up stage
ind wanted me to keep It the way It was.
( suppose she figured in time I would
ret no thin worrying about It that the
dress would fit me, but I ain't
talted that way. I Just wrapped It up
nd shot It back at her swift and sudden.
Now she Is suing roe for the price of tht
Dress and I don't know what to do."
"Go give her the salve," suggested the
Head Barber, "She Is only human, kid,
and everybody will listen to salve if it
Is spread on good. I used to know a
dressmaker that would listen to kind
words, and I'll bet if you would go to
her and explain that business Is on the
frits and that you want to pay her If
she will make the dress right, she will
come to terms. Kindness la a great thing,
lcld, especially when It gets you some
thing. Thai's the only reason a lot of
people In this world are. kind."
"Maybe you are right," said the Mani
cure Lady. "I hate to go now and be
nice to her after the fierce scrap w ha
We called each other so hard that I feel
kind of coy and retiring about going
to her and being nice. Ain't there some
way that I could send word to her and
have her make the first reproaches?"
"Not after she haa went so far as to
ceedlngly glad that she remained In the
Then as thoughts of humons do, their
thoughts will come back to themselves.
They will review the years of their ltycs.
With regret do you think? With bitter
ness? With no more, be sure, than most
black-veiled widows who will pay them
calls and compare experiences.
"My sweetheart died when I was 17
years old and he was 19 years old," we
can Imagine the lone aged woman saying
to the family survivor.
"Ho was young enough not to have
formed bad or Irritating habits," the
woman with the black veil might quite
"We were too young to marry."
"Then you can remember him as per
fect. No married woman can," the
woman In black could well and truly an
swer. "Our courtship was like a poem."
"Marriage would haye turned It to
Then, the barriers of reticence, let
down for the time, they might talk, the
one of loneliness of the solitary life, tho
other of the Inevitable friction of Joined
lives, friction that sometimes becomes
"I used to think of how sweet It would
bo to b takej care of", the woman In
gray might sigh.
"If you were." the woman In black
could assent, but what guarantee has
any woman that she wH be taken care
of. One-fifth of alt the woman In the
United Btates are earning their own liv
ing and a tot more would like to. That's
because the man hasn't been' equal to
his Job, or he has been too lazy or too
selfish to care properly for his woman
kind. There Is less talk than thero was
once about blighted love and roniance
that failed, because women are finding
out .that there Is a deeper sting in find
ins out that a man Isn't able to live up
to his plans and specifications. A good
many women are supporting their hus
bands and a good many more are skimp
ing to live on what he earns. It drives
thoughta of poetry out of a woman's
mind when she finds that she has to
take care of herself and maybe her hus
"But children," the dweller In the Hahn
homo might say to her visitor, and the
visitor might truthfully reply;
"V.es, It they're good children. But
children are like husbands, an uncer
tain quantity until you have had them
a long time. You don't typow until they're
In sober middle age how they will turn
out and then you're not sure, Besides a
ohlld Isn't a human doll for some woman
to amuse herself with for a. while. It's a.
tremendous responsibility to guide a soul
through this world. We can't give It our
own best qualities and nothing else. Jt
is like a many colored stream gathering
this hUo and that as It traveled thiouch
generation after generation on both aides
ot the family. Every woman ish't fit to
be a mother- Not mpre tyan half pf theni,
anyway. And the other Half needn't be
ashamed to admit that they haven't th
maternal lnstnct. This is an aire of
honesty and plain speaking, and when
they have cleared the atmosphere there'll
be better and easier living."
When the widow has gone home the
Hahp homo dweller may draw her shawl
moro closely ovor her shoulders and con
clude that life Is not necessarily the lone
liest that Is spent alone, not Is It wasted
If It is not transmitted. She may reflect
that in life the law of averages hplds;
that most of us strike a balance In our
affairs; that humanity, like water seeks
Its level and the level for some may bo
the Hahn home, and n all probability she
will leave off staring questions nt the
green hills along the Susquehanna, nnd
o within to firelighter content.
J" the Head Barber.
When they g(t that far they don't hire
no taxi to call and taiu- it
ml ... " ' e ytiui
" me papers, I never
was sued, but I bur kn..b
The way tins is nowadays, tho tips on
slow horses and the tips I don't get from
customers. I may b, getting t. i
Ork you got from mv f,...-u- T?!
stocer, I hope not. though I always try
. -.pop uui or tnem courts."
"Wilfred It all thfc tim. ....i . ..
said the Manicure iu Mad tQm
money that he couldn't pay and he thinks
ne win be a greater not if k. n.. .i..
same way Mister Burns did, but the old
mere s lots of ruv mnu. k.
aln t no General Grant. Well. I suppose
Father said the same a you did. He said
a poor settlement m,
r - uan m, gooo
lawsuit, and father ought to know."
Advice to the Lovelorn
By BEATRICE FAIRFAX,
1It Too TId Vonr Father?
Dear Miss Fairfax: I am 11 y.ari om
S5fBhe.pt Tcomptn,y w'h aroan SbSut 5 x
months. I found that he was not the
Snr.ifkTJn,n 1 W0U,I Ilke- so I did not
S quamim My mon- w W neft tavi
Yob MIkM Ask Her.
?alfgirpn.f fhe W KngMnVl1
this country, r hav. fnown her for five"
years. She writes every month aSd she
sends me presents. I would like to know
lfhe re"y '0VM m nI what .Sow
1 fl0, B. D.
She certainly cares something for you
or she would not write. If you want
to win her love, write her that you Jove
ber, and atk her to marry yo?
But don't do this if you intend, after
winning her lovt, te tell her that "a dlf
ferent religion" will prevent your roar-riage.
Today Miss Held la shown
In throo of her latest creation!-,
all of which nro fully
described In tho accompanying
In addition to her descrip
tion of tho dresses she tolls
herwomen rcadcra what I ft
most Important of all .How
to preserve poise- and statoll
ness so as to bring out all the
heat qualities of a gown and
By ANNA HELD.
(Heading "Anna Held's All Star Varlete
Jubilee, Under Management of Jo),
(Copyright, 1H3, by International Nc
The art ot dressing) Is not that sub
ject dear to the heart of every daughter
ot EveT Sometimes I think our mother
Eve must have learned some effective
draperies In fg leaves, and that her first
efforts to be charming bear fruit In our
desire today to be chic I
The art of dressing! Are you not
happy, serene, sure of yourself and your
power when you know you look ydur
But come, confess how often are you
quite, quite sure that you look your beitT
Shall I give you my rules? Shall I glvo
you the benefit of my study ot the tricks
of costuming yourself to tho very best
As a French woman I take a natural
interest In "le grand chic" In the Idea
of being smart and dainty as well. As
an actress I have had to study how to
make the most of my every good point.
As a woman, I shall gladly give my sta
ters the benefit of all that I have learned.
First, I shall give you a few rules and
suggestions. Then from the general I
shall proceed to the particular and draw
a parallel and some suggestions from the
clothes you see pictured here.
Kvery woman should dress according to
her height, complexion and figure. In
order to do this, be sure that you have
a careful Inventory of exactly what your
height, complexion and figure are. Be
fore going on your shopping tour, take
one good look In your truthful minor.
The mirror portrays facts; be sure
that you do not deceive yourself about
what you see thero. Know yourself and
your clothes possibilities. If you are not
sure ot your own taste and artistic
ability, consult a few faithful friends,
and never allow yourself to be flattered
by the saleswoman who haa seen you
for but a few minutes. "In a multi
tude of counsel lies wisdom" that you.
The tall woman must avoid long line
of an exaggerated sort and stripes, even
as the short one must refuse to wear
large plaids. It you are in any way dif
ferent from the average, don't empha
sise that difference until it amounts to
The texture and color of your clothes
Should harmonise with your complexion.
For Instance. If you have very high color
you will of a surety not wear white.
A vary red face above white garments
looks grotesque Satan masquerading In
the garb of an angel is the unpleasant
suggestion of this combination. A pale
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complexion is emphasised by dark ma
terial. Now If your pallor Is your beauty and
you want to bring out your dear white
ness ot skin, wear dark clothes. But If
you ar painfully pale, do not make your
self look like a lean and hungry Cas
- unr air. KJhakespeure plat it)
by wearing dark and somber garments.
Be simple, be neat, study harmony In
colorJng-and make sure that your clothes
fit you. "Kit" you le an Important word
to emphasise. Have your clothes fit
your flgurs and have them fitting tpr
your figure and coloring
Now, mesdames. behold spme lllustra-
By GARRETT P. SERVISB.
For thousands of years men have been
content to breathe the air and think little
about It. They were like fish In the
water satisfied, and perhaps grateful,
because the trans
parent medium in
which they were
plunged kept them
science has dlscov
that the air Is a
vast mine of untold
wealth which only
needs to be worksd
properly In order
to furnish us with
a great variety of
substances that can
be utilised In the
arts and Industries
of civilized life.
In the first place, the atmosphere Is
capable of furnishing enough nitrogen
to fertilize all the arable soil ot the globe,
and to double Its capacity of production,
without sensibly feeling the loss.
The air resting upon each ten acres of
the earth's surface contains as much
nitrogen aa is possessed by 7,000,000 tons
of Chilean nitrates the amount that
Europe has annually Imported In recent
years, from the diminishing guango de
posits of South America, In order to
But the entire atmosphere covering the
globe contains l.aoo,oa),ooo times as much
nitrogen as that which floats over each
ten acres of surface or, in other words.
smart lltUo black
h o regular eontrf&utor to ihit
pagt, JItr itrits. "My own Utauty
Stentt," appear once a wetk, Jio
ylri wAo withti fo htighUn ondr
rie her good l'ok$ can afford to
rt( any ont of thu acritt.
Hons or my ideas and theories! In tile
center Is flgurp 1. 1 am wearing a auH
that you can develop for the winter In
supple satin brosdoloth, with an inset of
biscuit-colored cloth at the bottom of tht
skirt, for tiny undorsletfves and even for
a waistcoat to give you greater warmth.
Please notice the extremely long Hno of
the surplice crossing. This long-V from
shoulder to waist makes a woman look
tall and svelt. The slope of the braid
below tho hips gives further slenderness,
and the fullness below the armholo and
In the drapery conceals any surplus fat,
Don't ever get the Idea that tight clothes
will make yqu appear slender and youth
ful. Tight clothes reveal-atid they gen
erally reveal the stout woman with un
Flguro 2, on tho left. Is one of my pet
evening gowns. If you do hot wish to go
to th extreme expense of an elaborately
beaded robe, yu may use my Ideno In
Great Mine of Riches
It Is Flllod With Nature'a Troaur's, Which
Mankind Haa Only Just Bemin to Aupreoiato
Is equivalent In fertilising power to
twenty-four thousand mllllon-mllllon tons
pf Chilean nitrates!
This atmospherlo nitrogen not only pan
be, but is being, transformed Into arti
ficial nitrates which are beginning to be
substituted, on a large scale, for the
natural product, which is not sufficient
In quantity for the growing nerds of the
world's Increasing population. In Nor
way, Hweden, Germany, Switzerland,
Italy, France and Spain large Installa.
tlons for tha transformation of atmos.
pherto nitrogen Into fertilizers now exlnt.
But to serve as a base for fertilizers
s only one of the uses to which nitrogen
taken direct from the air Is put. It Is
also employed In the fabrication of ex
plosives, of dyes, of photographla ma
terials, of ammonia, ot electric lamp
filaments, of artificial Indigo, of medi
cines, and In many other ways.
The second great constituent of the sir,
pxygen, Is equally manifold In Its uses
ylien separated from the atmosphere. It
gives us ozone, one of the most powerful
antiseptics known, which Is employed, for
Instance, In purifying the drinking water
pf great cities, and also In purifying
and vitalizing tho air in confined places.
In art and Industry 'oxygen plays so
large a part that, before means had been
Invented for readily obtaining It In large
quantities from the air, lye advance
could be made In some occupations whloh
are now flourishing.
But there are other things in the great
aerial mine over our head that are like
diamonds scattered among lodes of gold
and silver It is only within the lust
twenty years that we havo found out that
the atmosphere contains, in addition to
wad whlta Etrt driM,
any eupple clinging material. Tht long,
round train adds height! the drapery and
tiny silt In front maka It aaay to walk In
a oloseflttlng and clinging gown. The
long V at the back of tha arown, will odd
to the apparent length of your waist. The
cap-shaped sleeve permits you to show
your white shoulder without sacrificing;
modesty, and finally tha tunic, with its
flaMng line, will conceal hips that are
slightly too largo. But this Una around
the figure Is not for tha wphtan who
muat avoid anything that will make her
look, fat and dumpy. .
And now for the smVrt UtUe black and
whlto street gown oh the right nack
and whlto are wonderful in clever com
bination. Clear white 'gives a touch of
youth, and black makes the slender all-
houette. This gown is only for th tall,
slender woman, as the white blouse and
black skirt wilt cut oft too gra,t height
The postillion back and the akrt uathtred
about your knees will eonoeal analec The
sleeve of chiffon cloth sqt in from slvauj.
der to waist line are sptt and becoming.
And now, mesdames, add to my plain,
truthfulness a chat with your truthful
mirror, "Which of my euggsstipps are
tor yout Whloh must you fcypMt Know
thyself, mademoiselle, and soon your ad
miring world will not know you for you
wll be transformed to your own greatest
oxygen, nitrogen, carboplo acid, ammonia
and water vapor, five previously unknown
gases, viz.: Argon, helium, neon, cryptop
and xenon. These occur In email quanti
ties, but they exhibit remarkable and
often very useful properties.
Helium appears to posstss valuable
medicinal properties, but. at the present
time, neon seems to be the one of these
rare atmospheric gases which offers the
greatest utility. It Is employed to pro
duce various kinds of artificial light,
If mercury vapor is mingled with th
neon the color of the light Is blue. If
nltrogon and carbonic anhydride form tha
mixture with neon the illumination bursts
Into a glow resembling sunlight,
Carbonic anhydride alone Kjves a white
light; If nitrogen Is mingled with It the
color of the light, beepmts a rose-yellow,
or pink; If a little ordinary air Is let In
the hue changes to pure rose. With
various mlxturps almoit any desired
color of light may be obtained, and a
group of Illuminated tubes may be made
to resemble some of the clusters of man
colored stars which astronomers have
seen In the sky,
The great reducing msohlne for the
gaseous ores ot the atmosphere Is the
apparatus employed to produce liquid air.
With this the oxygen and nitrogen are
easily separated, and by processes of
Isolatlpn and distillation all the rare
gases that have been named are ob
(alned, In a pure state, from the liquefied
air. The exploitation ot the Industrial
riches of the air has only Just begun, but
It has already gone far enough to justify
the assertion of a French writer that it
"will lead to a complete economical revo-lutlon,"
By VIRGINIA T. VAN DE WATER
Perhaps the answer to the above ques
tion would settle many a matter of mari
tal misery. Are not our Ideas of mar
riage often wrong from the startT
Mn and women are taught from cmia-
hood that. In marrying, a man gives him
self to a woman and a woman gives her
self to a man wholly and entirety, body
and spirit. The Idea may be a beautiful
one perhaps but Is It a livable one? Is
not such a principle one of proprietor
ship rather than of partnership And do
any ot us enjoy giving what we are bound
by law to KiveT
I am not advocating lax marriage stand
ards. Heaven forbid' Unless people are1
willing to forsake others and to cleave
unto each other aa long as they both do
live, they should eschew the wedded state.
But In promising to live together In honor,
to care for each other, to share their
worldly goods-do they promise to relin
quish all Individuality, to Part with the
secrets of the 0ul, to have no reserves?
If ko. they may as well make up their
minds that each must lose all personality,
all of the sweetpe of solitary com
munion, all of the things which, though
unseen, are eternal, and are aa rnucn
tho divine rlsht of each person as Is
"his own soul. There are things that are
between man and his aod-ano. sucn
things marrlago cannot glvo or take away.
Yet such are the distorted views hld
by some persons tjiat they believe that
when a woman marries a man she must
know all that ho knows, and do only (hat
of which he approves. Some women have
a notion that unless a husband loves that
which the wife loves and approves, that
which she approves, marriage cannot be a
success. And, as man was not horn in
pairs, but singly, sueh merging ot self in
the person of another la contrary to na
ture and can hardly b according to any
law of the Creator,
"I oould not be happy If I felt my
wife kept any amotion or opinion from
me," said a fatuous bridegroom. "I want
to feel that wo are absolutely one."
Ills- speech reminded me ef a remark
made by a celebrated clergyman to a
young man who was talking to htm of
matters of faith and religion.
"Vou see, Dr. Blank." said the young
skeptic, "I simply will not believe any
thing that I cannot understand and grasp ,
perfectly with my Intellect." t
Then, air," retorted the dlvne, "your
belief will be the most meager and re
stricted of that of any man of my ac
quaintance!" Surety, it one were capable of telling
ot every opinion and emotion, one must'
have few to tell I
And, after all, why must the wife give
an- account of herself to the man she
loves? Why thus burden htm,, bore him
anJ etultlfy herself? And, on the other
hand, why must a man share all that he
kpows with his wife? If marriage is ,a
partnership, such ideas are a mistake.
Tpey sayor of proprietorship, no ot
"I show all my letters to John,' says
ope woman', with self-righteous pride.
"John ought to be ashamed to read
themi" retorted her brother. "They were
pot meant for him."
Another wife says that ehe "could not
forgive her husband If he went out to
luncheon with a friend and did not tell
fier." How little faith she must have in
he man of her choice I Is there such
harm in eating with a friend that one
mutt confess it? If the husband wishes
te eek of the fact, or it he mentions it
M a matter of course well aad good. But
If ha li trying to put through a deal
with hli luncheon companion, and pre
fer! not to talk of It until the matter is
settled) or Indeed ever, why need he go
to the trouble ot saying, "I met John
Health downtown today, and, as I hope to
do some business with him, I asked him
to lunoh with me?"
Could a sane woman resent reticence
on a eupject of this kind?
"What kept your husband In town to
night?" a friend asked one wife.
"Business' waa the reply.
"Business In' the evening?" asked the
oihr, surprised. "What kind ot busi
ness could he be doing after dark?
Surely his office Is closed at night"
"I don't know," laughed the happy
and trustful wife. "It Is his business,
not mine, and I take it for granted he
is quite capable of running It alone. He
was before he married ma."
When there is such confidence aa this,
marriage means happiness. I know we
all cay things against matrimony, and
there is so much that may be said in
truth that one who calls attention to
defects In the hope that they may be
9orrectd Is, perhaps, doing humanity
service. If It were not that the state Is
capable of something as near perfection
as Is possible In this life, tt would not
be worth reforming. To those who enter
marriage loving each other, with a trust
and confidence that are above suspicion
and Jealousy, and with the recognition of
the fact that each Party to the contract
is a human being with a right to his and
her Individuality, there Is poeslblllty of
a peace and Joy that all the cynics In
the world cannot destroy.
Why may not John keep his friend's
secrets to himself, and why should Mary
read her chum'e lettorp to John? Why
must the husband account for every one
of his waking hours, and why must the
wife bore the usband by relating tp him
each trifle that has come Into her day
since he went to the office this morning?
Moreover, may not John like ragtime,
though Mary loves Wagner, arid still be
devoted to Mary? And may not Mary
enjoy bridge while John despises it, and
yet be a faithful, dutiful wife to John?
Why not regard matrimony In the right
perspective and appreciate that the con
liavlnr. and that a husband or' wife (a
fldence that Is demanded Is not worth
after all, a partner, not a proprietor?
Drawn For Th B
oouatry caatrifente tyelf Vt
worn rr Hf r?Mer?.
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