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    he Omaha Sunday
VOL. XLV NO. 39.
Omaha Girl Proves Angel of Mercy in War
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Calendar of Club Doings
Omaha Woman's club. Y. W. C. A.. 2:30
p. m.; open program by oratory depart
ment, 3:30 p. m.
Sacred Heart Alumnae, lecture by Loula II.
Wetmore, at convent, 3:30 p. ta.
Drama league, city hall, 4 p. m.
City Federation of Child Conservation league,
Dundee and North Side circles.
Chautauqua circle, Tennyson chapter, Mrs. A.
E. Mack, hostess, 2:30 p. m.
Baby Health week exhibit, court house, 10
a. m. to 10 p. m.
Omaha Society of Fine Arts, Hotel Fon
tenelle, 4 p. m.
Business Women's club, Y. W. c. A., 7 p. m.
South Omaha Woman's club, literature de
partment. Library hall, 2:30 p. m.
Business Girls' council, luncheon and prayer
meeting, court house, 11 to 2 p. m.
Baby Health week exhibit, court house, 10
a. m. to 10 p. m.
D. A. R., Omaha chapter, Mrs. W. A.Smith,
hostess, 2:30 p. m.
Dundee Woman's club, Mrs. Allen Koch, hos
tess, 2:30 p. m.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, story tell
ers' section, Miss Elizabeth Mitchell, hos
tess, 4 p. m.
Omaha Woman's club literature department,
Y. W. c. A., 10 a. m.
Visiting Nurse directors, city hall, 10:30 a. m.
Clio club, Mrs. E. McEachron, hostess,
2:30 p. m.
Social Settlement, annual election. Settle
ment house, 3 p. m.
Woman's Club of Railway Mail Service,' Miss
Nora Frltchoff, hostess, 2:30 p. m.
Mu Sigma, Mrs. Walte Squler, hostess,
9:30 a, m.
Miller Park Mothers' circle, Mm. A. Qulsen-
berry, hostess. )
Spanish War Veterans, Lawton auxiliary,
Memorial hall, 2:30 p. m.
Baby Health exhibit, court house, 10 a. m.
to 10 p. m.
D.'A. R. state conference, Lincoln hotel, Lin-,
Omaha Society" of Fine Arts, annual election.
Hotel Fontenelle, 4 p. m.
Omaha Story Tellers' league, public library,
.4:16 p. m. .
P. E. O. Sisterhood, chapter E, Mrs. Thomas
H. Matters, hostess, 1 p. m.
Benson Baptist Missionary circle, Mm. C. E.
Bur rill, hostess.
P. E. O. Statehood, chapter B. N., Mrs. J. C.
Buffington, hostess, 2:80 p. m.
Baby Health exhibit, court house, 10 a. m to
10 p. m.
Child Conservation league, North Side circle,
Mrs. C. J. Wonder, hostess, 2 p. m.
W. C. T. U. of Benson, Mrs. E. C. Hodder,
Close of Baby Health exhibit, court house,
10 p. m.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, Commer
cial club, 2:30 p. m.; open program by
story tellers' section.
IVIDINO Interest with the Omaha Woman's
club big project, the baby health exhibit
at the court house this week, Is the pre
Btntatlon of two Irish plays, "The Land
of Heart's Desire," by William Butler
Yeats, and "Spreading the News," by Lady Gregory,
to be given for the open program of the oratory
department, following the business meeting
Special enthusiasm has been aroused for the
performance, because the state president, Mrs. J.
N. Paul of St. Paul, will be the guest of the club
Monday, and for the reception which follows the
plays; and also because the author of "Spreading
the News" was so recently a guest In Omaha, hav
ing lectured here under the auspices of the Drama
league. Mrs. W. C. Lambert is leader for the ora
tory department, wbcue open programs are always
a Bource of great pleasure to the club and bring
out the largest audiences. Another feature of the
. program win uo me group oi man songs 10 D8
. sung by Miss Gladys Louise Chambers.
The fourteenth annual conference of the Ne
braska Daughters of the American Revolution, to
be held In Lincoln Wednesday to Friday of this
week is of state-wide importance. Omaha boasts
two officers on the state board, the president, Mrs.
II. Aull and the corresponding secretary, Mrs. R.
E. McKelvey, and aside from these two, will send
a large delegation Wednesday from the two local
chapters, Omaha and Major Isaac Sadler.
Wednesday evening the two Lincoln chapters,
Deborah Avery and 8t. Leger Cowley, give a ban
quet for the Daughters and Thursday evening there
will be a musicale at the governor's mansion.
Govenor John H. Morehead and Mayor C. W.
Bryan will give the addresses of welcome Thurs
dap morning, the response to be made by Mrs. E.
G. Drake of Beatrice, state vice regent. Greetings
will then be extended by Herbert BuBhnell of the
Sons of the Revolution, Mrs. Josle C. Bennett for
the Woman's Relief corps, and Mrs. Max Hostetler
of Bhelton for the United States Daughters of 1812.
The Omaha delegation includes Mesdamea
Aull. McKelvey, F. R. Straight. W. L. Selby, J. B.
ADm, muiam Arcnioaid Smitn, Ira W. Porter,
Edgar Allen and John Speedie. Mrs. J. L. Baker,
one of the elected delegates, is ill at Excelsior
Springs and unable to attend.
Additional Club ewg ou Pago 10igh
Mrs. Irving Stern-Who Was Ruth Brandeis
Whose Home is Now in Paris, is Bringing Com
fort and Joy to French Soldiers in the Trenches
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K sweep of sentiment nrounod locally by the appeal In
rhalf of wnr orphans has been reinforced by a movement
to adopt French soldiers, real heroes of the war. An
Omnha plrl now living In Purls, Mrs. Irving Stem (nee
Uuth Brandcls), is one of the most enthuMsstlc workers
In the cause. Through her earnest solicitation Mr. and Mrs. George
Hrandcis have adopted three soldiers and Mrs. Herman Cohn, too, is
fairy godmother to a hero of the trenches.
Mrs. Stern's letters breathe the pathos, the hopelessness, the
crushing 'pressure of the great world drama going on about her.
"It's a marvelous experlenre being over here In war time but I've
Rrown ten years older, I think. Everything and everybody Is so
very serious and grave. We go to the theater once a week Just to
keep human, although It's so dark near our apartment (being within
the Kiffel Tower district) we never know whether we'll find our
way home or get lost. When I read of the gaiety and extravagance
In New York I feel as though I'm living In Mara.
"The papers speak of Germany's food riots. Believe me, we'll
see them In France before many months, although bread and vege
tables are still normal. Imagine cooking eggs at 60 cents a dosen;
cooking butter, 64 rents a pound; table butter at 80 cents a pound.
It can't be much worse In Germany and they are blockaded.
"Evidently there's very heavy fighting going on, as the official
news Is entirely cut out of the newspapers. Today the forts around
Paris had cannon practice nd It was quite alarming to hear the fir
ing," writes Mrs. Stern under date of January 24.
Mrs. Stern enclosed a batch of letters she had received front nine
soldiers, for whom sho Is caring, expressing their deepest thanks for
the comforts furnished them by members of tho Brandels family.
valentine offering was also enclosed, the figure of a soldier em
broidered on a Hllk handkerchief, with reference to which Mrs. Stern
comments: "St. Valentine Isn't known here, but soldiers are. The
navy blue man is a Chasseur Alpln, known as the Blue Devils." The
handkerchief was embroidered by one of the French soldiers.
The former Omaha girl Is kept exceedingly busy taking care of
the nine adopted godsons of the family. Added to the package of
warm things and two letters a month which the godparent sends,
Mrs. Stern forwards a package of eatables to each soldier each
month. Raincoats, pyjamas, socks, cigarettes, writing paper and
pencils, stamps, chocolates, rum, Jam, helmets and
picture puiales are Just a few of the things Included
.In the packages. "This organisation Is the pnly
one I know of that really puts you directly In
touch with the soldier who "receives your
knitting and letters tho letter being Just
as Important as the former, as only men
who have no one In tho world ,are(
- chosen. Many of the men com
from the north of France and
have families In the Germans'
hands. Their letters of
thanks are pitiful, none
of them having, had
letters or comforts
since the beginning .
of the war. There are
still 9,000 soldiers
waiting for fairy
When the soldier
adopted by Mrs. Her
man Cohn was dis
charged from the
hospital be obtained
leave of absence and
came on foot to Paris
to thank Mrs. Stern
for her kindnesses to
him. Mrs. Stern Was
so touched by his
plight that aha
housed him at her
apartment In tho
Avenue du Troca
dero for five days.
In enclosing the
letters of their three
adopted godsons to
Mr. and Mrs. George
Brandels . Mrs. Stern
. "Here are the
letters of Augustine
Vaftse, who Is a cor
poral; Jules Bula
Ipne, who is wounded
In the right leg and
Is in a hogpltalin tho
north, and, lastly,
Jules Lefevre, who
had been reported
killed, but turned up
at last badly
wounded, but alive.
In a hospital In the
south of France
"Corporal Vaase's family is here In Paris." Thirteen months ago
the Germans entered their village, Wailly-near-Anas, and burned
down their home. The wife with her five children, ages 3, 10, 11,
13 and 14, walked to Paris! Sleeping In the fields at night, the
youngest child died of cold and starvation! They lived at a home
for refugees the convent of St. Vincent de Paul but the wife Is
now at the maternity hospital awaiting another member of the
family. She has also Just been operated on for tumor and dropsy,
but, being a French peasant. Is not dying at all. In fact, I found
be.' eating a pork chop and drinking a glass of wine six days after
being operated on. All this story Is absolutely true I've been to
aee her and also the children, and the Sisters corroborated the
story. But It's only one of a thousand all alike.
"Formerly the soldiers received J cents per day and all necessi
ties, including a pint of wine a day. candles at night In the trenches,
etc. The water Is all poisoned and they are forbidden to drink It.
Lately the government generously increased their allowance to 5
centa a day and suppressed light, butter and half of the wine supply.
Consequently they all ask for a little money, and I shall send them
their packages and 5 francs each month."
A number of family friends of the Brandelses have become Inter
ested In the relief work of the young Omaha woman, who Is the
eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brandels. Her marrlaga
to Irving Stern of New York was celebrated several years ago, sine
which time she has lived In New York, and mpre reoently in Paris,
bocause of Mr. Stern's business connection
Social Calendar
Comus club entertainment, Mr. and Mrs. Bea
Marti and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hood, hosts
and hostesses.
Luncheon for Mrs. J. W. Paul a,t University
club. ,
White Shrine Whist club at Masonlo temple,
Mrs. N. J. Slckler, hostess.
Needlecraft club, Prairie Park club house.
Luncheon for Mr. Lorado Taft, given by board
of directors of Omaha Fine Arts' society.
Symposia club, leap year and masquerade
danoe, Prairie Park club house.
Monmouth Park Mothers' club, Mrs. Frances
Kerrigan, hostess.
Thimble club, Mrs. Russell Harris, hostess.
Luncheon to Mr. Lorado Taft at Omaha club,
given by board of directors of Omaha Fine
Arts society.
Dinner to Mr. Lorado Taft, given by Dr. and
Mrs. J. E. Summers.
Tourney at Clark's Indoor Golf school be
tween Field club. Woman's Golf club and
Prettiest Mile Golf club.
Clnonam dance, Scottish Rite cathedral.
Swastika Card club, Mrs. E. W. Vanhawsen,
St. Patrick's party at Y. W. C. A.
St. Patrick's dance at Turpln'i hall, given by
Le Mars club, hi
Week-End Dancing club dance at Chambers'
Buchanan-Adams wedding In Chicago.
LENT launches Into Us second week with
everything In fitting decorum with the
season. Of the week Just passed, Mon
day and Tuesday were most gay, and Ash
Wednesday dawned upon many a pair of
tired heels and toes wearied Into willingness for
rest and abstalnence.
Of course, luncheons, teas and dinner are an
other matter. It would be hard to. find anything
In the writing and admonitions of the early Chrts
taln Fathers directly treating upon these subjects.
For one thing, the holy men knew nothing about
tea, i luncheons were not . yet in vogue the
master mlud that devised the game of bridge was
still many centuries unborn.
There Is no real reason, canonical or ethi
cal, why a hostess should be timid In owning an aft
ernoon affair between now and Easter,
Many affairs of religious and phllanthropla
concern are on the calendar. A retreat begins Mon
day among a circle of women, who will meet for
meditation and prayer at the Sacred Heart convent.
A few of the number will retire for the whlla from
all worldly Influences by taking up their abode
at tho convent.
Among the more active Interests will bo tha
lecture Monday afternoon at tha Sacred Heart, un
der the auspices of the alumnae by Prof. Loula
H. Wetmore, on "The Heresy and Orthodoxy of
Literature." , '
In Episcopalian circles the forming; of atudy
classes is a pronounced feature of Lenten piety.
This study is under the leadership of Mra. Philip
Potter, president of the Woman's Auxiliary of tha
Episcopal church for Nebraska. Mrs. Chartea Tur
ner of Lincoln, educational secretary of the society,
outlines the course for each week. For tha coming
week, the classes will take up "Missions In Mexico."
Other Omaha women actively interested and lead
ers in these elapses are: Mrs. Oscar Wllllama, Mra.
S. D. Barkalow and Mrs. Albert Noe. Current
topics In the mission field and tha study of tha
business of missions will constitute tha course of
all the Lenten classes.
It will be some two weeks and more before
the younger set begin coming home for their spring
vacations. From letters received In Omaha by par
ents It would seem that an unusual number of
young people are coming home this spring. Not a
few Omaha students in eastern schools and col
leges did not come home at the Christmas vaca
tion, because of their parents' fear of the scarlet
fver contagion. Now, with that danger past, the
youn? people may be expected, all the keener for a
stfrht of home for the mld-wlnter exile for safety
A social meeting will follow the business sea
slon of tho Omaha Fine Arts society Thursday aft
ernoon at the Fontenelle. Mrs. Leonard Everett
of Council Bluffs will give a reading on the "Five
Young American Poets." presented earlier In tha
season to the society by Mr. Alfred Noyee and Dr.
John Cowper Powys. Mrs. Everett has made a
special study of modern American verse writers
this winter and the members of the Fine Arts
society wish to get the viewpoint of a crltlo and
student and fellow countrywoman. Mrs. Ludorla
F. Crofoot will give several piano solos.
The last meeting of the Fine Arts society thl
season in April will not be held at the Fontenelle.
The meeting place has been changed to the homo
or Mrs. Charles Thomas Kountze, '
One of the delightful promises of the week, ani ,
coming much as a surprise, Is the social meeting '
to follow the business session of the Fine Arts so- t
clety at the Fontenelle Thursday afternoon. Mra.
Leonard Everett of Council Bluffs will give a read- !
ing on the American poets that English critics, lm.
ported for the occasion, bave been explaining to
Omaha audiences this winter. Following Dr,
Powys. Mrs. Everett, with her beauty and rare ,
charm of personality and cultured Intellectuality,
comes to the society as water from a mountain
brook after a noisome seepage from dark and mya- !
terlous caverns.
Additional Society Kews on Next rag, "