The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 10, 1901, Page 4, Image 4

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    rHE COURIER.
as tbe "Scapa." Startinj modestly
about eight year ago. it now numbers
oTer one thousand members icd enjoys
a group of supporters in parliament. Its
influence has prohibited flashlight ad
vertisements where they cause danger
to traffic, has effected a discontinuance
of the recent London innovation of em
ploying young girls as advertising pla
card bearers on the streets; has secured
an ordinance prohibiting advertisements
on the omnibuses, a reform greatly
needed. And through the influence of
Scapa workers parliament has passed an
act giving municipal authorities the
power to control the places where ad
vertisements are allowed.
In France every advertisement which
can be described as a painted sign is
subject to the pajment of a fee if dis
played in a public place. An American,
who has recently spent a year in travel
ing through France, writes: "There is
in France no such general disfigurement
of beautiful scenery as one finds here at
home. This sort of advertising is in
the main confined to the railxay lines,
and is much more noticeable as one ap
proaches the city of Paris."
By the municipal ordinance cf Rome,
advertising announcements are confined
to billboards which are not licensed in
appropriate localities.
Turning to our own America, while
the field of work has not been large, yet
some of our states already have laws af
fecting advertisements. In New Jersey
any city that cares to has the right to
pass an ordinance regulating or restrict
ing public advertising. Ohio has a sim
ilar law, including villages as well as
cities, but restricting practically non-residents
in their advertisements.
San Francisco has an ordinance pro
tecting telegraph, telephone and electric
light poles from disfigurement in ad
vertisement, and prescribing that signs
ehall not be over three feet high and
those on any premises not over ten feet
high.
Chicago, with characteristic progres
siveness, gives distinct recognition of
aiithetic rights in an ordinance passed
last July, which, in addition to determ
ining the size and height of signs and
billboards, forbids their erection on
boulevarde, pleasure drive or residence
streets without the consent in writing of
three-fourths of the residents and prop
erty owners on both sides of the street
in the block where it is desired to erect
the sign or billboard.
It has been argued by Mr. Olmstead
of the American Park and Outdoor asso
ciation.in looking at tbe question from a
legal point of view, that an offensive
sight is no less a public nuisance than
an offensive sound; an offense becomes a
nuisance, by the definition of the "Cen
tury Dictionary," when "the selfish use
of a right transcends the obligations to
reepect the welfare of others." And it
is believed by those interested in the
work that our courts will soon recognize
the offensive Eights ap a nuisance, even
if they do not today. In Belgium a
municipal art society, some years ago,
held a contest for beautiful signs, the
beet and most beautiful receiving prizes.
The result has been that all over Brus
sels you find pretty signs, and the curi
ous part is that the beautiful ones pay
Letter than the ugly; for, vrhile the lat
ter receive a passing notice, they call
forth feelings of disgust, and the beau
tiful attract permanent attention. This
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And Dairy Go.
Manufacturers of the finest qual
ity of plain and fancy Ice Cream
Icee, Frozen Puddings, Frappe
and Sherbets. Prompt delivery
and satisfaction guaranteed.
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;
is an example worthy of international
imitation. This, then, is a work for us
to do. The women's clubs of Iowa
could not be doing a better work in our
struggle for municipal reform and for
the evolution of good citizenship and
the protecting of our boys and girls
from all that is degrading. We have
already taken up some of its branches,
and our many clubs can testify to good
results in our village improvement, tree
planting, clean streets, artistic resi
dences and grounds. Consolidated with
these the work cf improving the adver
tising, and the most necessary reform of
the opening of the twentieth century
will be half won.
Our men have cot the leisure, and
perhaps not the interest, to take the in
itiative, but they will undoubtedly be
found willing and helpful when the
work is laid out. Mrs. Jeannette Deem
er at the meeting of the Iowa Federation
of Women's Clubs, April 30.
Colorado Springs has an organization
called "The Sheldon Union."" To it be
long the progressive girls who do house
work for a living, says Ellis Meredith,
in the Denver News. One night they
had a debate on the subject: "Resolved,
That the trials of the bervant are greater
than those of the mistress." Some wit
ty things were said and good points
made on both sides, for tbe mistress
side of the case was presented by two
disputants, who, having been maids, are
now mist i esses, and find their last state
worse than their first. One of the shots
that was received with great applause
was this:
"Training schools for servants have
often been discussed at great length at
women's clubs, at tbe home and else
where, but a far greater good could be
accomplished if we bad training schools
for mistresses."
That doubtless sounds well, but any
one who will stop and think will be con
vinced that fifty women are taking tbe
training to make them competent house
keepers to one girl who thinks any
training necessary to do "general house
work.' In some of the colleges scien
tific housekeeping is part of the curric
ulum, they have a learned Greek name
for it, but it means knowing that one
should buy linen that has a round
thread, and a quantity of soap at a time
and put salt into the skillet before put
ting in the steak, and charcoal in the
cabbage pot to destroy the odor, and
other things that nobody would find out
for herself. Wherever there is a wo
man's club, there tbe domestic science
department flourishes, or shortly will do
so, and wherever two or three women
are gathered together there will be dis
cussed manners and methods of house
work. This will continue to be so un
til we have evolved a scheme of keeping
house that comports with the rentury.
The average room set apart for -the
girl'' is bare and uninviting to a degree;
often it is Email and uncomfortable; it is
to be hoped that women architects will
remedy this fault. It is frequently the
haven for all the dilapidated furniture it
will bold. On the otaer hand, there are
girls who never remember to change
their own sheets unless reminded to
do so.
It is a hardship to be compelled to re
ceive company in tbe kitchen, even if
it is a nicer kitchen than usual, but
what can the best intentioned mistress
do about it? Sometimes 6he lets her girl
use the dining room, but she can't very
well give up ber parlor or sitting room
and incommode her family. Auy rea
sonable girl can 6ee that. Most of them
do. If one expected to keep a retinue
of servants, one would make provision
for them on a large scale, but the num
ber of women who employ even one girl
is surprisingly small, less, it has been
stated, than ten per cent. One of the
clever stories told -vas this:
The Christian mistress believes in
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This sale is just what its namt J
implies a clean sweep, a thorough
clearing-of all summer goods. Fall$
stocks are coming- thick and fast,
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preferences
WE long- ago learned that
to argue against a wo
man's preferences was a mere
waste of time consequent we
never try. We sell ever' good
sort of t-pewriter in its best
form. One of these will suit
your requirements. Plent- of
unbiased advice, however, if you
require it.
I. E. ALMOND,
1I06 O Street
Telephone 759
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Agiie8 Rawlings
Whose work with Miss Rivett is favorably known, will
continue to do Manicuring-, Shampooing-, Hairdressing,
and will give treatment of scalp diseases. Switches
and pompadours made to order and all kinds of hair
work carefully done.
143 SSo. I2tlx. Telephone 38.
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