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If she still weeps, beat her twice."
Be condescending always to a wife;
they like it. Cocoanuts grow simply
to fall and lie around the foot of a
tree. A man with many wives is a
oocoanut tree..' "If there is trouble
in your huts shift the women, women
must live together a week before they
light." '"Slap some, pinch others,
never pat them unless to save a
word." "Talk little to women; listen
much. They talk for many and lis
ten for few." "Marry much. Do not
take it seriously. Often bad wives
make good widows. It is hard to be
the widower of a good wife. No man
ever was the widower of a good wid
ow." "When the cooks spoil the
broth in our country we put them in
the pot to make more. It solves the
question of food." "Many women
would rather be one of tifty-tive
wives than one of none."
These sentiments are uttered by a
barbarian, but they are remarkable
because they so much resemble the
meaning of what Bixby says every
day and what Harry Thurston Peck
says once a month in any publication
that prints his barbaric essays. The
Sengalese expresses it somewhat more
baldly, but the meaning, the attitude
is exactly the same. The individuals
in question and others whose opin
ions, though unpublished, coincide
with theirs, are in the same stage of
development as the chief, though they
wear more elaborately tailored clothes
and occasionally consider it politic
to conceal their real views. They
rely eventually upon force to estab
lish their position. It is an old say
ing in Europe that the Russian is
only European as deep as his skin and
that a very slight scratch discloses
the Tartar. What is the use, in the
interests of truth, of confining this
excellent generalization to Russians?
Tartars are not alone residents of
Asia. They inhabit the globe. They
are not members of one sex. They
were originally distributed evenly in
both sexes, but natural selection is
having its usual effect in improving
the disposition of the sex which is
chosen. So much so that women are
often now referred to as members of
the gentler sex.
"A Shropshire Lad."
The poem called "A Shropshire
Lad," by A. Housman, is clipped from
a forgotten newspaper whose editor
presumably took it from the collec
tion of Housman poems called "A
Shropshire Lad." The name was con
ferred in this oflice and is warranted
on! by the convenience and conven
tion of titles. The odor of the earth,
the trampling horses, the jingling
harness and again the odor of the
earth, which we like so much maybe
it is what we were and will be again
pervade the poem. Only two stanzas
to tell the story of a young farmer
who died and left his beloved and his
bosom friend inconsolable and weep
ing for him. In four stanzas he tells
of the friend's marriage to his sweet
heart, of the friend's anxiety lest "the
lad" return even in spirit, and of the
friend's glad tilling of the soil and
happiness with a "dead man's sweet
heart." The earthiness of the poem
i-iShaksperean. Not many men now
adays get the elusive earthy odor
that can not be imitated or bottled.
Only Hardy of novelists and Hous
man amoijg poets have real clowns
ind rustics. The rest advertise the
real thing, but smell them! How
ells' and James finicky tine ladies are
tiresome. Kipliug never drew a wo
iuao; he is too brutal acd his men arc
Mttianly private soldiers, officers just
brutal, camp followers, sophisticat
ed and yery far from the earthiness
of the Shropshire lad who is not re
fined, but of the earth.
Is my team ploughing,
That I used to drive
And hear the harness jingle
When I was man alive ?
Aye, lad ! the horses trample;
The harness jingles now ,
No change tho you lie under
The land you used to plough .
Is my girl happy,
I thought so bard to leave ;
And has she tired of weeping,
As she lies down at eve?
Aye, lad ! she lies down lightly ,
She lies not down to weep ;
Your girl is well contented
Be still my lad and sleep .
Is my friend hearty
Now I am thin and pine ;
And has he found to lie in
A better bed than mine ?
Yes, lad 1 I lie easy,
I lie as lads would choose;
I cheer a dead man's sweetheart
Never ask me whose .
of the program. A memorial to Presi
dent McKinley was presented by Mrs.
O.O. Belden. The departments of ethics
and philosophy, French conversation
and oratory will meet every week; the
departments of English literature, house
hold economics and music will meet the
same week as the club, while the de
partments of American history, current
topics, art, English history, parliament
ary practice and political and social sci
ence will meet on alternate weeks. Fol
lowing is the calendar of the club for
October 7, president's address; Oc
tober 20, State Federation cay; Novem
ber 4, English history; November 18,
current topics; December 2, political
and social science; December 10, music;
January 1, New Year's reception; Janu
ary G, philosophy and ethics; January
20, American history; February 3,
French conversation; February 17,
household economics; March 3, parlia
mentary practice; March 17, business
meeting; March 31. art; April 14, Eng
lish literature; April 24, birthday; April
28, oratory; May 12, business meeting;
May 20, annual meeting.
A decided innovation is the decision
to charge an admission fee of fifty cents
to all Omaha guests of the club.
The Omaha Mothers' club will meet
every Wednesday afternoon in the lec
ture room of the library.
This is the season of conventions.
After the long, hot months of summer
when club work and club members were
alike enjoying vacations, the beginning
of the season's activity is marked by an
enthusiasm which finds its natural ex
pression in meetings of the state feder
ations. Not alone in our own state is
this true. In Colorado the federation
meeting was held in the twin cities of
Victor and Cripple Creek, September
10-12; Illinois, Wieconsin and Maine
will hold their meetings simultaneously
on October 16, 17 and 18, while the
Pennsylvania meeting will be held on
October 15, 16 and 17. The Indiana
federation will meet at Auburn, October
23-25. The Michigan club women will
meet for the first time in the university
town, Ann Arbor, October 28 to Novem
ber 1. The Iowa federation held a most
enjoyable meeting in Des Moines last
week. Des Moines also is entertaining
the state convention of the W.C.T.U.
this week. Perhaps the most unique
place of entertainment of a state feder
ation this year was at Star Island, New
Hampshire, where the sixth annual field
meeting was held on September 4 and
5. Star Island is the largest of a group
of islands nine miles from Portsmouth
harbor. A visit was also made to White
island, where the lighthouse still standi
which wa6 the childhood home of Celia
Mrs. H. M. Buehnell, president of the
Lincoln Woman's club, will report the
Wayne meeting fully for The Courier.
Other members of the woman's club
who are attending the federation are
Mesdames Atwood, A. A. Scott, A. B.
Price, F. E. Lahr, J. A. Piper and F. M.
Hall. Sorosis is represented by Miss
Haskell and Miss Annie L. Miller. The
Century club Bent its president, Mrs. A.
L. Candy, and Mrs. Milton Scott as del
egates. The Omaha Woman's club held its
opening meeting on Monday afternoon,
and for the first time in the history of
the club the meeting was opened with
prayer. An address was given by the
president, Mrs. Tilden; a report of the
convention of charities held in Wash
ington, D. C, by Mrs. Dumont, and the
Louisiana Puichase report by Mrs.
Hepry Jaynea were interesting features
mainder of the wtaion was in charge of
the household economics department.
An interesting and informal talk on
"Tea," by Mrs Frank, was must pleas
antly illustrated by the preparing and
serving of delicious tea in dainty china
cups with home-made oatmeal wafers.
A vocal solo by Mrs. Clay pool was beau
tifully rendered. All of the club de
partments are well organized and can
boast of officers whoso ability and enter
prise cannot fail to render the season's
work bol"n pleasant and profitable. .
Mrs A. C. Sullivan of the Cozy club
entertained the Tecumeeh federation of
women's clubs last week Tuesday eve
ning. The object of tho meeting was
the election of officers, which resulted
in the selection of Mrs. H. T. Ward,
president, Mrs. G. J. Rubelman, vice
president, Mrs. Donald McKay, secre
tary, and Miss Ella McCrosky, treasurer.
Mrs. Ward, the president, was elected
delegate to the Wayne convention with
power to appoint two other delegates.
The federation will again devote its
work to the city library.
The work of the various Tecumseh
clubs wbb formally opened last week
Wednesday. Sorosis will devote the
year to the Bay Vibw reading course on
Italy, Greece and Switzerland; the Cozy
club will study England and the English
people, while the Friends in Council
will give their attention to Russia. At
the meeting of the Acme club papers
were read on "The Origin of the Anglo
Saxon' and "Legendary History of Early
England." Musical numbers will ap
pear on the programs of all the clubs.
An unusually large attendance at these
initial meetings is reported with much
enthusiasm for the work of the coming
The Woman's club of Plattsmouth be
gan the eighth year of its existence last
Friday evening with a meeting in the
Knights of PythiaB hall. The presi
dent's address by Mrs. Travis, vacation
memories by club members and an ac
count of the recent session of the na
tional library meeting at Waukesha,
Wisconsin, by Mrs. Stoutenborougb,
were the principal features of the eve
ning. The year's work will be devoted
to the study of general literature, with
current topics and a club paper having
Mrs. Fellows as editor-in-chief, assisted
by Mrs. Sleetb. Mrs. Stoutenborough
and Mrs. B. Elson were elected dele
gates to the state federation meeting.
The Nineteenth Century club of
Kearney held its monthly business
meeting last week Tuesday afternoon.
Several new names were proposed for
membership, the roll now numbering
seventy-six. Pink and green were
adopted aB club colors, and a committee
was appointed to design and construct a
club banner. Mrs. Etta R. Holmes and
Mrs. Margaret Hostetler were elected
to represent the club at Wayne. After
the business was disposed of the re-
Systematic instruction in cooking has
lately been added to the work of St.
Catherine's academy in Omaha. Fit
teen young women are now enrolled in
this department, which embraces every
thing needful in this particular lino.
Beginning with trie preparation of pota
toes and other vegetables for cooking,
soups, roasts, stews, bakod dishes and
cereals, bread and pastry follow in turn.
Mrs. Harriet MacMurphy, who has
speut the summer at Buffalo, is at the
head of this cooking school. Practical
dressmaking also is taught under the
supervision of one of the sisters who ia
an expert in this art.
The Ottumwa Woman's club will
hold eight meetings during the season
of 1001 1002. Addresses will be deliv
ered by prominent club women from
various parts of the country, among
whom are Mrs. Bailey, the state presi
dent of Iowa, Miss Ruby Baughman of
Bedford, whose subject will be "Com
pulsory Education," Mrs. Florence Howe
Hall, daughter of Julia Ward Howo,
Mrs. Margaret Olmstead of Cherokee,
and Miss Lila J. Howell of Chicago, an
The Ladies Reading circle of Rush
villa held the first meeting of the season
last week Tuesday. The subject of
study this year is German history.
A new building ia in process of erec
tion for the exclusive use of the New
England Conservatory of Music. Tho
location is on the corner of Huntirgton
aveune and Gainaboro street, Boston,
and it is expected that the new building
will be the largest and finest conserva
tory building in the world. It will
cover 32,000 square feet, with a frontage
of 120 feet. It will consist of three
stories, the exterior construction being
of brick, stone and terra cotia, of Gre
cian architecture. Two auditoriums
will be provided, one with a seating ca
pacity of 1,000 and the other of 400.
Twelve dormitory buildings will be
erected on the grounds for the accom
modation of students. The buildings
will be ready for occupacy in Septem
A Stenographers' and Typewriters'
union has recently been organized in
Chicago. Since the old Stenographers'
union some time ago joined forces with
the Business Woman's club, the new
organization is the only one in existence
for the express accommodation of sten
ographers and typewriters. Mies Ruth
Dick Hall, a young lawyer, is at the
head of the movement. The object is
to regulate the hours and salaries of
young women engaged in this line of
work, as under existing conditions the
duties of each stenographer are deter
mined by individual employers.
The Club Woman's idea of women
who should compose committees, is a
very good one. The problem now re
maining is where to find women to form
even one committee, or a chairman
of one committee, who will answer the
1. The woman who is willing to lead,
not the woman who has to be carried.
2. The woman who ia willing to work,
not the one who complains of it.
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