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Women's Penny Paper (Newspaper) - April 26, 1890, London, Middlesex WOM PENNY PAPER o The only Paper and Published by EDITED BY HELENA Seventy years ago a man might rise to high positions in Parliament or the State and take no notice whatever of the humbler THEY HAD NO VOTES AND COULD BE SAFELY October Registered at the for transmission APRIL PRICE ONE ADA LECTURER ON THE lady who is the subject of our interview in this weeks although already achieved very marked success and attained recognised position as a writer and lecturer on While she herself is inclined to attribute some of her good as she calls to the hands of Dame an account of her early life and singular industry will show that as has had more to do with it than any freak of I had often heard of Miss Ada and studied her interesting health department of the Ladys in the editorship of which she replaced the late talented Anna Before having the pleasure of her personal acquaintance I had concluded from the well thought out articles and advice to Miss Ada Ballin was a lady of somewhat mature My surprise may be imagined when I was ushered into the presence of quite a young of life and ready for any bright twinkling with and in every way the reverse of the matronly lady I expected to Nevertheless British matrons confide the care and wellbeing of their little ones to Miss seeking her advice on questions of and and she well justifies the confidence reposed in She received me with her usual over the cup of five oclock which does so much to promote the harmony and confidence of an I learned the following Miss Ada Ballin was educated at home with her who is only 13 months older than till they both went to University London between her and this brother there exists a touching and but too seldom seen perfect added to a devotion on both sides which is truly While at University College she gained the Hollier Scholarship in which is of the value of per being the only girl who had ever achieved the She was then and the competition was open to all competitors under the age of 19 they came from all parts of Great Britain to compete for This scholar ship was won by her brother a year when she took the Hiemann Silver Medal and Fielding value for highest proficiency in while she was proxime accessit for the same distinction in missing it by only six Later on she obtained the prize for English composition open to all the and attained distinctions in Philosophy of These records are sufficient to show her college career was one of unusual Miss Ballin had a natural vocation for literature she began to write for a few papers when she publishing in her first signed articles in Andrew Wilsons paper Health the subject was How to Clothe The editor begged her to continue writing regularly for and she was thus launched in the literary and earned a regular income in spite of the prejudices of her parents who maintained the old that it is derogatory for a gentlewoman t do paid Professor under whom she was drew the attention of the Medical Committee of the International Exhibition held in 1884 to the article named as a received a request to deliver a lecture upon the subject at the Exhibi The lecture was on July under the title of Childrens before a crowded most of whom appeared much astonished and surprised to see so young a girl address the pre vious lecturers having all been middleaged or elderly medical men The Press gave some very flattering notices of the was afterwards officially published by William Clowes and Sons perhaps the most gratifying poirit to Miss Ballin was a highly complimentary letter on behalf of the committee enclosing double the fee they had undertaken to pay and a certificate of thanks from the Royal President and the Council of the which briefly alluded to the circumstances under which the lecture had been This certificate Miss Ballin has had and it occupies a place of honour on the walls of the room in which she received It was after this that the National Health Society appointed Miss Ballin to be one of their lecturers the editor of the Queen newspaper requested her to contribute a series of articles on Healthy for that were continued for nearly a year they were afterwards and formed the bulk of the volume The Science of Dress in Theory and published by Sampson Low and at the end of Miss Ballin is devoted to and her room is full of charming photographs of babies in all stages a delightful pair of chubby little merry ones were labelled The Ballin having been brought up from their birth by their mother strictly on the Ballin John Strange Winters children are some more of the prodigies the mothers who such confidence in Miss Ballins management have that confidence well justified by the Interesting as is the subject of Miss Ballin writes on deeper matters still from 1883 until the death of Proctor last summer she contributed a series of articles on the Evolution of Languages in his paper She has also conjointly with her brother written a Hebrew Grammar and by Kegan and has adopted at Oxford and as well as at her own Ahna Mater it is considered one of the best grammars She told me that at one time she wrote for as many as 16 papers and a number now reduced by press of editorial Upon the resignation of the late Anna the editorinchief begged Miss Ballin to become the editor of the Health a post she was a little diffident about accept ing at knowing how ably it had been filled by the previous finally she was induced to overcome her and in took up the which has greatly added to her other Miss Ballin was then developing the plan of a magazine which should treat every detail of the important subject of the upbringing of and in this pager saw the light under the title of Baby The Mothers Magazine she still and an idea of its success may be formed by the fact that its circulation has already attained It is published by the Hansard Miss Ballin may be considered the pioneer of writers 011 the management of for since she first took this up as her hundreds of papers have started Mothers Columns and Mothers and her magazine has many Before leaving I asked Miss Ada Ballin to show me her particular sanctum where she got through all her literary since thus one obtains such a much better idea of the she you will have a mount I have my editorial den up in the far away from all It was a characteristic full of writing and a thousand and one odds and and all the ominuin gatherum which collect round a busy literary man or Pulling out a drawer Miss Ballin showed me the notes of a
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