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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - August 23, 1917, Des Moines, IowaE Iowa Homesie Des mores Iowa thursday August 23, 1917. Is farm life sordid am delighted to find my women readers writ ing most entertainingly in regard to my quota from a recent Magazine which i called a libel inasmuch As it pictured farm women As being and Clear lot living a skimmed milk existence and showing Blue White Glassill perfect false Teeth when they in led. I ifs prepaid Tor a Large number of interesting letters but i will and for some. Which declare in most positive terms that the picture is not a it is All too True. When i Tell Vou that the strongest letter of commendation comes from a prosperous and progressive Wisconsin neighbor Eli aim if and in All and contented and As Ancl yes god bless iqra it is Home. Bare of Beauty h lacking conveniences the the the Cistern outside. And Tipp Shupien Ito and rain. And outside the Binder in a Corner the psf net and Side delivery Rake Likely where last Wiah the cultivator. Conies of course but Don t you a picture is overdrawn in thou Nomes. And in the end what dragging operations and the tired body Laid nor t Lay the Burden. Children Siv f2r the neighbor women Saj under their breath. Is it is it the there is none till Man is made t sides to every i that but i cannot bring myself to agree the Magazine writer who pictured the farm d terribly b Bela mo., who writes me a wonderful interest tag the Arig on the discomforts of c n general Ana Farmers in i the can a of r Arrom our neighbors. Rushing to the county seat l shall find the Magazine accusation a base libel and Champion the farm woman with the last breath of my body. Here lies a now that the gospel of making every minute and every ounce of Energy count to the being preached on All hands especially to the Farmer i believe that this Little prayer which i have clipped from a news paper will be appropriate Reading. The newspaper from which i clipped it states that it occupies a prominent place on the Wall of a Large wholesale House in the City. It would be just As fitting to have it prominently displayed in every farm Home it sums up the need and the duty of the hour admirably. See what you think of it teach me that sixty minutes make an hour six teen ounces one Pound and 100 cents help Rne so to live that i can lie Down at night with a a under my Pillow and undaunted by the faces of those to whom i have brought pain. Grant that i May earn my meal ticket on the Square and that in earning it i May not stick the Gaff where it does not belong. Deafen me to the Jingle of tainted Money and the Rustle of unholy skirts. Blind me to the faults of the other fellow but reveal to me my own. Guide me so that each night when i look across the dinner table at my wife who has been a Blessing to me i will have nothing to conceal. Keep me Young enough to laugh with my children. And when comes the smell of Flowers and the tread of soft Steps and the crunching of wheels out in front make the ceremony Short and the epitaph simple Here lies a i do not believe that much if any comment on m part is necessary. The Praver in a Little eem personally i have always been a great admirer of those fervent supplications which Robert Louis Stevenson one of my favorite authors by the Way wrote while he was a resident of the South sea Island to Winch he had been exiled because of the tuberculosis from which he was a sufferer when a Man knows that the hand of death is near him and can write As splendid prayers full of thanks giving and hopefulness As Stevenson wrote it does not matter what his Creed or Church he is imbued with the real religious spirit. I am going to print one of the Best of Stevenson s prayers thee. Lord y families and Nati pass the Corn bread. Am delighted to see the Progress which is being made these Days in what we might Well Call for Lack of a better name the Johnny cake Here for instance is the new York world one of the largest and Best newspapers in our largest City suggesting to its readers As a slogan to be posted conspicuously in every Amer ican Kitchen and dining room eat Corn meal and beat the and Here too is Colliers Pur National weekly going into More than a Mil lion Homes adding we can t see that there s anything the matter with Corn cakes in peace time either. It certainly looks As though the leaven were beginning to work. After All Why not a revival of Lye Hominy Johnny cake and some of the other toothsome and econom Leal edibles of the Day when we All enjoyed better health than we do now in these Overly prosperous times of highly seasoned foods bearing High sound ing French names Why not a return to the simple life when we ate to live rather than lived to eat and when the Community health was better on the general average than it is nowadays notwithstanding All the inventions and discoveries of science i of can t make me believe there is Ary meal which the most efficient exponent of Domestic science can concoct today untiring As Are these teachers and splendid As Are their menus which comes so near to tilling the Bill for every member of the household from the growing boy with apparently unlimited capacity and appetite to the toothless and dodder ing Granddad As the Corn Pone which my Mother made for our family Back in the dear old Ohio Nome of fondest boyhood memories. Covered with or saturated with Maple there was a dish fit for an american than whom no Kin is greater or More deserving of the Best things this world produces. I abhor War j Abo Minate the thought of it but if War shall result in carrying us Back to the Days of rugged honest unaffected wholesome simplicity it will have had a value which no Man can compute in dollars and cents but Why not a Corn revival now that we Are called upon to share our Stock of wheat with the a Stock none too Large at Best in View of the poor condition of Winter wheat Corn is available for human food in the form of meal Hominy starch and prepared breakfast foods. I am informed by Millers that 15 to 20 per cent of Corn meal can be mixed with wheat flour to make a palatable and a nourishing bread supplementing the Corn bread Pone Johnny cake or whatever you choose to Call v h is a popular and a rib covering dish m so Many of our Rural Homes. Corn bread Well covered with Gravy Maple syrup sorghum or new Orleans have we not Here some thing which will not Only put to rout the High Cost of living but will give us better bodily vigor and cause us to sit Down to the table with no jaded appetite but eager to partake of one of the Best and most palatable dishes Ever devised by human hands a am glad indeed that the Johnny cake re Vival is that other men Are speeding it by word and deed. Here for instance is a tribute and a testimonial which i find in one of our smaller Gram Belt newspapers. Read it and reflect on what you Are missing if your table does not offer this toothsome edible t0 s run Lovins la Tai pretty ribbons and inexpensive dress fens the the heart hungry soul on the Silken texture and soft colors. But the children must have warm Wear and shoes and stockings for Thev have to to of far to school. Maybe if there is ant Hinfy left there is a wrapper or cheap hat for Mother oftener Fri Unic t set around to All of them i m thankful if i have and when it is time to pkg Home he says with a Cigar in one Corner of his Nouth and an odorous breath by posh it Don t pay to the old woman to Tow n too often it s Foo expensive have to bring a lumber Wagon to take her stuff Hoim in. I and the weary Little woman in a Raincoat with an old sweater under it for warmth and a faded Scarf Over her head smiles at the antiquated joke climbs wearily in Deavours against evil suffer us a while Long endure and if it May be help us to do bitter to us our extraordinary mercies if the Dav when these must be taken Brace us to Plav thu in affliction be with our friends be with of selves. Go with each of us to rest if any awake temper to them the dark hours of Watchins Ami May us. Ami Corn Foiter and Call us up with morning faces and with morning to to to be if happiness shall be our if the Dav be marked for sorrow Strong to endure it. If any of my readers know any equally Good prayers to be fit companion pieces to these two t wish they would Send them to me. The nation is imbued with the religious spirit in the great crisis which confronts us today As never before. This being the Case the prayers which i print Here with seem to me to be unusually timely. V these Days. Severe times a week. Don t understand How we Ever let the Johnny cake habit of our childhood get away from us be advise you. To get the Johnn cake habit too there s something about the Good Golden Corn never get in bread or whole wheat bread or Rye. There s a roughness to that Tongue and the palate that the diet expert ten us puts roughness in the Bone and sinew of the human roughness or robustness As we these Days. But you Don t need that excuse to ship before the shrine of Good 1 old m Nycak like Mother used to make. J eat Corn meal and beat the submarines Mush Johnny cake Hominy cornflakes and so on by doing this shall we not be fighting against tyranny and injustice while at the same time renewing our bodily vigor giving our system the simple food it needs and Clearing our Braine of Toga and head aches a nation nourished on Corn bread has Little to fear from the tyrant. Will you join in pushing the Campaign along i
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