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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 1, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta The Little Librarian Is a Quite Wonderful Person She Is Never Blue, Never Bored, Never Fussv or Impaiient or Sarcastic-She Is Alnfa\;s Interested, and She Knom Horv to Find Just What You IVant. ]?y EDITH. G. PAYNE. AS Koon as you look nt this Ilbrnrlan you know in-stinctlvilly that rtostlny has had a hand !n placing her behind that ma-liotraiiy desk. She dkln't Just natiir-ally ease herself Into the job fro^ii IliBh school because her dad had a pull with the hoard. Xor did she attain the position on the strenpth of her personal appearance, ^'either pull nor pood looks have much weipht (ilone these days. It is true the Utile liLirarian, In outward and visible I'orni, pleases the eye. She has brown ey-s and sunny hair and lips that curve upward nt tlie corners, and aUhoun;h life to her seems one long quesHon-Inireau at times, she always manages to summon a cheery word and a �milo at the end ot whVt must very often be anythin? but a "perfect day." She Is never blue, never bored, never fussy or Impatient or sarcastic, and always unfailingly interested! Perhaps right here is the secrot. A corporation may have no soul, but sometimes a particularly astute one (like this public library board) can read human nature aright. We pester her dally �with queries more or less Inane and absurd, but ihe always answers us seriously and eatisfactorlly. We, on the other side of the counter, take her good nature, her resourcefulness, her patience quite for granted. Yet which of us would be capable for one brief hour of assum-tng her responsibilities? Which one �mong us -would be patient and sympathetic while a movie-mad miss besought us to find her a book that would tell her how to become a vatn-pire of the screen? Who among us would climb a tall step-ladder ten or a dozen times to locate a volume that the subscriber lazily describes as: "I don't know the name nor the number nor the atlthor but Ifs ;iboiit the war and it has a brown cover?" "I never think of any person as a bore," the little librarian will tell you. "I suppose in the course of one day I have ?t least 57 different Kinds of questions j-ut to me, but I always loarn something myself from having to find answers, who lives on our street, one of her biennial v*; Phc Is on one of her nienniai v4slts to the Jones' and she informed me that she was shocked and horrified at the way llttlo Mrs. Jones is still feeding the famib*. They haven't even instituted a wheatlcss day yet, It appears. Questions Without End "\/f -"^^'^S hard worker, as iVl I haispen to know, and h!s particular work Is very essential to the successful prosecution of th� war. In other words he needs his three .good meals a day. But evidently his aunt Is bound to cut him down some. Well, in the afternoon, who should come in but the little wife hersolf! She looked weary. The aunt had probably upset the entire household with her ideas, for Mrs. Jones saUl: I want n nice, soothing sort of book, please, something that will bo restful to the nerves!'" "How did you fill the bill?" "I gave her The Lotus Eaters'." The llttlo Ubrarian paused long enough to answer the telephone and then she resumed: �Early in the same afternoon, the wife of a mechanic came In for some books that would help her husband to a new position. He had lost his right arm at the Somme. She said to me: 'He's a bird at 'lectricity, miss, an" a learned guy all round. Don't judge him by me!" I found her some volumes on electrical engineering. Then a dear little boy of perhaps nine came In with his ^plioolbooks and wanted me to find him a book on bridge-build-1 ing. He said his two older broVnevs had gone to France and that It would most likely be up to him some day to support his mother and little sis- j ters. Somehow that touched me! I had a lump In my throat when I went Into the reference-room later and saw him poring earnestly ov;r some lists I had given him. From three o'clock on 1 answered a wide range of questlqns, and found books dealing wltji pretty nearly every phase of life and work, for a great number of folks. "According to my notes they sejm to have required everj'thing that d,ay from .handbooks on How to Propose, HOME-MADE SOFT DRINKS-WHYNOT? Not Difficult to Prepare, and Taste Better Than the � Bought Ones. DELIQIOUS RECI PES Carbonated Water From Siphon Recommended for Most "Fountain Drinks." SHOULD WE HAVE PUBLICLAUNDRY? Fifteen or Sixteen American Cities Now Have One Each. OLD LONDON HAS 35 '4 Thc^hotographcr minted to get a picture of the. ttoijs aroitml the liUianl table out nt one of the soldiers' clubs, but the hostesses got there first, and the boys didn't have even a look in. ,' FUNNY SIDE OF TYINGTOE KNOT Amusing Experiences Told by Ministers Who Performed the Ceremonies. F O R EIGN WEDDING Often Presents Difficult Problems-Joke Sometimes on the Minister. w It was near the close of a rainy afternoon and the crowd in the gen-j'and The Art of Snake-Charming, to oral reading room was thinning out. | The Status of Women In the Jling The reference room contalnpd only two people beside the attendant, a schoolboy and an elderly gentleman with a white beard. The Generous Inventor MrjE'S a dear," said the little LI with a nod in the direction of the latter. "I think he must be very rich or else very generous. He always lays a live-dollar jold piece on tho counter after 1 jiave helped him find a book or a magazine. At first I took him for an ibsent-minded professor and trUd to return the coin. But he wouldn't have it back. He told me he is an inventor, ind that he's doing some researc|i work before completing an invention that will revolutionize air-warfarV Dynasty and The Curing and Tanning of Plides! About four-thirty, l' discovered a girl cutting poems out of a magazine with a pearl-handled penknife. I hated to tackle that, but, of course it was my plain duty. She was very contrite and said it wouldn't happen again. Then I gave out some more books, opened the last mall and distributed some new magazines about on the tables. That's about all, except that just as I closet' a lady rushed in demanding to know it it would rain next day! She was giving a Red Cross tea and said she 'simply must have fine weather!' But ala.'^: I'm no weather-prophet, so all I could d6 Ttas pretend to be optimistic, for it was very cloudy indeed. Oil, yes, I it's an interesting life. At times I feel The librarian herself didnot tell us, j^^jjj ,j goes a university course But we learned later thatshe always 1^^^ bettert' TJie world is such a big By NORMAN' RITCEY. EDDIXGS are solemn affairs, of course, but maay solemn things have a lighter side. Weddings are no exceptions; sometimes they are funny. While I visiting a ministerial friend of mine a young couple came quite early one morning to_be married. Everytning went well up to the place where the ring is used. Evidently the young man didn't know about the formality of using a ring, tor when the minister asked. "Have you fhe ring,"-he-naively held up his hand and remarked, "I'es, I have one here on my little finger," displaying a home-made pewter ring with a ponderous dlamond-shajied protrusion. I turned toward the window and the minister's wife hid the faintest of smiles in her little handkerchief. The ring figured In another marriage ceremony. The officiating clergj-man was progressing with the tradltional^rite to his satisfactiun. When he came to the place -where | peo.Dlc- who appear before the minls- Mrs. Petty, who just can't read any more rear news-ifs too horrible- si(/iHy ii-el! fondvrd in her scat on the train reading the evening edition of the man ahead to see juH where the murdered girl's body was found. dropped the coin into the Red Cross box at the Y.W.C.A. "Can you spare time to give tia a lorU of resume of an average day's business?" wo asked her, noting her trim and well-groomed appearance'at this late hour of the day-immaculate collar and cuffs, neat black silk apron over a business skirt of blue serge and hands that were clean and gullt-' less of jewelry, "Why yes. Indeed," she answered, stooping to pull out a small leather-bound notebook from some recess beneath the coflnter. "Now this Is my private notebook-a kind of diary- in whlcli I try to check up each night the things I've learned during the day, the most peculiar of the questions and the little touches of human nature I encounter." She leafed over some pages, � "Let's see-now here's last Thursday. It was an average day, I think, I gave'out seventeen books on gardening or matters pertaining to gardening. Significant, Isn't it? In the morning I sent out five books on aviation, three of them to women subscriber.'?. (We may have some Can *dian Ruth Laws soon!) At ten o'clock I had to put soma noisy boy out of tho reading-room and then rielped'the Saturday story-teller with Bome worlc. She's a veritable liter �ry pled-plper by the way. The chll rfren simply flock to her story-hour �n Saturday morning. At eleven came a aentlmental young girl asking for a good novel-"one where the her ^. (a I clean-shaven," she specified, ound one for her. Shortly after this 4 youth of sixteon carnc wanting aoyel he had read about, but the title Of-which he had quite forgotten. lie knew the plot anyway, or most of It. : He saljl; *It ends up.with the hero throwing tho spy over^ cliff, and then he marries the girl,', I . racked my brains, but couldn't find tliat particular thriller. So he went away to try ^ ,4nd Jooata the review tie had read. ...I'kbout qoon li'dilstrosslngly energetlo person nished in ond .domanded a book on war-time m^nus. She didn't know that I know iier, but tjjhc'H � maiden aunt ol tv ce^taia Mr,t Jonca^ isn't it? Yes, it's a gay fey life, it you don't weaken! Wheatlesa Nut and Raisin Muffins ONE and a half cupsful tempered oat flour, IVz cupsful corn flour.'i 2 teaspoonsful salt, 2 table-spoonsful baking powder, % cup molasses, 1 cupful water, % cup raisins, chopped; hi cupful Enjrllsh walnuts, chopped- Mix and sift the flour, salt and baklng^owder, add the chopped nuts and raisins, the molasses and water. Beat well and iiour into greased muffin tins or small bread pans and bake in a moderate oven. If it Is baked in bread form it is more easily cut the second day. B. M. B. Here Is a rare coniblnatlon of a wheatiess and sugarless bread. Walnuts bought th^. shell were used- they are about SO' c^nts a pound cheaper this way. .For 25 cents one dozen and* half-of these little muffins can be ihade. the ring is used he asked the groom something about the ring. The groom looked sheepishly ;aL the girl by his side. The minister again asked the young man If he had a rine. Then a look of comprehension flashed fnto the faces of both, and before the minister could interpose they locked their arms and went through that old game of "wringing the dish-cloth." When they slopped the minister was HO dumbfounded that he was a bit slow in finding his voice. Thinking they liad not done enough, they went nt It again. That minister is not sure to this day whether he finished that service with the customary blosaine or not. A minister in one of the ports of Newfoundland was conducting a wedding in the village church. Whether because of mental obtuseness or of Imbibing too freely beforehand of wedding refreshments, the groom seemed unable to understand what the minister meant when he said: "You will now repeat after me these words." The clergyman began: "I, John, take thee, Sarah-" and then paused for the groom to take up tho refrain. But Instead of repeating what the minister said, ^ John just hoarsely grunted: "Ye-es!" The minister once more told him to repeat the words, but received again the same grunt: "Ye-cS!" The min- TESTINO THEIR POVERTY. ^^DVERSITY .is. given-to some to i i^ter became embarrassed and paus- test; their poverty. . .miR.MXKEyp YyHENm-woman.resorts to art tor k. youthful ..eonjP'exIon� she is only trying to make up for lost time, TtiE'BEST'DICE THROW. gOMEBODY with .experience says: "The best throw a man can make with dice is to throw them away" od to take his bearings as it were Then-a man from theV gallery piped up: "Say after the pa'sson. Skipper John, say after the pa'sson!" Joh'^i took that in. Ho repeated tl;e words, and the ceremony was duly ffiilsh-ed. Kissed Him Too Soon ANOTHER wedding was Intor-rupted->by the bride's haste In kissing the husband. Not all ter' to be made man and wife clearly understand when the ceremony Is over. So it was in this case. After the minister in charge pronounces the couple man and wife there still remains a blessing and a benediction. The bride on this occasion had made up her mind that she would bestow the first kins upon her husband's cheek. So when the minister pronounced them man and wife siie turned and resoundingly emack-ed lipr husband's cheek. The friends, thinking it was all over, rushed up and Ijogau to exchange osculatory congratulations. After more or less confusion, th^ minister disentangled fhe .si'.arl and lined them up tor the final Ijleaslng. A well-known clergyman relates the following: "When I was superin-tendtnt of city miisionary work in Winnipeg I was called upon to marry a Husslan couple. The groom was a I'rotf.stant and the bride was a Greek Catliolic, but as the men in Russia have thptudled his fine print instructions, for when the groom had placed the ring on tho bride's finger the minister himself said to the young woman: "With tills ring r'thee wed-" He'was nt a loss to niccount for tho bride's lonl; of annoyance or for the audible titter from th'j guests. This seemed to me to be a bad mix-up, for surely the man Intended to many the woman of sixty and not the young girl at his side. As I could not make them understand my point of view � In tho matter, I forcibly exi-hanged tho ladies, placing tho two seniors side by side, and the two youngsters at the extreme cnd.s. I noticia a groat unrest among the KucKts and spoctators, and I saw that the old man was e.xcoedlngly *-hat to-night! Unneceuar j^- Petition ^piTR small boy had just been celebrating Ills fourtli birthday, and had partaken of a more than goodly supply of luxuries. Tired, but very happy, he knelt down nt his mother's knee to repeat his nightly prayer, as was his custom, ono jflno of which was, "Help mo to fill my llttlo place." When ho'came to this. Instead of repenting It na usual, ho stopped, and, looking up at his mother, said, "Mother, I don't think I need ask Illm IT Is tho soda fountain season. Children will long for Its products and their oldera nro not far behind. Very tempting drinks call easily bo made at home nt less ex-Iicnse, with fresh materials of known origin, and yielding nothing to the commorclnl drink in flavor and de-llclousness. Let the children sit on tliclr own veranda^md drink their home-made soda or milk shake. Tho hitter Is a most nutritious drink, and, flavored with a very little syrup'or fresh fruit, becomes a treat when tlio drinking of plain milk might be an unpleasant duty. 11 they arc not too cold nnd nro taken slowly tho drinking of fruit punches nnd milk shakes is a summer Juiblt to be encouraged. Fortunately they mo not difficult to prepare, and if fresh fruit syrups, ice, tall glasses, cream, milk and carbonated-waters are kept on hand, a "soda" or 'milk shako" is possible at any hour of the day, on one's own piazza nnd In glasses of one's own washing! In preparing these beverages It must bo borho In mind that they should never bo over-sweetened, as their mission is to quench thirst rather than to Induce It. it Is also best, it a fruit puree of any kind forms the basis, to prepare It several hours before using, so that thn sugar may dissolve in tho fruit Juices. Thl.i gives a more perfectly blended flavor and more body to tho drink, while le.':3 sugar Is needed. , Carl)onated water from a siphon is recommended for most of tho "fountain drinks," as it pours with more sparkle and force than if corked Ifcln-oi-iil waters aro used, if, however, tho latter or ginger ale is used, pour, from a luilght so that It may offor-vesco and foam up In the glass. Plain crearn .soda now tells at most of the fountains for 10 cents and tho majority of other beverages at 15, although whoro milk or egg is used they aro 20 cents. Tho housokeeper can do better than this nt home, however, for an ordinary bottle of siphoned wafer which costs 10 cents will make four beverages, and the cream and fruit syrup should not exceed 4' cents, making each cost C'/j cents when of home manufacture. plain cream soda. f^IIIS beverage may be" flavored with coffee, fruit ^ syrups or chocolate, as one prefers. Whatever the flavoring, the mode of preparation Is the same. For a chocolate soda put Into a tall glass a quarter of a cupful or chocolate syrup, add two tnblespoonsful of thick," cream and fill up the glass \vlth charged carbonated water, drawn from a siphon. Serve with straws. The straw is half of the clinrm to tho youngster. AVhy should not home bo as fascinating as a drug store? Icecream sodas aro made in the same manner, save that 'a ball of Ice cream ia substituted tor the liquid cream. mint frappe. gLICK Inlo a mixing bowl half of a peeled cucumber (this gives a delicious flavor when combined with the mint) and add In the order mentioned hair n do-.!en sprigs of fresh mint, two sliced lemons and ono cupful of pineapple syrup. Set on tlio ice for two or three hours to chill and ripen, and when ready to .serve add ono quart of cnllled mineral water and half a cupful of sliced crcTne do mentho cherfles, Pour lilTo a largo crystal pitcher', add a little cracked lee and garnish with a bouquet of mint. fruit; lemonade. JpUT liito a chilled glass one table-spoonful each of raspberry, currant nnd pineapple? synip (made by crushing the fruit, adding a llttlo water, heating to tho boiling point and sweetening slightly). Add the iulce of halt a lemon, ono teaspoon-ful of powdered sugar, a few bits of orango nnd three chopped Maraschino cherries. Mix well, stir In three tablespoonatul of cracked Ice nnd fill up tho glass with cold water. Servo with a long-Handled spoon, so that tlio fruit can bo calen. a ginger ale punch. ^11 IS is a very simple cold beverage ' ------ ----ii~.,i,_i, ,.,,ii ,,i,i. The One in Baltimore Is Decided Success and Largely Used. i^TIOULD every city have a public W laundry? Several American ^ cities liavo. Lady Baltlmoro has a fine nnd flourishing ono, with many branches, whero a family wash for 25,000 people Is done every year. Cincinnati and Philadelphia are well equipped, but New Vork, with its millions of emlgrnnts and tenement dwellers, hasn't a. single place for its poor to wash their clothes. There aro probably "f'-'n or sixteen public laundries in all tho cities in this country. Flvo of tho total number aro In Baltimore, which boasts tho best and most successful of the, public warehouses In'. tho Unlt^i States. In Europe tho idea of providing well-equipped, convenient places for tho use of th^ pooplo to wash their clothes.h^s becA de-  veloped for nearly twenty years, and the European washhouse is now widely used. London has thlrty-flvo Hirch institutions, used annually by nearly a million i.^ople, The public laundry in America is patterned- after thg, ones long and successfully operated in European cities. Generally It Is in conjunction witlva public bath, for this, of course, means economy of mal: en-ance, heating, water supply and so on. An abundance of hot water, tubs, wringers, clothes baskets, mangles, electric Irons and Ironing boards, as well as all minor utensils and various provisions necessary, aro always ready for use. There Is space for drying in great steam dryers, and bluing, conp ar-1 starch are sold on tho premises at cost. Eloctrlcally - driven apparatus, washing machines and other equipment have nut been mado use of in tho public laundries of America, for It has been considered Impractlcablo to employ such machinery with safety, and' not economical enough to be of advantage to those using a freo washhouse. i Success in Baltimore ' THE first public washhouse In America was opened in Philadelphia In 1898, It proved to bo rather a disastrous venture because bo poorly patronized. But tho reason for this, it was finally discovered, was tliat there were not separate provisions tor men nnd women. Baltirr.ore Is far ahead of all other cities In the number, equipment, patronage and success of Its public laundries. Annually over 25,000 people use the tubs and other equipment provided by the city. The fact that perhaps not more than two-thirds of the women in the congested districts the laundries is pointed out as being due to the lack of day nurseries in connection with the laundries, where children can be left In safe hands while the mother does the family wash. The creche, as an appendage to thfe public wash-house In America. Is almost unheard of, though It Is deemed essential in European cities. The largest OajH ot patrons of tho Baltimore laundiies aro tho colored women who live In the alleys and tho crowded tenements districts. A large number of men take ndvnntngo of the public tubs, paying a fee of cents ttr tho privileges of both washtub and bath. The charge for women is 3 cents an hour, nnd the laundries are open from 8 in the morning until 8 In tho evening. The simplest kind of apparatus Is provided so that anyone may readily learn to use It. Matrons nro always In attendance to givo any nec.\ssary help and to have general supervision of the premises. In fifteen years thore has been no difficulty from contagious diseases of any kind in the. BalUmora laundries. that goes particularly well with a fUsh dinner. Squeeze the juice of two lemons Into a largo bowl. Add one small cupful of freshly brewed cold ten, sugar to taste and stir until tho sugar Is dissolved. Stand on tho Iqg to ohlll. AVhon ready to sorvo add ono small sliced orango, one pint of cracked Ice, and pour In from a height one quart of cold ginger ale. Turn into a tall gry.stnl pitcher, add a bouquet of jtaah mint nnd serve Im mediately. Judicial CLERGYMAN. In an East End mission In London was addressing some boys on Roman history, and touched upon, tho .doings of Nero. After giving a very vivid picture of tho cruelty of tho omperor ho askctf them a fow questions, "fi'oys, what do you think of- Nero?" ho asked. There was no answer, "Well, Jones," ho said, turning to one boy, "what do you think of him? Would you say ho was a good man?" Jones hesitated, but upon being urged again for a reply, ho said, "Well, ho novor done nothin' to mol" . IT TAKES NERVE. . PAWNBROKElt s^ys It takei  man of norve to pawn bis uiU' brella In tho courso ol a rdttflstorifli Each One of These Thirteen Foods fai the Quantity Indicated Can Supply the Body's Daily Need pf Albumeo \ ;