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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 24, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta "VOMENof?JHE WORLD-THEIR. WORK ana VlM HEALTHY GIRLS MAKE REAL LADIES Physical Development Is the Basis of Childhood - High-Pressure School Development Often Spoils a Girl's Health -Too Many French Heels. "I What Magicians Can't Accomplish, Good Dressing Can By MAUV K. WALTER. T Is the woman of It-am I pcr-' i:'.' in blame" nsks Misi Onlllc Howard In her protest against some of the conditions of tier life. "My brother Clarence nml i were twins," sho said, "brought up together with the. tamo .schooling and training. When we were eighteen father died, leaving Clarence nml mo not only to support ourselves, but to share tho obligations toward mother and the younger children anil assumo father's debts. In the ten years since, Clarence has become a hero, doing more than his share for the family and for me, too. lie has also hammered away at his business (ill he has made It successful. "As for me, I am looked on by my relatives and family as an irresponsible failure. I have managed to peg away and help support myself, leaving the chief burden to Clarence. For 1 his condition of affairs I am reproached that I 'let nil sorts of Imaged ills and emotional notions interfere with' my obligations,' that I have, 'no go-ahead and stick-to'.' For a lonp tlmo my Puritanical conscience blamed mo for being just what my family said I was, but lately I have cornc to think the matter out and to nee why Clarence is a success and I a failure. "As a baby and a growing girl I was usually dressed In pretty dresses with lace trimming, and told by mother, mint, or nurse: 'Don't get dirty. Play with your dolls, like r,'.idy.' So I was talked into observing ,ny clothes and my manners, to sitting Indoors with dolls and toy beds and cook stoves, letting my muscles atrophy and my lungs breathe close air. Clarence wore rough clothes, had ball, top. marbles that took him into tho sun and air, whero his muscles and his lungs acquired iron-bound health. In tho winter I was a hothouse plant, while Clarence was thrust out to get rosy and hardened. Since physical development is the basis o� childhood, which of us had tho better start? With my physical �.'lining would Clarence have been a man or a sissy? "Older, I -helped- with tho housework-indoors. I sewed, embroidered, darned. In my stagnant life nothing overcame my natural girl timidity and lack of 'go-ahead.' Clarence did chores in tho outside air, climbed trees, swam, fought, and came out on lop without hurting his clothes or his manners. Then I was put to a high pressure school development with dainty Indoor calisthenics and plenty of night study, that increased the strain on my nerves overwrought with tho usual girl regime. Clarenco accordingly to boy tradition, had vigorous field sports to balance his school work. "Naturally Clarenco consumed quantities of food that built into his body tons of vitality. I ate gingerly and no one told mo of tho ovil results that would como of it to tho nerves and body of a girl who in by nature more finely strung, more emotional and excitable than a boy. "At fourteen I put on corsets, or rather, was put into them according to tho Ideas of the men nnd women about me-I say men, for no man of my family and friends protested against squeezing my growing body into this unnatural fence. From that day to the day I discarded corsets my lungs wero half supplied with air. At fourteen I put on French heels, and again no man showed any disapproval of this ultra fool method of crippling my movements. With French heels I took no vigorous exercise, I used double energy In shortened step*, jarring my brain and internals and scattering my ambition and vitality on tho altar of asinine fashion. By tho same token my skirts wero too wide or too narrow as Paris dictated. ' "At twenty-ono Clarence, whose clothes may bo taken without explanation, was a howling success. At twenty-one I felt willing, physically and mentally, to play the pretty parasite to some sturdy man with a bank account. As to Initiative, vitality, energy, brain force, tenacity-that are 'so lacking in women, don't you know! -what had become of mlno? "Is ,'t my fault thaf I am a failure? A Coat (or the Stout Woman TTEItE Is a coat to make one glad that soutache braid was Invented. It will delight the heart of tho large woman tq know that this model was specially designed by tho new sveltllno system to give her ample figure the svelt, stylish lines of slcnderncss. Correct dressing makes stoutness Invisible-sveltllno fashions do what magicians can't-make It disappear. It's All in the Clothe. You Wear "JJOW to be stylish though stout" is no problem at all to tho large woman who wears sveltllno gowns. This new system of designing brings out all the good lines of the largo figure and gives it the slender, svelt appearance demanded by fashion. "53) I Quick Wit fJM-tIS commanding officer was much troubled about the persiBtent untidiness of ono of his men. Reprimands and punishments aliko were unavailable. The man seemed incorrigible. Then a bright Idea occurred to Hio officer. Why not make tho fellow' march up and down before the entire company and so shame him. Tho idea was duly carried not, and tho untidy warrior fras forced to exhibit himself to tho contemptuous scrutiny of his fellows. Undnuntcd, however, ho then enme to n, halt before his commander, anluted, and, with tho utmost sangfroid, remarked: "Dhlrtiest company I Ivor inspected, sorrS" ,.-k.-- � v Oriental Note in a Drawers Combination f|M-IE vogue for an oriental note in dress is given expression in the drawers-combination shown in the sketch presented herewith. Tho garment should bo mado of some sofo negligee silk, such ns crepe do chine or satin. Tho bloomer section of tho garment is out quite full, and it Is gathered in at oithor kneo quite simply, a band of embroidery on either outer side accentuating tho Turkish trouser effect. Women nrq more and morn abandoning petticoats except for wear with very sheer frocks, wearing in their place bloomers with sufficient fulness to give tho skirt nil the support necessary, and certainly for warm weathor wear a combination garment such ns the one shown in tho sketch would prove very well worth while, an no extra bloomers would bo necessary, Tho back of tho garment is cut exactly liko tho front. Tho undcrbodico section has no opening front or back, that is, it is morely slipped up over the arms The garment should bo drawn in at tho waist with a narrow elastic or ribbon, and if ribbon is usotf this is of course tied ut ono side of the front half heW,- which Is, embroidered, to i match fh#,knee bai>U� ' ;.. Gardening Set for Girl l^VEN tho smallest girl can do her "bit," and she may become enthusiastic if sho Is provided with her own little garden set. The sketch illustrates one of theso sets, composed of apron, sunbonnet or hat. and bag all mado of bright flowered cretonne and trimmed with plain colored chambray, linen or gingham. Tho big pocket across the front of tho dlmihutivo apron may bo used ,for holding scissors if flowers are to be snipped, or if little Miss Cnnada is doing a job of "weeding" both pockets and bag may bo pressed into service to hold them. Tho apron buttons up in the centro back, and a neat little strap at tho waist lino holds it in placo. Tho bag may bo shaped ns the one in tho skotch is, with flaring top, an Inner lining of canvas serving to reinforce or stiffen it, or a gatherod-ln-nt-top bag may be substituted. Tho open topped bag shown is tho best for gardening work, however, ns It Is ready for whatever goes Into it without tho trouble of waiting to slip draw-strings. Tho litlo sun hat has a circular brim stiffened with an Inner lining of canvas and stitched with two rows at its edge, and tho crown la merely a circular piece, buttoned on to the brim. It is much easier to launder ono of these hats if they are made in two sections and buttoned together. To make this sot for u girl of six or soven years ono and a half yards of oretonne thirty-six inches wide will be required, - - -- �.- THE RETURN EVIL CAN BE REMEDIED Stores Can to Some Extent Make the Return Fiends Listen to Reason. SOME QUEER CASES Investigations Made at Baltimore Brought Out Some Scarcely Believable Requests. F' ROM out of a series of Investigations Into the return evil con. ducted in Baltimore, there have been uncovered somn unproccd'.'ntrd and sca.rc.ely believable cases. From tlm mass of tangled facts and incldei.ts, thorn looms forth this one big issue: Tho woman who would return can bo. induced, by sensible reasoning, to acknowledge the lolly of her request-and the following ease shows what reasoning of this kind can do. Last January, one of tho exclusive stores put on Kile a number of black Georgette waists, with long sleeves, at $5.75. Ono of these, was brought back by a pnrohnser, but It was not the samo waist that had been sold. The long sleeves had been out off; a piece of common twine had been attached to tho rough edges, and the Georgette rolled around this to give n corded effect. Chanlllly lace had been added as trimming. The general manager of the store was called in when the waist came back, and invited the customer to step into bis office. Madam, you do not expect us to take that waist back do you?" nt'ked the general manager. 'My sister told me to bring it back," she said. "It was a present to me from her, and I do not want it." Have you ever worn the waist?" asked tho merchant. "No," replied the woman. "Did your sister pay for it?" "I do not know." "Has sho an account here?" "That I do not know," answered the woman. A Nervy Request Straight-Line Frock of Velvet or Velveteen i'PHE dress shown in the sketch would develop extremely well in velvet or velveteen, If It Is to be a real winter dres:i. Jf for earlier wear velvet or velveteen might lie used for tho bodice section and the cuffs and crepe meteor or satin for tho remainder of tho frock. Or it might bo developed in satin and serge. The back nf this dress is cut exactly liko the front. The long pointed panel effect. Into which the bodice is continued is important, in that it gives length of line to tho finished frock. Touches of metal or colored embroider trim tho bodice, which fastens with small decorative buttons in the centro front. A Trig Bathing Suit Made Up in Two Colors iTHE sketch offers a suggestion for a very trig lltle bathing suit, which may be made up in two colors. A princess line Is suggested by the straight � panel front, but sufficient fulness Is admitted to make the garment comfortablo for wear In the water, and this fulness is held in at the waist 'by tho sash which slips through the slot on either side of the front panel and is looped at the back, This suit is made of navy bluo salt water satin with yoko, to which the lower sectlojt pretends to bo buttoned, of American Beauty satin. The stitching Is in American Beauty colored silk twist, and the suit is banded In satin matching the yoke. Sa3h and bloomers are also developed in American Beauty shade. * To mako the suit shown In the sketch two and a half yards of navy and one and three-qtmrter yards of American Beauty colored satin will bo required. In developing the bloomers tho old-fashioned gathered in at the knee kind may be made or the sknart riding breeches so much favored tills season may be used. If the latter are selected they should fasten below the knees and show well below the edg� oj the skliU -H OW, Madam, let me ask you another question," continued tho general manager. "Would you buy a waist if wo offered you ono in that condition?" "Why, of course not, do you think I want second-hand stuff?" she return ed. 'That is just It. You ask us to accept the waist after it is worn out, and if wo offered it to you at a sain you would feel greatly insulted. Would you want us to lose that money? Would you have tho auda city to come in this store and nsk us to give you $5.75 for your own use Tho Idea, I never heard of such a thing." she answered. "Nevertheless, Madam, I do not mean to offend you, I am merely asking you to look nt this in the. same light as we do," continued Die general manager. "You would not ask us to do anything you yourself would not do. Put yourself in tho place of an agent of this store. What would you do if a customer came in with the waist you have in your hand and asked you to take it back?" | I beg your pardon, Mr.--," returned the woman as she arose. "I never looked at the question in that light." A Shoe Case HEBE is another ono that would indeed bo tho basis for a comedy scenario entitled, "Shoas, or Bequeathed to Sister." It is more than a year since this happened, yet it emphasizes tho prevalence of the evil: There was a sale of shoes at ono of the big Baltimore stores, and among those who took advantage of tho opportunity to save a few dollars was a woman from one of tho rural districts. She paid $2.98 for a pair. "I bought those shoes about a year ago," sho said. "I told the girl that they wero too tight for me, but she argued that they wore not, and induced me to take them. I wore them out, but have had them halt soled and heeled. Now, I cannot wear them." 'What did it cost you for repairs?" asked tho manager. She told him it was $1. "You spent carfare coming to the store and going back home, that is 20 cents more" continued tho merchant. "Now, madam, wo cannot .use tho shoes, but in view of the fact that you had a year's wear out of them, and tho girl induced you to take a si/.e too small, suppose I pay you for the repairs and your carfare, and let you give the shoes to someone else." "My sister hero can wear them," snid tho customer, Indicating tho woman with her. "In fact, sho intends to buy a pair of shoes to-day." "That is fine" said the merchant. "Supposo wo sell them to her for M If Bho Is willing?" "I'm willing," said the sister, and sho paid over $1, to which tho merchant added "0 cents for carfare, and the deal was closed. THE DULL IS A BAD So Says Arnold Bennett, Brit ain's Most Interesting Essayist. IMAGINATION~NEEDED It Is Only by Thi3 Means Can You Understand Other People. � I f~TT\ HE dull man works evil. He I is in partnership with tho devil." So Arnold Bennett, tho novelist, declares Jn the Woman's Home Companion. Mr. Bonnctt is so impressed by the havoc created by sheer dullness that he devotes an entire article to tho subject, warning us at tho outset: "You must be sure that the man whom you charge with dullness is always dull before you condemn him to the category of perfect dullness." In some cases, ho adds, dulncss may spring from timidity, or from modesty, or It may merely indicate that the dull individual lias never been taught an elementary lesson of good manners. Mr. Bennett formulates his indictment of the dull man under three heads. In tho first place, he says, a dull man has no sense of humor. But the absence of a senso of humor, Mr. Bennett concedes, is not alone a proof of perfect dullness. Some men without the senso of humor appeal to him as far from dull. St. Paul, for example. Again, a completely dull man has no play of fancy. Still, the, absence of fancy is not alone, In Mr. Bennett's estimation, a proof of dullness. "The Herman Emperor has apparently neither humor nor fancy, but nobody could ever complain that ho was dull." Thirdly, and lastly, a completely dull man has no imagination. Ho cannot put himself In some one else's placo. Ho lacks "tho most precious of all faculties"-tho imaginative faculty. He is tho Wordsworthian man to whom a primrose, by tho river's brim is strictly a yellow primrose instead of being a miracle. All of which leads to tho sentence Willi which this article opens. "And here," Mr. Bennett says, "I am not insisting on the evil directly caused by .dullness itself, though that Is by no means negligible." Fall Suit Constructed With an Eye to Economy 'THE suit coat sketched is quite long, fully a three-quarter length garment; but a pleasing close-reefed silhouette is effected. Useless nnd cumbersome pocket laps, belts, etc., have been eliminated. Tho sleeves ire quite plain, fitting the arm easily, and finished with slightly flared cuffs. Tho scarf collar really requires less fabric than would bo needed for the stereotyped coat collar and rovers, and it fits so snugly about tho throat that a fur neckpiece might bo dispensed. This is an excellent example of the conservative suits developed for next season, and which will undoubtedly r>e selected In great numbers by well-dressed women. It may be developed in sergo or gabardine for early fall wear, or for more severe weather, velour, velvet, or any ono of the novelty fabrics now being used. Oxford gray suitings might be developed in that cloth with trimming of braid and black buttons. The vest of white satin chamois or bright colored fabric gives a pretty dressy touch to the otherwise severely tailored garment. dullness. The conscience of tho dull man is never normally developed. How could it be? A highly important factor in the development of conscience is tho imaginative realization of the possible or probable effects of a given act. on other people. Conscience is very largely based on tho social senso. It is shaped and invigorated by tho exercise of putting yourself in tho other man's place. It cannot flourish without the help of imagination. And the dull man has no imagination. He does not posses the faculty of putting himself in the other man's place. He is bound in by tho matter of fact of his own entity, and cannot emerge from it oven for a few minutes in order theoretically to bo somebody else. Therefore he is certain to blunder, to bo unjust, and to be cruel. Ho cannot be charitable." The excuse that tho dull man sins by want of thought rather than with intention, unconsciously rather than consciously, does not, as Mr. Bennett points out, lessen the evil. A FRUITLESS ERRAND. SUPERSTITIOUS philosopher says that when a man visits' a melon patch and meets a watchdog It's a sign his errand will be fruitless. ~>�--*.">���-'V i-r Dullness an Evil R continues: "Dullness moans boredom, not only for the dull man, but for tho companions of the dull man, and boredom Is the mother of many ills-vice3 too numerous to namo, and uncountable other catas-trophies. Hence, by his dullness along the dull man Is responsible for much infelicity, nnd is a distinct hindrance to the progress of civilization. "But what 1 wish to emphasize Is the evil duo to that lack, of imagln- | ntion which is the origin Understanding Others \,rET, if a man is absolutely dull, it ho is utterly without imagination, how can he put himself In tho other man's place? Is he not rather to bo pitied than condemned? Mr. Bennett replies: "There is no such thing as the absolutely dull man, tho man absolutely without Imagination. Everybody has some gift of imagination. Everybody can succeed in putting himself, to a certain extent, In the oilier man's place. Tho gift can ho cultivated, just liko other gifts." Ho concludes: "Many wives and many husbands, many parents and many children, set about to perfect themselves by practice in the serious or tho unimportant things that interest them-ten. nis, golf, music, bridge, foreign lalW giuiges, memory, taste, business acumen-but there are not many who consciously and conscientiously cultivate their imagination, and being just to other people by means of the imagination. "Not many, when they are absent from tho other person, take the trouble to follow his activities and difficulties in their own m)nds. Not many dwell in thought upon the temperaments of the people with whom they are in constant relationship, and bring those temperaments Into the equation of their dally life." YES, INDEED! ounce ot taffy on a stick Is worth a pound of epitaph? on a ot the | tombstontv .^-sm�; *f* M �y y ^ ............--~----- a. -L -J. a. iij ;