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matter of dress might have a good
deal of effect on the work of a high
school girl or that it in any way af
fected her morals. Neither was it
understood that adenoids, removable
by a simple and almost painless little
operation, made a dunce of a really
smart child, or that scientific ventila
tion facilitated the work of students.
Ruth Shank, a pupil at Lincoln
high school, is a disciple of simplic
ity in dress.
"I believe," she said, "high school
girls are trying to be more simple in
their dress. They don't wear loud
or flashy clothes any more. But I
think they should be even more sim
ple. A uniform dress might be just
An investigation in the New York
schools has revealed the fact that
many pupils are retarded in their
studies' because of petty jealousies
aroused in matters of dress. Boys,
too, they say, pay too much atten
tion to gaily dressed girls;
Here js what prominent Seattle
women think of it:
-, Mrs. Geo, N. McLaughlin, presi
dent Federated Women's clubs: "I
am not in favor of a uniform dress
for high school girls, because I be
lieve that it can never be brought
about with the obstacles that con
front it. I do believe Wsimplicity of
dress, and I want to see some meas
ure adopted which will tend to make
the girls dress more simply.
"I suggest that on the monthly re
port cards the girl be marked on her
dress upon the, neatness with which
it is worn and the condition in which
it is kept. In grading I would sug
gest that the use of cosmetics of any
kind or the excessive use of perfume
be counted greatly against the girl."
Adella Parker, instructor of civics
at Broadway higl school: "I am de
cidedly not in sympathy with the uni
form idea. This is an age of artistic
development and individuality is
greatly to be desired in the dress of
a high school girL"
-Dr. Mary Martin: "I alwaysfelb
that the plainer and more "uniform
the dress in public schools the better.
I am not sure that a uniform dress
would be practical, but I wish with
all my heart this conditiin could be
accomplished. The desire to dress,
as well as- her companions is at the
bottom of the downfall of many a
Atty. Leona W. Browne: "If I had
my way .there would'ybe no frills in
high school, and a plain gingham
dress would be worn the year
around. I am .heartily in favor of a
uniform dress at high school, but I
don'X seehow this could be accom
plished very well. The man with a
large family who earns $2 a day can't
possibly dress his children as people
in "better circumstances want to dress
theirs. Ibis unfair to both the poor
man and thfe' rich man. A plain Peter
Tompkins or one-piece dress of some
kind is' my idea of the proper dress
for a .high'chool girl."
What dbf-YOU think about it?
,M- HER THOUGHTS
"What .are you -thinking of, dear?"
"Oh, -of -nothing much."
"Tut, tut, I had hoped you were
thinking of. me."