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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 14',
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the open fire, luxuriant plant? in the
generous window garden, a huge
Canton jar of poupouri, low tables'"
and baskets for unending needlework
and books, books everywhere.
"People thhik- .that the loss of
a mother falls heaviest on children,"
said Miss Jarvis gently, ""but, really,
it is only the grown daughters and
sons who understand.
"This Mothers' Day movement
making the second-Sunday in May
sacred to mother had nothing, he
hind it but my belief in meri- and
women as sons afld daughters;
Eventually it will create an all-nations
brotherhood, that will stand for
the protection of the mother and
child the unmarried mother, the
mother who works, the mother who
is widowed for, indeed, the preser
yation of the home itself!
"The white carnation was chosen
as the memory flower because it
grows everywhere and its whiteness
symbolizes the purity of a mother's
ioVe, its endurance, her fidelity.
"Through all ages and aUcountries
the wqrld is indebted to motherhood
for mother love is as old as the worldx
and as young as the youngest born.
It is the greatest -force for good on
this earth. Even a bad father's in
fluence is so discounted by a good
mother's that, nine times In ten, the
children come out all right And most
people had good mothers indeed,
most of us had the best mother who
"I contend that Mothers Day
should be the greatest of all holidays
because you cannot perpetuate any
thing without mothers."
Very tenderly, as one who touches
Bacred things, the "mother of Moth
ers' Day" brought from her desk
jacket after packet of letters.
"They come in hundreds," she ex
plained. "Here is one from a convict in
Honolulu, -where they celebrate'
Mothers Day in the prison. He says
that the memory service inspired him
p write to the mother he had for-,
gotten for eighteen years. Th(fs 'Is '
from Kentucky where a glii about to
Be married asked me to decorate her
mother's grave with white carnations
on her wedding day. '
"Mothers whose grown children
have become careless, mothers
whose hearts broke slowly, waiting
for the word that did not come, have
written me messages of blessing for
"Read this.if you can. It camefrom
a woman in Wyoming whose only
son, a lad at college,, wrote 'home
eyery week. Oh 'the -night of last
Mother's Sunday there, have only
been seven so far, .you know he
wrote his mother a love letter. Next
day he went boating and "did not
return. The letter followed the tele
gram to that stricken-house ar'word
ofcotrifOTt and affection from be-
yond the 'grave.
"The official recognition of Moth
ers' Day has been wide and satisfy
ing. Fprty state governors have be
come honorary vice presidents of the
association, half of them having is
sued Mothers Day proclamations.
Colonel Roosevelt, ex-President Taft
and. President Wilson have written
that they considered it ah honor to
serve on "the advisory board. And
wherever men have been concerned
the co-operation has been chivalrous.
"Comrades, wrote the G. A. R.
commander-in-chief to his soldiers,
'the boys of '61 owe their inspiration
as defenders of their cduntry to their
mothers. On "Her Sunday" we will
march to -church with the white
badge of memory in our lapels, car
rying the nation's flag.'
"Our association should have the
largest membership in the world, for
every one is a son or daughter of the .
best mother who' ver lived, the
mother of YOUR heart,"
Brown The facial features plain
ly indicate character and disposition.
,m selecting your wife, were you gov
erned by her chin? Jones No but
I have been ever since we married,