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NOW ALL GET TOGETHER, GIRLS,
We surely ought to have more of
the details of that New York proposi
tion to round out -the college career
of the girl by giving her the care .of
a baby for one year and then adding
to her graduation degree "Q. M.,"
meaning Qualified Mother. If there is
any girl, college or otherwise, who
can qualify as a mother by caring
for any live baby one year, she ought
to have the degree "Q. H." Qualified
One year caring for baby? Huh?
What year? That's the point.
If it is baby's first year, there isn't
such an awful strain on qualification.
Has baby the colic? Rub its tummy,
dose it with peppermint, lay it down
and let it yell. Is a pin puncturing
baby? Pull out the pin. Is baby yell
ing for no apparent reason? Yelling
is the only exercise it has. Let it yell.
Does baby's food fail to bring it
along? Change the food. All this is
easy and hardly worth a place on the
college curriculum, although qualify
ing. But take the second year: Baby
begins to walk, talk and consume
spoon victuals. Baby is brainy enough
to make you get us and carry or rock
him or her under false pretense of
pin or colic. Baby is able to reach
the grate fire and sit down on it.
Baby is developing powers of inves
tigation and can pull the hot coffee
pot upon himself, or herself, without
aid. Baby can scale the bureau and
fall off it in a twinkling. Baby can
find the medicine cabinet and drink
the creosote or the shoe box and eat
the blacking. We can rea'dily see that
any girl who properly cares for a
baby in its second year adds polish to
her college education.
Likewise as to baby's third or
ourth or fifth year. The more the
years the more innocent deviltry and,
of course, the stronger the qualifica
tion of the college girl who success
fully pulls baby through, only one
year is yery likely to prove little. It j
is one thing to care for baby in the
colic period, when you can slam the
yelling creature down in its cradle
and feel you're' doing what's right
and another thing to spend a year
chasing baby from coal hole to attic
seeing that it doesn't, in its rascally
innocence, commit suicide or get
If the college girl is to get but one
year to wrestle with baby, clearly the
year should be specified. Even then
the chances of complete qualification
for motherhood are heavily against
her. What baby is one year, baby
isn't the next year, and the fact that
many professional mothers, so to
speak, don't ever realize this, is what
gives us such an almighty varied as
sortment of half-raised babies.
Withal, we have no desire to throw
cold water on this college proposition.
The average college girl wastes time
and energy on much more foolish
propositions than babies and babies
sure are educational. Any girl who'll
give a year to any baby, at any stage,
will know more and forget a lot that
she thought was knowledge.
PIANO TUNER LEAVES A SMALL
FORTUNE TO WIFE
Kokomo, Ind., March 3. T. A.
Wheeler, New Paris, Ohio, an itiner
ant piano tuner and an ececntric,
shabbily-garbed character known in
this and various Indiana cities for
thirty years, was found to have $12,
000 cash in his pockets when he died
in the Good Samaritan Hospital here;
Dying, he wrote a letter to his wife,
telling her he was leaving her $150,-.
000, the existence of which she had
Wheeler had an aversion to trolley
steam cars and even horse-drawn ve
hicles, and made his rounds on a
bicycle. He maintained a room in
each principle city he visited, though
he seldom used them.
Suit threatened against Mrs. Pot-
ter Palmer. Harlow N Higinbotham,
wants $67,000 fair fund.