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Today she is perfect in body and
sound in health.
The story of Dorothy's achieve
ment is one in which many "American
parents should find a vital interest.
It may serve to saye some girl from
sacrifice to the stupidity of those
fathers and mothers who frown down,
their daughters' hunger for whole
some outdoor exercises and frolic
with the "tomboy" rebuke.
Mothers who prohibit the active
play of their girls on the foolish plea
that it is "unladylike" and "undigni
fied" are sinning deeply against their
children. They are stunting, and
maybe actually helping slowly to kill,
those dearest to them.
Grit and persistent exercise of
lungs and muscles are the big essen
tials in building sound and beautiful
Any girl who has a fighting chance
can do what Dorothy did, I am sure.
She was 10 years old when
stricken with scarlet fever. Compli
cations necessitated operations which
brought her to the verge of death.
"Take her to the beach," advised
our surgeon. "That will help if any
thing can." No mysterious formulas!
No expensive medicines! Simple ad
vice to "let her swim."
Her father and I didn't have the
fatalism of laziness. We set to work
in fearful earnest
Our girl weighed just 49 pounds
when we arrived at the seashore. So
shattered were her nerves that we
could not speak to her, pould not
make tlio slightest noise, without
throwing her into a crying spell.
But she learned to swim.
And seven weeks later her weight
had increased to 72 pounds.
A bit of color appeared in the wan
cheeks. Slowly the rasped nerves
responded to the shoothing touch of
the sea. Today she tilts the scales
at 115 pounds in her thin bathing suit
as fine an example of sturdy, win
some girlhood as can be found anywhere.
With her swiming, which we found t
best combined the essentials of body-i v
building, Dorothy took up gradually,
"0, but I wouldn't let my daughter
go in for anything so coarsening"
how many mothers have I heard say
that. And how utterly unfounded
Athletics need not, and seldom do', &
coarsen any girl. She may swim,
run, play ball, punch the bag, box and
engage in practically every game of
skill and strength yes, bless you!
even with boys and not lose a ves
tige of her modesty, dignity and fem
My daughter does all these things,
and not one of her boy companions
has ever addressed her or touched her
In fact, our experience shows that
outdoor sports inspire a more abid
ing respect between boys and girls
than any other form of intermingling.
MEASUREMENTS OF "PERFECT
GIRL" DOROTHY BECKER
4 Yrs. Ago. Today.
Height 5 ft. 1 In. 5 ft. 2 in.
Weight 49 lbs. 115 lbs.
Neck 10y8 in. 12 in.
Chest 27 in. 32 in.
Chest expa'n...28 in. 34 in.
Waist 22 in. 25 in.
Hips 29 in. 35 in.
Thigh 17 in. 20 In.
Calf 10 in. 13 in.
Ankle , . f 7 in. 8 in.
Upper arm 8 in. 10 in.
(Continued Tomorrow.) v
The telephone girl follows a calling. Q
The horse dealer a trade.
The seaman a craft.
The detective a pursuit.
The postman a walk of life.
When milk is scorched while boil
ing, remove the pan from the fire and
place it in cold water. Put a pinch of
salt irvthe milk and stir it up, and the
bumaste will disappear.