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WORKING TO AID
WOMEN OM FARMS
Uncle Sam Is Doing Much to
Make Life Brighter for Coun
INGENIOUS DEVICES PLANNED
Home-Made Fireless Cooker and leo
less Refrigerator Among Big Aids
to home Comfort and
Uncle Sam decided not long ago
that the 11,000.WO women and girls
who pass their lives upon American
farms did not have all that they
should have to make conditions as
liveable as they might be. As soon
as this decision was reached, Uncle
Sam, through the department of agri
culture, set about improving these
conditions as rapidly as possible and
the work has now reached big pro
The department, realizing that any
change must come gradually and nat
urally, began a few years ago with
the girls of the households. Through
the canning clubs G0.OO0 girls in rural
communities have been trained to ef
ficiency in a line of work which gives
them a means of self-respect by
teaching them the proper use of the
resources at hand.
The department of agriculture in
augurated and now carries on its work
for women through its division
of extension work in home econom
ics. The department is enthusiastic
over the manner in which the moth
ers' and daughters' co-operation move
ment has taken hold upon the women
whom it has reached, and its benefits
are already enriching a large section.
Work Carried On by Clubs.
The work is developed gradually
and is carried on by clubs which are
organized and directed hy trained
agents of the department.
Begun with the industry, most fa
miliar to the farm woman, egg and
poultry raising and selling associa
tions were formed last year upon
strictly scientific and business bases.
TI?e ;e worked an immediate and large
increase in financial returns. There
were 6.7S1 women in 15 states who
were materially benefited last year by
this one feature ?ff home extension
Buttermaking was next taken up,
with a correspondingly high average
In increased efficiency in preparing
the product for home consumption
and for sale, with a financial increase
correspondingly improved. Every agri
culturist knows that the highest qual
ity of butter, which naturally affects
the financial return, cannot be made
~~- tinder unfavorable conditions and
without proper equipment.
The field agent of the department
was prepared for this emergency, and
improved churns, butter workers and
molds were stwn. As properly, cooled
and kept cool milk Is the first re
quisite for a maximum of quantity
and quality of butter, she was also
prepared to set before the farmer's
wife remote from ice and manufac
tured cooling apparatus a home-made
iceless refrigerator, which she demon
strated would keep milk products in
summer at a temperature for the
proper forming and ripening of cream
to produce high-grade butter.
Assist in Making Devices.
The result was that last year more
than GOO Icc ess refrigerators were J
constructed at home, which proved ef- j
ficient aids to home comfort, sanita- ?
tion and profit. The home-made fire- j
less cooker has proved a boon to
thousands of women in remote dis- ?
So successful has been this introduc
tion that 2,181 effective fireless cook
ers were constructed by the women
themselves at their club meetings un
der the direction of the department's
field agent. A simple home-made fly
trap suggested by the department at
tracted the attention of the women,
and they have made nearly 2.000 de- !
stroyers of this insidiously working j
little house pest, which has for cen- I
furies been one of the banes of sum
mer life in the more remote rural
A simple device of wood and cloth
makes jelly straining an easy and a
sure operation. A strictly utilitarian
articlt with a grandiose title is a
scrubbing chariot, while a dustless
mop saves time and strength, and a
folding ironing board, which is .sus
pended from the wall, is always con
veniently at hand when wanted aD'J
out of the way when not in use.
A shower bath which may be con
structed at home for less than 50
cents has brought coolness and com
fort to many bathless households, and
quite frequently leads up to the in
stallation of the $10 home-manufac
tured waterworks recommended by I
the department of agriculeure.
One of the most active field agents |
in the promulgation of the ideas of j
the department of agriculture and in j
the making of labor-saviug devices,
notably the iceless refrigerator, is
Miss Rhea C. Scott, whose territory
is in Virginia. At the request of the
department. Miss Scott has compiled
a book which combines the concrete
results of a year's government club ?
work in home-made labor-saving de
vices for Hie use of the housekeeper. ;
This explains in full the construction j
of the anieles as p?-'2a by thc women
nnder the direction of the department
of agriculture. _ j
; ; ALL'S WELLTHATENDS WEL
?I By HOLLI DAY GRAY.
Denny Harbaugh came into
grandfather's library and flung h
self into a chair.
"Hello, grandad !"
"Good morning!" quavered a hi
thin old voice from a window wh
the morning sun was streaming
"How are you this morning, sir?"
"Rotten !"' answered Denny.
"What time was it-two, three
four o'clock-when you went to be<
asked the old man with fine sarcai
"Five,' said Denny.
"That is precisely the hour I turi
out. at your age. May I ask what j
It pleased Denny to tell the tru
"Usual thing-show, cabaret a
"Why don't you get married?"
Denny spread his hands. "Wi
on? I haven't two cents."
"Why don't you go to work, th?
pick out a nice girl and settle dowe
"I have picked out a girl, ' said D<
ny. springing up and pacing the flo
hands in pockets. "And that is ji
what I came to talk to you about,
want to work, but the education j'
have given me doesn't seem to cou
"I believe you're right, boy." T
old man closed his book and tapped
thoughtfully. "Of course you km
that some day you'll have all I've g
But I hope to be here for some tir
to come and in the meantime-sho
cabaret, club! I'll see how much y
mean what you say. You see that s
of Shakespeare I bought last yea
Well, I've decided that it's older ai
more valuable than I at first suppose
There's no record of it that I can fin
but if you can find out the date ai
history of the edition I'll give you tl
start in life you need."
"It's a go. sir!"
That night he went to see Mai
"Mary, I've never before been in
position to tell you, but I believe
see daylight ahead. I love you, de)
little girl. If I succeed will you ma
"Only waiting to be asked, Denny
she replied promptly.
After a season of rapturous silen<
Danny explained. "Grandfather hi
some rare books, you know. He's
dyed-in-the-wool bibliomaniac. La:
year he bought a rare old edition <
Shakespeare, but there was no recoi
of lt to be had. Rosencranz, the mo
he got lt from, is dead, and no ot
knows where Rosencranz got iL Ti
to hunt up the history of the thing an
ofter that grandad will start me I
business. That means you, Mary. It
worth working for, isn't it, dear?"
Then started a period of study an
Investigation for Denny which mear
more application, hard work and sel:
denial than he had ever before undei
taken in his gay young life. He haun
ed book shops and collections, librarle
and publishers to get some clew thu
would lead to the discovery of th
history of the books. He studied bint
lng and processes, modern illustratln
and old illuminations. But this sid
of the Atlantic yielded no informatio:
on the subject, and Denny determine
to cross the water in spite of Germai
submarines, to pursue his investiga
tions in England.
Then Mary, who had taken a keei
j interest in his efforts and had followet
every move he had made, decided t<
do something. There was something
she had known about the books al
I along that she had not told Denny
j And, going to her/trunk one day sin
I took out a paper, yellow, creased ace
brittle with age.
That night, knowing Denny was
away, she went to the great house fae
lng the park. Instead of ringing tht
bell, she tried the front door softly. Il
gave to her touch and opened without
a * sound. She slipped through the
soft-carpeted, high-ceiled hall into the
library, keeping close to the velvet cur
tains. Tiptoeing to the case that held
the precious old books she searched
until she found one volume with a
much-worn back. Under the discol
ored calfskin she slipped the paper
she had taken from her trunk and
then, replacing the book on the shelf,
she quietly closed the door.
"When old Rosencranz would give
me only two hundred dollars for the
set, I am glad now I didn't find the
paper until after he sold them. Father
always said they were worth ten thou
sand dollurs, as they were in the col
lection of Queen Elizabeth. But they
have served their purpose and I am
The next morning Marv as''ed inno
cently: "Denny, why (lou -ou seurch
the books thoroughly? Sometimes old
books have things stowed away in
them we never dream of."
"I have looked !" declared Denny,
"but before I go abroad I'll make sure.
You may be right. Mary."
And then came the wonderful dis
covery. Denny called her on the
phone. "Mary, I've found the paper.
You were right. It was under the cover
of 'All's Well That Euds Well.' And
think of all the time we've wasted,
dear. It makes rae wild to think of
it. witli this paper under our very
"Listen Denny, dear. Don't you
realize that you have learned a lot this
year-that now you can go into the
very business in which your grandfa
ther made his fortune-that you know
"You're right, I do. .And grandad is
so happy l:e insists on our getting mar
ried right away."
(Copyright, IBK. by tiic- McClure Newspa
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