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I tent uneaten and consigned as scrap.?
to the garbage pail. Much the same
is true of her intelligence in choosing
fabrics that arc durable. Every house
hold must have table and bed linen,
clothing and5 carpets. The woman
buys, that is, chooses, these things,
and her intelligence determines the
value Of the purchase. Each one may
pursue the "subject closely in all its
avenues end court back at last to as
sent to the proposition that the intel
ligence of the woman who spends it
determines the value of the dollar
which the man has earned.
With this truth, then, acknowl
edged, what arc you doing to educate
your daughter for her responsibility
in maintaining a home that shall be
a place and an opportunity for the
right development of the physical and
spiritual nature? A place where a
dollar shall buy opportunities for cul
ture as well as suitable Pood and
shelter? A place where a dollar shall
have its very greatest value secured?
It is a mistake to think that all
thought of money is sordid; rather,
is it not true that right thinking about
the use of money involves the best
kind of sentim'ent?
The licT?c fitfr'sccuring an c'ducntion
for tire daughter along the lines of
home economics will find its earliest
realization, T think, in the agricultural
college. There is a wonderful like
ness between the education suited for
the farmer and that suited for the
home-maker. It has taken a long
time to formulate a course of study
tjiat combines in a. rational way the
Iftory and practice of agriculture.
The men who have already mustered
tlhis iproblcm arc the ones who can
master the newer ones. They can
nVect the prejudices' that always assail
a new departure. Those who said
that the farmer can teach his son to
plow arc the first to say that the
mother can teach her daughter to
QOok, Little help and .great hindrance
must bo expected from those who
Qiitcrtain such poverty-stricken con
ceptions of farming as to believe that
flowing is the 'entire business, or such
noverty-striaken conceptions of home
as t think that cooking constitutes
uq importance. These two difficult
Subjects, agriculture and home-making,
can be most successfully taught
by trained teachers. You send your
Son to school to be taught to read,
not because you do not yourself
J know how to road, but because you
arc carrying on an absorbing business
and rightly think a trained' teacher
can give your boy the very best in
struction. The mother who is keep
ing house and making a home is fully
occupied and can not undertake the
orderly teaching of home economics,
and moreover, morc's the pity, there
arc many, many mothers who arc
themselves untaught.
I believe that home economy can
be taught along with the other stud
ies in the schools if wc had the right
kind of teachers. Take for example,
in physiology the student learns a
great many things and among these
things it learns that the skin is an
organ of excretion. Now -what docs
that determine in relation to the
home? In the first place it deter
mines that a bath once in a. while is a
good thing. It determines also that
one should not wear at night any
clothing worn during the day. It de
termines also that the bed room must
be well ventilated. When wc are as
leep wc can not change (conditions,
The system is relaxed and so the
matter of sleep comes into considera
tion. What is sleep? Who can say
what it is? Wc used to think-it a
physical excreta?, because the body
was tired. The heart and lungs work
constantly and the lazy man sleeps
longer than anybody else. So, there
fore, wc got new ideas about sleep.
Thcrcr arc those who say sleep is a
spiritual exercise. That wc must rc
'tirc from the wicked world for one
third of the time in order that the
spirit may be renewed. The mind and
the body is the first thing hurt when
one does not sleep. So all this comes
back to th'o one fact in physiology.
Did the teacher in physiology follow
it up? Certainly not, but following
its application and use in home life
wc shall find it a very pertinent in
fiuence in the every day things. I
think the fact determines a great deal
more. I think it determines the kind
of 41 house wc arc going to live in if
this body, this skin, is an organ of
excretion. We want to air our bed in
the sunlight and are going to have a
dainty homie full of untainted air. One
ought not to be discouraged when wc
think how 25 or 50 years ago that all
education was classical and because
so much now is scientific. Wc should
pot despair about having the every
day things brought into instruction.
The whole value of science is its ap
plication to affairs of every day life.
And why not bring it right "Into the
I also think with a great deal of
pleasure of something I read of Kate
Douglass Wiggin in which she speaks
of the violin and! says that the violin
is made of wood maple or other se
lected wood so much from the sun
ny side of the tree and so much to
wards the heart of the tree. The
wood that has heard the singing of
the birds, the rustic of the leaves, the
music of the insect and all the sweet
things of nature. After selecting It
it is put in water in a stream that
gurgles and ripples aroundl and then
the man who lies selected it puts the
wood away to lay for more than t
hundred years when another makes
the violin, and with bits of ivory and
metal fashions an instrument and calls
it good. And yet so carefully fash
ioned this violin is nothing unless
touched by a master hand. Wc make
a home of the material things come
into. the house, and yet there is some
thing more. The home is the place
for physical development nd also the
place for spiritual development. Rus
kin says: In the ipathway of every
good woman flowers spring up. They
spring up behind her, not before her.
You remember the words on the
ffisefiplion at the dfaBFWBSii I
tioni To the brayo mcif who amid
ptfrll discovered this country. To the H
brave women who in solitude, amid
strange things made home. Strange H
perils, strange dangers, heavy toil H
made their home. Now no home can H
Ijc made without the deepest study, H
and if wc would have things better, if H
wc would! lia.vc more homc9 that arc H
a place and opportunity for the right H
development of the physical and H
spiritual nature, wc should learn to fit H
our women well for such a great ca- 'V
recr as home-making. H
o H
"Sing me the song of the bit and spur
The song of the -smiling plain,
Blow me the breeze from the moun- H
bain top, H
and send mc the western rain. H
Mine be the light of the western stars H
My breath of the fir pine I
Where youth and joy and'Tovc come
back I
Like the taste of a rare old wine. I
So here's to the song of the moun- H
tain stream, I
To the shrill of the coyotc'scry, I
And may I wake in that western land H
'Stead of Heaven when I die." H
LAP SACKS. & & e ; I
' , We buy Grain of all kinds Write us ' I
: ; when you have anything to sell I
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