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THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE MAKING THE FARM HOME BEAUTIFUL By MRS. BELLE VAN DORN HARBERT. President of the International Congress of Farm Women Go where you may and you will find a large percentage of the farm mothers and daughters dis satisfied not because they are overworked or mistreated, but just simply because they are lone some, and their souls hunger for more beautiful surroundings and for love and companionship, for the happiness that comes from fellowship, for recognition in so ciety and for more modern con veniences in the farm home. Supply these and all is changed, their shoulders straighten, their eyes brighten and the corners of their mouths turn up, mother's step becomes more elastic, she sings the songs of yesterday, and her work is glorified before her eyes. The daughter, too, instead of planning a life behind some counter in the city or at the type writer, sees the happiness in the open fields and the pure free air of the country. These things do not depend upon wealth as counted in dollars and cents, for wealth does not consist of the things which we possess, but the things which we enjoy. The poorest home in the world is . one with money and nothing else. Is it not time, then, that we "consider the lilies of the field" and think of what God has done to make the earth man's dwelling place and how the little things in nature have been worked out with such infinite pains? How each little flower, like each little thought, invariably produces its own kind and how discontent and dissatisfaction are born and nur tured around the unkempt and inconvenient dwelling place? : We have spent too much thought in making a living and too little on living. I know the cornfield has a substantial look because its products pay for the farm, but the flower garden has a refining look that makes the farm worth paying for. There is a Divine relationship between humanity and beauty that cannot be explained until we know why the rose is sweet and the dewdrop pure or the prismic colors of the rainbow pleasing to our senses. We cannot tell why we go into ecstasy over the color of a Colorado sunset or the maj esty of the mountain peak, but we do know that they who miss the exultation over the manifest beauty of nature are poor, indeed. Behold the beauty of the land scape, every part of which is necessary to effect a perfect whole; the white clouds floating in the clear blue sky; the haze, the mist, the black and threaten ing clouds that furnish a magnifi cent background for the rainbow all are phenomena of beauty necessary to develop the highest type of animate life which is man. If we do not take them into ac count and profit by their lessons, we miss the refinement and the perfect development they bring, and the process of evolution and unfoldment stops so far as we are concerned until we do catch their meaning and make it a part of our ideal selves. If we surround ourselves and our families with beauty, pure and unadulterated, if we learn to love it, live it, then our brains, by some secret process which man has not yet discovered, link our material bodies to the beautiful, and it manifests itself in the very warp and woof of our animate ex istence. If God has taken such infinite pains to beautify by His handiwork, is it not worth while for us to consider its worth and to cultivate it in our personality, in our surroundings, in our very souls ? Will we let the gilded saloons, the beautiful parks, the gay ball rooms of the city rob us of our boys and girls because they are starved for companionship and love and beauty and modern sur roundings in the farm home? No, a thousand times, no! We can make our homes so beautiful and our surroundings so pleasant and agreeable and farm life so attractive and restful that we will have the world at our gates begging entrance, because of the peace, contentment, refine ment, culture and hospitality of the rural homes. The reason the call to the farm has not been answered and the march from the farm to the city is increasing to an alarming ex tent is because the world reads the value we put upon our farm homes by the beauty, comfort and convenience with which we sur round them. The forlorn picture of the old farmer and his poor, hard-working wife has become fixed upon the minds of the peo ple and will not be changed until we have posed for a new picture and sent in the proof. To show you that a large num ber of farmers all over the coun try are catching the spirit of beauty and refinement along with a show of substantial thrift, I have selected a number of pic tures which represent homes be fore and after being fixed up. I have endeavored to bring to you the average homes, not the ones upon which a large sum of money has been spent, but rather the poorer homes where a little paint or whitewash and the planting of shrubs and flowers, the careful planning of the grounds and the keeping of the lawn has brought about the change. There is enough latent and mis directed energy in every neigh borhood actually going to waste to make it a place of beauty. 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Business men and well-to-do farmers are offering prizes for their favorite flowers, and you will see from the pictures that grandmother's flower garden is being made to bloom again in many country places. The boys and girls in some small country villages have pledged to keep the weeds down along the highways, and in Cali fornia miles of country roads are being decorated with hardy peren nials by the school children. Practical agriculture, horticul ture and floriculture, and,, above all, habits of thrift and useful ness, are successfully taught in this way. What Constitutes a Well Furnished Home The well-furnished house is not one which is cluttered up with things which may be useful or at tractive in themselves, but which nobody uses or enjoys, but one which contains those things which are necessary for convenience in working and for comfort and sat isfaction in living, and no more. It need not on that account be strictly utilitarian; on the con trary, if it were well planned, per fectly comfortable, it would also be beautiful, because beauty does not lie so much in the ornaments which are put on a thing as in the perfect adaptation of that thing to the use for which it is intended. In a collection of historical furni ture the most beautiful pieces of each period are not those which are most elaborately decorated, but those in which material and shape and workmanship best answer the needs they were de signed to meet. If there is orna ment, it does not interfere with usefulness or comfort, and is so applied that it brings out the in herent beauty of the lines and material. The reason why some of the plain old tables and chairs which we have inherited from earlier times look better than many of the elaborate and showy ones which have just left the fac tory is that their makers were more interested to make them strong and comfortable than sim ply to produce novelties the chief merit of which is to catch the eye. The same principle holds in all household furnishings in fact, in everything. If a woman tries sin cerely to arrange her house ac cording to this idea of adaptation to use, she need not worry about its being "pretty." She may not be rich enough to have expensive things, but if she uses harmonious colors for her walls, floors, and upholstery, and chooses furniture for its good design and comfort rather than for its ornamentation, her house can hardly fail to be restful and attractive. It is possible to carry the idea of simplicity too far. For ex ample, a chair is not necessarily beautiful, comfortable, or easy to take care of merely because it is made up of straight lines. On the contrary, such severely plain furniture is often both awkward looking and uncomfortable. Too many useless ornaments in a room undoubtedly give it an overcrowd ed, restless look, and have a fur ther disadvantage in making un necessary work in cleaning. On the other hand, no ornaments at all would make it seem bare and unfriendly. The sensible woman, steers between the two extremes and uses a few ornaments chosen because they are useful things in especially beautiful form, or be cause they represent the artistic interests of the family, or have the intangible but none the less real value of personal association. A usable vase of handsome glass or pottery, a good-looking box for matches, a graceful lamp with a shade which not only throws a good light but is beautiful in shape, color, and design by day as well as by night, a candlestick which is a family heirloom, and a few good photographs or prints of famous places or pictures in which the family is interested are ex amples of suitable ornaments. Auto-Fedan Hay Press U m. 9-Horse -Stroke Self-Feed. iMd Tw can run H. H tba labor. Takaa feed with division board. f 1 11 l . uacavo: nn w lv and Conmlanman reads. Fil.s He? FrexCa, uut; t Of Ray.