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St Valentine's Day Entertaining
By DAME CURTSEY. ffVVOW fur back can the ||l sending cf lové mes mm sages on a certain date be traced ?" This a question which Is answered by looking up the records < t good St. Valentine, who was martyred on Feb. 14, A. IX 270. Île was noted for his very amiable disposition, which no doubt accounts for Cupid taking him to be patron Baint of lovers. Giving gifts on this day has been the custom for centuries, and legends •ay that the birds take unto them Mlves mates on the 14th. Be this as it may, we do know that * Sreat festival was always held in Borne as early as the third century in honor of the god Pan, and at this ••••on the names of Homan maidens Were placed in a box, from which the eligible young men drew them, in reg ular lottery fashion. To the maiden Whose name he drew the young man was pledged to send a gift and she J*« to bo his partner during the foie, auke so many other of our special Valentine's day has a tinge of both pagan and religions history und comes down to us a day beloved by youth and maid. "Hearts are trumps" and r U pid t"6ignfl supreme. The very fitnius Phere seems on St. Valentine's day full of hearts of red and pink, darts Of gold and silver, true lover's knots •Bd other love symltois galore. Bet me tell you about a progressive party quite out of the ordinary, yet in keep ing With the traditions of St. Valen tine. Use valentines for the Invitations •nd keep the score on little red hearts, each having a hair-wire to attach It to the large white heart shaped score card booklet. When the guests arrive pass,these Pretty booklets, which may have a hand-decorated cover with live leaves Inside each containing at the top a letter In the word, ''Heart," the first being "H." Different colored ribbons should be in the top of each booklet, four of each color. By matching the colors partners are Scalloped Oysters M IX a cup of stale bread crumbs or cracker and a third of a cup Of melted butter, salt and pepper only for seasoning. Butter one or two very shallow dishes. Hut in a ■Ingle layer of oysters and cover Wi*h •part -of the prepared truffibs. then the second layer of oysters arid remaining crumbs; two deep—no more. Wet with a little of the liquor. Dot generously with butter. When baked to a rich brown, the scallop should be moist, but not wet. How to Make Your Home Beautiful =rz:M V ' LU m in a-¥ 3 ms . "-T •/ By MME. MAISON. LAYING with one's L m 1 he marble mantel is B LAYING with one's house is great fun. It surprising what a differ ence the rearranging of the fur niture Will make. 1 have one friend Whose living-room goes into its win ter and summer quarters (as it irrt«) as regularly as the animals in the boo. An admirable way to place a dav •Oport—and I hope it may be one of the "Queen Anne" period having a mahogany frame with cane seat and ifack on which there is an upholstered mattxeaa with cushions of old blue Ud taupe colored striped silk—is to U la front of the grate or flre ermine or ruffed with georgette or m ornamental bqt Î \ , X W m / a r ' \ A' jy-hy. C y Giving gifts on St. Valentine's Day has been the happy custom for centuries. to found. Over each table suspend tv large heart to designate the color of the table, and when the four match ing colors arrive at tile table partners are found, as two of t lie tards will say "Couple No. 1 and two will say "Couple No. 2." So when four peo ple have matched the same color they find the corresponding table. The belt rings ant! i^l set' how many words they can write down com mencing with "II," barring proper names. When the bell rings again (in four minutes) ttie couple having the most words to their credit progress tb the next table, where they take tlio next letter, which is "K." At the finish highest and lowest scores are counted for prizes. This is a novel plan for an affair on Val entine's day and has been proven successful. Heart-shaped ice cream with fancy frosted cakes the same shape should \ 1 he marble mantel is coming in again, says Mme. Maison and it's the correct tiling to hang an ancestral painting over it. But the davenport in front of the fire is the main idea for comfort and an artistic room. tho back have a long nar row table of the same period. Then have twin lamps on the table which may be made from a pair of old Satsuma vases or any handsome howls or vases of which one is lucky enough to have a pair. Have the shades of taupo colored silk over pink. A gate-legged table near by and an armchair will complete a very artis be served, preceded, if the hostess wishes, by creamed chicken in heart, pantries, and heart-shaped cheese and nut sandwiches. Decorations of heart festoons are pretty for ttds occasion. Here is a jolly way to find partners for any game the hostess may have In mind or for supper at a imrty tak ing place on the 14th: Stretch a sheet between folding doors, upon which 1 'tit red paper hearts about four inches apart. Write the name of a man present on the back of each card. As t>to guests enter tho room give each woman an arrow cut from red cardboard hearing a number which she must remember as hers. Blindfold each girl in turn and have her pin her arrow on one of tho hearts. If not just on it the one near est is to-be her partner. This takes some minutes, and gives a hostess plenty of time to see that her supper or refreshments are ready. tic and charming grouping of the es sential pieces in a living-room. By the way, all of you who have old-fashioned marble mantels need not despair, for they have come into their own again. Over the mantel in the living-room is just the place to hang an ancestral portrait, provided it is a really good painting and of a really worth-while ancestor. The Father and the Growing Boy By DR. LENA K. SADLER (Author of "The Mother and Her Child.") F NO less importance that mothers should be cm confidential terms with their daughters is the fact that fathers should he keen to become their sons' best pals as the eleventh or twelfth birthday Is approached. At this between . hild and man age tho boy Is some way akin to a barbarian. lie manifests fits of temper, indulges in more or less cruelty and behaves himself generally unlike a gentleman, much to the concern of both mother and tile woman school teacher, neither of whom know just what to do with this young barbarian. Bet him l>e noisy. Bet him be blundering and blustering, for lie is passing through an era of psychologi cal confusion a stage tiiat every nor mal, healthy buy must pass through. Tills period of seif-misunderstanding requires the firm, strong, but kind hand of u sympathetic father, and fortunate, indeed, is that boy who possesses a consc ientious, temperate, pelf-controlled father, who can un derstandlngly enter into the game, ttie* chase or the hunt, and who can confidentially listen to and talk over events of the young barbarian's day. Bong walks into the country with father afford excellent opportunities for the discussion of the wonderful secrets of manhobd and for father to get first-handed the queries and prob lems of tho developing man. I shall never forget one week-end trip which called a father and his boy, botli very dear to me, into a near-by stale late on Saturday after noon. The few necessaries were thrown into the traveling bag and they were off wifli a cheery yell and a wave of the hand. When the early Monday morning train brought them back in tiino for school there appeared in the doorway beside the "good man-" of the house a very untidy boy with soiled linen and sadly neglected face and hands. They had had a wonderful time, nnd, in response to my query, "What did you do?" came the answer: "Do? Why, we didn't do; we just talked. Why, mother, dad is the right stuff! Wo talked about everything—just everything that a fellow ought to know." And by that thoughtful, far-away look on his face, I knew that the time had come; Unit he had obtained tho information; and that my be by was very rapidly merging into the pre adolescent stage; for, like the daugh ter, there are three big lessons that should he taught every youth. Ho must be told of tho wonderful ork or the sex, seer ' find its way ont fro (ion, which is to nna its way ont from the sex glands to the brain cells and to every nerve and muscle fiber of his body, and which will change him from the noiqy, blundering, bluster ing young barbarian into a salwart, chivalrous, powerful young knight. And if this is told him by the man who lias tlijo confidence and respect of tho boy, the good that may be ac complished is limitless and tho in fluence of such a confidence is un told. The second chapter in the "puberty hook" for tlie young man's perusal contains the explanation of ids "sex dreams." The boy should lie told the plain trutli about these experiences of t lie night season. He should he so instructed in these tilings as to fore stall all morbid fear and unnecessary anxiety. Ho should be tauglit very early that this phenomenon of the night is altogether natural and normal and will probably occur at ir regular intervals throughout the earlier years of his life, or until his marriage. This information w ill save the young lad no end of useless worry and possibly prevent the sorrow and expense of a disappointing experience with some quack doctor who makes a business of preying on the sex fears and ignorance of such over-anxious youth. The third nnd last chapter touches tlic personal conduct and social rela tions with young women. Impulses of chivalry' are stirring in the breast of the adolescent youth and such con ferences help him to understand and adapt himself to them. They are of inestimable value to the youth in de veloping the highest social qualities, but they need guidance. "it is the unguided and unschooled social instinct that leads tho young man to make advances toward famil iarity in his relation with his girl friends, writes Hall. "Tlie impulse to protection when unguided would prompt him to put his arm about his girl friend. The same impulse under guidance in spires in him tlie attitude and the daring of tlie chivalrous sixteenth century knight doing homage to a lady of the court, ready to endanger ids life to protect her, nnd ready to tight to the death in defense of her name and honor. "Where parents and teachers co operate to teach the youth these great lessons of life we insure the conservation of the child, of those qualities that make for the fullest manhood and womanhood. Physical health is preserved and physical stamina developed. Physical poise is maintained, nnd the highest ambi tions inspired in the fullest and best sense of tlie term." Helpful Suggestions to Knitters I / \' < ■ i'i >/ yc , Little girls — they're knitting. They have their own knitting bags which they carry their school books in, and their doll clothes and such; they don't go shopping like the grown-ups, but they must have well loaded bags. A, B, C's, how to spell cat, and other matters of im portance cun be learned while one keeps right on knit ting. Between dances, at the con cert, at the opera, there are many moments which can be garnered in. Such a frock, with the knit ting bag ruffle, has become quite indispensable. Price $45. All colors that are dainty and soft, like orchid and pink and blue and rose. H*r dog doesn't want to be called a slacker by the dogs over there in service. He wants to do his bit, and is. She can go along at a goodly clip getting her constitutional, mak ing her rounds to the Red Cross, and at the same time finish many a sweater. This dog bag was on a magazine cover, as a wild fancy by some artist, but there is something to it after all. hJ. 3 And the teacher—she goes right on knitting. "Knit two, purl two, and knit. Children, how many stitches does that make? That's right — five. Now, if there were 64 stitches on your needle to begin with and yon kept picking up stitches every row, how many stitches would you have by the time you came to the thir teenth row?" The little holder is ster ling silver; can be pinned to your waist or fastened so. Price SO cents. / «Here's the Xhmg to Wear A MODISH and effective skating suit recently seen was of taure velour with plain skirt nnd French bluo satin blouse. This had a short jacket of mole fur, lined with French blue, and a smart matching blue vel vet hat with mole pompon was worn with it. Decidedly artistic are straight, long blouses of velvet with collarless neck and elbow sleeves that are worn in the afternoons. Very smart is a fur model recently seen combining a straight panel at the back to below the waist and stole ends that cross at the front. Many small capes are collared with ermine or ruffed with georgette or satin and lined in plain colors of char meuse or iu soft figured taffetas. * j. . Pheasant's feathers are used. They wind around the edge of tlie brim and around the top of the crown of seme very smart hats. Separate blouses are attractive in dark colors matching the suit, but they have pretty vests of contrasting color. Bovely brocaded chiffon in two shades of tlie same color and in black and white are seen as the blouses of «.he smart three-piece velvet suit. A great many new dresses are frankly buttoned up the front with ornamental bqt tons. Let Boy Have Doll I T ISN'T fair to little boys to leave he paternal side of their beings en tirely uncultivated. Boys should learn to love children and to enjoy caring for them in a loving fashion exactly as much as little girls. As it is now, and it seems to be becoming more and more the vogue, a little boy who even looks at a doll is at once branded "sissy" and "girl boy" and is made to feel as though he were no tit member for the mas culine set. *Bet a little boy play with dolls if he cures to. Dolls won't make him effeminate. The thing to worry about is not letting him have such a nat ural and simple and wholesome out let tor Ins affections. y Little girls are allowed to have an outlet for their maternal instincts and are encouraged in it. Is it sisslfied to foster father love? Tiiat is a hig question today.