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
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
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
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By MME. MAISON.
LAYING with one's
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
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
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Giving gifts on St. Valentine's Day has been the happy custom for
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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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
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
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.
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
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
Decidedly artistic are straight, long
blouses of velvet with collarless neck
and elbow sleeves that are worn in
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.
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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
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
*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.
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