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THE SUN, SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 1912. Qirl' Page- o 'ffy a N E 7 irsteti- I The Ladv of the 1. TBI OIFT OP TMB OAT MBAL BLVIS When Nancy was getting over the measles her mother made her all sorts of nloe things, because the doctor said she must eat and grow strong. But Nancy had no appetite, so her mother thought or a plan to make the meals taste better. Ono morning she brought In a nice saucer or oatmeal and said: 'This Is a magio gift from the oatmeal elres to the Lody of the Enohanted Arm chair." Nancy smiled at the Idea. "The oatmeal elves," wont on her mother, "are first cousins of the wheat imps and the queer corn cobbles and you must remember their adventure with the milk sprites." Nancy shook her hoaA." "Then it's time you heard it, said her mother. "But the siory of the oatmeal MAGIC GIFT FROM THE MEAL ELVES. OAT- elves can only be told to the Lady of the Enohanted Armchair If she eats ten spoon fuls of porridge." "I will! Tell me." said Nanoy. "Well, there are hundreds of oatmeal elves living In a box in our kitchen .closet. Each is jolly, flat and round, and wears a ooal of light tan. This morning when I opened the box I heard What?" askod Nancy. "Do go on. This Is three spoonfuls. " "There was a great whispering together and I heard one of the elves say, 'This is where the Lady of the Enchanted Arm chair lives. Wouldn't it be fun to send her a present I' Then another one answered, 'But we haven't anything to send.' "And all were quiet while I poured a cupful of oatmeal into the boiling water. Soon they began to bubble and ohuckle, and one climbed to the top of the water and said, 'I'm going to swell up and burst to make Nanoy a present.' And he dived In and swelled up and ,burst, just as he l ad said. "How they all laughed! Then thev egan to danoo around, and dive in, and Aoh swelled and burst in turn as they sang: Boll and bubble) Never burn! Cook the porrldf To a turn I Ana mat s now tne elves made you a magic present," ended Nancy's mother. "Why, If you haven't eaten It all!" "It tasted so good, " said Nancy. "Now tell 'bout the milk sprites' adventure." "That story will come with luncheon," said her mother. 3. THE BATTLE Or TflE rHOOOT PITCH. Nancy sat up In the armchair to taste her luncheon of cream, toast and hear the adventuro of the milk sprites. This story will cost the Lady of the Enchanted Armchair one big slice of cream toast," said her mother. Nancy nodded and began to eat. "The milk sprites live In the green froggy pitcher that daddy brought from "ONE BIG SLICE OF TOAST." Boston, said Nanoy's mother. "They wear trailing white gowns and queer blobby oaps and they sleep In the milk bubbles. "The other night cook forgot to put away the froggy pitcher and left It on the dining table half full of milk, with the milk sprites fast asleep in it. At the same time there was a bail of the oatmeal elves, the corn cobbles and tho wheat imps on the table, for tho cloth made a beautiful slippery floor. The elves wore their tan coats, the cobbles had on green and yel- A WHEN THE FLOWERS COME It will not be very long now before the flowern begin to enme again and the gardens will be bright and beautiful with their colors once more. Did you ever stop to ask yourself whero the flowers ho In winter? Why," you say, "they just wither and die HVto th(? leaves on tho trees." Quite true, but do you t-.ow that this jrtthcring and dying, as you call it, is really a hIrii that the flowers will surely come again'' When the roues fall to the ground and the leaven all drop and blow away, tho rosebush does not din. When you see tho leaven In tho woods turn brown and drop from tho tieej, tho treo does not dio, bccftiiMi if the tree were dead the leave would not fall in Iho sumo fashion. You must have noticed hero and there a braneh on sown treo with tho leaves till sticking mi it loin', .iflor nil tho leaves on the other branches Iiuvh fallen olT anil been blown away Thai Is a slim that no J 1. 1 j 1 h.i. iimnirmicnaiiat tt would never come again 011 that , , , Enchanted Chairl low suits and the imps wore brown dresses, so It was a fine sight. "After thoy'd danced a long time they were thirsty, so they climbed up the pitcher and peeped in. That woke up the milk sprites and up they came, very angry, and ordered the others away. Of course they said they wouldn't go, so there was a terrible battle." "Gracious! " said Nancy. "The milk sprites were very quick, but their long gowns got in their way, and as fast as they pushed off one elf or Imp an other would come up. 80 they began to catch all that came and throw them Into the milk, and as the elves and imps could not swim, it looked as If all of them would be drowned. "The elves and the Imps were frightened, but they saw that tho only thing to do was to get into tho milk and drink It all up, so as to Ieavo the milk sprltos without a home." "And did they?" asked Nancy. "Yes. Ons by one they climbed to the edge of the pitcher and hopped in. Thon they all began to drink and swell up, until soon there was no milk left in tho froggy pitcher, and tho milk sprites had nowhere to go. "How dreadful! What did theydo?" 'They asked the tablecloth to help them. and hs did. I'll tell you about that at supper time, for I see the toast dish is as empty as the froggy pitcher. " 8. rnm TBirurn or tm uax sprites. "This la the story of the end of the great battle between the milk sprites and their enemies, said Nancy's mother. "It will oost you one baked potato and a glass of milk, O Lady of the Enchanted Arm ohalr." Nanoy nodded and smiled and broke open the potato, eager for the story. "We left the milk sprites without a roof to shelter them, because the oatmeal elves, the corn oobblee and the wheat Imps had drunk up all the milk in the froggy pitcher, which was their home. The poor sprites, driven out, slid .down the side of the pitcher and talked together about what they had better do. 'At last they decided to ask help of the NANCY BROKE OPEN THE POTA TO, EAGER FOR THE STORY. tablecloth, for he was a klndhearted old fellow and they had often given him a treat by spilling a few drops of milk on him or even upsetting a glassful. " "O mother!" cried Nancy. "I'll re member that when you scold me for up setting the milk It will be the sprites, not me; that did it!" The mother smiled. "This secret Is not to be an excuse for Nanoy's carelessness. Lady of the En chanted Armchair," she said. "At any rate the tablecloth promised to help them, and he began to slide along the table, while the sprites helped push and pull, until the froggy pitcher was drawn to the very edge 'It didn't fall off and break, our dear froggy pitcherl" cried Nanoy. creatlv distressed. "No, It didn't fall off. for the tablecloth remembered In time that it was the home of the milk sprites. But it did fall on Its side, and you can guess how frightened the naughty imps and elves inside were. "Out they came, pushing and shovine one- another in their hurry, and rolled away in every direction. And the milk sprites jumped Inside and were glad to find a few drops left big enough to hold tnem all. Ho they curled ud tieht and fell asleep again, after thanklne the tablecloth very much for his help. r ex i morning wnen cook come to set the table she found the cloth pulled crooked and the froggy pitcher lying on its sme near tne edge. Cook says that pussy Jumped on the table and drank all the milk, ending by upsetting the pitcher. But Ihave told you the true story just as it happened. "How did you find out about It. mother?" asked Nancy, looking at her empty milk glass. From old Dr. Cobbleskill, one of the corn cobble fairies. But don't ask me to tell you about him till to-morrow morning." Toward the end of summer and in the fall the rosebushes and the trees begin to take from the leaves ond Mowers all the things they will want to support the life of the tree or the bushforthecoining winter. These useful things have beon collected from the nir by the leaven and (lowers during the bright warm summer days for tho uie of the treo. Ah the tree gradually takes from the leaves all it wants, the leaf changes color and when there is nothing left that is of any valueto the treo it covers the root of the leaf over with a kind of gum or spongy wood, just as if It were htluking a rork in a bottle after it was full enough and then It lets the old, n nf what was once a bright green leaf drop J to the ground. 11 ino iree or the branch Wero dead, it would not want anything fm.n i. leaves, so It would leave them just an they wcrn and there would . no corks made, so ths leaf would .met ntay there, as u fign inn 01 me trA- I 0 LEXY'S LESSONS. The next time old Lexy came to the school to give tho children a little talk on tho uso'of words he received tho answers sont in for the names of the twenty famous persons who, are of ton referred to by a pliraso instead of by namo. The original list was printed in The Su.V on January 28. Here It Is with the answers: WHO TIIKT ARK. 1. Ths Ayrshire Ploughman; Itobsrt Burns. 2. The Bard of Avon: William Shake speare. 3. Defender of ths Faith: Henry VIII, of England. 4. First Gentleman of Europe: fleorge IV. 5. Orand Old Man William E. Gladstone. 8. Great Commoner;. William l'lu. 7. Hero of the Lakes: Commodore Perry. . learned Blacksmith: Ellhu Ilurritt. 9. Magician of the North; Sir Walter scott. 10. Man of Destiny: Napolebn Bonaparte 11. Old Hickory; Andrew Jackson. 1:. Old Man Eloquent; John Oulncr Auams. 13. Old Hough and Heady: Zacharv Taylor, u, The roet's Poet; Edmund Spencer. IS. The Prisoner of Chlllon: Uonnlvani 16. The Sage of Chelsea: Thomas Carlvle. 17. The Sago of Concord; Halph Waldo Emerson. is. The Sage of Montlcello: Jefferson. It. The Swedish Nightingale; Jenny Ltnd 20. Wizard of MenloPark'.ThomasEdlson "You all know," old Lexy began, 'how tiresome it is to have a person tell you the same story over and over again, and the term we use for such is a bore. But many of us have a habit of using the same metaphors or figures of speeoh over and over again, and if they are very common or worn out we call them hackneyed. "The thing that distinguishes good writers and brilliant talker la their ability to invent new metaphors, and overv bor or girl that wishes to become an Interest ing tauter when grown up should try to avoia tnese hackneyed metaphors." Having cot so far old Lexy stopped to wipe off his glasses and the children knew what was coming next, as he always wrote somothlng on the blackboard for them to puzzle over. Now I am going to give you some hackneyed phrases, " he went on, pres ently, taking up the chalk, "and! want to see how many new ones you can have ready for me when I come here next week." When he had done the blackboard looked like this: HACKHSYED METAPHORS I. As fat SB 8 Dig. 2 As thin as a rail. St Pretty as a picture, 4 Ugly as sin 6. Homsly as a mud fence. 6. ry as a toons 7. Bungrs as a tsar 8. Sweat as sugar. 9. Bour as Tlnegar. 10. 71ns as siUc. II. Heavy as lead. 12, Light as a feather. 19i Bios as molasses. 14 q,uiok as a flash. 15. Sharp as a needle. 16. Seat as a post. 17. "iXunb as an oyster. '16. 'Still as a mouse. 19, Black as your hat. 20. Whits as a ghost. 21. Cool as a cucumber. Very few of the ohlldren could think or any new comparisons just then, so thoy took a copy of tho list and all prom ised to bring their Ideas to the class next week, ready for old Lexy when he should come again. How many of the boya and girls that read the tins can think of metaphors that would do juBt as well as these? Make out your lists and send them to-the Boys' and Oirls' pago and let us see who is the most original. WHY MILK TURNS SOUR. Perhaps you have often wondered why 11 is mat ir you let milk stand ror a short time, especially In warm weather, it will turn sour and become unfit to use In your tea or coffee, but If It is boiled and then sealed up In some sort of airtight can or jar it will keep for any length of time In any weather. Many persons believe that a thunder storm will turn milk sour, and If you ask them what the thunder, which is nothing but noise, can 'do to the milk you will And that they have no idea, but they just know it Is so. 80 thore! Tho reason that milk turns sour Is that It contains a small microbe that makes an acid from the sugar In the milk. When tho milk is boiled these, microtis ure killed and the acid is never developed. Warm air. and even electricity In the air, is vory favorable to tho rapid growth of these microbes, which ore really a sort of plant, and all plants flourish In warmth. Tho aoid which is made by these mi crobes in the milk Is called laotio acid, and If the milk is good and clean it is none the worse for turning sour, although it is not just the thing to put in tea. For some persons sour milk is a much mora whole some drink than sweet milk and Is lecom- mended ny sotno doctors for the euro of certain disue. There is a famous Uil nese statesman who MIovch ho will llvo to be IM because ho drinks so much sour milk every day. HOW DRAWING IS MADE 1912 by E.Q.Lutz ' -- -: J k--T L- H" To draw the baby wearing a cap and a polka dot dress you begin by making a circle and on apron shaped form under neath 11 you nave enough confidence In the accuracy of your eyes do this without any mechanical aid. But If it seems hard to do free hand make a rectangle and lay it off into six small squares as In tho llrst diagram of figure A. You will now seo that the head Is one - third of the height. One of tho littlo Buuorcs wm give you mo SL-e 01 tne circlo . V. n . I I r . 1 1 1 . .. that Is made for tho head. In the next stage of your drawing the front outline of the cap Is marked and tho feet and tho round puffed sleeve at tho vhoulder are drawn. Draw the curls that show beyond the PATSEY'S PUZZLES. That last puzzle that the jokers cave Pateey to solve is one of many that oan be made by using the old Roman numerals instead of the figures to which people are now accustomed. The only way to take ono from nineteen and leave twenty is this: XIX. I X X Those who sent In correct solution to this puzzle wero Samuel Wood. Cora A. Pelham, Alice Babcock, James O. Veddor, Agnes E. Martin, E. Roberta Bridgman, Theodore Baumeistcr, Norman Cahn, Helen O. Adams. Phyllis Katherino Smith, Jano Elkins. Ethel Elkins, Muriel Hollo way, Horam A. IiOwls. Ethel Hart. Charles T. Emmett. Frances Allan, Violet M. Holloway. Oeorge B. Parker, Bessie M. Kay. Thomas Goodwin, Jr., Beatrice J. Foley, Margaret D. Cobb and Eugenlo F. Burke. When Pateey told the Idlers round the studio that he did not think much of that one, thoy quite agreed with him, but they said they had another ono for him that would probably tako a little more time, although it was also a quostlon In what they were pleased to call simple arithme tic. Accordingly the next morning as soon as Mr. Pantoor entered his studio he knew by the attitude of one of tho manikins on his desk that there was another puzzle of some kind awaiting his attention. As he sat down he saw that the little woodorr figure had a visiting curd carefully bal anced on tne top of Its head, like this: WHAT THREE FIGURES MULTIPLIED BY FIVE, WILL MAKE SIX ? "Three figures," he sild to himself. "I suppose this is ioiiio kind of catch, as usual, All the puzzles theso fellows give Patsey are catches, and that is whv he can't do them. I wonder if this means three figures multiplied by five figures, or what is It?" , Then he took up his pencil anil beiraii to figure it out. After a few minutes ho wus aallsllod that he had tho intruded auxwor, so he took the card down from the iiianlkln'K htad and wrote the solution on the liack. What waa it? cap and the llttlo curl that peeps from below. 'In drawing tho face just Indicate the rounded check and the forehead. This is how the bahv's faro nnnean. when j viewed from the slilo slightly from tho back. Never mind pow about drawing I a profile view, with eye, nose and mouth . showinc: this will bo for n fiitnrw W.nn A picture of tho babv wearint a sun- ' bonnet, fimim R. u lnn in h .ama . as for the babv woarinc a rnn Althnntrh this baby's face 4s hidden by the bonnet I . . . . ....... keep in mind that a smiling little face Is there, just the same. Make your drawing like the- finished picture here phown in figure H; but you can vary your sketches by following the j styles of your own doll's bonnet and caps. TEDDY'S TRICKS WITH FIGURES Teddy had another way of tefting the day of the week on any date and he said it was probably a hotter way fqr those who did not want to pretend to do it all In their heads or by memory, as tho figur ing was simpler and the day was arrived at more directly. Instead of having to remember the verse given last week, it Is necessary to have a memorandum of the 'following figures, which are called month values: January July I February .uirut I March s April 2 May i June 0 September ; October s November C December 1 This is not difficult to commit to memory If one observes that there are just two months between several of those that have tho same value, such as Ootober and January. September and December, November and February, April and July. If a person uos this tablo frequently it Boon becomes as familiar as a telephone number. . The process of arriving at the day of tho week for any date Is thon very simple,, but if ono is trying to do it in one's head it may bo necessary to spar for time by asking Tor tho date to bo repeated. Toddy was vory fond of this trick, pretending he had not caught the. year, but In reality gaining timo to (iguro out tho necessary data In his head. Sometimes It is well to ask for the year first, as that gives you timo to divide tho lost two figures by 4 and by 7, after which there is nothing to do but to add the day of the month and the month's value in the tablo just given. Suppose the date asked for is Wash ington's Birthday In 1897. Take the last two figures of the year, 07, and divide by to get tho quotient, which is 24, the re mainder being disregarded. Divide 87 by 7 also to get a remainder, which Is 8. Adding this 8 to the 24 you havo 30and are ready to ask for the day of the month. The moment you "are told tho 22 add it, getting 52; to this add the month value In the tablo. which is 6 for Fobruary.andyou liave a total of 58. Divide by 7 and the remalndor is the day of the week, Sunday being No. 1, Saturday 0. As 7 will go Into M eight times, with a remainder of 2. Washington's Birthday THE BRIGHT Until a few years ago n,o one knew what made tho sky blue and there are some who do not believe it was always that color. Tho reason for the blue In the sky was discovered by John Tyndall, an English professor of natural philosophy, who has written some very learned books about the nir und especially abqut the way it uffocts light anil sound. Tyndall obseivod that the sky was not blue at night, but almost blaok except in moonlight. Ho also notloed that tho blue of the sky is not the samo in all parte of the world, so he concluded that there must Ixl something In tho air that was blut and not in tho sky at all and that as there were different things In the air at difforent place this would oocount for the riilTorcnco in tho color or the sky, Tho air that surrounds the earth is full of counties tiny specks of dtiBt. If you m a snniK-ani streaming through a small 1 nolo in a dark part or the barn you will 1 easily soo millions of tiny hpeoks of dust floating all through tho ray at liihL 1 u mu ray 01 ugui. EASY FOR EVERYBODY In drawing the dolls, figures C and D, first make the round head , then tho general shape of the body. The proportion of the head to the body varies much in dolls. These pictures have it about one-fourth of tho total length. Oo on with your sketches in a simple way. Dont attempt to put in the details of eyes, hair and so on until you havo the general outline and proportion correct. As you proceed jot down little 'marks, to show where the nose, eyes and mouth come. Note that the eyes come below the middle, that is. in the lower half or the head. When you draw pansles don't let the markings and outlines or the petais be wilder you. First make a circle with a compass or a big button, then a line up in 1887 was the second day of the week, or Monday. In this method there Is no need to count up the weeks by advancing sevens, as with the verse. Christmas, 1W7, adds 25 days to the 30 found by dividing 07 by 4 and by 7. making it 55, and 1 for the month valuo, 66, which divided by 7 leaves o over, so Christmas was a Saturday. For the twentieth century, it is neces sary to deduct 2 at the end, so as to put tho date two days further back. This Is exactly the opposite to the process ex plained last week, when the verso was used, as then 2 was added for the twen tieth century- As an example, take the Fourth of July for next year, 1813. Divide 13 by 4 and the quotient is 3. Divide 13 by 7 and the remainder Is 8, total nine, to which add tho day of the month, 4, and the table value, 2, and you get 15. Now if you divide by seven to get the day of tho week, the remainder is 1, which would give Sunday, but the correct day is Friday, two days earlier, because It is in the twentioth century. This is a better method than the one with tho vorse If a person can carry the table of month values in his head, but both methods have thefault that they will not work for the first two months or any leap year, because of the gain of a day. Using the verse, we get Washington's Birthday for 1812 this way: 12-7-28-7-7828. As the initial letter for February is F, this gives Is the Fridays for February aa the 8th, 15th and 22nd, whereas the 22nd was a Thursday, so that in leap year we are a day ahead until we reach the day on which the year leaps, February 28, all dates in January being ahead one. In the second method we get the same error. Take the first of January, which we all remember was a Monday in 1012. If we divide 12 by 4. the quotient is 3. Divide 12 by 7 and tno remainder is 5, total 8. Add the day of the month, 1, and tho month value, 3. and we get 12, which gives a remainder of 5, lesH 2 for tho twentieth century, the third day of the woek, or Tuesday, which Is a day too for ahead. For all other parts of leap years, and for all other years, this method is to be de pended on. but as Tcddv used to remark. you must be sure of your table of month values, which is why some persons prefer to remember the verse. BLUE SKY When we nre so close to them thoy appear to ho a reddish yellow, or we might call them white, but when those specks are a great distance off, away up in the sky, and the sun shines on them, they cannot reflect any of the color rays back to our eyes except the blue ones, and so the whole sky, looks blue to us. You may have leen in the mountains when some or the peaks wero so 'or off that thev looked blue, although you know quite well that they are covered with. green trees, lied briok buildings look blue when they are very.far off, be cause the other rays are lost on the way to our eye. Tho snooks of dust that am In lha .1 above us are Just tho right size to reflopt "ino iu;b, uiu nncn mere are Otners up there, larger specks or or .a different material, they reflect othei colors. Arter the great eruption in the F.ast twenty ftvo years ago tho dust floated all the way round the world and the colors In the sky were wonderful, ir it wero not ror the dust In the sky. which reflects and diffuses tho light or tho BUn' "'ere would lie no colors in the Bky, tt".a. tl'e w,h! 'hmg would be Just like ? n a? ho.ln in. the, Krpund. with a great ball ot Ure burning In the midst of ii. and down through the centre, as In figures E and F. Next, as shown In the second stf , make a cross on this line a little below ths centre, and rrom this cross continue curved lines toward the clrcumfereni'd of the circle as In number 3. This in tm most important step in drawing n pp.n, as it.is these curved lines that give a pany its characteristic appearance. For finishing, of course, you will c.-.H Into service your color box. Tho drj purples, violetB, brilliant yellows r.nri rich brown markings of these flowers cr.i.- not be rendered with a black pencil. The markings on the lower petals, as yot will notice, all point as guides for Insects to the honey treasure in the 'centre of ths flower. AUNT, MARY'S ANAGRAMS. There were not so many clionces to change words from' one part of speech to another in 'that last sentence, and only a few discovered that 'mutton chop" might be made Into an adjective instead of a noun. Here is the original form: WHILE I AN. "OLD I MAN fwiTH WHISKERS j WAS j TBYIWe. T0 SHAVE I HIMSELF ( THE BARBER7 SAT I DOWN I TO I EAT I A MUTTON CHOP I WITH I A j RAZOR j ' There .were so many waya In which these words might be rearranged and then so many more in whioh the clauses of (he sentence might be shifted and still make good anagrams that Aunt Mary dees not exactly know which to select as tho l eft, but the following rends smoothly rnd makes ono moro change than any of the others sent in: A MAN I WITH I MUTTON CHQp" WHISKERS j WAS J JRYING eat; while j thT barber I SAT HIMSELF j DOWN TO A SHAvF WITH j AN j OLD RAZOR As several of the young folks have remarked that some of the last 6enteme havo been hard, ones, perhaps becau there were more words in them tliwi usual, Aunt Mary thinks she will gl them one that is easily transposed this time, just to see how many can make a nice anagram out of It. THE j 6IRLS I THAT CAME TO j WALK "WITH j THE BOYS I IN I THE GARDEN WERE I SENT BACK TO WEED S0ME I FLOWERS one and none or them is a liurd word. Cut them aparlj on the lines and then arrange them to form a sentence with a different meaning from this one, but be sum you use all the words and do not atM any ot your own. , When it Is done sign your namo to it and send It to the Boys' and Girls' Page, ami if Aunt Mary thinks It Ib a good nnagMm you will find your namo In Tim Sun next Sunday. EARLY TO BED. Some children wonder why. it is that they must alwnys be sent to bed so much earlier than grown folks and many of - - j .....vvv. ',.', 1 ir ,11 1 1 1 1 r. them mate all kinds nf hh'iwm in nt.iv up a little lator. Sleep Is nature's provUion to onub the body and brain to rest and grow, i.r.U f mo-it of Ihfc grovdog Is done by cliiiiSrv.i wnilo they sleep, ho that If they do nut go to bel early and gel plenty of sleep they must lose some of their provth, both bodily and mentally. In ,tho old days some parent were very careloss about their children s sleep, but peoplo understand inch thtt' bettor now, and parents know t hit )f they want their boys and girl- to I tall and straight and bright they imut gr4 tnem pleuty of sleep.