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The Ladv of the
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
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
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
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
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
"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
From old Dr. Cobbleskill, one of the
corn cobble fairies. But don't ask me
to tell you about him till to-morrow
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
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
1. Ths Ayrshire Ploughman; Itobsrt
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
10. Man of Destiny: Napolebn Bonaparte
11. Old Hickory; Andrew Jackson.
1:. Old Man Eloquent; John Oulncr
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
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
When he had done the blackboard
looked like this:
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.
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.
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
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
Draw the curls that show beyond the
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
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.
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:
"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
'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 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
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
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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
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:
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:
eat; while j thT barber I SAT
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.
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
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.

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