Gay Background for Parties
BY LYDIA LE BARON WALKER.
PARTIES should be gay. In
Europe there is an expression
used which means the same
thing. "The humor of the party
is good" is said when merri
ment prevails. The word humor is used
m the dictionary sense of "charac
teristic mood, the disposition of the
mind or feeling.* Should this fail to
be good, the entertainment is not a suc
cess. It is a success or a failure, just
to proportion to the balance of such
humor. Often there, as in this country,
special entertainers are secured to keep
the humor good. Sometimes they are
paid, sometimes they are personal
friends of the hostess, who can be re
lied upon to suggest some new idea, or
be able to turn the trend of thought
away from the le.ss happy atmosphere
descending upon ihe group.
With these considerations in mind,
the idea of stressing unpleasant
thoughts at parties immediately Is rec
ognized as unwise. The entertainment
begins with a bad handicap. It haa to
be forced ahead of it by sheer effort on
the part of the hostess.
Ter tecta nee, the potion of nave-tv
arid depression as associated with gayety
is incongruous, yet in past years, not
ably during the Great War. poverty
parties had a certain wavering vogue.
Today the idea of accenting bad times
in depression parties is one of equal in
congruity. Why make one's guests cast
even a passing thought to troubles, at
a time when the hostess wishes them to
To make merry at tl^ expense of mis
ery is the underlying principle Face
the .facte of poverty and depression
and. in spite of them, be happy Twist
the sentiment and act bravely gay. See
what good can be squeeeed from mis
fortunes. This latter is an admirable
idea, but is it not aomething to grapple
with as one fights a foe? In truth,
one must admit poverty and depression
are not the stuff of which pleasant
dreams or happy parties are made.
Instead of pressing lve thought of
gloom on a party, instead of dressing in
old clothes patched and stained with
work, instead of considering lack and
bad times, all of which are negative,
is it not better to think constructively,
to plan good things for one's guests.
If a hostess Wishes to entertain at
small cost, give a thrift party, or a rose
colored entertainment. The same con
servation of funds can be carried out
by the hostess, but not at the expense
of making her guests think (or an in
stant of lack. The whole idea of these
constructive parties is to make merry,
though expenditure may be slight To
be thrifty is admirable. To see things
through rosy glasses is an achieve
ment, said to be the prerogative of
youth, but older folk often have
achieved genuine success in finding and
consistently looking through rosy
Should any readers like to give
either ft thrift party or a rose-coicrei
[entertainment, writs to me and as,< for
either one to b? given in this depart,
ment. I shall be glad to plan both for
i readers of this paper.
(Copyright. 1932 )
IT LEE PAP*.
Pop was smoking and reading In his
private chair and I was sitting on the
! floor thinking and lissening to the wind
outside, and I said. Hay pop. If I sud
| denly opened all the windows and the
i wind blew everything all around the
! room, including your newspaper, would
vou think it was funny?
No and neither would you. in fact
i vou would regard the occurrence as one
! of the saddest episodes of your life,
particularly the termination, pop said.
Meening what he would do to me.
and I said- Well If X mixed up a lot of
shaving lather In a bucket and came up
in back of you and smeared it all over
your face with a whitewash brush, would
I'd laugh just as much as you would
laugh directly afterwerds when t
warmed the seet of your pants so
thoroughly that all your other trousers
hanging in your closit would feel a
slmpathetic glow, pop said.
Meening not at all. and I said. Well
G pep. then how is it that's exactly
what Squidge Jones did In the Kut Up
Komedy at the Little Grand last Sattl
dav and you laughed like everything?
i'll tell you hew it is, pop said. In
the ferst place Squidge Jones was not
trying his tricks on me but on cellu
laid strangers in whom my interest was
free from any feeling of personel re
sponsibility or sentimental attachment,
and in the 2nd place I had paid a defi
nite amount cf good money to be in
titled to laugh at Squidge Jones, and
serious thinkers throughout the ages
have agreed that there Is a certain satis
faction In getting your money's werth.
So that’s how it is. pop said
Wich it prcberly is. me not trying any
tricks to prove It.
NANCY PAGE I
Asparagus Is a Fork
BY FLORENCE LA GAN'RE.
One of the girls who belonged to
Nancy’s Good Taete Club was eating
in a downtown tea room. She felt quite
grown up. She had ordered fresh as
paragus on toast. The waitress brought
in the long, tender stalks reposing on
the toast and well dressed with a
melted butter sauce.
Quite gayly Doris lifted one of the
stalks. She felt so grown up. Her lit
tle finger curled and extended out in a
most affected manner. And the butter
sauce ran down her arm and dripped
onto the ruffle of her new dress. When
that happened she remembered the dis
cussion the club members had had a
few weeks before. They were discuss
ing fork foods and finger foods. Nancy
had said most emphatically that long
stalks of Bsparagus were fork and not
The limp stalks b?nd and slump in a
most annoying fashion.
Down went the hand. Quick as a
flash Doris wiped her fingers on her ;
napkin She took up her fork and
broke op a piece of tender tip. She
looked around half furtively, hoping
that no one had seen her social error.
Perhaps one reason that Doris erred
was this: She was not used to whole
stalks at home. Her mother always
cut the asparagus into 2-lnch lengths
before cooking The woody part of the
stalks was discarded. The tips were
kept out and added to the remainder
of the stalks when they were half
cooked. Since the tips are so tender,
they need just about half as much
cooking as the older and sturdier parts
Had her mother planned to serve
whole sulks, she would have bundled |
them and put them upright in a double i
boiler or some other tall container. The
lower parts are cooked In the boiling,
salted water, while the steam cooks the
These are less well known than those
in which fruit plays a part, but they j
are delicious * as well as economical !
As substitutes for meat at luncheon j
or on hot evenings, they are very good,
and for piecing out a small supply ofj
vegetables, or for using up the left-ov°rs
from a previous meal, they cannot be !
DOROTHY DIX’S LETTER BOX I
DEAR MISS DIX—I read in the newspaper the other day about a
woman concert pianist who has incorporated heraelf under the
laws of Ohio in order to get funds to further her career. I am
curious to know how this would work out if she were to fall in
love and get married. I also am ambitious and need money to
perfect myself in my studies. Would you advise my making myself into
a stock company.
Answer: I am afraid that you would find it a little difficult to sell
vour stock because a woman's career, no matter how much ability she
has is a poor risk. Most of us who have tried to help talented girls have
had the same experience. After thousands of dollars and years of time
had been spent in educating tier and fitting her for her career, some man
came along with whom she fell in love and it was good-by to the career.
She retired to a suburban bungalow or a two-by-four flat to do house
work and have babies which, after all is a woman's greatest career, but
one that doesn't call for expensive training under high-priced European
COMEHOW women and careers and marriages don’t mix harmoniously
^ as a general thing. Most men want their wives to itay at home and
make things comfortable for them instead of gadding over the country
lecturing or giving concerts or acting or what-not. Also, the great
majority of husbands are egotists, who desire their wives to look up to
them, and they get little joy out of being the tail to a wife's kite.
It is one of the innumerable disadvantages of being a woman that
while a man can add a wile and children to his career and be all the better
for them, a woman has to choose between a husband and children and a
career or else make a mess of all three of them. And If husband isn’t
willing to share his wife with a career I don’t see that he will like it any
better when he is a minority stockholder in a lady who has incorporated
herself and her talents. DOROTHY DIX.
• * * •
r\EAR MISS DIX—When a young man calls a girl a gold-digger, how
should she take it. as an insult or a compliment? MRS. L. R. G.
Answer—It's about as hard a knock as he can give her. It means
that he considers she ha« neither heart nor principle, but la a grafter who
gets everything possible out of a man. The girl who is a goid-digger is
not exactly a thief, but she is a robber all the same. She doesn't pick a
man's pocket by sleight of hand, as does the professional “moir or “dip,"
but she gets it Just the same. Her methods are more refined but just as
SOMETIMES she borrows money that she never repays. Often she gets
u it by the tear route, or by Oiling a hard-luck story of owing bilks |
she cannot pay. of a hard-hearted landlady who is about to put her out,
and by th^ time she has sobbed out her woes the man has dried her
tears on yellow-backed bills.
Her usual method, however, Is hinting, she inveigles a man into a
millinery store where there is a perfect darling of a hat that she desires
or she leads him past a shop window where there are dresses or furs or
jewels that she thinks it would be Just so sweet of him to give her, and
she is always hungry and wanting to eat In restaurant* or is dying to
see plays or to go to places to dance. DOROTHY DIX.
GOOD TASTE TODAY
BY EMILY POST.
Famous Authority on Etiquette.
TODAY'S letter asks: “Shall we
leave our new house half fur
nished or shall we try to he
satisfied with the grade of fur
nishing we can afford and
Answer—My advice, founded on long
experience In buying, Is this: If you
cannot afford—or cannot And—the
things vou know _ _
are what you really
want, then spend
so little on make
shifts thrt the ccst
will not prevent
their being dis
carded when they
have served their
By makeshift I
mean a dining
room table made
out of boards
painted with any
paint you have and
covereu wim a
cloth, whether In Emily Po!,t.
use or not. and
chairs that can later go in the kitchen,
and a sideboard of modernistic utility
type, made of actual boxes, painted.
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£ew perfect chairs for the living room;
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or a smaller carpet that will later go
In .dining room or bed room. Spend
money only on things for permanence. I
though their permanent places may be
elsewhere than their first position.
You can find plenty of acceptable
lamps that later on can be supple
mented with a few better ones. Light
ing fixtures, except primitive Colonial
ones, are apt to be expensive But the
very cheapest that come, painted to
match the walls, will do inconspicu
ously well until you can afford those
that really embellish.
I For your bed room get best box
springs and mattress and pillows and
whatever else you can afford that you
know is what you like. Otherwise take
your time and buy only as you find a
treasure and can pay for it. I don't
i mind bareness or obvious makeshift,
but real waste is expenditure on objects
that are all wrong.
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When the Rechabitee and Jonadabe
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Quick Liver Dish.
Prepare beforehand half a pound Of
calf's liver, cut into neat thin slices
and rolled In flour, pepper, and salt;
on? peeled and chopped shallot, and a
little chopped parsley. At the moment
melt half an ounce of butter in a deep
pan and fry the shallot in it. Put in
.the sliced liver and turn the pieces
carefully with a fork, taking pains to
keep them from burning, until they
are neatly fried on both sides. Now
add three tablespoonfuls of gravy or
stock and the same amount of tomato
sauce, with salt and red pepper to taste.
Simmer for flve minutes. 8prlnkle
with chopptfl parsley and serve from
the pan with fried potato ribbons
A WASHINGTON DAYBOOK
BT HERBERT PLUMMER.
'T'HE Capital City of the United
A States, votelew, and for that rea
son without any say whatever about
who will be the next President, never
theless finds itself with two favorite
sons" seeking the
between the States
of Virginia and
Maryland. Its al
legiance is divided,
the Old Free State
and the Old Do- t
minion. Both con
tributed to the es
tablishment of the
District of Colum
Maryland is of
fering Gov Ritchie
to the Nation. Vir
ginia offers her
Harry Flood Byrd.
Take the night of the Jefferson day
dinner, for example.
When Byrd was introduced a mighty I
roar was heard. Virginians were on'
their feet, cheering him. Oen. “Billy”
Mitchell, former chief of the Army Air
Service, who lives the life of a country
gentleman at Middleburg, led a group
in the rebel yell.
When Ritchie was Introduced later
as mighty a roar went up. “There
were 360 Free State residents in at
tendance,” wrote one observer.
Adding to the Interest of the thing Is
j the difference with which each views i
the mooted question of prohibition.
Ritchie wants the eighteenth amend
ment repealed outright and the right j
to control liquor returned to the States.
Byrd, on the other hand, is advocat* !
ing a new plan for deciding tfre ques
I tlon or prohibition. A dry. he proposes j
that the problem be dealt with through
two constitutional amendments, one to
clear the way for a direct popular vote
and the other contairfing whatever
proposition Congreaa votes to submit—
retention of pnmlbttton, repeal or mod
No less a peraon than Chairman Ras
kob of the Democratic National Com
mittee has said of the Byrd proposal
that “it is better than mine, for it
would give the cities a fairer repre
sentation in the total'vote ”
An objection to Byrd's proposal,
heard in the “thirsty" group around
the Capital, is that such a plan might
take too long to settle the question
It is pointed out that it took around
13 months for the States to ratify the
eighteenth amendment. The usual ex
planation given for this speed is that
is Was up for decision during the strev
and turmoil attending war times.
Traditionally, a seven-year period is
permitted the State within which to
ratify or reject an amendment to the
Constitution. If a sufficient number
has not reported by that time, then the
It is pointed out that if the States
availed themselves of half of their al
lotted time or le«s on the two pro
posed amendments, along with tha
necessary other lapses of time, it might
be years before a change couid be ef
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