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Graduation From College Only a First Step in Girls’ Business Education '
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Widely Diverse Training
Forms the Background
Of Women Executives
Feminine Holders of Key
Radio Jobs Recruited
From Many Fields.
(Editor’s note: This is the fourth and last in a series of articles
dealing with the activities of women in the business field, of radio, which
have been appearing on this page from time to time.)
THE distinction of being the only woman producer and continuity writer
in the Columbia System goes to Margaret lewerth, a Smith College
graduate (1931). Positions in a publishing house and an advertising
agency with radio connections prepared her for her present work.
Broadcasts dealing with women's interests, such as fashions, are her specialty
and she has the responsibility of writing and producing one show which Is
on tne air six hours a week. "A heavy
stint!” as Pepys would have said.
Serving directly under Herbert V.
Akerberg. Columbia's vice president
in charge of station relations, is Edith
Margaret Stone—“Peggy" to her
friends. She is another veteran, hav
ing seen eight years' service with C.
B. S. She began her radio career as
manager of a 100-watt station in De
catur, 111., and now supervises the
New York office, headquarters for the
111 stations that the Columbia Sys
tem has strung across the continent.
A native New Yorker, she graduated
from Columbia University, special
izing in a typically masculine field—
business administration! She became
associated with one of the leading
banking firms in New York City, but
the job did not seem to offer sufficient
possibilities and in a spirit of adven
ture Peggy Stone took over the small
Illinois radio station. The experiment
met with 100 per cent success, for she
learned the broadcasting business from
A to Z. and consequenth’ is capable
of filling her present important post.
* * * *
gINCE every section of the country
has a representative among these
keywomen of the Columbia chain, the
South has its own deputy In an
Alabama girl, Lucille Singleton. She
conducts the musical auditions in
the New York studios—a task for
which she has qualified by such
widely separated branches of study
as a course in music at Wesleyan
College, Macon, Ga.; work with the
United States Railroad Administra
tion in Washington, D. C., and the
post of assistant to the professor of
railroad transportation at Harvard's
Graduate School of Business Admin
istration !
Lucille Singleton has the distinction
of being one of the few women who
have ever compiled railroad statistics.
Melody and engine wheels!—a curi
ous combination, but it brought this
• Southern girt into Columbia over
eight years ago as assistant to the
manager of the Artists’ Bureau.
Known to her colleagues as the "un
official musical encyclopedia of the
etaff" she has listened to more than
15,000 of the musically ambitious
make & bid for radio success.
Dor relaxation she favors her own
version of the busman’s holiday—
listening to news commentators!
Nowhere more than in the radio
field do stenography and filing demand
the highest degree of efficiency. Speed
and accuracy are requisites in this
international industry where time is
money and the clockwork precision of
air entertainment is based on typing
done on time and files found in an
The manager of program steno
graphic and reference files therefore
holds a post of first importance, and
Agnes Law fills it at Columbia. She
is a graduate in music of Syracuse
University and has done social and
kindergarten work in a wide field that
! includes the keeping of blueprints and
| records for a well-known airplane
! company. After finishing a business
! course she joined the staff of Colum
I bia in 1927 as secretary to the pro
gram manager. She now has com
! plete charge of the secretarial staff
1 and is responsible for all program
| scripts and file records of both scripts
j and broadcastings.
* * * *
I JDUTH J. ALLEN, a girl from Maine
and graduate of Boston Univer
sity, is co-ordinator of Columbia's
Church of the Air. The love of her
life is traveling and she had been
around the world before coming to
Columbia three years ago. She had
prepared for this foreign adventure
by domestic travel that took her from
Greenwich, Conn., to Glendale, Calif.,
as registrar in girls’ schools.
The Golden West can lay a certain
claim to Mae McNair, head hostess
at the New York studios, for although
Boston born, she spent most of her
life in California. Hers is the im
portant business of transmitting a
share of her own engaging personality
to the many hostesses, or reception
ists, who occupy a decorative and at
the same time defensive post, at the
entrances to offices, studios and lab
Girls coming under Miss McNair’s
tutelage must be well educated, of
immaculate appearance, and pos
sessed of that greatest of attributes—
tact; for in the course of the great
international industry that is radio
they are frequently called upon to
exercise a diplomacy that matches
the bona fide article.
.Cats’ Conversation Piece
Expert Announces That Feline
j Vocabulary Has 600 Words.
SO CATS have a language all
their own! It’s estimated at
about 600 words not counting
symbols and scratching. Liv
ing in a town where the average in
habitant uses at least three different
kinds of noise wasn’t complicated
enough. Some bright soul had to dis
cover the truth about cats and write
a vocabulary. Things like that make
the one-language person want to throw
up the hands and hide beneath a
’Course, the situation might be ig
nored with a contemptuous shrug.
But then the curiosity rouses up. Be
sides, any one who's been around the
feline knows that certain noises and
cries mean definite things. Take
the midnight war yowl for instance,
the plaintive requests to enter the
house, or that eager meouw at meal
time. Having such as a basis any
thing might be so. Besides, they
laughed at Pulton's steamboat!
According to authorities, everything
kitty says doesn’t actually start with
an "M.” This is quite well known
to those who listen to the back yard
chorus. Kitty uses the vowels “A,
E, I, O, U.” She selects a few
choice consonants and makes her
self understood vocally. The “M"
seems to be in front of most remarks
because she has to open her mouth,
and it comes out in the process. Em
phasis and enunciation are important.
Take “meouw” for instance. As
“MEouw" it means "beware.” Used
In the ordinary tone of voice, no
emphasis anywhere,’ the same signi
fies a greeting. Then there's “aelio,”
meaning food, any food. With an
“M" suggested at its head it might
easily be taken for a plain, ordinary
meouw. “Lao” seems to signify milk.
“Aiieeo” stands for water. A purry
“parriere” is a simple request to open
the door. It also signifies great com
fort of mind and body. Names for
parts of the cat proper are included.
"Pad” means "foot.” For “head”
kitty says "laio.” Wonder how she
says headache? The claw part is
In moments of anger “yew.” mean
ing extermination, is put to strenuous
use. Other words suggestive of blue
sulphur smoke mean just as they
Fortunately for those not linguis
tically inclined, Kitty has a- tail. It
means much from point of commu
nication. Any cat owner knows most
of the signs. Big tail, opposite senti
ment of brotherly love. Erect upward
carriage, all’s well in the world. The
outward streamlined effect denotes
movement about to begin or going.
Scratches and bites also tell the story
of displeasure.
Few people, if any, are interested
in learning all 600 words of the cat
language. One can, however, keep a
weather eye open for signs of com
munication from the family feline.
That’s one New Tear resolution that’ll
pay big dividends. Great understand
ing promotes harmony in most things,
except the back yard glee club.
Grated Cheese in Pie.
Spread grated cheese over apples
to be used in pie. Members of the
family who insist on cheese with their
apple pie will be delighted.
“Member Htoto 3TU Hook a Hear Jfrorn j^oto?”
Make-Up for
The Entire
Necessary Repairs
Should Be Done in
A Dressing Room
'J'HE acid test is: How do you look
when you're saying goodby? The
one who wins sincerest admiration Is
she who looks lovely the whole evening
through, without too-obvious repair. A
word to the wise: Even in this day of
frankly accepted make-up, men still
marvel at the girl who keeps them
guessing as to whether she does use
make-up or not, and if she does, when.
If you must refer to the rouge puff once
or twice during the evening, do so in
the privacy of the women’s dressing
room instead of in public.
However, if you plan your make-up
and prepare your skin for it, you may
find that it pays dividends in lasting
quality. For instance, if your skin is
normal or dry, cleanse with cleansing
cream, remove with tissues, pat with
skin tonic or freshener. Dry. Apply a
light creamy foundation, using only as
much or as little as directions call for.
Blend it carefully, until it is a smooth
as-satin film. Now follow' with cream
rouge, blending this too so that there
isn't a trace of harsh, definite edge.
Now, powder generously, fluffing on as
much as you feel you need and more.
Don’t rub it in. With a powder brush
or a large piece of cotton smooth away
the excess. Now apply your lipstick
wdth one definite stroke on each half of
the upper lip, rub lips together, press
over a cleansing tissue to remove ex
cess, make sure the color is well inside
the lips. Now mascara, eyeshadow and
pencil. And—you are all set.
If your skin is oily, instead of using
a cream foundation, choose a liquid
powder the color of your skin. Use a
special anti-shine preparation for nose,
chin and forehead. This, by the way,
should follow after you have used your
cream rouge, and while it is still moist
pat your powder again, very generously.
If the skin is blemished, and blem
ishes have a way of rearing their ugly
little heads just before the big party,
have handy a preparation in stick
form that will cover the ugly little
Put Into practice all the little make
up tricks you know' for apparently
changing your facial contour, conceal
ing facial flaws, minimizing feature
faults, deepening the color of your eyes.
And remember that make-up will be
doubly effective if you are thoroughly
rested and sparkline and alive to the
occasion, to begin with. Have a good
(Copyright, 1937.)
TJruisml Stuffing.
Spani-h rice makes an unusual
stuffi-’g for pheasant, duck or chicken.
You brown one-fourth of a cup of
chopped onions and chopped green
peppers in one-fourth of a cup of ba
con. When the combination is well
browned add two cups of cooked rice
and one cup of tomato juice. Let sim
mer until thick. Add a teaspoonful
of poultry seasoning and a little chop
ped parsley and stuff the fowL
By Betsy Caswell.
H ere is what we wish for you:
A year of friendships, tried and true;
P eace of mind; surcease from care;
P rosperity; an answered prayer;
Y outh in your heart, and in your stride;
N earest and dearest by your side;
E ffort rewarded; races won;
Wishes granted; duties done;
Y our friends’ respect and loving looks;
E ase and comfort; the joy of books;
A faithful dog, your hand to lick;
R esolutions that will stick!
IF YOU’RE partial to lacy bedspreads that will show the color of the cover
beneath, we would recommend this motif. It is really a lovely lacy bit, and,
what is more, so easy to do. The large motif is 6 Vi inches across, and the
8-inch fringe is an optional addition.
To obtain this pattern, send for No. 404, and inclose 15 cents in stamps
*w coin to cover service and postage. Addrees orders to the Needlework Editor
of The Evening Star. 1
Should Be
Making Pleasant
Relations for
Year 1938.
gVERY day is a beginning. Every
morning gives us a fresh start.
And how much we need it! If we
had to carry all the mistakes and
sorrows and anxieties of one day,
across the night and into the next
day and on and on, we would soon
sink under the load. We need the en
couragement and the hope that is
bom with every sunrise.
Once in every 365 days we make a
full stop. It Is the end of the year.
With the next tick of the clock we
begin another one. The idea of be
ginning anew, forgetting the things
that happened during the year that is
past, gaining on our old selves and
on our old ways fills us with joy.
Happy New Year;
We plan a little as to what we will
do with this nice new roll of days to
come. And we wish we could open a
few of them ahead of time just to
make certain they were going to bring
what we like most. But that is for
bidden. We don't live even a day at
a time, but second by second. We
have only to do all we can as well as
we can, step by step, day by day,
until we arrive at the end of the job.
But we can hope and believe even
if we cannot know, and that is enough.
What we hope for and what be be
lieve in have a great deal to do with
what we get during the hours we work
and live. We do have something to
do with what happens to us and to
those we live with. What we think
decides what we do: what we do de
cides our success and happiness and
affects people the round world over.
We are never alone in what we suffer
or enjoy.
The year that is gone has held
plenty of grief for the world, and also
plenty of joy. If we got more grief
than joy we are to blame, lor the way
to joy is always wide open. We could
get there with a gesture of the hand.
If we made the wrong gestures we got
the answer that belonged. That holds
good throughout the world of men
New Year Day is a fresh beginning.
Each of us can use it as he pleases.
Wise folk will take the opportunity to
go apart and tonsider just how hap
piness and success, peace and pros
perity can be brought in abundance to
their homes and to their neighbors.
Let's begin again. Let’s give freely
where we withheld grimly. Let’s credit
the other soul with intelligence and
good will. Let’s forget the wrongs we
have suffered and set out to do our
best in whatever field of work is ours.
There is no heaven on earth, no
angels in our dally round. We live In
an earthly world: we live with human
folk. Fundamentally we are all alike.
Let’s be friends and welcome friends
wherever we find them, in business, in
the neighborhood, church, abroad.
Let’s us this New Year Day to mark a
happy, friendly year. Going alone,
anywhere, is impossible. We all go
together. Let’s begin.
(Coartiht, last.)
Companionship May Take
Place of Romantic Love
Later on in Marriage
Partnership and Friendship
Of Paramount Importance
For Wedded Happiness.
years old, married to a won
derful girl who is a perfect
wife and mother, and have a
fine little son 5 years old. My trouble
Is that I do not love my wife. We
went together two years, but as soon
as we became engaged and set the
date of our marriage I realized that
I did not love her. Instead of telling
her the truth and letting her break
the engagement, I went ahead with
the wedding rather than hurt her. I
have successfully hidden my feelings
from her, but she knows that some
thing is wrong with me—thinks it is
my business. Now I have come to the
end of my rope. My nerves are at the
breaking point and I And it almost
impossible to concentrate on my work.
Last summer I sent her away for a
month thinking that separation might
bring us closer together, but instead
I found matters worse. I dreaded her
return. When she is in one room, I
want to be in another. I can't bear
to be near her. And so it goes, day
in and day out. I have tried very
hard not to feel this way, but I can't
help it. Shall I tell her the truth
and ask her to divorce me, or shall I
go on living the awful lie I have for
seven years?
It seems to me that you have let
yourself get so obsessed by the idea
that you are not romantically in love
with your wife that you are making
too much of it. You are permitting
it to wreck you in body and mind in
stead of taking it in your stride, so
to speak. What you need is to get
yourself together and try to bring a
little common sense and philosophy
to bear on your problem.
* * * *
^JO ONE will deny that love 1s the
sweetening in the wedding cake.
Undoubtedly it does softpad the in
evitable trials and tribulations of
matrimony for a man to be able to
see his wife as his dream girl. The
ideal marriage as it is pictured by
poets and novelists is full of thrills
and of husbands palpitating at the
footsteps of their wives and spending
blissful evenings holding their hands,
even after they have got old and rheu
matic and calloused with work. And
because you do not experience all of
these hectic feelings about the woman
you are married to. you think you
are. of all men, the most miserable.
But come down to brass tacks. View
marriage as It really is. How long
does romance last? Doesn’t It begin
to look mighty bedraggled by the end
of the Arst year of marriage? And
isn’t it so worn out that it is chucked
into the garbage by the end of the
second year? How many of your
friends, would you say, are still thrill
ing over their wives after they have
been married as long as you have?
Haven’t the happiest ones just settled
down Into making marriage a partner
ship and a glorious friendship?
That is just what you can do If
you will put aside all of this romanr*
stuff about not being in lov« with
your wife and make the most of the
friendship you can establish with her.
If you went with her two years before
you were married and thought you
liked her well enough to want to have
her companionship for the remainder
of your life, you must have found
that there was some tie between you.
She must have interested you. She
must have been congenial. She must
have pleased you. She still has those
qualities. She has been a good wife
to you and she has given you a fine
son. Surely these things should count
with you, even if she doesn't stir your
* * * #
■yiRTUALLY all Continental mar
riages are made on this basis.
Thrills do not enter Into them. And
divorce is far less common in those
countries than it is with us who marry
for .sentiment orily.
Try to realize that the bottom of
your dissatisfaction with your wife
is that you were an unwilling bride
groom, driven to the altar by your
sense of duty, and that you secretly
harbor that against her. That wasn't
her fault. It was your lack of courage.
Face that truth and you will find it
easy to forgive her.
I think that forgetting, and not
divorce, is the solution of your prob
lem. Think of your wife as a friend,
and not as a lover, and you will
find her easier to live with. And don't
forget the heartbreak it will be to
you to be separated from your child.
He is compensation for a lot of woozy
dreams that never came trup. But
heed this warning: Don’t hire any
good-looking stenographer.
My Neighbor Says:
Remove coffee stains from table
linen with glycerin. Apply glyc
erin and let stand three or four
hours or until stain disappears.
Drain some of the juice from a
can of pineapple and use to bast®
ham while baking. It gives it a
delicious flavor.
Put this year's Christmas cards
away until next year. The chil
dren will enjoy cutting, pasting
and redecorating them. .!
Peroxide will remove perfume
stains from linens. •
(Copyright. 1!>,17.)
Dear miss nowell:
Please tell me how to remove white stains made by heat an"
water from a walnut dining room table. Also how to restore an <
piece of walnut that has been laid aside for years and no poll..
used upon It.
I will appreciate this information. Very truly yours.
F. M. B., Connecticut Ave.
Both of these questions take detailed information, so I am sending you
more explicit directions under separate cover, as space does not permit print
ing it here. Try rubbing the spots on the table lightly with spirits of ammonia,
or camphor, and then polishing them with furniture polish. Or a little pow
dered pumice and a few drops of linseed oil rubbed with the wood grain. Finish
with furniture polish. If this does not help you will have to refinish the table
top. It is difficult to give you instructions about your old piece of walnut fur
niture without knowing how it is finished. If it is highly varnished and hcs
been unused and uncovered it will probably need the varnish removed, a good
cleaning with fine steel wool and a refinish. If it has only a wax or oil finish
now, you might clean it thoroughly with steel wool right down to the wood,
then shellac it, sand it again, and wax it.
* * * *
I indulged in a window garden of many kinds of cacti, thinking t..at
it was "foolproof." Now I find that many of them have acquired dark roots
and look as though they were rotting away. Is there anything to do for this?
MRS. C. N. W„ N St.
You are probably watering the cactus too much. They cannot stand such
good treatment. Try cutting away the rotted sections and dusting them with
powdered charcoal. Also water them not more than twice a week.
* * * *
We paipted the black iron railing and trim on our house last spring
! and already the rust is showing plainly in spots I thought the paint would
I last for several years. Should we have used a special treatment to prevent
rust? Sincerely yours,
MRS. D B. R., Georgetown.
i Answer:
You should have used a prime coat of red lead to protect the iron from
' rust. Now it will be necessary to scrape all the paint and rust down to clean
1 iron, apply the red lead and then your finish paint. This should keep your
iron trim in good condition for three or four years.
* * * *
I have purchased beautiful hand-blocked linen to make draperies for my
living room. I had planned to make them myself to save money, but a friend
tells me that they should be lined, that they should be "pinch-pleated,” and
says that it is very difficult to make them without instruction. I am afraid
to cut my material if that is the case, as it has already cost more than ordinary
“store-made" draperies and I must not spoil them. Please tell me what you
think about this?
MRS. C. W. T„ Alexandria.
If you knoiD anything about sewing and are willing to measure carefully
I feel that you will have no trouble. I do think you should line your curtains.
They wear letter, hang better, keep clean longer and all in all repay in every
way the extra time and expense they demand. First measure your windows for
the length of your curtains. Allow 4 extra inches for hem and seam. Be sure
of your measurement before you cut. Pull a thread in the material to insure
a straight cutting line. Measure your lining equally carefully and seam linen
and lining at the sides only. Yoy may buy in the drapery department in the
shops buckram binding, about 3 inches wide. This is used for stiffening, and
gives that professional look to the top of your curtains. It has a perfectly
straight edge and also saves you much measuring. Insert this betiveen the <
linen and the lining, baste and stitch carefully. Pinch pleat by making hall
inch tucks in groups of four, across the top of the curtain. Hang on the rods
with the little curtain pins that you may also find in the drapery department.
Allow the curtain to hang at the window for a day or two and then turn up
a hem fust as you would hang your own dress. Pin and baste this, remove from
the window and finish the hem by hand. Also hem the lining separately, so
that it hangs loose from the linen curtain. Then you are through, except for
the pressing and rehanging.
Have yon any problems about earing for furniture or decorating your
home? If so, write to Margaret Nowell, in care of the Woman’s Page of
The Star end your questions will bo answered In this column on the first Sat
urday that opaeo permits.

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