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'•••-O'- - r"" |N&>V- • h y. 0&k ij '■..:/^\. *0 P«®? J S: Ilat8te&. fe** ' ■ . . SoUtair dons basic black in a compact as slim and smart as your beloved basic black dress. Inside this new, larger compact (with its own applicator sponge) is a full 2)4 ounces of Solitaic, that lanolin-rich cake cosmetic yon depend on for a velvety skin, a fresh and truly natural " looking make-up! Why be without it? ' N Bobby-Soxers (See Front Cover) Some time ago I was asked to substitute for Orson Welles in a series of lectures, when he fell ill. At my first appearance, in a high school, I was amazed to see that Orson had drawn the Frank Sinatra fans. For the audience was composed mostly of teen-agers — the very kids that I had attacked in print. A preceding speaker had told them what the public thought of their bobby-sox antics. But the young crowd continued chewing, without interest. Something besides themselves is of interest to these kids, I thought. They Paid Attention So i talked to them seriously about the world at war and the problems of the young people of today. That my guess was right, was proved by their rapt attention, by their many ques tions and by letters like this: “My dear Miss Maxwell: I was there last night because I heard that Orson Welles was speak ing. I admit I went just to see him. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about anything except Orson Welles and Frank Sinatra. We’re not intellectual morons, as last night’s speakers seemed to suspect. We’re just kids who are living in a pretty rotten time and are trying to make the best of being young in a world tom apart by war, for this is our last childhood. We really care what becomes of this mess the world is in now, and we’d like to see that another mess doesn’t spring up from this one. If only adults would stop look ing down upon us and instead, help us to find ourselves! Thank you for the tone of equal ity with which you alone spoke to us. Respectfully yours, Eleanor Deutsch The kids are hopped on in every generation. Even the Greeks had a time of it. Do you remember Strepsiades, in Aristophanes’ “The Clouds”? He moaned and groaned about the modern manners of his son, Pheidippides, who seemed too ’engrossed in the race track. In the '90s, mammas kicked be cause daughters laced too tightly — in the 1920’s, because their charms were unconfined. And in 1924 some Recently, ice're had articles discussing teen-age girls, both pro and con. One result has been the tributes on thes> pages from experts teho hac< seen the bobby-soxers in action Connecticut teachers complained the girls wore their dresses too long! This younger generation is better balanced than its elders give it credit for. I have talked at a lot of high schools since that first one and I find these girls want to knftw why there is starvation in the midst of plenty, why wars are necessary. They want to plan a world where they are not. No more thoughtful letter could fomt from one of my contemporaries than the one which I have quoted. One teen-ager came to me not long ago to ask for a “teen-age can teen” for servicemen. “Lots of the boys are only seventeen, eighteen and nineteen.” she said. "They’d feel more at home and have more fun with girls sixteen and seventeen than they do at the canteens with girls in their twenties. Why can’t we have a canteen to entertain these boys?” Isn't that straight thinking? L*t Tkam Help They want to do something real for the war effort. Buying Bonds and collecting scrap satisfy their grade-school brothers and sisters — and too often the grownups — but it’s not enough for them. We’ve got to give bobby-soxers a bigger part in this greatest of wars. Form clubs where they can discuss , their plans and problems — where they can talk of world affairs, not in a classroom manner. Let these kids learn more about the lives of other girls and boys all over the world. This is an air-minded generation. They are going to be closer to our foreign cousins by hours than we were by days. The teen-age canteens that have sprung up all over the country are an indication that these kids are gre garious. They want get-togethers.