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COMMENT. (From Mrs. E. M. C„ Riverdale. Md.) Now let’s face these food shortages with some good common sense. The first and most important fact is,I this is “one world ”; we are all going! to swim or sink together. So, let’s help all we can. Why all this fuss about bread and meat? The body needs starches, j but not necessarily wheat, in the' form of bread. A bowl of cereal for lunch along with a salad, would give you the same food value of a sandwich. The body does need some meat,' but the cheaper cuts nourish thej body just as much as the more ex-1 pensive ones, and the variety meats are even better for us. " Boiled brisket beef and vegetables make a nourishing meal and only one cook-' ing utensil. Eggs and cheese are fine providers of protein. So, let’s keep the food nourishing and simple: and the mealtime happy. Let s eat to live and live to learn. We moth ers can learn so much when we; teach little children. It is amazing! the interest a little child can display in a tiny bug, and the mechanical .convenience we take for granted we things of wonder to a small child. Capture that wonder yourself and you will feel better for it. God! did not mean that our only thoughts of Him should be solemn ones in! church, but that we should be happy’ in the wonderful, intricate world He made for us! * * * * NEW PRODUCTS? (From Mrs. B, L. T„ Arlington.) This is'from an “amateur” house wife. but I am fast learning many! professional methods from this in*! terest-holding page. Will some of! you good homemakers tell me what' you thia^c of two items that are nowj back or the market, the newr steam; iron, the small pressure cooker? I I Why Grow By Josephine Lowman Whether or not you see eye-to-eye with the idea that the eyes are mir rors o£ the soul, they certainly add a lot to our delight in living. It does seem that an individual's emo tions and spirit are reflected in the expression of his eyes. It seems, too, tha^the eyes are exercisers of the brain and emotions. Through them we receive stimuli for much that is inspirational, exciting, edu cational and satisfying. Many well-trained persons feel that eyesight is less efficient than it i should be because of injury through abuse. The New York State Opto metric Association is doing a great work in educating the public in care of the eyes. The following are a fewr of the rules they advocate: 1. On arising bathe the eyes freely in cold water. Repeat later in the day if they become unduly fatigued. 2. Be alert. Watch for signs of eye strain, such as frowning, scowl ing, lack of ability to concentrate and a reluctance to use the eyes for near.vision. 3. Fresh vegetables, fruit and milk supply the needed elements and vitamins for strong eyes. Eat these every day. 4. Beware of glare. The eyes are strained by bright direct light. 5. The child should read books with large type because it is easier on the eyes and prevents strain. 6. Keep the head erect while read ing. Do not stoop over your work or read while lying down. 7. Long periods of reading will burden the child's eyes. The eyes of the school child need rest. Have him rest his eyes for a minute or two after a half hour of reading. 8. Give your child the benefit of a periodic eye examination. It is wise to know' the condition of the eyes from time to time. Much fatigue comes from eye strain, and nothing gives one such an appearance of age as the squint- j ing and fumbling which come from deficient eyesight. If you wush to have my leaflet Which gives suggestions for eye makeup for those wrho w ear glasses, send a stamped, self-addressed en velope with your request for “Look- j ing Straight and Pretty,” leaflet No, 55. Address Josephine Lowman in j care of The Evening Star. Contributions and requests must be accompanied by the sender’s full name and address. We will withhold both and use only initials. Please address mail to the Readers’ Clearing House, Woman's Page, The Evening Star, Washington 4. Views expressed in the Clear ing House are not necessarily those of The Star, and as it is obviously impossible for us to test all recipes submitted, we cannot assume responsibility for them. B. C. am considering buying both these items, but thought it was wise to iearn about them irom some of you who have used them. jjc jje jjc MARINATED HERRING; BREAD HINT. (From Mrs. J. D. W., Alexandria.) Will some one please tell me how to marinate herring? I would need the recipe for the marinade, as well as instructions for preparing the fish right from the river. Quite some time ago some one complained about recipes being printed in more than one column. This is not important if you pick up a few straight pins, then you get the scissors and cut a margin about a quarter-inch at the bottom of the recipe and pin on the part that appears in another column. I want to pass on a way to avoid wasting even one slice of bread. Any bread that isn't fresh enough to be used “as is” should be allowed to dry thoroughly, either in the oven or on paper. When serving soup toast the dried bread and serve in place of crackers. It tastes just as good as thin melba toast and is no trouble at all. I don't light, my oven to dry a few slices, but if you are using the oven just re member to put it in after you have turned off the gas. * * * + CRAWFISH RECIPE: PINEAPPLE CUSTARD? (From Mrs. D. McK.. Washington.) To Miss J. D. of Takoma: I re-i membered that in my cookbook there was a true crawfish bisque from Louisiana. However, I have; not tested this recipe at all. Here it is: Soak 2 dozen crawfish in cold water for 30 minutes, wash care fully, using a brush. Place in soup kettle with 1 quart of water. 1 diced onion. 2 diced carrots. 1 tablespoon minced parsley, 2 stalks celery and H-teaspoon thyme. Bring to boil and cook for 25 minutes. Drain, saving stock. Remove all meat from heads and bodies of fish. Use meat in crawfish stuffing. Strain stock. Fill crawfish heads with stuffing. Dredge with flour and brown in butter. Drain on absorbent paper and keep hot. Blend ll2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon flour, add strained stock gradually and cook 12 minutes, stirring to prevent lump ing. Season, add stuffed heads and serve. Serves 6 to 8 persons. Craw'fish Stuffing: Moisten 6 ta blespoons cracker crumbs with some milk, add chopped crawfish meat I to 1*2 tablespoons melted butter,! add 1 minced onion. 1 tablespoon! flour, 1 tablespoon fish broth. 1 ta- j blespoon minced parsley, salt and pepper, simmer a few minutes, add crumbs, simmer 2 minutes, cool slightly and add 1 well-beaten egg. Makes 2 cups of stuffing. I hope it is successful. In return j I'd like to know if any one knows a good recipe for pineapple custard.) * * * * BABY PROBLEM. (From Mrs. A. H. Z., Hyattsville.)] In answer to Mrs. S. L. H. of Washington, your problem is iden tical to mine. Our baby is 5’2 months old and has always slept on his tummy, but now' he turns over onto his back when he is put to bed and cries. On cool nights I have kept him on his stomach by tucking the covers in tightly on each side. Of course on hot nights I have to leave him uncovered. If he cries loud and long I go upstairs and turn him on his stomach and pat him a little, sometimes even patting him to sleep. With a chair beside the crib, this patting not only puts him to sleep in a few' minutes, but it relaxes me also. It hasn’t proved to be habit forming either, as he often goes to sleep without it when he is relaxed. One night when I went in to cover him I was surprised to find him asleep on his back. And today he went to sleep outdoors in his basket while; With Needle and Thread 36-52 By Barbara Bell Flattering to the heavier figure— this smart button-fronter. Softly rolled collar and panel skirt have a slenderizing effect, shoulder gathers add a feminine touch, the brief sleeves are as cool as can be. Barabara Bell Pattern No. 1476 is designed for sizes 36, 38. 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 and 52. Size 38, cap sleeves, 47s yards of 35 or 39 inch fabric. For this pattern, send 25 cents, in coins, your name, address, pattern number and size wanted to Barbara Bell, The Washington Star, P. O. Box 99, Station G, New York 19, K. Y. By Peggy Roberts A laugh in the morning helps. These gay “His" and “Her” towels are colorful, easy to make and look; cute hanging together»on the rack.; Pattern envelope contains six hot- j iron transfer designs, each approxi-: mately 3 by 6 inches; also full in-': formation and instructions. Our 60-page multicolored book of Needle Arts containing five free pat-| terns and many other suggestions; for dressing up your home and your- i self is now available. Send your I request for this book to the address listed below, inclosing 20 cents in; coins to cover the cost and mailing; charges. Send 15 cents (coin) for Pattern No. R1594 to Needle Arts Depart ment. The Washington Star. P. o. Box 172, Station D, New York 3. N. Y. Please include your postal; zone number. - I lying on his back playing with a rattle. So maybe our babies are just "going through a stage,” and the best thing we can do is tide them over it with as little frustra tion as is possible. (From S. I?. H., Washington.) I see Mrs. S. L. H. is worried be cause her baby turns on his back when he cannot sleep and is unable to turn back. Perhaps by the time she sees this he will have mastered the art, but if not, he soon will. Meantimes do “be kind to little animals” and turn him the way he wants to be. This is just a short period when you may have to be up several times a night, even to turn him back. Such has been the case with each of my three. He will be | just as proud of being able to turn from back to tummy in a few weeks as he is now at vice versa. Another difficult period of the same kind comes when he learns to pull him self up, but cannot let himself down in the play pen. I certainly feel for Mrs. A. R. R., as I have three tots under 4 years and they keep me running. All the replies have been most helpful to me and I am sure to many others. We would all be so much better off if we W’ould just relax and enjoy the children and so w’ill the chil dren. This is easier said than done, they take their mood so readily from yours, that to reply cheerfully when every’ one is most blue and cross will turn the children prompt ly into cheerfulness that may even last several hours, and will surely tide all of you over a difficult period. Her worst troubles will be over when she can put the baby on the same three-meal schedule as the rest of the family. Meanwhile, take heart and pretend to be cheer ful. ADVICE TO MOTHER. (From Mrs. G. F. H., University ' Park. Md.) To Mrs. A. R. R. and others who have given themselves a mental spanking: Surely Mrs. A. R. R. would like more freedom to cultivate ac tivities she enjoyed when single. There is no reason in these modem days for a woman to become a drudge to her home, her husband, her family. Her place in the com munity is important. She should participate in civic and social affairs. There should be no work after din ner dishes are washed. Relax wdth a good book, a magazine or enjoy a game of bridge, etc. First, send the family w’ash out and use the diaper service for the baby's things. Don't worry about the small damage that a laundry might do, in the long run, it's quite a saving on your health. I have used the service for 14 years and the wear and tear is negligible. Second, the advice on nursery school for the older children is excellent. Third, a cleaning woman for the heavy work once or twice a week, and a sitter occasionally so that you and your husband can enjoy the company of both your friends. Do your shopping at a reliable store so that you can telephone your order and have them deliver it to you. A bath for baby in the morn ing, and a shower for the older chil- ! dren late in the afternoon. Polo shirts and overalls are a must and anything in the seersucker line is preferable. Braid your child’s hair or use any other simple hair style. Simplicity in everything is the key note, so wake up and live! * * * * NAMING HOUSE: POEM WANTED? (From M. J. R., Washington.) Suggestions for M. B. S., who is considering a name for a countryj home “with a view”: “Arborvista”! (tree view) or “Bonniblick” (lovely look i. And now for a request: In what poem of Robert Browning's can I find the lines, the sense of which is that: We are made so that we love first, when we see them painted, things we have passed, unseeing, many times before? I was under the impression it was from his Andrea del Sarto,” but failed to find it. j Dad Has His Day! . Mother has had her day—now the man of the family is in line for HIS day! Here’s the day that's essentially set aside for nice thoughts and sentiments for Dad and all he stands for in the family. The catch in this is. that if he's like most men, he's a hard gent to think of a gift for. Actually, when it comes to gift suggesting or buying for a man, we’re not a bit different from most women. We draw a quivering breath and give up almost before we start. However, having been through this performance for sev eral of the menfolk in our family at various times and for various occa sions, we will pass on to you what thoughts and bright ideas (if any) that we have had, for what they’re worth. Right off the bat. we can say that if the father of your family smokes, you can t beat a carton of cigarettes or a box of cigars, if it’s just a small gift you want to give along with your pretty thoughts of love and devotion. Upon probing a bit fur By Jane Clark ther into Dad's smoking habits, you may find that he has never been the lucky recipient of a really slick looking cigarette case. Then, there's your cue! There are some beauties out now which are designed in smart, durable metals. Their slim size fits into a man's already over j crowded pocket without a bulge! Once, it was our plan to give dad a set of cuff links. The gift was a BIG success. Upon shopping around we discovered that jewelry shops carrv a wide range of cuff link types and styles—and in a wide range of prices. Some can be had in sol.id gold or silver—others, less expensive, in the gold or silver plated. The price of mast of these includes initialing. Speaking of men’s jewelry, the lo cal antique jewelry shops are a good place to hunt down that sort of thing. We have, from time to time, come acrass beautiful heavy watch chains, uniquely designed cuff links, interesting tie pins, clips and belt buckles. For the father who either takes the whole family off on a "roughing i it” summer vacation—or gets in an annual fishing trip up in the woods with his pals, for the father who's an outdoor man here's a suggestion: In quest for his gift, you might look in on one of the supply stores in town who are selling surplus service property these days. There we have seen fine outdoor jackets, canteens, aluminum camp cooking eauipment, barometers, compasses and flash lights with swivel heads which can be set down and focused on an ob ject without the need of an assistant to hold the light. If you have a record player and dad s a music lover, records are very much the gift in order. This is a gift from which the whole family would no doubt derive benefit. If you know that Dad is secretly wait ing for the day when he can get that radio—or it might be a camera —that he spotted in a window the other day—then why not buy it for him now? Place your order for a future delivery as soon as they come in. Give father the order slip, all wrapped up in a huge box, ribbons and all. He'll be the most surprised and delighted man alive! Mental Deficiency There are, m every village, every j town and city, in every school in the land, odd children who cannot take • the education and training that would fit them into the life of the j community. They lack the essential ' mentality. These children should concern us particularly, for from their ranks come many of the delin quents eventually housed in correc tional institutions. We are at fault here. We should have placed such children in safe places where they could enjoy a protected existence in some degree of happiness and use fulness. When a child fails to reach ao-1 ceptable standards of achievement in learning and behavior we usually examine him and place him in a special class, where he remains un til he is dismissed because of age. Once beyond the compulsory school age law, he is free to travel his j stumbling, faltering, helpless way: to disaster. Then we jail him. Dorothy Dix Says— No matter in what other rela-s tionship parents and children stand to each other, they are seldom friends. There are plenty of parents who adore their children and who sacrifice themselves to them, and there are plenty of children who are devoted to their parents and look up to them with awe and ad miration; but it is a rare thing for there to be any real comradeship between fathers and mothers and their offspring. Many parents make a conscien tious effort to, at least, get on speaking terms with their children by having the kids call them Mary and John instead of father and mother, but it does no good. It doesn’t break down the barrier that makes each hide their thoughts from the other. Other parents think they can turn the trick by washing themselves as playmates on their youngsters, and go about proclaim ing that they are Mary’s and John's most intimate friends; but this also is a failure, for nothing bores a child as much as having grownups butt into his games and trying to act kiddish. Fernaps tne situation is unavoid able because naturally parents have to set themselves up as oracles and wielders of authority, and it isn't easy to get chummy with those who-must-be-obeyed and who hold one’s comfort and happiness in their hands. So. no matter how much children admire their parents and look up to them, they seldom feel that they can talk to them as frankly as they can to strangers. This is a pity because it deprives both parents and children of so much happiness that they might have had if they had only been friends who could have talked things over together. But they could not because they were not well enough acquainted to bare their hearts to each other. But think of all the suffering, the heartbreaks and the futile tears that could be saved if parents and children could meet each other on the plane of friendship and talk out their differences, instead of mother and father arbitrarily issuing commands and vetoes and the chil dren hot-headedly rebelling against what they consider tyranny. Suppose from his childhood up father had always paled with Johnny and listened to all -of his confidences with sympathy and in terest and understanding and helped him have all the good times that he could, and talked with him about what a man sould be and do. Would there be one chance in a million that Johnny would ever be a ju venile delinquent, or even make; foolish mistakes? You know there wouldn’t. And suppose that Mary and mother had always been bosom friends who were on such confiden tial terms that they could discuss all the problems that confront a girl. Suppose Mary could tell mother her secrets about how flut ter!' she was about some boy and ask her views about kissing and petting and talk over with her the different boys who dated her. Do you think Mary would be one of the silly little cuties who go boy crazy, or who marry at 18 and get divorced at 20? Never on your life. Mother would have taught her little lamb how to take care of herself in a world that is filled with wolves. But mothers can't help their daugh ter* if they go to some strange woman with their confidences in stead of coming to them. Happy the parents who are friends with their children and lucky the youngsters who can say Friend Father and Friend Mother. Tt&V AUTOMATIC DDT APPLICATOR PROVIDES FLY & MOSQUITO CONTROL for ENTIRE HOUSE U <t FEW MINUTES fi.v A ngelo Palri That is a cruel way to treat these helpless ones. Once they have been discovered, tested, given skilled help and proven to be helpless in our complicated society, we should place them in special schools, colonies where, perhaps, they can live among their fellows without competition, without the haunting feeling of fail ure that besets them in the active world. Why don't we? First, their parents are'loath to part with them. No matter how plain the failure, how dangerous the freedom they suffer, mothers and fathers believe and hope for the odd child’s success. Then, specialized schools are ex pensive. Odd children have no votes and make no loud speeches. Political leaders see no profit in cre ating custodial schools for children about which people would rather not talk, anyway. So these unfor tunate ones wander up and down the earth, without a resting place for their afflicted souls. All such children should be re moved from the classes of normal children, as soon as they are dis covered. and placed under the care of especially trained teachers until they either improve sufficiently to be returned to their classes or prove that they never can be returned to society as self-sustaining members of the community. When they are proven to be help less, their parents should be asked to demonstrate that they can accept responsibility for their care and. also for the protection of the com munity in relation to them. If this cannot be shown, then the town, city or State concerned should be pre pared to take care of them for so long as necessary. Neglect of such children is pos sibly more expensive in the end than would be good care from the beginning. rHOT\ HASHES?* (Women In your su s —tms great meal cine Is famous to relieve hot flashes, nervous tension—when due to the ! functional 'middle-age' period pecu : liar to women. Worth trying! 'lymumhams COMPOUND ADVERTISEMENT. 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Brewood wedding engraving is distinguished by its modern smartness and good taste. • Engravers—Pine* Printers 1217 G Street X Over the Back Fence By Isabel Hackett "Would you rather smell of heather, pine, spruce, cedar, balsam, fir, bergamot or old Russian leather?” we asked the Family Provider. ‘‘I always liked a blend,” said the F. P„ "but it would take Russian leather at least to cover up the smell of moth flakes from this suit. American leather wouldn’t do it. Got any old Russian leather around the house?” We explained that the toilet goods industry, which seems to be achieving full production unhindered by strikes, labor or raw material shortages, wants all men who appreciate "the art of good grooming and good living” to buy cologne, bath powder, shaving lotion and soap in fragrances “bracing, masculine, vibrantly alive.” Papers and magazines are featuring "his favorite grooming essentials,” or cologne put up in "proud flacons of real porcelain,” or "fired in 23-karat gold," as the perfect present for Father’s Day. This may be just a timely effort to help the family with a substitute for father's favorite clothing essentials of ties, socks and shirts, or it may be the opening of an insidious campaign to glamourize the American man. We think this sudden importance of cologne in "bracing, masculine scents,” for men, should be investigated before it becomes a national trend. If it really makes headway, the 8:20 bus to town is going to reek of the forest primeval, the male passengers having all doused themselves with assorted scents of cedar, balsam, fir, pine, spruce and hemlock. We Hbpe we never sit next t« any gentleman who uses the blend of "cedar, cognac and Russian leather, ’ which is said to “charm a woman's senses.” Not ours, it wouldn’t. The scents which we find most pleasantly masculine and exhilarating, as we have noticed them on the F. P., can’t be found on store counters. We like the hint of coal smoke which clings to the F. P. after he has been working over a balky furnace so we won’t have to bother with it while he Is at the office. Then there is the tangy smell of dry cleaner, which he has used to get some spots off his vest, instead of leaving it for us to do; the bracing sharpness of turpentine, when he has been doing odd painting jobs around the house, and the “cool, outdoors aroma” which is unmistakable evidence that he has at last spaded that bag of fertilizer into the vegetable patch. Gentlemen of the late Roman Empire, we remember, went in rather heavily for perfumed baths, cologne and lotions. And look what happened to them! The mother of a bright little boy who lives next door told us that she had been surprised and vaguely worried by & sudden and unexplained improvement in his financial resources. It wasn’t in the form of nickels and dimes, either; he just had lots and lots of quarters and so far as she knew, he hadn't earned them by doing little jobs for the neighbors. He seemed, however, to be spending more than the usual amount of time in some nearby woods. He finally revealed that he had been collecting garter snakes and other harmless varieties of reptiles, for which he found a steady market at 25 cents per snake among the taxi drivers at a local stand. Naturally, his mother asked what the taxi drivers did with them. "Take ’em home in their pockets to scare their wives with." said the operator of this profitable business, “they say it’s lots of fun and they’re going to tell their friends about it." * * * * A fashionable market offers its patrons Brazilian mandarins, olives stuffed with anchovies, pickles stuffed with almonds, onions stuffed with walnuts. We hope they’ll soon get around to stuffing American peas with Russian caviar. The oldest teen-ager, whose religious, economic and social beliefs are for the moment rather left-ish, was picked up on her way to school one day by a nice middle-aged matron. The oldest one was on her way to a stiff history exam, and was trying to fix a few dates in her mind at the last minute. The ladv queried her rather minutely on her views as to religion and other fundamental matters. The oldest one answered in noncommittal monosyllables, trying to keep her mind on the high points of American history. We re afraid the lady got a dim view of the intelligence, spirituality, and manners of the younger generation. As we got the story, she looked sadly at the oldest one. as she dropped her in front of the school, and said “I HOPE we meet in Heaven,” but sounded doubtful that such would be the case. * * * * We look at the empty bread shelves, wishing we had assurance that the bread that isn't there was going to Europe in the form of wheat. We look at the shelves piled up with cake and cookies, and wonder how the F. P. would like his poached egg on a piece of toasted pound cake. We look at shelves full of whipping cream, bare of butter. We hope for enough sugar to can our share of a bumper peach crop, but probablv won't get it. 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