Readers’ Clearing House
(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
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
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!
* * * *
(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
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
3. Fresh vegetables, fruit and milk
supply the needed elements and
vitamins for strong eyes. Eat these
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
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.
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(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.
* * * +
(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
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.)
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Washington, your problem is iden
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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;
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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
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
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!
* * * *
(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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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"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
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
"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
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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A lady who was waiting with us at the meat counter the other day
summed up our current state of mental confusion over the food situation.
"I wish I knew,” she said in a bemused voice, "just which shortages
to get mad about.”
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signed for just such occasions. By Oshkosh—
There is none finer.
In Suntan and Brown Cowhide____--AS 25
In Tan, Brown and Green Canva*_ .31.65
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Camalier £• Buckley
2 Doors Above
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