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Readers' Clearing House
Λ. η Λ. Λ. ΧΙ^ν ·
(From Mrs. P. Β. Κ., Washington.)
Recently Mrs. O. R. H., Washing
ton, asked for tatting instructions.!
She can find clear Instructions and i
picture diagrams in the "Learn How |
Book," number 170, price 10 cents,
put out by the Spool Cotton Co. i
Believe she can find this book in
the large 5 and 10 cent stores on
F street or in art goods department
In other stores.
To Mrs. Μ. Α., Arlington, who
wondered about how oftgn to scrub
kitchen and bathroom floors, etc. I
find that once a week, doing a
thorough job, including the base- !
boards, and also waxing the floors
keep them spic and span with an
occasional quick wiping over be
tween times with the small, sponge·*'
type mop, which by the way, is a
great time saver and one never has
to put one's hands into the mop pail.
It is more expensive than regular
mope but worth the price many
times over and I woyldn't be with
out one. Spring and fall I scrub
and use paste wax on the baseboard^
and hardwood floors-edges which
keeps them in good condition except
where they get much wear and those
places I do once a week. The var
nished woodwork gets the same
treatment, although the white wood
work in kitchen and bathroom
around, doors and stove needs to
be wiped over weekly. It is quite
easy to work out a schedule to give
the whole house a quick picking up
and dusting each day, then take one
or two rooms as the main Job and
doing those thoroughly, brushing
the baseboards and any extras that
don't need doing every day. Win
dows and ceilings are done spring
and fall and the former a few times
in between. We live where it is free
from smoke and dust so the above
schedule keeps the house nice. We
do not have radiators nor Venetian
blinds but should think once a week
woijld be sufficient unless one lives
where there is more dust or smoke,
then they would need cleaning more
often. ·
(From Mrs. R. B. Q., Washington.)
To Mrs. Μ. Α., Arlington. There
is a book, "America's Housekeeping
Book," published in 1941 by Scrib
ner's and compiled by the New York
Herald Tribune Home Institute
which answers your specific queries
on the frequency with which cer-1
tain household tasks should be per- ι
formed. It is most complete and a
great help to a new homemaker.
* * * *
« (From Β. M., Arlington.)
I would like the opinion of you
readers on this one. Though tt
eounds like a trivial problem to
some, it is Important to me.
I have few friends in this section
ef Washington (our church and
young peoples group are in North
east), but I have derived many
hours of pleasant companionship
with several of my neighbors. Lately
I have felt a little out of the swing
of things. For they have taken the
habit of going in groups of 2 and
3 to the neighborhood movie about
once a week. Their husbands stay
home and watch the babies while
they are gone. I've, been asked
several times to go along, but de
clined simply because I don't think
It's right to ask my husband to sit
home alone with the children after
ills day of work Is over. I know
rom my friend's conversations they
would reverse the position, and stay
lome while their husbands went out
i they so desired, but I think it's
ι foolish practice. Baby sitters are
ivailable and my husband and I con
Sne our recreation to a few evenings
ι month, but always together. I
Jiink too many married couples fall
into this harmless practice, but it
;ould result in the start of in
iifference between them. Am I too
Old fashionçd?"
I hope you'll give this your con
sideration and let me know if I was
>orn 25 years too late!
♦ * * *
Lack of space and time prevent
the inclusion in this column of
further comment on the pros
and cons of daylight saving time.
We suggest that you write your
vieics to the District Commis
sioners in time to reach them
before the hearing on May 7.
This is the most effective way to
make your wishes known to those
who υήΙΙ make the final decision.
* * ♦ *
From. Mrs. M. G. Β., Washington.)
Will Mrs. R. A. F„ Washington.
Dlease give her recipe for the cream
Slling to be spread between layers
rf "old-fashioned cream pie" which
she so kindly gave In answer to
query of & short while ago. I
lid not request the recipe, how
sver I do think It is such an ex
ïeptionally good one that I should
ike very much to have the com
plete recipe so that I may be able
m serve this dessert very soon to;
jne of our special guests who Isj
•xceedlngly fond of cream pie. It|
is also one of my favorite desserts.
* * * ♦
'From Mrs. H. R. H.. Washington.)
ft was midnight on the ocean, not * street
car was tn sight
Twas a summer's night In winter, and
the rain was snowing fast
While a bare foot boy with shoe» on, stood
sitting in the grass.
rwo men stood face to face.
With both their backs together.
One drew a pistol from his belt
And the other's head did sever.
rhen came alone a gay young misa.
Old and bent with years, »
In her eyes there was a smile
And on her lips were tear».
rhi» happened heme from nowhere.
One dav last week tonight,
While behind me stood a girl In black,
All dressed In snowy white.
3he spoke no speech, she said no word».
But all she did was talk:
Bo standing still I ran away
As fast as I could walk.
(From Mrs. G. M.· B., Washington.)
The boy stood on the burning deck
The breaking waves dashed high
Sbouli auld acquaintance be forgot
Comin' thru the rye?
Just a song at twilight
When the lights are low
Under the spreading chestnut tree
Where the corn and tater» grow,
I've been workin' on the railroad
All de livelong day.
Oh, what fun it Is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
[ am so old, so old
I can write a letter
Day by day In every way
I'm getting better and better.
Smile the while
You kiss me sad adieu
Tis three o'clock In the morning
Because they all love you.
Sreathes there a man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said
Shoot if you must this old gray head
But give us this day our daily bread.
Twas the night before Christma»
By the dawn's early light
When o'er the deck the captain shouted
Curfew shali not ring tonight.
It was a forest primeval
Where the old flotilla lay
;arry me back to old Virglnny
When you come to the end of a perfect
Sail on. Ο ship of state
And let the reet of the world go by,
ind for Bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and die.
When you and I were young. Maggie
When knighthood was in flower
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous hour.
Like a mighty army
Going on before
[ have a little shadow
Quoth the raven "Nevermore."
3omewhere a voice is calling
Everywhere I roam
Ever since the day, Sally went away
There's no place like home.
+ * * *
(From D. Α., Washington.)
In December, 1945, I received a
Poinsettia and placed it in the
parlor window with my other plants,
rhe window faces East. I water my
plants around 8 o'clock each morn
ing with luke warm water and every
jix months give them one teaspoon -
rul of commercial plant food.
Ground May 15 I placed it outside
with my other plants. Around Oc
tober 15, when it was time to bring
them in the house again, it had
?rown about 3 feet high. I took off
puttings until it was a good size to
bring it. Each cutting I dipped in
plant food and placed them in pots.
Every slip took. At Christmas time
the Poinsettia had one small bloom
and now it has two more small
My favorite cake: Sift together
2H -eupe sifted cake flour, 4 tea
spoonfuls baking powder, 1 tea
spoonful salt, m cups sugar. Add
\ cup vegetable shortening. % cup
milk. Beat 2 minutes until batter ■
is glossy. Add Va cup milk, 2 eggs,
1 teaspoonful vanilla. Beat 2 min- !
utes. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350. ί
Trick: I like to bake this cake in
two 8-inch square pans. Then
when they are cool cut each layer in
half i.e. four inches wide, thus mak
ing two 8 inch by 4 inch two layer
cakes. I ice each one with a different
icing. In this way I have two cakes
to alternate with and they usually
last me a week, if I am careful. j
Prom-trotters take note! j
You'll be definitely a one- j
sided person, but one that
most people will take to if
you wear this young and
I pretty evening dress to thet
dance. It's titled "Lover's
Knot" and comes in a va
riety of colors. There are
red, brown and blue plaid
gingham to choose from, j
All with the sparkling white
pique touches to make this
a cotton charmer if we've
ever seen one.
Contributions and requests j
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.
(From Mrs. V. C., Washington.)
I would like it ii some one could
let me have some iris roots ii I come
«id lift them ^nd will not destroy
the plants or roots that are^eft in
the ground. I have a large empty
lot and would like to plant any
hardy roots, especially Oriental
soppy or bleeding heart. My phone
number is Snepherd 2014.
# * * *
'From Mrs. W. B. S., WashingtonJ
Seven -eighths cup sugar, 1 cup
sifted flour. 3 eggs, not separated;
2 tablespoons hot milk, l'i tea
spoons baking powdeçr 1 teaspoon
vanilla, Vi teaspoon salt, grated
rind and juice «of 1 lemon. Cream
sugar and eggs for 20 minutes, put
aaking powder in little of flour and
add last. Bake in 360-degree oven
about 30 minutes. Turn out on
lamp cloth, spread with jelly and
* * * *
(From Mrs. L. V. J., Bangor, Me.)
In a recent issue a suggestion
was asked for from Mrs. P. E. C.
Riverdale to raise money for a
worthy cause by teen-agers in whom
she is interested. My reply for that
age would be a show we used *to
:all "Madonna." A large frame re
sembling an antique or Florentine
trame painted sunny yellow had a
backdrop 5 feet away of a large
shawl or dyed mosquito netting in
dull blue or barn red and a curtain
drop of similar material. Our
show consisted of poses of any well
known Madonna and child (doll
baby) Whistler's Mother, Blue Boy,
any pose which the girls find
familiar and easy to copy. Just a
minute pose would be long enough.
Give a prize for the highest number
3f correct guesses of identity. We
loved this game and the costumes
were mostly old shawls, lace collars
hat box treasures from the attic.
* * * *
'From Mrs. A. L. B„ Washington.)
There are some beautiful designs j
η artistic weaving creations on dis- j
?lay in the art department in one
>f our largest department stores and
if party that requested information
on weaving buys all materials in
store a teacher will assist her in -
the art of weaving.
* * * *
(From Mrs. R. E. W., Washington.)
In reply to the request for sug
gestions concerning an electric
blanket for use on a double bed.
where each person's heat require
ment is different, may I report that
there is an electric bianket on the
market, made by one of the country's
most reputable firms, which has two
neat controls, one on each side of the
blanket, so that each sleeper mav
regulate, individually, the heat on -
his side of the bed.
(FroΛ Mrs. F. R. Α., Chevy Chase.)
* think you will find that if you
will add more milk to your potatoes,
you will find them more fluffy. Also
another mistake you may make is
that you probably don't add the
milk soon enough. Just break up
the potatoes by using your mixer
at slow speed, then add the milk
while using your mixer at a high
(From Mrs. L. K., Washington.)
Mrs. R. S. ά., Alexandria, in
reference to your whipped potatoes
being starchy when you whip them
with your mixer. It isn't your mixer
that causes it. You let your potatoes
get too cool before whipping them,
thus causing a starch.
I pour my hot potatoes in mixing
bowl, beat slowly, add cold milk at
once, then dab of butter, turn mixer
higher. My potatoes turn out simply
* * * *
(From Mrs. A. D., Washington.)
Split Pea Soup—Place a ham bone
in approximately β cups of water.
Let this boil for 10 or 15 minutes.
Add % cup split peas < more if liked
thick), one sliced onion and a diced
potato. Let the soup boil gently
until vegetables are well done. Serve
hot with salted crackers.
Azaleas are not house plants. As
soon as all danger of frost is over,
plant outside in a garden and be
rewarded by a lovely plant in full
bloom next year. Once it is planted,
It continues to bloom each year.
Will some "girls" give methods
of preparing fish for frying? I've
used flour and cracker meal. Are
there other ways to prepare?
By Peggy Roberts
You save precious money and
have just the fabrics and colors you I
desire by making baby's bassinet ;
and draperies to match. A plain j
market basket, camouflaged with !
gay chintz, dainty net and ribbons,
makes one of these lovely bassinets, j
Pattern envelope No. R250e con- ι
tains complete instructions for lin- j
ing, trimming and finishing the
above bassinets.
To obtain this pattern, send 15c In \
coins, giving pettern number, your ,
name, address and zone number to:
Peggy Roberts, The Washington j
Star, P. O. Box 100, Station O, New <
York 19, Ν. Y. !
%\NWVs CooWri
Stujjed Flank Steak
Carrots Cabbage in Cream
Rum Buns
Canned Apricots Coffee
Cftbbafe In Cream.
y cups shredded cebbege Salt and pepper
H small onion H cup heavy cream
S tablespoons butter or bacon
Shred cabbege. Shred onion, cook in fat slowly 10 minutes, then
add cabbage, salt, and pepper. Cover, and cook 15 minute, or until
cabbage is barely wilted and tender. Add cream, stir well, let stand
covered for 5 minutes off the fire, then serveffiot. Do not boil after
eream is \dded. —By "VI."
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After-fivé charm, is a little easier to achieve when you are exquisitely groomed for
the cocktail party or the dinnër-dancing date to which you have been invited.
A few dramatic touches may be all that are needed to give your "after-five" costume
the extra touch that counts. What to wear is a vexing problem with many women. In
.this transitional period some women prefer floor-length dresses for dining and ddncing.
Others are taking to mid-length dresses for after-five wear.
Our model is wearing a gray crepe dress that has all of the high-fashion styling
usually evident in dresses of $60 and above. (Ed. note: This one is way below $60.)
It is the bock-styling of this dress that makes it so unusual. Diamond-shaped cutouts
that daringly reveal your back plus back hip-line drapery that falls to midcalf length
give dramatic styling to this outfit. Long black gloves and the new shoe rage—the closed
heel and toe black suede ankle-strap pump—further accentuate the stark simplicity of
the costume. Both the dress and the shoes are available locally. —ELENI.
Summer Fun in Town
By Betty Mites
γ ογ one sixtn summer, uie uisxnct
X Columbia Recreation Department ;
upplies the answer for the $64 ques- ■
ion—"How can city kids have & real
ummer of fun?"
Through its day camps, opening j
uly 1, hikes and picnics can became
reality, under reliable leadership. !
Tie children are provided with a
situation that provides for progres
se learning of social living." Brief
1, they learn to work and play to
ether, and have fun doing it.
Their activities are as varied as
lie possibilities of the outdoors. A
isiting parent might find one group
eturnlng from a "treasure hunt"
onducted by a naturalist from the
rational Gapital Parks; another
roup returning from a lesson from
Red Cross instructor at one of the
>cal public pools. Learning about j
olywogs, weaving baskets and look-1
tig for an owl's nest are all part, of
camp day. Handcraft, archery ι
nd nature games are perpetually !
opular, and camp sings as much a
art of the routine as the daily meal.
The camping privilege is free.!
rith parents furnishing transporta- '
ion and noon lunches. The camp- j
rs also plan cooperative stews and
ook-outs in which each one con-1
ributes his share, such as some
egetable from his home garden.
Îiere are no uniforms worn—regu
ir clothing, sturdy and clean, is
referred. No equipment is re
Boys and girls from 7 to 14 years
f age are eligible for any of the
wo-week periods that begin July
and end August 22. The hours
.re 9 to 3:30 o'clock daily, Monday
hrough Friday.
There are ten camps located
tnrougnout me cny in me larger
parks. The locations follow:
Fort Bunker Hill, Otis and Four
teenth streets N.W.
Tah-Ko-Ma, Fifth and Under
wood streets N.W.
Camp Good Will, Oregon avenue
ît Bingham drive N.W.
Foundry Branch Park, Forty
fourth and Reservoir road N.W.
Fort Dupont, F street and Min- |
nesota avenue S.E.
Shepherd Parkway, Portland and i
secona above south Capitol streets
Rock Creek Park, Potomac Park
way between Connecticut and Mas
sachusetts avenue bridges N.W.
Fort Chaplin, Testa» «venue and
Β street S.E.
Fort Mahan, Fortieth and Bin
ning road N.E.
Fort Stanton, Erie street off Pom
eroy and Morris roads S.E.
Registration forms and complete
information may be secured by
sending a stamped, self-addressed
envelope to the District of Columbia
Recreation Department, 3149 Six
teenth street N.W., Washington 10,
D. C. Early registration is advised
for those interested.
I Theater Jottings |
Opening night at the National
with Elisabeth Bergner in "The
Two Mrs. Carrolls" found many a
Washington woman tossing a
wrap over her spring print dress.
A couple of mink stèles and one
silver fox cape stole were spotted.
Short hair seems to be catching
on with a number of the young
girls who were present. No hair
ornament·; were worn by these
short-bobbed lassies. As natural
'ooking a hairdo as one can think
of where young girls are con- j
cerned. . . Rhodelle Heller who
plays Cecily Harden In the play
is both a fashion designer and an i
actress. Her stage wardrobe has
a number of eye-openers for the :
women In the audience to note.
One dinner gown in gray that ;
Miss Harden wears is most at
tractive. It has long sleeves, a
beautifully draped skirt. Almost a
harem affair with its fullness ex
tending also to the back of the
gown . . . Miss Bergner's last
act gown is of black mousseline
de soie with black satin applique
on the cap sleeves and at the
waistline. It is belted with a
black satin bow. —E. S.
mother on* of those many hard to te',
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Jo. hat It. Fot immediate deii*ery. Just
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"Our group consists of six (three couples). Every place one goes
the others are always there. We are friends of about 12 years' stand
ing,' long before any of us were married. In fact, we all met during
our high school days eren though we did not attend the
schools. As fate would have it all three families recently moved to
this vicinity and as yet have not had much chance to meet new
acquaintances. f
"Now, the problem is that after all this time- one of the mm has
suddenly taken quite a lancy to me. It Is getting to be very obvious
when the group is together and, truthfully, I am worried. In fact, my
husband remarked the other night about the expression on this man's
wife's face when he insisted on sitting next to me at cards. 1 dont
like to call him down for fear that It will cause a rift iq the group
and yet I dont like his actions. If they become any more obvious it
will be the beginning of trouble. Could you please advise me as to a
diplomatic way of handling this situation?" MRS. I. B. C.
You dont make it quite clear whether the gentleman in ques
tion has told you of his affections, or whether it has been simply his
increasing attention that has caused you to believe he is "taking a
fancy to you." Much depends upon this, because if he has said noth
ing, you can hardly bring the matter ^vp with him directly—on the
other hand, if he has informed you of his sentiments in so many
words, you should have slapped him down there and then, and not
permitted the situation to drift.
Assuming the first angle, that he has only'been casting sheep'·
«yes in your direction, while saying nothing definite, start in now
to avoid all situations where he may monopolise you, or show undue
interest. It would be best, if possible, to avoid going out with the
entire gang for a while—find some volunteer work to do in the eve
nings, that will give you an excuse, or plan your vacation now, in
stead of later, and get clear away. This will break up the pattern,
and if the man is really in love, and doesn't see you frequently under
the general get-together guise, he will start calling you, and thus
give you the opportunity to tell him you want such nonsense to stop
Don't be coy and let him down easy. He will just think that you
are flirting and aren't serious about nipping a potential affair in the
bud. Don't argue—be Arm and dignified; tell him you respect his
wife and love your husband and you have no intention of becoming
involved in an Intrigue that would break up lifelong friendships and
mess up several lives.
If, however, you have already let him tell you he is in love with
you, that he is misunderstood at home and all the usual clap-trap,
and you didn't act immediately to freese him out, you've got a tougher
time. Hell claim. Justifiably, that you have been leading him on, and
that you gave him every reason to suspect you returned his affections.
You'll have to do a bit of crow-eating, here; admit you werent play
ing fair and sqûare, and apologise for your part in the aordid affair.
But make it plain that from now on out, you are having no part of a
clandestine intrigue and that if he insists, you will break away from
the entire group—and leave the explanations to him. As you infer
your husband is aware of what is going on and feels you entirely
Innocent, your trump card would be to tell this domesticated wolf
that you will ask your husband to talk to him. That should send
him skedaddling back where he belongs in a hurry]
But search your conscience carefully to be sure or your
Innocence before you decide which form of action ta take.
Why Grow
I -
By Josephine Lowman
"No! No! A thousand times NO!"
That is what you should say to
"extra" luscious items when on a re
ducing diet.
For your benefit I have just done
a most painful thing. I counted the
peanuts in one of those little pack
ages in order to see how many cal
ories you consume when you eat a
bag of them. I am on my own nine-1
j day reducing diet and it mm awful, ;
! having the nuts stare me in the face |
that way, one at a time, but I only
ate one!
I found that thç bag I counted
(an average sited one) contained 68
peanuts. It takes about 25 small
peanuts to give you 100 calories and
only about 20 of the larger ones.
Figure it up yourself. Twelve al
monds or pecans give you 100 cal
ories and they seem innocuous.
I I have seen it happen over and
over again. A woman goee along
splendidly at breakfast and lunch
eon and then feels a little hollow
at mid afternoon. 8he buy» a little
bag of peanuts or a candy bar.
"Surely that little bit of luxury can't
make much difference," she thinks.
One medium piece of angel food
cake, or one very small piece of layer
cake or one cup cake, will give you
100 calories. One chocolate cream or
a medium piece of fudge will do
likewise. Six small saltines contain
100 calories, to say nothing of the
delicious cheese mixtures we put on
them. One tablespoonful of honey
or Jelly or mayonnaise—100 cal
ories. I wonder if this doeent ex
plain the puzzle of why ao many
women diet constantly but never
lose weight? Believe me, It Is to
blame much more often than our
glands are!
You might as well leave It all off
If you send for my nine-day reduc
ing diet—but nine days aren't long.
If you want this diet, send a
stamped, self - addressed envelope
with your request for leaflet No.
30, "Nine-Day Reducing Diet" to
Josephine bowman in car· of The
Evening Star.
lUppose you were
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and the man you loved thought
you were just another drab little
working girl. How would you
go about changing his mind?
Janey thought up a method that was
new and different. . . one that makes
for an especially delightful "LOVE
STORY" as written by Ray Hllllgoss
and you came from the wrong aide of
the railroad tracks. Could you bring
yourself to sacrifice your younger sister
— to get on the right side ?
You'll thrill to how Fran found out
what counted moat — in Margaret
Whitlock Larson's powerful and
moving story, "CHANGE OF VIEW"
ν and a handsome young stranger tried
to pick you up on your twentieth wed
ding anniversary. What would happen
if you told your husband?
Joan told her· —and what happened
will surprise you. To find out, read
"NO MORE ROMANCE," a Ilght'n
gay story by Robert S. Mansfield
flow would you like···
ο treat your family to some
eating? Julia Lee Wright gives you a
wonderful spring menu...and a special
recipe for strawberry shortcake — in
this month's FOOD FEATURES
To try your hand at some Interior
decorating? Stanley Mills Hagg&rt
shows you how to start with your
entrance hall... and make it a beauty
spot in your home. Don't mise his
To know the inside «tory on how
Hollywood lives? Turn to Harry
the latest in the sayings, doing· and
partyings of your favorite stars
You GET LIVELY, satisfying stories ,.. helpful homemaking features ...
stimulating, informative articles . . . humor . . . poetry . . , and regular,
monthly service features in the great

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