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77 GREAT IDEA OF LETTING WORKING GIRLS
MAKE THEIR OWN CLOTHES IN THE PARKS
BY JANE WH1TAKER
Still another solution is offered us
in place of a living wage, and, really,
tftis is" the funniest yet.
It is the idea of Mrs. Hilda N. John
son Haskins, and she frankly con
fesses she has spent a number of
years planning it.
Some people will waste their good
time on such foolish ideas, like a dog
chasing his tail.
You should have a "power machine
club." Don't you. know what that is?
Just another way to spend your even
ings pleasantly. You know time drags
so heavily anyway, and Mrs. Haskins
promises that by this system you can
make skirts that now cost ?3 to 5
for 50 cents.
I know that there isn't a great deal
of material in the skirts we wear to
, day, but I do -not ,b"elieve you could
get material for a bathing suit skirt
for50 cents. If Mrs. Haskins will
explain to me how it is done I will
tell you you could afford to pay a
dressmaker at that rate.
Did you ever see a man come home
after his day's work and make him
self a pair of trousers, or a coat, or
a vest, or even a shirt? Did you ever
see him sit down and darn his.socks?
Did you ever catch him washing
out the things that do not have to
be starched and drying them in his
.No, you never did, and that is one
of the big secrets why men can work
so many more years than women.
When then quit their work in the
evening they are through until the
next morning and they promptly pro
ceed to forget that such a thing as
But you see we started on the
wrxJng basis. Before we learned to
work for money we acquired a
knowledge of housework, and now it
is up to us to do both. In fact, you
will hear a great deal of talk about
preparing a girl for her future work,
taking care of the home, while that
same girl is being worked to death
taking care of herself.
Once someone offered to teach me
embroidery, but I said: "No, thank
you." I shall never learn another
thing I do not have to. Every Sunday
I have to cook the meals for the
family. I make my own clothes. I
do my own ironing and frequently my
own washing. If I had my life to go
over again I wouldn't learn how to
do a single thing except the toil by
which I make my living.
And that is why these so-called
philanthropic homes where you can
do your own work at night seem so
ridiculous, and why this idea of
power machines on which you may
sew, also at night, is worthy only of
Positively, I sometimes agree with
the ex-president who, in referring to
a certain individual, said: "If he had
a little more sense he would be half
witted." It applies so well to the
And Mrs. Haskins, on the same
general line of foolishness,.says these
machines could be placed in the
parks. Where, pray? In the zoolog
ical garden? In the horticultural
hall? I haven't heard of any homes
for working girls out in the parks.
Or they might be installed in the
Y. W. C. A., Mrs. Haskins suggests.
They would certainly do the least
harm there, because- nobody would
And Mrs. Haskins thinks it is lack
of pretty clotties that has caused
many a girl to turn from the straight
One 6f yur State street employers
told me he thought every" new hair
ribbon you were able to buy to in
crease your attractiveness led you"
that much nearer to temptation.
Well, it is good we do not all think-'
alike it keeps life from growing5