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Every piece of furnit re in your srjre
bears the importing mark from my
furniture warehouse in Grand Rapids.
And, what is more, every piece was
shipped to me from the same manu
facturer, and he assured me that
Messrs. Quinze, Seize, Sheraton,
Adam and Mission have been dead
for a number of years, and that was
why he sold 'em cheap, because they
were out of style."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
19-YEAR-OLD GIRL MANAGES FAMILY OF BOYS
BY MAKING THEIR HOME A "CLUB"
San Francisco. "Make the home
Just like a club. Don't put a harness
on boys. Make them realize their re
sponsibility. If they want to smoke,
let them smoke but not too much.
Yes, even let them cut loose once in
a while. If you don't let them they'll
do it anyway. Make of yourself a
confidant. Let them think they are
helping to run things no matter how
little they are really doing, but if you
are going to be boss, be a good boss."
These are the lenient precepts in
the rearings of her brothers today
being practiced by Edna Colen, 19-year-old
"mother" of a family of six
lads whose guardian she became
through the peculiar will of her fa
ther. The will left her an estate of
$4,000, with the proviso that she
raise the boys, ranging in age from
9 to 22, and be a mother to them.
The lone sister has accepted the
task and the responsibility without
flinching and without anxiety.
"Yes, I'm the boss," she explained,
taking a short recess from the wash
tub where the brothers' mountain of
soiled clothes were being rinsed. Con
tinuing, she said:
"The two oldest work and the rest
go to school. They're all going to be
presidents or senators or something
if I have anything to say about it I
got used to being mother to them
just before my mother died, three
months ago. They mind me better
than they would most grown ups.
"I worked things on a club-like
basis. We all are chummy and con
fide our troubles in each other and
when there's anything to be settled
we take a vote on it, and thus there
is never any trouble.
"I am really boss most of the
time, but- I would never let them
know it. I cook their meals, wash
their clothes, give them some good
talks once in a while, and in the
cases of the younger Tdds, I find it
necessary sometimes to take a
brushbroom in the woodshed.
"I think every girl should have ex
perience in bringing up children. It
would do most of them goo.d if their
mothers turned over the care of some
of the children. Then if they ever
have any of their own they'll know
what to do woth them."