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The Montana plaindealer. [volume] (Helena, Mont.) 1906-1911, August 27, 1909, Image 2

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he Witdow a eoed Wfte.
Recent statistics indicate that th
popularity of the widow is waning
but should this be the case she car
most certainly afford to be generous
for her reputed charm has almost be
come proverbial. There are many in
stances of the second marriage of wl.d
owe, and it is noticeable that the hum
band in such cases frequently happens
to be the younger of the two. This iI
not extraordinary, for women invarla
bly remain young longer than men
and a woman who has encountered the
exceedingly enlightening experience ol
married life knows exactly how to deal
with a man. She Is intuitive and can
Instantly diagnose his mood. If he
appears worried and distrait, she Ii
tactfully quiet and sympathetic. She
does not force his confidence, because
she realizes quiet well that he will
probably tell her everything later on.
When necessary a widow is more en
tertalining than a young girl. Her
knowledge of life has made her inter
estlng; her experience has sharpened
her intellect, and she knows exactly
what to say upon each occasion. As a
hostess she is usually perfect. Her
previous knowledge of married life has
necessitated the acquirement of cull
nary art, and she realizes that a
dainty, well-served dinner appeals to a
man's soul quite as much as mere
beauty of figure. But she is careful
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Perhaps, after having learned to make the plain
shirtwalst and the simple gingham dress, there is no
easier road to progress for the home dressmnaker than
the way of the party dress. The short dancing frock,
In especial, offers untold advantages for the Inexperlo
eneed and conceals but few pitfalls. The neck, to be
gin with, is bare, and so, too, are the arms, which
not to neglect her own appearance, to
she understands that men appreciat
elegance as a whole, although they mse
dom grasp the meaning of detail
Then with regard to the care of the
family exchequer, a widow's experi
:nce is invaluable. At the expense o
much suffering, she has learned the
value of money. She knows how ant
where to buy, and gets good value foi
her expenditure; and this in itself iI
a great consideration for a young man
But perhaps unselfishness is the key
note of the widow's success. She has
learned that she is not the all-impor
tant factor of the marriage contract
She recognises that domestic art It
her sphere 'in life, and she appreciate
the dignity of her position. In fact
she is a "womanly" woman, and, ass
rule, decidedly deserves her popular
Simple, But ERective.
An excellent model for a good-look
effect is especially
good. The hat is
silver gray Neapoli
tan, trimmed with
U a crushed band of
self-tone Louisine
ribbon, and on the
left side at the very
bottom and partly
resting on the hair is a bunch of
delicate pink roses and foliage.
Woolar Slamber.
The weary woman who wishes to
woo sleep successfully should try a
scented slumber cushion. Cased in a
dainty cover of washing silk, the con
tents vary from vegetable down scent
ed with lavender to the aromatic hop.
Other fillings may be substituted at
will by those who have access to
freshly grown sweet herbs. Lemon
thyme, sweet grass, verbena, sweet
scented oak-leaf geranium and clover
will all convey a delightful fragrance
and can be constantly renewed. They
should be slightly pounded before they
are placed in the cushion. Newly
mown hay gives forth a welcome scent
and forms a particularly good stufing
tsr a slumber cushion. The effect of
the forsgoing. Intensified. it necessary.
by a few drops of distilled essence of
the same, will be much appreciated by
the business woman as well as by the
society belle.
For the princess dresses one should
have princess slips.
In yokes the sun-ray plaitlng are
the thing just now.
Jet bracelets seemingly cannot be
too wide nor too heavy.
Frocks of silks, crepe and other un
lined materials are weighted down by
broadcloth facings.
A gay Beau Brummel frill at the
throat transforms the tailored suit
into something dainty and feminine.
The Shantung suit is promising as
much popularity as ever as soon as
the summer weather actually sets In.
The ugly little fish talil train has
gone out. In its place is a short
Iquare train copied from mediaeval
Some of the skirts are actually
shirred upon the waistband. On the
cut out the natural enemy of all amateure-the yoke
with its collar, as well as the fitted cuff with its as.
curate fastenings. This absence of yoke and sleeve
eliminates the most expensive part of the gown. Neither
the shirred bodice nor the surplice shoulder drapery
presents such dificulties as do the fitted bodices for day*
time wear.
other hand, gowns equally smart are
being turned out with the straightest
of lines from bust to knee.
With sleeveless evening frocks
scarfs of tulle or chiffon are often
worn, tied about the arm halfway be
tween the shoulder and elbow.
The individual linen pockets or bags
worn with the summer gown are fre
quently fastened with cords drawn
through embroidered eyelets.
Black and white Syrian scarfs or
Egyptian veils riveted with silver or
gold are the most popular draperies
worn afternoons and evenlnps.
At one of the smartest church wed
dings of the season the bridal gown
of white satin, made in scant direc
tolre style, had side slashes in the
skirt filled with flounces of old lace.
T. Imprev the Cemplextsa.
Oatmeal bags used frequently in the
bath are very pleasant; they whiten
the skin and impart a velvety softness,
besides a delicate fragrance. Formula:
Five pounds of oatmeal, one pound of
powdered orris root, one pound of al
mond meal, one-half pound of pow.
dered white castile soap. Keep in
glass jars and fill little cheesecloth
bags as needed.
An Uver-day Ro*Islse.
An everyday religion--one that
loves the dutle of your common
walk: one that makes an honest man;
one that accomplishes an Intellectual
and moral growth on the subject; one
that works in all weather and im
proves all opportunlties, will best and
most healthily promote the growth of
a church and the power of the goe
ealhth-vIa umeshlae..
The hygienic and curative effects of
sunshine have been found la the rays
of the incandecent electric lamp by
Mlrantaont de Laroruette, a F renc!
medical man. These rays increase the
growth of plants, while destroying low
forms like bacteria; and In men and
other animals they cause marked stim
ulatloa of elrculation and skin. ia
creaed swating and cellular actlv.
Ity. and reduce pain. They mq het
the air to 150 degrees. The light
baths have a sedative action in pres
sure, and are particularly useful in
chronic inflammation, the after effects
of infectious disorders, for relieving
the pain of neuralgia, and in rheuma
tim and gout. They promise advan
tage in obesity and the arterial
breaking down of old age.
Women Make Good Psermnes.
Mrs. George Cran, an English farnm
er, went to Canada to look into the
work of women farmers in that coun
try and thinks the prospects very
bright for women in that work. She
tells of one woman who in six years
turned a wilderness into a remunera
tive farm, sixteen acres being in corn,
six in alfalfa, with oats and barley
and other things in the rest of her
600-acre farm. The woman has fifty
hives of bees, seventy-five cows and
sends all sorts of vegetables to mar
ket. She can have a husband, too,
if she wants one, as she has had many
Wk men wear Treumses.
No living man of this sae, says the
Providence Journal, ever deliberately
.hose to "adopt trousers." He was
forced into them, and all other eccen
Lricities of dress by woman. In the
ery earliest sartorial experience of
very man he is swathed in a queer
bundle of incoherent bandages by s
woman. Later she puts him into eaut
little dresses so that the neighbors
can't tell him from his little sister,
Still later she cuts off his curls and
puts him into knickerbockers, and he
puts on "long pants" when she gives
the word and not before. That is all
that man has to do or ever had to do
with wearing trousers. Woman forced
him Into them in the first place, and
now he is afraid to wear anything else
for fear of making a sensation.
One of the prettiest summer girls I
know, who seemed to have a hat to
match each dainty frock, let me into
her secret the other day. Pulling out
a big bandbox from under her bed she
showed me her summer hats, Just two
in number. One was a handsome em
broidered lingerie affair, and for this
she had a bunch of several bows of
various ribbons. These she took off
and pinned on as needed. The other
hat was-but perhaps you know the
girl. She will not mind telling you
another of her secrets. She found,
when making a new hat, that it was
dilmcult to determine whether a shape
would be becoming. Therefore before
purchasing the material she hopes to
use, she covers a hat frame with col
ored muslin or crepe paper. This
method practically solves all the malaf
points to be considered. She learns
the amount of silk or cloth necessary
for the operation, for she carefully
measures the paper or muslin with
which she has experimented. She
tests the trimmings ia the same way,
by adjusting ribbons and fowers I.
varying ways until she has attalaed
the beet combination.- iaer i
Hoes Monthly
It Is about the span of a lifetime
ago-71 years-since Miss Zerulah
Porter marched through Oberlin Col- -
lege and came out at the other end /
with a head full of 'ologies and 'isms.
It was recognized as an epoch-making
event, and every living soul on the
continent had his or her pet theory as
to the consequences that must ensue.
Among all the sages who must have
discussed the matter with indignation
or delight or amusement, was there
even one who foretold what has really
begun to happen; who prophesied
that in this year of grace, 1909, the
number of women studying in Institutions for higher
education would be quite half the tale of men, while co
educational institutions would be faclnl the danger of
being swamped by the horde of women clamoring for
Taklng Oberlin, the first coeducational institution,
and, therefore, the best for such comparison, one finds
the number of graduates divided into 1,415 men against
1,631 women. Women now outnumber the men in va.
rious other Western universities, and Stanford has had
arbitrarily to limit the number of women admitted lest
it should be overwhelmed. In the East, Tufts College
has been forced to decide on the segregation of its
women, after the fashion of Harvard, for they are pour
ing in so fast as to upset the men's department.
So to the music of June a new note has been added
the sound, light yet solemn, of thousands of girlish feet
marching down the college aisle and across the com
mencement stage and out into the great wide world. It
was thoughtful of the rose to choose the same month
as this fine flower of civilization-broad-minded, too,
for she faces a serious rival. The sweet girl graduate
holds the center of the stage, and if poets have not be
gun to rbapsodize over her it is merely because the sta
tistician has not yet finished with her.
It is not easy to filgure out that more than 50 per
cent of college women marry, and It is a hard struggle
to get that far. Some colleges have pretty full figures,
as Bryn Mawr and Smith.
Since 1879 out of 967 students at Bryn Mawr 224 have
married. Out of 3,854 students at Smith 1,296 married.
Dr. Mary Robert Smith, who studied for the Ameri
an statistical Association, drew the conclusion that
the average age of marriage would be between 26 and
27 years, or two )~ears later than for non-college wom
en. The average age at graduation is probably about 22.
If one goes back five years to look at the figures, the
number of marriages does not show up very well. Be
ing generous and going back ten years, one gets 50
per cent In Smith, less In Bryn Mawr. Dr. Smith
made a careful and important study, but one is inclined
to think from these figures that college girls, In the
East, at any rate, must marry rather later than the age
she gave. Prot C. F. Emerick, writing in the current
Polltical Science Quarterly, remarks that the marriage
ate for Vassar women jumped from 53.5 per cent for
those at 40 years of age to about 63 per cent for those
at 47. Cupid is not always, apparently, a hasty boy.
Why women colleges should be so "touchy" on the
subject of matrimony It is not easy to understand. There
is certainly no disgrace in remaining unmarried and
doing a share of the world's work in ways other than
Although she marries later and probably marries less
than other women of her class, the college woman has
nearly as many children. She has more, in proportion
to the number of years she is married. But this is not
* icinvece
. It takes 18.82 cubic feet of air t
welsh a pound.
Electric power is used on 2,286 mile
of street railways in Great Britain t
148 miles operated by other means.
Probably the world's swifest battle
ship is the British Bellerophon, whin
recently made 25~4 knots is an omfic
The total pig iron production of the
United States last year was 15,986,011
long tons as against 25,781,361 tons ii
Recent additions to the Frenci
army's field equipment were severa
automobile refrigerators for the trans
portation of fresh meat.
Up to a certain point exposure to
radium rays stimulates the germina
tlon of seeds, but if that point be pass
ed the growth is stopped.
Ivory which has become yellow may
be bleached by dipping it in soapy
water several times and exposing it to
sunlight after each dipping.
A new instrument for use when
stropplng razors includes a guide
which prevents the blade slipping and
injuring itself or the strop.
A match box containinl a cigar cut.
ter, which clips off the end of a cigar
when the box is closed, is the recent
invention of a New York man.
The clock of the tower of Colum
bia University, New York. is said to
be one of the most accurate In the
world, varying but six seconds a year.
Pret. C. Davidson points out that the
gret Miesina earthquake had three
saying a great deal. for she does not come of a
given to raising a quiver-full. Dr. Bmith's comprr
of college women with their non-college relative wel
to show that neither had an average of quite two iI,
ing children, with the college woman a trifle below th
average of the other, on account of her later marrig
Emerging from the thicket of figures and contradi
tions which surrounds the marriage of the girl gra
ate, there arises another difficulty, but happily a ls
perplexing one. If she decides not to enter the state s
matrimony and rear a small but admirable family, what
happens to her? How does she earn a living?
In the old days a well-bred and well-educated woman
could teach, and she could do nothing else. Nowadays
while many professions are open to her, she still choost
this career in preference to any other, although the
proportion of graduates it claims is not so large as for
merly. The lines of work opened up by modern sewi
ogy are attracting a great many. Such professions will
doubtless soon begin to rival teaching, and profuseo
of economics in women's colleges bear this In mind,
Turning again to the admirable statistics of Bry7
Mawr, one Ends that 145 students are teaching. Dedney
ing the number of graduates without occupation, thee
are left about 450 who earn a living. Of this number
145 is a high percentage. The percentage is not, how
ever, keeping up to quite this level. Forty-five girl
are put down as "paid philanthropists." As one of
this number observed, this is a dreadful name to all
anybody, but it indicates the tendency of college worn
en to turn toward social work of one kind or another.
Physicians come next with 12, and the profession of
private secretary counts 11. This latter work is at
tracting more girls than formerly. Lawyers are four is
number. On the side of art 17 girls have taken up
muslc as a career and three chose art. Other oceapc
tions Include photography, inn-keeping, managing
shop, bookbinding, Illustrating, hand weaving, trained
nursing, wood carving, millinery, jewelry work, jour
nalism and library work. Several are deans of collegs;
there is an agent in a government office and a title
searcher In a law office.
The census of 1900 showed among women workem
50 astronomers, 100 arohitects, 40 civil engineers and
10 mechanical and electrical engineers. These cannot
be traced to their respective colleges, but no doubt they
have degree to their account, as have also the 3,000
women clergymen.
It would seem that the college woman, married or
unmarried, gets a good deal out of life. Unmarried,
she has an Interesting profession. Married, she has a
healthy child and a statistical fraction of another
healthy one. Three-fifths of this child and a fraction IU
a boy. What more could the heart of a woman desire?
Of course she marries late, but civilization brings that
to pass all over the world. The world has wagged con.
siderably since the days of Romeo and Julliet.
centers of maximum disturbance, the
greatet being under the Strait of Mes
ins, and the other two near Palma
and Monteleone in Italy. On other oo
casons some of these centers have
been successively aetive, but this time
they were simultaneously in action.
This appears to indicate some deep
seated connection between them. The
total area disturbed by the Messina
s earthquake was about 150,000 square
Smiles. In the San Francisco earth
quake the disturbed area covered more
than 1,000,000 square miles.
Commenting on the recent announce
1 ment of the discovery of a "new rival
of radium," called radlo-thor, and to
which wonderful properties are said to
have been ascribed by its discoverer.
Dr. Bailey, of Chicago, Frederick Bod
dy remarks that the description of this
substance bears an obvious resem
blance to radio-thorium, which has
been well known for some time. The
cheapness of the new substance is ex
ploited, but radio-thorium can be ob
tained from the thorium salts which
are manufactured by the ton in the
Welsbach mantle industry, and Profee
sorRutherford long ago suggested that
it might serve as a cheap and effect
lye substitute for radium for many
purposes. Thorium produces meo
thorium, and from meso-thorium comes
forth radio-thorium. Its activity is not
permanent, like that of radium, but it
would last for many years, and for
most purposes would be as valuable
as radium.
Just as the British Association for
the Advancement of Science has aso
cepted invitations to hold seesions in
Canada and South Africa, so the Amer
lean associationbearing a similarname
Is now seriously considerinl the ad
visability of accepting the lnvitation
of Hawaii to meet in 1.10 in those
island. At its recat Baltimore meet
Ing the association reaffirmed the re
lution adopted at Chicago in 1907 b
the effect that it is desirable to go 1
Hawaii. "Keen delight" is said b
be expressed in Hawaii over the pIr
pect that the invitation will be accept
ed, and the wonderful attractions d
the islands for scientific visitors us
set forth-their great volcanoes, thidr
tropical vegetation, their wealth e
animal and vegetable life, their eth
nological offerings. The association b
sounding its members on the subject
with the prospect that there will be s
strong sentiment in favor of the prT
Not Alwaym What They 5*e*.
Professor and Mrs. lHadley were a
a train bound for New York, whea
Yale's president was to speak befor
a national convention. He made s1
of the hour and twenty minutes M
spent in the train by rehearsing is
speech in a low voice, using his hah
to emphasize certain passages.
A kindly matron who was sittil
directly behind Mr. and M.rs. HadlNe
and who had been watching and lit"*
nlg, leaned forward, and, tapping h1
Hadley on the shoulder, said feelfly
"You have my sincere sympathY, lf
poor woman; I have one just like his
at home."-Success Magazine.
Lees Preeuarles Als..
B-ott-8o Rawson has become
preacher. aIst time I saw him he mW
in doubt whether to be that or 5a It
yer. I wonder what decided him.
Mott-He probably recalled the s?"
Ing that it is easier to preach thi tu
practlce.-Boston Transcript.
A man who thinks more of a dii
han he does of his self.respect h
A circle of friends is nice M AI

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