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The San Francisco Sunday Call
rr«HIS Is a plea for the good, old- I fashioned games that you and I your mothers and fathers played not so long ago— when toy auto mobiles and miniature airships were not so popular (witfv ibolish parents) and when the outdoor play was recognized es the best possible amusement for boys and girls. The value of games is ap preciated by all who have studied the child mind. - Froebel. perhaps, pointed the way to the directed play of children and emphasized the fact that character Is developed by games; that all unselfish qualities of mind are given opportu nity to grow; that fairness and equality rr.ust be the rule, and withal a deep enjoyment of the association with kin dred spirits. So if you are wondering Just what ex pensive toy to rive little Jack or baby Bister, stop, look back to your own happy days and listen to the voice of t reason, it will probably be necessary to teach tbe children of today some of the old-ume games. Do you know that there is an astonishing Ignorance of the little boys or girls with regard to the words of the songs? Dig down in your treasures of memory and let the little ones hear the music and words of the delightful plays. Fcr little ones, the rinsr-around-a rosy is Ideal. The words are easy, and the one. two three! of the laet line, with the sitting on the ground after ward, should be seen if you doubt the enjoyment. Children will play this for a long time, and If out in the air the benefits are unquestionable. Does the little group before the blind folded one bring back fun that you en- Joyed when a youngster? The guess- THE PROTECTING CUFF FOR OFFICE WEAR STRANGE, Indeed, Is the business woman who does not like to wear dainty white and colored shirt waists \.% the office, but equally rare is the maiden with so large a bank account that laundry * s naught to her. It is for virtually every woman, therefore,- that these various sorts of protecting cuffs for shirtwaist sleeves have been de vised- I have known one girl who had a pair of laced celluloid cuffs. They were all that could be desired— washable, cleanly and cool— until <me day. a careless man dropped a match near her; and there •vz.% almost an explosion. Since then that girl has changed her cuffs to oilcloth, which Is Just es light. Just as easily washed and Just as at tractive. White thin oilcloth, laced with ribbon or tape, makes an ideal protecting: cuff. Finish the lacing at the bottom with a loose bow and at the top with one of those toothed clamps used for children's napkins, which clasp the sleeve firmly without tearing It. Eyelets may be punched In the oil cloth; if you have access to a brass eyelet machine, the effect will be neater, but an ordinary paper punch will serve yo\i well. -;\u25a0 \u25a0 For the girl who does not want to bother, white blo'.tlng paper, cut with en upward angle at the bottom, wound around the, arm and secured by three stout elastic bands, makes an excellent and speedy protection. It can be re newed dally: and white Is advised be cause It show* dirt and dust Immedi ately The notch at the lower end is to ©rovifle freedom for the hands. Another makeshift, a bit more perma Work for the Womanly Brain and Hand nent, is the brown paper cuff, reaching from wrist to elbow, and cut above .to permit free action, fastened by three of, the large paper clips that go through the paper and are then bent backward. Use the very heaviest brown paper you can get— a large sheet of butcher's paper Is only 5 cents— and your cuffs will Jast for a week. ' The girl whose tastes, run to elabora tion and ornamental effects will sew herself a pair of puffed muslin over sleeves, such as; the children wear in school. . White Is best again, and there should be two pairs in service, ,one to be in use while the other Is being laun dered. Hat rubber at top and bottom holds the sleeves to the arms and gath ers them as shown in the drawing. What may be done with. a colored ban dana handkerchief is shown in the straight bordered cuff. A 10-cent hand kerchief is all that Is, needed for each of these attractive sleeve protectors. Fold down one corner of the handker chief, cut off the opposite corner, sew the edges together In cuff" shape and stitch on the pert cut off as a lapel on the other side. Fasten to the sleeves with a large safety pin. In these hot summer days a round cuff is^ often • uncomfortably warm. One girl has solved the: problem by means of 'a piece of sheet rubber and one of !the toothed clasps and strings already men tioned. The cuff Is thus, really - a thin plate for the under side of the arm, and is fitted by means of the silk string and clasp. . The rubber can be washed and bends easily with the movements of the arm. These cuffs are all intended for use' on both sleeves, but often one cuff for the LET THE OLD FASHIONED GAMES BE REVIVED right arm only will do; quite as .well. A good idea for the woman whose work is at all dirty is a bib for the lower part of lh c shirtwaist, that. touches the desk or table. This bib should be of the same material as the cuffs; and a set of three would be appreciated by ; any business >„ girl who wants to be dainty and prac tical at the same time and at little ex pense. Caring for Jewelry WOMEN who own valuable Jewelry should take ' personal j care : of . it, and intelligent care at that. Leaving.flne gold and precious stones to rattle ' around ' in a dusty jewelbox is giving them not attention, but neglect. | Clean % gold and .silver by scrubbing with soft soapsuds with a soft tooth brush. After washing,' cover them with sawdust to dry. . Rubbing half a lemon bn.silver will keep it from blackening and tarnishing. . Diamonds- must also be .'\u25a0' brushed, lightly with soapsuds vand rinsed in cologne water. Keep the edges in the diamond setting clean, scraping them gently with a; clean ' toothpick, not. hard enough to -loosen the stone. . ;-i . ' To cleanse pearls never use water. Water turns pearls black and spoils all their beauty. Foolish as it may sound, shutting them up with a piece of ash wood will keep them 'white without "any further precaution. 'Pearls are the moat sensitive of all \u25a0 gems and show \u25a0> easily the 2 bodily and mental health iof ; the wearer. - Moreover, . they, lose their luster and die if not worn at all. . A bit of putty rubbed. On a -chamois skin will keep opals clean. • These most beautiful of all stones, tin spite of their bad reputation, .will shine with tun dimmed radiance forever \u25a0if .gently treated 'by^ this method. - To clean clear, gems shred pure; soap In - warm water until ' a lather is -ob tained and '\u25a0 then j add - fifteen drops of sal volatile. Dry *and; 'polish '.with ; a soft doth. ;\u25a0« - ; Convenient Holders of Cardboard WITH I strips of cardboard, for foun dation , and a fairly, ingenious .mind there, can be. evolved some of the most attractive holders for gifts or accessories that feminine hearts can wfsh. Allttle .handkerchief, if given with a dainty holder, will be highly prized by any .-recipient. '.-it -is never too early, to prepare for the gift-giving sea- \u25a0 ... • \u25a0 ': '- "' !--. ••- \u25a0 -\u25a0:- \u25a0\u25a0;. \u25a0:.' >; ".\u25a0-•:.\u25a0\u25a0.•\u25a0 eon. and: for summer ! work nothing is more enjoyable than to make from card : board. the. holders pictured here.*, - . . Fold a handkerchief in'quarters.'- This I will ; give you an ; idea of the \ size of \u25a0 squares of cardboard, which you will cut >and cover '..with. silk. /Figured, silk is ' effective^ for the outer covering.^ This mustlap over the edges and be metby plain silk that; reflects one of the. colors 1 of the t outer ~ facing. :• Baste : and • hem .with fine stitches : this inner. piece. 1 "When 4two of these i silk -squares -are;; ready, Ing at the end of a successful, catch Is a part of the game that is much enjoyed. Here there is opportunity to cheat, and any tendency toward dishonesty must be . strongly decried by the watchful in structor. "Play fair" must be the watch word. \u25a0. . . . •» When "pussy wants a corner" there , is" hilarity that brings smiles in ' the>' faces of grown-ups. You know how it' is played. Q The standing one ' tries to Bteal a base when the Uttle players ar« changing corners. There will always be one left out— that's the game. . \u25a0 For a quieter game, tossing the bean bag is recommended. Accuracy, exer cise and fresh air figure largely in this sport. With this training there will be less chance of a future mother miss- Ing a barndoor or a father striking his thumb instead of the historic picture nail. - • '\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0.' • \u25a0 ' .\u25a0 If you have not- a beanbag, make it. Use ticking and give the little players good measure. They will care for it as lii^.lc a uaiiu vi *>».!» c.vii.c,",(ivh I .a tiny' ' rosette of colored ribbon to. match the lining: this resembles a small garter,' and -when the gift handkerchief is placed between the silk covers, the elastic is , clasped over the case.- -It Is an idea from Paris, and one that is as pretty as it is - clever. -.-\u25a0\u25a0>\u25a0.\u25a0 ' \u25a0"\u25a0 \u25a0 *'-' -\u25a0' *\u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0••. \u25a0\u25a0:- \u25a0' \u25a0 - •v For your friend the bride, or; your aunt the' homekeeper, a doily roll is a welcome gift. You can make it from a mailing \u25a0tube.'.v Cover this - pasteboard cylinder; with %'muslln,; which you' can paste on, . turning in on each edge far enough to • give a covering for the inside \u25a0"\u25a0',; of f the roll, \u25a0? The outer cover can be of figured silk; ; better still,? of embroidered < linen that. can be buttoned on the foriu; .with tiny loops and buttons," and . re \u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0.\u25a0 ' \u25a0 \u0084•:" ..-\u25a0' .- \u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0:: ' . moved " for I the "necessary ; cleaning. • Try r this - if ' you \u25a0 are r searching for/ a . grateful smlle.\\ ; u^ i -" v: \u25a0^-\u25a0•\'- .'\u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0 - \u25a0 :- for an old ' friend. Look out for London bridge! It, per haps, is the finest of all. With its can dle to light you to bed. and its hatchet to chop off your headland the very easy melody. .of the refrain, it will amuse boys and girls for hours. But wait. There is a guessing or a choosing that Is wildly exciting. How often have you. O. mothers, hesitated between golden ap plee and silver strawberries?- Well, your children are Just as you were, and will • enjoy as thoroughly the gTeat^noment. And then the tug-of-war, with its con test of muscular strength! Can't you hear the laughter and- eoreams of en joyment?. - Fresh air and the good, old-fashioned games. The latter should be Burvrvwls of 'the fittest: they have come down 1 through years and years as a heritage of the past— unchanged and Joy-giv ,lng. Encourago these with your personal supervision until the details are mas tered. Give up a few. minutes to ..play with the little ones. They havg,^/ right to be happy. You ought' to know what your children are playing... js.*<Vf» '?$• "Here come three dukes.^. a- riding.""' * •' : \u25a0\u25a0'-*-*- '*.-••''"-"'••\u25a0"* Then there is the ribbon holder mad* of very thin cardboard. An oblong piece should be covered with silk, dainty muslin or mull. An extra straight piece must be added and divided by a line of stitches into- little pockets, . each one large enough for a roll of lingerie ribbon. The narrow ones at the end show a'de lightful addition of a pair of small scissors - and the bodkin or threader. The whole article folds in three flaps and is tied firmly with colored ribbon. The 'monogram of the owner is sug gested as the personal touch always appreciated. One \u25a0 piece of pasteboard will make the holder for stockings. Cover with paste and' apply the cretonne, silk or poplin. Or sew the material as sug gested in the handkerchief case. ..This straight piece should then be folded; and Hhe hosiery slipped between the top and bottom. A* ribbon tied over the, case and Its contents is a good finish. ; I For.Bpools, cut two disks of cardboard and cover with cretonne or chintz. With a piercer, make holes in each and place the srrool 1 * between. . Run cord through the • spools and the covered disks and knot at the top. -For a little addition to the sewing basket this "suggestion comes as an irexpenslve relief. . : :"All with ; cardboard >• as the • working basis! The scraps of silk and cotton are * not difficult to > find. » and practical women s.will always manage to. have a little time. to use, in a sensible way. • Why not . make the holders * for your Christmas presents 7 . "Hopscotch." "Go round and round tha and "Helgh-o. my dairy-o" are but, a few of the songs that drift In through tha windows of memory. Lett us make these recollections actual facts ta the playtime of our boys and girls! Safe Cleansers THE practice of using dangerous ex plosives, such as benzine, as In nocent cleaning agents is result- Ing in scores of accidents. Notwith standing the precautions which are re peated by professional experts who use them, people continue to clean the con tents of their wardrobes with explosives as they would do with soapsuds. Even the fatal cases which occur every now and then from the uss of spirits in toilet preparations do not prevent them from cleaning and tonlcklng their hair and wearing celluloid combs. The risk Is always doubled in the hot weather. Gloves, lace. net. lawn, silk are all cleaned with benzine Instead of using the innocuous dry cleansers, such, as fuller's earth, baked flour and salt, breadcrumbs, cornflour and cloth balls. _ Th© crumb of a stale loaf is one of the most economical cleaners. It has excellent effects on white silk. lace, rib bon and net, as well as on light gloves In suede and kid. To clean the gloves. they should be drawn on the hands and each finger rubbed In turn with a piece of bread. To clean a lace or net shirt, the bread must be crumbled over tha fabric and rubbed into it lightly with the palms of the hand, discarding the soiled crumb for fresh when necessary. Hot' salt and flour is another good sub stitute for dangerous spirits. It may appear extravagant at the outset, but it Is less costly in the end. If a shirt ts to be drywashed. a quartern of flour and a pound of salt are placed In a large enamel basin in the oven, or on the top of the stove, where the con tents may become very hot without scorching them. When very hot. the lace or net shirt. Jabot, plastron, frills or collars should be dropped into it as into soapsuds. and kneaded with the knucktes until the dirt is loosened. Garments which are being washed in flour must be treated exactly as if they were in the washtub. but instead of rinsing them in fresh flour and shaking them well, they must be lifted out with as much flour in the folds as possible and rolled in a clean towel. Here they must rest for a day. a good shaking and Ironing will then restore them. The same flour can be used again and again. Give Baby a Chance ffTTTHY don't mothers realize" YY as ke<i the Wise Grandmother, » » when I dropped tn on her the •other day for a few hints on the baby raising business, "that a baby has lots of growing ahead of him. and should nave all the room he can to do It in? "Of course, we don't wrap our chil dren in swaddling clothes any more, but sometimes I think we are almost as bad. Summer babies don't need tight, over heating underwear and multitudes of b«d covers. A light undershirt of loosely woven wool should be all that is necessary under the slip of any but a very young baby indeed. Let his bedclothes be warm, but never heavy Taking linen and down as the two ex tremes in fabrics, everything the infant wears should incline rather toward the down end of the line. No. lndeed that's not a punl * "Then there's the question of shoes. If I had my way, no child would ever wear shoes or stockings until it could walk. They will tell you going bare footed makes children flatfooted: but don*t you believe It. It's not learning to walk properly that does that for them -Keep the little leather booteea that uncle gave baby for baby to see when she grows up, but don't ever let them on her feet. "There are other things, too. that ought to be looser than they are now allowed. Caps, for instance, and mit tens, and diapers, and stomach bands. Oh, If I could fix it, all the children in the country would proclaim emanci pation from tight clothing. They might be disheveled babes, but they would be comfortable." And Grandmother shook her wise old head. Housekeepers' Hands IF THE hands are thoroughly greased with vaseline before using dyes it will prevent the stain* penetrating deeply into the skin. After washing clothes the hands are generally disagreeably rough. If a little olive oil Is rubbed well into the skin and left for ten minutes, then rubbed with a out lemon and well washed with hot water and soap, the hands will be come smooth and white again. New French Ideas MATCHSTICKS made of dried and twisted grass instead of . wood. Aluminum money, light/and sani tary. - Paper towels for public use, that can be thrown away when dona with. . - Perfumed butter on the tables of the, rich—preferably in clover and kindred fragrances.