I HANDICRAFT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS \
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A. NEELY HALL and DOROTHY PERKINS f
(Copyright, by A. Neely Hall.)
HANDY THINGS TO MAKE FOR
For the sleeve board (Fig. 1) you
will require wood three-quarters or
d no inch thick, out of which to cut
pieces A and B (Figs. 2 and 3), and a
carpenters “dowel" stick about two
feet long from which to cut four
pieces five inches long for connecting
A and B. Figs. 2 and 3 show the meas
urements for cutting pieces A and B.
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and the location of the one-half Inch
holes for the dowels, which should
extend entirely through the pieces.
Coat the ends of the dowels with glue,
and fasten them with finishing nails
driven through the edges of A and B.
Fig. 4 shows a unique rack for dish
towels, with the back board so hinged
that, when the towels hung upon them
have dried and been put away, the
arms may he dropped out of the way
as in F'ig. 5.
Fig. 6 shows the dimensions for
board A, Fig. 7 the dimensions for
board B. and Fig. 8 the length of the
broomhandle arms C. The holes in
board ii must he of the exact diameter
of the broomhandles. Coat the ends
of the arms with glue, and drive a nail
through the edge of board B into
One pair of hinges is sufficient for
hinging board B to A. They should
be screwed to the edges as shown at
D trig. 5). Screw eyes E and F (Fig.
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■ ( are provided for pin H to slip
through when the arms have been
raised, to hold them in that position
Screw one screw eye into the edge
of board B (E, Fig. 5), and tw T o screw
eyes into board A (F, Fig. 5), in the
right positions so when the arms are
raised screw eye E will come between
screw eyes F. Screw eyes G (Figs. 4
and 6) are provided for hangers.
The purpose of the bread-slicing
board (Fig. 9) is to make it easy to
slice a loaf of bread so each slice is
of equal thickness on all edges.
Fig. 10 show's the dimensions for
base A. and Fig. 11 the dimensions for
uprights B. Block C will keep up
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rights B the right distance apart for
the slot for the bread knife. Nail up
rights B in place, then slip a saw’
through the slots, and cut a small
groove in base A (D, Figs. 9 and 11) so
the knife will cut through the bottom
bread crust easily.
Strip E (Fig. 9) is nailed to the far
edge of base A. to push the bread
against when cutting, and strip F
(Fig. 9) fits between uprights B. on
the end of base A, and should be of
the proper width so there will be ex
actly five-sixteenths of an inch space
between its inside edge and slot D.
Here is a good story about the clev
erness of an Italian showman: An ele
phant was advertised to play a sonata
on the piano. A great crowd assem
bled and money was refused at the
doors. There was a very solid plat
form, and a grand pianoforte. The ele
phant “came on.” and was received
with deafening applause. Tne im
presario led it up to the instrument,
when it suddenly turned tail and
walked away. Nothing could be done
to induce it to come back, and the an
, CORK TOYS.
If you will save the cork from every
empty bottle before it is thrown out
or disposed of to the ragman, you
will soon have enough shapes and
sizes to provide an afternoon’s fun
of toymaking. If you do not want
to wait until enough corks have accu
mulated by this means, you can get
what you will need at a drug store
In addition to corks, you must have
some cardboard, some worsted, beads,
toothpicks, burnt matches, pins and
glue. For cutting the corks use a
very sharp knife.
The horse (Fig. 1) has a body made
of two tapered corks, with the small
ends glued together. Use the pat
tern In Fig. 2 for the head, and glue
this in a slot cut across the end of
the body. The legs may be toothpicks
or matches; glue them into boles in
the cork body. The tail is made of
several strands -of worsted tied to a
pin (Fig. 3), which is stuck into the
The funny little porcupine (Fig. 4)
has a tapered cork body (Fig. 5).
toothpick legs, a cardboard head
(Fig. 6), and toothpick quills.
Because cork birds and animals are
funny creatures at best, it is proper to
devise varieties other than those
found in zoos. Fig. 7 shows a pe
culiar specimen. Isn’t he a dandy
with his ornamental neck? Five
glass beads strung upon a toothpick
form the neck, the cardboard head
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(Fig. 8) sticks upon the end of the
toothpick neck, and the toothpick legs
have beads glued upon their ends.
The duck (Fig. 9) is one of the
many floating toys which can be made.
Fig. 10 shows the head and neck, Fig.
11 the tail, and Fig 12 the keel fas
tened to the under side of the body
to prevent upsetting. The keel should
be of cardboard coated with paraffin
Tapering corks make splendid pots
for toy plants for a doll house (Fig.
15), and plants can be made of paper
or pieces of artificial ferns.
If you have never made a cork jave
lin to toss at a target, you have missed
lots of fun. Pig. 16 shows how tc
make one by inserting a needle in the
bottom of a tapered cork, and a feath
er In the top.
Enough cork furniture can he de
vised to furnish a doll’s house com
pletely. Fig. 17 shows a bed. This
has a cardboard mattress, cork feet,
and a pillow of two tapering corks.
dience got excited and seemed to think
they were the victims of a fraud.
Whereupon the manager addressed
them, and announced that the animal,
usually so docile, had recognized in
the notes on the keyboard of the piano
the teeth of its mother, and positively
declined to play on that instrument
The Italian audience was as much'
amused with the story as they ex
pected to be with the sonata, and the
elephant, coming on again and doing
a few tricks, was cheered, and danger
ous consequences averted.
SPECIAL FISH DISHES
THREE RECIPES THAT ARE THE
BEST OF THE KIND.
Excellent Meal Where Bluefish or
Mackerel Are Available —Pudding
That Is Liked by Many—Fried
Scallops a Delicacy.
Broiled Bluefish or Mackerel. —Blue
fish and mackerel are never better
than when broiled. To do this as it
should be done, grease a wire broiler.
If there is a coal fire, use one of the
double sort. The same sort of broiler
can be slipped on the regular gas
broiler and makes it far easier to han
dle fish in a gas stove. Grease the
fish, after it has been cleaned and
dried. Olive oil is good to grease both
fish and broiler, and first cook the skin
side —for about two minutes. Turn
and cook the side without skin until
the fish is done. Loosen the fish from
the broiler carefully with a sharp
knife, and slip It on to a hot platter.
Spread with maitre d’hotel butter or
plain butter, and garnish with parsley
and pieces of lemon. If the fish is
broiled over a coal fire, turn it several
limes to begin with, but do most of the
cooking on the side without skin.
Fish Pudding.—For this fish pud
ding. two pounds of fresh haddock,
bass, or cod are required. Remove the
bones from the fish raw, and chop it
fine. Add a teaspoonful of salt, a shake
or two of mace, a tablespoonful. of
flour, three of melted butter, a beaten
egg and, gradually, a quart of very
rich milk. Beat all together thorough
ly and pour into buttered mold which
has been lined with fine crumbs. Stand
the mold in a pan of hot water in the
oven and bake slowly for an hour.
Serve with a rich white sauce, to
which the yolk of one egg, beaten
with a teaspoonful of lemon juice, is
added just before taking from the fire.
Fried Scallops.—Wash a quart of
scallops and drain them as dry as pos
sible. Then plunge them into boiling
water and boil until tender. Drain
again. Mix a few tablespoonfuls of
flour with salt and pepper. Wipe the
scallops as dry as possible, dip them
in the seasoned flour, then in a beaten
egg and then in fine cracker crumbs,
and drop into hot, deep fat to brown.
When brown remove, drain for a min
ute on paper, and serve very hot with
crisp broiled bacon and tartar sauce.
Garnish with slices of lemon and tiny
springs of fresh parsley.
One-fourth pound flour, two ounces
butter, one half pint water, two eggs
and one yolk, two ounces grated
cheese, pepper, salt and cayenne.
Put butter and water into saucepan;
when boiling, add the flour and cook
until the mixture leaves the sides of
the pan. Take from the fire, add the
eggs, one at a time, beating well after
each. Add the cheese and seasoning.
Turn on to plate, divide into rough
pieces about the size of a walnut and
fry in deep fat to a golden brown.
Drain well and serve at once. The
fat must not he too hot, as it will
take about five minutes to cook
Take about a dozen well-ripened
bananas, remove the skin, and cut the
fruit up into small round slices. With a
Jem on squeezer press out the juice of
eight small, sweet oranges, and also
the juice of four lemons. Preserve the
pulp, adding it with the juice to the
bananas. To each pound of the ba
nanas allow half a pound of preserv
ing sugar. Put all these ingredients
into a jelly pan and boil rather slowly
for three-quarters of an hour.
Soak large prunes in cold water foi
several hours, then drain the stones.
Fill the cavities with the following:
Chop together one stalk of celery,
half a green pepper and blade of
i hives. Mix with French dressing,
ntuff the prunes well and place on ten
der lettuce leaves, adding one or two
cream-cheese halls to each plate. Serve
with French dressing, to which you
have added enough paprika to make It
Wash the hominy thoroughly, then
let it soak all night. Place in a jar.
allowing one quart of or vege
table stock to four ounces of hominy
(weighing when dry); season with
pepper and salt, cook gently in oven
for three hours. Look at It now and
then to see if more water or stock Is
needed. Spread out on a dish, and
when cool form into cutlets; egg,
crumb aiyl fry. Serve with tartar
Baked Eggs on Toast.
Toast six slices of stale bread, dip
them in hot salted water and butter
them lightly. After arranging them
on a platter or deep plate, break
enough eggs to cover them, breaking
one at a time, and slip over the toast
so that they do not break. Sprinkle
Over them salt and pepper, turn ov£r
all some kind of a thickened gravy,
bake in a hot oven until eggs are set,
about five minutes. Serve at once.
Beans ala Mexicana.
For this Mexican dish, soak one cup
ful of black Mexican beans all night;
then boil with two tiny red peppers
and two cloves of garlic until the
beans are tender enough to mash.
Drain, mash and add pepper, salt, but
ter and a little cream; serve the beans
in the center of a dish surrounded
by plain boiled rice. A smooth, rich
tomato sauce may be served with
them if desired.
Scrape the fish, take out the inside,
wash It. and lay it in a kettle with
enough water to cover, allowing one
quarter pound salt to each gallon of
water. Simmer gently from fifteen to
twenty minutes, or more. For small
haddocks, fasten their tails in their
mouths and put them into boiling wa
ter. Serve with plain melted butter.
Time: Large haddock, half hour:
small, one-quarter, or rather less.
TH* SEA COAST ECHO, BAY ST. LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI
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“ Representative Edmund Platt, whc
is a newspaper publisher of Pough
keepsie, N. Y., knows more things
||L that are true about birds than any
• body else in congress.
| Whenever he can collect a little
v ||* spare time, Platt puts dull statecraft
|;IM behind him and seta forth into the
woods and fields to listen to the song
SWjyy and twitter of the birds. Sparrows,
!£% • robins, flamingoes, storks, crows,
wrens—no matter what kind of birds
H f he sees, Platt knows them all by sight.
'} i If a bird is sitting still he can tell It
ly/ by its plumage, if flying, by Its flight
And If he can’t see the stork or linnet
W or cockatoo or whatever the bird is,
j be can identify it by Its song. A bird
finds It practically impossible to fool
Platt. The blackbird that tries to
pass itself off on Platt for a quail pre
sents an absurd spectacle.
4 Rarely does Platt venture out of
— I the house without his bird book and
bis opera glasses in his pocket. A bird may take the view of the one in the
poem and assert: ‘‘Nobody knows but my mate and I, where our nestlings lie.
Chee, chee, chee.”
But that bird is wrong. For Platt knows.
One morning Platt paused in a little park on his way up to Capitol hill
to fix his opera glasses on a bird that was going twee, twee, twee, in a mighty
oak tree. Innocent pedestrians stopped to look, wondering what manner of
man or beast Platt had sighted in the tree. One old fellow, however, was
smarter than the rest. As he passed he remarked out of the corner of his
mouth to Platt:
“I’ve seen you practical jokers before. You’ll stare up yonder a long time
before you'll get me to look.”
j DEMOCRATS’ NEW SECRETARY j
Normal promotion and recogni
tion of ability both operated when W.
R. Hollister was appointed acting sec- 'ipPW
retary of the Democratic national ||| \
committee not long ago. The change W
was made necessary by the lamented 's^l
death of Thomas J. Pence, the secre- ip
tary. and it is believed and hoped by v
the many friends of Mr. Hollister that %&% |jps* ’; : aw
his present temporary position will ||S§l!P|i if W
be made permanent at the Democratic W'- f
national convention at St. Louis next " •/
June. Mr. Hollister was appointed v '. /
assistant secretary by Mr. Pence and / ' >
conducted the affairs of the office for WjlijiP*” w " y.■■
several weeks under the direction of W
Mr. Hollister, who hails from Jef
ferson City. Mo., is clerk of the sen- " 1
ate committee on foreign relations, of ” r m 8
which Senator Stone of Missouri is
chairman. Moreover, he has con- A
ducted two campaigns for Senator $ \
Stone with skill and success. In 1912,
before the Baltimore convention, he was an active member of the forces that
tried in vain to bring about the nomination of Speaker Clark, but as soon as
his party decided it wanted to run Woodrow Wilson for president, Mr. Hol
lister devoted all h e energy and experience to the election of that gentleman.
The new still a bachelor, despite his good looks, affability and
INTERVIEWING CARTER GLASS
‘‘When is an interview net an in
terview?” was a question asked by
Washington correspondents one day
not long ago after an experience with
Representative Carter Glass of Vir
\ ginia, chairman of the house comrait
\ tee on banking and currency and one
\ of the steadfast supporters of Presi-
dent Wilson in the “armed-ship" con-
Mr. Glass was questioned by sev
eral correspondents regarding the
I ,j near revolt in the house, and he used
E •] vigorous language in expressing his
> opinion of certain of his colleagues.
/ One correspondent prepared his
k/ “story” and took it to Mr. Glass ror
/ approval before publication. The Vir
ginian made a few changes and later
in the evening called up the writer
and asked him to “make it perdition
instead of hell.” The next day, when
Jt* he saw his words in cold type, he de
—=——• nied he had been interviewed. The
reporter used both “hell and perdition” in his indignant outburst for press
gallery consumption and analysis.
KEYNOTER FOR REPUBLICANS
Warren G. Harding. United States ..
senator from Ohio, selected as tem- * .
porary chairman of the Republican '
national convention in Chicago in £
June by the executive committee M " ' ,
of the national committee, will ||k \
be called upon to sound, in his open- m* * \
ing address to the convention, the
keynote of the Republican campaign. v I
That he will sound it in eloquent 1
periods is a certainty, for he is one of fL ' I '- % ml
the silver-tongued orators of his party. I ]
whose words are a delight to the ear, fc !%* # . t J
whether or not they carry conviction \ * ' |f
to the mind. ~ > A Jl
Mr. Harding has been classed as a &Jr \
conservative and has announced that
preparedness and the tariff will be the
paramount issues in the next cam
paign. Consequently these questions
will be dealt with at length in the key
note address :
Senator Harding is a tall, erect.
striking figure. Born In Blooming
Grove, 0., in 1865, and educated at the now defunct Ohio Central college at
Iberia, he became a printer, and soon rose from the case to be editor and
owner of the Marion Star. Naturally drifting Into politics, he was elected a
state senator in 1899 and served two terms. Then, in 1903, he was made lieu
tenant governor. In 1910 he was the Republican candidate for governor, but
wqs defeated by Judson Harmon, Four years later he contested the Repub
lican nomination for United States senator with Senator Foraker and won
out, and was elected. His term expires in 1921.
So well does Ohio think of Senator Harding that until a few months ago
he was much talked of as that state’s “favorite son” for the presidential
nomination at the Chicago convention.
In a machine invented in England to test the durability of textiles dull
edged blades are rubbed by an electric motor against the fabrics until they are
Statistics gathered from colleges throughout the country show that resi
dents of the United States, both men and women, are growing taller, more
robust and stronger.
The color magehta Is named for a battle which was fought in the year of
How Speaker Clark Attended a G. 0. P. Dinner
WASHINGTON. —Through a comedy of errors, Champ Clark, speaker of the
house, recently became one of the guests of honor at a dinner given by
Representative B. M. Chiperfleld of Illinois to his veteran colleague, “I nele
Joe” Cannon. It was Intended to be
strictly a Republican affair, and the
AIL : <\ 25 guests, other than Mr. Clark, were
th all members of that party.
Mr. Clark, an unexpected, but
nevertheless welcome, guest, appeared
si suddenly at the dinneg. He had a
®\\| ■b.J *as3 good time, and so did the others. How
\ ilnp- "■ he became a part of the gathering, as
\\u J, A ny told by himself, proved to be one of—
the most amusing after-dinner
speeches he ever told.
It appears that Speaker Clark and
Mr. Chiperfleld are members of the same college fraternity—the Phi Kappa
Psi — and were to be guests at a dinner given by the members of that organi
sation in Washington. Mr. Clark suddenly recalled the dinner, and, having
misplaced his engagement book, bethought him that the dinner was that
evening. Summoning his chauffeur, he hastily drove to Rauscher's, dismissed
his car, and walked up to the dining-room floor. The only function he could
discover was a ball, at which members of congress were conspicuous by their
Then the speaker hastened to the Willard, supposing that the dinner must
be there. But no, it w’asn’t. Mr. Clark then returned home to renew the search
for his engagement book. Here he told his dilemma to Bennett, his son and
parliamentary clerk of the house,
“That’s easy,” said Bennett. “That dinner is wherever Jim Mann is. hy
not call up Mrs. Mann. She ought to know where her husband is." 9
Mrs. Mann did know. Mr. Mann was at dinner at the Array and Navy club,
and that, of course, was where the Phi Kappa Psi banquet was then, surely.
So down to the club the speaker drove hastily, inquiring as he entered
where "the dinner” was being given. The clerk said it was on the fourth floor,
and without a doubt the speaker bent his steps thither.
The first sign of misgiving penetrated his mind as Mr. Clark caught a
glimpse of the diners through the door, which stood partially open. He began
to think he had made some egregious blunder and would have pulled back,
when at that moment Mr. Chiperfleld, catching sight of him. shouted his name
and every Republican present joined in bringing in the speaker.
Vice President’s Stories Worry Senate Chaplain
VICE PRESIDENT MARSHALL has a habit of telling a funny story at the
eleventh hour. In fact, he usually waits until the eleventh hour and about
fifty-five minutes. The consequence is that when he enters the senate chamber
to convene that body of solemn tollers,
he is apt to have a half-suppressed lit- I
tie smile on his face, and Rev. Forest IJ. ft f:
J. Prettyman, the senate chaplain, has \t*y *-^' v y
even more difficulty in maintaining the aU ( J
serious countenance of a man about to
lead in prayer.
Here is the way the thing works _
out: Along about 11:30 Marshall j^
shifts from his office in the senate
office building to his room in the capi-
tol. He lights a cigar and smokes as
he receives any callers that drop in. A
few minutes before the noon hour the callers thin out, and the chaplain come*
to be in readiness to accompany the vice president into the senate chamber
Now, for some unaccountable reason, the presence of the chaplain makes
Marshall think of a funny story. At about five minutes prior to the hour of
opening the senate he starts to tell this story with calm deliberation.
The golden moments speed on their way, and by the time Marshal! ha*-
the basic part of his story outlined it lacks only two mmutes or less untn
twelve o’clock. All hands begin to grow nervous, and the sergeant at arms
comes to the door, watch in hand, to make certain that the vice president is
going to reach his seat in due season. It would not do at all to have the
senate open a minute late.
Marshall gets up from his desk and proceeds across the corridor, still
working toward the point of his story, and by a burst of speed gets out the
climax just as he pushes open the door into the senate chamber. ( haplain
Prettyman has his choice then of not laughing at the story, which would be
impolite on his part, or of laughing and then pulling his face back into shape
ready to offer prayer while walking the few steps from the door to the rostrum.
“I think,” said Prettyman one morning after a particularly amusing little
yarn by Marshall, “that after this I'll keep out of your way and just study the
weather map out in the next room until time to go in."
Mint and Treasury Relics Put on Exhibition
VARIOUS activities of the United States mint and of the office of the treas
urer of the United States are illustrated in an exhibit of twelve cases
•ecently set up in the north corridor of the treasury building. The display
represents the most interesting part
*of the exhibit of the treasury depart
ment shown at the Panama-Pacific ex
position at San Francisco.
Included In the cases are presi
dential medals struck off by the mint;
coins, planchets and bars of gold, in
dicating stages of the processes of
making gold money; keys of the safes
and vaults of the treasury used from
1774 to the day of the advent of safe
combination and time locks; mutilated
currency redeemed, and a number of
warrants for big payments made out of the treasury or on treasury order.
The warrant for the largest amount is for $140,000,000 on account of the
public debt. Others are for $40,000,000 in payment for the Panama canal,
$10,000,000 for the Canal zone. $20,000,000 for the Philippines and $200,000 paying
General Lafayette for his military services to the colonies during the Revolu
tionary war. With the warrants is a transfer order directing the transfer of
$60,000,000 from the Denver mint to the subtreasury In New York city.
Another interesting feature of the display is the mutilated bills that
through expert examination have been identified and redeemed.
“Spooning” All Right in Parks of Washington
44C POONING.” while not recognized by that generic term, is permitted in the
O parks of Washington just as it is in Pittsburgh, where the chief of police
confesses he does not know what “spooning" is, and intends fostering it.
Col. W ? . W r . Harts, superintendent
“There is no regulation prohibit
ing lovemaking in Washington parks.
These parks are for the beautification of the city and the recreation and enjoy
ment of its inhabitants. Benches laden with lovers cannot but contribute to
the beautification plan, and what more human and delightful recreation is
there to be found than lovemaking?”
Realizing that “in the spring the young man’s fancy lightly turns.” Colonel
Harts has installed 1,000 additional benches In the parks of Washington. As
adjutant to General Cupid, he believes he has done his full duty. There are no
restrictions on the use of the national capital’s parks by lovers, provided, says
Colonel Harts, “their recreation and happiness does not interfere with the
enjoyment of the parks by others.”
According to an Italian phyislcian love causes an intoxication of the
nervous centers, producing a disease that, if not cured, may lead to neuras
thenia and even insanity.
For smaller cities and towns a recently devised fire alarm employs an
enlarged and more than usually powerful automobile horn, electrically
operated, to sound signals.
Charles I had In his retinue a dwarf only 18 Inches tall.
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