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Woman's Pa&G ? ~ ^ * * « *r The Salvation army Woman. The last decade has seen a remarkable change for the better in the degree of respect accorded the Sal vation Army woman. During the early stages of this denomiantion little regard was maintained for her. She was universally shunned and often referred to as mentally unsound. Through her devotion to God and to the elevation of men in degradation, she has gained a rank of respect among men and women who have qualities of reverence for good, holy and pure things. The Salvation Army goes where the sinful and the wicked and the sufferer abide, and is loved and re spected there. She ministers to the poor, the weak and the depraved, and lifts them up and gives them hope. The criminal class furnishes an example by which she can be judged. The "jail birds" and convicts hail her coming to sing and pray and exhort, as the coming of a friend. They believe she lives and works and strives for them. They look to the Salvation Army woman for comfort when bright dawns the day of the end of their penal servitude, and many are the ex-convicts she turns from a life of crime and starts away from the scene of his imprisonment with comfortable clothing, money in his purse and a prayer of "God bless you" in his heart for she who has pleaded and toiled and prayed for his emancipation from the rugged road of crime. There is a very unique place always for the Salva tion Army woman, and she is righteously gaining high honors and fervent respect in the hearts and the devotion of the good people of this splendid age. Playground For Children. The attention of the women of Idaho is respect fully directed to the child. There is nothing which the women of Idaho can do that will be building better for the future than to surround the child with the comforts and adornments which make for its higher life. The one great topic which has been under con sideration by the women of the East who have made a specialty of child study for the past few years, has been to provide adequate playgrounds for the chil dren in connection with their school life. Property in the more densely populated districts in the East has become so extremely valuable that the purchase of it even for this great purpose has met the stub born opposition of those who live in constant dread of a raise in taxes. These burdens fall heavily where property is so high, and there is a semblance of sympathy for those who have to stand the brunt of the weight of additional taxation. But in Idaho the agitation of this question among women's clubs is timely. The State is just approach ing the day of its prosperity. Land values, which have doubled and doubled again in the past ten or fifteen years, are bound to increase at a greater rate in the future than in the past. There are more than a hundred small towns in Idaho today where land is comparatively reasonable. True, it is higher than it was a few years ago, but land is still cheap enough to afford an excellent opportunity for the purchase now, in this year 1908, of adequate space adjacent to school grounds for children to use at play. Perhaps this article wil lbe read by those who will waive it aside and point with some considerable merriment to the vacant areas now lying adjacent to the school buildings. This is not the question. This land will soon be titled to those who realize its commercial value. Mayhap it will fall into the hands of those who now or later on will have no sort of interest in this question, and will fix a value the land that is greater than its worth, because it is wanted for this common public use. Now is the time for the women of Idaho to see that land adjacent to the school buildings where on children are going, and will go for years to come, are provided with plenty of room for playground ; and that in these early years, rows of trees are set out about these grounds that they may be beautified and kept intact for the children of this and succeed in 8 generations who, on account of your thoughtful ness for their future welfare will be pleaed to rise up and call you blessed." Mothers and wives and those who are interested in this great subject, can leave no better footprints on the sands of time than by the expending of ef forts in this direction. C., There is to be held in Washington, D. from the 10th to the 17th of March, next, as has been previously mentioned in these columns, a meeting, international in its scope, to deal with the great subject of "The Welfare of the Child." It is to be hoped that before long the Governor of this State will follow the example of the Governors of the other States and appoint dele gates to these conventions, as becomes his privilege, and that he will name those who have been and are in the welfare and the study of deeply interested i the child, If there is any one example which a new State should take from the experience of older States, that will redound to the betterment of posterity, it is in the providing of those better things for our children and for our children's children. It is easy to do this now. The experience of older States teaches us that it .will be most unfortunate if we do not profit by their laches and take advantage of this situation in this early period of our great prosperity and of advancement in real estate values. .... . . , . spoiled the noon meal of a score or more in their neighborhood by their loud conversation and rough manners, probably due to the cocktails preceding their meal. One valued patron of the house insisted upon eviction, but the manager dreaded a scene and promised that the doors should be closed against them in the future as a reward for the forbearance Fast Young Women. Betty Bradeen in Washington Herald: Two wom en who were lunching with a man at a hghly re spectable hotel, the other day, may never know how near they came to being politely requested to leave the place. They were young and pretty, but tliey of a man who wanted to eat in decency—yes, that was his word. Some day those young women, possibly with an other escort, will be smilingly informed that there are no vacant tables and that there is a waiting list to be attended to after seats are vacated. They have very polite ways of doing these disagreeable duties, and when you think them cornered by a clever movement you will find the service so slow and so bad that in sheer disgust you go elsewhere. I have seen a party so openly neglected that the leader could not help resenting it and beating a dignified retreat. There was a reason for discouraging patronage which the public could not fathom, but the snub mistakable. There have been society leaders, men and women, who were ejected from places of amusement be cause they made themselves objectionable to decently inclined patrons. Even their wealth and position cannot save them from the consequences of their boorishness. Those who have had educational and social ad vantages are, for the most part, well mannered. Oc casionally somebody who has been misled by vanity feels above the ordinary requirements of humanity and says so in acts which are a discredit to the time and money and care spent in bringing a creature to the development possible in these days. I have seen men of this class annoy women to whom they were mere strangers by a rudeness that would not be tol erated in humbler circles. Manners are not even •skin-deep sometimes. Women have a right to drink in public places— the question of privilege is never raised—but the question of breeding and taste is asked in the eyes of the disapproving public. The few women who want to smoke in all places waste a lot of energy in argument, with a prejudice that is still strong. Why can they not be content to smoke in their homes, if smoke they must? Then there would be none to offend. I presume a woman has the right to drench her was un self in perfume and make life hideous for those who Probably the rough man who eats do not like it. raw onions and wets them down with cheap rum is wholly within his rights when he puffs this com bination into the face of a delicate woman who has the misfortune to be his nearest neighbor in a street car. Possibly neither knows no rule of eiquette that covers the offense, so it is excusable. But when the petted sons and daughters of the best class—best because of its many advantages—choose to forget the obligations laid upon them, they should be promptly called to account, as they often are. There are marked men and women in every city of any and ignorance of customs cannot possibly be size, offered as the excuse for their unpleasant notoriety. Industrial Instruction for Women. The Northwestern Christian Advocate says: A unique institution, a training industrial school for educating teachers, the only one in ours or other Christian missions, was founded by Miss Ella Black stock, of Lafayette, Ind., who had been sent by the Minneapolis branch to Tokio, Japan, for that pur pose in 1889. The industries taught are : Sewing, in all the branches needed in a Japanese home—both its theory and practice ; embroidery, in cotton, linen, silk and gold thread; weaving of gold embroidery; wood carving; knitting; cooking; ceremonial serv ing of tea ; flower arrangement ; etiquette. There are two courses of study, one of five years to pre pare the pupils for teaching; the other a course of three years to help the girls to become self-sup porting, useful, womanly women, fitted to become helpmeets in the establishing of Christian homes. Other missions acknowledged their mistake in not having made industrial work prominent for women. This school is copied by non-Christian schools. In 1901 it took the highest prize in Tokio for best handicraft for industrial work for women, and the work of the school received very favorable editorial mention in the secular papers. The graduates are in demand as teachers of industry and occupy posi tions of trust in government schools, in mission and in private schools. They have large opportunities for doing evangelistic work in the homes of their pupils, and teaching Sunday Schools, and in women's meet in gs . They distribute Christian literature among the sick in hospitals, Other missions send women to this school to be trained for industrial teachers. The industrial work has always appealed to the best Japanese thinkers and been popular with them. Young ladies getting ready to be married come to this school to study sewing, ceremonial serving of tea, and to take spe cial lessons in cooking, to fit them for the home life. It has graduated nearly one hundred women. new The Monument Man (after several abortive gestions)— How would simolv "Gone Home 71 Woman's Smile. A woman's smile is sunshine in the home; it is sunshine anywhere. A woman's smile is the outward and visible sign of her power to please and to gain what she wishes. The Italians say that a beautiful woman by smil ing can draw tears from a man's purse. Marot speaks of "a woman's little giddy laugh that was enough to raise a man'from the dead." Men are very much what women make them, and it is largely by their smiles that they make men what they ought, or ought not, to be. A woman's smile is what the sunbeam is to the landscape; it embellishes an inferior face and re deems an ugly one. It is one of the duties of women to beautify the world, to shed joy, to radiate happiness, to cast light upon dark days, to be the golden thread of destiny, and this she does by rightly using her talent for pleasing. Every now and then our we meet a woman who possesses the power of enchanting all about her ; her presence lights up the house, her approach i like a cheering warmth; she passes by, and content, she stays a while and we are happy. She is the Aurora with a human face.—Selected. is we are sug do ? Mrs. Newweeds I guess that would be all right. It was always the last place he ever thought of go ing.—Puck.