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Prominent Women in'D ain.in^'
Camp for W&r Service
Mrs. Robert Lansing,
wife of the Secretary
of State, is among
those who drill and
learn at the National
Service School.

HE outstanding feature at
the end of the first week
of the women's prepared
ness camp at Chevy Chase,
near Washington, seemed
to be blisters—blisters on
the feet, says the Kansas
City Star.
And tan. The thousand
young women in the train
ing camp were as red
faced us lobsters, always assuming
lobsters to be red faced. It Is the tan
of wind and sun and life in the open.
The belles who tangoed in high heels
all winter long, with never a hint of
anguish, were nursing swollen, blis
tered feet as a result of wearing stiff
high service shoes.
The khaki coats and skirts were had
enough, they were so different from
the soft, fluffy garments that the girls
otherwise might have worn.
It was tiie National Service School
for Women, this training camp, con
ducted by the woman's section »if the
Navy league, of which Mrs. Coorge
Dewey, wife of Admiral Dewey, is
president. The thousand girls soon
settled down to the business of learn
ing how women may help in time of
war. It was preparedness of tlie most
practical sort being undertaken.
Imagine a tented city, laid out in
regular streets, with guards posted and
military discipline prevailing. In each
tent are live cots, occupied hy tour
girls and a chaperon—-some matron
who is enjoying tlie training camp
just ns much as if she weren't mar
ried, been use she, too, is a girl again.
One of these matrons is Mrs. Robert
Lansing, wife of the secretary of state,
and she is drilling with tlie girls in
her $10.00 khaki uniform just as
though she had never known the so
cial burdens of an otiiciai hostess in
tiie national capital.
There are five wash basins and five
small mirrors in each tent also. Be
cause it is convenient and cheap tiie
tents are electrically lighted. And be
cause it is further convenient, shower
baths are provided for the girls In
khaki. But these need not he regard
ed as luxuries. They simply are mod
ern necessities.
Reveille at 6:30.
Out of these tents, when reveille Is
sounded at 0:30 o'clock in the morn
ing, pour the "hoarding pupils" of the
service school. Tiie "day pupils" live
in Washington and come later. For
half an hour there is marching and
countermarching under tiie direction
of three United States army officers,
who are assigned to the camp as in
structors. They pretend to dislike
their job, these officers, hut in reality,
they -wouldn't miss It for a good deal.
The girls are so pretty, and despite
their blistered feet they smile so be
At seven the mess tent calls. Break
fast for one morning consists of eggs
and bacon, prunes, baked potatoes and
coffee. Another morning it Is or
anges, bacon and hominy, bread and
butter, green onions and coffee. The
only difference between the fare of
the woman's training camp and that of
the United States Marine corps is that
tiie girls are allowed butter three
times a day and the marines only
twice. But they thrive on it. Bless
you, there was less need of rouge
among these thousand 'girls last week
than any week in all their lives. The
unbreakable crockery and the camp
"silver" are lent by tbe marine corps,
by the way.
Then comes the ceremony of the
changing of the guard, which is an
other regulation borrowed from the
United States army. And after that
there is a busy day.
The one obligatory course Is that of
Jted Cross first aid and surgical dress
ing of wounds. No less than 3,600
yards of gauze is used In the classes
in a week's time. A Bed Cross head
nurse and 30 trained assistants are
the instructors in these classes, of
which there are five dally, each put
ting in an hour.
Girls Enjoy Signaling.
Then the girls may tai: semaphore
signaling lessons if they like, and
nearly all of them do. "Wigwagging"
is one of the most enjoyable of all the
camp activities. The "pupils" learn
the signal alphabet, finding some diffi
culty with the letters beyond "N" and
pronouncing "It" particularly hard,
but they leurn It and can transmit dis
patches by signal with some facility
already, as well as "read" those sent
There »re classes in wireless teleg
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raphy. A big tent serves ns the wire
less station, and a very large number
of the young women ure enrolled as
students here. And classes in dietetic
cookery for the wounded attract many
others, while another important in
struction tent is that where sewing
for the wounded is taught und where
many sewing machines are kept hum
ming by apt pupils.
But the hospital tent, after all, is
the chief center of interest in the
camp. One lesson, for instance, con
sisted in demonstrations of how to
muke a bandage and how to dress and
bind an Injury, und how to use a
broom in properly sweeping a floor—
all being practical duties that fall to
army nurses.
Then there is drilling and more
march, lunch and supper in due time,
inspection of tents hy a regular army
officer and inspection of personal
equipment. Just as in the army.
O. K. on Silk Pajamas.
The Inspector who found pink bou
doir slippers under the cots aud pale
blue negligees and silken pajamas
draped over the cots, and here and
there a rainbow petticoat, merely
smiled und put his official O. K. on it
Finally comes tnps, at ten o'clock,
and every light in the camp goes out,
and the tired, footsore young women
slip off Into dreamland, where there
are no regulations of any sort.
For, while there may be cases of
leniency and an occasional overlook
ing of some minor Infraction of the
camp rules, it Is no pink tea affair, af
ter all. Penalties are imposed for
such breaches of the regulations as
absence from classes, absence from
Wealthy Citizen Moralizes Over Things
That Were, as He Recalls with
Joyous Recollections.
Talk to Uncle Zenas and you will
learn that to find Arcadia it is not
enough to leave New York and come
to Bloomfield Center. They aren't as
neighborly even there as they once
were. There is not the frank democ
racy that used to lie in his young days.
Too much of what he scornfully calls
"codfish aristocracy" has come in and
split the happy united village Into
what he calls "clicks." They don't
have the good times nowadays like
they did when they got up upp!c-cut
tlngs and corn-huskings, barn-raisings,
and all the devices by which what was
hard labor for one lone family was
turned into a frolic for the whole
settlement Everybody knew every
body, and winter nights a whole parcel
of 'em would pile into sleds and come
bu'stln' In on some family. Maybe
they were getting ready for bed, bat
taps, unauthorized absence from catnp.
insubordination and lack of personal
neatness or neatness of quarters, the
penalties running from reprimand to
dismissal. As in a regular army camp,
there is no trifling permitted.
Every afternoon and evening there
are lectures, dealing with prepared
ness in some form. F. D. Roosevelt,
assistant secretary of the navy, talked
on "National l 'repu redness" at one of
these lectures. At another Mine.
Slnvko Grouitch, a refugee, described
the horrors of tiie Serbian situation
and told "Iiow Women Can Help in
Preparing." John Barrett, Pan-Amer
ican authority, told of our relations
with Central and South American na
tions, and wlmt may be expected of
them in the event this nation becomes
involved in war. And so on. Experts
In various phases of national defense
tell tiie thousand young women at
Chevy Chase till about the many sides
of preparedness and how women can
help in times of stress.
.Many widely-known women an
swered to first roll call at the Service
school. Missouri was represented hy
Mrs. Genevieve Clark Thompson,
daughter of Speaker Champ Clark.
Mrs. Frank G. Odenheimer of Mary
land, president general of the United
Daughters of tiie Confederacy, was
there too. Every section of the coun
try was represented, as a matter of
fact, although the largest delegations
enme from New York.
When tiie president, in his address
to tiie students of tiie Service school,
said, "God forbid that we should be
drawn into war," and then added that
if war came America would he found
ready to defend its honor and in
tegrity, tiie young women of Chevy
Chase camp felt a patriotic thrill like
that which must have animated the
mothers of the Revolution and the he
roic women of Civil war times.
Miss Elizabeth Elliott Poe, the com
mandant, and Mrs. Vella Poe Wilson,
the adjutnnt of the camp, headed the
list of officers, which included those
of the two battalions and the two com
panies which compose each battalion.
The camp was a complete success at
the end of the first week—so success
ful that already plans are under way
for holding similar service schools at
Philadelphia, Savannah, Ga. ; San Di
ego, Cal., and San Francisco. At San
Francisco the school will be open for
three months and one thousand wom
en will he instructed each month. The
< 'bevy Chase camp. It may be predict
ed, is only the beginning of a great
national woman's movement for na
tional defense.
the old man'd get up and put his pants
on and take down tiie fiddle, and
they'd move the chairs and things out
and linve a dance; stay up till ull
hours, and get home about time to
feed tiie stock. Ah, dear I they were
neighbors in those days !
"And. even so, that didn't come up
to what he'd heard tell about of the
heroic period of tills country, the ro
mantic age, tiie log-cabin days, when
they were all poor and struggling, but
happy in their poverty, when the
Intchstring was always out, and they
would share their last pint of corn
meal with tiie wayfarer, not knowing
where the next was to come from, but
sure they would make out somehow."
Uncle Zenas shakes his head; doesn't
know what the country's coming to.
One wonders who could have listen
ed to the old-time circuit-riders when
they cnlled not righteous, but sinners,
to repentance. Seemingly we have
lost something—something very pre
cious.—Eugene Wood in the Centonr.
rlo !
In Reality He Has Weake- C "
tion and Is Less Resistant to
Enemies of Life.
I It i<j customary t<> sp.1, <
I stronger than woman, tl.
half true, half false ; foi ai; ! ■
\ stronger of fram«* and ; 1
; more active lie is of a mnr'.o-d
! constitution, less re-istaut t<
; ml es of life. An I tl.is
] seems native and intrinsic, i
I externals or to tiie chain'.
merits of society : for it Iren
fancy tiie man-child is nior,
the attack of mortal disons»
100 girl babies die in the first year of
I lift', our census shows that there die
about 1"0 boys.
; In tiie sense organs there is a differ
ence closer to what we know of mind,
and whieli is not wholly in accord with
! the common thought Hint women arc
! more sensitive, than men. They are
more delicate of touch, and can per
ceive certain tastes, notably sweet, at
n low degree that escapes tiie man, id
though for salt and sour and bitter, a'
well as for smell in general, the evi
1 dence is not so clear. In Miss Nelson's
j experiments in California, says George
Malcolm Stratton in the Century, the
men were able to hear fainter tones,
and for all but one of several pure col
; ors of the spectrum the men. contrary
to the popular belief, detected the color
at a lower Intensity than did tin*
But besides this difference in llie
senses when they' are normal, serious
defects of eye and ear come far more
often to tiie man arid to tiie man-child.
Colpr blindness, which Is usually in
nate and is therefore not to be ascribed
to the manner in which man lives and
works, is about tenfold more frequent
among men than among women. Blind
ness pure and simple is also more fre
quent among men.
Of the number reported totally blind
in our country, about "0,000 are male
and 15,500 are female. As proof that
this great excess of the male blind is
not dm* entirely to the greater danger
In men's work, there is a great excess
of males among those blind at birth.
Tin* most serious defects of bearing
also occur offener among men ; for of
those reported in oiir census as totally
deaf there are thousands more males
tliau there are females.
Youngsters Get Lessons in Sailing.
The youngsters in several of tiie
New York schools have developed a
new sport which not only gives pleas
ure to them lint interests a large num
ber of spectators. They are forming !
yacht clubs for the sailing of toy boats
in tiie lake in Central park. Tiie toy
boats are constructed in manual train
ing schoolrooms and contain as many
features ns possible of the large ves
sels from which they are copied. The j
races for these miniature craft are
conducted with due regard to the reg
ulations governing the large yacht
races, which have become so import
ant a sport umong American million
aires. A number of miniature yacht
rnces are already scheduled as a part
of tiie Fourth of July celebration of ,
severul public schools.
Man's Preference.
If women only listened to men in ;
(heir choice of clothes, they would al- I
ways be "tailored" on the street and
In public places In the afternoon. There ;
is no uniform in which they appear
that so pleases the masculine eye; but
the trouble Is that the American worn- |
an yields to the vagaries of fashions
that are set for tiie French woman,
and very often, und in great muss,
loses her Identity.
Bright Steel on Range.
If the steel portions of the cooking
range are allowed to become dark
they spoil the trim neatness of the
kitchen. Powdered pumice stone, or
bathbrick, moistened with kerosene,
make good cleansers for the steel,
as a rule, when well rubbed In; though
they will not be effective if the metal
has actually become oxidized.
Another Ultimatum.
Edith—So your father told you he
was opposed to your marrying Jack.
What did you sny?
Willful Winnie—I told papa that In
tervention would mean war.—Boston
Evening Transcript.
His Known Handicap.
Mabel—Do you know anything about
Tom HigsbyT
Arthur—Why, Hlgsby Is my first
cousin !
Mabel—I know that, but is he ull
right otherwise?
The Sort.
"What kind of a game Is that child
starting with its yelling?"
"It sounds like it might be a bawl
Out of Date.
Grandma—"He'd make you a model
husband." Elsie—"Last year's model,
We are to be thankful not for what
makes life easy, but for what makes
It great
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