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Cook That
I-^By Mrs. Richard Wairvivrighi &
The Modern Andromeda a Sacri­
fice to the Cook-Stove—How
Two Lazy Women Solved the
Cook Problem—The Aladdin
Oven a Novel Substitute—"No
Heat, No Smell, and Needing No
Overseer"—A Boon for Business
Woman. "Bride and Suburbanite
Every Library Has Book Con­
cerning the Aladdin Oven.
(Copyright, by Joseph J3. .Bowles.)
Copyright. 1906, by Josoph B. Bowles.)
(Mrs. .Richard Wainwright, wife of
Capt. Wainwright, .U. S. N., was not at
her husband's side at the blowing up of
the Maine, nor again in Santiago bay
when he astonished the world by his
heroism during the destruction of Cer
vera's ships, but she show's in the follow­
ing article traits approaching the heroic
in striving to help the intelligent women"
of the country to lighten their labor.)
What if a delightful old fairy god­
mother, like Cinderella's, should walk
into the kitchen some evening and
find you resting after a hard, long day
spent in the unending and pitiless serv­
ice of that fiery dragon, the cook
stove? This monster, like the one in
the story of Andromeda, requires
a woman to be chained up for its
benefits, and sometimes, indeed, it
exacts her life unless some gallant,
rich Perseus comes as her deliverer.
What if the dear old fairy god­
mother should wave her wand and
say: "I will loose these chains an'd
let you go once more free and happy
I transform this monster now, on the
spot, into a neat little box, with a
cook inside, at your service!"
If she should work the trans­
formation, place the kitchen lamp un­
der the box, into, which put the food
yo wish cooked on the dishes in
which it will be served, close the box
and the kitchen doer. Go to see the
tennis match, the great game of
football or the latest orchid in the
flower show. Return .when you are
ready, and you w'ill find a hot, well
cooked meal in the box, all ready* to
place on the table.
Can you imagine poor Anaromeda
saying: "No, old lady, no! I like to
be chained here. I love this mon­
ster with his dirt and his cruel ex­
actions. I will be roasted, burned,
broiled and stewed in his service, and
when he does not need me I will
stand for hours pver a sink scrubbing
the metal pots he delights in that he
may have the vessels sacred to his
use. bright and ready when I must
again serve him."
How foolish of Andromeda! How
incredible, even Yet this is just what
thousands of women are doing, while
that very magic box with the cook,
inside is waiting to be bought and has
been written about and much used for
certainly 20 years.
The Aladdin oven- has been before
the public quite that long, and yet
its advocates are like missionaries in
a far country who have sudh a pre­
cious message to deliver and no one
seems to understand the language in
which it is spoken. I hope that my
experience with this really wonderful
invention may be of service to some
of the poor slaves of the cook stove
and incompetent cooks, and, like a
siren whistle, pierce the ears' of the
deaf and inattentive and cause them
to stop and listen/
Jean Paul Richter says: "Only once
in her life does a poor woman hold up
her head and look at the world as it
really is. All her youth her head is
bent and her eyes are downcast, in
-,fc A Ji
study and submission and later her
head is bent over her sewing or her
endless housework. Onlju when she
loves does she stand upright and is
pushed out into the sunshine by lov­
ing,"willing hands, for her short holi­
day with her lover, before her head is
again beht forever." Now every wom­
an who does her own cooking can held
up her head like a betrothed maiden
all the year round.
For several years this Aladdin oven
has been used by a family of four
with such success, health, pleasure
and profit that now so great do its
perfections seem to them all that they
are ready to swing incense and crown
it with flowers every morning as an
appropriate expression of their grate­
ful appreciation of its labors in their
service. There it stands in the cor­
ner always silent, ready and efficient
no heat or smell, needing no overseer,
and working for them while they
play or sleep. I hope an account of
an, expexi^ent,CTwith ..this .,, delightful,
little cook may cause some other wom­
an to try it also.
"Hast thou two loaves, sell one and
buy jacinths to feed thy soul." Two
poor women longed for the unattain­
able, a house by the sea, ^their own
beach and garden and their very own
view, with the solitude and rest so
much needed in this ttusy America.
This seemed reserved for the rich, for
where the beach and garden could.be
had for a small sum of money no
cook would come on account of the
loneliness 3-et to do the cooking them­
selves meant labor that would spoil
any holiday, for who could enjoy the
garden, the view and the beach if
she must give up the best part of each
day to preparing three meals with
the usual cleaning up afterward? How­
ever, they decided to try the Atkinson
A comfortable cottage was built,
three miles from the nearest village,
on the seashore, and the two incapable
southern women who had never need­
ed to lift a finger in their lives for
real housework took possession. In
the south, although we complain be­
cause it is the fashion to do so, about
servants, we very seldom find it neces­
sary to do without tnem there is
always old Aunt Jane, who was moth­
er's cook, or Malvina, who likes a
job occasionally even if she is old, to
come and help. So it was felt to be
a great experiment to do without
even one servant -but the glorious
view, the dear little home, the free­
dom and the solitude, were worth the
The Aladdin oven consists of a box
with the shelves inside under it is
placed a common kerosene lamp.' The
Heat is shut between layers of asbes­
tos and a thermometer outside the
door indicates the heat inside. The
lamp, which holds a gallon of oil, is
filled once a day after breakfast, and
burns 24 hours, or even longer, if you
Family Keeps Rope Constantly Ready
for His Amusement.
In the front yard of a home on East
Ninth street a rope jangles from a
branch of a tree.
"Wonder what that rope's for?V ask­
ed a man of his companion as the two
were passing the house one morning.
"Go in and ask, if you're curious,"
the other advised.
A young woman came to the door.
"We, that is—I was sort of curious
about what the rope on that tree is
for," the inquisitive one stammered.
"Why, that's Johnny's swing," the
young woman answered.
Out of the door dashed Johnny—a
fox terrier. A leap and he fastened
his teeth in the rope and growling
and jerking signified that he was
ready to swing Trie young woman
keepit "very low and as the food often
cooks 12 hours, very little heat is
Breakfast is pot on the Stove after
supper in the evening and is quite
ready by six o'clock the next morn­
ing. is equally good at 8:30 O'clock.
Dinner goes in after breakfast, and
supper after dinner. It does not mat­
ter if you reverse this order and have
your dinner later and luncheon in­
stead :0f vdinner, or if you only turn
the lamp low enough if you do not eat
the dinner put in the .stove at nine a.
m. till 7:30 p. m. This was often the
case with us when we weire away on
picnics or excursions.
Every evening after supper one lazy
woman washed the tea things—a sort
of survival of the fittest, for every­
thing not absolutely necessary was
soon discarded for the ""faithful and,
essential few, and a centerpiece and
jars of flowers took the place on the
table of the usual ornamental dishes
and silver—while the other, in her
pretty muslin and ribbons, gayly pre­
pared the simple breakfast, placing it
on the shelves, shutting the door, and
turning down the lamp for the night.
This took about 15 minutes, usually,
more or less then they both departed
and joined congenial friends waiting
to enjoy the sunset with the cook or
perhaps to discuss Maeterlinck's latest
play with the waitress.
Ths next morning at 8:30, after a
delicious swim in the sea and a leis­
urely toilet, the box was opened and
a steaming hot, well-cooked breakfast
was ready. Again did the lazy one
wash the, breakfast things there
never are any pots or pans. Mean­
while the pretty cook, in a crisp
white dress put in the dinner. This
usually consisted of roast beef, peas,
rice, roast potatoes, tomatoes, and a
sweet pudding, and took about half an
hour to prepare. The beef was on its
china platter, the vegetables in tl^eir
own French china dishes and the pud­
ding in its pretty decorated Japanese
covered dish. As soon as they were
all in, off went these happy women
for a long morning filled with sail­
ing, gardening, books and walks—all
the joys of an idle summer day. They
reached home at one o'clock," hungry
and gay, rushed in, opening the box,
and took out the very best dinner one
would wish to eat—hot, savory and
nutritious. The supper was then- pre­
pared, and again all the afternoon was
before "fheih to Mgoy^a^they -wished
The stove is not perfect by any
means, nor will It db everything ex­
actly like an ordinary range of course
not. It has its limitations, as we all
The objections usually urged against
it is that it will not heat water for
household use. As well might you re
fuse to go on the railroad because it
cannot go along on the water or use
the telegraph because it cannot carry
bundles or a furnace because, although
it uses tons of coal, needs an at
tendant and wastes much heat, it
will not do the cooking—which is
really very thoughtless ^.nd inconsid
erate of the furnace. What the Aladdin
oven will do is to take the place of a
cook, whose principal labor is not so
much cooking the food as watching to
see that it does not burn from the
fierce fire she kindles. However, so
serious does this'objection about, wa
ter seem to be that I have not yet in­
duced one person, to buy an oven
and follow my example. Yet there are
many ways of getting all the hot wa
ter you want, and when you yant it
We have an oil stove and wash
boiler with a spigot in it that gives
us an abundance of water.
The food that is roasted, stewed or
baked is best, as might be expected
from the slow cocking, and is sp del­
icate and excellent in flavor that the
ordinary cooking seems coarse and
poor after it. If you must have free­
dom to buy jacinths to .delight your
soul, perhaps yoir, will not sigh for
delicacies that take much labor to
prepare and cook. If you really de
sire them you can always make them
over an ordinary. oil stove or in a
chafing dish, while the Aladdin oven,,
in a dignified and untroubled man
ner, attends to preparing the real nu­
tritious food for the' day. Of course
those who can. hire a cook need not
try one. Why should they, indeed?
pushed him back and forth until he
reached the topmost branches of the
"Johnny would stay there hanging
on that rope all day if We would let
him," she said. "That's why the rope
is kept tied up out Jf his reach."
Johnny is the property of Charles
R. Hicks, of East Ninth street.—Kan­
sas City Times.
Fads in Diet.
So many dietetic schemes have been
urged on what have been claimed to
be scientific reasons, and have proved
themselves in practice to be unsatis
factory, that not a few practitioners
refuse to listen to any discussion on
the specific values of foodstuffs out
side the teachings ^of -practical experi­
ence.—London Hospital.
is -. the greatest vio-
If the actresses of this country ever
get to the point of adopting the mot­
to, "Love me, love my dog," the
American Johnny Johnny will become
the world's premier dojy fancier.
While Mabelle Gilman, now Mrs.
W. E. Corey, was yetvpn the boards,
she had herself pictured with her fa­
vorite canine associat& and it is said
that of all the superb jjxamples of the
art photographic thafr.she has since
purchased, she values|none as highly
as this Tittle picture that shows her in
icr actress garb with']
her arms filled
by the pampered little dog she still
jossfsses and prizes.^"
When Mrs. Patrick:'Campbell, the
English actress, first came to the Uni­
ted states, she engaged- in frequent
luarrels with manager.! of hotels be­
cause she declined to
F.vo-v da? as to be seen this little
drama. To the hotel of the actress
would come a superb automobile. It
had two seats, one large enough for a
human being, the other smaller and
fixed with a strap.
Miss May and her dog would de­
scend from the upper regions, take
their places in the auto, and after the
Actress Is Loyal to Pet Through* Thick and
The dog of the the^erdom's queen
never enjoyed the vogue it does now.
The famous actress hardly ever thinks
of having a photograph taken without
her pet by "her side. The whole range
of French poodles, bull|terriers, black*
and tans, greyhounds^fruby spaniels,
Yorkshire terriers Potttieranians and
Chinese sleeve dogs spend a good por­
tion of their lazy li^es facing the
cameras of photographers whose
prices are so lqfty that none but the
wealthy can hope to d^ business with
parted from
her famous "Nanky Pinky Poo."
It is an inviolate ruje in many hos
telries that no dog shall ever be al­
lowed to invade a the guest's rooms.
A place is provided iii the basement
where pets can be tal?en care of by
the porter.
No one wanted to oifend the noted
English star, and in Niew York her pet
was promised all kinds of attention in
the lower chambers of the hotel.
Put Mrs. Patrick recoiled at the idea
of her precious "Nanky" being left to
the care of a mere porter.
Sooner than permit this she would
gladly move to another, hotel, she said,
and in numerous instances she really
did so."
Tcfnre Elsie de Wolfe quit the do
n:iin of society for the stage, she was
loyal to her dog. After she went be­
fore the footlights she kept the ani­
mal with her always, and like Mrs.
Campbell, got into frequent arguments
with stony-hearted hotelkeepers.
When ttfe dog died the actress gave
him a most elaborate burial.
r::Hng her long stay in England,
Edna May. who is soon to wed and
leave the stage, she says for all time,
had a French poodle to which her de­
votion a favorite joke.
... •. J*
actress had carefully adjusted the
strap, so that by no terrible mischance
could the precious "Lass" be hurled
from the car the pair would go for a
long ride through the most aristo­
cratic sections of London.
This was known as the daily airing
of "Lass," and nothing was so impor­
tant that the actress would neglect
what she considered an essential to
the health of her canine companion.
Camille Clifford, jEdna May's great­
est- rival in London, who made such a
hit in the "Belle of Mayfair," in which
Edna May was the star, that Miss May
decided that the company was not big
enough for both, and insisted on hav­
ing Miss Clifford discharged, had
enough dogs given fier during her
time of triumph in London to stock a
good sized kennel.
Discovering her love for dogs, the
Johnnies bombarded, her with pups of
various sizes, breeds and tempers, till
finally she was compelled to cali a
When she married a man of noble
birth, who is in the direct line of suc­
cession to a dukedom, .the former
chorus girl gaye away all her dogs but
two, and one of these is getting very
old, for he was the companion of Misa
Clifford long ago in the days when she
was struggling up from poverty, and
hardly knew from one day's end to the
next whence should come the next
Ethel l^evey, the former wife oi
George M. Cohan, and soon to be the
bride- of Robert Edeson, is another
great fancier of the dog.
She is the originator "of the joke
that while a horse may be man's best
friend, a dog is a woman's truest
(Champion, and she is careful to add
that in making the statement she does
not exclude man.
But now that she is about to enter a
newer and presumably more ^pleasant
matrimonial alliance, perhaps she
would not speak quite so pessimistical
ly. She likes to be photographed with
dogs, and the black coat of a snappy
little terrier made such a charming
contrast with her pretty face- and
white skin that she terms it her fa­
vorite photograph.
Cissie Loftus, original in everything,
is one of the few actresses who has
declined to yield to the dog fad, and
has remained steadfastly loyal to
She has one noted feline, "Peter
Pan," which a two hundred dollar note
could not buy, and from a sentimental
standpoint, the famous mimic Who
has passed with perfect assurance
from vaudeville to tragedy, would
probably not take five times the sum
for- "Peter Pan," who has been her
companion and solace in many long
Sarah Bernhardt has had dogs she
rated highly, but the noted Frenctt
tragedienne is never loyal for any
great length of time to any form of
pet. In her day she has had cats,
snakes, a tiger and a number of
Madam Sfehumann-Heink, the big
good-natured prima donna contralto/
keeps a kennel for her big family in
Germany, and Calve, Nordica, Susanne
Adams, Breval, Litvin^e, Ternina and
Cavalieri have all been famed as the
possessors, of dogs of more than ordi­
nary value.
It costs the actress something to be
lcyai to her dbg.
Unsympathetic railroads and hotels
have all put the ban on animals. The
dog must be packed in a ventilated
box, and deposited, with the porter
when the company^ is traveling, and
this autocrat^OT^^e train has to be
liberally compensated to keep the
canine traveled in£ponifort during the
Many theaters v^W look askance at
dogs behind: the scenes, and even the
pulUof a star actress does not always
suffice to secure
a violation of the
rules, -Jf %'r i'f -i
V-,But the dog need not worry* for. his
6way. Obstacles only serve to- 'make
woman more loyal, and as long as^the
In Matters of Vacations and Sick
Leave He Might Be Termed
"Easy"—Policy of Retrench­
ment a Failure.
It costs Uncle Sam in the neighbor­
hood of $6,000,000 annually for the
leisure of his employes. Not many
employers treat theif employes so
generously. In fact, not many could
afford to do so.. There are on the gov­
ernment payroll about 55,000 em­
ployes, and their annual salaries ap­
proximate about $60,000,000. Most of
these employes are entitled to 30 days'
vacation annually. They are also al­
lowed to take 30 days' sick leave an­
nually on full pay. It is estimated
that 75 per cent, of the employes take
their vacations regularly, and many
take their full 30 days' sick leave.
A treasury official with whom sta-"
tistics are a hobby has made a careful
computation, .and says that more
than $6,000,000 of good government
funds go for "loafing spells" of em­
ployes. As he figures it, the govern­
ment work could be done with one
twelfth less the present number of
employes easily. Or, taken in another
form, the present force can do all the
government work in llmonths, prob­
ably in ten, for which they now re
recive the 12 months' pay. He also
suggests that if the government woyk
was done by contract it could be
done for three-fourths the present
"There is one remarkable feature
about this vacation business," said
he, "and that is that the more salary
a man draws the longer vacation he
takes. The ordinary employes get 3B!
days' annirtial and 30 days' sick leave-,
if they can supply a doctor's certifi­
cate. Many heads of departments
take from three to four months, and.
do not have to account to anybody
It's a case where the little fish get
the worst, of it, as usual. But the sub­
ordinate employes have no complaint
when compared to employes of rail­
roads and other concerns which are
large employers of labor."
—•Whee-ceirfronted with the vast sum
paid out for leisure, government of­
ficials say the payroll is just the same
whether the employes worked ten
months or 12 that there are just so
many people to do the work and just
so much work to be done that if they
do it in ten months Uncle Sam is.
none the loser. Still, when a railroad,
or other big employer of labor finds
that five-sixths of its present force of
employes can do all the work it
doesn't hesitate to discharge the other
sixth. Uncle Sam is not so harsh. He
discharges an employe now and then
for ^unfaithfulness, but never simply
because the employe has nothing to.
|Some time ago Secretary Garfielr
began a "retrenchment" policy in the
department of the interior. He abol­
ished two or three divisions in his Of­
fice and sent the work to the Indiam
bureau and general land office. But
many clerks in the division which he
abolished were transferred to the
Indian bureau or land office, and, sev­
eral of them had their salaries in­
Another illustration is given. At
the recent session of congress an ef­
fort was made, in the interests of
economy, to wipe out all the outside
pensioners from the Washington bu­
reau. When sifted down it was found
that the bureau intended to bring air
the clerks at the outside, offices to
Washington at the same or increased
salaries. Figures were produced to
show that instead of being in the in­
terests of economy it would really
cost the government more, so the sen*
ate defeated the bill.
The Yellow Streak.
If there be one thing the normal
man despises it is the "streak of yel­
low," whether in brute or human.
"Ro-zle-velt" Is Right.
Strange as it rtray seem, correct
pronunciation of the president's name
is rarely heard. Only a few days age
Mr. Roosevelt laboriously explained t®
a visitor the orthoepy of his patro­
nymic. He spelled it out thus: "Ro
zie-velt." "It is more nearly Ro-za
v.elt than it is Ro-zie-veit," the presi­
dent explained, patiently, "but if
should syllable it that way for you
and you should follow my spelling in
an effort, to convey to others the hi&
torically correct pronunciation of my
name somebody would be sure to give
the broad sound to the 'a' and make
it 'Ro-zah-yelt,' so tlfat-it is safer to
use the diphthong,'ie' in order to avoid
worse confusion. So, remember that
in my name the doable is just o, the
is and the following the is
short a,"
Has Many Copies .'of Burns' Works.
William R. Smith, head of the na­
tional botanical gardens in Washing-*
tori1, possesses the largest Collection of
BUrns' poetryin th^world^

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