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THE TIMES: FEBRUARY 20, 1918
s g H ER E 1 NEWS OP TLTTRS I I nAn.Y FEATURES S . . E H . - E , 1 SOCIAL EVENTS FASHIONS, TTTTVI7Tri IITTTVU PERSONAL NOTES EDITED BY MISS M. R. SHERWOOD L1 THE Hempel is compared To Madame Sembrich PERSONAL! ; -V 4 .. 1 ' v.. I- - .' - M'-w Bil l 'v;?- i Mrs. Marcus Butler, the publicity committee of the Red Cross has an- noum-ed that the Red Cross rooms ill be closed on Friday, as it is a national holiday Mrs. Harry F. Parrott of WashinS- avenue, is to give a bridge in 1110 series of those being given for the benefit of the Comfort Club at her ome on Washington avenue, the first part of next week. Walter S. Wilmot of Stratford ave nue, was made head of the nnance committee of the Bridgeport Protec tive Association at the postponed meeting of the board of directors that was held last evening at tne new headquarters, 754 Myrtle avenue. Charles G. Waldo presided at a re cent meeting of the board of direc tors of the Brooklawn Country Club, held at his home at Brooklawn Park, and at this meeting it was voted to send a list of theproposed oflicers for the club for the coming year to each one of the members. The list was formerly posted in the club house but as that is closed in conformation with the fuel conservation it was decided to adopt this method. The officers will be elected at the annual meeting which will be held the second week in March. MME. HEMPEL. "Perhaps the most obvious thing kbout Miss Hempel's recital, was the sincere, altogether admirable and suc- , cessful effort to perpetuate the tra dition in both opera and song sing ing which Mme. Sembrich, has repre ; ftented almost alone for a generation," ' wrote JVlr. H. K. Krehbiel in the New Sork Tribune last April. This critic Is probably known to every reader of musical news throughout the world, Uid he is recognized as one of the most capable authorities in America. WTiat he writes carries sound weight, ind in-drawing a comparison between the brilliant sopranos, he took a stand that many other critics have since jupported. Ab everyone knows, Marcella Sem brich in her hey-day was without a . rival, not Rltine in opera but in re- recital was even her greatest field; It has long been the hope of critical music lovers to discover a successor to Sembrich, and now it would appear as if the cherished art of that great mistress of song is to be perpetuated by Frieda Hempel, alone. . There could hardly be two "second Sem brichs, and up to now, no soprano has approached Miss Hempel in sheer beauty and intelligence of singing. The opportunity to hear so glorious a voice is something to look- forward to, and the news that she is to sin here at the Park theatre next week Wednesday, has Tieen read with un usual interest. We have had many of the world's famous artists with us in the past and Miss Hempel's appear ance will add decided lustre to our season's events. Reserved seats may he secured Mtal;.rJir fact it has been said that advance at Steinert's, 915 Main St. Smart Millinery SMALL TURBAN A beige hemp small high turban with' bowled crown sides of beige satin oas a large fan wing widespread across the front made of two layers of leathers. HIGH TURBAN , Another model shows a very high turban of sand milan-with rolled or iraped crown sides, and at the front a stickup of saiinette feathers with curling side portions that lay around the, crown sides of coque of the same tana color. SMART 'CUAPEALX Gilk and satin are combined with straw leghorn or tape and made njio smart- cnapeaux witnout any definite style to refer to as a leader. But re are becoming used to this not since Paris ceased to exercise absolute saaersniphave we had defimto-and fixed -fashions of any kind. CREPE AND SHJv EFFECTIVELY USED . f,lc. i trepe ana suk is used and one very striking model which v. bjiu. tiupe nau Droaa Drim, wide on the left side, short Moai;. ana ironi ana meaiura wnath. on tile right side. The crown was block ru ami cuveiea mm me material and had a most unsual, soft fold aroun the 'edge 'Of the flat top of the crown. This was more striking than beauti ui, ana -wouia not De lound becoming to any but a most unusual type. v.w,.u.a,b w Lj.w- vuiui ui me wuvtirjijg was a oana 01 saxe blue moire ribbon that passed half way around the base of the crown, the bias ends : seing tacked back in careless fashion, and at the back a tailored bow re posed calmly. Tiny pink rosebuds are tacked here and there on the rib- Don. ; LEAGUE PLANS SPLENDID COURSE ON GOVERNMENT Speakers Are All Promi nent Men of This City. FINE PROGRAM FOR ART LEAGUE College Club Hears Most Illuminating Lec-utre. Leafy Spring Hat With Harem Veil EteMijfSn Mrs. Samuel M. Hawley will be the hostess for the regular meeting of the Luncheon Club, of which she s a member, at her home on Brook lawn avenue, tomorrow afternoon. The club is working on garments for the Fatherless Children of France. Mrs. L. K. Gould was the hostess for the regular meeting of the Wed nesday Morning Art Club at her home on Lafayette street. . Letter From Miss Helen Ogden Y. W.C. A. Worker In Russia . (Miss Helen Ogden is an Orange, N. J., gM who started for Russia to do Y. W. G. A. Cafeteria work m October. r Pre- ious to her going she managed a hotel for three summers, and was for a time physical director in .Horace Mann school.' She is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University.), eomtior 2nd. lar system '. in Russia about-, such "I m sorry you have been worried WASHINGTON'S irmi unT fSLHU HUl SCANTY The New Clothes - It seems, in fact, that one must either be severely tailored this year, or X laintily frilled. There are, few of the half way blouses to be found any lace, most of the manufacturers jumping from one extreme to the other. K.n attractively feminine blouse of flesh colored Georgette is simply made Pith nothing but a fichu, crossed in front in surplice style for trimming. The !ichu is trimmed by inset lines of Valenciennes insertion, and a little ruffle ' f fin net footing and there are turn over cuffs to match. Another blouse it the same material has a vest and collar and cuffs of tucked cream color U net, also finished by ruffles of narrow Valenciennes lace. Not many stripes are wanted yet. The principal demand is for checks and plaids, lint these are proing In a variety of colorings, including blues, tans, reds, greens and yellow and such combinations as can be made with, these colorings. ; Glove-silk is now said to be engaging the attention of the French hand trorkera who formerly-devoted their efforts to lingerie. The result is a lav fehness of decoration that sets a new mark in decorative treatment so far is this material is concerned; and which is full of promise for domestic roods, as .the prices of these imported garments should have an educative ffect-onthe buying public. A square flat collar of crepe de chine Is ftnuihed at the edges by pipings of satin. Other shapes are banded In Georgette, the Geor gette joined by double rows of hemstitching set closely together to give the effect point Turtpie. Were the Father of His Country to come to life and dine "or take tea amongst us he might feel that there was something lacking in our hispi tality. For in the days of the revo lution, although there was a food shortage at times there was no very general feeling that bread and bullets were of equal importance nor did the great general and leader find It necessary to call for meatless and wheatless days. In fact, if contem porary accounts may be believed the revolutionary heroes dined sumptu ously compared to the mode of patri otic folk nowadays. A dinner given by George Wash ington during the days of the revolu tion is thus described by one of his French guests: "The repast was in English fashion, composed of eight or 10 large dishes both of butchers' rn,eat and chicken, accompanied by Vegetables of different sorts and fol lowed by a second course of pastries, comprising everything under the two denominations of pyes and powdings.' After these two courses tney removed the tablecloth and served apples and a quantity of nuts, which George Washington generally ate for two hours, meanwhile proposing toasts and indulging in conversation. "These nuts," the French guesf Went on to say, "are small, dry and covered with so hard a shell that only a hammer can hreak them; they are served half open an'd are then picked out and eaten." The writer tells us that at about half past seven the servants came in to shorten the table and on inquiring the reason he was told they were .getting ready for supper, which was to follow in side of an hour. However, we' are told by another French observer that in staying so long at table, "he had but one object that pleasure of conversation which distracted him from his Wor ries and rested him from his labors." Another observer of the table of Washington pointed out that meat and vegetables were served together on 'the same platter and that the salad dressing contained vinegar but no oil. In planning your Washington day menu you might have difficulty in selecting a dinner similar to the din ners given by Washington, because we do not eat such heavy meals nor. so many meats nowadays. However it might not be so difficult to base a Washington birthday tea or a tea party of Washington's day. Here is description of such a tea party as vritten by the French traveler Saint Mery: A mahogany table is brought and placed in front of the dispenser of tea. Silver vessels contain coffee, and hot water which weakens the coffee or serves to clean the cups. A servant brings in on a silver tray the cups, the sugar bowl, the cream jugs, pats of butter and smoked meat, which are offered to each individual, and with which she must cover her lap. Under the auspices of the Bridge port Equal Franchise League classes in Civil government are to be held through the means, of a series of six lectures by prominent men of this city in the sun parlor of The Strat field. The members of the League feel that the time will soon come when the women will have the vote and that in the intervening time they should familiarize themselves with the system of government so that they can exercise their newly acquired privilege with intelligence. ' Mrs. Samuel C. Shaw is at the head of the local league and with the members of the executive committee worked cut this plan. The first of the lectures is to be given on Monday evening, Feb. 25, at The Stratfield, at 8 o'clock, and the speaker of the evening will be Judge John S. Pullman. His topic is to be "General View of National, State and Municipal Government" On Tuesday evening, March' 5, the speaker will be Mayor Clifford B. Wil son and his topic will be "City and Town Government." -It is a subject on which Mayor Wilson is well quali fied to speak and his remarks should be most enlightening. John T. King is to be the next speaker and his lecture will come on Monday evening, March 11. He will speak on "The Machinery of Elec tion." t On Monday evening, March 18, Samuel C. Shaw will address thT League members and friends, for the meetings are open to all who wish to attend the course, on "State Govern ment." Judge William H. Comley is to speak on Tuesday evening, March 26, on "National and State Judicial Systems." The last meeting in the course comes on Tuesday evening, April 2, and at this time Jacob B. Klein, for long years a most successful attorney in this city, will speak on "Has the American Form of Government Prov ed Successful?" Wth all the earmarks of spring indicating the season of the year it is best suited for, this hat bounteously covered with leaves and a stem effect of ribbon, ' is suitable for practically every face. The shape is simple and the brim of transparent lace with the underdrop of tulle in harem veil effect makes a most unusual and dainty in ovation. The underdrop is attached to the hat and goes three-quarters of the way around. . DEHYDRATION LUNCH SERVED The benefit whist recently held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Har ris at Devon was a great success, so cially and financially; a neat sum of $68 being realized which will go to ward the new Catholic church, which is to be erected in the near future. The house was tastefully decorated with flags and bunting. Cake and coffee were served and Miss Irene Shallue of Bridgeport furnished the music for the occasion. The price winners were as follows: Ladies, 1st, Miss Lola Tyrrell; 2nd Mrs. J. Holt; 3rd Mrs. H. Hammond; 5th Mrs. Carl ton; 6th Miss Anna Hearn; consola tion Miss May Eade. Gentlemen, 1st, D. J. Sullivan; 2nd Rev. J. Heller; 3rd J. Kamerling; 4th C. O. Matthews; 5th J. Carley; 6th S. Robbins and con solation J. Donnelly. A-n elaborate luncheon of dehydrat ed food staples was given January 21 at the' Hotel Biltmore, New York, by the Greenwich Garden Club, of Green wich, Conn., service and cooking be ing donate! by John- iM-cE. Bowfean, who is now with the United States Food Administration. Sixty-five per sons attended, the purpose of the luncheon -being to . demonstrate ad vancement of dehydrating. The menu was as follows: Coquille of Shrimp Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce Candied Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Cauliflower Au Gratin Irish Potatoes, Mashed Pickled Beet Salad Pumpkin Pie Apple Pie ' Coffee Tea Everything on the menu, with the exception of the turkey, coffee, and tea, was prepared from dehydrated materials, dried by one of the ' latest processes developed in this country, a process entirely mechanical, no chemicals toeing used and nothing be ing taken from the products but wa ter, which is accomplished without in jury to the cell structure, so that upon immersion in water the dehydrated product is restored with full flavor and nutriment. It was the intention to 'iiave dehydrated beefsteak 'on the menu, hut a sufficient quantity could not be secured in time, although a small portion was prepared as an ex hibit. This luncheon was held at the suggestion of Dr. David Fairchild, of the Department of Agriculture, and the test which guests were asked to apply was, "tDo these new foods look good, taste good, and contain the re quisite food values?" The general opinion of those wlw partook of the dishes was that they were inpistin-euisha-ble from first quality fresh products. .... about me. I just heard today that you had cabled, but it has been im possible to get messages out of Mos cow. First the wires were down. When they were -fixed there was such a rush that private messages couldn't be sent over them. "We are living in a large room that has jthree bullet holes through the glass of the outside sash. It is not very well heated from tl e point of view of our nice warm -, American houses, but it is all right from the European standpoint.. After wTe ensagred OJr room- we went in search of our trunks, which we found had come through all right' a large piece of good luck. We had a great hunt through the 'mazes of a Russian station, looking wildly through the most jumbel aisles of boxes, bundles and crates that you can imagine. . "As there was no devolution going on, we soon had them out on a sleigh, but we did have a moment of trouble, for we had dropped a useless looking piece of paper about the size or a pos tage stamp, and it seemed it was nec essary to produce it before we could take the trunks out of the building. "However, i was found, and all was well. " It seems they have a regu- things. It is a rather good one, too, "if one could only find out what it is and how works. , . 4 We have just usea our iirst samo var, iou nave no mea. now nice a samovar is .It steams away on the table : and has something the effect of an open fire. : And one drinks cup after cup of hot water colored with a little tea. However, we make cooba and coffee whenever we can, and we do have the best suppers. "You see, we breakfast about nine. dine about two and have supper any time between nine- or ten "There seems to be more food in Moscow than in Petrograd, although things are very high. We have had both butter and' milk since we eaine here' and really more bread than We could eat, so the food prospect V'is hopeful. "Everyone predicts more , trouble. Undoubtedly it will come, but foreign ers are pretty well off. Indeed, two of the bank men here have board and lodging free, for the protection they are to the people's property. ' - k "Please do not worry about me any more than you can help. Of, course, I know from your end everything must seem hopeless over l.er-, but in reality we live along comfortably. , "The work goes on and we do seem to be filling a need. John Lund, M. A., will give a series of free lectures at the Bridgeport High school Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings on "Historic Back grounds of the Great War." These lectures are part of a nation wide edu cational program. One evening each week will be given over to a review of current happenings in the world. HOUSEHOLD HINTS 11 Provide on Saturday for Monday, so as not to take tip time in cooking and running errands on washing day. To prevent pails from shrinking sat rrate pails and tubs -with glycerine md they will not shrink. To -keep flies oft cilt frame, boil five miona in a pint of water anidi apply fith oft brush. GUt frames varnish with copal var (ish and tbey may 'be washed at any Lme without injury. .' To remove old putty from window fames pass a red-hot poker slowly tver it' and it will come off easily. To soften hard water twil a piece of tialk and that will soften hard spring tater. i . , Save water in which potatoes have ben boiled with a little salt, let it be come sour, which it will do in a few days; heat and wash the articles with a woolen cloth, rinsing in pure water;' dry and polish with chamois leather. Never allow a particle of soap to touch your silverware. For wiping silver, an old linen tablecloth cut up in a piece of convenient size, hemmed and marked "Silver," is very nice. Dried potata 6kin ran be used if soaked out. The program for the regular meet ing of the Bridgeport Art League to morrow afternoon in the. League rooms, is to be military in nature. The different numbers will be a sur prise to the members, so no announce. ment is to be made in regard to them. It is promised that the numbers will be most interesting and all members are advised to be present. Despite Ithe inclement weather there was a very large attendance at the meeting of the College Club held last evening at the new home of the Y. W. C. A., on Golden Hill street. Miss Gertrude Tubby, secretary to Prof. James Hvslop, the secretary of the Society for Tsychical Research was the speaker of the evening and delivered a most interesting discourse. She was capably introduced by Lynn Wilson, who took the place of Mayor Wilson, who was called out of town, She told in detail the work of Prof. Hyslop, related a number of inter- teresting experiences with discarnate bodies as she termed them, and sub mitted some of the proofs that the society has had. WHY THE RUSSIAN WOMEN VOLUNTEER i Reliable Recipes CIICOLATE BREAD PUDDING To one cup stale bread crumbs add boiling milk till they are a smooth paste; add a heaping tablespoon of butter, another of grated chocolate sweet ened, sugar to taste and 1-2 teaspoon of vanilla. Cook, add 3 eggs beaten separately putting yolks in first. Bake in a buttered pudding dish and serve hot with cream. APPLE DUMPLINGS One pint of flour, 1 scant teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt, 1-2 cup of lard rubbed in as you would for piecrust, and mix with water. Roll out about as large as a saucer. Pare and core 1 apple for each and fold the edges of the crust up around it and bake. The other is the old fashioned kind that my grandma used to make. Grease a basin and rolUout a good short biscuit dough about half an inch thick and large enough to line the basin and hang over the edge. Fill with pared and cored apples and fold the crust over them, leaving a little space in the center. Steam until the apple is soft. Serve with any sweet sauce. SPANISH CREAM Soak 1 even tablespoon of granulated gelatine in 1-2 cup of cold water and heat m a double boiler with-1 pint of milk, 1-2 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt. Beat the whites of 2 eggs stiff and slide into another bowl for fu ture use: - Now beat the 2 yolks in the first bowl before washing the beater (in order,, that you may not lose any of the beaten white of egg clinging to the beater and the side of the bowl.) Now blend carefully the hot mixture in the double boiler with the yolks and boil until you have a thick custard. Pour into another bowl; let stand until it stops steaming, then add 1-2 lea spoon of vanilla and the whites of the eggs. Set in a cool place and forget it: until dinner time. SWOLLEN POND BREAKS LEVEE SWEET PEAS, VIOLETS, TULIPS, DAFFODILS.. i JOHN KECK A SON. ( Moodus Conn., Feb. 20 Under ice pressure anidi water swollen by last night's heavy rain, 50 feet of the em bankment of the Williams duck mill pond broke early today. The com pany had government orders, but work will not be interrupted as the mill has equipment to run by elec tricity. . It will take a month to re pair the damage. The money loss is not great, probably less than $2,000. Two persons were killed toy the ex plosion of a boiler at the Republic Iron & Steel Co.,. East Chicago. Four Montreal telephone girls are going to France to serve with the American, army to operate telephones. Mrs. James Rourke, in charge of the programs of moving pictures for children which have been given at the Lyric on Saturday mornings, has an nounced that the performances at that theatre have been discontinued as they were not paying The com mittee of which she is chairman, also feels that in these times extra thea trical performances are rather out of place. Through the courtesy of Manager Lund of the West End thea tre, arrangements have been made for the Saturday afternoon performance at his attractive theatre. Mr. Lund has agreed that the members of the committee shall have the privilege of selecting the films for this perform ance, so that in the end the good work that this committee is doing will go on just the same. The commit tee feels that Manager Lund is en titled to a great deal of credit for his offer. . An American woman who spent over a fortnight with the Women s Battalion of Death in Russia tells' in the March Woman's Home Compan ion what led them o volunteer. She says: Many had joined the regiment be cause they sincerely believed that the honor, and even the existence, of Eus sai were at stake and that nothing but a great human sacrifice could save her. Some, like Bachkarova, in the days of the Siberian village, had simply come to the point where anything was better than the dreary drudgery and the drearier waiting of life as ..they lived it. . Personal troubles had driven some of them out of their homes and on to the battle line. One girl, a Japanese, said tragically when I asked her rea son for joining, 'My reasons are so many that I would rather not tell them.' "There was a Cossack girl from this Ural Mountains, fifteen years old, with soft, brown, questioning eyes and deep, . rich color tinting her dark cheeks. Her father and two brothers had been killed early in the war. Soon after, her mother, who was a nurse, had died from the effects of a Ger man bomb thrown upon the hospital where she was working. She was ab solutely alone in the world. "'What else is left for me?" she asked with a pathetic droop to her strong young shoulders. "Two girls, Red Cross nurses, who had already been decorated four or five times for service to their country said they had seen too many brave men suffer and die for Russia to be willing to see her sacrificed now on the Kaiser's altar, ', . "One serious-looking woman who took no -part in any of our frivolities carried a photograph in her kit-bag. It was the picture of her husband who is a prisoner in Austria holding a small boy on his lap. The child had died the week before the regi ment was formed, and there were oth er things that robbed danger of all its sting for her. "On a cord around each girl's neck was a collection of sacred medals and a tiny cloth pouch, whose contents J had speculated upon " "What, will you do if you are tak en prisoner?' I asked Skridlova one day. - " 'No one of us will ever be taken alive,' she answered, and pulled out the little gray pouch. ,'It is the strong est and surest kind there is,' she said.' Birthday Bio-Briefs , FAMOUS WOMEN. To Parents and Teachers Get Your Children to Read This - Instructive Daily Feature. LOUISA VICTORIA DAG MAR. The Princess Royal, Louisa Victoria Alexandra Dagmar, Duchess of Fife, celebrates her 51st birthday today, as she was born Feb. 20, 1867, being the eldest of the three daughters of the late King Edward VIII. and Queen Alexandra. Facetious Englishmen have long called her "Her Royal Shy ness because of her timidity and nervousness. She is a little less than two years the junior of her brother, King George V., and about two years the senior of her sister, Queen Maud of Norway. She became the bride of the Duke of Fife in 1889, her hus band dying in 1912. For years the Princess Royal and her two lovely daughters, Alexandra Victoria Maud Alexandra, were known as Three Graces." and The Strict qualifications are required of all officials in Russia now, and no one is allowed to hold office unless he can prove absolutely that he. is a natural born fool. MAKE YOUR MAID'S ROOM CHEERFUL Give your maid's room thought and care and you will find that she will work the better for it. Pleasant sur roundings have an agreeable effect on everybody and make us more cheer ful The cook and the waitress are human, after all, and like pretty things as well as the rest of us The third floor back is a tempting dumping ground for old, dilipidated furniture, but it really doesn't pay. Instead of the cheap, double, oak bed, give your maid a single one (it is easier made), in gray enamel. Have the torn, dirty paper removed from the walls, and paint them a soft gray or buff. Don't use a carpet on the floor. It cannot be taken up and cleaned prop erly. Rag rugs are better, and the floor might be stained a dark mahog any. An arm chair is nice, with a cre tonne cushion in a dark stripe. The curtains should be made of dimity or other soft white material. Not the floor length .kind, but little sash curtains with, perhaps, a val lance. A dressing table and chiffon ier finished in gray to match the bed would complete the furnishing You would be proud to show the new maid such a neat, cosey room, and most of us,' nowadays, have to show a girl in oftener than we care to admit See if she doesn't stay longer with a room like this in which to sleep. And don't work her toO hard, so 'she will have some off time in which to use the arm chair! BOLD CONTRASTS DISPLAYED IN BROCKS There is no doubt in the minds of the ' well-dressed that the ; feature which makes the majority of this sea son's frocks Jook different from those of last year is the bold contrast dis played both in the colors and weights ' of materials chosen. This contrast may express itself in various ways, but usually the two materials are about evenly balanced, which means that the contrast is not just a matter of trimming. . Often the difference in color and material for bodice and- skirt gives almost a shirtwaist appearance, as in the evening gown, with its black sat in skirt and severe little bodice of pink-spangled chiffon. ;There is enough jet banding on the bodice to relate it to the girdled skirt' herej but the effect of a blouse js present just the same. , .' . : : t j The same thing " might be : said .-of that very smart afternoon gown, with the basque of light blue broadcloth, and skirt , . of -black: t satin. This basque, with its long Wrinkled waist line, is quite a prominent feature of new frocks. Just to prove that the skirt and basque belong together, there is a collar of the satin and two lined - stoles attached at. the normal waistline of the basque. Even the sports dress shows con trast, and in a different way from what has been the custom in sports clothes. Here is a crepe de chine frock, with a middy blouse of tan over a white skirt. Again skirt and waist are related by white pipings on the tan and tan on the white. That neckline is worth a second look; also the outlining of the seams on the skirt with the darker material. Satin in two colors, old rose and black, makes a strong contrast in the afternoon gown built on chemise lines. By carrying the lighter shade into the skirt to hip length, equal honors are given to the two mater ials. Self-toned embroidery trims the old rose and introduces an unusua! touch in the spiral banding on the sleeve. Evening dresses gain their contrast mostly by the use of a striking bodice on a plain colored skirt, as witness the dark blue satin, with its ribbon bod ice of bright green, and the lovely creation which features a new com bination of colors, magenta, and what might be termed a medieval blue. The girdle here does the contrast trick again. -....'.-. SWEET PEAS. VIOLETS. TULIPS, DAFFODILS. JOHN KECK St SON.