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Tuesday, January 3, 1905.
PROGRESSIVE FARMER AND COTTON PLANT. OUR SOCIAL CHAT All letters Intended for this department honld be addressed to Aunt Jennie," care of The Progressive Farmer, Raleigh, N. O. Aunt Jennie's Letter. To-day we extend to you our New Year's greeting and wish for each of you a happy and prosperous twelve month. Good resolutions are in or der; hut tome on has said that they are useless. Now I beg to differ with that person, for they are based on pood impulses, even if not always steadfastly founded. Every aspira tion to better things is a step toward perfection. Even if it is taken fal teringly and we find ourselves falling because of human weakness, it does not or ought not to prevent our try ing again. Did you ever know a person who succeeded in anything worth" while who simply gave up the job and sat content with folded hands? And did you ever know a person who was an entire failure who always tried to succeed, provided his was a worthy motive? We know that the year will not pass without its trials. All the years that are now numbered with the things that were, have taught us this fact; but have trials not added to strength and to knowledge of how to face facts bravely? Do we not know on Whom to call when earthly strength fails us, and all seems dark and we cannot find the way to the light? And so when prosperity has blind ed us to the woes of our fellow be ings. The poor envy the rich; but they do not know how the rich long for the genuine heart-happiness known only to those of moderate means. A little is so much to the poor and much is so little to the rich. A pathetic little picture was that of the little boy standing sur rounded by innumerable toys, alone, an only child of wealthy parents: his little hands empty and an inde scribable longing depicted on his beautiful face, a craving for mutual appreciation of his beautiful gifts. No mother's gentle presence, no father's smile, no brother's or sis ter's alone in- that elegantly fur nished room with only those inani mate toys. Another picture seen re cently was of several children happy in the possession of a few treasures sent them by that mysterious old Saint whom they loved. Their pres ents were few, but you would smile unconsciously as you contemplated the pleasure they had afforded them. This year' promises to be the most successful we have known in the So cial Chat corner; for many have joined us who promise to contribute regularly, and we are here to talk, even if we do say silly things occa sionally. You remember the old ad age, "A little nonsense now and then is" relished by the wisest men." All of us would like a letter from "Net tie Cross." Her bright, breezy con tributions were always enjoyed. Where are you, Nettie? Jennie Ac ton has not let us hear from her in quite a while. Now I happened to think of these two who have helped us smile; but I want each of you to know that we would be delighted to have a letter from you if you have ever written. And if you have not written, this is an invitation for you to do so at once. "The more, the merrier," you know, and our roll book is not yet full. So many notes of encouragement have reached us recently that I take this opportunity to thank the writers of all of them. AUNT JENNIE. Making the Children Happy. Dear Aunt Jennie: This Christ mas season when the children's hearts beat with fond anticipations, visions of "sugar plums," candy and toys, the hanging up of stockings, the coming of "Santa Claus," etc., all combine to fill and animate their dear little hearts. And while I think they should be taught the meaning of Christmas, and its time honored customs, I do not think it should be spent in revelry and dis sipation, but in hearty reunions and in deeds of kindness. It is the time for "peace and good will toward men." I know it is the time of all times when the "small boy" becomes noisy, as are all the little ones. In Sweden, according to travellers who have lived in that country, it is a house hold custom to provide rooms where the children may go and cry and scream, and make all the noise they need to. In all other parts of the house they are expected to be quiet and mindful of the presence of their elders. We must not let our hearts grow old as the years roll by, but try to be patient and bear the sudden noisy shouts of happy laughter. Let them romp too; we enjoyed it when we were children, and childhood at best is short, and when we are peaceful ly sleeping under the daisies, these lads and lassies will take our places, and be trying the stern realities of life. Remember, happiness is conta gious; if we make others happy we cannot resist its blessed influence. Therefore do not rob them of the sweet memory of a happy childhood, but make home bright for the little ones and older ones as well. Parents sometimes comnlain that their boys and girls had rather spend their evenings anywhere else than at home. When I hear such a com plaint it always occurs to me that the chief trouble may be in the fact that they do not make home a pleas ant place for their children. Is it cheerful at the hearth and at the table? Are they bright and cheer ful, or are they silent, moody and unsociable? Are the children fur nished with proper supply of books, papers, magazines and other means of amusement and improvement, as their natures require? Does the mother make friends and confidants of her daughters, or does she mere ly dole out to them food and cloth ing? Do the parents, in short, sym pathize in the joys and griefs, the hopes and fears of their children,- or do they ignore all that is most es sential to the happiness and general culture of childhood? Teach the children to find more satisfaction in their homes, and they will agree with the little boy who has asked what sort of home he liked; his response was ; "The sort of home it's nice to go to." If our domestic arrangements encourage that result, we shall not be obliged to .worry over the "problem of keeping the boys and girls at home. It does not mean an undisciplined home: that is quite as uncomfortable for the children as for the parents. But a co-operative home, where the children feel that they, too, have rights and duties in securing the mutual happiness of the entire household, is "the sort of home it's nice to go to." Wishing Aunt Jennie and Social Chat, and all the dear children a happy New Year, "REBECCA." Onslow Co.. N. C. Nearness to Nature and to Nature's God. Dear Aunt Jennie: Thanksgiving is our one great American Home Festival. I had almost said, Farm ers' Home Festival; but I will have to let the town and city people have a part of it though it cannot mean half so much to them as to us. To be sure they can go to the stores, or perhaps telephone for them to send up a turkey and some canned pumpkin and some canned mince-meat and some potatoes, sweet and Irish, and some cranberries, and all the other "fixin's", and they can get up a fine dinner, or have the cook do so, and have it served in fine style and eat a little of it and pay the bills and have the doctor call next morning and, perhaps, be thankful. I don't wonder that they feel, as a town friend of mine once said to me, "I don't see any sense in thank ing the Lord for my meals before I eat them when I earned all this my self." Poor things! I pity them. What do they know of real life ? How dif ferent when the farmer goes out with his wife and looks over the poultry, selecting the finest young turkey, or largest chickens to make the famous chicken pie! Calling to mind as they do so "What a time we had rais ing those turkeys." "What a smart scamp that chicken was from the very shell." And as they go to the cellar "or potato house, they may well think, "We wouldn't have had such fine potatoes this year if it had not been' for those fine rains just when they were setting." "Do you re member how this apple tree was loaded?" Everywhere they turn they are re minded of the great goodness of God to them not to the world or the na tion only, but to them direct; for we must recognize the fact that in our glorious calling Paul's metaphor of spiritual things is literally true: "Paul may plant and Apollos water but God gives the increase."- No matter how well our work may be done, without His blessing it is void. In view of these things and our close and constant fellowship with our glorious Creator, I can hardly see how any farmer can be other than an enthusiastic servant of God. How much indeed we have to be thankful for, and how easy it is for us to see the direct connection be tween each gift and the loving hand of the Divine Giver. H. M. D. An Inquiry and an Answer. Dear Aunt Jennie: I would like to chat a little, so please let me come in. Nemo, I waited for some one else to answer your question, but they have not done so. The song-book wa3 published by Ruebush, Kieffer Co., Dayton, Va., in 1886. There are only eight stanzas, but all of the commandments. Will some of you please tell me why my collard stalks all rot, and how to keep them froni doing this. I have lost mine two years in succes sion. Sometimes the stalks are hol low and the collards fall over. Please tell me how to save them and oblige, AUNT MEL. Wayne Co., N. C. The Winter Fashions. The definite changes in fashion to be noted affect the bodice and sleeves, the bust being raised, the lines of the waist fitted and the shoulders wide and high. The grace ful full skirt has had a long reign, and now we have as a possibility panelled skirts with short overskirts in panier style. These are, in fact, promised for spring. The dart is back again the old fashioned seam that runs in pairs at each side of the bodice front and fits it to the figure like a glove as is also the designs showing straight er sleeves, which bring the curves at the waist-line into greater promi nence. This season the separate wrap forms more than ever an import ant part of a complete outfit, and it is essential that the wrap should harmonize perfectly with the gen eral " color scheme if it does not match exactly the shade of the dress. The dolman, which found its way into favor last spring, has been given a definite place. Indeed, the big sleeve vogue, the end of which is not yet, finds use for cape and flowing sleeve effects. Even in dressy bodices is the leg-o'-muttom sleeve intro duced, and the softly drawn-down ef fects have displaced the exaggerated blouse modes formerly in vogue. From The Delineator .for January. -Bad grocer confesses his badness by selU ing bad lamp chimneys. Macbeth. You need to know how to manage your lamps to have comfort with them at small cost. Better read my Index ; I send it free. Macbeth, Pittsburgh.