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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1913.
.The gee'g Jne Mafaz.irp age 4 t i Callers- How to Entertain in the Evening A Popular Song Drawn for The Bee by Nell Brinkley :Copjrlhl, 111), Inlratloiwl KVt Smlfe.s By Virginia Tcrhuno Van Dowattor. "I wish wo could spend our evenings as you used to when you were young." sighed a matron to her mother. "When you had callers In the evening all you had to do was to chat with themj now when one has guests one must do some thing to entertain them." The condition which sh.e deplored ex ists In many circles but not In all. Talk, as a thing by Itself, has been superseded by bridge or by cards In some fqrm. If one does not play bridge one simply Is "not In It." "Why don't you learn bridge?" was asked of one woman. "Because." she replied honestly, "I have no time to play." Were she less busy she would learn. As she does not she Is seldom thought of whon any of her friends plan an after noon together for they wlSh to have games of cards. A few weeks ago a so ciety woman called her up. "Do you and your husband play bridge?" she asked. "No, unfortunately, we do not," was the reply. "Oh, that Is too bad I" the society woman Bald regretfully. "I was planning to have some nice people In to dinner next Thursday night and we want to play auction bridge afterwardi I am more than sorry that you can't be with us." The busy woman hung Tip the receiver with a smile bred of an amusement that would have been Incomprehensible to the bridge devotee. She the nonplaycr spent five whole minutes musing on the truth that since she, herself, did not In dulge In the fashionable pastime, thorn were certain people who would count her and her husband as social lnellglbtes. But the smllo remained as sho appreciated tho fact that there wore other things bet ter than bridge and that In her own set of delightful acquaintances they were many who could pass a pleasant evening together, although ono might not to quota the matron mentioned do some thing to entertain them." For, pessimists to the contrary, not withstanding, there are still those who enjoy such an evening as has been mourned as a part of "the tender gracn of a day that Is dead," and who talk well and enjoy talking. "When your friends come in to spend the evening with you, what do you do?" asked a bridge devotee of a very con tented woman. "Why, wo talk," was the saUsfled reply. "Talk? But what about?" "Oh, about everything! And we never get talked out!" Undoubtedly there are so many and such absorbing interesting things to dis cuss that rtnn tiaaiI kiiY.v. - , wuu4 JJUUOU lor n, subject. OX course, there are various" bl.Ji - M . . l conversation some brilliant, some interesting, some personal and stupid, in a recent novel a girl In a Parisian restaurant discusses with a man food and conversation. . "Hadn't he noticed, she asked . in private nouses' everywhere how the dishes always resembled the talk-how the very same platitudes seemed to go Into people's mouths that came out of them? sho always thought It a good sign when people liked Irish stew; it meant that they enjoyed changes and surprises and taking life as It came; and such a beautiful Parisian version of the dish as the navarln that was Just being set beforo them was like the very best kind of talk-tho kind when one could never tell beforehand Just what was go ing to be said!" There Is little doubt that this Is the most delightful and piquant kind of talk "When one can never tell beforehand Just what Is going to be said!" Talkers have been divided into three classes those who talk of themselves, thoso who talk about other people and those who talk of things. Certainly the last class are the most entertaining as a rule. Really there are times when we may be excused,, perhaps, for talking about ourselves and one such time is when the person., who happens or elects to be our companion draws us on to do so. It he 'is really so much interested that he wants t6 hear what wo have to say of our occupations, our likes and dislikes, perhaps wo should humor him always to a limited extent; If, on the other hand, he Is so Insincere as to urge us to talk about that In which he feels no Interest and .encourages us to be egotistical simply to flatter us then It may be well to make his punUhmont fit his crime and talk of our pursuits, our alms and ambitions even to Indulge In that most delightful of pastimes to tho worker who loves his work and "talk shop." A bore- has been defined as one who talks so much about himself and his affairs that he gives no time to us to talk about ourselves and pur affairs. If this be true and In many cases It Is may It not bo well (except with Intimate friends whom we know do not bore) for us to limit our conversation to the third class of talk mentioned namely, that about things? If we succeed, surely this kind of con versation will prove almost as Interest ing to nonbrldge-players as dors that fas cinating game to Its devotees. Aged, Wrinkled Faces Easily Rejuvenated (From The Beauty Seeker.) An aged face Is often only a mask to a comparatively youthful person. Beneath Is a countenance young and fair to look upon. It's a simple matter to remove the mask. Ordinary mercollred wax, to be had at any drug store, gradually absorbs the worn out surface skin; In a week or two the user has the loveliest pinky white complexion imaginable. An ounce of the wax usually Is sufficient to com plete the transformation. It Is put on at night like cold cream and taken off In the morning with warm water. This remarkable treatment is Invariably effective, no matter how muddy, sallow or discolored the complexion. Freckles, moth patches, liver spots, pimples, black heads and other cutaneous blemishes, naturally vanish with the discarded skin. To remove wrinkles, here Is a reclite that cannot be too highly recommended- Powdered saxollte, 1 ox., dissolved in H pint witch hazel. Use as a wash lotion. It acta Instantaneously and Is wondcr- xuuy effective. Advertisement, -Nell Brinkley Says - Thoy call It "I Love You." The Kings of Babylon and the slaves by tho river sang It with equal fervor. In fairyland they know It. Adam, brought. It homo to Bvo and sang it tirelessly. On the plaintive "uku- 1 lolo" of soft-aired Hawaii they have played It since the Isles were' born. Steel and Iron-clad men of the rough days of chivalry caroled it to tho maids they met from tho broad backs of their dray horses. Cleopatra whined It In her honey-sweet voice to dull-witted Antony. In tho back woods of Tennessee they know It In tho gray, melancholy uplands of wild Thibet rough-haired youths whisper It to bead-strung Blant-eyed girls. In the hidden corner of the music room, screened in splkos of fruit blossoms, a smart young chap hums It to a girl who never twisted up her own hair in nor lire, and out in tho country, In an orchard, on tho top rail of a gray old worm fonco, a boy in a blue "Jumper" chants It to n girl in a pink Bunbonnot shading hor sun browned cheeks. Oh, it's a popular song everybody knows It and every body always did know it , An American Mystery How the Opening of the Panama Canal Will Aid Greatly to Historical Research By 'GARRETT P. SERVISS. After the Panama canal Is opened we may begin to learn the true history of ancient America. Many readers may be unaware that this new world, as we call it, contains one of the oldest of all historical myster ies, and, In fact. the very oldest. If as some maintain, it forms a direct connection with the story of the lost continent of Atlan tis. Burled In the trop-i. leal Jungles of C e n t ral America there are the ruins of once splendid cities, whose remains of a gigantic archi tecture are covered with hieroglyphics more puzzling tnan tnose 01 ancient Kgypt, for no man has yet succeeded In discovering a complete key to their meaning, They guard their secret more Jealously than the Sphinx. -Their origin Is ascribed to a practically vanished race called the Mayas, related to the Aztecs of Montezuma's .empire, but far excelling the ancient Mexicans In everything except warlike power. The ruins of their temples at Polenque, Copan, Peten and elsewhere, excite the wonder of the traveler, and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate carving that can anywhere be found. They had not only an exquisite picture language, but also a written language, of which undecipherable manuscripts yet exist. They built about forty towns, con nected by stone-paved roads. They had a postal system, conauciea oy means 01 swift-footed carriers who ran from town to town over the paved roadways. Some times they were at war with one another, and then armies marched to battle on tho same roads. They were skilful agriculturists, and cultivated broad fields, which are now overgrown with mossy trees and tangled vines and shrubs. They raised cotton and wove It Into garments. They made beautiful ornaments of gold and of semi precious stones, and were more skilful even than the Aztecs in feather work. The designs carved on their buildings and ornamental, or symbolic, structures are of great beauty and astonishing perfec tion in detail. They covered the walls of rooms with brilliant paintings on stucco. Strange, to say, the people believed to be descended from these Mayas are un able to throw any light upon the history of their supposed ancestors. All their civilization has vanished, and with. It, ap parently, all memory of tho ancient splen dors of the race. Some of the figures carved by the Mayas bear such striking resemblance to similar things found In the ancient ruins of the old world that the suggestion has been made that a connection formerly existed across the Atlantto ocean, and this Is the origin of the theory that the ancestors of the Mayas dwelt on the fabled continent of Atlantis, which Plato heard had been sunk in the western ocean ages before his time. One of the strangest facts about the ancient, land of the Mayas has recently been callod to attention by Dr. Ellsworth Huntington. It is this: At present the whole district possesses a climate so warm, moist and debilitating that It Is al niose the worst . place on the globe for human habitation. The ruins of the ancient cities, Instead of lying amid deserts, and under a burning sun, as hap pens with most of the abandoned capitals of the east, are so overgrown with tan gled vegetation and enveloped in fever stricken swamps that some of them are nearly unapproachable. The conclusion Is that within the last 2,000 years, a vast change of climate has occurred In that part of America, and that In the days of Mayan civilization the earth's cllmatlo zones were shitted In such a manner that the land occupied by this remarkable people enjoyed very different atmospheric conditions from thoie that prevail there now. Peten, one of their most Important cities, which has not yet been well explored on account of the difficulties of approach, lies In the midst of a region which i, at present, very sparsely peopled, and where It would be impossible to cultivate the land as It was cultivated In the days of the Mayas. Only by such a supposition, It Is thought, can a rational explanation be found for the fact that tho highest naUve civilization that this continent has de veloped before the white man came, was centered about a location which Is now a deadened and almost uninhabitable wil derness. When the Panama canal has become a great highway, and the attention of the world has been turned upon Its sur roundings, fresh light la likely to be thrown upon this fascinating mystery. Then the Mayan hieroglyphics may be read In full, and a hidden chapter of American history thrown open. The Manioure Lady By WILLIAM F. KIRK "Me and brother "Wilfred, spent a weok end up In the country, and I have Just come back," said the Manicure Lady. "I would rather than not spend all my week ends tn the country, George, because the air Is so restful up there, hut I guess Wil fred, don't want to go back no more to tho town where wo was. "You see, George, my poor deluded brother had an Idea that ha could sail Into the little town where we was goina and Just tell them that he was from New York. He thought that would make him an Idol in said town. I didn't think so for a minute, Oeorge, because I know how people Is In small towns. They mind their own business and everybody else's, but they don't care a rap where they find out you came from. You might as well try to make a gorilla klsa your hand as to make a small towner respect you because you are a New Yorker. They simply don't care where you ar from, and the way they treated my poor brother, I guess the bigger the town you came from the less they care." "I don't blame them," said the Head Barber. "I don't see why a man should figure himself a favorite Just because he Uvea In a little New York flat and rides up and down town In the subway. How la that going to make a man wise? Most of the fellows that was born In the shadow of the Brooklyn bridge the kind that oomes In here sometimes to get shaved ain't got much idea of the great country they are living in. If they save Don'ts for Girls By FRANCES L. GAR8IDE. Don't mark a favorite quotation In a book. It Is an untidy habit, and serves only the purpose of projecting your per sonality before the mental vision of the next one who reads, to his confusion and annoyance. Don't preface your remarks with "As Homer says," "According to Emerson," etc. It Is both priggish and stilted. Don't look with a superior air at those it ho neither have read nor heard of the books published yesterday. The latest books are not the best, and so many are worthless that It Is a sign of a cheap In tellect to find satisfaction In them, when ko many old and good books lie unread on the shelves. Don't be humblo before fine raiment and (cornful before raiment that Is plain. This Is the first and last proof of the snob. Don't estimate the strength of a friend, nor underestimate the power of an enemy. Don't repeat a compliment paid you to any one on earth but your mother. Don't scorn the profit to be gained by another's experience. You know those J who are younger could learn from you, Can you not see you could learn from those who are older? Don't take five minutes for repeating a Joke that should be told In half a minute, and expect It to be funny. Don't flirt It makes your own sex mistrust you, and leads men to regard you as one who could oaslly be led astray. Don't squander your money. Take rrldo In the thought that so far as you can prevent you will never be a burden to others up a little dough they don't go out to the wonderful Pacific coast. No, they go to Europe and get bunked. They pay a guide a. lot of dough to show them some place where an English king had his nephews choked to death In a tower, and then they come back and toll about their travels." "I hopo you ain't doing a monologue, George," said the Manicure Lady. was trying to tell you something about this week-end party, If you ore enough of a gent to listen. Well, Wilfred and me reached the town all right and the min ute we got to the hotel and were seated' with our country friends around the table, poor brotlicr pulls the very phrase that I asked him not to, 'This Is fair,' he soys to tho company, but little old New York (or mine.' I knew right off that he had made a bonchead ploy, because I seen the folks look at each other kind of funny, but he doesn't get wise, not Wil fred. 'The reason I like Manhattan,' he babbles right on, Is because Manhattan Is the market for brains. I write, as perhaps some of you people know,' says poor brother, 'and the brains of the country, in literature, all flock to New York. If I were a farmer, I would like It up here, but being a writer I have to be In the heart of the literary world, little old New York.' "There was a nice, qulct-looklng fel low In the party, George, that I seen looking over my fool brother kind of .sly and unobstructlve like. He was dressed rough, because he was on a fishing trip, but I seen right away from his calm, well-bred misdemeanor that he was a gent He listened a long time while Wil fred was telling them what a terrible strain it Is on a writer to keep writing and he even stood for my brother's re citing some of his own poems right at the table with his mouth full of chow chow and new bread, Then he got up and went out with a smile at me. I seen then and there that him and me would be good friends, becauso we both knew Wil fred through and through. "Honest to goodness, George, do you know who he was? I asked one of the ladles, and she told me.. The gent that had been listening to Wilfred's hot air about writing and writers was George Ade, who wrote 'Fables In Slang and 'Horatlus at the Bridge' and David Con perfteld' and a lot of other hooks ana pluys." "Did Wilfred find out who he was?" askod the Head Barber. 'Sure he did, but It 'didn't feaxe him. He said that the time would go swift for the party, with two clever writers at the some table!" Out of Step with Time By BEATRICE FAIRFAX. When our grandmothers wero girls mar riage wns not an avenue to happiness and, enlarged opportunities and activities si rmioh ns It was an escape from desolscd eplnsterhood. The woman In those dava who fallod to win the favor of some lord of creation boamo a chattel of whatso ever relntlvo was compelled by the laws of kinship to give her a chimney corner. who had no stnndlutr In the home or society. A llttlo higher than tho scullion, her condition was more Intolerable, be cause she did not receive tho scullion's wages, nor known the freedom of an afternoon off. She was regarded with fucli lll-dts- gulscit contempt that girls growing Into womanhood unnonsclouMy absorbed the Idea that to bo a spinster wan to be a derelict, a failure Her married sisters addressed such an Unappreciated and un appropriated person In tones of pitying contempt, meanwhile depositing their bariles aiid othor burdens on her shoul ders. If she were loved It Was not b- cnudo of hor lonely condition, but lit spite of It. Little wondor that sho prew morbid and sour anil learned to look upon men with the hatred wo look upon thoso who have It In their power tn save us from calamity, and don't. And great the wonder, so great It seems almost a miracle, that she has climbed by her own efforts from such depths of degredatlon to the heights of the beloved, respected and self-respecting spinster of today. And greater the wondor, and exceed ingly great tho pity that girls of today who have every opportunity for reading and observation continue to dwelt tn the days when "old maid" stood for every condition that was Intolerable and odious. That they do hark back to those days and arc not keeping step with the ttmo la evlr denced by tho tono of letter I receive every day. "t am a girl of 23," writes E. O., "and have been keeping company with a cer tain man for flvo years. At times he troats mo very coolly, and Is cross and Ill-mannered and Irritable. It he really cares tor me What Is his Idea tn keeping mo waiting so long? I confoas I love him," He krV p her waiting because he knows she will novcr run off and leave him. He Is cross and Irritable for tho soma reason that prompts every boy and man to put his foot on a worm. He treats her coolly knowing sho Is a doormat Sho says she loves him, t say she doesn't. What she thinks Is love for the man is fear that sho will be a, spinster, Sho Is looking at Ufa through the eyes of her great-grandmother, and so long as she thinks that splnstorhood means a condition despised by women because one was rejoatcd by men, so long wltl sho continue to kneel at tho feet of man, re garding the most contemptible of his sex aa ono with power to save. "Broken-Hearted" writes that she quarreled with her lover six months ago, and that sho has written him many let ters stneb begging his forgiveness and Imploring him to return, and her letters remain unanswered. "Oh, what shall I dor she moans. "How I love him nobody knows. Ob, t would do anything to have him back again!" '.Another doormat girl! He knows she would give anything to have him back, and will novor roturn so long as that be lief stoyB with him. If he knew he couldn't como bock, ha would be the ono to wrlto tha lettors begging for forgive ness. My dear girls, you ore wrong tn your attitude. You nre on your knees when you should be on your feet keeping step with the times. Love Is the greatest gift life offers. It I had my wish I would see every girt safely anchored In the harbor of soma man's love, but not tha class of men those glrln woep for. They are narrow, weak, bag-of-wtnd Imitations, Forget them, my dears, tn an outburst of gratltudjjpjjat you live In a day when a woman'fKiha'pplnens and well-being aro Indcpendentyof them. Advice to Lovelorn By BEATRICE FAIRFAX. Walt u While. Dear Miss Fairfax: I am St years old and havo been keeping company with u certain girl for six weeks. At first it seemed love at first sight, but lately she has grown cold. I buy her candy and flowers and try to please her, and her parents have taken a liking to m. But she now assumes an' Indifferent air. Da you think my proposal would be ac cepted? I am madly tn love with her. s. & Has .It occurred to you that sho may havb grown tired of seeing so much or yout, Try an application of that old aduge, "absence makes the heart grow fonder," In any event, a proposal after an ac quaintance of only six weeks fs apt to be premature Not Improper, Dear Miss Fairfax: Do you think It proper for a glr who is keeping steady company to ask the man when she will see him next? A. L. W. Their Intimacy warrants such a ques tion from her, but I would not want to be urgent or persistent, and It Is In bet ter taste If she lets him take the Initia tive In making future engagements. Today's Beauty Recipe. By Mme. D'MIUe. "Now comes the time of year most trying to the complexion. Perspiration make? ordinary faco powder look smeury aud untidy. A splendid face lotion that Is used In place of powder can be made easily at home by dissolving an original package of mayatone In a half pint of witch hazel, Mayatone keeps the skin smooth, clear and satiny, and gives you a complexion of lilies and roses. It pre vents freckles, tan and sunburn. "Dandruff Is toe worst enemy of healthy hair. It attacks the roots and causes the hair to become dull, brlttla and faded, and finally to fall out. Moth er's Shampoo will remove dandruff and leave the scalp perfectly clean nnd healthy. Its use makes the' hair strong, lustrous and fluffy. "Bummer toilettes seem to make su perfluous half on face or forearms more noticeable A safe, speedy and sure h-tir remover can bo made by mixing o, little powdered delatone with sufficient water to form a paste. Cover the hairy surface with thin paste, leave on for two min utes, wipe off. wash the skin and the hairs will be gonu." Advertisement t