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Progress of
Women in East
By Nell Brinkley
By ELLA WHEELKK WILCOX.
. TllC flfiVblCf -S Copyright. 1315. Intern 1 News Servirt-.
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In the banquet hall of Frogres
Clod has bidden to a feat
All th women of th East.
Cnmt have ld, "W ar not ready
We must wait another day."
Home, with voice clear and steady,
'Lord, we hear, and wa oby."
Others, timid and vmcwrtain.
Step forth trembling In the light,
Manv hid behind the curtain
With their face hid from sight
In the banquet hall of Prosrres
All must gather Boon or lata.
And th patient Hoat will wait
If today, or If tomorrow.
If In cladnea. or in wo.
If with pleasure, or with sorrow,
All mum answer; all must go.
They must go with unveiled faces. .
Clothed In virtue and In pride.
For l lie Host has set their places,
And He will not bo dented.
The Arabs, until the coming of Me
hammed, wore scattered tribes, with no
religious tie and knowing; only the law
of force. They fought continually, tribe
with tribe: and,..
might was right.
Soma of the
tribes were Parana,
vtome wera Israel
ites; ho wars
'Christian. and
some war nothing
at all bat human
animals.
Mohammed was
of the Korexahlt
tribe-, charged with
guarding the tem
ple of th Kaaba.
Orphaned, young,
Vhe became a driver
lot oararan. and.
on his Journeys ha
' informed himself regarding all the dif
ferent beliefs of various tribes, became
familiar with alt, the sacred books, anl
observed the growing decadence of the
country, torn with petty wars and dis
turbed by conflicting faith
A natural philosopher and of a serious;
meditative mind, Mohammed spent long
hours In- thought on these subjects, and
be communicated the result of Ms medi
tations to his companions.
He soon earned the reputation of being
a holy man and something akin to a
age. But not until after he married a
'rich widow, Khadtjah, was he able to
devote his whole time to religious
studies and meditations. After .his mar
riage, which released hhn from material
cares, he spent his whole days In prayer,
and declared he had communication with
the Angel Gabriel, and that he was bid
den to preach the true gospel to men.
, He was persecuted by the korelehlte
of th temple of Mecca and forced" to
fly td Wfedina. This was in 022 of our
,And from the hour of his flight Moham
med became the great' religious power "of
the Arabs. He lived only ten year after
that date, but died leaving millions of
converts to his faith. During- his death
sickness he .wrote the Koran,- which con
tains' otl the law for governing the social.
political and! domestlo life of the Arabs
It is customary for the Christian crlto
to think of Mohammed as a selfish and
sensual man, making laws which . per
mitted him and his followers full' license.'
But hi troth, Mohammed gave a aorta!
rode which elevated th social stats of
'his people far above any condition exist
ing among them previously,
Until he wrote the Koran there J sd
neen no law - wmcit gave csgnuy
'sacrednees to the family, life. Moham
med saw the necessity of some kind of
protection for women and children, and
for some sort of Ideals regarding the re
sponslbility of the man as a husband and
father.
Crude and selfish as these laws seem
to us today, placed "beside modern social
systems, where woman is a prominent
factor, they were progressiva at the time
they were formed-
The Arabs wars wild, untutored and
eeml-savage man. To give each man four
women to protect and oar for, a to
make each man realise that any negli
gence toward these women was a sin
against the one - and only God. meant
growth of character. For. until then, the
women had no rights, and no protection
from the man's transitory Impulses. Eh
belonged to the strongest man for such
time ss be chose to keep her in his tent.
That wa all.
Mohammed reasoned that with four
wives to provide for with their offspring,
man would be made industrious and prov
ldant, and knowing the fierce passions
of the Arabs, and the Ignorance of th
women, he laid much stress upon seclud
ing the weaker sex, and shielding the
women from temptations,
In the year 12. among the Arab tribes,
these laws were excellent laws. But to
the modern mind they seem sbeurd and
one-aided.
So many people play the f atria! From the small person in pink
gingham and sunbonnet who looks up with wondering- eyes at you as
you lean on the sill of the dining car window as your train slides
through the country town, to the lady who eyes you . under a black
aigrette, with fur about her white shoulders and diamonds like cracked
ice on her pink and snow fingers. And It is almost Adam and Eva
nature to play it so masked. Masked as to eyes, where the soul can
be caught sometimes peering out. And they expect to win all threa
of them, lore-torn man, ardent woman and daring, irritable Love.' Of
course, it is the only game I know of where the three who sit in can all
win ever. But the players all three were not masked. , If on is
then should the other two be with naked eyes, so they may see as clearly
as possible and so that their own soul may shine out for the masked
one to se and understand. Someone must understand th other two!
' If only this old, old game of loving and being loved could be played
with faces uncovered, aoul looking out at soul, unafraid, all unhidden.
But most times here they ait, the three of them under the lanterns
of Romance, who la always sad because she must summon her moon,
her flowers, her tenderest songs, hr moon-rippled water, her whisper
ing trees, her winding walks and thrilling birds, her soft lights and
hushed moments, all the treasure that she seta ber stag with, for peo
ple who will play in disguise ! " -?;''.,' ;.
They sit, Love, laughing and bold, his sweet eyes glinting from
behind black cover the man, at his very kindest and best, Intent, un
knowing even many times that he has on his mask, playing to win,
giving and serving and asking for everything in return, being blind to
what he guesses that his lady love would have him be, ahaplng his
mask to her ideals (as he reads them from her mask) and the girl,
laughing and eager, uttering what she believes is her own soul's
speech, yet her eyes where the reality of her sometimes comes an l
shows its fsce, are strange and unreadable behind the black aatln, and
what both Love and th man dream they see there, from the bbHqur
holes of their own masquerade, is 'an alien creature. Everyone knows
how distorted the world looks from the eyeholes of a mask! r Everyone
know how odd and piquant, provoking and singular, eyes look through,
the black slashes of a mask! The glistening, moving creature you see
there is speaking .even a strange language that the unmasked eye does
not know! ,
Play your love game with eyes uncovered, with your own soul
looking out, speaking Its own language, calling its own call. Don't
expect to win out if you and Love and the girl you strive for are all
three pantomiming away In masquerade. What chance have you In
the end? for when the game Is played. and the girl you love has put
her fingers in yours, and Love leans back with a deep breath the
masks must come off. And If you never knew what was behind them
you lose. NELL BRINKLEY.
Pitfalls for Engaged Couples
fjy LAURA KINGSTON
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Advice to Lovelorn
By BBATBXOB VAXBsJK
Talk With Her Mother.
Ior M!s Fairfax: I am a senior at
college and am 21. I am la love with a
girl of 1. VVe realise we ar both too
voung for marriage and are aatln fled to
Vsit s few years. I see her once or twice
a aaek. but her mother thinks thla la
too often. She would have ine coma
once evrry four or five weeka. I don t
tnlrk ahe has anv objections to me. but
die asva we are too young to be seeing
rai'h other o often. Will you kindly
avlae ua whether there la anything
wrong in keeping up our friendship and
aeclng each other often. "VIC."
Rtgte ruMtera clearly te the girl's
mother, who will be glad to co-operate
-with you. Once a week Is not too often
to see the Cd as long as you are sen
sible about the matter and ar wilting
to be friends.
Jst Be Natural.
Peer MUs Fairfax: I am 1 yeara old
an4 dearlv love a young man U year
old. He called on me at my suggestion,
but my mother was taken so 111 toe even
Ire bs called that 1 was so upset I
could not entertain hink Bo the follow
ing day at business I asked him If he
would not call again, but ha told me not
to worrv about that. When I aork over
Kim 1 have aakad htm to wait for rue
sad he Old. hajw wUl yo pleas tell me
(how 1 eo win Shis young man's retard
rwtthoot smnlng too forward. Tour
krulr 3- 1- B.
reaua fnM you wera upeet tn nignt
caQed. So not pat youiwelf fo-ward.
U V as want a friend whom you have
rtfa after.
Charles Klngsley used to tell a story
of a friend who ailed on the local curat
and found his reverence dancing ecaiac-
tlcally around a half pecked portman
teau. . "What th matter?" aaked th
caller. In amasement, "have you gone
quite medT" "Not a bit of It," panted
the curate, "but I'm engaged, and l m
Just oft to see her!" and away he stsrted
again on his Jubilant career around the
room.
Thoa of us who have been In the
curate's enviable position can sympathise
with his exaltation, though personally
wa would not exhibit It In quite the aaroe
way; for th man who doaa not feel
transported to the seventh heaven when
he has Just won tn sweetest prise life
haa to offer does not deserve nla good
fortune. But no lover ever stayed long
on lUs pinnacle of biles, snd the sooner
h desoends to less dangerous altitudes
the be tier, for h must alk wearily if
he is to tread without disaster tho prim
rose path of courtship that leads to the
altar.
The path "of the lover may bo atrewn
with flowers," said an old divine, who
knew what he was talking about, "but
flowers conceal many a pitfall lnt- which
he will stumble If hs be not wary." In
a breach of promise caae, In which the
writer onoa took a modeat professional
part, the defendant gave as his principal
reason for breaking his troth the fact
that the plaintiff yawned repeatedly tn
Ms face when he was wooing her. "How
often did you sea her?" asked the plain
tiff's counsel. "Oh. svery day, practic
ally." "Perhaps you saw too much of
each other?" suggesed the man of wig
and gown. "We certainly did,' was the
emphatio answer.
And therein is one of the moat fatal
pitfalls In the path of the engaged.
They, as a rule, sea far loo much of one
aaother. In their new-born ardor they
cannot apend an hour apart which they
can possibly spend together. -That which
at first la a delight teromea a habit
whloh neither ha the moral courage to
relax, and mutual bori-dom results. It
can scarcely be otherwise so long as
human nature la what It la. The fire of
love la bet fod by dla.'iect tbwn.ti and
uncertainty, and It la Ux much at ever
and watched, esperiaily In Its early
stages, it has a latal lend my to
smoulder, if not to urn out. Th wteo
lovers are those whs bear this fact in
mind. , .
And Just a dangerons as too frequent
meeting Is too demonstrative affection.
"He would never leave me alone," said
the respondent in a recent divorce case.
"Even when we were engaged he was al
ways kissing me, until I. got quite sick
of it and him." Kisses' msy be, as Cot
ton says. ' "the' pledges and incentive of
Love," but too frequently administered
(hey are apt to pall aa nn exclusle diet
of chocolate eclairs, and they loe their
sweetness and their purpose In propor
tion aa they ar too prodigally indulged
In.
Of course, there ar soma who go to
the opposite extreme of niggardliness,
llvs the lover who, when kissing his
llancee for the first tin; after ten years
of engagement, inquired, proudly: "Hav
I not been ceevll?" "Penseleaely ceevll,"
was the disgusted rej.ilner; or that other
wooer who, after walling a similar time
after his first Indulgence, said grace
both before and after th operation.
Lovers should beware of th first
quarrel. Quarreling Is a habit easily
formed and hard to eradicate, and each
wrangl may be a nail In love's coffin.
After all, if quarreling Is necessary
there will b plenty of tins for It after
marriage; It ahould not cloud the fair
skies of manias.
Science for Workers
By EDGAR LUCIKN L Alt KIN
In-Shoots.
A a rule, when a woman laughs at a
fallow's Jokes It always has a forced
sound.
When a woman has not faith In her
huabanl she can generally find consola
tion wtlli the fortune teller.
The man who thinks that It Is easy to
live down a jail record does not under
stand th human family vary well.
Tou can love frienda as easily by hand
ing them money as by handing them ad
vice that is. If you expect to get the
cash back.
The odor of the rose never seems as
sweet when the thorn Jabs you first..
When a reformer gets Into offioa ha
la generally content with a few altera
tion ef things.
It Is shout ss hard for an energetic
man to loaf ss It is for a loafer to work.
ll of men would be popular If they
would leave their oiuolun" l" ""''I atoi-
' age.
On of th most Impressive facts In
cosmic science is that of Interminable
space. Nature Is excessively lavish in
distances between suns. I have used the
words interminable space as a mere
figure of speech, for it Is not known, and,
the fact Is. cannot be known by man In
his present mental state whether apace
la Interminable that is, without a termi
nus or end. For it is Impossible to think
of beginning er end.
The nearest neighboring aun to our own
la 24,600,000,000,000 mlha But If the dis
tance should be reduced down to one
fourth, er ,t7S,000,000,000 mile, the at
traction on tha planets of our local solar
system would be too feeble to produce
appreciable disturbances In their motions.
Then it Is not known why suns are
separated by such immense distances.
The bright star Hlrlus Is twice the dis
tance of Alpha Centaurl, the nearest
known, or fifty-one trillion miles. . Next
beyond Slrius Is a star. No. 11.130 in La
Lande'a catalogue, and It distance Is
only 600,000.000,000 miles greater, but this
amounts to little, as It Is but half of a
trillion. The next Is 61 Cygnl, whose dis
tance Is l, 0(0,000. 000.000 miles.
Thes ar our neighbors, sad beyond
these stellar distances the suns msy b
called far away, even farther than one
hundred trillion. But, really, tha hug
suns are not so very far until their dis
tance rise to ons thousand trillion, or
one quadrUllon miles.
Since suns ar shining In Imraena num
ber In alt poaslble directions, the mini
mum diameter of the stellar structure Is
two quadrillion miles. But every astron
omer is wall aware that thla la merely a
minimum; that th actual diameter la far
greater; how much greater cannot ba
measured, because the surveyors of celes
tial distances have such a mlaroaooplc
base line for their triangles th diam
eter of the orbit of the earth, only
U6.OOO.0OO mile This is comparablo to
the diameter of a hair aa aeen from these
distant suns.
Ths unit of measurement is the dis
tance traversed by light In on sidereal
year, which is t.tll.KU7,W.Qn0 mile. Thla
may b called the astronomical foot rule,
or yard stick, or Inch rule, if the unl
yers is finite; or Infinitesimal next to
nothing rule If the universe Is Infinite.
The distance of th nearest aun I
4.3S73 times the length of ths standard.
Here Is a valuable number to memorise:
I Time required for light to traverse a
fiitanr of nn quadrillion miles 1 176
I years. Astronomer Kapten has said
that In all probability, from law of di
minution or the' numbers of stars in
space, th dimension of tha atarrv unl.
vers is. to us his own words:
"It must b sufficient to say that in
thla way w ar led to conclude that th
further diminution of th density must
b slow, so slow that In th assumption
mad above th limit of th system la
only reached at a distance of some 30 000
light yar."--J. C. Kapteyn. P. Ill,
Smitheonlan Annual Report WS.
Than tba diameter of the sphere of
billions of widely separated suns I SO.OOO
light year. Go multiply and the number
of mile will appear. Tben, if space Is
Infinite, this diameter of th universe is
an Infinitesimal almost, but not abso
lutely, nothing. But this Is unthinkable.
Th well known astronomical scales used
to weigh all of the suns Is th specific
speed of a stone that has been falling
at th level of th sea Jn a vacuum dur
ing on absolute second of time. This
acquired velocity Is U.l feet per second.
This la th most powerful weighing
entity known.
Q. "(1) A says that an Infinite quan
tity la always a variable.
"(2) B say that It la not, because
space Is Infinite, and sine It la not
growing larger or becoming smaller It
Is not variable, but oonatsnt. WhleH
I right T' Bertram Christy. Clark. Neb.
A. Good brother A and B do not
knew anything about an Infinite quant
tlty nor Infinite spec. That is, unless
they have . surpassed the concentrated
wisdom of the fifty masters they who
ar abl to add a thought te the um:
of human knowledge. Tha fifty plead .
Ignorance.
"(I) How can the area of rectangle
he expressed who length is Infinite and
width inflnltestmsl?" Same.
A. Not one of th fifty can commence,
lo think how. and' they never try to
think of this subject . .
Salo of
Genuine Panamas
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Hats Like These Are Sold Everywhere at $3.03 and $5.03.
These Are Genuine Formosa and Adamba Bodies and Are Blocked
in the Newest Shapes Three are Illustrated.
S3 Untrinned Shapes, $1 Ostrich Ponpons, $1
A special purchase put on sale Fully Worth $2.00 Black
Saturday, including Sailors, Tur- and White. ' "
bans, Transparent Brims, etc. These are really wonderful
Hemps, Milan Hemps and Chips values, and will go fast at
black and colors. this price.
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