The Hondo Anvil Herald. (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, May 31, 1946 Page: 2 of 12
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THE HONDO ANVIL HERALD
Kathleen Norris Says:
All Yours for Nothing
Bell S>rdtcate —WNU Features
“The fundamental essentials of /(■<</, shelter, loir, home, book*, light, itufer,
safety from fear, ue take calmly for grunted.'"
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
f"'* OME time ago our town
sent crates and crates of
clothing to stricken Eu-
rope. Probably your town did,
too. We stripped our closets of
everything warm and wearable
that we could spare, and of
some things we could not spare,
for the sake of shivering wom-
en and babies overseas.
Our thanks come principally
in the consciousness of a good
deed well done, and the knowl-
edge that many a shaken, for-
lorn mother is grateful to the
God to whom she prayed for
help, and whose ministers we
were privileged to be. But some-
times a little trickle of personal
thanks creeps through, too, and
such a tribute came to me this
week from an unknown friend
in Poland, whose small daugh-
ters are wearing my grand-
daughters’ coats this winter.
This woman lived in America for
several years, and writes in good
English. She has one room in an
almost - destroyed building, win-
dows have recently been put back,
she says, and running water is only
a few hundred feet away.
• • •
"Water is such a miracle," says
the letter. "And to have this whole
quiet room to ourselves seems to us
a miracle, too. Food is scarce, but
thanks to the Quaker and the Red
Cross it is sure, and fear is gone.
If you could know what it means not
to be afraid!
Kin Starved to Death.
"My husband, both brothers, my
father, were starved to death, or
died for the want of water. I hid
with my children in the ruins of the
city for many weeks. Now all that is
over. Now we walk the streets free-
ly, we can talk, we can make friends.
Now I can get up early and watch
the sunrise, and stop in church for a
few minutes. And now with spring
beginning, what beauties on every
hand! We have a jar of wild flowers,
the new potatoes are coming along,
soon we will have beans and cher-
ries — every day some new delight.
Someday, we say, we will live out
on a farm, for the farms need hands,
and I am familiar with dairy work.
"In the old days," the letter con-
cludes, "I wanted so much! My hus-
band and I had a well-furnished flat,
a car; I could buy china and
clothes, there were dinner parties
and w'edding feasts. How fast it
all vanished! Our home gone, our
securities in the bank confiscated,
strangers everywhere, my hus-
band's job lost, himself a prisoner,
and my dear father, who would so
gladly have helped us, gone in his
turn. There was no work and no
help for me, the wife of a patriot;
we begged, we starved, we crept out
of sight. My younger child was born
in a shed, with an old shepherd and
sheep to keep us company in the
'Now we are so rich! Every little
new home that is being built or re-
habilitated seems to belong to me.
The moon, shining down through the
old trees, the chuich-bells ringing,
the newly-plowed field—how beauti-
ful they all are' When I see work
and restoration beginning again,
and lights in houses, and hear wom-
en calling their children and laugh-
JMMi & j»l .
“The beauts af sunlight an
I IKI \ nm GRAM 10
Even the poorest Americans
have much to he thankful for.
compared to people in Europe
and Asia. Such simple things as
ti nier anil plain food, a tight roof
and some kind of heating, are
often difficult to obtain over
much of the tcar-ilevastaled coun-
tries. U arm clothing is very
scarce. Medicine is hard to get
excepting u here the Red Cross
or some other agency litis a sta-
tion. All sorts of plain, everyday
necessities are missing. It is par-
ticularly hard on women with
The story of a Polish woman
is told in today’s article. She had
been accustomed to a luxury
level of existence before the tear.
They had a fine apartment, a
car. good furniture, money for
travel and social events. The war
changed all this. Her husband,
brothers and father are all dead
. . . they starved. She managed
to survive by begging and scav-
enging in the ruined city. One
child was born fn a sheep barn.
Sow that hostilities have ceased,
conditions are better, /pit there
is still much suffering. She has
learned to appreciate ordinary
things that all of us take for
ing — it seems to me that life is
too beautfnl to be borne. Now I can
say of our enemies of yesterday, as
my poor father did, dying, ‘forgive
them. They know not what they
This letter has made me see my
own environment with new eyes,
and has made me w'onder how much
we appreciate the miracles that
are all about us. Sunsets and sun-
rises, the glory of spring, moonlit
nights in summer, and the first tim-
id flutter of snow, these are all ours,
if we will but claim them. Clear
cold water, a snug roof over our
head, books to read, meals—how-
ever plain—to enjoy, a smooth bed
at night and deep sleep—let these
things be taken away for a while,
and we begin to know their value.
Worry over Trifles.
"If we can see one meal ahead
for the children we feel rich,” said
a French woman a few years ago.
"We look no further ahead than
And here we Americans are, fuss-
ing about the cost of spring clothes,
about summer plans, about the
shortage of butter and mayonnaise,
about the babies’ college career in
the 1960s, about the lost letter and
the embarrassing invitation, about
the slowness of the dry cleaner?
and the non-delivery of the Didy
Wash. The fundamental essentials
of food, shelter, love, home, books,
light, water, safety from fear, we
take calmly for granted. It is worry
about the non-essentials that keeps
us from ever see.ng the breath-tak-
ing beauty of sunrise, the light of
cold winter sunlight on snow, the
lilacs that begin to toss and blow'
in the spring wind. Our own quarrel-
some, complaining, discontented
voices keep us from listening for
Shakespeare’s rain that whistles in
the April wind, or sharing the im-
mortal wune of Emily Dickenson's
Four emergency aid units now
ore prepared to help public health
authorities combat poliomyelitis
epidemics, the National Foundation
fur Infantile Paralysis announced
Each unit consists of a physician,
an orthopedic nurse and two phyai-
When nulled into epidemic areas
the teuma will help to set up facili-
ties for patients, assist in their
treatment, and instruct local physi-
cians in the latest technique*,
THE NAV VS HIKEAI S
WASHINGTON.—If Secretary of
the Navy James Forrestal wants to
head off the army-navy merger, he
might do some merging in his own
department. As it is, some of his
reserve officers are about ready to
believe the army is right.
Perhaps because the navy is suf-
fering from admiralitis (too many
admirals), Forrestal has set up a
special duplicating public relations
co-ordinator. This bureau does ex-
actly what another bureau also
does. Chief difference between
them is that one is on the first floor
(deck in the navy)* the other on
the third floor) one is commanded
by a vice admiral, the other by a
rear admiral; finally, the rear ad-
miral takes a few hours to do a job
while the vice admiral sometimes
takes a few days.
Hitherto, navy public relations
have been handled by efficient
young Rear Adm. “Min” Miller, one
of the up-and-coming youngsters in
the navy. If you need a speaker
for a naval rally, want to stage an
air show, or have a ship visit your
city, Miller usually has been able
to arrange it in a few hours.
But now, Vice Adm. Arthur S.
Carpender, newly appointed co-
ordinator of public relations,
sits in naval splendor with a
staff of five srnior officers, a
large force of junior officers,
and a small army of WAVES
and enlisted men.
• • •
THE BALKY SWISS
Insiders say that Switzerland, the
little nation which posed as the be- |
pign and friendly neutral, is now .
displaying the same tactics as the ;
Capone gang in hanging on to Nazi
The secret negotiations now going
on in Washington to recover Nazi
gold from Switzerland have been
carefully guarded, but it has leaked
out that Switzerland's policy is to
keep all the gold which the Germans
stole from France, Denmark, Bel-
gium and other occupied countries
and sent to Switzerland for safe-
Like the Capone gang, the
Rwiss won't return this looted
gold to France, Denmark, Bel-
gium and other countries from
which it was stolen.
Despite all this, some treasury of-
ficials urge a lenient policy toward
the Swiss. It happens that they
have $1,500,000,000 of assets now
frozen in this country including
$500,000,000 in gold, and the French
are preparing to clap a lien on these
assets. Some treasury officials,
however, are opposed.
Not so, however, sage Secre-
tary of the Treasury Fred Vin-
son. who remembers all the
Swiss collaboration with the
Nazis during the war.
"Down in my state,” drawled
the Kentuckian, “when you bet
on the wrong horse, you pay off.
The Swiss bet on the wrong
* • •
VETERANS COME SECOND
Young GOP Rep. James G. Ful-
ton of Pennsylvania, a Pacific war
vet., did some vigorous protesting
about the way veterans are being
"stood up" on surplus war goods
when he called at the While House.
"Veterans are just not getting
an even brink in the present
setup,” he told the President.
The Pennsylvania congressman
also gave Truman some inside
slants on RFC purchases of aban-
doned property which would war-
rant congressional scrutiny. He re-
ported that no effort is being made
to sell army and navy equipment
piled helter-skelter in and around
a Pennsylvania glue factory pur-
chased by the RFC in May, 1945,
for use as a surplus property depot.
• • *
RED ARMY WITHDRAWS
The inscrutable Russians have a
way of refusing to do something
when asked, and then going ahead
and doing it when not asked. For
instance. Secretary of State James
Byrnes has been hammering at the
Russians to reduce their troops in
the Balkans, Austria and Hungary.
Among other things he has warned
that the United States won’t send
food into these countries while tre
mendous Russian armies are living
off the land, in effect taking away
the food we send in.
Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav
Molotov, however, has turned a
deaf ear to Byrnes’ plea. He has
been just as stubborn on this as
about most things
But here is the payoff. D. S.
representatives in Vienna have
wired the state department that
the Red army has started a
large seale withdrawal from
Austria. There is no explanation,
and state department offleials
are mystified as to the reason.
• • •
UNDER THE DOME
Democratic Notional Committee
Chairman Bob Hannegan tried to
submit his resignation to President
Truman last week-end, but was
turned down cold. Hannegan's wife
and doctor are both urging him to
resign However, the Piesident told
Honnegun he could not be spared,
at least until after the November
elections , . President Truman
has asked Secretary of the Interior
Cap Krug to set up an interdepart-
mental committee to handle oil
Men’s Shirts Convert Nicely
Into Dressy or Work Aprons
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\ A EN’S shirts are scarce these
days, and you may wonder at
the wisdom of "making something
out of them” in this case But, when
a shirt is so worn that it can no
longer be used by the man of the
family, it is welcome material for
aprons, which are so useful and es-
Shirts become worn around the
collar and sleeves, also under the
armholes and cuffs. After these
have been turned and worn again,
there’s nothing much that can be
done with them. In this case, you’ll
feel well justified and economical
if you sew up an apron from them.
Before getting into the actual cut-
ting and sewing, let me point out
that not all shirts will make good
aprons. The materials which you
can and should use for aprons are
percale, broadcloth and poplin.
Those shirts of rayon are much bet-
ter if converted into blouses for
The above-mentioned materials
which are suitable for aprons pos-
sess these qualities—they are easy
to handle, they tear, crease, hem,
gather, stitch and press easily. You
will also want a fabric that launders
easily and one that starches nicely.
Do both washing and starching be-
fore you cut the fabric.
If there is a goodly amount of
material in the salvaged shirt, an
apron with a bib may be made.
This type of apron is especially
practical if you want one for work-
ing around the kitchen or laundry.
Cut Apron on Correct
Grain of Material
Cutting the apron on the correct
grain of the material is very impor-
tant in the appearance of the fin-
ished article. If necessary make
Darling Summer Suit
With CuteBunnv Bib
Print and plain combine in a
coat dress from Eta’s spring col-
lection. Black sleeves and skirt
panels accent the black and white
of the cable print.
1/ you have a man's shirt..,
basting stitches of the fabric both
lengthwise and crosswise as a help
in laying out the pattern. If you
are utilizing the back of the shirt
for the front of the apron, fold this
in half when cutting. The front
of the shirt may be used for side
pieces of the apron.
If you are a tall person, allow
for sufficient length both in the front
of the apron and the neck bands.
Whenever possible cut the apron
lengthwise. Snip tiny notches (as
you see on regular patterns) where
seams are to meet.
In some types of aprons where
you want one particularly well fit-
ted, you'll want darts at both sides.
Make these deep or shallow, depend-
ing upon the amount of material
you have or the amount of fitness
you want in the apron.
The back edges of the apron are
finished with narrow hems, whereas
at the bottom of the apron as
wide a hem as is practical is used.
Even though this article is "just”
an apron, learn to turn it properly
Make a pretty apron.
when hemming. Measure the turn
every inch or so, and baste before
If you want pockets, finish the
hem on them before attempting to
place them on the apron itself. Aft-
er the hem is in turn the sides in,
basting them, and then they will be
easy to place on the apron itself.
All fancy pockets should be turned
and basted carefujly, as they attract
attention and will either make or
mar the appearance unless they are
properly finished. Since the pockets
will usually have a lot of wear in
such an article as the apron, it will
be absolutely necessary to double
Your Sewing Machine
Well-finished clothes depend on
proper use of the sewing ma-
chine. Here are some minor dif-
ficulties which can be corrected
If your machine skips stitches,
one of the following may be re-
sponsible: needle improperly
set in bar; needle too short or
too long; needle bent or blunt;
needle too fine for the thread you
Puckers in the material may
be caused by tight tension, a
blunt needle, too long a stitch on
fine material, or a fabric which
is too light to carry over the feed.
In the latter case, use a news-
paper or tissue under the fabric.
If your bobbin or shuttle thread
tends to break, look to one of
the following for the reason:
incorrect threading of the bob-
bin; tight lower tension; bobbin
wound too tightly or unevenly;
bobbin wound too full.
Spring Fashion Notes
Black Swiss eyelet is used with
black crepe, navy eyelet may be
trimmed with a wide bond of navy
aatin, or the hat may carry the deco-
rative effect desired
Pink is a favorite color aa is black
with touches of pink In the veiling
or flower*. If you like white and
wear the aailor type of hat well,
you'll be in high style
Most hats are livened with
bunches of the most natural looking
spring flowers Yellow daisies, roses,
peonies, violets and aaaorted flow-
ers are seen
Cool, eummery looking dresses
sre important for daytime wear.
They ell stress slim, trim lines and
many dresses have a high neck,
while other* are cut quite low.
Three-quarters ,,r vard
1 plus a remnant for bunny bib
and pockets make this small fry
sunsuit! Stitchery and sewing
simple. . . ,
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stitch the pockets at the top and
prevent tearing if they catch. Pull
thread ends through to the wrong
side and tie.
Making the neck strap illustrates
a principle of sewing which you will
use often in other types of sewing
such as belts, bands, double ties
and trims. Piece the strap togeth-
er to make it long enough. Fold
the right side in. Bring two raw
edges together and stitch, making
a scant one-quarter inch seam.
Close only one end. leaving the oth-
er open. Clip raw edges every three
or four inches.
Press the seam open its full length
as this will insure an even edge
when the strap is turned. Now, place
the end of an orange stick at the
closed end against the stitched end
and with your fingers crowd the
strap down on,the stick to turn it
right side out. Clip stitched end off
and press strap with seam to one
edge. The bib hem must be creased
and hemmed before the neck strap
is sewed onto the apron.
Make Dress-Up Aprons
With Ruffle or Shirring
Women who want to look pretty
in the kitchen as well as when
dressed to go out will use ruffles
on their aprons. If the sleeve of the
garment is not to be used for pockets
and such, this material can easily
be cut into ruffles.
If two pieces of material are
joined for the ruffle, try to use sel-
vages and stitch a three-eighths
inch seam. Hem the ruffle, using a
very narrow hem.
If you are making a one-piece
apron for dress-up, you will want
hip tucks on each side, or cluster
tucks on each side of the apron.
These tucks help to take up fullness
and fit the apron to the body. Three
cluster tucks will do very nicely for
the average apron, and the thread
of the fabric should be used to guide
you in stitching straight.
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