The Howe Messenger (Howe, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, April 18, 1941 Page: 7 of 8
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Friday, April 18, 1941
THE HOWE MESSENGER
Sons were supposed to “sow wild oats'* in those palmy days, and the struggle
to keep brothers, safe in the family circle evenings was one sisters were destined
to remember all their lives.
Kathleen Norris Says:
We Do Go Forward
(Bell Syndicate—WNU Service.)
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
*T "T THEN I was a little girl,
W/ living in the moun-
^ Y tains, we had to fill
lamps, and push down the
wicks, and wipe of! the chim-
neys, every day of the year.
We cooked on an immense
iron range that had to be
cleaned about every ten days.
This meant putting newspa-
pers all over the kitchen floor
and tying up the head of
every woman in the family
with a rag.
When we had soup or baked
beans or mince pies or layer
cake each one meant hours of
work. Except in emergencies
we never had “bakery bread."
We had one bathroom in a family
of 10. We had two fireplaces in a
12-room house; the rooms without
them were iceboxes from November
to March, and the rush to bed at
night was an arctic adventure. We
children used to straggle out and
dress by the sitting-room fire in win-
ter mornings, say our prayers in a
circle around it at night, and fill our
hot-water bags as part of the eve-
Many Children’s Ailments.
Diphtheria was death in those
days. Children had brain-fever, hip
disease, fits, spasms; possibly be-
cause the diet of quite small chil-
dren included sausages, bananas
and hot breads, often at the same
meal. “All my babies are bilious,"
said the wife of a prominent San
Francisco judge to my mother. My
gentle southern grandmother told
me that when'1 she was a girl, young
mothers expected to lose the first
baby or two. A house servant was
paid eight or ten dollars a month;
she washed sheets, petticoats, men’s
shirts, table-cloths for a large fam-
ily before breakfast Monday morn-
!ing, was given Sunday afternoons
off, usually with a child or two for
company, and was forbidden callers.
“Lizzie, who was that with you
in the kitchen?”
“That was Mollie from next door,
“Well, you tell Mollie not to daw-
dle when she comes over here with
Sons were supposed to “sow wild
oats” in those palmy days, and the
struggle to keep brothers safe in
the family circle evenings was one
sisters were destined to 'remember
all their lives. Girls had only what
money they could cajole out of the
males of the family. Wives asked
meekly for a few dollars when the
head of the house had finished his
Sewing—Part of Life.
Sewing was done by meek, quiet
Women who arrived at eight, had a
lunch tray in the hot disordered sew-
ing room, and were paid a dollar a
day, with carfare if the trip home
was long. They ripped, lined and
Interlined garments, washed them in
Spanish bark, defeated; for-htours with
the woman of the. house, her moth-
er, her two; oldest daughters and.
her three sisters as to the choice
between making it up into a school
dress for Missy or using the blue
velvet and putting in panniers for
Miss Mary. Children sat on the
floor and carefully ripped away the
buttons and passementerie on
dresses which, being beyond all use,
were to be sent to the poor.
Every woman had a ragbag hang-
ing in some inconspicuous closet or
corner; every little girl had a button
box and played buttons with her
chums after school. If her mother
filched back a special crystal or chi-
na button, she felt aggrieved.
Teaspoons went on the table
standing up in a spooncup; soda
crackers were always in evidence.
Life for women of today is at
least 80 per cent improved over that
of 50 years ago . . . we are closer to
finding the solution that shall for-
ever end wars . . . children are
healthier, smarter, and happier . . .
and our homes are cleaner, more
comfortable. Kathleen Norris re-
veals the remarkable progress of
life in this nation, as she delves into
the past. Read her vivid word pic-
tures in this week’s feature.
and the first gesture of the mother
of the family was to jerk her napkin
from its silver ring and whoosh
away the flies that had settled on
everything. Nursery cuts were
staunched with the soft cobwebs
which draped closet comers and
If a small scared girl of nine knew
who had committed an atrocity of
some sort at school, she must pro-
tect the culprit, though all the class
be tearful, imprisoned and pun-
ished. To betray him meant a
sound whipping at home. Superin-
tendents at schools did a great deal
of thrashing, even of girls, and
teachers switched arms and legs,
the legs, fortunately, were usually
swathed in long flannel drawers and
heavy cotton stockings.
The Well-Dressed Girl.
Girls of 12 wore shirts, long draw-
ers, white short embroidered draw-
ers, corset waists, corset covers,
garters, crochetted petticoats, two
white petticoats, frocks and aprons.
There were no sweaters, no jump-
ers or coveralls or slacks, no sports
clothes at all. Mothers wore simi-
lar garments, but their dresses had
large sleeves with three yards of
material in each, and their long
skirts swept the ground and had to
be rebound with fiber chamois every
10 days. Mothers had headaches,
backaches, neuralgia, dyspepsia.
Children all had growing pains.
Nausea was induced by quantities of
lukewarm water and mustard, or
by placing a live spider upon' the
shrieking infant’s tongue.
Women who wanted lucrative em-
ployment or citizenship were dis-
missed from polite society as
strongminded. Women bathers did
not dare show themselves on the
beach without neck, arms and knees
concealed, and long bathing stock-
ings were part of the equipment
A few daring women smoked ciga-
rettes, but in public places notices
warned them that the management
did not permit it.
Regular hours for feeding babies
were regarded as a ridiculous af-
fectation, soothing syrups had a
good market, and a lump of hard
brown sugar tied in a clean rag
was the favorite pacifier. Thousands
of faces were deeply pitted from
smallpox. Butter came in two-pound
rolls and a round cut of it went very
simply on to the table. Beef was
10 cents a pound, my mother pro-
testing against paying $1.20 for the
12-pound Sunday rib roast, and soup
vegetables were thrown in with soup
meat. Calves’ liver—nasty wet
stuff! —cost •nothing; and? wes« cut up
for the; cats. Oranges and', milk?
couldn’t ’fee eaten within' three hours
of each other, even though quite
small children spooned in sour
strawberries and cream.
Babies a Family Matter.
Until talcum powder came on the
market babies were powdered with
cornstarch. Ain expected baby nev-
er was mentioned to anyone except
the doctor and the women of the in-
timate family circle. The baby ar-
rived In his own home, the mother’s
room having such preparation as
newspapers, old sheets and kitchen
pitchers and bowls would supply,
the school children romping in to
see the new brother, the cook came
up to ask the invalid if in her opin-
ion the chops weren’t a little high.
IN 1850. A MO0,
HONEY & ALMOND CREAM
Regular $1 size
limited time only —
1. What is a touchstone used to
2. What does the figure atop the
National Capitol at Washington,
D. C., depict?
3. Which of the United States
fighting forces has a hymn start-
ing “From the halls of Montezuma
to the shores of Tripoli”?
4. With what weapon did Sam-
5. From what is aluminum com-
6. What is a waltzing mouse?
7. What part of the eye deter-
mines its color?
8. Mount Everest is part of
what mountain range?
9. Who made the statement:
“The people’s government, made
for the people, made by the peo-
ple, and answerable to the peo-
10. Does a bullet entering the
tusk of an elephant always leave
1. The purity of gold and silver
(by the streak left on the stone
when rubbed by the metal).
2. Freedom. It was designed in
Rome by Thomas Crawford in
1855, and the model shipped here,
where the statue was cast. Mi§s
Freedom is 19% feet tall arid
weighs 15,000 pounds.
3. The marines—“The Marines’
4. The jawbone of an ass.
6. A rodent found in China has
earned this name because of its
strange antics, apparently while
trying to catch its own tail.
7. The iris.
9. Daniel Webster (before the
senate in 1830).
10. Sometimes a bullet embedded
in the tusk of an elephant leaves
such an imperceptible mark
where it entered that its presence
is not discovered until after the
ivory has been carved. A billiard
ball with such an embedded bul-
let is preserved in the Museum of
the Royal College of Surgeons in
Fame Not a Property
Fame, we may understand, is
no sure test of merit, but only a
probability of such: it is an acci-
dent, not a property of a man.—
Barking at Eminence
It is the practice of the multi-
tude to bark at eminent men, as
little dogs do at strangers.—Sen-
Pledge of Duty
Every mission constitutes a
pledge of duty. Every man is
bound to consecrate his every fac-
ulty to its fulfillment. He will de-
rive his rule of action from tha
profound conviction of that duty.
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VOU must have a button-to-the-
hem frock, this season. This
thoroughly American classic
blooms in the spring with peren-
nial but ever varied smartness.
Here’s a new design (No. 1338-B)
that gives you a new slant on an
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Visitor Stumped by Simple
Science of Sustenance
In the midst of the scientist’s
labors a distinguished visitor was
announced. The latter watched
the absorbing investigations with
an interested air, but the scien-
tist’s attention was concentrated
upon a vessel which was envel-
oped in smoke and steam.
“Guess what is in here,” he said.
The visitor proceeded to enu-
merate things known to science.
“Sausages!” said the scientist.
« BULB SUBSTITUTES
W/TTH the supply of many popu-
* * lar spring-flowering bulbs cut
off because of the war in Europe,
gardeners are seeking certain sub-
Resolved to Live
Resolved, to live with all my
might while I do live. Resolved,
never to lose one moment of time,
to improve it in the most profit-
able way I possibly can. Resolved,
never to do anything which I
should despise or think meanly
of in another. Resolved, never to
do anything out of revenge. Re-
solved, never to do anything which
I should be afraid to do if it were
the last hour of my life.—Jonathan
THE BETTER WAY TO TREAT
CONSTlfWlON DUE TO LACK OF
PROPER "BULK." IN THE DIET IS TO
CORRECT THE CAUSE OF THE
TROUBLE WITH A DELICIOUS
rr EVERY DAY
AND PRINK. PLENTY
A Quiz With Answers
on Various Subjects
time after time, and on into sum-
This classic style makes up
smartly in practically every run-
about fabric—flat crepe, thin wool,
spun rayon and silk print. Pattern
provides for short sleeves, or long
sleeves in the popular bishop
style. Detailed sew chart in-
* * *
Pattern No. 1338-B is designed for sizes
12. 14, 16, 18 and 20. Corresponding bust
measurements 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38. Size
14 (32) requires, with short sleeves, 4
yards of 39-inch material; long sleeves, 4%
yards. Send order to:
SEWING CIRCLE PATTERN DEPT.
211 W. Wacker Dr. Chicago
Enclose 15 cents for each pattern.
In all lives there is a formation
df character. It comes from
many causes, and from some
which on the surface are apparent-
ly even trivial. But the result is
the same; a sudden revelation
to ourselves of our secret purpose
and a recognition of our, perhaps
long-shadowed, but now masterful,
"P.Jl. delivers the goods generously!”
‘t . , says Bill Murphy .....
THAT PRINCE ALBERT CRIMP CUT
FITS SNUG IN THE PAPER FOR EAST,
• SMOOTH SHAPING WITHOUT ^
SPILLING OR BUNCHING_ ^
AND EVERY PUFF IS
Ml LO, MELLOW, AN 0
’ HARSHNESS. THAT
\GOES FOR PIPES. •Wll
\ too ! /~—
• Snap open a tin
of P.A. and see why
you get so much of
such good smoking in
the famous red pocket
tin. Prince Albert is
cut right to lay and
roll right, too. It’s the
National Joy Smoke!
The two inside lines of Figure 1 look further apart than the two lines inside
Figure 2—but a re they? Not according to your ruler. Measure them and see!
AND TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE
P.A. POCKET TIN-IT HOLDS
B. 1. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
In recent laboratory “smoking bowl” tests,
Prince Albert burned
than the average of the 30 other of the
largest-selling brands tested ... coolest of affl
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