Box 13-081 A CORNER FOR WOMEN READERS CONDUCTED BY NINA VIVIAN, THE EVENING NEWS (WRITTEN BY [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN)
Jan 30 1901
A CORNER FOR WOMEN READERS
CONDUCTED BY NINA VIVIAN
The Evening News, Toronto, Ontario
JANUARY 30, 1901
Any persons who feel that they are losing all their old enthusiasm and energy should instantly emigrate to the State of Kansas for a time, for the air of Kansas is like a tonic of iron to the system, and ozone to the lungs. It would be as well, perhaps, to stay in Kansas for a while and there work off the superfluous energy; let it "pop" the cork out down there and effervesce to its heart's content. Nobody will object--in Kansas. There seems to be a sort of epidemic of effervescence going on in that State, and not altogether of a beneficial quality, either. However, if the quality may be called into question, no one could possibly find fault with the quantity. This epidemic has broken out in several different forms, and seems to be no respecter of sexes. First, the burning of a Negro, participated in by both sexes, who vied with each other in collecting the charred hones for souvenirs, to be made, no doubt into watch charms, hearts for bracelets and other dainty personal adornments. One might almost say that the Indian with his scalp-hung belt established a precedent.
Next, the women of the State consider that law (not law and order) can be best maintained by law-breaking, and they set about proving this rather paradoxical theory with brick-bats and other missiles, they furthermore demonstrated their contempt for existing authority by slapping the face of its representative. Their motives may be the best, but like Oliver Cromwell's vandalism in desecrating and defacing some of England's finest cathedrals, it was slightly misplaced in its expression. Please do not for a moment suppose that I am instituting a comparison between the saloons of Kansas and the cathedrals of England. No, indeed; it will be the brightest day for America and Canada that has yet dawned when there will be no saloons from one end of the land to the other. But one must be just. Cromwell had more right to deface the English cathedrals, for they were in a sense the property of the nation, while those saloons were private property. Is it well ever to adopt the Jesuitical motto, "Do evil that good may come?" The last exhibition of Kansas's ozone was the branding on Monday, January 28th, of a young lady student of Wichita High School. The operation was performed because Miss Lowelling refused to obey in some ridiculous point during her initiation into one of their secret societies.
Apparently these girls must have many and dear friends at West Point, or else their view point is "horribly twisted," as the Irishman said he was after falling out of a fourth storey window. There may be other ways of looking at the question, but to some people it would appear that the branding affair at Wichita is a declaration of sympathy with the justly condemned outrageous of West Point.
Of course it might have been merely a school-missy bid for public notice, and if so, it has admirably succeeded. One expected better things of young women such as the Wichita students. However, it can hardly be wondered at with such examples as their mothers and fathers have been setting for them. These three affairs advertise Kansas as "the only sure and reliable cure for dullness, stagnation--ennui."
MRS. NATION'S THREAT TO WIPE OUT THE SALOONS OF NEW YORK
[Large Photo of Carrie Nation]
I can assure the sinners of New York City that they will know more about me and my methods by July the Fourth of this year. That city is the worst den of iniquity in America, and by its examples is the cause of untold wickedness and misery in other cities.
I will reform New York just as I will reform Kansas, except that the work there will necessarily be carried on on a larger scale and will not be stopped until I have completed the organization of a standing army of women to wipe out America's saloons.
When I begin the work of reforming New York I will simply demand of saloon keepers that they close their places of business. If they refuse, I will warn them that their places will be demolished, and within a week from the time I deliver such a warning I will lead a regiment of women in a charge on the saloons. I will see that the work of ridding New York of saloons is well done.
Topeka, Kansas, January 27,
When we appear to be bearing trouble with saintly resignation, we are sometimes only acquiescing because we have no alternative.
In the latest report of the London School of Medicine, which claims to have trained 234 medical women, it is stated that nearly every town of importance in India has a qualified woman doctor. There are also several in China and South Africa, and even one in Persia.
PIECE OF THE QUEEN'S WEDDING CAKE
Mrs. S. M. Saunders, of No.336 South Fourth Avenue, Mount Vernon has an interesting relic of the reign of Queen Victoria. It is a piece of the Queen's wedding cake preserved carefully since the royal event, which took place in St. James' Palace in 1840. The gift descended to Mrs. Saunders from her mother, Mrs. Amelia Kohler, who died in July, 1897, at the age of ninety-one years. Mrs. Kohler was the daughter of a Prussian officer who served on the staff of General Blucher at the battle of Waterloo.
The cake was given to Mrs. Kohler by Lady Mulgrave, one of the maids of honor at the wedding. Originally it was quite a large piece, but Mrs. Kohler allowed it to remain for several years on a centre table, where the guests picked it to pieces. On the occasion of the Queen's Golden Jubilee it was in-cased in a silver receptacle and sent to London, where it was shown to her Majesty by Lord Ponsonby. Queen Victoria was greatly surprised to learn that there was a piece of the cake in existence in far off America, and she afterward wrote Mrs. Kohler an autograph letter saying, "Can this be the cake?"
Mrs. Saunders regards the cake as a rare relic, and she will not permit it to be taken from the silver receptacle for fear that it will break and crumble away. The cake has dwindled until it is about the size of an English walnut.
On her page "How to Dress Well on a Small Income" Miss M. Hooper of The Ladies' Home Journal gives some good common-sense advice about the spring renovating of one's clothes.
"Foulards and china silks that need renovating before being made over may be washed in suds made from pure soap. Soak them first in salt and water for an hour, then put them in the suds, wash gently between the hands, and rinse in salt and water. Dry in the shade, and iron while damp between two cloths. Makes up with new linings trimming the skirt with circular ruffles, stitched bands of taffeta or ribbon velvet. The bodice may be eked out with a yoke of guipure lace, lace tucking or tucked taffeta, a bolero of guipure and a deep girdle of soft black satin.
"Odd skirts of white pique or natural colored linen may be made up early in the season. A light skirt on a warm day is a great comfort, as many women have discovered. Both the pique and the linen should be shrunk before being cut. The best pattern for these skirts is the seven-gore one, as wash skirts wear better when cut with plenty of seams. On the lower edge of the skirt stitch a circular ruffle eight inches deep headed by a shaped band. The ruffle may form an extension to the skirt or be set up on it. Open the skirt at the side and lay the fullness in the back in fan-plaits. Protect the lower edge of the skirt with braid sewed on the inside, allowing it to project a trifle.
"A gown made of linen makes a very satisfactory street suit for summer wear. The waist of such a gown may be a sailor blouse with a large collar and cuffs of white pique or linen worn over a tucked chemisette.
"Another style of blouse, one having quite a military air, has stitched shoulder straps, a straight Napoleon collar with a pointed end buttoning over; breast pocket belt and cuffs to match the collar. For short outings these gowns are invaluable, as they are easily laundered and may be worn without any fear of being harmed by either rain, or dust."
DUTCH QUEEN DECORATED
The Hague, January 29--The Austrian-Hungarian Minister here. A.O. D'Oholicisna, has presented to Queen Wilhelmina the Grand Cross of the Elizabethan Order, accompanied by an autograph letter from Emperor Francis Joseph felicitating her Majesty on her approaching marriage.
MAINLY ABOUT WOMEN
A marriage has been arranged between Miss Winnie Macdonald of Oaklands and Dr. Barrie, who has lately returned from South Africa, having gone out there with the first contingent as representative of the Young Men's Christian Association.
The Women's Musical Club will meet on Tuesday as usual. A special memorial program has been arranged.
Invitations have been sent out for the opening of the Legislature on Wednesday, February 6th accompanied by a note from the sergeant-at-arms stating that owing to the death of her Majesty the Queen those invited are not expected to appear in full dress.
The members of the Medico Literary Society of the Ontario Medical College for women have sent out invitations for their annual concert, which will take place in the Normal school hall at eight o'clock p.m on February 5th.
The members of the Ottawa Historical Society will wear a black badge clasped with a medallion of the late Queen during the period of mourning.
Mrs. Anglin is visiting Mr. And Mrs. Justice Falconbridge, Isabella Street. Her daughter, Miss Aileen Anglin is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anglin.
THE HOUSE OF THE LITTLE HIGH CHAIR
Oh, the house of the Little High Chair
Owns many a throne, I declare
And its kings and queens--they are small
And the crowns that they wear--they are all
Made of softest and silkiest hair!
Sing hey, baby hi, baby!
See, we bend the knee,
And homage pay, the livelong day,
To High Chair royalty!
Oh, the house of the Little High Chair!
Though kingdoms be burdened elsewhere.
Here the heart of the mother-love sings
To her dear little queens and her king
And the world is all happiness there!
Sing hey, baby; hi, baby!
See, we bend the knee
And homage pay; the livelong day
To high Chair royalty.
-Mary H. Flanner.