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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 12

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, April 26, 1934
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TWELVE MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE APRIL 26 · 1934 Mrs. L. J. Dickinson Writes of Cherry Blossom Festival. Editor's Note--Spring is an enchanting time anywhere, but in Washington it is particularly so. Mrs. L. J. Dickinson, wife of Iowa's senator, writes of the many ' events which April weather brings to the national capital. Dear Jane, Radiators have sizzled overtime this year but our cold disagreeable winter has bid us goodbye at last. April, sometimes the month of the Easter egg-rolling on the white lawn is here. Easter Monday was a goregous day and there were several hundreds of persons big and little on the white house lawn, the children busy rolling their gayly colored eggs. Most of the eggs hard- boiled but some, unfortunately, colored but not boiled a bit This sport of egg-rolling, so. definitely a Washington and not a national custom, is said .to have been introduced in the national capital by some Scotch folk who made their homes here. According to an old newspaper it is an old Scotch cus- tum to roll bannocks, (w.heelshaped cakes of oatmeal) down hills at Eastertime. When, with the evolution of food tastes in the new country, bannocks went out of style, eggs were substituted. Transferred to White House. So began Washington's egg-rolling. In the olden days the eggs were rolled down the steep grassy slopes west of the capitol grounds but during Hayes' administration congress passed a law that none of the capitol grounds and terraces should be used as a playground. Who was the Pied Piper to transplant the children's egg-rolling from capitol to white house I do not know. Tne're's'eenis to be no record of that. Washington has lost its once gorgeous Easter parade. Older inhabitants tell me that it used to be a gay sight to see the procession of horses and carriages'that bore coats of arms on their doors. They formed a dense line down the avenues with their fashionable passengers leaning out to greet their fashionable friends who'chose to walk, all on their way to church. Nowadays it is a general scramble to keep from under 'the wheels of automobiles which travel far too fast to recognize the passengers,' and no, Jane, not so 'many are on their way to church either. April is the month of meetings for women--Washington the mecca for national conventions of women from all parts d£ the country, with all . their attendant excitements and fes- "tivities. The Daughters of the American Revolution Congress came first with the Colonial Dames Congress and other patriotic society meetings following. The National League of American Pen Women convention comes next and starts its meetings with a "celebrity breakfast" which in itself is always most interesting. Trace Ancestry. If you wish to find data about your ancestry Washington is the place to find it. At the census bureau, at the Library of Congress, at the pension office and in the great library of the D. A. R. (Constitution) hall are wonderful old records--invaluable to genealogists. In the D. A. R. library there are 20,000 volumes and trained workers are constantly assembling more material. In the file case there are several thousands of unpublished Bible, court, church and cemetery records. The only living member of the Washington clan who was born at Mount Vernon is Eleanor Washington Howard, great, great grandniece of General George Washington-and I know her very well. The walls of her. Washington apartment are lined with historic pictures, and the bookcases are filled with books on the days of Washington, ancestry and the deeds of the great. Mrs. Howard, although now 78 years old, never inises a meeting o. the D. A. R. congress. She has held many high offices, in the D. A. R aid served as the'national head of the Children of the American Revo lution. It was during my work in the G. A. R. that I became acquaint ed with this interesting little old lady. Flowers Blooming. · The golden, forsythia is in bloom the magnolia blossoms are out anc all over the white house lawn are crocuses, purple, yellow and white Spring has brought dozens of push cart flower vendors out along th 'avenues of the capital. The rainbov fountain at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial has been turned on. It i beautiful to see, especially in tin evening. The last three survivinj Victoria drivers are plying thei trade now that spring has come am all week they have been waiting i front of the D. A. R. building, hop ing some delegate to the convention will steal away from the meeting and ride with one of them aroun the tidal basin and along the Poto mac river. "Only a dollar, pleas ma'am." These old colored men who driv from a high seat in front are re splendent in green and purple coach men's garb and high hats whic have seen better days. The quain victorias which hold two people ar drawn by shaggy, rather wistfu looking horses--one to each vie toria. Many people, forgetful of gl' ries past, call the victorias simplj "seagoing 'hacks." which is quite an insult to their drivers. The hotels have been running ove with guests all week, thousands o them. Besides the 3,000 attendants at the D. A. n. convention, som 300,000 persons came by auto, train bus and airplane to attend the firs cherry blossom festival Washington has ever had. The three day special rites to the blossoms, now at the height of their blooms were held mostly under the cherry trees around the tidal basin. The festival jlayed up some of the best features f the New Orleans Mardi Gras, of toe famous flower fetes at Nice and ·f cherry blossom time in Japan bu* t had some features of its own, too. Sunrise Ceremony. It started on its way at 6 o'clock in the morning with a sunrise ceremony--there was music and sylvan dancing. Although the hour was too early for me there were some 4,000 spectators. One afternoon there was a beautl 'ul coronation ritual. Miss Roosevelt, daughter of the assistant secretary of the navy, was the queen, and she was escorted by 12 attendants. Walking under the cherry ilossoms during the coronation of he queen was the Japanese ambas- ador and Madame Saito. Madame Saito was dressed in a native cos- ume. She looked like an exquisite doll in her apple green kimona with ilacfc and green figures painted on t. A horse show began as the c6ro- natlon ended. This took place at the 'olo grounds nearby. There were all tinds of horses--cavalry horses, ar- illery horses, draft horses, polo lorses--horses for work, sport and var. And there was a fine pack of oxhounds. The Fort Myer soldiers ut on a daring riding exhibition, 'here were motor boat regattas on he waters of the tidal basin and anoe races. Present "Mikado." The opera, "The Mikado," was resented in the open air theater ear the Washington monument. There was a grand parade of floats epicting almost every development the history of the country. One loat represented George Washing- on cutting down the cherry tree. Vuother, "Washington at Mount ernon." Then there was "The Original Prairie Schooner," "Liberty ell," "Springtime in Japan" and many others. The queen's float was esigned something like a Japanese agoda. One of its motifs was the etting sun. The queen, dressed in ·hite satin and carying a huge muff : white tulle ornamented with a ray of white cherry blossoms was eated high up in the rear of the oat, and-her 12 attendants were on series of descending steps below er. Their dresses were pink, the arkest shade at the botom and the ghtest at the top, the same ar-. angement as is found in a cherry lossom. I believe I have written you before hat these 3,000 cherry trees were resented by the city of Tokio, cap- tal of Japan, to Washington, capital of th« United States, as a "token of ;ood will and high esteem held by the people of Japan for the people of the United States." These cherry :ees are of 11 varieties and some of he blossoms are fragrant and some are not. No other flower in Japan is so exalted and so worshipped as the cherry tree. History shows that as early as the fifth century, the em- )eror and his court annually con- pened at the palace of the young cherry trees in the vicinity of the ancient city of Nara to view the ilossoms and make boating excursions about the cherry bordered ake. Aroist music and a shower if pink petals, princes and knights, nobles and priests spent their souls n poems and lyric epigrams and led the poems to the branches of .he cherry trees. Hold Garden Parties. A thousand and five hundred years have passed, but the imperial jarden parties in honor of the cherry blossoms still continue. In some sections of Japan. the petals of several varieties are used brewing tea--and in other sections of the flowery kingdom a perfume is pressed from the petals which flutter to the ground after flourishing five or ten days. Many people have wondered why these trees bear Wife Preservers A blackboard eraser is an excel lent polisher for window panes. It removes any lint and smears left after wiping with cloth and gets into all the corners. no fruit either here or in Japan. Department of agriculture experts who have studied these trees, both here and in Japan, have decided that so much of the strength of the tree is given to produce the great profusion of blossoms that there is not enough [eft to produce fruit. Holly has been planted this spring hi open spaces between the cherry trees. This gives them a beautiful background as at blossom 'time there are no leaves on the cherry trees. As I end my letter to you, Jane, word comes over the telephone that Mrs. Bessie C. Higgins of Spencer, our past Iowa State D. A. R. regent, aas just been elected one of the seven national vice presidents general of the D. A. R. And I also hear that of all of the 11 nominating speeches made in presenting candidates, Mrs. Seth Thomas of Fort Dodge made the very best and most repressive one for Iowa's candidate. We are proud of our Iowa D. A. R.s. . Affectionatey, MYRTLE C. DICKINSON. It seems next to impossible for Chinese troops to find a location where they are satisfactory tp the Tapanese.--Rochester Democrat and Ihronicle. WANT TO SEE SOMETHING ·i INTERESTING, DEAR? INS) V I JUST PUT THE DISHES IN THESE LIVELY R1NSO SUOS- NO WONDER YOUR HANDS ARE NEVER iREO ANY MORE! AND how Rinso saves time and work JL\. on washday! \Soaks out dirt--saves scrubbing. Clothes come 4 or 5 shacks whiter. 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