Harrisburg Telegraph from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1947 · Page 5
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Harrisburg Telegraph from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania · Page 5

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, June 21, 1947
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II 11 Today's Short Story: , Miss'siJsiE's INDEPENDENCE By Mary G. Swinsoo It was a shock to me, of course, to - find Miss Susie Brown lying dead in her bed. But we had all expected it and talked it over with the church and county officials. There had to be a funeral of some sort and a place to put her. Miss Susie had been a town institution all my life and my mother's life before me and it was just as natural that the town would feel a responsibility for burying her as it would for - keeping the grass cut around the monument downtown. Our town was a small one and, being off the big new national highways, it hadn't grown much .during my lifetime Selling her books became Miss Susie's most thrilling adventure. and we were all pretty closely knit. The county did what it could for Miss Susie in her last years and the churches asked as regularly for donations for her as they did for foreign mis - ' sions. It was lucky in the long run for Miss Susie, I guess, that she had no especial church af - . filiation and they all contributed; although mama and I always suspected a Methodist persuasion. It was not a Baptist persuasion; we were Baptists . and knew that. When Miss Susie first came to our town as a young girl, nobody ever knew from where or why. She cooked for my grandmother. Grandma had a weakness for strays dogs, cats and folks but Miss Susie lasted the longest, three generations. After Grandma died, Miss Susie's first real independence began and it was a heady draught. Selling religious books became her most thrilling adventure and the fact that we bought them only to 'support Miss Susie never seemed to slow - up her desire for independence. Methodists, Baptists and Episcopalians alike bought her. books and we strongly suspected that she spread her re - ligious sympathies pretty carefully. I know I can remember - sitting on the floor avidly thumbing the flamboyantly col - - ored Bible pictures, watching her little 'possum eyes flash and hearing her say to Mama: "Now, Mary, it says here just as plain as the nose on your face that Jesus went down into the River Jordan and lifted up the water and poured it on 'em, but you never tell no Baptists I told you 'cause they wouldn't buy my books." It turned out that she was Mama's special care and worry after Grandma was gone and I guess she must have had some of Grandma's feeling for strays too because Mama was the one who launched her on her most important career. Maybe Mama felt that if Miss Susie had to have her independence we might as well benefit from it. Anyhow, when I was a skinny - legged tomboy of seven or eight, when I recognized her flat - heeled, deliberate stride coming down the street and saw the "big, deep box clutched tightly under an angular shoulder and sniffed peach blossoms in the air, I. knew spring had really come. We all dropped fascinating play to rush for the parlor; for there would be spread out linen laces, valenciennes, fine damasks and colored rick - racks . . . things which pointed to Easter and party dresses and occasionally left - overs for doll dresses. Advice was handed out unasked and for the greater part unheeded, but I can always remember that the dominant part of it was: "Now, Sally, always be independent ... you'll be thought more of, if you do." And I was years realizing that that same advice stood me in good stead. The summer when Jack Davis came to visit my brother and I was eighteen, you'd have thought I'd have known better at that age, but I made the same calves' eyes and stuttered the same as the rest of the town girls did over him. We'd never seen a boy so handsome and gay. It was the time of the year when Miss Susie was taking orders for Christmas and I sat , dreamily by; one eye on the window with visions of broad masculine shoulders and sparkling blue eyes running through my head. I can hear Miss Susie now, her sharp features reflecting shadows on tired, sunken cheeks: "Mary, all my girls is growing up 'round here and I'm sort of expecting to sell goods for a wedding dress about next spring. But what gets me is how this young Jack feller could pick any one of these town girls he'd happen to want. Now, if I was a young girl and rams liked him. Yd be independent" Of course, I knew Miss Susie was old and foolish and, as far " as we knew, had never had a beau in her life but it was a funny thing; after that, whenever Jack was around I just couldn't make a fuss over him and next spring Miss Susie was talking to Mama about my wedding dress. Well, a couple of years later, Miss Susie began to fail. She was living over Watson's store in a clean - scrubbed, bare room that the county paid for. The Baptists took her milk, the Methodists butter, and Mr. Watson gave her bread and other staples. Mama and I kept her in laces and the visiting ladies bought them. That kept Miss Susie's independence . . . and she kept her accounts in a little book that was always in a box at the foot of her bed. That was her business office and nobody was allowed to dpen that box. The day I'd told her about the baby coming next spring, she got me to hand her the box and wrote down the kinds of laces I'd need and had me put it carefully back in place. Mama was so' excited about preparations for the first grandchild that she almost forgot to send Miss Susie's Christmas laces. "Sally," she said, "would those steps up to Miss Susie's be too much for you? The poor old soul will want to see you and talk over the baby's laces with you." . At first, I thought Miss Susie was asleep. Jack was worried afterwards for fear the shock had upset me too much, but it didn't . . . she looked so peaceful with a smile on her face and I guess happier than she had in life; I always thought so anyhow. I sent for Mama and the town ladies and they all sat around with genuine sorrow for Miss Susie. Then they got her pitiful possessions together. By common, consent, Mama was given the box at the foot of the bed to open. She spread out on the foot of the old iron bedstead, an old pin Grandma had given her, her account book, a small Bible and a Methodist hymn book. Then Mama read aloud some printing on the back of an old envelope. It said: "This will keep me out of a pauper's grave." Inside was $600.00 in cash. Some of the ladies at first looked indignant . . . "Living on charity all this time," they said. Others mostly looked pleased. That she had a treasured hymn book of her own made it seem a legitimate charity. She must have been a Methodist ' But Mama and I were both happy. Mama said: "I'm so glad the baby's laces came; Miss Susie'd like that. Sally, we'll get her a lot at the cemetery and buy her a nice headstone." No wonder Miss Susie had a smile on her face; she'd kept her independence. (Copyright) . Dots and dash a pleasing combination indeed when it comes to newest looking summer blouses. A wise choice of lovely batiste, sheer lawn, or crisp muslin insurest the easy way to maintain flower freshness through quick launder - ' ing. I Be Smart MODEST MAIDENS Tndeaerk blistered U. a rate OnVe 1MB ' cJA.V Alam "He said I was pretty he liked my frame too!" Antique at - . Lovely antique pieces from "antique fever" daring the war It is dangerous to buy your first real antique. Frances Magnes, the violinist, will agree with this statement. When asked how her apartment on West 57th Street in New York came to be furnished with fine early American antiques she answered, "When we were married in 1942 and moved into this apartment, we had only one or two pieces of furniture. We started shopping with the idea of buying modern furniture, but could not find anything that annealed to us. "By chance, we wandered into an antique shop in a metropolitan store where we discovered a corner cupboard dating back to the 1700's. We were intrigued by this and, in a mad rush of determination, bought it. "When the cupboard arrived at the apartment, we realized that everything else we bought would have to be centered around this How to Pack Your Beauty Kit By Betty Clarke You'll need to do a lot of planning when packing cosmetics for a trip. Bottles and jars tucked away too carelessly may crack and their contents spill on expensive lingerie and irreplaceable garments. Probably there will be some jars that need to be taken on vacation but tnere are a number of cosmetic items that, can be replaced with those in non - breakable containers. Perfume must be carefully packed and the stopper sealed with wax or adhesive. tape. It is best to take it in small vials with light screw caps. These can be wrapped and tucked away snugly in handkerchief bags or slippers. If you are taking a plane to your vacation resort, take sachet powder or cream cologne instead of perfume which may evaporate or spill at high altitudes. The new ball point perfume dispensers are ideal for plane travel, however. You won't be able to pack your favorite liquid foundations safely for a plane journey, but there are a number of substitutes which may , be found to help enhance your beauty. , On vacation you should acquire enough of a tan so that a heavy liquid foundation is not required. Pack a powder - cake which is easy to use both as a make - up base and for retouching jobs. This requires no water, no fingertip blending and comes in bronze or tawny shades which will be flattering as your holiday spins and your skin tone deepens. Be sure to include shampoo in your vacation suitcase. The cream - in - the - tube kinds are - SJ as a picture and I think ' Fever Is "Catching" i j in in i i I ' w . " 0 Lit. v: tWi i4W N tub v - - A I the home of Frances Magnes, concert violinist The Magnes's caught when other furniture was difficult to get and now there's no cure. one piece. We found our four Hitchcock chairs next and by that time we were rabid antique fans." The next piece to intrigue the couple was a Welsh dresser, which they found in Gloucester, Mass. It was owned by a native family and had been handed down from one generation to the next. Its present owners finally agreed to sell it to 'the Magnes's and it was brought to New York by a friend who owned a trailer. In the Welsh dresser are old pewter spoons of the 1700's, pewter plates, a mug and a miniature samovar, which orig - " inally came from Russia all bought in Cambridge. The bottom of the dresser is filled with Magnes's music. But of all their . treasures, the most useful piece has proved to be the cobbler's bench dis CAKE POWDER able favorite . for beauties. . Pack - vacation packable favorites. Particularly if you are at the shore, you will need to wash your hair every day to free it of - sand and salt picked up at the beach. If you are going on a long train trip, one of the dry shampoos will come in handy until you arrive at your destination. Your manicure and pedicure should be your last beauty rituals before leaving home. If you lacquer your nails properly with special lacquers which make polish long lasting, perhaps you will not need to take nail polish and , chance its spilling. Nail lacquer is a difficult stain to remove from clothing. Investigate sun tan oils and lotions and make sure you take only the best. You want to be sure you have adequate skin protection befoije basking in . the sunlight and of .course you'll want to take it easy the first few sunning days, anyway, just as an added precau - tion Many of these tanning lotions leave stains, however so be sure bottle caps are tightly anchored. One of the simplest ways to solve the problem of bottles and jars that may leak, in the event you don't have a train case with compartments made , for the purpose, is to carry them in your handbag. To do this you must pan to take your . largest handbag and buy a zip - pered cosmetics pouch with a waterproof lining to hold such things as nail polish, perfume, lotions and makeup. You now can find jars of little pads saturated with deodorant and skin cleansers and these are handy to have on a trip. If you hesitate to include these jars because of their bulk, transfer the pads to non - breakable screw - top cosmetics containers. covered in Brattleboro, Vt The date is hard to define, but from all appearances it goes back to the first quarter of the 18th century. Mr. MagneVs pipes are kept in the part where the cobbler used to keep his tools. Otherwise, it is used as any other so - called coffee table is used. . Mrs. Magnes very wisely has done quite a bit of reading on the subject of antiques and has made a scrapbook of clippings from newspapers and magazines showing those antiques she hopes to buy. She never has bought one piece without her husband being with her. The purchases are partnership affairs. Here is a talented concert violinist, daughter and granddaughter of violinists, who makes her home a career: as welL File Contains Hollywood Sneeze or laugh or clap your hands at any pub - . lie gathering hereabouts and. there's just a remote chance . that the noise you make will wind up in the movies. Studios maintain vast vaults of sound effects recorded on film, ready for' dubbing into current productions. They're cataloged under every imaginable heading from "man eating celery" to "small dog growling as if he had person by seat of pants." Consider, for example, Hal R. Shaw and his merry men of the microphones at Warner Brothers. They have stalked the San Fernando Valley fields by night to record the chirp of crickets, have risen long before dawn to catch the howl of coyotes that used to be started yapp.mg every 7 a. m. by the studio whistle. For technical reasons, it's often easier to dub into a movie sound track a previously recorded effect than to record the actual sound made when a scene is filmed. A train round TTDekb Unas siaMedl itHn IEsitirai JPennimy When you are asked to pay 1 cent more for a bottle of Coca - Cola, remember that the State of Pennsylvania has added the extra penny in the form of a tax. We have not increased the whole sale price of Coca - Cola. HARRISBURG COCA - COLA BOTTLING WORKS, INC. 17th and Holly Su. M. DILLARD SAMS, Manager Phone 44151 Shampooings Are Beneficial To Oily Scalps By Antoinette Donnelly Time after time we are asked , by persons troubled with oily hair if frequent washings do not exaggerate the oily condition. Infrequent washings, we reply, would exaggerate the condition appreciably, and it would make the individual infinitely' less attractive. In cases of extreme oiliness where frequent shampoos and other home remedies for correction prove " ineffective, we urge the person to see a reliable scalp specialist The overaction of the glands causing the excessive ' oiliness may require medical analysis and remedy. In ordinary cases, it must be understood, that the glands are overactive in secreting oil and the result of this overactivity must be removed frequently, and shampooing is the known' way of removal. ' We believe that there is a lot of legend about washing hair frequently. Hollywood stars " Jiave told us often that they - must wash their hair several times a week, and even daily during picture making. We find - among our young high school group that washing hair several times a week is becoming a fixed habit with a number of them who suffer sign bf oiliness. We know people who have washed their locks several times a week for years and years and what happens in almost every - case is that they have better hair as a result. It is the rinsing out of soap and in thorough drying of the .hair that one must be strict about. And a trick that helps in . milder oily hair condition is, if possible, to finish off with a cold water rinse. There's nothing like the good old cold water to help right faulty pore conditions. You would think an oily haired person would understand that oil should not be added to her hair. But we have known where this has been done. Oil should not be applied to oily hair under any. circumstances. - 4000 Noises ing a curve or puffing into a station, for example. Shaw reckons he has about 4000 noises on file, cataloged and cross - indexed. Under "Bells" alone there's everything from Indian ankle bells to London's Big Ben the real thing. There's the sputter and roar of a German buzz bomb and the man who recorded it was killed by another that hit Warners' London studio the next day. , The dirigible Macon four motors got into the sound files before it blew up. "Bull bellowing," "three contented cows mooing," "leopard snarls," and "cat lapping milk" are cataloged. Under - "Biffs and Bangs" are listed "socks on jaw," "rubber hose hits" and even "vertebra snaps." Another sound expert not . Shaw is reputed to have telephoned a USC biologist to ask how he could get his basketful of crickets to chirp. The biologist explained that chirping was the mating call and suggested the males be separated from the females. "But how can I tell" he began, and ' then added: "Oh, well, I'll put each one in a separate box." PLCS 1 STATE TAX HARMSBURG TELEGRAPH, Harrisiurg, As We Live Why Gl Bj Elisabeth B. Hurlock, Ph. D. (Q). "I have been married for three months. We are living " with my husband's parents due to the housing shortage. This is" not the home I would like to live in all my life because it isn't U really mine and I wouldn't like to burden my in - laws with my future children. I'm sure you'll find that this is the main reason - for so many former G. L wives having jobs insteead of babies." FORMER G. I. WIFE. (A) Most women, after mar - I Wife to Blame For Failings Of Her Mate By Doris Blake "The first years of my married life seemed to run smoothly but as time goes on my husband gets worse and worse!" writes Mrs. K., approaching a fifth wedding anniversary. When we meet a statement like that we wonder if the little abused one ever considers what her "monster" husband might write at the end of the same marriage period. We have a gonviction borne out by plenty of evidence that when a woman gets around to broadcasting her mate's vices she has to appoint herself the innocent martyr, without a fault Though her husband may have measured up well during the first few years of marriage, when trouble arises she cannot see that she may have had a hand . in the change that's come over him. And it does stand to reason that some one, something is responsible for the change; that he is the victim, too, of disillusion, disappointment, even suffering. You might even admit that did the wife remain the nice person she started out . to be, there would be little appreciable change in her man's character and habits But she cannot see that she plays a part in her man's status as sweetheart, husband, and worthy mate. She won't see it, that is. So that much of this martyrdom of hers is self - wrought. In Mrs. K.'s case, for example, it is fairly obvious who is responsible for the current marital discord. She never has liked housework. She hates cooking. She never had to do it at home when she lived with her mother. Mother wouldn't , have her pretty hands soiled or spoiled. So her husband complains of the condition of the home he returns to nights. He complains about the meals. Behind such housekeeping inefficiency one can easily read many other discomforts and confusion for the male. His laundry probably is untended, requests he makes about things being sent to be cleaned and pressed are neglected. But because these wifely duties are expected of . her, the little woman makes a monster of her man. Yes, we know the type. We recognize these women by their brand of complaints. And because they're just not bright enough to recognize their own faults, we can't see much hope for them. After all, four years of inefficient management woukT be enough to make a monster out of a peace loving man. Pa, Saturday. June 21. 1947 5 Brides Work riage, regard a job as a tem - Z porary thing. Former ' G. wives, who are unable to have homes of their own, owing tpp - the housing shortage, find a job far more satisfying than living in a home where they cannot be mistress. In doiibled - up quar - , ters, there really isn't enough : housework to keep, any vigorous young woman occupied. Idle - hands can get into mischief at ; any time but, in an in - laws' home, the setting is perfect for" trouble under such conditions. . When a woman works after marriage, especially when the I husband is a former service - man, it gives him an opportunity to become established in his work and to lay aside some . money for a home and family. The wife's financial contribu - - tions will hasten the time when this aim can be realized. The alarmingly high divorce, rate in America today is unquestionably partially the result of too many families living too cramped quarters. They get on each others' nerves and quarrel. The next step is the divorce court A young wife can do a v lot to save herself from this fate by having an interesting job .' that takes her out of the home until the time comes when she can have a home of her own. - . "If you have a personal problem about a friend or relative write Dr. Hurlock ' for advice." 'r America's Largest Bulb Grower Offers Yob O TULIf Bulbs f oi 250 Vow nalehbora w(l admlra Hmw blooJ Mt ipring. HafHi May - (lowering bidbj about I end ovw ij DIAMETER of differ J vorioiUi, odmir.j CoIam mil ... t.l kttahb. Those 6 bulbs aro worth at least J1.00. W ako this surprising offer for the privilege of sendMa yo. our r. FAU PUNTING UST showing yZ "afwol colon every variety of each type of jower wo offer, such as Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Snowdrops and other spring flowering bulbs. Moka your garden even more beautiful by planting soma of these beautiful blooming bulbs this faH fro America's largest bulb GROWER. No mhV necessary merely wraa quarter in Hue. end write name, oddress and word "TUUP" on back ?fJrvtoP M ,wi"y "d" bulbs and list will be seat you to ' bulbs for Fall plonting. . HARTFORD FARMS wfcii Inrpst Ml Crmrt DEPT. 452 HARTFORD. MIC. III I nu

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