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TITE SUNDAY OKEGOXIAX, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 31, 1909.
A WUl) Jw rw UW
PklTlNDIG to m A
GQZin COUNTRY GI&L,
in search or any but
Th' u the rt nf a scries of srt!-le
-rlDin tbe iDrlect of M Bon1.
potrnc n unirMltrnled country girl
wlthnjt mtn'r or trquiinftnc In ths city,
m p h er .mplormrnt. The flrt arttrls
ultl tell ef hr treatment at the Y"ur.K
Woman's "hrJtiaa Association, as well as
f funrjrr vttT In employment asendes.J
HT E1HTU M. BOND.
rHAT would befall an inexperienced
country girl who rsme.to Portland
fc.eku.lt employment, dressed In
Re umnlstakaMo garb of the child of
the plain, without even a single ac
.;uinTanc to whom she could turn, un
used to the. noise and confusion of a me
tropolis, with bnt a few dollars in money
'n tier po ket. and a wardrobe sufficiently
rrbreviated to be easily' carried in a
Seeking n answer to, this hypothetical
ouston and attired faithfully to repre
sent the, character outlined above. T
hoarded an Incoming O. R. X." train
one. morning recently, resolved to pursue
the query to its conclusion.
"Wrt most to Fortland. ain't we.
My Interrogator was a small person of
Jewish lineage, who had been, assiduously
cultivating my acquaintance for the past
ho nr. Upon my replying1 in the affirma
tive he deserted me for an instant in
rJer to communicate the glad tidings to
his pals in various sections of the chair
car. The squeals of delight which fol
lowed indicated the advent of a superla
tive Joy-jag on the part of the score or
more of assorted youngsters who had
bsen herded together for 4S weary hours,
and each expressed his feellrgs In most
But the small man's cry had already
been anticipated by the sleepy -heart of
toil." and from all aorta of crannies ami
comers were appearing smutty faces' and I
tousled heads sleepy wonder giving
st.ace to shrieks of delight as the glad
news waa sluwiy forced upon them. The
land of promise was really coming In
aijht; already we coulu see unmistakable
sign of the approach of a metropolis
the spirits of the chalr-cnrtsts according
ly were raised to the, Nth power and
excitement ran high.
As we rprroaehed the Kaat Side station
conditions around me were fast threat
ening tjtter chaos. Babies resented their
summary ejectment from the Land of
Nod with Caruso-like howls; breakfast
was sling eulen in seven different lan
guages: children collected from hitherto
unexplored regions were rounded up and
corraled. pending the final stoppage of
the train the whole preeontlng a scene
of indescribable ccnfuslon only to be
witnessed at the end of a transcontinen
In the midst of this pandemonium I sat
sllynt and alone with them and yet not
of them a sneaking sense of tho In
truder enhancing the self-ritylng fueling
alwavs born of the combined Influences
of an empty s'.omach and an early morn
ing entry :nto a brand-new city. Just for
an Instant carried away by my ovlron
mcnt I yielded to the temptation to fal
ter as I contemplated rriy undertaking.
Ostensibly I was coming Into a strange
city. friendless and unknown; I had
el-cted to appear at the utmost disad
vantage personally; my entire outfit of
clothing to all intr nta and purposes re
pojod in the buttered valise at my feet,
and my financial capital represented ex
The train stopped at the Union Station
with a last spasmodic snort, cutting short
my musings, aud tbe cnair car began at
nc to disgorgi Its congested mass of
humanity. I pat at 111 and watched the
r-iotk-y procession file past me. There
wr men and women, babies and older
children, all loaded with ruspicioun-look-ing
grips, rat-.-hels and sacks and greasy
newspaper parcels, of varioi-s sixes. Most
of thein were smelly, but that some of
them at leas', had klrdiy hearts I had
gocd reason afterward ;o prove.
W"on they wero all out I picked up
n.y grip and brought up the rear of the
procession, following the crowd out of the
gate and across the platform Into one
of the waiting-rooms beyond. .Here '.lie
tr-irit ef the city was already npparrnt;
GIVING A SIMPLE FORMAL DINNER
Almost Every Housekeeper Finds It an Occasional Dnty.
Woman's Home Companion.
AIjMOST all housekeepers find it an
occasional duty, as well as a great
pleasure, to give a formal dinner
which they wish to be quite out of the
ordinary. To have such a meal an un
qualified sucoeas one needs pay attention
to the details of table-setting and the
serving of tlie meal, as well as tbe care
ful preparation of the menu.
Let us take it for granted that the task
Is to be accomplished by two competent
persons the hostess herself and a general
maid (who. of course, must be a good
cook as well as waitress) or a cook and a
waitress. With covers for eight and only
two helpers It Is best to make a compro
mise betwven the so-called Russian and
Er.clii-h styles of serving. When a meal
Is served in tiie Kursian manner, every
th t-g Is from the side, all the responsi
bility of supplying food to those at table
tallin uron the waitress; In tbe English
manner tbe food is served from the
table, com'ylllng much personal atten
tion from the host and hostess to tbe
neds of those about them.
For th most gratifying results a com
blnition of the two is the most practical
as well as elegant, while it does not place
too much work on your assistants. So
at ourjittle dinners the carving joy be
lone bv the host and the vegetables
placed on the able and served by the
hostess: but let uc lay our table aa much
ftr ti e Russian fashion as Is possible,
for It looks much more attractive, less
rrewded ani mors dignified.
It is the tendency of the. times In the
best society 19 have fewer courses than
fmiiverly at a formal dinner, and ore and
on-hilf hours Is considered O'lMe hng
enough to sit st table. Again, good taste
commands that there shall not be an
- - . -sw - -- A
noise euid bustle and confusion, travelers
In every stage of anxiety at d expectancy:
it was tho ujmiI panorama of any large
railroad sta'Jon, end I soon perceived
what an insignificant nonentity I was
even In such outlanuish costume.
The many well -dressed people In the
ladles' waiting-room made mo painfully
aware of the fact that I was distinctly
out of my class and I felt myself yearn
ing for the seclusion and democratic
congeniality of the chair car. My TVlld
West attire seemed to excite several
smartly dressed .females to an undue
amount of Interest, and after giving
them the full benefit of front, back and
side views, I marched bravely into a
room where a sign proclaimed cheerfully
to the hungry that "eating is allowed
here." I was truly hungry, for I had
eaten no breakfast, but I wanted to sat
isfy myself that my looks did not belie
my feelings, so flopped wearily down be
side a fat German mother who had five
children of assorted sixes strung out In
a row on the seat beside her. The line
was topped at one end by a bird; cage
and a bulging telescope, while mater
familias held down the other end. Each
youngster was possessed of an enormous
chunk of ry bread commonly yclept
"pumpernickel" and the friendly Inter
est with which they eyed me was only ri
valled by the Interest displayed In a
bucket of steaming coffee which the Fran
Mutter was carefully pouring into a tin
The coffee did smell awfully good, so
that I had little difficulty In assuming
the longing look generally affected by
the famished. In the twinkling of an
eye I was discovered, and my silent ap
peal answered with an "Ach!" of moth
erly pity as the fat woman with the
five children leaned over and proffere
me a cup of the steaming ambrosia, i
felt like a detected criminal as I drained
the cup, and to further add to my embar
rassment, the small boy with (the red
comforter reached out his grimy hand
and silenlty presented me with his piece
of ryo bread. I hardly dared look at the
children, as with grunts and smiles of
evident Teutonic cheer I was speeded
on my way. Jut a little bit of the milk
of human kindness, so woefully .lacking
In the world today, but my grateful
over-display of silver, or, for that matter,
anything else. The- dining-room should be
well aired, while tho temperature should
be about 68 degrees F.
For Laying- the Table.
Cover the table with a silence cloth
(usually made of double-faced canton
flannel or felt).
This cover has three uses: (a); to pro
tect the polished table; (b) to deaden the
sound made In setting down the china;
(cT to improve the appearance of the
So read the damask cioth smoothly and
evenly, hiving the center of the cloth In
the oenter of the table.
Best table cloths should be Ironed
when damp, without folding and rolled
over a frame, which- may be easily
formed of paper If one has not a woodfsn
Place a service plate in the center of
each cover, allowing from 26 to 30
Inches in length and 15 Inches In depth
for eaoli. The plate as well as all cutlery
and silver aro eet one-half inch from tbe
edce of the table.
Place the dinner knife at the ritrht of
each service plate (the cutting edge to
ward tho platet. the soup-spoon (bowl vp)
beyond the parallel, the canape-fork be
yond the soup-spoxn. to the right; or
some prefer to lay it across the spoon,
as are oyster forks.
Place the forks at the left of each ser
vice plate (tints up). In order of use, the
first to be used being farthest from the
plate, namely, the dinner fork fir the
roes, and the.) the fish fjrk.
Forks as well aa spoons for additional
courses are placed as needed, thus avoid
ing too great a display on the table.
At tlio left of the forks lay the napkins
(dinner slxe), a roll, a piece of dinner
I - - I 1
thanks go out to you. liebe Frau Mutter,
and my sincere apologies to you, kiddles,
for robbing you.
I had been told to Inquire for the ma
tron of the station who, I had been In
formed by a solicitous conductor, would
"put you wise to the loan sharks and
employment grafters." The matron's du
ties are, as I understood, to sort of
mother, auch rural Innocents as I pur
ported to be and steer them in the di
rection of safe port and anchorage. After
some search and a deal of waiting I dis
covered her at last a busy personage
with a kind yet keen face and quick, en
ergetic manner. She did not ask me a
single question, and I was obliged to vol
unteer my story, stranger from the West
ern plains, never in a city before, no
friends here, parents dead, etc etc. She
eyed me keenly and somewhat impatient
ly. I thought, while I faltered out my
timid tale, her glance roving from my
ltmp skirt "of passionate scarlet to my
pink collar of country store style and de
sign. In my wild and woolly sombrero I
felt like Buffalo Bill after a rare old
print, but my appearance evidently satis
fied her that I was a genuine flower of the
plains, for she cut short my halting out
burst of eloquent fabrications with one
quick, terse sentence:
"Go right up to the Y. WL C. A."
"But where "
"Corner Taylor and Seventh." she cut
bread or stlok between the folds, but in
Remember that bread served with but
ter is not permissible at a formal dinner.
Near the point of each knife set a
water glass. At the right of the water
glasses place glasses for mineral water
if it Is to be served.
Arrange the centerpiece.
Place the bonbon dishes.
Place the candlesticks fitted with can
dles and ahades.
After the table is laid attention must
be paid to the sideboard and serving
The Sideboard Should Contain
Pitcher or carafe of chilled water
(pitchers' are now preferable), with or
without -a bowl of chopped Ice with a
Olives In a cut glass dish on a bed of
Salted almonds in a bonbon dish.
Forks for a salad course.
Finger bowls on dessert plates with
doilies, with an ice cream spoon on each
Bowl of cut sugar with tongs.
The side table should contain:
Tablespoons with which to serve vege
tables. Carving knife and folk.
Tray rovered with a doily.
Extra napkins, silver and two towels
Plate and napkin for removing crumbs
or table scraper with tray.
The plates for the hot courses should
be heated In a warming oven: the plates
for cold courses, salad as well as des
sert course, should be thoroughly
chilled by keeping In the Ice box.
- To properly announce a meal. th
waitress should step to the entrance o
the drawing-room and say. "Dinner I
served." The host enters the dlning-root
first with the woman guest of honor, the
hostess last In the procession with the
man guest of honor, which accounts for
the fact that the heud of the table Is
farthest from the dining-room door, the
Now for a few points to b remem
bered In serving:
Fill the water glasses' two-thirds full,
and light the candles (If there be any)
two mlnutoB before dinner Is announced.
Place a canape at each cover Just be
fore announcing the meal.
Pass all dishes from which food Is to
be taken to the left of those at the table,
taking care that the -tray be held low
enough to be reached with ease.
Set all portions prepared for Individual
service at the right of the one for whom
they are prepared.
Remove everything pertaining to one
course before serving, another.
Before serving the sweet course re
move all crumbs from the table.
I 'Meriesns Bees'nertA Mmn.
Cathol!o Standard and Times.
Da yowr-mant eet walk ets beat
Ken uniforms blue.
For keep an eye upon da street
An" watcha Wat you do.
An' eef eet theenk you mak so mooch '
You soon weeir own da town,
Eet tak' banan'. peanut, an' sooch
For kp da profeet down.
But g-onda bees'ness man
lie smile da best he can.
Tak' off hee hat an' looka pleas Wen
Fen mak' no odds to you
Wat gover'inanta do,
BaycauK you know you Bteell can mak da
. peopla pay for all.
Pa f-oooa peopla com' an buy
So long- as you are so man
For keep pollteoe!,? een your y
An beei'ness een your heart.
An day weeil buy da theengs dey want.
An' pay da prices, too,
Bsvcauee dey theenk da govermant
Ke keep an ' on you.
So good beei'ness man
He amlle da bet he can,
Tak' otr hees hat an looka pleae' w en
anybody call :
Ees mak' no odds to you
Wat gover manta do,
ivrauae you know you steel esn mak' is
peopla pay for all.
Fine Type Developed
TUB plant experts of the Department
of Agriculture are turning their at
tention to things of beauty as well as
usefulness, and several new flowers have
been evolved by them. Next season In
all probability some novel varieties of
lilies which were originally in the De
partment's greenhouses In Washington
will be placed upon the market by grow
ers, as well as a new Summer-blooming
"The growing of lilies In the United
States," said Professor B. T. Galloway,
In charge of the Bureau of Plant Indus
try.' "is rapidly becoming an important
Industry. Large quantities of bulbs have
In years past been imported from Ber
muda, Japan and other countries, and the
demand for the flowering, plants seems
to be on the Increaw.
"Various lines of work have been
undertaken and carried out by our ex
pert. Mr. Oliver, chiefly for the purpose
of securing- new types of lilies by hy
bridizing; and crossing- and to demon
strate the practicability of growing
lilies In this country directly from
seed.' j ,
One of the most promising- of the
hybrids has resulted from crossing the
Philippine lily and the Bermuda Illy.
The Philippine lily takes two months to
come into bloom from the period of
planting; the bulb, .while the Bermuda
and its various relatives require in the
neighborhood of five months. It was
thought there would be a great savins;
If the time taken to force a erood Easter
lily could be reduced by a iy ih or two.
With a view to bringing hls about
the hybridization of the Philippine and
the Bermuda lily has been effected. The
result of the cross is a flower larger
than the familiar Easter lily, but not'
HOvV'5 THE RANGE? v
In sharply. "Take a Fifth-street car and
get off at Taylor."
But I yearned for further enlighten
ment, "Will they get me a place to
stay?" I queried anxiously.
The matron's face assumed an aspect
of patient disgust. "They will take care
of you," she announced decisively, and
darted away, to stees some bewildered
visitor in the dlreotion of tho ticket win
dow. The matron on duty at the depot that
morning should be relieved of a part of
her responsibilities. From my experience
I feel safe in asserting that she has en
tirely too much to do.
With a sense of final dismissal I picked
up my valise again and started out on
my way, at least, although I knew not
whither I waa going. Outside, on Sixth
street, I timidly made my way with fal
tering steps, doing my level best to por
tray the halting and uncertain gait of
tho character I represented.
'Hello. Slsterl' How's the range!" He
was only a frosh drummer, probably
elated over a recent sale, but aa I pasaect
meekly by I confess it was hard to rq
frain tho rising impulse for a sarcastic
reply. I had hardly passed Facetious
Freddie beforo I was set upon by a horde
of voracious cabbies, newsboys and' mes
sengers each assuring me of his devoted
care and attention, and all apparently ob
livious to the violent attire which fairly
shouted my poverty and verdancy. Just
why I should bo so popular was some
thing. of a poser to me, but I modestly
declined their solicitous attentions with
ladylike firmness, meanwhile keeping a
weather eye out for a Fifth-street car,
the which seemed apparently non est.
"Looking for u nice place to stay,
It was an oil-and-silk voice that
cooed thus la my cur, and I turned
with a start to encounter the foxy
features of a ferret-faced female who
GROWING NEW LILIES
by the Agricultural Department New Dahlias Also. ,
quite so broad as and a little shorter
than the Philippine lily.
Up to this time Americans have had
to rely for a very sparse supply of
Philippine lilies upon the Philippine
Islands, and they arrive early In the
Spring, when they cannot be used for
-farcin?, but by growing them In Cali
fornia they can be obtained in the
Fall In good time for forcing into
flower during the Winter. Tbe plants
so far grown In California, says Mr.
Oliver, do not show signs of the lily
A second line of work in connection
with the production of lilies has been
under way In the department for the
last four years. This embraces tho se
lection of plants which show freedo"m
from disease as manifested by spotted
leaves and distorted flowers. Three va
rieties have been selected, all of which
are well khown In this country.
When these plants come into bloom
the flowers are cross-fertilized with
certain purposes In view. The Feeds
from these plants are sent to Califor
nia and elsewhere about th end of
the Summer. They are planted out in
the field In the following Spring and in
a year the growth made by the seed
lings Is so great that hundreds of
plants have been recently produced
bearing in the neighborhood of 30 flow- j
ers to a stem. j
Disease among the plants has not
been. so prevalent as in Bermuda and 1
Japan, which have hitherto been the j
sources of supply of bulbs used in this
Country. So far as the work has gone
the results have 'been very encourag
ing, especially In Southern California,
so that the Department plant special
ists express themselves as ressonably
certain that the entire supply of bulbs
will in time be produced within the bor
ders of the United States.
"There is," said Professor Galloway,
toyed suggestively with a nickel-plateil
hotel-runner's badge, prominently dis
played on her ample bosom, with os
tentatious rare- '
"Tes. ma-am." I assented in a skim
milk kind of voice.
The smiles Increased in strength and
velocity. "You jiist ooine right up to
ny place"." she gurgled, as though com
forting a colicky infant. Then In a
hurst of saccharine confident: "My
husband is a. broken-down Methodist
minister; we have a cosy home just
around the corner here: every modern
convenience: hot and cold water; free
baths: good warm meals and a fine
1 home with every comfort-rail for a
very reasonable consideration." She
paused for bretitli and enveloped me
with a smil'i that put to shame the
radiance of my Inflammable petticoat
and left me fairly gasping with the
But it was the l'Mip Hnd-lnnlil role I
was playing:, so I liesiiated with becoming-
merk'neja. slvlns out discon
nected hits of my story as occasion
offered end leading- her on to dis
course volubly of the advantages of a
good home with f!hrfstlan Influences to
such a tenderfoot as myself. She
warned me boldly of the perfidy of cer
tain depot officials, whose names she
mentioned In no complimentary terms
and hinted at the dangerous pitfalls
which wfould beset "a frlrl of your
class-' if she elected to "pass up" the
parental protection which the Blank
Hotel was hurling at her. Falling on
this tack, she veered and grew cornpll
"Of course, dear, you're not strictly
up to date," she gurgled, with a glance
at my fetching color scheme of scarlet
and pink. Then perceiving- hef
"break," hurriedly interjected: "I mean
you ain't used to city ways yet. But
you'll soon catch on all right. Just onc
you get a fair show." Then as a final
trump card: "You ain't got a bad face
at all, nd you look quite bright"
"But I haven't any money, and I antl
expecting- to find some place to stajn
until I can get work," I replied.
This latter faot evidently wajl tooi
much for my aympathetlo friend, and tl
left her with an expression !ndicatin
that the honey of her life had beerM
temporarily flavored with lemon.
With no car In sig-ht and every pros
pect pleasing: for adventures I deolded'
to walk up Sixth street, eager to try
the effect ct my garish attire upon
the Portland populace. So much for;
anticipation. The people I passed wer
for the most part too much occupied
with their own affairs to notioe me,,
and even the noise made by my vlsual
shout of red wailed to attract more'
than a commonplace stare from some
street urchin or an .occasional glance
of amused contempt from some irrdo
lent woman who chanced to pass me.
Anxious to test the affect of my ap
pearance on him, I accosted a well
dressed gentleman, evidently a prosper
ous business man of middle age, asking
to be directed to the Y. W. C. A. build
ing. "Why, certainly, miss; It's only a
short distance from here," he replied,
giving- me a most respectful and almost
deferential bow as he raised his hat.
"Let mo carry your gtlp and I'll take
you right to the door."
Takinjr the valise from me. he suavely
led the way, and in a twinkling- we
were standing outside the beautiful
building which is dally a haven of rest
for friendless and homesick girls. With
a friendly smilo in acknowledgment of
my thanks he again tipped his hat and
And rielit here, ' I'm thinking, is a
good place to pay my hearty respects
to the mere man of Portland. In no
other city have I met the courteous
treatment accorded nie In the City of
Roses, effete Boston, with its noted
chivalry to the contrary notwithstand
ing-. I have since made it a point In
my wanderings about Portland to put
this fact to the test, and in all clrcum- ,
stances it has been verified. I have
yet to meet with insult or even vulgar
comment from a Portland citisen. I
make my bow to him.
Ills Automobile Song.
Here is an old Georgia darky's song of
Satan riz up at de break o' day.
An' do auto knocked him cl ar out de
It knocked him high, an' it knocked him
An' he never come back ter de airth no
V. t. Stanton, in Atlanta Constitution.
"a large tract of country with soil suit
able for lily growing in the southwest
ern portion of California from Santa
Barbara down and extending inward for
"Some of those produced during the
last season from 2 U .3-year-old plants
are very large and satisfactory. Among
some bulbs recently received by us was
one which measured nearly 16 inches
in circumference, and others closely ap
proximated this great, size.
"'t would soem that the method of
reproduction by seed, saving desirable
types from the seedlings and propagat
ing those only by division and not from
scales, Is the true solution of the prob
lem confronting the Kaster lily indus
try in the I'nited States."
In connection with the work on the
improvement of florists' flowers a new
f'tminer blooming dahlia has been de
veloped by Mr. Oliver and. It is be
lieved, will fill a long fell want In sup
plying flowers of brilliant colors sev
eral weeks before the ordinary types
of dahlias are available. The seed bes 1
ing parent of the new race Is a species
discovered three years ago in "Mexico
at an elevation of 711 f,:et by Ftl
erico Chisholm. Thep lants were foi -warded
to the bureau of plant industrv
and have been crossed wltli the ordi
nary species, and as The result of these
orosaes more than In new forms have
How a Country PHjier Talk.
There was a man In our town.
And he was wondrous wise.
Ho swore by all the dogs that be
He would not advertise.
At last one day he advertised,
And thereby hangs a tale:
The ad was set in nonpareil
And headed "Sheriff s Sale."
Midway (Ky.) Clipper.