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WASHINGTON. The coming Win
ter promises to be the gayest
social season Washington has
known since the Roosevelts were in
the White House. Last Winter no en
tertainments were given there, the
Wilsons being in mourning, and this
circumstance had a depressing effect
upon the fashionable circles of the
Capital. But. if report errs not, the
President's bride-to-be Intends to sig
nalize her advent by a brilliant series
of entertainments; and it goes without
saying that everybody will be eager to
meet, and, if possible, to know her.
Of course, every one Is saying that
she Is a wonderfully lucky woman.
True; but the business of being a
President's wife Is not so easy and
enjoyable as most people imagine. It
Involves a great deal of very hard
work and much responsibility. The
"first lady in the land" has but little
time that she can call her own, or
to devote to mere amusement.
There are, however, many compen
sations. Chief among them is the
pleasure derivable from occupying so
distinguished and enviable a position.
No woman could fail to find delight In
that. But, to mention only one minor
advantage, the mistress of the White
House has a housekeeping allowance
of $25,000 a year from the Government,
besides what her husband gives her
for domestic expenses. ,
Foe another advantage, she has no
calls to make. Everybody calls upon
her, but etiquette does not require her
to return visits. To this rule there are
one or two exceptions. If an ex-Presl-dent's
wife comes to Washington, she
will go to call upon Mrs. Wilson,, and
Mrs. Wilson will return the call. The
same course of procedure would be
followed In the case of newly-arrived
Mrs. Wilson's Invitations sent out
from the White House will be in effect
commands. No "previous engagement"
can be alleged as a reason for non
acceptance. A card from the Presi
dent's palace (as the mansion was
called a century ago) renders all other
engagements void. Illness, death or
absence from the city are the only
excuses deemed accptable, and the
recipient of the Invitation must in his
reply state briefly the circumstance
compe.ling his declination.
Where the sending of Invitations Is
concerned, Mrs. Wilson will have no
trouble at all, beyond supervising the
list of people to be asked. All the
rest of the work will be done by m,
clerk specially appointed for the pur
pose, assisted by a couple of expert
penmen transferred from the depart
ments to the'Wh'te House staff tem
porarily during the social season. For
each of the great public receptions
there are some thousands of engraved
cards to be filled in, and envelopes to
be written delivery of the cards, In
Washington, being made not by mall,
but by one of the President's own mes
sengers. Mrs. Wilson will have no housekeep
ing worries. Her butler (known of
ficially as the steward) is paid by the
Government, his wages being $1800 a
year. He will do all the marketing,
buy the wines and cigars, and exercise
a general control over the food supply
and culinary department. Provisions,
groceries, etc., are purchased by him
in the ordinary way. but always with
the understanding that if any dealer
ventures to use the White House pat
ronage as an advertisement, it will be
There is also an official housekeeper,
a woir.an, paid by Uncle Sam, but ap
pointed or discharged by the Presi
dent's wife. Mrs. Wilson will find It
necessary to employ a "social secre
tary," mainly to help her with her
personal correspondence. This young
lady, as well as the ordinary servants,
about a dozen in number, will draw her
pay from the President's own pocket.
The White House ordinarily employs
three women cooks, a couple of scull
ions, and .three women in the laundry.
Four colored men attend to the work
Speaking of the correspondence of
the Piesident's wife, it may be as well
to explain that all of It passes through
the business office of the White
House, where letters addressed to her
that are not unmistakably from per
sons she knows are opened and read.
Such letters never reach her eye not
even though marked "private." It Is
necessary to exercise this censorship
because otherwise the "first lady"
would be overwhelmed by the flood of
communications which people are all
the time addressing to her on every
What has already been said gives
little notion of the elaborate system
ij?f"M TUMI Srnmi f
quisite napery. china and cut glass
presents a most appetizing picture.
Mrs. Wilson's seat . is directly oppo
site that of her husband. He stands
at his chair until she has had time
to reach hers, whereupon they "sit
down, the rest of the company follow
ing their example. Immediately there
is a buzz of conversation; but nobody
can converse with anybody save his or
who may happen to be Mrs. Wilson's
guests. In short, they are expected to
act as beaux, available in that capacity
at all hours. Theirs is the greatest op
portunity in the world to pick up an
heiress Washington being full of rich,
girls and chronically "shy" of eligible
The $25,000 which Congress allows
her next neighbors. To tell the can- annually for the upkeep of the White
did truth, a state dinner is rather
dull affair. Custom prescribes that It
shall last two and a half hours, and
there are no speeches. There must
be 10 courses and four kinds of wine.
Mrs. Wilson will doubtless give dur
ing the Winter a number of smaller
dinners, for 25 to 35 guests. They
will be jolly and very enjoyable af-Wrlt-
fairs, with most of the stiffness of
House is paid out throi-gh the hands
of the military aid, but the money ia
wholly under the control of the Presi
dent's, wife, and she can do what she
pleases with it. The military aid is
himself under her orders Just as the
social aids are at all times at her com
mand for whatever services she may
require -of them and Mrs. Wilson, if
she wants a piece of furniture or a new
carpet, will not have to go to her hus-
required for the proper and comforta- ceptlons. But he does not bother with at which he will presently sit.
ble management of the establishment, the social entertainments, excepting ten across the diagram is the name of the state banquets removed.
Thus, to start with,- all responsibility only the state dinners, which have to be the lady he is to take in to dinner; and a dinner can be prepared and served band for it. . She will simply summon
for the upkeep of the White House and stage-managed on a large scale. In- the seats are indicated by numbers, two very nicely by the White House staff, tne military aid. and tell him to buy it,
the safety of its occupants rests with eluding carpenters, electricians, decora- of which 'are struck out with a pen, whereas for a state dinner a caterer Doubtless, to a womanly woman lika
an engineer officer of the Army, Col. tors, and other workers, 30 men are indicating the ones that are to be occu- must be employed, bringing his own the DrosDective Mrs. Wilson the culinary
usually kept busy for three days in pled by the Baron and his partner, food supplies, with additional cooks, and service departments of the Whita
making preparations for one of these The entrance to the dining-room is waiters and dish-washers, and utiliz- House will be a delight. In the kitchea
banquets. shown on the plan, and the words, ing the White House plant. Mrs. Wil- no imaginable up-to-date convenience is
The east room was originally de- "The President" mark the chair of the son will find at her disposal kitchens lacking, and the china closets are stored
signed as the "banqueting hall" of the host. that vie in size and perfection of with beautiful ware. The pantry has
White House; yet. strange to say, no Presently the Baron joins the Bar- equipment with those of a first-class an electric dumbwaiter that travels up
President until Mr. Roosevelt seems to oness (who has- meanwhile found out. small hotel. and down in response to pressure on a
have thought of using it for state din- who her dinintr rjartner is to.be). and. Conspicuous on all occasions of light- couple of buttons: and opposite is a
dent goes voyaging. But of greater ners. Mrs. Wilson and her husband will ascending a broad flight of stairs to er festivity at the President's palace wonderful plate-warmer that 'heats
interest to Mrs. Wilson will be the give three such dinners this Winter the main floor of the White House, will be the so-called "social aids," of 3000 plates at once, the temperature be-
Presldent's "personal aid" usually an the first one to the members of the they cross the great vestibules to the whom in the Winter time there are ing controlled to a. degree by switches,
officer of the Army. She will probably Cabinet and their wives, the second to blue room. There the- guests are all usually half a dozen assigned to duty Like Mrs. Cleveland (who also mar-
pick him .out herself, because, although the diplomatic corps, and the third to expected to be assembled when, at which the above term fairly well de- ried a President), the coming Mrs. Wil-
the Supreme Court. At the diplomatic exactly 8 o'clock, the President and scribes. These social aids are young son is a woman of great personal charm
dinner, which is the largest, 80 or 90 Mrs. Wilson come down stairs togeth- officers of the Army. Navy and Marine and remarkable for her social tact. Un-
guests will sit down. er. Entering the blue room, they ex- Corps, picked for good looks, good doubtedly, as "first- lady of the land,"
A very rigid and meticulous etiquette change a few greetings with the breeding, and drawing-room accom- Bhe will be very popular. She means
governs these affairs. Let us suppose guests, and then Mr. Wilson gives his plishments. It is necessary that they to be happy in the White House. Th3
the case of Baron A -, of the Uto- right arm to the wife of the ranking shall be bachelors, and they must be position she will occupy involves a deal
pion Legation, who, with his wife, at- diplomat present i. e.. the Ambassador first-rate dancers. of hard work, but it has a highly en-
The personal aid, under Mrs. Wilson's tends the diplomatic banquet. Entering 0f longest continuous service in Wash- Unlike the "personal aid," who has joyable side. Think of the pleasure she
orders, will direct the social and other the east wing of the White House an ington. The Ambassador offers his arm nothing to do but play the part of gen- can give to old friends by merely ask-
affairs of the President's menage. He extension of the mansion only one to Mrs. Wilson, and the others follow tleman-in-waiting (a sufficiently ardu- ing them to visit her for a week or
will have a conference with 'her at a story high he finds himself in a long two oy two the animals coming ous Job In truth), the social aids have two! Think of the roses and other
passage lined yith great pigeonholes out of the ark. in order of rank. their own professional work to do in flowers, acres of them under glass,
for hats and. coats. Here he and the Tne dining table is a huge affair, the daytime. In their employment at which are hqrs in quantity any time sha
Baroness receive a check for their It may be U-shaped T-shaped, or of the White House, they are called upon wants them for her own use or to give
wraps, and are presently ushered into BOIne other form. If uncovered, it to do all sorts of odd jobs, without ex- awayl If she desires music, the famous
But such an assignment ui Marine Dana is always at ner disposal
William W. Harts, who looks after
the lighting and heating of the man
sion, attends to its repairs, and sees
that it is adequately policed. This
officer is called the "military aid" of
There is also a "naval aid," who is
called upon for duty when the Presi
his chief business is supposed to be to
look after Mr. Wilson, the lady of the
White House . claims most of his ser
vices, as "gentleman in waiting" and
factotum. This was the post Archie
Butt held, and from which he was re
moved by the tragedy of the Titanic
certain hour every morning. If a musi
cals is to be given in the East Room,
he will make all the arrangements. In
case Mrs. Wilson contemplates a lunch
eon for 20 or more ladles of her ac- the dressing-rooms provided for gentle- would be found to be a built-up affair tra pay.
quaintance, he will make notes of her
wishes, afterwards discussing the menu
with the steward.
The military aid is ex-officio mas
ter of ceremonies at the White House.
He stands at the President's left and
men and ladies respectively. of planks, mounted on trestles and duty is a much-coveted distinction, for the trouble of summoning It. With.
The Baron finds on a table In the overiaid 'with flannel beneath the great Boclal prestige attaching to it; a palace free of rent to live in. nothing
dressing-room a small envelope ad- tablecloth. Decorated with slmilax and and, of course, a lot of fun goes with to pay for fuel and lights, and all sorts
dressed to himself, unsealed, with an t(Jrna cut floirerai and nuKe -made- it the most important part of the busi- of delightful perquisites thrown in.
eagle in gold stamped on the flap. It . , ' v.m. nM of these young men being to pay what woman indeed would not be glad
c-n ,? d,Se 2i r.JtLlT?-- coved wix! "etble auention8; to young women to be the President's wife? .
JAMIE AND JAN IE AT THE ZOO
THE other afternoon. Nurse took
Jamie and Janie to the Zoo to
see the queer animals and birds
and reptiles from many foreign
lands. And what a time they did
have! Nurse was most patient in ex
plaining about the strange captives;
and Jamie, who considered himself
quite a little man. understood most
of it. But little Janie. of coure, be
ing such a little mite, did not. And
yet she was perfectly content, for
hadn't she her two great big blue eyes
with which to .look and look and
So, leading each by the hand. Nurse
took them around from one cage to
the next. My, how fierce was the lion
and how ' he did roar just when they
were lefkking at him. He frightened
Jamie and he frightened Nurse, but
would you believe it? little Janie
wasn't frightened at all; .she, in fact,
thought it most amusing and wanted
wanted him to roar some more.
And the elephant! Goodness me.
what a whopper he was! Back and
forth left right back and forth his
great trunk swung, and then curled
up over his head or stretched straight
out toward him. Jamie watched his
opportunity and dropped a peanut in
the queer little mouth at the end of it;
and then the elephant folded up his
trunk and carried the peanut to his
They saw tiger and leopards and
wild cat and oh, yes, Janie mistook
LOST Xl'T PCZZLE.
Mary is hunting for nuts but cannot find any." Four of the little thieves
are hiding in the picture. Can you find them!
them for cats and called out puss-puss-puss-ee-e!"
and crocodiles and
poll porrots and cranes and eagles and
snakes and. oh ever so many different
kinds of animals and birds and rep
tiles. Nurse had to fairly drag them away
from the monkey cage. And small
wonder, too, for monkeys are such
amusing rascals! One of them, Jamie
declared, looked exactly like the old
workman who came now and then to
cut the grass on the front lawn of his
house. The monkeys swung from a
trapeze by their tails and climbed up
the bars of their cage and chased each
other all around, chattering the while
for dear life.
Later, when Nurse had left them a
moment to go get a drink of water for
little Janie, Jamie noticed a familiar
looking animal in a nearby cage. So,
taking Janie by the hand, he hurried
over to the railing for a closer view
of it. Though he knew he had never
seen such an "animal before he felt
certain he had at least seen a picture
of it- And then he happened to catch
sight of the placard on its cage which
told the kind of a wolf it was and
where It had come from.
For quite a while Jamie stood star
ing at it. Then he looked cautiously
around up the aisle' and down it and
in back of him. The nearest person
was well beyond hearing distance, so
Jamie glared angrily at the wolf and
demanded: "Was the wolf that ate
Red Riding Hood's grandmother your
But the wolf made no reply; he
simply looked back at Jamie and
'Humph!" exclaimed the little boy.
"Havn't you any manners? Don't
you know that you should always an
swer when spoken to?"
The wolf flirted his tail insolently,
turned and trotted to the other end
of the cage.
"Oh!" cried Jamie. "Oh! Tou're
ashamed to! Well why, maybe you
are that' very wolf! Did you eat
but I remember now, the hunters
killed him; so you couldn't be."
Just then the wolf espied a little
sparrow flitting about at the top of
his cage and came trotting back and
stopped right in front of Jamie and,
with one paw resting on a small shelf
on the side of the cage, stood looking
up at the sparrow hungrily.
"Humh!" cried Jamie triumphantly.
"You don't have to answer me now!
I guess if you would eat that poor lit
tle bird, as you look like you want to,
your grandfather or or your great
great grandfather would eat Little
Red Riding Hood's grandmother! Oh,
I'm so glad you are in a cage, and
I guess you don't like, do you! Well
you won't eat anybody's grandmother
now, will you? No indeed you won't
and it serves you right!"
And Just then,. Nurse came back
with a glass of water for little Janie
and Janie told her all about how the
wolf had acted and how he was so
ashamed that he couldn't answer a
But Nurse laughed and said that
Jamie certainly had an Imagination.
MADE WITH A HANDKERCHIEF
She's the Girl for Me
THE girl who is sunny.
The girl who is tasteful and true.
The girl who stands for the right.
The girl who sings from her heart.
The girl who belongs to no clique.
The girl who is loyal to her church.
The girl who believes in her mother.
The girl who is neither surly or sour.
The girl who avoids books that are
The girl who never covets fine clothes
The girl who is especially kind to the
The girl whose good deeds shine In her
The girl who is frank with her teach
ers. The girl who abhors people who gossip.
The girl who dislikes to be flattered.
The girl who talks to some purpose.
The girl who believes in her home.
The girl who knows how to say "No."
The girl who lives for her friends.
The girl who has a conscience.
The girl who has a heart.
The girl who has culture.
DID you ever have the measles?
Mamie had them, and she was
very unhappy as she lay in bed.
Outside the sun was shining, but in her
little room the shades were drawn, and
the world seemed dreary.
"I feel much better now, 'deed I do,
mother, and I want to sit up and play."
Very well, dear," answered mother.
"Let me think now what can I make
for you to play with? Oh I have It!
A bunny. My mother showed me how
when- I was a little tot like you."
"Did you ever have the measles?"
"Yes, indeed." Then mother got one
of father's big handkerchiefs and folded
it exactly in half-cornerwise.
Mamie watched attentively and
clapped her hands. "Oh, this is fun.
"Next you fold back the opposite
ends, so" Mother suited the action
to the word. (See Fig. 1).
Then she rolled the folded edges un
til only the corner was lett, like the
flap of an envelope, and this corner
she turned back upon her fingers like
Fig. 2, and folded the two sides upon
it, as in Fig. 3. Then Bhe turned the
little pocket so formed wrong side out.
repeating it until the ends, which were
folded back as in Fig 1, popped out
(the long end had to be pulled a little),
and hung loose upon the body, as in
"What a queer little thing!" said
Mamie, watching her mother intently.
"This is our rabbit's body," said
mother. "Here, put your hand on it
and feel how firm and round it is."
Then mother took the long nose end
and stretched it sidewise, so she could
-tie a knot, which made the robbit's
head, and the two little ends from the
knot were fine ears when mother stood
them up. The other short end was the
tail. "Oh, you cute thing." cried Mamie.
"I love you."
"Now," said mother, "you can maxe m
baby bunny out of my handkerchief.
Mamie did so, with mother's help, and
then mother showed her how to make
"Place it on your hand thus." she
said, and if you will look at Fig. 6
you will see how, just as Mamie did.
Well, the tot made those bunnies
jump up and down, and to use her
own expression, "I had the bestest time
I ever had, and now I like the measles,
Our Puzzle Corner
My first is a consonant.
My second is worn around the neck,
My third Is long distance.
My fourth is a slippery fish.
My fifth is a consonant.
1. Behead a coin and get a famous
vessel of ancient times.
2. Behead a word meaning on high,
or above and get an elevated floor.
3. Behead a vegetable and get si
4. Behead to unclose and get some
thing used in writing.
5. Behead a sign and get members
of the male sex.
6. Behead not distant and get ai
part of the head.
Beheaded letters spell a color.
Answer to the Diamond:
BEHEADINGS: Maroon. 1. Mark
ark; 2. Aloft-loft; 3, Rice ice; 4, Open
pen; 5, Omen-men; 6, Near-ear.
Lost nut puzzle: Four squirrels
three among the branches of the tree
In upper right-hand corner and one
In the lower left hand corner.
Three . If ears "Younger.
Old Lady (meeting two little boys)
Why, Johnnie, how very dirty you are!
How is it that your little brother is so
much) cleaner than you are?
Johnnie Well, you see, he's three