Saturday, June 18, 2011

Junior League House in New York City

rThe modern girl, in spite of everything that is laid at her door, is not all frivolity and selfishness.  She is making an effort, though not always a well directed or sustained effort, to be a useful member of society and to help her less fortunate fellow citizens.  Is it not possible to guide her impulses and efforts, and turn them to good account?  The organization called the Junior League exists to do this very thing.  Its objects are stated as follows:  "To foster among its members interests in undertakings for betterment of the social, economic, and educational conditions in New York; to help them to study conditions and to find their own work; to raise funds to carry on the work."

The Junior League was started thirteen years ago by a group of young girls interested in the college settlement, who decided to combine their separate efforts and work together towards the same end.  The following year they took in, from among the younger girls of their acquaintance, new members interested in other settlements.  The work still continued to grow, and we now have seven hundred members, divided into eight committees, an office with a secretary, and a budget of about fifteen thousand dollars a year.  The committees are as follows:  Settlement, charity, organization society, hospitals and district nursing, visiting teachers, music and entertainment, flowers, lectures, and Junior League House.  The work under these heads includes routine clerical work, teaching classes in sewing, teaching backward children, providing supplies and luxuries for the sick, giving entertainments of singing or playing, etc.  We have every year a course of lectures on economic subjects, which are largely attended.  We subscribe to many of the settlements, notably Greenwich House and the College Settlement.  We pay the salaries of four district nurses, and of two visiting teachers thru the Public Education Association.  The balance not annually pledged to these purposes is generally distributed in the field of investigation or experimental philanthropy.

League of Little Hats in Paris France

The League of the Little Hats is growing daily.  It is no longer a movement; it has become a revolution, and the month of October has been chosen for the inauguration of the new idea.  This is the latest news from the source of the world's fashions - Paris.  When the theaters are reopened for the season, male spectators will have real cause for rejoicing.  For it must be understood that in the French capital the custom is for ladies to wear their headgear during the play, and in some seasons of exaggerated modes mere man went, not to view the stage but a forest of straw, flowers, and feathers, the setting for a gorgeous aviary, since whole birds - beaks, plumes, and claws - were there as well.

Smuggling Chineese Coolies And Opium Into United States

One dark night last November a high power gasoline launch came stealthily in from the Pacific and entered Monterey Bay.  The engine was muffled so that her progress was almost noiseless, nor was there the sound of a single voice aboard nor the faintest glimmer of light, not even the spark from a cigar end, and yet she carried twenty-five human beings, two white men and twenty-three coolies, the latter huddled closely and lying low.  Avoiding the regular landing places the launch headed for a sandy beach with no habitation in sight and rested silent and motionless while a couple of small boats were put ashore.  The first of these had barely shoved her nose into the sand when a sharp voice exclaimed, "Hands up, you are under arrest!" and half a dozen shadowy figures sprang up from their hiding place on the beach and the starlight glinted upon their leveled weapons.  The other boat was so close behind that escape was impossible.  The coolies lost their heads and began to shout and cackle in their high-keyed voices, but the two white men surrendered silently and sullenly.  They knew that the game was up; the entire outfit, coolies, smugglers and launch, was in the hands of the government.

Rocky Mountain Endurance Race

At 6 A.M., May 30, twenty-five horses shot from the starting line at Evanston, Wyoming, to attempt a great endurance race to test the speed, stamina, and bottom of the native-bred western bronco.  At 2:30 P.M., six days later, two ponies came neck and neck across the finish line on Champa Street in Denver, having covered in that time 552 miles across the entire State of Wyoming and down into Colorado.  The ponies which divided the honor for first place were Sam, ridden by F. T. Wykert, of Severance, Colorado, and Teddy, ridden by Charles Workman, of Cody, Wyoming.  In the interval named both horses and riders had crossed the Continental Divide, covered an average of 86.14 miles a day, and came in at the finish tired but in very good condition.

Modern War Correspondent in 1895

Famous war reporters from Russell in the Crimea to Creelman in China - An adventurous branch of journalism in which Americans have won especial success.

That outgrowth of modern journalism, the special war correspondent, has again been heard from during the hostilities in the far east.  Like his predecessors of the past forty years, he has faced the innumberable dangers of an active campaign, he has braved fire and sword and pestilence, in order to keep the world informed of the progress of events;  and it should be borne in mind that in the present instance these dangers are intensified by the fact that one of the combatants is a perfectly remorseless barbarian, who shows no mercy for his prisoners, be they foes or neutrals.

Susie - The World's Most Intelligent Chimpanzee

"Susie," the wonderful educated chimpanzee, is far outclassing all the other five thousand animals in the New York Zoological Park, in her remarkable performances and clever exhibitions of intelligence.  Her feats indicate what can be accomplished in the systematic training of mammals of the higher orders.

Susie is a member of a colony of nine educated simians, consisting of five orangutans and four chimpanzees.  She is by far the most conspicuous among them, attracting universal attention and astonishment by her marvelous display of human-like knowledge, and the number of very unusual things she has learned to do.
Her most spectacular performance, however, is largely instinctive, and not acquired.  It is a mid-air leap of twenty feet, from a twelve-foot ladder, into the arms of her keeper.  To the spectator this is a real "thriller".  To the agile-limbed chimpanzee it is as if she were in the dense African forests where her species are accustomed to make such tremendous leaps, in navigating the lofty tree tops in which they live in umbrella-like nests made of branches.

Le Sillon by It's Founder Marc Sangnier

Le Sillon (the Furrow) is an association, whose growth is not hampered by an iron-bound constitution.  It is a live organism.  It voices the aspirations of generations of young Frenchmen who, born since the war of 1870k turned their eye toward the future in order to gather new courage and conceived the dream of making their country the world's initiatrix in social endeavor.

Le Sillon had very humble beginnings; its cradle was in a vault in one of the buildings of the Stanislas High School, where, in the early part of 1894, some of the students were allowed to hold meetings during the recess hour.

Frontier Day At Cheyenne Wyoming

Frontier Day at Cheyenne, Wyoming, has become a national event.  The thirteenth annual celebration was held this season in the latter part of August.  With its incomparable exhibition of the best horsemanship in the world;  it's marvelous demonstration of the typical American spirit that welcomes obstacles and exults over difficulties, the celebration is at the height of its spectacular glory to-day - but the end is in sight.
Conditions are changed now.  Cowboys do not have to live the life that was once necessary, and the reclamation of great waste plains is shortening up the regions where the wild horse live.  Therefore, the requiem over the passing of the wild horse has already begun and soon the species will be as extinct as the buffalo.  And Frontier Day without a wild horse would be "Hamlet" without the melancholy Dane.

Eva Booth Salvation Army Leader

Despite the somewhat mongrel and tattered costume an unusual personality was evident in one of the girls who, about twenty years ago, might have been selling flowers on the streets of London.  Tall and slim, with a face indicative of high endeavor and earnest enthusiasm, Eva Booth for the time being had identified herself with those who thus earned a slender livelihood.  A sympathetic desire to help them, if possible, to a higher plane of living, or, at least, to aid them in bearing the heavy burdens imposed on them by circumstances, had led her to adopt this method of becoming familiar with their ways of living, hoping thereby to better understand the temptations to which they were subjected and the difficulties with which they had to contend.  For the same reason, she worked side by side with the women who supported themselves and their families by making match boxes for five cents a gross.