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She Had a Question, 1918 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 30, 2010

“Can you help me?” “Yes, dear.” What could be more comforting than to read those words in response to a plea sent to Catherine Hurst, She Who Knows Everything Right and Useful, in the Young Woman’s Journal!  More of her steady advice, this time from 1918:


Please give me the estimate of bridal linen required. – La Von.

There is a new booklet just out, “The Bridal Linen,” describing the amount of linen required, new and original ways of marking, embroidering, etc. Price, 6 cents. Can be obtained from Needlework Bureau, Ladies’ Home Journal, Philadelphia, Pa.


“Dewdrop.” – To correct the brittleness of your finger nails, try rubbing with vaseline or olive oil, nightly. To promote the growth of the eyebrows rub with vaseline.


“Enquirer.” – At an informal wedding when the bride wears her traveling costume, the groom may wear a business suit of some dark material, suitable for a journey. (2) During an introduction in response to “I am pleased to meet you,” say, “Thank you.”


Who was Mother Shipton and what was her prophecy? – Constant Reader.

Mother Shipton was a prophetess said to have lived from 1486-1561. She gained fame for her prophecy in Yorkshire during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1862 a collection of her prophecies appeared in which was predicted the end of the world in 1881. There is some question as to whether it was not written by Charles Hindley. Cannot print it in this department. On receipt of stamped envelope, will mail it to you.


To settle a discussion, how should the flag be hung? – Mrs. M.E.A.

I can only quote from the “Flag Circular” issued from the War Department at Washington.

“There is no federal law governing the subject, and individual opinion differs as to the procedure that should or should not be followed. It has been suggested that as far as possible the hanging of the flag should be restricted to suspending it from a flag pole, in the regular way, and not to displaying it otherwise. That for purposes of decoration only, the national colors should be arranged in the form of bunting and not used in the form of the flag; that if it is, nevertheless, the desire to use the flag for decorative purposes, it should always be hung flat whether on the inside or on the outside of buildings, with the union to the north or east, so that there will be a general uniformity in the position of the union of each flag displayed. That the flag should rarely be displayed in a horizontal position or laid flat; that under no circumstances should it be hung where it can easily be contaminated or soiled, or be draped over chairs or benches to be used for seating purposes, and that no object or emblem of any kind should be placed above or upon it.”


“Melissa.” – No doubt you are using the wrong kind of cream, also neglecting the internal body. To have a clean, clear complexion, one must live perfectly. Let your food be more simple. Drink from ten to twelve glasses of water daily, two before breakfast. Bathe daily, exercise in the open, walk briskly, breathe deeply. Eat bran bread at least once a day. Send stamped envelope and I will mail you formula for excellent face cream.


Why does my bran and cornmeal bread crumble so? – Jane E.

You should use a little more white flour. The gluten in the flour binds the grains together. A small amount of corn starch will also help.


I am a young wife and mother ignorant as to managing my home. Can you help me? – Discouraged.

Yes, dear. “The Home and Its Management,” by Mabel Hyde Kittridge, is just what you need. A splendid book for either young wives or those who have had a wider experience. The book has been published recently and shows how every American woman can serve her country. Price, $1.50, Deseret Sunday School Union and Deseret News Book Stores, Salt Lake City.


“Miss Jennie.” – To whiten the piano keys, sponge with essence of turpentine very carefully, then expose the keys to the rays of the sun for two or three days. In future, wipe the keys once a week with a soft cloth moistened in alcohol or cologne water, to prevent further yellowing.


Is there not danger of pottery dishes cracking when put in a hot oven? – Mrs. A.J.

Vessels of pottery or china should be soaked in cold water and brought to the boiling point before using for the first time. This will toughen them.


“L.A.” – The article to which you refer answers your question if you will read it once more. “Pit” and such games were not included.


“Mildred.” – The primrose is a flower of rare delicacy and beauty. A native of Europe and northern Asia, the name is derived from the Latin primus, “first,” and refers to the early appearance of the primrose in the spring.


“Azalia.” – I suggest that you use the egg shampoo in place of soap, as this will leave the hair soft and glossy. Your hair will require two eggs; beat and rub well into the scalp. In ten minutes wash thoroughly cleansing the hair and scalp with several waters. Rinse and dry in the sun. Use soft water.


How is the word cantonment pronounced, and which is the correct spelling, “Kearney” or “Kearny”? – Jack.

Two pronunciations are authorized, the accent being on the second or the first syllable. The “o” in the second syllable as in “not.”

“Kearny” is the authorized government spelling, the camp being named for Major-General Kearny.


Is the potato a native of America, and why is it called “Irish” potato? – Esther.

The white potato is a native of the tropical and sub-tropical districts of America from Chile to Mexico. It was first brought to Europe from Peru, by the Spaniards. It was brought to Ireland from Virginia by Hawkins, a slave trader, in 1565, and to England in 1585. it is called “Irish” potato because of its general cultivation and use in Ireland before other European countries discovered its great value as a food; at first being used only for swine and cattle, but later on account of its great yield it was thought it might be useful for poor people in times of famine or failure of grain crops.



  1. L.A. must be asking about playing cards. Good thing Pit is allowed, because that undoubtedly allows the playing of another family favorite, Dutch Blitz. : )

    Comment by Researcher — September 30, 2010 @ 7:46 am

  2. I’ve never heard of Mother Shipton. Sounds interesting. Too bad I missed the end of the world.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — September 30, 2010 @ 8:37 am

  3. To have a clean, clear complexion, one must live perfectly.

    Notice, to all those teens who suffer from acne: your secret is out!

    As to Kearney/Kearny–I spent a lovely night (hah!) earlier this month in Kearney, Nebraska.

    But if I were to drive a few miles into New Jersey (but who would want to do that, other than to get through to the other side as quickly as possible?), I would come very soon to Kearny.

    It’s just too bad that after solving the spelling puzzle, she didn’t clarify the pronunciation of potato. : )

    Comment by Mark B. — September 30, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  4. I love Dutch Blitz.

    Comment by Coffinberry — September 30, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  5. Don’t worry Bruce, there is some controversy over the 1881 date. Judge for yourself:

    Comment by Anne (UK) — September 30, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  6. I liked how Catherine had no qualms about calling Mother Shipton a “prophetess.” Sure, the prophecy didn’t actually come to pass, but still, she’s referred to as a prophetess. Cool.

    My great-grandparents were raising their babies in 1918 and so it was interesting for me to read the question from the discouraged young mother.


    Comment by Hunter — October 1, 2010 @ 12:01 am

  7. I’m wondering how to lug my piano outdoors to sit in the sun for two or three days. I guess I will just have to settle for yellowing piano keys.

    Comment by Maurine — October 1, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

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