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She Had a Question, 1917 (4)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 17, 2012

Those girls of 1917 have still more questions for Catherine Hurst to answer —


“Carmen” – Proper food and exercise will work wonders in developing the body. Swimming is one of the best exercises. If you are near a gymnasium why not join a class in physical culture and swimming? Under a competent instructor the “hollows” in your neck ought to fill out very materially in a few months.


“Angeline” – Pink or blue ribbon under a white waist is all right for a young girl, but white is always daintier and more refined. matrons or mature women show much better taste by wearing white only.


“Judith” – We have published remedies for warts more than once during the past year. Our “queries” being limited to one page, we feel to beg of you girls to note that which most interests you, and file away for future reference. We can then give you something new each month.

The following has been tried and found effective: PricK the warts with a needle that has been dipped in boiling water or alcohol, until they bleed, then cover with baking soda and bind on. This may have to be repeated two or three times.


What is served at an afternoon tea, and is it good for one who is a stranger to address other guests without an introduction? – Enquirer.

Usually where the guests are few a single table is set in the same room with the guests, with chocolate at one end and tea at the other – Latter-day Saints should substitute some other drink – served by young ladies, who are friends of the hostess. Other refreshments which are served from the table may be very thin slices of bread and butter, wafers or small cakes or similar trifle. If a larger reception is to be given, the table may be in an adjoining room, and one may serve bouillon, oysters, salads, rolls, ice cream and cake. The hostess must decide as to how much or how little is served. Simple refreshments daintily served are usually all that is desirable as the guests go home to their dinner later. If a guest is a comparative stranger, she is at liberty to address anyone in a pleasant, agreeable way, without an introduction.


“Edna” – To remove the gum from your skirt, apply sufficient oil of turpentine to soak the gum or grease spot, using a camel’s hair brush or feather, or, for large spots, a sponge. After a few hours the gum will crumble and be easily removed.


“Delilah” – Words to the song “Master the Tempest Is Raging” were composed by Mr. M.A. Baker. The music by H.A. Palmer.


Is a “pacifier” harmful to a baby? – Young Mother

For answer, note Dr. Olsen’s address published in July Journal; reference is made to “pacifier” or nipple given babies by unwise mothers.


“Miss Bessie” – To answer all your queries on “polite conversation” would require more space than we could allow in this department. Why not get “Sheldon’s 20th Century Etiquette” – price fifty cents – and read carefully from pages 114 to 119 inclusive?


“Minnie” – for ingrowing nails, put a small piece of tallow in a spoon and heat it over a lamp until it becomes very hot, and drop two or three drops between the nail and the granulations. The pain will soon be relieved, and the granulations disappear in a few days.


What age must a candidate be fore president or vice-president of the United States? – Mrs. G.M.

Thirty-five years. We read in the Constitution, “No person shall be eligible to the office of president who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years,” and that “no person constitutional ineligible to the office of president shall be eligible to that of vice-president.”


“L.D.” – New milk or skim milk make a simple wash for face and neck, and have a general softening action on the skin. If used daily it tends to make the skin soft, smooth and white, also preserves it from the effects of exposure and the weather. Fresh cream is a simple emollient for preventing chapped lips and hands.


Can whole wheat, that is, wheat that is not cracked, be cooked and eaten without harm? – Housewife

Whole wheat can be cooked at a slow heat in a double boiler on kitchen range all day, or in a fireless cooker all night. With milk it makes an almost perfect food, and costs much less than the other breakfast foods.


“Julia” – Empty plates and those containing individual portions are placed and removed from the right. Food is passed to one at his left hand.


What can I do to relieve the pain from a bunion? – Mrs. H.C.

Dressings of gauze kept wet with alcohol or spirits of camphor will allay inflammation, then paint once a week with iodine to relieve the soreness. Rubbing nightly with vaseline will soften them. Wear loose, comfortable, low-heeled shoes.


“Penelope” – Your problem cannot be discussed in this limited space. Send stamped, addressed envelope, and I will gladly advise you.


Is it good form to place toothpicks on the table at dinner? – Mercedes

It is not considered correct to place toothpicks on the table. Toothpicks should be used in the privacy of one’s room. If ever absolutely necessary to remove a particle from the teeth, and one cannot leave the table, it should be done behind the napkin.


“Mrs. K.B.” – Send to the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., and get a list of all the bulletins on home topics, then select the ones that most appeal to you. Many of them are free, others cost from five to ten cents each. If young housewives would take advantage of what Uncle Sam is doing for them in the way of giving information on household economics, there would be less waste, and many improved homes.


“L.M.S.” – Send your name and address to the Orphans’ Home and Day Nursery, Salt Lake City, or to the Crittenden Home, Ogden, Utah, stating your request, but omitting the last two sentences written to me.


What can I do to correct the habit of biting my nails? – Discouraged

Biting the nails is a dreadful habit and should be corrected while one is yet young. If continued for any length of time the nails become thick, stubby and unsightly, and are a constant source of chagrin and worry. Make a strong solution of quinine, or bitter aloes, and dip the tips of the fingers in this solution after each washing. This will make the nails very distasteful and the mouth will repel them. Persevere in the treatment and the habit will be conquered.


Why do the soles of new shoes creak, and how can I prevent it? – Jessica

Creaking or squeaking of shoes is caused by being too dry, or by the rubbing against each other while walking of the two or more pieces of leather that make the sole. In the finer grades of shoes this is prevented by careful adjustment of pieces, smooth surface, and the use of lubricants, prepared chalk, etc. Saturate the soles of your shoes with linseed oil, sweet oil, or other fat. Let the shoes stand in this lubricant over night. Or, drive a few small pegs across the middle of the sole. Wetting the soles, if dry, will often stop the creaking. A shoemaker could remove the soles and dust some French chalk or powdered soapstone between them.



  1. Stop asking for wart remedies already!

    Comment by HokieKate — February 17, 2012 @ 8:57 am

  2. :) Really gives you a new insight into the landscape (handscape?) of the early 20th century, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 17, 2012 @ 8:59 am

  3. Under a competent instructor the “hollows” in your neck ought to fill out very materially in a few months.

    Oh, my. The difference a century (well, almost a century) makes. Nowadays isn’t the emaciated look the fashionable one?

    Words to the song “Master the Tempest Is Raging” were composed by Mr. M.A. Baker. The music by H.A. Palmer.

    Actually, M. A. Baker was female. There’s a persistent legend in one of my family lines that the song was composed by a musical ancestor, Mary Ann Godfrey DeFriez Baker, but the story seems to be (like certain other stories told by the grandchildren of that generation) made up.

    Comment by Researcher — February 17, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  4. Oh, I dunno Researcher. I just looked carefully at all the young ladies whose photographs grace the pages of Sports Illustrated this week, and for the life of me I can’t see any “hollows” in their necks.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 17, 2012 @ 10:04 am

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