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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 119, No. 1 (July, 1931)

Graeve, Oscar
The living Delineator,   pp. 4-[6] PDF (1.6 MB)

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Shipboard: Coningsby Dawson, his son,
Mac, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's daughter
who would rather be at work than at play when
N UMBER me not among those industrious souls
summer with its golden wings sweeps down
upon us. On languorous days such as these my
idea of well-being is not sitting at a desk in an office but
rather lying lazily beneath a tree with a book which I
don't even have to read if I don't want to. And if action
be required to stir a sluggish liver, let it be a plunge into
the surf or some swift intensity upon a tennis court, rath-
er than minor gymnastics with pencil, pen or typewriter.
In fact, I may as well confess that the older I grow, the
lazier I become. This despite the fact that, from'my
earliest youth, prophets and seers have dinned into these
reluctant ears the blessings of work, the rewards of un-
ceasing endeavor . . . Yet admitting all these weak-
nesses, these desires for soft ease and for escape, here I
am working at my desk while almost all the authors and
artists who have contributed to this Midsummer Num-
ber of ours have joyously fled to distant places.
Europe has claimed many of them. Grace Hegger
Iewis, we understand, is motoring through France with
her son, Wells, named after the great H. G. Wells, who
was the literary idol of the youthful Sinclair Lewis . . .
Coningsby Dawson and his family have gone again to St.
Jean de Luz, that ancient seaport of the Basque country
of which he writes often in his DELINEATOR short stories
. . . Frances Parkinson Keyes, too, is in Europe with
the youngest of her three sons . . . Sarah Addington i
in her country home in Connecticut but I hope she's re i
loafing but at work on a new story for DELINEATOR ..
and William Lyon Phelps has left New Haven, Conneoti
cut, to go back to his beloved home in the backwoodof
Michigan where, they tell me, the people for miles arourl
call him "Billy" and come to him with their trouh1-,
seeking his friendly, fatherly advice.
But to return to Frances Parkinson Keves: At the ir-
vitation of Governor Theodore Roosevelt of Porto Rico.
Mrs. Keyes went down to that beautiful, unhappy island
to write for DELINEATOR a very necessary and important
article about conditions there. (This will be published in
our September issue.) Just before Mrs. Keyes' return,
Governor Roosevelt sent me a letter that pleased me
tremendously for, after saying how ably Mrs. Keyes had
grasped the problems of Porto Rico, and how glad he was
that DELINEATOR was going to publish the article about
these problems, he continued with: "Incidentally, there is,
insofar as we are concerned, a certain amount of senti-
ment in all this, for as you know, DELINEATOR represents
not only a life-long companion in our family but is als
the publication for which my wife has written."
Still further, and most appealing to the greedy heart
our editor, Mrs. Roosevelt sent me a large box of Port
Rican products-the products of a tropical paradis
which should make Porto Rico opulent instead of a
wretchedly poor as she is. There were cans of grapefrui
grapefruit juice and white peel orange marmalade, chees
coffee, sugar, syrup, cigars, coconut candy and fru
pastes of various kinds, including, best of all, guava past
Have you ever tried guava paste with cream cheese an
crackers? If you haven't, by all means do so. It's
delectable experience.
lere's another incident we found most interesting. I
our ignorance we'd never heard of a tide-water mill. Hav
you? It was Gertrude Ryder Bennett, author of "Balla
of the Dutch Mill" which opens this issue, who enligh
ened us. She came in to see us and told us, among oth
things, that the mill around which she had woven th
legend is an actual old mill that is still standing.
Gerritsen's Mill was built somewhere around 1665 i
Flatlands Village, one of the first white settlements on Lon
Island. And it is a fine example of a tide-water mill. Th
escaping flood of the tide turns the wheel which grin
the grain. Isn't it pleasant to think of the stout ol
Dutchmen with their long pipes standing there besid
that mill in those far-away days? How much the lan
scape with its flat marshes and spreading arms of the se
must have reminded them of their native Holland.
Around the (.d mill which has braved the storms of tw
hundred and fifty years a different sort of storm has bur
recently. The Acting Mayor of Greater New York said
looked like a chicken coop and didn't deserve the repai
needed for its preservation. But all the historical s
cieties of Brooklyn indignantly rushed to its defens
and it's still standing-weather-beaten but unafraid, an
equipped and ready to this day to grind grain in its prim
tive, methodical, Dutch manner.
Just across the hall from my otice is the oflice of Do
othy Higgins, head of the Delineator Institute HookI
Service. Dorothy was once my secretary, then an edit
rial assistant, and finally was promoted to chief of her ow
department. Every little while she (lashes irito my ofn
and says, "Why not say something about my bookie
Seaside: The historic inspiration
of the ballad of the Dutch mill
Countryside: Margaret Sangster and
her husband, George Illian, the artist
le in your editorial page? You talk about everything else
d- under the sun but never mention my' little books."
*  " I did once," said I.
"Yes, but only once," she said.
'o "All right! I will," I agreed.
st     And so I am. Every month we sell thousands of thest
it little books so useful to our readers. They really' supple-
rs ment our own edlitorial pages, for they' go into more
~- elaborate detail about cooking, entertainment, etiquette
e;   and other subjects than editorial space permits in any one
id number. And they preserve in permanent form a great
i- deal of the material that has appeared in the editorial
Dorothy Higgins tells me that her best sellers just now
are "Salads for All Occasions," "How to Give a Bridge
r- Party," "Party Sandwiches," "Five Ways to Tell For-
et   tunes," and "Good Table Manners."  Also she's very
o-   proud of two new booklets fresh from the press, "How to
in Entertain Six and Eight" and "Thirty-seven Ways to
ce Serve ('hicken."
ts Y'ou'll always find Dorothx' Higgins' own announce-
ment of her beloved booklets on the last page of
DELINEATOR. Glance over her ever-i ncrea sing list.
Letters! Lots of nice letters this month as well as a few
caustic ones. Best of all I like A. H. of N ova Scotia who
says, "I get all kinds of things from your magazine: hope
an~d health and faith and laughter." That phrase sent a
glow all over me. What more could one ask from life
than to be able to help a fellow being to find those blessed
qualities-hope and health, faith and laughter!
From J. NA. Faust who contributes the article on recre-
ation for children to this issue we received the following
amusing comment which every husband (and his wife)
wNill appreciate: "It has been suggested that you might
want a biography of the writer: I am on the staff of the
National Recreation Association; National Chairman,
iz'  Committee on Recreation of the National Congress of
Parents and Teachers; and, of equal importance, I am
chairman of the Board of Directors of a family of eight-
six children. Note that I do not say president and gen-
eral manager. My wife holds that jo~b."
Well, here I am at the end with not a whisper of next
month-but you'll find notes to give you the news and
Salso some prophecies on the Contents Page.
With best wishes for your health and your hope, your
faith and your laughter, I'll sign off as usual with

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