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

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DELINEATOR
SMOCKING BECOMES SIMPLE
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16116 A dainty trimming for the brief
frocks of new members of a family is the
well known, age-old smocking. Worked
in dots that are closely spaced it is well
adapted to frocks and rompers in the
very smallest sizes, and correspondingly
tiny floral sprays may be added.
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Miss Marie Ashley will be
glad to answer any ques-
tions about needlework if
you will write to her, care
of the Buterick Publishing
Company, New York, N. Y.
16135
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THE TOOLS OF
16135 What could be more charming
for small girls (of all ages) than the sim-
ple frock with a smocked yoke? Small
sprays of pink rambler rose and green
lazy daisy stitches are sprinkled over the
blue smocking on a white frock of cot-
ton or silk, and the effect is enchanting.
16127  A new method for making these
straight frocks with smocked yokes
(planned by Helena Buehler) is so sim-
ple that one need not be a clever
needlewoman to turn them out very
successfrlly. The smocking on this one
is an arrangement consisting entirely of
one of the simplest smocking stitches.
Small things, but important, if not imposing.
Then there's the importance of can-open-
ers. We're all using them. And may I give
a word of advice? Get one that cuts a clean,
unravelled edge and takes the cover right off
and out. Such there be and such you should
have. The old punch and hack kind im-
proved the bandage market, but did little
for the peace of mind or beauty of hands.
I don't need to say a word about automatic
refrigerators. Even if they are one of the
most wonderful tools of my trade. Only if
you haven't one, get one. They are literally
things of beauty and joys forever. You'll
want a nest or two of covered dishes to keep
food in when your automatic refrigerator is
on the job. And what fun you are going to
have then. I hope you are having it now. I
her, he questioned, "Is there anything more
I can do for you?"
"If you could give me a reference, sir."
"A reference!  Why on earth?    You'll
never use it."
"There ain't no telling."
"A sort of honorable discharge?" he
twitted her.
Seating himself, he scribbled facetiously on
hotel stationery:
I, Ralph Nesbit, director of the follow-
ing banks, corporations, etc., do hereby
certify that little A nnie has been in my
fanilv's service for forty years. To the
best of my knowledge it has been her only
situation. Our reason for parting with
her-
He twisted to face her.
"I guess that doesn't matter, since you
only mean to frame it."
-Say that I can cook, Mr. Ralph," she pled
with him, "and 'ousekeep and sew, and tend
babies. And if you wouldn't mind-"
"I'll write anything."
"Then what your poor pa said."
So he added:
Our reason for parting with her is my
father's death, who, speaking of her in his
will, called her his dear friend. No higher
recommendation could be needed.
"There you are." He folded it in an enve-
lop. "And here's my telephone number, for
fear you forget it. Any advice you may need,
just call me."
He had reached the door and was flinging
across his shoulder a final farewell, when
suddenly he halted and came striding back.
"Cheer up. This isn't a hospital."
AT SIGHT of her grief something broke in
him. The picture of a little boy, cuddled
against her breast. In those days, when he
had relied on her tenderness, little Annie had
seemed so strong and wonderful. Because
she had been good, he used to tell her she was
beautiful. "Oh, no. Not beautiful, Master
Ralph." The more she had denied, the more
he had insisted. "But you are beautiful. I
shall always think of you as beautiful."
He wanted to tell her that now. Instead
he laid his arm about her shoulder.
"You're not lost. You'll be all right. I'll
come and see you in a day or two, to learn
your plans."
Her plans! She hadn't any. She steeled
her will to descend to the gilt and plush
(lining-room  that night. She felt out of
things-a servant waited on by servants.
Worse than that, she believed that other
guests were whispering, "Who is that funny
old woman? They oughtn't to allow her."
Her dread was increased when a young girl
mistook her for one of the hotel help. After
that she never left her room, or rather her
sitting-room and bedroom, which M11r. Ralph
had engaged for her. She had all her meals
served there. For occupation she sat at her
windows brooding and gazing into the busy
hope that when you open the closets and
drawers in your kitchens, the lovely glitter
of tin and the soft sheen of aluminum and the
smooth suavity of enamel meet your eye and
beguile you into joy in the job. And that
you've got a stove as nice as mine!
For in my kitchen is one that just has
everything. Including a vertical broiler that
reminds one of the old spits or the charcoal
broilers adored by a high-hatted chef as well
as a knowing housewife. Almost any of the
new stoves are as efficient as they are dressy.
And as a stove performs, so does the resulting
meal become a hit or a flop, oftentimes.
Well, aren't they all great, these lovely
things that I call the tools of my trade? And
what a grand trade it is, to be sure. None
better. Indeed there are few half so good!
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LITTLE ANNIE
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t, eight flights belw. She watcheo
evs stream by and noted those which
d pass the Nesbit house. She saw the
ight fade and motion picture signs blaze
in their nocturnal attempt to lure her.
t's no good, my dears," she shook her
"I was never one for pleasure."
RE was one chambermaid out of the
ong of haughty help, to whom she took a
y. She took a fancy to her for the reason
she was young and sturdy, reminding
of herself as she had been. Because she
to unburden herself to some one, she
I Alice into gossip and persuaded her to
rn when her tour of duty was ended. To
na fine apartment with the old servant
no hardship to Alice. She had no beaux
aim her leisure; as in the case of her
ess, God had denied her beauty. Their
of beauty formed an unconscious bond.
y were discussing wages, or rather Alice
when little Annie inquired how a girl
o work to find-a situation nowadays.
informed her that the usual method was
)ply to an employment agency, and men-
ed the address of the best in Judah.
rst thing next morning little Annie pre-
ed herself at the agency, armed with the
ence Mr. Ralph had given her, and took
eat on the penitent's bench to awNait in-
ews. Her reference was so excellent that
used a sensation. She discovered that
ever negligible she might be at a hotel,
.n employment agency she was con-
ed a jewel. Despite her years, every
in search of a cook tried to grab her.
refused to be grabbed, giving as her
ntric reason that she preferred little
es and large families. In their efforts to
e their positions more attractive, they
red as inducements more money, shorter
s, a kitchen-maid, half-days off.
last, in the early afternoon, a young
of about thirty entered. Her means
evidently limited, for she was shabby.
had come to engage the impossible and
ed to know it. She was in procevs of
ng a family, and was in search of a
1-of-all-work, who could cook, clean and
a hand with the washing. Little Annie's
t-beat quickened. She reminded her of
Nesbit as she had first encountered her,
years ago, under similar circumstarces.
he manageress of the office had begun to
k discouragingly, saying that she didn't
in green girls-all her help were experts
hen little Annie rose from the bench:
lould I do, mam? I'm fond of children.
es is no object."
he distracted young lady asked to see her
ence. Cne glance was sufficient.
ttle Annie felt like a young girl. She
starting afresh; she was acutely wanted.
was so much wanted that her new mis-
, fearful less she should lose such a
sure, accompanied her to the Hotel
ident Grant and assisted her to re-
uish her irksome affluence.
hat evening she was, for one so stolid,
iously happy. She cooked the dinner in
henceforth was going to be her kitchen.
HER       TRADE


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