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

[Continued articles and works],   pp. 46-71 PDF (15.7 MB)


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An old man with a beard, and a tall young
man in flannel pants and an undershirt.
Barefooted.
The young man turned, walked slowly
along the decK, lifted his head and stared up
at Nanette as she leaned over the coping.
"Hello," he said, after a long interval of
silence.
"Hello," she answered. Her voice was
husky. She had a fear that the word would
stick in her throat.
"I saw you tonight," said the young man.
"You were walking with Richard the Great."
So it was he whom she had seen in the dark
side street when walking to the Place
Masskna.
They remained silent for a full minute,
then the girl moistened her lips and asked a
question. "Where are you going, Jack?"
"Africa," he answered. "Tunis. Going to
dig around a bit at Carthage. Do you still
love Dido, Nanette? 'Member how you
would never believe she played that trick
with the cow's hide on old what's-his-name?"
Nanette nodded. The sail caught another
puff of wind, rose, then died away like a
canvas sob.
The young man came up the gangplank.
Noiselessly. He was close to her.
"Nanette!" he whispered. "Nanette!"
He put out his hand. It clasped hers. The
sail rose again and sighed softly. Little white
houses flitted across the face of the moon.
Orange trees and the ghostly palms. The
port lights were fireflies.
Nanette was in his arms. He was murmur-
ing to her. Words about tiny houses in the
chinks of which lived little green lizards with
jeweled heads. He said they would pull in to
Mentone. He knew a minister there. After
that they would lay a course for Cape Blanco
across the Sea of Romance . . .
Nanette, his arm around her waist, came
softly to the deck. The bearded sailor pulled
in the gangplank. The sail then took a great
mouthful of air and lifted itself haughtily.
SUMMER IN THE HOME TOWN
Continued from page 36
No matter how smartly dressed the modern fashionable,
she must suggest, be it ever so subtly, that underneath
it all is a well-cared-for, immaculate, exquisite body.
Nothing suggests a beautiful body so insistently as
Vivaudou Mavis Talcum. Its impalpably fine texture
achieves a skin of silken smoothness. It accents the delicate
color nuances of flesh tones. Its dainty fragrance intrigues.
In short it not only soothes and caresses but it expresses
you as a personality of chic and fastidious elegance.
V. VIVAUDOU, Inc.
Los Angeles    Paris  .  New York  .  ,  Chicago  .  .  . Toronto
tub or pool with lilies and fish is another pro-
ject that older boys and girls will enjoy work-
ing on. Every family should have a pet of
some kind-a dog, if possible. The keeping
of pets ranked very high in answer to the
question-"What relationships in your child-
hood did the most to create stability of home
ties?"-recently answered by several hun-
dred young men and women.
At least one night a week this summer, let
the family "have a date" to play together.
If father and mother keep it religiously, they
will find that the children never wish to
break it. Invite the children's friends. For
the early 'teen age, try a few informal sum-
mer parties for both boys and girls-beach
parties, outdoor suppers, dances featuring
games and stunts as well as dancing. Boys
and girls at this age tend to stay in their own
sex groups and to be critical, even hostile to-
ward each other. But comradeship in early
adolescence will prepare them to share their
recreation later without self-consciousness.
Play at home satisfies the recreation needs
of the child under seven. But it is not enough
for the older boy and girl, who need more
,pace for their games than the average home
backyard can supply, and need, too, compe-
iition and team play with groups of their
own age.
The parents' best ally in helping boys and
girls to get the space and the leadership they
nced for summer play is the public recreation
-ystem. If you live in one of nine hundred
and fifty progressive towns and cities in the
nited States and Canada, you will find play-
-rounds, athletic fields, and other recreation
treas provided by the community under
-upervision. The last survey of the National
Recreation Association showed 13,397 such
ireas, of which 6,092 were outdoor summer
playgrounds.
A new society of youth is forming in these
,afety zones for play. The modern play-
'round is a busy junior republic where boys
and girls learn good sportsmanship and the
j)y of accomplishment, gaining hobbies and
,kills that will stay with them through life.
Playground elections give them training in
ity government. Now that home chores are
few, playground duties provide that needed
-ense of responsibility. In one city an older
girl conducts a class of pre-school children in
,lementary art work. In another a thirteen-
year-old girl is an instructor in bead work.
some playgrounds publish newspapers, with
boys and girls as editors and reporters.
If there is a public playground in your
neighborhood, see that your boy or girl at-
tends it regularly, provided the ground is
tinder trained and experienced leadership.
The trained leader builds up an attractive
daily program that has a definite educational
plan. He draws the shy child into the games,
-hows the spoiled child the value of coopera-
tion, and diverts the energies of the "trouble
maker" into helpful channels. Higher stand-
ards for recreation leaders are being set every
year.  Children, especially in their early
'teens, are hero worshippers and should have
leaders they can follow and respect.
And if your town has no playgrounds,
why not set to work to get them? Often a
parents' group, women's club, men's luncheon
club, or neighborhood essociation has started
the ball which rolled toward a later commu-
nity-wide system of recreation. They have
equipped a vacant lot playground, built the
first swimming pool, or perhaps secured a
recreation leader for the summer. One sim-
ple project, such as a baseball league, a series
of hikes,or damming and cleaning up the local
"swimmin' hole" for safe sport, will be a good
start. Let the boys and girls help to clear the
vacant lot or beach, or build the tennis court.
It will give them a sense of pride and owner-
ship in their recreation center.
I do not doubt that last summer's epidemic
of juvenile tree sitting, bicycle riding, and
other endurance stunts was due to the youth-
ful love of competition and risk which had no
better outlet. Boys and girls need chances
for real adventure, contest, and hardihood.
This can be given them through the scouting
programs, camping trips, water sports, and
vigorous team games.
THIS summer many communities will check
their recreational rating with renewed con-
cern. For it is the twenty-fifth anniversary
of the movement for organized play. In
April, 90o6, a little group of socially minded
men and women met with President Roose-
velt to form the Playground and Recreation
Association of America. Then only forty-one
cities had made a start in directed play-
grounds, most of which were privately sup-
ported for children in poor neighborhoods.
But even in that day of vacant city lots and
few automobiles, these pioneers pointed out:
"The maintenance of playgrounds is not a
matter of ornamental philanthropy, but is a
part of the system of education of the state
and necessary to the development of the
whole nature and not of the mind only."
The group is now called the National Rec-
reation Association because of the great ex-
pansion of its service to include people of all
ages. The truth of its prophecy is reflected
in an annual municipal expenditure of more
than thirty-three millions for municipal play.
Recreation has taken its place as a public
duty, and cities realize that funds spent for
wholesome play are an investment in health,
child safety, and crime prevention.
Children are growing up in a changing
world. As new machinery and startling in-
ventions shorten work hours, everyone will
have more spare time.
Whether this increasing leisure will be used
constructively depends on the opportunities
we give youth today. So modern parents, in
this important business of play, are looking
beyond the immediate welfare of their own
children to preparing all the children in their
community for joyous and expressive living.
DELINEATOR
FIREFLIES AND THE YELLOW MOON
Continued from page 66


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