MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON March 1 1923

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON March 1 1923

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

CONDUCTED BY EDWINA SETON

Question—Alice, N. S.—I wonder if you would help me? I own a house and eight acres of land in a Nova Scotia town of 5,000 people. I cannot live alone—this makes an alien of me. All the desirable kind of people seem to own their own homes. I am desirous of getting in touch with two middle-aged women, preferably nurses or teachers, who would invest fifteen to twenty-five hundred dollars in a poultry, small fruit and possibly black fox farm. There is a lot of money being made out of black fox pelts. If no ladies consider the proposition, possibly a man and wife of refined tastes would be considered. The house is large enough for me to give up five rooms and use of bath. There are golf and tennis in the vicinity, and interesting people. The newcomers would have a one-half interest in the products of the farm, and must be willing to share the work and responsibilities.

Answer—If among our readers there are any to whom this proposition appeals, I will be glad to put them in touch with “Alice,” who, 1 may say, writes a pretty hand and who, by way of reference, gives a number of names of professional persons. A woman who is fond of rural life and light farm work and at the same time possessed of some capital, might find an opening such as this, would just suit her. I may say I know several women who are very happy living on the land and who would not go back to city life for anything. '

Question—Miss S. H., Manitoba— Do you know of any hospital where one can be trained in physical culture, which interests me more than nursing? What about Berna rd MacFadden’s Sanitorium in Battle Creek, Mich.? Are the nurses in Mayo Brothers’ Hospital all graduates, or do they take their training there? Where would you advise me to go for a real good course in nursing? I hold a teacher’s second-class certificate.

Answer—I think the work of a masseuse is what would interest you; it includes the application of remedial gymnastics. Hospitals only give the regular training in nursing the sick, but employ on their staff several masseuses. As far as I can learn, there is only one place in Canada for the training of young women masseuses, and that is the Canadian Training School of Massage, Massage Department, McGill University, Monttreal.

There is also a training school for masseuses in Philadelphia and one in New York. A masseuse, if competent and of pleasing personality, can build up a splendid connection for herself, and the work offers an excellent field to a girl who is physically and mentally fit. As for the

institutions you enquire about, why no; write them direct and ask for particulars" At the Mayo Brothers’ Hospital I imagine the nurses would specialize in surgical nursing, and an all-round experience would doubtless be better. Canada has many excellent hospitals, up-to-date in every respect, so if you decide to take the regular nurse’s training it should not be hard to select from among them all. It is sometimes more a matter of choosing the place that appeals to you to live in during the three years of your training than the hospital. Let me know what you finally take up, and good luck to you.

Question—Miss M. G. H., Toronto— I am in my third year at High School and would like to start on literary work, which would be interesting and not take up all my time. Could you give me any information on how to begin? I have had no experience of any kind.

Answer—My dear young lady, your last sentence answers your question. A writer must have something to say, as well as the art of saying it in a pleasing and interesting way. Without experience of any kind you lack the first equipment of a writer. The best thing for you to do would be to work hard at your studies, paying particular attention to rhetoric. English literatureand composition.and go through the University, with an Arts degree as your goal. There will be plenty of time for you to think of professional literary work when you have completed your education. Meanwhile read all the good standard works you can, particularly Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as essays, which will be a wonderful help to you later in helping to form a good style of writing. Finally let no one think that doing literary work is an easy way to earn a living. Most writers arrived at success by the hardest of hard work, and many of our best-known writers worked and gained experience first in other vocations than that of journalism before they “found" themselves as writers. Write at High School and University. Connect yourself with the school and college papers. Study the articles in the Sunday and other papers and send them worth-while contributions.

Question—Helma, Ont. — I have been an interested reader of your page for some time. I am a young girl, and have finished the Middle School Course in High School all but two subjects, algebra and geometry, and in the Lower School all but arithmetic. I have always had a great deal of difficulty with mathematics, and would like to know if there are any text books besides the regulation ones that would give me a better knowledge of this Work. Does it require a complete Middle School course to attend Mao-

donald Institute, Guelph, with the object of being a teacher of Domestic Science? Could I tax your kindness further by asking you the duties of a proof-reader?

Answer—What you need is not extra text books, but to spend time in reviewing your mathematical work. Go back to the stage where the first difficulty arises and thoroughly master this. Your teacher no doubt will be glad to explain any point that is not clear to you. You have probably gone ahead in your lessons in advance of your comprehension of them. Possibly you could manage to get a little private coaching from your teacher, who doubtless will be more than willing to help you to overcome your present difficulty in understanding these studies.

For admission to the Two Year Normal Course in Domestic Science at Macdonald Institute, Guelph, candidates, who must be at least twenty years of age, must present either of the following certificates : Ontario Entrance to Normal or Ontario Junior Matriculation.

The duties of a proof-reader require a thorough knowledge of the English language,—punctuation, paragraphing,

spelling, different kinds of type used, and familiarity with the symbols employed. The work involves the correction of printers’ proofs, that is, the first rough impressions printed, which must be carefully compared by the proof-reader with the original manuscript and all mistakes rectified.

Question—Mrs. E. B., Ont.—I live on a farm and would like to make some money at home. Can you suggest anything I could do?

Answer—Why not raise turkeys? I know of a farm sister in Ontario who made $250 last year, and this year has fiftythree fine big turkeys. She says the secret of success is to get good stock in the beginning then let them go and don’t worry about them. They like to have a wide range, and find most of their food in the insect world. The chicks until old enough to run at large must be carefully guarded against getting their feet wet, I understand.

Question—Miss W. S., P. E. I.— Would you kindly send me particulars as to how to obtain training for scalp and complexion specialist. Could one earn anything while taking the course? If not, perhaps you could advise me of some other line of work that would pay while learning.

Answer—There are occasional openings for girls in established firms where in return for their services they are taught hair-dressing, scalp and facial treatments, manicuring and making up of hair-goods, and where, after they become useful, they are paid a small wage. However, as a rule, to learn this work costs money, and re1 quires the possession of some capital.

A Canadian woman years ago went to Rochester, N. Y., and there started a new kind of scalp treatment and hair shampooing. She won great success, and now has pupils go to her from all over Canada and the U. S. The course lasts three months and costs $50, with board an extra expense of course. On completing the course successfully, the pupil is assigned unoccupied territory, and must then buy her equipment from the school, and to do this costs several hundred dollars. But once having mastered this system and been given an unoccupied place to practise in, the graduate is sure of making a good living, that is, provided her personality is pleasing.

A well-known Toronto hair-goods establishment, charges $150 for a three months course, teaching in that time scalp and complexion treatments, shampooing, manicuring, Marcel waving and the making of hair-goods. So you see it takes some capital to become a scalp and complexion specialist. In some western American institutions devoted to this work, a three months course costs about the same amount. One successful specialist I knew spent all her time in going from house to house, having her regular clients, and making a fair income. Shehadlearned her work by going as an apprentice to an established hair-dresser’s and there giving her ; time in return for instruction until she was of some value to the firm.

As for another opening in which a girl is paid while learning, there is that of the trained nurse, who is under no expense for her board and who also receives a monthly allowance. How would you like that vocation?