Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON April 1 1926
Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON April 1 1926

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON

Question—R.T.D.: I have been given to understand that there is a kindergarten training school in the maritime provinces, as well as in Ontario. Can you inform me?

Answer—There is one in Saint John, N.B., which is under the Kindergarten Association. The course takes two years. The director is Mrs. A. F. Robinson, a graduate of the Chicago Kindergarten College. She has done post-graduate work and considers that a good training course cannot be given in less than two years.

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Information about educational institutions and business places is confined to Canadian ones.

Question—Mrs. X.: Can you help me with my problem? After much consideration, I have decided that a divorce is our only remedy. Can you tell me how to secure one with the least possible publicity? . . . We met in the hectic days of 1917. I was a V.A.D.; he a captain in the army, and after less than a fortnight’s acquaintance we were married. I married to escape the interference of my mother ; he to secure a housekeeper. How could such a marriage be anything but a failure? We came to Canada to make a fresh start. My husband bought a farm and went to live

on it alone ... I could not endure the loneliness and inconvenience of the life . Our relations have been getting worse instead of better. We do not speak for days at a time except when absolutely necessary. He is even more anxious for a divorce than I—offers to provide for the boy and me on a generous scale. I will not agree to this—at least not for myself. It is not necessary. I have a little money and have become a fully qualified nurse since coming to this country. We do not look upon divorce as a great wrong, especially in this case, when it means happiness for everyone concerned.

Answer—It is evident that you and your husband are misfits and have paid dearly for rushing so rashly into such a serious partnership as marriage. A divorce is always hard on the child. At this stage I don’t suppose it is any use my telling you of at least three marrried women who all desired freedom but refrained on account of their children. The passage of years found them eventually satisfied; each reconciled to her husband. You live in a province where divorces are

granted with little publicity; so you probably can achieve your wish. If you would like to know the name of a lawyer send me your address.

Question—W.E.B.: Can you give me any information on nickel plating, outfit required and method for doing household articles, cost, where obtainable, etc.?

Answer — Write the Booth-Coulter Copper & Brass Co., 115 Sumach St., Toronto, and the Acme Electro-plating Co., 64 Richmond St., East, Toronto. Two books that give directions are “Electro-plating” by Repp (Popular Mechanics Publishing Co., 6 North Michigan Blvd., Chicago. Price fifty cents.) and “Electro-platers’ Handbook,” by G. H. Weston, (Drake Company, 1006 South Michigan Blvd., Chicago, 111. Price seventy-five cents.)

Question—Mrs. P.L.: Can you tell me where I can get a book giving the scientific explanation of the different colors in flowers and any other interesting information about nature, such as the cause of thunder, lightning, rainbows, etc.?

Answer—The Story Book of Science, by Jean Fabre, would, I think, bewhatyou want. It is published by the Century Company and costs $2. Ask any bookseller to order it for you.

Question—Sask. Merchant: Can you give me the address of a school or college where window dressing and display work are taught?

Answer—I have not been able to locate a school in Canada that teaches these subjects. Get a copy of the Merchants Record and Window Display, and you will get any information that is available about such matters. McKenna’s Book Store, 161 Yonge St., Toronto, will send the magazine to you. Price forty cents, postpaid. Articles on window dressing appear frequently in Dry Goods Review and Hardware and Metal.

Question—E. G. L., Pacific Coast: Kindly advise if any of the electrical manufacturing companies of Canada have educational departments in which one may receive a certain amount of instruction in return for work done in their shops?

Answer—The Canadian General Electric Company, Toronto, gives to graduates of the School of Practical Science (University of Toronto) a two-year course at the company’s Peterborough plant. For particulars write, W. M. Cruthers, secretary, Students’ Course, Canadian General Electric, Peterborough, Ont.

Question—V.: I should appreciate any criticism you care to give regarding enclosed poems. Where should one write regarding publication?

Answer—Before you can expect an editor’s acceptance, your verse will have to be much better, with more attention to rhythm and metrical construction. Study modern poetry as well as the work of classic poets. In a collection of John McCrae’s poems called, “In Flanders Fields and Other Poems” you will find a lengthy dissertation on poetic construction by Sir Andrew Macphail. Why not get this book and study both the poems and essay?

Question—Mrs. C.D.: Kindly tell me where my daughter, who is twenty-five years of age, could train as a dietitian, with a view to entering a hospital, later on.

Answer—Macdonald Institute, Ontario College of Agriculture, Guelph, gives a two-year course of institutional management which fits its graduates for administrative positions in hospitals and other institutions.

Question—F.A.C., Sask.: Will you kindly publish an answer to the following in your department? Is the industry of raising Chinchilla rabbits profitable? If they are raised for fur, what is the average value of their pelts? Are they raised for other purposes?

Answer—The last return of the fur farming industry by the Dominion Government recorded for the tirst time a Canadian Chinchilla rabbit farm (as well as a Canadian coyote ranch). Mr. Geo Jennings of Scorton Ranch, Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., is making a great

success of Chinchilla rabbit farming. He receives from $3.50 to $5 for pelts, according to the quality, and $24 a dozen has been offered for baby pelts taken from five weeks old rabbits. You might get fuller information by writing to Mr. Jennings, to the Fur Farming Branch, Department of Agriculture, Ottawa and also to Prof. R. M. Maclver, University Extension, Toronto University, Toronto, where they have records dealing with fur trade farming throughout Canada.

Question—-A.A., Ontario: Kindly advise where I can get information about muskrat farming?

Answer—A practical book on muskrat farming can be had by applying to Robert C. Hodgson, Fur Trade Journal, Oshawa, Ont.

Question—K.N.: I am a young man of twenty-three, son of a man who served overseas with the Princess Pats. In Denmark, where I was born, I went through preparatory college, acquired a business education and matriculated in Canada. I speak German, French, Danish Swedish, Norwegian and English, proficiently. I desire to be connected with the ocean service and can furnish the best of references as to character and ability. Can you tell me how to find an opening?

Answer—With your knowledge of six languages, it should not be difficult to obtain a position. For ocean service, address an application to Capt. Walsh, C.P.R., 2 St. Peter Street, Montreal.

Question—R.W.G.: I wish to get my birth certificate; where can I obtain such a document. I was born in the county of Dufferin.

Answer—Apply to the Deputy Registrar General, Spadina House, Spadina Avenue, Toronto. A fee of seventy-five cents is charged for a birth certificate ($1.25 if in duplicate).

Question—H.L.: Please tell me the best way to get in touch with public schools requiring teachers in the Province of Alberta?

Answer—Write to the Deputy Minister of Education,"Edmonton, Alta.

Question—Mrs. E.: I wish to know if a piano, the property of a junior, aged 18, can be seized for his mother’s (a widow) debts in Alberta?

Answer—Write to the Deputy Attorney General, Edmonton, Alta.

Question—S., Ont. I have the honor to be manager of the Girls’ Base Ball Club here, and now that the season is over would like to interest them in something else. They are all girls of school age, fourteen years and under, and I feel that physical culture would be good for them. Can you give any suggestions for a physical culture class?

Answer—There is a book called “Physical Culture for Women,” by Muller, price $1.50. Then there are the delightful “daily dozen” records which not only provide suitable music but give directions for healthful exercises. Some graceful, pleasant exercises can be evolved by the use of tennis balls and waltz music. Each girl is given a soft ball, and while throwing it up and catching it again, the body of the player takes a certain position—something as in fencing— and different for each exercise.

Question—E.H.: I wish to secure a position as a teacher in a business college. Do you know of any agency where I can place my name? As there is no public stenographer here, I have been thinking of taking up this work, but have no idea of the rate to charge. Where can I get a price list, or can you give me some idea what to ask?

Answer—Mr. O. U. Robinson, Waterford, Ont., has the only teachers’ agency in Canada that I know of. For typing, the usual charge is 40 to 50 cents per thousand words, with one carbon copy furnished. In such a small place I would suggest your asking less, say ten cents a page (300 words).

Question—Miss X.: I would like to become a French stenographer and have had three years at the High School of Commerce, French being one of the main subjects. I work all day but have my

evenings free. Would you kindly advise if you consider I have had enough education to become a French stenographer, and if there is a large enough demand to warrant the time and expence?

Answer—You have doubtless studied French grammar and done translations, but to understand the spoken language uttered at great speed is quite another thing. This would call for more than three years of evening study. As most firms desiring a French stenographer specify, she must be either French-Canadian or native French, and, as in addition they pay no higher salary than to an Englishspeaking stenographer, I would advise you to concentrate on improving your speed in taking English dictation.

Question—A.B.C.: I am a clergyman’s daughter, twenty-three years of age, and have always lived in small towns, but would like to go to one of the large cities. Unfortunately I have no training for any special work. I have the equivalent to a high school education. Can you give me any suggestions?

Answer—Don’t try to make your way in a city without special training of some kind I think you would be good in a business office. Why not learn speedwriting, the new easy shorthand, which can be acquired by the correspondence method? If this does not appeal, how about training as a nurse in a city hospital? You should be more specific and give some indication of your preference in order to benefit by this column.

Question—W. McF.: Please tell me what I must do to comply with the United States immigration regulations with regard to birth certificate. I was born on a farm in N.B. forty years ago, and at that time there was no registration of births. Is there any way I can get over this difficulty?

Answer—Go before a notary public and have him take your affidavit to the above effect, which document he will du'y sign and affix his official seal to.

Question—Miss L.S.: Can you tell me what makes my hair so oily? I wash it every two weeks and about three days afterwards it begins to get very oily and to fall out.

Answer—You wash your hair too often. Once a month is enough. Try this treatment twice a week: Wring out a

Turkish towel in very hot water and apply to the head so as to cover the scalp. Keep doing this for about fifteen minutes until the steam opens the pores of the scalp, then rub in gently a good astringent hair tonic. Each night brush well the hair, until it glistens. Avoid greasy, indigesttable food. Take plenty of fresh air exercise and sleep in a well-ventilated room. In time your hair will improve.

Question—E.M.N.: Can you tell me where the newspapers get the cross word puzzles they publish? Is there any chance for an amateur like myself disposing of a few I have made?

Answer—While I have sent you the name of a publisher of cross word puzzles, I can offer no encouragement. Cross word puzzles are now a dead issue. Newspapers buy them from syndicates and not from individuals.

Question—Mrs. McG.: Can you tell me where to get a book of cross stitch patterns to be marked on covers, tapestry designs?

Answer—A book that might be what you want is “Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving,” with 178 diagrams and illustrations, by Mrs. A. H. Christie, price $3.75, Pitman & Sons, 70 Bond St., Toronto. Another is called “Samplers and Tapestry Embroidery,” and is published by Longmans, Green, London, Eng. Your bookseller could order it for you.

Question—H.A.D., Alta.: I should like to try writing short stories. Is it necessary to type them? To what magazine should I submit them?

Answer—It is most desirable that manuscript should be typed. What magazine you send stories to depends on the kind of stories they are. There are several hundred magazines to choose from.