Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON January 15 1925
Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON January 15 1925

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON

Question—W.B.D., Sask.: Kindly tell me where I can get the book “Raising Mink for Profit” by Major L. D. McClintock; also a book on the raising of muskrats.

Answer—“Muskrat Farming for Profit,” by E. J. Farnum, can be procured from the author, by sending $2 and addressing Box 81, Muskegon, Mich. As for the book on the raising of mink, I

have not been able to trace it. Can any reader name the publisher?

Questionemdash;Mrs. L.E.H., Ont.: Will you please tell me where I can purchase books of instruction on kindergarten work? I have two little girls and want to find something interesting and instructive to teach them.

Answeremdash;A book called Primary Manual, by Mary Ledyard and Bertha Breckafeld, price $2, is procurable from George M. Hendry Co., 215 Victoria Street, Toronto, which also keeps the materials called for therein, such as raffia, cardboard, etc. If you want a book of music, giving the words and appropriate action, as used in kindergartens, the T. Eaton Co., has one called Finger Play, by Emily Poison, price $2. There is a series of four boxes, each of which contains material and full directions how to fold papers, weave papers, sew papers, etc., called “Threadabout Pictures,” “Foldabout Papers,” etc., and can be had from Tyrrell at sixty cents each. The above supplies would equip a home kindergarten.

Questionemdash;M.S., Ont.: Can you give me some suggestions on growing medicinal plants for profit, also the names of wholesale drug houses that purchase medicinal weeds, etc.? Can you tell me of any profitable side line for one living in the country? I am gradually building up a poultry yard but it will be two or three years before it will be profitable.

Answeremdash;The U. S. Department of Agriculture publishes a pamphlet entitled “Drug Plants Under Cultivation,” Farmers’ Bulletin No. 663. Hopkins Co., 100 William Street, New York City, buys drug plants, and at intervals issues price lists. Among plants and herbs classed as medicinal, that Canada imports annually to the amount of one and a half million dollars, are rosemary, sage, thyme, marigold, coriander, dill, caraway, borage and lavender. For a side line, you could specialize in pot-pourri, made of rose ■ petals and spices, lavender bags for the linen closet, and catnip balls for pussy, all of which would find a ready sale in the city, especially around Christmas time. Squabs and turkeys might be raised profitably.

Questionemdash;E.M.E., Ont.: I decided to take a business course by correspondence and sent a cheque to the. . . but have received no word or lessons from them, although my cheque has been cashed. They offered ten per cent discount for cash. Should I have deducted this when remitting?

Answeremdash;I got in touch with the concern you mention, and found they had already sent you a set of lessons but, owing to your address not having been written out in full, these had evidently not reached you. They are sending you on a1 second set of lessons. Yes, I think you should have deducted the ten per cent.; you had better ask to have it returned.

Questionemdash;R. M., Maritimes: I have a gift shop and have been importing materials from the U. S., but prefer to buy them in Canada. Can you tell me where to get the following articles, (1) colored cottons and linens for embroidery, (2) parchment shades stamped with a design ready for painting, (3) colored prints and picture mouldings, 4) Jesso, which is a refined plaster of Paris used for plaques, book ends, etc.

Answeremdash;I have sent you the addresses of two firms that supply fabrics. The parchment shades usually do not come stamped with designs, but a firm here will supply you with these to order for a trifling difference in cost. Albert Britnell, Yonge Street, Toronto, has a good stock of colored prints _ and picture mouldings. Jesso, which is a thick white liquid, applied with the brush, cannot be used for making such solid articles as book ends, plaques, but to ornament them with relief work. Jesso, when used cold, is made of whiting and glue; when used hot, of whiting and gelatine. I am sending you the recipe, and you will find it cheaper to make than to buy. As the plaster of paris comes from gypsum mines in New Brunswick, you should not have to import this.

Questionemdash;W.A.L., Alta.: Where can I get full information about the . . . crest and coat of arms given in Ireland?

Answeremdash;I consulted an expert in genealogy, who says there are several crests ascribed to that name. He would

have to be in possession of some particulars to tell which branch of the family yours is. I am sending you his address and he is willing to do some research work for you, but must be paid for it. There are, of course, books of reference in which you could delve, but heraldry is a difficult subject to the uninitiated, being full of technical terms.

Questionemdash;Sask.: I should like to get information regarding a home for an elderly lady and would appreciate it if you could give me a list of the Homes in Canada, rates, etc.

Answeremdash;This information can be had from the Might Directories Ltd., 76 Church St., Toronto, or by writing to tbe Provincial Secretary of the Government of each province. In Victoria, B.C., there is a pleasant home for old ladies, where the mild, sunny climate keeps them contented. In Montreal, St. Margaret’s (Anglican) costs $40 a month and is extremely nice.

Questionemdash;Interested: Please advise what you think of a lady starting a children’s clothing store. What would be the smallest capital safe to start with? Can you suggest any book that might help one in the work?

Answeremdash;A Junior Store in a city large enough to support it has a chance of success. But there must be excellent taste and business capability. Competition is keen, especially the cut prices of the big departmental stores. I fancy a children’s dressmaker would stand an even better chance of success if she knew her work well. The capital required would depend on the place and standard adopted, but enough money to keep you for six months, as well as furnish your establishment and outfit it, would be needed. “Every-day Business for Women,” by Mary Wilbur, published by Houghton, Mifflin Co., and “The Manual of Successful Store-Keeping,” by W. R. Hotchkiss, Doubleday, Page Co., might help you.

Questionemdash;O.H.C., Sask.: Where can I procure Rosamund de Wolfe Archibald’s book, “The King’s English Drill”?

Answeremdash;Stewart McClelland, Victoria Street, Toronto, are the publishers: price fifty cents.

Questionemdash;W.S.A., Ont.: Where can I get the following books, “Outwitting Our Nerves,” by Dr. Josephine A. Larson; “Brains, and How to Get them,” by Christian D. Larson; “The Inner Secret, or That Something Within.”

Answeremdash;(1) Century Company, New York, price $2.50; (2) Crowell Company, New York, price $1.25; (3) Personality Power Co., 1267 Park Place West, Detroit, Mich., price $1.00; paper covered, price twenty-five cents.

Questionemdash;X.Y.Z., Nova Scotia: I am interested in the valuable help your question box gives MacLean readers. Will you please give me some advice? I want to earn money while attending high school, and thought newspaper corresponding a convenient way to do so. I am interested in boxing and other sports, and could write on these topics as well as others. Would papers in England and the United States be willing to pay well for sports news from this continent?

Answeremdash;As Halifax probably has at least three correspondents who provide maritime sporting news to American and Canadian syndicates, you would find it difficult to place your items, the field being well organized. I would suggest your writing short articles about boxers, telling how they trained, etc., getting photos, also short sketches about noted people, anecdotes about interesting Canadians, etc., which could be offered to leading Canadian papers. Articles on outdoor subjects with photos are in demand. A Toronto editor told me it was difficult for him to procure Canadian feature news. So here’s your chance.

Questionemdash;S.H., Ontario: If you had a nurse’s training and several years’ excellent expeiience doing supervision work in hospitals, then had a serious illness and long convalescence and felt not quite strong enough for the same strenuous work as before, what would you do to utilize your experience?

Answeremdash;There might be some branch of public health nursing that would suit you. Miss E.K. Russell, director of department of public health nursing, University of Toronto, will be able to advise you. Resident nurses are employed in schools, colleges, department stores, factories, etc.