Women and their Work

MacLean’s Question Box

EDWINA SETON April 15 1925
Women and their Work

MacLean’s Question Box

EDWINA SETON April 15 1925

MacLean’s Question Box


Question—M.G., Ont.: Kindly tell me where I could sell a collection of rare coins at the highest price. Would an individual be likely to pay more than a firm that deals in themP

Answer—Old coins, like stamps, have a definite market value. You might send a list to the Numismatic Bank, Houston, Texas, and to George A. Lowe, 5 Adelaide St., East, Toronto, and get their value, enclosing stamped self-addressed envelope.

Question—D.D.A., Maritimes: I am informed there is a crest and coat of arms in connection with the D. . . . family in England, but have never been able to see one. Where can I get full information about it, as I am anxious to get one.

Answer—Fairbairn’s Book of Crests, an English publication, which any bookseller can order for you, contains information about families entitled to use crests. Or write to the Heralds College, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.4, England.

Question—M.S.F.: Can you tell me if there are any colleges or universities in Western Canada where a young man could learn mechanical dentistry, and if not, where would you advise? Also where could a young woman with two years’ hospital training for a nurse learn surgical chiropody?

Answer—There is no school or college in Canada that teaches mechanical den-

tistry. The best plan is to enter a private laboratory, of which there are a number in the West. To ascertain the names of these laboratories write to the following dental supply companies, whose western managers are in touch with laboratories and may know of openings in them: Ash Temple Co., Ltd., Somerset Block, Winnipeg, and Ash Temple Co., McCallum-Hill Building Regina. (2) A course in chiropody is to be had at the Illinois College of Chiropody, 1327 North Clark Street, Chicago, 111. There is no training in this work yet available in Canada.

Question—J.A.: Kindly advise where I can get information about merchant ships and how to get a job on one.

Answer—Write to Canadian Government Merchant Marine, Montreal, about getting a sea-going job as an apprentice.

Question—W.W.M.: I wish to take a course in practical land surveying. Is there a Canadian correspondence school that gives this course?

Answer—No, neither the Extension Department of the University of Toronto, which teaches a number of subjects by correspondence, nor Shaw’s Correspondence School, teaches this subject. You will have to take the course at an University. Queen’s or the University of Toronto would be a good choice. The classes do practical field work during the summer vacation, and when young men are

needed for Government surveys, of which there are always some in the field during the summer, university students are chosen in preference to other men. Write and enquire of the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto.

Question—Mrs. J.O.D., Sask.:—Is there a detective agency in Canada similar to Scotland Yard in England?

Answer—There is the Thiel Detective Service of Canada, C.P.R. Bldg., Toronto, and Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, Manning Chambers, Toronto.

Question—H. G., Ont.: Will you

please find out for me the value of the five coins on enclosed list, and send me the answer unless you can put it in February 30th issue of MacLean’s. Where could I sell them?

Answer—As I write this reply to your question, the March issue is printed, and since you did not enclose a stamped envelope, I cannot send you the information by letter. The only coin in your group that has any value is the gold guinea dated 1700, which is worth from $8 to $9, depending on its condition. The others are worth a few cents apiece. For your last question, see my answer to M.G., Ont.

Question—Mrs. L.D.: Where would Roman Catholic children baptised about 1819 or 1820 be registered? I believe at that early date Kingston was not a parish. The person whose baptismal certificate I seek was born in Edwardsburg township near the present town of Prescott.

Answer—To find the whereabouts of a baptismal certificate more than a hundred years back might be difficult. Write to the Priest in Charge, Roman Catholic Church, Prescott, and ask him about the matter. The town that was formerly called Edwardsburg is now Port Elgin, so write there also. If their records do not go back as far as 1820, ask him to hand on your enquiry to the church that would be likely to have these records. The Parliament Buildings, Toronto, has a registry of births, but their records go back only to 1869.

Question—E.H., Ont.: Can you tell me of any Health Centres in Ontario or Quebec that employ dietitians? (2) Where can the equipment, marble slabs, irons, etc., for making candy on a small scale, be purchased? If there is any charge for this information, kindly let me know.

Answer—I cannot find that there are any health centres, but similar work is carried on by the Red Cross Society, although they have not yet arrived at the point of employing dietitians. However, their new order of Visiting Housekeepers will undoubtedly develop into something akin. At present the Red Cross intends to give a short course of training to a few practical women, and start them in the work of visiting homes where there is sickness, to do the cooking and housework. They will be paid from $12 to $15 a week, with an allowance of $5 extra a week if they are not in residence. (2) Fletcher Mfg. Co., 29 Hayter St., Toronto. There is no charge for giving information.

Question—Mrs. A.E.K., Sask.: Can you tell me where I can get material for a paper on the subject, “Shakespeare on Medicine”?

Answer—There is “A Concordance to the Plays of Shakespeare” by W.H.D. Adams, published by Routledge. Another book that might be helpful is “Shakespeare Garden” by E. Singleton, $3, and published in 1922 by Century Co., New York.

Question—C. M., Sydney:—Kindly tell me what school in Toronto you referred to that gives a course in Kindergarten teaching, and to whom I may apply about entering it?

Answer—This course, which is free, is given at the Normal School under the direction of the Department of Education, Parliament Buildings. Write to the Deputy Minister of Education for particulars.

Question—Mrs. J.F.G.: I am a young married woman and would like to find a sale for embroidered pillow slips. Can you tell me of any business houses in Toronto that I could come to terms with?

Answer—Enquiry, made of several places brought the same reply—either they were plentifully supplied with workers, or they were able to buy embroidered linen so cheaply from abroad that there

was no chance for home workers. The Italian needlewomen particularly work for very much less money than would our embroiderers. Try to get private people to give you orders, or watch the engagement announcements in the social columns, and send cards to brides-elect, giving your terms for embroidering linen.

Question—Hostess, Winnipeg:—You are so clear and practical in your answers to our worried questions. Will you please answer this one for me? Do you consider it correct for an invited guest to arrive late for dinner, when the stated time has been given? Is it fair to the other guests or to the hostess?

Answer—Etiquette requires that a guest shall be on time for such an engagement, and a breach of this rule is considered to be in bad taste. At the same time there are sometimes unavoidable causes for delay, so that it is kind to be a little lenient to a tardy guest and give her at least ten minutes’ grace before starting the dinner. A well-poised hostess will not show any annoyance under such circumstances.

Once a well-known Toronto hostess had dinner ready for a titled house guest, who, after setting the dinner hour to suit herself, did not turn up for the dinner until two hours after it, having been occupied with committees of women. Meanwhile, her hostess had ordered the first dinner to be thrown away and a second one prepared, then at ten o’clock took her place at the head of the table without any outward sign of being disturbed.

Question—A.M.: What are the duties of a dental nurse? What training must she have? What salary does she earn? Can you suggest any change of work suitable for a girl not very skilful with her hands who is a qualified teacher with four years’ experience?

Answer—A dental nurse must enter all appointments in a book and keep track of each one, receive the patients, wash and sterilize the instruments, wait on the dentist, learn to mix certain preparations, become familiar with the various instruments, send out monthly statements, attend to the banking—in fact her duties are manifold. A course of training in this work is to be had at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, 240 College Street, Toronto. Write there for full particulars. Salaries vary as much as do dentists’ fees.

I have known a number of school teachers who took a business course and were much happier doing stenography than teaching.

Question—M., Ontario: My wife and I are desirous of seeing Canada and of making a living at the same time. We propose to obtain a caravan, fit it up with small household requisites and travel the countryside, calling at farmhouses and offering our wares for sale. Can you tell me where we could obtain either a new or second-hand horse caravan, and about what it would cost, and also if there is a demand for such a house to house supply?

Answer—I am mailing you the address of a theatre that I know has a discarded gypsy, waggon with a tent cover, and if not willing to sell this, they can perhaps tell you where they procured it. Perhaps some of our readers can help with information. If so, will they kindly forward me particulars to send on to M?

Question—A.M., Halifax: In Nova Scotia the opinion prevails that the moose shed their horns every year. I am one who differs from that opinion. Could you tell me the opinion held by authorities on this subject?

Answer—While it is positively known that moose in captivity shed their antlers each year, it is not established that they do in the wild state, and several authorities on natural history, of whom I enquired, would not give a decided opinion. However, the name was given me of Dr. Hornaday, Director of Bronx Park Zoo, New York City, who is considered the greatest authority on this subject in North America. I would suggest that you write to him.

Question—E. J. S.: I am preparing myself for vaudeville acting with the piano, doing stunts such as you see in vaudeville houses. There are firms that publish these tricks and music. Could you give me the address of one?

Answer—M. Witmark & Sons, Professional Department, 144 West 37th Street, New York City.