A JOURNAL OF LITERATURE AND DOMESTIC
Athens, Ga., May, 1888.
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Garden,” is a prominent example of what
a woman can accomplish out of doors.
Every one who reads her valuable articles
must be impressed with her thorough
acquaintaace with all pertaining to that
department of Woman’s Work, and her
ability to express this knowledge well.
“ The Last Straw ” is a forcible and enter
taining expression of a great and important
lesson to housekeepers. Don’t test your
capacity of endurance ; don’t give the last
straw a chance. Take care of yourself as
well as of your house. This doesn’t mean
to neglect the duties of the good house
wife. The models in our homes are not
those who strike the hardest licks or the
most of them, but they who strike to good
advantage. It is a happy combination of
execution with self-preservation. Now let
each offer some suggestion for attaining
this desired end.
It is with much satisfaction that we ob
serve the increase of our interesting “ Cor
respondence,” department. The near and
distant States from time to
time is a sufficie^^^HMKN^/W Oman’s
is popular these
letters are nature,
for which we are grateful, our readers will
appreciate the wide range of useful infor
mation and suggestions which they con
tain. It is a general family consultation
and exchange of ideas, and each one is
invited to contribute to this and all other
departments of “ their paper.” We are
proud of our writers, each and all. Proud
to believe them true friends and interested
in the noble work of increasing happiness
in our homes, by advancing the best ideas
and advocating the best methods. Proud
of their ability to combine practical infor
mation with a most interesting style of
composition. Every department is a pre
sentation of this last statement.
For Woman’s Work.
BY MRS. S. C. HAZLETT.
“ Rod is dead," and the words though soft,
Struck my heart like a chill,
I could scarce believe the winsome boy
Lying so stark aud still.
With the seal of His perfect sanction
Pressed on the broad, white brow,
And the frozen smile, on the peaceful face,
Never so sweet as now.
I thought of the aged father,
The mother, so kind and true;
The brothers and sisters who loved him,
The friends and relatives too.
I thought what he had been to them
In his youth so pure and grand;
How he toiled ana lessened their burdens,
The youngest of all that band.
Only too glad to bear the heat
And burden of the day,
For those he loved; and sought far more
To easier make the way
For those who were older, not wiser,
And his was the head to plan,
And hand to execute ever,
Like that of expeHenced man.
No lore, either ancient or modern,
But he had it well by heart;
And his philosophy was pungent teaching,
To those who were old in art.
Quiet and true, and steadfast, still
He studied, and thought, and did;
And now in the spring of his life,
He lies— dead, in his work amid.
Sudden and swift the angel came
And touched him—and he slept.
No more pain for the weary brain,
For out of heaven there leapt
Glad songs of praise; and a starry crown
Was placed on the youthful brow
Os “ Rod,” who acted well his part,
While we in meekness bow,
To the will of Him who is always just,
Though the cross is hard to bear,
But soon we shall see, and understand
The reason—so be of cheer,
Oh, aching heatts, and patiently wait;
It is such a little while
’Til the angel will open the golden gate,
And you’ll see your boy, with his smile. I
(Illustration on front page.)
How few there are who fully appreciate
the beauties of nature’s flowers in their
original wildness! I would not detract
in the slightest degree from the interest in
the richness and variety of a well culti
vated flower garden, but there is for me a
charm in the blooms of the woodland not
elsewhere to be found. What a profuse
feast for the eye! View the wild jessa
mine. Lavishly does it dispense its beauty
and fragrance. Not confined within the
easy reach of man, but scaling the giant
tree and clothing itself in rich attire of
sweetness throughout its length. ’Tis su
perfluous in this connection though, to call
wild flowers by name. The country air is
laden with their perfume and each variety
has its distinctive beauties. I wish I was
a botanist and could describe and discuss
even the simplest flower that grows. We
cannot realize how far above the most per
fect conception of an artist are the delica
cies of form and coloring with which na
ture touches her work. Too intricate for
the human eye; too clever for imitation.
Have you ignored them ? Then you have
missed much pleasure. Search for them,
pluck them, study them. The little bee
finds his richest treasures in the flowers of
vines and trees. Shall we forget them ?
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MRS. ALICE B. STOCKHAM.
BOOKS AND BOOKMAKERS.
In chatting of books and bookmakers, it
seems to ma that as this is a woman’s pa
per, it may not be amiss to talk of women
who have made books. Not that book
making is any more praiseworthy than
home-making, but we are all home-makers,
and there being so many of us, not even
the most capacious paper could make room
for all of these, but of women who have
made books there are comparatively few,
and with some of these we will spend a tew
Women have long been book buyers,
book readers and book writers; now they
appear as book publishers, and this is per
haps the most novel of all. Os one book
publisher, whose picture is presented our
readers, we make extracts from an article
in “ Justitia:”
In the summer of ’B3 Mrs. Alice B. Stock
ham brought out “ Tokology, a book for
every woman,” expecting to sell it mainly
to classes she was then instructing in phys
ical culture; however, before it was off
from the press she was induced to place it
on the market as a subscription book. For
this purpose she rented desk-room only, in
a back office, taking from her home an old
desk, an office chair and a little rocker.
These, with five hundred books, was her
capital and stock in trade. She began
without knowledge of business in the book
line, but resolved to master the mysteries
of the book trade, both in aggressive
methods and in detail.
She discovered a wide field for study in
the science and art of advertising, and
realized in this day by day that adverbs
are mighty; that what one has to make
known to the world is often overbalanced
by the how and when and where. It was I
not enough that she had a good book but
it was essential to let the people know it,
and to this end clear and farsighted
methods were necessary.
Her success has undoubtedly resulted
from a willingness and determination to
surmount all difficulties in these lines and
to untiringly guide the affairs of her office
by personal knowledge and supervision.
From one desk in the corner of a back
room, the business now occupies a pleasant,
sunny suite of rooms. These, besides having
convenient and suitable office furniture,
are adorned with rugs, portieres, pictures,
etc., that present a homelike and attractive
Visitors to the office always remark upon
its homelike and womanly appearance.
This charm is greatly augmented by the
beauty and fragrance of the fresh flowers
which appear regularly upon each desk the
year round. Even the packing-room shows
a tidiness decidedly unmasculine. From
this establishment one hundred thousand
copies of this work have been sold, as well
as many hundreds of other books devoted
to physical culture, mental healing, etc.
Dr. Stockham often says that for her
own sake, she does not care for her success,
so much as that it is an example for other
women to follow. It is also a satisfaction
that she has been able to give employment
to so many. Hundreds of intelligeht,
noble-minded women, untrained in busi
ness ways, and seeing before them no suit
able avenue to self-support, have found
work in introducing her books. '
Only ladies are employed in the office,
and are engaged as bookkeepers, stenog
raphers, typewriters and shipping clerks.
Even the heavy packages are made up,
boxes packed, covers fitted and nails driven
by womanly hands. The work is so sys
tematized that it is done without friction
and tlw young ladies often call themselves
“ the happy family ” —for they make a
pleasure out ot their arduous duties. Any
one showing a captious or quarrelsome dis
position would find herself quite out of her
element in this friendly atmosphere, and
would not be welcome there.
One woman’s success is an encourage
ment for others to undertake similar ven
tures. For this reason, and because an
only daughter, Miss Cora L. Stockham,
enters into partnership with her mother.
Other women desiring to engage in a
business enterprise will note a few of the
points that have conduced to Mrs. Stock
ham’s success. She handles such books
and articles only as have real merit and
value, and which she can recommend. She
is particular to keep her credit good in
business circles, usually discounting her
While often trusting struggling, depen
dent women, she counsels them for their own
sakes to habits of promptness and fidelity.
She demands of paper dealers, printers
and binders fulfillment of contracts,
and they respect her threatened vials of
Quaker wrath. She pays her help prompt
ly, advancing salaries according to merit,
and thereby establishes a mutual confi
dence, that without rules ensures faithful
service. She treats her customers with
courtesy, fidelity and womanly kindness.
She demands of business men no favors on
account of sex, always dealing in a straight
forward business manner. By this course
she is never taken advantage of on account
of being a woman. She may have been
imposed upon on account of her ignorance
in certain lines, but the universal courtesy
and good faith shown her is proof that wet
men need not hesitate to enter upon busi
ness ventures, through fear of insults and
Desirable and lucrative vocations are
open to woman, and her success in them
depends upon the same conditions that
man’s success depends upon, and these
summed up are, that she must, first, master
her business, and secondly, deal squarely
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Darwcr of .Life to Mother
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