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neer Mutual Improvement magazine, and this had been issued there about a year before the visit named. It was a 6x9 publication, the title on the front page being in beautiful semi-skeleton letters arranged in contour as a heading much like the roof of a Chinese pagoda-THE AMATEUR. The purpose of the visit was to publish the magazine in more pretentious form, the page enlarged to 12x16, which was done and with high-class instruction in its contents-until it was superseded by that premier Mutual Improvement magazine of its time, The Contributor, followed later by the Improvement Era. Dated at Ogden, it was printed at the Deseret News office, Salt Lake.
To Edward H. Anderson we attached the nickname of "The Amateur," and it clung to him much longer than the publication of the magazine continued, but not longer than his affection for this first effort; for he retains in his library in The Era office bound volumes of his "first printed love," which afford interesting reading today. We crossed the Atlantic together in 1890, going on a mission to Europe, Edward H. Anderson to preside over the Scandinavian mission and direct the publication there of the two Church magazines in that field. He even then, was referred to in familiar conversation as "The Amateur.'
He had had big and hard experiences which had helped to make a man of him. In 1865 his father had arranged for a small farm house at Huntsville, Weber County, and late in the fall of that year started to move his family thither, from Mill Creek, Salt Lake County. They traveled by ox-team and were caught in a snowstorm near Farmington, Davis County. The snowfall was several feet deep so that the oxen could not get through and it was bit
terly cold. After their rescue they were compelled to stay at Farmington, where they remained until 1868 before the entire family resumed the journey.
Up Ogden Canyon they then went, at the slow ox-team pace; the upper bridge was washed out, and they had to return and make their way by the circuitous route via North Ogden, where the canyon to the east was a steep and difficult road. The wagonload was too much for one yoke of oxen up that grade, so half of it was hauled to the summit, and father and team returned to the foot to bring up the other half. It was the days of Indian troubles, and throughout Utah many of the "redskins" had been on the warpath, so that in isolated places, even near to settlements, a white man's life was in peril.
At the lonely summit, this young hopeful, and mother were left to guard the half-load while the other half was being brought up, when half a dozen hostile Indian warriors, in all their paint and ferocity, suddenly surrounded the pair. The savages meddled with everything, and threatened. Was the little boy frightened? So would any boy of his age have been. As matters appeared to be getting intensely critical he exclaimed, "Mother, give them all there is, if they will only go!" But his mother was not of the race that relinquishes rightful possession easily to wrongful demands; finally the Indians rode off, and that danger was past.
The family reached Huntsville the day previous to the Pioneer holiday of July 24. The field of wheat on the little lot was a beautiful sight and would be ready to harvest in a couple of weeks. But on the Twenty-fourth a great cloud of locusts, at times obscuring the sun, descended on the valley, and by eve
ning every head of wheat in that and adjoining fields had been cut off just below the head by the ravenous pest, and the whole crop was gone. They seemed, indeed close to starvation.
Through such experiences the boy learned he was growing and progressing. School years came, and with them the opportunity to attend the Deseret University in Salt Lake City. He was one of two designated from Weber County for the privilege. and of these Dr. J. R. Park, University President, remarked that he did not know why Professor Moench sent down boys without rigid scholastic examination. But Edward H. made good, started out as a school teacher, engaged in newspaper work in Ogden and in 1889-90 edited the Contributor under Junius F. Wells, and then took his European mission.
On returning home in 1892, he was many hundreds of dollars in debt from his mission expense, and his family needed subsistence. He went
to David H. Peery, a man of keen insight into human nature and of financial acumen, on an errand that required considerable courage, even then. He wished to borrow one hun
dred dollars. After a grilling examination, Mr. Peery inquired if he could get along with eighty dollarsof course he could since he had to, and the loan was made without request for security. The life of our friend already was establishing a reputation for honesty and integrity.
Soon there came political experience. An election was pending in Ogden, and there were two parties in the field. Someone was wanted on one of the tickets as candidate for city recorder, and Anderson was put on with some hesitation as to his popularity; indeed, the chances were against the success of his whole ticket. There were bonfires and speeches and parades; in the latter, Edward H. was singled out for the gibes of his opponents as as "the
martyr." When the votes counted, he was elected, having run ahead of his ticket. Twice he was reelected. The key to his success had been the many deeds of personal kindness and his determination to do right. The people in the common walks of life had confidence in him, to the surprise of his antagonists. Then he was elected to the State legislature, and subsequently made an enviable record as United States Surveyor-General for the State of Utah.
In Jane Ballantyne, Edward H. Anderson has found a wife whose price is above rubies. They have been blessed with six sons and one daughter all of whom are a credit in every way to their worthy parents. Their home life has been exceptionally beautiful and the observance of the family home evening has aided in
Remodeling is only worth while when the material is good. The two types are: first, changing the garment completely, second, making a few minor changes.
If the garment is not very much out of date it can be remodeled with little expenditure of time and money. The sleeves and the skirt change in style more quickly than the rest of the garment. Sleeves may be altered just now by making them threequarter length or shorter. If the sleeve is long, and narrow, a flare or bell cuff can be added by cutting off the sleeve at the elbow. Skirts may be easily narrowed by taking off some from each gore, then shortened by hemming.
If the old garment is worth adding
cementing the deepest ties of family love.
By Vilate Elliott
Through all the years he has continued, sometimes against bitter discouragements, a faithful, consistent Mutual Improvement worker, conservative, careful, never lagging behind, never murmuring. In 1893 he became a member of the General Board of the Young Men's Organization, and the editorial worker on the Improvement Era, where he still continues. In those years, volumes of instruction, advice, and exhortation have gone through his writings for the blessing and upbuilding of the youth of Israel in all the world, and his voice of encouragement and judgment is raised and listened to with close attention in conventions and meetings whenever opportunity affords.
the small pieces unless you are sure ings under the trimmings. Combinyou will need them. ations of collars, cuffs, belts, and pockets will help and will add much to the appearance of the dress. In this way excellent results can be accomplished in making over good looking school dresses, also afternoon dresses remodeled from dresses, suits, skirts, and coats.
(b) Cleaning. Decide on your method of cleaning. If it is not very dirty, sponging and removing all spots may be sufficient. A good solution for sponging is: 12 oz. white castile soap, 1 oz. wood alcohol, 1 oz. ether, 4 oz. ammonia. Cut soap fine and heat in one pint of boiled water till dissolved. Then add three quarts of boiled water cooled and the three other ingredients. For removing spots from woolens apply slightly diluted with a sponge. It is always safer to test any cleansing solution with a piece of material before attempting to remove stain as the ether may affect the color.
Where there are children it is usually better to remodel for them. The following are suggestions for both adults and children: make coats and suits into dresses for adults and children, full skirts into dresses for children; dresses into skirts or waists; princess slips into petticoats; silk dresses into petticoats; men's trousers into boys' trousers or leggings; men's coats into boys' coats or suits into girls' coats or dresses; white silk waists into slips for thin waists; wash skirts into middies, waists, rompers, petticoats, or aprons. Knitted underwear into children's underwear or sleeping garments; men's shirts into children's rompers, dresses, aprons, or sport shirts.
As soon as a garment cannot be worn, do not discard it. If it is not useful for a member of your own family, clean it and give it to someone who can wear it.
Dark though the lowering skies appear,
Dreary the day with its weight of woe,
By Ivy W. Stone.
In this Department will be found articles of various kinds that give helpful suggestions to mothers.-Editors.
They were just two ordinary look ing houses, setting side by each on an ordinary city street. Each had its strip of well kept parking, its square of lawn, its cement walk. Each had a glass front door, where a lace curtain concealed the vital workings of a small world. From each house a man came forth every morning, to cope in the world of men. From each house children later trudged to school, and in each house a woman remained. But there the similarity ended.
From the north house the father departed by the front door, waving farewell to the woman who smilingly watched him leave. At the same door the children kissed their mother goodby. The curtain to this door was crumpled and awry, revealing the prints of eager fingers, where anxious eyes watched for the return of "Dad." Through this same front door, which was never latched against their entrance, the children returned from school, eager to relate their daily happenings to the woman who always had time to listen. Later when the evening meal was over, the entire family gathered in this one room-the father with his books and papers, the children with their lessons and games, the mother with no evident occupation at all, but ever ready with a sympathetic ear, ever busy with suggestive correction and guidance. She had open praise for tasks well attempted and gentle criticism for failures. And presently the entire family, when lessons were completed, listened attentively to the wonderful tales which mother's imagination wove for them. The room was often disheveled, rugs rumpled,
chairs misplaced, but a spirit of companionship, of family love, and mutual understanding prevailed.
From the south house the father always departed by the back door. No weariness ever gave him courage to cross the threshhold of his front door. His children never disturbed the sanctity of the parlor or left tell-tale footprints on the spotless front porch. The starched crispness of the front door curtain was ever immaculate no childish fingers ever marred the polished surface of the glass. The room was orderly, clean, uninviting, and unused. When the evening meal was ended, the father read his paper by the kitchen stove, the children quarreled over their lessons or sullenly performed obligatory tasks. The mother, fretful and scolding, bent over a huge basket of family mending. She was wearied from a long day of arduous, physical toil. She was incapable of sympathetic understanding with her family. But her house was clean-poison clean -her children's clothes were always mended and whole. She was a slave where she might have been a queen.
In the years to come, when the children of both houses have attained majority, which ones will have the kinder recollections of childhood? Will the children of the south house remember their holeless stockings above all else, or will they recall the wearied, nagging mother? Will the children of the north house recall with chagrin the occasional protruding knee or elbow, or will their lives be strengthened and softened by the memory of a home where they lived, where a mother lived with them and kept an open front door?