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Blue Triangle Fun for the Girls Who Make Gas Masks For Gas Mask Makers Mrs. Samuel Todd Davis, Jr., of Bridgeport, Conn., is lending her house and estate at Ardsley- on-the-Hudson, near Dobbs Ferry, for week-end use to the girls of the gas mask factory in Long Island City for the rest of the summer. Members of the Y. W. C. A. War Service Club, 10 Anabel Street, Long Island City, who need the rest and change, go out on Saturday afternoons early and stay till about eight Sunday night. The need for gas masks is so urgent that the five thousand women em- ployed at this factory have given up their vacations. Instead, they take turns going up to Ardsley Towers for week-ends. They are girls from all kinds of families, and with all sorts of previous experience; musicians, factory workers, society girls. Mrs. Ruth R. Mix, the Y. W. C. A. secretary in charge of the board and room registry at the Long Island City War Service Club, is the week-end host- ess. She arranges games, music and out-of-door sports on the grounds of the estate. Meals are served on the broad verandas and in the gardens, of course. The lowest possible rates are charged. The house, with the addition of cots to its previous furnishings, comfort- ably lodges fifty girls. The beauty and freedom of such a change from fac- tory work for these workers is only another example of the contributions the Y. W. C. A. is making to the mor- ale of America at war. ALLIED WOMEN-OVER HERE Some American girls working in a factory got up a vaudeville show with songs, and playlets. A large audience came to see and the result was $225. When Miss Helen B. Barnes, the vol- unteer Y. W. C. A. welfare worker at Elmira, N. Y., asked them what they wished to do with the proceeds, they enthusiastically voted to send the money to aid Miss Dingman in her work with the French girls. War Work Council in Portland Mrs. Henry P. Davison, treasurer of the War Wmrk Council, wa ppn ted- chairman of the campaign committee at the meeting of the War Work Coun- cil, in Portland, Me., August 14th. This business meeting followed an open meeting on August 13th, which was attended by prominent women from all over the country, representa- tives of all women's patriotic organi- zations in New England and women living in and around Portland, to whom the Y. W. C. A. war work in all its phases was explained. Cam- paign workers for the northeastern de- partment were there in force. Mrs. John F. Thompson, president of the local Y. W. C. A. and chairman of the Maine War Work Council, wel- comed members of the Council and guests, after which Mrs. Robert E. Speer, president of the National Board, told of the formation of the War Work Council and Miss Helen Davis, execu- tive secretary, gave the history of its development. Miss Florence Simms told of the work being done in industrial centers. Miss Blanche Geary talked on the work abroad and Mrs. E. M. Townsend on Hostess House work, Mrs. Endicott Peabody telling of the hostess house at Camp Devens, Ayer, Mass. Work of the social morality committee was described by Dr. Anna L. Brown. Mrs. James S. Cushman, who pre- sided, read a cablegram telling of the Allied Women's Mass Meeting, held in Paris, between August 12th and 19th, and the following message was drawn up and sent to this meeting: "The National War Work Council of the Y. W. C. A. of America (Canada included) as- sembled at Portland, Me., and representatives of women's pa- triotic organizations all over New England send the allied women's mass meeting in Paris sympathetic greetings. Today we stand united in a common purpose to win a righteous war, to bind up the wounds inflicted by war and to realize the na- tional ideals for which our men of the allied nations are making the supreme sacrifice. We pledge you a comradeship of loyal service in all your work. We =:i1 do-ow :utmost to enlist the women of America in this united effort to es- tablish liberty and justice throughout the world." Members of the Council were enter- tained at luncheon at the Cape Eliza- beth Hostess House and had tea at the Hostess House on Diamond Isle. On Wednesday members of the War Work Council visited the plant of the Cumberland Shipbuilding Company. Plans for the financial campaign were explained and the budget an- nounced at the business meeting. The success of the Portland meeting led the members of the executive com- mittee of the War Work Council to vote at the meeting at Headquarters, August 20th, that the Council meet in Chicago, September 10th, and invite women of the central department to the meeting, in order that they might learn of the work being done and of the plans of the Y. W. C. A. for its next year's work. The War Work Council meetings are held at different central points all over the country. The next one will be at Chicago, September 10th. Camp Kearney Camp Kearney, in California, was placed far from its rightful spot on the globe when the recent Y. W. C. A. war work map was issued. Camp Kearney is really at Linda Vista, Cal.
The Child Goes on the Land with Mother at the Blue Triangle Polish Farm Unit They have brought their children along; and while the mothers work in the fields during the day, the twenty-two children of their families, ranging from two to fifteen years, play about the big farmhouse which shelters the unit. Some of the older girls help their mothers in the fields during a part of the day, or help in the housework. Miss Ida K. Apgard, principal of the grammar school at Belford, who volunteered for the work, looks after the children, reads to them, and supervises their play. A Polish woman, who knows how to cook what they like, provides the meals for the big farm family. The children are having such a glorious time that one mother predicts trouble when they return to their city homes. Their days are filled with story telling by Miss Apgard, playing under the trees and wading in the brook. It is a beautiful shady brook, just deep enough to be safe for thittlestone-,ndwithin justa short walk frorm the house. The house has big bedrooms fitted as dormitories, a family-sized dining room and an airy hall with outside doors at both ends. These open on roomy verandas. Tents to supplement t h e house have been or- dered. The owner pro- vides the house and the Y. W. C. A. sup- plies the simple fur- nishings and the pro- visioning. Miss Laura M. Patterson, supervisor of the unit, has charge of business arrange- ments with the farm- ers, and all the care and provisioning of the house. A system has been worked out by which each woman fills out a blank daily, showing the number of hours she has worked and the amount she has earned. B o t h the worker and the farm- er keep a copy of 104: this sheet. This unit is work- The Polish women who work in ing out the problems along for a c of the definite needs THE women of the new Y. W. C. A. Polish farm colony near Red Bank, New Jersey, have invented a new and sensible way to do farm work for Uncle Sam. thi oun of foreign women while they are working in the fields, and how healthful outings for their children during the harvest season may be provided. It seems like a workable way of utilizing the patriotic willingness of women who would otherwise be unable to do this work. "I have a service flag and a Polish flag in my room," said one woman, whose son is in our army. "We stick with this country just as we do with Poland." "We do it to beat the Kaiser, and not for the money," said another "Isn't it hard work?" someone asked. "Yes. But we stand it. Yesterday two horses were overcome in the field, but we women stand it." But all the time the children are playing in the brook! New work for the Blue Triangle, but real Y. W. C. A. work. The morale of women is our job, and if a woman's children are happy and well, she can do her work better. This is why the Y. W. C. A. is helping to run a family of twenty-two children. A City Hostess House Moves The New York Hostess House has moved from 12 West 51st Street to 30 East 52d Street, and will be ready for visitors again the first week in September. Since its opening on Lincoln's Birthday, over nine hun- dred different women, girls and children have used the rooms. Over thirteen hundred enlisted men have been there, with their women relatives, or for their Sunday night suppers. Among the soldiers, they have entertained Bel- gians, French soldiers and sailors, English marines and sailors, soldiers from Aus- tralia and New Zea- land. Relatives of the sick and wounded men now coming b a c k from the front are be- ginning to use the house. Besides these people, the Hostess House is also for girls engaged in war work who are in the city temporarily, Red Cross nurses, Persh- ing's stenographers, who were recruited by the National Board of the Y. W. C. A., college reconstruction units, Y. M. C. A. can- teen workers, tele- phone and telegraph girls of the Signal Corps. s farm unit bring their children This Hostess House try vacation has been the scene of eleven weddings.