—says New York
All young women of New York are now reported to be taking themselves off to the "Brides School."
"Brides School" is a solid white building of handsome proportions, which is situated next door to the one-time home of the Roosevelts, and its function is to house a kind of institute of domestic economy.
Here is taught housekeeping and cooking, how to look after furniture and how to choose food from the market, which is the most economical way of buying.
The house used for the purpose has a fine drawing-room furnished with some beautiful woods, and there are many bedrooms and practice rooms. The kitchens are like the boiler rooms of some enormous mechanical plant, and have everything that is labour-saving and little that is comfortable.
Quite a large crowd of New York's "social register" collect here daily for the purpose, so one would presume, of learning housecraft. This, no doubt, is one of the reasons—but the big "draw" of the school is a statement of a physical culturist at one of the women's university colleges that housework is good for the figere.
Sweeping, bed-making and washing have become attractive propositions now that it is believed that they preserve the figure; and the broom, the mop and the dustpan are in danger of ousting the office typewriter from its popular position because they claim to ward off "elderly spread."