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Is Home, Slogan
For Nazi Girls
But Observer Finds Few
German Women Carrying
Out Pre-War Proverb
(Continued from Page 13)

Women's Medical Examination
Given To insure Good Health
By BETSEY ANDERSON The examining staff, she pointed
Although the physical examination out, is the best that can be secured,
compulsory for all new women on especially the eye, ear, noseeand
campus seem a lot of red tape to xmoat department, while the general
camps sem lo of ed apeto examiners are all experts, many of

tradition; mother and aunty had so-
and-so much, and as a matter of
course daughter will have the same,
barring a major crisis. A father is
obligated by law to provide his
daughter with a dowry in keeping
with his financial circumstances, just
as he is under obligation to provide
his son with a proper education.
When a family is so impoverished,
as often happened during the post-
war inflation, that it is absolutely
impossible to fit out the daughters
with bedroom suites and a private
bank account, the state comes to
the rescue with a loan of a thousand
marks. The new government be-
lieves that it's much better to help
young couples without the where--
withal to set up in the business of
matrimony than to let them wait for
five or six or seven years, and per-
haps finally give up. The possibility
of setting up in a furnished apart-
ment on a more or less uncertain
salary, American style, would be just
too ridiculous. After the family is
established, and the budget begins
to balance itself, the newlyweds can
start paying back their government
loan-with discounts for each child.
Matrimony Is Partnership
The dowry-less state of American
girls is a matter of endless consterna-
tion in Germany. "What, no Auss-
teuer! Not even a bed! How can a
man ever marry a girl in America?"
Not that Germans marry primarily
for the sake of a dowry-there are
thousands who marry girls with very
little. But matrimony is something
like a business partnership to which
both partners contribute capital, and
both expect to share equally in the
Most girls begin hemming sheets
for their hope-chests long before they
outgrow pig-tails, and by the time
they set the date, they've accumu-
lated an astounding collection of
table cloths, sheets enough to last
for fifty years at least, feather beds
for a whole family of children and
grandchildren, and even enough
night-gowns to supply a hard-sleeper
a life time. One thrifty old lady I
visited let me inspect a monumental
clothes press packed full of linen still
folded and tied with blue ribbons,
just as it was the day she got en-
gaged-and on another shelf a stack
of neatly-folded long-sleeved, high-
necked, ruffled nightgowns. They
would all go to her daughter, she
said, when she married.
Some strong-minded females pre-
fer a university education to a hope-
chest, and if father is sufficiently
broad-minded, the daughters of the
family occasionally are allowed to
prepare for a profession'along with
their brothers. But it's a tough
grind, and it practically means spend-
ing your life teaching or being a doc-
tor, as the case may be. Women are
encouraged to stay at home and be
a good wife, rather than try to earn
a living for themselves, and far from
considering it a sacrifice of their in-
dependence, they consider it no less
degrading than any other way of
earning a living. They rather pity
the poor American girls who have to
kow-tow to the whims of a boss for
their independent income.
Clothes Not Considered
They probably don't have half so
many clothes as a stenographer in
America, but then, no one does, and
it isn't considered quite nice to look
like a clipping from "Vogue" (which
they also have in Germany). A good
German frau has one or two dresses
a year, and perhaps one or two new
hats-and the next year they're fixed
over a bit, and she goes right on
wearing them. Of course everyone
has seen them before,-but what of
it? Styles don't change much from
year to year,-in fact, the style of the
peasant dresses that most German
girls wear in summer haven't changed
for the last three hundred years.
They're the originals of the full-
skirted taffeta peasant frocks the

Olympics have brought back to Amer-
ica. The. traditional Munich
"Dirndlkleid" istmade with a wide,
full skirt, a tight bodice, laced to the
waist, and a puff-sleeved organdie
blouse. An apron in an indispensible
accessory, sometimes finished with
wide bands of hand-made lace. The
great virtue of a Dirndlkleid is that
it discreetly covers your knees when
riding a bicycle. American sport
skirts don't work very well, and the
little boys on the road will like as
not offer you a safety pin if the wind
is blowing.
It is more or less of a mystery how.
a girl in Germany manages to find
a man to marry, when all she does is
sit down in the front parlor and wait
for the first best. She spends all her

those who go through it gingerly
clutching their "angel robes," it is
actually a great benefit, according to
Dr. Margaret Bell, head of the physi-
cal education department for women.
In the opinion of Dr. Bell, who is
also director of the University Health
Service in Dr. Warren Forsythe's ab-
sence, a sponsor of the Women's Ath-
letic Association, the medical examin-
ation is unusually complete because
otherwise it is likely to become a false
security and do more harm than
The examination is only good in so
far as the student understands the
interpretation of her medical history,
Dr. Bell stated. By reviewing the
family history, it becomes easier to
prevent disease, she claimed, women,
as a whole, have a much higher sick-
ness rate than men from the ages of
30-50 although men have an earlier
death rate, she explained. Special
pains are taken with the examination
to prevent the sickness rate.

them being in private practice. The
examinee is advised on a sport pro-
gram according to her different
health ratings.
With equipment unsurpassed in the
country and one of the most excellent
staffs anywhere, the physical educa-
tion department ranks high and is
well known for the excellent instruc-
tion it gives, Dr. Bell said.
The department tends to individ-
ualize sports now, so that the student
may continue her interest after fin-
ishing college.
Because of the large number of
women taking the required physical
education, it will be necessary to open
new classes for those taking classes in
the department without credit, and
in order that the courses opened be
the most popular ones, Dr. Bell has
asked that requests be sent to her. A
heart and lung re-check is still neces-
sary for all returning women who ex-
pect to participate in any sport, she


GRE E N E'Swill keep you
looking fit/' and BEING FIT




r -."

life at a school for girls; then per-
haps a year at another under the
watchful eye of a maiden aunt, and
when she finally comes home, is kept
in solitary confinement by her dot-
ing father. Of course dancing school
comes in somewhere between 15 and
18,-two hours a-week, and the walk
back to the front door escorted in
proper dancing-class manner. And
from then on, unless you venture out
among the pitfalls of a coeducational
university, you are good, sweet maid,
-Someday perhaps father brings
home a "desirable" young man, of a
good family, probably five years older
than you and sufficiently established
to think seriously of raising a family.
Father has gone over all that before
you ever see the .prospect.
Trysts For The Daring
If you're very daring, you may do
some such thing as sign up for gym-
nasium lessons, and on the evening of
the hypothetical lessons, you meet one
of the boys from the last dancing
class. The family is considerately
shielded from all such disconcerting
occurences as the introduction of a
friend of the opposite sex, for the old-
er generation still have quaint ideas
about the impossibility of anything
between passing acquaintance and
There's no such thing as fooling
around with some half-dozen men,-
they always insist on knowing exactly
how they stand,-and if your inten-
tions aren't serious, young lady, we
will continue as acquaintances, and
no more. Once engaged, life settles
down to real strait-laced propriety.
Announcements are sent to all friends
and acquaintances of the families,
and the event is formally announced

in the paper just like a wedding. From
that day on the "Braut" not only re-
frains from dating other men, but
never appears at public functions
without a chaperone.
What do Germans think of Amer-
ican women? Certainly that they are
the most beautiful women in the
world,-but marry one? Most cer-
tainly not. They're a bit too inde-
pendent, for one thing,-they would
probably be rather expensive,-and
don't look as though they would wear
very well. No,--give them their own
buxom "Madels" who can knit and
cook and keep up with you on a bi-
cycle trip over the holidays. The ex-
otic may have certain charms, but
when you want the real thing it's
"Deutsche Frauen, Deutsche Treue,
Deutscher Wein, und Deutscher





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