The winsome young lady on the front cover is wearing a new pair of overalls sent to her by her friend Mr. E.A. Morris of the Blue Bell-Globe Mfg. Co.
Although details are lacking it is understood by close friends of the family that a catastrophe was narrowly averted the first day the overalls were worn. The crisis approached a climax when it developed that no one present (all females) had ever had much experience in disengaging suspender fasteners. This experience made quite an impression on the participants and was duly reported to the young lady's father upon his return from a trip. He, in turn, advised Mr. Morris of the episode.
The correspondence that followed has since taken on the habiliment of an epic. In the belief that it may be educational to some of our readers, we reprint some of the words of wisdom volunteered by Mr. Morris who speaks from experience both as a manufacturer and as a user of overalls. As he points out, this is a part of the regular education of any country boy whereas his city cousin is not so fortunate:
“First of all, it should be recognized that there are three possible ways out. Each has its well-defined application and can be depended upon for safety, expediency, and efficiency. Where the hospitality and convenience of a house and its accommodations are available, it is preferable to unsnap the galluses (suspenders for trousers) at the shoulder. "
"On all other occasions, when the same conditions do not obtain, the buttons at the back should be used—that is, on all occasions except when the time element is paramount to location—then the off-the-shoulder method is recommended."
“If the reader will analyze each method as related to its particular application he will readily understand that these recommendations have not been arrived at haphazardly without thought, consideration, and experience, but that each has its specific purpose." –NE–