National Affairs: The Fifth Commandment

"Say it," hinted an astute florist once upon a time, "with flowers." Horticulture bloomed and boomed. Who will accuse the florists if, knowing well the market value of sentiment, they inspired devoted children to buy white carnations on what was named "Mothers' Day?"

Out of mud the lily grows. What if a commercial scheme was parent to a national Mothers' Day? Last week, at Washington, D. C., Mme. Schumann-Heink, famed contralto, sent the notes of The Star Spangled Banner and Taps tingling down the spines of many bereaved mothers and a host of...

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