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THE WEEK IN WASHINGTON.
Minor Matters of Interest iu. the Capital
Sunday, Dkc.3 Paul H. C. Muipliy. Captain
of the United States Marines, brought with
liiiu from Chicago, to bedelivered to thuSt ,.te
Department, the relii-s of Columbus that
havo beeu on cxliiiion at tlioWmlils hiir.
He also h:ul in Ins custody the equally-valuable
Vatican exhibit. Twenty luaimes anil
two officers, armed as if for war, acted as es
cort. .. .
Monday, Dec. 4. This aftr moon, after tho ad
journment of tho Court of Appeals, the
opinion of the court in the case of Messrs.
Ainsworth. Dant. Covert and Ssisse, indicted
for manslaughter in connection with tho
Ford's Theater disa-ter ot June 1) last, was
lilert.Chief Justice Alvey writing theopiinnn.
The opinion, an unanimous mm. declares tho
indictment to ho latally drfeitivr. t litis re
versing the judgment of Judge JlcCoinas,
who sustained tlio indictment in tho court
below. Criminal Court 1. and remands the
rase to that court lor further proceedings.
These further proceedings in the Criminal
Court will merely be to enter the mandate
of the Court of Appeals in the case, and to
order the discharge ot" tho four defendants
from furtheranswering that indictment.
The Court of Inquiry, which is investigating
the conduct of Lieut. Davenpor , U. S. I..
met at the Navy-yard at 10:30 o'clock this
morning. The court will meet every day
until the case is decided.
Tuesday, Dec. 5. The letter-carriers will be
iu good luck if a Mil introduced in the Houo
to-day by Amos J. Cu minings, of New York,
becomes a law. It provides Unit in all cities
where the gross receipts exceed $500,000 per
aunnni all carriers who have served three
years may bo promoted to the $1,200 grade. At
present the pay of letter-carriers tangi-s from
$600 to $1,000 per annum, only about one
third of the force enjoying the highest rating.
3VTr. Cu in rui ilea's bill was referred to commit
tee, and will have- considerable influence
brought to bear for its passage. It is under
stood that several labor organizations will
strongly indorse it and send petitions to Con
gress lor its passage. Business men and
other prominent citizens met tho Supremo
Chancellor, the Supreme Keeper of .Records
and Seals, tho Major-Ut-ueral of the Uniform
Rank, and other distinguished visiting
Knights of Pythias, to talk utut and arrange
for the session of the Supreme Lodge iu this
city next August.
Wkdnesday, Dko. 6. The session of tho Cab
iuet to-day was unusually Ion The Haw
aiian question, which has been the absorbing
subject at meetings held of late, was up
again and talked over. Incidentally the com
ment npon the President's me-sage and the
annual report of the S-cretaries al.-o camo up.
The Cabinet is also said to have considered
the names of several appointments to loreigu
offices. The Italian mis-don, howevir, was
not included in tho list. A meeting of the
District Comman:erv of the Military Order
of the Loyal Legion was held, with over 130
members present. An interesting paper was
read by Surg. John W. Shivvly, late U. S.
Navyt on "The U. S. Misiiv,ipi at the capt
ure of New Orleans." which was ordered to
be printed iu the records of the Commandery.
Sevpral new members were received. A col
lation was pcrved.
Thursday, Dec. 7. Word was recoivetl in
Washington to-day that MoiiMgnor Satolli,
Papal Delegate to the United States, is to bo
lionored with a red hat. and will soon 1 avo
for Home. Mon.signor Laurent ini. now Papal
Nuncio in Holland, a man of ability, a Pcru
gian by birth, like Mou. J-andli, is named as
his successor. Mr. Doolutle introduced
into the Honca bill to create an Extcutive
Department to be known as the Department
of Labor, under the control of a Jfcerelary of
Labor appointed by the President.
Friday, Dkc. 8. A member of the Committee
appointed by the Republicans of the Senate
to look after party matters generally, and
which is regarded as one of exceptional
strength, said to-day with absolute certaiuty
that thero will bn no filibustering on tho
part of the Republicans against the tariff bill.
They propose to ask for a full hearing lnsforo
the Committee on Finance, and when the bill
gets into the Senate there will be full discus
sion, but no at erupt to delay tho bill.
Batukday. Di-c 9. Col. Patrick Walsh, Presi
dent of the Augusta (It.) Exposition, has in
Yited Vice-Preiident Stevenson, Secretaries
Horbcrt, Smith, and Morton, and several Sen
ators and Representatives to visit the Expo
sition. Vice-President Stevenson, Sect clary
Herbert, Secretary Smith, and Representa
tive W. M. Spiingor have accepted the invita
tion. A committee, consisting of Col. Pat
rick Walsh and MessrB. Alexander, Cohen,
and Vcrdery, of Augusta, reached Washing
ton this morning, and returned with the Vice
Presideut and party, leaving Wellington at
10:43 to-night over the Richmond & Dan
ville Railroad. The party will reach Wash
ington on the return trip on Wednesday
CHAT OF THE CORRIDORS.
"Did yon see anything of a rouge et uoir
constituent of mine out here?" asked Repre
sentative Campbell, of New York, of a door
keeper at the House tho other day. ' Who?"
asked the doorkeeper. "Why, s darky with
a red necktie, of course I"
Veterans of the Mexican war will be inter
ested iu a pension bill introduced iu the Semite
by Mr. Vest, of Missouri. It amends the act
granting pensions to the soldiers of the Mexican
war approved June 20, I8S7. so as to include
surviving Paymasters' Clerks of the same rel
ative rank and grade as Purser's Clerks in the
Navy, and give to such clerks or their surviv
ing widows the satuo pension.
Capt. Isaac Bassetr, one of the most conspicu
ous figures iu the Senate Chamber, on Wednes
day of last week completed his 62d year of
continuous service in the United States Seuate.
Ho began as a page, appointed on the recom
mendation of Daniel Webster, and to-day his
fac-i3 as rosy, his hair as luxuriant, though
snow white, and bis steps as clastic as they
have been at any timo during tho last 20 years.
He it is who yearly stays Father Time's flight
at the closing session of Congress by putting
the hands of the big Senate clock back many
minutes, so that at the last moment more busi
ness may be done before adjournment. Tho
old gentleman received tho congratulations of
tho Senators aud Representatives, who wished
him G2 years more of health, happiness aud
Although Capt. Bassett is still there, there is
hardly another familiar face to bo seen, among
the employees of tho Senate, for a clean sweep
was made during the recess. The new broom has
brushed away many old employees who were
thought to bo on the pay-roll for lifo. Old Joe
McGuickan, who had been employed about the
Secretary's ofllco and was one of tho popular
landmarks about the Capitol since the begin
ning of the war; Nelpon Parker, the big fat
eolnrod man who mixes Senatorial lemonade in
the cloak-room ; "Doctor" Hickman, who has
bru-bed flics off Senators in tho cloak-room
since he was a young mau, and who is more
than 80 years old, aud old John Brown, who
for nearly half a century has carried on bis
massive shoulders all the wood that is burned
iu tho open fireplaces of tho various rooms of
the Senate wing, aro all said to be looking up
We will probably have theappropriations for a
new National Museum huildiiigsoon. The Mu
Feuni is ulrcady .the finest we have in the coun
try, which is saying a good deal, and when it
is remembered that its magnificent collection
is tho result of donations from outsiders, and
of the most painstaking and zealous collecting
of the Smithsonian Institution experts, it will
be conceded that it is an establishment well
worth fostering. Senator Morrill introduced in
the Senato a bill the other day providing for an
additional fireproof building 300 feot square
and two stories high, and appropriating ?300,
000 for its erection.
Another bill which Senator Morrill intro
duced U ono providing for a site for a Supiemo
Court building. It seems strange that the
highest Federal Court iu the country has no
building of its own. It has satin tho Supremo
Court room in the Capitol foryeais, aud thero
is no good reason why a magnificent building
should not bo built for the accommodation of
that branch of the Judiciary as well as the
di fie rent branches of the Executive aud Legis
lative Departments. The ground desired is ex
act ly opposite to tho new library building ou
East Capitol streot. As yet no appropriation
is made for tho building.
Washington has tho ideal Fat Men's Club.
The requirements of this organization aro ex
cept ionally severe. One must weigh 200 pounds
at least, aud measure 40 inches in girth. When
ono has fulfilled these conditions he must
needs bo a fellow of infinite jest, or he will
feel lonesome. Tho star fat man weighs 4'J0
pounds, another 281. This club gavo a dinner
aud dance the other evening, aud a rare scene
they presented. When you get an aggrega ion
of weighty men like these together, you are in
the presence of an amount of good humor, jol
lity and capacity such a.s is exceedingly for
eign to the ordinary individuals who don't
waddle when they walk.
The now method of engrossing bills in the
House was put into opcraliuu for the first lime
last week. A deficiency bill passed by the
Hou-e furnished the first subject. Tho old
method of engrossing with a pen was abolished,
and tho first draft of the bill was rushod down
to the Government Printing Office, where it
was set up iu typo. One copy dtily was printed
and it was sent back to the House as the official
engrossed bill. Tho promoters of the now plan
were very much pleased with its successful
operation. It may be found necessary, how
ever, as tho session draws to a close, to establish
a printing pros-; at the Capitol to save timo in
In compliance with tho law passed by tho
Legislature of New Hampshire, providing for
tho placing of statues of Gen. John Stark and
Daniel Webster in Statuary Hall of tho Capitol
at Wasbingtou, the Governor aud Council have
just awarded to the celebrated sculptor, Charles
Conrads, tho contract to make models iu clay
after the statues in bronze, which are now
standing :u the Statelmusc yard at Concord,
N. H., and tho statues are to be cut iu the best
quality of Carrara statuary marble iu Italy by
Prot. Com. Carlo Nicoli. The pedestals are to
bo Concord granite, the quality of tho material
and work to equal in texture and finish the
best in the corridors of the Hotel Waldorf, in
Now York city. The statues aud pedestals aro
to be completed and delivered at Washington.
within eight months.
Last week thero was introduced a bill In the
House by Mr. BeUzhoover, of Pennsylvania,
providing for the transfer of the Ponsiou Bureau
from the Interior to the War Department.
This plan is not a new one, aud is revived
periodically. Tho Record and Pension
Bureau is a part of tho War Department,
and the idea is to incorporate tho Pension
Bureau as part of this ou the last day of Juue,
1894. The bill provides that tho Secretary of
War is hereatter to perform all duties under
the pension law now exercisod by the Socrotary
of the Interior. Tho President is to designate
an Army officer as Commissioner of Pensions,
with rank, pay, and allowances of a Brigadier
General. The offices of tho First and Second
Deputy Commissioners of Pensions aro abol
ished, aud Army officers of tho rank of Colonel
arc to bo detailed to fill them.
Jerry S:mpson is one of those optimists who
do one's heart good in discouraging times, if
ono happens to be of his political faith. Said
ho tho other day: "The Populist party is
stronger than ever. We were the only party
that mado gains in the last election. Wo
polled 12,000 votes In Virginia in 1892. This
year our total was 90,000. Wo gained every
where except iu Kansas." " Shall you increase
your representation in the Houso next
Autumn?" was asked. "Our present repre
sentation in the House is 11, aud five iu the Seu
ate. Next year wo ought to gain ouo Congress
man in Kansas aud another iu Minnesota. We
ought also to dovelop strength in tho South,
particularly in Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.
There is great dissatisfaction iu Texas. Mem
bers of Congress tell me that wo will show
surprising results there." "To what do you
attribute this dissatisfaction?" "To the
education tho farmers have had through the
Alliauco movement. It has led them away
from both the old parties. Wo want more cur
rency, lower tariff duties, and cheaper trans
portation rates. The people see that they can
securo theso remedies ouly through us, aud
that's why they'ro coming to us."
Ex-Speakor Rood manages to get a good deal
of fun out of the political situation at ono time
or another. Just now it is the "scattering"
sentiment among his friends ou the other side
of tho chamber over the new tariff bill. The
other day ho was entertaining some of his asso
ciates, including DemncisLs aud Republicans,
with some of his characteristic criticisms upon
tho proposed tariff bill. Some one asked him
what ho thought of the bill as reported from
tho Ways and Means Committee. His big,
round face took ou a serious expression as be
replied: "Wheal think of the suffering that
will come to tho American people this Winter
in consequence of the unsettled condition of
the business affairs of tho country, I am de
prived of the pleasure I would otherwiso derive
from tho result of tho recent elections." Oue
of his Republican colleagues suggested that the
THE HATIONAL TltlBUM:
majority of tho Ways and Means Coinmittoo
appeared to be proceeding with a tardiness that
iudicated uncertainty and a lack of oxperienco
with the question under consideration. "Yes"
replied Mr. Reed, "they remind tno of a man
trying to mend his watch with an ax." This
sudden transformation from grave to gay was
greeted with a burst of laughter from tiioso
present, and by tho ox-Speaker ambled off iu tho
direction of tho Republican cloak-room.
"The lat timo I saw Gen. Spinner," said
Col. John A. Joyce, the other day, ' was at
Willard's Hotel, ou his way to Florida, two
years beforo his death. Tho ravages of a can
cer had greatly disfigured his face, aud a settled
gloom seemed to have taken possession of his
countenance, whilo his natural irritability was
increased. Ho saw but few persons, aud thoso
some of the true aud faithful clerks that had
so honestly served him whilo Treasurer. When
I put in an appearance at his parlor-room ho
rose with some effort, saluted mo kindly, and I
remarked, Why, General, bow well you look.'
Ho impulsively replied: 'Now, look hero,
Joyce, yon know that's a Jio! ' I made
so mo explanatory remarks and turned tho con
versation into another channel, kriowitig, of
course, that my first salutation wjs not exactly
the truth, but uttered as tho usual compliment
among friends. But I'll never forgot tho sterl
ing sincerity of Spinner, who would not accept
a passing social compliment when ho felt it to
be false. The waters of tho romantic Mohawk
now murmur a requiem to his memory, and
tho rolling hills aud blooming vales that blessed
his boyhood will long echo the praises of this
illustrious man. who handled $3 000,000.000 dur
ing the civil war. and accounted lor every cent
to a grateful people who will always cherish his
memory while truth, loyalty aud honesty
reign iu the human heart."
GEN. SrHELDS'S STATUE
Unvuilod by His Only Daughter at tho Na
Tho statu to of Gen. James Shields was nn
vaibd in Statuary Hall at the Capitol on Dec. (J,
in tho presence of a distiuiMii-died gathering.
Both IIousc8orCoii!!ress participated. Gov. Alt
geld, of Illinois, his stall', and also a dologaliou
of proniinont citizens o( Boston, were seated-on
the platform. Miss Kathcriuc Shields, tho only
daughter of tin General, unvailed the statue,
and was accompanied by her two brothers. Col.
Fisher, tho only xurvivmg member or tio Uen
eral's staff iu the Mexican War. was present,
Riid Representative Maiisur, of Missouri, reeog-niz-d
in the crowd an old gentleman who Inn"
carried Gen. Shields from tho field. Mr. Mau
su delivered the eulogy. In tho eveuing there
was a bauquot at the National Hotel.
Will B. Horuhlower. lenoininated, to bo
Associate Justice of tho Supreme Court of tho
John B, Riley, of New York, to be Consul
Geueral of the. United Slates at Ottawa, Canada.
H. Clay Armstiong, jr., of. Alabama, at Gren
oble, France: Newton B. Ashby. of Iowa, at
Dublin, Ireland ; Marcel Ins L. Davis, of Arkau
8an, at Merida, Spain; Benjamin Lenthier, of
Massachusetts, at Shorbrooke, Quebec, and
Frank W. Roberts, of 3Iaiuo, at Barcelona,
Spain, to bo Cousuls.
Though little has been done in the way of
determining who s tall succeed tho late Repre
sentative Lilly as Congressnian-at-largo from
Pennsylvania, something of an effort to push
ox-Reprcseulativo Huff, of Greenshurg, is being
made here. The chances, thoifgh, aro rather
against him, as he comes from the same section
of theStato iu which the other Cougressman-at-lnrge
resides. Mr. Huff has had a well estab
lished coal business iu Washington Biuco his
term in Congress expired.
H. S. Buudy, of Ohio, and Levi T. Griffin, of
Detroit, are two now members of the Houso,
sworn in last week. Mr. Buudy stroTigly rc
bomblcs Justice Harlan, though not so tall. He
has a round, smoothly-shaven face aud heavily
marked brows. Mr. Griffin, hisexact opposite,
is slight, with black hair and mustache. Ho is
a successful lawyer, and very popular.
Hon. Richard Parks Bland, the progenitor of
the bill known as tho "Bland" act, or tho
"dollar of tho daddies' bill,, is now tho
"Father of tho Houbo," that distinction hav
ing descended to him upon the death of Rep
resentative O'Neill. Mr. Bland is 5b years of
age, is ou a consecutive term at the end of
which ho will have served 22 years. His term
of servico is not so long us that of Mr. Holman,
who entered iu the House iu 1859, aud, with
the oxceptiou of six years, has been thereover
since Tho father of tho Senate, and, indeed,
the father of tho Congress, is Senator Morrill,
oldest in years, being 84, iu original entry, and
iu length of continuous service in Congress.
Other members of the present Houso whose
Congressional career began 20 years or tuoro
ago are Messrs Cannon, of Illinois; Burrows,
of Michigan, aud Hartuer, of Pennsylvania.
Next to Mr. Bland in length of continuous
service are Messrs. Springer, of Illinois, aud
Culberson, of Texas, iu their 19th year; liar
mer, of Pennsylvania, and Reed, of Maine, ia
their 17lh year; Bingham, of Pennsylvania;
Hooker, of Mississippi, and McMilliu, of Ten
nessee, in their 15th year.
ARMY AND NAVY.
The contracts have been awarded for the con
struction of guuboats seven, eight and nine to
the Newport News Shipbuilding Company, at
their bid of $280,000 for each vessel, or $810,000
for the three. Tho authority for tho construc
tion of these voxels is contained in tho Naval
appropriation act of March 3, 1893. It author
ized tho construction of three new vessels,
these veasels to be of tho class known as
"light-draft protectod gunboats," of about
1,200 tons displacement, and to cost not more
thau $400,000 each, excluding any premiums
that may ho paid for increased speed and cost
of armament. Two designs were determined
upon by the Department, the one for No. 7 be
ing that of a light-draft protected gunboat of
about 1,200 tous displacement, having a speed
of 14 kuots per hour, aud that forNos. 8 aud
9 being of n light-draft protected gun bout for
special service, having a spued of 13 kuots per
hour. Theso vessels aro dosigued for tiso iu
Chinese waters anil for river servico elsewhere.
Secretary Herbert requested of Commodore
Stauton a written account of the saluting of
Mcllo at Rio, and after action has been taken
ou it ho will bo reprimanded or assigned to a
command, according to the decision. It is not
thought that the Navy Department will confess
to an error in detaching him. but it would un
doubtedly repair any injnstico done. If Ad
miral Stauton should ask for a court of inquiry
Secretary Herbert would iu all probability
A building at the Norfolk Navy-yard, con
taining steam engineering and general stores,
was entirely destroyed by fire last week. Tho
loss will probably reach $'250,000. Tho origin
of the firo is unknown, but thought to be a de
WASIHffGIiSBl I). CL, THURSDAY DECEMBER 1. 1893.
' Woe to the women who sew pillows to all
" Behold, I am ngai st your pillows, whore
witii ye thero hunt souls to make them fly,
and I will tear them from your arms."
Theso passage from tho book of Ezeklol of
the Bible, which aro to bo found in tho 13th
chapter, 18th aud 20th verses, aro muchly
quoted as appropriate to this generation of
women who wear blg-slcoved gowns. The
words are interpreted as significant of Biblical
disapproval of present fashions, or the revival
of the ones known in tho days of tho Prophet
Ezekiel B. C. 593.
Howevor, commentators and Biblical scholars
generally find tho passages indefinite aud ob
scure and only say, "Pillows A part of tho
couches or divans of that period, cushions that
supported tho arms or neck " or " Probably em
broidered cushions on tho armpits, or on such
crutches aa tho oriontals used to support them
selves iu sitting, or it may mean both." So
thero is as much reason to believe that it
was tho furniture thus denounced as that it
was the femiuiuo costume. Howevor, itsounds
quito clevor to uso it, oveu with so slight
And in tho meantime sleeves do not change.
It is quite wonderful, this long-continued
popularity of tho mutton-leg stylo.
Ono of tho littlo things that all ladie3know
i? that vails should novor bo worii after sun
down. It is a thing taught in boarding-schools
and by careful mothers, so it is rarely spokeu of
aud always regarded.
Some of tho now vails nro particularly ugly,
having a border of Scotch-plaid culoriug aloug
the lowor edge.
Another now vaibis gf fine brown gauze with
a narrow baud of mink lur ou its lower edge,
but it also is ono that i3 too far-fotched to find
The heavily-dottod vails in black, however in
jurious they may he, iimko tho eyes look
brighter aud bigger ainl darker, so thero is hut
little prospect of their lloiug given up eutiroly.
Among tho new gowis of a bride i3 ono for
traveling of heavy black sorgo. It i3 to bo
made with u full. 'round waist of old-fashioned
black moire, sleeves onormous ones of serge
aud a sovon-eored. serge skirt. Each goro is to
be outlined with a fine piping of tho silk. T4io
collar and belt aro to be of silk. Tho hat
to bo worn with itjisA tiny black felt turned
up in the back with a bunch of violots aud two
tiny snoods of velvet. Iu front are two Mer
cury wings of black foathors and a volvet knot.
Tho fashion of having a silken waist with
cloth sloovesis oue adopted with stylish women.
Tho point in using tough or less choice and
cheaper meats, and making them into delicious
dishes, lies, in their being carefully prepared.
Naturally, it tiikes much longer timo to make
a palatable-dish out of them than itdostonse
the choicest meats that can bo procured. Tho
trouble with hashes and stews generally is that
they aro made so slouch ily. Tho gristlo, fat,
aiuews, and stringy parts must be cut and
scraped away with a knife. If it bo a sharp one,
very littlo meat will be wasted Iu corn-beef
hash, a little fat is to bo used, but all other
kinds are much bettor without any. After tho
meat is freed from its undesirable parts, chop it
up finely, and either mix it with half as much
potatoes and fry it with a browned slice of
onion, or mako it into a stow, flavored with
tomatoes or mushrooms. Moat balls mado of
fiiiely-choppod meat, flavored with onion aud
parsley and rolled into balls, dusted with flour
and tried, nro good. Hash can be similarly
treated for a change from the one big dish.
Vory dainty dancing-gowns aro made with
brocaded waist aud plain skirt of solid color to
match tho flowor of the waist. Tho eleevos
match tho skirt in color, but aro of velvet, aud
aro finished at tho elbow with a chiffon or crepe
ruflle and a baud of fur. Tho waist has fre
quently a twist of velvet and fur or a ruflle of
laco or chiffou.
A dinner gown of blnck satin and satin bro
cade hud the round full waist of tho plain satin
and theskirt of the brocado. The only trimm iug
abou, tho cost nine was a maguificout bertha
and Bltcve rnflles of Duchesso laco.
New stick-pins have a tiny wreath of gold
leaves or enameled flowers, aud aro quite
Among tho other novelties shown in the
jewelers' Christmas displays aro china cups
with narrow silver bands that fit the brim and
havo a holder for "an extra lump" of sugar.
They are of no special use, but they look pretty,
and aro expansive.
Bronchitis, La Grippe, Whooping
Cough, Group, Asthma,
And for tho relief aud cure of all
Throat and Lung Diseases,
Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
- Prompt to act, sure to cur.
Cushion covers mado of fine white linen em
broidered in heavy white silks in big conven
tional desiens. or with fine threads in natural
flower wroaths, aro being mado for ChristmrtS"
giving. They aro so finished as to bo easily
removed and laundered, and aro quito as
serviceable as silk, if not moro so, as silk splits
so easily and does not always woar prettily.
A growing plant, a fern or palm or well
started bulb is appropriate for a Christmas
Tho gown pictured is of green cloth with
collar, sleeves and belt of silk, exactly match
ing in shade. It is mado with a full waist,
fastening down ono side with buttons set
closely together. Tho full frout ba3 its sepa
rate fitted lining, to insure a good fit. The
littlo skirt to tho wai3t, that give3 tho effect of
a Bussiau blouse, is cut after a circular pattern
that allows it to flare quite widely at the bot
tom, although thero is no fullness at the top.
Tho lining for it is of black silk. From the
high, folded collar falls a jotted yoke that
looksvery pretty and sparkling over the green.
For further trimming of course no pun in
tended thero is mink in an edging around
the skirt of tho waist, tho cuffs and down the
lapped sido of the front. Tho skirt is perfectly
plain and not very flaring, a3 most of the skirts
aro. When tho jacket flares so much tho skirt
is prettier to hang straighter. Tho fur omitted,
leaves quite a handsome and a much simpler
A pale-blue taffeta silk is stylishly trimmed
with narrow mink fur.
A protty hat to bo worn with a gray gown is
of black felt with tho brim cut in front. There
aro two Mercury wings of gray feathers, and
a bunch of violets resting right on tho parting
of tho hair, for trimming.
"WHAT WE HAVE KKAD AND AVHAT T?E ABE
According to records kept in tho Public
Library at Boston, tho most popular novel 13
Dumus's " Tho Count of Monte Cristo." There
nro 14 copies in the library, and always they are
every ouo spokeu for iu advance.
With us, so far, "Adam Bedc" has seemed
to bo tho most liked, with "John Halifax, Gen
tleman," as second, aud probably " Dombey
and Sou " a good third.
Tho next lottor is one in praise of several old
frieuds and soma new ones:
Dkab Bicttkr Half: As I am a lover of
literature I watch every week for tho lists of
books published iu your columns, and not hav
ing seen any lately I ventured to writo myself.
"The Daughter of Pharaoh " is a very interest
ing book founded on the captivity of the
Hebrews and thoir escape from tho Egyptian
bond Ago. "Bon Hur," "Ivauhoe," "Last
Days of Pompeii." and "Uncle Tom's Cabin,"
aro old books, but they hold tho attention of
tho reader to tho last. Each book is my favorito
of the author's writings.
I havo just been leading "John Halifax,
Gentleman," aud concur in all that another
writer hits said iu praiso of it. Winifred, in
"Fair Women," is an ideal character. I think
t'Fair Women" one of the most interesting
novels I have over read. I havo read several
if Dickens's works, but I don't fancy them
fjiuch. 1 like "Oliver Twist" best. I must
stop this letter, or you will not havo room to
rUiblish it. Hoping to see moro lettors aoon, I
am F. C, Butler, 111.
Any ono else who has road "Tho Dream of
Fair Women" may wish to discuss Winifred
as an ideal character, or to compare hortosome
favorito of their own. How docs sho seem
along with tho magnificent Gwendolen Har
loth, in Daniel Deronda; with placid Amy Sod
ley, Thackeray's heroine, admired so much by
himself; with the womanly Ursula, wife of
John Halifax; with Kato Niekolby, Florence
Domboy, or Esther Summerson, to whom Dick
ons has given so much gentleness; tho calm,
true-hearted Dinah Morris, or with Victor
Hugo's littlo French girl, Cozotto?
With tlio many splendid women that novel
ists havegivon to us, it is really a difficult task
to decide upon ono as beiug mo3t ideal. But
Thackeray's heroines seem tome stupid. Mira,
in Daniel Deronda, is insipid ; sho is no more
than a flower, gentle and fragrant. It would
ho difficult for her to do wrong, she has no sins
tostruggle over or rnpent for, and so is uotso in
teresting as a more forcible, oven if less saintly,
character. Howevor, there may be those
who think otherwiso : if so, let thorn speak, aud
if their favorite characters are worth anything
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