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THE WEEK IN STOCKS.
THE STRONG DOWNWARD JIOVEHENT
IN GKAPHOrnONE CONTINUED.
Eckington Slumps Another Boom on licit
Railroad Columbia Unnk Shows Re
newed Strength nnd Vigor Trust Stocks
About Hold Tholr Own.
To the holders o Graphophone 6tock the
record of tho past week Is not calculated to
bring unbounded joy, or give them any feeling
of strong confidence in the prosperity of their
holdings, as they see the price gradually drop
lower and lower, and a willingness to sell
whenever a reasonably good chance is offered.
The cause thereof is hard to divine, and vari
ous reasons are assigned, some asserting that it
is simply an attempt on the part of certain
brokers to "bear" the stock to enable them to
cover their "short" interest, while others again
assert that ull is not harmonious between the
company and the lessee, Mr. Ltppiucott. What
ever may be the cause, the cold fact remains
that the stock daily grow6 weaker and weaker,
and tho brokers who are all "lone" of it sadly
shako their heads and a6k each other, Where
will it end ? The sales for the week aggregate
935 shares, commencing at 15g on Monday, and
gradually dropping to 14& on Saturday, the bid
closing at 132, with offerings at 14J, and a
strong belief that a bid of $14 would have se
cured at least 50 shares.
Tho second greatest feature of interest was
the renewed strength shown on Belt Kailroad
and the active demand for the 6tock, 200 shares
being readily marketed at 05, 100 more at 05J,
and 50 at 051, with a closing bid of 05J, and
none offering. It is claimed that, notwithstand
ing statements to the contrary, the control has
not yet been secured, aud until such is the case
the stock will be in demand.
Eckington followed the usual skjTocket
course by coming down nearly as rapidly as it
went up. On Friday, the 7th inisant, 25 shares
brought but 01J, on the following Friday sales
were made at 90, and on last Friday 20 shares
brought but 70, with a 6ale of 12 shares the day
previous at 78. It is stated that a prominent
banker cleared the neat little sum of $3S,000 by
buying 1,000 shares at 45 and selling out at S3.
Small sales of 20 Columbia at 70 aud 10 at 72
completed the trading in railroad stocks.
Tho uncertainty attached to Columbia Bank
stock owing to the contemplated changes in the
management were settled on Monday, and a
reaction set in on a strong show of willingness
to take up all the stock offering arounuf ISO,
the sales being of 20 shares at 17S, and on the
day following of 50 shares at 180, and a further
offer to pay even more to secure additional
amounts. This writer has frequently predicted
that by July 1 this stock would sell at $200, and
there is no apparent reason to change that
opinion. Mr. Warner has placed the bank on
a safe and certain foundation, and hi6 successor
will carry it along in tho same improving aud
prosperous condition. Two sales of 10 shares
each of Capital Bank at 11G117 marks a slight
drop from previous figures, though it is certain
that an offer to take up any reasonable amount,
say 50 shares, would carry the price above 120.
This bank is doing well and making money for
The Trust stocks about held their own, 700
shares of tho Washington bringing $3, and 20
American Security 32. It is expected that Mr,
Warner, having relieved himself of the cares of
the bank, will now turn his entire attention to
the Trust Company, and it goes without saying
that he will imbue it with his own spirit of en
terprise, whicli means progress and higher
prices for the stock.
Insurance stocks were generally dull, Peo
ple's alone excepted, 200 shares bringing 5,
with an offer to take as much more at same
prico. For 15 National Union 20? wus paid,
and 10 Columbia brought 18, tho highest price
it has yet reached, and fulfilling my prediction
heretofore made that it would go to IS, and in
a much shorter time thau I had stated.
Electric Light stock also showed an advanc
ing tendency, 10 shares selling at 117 and 10
more at 118, with several small private sales as
high as 120. These prices mark a good advance
over those prevailing early in the year, though
they are still a long way off from tho predic
tions of tho writer of the l'ost that by April 1 it
would reach $100. But then our excellent con
temporary does not believe in the merit sys
tem. Gas stock was absolutely without interest,
but that other old-time favorite, Telephone
stock, showed 6ome little animation, with sales
of twenty shares at 851, 20 at 85g, and 0 at 85J.
Tho speculative fever has entirely gone out of
this 6tock and tho purchases are for permanent
That .a good thing never goes begging is ev
idenced by tho willingness to take up Great
Falls Ico stock whenever it is offered at a rea
sonable figure. The open season has had a
slightly depressing effect on this stock, and the
figures have sagged away some, tho last
sales quoted being at 180. But later re
ports proving decidedly favorable, the de
mand for the stock has improved, and neces
sarily tho price as well. Last year it will bo
remembered that tho dividends amounted to
$13, or an equivalent of 0J per cent, on $200,
and thero is no reason to doubt that tho pres
ent year will bo equally as satisfactory.
But one salo of Pneumatic Gun Carriage was
recorded, 100 shares bringing g, (87Jc.,) with a
continuing bid for more at same figures.
Tho Bond market was dull, small 6ales of U.
S. 4's at 1231231, and D. C. 8.05's at 122J(i)
122J, with $1,000 U. S. Electric Light second
at 115, showing tho little interest taken in that
class of securities.
The money market continues easy, good loans
being made at50 per cent, and prospects
favorable for a long contlnuauce.
FltANIC II. Pclouzk.
A Substitute for tho BIuirBill.
Some time ago Cougrcs6iuan Brower, of
North Carolina, introduced iu the House an
educational bill, somewhat similar to tho Blair
bill, which has just been defeated, and it was
referred to the Committee on Education. There
is now a report that the Southern Republicans
in the Houso will insist that tho Brower bill be
taken up and considered by the House, iu order
that tho party keep Us pledge made to tho
Southern Republicans, that it would do all it
could toward giving national aid to the schools.
No headache after drinking Portner's Vienna
Cabinet and Culinbacher Beers.
HIS TEMPER RUINED.
A Once Good-Nntured Statesman's Tnlo of
"Look out for mo to-day," said one of the
best-naturcd looking meu In the House of Rcp
resentatlvcs to a Sunday Hbiiat.ii reporter the
other afternoon. "I'm very Ill-tempered and
liable to blto my best friend, or pull a newspaper
man's ear, or do anything else that's desperate."
"Oh, you've got a Mr. Hyde side to your
character, have you ?" said tho reporter. "I'm
glad I found it out. What sort of a dose do you
take to develop it ?"
'Well, I've had to take dose enough in tho
last two weeks to make a Hydo out of the angel
Gabriel, it seems to me," the statesman contin
ued. "These confounded office-seekers give a
man no rest, night or day. Those who have the
least claim on you arc the most bothersome.
They won't take no for au answer. If you
manage to escape them here at the Capitol they
follow you to your house. If you don't see
them there they hang arouud and waylay you on
the street. One confounded cuss has followed mo
like a shadow for the last two weeks. In that
time he has called by actual count at my houso
just fifteen times, at all hours of the day and
night. I used to be one of tho best-naturcd men
in the world, but I've been in a chronic ill
temper of late, and these infernal bores are to
blame for it. Good-bye," and the member
dove through the swinging doors and disap
peared within the realm where Mr. Reed reigns
THE MONKEY'S MIRROR.
Ho Uses It Llka a Had Boy to Annoy Ills
Neighbors In the Zoo.
There Is a very interesting case of animal in
telligence combined with original cuaseduesB
to be seen over at our infant "Zoo" in the
Smithsonian grounds. Tho hero of this tale is
a monkey. His keeper has suspended a little
round mirror in his cage, into whichhis monkey
ship often locks quite adoringly at his own
beauties. The other day he made a discovery..
He happened to look at the glass just as a beam
of sunlight touched it, and saw that the light
was reflected back into tho eyes of a cockatoo,
across tho way in a cage. The angered bird
gave a screech, and the monkey immediately
put this and that together, while a cunning ex
pression shone on his face, just as it used to on
'Peck's Bad Boy" when he was up to mischief.
That monkey kept shifting that glass as
the sunlight moved along, with delibera
tion and malice, to make it flash every few
moments into the cockatoo's eyes. Then the
latter would break forth into screeches again,
which so pleased the monkey that he would
jump about in an ecstacy of delight and per
form all the acrobatic feats that he kuew.
Then he would return to the sport of shifting
the glass so as to put the cockatoo into a fresh
rage. This performance was kept up until both
keeper and visitors who witnessed the scene
came to the conclusion that there was no need
to hunt for the "missing link" longer. That
monkey displayed intelligence enough to entitle
him to the honor, and to forever settle the truth
of the doctrine of original sin. This primeval
sinner did not even need an Eve to corrupt him !
IMPROVING THE PARKS.
A Tulk "With Col. Eriist About Plans for
the Coming Season.
"Reservation 101," said Col. Ernst, Superin
tendent of Buildings and Grounds, yesterday,
is about tho only Government ground that will
be especially improved or beautified this year.
At present we are at work upon the Lafayetto
Statue, and until the completion of this task
will have but little time to look about for other
work. Reservation 101 will have the railroad
tracks running through it removed and grass
seed sown, but no trees will bo planted. It Is
hard to state exact! j' what cau be accomplished
until June 30, when the appropriations for tho
new fiscal year become available. It will depend
chiefly upon tho amount given us. It Is In
tended to plant that portion of Pennsylvania
avenue lyiug in front of tho Treasury with tho
willow oak, in memory of Jefferson, whoso
favorite tree it was. Perhaps Merldlau Hill
will also be planted in American oaks. This
oak is one of tho finest used for decorative pur
poses, especially for avenues. It will not do,
however,forstreets, on account of the curbstones
interfering with and damaging tho roots. Thero
are trees enough at present training at the poor
house to plant as far as Mount Vcrnou if neces
sary. Thero are about one hundred thousand
in all, aud mauy more will be received before
the year is ended. In fact, enough will arrive
to plant from hero to Baltimore."
Progress Thoir Motto.
Attention is called to the card of tho progres
sive auction firm of RatellfTe, Darr ifc Co., auc
tioneers, in to-day's IIisham), which will show
plainly that these gentleman are fully alive to
tho interests of tho public In this most progres
sive age. Their building, which is, as they
claim, the finest of the kind south of New York,
is indeed a model, aud they invite an inspection
of the public of their entire premises, which Is
provided with faoilltles and conveniences not
found elsewhere. Their storage-rooms, which
are well lighted and ventilated, they call espe
cial attention to. They aro masters and experts
in every branch of their business, and their
6trict adherence to thoir improved business
methods have been approved and appreciated
by the public, and they assure their patrons aud
the public of a continuance of those methods,
upon which they stako their future success.
His Nose Out of Joint.
As has already been announced, Mrs. John
A. Logau has another grandson a John A. Lo
gan, Jr., In tho direct lino. Her daughter's sou
is also John A. Logan, and with his parents,
Major and Mrs. Tucker, a member of tho house
hold at Calumet Place. When the lmportaut
event was made known to tho Washington
household by tolcgram tho family happened to
bo at breakfast. Mrs. Logan turned to her lit
tle grandson beside her aud said: "Loiran,
thero is now auother little John A. Logan in
the family. How do you like that?"
"Grandma, how do I know I am not ac
quainted with him?" ho answered, with some
dignity. It was very plain to bo seen that some
body's nose was terribly "out of joint" from
his disgusted little fane.
Mrs. J. Schellinger.OOe Eleventh street north
west, spent last week in Now York selecting
Easter millinery novelties.
ON A MODEST INCOME.
HOW ONE CLEVER WOMAN MANAGES
TO GET ALONG IN SOCIETY.
Getting tho Maximum of Results for tho
Minimum of Outlay in Entertaining
Souio Interesting Secrets About an
Economical Woman's Wnrilrobe.
Somebody ask6, "What income is necessary
to keep a small family iu society, who give
occasional teas, receptions, or dinners?" To
answer that one has to begin with that all de
pends ! Everything in society, as well as tho
world generally, is relative. To those of large
wealth tho elegance of tho spreads are only
bounded by the size of the entertainer's ambi
tion, or the length of tho bank account. But
tho questioner probably referred only to those
who desired to enter the arena on limited
means. One experience is worth a thousand
theories, so tho reply shall come from one who
has tried It and not failed. She will answer
"I am astonished myself at the results to bo
obtained from a comparatively small income,"
she said, in answer. "My husband, you can
readily ascertain from ofllcial sources, has a
salary somewhere between three and five thou
sand dollars per annum, counting all tho
'perques'of tho position In. Wo have two chil
dren. My daughter, you know, is ono of last
year's dbutantes, and I feel it necessary that
she should enjoy some of the advantages of
society. My little girl Is still in school, so sho
costs comparatively nothing In a social way.
Now all my early life I was accustomed to so
ciety right here in Washington, as well as at
home, for my father was for several terms a
member of Congress. Ho was not rich and in
those days the Congressional salary was smaller
than it is to-day thus, in consequence, I grew
up under a certain kind of economical discip
line which helps me now. The first thing a
woman has to think of who wants toreiinterthe
swim is how to get there creditably. Ono must
be conventional enough to do as other people
doiu the way of entertaining, etc.; and these
afternoon teas are a perfect godsend. They
are growing, however, more and more elaborate,
which will soon spoil their charm. At first a
cup of tea with a wafer or a sandwich deli
cately prepared was enough. These now Enc
lish caterers have played the mischief with our
teas by introducing-, expensively prepared
salads and ices. However, you can If you like
arrange your teas to suit yourself that is, If
you have Independence aud tasto to compen
sate for expense. I always put more money
into my flowers and effective things, such as
shades and drapery, than into fancy Ices for
which you have to nay fancy prices. I always
order the very best creams in layers, without
the fancy shapes, and thus save the dollars
which buy my maidenhair ferns, smilax, and
flowers for a pretty centre piece. You may not
believe it, but I can get up a tea for an outlay
of ono hundred dollars on the table that satis
fies all tho social requirements. Of course the
attendanco of servants is not included in that
bill, but twenty dollars will cover extra wait
erago. I know you hardly credit the statement
that that was tho cost of my recent tea, which
you were pleased to denominate as 'an ele
gant affair.' The Invitations would cost more
If they were not written, and as perfect as copper-plate,
by a young lady I hiro to do it for
one-fourth the cost of engraving. It would
take an expert to tell the difference; besides
Mrs. Senator Blank and Mrs. Dash, both im
mensely wealthy, you know, also employ her
to do their cards, and It she Is good enough for
them she will do lor me. i never oner elaborate
refreshments on my days at home during the
season. A cup of good, fragrant tea and a
delicate cookie or fancy cake from my basket Is
all. That fulfills tho code, aud I save my money.
"How to get tho desired number of dresses is
thenext thing to bo considered on such a limited
income as ours, i am getting lat, ana i al
ways wear black. I pretend that I think it
makes mo look smaller. I do not mind telling
you that I despise black for dressy occasions, but
I cannot help myself. I must bo well dressed,
and I can make black go further than colors.
Let mo show you. Hero Is my black velvet.
You see it has a short, round skirt, made plain,
with a high basque, trimmed simply with pas
sementerie That is my carriage or street cos
tume. It is suitable for any occasion where
either would bo required. But If I am going
out to dinner I put on this train, which is faced
back with silk and buttous on at tho belt over
tho short skirt; and hero is a dluner basque of
tho velvet, a "V" neck, and elbow sleeves, and
trimmed with lace. That makes two dresses in
one, but if I am to attend an evening reception
hero is tho third: A velvet bodlco, square In tho
neck, filled iu with rich white lace, short sleeves,
and tho long-armed gloves to go with it. Now,
either of those bodices will harmouizo well with
a lavender silk skirt, or a black and white bro
cade; and those are really what I have, and by
my management I thus save off my wardrobe
to dress my daughter, who must have a va
riety of clothes delicate in color, fine of fabric,
aud suited to her youth. Dear me! In telling
you this I have made public half tho secrets of
my particular "set," who are, in a sense, at
tached to ofllcial circles by virtuo of our hus
bands' positions. But we have to keep up a
certain amount of style, and that is how we do
it. But dinner parties? Wo often compare
notes in private.
" I never ventured so far. To bo a success,
except among one's iutimatcs, they cost money,
aud aro tho most preteutlous of all social obli
gations. Aud I would not give one, anyhow ;
for a real dinner party always calls for wines,
and as it is against my principles to pass round
the 'social glass,' 1 draw tho lino at dinner
parties, It takes a deal of tact to keep in the
swim on a 6inall salary ; and I have about con
cluded that, oveu in society, success depends as
much upon one's personality as upon what one
can do. Personal magnetism is not all a myth,
and no ono withoutit could succeed in tho swim,
if they wero tho wife of a John Jacob Astor,
any more thau they could as the wife of the
head of a bureau or chief iu some of tho De
partment offices." E. L. S.
Superior goods lowest prices. China, brlc-ii-brac,
glass, pottery, cutlery. Having replen
ished our stock wo aro enabled to ofTer great in
ducements to purchasers.
J. W, Boteler Si Son,
033 Pennsylvania uvenue.
STILL. ON THE INCREASE.
The Demand for Stenographers Kopn
Steadily Up From Your to Yonr.
"The demand for stenographers in buBines
is decidedly on the increase," said Stenographer
Mulvey to n Sunday Hkhai.I) man, "and as tho
demand grows it Is readily met by an equally
increasing number of young men nnd women
who have mastered the art. Where moststcnog
rophers find positions in Washimgton Is with
lawyers who solicit patent and claim cases and
require a great deal of testimony to bo written,
also some few in business houses. Thero is
something fascinating about stenography that
engrosses the student's attention to a degree,
aud very few who begin determined to learn it
ever give it up. The learners are generally
young men from twenty to thirty years of age
and young women from eighteen to twenty-five,
but recently numbers of young girls and boys,
say of an average ago of sixteen, have taken up
the study, outnumbering the older pupils.
These young people arc very quick to learn.
While it Is easy for both young and old to learn,
yet I think the younger students progress more
rapidly and finish the course sooner."
"Are thero any remarkable instances of rapid
"Yus, thero are any number of them. Re
cently a boy of this city within two months
learned to write 150 words, while a gentleman
of more mature ace acquired a speed of 175
words in n period not extending over nine
weeks. Both of these cases show phenomenal
"What is the highest known number of words
that has been written iu a 6inglo minuto?"
"I think 200 is the bc6t record yet made,
although It is impossible to keep up this rate of
speed. If a stenographer can handle his 175
words a minuto right along ho will do extremely
well. Right here in Washington wo havo the
two most famous stenographers in tho country.
They are Mr. Murphy, stenographer in the
Senate, and Mr. MacIIobln, in the House. If
there is any one calculated to keep up tho 175
word rate It -will be eiClier of theso gentlemen."
"Arc stenographers as a rule well paid ?"
"Yes, 6onie of them receive very good salaries.
I suppose tho average pay of a stenographer is
from $12 to $18 per week, although 6omo of
them receive but $5 a week. Some rcceivo as
high as $2,500 to $3,000 a year, but, of course,
all this depends upon the merit of the
stenographer and the work he has to do."
A Policeman "Who is Inclined to Think it
tho Root of All Evil.
A group of lads whose ages ranged from
twelve to sixteen were gathered around a street
corner in a quiet, respectable neighborhood in
the northwestern portion of this city, laughing
and talking and using language that was none
of the best. Some wero puffing cigarettes
and cigars or chewing tobacco. Thoy were
all neatly dressed and evidently tho children of
a good class of people. The expessiou of some
of the faces was frank and innocent, whilo
others wero marked with lines of cunning and
knowledge of evil, and these were tho ones
using the bad language and tobacco.
"Come 1 move away from the corner, boys,"
said the gray-haired policeman. "This is no
place for you to congregate."
His answer was a chorus of Impudent replies
and derisive shouts of laughter from tho bad
looking lot of tho boys. The others gazed on
these insolent youths with pleased smiles, evi
dently delighted to be with boys who could
give impudence to a policeman.
"You see how it is," said the policeman to
man who had observed to proceedings. "That
is the way in which these gentlemen's sons usu
ally answer us. The tough boys set tho exam
ple and the others soon learn to follow it.
These luds don't reason that I am trying to do
them good by preventing their lounging about
street corners. I have seen in my tune nianj'
boys go wrong who got their first start by hang
ing about corners as you have just noticed theso
boys do. Look at tho newspapers. Every few
weeks you will find an article announcing that
another young man, whose life was just open
ing up before him with splendid prospects, has
gone wrong. What was tho cause of it? Goto
the botton of his career aiid you And that ho
first learned to think of evil in a kindly light
while a small boy lounging about the corners.
There's where he most likely borrowed his first
dime novel, learned to smoke and drink and
to U50 foul language. If parents only know
the evils of corner loafing they would bo moro
careful to keep their boys at homo !"
The Old Fellows ami Church Deacons Their
From the Now York Sun.
Au enterprising woman, who has established
a very largo business down town iu supplying
typewriter operators to business houses, said
yesterday that there was a good deal of truth
and a fair share of tragedy in tho ofton-ro-peatcd
assertion that business men down town
aro apt to flirt with their typewriters if they can
find any opportunity to do so. "It is always
the old men of whom I hear tho most com
plaint," 6ho said. Tho girls pay mo a feo for
giving them instruction and securing a posi
tion, and thoy como in hero frequently after
they have begun their work. Consequently, I
hear a great number of stories about men who
certainly ought to kuow better. Yet tho lively
and wide-awake busiuess men, no matter how
much of a reputation thoy may havo in tho up
town clubs as rounders and so on, never
interfere with the typewriters in tho slightest
degree. Apparently ail their ovanesceiico of
spirit is expended above Tweuty-third street.
They arrive at their oflices late, work liko steam
engines, and rU6h up town again. Tho old
deacons and church members, however, spend
a great portion of the day down town away
from their families, and, if thero is a pretty
typewriter within gunshot of them, their
benevolence is directed toward her at onco,
Thero is nothing, as a rule, strictly offonslvo
about their attentions, but thoy are inclined to
be moro paternal and kindly than the occasion
warrants. They aro always takiug an interest
in tho poor girl who is obliged to earn hor liv
ing, aud, as it Is tho interest of tho poor girl to
keep her place, 6he has to submit to a good
deal of nonsenso from men who aro old ouough
to know better."
No headache after drinking Portner's Vienna
Cabinet and Culmbacber Beers.
THE SEASON OF PALMS.
LOCAL DEALERS PREPARING FOR
Something About tho Beautiful Evergreens
That Aro In Most Furor-"Whoro Thoy
Como From and THiat Thoy Cost An.
Odd Spoctmon from Madagascar.
"Of course the nearapproach of Palm Sunday
has create a largo demand for palms," said
Florist Small to a Sunday IIbkald man,
"although tho grcntcst cull Is for the palmetto
that arrives here from the South Carolina
swamps in long green pieces, and aro sold by the
head, as a market stall retails cabbages. The
palmetto requires that it shall bo cut when very
green, as it dies within a few doys after cutting,
should it be a little ripo. A very pleasing effect
for decorative purposes may bo arranged with
the palmetto by carefully spreading it out,
pressing with a warm iron and then with a hot
one. This will become a neat and graceful 'or
nament to bo placed at the corners of doors or
at an angle upon tho wall."
"Aro tho demands for palms increasing V
asked the reporter.
"Yes, there is a considerable increase in the
use of palms, and especially of this kind, which
is a handsome and hardy plant that can be
placed iu a house and expected to thrive, oven,
though subjected to various temperatures. It is
called tho Areca Lutcnccnt) or yellow cabbago
palm. Notice how graceful tho long, slender
btems are. The fine cut fall edges like a hand
some fringe. Beautiful, isn't it. This Is about
Uio most popular palm of all and the one most
in use for beautifying houses. They will sell
from $5 to $.TO, according to size and appear
ance. I think if there is any fashion In palms
this one leads it. Hero aro several varieties of
the Kentia, or Howra palm; they aro very simi
lar to this other I have just shown you, except
ing they are moro plume-like, tho spikc-llke
leaves having a tendency to curl up at the ends.
These palms are grown in most tropical
countries, and can be successfully raised in the
hot-houses of our own. It, however, is not as
hardy as the Areca Lulenccns."
"What Is the name of this palm ?" asked tho
reporter, as his eye caught sight of a small
palm, something like the others he had been
shown, excepting that its stems and leaves were
"That is the Cocos Fluvwsa, a very fragile,,
plume-like palm that is not apt to live long with
out the greatest care. Still it is a favorite with
lovers of palms on account of its rare beauty and
gracefulness. They are brought to this country
from the Indies and South America."
The oddest-looking palm imaginable next
claimed the reporter's attention. It was a tall
plant with thick stems shooting upward from its
base, with leaves of a dark, ugly green. Tho
leaves wero large, and shot forth split portions
of themselves, giving them the appearance of im
mense hands. "What is that ?" ho asked.
"This curious-looking plant," answered ,Mr.
Small, "is the Chinese ratan palm, from which
ratanwaro and furniture are made. It is creep
ing into favor mostly on account of Its ludi
crous appearance, I suppose. See how tho
leaves extend like largo hands as if wishing to
salute the passer-by. These aro expensive, aud
cost as high as $100 for a largo and perfect
plant. Tho averago price paid for them is
about $25. Hero is the old stand-by of all the
florists, and is always popular. It is tho Lati
ma Uorbonicu, or fan palm, that is extensively
grown throuchout the Southern States and
tropics They aro not very expensive, as a
very nice one may bo purchased for $10, or even
less. Then they live well In tho house almost
as well as tho Areca Lulenccns. Now, this palm
comes tho greatest distance of any that aro im
ported into this country. It conies from Mada
gascar, where it grows in tho dense swamps in
quantities. It Is called the Ilavenala iSpcciosa,
or traveler's tree. Tho leaves are very thick,
long and broad, and of a dark green. Tho
stem6 aro coarse, and it is not much used as an
ornament on aocount of the thick leaves cracking
easily and splitting up into many pieces. This
in its homo In tho swamps Is often a godsend to
the traveler who has lost his way and is famish
ing for water. Should ho find ono of theso
palms all that is necessary for him to do is to
puncture tho plant at tho base of each leaf, and
he will And that each puncture will give him "
from a quart to two quarts of pure, wholesome
water. While it is always-classed with tho palm,
family, properly it is not ono of them.
Theso cost about $15 apiece, taken on an ave
"I seo ferns iu your hot-houses. Aro thoy
U6ed a great deal now for decorations ?"
"Yes, a great deal, especially for tablo doc
orations. Ono of tho most recent fads consists
of lqweriug tho centre of a dining table about
six Jnches and illliug the aperture with maiden
hair ferns. It gives a very neat effect. The
call Is mostly for tho maidenhair, as they are
more easily kept In tho houses than tho other
Styles in Stutionory.
From tho Art Intor-Cluingo.
For Yisiting cards the old English type, so
long in fashion, has entirely disappeared,
round-hand and angular script having taken its
place, not only for visiting cards, but for curds
of invitation. Tho shape of ladies' cards is
nearly a square, tho usual slzo being 2x3J.
Gentlemen's cards are much smaller and aro
oblong in 6hape. They aro engraved, without
any flourishes, in tho plainest script. Cards
are generally used for invitations instead of
note paper for formal eutertainment3. Neither
crests nor monograms should appear upon tho
envelopes, which should bo fastened with 6eal-iug-wikx
and stamped with a seal. Ragged edge
nowiaper, or paper with any startliug effects,
Isoufofdate, and plain white or delicately
tinted 6heets are moro used than decided colors,
Palo olivo-green note paper, to bo written upon
with white ink, is somettmes used, aud very
6iuall sheets almost tiny to bo put Into small
envelopes without folding aro much in vogue.
Largo letter paper is seldom seeu. Medium
sized note paper, which is folded onco and.
placed iu a large square envelope, is geuerally
used for letters.
ALii tho leading restaurants havo Portnor'
Vienna Cabinet aud Culinbacher Beers on
draught. Call lor it.