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There la a very precious and happy
faculty to be displayed In exercising the
graceful, needful authority of a chaperon.
She who exerts this authority to advan
tage knows more than a little of the art
of being: agreeable. Every daughter's
mother should very clearly understand
the role and the way to play it.
If she is not able to realize the part,
am more than willing to undertake the
not at all unwelcome or unnecessary task
of showing her how to assume the char
acter, because I am an ardent believer in
chaperonage and because I also hold that
its precepts and duties, cares and obliga
tions, rightly fulfilled, add infinitely to
the wholesome charm of polite society.
Further than this. I consider that it is
sacred responsibility for every matron
to know how to act as chaperon on any
and every occasion. This is a social ac
complishment that no rightly ambitious
woman can overlook, and if she does over
look it there will sooner or later come a
time when ahe will have grave reason to
regret this flaw in her social education.
A Crying Need.
I am not. I hope, an old fogy, but I
am, nevertheless, positively convinced that
wise and Arm, mild and discreet duennas
are wanted, but at present there is a de
plorable lack of good and gifted ones, and
this mistake I unhesitatingly lay at the
door of the up-to-date mothers. The rea
son for the inadequate supply of graceful
authoritative chaperons is not far to seek.
Nine-tenths of the matrons whose ac
quaintance I enjoy fail to perceive that
the office of chaperon is ancient and hon
orable and most essential, and in conse
quence they shirk its powers and privi
leges and no longer dispense its blessings.
Its blessings, I would like to have them
know, are many and varied. They ought to
descend from mother to daughter, and
thus into very general society, and make
for sweetness and solidity, for comfort and
Now, in the good old days when there
were chaperons who had a pride in their
ositlon and who attended strictly to
young ladies did not find it nec
essary to write to newspaper editors and
etiquette columns for information on deli
cate points of social conduct. Those
questions were settled for them in their
homes and in conference with no less un
impeachable authority than their mothers,
who, In social as well as domestic circles,
were their infallible guides, much of the
time their companions and always their
From the lips of the old fashioned
mother fell words of advice, restraint and
wisdom, and I am bound to say that the
daughter was, as the rule, the happier, the
more graceful and the more truly intelli
gent and charming in consequence.
But the day of the active chaperon is
over she Is considered a cumberer of the
drawing-room, a nuisance at dances,a bore
at a pionio and a non-essential at the the
ater. She has become a figurehead chiefly
conspicuous by her absence, and all be
cause she herself has drifted into the very
lazy and unwise conclusion that our young
people don't need the matronlzlng influ
ence any longer.
Dignity and the Duenna.
Very unwise conclusion indeed, because
the chaperon must and will always typify
dignity in society and to young people,
and, since the elimination of the old
fashioned semi-omnipresent motherly
duenna from nearly all but the most for
irfal social gatherings, our girls have lost
not a little of their reserve, and that re
pose that marks the cast of the finest type
of the highly bred American daughter.
I shall here point my moral and adorn
my tale with an incident. It is not unique,
Incidents of the same sort are happening
all over the country, but this one is par
ticularly Illustrative and it is just taken
at random from at least a dozen that came
under my notice when I stopped last sum
mer at a very famous and crowded sea
side resort. Under the roof of my hotel
were gathered many charming girls and
aome equally nice young men, and gayest
among them was Miss Nellie of the nut
MENUS FOR A WEEK
From Table Talk.
(By Special Permission.)
MONDAY, FEB. 8.
Ortnom. Sugar and Cream.
Broiled Ham. Creamed Potatoes.
Hot Sliced Tongue. Pickle*.
Corn Bread. Cocoa.
Campbell'- Vegetable Soup.
Boiled Corned Beef.
Hashed Potatoes. Savoy Cabbage.
Lettuce. French Dressing.
Bco^rn Betty. Hard Sauce.
TtTIBDAY, FEB. 9.
Oat Ileal. Sugar and Cream.
Baked Meat Balls. Fried Potatoes.
Buckwheat Cakes. Coffee.
Siloed Corned Beef. Alpha Salad Cream.
Minute Pudding. Tea.
Mutton Haricot with Vegetables.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10.
Cerea Malta, Sugar and Cream.
Corned Beef Hash.
MuSh Muffins. Coffee.
Baked Bananas. Cocoa.
Roast Pork lxln, Apple Sauce.
Watercress, French Dressing.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11.
Ralston Barley Food. Sugar and Cream.
Liver and Bacon.
Thin Corn Bread. Coffee.
run's Toast. Tea.
Campbell's Mock Turtle Soup.
Sliced Cold Pork, Mcllheony's Tabasco.
Riced Potatoes. Squash.
Apple and Nut Salad.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19.
Grape Nuts, Sugar and Cream.
Fried Smelts. Scalloped Potatoes.
Cheese Pudding. ,i Cold Slaw.
Cake. Canned Fruit. Tea.
Salmon Timbales, Parsley Sauce.
Mashed Potatoes. String Beans.
Tomato Jelly Salad.
Wafer* Cheese. There is a valentine verse by Clinton Scol- 14,000 inhabitants.
THE AGREEABLE CHAPERON
A TERROR ONLY TO EVIL DOERS-HER DUTIES AND pPPORTUNITIES
By ADELAIDE GORDON, Editor of Correct Social Usage.
Things Which Make or Break A Series of Plain Talks On the
Copyright 1908, by The New York Society of SeM-Oulture. All rights received.
Miss Nellie wore enchanting little white
duck frocks on the beach and bewitchlngly
becoming beribboned organdies at the ho
tel balls, and she was supposed to be in
the care of the mother of a young girl
friend. This mother, I observed, along
with almost all the other hotel mothers,
left her daughter and Miss Nellie to their
own young devices. Comfortably and sel
fishly she spent her days on the Bhady end
of the hotel piazza immersed in gossip
and wool work, and serenely oblivious
to and ignorant of the goings and comings,
the friends and the frolics, of her two
lovely and lovable charges.
Along with the majority of the matrons,
Miss Nellie's so-called chaperon elected
as a rule to wander bedroomwards at 10
o'clock, leaving Miss Nellie and her daugh
ter to seek their pillows at whatever
hours they pleased, because, as she was in
the habit of remarking, she knew that the
girls could take care of themselves.
And so they did to the best of their
youthful and unguided ability, and all went
for a time as merrily as a marriage bell.
Miss Nellie and her friend sailed on the
bay and sat late on the rocks, had divers
flirtations of more or less intensity with
the young fellows about the hotel and did
as they saw the other quite unchaperoned
girls doingand then suddenly one day an
ugly episode took place.
Police officers came down from New
York and arrested a young man with
whom Miss Nellie had danced ten times
at the hop on the preceding night, with
whom she had sat till midnight the week
before on the rocks, with whom she had
daily and intimately sailed, fished, romped
and driven, and to whomoh, sad to sayl
she had given a curl of her nut-brown
Now, this favored young man proved to
be an impostor of impossible antecedents,
possessing a deplorable past, and his fu
ture is now consecrated to compulsory
labor behind stone walls. Miss Nellie left
the hotel the same day with a white little
face, tragic-looking eyes and a little burr
of scandal sticking to her skirts.
Date R0I7 Poly, Soft Sauce.
What a Chaperon Can Do.
The moral of this incident is not ob
scure. I recommend it to the considera
tion of mothers who don't think the chap
eronage of their sweet young daughters
so very essential. Miss Nellie was not to
blame, I say. If the friend's mother had
been up and doing daily a chaperon's full
duty that sweet, good, pretty and neg
lected girl would have gone home as smil
ing as when she appeared at the hotel.
The friend's mother could easily have seen
to it, had she been conscious of her re
sponsibilities, that Miss Nellie had all the
liberty and all the good times she needed,
yet in a perfectly safe, dignified and
agreeable fashion, and the painful epi
sode would never have darkened her holi
day and cast a tiny shadow on her fair
The duenna who knows her business
can do a vast deal to render her charge
happy as well as secure. This Is the
moral side to the question, but I can
assure any mother who would like to
argue the question with me that there is
the purely material side also, and that has
to do with manners.
In her official capacity the chaperon
has a large Influence upon manners. Her
attitude tells for good or for evil, and
if she is a woman who realizes the im
portance of example she may make so
ciety and the young people about her the
more graceful and agreeable for her pres
The Popular Chaperon.
The very best chaperonin fact, the
ideal matronizeris a person of prime the Point only the night before. Her
importance one whose worthy aim and
mission in society is to render herself
agreeable to the younger set. But in
order to make herself liked she need not,
as most so-called duennas seem to be
lieve it necessary, make herself "scarce."
Th'e correct type of chaperon is a lady
who is always ardently welcomed by the
young people of both sexes is always as
kind as she is firm, and as sweet-tem
pered as she is far-seeing. If you are
Barley Crystals, Sugar and Cream.
Sausages. Potatoes au Gratfi.
Vienna Rolls. Coffee.
Risotto. Pirn Olas Salad.
Corn Starch. Tea.
Split Pea Soup.
Beef Gannelon. Potato Roses.
Beets. Creamed Carrots.
Lettuce. French Dressing.
Apple Dumplings. Coffee.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14.
Granose Biscuits, Sugar and Cream.
Creamed Finnan Haddle.
Pop Overs. Coffee.
.Roast Leg of Mutton, Brown Gravy.
Boiled Rice. Stewed Tomatoes.
Orange and Cocoanut Pudding.
Panned Oysters in the Chafing Dish.
The Housekeeper for February has a
gorgeous cover, a yellow background for
a woman in the quaint costume of the
days of old. Katherine Louise Smith, the
Minneapolis writer, has an Illustrated a
tide on the oldest patriotic society of
wrYmen In ATnp.rlo.a. thft Mt. Vernon Ladies' _* i*_,+4
women in America the Mt Verno Ladies
association. The most enterprising girl
in Penmark proves to be a clever cabinet
maker whose story Is told by Allan Mon
roe Foster. The three girls in Paris pay
a visit to Doucet, the prince of dressmak-
impressed with .the necessity of perform
ing the task of chaperon, don't let your
zeal for severity resolve you into a so
cial dragon. Obviously, there is no need
for preaching and threatening and trying
to restore the old reign of prunes, prisms
and pruderywe do not wish and do* not
need such a regime as that in this country
of sound, wholesome young folk.
To wield an influence in the duenna's
role you must have a really kind heart,
a profound knowledge of the laws of eti
quette, and patience with young people.
You must be affable and dignified, for,
bear in mind if you can, that your au
thority rests on the reverence that the
younger element feel for your superior
knowledge, your self-respect and your un
failing good nature.
I have known the ideal chaperon. I
know her now. She is a gray-headed
iady with a couple of pretty daughters
in society, whose young friends are her
friends, too. She knows how to come
into the parlor where her daughters are
entertaining their beaux without casting
a shadow by her presence.
Young men just out of college are flat
tered to claim the honor of her acquain
tance. She has a kind, smiling way with
her she knows how to talk to them
of their law studies, athletics, etc., and,
in spite of her fifty years, she also knows
how to inspire their confidence and listen
to their conversation. She conducts no
system of espionage, but she is perfectly
well aware wtfo the young men are that
her daughters meet and who their people
are. At the balls she sits smiling, patient
and observant against the wall watching
her girls dance, holding their wraps and
looking out new and agreeable partners
for them. She is never tired, never peev
ishly clamoring to go home, never upset
by frivolous young laughter and never
An Invaluable Ally.
To her own daughters or to her friend's
daughters such a genial, thoughtful chap
eron is an invaluable ally. In a social
predicament the young lady in her charge
never comes to her in vain for helpful
advice. She can accompany a young
woman to a ball and almost insure her
a happy time, because, imbued with the
due sense of the responsibilities of her
position, she "knows how and where to
find the most desirable introductions for
her protege. Alert and thoughtful, she
has not only the guardianship but the
justifiable pleasures of her charge always
at heart, and she takes no small amount
of pains to see that her girl is never a
Such a matronizer as this needs not to
be told that a girl can be gay, at the same
time the embodiment of sweet dignity and
all the more admired for her unaggressive
self-respect. She is well aware that the
hoydenish athletic maiden, who is hail fel
low well met with any and every young
man on the hotel piazza, is not the mas
culine ideal of feminine charm.
She is therefore the friend at court of
any damsel, for she instills such wise pre
cepts and practices into the minds of her
charges without frowns and preachments.
She does not permit her daughters to ad
dress newly made masculine acquaint
ances as Bob, and Jimmie, neither does
she allow Mr. Brown and Mr. Jones to
gaily hail her girls as Jeannie and Sally.
She does not sit on the gossips* end of
the piazza whispering criticisms of the
behavior of Miss Blank, as many so-called
doting mothers do when all the while their
own fair girls are down upon the beach
in their bathing suits, romping like little
children and rubbing sand into the hair
of the jolly young fellows who arrived at
confidence in tho women of the younger
generation is not lacking nor misplaced,
because she gives them both her advice
and her companionship. But her belief is
strong, nevertheless, that an agreeable
chaperon is, for any young people, the
most indispensable of social institutions
and that she can and should exert a beau
tiful, efficacious and dignifying influence
from which society at large can draw an
infinite profit. Adelaide Gordon.
lard and other poems by Mr. Coll and An
nie Willis McCullough.
hoU3ekeep er 8
bureau of information is as
Harper's Bazar for February contains
the conclusion of Josephine Daskam's clev
er story, "The Memoirs of a Baby," and a
ers. and the wedding of the month, the
last of the series, is a narcissus function.'Katherine Cecil Thurston, Agnes Rep-
Jessie Ackerman tells of her experiences
in Siberia and Waldron Fawcett describes
the famous tapestries of General and Mrs. describes "Bird Walks for Children." ^.tnrv WhMi Curie after brilliant
Draper in their Washington home. Mr.
Fawcett also furnishes a number of pio-j
tures of apartments in the new residences
of the foreign ambassadors. .Early hints
for amateur gardeners will prevent later
failures and careful directions are given for i
growing vines. Katherine L. Wyman tells
the uninitiated how to be their own mill
iners and the fashions show styles fot
children. The home talks and council for
mothers conducted by Elizabeth Lord Con
dit is as helpful as usual. The feature
of the household department is the de
scription of the Valentine engagement
luncheon by Elizabeth W. Morrison and
there is also an account of a Washington
party. Mary Taylor-Ross writes of ""The
House Practical." Incubators and the
raising of goslings are discussed by J. M.
Adamson and A. C. McPherson. The chil
dren's page is very attractive with its
story, poem and puzzles. The stories in
clude "Miss Martha's Mutable Portrait,"
by Aloysius Coll "The Short Cut Thru
the Alders," Adalena F. Dyer "When
Morpheus Saved," Hester Grey, and "The
Problem of Silas," Lucy Baker Jerome.
i le ha
A RATTLED CONVERT
She talked to me long ago on the Ego of
A pretty philosopher she,'
Who needed to s. eak but one sentence to make
A fervent disciple of me:
The fbthoinlera depths of acumen she reached.
And heights by no wing ever sought,
While glad and enraptuied I listened as she
Discoursed ou the Ego of Thought.
The sober light grew in her wonderful eyes
I watched tin* rose glow on her cheek
That all I remember about the discourse,
Tho more such I'd willing seek.
She talked to ILJ long on the Ego of Thought
(I make this confession to you)
I understood naught of it allbut I'll swear
That every wcrd of'it wag true.
San Francisco Bulletin.
Thirty-seven per cent of the American
people now live in cities of more than
vim^W3S8WSESBS885 THE MINNEAPOLIS' JOURNAlf w*w
Waldemar B. Kaempffert writes of a
visit to the home of Thomas A. Edison in
the February Woman's Home Companion
and Gibson William Harris continues his
personal recollections of Abraham Lincoln.
Corydon T. Purdy has something to say
of the wonders of the sky-scrapers and
Clara Morris tells of the pet superstitions unsharereean13sa i a great degree by other nationall
of stage people. The stories are by Ve
nita Seibert, J. J. Bell, Frederick M.
Smith, Eden Phillpotts, Julia Magruder
and Frances Leeds. Christine Terhune
Herrick describes tin and crystal wedding
celebrations, Julia Marlow writes of the
university woman and the drama and
there are pages devoted to the-regular de
Mrs. Everard Cotes, better known as
Sara Jeannette Duncan, says some very
complimentary things of American moth
ers in the February Good Housekeeping.
Gardner Teall, a former Minneapolitan,
has a number of paragraphs under the
title of "Progress" and Ella Morris
Kretschmar takes up timely topics in
"The Higher Life." Eva Ackley McBride
describes the country home of Charles
Frederick Eaton, whose work was a fea
ture at the last Arts and Crafts exhibit,
Mrs. George B. Scott writes of "Doctor Air attractive woman who dresses without the
and Doctor Sunshine," and Florence Pel- i
tier, of Mrs. Wong and her beautiful
clothes. There are stories by Mary Cald
well Richardson, and Mary Stewart Cut- 1
ting. W. T. Stead has something to say'
on family prayers, and William McAndrew touch of hardness to the expression. In
on "Kindergarten Nonsense." There are
suggestions for mother's, for children, for curie livesis with he husband and little
and dressmakers and the ^"Ver to a small house In a suburb of
#,,11 utiugnier 111 n. mu*M ."yr usuali,
Spinster," and Florence A. Dawson ^v-d sideby
MAKING OF 30,000 VALENTINES
For Months a Dozen Minneapolis Women Have Been Busy with
Paints and Brushes Illustrating Sentimental and Humorous,
Lines and New Designs Are in Demand. i
WAY at the top of one of the big
offce buildings on Nicollet avenue
a dozen girls have been busy for
months making valentines. From
8 o'clock in the morning until
5 at night they have plied their brushes
and their industry ,is shown in the thou
sands and thousands of pretty and amus
ing trifles which will be found in the
stores from now until Feb. 14. Just how
many yalentines have been made is a
question that was answered with a shrug
and the exclamation: "Oh, about 30,000!"
The valentine of to-day is not much
like that of fifty years ago, and humor
as well as sentiment seems to be what
the designers strive for. The American
people want to be amused, and their val
entines must contain a laugh aS well as
a heart throb.
Designs for Wlentines are obtained
from all sorts of sources, altho the Min
neapolis artists are not represented in any
of mem. There is a little woman in St.
Paul who has made a clever set of vege
table designs for which success is prophe
sied but, in the main, the proprietor of
the publishing house furnishes the ideas
and the dozen girls carry them out.
George Parker, the proprietor, is always
on the lookout for clever suggestions, and
he pays for them at the" rate of $1.50 up.
After the drawing is made and the
DAY WHEN HEARTS ARE TRUMPS
Minneapolis Women Cleverly Adapt Timely Ideas and Games to
Suit the Tradition of Valentine DayA Favorite Season for
OGTJE, whose editorials are of a
serious kind scarcely to be ex
pected in a publication dedicated
chiefly to the art of dress, has in
its current White Number an an
swer to the Inquiry "Are W White?'*
that is a defense of America from some of
the aspersions-cast upon it. The editorial
says in part:
It is the wont of some self-sufficient foreign
erswho are, by the way, not above depending
for their bread and butter upon the opportunities
they secure for themselves herethat we are
moved only by the most sordid motives, gold be
ing the national god and that the Influence of
the much-exploited American woman is demoral
izing to national culture and to national morality.
Money, it is admitted, is a potent force but
ties, it would be very hard for the foreign critic
to prove. Is it altruism that brings the Castel
lanes and the Marlboroughs to this gold mine?
Is it pure love of art that impels the foreign
painters and musiclanB to consort with the wes
tern barbarian long enough to fill their pockets?
It chanced, not long ago, that representatives
of all the so-called civilized nations met at
Peking, of all places. And, curiously, consider
ing the holier-than-thou attitude of the foreign
ers, the only civilized soldiers who refrained from
looting of a peculiarly odious kind were the
In spite of stumblings and temporary retrogres
sion, there is no shadow of doubt that decade by
decadein spite of the depressing efforts we are
always making to lift the hordes of Europe's
ofttimes dregs to our ethical levelthe country I her example is proving Infectious.
THE GENTLER SEX
Mme. Skiodowska-Curie, the learned
discovered of radium, is described as an
ond number of "The Masquerader," by Mme Curie who is now only 86 years
are stories by Elizabeth Jordan and SenSflc labors, obtairfed'a professorship
ary B. Mollett and special articles on which eav^ him a modest income, he mar-
building and home making, Valen- I\"i S Sklodowska.
luncheons, home sewing, plant raising
an( a amount of space is given to fash-
a aether husband at the university in
some clever things to say on 'T where the twlon young students
0 1 ponrairoiB
There is a new artlstio type of the
woman beautiful, a very modern type,
altho reminiscent of the English school
of portraiture. The new
the Torrey girl, and /s the representetlon
by George B. Torre of his beautiful wife
The distinctive features of Mr Torrey's
their outdoor atmosphere and back
grounds. Mrs. Toney is the typical wife
of an artist. Her hair ripples like the
wave and in high lights it is a bright gold.
Her eyes are soft brown. Her tall figure,
tho full and well proportioned is wil
lowy. She has been brought into consider
able prominence thru the admiration
shown for her by King George of Greece,
whose portrait fcer husband recently paint
King George has shown his gallantry
by his interest in and aid of another beau
tiful American woman. He has
cards given the desired shape, a die Is
cut and the card printed with the outlines
of the picture. These printed cards are
distributed by the dozens to the girls,
who .color them after a pattern until they
have learned it by heart. A the copy
directs, they wash in a pink radish with
besesching eyes and sentimental mien or
a haughty purple-topped turnip whose
scorn is expressed in a tip-tilted nose.
A clever girl can color a hundred of these
cards a day, and when she is thru with
them she knows that another hundred
will be ready for her on the morrow, for
the demand for valentines Is large and
Valentines this year seem to come in
sets, and there are groups of half a dozen
in the vegetable designs, as many more of
flowers, ballet dancers, funny pickaninnies
and saucy little girls. It is not necessary
to buy the set, as each is complete in
itself, but popular fancy runs to collections
just at present, which is the reason why
the valentines are designed in groups.
By next week the valentine factory will
stop work for a breathing space, but It
will not be long after Feb. 14 that the
eager search for ideas and designs for the
valentine of 1905 will commence and the
making of the amusing and sentimental
cards will begin all over again.
HE Christmas red and green will been prepared by another hostess. It will
give place to the valentine pink
next week and we shall move in
a tangle of hearts and arrows.
The season of St. Valentine is al
ways full of novel ideas for the" hostess
and Minneapolis women are clever enough
to take advantage of it. There will be
card parties galore at which hearts will
be played in every way that a bright wo
mart can devise.
One of the girls has adapted the ubiqui
tous game of "pit" for her valen
tine entertainment. She will use ordinary
packs of cards and the players will en
deavor to fill suits by trading as in "pit."
Any one who can draw a handful of hearts
will make 500 points, diamonds count 200,
spades 150, and clubs 100. As the game is
for only 500 points,' it may be won in one
hand if anyone is lucky enough to gather
in the hearts. The prizes will be sugges
tive of the season so will the refresh
ments and the hostess Is already at work,
making strings of paper hearts with which
to decorate her rooms.
Not everyone approves of cards and a
loval Methodist maid* has invited a dozeD
gUests for a valentine making. She has
ruthlessly cut the heads off magazine pic
tures of men and women and provided
dozens of odd shaped bits of colored pa
per which will be divided among the
guests who will each make a valentine out
of their scraps by pasting them in the
semblance of a picture on a card in a
limited time. Another period will be
given in which to write the accompanying
verse or sentiment and later a vote will
be taken on the most beautiful, the ir/jst
sentimental and the most humorous.
All the appointments of a valentine
party should be suggestive of hearts and
a frame with a heart-shaped opening has
A PROTEST AGAINST PESSIMISM
typically American failing, one
attention to style. With fine, reg
blue eyes and a good
framegdh In magnificent light,
for the thien lips, whic give a
well built Mme.
full of Paris, but most of thei time seems to be
spent at his laboratory or at the Paris
School of Industrial physics and Chemistry
here the husband and wife are respec
an tn uper ior Normal school at Sevres,
be slipped into a curtained doorway and
one by one the girls will hold their hands,
stripped of rings, in the opening, and the
man will bid for the company of the own
ers in the games that follow.
To each guest will be given an arrow
with a card attached, upon which his or
her name is written. A large square of
white cloth will be pinned upon the wall
and near the center of "the square will be
a small red velvet heart. Each guest will
be blindfolded and attempt to pierce the
heart with their arrow. The person plant
ing the arrow in or nearest the heart will
be awarded the first prize of a small
bisque Cupid to the owner of the arrow
farthest from the mark a penwiper made
of heart-shaped leaves of felt will be pre
The arrows, which make pretty souve
nirs, may be made from large turkey
feathers. Strip the quill bare within two
inches of the tip. Cut off the end of the
quill and split the merest fraction of an
inch. Insert a small, round piece of cork
with a pin thrust thru it. Secure the
cork in the quill by wrapping tightly with
thread. Gild the entire quillpen and
thread, and spatter the feathered part
with gilt paint.
Partners may be found for supper by
filling a tissue paper bag with hearts, each
bearing the name of a girl. One of the
girls will be blinded and with a cane will
break the tissue covering. The hearts will
fall in a shower and the men will scram
ble for them and a partner.
The fortune cake has been stolen bodily
from Halloween but the silver heart baked
in it will foretell a marriage for love and
the thimble doom the finder to spinster
hood and .the silver coin a marriage for
Foreign Critics Are Told That American Women Stand for Evo-
lution Th.at Means the Better Rearing of a Few Children
Rather Than Families Poorly Provided for.
is gradually working its way up and up to a
Christian civilization. When the test comes, as
it has in the last few years, it is seen that the
nation becomes an example to the world.
The perpetual cry against the American woman
Is that she declines a large family. Perhaps
she had better emulate the example of the Fren\h
peasant woman, the mortality of whose children
reaches 145,000 per annum, and who know so
little of the profession of motherhood that
alarmed officials are at last about starting
classes to dissipate their ignorance as to the
proper care of infants. Or perhaps the Ameri
can should take the Englishwoman for her guide.
Perhaps, then, in the course of time, the streets
of New York might echo, as London streets did
regularly, to the tramp of 5,000 of the unem
ployed, who cried out for work. Or perhaps
she would be wise to follow the example of
the immigrant within our borders, who brings
up her brood of children In the tenements and
sets them in factories at the earliest possible
legal age, it being impossible for the parents to
To the American it appears more enlightened
and infinitely more humane than one, two or
three children should be carefully reared, and
that the mother's surplus energy and time
should be devoted, as it largely is, to philan
thropic or educational work outside of the home,
than that she should attempt the task, Impos
sible for one couple (unless endowed with ample
means and exceptional qualities, physical and
mental), of properly bringing up eight or ten
children. The day of the old-style housewife
has passed but what foreign critics do not ap
preciate that the American womannot the
butterflies, but the truly representativestands
for evolution and whether they like it or not,
Isadora Duncan, the California dancer,
that she shall have occasion to show her
Greek art at this year's Olympian games
at the Stadium. On account of the king's
and queen's patronage, Isadora is attract
ing so much attention that she was com
pelled to withdraw from the public dining
room and parlors of the hotel where she
is stopping. She is living here with her
brother, and studies the antique.
The wife of Governor T. B. Ferguson
of Oklahoma Is associate editor. of her
husband's paper, the Watonga Republican,
and ln his absences from home not only
assumes entire charge of the paper, but of
his political Interests as well. Indeed, she
accepted the appointment to the governor
ship for him. A telegram announcing his
appointment arrived when he was away
from home. Mrs. Ferguson sent a prompt
message of acceptance and thanks.
EU bet Blackwe
their idealized beauty and
ae neau that there are 7,899 women physicians and
surgeons in the United States.
TJSEFUT ITBSX-FLOOB BOOH.
A small, cosy sitting-room on the first floor
is a need often felt, but not always met in
modern homes. It may accomplish any of sev
eral pnrposes-*-of a reception-room for formal
occasions, a den or office for the masculine por
tion of the household, an evening study for
children or it may be adapted to the particular
requirements of a single member of the family,
or for general service. However tiny in size,
the usefulness of a room for such purposes Is as
sured, especially if It is provided with an open
'FEBRUARY 6, 1904.
tlc a I
aj^ Isolated from the parlor
promised, and dining-roomBUitably ^-u'^iBtW^^P^ki^W present Into blouses
THE SPRING GIRL AND
HER DRESSY SUITS
*---HE SPRING GIRL! Well, accord
I lng to the calendar she has not
I yet really arrived, but neverthe
less we hasten to welcome her and
extend to her our very cordial
The Spring Girl is a very different mani
festation from what her winter sister has
been, sartorially and otherwise. The long
coats, the dark, somber-colored cloths,
which distinguished the winter styles,
have all been laid aside, and the Spring
Girl blooms forth in the most fascinating
of little Eton 'jackets, ln entirely new
shapes in millinery, and new trimmings
besides. And as for the frilly things she
wears around her shoulders on the days
when the breezes may be a bit fresh,
well, they simply are the summary and
apotheosis of all the fascinating little
pieces that have gone before.
Upon her arrival, however, the Spring
Girl is likely to wear the darker tints she
has selected for her season's costumes,
making the change from the dark cloths
of the winter less abrupt. The color card
is truly springlike in its range and regis
ter. The dead white colorings are to take
seeond place to what are known as the
"off-color" whites, these including the
several ivory shades, old Ivory, burnt
ivory, and ivolre-champagnea new
French tint, the name of which well de
scribes it. The champagne tints, of
which we got just a sufficient hint last
season to make us desire more, are here,
and are truly artistic in their possibilities,
for they make charming backgrounds for
the trimming schemes, that are a feature
of the newer fashions.
All of the blues, especially those show
ing" a hint of cobalt, have met and are
meeting with a most enthusiastic accept
ance*. There Is one new tint in which both
blonde and brunette are sure to look well,
and that is just about the shade of the
wild blue hyacinth, appropriately known
as hyacinthine blue.
The browns, too, from the lightest cafe
au-lait down to the rich seal browns are
Included in the spring catalog of colors,
but as iight be expected the earth tones
are best liked. And right In line with
these come the spring greens. And such
greens I Truly they typify the return of
life to the earth. There are tender tones
of pale green, just the coloring we see
in-the pussy willow, and next to this on
the card is the willow green, just the tint
of the opening leaf buds, and the gamut
runs on thru the ptstache shade, the ap
ple green, the slightly deeper lettuce
green, the copper greens and Into the
deep emerald tint.
And the styles ln which these colorings
are shown are so totally different from
what we have been accustomed to all win
ter long that they will be hailed by the
fashionable dressers with joy.
The 18S0 modesso-calledare very
prominent ln the new spring gowns,, and
when cleverly manipulated can be made
to make the wearer look charmingly
quaint. The girl with the clever fingers,
she who delights to fashion many of her
own clothes, will have reason to bless that
fickle lady who rules the destinies of fash
ion, for these bouffant designs are much
easier of accomplishment for the amateur
dressmaker than were the severely plain
tailored styles that have prevailed .for so
long, and that really needed the tailor's
goose, and the tailor's strength back of It,
to make a frock look wen.
Developed either by the dressmaker or
the tailorand these latter gentry have
taken more than kindly to the fashions
which ruled in the days when Queen Vic-
A BLOUSE CHAPTER
Miss Agnes Mullen, who has lately been 1
appointed advertising manager for the perfectly consistent with good style anfi grade of linen.
Monon railroad, ls said to be the only
woman ln the world holding a similar po- very effective way of building serge, I chosen.
sition. In choosing advertising mediums, camel's hair, cheviot or any soft woolen White china silk can always be relied
Miss Mullen's woman's wit has proved of fabric, consists of a tucked blouse waist on to wash well, and liberty silk ls mak-
much value, and as a result of her work, (having a prominent epaulette yoke) and lng some exceedingly dainty blouses,
she has received many flattering offers.
a five-gored skirt.
The New York infirmary for women and used in simple designs to finish off the waist. If a little care is used It emerges
Tonrey of his beautiful wife. semicentennial, Dr. Blackweii wa shir waist and skir a her elde The Une*ns. ift
features of Mr. Torreys JgLgJ* JSX woman physician sistecomfortable does. Nothing else so pale tintslooking
ii celebrated last
founded fifty years ago by Dr. belt, cuffs and yoko. from many tubbings without damaging
toria was youngthese 1830 fashions ara
equally charming for all styles of wearer.
The tall girl looks well ln them, and her
short sister simply revels in the long,
straight lines which seem to fall almost
from the shoulders to the shoes, with
hardly a break between.
Looking as tho she had just stepped
from the frame of her grandmother's pic
ture is a recent bride who purchased her
trousseau from the most famous ateliers
in Paris. Her homecoming gown is of
champagne sicilienne, with a smooth,
silky surface. Over a lingerie blouse of
exquisite sheerness and trimmed with real
Bruges lace, the little coat, which, blouses
back and front, is caught into a deep
Alsatian belt of silk of exactly the same
tint,as the sicilienne. The deep silk girdle
is snugly featherboned to the figure, and
shows a very high, sharp point in the back
and a marked dip in front. And here Is an
Indication which the clever dresser will
nat be slow to notice, and that is that all
the belts and waists and coats must show
this dip ln front, the curve of the waist
line being quite marked and showing a
decided slope from the back to the front.
The skirt of this simple little frock
represents the true 1830 mode in that it
is deeply plaited to the waistband, the
width being but very little gored, and the
plaits about evenly distributed all around,
falling in straight, full folds to the feet.
One point which the clever dresser will
connote ln the new style, with Its extreme
ly long shoulder line, is the added neces
sity for a good dress shield, and this must
be very carefully sewn In, for with the
smaller armhole, which accompanies the
long shoulder, the shield Is much more
liable to slip, and must be firmly and cor
Another point which the thrifty French
makefor as a nation thrift is one of their
distinguiohlng characteristicsis the*, usei
of bindings of one kind or another onj
the hem of the skirt this as much for the|
protection of the very glossy black shoes1
now the mode as well as for that of the
In the millinery In which the Spring Girl
will appear radiant the one thing most ap
parent is the plume. Be it In ostrich, hv
coq or marabout, be it fashioned from
chenille, or ribbons or straw, there it Is
and cannot be overlooked. But the smart!
girl will take heed to the fact that the!
ostrich plumes are no longer curled stiffly
and tightly. Quite the contrary the long
flues are left uncurled for almost their en-.
tire length. And the shadingsfor the'"
one-tone feather ha taken a back seat
at the concourse of fashionable millinery'
In whjch these new plumes appear would
seem to be. practically endless. Thus one
plume seen on a smart hat of ecru lace
and geranium velvet showed a creamy yel
low one side of the quill and a rich Jac
queminot rose on .the other.
Those fascinating little shoulder pieces
to which the Spring Girl has accorded her
gracious smile usually take the shape of
long and broad scarfs, or else there is a
broadening over the shoulders which just
hints at a cape. And the fancy for tho
moment Is to have these double, one In
iridescent green coq featherswhich have
been restored to all their pristine favoij'
having a fluffy lining of swan's down, and
the fiat muff of the feathers Is lined
this soft, warm skin.
But no matter what her fads and what
her fancies, the Spring Girl of 1904 will
be more than welcome ln her quaint
frocks, her old-fashioned neckwear, and,
her richly simple but extremely becomingj
orate. Flannel and mercerized cottons *H
are smart for morning wear.
I Among the popular trimmings for aepa- H$
for young girls this! rate waists are appliques of lace or fine
three prominent characteris- passementerie, plain or fancy braids, and
comfortable, durable and light, light cloth, with or without embroidery,
I Owinhgt to the great choice among fabrics a good deal used, are les advisabl
I The heavy madrases
season, all of these good points are account of their bulk than a good heavy
1 for such a dress are -lace Braid in whit makes a desirable chemisetteis Pongeee
gk No thf censupracticing report and for a schoolquite wardrobeclean has tailorish affairs
crepe ae loulslnen
yet been discovered. 1 owing to the overheating of modern
Her "blouse" must of course be im- houses and offices, require nothing heavier
maculate, for the day of over-worn for the coldest days. The extra warmth
woolen waists Is happily passed. So many is supplied by a knitted woolen waistcoat
wash materials are being- made up
for this purpose that a large variety is
possible with a very small outlay.
Mercerized goods make the prettiest of
these winter waists. In these several col
orssuch as pale blues, pinks, tans, et
ceteraan in greatest favor, altho' plain
white Is always a good' choice.
Eolienne, sllencieuse, messalln-
ettSea*"1d an crepe de chine are all made up at
I Khaki In its odd natural color ls often
or by outside furs.
both plain and elab- of various sort*
especially If the
and Dutch blue, et cetera, make
CHANGE OP BILL. |J||||
Th* pumpkin pie steps down and uib-
No mote the Pastry Prince
Thanksgiving's gone and Christmas comes
AU hftnl to old King Mince.
Senator Money of Mississippi intrudced during
the first week of the extra session of congress
233 bills, more than 200 of which were for claims