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ing them, they are unreliable.
They are often like the scenery
of the stage; used to put up a big
front concealing the bare walls
"Poor clothes often cover
cleanliness and wholesomeness,
while expensive ones often cover
filthy bodies and the vilest dis
eases the human flesh is heir to;
neither do they indicate the purse
of the wearer.
"One last word Judge not by
the clothes, lest you get stung."
I am printing this from a man
who also says he will never
marry a girl who thinks a lot of
clothes," just to show how some
people read into my articles
things that are not there.
I have never advocated extrav
agant dressing, but one can judge
much of a woman from her
clothes. It is not necessary to
dress richly to dress becomingly
and in good taste. Indeed, some
times the richest-dressed girl is
most unbecomingly dressed, and
the man who observes closely
might see that a girl dressed in
this way is not only frivolous but
On the other hand, a girl with
very cheap materials can make
herself look very charming if she
takes plenty of time to keep her
clothes in good repair and of im
This is what I mean when I
quote fronj Shakespeare, "apparel
oft proclaims the man."
I also get rather tired of the
constant intimation that all rich
people are whited sepulchers, and
all poor people are saints. I am
much of the opinion of Theodore
Roosevelt, that you will find good
and bad in all classes of society,
and a rich man should be given
just as much respect as a poor
man, if he deserves it ; and by the
same token a rich girl should be
quite as much admired as a poor
one, if she deserves it.
Another chap seems to feel
that he is deceived because wom
en wear corsets, and says : "De
ceptive women expect men to ad
mire their corset-made forms."
As women dress nowadays, it
would be impossible for them to
be comfortable without a corset
or some kind of a wide belt to
keep their skirts from cutting the
flesh at the waist.
In olden time, even when wom
an's clothes hung from the shoul
ders, women after they had ma
tured, wore a cienture or belt be
low the bust. This has been put
to modern use in the straight
front lace corset which is not only
approved but recommended by
our best physicians.
It is the ambition of every girl,
nowadays, to look as though she
were uncorseted. The nearer she
can approach the normal nature'
lines, the more fashionable she is.
Visitor That's the village doc
tor, isn't it? Native Yes. Vis
itor Is he a good doctor? Native
Oh, he's all right if you've got
a strong constitution.
"Is he a finished musician?"
"He came near being one fast
night the neighbors chased him
the whole length of the street."