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gold and silver which is used to trim
it. For the Mexican spares no ex
pense when it comes to his hat or his
The ordinary caballero wears a hat
which weighs from -six to eight
pounds. Again it depends upon the
The real swell sombrero is made
of felt, and hand made at that, by
some poor hombre's family, which re
ceives, say, two pesos for pressing
the felt into shape and repressing it.
Then the Mexico City or Guadala
jara or Chihuahua hat man gets it,
and does the rest.
The crown of the ordinary som
brero is from 16 to 20 inches high,
and the brim, if spread out flat, would
reach 10 inches, but, curled up as it
is, it doesn't cover the Mexican's
rather narrow shoulders.
The peons "wear straw hats sum
mer and winter if you can say there
is any winter in Mexico and their
hats are not worth 10 centavos, or 5
cents American, each.
"By jove, old chap, you're an hour
"That chauffeur of mine cannot
acGustom himself to disregarding
laws and ordinances!" Puck.
Postal employes in St. Paul, Minn.,
have organized a co-operative com
pany and opened a store with a view
of reducing for themselves the cost
WHOSE IS THE BLAME?
Twcnlittle girls, hardly in their teens, but put to work for low wages
in the tedium of SL' cheap shop in Philadelphia, had a half holiday the other
The neighbors say they were good girls but flighty and wouldn't you"
be flighty, too, if you had to stand all day and toil in a hot, stuffy room at an
age when children ought to be at play?
As they came out of their workplace for the week-end rest, an auto
mobile with two young men sped by a vision of ease and luxury to the tired
kids with feet aching from overstrain. That auto seemed like poetry, ro
mance; its occupants like fairy princes.
As it passed the girls looked up and smiled, the 'innocent smile of
youth for one of the fancies that youth has.
The auto swerved, turned and drew near; a ioneyed voice invited the
tired shop girls to enter for a pleasant ride home. It would have tempted
wiser folk. They entered, just for a ride home.
And here the cunning of the men appeared. They took the girls home
and at each home told the mother that the other mother had consented to
let her daughter go with the other daughter's friends for a longer ride into
the country. So to the country the two couples went, each mother sup
posing that the other mother knew the young men and all was well; and
each daughter thinking that, since mother sanctioned, it must be all right.
"What need to tell the sequel you have 'already guessed? A sequel of
shame and bitter tears, of mothers almost insane, of virgin innocence de
spoiled, of the public at last knowing all.
The law is on its way to punish those young men, one of them mar
ried. The law, however, does little, can do little, to prevent such sacrifices
at most it can do little while greed throws on the streets from stuffy work
shops thousands of underpaid, overtired, joy-starved little women to yearn
in unprotected innocence for cankerous pleasures seductively dangled be
fore them by human hyenas.
Whose is the blame?