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THE TIMES, SUNDAY, AUQUST ll, 1895v
1 METS FLOIEBS
Mrs. Cleveland Prefers the Mod
est Little Pansy.
CHOIOE OF CABINET LADIES
Mrs. IJiShell Loves IIjo Kose MrH.
Smith Admires ilieBloonis ottlio
South aiWsUerbort'rMasiiolla Fad.
Mr-H. Brlco Favors tho American
Beauty Costly Decorations.
"Pansy for roniembrance."
"Who will not remember the lady ot the
"White House -when fcpeaking other favorite
flower! Taken from her home in a quiet
country town, and elevated to her proud po
BiUon ot first lady ot the land, the girlish
wife of the President ot the United States
has -won the admiration of the whole -world
by her quiet dignity, "which has preserved
Intact the sacredncis of her home.
The pansy, Mrs. Cleveland's favorite
flower, has seemed emblematic of herself.
Beautiful in its varied charms, yet so lowly
and seeming to shrink from the vulgarity
Mrs Cleveland has chosen well her favor
ite flower It Is quiet, unobtrusive, flour
ishes best in sheltered places, and needs
loving care to perfect Its charms. Favorito
onc loves for its own Mveet characteristics,
yet its day is so short-lived, like an unap
preciated genius. It struggled for 3 ears
for recognition, then its purity and fragrance
won itplace despite its lowly origin.
However great the love many may bear
the tiny fragrant bloss-om, it must remain
sacred for personal adornment; for house
hold purposes it would be lost
Mrs Linden Kent, who afterward became
the wife of Justice White, displayed most
pointedly her love for the violet. "When her
engagement to Justice "White was firt being
guessed by her numerous friends Mrs. Kent
was still wearing shadowy weeds. Every
evening she drove to the Capitol for the
Juutire, the only relief to her bomber garb be
ing a huge bunch of purple or white violets,
and the Judge, it was often noticed, before
reaching her home, was similarly decorated,
though on a smaller scale.
THE DAINTY VIOLET.
As a table decoration the violet admits
ot no dlsplny that adds to the table effects,
yet the first luncheon Mrs. Kent gave in
honor of her fiance, to which but few of her
most intimate friends were invited, the
table was daintily decorated with lilies
or the valley, violets, and maidenhair fern.
The broad ribbons wero of exquisitely
dainty shades of violets.
Mrs BlSbell is accredited with prefer
ring the meteor rose, a dark blood-red rose,
with deepvelvety petals. Itisanewvnrlety
of red, and when it cannot be obtained the
La France is substituted.
Mrs Blksell is a large, handsome woman,
accomplished and cultivated, with broad
news, and her favorite flower is in keeping
with her character.
Mrs Hoke Smith Is intensely Southern
in her whole nature She loves her home,
the loves the South, she loves Us traditions,
and she loves Us flowers At the first
Cabinet dinner given by her the decorations
are described as beautiful and unique in
the extreme. Camellas, a purely Georgia,
exotic, were expressed to her from her old
home These flowers are very beautiful,
but extremely stiff and do not readily
lend themselves to the artist's fancies.
However, from the center of the ceiling
to the outer walls, long feathery sprays of
Oiparagus vine were festooned, forming a
lanopy, into which was interwoven the
flower of the South. Each guest'splace was
tncircled by a crescent, the points coming
lo the edge of the table, and being two
leet from point to point gave ample room.
From the points at the edge of the table
fell long ends of pale green ana white rib
bons. The crescents were made of wire
and were about three Inches wide at tho
broadest point. They were filled with
llllies of the valley and dainty white flow
ers, and the circular space Inclosed al
lowed plenty of room for the plate, glasses
and other adjuncts of a dinner party.
There were alternate squares and dia
mond pieces filled with lillies of the
valley ferns and mignonette. The center
piece, a tall epergne of silver, is an heirloom
and was similarly decorated. It is tall
enough to avoid obstructing the view from
one to the other side of the table.
Mrs. Smith uses white flowers almost
exclusively, although at times she has a
little pink or yellow.
FAVORITE OF MRS. BRICE.
Mrs. Brlce favors American Beauty "roses,
but loves novelty and change. At one
luncheon last winter the rarest purple
orchids, representing a small fortune, dec
orated the table and hung from odd niches
In the walls.
Miss Herbert loves southern flowers and
carried her fad to the extreme last whiter.
Bho wanted magnolias, which could not
be procured so far away from her southern
home. To Indulge the whim she sought
an expert and had a quantity executed In
wax. Tho decorator was In despair, every
touch mutilated the frail conceptions, and
the effect was stiff and disappointing.
Outside of her preference for the mag
nolia, Miss Herbert fancies brigbtrcolored
flowers, that act as a foil to her own dainty
Mrs. John II. MoLean prefers the large
Kalserine, or Victoria Augusta rote. This
it a new variety of creamy white rose, and
thestems can be obtained nearly a yard long.
It Is the most perfect and beautiful rose
known "When Mrs. McLean wishes to
vary the decorations of her entertainments
he selects the American Beauty, and likes
She also possesses a keen admiration for
palm's, and is a lover of wild flowers, using
them in preference to anything else when
they can be procured. Fruit tree blos
soms are a fad with her.
Mrs. Baker, of Connecticut avenue, pre
fers the American Beauty or the deep red
Mrs Hazeu loves roses of any kind, and
raries the color according to the decora
tions of the tableTbr the gowns she intends
wearing at any particular fete. In the
tpring she affects wild flowers and fruit
tree blossoms, to which are added the
Harden almond blossom and St. Peter's
Mrs. Grail Parke always uses La France
roses and maidenhair fern. In the spring
the particularly admires Jonquils.
Mrs Judge Cox uses the Marechal Neil
rose at all times in preference to any other
Cowers, and the table decorations are
tenerally Jn hemionlzing tones of cream,
pale yellow or dainty green.
The French minister and Mme. Patenotre
use the deep red Jacqueminot rose with
deep red ribbons and luxuriant quantities
of asparagus Tine and smllax. Mrs. Pat
enotreisrarclywithoutabuncholtbeseroses n her dressing table.
Mrs. Col. Hay prefers pink tulips, and
will order them several months ahead for
ny particular fete. Small Jardlneres
f Kiaideuhalr fern with the pink tulips
LOVES ALL YELLOW ONES.
ICrs. Maxwellloves yellow flowers, white
ftad yellow ohryanthemumfl, yellow lilies,
jonquils, any of tho yellow varlotieB of roses,
and while s4 uses white very often, aho
prefers tho golden brightness of blossoms.
Mrs. Leitershowaa partiality for American
beauties, but uses flowers sparingly. She
prefers the richnesrof gold and silver plate
and cut glass to floral decorations.
Mrs. Carlisle always ubcs white or pink
flowers, and shows a decided preference for
the La Franco Rose. She is the possessor
of a number of raro .cut-glass vases, old
heirlooms, which are highly prized and
could not be duplicated. She admires long
stemmed roses, and likes to see them ar
ranged with artistic, careless, grace, droop
ing over the vases. At lunch favors Eho
often uses one single handsome rose with
tho long pink or white ribbon bearing tho
Mrs. Boardman 1b a lover of jonquils
and the first of the season find a welcome
in her home.
Notwithstanding the preference a society
leader may entertain for any particular
flower, the decorations vary with the sea
son. Mrs. McLnn, Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs.
Col. naysargreatlovcrsof wild flowers.and
in tho early spring, forest and field are
ransacked to indulge the whim.
Mrs. Don Cameron is a lover of white
ross, but when the daisies are in bloonl her
homo is showered with the6tar-eyedflowers
of tho field. Easter lilies, too, have a
charm for her.
Mrs. Senator Murphy uses tho American
beauty, and the varieties of the brJde
rose. At the wedding of her daughter in
Uie spring to Mr. Hugh J. Grant, the rarest
of white orchids wero used in profusion
together with small white flowers. Car
nations and bride roses formed the huge
marriage bell under which the bride and
groom stood. The table was elaborately
decorated, exclusively with Kaiserlne and
THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
Mrs. Tom L. Johnson never uses any
flowers but the American beauty. At.her
dinners and receptions they are banked
iu the drawing-rooms and everywhere.
She uses smilax iu profusion also. At a
tea given by her winter before last, every
giiffel was. presented with a beautiful rose.
Over six hundred were distributed in this
way besides tho quantities reserved Tor
the household decoration.
Mrs. Fitzhugh Coyle aud her daughter,
Mrs. Dr. E. K. Goldsborough, are among
the most exclusive of the ultra fashion
able 6et. Both ladies have exquisite taste
and personally supervise the decorations
of their tables. Much of tho plate and cut
glass are heirlooms, and tho more modern
odd pieces havo been collected principally
during various contenental trips.
Mrs. Coyle's favorite flower is the Mare
chal Neil rose, while Mrs. Goldsborough pre
fers the La France. The flower of tho sea
son, and at its most perfect stage, is gen
erally selected by them for auy contem
At a luncheon given by Mrs. Golds
borough early in the spring tho decorations
wero lilies of the valley and violets, with
knots of pale green and violet ribbons and
a profusion of asparagus vine. The effect
was dainty in the extreme.
Mrs. Draper, wife of the Representative
from Pennsylvania, entertains her friends
in one of the handsomest homes in "Wash
ington. Mrs. Draper is a devotee of the
Kaiserino rose. Her dining-room is sin
gularly elegant in its appointments, and
possesses an unique beauty unequalled by
any i n "Washington. It is furnished entirely
in white jnd gold, and the decorations
are always in perfect harmony.
Mrs. Draper potseftes an entire dinner
set of gold as well as ono of silver. "When
the former is uted the decorations are of
Kaiserine roses aud asparagus vine. Wltti
the silver she uses delicate shades of pink
roses, preferabjy the American Beauty.
At the wedding of .her. daughter.. Miss
Edith, to Mr. Montgomery Blair, several
large cities contributed the Kaiserlne roei?,
with which the whole house was decorated.
Many society ladies even though enter
taining a decided preference for any one
flower, enjoy the varieties. At one very
elegant spring luncheon the table and
dining-room were banked with sweet pea
blossoms from the pureettwhno to the deep
A story has leaked out where a navy
officer's wife carried a fad a little too far.
She is an extravagant lover of nautical de
vices, and oftentimes uses them in a rather
eccentric manner. On the occasion alluded
to she had an enormous anchor made en
tirely of white rosebuds and carnations.
This was laid on a long, narrow mirror.
The hostess was gowned entirely in white,
and as she ushered her guests into the
dining-room, one rather more sensitive to
externals than the others whispered: "It
looks like a catafalquel"
The guests imbibed the depressing sug
gestion, but the hostess could not under
stand the gloom that settled over her Triends
and robbed them of appetite and zest.
Tho appointments both in preparation
and manner of serving were perfect, yet
thedelicate confections werehardly touched.
As they departed ono remarked that "it
was simply awful."
Several weeks passed before the hostess
realized the mistake her eccentricity had
led her to make, and it is safe to say she
will use no more nautical emblems tinged
with funeral suggestions at her luncheons.
A JUtAVE LITTLE BOY.
Traffic, and Pathetic Story of n Poor
Here is a tragic as well as pathetic pic
ture Bhowing something ot the hard, barren
lives of the children of the poor, not only
in New York, but in other great cities.
It is taken from the New York Tribune:
Henry Bauer, eight years old, living in
Front street, was found dead in bed on
Wednesday night by his father, who came
home from work at 8 o'clock.
Tho lad's death was pathetic. Ills
mother died four months ago and tho
father was not willing to send his children
to any institution. Henry and his two
sisters, both younger than himself, kept
house as best they could.
They were lonely without their mother
aDd littlo Henry who assumed charge of
the little girls worried and pined over his
hard lot. There was no escaping it,
howover, and every day he gave them their
dinner, kept them as tidy as posible aud
wondered if he should ever have a good
"Wednesday afternoon he told Mrs. "Weig
and, a neighbor who had shown a fond
ness for him that his head ached badly.
"I guess I'm going to bo Bick, Mrs.
"Weigand," said he, "and mamma isn't
here to take care ot me. "Who'll take
care of of them?" he asked, his eyes
filling with tears and his face growing
Mrs. "Weigand told him to lie down and
rest and his little Bisters would be taken
care of all right.
"When you wake up your headache will
be gone," said she, good-humoredly.
He crawled into bed with his clothes on
and went to Bleep and when he woke up
It was with his "mother." When his
father called his name at 8 o'clock there
was no response.
"Henry's asleep, papa," said the young
Tho father lighted tho gas and went
to the bedside of the motionless boy.
Odo look at the pale face showed him
that littlo Henry's complainings had been
well grounded. Death is supposed to
hare been due to eonie brain trouble.
TTp to His Business.
Mr. Magnate I wanL to get a steward
for my yacht Have you had any experi
ence? Applicant Yes, sir. I havo been a
bar-koepor for thres years. Detroit Freo
How Deception by the Gas Com
pany Can Be Prevented.
Mi EASY PLAN SUGGESTED
It Changes in the Lighting Schedule
"Wore Published in tho Morning:
Papers Citizens Could Bo on the
Lookout Police Should Bo More At
tentive to .Reporting Dark Lamps.
Tbo Washington Gas Light Company
has heretofore been practically keeping
Its own account of their lighting and extin
guishing of street lamps on moonlight
nights. Tho Times this morning suggests
a means by which citizens can prevent de
ception being practiced aud charges made
against tho city for gas not burned.
Tho city is furnished gas at tho rate of
$20.50 par lamp for 3,000 hours of light
lug each year. It was thought in Juno
that tho Commissioners had found a law
by which terms more nearly aB favorable
as obtained by other cities from their gas
companies intolit bo wrung from the mo
nopoly that dictates to Washington.
This law gave the Commissioners tho
right lo fix the price of gas for public use,
and as the law under which tho contract
is made says merely that not more than
20.50 shall be paid, it was supposed that
the Commissioners would be at liberty to
fix the price at any flguro below $20.50.
But when the law was put before Attor
ney Thomas he decided that It was wholly
superseded by the enuclmcnt under which
the lighting Is now done, and the Commis
sioners had no discretion.
SAME Pit ICE AS BEFORE.
Accordingly the terms in force for sev
eral years past were on July 1 ullowed
to continue for the current year.
Ab there is not money enough appropri
ated lo keep all-the lamps lighted all night
under the exorbitant rates thus exacted,
tho Commissioners provide a schedule of
lighting for each month which takes ad
vantage ot every moment of twilight and
dawn, and then on moonlight night Super
intendent of Lamps Allen is directed to
order the lights extinguished as soon as tho
moon Is up unless there are indications of
rain. The time thus saved is credited to
the city and is available for use at any otlier
There arc three meansby which theauthor
Hies keep track of the actual time of lighting
and extinguishing lamps. First, there
are inspectors to report when lamps are
found unlighted at hours when they are
scheduled to be lighted, and then ihopolico
are furnished with schedules and directed
lo watch the matter, and finally citizens
arc expected to report lamps found unlight
ed. This works reasonably well when the
schedule Is adhered to. Policemen aud citi
zens, as well as inspectors, are on the look
out, and there can be uo general disregard
of the hours fixed.
ON MOONLIGHT NIGHTS.
But 'when the moon Bhincs tho time ot
lighting Is not named by Supt. Allen till
late in tho afternoon, usually about' 5 p.
in., and then no notico Is given either
to the police or the inspectors. If tho
night appears likely to bestormy tho sched
ule is loft unchanged, and the city Is charged
with the full night's burning of gas. Tho
policeman, Inspector, and oitizen never
knows whether this Is theorder or not.
It ib an easy thing for the gas company,
if an evening that was stormy at 5 p. m.
becomes fair at 7, to order the gas ex
tinguished in large sections of the city,
and thus transfer hundreds of dollars from
the city's bank account to its own with
out furnishing any gas in return. The In
spector and others interested notice that
the lamps are not burning, but as the moon
Is shining they suppose that it Is by or
der or Supt. Allen, and make no report.
Again, it very frequently happens that
Supt. Allen orders the lamps out when ap
pearances at 5 o'clock are for a fair night,
and a storm comes up afterward, shroud
ing the city in darkness, as often reported
by The Times. So that if tho lights aro
out even when there is a storm on a
night calendared for moonlight, the mat
ter is not reported, because it is sup
posed Supt. Allen has simply been de
ceived again. Under these conditions the
whole account is left solely in the hands
of the gas company.
GEN. WHITAKER'S EXPERIENCE.
What the pas company is capable of doing
when left to its own devices is shown by
the experience of Gen. E. W. Whitakerin
1883. A bill for $S.0u was rendered him
for January. Be was sure ho had not
used so much, aud went to tho office to
protest. He was met with shuffling state
ments at first, but was finally assured
brazenly that his bill was correct, and ho
must pay it. He was about to give up
when a plan suggested itself by which he
proved that the bill rendered had been
made out from a meter that was never in
in his house at all.
This, with other instances, does not
prove wrong intent, but it shows a singu
lar carelessness that results in a gain to
the company. Similar carelessness, whero
hundreds of lamps are concerned, would
mean a very large loss to the city.
A remedy is suggested. Let the change
In the schedule on nights when tho moon
is expected to shine be put in the hands of
the police aud tho inspectors, and have
"Have you hoard that Deowlah has lost his voioe?" '
"Yes. Aron't you Borry?" - .
"No. Why, I wrote, and congratulated him." f Stv Paul's,
them instructed to uso extra precautions
to report unlJghted lripips Again let the
change In sehednlo oe published la tho
morning papers so lbu interested citi
zens who may have observed the previous
evening can toll in the morning whether
anything was wrong. Many of the police
pay very little attention and some of
them scarely know "whether there are any
as lamps on their beats. For throe weeks
ending yesterday there was only one station
where lights wore reported not lighted,
although itis known that fifty at one tlmo
were dark, whou they' should have been
GAS BARONS DON'T CARE.
"Washington is, however, as well off as
Tohlck and Now Alexandria, Va. That is
perhaps as much as may bo hoped for from
tho barons of tho gaa monopoly. Why
they do not caro to afford to do any bet
ter is shown by figures from a report to
tho Senate. This says:
"It ia admitted by tho officers of the
company that since , Its organization it
has jiaid out of its earnings in dividends
to its -stockholders 58,201,812. Or
this sum there havo been declared and
paid sluco January 1, 1866, nine dividends,-'
amounting to tho sum of $5,690,062."
It is difficult to resist the suspicion
arising from an examination of tho sums
alleged as increase of capital stock from
1872 to 1S83, aggregating '$800,000,
that thoy represent nothing else than stock
dividends, however, called in addition to
tho largo mouoy dividends from time to
tlmo declared and paid by tho company.
Otherwise wo would have the remarkable
fact that this company increased its capi
tal stock at ono tinio $29,666, at another
$59,1-12, at anothor $56,376, at another
$275,158, at another $408, at another
$123,305, at anothor $5,650, at another
123,080, at another $2,215, at anothor
What Btress ot financial difficulty could
havo led this company in 1877'tolncrease its
capital $108, in 1879 $5,650, in 1881
$2,215, in 1883 $1,100, is beyond
POKERSTOK3TFHOM NEW JERSEY.
"Why Four Players Divided the Stakes
Equally Anion;; Themselves.
A straight flush in the great American
game of draw poker Is such a rarity that
the person holding it is regarded as one
of the most fortunate and blessed of
mortals, says the Summit, N. J., Record.
Devotees of that game will peruse the fol
lowing story with incredulity, but its
absolute authenticity can be veriried by
at least ten thoroughly reliable witnesses:
A party of four players entered a place not
a thousand miles from Summit one night
this week and prepared to enjoy a few
hours of recreation at their favorite game.
Another game in progress at the time was
full, so the four players were obliged to
start at an adjoining table.
The "jack pot" came around, each of
the four players filled in and the game
proceeded. -The cards, igulation pack,
fifty-two cards, were cut fey the player to
the right of the dealer afud dealt out in
the regular manner. The first player to
the left of the dealer, opened the "jack
pot" and each succeeding player in turn
raised. The limit was & cents and the
players are usually HghLJjSi.'tterslso that the
raising and lively chipping in before the
draw created considerable surprise. When'
the dealer prepared to serve the cards for.
the draw eacii of the "Players stood "pat"
ond the betUng again started.""
When each of the rfiajers hod chipped,
in $10 it was decided to stop the betting,
as that amount had never before been
wagered on a game Injttiqplnce and none
of the players could afford lo risk a greater
amount. When the hands were shown some
of the players almost succumbed to heart
disease, for there lay feu straight flushes,
one of each suit and all running from four
to eight. The pot was divided and the cards
were carefully put? a"wAy"in a case to be
preserved as a reminder of the greatest
poker hands ever held In this section aud
probably in the United States.
BRAINS AND BEAUTY".
A1 Fow" VT ell-known "Women Who.
Prove an Assertion Fale.
The ancient belief that blue stockings
were always attenuated, wore blue goggles
and that well-educated women were
necessarily plain and unattractive, is re
ceiving many rude shocks nowadays. Oue
English papernotlces with surprise thatMiss
Grace Chisholm.a young woman of Britain,
who has just been made a Ph. D. by the
University of Gottingen, is remarkably hand
some and artistic. The Figaro, of Paris,
Incommentin g upon Miss Phiilippa Fa wcett,
the lady senior wrangler of Englaud, de
clared her to be for a wonder extremely
"chic," while in our own land such bril
liant lights as Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer,
Mme. Albert!, Miss Evangeline Hathaway,
Miss Katberlne D. Blake, Mrs. Miriam
Grcely, Mrs. Ellzabttfh Blsland Whetmore
or Miss Grace Gould would be notable
for their physical beauty if they had not
already gained distinction by their in
tellectuality. Dr. Sargent, it is said, re
marks that the American college women
are the finest specimens of physical beauty
extant, and he probably Is as good an
authority on the subject as we can have.
Tho Trolley Car Fender.
Philadelphia seems to have got hold of a
trolley car fender that fends. That is tq say,
a fender which lifts the unwary to safety
Instead of squashing him. It is called the
pick-up fender, and the Philadelphia Trac
tion Company reports that during themouth
of July sixteen persons were picked up on
its various lines. Buffalo Times.
The Men to Blame.
"What makes some girls look young bo
"The men are to blame. They won'tpro
pose." Exchange. - -
PEEPS INTO IE HOUSES
More About the Cosy Corners
to Be Found There.
STEWAET CASTLE HALLWAY
Historic Possessions ot tho Brazilian
Mlnlstor Mrs. Hulllday's Churm
ing Homo Decorated by Herself.
Old Corcoran Mansion Bountifully
Transformed by Mrs Calvin Brico.
The subject of the cozy nooks and corners
of the fashlonablo homes of Washington
is a seemingly inexhaustible one, as well
as one replete with interest not only to the
people of Washlngtou, but tothosegenerally
throughout the States, bceauBoot the prom
inence of the Washingtonlaue included in
this aud the preceding article on this sub
ject. Ail lands have coutrlbuted in this particu
lar to the prominent fashionable houses of
Washington. Every quarter of the globe
has been scoured to add its quota, and this
not only from the beaten highways, but
tho out-ot-the-way places and little trav
eled countries have been ransacked in the
desire to secure unique aud really valuablo
furniture, hangings, and bric-a-brao. Tho
cathedrals and monasteries ot the old world
havo parted with their treasures in the way
of paintings and rare old altar-pieces in ex
change for the mighty Americau dollar,
which In turn has been instrumental in
bringlug these things to Washlugton for
tho adornment of the many elegant homes
that year by year are steadily on the in
crease., MORE CAREFUL SELECTION.
Tho power ot all this on the public taste
Is having a most perceptible effect. There
is far less trash now sold in tho shops un
der tho name ot decoration than formerly.
The people are showing greater discrimi
nation; tho public taste, educated through
the refinement aud faultless taste of mauy
of the promlncut householders whose horoee
are open ou certain reception days during
the season, is demanding better things
in the line of decoration than it did a few"
While in every case tbo householders, tho
people of wealth who have becu enabled
to gratify theJr passion in this matter
of surrounding themselves with every re
finement and luxury, have done so from
a more or less selfish point ot view, they
have nevertheless been philanthropists
in a way, and all unconsciously have been
contributing their quota to tho molding
of the public taste.
This is especially true of the official
element in society, including the Sena
tors' and Representatives' houses, In which
the public generally is at liberty to call
upon regular weekly reception days.
Senator Stewart's residence on Du
pont circle, generally called Stewart Cas
tle, since It was remodeled and taken pos
session of lastseason, ranks high among
the most attractive of the Washington
homes. It abounds In cosy nookB and cor
ners, and withal it Is so elegantly fur
nished throughout, but a homelike look
that Is its chiefest charm. The hangings
were brought from abroad, many of them
having been secured in the far East durius
the trip around the world made by Mrs.
Stewart, with her daughters, several years
MR. STEWART'S CHARMING nALL WAY.
The great circular hallway, instead of
resembling the howling wilderness it did
when the Chinese legation occupied tho
house, is now one of the most attractive
nished with carved teakwood brought
from India for this purpose. The appear
ance generally is distinctively foreign,
unlike that to be found elsewhere in
Washington, and yet it is as distinctively
attractive. There are brlght-hued silken
cushions, low couches, here and there;
divans in the corners, almost priceless
hangings from the Orient before the por
tieres to the many doorways leading from
this circular hallway, from which the
broad stairway winds upward, forming
balconies at every landing clear to tho
dome, from which the light falls through
Mrs. Stewart owns one of the most
unique services of openwork gold, inlaid
with silver, to be found in America. It
has but a single duplicate in the world,
and that Is owned by the governor gen
eral of India.
The Brazilian Minister and Mme. Men
douca have the distinction of having had
hung upon their walls some of the rarest
aud most valuable paintings ever bought
for auy private collection in this country.
The greater number of these were sold oft
several years since by the minister In order
to give place to some newer ones, as well
as other styles of decoration.
MINISTER MENDONCA'S HOME.
The minister is a man of vast wealth, by
far the richest member of the diplomatic
corps, indeed one of the richest in Washing
ton. He has had for years the fancy for
collecting the furniture of certain famous
historic periods, and immediately upon
taking possession of his present residence
on the corner of Connecticut avenue and N
street, fitted up one of the rooms, not only
in the style ot the first empire, but with
the veritable furniture that had graced some
of the most famous of tho French salons
at that period.
In one of the drawing rooms every article
is a memento of Napoleon, even to the
furniture. On one of the tables is a Dresden
china inkstand onceowncd by Marie Louise,
from which she is supposed to have written
love letters to Napoleon. It history has
been correct upon this point those love let
ters must have been few aud far between,
by no means so frequent or ardeut as tho
ones received by him from various other
sources at that same time.
There is also a haudsomely inlaid piano,
upon which the fingers of Marie Louise once
rested to call forth their melody. This
piano was used last winter at the series
of symphony concerts given by the minister
and Mme. Mendonca.
Undoubtedly within the next few years
the present furnishings of these rooms
will all be changed, as Senor de Mendonca
has others equally as valuable, even from a
historic standpoiut, stored away in a ware
house waiting an opportunity to be brought
out and used.
MRS. nALLIDAT'S ARTISTIC HOUSE.
Mrs. Ed ward Halllday's house on N street
is beautified with numerous evidences of
hor skill as an artist. Tho most prominent
ot these are the friezes to tha drawing
room, tho library and tho dining room. In
the first ot these apartments tho friezo
Is of cupids reveling among roses, with
white-winged doves flying hither and yon
In the library, leading out from the dra wing
room, the frieze represents birds of vari
ous kinds among tropical growths ot palms
and foliage. In tho dining room the friezo
la appropriately of gamo.
When this was first completed some years
slnce.shortly aftor Mr. and Mrs. Halliday
had first taken possession of their house,
they gave a fancy ball lo celebrate tho
achievement. On tho drawing room walls
hang a fine collection of paintings of for
eign artists, and about the apartments aro
countless rare and valuablo things gath
Mr and Mrs. Halliday have a summer
home at Sackelt'a Harbor and another at
Tuxedo. Between those two they spend J
tho spring and summer, not returning to
their Washington rcsidenco until lata in
Senator and Mrs. Brlce have a fancy for
tho collection of miniatures, a large
number of which thoy havo about one ot
the drawing rooms in tables and various re
ceptacles arranged for. this purpose. Tho
largest number of them is contained In a
deeply-set table, the top and sides of which
arc of plato glass in order to allow a better
Bight of the miniatures.
SENATOR BRICE'S PALATIAL HOUSE.
When they took possession of the old
Corcoran house on Lafayette Square several
years since and completely remodeled the
interior, it was thought by Washington
society that the old time charm of the
place would be destroyed, So far from
this being the case, however, the changes
and alterations have been vastly more
ot an Improvement than thoso accustomed
to the former appearance of the place
could ever havo imagined possible.
It is throughout a splendid example of
woman's work as the decorations and
furnishings were douo entirely under
the direct supervision of a woman. Miss
Tillinghast, of New York, who was given
carte blanche in tho matter, and herself
prepared tho designs for each room.
Perhaps the coziest part ot the house,
that is, on the main floor, is the crimson
corridor at the rear, through which the
guests enter and pass to the drawing
rooms beyond. This corridor is luxuri
ously furnished with cushioned seats,
and is one of the favorito gathering places
of the family, especially in the mornings
when the day's plans aro being talked over.
Iu the bay-window overlooking the garden
Is Mrs. Brlce'a desk with all tho Uttio
dainty accessories now so i ndlspensablo
for the fashlonablo woman In this respect
Opposite the desk is a divan effect, and
in season when tho family are occupying
the house there are always sure to be seve
ral palm3 and blooming plants to giva
the place added attractiveness.
EX-SENATOR MCPHERSON'S WATER
Ex-Senator and Mrs. McPherson's house
on Vermont avenue has about as creditable
a collection ot water colors as is to bo
found anywhere in Washington. These
havo been gathered by Mrs. McPherson
during her travels abroad, and are for the
most part sea views, with fino effects of
coast aud sky. Several with windmills,
showing strongly marked against the back
ground of sky and sand dungs, proclaim
themselves even at a distance the work of
the Holland and Flemish artists, whoso
names are affixed far down in one corner.
One ot tho coziest, most attractive
portions ot Mrs. Julian James' house on
Twentieth and R streets, is the broad hall
way, which is fitted up more like a room
than would havo been possible with the
majority of houses by reason of tho fact
that the entrance la on the ground floor.
Tho light rails through a splendid stained
glass window, beneath which is a cush
ioned seat, near which stands a gilded
On this harp Ib hung a most valuable
collection ot miniatures from all parts of
Europe, the arrangement ot them in this
manner giving a most curiously foreign ef
fect to the harp. Every nook and corner
ot the hallway has been taken
advautago of to produco there
from the most artistic appearance
possible, divans and. -cushioned seats com
ing in for a large share in this respect. Tho
furniture of the drawing-room is for the
greater part of ebony, carved as well as of
the openwork kind. In winter rich portieres
and tall lamps add to the general effect.
ELEGANT, YET HOMELIKE.
Mrs. Augustus Cleveland Tyler's bouse
on Farragut square is a place throughout
replete with cosy nooks and corners. It
Is moreover essentially homelike in lbs
effect nothstanding the elegance of tho
furnishings. There are deep cushioned
divans, luxurious chairs and modernized
soras supplied with the downiest pillows
esconsed on which one could, with an inter
esting book, pass hours withoutdeairingeven
to shift the position.
Over the doorway of. the little room
leading out from the drawing room on the
east hangs a gilded Cupid, whose out
stretched hands hold back the hea,vy
silken draperies. It is in this room that
Mrs. Tyler receives her Intimate friends in
formally in the afternoons before the
beginning ot tbo regular season and serves
tea to them from the exquisitely set tea
table at the side of a divan covered with
The mantels of the drawing room are of
white wood, which Is used with good effect
as a background for some rare miniatures
in gold frames surmounted with coronets
and true-lovers' knots, us they chanced to
have been picked up abroad or in this coun
try. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Henderson's home,
"Boundary Castle," is quite one or tho
show-places in Washington. The hallway
is unique, having been built after plans
drawn for that purpose by Mrs. Henderson
from the Alhambra some yearssince.
RESEMBLES THE ALHAMBRA.
It is full of Moorish fretwork and fine
effects of Eastern coloring that at once dis
tinguish it from tho mass of houses in fash
ionable life. Much of the painting has been
done by Mrs. Henderson, who, in addition
to her talent as an architect combines that
of the true artist.
There Is a picture gallery in Boundary
Castlo that has some very valuable can
vasses hanging on the walls. Many of them
havo taken prizes at tho salons abroad.
Hon. Francis Colton, who was formerly
United States consul to Venice, has now
gathered in his new home on Connecticut
avenue, one of the most valuable collec
tion of curios and valuables things in the
way, not only of decoration, but of fur
nishiugs to be seen within the District
limits. The little reception-room on the
left of the entrauco is fitted up in Turkish
style, so that the general effect is that of a
glimpse into a corner ot a seraglio.
In the library the broad doorways aro
given an added depth by the arrangement
of woodwork down the sides, ou which
are arranged book shelves, while the top
is utilized as a shelf, on which is placed
some unusually fine pieces of bric-a-brac.
Scattered about on tho library table are
rare bits of bronze and curious littlo
carved crucifixes and similar bi ts of
Venetian old-timo workmanship.
The paintings are all from abroad and
well worth the trouble taken to secure and
bring them to this country.
Nixon Believes In the Valkyrie.
The reasoning by which Mr. Nixon is led
to doubt the Defender's power to retain the
America's cup in this country Is very
simple. The Britannia has outsailed the
Vigilant many times: tie flew Valkyrie
has defeated the Britannia with ease;
but as the Defender has been able only
barely to defeat the Vigilant the Defender
must be only equal to the Britannia, and
therefore inferior to the new Valkyrie.
New York Herald.
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Man on Horseback Hallo I old man, given
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Man on Foot Well, tho fact is, my
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Man on Horseback Buy a straw hat.
She I've had no use for you since you
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He And I've had no use for the muH
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