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For young people crepons and silt Mus
lim trimmed with lace and set off with satin
ceintnres in delicate tones are in great
vogue ior ball dresses and for evening wear.
In one instance I saw an exquisite toilet lor
a young person, which, contrary to the
usual dictum 'that flowers belong to the
twenties, feathers to the thirties, and lace
to the forties, was beautifully trimmed with
a light, fluffy feather ruche encircling the
bottom of the gown and running up the side
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A. Pretty Ball Press.
to the waist This ball toilet is partially
pictured in the illustration. At the
shoulder there was a bunch of the feather
trimming, which was in cream white, while
the gown itself was of a delicious pale
The floral ornaments of ballgowns are
geraninms, Persian lilac, heather, eglantine
and hydrangea. Pearls are all the rage. If
you can afford the real gems, so much the
better for vou, but the imitations are good
enough for some of us. Anyway, you can
hardly use too many of them. They should
be worked into the berthas and twists of
thin material which are applied to the
edges of corsages, and they may also be
sen over the dress itself.
A pearl necklace made up of three or
four strands is very good in its way, but the
modish thing is the dog collar, and it brings
out the beauty of a fine skin in a most de
lightful manner. I don't suppose I need
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OXFORD SUMMER MEETING.
There were six of us. "We were Exten
fioners. It was Oxford in the summer time.
"We were all teachers, except Bet, whose
real name was Bethany. Bet was an artist.
Three of us taught in high schools. Kit,
whose baptismal name, of course, was Kath
arine; Christian, whom we all called Chris;
and our handsome Hannah. Then there was
Tiny, a tall young woman, who taught
small boys in a grammar school; and I,
Euphrosyne Inkle, a board school mistress.
Euphrosyne is a mouthful, I admit, and my
familiar lriends called me Syn. Bet and
Chris were sisters, and Kit and Tiny were
not only siBters, but twin sisters. This was
All kinds of people come up to Oxford in
the long vacation to attend lectures, chiefly
women, and women who teach. Then there
is a fair sprinkling of intelligent worliing
men, a few rarsons and city men, a lew en
thusiasts, an odd lot of foreigners, who
Come to study the movement, and a few
ubiquitous and enterprising Americans,
who want to know all about it that they
may go home and copy. But the women
"J he flippant undergraduate who sang of
Of sisters, cousins, aunts and nieces
Who crowd the streets, and fill the schools
With lovo or lectures still undated,
ho are subject to nn kind ot rules,
And can't be proctorlzed or gated,
envied us our liberty in the citv of dons,
deans doctors and proctors, while he mar
veled at our appetite lor lectures.
We fix had been up before several times,
and Kit used to boast that she had never
missed a summer meeting in Oxford. They
say that the English take their pleasures
sadly, and possibly frivolous females might
consider a course of lectures and conter
ferences a somewhat sad itaj of spending a
holiday, but we liked it, and so did the
other "sisters, cousins and aunts" who dis
ported themselves at Oxford. "We were
having a good time. Most of us went to
five and six lectures in the day, and cot in
a college visit or two, a conference, an
afternoon tea, on organ recital and a con
versazione into the bargain. We didn't
waste our time in Oxford by any means.
Our domestic arrangements suffered some
times, but such trifles as eating and drink
ing troubled us little.
"Can we breakfast at a quarter to eight?"
one of us would ask anxiously. "I want to
get to the theological lecture early."
"How shall we manage with lunch?" an
other would demand. I'm at a lecture until
"And I go to a lecture at 2:30," another
"I shall start with a botanical party at
2," would be the cry of another of us.
Tea never seemed to fit in. We would
arrange to have a tea at 5.
"I am at a lecture from 4:40 to 0:40,"
would be the cry.
"And I wast to go to lecture fiom G
"I am in the Bodleian from 3 until 4."
We could never tit in, so we took our
meals how and when we could.
At 8:30 P.M. we were always due at some
conversazione, concert, or special lecture
by some great specialist on art or literature,
and our day's work finished at 10:30 P.M.
Sometimes we suffered severely from mental
indigestion, but we didn't "admit it, at
least some of us didn't, but after a time
Chris and I began to flag and sometimes
roused a lecture. Hannab, and Tinv, too,
fell away from the paths of virtue, and
occasionally went to the swimming baths,
or a tennis match, or took canoes up the
dreamy Cberwell, Bet went off sketching
after doing conscientiously three lectures,
and turning up at garden parties, concerts
and all the evening part of the programme;
warn the brunettes against the use of
pearls. They are the exclusive privilege of
the children of the North, with whose bine
eyes and golden hair they accord de
Gowns, Garment and Gossip.
The most prominent feature just now ii
the aesthetic not as realized by the
"greenerv-yallery" costume andthetouzled
head of Oscar "Wilde's palmiest days, but
the culture of the beautiful in its best sense.
The danger of the moment appears to bs
the exaggeration of certain commendable
fashions. There is no question but large
sleeves make the waist look smaller, but
sleeves the size of small barrels are ridicu
lous. Again, the fashion of combining two
or three colors must be carefully handled
or most groteique results are sure to follow.
The writer met a gown the other day which
employed no less than four colors in its
construction, and yet so admirably did
these colors blend that the result
was very good. The bodice was
of tan-colorea cloth, and had a
corselet of coflee-hued lace. The sleeves
were of purple velvet with deep cuffs of
lace, while the skirt was of pale-green
cloth. The waist and neck were bound with
black satin ribbon. It is certainly an econ
omical fashion, as three or four old, useless
gowns may be successfully put together to
make one useful costume.
Coats are coming to fit the figure closer.
The loose-backed coat is quite out of date,
and even those slightly loose are not now
seen as often as the snug-fitting jackets. A
very stylish model is shown in the cut. The
coat is of black Vienna, severe and smart,
with revers and sleeves of black vicuna,
while the yoke, belt and side seams are of
black and gold passementerie. The basque
is gored, and sets in those full plaits so em
inently advantageous to the waist.
Plaids In History.
There are in existence to-day about 100
clan plaids, of which about half are the
Highland tartans. The other half are mod
ern variations produced by Lowland fami
lies lor their identification, as certain
ambitious persons to-day buy up or think
up a fine coat-of-arms.
The plaid oftenest seen on the streets to
day is the Gordon plaid. This is the blue
and green and black plaid, with a single
yellow bar. It must not be confounded
with the blue and green and black with the
white bar, which is the Lombard plaid; or
the blue and green and black with the
double yellow bar, which is the plaid of the
Campbells of Breadalbane; or the same
plaid, with the single red and donble white
bar, which makes up the Colquhoun tar
tan. AVhat a risky thing it was to be born
at all in those days, when it might cost a
man his life not to know the difference be
tween two bars of white and one bar ot yel
low in the tartan of any stranger he might
meet on the wayside.
The Gordon plaid has a famous history
from back in the almost legendary days of
Halcom IIL, when Bicbard of Gordon
slew a monster in the Merse andgot a big
grant of land and a title for it.
Murmurs of the Modes.
CnrcrAMOS 5s the favorite brown this year.
It looks partlculaily well trimmed with fur
or smartened up with a colored waistcoat.
Make your velvet dress with a round
waist, with seamless back and jacket front,
with large reverse opening on a vest of
gathered bine peau de sole. Have Bigot
sleeves and a rather full skirt, gored In ironc
and straight in the back.
The laced shoe Is rapidly gaining follow
ers, tboush how one could follow a shoe is
rather funny. People who complain of the
trouble of sewlnij on buttons will now have
the pleasure of finding exactly how difficult
it is to keep shoe laces in order and now cer
tain they are to bieak when least expected
and most undesirable.
TnxBE is no reason this season why any
woman should be unbecomingly dressed.
but Kit never faltered, she went steadily
on, sternly attending all the lectures, even
when her head ached, and her eyes were
dim and unseeing with the weight of a con
stant btream of lectures poured steadily
"I don't believe in lectures," I said one
night as we sat over coffee and biscuits at 11
p. m. "You know the story of the cele
brated doctor, who said he bad attended
many hundreds ot lectures during his long
life, and on his deathbed he retained only
enough information to pet on the outside of
an envelope." ,
Kit frowned on me.
"Lectures in the morning, lectures at
midday, lectures in the dewy eve, lectures
at night, even lectures become monot
onous," murmured Chris.
Kit thought this was rank heresy, and she
stalked indignantly off to bed, while we sat
up and talked of "the people we met, espe
cially the lecturers and Americans.
"We knew several Americans. There was
Dr. Hiram-Foote, the president of some in
tellectual society in Philadelphia, and Dr.
Jameson, of some university in Chicago, and
a Mr. Lockwood, who had something to do
with State education. Dr. Hiram-Foote
was squat and short and pompous. Dr.
Jameson was tall and dry and talkative; he
always made remarks about your name, and
asked a great many questiens in a loud,
impressive Yankee drawl. Mr. Lockwood
was lean and meek. He always'seemed sat
upon, and when he ventured to make a re
mark, or ask a question, he looked fright
ened, as though he thought we were going
to hit him. Then there was a terrible female,
who wore terrible bonne ts,and had wonderful
little curls gummed all around her massive
brow; she bad an awe-inspiring ncse, an
air of an injured and indignant Roman
matron. She was a barrister-at-Iaw, she
had even been nominated for Presi
dent, and she came to all the conferences
aud debates and spoke at them all, in aloud
strident voice, never minding whether she
knew anything at all about the subject
under discussion or not. She sometimes
got hold of Chris and me; she awed us with
the glitter of her eye, and asked us hun
dreds of questions; we used to he so ashamed
of our ignorance that at last we answered
wildly and made random shots. We called
her the Inquisitor. Then there was a fat
woman who had no waist, and who wore
a most awful hat She came to "lovely
Oxford to hear the rousing lectures and to
get soul," she told us. She had body enough
in all conscience, so perhaps she needed
souL There was also a man with lank,
black hair, who was an Extension lecturer
in Kew York; he spoke sometimes, but he
was a failure. And lastly there was Ned
among ourselves we always called him Ned.
His name was Edward Slimfield; he told us
that his mother called him Eddie, and his
sisters called him Ned. We had never
come across such a cool, audacious, light
hearted, erratic, joyous and altogether de
lightful young man in our lives before.
He was a revelation to us, this merry
Some of us had met him a year ago at the
previous summer meeting, and he claimed
us as old acquaintances when he came upon
us in the schools, at the couversazoine, at
the beginning of the meeting. It was im
possible to be dignified, or even ordinarily
conventional, with this irrepressible young
man. He was tall and fair, 'with blue eyes
full of roguish mischief. He was utterly
unabashed; nothing disconcerted him. We
thought he admired Hannah, for he made a
point of sitting by her at lectures and find
ing out where she was going, and Hannah
was a bonnie lassie truly. We laughed at
her sometimes, and Hannah would smile
and laugh, too, for nobody-could help laugh
ing when we talked of Ned. He had been
a student at the Leipzig University for
the past two years, and had just taken
his degree as Doctor of Philosophy, he told
me one day, as hi overtook me on my
There are the -Empire and Directorie waists
for slender figures; trim tailor-made cos
tumes for stouter forms: prlnce models,
which Impart a slender effect, and also the
cornet skirt, and ttio. Ions Enzlish waist,
which tend to make the figure appear
LATE NEWS IN BRIEF. ,
Yellow fever has appeared at Batita,
The negro editors of Georgia have organ
ized a State Press Association..
The Upper Michigan straits are frozen
over the earlleBt for a number of years.
The Russian famine is again killing off
the peasants like flies, say recent reports.
An alliance, offensive and defensive, be
tween Chile and Brazil, was signed Decem
Mrs. Langtry's malady is perityphlitis.
The name Is making her very ill, but there
Is no ultimate danger.
The Colombian Congress has passed a
law sanctioning the Introduction of Chinese
workmen for all classes of Industrial enter
prise. The Treasury drafts for the second con
signment of $C30,CO0 coins for Chicago and
$30,000 for Now York and Philadelphia are
A Chicago philanthropist, who won't lot
bis left hand know what his right hand Is
up to, has given $250,000 to the University or
The project to establish a submarine
cable between Cartagena, Colon and other
Colombian ports, Is under discussion in the
Lillie Power, a domestio at Birmingham,
Ala., went to bed drunk and smoked a
cigarette. The bed clothing caught lire and
she was burned to death.
Frederich Fietsch, New Orleans, who
misappropriated (16,000 while he was local
manager of the cotton firm of Gaasner &
Co., or Liverpool, has been convicted of em
bezzlement. The rear coach of a Southwestern train
was discovered to be on fire near Guysvllle,
111. When the train reached Canaansville
the burning coach was sidetracked and
burned to ashes. It was unoccupied.
The Kansas Board of Railroad Commis
sioners has announced its deoislon In the
Hutchinson salt case, holding that it is pow
erless to protect the salt companies against
the competition of the Michigan produce
A billet of wood loaded with dynamite
exploded in the kitchen stove of Andrew
nickel, near Valparaiso, Ind. The stove was
blown to atoms, the farmhouse wrecked,
and Mrs. Bickel received a number of
Frederick H. Marsh, formerly Chief In
spector of Police at Chicago, who was sus
pended by order of Mayor Washburne for
alleged It regularities, has been reinstated,
the charges against him not having been
S. B. Jones, under arrest at Kokoma,
Ind., on a ohare of bigamy, is supposed to
be a former resident of Marion county, Ore.
Ho owned a large wheat farm and was con
sidered n ealtliy. He had been swindled out
of $5,000 by the tin box game.
During a general fight at a negro dance
Monday night in Dover, Ey., Buth Fields,
who went to her lover's assistance, was shot
and mortally wounded. When the Town
Marshal attempted to arrest the whole
party three negroes were seriously injured.
Archbishop Coriigan says he knows
notning about Dr. McGlynn's plans for the
settlement of his case except what he has
learned from the newspapers. He said,
however, he was clad that Dr. McGIynn was
back in the Church, and hoped he would get
along, wherever he might go.
Patrick Griffin, a stair builder and
formerly a private in the Eighty-seventh
Royal Irish fuslllors, died at the Newark,
N. J., Hospital, from the effects of laudanum
taken with suicidal intent. He left a letter
stating that Mollio O'Brien, widow or James
Oliver, with whom ho lived, had deserted
him and refnsed marriage. '
Yesterday John and BUI Kimbro,
brothers, after filling up on bad whisky,
started out to take in the tonn at Vandalia,
III. They finally came upon Township Col
lector Ireland, who was getting Bhaved in a
barber shop, and stabbed him to the liver.
They were arrested shortly afterward Just
outside of town, and narrowly escaped
A Buffalo attorney lias beon retained to
carry the case of Wong Sing Chun, a China
man, recently arrested on the Niagara
frontier at Lewiston, under the exclusion
act, to the United States Supreme Court at
Washington, by writ of habeas corpus.
Wong was sentenced by United States Com
way to the Sheldonian to see degrees con
ferred. He came with me, and made fun of
the whole ceremony in his own comical
half-German, half-Yankee fashion. We
saw a good deal of these Americans, and
talked education to them. We had been
for a water party one day, and Dr. Hiram
Eoote and Mr. Lockwood had talked to
Chris and me all the time. They wanted
further to discuss educational systems with
us, and the next day we received an invita
tion to take tea with them and meet Mrs.
Crowfoot, the lady with the awful bonnet
and curls. We had another engagement, so
we had to decline. Ned, who staid with
Dr. Hiram-Eoote, and Mr. Lockwood re
proached us for not coming.
"I think we may ask the Americans here
to tea," I said one day.
"They want to talk education to us,"
"I think Ned would like to come," said
So It was agreed to ask them to afternoon
tea; but Kit frowned and said nothing.
I was to ask the Doctor, but didn't hap
pen to meet him; but it transpired in the
evening that Hannah had written to Ned
and asked him and his two friends.
The next day we all made a point of be
ing in for 5 o'clock tea.
"We must be very dignified," said Chris.
"American women are very free," said
Bet "We must show that Englishwomen
have reserve and demand respect"
Hannah and Tiny smiled. Tiny had seen
more of Ned than we had. Presently Kit,
who wag seated in the window seat of our
first floor drawingroom, was hailed from be
low, and an audacious voice was asking:
"Shall I come in this way? I can get
It was Ned in a fall hat, a frock coat, a
flower in his buttonhole, and spick-and-span
"The door is round the corner," said Kit
nedately; and presently Ned was ushered in.
"I've come, you see," he said, seating
himself at the table and beginning to ex
amine our albums and books ot photo
graphs; "and I say, liliss Hannah, the
other fellows aren't coming. What made
you ask them?"
"We wanted to see them, of course," said
"Really, though?" he inquired. "You
aren't serious now. Whatever do you want
to see them for? It is only your politeness,
1 know, and I didn't tell 'them you asked
"Mr. Slimfield!" we saidindignantly.
"Well, now, they couldn't have come, 1
guess," he said confidently. "Old Hiram
Foote is lecturing on American colleges
lrom 4:30 lo 5:30, and Lockwood is going
for a walk, he told me so himself; besides,
he didn't know his way np here, and I
wasn't going to bring him," he added with
We had to laugh at his impudence, and
he sat there smiling serenely and flung
away the flower from his buttonhole, while
he selected the prettiest rose from our bowl
of flowers, fitted it into his buttonhole, and
asked Hannah to pin it for him.
We grew friendly withnim in a few min
utes, aud laughed at him, while he sat smil
ing at us. He told us that English women
were stiff, and he couldn't stand it Then
he began to abnse the "yellow women."
They were the committee (ladies, and they
wore a yellow ribbon. He had been to a
reception for American visitors that after
noon and a committee lady had tried to en
tertain him by showing him Oxford photo
graphs. Ned's wrath was roused and he
asked us it the English women took the
Americans for savages. Then we went
down to tea, and Ned ate strawberries and
made himself at home. After tea we played
at rhymes, and so did Bet, but Ned's were
"Of course you are an admirer of Walt
Whitman, Mr. Slimfield?" I said when his
rhymes were read; "and your poetry is
clever and peculiar like his, but it does not
Ned made an elaborate bow in acknowl
edgement of the compliment We had a
very jolly time, and laughed a great deal
There was a conversazione that evening,
and Ned took his leave to give us time to
dress, assuring us that he had Bpeut a pleas
ant time, and begged ns not to be polito and
missioner Pound, of Lockport,to 80 days' Im
prisonment and then to be returned to
The Curlew, o?e of the alleged destruc
tive lake gunboats which has so excited
Washington correspondents, is at St. Johns,
N. B. She is equal to a fifth-rate yacht in
size, has a crew of but 17 men and but one
six-pound smooth bore brass gnn. The
other gunboats in the lakes are similar in
every respect to the Curlew and the War
Department at Washington has photographs
of all of the vessels.
CROSSED THE SEA IN VAIN.
A French Girl Comes All the Way to Okla
homa to Wed a Faithless Trover.
Kansas City, Dec.,27. Beine Duhaute,
a pretty French girl, after having made a
journey across the ocean and half across the
American continent to marry her sweet
heart, started on her return home this morn
ing, the victim of her faithless lover. Mut
ual friends started a correspondence be
tween Mile. Duhaute and Felix Dunas, a
Frenchman, who came to this country in
1890 aud bought a ranch in Oklahoma.
The correspondence led to the -engagement
of the two, although they had never seen
each other. Finally a day was set for the
wedding aud Mile. Duhaute, who was a
governess at the time in an Englishman's
faniilv in London, started for America to
meet her intended husband. The meeting
place was to have been at the office of
French Consul Long. '
Mile. Dahaute arrived promptly on time,
but M. Dunas failed to put in an appear
ance. Consul Long wrote to the tardy
lover and received a replv from Dunas that
he had changed his mind, and that he did
not now desire to marry Mile. Duhaute.
This drove the little Frenchwoman dis
tracted and she threatened to commit sui
cide, having no friends in the country and
no means to return home. Consul Long
informed her mistress in London by cable,
and the latter cabled funds for Mile. Du
haute to return to London. She started on
her homeward journey to-day.
THE WIFE BKABS THE BRUNT
Of n Cincinnati Lawyer's Financial En
tanglements After His Flight
Cincinnati, Dec. 27. Mrs. Bobert
Kuehnert,wiie of the missing lawyer who is
acensed of irregular transactions in borrow
ing money and giving mortgages, has made
an assignment to Louis B. Luebbert Her
assets are stated to be$10,000,and liabilities
9,000, but so much of her property bought
by her husband was in her name that credi
tors of her husband will seek to have some
of her property applied to payment of their
One suit for damages against Kuebnert is
already filed by a building association,
which claims bv his fraudulent action as
their attorney they suffer a loss of ?6,000.
Others may file similar suits.
Fuw women can kill a steer, but they can
get the essence or a steer's nutriment in
Cudaby's Bex Brand Fluid Jleef, which In
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dignified when we met later in the shools.
We saw a good deal of Ned after this; he
was always dropping into our house and
staying to tea, and amusing us with his com
ical emarks and whimsical oddities. We
all liked him. Ned used to toll .us of his
tender nassions; how one day he fell in love
with Kit, and the next day with me, and
the day after with Chris: and we used to
laugh at him and sympathize with him. It
appears he had a number of sisters at home
who worshiped him, so Mr. Ned soon got
into the way of, treating us as sisters. We
used to ask him if he wasn't abashed at
meeting so many of us, and he used to
laugh and call us the "great six."
He put a comical sketch in my album a
back view ot the "great six." We were
standing in a row Hannah first, because
she was tallest, 1 next, then Tiny, Bet,
Chris and Kit, in decreasing order. The
sketch was clever, and each of us had some
individuality brought out. He wrote un
derneath, from Walt Whitman:
O you daughters of the Westl
O ynu younir and elder daughters!
In the ranks you move united
Pioneers! O pioneers!
There vai a debate one night at the
Union on socialism. The woman question
was dragged in. A charming aud enthusi
astic girl named Primrose Meadowsweet
spoke in favor of women. She was Half in
fun and half in earnest, but she spoke de
lightfully as she stood there, looking charm
ing, and uttering audacious protests in
sweetly modulated tones. Poor Ned lost
bis heart entirely. He Baid nothing to us
that night, hut he left us early, and we
learned afterwards that he bad managed to
Interview Hiss Primrose 'Meadowsweet
after the debate.
Next morning I went off alone to see the
tapestry of Burnc Jones and William Mor
ris iu Exeter Chapel, and to buy photo
graphs and books. When I returned I
lound Ned in our drawing room, talking to
Chris, Bet and Kit. He had come to un
burden his soul to us, and to tell how he had
fallen in love with the charming and sweet
We laughed at him at first, and asked
him if he wasn't grateful lor having six
sympathetic women souls to come and open
his heart to.
Later on, when the others went out, and
Chris and I were left alone with the young
fellow, we almost thought he was serious.
He vowed he had never before seen a
woman whom he loved as he loved this
softly spoken Primrose. She was certainly
a lovely girl, and any young man might be
excused lor losing his heart when he saw
and heard her. She was slim and graceful,
clad in the soft folds ot a heliotrope frown,
with a large hat shading her exquisitely
colored face, a pair ot starry Blue eyes, and
a bewitching smile. Ned seriously wanted
our advice. It appears that he had
managed to introduce himself to
Miss Meadowsweet by representing
himself as an inquiring Yankee who was
thirsting lor information on the labor ques
tion, lie had discovered that the young
lady was mightily interested in the labor
movement, and had six workingmen at pres
ent in Oxford under her special care. The
result was that Miss Primrose had gracious
ly invited him to afternoon tea with herself
and her mother, to meet the six working
men, whom he affirmed were miners.
"The difficulty is," mused poor Ned,
Vtbat I don't know or care a rap about the
labor question. I don't want to meet the
miners, I only want to see her, and to ask
her, if I dare, for the bit of yellow ribbon
that she wears." Miss Primrose Meadow
sweet was a committee lady.
We laughed and vowed we would warn
the lady against him.
"How?" he asked.
"We'll tell her that you are a fraud, and
and that you don't care'about miners."
"That I don't," he said. "Will thev
come with pickaxes over their shoulders?"
he asked comically.
We couldn't say how the miners would
appear at afternoon tea, but I surmised they
would come in their best clothes, without
"What am I to say about the labor
question?" Ned asked with comical be
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for the Christmas trade are
ready for New Year. Some
thing that the Christmas shop
pers have not seen. If you have
to get a New Year's gift, get
it here. N
THE COMING YEAR
Will find us just as attentive,
our goods just as reliable, our
assortment even larger, our prices
eyen more reasonable than last
year. What more can we say?
Wishing you and yours
A H VPPY NEW YEAR,
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"Only look interested and intelligent, and
ask questions," advised Bet.
Ned seemed to find solace in talking to us,
for he stayed all the morning, and accepted
our invitation to lunch. I hunted up some
pamphlets on the labor union and the Bed
Van, and told him all I knew about the eight
hour bill, and Bet gave him much informa
tion on the land question.
Bet and I w ere the progressive pair in the
party of the "great six," and Ned listened
to us meekly, took occasional notes, and
finally vowed that he knew enough to stand
for a labor candidate. But to complete his
education we thrust some Fabian tracts nn
him, and advised him to go home and read
them before he presented himself at the fair
Primrose's tea table. I had to return 'to my
home that evening lor my school duties
next day, for my holiday was over. I
wished him success with Miss Primrose,and
hoped to meet him in Oxford at a future
meeting, and I promised to send him pam
phlet literature on labor questions.
Chris and the others wrote to me on most
days, and told me what was happening.
"The fair Primrose seems to smile on our
light-hearted Ned," she wrote. "He got on
capitally with her and her mother and the
miners. He offered to take the miners over
the Sheldonian and the Divinity Schools,
and his offer was gladly accepted. Then he
rushed up to our house in consternation to
ask us what on earth he was to tell them.
He declares he knows nothing except that
Cromwell stabled his horses and kept piga
in the schools, and the undergraduates play
jokes on the doctors and read Latin poems
in the Sheldonian. We got our little guide
books and instrncted him. He seemed duly
grateful and he sends many remembrances to
you. He says he is 'sweating' over labor
problems and likes them."
"We had a debate at Keble," Bet wrote,
"on the question of opening libraries on
Sunday. Ned sat behind Miss Primrose
Meadowsweet, and he never took his eyes
off her all the time. When the ladies were
invited to speak Primrose got up as charm
ing as ever and smiled and said her little
say. Everybody was enchanted with her,
aud as for'our poor Ned, he looked trans
figured, or translated. That boy is a per
fect fool over her. She is charming and
enthusiastic, with heaps of interest in life.
I don't think, she gives him a second
thought. He says he wears a bit of yellow
ribbon next his heart which belonged to
her. Miss Meadowsu eet sees a great deal
of the Americans. Dr. Hiram-Foo:e visits
there often. By the way, that horrid, squat
little man is a very distinguished personage
indeed. Fancy! and he is snch an objec
tionable little man. Tiny savs he wauts
washing, Kit wishes he would have his
hair cut, and I seriously think of advising
him to have lessous in dancing and de
But before the second part of the meeting
terminated, matters grew tragic.
Dr. Hiram-Foote proposed to Miss Prim
rose Meadowsweet, and was accepted.
This news I received in a letter from
Chris one Friday evening. "We can't
think how our poor Ned will take it," she
wrote. "We haye just heard it. All Ox
ford is talking about it all Extension Ox
lord, I mean. Can't yon manage to come
up to us on Saturday and have another
Sunday in Oxford? You might try. It
would be jolly to bs all together one other
Sunday; we 'shall all be far enough away
this time next week."
I was interested in the news, and T
wanted to see the girls again, so I went
I got into Oxford at midday on Saturday,
and was soon hearing ail the Exteusiou
news from the others. Nothing had been
seen of Ned since the engagement had been
announced, and we were all wondering
greatly how he had taken it.
"I believe he was only joking half his
time," said Kit, the skeptical; "he would'nt
have talked to us like that it he had really
cared for her."
"But he is so much on the surface, and so
accustomed to have a houseful ot home folk
to go and tell his affairs to," said Chris.
"I think he was in earnest aud that he
will take it badly," said our handsome
Hannah, and she flushed as she spoke.
Hanuah knew more of him than we did and
never, joked with him freely nor scolded
HARD! & HAYES,
Our new Book Department
sold more books during the past
two weeks than all Pittsburg
book stores combined, and now,
although Christmas is over, it
isn't going to sleep,either. We're
in the book business to stay
not like some department stores,
only temporarily while the holi
day trade lasts.
To-day we place on sale
2,000 COPES OP WALLACE'S
n BEN" l7Dp
The regular $1.50 edition,
for only 75 c; also
2,000 COPIES OP
E. P. Roe's ft
No library complete without
these books. They are pub
lished at $1.50 per volume, and
held strictly at high American
copyright. You'll never buy
them as cheaply again.
STOP THAT SMOKE.
Parties really wishing to see the city free
trom smoke go and see wbat is being done
In the boiler room of the Fidelity Title &
Trust Co.'s' building. Fourth Ave. Take no
man's word for it, but see it yourselves.
Or you can get all the information neces
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him, as we had fallen into the habit of do
ing. Presently a ring at our bell startled ns
and Ned was ushered in.
He was Dale aud his fair hair was tum
bled; his "blue eyes were full of pain. He
sat down quietly, so unlike his old laughter-loving,
"You have heard," he began, and we
waited and made no remark. "I vowed I
would ask the first woman to marry me,"
went on Ned. "And I met Mrs. Crowfoot
down in the meadows."
"But hasn't she a husband?" interjected
"She is a widow. She is 20 years older
than I am. She accepted me. I'm en-,
gaged to her. Congratulate me," and Ned
put his hat down on the table and glared
around at us all.
We didn't know what to say, but Kit
broke the silence by saying severely:
"You ought to know better."
"I wish I'd met you instead," said Ned
recklessly; and Kit stalked olF in indigna
tion. Kit was always very proper.
"Now, she is offended," said Ned. "I
didn't mean to offend any of you. You've
been awfully good to me. I've come to say
good-by to you. Will you lend me a pair
of scissors?" This request was to Hannab.
"What do you want them for?" she asked,
producing them from her work-bag.
"Onlv to leave you each a lock of my
hair," he said, cutting off a heap of curls
from his brow and dividinz them into six
little heaps. "I'm going to leave one for
the one you call Kit; if she won't have it
send it on to Primrose Meadowsweet." And
he took some narrow yellow ribbons from
his pocket and began to tear up the shorn
curls into six little bundles. Then he placed
them in a row. "You can each take which
you like," he said. "They are fairly divided.
Now I guess I'll go. Good-by.".
"Are you leaving Oxford?" I asked.
"So you've come back," he said recogniz
ing that I was present. "I'm glad to see
vou aeain. Yes, I'm leaving Oxford to
night" "Are you going to America?" asked
"It depends," said Ned. "Good-by,
And he vanished.
'How very odd he seemed," said Bet.
"It was silly ot Kit to be offend ed," re
marked Hannah. "Poor fellow!"
"I'm terribly sorry for him," murmured
Then we each took up a lock of his hair
tied with the yeliirw ribbon. Chris put
hers into herpure; Hannah slipped hers
into her writing-case, and I pressed mine
between the leaves of Walt Whitman's
poems. Kit came in presently, sayi ng:
"1 think that young man is mad."
But she accepted the lock ot hair and
put it into her botany case among the
We saw nothing of Ned the next day,
and we concluded he had left Oxford. We
said nothing about him; but we felt vaguely
uncomfortable concerning his movements.
The Doctor was at the cathedral with Miss
Meadowsweet, who looked charming in a
trailing pink gown with pufled sleeves.
Mis. Hiram-Foote was also present with
the American lady who wanted souL She
looked more majestic and more like a
Reman matron than ever. Her bonnet was
more formidable and her nose more awe
inspiring. "Poor Nedl" murmured Chris, as she
looked at her.
I came home by the Sunday evening ex
press, and went to school as usual next day.
The rest of the tragedy I only learned from
the other five and from the papers.
On Mondav morning the dead body of our
laughter-loying Ned was found entangled
in the river weeds some miles up the Cher
well. It appears he had taken a canoe late
on Saturday night and gone off in it, and
that was the last that was ever seen of him
"Fatal Accident to an American Eiten
sioner," the papers said; and all kinds of
theories were set afoot as to how it bad hap
pened. We sighed, and mourned, and held
our peace, but we wondered uneasily how
much of it was accident
Poor, light-hearted Ntdl We six mourned
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him as truly as any. We hope to go to
America some summer to the Intellectual
ChautauQua meetings, and we mean to call '
and see Ned's mother and sisters, and tell
them a little about their boy's last days.
We each keep 'the lock of fair, curly hair,
but J hope to give mine to Ned's mother
some day. All Iht Tear Bound.
SOUTH AMERICAN EEBELLI0HS.
Bio Grande do Sol Still Bothering Brazil,
and Argentlnla Is In Trouble.
Montevideo, Dec 27. News has
reached here confirming jhe statement that
the Castilhistas of Bio Grande do Sul have
invaded Uruguayan territory three times
and the Uruguayan authorities have the
question of retaliation under consideration.
The Federalists, it is said, intend to begin
open hostilities within a week or ten days.
They are now awaiting the receipt of ex
It is feared that revolutions are immi
nent in the provinces of Sauta Fe aud Ea
tre Bios. News comes that the Argentine
province of Corrientes is in a state of re
volt and 5,000 revolutionists are in control
of the province. Ten thousand troops have
been mobilized to suppress the revolt
A CIIY SUED FOE LIBEL,
The Action Slay Cause Unpleasantness Be
tween Canada and Undo Sato.
Mokteeal, Que., Dec. 27. A libel suit
has begun here which threatens to cause
straitened relations between this country
and the United States. About two months
ago, Colonel Nicholas Smith, American
Consul at Three Blvers, sent to Washing
ton a report strongly condemning the sani
tary condition of Three Bivers and pointing
out the danger tnat cholera might obtain a
The Council of the city promptly passed
resolutions absolutely contradicting the
Consul's report and demanding his recall.
Colonel Smith has now instructed his
counsel to enter an action for $10,000 libel
against the city.
Idaho's Apportionment Doesn't Hold.
Boise, Idaho, Dec. 27. The Supreme
Court to-day declared unconstitutional the
apportionmeut act passed by the last Legis
lature. FOB ABUSE Oi ALCOHOL
Use Horsford's Acid Phosphate.
Dr. W. E. Crane, Mitchell, Dak., gays: "It
has proven almost a specific, for this dis
order: it checks the vomiting, restores the
appetite, and, at the same time., allays the
fear of impending dissolution, that Is so
'common to heavy drinkers."
AT 87 SO EACH.
Onr 815 Ulsters, Overcoats and Salts for
Men at S7 SO Egch If. C. C. C Corner
Grant and Diamond Streets.
Bead this, then come and buy one. You
don't often have such a cbanoe.
500 men's long-cut nlsters, Shetland or
black friezo or chinchilla, lined with
a warm all-wool casslraerelinlne.blu
collars; their true value Is $13andSlS;
our price now $7 SO
500 men's blue, black and brown kersey
overcoats, single ordonble-breasted,
elegantly made, worth $15 and $18,
lor. 7 50
500 men's cutaway and sack suits, dark
plain patterns or mixtures, and an$
elegant llneof all-wool cutaways,
lormerly $15, now go for t! 60
See the above goods to-day and you surely
will buy. P. a C. C
Corner Grant and Diamond streets.
Clearance Sale at Elchbanra'.
Tho remainder of all holiday goods at
creat reduction for tnis week only. Bric-a-brac,
porcelains, bronzes, eta, ail remaining
stock included in this sale.
Jos. Eichbauu 4 Co., t3 Fifth avenue.
Ko Christmas and Kew Year's table should
be without a bottle of Angostura Bitten,
the world renowned appetizer of exqulsit.
flavor. Beware of counterfeits;
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