of The Times-Dispatch
! An article T read laut week talked
entirely about the effect you had upon
children by rending aloud to them?
thoughts that ltd developed In their
brains and pictures and Impressions
?that were obliged to be left in your
mind by the, mere hearing of tales and
stories read out loud to a circle of chll
'drcn. A spoken word of necessity
makes a more vivid picture on the mind
than the mefe reading It yourself. It
?actually takes more concentration to
form the, pictures and mold the
thoughts that way than if you nicked
out the book and gave it to the child
and told him it was a pretty story.
To all things there are drawbacks.
One very clover man that has i great
many children says that It ?s worse
than addressing *. mass-meeting 10 even
ottempt. to read aloud in his family.
But, all things considered, don't you
find yourself turning buck to tiio.se
days when y ?u squeezed up next to
your nl.-ter in bed. with your eyes turned
on the bright fire, while *<ear Cousin
M iry r-ad von to sleep with the most
tin'.Hing sort of stories about the Phil?
istines and the bearit that ate up the
bad little children in tr.- Bible? Those
are times for planting ideals, and you
made the most lasting bits of canvas
for your memory storehouse later on.
1 always thought of fSoiiath as the
most terrible monster In hlatoiT, and
the cry that the Philistine* t?e upon
Ui" sent terror to my souL
The ies; j,in tb? world to really
enjoy 'Diddle. Dumps and Tot." which
always stands out in my mind as a
classic, by the way. I* from the top of
a very Mz'h feather bed and the dear?
est old lady Imaginable rocking at the
foot and reading about "dat one what
f'.tiwd made done slip out de do."
Hooks that are read to you In the little
girl and boy days keep a hold on us
that nothing In after vr-irs ever quite
blots out They were our friends and
companions by the way. and we are con?
tinually hunting around for somebody
that knew and loved them. too.
Lots of people say: "My little boy is
so busy playing ho never has time for
me to read to him" Maybe you don't
put your little boy to bed or run In
for that time of night when a little
(...-.?<. eyes are big with dreams and
Imaginations and thoughts of things
that he cannot quite Htralghten, out
That Is the time to tell the story or
read the story. What If he doeS go to
? leep in the middle of It all? Won't
he want to hear the rest of It the next
night? Or, better stl'.l. ho may stop the
play to rorre and h?r.r about the knight
that wore the go!dcn spur and bsttled
with a lance as long n-s the curtain
pole. The story time la the time that
you get right Into the middle of the
child's Imagination, and that Is a
placs "o few of us s-em able to get to
Don't you want your little boys and
g'.riF to remember about the perfect
knight and the bkimelees life and to
r*rn?Tr,ber at the same time that you
told them about It?
Reading aloud to a child Is Ilk*
weaving a golden ?pell tbout that
child's thoughts, nr.d with the thoughts
v. Ill come a beartful of love for you
and also a. woven fabric of the whole, in
which you are the thread thnt leads
from one maglo legend to another
You do r.et wa-nt any one else to have
that piece. RRENT SVITT,
The modlHh woman who desires t? be
Indlivdual muat have trie pannier effect
Introduced upon h?r gowns. This new
note has met with an encouraging re
< > ption The par.nle.rs are not bunched
upon the hips, as of old, hut the drap?
eries d?-S"-er,d to the bem of the gown,
where they are caught up with a hand
f-oriie ornament of some variety, Rome
few gowns hav,-. t*'<- panniers looped up
well toward the back.
The woman with clever fingers 'an
turn out f?r herself numerous smart
t>s nnl Stocka if she Is keen enough
t-i copy the shop ones. Fushlon Jabots
from handkerchief linen or fine lawn,
cut into oval, round or oblong tain that
reach to the bust line or half-way above
It. Finish the edge with a narrow
buttonhole stitch? In small scallops, all
around, or In straight buttonholing on
the sides and three deep s-allops on the
In the centre put a medallion of lace
with the material .-ut away beneath,
and around It embroider a row or two
of pin dots or small eyelets 'to form a
frame. Newer are the medallions made
with a centre of punch work, with a
design embroidered or outlined around
These tabo are most serviceable In all
white, using fine mercerized cotton,
but are pretty In a color whloh Is re?
peated In the eollar. belt and stockings.
As they are not plaited, laundering is
Another smart tie to be worn with a
turned down or Dutch collar Is mnio
from a straight piece of heavy Upen
three Inches long and one Inch wide.
Hound the ends, scoop out sides slightly,
and finish with straight edge, of but?
tonholing. Make long eyelets about
half an Inch of centra, and through
them run velvet ribbon to match the
embroidery. The ends of the ribbon
project beyond the ends of the linen.
If desired, a small design in cyolet or
solid embroidery can be worked In
?ach of the rounded ends midway be?
tween eyelet and edge.
Draperies for the? Summer.
Printed flora] draporieB will be veiy
popular for the summer season. The
skillful use of drapery fabrics lends
an atmosphere of refinement and
?barm to the home. The. beautiful
colors and cheerful tones afford great
possibilities for effective adornment.
There are many diffortnt weaves
and kinds of fabrics, but the most
popular aro the washable, thinner
?arleticH. I'laln, white and ocrtt
scrims, voiles and other thin drapery
fabrics ore well liked, but these same
goods w.lth all-ovor printed figures or
floral borders aro the most popular.
These pntberns aro In colored conven?
Houses nro now so well heated that
heavy portieres are not the necessity
that tlioy were in former years, and
even dur'ng the winter montha light?
weight draperies aro used. Mercerized
fabrics, which are so well likod for
draperies, aro now manufactured In
a w^dc range of patterns and are
color-fast to both sun nnd water.
Fancy cretonnes Of pood quality
Will be extensively used for summer
toed coverings, chili and couch up?
holstery;, shirt waist box covers,
screen covets and otsrlains. Beauti?
ful effects are produced where one
pattern scheme Is carried out In a
room. Usually sleeping rooms, li?
braries an'1 dens are given this treat?
ment. Walls covered with fabrics t?
metrh these o,r&er llttinps are also In
DAiyrV MSflETUE OOWSS A.VP TAJXOR^MADBS OF I.TNT5W AVI) SATIW. ^rr.mtmx, 1/Art ne 1n. Morle.
Choosing a Wedding Present
It 1? eaay enough to choose a wed
01 nK prrs*rrt when the brtfl'S'ito-ibia la
a relative or a dear <rl*nd. WB know
then whether she likes Wcdg-wood, or
; Coalport, whether ?ha baa a well
stocked chest of linen or a very meagre
one, whether she is to live In a tiny
flat mliere all the furnishings and oc
lta-ments must perfouce be email, or
?whether s/he will dwell In mnrWe, halls
where thai largeat davenport or the
most enormous juovure will be In pro?
But?when tbo hrlde-to-be la a real
or comparative stranger?when we
know nothing' of her circumstances or
'now she Is to live?-what shall we
choosa to give .become* a voxatlous
question usually answered ll>y tiiu bro
nildlc "pieve of cut glass."
Not ttiat I would decry the oh anna
of cut glass. It makes a beautiful gift,
.but there aro ulao ist her things. And
??von ;n choosing cut glia.ss you can get
something unbackneyed if you really
put alltille thought into the mutter. A
jam 'i>.ina-, a sandwich platte witb a sil?
ver rim. a srt of caiwllesNoks?thosa
ore more unusual th-.'.n the usual eles
scrt dtlsh or pitcher. Also In glass
and Oliver are the useful taapot tiles
and the darling little ehaase ibox?s with
In Sheflleld there are ma.ny lovely
thi-ngs to be had at itvwloratc oott't.
What birtde would not enthuse over a
squatty Guernsey pitcher, the handle
covered with a weavlnig of fVne read?
And there are. baking disbes with
Sheffield rime, toml racks, veigcussbl *
dlsfhes wtth ?ottnpartm',!'Tvtfl for holding
wo or three vegvMfl'Mes?Just ahe thing
foT a small family?-teaeeddle*. ?*ts of
raimektn??oh, ever eo> mamy lovely
tteaga ra*g1?g }u (trkc* trom about
13.50 to ?20 or *80.
For a small gift in aolld fliver, let!
me suggest sugar tongs. If you wish'
to spend more and givo something
very unusual and yet very useful, but
a sat of the iced spoons with the very
long handles. A set of holders for
the sulcnt sweet corn, a email carving
sat for st?ak or birds, a. cheese knob
or a handsome pair of grape scissors
are gifts which would few would think
cl giving, yet which would tind a wel?
come p|aeo In any household.
Don't glvo pictures unless you know
tho tssto of both the bride and groom.
I'eople who love Christy's drawings
will not care for Botticelli copies, and
those who like Botticelli will not caro
for the Christy girl. Yet If you know
that the young couplo adore Old Kng
llsh color prints let me ?uggest that
you bly a set of reproductions of the
"Cries of I?ndon." There are thir?
teen, in the set, und they will charm?
ingly decorate the Chippendale dining
room, or grace a hall In Colonial stylo.
Ang good picture dealer has them.
Flno linen is one of the gifts which
'a always good, but not very Imagin?
ative. Likewise If the happy pair are
to board, n supply of linen la only
Komethlng to-take enre of. and Is no
resl vise or pleasure. Hut If thhey are
going to houaekeoplng It Is a very
welcome gift. Half ,-. dor.cn flne
towels, hemstitchod or hand-scallop
ped; a table runner with Insets of the
filet orobhet which la now so popular:
a set of ecru linen dollies with designs
lti blue cross-stitch: a between-meal
centrepiece made of a square of hand
woven lln>n carefully stenciled In
crange with the foliage?these are all
charming gifts. A lingerie pillow or
two rarely comes atn'is, but they
should be Complete, with the pillow|
Inside* and not merely the cover. \
Customs at Court
New rules for guidance In the. Intri?
cate matter of wearing orders, medals
and miniature decorations on state oc?
casions in England will appear In n
new edition, shortly to be published, of
the book, "Dress Worn at Court." by
Herbert Trendeil. M. V. O.. chief clerk
of the lord chamberlain's department.
There will bo a dolalled desor ptton,
too, of the new uniform prescribed
for dominion governors.
The regulations of the lord cham?
berlain's department for the dress of
those who attend courts or levcts are
so strict that an expert court tailor
[ Is posted as the agent of the depart?
ment at the entrance of the rooms 'n
Which the functions are held. It is
his duty to scrutinize the clothes of
each man attending the court and to
draw attention to any irregular-ty.
"The most frequent mistakes arise.?
said this expert recently, "from t.in
fact that there are two styles of court
dress at present permitted to the ? or?
dinary Civilian -nu old and a new.
Hoth are of black velvet, hut the
older dress 's more elaborately ornii
i mettled with steel buttons and there
urn lacs frills and ruttlcs at the peck
and wrists. The mistakes nrlso in
the form of attempts to Introduce
Home of those ornaments of the old
court dress into the simpler form of
" Romrilmos people in uniform oome
to court wearing the trousers' pre?
scribed for a levee Instead of the
breeches necessary for court dress, if
there is lime, the lord chamberlain's
officials occasionally ins'st oo their
! going home to rectify such mistakes,
but as there, is no need at courts for
I many of the men lo enter the prese?as?
at all, they are often allowed to pass
nvlth the warning to keep In the,
background as much as possible,
i "Once I had to point out to a wpII
ltnown general as he was going in
that his sword was fastened on the
! wrong side, tt is fairly common for
I civilians to make the mistake or put?
ting t&? sword e* t&? rJjgbj^lAM^_ftlA?t
New Styles in Petticoats
Petticoats are prosalo, but, like
many trifles, they aro capable of
ruining the whole. Only tn? rank
outsider* In dress cling to tae. plnJtod
skirt, yet the petllcoits that are
bought and ao'.d by the hundreds aro
I only Intended to be worn under such
I outer garments.
It is prnhnble that the mrtnufactur
I ers of underwear did not realize that
the narrow skirt would last ovor
night, so they mado no arrangements
j ;to alter llngorlo to the requirements 1
of narrow outor clothing. This i
spring there has been wholesale re- j
! cutting of petticoats, dhemases and:
I conibinaflions, but In tno meantime |
i women have suffered considerable In- !
I convenience if they had to Duy their j
clothes ready made,
j Drawing strings still exist in the
majority of petticoats, although t-hey I
: make us ungainly a ridge about the
I waist as one could Invent. Tit,- shops j
declara that they must be kept, as'
, there Is no way of changing the waist J
['measure of women who do not pre- i
, tend to wear their petticoats with
same adjustment US the, router skirts;,
they suggest alteration at home as th?),
j best means of setting it right.
I There Is a petticoat With an od
! Juatnble waist band utranBed by
I meana of small glove clumps, say nvoj
or six In number, placed a"*i regu'a' j
j Intervals, and the potttcoat can he
let out or taken in at pleasure,
I The width at the hem of the new]
! (petticoats' is considers >ty 'decreased:
i for the spring, and this takes th?i
burden'-of alteration off every wo?
man. Whether the manufacturers i
have derided that the narrow sktrt
Is to stay, or whether they realize
that so few petticoats are worn in
winter that If was up to them to get.
put something that would attract
public kttentjpa for the cummer, U
In hard to tell, but trie lingerie has
really Improved Immensely.
Muslin pottlroats. whicfl must be
?worn with wash suits and skirts, have
had a yard taken off the width an<1
the trimming reduced to the tnlnl-|
mum. Instead of rutlles, which were |
persistently applied, and which hroko
the straight line of the outer skirt
and ruffled it out at me hem, there,
is now flat trimming made of tuck?
ing or beading, or lnee, or embroid?
Tt. is tlnsortad labout two Inches
from tiio hem. and merely adds an ot -
nat o touch Instead of destroying the
line In the expensive petticoats this!
hand is four inches deep, made ol
cluny or ft lot lace, which has taken
the place of Vol. this yenr, and is
run through with three bands of rib?
bon which are finished In flat pump
hows at the side.
Wash silk petticoats "nil thin taf?
feta ones tire brought out by the Hun?
dreds to wear und.".' skirts that urn
too thin for sheer muslin. These are
also preferred by a largo nurobor of
women for everyday wear, fts Tfley ara
now so short and so scanty that the*
do not soil easily.
They have accordion Plaiting at th?
edge If foe material Is iiiito Soft; It
It is of taffeta there Is merely a threo
Inch hem edged with a flat piece ot
ungathered lace'. Kveu this Is omit?
ted on some skirts and the hem ? Is
covered with a flat band of sheer eye
lot embroidery which adorns the hem
at the edge and Is hasted up on th?
The advantages of tats are obvuvi*
It can be ripped oft,, washed and re?
placed, thereby saving tu? cleaning
of th? ?ntlre petticoat, .
Accessories for the Toile
The vanity box is to tho wornu of
fashion one of tha prime necessities.
One of toe prettiest of the ne-w?r
models Is m/vde In tho shape of a
round enamel med all Ion about rwo
Lncbei la diameter and hung from a
silver-gilt ohain. It opens with
?Ilver-gHt clasps, such as are seen an
the ordinary purse or shopping bag.
These boxes come In many colors.
Red. dark blue, yellow, purple, laven?
der and pink are preferred.
Long pins bade of black volvet.
mounted on mckol backs and edged
with cut steel beads aro pretty and
and Inexpensive acrc?8oriea for jabots
and thin summer gowns. They may
bo had In any shapo au.1 size. The
smallest Is a double bow knot about an
Inch and a half long, but perhaps
more effective Is a large knot con?
sisting of four loops of inch-wide
ribbon with two ends about three
Inches long, with heavily beaded bor?
One of the daintiest among the
newor designs In enameled buokte? 's
a design of wreaths of tiny pink and
blue flowers on a whtte background.
These buckles, enameled on sllvor, are
csually worn with a matching belt pin.
The30 belt pins are about two and a
Inches long, have tapering ends mount?
ed In heavy silver and a centre of
hand-pa'nted porcelain Instead of tha
Sleel ornaments set with brill'sna
sherry topazes are very artlstfS. One
may have a whole set, conalst'ng of
earring.-, necklace njid brooch, with the
addition of a band for the hair, which
la provided with one drop, formed of
a topar. und a ring of steel, which
rests on the forehend.
A flllot which consists of a single
row of rhlnostones encircling tne head
Is most effective when worn with a
low, smooth coiffure. A very different
use of this same style of fillet Is to
place It Bllghtly to one side, resting
lightly on the masses of puffs and
curls which form an elaborate coif?
fure, while at tho back a large choux
of bWirk ttillo la fluffed out on nil
sides above and beyond the flat circle
Tho newest wrist bags are ca-rrled'by
slipping the hand through a band at
the back. There Is one model of the
envelope-shaped case which has de?
tachable cords finished at the Amis
with metal hooks like thoao on neck
chains. These are easily detached from
the rings on the case. Tho cases,
though extremely flat, have an ex?
traordinary number of inside pockets.
P.ags and chango roirses aro seen
bead od In tho old-fashioned designs of
bright-colored flowers on a back?
ground of white. They are hung from
a chain and ring which slips over the
The fashionable, hnndkerchief IS
mnrko.l with long. Interlaced Initials
worked In contrasting but harmonious
colors. They are made of tho sheerest \
linen, with hemstitched borders, and?
the Initials are usually worked In such
colors ns huff. blue, green, deep red
or doep blue.
I'nil-i VflftUfon FiowH.
In tho .tune Woman's Home Com?
panion appears a report of the latest
Kreuch fashion changes, sent over
from Paris by a special correspondent,
Following Is a brief extraot:
"Never has gay Paris showon so
many varied styles as are seen at
present. Polret and Callot are still
making severely simple gowns, many
of them having the wtrtst and skirt .
Joined at the waist-line, and fasten-1;
Ing straight up the front, all of them ;'
showing the sllnt silhouette. Then,
Callot Is also designing tailored skirts
with a group of side plaits In the.
front and In the l.ark which are.
stitched to within eighteen Inche* of",
the hem and then allowed to flare out.'
"Another striking contrast to this'
type of tailored skirt is tho very now,
vary scant model ot RechofT-DavId, i
showing an extremely original cut- j
The skirt is scant, and hns a seam in]
front which follows the line of the1
jacket. There Is also a seam In th?;
middle of the back of tho skirt. This*
suit la mado of golden-brown, light-'
weight i-iit 1 no. and has a big roll col- ?
lar of black satin.
"Although dark green Is much used.'
ns a substitute for the touch of blank,
yet the black note la still a character-1
isttc note of many of the best of the '.
Madame Tollman and Dcpecoll are flnu |
Ishlng many of their blouesee iritlh rucJi-!?
lrrgs of bla.i; tulle, and trio dwa also
birve, undersleeves of rrnn spare nt black i
tttlle. Black velvet rlbbem 1? nvuch the
fasblon. Just as it always is whenever:
taffeta rtlllc !s tho mod*. i
"It is a silk season in Paris tbls yeas^i'
land tho wearing of taff>ta has .b?c>oimei'
a craze. There are Oho sbo>t tsffetaJ. ?
and the ohame.leon tnff.-tas, the taffetas I
In solid, old-fashioned colors, andi
striped, .uid figured, r.nd bordored tnf
fetns. And r.hoy are used nivt only for
afternoon and ovon'ng frocks, bu.t for',
coat suits and one-ipl-ece mornlngi
"Anof.her material much fsn-orod taf\
oat suits Is a new faille silk, which
hns a soft tr.ffeta finish. The rough I
cotton material called e-ponge Is muoh !
In demand, and Is very smart In cream-"
white. Cotton crepe r.nd Russian erash?,
i which are both soft and coars?, arsv
I also good style.
"Among the now colors ibis 1s es* i
pec.ally !;. favor Tt |s s rather odd*.'
tir.uuiiarent shade of red much reserrwv
bllM,- br Ok '?lor. Tones rvf terra-cott*',
1 and copper are good srf vie. Rulphnr-?')
yellow Is In demand, and ona of thsv'
I very row -> g.i a 's known as tilleul*
jwh'.ch reminds one of dry linden-treaU
J leaves." '.
' To provide sufficient ventilation for
a slimmer kitchen the windows should
be of good slse, with the upper part
'? reaching lose to the celling. It is nlst?
well to have windows on more than
lone side of the room. The placing of a
I window above the sink Is one of the
best means for providing comfort 'n a
[summer kitchen. Sometimes a door
[may have the upper part fitted with a
movable sash to take the place of *
window, Make convenient shelves nnd
I fit a box with under shelves, on which
t.. pl. ee pots, pans and kettles.
As ft protection from flies and otheg
Insects, the windows of tho summea
kitchen nj*y be entirely covered with
'Wire nol'tlng. Screen doors should
havi an extra wir- guard on the lower
The kind of shading provided for,
kitchen wlndovs will depend upon tha'
presence of shutters. Without blinds V:
'dark green or dark blue linen ahade.
will bo necessary, and If the roller Is
hung on brackets that are fastened on
.Vtremn upper part of the case?
ment instead of In sockets that ar%,"
Titsre.i beewsen the casing, * eouioW
ivsutllatlon can be n??nx?C\^ ?
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