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Daisy /^ay Write?
Newest Society Idol?.
MTean tip Roszke and Pol Plancon must
>h to their laurels If they'd retain
mage. The flcklo matinee girl is about
to transfer her affections. Jean some
What dampened the ardor of his Amer?
ican admirers when he took unto hlm
If an English wife. Plancon, the in?
comprehensible, is too difficult, declares
:t woman hero worshiper.
A new star appears upon the horizon.
To the matinee girl a new god is born.
He Is Herr Van Rooy.
Van Itooy made his debut In "Wal
Icuerle," essaying the role of Wotan.
Doth press and public pronounce him.
the finest operatic basso New York has
Today the matinee maid Is pelting
him with roses. Tomorrow she will be
praying for his autograph. Next week!
she'll be begging for a lock of his hair,
and, if all signs do not fail, before the
end of a month writing sonnets to Iiis
Theater habitues nlso have a new \
b?auty over which to rave. She appears
la Anthony Hope's ''Rupert of Hent- .
Mil." This new idol of the Manhattan
man Is a unique celebrity. To her no
i lied foreigner tins paid court, nor docs
site enjoy the distinction of being num
i ired among the footlightacquaintances
: his royal highness, the Prince of
Wales. Her Jewel box sports neither
eless stones nor appropriated coat
? i arms.
She is just an everyday American, a1
f imiliar type of the refined woman
tvlth honesty of purpose. Resides be?
ing an actress, she's an artist's model.
'I his Is the girl whom Ulbson has made
famous in some recent pictures.
Her name Jobyna liowiand.
She tomes from the great west and
;? oks every Inch a Princess Flavia.
All hall, 1 say. to the American ac-.
treasl Three cheers for our patriotic'
I've done the playhouses quite thor- |
OUghly In the past fortnight. Among
other things I conclude that members
of the Drew fnmlly gain In popularity
With each succeeding generation.
Ethel Barrymore, John Drew's niece.
Is conceded to be the best groomed If
not the most beautiful of young stage
women of this day. To share honors
with her charming cousin comes pret?
ty Georgia Mendum, I.oulsa Drew's 16
year-old daughter, direct from convent
to stage. Her debut was made in
A knowledge of stagehand affairs 1
find to be "stock in trade." The few
polite phrases compiled for convention?
al conversation do not engage the un?
divided attention of anybody's best
young man. With these facts fresh In
my mind I hailed with delight an op?
portunity to meet and talk with Mon?
sieur Q. 1 profited thereby, and let me
tell you, girls, don't ever neglect a '.ike
chance. He was a mine of informa?
tion?gossiped as glibly as your most
talkative neighbor. What more need 1
One of you may recall Cholly's hasty
departure from your box when be
espied Algy down stairs. Well, It was
Monday, it you remember, the night of
new plays. Algy had visited four the?
aters and dropped in at the opera to
tell all the others who were prevented
from so doing by engagements about
the "hits." He had discovered who
owned the prettiest ankles In the chorus
anil ilie cost of the new danseuse's jon
qull polonaise. I was near and over?
Speaking of things theatrical reminds
me of some Bernhardt news. Tin" divine
Sara nuisi surely secrete in her belong?
ings "a fountain of youth." Word is
cabled from the continent, "She looks
younger than she did five years ago."
This seems Incredible, but Bemhnrdt'S
process of rejuvenation may be worthi?
ly classed among this century's won?
ders. Her new thenter is spoken of as
a "howling success." She will visit the
United States In JS99 on another "final
farewell tour." Her most striking car?
riage costume is of white cloth, cut a la
princessc. She wears a marvelous fur
boa around her neck, so long that the
small sable heads attached to each end
of the Huffy garland trail upon the
Frequenters of the French capital arc
fond of lte.lnne. In tho matter of dress
she Invariably accentuates the artistic
instinct. All Europe is discussing her
clothes, notably an evening gown she
wears in "Le Callce." It Is of mousse
line de sole, which bespeaks an era of
ultramarine blue. The gown In ques?
tion is a study in color and form. The
material is variegated, shading from a
deep blue one sees in MurlllO'S pictures
of the Virgin's mantle Into the palest
HANDSQME DINNER TOILET.
oiol blue. Dark lines encircle the waist
ami fade upward to the square < ut
I opening. A dark band ulso hems the
I skirt, growing fainter as it nears the
belt. In tliis modlstlc triumph an oyer
: skirt Is suggested, consisting of three
I draperies edged in black velvet.
From the same source 1 learn that the
fushionnble close tilting skirt, which
molds the form to the knee, widening
about the feet, hugs more tightly.
I glory in Mr. Bagby's musical morn?
ings at the Astoria. Aunt Hetty re?
proves me when 1 grow ecstatic over
them and counsels me to "save my emo?
tions for more fitting occasions." It is
pardonable enthusiasm. N'ot only does
one hear tine singing, but sees style.
\\ hencver there's a dearth of Items in
my notebook I hie me to the "B. M."
(Bagby musicale). confident there'll be
something worth while. I'm seldom dis?
Aunt Hetty disapproves the high
priced tickets of admission, which ac?
counts for much.
This week the new handshake pre?
sented itself for consideration. Bend th :
elbow and carry the right band forward
until It Is on a parallel line with the
chest. Upturn the palm to receive the
Visitor's bund, giving a firm pressure
rather than a vigorous shake. The
movements are graceful and a decided
Improvement upon the " pump handle"
style lately In vogue.
This same day Ainalla Kussner fur?
nished nn object lesson for slim women.
Miss Kussner dresses her svelte form to
perfection. Her exquisitely simp!-? frocks
reveal every delicate line, making no at?
tempt to build up the petite AgUre by
frou frou effects. The ensemble Is ad?
mirable. After the prog rat nine she be?
came the center of nttrnction. Every?
body wanted to bear the miniature
painter's own version of the academy
row. MisH Kussner explained briefly.
'Twas all because her portraits were
badly hung, and by reason of this she
felt justified in removing her exhibit.
We still think we were cheated of de?
tails in this arlstoerutic controversy.
At Intervals a new social lender Is
thrust upon us. In early autumn Mrs.
Stliyvcsant Fish was designated as the
reigning queen. At the close of the sea?
son, from some unknown quarter, it is
announced that Mrs. Homy Sloane is
the arbiter of the One Hundred and
1 protest. It really Is nn unjust taxa
; lion upon us lesser lights to leave the
matter unsettled. No sooner do we
i do obeisance to one belle than another
beauty is brought on. Tact and diplo
. macy In such a game of shuttlecock
never win. Both women are equally
endowed, but it's tiresome in the ex?
treme to be without a recognized head
to decide such questions as may con?
cern society. Modesty forbids my sug?
gesting Aunt Hetty for the position.
Just the sumo she does credit to the
I late lamented Mr. McAllister's prerog
i Perhaps It's discretion rather than
nindoKl >??which?f.n bill.i?nt^-inte, fei -
ehce. I am not anxious to fall heir to
Mrs. John King Van Renssclacr's boots.
Since Christmas I've heard little else.
dlscussod except her book and (so call- !
ed) Impudence; There has been a
"tempest In the teapot" over Mrs. Van's
; "New Yorkers of the Nineteenth Cen
I tury." Some of those whose names
j have been omitted are haughty anil si?
lent. Others openly avow a contempt
; for the undertaking.
j It is Mrs. Van's intention to Issue a
i volume for six ernsceutlvo years denl
i Inn with '-'0 families and their offshoots
in each. She claims there are but IL'0
"llrst families" of New York. The
des endants of these or members by
I marrlnge now number 4,000. Neither
} Astors nor Goulds are mentioned. Mrs.
; George Vanderbllt, nee Dresser, is tho
only member of this large and wealthy
' family on the eligible list,
i The pedigree ot those figuring In
; fashionable society has been a fnsclnnt
I ing study for Mrs. Van. It has taken
, her two years to construct the volume
j just published. Hereafter If in doubt
i ns to your Identity consult the new
oracle. 1 shall never forget Mis. Van's
reception some few years ago, at which
she Introduced her sons to society. One
still alludes to it as "Johnsle and Har
nie s debut party."
? The book will be to Americans what
THE LATEST EMPIRE FANS.
iBurke's Peerage Is to the English. De
i spite Mrs. Van's restrictions, I'm In?
clined to believe the right hand of fel?
lowship will be extended to the Astors,
Vnnderbilts and Goulds ad Inflnltutn.
It was hinted before the volume ap?
pealed that it would work n social ref?
ormation and that our visiting lists
would undergo considerable pruning.
Like most sensational rumors there's
little foundation fcr wholesale alarm.
The elects 10 Whom advance copies were
sent, agree that it Is no literary or so?
cial bomb, it Is called the "Purple
Hook" as the superlative of the "Hlue"
of bygone days.
Magnlfh ent enough to grace a king's
banquet was the gown worn to a recent
dinner dance by a stately young ma?
tron of society. It was of emerald green
velvet, white satin duchesse and white
mousselinc de sole spotted with chenille.
White satin formed n corselet over the
kerchief drapery of green velvet upon
tile shoulders,wrrthrthe tunic skirt, with
round apron drapery In front nnd
square trnin. was white satin elaborate?
ly hand painted in green, with a foliage
j Green velvet showed under the satin
of the tunic. The ribbon about the
waist and knotted at tho side was also
of green velvet. It was clasped by a
marguerite pin In pearls and topazes.
The mousseline do soie was arranged In
j loose folds over tho shoulders and fell
i down upon the arms. The V shaped
; folds or velvet and the chiffon mous.se
' lino tie soie on the shoulders were each
clasped by tho marguerite pins.
I My chum, acting upon my late sug?
gestion, refitted her beau's den. The
j idea has been so fetchlngly demon?
strated I must describe it to you. Of
! course tho room is oriental in design.
, Hut Bessie's genius ns a decorator is
j manifest. One corner has be-:>n entirely
remodeled. Selecting the cheeriest spot,
j she has stretched across the triangular
I space u bamboo curtain and placed be
| hind it a tabouret of generous pro?
portions. On it are found odd shaped
I tobacco jar*, tilled with several varie?
ties "f the favorite weed. Numerous ash
I trays, a basket of clay pipe bow ls and a
I tall vase of cane stems are Its equip?
ment. Such paraphernalia may provide
for any number of smokers the host
chooses to invite. The wall behind the
portiere Is decorated with pipe racks
of burned wood, plaster casts and indl
; vldunl holders fcr the highly prized of
the meerschoum collection. A "sleepy
: hollow" nnd steamer chair standing in
nose proximity complete the "gem
thought." I dote on this particular
"Paradise alley." We've called an ex?
perience meeting to hear the "reveries
I of the bachelor" w ho loafs tho hours
away In this seductive corner.
! Just a llttla while ago I commended
'^printing as a cure for "that tired feel?
ing." My arguments in favor of it hays
? since been supplemented by the wise
1 words of a beauty doctor, who claims
; running us the bcsl and quickest meth?
od yet discovered to train down. There
. now: riing all your favorite cures out
of the window, and don't forget "It is to
Incrusted With Jewels and
Painted by Eminent Art?
More and move nro sensible womon
learning iho desirability <>f possessing
at least one really handsome fan. Not
every woman can afford to cover her?
self With costly gems, lull almost any
woman who has any social pretensions
at nil can aspire to the ownership of a
beautiful fan. The modern belle has
I not been remarkable for Hie fastidious- >
loess in this respect that inuiked the
grandee dames or the courts of Louts
XIV. Louis XV and Louis XVI.
j The funs of the beauties of those'
iinns are still regarded as models by
modern fanmakers. The greatest artists
diil nut disdain lo exert their skill in'
ornamenting these dainty trifles, Ihn
I name of Watteau being known almost
entirely through his pre-eminence in
this woi k.
I Every year sees a handsomer class of
I funs displayed In the shops The tine
j Jewelers handle the liest ones. Many,
! women buy them comparatively unor
Inamented in order to have them paint
I ed by tome special artist Lace funs
: are always in pood taste and are al?
ways popular. Just at present, in har?
mony with the fad for spangles, they
ate glittering with showers of silver
and Jet. True lovers" knots of white
i lace appliqued upon fans of black lace
aro much liked by elderly ladies. Black
gauze fans painted with (lowers, too.
have their admirers.
A stunning fan seen in the shops is
of del'catc green gauze painted with
; great golden butterflies and blow
a ways, the butterflies' wings glittering
I with gold pnillettes.
j A more costly fan of brussela lace is
shown in tiie picture, its central me
; dntlion contains two lovely girls in
: gauze draperies, behind whom is an ex?
quisite landscape with its delicate fo?
liage and gleuming water. The sticks of
; this fan are of mother of pearl inlaid
I with small gold llowers.
Its companion, a smaller fun. is also j
! of brussels net. th>> picture in the ten?
ter showing two girls .n old fashioned
attire, one singing und the other play
, Ing on the lute.
An effective fan for those of soberer
tastes was exhibited In a fashionable
shop window. It was of black gauze.
With a border of azalea blossoms in s:lk
I applique, painted in delicate shades of
pink and crimson and mauve und out?
lined with (closed gpangl s to match the
sandalwood Mirks, which were In their
turn gold studded.
Another pretty thing In black gauze
I was bordered with a design of white
! satin, edged with silver and showered
with tiny silver stars .and festoons.
! One of the latest fancies of fashion
is a silk fan in a shade of empire green
with insertions of gold lace and glitter?
ing with gold pnillettes. The sticks, of
beautiful pale tortoise shell are also
Gauze of mlstlikr- grayness, on which
I Is pain.ed a dreamy Venetian scene.
' has fragile sticks of dyed mother
Of pearl of purple and del,, ate rqoon
j light blue. The scene shows a palace,
! terrace nnd balcony with hooded ladies
tripping lightly down the broad steps to
waiting gondolas. Through windows
one ctttches a glimpse of festive throngs
within the old palaces, the effect of glass
being cleverly imitated by gauze over
; the painted design.
Wonderful tones of green, blue and
pink are Introduced into another fan.
the mounts being of dyed mother of
pearl inlaid with gold. Groups of splen?
didly dressed court ladles, with their
cavaliers, are painted upon the surface,
the groups being Inclosed by gnrlnuds
of roses supported by laughing, dimpled
( harming in Its grace and delicate
coloring was another fan In which pink
was the prevailing color tone. The pic?
ture represented a fragile, cockleshi il
boat garlanded with flowers, over which
Dan Cupid presided. This painting
formed the central one of a series in
which winged Cupids and nymphs play?
ed prominent parts. The central one
was painted on a she1' shaped medal- '
lion fringed with silvery seaweed, with
softly colored shells ut the base. At.
the corners graceful nymphs sported!
upon the foam crested water, this be-!
Ing depicted with a marvelous natural-!
Sonio of tho newest gnuze fans are
made in shell shape, painted with floral
designs and brilliantly spangled.
Black fans appllqued with white lace, '
copies of the empire and antique fans, !
are those most In demand.
A suitable fan for halt mourning
would be one of black gauze ornament- j
ed with a conventional design of steel |
sequins, the black sticks also glittering I
with the metal.
A dainty Louis XV fan !?? poetically1
lovely. With Its hand painted apple bios-;
fonts nnd white sticks silver studded, 1
To hold the costly fans now being
shown in the shops are any number of
fashionable long chains. Some of these j
are of pearls and gold nnd silver 1>cads
Interact with turquoises, others of to- \
pases, coral or the less expensive gems. I
The chains are often of gold and i liver
alone, wrought into many fanciful pat?
terns. Strings et topazes, garnets; cm- j
eralds, sapphires, etc., are sometimes
strung upon gold chains. For those
who cannot afford the real jewels and
will not wear imitations arc betels of
black velvet ornamented with tiny
clasps of out steel.
Not every woman is so fortunate as a
certain New York clubwoman who pos?
sesses at least L'O of these long neck
chains from which to suspend the fan
or lorgnette. One of them is of large
blue green turquoises, each as largo
and round as a hickory nut. They have
not their duplicates in tho country. A
well known nctross and singer who saw '
ihcm tried to obtain n similar chain '
at every Jeweler's in New York, but in
vain. The turquoises wen: given to
their present owner by her husband,
an old army officer, who found them j
one time when out with a scouting par- I
ty In New Mexico. They were in un old
i nve once used either as u place of In?
dian worship or bui lat.
This same woman ha* strands of
white arid yellow topazes and curiously I
carved chains from the orient, eai h
bead scented and representing a prayer
to Allah. There are among them pearls,
coral, amethysts, garnets, ultramurlnes,
beryls and all sorts of stones. She has
made the collection of Jewels her fai\
and her position and Income have en?
abled her to gratify her taste liberally.
Until long chains bi came so fashiona?
ble these jewels were most often kept In
cases in safe deposit vaults. Now, how?
ever, their owner's pretty daughter isI
: the envied of nil her friends, for her;
fan, lorgnette and purse can boast each .
I of a different ?diain every day In the
Week for several weeks and such chains
as none of them can approach In value;
j or beauty.
CAROLINE WETHERELL. \
A M?ttrr of Slntnrr.
It is an undeniable fact that the ma?
jority of men prefer short women to I
tall ones. Perhaps this is because they;
like to be looked up to?at all events by
the fair sex?and it Is only natural fori
I them to prefer the giii who. in her little
caresslngs and fascinating loverlike i
I ways, has, on account of her shortness, j
to look up at him for the purpose of j
peering into his lovellt eyes. Tall wo-!
nun are usually dignified and appear to'
scorn kittenish ways, and although
they manage to draw admiration it ta
rather of the nwe inspiring kind.
No doubt, owing to the smallness of
statute and pretty, playful ways, men
give to little women more petting than
the tall, dignified woman demands. The
lover's oft repeated expression, "You
little darling." could hardly be applied
to the very tall girl without tickling the
risibilities of those Who overheard it.
'-. This Is certainly very hard and looks
I like a punishment for being tall, but
! who can help her stature? It is a fact,
itoo, that men are rather shy about np
| preaching tall women because cf the
restraint which they feel but cannot
explain. They nre under the impression
! --why, it la hard to tell?that tall wo
I men are built to be commanders, and
, they nre In their natural element when
left nlone in their reserved dignity und
Imusings in their lonely wanderings.
Keeping the I.ndy Kor film.
I They have a regulation at a certain
! free library by which any member
wanting a particular book and the same
i not being in can. by paying a cent, se
jcuiv next turn, and on the book coming
I In the librarian sends him a notification
jper post card.
A member wanted one of Jepson's
works, and deposit* d his cent In the
usual way. and received a card in due
course. The member is ft married man,
and bis wife took In the card. Tills is
j how It read:
! "Mr.-Is Informed that 'The Girl
' Ha Left Behind Him' Is now in the li?
brary nnd will be retained for him until
Thursday morning next."
Of Interest ^
On ; ot the standing pillars of stone,
"The Stones ot Stones." In the Orkney
Islands, seems to have had a romantio
Through tlio upper part a round hole
was cut, through which it is presumed
the sacrifli ial victim was tied, but In
later times it was put to other uses.
Hither many pair of lovers resorted and
by joining hands through this ring
plighted their troth forever?a pledge of
love which was to them as sacred as a
The Si ottlsh Society of Antiquarians
gives the following explanation of thai
"When the parties had agreed to mar?
ry, they repaired to the Temple of tho
Moon, where the woman, In the pres?
ence of the man. fell down on her knees
i nd prayed to tha god whom they ad
! on this occasion that he would'
enable her to perform all the promises
and obligations she had made and was
to make to the young man present.
"Afl r which they both went to tho
Temple of the Sun. where the man
pi lyed in like manner before tho wo?
"They then went to the stone of Odin,
and, the man being on one side nnd thn
woman oh tho other, they took hold of
each other's right hand through the
hole in it and swore to bo constant and
faithful to each other."
Orkney people paid great respect to
th.is stone i f ' ?dln, and when visiting It
were in the habit of depositing a pres?
ent of bread and cheese or a rag.
It was believed that If a young child
was passed through the hole It would
n ver shako with the palsy of old age.
Love In I.nplAud.
When a young Laplander Is in love
with a girl, he and ehe run a race. He
la hi avlly handicapped, so that Bhe may
win if she chooses, and If she outruns
him ? cannot propose again. Of course
she suffers herself to be overcome It
she enres for him, but tho consent of
her par-nts must be obtained before
she can bo married. The law of tho
land is very strict on this point, and In
olden times the man was subject to
capital punishment if he married with?
out the consent of the girl's parents.
After a Laplander has chosen a bride
he s. nds her a present of a girdle, a
ring and a quantity of brandy. He goes
as tar as the door of her but, but re?
mains outside until invited to enter,
when a bumper of brandy Is offered to
ii. girl's father. If he drinks it, it Is
Ign he consents to the marriage, and
the young lover then promises to give
tlie girl some clothes and pays a sum ot
money, generally 100 copper dollars,
down on the spot. This of course Is a
"hi int of marriage by purchase,
which In primitive times succeeded
marriage by capture.
Banns are published once in Lap
I, end tho marriage ceremony is
very short. The bride wears her hair
loose nrvl has d gold band round her
head. Her presents and her dowry are
generally reindeer, nnd she and her
;room remain with her parents
for a year after marriage.
Economy In Urldal Presents.
"It is scarcely the right thing," said
a young bride, "to look a gift horse in
the mouth, and yet IPs hard not to
?? k oui 's mind on a mat tor of thl3~
kind. It does seem to me that people
might think awhile before buying wed
dlng presents. I am sure if they had
io 1 would never have received
ii rui L stands. What in the world
am 1 to do with them all? I can only
use one nt a time or at the most two.
\. w. what is to become of the other
five? It's just too perplexing for any
hing! If I could only show them. It
In't be so bad. but I can't even do
1 ir me, I don't know why you
should worry ever such a little thing
as that," observed her sister, who had
been married nine years. "Those extra
cruet stands will come in handy by and
it the one you want to keep
in ' then put tho others carefully away,
v, . r any of your friends marry,
let a era t stand be your gift. It'll save
you bus ot money. When I was mar?
ried.. 1 received four fish knives among
my presents. 1 was cross until some
? gave me the hint that I have Just
liven you, and then I was happy. It
wasn't long before I had made good
use of three lish knives."
A Greek Opinion on Women.
The Greek philosopher Aristlppus wa?
once asked by n friend what sort of a
woman he ought to choose for a wife.
His answer was: "I cannot recom?
mend <>ny sort, for If she Is fair she
deceive you; if plain, you will dls
llko her. If she Is poor, she will ruin
you; If rich, yf.u will be her slave. If
she is clever, she will despise you; If
ignorant, she will boro you, and If she
is spin ful she will torment you."
Perhaps this opinion of the Greek
sage should be taken with a grain of
s.i'it. as the great thinkers of Greece en?
tertained such perverse notions of wo?
man's character that the question was
actually raised i.mong them whether
women had souls.
An Economical Qncen.
Nothing is wasted from the royal ta?
ble. When her majesty Queen Victoria
is in residence at Windsor, all the scraps
and broken victuals from her table are
distributed every morning to certain old]
women In the neighborhood, and the
used tea leaves the recipients dry In the
sun or before the Uro and use again,
and, as the tea was originally the best
and not allowed to stand long, it is most
likely not much the worse for the tor*
mer brewing, . - - ^ ?? ?