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Gay Summer Scenes In London by
Under Chxlk cur? and Alone the Pared*
Where KncUml Sport? IU Summer
Frofki and There Are Musy Time*
for the Bathing Machine.
[Special London Letur.l
I do not know of an j occupation DOT*
amusing?until one wearies of It?than
driving on the Esplanade at Brighton,
which one may call the Long Branch of
England, save that, considering the vast
extent of the British watering place,
the American resort is only a camp com?
pared with it. The tine expanse of sea,
the white chalk cliffs, tho long rows of
hathing machines, loworinjr tho British
matron to tho water by windlass, tho
lively music of tho band on tho roof of
the aquarium and tho gay crowds of
visitors make up a scene that, whilo it
is novel, is wonderfully entertaining.
It was a typical Brighton afternoon,
whon our trap turned into tho parado
at four o'clock or thereabouts: tho
three miles of its length wero all
"wind, glaro and fashion," for this
London by the Soa has no shado and
tho sun, for a marvel, was bright and
even warm. Tho British school-boy
was very much en evidence, with his
plug hat of a grown man, his collar of
HATS AT BRIGHTON'.
an inf;tnt of six years and his jacket of
a waiter, smartly gloved and offering
hi3 very slender arm to his big sister
or mamm;;. Englishwomen wero out
in force, very straight, very stiff, very
much rouged. Ono slim, correct
creature, whoso carriage for a time
kept abreast of ours, had put on her
makeup most liberally high on her
cheek bones and behind hor ears. Sho
inclined her bead constantly to ac?
quaintances, trusting to the elevation
of tho carriage, as to tho stage, to tone
-down crudo effect into soft brilliancy.
Almost every woman ono passed was
powdered, some thickly and unpleas?
antly. Many had darkened tho eye?
lashes and brows and tho hollows
under the eyes. Ono pretty girl came
to speak to tho occipants of a carriage
drawn up by tho walle Sbo was fresh
and sweet and fair and cxqui.sitely
dressed, but her lashes were powdery,
like a miller's, except that she had
blacked instead of whitcd them. Ono
sees enough of this sort of thing in
New York, but English fashion is
much more unpleasantly artificial.
People tell mo that Englishwomen
powder because they tako too. much
wine and it makes their noses glow.
At all events, it is not pretty.
The crowd was motley* but less* so
than at Long Branch or llockaway. ;
'Arry and his 'Arietto do not get fifty
miles out of London. Tho turnouts
clanked with silver and wero gay with
color as during driving hour at New?
port; tho promcnaders bad the lighter
tono of Narragansett pier, while the
bath chairs, and tho donkeys, and
the cutter-rigged, often Jbrown-sailed
boats and tho heavy, blue-groen at?
mospheric toges, only partially relievod
by tho chalk, lont a piquantly for?
eign tono. The women wore white or a
rich rod mauve that glowed in tho sun?
shine or canary yellow or blue com?
bined with cream or gray. They dared
contrasts of color that would bo ? ven?
tured by fow Americans. J0ut on the end
of tho chain pier was a tall girl in a vivid?
ly red gown of a thin silk that swathed
her figure with every puff of the breeze.
Above this she -had buttoned a smart
white jacket and on her blonde hair was
a largo flat-topped black straw hat,
turned up in front and behind, the two
flaps of the brim hold together on the
crown by a standing bow of black rib?
The silk shirt might be called, with
tho younger women, the prevailing
style. It was invariably belted and
showed a considerable flounce of ma?
terial below the waist line, being in this
respect much less trig and finished than
the shapes affected in America The
yellow-haired girls wore blue and white
striped shirts, combined with blue tics
fastened in a sailor's knot and with tho
long ends secured beneath the waist
band, and very narrow-brimmed white
sailor hats with threo bands of blue
ribbon about the crown. The brown
haired girls wore pink shirts, pink ties
and black sailor hats with pink ribbons.
All sorts of girls wore the "beauty-spot''
veil, which at Brighton is black and has
one patch, that being quite a large
just under tb<* left eye. \
A noticeable fashion was the largo,
plaited gauze of muslin jabot or mull
tie worn usually in a color contrasting
with the rest of the toilet Women in
white wore pale heliotrope mull ties
and white hats veiled in. Others wore
green silk sashes knotted behind white
frocks, with green jabots at the throat
and green hat trimmings. A not
unusual combination was a skirt of
fawn-colored or gray wool with* a broad
hand of black velvet at the bottom,
whito silk shirt, white gloves and black
hat trimmed with marguerites, the
favorite flower next the poppy of the
English summer. A flaming brunette,
more pronounced in type than one often
sees in Briton, wore a white silk skirt,
yellow silk shirt and white hat piled
with flowers and tied down with yellow
English peoplo who have money know
how to enjoy themselves. There were
the little erirls on the ponies. One pink
and whito creature in a dainty white
frock guided hors with whito ribbons
and dangled white silk stockings. She
wore tho much bepuffed and ruffled
whito capo bonnet, which is standard
head covering for English children, and
which always makes mo laugh becauso
it reminds me of tho gift volumes that
lie about in country inns, where tho
stout and prosaic Queen Victoria is
styled "tho little blossom of May," and
wherein it is stated that she in her
childhood wore capo bonnets and was
never allowed to have her hair curled
until she was ten years old. To return
to our muttons, tho children's ponies
were led by liveried servants. Odo
bright-looking boy in . Highland kilts
had quite a formidable retinue, a man
to guido his pony, a maid to walk at his
sido and' another man to walk behind.
It is impossible not to pity the toddlers,
for their whito stockings are invariably
short and their knees bare.
Cream-colored silks wcro among the
most striking carriage toilets. These
wore trimmed lavishly with gold. Ono
had a gold-em broidored belt, a broad
band of gold about tho hem and gold
cuffs confining the full sleeves; a whito
cloth dress had a bodice laced with gold
cord passed through gilt eyolot holes.
Another had a whito zouave jacket
edged about with gold drop fringe.
Ono very pretty black d^css \va3 a foul?
ard scattered over with bouquets, tho
hem bound to a depth of five or six
I inches with bright cherry-colored vol
vct, which also formed the belt, and
slashed opaulnts on tho shoulders. With
this was worn a black gauzo hat trimmed
with cherries. Tho handsomest woman
on the parade sat very straight in a
frock of mauvo cotton, wearing a black
hat shaped like a Beefeater's and
trimmed with clusters of Neapolitan
EN JOYING THE BMGIITON BKEEZES.
violets. Her parasol was a dome of ruf?
fled mauve-colored gauze.
The cotton frocks and the flowered
delaines wore very pretty, but it is nec?
essary to say that thoy trailed slightly
on the ground Frocks indulging in
this bad habit becomo soiled at a water?
ing place very easily. There were more
panier toilots than 1 should have ex?
pected, the paniers being of black laco
over black or colored silks. It was no?
ticeable too that in tho freshest toilets
narrow millinery ribbons woro giving
way to quite wido ones. In tho concert
hall of the Royal Pavilion?George IV.
built it when Prince of Wales, but Vic?
toria sold it out in 1850?somo tall girls
in pretty hats woro worth observing.
Tho one whoso oyos wore brightest
wcro a small, flat-shaped or black crino
lino with small scarlet poppies decking
the brim. Tho one who had a gallant
yachtsman attending hor woro a yellow
hat of Japaneso gauzo much puckered
up and trimmed with black velvet loops
and large rhododendrons. Tho flippy
flappy-flop Leghorn hat is more French
and American than English, but tbore
woro one or two specimens trimmed
with field flowers, as well as gToat num?
bers of small .black bonnets, mere scraps
of things, trimmed with tiny ostrich
tips sot upright in the familiar "Ich
There is not much to say for Brighton
bathing costumes. The darkest and
clumsiest garments are apparently
viewed with most favor as being least
attractive and hence most proper, and
from blue flannel or se'rgo with a little
braiding in whito or black there is lib
t.io variation. I believe I did see ono
suit of whito flannel braided with blue,
but nothing that in home latitudes
would scare the fishes or turn tho tide.
The tennis ground was lively, the sun?
set gorgeous; then ono must hie back
to London, for wcro not Irving and Ter?
ry to read and would not c good sharti of
tho world be there? London fails to
empty itself as completely as usual, the
summer is so wet snd cold, and so it
happened that Mrs. Alma Ta.doma sat
near mo in white silk with broad hands
of black .volvot Mrs. Campboll Praed
was in tho audience in a printed India
silk, and somebody more or less distin?
guished who woro a low red gown and
magnificent diamond ornamenta.
SYNONYMS FOR MOTHER.
Children of Cn?aro Taught Love-Making
Instead of Veneration.
Mother, that dear, sweet, matchless
name, synonym f or the. tendorest, truest
love man ever know, has been elim?
inated from the fashionable vocabulary,
says the St. Louis Post-Divpatoh. In
the revised edition of the gilt-edged lex?
icon it is bracketed obsolete.
Only a few years ago war was made
on the common pronunciation of the
word mamma, and in spite of nsage the
French method was carried, that is, with
the accent en the last syllable. Now,
mother, mam-ma, and aid-fashioned
"ma" have been set asiae as common?
place and various terms of endearment
substituted. One of tho wealthiest
ladies in New York has taught hor two
little sons to caliber "precious." "Dear
one" is the favorite address in the homo
of a rich and distinguished politician,
and the scions of the largest estate in
tho country call the young mother "love
of mine" and the proud father "Prince
Charming." But tho most common term
of endearment among tho children of
the upper class is "sweetheart." Com?
ing from the little folks, scarcely able
to utter tho sounds of tho letters, it is
very pretty, especially at tablo or in the
nursery, when the small child has a griev?
ance or a heartache. It is not, howevor, a
convenient or eallablo name at the foot
of the stairs, when tho immediate pres?
ence or audience of a gentlewoman is
needed. .Since the abrogation of "dear?
est," which had as long a run as tho
Fauntleroy sash and collar, "dearie" has
enjoyed considerable popularity, but of
lato intrenchments have been made up?
on the lovers' territory and all their
tender appellations appropriated.
"Sweet one," "my own," "lovely,"
"heart's-ease," "dear heart," "queoa,"
"darling" and "sweetness" are some of
the pet names to which loving and lova?
ble mothers respond. And after ull
there is something very tender and very
sweet in this love-making of parents
and children, albeit the dignity Implied !
by plain "mother" may appear to bo
lacking. It is just possible that there
is too much severity in our relations
with the little ones, and that a better,
truer, firmer friendship may accrue from
this child worship. One thing is ccr-'
tain, that there can bo no estrangement
between the real lovers of borne. It is
the sweet privilege1 of every mother to :
be the idol of her daughters and tho
sweetheart of her sons, and she has
only herself to blame if the child-lover
tires of her and in the noonday of lifo
forgets the glory that brightened his:
morning. "Mother" may do for the ??
daughter and son that the marriage
ties will bring to the roof tree, but if a ,
sweeter, dearer name can be invented, j
by all means let us have it to use, to
hear and to love.
It Wan go Aimed as to lilt a Doer or Alis?
The following story :?. told of a couple ;
of sportsmen by tho era. Louis Globe- j
Democrat. Their names wero Hoffman
and Cowan, and both wero excellent
shots, and not a li:.tlo given to boasting
of their skill. One day they went on a
deer hunting expedition, and, after get?
ting into tho woods where they expected
to find deer, they separated. Shortly
aftor Hoffman heard Cowan's gun fired
off; he immediately went over to the
spot where he heard tho shot, expect?
ing to be obliged to help Cowan to
hang up a deer. Ho found Cowan very
busy loading his gun, and snouted out:
"Hallo, Cowan! What did you shoot at
'just now?'" .
"None o' your business! Go along
over the hill!"
Surprised at this short and crusty an?
swer, Hoffman looked around and dis?
covered a calf among tho bushes. Again
he cried out:
"I say, Cowan, did you shoot at that
"Yes, I did; but it's none o' your busi?
"Why, what made you shoot at it?*'
"I took it for a deer."
"Well, did you hit it?"
"No; I missed it!'
"How did you miss it?"
"I wasn't quite suro that it wasn't a
"You are a pretty sportsman," re?
joined Hoffman, "to shoot at a calf for a
deer, and miss it at that!"
"Don't make a fool of yourself," re?
joined Cowan. "I shot at it just so as to
hit it if it was a doer and miss it if it
was a calf!"
TALK OF INFANTS.
When Boon the Language of Babie* Be?
The Listener, of the IJoston Tran
scrpt, mentions tho case of a fond
mother of his acquaintance who had a
remarkablo baby, who, tho mothor in?
sists, says "Mamma's little girl" so dis?
tinctly that anybody in the world could
make it out. And this is the way, ex?
actly, that tho baby pronounces It:
"Lubblo, lubblo, lubble."
This is not nearly such plain English
as that used by a friend of the Listen?
er's, now a man and an honest and abio
one, who, when ho was two years old,
mystified the members of hb> family by
calling out in the imperative mood:
"Bixit, baxit, cloxit!"
All gathered round and tried bard to
make out what the youngster meant.
But the nost definite statement that
they could get out of him was: "Bixit,
baxit, cloxit" At last, by dint of a
good deal of pantomime, tho child got
thorn into tho pantry and indicated a
particular pl:ic-.? in it, and then his re?
mark translated itsolf to them. Wha
h3 meant to say was: "I want a biscuit,
in the basket in tho closet!"
I'erforatoil by Lightning.
A terrific rain anJ lightning-storm
visited the vicinity of Lexington, O. A
great dual of damage to crops was done
in the towns of Fremont and Speaker.
Leonard Pratt, a farmer living about
two miles north, of Roseburg, while
walking along the road sear this place
was struck by lightning and instantly
killed. A hole was made in his head by
lightning, and the string! of bis shoes
v.-s. o cut -VH smooth as though done .with
a knife. No Injury was done to hit
ONLY A LITTLE RIM OF STEEL.
A31 That There is Between a Railroad Pas.
sengvr and Death. i,
fKmrn tb<- Kans.isi City Star.]
"I tell you what it is." remarked an old
railroad man to-day. "It used to he that
they couldn't turn a wheel any too fast
for me, hut it is different now. The way
these fellows run nowadays makes my hair
stand on end. V7c used to think that
twenty-five or thirty miles an hour was
high running. People were just as well
satisfied, if not more so, than now, and
there weren't so many accidents. Those
days when a man got on the ground there
was some chance of his getting away alive,
hut when you touch ground on one of
these fast runs now you're mighty liable
to stay there. People are beginning to
look upon a mile a minute as a common
thing, and are just howling mad at a road
that doesn't make it. They never stop to
think of the danger. All they think
about is getting to their destination."
??Why. when I stop and think of hcing
whirled across the country fifty or sixty
miles an hour, down hills and around
curves, w ith only an inch and a half iron
between me and eternity, I get so scared
I swear never to get on a coach
again. What fro I mean by an inch and a
half of iron? Well, you know what a pas?
senger Coach is. don't you? You know
how they're built. A couch is a pretty solid
thing nowadays, and to look at one a per?
son would think they were pretty safe, but
that's because you don't know anything
about' it. The coach itself is all right
as far as it goes, but it's the wheels. Did
you ever look at the wheels? If you did
von may have noticed how they're made.
J9 good size, broad enough and heavy
enough, and with a tire of the finest kind
of steel. But on the inside of the tire,
you see a sort of rim or Hange. That
flange is about an inch and a half thick
and about the same depth. It doesn't
look as it amounted to much,that little
piece of steel.but that's just what the lives
of all the passengers depend upon. That
flange keeps the wheel to the rail and
keeps the coach from running off the
"Well, now, when a train is going fifty
miles an hour around a curve you see how
much depends on the flange. The whole
weight and speed of the train is against
that Hange on one side, the outside of the
curve, and is all that keeps the coach
from whirling from the track. Suppose
thi' Hange broke, or. as is often the case,
was worn down and had been missed by
the car inspector. The chances are ten
to one that the Hange couldn't hold, but
would climb the rail and there'd be an?
other accident. The reporters would lie
told the rails spread or something of that
kind, and no one l?ut the company would
know what caused the accident."
"There are a good many accidents that
happen that way.lint it doesn't appear to lie
any of the public's business. As a gener?
al rule a coach wheel is Matched mighty
closely, and the minute a Hange begins to
wear new ones are put on.hut many a time
an inspector will miss a wheel, and then
the chances are big that there'll lie an
THE BABIES OF THE WORLD.
(From tin-St. Lmuls Republic.)
It has been computed that between
?G.OOO.OOO ami :i7,0UO,(KNf babies are horn
in the world each year. The rate of pro?
duction is. therefore, about seventy per
minute, more than one for every beat of
the (dock. With the one a minute calcu?
lation every newspaper reader is familiar.
Init it is not every one who stops to calcu?
late what this means when it comes to a
year's supply. It will therefore, probably
startle a good many persons to find, on the
authority of'a well known hospital writer,
that, could the infants of a year be ranged
in a line in cradles, the cradles would be
overflowing and at the same time extend
around the globe.
The same writer looks at the matter in
a still more picturesque light. He imagines
the bahies being carried past a given point
in their mother's arms, one. I>y one, and tho
procession being kept up, night and day,
until the last corner in the twelfth month
had passed by. A sufficiently liberal rate
is allowed: but, even in going past at the
rate of twenty a minute, the reviewer at
his post would only have seen the sixth
part of this infantile host after they had
been passing him at the rate-of 1,300 an
hour during the entire year! In other
words, the babe that had to be carried
when the tramp began would be able to
walk when but a mere fraction of its com?
rades had reached the reviewer's post, and
when the year's supply of babies was
drawing to a close there would he a rear?
guard, not of infants, but of romping six
year-old boys and girls.
Honor Among Women.
We are told that "woman's notions of
property are apt to be hazy." and that the
"ideas of honor which prevail among men
are not always binding upon women." Let
us consider, writes Emily E. Cole, in
Woman's Journal, if our experience up?
holds this theory. A lady physician once
told me, "I find, in my practice, women
generally more anxious that their bills
should be paid than men are."
How often a woman marries a man, her?
self free from debt, supposing the man to
be the same! A few months after mar?
riage she learns from various bills and
notes presented that he is deeply in debt,
and somehow, the debts are never cleared
away; perhaps they accumulate, although
her husband has constant employment at
a good salary. The thought of debt is
repugnant to her; she will deny herself
necessaries in order to avoid it. In one
case a wife paid from her own earnings a
dentist's bill contracted by her husband
before their marriage. These are not
fancy sketches, and might be multiplied
indefinitely from our own experiences.
Are we to infer from them that man's
sense of honesty is inferior to woman's?
Is it not as just an inference, and as well
sustained by actual experience, as our
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