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A January Picture.
TLc gay ?oft windi*, which with tho harvest
Uko somo old lover in tho days of yoro
Who ?trolled upon tho ocean's ?boro
Worsliippiuff tho starry night's doon gloom.
Humming somo Quaint old lovo refrain,
Whllo mouth tho shadow of somo soa
Walting till thosoa-foam and tho waves
Ilia soul's lovo words, makins them hy ?
Aro past ; tho morry winds liavo lost
Their zophyr sway ; tho moon now noars,
Unlike its summor glint, tho winter airs,
Tho lover gone, tho warrior wo accost,
As rushing through tho gray dawn's gleam,
J ii? bm ni.sheil helmet waving its snow
Alcft unchained. A welcome fierceness,
Tho fleetest storms, and by their nid tho
Which laughed in May, is frozen fast,
Mountain ami hill and tall and slaloly
Which, clot heil in radiant green divine,
Dolled tho kine;, succumbed at last,
Ami mantled now beneath bis livery of
Dieam of thc year iigoiio and thoso to be,
Arid dreaming, nourish anew tub Stroit gt lt
which is to free
Thoir snuls froth out. tho winter's night.
TU li H A ??Sf ONU COMPETITION.
To dweil ul ?ny length upon tho
youth ?ind early struggles of Felix
Hailstone would lie both unnecessary
and an uninteresting act. As tho
writer ol' Ucl ion, tho voluminous, untir
ing, dull ii nd middle-aged writer of
fiction, ho claims, our attention; and
with the exception, therefore, of sumo
immediately following biographical
sentences, this narrative will lu* devo
ted Lo lum in thal, capacity?
Probably his direct enemy could not
devise any more fatal gift for a young,
aspiring, and'promisingauthor than tho
sudden succession to half a million of
money; but in Mr. Hailstone's caao,
tim unexpected possession of a sum
hut little smaller thati that mentioned
proved no deadly stumbling-block to
labor, ?lie was young at the time, and
aspiring, but not promising-far fropi
promising-and to bim money meant
tho solo likely or possible moans of ever
seeing his thoughts in any other gar
ment than that of his own hand-writ
ing. A magnificent incentive, there
fore, was our friend's half-million. Ile
loved tho trade of novelist, as no one
so Indifferently furnished for it ever
did before, and from the days of his
monetary prosperity, all that which
publisher" hud refUsed to publish, all
dud which edi ors bad ithttdderori at:
appeared in what form the author '
plea!i!i(l-~nud lie ohpso th G most hand
soire lui ni ..al. lils own e'yp?jijje, Hail*
(UM e iiiXibvti bi nd i tup1 with all fluj
most popular ?yuros in tho marktt-,
Miich i-i.poriencd .1^ money could buy ?
Felix boimht. Ho interested himsau
in literary companies, took editorships
on decaying Journals, lost large sums,
and, finally, himself floated an illus
trated monthly magazino after ? solt?me
of his own evolution. Tho word "float,"
however, as having moro than a sug
gestion of buoyancy or speedie light
ness about, must bo deemed ill-chosen
when treating of any such periodical as
Thc 'ihr ch., Tho first number of this
trifle would havo anchored the Great
J'kuUm in a gale, Hailstone himself
contributed two-thirds of the initial
t vowture, which, tho handicapped, splut
' tered to tho extent of a threo-copy cir
culation ?md expired.
The ordinary railroad novel-with a
icnsational picture of somebody doing
nothing on tho outside-was, for the
period of ten years, our author's main
method of keeping himself before tho
public, and his next undertaking of
importance appears to havo neon a'
society journal. Engaging for this a
literaiy mau who understood tho dis
11 i nation of prize watches by coupon,
tho value of puzzles, competitions, and
so forth -matters which, in theso days
when everybody reads, aro essential t J
tho existence of a now social weekly
Mr. Hailstone produced, in winter timo,
on paper well calculated lo light fires,
hts periodical. It ran till the weather
grew warmer, and Felix always reck
oned tho effort among his successes.
With a bound wo now como to the
days of tho S/tocAcr-tho 'Chilling
shocker. Our author gloried in this
now departure. Ile burst upon the
public with Hashes of lightning on his
covers; he tempted tho elect with insid
ious titles and enigmatical pictures; he
crept into mon'? heurts by printing
every chapter of his lucubrations on
paper of a different color; be displayed,
in lino, more ingenuity than his host
friendB had ever credited him with;
and somo wont so far as to fortoll that
ho might yt t gain tho public ear.
In justice to Mri Hailstone wo may
hero way, onco and for all, that ho hud
admirers, though unfortunately of a
class who discounted thoir approval
and admiration. Ho was a man of
wealth, bo it remembered, and, as such,
gave a vast deal of occupation lo that
largo community of fooblo folks who
spend their timo in devudng methods
for creeping into neb men's pockets.
Theso people not only foimd good and
much of monal instruction lu Felix's
works, but generally took tho liberty
of mentioning it, togothor with obher
Irrelevant facts. Homo of his readers
had large families. ?ailstono discov
ered; some, only one arm; dome a
stroke; ono wrote with tho waler ho
washed In because ink could not bo
purchased without money; ono ad
mirer was not far from death, another
from starving. Our author's writing
on an empty stomach, by tho by, must,
humanly speaking, havo meant years
off a man's life.
Mr. Hailstono, however, was blessed
with common sonso in large quanti!los,
a fact accounting itt some moasuro,
possibly, for his lack of success in fic
tion. Ho porfoctly well know that his
books woro not largely read, and de
termined to break now ground and
tempt fortune with something histori
cal. A novel tho book should be in
name, and m name only, ho decided.
*9?rjrm?A3 mumraai i HUMMBIWIII m urajwiiiuui min i MI I I I.i
Phoplo might read thc? coming volume
for plot ir they chose; but, as a teacher,
as a crystal I i/.cd epitome of a by-gone
era, the book must live; that, Mr. Hall?
stouo was determined. Condescending
to no casuistical questions ns to what
really does or does not constitute tho
past, Felix boldly put tho matter be
yond all dispute and laid his plot in tho
year 1870. Then ho read up tho period,
let his pen dry, and lived, for tho space
of a month, among books othor than
his own. After which course of study,
ordering in Ink as another man might
ordor in table alo, tho author wroto
twelve hours six days a weok, and
corrected for tho press upoti tho sev
With tho production of this ponder
ous and historically acturate work wo
bring Felix to tho most Important
period of his wholo lifo; that in which
tho "Hailstone Competition" hist
eniored his mind, and from which this
narrative properly has Its bel?g?
Mr. Hailstono was fifty years of ago,
and bad written hard upon twice that
number ot novels, when one day, iu
his morning nownpapor, ho chaneod to
see an advertisement, or willoh tho sub
stance was as follows:
Tinco prizes of small value wore
offorod for tho longest list of charac
ters from tho ilction of Thackeray.
What measure of success attended this
speculation ts not goomally known;
but ho or sho who devised this compe
tition has without question, a very
considerable claim on Mr. Hailstono
and may, indeed, long since havo
Felix road and ruminated; then n
great, thought spread its light over his
face, and terrille possibilities ontered
bis mind. Advertisements both bold
and subtle ho had tried and tried again,
but nothing calculated lo carry his
hame all over tho world, and certainly
nothing in tho slightest degree likely
to raise universal interest in his writ
ings. Now, however, both these much
desiring consummations appeared with
in measurable distance of fulfilment.
Substituto, if you ploaso, Mr. Hall
stone's name for that of the great
novelist already mentioned, enormously
increase tho sums of monoy to bo of
fered as prizes, and you seo our friend's
scheme in a nutshell.
Now Thackeray has a moro trille of
some three thousand characters In his
works ol' fiotlon, but this number sinks
into notlilngnojs when compared with
Hailstone's creations. From tho mo
ment when, at seven years of ago, his
youthful mind, saturated iu nursery
fabio, little Fohx, with much Inking of
lingers, scrawled something which a
proud father caused to bo printod ver
batim, to tho days wo now treat of,
tho writer's llgmonts had numerically
increasod with years, until, on tho
most modest computation, somo 0,000
of Impossibly dull men, women and
children owed their existence to Ilk
Mrbloi'S ?u?r?r and brajas.
Mr tiaiklor,\ lils idea once per
fectod, came to business with ti o lil
ijaoyi nrou?pUUuU!. l.hir'liig?'.tho follow'
rug ?.?"lilli- June, ?8?ir>:- lila ai,i ona.1:
tniirits appeared whom yoi tho Knghst
I pilg?e was spoken. Iii Loudbii h?
rented an ornoo and engaged li stuf,
competent to deal with the mass o
work so big a business would entail
His advertisement itseir, us bel nj
unique among tho curiosities ol' litera
uro, wo boro transcribe:
F JOLI X llAIbSTOXIS Will glVO till
sum of ton thousand, live thousand mu
ono thousand pounds sterling, respect
ively, for tho three most complete list
of characters to bo found in his work!
of fiction. All lists must bo at "Tin
Hailstono Competition Uilice," Kihi
William street, London, E. C., befon
twelve o'clock, P. M., on olst Decem
Intending competitors would do wei
to notice tho following most Importan
Mr. Hailstone's now novels will ap
pour monthly, and ali bo included ii
tho competition up to September next
Hy this arrangement every English
speaking nation and colony will oiijo,
equal chances of success with til
Any inquiries or communications nd
dressed to "Tho Ofllco," as above, wi!
recoivo Immediate attention. Bun ken
Messrs. Misery a id Irons, London.
There is no entrance feo of any kind
From tho tir.^t Mr. Hailstone's mulei
taking assumed gigantic proportion!
and tho interest occasioned by hi
manifesto, as soon ?is its gonulnones
and solidity were put beyond quostioi
appeared very considerable indeed.
Ninety-three English publishers wet
upon our author's track Immedlatolj
and double that number of America
ones also busied themselves, not wil
Hailstone, but lils writings. Thoug
he made no monoy in America
however, Felix carno fairly out <
much piracy and tribulation; for ami
reproductions, reviews, and roproachi
ho was read, and tho laws of inte
national copyright, for once, played a
author's gamo in spite of him telf.
At home matters foll out dtflorentl;
Hailstono bocamo a notable mau,
groat deal was written ol' him and h
books; theso latter suddenly acquire
intrinslo value, and tho English rlgh
of reproducing thom woro paid for
sums of three ligures.
Now editions of Hailstone beean
tho ordor of tho day, and hardly a ma
or woman, though hu or sho might lia
no intention of actually parlictpatil
in tho coining contest, but bought ol
at least of tho now celebrated novels.
Thon was Thc 'Ihroh relighted; tia
did tho "shockers" pilo thctnselv
foot high on tho bookstalls, and tl
historicsomo ox tend Its pondero
form; for thousands of eager bra!
were devoting thouisolvcs to Hallsto
and all hts works.
Certain novels-perhaps ten In all
thoir author refused to republU
thoroby giving rho to muchoxcltemoi
much despair among thoso who coi
not procuro thu works in qnestir
much jubilation among thoso who d:
Literary papers, amid their ebro
clea of rare book finds, im min mt s.i
of scurco publications, and ao for
would contain such items of nows
"Mrs. Jone?, of Peckham lt yo, v
fortunate enough on Friday last to tl
cover in a cupboard, unopened
many yeats, Follx Hailstone's ?Fal;
???MIMI i III mi ii m i Mw-j- iiMin i n ri TI I^I' rr Tim
Augel,' a novel of willoh only thirteen
copies ure in oxistonce. The prologue
lins unfortunately been outer by mice."
"Two dustmen, in tho exorcise ol
their vocation yesterday aM iiioon lu
"West Kensington, simultaneously
chanced upon Hailstone's 'Tiger Inly'
in a placo whoro, until the pr-.wi1
sensational period, it might naturally
havo beou expected. Tho r.cav. .. -eis
carno to blows, and now each is said to
possess half tho book. It parted at
This novel, wo may mention, wai
exceedingly raro, and tho two po) ions
wore purchased by a company o MM,
speculators who framed 'Tin Tiger
JLlly' with caro and n?ceos? until an
other copy turned up In Yorkshire,
People got Into prison ovor tho Illili
stone compotition also-a B?ro sign
the scliemo was doing Weih Many
spurious volumes purporting to bc f rom
Hailstone's pon appoarod; bal then
was in these, invariably, sonic shadow
of ability or interest which convicted
tho authors without need ci liol i x's!
own disclaimer. These gentlemen suf?
fered at the hands of justice,,and na
ture hersoir was also reported as av) nu
victims to tho Hailstone co'; ; ( il ion :
but whothor a prolougod and oyo
intorcourso with our author's lotioii
roally did, on any occasion, t ni Kaili
man into a lunatic, canno! in nv bi
known with truth. Ten thou* mi:
pounds ls a largo sum of money noe
mon have certainly beforo hov iskei
moro than tho madhouse fr? li
half of it,
In truth the laurels of linne st ?tl
afc inst tm Felix Hailstone' ii row
Somebody brought out an.
braces which rendered th doniesth
button a thing of no forth; >
and to our novelist was this . volo
a ry suspender dedicated. Then i
graphy (with portrait) of M.,: :
appeared, and a gentlemen. \vh
rumored would taken pri/.u 1
competition, but who ul til ?ate
to get among tho llr.se ten,
ward a work entitled 'll. . ia.
Tho 'Hailstone Birthday '. i
enjoyed PO . ? patronage, ?iud
theatre w?. .o you went w
cost and thou paid for pro g rai'
fresh air, mid othor neeeii
business was reported lo b iv I tl
something ponderous and <\
tributed to U?list?nela carly viii th
Meantime our author kopi his w i
to tho public, and amid nil tho lao
arising from his great iindottfil. ji i
produced monthly a brand hi
original novel; but not, it II od
bo sind, at his own expense I.'nb I
bul high, and probably no cr j
earliest cave man scratched u urn ri
with one bono upon anotiii r? Ht . ;
meaning to that mark, atid
foresbadowed literature, han mattel
innately valueless bocona po?. ? ???.<' ?
greater value. Pages might he d vol.
to Incidents arising out o; l!;<- "Hail
sj ?bri (.? itnpetHi?ii " bur. in ;h<se wool
we iry a ih'iium renders
liiWuse ?uif, it ?vii! br bent n haste
O.ij tbyvat'd' tho inijicnditig dirta.x.
December leaned, and .'AS'.' 5,,><*u
lo poiir ?hid L'Mlx's OillciN N'o li's!
with few fi t.ban 0,000 iiaiijoSM) tl ici
blood the SlliUlU'St eli)
success, and vast nun; O; util
destroyed. Tons of wa ,per
lo bo carted away; the s oi !0i I oh
demanded au Increase bf . . \ ?in
got it; newspapers cac ' ni 'liing
lished tho names of tho;?? . ?io . !<
tho poll (some sold thei i ritt ri
affair to speculators,
with a total ?i! 0,2:10, who, |>
ber '23, stood very ma . i iw nbc,
of any oilier, wits offen i . Hun:
pounds for his chance bul refu-.i .)
take it, another, whov iii b.'i
lost in tho post, uommlli
With tho Australian m ol ?in i
between live and six Ii i' :
but no catalOg?Q ann tit t:<
show any dangerous ni ; , N
rica did far better. < r, ititi
competitor from New S'o . bills
missed tho third place il
tho contest. Two h r ;
letters eamo In with a mill .
last day ot all, and ;.
thousand strong, saw t' tl y< ;
beneath tho walls ol (iii liai .
Compution Ullleo. I/Jng un pa lei
Uiey waited, till linallj ill Lin ?0 dbi
on New'Year's morning, wit] tho e
bells jangling In their ;?: i i, Un ICM
was made known to them. A blaze
idectrio light illumiur.tod Iii.) Aviutti
upon which all eyes had i eu hxed; a
upon a huge blackboard in ibti?iai)
feet high appeared thr I? ow
Mr. T. Jones, London .. . .
Mr. F. Williams, London i..
MIBS Amy Brown, London...
I,on hm had won ti!?* oompotltl
Diitrigtit, and the hurricane of che
which greetod this fact wai heard
tho stillness of tho lilgh'i !.. i lit!
policemen at a distance of m tie: fr?
tho scene of action.
Mr. Hailstono, in SVI'.??O honor I
sheering was renewed a> [ion . t afc
window after a short mid int
tho' following statoiiii nt
"Every lino," said he, "lhat 1 tv
remember to havo had pubjished I
been secured by JAcs.us, ?iones ti
Williams; but tho former, by iib
oxiraordinary chanco, hus como li
possession of a fragment that ! iv/r
when an Infant, a frngtncnl willc: 1 i
father, the lalo Foils I laiistOiib,
Mincing liane, had printed ex tic tl j
lt left my childish pi n. j hill tal
comes under tho conon ions ol .
mil manifesto, it is (lotion ami ivi'il
Tho biography Willoh robbed
Williams of ?10,001? and put thal s
Into tho pocket of Mr. Jones . wt
tho trouble of transcribing:
There was wunco fl boy tiled do
run away to c to ti koral rc (Vu
parma ho was tl rounded,
Fi Li:. (I ??/iTO.SfK.
agO?l y yt,;
So onded tho Hailstone 1 mi petit
What it cost its orlgim or
what good ii, did to bim won't/ bo
considerable a quos' iou f i hiere ii
lng inquiry. Some people declare i
Felix actually ma le Money by
?chorno, othorS, that he lost half
fortuno atid gained nothing; but il
stone himself novo, touchod upon
point to us; After all, tho subject
purely personal one. Lot U3 leave
author, therefore, ht the halcyon hour
ot auccess. Ho waa hoard to say, not
long sinco, that a foar, almost amount?
?hu? to a conviction, troubled him.
When questioned upon color of his
alarm, ho answered that tho possibility
Of some dav "writing himself out," of
? une day Anding that ho had Bald all
lie ?as got to say, wolghed heavily upon
Ii is mind.
Thoro is something singularly touch
i JU;, modest, and groundless lu those
;. t> Tasto in tho Tip of tho Tong MO.
strictly spoaklng with tho tip of tho
tongue ono can't really tasto at all. If
you put a small drop of honey or oil of
bittet' almonds on that part of tho
mouth, you will ibid, no doubt to your
great surprise, thnt it produces no of
fo?l? of any sort; you only tasto lt when
it i egins slowly to di ff uso itself, and
' tobes tho true tasting rogion in tho
middle distance. But If j ou put a lit
HM cayenne or mustard nn tho samo
part you will lind that it bites you im
mediately-tho oxporitnent should bo
tried sparingly-while if you put it
lower down In tho mouth, you will
swallow lt almost without noticing tho
ptingoncy of tho stimulant. Tho roason
i that tho tip of tho tongue ls supplied
. .lily with tho norves which aro roally
ni rvos of to'"m, not norves of taste
Proper; they eulong to a totally diffor
t main branch, and thoy go to a dif
rent centro in tho brain, together
with the vory similar threads which
supply the norvo of smoll for mustard
and pepper. That is why Ibo smell and
!. sto of theso pungent substances aro
? much alike, as everybody must havo
)tlced, a good enifi at a mustard pot
producing almost tho same Irritating
l ifocts as an incautious mouthful.
. /hen ono is trying deliberate experi
ments on tho subject, in order to test
io varying KC n si tl ve ness of thu di'T -r
"it parts to different substances is n i?
isary to keep tho tongue quito dry in
order to isolate tho thing you aro ex
: erimenting with and prevent its
pr ead lng to all parts of thu mouth to
gether. In actual practice this result
ls obtained In rather a ludicrous man
ner-by blowing upon tho tonguo be
' ween each experiment with a pair or
bellows. To such undignified exped
ients does tho pursuit of science lead
: ho modern psychologist.
Tho Flower Trade ol' IJOIKIOII.
Tho dower trade of London is esti?
mated at a value of $5,000 a day, and
is showing a rapid increase with ovory
leason. Tho groat metropolis not only
draws ila varied supplies of Howers and
plants from Its own southwestern conn- (
oies with thoir mild and equable eli
mato. but reaches out lo Franco and
Haly for Us collection ot' tho choicest
and most costliest'specimens. There
ls a regular Mower train between Nico :
and O nines to London In the early i
spring, but '.!;>. i th men so cost of hjs
ti'aoiporluiioii lau hui to ila- formation
Ot' gren t t st a 111 ls1 ? MIC o i s iii tho U n ?tB(l
.Kin'''"i'.-1 for tho supply oi i ? ? i .
'IM .? hi".'..yt our o:' ibo lift ld li' situa- ' :
ted, . i estate, ut (.'a'.'uinrt.?i t, in
Sinti! Wales, belonging io (Japl, Muns
Hold, of the Royal Navy. There aro a
great many separate buildings for tho i
cultivation of different plants. Thus j
there aro no loss than 200,000 lilies of i
the valley in tiio hothouses, willi roses, ?
camelias, carnations, pansies, jasmines
and heliotropes in like profusion. Thoro ?
are oightoen large forcing houses that, ?
Willi the appendixes, form 200,0.10 feet |
ot' glass, wit.'.i six miles of pipon. ,
An Ideal Summer Hot el.
"If I were planning a summer
hotel," observed a somewhat cynical
but most observant old gentleman,
once who:i this topic was under dis
cussion, 4ll would give especial atten
tions to opportunities for llirtations.
There should be no end or windows (ind
nooks curtained off, ama1! balconies
and oushionod seats, and ali adapted
to the accommodation of two and no
more. This should bo a spooial foal uro,
as Ibero would be no need to advertise
lt. After tho first season every young
man and ovory society girl In tho coun
try would know all about it. and that
would Insuro tho success of tho house."
Tho old gentleman's remarks wero
recoivcd as a moro jest*, but, in point
of fact, lt may ba doubted whether thoy
wero not underlaid by a pretty sub
s'antial found ilion of fact. In theso
days lt is pretty apt to be tho young
people who decido tho dioico of loca
tion for tho summer, and with the
young people it is precisely those things
which soom to their elders frivolous
which count most heavily.
Thero aro several species of fish
which aro much moro at home out of
their natural elomont than any species
of tho human raco aro in water. The
climbing perch is a remarkable nxam
plo found m Asia. This singular crea
ture appears much bko other perch, but
is endowed with an extraordinary power
of leaving failing streams, climbing
tho banks and proceeding over dry
land in quest of better?Ulled water
courses. Hundreds of them have been
aeon ata distance of fifty or sixty yards
?from a pool just abandoned, and travel
ing, though the ground was so rough
that this distance must have required
Bunioicntmnsoular exertion to take thom
half a milo over lovel ground, ?onie
writers ovon assert that this Uah is
capable of climbing tho rough stems ol
palm trees. Tho fishermen of tho
Gauges, who subsist largely ot climb
ing porch, are accustomed to keep them
in dry etti then pans lor (Wo or six days
?after catching, and they live this
strange life without discomfort.
Welt's "Sun ?xml Planet" Milgi nc.
A "Sun and Vianet"engine, designed
by James Watt, has still a placo lu tho
famous brewery of Messrs, Whltobroad
?fe C>., in Ghlswoll stroot, London, and
is still performing tho duty for which
lt was constructed In lTtio. Though
thero havo boen altera tiona to increase
tts powor, all tho principal parts ro
main as thoy wore originally manu
factured. A metal tablot aOlxod to tho
onglno gives an account of Ita Invention
Fishes Out. of Water.
-A bat of the Mephistopheles genus
is shown in spots of Jet, with a wing of
the same on either side. Hanked on
either sido by scarlet bows.
-Tho flrat bonnet made for Princess
Christian's youthful daughter ls of
coarso Straw in a sh ad o of ruby, with
upstanding bow and croousos.
-A Rhine-stone butterfly, nestlod
among threo full, short ostrich loath
ers in Princess of Wales fashion, is ii
very fashionable coiffure decoration.
-Now French sateens sliow Pompa
dour designs in bright colors, artistic
groupings, and finely drawn flower,
leaf and tendril patterns on tinted
-One of the advantages in em
broideries on todo de Russo is that one
nooda no pattern to follow, but can
carry ont their own fancies in decora
-A heliotrope gauze bonnet of much
tho same form lind a spray of lilac at
tho side. Thoro was a full bias band
of dark heliotrope round Its brim,
front and back, and no strings.
-Tho now cotton goods aro mostly
striped zephyrs and etamincs, the
stripes generally formed of clusters of
bright ami dark-colored cords on ecru,
cream and palo-tinted grounds.
-Many of tho newly imported
French polonaises are cut with Pom
padour or heart-shaped bodices, or lu
graduated points, this opening reach
ing from the throat to the belt in front.
-Small baskets filled with Howers
aro occasionally placed on tho pido of
a bonnet. Tho crowns of toques still
show a tendency to jollybag form. Ono
lu scarlet of this nature had sequins
all around it.
-Furs and parasols do not seem to
co well together, but there aro few
clays in our treacherous climate when
some sort ol' warm clothing is not
needed. Squirrel boas aro at tho pres
ent moment being sold by thousands,
and aro certainly comfortable wear.
-Som'? excellent effects aro obtained
in such Howers as the tulip, poppy, iris
and anemone, by using a moss-colored
velvet and letting the high lights bo
seen tn a semi-transparent and vividly (
colored silk, ouch as nature's petals ,
show when the sun is shining upon
- All the bonnets for tho coming
season havo strings. The transparent
foundations made with drawings of
point d'esprit on wire, aro much
adopted and supplied in many varieties
of coloring. Lace is used in tho same '
manner, with brims and strings of vel- <
vet. Pmkod-out silk ?3 likewlso In de- 1
niand for rosettes and ructos. 1
- Many of the foundations of tho '
spring bonnets aro of finely drawn
crepe do chino, which, with tho wiro ;
used lt; abai 'l theib; is ma le ti. great ? '
s ??riel v Of coloring, Une in thu; st) lo, 1
uVaibi "I hell.(hope, had the sider' ot" M
black w?rgt*, ?hd ie the centro, lu .
.i int> ii Imudkerehlflf ot lace, folded h\
fol iona like a parasol, holding up lilac i
blossom's and o.fpi'by bi tito siitiio mauve i
-A lovely thing In transparent
passementerie, made of grass, wfis
lined with old rose. On Hie front of ,
Lins was a bouquet of light mixed foli
age, in which were poised threo butter- |
Hies, colored respectively, pink, red i
uni yellow. Strings of jet beads, tied
tn a knot, fortneil tho coronet of a ]
bonnet of drawn black muslin, lt was
ornamented with a fan of chantilly ]
lace and a butterfly bow of old pink.
-A pink velvet bonnet was covered
?ill over with black guipure luce worked
in silk. This opened up tho centro at
tho back, where was a velvet roso of ?
tho bois de rose tono, and any number
of leaves of tho same completely Idl
ing up the vacuum. Over tho front
was an accentuated point formod by an
angUi of jo/, which kept In Its placo a
piece of oross-cut velvet, describing an \
aculo point, a large osprey at tho back. ?
-Tho Gainsborough shape is still
soeir, but, of course, a hat of tlii3 plc- ?
turoaque naturo should only bo worn
by a tall woman, and necessitates i
p.nines of ostrich or an abundance of
laco. Moro rural-looking hats aro in i
rough black straw, with clusters of
sweet peas, poppies or bluets. Some -
oro made of rush or wicker-basket
work, lined with color and trimmed
with plumes that correspond, mixed
with grass and reoJs.
-A marvel of neat manipulation
was a dust-colored tweed polonaise
from Paris. ,The fullness of tho back
of tho waist was gathered and but
toned ott to tho bodice Uko a pocket; the
back of tho bodice was entirely com
posed of fiat plaits stitched down,, a
strap of the cloth about an inch wide
going down tho exact centre; the
alcoves wero of the pagoda form, with
tho cuff lot In beneath of brown vel
-What shall we have next? Could
anything ba more usoloss than a cropo
llsso pockot handkerchief? Yet manu
facturers aro trying to bring thom in,
not only for trimmings in millinery
but lor dross handkerchiefs. Holding
thom in tho hand must bo detrimental,
and any thought of using thom simply
ridiculous. Hut. they aro to bo had in
all tho delicate shades now fashionable,
the faintest green, pink, yellow, blue
-Some of tho bonnets in French net
havo round drawn crowns liku an in
fant's cap. A black capoto of this na
turo had ono sido made up in snow
drops, and tho rest of tho bonnet was
like a baby's hood, with small snug
looking bows and white volvot strings.
A similar ono was of cream velvet, with
out flowers, and had a tiny pink but
terfly bow resting on tho hair, A black
jet bonnet, with tho crown tue shape of
a horsesiioo, had violets all ar ?timi and
bows and strings of a corresponding
color. On a white volvet toque ap
peared wluto wings, and an osprey and
u swallow in jet. Ono of point d'osprlt
In heliotrope, drawn together by wiro
of tho sarao abado, took tho form of a
turban filled with violots, tho crown
being covrt-od with tho simo flowers.
Many in tho same style are made up of
crocuses, tulips and une monos in place
of the violeta.
-?iobort Steol'a b. m. K?a? Medium
bad a foul on April 1, by Epaulette,
- Jay-Eye-Seo will be condltiouort
thia year and Bent to lower his recoud.
- It ia said that Bob Miles is llkoly
to be as good thl3 season us be evor
-O. Bradenburgh'a pacing maro
Bessie M. has rounded to and can go a
-Von Arnim, 2.19^ Commodoro
Kittson's trotting stallion, will bo sold
-Barnum, tho voterau Bonnie Scot
land gelding, is looking romarkibly
well this spring,
-Jamos Green, at the Geutleinon'f
Driving Track has refused $3000 foi
his 2-year-old colt. .
-Tho 2.30 pacing ci BBS at Island
Bark did not HU, but there were 121
entrlos to tho other olasaea.
-The thoroughbred stallion Prince
ton, foaled 1874, by Oakland, died al
tho City of Mexico, March 13.
-Harry Wilkes is the first horse to
trot a mlle in 2.13? In April. The last
quarter of the milo was trotted In
.'il:]*,, a 2.07 galt.
-James Dustin has gone to Califor
nia, having mado an engagement with
Mooroo Salisbury, of Oakland, who
owns Director and Monroe Chief.
-John Conrad, of Whitpaln town
ship, Montgomoiy county, L'a., has
sold a pair of Mambrino Pilot mares to
Hon. Goorgo Brinlnoll. of this city,
-George Nachtrieb, contractor of
Buffalo, N, Y., bas sold to A. C.
Nivens, of Bast Hampton, Mass., a
bay colt, 0 months old, by de romo
Eddy, for $1250.
-J. X. Newton, of California, has
imported from Australia tho colt True
Briton, foaled 1884, by John Bull, and
Goldsborough, Jr., b. c., foaled 18S5
-At Macey Brothers1 Versailles,
Ky., a sorrel trotting mare, by Van
derbilt, dropped a foal by Messenger
Chief on April 1-the property of
William M. Silverly.
-Smith Burr, father ol' Caril S.
Burr, died at O.imao, Loner Island,
April 0, aged 83 years. Mr. Bun, was
ono of tlie pioneer trotting-horse bree
ders of Long Island.
-Oliver K. is being jogged again.
Ho ha3 shown no lameness, and the
anlargemont of his log, which was
caused by the sprain of a ligament, has
nearly all disappeared.
-David Bonnor says: "Tho track of
tho New York Driving Club is now in
condition t/? give horses thoir prepa
tory work, and the club expects to
bniYO tho opening day at an early
-W. II. Crawford sold Problem ape
Alert at auction at tho Bay District
t:rack, San Francisco, on /vprll . 2, the
termer for $3400, to Mr, Bennett, of
Uhieago, and the latter lor $.3800, to
?olin Arm.'.tro.itv, ol Detroit,
? tyey Billi', ? ? thorough^?:..?.<i'*'
[>ro ?cl mn re feu hui IS!)*? by imp, Ar. Vt. ra
llan, died at tlie Woodbury Stud. Ky.,
recently. She was tho of Jersey
Lass (dam of Macduff and Sapphire),
Favorito (dam of favor), Kingcraft and
-Nathan Strauss' challenge on be
lialf of Majolica for a race with any
trotter in tho country, barring Harry
Wilkes, for ?10?? a sido, is likely to
lead to a match between Majolica and
W. ?li, Gordon's maro Mambrino Spar
kle. Solan thinks the maro would
-J. I. Casu has invested $00,000 in
California real estate. A twenty-acre
patch in the foot hilln of Pasadena will
servo as a winter residonco. Then he
has a fow acres more in tho growing
town of Monrovia and thirty-(Ivo acre?}
in tho Duarte district, all set ont with
-Tho Cleveland Driving Park
Company will open a $5000 ntako for
2.21 or 2.25 class, on tho plan similar
to last year. Payments of 2} per ceut.
on May 1, 2$ per cent, on June 1, 2^
percent, on July j, and last payment
on July 10. Horses held for amount
paid only, and must bo named and
ollglblo at tho time of fourtb payment.
-The uncertainty as to whether
Tremont will start for the Withers or
be rosorved for tho Suburban forms ono
of the hardest conundrums backers
have ev cr, h ad presented them, and the
betting books show layers In the same
state of mind, lt will bo noticed that
be is as good as 3 to 1 for tho Withers,,
which, taking all things into consider
ation, is good odds, wlitlo ho has re
codod to 25 to 1 for tho Suburban.
-Henry Siro says: "1 will match
Harry Wllkos againot any trotting
boroo, maro or gelding, mile heats, hv.nl
three m (Ive, m harness, for from $1000
to $10,000 a side; or, as I know Robert
Bonner will not trot bia horses for a
stake, or for money, wo will trot the
littlo horse against Maud S., for fun or
for a trophy, whou he shall get here.
Harry Wllkos showed my brother a
gool fast milo, how quick I cannot tell
you, but tho last half was made good
and strong in 1.04, We now own him
ourselves, having purchased Frank
Van Ness' Interest for $13,000, making
tho total price paid for hun $-2.3,000,"
-J. II. Schultz, ol' Brooklyn, has
just purchased tho b tn. Bonita, rec
ord 2.13}. foale! 1870 by Electioneer,
dam May Fly, from Pierre L Millard,
Bonita was foaled at tho famous Lalo
Alto Farm, California. As a 2-year
old Bonita mado a record of 2.21} and
as a 4-year old she got a mark of y.l8|.
Mr. I/willard afterwards bought her
for * 12,000, Senator Stanford agreeing
to buy her back for breeding purposos,
at any time, for $5000. Tho terms or
salo to Mr. Schultz, aro private but
probably aro about on the basis of her
coat to Mr. LoriUard. Sho will likely
bo bred to Pancoast. Miry oh nitz also
owns tho following well-bred mares:
Kitty Bates, 2.10; and dam of Lucy
Fry, 2.201; Lady Pritchard, 2.21;
Algath, 2.23; Ismquona, 2.28); Beat
rice, dam of Patron, 2.10}; Godiva,
dam of Domostio, 2 21}. mid Maggie
Wilkes, by G iorgo Wilkes. Mr.
S.iUlU haS Sold to Fierro Lori Hard tho
team pf bay goldings, C.donol Stevena