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f WATERBURY EVENING DEMOCRAT,' SATURDAY, APRIL 8,' 1899.
marie corelli. one of the yottngfpt and most gifted women Writers, rumor says that she is coming here to ' visit us and be entertained by the liter t art circle of the new world. (THIS EXCELLENT PORTRAIT OF MARIE CORELLI WAS SKETCHED BY A SPECIAL, artist of this newspaper, although she IS ' i GENERALLY SUPPOSED TO BE ENGLISH. SHE IS ITAL- , IAN BY BIRTH. OF THisJ yKNiiTlAN XlfPii, A TALK WITH ; MARIE CORELLI. How the Gifted Authoress Appears at Home, What She Says and ' ' - What She Wears. - ; HER FAUCI FOR TURQUOISE BLUE. . Marie Corelli is the most interesting Scare in the literary world. Marvelous tori e are told of her birth and parent age; but, as a matter of fact, she is an Italian of the Venetian type. She was . adopted,' when very young, by Dr. Charles Mackay, the author, and at his death she was left in the guardianship - of Dr. Mackay's stepson, Eric Mackay, '. the poet. In such congenial surroundings Marie Corelli grew up to womanhood with a Strong instinct for music. She was given a thorough musical education, and she : intended to devote her life to it, but all . of a sudden she had a desire to write; and so started out upon "A Romance of 'Two World's." She completed the book before she was 20 years old. It's instantaneous success gave her a Kition in the literary world; and she since devoted herself ' to literary work. She keeps house on Longbridge Road. London, and is the mistress of a Tery nice brownstone mansion with a typical small backyard upon which the windows of her sturiv look. ' Marie Corelli is small, slight and very J 1; a u 1 - - : i i , , mail-ait;, ner iiuir is &oiu, ner eyes Dlue, and her complexion the purest pink and white. When you ,tell her that vnn : supposed all Italians were dark, she will remind you that the Venetian type is fair. Her coloring is so delicate, yet so high : that she might be a China figure painted .., for a shop window. Her hands are speci ally beautiful. They are small and per fect in shape, and in talking she uses i them constantly. Her teeth are described by an interviewer as "a delicate row of i. anow-white pearls," and her smile is just ( the loveliest thing ever witnessed. t , Marie Corelli is a woman of intense - Berrons force and marvelous imagination The warm Southern blond ia in nim' Siring, her that peculiar creative power which can only belong to the tropics. She is a painter,' a writer and a musician patting the art of all three in her literary Work. When at home, which is nearly all the year, the authoress is always exquisitely dressed, her favorite colors being pale ., bine sod white. She dresses frequently la a Watteau gown of turquoise blue satin, profusely trimmed with beautiful lace. She works constantly, and is never , happier than when at her desk. Although a great lion in London's liter- : ary world, Marie Corelli goes out but : little, and then only to visit the opera or an exhibition of paintings. She is de- ; voted to the work of her step-brother and finds no greater joy than in praising , his celebrated work, "The Love Letters of a Violinist," for Eric Mackay is a poet of no mean worth. .It marvelous, thing about Marie Corelli that she has never visited the countries of which she writes. She had never seen the Land of the Midnight Sun when she wrote "Thelma," nor had she any worldly experience when she penned that marvelously worldly . book, "Ven- detta. - 31 MULL SUNBONNET. REAR VIEW OP THE NEW AND VERT. STYLISH "BEETLE BACK" COAT, WHICH IS SO BECOMING TP ALL FIGURES, ; ' ' IN X. "REETLT! RACK" COAT C)V TAN CLOTH WITH A TOQUE OP TAN CHIFFON, BORDERED BT TINT FLOWERS AND TRIMMED WITH A MASS OF FLOWERS AND LEAVES IN FRONT. A WOMAN IS PRE fAfUiD ffoa Alii EAIEKGENC OF. CALLING OR SHOPPING. A FLAT CAMBRIC IIAT. THE KING OF AMERICAN FISH. How He Should Be Cooked , and How He Should Be Eaten. - ' The shad season brings to the Ameri can table a speckled fish which Is con sidered by many the kins of table fish. Shad Is plentiful In all parts of this country; and, though never a cheap fish, It is never too expensive for the moderate table. The bone question Is the one that makes shad objectionable, but even this can be overcome by proper attention to the anatomy of the fish. Many people suppose that when the Lord made a fish he distributed the bones hap-hazard through him. But culinary students tell us that a shad's bones always grow in the same places, ana that, by learning how to deal with them, these bones can be found and banished. The bone rule, generally told, is that the bones lie along what is to the layman, the sides of the fish, as the fish rests upon the platter. By cutting off a slice at each side, and gently pulling the separated portion away from the body of the fish, many of the bones will be removed. Shad roe, which is a delightful break fast dish, is free from bones of any kind. Though not cheap, it can be eaten to the last mouthful, and being solid it furnishes a good meal. A small shad roe will make a breakfast for four persons of good appetite. . planked shad is an American in vention, originating in South Carolina. To plank your shad, first get a plank which should be of white oak, fine, smooth and .nearly two inches thick. When fishing, you plank your shad upon any. old board and cook it by the side of your camp fire, but for home consumption buy your plank made on purpose. Place the plank In a very hot oven or before a very hot fire and let it get so hot you cannot bear your hand on it. Do not cut head or tail off, as it destroys the- look of the fish. Split it down the back. Wash the fish and tack to the b?ard with four strong tacks, and stand it before the fire, tall down, so that the board slants back a AND ANOTHER MULL BONNET. little at the top. The fire must be tre mendously hot. After the fish has cooked three min utes, lay it down flat and sprinkle it with salt and stand it again before the fire. It will take about twenty minutes to cook a large, fat shad thoroughly in this way. 4 As soh as it is a rich brown, and the layers of flesh begin to part, it is done. . Then slide the shad off the plank on to a large hot platter. Put some little pats of butter over it. Dress it round with sprigs of parsley and THE FASHIONABLE GIRL serve at once. The plates from which shad is eaten should always be very hot. Planked shad requires no lemon, al though a dish with quarters of lemon may always be served with it. Boiled Early Rose, Florida or Bermuda pota toes should be served with planked shad, and a salad of cucumber and onions. A gas flame is as good if not better than a coal Are to plank a shad. It requires a steady, Intense heat. To fry a shad cut it across in pieces about three or four inches square. Have a frying pan containing fat an inch deep, smoking hot. Roll the fish in flour seasoned with salt and a very little black pepper. Put the pieces in the hot fat, flesh side down, and when it is nice and brown on that side, turn THE NEW LONG TAIL JACKET FOR SPRING WEAR It Is Very Tight on the Hips, and In Its Extreme Yariety Extends Mearly to the Foot of the Skirt In the Back. Kaster. that arbiter of women's fash ions, came stepping along so early this rear that the winter coat was called in before it had finished its duty. Already ive have had two or three brisk evenings when the sealskin and the boucle would not have been too warm. Ma.ny of the spring coats are made with open or fly fronts to be worn over a chiffon neck piece and with no other vest , than the silk waist. To guard against pneumonia, that foe of spring fashions, there are some very pretty rests displayed. The warmest and, at the same time, the most decorative is the white cha mios vest. This is seen this year em briodered in silver and gold and trimmed with lace... Its effect is wonderfully like white velvet. When embroidered with out the lace it looks very much like a suede vest which inded it is, the chamois being one variety Of unglaced or un dressed kid. The vest is nicely fitted to one side, of the coat so that it can be removed in the house wits the coat. SPRING JACKETS. The smartest spring jackets are cut away long in front and rounding on the sides. In the back they are the same length as the sides. This means a re turn to the long, tight-fiVting coat which was fashionable seven years ago. Fash ions repeat themselves once in seven years; and the writer actually saw a long coat of ladies' cloth brought out of a camphor trunk where it had reposed for seven years and put On and worn. It only needed pressing to be in the ex treme style. There is another variety of fashionable coat which is called the "beetle back." It has very long coat-tails which are broad at the waist line tapering down to narrow. They extend half way down the skirt. These coats are very becom ing to a rather stout figure, as they have the undeniable effect of making the skirt look longer and the waist smaller. An old coat can be fitted with coat tails, which can be put on with many rows of stitching, thus making a fashionable feature out of a necessity. The spring coat is seen in every color, and it is made out of many thin stuffs, such as cashmere, camel's hair and etamine. It is also fashioned out of the lighter qual ities of ladies' cloth. . Stitching is by far the newest trim ming, and rows and rows of it are used or a very fine narrow braid is stitched OF THE SPRING OF 189ft. , each piece over with a broad, flat cake turner and fry them brown on the skin side. Potatoes stewed in cream should be served with fried shad. Boiled shad is a favorite dish with New England people and is delicious. Roll the shad in a piece of cheese cloth, put it in hot salted water in whioh you have put two tablsspoons ful of vinegar. Have Just enough water- to cover the fish, and boil it gently a half hour. Serve it on a hot platter, being careful to roll It gently out of the cloth on the platter, so as not to break the flesh. Cover it with a butter sauce, and after It is on the table take hold of the head of the fish with a napkin, draw it toward you, and in this way remove entire backbone to the tail; then serve the fish. on in arabesques. Eton jackets are coming in again too, but they are usually seen in what is called two-piece suits or the jacket and skirt. Rox coats are alway used with modifications. This year they are short er. An odd box coat of mode ladies cloth had several unique features. It was cut several inches below .the waist line in front, and rounded sharply up toward che back, barely covering the belt. The levers were faced with silk to match. The top of the sleeves were cut in with the front. Where the sleeve joined was a stitched band held by tiny cloth but tons. This strap and button effect was shown also on the front darts. Another jacket attracting attention was a beetle-backed one of gray cloth pmbroidered with gray silk and cut steel. The long Bernhardt coats, trimmed with circular rufHe and having long lines, like a Princess dress, will be worn, but they are extremes of fashion and require an almost perfect figure, not to speak of carriage and grace. Can you imagine a hurrying, bustling little housewife chasing Tjargains in one of these esthetieally sweeping garments? The capes are not quite so fussy as formerly. Is it because we are depend ing so much on the golf capes that we have tired of the fancier ones? One elaborate little affair of black net and black silk was made as severe as one could wish. The lining was of black taffeta with the Brussells net puffed over the high collar and continuing over the yoke; from there a deep puff of net fell nearly to the belt; and this was edged with a full niching of net. ' Wide revers of black bengaline tapered to the waist and then spread out again falling in broad points to the knees. These were also edged with ruchings of uet. COAT FRONTS. The front of the coat. is a wonderfully important matter. The Louis coat, the Robespierre, the Marie Antionette" and the Josephine are all varieties of the picturesque spring jacket, and all have big open flare fronts. These must be filled in with lace or it equivalent. The fancy fronts are expensive and one can easily pay $12 for one. Sometimes the front costs more than the jacket itself, but on the other hand, it is much more conspicuous and effective. MARY GOODWIN HUBBELL. . C D. GIBSON'S BEAUTIFUL MODEL. The Public Is Pleased at the Pleasant Report That Irs. Gibson Will Pose for the Summer Girl of '99. A SEAL QUEEN OF BEAUTY. Ward McAllister Selected Her to Lead the Patriarchs' Eall and She Outshone the Queen of the Mardl Gras. A TINT EDITION OF THE GIBSON GIRL The announcement, made by a friend Of the Gibson family, that hereafter Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson would pose for all of her husband's drawings, was greeted with such a degree of popular approval, that it showed at once the estimation in which Mrs. Gibson's beauty is held' by the whole artistic world. There is scarcely a model in New York who does not claim to have been a Gib son model, but when all have been dis cussed it is found that Gibson has but one ideal model, and that is his wife. Although it was as "Gibson's Girl" that Mrs. Gibson first became known to the general public five years ago, she was known some years before that to the social world. As Irene Langhorne she went to New Orleans the year of her debut and fascin ated the people of the Crescent City dur- THIS IS ONE OP THE FASHIONABLE SHORT JACKETS OF THE SfiASON. .. ing Mard! Gras.! She had the triumph and, at the same time, the mortification of outshining the Queen of Comus and her beauty called forth a society column 60 ardent and lavish that her father, Schiller Langhorne, of Albemarle, Va wanted his daughter to come back home. Later Miss Langhorne. led the Patri archs' ball in New York City and, be fore the ball was over, she received gra cious words from the grand dames of New York City who had criticised Ward McAllister for going outside the metropo lis for a belle. A SOUTHERN QUEEN. In Richmond Miss Langhorne was queen for two whole years of triumphant belledom. In the society play which was a feature every year of Richmond, she was the star. One year she led the "Saraband," and was a most felicitous "Germaine" in the "Chimes of Nor mandy." When "Trilby" came out she trilled, until she out-trilbied that hypno tized songstress and finished the evening with a grand reception given in her honor. . Then came the prince. It was at the Horse Show, New York, that Miss - Langhorne and , Mr. Gibson met for the first time, she 'indifferently, and he to fall in love at first sight. The courtship was a devoted one on his part, and finally at Mirador, the handsome country seat of the Langhorne family in Virginia, the engagement was announced. ' Those who followed Mr. Gibson's work at this tin , when his style was being moulded, d 'lare that Miss Langhorne's MRS. CHARLES DANA GIBSON. WHO INSPIRED THE ORIGINAL AND FA- MOUS "GIBSON GIRL." . ? . - : ' IF MRS. WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT. JR.. HAS A FONDNESS FOR TIARAS SHE CAN GRATIFY THAT LIKING. ' FOR SHE POSSESSES NO LESS . THAN THREE, A DIAMOND AND A PEARL ONE, AND A TIARA OF EM ERALDS AND RUBIES COMBINED. i . r3--r ONE OF MRS. VANDERBILT" S WEB DING GIFTS. THIS TIARA. WHICH IS ONE OF THREE, CONSISTS OF EVENLY MATCHED PEARLS. IT WAS GIVEN TO THE BRIDE. FOR MERLY MISS FAIR, BY ONE OK XfcUU FAIR FAMILY. face and Miss Langhorne's figure can be ., seen in all the Gibson pictures. -Certainly, the most unprejudiced can follow the splendid lines which are ber chiefest charm; and can see the same magnificent pose of chin and head. The Gibsons were married in Baltimore four years ago, and- Richard Harding Davis, who had previously traveled m Europe with Mr. Gibson, was one of the ushers. The wedding - was attended by representative people from everywhere. . and the young couple started out in life ehowered with rice and good wishes. Charles Dana Gibson was then 30 years old. of New England parentage, and a gelf-made man, so far as fortune was concerned., He began by offering a cer tain periodical a drawing for 50 cents. It paid him $1 for it From that time THIS SMALL PICTURE - OF HER MAJESTY OF RUSSIA WAS COPIED FROM A COURT PAINTING WHICH ' ADORNS THE WALLS OF THE CZAR'S PRIVATE CONFE RENCE ROOM. IT SHOWS THE CZARINA IN HER . PLUMES AND IN HER VELVET GOWN. . , THE CZARINA IN HER ROBES. FB03K HER LATEST PAINTING. i. he made more money, until he Is said aow to receive $25,000 a year, and to have amassed a handsome fortune. . Coming from a State of beautiful women, for Miss Langhorne and Miss Morris, who is now Mrs. Frederick Geb har, ; and Amelie Rives, three of the. most noted beauties of this generation, tailed from Virginia, it was expected that Mrs. Gibson would occupy a very con-), spicuous position in New York society But iu true Southern ' fashion -. she "quieted down" after her marriage and devoted herself so entirely to her husband and the small apartment over which she presided that the social world saw little of her. :.. . Three years ago the public was ln- fnrmMi that fihsnn had a new rirL gSSraK 1