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A SQfMWCe OF TO i ELL, let them ride nine ty miles in three days or quit the United States navy!" This waa President Roosevelt's ultimatum to the "Fat Admirals" several years ago. When President Tatt succeeded the doughty colonel the practise of toavinar "test rides" for Uncle Sam s sea-dogs was continued. Just as it was tor his land fighters. And thanks to that, and that alone. Assistant Sur geon Walter A. Bloedorn, U. S. N has won him a bride. When he took his ninety-mile. test. Miss May Howard, one of the prettiest girls In Washing ton society, went along Just to snow "Vthat a girl could ride anywhere that a lnan could go and as far, too! The Tide has brought him a bride-to-be! Doctor Bloedorn was one of the of "ficers who happened to make that par ticular test, and so, of course, he met Miss Howard. This was in December last. There were three .naval officers and Miss Howard. The party made their ninety miles with ease In fif teen and a half hours to be exact and put on eight miles more, just for good measure, or ninety-eight miles 1n all. And from that memorable ride came the announcement' of the en gagement. Any one who rides to hounds or takes a canter regularly in Washing ton knows Miss Howard. That she is " one of the daintiest, prettiest girls in the society of the capital goes with out saying. But more, she has been alled the best horsewoman in tb Dis trict of Columbia. To see her spir ited nag galloping through the shaded Toads of Rock Creek park or follow ing the Chevy Chase hunt over hill and dale. Is worth going miles Just for one glimpse of the lithe, care-free, win some Miss Howard and her charger. How She Came to Make the Ride. She has been riding ever since she was the littlest sort of a girl. No horse was ever too spirited for her; no ride too long; no country too stiff. It chanced that she knew one of the -naval officers who had been ordered to make the test In the neighborhood f Washington. He- was bemoaning his luck when " Miss TSoward laughed at him. -. "Why, I could do It myself," she K ventured. "I don't see why you make -w - - - - - - o - One reply led to another and the upshot of it all was that Miss Howard -was invited to go on the next ninety mile ride, and the Invitation was as promptly accepted then and there. Un der the rules prescribed by the de partment the officers must make nine ty miles in three days. They must Tide at least thirty miles each day for three days In succession. Each of ficer may make his thirty miles a day In as long a time as seven hours. This gives him twenty-one hours In three successive days to negotiate the ninety miles. Miss Howard was on hand bright and early on. the' morning which has proved so eventful for her. Rob Roy, her mount, was in fine fettle, and minced along the beautiful roads around Washington with all the light ness and grace of a coryphee at the opera. Off they started before the . city was talrly awake. Never once did Miss Howard complain of fatigue In fact, when the ninety-eight miles had been put safely behind them the pretty Washington girl was the fresh est of the quartet. She seemed in- ' deed to have been Invigorated by the exercise and eager for more. For some of the officers It "'ai a far dif ' ferent story all lost avoirdupois and all had to throw personal comfort to the winds. Cupid Takes a Hand. Meanwhile something was going on beside the ride. The other two sea faring officers could see that with half an eye. It was very plain that Surgeon Bloedorn had much more. In terest in the handsome girl who was cantering along with them so gayly than he had in his mount or the test ride. And when they had finished up the last day and said "goodby" to each other, the other two just looked quizzical, but said nothing. "Oh, we guessed it all right," they laughed, when a few weeks later came the formal announcement of the en gagement and the promise of a mid summer wedding. Doctor Bloedorn was then stationed at the naval hos pital In Washington, but three months ago he was transferred to Las Ani mas, Col. From there he is coming on soon to claim his bride, and then the happy pair will journey out to Manila together, where the good-looking young navy surgeon is to be eta tioned for the next two years. They will have horses there, too, for Doctor Bloedorn is a fine rider, too; he has been given to outdoor sports ever since he was a boy. "Did I enjoy the ride?" laughed Miss Howard, when she confirmed the news of her romance and its happy fruition "I never had a finer time in all my life. I have been riding ever since I was a tot in pigtails, and to me the teat was nothing. I don't see how any oue could fail on it. Why, I actually telt refreshed by the exercise; I was In better condition when we finished than when we started. "You see, I learned to ride when I was so small that I can't remember when I wasn't able to mount a horse. It's the greatest exercise, the finest sport in all the world. It's sure to make you healthy Rnd happy. The True Enjoyment. "I never follow any prescribed rules for my riding. In fact. I don't believe in rules for such things. It simply makes a slavery of pleasure. The real enjoyment one gets in rollicking in the nnen air is the finul nf PTpr- else- and It is that which makes It of such a tremendous benefit. I don't believe in athletic cranks; I don't be lieve In physical culture or dieting. But I do believe that most of the headaches, most of the "nerves most of the crotchets of which so - many women complain nowadays could be banished by a few tiours of brisk ex ercise in the open air riding, walking, playing golf or tennis, or taking any kind of pleasurable, wholesome exer cise. "Not a walk around the block will do It; neither will a series cf 'setting up exercises in & stuffy bedroom, nor the 'don't eat this' and 'don't drink that' rules of a high-priced physical culturlst. "A good, long ride Is the best of alL Any girl who can get the use of a good mount should ride by all means it will make her happier, healthier, pret tier. Next to that, brisk walking on a rough country road would be the best thing. Tennis Is perfectly splendid exercise; the girl who learns that game well is perfectly sure of getting a good physique and a good disposi tion. But in mastering a horse we get more than mere health. We learn to master ourselves. It gives a girl op portunity to control her own moods and develop her strength of will won derfully. From that the chat turned to the relative merits of side saddles and cross saddles for women. "I learned to ride a side saddle." said Miss Howard, "and for that rea son I have kept on using it. For polo, though, I use a cross saddle. For long distance riding I prefer a side sad dle. I think for those who ride prop erly there is little danger of becom ing one-sided by using it. Has Fondness for Pets. Next to Miss Howard's horses, of which the dapple gray Rob Roy is the prime favorite, her big Dalmatian dog Jay, which won a blue ribbon at the Washington dog show, Is her greatest pet. About her fondness for pets. Miss Howard has a theory which shows her to be an unusually thoughtful young woman. "I think that living with pets is ex cellent discipline for children," she said. "The kindness which the child is taught to show to the horse or the kitten or the dog may blossom later into the generosity and kindness of the man to his fellows. The dog and the horse are good friends to their masters and there is often real com panionship in the love which these dumb creatures show us." Miss Howard's trousseau Includes no less than seven riding habits. They are rather a fad with me," she admitted,' "although I don't go in for all the latest wrinkles in riding gear. I spend so much time in the saddle that of necessity I must have plenty of riding clothes." Miss Howard is a fine polo player and also plays an excellent game of tennis. Her den is filled with ath letic trophies. One of the choicest of her photos is a rare picture of Presi dent Taft on horseback. This latest Washington bride comes of an old Maryland family and is well connected In Virginia. She is a mem ber of the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolu tion. Her wedding will be a smart midsummer event. The ceremony will be performed at the Howard home and Cardinal Gibbons will officiate. The maid of honor will be Miss Elward Smith, daughter of Gen. Robert Smith of Sayville, N. Y. Dr. Raymond Spear, U. S. N-, will be best man. Miss Howard is one of the most active members of. the Chevy Chase Hunt club and makes a fetching figure in riding to hounds. There Is nothing of the "sportiness" which sometimes detracts from the too-athletic girl about her. She is daintiness and fem ininity itself. She is a little below medium height and has the slenderness which is sug- croativa rather of strength than of delicacy. She carries herself beauti fully and is as attractive a figure in the ballroom as in the saddle. Her large dark eyes always sparkle with good humor and vivacity. Her rea tures are delicate and regular, and her wavy dark hair makes an artistic framework for her piquant face. ' OMISSIONS AT THE ALTAR Many Brides Who Now Refuse Make the Verbal Promise of Obedience. This year, as usual, some of the June brides got into the newspapers by refusing to make the verbal prom ise of obedience "till death us do part," as required by "The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony," speci fied in the Book of Common Prayer. The full ceremony Includes the ex action of a vow to "serve him," like wise, "so long as ye both shall live;" and it furthermore comprises several admonitions quoted from St. Paul and St. Peter, all to the one effect, wifely subjection. Any other point of view could hardly have been expected from spokesmen of the first century oriental community, particularly not from St. Peter, who himself was married, and who would, therefore, probably not have wished to upset an ancient, popu lar tradition no less convenient for his sex than venerable. Despite the east-i era origin of. its faith, the Christian world has managed to de-orientalize Itself a good deal In nineteen hundred years, and the flavor of orientalism, which, quite naturally, attaches to the "Solemnization of Matrimony," is not now entirely 'to the taste of all west ern women or men. But aren't the fair modern occidental Protestants rather illogical? They refuse to prom ise "to obey" a man for a single min ute, although obedience Is purely an act of volition, not requiring the small est regard or respect for the person obeyed" or even ' acquaintance j-with him. On the other hand, the brides find it easy to swear "to love" a man forever, although love is a thing com pletely beyond control of the will! Deign, If you please, Mesdames les Di vorcees and others, to acknowledge that the great fundamental reason of marital discord. Infelicity and wreck is the cessation of that feeling "'to love," whose perpetual continuance it appears so very easy to pledge. More over, nobody ever alleges post-nuptial disinclination or even refusal "to obey" as a sufficient provocation for divorce. Of those two covrv--m.it ts, why object to the lightest? Coliisa- Bruin and His Bread. . "Is it intelligence or is it an Ic- herited habit, as John Burroughs says, that induces the bears in the zoo to carry their bread to the pool of water?" said an observing woman. "No matter by what name you describe bruin's mental state it is Interesting to watch him with the loaf of bread. He knows that it is dry eating, so he carries it in his mouth to the pool and drops it in to sock. The grizzly Will take two or three loaves and put them in the water and then jump in himself and eat them. The big Kadiai bear throws in several loaves anc then goes fishing for them.The bears often fight for a- piece of meat, but rarely for bread." New York Sun, Hints For flip mm Games for Children. - A young mother said to me the oth er day: "Your department is fine and I often find just what I want, but can you help me out with new games for the children?" During vacation it seems that the what-to-do question frequently comes up for mother to solve. I hope the following pastimes will prove interest ing, and make loads of fun for the youngsters. The first is called Hu man Nine Pins. The boys are set up just like nine pins at the end of the room or on the lawn; they stand on one foot (left one), with the right one placed behind the left knee, arms fold ed. The girls roll the ball, taking turns. When the ball is rolled they may hop aside to escape being touched; but if the ball touches them or they put down the other foot, they are supposed to be knocked down and out- This continues just like the real game, a score being kept and prizes awarded. Young children love this ' game: Take barrel hoops and wind them with gay ribbons or, crepe paper, suspend a small bell in the center. Hang the hoop up and give each guest a small bean bag the same color as the hoop. The aim is to ring the bell when thrown through the hoop. Five trials are allowed, the one who rings the most out of the five is given a re ward. . A little game called "Royalty needs an equal number of girls and boys. One boy Is chosen "king" and a girl as "queen." Then they Bit In two rows facing each other. Each follow er is numbered. At the same moment the king and queen calls a number, the two players bearing the numbers get up and run around the circle, the queen after the king's follower. If she catches him before he completes the circle he pays forfeit; if she does not the king's subject collects a tribute from her. When all the numbers have been called the game Is finished. Bridal Functions and Favors. A bride who had belonged to a needle club for years, gave a dinner to her maids, asking the men to an in formal dance afterward. She had chosen baby blue for tha wedding col or scheme, so the table centerpiece was a gilded basket filled with bride's roses; a huge bow of blue ribbon waa tied to the handle, falling in graceful folds around the basket. At each place was a pale blue velvet jeweler's box which, on being opened, disclosed gold WORK FOR A beautiful lamp mat of oriental appearance caught my eye in a friend's house, says a writer in the Boston Herald. "Of what is that made?" I asked. "Oh," she answered. I made that myself. It is paper sloyd." And this is how It is done: You will need heavy brown wrapping pa- per, old dimity or lawn from worn out curtains (or some like soft mate rial) and two kinds of wall paper, one with a plain, striped or ' chained background and one with large con ventional or flower design In a con trasting color. - Cut out the background paper in the shape -and form-oeBlred,' applique on it the figures cut from the other paper in regular pattern, line with the dimity and paste a double layer of the wrapping paper over the back. It is all very simple, but a little taste and ingenuity will devise all sorts of quaint and unusual articles. 4 The lamp mat is perhaps the easi est to make; the one shown in the drawing was in wistaria design - over silver paper. The edges may be bound with narrow passepartout tape of the required shade, but careful past ing is really all that is necessary. The cottage jardiniere is made to ?ovcr- flower-pots of plebeian -earth-anware. It is a simple strip of the ight size, rolled into a tube and fa ened with large size paper fasten - TS". Here it is of black over red.. . Or it may be laced with tape or Hostess TIMELY SUGGESTIONS for Those Planning Seasonable . Entertainments -' thimbles, engraved with the initials ot each girl. The place cards were tiny picture frames made of blue satin rib bon forget-me-nots, - inclosing snap shots of the bride and groom. Anoth er bride, who had planned a green wedding, gave her maids favors set with jade, each one different; there were hat pins, sleeve links, stickpins, etc The table centerpiece was of maidenhair ferns in a low glass bowl. At each place there were individual glass candlesticks twined with aspara gus vine. Every one wore white and the effect was cool and lovely. The Practical Shower. A young woman much beloved In her "neighborhood was to be married, and this delightful shower was ar ranged: She had grown up from baby hood on the same street, and one of her mother's friends suggested that the neighbors contribute the price of a dozen napkins and tablecloth. Then they had a thimble party and the linen was hemmed and monogram ed. The bride was perfectly delighted. Try this when planning a "linen" shower. It was no more costly than for each guest to give a separate bit of linen. The same Idea has been carried out in sheets and pillow cases, also towels, By the way; at afternoon affairs ginger lemonade is qulta the thing with tiny fancy crackers or biscuit, as our Eng lish cousins call them. MADAME MERRL Sashes are with us again in glorious array. Tulle and Irish lace are frequently combined. Fewer turbans are seen as the sea son advances. Skirts for evening dresses are some what fuller. The latest hosiery shows more elab orate patterns. Of Buede and stamped leather bags there is on end. Jabots of net and lace are often stenciled in color. Some of the new linen frocks are embi-oidered in Japanese colors and der.igns. .Linen suits are in old blue, mustard, raisin, brown, green, catawba and lav ender. For evening wear there is a return of colored Irish lace, dyed to match the gown. , THE HOME ribbon, as is the square wastebasket of pink on green and gold. This should be of very heavy paper throughout; even an extra lining of thin art paste board would not come amiss. It is made in four pieces, with a heavy card board bottom, and is then . laced to gether. Those articles where the inside shows should have a lining more artis tic than brown paper. Plain colored wallpaper, perhaps, the same as the background, is good; and then there are tar paper and old shading. Both the candle and lamp shades should be mounted over wire frames. The dimity lining may be sewed over. stretched tight, and the others pasted on it. The fringing can be bought by the yard at any upholsterer's. The candleshade Is blue on gold; the lamp shade, two shades of green and white. The picture frame may be of any shape, and has a cardboard back. pasted on so that the glass and pic ture can slide in easily. Or a plain cardboard frame may be purchased snd covered and lined. The frame shown here is red on white. Any number of other ornaments and conveniences may be made by this unarming work. Tubes for rolling em broideries, glove rolls, pen racks, let ter cases, book covers; the list is al most endless. It makes easy and de lightful work for the shut-in who can use her hands. - The paste used should be library paste for tne lighter articles and glue for the heavier. Sharp shears should be employed, for cutting. though a knife is better for the card board. Be very careful that the fig ures are carefully cut out, and that they are accurately placed; better measure-with pencil and Tule. , tThe work is so simple that It I made by the children in the elemen I tary schools;- it is so pretty that 1 ' mvaaa -nv lSfT. mrtm TXTI'X a. i occasional border of brocade or 1 -rmch of watereolcr."if bwomps : touch i art that is worthy of attennen froi j our lovers of coveUj. DIDWT LIKE DARK COLORS. Iff yopj'- Johns I heard van tell that man t aever darken your door again. Try ing to marry your daughter? . Thnmsu TSTn he's a nainter ana ne painted my front door ebony instead of oak. A BAD THING TO NEGLECT. Don't neglect the kidneys when you notice lack of control over the secre tions. Passages be come too frequent or scanty; urine Is dis colored and sedi ment appears. No medicine for such, troubles like Doan'a Kidney Pills. They quickly remove kid ney disorders. A. Dashem, 241 N. Grant St., Wooster, O., says: - "The doc tors diagnosed my case as gravel, but my agony in creased under their treatment, and X oon became too weak to stand alone. had given up all hope of living; more than a few weeks at the best. I was strongly urged to try Doan'a Kidney Pills, and after twelve days" use, I passed two gravel stones. After that, I improved rapidly until cured." Remember the name Doan s. For sale by all dealers. 50 cents m. box. Foster-Mllburn Co., Buffalo N. Y. Seeking Comfort. "I've got a long way to go and I'm not used to travel," said the applicant at the railway ticket office. "I want to be just as comfortable as I can. regardless of expense." "Parlor car?" "No. I don't care for parlor fix- ins." "Sleeper? "No. I want to stay awake an watch the scenery." . "Then what do you want?" "Well, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, I wish you'd put me up in one of these refrigerator cars I've read so much about." It Wouldn't Stretch. The assessor was doing the very best he could, but the farmer was shrewd and wary. "How many acres of farming land have you?" he inquired warily.- "'Bout 20, I guess," said Reuben. "Twenty! Why. it looks to me like nearer 120. Come, now, can't you In crease that a little? There are surely more than 20 acres in that tract. Sup pose you stretch that a little." "Say, feller," said the farmer, "this ain't no rubber plantation." Harper's Monthly. Reformation. "You say you are a reformer?" "Yep," replied the local boss; "of the deepest dye." "But you were not always so." "No. The reformers reformed our town last year and I want to reform It back again." Cleaned Out. "I can't pay this taxicab bill." "Then I'll take you to a police sta tion." "111 pay it. But take me, to tha poorhouse and leave me there." Louisville Courier-Journal. She Knew the Worst. Mistress (hiring, servant) I hope you know your place? Servant Oh, yes, mum! The last three girls you had told me all about It. 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