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THE TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 24, 1904.
13 Whoever Mr. O. Henry, author of Cabbages and Kings," a new Ceneral American novel which is creating a lit tle stir just now among the keepers-up M'lth the new fiction, may be and wheth er or not Topeka ever heard of him be fore he has heard of Topeka. But, like many another whose knowledge of the town la wholly exoteric he believes that it Is Btill the place where they grow the Populists. At least this is the in ference from his reference to it, inci dental to the description of a certain Dr. Gregg" who had "the longest fceard between Topeka and Terra del Fuego." This polite acknowledgment of Topeka's existence is almost equal to that advertisement the town received in Hoyt's "Stranger in New York," a few years ago. Sir. O. Henry, Author ol "Cabbages and Klncs." Of course everyone who reads the title of Mr. Henry's novel recognizes his or igin in that verse from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things. Of shops and shoes and sealing; wax. And cabbage and kings: And why the sea is boiling hot. And whether pigs have wings." And a most appropriate title It is, too, for the book is a strange Jumble of di verse things, American, Central Ameri can and otherwise. Nevertheless the at mosphere of the book and its prevailing j spirit are American, although the mise In scene is Central American and the caste of characters cosmopolitan. Some of it has appeared before in maga clnes notably, a certain chapter on The Phonograph and the Graft. It is all very readable. There is plot full of in terest and excitement which neverthe less does not disturb the verities, clever dialogue, uncommon situations, "live" people. Mr. Henry seems to be rather better than the average run at pictur ing with a few strong touches, an un familiar scene. It shall not be said that he seems "to know his Central Ameri ca well" because Mr. William Dean Howells or Mr. Hamilton Wright Mabie or Mr. Harry Thurston Peck or some body objects to the phrase, but at any rate he gives a vivid and satisfying im pression of the topography, scenery and climate of the country, and its delicious tropic charm, as well as of its sociolog ical and political conditions. It is a sort of thing that has been done before by Richard Harding Davis, notably, a number of times, but it has rarely been better done than in Mr. Henry's care less, debonnair, and not unoriginal style, which seems peculiarly suited to the exploitation of a society made up by the people who favor a residence where they are exempt from afternoon teas, hand organs, department stores and the embarrassing exactions of an extradition treaty. The soldier of for tune, the adventuress, the fugitive from lustice. and the fugitive from lshnr the!18?- LuU morocco. Presentation copy disappointed lover are all there and the author has succeeded In connecting the several tales of their diverse motives and adventures Into one fairly logical story. But with all this the personality fllssnnninted lnver r. oil th. anA thai""" LOngfellOW S inscription, $100, or tne neroine, Isabel Uullbert, a wo man of the most alluring and piquant fascination was needed to complete one or tne Dest novels or tne year. "Cabbages and Kings" by O. Henry. Published by McClure Phillips & Co. IVice $1.50. (Through Zercher Book & stationery company.) The wages of sin is alimony. Of two evils cnoose the prettier. A fool and ms money corrup; good man ners. A guilty conscience Is the rrother of in vention. It's a long skirt that his no turning. None but the brave go to a fair. A little actress Is a dangerous tiling. "Heaven lies about us In our lnrnrv " and this world lies about us when we are grown up. Circumstances alter kisses. He loves best who loves last. Make love while the moon shines. A man is known by the love-letters he keeps. From Folly for the Wise, by Carolyn W eils. The most remarkable set of flsh pho tographs ever published rhotographs that were taken in an absolutely unique way under picturesque circum stances appear in "Country Life in America for January. The whole epi sode will go down as the most sensa tional in photographic history.- For fourteen years Mr. Julian A. Dimock has been watching the great leaping tarpon of Florida In its marvelous Jumps into the air at the prick of the angler's hook. He told his experi ences to the editors of "Country Life In America," who told him to photo rraph the leaps if it took six months It did. The first months were totai failures, but at the end of the half year he came north to Sixteenth street, with 2 7 perfect photographs that show every stage of the aerial leaps of the 200-pound seven-foot flsh To achieve this result. Mr. Dimock put up at a little old hotel in Collier's Bay, Fla., set his camera shutter at a speed of one five-hundredth of a sec ond, and then, with his silent guide lived on the water in the deep narrow pass where Collier's Bay makes for the deep sea. He showed his patriot Ism by floating in the water three flags that ran the color gamut of red. white and blue. The red flag at the end of ts feet of slim tarpon line; the blue flag registered 50 played-out feet, and thm white flag terminated 100 feet. When the tarpon was struck, and the 8-inch hook had settled well into the gristle of his mouth, the guide kept him as near the boat as he dared with the tiny line (only one thirty-second of an inch thick). Then the fish would begin to leap out of the water eight feet for the first leap, and 20 or 30 leaps and the red flagr would dip in and out. Mr. Dimock would rapidly fix his focus for a distance less than 25 feet, and snap the fish In the air, with his shutter tuned to a speed. of a half-thousandth of a second. Often enough, the fish would splash water into his eyes while he was press ing his button: time and again the flsh snapped the line before the camera could be aimed, and for weeks the Florida weather misbehaved. But finally the giant tarpon leaped only 18 feet away, actinic air prevailed, and the fish recorded themselves on the sensitive plate in a way that will be valuable to lovers of sport and nature students for a century to come. To the eye of the fisher, the gill action is not visible, but the camera proves their rise and fall. It was only the other day that a prominent writer (who had observed tarpon first-hand) said in a newspaper article, "They leap backward always backward." He will now know better, for Mr. Dimock's pictures prove that they leap forward, edgewise, "any old side at all." The person who cares for old and rare books will be interested in the follow ing prices realized for part III of the Bishop Hurst library in New York. The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1782 (original sheep, repaired). The first English Bible printed in America, with an American imprint, $25. Blower's "The Deaths of Eminent Men," Boston, 1716 (stitched). Bearing on the title page the autograph of the Rev. Thomas Foxcroft, $26. Bradford Imprint. "Gospel Order Re vived," etc.. New York, 1700. The only book printed in New York before 1700 that contained more than twenty pages, $65. "Sermons on Sacramental Occasions, delivered by Gilbert Tennent, William Tennent, and Samuel Blair," Boston, 1739. Originally in the possession of David Brainerd, the celebrated mission ary to the Indians, and bearing his au tograph, $29. "Christian Monthly History," edited by the Rev. W. MacCollogh, Edinburgh, 1743-43. half calf. (This book contains material relative to American Indians), $27. "Book of Common Prayer," compila tion made by James Freeman. Boston. 17S5. (With the autograph of Nathaniel Johnson on the title.) Old leather, $35. "The Proposed Book of Common Prayer," Philadelphia, 1786, morocco. $190. A collection of Specimens of Cur rency gathered by Alexander Vatte mare, etc. This contained specimens of Colonial and Revolutionary Perlods,and was sold for the handsome sum of $150. Campanius Holm's "Kort Beskrifning om Provincien," Stockholm, 1702; vel lum back and boards. $21 John Cotton's "The Covenant of Grace," London, 1654, original calf. $17.50. Franklin Imprint. "Charters of the Province of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia." Philadelphia, B. Franklin, 1742, old calf, $17. "The Conduct of Major General Shir ley. London, 1758. 8vo, sewed. $19. Grolier Club. Bradford's "Facsimile of the Laws and Acts of the Province of New York." New York. 1894. $20. Hawthorne's "Peter Parley's Uni versal History on the Basis of Geogra phy," Boston, 1837. The First edition. $140. Hawthorne's "Famous Old People," Boston, the first edition, original cloth, $42. Hawthorne's "Biographical Stories for Children." Boston, 1842, half sheep, the first edition, J41 Longfellow's "Ballads and Other Poems," Cambridge, 1842, original boards uncut. Presentation cony with inscription, to Judge Story, and bearing the justice s autograpn, 3Z. Longfellow's "Evangeline," Boston The Key," a weekly magazine pub lished at Frederick Town, 1798, uncut, $37. Nicholas Monardes "Joyful Newes Out of the Newe found world, etc.,' St. Louis Fair Grand Prize AWARDED TO Walter Baker & Co.'s Chocolate cCocoa Tho Highest Award ever made In this Country LOOK TOR THIS a HIGHEST AWARDS IN EUROPE and AMERICA A new Illustrated recipe book ' sent fre Walter Baker &Co.Ltd. SanllMudtjto S0KCSZSTZK, MASS. London, 1577, full morocco, $16.25. "Acts and Laws of his Majesty's uoiony or Khode Island," Newport, 1744 5, original wrappers, $36. Smith's "History of Virginia," Lon don, 1627. Original calf, re backed, a good copy, $106. Simms' "Beauchampe; or The Ken tucky Tragedy." Philadelnhia.1842. orig inal cloth. Presentation copy from Mrs. ijnaries Dickens to Ann Browne, $72. Usselinx's "Octroy eller Prlvilegium, etc., etc.," Stockholm, 1626, morocco, $41. Wesley's "Sunday Service of the Methodists in North. America," London, ie. original sheep, $75. Whittter"s "Poems," Philadelphia.1838 original cloth, gilt. The first edition. 3. Whittiers "The Straneer In Lowell: Boston, 1845, unbound (poor copy), $10. BOOK NOTES. Various Items About Books That Are Attracting Attention. There Is something nathetln in tbo xact mat --j?'ar from the Mnddeniner Girls." Just published bv McClure. Phillips & Co.. one of the last hooks written by the late Guy Wetmore iarryi, snouia take its place among the gayest and most amusing bits of fiction that the season has produced. The plot of the story is not nartioularlv original, for most people have read aDout the man who looks upon woman as the root of all evil and who makes his home in a secluded spot firmly re- solved to keep "far from the madden- ing girls." And everybody knows just what the inevitable outcome of this resolution must be. Nevertheless. those who want to discover some of tne hidden possibilities in the method or treating this plot should read Air. Carryl's story, which fairly bubbles over with fun and cleverness nnri teaches the lesson that it is not well for man to be alone. One of the best things in the book Is the distinction air. Carryl makes between a sinerle man and a bachelor. "One cannot be a thoroughly authentic bachelor under five thousand a year. Short of that income, one may, of course, remain unmarried; but to remain unmarried means nothing more than to be a single man." The opening novelette In the Janu ary Smart Set is "The Coming of the King," a story of Provence, by Frances Aymar Mathews. Among the other 27 contributions are short stories by George Barr McCutcheon, Gustav Kobbe, William R. Lighton, Emery mottle, Rupert Hughes, Clinton Dan gerfield, and (in French) Marcel Pre- vost; poems by Carolyn Wells, Arthur Stringer, Zona Gale, and John Vance Cheney, and an essay "Aloes and Am- Drosia, by Edgar Saltus. The Christmas Scribner's is rich In color illustrations and in pictures in black and white. The frontispiece, in colors, is from a drawing by Maxfleld Parish; the colored cover is by David n,ricson. 'mere are also elgnt pages in very rich color, showing scenes from the old ballads, drawn by Beatrice Stevens. Sarah Stilwell con tributes a beautiful illustration in color of a mother and child; and Walter Appleton Clark's sketches of an old French village at Christmas time are reproduced in tint, Among the new Macmlllan books are: "Sunny Sicily: Its Rustics and its Ruins," by Mrs. Alec Tweedle, who wrote "Mexico as I Saw It"; "Familiar London Painted by Rose Barton," the first presentation in color of the char acteristic features of outdoor life in London; "Japanese Illustration: a History of the Arts of Wood Carving and Color Printing in Japan," new edi tion, revised, enlarged and richly Illus trated, by Edward F. Strange; "Who's Who. 1905": "Who's Who Year Book, 1905"; "The Dog," by G. E. Milton, in the series of diverting "Animal Au tobiographies" with colored illustra tions; the life of "De Quincey," by Henry S. Salt, in Bell's Miniature Se ries of Great Writers; "The Art of Creation," by Mr. Edward Carpenter Burton's "The Anatomy of Melan choly." in the York library; "The Hardy Country." by Charles G. Har per; "The King's Homeland." another topographical book, by W. A. Dutt; "Life's Lesser Moods," by C. Lewis Hind, the author of "Adventures Among Pictures": "The Temple Clas sics Magazine," a new little magazine devoted to news and interesting ar tides about volumes In that .now fa mous series; and the first volume of Mr. Austin Dobson's fine new edition of "The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay. Mr. Howells. who has settled at San Remo for the winter, writes home to an old friend that even Italy may pall at times on a born-and-bred Amer ican. "You have no Idea," he writes, "how sick one gets of sunshine and calms. I should like to see a naked elm tree shuddering in a good old northeasterly storm.' If ever a literary success was earned by hard work, General Wallace earned it with Ben-Hur. He first started the book as a novelette which he intended to offer to Harper's Mag azine: but the story expanded until it I far outgrew tne original aesign, ana occupied its author tor seven years, Full as It is witn tne most grapnic pictures of Palestine, it is difficult to realize that General Wallace had never been in that country when he wrote the novel. The ceneral was recently asftec now ne accompiisneu sucn won- i derful results, and replied as follows: I doubt if any novel has ever had more careful studies for its back ground and life than those made for Ben-Hur. l knew tnat tne novel would be criticised by men who had devoted their lives to Biblical lore, and I studied Palestine through maps and a mi vyv,n iiiou uuu I hooks. I read everything In the wav of travel, scientific investigation, and geography. I had scores of maps and worked with them about me. My best guide was a relief map of Pales- tine made In Germany. This wan hnmr I on my wall, and by means of it I took my characters through the passes of the mountains and up and down the hills, measuring their daily travel by the scale of miles. I also made studies of the bird and animal life of the time and place." I The frontispiece of the January World's Work is a remarkable photo- grapn or resident Koosevelt standing with John Muir, the celebrated nat- uralist, on Glacier Point overlooking the Yosemite valley in California. The first of the richly illustrated articles is an explanation of the work of John W. Alexander, the painter, bv Charles H. Caffln. In "The Railroads' Death Roll," Leroy Scott shows how most of the "accidents" could be prevented which kill 10,000 persons a year and injre 75,000 more. The effects of the opening of the Panama canal on the currents of trade are discussed by Atherton Brownell in "New Ways About the World." The January number of Country Life in America starts the year with one of the best Issues in its history. The tar- pon pictures. Illustrating the first ar- in thought and theory which are pass ticle entitled "The Thrilling Sport of ing over the world, is only brought Tarpon Fishing," are some of the most unspeakably nearer to us. He is not remarkable Illustrations of life and ac- in heaven only; he la . close by our tion that have ever been published, sides. . He Is nearer than the breath Their appearance marks a new era in we breathe or the beating of our magazine photography. It Is essential- hearts. Itev. Dr. Mlnot J. Savage. ly a tarpon number that cover of the I magazine showing a leaping giant fish. as the publishers- are convinced that sportsmen will date their calendar from the appearance of these exciting lllus trations of the seven foot 200 pound game fish jumping eight feet clear of the water at the prick of the hook. An agricultural series of great moment to all lovers of country life is commenced by Professor C. W. Burkett, by a strong terse article on improving the Soil. Mark Twain contributes to the Christ mas number of Harper's Weekly short story written In the vein of his old-time humor. The story is called "The $30,000 Bequest," and tells of the dreams and air-castlea of a young cou- pie who believe they are about to come into a fortune. The manner in which they assume control of their imaginary inheritance ($30,000 at the start) and by a series of splendid Investments quickly develop It Into an amazingly large for tune, until the bubble bursts Just when they are about to become rivals of the world's greatest financiers, is told in Mark Twain's best humorous style. The story is illustrated with pictures Jn color and tint by .Peter Newell. Two stories which were long a sub Ject of controversy, the discussion rag- lnS over the respective merits of the Dames portrayea in eacn, are again De ing reprinted by the Harpers "Bruv ver Jim's Baby," by Philip Verrill Mighels, and "The Memoirs of a Baby. hy Josephine Daskam. An interesting feature of the controversy, which ap- peared week after week in the New York Times Saturday Review, was the opinions of the correspondents as to whether the man author or woman author had portrayed the more natural oaDy, wnetner "isinKS- or bKezucKs were the better. Oddly enough, Mr. Mighels' fcjkezucks- iuny divided Hon ors on this score with Mrs. Daskam Ba- con's "Binks." I The new novel by Owen Johnson, "In the Name Of Liberty," wmch the Cen tury company will bring out early in January, is saia to oe a aramatic story of the days of the French Revolu I lion. jvir. jonnson s nrst dook, "Arrow of the Almighty," was published three years ago, when Mr. Johnson was " years of age. The International Quarterly for Janu ary, now ready, contains, besides the first installment of Henrik Ibsen s let ters, an illuminating article by Emil Reich, author of "Success Among Na Hons," on "The Present State of Eur ope, a second installment of Professor Hitzig's masterly biological study of The World and the Brain," "Earth and Man; an Economic Forecast," by Pro fessor N. . Shaler; The Vienna con gress; an Historical Sketch," by Aug ust Fournier; "The Purpose of Poetry, by Bliss Carman; "The Decline of Com ic Opera." by W. J. Henderson; "Phil osophy and Modern Life," by James H. Hyslop; "The Housing of City Masses, by Elgin R. L. Gould; "The Temper ance Problem: The Subway Tavern," by J. Johnson, Jr., and The Deep Sea Ex plorations of the Prince of Monaco," by -. jouoin. RELIGIOUS THOUGHT. Gems Gleaned From the Teachings of All Denominations. Christianity stands for co-operative brotherhood with the eider brother, for companionship with the great com panion. Kev. Dr. J. P. urusningnam, Methodist, Chicago. THE POWER OF VISION. We have no fear of perishing, be cause we have visions which lead us onward and upward to that "building c( Goa a house not made with hands, eternal In the heavens," Rev. Nathan A. Seagle, Episcopalian, New York. LIFE SACRIFICED TO MONEY. Life is so organized today that the dollar or the want of it stands between the soul and its life.- On every hand the highest Ideals of life are being sac rificed on the altar of money. Rev. Dr. Willard B. Thorp, Congregatlon- alist, Chicago. DOING THINGS, Don't stop to ask what you can do. Go ahead and do something. Some of us are so impractical that we like to think about things, but do not seem to have the power to map out a course of action. Rev. W. W. Nevins, .Baptist, Washington. JEWISH VIEW OF DEATH. We Jews fear no torments of the doomed. The terrors of death do not affright us. Our duty is to live and not in fear of death die a thousand deaths. Through life we learn how to die; through death we learn how to live. Kev. Moses J. Gries, Hebrew, jieveiana, t. VALUE OF PRAYER. Prayer is the noblest and most sub- lime act in which man can be eneraeed because it exercises the hierhest facul ties oi tne soul, tne intellect and the will; It Drings us into communication with the greatest of beings, God him self. It is the channel of heaven's choicest blessings. Cardinal James Gibbons, Roman Catholic, Baltimore. EFFECT OF CONFESSION. One of the pleasantest surprises in store for us when we enter heaven will De to discover that our acts and words in lire, which we counted of little sig nincance, but wherein we confessed Christ before men. have been the means, in the providence of God, of turning many to riehteonsness Rev Charles Carroll Alburtson. Presbyterian. iwcnesLer, .in. x. VALUE OF THE BIBLE. The reason that the Hebrews have held together as a nation and retained their national characteristics without a home country for so many hundreds or years is their adherence to the Bible. The great bond among the Hebrew race , . , , , . - . common msiory, wmcn is tne Vla Testament. The greatest unity f?" PePle 13 found where the Bible r , i i'Marjr acto'; int,dal!y, "fe4 Rev- J- F- Lobfl v-.,is6uaii.-L, f""un, in. THE LEADING OF THE LORD. Today God leads us. not bv dreams. not by angels, but sometimes by the hard force of circumstances. He leads us again by the sense of duty, or it may be by impulse, and shows only one opening, for all the others are fast closed, but he leads us today lust as trulv as he led Philin tn a-, hv irio desert way. There is a mystery and there is a blessing in the desert way through which God leads his choicest saints. It sometimes takes the desert way to bring us out of ourselves and lift us up to God. Rev. Dr. George H. smith, Presbyterian, St. Catharines. Ont. NEARNESS OF GOD. We may think of God in the infini tesimal world beneath us, in the smallest grass blade at our feet, in the- brain of Shakespeare, the heart of Jesus, in the light of the stars over our heads. Wherever there is life or power or beauty or Joy, wherever there is suffering or struggle, defeat or victory, there is God. The old thought of God has absolutely passed away, but God himself, by the great changes Unitarian, New York. ff Iff in if w It is becoming- more and more the rasmon to wear the thinnest of fabrics for winter house gowns. Many girls and young matrons affect muslin gowns In the coldest weather. Some fashionable women wear white dotted swiss dresses at home the year round Even in hotels one sees young women in dinner gowns of muslin and It is perfectly proper to wear organdie and other wash fabrics at small dances. Really there is nothing more charm ing than white for house wear and it is especially attractive in the winter time. "All Christmas dancing gowns snouia De red, white or pink, says a Topeka woman of artistic taste, "to harmonize with the Christmas decora tions." Nothing is prettier or more effective for a Christmas dance than a simple thin white frock made with short full gathered skirt and decollete baby waist with short puffed sleeves, a white gauze sash and a wreath of holly in the low coiffure. Silk has never been known as a winter fabric but there is a fad this season for light silk shirt waist suits or "utility gowns" as they are now known. These gowns are correct for at home wear. They are simple and pretty, two essentials. For house wear the short skirt is not advised. This does not mean that the trained skirt is advised, but the skirt should no more than escape the floor. Instep length skirts are the correct, and of course the only sensible thing, for the street but in the house, unless for dancing frocks, let the long skirt give grace ana dignity to the figure. In France, or rather Paris, from which fashions are supposed to emanate there is a craze for English styles. The severe and the tailor-made are the idol of the hour. Nevertheless it is a difli cult matter to get a Frenchwoman to put on a really short skirt. Even with the long coat and the redingote she wears a long skirt. It is true that the Frenchwoman is inclined to be short of stature, which makes It difficult for her to wear short skirts, but she is other wise temperamentally disposed to sweeping draperies. In New York it needs only a morning walk in the shop ping districts to prove the vogue of the instep length skirt. Every well dressed woman wears it. The redingote does not go especially will with a short skirt. The secret of making the two even tolerable together lies in one detail; the skirt must flare sharply at the hem. Three-piece suits of fine veiling, al most like crepe de chine, are favorites for visiting and matinee gowns. The blouses of these are elaborate affairs, and are often of white lace instead of crepe or silk of the gown color. Of course, in this case the gown ceases to be a three-piece suit in the strictest sense. The daintiest and thinnest of blouses, whether they be white or color ed, are correct for theater or restaurant dining. In fact, many girls make no difference at all in their blouses winter or summer. The best shops offer lingerie blouses of the airiest description in mid winter. There is a constant sale for them, whatever the weather. Whv do we decorate at Christmas? Whv the c-ifts on the Christmas tree .' Why the holly about the walls and the laurel over the pictures? Why, above all and the center of all, those green and living growths, the mistletoe boughs? Christmas seized upon these things for th ! celebration of the festival not because of the Dower that heid them green, but because of the power that kept them anve, mat preserved in them the beauty of life, notwithstand ing the snow and sleet, the wind and the withering blast. Tt is the spirit of tnese living growths that appeals to us when all the rest of inanimate nature appears to be sleeping under the mantle of winter. Before Christmas was, tne spirits behind the green were believed in by an imaginative people, ana me great festival adopted them. The ancient Druids believed in the spirits of the holly, of the laurel, of the bay, and of the great green trees that formed the walls and living arches of their temples. To them these things were peopled with sylvan spirits that loved the growths and kept them green by protecting tnem irom winter frosts. They took the branches within their dwelling, believing that spirits would follow and there exercise their protecting care. Among these spirits tney Deuevea none to be more powerful or capable of bringing greater blessing than those of the mistletoe. These beliefs have gone from the world, but we clingy to the emblems of them and rejoice amid them at the Christmas celebration. Candles are a bother. Women ad mit it to themselves. They weep greasy tears on polisnea taDies ana pianos and spitefully set fire to the flimsy shades erected over them, and still candles are all the rage. A woman possessed of the least claim to beauty will become irresist- ably alluring in the glow of shaded candles, and at every reception and dinner party these aids to beauty are grouped on every side. Men don t understand and they hate them. A man came away from a tea the other day thoroughly disgusted because the shades were drawn and the tapers gave out such a dim light that he went around and talked in frostily polite way to dozens of people whom he had known all his life, but could not recognize for five or ten minutes. By the way, men hate teas, too. don't they? It is a mystery why they have such a vogue. Angthlng for a change would be a welcome relief, it would seem. A swish of skirts, the heavy frag rance of flowers, a sip of tea and a silly remark, and it is over. This is a man s description of it. With women it is different. They delight in pretending, and a tea is to women a delightful pretense. They play at being agreeable and charmed with people they don't care a straw for, and the sip of tea and tiny cake that is scarcely a bite is the loveliest sham of all. And it is as much fun wearing a new frock as it was wearing a long skirt In the playhouse of childhood days. It would be impossible to eliminate these charming features entirely: they mean so much to women, but Oh, for a kaffee-klatch. or or any thing different Minneapolis Tribune. The high pompadour which hangs on ' in spite of many rumors of its passing and the partial success of the middle part, side rolls and low Dutch coil, has been given its death blow In New York they say by George Ade's "College Widow," one of the characters of which : from whoso journal it is taken. Tie ma- is a waitress In a college boarding house. Her enormous roll and her fran tic efforts to adjust It every time any one speaks to her is wonderfully true to life. Hundreds of women In eveiy audience at that play must recognize their own portraits broadly sketched in ner clever caricature. The favorite fashion of wearing the hair Is a low figure 8, the knot covered with a line hair net. The new nets are made of natural hair, and are expensive. The revival of nets Is probably due to the craze for automobiling. It is next to impossible tc keep the hair In order when speeding, even when close caps are worn. There was really nothing for it but a return to nets. A net specially constructed for the motorist Is an Im ported affair made of real hair, in all colors, it covers the entire coiffure. but ao lightly as to be practically In visible. With Its aid a woman may blep from the automobile at the close of a lor.g drive In the wind, with tresses absolutely undisturbed. For possible Christmas parties, espec ially In country homes, this old Eng lish recipe for wassail bowl Is offered. It is a genuine antique of a recipe touched for by the erudite authors of "The Still Room." To make a bowl of wassail Boll quarter of an ounce each of bruised ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a cou pie each of cloves, corlanders, and card amoms in three quarters of a tumbler ful of water for ten minutes. Aaa quart of ale, a bottle of sherry, and from half a pound to a pound of sugar, Heat, but do not get too near the boil ing point. Then beat the yolks of six eggs and the whites of three eggs and throw them Into the bowl, siowiy aaa half the heated ale and wine, stirring all the time. Leave the rest of the ale and wine on the fire, let it come to boil, and pour it into the bowl. Lastly throw in six roasted apples, which have been cored ana stuffed with sugar. Larger handkerchiefs are In the hands of women this season than were carried last year, for the correct size Is nearly as laree as the smallest of those car ried by men. This applies to lace mouchoirs as well as to the tailored linen sauares. The latter are severe. Indeed, Just a quarter-inch hem, finished with eyfiet hem-stitching and the tiniest of initial letters outlined in eyelet emDroiuery. For daintier wear these same squares are delicately embroidered in each ter rier with a cluster of leaves and flowers. Inside one of these Is a scroll surround ing an initial. Sometimes the Initial occupies the center of a butterfly or a shamrock. This style is done In French convent work. Have vou observed that it Is no long er the smart thing to wear a monster bunch of violets tucked In your corsage? That fad haa been relegated to tne chorus eirl and others who wish to ap pear like a florist's advertisement. Wo men of fashion seem, at last, to have acouired the real art of wearing now ers. Certainly there is no lovelier adornment and no more becoming one than a real live flower. The trouble was that we overdid It. Now. vou lust oln a single white or golden chrysanthemum not too large upon your coat or your muff, or tuck it under your chin.attachingit to your fur neck niece. You can wear an orcnia, a scarlet dahlia or a rose in the same manner, and you have no idea now startlingly lovely a pretty face above s. real flower appears. Tn t.h evenine it is no longer the fashion to carry huge bunches or snow- er bouquets of roses. A single rower, carried in the hand, is the fad. When affected by a naturally graceful woman it is the acme or grace, one neea no lone-er sit stiffly holding one's bouquet. but can gesticulate and use the single flower to emphasize ones every thought. It is a boon to the woman who does not know what to do with her hands. A natural flower caught in the low coif now fashionable is another addi tion to the evening toilet. Indeed, this is the real art of wearing flowers. It applies also to the arrangement of flowers for household decoration. The Japanese, those lovers of flowers, never place more than one flower, or at most, one spray or branch in a rose and con sider that they have arranged it artist ically only after they have produced in it the effect of growing directly irom the vase. 'Do you know how grandmothers manufactured rouge? They boiled com mon, old-fashioned red flannel boiled it until the color began to run and then took out a piece of It and rubbed it on their cheeks. The finest rouge made in these days and the most nat ural looking Is called the Turkish rose cloth. It is made by an old lady down in Baltimore, and is nothing more nor less than boiled red flannel." Comparatively few women wear woolen undergarments, it is said. If so, this is rather a pity. The vitality suf fers gradual decay unless the body is perfectly protected from the cold. This affects one's good looks in the end. Personal beauty Is worth preserving in to old age, at the price of almost any effort In youth. Appropriate salads to serve with the va rious roasts served on Christmas: With roast pig, apple end vater cress; with turkey, celery farci with lettuce, or celery and orange; other combinations being cel erv, apple and English walnuts, or plain ceiery and lettuct; tor roast goose nothing is better than plain blanched lettuce or escarole. Other delicious salads for the holiday are bar-le-duc, cream cheese and lettuce; green peppers cut in long rib bons, blanched walnuts, and lettuce hearts: and grape fruit and English wal nuts served on lettuce leaves. These are all familiar except possibly celery farci. There are several variations of this, but this recipe will be found satis factory: Wash well and chill the white stalks of the celery and fill the hollow of the stalks with a mixture of cream cheese and very finely chopped green peppers and a seasoning of salt and paprlka.These are served really as an hors d'oeuvre rather than a salad, and need no dressing. A p. is of rose colored elace taffeta, fussily trimmed with innumerably little kinked frills, which cover it from the knees to the hem. The frills run the gamut of rose shades, graduating from rose pink to carnation red. It"isat the opera with sumptuous even ing coats that the muff reaches its apoth oeais. Huge, lovely ones of sable and oth er princely furs are beautified with frills of priceless old lace and bunches of roses, gardenias and violets. Muffs of rores crushed together com pactly and combined with lace are costly trifles anl, in their proper place, vfry pretty. Another secret worth knowing Is how to tint laces, chiffons, silk or crocheted but tons, feathers, slippers, gloves, etc., to a gown shade. The process is vouched for by the National Dressmakers' association. And what an , Opportunity! THINK OF aw Meg In Yonr New Year's Pies If you want high-grade Mince Meat, guaran teed pure and satis factory -TRY1T We use Seedless Raisins CHAS. WOLFF PACKING CO. TOPEKA terials required are oil paints In tubes and gasoline. The gasoline Is placed in a por celain bowl and the paint is dissolved in it. The work has to be done quickly, and of course in a fireless room. Mix the paint to the required shade in a saucer, com paring it with the goods till the right color. When the exact tone la reached mix with the gasoline and dip the lace. or whatever is to be dyed, quickly before tne paint laiu to tne bottom, uo not let the goods touch the bottom, as there might be a spot of paint there. A hair Din comes In handily to hold the edra of the goods. Shake out quickly and pin up to dry. It Is well to make a few experi ments before risking costly material, but the process is really not at all formida ble. Copper beech is the latest introduction into the field of fashionable colors. In the new color there is a range of autumn leaf nues tnat run through tne russets, tne pale and golden yellow browns and the warm red and copper browns. Among the other fashionable colors are rose and flamingo reds, a new and rather bright pink, all the violets from Parma to purple and flame or tangerine. Bear In mind these selections for your various coiffures during the season: A large single rose, a single gardenia or white tiger Illy. A small wreath, or half wreath of fine flowers; pink or blue forget-me-nots or diminutive verbenas, tiny rosebuds, as well as trails of small roses and buds which may be broken up and carelessly slipped in and out of the un dulations of the hair, udod the too and sides of the head. Having a plauante face one miaht trr dressing her hair after the style of the sitters to the famous Lawrence, one of the great English masters, whose por traits we all admire. Here must the hair be drawn up to the top of the head, but It is best to modernize it, with undula tions, but rather slightly done. No aide hair partings must be seen, however. Stiff linen collars are to the fore again. Moreover, it is said, they will be accom panied by linen tics. Eome of these are very pretty, made of cobweb linen, and trimmed with frills of real lace. They might easily be made at home by a deft handed girl. As long as the motor craze lasts and the end is nowhere in siKht. the lone veil will probably continue in fashion. Very good chiffon veils are to be had for fl and up ward. They are rarely worn separately, but are adjusted over the hat nd Ince bordered or plain net veil. Chantilly veils are very handsome. The plainest of net face veils accompany them. The illusion veil is seen no more. A pretty arrange ment in veils was seen on a etormy day this week. The wearer had on a becom ing and doubtless costly hat which she protected by a huge chiffon veil, or racher, two veils, a black one put on over a pure white one. These were adjusted to com pletely cover the hat, the ends were cross ed in the back, and tied in front In such a way as to show a white bow. The face veil was transparent black net. Silk petticoats now match the sown in stead of being of a harmonious shade. For evening wear a great deal of latitude is allowed, and white taffeta, exquisitely trimmed with lace and r'bbon lb worn. For all other occasions there Is a well defined policy of simplicity in the .matter of petticoats. It is not now considered good taste to display bright or light col ors under a tailored gown. For hard wear the mohair-topped petticoats are recom mended, iney nave a knee nounee of plaited or ruffled taffeta and are well cut and stylish. Coughing Spell Caused Death. "Harry Duckwell, aged 25 years, choked to death early yesterday morning at his home, in tne presence oi his wire and child. He contracted a slight cold a few days ago and paid but little attention to it. Yesterday morning he was seized with, fit of coughing which continued for some time. His wife sent for a physician, but before he could arrive, another coughing pen came on ana uucKweu aiea irom uffocation." St. Louie Globe-Democrat. Dec. 1, 1901. Ballard's Horehound Syrup would have saved him. 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