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TOPEKA STATE JOUENAL, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12, 1908.
WiHARIS FASHIONS FOR. THE CflRI STM AST IDE Eg IE ll ' X W mi! V . --w VVVV tyzZ&'XtXXMSMMM f V .V U .etfTOI!&ie te i v . - Aarff Noel, as the French call 6ur last charmer. My, but men are inter- e: mm; , .' ' " s Jf v " ' -V A 'l4. AK1S, Kov. 28. Christmas, or Noel, as the French call our g Isold's birthday, is. as every o:ie knows, aside from its re iisijus si'j-niScance.- the children's fes tival in France. On the 24th of De cember the small folk of French households rective their gifts, while the grownups have to wait until New j Year's daj' for tht ir presents and parties. Even at this early date, how- ; ever, the merry Yult.tkle spirit is ' abroad. On r.W tlie avenues and bou- I levards are lines of sayly decked booths with Christmas wares for sale, ! amu sins toys that delight the children j and laces and needlework that appeal to mamma. The men arc1 not forgotten in this happy melange of good things, for on the street corners pretty French girls hold out tempting bou tonnieres for monsieur. And how pleased as Punch is this same gentle man when th, fair vender coquettishly offers t i pin the flower in the lapil of his coat: The pretty ceremony usually ends with a courtesy end Vilerci, mon sieur." for the franc whicawis nonchal antly dropped into the young girl's hand in exchange for the gardenia or bunch o,f violets, the market price of wb-ich is 3 sour.. The other day I watched with great amusement a particularly gallant American r.ian who seemed to be try ing to corner the curbstone flower market here in Paris. Kvery attrac tive Hower seller found him an easy prey, ;.nd he foxiiy U:rew away the last blossom when out of sight of the last charmer. My, but men are inter esting as psychological studies! It is a popular impression, though, among women that they (the fair sex) are very much more interesting than men. In this view woman is materially supported by the drama and the liter ature of the day, which are almost en tirely devoted to the presentation of feminine problems. So much, indeed, is this the case that an unthinking person might easily be led to imagine that man was a mere machine of ex quisite simplicity the inner workings of which were not worthy of serious consideration. A more absurd theory does not exist, for of course man in his own way is fully as interesting as woman. I make this statement all the more unreservedly knowing full well that no man ever reads "stuff" on the woman's page. Personally I think man has been too much overlooked in mod ern journalism. I know in my own case I am tired of the everlasting dis cussion of woman. I am tired of hearing about her and reading about her and talking about her. In the fu ture I am going to devote a little of my time to the study of that simple elemental thing called man. And I do iot think that the subject will prove any more boring than the study of wo man, while there is a possibility that it may prove more interesting. The Dullness of Mankind. It is of course true that most men are rather dull. Only the other day a friend of mine came to consult me as never effaces himself,., and the duller to whether she would marry a. certain he is the more he wants you to marry man who had just proposed to her. "He's awfully nice and kind," she ex plained, "and all ' that sort of thing, and I am sure he would make a good husband; but, oh, dear, he's so dull!" Well, of course, as I endeavored to ex plain to her, that is exactly what most men are. But then so are most wo men. The only difference is that wo men know when they are dull, and men do not. That is why the dullness of a dull man is . more obvious than that of a dull woman. The latter knows how to efface herself. A man pointed. Very few men one meets at a dinner party are amusing, but many are extremely interesting, if only psychological problems. Looked at in this light, one's neighbor at dinner and one's partners at dances frequently display characteristics as surprising as any displayed by the most complex of women. , Little Weaknesses of the Great. As a matter of; fact, men are in finitely more complex than . women'. One has only to approach them in the right spirit to make all kinds of amaz ing discoveries. The underlying fri volity of the serious minded business man is one of them. Only the other day two members of the Paris bourse were suspended for "skylarking." And I hear that Marathon races are much in vogde at this center of speculative enterprise, the winner being reward ed with a cocoanut or a "certificate of merit." Only an extremely solemn business ,. man . could indulge in such infantile pastimes. No thoroughly frivolous woman would ever indulge in part from his matrimonial persist- i Marathon races around her salon, still e. vthe dullness of the average man I less of skylarking in any public insti tution wnere sne was supposed to De engaged in earning her living. - To tell the truth, she does not know how to skylark. . Perhaps it would be better if she did. Perhaps she will take to it yet. There are two well known society women at the Ville Luminiere who have lately adopted the fashion of man "who takes you in, the probability turning "cart wheels" as they leave the Is that you will be hideously disap- dining room. These antics may be him. Such, I think, is the experience of most women. A ence, displays itself in a variety ot ways which- become really, interesting when looked at from the psychological view points Everything naturally depends uportbne's attitude- in the matter- - If you gi to a dinner party, for instance, expecting to be amused in the ordi nary-acceptation of the word by the leading the way to greater frivolity. I really do not know. AH I know is that it takes a really serious man to play the fool well and that the more strenu ous his life the more irresponsible will be his gambols in private. Here end eth the first lesson of man and his lit tle vagaries. The Parisian Scarf Veil. But I reckon a description of the new scarf veil that the Parisienne is wearing will interest you more than a further accounting of man's idiosyn crasies. To digress a moment, don't you think the chapeaux of the winter are fascinating? They are very pic tuesque and becoming and in some rare instances practical. The large flat felt hats I find entirely charming trimmed with a voluminous veil. This is, to be sure, a distinctly picture style and one that has been adopted by several notable beauties. Mme. Catulle Mendes, 'wife of the well known ppe.U dramatist and critic, fre quently wears hats of this genre, and so does Mme. Rostand and others. A hat of the order now under consid eration must be exceptionally large in the brim and possessed of a low crown, while the wide brim is prac tically flat, but drooping slightly in front and in the back. Then the im mensely long scarf which is used as trimming is laid carelessly around the crown in cloud fashion, puffed up into two or three loops at one side toward the back, and one very long end is al lowed to float over the right shoulder and to wander down ' to the knees ia front. I know of no more becoming hat to a tall and stately woman than this, and it looks especially well when worn with one of the new walk ins costumes which have an excep tionally long semitight coat In connection-with a very clinging skirt. I have seen such a hat as that Just described exquisitely carried out in shades of dark gray green. The scarf, which was of very thin crepe de chine, was in a slightly lighter tone of green than the silk beaver hat, and at on side there were several handsome but tons of cut steel and enamel holding down the fragile material. The idea of a single floating string, whether it be a wide end of chiffon or a comparatively narrow end of velvet attached to the hat, is the rage of the moment. Double strings, tied loosely at one side, near the ear, are In great favor with the American women living here in Paris, but the Parisiennes pre fer the single string which lends itself to such fascinating effects. k It can. be either wound tightly around the throat a stunning notion when black velvet is used or thrown over the shoulder as carelessly as possible when. chiKen is the fabric. Underbrim Hat Trimmings. As if it were not enough to swoop the big hat brims down over the hair. Alphonsine, one of the smartest milli nery artists we have, is" now adding trimming under the brim. There is no return to the bandeau, but the trim ming fills in all the spaces that might by chance be exposed by the lift of the chapeau. Flowers are sometime used for this purpose, but more often ostrich tips, rosettes of filet tulle and broad bows of satin ribbon with short ends. Many women this season took the bandeaux out of their last winter's hats to bring it up to date and have found the removal of this support anything save becoming or comfortable. A remedy is at hand by applying Al phonsine's underbrim treatment. A bow beneath the brim at any point where the exposure is too pronounced will do the trick modishly. While upon millinery matters intent let me tell you about the latest trim ming' in flat effect. It is an ostrich plume arranged to look like a large bow, with several loops, each tip forming a loop and the "bow" held to gether in the middle by a handsome buckle. With regard to the "heads" of the season, every effort is being made to dress the hair in the most natural manner possible, always bearing in mind that considerable width is neces sary because of the size of the present day hat and toque. Very little fringe, if any, is worn on the forehead, but little curls are introduced over the temples, which give the face a par ticularly sweet and childish appear ance. Tailored Fur Coat. Something quite new is the so called "tailored" 'fur coats that are literally in three pieces muff. Jacket and de--tachable incroyable collar either with or without deep lapels beneath the throat and fastening with large orna mental buttons. Stoles are extremely long, reaching in many instances to the very bottom of the dress skirt, and the smart stoles all come to the knee at least and are waist depth in the back. So much like a coat are these rtoles that all they lack are sleeves to make them a completed wrap. The j broad, flat stole is at its best when developed in short haired fur, but is quite as often seen in lynx, black fox and stone marten: Indeed, nothing j seems impossible in the hands of a ' good furrier. i CATHERINE 7a:.OT. Svzry 5&oman In Cum a philosopher or a fatalist fAM not exactly a fatalist, but I confess I env fatalists some of their attributes. For instance, if you are making a dress and you spoil it and you're nbt a fatalist you blame j'ourself eternally. But if you belong to that philosophic cull you merely shrug your shoulders and exclaim. "It was fate!" Then you put away the pieces as far from your eyes as you can and begin some other labor fate has decreed you will succeed in. You don't sob and sigh and tear your hair out. What's the use? The thing was f o r e o rdained. Neither do you bitterly reproach yourself, for what could you do but fulfill the Hi IK You blame tGtirHclf eternally. eternal decree, the dope sheet of your life, to use a slang expression? Oh, my friend, what peace of mind can follow the belief that you are scheduled to do certain things on cer tain dates, beginning at one time and ending at another, and that you have nothing at all to do with it but sit back and watch things happen. Even the knowledge that you have made a fool of yourself on certain memorable occasions doesn't bring a hot blush to your cheek, for you were scheduled to appear that way at that particular time that was all there was to it. . " Fatalism approaches very near phi losophy. As we know, nothing ever moves very much the philosopher. We all of us become philosophers and semi-fatalists some time in life,, and then things don't hurt us so much. It's the young hearts full of fire and ambition that suffer the most. They go up against life, spear and buckler In hand, intending to force everything from it. Sometimes they are stronger than-life, but oftenest life is stronger than them. It lazily stretches out one powerful arm and forces them back, back . against the very walls of their endurance, where they must either give way or die. Wise is the human being that gives way, seeking comfort in philosophy, no matter what kind it Is, fatalism or higher thought or dear knows what. Be True to Yourself. Take my advice, my friends, and hug to your heart whatever heals you most, but don't oh, don't reproach yourself, for in self reproach lies utter destruc tion. I don't know what makes me write so seriously today, but perhaps some woman will read this who is in bitter trouble and who doesn't know how to take it, some woman who spends burning days and nights ask ing herself that awful question, "Why?" that question which - never can and never will be answered and perhaps reading this will help her. Don't take it so hard, my dear. Don't make yourself suffer the same thing over and over.- Life is a very powerful jthing, and it's no disgrace to be -beaten by it. Be a bit of a fatalist. This thing was decreed against you. and it had to come to pass. Now lt" over. Cut yourself loose from all that has to do with it and begin again. God bless you! Ballots Lead to Graft. What women need more than any thing else is to become broader and more charitable. When any one asks me if we are ready for the ballot I laugh, and if the person insists on knowing why Kate Clyde is so old fashioned I laugh the harder. Kate Clyde is anything but old fashioned. She is too far ahead if anything, she sees women as they ought to be, and then when she sees them as they ; are she prays and hopes the rod of power may . be kept from their hands for many a long day. . "But," remarks a would be re former, "the bal lot would revo lutionise Wftmsn- IU become. ara,te,. kind wou,d maJe the sex strong and noble and fearless, just as you want it to be." You'll have to prove it to ' me, for I see evidence to the contrary. I have f . rr jrr Jflf r 1 1 4 -1 fi -ti it. y. t V . - JUST AS SHE HOPED AND EXPECTED had unusual opportunities to observe men in politics, and I can positively affirm that, far from improving them, power in politics and the ability to swing votes make of them the most universally despicable set of lazy grafters I have ever seen In my life. You will pardon the strong language, but it isn't overdrawn. Put the aver age man in politics and he becomes a grafter to the end of his days. He hasn't the strength or the ambition to be anything else. And this is the in fluence which is going to make wo men stronger and more noble! If they were strong in the first place it would be the finest thing in all the world for them to have votes. But look at them! For every woman isn't there nearly always some man who is able to "bam boozle" her? Woman an Easy Victim. What does the average good woman, carefully sheltered, know about life? Her views are enough to make the angels snicker. She doesn't know and she doesn't care to know anything but the latest style in lingerie blouses and the highest temperature to heat the baby's bottle. Would you give an in telligence like that the right to vote on vital issues? And does the old maid reformer know much more when she thinks that stamping out vice means simply to enact blue laws? , And would you want a woman, the present kind of a woman, to be your judge if you were brought to trial or had to depend on her for any kind of justice? Heaven preserve us! And have you more than one woman friend who wouldn't throw you down if you became poor or shabby? You are in luck if you have! And can you ever keep anything in petticoats from being jealous? Just think how that could be played on. And what kind of a surgical opera tion would be required to make the average woman one meets socially speak directly to you as one fellow be ing to another instead of going round Robin Hood's barn? i My friends, I could keep on writing questions like that forever. Our sex' is waking up. but it is far from be- j ing awake yet. The trouble is all i I within us. When women are fit fori j the ballot they'll get it, but in the ! I meantime let us bave pity on ourJ country; it would be a crime to give the average woman in her present unbal anced, emotional, petty and easily in- Slic doeHit't varc to kiioic. I I fiuenced st.-te of mind the right to vote in it. Let us change all we can. Let us become firmer, more straightforward and more courageous and let us help others to do the same thing. We shall be accomplishing far more good in this way than by thrusting the ballot into weak hands. It would be a Joke to give it too. New York. f TO MAKE A JABOT. Nowadays nearly all women weat jabots.- With tailor mades and even more elaborate costumes- they are the neck finishing par excellence. As sucb jabots cost a sum almost prohibitive to the average woman's purse, most of these dainty bits of lingerie are manu factured at home. Among the pret tiest of the jabots is the 'grandfather's' frill," which is constructed as follows: It is of three narrow' ruffles set on either side of a three-quarter inch wide strip of fine muslin. The ruffles may be of the finest old muslin or lace and each two. two and one-half or three inches wide. The strip of ruffles la caught at the neck with a pin or tiny bow of satin or a butterfly arrange ment of mull and lace. It runs straight down the front and is tucked into the belt. The little square plaited pieces of embroidered mull that are worn with linen collars are made of a half of a, handkerchief. They are caught to the base of the collar with a bar or bow knot instead of the too common horse shoe, . .,