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MEN WEAR PETTICOATS.
Some of the Oddities That Distin guish Inhabitants of the Samoan Islands. The Men Wear Very Little Cloth ing and the Women Wear Even Lees. A Dance That Would Not Pass Muster ti Poute aoelety-"You My Fies Men." The Samoans have no word for female virtue, but that is simply because they do not possess terms for things abstract. The women of the islands are more chaste than those of any other race in the world. One reason for this is that from time immemo rial the most tremendous penalty has been dealt out for any lapse in this regard. In the old days a girl found guilty was promptly killed, usually with a war club im the hands of her father. Even now the punishment is utter disgrace. The few Samoan women who are not altogether re speotable are, every one of them, deserted wives of foreigners, who have married them by native rites and deserted them afterward. Though so entirely virtuous the women of Samoa have little modesty in the sense in which the quality is understood among civ ilized people. Their native costume is sim ply a petticoat of bark cloth, but remote from the large villages it does not embar rass them much apparently to be seen with out even this garment, simply because they are free from any imaginings of impropriety in the matter. The men wear similar short petticoats, but under the influence of the missionaries they have, to some extent, adopted shirts also, while the females in the towns very generally appear in small ponchos, after the Mexican fashion, with a slit in the middle to put the head through. The missionaries have done their best to do away with a certain highly improper national dance of the Samoans, called the muli-pa'i-pa'i, performed always by girls. It is exceedingly suggestive in its nature, and those who participate in it divest them selves of all their clothing incidentally. But the muli-pa'i-pa'i is still danced on the sly. A Samoan and his wife will say to you: "We missionary people; no have muli pa'i-pa'i. But after a little we go to bed, and then our daughters will dance the muli pa'i-pa'i for you. When you arrive in a harbor of the Sa moan group your ship is at once surrounded by scores of native canoes, the occupants of which make earnest offers of friendship, says a writer in the Washington Star. The common expression, whether the person making the appeal of amity is a man or a woman, is: "You my fen me; me my flen you." If you assent to one of these offers an ex change of presents is in order between yourself and your new friend. Every stranger is supposed to have one such friend only among the natives, though he may be agreeably acquainted with any number in addition. He must give to this friend many presents from time to time-such things in particular as tobacco, needles, thread, seis sors, knives, cotton stuffs, hatchets, bright colored haadkerchiefs, perfumery, of which last the islanders are extremely fond. In return for gifts so bestowed you receive bark cloth, bark of pandnnus leaves, shaggy mate of the fibre of a nettle like plant, fans of cocoanut leaves, war clubs of iron wood, spears and sea shells. Also your friend keeps you supplied dur ing your stay with fruit and other fresh food. But you must on no account give the smallest article to any one but this friend, because It will be bitterly resented. Upon learning of your gift your friend will say: "Bad you; you give presents to other girl. She no your friend; she Mr. Smithy's friend." Among the presents you get in this way none have much value except the fine mats, which are worth on the islands from $20 to $10* , according to their age. The older the mat, the more it is worth, because of the reverence which the natives have for any thing that is ancient and for their ances tors. When these mats are torn they are carefully mended. and often one that is covered with patches will sell for the high est price. The history of each mat is carefully re corded. It takes two women sometimes as much as two years to make a single mat six feet square. Pandanus leaves are split for the purpose, and cured by soaking in salt water and drying in the sun. Frequently these braided mats are ornamented with borders of red feathers from the breast of the Fijian parroqqet, imported to Samoa in great numbers, kept alive in cages, fed on fruit and plucked regularly twice a year. In all this interchanre of presents the ob ject of the native is to get as much as pos sible and to give as little in return. The islander is very shrewd. It is custom now adays, having entertained strangers at his house with dances, to finally place a wooden bowl or some such receptacle in the middle of the floor and throw a silver dol lar into it, after which each guest is ex pected to do likewise. WHY GAMBLERS ARE SLEEK. They Get Plenty of Sleep and Don't Worry. A well known local gambler was telling some acquaintances in the Palmer house last night why it is that he and his craft generally look so well despite the excite ment of their life. "It's just this way," he sanid. "We take lots of rest and have nothing else to think of. Gambling is our business and our only business. You don't see a merchant who attends strictly to his business and gets plenty of sleep, looking hollow-eyed and haggard, do you? Well, why should you expect us to be at)?" "Excitement," some one suggested. "Oh, well, that dies out after a while," said the gambler, "and then our lives are pretty much as humdrum as a merchant's. Soldiers and prize fighters get used to fight ing. jockeys get used to racing and pasm blers get used to gamblinz. It's when a man has to do two things at once that ie looks worn. Let a merchant try to at tend to his business and after the duties of the day have been discharged spend the nlght at the faro or poker table and he will find when he gets up in the morning that he is tired. After a bit he wants stimu lants, and then his health fails and he looks hollow eyed and haggard. But as for gain blers-why, I go to bed pretty regularly. Anyway, if I stay up nlater it doesn't make much difference, because I don't have to get up in the morning till I feel like it. And then I tave nothing else on my mind. It may seem strange to you, but my conscience is clear. I never cheated any body. And let me tell you that a clear con science, with plenty of sleep, together, of course, with enough to eat, will keep any man looking well."-Chicago Evening Post. Plea of an Antipodean Spouse. Since the "good old days," before such marital questions as "Is marriage a fail ure?" or "Hlusband and wife," exercised our minds, the marriage service has been found on more than one occasion to be "out of touch." so to say, with modern views of rights, whether male or female. Only the other day we had an ex amlic of the wife declining to commuit herself to the "obey" olause, but it has bec n reserved for an antipodean spouse to plead that the marriage seivioe binds a uusband to provide for his wife only till death do them part, rind that he is conse quently not compelled to defray her funeral s ximnses. The le al luminaries of Australia, how evor, didn't take that view of the case. Laoy's Piotorial. TI NEW YORK BRY GOOBDS .S SPECIAL OFFERINGS THIS WEEK. - REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT IN PRICES. We are determined to make our store LE BON MARCHE of Helena. Beautiful goods, matchless in appearance, a stock selected with greatest care and pronounced by th Ladies of Montana, whose tastes are beyond dispute, PERFECTION. 42 Inch Henriettas, - - This week, 17 I-2c. 36-Inch Brocade Cashmere - - This week, 9C. 2S-Inch Surah Silk This week, 25c. i 2-Inch China Silk - This week, 3oc. Dress Goods and 11 We offer splendid value for the money asked in Silks and Dress Goods this week. The Black Surah and China Silk at the prices offered deserve your especial attention as they are admirably suited for under dresses for a superb line of Grenadines just received. GRE3NMTADINH" 3B CGHR -NADINEBS. CE ENADINEý1S. " We beg to call your attention to our stock of Black Grenadines. We have them in iron frame, ribbon stripe, broche and embossed. We particularly invite comparison. Ladies' 5ibbed TZTeste- - - - - argaizs, .00, 3argaira e NEW YORK BRY GOODS STOREor., Main and State Sts, Helena, AM A. J. SELIGMHAN, President. P. J. DONOHUE, Vice-President. A. C. JOHNSON, Treasurer. BARNARD BROWN, Secretary. •+NORTH DRUM LUMMON GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY. ROOM 1, POWER BLOCK, HELENA, MONTANA. CAPITAL STOCK, 500,000 SHARES. PAR VALUE, $2.00 PER SHARE. During the next twenty days Treasury Stock Located between and contiguous to the vast of this company not exceeding 25,000 Shares 8 properties of the Montana Co. (limited) and be will be upon the market at fifteen cents per I. ing traversed by the famously rich Drum Lum. Share, to be applied upon the expense of cur- mon gold vein, the great value of the North rent development. iP,7 ·lDrum Lummon mines and their productiveness r d p ' in the near future is almost assured. For Particulars Call Upon or Write to BARNARD BROWN, Secretary, Room 1 Power Building,` or W. G. GOODING, Sale Agent, No. ý2, Main Stree, STHE BEE HIVE We carry the most extensive line of goods in the city, and Yarns and Woolens Hosiery Oepatment. Soaps and Perfumery. Crockery and Chinaware. il n, everyone will find it to their ad-_ '__ _ _:_ _ vantage to call and visit our es- This is a new department in Ladies' fast black Hose, .20 tablishment before making pur- our store, and our low prices " " " " better, .25 chases, as we carry goods in al- have caused us to make large a " " "fine, .40 We carry the celebrated Soaps We will open this week a full most every line, and we aim to sales in this line, so that our , " " ex fine .6o of and complete line of Crockery rO.D sell them on the smallest possible duplicate orders have been for Misses' ,, " "good, .o FELS CO grades o Chinaware, comprising all margin, consistent with a legiti- greater quantities than the origi- better, rated Crockery, in white and deo mate business. Our terms are nal. Our line is complete, and Philadelphia, which are equal to r dyop c te business. Our terms are al. Our line is complete, and " " best, the finest brands of imported and sets, such as STRICTLY CASHI, and by these comprises Ss Sets 0",G means we are enabled to calcu- GERMANTOWN- 30 to 45c. Soaps, and are sold for one-half Dinner Sets, late the exact profit to be put on SPANISH, Men's fast black half Hose .25 the price. Also full line of the ea sSets goods without figuring a large SAXONY, " colored half Hose, .25 world renowned ChAlso French and CarlsbadSets. po cent. for losses by bad ac- and other Yarns. Also full line " striped half I-ose, .25 LUNDBORG PERFUMES Chinaware of all kinds. Prices CD ý i counts, as is usually done by cred- of Zephyrs-all shades and kinds. " unbleached half HIose, .25 at prices to suit the times. are way down below bed-rock. ct system establishments. Prices are in comparison with These prices give the very O it system establishments. other goods. best value that can be obtained. O Ladies' and Children's Auchings and Veilings. Notions. Sheet Music. Glassware. a . UNDERWEAR ' t <l .The largest line of Ruchings This department has so many Have recently placed on sale a Ladies' Jeey Ribbed Vests, Io We have just received another h erey s, .o and Veilings in the city were articles that it would be useless invoice of oc. on designs in Glass .25 just reccived last week, which for us to attemlt to mention all ware, consisting of 0 CD 5wFruit Dishes,HEETMUSIC 30 we place on sale to-day at prices of them, as life is too short. But C a tds, ". n Balbriggan " .6 that are as lo as those quoted \e wish to call attention to a few and we are now prepared to ter Stnds, .6o i scfill all orders. 2,200 titles to se- 'Vater Sets, " Lisle Thread " .40 by the largest emporiums of the tems, such as lect from. Ne and old music, Decanters, " " .6o east. These goods were bought Purses and Pocketbooks, both vocal and instrumental. All Oils, .75 Satchels and lHandbags, to be sold at the uniform price of Glasses and Tumblers, O S All Silk .9 in large quantities, and we were Chattelain Bags, Tea Sets, s a u m Children's Stummer Under- able to get prices on the groundl Shopping Bags, I CIce ream ets, wear, from - Ioc. to 4IcS wer, from floc to OC. oor. l. lair and Cloth Blrushes, ,Celery Dishes, Complete line of above goods PER COPY. Catalogues fur very low. Call and see our line. Combs, llair Ornaments, nished free of charge on applica- Water Bottles, Jewelry, Etc. tion. Castors, Etc. Prices to suit the masses. e THE BEE HI VE Sol. Genzberger & Co., 5 N. Main