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An Alt-White Costume.
Tlie ail w lite costume shown U of brc-aV.cloth trimmed with lace, strap pings of tlic eloili and silk cord and tassels. The toque Is made entirely f white roses niul the largo feather lci.i is also white. If c ream is lmi!i d the ilay before It Is tn bo usei it makes it richer for the morning '''i it coffee, A small, stiff scrubbing brush should he its.-, for ri ai:itiK ail tegctables that grow iimliT ground. The color nf green vegetables ran be preserved if tin. vessel In which tiny arc i-nnkcd Is nut covered. In instir- tli nrfi'i't cleanliness of itot s tin y sliouM ln washed and sonk il In ui' r fri'iiirnl ly, and always kept In a clean illy ilar. Varnished ur nili'd woodwork In pan-trii-s ur l.ai-k halls mny be kept clean ly wiping willi a flannel doth wrung mt rf hut water and then nibbed smooth w ith a ilry eluth. S;np should only n cooked In por rrlaln lined kettles and never Ml In the kettle over night. Tho stock should ln drained Into a porcelain howl and every ML of vegetable BhoiiM ho removed from it. An implement for renchlng out and getting things without rising from uie's chair called n "lazy Tom." which enables a tired woman to draw to her any object she wishes to reach, whether her work basket or a mis chievous urchin, a book or newspaper. Is u labor saver. Caps for Children, Tain O'ShantiT raps are exceeding ly becoming to litt'.e girls and are much worn for school, play and the like. These excellent models show tin? latest designs and are suited to cloth, camel's hair, rlbellne, velve teen, and all the fabrics used for caps. New Table-Linen Dresses. Among the novelties of the season aro linens for suitings that look for all the world like table linens. A chopper cannot tell whether she has strayed Into the house furnishing de partment or among the mi miner dress goods. The bolts of these materials fairly clnmor to lie taken off in three or four yard lengths and be hemmed at the ends. To rut such linens on the bias Is asking too much of any housekeeper. The truly domestic woman may make herself a summer toostume out of an old tit of table- M 'Hi Z ,1 ' M 9 III Pi fflNT1 a cloth and napkins; but this new, love ly, shiny stuff must be kept for the dining room. brown Blends are Worn. Brown of every shade In the first favorite this winter for both day and evening wear. The modern tint of brown la particularly soft by artificial light and is made brilliant by em broideries and applications, and wit!) solt laces and blends of delicate color mort stunning results are effected. An evening cost nine of dead-leaf brown tulle is thoroughly Parisian In Its har mony of coloring. The entire skirt Is striped at intervals with stitched bias bands, an Inch and a half wide, of panne In tho same color. A full flounce of the tulle at the bottom is covered with applique wreaths of multi-colored carnations. Steel paillettes outline the embroidery and dot the foundation ma terial. The bodice of brown silk dam ask has a bust decoration of artificial carnation over the laco bertha which drapes the deeolletnge. The bertha ia caught with a bow of old blue panne. Colored Witch Hazel. Japanese use more toilet prepara tions than any other people. Next to them are the Chinese. The Ameri can manufacturer has learned this, and tho harvest he is reaping Is enor mous. Women are the chief custo mers. In Japan the average woman taU-s from three to six baths every day. Kach time she prepares the water with toilet lotions, and applies them also after the plunge has been taken. Witch hazel .s comparatively new In Japan and China, but It is a prime favorite. The latest fad In witch hn.el is for violet color, and larpo shipments of It hove been made from New York to the far East. Blue and Silver House Cown. A charming afternoon or reception gown Is of pale blue louislne. The skirt is laid in rather loose accordion pleats and sweeps the ground on all sides. The waist is also accordion plaited and draped with blue chiffon pallletted In silver. The pointed neck yoke is of Venetian lace. The loose sleeve Is a combination of louislne, chiffon and lace. The narrow girdle ia of blue velvet dotted with French SHIRT WAIST SUIT This cut shows the ever serviceable shirt waist suit, a jaunty turban and fine boa. The material of the suit Is a light gray covert cloth. The waist and skirt are strapped, with stitching near the edges. Persian novelty trim ming Is Introduced In tho stock cuffs, and a row of the samo mounts up from the waist. Dark gray strsps make a neat finish over the shoulders. The waist Is fastened by three hut tons, with drops, making- a unique garniture down the front of th dress. knots t black. A few of the knot appear on the waist, giving It that necessary contrast which la the key note to artistic dressing. Tlnv Qtewa Manrfkan-Mafa With the banishment of the nnetrel handkerchiefs have diminished iu size, until of late they are reduced to proportions wnich can be eaally ad mitted Into the nalm of the irlnva ii surely as the filmiest of old-time scawis count ne passed through a small finger ring, the handkerchief of the modern girl will go through a iteynoie. ixew handkerchiefs are ap pearing with decorations printed In tints, as well as In all over colored effects embroidered with white. White Chiffon Toque. Tho toque Illustrated Is of platted white chiffon having Its top and bat' covered by white lace. On each Bid of the back there is a largo pearl cabochon. from which depends a white silk tassel. Smaller cabochana are used at the sides. Artificial camellias are once mors fashionable. liclu. new and smart, are made of plaid enamel. Plaid Is the fashionable lining for house Jackets. Dainty collars are embroidered with autumn leaves In the national colors. All the most fashionable wraps are lavishly trimmed with straps, passe menteries and furs. Fur cravats are new and are so sel dom seen that they have a great deal of distinction. They are straight and Mat and are crossed under the chin. it seems to be generally conceded that drooping effects will be popular on Spring hats. There will be long, drooping feathers and lace scarfs, ud even fringe will be utilized. , FOR SNOWY WEATHER. The belt Is plain and fastened with gun metal buckle, and the turban it of black ' eivet. with a band of heavy crushed light gray satin at the hair The drooping tall feathers are fast ened wlih a rosette of tne black velrol and gray satin. A tinge of green li apparent In the feathers, which other wise are a trifle darker than the satis of the turban. The boa, which makei the resplendent touch to this vathei Simple costuma Is a gray fox; madi unusuany long. 1,1 CONFESSION Asbnlaaloa That Victory to Fight Political The Judge of whom the following story Is told Is a young men and Is deporting himself with suitable dig nity on the bench, and the lawyer who tells It thinks that the name should, therefore, be left out. "He was not always so," said the lawyer, who la sometimes before the young man whom he helped to place upon tho bench. "When we were cro nies together we occupied the same apartments, and there were evenings when we did neglect the preparation of our cases we had a few. "On one of the evenings when our clients had been shunted aside we were returning home at an hour when there was no crush. Mv friend al ways thought he could sing, and, while i nan my own opinion as to his pre tentions, I never crossed him, for he fas as quick as gunpowder to resent ny criticism. As we walked along he ras giving chest to his alleged Accom plishment when he heard a voice rln out. 'Give that calf more rope.' The future Judge put In a full sto nstanter and demurred. The man who had made the challenae renllod that he would come and furnish the rope. My friend defied him. and the next minute the challenger appeared. He looked to me to be as high as church BteeDle. Before I con hi ails'. gest arbitration he had tangled him self up with my friend and had him on his back. 1 saw that the struggle was on and went to my friend's as sistance. Lly a dexterous move I re versed the situation. SOME FACTS ABOUT A MORTGAGE Fanciful Description of a Western m tne racts The following description of a mort gage by a western editor will be easily recognized by those who have ever had one seated on their roof tree or covering any other species of their property. "The mortgage," says the w estern, "Is a self supporting Institu tion. It always holds Its own. It calls for Just as many dollars when grain is cheap as when grain Is dear. It is not affected by the drouth. It Is not drowned out by the heavy rains. It never winter kills. Late springs and early frosts never trouble it. Potato bugs do not disturb It. Moth and rust do not destroy It. It grows nights, Sundays, rainy days and even holi days. It brings a sure crop every year, and sometimes twice a year. It produces cash every time. It does not have to wait for the market to ad vance. It Is not subject to specula tions of the bulls and bears on the Board of Trade. It is a load that galls and frits and chafes. WILDEST OF ALL Southern Epicure Admires Its Flavor More "The wildest meat I ever tasted In my life," said an epicure, "Is the meat of the raccoon. It has a flavor about It which you cannot find in any other meat, so far as my experience goes. I have spent much of my life In bunt ing in the wilder regions of this coun try, and have had splendid opportun ities to know tho particular flavors of various wild meats. Deer meat is al most tasteless In comparison with other means of a wild kind. I was snout to say the flavor was scarcely distinctive, but this is not exactly a fact, for there is Just a suggestion of wihlness about venison if it is not too highly seasoned. Dear meat is Just a triflle more wild in flavor, but not wild enough to be offensive to the man whose taste Is acquainted with food of a tamer kind. 'Possum meat is de ceptive, '"'Possum meat Am guoil nnd nweet," as the old negro song runs, and yet it WHAT IT STOOD FOR. How Jemmy Explained Meaning of Masonic Emblem. It happened when a Boston Com- raandery of the Knights Templar ob served their anniversary. Tho temple was profusely covered with bunting and Masonic Insignia, and on almoit every building adjoining the emblem of the "free and accepted Masons" was displayed. Two sons of the Em erald Isle walked along and surveyed the decorations. One of the Celts, a little short follow, with the stubbed retrousse nose so Indicative of Inquts Itlvcjicss, said t-j his friend, a big, con fident fellow: "Say, Jemmy, what does that mean 7" Jemmy answered as a Yankee by asking "What does what wean?" Why," said "Vul." for so his friend called him, "that device up there." "You bltdderlng eejlt." said Jemmy. Don't you know a square?" "Yes, I know what a square it," said Yal, "and I know what a compass Is. But I can't get through my head what the 'O' stands tor." Then it was that Jemmy Inflated bis rheet and said with withering gran deur, "Why, the 'G' stands for gimlet." Masons say there ia no secret In the significance of the seventh letter, but that It atands for God and geometry, hat Jemmy's elucidation of tha prob- hat was unique. WON A VOTE Was Secured by a Foul Conrtrtad i Enemy "I pulled my friend from nder th adversary and when he was on top I Leld him while he shook his adver sary's head against the ground, and with every shake he would utter his usual exclamation when he was belltg erent. to-wit. "Oh. I'm a wolf, by the Almighty, and this Is my night to howl "At the proper stage of the proceed Ings I separated 'he combatants and my friend and I proceeded on our way. When we reached our quarters my friend, who, strange to say, had not uttered a word about the affair up to that time, said, as he was fumbling at the keyhole: "Say, Tom, It takes a pretty good man to get away from both of us, dont ur "It had evidently Just occurred to him that he had had a narrow es cape. Some years later, when he was a candidate for the bench, he was making a speech at a political meet ing, when a voice piped out: "'Give that calf more rope!' "The candidate stopped for a mo ment and then replied: "That remark reminds me of the only tlmo in my life when 1 won a fight on a foul.' "The audience did not understand the retort, but before the election came off the candidate received a let ter from the man whom we bolt licked. In which he said that th acknowledgment mado by the candl date had won him a vote." Editor Dies Not Much More Than tn tne lase "It Is a burden that the farmer can not shake off. It Is with him morning noon and night. It eats with him a' the table. It gets under his pillow when he sleeps. It rides upon hit shoulders during the day. It consumei his grain crop. It devours his cattle It selects the finest horses and thi fattest steers. It lives upon the flrsi fruit of the season. It stalks Into th dairy where the busy housewife tolli day after day and month after month and takes tae nicest cheese and th choicest butter. It shares the chll dren's bread and robs them of theti clothes. It stoops the toller's bad with Its remorseless burden of car It hardens his hands, benumbs his in tellect, prematurely whitens his locki and oftentimes sends him and his age4 wife over the hills to the poorhouse It Is the inexorable and exacting task master. Its whip is as merciless an cruel as the lash of the slave driver It Is a menace to liberty, a hindrance to progress, a curwe to the world," MEATS IS RACCOON and Regrets That Its Use Is Not Common Is a fact that there are but few per sons who are capable of distinguish lug between carefully prepared and well-cooked 'possum meat and the meat of a very young pig. Baked with sweet potatoes and served with the usual condiments it is almost Impos slble for a man whose taste Is not keen to an extraordinary degree tc tell 'possum from pig. Coon meat ii different. There can be no mistake about the meat of this animal. It li strong, awfully strong, and no amount of seasoning, no amount of flavoring, will rob it of that taste of wildnesf which is peculiarly its own. It It not a bad taste when you get used to it. I rather like it If it is properly prepared. There are very few person who knew how to prepare and cook a 'coon, however, and I suppose this is because the meat Is rarely found except In more remote sections. But It Is good meal, and I would like tc see Its use more general." IN THE ALLIGATOR PONDS. Reptiles Collect in Great Numbers Ir the Swamps. Alligator hunting used to be wantor slaughter; now there Is a well-defined code of ethics for the sportsman. Ter years ago it would have been hard tc overestimate the number of alligators In Florida. Since then the skin hunt era have made such inroads tipoc them that tiey are now almost dim cult to find In some localities. The home of the alligator Is the Great Cy press swamp west of the Everglades In the dry season the water recedes from great portions of this tract, leav ing many small ponds In which alllga tors collect in great numbers. I once set up my camera on the border of one of these ponds which was nearly circular in form, about 20( feet in diameter, and surrounded b dense vegetation, says a writer in Country Jfe In America. Ai first the reptiles disappeared, but after the camera was adjusted, a peculiar nasal souud, like the cawing of a crow, Imitated with closed nostrils, Imme diately dotted the surface with eager eyes and soon brought scores of 'ga tors Into full view. One of tho pic tures then obtained shows seventy three alligators. Don't forget that a woman likes love tokens aa well after marriage as before marriage. Overtime. Orompp Is there such a thing as 'pianists' union'? Register I never heard of one. Why? Grumpp I thought If there was on I'd like to call it to tn attention of tha yonng woman next door and get her to join. the works at her piano more than eight hours a day." Reasonable Inference. "I have been everywhere," said Diogenes, as he wearily set his lantern down, "and I haven't been able to find: an honest man. What do you think of tbatr "It merely Indicates." answered the plain, every-day citizen, "that youj have an undesirable circle of acquaint ances." How He Knew. One bird He's going to couch be fore afternoon. The other bird How do you knowT One bird It's reached here already. Retired From Circulation. "What is your name?" Inaulrod tha. Justice. "Pete Smith," responded the va grant. "What occupation?" continued the- court. "Oh. nothing much at nresent; Inat clrculatln' round." "Retired from circulation for thlrtv- days," pronounced the court dryly. ' What More Could He Want? "What Is your father's objection ta me.Millle?" asked the young man. He says you have no annllcatinn. Gerald." "No appllcatlcr.:" he echoed bitter. ly. "I wonder If he knows I've been. coming to see you twice a week for nearly six years." Hard to Translate. Do you know," said the physician "that I often experience great difficul ty in finding words to express my tnougnts? "I do." replied the druggist, "and so- does every one else who ever attempt ed to read your prescriptions." Red-Letter Day. Lawyer (to witness) Why are you so positive, Mr.- Suburban, that the event occurred on the date you men tion? You might be mistaken. Mr. Suburban Impossible, sir. It was the day I didn't have to do any shopping In town for my wife. College Slang. Mr. Crawfoot Deer must ha nlnti- ful up around the college that Zoke- goes to. Mrs. Crawfoot Why so, Hiram? Mr. Crawfoot Because he m-rttaa (hat he paid 20 "bucks" for his over -oaL It Ail Depends. "After all." remarked the old bach. elor, "there Is no place like borne." "Right you are." rejoined the bald. headed man who had loved and won. 'and there aro times when I am glad of 1L" The Servant Girl Question. Mrs. Newly Wed (from above) Bridget, put the lemona on the Ice so's Lhey won't get sour. Bridget (to herself) Is It anny won der that 1 asks dooble pay fcr serving the lolkes of that? Do You Blame Him? Towne There seems to be nothtn he enjoys so much a the sound of sis own voice. Browne That's so: mt.A nothing annoys him so macs as tho thought that he can't hear htmia.r when he talks la bis sleep.