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EVENING LEDGER PHIEADEEPHIA. FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 2S, IMS.
ELLEN ADAIR MEETS
A TALKATIVE LADY
ON THE DOORSTEP
She Wonders What the
Future Now Will Bring.
A Little Widow Is a Dan
Th world recmed such a wide and des
olate placo when t stood quite alone out
elde my uncle's house, that first sad night
''dona off to Europe!" rang through my
stunned brnln. The house shut Up for
three long months I" Where was I now
I remember noticing how the little
children raced along the pavement, eHch
on one roller skate, tit the light of the
street lamps how very early It grows
dark In Philadelphia their little fares
shone with happiness. I think our little
English boys and girls have rosier cheeks.
hut these Americans had pretty little sun
"Where was I now to turn? 1 did not
know. One cannot live for long on $S!
How foolish I had been to come this long,
long way on mere surmise! I saw that
clearly now It was too late. "Gone off to
Europe!" and the house was closed!
A woman from the next-door house
now came upon the scene. She may have
wanted to be kind. 1 do not know. 1
thought she had the shrillest, harshest
"l'es, he has gone," said she, "are you
his niece? From England, do you say?
Hear, dear, I thought you had a foreign
look! In mourning, too! What frleml of
yours has died? I guess Its real nasty
of your uncle going off like this, just
when he was expecting you! Ain't men
the meanest things!"
"He did not know that I was coming
here," I said dully. 'You see. I only wrntr
three days before I sailed I sailed a vpk
ago. It's no one's fault except my own."
A FLATTERING CRlTiriSM.
'Yes, you've acted real foolish." said
this strange Individual, staring Intently
at me, arms akimbo. "There ain't much
style to you either. The way you flx your
hair went out three years ago! It sort
of suits your face, though, all the same,
that queer old-fashioned way. I guess
you need a bit of roup on those pale
cheeks I'll give you some, it's real cute
stuff! You'll never get a beau here un
less you smarten up a bit!"
"Can you give me my uncle's present
address?" I stiffly asked, for her strange
speeches made me feel confused.
"And that I can't!" said she. "Your
undo came It rather haughty over me!
After that ailing wife of his died, throe.-
years ago, I tried to be real sociable, over
the back yard fence of nights. I pulled
three lathes of wood out, so's I could
keep a cheery eyo on him for I'm a
widow, and can sympathize with men!
'You ought to get another wife.' says I.
It ain't natural-like, for a man like you
to live alone!' He'd be sitting there of an
evening, smoking his pipe In his little
Dack yard, a real good-looking man he
Is! But whncver I'd come out, and try
a bit of conversation with him, why.
.c'd act real1 stiff and haughty, and then
maxe some excuse aim got up ana go into
the house. 'I see the fence Is broken,'
he would say, always very polite, 'I'll
send a man here tomorrow to see that It
Is repaired.' Three times he mended the
fence, never guessing I had made the hole
on purpose!" Phu sighed, with a reminis
cent look in her hard eye. "I guess your
uncle's fixed real elegant!" said she ro
Bretfully. What could she mean! "Fixed up real
elegant!" I did not know, and did not
care. Where was I now to turn?
A PLEASANT PROPOSITION.
"I guess you have a goodlsh btt of
money with you. and would make It
worth my while if I took you here to
night?" continued the hard-eyed widow,
craftily. "I'm expecting two gentlemen
friends, and they're bringing some bottles
of beer along, so we might have a party
and be real sociable. I guess I could fix
up that hair of yours for once and make
you look real cute. You ain't at all a
bad-looking girl. If you only perked up a
bit and stepped around more lively! The
chaps here like a bit of fun!"
The prospect did not sound alluring. I
nhuddercd at the very idea of what her
particular conception of "a bit of fun"
"I think I'd better go to an hotel." T
faintly said. I felt so tired, and yet I
could not, would not enter that unknown
The brewing storm then broko upon my
head. Months of polite rebuff upon my
uncle's part had sown the wind and now
I, his unfortunate nieee. reaped the whirl
wind. The widow had a large vocabulary
and one great gift of metaphor. Thnt
buried talent was unearthed until It grew
A crowd of little unrhlns circled
round. "Just listen to her!" cried one
little hoy. "It's better than the movies,
ain't It. sister?"
What were "the movies?" T had never
hard the name? I sat upon my trunk
on that top step In sheerest weariness,
while the gentle lady on her step next
clnor harangued me In a ringing tone.
The little crowd wns growing larger!
bethought me of a Punch and Judy show
A LADY IN DISTRESS.
At length a gallant knight came to my
rescue. I saw his broad form push that
crowd aside. No Juliet In a thrilling bal
cony scene welcomed her Romeo with a
gladder heart than I upon those steps. He '
was the local Ice man, It Is true, but still '
Romeo to me!
"Gee whu!" said he. In no uncertain
tones, fixing the widow with a wrathful
eye. "Maybe you ain't the noisiest,
peskiest woman on this street' I'd hato I
to tell you what I think of you!" jr ,
turned around to me nnd his voice ,
changed. "Come right alon? with me I'll '
see you right to where you want to go." '
said he. I
In the twinkling of an ee he had
heaved my heavy trunk from off that
doorstep, right to the r" f of his emptv I
Ice wagon, had helped me up beside the. I
driver's seat, cracked a long whip and off I
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OLD STYLES IN NEW
Black Velvet Basque Was
Worn by Former Genera
tions, With Hoop Skirts
Basque With Separate Skirt.
MOTHERS' PENSIONS PAID
Any one who makes n study of fash
Ions soon reaches the conclusion that
there are certain modes that recur from
time to time, modified or varied, but not
too changed for recognition.
The black velvet basque that has come
Into prominence again as one of the present-day
fashions was worn by our moth
ers or grandmothers, according to the
generation to which we belong.
It was worn with hoopsklrts and tho
waterfall of the period, and It Is being
worn ngatn today, very little chftngod
nnd lending to tho wearer more of the
feminine appoal of a dead and gone day.
1 The velvet basque Inaugurates the sop.
arato skirt Inevitably. And this, too, Is
a return of an old style. Frills and fur
belows must have a place somewhero In
the make-up of the majority of costumes
and the plain basque seems to call for
either plaited or ruffled skirts that will
furnish an effective contrast.
Tho Illustration shows the black velvet
basque almost severe In design, but mod
crnlzed by the collar. This particular
style of collar seems to be a compromise
between fashion as originally planned by
the modiste and the comfort demanded
by the woman who must wear It
It Is very high In the back, but open
to a generous degree In front above the
Tho white facing to the collar and the
white cuffs are made of silk and count
a point as a fashion asset.
The skirt worn with the basque scores
several points In up-to-date modlshness.
It Is In tiers, or sections, and It Is full
that Is, full according to the present
Each section of the skirt Is finely
plaited, though the fulness Is greatest
in the topmost flounce.
While both basque and skirt are con
ventionalized, they have distinct prestige
among the styles especially created for
The toque or turban which completes
the costume Is of black velvet, trimmed
with goura plaoed at an angle that we
might be Inclined to call rakish It we
were not determined to reflect the spirit
of war In our cvery-day vocabularies.
The military air has been given de
liberately to many coats and capes and
hats and bonnets, and where there Is a
certain kind of dash the term Is sure
to bo used for the sake of Its present day
City Treasurer McCoach Gives 128
Beneficiaries 158350 for Sept.
Widows and deserted wives, nearly all
accompanied hy small chllaren, called at
the otlke of City Treasurer McCoach to
day to receive the pensions for September
granted them from the Mothers' Pension
From the appropriation for September
made to the fund by City Council. City
Treasurer McCoach paid out J1SS3.50.
There are I2S mothers and deserted
wives, beneficiaries of the fund. In the
iv! v. In those families are 452 children
le.s than II years of age.
THE LETTER, NOT THE SPIRIT!
A certain landlord had a great objection
to renting his houses out to tenants with
"Have you any children?" he demanded
fiercely of a would-be tenant.
"Yes." replied the latter solemnly, "six
all in the cemetery."
"Better there thnn here," said the land
lord con-iolinglv, nnd proceeded to execute
the desired agreement.
In due time the children returned from
the cemetery, whither they had been sent
EAGERNESS TO GET
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Win f red T. Denison Shows
That Natives Prefer the
Schools to Feasts Amus
ing Incidents Witnessed.
The Hon. Wlnfred T. Denison, secre
tary of the Interior of the Philippine
Islands, has been called the "White
Hope" of the islands. The exact ap
plicability of this term Is not perfectly
clear at this distance. Mr. Denison
himself Is on record as declaring his
belief that it is meant to Imply a "white
interest" in the Philippines as distin
guished from a Filipino Interest. He is
also on record as saying: "I suppose I
was called the 'White Hope' because I
used to belong to the Republican party."
Df-nlson. as is well-known, Is the Bull
Moose memhor of the present Philippine
Administration, and as such his exper
iences of the last few months In the
Islands are of considerable Inteiest, Indi
cating to a degree the hopefulness or
hopelessness of tho Philippine situation.
Mr. Denison has hciU to friends In
this country copies of a speech delivered
by him at the City Club, Manila, on
June 30 last. The speech is entitled
"Democracy's Mission in tho Philip
pines." The speech does not give Its
author's opinion on tho question of
Philippine Independence, but merely dis
cusses some of the questions which dally
come before the Secretary of the Inter
ior through the administration of his
One of the typical questions, Mr. Deni
son says, which come before him con
tinually, cropped up In the proposition
whether he should authorize the ex
penditure of 600 pesos for tho photo
graphing of mollusks. "Now, It happens
that I have Just returned from tut
Mountain frovweo, declared the Seere
photographing those mollusks, or should
I spend it for school teachers? I could
pay tho whole share of the Insular Gov
ernment hi one teacher, and a half of
the sharo of the Insular Government In
another teacher for the cost of these
photographs. I am not unaware that
the world outside the Philippines may
possibly prefer the photographs of the
mollusks to teachers In tho Mountain
Province, but en thi lie mv doubt In
the mind of nny one that my duty la to
spend the money for tho interest of the
Philippines, rather than to further what
may bo considered tho interest of tho
bclentltle world at largo?"
On another occasion Mr. Denison reports
that he had been to Palawan nnd had
found there 40.000 people without a doctor.
He discovered the snmo thing on a still
larger scale In the Mountain Province. Ho
learned that the Moros In tho southern
end of Palawan wcro eager for a school
teacher "even grown men were petition
ing for leave themselves tn go to school."
At the Cullon Leper colony ho was peti
tioned by six sisters of tho church, who
were doing all the nursing for 250 hospital
tary, "wnere j iouna mo aeep necessity patients to send tnem two more nurses
and a great demand for school teachers, ' and some money for their work. L'pon
and no money to provide them. I had i returning to Manila from this trip the first
this choice: Should I spent E00 pesos for thing that was put up to the secretary
was an application for leave to Bpend H,
000 pesos for printing tho results of eth
nological research Into the habits of tho
Bukldnoons and other non-Christian
"For 14,000 pesos," declared Denison, "I
could either cover the Mountain Province
with school teachers or cover Palawan
with doctors, or fill Cullon with nurses;
whllo tho outside world, if It finds Itself
in peremptory need oC tills knowledge,
may possibly bo able to find the money
some way except In the pockets of the
The Britain love the Frenchman,
Frenchman loves the Russ;
They compliment each other with exag
The Russian loves the Belgian, who dearly
loves the Jap,
Their love Just now Is gushing like spring
time starts the sap.
The German loves the Austrian. The lat
ter's features work
As he mentions his affection for the un
With all this blllycoolng, I hardly think It
Such loving, kindly nations should ever
chide and fight. Kansas City Star.
FOOD PRICES STILL
MOUNT, WITH BEEF 1
LEADING THE LIST i
Housewives Find Advance i
.v rer vent. uver Last
Year Dealers Advise I
Cheaper Beef Cuts.
A canvass of the Philadelphia retail
centers reveals the fact that prices gen
erally nsked now for mlats, fish, tit
food, poultry and staplo reasonable veg.
ctables, aro virtually 20 per cent, hlghtr
now than they wero a year ago, and the
thrifty housewife whdse cash has not In
creased during the past twelvemonth ha,
but two courses open to her: She must
carry a smaller market basket, or else
must bo content to bliy cheaper cuts of
meat, and Inferior grades of food,'
Beef Is, as usual, the source of a lot
of argument, and as beef goes so must
other foods allow and prices rise In
proportion. Butchers report a scarcltv
of beef, but call attention to the fact
that If marketers could bo educated to
tho real value of the cheaper cuts, such
as briskets, hlgh-price meat troubles
would be relieved. In New York cltv
..... ...,. .w..,a mu tUi mj Bum ns porter
house nnd tenderloin at 38 cents a pound
whllo the Philadelphia consumer Is bene
fited to tho extent that local butchers
cut and' sell nil sirloin cuts at 35 cents a
pound. Tho present prices are about the
same as two months ngo: Round, so
cents; rump, 30 cents; rib roast, 25 cents
bolar roast, 22 cents; cross-cut roast, 21
cents; cornbeef, 13 to 23 cents; pork
chops, 33 cents; lamb chops, 30 cents; lei
of lamb, 25 cents; shoulder of lamb, II
cents; stewing lamb, 8 cents; veal chops
23 cents; veal cutlets, 35 cents; while
calves' liver Is high at 40 cents a pound
POULTRY DEAR AS WELL.
The woman who turns to poultry for
relief finds high prices here as well
Fowls are scarce' now, duo largely to the
demands of tho Jewish holidays. Jersey
roasting nnd broiling chicken brings 28c;
stewing Is 23 to 25c; roasting, 25c, and
prime Jersey chicken Is 25c, while the
delicate squab is quoted from 50 to Mc.
n pound, according to the size nnd qual
ity. It is early to consider turkeys yet,
but ducks aro offered nt from 23 to 35
cents per pound.
Tho housewife with tho lean pocketbook
will find some relief from the high meat
and poultry prices In vegetables, but oven
hero prices aro as a rule about 20 per
cent, higher than this time a year ago.
Nutritious vegetables, such as eggplants,
lima beans, etc, are much above normal.
Eggplants bring 6 nnd 10 cents; lima
beans, 18 cents quartor peck; string beans,
20 cents quarter peck; fancy California
cauliflower, small, 15 to 18 cents; large,
25 cents; Brussels sprouts, 20 cents a
quart box. New peas aro scarce and sell
at 40 cents a quarter peck. Potatoes
bring CO cents the half bushel basket
Fruits generally remain about the same
price, with Jersey peaches, however, plen
tiful and hanging on well at low prices.
Fresh or nearby eggs are scare and bring
38 cents a dozen, while the western eggs
are coming In faster and bring as much.
Butter ranges from 35 to 45 cents a pound,
special fnncles running even higher.
SEA FOOD HIGH, TOO.
Even In the matter of fish and seafoods
Is there little encouragement for a sav
ing, ns prices are a lot above a year ago.
Soft crabs bring $1.25 a dozen; crab' meat,
regular, 40 cents; lump, 75 cents. Lob
sters, 35 cents; hard-shell crabs, 50 cents
a dozen; while oysters and clams are
about 25 per cent, higher than last Sep
tember. Blueflsh bring 18 cents; brook
trout, 75 cents; buttertlsh, 12 cents; cat
fish, 18 cents; cod (steak), 15 cents; floun
ders, 15 cents; haddock, 19 cents; halibut,
23 cents; mackerel (fresh), 35 cents each;
Spanish, 35 cents a pound; white perch,
18 cents; rockflsh, 18 to 25 cents; fresh
salmon, 40 cents; sea bass, 15 cents; snap
pers, 18 cents; weakflsh. 15 cents; while
scollops are priced at Jl a quart.
Country sausage and scrapple begin to
arrive from October 5 on, nnd cran
berries, turkey, chestnuts, etc, will be on
sale almost any day now. Already some
chestnuts have arrlccd from points that
have experienced frost, and bring 35
cents a quart.
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