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EVENING LEDGER PHIEABEEPHIA. FRID'AY, SEPTEMBER 2&, 19X2.
ELLEN ADAIR MEETS
A TALKATIVE LADY
ON THE DOORSTEP
She Wonders What the
Future Now, Will Bring.
A Little Widow Is a Dan
Tlio world PLcmect such a wide! nnd ilea
date ijIico when I stood quite tilono out
side wy unclr's house, that fliat sad night
"Gone oft to lluroiie'" ratis through my
etunnod brain Tho hotiso shut up for
three long months!" Where wa3 I now
I remember noticing how the llttlo
children raced along tho pavement, each
on one roller skate. In the light of tho
street lamps how vciy early It glows
dark In Philadelphia their little facci
Rhone with happiness. I think our little
UiiKllsh bojs and girls have rosier cheeks,
but these Americans hid prctt little sun
Where was I no to turn? t did not
know One cannot llo foi ions on $il
How foolish 1 had been to conic this Ions,
Ions vra on inert' surmise! I saw th.it
clcarlv now It was too late. "Gone off to
Europe " and the house was closed'
A wutian fiom the next-door liuur
row ciuh upon tho seen'1 &hc nw hao
wanted t be kind, 1 do nut Know I
thought alio had thj shrillest, harshest
' es. lie has ponV said tho, "are vnu
Ills niece ' IVom nnclind, do ou sa "
Heal, deal I thought ou had a foreign
Ijok' Jn mourning, too1 What friend of
joun has died" I gues Its roil nastv
of our ui clo going off like this, just
when he was expecting ou' Ain't men
the meanest things' '
"He did not know that I nis coming
here, I said dvllv 'You see, 1 only wrote
three dajs beforo I sailed I called a week
ago. It s no one a fault except mi own
A rUATTKRlNG CFUTinlSM
'Yes, oue acted real foolish," said
this strange Individual, staring intentl
at me, arms akimbo. ' There ain't much
ntMe to you elthei The way vou nx jour
hair went out three jears ago' It i"ort
ot suits joui lace, though, all the same
that uueer olil-faahioned waj I guc-s
jou need a bit of louse, on those paJi
ch"eks 1 11 gif ou some, it's real cute
ptuff' You'll never get a beau here un
less jou smaiten up a bit' '
'fan ou give me inv uncle's present
nddress" I stiffly asked, for lur strange
speeches mad me teel confuted.
"And tint t can t1 said sho "Tour
uncle came It rather haughtv over mo'
After that iillu wife of his dl-d. throe
j ears ago, I tried to bo real sociable over
the back vud lenre of nights I pulled
three lathes of wood out, so s I could
keep a cheeiv ej e on lilm for Im a
widow, and can sjmp-ithize with men'
"You ought to get another wlte,' says I
'It aln t natural-like, foi a man like sou
to livo alone ' He'd be pitting there of an
venlng, Emoking his plp In his llttlo
back yard, a real good-looking man he
Is! But whenever I i come out, and trj
A'" hit ct -nn ersaUon with him, whv,
ho'd act real stiff and hauglitv and then
i make some excuse and get up and go Into
I tho house 'I se the fence is broken '
lie would sa, alwajs verv polite. 'I'll
send a man here tomorrow to seo that It
Is repaired Three times he mended the
fence, never guesting I had nnde the hole
on purpose'" She wished, v, lth a reminis
cent look In her hard eye ' I guess jour
uncle's fixed real elegant'" said she re
gretfully. What could she mean' "Fixed up real
elesant'" I did not know, and did not
care. Where was I now to turn
A PLEASANT PROPOSITION
"I guess jou havo a goodish bit of
money with jou, and would make It
vortli my while If I took you here to
right?" continued the hard-ejed widow,
craftily. "I'm expecting two gentlemen
friends, and thej're bringing some bottles
of beer along. o we might have a partv
and be real sociable I guess I could fix
up that hair of yours for once and make
j ou look real cut. You aln t at all a
bad-looking girl, if you onlv perked up a
bit and stepped around mom llvelj ! The
chaps here like a bit of fun"
The prospect did not "ound alluring. I
shuddered at the very lOa of what her
particular conception of ' a bit of fun '
"I think I d better po to an hotl." I
faintly said I felt so tired and jet I
could not. would not enter that unknown
The brewing storm thn brok upon rnr
head. Months of polite rebuff upon my
uncle's part had so-vn th wind and now
I, his unfortunate nieee, reaped the whirl
wind. The widow had a large vocabulary
and one great gift of metaphor That
burled talent was unearthed until It grew
A crowd of little unehlns etrcltd
round "Just listen to her'" cried one
little boy "It h better than the movies,
oln't It. sister"
What were "the movies?" T hid never
heard the name" I sat upon mv trunk
on that top step in sheerest weariness
while the gentl ladv on her step next
door harangued me In a ringing ton.
The little crowd was growing larger I
bethoucht me of a. Punch and Judy show
AUPT IN DISTRESS
At length a reliant knight cime to my
rescue I saw his broad form push that
crowd aside No Juliet in a thrilling btf.
cony scene welcomed her Romeo with a
gladder heart than I upon those steps Ha
was the local lee man. It is true, but still
a Romeo to ma!
"Gee whiz' said He, in no uncertain
tones, fixing tho widow with a wrathful
eye. "Mavbo ou aln t the, noisiest,
peskiest woman on thii street' 1 j hate
to tell jou what I think of von' ' He
turned aiound to me and hi rolro
changed "t'ome light alnn with me I a
te jou right to whete jou want to so,''
In the twinkling of an eve he had
heaved mj heavy trunk from off that
doorstep, right to the roof of his empty
Ice wagon, had helped me up besldo the
driver's beat, ciaoked a long whip and off
mm hfmfl hi i THf
li ft PI!
' r 1 1
OLD STYLES IN NEW
Black Velvet Basque Was
Worn by Former Genera
tions, With Hoop Skirts
Basque With Separate Skirt.
MOTHERS' PENSIONS PAID
Anv one who mnkos a study of fash
ions soon reaches the conclusion that
theio are certain modci that recur from
time to time, modified or varied, but not
too changed foi lecogultlon.
The black velvet basque that has come
I Into piomlnonce again as one of the prcs
ent'dnv fashions was worn bj' our moth
ers or grandmothers, according to tho
generation to which we belong.
It was worn with huopskirts and tho
waterfnll of the period, and It Is being
worn ngaln today, very little changed
and lending to the wearer more of the
feminine appeal of a dead and gone d.iv.
' I'll n Vnl t rt t luenlln I ti 1 1 1 ent-ri Ina Mut etl
arate skirt lncvltnblv And this, too, Is
a i Ultra of an old stjlo Prills and tur
bclows must have a place somewhere In
tho make-up of the m.ijorltj of costumes
and the plain basiU- seems to call for
either plaited or ruffled skirts that will
furnish an effective contrast
Tho lllustintlon shows the black velvet
basmie almost scvoro In design, but mod
ernised bv the collai This particular
stvle ot collar seems to he a compromise
between fashion as orlclmllv planned bv
the tnodlstn and the comfort demanded
b tho wonnu who niut wenr It.
It Is very high In the back, but open
to ii generous degree In front above the
Tho vvhlto facing to the collar and tho
white cuffs nre made ot silk and count
a point as a fashion asset.
J lie SKirt woniWun me oasqup nnnci
I sevcial points In up-to-date modishness.
It Is In tiers, or sections, aim it is tun
that is, full nccoidlng to the present
H.ich section of the skirt Is flnelv
platted, though tho fulness is greatest
In the topmost flounce.
While both basque and skirt are con
ventionalized, they have distinct prestko
nmong the stjles especially created for
Tho toque or tin ban which completes
the costume Is of black velvet, trimmed
with goura placed nt an angle that we
might bo Inclined to call rakish If we
were not determined to reflect tho spirit
of war In our evcrj-d.ij- vocabularies.
The milltarj- air httb been given de
liberatclv to manj coats and capes and
hits and bonnets, and whore there Is a
certain kind of dash the teim is sure
to bo used for the sake of Its present day
City Treasuier McCoach Gives 128
Beneficiaries $1583 50 for Sept.
Widows and desrted wives, ncarlv all
Accompanied bv small children, called at
the otllce of Cltj Treasurer McCoach to
div to receive the pensions for September
granted them from the Mothers' Pension
I'rom the appropriation for September
made to tho fund bv Cltj- Council, Cltj
Tr asurer McCoach paid out UK." JO
Ilieie aro Us mothers and deserted
wives, beneficiaries of the fund, in th
Mt In those families are !: childten
l'ss than 14 j cars of age
THE LETTER, NOT THE SPIRIT!
A certain landlord had a great objection
to renting his houses out to tenants with
'Have you anv children"" he demanded
fiercely of a would-be tenant
' Ye," replied the litter EOlerrnly, "ix
all In the cemetery."
"Better there than heie" said tho land
lord consolingly, and proceeded to execute
tho desired agreement,
In due time the children returned from
the lenietf-rv, whither they had been sent
EAGERNESS TO GET
FOOD PRICES STILL
MOUNT, WITH BEEF
LEADING THE LIST
Housewives Find Advance
20 Per Cent. Over Last
Year Dealers Ad
Cheaper Beef Cuts.
Win f red T. Denison Shows
That Natives Prefer the
Schools to Feasts Amus
ing Incidents Witnessed.
The Hon Wlnfrd T Denison, secre
tary of the Interior of the Philippine
Inlands, has been called tho "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 Thlllpplnes as distin
guished from a Filipino interest. He Is
also on record as sajing. "I suppose I
was called tho 'White Hope' because I
used to belong to the Republican party "
Denison. as is well-known, Is the Bull
Moose mem er of the present Philippine
Admlnlstiatlon, and as such his expet
lences of the last few months In the
Islands aro of considerable Interest, Indi
cating to a degree the hopefulness or
hopelessness of tho Philippine situation.
Mr. Denison has sent to friends In
this countrj' copies of a speech delivered
by him at tho City Club, Manila, on
June 30 last. Tho speech Is entitled
"Demociacv's Mission In the Philip
pines" The speech docs not givo Us
author's opinion on tho question of
Philippine independence, but met el j dis
cusses some of the questions which dally
come before the Secretary of tho Inter
ior through the administration ot his
One of the tjplcal questions. Mi Deni
son sajs, which come beforo him con-tlnuallj-,
cropped up In the proposition
whether he should authorize the ex
penditure of 500 pesos for the photo
graphing of mollusks. "Now, It happens
that I have Just retuined Hum tue
Mountain Province," declaied th Secre
tary, "where I found tho deep necessity
and a great demand for school teachers,
and no money to provide them I had
this choice Should I spent CM pebos for
photographing thoso inollusks, or should
1 spend It for school teachers? I could
pay the whole sharo of the Insular Gov
ernment in one teacher, and a half of
the shale of the Insulnr Government in
another teacher for the cost of these
photogi.iphs. I am not unaware that
tho world outside the Philippines may
possibly prefer the photogi.iphs of the
mollusks to teachers In the Mountain
PlOVlllCe. bUt (an (hero 1 anv doubt ill
tho mind of any ono that my duty Is to
spend the monty for the Interest of the
Philippines, rathei than to further what
mav bo considered tho interest of tho
scientific world at laige?"
On another occasion Mr. Denison reports
that he had been to Palawan and had
found there 40,000 people without a doctor.
Ho discovered tho somo thing on a still
larger scale In the Mountain Province. He
learned that the Moros in the southern
end of Palawan were eagur for a school
teacher "even grown mon were petition
ing for leave themselves t" so to school "
At the Cullon Leper colonj' ho was peti
tioned by six sisters of the church, who
were doing all tho nursing for SO hospital
patients to send thorn two more nurses
and some money for their work. Upon
returnins to Manila from this trip the first
thing that was put up to tho secretary
was an application for le.vvo to spend 14,
000 pesos for printing the results of eth
nological research into tho habits of tho
Hukldnoons and other non-Chilstlan
"For H.OOO pesos," declared Denison, "I
could either cover the Mountain Province
with school teachers or cover Palawan
with doctors, or fill Cullon with nurses;
whllo the outside world, if it finds Itself
In peremptory need of this knowledge,
may possibly bo able to find the money
somo way ocept In tho pockets of tho
Tho Britain love the Frenchman, tho
Frenchman loves the Ituss;
They compliment each other with exag
The Itusslan loves the Belgian, who dearly
loves the Jcp,
Their love just now Is gushing like spring
time starts tho sap.
The German loves the Austrian. The lat
ter's features work
As he mentions his nftectlon for the un
With nil this blllycoolng, I hardly think It
Such loving, kindly nations should ever
chide and light. Kansas City Star.
A canvass of tho Philadelphia retail
centcis reveals tho fact that prices gen.
erally naked now for meats, fish, sea
food, poultry and staplo Reasonable cg.
cttibles, nro virtually w per cent, higher
now than tliey were a year ago, and tho
thrlftv housovvifo whoso cash has not In
creased dining tho past twelvemonth has
but two courses open to llor: alio must
carry a smaller market basket, or cleo
must bo content to buv cheaper cuts of
meat, and Infeilor grades of food.
Beef Is, ub usual, tho Bourco ot a lot
of nigumcnt, and as beef goes so must
other foods allow and prices rlso In
proportion. Uiitchers report a scarcity
of beef, but call intention to the fact
that if marketers could be educated to
the real value of tho cllennm. nul .,,-u
ns bilskcts, hlgh-prlco meat tioubles
would bo lellovcd. In Now York city
tho hip loins mo cut nnd sold as porter
hotiso nnd tcmlciloln at 3S cents a pound,
while tho Philadelphia consumer is bene
llted to tho extent that local butchers
cut and sell all sliloln cuts at 33 cents a
pound. The present piices nro about the
sumo as two months ago: Hound, SO
cunts; rump, ,10 cents; rib roast, 25 cents
polar roast, 22 cents; cross-cut loast, 21
cents; cornbeof, IS to 25 cents; pork
chops, ,11 cents; lamb chops, 30 cents; leg
of lamb, 23 cents; shoulder of lamb, 11
cents; stowing lamb, S cents; veal chopi
28 conls; veal outlets, 35 cents; whllo
calves' liver Is high at -10 cents a pound,
POULTRY DEAIl AS WELL.
The woman who turns to poultry for
rcllof finds high prices hero as well
Fowls aro scarce now, duo largely to tho
demands of tho Jewish holldajs. Jersey
roasting nnd bi oiling chicken brings 28c ;
stewing Is 23 to 23c; roasting, 25c, and
prime Jersey chicken Is 25c, whllo the
delicate squab Is quoted from 50 to 00c.
a pound, according to the size and qual
Itv. It Is early to consider turkej-s yet,
but ducks are offered at from 23 to 25
cents per pound.
The housewife with tho lean poekctbook
will find somo icllcf Horn the high meat
and poultry prices In vegetables, but even
hero piices are as u lulo about 20 per
com. nigner tiinn tins tlmo a jeai ogo.
Nutritious -vegetables, such ns eggplants,
limn beans, etc., uio much above normal.
Eggplants bilng 5 and 10 cents; linn
beans, IS cents quaitcr peck; string beans,
20 cents quaiter peck; fancy California
cauliflower, small, 15 to 18 cents; large,
2o cents; Biussels sprouts, 20 cents a
quait bo. New peas uio scaice and sell
at 40 cents a quarter peck. Potatoes
bring 60 cents the half bushel basket
Trults generally lcmaln about the same
price, with Jersey peaches, howevei, plen
tiful and hanging on well nt low price".
Fiesh or nearby eggs aic scale and bring
38 cents a doen, while the western eggs
aio coming In fastel and bilng as much.
Butter ranges fioin 35 to 43 cents a pound,
special fancies lunniug even higher.
SEA FOOD HIGH, TOO.
Even In tho matter of fish and seafoods
is theio little encouragement for a sav
ing, as pi Ices arc n lot nbovo a j ear ago.
Soft ciabs bilng $125 a dozen; ciab meat,
regulai, 40 cents; lump, 75 cents. I,ob
stcis, 33 cents, hard-shell crabs, 50 cents
a dozen; while ojsters and clams are
about 23 per cent, higher than last Sep
tembei. BlueHsh bring 18 cents; brook
trout, 'r cents, butterfish, 12 cents, cat
fish, IS cents; cod (steak), 13 cents; floun
deis, 15 cents; haddock, 19 cents; halibut,
23 cents, mackeicl (fiesh), 35 cents each;
Spanish 35 cents a pound . white peich,
18 cents; rockilsh, 18 to 25 cents, fiesh
salmon. 40 cents; sea bass, 13 cents, snap
peis, 18 cents; vvtaktlsh, 15 cents; whlls
scollops nic pi Iced at Jl a quart.
Couutiy sausago and scrapple begin to
airlvo from Octobei 5 on, and crau
beriies, turkej', chestnuts, etc., will be on
salo almost any dav now. Already some
chestnuts havo an lied fiom points that
hao epcrienced fiost, and bilng 35
cents a quart.
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