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The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, December 21, 1901, Image 17

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Miss Helen Heisser Handles Hammer, Saw and
Plane, and Makes Her Own Designs.
The spirit of the young twentieth cen- i table. A large and handsome piece of
tury is distinctively favorable to letting work is a screen 6 feet in height in three
women do anything that they oan do well, panels. This was carved and stained
With this spirit in mind one can't be greon.
quite so surprised as one might have been Some of the finest carving has been done
v decade ago at the sight of an attractive on boxes and jewel cases, but bookracks
and highly educated young woman bend- also afford an opportunity for carving and
ing over a carpen
ter's bench and
handling hammer.
Miw and plane with
the skill of a well
trainod artisan and
with confidence and
This young car
penter, cabinet
maker and wood
carver is Miss Hel
en Kelsser, and her
'jig bench 1b set up
*a her own apart
ments at the fam
ily residence os
Humboldt avenue.
Miss Heisser began
h«f general sho;>
work this fall as !
has made many Oni
I hlngs.
Miss Heisser la
her own designer
and her worl' not
only shows excelleni
workmanship b v I
originality along
Sines that are
soundly artis tic.
Her work has
ranged from an or
tiinary kitchen shelf
to the finest kind of
delicately wrought,
little mahogany
boxes and chests of
drawers. The young
cabinet - maker has
had n<~ assistance,
and the transforma
tion from rough
boards to the pol
ished and carved
work is accomplished wholly by hand
tools. Woods are bought in rough boards
aud Miss Heisser even does her own
The finest piece of work turned out this
:.ill is a tiny mahogany chest of drawers
four inches in height and five and a half
inches iv width. This miniature piece of
furniture is for a man's dressing table
and intended for small articles of dress, —
I ins, studs, cuff links and- collar buttons.
Quite in contrast to this is a heavy,
:v>lid dark walnut reading table With a
t-loping top on which to rest heavy books.
A substantial bench belongs with this
Clever Ideas, Well Executed, Yield Neat Sums of Pocket Money to
Many Minneapolis Women—A Young Girl's Paper Dolls.
This Is the season when people rush
frantically about trying to find some trifle,
as useful as It Is pretty, to serve as an
expression of the Christmas wish. It is
also the season when certain clever
women are kept busy supplying the afore
said trifle for a consideration which will
grow into quite a tidy little bank account
before the rush Is over.
The demand for a novelty is made as
regularly as the Christmas season ap
proaches and the wo-inau who can devise
tome original article that will sell for
under $2, and give it a professional air,
■will have all she can do. The lack of
& professional finish is what prevents the
work of many women from finding cus
tomers. The stores are full of sachets of
various sorts, calendars, handkerchiefs,
pen-wipers, picture frames and similar
things, but the majority of them have
been made hurriedly and in a careless
manner that repels rather than invites.
The merchants know this, and, if they
did what their commercial sense prompts,
they would explain to Miss Money Maker
that her goods lack finish, when she asks
permission to put them in their stores.
Their innate courtesy and kindness of
heart makes them violate the rule of
their buyers, not to take second-rate
goods, and they accept the lopsided frames
or the soiled sachets in a manner that
makes Miss Money Maker feel that they
are as good as sold. She drops in every
<ray to see if any of them have gone and
cannot understand why her work does
not find a customer when Mabel Neat's
magazine covers and clipping books
around on First avenue were picked up at
once. If she is not eleven enough to see
that Miss Neat's work has the smooth
finished effect of a professional, while her
own Is untidily put together, she is not
clever enough to make a success as a
makes of Christmas novelties.
Last year one woman made the little
protection collars by the hundred. She
sold from a dozen to fifteen every day at
from a quarter to 40 cents apiece. This
year very few are buying protection col
lars but they are looking for corsage bows
and one girl is kept busy with lengths of
pretty ribbon and sweet smelling cotton.
She buys her ribbon by the bolt and by
selling the bow for from 50 to 75 cents is
able to make a good profit, for it takes
but a short time to whip the ribbon to
A clever girl, not more than 14, is mak
ing paper dollß. She was bright enough
to know that the sale of an article largely
depends on the way it is presented to the
public and she offers her dolls In dainty
little envelopes, prettily decorated and
bearing a name for dollie, "Marie," or
"Eleanor," The doll is supplied with a
smart wardrobe that includes everything
from hats to ruffled aprons and the whole
is bo attractive that it is no wonder that
already it has netted enough to buy the
artist her winter coat and leave a profit
The revival of fashions of twenty-five
years ago set one woman thinking and she
has made quaint "needlebooks of black and
brown which fasten around a fat roll of
silk and have pockets and places for sew
ing materials, just the kind of needle
books that her mother made and carried
with the roll of linen which she was em
broidering with a fine scallop. A few
of the old bead bags have ben copied and
have found purchasers at once, but it took
a long time to make and they could not be
sold for enough to recompense the worker.
A young woman in a doctor's office has
netted a good many dollars making tiny
bags of white linen, daintily scalloped and
bearing embroidered monograms. They
are designed to hold the chamois bag
which every woman who travels wears
round her neck to hold her money and
Jewels. The young woman who makes
them had no intention of embroidering
ihem by !bhe dozen but first one of the
doctor's patients admired them and want
ed one and then another, until all of her
leisure moments are now given to her
Xhe littl-e sachet made of envelopes and
work in color. Until this fall she has
been occupied chiefly in teaching. She
took the manual training course at the
Central high school and followed this by
a course in kindergartening. While in
school she executed several good pieces
of construction work and wood carving,
following designs made by her sister, Miss
Margerethe E. Heisser, art teacher at
the Moorhead normal school and formerly
a leader of the Minneapolis art colony.
For nearly two years Miss Helen Heisser
taught manual training at the school for
the feeble minded at Farlbault, giving
up that work last summer.
decorated with a spray of flowers sells at
a surprisng rate if it has the necessary
finish. One young woman has already
disposed of 100 at 35 cents a piece
and she is expecting to double the number
next week when people catch up anything
in their mad endeavor to finish their
The fad for sending Just a card bearing
Christmas wish has given employment to
an amateur who had dozens of
cards with "A Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year." The name is writ-tea
on the reverse side and the card slipped
in an envelope carries a greeting where
one does not wish to send a gift.
Making plum puddings is an old story
and several women have hunted up an
cient recipes by which to concoct the
toothsome, indigestible dainties. This
branch of Christmas catering has been so
well looked after by the women's societies
of the different churches that there is
less opportunity for individual effort.
Bedroom slippers and bed socks are
perennials and certain women have been
making them for half a dozen years. They
keep abreast ot the styles and just at
present are making them of eiderdown
flannel. They always s^ell well, for they
do not last more than twelve months and
no one ever deliberately tat down and
made oneself a pair of bed rocm siippers.
The Christmas shoppers are the easiest
of the year to please. When a woman
is hunting gifts for sixty or seventy peo
ple, and many a list is longer than that,
she Is only too glad to find some novel
trifle. She is not particular as to what
it is, but she does ask that it be well
made and offered at a reasonable price.
Surely these qualifications ar« not too se
vere for the novelty-maker to meet. If
she does meet them, she makes money
for herself and is regarded with gratitude
by the hurrying, scurrying crowd of gift
—Frances R. Sterrett.
A novel and quaintly pretty decoration for
the supper table at a children's Christmas
party may be made by using -what in Ger
many are called "Chrlstingles." These are
fashioned as .follows: Cut a small hole in
the top of an orange and insert a piece of
quill about three or four inches long, and into
this again another quill a trifle shorter.
Now split the upper half of each quill into
tiny strips, which must be carefully curled
over with a sharp penknife, and then stick
a large raisin upon the point of each. The
weight of the raisins keeps down the little
boughs of quill forming two circles of pen
dants one above the othef, which with careful
manipulation can be made to hang alternate
ly. A slender colored taper must now be
fixed in the upper quill, and when this is
lighted the effect is charming, especially if a
number of these Chrißtingles are arranged
around a miniature Christmas tree in the
center of the table, or placed at intervals
along it, so as to form some special design.
In Germany it is the custom to light them al
ways on Christmas eve.
All morning long the heavy sky
Has seemed to threaten snow,
And over bleak and wintry fields
The crows are flapping low.
The children's voices carry far
On such a winter's day,
- And you can hear the hatchet sound
Almost two fields away.
To-morrow night the sturdy fir
Shall decked and lighted be.
And it shall shine with toys and gifts,
A lovely Christmas tree.
—Katherine Pyle in Harper's Bazar.
In a tiny island called Minikol, off the
southern coast of India, a most peculiar state
of society exists, for woman is lord of all
she surveys. The wife is the recognized head
of the house. She owns it and everything In
it, while anythinug that her husband, who
works very hard, can earn goes to increase
her wealth. Her husband belongs to her, too,
: and when she marries him she gives him her
I name instead of taking bis. ,
Mrs. Isabel Qoodacre, the superintend
ent of physical education of the W. C. T.
U. of Minnesota was born beneath tho
Southern Cross in the picturesque city of
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, of Eng
lish parents and was educated in the par
ish school of the established church. At
the age of sixteen she removed to Brigh
ton and completed her education.
In 1885 she left her native colony to join
her future husband, Rev. H. Goodacre in
Brisbane, the capital <Jf Queensland. Here
they lived and labored for the good of
others and in this beautiful tropical city
she first came in touch with the W. C. T.
U. which sprang into being with the stir
ring lectures of Mrs. Mary A. Livermore.
After years of work the exhausting cli
mate compelled their return to Victoria,
and a union was organized in Cheltenham,
where her husband was pastor and she
became the first president of it.
la 18SS after traveling in South Austra
lia, Victoria and New South Wales, ishe
again left her native colony, this time to
accompany her husband to New Zealand
where after a month spent in traveling
over that wonderland of the world, they
cam« to America.
A little time was spent on the Pacific
csast and then the chief cities of the west
i wore visited and tho rushing, strenuous
j life of America seen at such vantage
points as San Francisco, Ogden, ©alt Lake
City. Kansas City, St. Louis, Louisville.
; Cincinnati. After this, four years were
| spent in the heart of the beautiful blue
I grass region of Kentucky, followed by
> siv years in Wisconsin.
Throughout hsr married life Mrs. Gocd
i acre has been at home on the platform
i and in the pulpit.
While in Wisconsin she took the Ral
) stoa course of physical culture and was
, appointed in February, 1900, to the posi
tion she now occupies in the state W C
T. U.
The Pretty Fashion la Spreading
Among London Women,
London florists are hailing with consider
able delight the growing fashion among ladies
of wearing, not in the evening alone but dur
ing the daytime, floral decorations on their
dresses. This fashion is spreading in a very
remarkable manner, though few wear such
enormous flowers aa Mrs. Rupert Beckett, who
thinks nothing of placing fifteen or twenty
gardenias and tour large drum lilies In her
bodice alone.
Lady Downshire, another pretty woman,
who is very fond of gardenias, wears them
almost every day. Lady Angela Forbes is in
variably seen with flowers. She Is rot de
voted to any particular kind, but likes to vary
them every day. The Duchess of Portland is
hardly ever seen without clusters of large
Malmaison carnations which are very popu
lar Just now.
Boutonnieres are being worn by the men
this season much more than before. The king,
as is well known, is particularly fond of
boutonnieres' and at one time he was rarely
.seen without one.
"Ouida," as Mile, de la Ramee prefers to
call herself, is now an elderly lady, but she
still affects the white muslin frocks and pale
blue ribbons of » bygone era. She is the
autocratic queen of a large circle of ad
mirers at Florence, where she has an ideal
home and an extraordinary collection of dogs,
for whom she has a passion. "Ouida" does
not like England or English life and food,
and not infrequently at London dinner tables
has asked for cold roast beef and beer, that
being the level on which she places English
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n ""INFORMAL dancing being a social
feature of the Christmas season,
the shops are just now overflow
ing with airy evening gowns.
| They are in the main, it is
thankfully observed, of a reasonable sim
plicity; and here and there one comes
across a frock whose loveliness is en
hanced by the fact that it ia in a durable
material. And by this is meant some
thing that -will stand cleaning as well as
wear, such as point d'esprit, net, Loaisine
and <:repe de chine.
The photographs this week show the
points of two pretty evening gowns in
serviceable materials, either of which will
serve as an excellent model to the home
A charming creation, whose cleaning
value cannot be over-estimated, is made
of white point d'esprit and lace, colored a
i Xaint russet. The skirt is ia narrow
Sable Is Papular for Collars and
The cold weather has brought out the latest
fashions in furs. Not so much chinchilla irf
seen this season as in the past. There seems
to be a tremendous run on sable and broad
tall. While, of course, astrakhan i,i always
more or less in favor, ermine and mink are
both used to a certain extent, but more for
collars and revers.
It is strange how that beautiful fur, seal
skin, has gone out of favor. The fact that
the Princess of Wales brought back from her
tour around the colonies some beautiful er
mine will itself keep this fur fashionable. But
then the queen is so devoted to sables and
has so often been painted and photographed
with sable trimmings to her dresses that
sable may be expected to remain the fur of
Sable also is being used to a considerable
extent on evening dresses. A woman at a
rather smart dinner party the other night
caused quite a sensation by appearing in a
beautiful dress of white silk, spotted very
faintly with gold, over a pattern of palest
rosebuds, with overdress of French flowered
net, the skirt being edged with a border of
sable, with soft draperies on the bodice, the
sleeves being trimmed in the same way. A
narrow band of sable was also worn as a belt,
which had a soft, pretty effect.
But the most noticeable feature this sea
son is 1 the long boas. Some women are wear
ing them wound two or three times around
the neck.
My friend, look here! you know how
weak and inervous your wife is, and you
know that Carter's Iron Pills will relieve
her; now why not be fair about it and
buy her a box?
gores, between which the yellow white of
the insertions shows in horizontal lines.
Under a wider entredeux, used as a head
ing, two deep flounces finish the jupe,
which, cut to train slightly, is worn over
point d'esprit petticoats.
Tbe round bodice is made of straight
strips of the insertion and net, gathered
at the waist, and girdled by a folded belt
of velvet in the same yellow as the lace.
This velvet also appears in a band and
knot on the elbow sleeves, and in a loose
bow holding down at the left bust tho
ends of the graceful flchu draped about
the shoulders.
A delightful feature in the costuming of
this photograph is the long chain of coral
beads, which the bewitching wearer has
disposed to imitate a three-strand neck
The hair is dressed low with two curls
becomingly framing the face, and a big
hat of black velvet, with a panache of
Mm. Roosevelt Distinguished Herself
In Hunting Fields.
It may be of interest to know that Presi
dent and Mrs-. Roosevelt were married in
London at the* ultra-fashionable Church of
St. George, Hanover square; that their wed
ding was attended by numerous members of
the British aristocracy, and that the president
is almost as much at home in London as he
is In New York, having also a personal ac
quaintance with King Edward. Mrs. Roose
velt, a descendant of that ancient house of
which Lord North is the chief, spent a num
ber of years prior to her marriage in Eng- ;
land, and distinguished herself in the hunt
ing fields of Warwickshire.
The present governor general of Canada
and his wife are among their closest English
friend*, and on the occasion of their last
visit to this country made their headquarters
at Oyster Bay; so it will be seen that the new
president and his good lady are objects of
great interest and good will to the people of
Great Britain. -
The queen of Holland is thoroughly Dutch
in every way, and therefore it is not surpris
ing that she is keen in the discharge of
housewifely duties. Once in three weeks the
young queen makes a tour of inspection of
the royal kitchens to see if the cupboards,
the plates and the saucepans are in good order
—those beautifully burnished copper pans
which are the delight of every Dutch house
wife, and a tarnish on which she would re
gard as a stain on her. own reputation.
Economy and thrift are marked characteristics
of Queen /Wilhelmina's 'domestic management,
and it is' said that often the queen mother
has been made quite angry by her daughter's
determination to have a dresa renovated and
turned when she ought to have a new one.
ostrich feathers completes the picturesque
Just as few decolleted throats appear
nowadays without the fashionable neck
lace, the low-cut bodice is rare indeed
that does not boast a scarlet flower of
some kind. Tucked in at the left bust, or
sewed there to the corsage, these arti
ficial garnishings provide a blot of color
becoming to all wearers.
But, of course, the mission of the scar
let flower —generally a rose—is not that
of glorification alone. It Is the modern
beauty patch, the challenge of the twen
tieth century coquette.
The second evening toilette is made ra
diant by this flirtatious symbol, which
topping a foliaged stem is worn as usual
at the left of the corsage.
The gown is of ivory satin with appli
cations in raised velvet flowers—white
roses, with long thorny stems and green
Magnificent Gifts Have Been Purchased With a Prodigal Hand by
Those Whom Prosperity Has Visited—A Dia
mond Season.
Santa Claus really ought to carry an
iron safe with a triple combination lock
in the back of his sleigh when he makes
his rounds next Tuesday night, for he has
any number of valuable gifts to bestow.
It semea as if Minneapolis would be
showered with diamonds and the jewelers
exclaim jubilantly that never before have
their sales of the precious stones been so
large. At a big jewelry store one day
last week over $4,000 worth of diamonds
was sold in small purchases. By small
purchases this year the merchants lump
those under $100 and. the number of rings,
pins and trinkets that exceed that sum is
so largo that anything less rouses but
a passing interest.
Tucked away io the corner of Santa
Claus' pocket, where it cannot be lost or
overlooked, is a necklace, three strings
of pearls, and the pearls are not large,
hardly medium sized, with a diamond
clasp, which cost the man who is employ
ing the jolly old saint as a messenger boy,
$5,100. Another string of pearls, larger
than these, was sold this month, not for ;i
Christmas but a wedding gift, a present
from the bridegroom to his fair bride, and
they mark the largest ind.ividual sales
that Minneapolis jewelers have made for
many a long day. A Montana cattle king
bought a $4,000 sunburst of diamonds from
a small dealer to take home for his
A ring of three blue diamonds, perfect
ly matched and weighing a carat and a
quarter apiece, has been sold to a man
from out of town for $4,500, while a riDg
set with a diamond and an emei'ald, two
royal stones, was sold for $1,250. A third
man has paid $900 for the diamond ring
for his wife.
A necklace, a very thread of gold, from
which hang eleven diamonds, will encircle
a woman's neck on Christmas day and
the man who will fasten the clasp paid an
even $1,000 for the trinket.
In pins the prices paid vary from $10 to
$1,000. The latter are veritable stars of
fire. The majority of them are of dia
monds exclusively, although pearls and
diamonds are a favorite combination. One
of the pins, a mas sof brilliant stones,
is in reality three stars which unite to
form a single ornament or each may be
worn separately as my lady wishes.
All of these royal gifts have been bought
by men and only an occasional woman has
spent more than $100 on a gift. This has
been bought for her husband and is a
diamond stud or cuff links set with dia
monds. Women seldom have the handling
of large sums and it is infinitely more
difficult for them to persuade their hus
bands to give them an extra $500 for the
Christmas shopping than for the same
husbands to make triple that amount by a
turn of the market.
"All of our stones are sold unset," said
the proprietor of the big jewelry store,
"and there is always some one waiting
to enter the little room where we display
them. Some of the customers know a
good diamond when they se it and some
of them are buying their first stone. It
is a pleasure to wait on the former but
the latter! It is much easier to deal with
men than with women. Many of my men
customers will telephone that they want
a ring for about $500 or $700 and ask me
to do the best I can for that sum. I am
on honor to give them the finest stone I
have for the money and they get it. If
a man or woman doesn't know anything
about precious stones I advise them to
throw themselves on the mercy of a re
liable jeweler instead of trying to find
something themselves. They will get a
better stone and a better price."
It is not in diamonds alone that large
leaves. At the front of the skirt a line
of graduated headings in black and white
chenille is crossed by a bow-knot of the
same trimming; the jupe is demi-trained,
and is finished with an unhenxmed ruche of
white moussellne. This likewise forms
the sleeves and the puffed guimpe of the
corsage, which is lightly sewn with cut
beads in clear glass.
A thin chain of Etruscan gold, worn
about the neck, is used as a guard for
a fan in scarlet ostrich feathers.
Unlike the foregoing gowns the lace
frock is not suggestive of possibilities in
less expensive materials. An all lace
dress is an all-lace dress, and to own
the precious possession, however modest
it may appear to inexperienced eye^ you
must be one of fortune's darlings. For
this reason the splendid lace gown is only
shown that you may see the sort of thing
sales have been made and solid silver has
found ready purchasers who paid from
$250 to $500 for a coffee service or a set
of platters. A punch bowl of cut-glass
sold for $65 and with the glasses and sil
ver ladle the price of the gift crept peril
ously near $100. Bronzes ranging from
$25 to $125, and marbles from $50 to $800
have disappeared from the shops almost
as soon es they were shown.
The cold weather of December may be re
sponsible for the unusual popularity of
furs, for never before were the furriers
so busy with holiday gifts. A sealskin
coat trimmed with sable Is being fitted
to one woman and will cost her husband
$450. Sable collars and muffs are going
to many homes and not one of them cost
less than $85. Several broad-tail coats
are being made and the price of every
one of them is over $250.
A sad little story clings to the sable
collar and muff, the Christmas gift of one
woman. She found out, as a woman will,
that Santa Claus would have the furs for
her and as she was going east the first
of December she persuaded her husband
to allow the generous saint to bring them
three weeks ahead of time. She arfued
that she might just as well have them
while she was away, as they were Just
what she needed to finish her smart street
suit. Her husband consented, as a man
will, and she left Minneapolis Jubilantly
happy and wearing a collar and muff of
Russian crown sable that had cost |200.
They went directly to Washington and
the day after they arrived dropped in at
one of the large hotels for lunch. The
room was warm and Mrs. Blank unfas
tened her collar and slipped it from
around her shoulders. After luncheon Mr.
and Mrs. Blank strolled down the ave
nue and not until they were half a dozen
blocks from the hotel did she remember
her collar. A hurried return was fol
lowed by a careful search, but the collar
had disappeared leaving no trace, whils
an over-zealous waiter apologised and
sympathized. Mrs. Blank is now trying
to persuade her husband to supplement
his gift with a second collar and only the
furrier knows that he has already or
dered it —as any man would.
Over a dozen men are going to have
fur-lined coats for Christmas gifts, but
with one exception they are all buying
them themselves. One woman has scraped
the necessary $100 together and has per
suaded her husband to act as a model for
a coat which she said her sister is going
to give brother John. "You are Just the
same size" she declared with an innocent
fervency that told far more than she
An odd gift that one woman will re
ceive is a bunch of receipted bills which
she declares is the only thing she wants.
"The first of the month has been a night
mare all fall," she explained. "I epent a
lot more money getting ready to go east
than I had any business to, gowns cost so
much, and, if Eleazir will only get me out
of the hole end let me start the new year
free from debt, it is all I ask and more
than I deserve.'' It will cost Eleazir over
$500 to give his wife peace of mind and in
addition to the receipted bills he will tuck
in her stockings a box containing a ring
that cost $500 more.
Large sums have been spent for rugs,
china; mahogany and number of
pianoa have been sold which all goes to
prove that Minneapolis is enjoying a sea
son of financial prosperity. Santa Claus
has not economized this year. He has
bought what he wanted with a reckless
regard of cost and the Christmas should
be a merry one.
—Prances R. Sterrett.
the Princess of Prosperity will wear to
the Christmas tree, she to whom dollars
are as cents, who comes in long cloaks
lined with priceless fur, and goes away
gloriously in carriages.
White Honiton, over black chiffon, is
the medium employed for this expensive
creation. The skirt, beautifully outlin
ing the effect of narrow umbrella gores,
is of the lace alone, but when It is lifted
there is a bewildering display of black and
white chiffon ruffles underneath.
On the bodice, black velvet and white
ribbon are effective trimmings, and a
great boa In snow white ostrich feathers
is a fitting accessory to such elegance.
The hat is of white cloth with a white
ostrich plume, and a stiff crown heavily
embroidered at the top with black.
All white lace gowns are much in favor
for smart reception wear, but the lace
less world needn't feel aggrieved. After
all. It is rather pretentious nuf&SScaac*.

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