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The Minneapolis journal. [volume] (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, December 16, 1906, Part VI, Woman's Section, Image 44

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^'T all this talk about 'trial marriages' ab-
Surd!" remarked the widow, laying her
newspaper on the tabouret and depositing
two small red kid toes on the edge of the fender.
"It is," agreed the bachelor, cheerfully, with his
eyes on the red kid toes, "considering that all mar
riages aretrials
"Just fancy," went on the widow, scornfully,
Ignoring the flippancy, "being leased to a husband or
wife for a period of years, like a flat or a yaeht or
"A second-hand piano," suggested the bachelors
"And knowing," continued the widow, gazing
contemplatively into the fire, "that when the lease
or the contract or whatever it is expired, unless the
ether party cared to renew it, you would be on the
market again
"And probably in need^ of all sorts of repairs,"
added the bachelor, reflectively, "in your temper and
your complexion and your ideas."
"Yes," sighed the widow, "ten years ot married
life will rub all the varnish off your manners, and all
the color off your illusions and all the finish off your
"And the hinges of your lovemaklng and your
pretty speeches are likely to creak every time you
open your mouth," affixed the bachelor gloomily.
"And you are bound to be old fashioned," con
cluded the widow, with conviction, "and to compare
badly with brand new wives and husbands with all
the modern improvements Besides," she continued,
thoughtfully, "even if you should be lucky enough to
find anotheranother
"Tenantfor your heart!" suggested the bache
lor, helpfully.
The widow nodded.
"There would be the agony," she went on, "of
getting used to him or her."
"And the torture," added the bachelor, with It
faint shudder, "of going thru with the wedding cere
mony again and of walking up a green and yellow
ehurch aisle with a green and yellow feeling and a
stiff new coat, and the gaping multitude gazing at
you as if you were anew specimen of crocodile ox a
curio or
"It takes nearly all of one lifetime," interrupted
the widow, impatiently, "to get used to one wife or
husband but, according to the 'trial marriage' idea,
just as you had gotten somebody nicely trained into
all your little ways and discovered how to manage
"And to bluff him," interpolated the bachelor.
Suppose instead of doing up your Christmas par
cels in the regulation white tissue paper and red ritf
bon this year, you have a little fun with your friends
and get up a series of surprise packages.
The exterior of the package must give ohint of
the interior Last year a jolly little lady who is de
voted to the family Christmas tree received a book
she had beon longing for during the past six months,
but so dainty and pretty was the package in which
it was enclosed thafc she uttered a cry of delight when
it was given to her, tho she had no idea it contained
her wished for book. The package consisted of an
oblong box, just the length of the book, and about
twice as high. This was neatly covered with bright
holly red crepe paper put on with photograph paste,
and the cover was treated in exactly the same way.
But the beauty of the box consisted of a little
Christmas tree mounted on the top of the cover. This
was made of a tiny branch of spruce (any evergreen
could be used instead) pushed thru a little hole in
the center of the cover, the end then split with a pen
knife and the two portions fastened securely with a
needle and stout thread.
The little tree was then decorated with stars, cres
cents and diamonds cut out of tissue paper. These
Christmas tree boxes can be easily made to contain
any kind of presents, and give great delight both to
children and grown people.
An amusing Christmas package is three or four
handkerchiefs done up in the mottled brown paper that
comes from hardware stores and some butcher shops,
and made to resemble a String of link sausages.
Handkerchiefs Can also be wrapped to look like the
snapping crackers that are used at children's parties
by rolling them in oblong bits of tissue paper fringed
at both ends.
Of a man's four-in-hand tie you can make a doll
baby by giving it a face drawn on note paper, putting
on a bonnet or white tissue or crepe paper and making
a dress of the same convenient material.
A walking stick will make the most comical paper
doggy the eye of man ever chanced to light upon.
First twist some heavy wire around the stick near
each end, and'turn the extremities up for paws. Put
another yece of wire on the bottom of the cane for
the tail, and cover the whole with brown crepe paper,
using the handle for the head and supplying eyes of
white pins stuck the paper and long drooping ears,
and behold, you have a veritable German dachshund.
Small articles can be done up to look yke snow
balls in cotton batting, with just a sprinkling of silver
dust, or they can be concealed beneath the leaves of
iaper roses, put in paper pies or hidden in tiny boxes
in half a dozen others put in papier mache
apples, oranges, Christmas turkeys, etc, of which the'
hops are full.
Dozens of other ways in which presents can be
disguised are sure to suggest themselves to any one
who giveB the subject a few moments' thought
Do not be afraid that the parcels will look silly."
Remember that above all other times of the
rear should be a season of merriment, and if your
gift causes the recipient to laugh it has fulfilled
its object.
"If more women knew the importance of grooming
the complexion there would be more professional beau-
ties," said the beauty specialist.
"The skin should be steamed until the pores all be
come very open Steaming the face is most admirable
for all facial ills. I steam the faces of my patrons
very often, using plenty of hot cloths, and taking care
that I do not burn the skin.
"While the pores are open I spread quantities of
good home made soap jelly upon the face. This I leave
on for a few minutes.
"Then I wash the complexion well, putting borax
in the water. In a little while the skin is white and
clear. I then dash it with spirits of cologne, which
eloses the pores so that they do not fill up with foreign
substances again. Closing the pores is most important
when one is steaming the face, for if they are left
open they will make the skin rough. The wind will
blow into them and the face will break out, and as for
street dusts and the floating microbes they will settle
freely in these open pores,. Always close the pores of
the skin after you have treated the face.
"I have a trick of perfuming the skin. It Is not
at all difficult. I take the Skin when it is moist and
when all the pores are open, and I wash it with the
very best of cologne, taking Care to get none in the
eyes. Sometimes I use a tiny cologne sponge, which I
keep for the purpose. It makes the complexion very
"When I am grooming I also perfume the hair by
means of a little cap filled with sachet powder."
Concealing Onion in Salad.
Onion is indispensable to a good salad, but its
presence should never be suspected. The best way to
w ^UA^M/^^ig^i^1
"And what to have for dinner when you were
going to show him the bill for anew hat," proceeded
the widow," and how to keep him at home nights
"And to separate him from his money," remarked
the bachelor, sarcastically.
"And to make him see things your way," con
eluded the widow, "it would be time to pack up yourv
trunks and leave. Any two people," she continued/
meditatively, "can live together fairly comfortable
after they have discovered the path around one an
other's nervesthe little things not to say and ndt to
do in order to avoid friction, and the little things to
say and to do that will oil the matrimonial wheels.
But it would take all the 'trial' period to get the
domestic machine running, and then
"You'd be running after another soul-mate," fin
ished the bachflor, sympathetically.
"Yes The widow crossed the red kid toes and
then drew them quickly under the ruffles of her skirts
as she caught the bachelor staring at them. "And
I'veforgotten what I was going to say,*' she fin
ished, turning the color of her slippers.
"Oh, it doesn't matter," said the bachelor, con
"What'" "It doesn't matter what yon say," explained the
bachelor, "it's the way yon say it, and
"About soul-mates," broke in the widow, collect
ing herself, "there^d always be the chance," she pur
sued hurriedly, "that you'd have to take a second
hand one."
"Sometimes," remarked the bachelor, blowing a
smoke ring and gazing thru it at the place where the
widow's toes had been, "second-hand goods are more
attractive than cheap, new articles. For instance,
"Oh, widows:" Interrupted the widow impatiently,
"they're different. They're like heirloomsonly
parted with at death. But it would be different with
a wife who was relinquished because she wasn't
wanted. If anybody is anxious to get rid of some
thing it is a pretty sure sign that it isn't worth hav
ing. It's nearly always got a flaw somewhere and it's
seldom what it is represented to be. Besides, I've
noticed that the woman who can't get along with one
husband, usually finds it just as difficult to get along
with another."
There would always
tested the
who had 'done the
"And who might
the widow triumphantly.
the chance." pro-
Out of the Christmas Jar.
Christmas postcard has become a most help
ful factor in spreading "the glad tidings* of
great joy," and this season's productions ate
a delight. The ones especially for children with
"Santa Claus" descending the chimney and speeding
over snowclad hills with his eight tiny reindeer are
really fascinating. 'r
A young woman who has a desire to do far more
than her purse will permit confided to me this scheme
for remembering a large number of individuals Who
are obliged to live in '*nomes" and other institutions.
She said she thought it must be most disheartening to
have the postman pass by with no\mail for them on
Christmas day, so she has obtained the names of the
very friendless ones and addressed a souvenir card to
be delivered On the 25th. This is sureljf a delightful
thing to do.
Let us endeavor to make this holiday season more
Of a real pleasure and less of what Hopkinson Smith
says it has become, asocial clearing house for the
swapping of gifts."
A Christmas Card Party.'
This affair promises to be unique and the hostess
is endeavoring to observe all the Christmas symbols.
Of Course the decorations are to consist of wreaths of
evergreen and holly, festoons of roped greens, clusters
of mistletoe suspended by red ribbon, and quantities
of red candles with red and white frosted shades. The
invitations are to be ornamented with holly sprays,
the red berries cut out across the top- of the sheet.
A small lad dressed as Santa Glaus will deliver these
missives. In a large bay window there is to be a tree
lighted by electricity with the Stocking-shaped score
cards, red pencils, tiny candy canes and hundreds of
little favoTS. for keeping the secret "Santa Glaus"
will be on duty all the evening distributing the coun
ters after each game. To facilitate things, these
trinkets are tied to the tree in bunches, and as many
bunches as there will be games played. Over the head
table there is to be a large bell hung ornamented with
holly and the table will have a baton with which the
bell is io be struek.
The prizes are all to be done Up in holly paper with
red and green ribbons. The refreshments to be served
at the small tables will Consist of tomato soup in
cups with a spoonful of whipped cream, tiny biscuit,
scalloped oysters in ramakins with a sprig of holly.
Waldorf salad in red cases, cheese wafers individual
plum pudding brought in a blaze with brandy and sur
rounded by a wreath of holly. On each little red
frosted cake there is to be a white frosting star. Dur
ing the game Christmas egg-nog will be served from
the great family punchbowl.
Effective Table Decorations.
A five-pointed star made from holly or evergreen
is a table centerpiece always satisfactory. From this
IT conceal it is to rub the sides of the dish with a sec
tion of an onion, and not to put any onion in the
salad at all.
Another way is to use half a teaspoonful of onion
juice in the salad dressing. This is for the French
dressing, of oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. The
juice is obtained by grating the onion. It is well to
set aside a small grater for this purpose, as the onion
will cling to it. Grate the juice into a saucer and use
no more than a half teaspoonful to a small salad.
Chives, chopped very fine and sprinkled in the
salad, are an excellent substitute for onions.
A Christmas Tree Fairy.
A pretty ornament for the crowning branch of the
Christmas tree is a doll fairy representing the Spirit
of Yule. Crepe paper printed in a holly design is
used to make her long robes, the girdle is made of
silver tinsel, and a wreath of miniature artificial holly,
with a star made of silver paper in the center, crowns
her flowing hair.
Long, graceful wings are made of wired gause
edged with Silver tinsel, and a slender wand, which
is wired to the right hand, is made of a length of
picture wire covered with Silver paper and surmounted
by a silver star. If desired a silver heart, made of
paper, may be wired to the left hand, to signify
"peace and good will."
To keep the fairy securely in place the apex of the
tree should be stiffened with wire and the limbs of
the doll fastened to it with the isame material, the
robes being drawn down over it so as to conceal the
If, however, a hovering effect is preferred, a wire
hoop covered with silver tinsel may be affixed to the
top of the tree and the fairy suspended from it by an
invisible wire passed arOUnd her waist. Silver belle
may also be attached to the hoop, from the top of
which should radiate festoons of silver tinsel, these
being looped to the lower branches.
MWAJT *a caanoo.- pro easily it's the reeling that a painful operation
"that you might get the party won't last long that makes it possible to grin and
discarding." bear it. Besides, it would do aWay with all sorts
want"Jusdo to it again,"shobjected ot crimes, likeoffee. divorcKnowinwife
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Woman's SeclioiL-T^^^TM^ THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL/ Sunday, December 16, zgo6.
A Widow Mferd.a.lQg Bj^ Helen Ro wlaxicL
irrelevantly, "living wita a person whom somebody
else had trained!"
"Oh. that would hare its advantage*," declared
the bachelor. "A horse broken to harness if always
easier to handle."
"Perhaps," agreed the widow, leaning back and
thoughtlessly putting her red kid toes on the fender
again, "but when two horses are going to travel
together it id always best for them to get need to
one another's gait from the first. Don't yon look
at it that way!"
"(Which wayf" asked the bacfcelor, squinting
at the fender with his head on one side.
"Fancy," said the widow, not noticing the de
flection, "marrying a man who had been encouraged
to take an interest in the household affairs and hav
ing him following you about picking np things after
you: or one, whose first wife had trained him to sit
by the fire in the evening, and whom it took a der
rick to get to the theater or a dinner party} or one
who had been permitted to smoke a pipe and pat
his feet all over the furniture and growl about the
meals and boss the cook!"
"Or to a wife," interpolated the bachelor,"who
had always handled the funds and monopolized the
conversation aid chosen "her husband's collars and
who threw all her past husbands at you eroiy time
you did something she wasn't used to or objected
to something she waji used to."
"Yes,'* agreed the widow with a little shiver,
"what horrid things two people could say to one
"Such as 'Just wait until the lea* is op/"
suggested the bachelor.
The widow nodded.
"Or, 'The next time I marry, 111 be careful not
to take anybody with red hair,' or, 'Thank good
ness, it won't last forever!'" she added.
"That's the beauty of it!'' broke in the bach
elor enthusiastically. "It wouldn't last forever!
And the knowledge that it wouldn't would be such
an anesthetic"
imagine, added glass in the that the marriage was
I I ii il irllr it it
Novel Ways to Give Money.
There are occasions when it is best to give money
instead of articles, even then there may be a pleasant
mystery about receiving it. One son who always re
members his mother by the coin of the realm, has
very original methods of doing it. Once the green*
backs were folded in narrow strips seWed on a fan.
which, when opened, disclosed the peculiar manner of
construction. A bow of gay holly ribbon was tied to
the handle and a little note accompanying the fanbox
"hoped that she would enjoy a few weeks in southern
lands wafted there by the fan." Last year he wove
his banknotes into a pretty Oonventional pattern, bor
dered it With re* and green ribbon, thereby making
a small mat. He sent ft with the tag of well known
rug dealers attached, and "hoped that the design on
the inclosed rug would soften the pathway of life."
A father who was obliged to be away from home
on Christmas sent word to his wife to hide twelve
silver dollars thruout the house, and every time the
clock struck beginning at 8 in the morning until S at
night his little 10-year-old daughter was to hunt for
another gift from father. Be could not buy the pres
ents, but she was to make her own selections. In this
E principal reason for the lack of enthusiasm in
fancy dress parties is the trouble entailed in
costumes, but really it is possible to
make up most attractive masks for a remarkably small
outlay in time and money.
In the first place, it is not necessary to purchase
Very expensive materials, if, they must be bought, and
vety often some little alteration of ordinary clothes
makes a most satisfactory costume without buying
anything but a mask. By the way, these new paper
masks, covering but the hair and the upper half of the
face, are excellent disguises and have the double ad
vantage of low price and coolness. Both animal
heads and comic heads are to be had, as well as some
very pretty coquettish faces topped by pretty hats.
For the small boy one of the easiest makeups is a
"Koosevelf bear" with One of these paper bear masks
and long trousers and a brown sweater well Stuffed
t* "i*
For the girl, empire and 1830 costumes are right at
hand in thisreason's fashions, and all she needs is a
proper arrangement Of her hair with a high old
fashioned comb. A scarf falling off her shoulders and
lace mitts, and, behold! she is transported back to he/
great-grandmother *s time with little trouble.
The face should always be rouged a little when the
hair is powdered or the white coiffure is unbecoming
unless the wearer has an unusually high eolot ot her
own. A harmless theatrical rouge may be purchased
which will easily come off when the party is ov&r. The
powder should never be left in the hair overnight, but
be carefully shaken out and then brushed before retir
ing. The powdered hair is so becoming that colonial
costumes are always popular. Where a hostess knows
that her guests will not care to we*ar fancy costumes
let her try a "bal poudre," at which the hair is
powdered while the ordinary evening dresses are worn.
Defective Page
that both toes slipped from the fender and her heels used to and fond of
landed indignantly on the floor.
"It would the lump ofaway sugar," explained the
bachelor, "thatbe would take the bitter taste
and make you able to swallow all the trials more
easily. It's the feeling that a painful operation
and murder and ground
By Madame Merri.
red ribbons may run to each plate and be attached to
bell-shaped cards. Over the, table suspend by red rib
bons red tissue paper bells which may be purchased
Or a Chime of gilt and silver bells of home manufact
ure gold and silver paint are easily applied \fcd are
always convenient to have on hand. They color walnut
shells for' tree decorations, and are useful in a thous
and and one ways,
A toy "Santa Clans" with sleigh and reindeer (to
a mad career down the center of the table will delight
the younger members of the household, a realistic
chimney may be made of brick building blocks. In
his pack, which may be red stocking shaped bag,
put the table favors, generally consisting of red snap
ping motto eaps and candy boxes in Christmas shapes*
The Christmas Barrel
1A a family where there are no children and none
to be borrowed from near relatives, they devised thlg
method of distributing these gifts. The day before
Christmas a barrel Covered with crepe paper waS
placed in the reception hall. It was tied around with
red ribbon and greens, and each member of the family
placed his parcels within. At breakfast it was rolled
into the dining room and the contents disclosed by
the one whose lot it was to perform the pleasant task.
This honor was determined by two candy canes, one
long, one short, the man who drew the long otte Offi
ciating as "Santa Glaus." This is not much trouble,
and infinitely better than just the ordinary gitin|
it^wi **w*a. a Hi ll|
only temporary and that Ire Were Only sort of house
party guests might make ul more polite and agree
able and entertaining, so as to leave good las*
pression Behind tit."
"Or to get invited to stay longer,'* remarked
the widow cynically.
"That'I it he agreed, polling comfortably 0
his digar. "We always take better care of bor
rowed article* than of those that belong to us, any
how, and that we can treat aS we please. Having
gotten charming wife or a satisfactory husband,
the very thought that the desirable person could
terminate the affair and escape uS when the contract
run out, would make ns more considerate of them
and more anxious to please and less liable to nag
or to bully, A woman wouldn't take the risk of
appearing at breakfast in curl papers or indulging
in tantrums, and a man would think twice before
he refused his wife money ot stayed 4wn town
with the boys nights."
"I do believe" cried the widow, sitting up
straight and looking at the bachelor accusingly,
"that you're arguing in favor Of 'trial marriage.'
"I'm net arguing in favor of marriage at all,"
protested the bachelor plaintively* "But marrying
for life is like putting the whole dinner on the table
at once. It takes away your appetite. Harrying on
trial would be more like serving it in courses."
"That might be all right. agreed the wide*
doubtfully, "ifthere weren't too many courses.
Too many marriages would give you mental indiges
"And sentimental dyspepsia," agreed the bachelor
reflectively, "but it would give you a variety, too,"
he added hopefully.
"And Changing the course would be such a strain,"
declared the widow. "Why, when the contract was up
how would you know how to divide thingsthe* chit
dren, and
tit The dog and the eat."
"Afid all the little mementos yon had collected to
[ether and the things you had shared in common and
favorite armchair and the things yon had grown
"Oh, Well, in that case," remarked the bachelor,
"yon might have grown so used to and fond of one
another that when it came to the parting of the ways,
you Would not want to part them. After all." he went
on Soberly, "if trial marriages were put into effect,
they would end nine times out of ten in good old
fashioned matrimony. A man ean get as accustomed
to a woman as he does te a pipe or a chair"
JUxrhotf" What!'
way the mother said the interest in the day was keen
Until bedtime and the father was by no means for
fotten. Putting money in small coins in pill boxes
a good stunt, with a physician's prescription blank
filled out to "take one daily until gone."
Christmas Coffee Cake,
This delicious sweet bread would be an addition to
the Christmas supper table to be served with a cup of
coffee, tea or chocolate.
To one pound of raisin bread dough work in one
eup of soft butter, three eggs, two cups of brown
sugar, a half cup of milk and one teaspoonful each
of cinnamon and nutmeg, a half teaspoonful of cloves
and allspice. One large half eup of pitted dates and
the same of seeded raisins. After mixing put in a
shallow buttered pan and let raise in a warm corner)
bake in a moderate oven. When taken out have ready
a thick sirup made from sugar and water and brush
the top of the eake Immediately arrange halved
blanched almonds, pecan nut meats and candled orange
peel in a design on top and sides, covering closely^
I i i i
fitottmenta for the Christmas Place Cards.
"At .Christmas time we'll have good cheer,
frer Christmas comes but once a year."
"Serenely full, the epicure will say,
Fate cannot harm me, 1 have dined today.*4
"May every Christmas grace shine ae an anger* face."
"May the spirit of Christmas last all thru the year.'*
"In lowly hut or oastle halt
Hay each soul keep festival
At Christmas time."
"Here's to a happy holiday.
Health and wealth for all the year.**
"Alt joys and jollity wait on thy holiday.
Ulay this he ywur best Chrlstmaa, with a bettei better one t*
A Mistletoe Luncheon.
A young woman who wishes to announce her en
gagement on Christmas eve is to give a mistletoe
luncheon. Over the table there is to be a huge bunch
of this mysterious plant tied by Ted end green rib
bons. There will be a Spray at each place attached
to the place card and a spray over the door leading
to the dining room. While at the table the hostess
will tell the legend of the first man to enter a door
hung with mistletoe being the one to marry a girl
in the room, and Just st this stage of the game the
young man in the ease is to enter and receive the
congratulations of the girls present, who are the bride4
elect's most intimate friends.
Questions on any subject pertaining to this de
partment will cheerfully be answered. A reply will
be sent by mail if stamped and addressed envelope
is enclosed. Address Mme. Merri, The Minneapolis
The effect is almost as pretty as a regular fancy dress
When going to a fancy dress party it is Wf&Uto
take along a few of the necessary "makeups" to
repair damages, for theatrical rouge wears off, pow
dered hair soon loses its whiteness nd patches com*
off at a frolic, and the retult is anything but plefcdng,
unless the disheveled young woman em remedy hey
faults during the evening.
For a little girl a very pretty dress if the "red
riding hood," where along cloak with a hood made
Of red Cambric and a small basket are all that Is nec
essary. Paper dresses are always charming, altho not
very durable, but the beautiful flowered crepe papers
are quite as effective as the more expensive cloths and
The French maid is the most1
For Removing Spots.
If you spill milk on your clothes wash Out the Spot
at once with white soap and warm Water.
If candle or other grease falls upon them Use
French chalk or benzine, OT take the spot ont with
an iron and blotting paper.
Tea stains can be removed with plain warm water,
paint with turpentine. Ink with salts of lemon, if the
color of the frock will not run, otherwise it is best
to let it severely alone.
If you are so unfortunate as to get your gown mud
stained be sure to wait until it is entirely dry and
then brush off with a whiskbroom and sponge the
marks until they disappear. If the cloth is spotted
with rain, iron on the wrong side with apiece of old
muslin between the oioth and the iron.
easily prepared and
most becoming of costumes, particularly ror a piquant
brunette. A plain black frock with unen collar and
cuffs, with & dainty muslin apron end little cap tied
With ted ribbonsand the picture is ioiapletevNew
York Press.
"And a woman," pursued the bachelor, "eanVbe-*
come ae attached to a man and as fond of him as she!
IS of an old umbrella or a pair of old shoes. No mat-]
te* how battered or worn they may become, nor how
many breaks there are In them, we ean neverfindanv-"
thing to quite take their place. Matrimony, after all/*$
is just a habit and husbands and wives become habits
There are various kinds of bines for use in the law*'1
dry. They may be bought either hi solid or liquid
form, but the solid blues are mere generally used.
When mixed with water, they break up into very fine
particles, Which are held for a time in suspension, but
eventually settle as a fine powder on the bottom of
The liquid blues are usually soluble and chiefly ob
tained from aniline dyes, consequently the tint given
is more permanent, and if used in excess, the color can
not be removed unless by chemicals. The blue in this
case acts more as a dye. Ultramarine, azure, Prussian JjUt
and indigo are the solid blues chiefly employed in laun
dry work. Ultramarine Is the most widely used of the
four, and the best. It is cheaper and an alkali has no
reaction upon it, and, If properly used, it gives a
whiter tint to the,clothes.
Blues are used to counteract the yellow tint given
to clothes by wearing, or by the action of soaps, during
washing. The blues, reduced to fine particles by mix
ing it with water, enter the linen in the form of mi
nute grains, and give linen and calico a uniform tint,
which intensifies the whiteness of the fabric. j^S
The blue water for white clothes should be of *}KM
very pale shade if made too deep the clothes become* If
a pale blue shade, which entirely defeats the object o4rr4$
nsing blue. The water for black and dark shades
blue should be a deep bluej this preserves the colorf1
the black from turning brown, and the blue front Jm
fading. For light blue prints the water must be madf
lighter in color, and if they are partly white, it nwil1?4p^
be as pale a shade as for white clothes.
Solid blues should always be tied in a bag, prefes
ably flannel} by this means the shade of the water can
be easily regulated, and it prevents useless waste 3^
Blue water should not be prepared nntfl reqnire^^
If allowed to stand the grains Settle to the bottom am*
the clothes when put Into the water become stained br
touching the sediment.
Clothes must not be left la the Use water, as th
blue would settle oft them and make then streaky.
The blue bag must be tightly squeezed before
ting awayi if left saturated it wastes the bine.
The "emotional" dinner gown has ranevtctf
"emotional" dinner service, ft hna been considered: A
that the efforts of a chef win be far more appreciated
if his masterpieces are served on plates which Bunessf
the flaVor of his dishes. 1
The service may be fasMened of any metal wMcM
ean be enameled, but the more expensive patterns are/
carried out in beaten silver, Tne favorite metals ar*
pOwter or copper.
The olives are served en mtntature dishes to reps*
sent an olive leaf carried #*i in tthr green enamels*
A witch's cauldron is the latest novelty in sou?
reens. The cauldron hangs between pewter sticks ave*
a silver spirit stove, and the ladle represents the
witch's stick. Each soup plate of pewter bears an em
ameled black cat in its center, but the enamel is pro
tected by an upper plate of prepared W thru whicH
the design shows.
ish is served in a silve* bona. h*M by two me*?
aids, whose scales are suggested by mother of pearL*
fantastic slabs of which ornament the pewter plates.
The haunch of venison reposes on a disk borne of
crouching deerhound. Each plate is raised a few
inches from the table by a pair of antlers,
Dishes and platea for game can be enameled in the
gorgeous colors the pheasant's feathers,
Fruit plates are of beaten pewter, while each finger
bowl represents a different fruit set with enamels.
Four Hints for
Cleaning.UseSaturday. only chamois skin.-
Wet the chamois, wash the window with it, wringit
out thoroly and wipe the window with it. Chamois is
expensive, but apiece of chamois which costs 60 cents
will last two years.
The Kitchen Closets.Put clean paper on the two
lower shelves every week. The other higher shelves
need be changed only once a month, when the elbseta
are thoroly cleaned.
The Ice Chests-Wash ont "the icebox erW
iwth hot water and washing soda. Pour hot water
soda down the drain once a week. And do the sarnier
for the kitchen feit.li-, -1 \#r-
in I
long as two people can stand* one another, they will
cling together anyhow, and if they cant, they won't
anyhow and whether it's a run-out lease or a divorce^
or prussio acid that separates them doesn't make much
difference. Custom, not the Wedding certificate, is the*
tie that binds most of us. The savage doesn't need1
any laws to hold him to the woman of his choice.
Habit does it and $f habit doesn't, the woman will!'**.
The' widow sighod and leaned back in her chair.
"I suppose so," sue aid, "but it seems dreadfully,
"What seem* dreadfully drearyf" inquired the
"Matrimony," rephed the widow solemnly. "It it
like those old chairs and pines and shoes and things
Were speaking of it's full of holes and breaks and
S spots, and it wont always workbut there'*
nothing that will quite take the place of it."
"Nothing," said the bachelor, promptly. "ThaHs
why I want to"
Hie widow rose quickly and shook out her skirts,-*
"Now, don't begin that, Billy," she said, trying t*
be severe, "you're too old."
"Oh, well, I'm still In good repair," protested the
bachelor. The widow shook her head.
"All the varnish is worn off your ideals," she ob
jected, "and the hinges of your enthusiasm creak and
you've got a bare spot on the top of your head*
"But I've most of the modern improvements,**
broke in the bachelor, desperately, ''and I'm not
second-hand, anyway!"
"No," said the widow, looking him over critieally|
"you're shop-worn. But, originally, you were an at*
tractive article, and you're genuine and good style and
well preserved, and if
"Well?" The bachelor looked up expectantly.
"If there Were such a thing as 'trial mar
riages' The widow hesitated again,
"'You'd give me a trial*" asked the bachelo*
"Oh," said the widow, studying the toes of her reel
kid slippers, "it wouldn't besuch a trial!"
&/ef.vftm wiish ihe Silver in hot
soda water and Suds. It is half the battle. Use
clean cloth to Wash and clean towels to dry it. T**
polish with a little powder and a piece of duunX
Use a brush for crevices and chasing.

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