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Men in Public Life Narrate Their Most Memorable I^alloween Celebrations ? Boyish Pranks and Mysterious Occurrences. ITH the return of the. subtle bolllng yot and the whirr of witches' brooms in the midnight air, members of Con gVess and heads of executive depart ment* have - again turned their minds toward the Hal loween mysteries of their Uvea: the tin^f when they experienced various eerie sensations. "What was your most memorable Hal loween?" was the question which was asked. And the answers were various. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Dan iels. who was for years a newspaper editor, was the first approached. "What do you recall of Halloween? lie was ashed. ?'Then.' are many experiences." he re plied. "that might come under Halloween headings. But there is one that I recall particularly, although I cannot tell at the present time the exact year. ? One night 1 was working in my office, and it was lute. The night was rather gloomy, with a driving rain and a wind like most of the winds of autumn?quick and changeable. "As I worked i suddenly noticed a light outside my window. It would appear, die out. reappear and disappear in a most unearthly manner. For a while T paid no attention to it. then as the light continued to appear and disappear. I de elded to investigate. I went to the win dow. * ? * "The explanation was no more sim ple. The light appeared, disappeared and returned again. It seemed as if the witches might in reality be playing some ghostly trick. Finally I decided to jjo outside and Investigate. I quietly tlosed the door of my oitice and stepped out, determined to learn whether any late practical joker was attempting this hou\. "Crossing the street 1 found the ex planation. There was an excavation, and men who had ueen working there had placed a light beside the hole to warn pedestrians. Between this light and my room was u tree branch. And with earli swaying movement of the branch In the wind it acted as a cur tain before the light, now screening it from my window an<t now raising and letting its glow to cross the street. "it didn't take long to learn the ex planation. But during the few minutes preceding my investigation I had all of the sensations of a man who is fac ing the utterly impossible?the super natural." Secretary oC War Lindley M. Garrison had a single brief contribution to the Halloween idea, and he explained that it didn't relate particularly to Hallow een. -? "On one occasion I was about to de ride a case between a man and his wife." he said, "and the day when the trial was to come before me was Hal loween. During the day I kept wish ing that something might occur to bring the couple together. The caae was a peculiar one and I felt that it was partially caused at least by a mis understanding on the part of both liti ganta. "During the afternoon of the day? the day preceding the evening of the witches?the couple came to my office The man walked in with the woman on his arm. ** *We have settled the case.' h? an nounced. "Rather astonished that the wish which T had been making to myself should have been so quickly realized. I congratulated them. " 'It was simple to fix up.* said the man. 'We beean to realize'a few hours asro that this whole case was some thinK that we could settle between our selves. and we didn't see why we should let the lawyers keep on running things for us-' _ The remarkable part of this case, ac cordin* to the Secretary of War. was that the wish, unexpressed, should have In some way communicated itself to the persons whom it affected. "Of course." sa'.d he. reminlseently. "it doesn't relate directly to Halloween, and vet?well, it was certainly a mildly inter esting case in thought transmission or the power of tht- eerie, or whatever you care to name it" Ont of the most harrowlnc experiences In Congress was that of Senator Atlee 1 ' ? ? t . *? JOSEPH l?S DANIELS. SECRET Alt V OF THE NAVY, SAW A MYSTERIOUS^ BOBBING LIGHT. f SENATOR MARTIN E OF NEW JEltSEY SPENT ONE HALLOWEEN IN A GRAVEYARD. LIKOLEY M. GARRISON, SECRETARY OF ^AR, RECALLS A UBA1T6LIIIG COUPLE REUNITED ONE HALLOWEEN. Pomerene of Ohio, long since become one of the staid believers In facte rather than the burning votive offerings of the kelpies and warlocks of Halloween time. The senator during his later years has rather looked down on Halloween and yet he frankly admitted that on one Halloween occasion his hair rose like the quills of the more or less well known fretful porcu pine. "It was like this," said he. "When I was a boy it Was a more or less tradi tional exercise to go forth into the high ways and byways and remove gates. 1 haven't the faintest notion where the idea started. It is apparently as old as Halloween itself. But with certain of the boys In our community, 't was a sacred ritual to remove a certain number of gates, take them to an open lot and have a glorious bonfire. "Naturally I joined in with the crowd. One Halloween, many, many years ago, we went to several places and removed a number of gates In front of one,rather old and rather dilapidated-looking house I discerned a gate that appeared to have been left for the very purpose I had in mind. It was one of these gates that had dried out until it was inflammable and hung on its rusty hinnes in a way that made it a certain prey to any one. "The matter of removing It and carry ing it away occupied but a moment. Then, with my proud burden beneath my arm, I started to where the rest of the gang had gone, I picked the gate up by lift ing either side. I didn't examine It-at all after I had lifted it from its hinges. "Walking to the open field where the bonfire was to be arranged. I heard foot steps behind me. No matter h'otr fiet or slow I walked, the footsteps continued behind me. They were, I should say, about twenty yards in my rear. "At first I suspected that a policeman was following me; but wheiu I glanced around I could see no one. Finally. I decided that the echo of my own steps in thf deserted streets was what had fright ened me. "The walk to the ground was not a long one, lasting possibly five minutes? maybe ten. I continued on my way and at each step kept glancing behind me. "When I reache*! the field where the bonfire was to be held. I noticed .that surrounding the field was a heavy crop of bniBh. It was more like an encircling undergrowth than anything else I ?an imagine , "1 laid the gate down, in the utter darkness, on top of the pile of gates and old wood that already had b?en-collected. Then I started in to wait until somebody should show up. I presume that I waited about an hour. During that time I could i ? ? .SENATOR SHAKHOTH OF COLORADO HAM A HALF MILE IN HBC'ORD TIME ONE HALLOWEEN NIGHT. hear (or thought I couid hear) stealthy footsteps near me: but every time I at tempted to investigate I found nothing. "Finally I got tired of waiting. The rest of the crowd had not yet returned, and I began to fear that perhaps they had deserted me and gone home. It was nearly midnight, and a hollow, moaning wind had arisen. "Stooping to the pile of gates, I struck a match and lit the pile. In an instant it blazed skyward. There was a flash of flame, and, satisfied, I stepped back and prepared to watch the performance. "Then, to my horror, the gate which I had plucked began slowly to crawl out of the fire! * * * "There was something savoring so of the supernatural in the movements of that gate that I could not budge. I was chilled with terror ? absolutely petrified like a person in a dream who wants to awaken, but cannot. It became terrible, the suspense of waiting. "Slowly but surely the blazing gate be gan to crawl along the ground away from the fire. I watched it for a moment as it sneaked along, leaving a trail of cinders behind it. Then I dropped my eyes, hop ing that I would wake up and find that I had not seen the phenomena. I gazed again, and again saw the haunted gate crawling away toward the brush fire yards away. "The lire had almost left it now. Sick with terror, I was about to leave, when I chanced to see a glint of metal wire, a copper cord. At that moment came a chuckle, a laugh that was human. I i m _V K V. Rough on Texas. Here Is one of the stories that Repre sentative Webb tells. He is great on church stories: "Once there was a man in Texas who died and who was so irretrievably tad that the minis ter called to bury him couldn't think of ? single respecta ble tiling to say. "The corpse was _______________ neatly laid out and the minister sadly considered his eulosy. The audience fretted during the early part of the se-vice, wond?rir?t what the preacher could possibly think of that v ouic not shock the church and still be *om?wh' near the truth concerning the 1is reputable deceased. ?Finally the minister began: " 'My dear brethren, our dearly belovd brother was born in "issouri. spent part cf his life in Kansas, lived later in Arkansas and died in Texas. So. my dear brethren, we may congratulate ourselves inat while our beloved brother's descent into hell was certain, it was at least gradi U.' " And as Expensive! Not that Repre sentative Robert F. Rroussard of Louis iana is finicky about his food: far be it from anything of the sort. Mr. Rrous r ard likes all food, come more than others, but all of it to him is good, and the subject to him is ever interesting. Good naiured al ways. it L> not for him to complain. No man In public life has more reason ;o be contented with Mis lot. He is i ounding out Tiia eighth term in the House u:id has nicely but ton vd up a six year term in the Senate following that. Contented? Why, that's his middle name. But the other day he struck a steak in the House restaurant that did not appeal to him. Sadly he pushed it away fjrom him. "What's the matter with it, Bob?" asked a fellow-member who was lunch ing with him. "I don't know," sail Broussard, "but it tastes like washed money." Some Threat. There is g good story going around the Capitol about Congressman Small, *ho hails from North Carolina. In prehistoric days, when Small was young In the law, he was prosecuting a town bully who bore, a desperate character. This des perado was supposed o have added great ly to the population of the village cemetery and to be ready to kill his man at the drop of an acorn. So when Small stood him up at the bar before a country justice of the peace the embryo congressman painted the pri.-ner In such dark colors that his own mother would never have rec ognised him at five paces. In the very height of his eloquence Small pointed a long linger at the trembling man and shouted: "Why, that man at the bar would Just as soon kill me as not right here before your fac, Judge." The judge leaned thoughtfully over, tjck off his specs and glowered at the otY^ndir.g criminal. "John Smith." he thundered, "if you dare kill Smali here before me I will fine you a dollar and fifty cents for contempt of co'te; dura my soul, if I dOU'U" writ was stolen from the burg's only church. Bryan did not dare attempt a sale for fear suspicion would fall on him. so he sat idly by and saw another make the deal. Hog-Tied. Secretary Bryan and Representati\e J. W. Bryan of Washington are not related, but they are much alike in that both are great pub lic speakers. The Secretary of State got his early training in school "boyoratoring" out fn Nebraska, while the representative learned to talk while selling books down in Texas. Bryan was sole agent for northern Texas and other parts for the works of Dr. E>e Witt Talmage. He bad a six teen pound oration and a twelve-pound book that he just fairly threw at the natives for several summers, while work ing his way through college. They do say down there that once he got the front door open and his foot between it and the threshhold the honest house keeper had as well dig tfp $1.7i> for a set of half morocco Talmage works and save time. He nearly always made a sale. During the first summer out; Bryan had several peculiar experiences. He traded books for lodging, board and most every thing else. Finally he became so affluent that he bought himself a horse and buggy and went scurrlying around the country side on wheels?a thing no book agent in those parts ever had done before. But no book agent is so clever that he docs not fall down on a sale once In a while. Bryan missed the bull's-eye badly on one shot- He landed in a town one day with a full set of Talmage s works and Bibles, and that very night the holy a* Handmade verse, In stead of courtmade law, has been hand ed out by Represent ative lidward T. Taylor of Colorado rA iri many an lr>stance i where he believed he cold serve his clients better with common yr sense than jurispru \ 3, dence. Taylor is one of the big characters ?/? of the mountainous ^ 1 state from which he comes, and in addi tion to his knowledge on tfie subject of irrigation, public lands and law, he is considered to be a shrewd and far-seeing citizen worth while knowing. He had a law case once in which a ranchman named Greenough rode twenty tive miles one hot day to find Taylor in his little office at GKenwood Springs. Green ough's complaint lay in the fact that a neighbor's hens would stray across the dividing line and scratch up Grcenough'b garden sass. "I'm tired of talking to that fellow," said the ranchman, "and I want to get out a court injunction against the hens? not the owner?the hens! Do you under stand?" "How many hens are there?" asked Taylor. "About a thousand," replied Greenough. Taylor figured up the number of eggs that a thousand hard-working hens might produce, and then, instead of giving words to a long bit of legal advice, he scribbled down a four-line verse and handed it to Greenough. This was the verse: "If the poultry of your neighbor tnaa Into rour jard should chauce to stray, Dou't lcl jour anfiiy rise, Bui find Use brus a pl?^ to lay!" SENATOR ATLEB fOVERENF. OF OHIO STOLE AND BURNED AND ADMITS IT! A GATE? sprang forward and put my foot upon the blazing gate. In an instant it stop ped, but I could feel the tug of it as it attempted to go forward. "Then I discovered the cause of its strange crawHngs. It pras fastened to a copper wire which was run through the shrubs into the hands of my '_-om pan ions. They had followed me, after directing me to the old gate, which they had Intended all the time that I should take. When I removed it I did not notice that one of the confederates had already attached the wire to it. They followed rae back to the bonfire ground, knowing full well that I woxild not wait a while for them, and then start the business of the night lighting the fire. "* "Never in my "life have I had such a lesson in the value of private property as I had that night. It was a terrific lesson. Even after I had discovered the hoax I was still terrified. "And I believe that the lesson remained with .me to this day. I never think of Halloween without recalling the dark night and the crawling gate that left the fire before my very eyes. "Incidentally I might remark that that was my last Halloween celebration of a destructive nature! Afterward I con tented myself with parties of a milder and more lawful nature." After this story the Investigator into the ways of witches with public men went to the office of Senator Shafroth of Colorado, who enjoys the reoutatlon of being a singularly solid and non-believing man who takes care of the facts and leaves the fancies to themselves. * * ? "What was your greatest Halloween experience?" the investigator Inquired. "That Is a question," replied the sen ator, "that is fraught with sorrow in my memory." There was a pause. "I think." he said, reflectively, "that Halloween should be abolished. It is a dangerous thing to stir up the witches and the sprites. One can never tell where It will end. The most remarkable things will result from the most trivial causes." "Yes," assented the investigator. "By the way," continued the senator, "did I ever tell you that I hold a world's record for running the half-mile dis tance?" "That is not generally known," said the investigator. "It Is not," agreed the senator, "but It is a fact. I am the fastest half-mile runner you ^ver saw in your life. And this is how It came about: "Some years ago, a great many, in fact, when I was a boy, I attended a Hal loween party near our house and after remaining there until about 11 o'clock I started on my way homeward. It was a rather dark walk in those days, for the electric and gas lights were not then small town luxuries. "Coming along the blackened road on a cloudy Halloween night, especially when one is thinking of all the things that one SS has seen in superstition during t lie course of the evening's party, is not what might be called the liveliest of work. "I got as far as the long lane which led to our house when I beheld some thing flickering in the trees. At first I paid no attention to it. Then, as I got nearer, I gazed up and there, apparently sitting on a branch of a tree, was a hid eous yellow glaring face, fixed in a dead ly grin. "The body was of white. Even as I watched it. I could see it sway from side to side like some great bird. I was so terrified that I could not move. I looked again at the creature, which seemed to be bending down toward me. Its eyes were a glowing red, like the fires of the Inferno. ItB nose was a glowing blue. The cavernous mouth was simply a ghastly slit without shape. Even as I was taking my last look the thing lurched toward ine and fell almost into my arms. "It was then that I broke the world's record for the half mile. I say half mile; it may have been more. I never at tempted to calculate exactly the distance which I put between myself and the crea ture. "The next morning I returned to the spot, still trembling, and examined the eerie thing. It was a cleverly devised pumpkin bead with colored gloss for the eyes and nose. Four candles were so ar ranged in it as to give an almost human expression to the eyes. A long sheet was the body." The senator paused. "I have always regretted." he conclud ed, "that it was not possible for me to have had a fctop-watch on the half mile which I ran. I believe this to be the moat wonderful part of the whole adventure " * * ? Senotor Marti ne of New Jersey, when approached, told a tale that would send the shivers of apprehension along the spine of a Rameses mummy. It seems that many years ago when he was but a youth he went forth with * party of boy friends on one of those confetti-tossing larks which are part of the celebration of the advent or Hal loween. It was a merry party for awhile and finally, after a number of adven tures, the party happened to run rfeross a rather grouchy and irritated consta ble. The constable had his own idea about the law and order, and In none of his regulations did he include the considera tion of the witches who ride astride brooms or anything of that kind. He started after the boys, who immediately dispersed with great enthusiasm. TTie senator-to-be was among the first to depart in search of another place. And it so happened that he ran Into a deserted graveyard. He stumbled upon a lonesome tombstone. Then he struck a statue, which gave him the fright of his life. After he had hidden in and around for a while, he started to go home. And then he saw a ghostly light playing upon one of those old fiat stones that used to be used to mark graves. v*n? OF UK a comunx cell.bratio" or hallowbgk. According to the best information, un the subject the senator lost no thn? in getting distance between himself and that graveyard. Afterward. It wni scientifically demonstrated, the ghostly light was the rays of the rami) play in* on the stone between the leaves of the trees. Hut this did not appear to be of interest at the time. ? * * One of the unique experiences is ti at recounted hy Senator Norris of Ne braska. Who is a great believer in influ ences for good coming from any and all sources. "The Halloween which T best remem ber, * said he, "occurred In Washington after I had arrived at the age when men usually forego the belief in Hal loweens. "I was coming home on the street car one evening and was* with the usual home-going crowd of Halloween diner.* There was lots of entertainment on the car. Groups of people had sprinkled each other with confetti, and were laughing at each other'c efforts to clear themselves of the clinging paper. They were a well dressed, well fed. happy group of people of what Washington calls the upper strata or society. "The car stopped and on to the car climbed an old woman with a basket She was tired, evidently, very tired. Now all of the seats in the car were occupied by women. As soon as the old woman got on 1 had a mental ? glimpse of the thing that I had seen oc cur so many times In street cars-well dressed women sitting while an old and poor woman stood In the aisle. "This time I was unutterably astonish ed. The old woman had no sooner read - ed the Inside of the car when four women arose to give her their places. They car ried her basket In and placed It in front of her before their escorts could ev?.n help." The senator from Nebraska jjaused. "It was a little thing." he said ulth a half smile, "but it was so unusual that I have often wondered if the witches didn't have a hand in it." ? * * Probably the wildest Halloween 'that has been experienced tn Congress whs that of Representative Roberts of Nevada, who has seen many things his time. . "Mine was a Halloween that I don t think I'd forget as long as I live," h? began. "No man who hasn't been west knows anything, really, about the cele bration of Halloween. Many, many years ago when I was very young I lived in a small town where the cowboys used to come !n every Halloween. "I went to bed early on this particular Halloween. It was necessary for me to get up early in those days and I had no time for the celebration of the event as It is celebrated in thu larger cities of the east. "About 11 o'clock I was awakened by a most unearthly screech. "I started up In bed. The screech was repeated at intervals, and then came tha terrific explosion of a revolver?those oid 44's used to sound loud on a quiet street at n\)dnight. Again came the screech, this time nearer, and again it was fol lowed by the explosion of the revolver. "I waited for a while, not daring to move. I couldn't think what it was. All the time the noise came closer and closer and 1 worked up enough courage to peer out of the window. There were thre* cowboys t ttering back to their camp filled with enough Halloween enthusiasm in liquid form to wreck an ordinary com munity. "While I watched, wondering whether or not they were going to fire In my direction next, they passed close to the house and a stern-faced man came out and spoke to them. They gave one final yip-yip and galloped away. "For weeks afterward when l went to bed at night I could hear that yelp of theirs, and it took a lot of brushing to get my hair to lie down whero it lie longed." Representative Anderson of Minnesota was asked his most remarkable Hal loween. "When I was fourteen." he replied. "What was It?" dark night, a step removed from a ladder I attempted to come down, a fall of three feet and two weuKs in hod with a twisted ankle." he replied. "That was enough for me " ><0>Ml@^&irdln@ir W?sm????/M@w Collars aumd Ti?? I \\\M iUIiiBILAUri '-M ty,TI UOi V.1U BY THE BOUXiEVABDIEB. WHEN the changes in the seasons come there is always a determined effort on the part of the fashion able dressers to introduce what they are pleased to term the "hit of the season" in neckwear. This does not mean necessar ily the collar nor the tie by itself. Some times it is a combination of both. Some times it represents a radical change, and sometimes it is so utterly grotesque as to destroy itself before it has bc;n fairly tried. For instance, during the present season there has come into Washington a necktie-and-collar arrangement which is designed to show more of the tie and less of the collar than we have been used to seeing in years. The new collar is not one that any in dividual may criticise. The average man gets small enough opportunity to get any color into his dressing schemes. But, talking with haberdashers, the writer is convinced that the new collar will not be a success. Briefly, it is the low collar with the long points which became so popular last sum mer, but it is the lew collar considerably altered. Instead of being a pla^n turned down affair, it is so constructed that ex cept where the long points come in it dis plays the necktie beneath. Thus if a man wore this collar without a coat his neck tie from that point of the neck beginning above the collar bone and extending back would be visible. With this collar it has become customary to wear a plain, single colored necktie. * * * Recently the Boulevardier talked with a Washington haberdasher regarding the new collar. His reply was characteristic. Shrugging his shoulders he said: "It is a novelty. It is something unique and something that will sell because it is unusual. But as a steady proposition I don't believe it is going to get by. I don't think that the average man is ever going to accept a hybrid compromise between the English wing collar and the American turned-down style. "That, is really what this collar has at tempted to do?to bring about a conflict of the two accepted styles of collars. It is not the first attempt of the kind. l?ut it is tar more radical than any previous effort. Just as the standing collar has become less extreme, so has the 'com promise' collar advanced. You will grasp this by recalling the first typ? of collar of tbe 'compromise' kind. It wu one of those high collars which differed from its predecessors only in that the outside flap was about a quarter of an inch shorter than the inside flap. This collar could easily be worn without even exciting the suspicion that it was a departure from the old high, turn-down type." "What then of the new style?" "Why, It it a low collar that makes pos sible a plimp.se of the necktie above the vest, and in front of the point where the neck of the coat strikes the spine. Already this new mode of fashion lias made its appearance. It is not particu larly inspiring, and It is thus far only affected by the extremists of fashion who desire to accomplish something that nobody else has ever essayed. Fashion is largely a matter of pioneering some thing that is not generally known, and trusting that the. style will have suffi cient merit to carry it through. Despite the desire to reform collar styles the old "up and down" collar so generally pictured in tailoring advertise ments. will hold the fort this winter, in the writer's judgment. Men. tradition ally slow to change their modes of cloth ing, have generally accepted this collar, and In winter, indeed, it Is a most ex cellent Innovation. X* * * There is a novel advertisement for the high, turn-down collar, which the writer recently heard. It was from an F street clothier, one of the most conservative in the business. "In the olden times," said he, "the average man raised whiskers. Look at the pictures of your fathers and grand fathers, and you will find their faces sur rounded by a great growth of whiskers that In its mildest form hung down to the top button of the vest. Now those whiskers were a splendid protection to the throat. The men who raised them sel dom suffered from such latter-day ail ments as tonsilitis and the like. They were men who didn't mind leaving off their collars and neckties entirely. "The universal mania for shaving, caused, doubtless, by the Increasing ad vertisements for patent safety razors, has led men to disregard nature's throat protection. They will get shaved In all sorts of weather and go into the street. "The high turn-down collar, usually termed the 'varsity brand.' furnishes the modern man with the throat covering which he lost when he removed his beardi In summer the demand for these high collars is not great, and there are many experimental styles attempted successfully. But in the winter I doubt if any high-low collar arranged along the lines cf the popular summer brands can be a success." It has been said that Hie "tailorq^ade collar" is becoming more and more a mode among the fashionables, the idea being that the average man can accom plish a pattern which is suited to his particular needs. But In spite of the fact that most men are not particularly veil fitted there does not seem to be a great demand for the private style in collars. * I * * Concerning the modern vogue in au tumn neckties there seems to be but a single great departure from the styles of other years. Reference is made to the velvet tie. It is usually of a modest design, a black background with faint stripes of red or blue. Made in the or dinary four-in-hand style, it has a dis tinct improvement over the silk tie in the way it holds Us shape. It seemed strange to the average ob server that Washington dealers, so soon after the fiasco of the "Bulgarian tie," should have attempted another experi ment. Yet they did and it now appears that the velevt tie will prove as much of a success as its predecessor did a failure. There is something of extreme interest in the fact that a new collar should be introduced which is essentially intended to make as much of a display of the tie as possible, while at the same time a necktie should be brought into the market which is the anthesls of all of its louder relatives of the late summer and early fall- ' t It Is noticeable now that man. even ?n his fashions of the moet extreme type, is essentially utilitarian. Thus when the summer is passed and the ldw collar is on the decline?despite the earnest efforts of some dealers to continue Its popularity? the bow tie of the "white trousers" days also disappears. The bow tie and the low collar seem not to be able to exist in win ter, no matter how hard the dealers push them. It is a psychological more than a sartorial question. In the first place it is a physical impossibility to keep a bow tie looking like anything other than a dis pirited washing when one is wearing an overcoat with it. This is one thought which escapes many young men and Is one of the things that keeps them won dering, in consequence, why they are not well dressed when they have on new clothes. When a man is wearing a heavy overcoat and is inclined toward the bow tie habit, his neckwear is almost inva riably slovenly. Haberdashers have been informing the writer steadily for the last several months that they expected the new velvet tie to bring tn the wing collar, their theory being that the quiet nature of the neckwear will be sufficient to persuade the ,1 varug'1 dresser to show more of it. While they arc pushing their new "fall hit collar," the dealers are steadily insist ing upon a consideration of the wing col lar. By many dressers this Is regarded a.s a sad calamity. The complaint against the more constant wearing of the high wing collar is that it will cheapen a ntyl?? which has already become one of the rec /agnized forms for evening dress. Most men are sick of the old high-pointed collar which rams itself persistently lnt*? the tonsils and gives to the Mhort-necked man an appearance of having been put Into the pillory for a short time. They argue that If the wing collar can become the accepted style of collar for the daily wear it will inevitably make the collar de trop for evening wear; in tills contingency will drive the wearer* back to the old high-pointed collars thai have been most heartily hated by two out of three men. Poor Charities. THERE are charity societies, as all the world knows, that only give to the poor a quarter or a half cent of every dollar they take in. most of their sub scriptions going for salaries to officers and investigators for expensive rentals, etc. Richard March, the charity expert of Denver, was condemning these cliariti He said: "A man's wife shouted up to Mm th? other day: " 'Don't you think this blue overt-oil with the strapped-in back is too ne? aai fashionable. George, to give away?' "'It's the agent of the Alpha Incoi porated Charities that's at the door, isn't itr " 'Yes, dear.' " 'Then let the coat go.' said <ieorge 'It'll be old enough and old-fashioned enough before It gets to the poor dub that is shivering for it now." " A Lot of Racket. HOWARD ELLIOTT, the new pie&ident of the New Haven and Hartford railroad, was talking, at a luncheon in New York, about a millionaire who had been boasting overmuch?boasting about his Raphaels, his Louis Seise furn.ture. his Gobelins and his Aubussons. "Of course, he's a self-made man." said Mr. Elliott. "I'm very fond of self-made men. The only objection to thein is thai sometimes they've failed to pvt them selves together so as to work noise lessly * "