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The Summer Girl Will Dance
"From Notes."
hey Will Be Danced in Fancy Dress
and Named After the Newest
Round Dances.
Logically, Uic busiest time or the dancing
masters Is in Uic fall, when young limbs
must be taught the mystic of the mazes.
As an actuality, their busiest lime coiner
in the spring, when they are gettiug ready
for the summer-report hotels and the dances,
of ugust.
In lite autumn llierc are children's danc-ing-eriioolsand
dancing classes of the young
people- But the children are alwaje to be
taught t lie. --a mo rudiments year after year,
which instructors know bj neart, and the
joung people are contentetl with their
cotilloiiR and gentians. So the real work
conies in the summer time, when the ball
rooms of hotels are open and the hummer
girl wants to dance a new dance.
"Each huinmermustbe provided wllhsome
thmg entirely new. It must varj- rrom last
jeui'8 dance, not only tn name and step,
but m tlvle and measure. One year light
and quick, next ear slow and dignified.
There have been several new dances
written this spring b d'llerent dancing
professors, and several more by well-known
leaders of (.Millions. A cotillon leader is a
born dancer, whose tute upon matters of
dancing and costume is unquestioned, and
whose word upon a damv is sulfidem to
make or mar it forever.
One of (lie prcltiest of the new dances
is the Josephel(e.M Its composition it,
the work of a cclillou leader wlic at first
intended it foi a iigure in a cotillon, but
afterwards he became impressed with its
popularity as a summer danec. Its time
is dignified and can l.e danced either to a
slow galop or to :t medium pclka.
The voscphette is danced in costume,
when used In a cotillon, and is danced thiee
limes. It is used as the riist ngure, the
last figuie and the middle one. This brings
it in often cnougn to make it the principal
movement of the dance.
In the "Josephettp," which starts out
strong enough to become a popular sum
mer dance, the couple start bj taking hold
or hands. The lirt movement is a ihgni
fieil walking step, with foot well advanced
to the Mont. Six steps are taken. Then
the couple face each other, taking held of
1-olh hands. The foot ol the lady is ad
vanced nt iheside, also that of her partner.
Both "point" the toe. making a pretty
movement with the foot. The other tee is
then pointed m the same way. Then they
take waltz j;oMtioii and waltz several tunes
If this is danced to galop time, as is
the prettiest wav. Uic waltz movement is
kept up thiougbout. the feet keeping un
conscious time to it in the steps and side
movements. IT the o!ka time is ufed the
entire dance is a lolkn instead of a waltz.
After the mx forward steps of the
"Josepiiette" are tal.cn. and the toe is
being i milled lirst at one side and then
at the other, there comes the opiiortunlty
lor the gracefulness which cery dance
must have to be popidar.
Ys a cummer dance this is danced both
afternoons and evenings, as a pielty new
dance ol the season, and when introduced
in a cotillon, it is graceful as can be.
The cotillon is then called 'Josephette
cotillon." after its principal figure.
A new summer dance that will be popu
Inr with joung people who like to take
np novelties to satisfy their insatiable
i raze for datum;; is the "Portia." In
this dance, which is a round dance, the
pair face each other and join IkiUi hands.
The gentleman takes five steps backward,
keeping hold of the lady's hands. This
order is then reversed- The lady takes
five steps backward, still keepiug hold
of her partner's hand. The music is to
lolka time. They then take waltz posi
tion and polka through four measures
of time, rejieatmg the figure over again.
The skill required to pilot Uic backward
dancing pertou through the first five steps
safely makes the successful dancer neces
sarily a beautiful one also.
The summer pirl will have a varietj of
new dances from which to select, for
this season not only dancing teachers but
music professors have gone to work upon
the task of supplying her dainty feet with
material. Several very tuneful musical
compositions have been written with a
special dance in mind. One of tin-he is a
waltz called "Lovanna.' It is a piece of
music that is strikingly like the strains of
"The Sweet By and By! Any person who
plays the piano and who can put that
popular hjnm to waltz time, will have the
music of the summer girl's "Lovanna."
,The steps with this music begin by a
waltz ihree times around. .Next a waltz
step three limes Imekward and three times
forward. Then a separation. The summer
girl -waltzes around three times "by her
lonesome," as the first girl who tried
the muie after it was wnttcu suggested,
and the man does the same. As they waltz
around sepaiately they keep to the same
spot upon the floorand touch hands high in
the air as thej happen to turn face to
face in the three revolutions. In shorter
words, he waIl7e- around three times alone,
and so does she. As tbev turn they touch
hands when they can.
They finally clasp again in a waltz
embrace and waltz three times around.
This is a very pleasing summer dance to
those who are more fond of the waltz than
of any other round dance. .
All threcof t he.se dances arc easily learned
from these simple instructions written for
them, and with hex notes in her hand the
summer girl will carefully step through the
parts of the "Josephette," "l,ortia"and the
"JLovanna" and be prepared to teach them
by moonlight upon the veranda to the .sum
mer young men ere hesteris into the parlor
totakeaproud place among those who have
already masleieJ the Intricacies.
The dancing gown of the s.immer girl
la. Paattlon.
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Uor JSxerclsc u
will be short enough to show her slippers,
and slippers will be a feature of the summer
on that very account. And, carrying the
logic another step further, the dances will
be accommodated to the slippers, and will
be designed to show them off well.
In the "Josephette" thesummer girl will
hold back her skirt at'the side and point
her toes prettily. If in costume, the nun
does the same with his buckled shoes. In
the plain drawing room dance the man
does not sleep lightly, as it is considered
either old style or effeminate to do so, but
in the costume cotillon bevies with the sum
mer girl in pirouetting gracefully down tins
The "Josephette" is also danced as a
fan dance.
When the dances of next summer are
danced to quick time the summer prl will
rest her hand upon her side in plantation
style, with head siightly tipped to the side.
This gives a Jaunt abandon very fetching
to the onlooker. In the slow dances the
more graceful cotillon trick of holding out
the skirt will be adopted.
It is a very cunning conceit of the sum
mer girl to invent her own dance and name
it after herself. "The Leda," La Louise,"
"The Marguerite" are planned, danced and
named by the young originators thereof.
Many coming summer belles visit the
lancing masters to ask of ihcm how to
invent a new summer round dance. The
advice of one of the most celebrated of
these masters is as follows
"Select the measureln which you are most
at home, whether waltz, polka or galop
Stand before a mirror and tr by what
revolutions, side Hops and easj movements
of the arms you can make graceful figures
Have music playing all the while. When j on
have selected a few graceful movements,
you can combine them and try them with
somebody else. Remember that two people
dance a round dance; and never forget the
dignity that is the only excuse of the round
dance. A dance that would be pretty for a
girl alone would be ridiculous for two
The wild dances that threatened to wreck
the round dance have been abandoned. The
reckless side flings, the kicking movement
at the front, and the Indian rush down the
room are succeeded by all that is lovely in
the dance movement.
Cotillons and costume dances will be
much in faror. There will be the Shake
spearian quadrilles, when Komeoand Juliet
meet more happily than they did oil earth;
and when Tortia and her spouse enjoy un
disturbed felicity, and when Hamlet and
Ophelia bury their hatchet m the strains
of the dance. HAKRY GERMAIXE.
DAY after day women ride by witli
their dress skirts all over on one side
of the wheel and pulled tight on the
other, which docs not Icok well. This
is something that must be seen to while
the rider is mounting. If she mounts from
the right, when she puts her foot on the
left pedal, preparatory to getting into
the saddle, she ought to pull enough of her
suirt over to the left to make the skirt
fall evenly. If she mounts from the left
she ought to pull enough over to the right
to serve the same purpose. Old riders do
this easily by standing upright on the
pedals while they arc moving. Then their
skirts fall naturally when they seat them
selves again in the saddle.
One feature of these adjustable bicycle
costumes, of which much is heard seems to
escape mention. All of them claim to com
bine elegance of appearance off the wheel
with perfect' ease and comfort to the
wearer when riding. Yet in the last of
these features they must necessarily fall
far short or perfection. None of them can
be "easiest" to riile in. because, no matter
how they are looped up or how adjustable
systemsof pins and hooks and buttons may
make them, they burden the rider with
unnecessary thickness through which she
must pedal. There is only one garb easy to
ride in, the garb that is sklrlless. A suit
may bristle with possibilities of adjust
ment, it may have a skirt capable of being
looped up to amazing shortness, or per
haps "left open on one side," which many
seem to think mysteriously advantageous,
but the skirt will still lie there to offer
resistanceto the motion of pedaling. The
inventors "never bother about this when
they are proclaiming the merits of new
costumes. Often the wearer never does,
because she has experienced nothing differ
ent. Nebraska State Journal.
4 4YK TlTHa moderately stiff flesh bruh
VV ad a supply of bran bags," an
nounced the authority on beautv,
"any woman should have a skin of smooth,
satiny texture. Thecoloringdoesnotdepend
upon these, however. Bran bags will not
remove freckles and they will not give rosy
cheeks. But the flesh brush, bringing the
blood to the surface, helps to give a proper
amount of color. Branbags,"fihecontinued,
"soften the water and make it almost as
efficacious as milk in its effect upon the
skin. Any woman whohasnonctualdiseaso
of the skin and whose digestion is good
ought to be able to acquire the velvety
smoothnessallwomen wantbyadailywarm
bath, in which the bran bag takes ihe place
of the wash rag. Bran bags may he made
at a trifling cost at home. Bags of cheese
cloth about eight Inches square are loosely
filled with bran, shavings of castile soap
andapinchoforrls. Thefacemayberubbed
with this twith perfect impunity, which
fs'more than can be said of the ordinary
rough wash raff."
Century Aso.
Hiss Cornelia Crosby Mistress of
the Gentle Art.
Government Paid a Unique Compliment
to This never Maine Girl at the
Recent Sportsmens' Exhibit.
Portland, Me., April 10. Miss -Cornelia
(J. Crosby, or as she is better known in
the sporting world. "Fly ttod," with
her cabin and guides, her live fish and
mountd game, was unquestionably one
of the greatest attractions at the Sports
men's (.position, recently held at Madison
Square Garden, New iTork.
The cabin which held Mis3 Crosby's
hunting and fishing treasures and tro
phies, was brought piece meal from the
Maine woods and erected by stalwart,
bronzed fellows who spent their odd mo
ments exploring the novel mjsteries of
Broad way and the Bowery for MissCi Oslo's
guides were new to the metropolis.
The live fish, numbering one hundred
trout and salmon that dlbported lliem
selvea in the five tanks close to the
cabin, were brought down from the Hange
ley region In a special fish car sent from
Washington for that purpose, a compliment
from the United States to "Fiy Rod" per
fectly uuimic of itn kind. ,
In talking over her fishing exploits re
cently to a friend Miss Crosby said:
'I fail to see how women can be happy
who live so far from nature as do most
dwellers m cities. There Is no reason In
the world why women should not do their
fair share of hunting, fishing, and tramp
ing, and be all the better and stronger for
it. I feel nearer heaven In the woods
than in a house, some way.
"The pine woods and nervous prostra
tion never go well together," she continued,
".mil a woman hasn't time to frt when
she is taking a trout on the fly. 1 really
doubt whether there is any sport in the
world half ro delightful as angling, or
half ho graceful and healthful for our
sex. "What gems sparkle as the gleam
of a 'speckled beauty' darting through
limpid water; or where in the collection
of china or lace is anything as interesting as
a well-filled fly hook?
"And another thing, while fishing jou're
out of doors in the sunshine, coloring jour
cheeks and strengthening your muscles.
"I first went out in Maine woods to live
because the doctors told me I was djing
with consumption and niy only chance for
life was to be In the sunshine. You see
it was a very good chance," the stalwart
Maine girl said, laughing as she straight
ened up her splendidly-proportioned body
six feet tall and supple as a joung forest
Miss Crosby's voice is deep and vibrat
ing and gives the impression that it would
send aringinghalloooverhillsand meadows,
and her hand grasp ih almost painful in its
intense cordiality, a clasp that would con
vert a skeptical guide into a devoted friend.
"Miss Fly Rod," as she is sometimes
quaintly called by the guides, who are
her stanch friends and admirers, spends
most of her time limiting and fishing In
and about the Rangley lakes, in the upper
Game In
" V' (Sf i.' 'Jt
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r?&9 ,' jj lj .mJI A i Lit i 7f
ITer ExrclHu Toduy
hunting regions,of Maine. "When she grows
tired of rifle and rod, or perhaps on stormy
duja. alie lounges in her hammock, or in
this cosey comer of her cabin and writes
delightful stories of the foicsts and rivers
for outing niagazine3;and papers, signing
her favorite nom de 'ptaruc.
With the instinctcs( p true nngler Miss
Crosby will oftenfjSUuj off alone lor a
day's fishing lu theivyoods without even a.
guide as companion Inwhiug at one camp
and dining at another and always a w1
come guest Especially when, as Is often
the case, she arrive -i at ,i neighboring camp
(ust before breakfast with a flue catch of
glistening trout for the morning iumI.
Next to tier guides Fly Rod considered
that the most interesting feature of her
exhibit was her thousand-dollar collection
of fishing tackle, rods aud reels alike hav
ing been the gifts of various t-porismen
friends and In nearly every Inst. luce espe
cially manufactured for her.
She has indeed a fine assorl'nent of rodo
of every variety; split bamboo, lance
wood, greenhe.irt and steel finished wi'n
handles both plain and elaborate, of Ger
man silver and IiiIrhV with gold ami vary
ing In weight from three and a quarter
to five ounces Tliejilghter rod is her
favorite especially in casting for trout.
Fifty-two "speckled beauties" taken with
a fly in forty-four minutes is therecord of
a single catch made by "Fly Rod" last
season and one not oUcn equaled by the
most skillful masculine anglers. As a
rule, however, with true sporting instinct,
she brings into camp only a sufficient
number to supply the mess
Thr hunting couumc worn by "Fly Rod"
during the exposition is probably the most
expensive aud elaborate ever made in thus
country It was of light weight leather,
a delicate greenish tint, imported from
Pans for thepurpose and madeaftcr"Worth's
latest model of a hunting suit. The skirt
was short anil scant and the jacket
double-breasted and perfect iu cut. The
leggitigs and belt were also of leather
and, by way of contrast. Miss Crosby wore
n sweater and cap of dark red wool. The
material alone cost over $100 aud cannot
be duplicated in this country
rITH the craze for metal belts comes
in acjain that most artistic waLst
garniture, the jeweled girdle. It is
narrow of course all artistic waist decora
tions are and it Is more often in gold
than in silver, as the latter has a tendency
to increase the size, of the waist.
In almost every instance a variety of dif
ferent jewels, whether real or imltution,
are used, the idea being to produce by this
array of color and glitter the Oriental ef
fect Just now so highly pnzed. The
Marguerite girdle is-a dainty belt, copying,
as the name indicates, the field daisy, not
only in size and shape but uccuracy in
color. The green and white effect is
naturally wrought out in enamels, and
orten the heart of the daisy, or of all the
daisies, is a brilliant solitaire. The price
of such a fine bit of goldsmith's work will
tend to keep the stjle from becoming what
is called "loo common."
IlIE Princess of Wales has a dairy
where she and her daughters some
times make, with their own hands,
delicious butter. The description of one
of the rooms with its tiled walls, marble
counters, silver pans, and silver churn,
almost turns one's head, but good, sub
stantial butter comes from this very room
when the princess honors it with her work
ing presence. Tu. an adjoining room the
usual family -supply of butter is made by
other than, royal hands.
Foil Swing.'
mmSBBSmlBr '
Such Is Possible with the Aid of
Those .New Bags.
The model traveling bag for this season
Is made of jellow calfskin or Kussia
leather, lined with rich green or ruby red
watered silk and all of its interior appli
ances for the toilet mounted in aluminum.
Even the outside rim, lock and clasps are
fini-shed in tlils featherweight metal, be
cause American mnkersoftravelcrs'supplies
are laboring diligently to reduce the weight
in all luggage conveniences. For example,
the newest and best of the trunks are built
of wood fiber and re-enforced with sole
leather, fitted inside with pressed pa
per trays, and the result is a comfortably
sized box that a little bit of a woman can
haul around with one hand. She cdn put
no end of belongings Into it, too, for at last
the manufacturers have learned to fit up
the interior of trunks with the most won
derful lot of charming conveniences.
For example, a big, new Irunk is pro
vided along its inner walls with a verles of
canvas bags or imckets into one of which
stockings are stuffed, then a long row of
them contain a shoe apiece, while other
pockets hold additional small articles so
hard to successfully dispose of in packing.
The top tray of pressed paper is a wonder,
and quite as cosy as one's top bureau drawer
for stowing things. It is cut up in com
partments divided by wicker work one
for gloves, one for handkerchiefs, a -iecial
nook for veils, a complete work basket
and u writing blotter that lifts up and out
on hinges, so that seated by the trunk one
tan write letters with ease.
One corner of the tray is a snug medi
cine case, and inside the slightly rounded
lid of this box a bag of light oiled cloth
is filled in and drawn up with a string.
This will hold a week'B allowance of
soiled clothes rather more conveniently
than any invention shown up to date.
Such a trunk ub the one described has
quite ousted the famous bureau box from
Its hopeful position, for the clever bureau
invention was always a heavy affair, very
complicated, as well as usually demolished
by the typical American baggage smasher
on its first long Journey.
Next after the wood Jiber trunks, those
of baswood are considered the very
best by women who know the science of
comfortable traveling, and all these boxes
are built flat on top and a good deal
longer than broad, so that today the
Saratoga is eyed with .open curiosity.
These long, narrow trunks are an idea
caught from the Frpnch actresses, who
studied out the problem of enrrying the
greatest number of gowns in the smallest
compass, but all the choice interior notions
are purely of American invention- ,
It is an American bit of extravagance,
too, to have a trunk made of engraved
pig skin. Such a luxurious convenience
has Just been made by a dealer in leather
rgoods for a joung person whose fortune
is bej-ond the dreams of avarice, and
who is going to enrrj part of her bridal
trousseau in it. It is not very lurge, but
nearly every inch of the yellow leather
is richly carved in the most elaborate
patterns. On the lid is cut a huge medal
lion monogram and coat of arms, the
locks and buckles ure of silver, and inside
the leather box is lined with heavj- white
Along with this is provided an equally
splendid fitted bag. a square one which
the fertile-minded maker has filled with
Just fiftj--one toilet implements. The
average woman does with less, and now
it is possible to buy a very completely
supplied satchel at the modest price of $14.
From that price these bags range In cost to
$1. 500, but the cheap ones are niade of calf
skin or heavy canvas, in greeu or brown
and the fittings either fasten onto the
outside, with a heavj- apron to button
over them-, or are slipped into a central
leather leaf inside,
THE care of the ears should begin, in
babjhood, a well-formed ear often
being ruined then from lack of at
tention. A nurse should be most careful to
see that when a baby is asleep the ear it
lies on is quite flat and not crumpled in
any waj-. IT the ears stand out undulj
from the head they should be tied back by
means of a broad ribbon, which must be
worn at night.
In washing the ears they should never
be allowed to be turned over towards
the cheek to be washed, but washed care
fully from the front to the neck. A neg
lect or this caution is a fruitful source
of outstanding car3 in children. The ear
Is very tehder then and easily injured,
and is often washed in the uurserj- as
though made of cast iron.
Flesh-Making Food.
Cream gruel, according to an eminent
English authority, is the ideal nourishment
for thin rolk. A teaeopful taken at night
immediatelj before retiring is said to
give marvelous results. To be at its best
it must bo perfectly made, then thinned with
sweet-cream. Taken,in that condition and
warm it is agreeable as well as fattening,
and produces just the sense of satisfied
hunger essential to Ideal rest. It is claimed
that perseverance in the treatment yields
uch apparent results that the cheeks can
be gecn to expand from day to day.
Helen Gould's Cost $ioo, and
Weighs Twenty-four Pounds.
A check for $100 lies upon the desk or
a certain maker of bicj-cles. It Is in
payment Tor a bicycle of extra fine fin
ish and or the most perfect mechanism
or any to be round in his establishment.
The name signed to the check, is "Helen
Gould," and the letter with the check saj-s
that the wheel has been found perfcctlj-satisfactory
in every particular.
"That wheel," said the bicycle man,
"is the second one we have sent to Miss
Gould's country residence this season.
Last spring we sent two, and the autumn
before, when cycling first came in for
women, we had an order for one. The first
wheel was evidently an experiment to be
tried cautiously and followed out f r good.
"The reason why so many wheels are
ordered by Miss Gould can doubtless
be found m the fact that, having a large
country house, she has house parties;
and there cannot be found a house partj
or j-oung women, or men either, who do not
go cycling afternoons and moonlight even
ings. "We have sent several men's wheels up
there. They were ordered by Frank Gould,
the j-oungest brother, who is coming twenty
jcurs of age, I should suy.
"The wheel Just ordered is for Mis
Gould's personal use. It Is a twenty
eight Inch wheel and It weighs t went j-four
pounds. That Is a good weight for a woman
of her size to wheel.
"Many of our women wheelers have
two kinds of wheels. Tlvy have a hcavj
onc that they ride some days and a
lighter yie for other excursions, when
thej- are looking for speed. Then, tou.
the wheel Is a matter of wn:m and
mood. One daj- you feel quiet and con
servative, and j-oii choose a heavy wheel
lhat bears j-ou safelj- along without care
on jour part. The next you are In a
wild m wd and want to dash to the stars.
The lightest thing v-ou can get a nineteen
pound, if possible is the article j-ou want.
"With women this matter of mood is
very noticeable. "We get a letter one
daj- thanking us Tor ttie beautiful and
perfectly satisractorj- wheel; and a few
daj-s later another one is ordered as the
wheel docs not ride well anv- longer. We
saj- nothing but 'saw wood.' aa It were, and
wait until both wheels shall be given a
chance. Then both are wanted. It is on
the principle that some daj-s a man wears
a red tie and others a blue one, yet he
couldn t tell jou, for the life of him, why
he changes.
"We sold," said the bicycle dealer, look
ing over his order book, "a verj- nice
wheel to W. C. "Whitney before his daugh
ter's marriage to Mr. Paget. This wheel
was undoubtedly iu her wedding outfit.
Most bndes buj- a wheel in their trous
seau as they buj- walking shoes. Or if they
don't buy one themselves their brothers
give them one.
"We sold a lady's wheel to Cornelius
Vanderbilt the other daj-. It was a trim
lntle affjir, elegantly built, anil tt'e high
est priced one we had. But it was not
ornamented. Th.ittalk about silver wheel
for the members of the 400 Is all rubbish,
as far as most of them are concerned.
"The wheel for Miss Vanderbilt was, we
understood, a blrthdaj- gift. It had a little
inscription upon it and was. marked with
Initials, date, etc. It was decidedly- the
neatest little machine we have turned out.
It was sent to herXew York home, and was
for riding In Central Park. It will go to
Xewpoil this summer, and we will have
orders to pack and ship it with half a
dozen other ladies" wheels at the same
time. You see we know just about what
will happen when once u ladj-'s wheel lias
been introduced in a family of wealth that
can afford to make wheeling a family
"The number of decorated wheels we
turn out is limited. It is our experience
lhat a gentleman does not go to a ejele
establishment and order a gold bicjele ror
his wife, nor a silver one, or one trimmed
with Jewels. He gets only the regulation
"The patrons of the costly gold wheels
are those who arecelehratinganniversaries
and making gifts. Suppose Mrs. Tan
Rensselaer Cruger. for instance, were
celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of
her marriage. Her husband would order
of us a wheel with pearl handles. Or if
another anniversary, the particular jewel
or metal of the anniversary would be
honored bj- representation in the wheel.
"Pearl weddings, wc are informed, an
celebrated at both the fifteenth and twen
tieth anniversaries, for we have had orders
for pearl- handled wheels for both.
"We had an odd order last week, and
one that is now being carried out. A gen
tleman of middle life, with children grown
up and married, called on us and said
iix&srT.y. -t
In CliiHHlcul
VV. C. Whitney Put a Cycle in
Daughter's Trousseau and an
faster Grcom Is Buying a
Beauty Some Stylish
Wife and I are to have our sliver wed
ding the middle or April. I want to make
her a wedding present that she will re
member as long as she livcts. And I think:
I'll give her a silver bicycle."
"In the most delicate manner we In
quired if 'wife' was a practical bicycle
"The old gentleman flushed. 'Ycs. said
he, 'she is. Wife is only foxtj--one year
old. We were married when she was six
teen. Wc have been married twetity-fivit
years. Xow I'm an old man, but she Is a
girl yet. Make her a wheel or best material
and have it silver.
"Xow, our only way of accomplishing a
silver wheel Is to tend one of cur beat
wheels to a silversmith's to be plated with
silver. The firm or X silvered this wheel,
and very brilliant it was when it came back
to us. The plate was the heaviest in the
market, and the cost to the old gentlcmun
with the 'girl' wire was $500. He was
so delighted with it that he lett .t here
until the daj- or the silver wediling. and
visited it every day, carerully wrapping
tissue pnper around it when he had looked
at it.
"We had another order for a fancy
wheel. It, too, was a silvered wheil. and
us handles were pearl. It cost or wiK
cost, ror It is not done more than $l,00o.
I would tell you the name of the gentleman
whoofderedit, but I cannot dosoat present.
He is to be married this spring, and this is
his wedding present to his bride, whow an
r.rdent cyclist.
"We have also an order for a gofcl
wheel. The order reads 'of pure gold."
but that is ridiculous. We will mroply
platconeofour wheels. MIssEmilyYaniler
tultSIoane, one or theseason's debutantes. !
an enthusiastic rider. I think she has goni
abroad and taken her wheel with her.
She rides for speed, and she ha-the easiest
way of getting over the rough roads that
lie along- the Hudson that I ever saw
Her mother's country place lies ia the
great chain of millionaires' farms.
"There is supposed to be a bicycle
boulevard running past the Astor. Morton
and Rockereller places and all ihe others.
But spring rains are no respeiten or
liOulevards. and the roads are ripped up
annually. But through it alt this young
woman rules swiftly and serenely along.
I predict that she will be thrown yet. Sfce
Is in our opinion the 'champion of Ac
younger riders-
"We sent a new wheel to Mrs. I. Town
send Burden the other day. It is a liuh.
xm. There is not a finer one than her-
to he found this j-ear. It happened to
lie the very pick of the lot.
"We are shipping many ladies raeyde-i
now to country places. J. J. Van Alen
has ordered three ladies wheels. He
keeps them at his Bur Harbor boue for
use during the summer when he has house
parlies. His nvn's wheels are the finest
made. We send fewer men's wheels to
tounirj- houses than women's, because most
men take their wheels in their luggage,
while women rarely do so.
"We have an order here." said the
biej-cle authority-, fingering his book, "to
send the finest of wheels, one lady's ami
one gentleman's, to Bar Harbor socn for
the use or Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Geb
hard this year. This couple took two or
us last year. The old wheel, are probably
scratched, or else thp owners are tired of
ihcm and want new ones. The old wheel
will go in the servants ball for use whun
getting mail or carrying messages, or
other quick, light work of the summer.
"There Is a singular thing about the buy
ing of a bicycle which nearly every consci
entious blcj-cle feller will acknowledge, anil
that Is the fickleness of bicycle patroru.
Today thej- ride one wheel and like it; to
morrow they go visiting, try another whevl
and prefer 1 1. The result Is that every house
lias in its order books the same names, for
the wealthj- do not hesitate to buy two or
three wheels a season, according to whim,
from different makers.
"As for prererences. they will tell you ene
Is as good as another. That Is our actual
experience. We would like to tell j-wi tbns
the bicycle we sent up to Ferncllffe to Mrs.
Astor wllIbuj-thLsyar. but weknow better.
Our rivals will also book orders rrom that
"The Astor wheel Is a heavy one. It Is
not for racing. Few ladles of the Four Hun
dred like to rac. and Mrs. Astor has no
proclivities that way. She likes to sit a sub
stantial wheel and ride slowly enough to l
sure or her bones- She-likes a wheelalittk
too large for her, as it gives the muec!ea
better exercise In reaching.
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