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PLANTERS LOAN and SAYINGS BANK, AUGUSTA, GA., Orgauizcd IS70. Oldest SaTln?r?\ Bank In Eastern Georgia. Lar-'est Savings Capital in City. Pa3's Interest and Compounds every (J months. ?HOS. J. ADAMS PROPRIETOR. VOL. LXIII. NO 20 A SONG IN_J Far out through tho mists of tho Now, Are thc hills ol th The lights and the shudows lie soft as ? On tho bills of thc The day is as deathless as truth and loi Tho music vt lutes ring out, respondini Now full on tho ears entranced, now fa And the hills of tl The hills of tho A God fashioned thom out of tho loss of t The hills of tho * To gladon tho spirit thnt tires of tho wo The tears of the i O, fresh as tho smile of a friend, when As bright as a steadfast splendor aglor As door as tho eyes we have loved, con Aro tho hills of tl Tho hills of the J -WU STORY OF !T3y HELEN 9 Tve n ^ a 9^ ? n ^pj) cv o n ;s?? ^3-P^2? 2&p>Sf) ; UEELY the moon never witnessed so rare, so strange, a sight as that which its own rays served to produce. On a desolate space of land, a short dis tance from a for lorn hut, where it cast its brightest beams, a young girl of some fifteen summers, the only figuro in the soli t a r y landscape, waved aloft her arms as she dauced merrily to and fro, Binging aloud to her own shadow, now here, now there, now everywhere, tossing back tho luxuriant hair, which fell in unkempt profusion over her face, the moon revealing it, lit by a pair of large, dark eyes, almost elfish in their brightness. "You're here again!" sha said to thc shadow, stopping suddenly in her song. "I'm so glad to see you. Are yon going to the festival to-morrow? Why do yon always come to mo in the moonlight? See, this is a new dance I have learned. Stop a minute; don't do just wh:it I do. Aro you hist! What's that?" A souiid of weeping breaking upon her delicately attuned ear, as turning quickly she discovered a lad some few year3 her senior scated on a stone, crying bit terly. "Ah, it's you. Claude, and what's the matter? What brings you to the old witch's cottage at this hour of the night?" "I have lost my way," the boy an swered, "and I am cold and hungry and unhappy. Fritz don't love me any more. He's in love with the law yer's daughter, the belle of the vil V... l?ge, and lie do^-'t caro any moiCS?tj me." "Ha, ha, ha, ha!" laughed the girl, mockingly. "So your handsome twin brother is in love, and yon are so un happy that you must needs wander off to the witch's door. Take care, Claude. She'll look at you with tho evil eye, or if she don't I will, and I'm her grandchild. I've inherited it." "Don't Fanchon, don't!" tho boy answered. "Oh, dear, what shall I do?" "Do? Go home! My, what a time thc-e'il be, the wholo country search ing for you. That's tue way, up over the bridge. You can't mistake it. I will take you part of the road, aud and-if you are very hungry"-draw ing a piece of dry bread, from her pocket-"take this. I'm not hungry at all. Oh, no; of course not,-(aside] -it's only my supper, shadow. I don't want it; I never eat dry bread; oh, no; but, see here, Claude, in future leave my chickens alone. "There, shadow, he's gone now. I've left him on tho hill. It's well for him Granny didn't see him. She would beat me, shadow, if she knew I played with you." "Fanchon!" Her name caused her to start. It was Fritz, Claude's twin brother, tho wealthy farmer's other son, who stood beside her. "Well!" she answered, jeeringly. "I have come to see your grand mother. Fanchon, to ask her to help me. She hates my father, I weil know, but gold is gold, and I hope this will tempt her to disclose for me my broth er's hiding-place. He left home yes terday, foolishly jealous of me, and we can find no trace of him." "So you come to the witch in your need, do you? Perhaps, Mr. Fritz, yon need not go so far!" "Fanchon, what do you mean? Can you tell mc where he is? But show me and I will do for you anything in tho world." "But with the world turned upside down, surely when the great man's son is asking favors of the winch's grand child, Fanchon tho despised, Fanchon whom even the village children laugh and jeer at; Fanchon-" but the voice a moment before so mocking held sound of tears, and there was suspicious moisture in the bright eyes as her hand dashed across them, and she once more began her grotesque dance in the moon light, "So your brother Claude has gone, eh?" she continued, with regained possession, "and you want to know his whereabouts. Look for him, Mr. Fritz. Perhaps you'll find him. I don't think Granny will help you." "But you will, Fauchon, if you can. Here, take this gold a'?d tell me!" With imperious gesture, worthy a princess in her kingdom, she ivaved the money back. "Take your gold!" she said. "Even gold, Fritz Glenroy, would not buy me. Yes, I know where your brother is. You said a moment ago you would give me anything I asked. Give mo your word to grant my first request, wherever made, and I will lead you to him!" "On my honor, as a gentleman, Fanhon, you have my promise," and in another moment her light footsteps were springing up the glade to the spot where the foolish truant was to be found. "Ah, shadow, you are here still!" she "exclaimed, on her return. "Wait ing for me, are you? I have my re venge now. To-morrow is the festival, and I am going, dressed in n. y best, and-and"-bursts of laughter issuing from the red lips-"I sbpH make Fritz dance with me. Me-- unchon, and she will be there, she whom he loves"-the laughter died now-"and THE STRIFE. Ia the lily-loved regions ot Thon, e After A'while; iloop in tho overworked eyes ot.. ? After Awhile. re; unheard ls tho sound ol no moro ; to joy's encor? int on the tropical shore, io After Awhile, frer Awhile. :ho ploosares of Paradise Lttor Awhile rid-the world and its tear-laden sighs-? Ltter Awhile. the patience of hearts sooms vain; . r in despite of the rain; ... v" io back in a droain again-* io After Awhllo, "* -- iftor Awhllo. 1 T. Hall, in tho Chicago Times-Herair FANCHON. 5ft BEEKMAN. V ||| . SSS he will havo to lead me out before them all, he-" "Panch?n! Fanchon! Como to bed this instant!" called out a sharp voice, weak with age, and with a kiss thrown at the shadow, who returned it, Fan chon disappeared as tho moon retired, wonderingly behind a cloud. It was tho May Day festival, and all the lads and lasses of the village were gathered upon the village green, the youths in their holiday costumes, tho girls in their sweet, pure robes of white, when suddenly a cry of derision rose in their midst, as a strange little figure, dressed in a flowered gown, her dark eyes brilliantly flashing, her hair falling loosely over her shoulders, ap peared among them. "Fanchon! Fanchon!" passed fr?m mouth to mouth. "Tho witch's grand child! How dare she como here?" But on one faoo a suddeu pallor grew, as spyi.ig Fritz she walked boldly to his Bide, addressing him in a tone so low only his ear could catch the words, "Are you ready to make good your promise? I wanta partner for the May dance. I have chosen you." For a momonl the pallor gave way to a crimson flush-for a moment he half turned away; but the scene of tho night previous arose before him, his manhood shamed him, and he turned bravely and took her hand. "Fritz!" cried a voice, "what are you doing?" It was Miss Bell, the lawyer's daughter, who spoke. "I have an engagement with Fan chon for this danoo," ho answered boldly, and with a toss of her head and scornful smile the young beauty turned away. ''With Fanchon?" the rest exclaimed. "We don't dance with witches. Where did you get your frock, Fanchon? Out of the witch's cupooard! And what DU arc afraid," Come, show us. &?~yovL as one slender hand clung convulsive ly to the black ribbon about the throat. "It is the evil eye," called one. "Come, let us take it!" But in a moment Fritz had stepped before her, while with one hand ho thrust her behind him. "Take it or touch herat your peril!" he cried. "Sho is under my protec tion now, and you will have to answer to me." But in their excitement they surged forward. "It is the evil eye. Wc will have it But another defender now stepped upon thu 6cene-their euro, who had approached unnoticed. "My child, " he said, addressing Fan chon, "I know what you wear about your neck. I command you, show it them." In silence, reverently she obeyed; then raising it so that all could see, she spoke: "It is my mother's prayer, which you yourself, M. Cure, have blessed." In a moment each knee was bent, each cap reverently doffed, as Fan chon held the sacred relic aloft; then once more slipped it within her dres3. "Como, Fanchon," Fritz said, kind ly, "wo will dance now." "No," she answered sadly, "I will go home, Fritz, and release you from your promise; but you kept it, and I will not forget it!" And, turning quickly away, she fled lightly over tho fields back to tho desolate hut she called home. "The old witch is dead! The ol? witch i3 dead!" was the startling news in the little French town, some six months later. Poor little Fanchon! She had received only crusts of bread, only harsh words and blows all her life, but none the less when sho fol lowed, solo mourner, to the grave, she felt as though her last friend had de parted. It was Fritz who came to cheer and comfort her; who told hex of the money they had found, which would give her a handsome dowry one of these days-Fritz, who somehow niado her ashamed of her ignorance, und taught her how to conquer it. Books were natural enemies, but she clung to them bravely; bravely boro the jeers and scoffs of the children nt the village school, until they forgot to jeer in admiration. But her life was very sad and very lonely, and as, little by little knowl edge dawned upon her, it but showed moro plainly how apart her life was from others. 'Something of this she told Fritz, as thoy st 'led forth one evening, the samo moon so quietly looking upon them which and that night witnessed her strauge dance. A moment's silence followed; then he took and clasped her hand within his own. "Fanchon," ho said, "you aro not alone, as you suppose! Look!" as they stood beside a clear lake. ' 'What does the shadow in the water tell you, dear? That you have grown beauti ful? Can it not also tell you that, as once you asked of mo to grant you one request, so now I ask in turn of you. But, darling, it is yourself; you who first taught me to be a man ; who first showed me the path of honor. Fan chon, will you give yourself to me-? will you be my wife?" The dark eyes were raised bewil deringly to his, her heart beating so fast, so loud, sho clasped her littlo hand convulsively upon it as Bhe spoke: "Your parents! "What would they say? Ah, Fritz, they called my poor old grandmother a witch because she learned the secrets of the herbs, and seid them as medicines; but sho left me eily a legacy of shame." "They shall ask you. darling; they shall seek you. You shall enter no roof unwclcoined; but if they add their entreaties to mine, Fanchon, wb-twill then be your answer." "Oh, Fritz, I should die of too much happiness!" But joy rarely kills., and, even es Fritz had said, their boy'8 happiness was nearest the parents' hearts. Even Claude forgot his jealousy and added his prayers. So, in the sum mer time, the villag church was crowded with ?happy faces, as Fritz received from his own father's hands poor little Fanchon, rich at last. -. New York Ledger. SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL. A municipal council in France ha* ordered its proceedings to be reported by phonograph. "We cannot see the sun itself, we see only the cloud or vapor shell that covers it, like the mantle of a "Wils bach burner. It is announced that Italian experi ments on vegetable life with Roentgen rays have shown that the effect ia identical with that of sunlight. The Belgium Government is con templating the establishment of an overhead single-rail between Brussels and Antwerp. It is expected that & speed of about ninety miles an hour will be obtained. Professor Elmer Gates, of Washing ton, has recently improved the per formance of tho microscope, and it is now possible for the human eye to see an object magnified 3,000,000 times. Heretoforo 10,000 has been tho limit. Four of the Montana willows, with one from tho island of Unalaska, aro the smallest shrubs of Salic?ceas in the world. One of these growing of ten only half an inch high, is believed to be the smallest species of willow ever known. If the land snriaoeof the globe were divided and allotted in equal shares to each of its human inhabitants, it would bo found that erich would get a plot of twenty-threo and one-half acres, but much of it would not be: worth having. Tho sun consists of three parts, the central portion, or nucleus, which is gasoous, but rendered viscous under' tho enormous pressure and high tem perature, the photosphere of lucan-: descent metallic vapors, and the cor ona, which is only observable during! the time of total eclipse. Dr. George Ardin Stockwell says that tho danger of rabies to auy onei human being is only as one in a mil lion, and that in fifty-five years, dur-; ing which he has examined every casa reported as occurring in North Amer-; ica, as thoroughly as possible, he hasj not been able to find a single one thatl was not open to the gravest suspicion] ^fcte?g?TQ?v >->-.. ? , -~--. M. Phisalix.announced to the Acad-j ernie des Sciences, Paris, some timcj ago, that Cholesterine injected intothq blood of animals made them resist Ibo venom of viper J. Doubts were thrownj on his. results, because he had used] Cholesterine of animal origin. Since', then he has rcreated his experiments! with crystallized Cholesterine extract ed from carrots, and found it as effec tive as that from animals. Moreover, he has obtained similar results with crystallized tyrosine extracted from the dahlia and even with the sap of the dahlia. Tho Demand For Horses. This country in 1897 exported 39, 532 horses and 7473 mules, the total value of which was ?5,314,000, making a rather important item of foreign trade. The exports of horses have increased over fivefold since 1893. There were never as many as 5000 sent abroad prior to that year. The increase ia due to tho declino in tho value of horses iu this country result ing from their displacement by cables, and electricity on street car lines, and the general depression in the country. There is, undoubtedly, a surplus of horses in tho United States and prob ably this will continue, so that ex ports are likely to go on increasing. Thc agricultural department is doing all it can to open foreign markets fori American horses. There is no doubt that horses can be raised in this coun try as cheaply as auywhere else in the world, and every country which needs; to import horses ought to get its chiefl supply from tho United States. Tho' average farm value of horses is barely half what it was five years ago. It is rather strange that prices of horses: havo not advanced in the past sixi months, ?specially in Kansas, where there certainly is a greater demand: for them, and less disposition among; farmers to sell them. Tho increased' profits of farming ought to have the effect of greatly reducing the number of horses for sale.-Kansas City Star. A Xew JMfe-Belt. Swimmers are generally very suspic ious with regard to life-belts, for un less theso contrivances are well made and properly adjusted they are posi tively dangerous in use. Some are so bulky that they impede all action. This defect certainly applies to tho cork waistcoats adopted by the Na tional Lifeboat Institution, and it will be remembered that in the recent fatal capsizing of a lifeboat at Margato the men had not donned their corks on this very ground. Anew kind of belt -known as the Louiton float-is de scribed and illustrated in a French! journal; and it has tho appearance of a conger e-"' with conical ends. Made of sheet rubber, it passes round the neck, across the chpst and round tho! waist, and can be inflated in ono min-; ute hythe mouth; and its weight is about one pound. The life-belt orj float is flexible, light and easily placed I" position. It can be worn without iconvenience, and is designed,among other purposes, for the use of swim ming schools.-Chambers's Journal. Glass TJmbrcllaR. It is rumored that before long glass umbrellas will be in general use-: that is, umbrellas covered with tho new spun glas3 cloth. These, of course, will afford no protection from the rays of the sun, but they will pos sess one obvious advantage-namely, that they can be held in front of tho face when meeting tho wind aud rain, and at the same timo the user will be ablo to see that ho does not run into unoffending individuals or lampposts, I MUNG THE I STAR-SPA) f? HOW PRETTY MAIDS AND 0 M UPON THE G LOI It is an excellent time to talk about, flags, particularly the American flag-\ the finest of them all. It takes an in credible number of them to supply the annual demands of the nation. Nobody knows how many are made. There is one firm in Elizabeth street, says the New York World, that manu factures more than 150,000,000 each year, and there are scores of other makers in this country. From which it may be inferred that thero are half a dozen flags made annually for each man, woman and child in the United States. Of course the majority of these flags are little affairs three inches long and two inches wide, which sell for twenty se ven cents a gross. They are printed on muslin and aro turned out by the million. Cheap muslin flags are made six feet long and forty inches wide. The good flags, those made of bunt ing, sewed together, and with care fully arranged stars, are manufactured by flag-making firms and by every sail and awning maker in the country. The most interesting plaoe where flags are made is Building No. 7 in the Brooklyn Navy-Yard. There every flag used in the United States navy is made. There are the various United States flags, signal flags, pennants, en signs, flags of. high officials, from the President of the United States down, and the flags of forty-three foreign nations. Wherefore it will bo seen that the flag outfit of a United States warship is pretty extensive. Just now the workers under James Crimmins, master flaguiaker, are very busy. Nowhere ara flags so carefully made. Every star, stripe, bar and dovice is measured to geometrical ac curacy, aud each flag must stand a strength test. They are being turned out at the rate of 100 a week. The bunting is made in Massachu setts. It is er, 'rely of wool and of tho best quality, lt must have so many threads and a fixed tensile strength. The colors must be fast. The stripes aro cut out just as cloth ing is cut, in many layers at a time, by means of a circular knife that/is kept as sharp as a razor. Then they are sent to the sewing-room, wheire skillful v ?ung women sew the efcripes PRETTY GIRLS WHO MAKE ! together and place the blue field in place. The stars are cut ont thirty at a time by means of a cold ohisel and a big iron-bound mallet. Folds of goods, smoothly woven, of a standard grade, are laid in yard lengths, thirty thicknesses together, on a large square block made of cubes of oak, put together with the grain running in different directions. A metal star, used as a model, is placed, on the mus- < lin and carefully marked around with a lead pencil. Then the workman places his chisel on the pencil line and drives it through. A few blows and a constellation of thirty snowy stars are released. The sewing of tho stars upon the blue field is very exacting work. There are niuety stars on eack flag, : forty-five on either side, and they are ; put ou so evenly and carefully that i when the flag is held up to the light there appears to be but one star. The stitching is wonderfully even and dainty. The flaginakerr: ure the most pic- : AK OLD SALT-MAKING THE NAVAL MILITIA '. FLAG. turesque workers. They are two old sailors, and expert sail makers. It is , their business to put on the finishing touches-the rings, the tape that adds \ strength, and many other things. : They wear a white canvas uniform, use the queer sailmakers' thimble and talk in a fascinating Bea jargon. Directly tko flags are finished they must be measured. Triangles, ] squares and stars of polished brass . mark off the floor. If a flag ?a an ' inch or two out of the way it is re jected. The width of an American ensign must be ten-nineteenths of its length. The largest flag made at the p. WD I LD SALT SEA DOGS WORK & ?IOUS EMBLEM. f? Navy Yard is thirty-six feet long and nineteen feet wide. The foreign flags give the greatest trouble. Some of the designo are ex tremely intricate and the colors ares?us Joseph's coat. At one time these de signs were painted, but they didn't last. Now the color is cut out by it self and sowed iu placo. It requires expert needlewomen to do this work. One of the most difficult flags to make is that of China. It is triangular in shape, a brilliant yellow, with a blaok, open-mouthed dragon crawling about. One of the moat beautiful flags is that of the President of the United States. It has tho coat-af arms of the nation on a blue field; SUr CU TTI??G OUT STABS. rounded with stars. Tho eagle is white, and the shield ho holds is properly colored. There has been a deal of dispute over tho evolution of the American flag. When the Eevolutionary War broke out tho flags used by the colo nists were English ensigns, bearing the Union Jack, upon which were written "Liberty and Union" or other similar expressions. Then were de veloped the Pine-Tree flag, the Rat tlesnake flag and many others. The American ensign was adopted in THE STARS AND STEIFE3. 1777 by the Continental Congress. There is a dispute as to the significance of the flag. The expiauation accepted as the most probable is that the blue field is intended to represent the night of affliction that in 1777 sur rounded the thirteen States, which were typified by the white stars ar arranged in a circle, signifying the endless duration of the new Nation, while the stripes v .?re chosen out of compliment to New York and the Dutch Republic, and were a compli ment to Republican principles. The number of stripes symbolized the thirteen States, the first and thir teenth, both red, representing New Hampshire and Georgia respectively. General "Washington was a member of the committee appointed to design a flag. Mrs. John Ross, of Philadel phia, made the first flag. She de signed the five-pointed star. John Paul Jones put the new flag to the first public use. He ran it up to the masthead of the Ranger. The flag, strangely enough, had but twelve stars, probably duo to a blunder. Jones had the same flag on the Bon Homme Richard. Of course everybody knows that each star in the flag represents a State, and that for two years the en sign had fifteen stripes, the addi tional one representing Vermont and Kentucky. The flag has been un changed, save for the adding of stars, since 1818. Heart Photography. "Say!" exclaimed little Willie sud denly breaking a long silence and turning to his mother, "is there such a thing as a photographic heart?" "Why, what do you mean, "Willie?" asked his mother in surprise. "Well, I heard that mau who was here last night tell sister Sue that her features were photographed on his heart," explained the boy, "and judg ing from the way he was holding her [ should think they ought to have been." _ Balance. He was making a hollow pretence ot being hungry at breakfast. "Had to stay at the office to balauce the books last night, my dear," he remarked. She was gazing gloomily out of the window; and upon the lawn there were divers tracks. "I hope the books wer.- better balanced than yourself when you got through," she auswered, not without bitterness.-Detroit Journal. The population of the German Em pire has increased from 41,000,000 to 58,000,000 in twenty years. YOUNC GIRL A COLONEL Bliss Emma Tv". Whittington of Hot Springs a Militia Officer. Miss Emma W. Whittington of Hot Springs, Ark.,has been mada a colonel o? militia by Governor Jones of that State. Thi3 is the third time in the history of the American Republic that this dis EMMA TV. WHITTI??GT0H. tinction has been conferred upon a woman. Miss Whittington ia a mili tary enthusiast aud is tho sponsor of Company A, Third infantry. She is a well-known society belle at Hot Springs, and as a hostess she has no superiors in the South. Miss Whittington is the daughter of Major Alf Whittington, one of Hot Springs' most prominent citizens; a granddaughter of Colonel Hiram Whittington, one of Arkansas' pio neers, who settled in Little Rock in 1826 and established the Little Rock Gazette, which paper is still in exis tence. In 1832 he moved to Hot Springs. He was selected to repre sent in the general assembly what was then the Western District of Arkansas, and was prominent in framing the new constitution of the State. In her full uniform of a colonel Miss Whittington will be a prominent fea ture at the State Encampment, to be held at Little Rock. Tho Alp?-s Good-Mght. Among the lwfr mountains and ele vated valleys oafewitzerland the Al pine he 'u has ?tnother use besides that of sounding the far-famed "Ranz des Vaches," or cow song; and this is of a very solemn and impressive na ture. When the sun has set in the valley, and the snowy summits of the moun tains gleam with golden light, the herdsman who dwells on the highest habitable spot takes his horn and pro nounces clearly and loudly through it, as through a speaking trumpet, "Praise the Lord God!" As soon as tho sound is heard by the neighboring herdsmen they issue from their huts,, take their Alpine horns and repeat 'the Bame words. This frequently lasts a quarter of an hour, and the call resounds from all the mountains and rocky cliffs around. When silence again reigns tho herdsmen kneel and pray with uncovered heads. Meantime it has become quite dark. "Good night!" at last calls the high sst herdsman through his horn. The w rds re sound from all tho mount "ns, the horns of the herdsmen and the cliffs and the mountaineers then retire to their dwellings.-Pittsburg Dispatch. Tn? Teaale. No machine has yet taken the place of nature's teasle in finishing various graces of woolen cloths. In this coun try they have grown only in Onon daga County, in New York State, though a few have been raised in Ore gon. Teasles require a soil of cloy and lime in certain proportions, so that their tips shall be sharper than steel. Such soil is found in Marcellus and Skaneateles, whe;e they have been a staple production for fifty years. Teasles are also grown in England and France. The American product ie stiffer than the English, softer than tho French. When the foreign crop fails the American is drawn on. Thiz year the European crop is small, the American large-nearly 250,000,OOO. Baltimore Sun. A Candle 120 Feet High. One hundred and twenty feet high a white candle once towered. Its di ameter was twenty feet. That means that it was as wide as the ordinary city house and that it shot about four times as high as the usual dwelling. It gave a light that illuminated everything for miles around. The light was, of course, an electric search light. The candle was n shaft of steel and of staff. Staff is the material that made the World's Fair a "white city." The candle was ereoted at an expo sition in Stockholm as a sort of tri bute to the candle using habit of the people of Sweden. Gas and eleofcricity have not weaned them from candles. They use more than any other conn A WAX CANDLE 120 PEET TALL. try and manufacture more. In one year one Swedish manufacturer of candles sold for home use 21,000,000 caudles, ranging in height from a cou ple of inches to_seven feet. Bargains in Shirt Waists. "Bargains in ladirs' 6hirt waista' are now seen in the large shops. All the newest and late3t styles are now on sale. Many of these wash waists are very pretty, and it is said that the leading manufacturers of fashionable wash fabrics have gone to more expense and trouble than in any preced ing year to produce novel and beauti ful designs in wash fabrics. In colors pale pinks, purples, olives, sepias, siennas and blues are among the fa vorites. One fabric, called the gram pian cloth will be all the rage for waists, children's suits, negligee shirts and other negligee garments. The patterns are principally small checks, plaids, stripes and polychromes. Gal atea with a little change is also a lead ing cloth and comes in stripes, checks and solid colors. Ducks are again in evidence, the favorite colors being blue-black, dark navy blue, blue and white. The floral designs on thin goods are worthy of mention. Sprays of sweet rf as as large as life, clematis, modified roses, honeysuckles and oth er conventional vines in natural colors aro marvels of industrial skill and taste.-Detroit Free Press. Jewels of the Austrian Empress. At Cap Martin you may find the Em press of Austria, who casts off all tho cares of royalty and indulges her taste for simple living and fresh air. She walks for miles every day in the most sensible, '. serviceable costumes, and any one who met her in her walks abroad, quite unattended and so sim ply clad, would scarcely realize that she was a great Empress and had at her disposal some of the most beauti ful jewels which were ever seen. The Austrian collection is the finest collec tion cf jewels in Europe-in fact, the only one since the Crown jewels cf France were broken wj and bought by the modern millionaires. The jewelled arms are quite magnificent, and among the most noticeable of them is the lance of St. Maurice, blazing with precious stones, and containing in the handle the most authentic relic-a nail from the True Cross; while the regalia of Charlemagne, token from his tomb at Aix-la-Chapelle, is another valuable item. But the Empress's own jewels are almost equally magnifi cent. She possesses the largest emerald in the world, weighing 3000 carats; but, of course, this is uncut. An other, nearly as large, is hollowed out as a *'bonbonni?re"; and one .of_ her prettiest ornaments is a watch com posed of one dark emerald hanging on to a chain of emeralds and diamonds (the first jewelled chain which ever was made), and this was a gift from tho late Shah of Persia when he visited Europe, some years ago.-The Lady's Realm. She Had Ampi e Revenge. No one but a woman could have conceived so cruel a vengeance. Yet she tells of it with positive glee. They all lived in one of those very exclusive little squares-hotbeds of gossip where the houses are every one built on the same plan and where each man, woman and child knows the finest de tails of the next door neighbor's ex istence. "However she dared do such a thing I cannot imagine," raid the modern Borgia. "It was when I was ill that she called upon me, and in my weak ness I was foolish enough to Lave my maid get out my new gown and show it to her. "Would you believ? it, she had the audacity to go directly and have the gown duplicated, down to the very buttons, and was wearing it on the street before I had ever been well enough to try mine on! But I am not tho kind of a woman to tolerate such treachery. I saw that she was speed ily aad hideously punished. "What did I do?" continued the ex asperated speaker. "Why, I made a present of my gown to Lucinda,' my colored cook, and the first time that I saw 'that woman' go out I hired Lucinda to put on the gown and walk up and down the square, in full sight of the entire neighborhood. Then, when 'that woman' returned home our mutual friend met her in front of her house and said to her: " 'Why, my dear Mrs. Dolliver, what a charming gown you have on! But let me think now-where have I seen a g^wn similar to yours? Oh, yes. I remember-Mrs. Hillis's cook has just gone around the corner with one just exactly like it. How strange! Here she comes now. Up sauntered Lucinda, twirling a red umbrella. Mrs. Dolliver is having to use color restorative on her hair; they say it turned white in a minute. .# "You see, I have a drop of Italian blood in my veins. I believe in the vendetta. Vengeance is mine!" Chicago Times-Herald. Oriental Women Woavors. The somewhat popular conception of the oriental woman is rather erroneous. It is that of one who is destined to a life of utter luxury. Yet the simple truth is that the large majority of women in the east work quite as hard for their daily bread as do their sisters in the west-aye, even harder, for, as a rule, married women in the west are supported by their husbands, whereas in the east married women are, as a rule, constrained to support not only themselves, but also their husbands and children. This statement applies especially to the thousands of women in Turkey, Persia and other countries of the orient, who make a living as weavers. The whole civilized world appreciates their handiwork, for none can match them in making tape?Cries, carpets and other gorgeous puducts of the loora. This is the ap J of machinery, but no machine has >et been invented which can do the marvelous work of .these oriental weavers. Yet many of these women work for pitiful wages. Af ter cleaning and preparing the wool and chaping it into a lovely piece of tapestry, all they receive is the equivalent of from two shillings to four shillings a week. The woman who can earn seven francs is con sitlered a Croesus, and her husband esteems her so much that he never" dreams 0/ beating her. Tho money is always paid to her husband, arid.he: invariably appropriates it. They are very womanly, these weavers. Of gossip they are fond, and while they are at work their tongues aro constantly going. Perhaps this is one reason why they havo so obstinately refused to herd together in factories, where the constant whirr of machinery, not to speak of the sur veillance of a foreman, would very probably compel them to keep silent. In order to fashion a first-class carpet or piece cf tapestry, the weaver must not only have a memory which will prevent her from making the slightest mistakes while copying the design, but she must also possess a lively imagination aud z thoroughly developed artistio sense. For the first-class weaver does not copy, she creates. She invents her own de signs, she combines the various tones, she chooses the dyes and the shades, and, finally, she obtains those effects which seem so charming to us of the west, and with good reason.-London I Mail. Gossip. Tho making of cigarette cases for women is becoming a paying industry. A youug woman in Chicago supports herself by takiug care of other peO^ pie's birds and flowers. The London Daily Mail is publish ing letters from women, demanding women's smoking-carriages on the railroads. Lord Roseberry is coming to the fora as an entertainer, and the reasou is the coming ont of his two daugh ters, the Ladies Primrose. Purses made of the skin of the frog are in great favor with the Parisian ladies. Thi$ kind of leather is ex tremely thin, yet very durable. There is a cricket club of young we men in Melbourne. The club is un happy because there is no other wo men's cricket club to challenge to a match. . Subscriptions are being given so readily that the memorial to the Duchess of Teck, which is to be a homo of rest for poor women, will soon be established. In Germany there is a society of women that cm hearing pf the depar ture of a servant from any household invcstfga?es the housewife instead of the servant. The first English woman who studied medicine and received a di ploma was Miss Elizabeth Blackwell, who was graduated at Geneva College, in New York State, in 1819. Mrs. Lola Small Jackson, daughter of Sam Small, the evangelist, is the latest aspirant for histrionic honors. She has done much reciting of the balcony scene and other things. Bills have just been introduced in the Maryland Legislatnre to place mar ried women on the same legal stand ing as their husbands in the matter of holding or transferring property. In the Lord Chamberlain's depart ment tho offices of chimney-sweeper, and statuary t- he British Queen are held by women. It is hinted, how ever, that they have their duties per formed by proxies. Instead of having a dog as a travel ing companion, the wife of Crisp?, tho Italian statesman, has a pet calf. She avoided the cattle tax by vowing the animal was not for consumption, but simply for companionship. It is only a sign of the times and the coiffures, but it is nevertheless some what of a shock to hear a well-dressed, well-bred looking woman say, "Bats, if you please," in answer to the clerk at tho notion counter's "What do you want?" Ida Kahn, a Chinese woman who was graduated from Ann Arbor Uni versity recently, after six years of study, has returned to her native town, Kin Kiang, to practise medi cine. Sho is said to be China's first woman doctor. One of the most active of French ladies is the wife of the historian. Michelet, who lives quite alone and occupies her time in bringing out new editions of her late husband's works and editing the manuscripts he left be hind, including his memoirs* Fashion Notes. Black gowns in cloth and various other new materials are very fashion able. All the shades of purple, mr. a ve, violet, pansy, wistaria and hyacinth are in marked favor, both here and in Paris and London. If you want to indulge in the latest frivolity have your handkerchiefs em broidered with flowers to match the blossoms in your hat. The new foulard silks are supplied with a border which furnishes all the necessary trimming, with possibly a lit+le lace and ribbon for the finish on the waist. Lace shawls are also used for silk drapery over satin dinner gowns. The centre is cut enough to admit the waist, and the points fall in front, at the back and at either side. The oraze for jewelled effects is very noticeably expressed in the jewelled belts and dog collars worn over far jackets, and to complete this outfit the muff must have a large jewelled buckle in the bow which decorate? the top. Pibbon gathered and ribbon plain are very much used for trimming our summer gowns. Colored grenadines i.nd black nets made up for wear in the South during the early spring show many ruffles edged with one, two or three rows of ribbon. It is a conservative estimate to say that two-thirds of the feminine world wears a bow under its chin. A dash ing little French bow, made in two loops-no ends appearing-of taffeta, of chiffon or tulle that is accordion plaited, is especially stylish.