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%k ?c- ::..c doms orwonm DRESS AT HOME. | ! GREAT mistake which married women often make is that of t . becoming very careless of their j w dress and general appearance in the : house when no company Is expected. , The wives of men with a limited In- j come are they who are most prone to err in ibis respect from a foolish Idea j that dowdiness means economy, and j nothing is more fatal to the happiness : of a family than the unfortunate no-'j tion that "anything does when we are alone—we must keep our finery for j those occasions when we have visi- j tors." Many a man is tempted to leave 1 his heme, 'tired of constantly meeting « shabby, untidy wife, and to seek amusement and gaiety elsewhere. On their return from business husbands or brothers like to see their wives or sisters looking fresh and neat and a little bit smart. No extravagnnee need be indulged in—n blouse of some bright color, a cheap lace collar, a bow of pretty ribbon, and the hair neat and becomingly arranged will make all the difference in the cheerfulness and at tractiveness of the home. A child should be taught from an early age to be tidy and clean to meet its father, and those who are old enough to take their meals with their parents should never bo allowed to come to the table nntil face and hands have been washed and hair brushed—boys as well as girls. They should also be taught that neatness and politeness in their own family circle are even more important than when in company of visitors or in auot lier person's house. The hus bands also should be careful to remove all traces of the dust and dirt of the office or workshop and pay a little at tention to their toilet before taking their place at the table or lireside. Costumes of a Hundred Years Ago. History repeats itself, and so do fashions at times, consequently many of our readers may be glad to see sketches of the way their ancestresses dressed a hundred years since. With out wishing to imitate in detail the , , costumes here reproduced they may be useful in suggesting fancy cos tumes if any should desire to repre sent their great-grandmothers. The costumes we publish were originally Intended for wear in winter. The cos tume in the left hand top corner is de eeriiied as a straw bonnet trimmed with green ribbon, a silk pelisse of the » same color, and white swansdown tip pet. Facing this is a costume which consists of a white beaver Trafalgar bat with fawl colored mantle. The great victory of Trafalgar was then fresh in every one's mind. The gen tlewoman in the center is wearing a lace cap, ornamented with crimson velvet and white swansdown. The one In the bottom left hand corner lias a cap of rose colored silk trimmed with white lace and feathers, and a rose colored silk cloak. The remaining 6ketcb illustrates the fashionable mode of dressing the hair at that period. The gown Is of white sarsanet, trim med with white and embossed with velvet. The gloves are buff.—Montreal Star. What Husbands Should Do. Some husbands, when they get home at night, tell their wives all about the business of the day, and about their bank account, and about the people they met, and about what was spoken of, and about everything else. Other husbands never tell their wives about their doings during the day, never speak of the state of their finances, and never refer to their business in their households. The wife of such a husband knows nothing of his affairs, and is apt to be upset by bnd news or crushed by finding out that he is on the road to ruin. From what I have known througli my acquaintance with many families for long years, I am ready to say that u husband should always tell his wife about his business and about the affairs of the day. And he is, indeed, a wise man who does this. __ A Pointer for American Girts. In Germany when a woman marries She becomes very much her husband's property. Any Independence she may ever be said to have had is now given up. for her husband is. indeed, her lord fn.i master. He can compel her to work and to do anything that is lawful for woman to do, and if In* proves hard and un kind she has no relief or redress, ex t . ppt | U public opinion. The property w bich was hers before marriage be comes her husband's, and lie can dis pose of it according as he sees fit, even In the face of her opposition. Supposing that the pair should be divorced, the husband still retains the wife's money, German wives, as a rule, seem happy enough, but in consideration of the antiquated laws under which they live it would be well for English and Amer lean girls to consider the matter very seriously before bestowing their hearts and hands on German men. however charming they may be and whatever their social standing.-Pittsburg Dis patch. Bracelets the Thin« Annin. '«Aft At no time in years has there been such a demand for jeweled arm orna ments in New York as now. The styles are numberless, and the cost runs from a few cents to thousands of dollars. a of It Women Shonld Lcnrn to Laugh. Laughter is a good, healthy, muscle making, lung-developing exercise, and it is as good for girls as boys. And humor can be cultivated in a girl's mind without any abatement of the dig nUy am , modesty and charm 0 f her a a womanhood. Not the unpleasant and constant frivolity evidenced iu "smart" speech or quickness or repartee, but the humor that looks at the world with *» twinkle in the eye and sees its absurdi ties. its smallness and its fun. It should be rart of every woman's mental equipment, for women are call ed upon to bear so many of life's small worries as well ns its greater ones. The bringing up of children, the care of ser vanta and the many social duties that become a burden—all are made easy and possible to put up with by the woman with an unfailing sense of the bright side of life. It is a sense that lasts through life, through Its many ills. Its disillusions, its tribulations, even its tragedies. The face that wears a smile is every where welcome: the smiling, cheery guest is a joy forever: with our com mon sense, our tact and our kind court esy to guide us. and with the corners of our months turned upward, we may at any time and all times be a benediction to our friends.—Woman's Home Com panion. Trial of Blushing. Blushing seems to he a real trial to a great many young girls. The blushing face is an evidence of a refined and sensitive mind and there would lie something strange about a young girl who never blushed. A blush is a sign hung out by nature to show where purity and honor dwell. The poet Gay says charmingly: The rising Mushes which her checks o'er spread Are opening roses in the lily's bed. Abnormal blushing is a most uncom fortable ailment and is often a symp tom that the victim's health is not quite what it should be. Blushing is always a mark of sensitiveness and the over-frequent blushing of the young girl generally subsides as the years go on, but it is to be hoped that she may never lose her power of blushing, for that would indicate a decrease of men tal refinement. of he Household Service a Profession. Mrs. Ida Foster Cronk, a Chicago lecturer, champions the hired girl. She said - "Household service Is a profes sion for every one engaged in it. Pa rents who have daughters in shops and factories have ! said they would be glad to have their children in families ! if household work was surrounded with proper dig nity. As a mattey of fact, every hon orable occupation Mrs. cronk. tliat Is performed to the best of one's ability and with due regard for the comfort of others, and at the same time allowing one to get some pleasure out of life, is serv ing a worthy nnd dignified purpose In this great world." Clothespins boiled a few minutes and quickly dried, once or twice a mouth, become more durable. For sore throat try a compress of cold water. MISSISSIPPI DRIFTWOOD. A Boon to Many Poor People Who Live Along the Banka. A slight rise in the Mississippi up in Kentucky, said an old river man. is a blessing to many of the poorer classes of this city. A three-inch rise up above brings down a vast quantity of drift wood, and at the floating docks of the ferry landings great rafts are formed. Y'ou can see the boys every evening armed with long poles, with a spike in one end and a coil of rope at the other end, spearing the good pieces of timber just as a whaler harpoons a whale. They grow particularly expert, and l noticed one boy a day or two ago who could hit a log in the center the first throw and bring it to bauk. This meant a supply of fuel. Many of the parents of these little ones cannot buy the fuel necessary to keep them warm, and the river furnishes It sometimes and some times it does not. Much of the timber lias been freshly cut and left by the cutters over niglit, when the river comes along and lands It here. I saw two tine ash logs yes terday. enough to keep a family going for a week, and the water had scarcely soaked through the bark. Of planks there is a great plenty, and also some barrels and all kinds of things. The river is no respecter of timber or per sons for that matter, and brings down the farmer's barrel half filled with pork just as readily as a water-logged and useless trunk of a cypress tree, has often been a source of wonderment to me bow many people do actually live from tlie products of the river. I have never seen the figures as to what proportion of tlie population of the val ley subsist on fish and get their wood from the overflows. 1 have been from St. Paul to New Orleans several times, and at all of the river towns you will find the boys ready for the overflow season. This, however, applies more particularly to the section of the river below St. Louis. But all along there is the fishing industry, less of it here than elsewhere, because of the prox imity of salt water, but above here it is a flourishing business. Seeing the boys spearing logs re minds me of the case of a man who agreed to pay t lie negro 50 cents a day if he would collect driftwood for him. The negro worked faithfully, and the man was selling the timber at a big profit, of course. Finally, at the end of two years, after the white-man had grown too proud and too well off to work, the negro found lie had just the same right to the timber the white man had, and lie was the maddest crea ture in the boundaries of the United States. He is not over it yet. In fact, he was so disgusted he will not catch wood even for himself.—New Orleans Tlmes-Demoerat. The horse has no eyebrows. There are 4,500 muscles in the body of a moth. Thoroughbred dogs are less Intelli gent than mongrels. A full-grown elephant can carry three tons on Its back. The Dorking fowl is the only living bird which in its adult condition pos sesses a five-toed foot. Comparatively few horses attain to 17 hands, but Kansas boasts of one that measures 20 hands and weighs 2,412 pounds. The largest bird of prey In the old world is the lammergeier, or bearded vulture, which lias a wing expanse of nine to ten feet. Wasps may often be observed detach ing from fences, boards or any old wood the fibers which they afterward manufacture into papier mache. The smallest of British animals is the harvest mouse, which makes a globular nest In wheat fields. A full grown specimen weighs half an ounce. He Wanted to Go Back Home. There is something fascinating about the Swede. His honor and candor can not fail to appeal to those who study iiim and see in him a lineal descendant of Hengist and Horsa. The breezy breath of the brine clings to him. His generic name is Ole. One of these typi cal sons of the North came Into New York harbor a few days ago on board a bark. As he passed Bedlow's Island lie looked up at the statue of Liberty. A heavy fog hung over the harbor, and Ole looked around at the pall which hung over everything. "Und dot is Liperty undlightening de world!" He looked around dolefully. The fog was growing thicker and his mind seemed to revert to "The Land of the ! Midnight Sun." The bo'swain's whistle sounded, and Ole took his place on the bow, but those who were nenr enough ! to hear and comprehend his patois caught a stage whisper to this effect: "Und dis is New Y'ork! Take me pack to the midnight sun."—New Y'ork Post. A Word of Cheer. "Does your husband never compli ment you on your cooking?" "Sometimes," answered young Mrs. Torklns, with a little hesitation. "This morning I reminded him that I made the biscuit myself." "What did he say?" "He said that he was glad to hear It; that It was something in their fa vor that they weren't made by a trust" —Washington Star. Most people can write a better band than they do. This is an age of care Ussnesa. THE PICTURESQUE GREEK. Native Costume Suggestive of a High land Chief or a Ballet Dancer. William E. Curtiss, the American correspondent who is traveling in Eu rope. writes from Athens: At every railway station werecrowds of people, many of them in the pictur esque native costume, which is a cross between that of a ballet dancer and a Highland chieftain. The kilts are white cotton, accordion plaited, and worn over white woolen tights, with black garters below the knee. The shoe or slipper is shaped like a Turkish caique, without a heel and curling up over the toe like an old-fashioned skate, having a large rosette or pompon silk or black cotton upon the tip of it. The jacket 1* beautifully embroidered, for the house dress in gold, for the street costume in braid, and is sleeveless and open in front. The sleeves of white cotton are full and flowing, and the front of the shirt is plaited. The collar is a stiff circlet, embroidered with gold thread or braid, the girdle is of leather, and sometimes a sort of shawl that Is quite bulky. A Greek gentleman in full dress or a servant In complete livery will wear a pistol and two or three daggers the tire ed A GREEK IN NATIVE COSTUME. stuck in between his belt nnd his shirt front in a handy sort of way. The peasant wears a leathern belt, with a sheathed dagger or a pouch over the pit of his stomach from which the handles of a knife and a revolver usu ally protrude. The Greek still wears the red Phrygian cap upon bis head, and the tnssel tiangs down upon his shoulder in an artistic pose. A "well-groomed Greek" is the most picturesque looking object in Europe. There is no costume that will compare with his. but. like all other national peculiarities, it is gradually becoming pbsolete. You see It in the country towns of the interior, but In the cities very few people wear It except old fashioned gentlemen and the servant class. The aristocracy dress their ser vants in that way, making It a sort of livery, and that practice, I am told, has made It unpopular among the mechan ics and the working classes generally, because they fear people will mistake them for household servants. LAST SHOT OF THE CIVIL WAR. Capt. 8. H. Barton, a Texan, Claims He Fired It. "I alone, sire, am the rear guard of the grand army!" exclaimed Marshal y of -c I-« '■■■'' *he last shot at the Cossacks on the banks of the Ber isino, in the re treat of Napoleon from his disas trous campaign in Russia. When a line of Confederate cav ilry was slowly retiring from the field on I he plains of Brazos Suptl i.. * I. i.-.i.. ago in Texas, where the blue and gray had met In deadly encounter for the last time, a soldier turned in his saddle, and after repeating tin* words of the great French marshal, lie threw his gun to his shoul der and fired. It proved to be the last shot of the last battle, and it was cer tainly tlie last slot of the long war. The man who describes this event and who claims he is entitled to tlie dis .inction contained iu being its central figure is S. 11. Barton, of Del Rio, In western Texas, where he owns a fine ranch. He was a captain in the Con federate army, and he was held in high esteem by his superiors and dearly loved by the brave Texaus, whose dan gers and privations lie shared on the march and iu tlie trenches where balls fell like hail. Promotion sought him many times after the smoke of battle had cleared from a red field and sol diers were talking of his dauntless I courage, hut he preferred to serve with ! the comrades of his boyhood. The story of that last battle, which was iought on tlie 13th of May, 18tir>, after tlie war was ended and peace de clared. has escaped tlie attention that it merits, for it was an affair of no lit tle Importance. Gen. Egbert Brown, who recently died at West Plains. Mo., was in command of the Federal troops in southern Texas, and lie was doubt less well informed concerning the termination of hostilities. Gen. J. E. Slaughter, who commanded the Con fedaret troops encamped at Brazos Santiago, had heard rumors of the sur render of the armies commanded by Lee, Johnson and other generals, but he had received no official notice of these facts from tlie War Department Gen. Brown, under a flag of truce. In formed the Conf «niera tes of the state of affairs about Washington and Rich mond, at the same time Inviting them to come In and lay down their arma, aa the war was certainly over. a Gen. Slaughter refused to net In an affair of such importance until he was better informed. Thereupon Col. Bar ret, at the head of a considerable force, was dispatched to break up the rebel camp. A hot battle ensued, nnd curi ously enough, most of the lighting was done on the old field of Palo Alto, where Gen Taylor achieved a victory over the Mexicans nearly twenty years before. The French soldiers encamped on the southern shore of the Rio Grande were in sympathy with the southerners, and they kept Gen. Slaughter and Col. Rip Ford posted ns to the movements of the Federal troops. Several spirited encounters occurred and the loss sus tained by some of the negro regiments must have been severe. While the bat tle raged the Confederates were fre quently informed by some bold cavalry men in blue that the war was over. One daring fellow shouted: "Lee sur rendered a month ago. The war is ended. Why don't you go home?" When the engagement was hottest Gen. Slaughter received dispatches and the French sent him a bundle of news papers. Fully satisfied that the cause for which they were fighting was for ever lost, he ordered the firing to cease. At that particular moment neither side could have claimed any advantage over the other, hut both armies began to re tire from the field at the same time. As Capt. S. H. Barton, in eommnnd of the rear guard, was slowly riding away a stray ball struck a young man by his side and be fell from his saddle. That was certainly the last man killed in the long war. Capt. Barton was unable to recall his nnme. "I thought that was hard luck," says the old soldier. "The young man had served four years and never got a scratch. The last bullet that came our way killed him. Prompt ed more by a spite at fate than bitter ness toward the enemy, I turned in my saddle and fired toward a dark blue line which I hope was out of range. That was certainly the last shot of the great war." MINISTER WU LIVES IN STATE. Chinese Legation One of the Fiuest in Washington. One of the handsomest of the foreign legations in Washington Is the Chi nese, located at Q and 18th streets. The house has long been considered one of the show places of Washington and its fine location and beautiful arch itecture make it most imposing. It is of white Indiana stone, with red tile roof. The hallway is of oak, with a large stone frieze, and from it one en ters the large reception room known as the onyx room, which Is distinctly oriental in character. Farther on is the parlor, finished in light woods and decorated and finished in delicate col ors. When the Chinese minister moved into the house he added much of his own furniture and ornaments, brought from China, to the various v. TUE CHINESE LEGATION. ly I ! aa apartmeuts. He converted the oriental room into a veritable Chinese apart ment, nnd in this room tin* minister and Mrs. Wu receive their guests, where tea is invariably served. One | of tlie most prominent features of this room is the "Uang" or seat of honor, a large aud magnificently carved piece of teak wood furniture resembling somewhat a large settee, with a black ebony table or tray across the center. The custom is to give the guest of honor one of the seats on tlu* divanlike chair while the minister takes the oth er. and tea is served on the little tray. One of ihe handsomest rooms in the building is the immense ballroom, and is considered tlie finest in Washington. —1 1 *.« It is finished iu carved stone, with a | balcony for musicians and an immense 1 space for dancing. ! -- j New Use for Cinders. ; George F. Averill, living at Arverae. j L. !.. says that he has discovered a ; means of using tlie waste coal ash ein ders that will make tlie hitherto use- | less material of great commercial j ^ value. The use which Mr. Averill has ' found for these coal ashes is in a new ; kind of fire-proof mortar, DO per cent of which is made up of coal ashes and the rest double hydraulic cement. Mr. 1 Averill has had tests made under the supervision of tlie department of build ings in Manhattan, which show that tlie insulating properties of a block constructed according to Mr. AveriU's specifications are very great. A Question of Climate. An old colored preacher was telling Ids congregation that after death they would probably go to the moon. After ' - meeting one of the best informed of the brethren said to him: "Br'er J inkins, don't you know dat de moon is oof ez ice, on ain't got no fire 'tall in it?" "Br er Thomas." replied the parson, "ef hit's fire you a-wnutin', des keep on in de way you gwine en you can't miss It."—Atlanta Constitution. New Word for Indian. Prof. W. J. McGee of the bureau of ethnology has coined the term Amerind to designate the American Indian, and It has been officially adopted by the bureau. Five Presidents of the United State* have been of Scotch-Irisb descent If Mamma—Never put off until to-mor row what you can do to-day. Johnny Well, then. I ll eat the rest of the pie now. A Rising Man: "And have you no am bition to rise iu the world?" "Sure, ma'am! I'm a porch climber."—Cleve land Plain Dealer. Thrown together: Egbert — Know her? Filbert — Yes. Egbert-Qutte well? Filbert—We were thrown to gether from the same automobile.— Judge. "You say O'Hannagan leaves the or phans' home a large legacy?" "Bedad, it's purty^ large." . "How much?" "Twelve children an' a goat, begorra." —Tit-Bits. Towne—I see Gasman had to pay Miss Koy $25,000 for breach of prom ise. Browne—Yes, and now he's trying to marry her for her money.—Philadel phia Press. An expensive luxury: Mr. O'Toole (entering doctor's office)—Shure, doctor, Oi think Oi have appindicitls. Dr. Smith—Nonsense, man! You haven't money enough for that.—Judge. Doubtless she was: Mrs. Browne— And who is the president of your club now, Mrs. Malaprop? Mrs. Malnprop (proudly)—1 am the present encum brance. just now.— Philadelphia Press. "John," she said, "do you think you can afford a new gown for me?" He looked at her sharply. "Have you or dered it?" he asked. "Yes." "Then," lie said, "1 can afford it."—Chicago Post. Conversation of Energy: "Y'ou say you never gossip?" "Never," answered Miss Cayenne; "when I feel disposed to hear my neighbors discussed, I mere ly mention a name nnd proceed to listen."—Washington Star. Dobbs—You ought to do something for that cold of yours. A noylected cold often leads to serious conse quences. Mobbs—This one is not neg lected. Four or five hundred of my friends are looking after it. Mr. Wise—Johnny, can you tell me why the little hand on my watch goes faster than the big one? Johnny (after mature reflection»—Papa. Isn't it for tlie same reason that 1 liave to run when 1 go walking with you?—Ex change. Parvenue —I hear the Newriches claim to lie better off than we are. Mrs. Parvenu«*—That's perfectly ridicu lous. Everybody knows we have more money. Why, we receive over twlco as many begging letters as they do.— Town Topics. Lieutenant (to his servant)— "John, I understand you nre making love to my colonel's cook?" Servant-"Y'es. lieu tenant." Lieutenant—"! am Invited to dinner there, and 1 want you to see to it that I get something decent to oat; do you understand?"— Fliegende Blat ter. "Oh. come now, 1 s'y!" exclaimed the Britisher. "Y ou must admit that we'ro ahead of you iu a grite many w'ys." "In one great particular I admit you are." said the Yankee. "And that is?" "Time. It s 8 o'clock in London, and it's only 3 here."—Philadelphia Rec ord. Too Much for Him: Civil Service Ex aminer (very sternly, to Erastus Smith, colored, who aspires to the office of mail carrier)—How far is it from the eartti to the moon? Erastus (in terror) | —Golly, boss! ef yo's gwlne to put mo dat route 1 don't want de job.— Judge. The Prima Donna (after the first act) —1 won't go on again unless that box party makes less noise! 1 nearly had hysterics! The Manager tin surprise)— 1 didn't hear any noise. Tlie Prima Donna—You didn't? Why. they en cored that upstart of a contralto four times!—Puck. Plausible Enough: Ascutn—How did you make out witli that storj you sent *.« the Klaptrap Magazine? Scribbler _uejected. 1 fancy it was too clever, Ascum—Too clever? Scribbler— Y'es. I suppose they were afraid it would dts- tract attention from their advertising pa g e s.—Philadelphia Press. WUat , g ln a Name: Teas-I've wrlt ; ^ Mame W oodby an invitation to my ' j BUpposet 1 must. Jess—Yes. but | '- ve spe lled her name "M-a-m-e." j ^ t>ss _ That * s s0 . She spells it "M-a-y ' ^ p „ doosn * t 8 i ie ? Jess—Ob, no; she did three months ago; but it's "M-a-1 ; 1 g-h-m-e" now.—Philadelphia Press . "John," she whispered, "there's a burglar in the parlor. He just bumped against the piano and struck several keys." "You don't say! I'll go right down." said he. "Oil. John, don't do anything rush!" "Rash? \Y by. I'm going to help him. You don't suppose he can remove that piano from the house without assistance, do you?"— Philadelphia Press. Bargain Day: Just after her hus band had arrived at the hospital his wife regained consciousness. "Did she get it?" the wife asked feebly. "Get what, dear?" he answered, bending over her. "Why, that last yard of rib bon marked down from ten cents; l saw it first, and made up my mind the other woman should not have it with out- a struggle."—Ohio State Journal. ••Now mat you have frittered away your money," said the stern father, "before the quarter is half gone, iou come to me for more!" "Father." re plied the profligate young college siu dent, with as close an imitation or a dry soli as he could put up. "I may have clam-ehowdered aud grid.Ile-eaked some of it away, but 1 haven't frittered one cent of IL so help me Mrfriuu Liar laud!"—Chicago Tribune.