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TSSS3 ADVOOAT3, WOMAN AND HOME. IN EMINENTLY PRACTICAL ENGLISH MATRON AT HOME. tolioky Babies Beauty In Women Why Women Live Longer Than Men Ad vocating the Greek Dress Baby's Dally Bath The Southern Girl. It is indeed refreshing in those fin do siecle days of feminine fads and foibles to find a woman pre-eminently domestic a veritable home body, if you please who believes it is nobler to mold a human heart than to mold in clay, to dabble in crayons or to "giggle, gabble, gobble" at social functions. On this account the wife of the distinguished London reformer and journalist, Mr. William T. Stead, is all the more interesting. Doubtless no more striking exemplifica tion of radicalism and conservatism may be found than In the commodious, hedge encircled country home at Wimbledon, England, widely known as Cambridge House. It is the abode of that distinctive man of affairs, who, in his loyal defense of a principle, suffered incarceration in a London jail, and his demure, diffident wife, who finds her chief delight in the quiet retirement of the fireside. Though Mr. and Mrs. Stead are by nature diamet rically opposed, they are congenial comple ments of each other's life and love. For a time Mrs. Stead assisted her hus band in his journalistic affairs, but her life has, for the most part, been lived In private. Her time and her talents are de voted to the Interesting family of four eons and two daughters, and In this happy household 6he reigns as the beloved and honored queen of hearts. To personally supervise the education of this interesting flock, Eomotimcs pursuing a branch of study with them, Mrs. Stead considers her highly happy prerogative. In a word, 6ho makes their interests her all absorbing theme of thought. Herein she finds woman's sphere, so called. Phil anthropic work in her church, affairs of the Bristol orphanage and the Salvation Army constitute a diversion. She enter tains hut few frlonds and indulges only in a semloccasionnl outing. Her life is given to the preparation of six other lives for a creditable rolo on tho stage of life. In appearance Mrs. Stead is unassum ing. Of medium stnturo, her face has a sweet, sympathetic expression that invari ably attracts. Her eyes are blue, her com plexion fair, and her hair waves into a simplo stylo of coiffure. Modest in man ner, unpretentious in dress, she is a typ ical example of an English gentlewoman. Colicky Babies. Humorous allusions to "colicky babies" are never fully appreciated until tho con dition is observed in each individual's own offspring, and then somehow tho hu morous Bldo 13 gone, for of all rest disturb ing ailments colic takes tho lead. Overfeeding Is a prollflo causo, and very often by reducing tho food supply the ail ment disappears of itself, but some quali ties of the milk will produce colic, so that it is as well to have a cure ready. It near ly always comes at night, but cannot be timed invariably, for if the mother or nurse count on a couple of hours of rest through the day it is just as likely to ar rive then. "Total depravity" can be ap plied to collo as well as other things. The symptoms are sudden, piercing cries and contraction of the legs. Some attacks are very severe, whllo others are mild. Catnip tea and paregoric, the rem edies of our grandmothers, are of little use, for they only soothe without expell ing the wind which causes the disturbance. Drops and cordials are. useless for the Bame reason. Peppermint was about the only thing then used whloh removed the cause, and that was made to stupefy by adding laudanum. The remedy now in vogue, with uni formly good results, is soda mint. The tablets are sold extensively for indigestion, I but a liquid form is tho best for babes. Get a 10 per cent solution, and for a child up to a month old take one-half spoonful of mint to three of warm water, slightly sweetened. Increase the doso with age. The effect of this simple remedy in most cases is almost magical. The wind is thrown off in an incredibly 6hort time, and the after effect Is to soothe the nerves, so that sleep comes swiftly In its train. There Is nothing deleterious In its compo sition, for the 6olo ingredients are carbon ate soda, ammonia and pip. menthol. Enough water, must be added to kill the tacte of tho soda, which is very disagree Hot applications to the stomach are of first Importance In this complaint. Flan nel bands heated at the fire or wrung out of hot water, hot salt wrapped In flannel or a hot water bottle next the skin all help a speedy cure, but no medicine is lasting. With attention to the diet the number and duration of attacks may become shorter, but it will very likely be three months be fore they subside. Kennott Wood In St Louis Republic. Beauty In Women. What constitutes a beautiful woman, the woman of whom Amiel wroto, "I am always waiting for the woman who shall be capable of taking entire possession of my soul." This question Is among the most fasci nating, and the answers are as variant as the dispute is interesting. All types of physical attraction are quoted favorably. Tall and short, dark and fair, alert and languid, plump and diaphanous, every light of women's eyes and depth of their shade and tint of their color are urged upon us. And physical beauty is a part of wom an's attraction, but It Is the least part The soul which breathes through the mar ble of the Greek's conception in "Venus" or "Minerva" is the loftier and surer charm. Poeta and painters who hav6 triumphed In representing woman's beauty havo made her spiritual element predominant. 0 they should, for It is not less than an nsult to woiuaa to repiuanut nur merely as one would a handsome animal. When the sovereign beauty of soul and body happens to meet in one personality, ihat woman Is indeed a realized ideal, but wen though the classical outlines are wanting and the "white and red" of youth bave faded into the lapso of passing years a good woman Is the truly lovely, and there are myriads of women who move, like suns in the firmament, governing, in fluencing, attracting In their own homes homes made radiant beyond knowlcdg? by the light streaming from their sweet lives. God did not create his noblest work In such scarcity as to tantalize men be cause of their fewness in number. Thi man who knows a truly lovely woman when he sees her need not wander through life an illustration of the Platonio legend of two halves seeking each other and never meeting. He will meet his counterpart, and together they shall be fitly joined, but many men do not possess sufficient peno tratlon to choose aright, and then, alack, we know what follows I Gifts of soul first, of mind next, of body next this Is the divine order in judging woman's attractions. New York Ledger. Why Women Live Longer Than Men. Women appear to have an advantage over men in long living. Statistics recent ly collected by Professor Humphrey of England in his work on "Old Age" shows that, as usual, in records of longevity, the women preponderate over the men in spite of many disadvantages they have to con tend with, such as the dangers Incidental to child bearing and diseases associated therewith. Ho attributes this to the com parative Immunity of women from many exposures and risks to which man is sub ject Temperance in eating and drinking, also freedom from anxieties in reference to labor and business, are on the side of the female sex. No woman writer has yet taken up the subject, I believe, whloh 6eems odd, as fe male physicians are now a necessity of modern times. It has been often stated and is probably true that the principal au thors on the subject of longevity have been physicians, who, as a rule, do not reach the standard In age of the average man. Galen is said to have lived to his one hundred and fortieth year, but the statement is not credited nowadays. Hip pocrates died at 104, which is not doing any better than many day laborers of our times. Rochefoucauld, that wise and ob servant Frenchman, said that "few people know how to be old," he perhaps thinking himself one of them, though he died at the age of 67. In some of its aspects noth ing seems to bo more capricious and eccen tric than the law In regard to longevity. Firstborn children, and also those born out of wedlock, were formerly believed to be more likely to live longer than any other. The offspring of centenarians, if they would only intermarry with their class, might in time Eurpass all other peo ple In length of years, but if human beings will not take the trouble that the careful breeders of horses and other animals do they cannot expect to go much over a cen tury. William Klnnear In North Amer ican Review. Advocating the Greek Dress, dress, you lose ilghf 67 anotherobjectlon, or rather defect, in It for our requirements. It leaves the neck too bare. Urbane I should have said that that is one of its great merits. The spring of the neck from the shoulders Is one of the characteristic beauties of the human fig ure a beauty which the old Greek dress displayed. L. Yes, and the old Greek dress was no doubt suited to the old Greek life and to the climate where it was lived, but it would not suit our ways and our climate to have the neck bare all day and all the year. U. Surely it is very much a matter of habit, which may bo altered. I have heard my mother say that in her youth the col lar of a woman's gown was arranged to show the collar bones of the wearer, even in morning costume. I don't know that there were any more colds or sore throats then than now. L. I suspect there were more among women. And it is pretty certain, I believe, that the craze for "classical" dress in our grandmothers' days, during which women went about decollete and bare armed, in flimsy clothes and wintry weather, result ed in a great increase of lung and throat ailments. U. On the other hand, I have been told that doctors strongly disapprove the muf fling up of the throat with "boas" and fur tippets now so much in vogue. L. True, but does not our argument, as usual, tend to recommend the just me dium which is always the safest way? Let there bo neither excess nor deficiency iu the amount of clothing worn. Nineteenth Century. Baby's Daily Bath. The most sacred rite in a household which boasts a baby 13 the baby's dally bath. It should be conducted with due ceremony, and not with haste, splashing and squealing. The tub, which may be of porcelain, tin, wood or rubber, should be placed on a broad bench high enough to savo the mother from much bending. The baby will appreciate having a straight backed mother when he grows up even more than he will a low bath in his infan cy. The tub should not be too deep and should be largo enough to allow tho baby to kick without knocking his feet against the sides. The water should be about the tempera ture of the baby's blood, which is about 93 degrees F. Thermometers placed in a ring of cord can be bought, which float In tho water and prevent the danger of a mistake in temperature. Care must be taken to place the bathtub out of the way of drafts. A screen placed around the tub Is a safeguard not to be despised. The sponges used for the body should always bo the softest and finest procurable and tho soap plain and pure castlle is the best and baby himself should be scrub bed from the crown of his bald head to his rose petal feet till he 'looks like a pin cherub and then wrapped in a warm Turkish towel and rubbed briskly, if his little.constitution will allow of such treat ment An alcohol rub makes the skin hard and the baby strong. After the bath, breakfast, a flannel wrapper and a nap for baby, and tho little rub, the sponges and all other accessories of the baby's toilet should be washed out thoroughly and placed in the air and sunshine to dry. New York News. The Southern Girl. There is one point at least where the southern girl is the superior of her visit ors, and that is In her relation to her own sex, says a writer in tho Boston Herald. Let a strange girl como Into a eouthern ballroom or reception or afternoon tea, and she will find herself surrounded with a spirit of friendliness and welcome. Even the ordeal of the dressing room Is turned from a trial to a privilege. She will find ind faces to look plea&antly at her and kind hands ready to render her any little service, quite independent of the question as to whether they know who she is or not She will find that she is not stared at, either, with approval or severity. If her gown is beautiful, there will be no vulgar curiosity about it, and if it is dowdy or ugly there will be no supercilious criticism of glance. Contrast all this with the manner that obtains in a dressing room in tho north, and the advantage will un doubtedly be on the southern side. In her manner of treating the opposite sex the southern girl has also her own way. She Is more free and easy undoubt edly, but a close study of her will reveal the fact that she is more apt to put a man on his honor than her sisters of other sec tions are. She is so unsuspicious of the pos sibility of danger that that very fact great ly decreases tH danger, Tht Jtst tyj of southern girls may "do In publlo wTSat a northern girl would consider fast, but the chances are that her private actions would contradict such an impression. She has the southern attribute of spon taneous feeling and warmth of heart, and this will always be found stronger In het than conventionality. Mrs. Hawthorne's Happiness. I am glad you can dwell upon my lot with unalloyed delight," for certainly if ever -there were a felicitous one it is mine. Unbroken, immortal love surrounds and pervades me. We have extraordinary health, in addition to more essential ele ments of happiness. My husband tran scends my best dream, and no one but I can tell what he must be, therefore. When I have climbed up to him, I think I shall find myself in the presence of the shining ones, for I can only say that every day he rises upon me like a sun at midnoon. And then such children, and now the prospect of means to buy bread, and a little cake tool I have written on, and the sun had set, and the moon has risen and reveals the fine sculpture of nature. Una and Ju lian and Baby Rose are all in profound re pose. Not a round can be heard but my pen strokes and the ever welcome voice ol the cricket, which seems expressly created to announce silence and peace. If a mur derer would compose his ear sufficiently to listen to the chirp of a cricket, do you think he could then go and kill his broth erf I believe he could not, but it needs a sense unthickened by outrageous passion to hear God's crickets. It even needs a mind unburdened with care. From 4,Th Hawthornes In Lenox" In Century. Face Lotions. It is often a mistake for a woman to use certain face lotions because they seem to agree with and improve the skin of some other woman. A dry skin requires one kind of treatment, a very oily skin an other, and even the different features of the same face different treatment. A Frenchwoman thinks that our country women are slow to remember or think of this difference. She says: "If the skin be of good quality on all the face, with the exception of the nose, and the latter se cretes too much oil, a bath with a sponge dipped in borax water will keep the nose in better condition, while the rest of the face would be injured and dried by borax. The wrinkles about the eyes may bo sue cessfully treated with cocoa butter, while for the other features that treatment might bo harmful. Every woman may try for herself the action of harmless cosmetics, but they should be used sparingly." New York Post. Massachusetts Law For Widows. The following is the law In Massachu setts regulating the estates of husoandl who die without having made a will: If a man dies intestate, his widow takes: First. Real estate: One-third for life in all real estate, except wild land. If there are no children, 6he takes $5,000 of his real estato absolutely and one-half of the rest of his real estate for life. If there are no children nor kindred, she takes the wholo absolutely. She also has the right to occupy the home for 40 days after the husband's death without rent. Second. Personal property: Provisions for 40 days and a widow's allowance, to be made by the court. If there Is issue, the widow takes one-third. If there is no issue, 6he takes all up to $5,000 and one half the excess above $10,000. If there are no Issue nor kindred, she takes all. Furniture. Let no piece of furniture be bought that is not6olid and of honest strength and durability. The parlor table may be plain, but let It be so genuine that when pros perous days come, and it is relegated to the sitting room, nursery or sewing room to give place to its more elegant successor, It may yet be useful and substantial. As nearly as possible buy every bit of furni ture with the idea that, it is to last your lifetime and try to choose such pieces as will be comfortable and satisfactory 20 years hence. Scratches and marks that use always brings can be "dressed out" of good wood, but ill shaped pieces will bean aunoyance. Decorator and Furnisher. How many women there are who, sensi ble in every matter, belong to the extremely silly class of femininity which fears to tell its aRe! There is far more glory in being a girlish looking woman of 85 than an elderly looking woman of 25. If you don't believe oyster or clam shells put against the bricks of a furnace or range are a remedy for clinkers, just try them once, and you will be convinced of tii truth of the eft repeated statement.