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1899. THE ADVOCATE AND NEWS. FOR 7 JJ THE WOMEN OF THE FAMILY I I l Every woman should read Miss Vida Scudder'a new book, "Social Ideals in Eng lish Literature." It ifl a fascinating study and the amount of real knowlodgo gained from it is truly wonderful. It can be sent for by anyone (Boston: Houghton, Mifllin & Co., $1.75)and should be in every houac- 1iold. THE OLD STORY. When the dew la all a-spurkllnR, In the meadow by the brook. And young lovers urone a-larklng In some quiet, sheltered nook; Then the moon Is Just a-lauRhlnR, At "what fools these mortals be; " Still the younff folks keep a-smacklng, Though the frogs creep out to see. Now the crickets start a-chlrplng, While the leaves all blink and smile, And tho brook Roes on a-creeplnir. Though he's looking all the while. They have witnessed scores o' woolngs, And they know they mustn't speak, So the young things keep a-coolng In the meadow by tho creek. Call for Help From the Red Cross. Clara Barton is pursuing with undying energy her great work for the Bick. She has undertaken the tank of getting a hos pital for civilians established at Havana. 'I'll is is for tho homeless and sick, and would be a haven to many far from home. When we consider the suffering in Cuba, from utter lack of care or a place to be cared for in, surely wc are ready to give some assistance, be it ever so small. In founding this hospital the Rod Cross Society is depending entirely upon the help of the American people. They must not ilnd us lacking in the trust they put in us. Some little thing can be done by everyone. Besides funds there will be needed medi cines, delicate food for the sick, and whole some strength-giving tood for the conva lescent (work for some woman who knows how to make the dainty, appetizing jellies). Then clothing and bedding will be greatly needed. In fact, there is work enough for us all, and let us respond to Clara Barton's call. She says: "The Bed Cross is now establishing in Cuba, at the request of the government, a hospital service to assist in the care of the sick and homeless people of the island. In the Philippines, owing to the active opera tions now being conducted by the American army, and the approach of the rainy sea son in the tropics, we are increasing the hospital staff already there, assisting in the care of the sick and wounded. "If the generous people of your commu nity wish to take part in the work, and if service rendered by the Red Cross during the Spanish-American Avar has commended itself to you, may I ask that you will kindly explain our present mission, and ask their co-operation and support T" I would also be glad to hear from you per sonally and to receive from you any sug gestion." Surely the Red Cross service has been above reproach, and we can best show our gratitude by doing all in our power to help this noble woman to fit up a hospital and thus care for the sick and suffering. Secretary of War has said in his instruc tions to the War Department: "You will give instructions to the officers in command of United States transports to offer every facility practicable for the transportation on Government transports to Cuba and return, of members of the Red Cross, who come with proper creden tials from the society; also for the trans portation by our transports of Red Cross supplies for Cuba, where such transporta tion will not interfere with the best inter ests of the service." A Talk With the Girls. I once heard a young married woman say: "I can't darn, so my husband's socks have to be thrown away because he won't wear them with holes in." Well, I don't blame him do you? Take warning, girls, and learn to darn. Be an all round house keeper and you have something a college does not teach. Then there is another thing, girls, that a great many college bred girls know noth ing of; that is cooking. Something every girl should know. It is an art, and a very necessary one, too. Suppose you had a home of your own, and if you had no girl and could not cook, what would you do? Don't let yourself be put in bucIi a posi tion. I have been thinking, my dear girls, if 1 could have a letter from you occasionally, it would be such a help to me to know about some of your thoughts. Tell mo your ambitious, your sorrows, in fact all about yourselves. Let me know what you are reading and we can enjoy our talks on books. I want so much to be in touch with the girls who read this page, and how can I if none of them write to me! Your letters will not be published, but I feel sure you could give me some very good ideas. I know of a girl who feels that she knows nothing unless she has been to college. That is a great mistake. While a college education is much desired, yet some of our greatest writers and thinkers never went a day to college. Must you remain ig norant because you can't get to college? Not at all ; you can read and you can see, then make the most of your time and study at home. I know one courageous girl who greatly desires to be a writer, and she has alread written some very good stories. But she has not even been through high school and cannot go because she has to take care of her sick mother. But with true bravery she says in writing to me: "I will not give up. 1 mean to make a name for myself." I have no doubt she will make it. She does not shun hard work, and she is studying hard by herself. So many girls are fitting themselves for some kind of work, and it is a plausible idea. It is a terrible thing to think of marrying just to be taken care of; it is only a form of slavery. But so many fields of work are open to women now that some thing can be found for all. 1 have often wondered why some girls did not get together and make the work of a hired girl mean something. Lift it up to its proper level. Surely the girl who enters a home and docs all the cooking is entitled to much consideration. It is not so de grading a work, is it? Then give it its proper place, and make it a lofty calling. All over the country cries are coming of how few good girls can be found for house work. They don't care how they do their duties and seem to take no interest in the family they are serving. Some day this will be altered, and housework will be con sidered preferable to standing behind a counter all day. ard Whitney, "Outsidea" by Mr. Robert W. Chambers, and Mr. Harold Jrednc s last book, "The Market Place." Odds and En 1s for Women. There is nothing so beautiful to see as a perfect friendship between two women. There is really nothing so rare as such a friendship. The ex-Empress of Germany, Friedrich, is a great lover of flowers and possesses a thorough knowledge of raising them. She has a large nursery garden of roses and sells them for decorative purposes. Miss Cassini, niece of the Russian Ambas sador, is said to have mastered the Chinese language. This is a rare accomplishment, as it is exceedingly hard to learn, and to do so takes endless study and thought. That the American women are making themselves felt in London is apparent from the new club just formed there. It is called tho Society of American Women in London. It is a social club, and some very elegant receptions are to be given. A large fair or bazar is soon to be given in Lon don, at which the American women will assist. Few people ever reach their ideals; nev ertheless, it is the having of an ideal which spurs them on. "Hitch your wagon to a star," though you fall flat on your back in the mud in some of the first attempts. The new way of spelling is much easier when one becomes accustomed to it. It is really spelling from sound, and "through" is spelled "t-h-r-u," which is just as it sounds. "Thorough" is spelled "t-h-o-r-o," and "though," "t-h-o." All that Wilhelmina, Queen of Holland, does is of interest to the women. She is a charming young ruler, though very fond if having her own way. She has always been delighted in the stage and a few years ago had a theater built for her own use. Here she performs with her friends and lakes great pleasure in it. At the annual meeting of the Pennsylva nia State Federation it was decided to form a Federation Traveling Club. This is for the purpose of arranging for the trip abroad in l'JOO. It is hoped that a largo number will join this club, as the expense will be much less this way. It is the first time such a club has been formed, but if this succeeds it will be a permanent thing. A very nice way of fixing potatoes comes from a reader of the Advocate and News. Bake as many potatoes as needed and when done open one end and take out all the inside. Mash well, add cream, a little but ter and salt; stuff the skins with this and put in tho oven just long enough for the open end to become brown. The potatoes are then ready for serving. They arc soft, creamy and hot. Some of the latest books are "The Con founding of Camelia" by Anna Douglas Sedgwick, "No 5 John Street" by Mr. Rich- It was the good fortune of the writer to be able to go to Kanfias City recently and hear that great singer, Mclba, in Faust. Her rendcrim? of "Marmierito" was with out fault. When she sang, the audience were held spell bound and her tones seemed to linger in the air even when she had ceased siii'Miic. Then bursts of annlause followed and time after time she was called back to bow to her admirers. Some say Melhn. is losini? her nower. but years must rious singer will fail to enthrall any audience. The very latest thing in dressing sacqucs is a Japanese affair. They hang loose from the neck, and down the front and around the neck double faced satin ribbon is used for a finish. Tho sleeves arc long and flow ing, finished off with ribbon. These can be easily made, and any pretty thin ma terial can be used. $100 REWARD, $100. The readers of this paper will be pleased to learn that there is at least one dreaded disease that science has been able to cure in all its stages and that is Catarrh. Hall's Catarrh Cure is the only positive cure now known to the medical fraternity. Catarrh being a constitutional disease, requires a constitutional treatment. Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internally, acting directly upon tho blood and mucous surfices of the system, thereby destroying the foundation of tho disease, and giving tho patient strength by building up tho constitution and assisting nature in doing its work. The proprietors have so much faith in its curative powers, that they offer One Hun dred Dollars for any case that it fails to cure. Send for list of testimonials. Address, F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo, Ohio. Sold by druggists, 75 cents. A Few Late Styles. The foulards still remain fashionable. Pretty, fancy little capes for spring wear are found in stock now. On the most sylish are high shirred collars. A very pretty shirt waist is made with a rounded yoke of white, tucked or plain. This makes the waist quite dressy. White shirt waists are to bo greatly worn; they are tucked, and wide insertion is used. It is rumored that the pompadour is going out and the fashion of parting the hair coming in again. However this may be, the ladies who find the pompadour most becoming will cling to it for some time yet. Though Easter has passed and it is time for spring gowns and hats, the weather seems determined to keep out winter furs an hats. But when the sun shines warm and soft again the bright pretty things will appear. The Eton jacket has found a very popu lar place also. These jackets are made of pique and wash materials. This causes uni versal rejoicing among the ladies, as not only can they be worn with shirt waists, but all kinds of pretty fronts. Now that every woman has just satisfied her soul with a pretty little buckle to hold her stock, Dame Fashion says that two little cut steel buckles are to be. used. They are placed in front a little apart and the ends of the ribbon are left out. Purple holds its Dooularitv with milli ners. Some of the most beautiful hats are entirely of this trying color. One milliner in a large city had her window entirely decorated with it every hat, every flower and silk was purple. It made a very beau tiful window. OUT GOODS 119 CHICAGO v -"Hs;? v, V , II ( 'l! it'l ' ":!:" tJBSJtStilMi I'll, l Have you tried the Catalogue system of buying EVERYTHING you use at Wholesale Prices? We can save you 1 S to 40 per cent on your purchases. 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