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An Adornment of Childhood
Let's begin it "once upon a lime.":
and. needlcaa to remark, a loni: tlmo
ago. Hliie?: it makea It much more In->
torcstlng and sounds like- the most ap?
proved und fascinating "never ?never-1
end" story. You ulways like to shut
your eyes and think of the tin can
knlghta and flowing blue salin sweet
hearts for whom the patiently twang?
ed on lutes, and similar Instruments
known to fume in that dBy, besides
Slaying a couplo of dragons before
breakfast, as continuing on somewhere
out into space in their drafiy old cas?
tles und attendance on Spanish war?.
Thus It Is with affairs of childhood.
But to return from the chase of but?
terflies and auch, and start all over
again. I am wondering If you reilly
wore. one. t,)0. it was the Insignia of
your childish Indiscretions and was
worn upon the chest on close te your
eroupy little throat as two safely pin
could, hold It The days of tue big
snow when you forgot your sum sh<" :-.
and another time- when you spell I the
day in the country and in trying to
follow your fleeter friend, tanoed in
the middle of the cre<-k ln<U-ad of safe,
ly on the other side. Of course, you
never told any one about It, and sat
huddled all tiny in your freezing wet
clothea steaming In front of the tire
and were, entirely overcome whet your
?t?te of nilnd and mouth that would
not shut Utero dlscovi r< o
Then, they put !? on. It was several
Inches square and m?d< of flannel and
soaked in oil an.) i>u article chronicled
In tilt- book of simple remedies ai milt
ton mid. As long as the cold snap con
llnued yop wen held on the lip o?
some kindly soul and well toasted
In front >>t the lire night and morning
and that dreadful plaster was careful?
ly pinned to the front of every frock
you put on. Some turn- later it would
b. announced that your cold having
Mood every test known t? ? this cooli
and a solemn assembly of dlslntctestcl
relatives, the plaster should have a
tiny piece cut from It every day, and
at the end of a certain time the plus
were removed and you "lost" i* olf.
'Mils article of your wearing apparel
having become greatly reduced In ids'
It was a sensation absolutely Indcscrlb.
able?that of "losing" your p.aster
Ehey got to be 'miniate friends, and
your personal feelings concernlnK th?
little patch of Hann'1 directly across
your throat was something akia to a
mingled pride and affection. Probably
the boy ucross lb- street didn't have
one one?at any rate lie hod not yet.
reached the stage of cutting tiny pieces
from it ( very morning.
0, I am sure that you have wo-n one,
and mutton suet lives in your memory
along with the halnioral with the red
knitted trimming on it, and it needs
only the jog of the faintest possible
thought to pull tin- string -In your
mind. Buck at once turn the pages In
our own little book. The tire burn*
warmly, there Is a drowsy sensation
of some one telling how "Jackson
made the Yankees skedaddle cut His
Valley," usd the bit of ilunnel ;s warm
?tf?insi our heart.
11 KENT WJTT.
Furniture Itcaovatlou*. .
Our grandmothers tell of hew they
Used to polish the beautiful old family
mahogany by frequent rubbing simply
with the tlat palm of the hard. No
lotions or polishers wer,, used, urilCSJ
one ?hnuid consldoi that time-honored
Ingredient known as "elbow greese,'
for surely a gooily quantity of this
vigorous compound must have been r<-.
quired In polishing thi big. old fash?
ioned pieces of mahogany by this pro
We now have many assistants in the
W"ii: of keeping our treasured heir?
looms blight and .-lean and glowing.
Housewives an learning quick meth?
ods of obtaining desired results, bv
taking note of the work of experts.
They have found that mahogany rose?
wood and black walnut should be tub
bed with Unseed oil or crude petroleum,
a very little being put on at a time,
and rubbed In thoroughly, unit! the
surface looks like a mirror. if the
rubbing la'done : bout once a month,
ipstcad of bring neglected to the pe?
riod of semi-annual house-cleaning, it
will not be at all difficult to *>-l a
good shine with very little rubbing;
but the ftrsl application may require
Any of the natural woods that are
not varnished can be polished In the
same way. Uut this plan will not do
for varnished.surface.'. A simple wash
Ins with -old water will lie bist for
these, itut if the varnished fUMtlture
(Continues to look 'dull and soiled, and
seems to require soap, bewatc ol
Strong suds. It Is best to avoid so;. ?
in any form. Warm wuter !,, which
tea leaves have been steeped will give
belter results in cleaning, and will not
remove the gloss.
When the varnished furniture be?
comes scratched, neither washing nor
polishing Will suffice to remova Un?
seats, it will be necessary to gc over
the spots with a camel's hair bn.;l, and
shellac varn'.sh until they disappear.
Nothing should bo allowed In touch I
the varnished spots until the i.pplica?
tion Is thoroiighlj dry. I'or ihr little1
breaks on the corner-, of furniture,
nnd splinters of the wood thai have
l>cen knocked off. carefully save all the,
little pieces, and plue them if. place'
?with strong- liquid clue. The' touch!
lightly with stain to match the ftirhli
ture. the whitened edges flnis'i with
thellac varnish and the minks of re?
pair will disappear.
At this early date novelties are ex-;
1 remedy scarce and all one can do Is
to wait for the arrival of the later
It is expected lhal small flowers, will
Iks made into bunds. circlet- and other
made effects, the (lowers being applied
Hal to the hat or bund. Small roses
In the new radium shinies are very
good looking, as are also combinations
In which forgel-me-nots appear In all,
colors, not perhaps of the rainbr<v, lint
of the latest color card. Hydrangeas
und lilies of the valley are sep:. rated
and used in Oils way. us uro cowslips.!
French daisies nnd miniature pansles
Pnnaies. it will be remembered, were
about the only (lowers that wer? smil?
ed upon last year, and a continuance
of their reign is expected and planned
All shades of reds, pinks and ptrples
arc good in llowers. The radium
shades, as it name Implies, arc tarlod,
but all rather dark in tone?really a
pleasing combinetloo of soft, rather
subdued tones.?The Millinery Trade
Kress of luillan Women.
liv this day of aartorial complexi?
ties, -when women play largo amounts
for exclusivo designs or frocks or ball
gownr, il rests the mind to think of
the Indian woman in whose style of
dress thero has' been no change for
4.aoo years. They all wear the "sari,"
whlck forms the skim, the waist, and
the headdress all In i ono
AITKIt.V'MrV tiOWXS l\ SATI.V, \-BIA'ET AND CltHPK HE ? IHM:.
ti'Art de la Mode.
White Satin Petticoats
a new Idea that Mas found u stronsr
place In the winter styles Is the white
siitln petticoat with Its row of hut
tuns up the front. The word petticoat
la used in the ancient sense.
It Is really the skirt -if the gown,
hut only the front -of it shows under a
fraccful tunic of fabric in nnothcr col.
or. Worth brought Ihe idea out In
August, and it was whispered among
those who knew that he bought Ihe
design from a famous wholesale house,
and this Is probable, because of Itu
One rarely sees any distln.l new
style grow universal when it hat) been
invented by a great house at a high
price for an Individual. It is when h
wholesale house with its splendid corps
Of designers sells this Idea to many
houses that it becomes ensconusd as
The white satin petticoat :? r,t ap?
peared us it drop skirl for a lone tunic
of black sntin, which hn.l Its s-.-lvcdgs
for a finish in order that the ahnp out?
line of the black against the white
should not be clouded or dulled 1 >
The bodice continued as the skirt
began with a short waistcoat of while
satin fastened with white satin but?
tons down the front and u surplice
drapery with sleeves of black satin
also depe.ndlng on the selvedge to
sharpen the contrast From this acorn
has grown an oak.
There ore skirts .of white satin, of
grny velvet, of white crepe dechlne, of
whllto chiffon with brochure velvet
flowers, all fnstoned up the front with
white satin buttons, and sometimes
loops of white braid are added.
The tunics are dark in color, sharp "n
contrast, and often of another fabric,
although It Is not to bo denied that
the use of satin over satin glvea the
most effective result.
You know this Is a good idea for
women who want to make over gowns
that were onco in stylo nnd must be
worn for tho rest of the season. It
may take two frocks to completo ouo,
and whon oiio udvlsca auch economy
one belclvea the mockery >>f the old
recipe "catch your hare first."
The papers and magazines are filled
with splendid suggestions for economy
and alteration?If a woman only had
the materials. There Is no doubt that
old filet lace curtains make excellent
ovcrsltlrts for velvet gowns, but why
take it for granted that any one has
filet laee curtains? It is also true
thai partly worn French h.md-eni
i.laddered Mouse, make admirable
small pincushions, but how many wo
men Have the expensive French
.So. it seems to me. most of the sug
Rcstlons for economy take too much
for .???ranted, nnd Ihe suggestion of two
satin gowns to make o?e Is certainly
sinning along this line.
If you arc having a new gown made,
if you are In the glorious position of
enough money to go out and treat
yourself to a frock Intended f<"- after?
noon or evening affairs, look well Ir.to
Ill's Idea ei" the whltu satin petticoat
as a foundation* it i? bound to be a
leading fashion within a few weeks;
those of us who go In the highways
and byways of clothes see it hero and
there In alluring forms.
ft seem? that the only color that
must not be put over It is white, for
nil white has not ibecn in first fashion
for three years, despite the vehement
protests of many against this edict.
White coat sut*.s are ultra smart, but
thoy ore loader down with black fur,
merely to curry out the consuming
passion for black and white that bus
taken hold of tho civilised world.
The tunics thnt arc put over these
whlto satin pottlcoats ore not tlie ones
that have been popular for three
years, short In front, not divided any?
where, and sloping a bit in the. back.
The now tunics drop from .1 high
waist lino to the hem, are opened in
front and visually draped up a bit at
the sides like a pair of window cur?
tains. If one can afford fur, so much
tlie better. Olid to refer to that ques?
tion of economy again?if one lins old
pieces of fur hero Is the chance to use
Wonderful Evening Wrap
Fashion dictates this season that
superb velvets, satins and metal bro?
cades combine to produce magnificent!
evening wraps that ar?. supreme In
Furs play an important part for
trimmings These arc mingled with the
filmiest chiffons an<] most exquisite
Many vivid-toned linings in the dar
I ?.new shades of cerise and petunia
suggest tlie audacious art of Paul
Pol re i.
One resplcndont wrnp copied from
:!!?' 1,ouis XIII. period is of sapphire
blue velvet and heavy gold lace, with
edgings of soft while fur.
The wrap Is cut on perfectly straight
lines, but has ample width. The up?
per portion is of the gold embroidery,
which forms a square-cut yoke In
front and back; but In front It folds
well over to Ihe left side, ending In
a point, and from there the wra.- but?
tons to the waist line with jeweled
The sleeves simw the newest fea?
ture. They arc cut in one witli the
wrap, like very wide kimono sleeves
that extend from the shoulder to tie
waist line; but, unlike the Japanese
style, they arc gathered Into a cuff
Of* gold lace and fur at the wrist.
On each side of the garment iinder
the sleeve is a broad panel of lace
applied in three sections, "each a little
wider than the one above It. that
reaches 10 Ihe hem.
This is edged with fur and reaches
quite to the bottom of tho skirt of the
gown worn underneath. The wrap Is
lined throughout with ccrls? satin
veiled with gold-colored chiffon, glv
Ins ctiilto an unusual effect.
The theatre cap designed to wear
with this wrap is of fine, embroidery
on gold net, with a twist of gold rib?
bon about its head line und tin up
standing Jeweled ornament on the left
The design can ho copied, jf you
wish. In any suitable material, for the
linen and style tire Extremely good, and
the wrap Is comfortable und easy to
Living Beyond the Income
Two women were commiserating a
friend whose husband had lost his
money, whose family had to move Into
a small house, and whoso daughters
had to go to work.
A third woman said; "You might as
well save your pity. I met her yester?
day and sho looked more contented
thru I ha\e sver seen her. When I
began to -empathize with her, s!o re
plied; M feel dreadfully a io.it Tom. and
it I., bard on the girls, but you cannot
imagine the rollet not to have to keep
up appearances any longir.'"
Any one who Is struggling to live
beyond her means knows what that
woman meant. There is nothing so
wearing to the nerves, so ruinous to
the disposition, so destructive to moral
(ihre, as trying to keep up apjrj.ir
No one advocates wearing our Iioart
on our sleeve or taking all the world
into confidence about our financial mis?
haps, but even that 18 lass hurtful
than the silly struggle to he some?
thing one Is not.
Americans are too prone to this pre?
tense. Our ingrained love of luxury,
our habit of living up lo the Income,
make it all too easy !?> live beyond
our moans. ?
Then begins the struggle. Instead
Of curtailing expense^ and simplifying
living, false pride stnps In. debt, wotry
and discontent come close on its irai?;
The family continues to dress, enter?
tain, amuse Itself, while the harass.nl
father works to make money..
To what end? It Isn't as if the
smash could bo averted? And what is
gained? Who save the silliest of nn
ttires Is not more content In the small
house than In walohlng the hig one \<?
to rack and ruin for lack of money to
keep It In repair. What ?in la not
happier in il simple gown that is paid
for than In u creation for which she
Is being dunned? Who save (He utter?
ly improvident or selfish woman fails
to worry harder .when s!i^ struggles
to keep up appearances?
The verv natuic of thU struggle
muk?s for discontent. When tvo face
Issues and make the host of them, w :
may not love the effort, but tve are
proud of our bravery and common
sense, But l-t Us ape our wealthy
friends, and the fret of the struggle
I so.urs and embitters us.
] False pride Is at the bottom of keep?
ing up appearances. Economy la dread?
ed less for itself than for Its effect on
social position; Suppose one Is invited
I to fewer parties, does she lose her place
I in the world because she does not pose
as iveaUhy when she Is hard up?
I Tw?, brothers of a (Irm got into tigut
places'''financially. The family of the
cue frankly acknowledged It and met it
sensibly. - The mother dispensed with
all but one maid, and the daughters
started to earn their clothes. One tu?
tored children, the other made cakes
The family of the other brother tried
to bluff it out. Outwardly they acted
as if a rtairs were as prosperous as
over. The girls were as capable as they
I were silly. They made their own
clothes, but pretended that an OX poll
I slve dressmaker and milliner turned
I them out. The sa,mo number of se:
vants were rotalned, but the family
stinted themsolvos In food to pay their
What was the result? The one bro?
ther, helped by his family, had th.
courage to ntako a new sirtrt. while
the ether brother, harassed by grow?
ing debts, lost heart and died. The
girls who did not iteep up appearances;
lost nothing In popularity. Then
friends admired their pluck, and showed
them so. Tim other girls los; In looks
ami spirits, and when the'UnitI era's!*
came with their father's death they
had lost the respect of those who
would gladly have bellied them earlRTlr.
It is foolish for ahy gtli to feel she
win lose caste by work, she may hot
have time for frivolities, bin thofo will
bo pleasure a-plenty If she does not
let '.ho necessity to earn her riving
liiukc her a sensitive recluse.;
A Novelty Di nner
A small dinner given during tili? "
month can bo planned for just twelv?
guests and arranged as a calendar af- ?
fair, following a plan which Is new
Tho idna Is to have each ?place repre?
sent u certain month of the year, the
entire twelve being suggested nroimo
the hospitable board, and to have pluce
cards, favors and other decorat'ons nt I
each cover suggest tho month which is"
Thus the January cover Is trimmed
with snowdrops, or tho place card there
might he hand-painted with this flower,
if preferred, while tho favor Is a cal?
endar for the year. Tho place plate
at this cover may bo laid upon a bed .
of raw cotton snow.
For February the favor might take
the form of a heart-shaped candy box.
if the occupant of the seat be a woman -
or a silver, heart-shaped cigar, ease, H
a man. For the place card hav? an
old-Inshioned lace paper valentine, o~!
tho place card could he n valentine,
while the favor represents Washing?
ton's birthday, another celebration ol-.
the same month, by a hatchet tilled
with bonbons, a cocked hat or tho Mie
Have more snow here and sprinkle
with silver dust or draw tinsel ropo
around tho cover in the form of a
For March have a daffodil or cro?
cuses or any early spring flower, and
In combination with these have Faster
rabbits or colored Faster o=;sh or chick?
ens. Again, wild March hares-, cul .
from paper, would be decora live. Thr
name of the purst may bo lied around
the neck of a plaster rabbit or an East?
For April the entire cover should b*
tricked out with April 1 sells and joke.,
and scattered with the many-tinted
confetti. Have the place card' rut out
and tinted in the shape of a Jester head,
with a cluster of rca] little bells tacked
on to It. and in addition to Che name
of the guest a nonsense quotation from
"Alice In Wonderland.'' .
May, flowery May, is represented by
a little basket of violets. Tho handle
"f tho banket should be tall, and from
it are drawn strands of difforont-col?
ored baby ribbon, somewhat resembling
a Maypole. The ~|ft or place card can
be attached to the handle of the basket
Another plan would be to liavo the
cover hero strewn with flowers and
to have the souvenir an illustrated copy
of "Tli" May Queen," by Tennyson, ot
a collection of verso about ilowers.
The flowers at the Juno cover will bo
of roses, und from the ceiling In from
of this place hangs a tiny Oriental lant?
ern, with lighted taper Inside. The
lanterns which are but a few inches
around should be chosen for this.
Of course, there arc many other dec?
orations which could be stubstltuted.
When the cover is humorously Intended
and lor a man (one who is the head of
a household particularly), have It cov?
ered with a strip of green bolze er pa?
per muslin, choosing for the favor a toy
lawn mower, to suggest the pleasures
of a commuter's life in June.
For Jul.'-. If the comic plan Is pre?
ferred, replace lite ordinary water
glass with a huge ond of Iced lemon?
ade, and tie the place card with buby
ribbons to the straws thereof.
inclose the gift appropriate ror the
g;ucst who is to sit there In raw cotton
and brown tissue paper, etil and glueii
into the shape of a huge mosquito
which practically tills the place plate.
The August cover migiit represent a
wee tennis court, with the aid of a
i rloll's tennis net and balls. Have a
wee doll dressed as a tennis player, and
on'it pin the name of the guesl. writ?
ten on a card.
For September strew the cover with
a little seashore sand, fun- and dry.
which Is to he brushed away before
t!r3 meal, and decorate with shells, or.
If It Is to lie comic, strew with tiny
crabs aiid lobsters and their ilk from
I the Japanese store. .\ basket of shells
with a place card tied t<> the handle
Imakes a pretty souvenir for a woman.
I while one design?d for a man will
j usually bo of a comic turn. Thus, a
[ boubonnlcrc in the form of a steamer
i trunk may contain a tiny crustacean
j or the like.
Kor October many Mens irr avail?
able. A pretty one is |o lie eat from
the ]>ap?r, which cornea in a design of
autumn leaves, a number of these
leaves with which to decorate the
cover. These may lie used in connec?
tion with tiny pumpkin lanterns,
witches and black cats of Hallowe'en.
Or, if tile guo.?t is a motorist, have
a toy motor tilled with chrysanthe?
mums scudding across the colored
leaves, and, conducting It. a doll named
for the person who will occupy that
For November the fiivor inight.be
an old-fashioned dipped cnndl? in a
choice candlestick. Encircle this cover
with a string of cranberries and Um
the name of the guest to the neck of
a strutting turkey. One of the tiny
Imitation pies -old hi toy shops, or a
?mall but edlbl ? reel one, might be
added in honor of the feast of dincis
Holly and mistletoe deck the Christ,
mas cover, amid which tides a little
pasteboard Santa tilled with candles,
or a glittering miniature Christmas
tree with the ham? of the guest writ?
ten on a star at the. very top. Any
souvenir intended here can he lied
with Chrlstmns'tibboh and staled with
the pretty holly sea la.
I; would be amusing to elaborate
the calendar plan of the dinner by In?
troducing into the menu dainties which
are characteristic in a certain degree,
of iiu season.
Where strawberries cannot be hud
at this time the extremely realistic lit?
tle ones of marzipan can be substi?
Chctrle* that can hardly be distin?
guished from tio- real ones aro also
obtainable, and these, with the berries,
could be used for the side dishes.
Spring lamb or chicken and a salad
of early vegetables decorated with
Mowers cut front vegetables represent
the eniiv months of the year, while
ed in ices molded as snowballs '-r snow
men passed with cocoanut Iced ? like*.
Last of all, tile maid or butler passes
a huge pie of the bran order fron.
Which depend ribbons or tengths ot
crepe paper. To each strand i.- at?
tached a card, on which I? written ..
? imitation about some particular month
of the year.
Kach guest to whom the pie. !s pre?
set! let! draws a ribbon, and is then e-V
pi sled to name the author or supply
the missing word. he can do so cor*
rcctjy he is eligible to draw for a
prize, which must also be. appropri?
ate to tin- occasion.
Sometimes this dinner will be fol?
lowed with a dance; In which case
each future dancer Is given a. tissue
paper headdress (rimmed and cut to
keeping with the mouth rpresented by
Ins seat at table.