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Easter day is tie great floral festi val o; the year. For weeks past flor ists throughout the country have been preparing for it, forcing their rarest blooms to blossom in time for the springtime's beautiful holiday. Mil lions of gorgeous roses, lilies and vio lets have been shipped from *he hot houses to provide for this year’s feast of flowers. Miles of dainty ribbon have been specially woven to knot about these flowers, and thousands of boxes, baskets and jardinieres manu factured in readiness for their pack ing. In the metropolitan hothouses the growing plants for Easter are the finest of their kind. There are rose bushes nearly six feet high, and Marguerite plants laden with blos soms. The azaleas are of especially fine color and have abundant bloom Rhododendrons in full blossom are also a novelty this season. The lily is, of courseihe queen flower of Easter time. The Easter or Bermuda lily, imported la the bulb from the south and forced in northern hothouses, is the most beautiful specimen of the y ,\j W'jilv' • New Easter Orchids. lily family. The plants are unusually plentiful this year and show numerous blossoms. The lilies come from the hothouses with the buds carefully packed in cotton and tissue paper. The bulbs are planted about a month before the holiday and are so as to be in full bloom for Easter. If the blossoms show signs of open ing too soon, the plants are placed on their sides, and in this way the blos soms are kept in bud until the proper time. The plants shoot upward with marvelous quickness and are most graceful and artistic, each stalk bend ing under its white weight.- The Japanese lily is in the New York market this year and is a gorge ous flower, the petals touched with tawny spots and the perfume heavy and beautiful. The petals of this lily curve slightly, and the stamens are long and tipped with yellow. If you select a lily to send as an Easter gift it is well to have as many buds as blossoms. This will insure a succes sion of flowers, whereas if all tho lilies are in bloom they will wither in a few days. There are many handsome novelties in the way of jardinieres and baskets for the Easter lily. The basket work, made up in cases, boxe:- and jardinieres of all descriptions, is extremely pretty and is shown in all colors combined with gold. Some of the jardinieres are mounted on tri pods of bamboo. Those of violet and gold to hold the growing violet plants are very handsome. Last year the growing violet in full bloom made its appearance upon the Easter market and proved such a suc cess that this year it was made a ... i I* m YSfev 1 |l t Black and White in Bermuda. specialty. The plants are small, but have a number of blossoms of great fragrance. For table decorations these plants are potted in silver and Bo hemian glass and also in basket work cases. One of the table decorations for an Easter dinner will consist of a basket boat filled with these plants in full bloom. The boat will rest upon a mirror lake in the center of the table. Orchids are out in as great profu sion as ever. But the Easter lily holds its sway over them all. English though it is, for the bulb flourishes best in Bermuda, in narrow pauches often alongside of the wholesome but unsmelling onion and the useful but homely potato. The bulbs are shipped to New York in great quantities dur ing the autumn and winter, and placed In our greenhouses to be de veloped into the lovely plant which has become symbolical of Easter. The soil and climate of Bermuda are especially adapted to the growth of the lily. Our florists had all kinda of ideas of growing this flower in Cali fornia, Georgia and Florida, but with •no great results as yet. The lily, like many other of the most beautl- ful flowers, improves on its stem by age. Not till the second year Is it now thought advisable to ship bulbs from Bermuda to the United States. Many growers prefer to wait until the fourth year, when the bulb is hearty and strong enough to produce beauti ful flowers even with careless treat ment. The number of these bulbs now- produced in Bermuda and ship ped to the United States for Easter purposes was between ten and fifteen million last year. Germany's Easter Games. In Germany it Is the oster hase (Easter rabbit) who gives the Easter eggs and all the goodies found in the Easter nest. The nests are made in various ways: sometimes out of twigs interwoven with ivies and those pecu liar gilt and silver leaves, laces and flowers one sees nowhere else but in Germany. Again, a pretty nest shaped basket is chosen. This, lined with bright colored silk or cambric and the outside decorated with paper flowers, wreaths and bows of ribbon, bits of lace and many shining ornaments, makes a very attractive looking nest for the Easter rabbit. Inside are a goodly number of eggs of different colors, also small sugar or cake rabbits, chocolate lambs, mice and chickens; confections of every queer sort; cakes baked in the shape of pompous looking soldiers, sailors or wood choppers; cake women with funny poke bonnets or caps; sugar children with all sorts of odd or fanci ful dresses; toy animals, fat little pigs, and plump biddie hens with their broods of tiny Easter chicks —all more or less elaborately decorated with spice, seeds and fine sugar drops, nuts, etc. Playing marbles of every delightful color, size and variety, are a part of the nest’s treasures, also books, games and toys, if the nest happens to be large enough to hold all. The eggs are first boiled a half hour or more to make them very hard, then they are dropped into a solution of cochineal dye, a strong dye giving a deep red color, a weaker sqlution pink or light red. Blue, yellow, orange and green in different shades are also colored by using simply dye stuffs well heated. Sometimes the eggs are painted in pretty fanciful designs specially suited to please the chil dren. Early on Easter morning the chil dren start on their hunt for the Easter nest. They frolic through the house, peeping under sofas, chairs, tables and in odd corners. They scamper up stairs and down: then out into the garden they rush among hedges and grasses, climbing trees, fences and walls in their eager search. The child who finds it first cries '‘Oster Hase! oster hase!” Then al! the children flock to the spot, eager for a peep at tt- pretty nest and the cunning rabbit that sits upon it. The finder is privileged to take the nest from its hiding place and to dis tribute its contents among the other children. Everything is labeled with the name of the child for whom the gift is intended, so the division is al ways amicable. Next to Christmas and New Year's, Easter is the most delightful holiday of the whole yeai' for the children. The German children have many unique games which belong exclusive ly to Easter. Among them is & game of marbles played thus: The Easter eggs are cut off squarely, perhaps one-third of the distance from the broad end. They are then set up, say three or four feet from the wall and in triangle positions. Three or four may be set at once. Sides are chosen if there are more than two players. Then the children roll their marbles with a deft thua against the wall or base board. If in the rebound a marble touches one or more of tho eggs the same become the property of the side to which the marble belongs. Then the opposite side must “set up," and the game is only w-on when all the eggs are captured by one side. Candy animals and cake people who are able to stand alone are often vic tims in this war of marbles. EASTER EGG-ROLLING. Annual Frolic on the White House Grounds. In the Woman's Home Companion Waldon Fawcett gives a lively de scription of the children s egg-rolling carnival w-hich takes place every year in the president’s yard: "The event of the day—the climax looked forward to by the older folks as well as the Juvenile visitors comes when the president, who has from time to time all day peeped out at the glad gathering, steps out on the veranda of the w-hite house and bows In greeting to the sea of little upturned faces. Then as the band strikes up some patriotic air the youngsters all shout lustily and clap their hands, and as likely as not tes tify their appreciation in some of those unique, unconventional ways so dear to the hearts of youth, and which are prone tc make the digni tary on the portico laugh outright. Mrs. McKinley, whose love for the little ones is warm and earnest, usu ally sits almost all day Easter Mon ~'wL ‘tfHk ~ iU:"!.' ’A m ft IsqPkO WV ' fvt ft" /f fife .A t \ Ibcr Easter fiat. Hn&;Sbabowv? Uistons of Some of Ilt3 Bin? ancestors. day at one of the south w-indows of the white house, watching with smiling interest this gigantic frolic of the romping children. Usually a num ber of her acquaintances spend tho day with her sharing in the enjoy ment of the novel spectacle. “The one element of seriousness which characterizes this great outing you may discover as you stroll down to the little building which ordinarily serves as a ‘central station’ for the* policemen who guard the white house grounds. For this one day, however, the watchmen's house is transformed into an asylum for lost little folks. Hither the big blue-coated officers bring the little tots who change to go astray in the great medley of hu manity, and here a nurse soothes and comforts the tiny weeper until the in evitable anxious mother appears. At the last egg-rolling festival there were twenty-seven ‘lost children’ In the lit tle habitation at one time, but mothers and nurses so universally understand where to seek for missing little ones that scarcely any confusion is caused by these separations." Inconsistency. A man will wear a gaudy vest, All broidered like the flowering mead; His hat, it is a turbaned crest. With colors flaunting fine Indeed; His shoes with leathern trickery Arc- trimmed. (They have a splen did sheen. While on his hose a fleur delis Blazoned in dainty silk is seen. With striped wear his chest is gay; His necktie puts to blush the bloom Which glorifies a summer’s day. His aspect dissipates all gloom. And yet this man will show distress And utter maxims sadly pat. And vow his wife is fond of dress Because she wants an Easter hat. —Washington Star. An Easter Wedding. He had been so ecstatically happy ever since she consented to be mar ried Easter week that she was a bit startled when he came to see her the other evening looking disturbed and serious. “I have come to tell you something,’* he stammered. “And to—to tell you —to know if you would mind—“ he stopped and sighed, "doing me a fav or.” He looked at her. but she sat waiting for him to continue. “It's—about the—the wedding,” he went on. "I met Nell In the street, and she told me you had asked her to he one of your bridesmaids. Yes, I know It was I who insisted that we should have a big wedding. I want you to have all your friends around you, dear. I want flowers and music and merriment I don't want to Ik self ish. You know I don't But—but I had forgotten about the rehearsal. Is It possible, would you or could you get on without a rehearsal? Oh, If yon [ must have one, couldn’t you get on ; without me?’” He was quite pale and anxious wait ing for her answer. She did not kpow whether to laugh or to he angry. “I think we can manage without you,” she said at last. “But I hope you won't mind taking part in the cer emony proper, will you?” “You see how it is.” he explained, when the great weight was olf his mind. "I’ve been to more rehearsals than I can count, but it’s hardly neces sary to say 1 never played leading man; best man once or twice; usher usually. I've always pitlel the poor bridegroom, and I’ve always thought I hat ” “You know, dear,” she Interrupted, with seraphic gentleness, “it Isn't too late yet. You need not play bride groom even at the church ceremony if you are so timid. We can have a lit tle wedding at home or In a police court, or at. the city hall. A rehearsal would be unnecessary then.*’ “I knew I'd put my foot in It if I spoke. I knew it. Hut you must ad mit, my dear Mildred, that it Is undig nified and—er—unsentimental and worldly.’” "It would not be particularly effect ive or dignified to have the girls walk down the aisle with the wrong men or have the bridal procession a blunder ing parade, would it? And that's what unrehearsed bridal parties are al ways. But you need not attend. The best man does all the work at a wed ding anyway. I will walk down the aisle with him at rehearsal. We can get on very nicely without you, dear. Now, let’s talk of something else. I'll ring for tea.” He sjpperj hlB oolong in silence while she ehattered about flowers and friends and golf and hooks. As he rose to go he lingered Irresolutely, his hat in his hand. ”1 think, ” he said “I have changed my mind. It's awful ly good and considerate of you to let me off. but I think I will go to that re hearsal after all. A few minutes later, when two of her prospective bridesmaids happened to come In. he would, could he have looked In on them, have heard mysti fying merry peals of laughter. ' li;# - ,4yr (£>• ibj| ; J ! : | Li-JJ !. p yfy. ■ -5. ;• 'T*. * ■ sptfl yssNfe w At Church. Crowns and Titles. Dumb animals worship Queen Alex andra, and though she never rides I now, she has her favorite horses, and I visits them daily, going into their ttxili.. and giving them sugar. When she visits the kennels she wears a white apron with the pockets bulgin' >ut with bread. She is also very fond of flowers. It is no unusual sight to see her in spring and summer carry ing a bunch of flowers which she ho herself gathered from the fields and hedges. Among Queen Wllhelmina's numer ous wedding presents a very simple but highly-prized offering was two pure white doves, with bows of orange ribbon tied about their necks, whieh were brought to the palace in a basket by two little girls, and smiling ly accepted by the young queen, who is very fond of Jjirds. There is at present to he seen In the British museum an extremely curious bonnet, once possessed by the late queen, and presented to her by that institution. It was made some years ago expressly Tor her majesty by the natives of the Bainoan Islands, who have their own ideas on the sub ject of fashion. The widowed Queen Margarita of Italy keeps the bullet that killed her husband, King Humbert, In a beautl- 1 fully jeweled reliquary of crystal and silver gilt, and it occupies a con splcuous place just above the prie dieu in her bed chamber. Sir John Millais' "No," In which the figure of the young girl was a por trait of Miss Dorothy Tennant, who is now Sir Henry M. Stanley's wife, was sold In London- recently for $7,150. PATTI’S ESCORT. Noblemen Who Received Diva Were Hired for the Occasion. Tlif re is but one Patti, and that Is Adelina, whose 58th birthday fell, as usual, on February 19. An amusing story Is told of the great Hlnger by M. Schurmann. Patti was making a tour of Europe, and was due at Bucharest on a certain date. Ow ing to Inclement weather, however, Madame -Jet lined to budge from Vien na, and the poor manager was nearly distracted. As storming had not the slightest effect on her serene highness, the manager set his wits to work. Soon afterward a telegram arrived from Bucharest, stating that a bril liant deputation of Roumanian nobles, with a torchlight procession and mil itary band, was to receive th diva. The message was handed to Mme. Patti, who was enchanted, and at once made ready to start. On arrival, the hand played and the torches flared, and Madame was put in the best of spirits by being escorted to her hotel by the Roumanian nobles. It is not known what she would have said had she been told that the "nohleB” were hired from the streets and dressed up for the occasion by a representative of the manager! WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE. m Madison, March 27. —The Hall resolution for a constitutional amend ment permiting the use of voting machines was recommended for pas sage to the senate. An assembly amendment was concurred in to Senator Gaveney’s bill authorizing persons to change their names by fil ing a declaration with the register of deeds. The bill re-apportioning the state into assembly districts came u> the senate from the assembly and was re-referred. Senator Martin’s bill, de signed to suppress the sale of the Po lice Gazette in Wisconsin, was orde* i to engrossment and third read rig. Senator Miller’s bill providing for a cottage for women students at the state university, to cost $20,000, was reported unfavorably by the commit tee on claims, and Indefinitely post poned by the senate today. The assembly ordered to third read ing the bills taxing pedlers $75, to prevent docking of horses, appropriat ing money to state institutions for current expenses and pensioning members of police and Are depart ments who have served 25 years and attained the nge of 65. Madison, March 28.—Senator Weed of Oshkosh delivered himself against what he called the republican gerry mander of the assembly districts in Brown county. Under the apportion ment bill as passed by the assembly, one of the districts in Brown is demo cratic, but Senator Riordan offered r>u amendment which would make both of them republican. It was over this amendment that the senator com plained. The bill was sent back to a committee. The bill appropriating $20,000 for a cottage annex to the ladies’ dormitory of the university was killed. Among the bills passed was one by Senator Gaveney enabling people to change their names by filing various data with the register of deeds. By a vote of 51 to 32 the assembly yesterday morning concurred in Sena tor Krcutzer's hill to raise the salaries of the supreme court justices from 15.000 to SO,OOO and those of circuit judges from $3,000 to SI,OOO. The Ainsworth bill requiring peddlers' license was advanced to a third read ing after a running debate. Several amendments wore adopted. As It now stands the hill provides to license peddlers nnd fl\es the fee at from SSO to SIOO. Senate hills were concurred In forbidding the placing of adver tisements on the flag and authoriz ing the governor to confer the title of colonel on Capt. C. A. Curtis, uni versity professor of military science. Madison. March 29.—The bill reap portioning the state into assembly dis tricts came back to the senate from committee with the ehanges'in Brown county, recommended for adoption. They are expected to give the county two republican assemblymen. Sena tor Weed dissented, tint the senate adopted the amendments and then concurred in the bill by unanimous vote, the two democratic senators, Jacobs and Weed, voting "aye” with the republicans. There will be a contest on tlie floor over the anti cigarette bill. tt came back from the judiciary committee with a ma jority report for concurrence, the committee being divided five to four. The minority dissenting from the re port was composed of Senators Itoehr, Mills, Weed and Oaveney. The Hail resolution providing for a constitutional amendment authorizing the use of voting machines in Wiseon sin was passed and Senator Mosher s hill appropriating $5,000 for the pur chase of hooka and pumphlets for the state historical library was also passed and was likewise Senator Hat ton's bill appropriating $25,000 for the completion of the normal building at Stevens Point and Oshkosh One as sembly bill .concurred in prohibits the killing or catching of any wild Birds other than game birds. In the assembly Senator Riordan's lull reiut.ng to the conveyance of lands of the Sturgeon Hay and Michi gan canal grant to Ephraim Mariner, C. F. Pfiater and L. F. Vogel was re fused concurrence, 41 to 37. Among the hills passed were Root's permit ting more than $35 to be expended in the- burial of indigent soldiers and forbidding the docking of horses tails, 'lhe bill to establish an Inebriate’s home was killed. Barker’s bill pro hibiting remarriage within one year of divorce, was debated by Its author and finally ordered to third reading/ Both houses adjourned to Wednes day at 8:30 p. rn.—over election How It It Made. The maiden takes a little straw, A ribbon and a feather, Some flowers and an eagle's claw, And sews them all together. Each thing In turn, ahe pulls and naulg, I hen jams them all down flat Yet the resultant wreck she calls A lovely Easter hat. —lthaca Journal PLACING ADVERTISEMENTS I ho best place to put an advertise ment is i.i the paper that enjoys the confidence of the community. I be lieve that the standing of the paper re flects on the advertisements it carries. Charles Austin Bates. Bay, mamma, how mucsi am I worth?” ' ou are worth a million of dollars to me, my son.” Bay, mamma, couldn’t you advance me twenty-five cents?” J. Ogden Armour has cornered the Ghicago pork market.