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WASHINGTON Brigham Chats of Some Interesting Notables All AMERICAN COUNTESS ▲ FAVORITE OF THE QUEEN OF ITALY The Greek Bed Cross Pad—A Flying Trip to Montlcello, the Home of Jefferson Special Correspondence to The Herald. WASHINGTON, June I.—Many inter esting strangers may always be found in our national capital, but this spring there seems to be an unusual number of them. Among the most prominent just now are the Count and Countess dl Braz za-Savorgman, who have taken a fur nished house in the fashionable quarter, expecting to remain several months. The count, who represents Italy in the uni versal postal congress, comes from an ancient and distinguished family and is an eminent scholar and Inventor. His wife (nee Slocum) was born of American parents in New Orleans, but while yet a child went abroad with her widowed mother to reside, and immediately after her graduation from a French convent school met and married the young count The Di Brazza estates are among the finest in Rome, and their palace is the center of attraction for many Americans who winter In the Eternal City. The countess, who is. a favorite at court and closely identified with Queen Margaret, Is extremely philanthropic. For some years she has been greatly interested in the every-day life of the Italian peas ant women and has done a good deal to better their condition. Their chief occu pation is the making of exquisite, laces, which ruins the eyes In a short time, yet bringing wretchedly poor prices. It was through the Countess dl Brazza'searnest efforts that an exhibition of this Industry figured at the World's Fair in Chicago, and has since been put on the United States market. At present she is devot ing her influence and energies to the Greek Red Cross eociety, striving to awake popular interest in its behalf and to swell the fund for the suffering Greeks. To this end l she has delivered lectures on the subject In various part* of the country, with excellent financial results. Now the National American Greek Red Cross association has ramifications in nearly every state in the union, and its Washington auxiliary has enlisted not only the most exclusive circles of upper tendom, but "department people," and i ewn the school children are working for j the cause and adding their contributions. THE GREEK RED CROSS ' The countess, who is generally accom panied by Miss Clara Barton of Red ■ Cross fame, Is very convincing in her ad dresses. She graphically depicts the re sults of the war with the Turks—scenes of horror and distress, some of which have come under her own observation— the helpless dying of starvation, and the wounded being denied even chloroform to lessen the agony of amputations. Re ceptions are being given to the countess and Miss Barton in the best houses of the city; a loan exhibition of somebody's collection of artistic Greek draperies and antiquities is being held under the aus pices of Mrs. Senator Hawley; a grand mass meeting will occur on May 30th— in short, the Greek Red CroEis has be come a fashionable fad of the hour. A sample entertainment was that g>-en the other day by Mrs. Pellew in honor of the Countess di Brazza-Savorgman and Miss Clara Braton. The spacious, flow er-decked drawing rooms were filled with Washington's creme de la creme. The countess looked chic in a gown of blue organdie, with dainty lilacs traced upon it. She wore a poke bonnet, trimmed with needing lilacs in blue and white, with gauze ties crossed in the back and tied quaintly at one side. After a brief reception the guests adjourned to the dining room, where chairs had been placed in rows before a flag-draped plat form, so that all might be comfortably seated while listening to the adressesof the afternoon. Dr. Quinn of theCatho lib university, acompanied by a bright Greek lad—his protege—was the first speaker. He was followed by the coun- ' tess, who gave a concise account of the I condition of affairs between the Greeks ! and Turks; and then Miss Barton de- ! tailed her Red Cross, work in those un- j happy regions. Afterward tea dainties were served and all the enthusiastic au- j dience who were not already members ] of the Greek Red Cross society were en- | rolled, including such notables asßishop I Satterlee, Mme. Patenotre, wife of the ' British ambassador, the daughtersof Sir Julian Pauncefote, Mna Harriet Lane Johnson and' many others. AT MONTICELLO The other day a party of Senators and their ladies made a pilgrimage to Monti cello, the Virginia home of President Jefferson. At Charlottesville they left the cars and took the waiting tallyhos each with its negro driver, which the citizens had provided. Rain had fallen the day before, and the proud darkies, wishing to show off their teams, could not be persuaded to go slow. Ye gods and little fishes, how the mud flew! Presently everybody was spattered with "sacred soil" from top to toe-; but even Senator Hoar's uncertain temper was not once mislaid. He merely remarked that there must have been more mud holes than now in the days when Jeffer son traveled between Charlottesville and Montlcello. "Then it must have been pretty much all mud-holes," said Senator Mason, of Illinois. Senator Aldrich, of "Little Rhody," told the story of an Eastern capitalist who, lured out west by the glowing ad vertisements of a land syndicate and finding the site of the future metropolis in a liquid state, narrowly escaped lynching by inquiring whether the lots were to be sold by the fathom or by the gallon. Senator Hawley, of Connecti cut, and Senator Bacon, of Georgia, rode In the same carriage. The former was a General in the Union army, the latter commanded a brigade of Confederate forces at the battle of Bull Run; and they discussed the great tragedy and related many long-forgotten incidents and anecdotes as they sped past the historic stream and climbed "Little, Mountain." The Jefferson mansion is not unlike Mount Vernon, Arlington, and other old-time Virginia manor houses near Washington. JEFFERSON'S CLOCK The first thing the visitors were shown On entering tbe house waa the great box-like clock, .high over the door, three or four times the size of the ordinary "grand-father's clock" of a century ago, and made, ao it is said, by Jefferson himself. The weights consist of a dozen huge iron balls, the cord being carried from the .clock so that the weights hung from pulleys in opposite corners of the room. These would hardly be the things for a modern reception hall, but are singularly attractive in this high-cell inged apartment. Beneath the clock depends a weather vane, which moves with the wind, a rod connecting It with a vane on the roof. Jefferson was tho first weather observer in the United States and this contrivance of his—by which he could know the direction of the wind on the stormiest days with out going out into the yard and looking up at the roof—was only one of many Inventions of like character. In anothtr corner of the room is his big spy-glass, with which, from the top of his house, Jefferson used to supervise the work go ing on in the various fields of his ex tensive estate. No portraits of any member of the Jefferson family now adorn the walls of Montlcello. The personal effects were all removed when the estate was sold in 1843. It was pur chased, at forced sale, by a man named Barkley, who soon sold it to Commo dore Levy, the uncle of Its present owner. BRIGHAM. Cucumber for the Toilet Most of the expensive toilet luxuries will be found to contain cucumber juice. These hold a very important and ex pensive place, and just now is the time for the wise housekeeper to preserve their cooling and healing qualities, not only for her own and! children's use, but for the comfort of the pater also. To make cucumber cream, which not only clears and cleanses the complex ion, but is also very healing, proceed as follows: Remove the soft part from two or three cucumbers, warm sufficient ly to make it squeeze through the colan der, then squeeze through a hair sieve; to half a teacupful of this add a tea spoonful of glycerin and five drops of salicylic acid; both the latter are pre servatives and if glycerin does not agree with the skin the salicylate alone will be sufficienit. Add a few drops of any perfume liked and the ointment is ready for use. While cucumbers are plentiful it is well to have thick slices of the softest, with the soap on the wash stand, and to use after the former, to rub face, hands and throat, rinsing afterward. The clean, soft feeling of the skin will answer for its future use. While tomatoes are ripe and plentiful they are excellent to re move freckles and muddiness from the skin. A woman with a peachlike bloom on her skin declares she has used noth ing else besides soap from her girlhood. A thorough rubbing of the skin once or twice daily while the season lasts with a ripe tomato will work wonders, and if this is found to be the very thing for c ertain complexions the canned may be used occasionally through the winter; those canned) nearly whole must be cho sen, as they are the least cooked and are more efficacious in the raw state. Unique Gift to Mrs. McKinley Mrs. McKinley was recently the re cipient of one of the most magnificent lace handkerchiefs of the period. Th<j gift was from Mrs. R. F. Thorne of La Cygne, Kan., who wished to show her respect and love for "the first lad.yof the land." The work is all done by hand/ and contains 30,000 pieces, all done with the needle. A similar one was' made for the duchess of York by the Irish lace makers, and was valued at JSOO. It is not the value, however, that causes Mrs. Mcinley to speak of her gift to her nu merous friends, but of the work done in her behalf and' the thoughttulness of the woman who did. it. Mrs. Thorne only does lace work at odd moments, to "rest" her, when her household duties Are accomplished. She is her own de signer, and says that originality is a part of her make-up and that she can not do things quite like other women. The stitches and designs of flowers and figures are made just as the fancy of the worker dictates. Mrs. Thorne thinks it better to interlace originality. The thread used is very fine and it is oifficult to use it. Pretty Japanese Tea Room A Japanese tea room may be made by covering the walls two-thirds' up with matting, topped by a narrow shelf en tirely around the room. Above the shelf fill irn with Japan€«e prints of coarse fabric nicely decorated. Cover the ceiling with Japanese paper crossed with bamboo. Suspend several Ja panese lanterns. Cover the floor with matting harmonizing with the wail Dainty bamboo chairs and bamboo stools should be placed here and there. On a table in the center of the room have a tea sat. A service can) be pur chased from any of the larger Japanese stores. Cover the windows with the Japanese slat curtains, inside of which put Japanese silk curtains daintily fes tooned. Dark blue or red may be the prevailing color of the room. If you select red' have the table and chairs' black.—June Ladies' Home Journal. A Decided Novelty A decided and somewhat startling novelty in the way cf a yoke bodice de serves description. The yoke is made i entirely of coat-of-mail jet, through whose glittering design a steel serpent with emerald eyes makes Its way up to the throat. The bodice Itself is made ot white Usee, with a frill of pale yellow lace falling ftom bust to waist. A few folds of emerald velvet from the belt, a touch of tho same color being discern ible in the full frills at the throat. The skirt worn, with thi® unique bodice is made of one of the new silks, in mauve and white checks stripped with a nar row line of white satin. It is brimmed in a charming old-fashioned way with graduated rows of black velvet ribbon and little frills of lace. To Make a Good Whitewash For a good whitewash for your bed room ceiling put a piece of lime weigh ing about five pounct-' in a granite par. or bucket; pour on it a gallon of water, allow it to boil and slack until the s team ing is over; take from this two quarts of the liquid lime, put it in a wooden or granite bucket and add sufficient water to make it rather thin. Adl a small amount of pure indigo, sufficient to give it the proper color; add a teaspoonful of salt and half a teaspoonful of lamp black; stir well. This will give you a perfectly white ceiling; if you wish it colored add one of tht colorings which you may purchase at any druggist's, t'tating that II is to be used with lime.— June Ladies' Home Journal. LOS ANGELES HERALD* SUNDAY MORISING. JUNE 4 f*7 AN ITALIAN EXPERT'S VIEW OF FASHION DE GASFABX ROSA a TOBTA, THE FAMOUS DRESSMAKER OF TTTBXBT, OK THE COKING STYLES—TROUSSEAU IMITATIONS, MILITARY JACKETS, AND SXLX WRAPS. RICH GARNITURES TO COVER SCANTY LININGS TURIN, May 26.—(Special Correspondence to the Herald.) The present Fashion, with her wavering precepts and her great concession to personal taste is an Interesting study to the observer, but the fashion prognoeti cator often finds himself placed' in the unpleasant position of .laving to contradict his previous prophecies. Suoh models as deserve their claim of being calkd a nouveaute give an impression of scantiness In spite of the rich trimmings, and thus the combat of the sleeve, already decided in favorof narrowness, has begun anew. Sleeves of medium width still hold their own, and even the leg o" mutton is received in its becoming modified form. Ths much-discussed trousseau of a bride in highest aristocratic circles decidedly favors this last named sleeve form, particularly in connection with dalmatic epaulettes or flounces to add st.HI more to the width of the shoulder and upper arm. At the same occasion, we also observe that although the pointed bodice is displayed on one or two gowns, the blouse still holds the place of honor. One gown designed for evening dress, as well as for afternoon wear, is made of cream, white- striped bengaline. Thesklrt, of comfortable walking length, is quite plain, while the unllned, elaborately tucked bloupe, with jabot of real lace, is confined at the waist by a gold belt closed by a buckle in the shape of a gold make with emerald eyes. Such charming simplicity of form in connection .with costly material is the trl Umph of good taste over the bizarre caprices of fashion. The tunic, or apron overskirt, is another highly favored skirt ornament which bide fair to be abused, although fine effects can be obtained by this trimming. The tunic is either made as an overskirt, or may be trimmed to simulate one, In which case the milliners' folds are often us>ed, particularly in tailor-made or traveling dresses, when they are made of the same material as the skirt and applied by rows of stitching. The shops exhibit even lace* In rounded form, to be placed smoothly en the plain skirt to re-semble the tunic. Tailor-made pockets are again seen in the front gore of worsted dresses', and< are trimmed to match thereat of the garment. Braiding is the favorite embellishment: ateo embroidery, provided it resembles braldhig. A novelty in this line is the application of narrow baby ribbon following the design on lace insertion or edging, which adorns silk gowns, often forming also the tablier, or zouave Jacket. In black and white toilets the effect is exceedingly striking when the black ribbon ie appliqued on white lace, und the latter in its turn is lined with black silk. Accordion and knife pleatingsare so universally becoming that the end of their reign is not to be predicted in the near future. Gauzes, nets and mousseline de sole lend themselves admirably to this style. A model for a black visiting or afternoon toilet lssure to appeal to our transatlantic sisters, a© it combines all the features which mark the styles of the pres-ent season. The foundation underskirt ie of black satin, narrow and close-fitting in form, and Is entirely covered by finely accordion-pleated black mousseline de soie.and black satin tabs covered with black jetted net graduating m length, the largest being in front, the shortest at the back, and forming a tunic which permits the pleated gauze to be seen between the tabs. The black satin lining of the blouse is also tight fitting and is covered by full accordion pleated mousseline de sole. The tab trimming is continued at the front and back of tho waist The tight fitting black satin sleeve is also covered with black mousselllne de sole, the upper arm being entirely concealed by two large black flounces of black satin, covered with Jetted net,edged with the'jet trimming. The saucer collar and cuffs are of red velvet edged with Jet and a belt of red velvet confines the fullness of the mousseline at the waist and closes at the back with a butterfly bow of red velvet and a large,finely polished Jet buckle. Tailor-made gowns have lost their characteristic simplicity. An elegant model Is composed of sand-colored pop line, a textile which, on account of It* soft draping qualities combined with a dull lustre has become a great favorite. The short jacket, as well as the hem of the plain narrow skirt, is trimmed tastefully with rows of milliners' folds. The vest is of heavy green and flowered roccoco silk, double breasted and closing with eight buttons of gold filigree. The decollete of the vest is filled out by a dickey of tucked white surah with pleated lace edged Jabot, and the stiff linen collar Is encircled by a narrow black satin man's cravat. The tailor's imagination is given a wide scope- In the manufacture of out-door garments, in which scantiness of form, narrow sleeves, and plain basques are covered with gaudy trimmings. i A military Jacket of blue cloth is evidently an imitation of the Spanish or Portuguese uniforms, with its dark cerise silk revers, round gold buttons and gold hussar brandenbourgs. Another jacket of dark red cloth seems to have been modeled after the historical "Trilby" coat, but for the perfection of fit, and the cloth being cut "a Jour" to disclose a bronze leather Interlining. Cape-like wraps for matrons show long sash ends and are often made up of silk of two different but harmonising shades, like crushed strawberry and Nile green, the contrast being dampened by a covering of black pleated mous seline de sole, gauze or black lace embroidered with steel or Jet beads. For jaunty, youthful toilets, the unfailing short zouave or Eton Jacket in bright colors with darker braiding Is preferred. However, the styles for out-door wraps aru too varied and numerous to be fully described. We seem to live in a fashion period in which anything can be worn— with exception, perhaps, of the super-voluminous sleeve. unknown HINTS A medical journal inveighs against rocking, warning Ma adherents that thi soothing feeing that it superinduce! is really a mild congestion of the brabi. This, it is eKed, Is as applicable to the woman's rooking chair as to ths baby's cradle. At the silversmiths* are to be found oblong, flat silver tray* that are to hold the blocks of ice which serve for anyone of several dinner or luncheon courses. English women complain when they come over here that they never get a cup of hot tea. This will not seem strange to any American who has partaken of that beverage in an English home, where it is served—and drunk by the natives—at the boiling point A gardener, one of the observant, old fashioned sort, who knows that the best sap oomes from hill maple trees, and all those shades of plant and tree lore, gives a suggestion that may be of value to suburban residents. It Is In relation to the currant worm, which, he says, cam be kept away, or, if established, driven away, by a sprig of pine thrust in the center of each bush. Chemists protest against the preju dice held byi moet housekeepers toward cottonseed oil. They claim it to be very unjust Such oil is pronounced wholesome and having good food value by some of the most careful scientists, and its use ie preferable to that ot much of the lard in the market. The oil of a seed is certainly cleaner In Its associa tion, as well as actually, than that of an animal. Instead of butter, a few tabiespoonsful' of cream is a delicious addition to vege tables. If young, tender peas are boiled in very little water—cold water, mind till this has all evaporated, if salt, pep per and a dash of cream be put to them, and the whole just boiled up once, the result will be a revelation to those who have eaten them cooked' according to any printed recipe. Our cooking-school teachers concur in directing the boiling of peas in plenty of hot water and drain ing when done; this process make*them about as savory as so many chips. The fresh vegetable taste has entirely die apeared. String beans, of course, re quire more water, but It should be all boiled away — not drained off at the last, and then the cream be added, as to squash, to Lima beans or to new pota toes. These last are another delightful surprise if scraped instead of pared, boiled, drained and dished before pour ing over them a little cream and sprink ling with salt and pepper. The dish should be set in a warming-oven a few moments only. The farmers' wives who once upon a time were the "good cooks'' of this country learned the cream meth od of serving vegetables. No better way of cooking those particular articles of food has ever been discovered, with all, the improvements of fin de slecle scientific cookery.—W. in New York Evening Post. What Woman Owes to Society Woman stands as the sacred guardian of future homes and our nation's pros perity, and to her must we look for true reforms. To her standard must so ciety come. Let her be sure to place it higii and keep it pure, and make it apply impartially to all people. Let her keep out those whom she knows fall short of her standard, and never condone In the stronger sex what she condemns in the weaker. Let her think not to elevate society by hiding or condoning the evils which surround her on every side, but only by shutting out those whom she has found it Impossible to raise to her stand ard. Then future generations will arise who will bless her for their heritage. In stead of cursing her for their misery.— D wight L. Moody in June Ladles' Jour nal. Reflections of a Bachelor No man ever gets quite as close up to God as he does when his little child Is sick. A man who will admit that be is senti mental has no more of it about him than a frog. The average woman goes to her grave remembering what girl gave her the cheapest wedding present she got. A girl's idea of a lovely married couple is one that always gives a party on the anniversary of the day they first met. When a girl who has pretty feet lies down in a hammock she always goes to lots of trouble to cover them up—and doesn't. Tou can never tell how a girl looks at the breakfast table by the way she looks when she sits out on the porch In the evening. Charming Last Year's Hats The application of shoe polish to a black straw hat may save a visit to the renovator. A woman who is ani adept with her fine paint brush recently freshened the last summer hats of her little daught ers by means cf some paints, such as she had been using for dainty decorative work. A dull gold worked up beauti fully, also the burnt siennas. White leghorn hats may be efteotlvely cleansed by rubbing with corn meal and brushing off carefully afterward. How to Swing a Hammock "If you want to swing a hammock In a yard offering but little space," says the June Ladles' Home Journal, "have two brackets or davits made of two inch gas pipe and bent at the black smith's. At the hanging ends hooks are welded, to which hang the hammock. The pipes are fastened securely to the fence by bands of iron screwed fast to the fence. Wires may be strung over head upon which vines can be trained What the Ladies Took "In the last church bazar did the ladles take part?" "No," said) Slimpurse, "they took all." —New York Tribune. Wondered It Failed "I hear you've been trying the faith cure for your rheumatism, Mrs. Archer?" "Oh, yes: but didn't really believe in it at all, you know."—Chicago Journal. WISTFUL DAYS OF SPRING What is there wanting in the spring? The air is soft a» yesteryear; The happy-nested green Is here. And half the world is on the wing, The morning beckons and like balm Are westward waters, blue and calm, Tet something's wanting in the spring. What is wanting In the spring? O, April, lover to us all, What is poignant In thy thrall When children's merry voices ring? What haunts us in the cooing dove More subtle than the speech of love, What nameless lack or loss of spring? with the spring, ir, the fair, theuroung; es ever aung re rehearsing, sing, i • .• w, i keep a broken tryst. om the spring be missed . » n. / known tbe spring. —New Tork Bun. JUNE BRIDES A Wedding Gown That Is a Work of Art NEW SKIRT FOR SHIRTWAISTS UP TO DATE IDEAS FOB THE YACHTING WOMAN Muslins Gaining in Popularity—Three Brand New Materials for Sum mer—A Flannel Petticoat Special Correspondence to The Herald. NEW YORK, June I.—Society salaam* to the June bride, fetching creature that she is. This year she Is to be gowned in more charming mode than ever. Here is a wedding drees that one of the most beautiful of New York's beautiful women Is going to wear. The contrast of tex ture is remarkable. The bodice la skill fully draped with white chiffon, and slashed with gleaming satin, while clouds of chiffon form the sleeves. Around the foot of the skirt runs a cor don of orange blossoms, and at the back where it la evoluted into a long train, a huge bow of white satin ribbon charms the eye. So much for the gown in which the young woman ie going to be married. That would never do for the travelling dress, of course. Perhaps I ought to call it the going away gown—to be strictly English, you know. However, for thoae of us who still have old-fashioned ideas traveling drees will do. This particular one is of simple, quiet fawn cloth. It has moet delicious linings of pink, white and gold check silk, a dainty little surprise wihen a movement of the foot betrays the inner edges. Fawn braid is used to ornament the surface of this gown, and as this repeats exactly the cloth on which It rests, it gives an exceeding uni formity of tone. In the frills that run i down the bodice there Is a moet becom i ing note of turquoise blue. The same ef | feet obtains in the jewelled buckle that | clasps the ribbon at the waist, j Next in importance to the bride her- I self comes the bridesmaid. Here is a 1 hat which is especially fitted for her, . and one which would be becoming to , any young.fresh face. Yet it is simplic ity Itself. It is one mass of accordion pleated chiffon—the crown fastened in the center with a diamond ornament. This is tied round the baae with a Tus can tinted ribbon, and has three white feathers at one side. In materials for the gown Itself, the bridesmaid may find something very enhancing in pin spot bengallne. This silk, particularly lin cream color, has a very youthful charm. Ondlne is another silk quite in | favor for bridesmaids, and may be had in almost any pale shade. At last we have a skirt that may be worn with a shirt waist, without open . ing down the back at inopportune mo ments, or slipping below the belt. This new idea Is worthy of special considera tion and is becoming most deservedly popular. It is Intended for wear with the bolero now so much worn, and'opens at one side of the front, thus obviating any possible separation at tlve placket hole. The shape is excellent. Cut with out any fullness at the back, it yet sets admirably. It Is finished at the waist, which is absolutely tight, with a neat Petersham band. This skirt would be particularly desirable for country wear, for, on account of its peculiar make, it would look equally well for cycling or tennis use. When worn by a wheel woman, the new cyclllng hat now coming into favor would be most suitable. This novelty is made very simply, consist ing merely of a knitted Tarn O'Shanter mounted on a velvet band, trimmed at one side with a couple of quills and a bunch of flowers. The woman whose idea of enjoyment in summer consists chiefly of boating has a variety of wraps to choose from, and must be unfortunate Indeed if some one agong them, does not become her. We have the long coat ulster in the ever useful blue cloth faced with white. Then there is the short cape form. These latter show a decided novelty in being arranged to button over the shoulders so that they can be worn in circular form, or open to admit t/he arms. These | capes have admirable points and may ibe used for driving also. These are the ' most in evidence, but they are modified lin so many ways as to practically be come entirely different in style. Despite the endless variety of ma terials we are already familiar with, there are always new once which find their way to public favor. Among the novelties for this season, there are three which seem to deserve particular men tion. Flrts there is a new fabric which is called "Loulsine." It Is a kind of pop lin, much thinner than the ordinary variety, andi is to be found mainly m charming little check patterns, green, mauve, black and gray being combined with white. It offers itself persuasively for blouses. The other two materials are of the gauze variety. Dalghali crepe Is like chiffon, but infinitely superior to that perishable article in wearing qual ities, and offering the further advant ages of being chea per. Then there Is the Agra gauze. This is very soft and silky, and makes the most delightful frills and fichus. But with all the furore that exists for transparent stuffs of every variety, muslins will hold their own in popu larity. One of the prettiest afternoon dresses I have seen this season ie of the time-honored spotted variety. It is made over a maize colored foundation of silk glace, while circling intermin ably around the sleeve is cream lace. The muslin of the bodice end skirt has insertions of the lace,, and the crush belt is of green glace silk. Taking it a* a whole, nothing could be more charm ing and becoming. No woman's ward robe this season will be deemed' com plete without at least one of these pretty and inexpensive frocks. Lingerie being a matter of necessity, we are always glad to have new ideas concerning possibilities In that direc tion, and especially something entirely new. Novelties in silks and muslins are of almost every-day occurrence, but something really new in the way of a flannel petticoat is a genuine and most agreeable surprise. We call it a flannel petticoat, but It is really not flannel st all. It is made of a woolen, crepe-like material, quite amenable to the washer woman, and trimmed with flounces of lace. There are three qualities to be obtained—an all-wool crepe, a Silk and wool orepe, aad a cotton crepe.