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DAME FASHION'S FAN DISPLAYS THE REIGNING TRIUMVIRATE IN THE MODISH WORLD ENORMOUS REVERS ON SWELL SPRING COATS NEW YORK, Feb. ".—(Special Corre spondence to The Herald.) The black taffeta craze is upon us. Our grand mothers considered a beautiful black taffeta an absolute necessity, a gown no woman with any pretensions to style could afford to be without. Its glitter, its rustle and its lightness were so ob viously in its favor that it was impos sible to resist its seductions. And now the IS9B woman will rustle and glitter also. Black taffeta skirts are made up by dressmakers and the large stores and are all heruffled. Some are lined with colored gros grain, others with perca line, but the daintiest of all are unlined, depending on the quality of the silk for the firmness needed. A six-inch hem stiffened with gauze suffices to hold out the hem. The trimming consists of ruf fles in clusters, ruffles outlining a round apron and reaching nearly to the belt in the back, or ruffles follow ing the front Beams from the belt, turning towards the back at the lower edge and contin uing around the skirt. Every ruffle is finished with a narrow hem and many have narrow" Chantilly lace, or No. 2 black velvet ribbon, or a gimp of a single row of Jet spangles, or a tiny passe menterie of silk soutache. Many nf these flounces are much wider at the back than in front and all on the bias of the silk. Waists for these prowns are nn the blouse order, slightly polnti d or with • flat basque. Cross tucks and ruffles or lengthwise tucks, rows of lace lnser-1 tion, white silk and lace yokes, lace I ruffled batiste vest fronts, and jetted i mousseline yokes, are trimming for these waists. Rows of narrow black: velvet are also used, alternating with cross tucks. These bodices display the fancy for white yokes and fronts, which Is one of the must conspicuous features of the new season's styles. The pretty girl in the center of Dame Fashion's fan this week wears one of these gowns sketched by our artist at a leading dry goods house. The unlined ikirt ruffled to the waist bad each ruffle edged with narrow black velvet ribbon. This was repeated at the waist, and a how of the same ribbon set on the left Bide matched the waistband. The white DOMESTIC SCIENCE Absorbent gauze and paper muslin make good soft, dishtowels. Inexpen sive bath mats of Turkish toweling can be found as low as 3f> cents. Old gloves protect the hands in doing the dirty work of the house, but rubber gloves cannot be specially recommend ed, as they make the hands sensitive. I know a child who has slept two years very comfortably in a hammock in a house where the Hour space is crowded. The hammock is made of heavy sailcloth and pulled up out of the way during the daytime. Don't be afraid to Blight a little if temporarily without a maid. Sweeping' is heavy work, and a carpet sweeper will • lighten the work greatly. But the car pet sweeper will not do good work if it is not kept clean, it may need oiling oc casionally. One woman living in the country where there is not running water on every floor has seven or eight large demijohns which she keeps filled. These are better than pitchers, ln that the dust cannot collect in them. Keep a broom, n whiskbroom and dusters on each floor of the house to save steps. One way to r.tuff eggs is to boil them hard, cut them in halves, remove the yolks. Pound these with butter, salt, and a little anchovy paste. Refill the whites with the mixture, putting each half on n square of dry toast. Servo with a white eauce poured around each, with a dust of Parmesan cheese over it. People living in small towns have an advantage over city people, for elec tricity is less expensive. It can be ap plied to sad irons, chafing dishes, coffee pots, and there are the plates to which the electricity is applied, and cooking can be done directly upon thorn or ket satin yoke was veiled with lace. These skirts, we regret to say, are all longer in the back than in front and set out well. This sweep outward is obtained by the wearing of a long bustle, or by a silk petticoat heavily flounced up the back breadths, ln some cases these breadths arc supported by reeds run in casings, thus forming a true tournure, such as was worn twenty years ago. The fancy for yokes of white mous seline is shown on the third and last figure on fashion's fan. This spring sown is of light weight, blue-gray cloth. The yoke is outlined by black velvet ribbon. The lace so artistically applied is one of the new makes of Valenciennes. EARLY SPRING CLOTH GOWNS Black cloth costumes are considered very elegant. If you care for an es pecially becoming one, make it as fol lows: Trim the skirt with quarter-inch tucks nearly to the hips. The spaces between these tuck" may be from two to three inches. The blouse must fit snugly —drawn down Into the steel spangled belt. The top is low-cut over a yoke Of white puplin er satin, covered with a yoke of jet and steel spangles. The beads are on the- collar band, and the belt fastens with a steel buckle. Three of th?se bands are down the front, edged with a tiny puffing uf black mousseline. The small sleeves have epaulettes. A brilliant velvet collar may be worn in place of the white one if more eolur is de sired. Here is an exquisite costume in the soft grey we have learned to love. It is in the new material woven to represent tucks, and is a cloth so fine and light that it is pleasant to think of, and will be to wear. The tucks run length wise of the skirt, which has no other trimming. The simple blouse waist is 1 LOS ANGELES HERALD: SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 13. 1898 THE ADVANCED SPRING GIRL OF 1898 WILL WEAR A FLOUNCED BLACK TAFFETA GOWN AND A POMPADOUR HAT TRIMMED WITH FLOWERS AND BLACK VEL VET. AS WILL BE SEEN IN THE STYLISH FIGURE IN THE CENTER PANEL A CHILD'S DANCING PARTY drawn into a palp green bias silk with waist band. The top is cut .nit back and front over a yoke or green silk in tiny gathered turks. The sleeves are out In the new style, with but one seam, nnd that on the Inside of the arms. The shaping over the elbow is accomplished by three or four gathers, or rather pleats, taken Just in the bend l the arm. The puff is very small, and the tucks run round the arm. Those on the blouse waist run lengthwise to match those on thy skirt. The dainty elegance of this skirt cannot be ade quately described. A SPRING COAT The coat we illustrate is a Paris model, and is an example of the Incoming style in large revere. It is of putty-colored cloth, anil the revets are faced With white moire; VELVET RIBBON TniMMIN'G Small sleeves of separate taffeta waists ate covered with cross rows of No. 5 vel vet ribbon. At the top is a small square and stiffened epaulette edged with three rows of the ribbon. The bloused waist has a similar bayadere effect, and a tiny yoke of white silk covered with heavy lace or appliques of lace figures. The collar and belt will be of deep pink, cherry, turquoise, nr emerald green vel vet with a buckle nf steel set With colored Jeweft to match the velvet. Rows of velvet ribbon grndunted in widths trim many of the new skirts. Black net skirts, ribbon trimmed, are worn over skirts of plaid silk, and very odd they | look. i • 1 ■—: — Appropriately Mr. Belllnghatn—Whai "is your Current Events elilli studying now. my dear? Mrs. li' illlngham—Electricity.— Detroit Free Press. There is nothing that can equal a wo man's scorn—especially if you Btep on it In a crowded car.—Chicago News. YOKES OF WHITE MOUS SELINE ON SPRING BODICES MUST BE POOR OR RICH Middle Class Housekeeper Asks for Moderate Price Dwellings A woman of moderate means who has heard and read of many philanthropic plans for the housing of laborers' fami lies thus laments: "I hear all this talk about model tene ments, but why don't they build some thing model for the middle-class house keeper? When I hear them talking of water being heated from the cellar ln summer, or from a laundry-house In the center of a block of houses, the laundry to furnish a comfortable place in winter or summer for washing and Ironing, I say to myself: "Why, oh, why, does not some philanthropist rise to the needs of the great middle class?" Give the lux uries to the people of the tenements, by all means, but don't neglect the people who need them more and who would appreciate them so much. The woman Of the tenements does not feel the need of keeping her children In clean, starched clothes in summer, but I must Lteep mine In pretty, fresh gowns; she does not feel the need of more than one or two gowns for her children, and when her washing Is done In a primitive way she sits out on her doorstep to give her chlldreoi the air while she watches them: I do riot—l must sew. One maid cannot do every thing, und lr my children are to be kept in even their plain little summer gowns I must iron them myself. The kitchen is hot, and I am tired when I finish, but there Is a big pile of sewing and mending to be reduced, while my maid takes her afternoon off or lakes tho children to the The whole house is hot from the kitchen, bue that makes no difference. Never in the year is hot water needed so much as in the,summer. When there Is the dust and the grime of perspiration to be removed from healthy little bodies. What a blessing hot water without fire would be in summer to the middle-class housewife: Why doesn't the philanthropist, who says he can make a fair profit on his money In build ing model tenements to be rented at moderate prices, build model houses for hard-working housekeepers ot the bet ter class, who do not put coat in their bathtubs or garbage in their sinks?" Echo—The only thing that can film-flam a woman out of the- last word.—Chicago News. ties or spiders used. This can be dons at a less expense than cooking with gas or coal, and it is absolutely clean and easy.—New York Times. A piece of lee will keep some time If laid on a piece of muslin which is tied over a bowl tight enough so thilt the Ice cannot touch the sides or bottom. Then tie another cloth over the top. The water from the melting Ice Is below and does not accelerate .'.he moltlrig as it would if the ice were standing in it. A Novel Hen Party The Boston Traveler tells of a new kind of hen party that has fount! favorln that city. It bears no resemblance to the time-honored idea that tea and chit-chat, gossip and smart hats, con stitute the necessary adjuncts to these particular gatherings. The Interest cen ters about a real, live hen o»° feathers, her chicks and her eggs. The party originated In this fashion: A young bride and groom took a house In the suburbs and went to housekeeping. A mischievous friend called to see them and discovered on the premises a desert" ed hennery, which suggested an Idea to his fertile brain. He at once communicated his Idea to other friends, who arranged secretly for a genuine hen party. On a pleasant day the Invited guests met at the railway station and proceeded ln a body to the new home. Each one carried a live hen, a chick or a dozen eggs for hatching pur poses. The scene which occurred when thirty six guests arrived with thirty-six in stallments for the hennery was decided ly ludicrous. When the little hostess re covered breath she produced chocolate cups and tea biscuits and the groom showed himself a man of resources by offering a prize for the most laughable incident connected with the purchase of the fowls. One of the rules of this new game is that the hens must not be sent by ex press, porter, or other means of convey ance, but must be delivered by the pur chaser. It is suggested that these feath ered donations would prove a great suc cess ln charitable affairs.