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STATION MASTER. Kentucky Girl Has Proved Woman's Fitness lor Railroad Work. WAS APPOINTED AT TWENTY. Though a College Graduate, She Preferred Business to Teaching. The Southern woman is rapidly be coming as "new" as her Northern sis ter. In some respects, she is more orig inal In her choice of occupations than the woman of the North, who is grad ually growing into conventional modes of livelihood just as she formerly took It for granted that her only aims in life were marriage and housekeeping. In the South, however, where there are not so many "positions" open to wo men, those who are reduced In circum stances take the first opportunity which offers itself, and pretty generally make a success of It. Miss Susie M. T.asloy of Rowland, Ky.. is one of this type. She belongs to a proud Southern family which is one of the traditional "F. F. V's"— her mother having come from Virginia. Her occupation is unique, so far as members Of the feminine persuasion are con cerned. She la the first fully equipped, officially authorize,!, and legally bond ed station among women, and she is only twenty-two. What is more, she has held the position for two years, having been, at the age of twenty, ap pointed to the office which ahe had practically filled for two years previ ous to that time. At eighteen, she graduated with th" degree of A. B. fflffm South Kentucky College at Hopkinsville, nnd so-ii se cured a position as assistant to her brother, who held the agency which the young women herself now rlHs. Then, wlien the brother went off travelling in Central America and his successor sud denly died. Miss Lesley, who had mean time been keeping her eyes open and learning all that was to be known about a railroad station, was called to fill the position. "As to the ability of a woman to fill such a position." says Miss Lesley, "I quote the comment of the officials who sai<l at the dose of the year. 'Your ser vice has been altogether satisfactory.' "The requirements," she goes on to I SHy. "are a good general education, j with quickness and accuracy in mathe- ! ma tics. One must be able, instantly. ' to tell the per cent, accruing to the particular railroad company to which one belongs from a shipment of live stock to Liverpool, England, and at the i same time be able to compute and fur-; Irish 'ten cents worth of riding ma terial' to the backwoodsman at the ticket window". "The characteristics demanded are a | good memory', quick Judgment, and self-reliance, combined with that rare, but saving grace, good temper. "My experience has proven that tho place can be successfully filled by a woman, demanding no more of those | small courtesies from the opposite sex ; than any other position. I find the! work pleasant and interesting, and de void of the monotonous routine that | Susie M. Lasley of Rowland, Ky,, College Graduate and Station Agent. characterizes so much of the allotted woman's work. My home is one mile distant, and whenever the weather does not positively prevent it, I ride a Wheel to and from the station. I be lieve that Clerical railroad work, though as yet an untried field for wo men, is a most interesting and con genial occupation, and girls who are looking about for a means of livelihood would do well to take it into consid eration." Copyright, IS9B, by Bachellcr Syndicate. Flower Bath for Women. One of the latest whims of women who can afford to indulge their whims 1 is tile flower bath. It is claimed that 1 there Is nothing like it for strengthen ing the muscles of the neck, shoulders and arms. This is the way the baths are taken: Suppose a girl wishes to take a rose bath. She puts a quantity of rose petals into a bag and pours a Quantity of boiling w-ater sufficient to cover the bag over it. The water Is al lowed to boll hard for ten minutes. It is then allowed to cool, and is poured into the bathtub, which must be half full of blood-warm water. The bather lies quietly in this for fifteen or twenty minutes and suspends the thinking pro cess as well as she possibly can. It is alleged that the treatment, if persisted in two or three times a week, will put the body in a healthy condition and give a glow and softness to the skin. Its fragrance makes it delightful. Crushed violets, oat straw nnd pine needles can be substituted for rose leaves, and all arc prepared in the same way. MILITARY GIRDLE Made of Buttons From Sol diers' Uniforms—Peacock and Cameo Belts. If you want to proclaim yourself as belonging to the "army and navy set." and therefore In a very gay social ' swim, you must wear a military belt, which is not, as its name might indi cate, a ponderous leather and gold af |fair, patterned after the kind belonging Ito soldiers' uniforms. It la indeed, the product of much devastation of those i uniforms, but the articles plundered 1 are not the belts, but the buttons. I Ovary fair damsel who has military i [friends smiles upon one after another J I until she has persuaded each to muti late his regimentals in order to bestow | upon her the one favor which she ask above all others, a pretty brass button ! from the front of his coat. In vain he offers to bring her one the next time he sees her; she will have none of his promises, but will snip the button ofl herself before he escapes her. In rare ! oases, an officer gets off by promising' to bring her a half dozen or SO, for of < OUPee that would lessen her labor and shorten the time before the n"ees.s,iry materials for the belt were collected. Having obtained a couple of dozen of these buttons, she hies her to a jeweler. ; who fastens tiny links to the edges of the buttons and connects them with chraina until sufficient girth Is reached to encircle her presumably slender waist. A diamond shaped buckle is then formed of the rest of the but tons, ar.d the belt is complete—unless thcr? should happen to be a few of the military souvenirs left, in which case they may be used for a chatelaine. The belt next in favor is designed to represent a circlet of peacock feathers. The feather par: is dark. OXydtSed sil ver, and the "eyes" are made of a pur ple enamel that glitters lilc? amethyst. Such a girdle costs twenty-five dollars, but it Is a great favorite with the swagger New Yorker, notwithstanding th« superstition that peaonrk fenthers are the plumage of ill omen. Tn general, belts average about two Inches wide, and the newest on»s are made of a succession of round or square pieces linked together over an inner belt of silk —usually grey, to I match the silver. This introduction of I a silk lining into the composition of a : metal belt Is a new Idea designed to protect the dress from the constant friction of sharp, or. at least, hard points with delicate material. Another innovation has the same merits to recommend it as a certain well-known health corset which has been on the market for many years. It is the belt with a spiral wire arrange ment that stretches in accordance with the movements of the body, allowing free breathing and reasonable exercise. Young women who contemplate a summer by tho sea should either avoid the < ut steel belt or else ask for the ; kind that is warranted not to tarnish at the seashore, as there is a new va- Iriety, now on the market which has this ] guaranty. Ingenuity in the arrangement of imi . tation jewels has been taxed to the ut termost in the making of belts, and the despairing designer has turned his at tention to imitation cameos. Mercury, Ptayehe, Venue, Juno, and all sorts of mythological characters arc linked to gether in ttnelassieal disregard of rela tions or affinities, but they make a j beautiful belt and are affected by the damsel whose pose is Grecian wherever I possible. 1 Copyright, 1M)8, by Uaeheller Syndicate. LOS ANGELES HERALD ■ SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 13, 1898. SOCIAL PUFFS FOR DEBUTANTES. Value of Luncheons And Dinners in Their Honor Recßoned at 60 Much Per Line in Case of Ordinaro Commodities--CoffeQe Girls' Pfans for Junior Promenades. From a social point of view, the months of January and February are to Winter "what July and August'aro to Summer, the chief differences be tween the two pairs of gala months be ing in the motive for each. The winter pair is almost wholly devoted by the society mother to the social interests of her daughter—attending to her in troduction into swelldom, her lunch eons, calls, and above all, to her gowns. , In summer, however, she goes away to « rest from winter obligations well ful filled, and sets about to enjoy herself, leaving the younger members of her household to take care of themselves. Just now is the most critical moment in many an anxious mamma's whole year. Most of the debutantes of the season have been brought out, but the problem of keeping up social interest in those same buds is as ditllcult to solve as that of any advance agent for a coming soubrette, or a promoter of interest in some new kind of soap. The fact is, the debutante requires adver tising quite as much as any commer cial commodity, and though it must all be done in a delicate sort of way, it is none the less a piece of high-art ad vertisement through the columns of some society leader's mansion where I the young lady in question is to be the j guest of honor at a luncheon or din-j ner. This requires the enlistment of j one's friends' interests instead of the newspaper paragraphs at so much a line, which are the usual thing In less delicate matters; yet the favor is one' which can be. and usually is. returned in kind, so that after all it is only a species ~f barter in which no money passes from hand to hand. In many cases, one's relatives do this sort of so cial boosting. Very often, also, as in i the case of Miss Josephine Drexel of New York, there is no need of any out • side assistance to the top of the ladder, and it Is only gone through with as a I matter of form, as well as to give the • deJbutante a good time and a chance to display her natural powers of fuseina ! tion. Miss Drexel has had the good for • tune of an opportunity to make an Im pression in two cities in the first year of her coming out through the gener ! osity of her Philadelphia aunt. Mrs. • | Anthony Drexel, who has attained so cial celebrity for both herself and her ! captivating niece, by spending nearly In Orange and Black for a Princeton Ball. s3,ooo for the young woman's cotillion favors alone. It will be a long time be ; fore the guests of that cotillion will for i get this fact. j And at the same time that all this is going on in the exclusive circles of the : wealthy, the plain, ordinary daughter 'of the middle classes, who doesn't both :er herself about coming out balls, be cause like Topsy she has "jus' grow'd up" in her own particular set. and doesn't need introductions, is having as I good a time in her own way as any of I the girls in higher social strata. Among them all, however, there is ! none who so thoroughly enjoys herself, and who so materially contributes to the enjoyment of her associates, as I does the college girl, which term may !be broadened to include the girl who I comes under the influence of the college j ! environment —in short, the college ' man's girl, who comes in for all the ] I fun attendant upon college life. That! i this girl is the most interesting of all the various types of the season may be assumed from the fact that she finds favor in the eyes of the college man, i | for this youthful embodiment of inde- j j pendente is bound by no considerations j lof wealth or birth in the choice of her , ■ whom he is pleased to regard as his j j "best girl." ! This is the damsel who will grace the I various "Junior Proms." which take place at different times from now until | June. Princeton will follow Yale's brilliant ' lead this week With its Junior ball, to be given at the Casino next Friday, ■ February 11. Mrs. Grover Cleveland is among the patronesses, a distinction j which "old Nassau" enjoys over other | colleges as a result of proximity to the 1 home of the ex-president's family, as well as to the interest which the lat ter have always shown in the welfare of the institution. Naturally, every young woman who expects to go is In a flutter of excitement over the affair, I and the thoroughfares leading to the I principal New York shops have been profitably traversed by such of the pretty Jersey girls who are so fortu nate as to have admirers among the Princeton men. There are plenty of New- York and Philadelphia girls *tfho "ex ited to visit relatives or friends at that verj( time," within driving distance of | the Casino, which is the scene of the ball, and many a new gown will re ceive its first airing there. One exquisite little dress which is especially designed for the occasion is done in the Princeton colors, at the same time carrying out one of the lat est fancies in evening costumery. The new fancy is to drape a thin white gauze over a moderately dark shade of taffeta. The taffeta in this case is, of course, orange, and the gauze over dress is white with edges of narrow, black velvet ribbon. The foundation skirt has a pleated flounce around the bottom albout fourteen inches wide. The overdress is cut up in long scallops at the bottom which reach to the top of the taffeta flounce, and are them selves edged with a five inch pleating of the white gauze finished with black i velvet ribbon, as above mentioned. The ' waist has more pleatings of black ' edged gauze over the shoulders, and the I inevitable sash with Its long ends is a j perfect billow- of pleated flounces run ' ning up the edges and across in zig-zag j fashion. The slippers to go with this i gown are orange satin, with black j beadings, and the gloves are black, j Black gloves for evening have a most , unaccountable popularity, as is evinced by the quantities of them which are seen at the opera. Tho date of the Princeton "Prom." Is so near to St. Valentine's day that it may easily be regarded as a Valentine dance, and probably will be, so far as the college men and their sweethearts are con cerned. Black enters into the composition of i a great many of the evening gowns one i sees at the opera. The fearless woman • with confidence In her figure appears I in black velvet cut very decollete, and i un-relieved, except for the gleaming ■ string of diamonds at the top of the I corsage. She also wears black gloves ' which stop at the elbow, if her arm is i pretty, or reach several inches above ,in other cases. The glove that covers I all but the upper four inches of the arm i is again in favor, and there Is only the • tiniest bit of a puff for a dress sleeve ■ at the shoulder. One of the box favor > ites who wore black velvet, the other • night at the performance of the Meis - tersinger, had the beginnings of tight t sleeves at the shoulder in place of f puffs. The effect was startling as ij evincing a return to the positively un comfortable, tight sleeve of eeven years ago. One young girl ln rose pink had a tiny sleeve cap of mousseline gathered around the top of her arm. The smallest bit of trimming at the top of the arm is sufficient sleeve, un less one wants to wear a long one reaching to the wrist. This sleeve is being introduced into the new summer evening dresses whlcth are already on sale In the large shops. The style will be found extremely convenient for sum mer hops wnlch are usually more or less Informal, and a dress so made can easily be converted into an afternoon gown after its first freshness has worn off. The evening gowns on exhibition are characterized by the yards upon yards of satin ribbon that are sewed in rows around gauze flounces and above them on the body of the skirt, and then above that, on the bodice itself. The sleeves also have the same trimming. The ribbon Is not the "baby" variety, but Is alK>ut a quarter of an inch wide. Pink mousseline or organdy trimmed in this manner makes a beautiful dress, and. the principal elements ln Its com position being time and. patience, the average girl can easily make It her self. Finally, no evening costume, however beautiful, is complete without a flow er, feather, ribbon, or aigrette in the hair. Young girls wear a ribbon or flower set low on the hair. Matrons prefer a high aigrette or feather. ANNIE LAURIE WOODS. Copyright, 1898, by Bacheller Syndicate. A Veteran Worker. One of the most devoted workers In the cause of women is Mrs. Margaret W. Campbell of Dcs Moines. la., who Is now 70 years old, but still very ac tive. She was born In Maine, and came to lowa a great many years ago. Her husband was an artist, and was also an anient suffragist. When Colorado was about to be organized as a state Mr. and Mrs. Campbell dropped all other business and went to the terri tory to work for woman suffrage, hop ing to get it into the new state consti tution. They travelled all over the state, undergoing all manner of hard ships and privations, climbing over mountains on burros, riding ln rough wagons, visiting pioneers in their homes in all parts of the new and wild country. They did not succeed then, but they planted the seed which after ward ripened into the full right of suf frage now enjoyed by Colorado women. The constitution was so framed that the question might be submitted to the popular vote, and when it was submit ted it was carried. Mrs. Campbell for years travelled from Maine to Califronia, putting in most of her time for the equal suffrage cause. For many years she was Lucy Stone's "right-hand man." FarvSeeing Young Women. Two young women named Kenway Who live in Kllckital county, Washing j ton, have turned a neat bit of money jas the reward of possessing business sense and being stanch republicans. The New York Sun says that when Mc- Kinley was elected they rejoiced great ly, and. being sure that a few months more would see a protective tariff in operation, and wool bringing high prices, they got together $1,840, <uid last spring bought a flock of sheep. Then they hired a sheep-herder, and sent their flock off to the hills to graxe on free grass during the summer, plaining to sell their newly acquired live stock before the winter should make neces sary expensive care and feeding. As the summer waned they began to Ixik | about for purchasere. They made three j .separate sales, receiving for the sheep I a total of $7,480. They disposed of the • last sheep before the cold and wet Wtol j ter weather began, and netted on the Cora C. Weed of Muscatine, la., Seeks Appointment as Consul. whole enterprise $5,000. That 18, they trebled their money tn a little more than six months. Which proves that the modern 80-Peep is a much wiser person than ehe waa in Mother Goose's time. Photographs By An Empress. The Empress of Austria possesses a collection of photographs taken by her self during her travels of the last nine years. They consist of portraits of all the beautiful women and girls whom her majesty (hae seen, a great number of them being Italians and French. At tached to each photograph Is a paper, on wfhich is written the name, a«e and description of the lady depicted, to gether with the date on which the por i trait was taken and the place. A WOMAN ASPIRES TO A CONSULATE. Diplomatic Qualities Not Necessarily Masculine, Says Cora C. Weed. SWITZERLAND HER CHOICE. Has a Large Endorsement Among lowa Politicians of Influence. We cannot "all bp teachers and Stenographers nor even "lady newspa per men." Some can be doctors, some nurses, and others can enter matrimo nial bonds. "For my part, I propose to be consul, if I can get appointed," says the voice of the advanced woman from the West. And she is saying It pretty loud, too, if the experience of Mrs. Cora C. Weed of Muscatine. lowa, can be taken as an indication of the trend of public sen timent. "There la nothing." says Mrs. Weed, "In the requirements for a consulate which prevent a woman from filling the position as well as a man. In fact, the average man Who Is appointed consul has no special qualifications for the of fice. He does not even bother himself to learn the language of the country to whi< h he aspires to be consul until af ter he is appointed. And as for train ing to diplomatic service that is out of the question until one is sure of the office. "The qualifications which should be required are a thorough acquaintance with different languages, more especial ly the one spoken In the country to which one aspires to be consul, as well as some knowledge of the customs of various countries acquired by a cer tain amount of travel." Mrs. Weed lives in a house beautiful ly situated at the top of a bluff over looking the Mississippi river. It is well named "Eyrie," suggesting the eagle's nest from its lofty height. This brilliant woman who aspires to till a position never yet bestowed upon any of her sex. Is one of the most in fluential politicians in lowa. The Wo men of lowa are not yet allowed to vote, but they are said to wield more political power than the women of any other state in the country, perhaps ex cepting Kansas. Mrs. Weed is an ac complished linguist, thoroughly edu cated and broadened by travel, and "as to the grounds upon which I hope to succeed," says this feminine aspirant to a consulate, "I refer, with pleasure, to my extensive endorsement among men of influence and political power." Mrs. Weed's preferences as to locality lie between Germany and Switzerland. "These two countries," says she, "are attractive for many reasons to the con sulate seeker. Their people are more congenial to Americans than those of other European nationalities, and life there would be more nearly like that to which they are accustomed at home. "It is my belief that the time Is ripe for the recognition of woman in the field of representative public service, and upon this belief, as well as upon the hearty support of political friends, I base my hopes of success ln obtain ing the appointment." Copyright, 1898, by Bacheller Syndicate. Persian Mournesr. The mourners at a Persian funema 1 wipe away thedr tears with wads oi cotton wool or little sponges, which are atfterwaird squeezed Into bottles. The tears are preserved ais a powerful and efficacious restorative for those whom every other medicine has failed to re vive. This constitutes a most Impor tant part of the obsequies of the dead. Where Women Suffrage Prevails. In South Australia all adults enjoy the rights of franchise, and Mr. King ston, the prime minister, says that the women appreciate the power and al ways use it intelligently.