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, \u25a0 \u25a0 •« . yT* LARA and Matilda are ; two little I cpusins, who live together in the \u25a0 , same iiouse. go to the same school and share the same-playroom. One day, when' there" had been a season of very bad weather, so that it was not # . pleasant to play out of doors for long *? .at a time and when several more days • even harder storms were predicted ,/V^by.rthelr Uncle" George, who knew all weather signs, /Clara and Ma _>."' tilda grew a bit restless and decided 'r> they, would I like to invent some per \u25a0";\u25a0 fectly, new/ kind o^ play, something ' that ! could be played' indoors and which would be *very/ jolly. ' They thought and thought for a very long time, when '" : /^suddenly they were interrupted by the ' arrival of their Aunt Lillian. "Oh, Aunt Lillian, what shall we play ,;that is brand new?" they cried. 5 "Well,*' said Aunt, Lillian, without waiting* a single moment, to think, "why don't you have a dolls' beauty show?" / ' .' \u25a0 . ' \ \u25a0 .-" \u25a0\u25a0'.'''['-\u25a0 ; " ': Clara and Matilda looked at each other in wide : eyed admiration, because . they had never thought, of such a "thing as a dolls' beauty, show before, and they were perfectly delighted with //the- -suggestion. "It's just the. very thing," they said. . . They started in at once to make their arrangements. First they made a /huge placard of cardboard and on this they printed in huge letters the words: DOLLS' BEAUTY SHOW , Friday Afternoon, After School Clara and Matilda's House, No. 3 • Union Street All Entries Must Be in by - 3 o'clock PRIZES (PRIZES PRIZES &i»T""~ "*» i- "\u25a0 ' 1 '"* . ( Then they wrote several similar no tices ori'/small cards, put them in en velopes and sent them' to the houses of their girl friends. The large sign they meant to fake to school with them and ask the teacher, to permit them to put tho. notice up inside the cloakroom. After the announcement of the show had been made the next thing to do was to select tho prizes. Clara and Matilda and their Aunt Lillian hunted through the family jewel boxes for trinkets which could be awarded as prizes. Of course, these were the dolls' Jewol boxes, not those of the human beings. Clara and Matilda had each four dolls, all of which were quite well pro vided with Jewelry, so that there were really plenty of things that could be given to the dolls who wore to com pete in the contest. "Here Is Elsanor Maud's watch," said Clara; "perhaps that would do for one prize. She has had it a long time, and she really ought to be willing to givo it away," . Eleanor Maud was Matilda's very best'l'arls doll, and uhe had quantities of clothes and some very handsome jewelry, "I don't really think Eleanor Maud would care to hiwe her watch used as a prize for the beauty shop," said Ma tilda rather coldly, for she did not much like the Idea of giving away Eleanor Maud's watch. "Perhaps," Bhe suggested, "we. could take 80-Peep's bracelet forgone of the prisea." It was now Clara's turn to look gloomy, because 80-Peep was her best THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20. 1910.— 'I'll K JUNIOR CALL doll and her bracelet was her favorite possession. . She prized... it even more highly than her sheep. It looked for a moment as If there were to be no prizes and perhaps not even any show, but just at this most trying /moment Aunt Lillian, came to the rescue. ; . "I don't really think," she said, "that we should take away the other dolls' jewelry for. prizes. That would, be hardly fair. - But we can make some very attractive new jewelry from beads) and I happen to have some beads that are exactly right for thisx. purpose." . if' Aunt Lillian then brought out a most i fascinating box which contained -beads of all colors and * several sizes/ and sewing silk, cord and wire and some small pins, for the hair. ; First Aunt Lillian showed them how to make .pearl earrings with some beautiful pearl beads which were fas tened to' thin wire so that they could be placed , on the lobe of the doll's ear very neatly,; while, the. wire was | ex tended back to the ear and up to the hair., * \ : \u25a0 » "* ' , .- . For the first prize they made a lovely pearl necklace, such as even the proud est doll would be glad to win, and for the' second they made a necklace of blue beads that was almost as pretty and quite as valuable, f. There was a necklace of red beads for the third prize and a bracelet of beautiful gold glass beads for the fifth. The earrings were thesixth. \u25a0 Other prizes Were pins for, the hair of gold,' crystal and colored jewels, which were made on hairpins, the beads being strung on -a small wire and twisted around the hairpin. . . When they had finished making*. the prizes there Were the honorable men- \u25a0 tion ribbons to make. These were made of white-ribbon, on which the words "honorable mention" were written in Ink. It was very difficult to mark them without having the ink run, and eo Aunt Lillian g*ot her indelible pencil, which is used to mark table linen, etc., so that it will not get lost in the laun dry. This did very nicely. After 'the honorable mention ribbons were marked a blue ribbon was marked "first prize" and a red one "second prize." All the rest of the awards were third prizes, and they were to be accompanied by yellow ribbons marked "third prize." By this time all of one afternoon was used up and Clara and Matilda were obliged to wait until next day before any more work was done on the dolls' beauty show. When they went to school the next day they werejmet by a twitter of excitement, for most of the glrla had^ received the notices, of %the show and they were anxious to learn all about it. Those to whom notices had not been sent gathered eagerly about the sign The Wisdom of a Toad A scientific journal tells this story of a frog's cunning: "A brood of chickens was fed with moistened meal in saucers and when the dough soured a little it attracted a large number of Hies. An observant toad had evidently noticed this, and -every day toward evening he would make his appearance in the yard, hop to a saucer, climb in and roll over and over until he was covered with meal, having done which he awaited developments. Tho flies, enticed by the smell, soon swarmed around the scheming ba trachian, aud, when one passed within two inches or so of his nose, his tongue darted out and tho fly disappeared. This plan worked so well that the toad made a regular business of it." which the two gt/ls put up.ln the cloak room, and both girls were showered with questions as to what were the re quirements for entering the show, etc. It was , explained that there was no charge of admission and' that every body who had a doll to show was wel come as an exhibitor. At recess time Clara and Matilda were more popular than they had ever been in their lives before, and all the girls in, the school declared that they were going,' to ex hibit in the show even though some of them had not played with dolls for a :.< long t time. '\u25a0^The excitement grew as the time for f the; show drew near. Some girls. made entire new costumes for their dolls and others got- out. their old playfellows and tried to renovate thelrcomplexions and smooth their frayed locks Into something like order. Meanwhile Clara and Matilda arranged -the playroom with rows of benches all around the sides on'whlch the various entries were to sit.. A small table was placed at the /door, at which Aunt Lillian sat and booked air the entries, giving each one a number written on a slip of paper, which ' number was pinned on the dollr Friday afternoon saw a throng of little girls carrying dolls of all sizes to the home of Clara and Matilda. There "were so many entries that the benches were insufficient to accommo date them, and additional places had to be made by putting chairs back in the center of the room. .There" were dolls of every country as well as whole 'hosts of beautiful bisque maidens in fashionable American clothes. There were old Dinah dolls, funny rag dolls, old fashioned < wax dolls, slant eyed Japanese' dolls, Indian dolls with long back hair^ quaint Ger man dolls, frivolous French beauties In the very latest style of gowns and coiffure; tiny china dolls, exquisitely dressed by some great aunt of an ex hibitor. Never before on any x occaslon, even in the Christmas shops, did It seem that doll land had been so well represented. , \u25a0 Jane Austen, a doll dressed to repre sent the well known authoress, was the most famous doll who appeared. There were several bride dolls. One "of the most interesting dolls # at tho show was Gretchen, a little German doll, who was -not pretty at all, but so full of spirit that she attracted every one's atten tion. , . . Cinderella, a beautiful doll In fine clothes, came without her glass slipper with the hope of finding a fairy prince. There were several princesses, royal and noble p«rsonages. One of the most striking dolls present was Elizabeth, a Hessian doll, In full peasant costume. There was a beautiful boy doll who read his book all through the exhibi tion, and a doll who had been to the Hading Mummies in Mexico Mummified remains of persons who existed hundreds of yeara ago have been dug up in the work of excavating that has been going on in the old cat acomba of Guanajuato, Mexico. The people, whose bodies wero discovered must have lived long before the settle ment of the republic, and the finds have occasioned much interest among scientific men. Borne of the bodies were decked with beads and ivory trinkets that were in vogue before the coming of the Spaniards, so these people must have lived in that part of the country many centuries ago. The mummies were discovered under an old cemetery while excavations were being made by some prospecting miners. — New York World. dentist's and .come away with a gold tooth of which she was extremely proud. The most forlorn looking doll in the show was Jennie Marsh's rag doll Sarah, who was" the oldest doll present and had been handed down through three generations of little Marshes. Instead of having judges who would decide who should have the first prize it was planned that, all those present should vote on the prettiest doll and that Aunt Lillian should count: the votes. The first prize would go to the doll having the most Votes and the next prize to> the one having the next highest vote, and so on. Every visitor to the show was there fore given a slip of paper and told to write on it the number of the doll she most admired. Of 'course many of the visitors preferred their own doll to any other — but not all. There were some visitors who selected the doll that they thought looked the best, whether it was their own or not. Then there were some mothers and sisters who visited the show who had no dolls there, and so there were enough dis interested votes to decide the question fairly. At last'the great moment came when Aunt Lillian took the box containing all the slips on which the .numbers of tho, dolls were written and began to count them. Everybody gathered around in breathless silence, .all ex cept Lillie do Lille, who was so'sure that her French beauty doll Avould win that she thought it more polite to pro tend she was very much Interested in a general view of the exhibits. Presently Aunt Lillian paused. The slips of paper wero all arranged in orderly piles on tho' table and the time had come to -make the announcement. \ Aunt Lillian looked very pleased, and a bit puzzled, too. She smiled at the little exhibitors and said mysteriously: "Things have turned out very oddly. I am very much surprised, and I think you will be, too, but I am also very much pleased, and I am sure you will bo also." Tho exhibitors waited expectantly. What could Aunt Lillian meai\? "Tho first prize," continued Aunt Lil lian, in a clear voice, "goes to the oldest doll in the show — No. 17 — which la Sarah, tho big rag doll that belongs to Mary Marsh." Everybody looked perfectly aston ished at this queer outcomo of tho voting, and then suddenly there was a burst of laughter, followed by pro longed applause. Then such a lot of conversation! The room rang with it. Every one was ex plaining how poor old Sarah, the home liest doll in tho show, had happened to win the first prize. / "You. see," said Janle Marks, "I voted for her because she looked so forlorn that I thought she wouldn't .have an other vote.t* *»; "And I thought the same," said Ma tilda, "and I did, too," said Sallie Red fern, "and I," "and I," "and I," chorused a host of others. Then everybody had another laugh and they all danced around Aunt Lil lian while she fastened the long, beau tiful pearl necklace over Sarah's plain calico frouk. Then the other prizes were awarded. The beautiful French doll got the sec ond prize and everybody was satisfied With the way the other awards were distributed. After it was all over the girls de clared that the show was the very best fun they had ever had in their lives. "Bqt the best of it all was that Sarah g-ot the first prize," said Lillie de Lille, "That was perfectly glorious," and everybody agreed with her.