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Foibles of Fashion
Winter a Color Season. The winter lias proved unquestlon- Ably a color season. Indeed, any fashionable congregation of women this winter may well be likened to a rainbow, the colors aru ho varied and so delightfully Hoft. The evening col ors are very faint off tints, while day time claims, and rightly, the more decided shades. Only a brief season agone was It not that wo .auded the all-white costume? Now we arc all too willing converts to this new fash ion for color. Not that white Is os tracized; far from It; hut it Is now In variably seen ofTsot by somo color, usually introduced as a trimming. The black hat Is very often seen with the white costume, and velvet tri cornes anil toques ami picture hats in the lavender and violet shades are tremendously effective with the white frock that has the same color Intro duced iu its trimming. First Rate Turkey Croquettes. Chop the fragments of turkey with any other left-over moats, very fine, adding for seasoning a small portion of bologna, ham or tongue, together with a bit of onion, salt, pepper and parsley to suit tho taste of the family: make a thick cream sauce, ullowing tor n pint of meat the following pro portions. Put Into a saucepan a heap ing tuhlespoonfnl of butter and two level tahlespoonfuls of Hour, and ns soon as blended pour on a cupful of hot milk, stirring until thick and smooth; salt to taste; adu the meat and heat until well mixed; If more seasoning Is needed, add. then set awny In a cool place until very cold and stiff; form Into cones and dip in beaten effl and roll In fine crumbs; place In n cool place until quite dry. then fry in deep fat; slick a sprig of parsley In the end of each just before serving. Parisian Fancy. Hunter’s green cloth walalng suit. Coat trimmed with hand embroidery. fancy braid and stitching, tight fitting buttoned and cape effect on shoulder, skirt box plated stitched and fancy panel-front. ' . 1 _t Wavipg Paradise Plume. The paradise plume, either In the natural fenther or some one or an other of tfi’o skillfully mrnle Imitations —and some-of these are simply mar velous in their fidelity to nature—Is ono o"f the host* things of the season. Tho hat Is of seal brown paon velvet, tho fabric stretched tight over the brim, with a shirred edge for binding. Tlio etown Is high and narrow, and a soft drapery of brown chiffon faille ending In two reversed loops and caught with n smart Jet buckle makes a good trimming effect. The paradise p'.umo Is posed nt the right side, starting at the crown, and the slender tips fall over the brim. There is no bandeau to this shape, the head size fitting comfortably without. Steamed Chicken. Rub the chicken on the inside with pepper and hujt a teaspoonful of salt; place in a gtOamer jn a kettle .that will keep it as near the water as pos sible, cover ami steam an.hour and a half; when done, keep hot tvmile dress ing Is prepared, then ctit up, arrange mi thp platter, and serve with the dressing over them. Tho dressing is made as follows: Doll one pint of gravy from the kettle without tho fat, add cayenne pepper and half a teaspoonful of salt; stir a tablespoonful of flour Into a quarter of a pint of cream until smooth, and add to tho gravy. Cornstarch may ho used insteud of the flour, and cooks add nutmeg or celery salt. Footgear to Match Gowns. • Fanciful hoots and shoes are being built for the smart women to wear out of doors. One girl who Is careful in the little details that mean so much In the general effect and who has plenty of pin money with which to gratify her taste takes pieces of tho materials of her different gowns to her boot maker and has tho material combined with leather to produce a pretty pair of bools or slices. Footgear that is partly of cloth and partly of soft kid Is most comfortable. Opal Dandelions Now. A hair ornament of wonderful beauty Is in the form of a dandelion seed hall. Each seed Is a small, white opal, set upon n slender silver wire. The workmanship of this delicate thing Is beyond reproach, as the . lightest touch or breath of air will sot it all aquiver. Another ornament Is in the shape of a dragon fly. The body Is one mass of brilliant gems. A great ruby Is set Into the head and the eyes are of opals. But all this solidity is lost when It comes to the wings, which are fashioned of a special metal, drawn to the fineness of a thread, and then woven with faithful accuracy to the structure of a natural wing. Tlio effect Is beyond description. At last some genius, at loss for new Ideas, has utilized the wild carrot in hair ornaments. An example Is one representing the full-blown flower, the center of u solid mass of opals, the surrounding circles being of white enamel. The entire flower Is worked out in detail, and diamonds further separate the natural divisions of the bloom. i WHILB THEf/ 'r*T' ITbk Bebws l Va. J Cameo belt buckles are pretty. Strapped seams finish the severe lailored eoat. Belted hacks obtain In many run about coats. Motor caps of fur are round and have a long cape. Tho all-brown fad is getting Just a little overworked. Tilt a peacock feather jauntily In your walking hat. Black astrakhan Is one of tne dis tinctive furs of the winter. Ermine muffs and stoles generally have white ehenilc fringe. Foliage lints adorned with red holly berries are worth a second look. Collar and cuff sets make dainty gifts, and they are quite as much in order as they were last year. Veils are seldom worn with the fluffy heaver hat. To hide the fluffl ness Is to discount from the charm of the bat. New Styles in Laces. Ibices are used as borderings and as wide flat trimmings and as decora tive hits In the gown. But, instead of being inset, the lace is laid flatly on top of the goods and is bordered with a narrow band or a piping of silk or sutin. This gives It a wonderful strength ami a fine finish. A great many laces are applied In long pauelesque fashion and, for this purpose, the strong heavy laces are used. And. then, along each side of the lace panel there is an opportunity for some very fine hartd-work. One lace panel was bordered with embroid ered daisies in the middle of which was set a little rhinestone. Another luce panel was bordered with roses upon the petals of which there were fastened the smallest seed pearls, just enough to look like drops of dow. Coat for Young Girl. A charming little coat for the twelve-year-old girl is cut from dark red frieze, in the box style, with double-breasted front. The sleeves are hell and flare broadly nt tho wrists, and for very cold weather an under sleeve can he inserted from the el bow. The collar Is high and turns over, monk’s hood falls from under it. lined with rich red silk. The only trimmings are stitching and large burnt pearl buttons. r To Clean Oil Cloth. To clean oil cloth or linoleum nice ly. do not wash It more than absolute ly necessary. Wipe it over every morning with a cloth saturated in pnraflin once a fortnight. Alcohol will take out candle grease. Brooms will last longer if dipped occasionally into boiling suds. Cornstarch is recommended ns n most effective agent for tho removal of grease. Always fold a skirt the right side out for packing, for thus only can you inspire Its smoothness. To remove grease spots from wall paper cover the spots with clean blot ting paper and press it with a hot flat iron. THREE CHIC TOILETTES. Pale Gray zibeline with mink fur trimmings. Black chiffon velvet and Irish lace. Pale pink broadcloth with cream lace waiatcoat- Starchy foods should always be cooked In boiling water which con tains a little salt, to render the food digestible. A few drops of turpentine poured on a woolen cloth and rubbed vigor ously against the leather will cleanse ; tan shoes mosC satisfactorily. When milk that Is not perfectly , fresh Is used In a cream sauce or soup do not add salt until just before serv ing. to prevent tho milk curdling. Net Gowns of the Season. The net costumes studded with tiny rhinestones instead of the steel pail lettes are very effective and newer than the ordinary spangled gown. On pale yellow, turquoiao blue, shell pink or white net the rhinestones show up excellently, and their glitter is always 'attractive with a young girl’s bright color. A white net on chiffon gown is rarely effective if made up over a col ored lining, and with a dress of any shade the silk slip should he of a cor responding color. The Use of Borax. Borax employed Intelligently is a great aid to tho housekeeper. It can he used to wash the most delicate of fabrics. A few spoonfuls of solution added to tho water makes glass and silver bright, while for washing brushes and as a mouth wash nothing is hotter. Velvet and Fur. Brown velvet and fur make a pretty : and useful dress. The girdle is gold cloth, and gold braid Is put on in a scroll pattern either side of the front and as a heading to the flounce on the skirt. The sleeves are caught below the elbows with a fur cuff and frills of lace are above and below. — Brown Silk Waist. Blouse of sicilienno in a bronze shade. The plastron is of cream guipure, bordered with a hand of rutiles of the silk. The puffed sleeves are finished at the elbows with ruffles ot the ma terial. The girdle Is of velvet. A Hint About Buttons. The buttons of the winter are rich ly elegant, hut the person who doea not want to pay quite so much for her buttons as Dame Fashion requires, j can still keep In the march of utyle by making her own buttons. She tan cover button molds and ranke a 3et Vf hut ions every whit as elegant as any she can lmy. One lovely button sot consisted of button molds covered with turquoise blue velvet. In the very center of each button there was sowed a little hit of pearl'. Another and more elab orate button was covered with biuo silk. And on top of the button was a very tiny blue silk rosette, making a button as round as a hall. Buttons with much handiwork on them are used for ornament, not utility. There are button sets, made of but ton molds covered with silk In all sizes, to he used in various wajs in the trimming of a costume. There are the tiny littlo buttons, and the j buttons of medium size, terminating' with the great flat ones that are used J for the hacks and the fronts of the Directoire coats. Thus one manages to get variety. A set of this description was hand embroidered,' In white, each button f with a different pattern worked upon It. Crosses nnd other conventional designs were worked out and tho, set when completed was as stylish as on« would want. GOOD INDEX TO CHARACTER. Habits and Idiosyncracies Betrayed in the Laugh. Anthropologists say that the ability to laugh comes to the child as It grows older. The flrfct smile Is ob served when the child is about forty to sixty days old, hut it does not be gin to laugh until some time after that. Children and women laugh more than men, not because the cares of life lie less heavily upon them, but because the the former are more ex citable, and because the moderating power of the cerebral hemispheres Is less In them than among men gen erally. Profound study makes men serious, and so foolish people are sometimes i noted' for laughing Immoderately, i Yet laughter is not so much an index to Intelligence as It is to tho condi tion of health. Healthy, vigorous peo ple are proverbially of good-humored Joyous, laughing natures, while tho “sallow, gloomy-eyed dyspeptic" Is a description scientifically accurate. The envious, wicked and malevolent rarely laugh, because, phrenologists say, they are Impregnated with bile, and are, therefore, morose. The haughty, the vain and the awkward also laugh very little, for fear of los ing their dignity. The Spanish people, proverbially grave, are a good ex ample. People who have lines extending downward from the angle at the mouth toward-the chin well marked rarely laugh, and, moreover, show a tendency to ponsiveness In youth and melancholy In after life. Those who have lines raying out ward from tho eyes are, on tho con trary, peoplo who laugh a good deal, especially when the upper lip Is framed by two deep furrows running down in the mouth. OLD LADY WAS PRACTICAL. Looked for Serviceable Quality in a Present. A very practical old lady from the country was visiting her daughter In tho city not long ago. and her young granddaughter was taking her through one of the big department stores on a little shopping tour. “Now,” said the old lady to tho salesman, "show me some dishes; 1 want to buy a set.” Up In the china department tho clerks had shown a number of dainty, pretty designs, which the old lady had admired, but still seemed to be look ing for something else. "This pale green and gold tinted one is pretty, grandma,” suggested the young girl, “why not get It?” "Well, you see,” answered the prac tical grandmother, "your Aunt Jlnnie is a-goln’ to be married in the fall, and I thought I would get her a good serv iceable present while I was up here. A black and white flowered set of china is what I want, if I could find it. Black and white is such serviceable colors, you know, dear; it don't show dirt.”—Lippincott’s. The Porch. When father built the veranda, lie kicked about the expense. But mu, she said: “Don't mind it. fid— Don't think of dollars and cents.” That nutumn Clara was married. It made pa Klud us could be. And mu would smile Most all the while, "I’m proud of thut porch,” said she. Last summer both Belle and Amy Would race for the porch at night. And nil the rest Of us thought best To stay indoors, odt of sight. But Belle ran faster than Amy— She got her man in July; And I'll commend That porch to send A bachelor's oath sky high. Last Sunday Amy Informed us That she nad told Jimmy "yes,” And now us three. Pa. ma. nnd me. Can get on thut porch. I guess. —Cleveland Lender. Retaliation at a Dance. She was young. It was her first season, and it pleased her to snub her cub cousin most unmercifully when ever he asked for a dance. * No,” she protested, one evening, "you can't sec my program—lt’s all full.” "But there’ll be extras. Can’t I have an extra?” "Ye—os,” returned the young wom an, grudgingly re'lnquishing her card, "but don't take the first one, it’s prom ised.” Later In the evening when she looked to see which dance her cousin had appropriated she found that she had food for reflection. The young man had put Ills name down for the four hundred and ninety-ninth extra. —Chicago Record-Herald Sunday Mag azine. Paid an Old Debt. "I have just had my first actual ex perience with ‘conscience’ money, so to speak,” said a prominent business man. “Seventeen years ago a man con- 1 traded a debt with me, and as I had "never been able to make collection, had to give It up as lost. There was no way to collect it by law, and you can imagine my surprise when I received a check to-day for SBOO. While this did not cancel the amount, I appreciate it deeply, and can use it to advantage just now. "It is not often that a man owing a debt pays after so many years, es pecially when the law could not reach him.” Masonry and Truth. In France a man, called as a wit ness to court, demurred to taking the oath to tell the “whole truth,” because it might require him to tell Masonic secrets. The grand master of Freemasonry in France has written to the court stating that there was nothing in the Masonic oath which would prevent a witness telling the whole truth. If anything, the oath made him a freer man. Likens Japan to a Viper. The Moscow Gazette says: "In our war with Japan we are like a man attacked by a viper. It Is not enough to frighten it and leave it to hide in a hush; it must be destroyed; and we must do this without considering whether England and the cosmopoli tan plutocracy object or not. No quar ter and no prisoners should be. our motto." Boys and Girls Little Man. Oh. how he filled our hearta and home. Our merry little boy of four! Whenever I would come from work lie used to hide behind the door. And I can see the dancing eyes. The KoUlen hair, tho cheeks of tan. And hear the lauKhlns chulIcnK* ring: "l'upa, come find your Little Man." **I*npn, come find your Little Man.” And I would search till. In surprise, llehlnd the door I’d find the prize. And hear the sweet, delighted cries Of Papu's Little Man. Cut now our henrts und homes are void. His merry laugh we hear no more; Yet In the Fcstnll Hall of Diearns He calls me still —yes. o'er and o'er. Behind the door of things unseen He hides so surely that I cun Not find him. yet that voice still calls, "Papa, come find your Little Man." "Papa, come find your Little Man." And though I unsuccessfully grope. I am not wild or mlsunthrope. But sometime still I fondly hope To find my Little Man. —Charles Lincoln Phifer. Rainy Day Game. Tear a piece of paper Into as many pieces as there are players, and on each piece write some number repre senting an hour in the day. As there are only twelve hours, there can bo only twelve numbers, but if more than twelve are playing, you can mako some of the figures half-hours until there are tho required number. On one piece murk a cross and then shake ail the numbers in a hat, each player drawingVne out. Tho one who gets tho slip with the cross on it is "It,” or "wolf,” while tho other play ers are called tho “sheep.” A ring is then formed by the sheep, the wolf standing in the middle. The sheep then call out. "What time will you dine to-night, old Wolf?” and Mr. Wolf calls out any hour he happens to think of. The sheep who holds tho slip corresponding to tho number called by the wolf starts to run. If he can get around the ring three times before being caught by tho wolf he Is safe; if not, he must be "wolf.” The game keeps up until all have had their turn at being “wolf,” and this does not take long, for the wolf is not sup posed to call the same number twice. — Exchange. Bewitched Penny. Ten or twelve pennies are needed for this trick. Place them separately on the table, and have one of the coins chosen and marked by several per sons. Get as many people to examine It as you can, so they will “all be sure to know it again.” Have this coin dropped along with the other coins into a hat. and the whole shaken up so that tho coins will be well mixed. Placing your hand in tho hat feel every coin, and you will at once detect which is the marked coin by its warmth. The coin has been warmed by the many hands through which it has passed. It is best to have the cAins originally placed on as cold a place as possible, but you must not turn back tho table cloth, or give Any other hint from which your audi ence can gather the secret of the puz uling trick. You can add to the won der if you aro blindfolded and allow dome one of your audience to attend to all the rest except the picking of the coin from the hat. Magnetized Filings. If you possess a magnet there are more ways of amusement and instruc tion open to you than you have any idea of. For instance, the following experiment with iron filings will prove most interesting, and will impart a bit of useful knowledge: Iron filings are procurable for the asking in any machine shop or place where there is nn ironworker's lathe. They are the minute particles of iron that fail when the iron is being cut or ground Into shape, and possess the same relation to iron as sawdust docs to wood. A bar magnet is necessary for what you are to show. Lay it on a table or any fiat surface and then cover It over with apiece of stiff cardboard. Now sprinkle tho iron filings over the surface of the cardboard, and then a very curious thing will happen. Tho filings arrange themselves as ahown in the accompanying illustra tion, each particle forming a part of tho various curves which radiate from the two magnetic centers, which indi cate where the ends of tho bar mag net are. These lines have a scientific appel lation, for you have made a very learned demonstration with tho iron filings and the magnet—you have shown most clearly what is generally called in science “the lines of mag netic force.” Good Forfeit Game. The players all seize a tablecloth or a similar sheet by the edges. The one who is chosen as leader says: “I fish for all kinds of fish. When I say, *let go,' you must hold fast When I say 'hold fast,’ you must let go.” Then the leader begins to speak quickly, saying anything that comes into his head, until suddenly he says, “let go!” or "hold fast!” at a time when he imagines that he can catch the others off their guard. Those who are caught must pay a forfeit One of the players takes a spoon and taps on the table with it, saying: Who can't do this, can’t do a thing! Spoon, spoon, spoon-sping. Then she passes the spoon on to the next one. But she does it in a certain manner by using the left hand, or by holding the spoon with a certain number of fingers, or by doing some thing else unusual. The one who re ceives the spoon must do it over again and again till she does it right, and if she cannot do it, she must pay a for feit. Hidden Names. In the following verses are hidden the names of ten hshes and Insects: When I'm a man I'll own a ship. No matter what my aunt may say; I'll be the captain, and many a trip We will take to far Bombay. I’ll carpet the decks and paper the sides. And paint all the perches and poles; And when we're near port we’ll have some sport In running aground on shoals. Big Nat will be my mate, of course. He was purser once on a scow; And Jim will come —he was perfectly glum Till I asked him—he’s happy now-. We’ll blow a bugle and fly a flag. And if we come near Cape Cod, I’ll flourish my sword and send homo word That I’m ready to marry Maud. Here Is a Good Mirror Trick. Seat a person at a table and place before them a mirror. Give him pencil and paper and ask him to draw the following design while looking in the glass: And at the same time hold a piece of paper over his right hand so as to hide it entirely from his sight. It is wonderful how difficult a task this will prove to be, simplo though it seems. Another good stunt is for him to try to write his own name while looking in the glass. Hidden Names. In the follow-lng are to be found, first, the name of a continent: second, tho name of a cduntry in that conti nent. and, third, the name of the capi tal of that country: "Did you lose a bird, sir?” Katie asked. As I answered, “No," I happened’ to catch a slight twinkle In her eye. “Kate,” I laughed, throwing down my papers, “I am afraid you are jok ing.” “No; I found a bird,” she replied. “Where.” “Never mind, sir; is it yours?” “No.” “Then I’ll keep it.” “All right; you may keep it; only tell me what the fun is about, Kate.” Her answer floated in through the win dow: "It’s a gold eagle. I found it in ! your pocket, but I’in so glad I may keep iL” The Egg and Card Trick. Stick an egg, the contents of which have been blown out, onto the back of a card with a little wax. Now show the card to the audience in such a way that they do not see the egg. Now holding up the card with the right hand show the audience that your left hand is empty. Then swing it around and take the card in the palm of the hand, at the same time holding onto the egg with the right hand. With a quick movement drop the left hand, having the card in the palm, at the same time disengaging it from the egg, which remains in the right hand. The audience doesn’t see what has become of the card, but sees in the place of the card an egg. Instead of an egg you may use a small bunch of flowers. Jack-Knives. The word "Jack” is applied to any contrivance which does the work of a boy or servant. In French the name “Jacques” is a term used for a youth of menial condition. The term “coun try jake” is of kindred sense. Jack-lord, Jack-a-napes. Jack Tar, Jack-o’lantern, Black Jack. Jack Rab bit, yie term Jack applied to the knave in playing cards. Jack-in-the-box and Jack-of-all trades, show the derivative meaning. Hence Jack-knife means a boy’s knife. In early days the jack knife headed the list of a boy’s toys, and with his skates, gave him the greatest pleasure. His skates were made of—what do you suppose? Beef bents, fastened to the soles of his feet. The boys pushed themselves on tho ice by means of poles shod with sharp iron points. The Elephant as a Worker. Anyone who thinks the elephant a slow, clumsy beast would have cause to change his opinion on seeing him at work along the rivers of northern Siam. The rainy season, which be gins in April, is the time when the teak logs, cut during the dry season in the forests about the upper waters of the Menam river, are floated down to Rahang, where they are caught and rafted to Bangkok. Instead of red shirted, spike-slioed “river drivers,” such as handle the logs in their down stream journey to the sawmills on the Penobscot and Kennebec in Maine, the “lumber-driving” of the Siamese rivers is done by barefooted, half naked men on elephants, and the "bone” labor and much of the think i Ing involved in the operation are done by the elephants. Pictures Drawn in Fire. Dissolve saltpeter in cold water till tho liquid is completely saturated with it. This can be seen by the fact that bits of the saltpeter will at last refuse to dissolve. Dip a fine brush or pointed stick into the solution and draw the outline of an animal or any other desired figure on a piece of thin paper. Use paper that has no print ing on it. Let the paper dry thoroughly. The picture will be invisible then, or al most so. Now hold it flat, light a match, blow it out and touch a part of the drawing with the glowing end. The saltpeter will catch fire at once and the tiny flame will bum all along the lines of the drawing, leaving tho paper intact. Stubborn Paper Wad. Did you ever see a paper wad that is so stubborn that It will fly in the face of one who tries to compel it to go into the neck of a bottle The more you try to blow it in, the more It leaves the bottle. You-can try this with any large bot tle and a paper wad or cork small enough to fit very loosely in its neck. Holding the bottle so that It points directly at your mouth, and placing tho cork in the neck, the harder you blow on the cork for the purpose of driving it into the bottle, the more forcibly will the cork rush from its place in the neck. Try this stunt and see if you can discover what causes the peculiar ac tion of tho paper wad. The Frigid Zones. “I am glad I don’t live at the pole,” said a little girl who had to get up while it was quite dark one dreary, cold morning. “It must bo dreadful to have to go about in tho dark for six months.” That Is the idea most chil dren have of the frigid zone. But it is not correct. In the first place, there are not more than three months of actual darkness, for the long twilight helps to shorten the night at both ends of the season. Then, too, during the time when the sun never comes above the horizon or close enough to it to make twilight or dawn, there is bright moonlight part of each month and such brilliant displays of the aurora borealis that It is far from “pitch dark,” as one might suppose. Kindliness Among Birds. I have seen a little chirping spar row make a business of feeding some half-fledged robins. She watched for her opportunity, and whenever both parent robins were away from the nest she rushed in with her morsels. The robins resented her ofllclousi.es and hustled her out of the tree when ever they caught her there. I have heurd of a wren that fed a brood of young robins in a similar way, and of a male bluebird that fed some young birds that were in a nest near its ovn. —Outing. Kindness in Japan. Day by day something new ia tho training of the Japanese child comes to light to explain the exquisite gentle ness that marks tho nation as a whole. Kindness to dumb creatures of all kinds is a national trait, and it is hardly to be wondered at. when it is known that children aro not permitted to eat cake.s or cookies cut in tjio shape of animals, for fear they may learn to think of living boasts as hav ing as little feeling as the confection er} - ones. For the Boy Carpenter. Lots of boys have their own tool chests. Here is a simple contriv ance upon which to try your tools: Take a piece of wood about seven and one-half inches by two and one fourth inches, und about the thick ness of a cigar-box (in fact, a cigar box is Just the thing). Then get an other little piece two and one-fourth inches square, and mark both of them out in tho same way as is done In tho accompanying diagrams (Figs. 1 and 2). Cut out the two pieces, then the groovo marked A, the width being Just the same as tho thickness of the wood and the depth half of it. Now sandpaper the two pieces until they aro perfectly smooth, and fit the lit tle piece into the grooves, driving two or three small nails in through tho back to keep it tight. The rack is then complete. (Fig. 3). —Farm and Fireside. Pretty House Ornaments. Here Is something children can grow in their own windows. Get some raw peanuts and plant in a pot of good earth. They will sprout and very soon a pretty leaved vine will be run ning over the top of the pot. The saucer garden is a dainty thing. Put in the middle of a saucer a single pine cone and. place moss about it. Sprinkle the cone with mustard seed and then keep the whole very moist. The seed will sprout and soon the tiny plants will be covered with tiny yel low flowers. Canary seed and floe grass may also be planted.