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fcLPASO UAIIY HERALD. SATURDAY, DECtMBER 15.1900.
1 aoCH0oaooooo00cxoaooa03 For the Better Half t 4 t 4 0 0 0 4 i Written for tbm HiaI o oo ONLY A WEEK REMA NS The century will go out with great pomp and circumstance all over the land and with many reviews of acbiev ments. The dawning of the new year of the new century is a wonderful moment and in the many long years to come many will look back to it as an epoch which they are proud to re member. Our country is entering in to a triumphant place among the great est nations of the round world and we of our little generation will witness the very beginning of its new great ness. El Paso, like all other cities all over the land will celebrate the ending of the century and give a brilliant send off to the old year and welcome to the new. The Woman's club has a splen did program for its ball and if El Paso gives itself over to the carnival spirit the city will take part In and witness a brilliant spectacle. Gossip is rife over the program, the dancers, their partners and cos tumes, and there is still much uncer tainty about the different groups, but the enthusiasm among the club wom en and other society folk is sincere and plans are crystal izing rapidly. The plans of the evening as outlined so far by the committee in charge seem to be about as follows: The ball will be given at the Shel don. The program includes a grand march in which groups of dancers will represent the various striking epochs of our national history from the day of Columbus to the December thirty-first of McKinley. First will come a Columbus group. Mrs. Raw lings as president of the club will lead in this march is an Isabella costume, while there is some talk of Major Loughborough acting as first cavalier in a Columbus costume. Mrs. Harry Carpenter has charge of this group. The second group will be dancers in the costume of American Indians and it is said that these costumes have all been secured and this group is assur ed. Mrs. M. W. Stanton is in charge of it. The third group will represent the Huguenot settlers in the early history who fled to the shores and were grate ful for the freedom and shelter of the wilderness of the new land. Mrs. Loughborough has charge of this group. Mrs. Tuttle has charge of the fourth group the Puritans and will have picturesque possibilities for the cos tumes. The Dutch settlers will be represent ed and the early New Yorkers will be led by Miss Logan. . Miss Beall has charge of the Colonial period and has chosen Miss Trumbull to represent Martha Washington, the first of the Colonial dames. Julius Krakauer will be her cavalier and will wear a George Washington costume. A vry charming part of the repre sentation of the Colonial days will be the May pole dancers, a group of children dressed in quaint costumes, the girls in short waisted slim skirted gowns who will wreathe and twine a May pole. Mrs. Chase has charge of this feature of the evening, and it Is said that Miss Hallie Irvin will lead the dance. Mrs. John Akin is at the head of the Quaker group, another one with much possibility for the picturesque. The next period, the Dolly Madison days, is under the charge of Mrs. Henry Ware Allen. The costumes will be picturesque. The 1860 period will have the girls in ringlets, and hoop skirts or crino lines, the men in solemn black. Mrs. Hyde has charge of a college group which will represent the typi cal college girls and men. The last group will be the up-to-date period -and modern evening dress the prescribed costume. Mrs. Ramsey has this one in charge and her group is about complete. The grand march will begin at nine o'clock and everybody in costume will take part in it. After the march two dances will be reserved for those in costume, but inasmuch as modern cos tumes are consistent with the last epoch, it will be difficult to say who shall dance then. Everybody in fancy costumes will be assigned to one group or another and it will aid the women greatly and add greatly to 'the art of the spectacle if all persons who con template going in fancy dress will send some note of the fact to one or other of the ladies in charge. Also while certain costumes will be assigned to certain people among the club mem bers and club acquaintances, this does not interfere with anyone else who chooses and has the costume in which to array himself or herself. Joining any of the groups. It is desired that all who can should array themselves la some special representative cos tume. Supper will be served by the Shel don, the music will be of the beet, and the old century will be danced out and the new century danced in with all of El Paso's beauty and chivalry joining in the revelry. The Dallas Library association held a book reception last week when the public was cordially invited to come with whatever books it could bring, to meet the librarian and donate litera ture. Blouses reign supreme among the vanities both for the girl of wealth and for the girl of economy. The swellest of flannel blouses is a tailor made one of fine thin white French flannel trim med with rows of stitching and clus ters of small white pearl buttons. The daintiest of evening blouses is of rose silk muslin laid in tiny lengthwise pleats or tucks, with a fine lace collar or bretelles laid over the shoulders and a pink chiffon cravat. The puzzle of what to give grown up or child for Christmas may be helped to solution by the following hints: For mothers: pocket books, bisque or bronze figures, handkerchiefs, gloves, silk mittens, silk shawls, perfume, writing paper, embroidery scissors, sil ver pen. or inkstand, table silver, sil ver or ebony brush, comb, manicure ar ticles or mirror, satin blouse, photo graphs, some good novel, lamp, or mag azine subscription. For the pater: cigars, slippers, gloves handkerchiefs, card case, bill book, ash tray, books, lamp, photograph, ink stand, or smoking jacket. For the young lady daughter: any pet vanity, silver articles for her dress ing case, or writing desk, blouses of flannel or silk, 8i.it petticoats, silk stockings, cravats, gloves, handker chiefs, books, pictures, stick pins, shirt waist sets, belt clasps, or hat pins. For tne son: much the same that the father wants, including pipe, golf sticks, military brushes. For the small boy: Kipling's books, Tartar! n de Tarascon, Don Quixote, Mark Twain or any of the classical books of the sea, travel, adventure and fun, a subscription .to some outing magazine, marbles, tops, kites, gloves, electric batteries, military brushes, handkerchiefs which he will loathe for Christmas gifts because they are useful guns, football or base ball tog gery, and perhaps a game which he will probably regard beneath his dignity though he is always willing to play with his sisters' games. For the small girl there are the good old fashioned games of anagrams, jack straws, checkers, and parches!, and of course there are dohs, toy animals, pa per dolls, boxes of beads for her to string into necklaces and jewelry and decorations of all sorts, soap bubble pipes, the Louisa Alcott books, or a child's magazine. Christmas is not Christmas in El Paso as compared with other cities where misletoe is scarce and only seen during the Christmas festivities. Here where the misletoe hangs in every tree the girls stand and walk under it every day in the year, and are accus tomed to the risk. It has the monoto ny of a year of Sundays. Mrs. Li Hung Chang is said to be tne richest lady in China and one of the most luxurious on earth, it being her habit to bathe twice a day in an extract of orange and acacia flowers, and to have a thousand servants at her beck and call and two thousand coats and twelve hundred trousers or bloom ers with which to enhance her good o 0 0 8 s 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 looks. In the Pan-American beauty contest Maude Coleman Woods, a young Vir ginian woman of Charlottesville, was chosen to represent the blonde type, and Maxine Elliot, the actress, the urunette. Their faces are to be used in the graceful design of the two conti nents wherein the North American and South American maps are deftly rep resented by two beautiful and graceful maidens in swirling draperies. The design is exquisite. The Virginia girl with her blonde beauty will represent the northern continent and Maxine El liott will represent the southern. The design will be the emblem of the Pan American Exposition to be held at Buf falo in 1901 and tne two faces will be seen everywhere that any knowledge of the great exposition goes. Both wo men have acknowledged the honor simple and gracefully. The news from London is that black satin petticoats are now the correct thing there and that they are more durable and retain their tidiness and beauty much longer than taffeta petti coats ever do. For light petticoats white bengaline is the material most in vogue. The ruffles are not pinked in either the satin or bengaline but are trimmed with ribbons and bands. The doom of the pompadour has been pronounced. The Better Half acknowledges a slight error of a decade or so in the statement concerning Sarah Bern hardt's age, but withdraws no jot or title of the moralizings thereupon. The Divine Sarah is in fact approaching her three score mile post, but the phrase three score and ten slipped out unconsciously. Everyone is more or less a victim of phrases and unless the tongue or pen be carefully watched it will constantly trip into the easy paths of quotation of phrases worn smooth and comfortable by Time. Besides the Better Half makes no pretensions at mathematics, and is proud of the ten dency to be quite impressionistic in putting in figures. Whenever numbers occur they must be considered as so much color or atmosphere rather than as anything so hard and unpicturesque aa to be limited by the laws of addi tion and subtraction. Sarah, Bern hardt is in fact a grandmother and is in fact old enough to settle down to rheumatism, wrinkles, boredom, and easy chairs, yet she is younger than many women of half her age who have not the fires of genius or impetus of well loved work to keep their nerves in balance, their eyes and figures young and their minds keen and alert. 1 ne moral is the tame the only foun tain of perpetual youth is an active mind. Elsie McElroy Slater. 8 8 8 8 The High School Site Matter. Editor Herald: There seems to be considerable dis satisfaction expressed by all classes in regard to the selection of a proper lo cation for the high school. I noticed in the Herald cf the 11th., inst.. that the schood board holds an option on the block north of Arizona, between Campbell and Kansas streets, of 20 lots for which the schood board will pay $400 each. Now tell me why the school board are so liberal in offering $400 per lot while the very lots have been offered to the public for $300 per lot, and even less and on deferred pay ments; in fact I myself had twelve of these very lots offered to me at those figures very recently. I looks to me that there is something very rotten in El Paso: are not the tax rates high enough ? A Citizen. Try The Herald's Popular Wants. Don't Wait Until the Last in Order to Secure Better Prompt Attention. Come the Week. Holiday Handkerchiefs HUNDREDS OF DOZENS OF HANDSOME DESIGNS IN FINE SWISS AND LINEN EMBROIDERED HAND KERCHIEFS. WE HAVE BOTH THE LOW PRICED AND THE FINE HAND MADE POINT LACE GOODS. FINE LINEN WITH POINT LACE CORNERS AND BORDERS A VARIETY OF STYLES AT $2.50, $3.50 AND $4.00 EACH. ELEGANT STYLES IN PURE LINEN FINE EMBROIDERED HANDKERCHIEFS, SOME HEMSTITCHED, SOME EMBROIDERED EDGES AND SOME WITH LACE EDGES 50c TO 2.00 EACH FINE QUALITY EMBROIDERED SWISS HAMDKERCHIEF FALL NEW DESIGNS, AND HUNDREDS OF THEM LADIES' PLAIN HEMSTITCHED ALL LINEN HANDKERCHIEFS 25 TO 50c EACH: MEN'S PLAIN ALL LINEN HEMSTITCHED HANDKERCHIEFS 25c TO 50c EACH. MEN'S COLORED BORDER HANDKERCHIEFS 10c TO 25c EACH MEN'S FINE ALL SILK HANDKERCHIEFS BOTH PLAIN AND WITH HANDSOME EMBROIDERED INI TIAL 50c EACH. CHILDREN'S PLAIN WHITE OR COLORED BORDER HANDKERCH'FS FOR SCHOOL USE 5c TO 10c EACH. A SAMPLE LOT WE HAVE A PARTICULARLY GOOD LOT OF FINE SWISS EMBROIDERED HANDKERCHIEFS EACH ONE ON A SEPARATE CARD. 25 Cents EACH Fine Battenberg Work OUR BATTENBERG WORK 13 THE ALL LINEN HAND MADE KIND..IT S THE KIND THAT ANY LADY WILL APPRECIATE. SMALL ROUND AND SQUARE DOILIES 15c TO $2.00. BATTENBERG SQUARES $2.50 TO $8.50. BATTENBERG SCARFS $3.00 TO $8.00. SPACHTEL WORK VERY HANDSOME. SQUARES. DOILIES. SCARFS. AND SHAMS. SPACHTEL DOILIES 10c TO 75c. SPACHTEL SCARFS 50c TO $3. SPACHTEL SQUARES 25c TO $2.60. PIN CUSHIONS "READY-TO-GIVE" PIN CUSHIONS. IN EVERY COLOR. EVERY SHAPE. AND EVERY SIZE IMAGINABLE. FANCY TRIMMED PIN CUSHIONS 50c TO $2 50 VELVET AND SATIN PIN CUSHIONS IN FANCY SHAPES 15c TO 75c. EBONY COMB ANO NICE THINGS SUITABLE FOR EITHER LADIES OR GENTLEMEN. MILITARY BRUSHES. PAIR $1 75 TO $3 50 COMB AND BRUSH. SETS $2 50 TO $5 00 BONNET BRUSHES .-. $i 00 INFANT BRUSHES jioo EBONY HAIR BRUSHES .. V.V. .V.VVc TO$L50 OPALESCENT WARE PIN TRAYS. TOILET BOTTLES. CARD RECEIVERS. SMOKERS SET, ETC., IN A VERY PRETTY AND INEX PENSIVE WARE. ' PIN TRAYS VASES AND MANY OTHER SMALL PIECES THAT WILL HELP TO FILL OUT YOUR HOLIDAY LIST. HOLIDAY DRESS GOODS CAN YOU IMAGINE A GIFT THAT A LADY WILL APPRECIATE MORE THAN A HANDSOME DRESS PATTERN? WE HAVE WITHOUT EXCEPTION THE MOST ELEGANT LINE OF FINE IMPORTED DRESS NOVELTIES EVER SHOWN IN THE CITY. FINE FANCY NOVELTY DRESS PATTERNS. NO TWO ALIKE. AND VERY SWELL $16 TO $30 NOVELTY DRESS PATTERNS. ALL IN NEW EFFECTS, NO TWO ALIKE $10 TO $15 FINE BLACK DRESS GOODS IN ALL QUALITIES AND ALL WEAVES 50c TO $3.50 YARD 54 INCH BROADCLOTHS IN ALL THE FASHIONABLE SHADES. YARD $175 54 INCH VENETIANS. NOTHING BETTER FOR GOOD HARD WEAR. ALL THE GOOD COLORS. YARD $1.25 We Also Have A BEAUTIFUL LINE OF PLAIN WEAVES IN SATIN SRGE, SURAH SERGE, "HENRIETTAS, AND SOLI ELS, THAT ARE STYLISH $1.00 TO $1.25 YARD SILK WAISTS IN OUR READY MADE GOODS DEPARTMENT YOU HAVE 50 DIFFERENT STYLES OF GOOD SILK WAISTS ANY COLOR YOU WANT, ANY SIZUJ YOU WANT VERY SWELL FANCY WAISTS. . $12.50 TO $30 PLAIN AND TUCKED TAFFETA WAISTS $4.50 TO $10 SILK NEGLIGEE GARMENTS FROM NOW UNTIL CHRISTMAS, WE OFFER YOU OUR FANCY LACE AND RIBBON. AND CHINA SILK ROBES AT VERY LOW PRICES. $40 LACE AND RIBBON ROBES. SPECIAL $25 I $30 LACE AND RIBBON ROBES. SPECIAL. $17 50 $20 CHINA-SILK GOWNS. SPECIAL $12.00 $15 CHINA SILK GOWNS, SPECIAL $9 00 CLOAKS AND CAPES ALWAYS AN ACCEPTABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENT ESPECIALLY, THE KIND AND STYLES, THAT YOU WILL FIND IN OUR CLOAK DEPARTMENT. TAILOR MADE JACKETS FOR LADIES ALL THE DESIRABLE SHADES. ALL THE FASHIONABLE SHAPES, AND EVERY GARMENT A PERFECT FIT THE PRICES $6.50 TO $25.00. GOLF CAPES IN A VARIETY OF PLAIDS. THAT ARE STYLISH, ALL IN THIS YEAR S CUT. M THE PRICES $7.00 TO $18.00. MISSES AND CHILDRENS JACKETS SOME VERY ELEGANT THINGS IN TAILOR MADE JACKETS FOR MISSES OF 12 TO 16 YEARS AND MANY NOBBY LITTLE JACKETS FOR THE SMALLLrt CHILDREN. MISSES' JACKETS. $4.00 TO $15.00. CHILDREN S JACKETS, $1.50 TO $8.50. . CHRISTMAS GLOVES OF COURSE YOU WILL NEED A FEW PAIR OF GIOVES FOR CHRISTMAS. AND WE CAN SELL YOU GLOVES THAT ARE SATISFACTORY. TRY THESE FAMOSA, 2 CLASP $1.00 I ALDOLFO. 3 CLASf $150 STEINKALI. 2 CLASP. PIQUE $1.75 EXTRA PRIMO, 2 CLASj- $2 00 CHILDRENS. 2 CLASP GLOVE $1.00 WE GUARANTEE SATISFACTION. I Calisher's CALIFORNIA STORE, i OOOCKDOOOOO0O0OOOOOOOO0O0O In Which to Make Your Christmas Purchases Perhaps a Few Suggestions as to What is Suit able, and as to What the Cost is Will Not Come Amiss. We Have Hundreds of Beautiful Little Articles that are sure to be Appreciated, and that the Lean as well as the Fat Pocket. BRUSH SETS 10c TO 25c EACH .. .. . 25c EACH TOILET Day, But and More Early in BOTTLES 50c TO 75c EACH