IENATOR MORRIS SHEPPARD of Texas is very
proud of his state. Recently a Virginian called on
Sheppard, and they got to discussing the respec
tive merits of their own commonwealths. The
Virginian spoke of the big blue grass farms of the Pied
mont region, where the cattle are so fat they look like
puppies wading about in the lush herbiage.
"Well," said Sheppard, "you may have some little
ranches in Virginia, but in my state the farms are so big
that when a fellow starts out in the spring plowing a
straight furrow across his ground for planting it's time to harvest the crop
before he gets back home again."
Jerry Smith, chief clerk of the house of representatives, is credited with
able to hit a half dollar with a revolver at a distance of 100 yards.
Representative Barchfeld of Pennsylvania is old at the Panama game and
has been going down for years as an interested member of the house. Speak
ing of his last visit, the sixth, he said:
"On the way home we had considerable amusement
with our messenger. He is Charley Pearce, a colored
man, who used to be a barber in a, Washington hotel.
Traveling through a cement plant at Gattin, peopled
exclusively by Jamaicans and Barbadoans, 1 noticed the
colored gentry looking up in amazement at a colored man
being with a congressional party, the information having
preceded us that a party was about to make a tour of
investigation. When Charley bad wandered some dis
tance away from us one of the Jamaicans' curiosity got
ahead of him, and he asked in awe, 'Who is the distin
guished colored gentleman?' I told him gravely that
Charley was the United States senator from the District
of Columbia. Charley is now being called 'senator of the
District of Columbia.' "
J. Thomas Heflin of Alabama tells
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A. J. BABCHFELD.
A man named Jones was called to serve on a jury.
In reply to the usual questions in regard to his eligi
bility it was evident that he was desirable, but insisted be must be excused.
"Tmust go home," he said. "It is absolutely necessary."
"No," was the remonstrance; "you are just the man for this case."
"But I have to go home to see to the baby," Jones urged.
"Why not let your wife attend to that?"
"She can't," Jones returned. "She is in another part of town— serving on a
Jury herself ."
During the last baseball game between the Republicans and the Demo
crats Representative Bcttty of Connecticut (Democrat) hit a pitched ball and
set oat far first base. Representative Reilly is some
ffjgq, «*ui running bases is to him like work.
Another man bunted, and tbe Connecticut Democrat
dived for second base. Tbe man who had hit the bunt
was thrown ont at first, and tbe first baseman turned to
throw the ball to second.
"Slide! Slide!" shouted Reilly's successor at the bat.
The Connecticut Democrat reached the base ahead
of the bah. Slowly and painfully he arose and seated
hlmnrlf on the bag while he tried to rid himself of some
of the ar t be had accumulated and swallowed. Then
"I hare voted for Democrats," he said, "and I have
given time and money to the party. I always thought
there war nothing I wouldn't do. But if any idiot asks
mo to eWd e again I'm hanged if I don't join the Social
ist party mid stay there!"
This Is the game that the Democrats won, and the
e. t. WEBB. story here told comes from Representative Webb of
North Carolina. He was the Democrats' captain.
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; : Today's Short Story]!
i: The Outlaw
I 'D had things pretty much my own
way for a long while, and It made
me careless. It's »ever beat for a
man to have a ran of good lade. He
needs a backset now and them to keep
One day 1 rode by a ranch and, seeia'
It was a prosperous lookin' place, I
thought I'd stop and see if I csaW haul
in anythihg. The door waa opened by
aa trim a gal as you ever see. I told
her I waa ravelin' and would like to
gat a din if I might be allowed to
pay for it, and she add I could have
ail I wanted to eat with nothin' to pay
and welcome. I heard mi old crone's
.voice speakin' from above.
"What you thinkin' of, lütte»? Of
course he can pay for Ms dinner!"
The gal colored, but saftd Bathin' and
went oat and give orders to tbe cook,
while I, bein' convinced that the place
was open to me, went upstairs, and,
scarin' the old woman by shovin' my
weapon agin' her scalp; compelled her
to telUme where she kept her valya
Well, while we waa a-talkin' the gal
come dpetairs, and, though far awhile
she coaldn't feem to git on to what I
was up to, the did at last and give me
a look I'll remember to the day I
"Coule," she said, "whan you've got
. what rou want I've had what we
bave là tbe boose set oat far you. I'm
not accountable far your acta-onfrmy
time I'd look up there was that inno
cent face lookin' at me, and when I
wanted anything she'd help me to it
So by the time I'd got a good meal into
me I was ready to do the only decent
thing I ever did in my life.
I tuk out what I'd stuffed in my
pockets and put it on the table and got
up and walked out o' the house and
Well, that was right enough so far
as it went, but it went furder. Some
how I couldn't forgit the looks o' that
leetle gal. It seemed to me that if I
could live where I could see her some
times and have a chance I'd turn de
One day when I was near the ranch
I rode over there. That was the un
luckiest visit of my life. I hadn't
more'n rode in through tbe open gate
before the committee that was a-look
in' for me came round a turn in the
They called the leetle gal—for they
knowed I'd been there afore—and axed
her if I was tbe man. She looked at
me, makim' believe she was puzzled
or couldn't remember or somepin, then
"Never seen him before?" axed one
"Not this one. Tbe other waa a bad
fellow. This man, I'm suie, is a good
one and wouldn't hart any one.'*
"All right, stranger," said the leader.
"You kin go. I'm sorry to have dis
I was walkin' forward to the door
when I heerd a rustlin' on the stain
and tbe old crone come down just in
time to meet me face to face. She
give a shriek, yellin': "Take him. He's
the man that robbed us."
Well, I seen at oncet It aras all up
with me. They took me in and brought
me here for trial; and I'm waitin' for
the rad of it What gits me ie that
tbe only decent thing 1 ever did aras
tbe thing that got me Into trouble. If
r< V tuk tb# wttyaHca tod uot got
soft hearted I'd prabetdy be
It is better to alto* tbe waist
line of a skirt at the side seams.
This also applies to any altera
tions round tbe hips, whether the
Skirt Is being taken in or let out.
When making a dress or blouse
yoke it should be finished be
fore any embroidery is done upon
it, so that the work will come in
the right place when fitted into
the blouse and set smoothly
round the neck.
Never start cutting out until
all of the pattern is fitted on to
the material. If it is done piece
by piece some of the material
will be wasted.
To make dress shields of thin
blouses cut thin white flannel
the size desired, trim the edge
with narrow lace and tie in tbe
dress with narrow tape.
If buttons tear away from a
woolen sweater or woolen fab
ric try sewing them on with a
small linen button on the wrong
side. Pass the needle through
both buttons at one time.
In using perforated patterns,
where only one-half of the pat
tern is given, place carbon paper
on the underside of the mate
rial where it is to be marked
through perforation, and both
sides csLn be marked without
turning the pattern over.
The use of colored cotton in
stead of white for tacking white
material makes it much easier to
follow tbe seams accurately on
the machine. The tackings are
also more easily and quickly re
Soak the whalebones taken
from a discarded bodice in warm
water, and they may readily be
straightened for further use.
When mending kid gloves al
ways use cotton thread. It
wears much longer and does not
tear the leather in the process of
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1 Picture Frieze In Oak Paneled Music Room j
HE picture frieze shown in the illustration makes an attractive finish
for the paneled wall of a music room or a library. The brown oak
woodwork frames charming landscapes finished in pale tints and look
. li« like water colors, although they are prints in colors, which may
he had for this purpose at very moderate prices.
An Old Favorite
I "Do They Miss
Me at Home?"
D O they miss me at home, do they mise
'Twould he an assurance most dear
To know that this moment com
Waa saying, "I wish he wer» here,"
To feel that the group at the fireside
Were t h< " ktn V of me as I ream.
Oh, yes, 'twould be joy beyond measure
To know that they missed me at home!
When twilight approaches the season
That Is ever sacred to song
Docs mm one repeat my name over
And sigh that I tarry so long?
And Is there a ehord In the musie
That's mis se d when my voies is away
And a chord in each heart that awaketh
Regret at my wearisome stay?
fr.-- k; • $ 1
Do they set ms a chair near the table
When evening^ home p l m na ea are nigh,
When toe candles are lit In tbo parlor
And the stars in the calm, asure *y.
And-when the good Mahlt are repealed
A whtSDirià food tfcht wmu aw ____ m
• FREAK STOCKINGS. ;
The tango has brought into vogue all
manner of eccentricities. One of the
most amusing of these is the zoological
display on smart new hosiery. Milady
is, of course, ex
il tremely fastidi
ous as to the
quality of her
made for her and
of the most ex
rials. The hosiery
of silk, hand
quently costs $25
Some of tbe
are prettily embroidered in floral pat
terns, but the more striking designs
consist of little animal figures. One
sees a gay plumaged bird, a squirrel, a
butterfly, a brightly colored reptile or
a monkey embroidered in lifelike style
on the little ankle that peeps in and
ont of the slashed skirt. One of the
most novel ideas, however, is to have
mice embroidered on the stockings. At
a distance the mice look so natural
that one might be excused for fancy
ing them as real ones in full flight up
MOTJ9E EMBROI DEBED
A New Cake Flavor.
To vary the flavor of cakes, especial
ly plain ones, place a rose geranium
leaf or two on top of the buttered pa
per in the cake tin. It is particularly
good in the following recipe for a min
iature pound cake: Cream three-eighths
of a cupful of butter with one-half cup
ful of sugar and two unbeaten eggs, a
pinch of salt and one slightly rounded
teaspoonfnl of baking powder in one
cupful of flour. Bake forty minutes in
a moderate oven. This quantity needs
a very small tin.
USE OF PERFUME.
A debutante of last season insis t ed
upon a corsage bouquet of maide n hpif»
fern for her first dance, and she had
it, too, in spite of motherly opposition.
It was effective, and she wore the
same decoration at other entertain
ments and used a delicate wood violet
perfume. In her simple white frock
with its note of fresh, dewy green
and the elusive violent scent: she sug
gested a wood nymph and achieved a
distinct success during her first fifcason
—so much so, ia fact, that one or two
other debutantes shamelessly imitated
her after having first scorned the mod
est maidenhair fern as decoration.
WINTER HOUSE PLANTS.
The most satisfactory house
plants are the numerous varie
ties of Boston ferns. Tbe kon
tra palms, which are the har
diest palms to cultivation, are
leas affected by the dust and
dry atmosphere of the house
than any others, and the Phoenix
coebMeML which is a - f i t
watt as the
( gMmm m
"I'm going to get married soon and j
settle down," remarked young Debt
"All very well," replied his tailor,
"but I'm far more interested in learn
ing when you're going to settle up!"
Take One Guess.
"Dobbs is a mild mannered man."
"Yes, lie is. I wonder if he's natu
rally so, or married."
A Bad Outlook For a Chicken Dinner.
Deacon Watson—Doan' yo' t'ink it crule ter keep dat dog chained up all
Farmer Smithers—Oh, 1 let him loose at night!
THE NEWEST FAVORS.
flowers are being
more and more used for table
favors. When so many of them
] ► are worn they prove unusually
' * acceptable. Roses and orchids
, » are favorites, although almost
; » any kind of flower goes.
] » From France come dainty
1 * clowns and coy Japanese ladies
g» (with real hair) holding wee
Japanese lanterna as table fa
Baskets of surpassing beauty
£ and a champagne cork with a
' [ pretty girl rising from it are
among the importations.
The pare sugar candy sticks,
4 ► most elaborately done up in a
decorated gold paper, are French
favors much in demand.
A Sid# Show In the Insect World.
< V°*£ 7 Ht
Side Show Barker—Alive! Alive! All bugs agog at tbe as ^ u ° aD( j pi j
aomenon of tbe age! Step right up, Lady Bugs and Gentlemen Bugs,
your tickets! Only 10 cents!
Lavender cornea from the Italian
word lavanda, a washing. The name
ia applied to the fragrant plant be
lts dried blooms are put away
with freshly washed linen to per
An old writer says that the Romans
*d the .flowers at lavender to per
fume their bathing water.
•I M *
Get It Engraved.
Why should yon prefer to have an
red watch case?
rite watch la more likely to
'Know why Janies is
makes barbed wir®
To Find a Husband.
"So you've been married a year. How
do you find your husband?''
"By phoning all the cafes in the
neighborhood usually. How do you'"
WHEN EARS ACHE. 1
"I am afraid I have greatly inter
fered with my own practice," says a
celebrated aurist. "by giving the follow
ing advice to many of my friends:
"At the first symptom of earache let
the patient lie on the bed, with ths
painful ear upmost.
"Fold a thick towel and tuck It
around the neck; then with ;i teaspoon
fill the ear with warm water.
"Continue doing this for fifteen or
twenty minutes: the water will fiilth#
ear orifice and flow over on the towel.
Afterward turn over the head, let tto
water run out and plug the ear with
warm glycerin and cotton.
"This may be done every hour until
relief is obtained. It is an almost In
variable cure and has saved oinf
cases of acute inflammation.''
When Greek Meets <*** ^
This quotation should P* tb*
"When Greeks joined O - J
was the tug of war -" .
It is taken from O#*)
and refers to tbe iron 0 p
ed by the cities of Greece
and Alexander of Macedo •
A Funny a»*
a Btory ab° ut *
Ft! téll you si!
And if you can't «top
And If you don t toiwto
IW, take my
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