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Rlch nnd smart Are the Plalda. School Frock*-Millinery Fad*. The new autumn plaids In their dark, rich colorings are exquisite and rival in beauty the classic plaids of the fatuous Scotch clans. Olive and emerald green plalded in black, black niaidcd In maroon, dull heliotrope grounds, dull greens and blues, bronze that merges into blues and greens, are oil to be seen In the shops. Simple school frocks with waists and skirts in one will be worn by the small girl this winter. These dresses follow the prevailing style and are trimmed with rows of tailor stitching. The 6kirts are either plain or plaited, hang j'-'m ■■■ .... *\ BLACK VELVET MODEL. full from the waist and reach to a point below the knee that is becom ing to the little wearer. The willow plume Is a smart variety of the ostrich feather that will adorn many winter hats. In some eases it Is exquisitely shaded, the lighter ef fect forming the under part of the feather. Pretty little pointed toques are trim med with stiff wings arranged at the sides between a large oblong buckle. The illustration shows a smart black velvet hat. The brim is bound with folds of black silk, and the same silk encircles the dome crown and is knot ted and drawn through a pearl buckle in front. Two handsome feathers fall gracefully on the hair. JUDIC CHOLLET. CUPID’S MINISTERIAL AID. Reception Room For Girls In Chicago Stockyard District. Methodist ministers at the Rock Riv er (HI.) conference recently gave $500 for the jnirpose of fitting up a recep tion room in the Chicago stockyards district where girls can meet their sweethearts under elevating conditions, says a Chicago dispatch. “The home influences are sometimes so bad,” said the Rev. D. D. Vaughn, “that the giris meet their sweethearts on the street and back rooms of sa loons or in cheap theaters. I propose to fit up a good reception room, per haps two or three rooms, and have a matron in charge. “I am going to aid Cupid all I can, for most of the working girls are good girls and trying to elevate themselves.” Double, or Quit*. Monocles are to be tabooed in Lon don. To wear glasses and look intel lectual is still good form, says the Lou isville Courier-Journal, but It will no longer be fashionable to wear one glass and look half witted. A New Version. [“Even the monks of St. Bernard have succumbed to the progress of mechanicaJ science ard nave thoughtfully arranged a motor car service from the valley t* their hospice.”] The shades of night were falling fast As through an Alpine village passed A blaze of light, a noise, a smell. Men said, “That’s Brother Gabriel ’N’ his motor car.” "Oh, stay!” the tourist maiden cried. "I d love to have you let me ride. Bops chauffeur, way back home, ’■ a flier, But what I want ’s a holy friar ’N’ a motor car.” "Drive not so fast,” the old man said; "There’s a police trap on ahead!” The friar dashed on, out of sight; Back came the scent, from up the heighC ’P a motor car. Onward he flew and ever higher until an ice chip tore his tire Or things began to break or bend. And Brother Gabriel had to mend His motor car. Hl» brow was sad. The car beneath Ha crawled and muttered ’tween his teatii Words that a friar should never know) He (for example) murmured, “Blow The motor car!" Vr**? ,morn he by the faithful hound Half burled In the snow was found. Bull grasping In his hand of Ice A spanner, gripping like a vise His motor car. Tenderly back his brothers bore thawed him, to "mote” nevermore. And from the mountain's Icy crown A team of dogs towed tamely down The motor car! —Westminster Gazette. All a Trick. The other day a woman and a bo> came Into a shop to buy a hat. Aftei a time the woman was fitted to one. Looking In the glass, she said to the youngster: ‘TIow do I look In this hatr “Like a thief," promptly responded the boy. The woman angrily darted towarO him, but the boy fled from the shop. The shopkeeper laughed and thought It all very funny until their long ab ■ence made her realize that she had been robbed. Then she stopped laugh ing.—London Telegraph. STAMPS FOR EVERY CITY. PropoKitlon (o Have Separate Deulgna ^'or Ultferent roNtolllceH. A form of postage stamps with the names of the cities for which the stamps are Issued printed on the face as part of the stamp design is proposed under the terms of the bids for a new issue for the next four years, opened in the purchasing agent’s office of the pos.tofflce department the other day, says a Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune. If the bid for the new style is accept ed the postofflce department will order special dies of the one and two cent stamps for the twenty-six largest post offlces, with the names of these offices, including the abbreviations of the states in which they are. For the re maining denominations for these post offlces and for all denominations for the remaining postofflces of the three higher classes—in round numbers about 5,900 offices — ordinary postage stamps will be overprinted from elec trotype plates across the face with the names of the postofflces and abbrevi ated state names. The new design is intended for all except fourth class offices. The pro posal to make this change in the design of the stamps is the result of an inves tigation of the subject by a special committee appointed by Postmaster General Cortelyou. The committee de cided that there were many advantages to be achieved by printing the names of the postofflces on the stamps and thus localizing them, the principal ob ject being for the purpose of identifica tion. It is believed that the system of accounting in the stamp division can be greatly simplified by specially desig nating the stamps Issued for the larger postofflces. In the supply division of the postofflce much difficulty is experi enced under the present system. The proposition to change the design by printing the names of the postofflces on the stamps is more expensive than for printing under the present style, and the postofflce department is taking this into consideration before making on award. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. An ounce of assistance is worth a pound of advice. Count your joys and you will dis count your sorrows. Hard labor is a plaster that alleviates the pains of the mind. Part of the art of doing things is to attempt but little at a time. Some people seem to think that loud talk makes a sound argument. If you have a cross to bear, bear It like a man and don’t place It on ex hibition. When the opposing attorney offers te compromise it means that you have & good case. Many a man is credited with being patient when in reality he is too lazy to register a kick. Many a fool has acquired a reputa tion for wisdom by accidentally doing the right thing at the right time.— Exchange. Amy Robsart. On a Sunday in September, 1560, Lady Robert Dudley, better known un der her maiden name of Amy Robsart, being in good health, sent to a fair all the people of Comnor Hall, near Ox ford, where she was residing, except one friend. On their return she was lying dead at the foot of the stairs. Dudley courted Inquiry. The inquest found that she died by accident, and she was splendidly burled In St. Mary’s, Oxford. The Spanish ambas sador wrote that Elizabeth had told him a few days before that Amy was likely to die soon, but he may well have had a motive for a false state ment. It Is Sir Walter Scott's greatest crime that he misdates Amy Robsart’s death by some fifteen years—Pall Mall Gazette. The Ilrfrnlar Canton. In a London street a girl of twelve and a boy of ten were playing a family drama of “mother and father,” and Bobby was being instructed In his role. “Now, Bob,” said the girl, “you jest walk up ter ther corner an’ wait there till we tells yer ter come. We’re a-goin’ ter git dinner ready, an’ when we calls yer, yer ter come 'ome and chuck the flngs about." “Ho!” said Bobby. “Come 'ome drunk, do I? And why for?” “Why for, stoopid?” retort ed the girl, with a glance of mingled scorn and pity. “Ain’t it Saturday?" Generositr* Never be sorry for any generous thing that you ever did, even If It was betrayed. Never be sorry that you were magnanimous if the man was mean afterward. Never be sorry that you gave. It was right for you to give even If you were Imposed upon. You cannot afford to keep on the safe side by being mean. The Plural. In a Chicago school a class was studying Irregular plurals of nouns when It was asked by the teacher to give the plural of “child.” Then It was that little Edgar, who knew how It was at home, promptly answered, “Twins.” Well Meant Prayers. Sydney Smith declared that the chil dren of Bishop Phillpotts used to end their usual prayers by praying for Earl Grey, explaining that “papa tells us it Is our duty to pray for our greatest i enemies.”—London Spectator. “ ' ’ i Where Life Is Dull. "The terrors of a great city are something dreadful.” "Maybe so, but they don’t begin to compare with the horrors of a small hamlet.”—Washington Herald. THE BOto'BMAKER. He Makes an Apparently Harmless Letter a Deadly Machine. fio expert are bombinakers nowadays that an apparently harmless letter may kill any person who tries to open It. A piece of cardboard is cut to a size which, when folded over, will fit Into an ordinary envelope. The four cor ners of this are slit into narrow' strips. Fulminate of mercury Is spread over three of the slits, and the sheet Is folded and fastened together. Projecting from each side of the folded sheet is a little metal strip, or detonator, glued to the cardboard In such a manner that the envelope cannot be opened without striking one of them. Upon meeting this slight resistance the hand moving the paper cutter instinctively pushes harder, and the result is an explosion that either kills or maims. The easiest bomb to construct Is set In operation by simply turning it up side down. It Is usually a good sized cracker box, lined with paper and half filled w’lth a mixture of chlorate of potassium and ordinary sugar. Into this a bottle of a powerful acid Is in troduced. The remainder of the space In the box is filled w-lth scraps of metal. Then the lid is soldered on. All that is then necessary Is to place the box upside down at the spot in which it is to explode. The acid eats quickly through the cork of the bottle and comes In contact with the chlorate of potassium. As a result of the chem ical combination which takes place there is a terrific explosion.—Chicago News. THE PEOPLE OF PARIS. Their First Movements In Revolu tions Are Usually Generous, I know the men of the people in Par is too well not to know that their first movements in times of revolution are usually generous and that they are V?st pleased to spend the days imme diately following their triumph in boasting of their victory, laying down the law and playing at being great men. During that time it generally happens that some government or oth er is set up, the police return to their posts and the judge to his bench, and when at last our great men consent to step down to the better known and more vulgar ground of petty and mali cious human passions they are no longer able to do so and are reduced to live simply like honest men. Be sides, we have spent so many years In insurrections that there has arisen among us a kind of morality peculiar to times of disorder and a special code for days of rebellion. According to these exceptional laws, murder is tol erated and havoc permitted, but theft is strenuously forbidden, although this, whatever one may say, does not pre vent a good deal of robbery from oc curring upon those days for the simple reason that society in a state of rebel lion cannot be different from that at any other time, and it will always con tain a number of rascals who as far as they are concerned scorn the morality of the main body and despise its point of honor when they are unobserved.— ‘‘Recollections of De Tocqueville.” ATTAR OF ROSES. How This Delicious and Expensive Perfume Is Made. The word “attar" is from the Arab "itr” and means perfume. So attar of roses Is simply perfume of roses. It Is brought from Turkey and the East In dies in small vials and Is very costly. Even on the spot where It is manufac tured it is extremely dear, because it requires 100,000 well grown roses to ‘yield but 180 grains of attar. Its high price causes It to be often adulterated with some essential or fix ed oil or with spermaceti. However, the adulteration may be detected by testing it in a watch glass with a drop of sulphuric acid. If the attar be pure it will remain colorless, for pure attar of roses is colorless, but if it be adul terated it will become darkened. in ruse ueius, wnere tne roses are grown for the purpose of making the attar, the bushes are planted In rows. In the early morning they are laden with beautiful roses, but ere noon comes they are all gathered and their petals distilled in clay stills, with twice their weight of water. The water that “comes over” Is put into perfectly clean vessels and Is then carefully covered with damp muslin clothes to keep out dust and insects. It Is afterward exposed to the night air or to artificial cold. By morning a film is swept off with a feather and very carefully transferred to a small vial Night after night this process is repeated until all of the precious oil la separated from the water. Bodily Proportions. In the man of average stature the height of the body Is ten times the length of the face, the face from the chin to the hair is as long as the hand, the arm is four times the length of the face, the sole of the foot is one-sixth the length of the body, and six times the thickness of the hand in the thickest part equals the thickness of the body. Discretion. He (to servant)—I understand that you have dared to drive my automo bile during my absence. Servant— Don’t be vexed, sir. I was very care ful. I ran over two persons, but they were very old.—Jugend. Of Course. "Walter, how long do you keep your eggs here?” “Why, until some one eats them, sir, of course.”—Annales. That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer.— Phaedrus. REAL RHEUMATISM. The Causes and Symptom* of Url* Acid In the Blood. Bheumatism, so called, Is probably as common as any ailment one ever hears of, and yet If one were to ana lyze carefully the average case of rheu matism the result would doubtless show that the disease was something very different Indeed from the real thing. Almost everybody when suffer ing from a slight stiffness of a joint or a muscular soreness promptly makes a diagnosis of rheumatism when in real ity the case is nothing more than what In technical language Is known as li thaemla, sometimes called American gout. The real disease of rheumatism is the result of an accumulation in the blood of Imperfectly converted food, princi pally uric acid. This accumulation Is due to intemperance iu eating and drinking and insufficient active exer cise. Heredity in some cases seems to play an important part. In the great major ity the symptoms follow a regular or der, beginning with a feeling of full ness and discomfort after meals. Indi gestion, nausea and an unpleasant taste in the mouth, followed by throb bing headache, nervous irritability and vertigo, muscular pains which may be confined to one or more muscles or skip about them one to another. Lastly, and in most cases the most troublesome of all symptoms, is depression of spirits, the patient imagining that he has all sorts of ailments. Persons suffering from mental disorder as a result of this disease have been known to commit suicide. Fortunately these cases are not common, but it should be remem bered that they are among the possibil ities.—A Doctor in New York World. STAGESTRUCK. An Incident of the Boyhood Days of William McKinley. One does not readily associate our martyred president, William McKinley, with an ambition to become an actor, but in a grouping of eminent person ages who have conceived at one time or another in their lives a passion to tread the boards we find the subjoined account: “It was while holding the humble position of clerk at a hat store in Cin cinnati that Mr. McKinley became stagestruck and once confessed that he did not outgrow his desire to be come an actor for many years after ward. This desire arose through wit nessing the Shakespearean plays as presented by the great tragedian, Ed win Forrest, for whom Mr. McKinley conceived a great admiration. “ ‘Imagine my feelings,’ the presi dent said on one occasion when relat ing his boyish ambitions, ‘when For rest walked into our store one day to make a purchase. I rushed to the front in order to serve my ideal hero of the theater. The sale, however, was made by an older clerk, but I was given the privilege of pressing and stretching the hat. The great actor stood near me, observing my work, and the smile of appreciation which he gave me was one of the events of my youth.’ ”—Scrap Book. Growth of Rocks. Rocks do not grow in the sense that a plant grows. They may Increase by accretion, and they may undergo chem ical change. The old sea bed, being lifted up, becomes sandstone and lime stone. The volcanic ash and lava strewn over the plains become tufa, hard enough for building stone. The pebbly shore of a river becomes con glomerate. The simple mineral does grow, however, when it takes a crystal form. The sparkling prlBm of quartz Increases from an atom to a crystal as large as a forearm by a process of addition and assimilation, wonderfully slow but beautifully regular, exactly as crystals of Ice form on the window pane. i Misjudged. The manager of an office had adver tised for an office boy. In consequence he was annoyed for an hour by • straggling line of boys of ail sizes, claiming various accomplishments. “Well," he said to a late applicant, “I suppose you can read anything, and write anything, and figure a little, and use the typewriter a little, and”— “Naw!” interrupted the boy. “If I could do all them things I'd strike yer fer yer own Job. I ain’t nothin’ but an office boy.” He got the position.—Bohemian. Where Her Father Was. The daughter of the house had Just returned from boarding school. Her finishing branches had made her a lit tle sensitive. “Is your father out in the wood shed splitting wood?” the caller asked her. “No,” replied the haughty girl; “pa pa is at the town meeting splitting In finitives.”—Cleveland Plain Healer. Liquid Spirits. "I don’t give money to tramps. What do you do for a living?” “Please, mum, I work for the Soci ety of Psychical Itesearch.” “Indeed! And what work do you do for the society, pray?” “I help In the Investigation of mate rial spirits.**—Baltimore American. Hard knocks often help to make the man, but he will encounter plenty or them without purposely getting In the way of the rock as It cornea rolling «lown the hill.—Macomb Eagle. The I’mbrelln, “Where’s the umbrella I lent you yesterday?” “Jones borrowed it. Why?” “Oh, nothin?; only the fellow I bor rowed it of says the owner has beer asking for it."' PARADISE FISHES. These Creatures Live In Odd Nests Composed of Air Bubbles. Paradise fishes come from Japan, and their nests are very odd Indeed, for they are composed of air bubbles. Unlike goldfish, they will breed and raise their young in an aquarium or even in a glass globe, and they raise three or four broods each year. Ordinarily the male paradise fish is of a dull silvery color, but when he goes a-courting he puts on a brilliant coat, striped with streaks of red, blue and green. When the female fish is ready to lay eggs, she builds her nest by swallowing air and making bubbles, which are held together by a sticky secretion that comes from her mouth. The eggs rise in the water and find a resting place among the air bubbles, to which they cling. The female fish tries to swallow the eggs, but her husband drives her away and keeps guard until the eggs are hatched. If the air bub bles burst, the male fish blows some more, so that the nest is always float ing on the surface of the water. At the end of five days the young are hatched out. They cannot swim, but cling like tadpoles to the air bubbles. If one falls, the father fish catches it in his mouth and iSows it up among the bubbles again. He does not leave his little ones until they are able to 3wim, and then they take care of them HOUSE OF NAPOLEON. The Dwelling In Corsica In Which the Great Man Was Born. Historically, Ajaccio, Corsica, is of the utmost importance, for here it was that on the 15th of August, 1769, Na poleon Bonaparte was born, and here it wras that the future emperor spent his youth, enlightened by an intelligent and lovely mother. The “Casa Napo leon” is one of the—or, I should say, the principal building in Ajaccio. It is a solid three story building, with gray stucco ■walls and a number of large windows. Situated in the old part of the town, one would scarcely find it were it not for the boys who tender their services to guide the stranger to the place. Although plundered In 1793 by the partisans of Paoli, the heroic Corsican fighter for liberty, the house still con tains a few reminiscences of the groat warrior. Besides a number of ordi nary rooms, each room containing some furniture, one finds the bedroom where Napoleon was born, as well as Napo leon’s sleeping and study room, with his bed and table; his father’s study, still beautifully furnished, and the drawing room, in which are his moth er’s piano and her sedan chair.—Theo dore de Veer in Four Track News. THE WORD “FELLOW.” Its Honorable Beginning and Its Lat ter Day Decline. The degeneracy of a good word was illustrated in a case at Branksome (Dorset), in which a witness spoke of the defendant as “this fellow” and was ordered by the bench to substitute “this man." “Fellow” began very honorably by meaning a person who put down money with others in a joint undertaking, its component parts being akin respectively to "fee" (prop erty) and to “lay" and “law.” To this day it is dignified to be a fellow of a college, and nobody minds being called a "fellow citizen,” a “fellow Chris tian” or a "good fellow.” But ordinarily “fellow” alone ranks now as in the painful scene in which Mr. Tupman said. “Sir, you’re a fel low,” and Mr. Pickwick retorted, “Sir, you’re another.” In the fourteenth century it was customary to call a servant “fellow” in kindly condescen sion. Perhaps that explains the word’s decline, though it may be due to the use of “fellow” In the sense of boon companion. “Companion” and "mate' also were contemptuous at one time.— London Chronicle. Percy Bysshe Shelley. While it is as a poet that Shelley will always be remembered, the fact must not be overlooked that he had a passion for reforming the world, before all things. He wrote many valuable es says and pamphlets on questions of the day some time before he astounded the world with Ills brilliancy as a poet. Of his lyric work it has been said that it “presents a sum total of high creative ness, profound thought and transcend ent music such ao cannot be found else where in Knglish literature.”—Fear son’s Weekly. For a Sluggish Liver. Wuen your liver is really sluggish, practice the following exercises at least twice a day: Stretch one arm up as high as you can, while with the oth er one try and reach down toward the floor. Then reverse the position of the arms. You will find that you will un consciously bend the body toward the lower arm. By this exercise the side muscles are strengthened, and the liv er, which Is like a sponge, is squeezed, and is thus much assisted in its work. An Oversight. “Look here.” exclaimed the angry man as he rushed into the real estate agent’s office, “that ground I bought from you yesterday is thirty feet under water!” “Pardon my oversight,” apologized the gentlemanly agent. “We give a div ing suit with each plot. I will send yours today.’’—Cardiff Times. Encouraging. , “Perhaps, doctor,” said the sick man, "you’d better present your bill.” “No,” replied the doctor. “I don’t want to worry you with that now.” “Oh, well, if you think It’s best!” "Yes, I’ll send it In to your executor In good time.”—Catholic Standard and Times. IMITATION PEARLS. _ ( They .May Be Detected by the Hehk Drilled Tnrough Them. The means of ascertaining the genu ineness of pearls, which are frequently Imitated with marvelous skill, is es pecially important to the layman, even though the jeweler may quickly detect them. Imitations are usually lighter than real pearls and generally are brit tle, although some are made solid of fish scales and do not break so easily, while the holes, which in the real peart tre drilled very small and have a sharp edge, are in the false larger and have a blunt edge. As a rule, the imitation pearls are like hollow spheres of glass colored internally with a coating imi tating the orient of natural pearl. The manufacture of these articles embraces two series of operations—tbs production of the sphere and the intra duction of coating. The spheres aia produced by the glassblower, who by aid of an enameler’s lamp solders tbs extremity of a tube when the sub stance is of the right consistency. Is this way are obtained very regular tfb tie spheres that serve for the composi tion of the ordinary quality of false pearls. In the more beautiful imitations tl* tube employed is slightly opalescent, and the glassblower, ijesides, gives to the little spheres while they are yet malleable certain slight perceptible in equalities of surface by gently tapping them with a small iron bar. This gives them a still greater resemblance to natural pearls, which are very seldom absolutely regular—Exchange. WEIGHT OF PLANETS. It Is the Mass of the Body That Counts: With the Astronomer. If a ham weighing thirty pounds were taken up to the moou and weigh ed there, the “pull'’—the attractive force of the moon upon the ham— would amount to only five pounds.. There would be another weight of the ham for the planet Mars and yet an other on the sun. A ham weighing thirty pounds at New York ought to weigh some S00 pounds on the sun’s surface; hence the astronomer does not speak of the weight of a planet, be cause that would depend upon the place where it was weighed. But he speaks of the mass of the planet, which means how much planet there is, no matter where it might he weighed. At the same time we might, without any inexactness, agree that the weight of a heavenly body should he fixed by the weight it would have in New York. As we could not imagine & planet in New York, because it may be larger than the earth itself, what we are to imagine Is this: Suppose the planet could be divided into a mill! million million equal parts and one of these parts brought to New Y'ork and weighed. We could easily fiud its weight in pounds or tons. Then mnl tiply this by a million million million, and we shall have a weight of the plan et. This would be equivalent to what astronomers might take as the mass of the planet.—Current Literature. A Use For His Hat. A funny incident of a drawing room meeting was recently noticed. A grave looking gentleman, with an unusually tall hat, entered and, seeing no rack In the hall, placed his hat on the floor just behind the door. I’retty soon another grave man entered, with a large, drip ping umbrella, and, peering anxiously for the usual receptacle, saw in the - gloom the hat resting on the floor. His eyesight was probably poor, for he -• mistook it for one of the new umbrella holders, and in it he deposited his drip ping umbrella. This was an example for those who followed, and in a short, time the solemn looking hat was: stanehly holding a dozen umbrellas. At the end of the meeting the water in. the hat was an inch in depth.—London. Tit-Bits. A Thirsty Cat. "Perhaps you think the old water In the milk joke has been worked to death, but I’ve found a new variation of it,” said a south side man recently. “You know, I have a small negro girl as a nurse for my children, and one of her duties is to tell stories to the kids just before bedtime. They always lis ten intently to what she says, and last night I decided to listen too. This la what I heard: “ ‘An’ de cat, she got thirsty, an’ got thirstier an’ mo' thirsty, an' finally she went to a pan oh milk sittin’ in de pantry to get a drink ob watah.’ “I told the story to our milkman this morning, and he didn’t laugh at all.”— Kansas City Times. Absentminded. The judge was at dinner In the new household, according to the PhiladeL phia Ledger, when the young house keeper asked: “Did you ever try any of my biscuits, judge?” "No," replied the judge, “I never did, ibut I dare say they deserve it.” Deportment. The new steamer was on its first trip, with a lot of landlubber- o >. board. “Isn’t she behaving beautifully, cap tain. in this heavy sea?” exclaimed an enthusiastic marine reporter. “Yes, sir,” said the gruff captain; “a great deal better, sir, than the pas sengers are.”—Chicago Tribune. It Made a Difference. “Good gracious!” exclaimed the vis itor. “Hear those boys fighting and yelling out there. Regular little hood lums, aren't they?” “I can’t say,” replied Mrs. Fauiky; “I’m rather nearsighted, you know.” “But surely you can hear them.” “Oh, yes; but I can’t tell whether they’re my children or the neighbors".’0 —Exchange.