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A COMPLEXION TREATMENT.
Mow a Woman's Features Mny Ue Made the Envy of Her Friends. A complexion treatment from the good old days, when gentlewomen did not leave their health entirely to the care of other people, reads pleasantly enough. It will be worth transferring to those brocade MS. recipe books which are a fancy with women of taste. For a good complexion take /< one heaping tenspoonful of dried elder flowers, or twice as much of fresh ones still lingering along shaded meadow paths. Pour over it one cup | of boiling filtered water and cover close. Let it steep fifteen minutes, strain and add sugar and lemon to the taste, omitting them if so preferred. Make this tea fresh every morning, and drink it half an hour before break fast for one week. The next week Use chamomile flowers instead of elder flowers. Prepare the tea and drink it the same way. Drink these teas alter nately for three or four mouths, aud after that twice each week. They Im prove the health and nerves in every way, as well as the complexion. On hears constantly of the virtue of scrubbing the face and kpeplng it clean, but there are women with deli cate faces who do not bear well this sort of housemaid treatment. Scrub bing irritates many skins, brings out a plentiful down on some fresh looking ti. faces, and sets up a bleeding inflamma tion in certain cases of blackheads and pustules. To cleanse the face thor oughly by a simpler method, when it has been exposed to much dust and grime, rub it over with sweet olive oil. Let the oil remain from ten minutes to half an hour, as time allows, wash It off with warm water and fine soap, wiping with a Turkish towel, which is advisable for the face always. Finish by dashing cold water on the face, and wipe again. One of tile latest adjuncts to the toilet is a lace edged perfumed cloth of peculiar fabric, which is carried about with one, and used to give the face a smart rubbing for a moment or two each hour. In the vestibule or dress ing room, or before leaving one's own room to receive visitors, a few touches %-with this prepared cloth will. It is said, leave the skin with a peculiarly fine finish, like that of statuary marble, which is not a, polish, it must be re membered. To cleanse the lmir perfectly, without leaving it dry and brittle after wash ing, first rub a lotion of equal parts of olive oil and bay rum into the scalp thoroughly. Let it remain half an hour, and then wash hair and scalp with hot water, having one teaspoonful of borax to the gallon, and a little good soap. Rinse well in three warm waters, wipe with Turkish towels and dry In the sun. This does much to preserve the color of hair, whether dark or blond. Observe the proportion of borax, and use very little soap, good castilc soap being best.—New York Tribune. (Modes For Juveniles* The extreme lengtli of nn infant's first clothes lias been very mueli modi fied, and it is no longer considered good taste for a baby to wear a gown four times Its own length. * • • Ultra-fashionable mothers dress their little girls in nothing but white until they are ten years of age. • • • Sailor suits are always pretty for both boys and gills. Those of blue or white serge made in regulation style are still the smartest. * * • For Master or Miss Baby handwork Is the vage. Fashionable mothers pre fer a hem put in by band to an em broidered ruftle, and a hemstitched tuck to a band of inserting. , White muslin frocks of very sheer ' stuff, trimmed with tucks, entre deux, n pic,als, lace-edged ruffles or hand em broidery are best style for young girls' party wear until tlicy "come out." The Russian blouse suit is still very choice for small boys. When a little older they wear the full knickerbocker and Norfolk jacket of cheviot. Cloth, ribbed silk, liongaline and pop fin arc all used for babies' coats, with white the preferred tone, until they are two years old; after that pale blue or pink is permissible. The miniature man wears a top coat of tan covert cloth Just like father's, and the new ones this season are with out the yoke across the back. Vt* • ♦ • Russian blouse suits of white broad cloth, with a black patent-leather belt, are very smart for small boys. Heavy guipure lace in wide bands of inserting form effective trimming for a little girl's party gown. Blouse waists are always more be- coming to a young girl than a fitted one, and a yoke is less trying than ■when the material is drawn up to the neck. The yoke to relieve the waist may be simulated by lace or bands of Persian trimming if preferred. Fancy white collars are often w*rn where there is no yoke to modify the severe outline.—Philadelphia Record. Walking Drosses. The colors of walking dresses are to continue bright in tone, while embroid ery und applique are to be more pat ronized than ever. Cloth and taffeta deeoupe will be found on a prominent pedestal, and a trimming of linen lace worked in wool or silk will be seen decorating some of the fine cloth gowns. Glace coats and entire glace dresses will again be well established, and as for the fashion of their make —well, in this instance fashion will a tale unfold, for every coat worthy the designation novel shows a tail at the back, and perhaps this is a very de sirable state of affairs in view of the fact that we continue to patronize the tight-fitting skirt, which is in truth not entirely becoming to every woman who elects to wear it. That small tail at the back immediately takes off the too suggestive look of tightness. In the front the coats are for the most part cut round and bear revers or a narrow galloon. Many coats are, however, cut three-quarter length, either with a belt or to tit tightly to the waist at the back and to be semi-fitting in the front. The skirts are unmistakably shorter, but as unmistakably on the ground; in stead of wearing a train of six inches we wear a train of four inches. That is all the public protest against long trains has done toward their abolition. Return of the "Girlie Girl." From certain reliable reports it ap pears that the "girlie girl," sometimes known as the "steel engraving lady," is scheduled for a return engagement in society after an absence of who can say how many years? At least that is the wuy some persons who say they pray for such a return put it; others, and we are inclined to consider them more knowing, have it that the revised girl or woman is to be a happy blend of the two, wearing broad, sensible shoes when common sense seems to in dicate such footgear, and slipping into high-heeled dainty foot-coverings when these seem not only possible but the proper attire; while with each change of shoes there will be a total change in the style of gowns and hats, to pre serve a sartorial harmony, and also a quick change of mind and manner to suit the whole. To do this successfully will come easy Jo very average girls, but it is feared in some quarters that even men who are in most ways su perior are going to find it very difficult to follow these feminine leads.—Bos ton Transcript. New Sweaters For the Athletic Girl. Among the smart wear in "sweaters" are hand-knit white wool ones, having a beautifully designed stripe raised from the separating stitches of plain knitting barely perceived. These stripes are vertical, consequently becoming to the figure. For a collar and cuffs to the bishop sleeve are wide bauds of plain knitting in light blue, or green, or red. This gives the smart air—which all such linnd-lcnit sweaters have lacked heretofore. Fifteen dollars may seem rather a stiff price, but is in real ity a moderate one, if the time and skill to knit one is taken into consideration, to say nothing of the quantity of wool, or the unusual wear they are sure to give. Black still continues to be the most popular color in the new hosiery. A touch of color in the embroidery on blnck stockings is very smart. The severer style of silk or flannel shirt is taking the place of the dressy blouse. Ermine will be very fashionable, partly as a medium of black and white combinations. The cape collars that are so popular just now call Into service all kinds of short-haired furs. Many of the new felt bats have the rough hairy surface that goes so well with zibeliue costumes. Women are fashion are setting aside their light and gossamer hats for those of more substantial make. Lace hats are still very fashionable, and as the season advances this mate rial will be appllqued on to fur. Basques have become very popular, and will be retained even if longer coat skirts are not universally accepted. A new shape in felt has a deep turned-up brim and a helmet-like shaped crown, through which a quill is thrust. Many fashionable women are wear ing the high linen Frussinn collar, with a pretty foulard silk tie, or a large folded scarf of the same fabric. For the woman who goes in for out door sports there is a pretty brown or fawn felt bat of the broad boat-shaped variety, trimmed with corded silk ahd shaded feather mounts. A pale blue lamb's wool wrap gown Is quite delightfully cozy and soft, and the trimmings consist of accordion pleated frills of blue and white Jap anese silk laid one over the other. The lace cravat is a pretty finish to the tailor-made frock, while the old fashioned jabot must of a necessity be in vogue with anything approaching the swallow-tail or cutaway Jacket. Aids in House Keeping CARE OF THE ICE BOX- It Should Bo the Most Perfectly Beau lated Feature in the House. There is a household feature, small In itself, yet of vital importance, which Is too often slighted, if not wholly ig nored, by the Indifferent mistress: That is personal inspection of the ice box. In cold weather, dereliction of duty in this regard is had enough, but in hot and humid days it become crim inality. The ice-box should be at all times, to the unequivocal knowledge of every housewife, the most immaculate and perfectly regulated feature in even a faultlessly conducted menage. While every particle of food which might he made serviceable a second time should be prudently set aside and cared for from one day until the next, the line should tie drawn very rigidly right at this point. Many dishes and portions of food thus placed away by a procrastinating and unconscionable domestic are left for indefinite periods, harsh as the declaration may appear, in seeming perversion of the refriger ator to that of the refuse-eau. Nothing hot, or even warm, should ever be placed in the ice-box. AH food should be previously allowed to cool off thor oughly. Meat when received from the butcher, should be immediately re moved from the paper, washed off with a clean wet cloth, and laid on a plate In the ice-box. Immediate contact with the Ice will detract from the flavor of the meat Several pieces of meat should never be placed one on top of the other. Even where there are only n couple of steaks, or a few chops, do not in warm weather stack them one SWINGING SEAT FOB THE PORCH. over the other. They will keep much better separately. Fish, after being cleansed and washed, may be placed on the lee with the skin side down ward. Fruit does not belong in the ice-box; nor does cheese. The latter should be kept In a tin box in some cool, dry place, and wrapped In a clean, white cloth. Milk and butter should always be kept covered and given, where feas ible, a separate compartment in the refrigerator. Nothing so rapidly ab sorbs the flavor of anything and every thing with which it may be associated as will these two articles. The best of butter will quickly spoil if allowed to remain uncovered; and milk soon be comes a depository for all formidable stray germs and floating dust particles. A large piece of ice every oilier day, of size sufficient to fill the section de signed to hold the ice, will be found more satisfactory and profitable than a small piece every day. A larger piece of ice will generate more quickly a low degree of temperature, and also ensure Its unabated continuance. Neither the lid nor tile doors of tile lee-box should ever be left open one instant longer than imperatively necessary. Paper will be found effectual in pre serving the ice from melting, but tills must be renewed each day ill dry, fresh quantities; and no pieces of damp or moist paper must over be allowed to remain in the Ice-box. Newspapers may be used. Tile ice must be covered on the sides and the top. The refrigerator should be emptied of its contents and washed out at least twice a week, and always thoroughly dried and aired before the food is re placed. The drain-pipe must be kept clear and pure.—Collier's Weekly. A New Clothes Keel. A common clothes reel, made with an elevated platform high enough to clear the deepest snows, is not so very costly, and adds to the comfort and conven ience of the housewife in a degree to he appreciated only by those who have used It. It may he built in tills way: Get a post of seasoned wood that is about seven inches in diameter at one end, tapering to about five inches at (he other, and eleven feet long. Have a reel made with a four-spoked oast iron bub, to be had at any hardware store. Make the spokes of oak or ash seven feet long and two and one-half Inches wide at the inner end, tapering to one inch at the other, and thick enough to fill the socket in the hub. Wooden pins one-half inch in diameter should be inserted in the top side for holding tile line. Let the pins be one foot apart and project uhove the spoke or arm one and one-half inches. Now set the post three feet into the ground and place the reel upon the top, having the hub securely fastened by large screws. Make the platform four feet wide at the end next the post, three feet at the outer end, seven feet long and three feet above the ground. For the comer posts use two-inch stuff, six Inches wide. Have a floor support of the same spiked to the high post, with the ends spiked to the <*>rner posts. Connect with other pieces to the other posts and nail on a floor of inch boards. Make a short stairway of four steps. Of course you will see that all the lumber is nicely planed, and when In position paint it with two coats of nny color to suit. Use galvanized clothesline wire for the reel. The cost will be substantially as fol lows: Hub, $1; spokes, $1; wire, 75c.; posts, $1; thirty feet, 2xo, 60c.; thirty feet inch boards, 45c.; nails and spikes, 20c.; paint, $1; labor, $4. Total, slo. New England Homestead. A Swincin£ Seat. Certainly, it seems as if a porch should be much more roomy than re stricted city space will allow to ac commodate their largely increased fur nishings. Among tlie most popular porch pieces is a swinging seat of rattan, as here shown. Those of wood were such clumsy contrivances that ones of rattan have almost entirely superseded them. This one embodies all the latest fea tures, gay ornamented ropes, instead of the clanking iron chains of the wood en sort, the side pocket for books, work or magazines, and the sheif for glass of cooling drink. This may ho had In soft moss green, bright sealing wax red or in the nat ural white rattan. More exclusive still, it may be ordered in a number of soft tints of unusual shades, that cost a iittlc more, but are less ordinary. Gray with scarlet curtains are much liked Just uow. Denim and gay India cottons are most used in their up holstering.—Philadelphia Hecord. A Kitchen Cabinet. To he made of yellow pine, finished in natural wood and hard oiled, at a cost of $2.48 for ma terial. The length ¥ r t a fit ovcr a " ' s 48 inches, 1 •' 1- ff depth 27 inches, 1 / Ijr height 00 Inches, ca. S/' w pacity of bins, 100 I A v'° pounds each. This 1 is handsome enough for a sideboard, and will repay the outlay many times over in saving steps and time to the wife who is generally cook, Housekeeper and nursery maid. In the small dla gram Is shown the tilting flour or meal hiq, a being the handle, h the circle and slot and c tile stop bar.—American Agriculturist. Loudon averages daily 475,000 tele grams. In Paris the daily average 1# 120,00a THE SOD SCHOOLHOUSE. The Distinctive Sign of the West Is Dis appearing* Tlier> is something of more than passing interest in the news that South Dakota's last soil selioolkouse is about to he razed. The sod schoolhouse was virtually unknown east of the Missis sippi except in part of Illinois and In dlana. East of the Allegliauies and throughout the stretch of country be tween that range and the great river log sehoolhouses were the rule at the outset in pioneer days. But in a por tion of Illinois and in the greater part of the region between the Mississippi and the Kocky Mountains, especially between the Missouri and the mount ains, the absence of timber made some other kind of material necessary in the construction of the original cabins for all sorts of purposes. Sehoolhouses ap peared almost as early as habitations. Thus the little sod schoolhouse be came almost as familiar a landmark on the great plains as was the Indian or the buffalo. Dike them, too, it has had its day and is about to pass on. South Dakota as a State is only a little over a dozen years old, but time moves swift ly in this age. More changes have come in that locality in the past thirty or forty years tliau were made in all the preceding century and a quarter since the Verendrycs went up the Mis souri in searching out new fur-trap ping grounds for their French friends in Canada. That was long before Dn clede and Chouteau laid the founda tions of St. Douis. In one respect, which is hardly realized, there has come a sweeping change in the past thirty years, largely, too, through the efforts of the late J. Sterling Morton. There are far more trees on the great plains now than Coronado, from his glimpse of them three and two-thirds centuries ago, ever dreamed would he there. In the evolution of the American community the sod schoolhouse held an important place. In most of these little nurseries of American democracy the name of Pestalozzi, of Froebel, or even of Horace Mann, may not have been known, but they met the demands of their habitat as successfully as did the little red sehoolhouses of New Eng land, and are as fully deserving as their laureate. Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado and the rest of the newer States have changed the material of their institu tions of lenrning in the lapse of time, though the alteration in spirit and ideals has necessarily been less marked. Pike's, Long's and Wilson P. Hunt's "Great American Desert" is to day dotted with flourishing, progres sive and happy communities, but that vast domain contains nothing moro typically and robustly American than were the little sod sehoolhouses which have passed out with the Indian, the trapper, the buffalo, the prairie schoon er and the rest of the primitive life oi the vanished American frontier.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. How a Great Surgeon Died. While Bichat, the famous surgeon, was dying of typhoid fever, he turned to an old colleague who was sitting be side his bed and said to him: "My friend, I am lost, but it is some consolation to know thnt my case is very curious. During the last few days I have noticed some odd symp toms, and I nm studying them care fully." "Oh, you may recover yet," said the friend. "That is impossible," replied Bieliat, "and if it were not for one thing I would be quite willing to die." "What is that?" asked the friend. "I am exceedingly sorry." answered Bichat, "that I shall not have an op portunity to perform an autopsy on myself after my death, for I know that I would make some wonderful scien tific discovery." An hour later ho was dead. Fillliy Filipinos. The Filipino custom of eating with the lingers, often a whole family dip ping into the same dish as they sit on the floor around the little low table, is highly favorable to the transference of the curious comma-shaped microbes that play such havoc with the intes tines. The Filipino makes a great show of external cleanliness, bathes by pour ing water over himself every day, but ho will eat and drink with strange dis regard of methods that we consider essential to the healthful preparation of food. He has acquired a taste for sun-dried flsli, whose odor rivals that of the delicacies to he found in a Chinatown grocery, other viands whose appearauce and fragrance place them on a par with the fish. Super*! itiou* Abyssinian*. Tlio Abyssinlans, who are warlike, overbearing in their maimers and in tolerant of foreigners, though compar atively civilized, are strongly tinged witli superstition; even tile Emperor, though intellectually far above the level of his subjects, clings to many of the ancient Ethiopian beliefs, nmong which the fear of the "evil eye" is the chief, to such an extent that when he drinks he is protected from the view of every one by the "shammas" held h.v ids attendants with averted faces. The "shamnia" is the large cloak worn by Abyssiauians, made in three stripes of white, red and white, which are ihe national colors.—Scribner's. The Keynote of Sucre**. The keynote of success is somewhere in the gamut of the auxlHm-ies—run It: May, can, must, might, could, would, do, re, me, fa, sol, la, si striking tile octave with a right gooil WILL. How true the song of life rings, singing itself with sweetest melody into hearts! It is the gamut of Fettce.—New York News. I rspdip:i tfei^y ! A member of the French Academy of Sciences has discovered by a series of experiments that the violet rays of the spectrum are an infallible test of the qualities of many of the precious stones. When used on diamonds and rubles, for example, they give a fluor escence that affords Jewelers an easy means of selecting the finest and best stones. In the case of rubies experts are sometimes unable to tell those that come from Buriuah from those that come from Slant, and as the former are rated higher it is a matter of Impor tance to distinguish them. The violet rays, it is said, make this easily possi ble. Since the Krakatoa eruption of 18S3 when the enormous mass of dnst thrown into the air was noticed to fall over a radius of more than 1100 miles, increasing attention has been given to falls of dust. From a study of the great dust storm of March 9 to 12, 1901, Professors Hellmann and Meinardus have concluded that the fine sand was swept by the gale from the desert re gion of Southern Algeria, and fell in succession in Algiers, Tunis, Sicily, Italy, the Alps, Austro-Hungary. Ger many, Denmark and European Ilussia. In Sicily and Italy the dry dust was transported by the wind, and that two thirds of it fell to the south of the Alps. A horticulturist mentions a plant of the primrose family, Primula obeon lca, ns the only one that can be had in flower all the year round. A large pot of this plant has flowered continuously •for five years. The flowers are abund ant, and were originally of a pale lilac, but have been recently improved not only in size but in variety of color, white and many shades of lilac and pink to deep rose being now obtainable. The cut flowers are pleasing for house decoration, while keeping fresh for a long time in water. The plant thrives out of doors In summer, but requires hot-house protection in winter. The one objectionable quality is that both flowers and leaves poison the skill of some individuals. A noted medical authority, In speak ing of the effect of fruit on the human body, says that it does not exert a di rect medical influence in relieving dis eased conditions, but encourages the natural processes by which the relief is brought about. He makes an interest ing summary of the medicinal effects of certain fruits: Oranges, figs, tama rinds, prunes mulberries, dates, necta rines and plums are laxative; pome granates, cranberries, blackberries, dewberries, raspberries, barberries, quinces, pears, wild cherries and med lars are astringent; grapes, peaches, strawberries, whortleberries and black currants are diuretic, and lemons, limes and apples are sedative for the stom ach. Apples will relieve seasickness in many cases, and the nausea from smoking immediately. Two French observers have lately published the results of their investi gations upon the question of tactile sensibility dependent upon the prefer ence of hairs on the skin. The regional sensibility is not here in question, nat urally. The subjects experimented upon had their eyes bandaged, the part of the body touched was fixed in posi tion and all precautions were taken to avoid error. The stimuli were given by needles of different weight touching definitely marked regions of the skin. The experiments prove that there is an special tactile sensibility dependent upon the hairs of the human body, such as is generally assumed without proof. It is interesting to remark that the meteorological conditions of tiie at mosphere, especially in relation to the moisture, have a great influence on the sensibility of the hairy envelope. Surra, an animal disease of the Phil ippines, is pointed out by Dr. C. W. Stiles as a matter of great military im portance. It seems to have been quite recently introduced from India, and is due to a microscopic parasite, which lives in the blood and is probably trans mitted by biting flics. It is a wet weather disease, reported to be invaria bly fatal to horses and mules. It oc curs also in camels, elephants, dogs and cats, and more rarely in ruminants, but is not yet known in birds. It is closely allied to the tsetse-fly disease of Africa, and to dreaded maladies of Eu rope and South America. The chief symptoms are intermittent or relapsing fever, eruption, anemia, emaciation, ravenous appetite, great thirst and more or less paralysis. The introduc tion of the disease into new localities is to be gunrded against as a serious calamity. An Economical Brlrit*. Officers returned from the war are full of compliments on the business ca pacity displayed during their absence by their wives. Many of these have been the administrators of goodly es tates during the absence of their lords, nnd as such have shown themselves proficient in all sorts of practical af fairs usually falling to file lot of man. One young military licrn who was called away from his honeymoon to proceed to South Africa, confided to h'is young bride a check hook, the first she had ever controlled. Her husband, returning, was delighted to hear from her lips that she had been so vigilant as to "make the money do" which he had paid into his account. A note from his banker informed him, how ever, that it was overdrawn by several hundreds. The lady, confident, fetched the check book. and. pointing to the remaining leaves, exclaimed In triumph: "See, there are three left."—London Chronicle.