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^-7 $ McELWEE Fifth and Shipley Streets. OPEN EVENINGS THE PRESENT TIME. It's the present time in more ways than one. If you are particular in the selection of gifts for the Holiday Season, buy wherever you can find the larg est assortment from which to choose. We carry the best and biggest stock of Furniture and Household Goods in the city. In our particular sphere we have nq rivals. No competitors worth mentioning. No where else will you find such superior goods and low prices. Buy here. Our name is a guarantee of ex cellence. FLAWLESS FOLDING BEDS and all other Brass and Iron Beds at the lowest prices, 7 BSlljiSg * E JESS m •V2)(2r mi* The largest size of this beautiful SWEEPER we sell for $3.50—next, $2.00. ' -—v -Oi \ McELWEE'S, Fifth and Shipley Streets. fwmmmmmmmmimmMm LIVELY FOR LONDON. Karmsworth Is m Hustler and the Fore most British Journalist. Alfred C. Harrasworth, who recently presented the arctic ship Windward to Explorer Peary for use in his coming < f» ilifiJX if ML. h/. \ ' . j W7/ U m £ t ft I ij ;• ALFRED C. HABMSWORTH, j. expedition, is easily the foremost Brit E ish journalist, and it is doubtful even 1 if any of our hustling American editors i can bold a caudle to him. That auy R thing lively or enterprising should come out of Loudon journulism seems inered- I ible, hut it is true. Air. Harmsworth is J the publisher of the London Daily Alail j and 10 other journals and prides him-; self that he prints moro papers than any other man living. When Harmsworth was barely out of Oxford, he decided to become a Napole on of journalism. He straightway start ed, with no capital to spenk of, Answers, a weekly paper thnt immediately caught the British heart. Before he was 23 years old lie was printing over a million papers a week. Ho started more papers, capitalized his business, sold £600,000 worth of stock and retained a control ling interest- himself. Then lie bought daily papers in Loudon, Glasgow, Ports mouth and other places, and finally in May, 1390, he acquired the London Daily Mail. The Mail hurst on London liko a me ns full of bright ideas and ( i <&**■ w wakened poople up in a manner that startled hut pleased them. As a result the paper distanced all its competitors, and the total output of Mr. Harms worth's various publications is said to be something over 7,000,000 copies a week. Mr. Harmsworth's gift to Peary is only a fresh evidence of his interest in the field of exploration. Three years ago he sent Frederick Jackson in search of the north pole on what was called the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition, and the world has not yet finished read ing the adventures of Mr. Henry Savage Landor, whom he sent to Tibet in an attempt to reach the sacred city of Lhai NEWS FROM PARIS. Novelties In the Way of Skirts Preparing In the French Metropolis. The plain skirt has held sway rnr so long that trimmed skirts seem quite a new thing. There is great reluotanco to abandon plain ones, howovor, and they still hold their own, the most renowned dressmakers showing many new models of costumes in whish the skirt is left plain. Although there are a number of differ ent shapes in skirts, all are alike in re spect of being tight ut the top, in front and over tho hips and full at tho back. This fullness is sometimes gathered, some times plaited. Tho latest type of skirt touches tho ground in front and at tho sides, and, alas, drags slightly behind. It is a pity that this pretty but untidy fash ion is coming in again for out of door skirts. A novelty is tho skirt which consists of sort of tight yoke, extending downward half the length of the skirt, in which the rest of the garment is mounted in tho form of a deep flounco or plaiting, which flf !-■ \ ?T Hafirs, MS ✓ u i % ; R EVENING GOWN. honded by a band of fur, embroidery or passoinenterle. Sometimes tho lower edge the yokn is exactly horizontal, soino timos It is a trifle lower in front. ' There is a rovival of tho skirt opening ovor n tnbllcr of n different color or ma terial. The tabllcr may be plain, but is often decorated most elaborately with em broidery or othor flat trimming. It Is usually framed nt, tho sides by bands of fur or passementerie. The plcturo given In today's Issue Illus trates an evening gown which has a skirt amethyst silk poplin of a light shade. | has o slight train and Is edged with a band of black ostrich fonthers. At the top, front, is n motif of gold and green passementerie over dark amethyst velvet. The blouse bodieoof amethyst velvet has a round decolletage, and is adorned in front with a large motif of gold and green passe menterie. There are tight, wrinkled sleeves of amethyst mousseline de sole, with small velvet puff at the top. The belt Is of velvet. JUDIC CHOLLET. rauio IN M rtW LlNta. a Frenchman estimates that there are in the world about 10,000 librariea Caterpillars from six inches to a foot long are common in the vicinity of the Darling river, Australia. In some of the farming districts of China pigs are harnessed to small wag ons and made to draw them. In 1801 the price of the quartern loaf in England reached about 87*4 cents. This was in the time of the Napoleonic war Since 1837 Great Britain has gone to war 41 times. Maiiy of tho "wars" of course were little more than military parades. London l).as 3,000 miles of sewers, 34,000 miles of telegraph wires, 3,200 miles of gas pipes and 4,600 miles of wator mains. Dogs kept exclusively for guiding blind persons or for touding . sheep or catllo on a farm, or by shepherds are exempt from taxation in Great Britain. Padlocks aro being manufactured with an auxiliary chamber which car ries an explosive to be fired by a ham mer inside tho lock and givo an alarm when the lock is tampered with. Russian papers complain that the Siberian railway, instead of civilizing the regions through which it passes, is teaching the natives the art of robbing trains, which is greatly in vogue. Statistics bearing on 8,600,000 labor ers and railway .and marine employees in England show that 007,064 had their wages raised last year, 382,226 had theirs lowered, and the remainder earn ed about as much as before. Perhaps she wasn't frightened, that Biddcford (Me.) mother who, on going to see what had become of her 20 month-old son, whom sho had missed for a minute or two, found him trying to shave himself with his father's razor, as he had "seen papa do. " Charles E. Conghlin of Rockland, Me,, has quite a curiosity in an 1808 silvcr half dollar, which he has carried for 14 years as a pocket piece. When ho first rocoived it, it was as perfect as tho day it was made, but now is worn as smooth and shiny as a bald head. Here's a chance for some one. No It is ho one has ever secu eels' eggs, lieved that they spawn in tho ocean, as they never increase in a landlocked pond. Fame nud distinction await the , problem that the naturalists have found too much for them. I A woman arrested for keeping a dog without a license in London pleaded ex- ! treme poverty, and the magistrate al- J one who will solve this lowed her 14 days to raise the money. The newspapers spoke of tbe case, and within a week tbe clerk of oonrt re ceived $164 from British dog fanciers for her relief. j The post mortem on the poor giraffe wu-on was sent rrom uecnauaiana to the qneen and died in the London zoo showed that the immediate cause of death had been acute bronchitis. The body generally, however, was in good condition The animal was apparently rising 4 years old. Boston's great Public library has a large and well appointed room for the exclusive use of children. The books and magazines are on low shelves, and children have free access to them with out the intervention of an attendant, though one is always at hand to be of assistance if called on. There is a college for dentistry at St. Petersburg and one at Wilna at which most of tho students aro women, and women have during tho last two years been admitted as pupils to apothecaries in Russia, with the restriction that there must not bo moro than one of tint sex at each apothecary's. If yon wish to got an idea of the long time that lias elapsed since the qneen visitod Ireland, you cannot get a better notion of it than by looking at the oak which the queen planted at Alnckroas demesno, Killarney Her majesty and her court can almost bo accommodated beneath its branches today Clover sickness, u common diseaso which often ruins clover crops, has caused German scientists to make ex periments. They have succeeded in get ting cultures of tho bacteria that pro duce the disease. They expect that soon farmers will bo able to inoculate their land just as human beings may be treat ed A juror in Worcester asked to be ex cused uii -account of deafness. The judge refused to excuse him, and he sat pa ticutly through u trial lasting several hours. At its close the other 11 jurors were for conviction, but he voted per sistently for acquittal on the ground that as he could not bear the testimony he could not vote for conviction. Down to as late as the middle ages cats were comparatively scarce in Eu ro l )u and were so highly prized that any person who killed one was obliged to pay a fine. This penalty sometimes was required to be paid in the shape of a pBo of wheat big enough to cover the ? lain " ,iraal wben U was held vertical y oy tho tip of its tail, tho nose touch iug the ground. The uso of coats of arms as a badge for different families did not come into practice till the twelfth century. The Germans are said to have originated it, while the French developed the science. f 11 tke early days it was customary for a knight to adopt any device which suited kini, and his sous either inherited the device or chose one of their own, as best suited their taste. India of the "gallant Gordons, " Lon don Black and White says, "Not tbe of the splendid anecdotes with | Speaking of tbe last achievement in least „_-™ nave enricaea min tar; history comes to their fellow coun trymen this morning, and the name of the piper who, shot through both feet, sat and played his friends on to victory will long he a cherished memory. " THE FUR SEASON. Beauty and the Beast United by Fashion's Authoritative Decree. Fur, fur, and again fur, is tho pro gramme this winter, and the custom of mixing different varieties of fur will en able many women to utilize old fur gar ments which have been laid away and kept in good condition. Fuf sewing is a trade by itself, and few amateurs are successful ot it, but there aro many little shops which make a specialty of rehabilitating fur and peltry of all kinds at a moderate price. Small pieces of fur also find their use ns trimming for collars, sleeves and rovers or as part of a braided or embroidered pat tern, bits of fur often appearing in the most costly of such decoration employed for outer garments. Fur blouses come high, but wo must have them, and wo must have them elab orately made, satin lined, perhaps em broidered, and certainly gathered in at the waist by a belt exhibiting the cunning of tho silversmith's art. Of course theso blouses, being bulky of necessity, ought to f ATNi v!| m jjk t, h I',i \ III fur cape. bo worn by very slender women only, but this rule of good taste is not observed as strictly as might be desired. Short pile furs are In variably chosen for blouses, oliinchtlln being the first favorite Next to fur blouses in extremo fashion, or per haps parallel with thorn, conio velvet ones trimmed with for bonds, fur embroidery, fur rovers, fur collars, fur cuffs, and these are loss clumsy looking on a full figure, although a blouse of any kind Is not suit able to the Junoesque type of femininity. The sketch shows p capo of black sstrs tnun. ic m decorated wlcfl a stole ot cUiu chilla, which passes behind the oollar, forms a vest in front and extends in lone ends on the skirt. The chinchilla collar ia lined with nstrnkhan and has a large bow of black satin at the back, fastened by a paste bucklo The lining Is of blnck satin. .Ii:dic Chollet. Yhe Library. A sensibly planned library is completely lined with bookcases to the height of m rathe? tall wainscoting, with no shelve* running farther up the wall, so that every book may bo easily reached, and portable steps—that library bugbear which ha* kept many a good book in retirenientr— need never be brought into requisition HUMOR OF THE HOUR. Sbo saw the doctor passing and with all the precipitation of a littlo 4-yoar-old rushed out to interview him, falling twice on the route and knocking the dust from her hands in precisely the same way each time. "Hey, doctch, " slio shouted, "did yon get Tommy's tel'phone?" "No, I didn't, my dear. What was Well, mo and liim's been talkin, an we 'eluded you must 'a' got mixed in your orders.' ' "Mixed? How, little one?" "Well, there's me an him at our house, uu you only lef' one baby. What wo wanted was two—one for Tommy and one for me. Up to Dobsy's they didn' have no children, an you lot' two babies there, so I fought you must have got mixed, and so did Tommy. That'* why ho tel'phoned you." "I guess it must have been a mis take. '' "That's what we finked, but now we cau change 'em, for it would make lota of trouble in the honse for me an Tom my to have only one baby 'tween u& 'Twouldn't do. " "I'm awfully sorry, but it's too late to do anything. " " 'Tain't neither. " And tho little foot stamped impatiently on the sidewalk. "You can just tell 'em they've got our babies an they'll be put in jail if they don't give 'em right up. Tommy's orfnl mad." "1 would liko to ever so much, pet, but I can't. " "All wight, docteh. They is otheh doctohs. " And she marched to tho house with her nose at an angle of 46 degrees, never looking buck.—Detroit Free Press. it A Thoughtful Better Half. A man married recently a yonng wife who takes everything quite literally. He came homo and said ho would take her to the theater, and presently he found her stuffing all sorts of eatable* into a couple of black bags. " What are you doing?" be asked, and she replied meekly, "Packing provisions, because I have just read iu the paper that sis weeks will elapse between the first and seoond acts. "—Rival.