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Fifth and Shipley Streets.
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
FLAWLESS FOLDING BEDS and all other Brass
and Iron Beds at the lowest prices,
The largest size of this beautiful SWEEPER we sell
for $3.50—next, $2.00. '
McELWEE'S, Fifth and Shipley Streets.
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
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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
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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
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
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
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

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.
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
Since 1837 Great Britain has gone to
war 41 times. Maiiy of tho "wars" of
course were little more than military
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
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
„_-™ 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. "
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
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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
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
"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.
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.

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