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1f:iS ih a period of the year
w :_ i every week that goes by
ea:cus to foreshadow some
z-.?w change of fashions until
StWP bomes a certain sense of be
i m~t· at as to what will be the cor
atrtnsx edurlak, 'or n ext season. It is a re
xrasrlhk ac. t tthat each new style
,~lmP tz be r .ther better than the one
hb wint. before, but finally the
;ae r ediinum will be reached in cut
tdesih$i. It is rather early to dis
sawsr Pda length the styles that will
rately made and trimmed, there are
also a number of plainer styles to
choose from which are exceedingly ef
fective and becoming.
il']u is one of the most popular col
ors this seascn and :it :is almost un
necessary to aldd that it is also one of
the most striking. A walk up 'fifth
avenue on a bright Sunday morning
will sufisce to show this royal color in
almost every conceivable fabric. From
Milady the Matron in satin to the fair
debutante in broadcloth or cheviot it
seems to be shade after shade of
The dress parade on the Avenue ex
tends from Forty-second street to the
Park. With these lines are many of
the most fashionable churches and
here on a Sunday morning can be seen
some of New York's best gowned wo
I saw Mrs. Herman Oelrichs out for
a walk a tew mornings since in a most
charmingly simple costume of illumin
ated whipcord. It was a coat and skirt
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'fltr kiang costumes now shown by
kkmlkding modiEtes for present use
mnymeaely be relied upon as models
na1 w;ak is really tl.e correct fashion
insam  - walking gowns are concerned.
miua fr course is very fashionable
-lip ,is season of the year, and ladies'
dasr broadcloth s;ems to be the
rot f'avored material. As a rule the
ki~ i e not rmeasure more than four
aEadl mlf yards. They flare around
lk&artt~m, lit tight over hips and are
ai. Wl at the back.
~ weof the new evening gowns
tie , w triimmings are seen to the
r rLTht vantatge. The costume referred
utuawes made of the now shade of green
.il 4L4 is trimmed around the bot
dawrth a band of sable. At the left
awiirrol the front breadth is a band of
bAted which ox tends from the hem of
sc.r xes to the waist and falling part
wa.yvwer the velvet is a flounce of
l lzte n moleseline de sole edged with
T1hn -wibch is appliqued on the mous
miat. All through the moussolino
and cltending over the silk of the
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a1 4.s thins i rca~, y m: gniii'ent aiid
weR !Wfd for any function.
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costume and its chief charm was its ex
treme simplicity. The double breasted
coat which fitted her figure to perfec
tion, was guiltless of ornamentation
save for the tailor stitching on the
edges and four large hand carved pearl
buttons. The skirt was a Paris model,
draped tight in front but quite full in
the back.
The newest shirts have the least bit
of stiffening around the foot, and in
stead of the old fashioned braid or
velveteen binding around bottom, the
best ladies' tailors now use a band of
English corduroy.
On one of the cold days last week I
took a run up to Van Cortlandt Park
to look on at the skating and a gay
sight it was. Sleighs from all the
country round brought merry parties
of yoTung people and the ice was
crowded with the wealth and fashion
of the neighborhood. Miss Burden,
who is one of the best skaters in the
city, wore a perfectiy charming skat
ing costume of a warm shade of blue
diagonal trimmed with silk braid. The
waist was single breasted with a collar
which framed most beautifully her
petite face, and was edged down the
fronts and around' the bottom with the
fluffiest of Alaska sable. A wide band
of the sable trimmed the bottom of
the skirt, which extending to within a
few inches above the ankle revealed
the prettiest of blue kid skating boots.
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An Alpine hat of felt with two pretty
Meorury wings completed this pleas
ing c3stume. As she left the lake and
took her place in the sleigh for the
homeward drive a cape of fine blue
kersey, trimmed with straps of the
same material and lined with gray
squirrel was thrown over her shoulders
giving ample protection ironm the
piercing winds.
One of the nobbiest winter coats
imaginable was worn by Ada Behan at
a benefit matinee given at the Casino
last week. It was made of Princess
Cord in the new Egyptian gray and
was lined with a rich shade of dark
blue brocaded silk. It was without
ornamentation save for the velvet col
Ilar and a few fancy buttons.
The fashion of going to one's coun
Stry house to spend the holidays was
this year more honored in the breaclh
th:an in the observance. Many of the
i best people stopped in town and about
Sfour score of them were entertained on
Že{w Yecar's Day b Mrs., O, H, P. 3Bel
mont who gave a luncheon at her new
house on Madison Avenue. Later in
the afternoon the company was enter
tained by Miss Anna Held who sang
"I Want You, Ma' Honey," and several
other popular melodies. This singer
wore a costume which is worthy of
description. It was made of light yel
low satin and the garniture was full
sized skins of Russian sable. Several
of these were tacked around the skirt.
one appeared on the left shoulder and
one or two on the bodice. Altogether
it was as striking a creation as I have
seen this season.
The costumes illustrated herewith
were designed by the National Cloak
Co., of New York.
Fear in Animals.
A Scandinavian writer cited by the
Zoologist has recently described a curi
ous method of capturing swans much
employed for centuries past in the
northwest of Iceland. The swans, af
ter moulting in autumn, leave the in
terior in order to reach the coast. The
inhabitants of the coast and their dogs
are prepared, and when the birds ap
proach, begin to make as much noise
as they can by shouting, striking
boards with stones and making as
much of a racket as possible.. This
noise has a powerful effect upon the
young swans, which, terrified and dis
tracted, and not knowing which way
to turn their heads, allow themselves
to fall to the ground, where they are
seized without any difficulty. Fear is
likewise exploited in South America
for the capture of another species of
swan by the Gauchos, who, when they
perceive a flock, run toward it in keep
ing themselves leeward to the wind
and in concealing themselves. When
they get close enough to the flock,
they spur up their horses and rush
upon the birds with loud shouts. The
swans, seized with fear, are unable to
take flight, and allow themselves to be
seized and slaughtered upon the spot.
The paralysis of fear is met with also
in other animals, and in a most
marked manner. Mr. Cancani has
pointed out quite a large number of
instances in which animals have given
manifest signs of fear or inquietude
before earthquake shocks. We need
not look for a peculiar form of presenti
ment in these animals, for they are in
all probability influenced by the very
slight tremors that precede the heavy
shocks. However, as Mr. Cancani re
marks, such inquietude of animals is
observed only in cases in which the
center whence the shock emanates is
quite distant, and he supposes that the
slight vibrations travel more quickly
than the strong ones, but that it re
quires a distance great enough to al
low the differences to be apprecmable,
in order that the vibrations may ar
rive sufficiently .in advance of the
shooks and affect the animals before
the shocks occur.
A Fortune in the Waste.
Talking about the saving of the
copper held in solution in the water
taken from the copper mines, John D.
Henry, an old Montana miner, said
yesterday: "For a long time the
water from the copper mines at Butte
were allowed to run off, the owners of
the mines not seeming to understand
the importance of treating the water
for the copper in solution. A few
years ago, when the water from the
Anaconda mine wa' leased to an old
Lepdville miner, who took out $120,
000 in three years at a trifling ex
pense, it was borne in on the com
pany that the loss from that source
had amounted to a very handsome
sum, and since then every gallon of
water that comes from the mine has
been saved and the copper extracted.
"Some years ago I visited the cop
per districts of East Tennassee, in the
interests of some parties who were
talking of engaging in the business,
and while there saw a copper mine in
which water was a very important fac
tor in the saving of values. The mine
was very wet, and the ore was ex
tremely susceptible to the action of
water. The operators discovered this
fact very soon by having to replace
their iron pipes at very short inter
vals. They then put in wooden pipes
and treated the water with scrap iron
in settling tanks. As soon as the
water had been exhausted of its metal
lic value it was pumped to a point
some distance away from the shaft and
permitted tb percolate slowly through
the crevices of the vein, and by the
time it reached the pump it was again
so heavily charged with copper that it
was treated over again. The owners
told me that the copper received in
this way represented the profits of
their operations. In the Butte mines
the water is so heavily charged with
Scopper that certain parts of the pumps
have to be replaced every forty-eight
hours."-Denver (Col.) Republican.
Census of the'Aninil Kingidom.
The editors of the Zoological Reo
ordhave recontly drawn up a table
that indicates approximately the num
ber of the living species of animals.
The following are the figures given:
Mammals, 2500; reptiles and batra
chians, 4100; tunicata, 900; brachio
pods, 150; crustaceans, 20,000; myria.
pods, 3000; echinoderms, 3000;
coelenterata, 2000; protozoans, 6100;
birds, 12,500; fishes, 12,000; mollusks,
50,000; bryozoans, 1800; arachnids,
10,000; insects, 230,000; vermes,
6150; sponges, 1500. General total,
366,000 distinct species.
Lost Letter,
In an advertisement of a railway
company, requesting the owners of
unclaimed goods to remove their mer
chandise, the letter "1" was dropped
from the word "lawful" in the notice,
which ended thus: "Come forward
and pay the awful charges on the
same. "-Twinkles.
The tallest trees are to be found in
the State forest of Victoria, 4us
S PIzCKE:S IS wORMlr $100,000.
f Eats 'lTvo Meals a Day and [[as Ac
quired a Big Fortune in Look
ing Over Metropolitan
Ash Barrels.
r OTHER Carpio, for forty
five years has been rak
ing over the ash barrels
of the metropolis. To-day,
according to a Picayune correspond
ent, she has at the very least $100,000,
and every penny of it is drawing in
terest at four per cent.
Mother Carpio never touches a cent
of the income, except to reinvest it.
She works as regularly now as she ever
' did, giving fifteen hours a day. from
2 o'clock in the morning to 5 o'clock
in the evening, to her beloved task.
Ragpicking is her delight. She could
not pass an ash barrel without poking
a her scrawny, dirty fingers into the
mass of rubbish if her life depended
on it.
She came to this country when she
was twenty years old. She is sixty
five now, and at one time, perhaps,
she was pretty and pleasant to look
upon. Italian girls, in the first blush
of womanhood, are generally attrac
tive, but if Mother Carpio was ever
young and handsome, Father Time
has wrought some wonderful changes.
The word of her neighbors is the au
thority for her being sixty-five years
old. She looks as if her years ought
to be 165. Molded with a fist, chis
eled with a pickaxe, describes the
physiognomy of this wonderful old
woman better than anything else.
She has only one or two teeth left,
but her principal meal of the day con
sists of a pound of raw meat between
two hard slices of bread. When she
feels like treating herself she adds a
raw onion to this banquet... She al
ways dines thus at 4 o'clock in the
afternoon on her return home with her
bag of treasures, sorted from the ash
barrels on her route. Then she spends
a happy hour sorting the stuff over.
At 5 o'clock she goes to bed and gets
up at 1.30 a. m., so as to be sure to
have the first pickings. She eats some
thing before going out at 2 o'clock,
and unless the barrels yield some
dainty morsel attractive to her pecul
iar palate she does not touch food un
til 4 in the afternoon.
Mother Carpio cannot weigh more
than ninety-five or 100 pounds, but
she can carry a bag filled with 150
pounds of stuff with ease and carry it
for several miles, too. Her figure is a
fit companion piece to her face. Long
years of carrying heavy burdens upon
her back and of stooping over ash bar
rels have curved her spine. Now it
would probably give her acute physi
cal pain were she to stand upright.
Her head is always bent toward the
ground. In her youth she may have
been five feet tall; to-day she is not
much more than four feet.
She lives in two rooms in what is
known as the New IRagpickers' row,
located in the rear of the three tene
ments at Nos. 166, 163 and 170 Mul
berry street. These houses are each
but five stories in height, yet some
700 people live in them, including 250
ragpickers. Of these latter fifty are
boss ragpickers, who employ four or
five men and women each to do the
work. Mlother Carpio would be the
greatest boss of them all, but she pre
fers to go out each day and gather her
own riches.
Two rooms are an unusual luxury
for a ragpicker, but this is Mother
Carpio's only extravagance. lesides,
she has a nephew, Antonio Bonnacio, a
young man of twenty-live, who was
boin in New York city, andis more of
an American than an Italian. His
neighbors say that he would like to
be a sport, but he is a sensible young
nian and he picks rags all day. His
old aunt thinks he is a fine young man,
who loves his calling, and every cent
of her money will go to him when she
dies. When that happens Tony will
lay aside his bag, his hook, his ragged
clothes, his industry and parsimony
and enjoy the world as a young man
with an income of $5000 a year gen
erally does.
It may seem remarkable that Moth
er Carpio should accumulate so much
money in such an humble calling, but
when the secrets of the trade are
known it will be seen that the profits
were large. They are not large to-day.
The golden times of the ragpicker are
passed, because the city sells the priv
ilege of sorting over the refuse to
great contractors, and the business is
worth half a million a year.
A ragpicker does not pick for rags
only, but for everything, from cham
pagne corks and pieces of fat to bun
dles of love letters, false teeth, arth
ficial eyes, birds, dolls, toys, musical
instruments, medicine bottles, cork
legs, shoes and clothing, wigs, bits of
ribbon and string, all, of course, more
or less used.
Mother Carpio, it is said, has found
everything in her long career but a
- coffin. She found a skeleton one day,
and at another time a human leg on
which some young medical student had
beeh operating. She sold the skele
ton, but the leg was a loss. She has
found money, checks, legal papers,
private letters, diamonds and jewelry.
She is an honest old woman, and she
Sreturned all these, but with true com
mercial instinct always insisted upon
a reward.
In the old days she often mado as
much as $20 a day, but now 2 is con
sidered a great day's work, and $1 is
a trifle more than the average. Her
neighbors say that it she did 'not make
a penny she would go over her route
Seach day, as it woula kill her if ahe
had to stop.
At a meeting of one of the large
English insurance companies it was
Sshown that more than six hundred
- thousand dollars had been paid out
for deaths due to influenza,
'ihe new Russian consumption cure
is by the inhalation of analino vapors.
A machine for wrapping boxes and
securing the wrappers with glue has
been invented by a Brooklyn man,
The viper is the only poisonous ser
pent known in Europe, and it is found
in every part of the Continent, and in
many localities in the south of Eng
The authorities of the Johns Hop
kins Hospital, of Baltimore, have built
a cold storage room in which dead
bodies will be kept for the use of med
ical colleges in winter.
The Roentgen rays are said to be in
valuable to the Russian police for re
vealing the contents of suspicious let
ters without opening the envelopes.
But now a Muscovite has invented en
velopes impenetrable by the rsys, and
so official curiosity is baffled.
A distinguished .French chemist,
Henri Moissan, made a tiny diamond
in the presence of an audience in New
York City not long ago. His dia
monds so far are too small to have any
commercial value. The process is to
fuse carbon under pressure, with an
electrical furnace.
Flammarion, the astronomer, says
the atmosphere on Mars is so differ
ent from ours, that an inhabitant of
that planet would weigh seventy times
less than an inhabitant of the earth of
the same size. "The inhabitants of
Mars," he says, "cannot be like u,
but they may be much more perfect
than we, physically, and incomparably
higher in the sphere of intellect."
A very low temperature, 400 de
grees below zero, has been shown to
have a remarkable effect upon the
color of many bodies. The brilliant
scarlet of vermilion and mercuric
iodide is reduced, under its influence,
to a pale orange, the original color re
turning with the rise of the tempera
ture. Blues are unaffected by cold
and the effect is comparatively small
upon organic coloring matters of all
The basis of the new cancer cure of
the Russian scientist, Dr. Gospodeen
Donisenko is swallow-wort, known to
botanists as chelidonium majus. Its
saffron-colored juice has long been
used by peasants to rid themselves of
warts, and it was this practice that
gave Denisenko a hint of his discov
ery. The juice can be taken in
ternally with good results, but for
this purpose it must be specially pre
pared, as in its natural state it con
tains two poisons.
Imitate an .Automation.
An -enterprising confectioner of
Helena, Mont., has in his store win
dow a mechanical device representing
a little bear, which, by the aid of
clockwork inside, is made to constant
ly move his head from side to side.
The bear is an excellent miniature of
a perfect bruin, and attracts a great
deal of attention. The drollery of the
expression of his face was caught with
admirable exactness by the designer,
says the Chicago Chronicle.
Men, women and children stcp to
lock and are captivated by the little
animal, which hardly ever fails to pro
voke a laugh. Sometimes they remain
in front of the window, captivated by
the expression of his face, until they
unconsciously fall to following the
movement of his head from side to
side in an endeiavor to note the vary
ing expressions of his eyes.
At times a crowd will gather and a
dozen persons at one time fall into
the side to side movement, until to an
outsider it looks really funny.
T'he discovery of the effect of the
little toy was not made by a man
standing in the window, and probably
never would have been, for those who
seq it fall unconsciously into the habit
themselves. A man was standing
across the street talking to a man in
the doorway of a shoo store. He no
ticed the crowd across the way.
"What ails those people?" he said.
"It looks like a crowd with St. Vltus
dance. Let's go over."
Go over they did, he and his friend,
and before they knew it they were
waggirg their heads from side to side
in unison with the little figure in the
"Ideclare," said one of tham, laugh
ing, as he realized that they had fallen
into it, too. "It comes natural, but
who would have thought it would ai
feet you that way ?"
uhmlin~ the Sea Otter.
Harvey Jacobs and George Neideve.
are in luck. Iu six weeks they have
taken four sea otters, and as the skins
are worth at least $1000 the hunters
must be classed as among those fa
vored by the gods. The hunters were
among the two most successful men
during the cruise of the sealing
schooner Herman, and on their return
pooled their issues. 'Ihey had enough
money to purchase a whaleboat and
fit her out, From here they went to
Yaquina bay, and there hired a third
man to row the boat. One day Jacobs
would steer and Neidever would do the
gunning, and the next day it would
be vice versa. Latterly it has been
unusually rough on the coast, and the
waves have run. mountains high.
Nevertheless the men have gone out
day after day, and on nearly every oc
casion the sea otter was shot when the
boat was in the trough of the sos and
the mammal on the crest of the wave.
Jacobs and Neidever are now off
Yaquina bay, and they intend staying
in that vicinity for another two
months. Should they do as well in
that time as they have during the last
six weeks there will be no necessity for
their making a trip to Bering sea next
season. Many a schooner has spept
months in the arctic and never took an
otter, but here two men go out in arn
open boat and secure four of the valUt
able furs in less than six weeks and
think nothing of the feat,--San Fran
cisco Gall,
Where iMy Heart Ioth:~i
O, love of my heart
In the days gone foreve,
Our paths lie apart, op
We can ne'er meet agai' n
Yet thou shalt departga
From my memory never; e
'Tis my pleasure in pj ..
Though years may prove true
All the olden-time dream i
The joy that we knew ,'
We can never more know; «l
I'm longing for you
And my lto.ats they are s'
Where my heart liethlow
-Frank Putnam, in Chicago m
Sleep, my beloved. sleep and res;id, i
Dreams are best. olee
Day with its angry hours will wele j n do
Day with its work and waiting and
Its hopes that flee and griefs that.
Be night for us, with darkness and Ove
For thee and me, beloved, dreamas ti ol
Sleep, my beloved, sleep and flore
Dream, my beloved, dream of irag
While gently heaves the loving
And closed those eyes I my, The
The days are long that sunder the here
And life is long, since we apart nr
In dreams alone I lean upon thy b
In dreams alone-what Wonder r
best? : e
Yea, till death come to make me p'
thee, ' is
For thee and me, belored, dreams
-Westminster Iter
One True Frlend;:
Some world-wise, hardened o gSl
That selfishness and greed ra
Are ever near, to charm away we
The fabled "friend in need",.' ;m
To set at naught
What love has wrought, The
And, so leave aching hearts to b1 ggý
'Tis false! I have a friend thot a Jau
Hath yet forsaken me, Lta rti
And who, I'm sure, my lot Wllu
Whatever it may be!-- - Lo
In joy or woe Itt,
This friend I'll know- C
Sach love as his men seldom bowel:
And he enjoys my fullest trust Toe
This steadfast friend of mine; !' a bi
His wit is small, but he is just, ,eatra
And therefore half divne- '
Ah, now you see, pett
Of course, that he Ialfr
Is nothing but a poor eanine! :
-0leveland i
Home. ; 3
Ah home! when all elsewhere is4 F IT
When we are most heartsore and ;Eeat
What place beside is half so ebh
As, home, sweet home! ,, eS
There inn'eant glee and childish
I:eguile the hours with noisy tatt
Forgetful half of life's rough
We are at rest.
At night, when home from w
We see afar a bright light burn
In haste we seek the shortest .
To home, sweet homt
Where o'er the frugal board p
In hope, na4 fath. and love abid
The mother hears from; lips coal
The day's exploits,
And thus the moments so entrea
Guide swift away. when some,
At the tall cloak, sees near 1dv
The midnight hour, /
And while the bird of night.ie
Oh, where, eaoside, come dreams
As now from out our brows are o
The lines of care? '
Fancey in dreams her flight is w T
In sweot low tones joybtllsseemX
A psalm. of peace night windsa
At home, sweet homei Our
Shadows on the W
After tea all the childrefl
Clustering 'round my k
To play some game they al o
Persistently of me.
Then there'.' a caper that I ,t
SWhich greatly ploases all £
'Tis when I try to qualatlyt
Grimu shaladows on thel wat
Indian heads and pussyeots.
And birds that do not siO~'
Butterflies big, rabbits sm5ll,
And eagles darl of wlng;.
Little ponies and goats thatb
And roosters straight and
A menagerie starts up whimn.
'Throw shadows on the ur$b
Dogs minus tails and donk
Elephants small, but el l
Quaint swans and geese. S9 z
legs :
And a man with bushy .
Then little baby laughs I gI
And jumps to catch them .
But they evade his tiny cln
These shadows on the
Thus we children of larger
Clutch at power, wealth .
And seek to gain toe prlsesf
Life's ever fickle game;
The fleeting shades of our
In varied phases fall,
Intangible and vaguoe-the
B.. ut shadows ot the0s
'Oh, baby .ear, I hope that i
You grow to man's estateS.
That fortune will be kind to
And bright willbe yeoar Mt
That your asplrations, alt
And hopes, both great ad
May not elude youn tsep
The shadows on the wli
-Willian i
Cutting New Teeth at set
At Edmeston, Otsego OoU,
George W. Hecox, who I
seven years old, has just on
The editor of the local 5e
witness to the fact. TwentY
he had all his teeth extrator
fact that new ones are gro
pears to be strange. Mr.
he has visible evidence that
,ewing his 'outh.-New Yo
Eye Sunfferer Puzzles Ph
A case that has bafiled phly
New Jersey is that of Miae
son, of Lower Alloway, a s
ment in Salem County  ier
is with her eyes. Wbi1
objects readily and clearlY',
up reading matter of any,
letters become iaofed,'
phi4 Times,

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