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WOODS IN WINTER
.:. ` \"r*'. .* '. I~j ..: ··:,..4.,. ý ial l Y' . , 'I I ý I it :-: ;ý4 t <x !ý ýg .-y whtI "'" .ý ,l c ** .t ,.vr'·~;' b:: fneo photographi6 reproduction fa winter scene is the above plc C Oheerless and bare, yet with ISTMAb fIt. PORTO RICO. Sbrated From December Al ist. to Easter Sunday. -orto Rican boys and girls "beifrightened out of their w;hs Claus should come to them igh, drawn by reindeer and to enter the houses and fill iings. Down there Santa doesnot need reindeer or any o steeds;' for the children t bJust comes flying through '.'ike a bird. Neither does he ii~SSblf looking for stockings. h. tigs are not so, plentiful in o as they are in cooler cli :Istead of stockings the chil little boxes, which, they make a. 'These the} place on the id" in the courtyards, and old 'I Qaus -drops the gifts into them f ie l1es around at' night with his :.ithi back. * a certain sublimity, are the woods when locked in the icy embraces of the frost king. A spot to de He is more generous in Porto Rico than he is qnywhere else. He does not come on Christmas eve only, but Is likely to call around every night or two during the week. Each morning therefore, the little folks run out eag erly to see whether anything more has been left -in their boxes during the night. Christmas in Porto Rico is a church festival of much importance, and the celebration of it is made up chiefly of religious ceremonies intended to com memorate the principal events in the life of the Savior. Beginning with the celebration of his birth at Christmas time, the feast days follow one an other in rapid succession. Indeed, it may justly be said that they do not really come to an end until Easter. St. Nicholas. Trains Of Starving Cattle. The long-continued drought in some of light the eye of an artist is here, photographed by Mr. Eugene J. Hall of Chicago. the southern portions of Australia has resulted in some queer scenes there. Farmers in the north having offered their pasture land for the starving cat tle and horses, the government has un dertaken the transportation of these animals to the pasture lands, and whole trains have been devoted to the work, to the delay and detriment of other railroad business. Some of the animals were so weak that the placing of them on the cars presented a seri ous problem. Pastoral lands in the affected districts have reverted to a state of desert. Victoria and New South Wales have suffered immense loss, while in Queensland the drought is estimated to have thrown the prog ress of the country ;ack fifteen years. New Articles of Commerce. Yarn from wood pulp is now an article of commerce in Germany. . HOW THE MONGOL TAKES HIS LAST RIDE ".'wild nomad tribes who range : vast country known as Mag & been celebrated for their Ip from the earliest days when 'they swept across end down through Central Eu aeeving tracks never to be et In the mother country of the ,I *t,-and in the deserts of Mag ;te tribes of wild horsemen iiw eky little with the-march HIS LAST RIDE-THE FUNERAL OF A MONGOL. p-of the centuries, but of late years they Viiave been reduced to a certain degree r order, and, lacking the outlet for erly provided for their superfluous rgies by wars and inter-tribal raids, ey are likely to lose much of their spirit and characteristic customs. . Every Mongol is a born horseman, hnd he herds his flocks of sheep, goats camels on horseback, being able, IS saie to keep lis seat even when intoxicated, as he is not infrequently. There is, in fact, no circumstance of Mongol life in' which horsemanship does not play a part. Courtship and marriage take place on horseback, a simulated chase and abduction of the bride - constituting the ceremony of the latter, while even in the last scene of life's drama the "ruling passion strong in death" is frequently shown in the fi~eral obsequies. The method of burial most congenial to the wild free soul of the Mongol is that which is so .repugnant to our western ideas, and yet there is some thing weirdly characteristic about the scene. The dead man, wrapped in his olanket, is taken from his "pourta," or felt tent, in the still hours of the night, when the cold air blows keenly across the bleak, open st s. Four co panions mounted on ~ h wir. little ponies bear him up, and at a mad, wild gallop the little band sweeps across the plain towards some distant hills. Frequently the lean prairie dogs of the village follow the funeral cor tege, and a black cloud of ravens, known to the people as the "Mongol's sepulchres," hangs round the hills. Once at the appointed place there is little more to do; a last farewell to their comrade, and the little band is in tne saIlle again, speeding nacx to the cluster of tents, or rudely built town, at full gallop, with only a stoical rg9 ret for the stiff, stark figure out on the hills, with glassy eyes 6 ,and the ladies ream, time will 9ruSum, the proceeds to go to.-s ter r fr the church. hil littl\ at The WOPLD W used for bridal dresses and veils. Oyster Salad. - Children acting as bridesmaids oaten Pick over and parboil one pint oys- wear Dutch caps. The effect is pica ters. When plump, drain and set them turesque. Limerick lace is considered away to cool. Mix one-fourth tea- a fitting trimming for a wedding spoon of salt, a few grains of cayenne, gown, and entire trains of lace are four or five drops of onion juice, two fashionable with the satin gown. -u o _~. »s .m a rýver. - t gownhl.. tauiespoons oi ouve rio u v r spoon of lemon juice; pour it over the oysters when cold. Wash and slice thin enough celery to make twice as much as you have of the oysters. When ready to serve, cut the oysters. If large, sprinkle the celery with salt, put the two together and cover with the mayonnaise dressing. Garnish with the yellow celery tips. Lace Petticoats Popular. The lace petticoat is much in evi dence, particularly for wear with tea gowns. It may be built of flounces on a silk slip, or may be entirely of laces. The lace need not necessarily be of extravagant quality, choice being largely guided by tint and soft ness. There is an applique net, a plagiarism on Brussels net, sold in deep flounce widths, that answers the )urpose particularly well. Dainty and Effective The blouse illustrated is of pale blue liberty satin and the marguerites are "lone in white silk floss. The hat and Ilul.-es are black. Almond Banana Cream. Two teacupfuls of thick sweet cream. ?1 pound of sweet almonds, one or two C'rops of essence of al monds. 4 tablespoonfuls of sugar, 3 eggs, 2 ounces of gelatine, 1% cups of milk; soak the gelatine in the milk. Blanch and pound the almonds, add ing a few drops of orange flower wa ter to keep them from oiling. Beat the eggs. Stir in the milk lightly and strain into a deep dish to which add sugar and almonds. Set into a sauce pan of boiling water, and stir until the custard coats the spoon. Melt the gelatine and add it to the custard. Whip the cream to a stiff froth and drop in the almond essence. When the custard is cool stir it into the cream. Mix well together and pour into a wet mold. Set on ice or in a cold place. Holly for the Coiffure. There is a tendency to make the hair conform to the season. In June the rose, in autumn the chrysanthe mum, at Christmas the holly. They take holly now and stand it upright in the hair, as though it were an aigrette. The holly is tied in a stiff little sprig and is fastened back of the pompadour or in the top of it. The prickly leaves and the gorgeous red berries make a very nice orna ment for the hair, says the Philadel phia Inquirer. The holly wreath is also seen in the coiffures of the season. This is a wreath of the leaves trained to lie around the knot at the back of the I neck. The wreath should be a very c slender one, and it should be twisted t around the knot and fastened with i pins invisibly rather than consplcu usaly. The effect is a pretty artless ness. Women who can weal an ornament over the ears are taking bunches of I holly berries, with a leaf or two, and f ACCESSORIES DEAR TO THE FEMININE HEART AC.&C / 1ýtFN. tl v~rrrG / f DV7T~lý NE~CK .doA U1^ 31AC/ / , 6 K LGYl/4 3 r+ s s placing them so that the berries come just back of the ear lobes. There is something almost oriental in this ef fect, and suggestive of the hairdress ing of the Mikado. The juice of a lemon squeezed into a sponge will cleanse and sweeten it. A copper cent rubbed on the win dow pane will rid it of paint or plas ter specks. A cork dipped in fine coal ashes is excellent for scouring kitchen knives and utensils. Cold fried and scrambled eggs if chopped and mixed with mincemeat will improve the latter. To restore an eiderdown quilt to its original fluffy lightness hang it out of doors in the sunshine for several hours. A nice sandwich to serve with afternoon tea is made with preserved ginger drained and chopped and mois tened with cream. To renew old bedsteads, bureaus, tables or wash stands polish with two ounces of olive oil, two ounces of vinegar and one teaspoonful of gum arabic. Dainty Sachet Bags. Little sachet bags of silk may be hung unobtrusively upon the backs of chairs to supply a faint, elusive scent to the room, if that is liked. These should be filled with dried leaves of sweet geranium, lemon ver bena and lavender mixed, or of the lemon verbena alone, if that delight ful odor is preferred. They make sweet sachets for the handkerchief box or the linen closet or the bureau drawer. Worn by Mrs. George Gould. Mrs. George Gould wears this. It is of gray panne velvet with front and lower sleeves of white lace. Three t I C c - / a p d d b large cords covered with shirred gray b chiffon are used as a decoration. The c hat is formed of overlapping layers of ii fine gray cloth and gray tulle, and i= small gray roses band the crown. G Fancies for Weddings. h Silver embroidery on a white satin b bridal gown is the latest fancy of tl fashion. Old Honiton lace is being n Le Bridesmaids' dresses of mousseline de is sole over silk are made with Marle f- Antoinette fichus and elbow sleeves; 5- and white cloth gowns with white hats are considered the right thing for go ing away dresses. Chinese crepe makes a beautiful wedding gown, es pecially if cut in the Empire style. New Corsage Decorations. Corsage decorations of ribbon roses are much in favor. These are now made very large, one sufficing for or 4 nament and they are certainly very realistic. Newer than the roses are the narrow heliotrope ribbons in sev s' eral shades tied to represent violets. They are arranged in a large bunch with short streamers. is A Young Girl's Hat. This white felt hat for a young girl has the brim left unbound and with out being wired. A little to the left of the back the brim is turned back on itself and caught with a small black h d! ,.. velvet bow. Around the brim and crown are small roses made of wired jet. New Ideas in Ribbons. There are some new ideas in rib bons. Bright and satiny surfaces are most in favor. The wide ribbons for trimming have a silk beaver finish. One of the smartest of these is a bright green shot with blue. A white ribbon showered with graduated black spots has a pattern of dark blue spots of varying sizes. Ribbon having a de sign of scarlet poppies is effective. An entirely new idea is the embroid ered cloth ribbons in narrow widths. These are playing an important part on the gowns of the moment. For example, a black ribbon has a design of forget-me-nots. They are also seen in the oriental colors. Two Odd Ornaments. A new twin brooch for securing lace ties and jabots consists of two beau tifully molded swallows in plain gold, holding in their beaks two ele gant small gold chains looped to gether and set with turquoises. Something original in the way of a muff chain is of fine gold, spaced at intervals with small gold moikeys, each monkey clasping a pearl in his hand. As the chain is worn these monkeys have the appearance of climbing up the chain one over the other in a fashion which is realistio and amusing. All for a Rainy Day. Umbrellas of green, blue and bright red will detract from the somberness of wet streets and drizzling weather during the coming season. Black am brellas, to relieve the situation, have borders of plaid or black and white check joined to the edge by hemstitek ing. Natural wood handles with sterl. ing silver initials are bidding for tavor. Gun metal handles jeweled or mJla.1 with silver are seen on some e the handsomest umbrellas. The Iras blackthorn without other ornameat than military tassels is liked by the men.