WOODS IN WINTER
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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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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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
A cork dipped in fine coal ashes is
excellent for scouring kitchen knives
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
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
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
- / a
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.
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
velvet bow. Around the brim and
crown are small roses made of wired
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
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
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