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THE beautiful foot is that of the baby.
It is beautiful because it is natural, un marred by ill-fitting, cramping, distort waa. 4ng shoes. " Just in so far as tho foot has depnrtecr-from its original shape- and habit is it less than perfect. It is hard, indeed, to find a beautiful foot. The story is told of a New York sculp tor, who, Marching' for a perfect f00t,., d-isr missed three thousand models who were ap plirwwts for the honor, declaring that""there' was not one beautiful foot among them. By the established modern standard, tbe foot should be neither small nor large, though it is preferable that it be small lather than large. The tiny foot of a large woman is ab surd. It suggests deformity. Bo does' IMF shrfff "foot on the tall woman. The foot shuttle seem to belong to the woman, not to have been loaned to her for the occasion. Like hcrTFiand, it should seem to be In perfect har mony with the rest of her body. If the owner be plump, the foot should not be thin. If she be thin, the foot should not be plump. It should be neither bony nor too fat. The bones should be well covered, but their out line should be plain enough to give a certain 'ffftittnetlnn cllod "character- to t! foot. The toes should spread comfortably apart, yet there should not be unseemly spaces between them. The spaces should be slight and even, like those between regular and well-kept teeth. The skin should be smooth and pinky white. The nails should be strong but smooth and semi-transparent and delicately pink. Above all, there should be no blemish, no disfiguring corn on ttie small toes, no en largement of the joints, nor bunions, no cal loused spot upon tbe sole. Tiie high-bred foot lies, according to existing standards, not flat upon the ground, but rests upon t.ie heel and front part of the sole, so that a rill of water may easily run under it. To corre spond with tills natural bridge, there must also be an arched instep. This is the standard. Now how to achieve it. First, wear shoes that are large enough, and let them be of soft, pliable leather. Large enough, I said, but not too large. The foot that slips about in large shoes Is as likely to get callous disfigure ments as the one that is pinched. Heavy leather and thick soles have no place on a woman's delicate feet. The gtiff, unyielding boot may be all right upon the masculine foot, and it may keep more perfect upon the luch-tbtck sole, but the skin of a woman's foot is too tender for tliis. Tiie leather should be close but fine, the soles of medium thick ness. But I cannot lay too much emphasis upon the need of a straight, oven heel on tho shoe. The heel Is to the siioe what the cor nerstone is to the house. It is quite as nec essary that it be well luid, straight and se cure. The crooked he< 1 threatens the health as the insecure crncstoue disturbs the se curity of the bouse. The run-down htMl disturbs the ■ djustmont of the internal organs. It pushes BOOM of them close upon each other, draws others away from their natural support. It destroys the balance of tho foot, pausing blisters nnd callous spots. It throws the weight where It should not be, doing violei.. c to tiie center of gray It jr. Wntrh your h»els as closely as you should the running time of your watch. When the bottoms of the heels disclose an inclined plane at the back or the sides, you will find a corresponding blister of newly formed eal- Jnus spot on the sole. Your ounce of preven tion Is sanding the shoes to a cobbler the moment you see the hint of crookedness In tho heels. They can ba planed or built up to their former evenness very Blight ex pense. Tho money spent thus is much less than the ft* of a chiropodist that you will SUV*. Having formed the habit of wearing com fortable shoes —snd let be say here that American ah an urn the best and that I al wuys wear them —see that tiie feet are re- ItuHod often from their prison. Kvcn the best pair of shoes Is *> prison. In your own room wear tbe Japanese sandals that protect tbe delicate soles from the floor, but leave the toes free to lie loosely apart, though they are secured by strong cross bands. 'fuse •stive the muscle* of the fee; a chance to relax. They are much better for this purpose than the felt slipper or Shoe, which is too vlos- ly woven to permit proper ventilation. The feet, like that other extreme of ihe body, the hair, need sunlight. Think how little the poor, Imprison id feet get. They need air. How little of that they get. "Thrust cottcn beneath the corner of the nail to cure an ingrow ing nail." Well-shaped feet are so mvi h rarer today than they were In the days of tlie Romans and Greeks, ,aalaly because we Imprison them in unVentlintel, sun-forbidding ihoes Instead of wearing the x until of the ancients, which gave the feet the light and air they need. It is unfortunate that the arbiters of fash inns have not seen fit to condemn modern shoes in favor of the ancient sandal. More harm is done to the feet by the presenUday footwear, than is done to the hiir by rats and puffs or to the vital organs by tight titling corsets. Some years ago it dit become the fashion for children to wear sandals, but their eiders were not wise enough to follow their example. But if you cannot wear sandals yourselves, there is no reason why you shouldn't have your children wear them, for it Is even more important that the child's feet be properly taken care of than the adult*. In early life tiie hones are naturally soft and may be readily forced out of their i nrmal shapes by any considerable exterior pressure, It Is obvious that to maintain the proper con tour of the child's feet, the sandal is much more satisfactory than the shoe. The formei permits ihe feet to be flat on tiie ground and spreads the toes, the latter crowds the toes and empresses the whole foot. And adults can Improve the condition of their feet by wearing snndals in the house, even if prevailing fashion does not permit of their wearing them out of doors. To be healthy, the feet must bo kept scru pulously clean. So much are they exposed to the dust of the streets, especially by those who wear low shoos, that they need more than the perfunctory share of the morning plungl or shower. They should be bathed every night in a foot-tub containing warm water. If the feet be tender, the water should contain borax in the proportion of an ounce to a gallon. Warm salt water Is also very easeful for tired feet, especially useful for reducing the congestion in swollen feet. This powder, sprinkled into the warm bathwater, affords great relief—use one teaspoonful to a gallon of water: Borax (powdered), 1 02. Eea salt, 1 os. Alum, 12 oz. l"or tired, swollen feet, toman juice, sprin kled freely Into the water, Is S means of ulle viation. An easier way to apply it Is to cut a lemon in half ami rub the soles of the feet with it. Colli used spots may be removed from the sole by planing off the rough surfaces with pumice stone. ii.igiisii women give case to lluir feet after I a long walk by Mstblng them M an infusion of I rosemary I eft VOX Ste. n the rosomary leaves, j a half pound to a gallon of water. When ' cool, bathe the feet for 20 minutes in the 1 mixture, adding warm water now and tiien, M the water iv the foot-tub cools. For feet Inclining to excessive perspiration, a powder made of these ingri dictate should be used in tiie footbath: Tannin, 80 grains. Alum a drams. XiycopotUnm, C drama. THE SPOKANE PEESS, SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 Copyright. 1000, by American-Examiner. Great Britain Rights Reserved 1 . •kin, usually appearing upon the top of the toes. Bach speaks loudly of pressure by shoes. No Indian ever had a corn until he began wearing* the white man's boots. Corns and bunions are the record of the fact that the Shoe, as many wear It, is an instrument o' torture. If the corns be new and not deep seated, they can be removed by se.f-treat blent. Soak the feet from fifteen to twenty min utes In warm water, softened by k few drops of vlolel animoniii, or of benzoin. Bind a slice of lemon on tbe toes, tying it securely Willi a bandage of white muslin. If the corn respond! naturally to the treatment it should be so loose after three or four applications that you can push it out by gentle friction witli a towel Never use your finger nails In extracting a corn, no matter bow loose It Seems. Blood poisoning might result. If the case is more obstinate, this, applied with a small camel's-halr brush s.iouhi be quickly efficacious: Collodion, 4 grams. Ether (65 par cc.it), a grams. Alcohol (95 per cent), 1 gram. Tincture of Cannabis Icdica, 1-4 gram. SaJycilic acid, 1-2 gram. Bess expensive Is this: Collodion, 1 oz. 8.-rate of sodium, 1 dram. Fluid extract of Canpadis Indies, 1 f^fi If the corns in the -.-.off variety tint grow between the toes, absorbent cotton oms> dered with tannin or alum may he insSßtjß between them. 11 plasters to protect tine corn from further irritation by the shoe have their friends and locs. 1 think It much wiser to remove the press ,re pemunently by aban doning the shoes thai caused It. Bui ms or enlarged and inflamed Joints, are tie greatest SffTictlon to w Icn suffering foot can be subjected. A new broad pair of siloes wiih low heels is the best remedy. To ai sist this remedy, the joints nay lie painted three times adr with this simple but strong bunion lotion: 'I lnctnre o! iodine, a drama. Carbolic acid, a drama. Glycerin, a drama. Tills yet simpler powder is much used for perspiring feet: Powdered orris root, 1 oz. Powdered alum, 1-2 02. Kice powder, 3 ozs. The nails should lie cut square across, ox .l when the formation of the toes, acquired ! v close pressure of the toes upon each other. . . tnds that the nail he cut round to adapt "The nails should be strong but smooth and transparent and delicately pink." itself to the shape of tho toes, when it may be necessary to round them. At the first sign of an Ingrowing toe nail each id' two simple remedies may be used. The corner of the nail at the side whore the toe is Inflamed may be gently lifted and cot ton thrust beneath It to relieve the pressure. Also at the middle of the upper edge of tbe nail a tiny » may be cut. Nature In extra 'efforts to iieai this breach the neal with draws lor forces from the irritation of tbe ' side of the toe. I Light massage by a skilful masseusee Is greatly beneficial to tired foot. Dancers, I pedestrians and female cyclists have used Mme. Cavalieri's Feet, Artists Say, Are Among the Loveliest in the World. the foot is to sit with the feet scarcely reach ing the floor, and press the fore part of the sole upon the floor, This ulso strengthens weak ankles. FROM Chicago comes n letter from a H year-oUI miss, who complains I lint her bust is too small, and asks liow she may develop it. , My dear girl, la America, where the devel opment of womanhood is slower than in the Southern countries, it is remarkable that at 18 you have a bust, He patient and permit nature to develop It. If you are till n and anaemic, exercise freely in the open air, eat nourishing food, as milk, meat, cheese, beets, spinach and other vegetables containing iron. ■ Take plenty of sleep and let nature develop you by her own slow process. To have the sear made by a burn removed I would recommend that my North Carolina correspondent call upon the best physician it is convenient for her to consult. From Middletown, N. 1,, comes a request fo| a good face powder that will tad s'.iow too much. The best Is often the Simplest, Qive a thorough trial to a good rice powder. Perhaps you use too much powder. Dusted very lightly over tic face, an application of It should give tiie face a more refined look and not be too obvious. A girl writes me from the Fust Side In New York and asks me what she may do to "For tired, swollen feet, rub the soles with half a lemon." freckles from the backs of her hand*. I would suggest an application every night of: Lemon juice, 9 ounces. Almond oil, 10 drops. Rub It thoroughly Into tho Akin on the back oC the hands and wear large, loose gloves, preferably rubber ones, for a few nights. "The toes should spread reasonably apart, but there should be no unseemly space be- tween them."