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S DEPARTMENT 0 THE LABOlt STANDARD, JANUARY, 101O. IN mm. A GIFTED NOVELIST. Home and Personality of the Author of "Red Horse Hill." Sidney McCall (Mary McNeil Fenol losa), the author of 'Tied Horse Hill," etc., when scarcely more than a girl was living In another part of Japan when the late Lafcatlio Hearn began his studies of that country. Independ ently she, too, was absorbing the mys tic influences of beauty, and in a dif ferent form, that of verse, was shap ing her Impressions into concrete structure. A modest little volume of poems called "Out of the Nest" is thought by many of her friends to contain some of her finest work. Laf cadio Hearn, who later became one of her valued friends, was delighted with these poems. In her home in Tokyo, with its garden where grew pausies, magnolias and "moon flow ers," Mrs. Fenollosa wrote her first novel, "Truth Dexter," a book which had a great success. "The Breath of the Gods" was the outcome of her im pressions of the situation in Japan and Russia just before the crisis, but it was written after her return to Amer ica in the "big, low workroom of her southern home in Alabama, which looks out upon a garden where the blossoming cherry mingles its petals with those of the rose and the jas mine." Kobinata, or little Sunshine hill, so called after the Japanese home, contains much' that is best in beauty both of the east and west. Here also was written! Mrs. , Fenollosa's latest book, 'ed-Horseil!." Mrs. Fenollosa conies of an artistic family. Both her parents were writers. Her father, William Stoddard McNeil, was a poet of ability and a lover and SIDNEY M'CALIi. keen student of nature. Mrs. Fenol losa's home life in Mobile has always been one of the units in a very close knit, large, devoted family group. "Truth Dexter" was in part an out come of that homesickness which, While absent in Japan, she felt for the dearly loved home circle. To her husband, the late Professor Ernest F. Fenollosa, well known in art circles as an authority on oriental art, Mrs. Fenollosa feels that she is deeply Indebted for criticism, suggestion and constant encouragement, although in the matter of plot and actual writing she always works entirely alone. Their life together, both in Japan and in this country, was characterized by inde pendent but absolutely congenial work and by harmony of interests and tastes. In her latest book, "Red Horse Hill," Sidney McCall, as she prefers to sign herself, has furnished another Amer ican setting, that of a southern mill town. The conflict of human inter ests, a deep love motive that runs through four related lives among the characters of this story and the power for good or evil held in the hands of the controller of southern mills all bear a vital part in the drama. SWEET SCENTED PILLOWS. How to Prepare the Stuffing and Se feet the Covers. In order to make sweet scented pil lows first of all the pillow stuffing must be well dried. Lay the leaves or flowers in an airy shaded room and toss them about gently avery day, that they shall not collect inoisture and mold. When they are quite dry you are ready to stuff the pillow. Take enough raw cotton to fill one-half of the pillow, tear it in small pieces and lay it in a big pan and dry it out well in the oven. This makes a fluffy fill ing. Now mix the cotton witli the dried flowers and leaves, fill up the cushion of ticking and sew it firmly. It is ready for the outer covering. ; Of course, if you prefer It, you may make a pillow of hops or rose leaves or lavender alone, but it will not be so comfortable as the pillow that is part ly baked cotton, and, since you want to put your head on it, why not make it comfortable? Hops must be used by themselves, and so must lavender. But one may make truly delicious blends by mixing dried lemon verbena, rose geranium, rose petals and clove pinks. Choose your rose petals from the old fashioned flat double pink roses; they are the sweetest sort. Pine pillows have a refreshing wood sy perfume, and fern leaves dried have a delightful mysterious odor that makes one remember the belief of childhood that one could put fern seed in one's eyes and ever afterward would be able to see fairies. Clover makes sweet pillows, too, redolent of new mown hay. The common pink clover makes the sweetest sort, though white clover may be used. As for the covers, choose something distinctive and individual. A little pil low of rose leaves and lemon verbena, covered with rose colored linen, with a little rosebud stenciled on it, is most unusual and charming. For a hop pillow choose a linen cover of dull green and embroider your mon ogram in mercerized cotton exactly the same tone in one corner. The cover for a pine pillow might well be of rough tan crash or linen with a stenciled pattern of green and brown on it, or else with a smart monogram block letters embroidered in brown in one corner. Fern leaf pillows should be covered with creamy linen, rather heavy in quality, with green fern leaves em broidered or stenciled upon it. Make the cover in the form of two squares, considerably larger than the pillow, and work long buttonholed eyelets through both, lacing them together over the pillow with a ribbon of dull green. At the corner where the rib bon ties slip two or three big green beads on loops and ends. n mm Buy Now at Our Annual Sale! This Sale Ends Wednesday Evening, January 19. Choice is Given of the very Best and Largest Assortment of NEW LINENS to be Found in all Connecticut at Prices in many instances Less than We could Buy the Goods again Ourselves at the Present Market Prices. It was by Purchasing months ago from the European Linen Makers and Importing the Goods Direct that We are enabled to Otter You the Bargains that You Should Share in at this Annual Sale of Ours. DAMASKS THAT PLEASE and profit your purse, if bought now, include a Satin Damask, 66-inch, all pure flax of fine design, and sold in many places at 65c. Our sale price 45c. Satin Damask, 72-inch, 85c. grade, 65c. a yard. Napkins to match, 22-inch, for $2.00 dozen. Worth $1.25, a 72-inch Scotch Damask, bleached and choice designs, is 85c. a yard. Others at $1.10, worth $1.25. At $1.30, regular $1.60 kind. $2.00 grade, $1.75 a yard. NAPKIN BARGAINS Worth $1.25, you will find an 18-inch Napkin, priced 85c. a dozen. Regular $1.50 Scotch Napkins, 20-inch, $1.35 a dozen. 22 Inch Bleached $2.25 Napkins for $1.87 a dozen. 22-Inch Regular $4.00 Satin Damask, $3.25 a dozen. CRASHES 18-Inch best quality Bleached Toilet Twill, special sale price 5c. a yard. 18-Inch Pure Linen 10c. Heather Crash 7C. a yard. 18-Inch 12c. Colored Border Crash a yard. AN OLD BOGY LAID. Newark Hat Trimmers Prove That Girls Do Stick. The followiug is from the publicity committee of the Women's Trades Un ion League of Greater New York: All organized women should join in congratulations to the hat trimmers of Newark. At the close of the ninth month of their long strike three facto ries have opened under union condi tions, and now it is only a question of a few weeks when the remaining five will follow their example. It has been a hard struggle. Last January 20,000 men and women refused to make hats without the union label. There was suffering among the ranks of this little army. Yet they stood firm. In June the Hatters' association began to weak en. Brooklyn and New York factories opened under fair conditions, then the Danbury and Orange. Only Newark, that stronghold of the Hatters' asso ciation, refused to use the label, the union's only guarantee of fair condi tions. Now Newark shows signs of coming around. The hat trimmers are also to be con gratulated on the splendid way they have stood together. Out of a mem bership of 400 only nine have left the union, and three of these backsliders are, daughters of bosses. Every in ducement has been offered to these 400 brave girls. As the long months pass ed and work elsewhere grew scarce the temptation to accept the offer of the manufacturers increased. Yet they held out. Hare not the hat trimmers of Newark forever laid the old bogy, "Do girls stick?" Castor Bean Thrives In Formosa. The soil and climate of Formosa have been found so well adapted to the castor bean, which grows wild, that a company has been formed to plant 200 acres with it. William J. Pierce REAL ESTATE Business Broker Insurance Property of All Kinds Cared For. Rents Collected and Payments Made Monthly. Connecticut Mutual Building 783 MAIN ST. AND 36 PEARL ST. Telephone Connection Residence : 543 New Britain Ave. 'Phone Noted Woman Labor Leader. Miss Mary R. Macarthur, secretary of the British Women's Trade Union league, who recently came to this country to attend the convention of the National Women's Trade Union league at Chicago, is said to ho the most successful woman organizer in the world. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1880. and for a time was engaged in newspaper work. She was assigned to write up a meeting of working girls in the town of Ayr and became so impressed with the stories of conditions she heard that she re solved to devote her life to the organ izing of working girls. She went to London and at the age of twenty-three years was elected secretary of the league. She founded and edited the Woman Worker, a magazine devoted to the interests of working girls. Miss Macarthur Is at the present time the only woman on the national adminis trative council of the independent la bor party of Great Britain and the only ivoman delegate to the Loudon Trades council, an influential labor organization. Happiness is the feeling that we ex perience when we are too busy to be miserable.