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gurely,surely bes are humming In the mazy
tangles sweet;
Spring.with April smiles Is coming: There
are lilies at her feet!
Moaking birds in beach-blooms singing thrill
. with joy the dreamy air,
And the green Is on the meadow, and the
wild flowers cluster there!
B Y C. A. S
Rufus Runelett is another instance
to prove that "the boy is father to the
man." When 16 years of age he helped
to invent an armor-clad coasting sled,
"the Rantum-Scooter," and he alone
steered it down Wilkin3 h1 to victory
over the "Number Seveu" boys; and
now he is commander of an armor-clad
ship, quite as capable, I doubt not,of
routing an enemy.
The schoolhouse in "Number Six,"
where we underwent a mild form of
education together, stood at the forks
of the county road, with the cross
town road, which led down Wilkins
hill, on one side and Mill hill on the
other. The county road extended
morth and south, along the crest of a
.fine, broad ridge of land divided into
ten fertile farms, owned by as many
well-to-do farmers whose families
made up our school district.
We young people of Number Six
had always been a little inclined to
look down on the boys and girls of
Number Seven at the Corners, near
the foot of Wilkins hill, for the deni
zens of Number -Seven were a some
what poor and shiftless lot. The
larger boys were pugnacious and ill
disposed, and unless a schoolmaster
were strong enough to thrash four or
lve of them, he must suffer the hu
miliation of being carried out of the
At Number Six,on the contrary, the
pupils were well-advanced, self-re
specting and orderly. An able teacher
was required, but less to govern than
to instruct. Still, I now think that
the contempt in which we held the
Number Seven boys was rather phar
isaical, and I do not- wonder they re
sented it. We nicknamed them "bog
trotters," and they retorted by calling
, ;f1hill dogs." The two districts
also belonged to two rival political
parties, a fact which sha.rpened the
animosity between them.
Wilkins hill was the best coasting
place in the county. It consisted of
five steep pitches, with intervals-of
less abrupt descen.t between them,
which made altogether a run of mre.
brook. It had always been, and is to
this day, the favorite coast of the
Number Six boys. Indeed, we boasted
that few, save Number Six boys, dared
steer a sled down that hill.
When the road was. smooth and icy
terrific speed was attained on the low
est pitch, and any error in steering
might easily cost the coaster his life.
Boys from other places were usually
afraid to try the hill, but if a Number
Six boy had not made the "run" at
13 or 14 yeats of age we deemed him
a backward lad.
The coasting, sleds most in favor
with us were small and narrow. They
were shod with half-round steel shoes,
which were slightly bowed to make a
"spring" space of an inch at the mid.
die of the runner. Our favorite pos
ture for coasting on this hill was face
downward, with toes extended behind
to aid in steering. Usually in start
ing at the top of the hill we ran f or
ward, one after another, Baung our
selves down on our sleds and thus set
off at speed.
On moonlit erenings, when there
were girls in the party, trains were
often made up of ten or twelve sleds
--some of them large hand-sleds, on
which four or five could sit at ease.
The for.ward or leading sled was called
the "engine"~ andl was steered by one
of the oldest, strongest boys. Such a
train,humming down that longhill by
2noonlight, gaining speed at every pitch
til it shot past the Corners at Num
ber Seven, going 60 miles an hour,af
forded an exhilarating spectacle.
There was an almost uninterrupted
lyiew from top to bottom of the long
descent; and besides the steerer on
the engine there was a "hornmnan,"
whose business it was to blow a tin
horn if we saw a team or pedestrian
soming up. All the others, too, joined
in a ti-emendous shout of "Roadl roadi
The hill was so long that not more
than three or four coasts could be
2nade in an evening and generally not
more than one during the noon inter
mission, when sohool was in session.
A hired man from one of the farms,
with a span of horses and a long pung
sleigh, saved us the drudgery of pull
ing our sleds up the hill.
Laws relative to coasting were not
then very strict in Maine, and we sup
posed we had a right to coast down
the road at 60 miles an hour. Nobody
had ever made any objection. The
only drawback to the sport was that
we had to run past the schoolhonse in
number Seven, and the bog-trotters
were *ccustomed to rush out and pelt
us with snowballs. The place was
locally known as Wilkins Corners.
There had been good coasting for
iee or four weeks before Rufus
Bandlett devised the Rantum-Scooter;
/the entire hill was smooth as glass.
N early every morning, noon and night
some of us Number Six boys were
eoasting, and often there were parties
of 20 or 30.
The loafers and bog-trotters had
e red at us as we flew past and snow
balled us as in former years, but be
*ore long the Number Seven boys
.atually undertook to stop all Number
'coasters. They rolled groat snow
There's a sense of summer sweetness in the
broad flelds and the dells
And a chime-or is it fancy'?-of remem
bered heather-bells!
And the miildet suns aro shining, and the
skeare brizbt with b!ue,
And in :rdens Love is twining all his rarest
wreatb3 tor you!
-Frank L. Stanton.
schoolhouse and built a high fort clew
across the road. Four o4 our boys
who started to coast down were ob
liged to take to the ditch. The bog
trotters then rushed from their fort
and by pelting them with snowballs
forced them to run back up the hill.,
They shouted that So hill dog should
pass that schoolhouse.
But as their fort stopped teams as
well as coasters, one of the selectmen
of the town ordered them to remove
it at once, and during the following
evening a train of ten sleds from Num
ber Six coasteO defiantly by.
But the next noon they played a
new and worse trick on us. Eight of
ten of us set off to go down singly,one
sled a few yards behind another, when,
as we drew near Number Seven school
house, Rufus - Rundlett, who was
ahead, noticed that Matthias Monsen,
one of the larger boys at the Corners,
was standing on one side of the road
and his brother Lem on the other.
"Look out for snowballs!" Rnfus
shouted back to us. N either he nor
any of the rest of us saw that a new
rope lay across the road on the snow
til the Monsen boys raised it and
caught us. Rufus' sled was capsized,
and all the rest of us were piled up in
a heap. Some of us were scraped off
our sleds, some had their sleds upset;
for the Number Seven crowd had
three or four boys at each end of the
rore, and as fast as a sled came along
it was caught by the rope and jerked
over. Meantime a dozen other Num
ber Seven boys were raining snow
balls upon us. We had to pick our
selves up, recover ou7 sleds and get
away as best we could.
"Try it again!" they shouted after
us. "If you think you can run by
Number Seven try it again!"
For a clay or two we had little dis
position to try it again; they we:e too
big and too many for rie to thrash, as
we would, perhaps have bcen justified
in doing, and we did not dare to try
the coast; but we chafed under the re
straint and beat our brains for a de
vie to br-_f_lp ;l,
was probably-the most energetic of
our boys, proposed to run a big mar
ket pung sleigh down, taking one of
the thills under each arm as he lay
face downward on his narrow coasting
sled between them. This feat had
sometimes been performed on the hill
by the older boys, Dol's idea was that
the pung, loaded with ten or a dozen
boys, would break the rope or jerk it
awn from those who tried to hold it.
It as evident, however, that if the
rope were so held as to upset his sled
the pung thills would drop and the
pung come to grief, to say nothing of
the danger to Dol himself from being
run over by it.
It was then that Rufus Bundlett
proposed to take the thills off the
pung an steer it down himself, by
lying directly beneath it on his own
low sled and grasping one pung run
ner at the forward upward turn in
each hand and planting a foot against
one of the iron braces of the runners
on each side. He declared he could
steer the pung in that way and be
completely covered by it.
The most of us were afraid, how
ever, that the bog-trotters would
scrape us off of the pung with their
rope. At this stage of the argument
Rufus proposed making the pung into
a wooden armor-clad.
Dol and he worked nearly all the
following night. They took off the
low pung-box and replaced it with one
far larger and stronger, made of joist
and pine boards. It covered the pungi
runners entirely, being over eight
feet long by four feet wide, and the
sides rose to a height of over three
feet, quite su&icient to shield all who
sat within them. The box was made
fast to the runners and had a kind of
prow in front, projecting three or four
feet in a wedge-shaped triangie.
When they hauled it to the school
house next day everyone who saw it,in
cluding our woman teacher, agreed it
was the most singular "coaster" ever
seen in those parts. Rufus, when lying
under it on his little sled to steer,was
almost completely hidden from view;
and a short trial trip down the first
pitch of the hill showed it to be nec
essary that he should be strapped to
the little sled.
Rufus was ready to start at once,
but the courage of many of the boys
was not quite equal to taking passage
in so novel a contrivance. Indeed,
some little bravery was required, for
if Rufus failed to steer it b oken necks
might be the result Then, too, no
one knew 1:ow strong the bog-trotters'
rope would prove to be or what would
happen when we ran foul of it.
But next day, after we had eaten
our noon lunch, Rufus having sent his
father's hired man, with a span of
horses, down the hill in advance,placed
himself under the pung in position
for steering.
"Come on, boys!" he called, "who's
Dol Edmundis was the first to climb
in, and nine of us fo'iowcd him.
"Shove off!'' exclaimed Rufus, and
in a moment more we were gliding
down the first pitch. Altogether the
pung, the heavy box and its load of.
boys must have weighed a ton. It
seeond pltdt It awep, hummed wros
the level stretch and took the third
pitch, faster and faster.
It was amazing that Rufus steered
so well, but he seemed to know how
at once. My own sensations swung
between terror and a wild elation.
Down the long fourth pitch we ihot,
gaining tremendous,heasaway. The
pung was now going so rast that the
jar and jolting motion had entirely
ceased. It seemed as if the road had
been oiled. The keen rush of cold air
out our faces,and brought to my eyes,
I remember, was a haze of tears,
through wSich I saw dimly a wild pro"
cession of hurrying trees and roadside
The '-;aber Sevdnboys had seen tie
comin to re we headed-down,the fifth
and* "- e rh we heard them shoutiu;
and eight of them ran-acroqE
".Wfy're stretching their rope!
Dol exclaimed. Jumping to his feet,
he pulled off hia red woolen muffici
and waved it defiantly, while we all
yelled like wild Indians. The bog
trotters yelled back defiance and raisec
their rope. In their ignorance the3
probably thought hat,witb five or sih
boys at each end of th:: rope, the3
would be able to upset.us.
But the next moment they receivee
an impressive object-lesson. The mo,
mentum of the heavy pung was some,
thing prodigious! We .scarcely fel
the rope when we struck it, and the
next instant a dozen Number Sevex
boys were taking most extravagaw
leapa as they were jerked into the roac
behind usl All of them had beei
gripping the rope hard, and some o
them were carried 50 feet before the
could let go! They were about th
most astonished-looking boys that
ever saw!
As for the pung, it did not stop til
it reached the foot of the hill beyon
the bridge over Longmeadow brook
where we found the man and horsei
waiting to haul it back up to Numbe
The bog-trotter boys had not wholl;
recovered from their discomfitur
when we went by; their school bel
was ringing, and when Rufus politel;
asked them what they thought of on
blockade-runner they bad little to say
'T[o!" Lem said,feebly. "What d
I we care for your old rantui-scoo'er.w
And the name stuck to Rufus' armor
clad. We soon came to call it th
Rantum-Scooter ourselves.
. The Number Seven boys knew bet
ter than to attempt to hold a rope
front of the blockade-runner agail
but they stil imagined that the rop
would stop us, if only the ends
be made fast. Next day at noon,
wqcoasted down,'*We found tht
one en To a.r
house and the other to a orse-por
front of the grocery opposite. .T C
rope snapped -like twine when w<
struck it.
A day or two later, as we coastei
down, we found that they had collectei
eight or ten ox chains, but they did
not dare to use them; perhaps becans(
they feared to kill some of us, or pos
sibly because the selectmen had threat
enad to have them punished if they
seriously molested us more.
After this they no longer tried t<
stop us, but they pelted us hard witi:
frozen snowballs. For ordinary snow
balls we cared little, siaes we could
draw our heads down into the box ai
we passed; but soon 'Thias, Lem ani
some of the others began hurling heavl
lumps of ice into the pung.
To set such missiles at defiance,
Rufus and Dol rebuilt the box of the
ping,maki2g the sides higher,putting
a top on it and covering it with shee1
During the following week we made
the coast not less than 20 times witli
this curious contrivance. Lumps o:
ice and even stones were launched at
it; but no violence 'whicn the dis
gruntled bog-trotters could inflict pre
vented our running their blockade as
lng as the good coasting wveathei
lasted.--Youth's Companion.
The Ceylon yellow silk spider has a
body that weighs nine ounces.
There are 40,000 native pupils in
the Sunday schools of the Fiji Islands.
A West African king is the owner
of an umbrella whi:h measures six
yards in diameter and affords shadE
for a table with thirty diners.
An English guide-book makes the
curious assertion that a large propor
tion of those who have made the as
cent of Mont Blanc have been persons
of unsound mind.
A subterranean city exists in Gali
cia, Austrian Poland, which contains
a population of over 1000 men, women
and children, many of whom have
never seen the light of day.
The ancient Chinese and Japanese
frequently used to draw pictures with
their thumbnails. The nails were
allowed to grow to a length of 18
inches, and were pared to a point and
dipped in vermilion or sky-blue ink,
the only colors used in these thumb
nail sketches.
Probably the most curious European
oath is administered in Norway. The
witness raises his thumb, his fore
finger and'>s middle finger. These
signify tih'inity while the larger of
the uplifted fingers is supposed to
represent the soul of the witness and
the smaller to indicate his body.
Dog Found is Way Hlome,
Jeremiah Murphy, a well-known
miner, living in Calumet, Mich., sold
his big St. Bernard dog named Bar
ny to a Klondike party eighteen
months ago. The dog was taken to
Dason City and performsd good ser
vice there. The other night Barney
reapeared at Mi rshy's home in Cal
umet. How he succeeded in return
The 7ilow FaIrles.
Ive just found out the queerest thing
Sometimes, when I am good,
And go to bed without a word
Wher, m ma says I should,
Th" fairies come there in the night
They ny in with their wings
And underneath my pillows white
They leave a lot of things.
One dav it was a penny new,
One day a dolly sweet,
And once It was a picture-boo
And once a cake to eat.
They do not always come-oh,
They have too much to do,
But when you are not thinkingo.
They bring a gift tW you.
And now it's fun to go to bed '
:3ometimes I lie and wait,
To catch the fairies flying in
They muct come very late.
I never seem to see them gUief
Although I hear their wngs;
But-just then it Is morning ig,
And time to Bnd my things.
-Annie W. McCulloch, in St. a icholas.
A Parrot Story.
The family of a professi6nal man
owns a parrot of such preedcity, wit,
and enterprise that there oftin is some
doubt as to whether the fapily owns
the parrot or the parrot owus the fam
ily. On Christmas day all! the mem
bers of the household where this bird I
holds forth, with some relatives and
Inests, partook of a late breakfast, and
ifteriward went into the parlors, where
gifts were distributed, with the usual
merriment and chatter. This started
the parrot, -and. all day long it made
more noise than a sewing society.
This was amusing at flr but became
monotonol;s as the houriaseed; and,
I at last, after vain efforts to quiet the
I bird by expostulation, its master took
it from the cage .nd biffed its head
severely. This had often proved
r sufficient as a means of &scipline; but
the master of the houst fled in terror
F when the parrot, eockitV his head on
3 one side. exclaimed in falsetto,
I "Thank you so much; fthat is exactly
7 what I needed!" ThOird evidently
v had stored up the. exiessions of the
morning. -Rochester 1emoorat.
Toad's Old Cithes.
Money is not verfplentiful In the
5 Stone family, and I1 other morning
when Mamma Stone told Papa Stone
that Freddy needed anew winter suit
2 papa loaad- very -gloomy and said he
.; wishe ~/ '' wer e frogs and
When fl.
was ther 80he was
)a frog or t
Why, just . Ve frogs and
I toads change the s. When it is
time for the toad t ave a new jacket
I a crack co aes dow he middle of his
old skin on his bac nd another crack
underneath his bo. Then he puffs
himself up as big as hecan and begins
to wriggle and twist just -as a boy does
in getting off his' coat. He uses his
month as well as his hands to help in
the work, but the funniest thing of all
happens when he rolls his old suit up
in a bundle and swallows it.
Freddy says he is glad Mr. Toad
Idoes swallow his old clothes, for then
no little toads will have to wear coats
and trousers made out of their papa's
old ones.
A catnip story.
We met some little girls going along
the country road not long since with
their arms full of catnip. "What are
you going to do with all that catnip?"
we asked.
"It is for our cats," one of theolittle
girls replied. "We are going to dry
it, so, if they get ill this winter, we
can give them catnip tea."
It was interesting to those little
girls, as we talked by the roadside, to
hear about the catnip that was picked
and taken to -Lincoln park to give to
the animals there. The experiment
had not been made before, and the
keepers of the zoo w'ere curious to
know what effect it would have on
their charges, and this is the report
they made of the result of the trial of
the herb:
The soent of the plant filled the
whole place; and, as soon as it
had reached the parrots' corner, the
two gaudily attired macaws set up a
note that drowned thought, and made
for the side of the cage. poking their
heads and claws through. When the
catnip was brought near them, they
became nearly frantic. They were
given some, and devoured it, stem,
leaf and blossom, with an avidity
commensurate with the noise of their
The keeper and the catnip carrier
then made for the cage of Billy, the
African leopard. Before the front of
his cage was reached, he had bounded
from the shelf whereon he lay, ap
parently asleep, and stood expectant.
A double handful of catnip was passed
through to the floor of the den. Never
was the prey of this African dweller
in wild state pounced upon more
rapidly or with more absolute, savage
enjoyment. First Billy ate a mouth
fuil of the catnip. Then he lay flat on
his back, and wriggled through the
green mass until his black-spotted
yellow hide was filled with the odor.
Then he sat on a bunch of the catnip,
caught a leaf-laden stem up in either
paw, and rubbed his cheeks, chin,.nose,
eyes and head. He ate an additional
mionthful or two, and then jumped
back on to the shelf, where he lay,the
very picture of contentment.
In the tigers' cage there was a very
young, but full-grown animal. When
this great burly beast inhaled the first
suiff of the catnip he began to mew
like a kitten. Prior to this the softest
note of his voice had been one which
merican lion to shame. That vicio
tiger and his kindly dispositione
mate faily revelled in the liberal al
lowance of the plant which was thrus
into their cage. They rolled about i
it, and played together like six-weeks
old kittens. They mewed and purred
tossed it about, ate of it; and, afte
getting as liberal a dose as had Billy
the leopard, they likewise leaped to
their respective shelves, and blinke
lazily at the sun.
The big lion, Major, was either to
dignified or too lazy to pay more tha
a passing notice to the bunch of cat
nip which fell to his lot. He ate
mouthful or two of it, licked his chops
in a "that's not half bad" way, an
then went back to his nap; but th
three baby lions quarrelled over thei
allowance, and ate it every bit.
Daisy Early's P'arty'.
"When I give my party," sa'd Daisy
to Mens, the maid-of-all-work, "ther
is not going to be a mortal thing t
eat but cake and pie."
'Tm going to have apples pie, an
peaches pie, and custards pie, and-'
"K-r-r-a-mps berries pie," inter
rupted Meng, "it zo yoosy."
"Yes,"' c6ntinued Daisy, "aud I'
going to have every kind of cake yo
can make and every kind mamma can
make, and a dollar's worth fronh the
confeckshininner beside-maybe.
"I'm going to have four cakes.iu
the middle of the table and one on
each corner, and a whole pie at each
place, just like some people set empty
plates around.
'Tm going to have lemnade made
with one lemmen 'and three sugars,
so's it will be nice and sweet, and a
piece of orindge rind floating on the
top of it, so's we can have it to chew
"We won't do a mortil thing but
eat and drink and "elp'' _'r4b-eatoJ
more sugar in our lemnade whenever
we want it.
"You are goi" to be a real lady,
too, Mena, all that day and go without
your aperun and be called Mrs. Mena
every time you are.apoke to.
"Mamma and gan will be visitors
and set at the en-f the room in rock
ing chairs like-Qien Victoria and.her
mamma, and they can have chicking
sangwiches made with fruit cake, and.
tea, 'cause they can't dijest cake, cause
it hurts 'em. - ' -
"There won't be a mortil piece of
bread anywhere,. nor meat neither,
cause I hate it, but r love apple sos.
"Then whendhe party is all ready
I'm o as the parkto theissylem
four-ofrin litle girls,
d.me and "a
Oing to&~a
when n' cake and pie and
drinki t lemnade.
'"a shall have a whole cake
and a who pie and four glasses of
lemnade and an orindge to take back
home to the issylem.
"Then when we've eat up every
.mortil crumb of -every thing you and
me shall read to them from my best
story books--"
"I tank I can't," said Mena,shame-.
"Well, yon can show 'em my paper
dolls and my real all-the-way-through
dolls and my bisycull, and I'll play
my new exercises on the piano for
them and do every mortil thing I can.
"I tank gameps iss nize," suggested
"Games I Real ladies d'on't play
games, and we'd be real ladies then,
Why, maybe I'll have on mamma's
blue organdy and her lace parisole
and her hair bracelutsl Will you s
"I tank zo," said- Mena.
"I wonder if I can have it neRt
week? Yes, I think I'll have to,
'cause I can't wait another mortil
minute longer.
"Aunt Mtaud gave me twenty-five
cents for not riding her bisycull and
mamma owes me six cents--do cakes
cost much, Mena?"
"Oh-h-h, I tank zo!" snickered
"Well, ~~~'l twenty-five cents and
six cents--wait now, lemme see-nm
um-um -- thirty-eleven cents - wait
again a minute, now-six and five's
eleven and, yes, ' that's right; will
thirty-eleven cents buy eight cakes
made in slices, like pancakes, with
pired-apples and cohernuts spread
real deep all over 'em?"
Mena computed mentally at great
length ere she replied. "I tank zo."
"Then, I'll give the party next
week," said Daisy, "and not a mortil.
person shall know about it but you and
me and mamma and gran and a fe
others and Aunt Mand and th'e ofrins."
-Chicago Record.
Good Bear Huntinag in Pennsylvania.
Not for many years have bears been
so numerous in the mountains of cen
tral and northeastern Pen nsylvania,
Old hunters have been killing them
right and left in the mountains of
Clearfield and Centre counties. Sheriff
Bell and* party of Blair county r
cntly popped over three, while three
others were killed in the foothills of the
Alleghanies. Andrew Edgar of Lones.
town has five large bears already to
his credit, while John and James
Schofeld of Du .Bois killed nyveinside
of ten days. Bruin is particularly
partial to the beech woods of Cau.eron
and Sullivan counties, and up near
the source of the Sinnemahoning one,
hunter and trapper has killed 16 up
to date. In the aggregate no less
than 45 bears have been killed in that
part of the state within six weeks.
Baltimore Sun.
The directors cf the poor of North
umberland county, Penn., have de
cided to abolish salaried physicians in
the various districts of the county,
and hereafter pay a reasonable fee to
the doctors employed outside of the
n into a barrel of boiling oil."
"Well, den, mees," was the reply,
"you can haf it, sure, if you do Lut
one leetle ting. My skin ra,s all spots
vat you call 'peemples' an:- de dector
he say it chang2 of climate. He den
tell me to buy 25-cent vorth pho-*php.t*eA
of soda. I take a teaspoonful in gia-se
vrm vater at bedtime and de sa-ne
before breakfast. It not nesty. So,
for von veek I also take de same be
fore each otbr meal; after dat for von
veek I take cnly night and morning.
In two v-3ek. behold me as now."
Reader, I have followed the above
advice for "von half veek" only, and
already my* skin seems like "that of
x little-child.. To- thos who desire
tnhan thisk n poie skin
Laughing as in Art.
Young women in soniety are laugh
ing a great deal no*adaye. -Ever
those who are not naturally givcn to
laughter send out peal after real of
musical "Hal Has!"
This * silvery laugh is the result of
weeks and months of special training
and hours and hours of patient prac
tice. Perfection is attained only
through private instruction. Ti.s
laugh is a branch of musical training
applied to embellish conversation in
the most pleasing manner.
The girl with the loud. hearty laugh
is all'right in the mountain or seaside
resort, but that same laugh is iabooed
in the-drawing room. -She realizes
this and so she goes to a musical train
r and cultivates a merry laugh which
is soft and refined and delightfui to
bear. She can laugh in every known
key and in every pitch. The tuning
fork is a most necessary adjunct to
this practice, although a piano or any
musical instrument can be used. It
isbest, however, to use the old-fash
ioned tuning fork, says a very sue
eesful trainer of the voice.
There is a great difference in these
silvery laughs and an art in their
proper use: A part of the training is
to distinguish the proper laugh. proper
pitch and proper key to express various
egrees of' pleasure, satire, interest or
merely a light laugh which means
nothing. Then there is a bewitching,
low-keyed, mellow contralto laugh
which it is not possible for everybody
to attain.
Of course, there is with these laughs
the necessary expression of the eye,
which is to complete the impression
one wishes to convey.--New York
Smade a vert srccess
Swith a new typer of
a Lney have named the 9.?, whether
in honor of the year or 12eeause it is
the 99th mode inaugurated so far is
not, known. The 99 is a simall Hack
silk bat, with brim and crown some
what on the Pickwick shap'e. -A1 bout
he black beaver crown goesa a-fol!d of
bright silk or velvet, o'r a sw~rrf of
spangled lace, and a handomei b'ou
uet of ostrich plumes is farmed
with a bow and an ornament on the
et This shining black hat on a
londe head is an adiditio*n to the wiu
er landscape, and blondes, by the
way, whether the credit is due to art
r nature, are on the increase. The
esire of every wi~nm:m's life just now
s to boast poa9p-on of marigold
loade hair.
Women continue to find a great
utlet for theid ove of pretty things
n collections of hiatpius and neck
hains. Flying time has brought to
ight a charming enterprise in hatoins
f blond, perfcctly dark or ridhly mot
tled shell,powdered with diamort,s or
ubies, various shapes and set with
olored jew"e1. The neekchain that
s a newcomer consists of a black i-el
vet cord strung at interrais with coral
eads. The use of coral, by the way,
is surely infectio,.:s. Heavy cream
ad gray lace, studded with rosy
they are using on mahogma
vet costs and gowns. Outside the
h satin and lace collar of her call
dress, a fashionable woman will
ar as many as six strings of corst
s, lying flat, at the base of the
roat. The dressmakers seem im
nk that coral is a perfect .offset to,
ack satin or velvet, or even'the ric'
oths, and revers, panels, cuffs, etc.,
e encrusted with coral chips cut of
e as the smallest jets, while no
arter dancing dress has been seen
is winter than one of pale blue silk
uslin, worn over white and crystal
ed with coral chips, in the design if
ch fairy dora as is seen down under
e sea.-Now York Sui.
. Earrings Out of Strle.
Earrings form a more interesting
tudy than the average man or woman
uspects. They have been worn from
ime immemoria Probably this is
he first occasion in the history of the
orld that they have been generally
ut of fashion.
But earrings are still worn in re
ons that are happily beyond the
phere of fashion's jurisdiction- In
eed, many of these ladies go one bet
r than their civilized sisters-they
ear nose rings as well.
For decorative purposes, however,
e ear has always held first lace Is
e estimation of ladies, who have
ver been content to leave the lily
The wearing of the earring is really
egacy of barbaric days. Even st.the
esent time in several semi-civilised
bes the custom prevails of subjit
an infant, when only a few days
to a species of torture, in ordee
at in time the child may wear a ce
' peculiarly shaped earring.
The lobes of the baby's ears are slit
d a small weight attached. This
uses the lobe to droop, and rond
' formation is fastened a long hel
w rim of whatever metal the parents
nr4to buy. Happily this cruel
arstem 1 confined to races that as yet
ave but seen the dawn of civiliz
One of the greatest ithoritiAis
London on earrings is Mr. 1. Staple
ton. For years he has made this a
tudy and a business. Moreover, be
as applied an inventive faculty to de
gning new ways for ornamenting the
ear, one object.being to avoid the pais
f piercing the lobe, but his great aim
s, to make the embellishedear a thing
f beauty.
Mr. Stapleton believes that he has
ow accomplished .that-end. He herT
atented an ornament whi
ile *1oof the bottom
ear and ,urres some ditan o -
~~h~or ge-t1ga~p*
usee a..clasp to 8
and when properly screwed up i s
nigh impossible for the ornament
fall off.
"But," mournfully observed Mr.
tapleton, "I have no guarantee that
the ladies will properly fasten the or
naineut; therefore it has not met with
bhe favor that I had hoped.
"The want of rigidity in the lobe
f the ear, which, in vulgar parlanes.
is only a piece of gristle, has for
ears rendered the invention of a noa
iercing earring a matter of great-dif
"I have at last succeeded in over
oming all obstacles for my new ear
ing cannot possibly fall or be forcibly
emoved if the screw is properly tights
ned. I ought to know, for I:av
xperimented with my wife's earLThe.
earing of ornaments in the ears is at
resent out of fashion."-Lendoa
Fashion Note..
Velvets, plain and mirrored. are
reely employed in combination with
ilk and woolen materials.
Shirred ribbons are conaspicuonsly
een on silk~ costumes, but more es
eially for embellishing sheer fabrics
for evening wear.
The nea.t.little chapeaui irhich are
ow taking the place of theatre bats -. .
or ladies in Paris, are proving er
eedingly.popular. .
Gay-colored and;black ribbon rllaMa
in narrow and meldim widths are in
reat demand, sindre made constant
nd effective use eL- as a single trim
ing; or in combiation with faney
imps and t.iny bands of fur.
White linen collars are by no means
ut of vogue. They are worn pith
a.ilor gowns and are very ultitudi- -
os. The four-in-hand and Ascol
tie are worn with them. The pigne
toks worn last season ares continued,
ut style now requires'them to be
stiffy storched.
English walking coats, as closuk l~
itted in the skirt as a riding habit L
ith rounded, open, or halt-open' -
:rnts arching back toward the hips
epresented the leading features $
priig shapes prepared for genaera~
c ar. Lengths vary greatly among
hese cots the majority being o
edium length.
In order to produce the svelte sad
tin ging style of dress, skirt linings
aticularly for women of full figure
are made of the softest undressed silks
nd satins; and a.ll stiff moires and
erip taffetas, failles, etc., are avoi.
1. Where expansion and breadt
are needed, they are produced by ifar
ng Ekirt seam6, undulating frille and
~onees, pleated rames, ruches ar.~
:ontess other popular skirt aec-.
co.tny Cogitations.
Newed -A penny for your thoughts,
2drs. Newed-Ohi,they will cost you
Newed-What were you thinkin.g
bout? .~
Mrs. Newed-The dress I eirdered
esteday.-Pearson's Weekly.

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