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A Woman' Qtioii.
Before I trust my fate to thee, Or place my hand in thine ; Before yon got your overcoat Or help me on with mine; Before I peril all for thee. Question thy soul to-night for me. Before we stir a single step. Stand back and let me know; Does my black skirt touch on the sides. And does the white skirt show? Epeak now, lest at some future day My wtole life wither and decay. Look deeper still within thy soul. And let me learn my fate; Am I all buttoned down the back And is my hat on straight? Let no false pity spare the blow But in true mercy tell me so. Gaze on my face and answer true. Before we start to c . Can'st thou detect the rosaline And does the talcum show? If so at any pain or cost. Oh, tell me now ere all is lost I Nay, answer not ; tbou could' st not tell. The words would come too late; Get on thy hat and hurry up. We haven't time to wait. Whatever in my heart may fall. Remember, I must risk it all ! Puck. WmltlBK- for Some H. Woman has been handicapped through the ages by being brought up to think that there la not much worth while In life outside of marriage, writes Orison Swett M arden in Success Maga cine. How many precious years and op portunities for growth, for life en largement she has missed while wait ing for marriage! Even to-day. In this splendid age, we see young women everywhere with splendid possibilities who seem to be Just waiting, waiting, watting for what they bare been brought up to believe Is the supreme event of their lives. Many of them might broaden their edu cation and Improve themselves wonder fully while they are waiting for the right man to come along. Did they trot know it, they are not half as likely to find the right man while waiting Inactively as when they are vigorously preparing themselves for a large and useful life. It is most unfortunate that any girl should be brought up to-day with the antiquated Idea that marriage is every thing, and that other things do not count much. The traditions of the past, however, are rapidly falling away from the emancipated woman of the twentieth century. In this new era tens of thous ands of girls have found glorious open ings in all departments of life. Vast fields of usefulness are awaiting wom an on every side. She is realizing that achievement is sexless; that she can be just as Independent as man, and that there are Just as many oppor tunities and fields of usefulness for ber. Who can estimate what this new era means to the plain girl, the girl with splendid mental powers, but who may be physically unattractive, or who may prefer a single life? Pale-toned gloves are being worn in Paris more than white ones for smart afternoon dress. Satin Is best left un trimmed, al though for afternoon gowns for spring it will be among the most popular fa brics. nats of fine coral chip, as well as the once more popular crinoline, will be seen, with wide-spreading brims curled up on one side. " A rather wide band of ribbon, brought up around the hair and tied in a broad, girlish bow at one side, is a French head finish much favored. Dangles, tassels, fringes, all are in order, and passementerie drop trim mings may be found in all the modish colors and in the metallic, pearl, Jet and crystal effects. Metallic tissues and nets are being brought out In amazing variety. Every hade of gold, silver, gun metal ami bronze is represented, and there are, too, all of the colors shot with metal. Net girdles of wide soft mesh, em broidered boldly In ribbouslne (a lus trous fiber) and fringed with this same ribbouslne, are offered in many of the fashionable colors and in white, which may be dyed to any shade. Raffi has been woven into extraor dinarily smart bags and belts, the straw often being oddly but delight fully studded with semiprecious stones. whose color shows attractively upon the soft shade of the straw. Heads are no louger crinkled and ratted past all semblance of humanity. The simpler the better, say the know- lng ones. If your "style" permits a de mure wave flowing away from a classic center part, so much the luckier for you. Fancy Tacked Blons. The latest blouses are made with Just such long pretty sleeves as these, and this model can be utilized both for the separate waist of net, thin silk, lingerie material and the like and for the entire gown. In the Illustration it is made of fine lawn combined with banding of Valenciennes lace, and with hand embroidery worked in the squares formed by the design, but these squares can be filled with applied motifs If preferred, and for the trim ming any banding is appropriate. Wl-ree of the Presidenta. The wives of the Presidents are as follows : Washington married Martha (Dan- d ridge) Custls; John Adams, Abigail Smith; Madison, Dolly (Payne) Todd; Monroe, Eliza Kortwright; John Quln- cy Adams. Louisa Catherine Johnson ; Jackson, Rachel (Donelson) Robards; Van Buren, Hannah Hoes; Harrison. Anna Symmes; Tyler, Letitla Chris tian; second wife, Julia Gardiner; Polk, Sarah Childress; Taylor, Mar garet Smith; Fillmore, Abigail Powers; second wife, Caroline Mcintosh ; Pierce, Jane. Means Appleton ; Lincoln, Mary Todd; Johnson, Eliza McCardle; Grant, Julia Dent; Hayes, Lucy Ware Webb; Garfield. Lucretla Rudolph; Arthur, Ellen (Lewis) Herndon; Cleveland, Frances Folsom; Harrison, Caroline Lavlnia Scott; second wife, Mary Scott Dlmmlck; McKInley, Ida Sexton; Roosevelt, Alice Lee; second wife, Edith Kermlt Carow ; Taft, rielen Her rón. Cracki In Floor. There are three methods of filling cracks In floors. First, dissolve one pound of glue in two gallons of water. Stir into this enough fine sawdust to make a thick paste and fill the cracks with it. The paste may be colored to match the wood. Second, fill the cracks with putty. One can make the puity by mixing whiting and linseed oil together and kneedlng it until the paste Is smooth. The putty may also be colored to-match the wood. Third, soak finely shredded paper In water and boil it until It Is soft pulp, and to every two gallons add one pound of glue. The cracks must be filled solid and even with the boards. To Overcome Bolla. A French doctor has had great suc cess with scattering boils by applying at the first sign of inflammation com presses wet with equal parts of tinc ture of arnica, tincture of iodine and spirits of camphor. Continue until the trouble seems to be passed. If with the compresses one drinks sulphur water or red clover blossom tea, it will help to scatter the boils and overcome the tendency. How to Walk Graeefnlly. Nearly every woman walks far too rapidly for anything like grace to en ter into her movements. Tall women, for some reason, walk more slowly than little ones. Their elbows, shoul ders and hips move from side to side with every movement of their feet If you want to be graceful, don't look at your feet, but hold your head well up In the air. Don't shuffle. A little thoughtfulness and practice in high stepping will soon break you of this ugly habit. Don't bend your back at the waist, under the. impression tett you are thereby walking erectly. It throws the stomach forward, and Is al most as inimical to grace ns round shoulders. Finally, dou't allow your self to walk pigeon-toed' that is. with the toes turned In or straight. You can never be graceful In movement while you do. Your Serrina; Machine. Women who do not thoroughly un derstand the sewing machine ofteu blame the machine when the fault of stiff running can be traced to not keep lng the machine clean. Most persona think that liberal doses of oil ar all that is necessary. Too much oiling is Injurious, and cil where there has not been careful dusting is worse tha none at all. It Is not enough to give a surface dusting; the cracks and crevices must be kept clean. This can not be done with a cloth. Iustead use a coarse silk" thread, to draw back and forth through cracks to get out fin dirt that can not otherwise be removed Care should also be taken that pins and needles do not slip into the shuttle part of the machine, ns often they clog it and the cause can not be discovered for some time. It is a mistake to use a cheap oil, as it cakes and makes the parts sticky. Never let the machine stand uncovered when not In use; and guard carefully from dampness. Rub bing the running strap occasionally with a little vaseline or oil will make the leather wear longer. Perfnmlna; the Hair. There is a difference of opinion as to perfumed hair; some women, nice ones, too, think a faint, elusive, in dividual fragrance to the hair correct. while other women are strong in their condemnation of scented tresses. If you are not one of the women who think perfumed hair vulgar, you may like to know how to impart an odor to it Instead of paying to have It done by the hairdresser. The best time Is immediately after the hair Is shampooed, while it is still slightly damp. Pour five or six drops of oil of lavender, oil of Jasmine or oil of violet in the palm of your hand and rub it over the bristles of a clean. rather stiff hair brush. Brush the hair thoroughly for five or ten minutes, and you will carry around for a week a faint, delicate fragrance. A paste made of fine starch and a very little water spread on a bruised spot immediately after the blow will often prevent discoloration. When the brows are thin and scant they should be rubbed with a drop of warmed almond oil or a very small quantity of pomatum of vaseline. This should be put on before brushing and shaping. To keep the hands smooth and white soak them in sweet almond oil every night. Pour the oil In a bowl and Im merse the hands for several minutes. Wipe gently with a soft towel and draw on loose white gloves for sleep ing. The habit of biting thread with the teeth, of using the teeth as a vise for removing corks, for cracking nuts or to supply a deficiency in tools is most nn wise, and will surely cost the unwise person dear. It cannot be condemned too strongly. A good treatment for white spots on the nails Is a nightly application of a paste made of equal quantities of tur pentine anl myrrh. In the morning the nails should be wiped over with olive oil. If yon are manicuring your nails yourself, you may be digging them too hard, thus causing spots. Pajamns for Children. It has become the accepted thing to put little girls and boys in pajamas Instead of nightgowns. They are warmer in the winter and cooler in summer than the long sleeping robe, and healthier at all times. These pa- Jamas are made in striped flannel, in soft cotton, in crossbar dimity and striped China silk. For Tonellltla. Oil of eucalyptus for 10 cents not tincture, but oil. To cure any affec tion of the air passages of the throat or lungs take 6 to 10 drops placed on surar. and allow same to dissolve slowly and then swallow. Repeat ev ery two to four hours, according to severity of the case. Pollah the Fnrnltore. A furniture polish that is recom mended by those who have tried it is made with one wine glassful of olive oil, the same quantity of vinegar, and two tablespoonfuls of alcohol. Apply with a soft cloth and polish with flannel. ENGLAND'S WEALTHIEST DUXES. Bedford and Weatmlnater Hena Llat la Territorial Poaaeaaioaa. Speculation was rife a few days ago concerning the identity of the two mil lionaires who are credited In the sta tistical abstract of the United King dom with possessing between them the enormous sum of $32.005,000, says the Montreal Star. These two fortunate persons are probably the dukes of Westminster and Bedford. The Duke of Bedford, who Is known among his intimates by the nickname of Hatband," owns the larger portion of Bloomsbury and the whole of Co rent Garden, including the market, which is reputed to bring him $230,000 a year. The Duke and Duchess of Bedford care little for society, and the only occasions on which they appear arc at rare intervals in the Bedford box at Covent Garden opera and at Prince's skating rink in Knightsbridge. At Woburn Abbey, their principal pa latial residence, there are private zoological gardens. The Duchess of Bedford is a fellow of the Zoological Society. The duke Is greatly taken up with all the varied interests of his property and Is the author of a book on "The Management of a Great Is doubtful whether the Duke of Westminster realises exactly what he is worth. He is probably che most wealthy territorial magnate In the kingdom, counting among his proper ties the valuable Grovenor estate, which is situated in the heart of the West End The Grosvenor family represents one of the few remaining sets in London society that may be described as strict ly exclusive. They live In a world of their own. Outsiders for them do not exist, nor will thoy willingly tolerate the presence of any one who by birth and breeding does not belong to the privileged elect. This exclusiveness is probably the result of the successful marriages made by the Grosvenor girls into exalted families. An idea of the duke's colossal wealth can be gained by an inspection of the splendid town mansion, which is a treasure house filled with objects of priceless value. Many people are con tent with a clock which costs a few dollars, but that which tells his grace of Westminster the hour possesses a pendulum which In itself is worth $240,000, for it is set with forty-eight flowless diamonds, each valued al $3,000. The Duke of Wcsmlnster is a popular sportsman, and Is known among his particular friends as Bend Or. a nickname conferred on him to commemorate the famous race horse of that name, owned by his grandfwih- er, the late duke. Socialists and others may forgive him his great wealth when It is stated, that fancy foods have no favor in the Westminster household. Simple dishes are always provided, such as mutton cutlets, milk puddings, fruit tarts and so on. Much of his vast wealth is derived from ground rents. He grows rich boca usa he can't help it The Hamaa Heart. The heart of a man is a book no. it Is an encyclopedia of everything that has ever come within the range :of its personal experience. It preserves an eternal record of all the stories in which it has played a part. It Is strange what sad things may be bid den in its depth without giving any token of their existence. The heart may be gay and may send the smile mantling to the face, but all the while you see only the topmost stratum. If the graves beneath were to give up their dead the smiles would seem strangely out of placts. It Is Just Ilk this great earth of ours that renews It self year after year and has not oj its surface any token to tell what Is the simple truth that it lias given graves to 200 generatious of human beings. Farrell. Early Methoda of Cartas Sklna. The original process of curing skins was probably the simple one of clean ing and drying them. Removal of the hair by maceration in water seems to have been common among the very early tribes, and one writer has sug gested that the idea was obtained from the natural process of depllation. They must certainly have been famil iar with it in the case of drowned ani mals, where maceration can be plain ly observed. Following this smoke. sour milk, oil and the brains of the animals themselves were found effica cious. Many of these primitive meth ods are employed in remote places at the present time. How They Met. Accidentally they encountered each ther for the first time at a railway turn stile. Let me pass!" haughtily exclaimed one of the two. No !" said the othir, with equal haugh tiness. "I am first, if you please!" "O, you are. are you? "I am!" "Indeed? Who are you?" "I am the Gibson girl!" "Then you shall go first on account of your age. 1 am tas Harrison t tsner irl." With a moc-king smile the Harrison Fisher girl stepped aside and let the Gib- son c.rl pass. Chicago Tribune. Novel Kara Breaker. A Colorado man has invented as egF-brcaker which reduces to a sclent the- breaking of an egg and make) what was sometimes a pain ful operation an interesting bit of work. This device consists of an apparatus much like a pair of pincers, with long wire handles and semi-circular Jaws, each equipped with tiny teeth at the end. Above and below the Jaws are conical springs, forming a receptacle the shape of an egg. The egg is placed in these springs and by gripping the handles of the device the Jaws press upon It, cut ting through the shell as neatly ad a man might cut a piece of fruit with a knife. The egg is thus opened not only without soiling the cloth, but without burning the hands, which was the inevitable experience in the old way. Dainty Potatoes. Boll potatoes until thoroughly cook ed, mash and stir in egg and one cup of milk, a teaspoon ful of salt and a pinch of pepper. Roll potatoes into balls the size of a tennis ball. Make a cup out of a lettuce leaf twisted and put in one ball. Arrange leaves and balls in a flat dish with slices of hard boiled eggs around edge and a sprig of parsley. Serve with roast beef. Erea and Oyatera. Beat up three eggs, add one table spoonful of cream and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Melt one tablespoon ful of butter in a saucepan. When it Is hot pour in the egg mixture and stir over a slow fire. When it is Just be ginning to thicken add twelve oyster and continue cooking the mixture till It is a soft, cretmy mass. Serve a quickly as possible on toast. Sponce Candy. Put together in a saucepan two cop of granulated sugar, one cup of New Orleans molasses, a half cup of water, a tablespoonful of vinegar and a small bit of butter. Boll until a little dropped into cold water la brittle, then taken from the fire, stir in a spoonful of baking soda and, while foaming, turn into greased dishes to cool. Do not null. Pampkln Bread. Stew a good-sized pumpkin as for pies, mash fine and make stiff with flour. Add a teaspoonful of salt Mis well and turn into a greased bread pan, and bake in a slow oven for three hours or more. This may be eaten hoc or cold, but is best when cold; It is cut into thick slices and tried, then served with Jelly or a sweet sauce. Stewed Beets. Coos: six medium-sized beets. When oft peel and chop in dice. Take water and vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, jne dessertspoonful of sugar, butter the size of a walnut. Cook all together fifteen minutes, then thicken with flour to the consistency of cream. Serve in aide dish as a vegetable. To Preñare Veatetahlea. Place all loug vegetables, such aa asparagus, carota, parsnips and salsify. In cold water to make them crisp, then put on board, and scrape from yoq. A great quantity of vegetables can be prepared in a short space of time, be sides leaving the hands absolutely stainless. How to Vae Sagre. When preparing dressing for poultrj sage is generally used, and the stems and leaves are found so disagreeable in the dressing. A good way of preA venting this is to steep a tablespoon of sage In half cup of boiling water. This n be strained right into the dressing Candled Peelinara. Cut into strips after removing the white membrane. Soak in cold water for two hours, then wipe dry. Boil two cups sugar with one of water until the syrup threads. Dip the strips of peel In this and lay on oiled paper ia the sun or warming oven to dry. To Keep Ears from Beratln-. Eggs when boiling frequently burs This is caused by their being too full of air, and may be prevented by prick ing one end with a needle before put ting them into the water. This makes in outlet for the air. Short Snaraeetlone. Keep tacks in bottles. It save,, opening many boxes to find a particu lar kind. For the roast of cold lamb course aerve an egg sprinkled with minced mint leaves. Covering the pan when fish ia fry ing ia opt to make the fish soft. A ani id. firm meat, that is at the same time flaky, is what the good cook likes.