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QTHE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY , ANUARY 31 , 1802-SIXTEEN PAGES. 13 THELEAP YEAR PREROGATIVE Shall the Girla Eiorciso it in the Usual Mannish Mode. TO BE OR NOT TO BE WOOED AND WON fen ten I'rom tlio I'.ipcrlrnro oTnVrtprnn rrnpimnr How tinllrlft Hlintild Ap- Vrotich Their Victims Ho- fore mid Alter. Shall girls proposal The quadrennial question Is again under- gotnrf discussion , but the conclusions ar rived at como no nearer a sattsfactury solu tion of the problem than In leap years past. In the cast , where the gentle * os predomi nate , man Is their legitimate prey , but In Iho vest , where the conditions are reversed , eli gible belles cau deliberately pick their fates and serenely nivnlt their comlne to the pooping ping line. Thcro Is a golden moan between tboso extremes , in which tbo marriageable of both sexes must hustla to roach the matrimonial menial stiilo at a seasonable age. Advocates of woman's ' rights naturally urge their sex to oxorclso this delicate privilege , but It is not apparent that any great progress nas boon mado. In this , as In their political planning , they are opposed by a majority of won.an kind. There's the nib. Marriageable women , ac cording to the matrimonial oracle of the 1'hlladclphla Press , wont to bo won by woo ing. They llko the process. Is It possible that only unmarrlagcablo women wish to woo ! Wo do not sny It ; wo ask. Dean Swift bollovcd that the reason so few marriages nro tinppy Is "because young ladles spend their time In making nots.'not In making cages. " Tfiat , however , Is neither hero nor tboro , save in tbo important Implication that It Is the woman , lifter ull , who tmaros the man. What if tbo proposal bo by indirection ! It Is none the loss effective. Wo may think and speak of tno demure maiden as a passive creature patiently abiding the arrival of her Itnljht. It Is a pleasant fiction , tbo very sus- tonnnco as it Is tbo source of romantic lovo. But If no direct proposal Issues from the Up ; , of the passive girl , what , If not vocal , are the Invitations flashing from her eyes , the pretty Srotter of her Muttering hand , tbo engaging atlory of bor absorbed attention , so cleverly counterfeit , so Irresistible ) TUB mocttss is HOUNDAnouT. s wo have said , but is wholly efficient. Wo man propose , and their 'way of doing It Is exquisite the most potent and oxquistto of their immemorial and imprescriptible rights. To disturb In any detail their method of pro posal would bo to pollute the very springs of romance. As a matter of fact , few women , but many men would care to see this done For tbore Is no denying a certain piquancy in the prospect of the sterner sex receiving with averted head and downcast eyes the passionate pleading of the emancipated girl of the coming period. Then tbo sweet re venge of growling : "Stop , please ; It can not bo ; you only distress me. But I'll be a brother to you. " To these Inexperienced maidens who are determined to toke tbe bull by the horns and extract an ecstatic yes , by force of arms , as It were , it will bo Instructive to glean points from a veteran who has boon "through the mill" several times , scored sev eral reverses and finally succeeded. TUB VAHIOUS MODES. To sneak of the various modes of proposing generally adopted would bo Interesting but lengthy. Briefly , a few of the styles may bo Bummarlzod under the palpably nppronrlato headings in a well-known sketch depicting tbo experiences of a would-be skater on the IceThe Drop buadou. " "Tho Chock In effectual , ' ' "Tho Slide Triumphant , " "Tho Victorious Retreat , " and "Tho Damp Col lapse. " It will bo seen nt a glance that these require no further comments. It is merely suggested how women ought to make their proposals so as , at least , to plouso the men they thus honor , even should tbo proffered lionor bo declined. First of all , a woman ought not to mind being refused , and never regret being ac cepted ; ono is as frequent as the other. It would bo well If a woman abstained from showing him any attentions , whatever , until she has made un bor mind she would Hku to marry him. Than lot * her "go at It plucky. " A timid wooerappeals only to lomlnino men , A true man who sees a woman dangling about in a desultory man ner , ono day looking unutterable things , and nnoiber time hardly noticing him , will vary soon mnuo up his own mind ; then , that woman should not attempt to propose. The least said when proposing tbo bettor , although compliance with the following ad vice for men , lately given by a well known humorist , is not urged : Tim cluip who tries to win a miss , Ily auponllng to her reason , Is much less llko to gain his bliss Than lie would venture on a kiss Combined with Runtlo sq.ucczln'1 This Is unmistakably a innn's Idea very neatly put , but the sort of proposal tt m.m realty likes best is for the woman to go Btralght to the point , and without hesitation or bash fulness , and if pos iblo no blushing , to say , "Lucius , I love you ; will you marrv rnol" Or , perhaps , still hotter , "Will.voul" with , of course , a moaning glance , and tbo nan to answer , "No , thuuk you , or else , "Yes , with pleasure , " as the coso might bo , lust as for a dance. This would save much in the way of wounded prldo , injured feelIngs - Ings and heart breakings , for "least said soonest mended.1' A WIUTTBN rilOl'OSAI. ADVISABLE. Spoken proposals arc so often only the ro- ult of a momentary cutalopsy of the brain that u Is not to bo wondered at if they gen erally end badly. I21ght times out of ton writing Is best , but It should bo short also. Sincerity Is never wordy , and men are quick to dotrot Insincerity. No man could possibly bo offended , even if ho know a woman but slightly , should bo rb- cclvo a letter written in something like the following style : "Dear Mr. Zimmerman I admlro you aud your many qualities deeply ( don't talk about his cbarms ) . I am not rich ( this will most likely bo the case ; If not , don't say so ho probably Knows it al r ready ) , but I make ( or bavo ) so much a year , mud If tbo prospect does not frlghton you and you will consent to become my husband ( the word husband must bo used for reasons ex plained later on ) , aud will grant rno leave to trv aud win your love , 1 will over remain truly yours , . " If to this tbo woman receives a polilo ro- fusul she will naturally foot rather dojooted for n week or so ; the host remedy thou will bo a complete change of diet. A woman who stammers should never at tempt to speak her proposal , nor should elderly women , for very obvious reasons , whijh need not bo described boro. Women , however , who prefer to speak their proposals Bhould tlrst ohooso tbolr opportunity care fully , or make It if necessary ; but lot them bowuro of the too common snare of arraying themselves In unusually line clothes , and above all let tboro bo no bouquets. The outward docking of the prospective Victim is a great mlstako in real life , al though It is the generally accepted thing in nrt , on the stage nnd In novels , Ancient wooers uro , perhaps , the uhlet sinners in this respect , but then they have so much to con tend against that lt < Is charitable not to bo too evuro upon that matter , so far as they are concerned , r.UAVK YOUR CLOAK IX THE IUU * When a woman goes to a house with tbo intention of proposing , let bor never forcet io leave bor oloak In the hall , for should the man refuse her it will materially letson the dignity of her exit if she baa to look round the room for her wrap , or , worm still , to re turn In search of It. To kneel whllo proposing is always a mis take , often a fatal one. On the whole , after mature reflection , tbo best position on such an occasion Is for the woman to stand up near the man if possible a llttlo behind him , nd with ono hand on tbo bacicof bis chair , 10 that should bo say "yes , " all U In readi ness for an immediate circling of tbo waist. A woman should never propose from a dis tance , two feet being the outaido limit allowable - able , exi-opt In very special circumstances ; uor with her gloves on ; and never , on nay account , should the man accept , must sbo brush tbe fringe from off bis forehead to look Into his ores. Men have been known to refuse women ixftor having accepted them for that sola reason , although they called It having doubts as to whether they cared enough for them. 1'ropoaali in dimly llghtid conservatories ehould bo avoided , In fact , as a general principle "Avoid doing anything as do- Kurlbed in books ; bo , your own natural solves , " Them would uot bo so many futllo proposals if they \vero made moro simply. th various proposing p oitu ns of mankind nro the wild "passions , ' * which clasp the objects of tholrlovoln their arms and shower burning klnsos on the tops of bent heads , regardless of Iho baldness , whllo Incoherent words are poured forth , through , the mnzo of which a man vainly trios to catch the Interrogation. Tlinllnlriiftit l Horn. "Don't foci bad 'causo sister won't glvo you n look of her balr , " exclaimed a llttlo boy to a young man who was paying atten tion to his slstor. "Just you wait till she gees out end then I'll ' got a lock for you. " So runs tno llttlo story wnloh is going the rounds of the comic papers. But , Ilka most funny things , there is a voln of truth running through U , or n vein of what mlgtt } bo true , if ono were disposed to make it so , declares the Now York Commer cial. All the latest advices from 1'nrls that have como over during the week say that there will bo n great abundance of false balr worn , and that It will bo heaped on the head in ouch fashion tnntn woman will bo obliged to remove part of her tresses In order to ac commodate her head to the small bonnets whloh nro now fashionable and so the llttlo boy might easily stca' his sister's hair whoa she is out. It Is almost impossible to construct ono of these clabornto coiffures without tbo aid of the hairdresser at first. But , If ono knotvs an obliging hairdresser , It Is easy to Hnd out how to put up the colfTuro the sorond time , and so avoid the trouble nnd expense of having it done each tltno the balr Is dressed. The new colfTuro * are very obliging. They como in a great variety of designs , and there are styles to bo worn on top of tbo head and other styles to bo pinned on the back of the head. . * Thus , although the styloof wearing a great deal of hair will bo arbitrary , It will , never theless , bo possibla to conform to tbo style by choosing tbo fashion which is rcost bo coming. The Kra of lllg Girls. This is tbo era of the hravy weight athletic young woman , who walki abroad \vlth the swinging tread of a grenadier shoulders erect , chest expanded nnd head hold high , a young woman who thinks nothing of a ten- mile xvalk , and Is altogotbor a now tyoo of American independence , says the Bo ; to a Post. bho Is the evolution of the modern collogo. Higher education has done It all , and before wo know It wo shall have raised a race of Amazonsand tlio girls of Lasollo and Wellesley - ley will bo challenging the boys of Yule and Harvard In rowing nnd racing and foot ball athletics. i'rof , Bragdon of Lascllo seminary Is au thority for thcso fact.s : Since the opening of the seminary la September up to data forty-two young women have gained 0 pounds or ever ; throe , 10 each ; two , 10 ; ono , 19 ; ono , 21) ) ; one , 22. nnd the record-breaker has gained 23 pounds In a llt'.lo ever four months. Tbo foathorwolght of thorn nil weighs 81 pounds , the heaviest plump , 107 , and they nro healthiest sot of girls In all New England. So much for calisthenics , athletics , physiol ogy and hygiene la the curriculum of higher education , for Lasollo specializes health and avoirdupois even above Greek and Latin as Important points of culturo. It Is to Lasollo wo must look to controvert all lingering prejudice of the debilitating effects of higher education. Only Prof. Bragdon must worK carefully , or , as in the case of Lady Jane , there will bo too much of thorn in the by and by. What to Teach tt Daughter. Toacb bor that only must she love her father and mother , but honor thorn in word nnd deed , says a wrltor In the February Ladies' Homo Journal. That work is worthy always when it is well done. That the value of money 1 just the good It will do In life , but that sbo ought to know and approclato this valuo. That the man who wl hos to marry her is the ono who tolls her so and Is willing to work for her , and not the oi.o who whispers silly love speeches and forgets that men cease to bo men when they have no object In life. life.That That her best confidant is always her mother , and that no.ono sympathizes with her in h ( r pleasures nnd joys as you do. That unless sbo shows courtesy to others she need 'novor expect it from them , and that the best answer to rudeness is being blind to it. That when uod made bor body ho intended that it should bo clothed properly and mod estly , and when she neglects herself sbo is Insulting Him who made her. Teach her to think well before she says no or yes , but to moan it nben she does. Tor.ch her that her own room Is bor nest , and that to make it sweet and attractive is a duty as well as a pleasure. Teach her that If she can sing or road or draw , or give pleasure In nny way by her accomplishments , she Is solllsh ami-unkind if sbu does not do this gladly. Teach her to bo a woman solf-rospootlng , honest , loving and kind , und then you will bavo a daughter who will bo a pleasure to you always , and whoso days will bo long and joyous in the land which the Lord bath given her. ITcr Itroit Intori'StliiK Ago. Tbo question was recently discussed by an artist , an author , and a woman of society , says the Young Ladles'Bazar. Tbo artist said ho did not llko to paint too portraits of those between the ago of 25 and 40 years. Before 25 tbo face bus an expectancy which charms. It Is looking forward with Joyous frosbuoss and ho no. and It Is full of piuillug promises , At 40 years the character Is formed , and the lines of the countenance are stronger in tno painter's study ; but In Inter vening years the face has lost Its expectancy , is apt to bo Indifferent , and has no particular Interest. The author differed ; ho liked to study women between the ago * of 30 and 40. Tuny hud then tbo oxporlonco of the world and tbo Joyousncss of youth. In these voara they were brightest and most Interesting. The society woman thought that It was im possible to give general answers to the ques tion , as individual women differ In regard to the most attractive age. Some nro most charming at CO years , whllo others have passed their prime at 20. At 33 or upward the best nature of a woman will show to every advantage , but probably the balance of opinion turns In favor of from 18 to 25. Taking over } thing Into consideration , the best answer would bo that women are always interesting to the friends who love thorn. Awkward Oornori. Any decorator , nny homo-maker will toll you that the corner * of rooms arn the creat es t problem In trying to got the right sort of artistic and livable look. It Is not tbo sides or the ends of the drawing room , or the coV torof the dlninir room that perplexes ; It is the corner * . And yet tt Is precisely the cor ner that is capable of the utmost effect of coslnoss it I * the corner that Is the synonym for comfort. And yet neither the decorator nor the homo maker has yet discovered Its possibilities , If they bad , tbo market would bo full of furniture designed especially for corners instead of offering as It does , only an occasional piece. Where spaeo Is a desidera tum , and in most rooms it is , furniture made to tit the corners is exceedingly to be desired , because corners are nearly always waste room. Why , for instance , should tboro not bo forbad rooms , dressing tables and ward robes In trlangularshapo and artlstlo designs ) Observant women have notlcod that when ever a guest sees a corner divan in the draw ing room , with plenty of pillows , he or she is euro to steer straight for it ( an absolute test of comfort ) , and so that corner is getting the attention it should bavo. Jtlch Wumvii'i Itllo Hours. Philadelphia Record : "How do wealthy women spend their Idle hours ) " was a ques tion propounded to mo by a young frlond a few days ago. "Do you think they really bavo any idle time ! " I said in reply. "Oh , yes , " my quostloner replied. "I am sure they havo. " I remembered the query aomo days of tor , and having occasion to call upon some wealthy women of the exclusive sot , I Inquired - quired us to their idle hour Indulgences. Ono woman Informed mo that sbo made all her own underwear , which upon seeing , I found showed evidence of an accomplished noodle ; another lady said she palmed ; another was uUer.uUd in school maiten and dabblocl lu voi [ Copyrighted , 1802 ] yno THE WALTZ SONG Composed by J. N. Pattison and Dedicated to Mme. Patti To Be Sung by the Diva as an Encore During Her Present Corfcert Tour of This Country. i. ' Ket'ta not-te , 7W - to ettl-la , Bra ta tu. . . . . iasa. . . . . ntt ett - to , ah til tret ' to not.tt ( ut ( a pto ( < > . . > . . rt - | ' 9 Look afar , Love-ly 8iar , . . 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Ah I as-pet to Va 21 - to del . . . . . . a-ma . - ret ret Btar pare and ten der , Ahl I a-walt for -tho com-Ing of Love's own glan > ceal * cesl _ _ . . . _ . _ * . . . . . T 1- i. .Z - w " * .M. - 4 > * > j f * } - f a HR * * * ' jfl ? 5TV - * - ' _ _ * - \ - j- S * * - . * - * " ' tf + : * : - 3 : : pro . - Jtm ao ' * mar v tu spa - - rw - tt 'mid deep's fair ' deeps " > > , . thoa nut est , " _ . . . . . . 1 * * a 05 ± : iZr.H * - - CQJ i g B 2. z * * * it pt ra per te. .471 . til Ah fond - ly for tbec. All . ycsl ah ad ltd. cadenza canto. 1 J-T -tl literature , nnd before 1 got through I came to tbo conclusion that wealthy women were as industrious , considering the many social calls upon them , as the working woman. The lictrothoil 1'alr In Knglaml. The conduct of the betrothed pair during their engagement Is a subject upon which many differ. American mammas are apf , to bo somewhat moro lenient in tbolr vlows of the liberty to bo allowed than nro the Eng lish , says the Philadelphia Times. With the * latter , no young lady is allowed to dine alone with her lltmnco ; there must bo a servant present. No young lady- must visit in the family of bor llunnco , unless ho has a mother to rccolvo her. Nor Is she allowed to go to the theater olono with him , or to travel under nli escort ; to stop at the samu hotel , or to relax ono of these rigid rules which a severe chaperon would enforce ; and it must bo al lowed that this severe and careful attention to appearances is in the best tnsto. As for thooagngomonV. rlng.raodorn fashion prescribes a diamond solitaire , which can range In price from $ . ' 50 to $ .3,000. The mat ter of presentation Is a secret between the engaged pair. Just See Mu Jlreuk It. "A reminiscence comes to my mind , " writes Justin McCarthy in a volume of "Recollec tions of Parliament , " about jimorlcati visi tors to tbo House of Commons. "Tho Ameri can girl has no rospoot for musty traditions. Some years ago wo used to bo permitted to take ladles into tbo library , but tbo rule was strict that they must not bo allowed to sit down there. 1 was once escorting a young American married woman throueb the various rooms of the libraryand I mentioned to bor , as a matter of moro or loss interest ing fact , that it was niralnst the rules for a woman to bit down thoro. " 'Is that really a law of the placol' sbo asked , with wide opened and innocent oyos. 'Tno very law , ' I answered. " 'Then , ' said she , calmly , 'just see mo break It I1 and sbo drowa chair and reso lutely sat down at the table. " Itrldul Fancies. Old Wivmts. Married in whlto , you have cboson all right ; Married in gray , you will go far away ; Married in black , you will wish yourself back ; Married in rod , you will wish yourself dead ; Married In green , ashamed to bo soon ; Married in blue , bo will always bo true ; Married in pearl , you will live In a whirl ; Married In yellow , ashamed of your follow ; Married in brown , you will 11 vo out of town ; Married In p nk , your spirit will sink. Honey lor the I-uilles. Onn difference between men and women Is that tbii men think that women are angels and tbe women know they aro. A stylish morning gown is of heliotrope and white Pokln ; ilchu iu the "Madame Ho- land" style ; sleeves of gulpuro. For ovenmg wear palo creamy primrose yellow gloves of softest' suede , are Just now preferred to tboso of any other tint. The handkerchief genteel and modish Is a square of finest linen , hemstitched in a nar row bom and edged with Valenciennes lace. When a man makes a lot of good resolu tions he wilt do better not to Any anything about thorn to his wlfo. Then when bo falls to keep them she will not say any thing about them to him. Itougb efforts will continue to bo very pop ular among the dress goods to ho used this sprmc , but not to the exclusion of the line smooth surfaced cloths and ether woollens that very many women wear. A fresh and dressy uppoarauco can to Im parted to a bluett not , grenadine , or silk even ing dro s that uu oou service by putting two or three satin ruches near the edge scarlet , mauve , or any shade preferred. Among other fancies In doctratlng the ovoninp bodice Is thut of wearing a frill or lace flounce , moro or loss wide , round the shoulders. This frill resembles the old style bertha worn round low-nockod corsages. Style and service , elegance nnd economy join hands In most harmonious wedlock in the blacK silk gown \yblcb , once the dis tinguishing garb of tbo go.itility , after a considerable porisd of. desuetude has again been restored to favor. The old-fashioned point applique , which our grandmothers loved , Is revived in laces. It , is not the hand mndo lace of olden times , but a Incu made by machinery , nnd one so perfect in raosh aud llguro that it would take an export to recognize the difference. T'po now voillngs are mostly spotted , the dots cither of silk , chonlllo or composition gummed on tullo. Colored spots are often seen , but besides dancer to the eyesight , the effect on the wearer is not pleas.int. making her look as If she had beun tuttoood. Satin , It Is said , Is ono of tbo "coming" materials. Dlack satin hats and bonnets , wraps , and gowns urn decidedly fashionable abroad , At the same tune they are extremely - tromoly trying , and to many women exceed ingly unbecoming. A trimming much In favor In doml-drcss Is a narrow bulllonna of velvet , four inches at most , nlnced at the extreme cdo of the skirt. This muues a dressy linlsb , whllo also giving support to and helping to keep the skirt in place. The newest skirt decoration Is n soft scarf of silk or velvet twisted together with a gimp of jet , or for ovonlng a chain of flowers. The twist Is put on the extreme edge of tbo skirt , nnd is usually of n contrasting color. \Vlionovertbo.smiirtfiirltalco3 her morn ing wulks abroad iu Uei coat of wool or fur she wears a coat of homoipun or twocd nnd n silk blouse whlcn Isy.'dplichtfully comfort able to walk in , eaves tno wear and tear of her handsomer gown , and look1) very pretty where she throws back4ibr coat In shop or * gallery. ' ! Now cambrics which ! cpmo in the popular Pompadour and Mnrlft , Antoinette designs , and In Uubarrv rose , Sevres blue , nnd doll- cato green tints are mudaiup affectively with a yoke , bolt and band Pn lllu eklrt of rows of white lace beading oyjrhandod ( togetbur. ' Handsome evening gpgjfics in prlncoss form are made of thick silks In Nllo groo'j , Persian mauve , etc. , these wlUtho | , coisagocut lou over a gulmpu of sllkj uljo nnd fastened un der the arm. Tbo dresses , are i Imply trimmed with frin pod ruches oTt/jo / silk , but not the wide ruches lately so popular , The low crowned bonnets which look ec centrically small beforDjJthoy are trimmed , but which become airy creations of grace nnd beauty , are still tobo worn. Tbo brims are In Hat saucer Ehapo and the crowns are hardly larger than low teacups. Hats are also exceedingly small. Alt especial novelty of this Eoason is tbo Ublan bat , copied from the four cornered hut worn by the German trooper. in Austria women are employed as bed carriers and get 20 cent * a day for It. Amo r- Icana will road this aud think how supo rlor they are ; out In America a great many mar ried women act as hod carriers bringing up the coal , and don't cot a rent a dav for it beyond - yond their board and clothes. Fur was never a moro popular trimming than at present. H is bold by tbe furlong almost by tbo mile- and It Is added as a gar niture to every possible sort of garment. Fur is ahvays fashionable. Like rich lucel \ gives distinction to any and every toilet , uad tlio faculty with whiub. it can bo turned to iiLVount is one of its cblul merits. Volts are ut present going through a pro cess of evolution which results lu putting upon the market o great variety of styles. i''er largo bat * the heavy dot * aud coarto mcsbos are well worn , and half a yard of veiling is none too much to buy for an ordinary round hat. A yard is required for broad-brimmod bats to cover the face und \vrinklo down becomingly below the chin. Yellow and whlto are moro fashionable at the moment tban any sluglo color or combina tion of other colors. All the varied shades are popular. Golden yellow , primrose , but tercup , new gold , orange , chamois , maize , Spanish , daffodil , jonquil , lemon ono and all Hnd special favor. The flrst Importations uf spring- millinery show no noteworthy change In shape or ma terial. Plain Milan straws continue to bo. the standard bonnet for general wear. For moro elaborate occasions fnncy bonnets will bo used which uro made up by the milliner of lace and ornamental btraw braids of various kinds , which como by tbo yaid or nlcco for the uurposo. A profusion of lace Is tbo prediction - diction of ovorv ono who has any knowlcjga ot tbo bonnet to rome. The fashionable fads of the hour are nu merous , and they Indicate n wide range of ingenultv on the cart of men who invent them. Ono of the moro Btriulng fads Is a dovlco railed tlio Drowning muff. It is n book of poems ( IJrownlug , of course ) done up in calf , with nu opening for the linger tips between the leaves , which opening Is lined with warm , fleece llko wool. On the leather cover Is a quotation from the book lu gilt lot- tors. Loultc Chandleritiniltan , in This month is tbo shortest month of the year Hut 'tis long unoiuli for Dimtli : Flvu yearn ago. In tbo wild rainfall , Him yielded up her breath , Plvo yours ntro , und novrr the same Is tno world Mm u thut dead duy : bhall r , find her uualn , when Urn wild rains fall , Ann I ro on my louosomo way ? Sometime , somewhere , nt end u ( the dark Shall I outch thu IlL'iitof H smile , And Unow 1 have ruuuhcd my noi : ! atlast , * Thuugh tbo natli bo blind meanwhile ? The light of a Hinllo will klndlu thn dark , I shall brtMitho a new life's bioutli ; Tblb month Is the .shortest month of tlio year , Yet 'tis long unoiiRh for Doatli , All Tlnit In NriMlml , In our physical needs wo want the best of anything required , and wo want all that Is required to bo done nromptly and surely , and these in i-uln , especially , will 11 nd all that Is ncodod In what la heroin recommended. Mr. T. J. Murphy , ( II Dubo- vtico place. , Ilrooklyn , N. Y. , says : "liny- Ing been nflllctcd with sciatic rbuumutUm for some time past and Hndlng no relief , I tried St. Jacobs Oil , which I found vm-y efllcaclous. " Miss Clara Alcott. Mahwuh , N. J. , writes ; "I bruised mv limb and It became greatly swollen and stiff. I used two bottles of a patent ilmmot.t which did not rollovo me. A physician was called who ordered tlio limb to bo poulticed , and ho gave mo mcdlcluo lutornallv , without ueno- llt. Itheu got a bcttio of St. Jacobs Oil , which cured mo. It acted llko mugio. " Mr. Lorenzo Buck , Bancroft , Shiawassro county , Mich , , says ; "I hadachroulo rheumatism for years , contracted during the war. After sitting or lying down , a * , times , I could not get up , from stiftnojs and pains. At work my Btrougtb would give out , then I would pass through a nick- ness of several \veeki. 1 bud to wain with u cauo and was at cue time so ill I could not He down without terrible pains In back mid limbs , I tried St. Jacobs OH ; next morning not up out of bed without assistance. Today I'm a new man and walk without a cane. " A. F. It. A had bov up town tore the slen , "Fur nlsbed Hooms , " off the front of a Hldgo uvo nuo bouiound huueitou a gate of u cerau- tary furtbor up Iho street. A TALK OF WOE. Sample of the GnndH Turned Out nt the Sioux Fulls Divorce Factory. The latest consignment of down-cnst marital linen Itiundrlcd in the Sioux Fulls divorce mills was exposed to public gaze last week. It illustrates the folly of entorlnp into the wedded state us a commercial transaction. Mrs. Ellen Pollock wns once a servant in the family of Millionaire Pollock in New York. She captivated young1 Eddlo Pollock , and despite the furious opposi tion of llio family they were married. Durlnfr the tiiul of Pollock's suit for divorce , the servant of the millionaire nnd the wife of the heir told ono of the most piteous stories ever related within tlio walls of the court room. She told how Eddlo ciuno rushing into their apartments ono morning in Now York , declaring thut his father had dis- coved that they were married and would disinherit him. Tlo'saldho would rather die than stund the nbuso of his fathor. "Ono day , " said Mrs. Pollock. "Eddio came to mo with his cousin nnd told mo that nil wixa at an end ; thnt his father would give mo $10,000 If I would con sent to n divorce , but I refused. They wanted our child. Finally I thought that Annlo would get bettor euro in their hands , BO I allowed her to go to the Pollock homo nt Nyack , N. Y. I bccaino discouraged , ana wont to Eddio's father and told him I wanted my baby ; that life seemed to ho usolosa and barren with out the little ono. 'You can go to hell before you can got the child , ' was the response of tlio millionaire. I then saw Eddie and pleaded with him for Annie , hut ho refused. Then I wont to a lawyer , and it was two months he- fore I got Annie hack. Then Bho wns found in an orphan asylum. She was dressed in rag ? , and the poor thing had bruises nil ever hor. In January , 1800 , I culled on Eddie's father , Ho "said tome mo ; 'If you don't give my son cnuso for a divorce I'll ' llx you.1 I told him I would die flrst. I was ejected from my rooms because I had ro money. I wont to Nyack to see my hushanTI and see if lie would not do something. They were living in their hlg summer residence. It was u beautiful house und had a handsome park. I knocked at the door and the servant told mo to go away , I told him I wanted to see my husband. An ollioer was called by the luclcey and I was thrown into u cab. Ho knocked mo ugninst the wheels , and Annie , who was along with mo , cried : 'Man , man , don't kill mamma ! ' Wo spent that night in prison , and the police in the morning turned mo udriftulono , pen niless and friendless in the big city. I have boon true to my husband , but Ills father , who believes no id above mo , and that because I worked for him us servant I am unlit to bo the wife of his son , causes all the trouble , I had just money enough to come to Sioux Falls to fight for my name anu rights , und unless I got help I do not know how I will got back. " An olTor was made to Mrs , Pollock of $12,000 if she would withdraw her up- poaranco In the case but aho refused , Vanllouton's Cocoa Tbe standard of the world. AT THE SHRINE OF LA DIVA Songs of Adoration from tbo Critics to Madame Patti , HER CONCERT TOUR A TRIUMPHAL MARCn The Mrtropnlltnn Optra Homo In New YorH Not Illfr liiinitRli to JInlil Her Admir ers < lre ste < l with n Crush nt rhllnurlphln. Madam } Adclma I'nttl Nlcolinl Is fairly * launched utx > n her American concert tour , nnd ns usual It Is a triumphal march. The prestige and the allurement * of grand opera are wanting' , but it seems 10 mnka no dllTor euoo nt her performances. Pnttl is on. shrined In the hearts of Americans , who will pay her their greatest homage , ns expressed by the mighty dollar , for even so llttlo as a simple song. The critics who attended her first concert in Now York analyzed her every note to discover , If possible , whether relentless lima had marred n tone , but Iho diva's art battled them. It Is true that some suspected a weak note or two In her upper register , but other critics equally as keen found no flaw there. But whllo these lent tied gentlemen may amicably differ about an infinitesimal shading - ing In n tone , they all agree la paying to the gront songstress Iho trlbuto of devoted adoration , and the following ox tracts from their comments are put In evidence : Now York lit I.mo with In lllva- Adollna Paul's volco may not bo as perfect ns It was a score of years nno ; her fituro may not have retained Its girlish suppleness and bcrcomploxlon may have lost the soft pouch- blow tint of vigorous youtn.sny the Now York Recorder , but of her marvelous hold upon the pconlo of this metropolis there can not bo the shadow of a doubt. For weeks wo have soon Moisrs.Abboy nnd Grau trying to fill the Metropolitan opera house by presenting the choicest gonis of Italian opera sung by the ablest slngors of the earth , and they have not yet accomplished tbo feat. Even "Don Giovanni , " with the superb cast Including Lassallo , Edouard do Koszlto , Kallsch. Lohmiinn , Albanl nnd Van Zandt. could not Mop nil tbo gaps m the tiers of boxes or till all the vacan cies in the various stalls. But when It Is an nouuccd that Petti will sing Arditl's "So- soran rose , " witn a probability of "Homo , Svvoot Home , " nndA Mlto From Edlnboro Town , " ns encores , to conclude with a duo and an aria from "La Truvintn , " public in terest In tbo performance Is at once so tro- ruoiidquBlv aroused that hundreds of people are turned awav from the great opera tiouso absolutely unable to squeeze within Its doors. Is It because there Is moro music In ono note of Paul's volco than in all the brilliant aggregation of the Abboy-Grau company ! Our critics will answer In the negative. Is It because our musical education Is still so incomplete ns to raako us prefer "Homo Swcot Homo , " ns sung by Patti , to "Don Giovanni , " rendered by that imposing array of artists ) Our opera-goers will say no. What then is tko socrotl Only thisVo \ crush ourselves into the utmost discomfort , not tbbt wo love muiio less , but that wo love Patti more. tylin ComprnmlHog With Futhor Time. Mudom Patti received an ovation , says tbo Philadelphia Inquirer. The house wns filled to overflowing. When she coma tripping on the stugo , dressed In a beautiful whlto silk gown with pink' epaulettes , her throat encircled with diamonds , tlicro was a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm. She looked remarkably youthful , moro so than on her last appearance bore two yours ago. Her L figure Is gradually rounding out , but though tbo girlish grace Is gone , sbo is still a re markably handsome woman in face and figure , and as active as over. But the voice , ah yes , that Is what everyone - ono wants to know about , nnd tboy nro easily Informed. What sbo Mugs she sings almost as well as ovor. The quality Is almost ns pure us over ; the technique is ns faultless. Somewhat of the old-tlmo brilliancy Is lackIng - Ing , but Madam is careful to conceal ovorv trnco of ace. Sbo Is no mngician. Sbo cnn- not turn the clock of titno backward , so sbo compromises with Father Time. She cuts oil a llttlo of her upper rocUter , but keeps tuo tone quality. Probably there was not ono of tbo thou- sandstwbo struggled last night through the crowdscot squeezed until breath was almost gone , tramped on until tbo cry of pain could scarcely bo suppressed , and pulled to nnd Ire until clothes were nearly ruined not one , probably , but felt repaid by her singing "Homo , Sweet Home. " The "Lucia" num ber wns full of sparulo and craloty. Sbo wns in happy mood , and appeared oven girlish In tbo "Somtmmldo" number , so familiar from her frequent singing , she displayed her art more , and the rich tones held the great audlonco spell-bound. Thu .Snnio Arch Way. Tno ono and only Patti has once moro raised her melodious volco and thrilled the upper lyric heavens In the presence of an enormous house in tbo Metropolitan opera house , says Joe Howard in n dispatch to the Boston Globo. ITho occasion resolved Itself Into a demonstration nnd the demonstration developed into n furore. It makes no difference whether ho hns rod hair or black. Lost season sbo hud red , nnd did well , this season she has black and dons hotter. When she conies to say furowcll.llvo or ton years from now , she may have a pea green wig for nil the people euro , bo long as her voice retains nny resemblance to that of the olden time , nnd sbo can still recoil tlio words of "Homo , Sweet Homo. " Patti has not ngod ono Individual wrinkle so far as the publlo in general and Mary Scott Rowland , hoi pot manipulator , knows , bho looks exactly 03- she did twenty vcars ' * she did thirty-flvo years ago , for was very young and ns bright as a dollar , with the never falling beauty of youth , and her animal spirits were keyed up to upper U morning , noon nnd night. Her matrimonial oxporlonco hava toned bor down n trifle , nnd bor stomacher is possi bly a llttlo more conspicuous , but Bho has the samp aroli way , the snmo marvellous tone , the same unorrlng certainty tbo , same intuitional faculty of persundlnBtlonudionco ! that of all assoin Wages Bho ever saw , the ono before which shout tbo present time appear" is chlofost and boit nnd dearest In her mind. J ft Hullu Aihilliiii Cofjuotttxl * The public , tbo huge , insatiable publlo , who had been hungering to hoar and see Patti , took the matter In tbolr own hands nnd resistance , peelings or deprecatory shrugs werei of no avnll , says tno New York Recorder. She had to slng the publlo had como for herself mono and would 'accept ' no musical sops ( or soporifics ) to Orborus In tbo ttbupo of tenors , baritones basso * nr ' "aua ul altos. Well , La Holla Adollna was good bumorod onouKh-ln fact , nbo coquetted a bit with her ndmticrs before she would gratify them ; but when , after her flnt solo. Mio advanced to tbo footlights and the orchestra bocuu the Jn- mlllarbarsof "Homo. Sweet Homo "a roar wont up and everybody soltlod himself com- . fortablv , for they know they would got a Mine. Paul' * art Is as supreme as ever , her scales are no many diamonds flashing In ibo sunlight , Imp voice has not lost Its follnofsor richness. It seems to have gained In volume In the lower roglstor ; perhuns u certain hardness and drynos * ( n her u'ppor notes U all that tolls tbo oar that Adollna Patti U no longer n child in frocks warbling bo fore a delighted oudlcnco lust buforo the war times. She sang the DonUottl aria with consum mate art. Her trill would cuuso u nlghtlii- aralo to blush with envy , and her staccato and runs ara as dullcato and blrdliko us ono can Imagine. Tbo "Homo , Swuet Homo" was sung with oxqulslto fooling , utid color , nnd urgent wore tbo recalls. At last , over come by the enthusiasm of the audience , Patti saug In an arch manner. "Coming Through the Rvo" to n pbantornllko pluuo accompaniment. Her vocul method la something co madden ingly blupie ) , that , with her gift of eternal joutb , tbuiu U no reason to doubt thut the nuxt generation will eo and hear tin * extraordinary - ordinary woman , the greatest singer sluco Uuiuliul , and also tbo lait of a vauUuod Buaool of vocalUia.