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HE social condition of woman In a, fairly trustworthy measure of the clvlllzution of a state, und Judged by this standard Japan hus nut yet reached the summit of west- ern culture. This fact, however, ta not a reproach, seeing that It Is not long since even Kuropeon nations have bridged the abyss which sunders former barbaric cus toms from the humane legislation of today. And the Japanese are even now working hard to imitate us. Hitherto, and indeed at the present moment, the ranks of fe male "hands" In Japan are recruited from among the rural population by agents, who induce the country lasses to sign contracts for quite a number of years the best por tion of their lives. .And the wages aver aged 3d a day! For that miserable mess of pottage the girls not only labor hard during working hours, but permit them selves to be wholly Isolated from the outer world. Just as If they were in a prison, a hospital or a nunnery. Thus they are entirely in the power of their employers, the least scrupulous of whom take an un fair advantage of their helplessness. Thanks to the initiative of the press and to the high spirit of a few wealthy firms, a strong and lurid light has been thrown upon those dark places of Japan, and redress is already In sight. The Manchester of the Mikado's realm Is Osaka, and it wna the terrible state of things In vogue In the mills and works of that city which first at tracted attention. The slaves of the south ern states of North America had a better time than some of the wretched girls In Osaka, the products of whose labor were thrown upon European markets at nominal prices. Happily the Oulld of Weavers hns now set to work to better the lot of these riclots, and Its efforts are being reinforced by government employes. Curiously enough. In the higher enlllngs and professions which require skill or scien tific training Instead nf mere manual labor there was hardly any field for woman's activity. Thus in none of the ministries or government offices was a woman to bo found as civil servant. The respectable firms of merchants likewise rigidly ex eluded members of the fair sex, refusing to employ thera as saleswomen: only in a few cheap bazars, where the work was very fatiguing and the pay utterly Inad equate, were women to be seen behind the counter. Cut here, too, a beneficent change Is now being made. The firm of Mitsui, the weavers, for example, one of the wealthiest In Japan have Just decided to take on girls. For n considerable time past women have been engaged at railway stations, especially In dealing with passenger traffic, and now the Snnul line, which had hitherto elimin ated the female element, has completely broken with its traditions, and in future the passengers by that company's line will be looked after by lady conductors, and pnrhains lady controllers as well. The crown prince of Japan takes a keen In terest In this movement, which alms at making life less miserable, to his future female subjects, and he has begun by set ting an excellent example. He has married but one wife, and has allowed It to be generally understood that he Is. and In tends to remain, a monogamist to the em of his days. London Telegraph. Wilts Man ta Envied. HEN be gives his hair a neat lltU slick with a comb, and presto! his coiffure Is complete. w ''JL( When the children cry and he can whistle a tune, get his hat. bang the door and go out. When the dinner Is spoiled and he chats unconcernedly, and all the guests pity him because he la married to an incompetent, fussy, discomposed woman. When he trips up the street ahead of her on a rainy day with his trouser Jauntily turned up and no skirts to kick. When he swings easily on and off a mov ing car without danger of tangling his heels In his petticoats. Wben ho stow things away In his multi tudinous pockets and saunters on with unencumbered hands. When he can wear his best hat In the rain without getting the curl out of the feathers. When be doesn't have to twist his arms to hook his bodice up the back. Nor drag six superfluous yards of dress goods behind him, and do It gracefully, too. Nor kiss his sworn enemy and tell him how swaet he looks. Nor smile seraphlcally all through the play while a hairpin is Jabbing In his head. Nor move heaven and earth to look pretty while suffering the pangs of the third place. He can just look as miserable and as yel low as he feels and folks only pity him. These are Just a few of the times when the most contented woman In the world wouldn't mind being a man. Character Revealed by the Throat. woman who Is going to live w I I long can find the lines of longev- aa I tv nllnlv written In Iim throat Instead of living long, tall and slender, her neck will be rather wide for her height and It will measure at least half an Inch more than the ordi nary woman's. This large throat Indicates a strong con stitution. It shows vitality nnd usually a largo degree of animals spirits. The tired girl, on the other hand, the girl who feels herself weary and Is called indolent, has a neck that is slender but not symmetrical. There are prominent cords In It and It looks like a collection of reeds and pipes caught together with flesh. Tale hfinds, by the way, always go with a neck of this sort. The girl who Is fond of admiration can not hope to conceal the fact, for she shows It plainly In her throat. She Is also n girl who usually shows her throat, and whose neck Is her own peculiar and special point of vanity, for it is pretty. The girl fond of admiration has a full neck. Not a bone shows. Yet It Is a slender neck for all that. Vanity shows, as In the nose, In the straight aristocratic lines, in the clear skin, which Is very fine In grain, and In the length of the neck, for the vain girl Is very swanlike as to the movements of her head. It swings as upon a reed of exceeding grace nnd willowyness. This swanlike neck Is very lovely. The young girl whose neck Is growing long nnd awkward and ugly can comfort herself with the thought that some day, when she hus attained full maturity, tills long, ugly duckling neck will "become that of a beau tiful swan. The athletic girl has a throat affected by her sports. It Is long, rather flat and it docs not widen, ns It should, where it Joins the head; neither dees it widen toward the neck. It fulfills ull necessary purposes of the body, but it is not pretty. The great peculiarity of the neck of the athletic girl Is its met hot' of Joining the head to the shoulders. It Is the same shape and clze throughout its kngth, and the head Is set upon It uwkwurdly and In wooden fashion. There are no pretty curves to break Its monotony. The shoulders of the athletic girl are very square and the head and neck are Bet upon them in an angular fashion which, while It may denote the athlete, surely does not denote the society beauty. Still, the athletic neck has its good points and its recommendations. It never gets stiff; It can bend this way and that; It never aches, and Inside there Is a set of mechanical works that rarely gets out of order. The heroic girl has the classic tyi of throat. It may be beautiful and It may not be so, according to the care that is bestowed upon It. The heroic type of neck may belong to the beautiful woman, but it does not al ways do so. Very often its beauty is marred by the luck of femininity in the face. For the heroic type of neck la pos sessed by the strong minded woman, the woman who leuves the pot to boil itself while she gets out Into the world and bolls the pots of other people. It la the woman with the heroic throat who decides thut home Is no place, for her and who gets out into the world so that she can perform the feat kuown as Invad ing man's territory. Hut the heroic necked woman, while she miy be disagreeable, can also be magnifi cent. Che ia capable of great nobility of character; and, when you get her for a friend, she ia yours for life, or until you deceive her. There is a certain type of neck which belongs to the girl who Is fond of having her own way. Turn around, with your hack to the mirror, and take your hand glass In your hand. If you are a girl fund of having your own way your neck will bo, not flat and straight In the back, but curved. There will be an arch which Is the arch of beauty, but the arch also of selfishness. If the head pushes fowurd too far, It means ambition, and if the chin drops, It denotes slubbornesa. The neck requires room and It requires air. It must have Its proper ventilation and it must not be bound down lightly from morning until midnight. If you are treating your neck In this manner you will suffer for It. Your neck may be fat and for that reason you bind it tightly, but you make a great mistake in doing so. DfroratlaK Leather anil Wood. AR1SIANS have long held tho M I secret of a Fimple process of di e- I nrntlns? on leather and wood. At Inst, however, this "French urt," as It is culled, has been Introduced In this country, und all sorts of things are being decorated after the new fashion. Among the leather urtlcles seen are slip pers for house nnd evening wear, belts, shopping bags, purses, card cases, tublu mats, photograph albums and book covers, decorated In such u manner us to tivul the art of the pyrogrnphcr. In addition to the decoration Itself, It is quite a fad to use tho Initial letters or the monogram of the owner on the object. The only materials required for this process uro a small vial of fastening varn ish, two soft brushes, a sponge, a piece of fine linen and the design to lie reproduced. On light leathers like chamois nnd the fash ionable pigskin, lithogrupldc designs of flowers, birds and butterflies in colors are effectively used. Half-time pictures and letters In black are also desirable, iih they give the appearance of burnt leather. Pre pared designs, which ure purchased at art stores, are used for decorating dark leather. These are covered with white lead or with a gold buck, and ore Inexpensive. The worker usually cuts off the larger portion of the margin of the design, after which the face of it Is smeared with fast ening varnish applied by a soft brush. Great care is taken to cover every portion of the design, but not to go beyond the outlines. Five or ten minutes nre con sumed whllo the varnish Is drying, after which the varnished surface Is placed upon leather in the desired position. If it is a flour de lis, to be used on a book cover, for Instance, the design Is pressed down firmly on the cover with a photograph roller. After two or three minutes the back of the paper Is carefully raised, leaving the de sign on the cover. The next process Is to dip a soft brush In water und wash the surface of the trans ferred picture as gently us possible, in or der to remove the remaining lint. After this the linen cloth Is dampened and used to absorb the superfluous moisture on tho design. This will ulso prevent the latter from rising in blisters, and will cause It to dry evenly. A day is required to dry the design, after which a coat of varnish Is applied. Some of the handsomest new ilower pots In the stores are shown with this decora tion, many elaborate designs being carried out. An artistic one seen was for an asalea pot. and It showed large clusters of the pink blossoms with smilax and ferns grouped about the receptacle, which had first been painted a light green. The ef fect was such a perfect Imitation of hand painting that It would be difficult for even a connoisseur to tell the difference. An other pretty Idea was that of a deep bluo vnse, which was decorated with marguerite daisies and their green leaves. A three-paneled screen showed pictures of tho Three Graces, the Cherubs and Dawn, applied In the foregoing manner from fine colored pictures. They were so cleverly varnished that they uppeared to be lacquered, and the illusion was still further carried out by the glass which covered each panel. An old-fashioned bed room suit, which lucluded, four-poster bed and a bureau with glass knobs, was decorated In the French art style. The furniture was Imi tation mahogany, and It was therefore necessary to remove the pnlnt. This was easily done, and after each piece was care fully sandpapered a stnln of light green was applied. When the furniture was thoroughly dried red puppies were trans ferred to the panels of tho bureau and bed. The chairs and tables were decor nted likewise. Handkerchief, glove and work boxes, photograph framos. trays and other un stained wooden objects uro shown In the stores, to le decorated In thiH manner. One of the most popular stains is black, which Is mad" by going over the wood several times with a brush wet with boll, ing hot logwood and then with a strong solution of uutgull. What the Women Arc leolnuv. Mrs. Hetsey U. Huller Rtevt ns. a rt-trr of the iHte General IVnJamln K. Hutler, lias just observed her With birthday ut Notting ham. N. II. Mrs. Andrew It. Carter of Wutertown, N. Y.. owt.H the pair of spectacles worn and owned by I'rexident Lincoln at the time be was shot by John Wilkes I loot h In Ford's theater, Washington. The crown princess of lenmark enjovs the double distinction of Inlng the wealth iest and tallest woman of her rank In Kuril). Her royal highness Inherited nearly Sln.nno.iifti from her mnlernal grand mother as well as the bulk of her father s fortune. She Is six feet tall. Miss Josephine llolgate ot (llympla hits accepted the position of state librarian of . Washington.. Hue declined the appoint ment wnen it was first offered to her, and was persuaded to reconsider tile matter. At the age of el years, Mrs. Cnrolluo Selekfell, a pioneer resident of Mr Kws port. i'a.. Is cutting her third fet of teeth. T!ilrte n teeth have cut through untl oth ers are coining.. She suttcred great pain, but is joyous over the tact that flic will have teeth again, for the first time in twcnty-tlve years. 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