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BY BJ.ANK FLR BLANK. DAKOTA WESSWGTON' SPHIN'Ci.3. TfcI'M*- A Per Year if in Advance. S3 0() Ir I|0( ,n Al!ViMlrn THERE are now three women on the New York Board of School Commis sioners. Airs. Agnew and Miss Grace H. Dodge have been on tho Board some •jinc, but recently a third lady, Mrs. William G. IT ice, has been elected to a membership. THK practice of American trades women who organize themselves into protective associations and unions Be cms to be gaining ground every where. A very large society of this liii'd has .just boon formod among the fac tory girls of Vienna. THE Rev. Newman Hall, the distin guished English divine, writes to a friend in Toronto: "I suppose at 72 1 ought to be old, but I feel as young as jver, and preach abcut five times a week. I can walk ten miles without fatigue. My voice is a3 good as ever mil preaching an increased delight." A STORY comes to New Bruuswick, N". J., of the ravagrs of a strange ani mal in the Great Bear Swamp. Half dozen or so sheep and pigs disappear jacli week. One hired man claims to have seen the depredator, and says that it was twice as big as a shetjjp, and had horns. A hunting party has been or ganized to solve the mystery. IT is not generally known that Walt Whitman, the poet, has an English cousin who is herself not without repu tation as a writer. Miss Whitman is an intellectual young woman and ao handsome of feature that an eminent Danish sculptor has chosen her as a model for a bust of "Literature," which is to appear next year at th? Royal Academy. MRS. P.VTI!KMC HISENAN and Mrs. Burns, who live near M:\rysville, Cal., starter! out to attend church. Their team ran awav, and their covered wagon capsized and fell over an em biinkr.-. 'nt into the ditch. The horses did dra™ I them, slight i: stop, but waded in the water, •g the overturned wagon after The ladies were rescucd only injured. Now Trobr" •TIXGCISHED soldier living in 'pans is Gen. 'Philip Regis de id, who fottglit with the Fiftv- sixtli". ow York Volunteers during the late rose to the rank of Brevet Major General, and when the army wfts ced to a peace footing was made: Colonel of infantry. He comes of a E 'e' French family, and is as skill fu with brush and palette as \yith tiie swi ••d. THE Sultan of Turkey has become intense!}- interested in mind-reading. With his usual luxurious method of in dulging a new fad he has advertised in European papers for mind-readers who are willing to reside in Constantinople for some time and receive large salaries for devoting their talents to his amuse ment. As the Sultan does not pay his woks the advertisement has not been especially effective. Drt. R. A. EVERETT, of Hillsdale, Mich., has a wonderful fourteen-year old eat. When it was a small kitten the Doctor took it three miles from home and dropped it. Three weeks after the cat was found sitting on his doorstop one moruiug. At another time he sent it off iuto Ohio, and it re turned five mouths later. Since then the cat has dwelt with the Doctor, and has shared in the best the house affords. OF the world's refraction telescopes nine have apertures exceeding 20 inches, viz.: Lick Observatory, Cali fornia, 36 inches Pnlka, Russia, 30 Yale College, 28: Littrow, Vienna, 27 University of Virginia, 2G Washing ton Naval Observatory, 20 Gates head, England, 25 Princeton, N. J., 23 and Buckingham Palace, London, England, 21. Six of these instru ments are the work of an American firm. THE Queen's privy purse amounts to •£60,000 she reoeives for the salaries of her household £131,2'J0, and for its expenses £172,500 for the royal bounty £13,200, and for undesignated purposes •£8,040, a total of £385,000, or $1,950, 000. The Queen also received from the Duchy of Lancaster in 18SG £19, 550—$07,750. Her Majesty is said to have invested largely in various good securities, and her private income is said to be large. MR. AND Mits. OSCAR WILDE are very prominent figures in London society. He has abandoned the eccentric dress which he wore when he visited this country which was put on as a clever advertising dodge, and while it made him ridiculous it paid from a business point of view. Mrs. Wilde is a lovely woman. Her eyes are as soft and blue as an Italian sky, her complexion is as fresh as a June rose, .her figure ist light and graceful, her hair a soft, silken brown, and her smile sweet enough to oielt the heart of the most hardened woman-hater. Her manners are bright and winsome, and she talks with a charming ease arid vivacitv. IT is estimated that there are 2,500 women in the United States who hold 5 diplomas from medical collegos, either American or foreign. lr. Elizabeth Black well, who graduated in 18-48, is said to bo the lirst woman doctor. The first one in S wc.lcu is Karolina Wider strom, who lnu recently been engaged by the Tlmlc Life Insurance Comp.iny to examine women who wish to insure their lives. The. physician of the Mil waukee County Hospital is Dr. Anna McConnell. A UOI.OKKD brother in the Alexandria walley down in Georgia sent the fol lowing request for a minister to his bishop: "Send us a bishop to preach. If you can't send us a bishop send us a sliding elder if you can't send a slid ing elder send us a stationary preach* er if you can't send liim, send us a circus rider if you cm't spare him, send us a locus preachcr if you can't spare a locus prcacher send us an ex hauster." That settled it, ar.d ho got a prcacher. Miss Fi.oMK.NfE NIGHTINGALE is said by an English publication to bo a con firmed invalid from a spinal disease incurred through over-devotion to the. cause of nursing. She went home sick from the Crimea, and her health was newi' thereafter thoroughly re-estab lished. She is now approaching her 70th year, and is destined to pass the evening of her days as an inmate, and its most favored inmate, of St. Thomas' Hospital, London. In that institution, in 1S58, was established the Nightin gale Fund of £50,000, in perpetual commemoration of the heroic efforts of that lady in the Crimean hospitals. THE elephants at. Central Park, New York City, are occasionally used to shift heavy articles. The other day a frame building was to be removed to another part of the grounds. It was a small two-story structure, partly filled with grain and implements, making a weight of twelve or fifteen tons. With some difficulty the workmen raised the huge mass on rollers. Tho elephant Jennie was then brought up to push. She would place her great head against the structure and brace herself then the building would strain and creak and move on as rapidly as the rollers could be placed in position. Jennie and her keeper would follow it up, and she would bond her head to give the building another push when tho fore man shouted "Ready!" THE verdict of the Pennsylvania jury in the breach of promise suit which the Widow Hibbard brought against the millionaire widower Fry is yet fresh in the minds of the public. In this refusal to allow the demand ol the fair widow for damages there bursts forth the first sunbeam of hope for oppressed man. For so many years a man has stood so little show in a breach of promise case that a suit for damages on account of lacerated affec tions was almost equal to a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. But times have changed. The victory that was won by millionaire widower Fry suggests a thought that even a charming widow cannot lay her snares for a rich and eligible man with impunity. Let the celibates rejoice. There is hope for them left. IN the December issue of Si.-ribner'a Magazine is "A Christmas Sermon" by I'.obert Louis Stewnson, in which he expresses the following thought: "It was the moral man, the Pharisee, whom Christ could not away with. If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they're wrong. I do not say, give them up, for they may be all you have but conceal them like a vice, lest they spoil the lives of better and happier people." What we want iu this world is not so much a high grade of morals as that active sympathy which is willing and ready to extend a helping hand to an erring brother or sister and to help them on by wise counsel. Pharisaism does infinitely more harm than j,ood. It is chilling and repelling. It is the warm personal svmpathy, revivifying like the sun shine, which accomplishes in the world the genuine good. Room at the Top. Last Saturday I heard a young man make some pretty pointed remarks about getting "to t.lie top," tit .t pia.e represented as bein^ so very roomy. "It does not seem to matter, he r. marked, "whether I work my best and never take mv nose off the grindstone, or whether I take things easy and get alone without so much hard work. It is pretty evident that this young man will not get to the top right away, and a pointer or two may help him. Let the man imagine as fur as he ran how the matter would seem werehe at the top and had charge of eveiy.hin From this point of view let the situa tion be studied, and notes be nun how a voung man should coumct him self If the y°unS man —Paper ,oes Trade Ut S'ii Journal. THE LITTLE FOLKS. Tho Quest. There onco was ii restless boy Who dwelt in a homo by The'sea, Whoro the water d«iiiccu for joy And tho wind was glaa and froo But he said, "Good Mother, oh, let mo go! For the dullest place in tho world. I know, IR thi' little brown house, Thia old brown house. Under the apDlo-tvce. "I will travol east nnd west Tho loveliest homes I'll see: Audwlien 1 have found the best, Dear mothor, I'll eoino for tin e. t'll come for thoo in a ycav and a day, And joyfully then we'll ha'*te away l'rom thia little brown house, This old brown house, Under tho apple-tive 4. So he traveled here and there, But never content was he, Though ho saw in lands most fair The coMbiiest hoiitCR ther bo. Ro something missed from tho sea or aky, Till he turned ngiiiu, with a wistful sigh, To tho little brown house, Tho old brown house, Under the uppln-treo. Then the mother saw and smiled, While her heart grew glad and frro. "Hast thou chosen a home, mynliini? Ah, whoro shall we dwell v" uotu she. And he fluid, "Sweet Mother, fro:a east to west, The loveliest J.ome, and thodea ost and best, Is a little brown house, An old brown house, Under an apple-tree." —Eutlora 8. liumstetid, in St. Nicholas. A Pair of Woodon Shoos* "Here comes Wooden Shoes again! Do look at the funny team, Uncle Toby! A boy and a dog harnessed to gether and drawing a cart! What would the children of America say if they could see them It was a pleasant afternoon, and little llollo and his Uncle Toby were stand ing on the street in Antwerp, looking at the strange sights passing before their eyes. The one which had led to the boy's words was the odd one partially de scribed, a boy and a dog harnessed to gether, and drawing a cart filled with vegetables. Such scenes are not un common across the sea, and Eollo had met with several such during his tour. The boy was a ruddy little fellow of ten. He was bareheaded, and had a pair of wooden shoes on his feet. The dog was nearly as tall as he, and was industriouslv pulling his share of the load. "Come here, Wooden Shoes," called out Eollo in his Dutch tongue. The oart came to a halt, and the boy looked in astonishment at the well dressed little foreigner who had spoken. "Yes, I mean you," continued Bollo, holding out his hand. "I would like to talk to you a moment." "Wooden Shoes" spoke to the dog, and in a little while the funny team stood before Eollo and his Uncle Toby. "Do you like your work V" asked "the American boy. "We don't get very tired, do we, Wasser?" was the answer. And the Antwerp boy patted the big dog gently on the head. "What does your father do?" "He is in your country, boy." "In America? And why didn't he take you along "He did not have the money. Wasser and I are trying to earn enough to pay our passage." And the boy's eyes seemed to brighten with anticipation. "We take vegetables to the market for people, and when night comes we drop a little money—it is not very much— into our strong box. Every penny helps, you know. After a while we may have enough to go to father in your country. There, Wasser and I. won't have to pull together." "Would you like to go now The boy clasped his hands with de light and Wasser, as if he understood the question, gave a joyful bark. "Uncle Toby and I are on our way home, Wooden Shoes," continued Itollo. "We expect to sail next week, and if you can get ready, you and Wasser shall go along. I have enough to pay your passage, and I want you to grow up in the great country I love." The joy of the Antwerp boy cannot be described. He poured out his thanks to Eollo and would have kissed his hand if he had suffered. "It may be bread cast, upon the waters, Uncle Toby," said Eollo, when the boy and Wasser, with llieir cart load of vegetables had disappeared. "This boy has nothing to bind liiin to this laud of odd scenes and odd peo ple. His only relative is in our country trying to get a home, and lie may neeil fclie strong arms of his little boy. Little Hermann shall go with us when we go. I like his blue eyes and—his wooden shoes." It was just a week later when a ship left the shores of Holland. Two boys stood on the deck, and watched tiie quaint gabies and steeples of Amster dam fade from view and when one turned awny with moistened eyes, there sounded the tread of wooden soles. The Antwerp boy, accompanied bv his dog, reached New York with Eollo and Uncle Toby, and was put on the cars for the d'siant State where his father was. "What do you think of Wooden Shoes now,- liollo asked the uncle, when •the cars had steamed out of the givat b' stiiug depot. '*1 am sure I shall bo proud of him," was the reply. "He is not harnessed to Wasser any louger, though the/ are companions, and some day we shall hear from both." It was quite a long time before a 1 tter came, and thr-n it was so badlv written an-.l sj elkd by a young be ginner iu English that Eollo worried a long time with it before he made it out. I Hermann and Wasser had found the Dutch settler in a new country, and all were happy. The boy was "going to I school, and his letter to Eollo was his tirst attempt to write the new tongue. Then came another silonce, and after that another letter, a little better than the first. "The wooden shoes were taking longer steps," said Eollo to his Uncle Toby one day. "Bv and bv they will walk like a man. Then wont I be proud of the boy I brought across the sea Several years went by at last, with hardly a word from the Antwerp boy. Eollo wondered often if ho had forgot ten him. Perhaps Hermann had mov ed farther West, and was too busy to think of writing him. "I fear you have lost the wooden shoes," the uncle said. "Boys forget sometimes, and this one may be like the rest, Wooden Shoes nnd his father may be growing proud and "Not that boy! I studied him well, I think, Uncle Toby, and I could find no pride in his nature,'1 cried Eollo, with a show of spirit. One day there came to Eollo's homo I a square package, which the express man delivered and went his way. It was addressed to Eollo himself, and had been sent from a growing town in one of the Western States. The surprised boy nnd Uncle Toby loosened the cords with much eager ness and curiosity, and when their hands opened the parcel (here fell out upon the floor—two wooden shoes! Eollo gave a great shout, which I. nolo Toby followed with a laugh. Your wooden shoes iu person, Eollo," he exclaimed. "It seems that Hermann, of Antwerp,lias not forgotten you." "Iknew he had not." Just then Eollo's prying fingers found in one of the shoes apiece of folded paper, and when he had opened it, lie read aloud the following letter, beautifully written and correct! spc] led: -Mv DEAII IIIILI.O—I AM JNI O aliov now, and to-nioi-row I enter tho IIis.'h School, wlii'i-i) I xpeel lo preparo invselt for :i teacher of languu^os. Wasser 'is with nie yet, and when ltalk about vou lie looks into niy eyes and seems to approve of nil I snv. 1 send you tho little wooden shoos you first saw in tho streets of old Antwerp, for I know lliey will cause yon to remember how you once cast your bread upon the wnters. hen I «iui ii man JMKI I nuistoi* of hingiicifjos, I will come to see you. Keep the wooden slio'ls. and with them the love and gratitude IIKRMANX i.II:OFF. When Eollo finished and looked up at Uncle Toby, there were tears in his eyes. What do you think of Wooden Shoes now?" lie exclaimed. "Surely, my boy, it was bread cast upon the waters. It has been seen after many days," was the reply.— Sn H'laij-Svhool Tim en. Hands and the Bullet. ,HE hand is an important factor in determining the qualifications and merits of the ballet-girl. In a recent interview Bolossy Kiralfy is credited with saying: In se lecting gills for my ballet I do not ask them what kind of forms they have. I sim- '\Vply watch their hands, and un known to the ap plicant determine her fate. Of course, a pretty face has a great deal to do with it, but I never let beauty run away with my judgment of how she will look iu tights. Some very handsome faces ornament a very scrawny form that any amount of pad ding would not make perfect. I will say that I can determine in the cases of 95 per cent, of the young women who apply to me for situations whether they will make a pleasing stage appearance or not. I do this by judg ing of the contour of the hand. For instance, a young woman of tall figure presents herself to me. As she is lia ble to be thin, my examination is done more carefully than if she were of a shorter build. If her fingers are long and bony I can see at once that she would be of no use, as her limbs would be thin and her feet long. If her fingers are long, but well covered with flesh and tapering, then she will be of good form notwithstanding her height. If her fingers are short and full, then she will be of excellent fig ure. The contour of the person, and a well-developed bust is a good criterion, but these often deceive, as I have fre qiu ntlv found girls so gifted to be top heavy. In a person of medium iieight it would not require such a plump hand to indicate a good proportion. Nine out of ten women of medium height are sufficiently well formed for ballet purposes it is the tall ones who are a thorn in my side. When ladies come to me for engagement I always respectful ly request them to remove their gloves. I do not tell them what for, and it only takes me a moment to determine tln-ir fate. They go away probably wondering what it was that persuaded me in mak ing up my mind. Is Salt an Emergency. The question of the need of salt as essent'al to health is being widely (lis cussed by s-i* nt.ists and medical men. It has en claimed !y many to bo good for the blood and an aid to di gestion. A ientiiic writer nows ys that this is not so and that the impor tance of salt has ben very niui li ovu lated. He claims that instead of pre venting scurvy theexc ssive use of suit produces scurvy. Then lie shows that there are many paces in the world where salt is not known and yet the in habitants are all very healthy. In South Africa salt is very scarce and only the very wealthy can aii'ord to have it on their tables' The poorer eojile who have never tasted salt are all very strong and healthy. Previous to the dis.oveiy of thi- countrv ihe Indians never had salt, and in flic pre ent da salt is not in use in Siberia. Many say that the ivholesonn sof salt is prove by the way in which an ils eat it. In parts of tiie world where salt is i.ot known antelopes abound in great i,ua-i tities, and instances are on record where cattle and sheep have been raised very successfully without the use of salt. Do^s, cats and o'.ii carniverons animals are not at all fond ol salt.— 'iurinnnti CorintwrvuU. No Plumbers Need Apjtiy. "Pa, I guess there ain't any lumb ers in heaven," said a six-year-old youngster one rainy day. "Why not, niv son?" "Eecause the sky leaks so easy." "That's not the "reason there are no plumbers in heaven, sonny. They are all in the other place, for the Bible says it is easier for a camel to crawl through the eye of a needle than lor a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."— Texa S if Ii nun FOR THE LADIES. ROW DAME FASHION WOULD HATE YOU ATTIRED. Natters of Especial Interest to Ladiei Who Detlr© Becoming mid F.ifihionnble Toilet#—Tho Art of Dressing Economi cally and Well* [NEW YOUR COI!T RSPONDENCK. 1 The fashionable woman is a little '-[neer about hi head. Her brain may be no lighter than usual, nor its out put of ideas more femininely peculiar. The strangeness is all on the outside. She has taken tho veil. It'is a differ ent veil from the one which she has hitherto worn. It not only covers her face but envelops her hair completely, and is gathered closely under her chin. The picture shows how it is commonly done. The veil is fastened clear around the hat by an elastic cord, so that it hangs from the brim, and, as that brim is more or less protuberant in front, the veil is not brought against the face, but leaves a clear space be tween the gauze and the visage. That is more comfortable, certainly, and probably healthier, than to have a cov ering, however thin, drawn tightly over the eyes, nose, and mouth. The greater peculiarity about the new veil, 'I THE NEW STYLE OF VEIL. however, is a puckering string by means of which it is gathered in around the neck, leaving a further depth of two or three inches spread out again like a wide lace collar. The whole thing has rather a stuffy look, but it is a welcome device for those who do not deem their faces quite fine enough to be exposed to the glare of sunlight. About all the colors that the dyers know how to produce are seen in these veils, and most of these are flecked wittf opaque dots which should, if the warnings of oculists be well founded, produce many cross eyes and impaired visions. It is not for the promenade alone that women are doing new things to their heads. Highly decorative caps of lace, feathers, and ribbons are being worn considerably at home. They are called "housewife caps," but unmar ried women are donning them, too. Three examples of these caps are sketched. Individual fancy can be in dulged indefinitely in these contriv ances, and New York milliners are adding to their income by producing caps artistically suited to their cus tomers. They are not only worn at breakfast, the time for wnich they were originally intended—in order to conceal the fact that one's hair had not been very elaborately arranged so early in the morning—but are displayed at all times of the day, and even occasion ally in the evening. In the matter of caps, it will be interesting to know HOUSEWIFE CAPS. that there is a revival of a fashion of several years ago in the "Dolly Var den" cap, which is now worn with tea gowns. It is now, as it formerly was, only a bit of gathered lace and a piickered-up crown, with a few short lengths ot' ribbon of the same colors as the tea gown it accompanies. A differ ent style of cap is the "Marie Stuart" for elderly ladies, and made of soft cream or white embroidered net, or of black lace. The pointed velvet band, resting on the head in front, supports the delicate material which forms the cap, like a deep curtain, falling over the back hair and tying loosely in front at a little distance from the chin. In black lace it is particularly graceful and becoming, suitable alike for society of home wear. Other caps—if an ar rangement of lace beaded in different colors, taking the form of a butterfly with its wings fastened against the hair, can be called a cap—are very dainty and becoming. They are mach worn at evening entertainments of all kinds. For the young girls there are instead of caps many varieties of Uttle Dorothy wreath and its accompanying single epaulet. These are made of small flowers, and the epaulet some what resembles a large buckle and fits well on tho left ahoulder of the ball gown. Not only ave caps' becoming an in door adjunct, of fenHnine heads, but in connection with moaning wrappers loose hoods are made of a fabric to match. Tho headgear in this instance has somewhat the appearance of a turban, but is worn well back and tied at the crown with a ribbon. The wrap per is apt to be marie open at th neck, and wound around the waist with a wide scarf, while the sleeves are so wide and loose that they fall back to the elbows whenever the arms aro raised. From these descriptions it will be seen that the stylish woman is no longer dowdyish or careless in Inn dress at home. That is commendable, surely, although it may considerably increase the cost of her wardrobe. More and more have frocks been elab orated for hoino wear until a preten tious girl, robed merely to receive casual evening callers, sometimes looks as smart as though arrayed for a ball. The fact is that girls in society where elaboration of dress and manners is practiced no longer possess much simplicity. Ever since the practice of making debuts canto in, and every maiden found herself criticised like an actre3s upon her lirst formal appear ance, she can't help knowing her good and bad points, and naturally her ef forts to improve her looks are re doubled. We commonly hear the faces and figures of our girls discussed tho most critical and outspoken man ner, and the society columns in the New York newspapers are often* free in_ the expressions of admiration or mildly expressed disapproval of wealthy debutantes. All this has render ed the girl of the period a much more careful dresser than her 'grandmother was when young. Articles are studded with imitation gems, and other objects than those in tended to wear are offered in the salie collections. I recently saw among other things some very handsome shades for candles or very tiny lamps, which were apparently composed of large rubies, emeralds and crystals in deep gold settings, the effect of whioh was exceedingly rich and beautiful. The latest menu cards have the letters forming the word "menu" or some cor ner design, such aB a butterfly or pin, composed of what look like wee dia monds and amethysts, and so brilliant and beautiful are some of these new cards that I feel sure guests will not feel at all inclined to leave them to the usual fate of the menu card, which is to be trampled under the table or swept away when the serious part of the dinner is over. I expect the notion will extend to stationery ere long. The latest stationery idea, by the way, is to have note paper perfectly square, with envelopes to match the different sizes A BREAKFAST WRAPPER. manufactured in this shape.—Chicago Ledger, Winter Styles. GOBELIN blue remains a fashionable color. Sii.VKit-Disc tolle is seen on many of the late evening dresses. Two OOLOBS compete for popularity —dark green and navy blue. IT is said that long, pendent ear rings are being revived in gay Paris. UMBRELLAS are very slender, but the handles are shorter and less ornate. ACCORDION pleating is again coming into favor. It is seen on mantles and cloaks. CHARTREUSE, pistache, and leaf shades are popular colors for evening dresses. LONG cloaks, bordered with fur, are cut diagonally open, instead of straight up and down. JUDGING from recent importations by the jewelers, pink coral will be fash ionable ere long. DANCING shoes are either of black satin or undressed kid, corresponding in color with the gown. WOMEN'S watches are characterized by their smallness. Some of them are scarcely bigger than the thumb nail. FURS of all kinds are worn without much preference. Possibly good, heavy furs, which are genuine, are the favorites. APRONS are long, and mounted in small gathers at the waist. Pongee silk aprons have revers of velvet at each side. DRESSES of erepe de Chine or Ori ental silk are much worn by young erirJs. They are aerviceable, and will stand wear. THE latest ring for beauty's finger is of heavy twist-wire with three spark ling gems imbedded in diamond-shaped settings. CREPE is very popular and it certain ly is durable. A threadlike variety with almost imperceptible silk line is espe cially in rogue. THE passion for green has brought the demand for emeralds up with a rush. Jewelers find the green stone is remarkably popular. IN New York a young lady's: age is counted by her seasons in society thus, one who has been out two years is called a "2-year-old," and so on. SHORT, puffed Empire sleeves are much worn for low bodices. One of that novel ideas seen with the sleeves is an ostrich feather curled partiallv around one arm, bringing it from underneath. On the other arm there is a feather on the top of the sleeve, arranged qpifci differently.