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DOLABELLE'S LETTER. Few Hints on Costumes Fancy Dross Balls. for ChMrmlnc Skating Co«tnmen Seen In On- tnl Turk—Women Who H»f« "Noth-* luff Old'* Aru tn Hurt! Luel£ •luKt Ht Present- R l : [Special New Yorlt bettor.! this is the season of fancy balls, a hints on costumes may not come amiss, for even in Lout this your there will be literary carnivals dedicated to charity. There is now in preparation a character party in which Annie of Gfiiur- fitein will wear a skirt and bodice of light blue cashinr:-;/. trimmed with bands of crimson, i.-dgol on either side with gold galore, a <-:'iinsi>ri sa:.h tii.-d around the waist. with The skating costume In tne illustration is taken from a design seen on the Ice at Central park this season. It. was composed of Reseda-green cloth, the jacket braided with military braid and edged down the front with fur. A muff and toque of novelty fur. Next to never having anything new is the disadvantage of never having anything old. The caprice of fashion just now is that you must wear your grandmother's clothes, stiff brocade gowns, high-heeled shoes, back comb, vinaigrette, handkerchief with real lace sowed on by hand and bolt of that silver-thread ribbon which had pink rests ii.ii'l birds of paradise embroidered on it. ??ow [ have sctin so many grand- mothers'g>j-.vns this winter that were said to bu heirlooms from the Knickerbockers £i mi Ui.-lVysU-rs and Van non- .scdlavrs of a century gone, th,-it I nm •forced to Ihe eonchisiui] that there is a p!;iee wlu-vc l!it-y in'' 1 ; made to <m!i-r, like t!;i' ,'.'!";nd!'uL!:ers' clocks itr.-.i :'.:\- tifiue fi'i-nil'.iri'. 1 saw a d<r.v::-,-'-i-'s div.u; 01 del 1 h.': 1 S:-;;-.;- r>; Jt vv;;:, I roses ;: wi.ii •:; "Vi.-,: tin- fi-i". gii-1. silver, wi_: Hie I'abi-!.:. ,!'sa-:.!a!-w finish edges, that the high trimmings of hats' will come down, and the wide flat shelf-brim will be worn. Long traveling cloaks of blue cloth are lined with red. There will be capes in perforated cloth, which will show the color of the lining, but unless you want to look like a paper-lace design, . have nothing to do with them. j The shops are full of pretty trifles for . the neck, made out of ribbon or lace, j and belts with silver garniture are dis- [ played everywhere. [ The silk blouse waist, and .the skirt ; waist of cambric, are to be worn by : everybody next season. i A word about black silks. They can ; be nicely renovated with pule blue velvet \ sleeves, waistlets and collar—the skirt ] remaining plain. If for evening wear, j trim the skirt with graduated bands of yellow chiiVon, which radiate from Ihe waist down, ending each one with a rusetU' of vvllmv velvet at UK: horn of ; tbt: diT .s. Yoke of shirro.! yellow cliif- \ fun. v, i!h collar of '.!•,•.- velvet, and [ K' r!:j.s of i-hilVo.'i lengthwise on boilii-e. j Sleeves of '.lie velvet. Do:.Ai:::r.i.::. j A MODERN'SHIP'S COM?ANV. j Tho IloiiK-rn-i 1 or OM-Tiino S;M f:irl:i;; 1 •host. 1. with g-old. The square-out hod same blue cashmere is 'r'.:. bands of red. and ha.-. :i. surmounted by n soft n.vi soft muslin, tucked ini.u 1.!: the bodice. Annie also -•.••:: cap. She is imp* ir/)i>;:'v I le of dress, which i:-, in it I itume, where she wear- :i Trt of silk or velvet, formed of alternate pulVr: i,iiu K 1 ! i of the ' r'.:.-!Kii'd wit! . :i. ,"' ilil in:;ct, 1,\-:;."i'.'liirf of i l.!:i: front, of ,\.-:ii-s ;L Swiss •. I liy another nt i !i.- pr.a:;:iiit •- a. l.mg full ;Mid :i. bodieo k and velvet. The sleeves are Light to the. wrist, and tho head orndini-iilcd \vith a crown. A dross for "Su!:ri:-'f" is easily produced by ft skirt of pah- yellow, with a rising sun embroid!.':-:>d or painted on •the horn, and the early bin! flying ahead. The draperies are ro'',r-i:o!ored nnd pale blue chhTon picturesquely arranged to form cloud elleols, A "Summer's Day" is represented in sky blue 1 . with birds and butterflies depicted on the skirt, and buni.-hcs of roses looping the draperies. Tho wife of "T.ifly was n \\"n!sliman" Is n popular subject in oui- srmi-Knglish circles, and her drc.-.s is signiiiernt raid .talking, as you can sec: by UK; illustration. The skirt is of pale blue satin, and at one side is a group of 1'rince of Wales feathers, tied with cherry ribbon, on which the motto "U-h Dion" is embroidered. The bodice and draperies ore of dark blue velvet, \'u(- apron and fichu of folded white- chill'on. She curries » distaff in her hand. April Fool's day wears a blue- satin evening gown, with bands of yellow on which fish are embroidered after the old conceit of t.hal. day. A 1'u. •!':•; head bauble is carried in t'u: hand, and a fringe of red and yellow riblmiis falls from the waist, with gilt, oniauu'ius at each end. I'Jpaulettc-s of ;rold ku:o are wired to stand out like wings 0:1 ;:;.• shoulders, and promiuenl go!- 1 , bull-; are attached to these. T!n 1 powdered arid horns stand on I side, which effect can bo oi-.iaiii .--. fancy combs. A carnival of Days under the ::i:ni- lagcment of Mother Day anil Sifter Night is in preparation, with Sunshine songs nnd lullabies. Che "Lattice Uose" is another charm' costume for carnivals. A skirt of w~l"ito satin is crossed with bars .of black ribbon velvet. The yoko is of bright blue silk, and the fancy jacket is lined with pink. The hat is of moss- greon velvet, enhanced by a wreath of pink roses and n blue satin bow. A wreath of pink voses finishes the edge of tho bodiee nnd neck. Roses fill in the interstices of the latticed skirt. gnages, a-, faik of tin' belle, but my masse r. it :i poem relative, a: she nvwr;. \'ou scr mailu that Time only - lu'r's nuthing." s;iid the griicoli's'. ' '']"., who speaks five Ianis up in all Ihi: literary !:iy, "never lisp it, my Dolu- borrowed this gown from • • fora consideration. Jsn't | It lielongcd to her I'Yonch ! is her last !u-irioo;:i, and >:-s anywhere—pooi- thing." liere was something in the when '. liose olil silks were acted as a preservative. 'I'li'iis the fadeless colors— like the n.ellow lints of an-old picture. Then'! an 1 spasmodic displays of new spring-^"o 1 ids, but I shall not commit nvyself to any definite forecast of tlic fashions. 1'ui- another month, for I happen to know tiui.t spring novelties arc in rcs'-rv •. There is a. Napoleon eoat, a short, liy/hl-fiUing gannont, trimmed across the fronts with military braid, which is rather nobby. There, are. cunning lil.lle pockets on tho front skirt o£ the coat whii-h have tho Napoleon curve. The Napoleon hat, which only found favor with :: few last season, is ngain in evidence, with a cluster o£ tips on the pointed front brim. And the Napoleon lock hanging over the forehead is cultivated again. Theater gowns are taking the place ol' the fancy waist, and one that I saw was pronounced enough to deserve mention. It was of black surah silk, the front of tho bodice being of. pink silk, as was also the immense collar, which crossed iu front, extended i'ike wings across tile figure, and formed a deep sailor collar in the back, edged with a ruillo of the same. The full draped sleeves wore gathered from tho elbow downwards into the. seams, fitting the arm closely. Tho waist and neck were accentuated with largo bows of pink satin. The skirt was entirely plain. Tho pouch-waist; is the ugly name of an ugly fashion, but one which just now is l.ho rage. It, is to have the front of the waist haa;;- over the skirt just in •he front line, and the most elegant gowns are made in this way. I have not seen one that was becoming to any style of figure. Tho story of the. woman who, going to purchase a new calico gown, asked A "I..\.TTIcfc-KOSB"''COSTr.Mi:. The stockings are pale blue, and the shoes moss-'rreen, roses being worn for buckles, litiu 1 lace mitts, and a basket of real roses. SKATJXO Dm-:ss. the clerk to give her something neat bnt not gaudy, "just plain red and yellow," occurred to me yesterday when I was looking at a new party waist made fora young matron of elegant tastes. She had described it as "very pln.in." Here is what it really was, and, 1 can assiire you, it was a dream: Tho body of the waist is of clxange- •aWe yellow taffeta silk, completely covered with a perfectly matched shade of yellow ohiJTon which hangs iu the pouch effect down the front. Draped over this is a black net, embroidered with iridescent beads, and edged wst.h iridescent fringe which is put on to simulate a TJolero jacket. A piece of this crosses the back edge of the waist. The immense sleeves are of black satin, the czarina collar: the twist around the •waist and the -lining of the yellow silk rosettes, are of turquoise blue velvet. Did you ever hear'of such a combination? Yet all who saw it raved about it. and some tried to copy it. There.is no decided attempt-atspring- st$£Ves yet, but 1 ara informed that both jackets and capes will be worn, that yeliow laee will be revived in greater abundance than ever, that jet will be very popular, being used to out- lino the seams in dress skirts and'to My earli-.'M and strongest impressions of >',e;!,fari:i.'f'iife were gained by watching tile evolutions of her majesty's ship Pina.'ore while she lay in the dry dock in Philadelphia, and, although my ideals have been somewhat shaken by seeing the deck hands of the transatlantic steamers, 1 i-etained the notion that the counterparts of my old friends would be found aboard .sa.ilinL r vessels, lint that dream is over. The lirst shock came soon after leaving 1 port, when I told the captain tiiuf he was to teach me how to fiance the hornpipe, i To said that he didn't know how, and, moreover, had never seen anyone who did. 1 replied that 1 was n.oc from the country, but he solemnly assured me that he was telling the truth, and called upon the second mate to bear him witness. The latter, after much reflection, recollected that he had once known a sailor who could dance a hornpipe, but couldn't ruaiember whether it was on a voyage to the East Indies or while ho was "in sterr.n" on the Mississippi. Further inquiry proved that no one else had ever witnessed such a performance. This was not tho most bitter disappointment, however. I am not a great lover of music, but it seemed to me to be a necessary part of a sailor's experience that ho should scamper merrily about and pour forth the gladness of his heart in song. To he sure, they do make a noise when they pull on the ropes, and occasionally burst into a dirge while at pumps, but to both of these performances the cry of the penguin is cheerful by comparison. Indeed, 1 have come to the melancholy conclusion that the flavor of romance evaporated with the last generation of seamen. There is none of that picturesque idleness which I was led to believe was as essential as tho song and dance. ^Vere one of them to write his daily life, it, would be expressive of more energy than Mark Twain's famous diary, but would partake of the .same simplicity. It would read: "Worked, ate and slept." Work begins when they are driven aboard by their respective keepers and ceases when the vessel arrives at her rlostina tion. so that the time occupied in cat ing and sleeping is tiieir only respite In heavy and squally weather then are the coDM'ant pulling of ropes am the furling am! unfurling of sails, ll is then that tlu:ir abilities i:; that, nion key-like Hcuoinnlishmcr.!, of elimbing the rigging are tested. As yon static on deck- in a. heavy gale and watch al hands upon one of the yard-arms furling a sail, you begin to put some faitl in Darwin's theory concerning tin • origin of mankind. In line weather their duties are ol! a diU'orcnt sort— they then turn painters, carpenter.- and jaeks-of-all-tra:les. "Holy-stoning," scraping, painting anifearnishi go on until the ship loolcsife if she were just oil' the dry dock. Sometimes in an idle moment, or in a fit of temporary insanity, a sailor dc cides to wash a shirt or a red bandana. One day during a heavy rain this mad ness became epidemic, and after closing the "scuppers" all hands got upon the deck and proceeded to wash their clothes with a small piece of soap with a large question mark. Occasionally would hear that a man had taken a bath, but of the truth of these reports I have no actual knowledge. Were'they us well treated on all vessels as they were On the Standard they might possibly learn to take care of themselves when ashore. It is, indeed, a case of out of the frying pan into the fire, for when they escape from the rule of more or less severe shipmasters they have not the sense to keep out of the way of boarding house runners and the like. If they would only keep their wits about them and make up their minds to defend themselves in an honest way, they could not fail to better their condition. They sometimes entertain themselves by shirking work at the latter pn.rt of the passage, and by. damaging the rigging just before Saying farewell. Their only other amusement is derived from weighty arguments about nothing. It was a very frequent occurrence to hear a heated discussion concerning the exact latitude and long-i- j tudeof Smithville. and to find that each j of the. disputants had a different Smllfi- I ville in mind. Sometimes these argu- j ments ended with a black eye or two. : They never lose the. sheep-like ap- . Perfect health is maintained by expelling 1 from the rody '.lie decayed product of digestion. Constipation, with the terrible results following- tli-; absorption of excreta, is quickly relieved by LEMON TONIC LAXATIVE. The- refreshing- properties derived from Lemons -with the Tonic and Laxative principles of select vegetable products form, an elegant tasting-liquid Laxative. ,.a Ladies will find it of priceless value". Many cases of supposed Uterine Enlargement prove to <\ be bowel accumulations. Gejtleuien will find it productive'of Appetite', Energy and a. Clear Brain' 1 acertain'cu're for Indigestion, Headache andBiUousness. LARGE BOTTLES, 50 CTS. AT ALL DRUGGiSTS. EMON .TONIC- LAXATIV pearance wunwnicn tney come aT>oara, going about in a flock at the beck and call of'the officers. The watch may b» forward pulling at some ropes \vhea they hear "Come aft, two o' yer," and immediately replying "Come aft, two o'yer," they shuffle in a body in that direction. In nothing are sailors more obliging than in regard to their names. It matters not what they are called—Tom, Dick, Harry aro all tho same to them as long as each has a separate one. When two happen to claim ; the same name on their arrival, each ! tries to outdo the other in nobly sacri- i ficing it to his companion. Truly, they i are believers in thu poe'-i-a! theory con- i corning the rose, an.! can s.-i* nothing I in a uarae, i While the crew are by no means to | be envied, their lives are happy com- j pared with that of the cook, lie has | always to contend, of cor.r.ye. with the ', absence: of fresh provisions, and in rou'^-h woat'aer his existence is made miserable by his el'.'or'.s to keep his pots and kettles 02 the galley range. Tho captain, however, is the one most to Iv pitied. Kven mure than '„ he be a j:iek-or-a!I-Lradi?s, tliat a master one. To his v» are added the no less \» of a dispenser of patent i-e'.lv.'iii^s n:i-.l of a j.istice of the peace. It is tin- responsibility of his position that makes his life uncomfortable. The first, iijr.i second maL::s stun.1 "watch and wati'.h," and of. course ivliuvo him from the actual work, so that in fine wuatin-r, if it so pleases him. he need do nothing but cat-and sleep. Hat in rough or s.-jually weather he must sleep with his shoes on—and if he bo of a nervous toinpsrarnont, with his heart ii his mouth—ready for a siulden call, lir.v.igi:','/ up i.h-,- ''ear i 'he ship's compn.r.5'cami the animals. r.'si-les a pig, we left port with an. army of chickens, c:its and rats—of which the latter were by far tho most numerous. The chickens wont all too soon, the cats departed save two, but the rats remained faithful to us. The surviving cats were natives of Boston, and showed a jrreat fondness for baked beans and brown bread. It was just as well that their comrades did not live, for the}' were all possessed with hearty appetites, and doubtless would have proved a very severe tax upon our supply of provisions. When the bell soiincied. these creatures appeared from their various nooks and corners to demand a meal in ci.s many different kej'S. Philadelphia Times. COULDN'T AGREE ON A NAME. But Thut Wns » Sm-.ill !\r«tt«r Since They • Decided Not to Keep tho DOR. "Some people," remarked Mr. Bittersweet, as he entered his Hat," "do not deserve to have pets, indeed they should not bo allowed to possess them. They fondle and indulge them until they become regular nuisances and then probably forgot all about them and let them shift for themselves." Mrs. Bittersweet, as sho acquiesced to this tira-cle, wondered what her husband meant by it, but she did not ask. for she knew she would lind out sooner by holding her peace. Then he lighted the gas and. she saw that he had a pretty little dog under his r.rm. "Just sec this poor little- creature," ho Said. "I found him at tho street door whining and evidently half dead with cold and hunger." "0, the dear little- fellow! May 1 keep him. Jason?" "Ky all means. The owner who was so careless of him deserves to lose him." "0, isn't lie sweet'.' 1 shall take ex- Cell'.Mit care of him and lie will bo so much company for me. What shall 1 call him'.'" "I don't know—Fido is a pretty name." "The idea! Why not call him Tray at once 1 -' No, he shall have a pretty name. Let me see- How would I'uuch do—or Bijou 1 ?" "For my part I shall call him Fido. It is a good, sensible name. I had a dog named Fido when I was a boy." "Humph! You had an uncle named Elkaniah, but that was no reason why you should be called that, I shall name the dear little fellow Hags, 1 think." "You will do nothing of the kind; he is my dog and I will not allow-—-" '"lie is not your dog: 3*011 gave him tc me and " Then tiie hired girl rushed upon the scone: "0. ma'am, such a time as they are having in the flat below!" she cried. "Tho lady as has just moved in has lost her dog. She was startin' out with him for a walk a 'bit ago and just stepped back for her ke} T . While her back was turned somebody stole him, an' she says these flats is a den ol thieves. She's in hysterics now, -with her husband telephonin' to th' police 'n' the newspapers." "That will do, Julia," said Mr. Bittersweet with great dignity. "You may return to the kitchen. Mrs. Bittersweet a.nd m3'self take no interest in g-ossip concerning the neighborhood." There was a long pause. _Then his wife said: "After all. Jason, a do^- in. a flat is a great nuisance. Perhaps you had better just put the little fellow out in. the hull; he may be able to Sad his way home." And Mr. Bittersweet replied gravely: "I believe you are quite rig-ht, my dear." a'lid bo did as his wife suggested, remarking as he closed the door: "i don't earo much for that breed of a dog. anyhow." And presently the hysterical screams in the iiat below subsided and a sound of joyous barking was heard.—Chicago Tribune. CASTOR IA for Infants and Children. IBfJRTY years' observation of Castoria tritli tlio patronaga ot millionx of pBr»on», permit us to upeah of it without eno»*Ing. It in nnqnehtionattly tli« best remedy for- Infanti ond ChiMr*» the world has rvor known. It i» harmlc**. Children liko it. It gives -Hiocy health. 1 1 will »rev» their liven. In It Mother* have something tvMo5i is absolutely «ofe and praottonlly porfeot -in * child'n medicino. destroys "W^orinit. Cttatoria . Caxtoriit prevents vomiting Sour Cnrd. Castorin onros Piarrliooa and Wtitd Cglio. C.iNtorin. roliovoi Toothing Troubles. Castorin. curo» ConNtipn.tion fmd Flatnlonoy. CAatoria noTitriiUzes tho effects of carbonic ncid g<v» or poiaonon* nip, Caitorla does not contain morphine, opium, or other narcotic property. Cantor-la assimilate* the food, regulate* tho *t<inmcli and bowol», giving healthy and natural uleop. Cattoria i« put up la one-nice bottlo» only. It in not Hold in bulk, Don't allow any one to »«»1I yon anything eUo on tho pica or r ironU«» that it i» "jn>jt B.»,good" ""d "-arill agsworjovery pnrpo««O See that yon get C-A-S-T-O-R-I-A. The fac-simile «ignatnro of i* on ««Tery wrapper. Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria. IIM THE: WOF=?L_D For keeping- the System in a Healthy Condition. CURES Headacho.J CURES Constipation, Acts on the Liver and Kidneys, Purifies th«J Blood, Dispels Colds and Fevers, Beautifies tho Complexion and i* Pleasinff and Refreshing- to the Taste- SOLD s!-' ALL. DXUGGiSTS. f JS"A nicely illustrated dsrJily-p.iffc Lincoln Story Bnok jjivcn tn every purchaser of a I »acU.iffC of Lincoln Tea. Price 25c. ,'vBK your drcK-ffist.or LINCOLN TI;A Co., Fort Wayne. Ittd. J. For Sale by W. H. Porter. "A HAND SAW IS A GOOD THING, BUT NOT TO SHAVE WITH." POLI IS THE PROPER THING FOR HOUSE-CLEANING. THE' PNEUMATIC CELL. £.«;(! !:i tlic TrratiniMH: of Cliroiilc or Avutn I;NC:IKCH of r.h? I_.mi?s. IV.otimato-ther.-ipy is n rather novel method of curin;;- certain elmmic or nytite disorders of tho system of hrea.lh- iu;rand the circulation of the blood, cs- pcoially of diseases originating from faulty or irregular breath hi;?. Complicated pneumatic apparatus is used for the purpose. The general object is to Kppt T!inr. l!o:ioi,u i| In the sixteenth century them wasaj curious law in England, whereby street j hawkers were forbidden to .sell plums I and apples. Can you 'miajriii'- why! such an absurd lav.- was cuai.'U'd? )3e-j cause the sapient lawmakers bolk-ved] that servants :uul apprentices were nn-- able to resist the sight of these rich, fruits, and were consequently ti-inpted to steal their employers' money is .order to enjoy the costly dulicB.-r.is. — rne jie'wierianas nave ix 1 , wo square mile.-, being ^.bout tho combined are* of Massachusetts and Connecticut. TUB PXEUJIATIC BEI.L. freacncrs are scarce v?no do iioi think they can do the most for the Lord where the pay ia best. A revival meetia:: is sure to drajj when people can see clear across the louse t-hat the preacher is not expect- Tr 1 -- North Carolina e^poriraant sta- ion'wjs that there is no practical way if preventing- the attacks of the ^eevd iron chestnuts. influence the action of the lungs by the gradual change of the densitj 7 of the air introduced by breathing. At first, a s.mall pump, arranged like a gaso- meter, v/as used, and the air-tight mask applied over mouth and nose of patient. Lately, however, pneumatic cabinets or bells are in use and are much superior- to the old method, as the mechanical action of condensed air is exercised not uponthe-rcspirative organs exclusively, but upon the entire surface of the body. The interior of the pneumatic bell is furnished like a room that is quite comfortable. The doors and windows are absolutely air-tight, when shut. Patients at ferst remain in the pneumatic bell for one hour, but gradually the t^ine is increased to two and three hours. In most cases condensed air is applied. Only in certain cases of heart disease rn.-c-Gcd air is usc-d. An aneroil barometer inside allows ihe occupants to kno\T the density of the air they are breathing, while a physician can see it upon the indicator valve ou the outside. These pneumatic cabinets are verr coolly, still they have been introduced in all European capitals and the- more iinportaai watering places, —The doublet was a close-fitting coat introduced into France from Italy about noa BEFORE I could cot relief fro» , . n luost horrible blootf ; - disease, I liad ip I huudrcdn of doi: t7fiiiT~v»ri<m» remedies and phjvIclaM. Uf Cueer mils came oO.undxny halrauneout, U»» ing me perfectly b»W. I theu vent to HOT SPRINGS but very soon became disgusted, and decided to try S. S.S. The effect was troJy wonderful. I commenced to recover after taking Ibo first bottle, and. by the time I h«4taken twelve bollles.1 was entirely cured— ""~" cured byS.a.S.wbentho world - renowned Hot had failed. U. a LOOMS. Shrcveport, La, Ourbookon thcDtaeaa«»nd lULreatmcutmallctl frae toanynddreM. SWIFT SPECIFIC CO.. AUmta, Gi. ' . A LADY'S TOILET Is not complete without au ideal POMPLEXIOW %| POWDER. |l j PCZZON! Combines every element of beauty and purity. It is beaati- ! * lying, soothing, healing, healthful, ' sx> A jiamJess, and -when y rightly used is invisible. A most \_ * H delicate and desirable protection *" ;ig tc the face in this climate. 11 Insist op:a harirg taa i '„..,..