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THE TIPPER PESMOINE8. ALOONA, ICm A, WEDMSPAY. MAY 18,1891 WOMAN'S WOULD. GOOD MRS. BALLINGTON BOOTH OF THE SALVATION ARMY. Women Suffrage In Mnmtachaftctt*. Drnwlng; Room VnrnlaMngti —The Story of tlecklo IJrown—A. Woman's Ilnncl. flow One Coat WIIR Started. The most impressive affair of the past few weeks was when the postmaster generaj's wife opened their house to a fashionable company asked to "a talk" by Mrs. Ballington Booth of the Salvation Army. It was a woman's audience —all prominent women, from the president's wife down through the senatorial circle. They had come prepared for— Well, certainly not what they saw and heard. Their faces, full of intent interest, and much of the time wet with tears, were as great a study as the woman with the Madonna expression and inspired voice who stood hefore them. If any one had come prepared for cant and sensational effects, the very thought must have vanished before the beautiful face, young, pure, and strong; tones so sweet and firm and manner so modest and womanly. As this young English woman stepped forward to bo introduced by the Rev. Dr. Hnmlin, of the Church of the Covenant, there was nothing in the simple Well fitting black gown mid quuintblock bonnet to mark her calling. It wan only now and then that a turn of the head showed the littlo narrow band half around the bonnet crown, with the words in red letters, "Salvation Army." Though English by birth and education, and until three yenrs ago by residence, Mrs. Booth is not, save for a very slight accent, in the least liko an English woman. In type she is purely American, and would not, except for the littlo accent, even suggest English associations. Mm. Booth is tho daughter of a London clergyman, reared in orthodox faith, and, as is plainly evident, is thoroughly educated. She began work in tho Salvation Army eight yeart 1 ago, when but seventeen, and with sister workers doing "rescue work" in tho lowest quarters of London. Not long after her marriage to General Booth's son, Ballington Booth, she came with her husband to this country, where he has become a citizen, and whore their child, now two and a half years old, was born, "a boy," as tho mother proudly says, "who will be a citizen of the United States." Tho love for her own baby has made this young mother's heart even larger and more tender, and in one of the lowest neighborhoods iu New York city she has establinhed a day nursery, where babies of tho poorest, most wretched, and often depraved mothers ore taken care of. Seventeen hundred babies were received there last year. Not only are the little unfortunates cared for clay by day, but in this way, as in no other possible, the mothers are reached and helped to better lives, Another method of "rescue work" is donning tho tatters of poverty, going into the very slums, where church work with Bibles and tracts would be powerless, and living the practical religion of caring for tho sick, and for tho time getting down to tho level of tho lowest.— Washington Cor. Springfield Republican, Woman SuHYliifii In Musiinchutietts. The legislature will soon reach the discussion of the bill for municipal suffrage for women. Perseverance is the stronghold of tho woman suffrage cause, and' this measure will be urged with the force and earnestness and eloquence that springs from belief in H just cause. If it fails, the battle will be only adjourned to another session. The knight errants of the cause of woman's rights know no fluch word as defeat, Littlo by little the strong walls of prejudice and custom and inherited injustice have yielded, and the position of women, legally and in almost every other way, is vastly different from what it was when the agitators began thin crusade, though political equality is still withheld. At first ostracised, then ignored, then laughed at, their cause has of late reached a point where its opponents find it needful to drop sarcasm, cease sneering and train all their big guns of argument and influence against the once despised and unpopular measure. Younger states httvo passed and surpassed Massachusetts in the granting of rights to women, and some of the old onus are yet in tho rear. Municipal suffrage is the next step here. It ia the measvira for which the strongest arguments can bo made, appealing for the vciee of women in the legislation that nearest affects their own homes, Of course thero are many women who don't want suffrage. It is not proposed that thoy shall bo compelled to vote. Of course, too, thero are somo unable to appreciate thai, they have gained anything in tliiit their sex is no longer doomed to inferiority and branded with ignorance. —Springfield Homestead. Drawing KIHIIII l''iii-iiitihiti£8, No thoroughly smart drawing room is considered quite complete in these days without a glass topped table iu which are kept on show all the especially odd bits of curio and antique trifles possessed by its owner. A fragment of rare old lace, a miniature, an ivory fan. dim ami quaint, jewelry, and especially small dainty pieces of china, aro all scattered iu apparent disorder over tho silk lining of the table, and tho plat-J glass above it, glistening with diamond brightness, enhances I ho churm of tho collection most effectively. The linings of these tables should be of old ruse, pal*. 1 blue, or green, or a silver gray. The fashion is one that existed 150 years a;,'o in Kurope, and a few of th» drawing rooms have tables of that time, "handed down," of eours«, by family ancestors. They may be bought, however, at very high prices, and tho furniture dealer will sell a record with each to show from what palace it came ami which duchess it was that kept her miniatures and fans iu it. The furnishing of fashionable drawing rooms, by tho way. is undergoing ;ri i'.anortuut change just now. For tiie l«st ten years it has been the custom to the roo-.na with chairs of every cubtHHts. divans uu'd lamps. Now fne other extreme is favored, and a drawing room to be correct must contain the fewest possible articles of furniture, and the few chairs must bo set flat against the wall. With one sofa and a table the room is thought complKe. This is also an English fashion, dating back 150 years.—New York Sun. The Story of Heckle til-own. Beckie Brown, the "ferryman" of Brown's ferry, near Carmicbaels, who died recently, had worked that ferry forty years single handed and alone. She was the widow of James Brown, who di«d befow Um trot, «">'i tw-W" *•— kiuuen to placidly work at the ferry. In her early days she attended all the fairs, horse races and old time musters, peddling gingerbread and spruce beer, both famous, as she made them herself. She had a secret preparation for her gingerbread that made it famous, and no doubt did a great deal toward making it familiar at all the local fairs. She never told her secret to any one t and with Beckie died the gingerbread. For the past twenty years she has lived alone in a moss covered cabin just back from tho river. She was a great lover of flowers, but her taste rather ran to colors than what others might call beauty. She was exceedingly hospitable, and often entertained friends with a dinner of liw own cooking, which was 11 marvel, and topped off with her famous gingerbread was a dinner never to be forgotten. Her years of toil and trouble did not go for naught, as she leaves quite a sum of money to her children. In the fall of 1888 masked men broke into her cabin, and not finding as much money as they expected, thoy tortured the old woman horribly. The fiends who perpetrated the fearful deed have never been discovered. For tho past two years she has made her home with her son Samuel. She was eighty-five years of ago, and tho immediate cause of her death was a heavy fall that crushed and broke hci right hip bone.—Butler (Pa.) Herald. time enough in tins changeable climate to let the winter fire down by May, and there are many cold days in May when a fire is needed. The spring, when the stoves are taken down, and not the fall, when they are pnt up again, is the proper time to seu that stove flues and chimneys and all parts of the paraphernalia of the heating apparatus of the house are cleaned. It is an easy matter for the man to attend to this cleaning in the spring, before the general housecleaning is done. If everything is done now, at one time, instead of putting dirty stoves away to stand for sis months'to be cleaned when they are needed, a great deal of .trouble will be saved. —New York Tribune. Perfectly Self Fitting Holscry. An invention recently patented consists in making any' article of hosiery, for either under or outside wear, in such a manner as to render it perfectly sell fitting, without being narrowed 01 stitches reduced or widened, or the stitches increased in any way by transforming the fabric at intervals and so as to give the required shapes. This consists of two kinds of fabrics, termed one- and-one rib and two-and-two rib. These two kinds of fabrics are made and joined in the knitting at one operation without cnangmg, transferring or in any way narrowing any stitch or stitches daring the process of manufacture. This causes, by tho increased elasticity of the two- and-two rib over tho one-and-one rib, tho decrease in size to the necessary shape, and when changed again to one- and-one rib the fabric is again of its original width. These changes are effected without any seaming, linking, sewing or any other device hitherto used for this purpose.—Textile Mercury. A Woman's IIitiid. It is only recently that the manicure industry has invaded London. It is now in that city an established trade, as it has been for some time over here. Ah English paper, however, is still sufficiently impressed with its flourishing to announce as a rather curious piece of information that some women who have plenty of leisure and money "go as often as once n week to the manicure court," which will not strike an American reader as remarkably frequent. Many New York women send their maids to learn the trade of the manicure, and thus secure daily trained care of their hands. It is a fact, by the way, tested by export observation, that pretty women rarely have pretty hands. And it was a wise woman who said: "Give me a pair of fine eyes, a good carriage and a pretty hand and I will marry the king." So high an tvnthority as Disraeli, too, extolled the charm of a beautiful hand in woman, and ascribed to it a means of fascination which never disappears. "Women," he says, "carry a beautiful hand with them to the grave, when a beautiful face has long ago vanished or ceased to enchant. When other charms have all disappeared tho hand, iminortnl hand, defying alike time and care, stall vanquishes and still triumphs, and small, soft and fair, by an airy attitude, a gentle pressure, or a new ring, renews with untiring grace the spell that bound our enamored and adoring youth."— New York Letter. A Great Singer's Way. Mme. Pauline Lucca is now forty-eight years old and has decided to retire permanently from the stage. She is said to be the most approachable of all tho great artists. Scores of young singers besiege her home every week, who beg to be allowed to sing to her for an opinion. The lovely Lucca listens on these conditions, "that scales or an .exercise be selected iv. preference to a solo," "and that silence be interpreted as an • expression of iuy dislike." If the singer has a voice she is praised and encouraged, but to the mauy whose vocal powers do not justify the expense of study she has absolutely nothing to say. If she talks, it is about f;e weather or the scenery or the world in general.—London Letter. How On i) Coat Was Started. Some time ago Lady Dunlo, who has never got over her taste for theatrical apparel, took to wearing a big masculine box coat of white Melton cloth. It was •intended to be worn as a coaching coat, but Lady Dunlo wore it everywhere with the collar turned up about her ears and her hands thrust into her pockets. It wasn't long before these white Melton bos coats appeared conspicuously everywhere in London, and now the American girls are bringing them over here for their coaching trips. They have many recommendations to the American fashionable mind. They are neither pretty., rior suitable, nor becoming, nor cheap.— New York Post. She Found Her Lover Dead. A few days ago Mr. John C. Gore, a highly respectable and prominent citizen of Gainesboro, being informed of his approaching dissolution, at his request a messenger was sent after his affianced bride, Miss Etta Dycus, who resides with her father and mother seven miles beyond Guiuesboro. Tho bravery and devotion of this young lady is a matter of admiration and universal commendation where the facts are known. She crossed Cumberland river, which was very high, in a cauoe, after dark and rode on horseback to Gainesboro, much of the way through woods surrounding the waters, at one place swimming her horse across a channel of backwater. When she and her guide arrived death had already claimed his own, and this noble and devoted^ young woman was given up to the, most poignant grief, They were to have been married in a very short tim.u. At tho funeral in.tho presence of a crowded housOj in accordance with his dying request, his Masonic pin was presented to the young lady by the acting master of the lodge in appropriate language with the benedictions of tho Masonic fraternity. There were 710 dry eyes in tho vast assembly.—Cooksville (Term.) Press. Among the iinusual inventions patented by women are improved bottle stoppers, improved method of fastening door knobs to their spindles, an appliance for plucking hair to be used in the dressing of furs, improved method of preparing leather for the soles of boots and shoes, for improvements in electric arc lamps, and for more reliable indicators specially applicable for use on the rolling stock of railways. : Mrs. Bayley, of. Manchester, is a most courageous and enthusiastic fisherwom- an. Despite the inclemency of the weather, which it would seem that only hardened gillies could endure, this lady bravely faced the elements and landed on one trH six magnificent salmon, three of which weighed 23, 22 and 20 pounds respectively. Mr. Bayley succeeded in landing only four fish on this occasion. 1 The queen regent of Spain is a very much overworked and worried woman, despite her rank and authority. She is suffering from acute nervous prostration, and has been advised by her physicians to leave Madrid for a time \,o obtain perfect rest from her anxieties. This she cannot do for fear of endangering the security of her son's throne if .she relaxes her vigilance in regard to state affairs. Gooil for Miss Caroline Hustingsl At a recent meeting of the school board Miss Caroline Hastings offered an order that in all documents, records, etc.-., of tho school board giving the names of teachers, their baptismal names shall be given without abbreviation or diminutive. Iu support of her order Miss Hastings said it was a shtimo to use such names as Nellie, Susie, Carrie, Hattie and Mamie in the official records of the board. Teachers should assume the dignity which the places that they ar,e called upon to fill demand. They should at least givo a name that is in accordance with tho calling they have chosou. If they were so unfortunate as to have beeu baptized Susie, Nellie, etc., Miss Hastings hoped tho next generation would be more fortunate. When Miss Hastings was a girl herself her family and intimate friends called her Carrie. At one time she was about to have somo curds printed with the name "Currio," but n wise brother saved her. The order was passed.—Boston llecord. llout In Nucilcd iu Uio Spring. The warning not to turn oil' heat too early and not to make haste to put away stoves in the spring needs to be spoken often. Many serious cases of illness have been traced to the foolish practice of let- ti:v-r down tin- 1 - winter fire us soon as the Grit lii-ia lii-ovB;'S'J.H'ring blow. ft is i The smallest shoes in trade are made for Annie Pixley, who trips about the country in No. 2A, According to the same authority Mary Anderson wears 4J, Lillian Russell, 4; Ada Rehan, 5; ; Lillio Langtry, 51; Ellen Terry, 0, and i Maud Kendal, Oi. Bernlmrdt takes a ! No. -I last, but tho long use of sandals has spoiled her feet for French boots and Spanish slippers. ! Itti Kinney Reno, the Nashville authoress, is the wife of Robert Ross Reno, who comes from the Rosses of Pennsylvania, and who, with the Haldemaus and Camerons, claims iv share in the estate of olct Philippp Francois Renault, i valued at $000,000,000. Mrs. Ross lus 1 just completed a now novel. She is a hard worker and frequently writes fourteen hours a day, | A perfect foot is a rare beauty. The foot of PiiuHne Bonaparte, which was modeled by Oauovti, is spoken of by contemporaries as of marvelous beauty. She was well aware that her feet were the perfection of form and tiut, and had them as daintily cared for as were her hands, the nails being polished and rouged by her maid. Styles in Skirts. A New England correspondent asks ad vice about the adoption of the "sheath," that is, the English, skirt for herself in the ordering of some fresh spring dresses. This is a question that is perplexing not a few women who see neither beauty nor grace in the present style of I shaping skirts. The throngs of women, youu.'. 1 , 1 and old, that one views ujinu our city t.auroujchfa*s and ut i.i-uiu ings are oacii and all, aliuost to woman, attired in gowns whose skirts look simply wrapped around them, with a moss of useless, graceless, flapping flat folds huddled all in a heap at the extreme back. These are "uncomplimentary" to tall, slim women, and they outline and emphasize the adipose contours of short, stout ones. Also, few tasteful women take kindly to the gored or bell skirt, with a wide lace or other flounce at the hem, among them our New England correspondent. We therefore advise a gracefully gored foundation skirt, with simply no other arrangement above this than flat, deep kilts of the goods shaped to lap each other at the top, so as to give the fashionable "bell" appearance to the skirt when finished. Panels may be added When the kilte stop at the back, which tend to diminish the size of too broad hips, or the kilts may simply end in a fan plaited drapery at the back, finished with a deep hem. Plaits and kilts are still fashionable, and the majority of the season's dress fabrics are, to our mind, far better adapted to kiltings than to the cuts, slashings, points, tabs and other varieties of wasteful, meaningless styles of gingerbread work.—New York Post. A Bit of a Woman. Louise Lawson, the sculptor whose statue of Sunset Cox is occasioning considerable • discussion just now, is a bit of a woman, with golden brown hair, -gray eyes, a lisp and a vivacious manner. She wears, when working in clay, a dark blue blouse and trousers, and her studio costume is always of white linen—skirt and coat—the latter finished with an extraordinary collar of coarse embroidery, tied with the traditional knot of baby blue ribbon. With this costume yellow shoes are worn. The whole effect is rather more bizarre than attractive. Whatever the critics say, the letter carriers swear by Louise and her nine-foot image.—Exchange The First Homo Dinner. A' brido of the midwinter became about a week ago the mistress of a cozy little apartment up town, all screens and divans and rugs, after the most approved fashion. She tells an amusing story of tho first dinner in their new homo: '•Ours is a one servant establishment, so I saw to everything, as we housekeepers say"—this with a grimace—"myself. It would have been better, possibly, if I had not. We sat down to dinner, delighted to be in our own snuggery, and Harry unfolded his napkin with an air of complete satisfaction. Soup was first —it was dreadfully weak and tasteless. Then we had a bit of salmon with a white , sauce. I made the sauce and it looked all right, but when it was served it turned out a sort of gluey p_aste—sim- ply uneatable. "Harry behaved beautifully, however, and made no comment. When he began to carve an underdone d#ck he asked quickly if I took care to look up my cook's reference. We had a lettuce salad, which was undeniably good, Harry dressing it on the table. I am trying to live on an allowance, so dessert was preserved ginger, with cheese, wafers and coffee. Jane made the coffee and it was excellent. But I got up from the table hungry, of coiirse. When we got into the other room I noticed Harry did not light his cigar, which he always likes after dinner. He walked up and down two or three times and then he said: " 'How soou, Puss, ought a dinner invitation to be returned?' '•Without an idea of what he meant I replied, 'Oh, quite promptly, I suppose.' " 'In that case,' he went on, 'as I have just dined with you won't you be good enough to come and dine with me?' "And though I was wretchedly mortified I was too starved to decline with dignity, as I felt I ought. And we went off and had a, cream soup, a steak with mushrooms and a meringue glace."—Her Point of View in New York Times. "LOVE CANNOT FAIL." "Love cannot fail," tfrhen .Toy grows pale. And Hope's blithe heart forlorn; When Sin makes black the shining track Below the hills of morn; When Faith Is weak, and dare not seek Tho Bool's abiding place; When Doubt cloth lift from Time's dark drift, A wan, bewildered face; When Pain's keen blade deep wounds ba« made From which We vainly shrink; When Life burns low, with flickering glow, Above Death's somber brink; When Earth's last light fades into night, "And all is said and done"— "Love cannot fail," and must prevail, For God and Love are one. —W. H. liayne in Sunday School Times. LIFE IN CALIFORNIA IN '49. A Family of Ghints. I Mrs. Margaret Larkins, who was interred iu St. Joachim's cemetery, Frankford, a few days ago, at the age of ninety-two years, came of an Irish family re- inarkable for physical strength and longevity, Mrs. Larkine' maiden name was Scannell, and her father was a well-to- do raiser of horses in the village of Lurig, County Cork. A descendant living in Philadelphia, who lias visited the old Scannell homestead, says that the villagers still point with a sort of clannish pride to a huge capstone which he removed from the archway of a limekiln and placed in the position it at present; occupies in what was to be his future ' home. After his marriage at the age of j forty Mr. Scannell settled down to farming. The next farm to his was owned by a cousin, whose descendants, three strap- j ping daughters, HOW manage the dairy, • plow the fields and reap the harvest and do whatever ditching and draining the soil requires. The Philadelphia*! who met these three ladies avers that their occupation has not tended to unsex them, and that on the way to church on Sunday neither by dress nor demeanor are they distinguish:!bio from the most blue blooded at their countrywomen. The Scannell family has been prolific in giants. One of the brothers of tho deceased lady still lives in Ireland and is of extraordinary stature. A cousin residing in this fit.) stands 6 ft. Ui in. in his socks, and another 6 ft. 2£ in, An uncle. Michael Scannell, was the parish priest at Tarsed and attained a great age. A nephew some years ago won a wager by lifting .from the ground a barrel of white lead weighing several hundred pounds.—Philadelphia Press. There is n law on the statute books of Massachusetts requiring that any person finding property to the value of three dollars or more shall have the same recorded at the office of the town or city clerk. Her Chiinged Estate. Mistress (to former servant)—Where ere you living now, Bridget': 1 Bridget (haughtily)—Shure, mum, Oi lion'r live any where. Oi'm. married.— Kate t'V-kVs \Yashiugtou. A State of Society In Which Women Had Little or No Part for a Time. Life in California was at that time a wild romance. No words of mine can describe the scenes that were enacted during that chaotic period. Thousands of men, organized in bands or wholly disorganized, were constantly arriving from every part of the world and leaving for the diggings. Outlaws and professional gamblers opened saloons by the score at every point where men congregated. Money was scattered everywhere as if by the wind. Miners who had realized fortunes in a few days came down to Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco to squander them in a night. Scarcely a woman was anywhere to be seen. All restraining influences of society were absent, and I cannot find an expression better suited to the case than "Pandemonium on a frolic." As thero were no wives there could be no homes or families. A few stores had been hastily put up along the shore, made of rough boards or canvas, and all of them were doing an enormous business. The rest of the vDloge consisted of shanties or tents used for restaurants and saloons. Human life was a moving panorama. The whole place was alive with a mass of unkempt men clad in flannel shirts and heavy boots, who were inspired with the one desire to hurry on to the mines. This rough life was not without its touches of sentiment. One day the town was electrified by the rumor that an invoice of women's bonnets had arrived and could be seen at one of the stores. The excitement was intense, and there Was a r.ush from every direction to get a realistic view of' even so insignificant a substitute for female society. I do not overstate tho truth in saying that the thoughts of home that were awakened in the breasts of the rude looking men at the sight of those bonuets started tears from eyes which the worst forms of privation and hardship had failed to moisten. The Christian missionary was already on the ground, and good "Parson Williams had managed to find a place where he could preach on Sunday. One of the first men who arrived with his family came to one of these meetings attended by his wife and baby. During the sermon it chanced that thebaby cried, and the mother was about to withdraw, when the preacher addressed her thus: "My good woman, I beg you to remain; the innocent sound of that infant's voice is more eloquent than any words I can command. It speaks to the hearts of men whose wives and children are far away, looking and praying for a safe return to their own loved ones at home." Never shall I forget the sobs and tears which those words evoked throughout that rough assembly. That infant's cry seemed to them the music,of angels.—John C. Fremont in Century. Antiquity of Fishing. Probably no branch of industry can lay claim to greater antiquity than that or' tiishing. us origin would seem to be coeval with the earliest efforts of human ingenuity, for the oldest monuments of antiquity show the fisherman in full possession of the implements of his calling, and even those tribes of savages which have learned neither to keep flocks nor to till the fields are skilled in the fabrication of the hook, the fish spear and the net. The earliest civilization of the! eastern Mediterranean was begun with fishing. Sidon, which means "the fishery," was i;ri£-inal!y a fishing village,! and its enterprising inhabitants devoted i their uttc-nlion mainly to the collection ' of a certain kind of mollusks, from which they prepared the famous Tynan purple, prized more highly for the richness and variety of its hues than any other dye known to the ancients.—Washington Star. Arc You Iviglit or Loft Ilancled? Theories as to the origin and cause of right handedness may be divided as follows: According to one class of theories, it rests on uu anatomical basis and depends on a physical cause which exerts its influence in every one of us, According to another class, man originally had no preference for either hand, but became right handed by conventional usages, which may or may not have hud their origin in somo anatomical features. For any theory of the first class to be satisfactory it must, first, account for difference in sensation as well as in force or dexterity; second, it mxist account for the occasional appearance of left handedness; and, third, it must not be inconsistent with the fact that most of those who have their organs transposed —the 1 heart on the right, the liver on the leit, etc.—are right handed.—Thomas Dwight, M. D., in Scribner's. All for a Slight Error, The Berlin correspondent of a syndicate of provincial papers is responsible ! for the following story: "On the occa- j sion of the reassembling of the holy synod in the Russian capital it was resolved to forward to his majesty, in accordance with traditional usage, the archipastoral benediction. The clerk who was employed to prepare the document formally communicating the pious resolution made a curious mistake. By a slip of the pen he wrote 'architectural' instead of 'archipastoral,' and tho resolution was forwarded without the error being detected. "When the czar received it he laughed heartily ana wrote on the margin* •! have no need of such a blessing.' He-/" then dismissed the matter from his mino* The document, however, with the itnpe- \_ rial annotation, found its way back to the holy synod, and produced among the members of that body the greatest surprise and consternation. Without stopping to investigate the matter the ecclesiastics who were responsible for the res-- oldtiou jumped to the conclusion that they had in some way or other incurred the czar's displeasure, and that his majesty's comment was an intimation to them that they were expected immediately to resign. "They accordingly went in a body to the imperial palace and humbly tendered their joint and several resignations. It was now the turn of the czar to be overwhelmed with amazement, and it was only after a good deal of embarrassment and reciprocal explanations that the matter was set right. The interview terminated with a mild hint on the part of his majesty that, even in the records' of religious bodies, verbal accuracy is a very desirable quality." Tho Time for Puiiay Beds. There is nothing more attractive in the early spring than a pansy bed. In order to secure blossoms early the plants must have attained a proper size under glass. It is necessary, therefore, to sow pansy- seed early. Any long wooden box fitted into a sunny window in a moderately- cold room, but where it does not freeze, will do for a seedbox. Be sure the earth is rich, well fertilized with thoroughly rotted compost and woodmold, and that it is fine and friable, so the"" tiny seed can easily thrust down their slender roots in it. Keep the earth moderately moist after sowing the seed, and in a short time the little plants will be up and growing. . It requires some resolution to thin out the greater portion of them in order to give those that are left sufficient room to grow, but this must be done without sparing or all the plants will be weaklings. Very pretty effects- can be produced by raising a box of white or nearly white pansies for a border, and a box of mixed, dark, velvety ones for the center of the bed. These quaint, blotched, lovely flowers seem more like living things than any other blossom. "Old ladies" is the German name for them,, but the English name of- pansy from "our thoughts" has a touch of finer fancy.—New York Tribune. Presents at Easter. The custom of giving Easter presents grows every year, and now this festival is second only to the supreme one of Christmas in this regard. A few yeors- ago an Easter card, or at most an egg: shaped bonbonniere filled with sweetmeats, was the height of a giver's ambition. Now the limit is difficult to set. A palm in a hundred dollar jar, a priceless Watteau fan or an old miniature,, rare and costly, may do duty an an Easter offering if the shrine is especially worshiped and your purse is in keeping." with your desire. The egg element has been considerably eliminated in the modern Easter, bonbon- boxes having suddenly taken on an almost indefinite variety. Those in Dresden china are undoubtedly the most to- be prized. Certainly porcelain candy boxes are the most sensible, as they outlive the confections and the day. One hears, however, of $150 paid for a hand painted bonbonniere exquisitely decorated with ribbons, feathers and real lace —all of which, ban-ing the lace, is wickedly perishable, considering the price. Beautiful gifts are the small portrait screens which are copies in miniature of Louis Seize designs and the Sedan chairs iu Dresden.—New York Times. Giving New York Children a Vacation. Those who apply for a chance to send their children to the country are instructed that they must be poor and needy, without any infectious disease, clean and free from vermin. A physician then inspects each child. Dr. C. C. Vinton was the examining physician lost year, and he examined nearly ISjOOO 1 children, of whom about 5,000 were sent into the country. Each day the board of health furnished a list of the houses- v.'here there was any contagious disease, which was of immense help. With that list before him it was easy for the examiner to stop any child who came from an infected house. The majority were- refused on account of their hopeless condition as to vermin. It is a herculean task to get the average tenement house- child in a suitable condition to be received into country families.—Rev. Willard Parsons in Scribner's. New York's good friend, Ismail, the- ex-khedive of Egypt, who presented the city with the obelisk in Central park, is still practically a prisoner at Constantinople. He is confined in a palace, and .when he goes out is always accompanied by iin ill looking lot of Turks. TheFa aro ostensibly his guard of honor, but in reality they are soldiers who never lose sight of their distinguished prisoner. D. D. Martin, of Dublin, Gal., made quite a raid on the squirrels after a recent storm. He prepared five gallons of poisoned barley and scattered it near the squirrel holes on forty acres of land, and succeeded in killing 4,831.by actual count. Restricted. Summer schools have increased greatly iu numbers in the land during the psiu't ten years. They have doubtless been a source of much good to many people in many places, but we do not often hear of just the sort of improvement which has come to Deerfield from the establishment there of the summer school of history and romance. "Tiie school has done everything for the residents," said one enthusiast. "Why, there is one poor old sick woman there who used to call her disease rheu- matiz, arid now speaks of it us neuralgia!" "I know that woman," said another. "I went to see her once, and she said, 'Oh dear, I've got the neuralgy so bad that for three weeks I hain't been able to git my knife to my mouth to eat my victuals.' "—Youth's Companion.