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TflE trPPEft Mfl MOiNES, ABTOK AylQWA, WM3N1SBAY. JtJLY 1,1891. LONDON'S WOMEN REPORTERS. tone of tlio Engllftli Fmnalds Who Have Become Known by Their Pen. Ono of the most clever of the article contributors to such papers OH the Queen and the Ludy's Pictorial is Miss do G^/isse •Stevens, of New York, whose sister Is married to tho member for Southampton, Hor picture, together with a three column account of her books and her American ancestry, appears In ono of tho weekly papers. The correspondents in London of some of the largest of provincial papers aro also Indies, and In two instances tho wives of members of parliament, while an occasional contributor of the heaviest matter in a weekly review in wild to bo tho young daughter of an English nobleman, who can present tho man who seeks her hand with an Income of £30,000 a year. Of the actual women reportei-H, I have BO far only como across about half a do/.on. Of these tho most conspicuous perhaps is Mrs. Crawford, tho heroine of tlio famous Dllko divorce citso. Sho Is a singularly bright and well informed woman, and it Is Bald that she wrote the first Interview ovor published in Tho Pall Mall Gazette Sho lss',111 a pretty and decidedly young looking woman, and among tho successes of her pon are the Instructive conversations which sho managed to obtain from Out)on Farrar, Cardinal Manning, General Booth and many other men who inako it their aim In life to alloviato tho troubles of tho poor. Mrs. Crawford also receives regular assignments for all norta of odd _work, oven to reporting cases in police' courts, and she does her work so cleverly and unobtrusively that sho has made many warm friends among tho vary newspaper men loudest In their protests against tho admission of feminine reporters to their ranks. Another hard working female reporter Is Frances Low, sister of tho editor of The St. James' Gazette. She does not get any work on her brother's paper, but manages to oko out a living by contributing gossip to Tho Star, The Pali Mall Gazette nnd some of tUp smaller women's papers. Although Bier signature would suggest English nationality sho is really of. Hungarian birth, •s her father is a Hebrew gentleman from Prague of tho name of Lowe. His'chil- dren, long residents In England, Anglicized themselves by clipping tlio "o" from their name. Strange ..^say, however, one of tho most] bitter writers against tho Russian Jews is Miss Low's brother, of The St. James'. She is a young looking woman, with the black eyes and sharp features of a daughter of Israel, and sho may be often seen working out hor notes in ono of the many aerated broad shops which abound in London. .Tho most prominent, however, of Loudon women reporters is Mario Bolloc, a round littlo fat dumpling of a woman, who can bo seen trotting up Fleet street and the Strand at all hours of tlio day. She man- Ages to make a good deal -of money, particularly as she Is Mr. Stead's chief assistant on Tho Review of Review's, Sho Is not I more than twenty-five years of ago, but she is full of assurance, and has more than | once succeeded in obtaining; news where men havo failed miserably, f; In a general way, however, London's woman reporter is either a very loud and overdressed woman or a very shabby and underdressed female. Sho waves her card defiantly in the air, and passes a Cerberus •before the guardian animal has time to roally.u what has happened. Nothing escapes her ejire or hor eyo.s once HUO is inside, nnd if ever the now journalism, or, ns it is called hero, American journalism, bo- ootnes rampant in Kngland, it will be tho feinulo, not tho male, reporter in London who will make or mar it.—London Cor. New York Press. tnr. -i-fiere tvere four children wittt them, f»« oldest about six years. The Wife had en, to addition to the plash Cloak, a rusty black hat and ^rav veil. The children wero dressed beautlfurrj. Wow they loved her! One little fellow came bao"~ *o kiss her about once In five minutes. It was, "Oh, mamma, isn't that lovely t" and "How long will it be before we ar« there, mamma?" nnd "Are you glad we are going?" and "Dear mamma." Sho gave them souio fruit. They would not eat it until mamma had a "bite." Tho father was radiant and dignified and grand. He hover got a kiss, nor a "bite," nor a glance from those four children. He paid their faro and looked out of the window, Ho had his flno clothes, but the fnr.thp.i- witH rich In all the lovp thfti could fill littlo hearts.—Teresa Dean in Chicago Herald. ' Women And Lulling. There havo been some amusing instances of the misapplication of the word lady, which custom has decreed to mean social culture Instead of its original meaning, "loaf giver." A girl waiter in a large hotel in nn east ern city approached a guest with this query: "Has any other lady taken your order?" This was equivalent to the politeness ot the little girl who surprised the family by announcing: "Mamma, tho swill lady is at' the back door." There is a story of tho mistress of n fash lonablo house who, on being left without any servant, answered tho door bell and was confronted by a stout girl, who asked: "Aro yo tlio woman that wanted a lady to work for yoP," A minister who was very polito changed a portion of Scripture to read, "Ladles and gentlemen created he them;" and a lecturer who cured moi'o for the sweet phrases oi politeness than for the plain statements of the truth, rung this query upon an, as ton ished audience us ho discoursed on tha characteristics of women: "Who wore the last at tho cross? Ladles. Who woro tho first at tho scpulcher? La dies." But even ho was outdone by the exquisite divine who, as ho concluded marrying rt couple, said gallantly: "I now pronounce you husband, and lady."—Detroit Free Press. flesh than this. A man can put a worsted or flannel band around his waist, tak% violent exercise and reduce his girth under the band rapidly and surely. The high collars which Women wore had precisely this effect. Now that they have become distinctly unfashionable, I look for an improvement in the necks of New York Women."—New York Letter. A HAIR COLORM TALIS, SHE HAS HUNDREDS OF WOMEN BY THE SCALP EVERY YEAR. Cure for Bnrnfl. Put the part- instantly in cold water, olf cover it with moistened baking powder and then with a wet cloth. When the skin Is destroyed the point to be attained is to exclude the air. Do this by covering the bum with sweet oil, Vaseline, linseed oll t cream) carron oil, lard, or with flour spread thickly on a linen cloth or on a cotton batting. ; An excellent covering for burnt surfaces is made by mixing common whiting (used j in kitchens for polishing purposes) with sweet oil, olive, cotton seed or other oil, ot even water, into ft thick paste. With this the burn is carefully covered by means ol a feather, taking care not to break th« blister, then tho whole part is covered with cottob cloth and kept clean and moist. Burn's, of iar/ze slsse are always danger oils, often resulting in death, and should receive the careful ntter.Mon of a skilled physician.—Hall's Journal of Health. The ChlUlron'H Teeth. It becomes mothers, from the moment that their children begin to eat solid food, to see- that they havo meat and vegetables and milk, eggs, fruit, bread and porridges of the unbolted grains, and as littlo pastry, One flour bread, and confectionery us pos- aiblo, in order that they may at once begin secreting tho material for sound second tooth—which como under any circuin- •tnncos, to bo suro, but which undor hostile circumstances go without long wailing on tho order of their going. It is equally necessary to sou that the food agrees with tho child; for if it is not of a kind easily digested, then tho gases of its fermentation will rise and injure tho teeth, and the heated blood occasioned by indigestion will make diseases of tho gums, also hurtful to tho tooth, anil create more sensibility in the nerves to pain and to heat and cold. Alternations of hunt and cold, by tho WPv, are quito as bail fur tho tooth as indi- P_.<;il)lu food, tho dolicato enamel being obedient, as every otherHubstunco i.s, to tho laws of contraction and expansion, crushing and splitting under tho process, and affording opportunity for t.ho beginning of decay by lodgiuunt of food, or even by tho entrance of l.lio common air. Thus it is hardly n mutter of doubt whether ieo water ami ico cream aro not of groat detriment to tho teeth, whether good or bad for the sto£*:>ioh, and if hot tea and coffee, or even plum hot water, aro not equally potent for harm. Nor must tho mother, if it can bo helped, allow tho teeth to bo drawn. Ui-nl pain that cannot bo allayed—for there was never yet philosopher that could imduro tho tcrothaebo patiently, says Leonnto—is tho only thing that should make her yield on this point; and it ia right that tho fangs of the llriit milk U-elli should be absorbed in. their place, and not extracted, after which absorption tho littlo crowns will drop away of themselves.—Harper's Ba/.ar. The JHuthur uud Her Dress. What a contra.sC there is in tho general appearance of somo men and their wives. Borne of them look as if llioy had inailo a Dii.stako and gobbled up a woman that ought to havo been some oilier man's wilV, uud somo woinon—a good many wuuu-n— look liko victim:) of some kind of a mistake. It is not nucniumun to BCD women Crossed with all respect to the latest <Ut- fcigussent out by Worth or Foli.x, while the husband seems grateful that ho had enough money loft to buy oven "misflitt." Tills attracts no particular utti-ution, but one's heart will got to aching for the liu'.u pallid faced and meek looking woman who wears piuuh clonk ami alpaca dress, while the husband ia radiaut iu fresh new suits, tun colored gloves, silk hat and roil rose in Lultouholo. | I buentauliour with tho palofaced woman ; foul radiant husband. It was iu a steam i A Hint for Mothm-H. "There is a good deal of talk," said n mother, "about helpful daughters. I have got n helpful son. IIo is almost twony-ono and quite n society boy, but in n domestic emergency of last week ho oamo to my rescue as perfect'y as any practical housekeeper would havo done. Iliad invlt'utionu out fora luncheon to some specially formal friends who wero temporarily in town, when my strong dependence, n waitress Who had been with me years", received word of tho dying condition of her mother.. She had to go nt an hour's warning, nnd I was in despair. 1 could only supply her place with an untried maid, and I felt that the fatq of my luncheon hung in the balance. . "''If you were only a girl, Harry I' I said to my son tho morning of the affair. '1 want trained intelligence in tho butler's pantry today.' . i " 'I'm not a girl,, it's true,' ho said, 'but I may havo somo intelligence, and such a-s. it is you are welcome to it. Only, mother,', ha stipulated, 'don't you toll one of those ladies who is iu the background. 1 "I promised • gladly enough, and the luncheon was tho most successful ono I over gavo. Harry superintended ivll the courses, had plate hot that should be, and vice versa, and attended to all the littlo details whoso accomplishment makes such an affair n success or tho reverse. I want to tell you of it, for other mothers with sons nnd no daughters may bo entertaining equal angels unawares."—Her Point of View in New York Times. Swuet Seventeen, A lady contributor to The National Eo- view tolls how she took an English girl, aged seventeen, for a tour on tho continent. She appears to have done this, partly at least, to test "the effect of foreign travel on a young and untried mind, fresh from the stimulating power of a high school education." The result disappointed her. "Sweet seventeen" enjoyed the St. Gothard railway, but, when asked what she thought of the Alps, observed that they "didn't look so very liitfh. 1 ' "Is that your own composition?" sho inquired, when her mother quoted Lord Tennyson's linos. on Monte Kosa. At tho Brera, Milan, she wanted to know if all tho pictures were hand painted. When Catullus'villa was pointed out to hor, it turned out thntsho had never heard of him. At Venice sho liked'bost the sham jewelry shops; and wished to be told "how many doges there wero ut.onco." To her mother sho wrote: "I don't liko going to churches, they feel so moldy inside. And the sanitary system of Voiiico seems very bad; tboro are no end of smells." In Paris sho had to bo informed what tho Louvre was. Her companion discovered afterward that the young lady stood high in hor school, being "first" that term in history, literature and tho Shakespeare class. Woman's Physical Proportions. Celia Logan, speaking of Woman's phys leal proportions, says that tho bust should measure ten inches more f.ban the waist. If the waist Is laced In smaller " -7 *••>*•* tno abdomen Is pressed down and the bosom up, the result being to cause both to billow out to an unusual size. If the natural shape of a woman is not deteriorated by tight lacing her abdomen, when she stands straight, should protrude very little, if any, beyond the front lino of her thighs. The abdomen should never be larger than tho bust, which should meaa ure at least five inches more. The hips should measure one-third more than the shoulders. Tho old idea that a plummet line dropped from the noso should just graze tho abdomen ia hardly correct. It should fall free of it.—Boston Record. : Women and Touiirro. I havo heard men remark complacently that they wero glad their wives did not dis like tobacco, an they did enjoy a pipe by .their own fireside. Their wives would not deny this statement, but afterward would tell mo that they "invariably left the room fpr a breath of pure air." There are two Bides to all questions, nnd I um very sure if many men fully comprehended thewom en's side of the tobaceo question, tho dis gust and contempt so many of them feel for a "tobacco worm" they would at least cease to putrify the air of their homes and tho floors of the buildings they frequent. But were .men to ask these selfsame wont .en if tobacco is offensive to them, the reply would very probably be, "Oh, not particu- larlyl"—Mrs. Irene G. Adams. Covers for Kan-Ings. : Surprising it is that shells or little coV' erings for diamond earrings are not more worn in this country. Tho safest place to carry the precious gems is in the ears, but during the day, particularly in the morning, these little shells, either in black or subdued colors, look well. They conceal the brilliancy of the diamonds,' that should really bo shown only when a lady Is in full dress or very elegantly attired. Ono could go shopping, etc., and these modest shell earrings would attract no attention whatever,—Jeweler's Weekly, Women North mid South. A Knntucklan, speaking of the northern fashion of letting a woman hustle for herself in public places, says that this is entirely duo to tho demeanor of tho northern woman herself. Wbon ho is south, ho always resigns bis seat in a public vehicle to a woman, and makes it his business to so- euro her comfort whenever possible, regarding tin) welfare of every woman as tho special can. 1 of every man. In tho south tlio woinon aro dependent, confiding and holplo-ss. In tho north they'know what they want, and they go and got it with a rapidity that startles thu avurafM man. Tho northern woman buys her own car tickets, chocks her lm;.;;;a:_'e, gets aboard, buys a newspaper, looks arouml for a scat, anil waits her turn for one with all t.ho in- dc|)cnilonco ami coin-ago of any man that can be produced. She wants no favors an ' she asks for noun. This is so plainly apparent that, lus the Kontuukiaii says, ho is half afraid to offer her any favors for fear sho may resent his>; mill, oven when lie is suro that sho will not, and when she looks til him longingly, ho hiin- solf is hall' provoked at tho general swing of tho sex in tho north ami would not offer her a seat anyway.— Ami Francisco Argonaut. Tlio Ciiuso of Homely Nccha. "Tho scrawny necks on American woinon," said a man dressmaker, "are duo as much to tho high and tight collars which they have been wearing during tho past six yours as to anything else. The fashion was started by tho princess of Wales, who has a scar on her neck, and it was eagerly taken up hero. Street gowns and jackets woro fitted with tight velvet, cloth or braided collars, anil these pressed tho so closely that when women took tlioui-oil' after having bjuou in a hot room limy not infrucjuontly found thwn, Bfttu- I'l'ied with perspiration.. There is no better way of reducing the A Pall to Fill n Long Felt Want, j A Schenectady woman has invented a; household utensil that will fill a want that must havo been in existence for a long time, even if it. hasn't been felt. The invention is so simple that the wonder is that , taobody has ever thought of it before. It Is • simply a p'ail for cleaning purposes which I Is divided into two compartments, one of ! which is designed to hold suds water,while the other is filled with clean water for rinsing. There is also a partition for holding soap in ono of the compartments.—Albany Express. Who "Carrie Curoles*" Is. Mrs., Augusta Prescott, who is. known to tho newspaper readers as "Carrie Careless," is a widow of a prominent scientist and professor of natural history at an educational institution in Albany. She has a department iu Harper's Young People and also edits the woman's department in the New York World.—Current Literature. Agnes Ropplier is ono of the few quiet nnd careful essayists among women. Sho is a nativo of Philadelphia and lives a quiet, studious life among her books, sending frequent and serious articles to the Philadelphia ami Now York journals and to Tho Atlantic Monthly, nnd delivering occasional lectures during the season. Matilda Aston, a young lady of seventeen, completely blind, has matriculated nt Melbourne university. Anna Chamberlain, also blind, has been trained tus a masseuse, and i.s meeting with considerable success, as many people prefer her sensitive touch, and are not at all opposed to a masseuse who cannot see. Among tho women's clubs in New Jersey are somo that luwo named themselves' "Tho Sparrows," because they live on the crumbs that fall from the big clubs' tables. In other words, they have the second rending of tho papers from two or three largo clubs in tho state. Civil engineering is the only profession in which women havo not as yet figured conspicuously, but it ia known that for somo years tho sisters of J. Kilgar Thompson, tlio railroad magnate, have worked with thoir brother in the father's office at civil engineering. Miss Paddock, the daughter of Maggie Mitchell, looks very much liko her mother, but is so different from hor that she has hardly crossed tho threshold of a dressing room or seon tho glare of tho footlights except faintly uud from far away. Joel Chandler Harris' wife is the author's best assistant. She looks over his manuscripts before they go out, often advises upon them, and koeps a scrap book fllled with press notices of her husband's published writings. The Baroness von Teuffol, better known to Americans as Blanche Willard Howard, is reported to bo singularly happy in hoi- married life. Hor husband is very proud of hor literary gifts, and encourages hor in hor work. When molasses is used in cooking it is u groat improvement to boil and skim it before using. The raw, rather unpleasant tasto of the poor qualities of molasses is much improved by this process. Mrs. Amelia E. Borr, the popular novelist, has beeu the mother of fifteen children. Jt is only of late years that she lifts discovered her ability to w.rlte stories. A Peculiar Occupation—It is to Women What the Barber's Chair Is to Men- Patrons Are Chiefly Elderly Women Who Fear Gray. Hair—Abont Half. " I color hair for a living. In the last year I have had 60? women by the Bcalp. . learn about fifty dollars a week cleaning, coloring and drying wigs, but my salary is only fourteen dollars a week. Occasionally I get a quarter of a dollar, a shell comb or a well worn hair ornament from a customer, and the firm allows me to keep all the handkerchiefs, veils, fans and umbrellas that are left in the toilet room. . Women are not generous as a class, nor just as n rule. They regard me as a sort of old war horse, and accept as their due all the vitality and muscular effort I stow. It takes a great deal of physical force to give a head of hair a chemical bath, lather it properly and dry it in a couple of hours. I work from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and when 1 get' home I assure you I am as lame in my arms and back, and as completely used up as a washerwoman. But there is no monotony in the business. Every customer is a study, and, my stars, how they will talk I I declare they ought to be muzzled for the protection of their families and the reputation of their husbands. Tho histories of New York people which I get every month from these lazy, idle, rich, reckless women would make a book of horrors that if published would give society fever and ague, chills and spasms. Somo of the information, non-scandalous, is often amusing. For Instance, tho wife of a Tammany man told me that Mayor Grant had sixteen tooth brushes in his toilet room. Sho went through his house (luring a recent absence and found many things to admire. Another lady, a pupil of Mrs. Edmund Russell, confided to me that she was u Delsarte student and had been trying to teach Bishop Potter how to pronounce tho benediction, a la Delsarte, he was so very graceless in the use of his dimity draped arms and hands. She said . that the distinguished bishop was very good natured about it, and was improving very much in the uplifting of his Episcopal palms. TACTS ABOUT THE BUSINESS. A'complete change has como over the hair business in the last twelve years. Formerly gray hair was dyed and dark bleached, but neither dyo nor bleach is used any more for several reasons. . One is, that tho powerful chemicals needed to turn black or brown hair blond, frequently penetrate the brain and produce fever; another reason is the very trying character of the blond hair against the face. Almost no shadow or relief is thrown by white or yellow hair,, and unless the woman is young and fairly good looking, with small features, the bleached wig makes her absolutely ugly. Most children are fair haired, but afte, 1 : eight or ten years nature darkens the gold to bronze, brown or auburn, and it stands to reason that if a girl of sixteen cannot wear bright yellow ringlets certainly an adult of twenty-six or forty-six should not attempt to do so. On the stage or iu the soft radiance of a chandalier candelabra, assisted by patches and powder, any one can don a blond wig, but to appear iB it in tiiS searching rays of daylight would be madness. jifow all the hair of fashion IB colored | whatever shade it will take. V?"hen a worn-"' an begins to got gray eue becomes alarmed . and unhappy. It Mortifies her to have the j fact'published 'especially if sho is a public , obattittter, with her income dependent upon I pejrs'6'nal appearance as well as talent. She may be in society, and anxious to live over again tls« gayeties of youth iu the society of her children. If her wrinkles and crows' feet cannot be rubbed out by hand massage, they can at least be filled iu by rice powder and toned down under the drapery of lace scarfs, dotted veils and hair fronts. It only remains to rub out tho lines of silver from the back hair to convince society that her devotee is not old. There is scarcely a middle-aged woman on the stage who has not been obliged to color her hair, and the example set by the actresses and singers who began their career in or before the seventies, the matrons and spinsters of ~ociety have followed. I have had my hands in the hair of nearly every prominent singer and actress on the stago and havo pulled the wool over the eyes of half the women in the Four Hundred set. ALL KINDS OF IIAIK. Young women havo their hair colored to imitate their elders and old women to hide the gray. Now, coloring hair is pretty much like k. Isomining, and unless tho operator understands the art the work will be streaky. This streakiuess is what does tho ibischief, A woman finds that instead of a copper color her hair is multi-color— chestnut, iron rust, sassafras and mud- brown alternating. This of course isannoy- iuj;, and results in making the victim the habitue of tho hair establishments. Sho not only goes from one house to another for treatment, but gives herself shampoos with washing soda, strong ammonia, lye and other preparations in the hope of getting one fast shade of red or brown. They come to us in all stages of mottling. Tho hair is generally straw like or dead, the oil duets being parched, and very frequently it is so elastic that it can be stretched like tho rubber stems of imporued flowers. In this business we become very well acquainted with our patrons—that is to say, with thoir defects, and frequently with their skeletons. Although a woman may not give us hor name, we put initials, gossip and random talk together and learn her identity, Yi,a would be surprised to know what very poor material society women are made of. Tlioy havo no hair, no complexion, no figure, very little eyesight, and frequently manufactured teeth. I never receive a now customer without saying to myself, "What a fool YOU are making of yoursclfl" But then, business is business, and if I were to toll the woman that a colored nuuie would keep her in misery, cost a great deal of money, trouble and ridicule and deceive no one but herself, I should be "bounced" from the staff. It's no use trying to fight nature. When it's time for the silver crop it willcoaiu in spite of everything. If my little old mother was foolish enough to want her gray hair colored cow's tail red like Bernhardt's, carrot red like Patti's, or briudle brown like Fanny Davenport's, 1 should advise her to have her scalp shaved and wear a wig. That would save time, annoyance and money. But if all the old ladies followed her ex- umplo there would bo no further use for a hair colorist.—New York World. prove disagreeable or embarrassing, Mt, rather, closes her eyes to whatever her keen tact tells her you desire to remain unnoticed. In her judgments she does not seek to impress you with her infallibleness, but Is quick to add the saving clause. She does not envy or scorn another's possessions, and would not point out the crumpled rose leaf for the world. She makes no boast of anything, but does not decry herself in any way, so that her sweet pride is humility, and her sweet humility the truest pride. She is no gossip, though she is not above taking an interest in the lowliest that cross her path, and has a Womanly sympathy for every sick and suffering thing. She takes up no fad or hobby to the exclusion of other duties, but ia consistent in all things, andj without being foolishly conventional, does not neglect to fulfill the least demand of her position. She is not a religious fanatic, and has no hell of excommunication for those not of her way of thinking, but is in the truest and best sense a noble hearted, Christian woman, than which there is no better definition of a lady.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. HE CULTIVATES OLCOTT'S HOBBY IS THE TIFIC CULTURE OF SOD Should Women Cry and Faint? I cannot say I agree with a French physician as to the advisability' of women sitting down for "a good cry'' when everything seems to have gone wrong for the time being, says on English lady writer. This worthy doctor, who evidently believes that a woman should be treated as a helpless being, declares that we do ourselves a great deal of harm by trying to be brave and enduring. A woman, says he, should never try to bear pain without flinching. In fact, she should just scream and faint as much as she likes, and then she will surely get bet- He IS tlio rimiocr In Hid Study of Plnntlnif—Oooil Gi-cenmviiril Is X"t Natural Oron-tti—Grnnt Cure Necessary In KKepInc Grasses Sopnrnte. Three miles from thp pretty Connecticut town of South Manchester is tin- form cf James 1). Olcott, who is becoming famous for his ideas about grass. It seems strange that while poet? have suns and ordinary people have ml mired grnss for so many centuries there y«t have been so few definite ideas about it. Tt might said that grass culture was unknown tin- til James 13. Olcott began to have practical ideas about it and to put these practical ideas into demonstration. Every one 1ms observed lawns and parks, has noticed the beauty of color, the striking effects of carefully mowed and weeded plots of grass, has enjoyed the softness and coolness of such well kept plots. And yet no one who has not seen Mr. Olcott's grass garden can realize how imperfect, how crude, how poor the best lawns are in comparison with what they might be. It is the might be that is Mr. Olcott's purpose. The other day a reporter visited Mr. Olcott and walked for many hours through his grass garden and listened to what he had to say for his grasses nwl his idea. Mr. Olcott began at the beginning and |.uilt up his theory systematically. "A good many people," said he, "do not realize, to begin with, that turf, or sod, is not a natural product. You do not find it in nature. ter much sooner than if she silently bore suffering. And what about our dignity, j Take'our own prairies, for instance. When M. le Medicin? Does it become a British ! the great herds of buffalo roamed over them there was no turf. The grass wild nnd thin here, thick there. The matron to figuratively "fallof aheap" and ' give way to outbursts of weeping because her gown does not fit or the parlor maid has given notice? And could we ever reconcile it with our sense of self respect to scream and kick and promptly give way to hysterics directly a neuralgic attack came on or the demon toothache claimed' us for its own? No, no; we have our faults, and our nerves may bo but "puir things," yet I hope and believe that we are mentally bet-' ter balanced and physically stronger than to require to' ha,ve a good cry on the slightest provocation. Blessings Upon the Married Flirt. Dorothy Maddox has been studying the ways of maidens, matrons and bachelors, and informs the girls that "it is no use. You might as well accept the situation and no longer declare war against the married flirt. She is a social blessing which monsieur is in no hurry to relinquish. She always knows just what to say and just what to do, is never on the qui vive for a proposal, supplies her own little amusements and her bachelor friends' as well, and does it at her husband's expense, which is certainly for the bachelor an altogether jolly situation. Society girls, on the tiptoe of expectancy for a. five dollar bunch of violets and a lace kerchief thrown in, are quite enough to scare off even the most sentimental youths. "The modern maiden wants too much. The married belle asks for nothing from her carpet knight save his delightful society. What wonder, then, that the bach- buffalo moved north in summer and south in winter. Just as soon as men came and put herds of cattle on this grass itdi.sappearal. It had no foundation. ' CATTLE MAliE TUIIK. "Turf is the product of herds of cattle, sheep and horses. It takes constnntgnaw- , ing in the same place and constant trnin- ' pling to beat the roots together into a turf. ' Wherever there have been herds and pastures, there turf has formed. "And now, strange though it may seem,. while this turf has been cultivated in many ways and has been used in all sorts of ornamentation, there has been no real science- applied to it. Wo have had (lower gardening and landscape gardening, but no gross gardening to speak of, important part of. landscape gardening though it is. "Take any lawn or greensward anywhere,. I care not how carefully it may have been.- laid out, and examine it closely. You will, find in every square foot a dox.on different kinds of grass represented, with weeds of all sorts thrown in. Anil you will find that the turf is not thick and homogeneous, but is really thin and made up of all sorts, of odds and ends. You would think that any gardener would seo that this was all wrong and ought to be remedied. "For these different kinds of grasses are of different shades of green and. even, of different colors. Somo of them will mingle* into n dense sod, others will not, and thus interfere with the homogeneousness of the.- whole. The weeds have no business thei'8 at all. Then, too, some of these grasses will stand frequent mowing, while elorof today has his own particular theo- ..... ___ ....... .,.. ....... ~,,.., s , , respecting life, regardless of the bland- 1 require more careful handlin" ishments of the single Hebes of society?^- | KHQBAJJQK AMOKO ¥ ARMBfig. '* Philadelphia inquirer. . J .i^ {. lku this up rrom the fa rmer'a I standpoint. In his meadow or pasture he An Aid to the CouiitlexioiU An infusion of meadowsweet flowers will have all these grasses growing together promiscuously. Somo grow close,, drank freely .mproves the complexion and ! dense, and yield many tons to the acre, clears the blood of scrofulous taint. The Others are thin and poor and yield little, rule for making infusions is ten times Yet among the farmes the greatest igno- as much boiling water as of the herb ' ranee prevails, both as to the heaviness of poured on the latter in a tight closed jar, boiled two or three minutes, then allowed to stand where it will keep hot for two hours. Four to eight tablespoonfuls to a dose, which may lie taken three to six times a day. White willow is an old remedy in fevers, long used in Europe and still largely prescribed by the hakims or doctors of India and Afghanistan. The juice of the fresh willow leaves largely diluted is preferred to quinine for intermittent fevers, as it has less irritating effect. The sap of the willow gathered by slitting the bark when the tree is in flower is an old cosmetic nnd good to cure redness of eyes and dim sight.— Shirley Dare in New York Herald. grass nnd the nutritive qualities of the: different kinds*' "How much labor is wasted, how rnuchi more is misdirected or yields only small return. 1 have even known farmers to- grow acres of worthless weed, cut it and: harvest it under the impression that they were growing good grass and were getting: an extraordinary yield. Nothing worthy the name of science has been applied to meadows or pasture. "These things show in outline the need of gross gardening. It is to this need that I have turned my attention for inany years, and within the last two years 1 think I have done something toward accomplishing my purpose." To tho south of Mr. Olcott's house lies, the acre of ground which makes up his grass garden, in all probability the finest gross garden in the world. In five parallel rows, extending tho entire length of the field, are plots of grass, each plot,four feet square. There are 250 plots in all, repre- inds of Disinfection by Sulphur. _Tho general plan employed in disinfec- tion of 'the atmosphere, together with tho surroundings in the room, is by means of sulphurous ucid gas, secured by the combustion of sulphur. The sulphur, in powder or small fragments, is placed in a shal- ' senting over a hundred different low iron pan ( about three pounds for each grass. Each plot is separated from its neigh- 1,000 cubic feetof air space), which, after bors by a narrow path of bare ground. Thus being moistened with alcohol, is ignited, | each grows and thrives by itself without all measures for thorough closing of every ' ! ln y intermingling, aperature in tho room having been pr • I MH. OLCOTT'S GARDEN, viously taken. , In each of these plots there is to bo found In order to guard against fire it is ad- one kind of grass, and one only. There is vised that tlio pan should be set upon a ! not merely u'distinction of family, but of couple of bricks in n tub partly filled with j species; as well, so that, no matter how carefully you /ft -^ water. After the room has been thoroughly fumigated the walls should then be washed with a disinfecting solution, such as that referred to for use in immersing clothes previously to their being boiled.— Herald of Health. It appears that Eleanor Kirk, the well known Brooklyn writer, must have a waste basket of most extraordinary capacity, for the story .-roes that she receives a bushel of letters a day. The Beat Dresa for a GooU Woman. The best receipt ever giy,en for a lady's dross may be found in the w'ork of Tertul- lian. Ho says: "Let simplicity be your white, chastity your vermillion; dress your eyebrows with modesty, and your lips with reserved ness. Let instruction be your earrings, and a ruby cross the front pin in your head; submission to your husonnd your best ornament. Employ your hands tn housewifely duties, and keep your feet Within your own doors. Let your garments he of tho silk of probity, the fine linen of sanctity and tho purple oi' chastity." may examine any ono plot, you will find that it is uniform throughout;. This result was obtained by extrnordinuLy precautions. If you buy grass seed of a dealer you will find when it grows that under the name on the outside of the package a half dozen or a dozen different kinds of grass are"included. So Mr. Olcott con N not buy of dealers. :, For the most part these plots were grown from shred of turf. Some of them came from distant parts of this country; others! from other parts of the world. Mr. Olcott 'would take a bit of sod, tear- it up into- small pieces, only a few roots to n piece, and then plant those that wero absolutely alike in tho same plot. In this way thoro was no mixing of families or of species. For this planting Mr. Olcott has a wooden frame four feet square, with two parallel slats across it at equal distances from the sides and each from tho other. In thesesluts and iu the sides of the frame are driven nails, equal distances opart, points iu all. When, this frame upon a plot twenty-live small holes aro made in the ground and in tho present constitution of Massachusetts each hole a seed or a shred of turf is put. antedates tho constitution of t-.hnTTnit.mi JJ . roul > h ese twenty-five centers of growth IHuB.saohuseUs' Constitution. It is n significant fact tliat'not u single j Now England state has adopted more than ! one complete constitution since the formation of the federal government. Indeed, antedates tho constitution of the United States, having been adopted iu 1180. Since then it has been amended in several respects, tho new sections being necessitated by increase of population, the great European immigration of tho middle of the century and the war for tho Union.—II, L. Nelson in Harper's. Gotluviu Lift). New York Hostess—Why, what is the matter, my dear—in tears? Guest—Oh, I fear the woi-st—I fear the worstl My husband is half an hour late, uud I k«ow he's dead—he's dead I He told me when he left that he would have to cross Broadway today.—Good News. "Of a crew of 215 men ou the United States cruiser Omaha only forty are Americans. The rest are principally English, Irish, French, German, Scandinavian, putch, and Chinese. , tho sod forms and covers the entire plot. All this gives only a faint idea of the minute care which Mr. Olcott takes to get the best results. And when the planting is done tho work is only begun. Weeds . must be kept out. Other seeds are constantly springing up and spoil the work, and the plants from these must bo uprooted. Tho care of these 250 plots takes all his time and all his knowledge of the small differences between grasses which may be of entirely different Uinds yet similar or the eaiuo to the uupriiLUced eye.—New York Sun. The Star of tho Coiubluutiou. Visitor (in dimo museum, 1805)—I see nothing fivaklike about you. Frenk-l'm the only man who did not go Bouveuir spoons,— .-*'• I

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