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Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, September 27, 1896
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MODERN HOSPITALITY. Bab Dwells on the Good Old Days With Ever-Ready Latchstring Florida, Orange County. Now York, Sept 24,1S90. As soon as one gets back to town, realizes exactly how shabby one'* establishment looks, how many ot one's gowns need more than the average "fixing over." then ' some ' perverse sprite pops up aud says: "How arc you going to entertain your friends tins winter?" In the good old days that have gone by one entertained one's friend just as the fancy took her. Some dropped in, had a bite of'luncheon with you shared your afternoon tea, or appeared informally with the dessert after dinner, announcing that they had come for a social game o£ cards. We have changed all that. And I don't think we have changed It for the bct- ' ier. ^Nowadays, one has to make up one's mind, which is always an effort, whether one is going to stay in a certain day every week, or whether one Is going to have two or three, four or six, eight or ton, special days which will wipe out the whole visiting list and be over with it. That's a beautiful spirit of hospitality! To want to wipe out all of one's friends and be done with them. There never was a woman yet who t'smaaiA,!- DAY TO BE AT HOME who didn't long to go out on that very day. She either sets an Invitation to lunch with a friend, somebody she really wonts to see, there's a matinee she would like to go to. or else there is that special little'bit of shopping that ,-an be done better on that particular dny than on any other. If the aforesaid general woman is conscientious, sticks to her word as if it were a bond gilven to the ancient Shylock, then, as cert-aim n-s fate, nobody Orops in Uiat flay If she .throws conscience to the winds, snaps 'her finger at her bond, she hears, when she comes home that the Millionaires, the Dashes and the Critics, all called, and her maid tells of hearing Mrs. Critic say, as she went . down the hall: "For my part, when people take the trouble to call upon people who live In flat which has no elevator and to water. This tea doesn't -poison you, doesn't affect you In any .way, but, it is not tea, -and It's a shame to give such a miserable mixture such a good name. The versatility of THE IMK-L WHO SIEVES THE TEA is charming. She will ask you If you will have Russian tea, aud 1C you say "vcs" she will pour, from the same toapot, a light-colored, fluitl Into a champagne glass, then she will add a slice of lemon, and 'iihlw in-ake.s It Russian The same tea put In a cup with sugar and cream added becomes "English breakfast" and I haw no doubt If you sickwl her for Mie kluul lihat w«s used In tho land of the Midnight Sun It would be produced from the same cats,' 8 , vulu ™ if By veiling, nml iwllj would be unable-to recognize her face. I think this change of affairs results from, the fact that many women are tu-ed of •'being told that they keep thoir drawing rooms dark because of the old riddle; "Where ore all woman like all Us, beautiful?" "In the dark." But -what are you going to do about as pleasant A WAY TO ENTERTAIN your frlends-thofie friends whom you want to meet, with whom you like'to chat, and who seem to make life better because they live. One agreeable way is to-have them to breakfast; make out your lists, and then In regular rotation ff lve your little entertainments. Ihc which ate stuttered Jiicauard llgures Iu .silk and mohair. The Fivnch always have a name for their fabrics. jiani t:ii.e mre juxt .IcserilHHl, 'Mioy ••Biiiiibouilk-t" and a tin re: with pi-omul, thickly strewn a come ,.„„.„ on the very day that one Is asked to, it's as little as the flat people can do to be at home." This usually finishes up ; the average woman. She calls her castaway conscience, sticks to her bond, but never has the -pleasure of seeing the Millionaires, the Dashes or the Critics again that season. THE WAYS OF SOCIETY. It was a social somebody who said that afternoon tea was a sort of a game In which the cleverness of a hostess •wag pitted against the cleverness ot the guests. That is to say the visitors so hoping to meet other pleasant people. The hostess realizes.that all her pleasant people must not be permitted to flock together, but must be carefully mixed with the stupid element, so that they may, go away and B ay what a good time they had, what a delightful house that was to visit at, W l>atacharm-ing.bwtess Mrs. Cynic Is and what clever people you do meet at her teas! After living a life In which afternoon teas.has played a conspicuous part, I should like to say to her , who'Is as yet young in the game, don t drink It, unless you are very well acquainted with the establishment In which it Is brewed. There are TWO .WAYS OF: MAKING AFTERNOON TEA. By the bye, do you remember that •Colley Gibber said that no woman, knew how to make tea unless be had taught her? Colly Clbber never came to America. The usual way of making tea is this: You buy a tea which your ~rocer assures you Is put up especially for afternoon use; It Is In lovely Japanese paper, .bright of color, and having mysterious looking characters In gilt upon it, which the. grocer, a direct descendant of Ananias and Sapphlra, assures-you is the Japanese for truly good tea, but If you can read Japanese ' cover that it Is a predlc ion .of teapot and served either in a whiskey glass or iu a soda tumblor. To her way of thinking It Is the cup or glass that differentiates. There Is one house .that, pnicliv U^lt o» Hie st'rwifjth of Its tea. Drink anything but tea in this house. It Is a mixture of the strongest black aud the strongest green tea that can be gotten. A great quantity is put in the teapot, boiling water Is added, aud if you receive tho fit-si cup and have nerves of iron you might endure it, but that tea stews nil afternoon, aud when anyone wonders why It is so bitter the 'hostess smiles and looks as delighted as possible, while she suggests that probably you are not used to strong tea. Sugar dninped in by the pov.nd would not make that tea drinkable, and really and ti-uly It is. in its strength, absolutely poisonous. There arc degrees between the house where slop Is offered •;r,iul tin- oiie'w-hcTO.strychliiine i* prn- wiijilvil, but tluero! Is alway* wisdom, when- yon go t» an afltiernooii tea. In ru.k'.T.'fr :i glass of shurr.v. The woman who feels that she would like to entertain a few of her.friends. but not extravagantly, hesitates over a ladles' luncheon. Sue who hesitates Is lost. Ladles at a luncheon are very much like small children at a party. They are not satisfied wltn eating all they wont at the.party, they expect to take home a souvenir. All the newspapers in the world can say that SO.TJVEJflBS ARE' OUT OF ' FASHION, and it may be the truth, but you give a luncheon to ladles and enjoy, If you can, the look of disappointment on each sweet face when she finds that even the flowers in the center of the table proper hour for the breakfast is half- past 12, and not 1 o'clock. You wan vour table to have the lightness and the brightness of the early sunshine; It must trot iwtaJve of t*c gnvmle™- and dignity of the dinner table. Your fruit must be fresh-well, as fresh as 1C It had really come from the southern land where It is born. Then, your oysters must be plump, but never hinting In size that they belong to the trlli? which Thackeray compared to young babies, and which, when ho ate them. mnilc him realize what it was to be a cannibal. After .-rMs, tare n. cutlet or a bird with some green salad, a.nd then a fancy omelet. The coffee must be like amber, the rolls as white ns the KOWU worn by a debutante and as light as her heart, while the butter must be the color of the sunshine, and taste of the cream used for making It. make your break-fast move T^MOST PERFECT BBEAKFAST I ever ate consisted of first, straw- berrie* then oatmeal with cream aud brown'bread, then a bird with grape fruit salad, and then a sweet, which I have forgotten as I didn't cat any, But everything was perfectly 'cooked, daintily served, and the breakfast itself was given In honor of a man who announced that he would only eat brown bread and oatmeal, so each one of these dishes was the pieces de resistance. You see, a breakfast may consist of little or much, but the dishes served must be perfect. You may offer nothing more than grapes plaid with colored knots n lid'curled threads, they term "Savigiiy." .Plaids avo in strong (leiiwiml, .-iiid certainly no cllier material is available In so many different ways, which probably accounts for its popularity. : A med'..u!iiu<ml colored fe.lt »«V.edge.1 by a velvet cord, will b« .1. most judicious purchase this Fall and if dcsiron, it may be almost covered with trimming,' Small. Celt shapes are very stylish as well, and many small hats consist of velvet folds, •touching cath other with trimming masses high or low, _ as the case may be. Miroir, stamp'ed or plain leading millllne-ry. mnteria.ls. rrlch or toque fearlier* may be. 1 airly piled on hats, with ribbon a.nd a steel buckle dn addition velvet arc and os- Plumage en joys You cau elaborate rolls special favor, a,nd :v,-c-n,ty quill* ,11-0 sometimes used on one Hat, com blned with other trimming.*. Velve striped, changeable, or «Uln ribbon with a surah back, are very largely , 1RB d in liiRb loops, and ns many h.-iw have-high crowns, such trimmings become a necessity. ' Fall capes show no special cliauge- perlmps a ll-ttlc fuller, and braidtog is a panleulnrly fashionable ornamentation. Velvet or velours r.i-e prominent matcrtab. with tlio imlespetnible cloth or "rug" capes for general .wear. jacket sleeves are decidedly smaller, but otherwise this popular covering remains about the snme length and shape. c That most unbecoming color jrraj. has been revive), and together with a new shade of cherry, are the sole novelties- a* .yet.- Grny sntta would be U-vitig to a "Ventw." but because new. a src-u deal will be used In millinery. Green abounds In both dress goods and nrllimery, and bioe. brown in five or six 8 hades, purple, Pink or cerise a.nd some crimson, return to us in various hues. Pronounced contrasts exist in nu 1m- Pry as on a small golden brown veve i,at,« bright gi-een "Bird of Paradise feather constitutes the principal turn- WORD FROM MEXICO REV W H. SLOAN WRITES CONCERNING HIS OBSERVATIONS. HI. ImpreMloiM on tl.o Free Silver Qnc.- tloo, the KCMI.» of rcr»onal Coutnct With Such » Policy, Ou C l.t to Point a ft.Moru.1 For United State* Citizens. The following letter explains plainly the effects of free silver in Mexico. The writer, Dr. William H. Sloan, is super- iutendout of Baptist missions in Mexico under the American Baptist Home Mission society. Dr. Sloan has lived m Mexico several years, at present being on his -second residence. He is a personal friend and an admirer of President Diaz, A few yearn ago he was pastor of the First Baptist church of Toledo, and is veil known in Ohio: THIIW HCMBOLDT AVENUE, No- 5 >&CITY OP MEXICO, Mex , Aug. 2fe, 1896. MY DEAB SIR—Your kind letter of AUK 19 reached me a few clays ago, on mv return from a missionary trip in the state of.Vera Cruz, and it incerestedme greatly in the details it gave as to some of mv'old friends. This is certainly a world of change, and one of surprises. Among the greatest of surprises is that of politics as you are now having them iu the United States. You seem to bo having them bad. I hope you wil no have them as bad as we do here, at least I hope they will not leave so many-lifelong scars and impoverish your blood, and perhaps make you wish you never had been exposed to the thing. . You ask me to give a few of my impressions ou money matters in the republic of Mexico and the conditions of affairs here where free silver i» all he rage and gold has been driven out of diculatiou. You probably know that with gold, end wno nan enriched hln* eeU at the expense of the laborer. The daily wages of a skilled mechanic is about $1 (51 cents in America*, money). Under favorable circumstances he may get $1.25, and I know ol!a tew. extra men, who in government shop* and in railway service get $1.00 (about 80 cents in American money.) Occasionally, whore men go away from then- families, or the work may require peculiar skill, or the employers are unusually liberal, a slightly higher figure will be paid But the average is about §1, aua the large majority of Mexican blacksmiths, carpenters, tailors and other artisans receive only 75 cents per day, or 50 cents in American money. In my remaining figures, to avoid ^tit;on,^. , will give the amounts in United bt.ites, or "sound" money. A policeman gcte 51 cents per day, a common laborer from 18 to 30 cents, postalcarriers get from S» to $13 per month, and clerks from $16 to $20 per month. House rent, here for the poorest laborer is from $1-50 to $3 per month, gold of course. He must live oa beans aud corncakes, often without i table to eat from, almost always uo bed for himself aud family mat upon the floor, with no formww in the one room of his house except perhaps a litre box that serves for a f.runfc one suit of clothes for himself and on* for his wife, and a piece of suit for each. child, and of children-there arc usually a At'nTght each one must sleep in the clothes worn during the day, unless indeed fortune has been kinder than -« usually the' case. Of course there art exceptions, and frugality, industry and tidiness, backed by sobriety and diU, have overcome even the curse -ty and the family willbe louna in comparative comfort. But the statements that ar.e being pnblishedas to t!w Mexican) laborer building himself * cence Y/.-WZ m are not to be dragged apart find distributed among the guests. This desire to carry something away exists in nil women. It is a vulgar streak, but It is just as strong In Mrs. Blueblood and Mrs. Millionaire as it is in Mrs. Shoddy and Mrs. Poverty. There have been times when some brave womr.i has limited her souvenir to a.flower-a and coffee, but the purple and white of vour grapes L them, with must contrast artlscally they'lay on the dish oest suited to „,*«,'with their own. leaves around them, while the rolls and coffee must be white and dark, light and strong, as each demands; and yer we haven t made up our minds how we will entertain this winter. My advice is to await WHAT THE SEASON CAM* FOR. To wait and see to whom you wish to entertainment. Then, too, VERO.NAOr.ARKE. OUT tote guest, LI Hung Chang ^toble'in *o many respects, cannot be3d to'Wave .set us a particularly useful example in the .matter of smok- toe cigarettes. All cigarette smokers S « cigarettes are pestilent to tho operations of great rose or a stately lily-but she has always regretted It. Women long for some rubbishy piece ot china, -tied up- with ribbon, and filled with .miserable little sweets, hard as bullets, and calculated to break the teeth of whoever tries to eat them. But a. woman will lunch off of soppy croquettes, a half- cooked bird, a badly-dressed salad, Ices that are melting only too quickly, coffee lacking In strength, and sweets limited as to sugar and announce that she has been to the most perfect luncheon of the season If she can carry horn? a small toy wWch rings as you turn It around, a four by five china, box, filled with hard, round, little oanuies, and a paper lamp shade. There seems to be more sa:tlsfflfflt,lom In *he . ACCUMULATION OF RUBBISH than in the absorption of good food. The average man doesn't know wiiat to do with* souvenir; 'he rather likes a flower to stick In his'buttonhole, but, when It comes to carrying home anything In the shape of cfoinn, or glass or silver, he feels, properly enough, like a thief By-the-bye, It's pleasant to hear that sunshine Is coming In fashion. By this, I mean that by having a drawing room as black as Hades is going out, -and streams of sunshine are coming in- The-news-will be-greeted by the average man with pleasure. There are a great many men who really only know some women by the sounds of their voices. They call on her. In the afternoon when the drawing room in the proper dim, religious light • offer an one _- must give a little thought, quite too often, to the depth and weight of one * purse; and some purses will be lighter and some will be heavier after the elcc- ^There Is a slang phrase that always mnte* TT* I-"** to * **"* * ^ of good sense and a-deal of generosity -It is this; "If you know of a good thing shove It along." I know of a good tblng-a good story, and I shove along the news to whoever wants to read it. It Js called "A Vagabond it is written by Col. No, I don't heart, the -liver, the miscellaneously pernicious, the imnle population. J» m of intentions looMnp to their d.* our «e gue,t is s.venty-th.ree old, and .tBoujrh infirm -In some. ' read Gentleman; Carter, of Cartersvllle that I mean by Hopkinsou who wrote, "Colonel Carter." mean Smith, omiuii, " **" •• . 1 When you read It and laugh over it and our ^papers her on the street when 'her Is see face Is you'll discover that it , . what will come to anybody who is foolish enousb to drink, the concoction made from these leaves. Fortunately the broken nerve* tta,t would rwult • this tea were taken strong do not afflict you Since afternoon tea.Is a beverage to which the word "strength" Is never applied. ... . MYSTERIES OF A TEA. Having your tea you engage your good-looking sister, or cousin, or friend to make it for you.. The tea, proper, or improper, had been, dumped into. a. silver caddy, which has no. cover; now, if that tea had ever possessed an aroma -It would have given It forth to the '• air by being so badly taken .care of. But it had.nothing to lose. In addition there Is a teapot with an alcohol lamp under it; when the water, is .lukewarm, the young woman who has been throwing tea by the; teaspoonful Into the teapot, lands, on/six teaspoonsful of tea two auarta of tepid water, and during the afternoon ;Bhe r refills the pot a number of tlme» without ad.dta« anj I J^^'^d.. Purely Vegetable. more &*, and never, in the .beginning, ~* SICK Positively cured by theae They also relieve ;pistrejs from ; Indigestion wd Too Hearty Eating A per. fcct remedy for Diiziness, Nausea, Prowtl nets. Bad Taste in the Mouth, Coated Tongue joy over, it, do what. I have done,hove it along. Slang? Of course,. lt'« slang, but slang expresses; so mucn, and 1 one would be an awful prig, if occasionally one didn't drop Into sung. I may have, weaknesses, I.don t deny them; I may be wicked, I have SUB- pected It. But there Js nobody living who eflM B«rt priggtehM'oss ta.n fnutt belonging fo . BAB ' FASHION^OTES. War has be«n declared against the independent .waist, as Its popularity Injun* dressmakers and nMofactnrew; but whether they will beTKe to dislodge ft, Is another question. The great superiority of suits will be enlarged upon this Fall.and so far, new Ulustratlons certainly told In that direction. Fhre yards will be about, the average width of skirts.'end a coat sleeve with a large or medium-sized puff at the top is the only Fall style introduced. Basques with short in the majority, and vest yet skiirts are . fronts relieve so%bre'.hues, or tone down bright colors.. ., The plain fabrics are at a great dls- count, among newxlrew* materials, and broftAdW* or covjrt suitings stand almost :alome; the larger proportion. being combinations and contrasts of rich hues blended in hair-line .stripes, broken checks, Scotch mixtures or "four : tone" checks;-'witch are prominent among novelties shown by, the lead- Ing house of Lord &, Taylor More t^ pensive goods are.silk and wool mK tures; and a variety called "Margucr He" showing an. all-rep velous weave as foundation, upon which .is thrown ap In silken threads, very delicate figures of every stylish hue or combination, Is extremely attractive from its refined appearance ^ .„„ inexperienced person argue f rom tl* «** chutes ore salubrious They ore not. l : ne is tough, and besides goes'tobed early and is temper- hls food, (vnd beverages wholesome. Is thtelTa large-subject, that I am not a man given to much politics, and that I am very busy. For these and other reasons I must be brief in my reply, giving you to understand that I tell you simply what I have seen in every day experience, as a result of seven years' experience among the people, and I do not and will not, theorize. There are silver enthusiasts in Mexico who-see things differently, or at least they have a different interpretation of them, and one or two English printed dailies among them. But these are so lukewarm in their Bupportof free silver that one cannot help believing that they advocate it mainly because they live in the country and do not wish o fiy m the face of tho old traditions of the people among whom they live and earn their livelihood. As an American merchant once said to my wife, when she expressed.great surprise at the enor- mouB prices charged for imported RdodaL -Yon know we are not .down here for ^oTwhatareafew of the facts about Mexico, with reference, te.her so-called prosperity on a silver basis? Simply ttotho rich are very rich and the poor are very poor- And tho latter class embrace nearly all the artisan and working classes of the country, . Americans are beginning to learn that in the republic of Mexico they have a We know ^j wer f n i and promising neighbor. But conscience and ) £ is no place for a laboring man, nor of for a. young man on a salary (unless it to assured to him before he comes), but it is for the man who has capital and is seeking for investment, hoping to increase hu capital by taking advantage of the cheap labor, of the country, for the daily laborer must toil ^ »»«*•*? that almost merits the appellation of starvation wages. I will presently give von a few figures; •',,'.' . During the last 20 years Mexico has se en more prosperity than at any fcme in her previous history, but this v is not due to the fact that a silver basis. She has always been on a silver basis, and.she has always been poor, except as to mine ew and the proprietors of the great ,tcs Her present prosperity is due en"v : to the fact that nhe.bas had under ' *. i T> «-:» nin» n ut-jiMA travern- exc _ home you may set down as unmitigated bosh:' In a few places men who arc working land on shurcs aro. allowed* little corner somewhere where they ca. erect an adobe or * bamboo hut. » which they crowd their families, and sometimes all their relatives with them. but to say that the time has come wbem. the laboring classes of Mexico are sup-, nlving themselves with homes is simply nonsense, in addition to being ^Ise. Mexico was once rich. It was wh« the Spanish invader came in. » 15ML silver and he wanted it badly. hTMoors nor Spaniarde.ver took kindly, to cold And in 1519 and the succeeding years the Spaniard needed silver with which to carry ou his Europea* wars, especially with the people of th., Netherlands. The Mexicans were take* from their fields and put to work in th» ; . mines, and the.economic —* " and the independent, most SSSttoator* the soil was broke. V ; -broken on the wheel of silver. Th. „ nation became a race of delvers after • For 350 years silver has flowed;.,;, in an uninterrupted and prolific .. .;> finding its way unto the ends of ;; ; ; , earth, but the laboring class* ^oT ; g worse oft, and have teen. : their progenitors before tto e mines had commenced.:I iderstand the blind f alalitf : of mv countrvmen who want a free-, coinage of silver. If they are successful ta"noting the Mexican financial *•. ; tern, iofar as silver is "W*"*^'..* American people, they ccrttunfr , me the day. Do not jmsnnde£;.;< Mexico is ' 'looking up, she «coimnK forward among the nation*. -; SiStetodtag everywhere the pulsation. - v o? a new life- But it is notbeca*- . she has free silver, since she h». the Will The «. man wli» I s in all.other particulars smoke a j circumspect may possibly many cigarettes in the President Porfirio Diaz a stable govern "ent, that tho period of revolutions has pled away, and that the government American and offers inducements to course of a long life without becoming pacito.tedfor^buslness.-FromLICe. Speaking of cigarette*, there are sensible lawunakers yet doing for'.the-'towns, and smaller me eounitry. Watrash 'has a business, awl making some business cities <|n cou State, a practical "reforming the morals of Little the A law sale been passed In , O f cigaretltffl In 007 manner and consequence.*!* dude must e.tfcer and thereby allow <h SUREST* invest.funds here tatoe building of railroads, theopomng up of coffee lands, the' 'development of mines, cultivation of sugar, cotton tobacco rubbeiVvanilla; heueqnin, .and scores of other products that; are.cheapljr nroduced because labor is.cheap. Anna money calls to itself money at the expense of the laborer.. ^^. £"*»;. tion of silver ;neom»: to add-nothing.to, the laboring man, for his wages remain subtantially the sumo, notwithstanding the larne influx of new capital. An Amcricaii:dollar in Mexico at this writing^,worth 11.80 in Mexican silver' inother. words, one Mexican dollar is worth about 61 cents in. American moTey although it has more silver in it Zn the American dollar has. I be- ^ethiBcheapnesS u Of ioS ,lverisdue n to ithout his ^n "devil sticks," as Sam Jones, calls ^e vile ' com»ion of poisonous nod doctored, tolxttco. Ctgar- ln homeopathic doses, may not be productive of 111 results, t«t young boys contract the haWt. of. Li Hung ^.nd^e-thew^^ng^ boxes per day. A inw s^ 11 " passed by the councllmen of-would meet wltih little oppo- glftion In Logansport. tmer^b^-ght-to the Mexican mints to -be coined, the -owner of the in about 4. cents for the paying about . eof y each dollar, and of course fronting by the added value supposed Tp&eduponit by the Bovernment's the silver. is cheap- ncony -.1IV , l,'l 'ilplTwlH'tV M in nf «imii.«- ™mplnlni. ym th, dan^r of th, tronbl. v price of the.. ueceBsities of bfe- steadily increase, honse.rent .becomes dearer..and SvcVty of the people . becomes :du, tressing beyond descnption, Let me •give yon a few figures' drawn from the lair/ life of the people. You know I am 'not a newspaper correspondent nor an .edit»r.r«eated ;in ,my co^° rt fbl ganctnm and; theorizingunon this.sulb Hect For years. I have seen these peo &».hbmes.:i,knpw the wage? ^heygeti^h'e 'food they eat (for I have eaten with them), their appeals for bet the destitute condition^ of and' ' indication thiit it wiU remit in ' . «ff"r<l to rei;ommeud, this, -nn-.-Jno, ^Kuld vote in the coming WHAT , Free-Silver Mexico th. Quote the Market Prlc« of the Nation'* Dollar, Below ia an e sac t ^production the head of one the columns atrikinizlv suggestive of what thi £53 SSL to under the free com- age of silver at 16 to 1: -V; A DAILY JOURNAL, ESTABLISH ED IN 1867. , O. Box,: "gONDAY. AUGUST 16.18M. ng prospect would the American

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