Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, October 27, 1893, Image 2
ES SS ESA XE ATS) Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 27, 8983. OUR MODERN PUBLIC SCH@®OLS, “Ram it in, cram it io, Children’s heads are hollow; Slam it in, jam it in, Still there’s more to follow; Hygiene and history, Astronomic mystery, Algebra, histology, Latin, etymology, Botany, geomery, Greek and trigonometry, Ram it in, cram itn, Children’s heads are haliow. »% it in, tap it in: hat are teachers paid for’? Bang it in twang it in:; ‘What are children made’for? Ancient archaology, Arvan phiology, Prosoay, zoology. Physics, climatology, Caleilus and mathematics, Rhetoric and hydrostatics; Hoax it in, coax it in, ‘Children’s head are hoflow. Seold it/in, mould it in, Wil that Hey ean swallow ; Fold it in, hold it in, Still there’s moreitoi follow:; Faces pinched, sad and pale, Tell the same unvarying tale, Tell ofimoments robbed from sleep, Meals untasted, studies deep, Those who've passsed the furnace through With aching brow will tell to you— MR. FRISBY'S DIVORCE. ‘BY. FLORENGE ARMSTRONG. It was Monday morning, and Mr. Samuel Frisby was hanging out the clothes on the line. Hehad a large gingham apron tied around his waist, and held up one end of it with his left hand, thus forming aireeeptacle for the clothespins. With his other hand he lifted the wet clothes from the bas- ket at his feet, and with the occasional assistance of his teeth, arranged them on the line, aed fastened them with pins. A half-desen children of various ages.and degrees -of blackness played around the yard. In front of the doorway stood his wife, “Big Mag," ag she was knowa in the neighborhood. She had a short pipe in her mouth, and was wringingout clothes from the blue water into the ‘“‘clear-starch.” How she got.in and out of that same doorway was -& wonder to all who knew her. Her height would have been great for a:man, and her bones were 80: uncommonly well covered with quivering, shaking, shining black flesh that one might «be almost tempted to doubt. their very existence, ‘were it not for her frequent:reference to them. She had not, unhappily, that placid- ity .of disposition that ‘is commonly supposed to accompany great corpu: lenge. Her eyes saapped as she now and then threw soapy water around her, to admonish the children that they were coming too close. Sam had emptied his basket, and was-gitting on a wooden stool® with his back .against .the house, tranquilly smoking his pipe,when his meditations were-gomewhat rudely interrupted by a wet, s0apy garmentthat was dashed in his face with considerable force, “¥.¢’ lazy, mis'ble nigger, screamed Mag's-shrill voice. “Why ain't you hung up derest.o’ dem clothes ? Heah I am working. my al bones off, an’ you loafin, round, smokin’ yo’ pipe, like yo’ was 8 gen’leman.” Samaneekly dodged another soapy missile that accompanied the latter part of this wifely admonition, He wiped tbe starch and soapsuds off his face with the -end .of his apron, and looked .dubiously at the basket of freshly-starched clothes. “Sarah Frances,” he called cautious- ly to one of the children, “yo’ go an’ fetch me.dat basket ¢’.clothes standin’ by yo’ mommy, After hanging up the clothes instead of returning to the house as before, he left his apron in the basket, first look- ing to see that Mag's hack was turned, and walked down the road, shaking his head slowly from side to side. He was thinking of the days when he had first courted Mag, “How come I to doit? How come I to do it 2’ he mused dismally. He felt now, in an injured sort of way, that Mag bad taken a rather undue share of the courtship on herself. When he got to the foot of ithe hill, he saw Tishy Taylor, Mag’s niece, en- gaged in the same occupation that he had just quit. It seemed, somehow, to assume a different aspect as he watched her doing it. She was a mulatto girl —what Sum would have described as “light compleeted,” Her slim figure looked trim and pretty in its tight:fit- ling lavender gown : she was singing to herself as ehe hung the clothes on the line. Saw leaned on the fence, and sighed heavily as he watched her. “Hello, Sam,” called a voice that (made him jump. “What business have you to be leaning over the fence, making eyes at Tish, Haven't you a wifeat home 2” “I know it. Cap'n, 1 know it,” said Sam ruefully turning to hold the Cap- tain’s horse. An’ that'sjes where the trouble comes in. Captain Scott was Tishy’s employer. He had received his title partly because his father had been in the army and partly because a plain “mister” seemed hardly suited to his portly, jovial fig- ure. “Why, what's the matter?” Has Mag been licking you again ? He ask- ed laughing. “No, Cap'n, it ain’t dat. Leastways, not lately, he corrected himself. “But I tell you how it air, Cap'n, dat woman dou’ give me a minute's peace o my life. I can’t smoke my pipe in peace, av’ I's dat sore trom havin’ things throwed at me.” “Well, well,” interrupted the Captain with his jovial laugh. “The only thing left for you to do, Sam, is to geta divorce.” “A d'vorce, How's dat?” queried Bam, with a gleam of hope in his eyes. “Why get a divorce—a separation, vou know. The law wou’t make you live with a woman you ean’t get along with. Incompatibility of temper the lawyers call it." “Do the law say that?’ egid Sam eagerly. “I’m patibility of temper. Dat’s jes’ it, jes’ it exac’ly.” horse go by, and stood for some min- utes in the road, buried in thought. When he looked up he saw Tishy still at work. The sight seemed to inspire him. “Good mornin’, Miss Tishy,” he said, brightly, crossing over to where she stood. “How's yo’ health to- day ?”’ He stepped aside to let the Captain’s | his family drove by on their way to | chureh, Sam tock off his tall hat with such a flourish that it nearly | swept the road. “You look like a bridegroom, Sam,” called the captain. “Dat’s jes’ it, cap'n, jes’ it exac’ly,” retarned Sam, with a broad grin. When he saw Tish he almost forgot his own splendor at the sight of her. She had on a pale blue flowered gown, and a broad rimmed rose-color hat yo’ 'sprised me,” giggled Tishy. She had been watching him all the while. How’s Mag ?” Tishy,” said Sam mysteriously, “I's gwine get a d’'vorce from her im’pati- shoulder. Sam stepped a little closer, “Why, I’clare, Mistah Frisby. How “Don’ yo’ say Mag to me. Miss And,” he added, bility of temper. gwine get another meaningly, “1's wife,” “Laws 'ee, Mistah Frisby,” giggled Tishy, coyly, with her head so far on one side that it fairly rested on her and put his arm adroitly around Tishy’s slim waist. : “Yo’ sholy is sweet, Miss Tishy,” he said, tenderly. “Laws 'ee, Mistah Frisby,” giggled Tishy again, and still more bashfully than before. But this time it was on Sam’s shoulder, and not her own that her head rested. In about half an hour Sam started up the road again. The dejection of the morning was gone, and his eyes shone hopefully, but still he walked slowly. Not that Sam ever so far for- got himself as to move with anything approaching rapidity, but this was ev- en slower than his natural gait, He was debating in his mind how | he should break the news to Mag. The formality of having a lawyer did not occur to him. She sholy will take it hard,” he said to himself several times shaking his head dubiously. His reverie was cut short by the sound of her voice. “Yo’ lazy hulkin’ nigger,” she yell- ed. “What you been gabblin’ to Tish ’bout all de mo’nin ? Ain’t I worked de bone outen my body, and de baby hymn,” he wispered. like hollerin’, trimmed with black feathers. She also wore white gloves. : “Yo' sholy does look sweet, Miss Tishy,” he kept repeating on their way to church, and every time he said it he gave herarm a gentle squeeze by way of emphasis. “Laws, ee, Mistah Frisby, how yo’ does flatteh,” she would reply, with a bashful giggle. At the church Sam proudly walked his partner up to the very front row of seats. As they had only one hymn book between them, Sam felt that it would be only polite to put his arm around her, so that she should be as near it as possible. ic either of them that he held the book upside down. It mattered little “I wish dey would sing a hallalujah “] jes’ does feel The minister had finished a prayer and the second hvmn had been given out when a sudden hush fell on the congregation as if everybody was hold- ing his breath. The perspiration stcod out on Sam's face without daring to turn round, he felt that Mag had en- tered the church. Without a word, but with a light in her eyes that boded ill to anybody that approached her, she strode down the aisle, and laid her hand on Sam’s coat collar, Still silently, she jerked him from theseat and marched him before ber out of the church and into the road. Then she spoke. “Yo' is gwine d’vorce me, is you ?”’ she hissed, still keeping an uncomfortably tight hold on Sam's collar, and giving him a shake at every word, “Huh.” cryin’, and dinnah to get, an’ yo’ goes oft visitin’.” She was standing by the fence at the place where the gate should have been. She was holding the youngest hanging around her skirts. The pipe was still in her mouth, but it did not in the least interfere with the fluency self into such a passion that Sam deem- ed it prudent to make a complete cir- rear door. He put on his gingham apron again and set about getting din- ner. wait till Mag was somewhat calmer be- fore telling her the news. After dinner was over he put the baby to sleep. Then he gathered in the dry clothes, sprinkled them, and rolled them tight for Mag to iron in the morning. He kept out of her way as much as possible, though he could not get beyond tongue, “Now, don’ yo' get huffy, Mag,” he said, soothingly, from time to time. This adjuration far from having the desired effect, only increased her irri- tability. The nextday, while Mag had the flat-irons in her band, there was a better reason that ever for not disturb- ing her equanimity by any unpleasant news. But, though Sam eaid nothing, there was the light ot subdued triumph in his eyes, and an air of passive in- Sind Chad in his very obedience that served greatly to increase that lady’s tendency to “‘huffiness.” She nev- er seemed to him to be in just the frame of mind necessary to grasp such a novel idea. During the week, he carried home the basketfuls of snowy, freshly ironed clothes. Every time he passed the house where Tish lived he would stop, rest his basket on the ground a few minutes, and lean on the fence, looking at the house with a broad smile to himself. Tishy was busy indoors, and he could not see her. Then he would lift his basket again, and go on to the town, chuck- ling to himself all the way. Ou Sunday morning, Sam felt that the time had come. Mag had gone to visit a neighbor. He took out the highest collar and the largest pair of cuffs he possessed. They were ironed to the highest possible state of glossi- uess, for Mag felt that her reputation as a laundress rested on Sam’s looking well of a Sunday. Then from a box under the bed, he produced a suit of light gray clothes, which he patted and smoothed with ineffable satisfac- tion. They had once belonged to the ‘Captain, and were rather loose on Sam's spare form. After arraying him. self in these, he spent about twenty minutesin front of the httle looking glass in the kitchen tying his red cra- vat. Then after surveying himself with some pride, he took up his tall hat, and the pair of gold-rimmed spec- tacles without which no gentleman of African lineage considers his toilet complete, and went out to find the children. “George Henry," he said to his little son, “when yo' mommy gits back, yo’ tell her Is got a d’vorce from her, and I ain’t a comin’ back no mo’.”" George Henry looked as if he scarcely ap- preciated the importance of this bit of information, so Sam went on. “Yo can tell her that I's jes’ about ti'ad of her tantrums, and 1's gwine get anoth- er wife. *Chil’ren,” he continued, surveying them impressively, “yo’ can all kiss me good-bve. Afte’ this I ain’t gwine be yo’ poppy no mo’. I's gwine marry Tish Taylor, an den I'll be yo’ uncle.” Just how Sam evolved this matter of relationship it would be hard to say, Without understanding the nature of the calamity that had befallen them, the children setup a loud howl, which followed Sam down the road, and his new happiness. Just before he reached Tishy’s home, he stopped at a cottage and plucked a pink rose to put in his buttonhole. The captain and child on her hip, ‘and the others were of her speech. She had worked her- cuit of the house and enter by the It seemed to him advisable to the reach of her seemed to him a pleasing prelude to | There was an amount of menace in that “hub” that would have discon- certed a far bolder man than Sam. “I was jes’ a funnin’, Mag,” he whis- pered. “Well, now, I's gwine do a little fun- nin’ an’ yo’ see how yo’ like it. Now yo' come 'long.” As she still kepta tight hold on Sam’s collar and pushed him in front of her, and as Sam was too much choked and frightened to think of offer- ing resistance, this injunction to “come "long” seemed rather superfluous. A large part of the congregation seemed disposed to accompany them, had not the minister hurriedly mount- ed the pulpit and called in a loud voice: “Now, my brethren, dey is one thing de Good Book tells us, and dat is, ‘Nevah yo’ inte’fere ’tween a man an’ hig wife, or a wife an’ her husban’,” he added, on second thoughts. “Now, if Brother Brown and Brother Sanders will kin'ly stan’ with dey backs to the do’, an’ Sister Rachel Green will give us her ‘sperience with r'ligion, we will perceeed with the services.” Only once did Mag speak on the way home. Her silence, however, was more ominous than any words could be. When they reached the house where Tishy Taylor dwelt, she stopped short in the middle of the road with a suddenness that took away what little breath remained in Sam. “Yo is gwine get a d’vorce is yo’? she demanded. The remark was more in the nature of a threat than an interrogation. The children were collected around the doorway when they reached home, but she brushed through without seeming to notice them. Inside the door she paused. Then she fairly lift- ed Sam from his feet and flung him, with a force that would have crushed an ordinary man, into a corner. “Yo' 'onery black niggah,” she yell- ed at him, “yo’ stay in dat co’ner while I pravs to de’ Lawd fo’ strength to lick the mig’ble life out’n yo.” Mag threw herselt on Lier knees in front of a chair, and began her suppli- cations in a loud voice. “She's gwine kill yo’ ol’ poppy, chil’- | ren,” whimpered Sam, looking appeal- | ingly at the frightened youngsters. Mag’s exhortations rose shriller and shriller, Her body swayed back and forth with the excitement she was la. boring under. Finally she raised the chair above her head and rose to her feet with a whoop. “Yo’ is gwine get o d’vorce, is you’, | she ehrieked, Sam had dropped on his knees, half dead already with ter- ror. The next morning, Mr. Frisby, vari- ously adorned with patches and band- ages, was again engaged in hanging out the wash. Not once did his eyes stray ona the house at the foot of the it. : —— Ventilating Sewers. Some of the English towns and cities have introduced a device for ventiluting sewers—a Bunsen gas burner operating to beat to a high temperature a series of cast iron cones over the surfaces of which the sewer gases have to - pass on their way out to the atmosphere, which by such contact are entirely destroyed. In order to obviate all danger of explo- sion caused by leakage, this new safety furnace consists of a series of cylindric- al rings or segments, each mechanically fitted. An intermediate ring divides the combustion chamber from the verti- cal air passages formed between the in- ner and outer ring of the furnace. The heat of the furnace is conveyed to the outer ring by means of thick cast iron webs that form tiers of air channels through which the uprising sewer air | passes, and the burrer is supplied with air taken from the outside of the ‘‘de- , stroyer column.” | nee — —— | Directors of physical culture say ‘that heavy dumbbells do more harm than good, as they strain the heart and lungs as well as the muscles they are supposed to benefit. Exposition. Few people who have attended the Exposition have appreciated the im- | portance of the Emergency Hospital ; | although probably they have been terror stricken by the apparently reckless manner in which the hospital ambau- lances dash around the promenades, There have been an average cf over one hundred hospital patients a day since the pening of the Exposition. The largest percentage isthe people who keep on going in their sightseeing until they fall exhaused, and in many cases the attending physicians say indigestion brought about by irregular eating has played an important part. St. Thoraas, one of the West Indies, Is land discovered by Columbus, is vividly represented by a model in the Transpor- tation building, which is wade on the scale of six inches to a mile horizontally. The outlines of the island are an exact reproduction of the sea beach in minia- ture, and palm groves, towns, harbors and shipping are shown in the natural- ness of real life. Among the vessels represented in the harbor are United States cruisers and two of the Columbus caravels now to be seen at the Exposi- tion. 3 An exhibit made by the Horticultural Department in a section of the Midway Plaisance causes surprise, but is very practical in its way. Itis a section of an old rail fence overgrown by a vigor- ous growth of ordinary garden weeds, which are described by a card as “Things to hit with a hoe.” Nearly all of the mors troublesome weeds are to be seen here. Probably very few of the millions of eople that have visited the Exposition Poe thought of the busy scenes that must be enacted after the gates to the grounds are closed to the public for the night. A glimpse late in the afternoon of the plaza around the Administration building and of the benches surround- ing the basin and lagoons reveals an amount of rubbish in the shape of packages, papers, and boxes remaining from lunch parties that would fill a great many wagons. HKvery night, promptly at eleven o'clock, an army of men goes over the grounds gathering up all the rubbish, which is then burn- ed. Another army follows with sweep- ers, cleaning up and repairing the promenades and repairing breaks in the lawns. Following these ccme the Spacing carts. This work consumes the greater part of the night. As early as three o’clock a. m., provisions and supplies of all kinds begin to arrive at the various gates. The OCkicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad exhibits a light and heat tender in the Transportation building, which has been used on its vestibuled express trains. The car weighs 76,000 pounds. It is fitted with a boiler of the locomotive type, which carries steam at a pressure of 100 pounds. Five thou- sand pounds of coal and gallons of water can be carried in the fuel and water tanks. These tanks and the boiler occupy about three-fifths of the car. In the remaining space is an electric plant, consisting of a Westinghouse automatic engine ot eighteen horse power, belted by a link belt to an Edison fifteen kilo- metre 110 volt dynamo. This tender has been used continually in winter on limited trains to ten cars each running between Chicago and Minneapolis, and has not only supplied necessary steam for heating the train, but has also maintained 200 incandescent lamps of sixteen candle power each. Canada makes a splendid display in the Manufactures and the Liberal Arts building, and it is evident from the variety of manufactur- ed products that the Dominion has made great strides in fostering home industries. The great feature of this exhibit is the display made by the In- dian schools of Manitoba and the North- west. A number of Indian girls and boys from these schools are seen practic- ing different trades and kinds of work. One girl will be knitting, another crocheting, others doing fancy needle work and embroidery, while still others spin yarn on an old-fashioned spinning wheel, weave rag carpeting on a hand loom, and do other work. The boys are setting type, operating a hand print- ing press, and otherwise demonstrating their skill. A great many samples of work done by these young Indians are exhibited. Some excellent carpentry and iron products show the practical train- ing that the boys receive. A wigwam, such as these Indiansin their native condition inhabit, adds special interest and contrast to this exhibit. It is cov- ered with buckskin, and in connection with it there are shown household utensils and native-made hunting and fishing apparatus. There isa fine dis- play of robes, such as are used in the extreme Northwest, made of different materials, such as loon skins, lynx paws, deer skin, muskrat, and there are several robes made of Arctic rabbit skins. The skin of the rabbit is tender, and in order to give these robes strength the skin is cut into strips and twisted, and the twists woven, leaving coarse meshes, yet making a very warm robe. This sort of a robe is used very exten- sively all through British America, from Manitoba even as far north as the raouth of the Mackenzie River, and is also in use among the Hsquimaux of Alaska, They are almost as light as down and have equal warmth. Idaho’s mining interests are extensive as shown by the size of its exhibit in the Mining building, where several large piles of ores, mostly gold, silver, and silver-lead ores, are displayed, but also specimens of copper and lead and a few valuable stones such as opals and rubies. The Utah exhibit also consists chiefly of gold, silver, and silver-lead ores, together with considerable base bullion. There is also shown here coal, onyx, rock salt, rubies, opals, asbestos, potash, sulpbur and concentrates, also iron ores. The feature of the Montana mining exhibit is the silver statue which occu pies the most commanding position of the section. The rest of the section is given up almost wholly to large dis- plays of silver ores. There are cases of veautiful specimens of native silver and ! silver crystals, also a case of gold crys- tals and nuggets of gold from the placer mines and fine displays of sapphires, tin and bismuth, copper ores and ingots and manufactures of copper. Colorado’s by massive specimens of silver and | silver-lead ores, Notes From the World’s Columbian forms, petroleum, marble, stones. and coal, bituminous, are also exhibited. center of the space are several cases containing specimens of placer gold, free gold and gold crystals. § ing this are shafts of building stone i i n top of each | J : i HE os of Bo ore, | dicrous. It isa habit to indulge most The silver interests of this State are | cautiously ; it may be a good servant, very completely represented, as are also | building both anthracite and In the For and About Women, Our nervous American women find it almost impossible to tell a story with- out a superabundance of gesture. This Surround- is sometimes piquant and adds to the ‘interest of the tale. Often it detracts ! from it, and becomes offensive and In- but it is certainly a very bad master. displays. One of the most noticeable There is a superstructure 95 feet high 30 feet long and 10 feet wide, arranged in the form ofa huge kitchen stove. In this exhibit isshown what is be- lieved to be the oldest stove in America. It was brought from France in 1863 and placed in the first convent estab- lished in Quebec. Itis the ordinary type of box stove, and aearly square. The castings in it would be considered excellent work in stove making to-day. In another exhibt there is shown the first anthracite selffeeding base burner made. This stove was invented by the late Dr. Nott, who was president of Union College, New York. It is be- lieved to date back to 1817. A writer in Scribner's Magazine says: “Night and electric light play a great part in the spectacular side of the Fair. Solomon in all his glory naver saw such a sight as the plain people of this continent have had on illumination nights this summer. Innumerable in- candescent lights sparkle along the cornices and pediments ; the top of the wall inclosing the grand basin is out- lined in fire ; search lights from the top of the Liberal Arts building cut their wide swaths of light in gigantic circles, resting for a moment here and there to bring out now this detail or to throw into dazzling relief a sculptured figure or beast. Tt lingers longest on the MacMonnies fountain, the fitting jewel resting lightly on the bosom of this Venetian beauty whom but yesterday we called Chicago; and well it may, as ina degree the fountain is the clou of the Exposition. Pe —— How Chinese Wed. the iron interests. i : Miss Florence Nightingale re- Stove manufacturers have vied with cently celebrated her seventy-third each other making large and complete birthday. Although for many years 3 5 . confined to her house by constant ill- exhibits is that of the Garland stoves. | health, she is ceaselessly at work for the welfare of her fellow creatures. Black and white still Isads the van in colors in millinery ; yellow is highly acceptable, orange velvet flowers for Fall and Wintertrimming being greatly in favor. The sailor hat 1s still in high form, some, however, being modified by bunches of feathers arranged on the right side. A very striking visiting costume is of black Empire silk, made from a yoke of petunia colored velvet, the full bod ice being strapped into the figure by narrow bands of cut jet. capes or epaulettes of silk fall over big sleeves of the velvet, that meet black suede gloves midway between the wrist and elbow. black velvet is trimmed en suite with full rosettes of petunia velvet and a jet- encrusted feather rises hussar fashion from the left side. Two short A small tri-corner hat of Coats are made with Eton jacket The fronts and frock back, the latter being so full in the skirts that they fall in flutes. throughout with silk. Coats are so heavily fluted in the sKirts that a wom- an may almost wonder if she can’t just sew last season’s cape on to a round waist, and so make a coat with skirlg fluttier than any of them, and at the same time find a use for said last year’s cape. Such coats must be lined color that will undoubtedly be worn most during the winter for even- ing dresses, is a pink shade of magenta, very light and yet brilliant in tone. It veil, of Chu Fong. the house. present. wife, band and wife. £0 near the tainment, and the 18-year,old the door of which crimson silk from over her face there wasa heavy silk No one was allowed to see her features until she had become the wife bridal chamber. Then Bad Luck Thrown Away on a Fan and Evi Spirits Kept From the Bride by a Wise Frisco Woman.— Glasses of Wine, Bind the Bargain. Two of Chinatown’s most exclusive set were united in marriage recently according to the rites prescribed by the laws and customs of the Celestial Empire. The bride was Lum San Toy, niece and adopted daughter of Lee Chonk, a tea importer of Mott street, who is said to be the wealthiest Chinaman in New York. The groom is Chu Fong, 29 years old, also of Mott street, manager of the Chinese Theater in Doyer street, and reputed to be worth $100,000. A Chinese astrologer had declared that the propitious time for the mar- riage of Chu Fong and Lum San Toy was at 5:30 A. M., 80 no other time was to be thought of for the ceremony. Three hours after mid-night the groom went alone to the Temple of Joss and offered up his devotions, swearing that he would protect and care for the woman about to become his wife. Each had to be a merchant and come ofan ancient Chinese stock. All were dressed in the costumes of mandarin. HE THROWS AWAY BAD LUCK. The bridegroom was allowed to wear no garment that was not of silk. He went to his new home and heard the announcement that the bride had start- ed from her uncle’s house. carriage was at the door, the groom, surrounded by his attendants, turned out to meet the bride. through the door, he tore down a fan, which was suspended from the lintel, and uttering some Chinese which mean, “I throw away all bad luck,” flung it into the street. Chinaman dared to pick up the fan. The groom adyanced tothe carriage, was thrown open, and the bride sprang out, taking his extended hand. She was dressed in to foot and When the As he passed words, As she stepped from the carriage an old Chinese woman, dressed in black, stepped up and held a parasol over the young woman’s head until she was in This was to keep any bad arial spirits from descending upon her. The old woman was brought here fron San Francisco for the occasion. "FRISCO HAS A CORNER ON WISDOM. She is known as a “wise woman.” aad San Francisco is the only Ameri- can city that can boast of any of her kind. During all the ceremonies that followed, she had charge of the bride, and no other female was allowed to be The maiden was taken tnto the Chu Fong was ush- ered into an adjoining room, where there was an altar. picked up a piece of perfumed wood and held it burning in his hand. was allowed to witness this part of the ceremony except Chu Giag Yuen, the patriarch of the Chu family, to which the bridegroom belongs. The bride was seated in the middle of the bed. The bridegroom approach- ed, and kneeling by the side of the bed, promised to love and cherish her as his The patriarch uttered a few words of the marrage contract, to which both respondei. bride, leaning over the bed, offered her husband wine from the two tiny glass- es which she held drank from both, and they became hus- Each groomsman No one in her hand. He Soon all Chinatown was joyfully feasting in the nearby restaurants, which havebeen leased by Chu Fong for two weeks, and are free to all his ffends for that period. No one will | single great modiste could send forth a husband and wife for a | yandate and watch it bezome a law. If week. Then they will hold a reception at their home, and on Saturday even- ing. October 14, they will hold a big public reception at the Terrace Garden, g is] i in | Dancing will be a part of the enter- use : Doe ae and: Is simast walled in many distinguished ‘“The Raven’ ig still to be seen in New Gold ores in various Chinese are expected to attend. No the looks delightful in face cloth, and two demi-toilettes I have seen made of it have quite entrapped my fancy. One gown was made in princess style—long graceful skirt fitting perfectly over the hips, and quite plain. The bodice had a transparent yoke of dust-colored lace of very fine quality, and dangling jet braces over each shoulder. The sleeves were full to the elbow, and were finished by long transparent cuffs of the dust- tinted lace. The other gown had a short full skirt, with an edge of black satin just outlining the hem. The bod- ice had a corselet of white lace and a black satin belt and high collar of the same. The sleeves were full, and or the plain cloth with narrow black satin cuffs. The skirts have changed little in style or contour and measure from threa and a half to four yards in width, though some of them that fall in deep folds are five yards around the bottom. Bod- ices are very full and many of them have the little jackets that were so much in favor last winter, These jackets are short and round in front, but are carried in two deep plaits at the back of the waist. Added basques are a feature on al} the bodices, and these are much better suited to heavy materials than the round waist so long 10 vogue. To those of an economical turn of mind this mode of changing the shape of an old waist par- ticularly appeals, as contrasting mate. rial can be used very effectively in this way, and thus a last season’s gown can be converted into one quite in vogue. A stylish combination is brown and magenta, and any one having an old brown costume can, by adding a soft collar and belt of magenta velvet, give it a touch of Parisian elegance that will be surprising. Narrow folds of the vel- vet set on the sleeve will add still fur- ther to its beauty, and when the ex- pense is taken into consideration it will seem impossible to have secured so much style for so little outlay. Women who have left behind the slenderness of youth and taken on the portly proportions pertaining to the meridian or post-meridian of ‘“life’s lit- tle day’’ should be especially careful that their skirts are made to hang as long in front asin the back. Nothing is more awkward or calls attention more disagreeably to an undesirable degree of flesh about the hips or abdomen as a gown which “hitches up’ in front. Now that the season is settling, we find that the favorite color 1s brown— red brown, gold brown, olive brown, or any other; brown striped or shot, or run or sprinkled with other shades— terra cotta, magenta, green. gold or black. Black and brown combinations are particularly handsome. This favor- able decree renders all of our mink from last year especially valuable, for it wild blend with the other tints. A Conundrum Tea was given recent- ly to a party of children. Each one was asked to bring four riddles—not original —with him. These were asked in the evening and a prize given to the one who guessed the most, The supper consisted of articles named on the menus in blind characters, like enigmas, as: Country in Europe (Turkey). Sen of Noah (Ham), gritty wizards (sand- wiches), ete. Overskirt is the ery of the times, dou- ble skirt or gray redingote style, cut open in front over another skirt. And the fall openings also show the gowns made after this fashion. But, strange to relate, it is only in fashion papers and in openings that we see much of this departure. There is a slight halg in the buzz of dress designing, while | womankind makes up its mind. Is the overskirt worthy of adoption ? Does it promise anything attractive? For the time is past when a single woman or a | the innovation suits, well and good ; if | not, there must be none of it. ——————————————— —— The house wherein Poe wrote York.