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IThe Toque Supreme.



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IThe Toque Supreme.


use, should be re-covered if the cases are soiled, and so will be ready whon ohills of autumn render them necessary to our oom- fort once more. Burnet has some delightful printed sateens which have the effect of satin; these are to be had in various com- binations of colour and are especially suit- able for casing eider down quilts. Very in- expensive and smart bedspreads are Dhe brightly coloured rugs made of waste Italian silk. A large size costs 2s. only. Thrown over the foot of the bed they prove most effective. As sofa rugs they are equally appropriate. More than once before I have called attention to these charming and mar- vellously inexpensive cover's. I am seldom without two or three; they are so very cheerful-looking and retain their bright tints undimrfied to the end. Decorative Articles. While on the subject of useful and deco- rative articles, I may call attention to one that is .simply ornamental. It is a flower- 1 pot cover, made by cutting the sticks from a fan, after which it is stretched to th» v:o of the pot, where it will form a e, s < fluted folds. I think such a cover preff. to those made of orinkled paper or of -;[1k, &o., and it is certainly more durable, and does not collect dust so easily, or, rather, dust can, when collected, be removed with greater facility. Taste in selecting the colour of the fan to tone with that most conspicuous in the room the plant will occupy is pre- supposed. There are so many ways of making our rooms charming without going to the impossible—impossible to many people —expense of costly furniture, either antique or modern. Excess of drapery round and about objects that seem to appeal against it in the eyes of common-sense is rarely seen now, and, though a few well-disposed fans are by no means to be despised by the cheap decorator, their colouring should be correct To secure these fans one must, I think, go to L' b,-T-ty or to Stephens's or other dealers in "art" wares. Not long since, in the rooms of a friend who is by no means overburdened with money, I admired a corner book-sheli, or, rather, shelves, which cost a. mere trifle, answering the strictly useful purpose for which they were designed. The arrange- ment challenged admiration also. There were a series of three shelves fixed one above the other and at suitable distance apart. They were sup- ported by narrow cleats screwed into the wall. The woodwork was enamelled Indian- red, and the edges finished with leather to match, pinked at the edge and fastened with ornamental nails. If the home library be more extensive than my friend's is, there could be a series of five shelves or more, which, however, should not rise higher than *h,<- wood casing of the door, or doors, and where economy of the strictest order has to be exercised, instead of leather, strips of art serge or felt might be used to edge the shelves. The distance of the lowest bracket from the floor should not be less than 3Mt, As I have hmted before, I am no admirer of superfluous draperies of flimsy character, but portiers, window curtains, loose rugs thrown over sofas or large easy chairs, or maybe a length of silk or art serge draped on the upper edge of the tall screen (that I consider indispensable in bed and sitting rooms), and maybe hanging in graceful lines at either end—all such draperies tend much to improve the appearance of the room and greatly minister to the comfort of the occu- pant—to physical comfort, if not to mental satisfaction. I find it impossible to feel at rest in an ugly room—nor could I possibly pen my articles thereinthough often when occupying temporary apartments by the sea or lodgings in the country I have had to re^y entirely on the few cushions and dainty covers that always forms part of my impedi- menta to produce an. effect that will leave my mind free from the hampering, not to say paralysing, consciousness of the barren- ness and probable unredeeming ugliness of the normal surroundings. Flowers always are a. great refuge; one can choose colours that relieve and brighten; one or two bowls, and just a simple vase of good shape, are so easily packed. The vases of the lodging- housekeeper, as a rule, would almost vulgarise the choicest and most careifulily-selected flowers- Usually my first overt act when entering lodgings is to sweep q.vay-often to my landlady's disgust-all her so-called ornaments and, the antimacassars that, with- out beauty to protect, have not the least excuse for their presence, for there is never any freshness in the upholstering of sofas and chairs to protect. Wool mats are also abominable in my eyes—so away with them. One of the Italian rugs laid over the foot of the bed, and another on the sofa, with a, curtain of art serge hung over the door, the paint of which is often distressing in colour, and probably dirty in addition, not to mention the furniture panelling of the same piece of carpentery, will do much to redeem the homeliness of the most homely rooms, or the more exasperating tawdriness that paisses for airt in the uneducated eyes of their real owner. A green blind that one can tack up to exclude at will the glare so often experienced near the sea, will prove most restful, and as the chairs in lodgings, as a rule, have no claim whatever to be styled easy, a folding chair that may be extended to form a couch, with a cushion for a pillow, or be contracted into a seat, with upright back at will, will be found a great addition to comfort. A length of cre- tonne cut the size of four trunks, with a falling frill, will turn that receptacle into a. smart box ottoman. It may be for lack cf accommodation in your bedroom, the sitting- room will have to find standing room tor Hie trunk. The fortunate folk who can afford decent lodgings at six or seven guineas a YOUNG LADY'S COSTUME. This pretty dress is very becoming to slight girlish figures. The material is cotton crepon, striped diagonally in red and ecru and trimmed with embroidery in the same colours. A wrinkled band of red silk is worn around the waist. The square yoke effect is caused by a cluster of small tucks that finish at yoke depth at front aud back. Stylish sleeve caps of embroidery droop over the full double puffs that are gracefully arranged over coat-shaped linings, faced to the elbow with the material. Simulated cuffs of embroidery finish the wrists. The skirt is gored to distend stylishly at the bottom, the front and sides fit closely at the top, the fulness being con- fined to small space in centre of back, where it falls in graceful folds to the lower edge. week may scoff at suggestions of which they have, happily, no need to avail themselves. but a majority of us are, I fear, not in a pOlsition to despise such considerations in relation to comfort. Anyway, to have a few things, including favourite books, about one CHILD'S DRESS. I This pretty costume is made of mauve batiste trimmed with white guipure. The skirt is trimmed with an insertion of guipure surmounted by two large folds. The epaulettes are of mottsseline, finished with rosettes of ribbon, and the bodice is of guipure over batiste. tends to give an agreeable sense of home, even when the a,partments leave little to be desired on the score of material comforts. Hints for Seaside Trippers. Rainy days will come, and these are always a. trial to mothers, more especially when she has removed her family from the thousand and one interests of home life, and has located herself and them in lodgings where the rooms are probably small and means of indoor amusement have not been pro- vided, supposing that the state of the weather prohibits the supreme and varied atractions to be found on the sands. Now, the biow- -ijig of soap bubbles is a. never-failing source of amusement to the young. Indeed, I have known older people find great fun in blowing bubbles, requiring only a few short clay pipes and a soap bubble solution, made of warm water and Castille soap, to which a few drops of glycerine may be added. The water must be thick with soap and then you will obtain all the primary hues of the rain- bow. The glycerine tends to make a more 7 durable bubble. Naturally this amusement may entail slight damage to smart frocks and not improve costly carpets and furniture, but it is easy to attire children suitably,, and the carpets and furniture in seaside lodgings have stood rougher usage and appear little the worse for it. Each child should be furnished with a small bowl and a iiroe, and the tiny creatures will be merry over the bubble blowing for hours. If your nerves a-re not easily rasped—and I do sin- cerely hope they are not—the game of "Wolf" will certainly amuse the chicks, for they dearly love the sound of their own little tongues, and "Wolf' not only gives them a fine chance of exercising their lungs, but their imagination also in the production of their imagination also in the production of howls more or less unlike that of Little Bed Riding Eood's consumer and the rest of his terrible dsn. Some one must stand in the centre of the players and relate a story concerning wolves. When the narrator mentions the name "wolf" lie alone must howl: when, however, the plural is used the entire company must howl in chorus; should any fail to do this she, or he, is out for a few minutes. In the case of older children the player who forgets to howl out the word "wolves" must take the place of the narrator, and may retire or join the general company, as preferred. A Rich Seed Cake. One pound flour, lib. butter, lib. sifted sugar, eight eggs, powdered cinnamon and nutmeg -LOZ,, Izo.. carraway seeds, and one 4 glass of sherry. Warm the flour, beat the butter to a cream, mixing in the powdered susra-r, but not before the butter is creamed. Beat the yolks and whites of the eggs sepa- rately, and then pour them into the cream; mix them with flour and spices, then the rest of the ingredients, and stir for an hour. Butter a cake tin, and bake in a. quick oven until done. The lightness of a cake is mainly due to thorough incorporation of the in- gredients severally. -&.