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THE WOMAN'S WORLD.

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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. THE demand for round tablecloths is much less than for square and oblong. IN point of durability no bedroom towels are equal to pure linen huckaback, and there is a wide range of width and quality. PLAIN or dotted lace-trimmed white Swiss bolster covers are much cooler and prettier for summer use than starched linen ones. FOR various good ard sufficient reasons, white bed- dressing has never been out of style despite the beauty and popularity of coloured ones but, the rev,val of the colonial style of architecture and furniture and interior decorations has brought. white Marseilles and dimity bedspreads into decided favour, and they are brought out in many new and effective patterns. FEW women dress comfortably and healthfully for sports. Corsets should be discarded and tight shoes or gloves and high linen collars are all conducive to misery, if not to positive suffering. An old-fashioned sailor-blouse is the most satisfactory sort of a bodice to wtar. It looks trim and pretty without a corset, and is generally becoming worn with a soft, low, rolling collar. Physicians now declare that stiff, high collars are particularly injurious to the bicyclist. They are not only dangerous in case of a fall, but overheat the neck and induce throat weakness quinsy, &c. WOMAN who wear jewels have just discovered that, in order to get the best effects from the stones, they must wear only those that match their eyes. The girl with hazel orbs that have a tint of yellow is devot- ing herself exclusively to yellow topazes and emeralds. The blue-eyed women are buying turquoises. Solitaire diamonds are only allowed the black-eyed damsels. Brown, rose, and yellow-tinted brilliants are all the especial property of the matron or belle of several seasons, whose glance is deep and dark as midnight. To brown-eyed women, red gems are recommended. The red-haired woman, if her eyes are blue, can wear opals with perfect impunity. WHITE spots upon tarnished furniture will disap- pear if a hot plate be held over them. WHEN making paste for paperhanging, add a tea- spoonful of powdered alum to each pound of flour. By applying crushed resin to a cut, it will stop the blood, heal the wound, and ease the pain immedi- ately. BBFOKE putting milk into a pan to boil, rinse the pan well out with cold water; this prevents the milk catching. Do not wash the windows with soapsuds. A little alcohel rubbed on quickly will leave the panes bright and shining if wiped dry. To get rid of ants, a pennyworth of camphor burned in the closet or elsewhere, and keeping the xioor closed, will soon make a clearance. THE juice of garlic, bruised in a stone mortar, is a remarkably fine cement for broken glass or china, and, if carefully applied, will leave no mark behind it. THosim who wish to keep good-looking," says a writer who has made beauty of face and form a life- long study, should keep good-natured. Mcst of us are anything but anxious to help on the ravages Time brings along with him, and bad nature makes people grow old very fast. It is the minor miseries, vexations, disappointments, and jealousies that sour the temper, scarcely, if ever, the real big troubles of life. Good nature comes in part from good health, but it can be cultivated like any other virtue, and it is a duty to cultivate it, the same as we cultivate order, love of beauty, or love of truthfulness, or good habits of any kind." THE only woman Freemason was Lsdy Aldsworth, who during a Lodge meeting in her brother's house in Ireland, crept to the corridor outside the room where the meeting was being held, and watched the ceremonies until she became so overcome by the sense of her transgressions that she shrieked and fainted. This aroused the sentinel, who, in turn, summoned his brother Masons. They deliberated until three o'clock in the morning, hesitating how best to protect themselves. Then it was decided to have Lady Aids- worth register the Masonic vows, which she did, and became the only woman Freemason who ever lived THE Baroness Hirsch is a good friend to womfm, and lately she has presented the Philanthropic Society with ESO,000, the interest of which is to be devoted to giving annuities of E30 each to ladies who have known better days, but who are in present distress. THE amplitude of skirts is somewhat modified, and their stiffness very much so. The fulness is all carried round to the back, the front and the sides being smooth, straight, and carefully fitted. In cut- ting out a skirt the edges of the breadths should always be first ruled with a ruler long enough to go from top to bottom, for any irregularity in the seams of a skirt spoils its appearance, and prevents it from hanging well. In basting the seams lay the two edges together on a long table, the bias edge upper- most, if a straight and bias edge are to be joined, and baste them while they are lying flat. If the goods are very thin, like gauze or muslin or any sort of light silk, baste at the same time a narrow strip of paper along the seam. Stitch through the paper, which will prevent the machine needle from gather- ing the material. QUEEN VICTORIA'S wonderful carpet, now world- famous, was a Jubilee idea of the Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, and the completed fabric is in some respects the most wonderful work of its kind in the world. The ground of the carpet is of the richest crimson, on which are found lighter shades of the same, the Tudor Rose and the Star of India. In the centre is the Garter, of Royal blue and gold, surrounding the monogram, V.R.I., and surmounted by the crown, from which flow two ribbons bearing the dates 1837-1897. The central device is supported by a magnificent chaplet of laurels. The four corners represent respectively- India by the tiger, Australia by the kangaroo, Canada by the beaver, and South Africa by the elephant; each animal is supported by a chaplet of oak, symbol of the mutual strength of Great Britain and her colonies, and surmounted by the crown of Imperial supremacy. Connecting these corners, and entwined .by a broad ribbon of blue, are the rose, shamrock, thistle, and lotus, on a ground of ivory colour, the whole framed in with a band of oak leaves in gold on ruby. The make is real Axminster, so that machinery was dispensed with, and each of the 4,262,400 stitches have been tied by hand. J'UST at this season, especially at holiday resorts, .here is a grand license with regard to the millinery wore, every girl very easily suiting herself and her needs. Thus there are the rustic straw, the toque bonnet, the rope-tulle turban, the garden hat, and the Parisian head-dress and no one can say which is the prettiest if each becomes its wearer. But here are some of the latest modes from a millinery shop. A hat ot cream satin straw had rather a tall crown with a narrow rolling brim. It was trimmed with a wreath of the most exquisite blush roses, and at the back there were A cluster of black tips. Another of these smart hats had a narrow round brim, covered with currants, red and white. The cvown was made of broad, pale green taffeta ribbon pleated to stand straight up. The hat was turned up at the back, where there was a tall bunch of damask roses. For travelling, the bolero," a round turban with a rolling brim fitting close to the crown, is very popular. Such a smart bolero" was of navy blue rough straw, with a pleat- ing around the crown of dull green mousseline de soie. At the back there were three pompons of blue and green, and a long green bow that rested on the hair. One of the smartest little travelling hats pos- sible was of rough brown straw. The crown was of the golden brown straw, and the rolling brim was of a peculiar shade of dull heliotrope straw. Round the crown were two narrow folds of dull green taffeta, and at the left side of the turbaa there came a tall bunch of thistles. A pretty rough flat of pale rose etraw had a wreath of hollyhocks following the crown and shading from the most delicate pink to the deepest maroon. The back of the hat was turned up and trimmed with three tall stalks of deep maroon hollyhocks. The most ravishing of all hats are the ones fashioned especially for garden parties. They are made of all the diaphanous materials-gauze, chiffon, mousseline de soie, and tulle. They are gathered and puffed and frilled, so that often they are minus trimmings of any sort, except, perhaps, a full ruche of the same material around the crown. One made of bright red chiffon was rather modest in dimensions. But the bright red silk poppy placed just at the front of the crown was enormous. It was a double poppy with the leaves caught with tiny straw pins to the sides and back of the hat, so that it was almost enveloped in the crim- son poppy. Two pretty girls were seen the other day' in a shop looking at a hat that was delightfully airy and cool in effect; it was of pure white satin straw. It was trimmed with choux of white and pale green tulle, and a wreath of passion flowers. At the back of the hat where it was turned up there was a big bow of white and green tulle, with long finds that were to be tied loosely under the cbin. Ii

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