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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. SINCE Mrs. Kendal, the Madge Robertson of former days, first became know in elegant comedy on the English stage, she has always been remarked for the quiet refinement of her costumes both at home and in her professional life. This is what Mrs. Kendal said to a New York Herald reporter on the subject ) of good taste in dress Beau Brummel is said to have made the remark, The first qualification of a lady or gentleman is to dress so that they can appear in the street without being observed and among j the really high'bred aristocracy of England to-day (I allude to that part of the English aristocracy whose name is kuown only in Burke or Debrett) the same quiet style in dress ie observed. One of the most beautiful women of to- j dav is never seen but in black, white, or grey. A great wit said, after kissing her hand 'Again, dear Viscountess, in your beautiful robe of white! White is emblematical of purity and great wisdom.' In white we are dressed immediately we come into the world in white we are dressed at our wedding, and, above all, at our death, for in white we are sent to meet our God. Simplicity is the greatest art 4 of all, the finest of all attributes. A variety of colour shows a changeable disposition. In a garden all flowers are thrown together, but their individual colours are distinct. A lily is white, a violet mauve or grey. They are thrown together, but they are distinct, and distinction in dress is high breeding." IT is said (remarks a writer in the Sun) that character may be read from an old pair of shoes. If the sole and heel are equally worn the wearer is wise and energetic if a man, faithful and orderly if a woman. When the inner edges are worn, it signifies feebleness and irresolution in a man, sweetness and modesty in a woman. When the greater wear appears at the outer edges, it is an indication that a man is obstinate, persevering, and bold, and that a woman is full of resolution and authority. A LADY writer in the Illustrated, London News tells us that a new fashion is the renewed use of whole birds as decoration. Large bodies of birds, parrots, and seagulls and Asiatic pheasants, with claws and heads restored to the most exact semblance of life that can be obtained by the aid of art, are placed to the front of toques of velvet, and constitute the whole trimming. I do not like the fashion—not for the objection to taking life, for the outcry against women | on this score seems to me a mere pretence while the j slaughter of domestic birds for food, of preserved game birds for sport, and of the sweetest songsters of our fields, larks (who are also invaluable to the farmers) for mere gluttony, is passed over in silence — but. because I cannot think dead creatures in good taste as decora- tion. There is a grim little story of Guy de Maupassant's, written, no doubt, when he was already feeling the oncoming of his insanity, and morbid accordingly, yet with an element of very ordinary feeling enumerating with horror the sights all romid a man in his daily path that hatefully re- minded him of the inevitable approaching end of all life. Morbid, of course; yet what pretty woman in all the bravery of her dainty attire would wish, if she thought of it. to be the means of suggesting death- and what can be so suggestive thus as a creature all vitality and mobility in life stuffed into stiff mockery of itself, with glass eyes and immovably open beak. and even sometimes a simulated black still tongue? W in £ r« feathers hava a beauty of colour and texture that are invaluable for decoration, but whole bodies of birds do seem needless barbarity. The new hats (says thu Sim) are a great aid to sfeor: women struggling to join the ranks of the tall sisterhood. Without exception, tower-like crowns meet the plain, broad or fluted rim. There are four leading models—cirectoire, Rembrandt, shepherdess, and renaissance, with velvet, flowers, graceful ostrich plumes and quiUs for decorating, but not disfigurement,. Folds of mousseline de soie, chiffon, j or light. airy fabrics form brim trimmings, when tucked or stitched velvet is not preferred. The power of the fur-trimmed hat has not been lessened by two winters' wear, as many of the latest models testify. So much depends upon the hat that it behoves women to select it with extreme care. The woman with the retrousse nose should on no account wear a hat turned off the face nor one balancing over the left ear. Her choice must belong to the family resting squarely and easily on the crown of the head. pointing slightly down- ward. The woman with the aquiline nose can wear flaring hats to perfection. Narrow velvet ribbon strings are used instead of the broader mousseline de soie which first appeared as fascinating adjuncts to the modish poke bonnet. HOT or cold water is an improvement on the health, for it washes out the system. I have often said (a lady writer in the remarks) that women do not drink half enough water—a physician told me that he always recommended to feminine patients a glass of water before breakfast, one in the middle of both forenoon and afternoon, and another at night, purely as medicine, and then he felt reasonably sure of having his instructions followed. Four glasses with the fluid ordinarily taken at meals would make a respectable quantity. Hot water is better than cold, particularly in the morning, as it tones up the nerves of the stomach, and cures many a case of stomach trouble. Try it for awhile and see how much better you feel. A HOT iron is half the battle in achieving the suc- cess of well-fitting clothes, say the dressmakers, and certainly it is seven-eights of the secret of a well- groomed woman. Dress skirts wrinkle from damp- ness and wear and their freshness is impaired—it is destroyed unless the services of a hot iron are called into use. All such work can be done at home when you have the time and patience, but business women have to rely upon outside assistance. Really, a dress that looks hopeless can be put into the hands of a professional cleaner, and be returned to you a changed garment, fresh and clean and ready for service, and the amount of satisfaction that goes with it cannot be overestimated. THERE never was a time (observes the Evening News) in which a bride setting up housekeeping had a greater choic of beautiful table linen. Our grand- mothers would have thought it the worst style in the world if they hnd loaded their linen presses with anything but puro white napery. But we have changed all that, and the loveliest thing at present in tablecloths is a neutral-tinted linen with an artistic border of ripe red apples and leaves. No one knows till they have tried it how delighted such a cloth looks on a black oak luncheon table, set with glass and silver. To be judiciously economical requires a master mind. Less great minds never make a success of it, but become mean or miserly. But when one has to count tie pennies, this kind of economy is in- valuable. If you are careful you will not only save, but get more out of what you have already got. When you get a letter, tear the half-sheet off; it will gave letter paper for making shops lists, &c., on. When you drop a pin or a hairpin pick it up, instead of letting it be swept up in the dustpan. When you se? a bole, mend it when you tear any- thing, stick ;t together. Always keep your clothes well brushed and neat; never let a loose hook or a tiny ravel go unlooked after. Keep your shoes tidy wjth kid restorer, and wear an apron when you have dirty work to do. THIS little crinkled velvet bow (says the Morning Leader) is no longer the correct hair ornament. They are attached to a shell hairpin, and can be bought in a variety of colours. Some are of black gauze, scattered with rhinestones, and others are skilfully band painted. And then for evening wear they came in light colours, and are hand-embroidered or sprinkled with mock jewels. Sometimes just one very large butterfly is worn in the hair, so large that it has the effeet of a big Alsatian bow, and then again a swarm of tiny butterflies will be scattered through the coiffure. Massive combs are for the present out of fashion, in fact, nothing at all heavy will be worn in the hair this season. When the hair is dressed very high a pretty delicate ornament con- sists of a lighL band of gold to encircle the knot with filmy. fiuffv Icons of chiffon fastened to it in front.


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