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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. VELVET (contends the Sun fashion expert) is the material this winter, and even satin will not oust it. What can be prettier or more becoming ? It is used for costumes, evening gowns, jackets, and millinery, also for all decorative purposes, and can be had in every gradation of tone and colour. The lovely deep crimson velvet, the rich hlues and exquisite purples, with the delicate creams and heliotropes, are all most fascinating, and make up into charming tea-gowns now the winter has set in, and we meet- round the cosy firesides at the witching hour of the o'clock tea. The shimmer and sheen on some of these lovely velvets cannot be described, and a most exquisite tea-gown can be fashioned out of rich velvet and laces; don't forget laces, for these give a delicacy needed to contrast with the richness o" the velvet. IT is curious (observes a writer in the Evening Kevjs) how the first touch of frost on a winter morn- ing makes one girl look pretty and diminishes the the beauty of another. The dark-haired maiden who, as a rule, is too pale to be attractive, blooms forth on the frosty morning as the beauty of the sea- son. Her eyes are brighter, and there is a charming colour in btr cheeks. Frost undoubtedly makes her t look pretty. Her blonde sister, however, is apt to find her pink-and-white complexion turning a sort j of pale puce colour with the cold. Her lips are blue, j and possibly her nose is red. Altogether, she feels unpleasantly conscious of the fact that she is not looking her best. Sometimes, knowing this, she covers the offending nose with a thick layer of powder, but she will not do this if she is wise. Pro- bably tho powder will but draw attention to the colour. She had better content herself with wearing a veil, and refrain from sitting over the fire in the morning. THE wise woman never throws away pieces of woollen cloth, and never consigns a bit of flannel that will match in size her own palm, to the rag- bag. Each piece is carefully washed-not pressed, for there are uses for which this tends to unfit them- and laid away where she can find it at once when the need arises. Some of the finer, and smaller, pieces she bastes into the waists of her own and the children's dresses, taking care that they are very smooth, and do not run far toward the waist, for she knows that one of the first places where the cold it felt is between the shoulders and that nowhere is it more harmful. If the good man's flannels have reached their second winter, a temporary shoulder lining of this sort may add much to his comfort. The breadths of flannel her piece-bag holds she utilises as a second thickness in the front of half-worn petti- coats, or even bastes into the new ones, if the wearer is especially sensitive to cold, for another vulnerable place is the knee. If there are aged people or in- valids in the family she keeps the remnants of her {>artly worn blankets to wrap around chilly or aching imbs in bed. FLIES hate lavender, and a drop or two of the oil dropped on the carpet in a dark corner will keep them at a distance. It will also perfume the air delight- fully, and two drops in each room and hallway and two on each flight of stairs will transform the most prosaic house into an Eden bower." Perhaps that phrase is an exaggeration, but it is quoted from the speech of a man who entered a house thus treated,, and after eating his dinner and spending the evening in a state which his hostess called furtive sniffi- ness," came down the next morning from his doubly- scented bed-room, and entered the dining-room declaring that the house was an Eden bower." THERE is all the difference in the world between the ways of wrapping up for the girl who is not used to going to dances every night in the week and the '3ry one who is. The girl who dances continually knows how necessary it is to keep warm and comfortable, and en no account take cold. So, although she wears a decollete gown she is careful to have her shoulders and arms carefully bathed in alcohol. She draws on over her gloved arms woollen sleeves, and then slips on a loosely cut jacket that keeps her neck and shoulders warm. Her slippers are thrust in warm carriage shoes. Over all is worn a big opera cloak, and her head is protected with a silken scarf as light as thistle down and warm as fur. The first thing she does upon leaving the ballroom is to re- move her gloves and slip on the knit sleeves. The girl who does not know what is best to wear goes with simply her cloak wrapped loosely around her and never thinks to further protect her shoulders %nd arms. Tzn latest bridal bouquet is an absurdity which common sense will soon relegate to the unknown regions from which it came. It consists of a bunch of orange blossoms surmounted by a flounce of luce, and covered with tulle tied with white satin ribbon. The paintiug of the lily is as nothing to this. ROUND fur boas are again in fashion. Passedonce about the neck the ends fall to the hip line, and the body of the boa frequently measures half a yard in circumference. FEATHERS can be cleaned by dipping'them in soap lather. If they are dirty, rub very gently with the fingers. Rinse in clear water and shake before a fire to dry, being careful not to scortch them. Curl with a blunt pen-knife. Ospreys and aigrettes are cleaned in the same way as feathers. If your flowers are dusty and crumpled, brush first with a soft, velvet bush, packing the leaves into shape then shake gently in the steam from the boil- ing tea-kettle. If you have chiffon that has lost its freshness mix a little melted soap in lukewarm water, pour this into a wide-mouthed bottle or Fjar, and place the soiled chiffon in it. Cover the mouth of the bottle with a clean duster or cloth, and shake well. Remove the chiffon, and, if not thoroughly cleaned, repeat the process in fresh soap lather. Rinse in clean water and stiffen with gum arabic. Roll in a clean cloth, and iron when slightly dry. Do not neglect your personal apoeamm-a. Take every care of your skin, your hair, your hands, your figure. Take no heed of those who would say it is vanity." We care for our clothes, our lares et penates, and shall we not have a care for our personal appear- ance ? Every day we may see the young wife and mother, in her zeal for work and the good of her family, losing through overwork and worry the fair, smooth skin, the graceful carriage, the cheery brightness that first attracted the eyes and heart of her husband. It is natural to love beauty and beauti- ful things. Why should a wife complain if, through her utter disregard for herself, she has lost the power to charm ? A woman may keep time at bay and mind the household duties as well. There is not the slightest need for her to lose her position and sink into the drudge of tlie house. THS strictly correct tailor-made dress is (the London Journal says) very severe in style. It is made with a close-fitting, circular habit-skirt, which opens invisibly at the left side. Generally, it is fashioned of double-faced cloth. The skirt is finished about the bottom with either a broad or narrow machine-stitched band. The coat, of course, must fit to perfection, and this year it is made single- breasted and cut with very small revers. this tailor- coat is generally finished in front with a pert little point, though occasionally the point broadens into two scallops. AMONG the new gowns are a number which have the skirt and waist of the same materials; but these costumes are never made of plaid. These dresses invariably have the bodices finished with a basque. THE separate overskirt is on the wane. It is but little seen on the new model gowns. A few of the latest French dresses show skirts made with panels, but the majority of them for early autumn wear are cut either perfectly plain and clinging, or to simu- late an overskirt. The Princesse gown is seen in a great variety of designs, and all the skirts have trains. Epaulettes are making their first appearance at the tops of the French sleeves, and all the sleeves are still extremely long. WITH the exception of the plaids, dull, rich shades will be used for autumn street costumes. Graphite- grey, bronze-brown, phedre, which if a new deep purple, and a rich shade of dull mulberry are all fashionable colours. In the plaids green lines are often visible and gay stripes of automobile-red. For elabo- rate costumes the colours used this autumn are ex- tremely delicate. The new shades for reception, car- riage, and home-wear gowns are known as the pastel tints. They come in satin-faced broadcloth, a new, smooth cloth, called peau degant, and in silk-finished ladies' cloth and Henriettas. Among the prettiest of the pastel tints is a light grey, with soft under- tones of blue, a pinkish lilac, and a new, delicate tan, which looks like the gold of a fading summer sun- set. TP take away tbe smell fresh paint, cut several onions in slices, place them in a basin, and put it in the middle of the freshly-painted room, closing the door and windows. On removing the onions next morning the smell will be Completely gone. WHO material is given to a tradesman or woman to work upon, such as dress material to a dress- maker, such workwoman has a claim on the goods you have dili^ered into her possession for the price of the work she has done on the goods at your request.