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THE WOMAN'S WORLD.: | í THE human body (says the Sun) is constantly undergoing tissue changes. Water has the power of increasing these changes, which multiply the waste products, but at the same time they are removed by its agency, giving rise to increased appetite, which in turn provides fresh nutriment. If you do not accustom yourself to drink water regularly, you are liable to have the waste products form faster than they are removed. Any obstruc- tion to the free working of natural laws at once produces disease. Great weakness and languor on rising in the morning is generally due to a large secretion of these waste products, and the remedy is to drink a tumblerful of water—either hot or cold— just before retiring. This materially assists in the process during the night, and leaves the tissues fresh and strong, ready for the active work of the next day. A WOMAN can never err in taste if she matches her hair in street attire, her eyes in house wear, and her complexion in evening clothes. That is not to be taken quite literally—the hair may be light brown, which will harmonise with various shades of that colour. The eyes may be pale blue, but they do not necessitate pale blue dresses, although that shade would undoubtedly prove the most becoming. A pink complexion would not always call for that tint, but for harmonising shades the strict letter of the rule would be safer for those who are confessedly lacking in colour judgment. At all events, it would save us from many of the sights which daily meet our eyes. AN African King presented a Spanish King with a magnificent orange tree, whose creamy, waxy blos- soms and wonderful fragrance excited the admira- tion of the whole Court. Many begged in vain, for a branch of the plant, but a foreign Ambassador was tormented by the desire to introduce so great a curiosity to his native land. He used every possible means, fair or foul, to accomplish his purpose,, yet all his efforts came to naught, and he gave up in despair. The fair daughter of the Court gardener was loved by a young artisan, but lacked the dot which the family considered necessary in a btide. One day, chancing to break off a spray of orange blossoms, the gardener thought- lessly gave it to his daughter. Seeing the coveted Erize in the girl's hair, the wily ambassador offered er a sum sufficient for the desired dowry, provided she gave him the branch and said nothing about it. Her marriage was soon celebrated, and on her way to the altar, in grateful remembrance of the source of all her happiness, she secretly broke off another bit of the lucky tree to adorn her hair. Whether the poor Court gardener lost his head in consequence, the legend ooes not state, but many lands now know the wonderful tree, and ever since that wedding day orange blossoms have been considered a fitting adorn- ment for a bride. A SECRET of the laundry is: Cut half a cake or any good laundry soap into shavings and put them into a stewpan with a quart of hot water and two large spoonfuls of borax. When the soap is dissolvediand boiling rapidly, pour in slowly one gill of kerosene, and in three or four minutes the mixture will be ready to pour into the tub, with four large pailfuls of boil- ing water. Then the clothes must be soaped where the dirt is most observable and put into the tub to be pounded and pressed until they are clean, which will be in about 20 minutes. They are then wrung out and placed in clean hot water to remove the suds, and rinsed in the blue water and hung out to dry. No odour of kerosene can be detected in clothes treated in this manner, and there is a great saving in time and labour. FOR the past two or three years spangles of all colours and metallic embroideries have been in great demand, but it appears that the past is as nothing compared with what is to be expected during the coming winter. The latest importations show' not merely braid and narrow bands of metals and bead- ing with passementerie and detached motifs, not merely yoke*, boleros, and revers heavy with glitter- ing embroidery, but entire gown shapes which are a mass of spangles and jewels. These are in princess form, with or without sleeves, the foundation being plain net. They are to be used over silk under- dresses, of course, and their brilliancy is indescrib- able. Then there is material coming by the yard which is of gorgeous width, and is most elaborately embroidered. In fact, it is all embroidery, and so intricately constructed that it is difficult to tell whether net, mousseline de soie, or lace, all of which appear in it, is the actual groundwork upon which the metal and jewelled effects are founded. YOKES and sleeves of all kinds (" X. and Y. of the Globe writes) are to be had everywhere, in view of the increasing popularity of gowns for evening and day wear with these parts detachable. Floral evening dresses are a good deal worn, just now. We have seen one or two very pretty ones lately. Perhaps the most charming was one of white silk. Three deep flounces, rather full, reaching from waist to hem, of soft white lace, were put on with a space of two or three inches between the bottom of one flounce and the top of the next. In these spaces were fringes of violets, the deep purple Russian kind. They were put on fairly long stalkq, so that they dropped gracefully over the top of the flounces. A big market bunch of the flowers eaught the lace at the left side. The flounces were deeper at the back, forming a demi-train, the fringes of violets ending at the side. The bodice was cut low, and the shoulders rose out of a thick fringe of violets, with a big bunch on the left shoulder. The folded lace belt fastened with two or three violets at the left side, and an osprey of flowers appeared in the chestnut hair of the graceful wearer. Another pretty dress was in white net over white silk. On the net were embroidered wild pink convolvulus and leaves. The design wandered over the material in a charmingly aimless fashion. The petals, in relief, were of shaded pink ,silk, the leaves of green silk. The veins, stems, ten- drils, and hearts of the flowers were in tiny gold thread. The bodice was embroidered in the same way. A bunch of convolvulus flowers and the leaves formed the left sleeve, and embroidered net served for the right arm. A brunette of a striking handsome type wore, the other night, a daring dress, which suited her to perfection. Three or four white chiffon skirts .floated about her, and a dim rustle be- trayed the white silk foundation, like baby-waves breaking in a sea-mist. The second skirt of chiffon was embroidered in scarlet poppies, in silk. The upper skirt had golden wheat-ears, slightly larger than life, strewn about it, in glittering relief. Golden stems wandered about, but all the ears pointed down towards the hem, giving a slender appearance to the wearer. The bodice was embroidered similarly. The elbow-sleeves were made of masses of scarlet stfk poppies, with black hearts, sewn closely together. The frill of scarlet chiffon which finished the sleeves was headed with a band of black velvet. From the left shoulder started a thiek rope of poppies, caught in by the black velvet waistband, and continuing down the side of the skirt to the hem. The low-cut bodice was finished round the gleaming shoulders by a garland of grey-green poppy leaves, a spray of which stood high on the left shoulder. l?wo pieces of three-quarter inch velvet ribbon were worn round the neck, sewn together. The upper One was poppy-red, the lower blaok, and a gold brooch was fastened in front. In the dark hair clustered a poppy or two and a few golden ears of wheat, with a grey-green leaf at the base. FOB white, smooth hands, says an expert, da not bother about creams, washes, or lotions. Wash them in hot water, rinse with cold, and dry thoroughly, and your end will then be attained. PEOPLE go on for years suffering from indiges- tion, consulting first one doctor and then another, each one being unsuccessful for any length of time. The reaapn is simply fast eating, and there is not the slightest doubt that if such folk would only make a practice of eating slowly, difficult though it is to acquire the habit, the doctor's visits and medicine would be unnecessary and the indigestion would disappear by degrees. I ValLS (Spare Moments says) do more to mi* the complexion than any other thing. The skin needs the friction of the air. Constant covering interferes with the circulation and the healthy action of the pores. It beats the face, and keeps it covered with an oily moisture, which catches the dust and dirt. and gets into the pores. When the face is left ex- posed to the air, the dust is blown off, and the skin is kept dry and clean. It almost stimulates the circu- lation of the blood, and gives colour to the cheeks. IF your throat is relaxed, try the effect of gargling with alum water. This is quite safe and very simple. About a teaspoonfhl of powdered alum to a tumbler of water will be right; but you need not fear using too much alum, for the water will only take up a certain amount. If gargling with alum water does not cure the throat, probably it is sore too low down for the gargle to reach it, and in this case it should be painted with tannin and glycerine.. Take a qaaner of an ounce of tannic acid and one ounce of glycerine. Rub together and warm slightly tlH thoroughly mixed. Apply with a large camel's-hair brush to the back of the throat, and as far down as possible, several times a day. It is an unpleasant, though valuable, remedy, and should not be used very near meal-times, for it may produce nausea. 't :J\- .t'I<,) Q.' T" ,I .J .1;

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