It CHANGE IN WOMAN'S ATTIRE. To the delight of artists and other lovers of nature the growing tendency ''In woman's attire Is to allow the fe male form to assume more and more the lines of nature. The inartistic ef fects In woman's fashions which gave the figure unnatural proportions are being gradually eliminated, and loose ness, flowing lines and gentle curves are the order In new gowns. This Inter ests not only tiie women and the mo distes who made their gowns, hut men who have for years jeered at and ridi culed, secretly perhaps In many eases, the absurdities of woman's fashions, tight corsets, wasplike waists, bulging hips and other abominations. 'Women - have for years gone on Imagining that mmmw Has Mm 0 A HKW FASHION'. they were making themselves beautiful by just these means and getting farther and farther away from nature and her lines. The climax was reached ten years ago, with the bustle and the hump It produced, and since then there has been a gradual return to nr.turnl lines until now the new fashions are almost ideal. More women are now well rounded and proportioned, and It Is attributable to nothing save the spread of the ath letic fever among women and the con sequent abolition of the tight corset and tight gowns. The American public had become accustomed to the deform ities which the prevailing styles seem ed to Intllct upon women, but they wero none the less Inartistic and ob jectionable. The new fashion, being , on the lines of a return to natural lines, Is Indeed welcome and a marked Im provement. A Modern Dlnnn. Mrs. Eugene Belden, a resident of the Boston suburbs, has proved that n woman can point a gun straight ond bag large game. 1 Hiring the past two seasons she has killed In the Maine woods as many deer as the III law will allow. Hep husband Is a n enthusiastic . t; snortsman. Nunc 'time ago he pcr- suimicu hit io w jr shoot lug bottles Ithrown In the air, She was success ful In breaking most of them and was soon eager to try her skill at something with more risk nnd ex citement about it. whs. liici.KKS. She u 1 w n y s dresses so that she can get about Just as easily and noiselessly as a man. Her costume consists of corduroy knlcker bis'kers and cap, a heavy sweater and high boots. Tim first year that Mrs. ltelden was in the woods she stood in the runways and waited for the guides to scare up the game, but afterward she exchanged this somewhat tiresome method for the fascination of the still hunt. She Vac Her t.litht. A man said to ine not long ago, "What lias got Into the girls? Has it become the fashion to economize? All the nicest girls I know are talking of the value of money ami how much Is wasted un thinkingly. Are we poor bachelor to take courage and believe that we can afford one of these beautiful luxuries In wives?" Alas! It Is anything but n hint to take courage, for this heavenly phase of the new woman means that when she has learned that she can support herself, so that In case her riches take wings nho need not be forced to drudge at un congenial employment, or to marry for a home It imu ns that she will be more particular than ever In the kind of a man she marries. For In fitting herself for marriage she Is horning quite as well the kind of husband she ought to have. Ami she will not be as apt to marry n man on account of his clothes, or because he dances divinely, as once she might have done. I do not menu to say that the new woman will not marry. In point of fact she will, If properly urged by the right man. But she will not marry so early, no hurriedly nor so lll-iulvlsodly an be fore. And therefore the men whom new women tuarry will do well to real EJCr I Mil ill sl J ii TIKVfi f 111 ml ize the compliment of her choice, for It will me.'m that, according to her light, he has been weighed In the balance and not found wanting. Of course, the other women' marry on that principle, too. The only difference between the new woman and her sisters Is In the amount of her light and the use she makes of It. Woman's Home Compan ion. College Women as Wives. Women of a higher education bring to motherhood and wifehood a better preparation than do those of smaller opportunities. The reasons for this are both physical and mental. They are, as a rule, older, physically mature, and the opinion Is held by some physicians that, for the sake of the physical per fection of the race, no woman should marry until she is 25. They have a wider knowledge of physiological and psychological laws or they have the ability to acquire it which must bring forth beneficial fruit in the rearing of their children. They know more pro foundly the responslbilithw of mother hood, and their realization of the Impor tance of details In the training of a child disposes them to look upon what might seem drudgery to other viomen os glorified, educational opportunity. Besides, when an educated woman Is mated with an educated man there is Intellectual companionship between them and each has sufficient respect for the other's mental and moral san ity to make possible a government for the home and the children, not by "managing" each other, keeping clear of a pandering to each other's foibles and prejudices, but by fronk and fear less discussion as to what Is reasonable and right Knllrely Too Formal. . Dolly Swift-Young Mr. Pensmlth, the editor of the Weekly Visitor, has just made me a written offer of mar riage. Sally Gay lie Is a handsome fellow. What will be your answer, dear? Dolly Swift He is handsome, I'll ad mit, but I shall be forced to decline him with thanks. He Is too horridly business-like.. After requesting an early answer, he added: "Please write briefly, to the point and upon but one side of the paper. Sign your full name, not for publication, but merely ns a guarantee of good faith, and do not forget to Inclose a postage stamp If you desire a reply." Sally, a man like that would calmiy smoke while the baby fell downstairs. lllrector of Art. The youngest and first woman direc tor of an art Institute is Miss May Hall of Valparaiso, Ind., who now occupies the chair of fine arts at the Northern Indiana Normal College, located at that place. After being graduated from tho Chlcngo Institute of Fine Art Miss Ball gave instruction at Mil ford, 111., until she accepted her present position. Al though a young woman, her rare quali fications and exceptional artistic talent has already won her a name in tho world of art. Her father, Erasmus Ball, is cashier of the First National Bank of Valparaiso. Kittens' Heads for Bonnets. Cute little kittens with small, dainty heads, will soon be In great demand If a fad lately Introduced continues to grow. An enterpris ing milliner, anxious to appease the num erous AudulKUl soci eties, decorated sev eral bonnets with kittens' heads In lieu of birds and the In novation was a de cided success. Al ready she has receiv ed more orders thai i ..I... till ..iwl Iw.H "m " ' UON.NKT OH.NA- agents are scouring mknts. the town for suitable kittens. Black and maltose, though occasionally a white head, Is used on a dark velvet bonnet. Kittens are more artistic tjiau owls and the milliner defends her prac tice as much loss barbarous than the use of birds, for the decapitation of cats will save many a hapless feline the miseries Inflicted by malicious youug stors. -Chicago Chronicle. Drove an Kxpre Wanon, For five weeks Clara Prlddy, aged 20, living near New Castle, Ind., conduct ed her father's exproxs business. Prld dy oiH-rato a stage line from Cadlis to New Castle, carrying the mail, mer chandise and lvitsvsengors. This busl ines was his only means of livelihood", lie was taken 111 with typhoid fever. No one could lie got to take his place. His daughter Cora, however, resolved to take eluirgo of the business, and she did, drlvlug to New Castle each morn ing In all kinds of weather, assisting In loading heavy cargoes of merchan dise and curing for hex team. 'If MISS MAY HALL. Hi THE STEPMOTHER. She looks just like her mother, and some how, I don't know why it is, I can't begin To love her ns I ousht to, or allow My heart to open wide ami let her in. Perhaps it is because he often says, "She looks just like her mother," and then sighs As though perhaps the pretty baby-ways Culled up her face, her vanished Bmile, her eyes. And here I kneel for hours and sadly gaze Into the baby face so near my own, And think with terror of the coining days, He only dreams of happy years now flown. I try in vain to take her to my heart She looks just like her mother and I feel Somehow that she is holding us apart As here beside the tiny bed I kneel. Night after night he gently stoops above His baby's bed and gazes on its face As I do now, and feels for it the love Which I expected when I took her place. Tis not the baby's fault, of course, but still She looks just like her mother, and in vain I struggle hard my aching heart to fill With love for her, and find there only pain. He never notices, because I know A man doesn't always see such things right, And if he knew that it would hurt me so He'd try to hide his feelings from my sight. , lie wouldn't tell me, when I look at her, "She looks just like her mother," if he knew; His baby is his all, his comforter, It has her face, her smile, her eyes of 'blue. Cedar Rapids Gazette. THE NEW HOME. II, well ,It Is your own fault, Clara," snld Walter May. "Of course It Is," cried out Clara, passionately, stamping her to;' on the carpet. "Do you suppose I don't know it-perfectly well? And that Is what makes It so I X 1HUU KJ, LI UVUJ JlHm'U The fact was that All . 1 Mr-nnJ Mrs-Wal- hard O, so cruelly ter May had begun life at the wrong end. Clara Calthorpe was a pretty young girl, just out of the hotbed atmosphere of a fashionable boarding school. Wal ter May was a bank clerk who had not the least doubt but that he should ulti mately make his fortune 6ut of stocks and bonds, "Clara," he said to his young wife while the golden circle of the honey. moon was not overshadowing their lives, "would you like a country life?" "O, deiv, no," said Clara, ..Involun tarily recoiling. "Because," said Walter, somewhat wistfully, "my father and mother are alone on the farm and I think they would like to have us come and live with them." "I shouldn't like It nt all," said Clara, "and mamma says no young bride should ever settle down among her husband's relations." Mr. May frowned a little, but Mrs, Clara had a pretty positive way of her own, and he remonstrated no further, But at the year's end Walter May had lost his situation, the clouds of debt had gathered darkly around them, and ull the pretty, new furniture, Eastlake cabinets, china dragons, proof eugrav lugs and hothouse plants were sold un der the red flag. They had made a complete failure of the housekeeping business, and now, In the fourth story of a third-rate hotel Mr. and Mrs. Wnl ter May were looking their future in the face. Clara had been extravagant. There was no doubt nlxuit that. She had glv en "roehore" little' parties, which she couldn't afford, to people who didn't care for her. She bad patterned her tiny establishment after models which wero far beyond her reach, and now they were ruined She had sent a toar-besprlukled letter to her mother, who was In Washington trying to ensnare a rich buslwud for her younger daughter, but Mrs. Cal thorpe had hastily written back that It was quite impossible for Ler to be In New York at that time of year, and still more Impossible to receive Mrs. Walte May at the monster hotel where she was boarding. And Clara, who had always had a vague Idea that her moth er was selfish, was quite certain of Itj now "There Is but one thing left for you, Guru," said Walter, sadly. "And that " "Is to go back to the old farm, have no longer a home to offer you, but you will be sure of a warm welcome, from my father and mother, I shall remain here ami do my best to obtain some new situation which will euable me to earn our dally bread." Clara burst Into tears. "Go to my huslwind's relations?" she gobbed. "O, Walter, I cannot!' "You will have to," he said doggedly "or else starve" So Mrs. May packed up her trunk nnd olieyed. And all the way to Hazel copse farm she cried behind her veil and pictured to herself a stony-faced old man with a virago, of a wife, who would set her to doing menial tasks and overwhelm her with reproaches for having ruined "poor, dear Walter." As for the farmhouse Itself, she was quite sure It was n desolate place, with corn and potatoes growing under the very windows, and the road In front tilled with plows nnd pigs and harrows and broken cart wheels. But In the midst of her tears and desolation the driver called out: "llazelcopse farm! Mr. Noah May's! Ilvru'n th' 'ouse, nia'ani." m f ti A long, gray stone mansion, all gar landed with ivy, Its windows bright ith geranium blossoms, and the scar t autumn loaves running down ou the elvet-smooth lawn In front. Clara could just see how erroneous had been 11 her preconceived ideas, when she found herself clasped iu the arms of the sweetest and most motherly of old ladies. . "My poor dear!" said old Mrs. May, caressingly. "You are as welcome as the sunshine, daughter," said a smiling old gentle man In spectacles. And Clara was established In the easy chair in front of a great Are of ine logs, and tea was brought in, and the two old poftple cossetted and petted her as If she had been a 3-year-old just ecovering from the measles. There was not a word of reproach not a questioning look, not a sidelong glance all welcome and tenderness and loving commiseration. And when Clara went to sleep that night, with a wood fire glancing and glimmering softly over the crimson hangings of the "best chamber," she began to think that perhaps she had been mistaken In some of her ideas. The next day she had a long, confi dential talk with her father-in-law, while Mrs. May was making mince pies In the kitchen. 'But there's one thing I haven't dared to tell Walter about," she said, with tears in her eyes. "What Is that, my dear?" said the old man. "My dressmaker's bill," said Clara. 'It came the night before I left New York O, such a dreadful bill! I hadn't any idea It could possibly amount up so fearfully." . How much was It?" said Mr. Noah May, patting her hand. 'A hundred and fifty dollars," said Clara, hanging her head. Don't fret, my dear; don't fret," said the old gentleman. "Walter need never know anything about it. I'll set tle the bill and there shall be an end of the matter." "O, sir, will you really?" "My dear," said old Mr. May, "I'd do much more than that to bring the color back to your cheeks and the smile to your lips." And that same afternoon, when Mrs. May had been talking to Clara in the kindest and most motherly way, the girl burst Into tears and hid her face ou the old lady's shoulder. "0," she cried, "how good yon nil are! And I had an idea that a father and mother in law were such terrible personages! O, please forgive me for all the wicked things I have thought about you!" "It was natural enough, my dear," said Mrs. May, smiling, "but you are wiser now nnd you will not be afraid of us any longer." When Saturday night arrived Walter May came out to the old farmhouse, dejected nnd sad at heart. He had dis covered that situations do not grow, like blackberries, on every bush; he had met more than one cruel rebuff, nnd he was hopelessly discouraged as to the future. Moreover, he fully ex pected to be met with tears nnd com plaints by his wife, for he knew well Clara's inveterate prejudices In regard to country life. But to his Infinite amazement and relief Clara greeted him on the door step with radiant smiles. "Tell me, dear," she said, "have you got a new situation?" He shook his head sadly. "I'm glad of It," said Clara brightly, "for we've got a place papa and mam ma and I." "It's all Clara's plan," said old Noah May. "But it has our hearty approval," added the smiling old lady. "We're all going to live here togeth er," said Clara. "And you are to man age the farm, liecause papa says he Is getting too old nnd lazy," with a merry glance at the old goutleman, who stood beaming on his daughter-in-law, as if he were ready to subscribe to one and all of her opinions," and I am to keep house and take all the care off mam ma's hands. And, O! It Is so pleasant here, and I do love the country so dear ly! So, If you're willing dear " "Willing!" cried out Walter May, ecstatically. "I'm more than willing. It's the oidy thing I have always longed for. Good-by to city walls and hearts of stone; good-by to hollow appearances and grinding wretchedness! Why, Clara, I shall be the happiest man alive. But " "There," said Clara, putting up both hands as If to ward off all possible ob jections, "I was sure there would be a 'but' " "I thought, my dear," said Walter, "that you didn't like the Idea of living with your husband's relations?" Clara looked lovingly up Into her mother-in-law's sweet old face, while she silently pressed Mr. Noah May's kindly hands. "I am a deal wiser than I was a week ago," she said. "And, O, so much hap pier!" So am I!" said Walter.-Amy Ran dolph. A Htrange Finn. Africa still contains much that Is un known and mysterious, notwithstand ing the many explorations and discov eries of recent years. In Lake Tan ganyika, for Instance, there lives a species of large fish which rushes at the paddles of passing lioats, but of which no description has yet been pub lished. For years travelers had heard about this fish from the natives, but Mr. J. Moore appears to have been the first Kuropean to have seen It. Dur ing his recent explorations of Tan ganyika he saw the mysterious fish rushing at the paddles, but learned lit tle more about It than the fact of Its existence, although he caught enor mous numbers of fish of various spe cies, some weighing ns much as sixty Dounds. Earth and Man iff 1fiili For Lifting Bowlders. Getting out bowlders from hay and cultivated fields Is a matter of no little labor, especially it the bowlder is deep ly Imbedded in the earth. A very large stone, even, can be handled readily when upon the surface, but much la borious digging Is required if the bowl der Is to be hauled out by "main strength" by a team. A simple act of engineering that will greatly help In ' A. ,IJ. this case is shown in the accompanying illustration. Two stout pieces of joists are lashed together at tne end ana placed above the bowlder, as shown. Chains are then put about the stone and fastened to the joists a third or so of the distance up from the ground. A long rope or chain from the top of the sticks to the whlffletree of -the team gives the connecting link. On starting up the team the bowlder will be lifted out upon the ground very easily, for reasons that any one with a mechani cal eye can readily see. New York Tribune. Producing Beef. When farmers produce beef from beef breeds they save time and gain In the weight of their animals. If a steer can be produced In a year it becomes a rival of the hog and sheep in rapidity of growth. At the recent Chicago fat stock show the weight of the prize yearling was 1,090 pounds, and its net weight, dressed, was 743 pounds, or G8.10 per cent of dressed ment. The two-year-olds ranged from 1,312 pounds to 1,735 pounds alive, and dressed from GO to 09 per cent. Such steers should pay well, and they bring better prices per pound than Is usually obtained, but. It is useless for farmers to attempt to attain such success unless they are willing to resort to the breeds that will accomplish the objects desired. Using any kind of steers for producing the choicest beef is but a loss of time and food. If Yon Have Not Money Enough. Build a fine, big red barn, If you have money enough, but if you have not go out In the woods, cut down sonic good, straight poles, set them In the ground, buy some rough boards nnd building paper and make a good, warm stable that will never freeze with the cows In It in the coldest weather. It does not make much difference what a stable Is built of so it is warm, has plenty of sunlight and ventilation and Is conven ient to feed and arranged to keep the cows clean and healthy. Make the winter condition just as near like June as possible, and as to water have pleu ty of the pure, clean, warm article You know milk Is 87 per cent water and sometimes more. If the water gets cold, make It warm. Kettle Crane with Pump. This Iron framework for suspending a kettle used for boiling food for hogs and other stock upon the farm Is most convenient. The Iron kettle rests in IROK K KTTLK CHASE. an Iron ring, which is pivoted to the side arms so that the kettle can be read Ily tipped aild Its contents poured out Into pails. These arms could lie omit ted by bringing the end support nearer the kettle, and having the Iron ring pivoted to a erosspieoe secured to these ends. This would be n more stable ar rangement but would not give so free a space for building the fire, although this would not cause material trouble, The principle luvolved will be found very convenient, however tne ring, which may be made from an old wag on tire. Is supported. American Agrl eulturlst. Stacking Corn Fodder. . in some sections of the country corn fodder Is tied In bundles and stacked like grain. The bundles are bouud with straw bands In convenient size for han dling. To begiu the stack or rlck, lay down throe bundles side by side, the two on top of those and one on top of the two. Duplicate this pile nutil the rlck Is as long as desired. Now set bun dies on each side of this foundation and also at the ends until the bottom is of the desired width." On this build the rlck as you would wheat or rye, only keep the center higher by letting the tops of the middle row of bundles lap a little. In feeding from such a rick take 'the fodder from the end, beginning at the top and going to the bottom. This will not expose the heart of the stack to the weather. Cob Coal for Hons. One who raises from 100 to 150 pigs should aim to save at least 200 bushels of corncobs for charcoal. Make a pit 4 to 5 feet deep, 12 to 18 Inches In diameter at bottom, iYa to 5 feet nt top. Have a sheet iron cover made large enough to cover the pit and project six Indies over the edge. Start a fire in the bottom with shavings and ndd by degrees a bushel of cobs, and let them get well aglow. Then add three to four bushels more, and when well on fire add more, and so ou, until the pit Is rounding full. When all the cobs are well aglow, even blazing freely, cover the hole with sheet iron and seal the edges with earth air-tight and leave it until the next morning, when the char coal can be taken out, and If the job is well done there will be from nine to twelye bushels. Farm, Stock and Home. Whole Grain for Fowls, All kinds of poultry have very strong digestive organs, provided they have the gravel with which to fill the giz zards, and have enough exercise to keep In vigorous health. They are pos itively Injured by having the bulk of their food ground, moistened or cooked so as to make its digestion easier. Young chicks are most apt to be In jured In this way, the popular Idea be- ng that as they are very small their Izzards cannot digest hard substances. We always began feeding young chicks with cracked wheat, giving In addition some milk curd pressed hard, which is quite as difficult of digestion as the wheat. They will not eat much wheat at first, and It is best they should not. Little and often should be the rule with all young animals, chicks Included. Real Form Profit. , The profit from a farm may be larger than supposed if the family Is credited with all that Is received. Profit is not altogether that which is sold from the farm, for the farm itself Is to a cer tain extent a market for the products grown thereon. Every article consum-, ed by the farmer Is equivalent In value to the sum that would be received for It If sold, and a strict keeping of accounts, In which the farm Is credited with ev erything taken therefrom, may show a fair profit. If a farmer supports his family, and also has something left, he is more fortunate than many. An Improved Turnstile. The ordinary turnstile that swings from the middle is an awkward affair at best, and is more or less unsightly. The cut shows an Improvement. It has three "leaves" and is hinged to the side of the opening like a gate. One is not thus crowded, ns In getting through tho old stylo affair. Nor does It coutlnual- IMl'HOVED TUKNST1LK. ly sag, as does the one supported by a single center stake For neatness of appearance the form shown In the cut exhibits its own superiority. Such gates are exceedingly convenient on the farm. New England Farmer. Killing Pork Korly. After severe cold weather begins, though the appetite of fattening hogs Improves, they need so much of the car bon in their food to furnish heat that a much smaller part of it can go to make fat. There Is very rarely any profit iu keeping fattening hogs after the llrst of the New Year. During the holidays there Is a glut of fresh meats lu market, so that pork docs not sell so well as It does either earlier or later. But It Is often late In spring before pork makes much advnnce over what It was early. This advance the farmer can get just as well by putting his pork In the Ivarrel Instead of keeping It on the hoof, eating grain without enough gain In weight to pay for It. American Cultivator. Smoke, French peasnnts often make a very smoky fire on the approach of a thun derstorm, believing that safety from lightning Is thus secured. Smoke acta as a good conductor for carrying away electricity slowly and safely. In 1,1)00 cases of damage by lightning 0.3 churches nnd 8;5 mills were struck, while of factory chimneys there were but 0.3. bwine. It Is easy to "save nt the spigot and waste at the bung" when keeping grow ing swine. There Is most profit In keep ing them growing steadily and fast. The sow with a long, deep, flat side makes the best brood sow. The closing-knit, plump, rounded sow rarely has latge litters and she is as rarely a good mother. Bee Buzzes. Moth worms bother Italian bees very little. . Spring dwindling Is the result of bad wintering. The nourishment of the bee consists of honey nnd pollen. It is nn advantage always to furnish a new swarm with a frame of young brood. Good chaff hives are quite a protec tion to early brood rearing if managed properly. Bees when building comb commence at the top and hang in heavy cluster to their combs.