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ITH ill health making It a cer
tainty that Mrs. Taft will be
unable to hold the leadership of
Washington's For la I life. It becomes
necessary to find some one to take the
social reins for the season now about
There must be a leader. Washington
without a woman In social control Is as
difficult to imagine as the White
'House without a President.
The thousand and one questions of
social precedence, of plans, of enter
tainment for distinguished visitors.
make" the place one if the most vital
Mrs. Taft has everything that is
Tieeded. but the health. She spent many
years in assisting Mrs. McKinley and
.Mrs. Roosevelt, and lias the ethics of
"Washington entertainment at her finger
But unfortunately a robust constitu
tion is required for the constant round
of dinners, of balls, of receptions and
other functions that make the social
life of the. capital so brilliant.
Mrs. Taft'is not in good health. Ln
doubtedly she improved by her trip to
Beverly, but it was mainly because
of the quiet she found there, and it is
feared that if she should cast herself
full tilt Into the whirl of Washington
social life, she ..would quickly relapse
This compels the finding of an arbi
ter who can take the place of the Presi
No one but Mrs. Taft can make this
suggestion, for the White House Is the
law in social discriminations. The of
ficial stamp of desirability romes from
The home of the Chief Executive, and
sny one not In favor there stands small
chance of taking social honors.
With Mrs. Taft in seml-retlrement.
the entertainments at the White House
will be reduced to merely the official
functions, hut In order to have a law.
some one -of her selection muss be In
ut horit y.
It is expected that in the very near
future Mr. Taft will find a way
of the difficulty by naming one of her
Iose friends who can assume the so
This gives an admirable opportunity
to Miss Mabel Broadman. daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Broadman. the
latter being the secretary of the Na
tional Bed r4oss Society.
Miss Broadman and Mrs, -Taft have
maintained the closest intimacy and
Just prior to her Illness, the first lady
of the. land received virtually nobody
save Miss Broadman.
In the al'.-importaJit requisite of money.
XTsa Bnardman would be able to dis
charge, the social obligations in excellent
manner, for her father and, mother are
Ifco'h very wealthy In their own rights.
The Boardmans have always enter
tained well, though not lavishly, their
(preference being to avoid ostentation.
" Miss Boardman Is fortunate enough to
r.ave no enemies and there would be no
danger of her accession to p"ower starting
;s.r.y feuds or social wars.
A woman of the Army also stands very
rrlose to the throne. Mrs. J. Franklin
.Bell, wife of the chief of staff.
Mrs. Fell has b-en especially well
known as an Army hostess, and ner word
Is law In this particular department of
-TVashfngton social life. Undoubtedly she
has the equipment for the mor Impor
tant post of social arbiter, should Mrs.
Taft And It necessary to call upon her.
ft is known that Mrs. Taft is also very
partial to Mrs. Clarence Edwards, wife
f the chief of the Bureau of Insular Af
fair!. But like Mrs. Taft. Mrs. Edwards
has the- great misfortune to be In poor
Health, and could not attempt to take up
Mrs. L.udlow. sister of the wife of Ad
miral Iwn". is one of the closest of
Vn. Taft's personal friends and tiie Tafts
often lunch informally at the Ludlow
home, which is Just across the street from
tiis Wh.ts House. But Mrs. Ludlow has
zto social ambition ia ths direction of lead
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ership She has nunv friendships and
no one gets more pleasure out of Wash
Ington lifer which is perhaps the reason
whv sue is unwilling 10 ?aiiiuvc nomii.
bv taking the place of arbiter.
If the Oarrison McCllntocks had lived
In Washington a little Jongcr. Mrs. Mc
t'lintock might qualify most, admirably
for the. place, for she Is a natural born
socletv lead'-r. She has -wealth, tha
know ledge of and the love of social life,
and would undoubtedly devote herself to
the tank with great seriousness. She be
came very intimate with Mrs. Taft last
One of the most Interesting suggestions
made for a successor is to have Mrs.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth go into the
place Sho had experience while in the
White House before her marriage to the
Congressman, and she enjoyed society Im
mensely. The Tafts have a genuine affection for
the daughter of the ex-President, and it
will be remembered that It was while ac
companying Secretary Taft to the Orient
that the romance between Mr. Longworth
and Miss Roosevelt began, so that, in a
sense. Mr. Taft was the godfather of the
mRtcn- , ,. '
When she was Miss Roosevelt, Mrs.
Longworth made some enemies, mainly
by her exuberance and certain hoyden
is'h traits, but except with this small sec
tion of Washington life she is immensely
popular and would undoubtedly get lib
eral backing, particularly from the young
er set. who would recognize In her com
ing the certainty of new life to be intro
duced into their set.
The attitude of Mrs. Longworth to so
cletv since her marriage has been some
what of a Hurprise. It wss believed that
she would immediately open a vigorous
social campaign, but nothing of the sort
has happened, she having contented her
self with a few luncheons.
Mrs. Meyer, wife of the Secretary of
the Navy, is a most -admirable hostess,
and she "has made a specialty of culti
vating the foreign contingent resident at
the capital. With them she Is far and
away tha most popular woman, -in. tha
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capital but on - this qualification alone
she could hardly hope to step into the
Except for the somewhat turbulent con
dition of the relations of her father with
the country's political life. Miss Helen
Cannon, daughter of the Speaker of the
House, would make an admirable selec
tion She is a woman of sprendld social abil
ity, and she has a great love for the
game. She has tact and good Judgment,
and in her long residence In Washington
has mastered a complete knowledge of
how everything should be done.
Mrs. "Wickersham. wife of the Attorney
General, Is distinguished for her culture
and the excluslveness with which sha
surrounds herself, and would undoubted
ly have the courage to draw a tight rein
if it were needed. Mrs. Corbln. widow
of General Henry C. Corbln. is another
Intimate friend of Mrs. Taft's from the
days -when, the President was. first Secre
tary of War, but Mrs. Corbin would not
be acceptable to many members of the
social set there, and then, again, she Is
In deep mourning. The names of Mfs.
Beekman Winthrop. Mrs. Crane, wife of
Senator Crane, and Mra. Frederick Keep,
the last two both Boardmans, have also
The legitimate successor to Mrs. Taft
for the time being would of course be
Mrs. Sherman, wife of the Vice-President,
but Mrs. Sherman Is exceedingly timid
and has always entertained In the most
quiet way. She is not in robust health
and wouid undoubtedly decline to take
upon herself the burden of a social sea
There Is little doubt that Mrs. Lewis
More will be at the White House througlv
out the Winter to take Mrs.' Taft's place
whenever necessary. Mrs. ' More per
formed the duties of White House hostess
several times last Spring following Mrs.
Taft's breakdown, and .won many friends
by her gracious personality.
OLD hats of good felt may be re
dyed and shaped, and made larger
at the brim, if necessary, by a
buckram edge. Over this piecing a
bias Of silk o?- velvet should be put.
Bew the bias on at the upper side of
the hat and catch it with invisible
stitches underneath. If the crown of a
hat in good condition is' too low, cut it
cleanly out. and. after applying a pat-h
band of buckram'of the desired height,
sew the crown back In and cover the
patch all round with the trimming.
Some of the new headgear gives ex
cellent ideas for "made hats" the hat
which Is fashioned by hand from Its
frame up. '
In the first place. It Is patchy
artistically so. It is true, but neverthe
less a jumble of odd materials and
except for the tailor-made headpiece,
things look rather flung on than
sewed. In fact, this is one of the se-
LretA always- sl good millinery.' stitches.
must be sure, but far between. Then
there is scarcely a good shop iu w"hich
the important details which go toward
making up a hat may not be bought,
ready-made, as it were. Fur crowns
are to be widely used, and large circu
lar pieces for these are already In the
market. A long-napped felt which Imi
tates fur Is also seen in crown pieces,
and both the fur'and the felt are very
simply put on in a soft puff crown
over a hat stiffening that look" like
a glue-flnlshed mosquito netting.
Where it is impossible to find this
stiffening, a light-weight canvas will
answer the purpose.
For the proper shaping of rosettes
many milliners use a round of canvas
somewhat larger than a butter plate;
while the quills, always so difficult to
sew In gracefully, may be mounted
upon hatpins so that they may deftly
and prettily be thrust in at the last
moment. The quill is cut off at the
feather -oolnt And the i?Ln which lvl
denuded of its ball, of course !
dipped in a strong glue and then twist
ed with a wisp of cotton or gauze,
which, in turn, is wet with glue. Then
this end is forcibly thrust Into that of
the quill. If the trick Is well done the
quill will remain solid on its artificial
leg for a long time. However, there .
are imported hat quills already pro
vided with these sharp ends so c onven
ient for the disposal of the ornament.
For a plain brim and crown a stiff
buckram frame is used, and the neat
est cover Is made for the former by
making a hole In the material large
enough to pass tile crown through and
sewing the top-hrlm cover and the fac
ing neatly at the hat edge with In
visible stitches. The top of the crown
covered with a round piece scwea
to the frame an Inch below the crown-
all around. A bias tianu, ioiua
a. -am an fnfn tnn fill d bottom, Is then
put about the crown and held only
with the stitches that hold the seem,
where the bunch or trimming Is put.
All plain velvet and plain silk hats
arc made In this way.
Several little conveniences are neces
sary for good home millinery- A long
milliner's needle is- requisite, as it is
necessary sometimes to Push through
considerable thickness; and buttonhole
silk makes by far the beet sewing
As to the halns and wire lifts which
oiill so Important for holding me
hat at a becoming point, tliey are cheap
things, to be found on all notion coun
ters. The sleasy silk hat linings i
may also eomctinies be had ready-made.
MARGAP-RT I.ANB IN BOSTON HERALD.
S THE mornings become more anii
more crisp, and the children come
downstairs ravenous after their
cold plunge, they begin to look for arid
die cakes and maple syrup. Now, while
I do not believe that a breakfast entirely
of even such "filling" food as pancakes
are known to be will sustain man or child
throughout tha forenoon's work, it will
add flesh to top off. a meal of cereal and
steak or sausages with just one or two of
the delicately browned dainties. Waffles
will therefore not prove a tax on the
cook's time as most people seem to think.
For this reason, and because few house
wives need to be told how to prepare reg
ular griddle cakes. I have selected a
couple of delicious waffle recipes that
many will not know up north here.
The first essential to the making of
good waffles is that the waffle Iron
should fit snugly over the stove hole, for
it must he used smoking hot. Beef suet
does very well for greasing them. With
the side on which the hatter is to ba
poured sizzling hot. and hoth sides thor
oughly greased, pour on the batter with
one movement of your hatter pitcher,
close th Iron and turn it immediately.
You will have to work quickly or the
cakes will burn. In a very few seconds
the other side i done, and you are ready
to remove the waffle. Butter it at once
the quickest way is to use partially melted
butter and send to the table before it
loses its crispnees. If you have a largo
Iron, one waffle may be divided Into four
portions, and no one will have to quit.
The best waffles are the Southern kitid.
raisd with yeast. These call for a quart
,of milk heated boiling hot. then cooled
till lukewarm, a quart and a cupful of
flour, two well-beaten eegs and half a
cupful of butter. Stir the butter into the
hot milk, pour it gradually when luke
warm, Into the flour, beating out all the
lumps, add tl;e beaten egg.. a teaspoonful
of salt and a tea. spoonful of sugar, and
then half a yeast cako dissolved in half a
cupful of lukewarm water. Beat the bat
ter thoroughly and let It rise, over night,
beat It again In the morning and let it
rise for !0 minutes more. Fill the irons
tFO-thlrds full, and when baked as direct
ed, serve with maple syrup, maple sugar
and rich cream, thick white sugar syruu
or some sweet marmalade.
Ye, air, that's me,
t'd nither so
An' flMi all day
Than a show.
I'd ruther hear
My line go "pat"
Than wear a crnwn
Fur my ol' hat.
I'd ruther eat
FlBh ev-ry dav.
Than pise n food
The forelen way.
I'd ruther hev
A plck'red sweet.
An' not a homb
Fall at my feet.
I'd ruther hold
Mr rod an- reel
Than turn an' twist
An auto wheel.
I'd ruther flh
All day. by gam.
Thsn rule a throne .
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