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- LADIES' LETTER. I-I

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LADIES' LETTER. WOMEN AND SMOKING. American women have never taken to smok- ing in public places, as is commonly seen in the restaurants and hotels of London and Paris. One is inclined to think that few women love tobacco for its own sake, and if they smoke it is probably out of bravado. Perhaps they be- lieve there is a certain amount of charm in the gesture of raising the two fingers to the mouth and coquettishly blowing out the smoke. The American woman, however, who is usuall-. well-balanced, appears to have looked with contempt upon such blandishments, and until- recently she was never seen smoking in th( better class, hotels and restaurants of New York. Now that she has begun to do 130 the authorities contemplate forbidding women to smoke in public places. It is a matter which would probably be better left to the good taste of the public, as interference is apt to provoke resentment, and when offenders real- ize that it is not good form for women to smoke in public, they usually leave off. SERVANTS' CHARACTERS. Giving a servant a character that is not strictly accurate is a rather common failing among mistresses. It is unfair to the next em- ployer, and it is not unattended by risk, as is evidenced by damages having been received against a mistress, upon whose recommenda- tion a servant obtained a situation as a lady's maid, and took tos tealing. The position is of course, Often one of great difficulty. The mistress may suspect and even know that a servant is pilfering, but is unable to prove it, and in any case unwilling to prosecute. She dismisses the servant, and if asked for a character, is placed on the horns of a dilemma. If she mentions her suspicions she lays her- self open to an action for defamation, while silence may and probably will bring trouble on the next employer. She therefore mostly makes a compromise with herself, and glosses over all failings as far as she can. The result is very often not satisfactory to the next em- ployer, but then the last mistress is apt to re- gard that of less importance than the risk of laying herself open to an action for defamation or slander. SPRING HEADGEAR. Early spring millinery is making its ap- pearance, and the crowns of many models are closely packed with small flowers, such as for- get-me-nots, violets, primroses, and tiny rose- buds. The brims are draped with wide silken scarves, knotted behind, the long ends falling over the hair on to the shoulders, and very much after the fashion of the floating veil. The new straws are wonderful, some looking very like masses of delicate lace, while others again closely resemble a heap of shavings. Fashionable milliners are as usual, making their own shapes, which they "build" upon their customers' heads, but those among us who are unable to afford so costly a procedure, need not despair, for never perhaps has there been such a wide choice in the matter of ready- made shapes, as that offered us at the moment. WRIST RUFFS. For day wear our sleeves end at the wrists, and to be quite correct they should be finished off there, with ruffs of fine lace. Needless to say, this particular mode is somewhat bother- some, as, despite the fact that the ruffs are everlastingly catching or dipping into some- thing, they must always, of course, be fresh and dainty. HOW TO WASH LACE. To a pint of warm water, a few drops of liquid ammonia should be added, and the lace doused about in the basin, until perfectly clean. It should then be rinsed in clear water, gently squeezed in the hands, and laid smooth- ly upon a well-padded ironing board. The ironing process should be accomplished over a larger sheet of muslin, and with irons only moderately hot. With regard to tinting white lace, a device which puts in the shade all tea or coffee baths, is as follows: Enclose the lace in folds of newspaper, carefully sealing them so that no air can penetrate, and stow it away for a few months. When unpacked and brought to light the lace will be found to have acquired the very desirable "old ivory" shade of real old lace. AIRY FAIRY FABRICS AND HEAVY TRIM- MINGS. The alliance of fragile fabrics goes merrily on, and without doubt it is a very charming one. For example, a simple robe of crepe de Chine inset with heavy lace and trimmed with bands of fur is delightful, and one in which a woman looks her very best. Great care, of course, is necessary in the selection of the airy-fairy material. It must be strong, as well as fragile-looking, and quite able to bear the weight of the trimmings. Otherwise such a gown is constantly "breaking away," a pro- cedure which spells annoyance, and, incident- ally, a short life to the pretty robe. LITTLE VELVET COATS. On many of the spring velvet coats, hailing from Paris, head trimmings are in evidence. So far as these particular little wraps are con- cerned, the idea is a success, but one trembles to think what indifferent dressmakers and tailors will make of the mode. Undoubtedly they will speedily take the notion up, and kill it off-so far as well-dressed women are con- cerned—therefore for this reason, the woman who can afford but few changes will do well to pass it by. +

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