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CHPITHL CITY COURIBR,
JUST LI KM A WOMAN.
MR3. CLCVELAND'8 NICC KECCPTIONS
IN THE BLUE NOOM.
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Wasiiinutos, April III. Mrs. Cleve
land gives two receptions each week in
tho Mho room of tho executive mansion,
niul very popular receptions llit'y nro.
They nro not public levees, niul In order
to 1h admitted ono must have an invita
tion. OllO Of till! peculiarities of Wllsll-
ington social lifois llmt hero people ojien
ly ask for curds of invitation, and four-
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ii i,;vi'i.iMin ini ixj
ms. ct.r.vr.iaNt ur.cr.ivrs nr.it nur.sns.
fifths of tho ladles who" attend Mrs.
Cleveland's receptions liavo sought ami
in ninny cases begged for tin llttlnoitrtlti
which nlonu give entree. Every wwk
hundreds ami thousands of applications
for audience nro dented. Mrs. Cluvoliiml
rightly assumes that shodsniot' required
by her jiosltloii to submit to tho Inspec
tion of mere curioHlty seekers. At least
bIio is not required to do ho at thin time.
Naturally there nro peoplo who tlo not
npprovo Mrs. Cleveland's present policy.
They say who is tho wlfo of tho provi
dent, and it in its much her duty to seo
nil cullers au it in her husband's. Theso
nro tho sumo sort of tcopln who go to tlio
White House with n certain sense of
proprietorship. Hccauso it is puhllo
property thoy cannot seo why ovory
room in tho house is not thrown open
for their inspection. They would llko
particularly to enter Mr. Cleveland's
prlvnto apartments, to go into tlio kitch
en, tho linen press and to bo permitted
to pluck llowers in tho conservatory.
A few days ngo I overheard a woniiin
expostulating with an usher because ho
would not admit her to tho blue room
and to tho main corridor of tho house
whilo Mm. Cleveland wart holding ono of
her receptions. In vain did tho usher
explain that his ordern wero iinjierative,
and llunlly ho wuh compelled to say that
Mrs. Cleveland was entitled to some
rights of privacy in her own houno.
"Her own houno indeedl" exclaimed
tho woman, with a toss of her head.
"Perhaps Mrs. Cleveland thinks sho
owns tho placo just because her hus
band has been elected president. The
peoplo of tho United States own this
house, sir, and I'd like to know by what
right tho pcoplo uro denied admittance
to tho parlors! It's a perfect shame!"
Many such unreasonable women go to
tho Whlto House in tho course of a week.
They do not go into tlio private rooms,
or tho conservatory, or tho dining room,
or tho kitchen, but they do manage to
mnko more or less miserable tho lives of
tho poor ushers. Tho peoplo who visit
tho executive mansion have to lie con
stantly watched on account of their craze
for souvenirs or relics. Women carry
scissors with them in order to snip a
plecooutof a curtain if they get a chance.
Onco n woman was seen cutting a bit of
ribbon from Mrs. Cleveland's gown.
When detected, sho tried to pass the mat
ter off asnjoke, hut quickly disappeared.
Soino of theso peoplo manage to get in
vitations to Mrs. Cleveland's receptions.
In tho Muo room they distinguish them
selves by standing as close to Mrs. Cleve
land as they possibly can, staring at her
nnd listening to every word sho utters.
They get in tho way of now arrivals, and
by their piggish manners make them
selves generally disagreeable. At first
Mrs. Cleveland tried to manage her little
receptions alone, but she soon found it
necessary to call in the assistance of one
of tho Whlto House staff. Now Usher
Dubois stands near her constantly, pre
sents tho ladies who uro not personally
hnown to tho hostess, and in his quiet
wny contrives to prevent too much
crowding about her. It is wonderful
what authority it man is able to exercise
over it lot of women, particularly when
ho is tho only man in sight and au olll
cinl who knows his bubiuess.
ns soon as wmui of these women seo tnat
other callers are being admitted where
they are not they n once become over
powci eil with envy and curiosity, .1 tint
llko it woman, you know, and quickly
divining tho facts, as women will, a cer
tain proportion at on.-o become Imbued
with the notion that they simply must
seo Mrs. Cleveland. They plead and ca
jole and finally some of them go away
only to return in a few moments and say
at the door they have forgotten their in
vttatlotiHf Though Mrs. Cleveland receives her
guests at midday, sho has all the win
dows of tho blue room darkened, and
the only illumination In the apartment
Is that made by a small cluster of Incan
descent lamps away up near tho celling.
It Is not very much of it light, but what
there Is falls softly and prettily from Its
elevated position. The effect, though
novel, Is really very charming. Mrs.
Cleveland Is usually gowned In some
thing loose and (lowing, and much com
ment isheatd on her matronly appear
ance compared with her girlishuess dur
ing her former residence here. .She has
a fascinating way of looking her callers
straight in the eye, of maintaining a lin
gering clasp of their hands and of say
ing sensible things in a sensible way.
As I stood watching her for n few mo
ments the other day I perceived that sh
started and gave directions to four out
of live of tlio little conversations be
tween her and her guests. There was
nothing stoicotypcd or stilted about lb"
talk cither. This is true grace. What
is tact in a man is grace in a woman.
The need of a new Whlto House, which
I haveoflen argued, was shown on Easter
Monday. Tho mansion was thronged
with women and children. Inasmuch as
tho Whlto House has but one door, ladles
who waited to seo Mrs. Cleveland could
not get in, mid those who wero in could
not get out. Among the latter was Mrs.
Hlssell, wife of tho postmaster general.
She had niado it friendly call on Mrs.
Cleveland, and it took her nearly an
hour to make her escape from tho build
ing. 'For lfl minutes sho stood tightly
wedged in it mass of humanity, unable
to stir it step. Mho took It all very good
naturedly, as sho did some of tho re
marks which sho was forced to overhear
in tho crowd. Said ono woman in Mrs.
"I don't think this administration
ought to put on any airs. Why, tho
wlfo of tho jiostninster general used t'i
glvo muslo lessons!"
Mrs. Uissell tells this story on herself,
and sho laughs at tho foolish pcoplo who
pronounce her name as if it were His
', which Is evidence enough of tho
fact that tho wife of the big postmaster
general Is it natural, unaffected woman.
Tho truth is, tho most iiujKirtnnt people
hero aro tho least pretentious. A few
evenings ago I sat chatting with Secre
tary of State Groshuin and Secretary of
JX FASHION'S KKALM.
SKIHT3 LOOK MUCH WIDER THAN
THEY REALLY AHE.
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Tun homlicr Cliiltii'n ,ii)lnm, Nii) )ll
llurirr .Sriiinliiliiii lliiiiill.rrclilcf mid
llnrrhl Criuutu Tim Cliiiriiilnu loii,
(SH'( Inl ('nrrrnlxiliili'liri'.
Nr.w Yoiik, April lil.-Somo of our
brightest fashion writers have asserted
recently that some of the dresses are made
yards around. I had my doubts about 10
that ami went to work with a tapeline,
and after 10 days In every first class
house In this city 1 declare that thu wid-
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SOME CURRENT ILLUSTRATIONS.
Interesting Pictures of Buildings and
I-I ti ve a 1 1 Re.'.i d Abo u t
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YOUNO OIIESIIAU IS TUB UAUVIST riV.lM.
Mrs. Cleveland's invitation car.s nro
characteristic. "Mrs. Cleveland will bo
glad" to seo So-and-so. Plain, hearty,
Saxon "glad" is tho word. Tho name,
tho day of tho week and tho hour aro
written with a pen. Tho usual hour is
from 12 to 1, and tho days Tuesday n,ud
Friday. At noon of theso day tin
crowd assembles, Most of them como
in carriages. Thoso who hnvo invita
tions know what to do and where to go.
Bat at tail hour usually hundreds of
peopla an visiting tho cast room, and
TYPICAL OlSKAT MAS S SOS IS WASII-
"Tho oiio thing I do not llko about
Washington," said Secretary Oreshain,
"Is tho demoralizing effect the life here
has on young men. It appears to make
dudes and prigs of them." Then Mr.
Uresham spoke of his son and told how,
some years ago, ho had sent the young
man from Indianapolis to work on a
farm. The old farmer who took him
was to pay tho boy fiO cents a day, and
the judge agreed if Otto was not worth
as much as this to make up the differ
ence himself. Hut Otto had good stuff
in him and worked so well in tho har
vest and haylield that tho farmer volun
tarily raised his wages to 75 cents a day.
Thus the youngster worked ono sum
mer, coming home occasionally to see his
mother nud have her patch his clothes.
For two or three years Otto Uresham
was Mr. Hendricks' private secretary
and was intrusted with all of that great
Democrat s political secrets, lie never
told even his father one of them. Deforo
ho died Mr. Hendricks said to Judge
Oresham: "Your son knows every po
litical secret 1 have In the world. They
aro safer with him thnu they nro with
me." Otto is now a rising lawyer in
Chicago, earning his if 10,000 a year, and
is too busy to spend even a day in Wash
ington. Secretary Morton has as flue a lot of
boys as any father in the world. Ono of
them, Paul, ho found a job for in a rail
way oflleo at llurlington, la. His pay
was !0 a month, and he paid $10 for his
board. In three yours, when only a little
past his mnjority, ho was made general
freight agent of tin great C, 11. and Q.
"I was glad of this," said Secretary
Morton, "but when I heard hlu salary
had iH-eii raised to SIl.OOO a yeai I went
at once to tho president of the road.
'You have promoted Paul,' 1 said.
'Yes.' 'And made his salary ifil.OOO.'
'Yes, but he's doing so well we might
make it a little more if you think that
is not enough.' 'Don't make it more.
Mnko it less,' I said; 'make it $1,500.'
'What!' exclaimed President Perkins in
surprise. 'Yes, I mean what 1 say. Three
thousand a year is too much for a boy to
hnvo all to himself in a wicked city llko
Chicago, and ho compromised on i'.OOO."
Paul Morton is now manager of ono
of tho largest coal companies in the
west nnd is niiinsbing it fortune, which
is better for tho sons of great men than
having thorn driving swell carts along
with other dudes in tho streets of tlio
capital. Walteii Wkjaman.
ri:iu.irrri: rioos anmiim i:r.ii.u: oownh.
est skirt wnsittrille less than r yards
around the bottom, and that it would bo
next to Impossible to make them any
larger. The majority of the dresses that
are stiffened out are front 111 to I yards
around. They look much wider than
they really are because of I'm stiffening
which makes them fall In jtiff waves
rather than close, Hat folds, as they did
before; but It is safe to say that mi one
but the skirt dancers wear such exag
gerated widths, and they have tho thin
nest of textures.
A photograph that has been taken
of the queen of () recce within a mouth
and she is noted for her exquisite taste
ill dress, and she has all her gowns from
Paris shows a skirt close around the
hips and mildly wide around tho bottom.
Tho dress la of soft gray wool, with two
bias bauds around the bottom of gray
silk with magenta raised dots all over
it. The sleeves aro leg o' mutton, not
very large and rather drooping.
I have noticed a great many pieces or
woolen goods with raised dots in con
trasting colors as well as darker shades
of the same color. The dots aro small
and regularly placed. I think one, where
the ground was n lovely shade of tan and
tho little tufts wero of green silk, was as
pretty a plecu of goods as has come un
der my vision In many a day. Tho dots
wero so small and so close that at first
glance from one position it looked all
green, and then another view showed tho
underlying color. There Is somothiii.f
delightful always In tho unexpected, nnd
that, I think, is why the changeable ef
fects have taken such a strong hold on
There are several beautiful new goods
in just such effects, and tho importer
told me that ho thought by winter they
would bo used to make vests for men. 1
am glad, for I think men have too som
bre clothes anyhow. They aro not so
very beatueotts by nature as to be able
to do away with all ornament and all
brightness of color.
Up to now that Is, for many genera
tions their brilliancy has been mainly
derived from neckties, and even there
they wero greatly restricted to tho most
modest and unobtrusive colorings; but
now they are to have speckled vests and
loose and bright lined neckties, and
handkerchiefs with bright red polka dots
and checkerboards, and in fact unlimited
fancies in colored borders. Hut 1 advise
the gentlemen to make their own pur
chases, for tasteful as women are in their
own gowns and gear, just so ignorant
they appear regarding the proper color
or form of the things their dear little
souls delight in purchasing for their
"hubbies." A little secret I must con
fess in this regard, and that is that those
surprising neckties and scandalous look-
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HANDSOlir. (IOWNS I'OH Sl'IIISO AND KAUI.Y
lug hnndkerchiefs are usually bought at
bargain counters, and, like Sam Weller's
crumpets of raided dough, they are
"cheap and llllln" but not wholesome
gifts for tho men. They spoil their
Let me jiersuiide my sisters to leave
cravats and all that and look at the pret
ty gowns 1 have for them here. Ono is
of the new crepe perletto in ashes of
roses, with js'iirly white raised dots. It
is trimmed with live bias bauds of silk
velvet. Another charming spring gown
is of pale gray-blue faille, with indigo
sleeves and yoke. The silk is cut out in
turrets and filled in with the darker faille.
There are, it will be noticed, lace under
sleeves not frills, but undersleeves
ifiiliim: lielow the turret Dojiits. Alto
gether an awfully pretty gown.
Tho last is an outing gown of green
camel's hair, with moss trimming in tho
samo shade, and black Spanish laco on
tho capo and full loops of ribbon which
encircle shoulders and fall in front iu
two loops. Omvu llAlU'EII.
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