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»alt. Heat up threo or four egga. ami scramble them in the usual way. liar© ready soiuo rounds of buttered toast, spicad the mushroom mixture o;i these. then heap the scrambled egga above all and serve hot.
With such a chilly summer as wo have had it is little wonder to find the knitted ami woven sports comta very popular. Some new deaigna have been brought out which will certainly please those women who do not ca.c to wear what thousands of others have on. Very welcome are the cashmere or camel-hair coats which have a much more dressy appearance than the ribbed knitted onem, unlesa these last bo of the most expensive variety. Tho cashmere coats are usually made quite short, and tho newest ones have an edging round neck, sleeves, and pockets of some colour, rose, blue, or dark brown looking equally well for example on cinnamon. Such a coat worn with a velour hat of the same colour as its edge will look decidedly smart for the coming autumn.
A very noticeable feature of many of the new costumes is tho coat closed right up to the neck. It may fasten straight in the centre with largo buttons, or it may wrap over and fasten from the shoulder, being double-breasted in fact. Some of these coats have a collar in dircctoirc style standing up at the back of the neck, others again are collariess, but in the majority of cases it is possible to open the coat and wear it with either one revcrs or with both. This is very useful, as it alters tho cffcct very much, and in cold weather one may be very glad of the possibility of wearing it closed to the throat.
its plain tabs, fastened to all seeming, under a iiig horn button ami loop. The dainty lawn frills over the hands arc fashion's'latcst revival, being attached to narrow stiffened linen culls, worn man-fashion inside the sleeves. And finally the soft two-colour velours hat, trimmed with a quaint upstanding bow iu front, is the very latest notion j from Paris.
Very dainty are the pleated muslin and lace jabots, cravats and revers worn with serge coats and skirts. A favourite'pattern is a turn down collar finished at either side with a pleated length of lawn or muslin edged with lace. Another is merely a front pleated very closely at the neck where it is pinned on. often under a Ma* satin or velvet bow, or a ribbon rosebud or two; it hangs down nearly to the waist, and is caught to the coat by the long brooch of enamel so often used to secure a motor veil. Some of the prettiest of these are made of muslin, with Irish crochet lace, or Valenciennes insertions and edgings, so that any woman who can do fine needlework can treat herself to a most dainty dress accessory at a very modest cost.
To many of us tho tweed skirt and a skirl of either cotton, fiannel, or silk, according to season and occasion, represents tho most satisfactory week-day wear either in town or country, and we arc always on the look-out for something which will fulfil all our requirements, ami yet have some touch of newness into the bargain. A delightful material called woollen talTetas is just being brought forward for shirts, about the same consistency as our old friend delaine, but patterned iu pretty stripes so as to suggest more closely a flannel. It makes up delightfully, is not bulky under a coat, yet, being all wool, it is warm, ami I hear that in capable hands there is no fear of ' its shrinking in the wash.
This handsome lace has been very much used this 1 year on dresses and cloaks, and it will play an . important part during the coming winter. I)yed I to match various cloths or velvets a small panel ! let in at the sides of a gown near the foot and | edged with fringe looks very handsome, and I ornaments made in It arc being used to loop up j draperies. Another fancy is to make handbags of I it, lined, of course, with silk. Useful mounts in gilt or oxydiscd silver may be bought at fancy j work shops to bo attached to mncratne and other | bags, a very great improvement to their appearance, for any arrangement of rings or drawstrings however neat it may be. gives a home-made lAok to I the bag. It is a pretty idea to have the macramc in its natural leige colour ovet the same colour as tho gown with which you use ii.
From a medical standpoint cheerfulness has a very real influence over digest ivo Troubles of many kirds. A tour disposition generate* a sour stomach," it ban been said with a good deal of tiuth. Healthy digestion is helped bv normal
! I am always pleased to receive suggestions from my readers, ami to answer questions in this ' column on Dress, the Household. Needlework, etc. I Letters must reach me not later than TUESDAY j morning, if an answer is desired the following i week. Kindly address:--Mrs. NOVELLO, lk»x 16, ; KENDAL.
Oiling a Floor: I*.F.—Use boiled linseed oil with one-third the quantity of turpentine. Clean the floor so as to remove all dust, then apply the oil with a woollen cloth, using only a small quantity at a time, rubing hard, and following the grain of tho wood. Leave to dry for a whole day.
Cinnamon Cake: Hatfield. Is this what you mean? One quart sour milk, ono teaspoonful soda, two well-beaten eggs, flour enough to make a batter. Hako in griddles, making each cake as large as a tea plate. 'When done, butter well, sprinkle liberally with sugar and powdered cinnamon, and pile up like a layer cake. Cut downward in quarters.
Black Varnish: Iron.-Mix ivory black with ordinary shellac varnish, apply to the article when tho latter is cold. This is good for stoves and mantelpieces.
Our Short Story.
Theodore Smith, Bachelor.
A particularly modish example of those plaid and plain tailorisius that.promise to be so much to tie fore this autumn is shown in our sketch this week. In a dark cheeked,tweed. with a coat in plain harlrit cloth to tone, it would prove delightful. This same ' coat. too. carries real novelty in its line, the deep shawl collar, plaid-faced, carrying a new notion in
come in. It is her busineo* to prepare appetising? well-cooked food that will be enjoyed by her household. and she should encourage the whole family to make the meal hour a pleasant time. Talk alient food Is very uriuteresliug and profitless, discission and argu nent are quite out of place, but all should contribute to tho general conversation ami mirth, for laughter is a barometer not only of mental happiness, but also of physical health.
Take about a pound of fillet steak and cut into pieses nearly an inch in thickness, and sufficient in size for one person. Lay for several hours in a dressing of vinegar one^ table* poonful, *alad oil. two tablespoonfuls of chopped parsley, ami a little grated lemon rind. Drain the fillets ami p!ace on a heated gridiron, with an equal number of largo flat mushrooms, peeled. Grill^vtr-t/ clear fir*" for eight or ten minutes, /turning one?. Arrange on a hot dish with a hearp of watercress iu tho centre.
Theodoro Smith woa a bachelor. Yes. a bachelor, acltlrd In his habit", apparently sati,&fd with himself, and without any expectations of marriage. Though not an old man, bo was no longer young, and there waa a bald spot on top of bin head, and his beard, had he not been clean I shaved, would liavo been grey.
Naturally ho was jovial, good-natured, and took lifw easy. He had domestic tastes, and why he hud not married, no ono knew. Of course, there was u story of his early disappointment in love, but it lacked substantiation. No one ever knew of his calling on an unmarried lady, unites it was on a matter of burinca*. The truth was, he had a kind of nervous dread of tho other »ex. Ho wua ill at ease iu thoir pre****. Somehow they disturbed tho equilibrium of his nature, broke into hi* eamy unconventional ways of life, and left him, mere or b«\ mentally and physio ally upset.
Ho had a desk in tho office of the Mutual In suranco 'Company. He was'one of the Company's agent*, and almost a veteran an the insurance business*. He Intd indued hundreds of persons lu lake out policies in "the bwt and strongest | Company In tho world."
Ho had been away for a month, and on coming to tho officio ho found a bundle of letters awaiting lor him. There was one in u large square enve|o|KJ which made him nervous. Hp scrutin i^-1 tho handwriting—it was a lady's hand, without a doubt. After looking about him h' sew if anyone was watching him, he opwied it cautiously. It was an invitation Lo an evening party. He dropped tho invitation. Then he picked it up again. H. rod it over two ihrr* times. Who wo* Mrs. Morris? Ah, it. em'd b» none other than Mrs. John Morris. Mr. Morris was an old acquaintance of his, and ho had in duoed him to take out a policy in the Mutual •Insurance Company.
Ho remembered that he had i^neit an evening with the Morrises. There"was a young lady visiting lhurt , a Mi* Hud on. She was just such a person as he—well—ho had no thoughts of

nd«d to call upon her. He.Wis awakened from his reveries by some-one speaking to him on seme mallets of bosim**. H" put tho invitation iu It's pocket. An hour later whom whould ho meet but Morris himself, "Ah. SuiilJi, ju,t tho nwn I am looking for!" he (oolaimed. taking him by the hand. " I um intrusted with a special im-wage to you. You ,ee my wife is going to have a little company, and
"But." p-otested Smith, "I do n-.t go into
society. I'm much obliged-"
' No. ..Ii| bey. ihat will not do! You've got to come," broke in Morris.
TMTo was no way out of it, an he could
»> ho promised, vaguely Apprehensive that uld^bo very much out of place at the party.
Tho next thing that troubled him was, whak should ho wear. He (pent half the afternoon : trying to settle tho question. At last * happy 1 thought occurred to him; ho would leave the whole 1 matter to his tailor, and he lest no time in sco- I »ng thst gentleman, making known tbo situation; and asking his advice.
" I undeeatand, a garment for evening wear, _1 ! something dressy,' explained the tailor. A dm *ui> would ha the proper thing—it is the correct dress for evening wear, but I know your objeO*9| lions. .Somo men do net like them, make tfcem ' feel ovcr-drroscd, uncomfortable— they're tot rt ! homo with one on. I would auggeat that yea have a Prince Albert. It is proper for ell ccca> @ sK>ns—unless a full dress bail—.,0*a (qlc!!? well 3 lor tho atxevt, church, or—well—a wedding." ™ l .ie dore Smith actually blushed. The tn>aau*e« 9 ments tor the suit were taken. The ta.Jor ugrved j to have it nndy on time. There were aeiue other - j things suggested by that obliging gentleman, such as hat ami gloves, ami he started off to make tho necessary purchases. He had never before km^&p J what an undertaking it was to drcsa for an even-
His invitation had said himself "and Isdy." Thero was only one lady that ho could ask. and that was Miss Hudson. Of conn*, ho would havo « to call upon her, and it required a great deal of 4 courage for him to make up his mini to this.
When evening come he dressed with unusual ■ care. There was a bald spot on top of his head ] where the silver locks had ceased to grew, and j that annoyed him. He looked in the glass, and with some little satisfaction to himself, observed that h" had kept his age very well. Forty was not old, and younger men than he wr* bald, and had grey hsirs.
It was precisely eight o'clock when he rang tho boil of a hotise on Thirty second Sweet, and In-quired for Miss Hudson. Ho handed the »• rvsnt who came to the door his card. In one corner -it bore tho iame, " The Mutual Insurance Con*.
He was ushered into a cosy little parlour, and waited somewhat anxiously, feeling awkward and uncomfortable. It was but a few n.inutes, however, until Miss Hudson arrived.
"I am so pleased to have you call, .Mr. Smith,"
alio said, as she held out her band to him. Her
cordial friendly manners caused half of ,___
burraasment to leave him. She made him take tho best chair in tho room, and th«ro was such a home-like atmosphere about eevrything that ho mentally contrasted the littlo parlour with hie own cheerless room, and the hotel lobbies and icading-rooms where lie occasionally spent his even-
Miss Hudson was an adept at ontertaiumg. She had travelled some, and had been in place* ho had ' visited, and finally when they, got on to lire subject of life insurance lie was fully at home. Ho aa, surprised at the lateness of the hour when ho looked at his watch. It was ten o'clock. He apologised, and Miss Hudson laughed, and asked him to call again. Their acquaintance had pro-i grcssed so favourably that ho finally asked her | csmpany to the party. She would b* delighted to\go. After he had bid her good night he felt ! like congratulating himself upon his good fortune. Ho haiKnot expected things to go along I I smoothly as they had.
Tho evening of tho party come at Inst, H tailor had sent home his suit, he had purchased necktie, gloves, and hat—a silk hat. He had always worn a soft hat, ami rho one he had pur-chased made him feei uncomfortable, but he woro it. A carriage was waiting at the door, and as he stepped in bis most intimate acquaintance might havo failed to have recognised him. It could not have been denied that ho made a very genteel appearance.
. Miss Hudson did not keep lain waiting.
heart boat hard, aa if it would have burst through his tightly buttoned cost, u* ho noticed how pretty she was this evening. He helped her into tho earrioge, and lock the seat o;ipo»itc her, himself. Ho could not se« her fare, but he could f' el her dresa against his knee. He tried to make j conversation, 'Strange how slupd ho was!
3L>rri« mot him in the loser hall.
' My dear Smith!" he exclaimed, in his almost irresistible way, ' I am pleased to see you, Otn't say when I've seen you looking so well as you do (lis evening. I tell you it do«-s a fellow good to throw aside business aires now and then. Th«i«'s nothing like being married, and hiving a home of your own. You ought to marry. SmithI" %lr. Smith bltwhed. Hmbon came up just then, and he bl(ish«d again. It was very embarrassing. " You never could do l»ctter—upon my word ; you couldn't. ' mmlinueThWliat nn evening it was for him! He ccukl not h'lp b ing at home. It r>-mindcd him of the days of hit boyhood when he u>^il to go io par-ties. When a quadrille wo* announced he found a place in one of the set*. It had been years sinoi ho bad danced, but he' managed to get along very well, considering everything. Ho swung hi* partner, balanced lo right and left, and a nt through ill the movements of the dance with all i ho spirit of youth. He was a boy a-'air It was i jolly set, and bo was the jolliest of ihem all. His face ImxUiiio r«sl, «nd he grew hot under the collar. Mi s Hu Ison laughed when he held o il Iii> hand lo her. Then th«- music e« aa d. in 1 she leek bis arm as he conducted her
When the company broke up. and he bid good ni:.'ht to hi» host and ho»te»», he was ready to do dare it was the bippi<*yevening he had ever lb h»l found opMiriunity for * me little e .nver-s.ition with Miss llo Ison. It Was siirpris. in-,' w hat fsst frtenah thef had b, come already.
Again ho rode with - hi the carriage. He sat on tho K-at b»*ide her ihi* time When the car.
riage Moppsl he hclpid her out. and accoin* ■ pani'sl her to tin- door. Ho lingered for some little time. The hack man was patient, and wait d. At h»t ho let ro h'r hand. He had actu-ally Ix ei, holding it f«>r some minutes.
W :h rornething liko tho elasticity of youth he steppe! quickly down the walk and entered the carriage. It sscimd harlly possible, but it was true. iTfvrrthcless; Theodore was an en-
(The End.)
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