The San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 5, Ed. 1, Saturday, April 7, 1883 Page: 7 of 8

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fashion's decrees.
Drcssei Junt Too Lovely for Anything
and Ottiorn tlutt nro Lovely
Naw Spring Ilonnotii Miule to Mutch l'nr-
tlculnr Onattimet-fancies
anil Caprice.
Jennie June writes on the 3tt. from New
York as follows :
It is said by social philosophers that we
travel from the homogeneous through to the
heterogeneous and from the heterogeneous up
to the homogeneous again only it is first the
homegeneous in its crude forms and lastly
the homogeneous In its highest most refined
and cultivated mode of expression. Accept-
ing this statement it does not take much study
of socialology to discover that we are in the
heterogeneous stage of development so far as
our clothing is concerned and that progress
must be made by individuals towards the
higher plane and not expected from the aggre-
gate majs which can never give more than
the mean average result; and is composed
largely of elements directly interested irfstim
ulating the production of a thousand unnec-
essary accessories to what we call our civiliza-
tion. The spring bonnet. No better illustra
tion could be formed of the condition of
fashion as it exists to-day than the gro
tesque many-colored hydra-shaped and
strangely contracted spring bonnets. Manu
facturers of original "straws" are at their wit's
end for a novelty. The historic past has been
exhausted that is as far as ignorant imita
lions can exhaust original ideas ai.d there is
no one who dares or who has Intelligent
knowledge enough to come out and give us an
American shape an original and picturesque
mode whose distinction and fitness would win
for it respect and acceptance. At present
those who pay their money can truly take their
choice. We have the "scqop" and the
"pointed" poke the "Gypsy" and the
"capote" the "Scotch bonnet" and the
"Khedive cap" the 'JGainesborough" and
the "Derby" the "Marie Stuart" and the
"turban" and a thousand shades and grada
tions between these. We have straws in every
color to match the latest shades in costume
and we have all black or all white which are
popularly supposed to be suited to any cos
tume though the authorities discredit the
assertion. We have what are musically called
"symphonies" in color but which are merely
a confused jumble of color sounds without
clearly defined purpose and therefore without
In the meantime there are ladies who do
not denart from the small bonnet known as
the capote who find it best suited to all pur-
poses and who change it only for a shade hat
in the country or for a modest and moderate
scoop-shaped poke or small gypsy In travel'
inc. both of which shade the face and are bet'
ter adapted to emergencies than the quiet and
refined yet dressy little capote which frames
a delicate face most charmingly and is no
obstacle at theatre or concert but does little
for protection against sun or wind. Hut it
was as "costume bonnets that is. as bon
nets to match visiting and reception cosumes.
that these pretty head-dresses were first intro-
duced several years ago and that they have
held their own and gained rather than lost
prestige says much in their favor. In fact
they have established a position. They
are "dress" bonnets they are the
only kind now admitted for wid
ows' mourning and they have created
a standard which even if it in only temporary.
is still useful for the time being. Hut with its
form its value as a sUndard ceases ; it is the
most "mixed" in material color and trim-
- mines of any of the shapes known. The
pointed poke which appeared in l'aris two
years ai'o. and to a limited extent here last
summer is now numerous but excepting the
form quite simple in its details; but the ca-
pote makes up for its gentleness and severe
propriety of shape by massing upon its small
surface the richest materials and the most
highly contrasting colors and devices. Em
broidcred or elaborately beaded crowns are
combined vitt exquisite embroidered or
beaded lace which is pleated over a soft
foundation of silk and covers the brim while
the ornamenting is obtained from shaded
satin or velvet foliage in which all the tints
of the bonnet and its trimming are introduced
Hut the majority do not follow the laws of de
sign or harmony; they are a medley of high
colors or ill assorted shades and bear no re-
lation whatever to any possible combination
tn any sane woman s uress.
These strictures apply of course to the bon'
' nets as exhibited at the average opening and
which are of the kind most frequently seen
upon the street. They may be copied from
patterns sent from abroad for there are bon
nets and bonnets every where that is in all
modern and civilized communities but they
" to"Tfo.mi.iill ellk.himdkorclilotSiiit'wi'coins"!
woith SlOO. .v J
Rhodius &
Oldest and Most Reliable Music House in
the City. Agents for
And Christie
Renting Pianos a Specialty.
Largest Stock of Music Books
Texas. The New England
I have' recommenced business as a Confectioner at the
SAN ANTONIO CANDY WORKS 39 i-2 Soledad Street
opposite Milbum Wagon Company and continues to supply
pure Cream Nut and other Candies Wholesale and Retail
Delicions Chewing Gum Candy
307 and 309 North Side Military Plaza
Beg to draw the attention of the medical profession to the
advantages they offer through a direct and
constant fresh supply of
tap Metticme
Also the public generally to their general assortment ofifhis enemy he threw back his blanket
T . .. ir i threw out an(1 extended his hand. The Cali-
1 erfumery 1 ouet Articles and sundries. Country orders 1 fomian grasped it and shook it and shook
... . again and again ashamed and beaten
SOllCltCU. ashamed that he had not the courage to do
are not of the best class and they arc not sent
Irom the best houses in raris or copied by
the best houses here. The best and finest
bonnets are always made to match or with
special relercnces to particular costumes
and some modistes scarcely make a
dress that is not an indoor morning or even-
ing dress without sending its bannet with it.
With a bronze costume the other day a
bronze satin bonnet was sent home; both
trimmed with a beaded passementerie in
which amber and ruby were introduced with
fine effect; the crown ol the bonnet was em-
broidered to match and a group of amber
bronze and ruby ostrich feathers were placed
so as to form a sort of aigrette. Another was
of the new art green in plush and satin surah
with beaded and embroidered trimmings and
containing all the shades from French bronze
to Nile green. The bonnet was faced with
shrimp pink satin covered with fluted lace
and the garniture consisted of a tuft of shrimp
pink feathers and embroidered lace the em-
broidery executed with shaded green floss and
fastened with small gold pins.
Lady Florence Dixie admits that her bangs
and her black hair were comparatively unin-
jured. This is well. Ladies who go out
walking in wild countries should always wear
corsets and be accompanied by a St. Bernard
dog witli a brass collar. Atlanta Constitution.
& Son Pianos.
and Sheet Music in Western
Piano is the Best and Cheapest.
a specialty.
In tho Drifting Snow With Killos lit
Ten l'ncos.
Joaciulu lllller In tho Now York Sun.
The day after a little tilt between the parties
the two Californians walked up and down be-
fore the quiet and unpretentious camp only a
few steps from their own for we were all
huddledjin together there and talked very loud
and behaved in a very insulting manner. The
canyon was all on tip-toe. The men began to
forget their misery in the all-absorbing topic
of the coming fight. Cautious old men held
aloof and tried to keep peace. They kept
most of the men out on the windy plain freez-
ing there with the half-starved and freezing
mules horses and ponies that pawed pitifully
and helplessly in the snow which was now
almost to their breasts. This it was hoped
would give the men something better to do
and keep them from battle.
But the dreadful situation the cold the
hunqr the possibility of all perishing there
together seemed only to madden the men.
That night a duel was arranged to take place
at daylight on the plain above. The Cali-
fornian and the Orgonian were to fight with
rifles at 10 paces. Both had their friends
and backers. The whole canyon seemed to
be drawn into the fight. Some of the men
were not very hungry. All were cold cross
isperate. A general battle was imminent.
The moon hunc hieh and calm and cold
ght overhead. The stars stood out and
sparkled in irost-iikc lire me Keen com
wind swept the plain abovel and threatened to
fill the canyon with drifting snow. Wolves
thatliad eaten only the dead horses up to this
time now began to attack the weak and dying.
Une ol the thousands mat noverea auout naa
even that night laid hold of a man. Dut still
the fight must go on. The deadly hatred
must find some expression. Fortunate if it
should end with this duel just before us.
fleecy clouds organ to drive over tne moon
at mldnicht. and drift away towards Idaho.
The stars went out as though the fierce wind
had blown out the myriad lights ol heaven.
Then the snow began to fall thick and fast as
the men sat about their leeble tires and talked
about the coming duel. These groups crew
as white as huddled docks of sheep. Now
and then a man would get up and shake him-
self and the snow would slide off in little
avalanches thicker than your palm. The fires
began to perish under this incessant unceasing
dropping of snow. The wind ceased and the
snow then simply possessed the worm ine
fires all died out. It was a weird death-like
darkness. The men could not see each other's
faces. When they spoke it was as though
some one called from deep down in a well.
They grouped about feeling for each other as
nicy llicu iu creep uuuer mcir uiauKcia in wic
snow. Mow and then a blanketed uregonian
would find his outstretched hand twitted in
the snowy beard of a red-shirted Californian.
liut there was no swearing at eacn oiner
Snow above and snow below I The wolves
howling from the hills. Show that burled
you that lav over your shoulders like a
blanket that loaded you down that fastened
on vou as it had life and sense and like a
ghost of your injured dead would never go
With morning there came a sense of change.
Dut it was not light. There was only a dim
ghastly something in the air the ghost of a
dead day. And snow snow snow nothing
but snow and snow. The men came down
from the hills and left the wolves to have their
own way. They came down clinging to each
other Orcgonian and Californian together as
belt they could. They could see each other's
faces. Their very heads and shoulders were
bowed by loads of snow. Many of the
men in the canyon did not attempt
to tise all day They were cov-
ered by the snow many feet deep. In this
strange new land these gold hunters had
come to fear that most dreadful things might
overtake them. They whispered among
themselves that the canyons would be swept
full of snow if the wind should rise aeain
and then surely all would perish. Under a
lodge ot rocks that leaned over tne canyon
many men grouped together as the day wore
by hungry starving desperate and dying.
But the force of the falling snow was spent.
As night came on we could see each other's
face; we could see the world once more. But
what was it t A world of snow. Strangely
enough a little white-tailed rabbit came tim-
idly among the men out of the snow and
hopped helplessly over human legs. They
looked at each other in turn at this and then
out on the world qf snow.
The two duelists by chance looked in each
other's faces. There was a lone pause ; an
awkward one. Neither spoke. They looked
at each other steadily. The men grouped
about them and held their breath and all
were silent as if the snow was indeed their
shroud as one young Californian with a
practical turn of mind and temporary religious
tendencies had suggested.
While the two men stood looking steadily
and still at each other there was a move-
ment under the blanket of the Orgonian. He
evidently was about to do something and
that mnn. Willi rvi-aflrmlv flirrl nn the eves
what his enemy had done before him. The
shout of wild delight that went up from the
group showed that there was life in the savage
canyon si ill. It seemed to settle the storm.
It certainly awakened many sleepers and
they crept out of the snow all about none the
worse for their long night's rest.
Of nil tho Insidious
Temptations invidious
Contrived by tlio Uovll for pullloir men down
Tliero'u nono more delusive
Boductlve abiiBlve
Than tho snaro to a man with a wlf o out of
He feels bucIi a dollshtfulneHS
8llllll-I KOt-tlBtlt?rfUllK'BS-
I own It with pain 1
A bnehclor rnklshnois
Nono cnii explain I
Whllo his wife trusting lady
Is mourning It nmy be
Ills lonely condition so mournfully dull.
lie feels thrills enorKotlo
Toward places magnetic
Larks peripatetic
Joyn far from iiaeetlo
With uuuiy excuses his conscience to lull.
With it take-cvcry-trick-lelincss'
Full-as -ii-tlck-lshnesi
Though conscience frown;
With u fortli-lot-u-stciil-Bomcnces
Tliere's u wllo of the do'll-eoinencsa
In a wllo out of town.

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