From the Washington Star: it was a New York drummer stopping ia Washington on hls way weet just long enough to teil the administration how to conduct the war, and while he was resting after his efforts in that direction he was talking something else than war talk. "I was stopping in Wilmington, Del., four or five nights ago," he said, "and being rather lonesome I went with three other fellows to a billtard parlor for excitement. We had played a few games, in fact it was about time to quit, when a rather weíldressed party, six feet tall and weighing 200 in hís stockings, carne in, and after talking around promiscuous like a while he offered to bet any amount that he could beat any man in the room, even, at any game of billiards he might select. Seeing no takers of his bet he offered to doublé his wager that he could knock any man in the room out in four rounds. He slung out his chest and shut up a big pair of fists in a way that was not inviting to the amateur, and nobody offered to go into the ring with the slugger. The big fellow by this time was becoming sassy, and In rapid euccession offered to swim, or row, or shoot, or fence, or ride, or even play a game of golf against any man in the room at any time any oiïe might desígnate. At last the stranger picked up one of the billiard balls on the table where we had just finished our game and, juggling wiih it a minute, he offered to bet he could bold it out at arm's length for thirty minutes. Wel!, i seemed that e'very' man in the footo kne'w "how darn heavy a pcietage stamp got at the end of a pan's extended arm in about flve "minutes, and there was a ïush to take him up. He was betting three to fiye, and it wasn't long till he had up seven or eight dollars covered by all the loose change the crowd had, a cö-operative bet having; beeiï made up against tbe Spaniard, let us cali him. The preliminaries belng finished, the feat began, and we sat around waiting hungrily to divide the spoile, but the longer -we waited the longer he held on, and when the half hour was up he let the ball down as easy as if it didn't weigh over an ounce. We looked at each other and looked at him. 'Sorry, gents,' he said, as he raked in the pot. 'Sorry, but yon ought to have teen my bluff. This little trick Is my entire stock in trade, and I can't row, or swim, or ride, or do a thing except a lot of suckers. Good evening.' " "Most women will, of course, foüow their own tastes in dressing for outdoor exercises, and many of them present a woefuliy misapplied appearance," writes Mary Katharine Howard deecribing "Costumes for Outdoor Sports' (n the Woman's Home Companion." "Especially is this true of the wheelwoman, many of whom seem to go on the plan that 'nothing shows on a galloping norse,' and feel that when the wheel is in motion no one remarks about her clothes. But right here she is mistaken. Whether riding or resting her costume is always the point of observation, and bystanders overlook a multitude of sins in grace and speed if the costume be suitable, becoming and fetching. Many women - yes, the majority of them - auect a foolish modesty concerning the length of the bicycle-skirt, and are not slow to vote the short-skirted girl as bold and rapid. Neither do we advocate an ungainly abbreviated skirt, but we do indorse the skirt that is short enough not to go flopping in the breeze as soon as a little speed is desired. A skirt to the shoe-tops does, to be sure, conceal the stocking, but that is the only point ín its favor, for it is ugly and ungracebul both on and off the wheel. Wear the short skirt, and conceal the stocking by the use of a high bicycle-boot, which is an addition to all wheeling costumes. To be sure, they are warm in summer, but your only alternative is a low-cut boot or an Oxford tie. The latter should never be worn except fcy boys, men and very small girls, wMle the former displays the stocklng when riding. For both looks and comfort a moderately heavy glove should be worn. Never wear a trimmed hat; that is, in the sense of flowers and lace or fluffy effects. The more severe the hat the more suitable, durable and tasteful it is. Tho much-abused Alpine shape should only be worn above pretty and youthful faces. Quite the prettiest wheeling costume is the divided skirt, which falls so close together that no one knows whether it is an all-around skirt or the bifurcated one, worn with a pretty shirt waist, either of silk or Borne washable material, and an Eton jacket to match the skirt, with boots of ton or black."