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The ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S…

A TOUCH OF NATURE.

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THE ACTION AGAINST MR. BRADLAUGH.

WOMAN SUFFRAGE.

BURGLARY WITH VIOLENCE.

SUICIDE OF A STOCK BROKER.

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-----------A DULL SEASON.

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A DULL SEASON. The mourning of the Court has made this season a dull one (says the Graphic). A West-end tradesman being asked what he meant by this, answered-" Sel- ling 10,000 pairs of gloves a-day less than ought to be sold in London." The figure looks big, but if we con- sider wh at an impetus is lent to trade by a lively season it will not appear exaggerated. When large entertainments are given in the highest circles of society to members of the Royal family, one ball leads to anocher, one dinner promotes many dinners, one garden party, pic-nic, or bazaar stirs up emulation, and doubtless the labours of West End postmen in distributing invitation cards. Ten thousand pairs of gloves are soon sold in a city of four millions; but thmk what they represent in money. Think also what a difference it must make to milliners, tailors, wine merchants, confectioners, and others, whether Society is given up to merry-making, or whether it puts on an air of sadness. If extravagance is contagious, so is parsimony, and householders always seem pretty glad, after all, when » fashion sets in for not spending money on feeding one's neighbour, and making him dance. A dull season, no doubt, has its uses. If we are to believe all the doctors say about the vitiated atmosphere of ball rooms, the danger of nervous exhaustion which threatens young ladies who dance too much, and elderly dames who sit blinking during the long hours of chaperonage, it must be reckoned a good thing that there should have been comparatively so little entertaining this year. Society is breaking up much earlier than usual, and betaking itself to fields, seaside, and foreign touring. It is a comfort, however, that the season has not been blank so far as matrimonial engagements are concerned. Perhaps quiet drives and afternoon teas are more favourable to such a thing than roaring routs and mammoth crushes.

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