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GOSSIP FOR THE LADIES. Ping-Pong Still Hibernating, Its Defects as a Spectacular Game. Hair-dying Going Out of Fashion. (BY "VERA.") Ugh! October is again with us-the month of "falling leai and fa ding trees," lines im- mortalised in Tosti's popular ballad "Good- bvel" \Vha,t can there be to write about, when the chilly winds are blowing V-—nothing but election gossip, and dead leaves hither an thither. If you happen to be a Ionian, aw cannot discuss the pros, and cons, of the r.uu- ention Bill, and frankly confess your distaste for politics, all that remaineth for you just now is to suffer obscurity and be content to be temporarily extinguished, as far as social life is concerned. Thus, you see, there is but one thing for the non-political to do-pretend to be political-to assume, as it were, the in- telligent interest demanded of us. Have vou noticed that as surely as there is a political stir on any subject, so surely does the feminine Politician with a Mission bring forth her old grievance, and talk glibly about the wonderful time that. is coming when legislative power is put into her hand! For nivself. I do not worry about the enfran- chisement of our sex; it is scarcely worth while. Alas! the glorious optimism of the women- who agitate for the Parliamentary vote, is not shared by me. but my confidence in mv own sex, though very considerable, re- fuses* to rise to such an height as to lead me to believe that the very necessary reforms which tlu> country needs would be effected as with a wave of a fairy wand, when women are but allowed to register their vote. [ learn that the ping-pong tournament, which was held last week at the Shaftesbury Hall on behalf of Dr. Barnado's Homes, was nut such a success as the promoters hoped it would be. There were. however, a goodly number of entries, but interest in this essen- tially winter pastime is, as yet. but luke- warm. At the best of times. 1 doubt whe- ther it is a game likely to attract spectators; and none of the local tournaments have been relieved with a little music—instrumental or vocal. While almost everyone can enjoy an occasional game of ping-pong, or even be- come an enthusiastic player, few can settle down for a few hours to merely watch others enjoving themselves; indeed, 1 find it. very trying for the eyes that wiit-ching of the elusive tinv white bull, flashing from racquet to racquet. The floor at the hall had been polished for dancing, and this proved very disconcerting to the competitors, as it caused them to slip every few minuter However, th3 result goes to show that Miss Gladys Wvrill is still the champion, and Miss orh Thomas, of Ystalyfera. a good second; while in the contest for gentlemen. Mr. Aubrey Colquhoun and Mr. Ken. Smith showed that thev continue to prove opponents not to be trifled with. They have at their command many dodgy, tricky strokes which üllc. some meeting and some beating. So it is settled we are to have two amateur operatic societies at Swansea, That in itself i- not a very surprising fact, but it does seem a thousand pities that such bad feeling exists between them. A good-natured, healthy rivalry would be conducive to nothing but good ;it would be the means of getting the best work out of the respective societies, but from certain gossip which has reached me. I tind that figuratively speaking, they a,r3 cutting each others throats. Surely these petty bickerings arc not going to be tolerated by the majority of the members. Why not let each combination get to work in earnest and allow the public to judge en- tirely upon merit, which should be awarded the premier position' Dame Fashion is kind this season in her de- mands as regards hair-dressing- It is seldem that she asks nothing more than what is be- coming. but that is the case now and every- one should take full advantage of the whim. The chief thing to consider is the shape of tli head. If vour head is Grecian in type, dress the hair low ;if French, dress it high; and whichever you choose will be equally fashionable. But if it- suits you to wear your hair high. and you still prefer to have it low, then you are committing an unpardonable sin. and be utterly out of fashion. If vou arc not sure which is your particular style" and cannot consult I hairdresser, you had better trv one or two different styles, and let the 'results speak for themselves. After all. it is worth a little trouble for the hair is one o f woman's greatest beauties, and whether it is done well 01; ill. practically means whether you are looking your oest or vour worst. How often is an otheiwise plain woman absolutely redeemed by her hair, and how much more* then, must it. add to the beauty of the already beautiful woman.' The odious fashion of dyeing the hail' oltl or red. when it is naturally brown or bhck. « now happily restricted to people who wish I make themselves conspicuous. How it "l uld ever have been fashionable is one of the mysteries of fashion, for it stands to reason that the hair nature has given you must suit the complexion and eyes infinitely better than any other. The newest way of doing the hair low will I, one of the noticeable styles of the colii j,,<r winter. All over the top it is loosely W;Vved. The little tight waves of last year have quite disappeared, and at the back it is snnpiy coiled, and the ends are curled and left loose." one end being allowed to fall just on th« neck. T,)is style gives a particularly simp'e ami girlish effect, the loose curls giv- ing- what. one may call an artistically untidy •iM^arance. I n the fr(,rit. the hair may be combed straight, off the tikqe m. U-ft with a Jight fringe whichever is most becoming, but if it is combed back it must be done quite looselv, as the iii,?Velt suspu-.o,, of straining wir. completely spoil tilt' "lyle. A few people. I believe, are making strenu- ous efforts to bring in the fringe, but a- it invariably gives to the ace a more or les.- 'Arriet"* appearance, n ls "°t in the least likely to become popular- ,J the high headdress is chosen. <Ur forw,rd r taken not to let it come too far t for that gives an ugly stretch ol ha" -ll whereas, if it is done a trifle down at t ck so that with a full iront view, the 1 is just seen, it will look equally well all The fancy boa. occupies a new position in the world of fashion today. lp to jlo%v, it lias been always regarded as merely a accessorv—un important one. 1 own. but — accessory, nevertheless, and a bit of a luxurv. too. Now. it is a distinctive mode—a neces- sity to the well-dressed woman's wardrobe. It 'is seen in many shapes, and made of many materials, and there are special designs for day and evening wear. The outlines of the new !>oa> '-II reveal ihc new shape. They are broad and ll soread out over the shoulders r.illnr lb.in closely encircling the throat. At la ft they Can be worn with good effect the hort- necked woman, who heretofore has been forced to resist the tempting loveliness of the thitfv ruffles which stood close about her throat, giving her a much to be dreaded ehunky look. The high ruff is out of fashion, drooping frills are the mode. i, i,tit of fit,,Ii;(,n. Then in length the boas have undergone a consPIcnons change. They have grown strik, ingly longer, and in this way too have made themselves a- fashion possibly to the short necked girl, who is generally of the short. stout tvpe. rather than of the slender and tall. We may have guessed before. but now we know that zibeline has no rival but faced cloth for walking dresses: that velvet deep of tint, and rich and rare of texture, is to he more worn than ever in evoni»g, at wed flings, and at. afternoon calls; that hats are to l-e, sunimerlike of aspect all through nwjn ter. and that grey is to become the reigning colour in gowns, 'furs, and hats. in truth, there is a pertect rage for grey gviwns. Cloth and corduroy never look better than when they are associated with grey squirrel or moleskin, and the relief of white or ivory or cream-colour that is now invariably introduced in the front and at the neck oi smart gowns, makes the furs look all the bet- ter. The toques made to wear with cloth or zibeline gowns are almost always made of the same material, with a trimming of iri- descent feathers or of fur and panne. Several of the new hats have very long rib bon ends at the back. One of these has a white chiffon crown, a brim turban shaped. covered with shaded roses, and above these folds of nure white ribbon, with ends over a quarter of a. yard in length drooping over the hair. Rose-color promises to be as much liked for winter wear as it was in the height of the Iseason. A white felt hemmed with rose-col oured velvet and having long ends of it at the back could be worn with good effect in con junction with a. rose velvet stock. There is a decided tendency just now for tinted laces. Be they Venetian, Irish, or Bruxelles point they a're tinted to resemble the precise colour of the dress. Grey gowns have grev lace, blue gowns blue lace, and so on, but I must candidly admit that, person- ally. I find the mode quite odious, and only mention it, not to recommend, but to blame. It seems to me to be a great error of taste, and one can only wonder at the fact of such a fad having found the least favour. White furs will be very much worn when the weather becomes colder, and white fur turbans are sold with necklets to match. A turban carried out in fur and lace is most becoming. White fur could be used for the cap, which should be draped with antique- looking yellow lace, attached in front with a large pearl boss. and at the back be allowed to hang well over the hair. A pelerine of lace and fur should accompany this toque and should have pearl boss fastenings at some distance beneath the chin. Sables, it may be noted, are becoming more and more expensive. People are beginning to regard their furs as they do their jewels, and to wear them, despite the caprices of fashion, winter after winter, in this way such pelts as sable, chinchilla., and seal are always kept in vogue. Sable, of course, is monarch among furs, and there is little prospect of it being deposed. It holds sovereignty by reason of its" beautv. its cost, and its supreme power of becoming its wearer. There is certainly a greater expanse of coiffure shown in the front of the hats than has been the case for some time past, but the best dressed people are not wearing their hats at the back of their heads. As there are again most beautiful hats of the Gainsborough order, the drwop of the brim in front is abso lutely necessary. By the way, some of the Gainsborough hats, I notice, are turned up at the right, side instead of at the left. Some of the crowns, too, are high, while others are low. If we do not exaggerate it, the curtain at the back which I have above referred to, can still be pretty if treated by a master hand. But when tne simplest and cheapest hats show long streamers of velvet ribbon and lace, they degenerate into absurdities.

HODIE HINTS.

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