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I LADIES' GOSSIP. | E (BY "YE«E." £ Japanese Women in War. Her Wonderful Patriotism and Self-Sacrifice, The Art of Walking Gracefully. Women's part in warfare is proverbial, I and manifested in many more ways than mene fiiiting at home and crying one's eyes out. Probably the good wife in every home of Japan that has sent a son to the front is, now tuunming wit h the work in liand of preparing some tender souvenir to despatch to the loved one at the front just as in England English ladies busied themselves with knitting muff- lers and comforters, and "Balaclava helmets" to send to brother or son to defy the freezing mights of South Africa. And on the other land Russia's womenkind are every whit as enthusiastic; a few hair-brained would-be Joans of Arc have actually applied for per- mission to raise a regiment of amazons to proceed to the front! At Vladivostock a woman's society :s also preparing surely the queerastobj ect s that ever occupied the atten- tion of nimble tingers of a sewing class—sand Jbags for the fortifications But this has hap- pened before. I remember eliding during the time of the siege of the Legations in Peking ty the Boxers of how the Legation ladies tastily sewed up rich brocades and costly and artistic silk handings into pillows that could The filled with earth and sand, and serve as an addition to the rampants shielding them from the savage foe outside In Japan pat riot :sm is a religion; a reli- gion, however, of the fierceness and vehem- enee of quality that distinguishes Mohamme- danism. In the last war with China no Japamese woman ever wept when the intelli- gence reached her of the loss of a loved one. Or if she wept at all it was for a very differ- ent reason to the one that would send an Englishwoman into tears and hysterics. An aged couple, who had lost their only son, publicly expressed their grief that they had not another to give to the Emperor; a woman whose husband and son had both perished in action, w-ept bitterly because she had 'Jl{1' se- cond son to sacrifice to her country. Theire is about this a,n unwomaniiness, a kind of ferocity that renders it rather repel kin t, and I is most paradoxical to contemplate, as eman- ate not from a high-spirited and proud-tem- pered' class, but from women whom every writer upon Japan agrees in describing a>s the ,essence of meekness, humility, modesty a,nd shyneas as a rule. The Japanese men them- selves are the direct converse, turd in action fight with the vic.iousnetss and spite of tige id- eate. One cannot but wonder at the strange anomaly tlittz presented—a people tender, re- fined, courteous, and child-like in their ami- ability, vet endowed with a vgour and ve- hemence that would do credit to the fiercest- tempered people conceivable- The contrast is especially startling in the caso of the Japan- ese woman. It is explicable upon the above ground of an ardent and all absorbing pa- triotism alone—the ''pride and high flisdain" that, in the words of Walter Scott, applied to a woman of much the same t-Æ as our Japanese sister in time of emergency "forbid the bitter tear to flow." Have you learnt to walk? That is a ques- tion of the day which no woman, hoping to remain in fashion's procession, may ignor?. What the up-to-date girl is now giving her attention to is her walk. She has opened her 4eVM to the fact that the most pronounced idlefwt of form or feature Can do no more to mar her than an awkward or unstylish walk, atud realising that this matter lies entirely within her own control, she very wisely sets Iter wits to work, and by study and practice, she has learned and is learning to walk. One -iniglit fancy that walking was an accom- plishment mastered in the long ago, during the vary first year of her earthly experience, ill fact, but this only shows how easy it is to be wrong. Of course there are geniuses in all arts, and among the gifted one., is tlt- en-,t,tura,l torn walker, to whom tho art of walking colneg as unconsciously as her breath, even as she stumbles ftom "long into short fioeks. There is a subtle and mighty charm in .the strength and rhythm of her guit, but .even AShe has her lesson to learn. The walk of to-day is the stride of strength. The steps must he long and easy, the chest lield high, the chin up. and' the arms relaxed. The whole bearing of the woman, especially iiei. free long step, seems to speak of exer- ..elSe and outdoor sports. The springy, fcouncing effect has been set aside. She now puts her foot down in a firm unqualified wav that signifies dec si on and no nonsense. She steps with deliberation and' apparent laziness, hut in making her long steps, she swings her -leg forward from the hip, so as to carry her easily and swiftly over the ground. She never appears hurried, no matter how rapidly she walks, and yet she gets there far sooner than she ever did in the days of the many xnincing steps. It is well to remember, however, that the attempt at the athletic walk, when not pro- perly done, has very grotesque results. It is the conscientious effort of every normal wo- man to walk smartly, and according to the prevailing fasliion, but the athletic walk is perilously easy to parody, and quite difficult

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I LADIES' GOSSIP. |