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J LADIES' GOSSIP. # (BY "YEAE."> « (t jMt*##*#*# Sir Henry Irving. Graphic Personal Pen Picture. Undoubtedly Sir Henry Irving will go down in history as one of the re-ally great figures of tiie Victorian a.nd Edwardian eras., undoubtedly, in the history of the stage, he will be remembered with Uatri^ a.nd Iveaai. The judgment of the in-toelligeiil t.vre,gner is the nearest we can get, to tHe judgment of posterity. and oa-rtainly tried by that Gt-and- iird, whether in Francs, Germany, or in the 'Cn.ted States, Sir Henry comes out triumph- ant. Heroe is a brilliant little pen-portrait of him by a French writ-tr:—"Tail, kan, and a little bent, his gait short and quick, his face long, framed m abundant grey lUld fall ing over his shoulders, he has a ctrikinkJy individual appearance. His bright, black, deep-t\hrunken eyes are slmded by thick eye- brows, and protected when he goCa out. by pince-nez bestriding a • straight nose. His complexion is pale, h;8 mouth of a dtffl.cate refinement. hi* chin well-denned, denoting a (strong and tenacious wi!]. The expression of the whole man is one of sympathy combined with energy." 10 Some of Dame Fashion's latest whispers are that coloured furore 6.1ks are more chic than the fawn varieties. That nut-brown voile and the same weave in Royal blue has no rivals in fashions favour. That blue and white check, trimmed with little bows of blue velvet, tiny steel bucklcs a.nd endF. and maJines laoes, makes a ch.c gown. Tiiat embroidered linen collar and front cut all in one, is worn with either tailor- made or lace gowns. That rose-ooloured cloth is used for long coats to be thrown over evening gowns. That liat trimming is visibly creeping to- wards the back of the hats. High crowns, with a little garniture, is seen at the front, whilst long plumes curl down the back. That long sash ends that fall to the edge of the skirt at the back, arc headed with loops of the wide ribbon that reaches almost halfway up the back. j That linen de eoire is one of the new materials which is made up into fashionable lummer dres»3s. Little butterfly bows down lhe front of a bodice, give it quite an up-to- date touch. That bronze bilk, fashioned into an effec- tive ceinture, can be worn with almost any gown. 'f' Have you ever, seated yourself in it favour- able position, and watched a promenading crowd" greet their acquaintances? If not, 1 can proiruse that you would enjoy the ex- perience. The different way women bow is well worthy of note, for although bowing is the chief form of salutation in this country, yet how few can perform the tJnng properly. Some people's bow becomes merely a twitch- ing of the face, dropping the eyes, iafctng or lowering the eye-brows, or stretching bacic the mouth. Others, I have remarked, seem very proud of the way they jerk their head forwa.rd without dislocating their neck, a.nd most of the people who bow with the body compel ofe to gaze awe-stricken at the per- formance. There is an easy way of learning to low gracefully, if only it is practised be- fore a glass. Just practise bowing natur- ally, and see how you look all the time. Don't trv to accomplish any,thing unique, but incline the head graoefully, and smile as if you were pleased to see the imaginary friend you are meeting. Some girls flitng t|.ie.r heads backward, and throw out their right hand, without any idea of the grace and' beauty with which they might endow a friendly greeting. Lemons are in season all the year round, but art at their best, ajid generally cheapest during early summer. Like the orange, the peel contains an essential oil of a. high flavour and fragrance, which is much es- teem-ed for flavouring, and which at the name ttnws acts ae a mild tonic. In the sick room the juice forms a cool and refreshing drink, which is invaluable as a beverage drink in inflammatory diseases, for. like quinine, it has the -property of lowering the tempera- ture of a lever-stricken patient. For colds thej are unequalled. The juice of a, lemon .squeezed into a tumbler of hot water, a.nd drunk (;n getting into bed, will cauee pro- fuse perspiration, and effect an almost im- mediate cure. Pure lemon juioe is highly re- commended for biliousness, and taken in a glass of Oi>ld water before breakfast, is said to be a cure for bilious headaches. Most women know the value of l-emons for the toilet. They there find a permanent place on every toilet table, for they are par ex- cellence for removing stains from the hands, for cleaning the finger-nails, and the juçe mixed with buttermilk, and applied with a piece of soft muslin, form a cheap lotion, and is said to keep the face smooth and free from tan and freckles. Even when all the juice is extracted, the lemon is not worthless, for half of one dipped in salt and used to clean copper will produce a brilliant polish, if the article be immediately after rubbed with a soft clot It or leather. When a lemon is cut it will keep perfectly good' for some time if it is placed in a glass of oold water. The combina-tion of black and white, which has been so fashionable for quite a number of seasons, is nvvv repeating itself in a far more vouthful and entrancing form, that of cream and black. Cream for the drees, black for the hat. Fine cloth rather than serge; make up these smart cream gowns, which are of tailor build, and usually brottoir in length of skirt. No sooner does the sun shine than do these summery-looking creeses appear, and invariably th-e, black hate worn w.th them are largo. The ostrich plume is a speciality of these hats, and to be up-to-date, the feather, whether it be worn at the side, across the top, or forming the trimming be- neath a well-arched brim, must be threaded through the hat in some way. If the long quill and pat of the feather go Lacing in and out several times, so much tir- be>t4?r. This rule applies to all hats, large or mnüll. Blouse coats of all kinds are among the most fashionable of the sea&on. They are made on very much the same lines, but a-ll have belts. They are short. whether made in silk, cloth, railing is almost an incom- prehensible term now in dress-making, as so many different varieties of material are known bv that name which bear remarkably little resemblance one to the other. There are the close weaves of voili^p- the coarser ones like etaminicis a.nd canvases, the veilings With figures woven into them, the perfectly plain ones, and those with a silk or satin finish. and they vary in prioe as they do in appearance. It is sometimes considered a little difficult to obtain a suitable variety in t.he shirt blouse which most folks adopt for general wear. et there should not be any great difficulty of the kind, for so very little will alter the appearance of a whole' idea. For instance, it (ju.te simple shirt of flannel or flannelette may be smartened by the addition of some handsome buttons or some in'ets or iosectionis of lace. Perhaps we are gett-ing a little tired of the combination of flannel and lace. This, I think, because in no case can such a blouse loo it •'best," and for th* yery reawon we arc apt to stint the value of our lace when using it in such combination. Instead, therefore, it, is tetter, or at any rate it will do extremely well for a, changr, to employ other decorations or bicueeH of the kin, came across a dainty mootl le- made of rich bottle-green flannel, or was t possibly a fine fonte cloth? This was arroaieed with a tiny open "V" at the throat, filled in with a lace scarf wound twice round the neck, and tucked in to the cent!'? of the front. A stitched yoke of the material was supplied to this shirt blouse, which the front of t he lxidioe buttoned over in a wry smart fash and Wab finished with four pretty «rtmvivjlled but tons, in which greams and bluets, and a touch of pink were indescribably mixed. I h::> sleeves wer6 full, as all blouse sleeves should be, and were tucked right the way round from shouiter to elbow, the full- ness falling- thence Hornewhat deeply, and being eaueht up again to the waist with a Qsmwier cuff, stitched to match the yoke.

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