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« FEMININE FANCIES, FOIBLES, AND FASHIONS. 0 [By" Muriel."] [ALL RIGHTS P, Dining-table Illumination and Decora ion. Just now flowers, whether cut or used as f S' a^.e Ver^ eiPer>3ive ornaments for 1<*« 4V,t> C"* ,° ^.e ^re(luent entertainer no ai7 the wise chatelaine who does not litraill the beat for company's use alone, but likes to make home attractive to She home circle, I can recommend nothing more eoononlical nor more beautiful for the decora- ion of the table than Fairy Pyramid lamps. J-nejare fitted,if occasion demand, with menu cards designed on purpose, but these are not pissed at the family board and are .easily ad- justed at other times. Four of these pretty lamps will spread a pleasant glow over a small table luffici(-nt for the purpose of illumination, unless a very bright light is required. In such case the Pyramid lamp is an agreeable lopplement. There are two varieties of these lamps-one costs 59., which includes an liable menu card. It is a circular lamp, *nding ou an ornamental base, which sup- nd+ trouSh for flowers. Springing in the idst is a cone shaped shade of ruby or other ]° ou^ fluted glass, beneath which the smoke- h%S,? ^'ghtappears. The second variety as he centre slightly elevated. On either side Th ° tubes for holding cut flowurs. ese on their own bottoms, and form Th°1^ or snPP01'^ f°r the lamp proper. cost of such a lamp is 8s. Gd. 0 ecoraled 2s. more is charged. Nor is it of ^i?n hospitable board that this means light miriation aPPears to advantage for just 11 dark corners, or for providing Quiet' enouSh and not too much where a j]j l'etreat demands only a suspicion of lllu?lt!on, nothing can be in better taste, t; Ura* flowers soon fade in close juxta-posi- for* ^'ght, though the troughs allow We f]Water to sustain them, but dried sea e 18 atl admirable substitute, being in a f nse eve,'lasting. Deodorised first and care- lo J 'Se!ctt>d arranged, we get the most ak' tints, ranging from dark red that is ha^i 'J,rown palest pink which is y .to be distinguished from while. The quusite feathery appearance of the weed nothing so much as fairy coral, d the indestructible nature of prepared eaweed ranges on the side of economy. During the summer it can be stored away to Inake room for the more perishable, but hardly more lovely, flowers of the garden parterre, whose smiles are the sighs of the evening air. Decorative Flower-pot Coverings, I have seen another tasteful way of rehning what may be termed by certain folk ff the grosser pleasures of the tahle "-not necessarily gross, since, as everyone allows, a good dinner is a great redresser of grievances, and, according to unquestioned authority, causes even "enemies to foregather." I am sure, however, I need offer no apology for the suggestion of such a recognised redresser and reconciler as a good dinner,and so will proceed to describe a way of lending exterior grace to it. Assum- ing you have pot plants in bloom that you intend to utilise, make some bags of pongee silk, say pink, and line with soft willow- green or other suitable contrasting colour make a wule hem at the top put the flower- Pot inside the bag, draw the upper edge above rU^i °f the pot' aU(i tie lt in Position itu rib-jon and. a handsome bow to finish. Sateen of two colours may be used, if considered too costly, but the thicker textile not take the same graceful folds as silk. does it keep clean so long. The wide hem a ling over the tie loosely allows the con- rlr)9trgco-°?r to appear. Green, lined white; oth pin^ '3'lie an^ pi'^k—thesa and bn,er colnb:nations will naturally be suggested, hut s(Ilectlo'rl must or should, depend on the tha*U co^°uring of the dining-room no les3 j n °nthat natural to the flowers used to tut°la"e" ^ess effective, but a good subati- p 0^'are P°t covers made of coloured tissue raui1'1'. '^ust now this soft paper is proau- Icro tv!" eveT shade of colour. I think it costs in u kalf-penny a sheet. A little dexterity the a 'uo this tissue paper will enable! hr>i,i decorator to form verv tasty aiSoers ^ov pots, and I have seen shad 8<°tTle ^ove^v" hmp-shades made of two °t red. green, or coral paper. First, a| he b la,ni° **> tit the globe of the lamp must! etter"1" •' he paper that is to form the! °Ver !?r 13 hrst accordion pleated and laid then r ams> being secured to it by gum aQ,] a ruche of the two colours is made, fioaU^ClireC\0 ^ue Par^ ^01 the chimney 'ininS to the shade is put in and thi u to position. With ordinary skill, **°t b* accoR1P^shn'!ent of the task would SUcce6 f l0alt' an(^ achievement, when more than re-pavs the trouble of action. Bar2aiils that are not Bargains. the rp nud~winter sales have commenced, and fromS|la' aniount of rubbish is being dragged ?rj 3ts hiding place and sold at increased >uider the seductive title. ''Bargains. t° be°h Sa"T ^^ere are no bargains whatever t, fesol a(^' 'JU': have never repented my So-can 'T1 Uo^ t° enter shops when "sales'' to bu are going forward. I may be tempted y wbat I do not want, which is dear hurrvV!! the reduced price mav be. In the the LarK\ press I lose sense of dignity, and in that Crani^e am often hurried into a purchase cooler judgment would have' t^ en-, We are distinctly told Hot b ar^Icies sold at such times may iuvar: returned, but, as the auctioneers ^nit Se'c f°rth in catalogues of household f*ultsUre> the goods must be taken with all Boye and errors of every descri ption." fop fi,8 bargains seldom have time to look SQe»e same defects. u., nat a Lot It Has to Answer For. influenza made a very inop- tftost ;6 aPPearauoe at one of the largest and ^^ortant emporiums in town in the othets f Ceding Christmas. I, with many at°^d it almost impossible to get the errand boys and cash boys in*finl° imPromptu service made grievous one Ver^eQt errors, of which, it is hoped, fpj"48 niean enough to take advantage. iliCaPAeit 6*r ^an hands were utterly distressing prevailing inquiry yesterday I heard that K °w thea^IDan^' were ^°° return. r the barely convalescent employes will Me» extra strain of the annual not- ,PorariIy postponed on their behalf, n°t know. poor fhillga » fr ° # «°»rBe Fog!! Fog 1' oriCf* wrote that the presence iti ttla^e her feel as if she were 3h?*.0Un»; c^lninej. That is jast the impres- rne» who for days have been [. lamplight—days so oalled by 4: j°ne> «inoe the houses on the road ^ave n°t heen visible fora or after noons, A. more soul-depressing condition can hardly be imagined, more particularly if one happens to be devoid of all cowpa-ni'°eAUip except that of domestics. The Victoria Gallery. 'Tis true that great and varied provision has been made to enliven the dwellers .1 this fog-haunted capital. But of what use to know that by going as far as Regent-street you may be amused, if the innumerable humorous and grotesque works of art now on view at the Victoria Gallery can rouse your sense of the ludicrous and so excite your hearty laughter ? True, some or the draw- ings, while passing as humorous, are actually painful to the thoughtful. Many of those by Hogarth, for example, which face the entrance, are patheiio in their display of infinite knowledge of the vices and faces of the human race. The broad humour and the coarser exhibitions attract and repulse each in their way, and om>! passes hastily on to the productions of Hogarth's contemporaries and other, and more recent artists, including past and pre- sent contributors to Punch, the Ladies' Pie- tonal, and many other serials which have their comic pages severally. For some short time I lived in the same house with Baxter, the inimitable, if rather broad, contributor to the serial rejoicing in the title of Sloper, with prefix Ally, On the staircase of that house is the original of one of the most successful cartoons :Mr. Baxter ever drew for the weekly serial that, whatever its merits, is scarcely to be entitled a lady's paper. The eminent dranghtman presented his landlady with the drawing, duly framed and glazed, j and that worthy person, quite unable to appreciate the value of the gift, and, truth to tell, rather shocked at the boldness of the sketch, hung it on the landing near the] drawing-room I temporarily occupied, asking me first if I objected to its presence in that oil position. Since the. artist's sad and early death I fancy that many admirers of his genius would be proinl and glad to give I snch a treasure a far more honourable position. There are in the gallery of the art exhibition I name some most amusing groups in terra cotta, to say nothing or innumerable interest- ing and laughter-provoking sketches. The interior of the Victoria Gallery is most attractive. Carpeted with vivid red matting and grouped with rare pottery, statuary, and many articles beside of "bigotry and virtue," j the place presents a most cheerful and inviting aspect, and will well re-pay a visit. Only in a fog so thick as I have described who is to verdure out in search of amusement? Or, if the place indicated be found in the blackness of darkness, also, who may hope to recognise its best caricatures in this fog-beclouded atmesphere, gas and other means of illuinina- tion only serving to make the darkness visible? The Tudor Exhibition, Only a little lower down Ib-gcnt-sireet. at the New Gallery, the Tudor Exhibition is on view, and a remarkably interesting exhibition it is. In the entrance hall we have splendid specimens of coats of mail, &c. Thero aT e i-p, also several unpleasant portraits of Henry ^II- ciuel, scornful, and rapacious he looks in most of them. Jiis wife, the White Hose of York," is nut a very attractive speci- j men of the ladies of the period. The por-! traits of the women of this famous line are more interesting to lill, than those of the men, not excepting the pointing of 1 I Ulueheard, bluff ]\ in: Ilal himself.! Among the more noticeable female portraits are those of Katherinc of Arragon and Anne Boleyn, who wears a roguish expression, | described as one of her greatest charms, and she is certainly the fairest of Henry Vil L'sl wives. Anne of Cleves, coarsely nicknamed i the "Flanders Mare," in this exhibition is | curiously confounded with another of Blue-j beard's wives. There is Jane Seymour, f plump and prim; Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr; then there is the great Flizabeth herself and her sister, known to i posterity by the unpleasant sobriquet of Bloody Mary, as Elizabeth was and is by the title of "Good Queen Bsss." Very interesting is the painting described as the "Dancing Picture," representing Henry A- If f., the Duke of Norfolk, and his Grace of Suffolk dancing in a meadow at Greenwich with Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, and Margaret of Scotland. Because my space is limited I cannot p'1l'- ticularise further, but the interesting collec- tion of portraits gathered together in the ioan exhibition at the New Gallery includes, not only the fair dames of that age notable; for force of character, heroism, lofty station, misfortune, and personal loveliness severally, but the men equally or more famous for their naval or military prowess, their intrigues, political, and private, the men of letters and other qualities, noble or the reverse, which served to give colour to the history of the famous period when the! Tudor dynasty was paramount. Nothing serves so much to impress on the mind facts it is desirable to remember'as their embodi- ment in connection with the persons who enacted them or were instrumental in bringing them about. I believe a ohild taken to the Tudor Exhibition, duly initiated beforehand into the mystery of the period iilus- itrated, would never forget the parts played by the people depicted, and we, their elders, find it wonderfully refresh- ing to the memory to see an embodiment of these actors of the past—a past so pregnant with the history of the future, And Other Shows. Then there is the interesting collection of works by old masters at Burlington House, j and, again, the exhibition of Waterloo relios, which to people young at a time when the fate of England hung on the issue of that famous battle must be rich in memories, as re-calling the well-placed fear and dread of that great soldier who at this time appeared to comqiand the destinies of Europe, but who died a broken-hearted prisoner and exile only a few years afterwards. But with all Londoners are not Happy. It will be said that we Londoners need not be dull with so much to amuse and entertain, but what with fogs, influenza, and othe' drawbacks, among which attention to stern duty is a chief hindrance, one finds it not always easy to avail oneself of the rich intel- lectual and other treats spread before us. The pantomimes afford a capital evening's amuse- ment, pure and simple, to those who desire an unmixed draught of jollity. Never have the Christmas pantomimes been so replete with fun and frolic. » Fashion at a Standstill. Until after the mid-winter sales there is but little to note in connection with fashion, unless one goes over old ground,, and that I do not oare to do. Admired Costumes. Velvet gowns made with jacket en suite for out-of-door wear, bordered with ftir-close fur preferably— are the most dainty of toilets. A bonnet of velvet to correspond and a muff to match the bonnet are still further agree- able additions to such a pretty suit. A petunia velvet dress, bordered with golden 1 otter fur, and green passementerie laid just beyond the fur, was greatly admired. The muff bonnet were all in character, — Sensible Opera Cloaks. The new opera cloaks are sensibly large enough and long enough to envelop the figure. They are made on the lines of the Russian circular, and may or may not be lined with fur. Those I prefer have the double fronts, and the cloak throughout is lined with quilted satin-white preferably. The hood at the back is of the gipsy kind, lined with satin. Such a wrap not only preserves the dress, but the wearer from chance of taking cold during a long drive to or from a place of entertainment or during the inevi- table wait before the carriage appears. An ideal wrap is of white satin, smocked on the shoulders, and trimmed with wwajlku) fur. Double Skirts Return. Double skirt. are likely to be worn again, [ observed a gown of fawn coloured vicuna made with a double skirt. The under was banded with brown velvet, whilst the upper bad a narrower band at the edge. It 'de was considerably raised a little to the left of tilti figure, the diagonal folds crossing the front. The sleeves, collar, and half the bodice were of brown velvet, with deep cuffs of vicuna, The corsage was more than three parts covered with vicuna, cut to form a tab at the waist near the left hip, and crossing the bust diagonally, with galon to border, was gathered on the left shoulder seam under a buckle. This dieae was both simple and effective. # Veils with Patches. The newest things in veils is a fine black illli net with black velvet half moon and several stars upon it. The half moon is worn on either cheek or just resting on the hair, Thi. veil is made in imitation of the patches worn by fashionable ladies many years ago, and some ladies are inclined to copy the fashion now. [ know a shop where black velvet patches with adhesives at the back are procurable, and it is surprising how a judiciously fixed small patch will enhance the fairness of the skin, even where powder is not used to enhance the effect. We all Like Them. The useful zouave jacket is likely to remain a favourite. Worn over a low-necked dinner gown, it transforms it into a demi-toilet, A high, square Mcdicis collar at the back is a good addition. A velvet bodice, made with high back, cut heart shape, and without sleeves, is a very useful addition to any lady's wardrobe. Net or lace sleeves set in full, and tied with narrow velvet just below the elbow where the sleeve terminates and midway between shoulder and elbow, can be changed at will. From the square, high collar termi- nating at the shoulder seam, the new pointed lacs or folds of silk or other material is laid to outline the V. Crossed folds of crepe de Chine can be laid beneath, thus raising the bodice to any desired height, while the dressy appearance of the V remains. To Correspondents. The Angora rabbit wool gloves cost os.lid. the pair-—not a low pvicj certainly, but valuable at any cost to those who suffer from chilblains or rheumatism, since the hands! are quite impervious to cold when protected by this particular make of hand coverings,



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