FEMININE FANCIES, ri OIBLES, AND FASHIONS. BY "MURIEL" ALL BIGHTS ItESEJt VE, D. A TAKING HEADGEAR FOR CHILDREN. y Among novelties in children's headgear is that made of velvet, in exact imitation of a huntsman's cap, but worn differently. The peak, instead of being level fronted, stands up straight above the forehead. The description may not be attractive, but the fashion is by no means ugly, nor is it unbecoming. THE PROPER ACCOMPANYING DRESS. The cap looks its best worn with one of fhoae -quaint over-dresses we are familiar with jin jjictures by Holbein and other Dutch ;at.tists, representing domestic life in the iKetherlauas a century or more ago. This (garment is cut with a narrow yoke. The cekirt—iif it can be properly so called when it is iin part bodice—is very full, and is gathered with a heading, This is laid upon the yoke, :and is carried back and front straight across ffrom arm to arm. Thence the material hangs ifitraight and unconfined to the wearer's feet. The sleeves are wide, and drawn round the wrist with a tiny f. ill. I saw a child's dress JInaae of brown velveteen in this manner. A -marrow border of mink fur outlined the. yoke, and the huntsman's cap was of brown velvet, .worn with upstanding peak well off the face. dnfunts wear these quaint Dutch over-dresses. ,.It is a sensible fashion, for I am sure the ■ouritom of wearing their petticoats above .the kneeSj exposing the lower limbs ;as it did, must have been attended, not only with discomfort, but with danger. .The cap 1 have described would be unsuited fto a bhild of very tender years. Preferably, an ithui case, is the close-fitting skull cap .which old-fashioned Dutch children wear, or \wore. It is conspicuous in the portraits of irifants painted by flans Holbein, It is ,-precisely the shape of the head, has a straight ieiJge just outlining the face, and is tied ibeneath the chin. This cap should be made of materiel matching the over-dress, or else of velvet. It kopps the little ears warm, and does not interfere with the wearer's vision, as did those graat flapping bonnets for which Miss Kate Greenaway, however uninten- tionally, was certainly responsible. In very cold weather a gossamer veil can easily be tied over the Dutch bonnet, and so the little face is protected. BEYOND THE HEACH OF MANY. I have already mentioned the embroidered » oaahmere dresses in colours for evening wear. The material is peculiarly fine and soft. Another new feature is the introduction of a band, which is woven at the cde of the skirt, and resembles feather trimming. In white, yellow, and pale blue, these dress lengths are extremely pretty and original but, alas they are not inexpensive, 633. being, I believe, the lowest prioe. TULLE FOR EVENING WEAR FOR THE YOUNG. Tulle is coming in again for young girls' dancing gowns. I think it is very pretty, but rather extravagant w ar. A very charm- ing model was pale blue tullo with a V shape tablier of dark blue violets. The bodice was trimmed in corresponding fashion, and the abort puffed sleeves were banded with vioieta. FLORAL WREATHS FOR THE HAIR. A particularly becoming fashion is that of wearing floweri ou the head mounted on wire and shaped much as are jewel tiaras. The flat wreath is very unbecoming to the majority of women. BLACK BALL DRESSES. Bla"k ball dresses are considered rather chic, and are worn when not necessitated as gestive of mourning. Bauds of fine jet are indispensable with such dresses, and the corslet should be jet, with folded bodice above. A CHARMING GOWN. In one case a black silk under-dress was oovered with blaok net, sprinkled thickly with pattern or yellow heather. The narrow foot flonnoe was trimmed with four rows of narrow ribbon velvet. A jet corslet was worn on the lower half of the full bodice. Long black kid gloves, the backs embroidered with jet, and shoes to match, with jet aigrette in tbe hair, were suitable finishes to a charming gown. NEW FAN3. Some very inexpensive and pretty fans have been introduced. They are black gauze, sprinkled with some sparkling material in black and gold. Other gauze fans are jewellei. A white fan, irradiated with imitation opals and diamonds, was really splendid in effect, the spurious stones flashing brilliantly as the fan waved to and fro in the hand, RENEWED FEATHER FANS. I have before remarked that feather fans are not so fashionable as they used to be, but if any reader of mine possesses a feather fan thaft is out of condition, I remind her of an addnsBs I gave some while back. These featlmn, whether single or made up into fans, wilt, however damaged, be restored almost, to pristine beauty and freshness. EXPLODED OLD-TIME NOTIONS, The warm, moist weather we are having is inimical to health, or seems to be, despite an affirmation recently made that, so far from "a green Yuletide making a fat churchyard," the death-rate is considerably lower when the temperature is mild than it is when the orthodox Christmas weather prevails. So many traditions we have nuraed, so many old proverbs to which we have pinned oar faith In days gone by, have proved fallacious and been dissipated in these days of practical 8Clenoe and advanoed knowledge, that one hardly know how or where we stand. The new beliefs—if they amount to beliefs— which we entertain to-day will prob- ably be swept away to-morrow to make room for other interpretations of old-time theories, or may be re-placed by entirely original ones. I frequently wonder if we of the nineteenth century are better or happier t'ban were our progenitors, whose faith in all that pertains to both spiritual and temporal things was not so often rudely shaken or, if not shaken, attaoked by wild suggestions from without and from within,' troubled by perplexing doubts and that painful sense of uncertainty that will harass the best of us at times, as these thoughts did that striking, if fiotitious, hero whose triumphant victory over unseen foes is so notably illustrated in U filgrim's Progress." A. BOOK ESSENTIALLY FOR THE YOUNG. banyan's Pilgrim's Progress is a b6ok that should be placed in the hands of all yonDg persons, I think. Apart from its religious teaching, so orthodox And so helpful to adults* children Jfeel deep interest in the stirring events with which the volume abounds. Lessons in religion are in- culcated unconsciously, and, when accompa- nied by apposite pictorial illustrations, I 1,.1, ve that a volame of Bunyan's immortal A will not only amuse the child reader, but may also lay the foundation of a deeply religious character. Parents and friends who intend to give books to children at Christmas oannot do better than send for a catalogue to Kerby and Co., 440, Oxford-street, London. The list is one of selected volumes suitable for presentation. The prioes quoted are moderate, ranging from 6s. to 6d. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WEAR. When I quoted the old saying about a green Yuletide," I was about to say that the protection of woollen garments is quite as needful now as it would be supposing frost and snow lay on the ground. Woollen under- wear such as Shetland goods, furnish does not oppress the wearer with a sense of weight and volume as heavier woollen garments do those who are weak and ailing. The Shetland combinations, cholera belts, bodices with long or short sleeves, knee-caps, vests, &c., though not beautiful in appearance, are delightful wear. Handsome is as handsome does,' says the proverb, and this is decidedly apropos to garments knitted in Shetland wool. Con- siderations of expense need not stand in the way of their adoption. I regret to read that the demon influenza is rampant again. Every means for warding off the euemy should be taken. If the cholera belt is effi- cacious in protecting the wearer against ordinary colds, I think it may be of service in warding off attacks of influenza. Perhaps we had all better be vaccinated again. There is a theory that this process is calculated to give immunity f.om the modern malady, which might be the twin brother of that fatal scourge small pox, so sweeping in its range and so deadly in effect is the new enemy with which we have to contend. SOMETHING NEW IN UNDER-SKIRTS. There are some very dressy, warm under- skirts now sold. They are made of very fine corded material plaided like tartan, or other- wise similarly patterned. These skirts are lined with flannel, and at the edge is a nar- row bias puffing of the material, which gives a finish, and also assists in keeping the skirt well away from the heels. I notice that many ladies are wearing spats or gaiters over Oxford shoes, and even over boots. It is true that these gaiters keep the ankles and feet warm, and that is well; but we sacrifice elegance to comfort when we put them on, no matter how smartly cut nor how well fi tting. The "spat" gives a clumsy look to the feet, and thickens the finest ankl's most unde- sirably. NEW Toys. The new mechanical toys set forth are very original ideas. There is a large, handsomely- dressed doll, which holds a baby doll in its arms. hen wound up, mama dolly com- mences a stately march, betraying no concern at the cry set up by the baby doll, suggestive of cruel pin pricks, or, possibly, painful denti- tion. A white kitten, attired in the dress of a French chef, is constructed to stir what looks an appetising mess in a tin saucepan. Another mechanioal toy represents a negro minstrel, who plays a fiddle with great vigour, rolling his eyes and nodding his head after the accustomed manner of his living contem- poraries. AMONG THE BELICS OF THE PAST. The Victorian Exhibition, illustrating 60 years of her Majesty's reign, 1837-87, is the final of a series of exhibitions entitled severally the 11 Stuart," the "Tudor," the "Gnelpb," and the "Victorian." I here are pictures everywhere, and very little else. Many of these the visitor has probably seen in other galleries, and a vast number of them represent purely domestic incidents in the life of her present Majesty, as, for example, the weddings of her sons and daughters severally, Koyal christenings, thanksgiving services, and the like. The marriage of the Duke of Fife and Princess- Louise of Wales, the latest reproduction of a royal wedding, is, perhaps, the most interesting. First on the list ia a painting, three-quarter life size, of the Duchess of Kent, the Queen's mother, seated on a sofa, her left arm en- circling the Princess Victoria at the age of three. The child, a chubby, blue-eyed mite in a white dress and blue sash, holds a minia- ture portrait of her deceased father in her hand. There are several portraits of her Majesty in progressive stages of childhood, girlhood, and matronhood. Many ane ex- tremely unflattering, more particularly that in which the Queen wears a short blue gown and flat-heeled slippers with sandals. The fond- ness of her Majesty for dogs seems to have commenced in childhood. In three of her portraits the Queen is represented with canine favourites in attendance. The coronation of the Queen took place in Westminster Abbey, June 28, 1838. The artist seizes the moment when the Archbishop, Dr. Homley, having placed the crown on the bead of the Queen and the emblems of sovereignty in her hands, has re- turned to the altar. When the Queen had been formally invested with the insignia of her sovereignty, and had received the homage of her peers, she laid aside the crown and sceptre, and, following the Archbishop, knelt at the altar to receive the Sacrament. The young Queen's head is bent reverently, her hands being folded upon her breast. The first Council of her Majesty at Kensington was held the second day after the coronation. This was the first lioyal act of the Queen, who appears in the council-chamber un- attended by any of her own sex. The girlish face is composed and the attitude dignified as she fronti the great officers of State in their crimson robes of office. The marriage of the Queen to Prince Albert on the 10th of February, 1840, is illustrated on a canvass 75 by 107, and was the work of Sir George Hayter. This picture, with about half a hundred othe-s, is lent by the Queen. The scene represents the bride dressed in white satin, laoe, and orange blossoms. She wears a massive wreath of white roses on her head, and turns with a confiding look to Prince Albert as they join hands before the altar. Her Majesty is attended by twelve bride- maids. the pioture is interesting, not only as a representation ef the ceremonial, but, likewise, as illustrating the dress of the period. Prinoe Albert is dressed in military clothes, and looks very youthful. His dark hair is worn long, and is ourled at the ends. 1 have not spaoe to detail at length all the subjects that deal with the life of the Queen. Briefly, there are none of general importance that are not represented. The portraits of the lioyal family, including those who have entered it by marriage, will interest people who are curious about the appearance of these great personages, but have not hitherto had the means of satisfying a very natural curiosity. With the exception of members of the Royal family, portraits of persons still living are not included in the exhibition. Statesmen, soldiers, and divines, together with men and women famous in literature, art, and science, whoso names are as house- hold words among us, appear as well as presentments of many of the most famous beauties of the century-the three lovely Sheridan sisters, know as the "Three Graces," and the pre-eminently beau- tiful Duchess of Sutherland for example. There is a oharming picture of Miss Muloch (Mrs. Craik), author of "John Ifalifax." It is lifelike, and none can look at it without en- thusiasm. The author of a "Noble Life" looks as if she had lead one, as, indeed, she did, and her artistio dress sets off to advantage the eminently attractive face. Most pathetic is a painting of the late blind Postmaster- General, Mr. Fawcett, and his wife. The face is lifelike. The closed eyelids are in touching contrast to the eager, animated eyes of Mrs, Fawoett, who, with one arm thrown round her husband's neck, and pen in hand, is listening attentively to the words that we seem to hear, so realistic are the parted lips, and the sad earnestness of the clear cut face. But the relics and the collec; tion of autograph letters interest me more- far more than do the efforts of the most famous artists here assembled. Here is the favourite hammer of Hugh Miller, who began life as a labourer, attained eminence as a geologist and as an author, and, alas died by his own hand. In the Science and Art Department we see Singer's first sewing machine, and in the North Gallery is a Russian flag which was flying in the Redan at Sebastopol when it was captured. Also a bugle, said to have been the last sounded by the Russians at the Redan, It was taken from the hand of a dead Russian soldier. In a box with a glass lid are two quill pens used by the Queen at her coronation and marriage severally. On view is the last pen used by Charles Dickens on the day before his death, with which he wrote the closing sentences of his unfinished story, 11 Edwin Drood." A paper weight and knife, which always stood on the novelist's desk, and given to him by members of his family, are interest- ing objects. The writing-table itself is mahogany, and stands in the vestibule, sup- ported by four spindle legs. It has a sloping top, with rail in front and sunken pen tr&y and place for ink. Close to this interesting relic is the table at which Charles Dickens sat when he gave readings in public, and resting upon it is the brass-bound desk on which Robert Browning wrote most of his poetical compositions, and above is a more dainty desk, with leather cover, stamped gold, which belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Brown- ing, to whom her gifted husband conceded superior merit. In the same corner of the vestibule are three wicker-seated chairs, the property of Dickens and Thackeray severally. A brass label tells us that "this chair' was used by Charles Dickens when be wrote the famous "Pickwick Papers." The cane seats give signs of having borne the weight of their former owners, and though not railed off, one felt it would be deseoration to occupy them for a moment. I here are a series of por- traits of Charles Dickens, and the original manuscript of "The Cricket on the Hearth," which charming story forms part of Messrs. Pears extremely well got up Christmas annual. Miss Ilogarth, sister-in-law of Dickens, lends most of the Dickens relio. Mrs. Ritchie, daughter of Thackeray, has loaned many relics associated with her great father, Ga, for example, a silk purse, worked for him by Adelaide Anne Proctor, the poetess. 'Ihere is a framed letter also written by Thackeray two days before he died, and an autograph of Thackeray, written on a sheet of paper with the Lord's Prayer written inside a circle the size of a threepenny piece, leaving room for the crown and the figure three below. A blotting book that belonged to Sidney Smith, the famous wit., author, and Divine is worth notice. The Queen's doll is a figure that looks very like an attempt at a caricature of Napoleon 1. Lord Beaconsrieid's walkingstick is lent by Lord Row ton. Among the Gordon relics are a plaster of Paris model ofperemiah's Grotto, and Skull Hill, Jerusalem, believed by General Gordon to be the site of the Cracifixion. A chair used by General Gordon, and known as the "Soudan throne," is an iron folding chair covered with carpet, and most unpretending in every way. A handsome seat is described as an arm chair belonging to General Gordon and used by him. It shows considerable signs of wear. There is a bust of Marion Evans (George Eliot), the author of Adam Bede also a plaster bust of Mrs. Mizabelh Fry. There is a deep interest attaching to a letter from Charles Kingsley to Sir Henry Taylor, author of Philip Van Arteyalde." 'Tis thus the author of li Westward Ifo" ooncludes his letter:— "In these confused day One tikes refuge more and more with those who, in nddision t'l culiivuted minds, keep their chivalry and old-fushioned high principle. (Signed) C. KIXGSLKY. "Eversleigh Rectory, 1368." In Case K is an autograph of her Majesty Queen Victoria, being the direction of a letter to her aunt, the Dowager Queen Adela:de. Another autograph letter is from the Prince Consort, addressed to Lord Brougham. Here, too, is a letter from the Duchess of Kent, the Queen's mother, to the Earl of Darnley, asking news of Lady Darnley. There are three letters of Ben- jamin Disraeli to fa son of the Irish patriot, Daniel O'Connel, not by any means of a conciliatory character. A letter from Wilkie Collins to Miss Hogarth, with sympathy for her illness, one from Charlotte Bronte to Mrs. Gaskell, and a correspondence between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and a Miss Smith are sure to attract. An amusing letter from Charles Dicken's to Mrs. Milner Gibson, runs as follows I can never imagine myself'grandfalher of four. That objectionable relationship is never permitted to be mentioned in my presence. I make the mites suppose that my lawful name is I Wenot-ables,' which they pionsly believe.- Diite-I Gads-hill, Daceniber 22, 1866.11 Deeply interesting is a letter from George Eliot to Mrs. Gaskell in which she mentions that lady's "Cranford," a dear old-fashioned story of which a new edition has just been published, with illustrations by Hugh Tomson, It is designed as a presen- tation volume. This by the way. Douglas Jerrold, Mary Howitt, Theo- dore Hook, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Mark Lemon, Walter Savage Landor, Bulwer Lvtton, Harriet Martineau, Whyte Melville, "Lord Macaulay, Mary Shelley, Samuel Rogers, Mrs. Trollope, and John Leech—these and many more are represented by their letters. There is a letter from Mrs. Craik saying she has just heard a sketch of Dickens's Haunted House," which in plot and idea is almost identical with the "elf Seer," and asking advioe what had better be done about the publication, so as to avoid the imputation of plagiarism. Among the original manuscripts are Mrs. Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh," and that of her husband's poem, "lsolando.' There is the original manuscript of Disraeli's Coningsby"; also a scrap-book belonging to Mrs. Gaskell, containing letters from cele- brated literary people. A scrap of paper sent into the garrison of Luoknow, concealed in a quill and secreted in the mouth of a mes- senger, containing news of troops coming ot the relief of Lucknow can be seen, also a letter written during the siege of Cawnpore by Mrs. Larkins to her husband. The writer, with her husband and four children were killed in the Cawn- pore massacre. The late Sir Rowland Hill being a distant connection of mine by mar- riage, I naturally took considerable interest in relics pertaining to postal reform, as, for example, a sheet of penny adhesive stamps, black, 1840, with original sketch of adhesive stamp, and proof taken while deciding the question of colour. ^pace forbids further description of the various objects to be seen in the new gallery at this time. Any reader coming to London should avail himself or herself of the opportunity of visiting the Viotorian Exhibition. THE CARDIFF Fun. STORES, 23, ni-jh-street, Car- diff, hold the largest and finest Stock of Fllrs and Skins fn the United Kingdom, including Ladies' Sealskin Jackel3, Victories; Gents' Fur-lined Coats. Carriage Hugs, Driving Capes, &0. Furs of all kinds freed from moths, repaired, re-dyed, and altered. Skins dtessed and mounted. All goods made r.rnl repaired on the pre- niiies. 11. R. Harmon, Mmager.
A Forced Marriage. The first lady that will enter this room you will ask to be your wife," said Mrs. Anthony to a young man standing before her turning his hat and squeezing it out of all shape in a fit of bewilderment bordering upon despair. You will obey my orders impli- citly," continued the old lady, H or my estate will go to someone else." "But, my dear aunt," ventured Willie Mackin, without being able to proceed because his aunt interrupted him impatiently, saying, 1 have had enough of your buts, and will not listen to any more. You will do my bidding, or else you know the consequences. Come, Lizzie," she continued, turning to her daughter, a young lady of about nineteen, let us leave Willie alone. He must have a few minutes of quiet reflection to be prepared tor what he will have to do. The door bad hardly closed behind the ladies when it was opened again, and Lizzie put her head through the opening, calling out in a voice as hilarious as any girl's voice call sound: I say, Cousin Willie, that I poor thing,' as you apostrophised her, who is selected to make you a seusibie fellow, has had enough of this world's experience already to test your martial ardour, and I wonder who will be vic- torious," inow, cousin, be serious for a minute," said Willie. You had better receive the aspirant to my baud, and tell her that who- ever enters here should leave all hope behind, reciting this quotation from Dante in a tone made studiously sepulchral. Lizzie laughed loud and replied, "She knows what you are, and is fully prepared to meet all your devilry." She closed the door and wildly paced the room for a few minutes in great restlessness. Should he sell himself for the fortune which his aunt had promised to bestow on him under the condition of marrying any woman she would choose for hun r Three years ago, wh'-n her husband died, she had persuaded him to leave his profession and manage her cattle ranch for her, which was one of the largest in the States, promising him to make him sole proprietor of it, leaving to her daughter Lizzie a large amount of movable property for a dowry, under the condition that he should marry soon and settle in the neighbourhood, where she wished to remain, because she could not know, she said, whom her daughter would marry and where she would have to go. Three years had passed away and Willie had made no movement towards getting married. But he had led a rather wild life these years, travelling a great deal, going from place to place, as it seemed, in search of something, no- body knew what, and being so little at home that the ranch had been frequently sadly in need of a master. Mrs. Anthony grew impa- tient and had spoken to Willie many times, but all to no purpose. She finally made a selection of her own and told Willie that be must marry the lady of her choice, or other- wise forfeit her fortune. She had invited the lady to be at her house at two o'clock that day and informed Willie of the fact, as told above. The agitation in which Willie found him- self when left alone at the close of conversa- tion did not last long. He soon came to the conclusion that whoever the lady might be who should next enter the room he would treat her in a manner that would thoroughly disgust and prevent her from attempting to force him to offer his hand or induce her to reject it if he should proceed to make an offer. lie seated himself in an easy chair and turned his back to the door. it was just on the stroke of two when be heard a knock at the door. He made no repJy. The knocking was repeated once, twice. JNo reply. Then the door opened, and by the sound of rustling silk he perceived that a lady had entered the room and was advancing towards him. He did not stir. Then he heard a female voice just behind his chair saying: "I regret to disturb you, sir. Can I see Mrs. Anthony for a minute ?" He was startled. What voice was that? He bad heard it before. He knew it but too well. Had he not been travelling all over the country these three years in search of the owner of the voice ? lie turned around sud- denly. "Good God!" he cried, almost beside him- self with delight, "is it you, Miss Laura Oh, what blissful surprise this is." As he rose, Laura, in utter surprise and bashfulness, had retraced her steps towards the door. But Willie was before her imme- diately, and, seizing her hand, said, What do you think, my beloved angel, to turn away from me ? Do you imagine i would let you go again ?" 11 Ob, Mr. Mackin she ejaculated, a deep red rendering her beautiful face more charm- ing. This meeting is too surprising.. I had no idea 1 should meet you here." But she did not withdraw her hand from his and listened quietly to his soothing words. He led her to a settee and took a seat by her side, saying: After three years of fruitless search what strange coincidence leads you to my side here, in my own home, my dear girl ?" And with- out waiting for a reply he continued: But ought I not to reproaoh you for the sudden, unkind manner in which you left me three years ago p., They had met three years ago at a bathing place on the Atlantic, where Willie had gone for a change, and Laura was nursing her sick mother. They had seen each other daily, and loved, but had not come to an explanation on account of the unexpectedly sudden departure of Laura, which had taken place without a word of warning to Willie. My poor mother," Laura exclaimed, was very low, and when I arrived home that after- noon she told me she must go away the sojourn there made her worse, and she wanted to go further south. I pleaded for one day's delay. It was no good. She had made up her mind that her health re- quired her immediate departure. Poor mother She travelled to her grave. The long journey so exhausted her that, after her arrival in Florida, she never rose from her bed again. She died six weeks after our arrival." Willie spoke words of comfort to the weep- ing girl, and, partly from curiosity, partly from a desire to turn her thoughts upon other matters, lie asked her: Where are you at present, and what brings you to this house P" Laura was startled, and jumped up, saying, full of anxiety Oh, I quite forgot. 1 was sent here with a message to Mrs. Anthony. Where is she ? I really must see her right awav." My aunt is in her room, but will be here soon, I guess. Meanwhile, take it easy, my good girl, and tell me first the message that brought you here." "My message, yes. In the surprise of find- ing you here I forgot all about it. Mrs. Ira sends me to tell Mrs. Anthony that she had been unavoidably detained, and could not be here till about four o'clook. But, for God's sake, that clock is nearly four now. Please, Mr. Mackin, do not detain me; let me see Mrs. Anthony right away, or it will be too late, and I shall lose my situation. I am afraid," she said, imploringly and full of anxiety. Urs, Ira?" repeated Wiliie in a peculiar tone of inquisitireness. The rich widow that has already buried two husbands, and might have been my mother P You are sent by her ? In what relation do you stand to her?" I am companion to Mrs. Ira, I have been with her for three weeks now," "You a dependent upon that frivoloui woman, that man hunter," he cried indig- nantly. H That has lasted long enough, Laura, You shall stay there no longer. Listen to me," he added as she was about to remon- strate. There is no doubt something pro- vidential in this meeting here to-day. They want to get me married in this house, and have provided a wife for me whom I do not know. My aunt has schemed the thing. She would not tell me a name, but said she would send the lady she had selected for me to see me in this room, where I was to wait for her. She said the first lady that should enter this room I was to ask to be my wife. Now, Laura, you are the first who has entered, ss I am bound to ask you, Will you be my wife ?" Laura was speechless. She stood trembling and uncertain, feeling keenly that the way she was acting was by no means very digni- fled. Willie, seeing her confusion, embraced her fervently and whispered: Tell me, my beloved Laura, did you forget me, or do you still love me as much as I do you? I did not forget you, Willie, and I never will." She suffered him to kiss her passionately, Then he said You did not answer my question. Will you be my wife, my beloved little wife ? She did not answer, but she permitted him to press her to his heart and imprint a kiss on her rosy lips as fervent and long as if he would never separate again from them. Suddenly they were startled by the noise 01 a door opening. It was Mrs. Anthony, who came to ascer- tain the success of her scheme. She uttered a cry of surprise and sank in the nearest arm chair utterly discomfited. Willie advance towards her with a radiant face, and said with an uneiistakable seriousness: My dear auntie, how shall I thank you. You are the most amiable aunt that ever was. First you frighten me out of all my senses and then you surprise and make me the happiest of mortals by introducing to me for my wife the prettiest, the most lovable creatine I ever saw in my life," with which words he introduced Laura to Mrs. Anthony by a movement of his hand. 1-1," stammered the old lady. (I I had introduced that girl to you 1" "No question about it," said Willie. "She was the first lady that entered the room after you bad left it. I asked her to be my wife, and this moment, when you had coti)- in, she had just consented to be." The Lord is my witness." said Mrs. Anthony, but was interrupted by a footman entering and announcing Mrs. Ira, who had just arrived. Tell her," cried Willie in a loud voice of command, that Mrs. Anthony is not prepared to receive any more visitors to-day." No, no," cried M, ra. Anthony. But Willie motioned to the servant, who left the room. "For God's sake," continued Mrs. Anthony, what are you doing, Willie P Do you want to ruin me P What does all this comedy mean ?" No comedy, my dear aunt. In fact, I fail to understand you myseif now. Did I not obey your orders to the letter ?" Obeyed my orders? Why. Willie, I do not know who that lady is. I never saw her in my life." Then Willie proceeded to tell his aunt how he had met Laura before and that they had been lovers all these years, although they had been separated and had not seen each other for years. He told her of his journey and the clues he had followed in so many direc- tions, and how they had all proved false, and he described his disappointments in colours so vivid as to touob the heart of his aunt, who grew even more interested in Laura, and. looked at the pretty girl more and more attentively. hen he had concluded his recital he called Laura to his side, who a pl eached unhesi- tatingly. But the good ;d aunt arose to meet her, and embraced her warmly. Be it so," said she good-humouredly, th* Lord has evidently joined your hands, and I will not make the impious attempt to separate tbem. Besides, how could I do so ? You have obeyed my orders, and thus you are justified."— Chicago Press.
THE LADY MAGNET. Of courp, you have a thfory about the nature of your strange powers" (said a representative of the London Daily JVeuts to tho Lidy Magnet whom lie was interviewing). "I have," replied the lady, but I don't say anything about it. People might not accept my views of it. I am content to rest on my own belief. 'Electricil conditions,' did you say ? Now that is Edison's opinion, Mucy electricians besides Edison have said the same thing. To satisfy the curiosity of my friends, and of people at the theatre, I often turn down the lights, then comb my hair, and pass the points of the comb close to my finger-from. the points the electric sparks come, crackling profusely. Most people, perhaps, can do the same thing, but the enormous quantity of electricity is the peculiarity in my case. Some people upon whom I experiment feel a shock, as if from a galvanic battery, when I put my fingers near them. But some people are more sensitive than others. The Duke of Teck is a fensitive subject; the Prince of Wales less so. Then, as you know, electricity is now recognised as a healing agent. But, whether it was owing to tho electrical condition of my tndy or not, I have cured paralytic and rheumatic patients in America by repeated passes of my hands. In that way I have cured a jailer at Winnipeg, and a little girl of the same place, who was almost bent double. I have cured the Prince of Wales's head- ache in the same way. I have in numberless instances cured toothache by placing my hand on the patient's cheek."
MELBA-ORLEANS DIVORCE SUIT. It is stated that the question of jurisdiction now being raised in regard to the Melba- Orlcans divorce suit may have the effect of pre- venting the CRse being heard at all in London. The Duke of Orleans, who has been cited as a co-respondent, contends that as lie is not a British subject he caanot be made a pirly to the suit, though that fact of itself woul,1 not prevent the petition being heard. But the difficulty does not stop there. Cmtain Armstrong, the petitioner, !s not an Englishman at all, and never had a residence or domicile in hnglana. He was born in Ireland, and emigrated from there to Australia, where he met his wife and married her at Melbourne. It is, therefore, doubtful whether he can proceed agninst her in England. The legal idvisers of the Duke of Orleans intend to raise this fresh legal issue as regards jurisdiction, and to allege that Cap'.ain Armstrong can only proceed against his wife in the Dublin law courts, and in the manner pre- n scribed in crim. COil. suits. -=-
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