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ILONDON GOSSIP.

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LUNG TROUBLES.

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THE LONELY KAISER.

JOYS OF THE CHRISTMAS DINNER.

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JOYS OF THE CHRISTMAS DINNER. The newspapers at this season are full of wonderful menus for Christmas dinners, totally ignoring the fact that nobody care for them any longer. The only people who really enjoy an unusual feast are the hungry and starving, and the children to whom good things appeal with the force of novelty. The child finds a subtle, sensual pleasure in partaking of sweets and dainties, which I believe to be com- pletely lost, in after life. A friend of mine used often to comment on the cruelty of fate, as regards preserved apricots, inas- much as, when she was a child, and loved them, she was not permitted to eat them, and now she is grown u pand can do what she likes she does not care for them. A sad waste she avers of innocent longing given to one by nature. I can well re- collect the snatched joy we experienced, as children, when we entered the large, beautifully kept kitchen at the dinner- time of the elders, and we, who had supped on mawkish bread and milk, re- ceived a chocolate eclair or some melting pastry, or an entrancling cheese-cake from the good-natured cook clad in his spotless white dress, to us the embodiment of a generous Providence. When, however, he said, as occasionally happened, that there was nothing for us, we went sorrow- fully to bed. Alas! these delights and the keen appetite for Christmas pudding are gone for ever. Personally I would abolish all Christmas dinners for grown-ups and give the proceeds, as they say in the advertisements, to the children and the hungTy.-Lady Violet Greville in "The Graphic."

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FOOTBALL, AND THE CHURCHES.

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ILONDON GOSSIP.