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LONDON GOSSIP. I PEERS TITLES. Peers titles as a rule have no territorial significance, but it, is remarkable how they eschew the word "East." Perhaps it "is because of the evil reputation of the east wind;, that the other points of the compass are more favoured. Thus the north provides titles for the Duke of Northumberland, the Marquis of North- ampton, and Lords North, Northbrook, Northbournei, Northcote, Northclifle, and others who might be named. Turn- ing to the south we find the Eiarl of Z7, Lh Southesk, Lords Southwark, Lords Southampton, and Southwell, besides a Bishop of Southwell, and a Bishop of Southwark. From the west, we have the Duke of Westminster, the Earl of West- morland, the Elarlc of Westmeath, and Lords' Westbury, Westport, and West; but just as the peers refrain from living in the east-end of London, where poverty and squalor mostly prevail, so they seem to avot.d looking towards the rising sun for their titles. ROYAL SHOOTING EXPEDITION. The Duchess of Connaught and Prin- cess Parcricea have 'both been great travellers, and are to accompany the Duke and Prince Arthur on their shoot- .L 1, ri ing trip in British, Eiast Africa in the spring. Although sport will not be the sole object of the expedition, yet, the trip will no doubt follow closely on the Lines of President Roosevelt's, as regards the quest -of big game. Since the opening of the, Mombasa. railway, this part of Africa has become a favourite touring ground for aristocratic parties, but the Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricea, accompanied the Duke, when he visiiteel the Victoria Nyanza district, some four years ago, when it was not, nearly so well-known as it is now. The ducal party is to start the latter end of next month, and will return about the end of May. MUSIC IN GAOLiS. We must hope that the example set by Mme. Clara Butt, and her husband, Mr Kennerley R,umford, in singing to the prisoners in Nottingham County Gaol, will be followed by other great vocalists. There is no doubt whatever, that beauti- ful music, well rendered, has a wonderful effect for good upon us all, and there is every reason to believe that a great work in this direction, among the unfortunate prisoners in our gaols, is waiting to be done. The idea might welll be considered too, by Society women, who possess good voices, charmingly trained—we have many just nbnv-and who are always ready to give their services in the cause of charity. » INEXPENSJIVE: XMAS GIFTS. The seeker after home made Xmas gifts should not overlook the charming keyboard covers that protect the ivory notes of the piano from harm in damp weather. These are made of blanketing, upon which the first bars of an air is worked in coarse wool. The finei staves are embroidered in black wool, and the crochets and quavers in coloured woolsl, the cover being bound round with ribbon, or scalloped) and "sewn over" with the wool. These dainty and useful little covers may now be had all ready traced for working, and the time necessary for such a process is exceptionally brief. SMALL GIRLS' PARTY FROCKS. Party frocks for tiny girls are being built of hand-painted net, satin, and fine silk, and a feature of these fabrics is that they clean capitally. Other fabrics in request for the litt,le. people's festive attire are mouss&.ine de soie, ninon, ihiffon, crepe, and a silk rich in quality but seeming light in texture. The latter possibly is the best, investment, especially when the little wearers are gay and go out a good deal, as this silk will clean over and over again, while fragile materials usually come to grief during the first time of donning. With regard to wraps, little girls are now as carefully catered for as their grown upsistersi. The majority of such wraps are quaint in style, and white is preferred to colours, white woollens, 0_ silks, soft satins, wifth a slight intro- duction of narrow white fur. The days of bundling the small child up in a shawl are past and gone. A COMPLETE! DISGUISE. The mere man, heard the oither day to remark that out of doors all fashionable women look exactly alike, was fairly cor- rect in his observation. With the modish turban crushed; down upon the head, the bushy fur stole-, huge muff, and lamp- post draperies, recognition of one's friends out, of doors is indeed a difficult pro- cedure. And now the fashionable ones are making matters still more complicated by covering .the very little bit of their faces visible, with heavy lace veils. If this particular craze lasts long, oculists should reap a rich harvest, for the new lace veils are most trying, "headachy" affairs. And they are certainly appalling- ly ugly. CONCERNING UMBRELLAS. Umbrellas, are larger than ever, bright, green and blues, warm browns, Indian reds, and rich purples, being among the hues well to the fore, and at this dreary time of year such splashes of colour about our streets cannot, be too highly appre- ciated. But there is one decided draw- back—these particular umbrellas are somewhat, expensive. The silk must he of good quality, to make such tinting at all feasible for exposure to our climate. Regarding handles, the crook still lea,d, which is good news, as it, is so con- venient. By means of such a handle we are enabled to carry an umbrella, and yet forget all about it. DREISS OUTFITS. Cases of dress misfits are usually de- cided by the dress being put on and shown in Court, but in a case before the I High Court the other day, the learned judge declined to accede to the sugges- tion. Prima facie, it might, be supposed that the method suggested was incom- parably the best means of arriving ai a correct judgment, and it is frequently adopted in the County Courts, although not by any means always with satis- factory results. The County Court Judgo is generally a man who has left youth- fuil vanities behind him, and is not over particular concerning the fit of his clothes. It is not easy for him to under- stand why a lady should be fastidious con- cerning the fit of a dress, and when either that, is all that is required, or that a, very little alteration would set the matter right. The view of the lady is rather that she pays not ,only to be clothed, but to be fitted, and it is tolerably certain that if a jury of ladies were empanneied to try such cases, theiir verdicts would often be very different from the decisions of the learned judges. LIGHTENING HOUSiErwORK. A practical demonstration of the saving of housework by the use of electric domestic appliances, is made by the South Metropolitan Electric Light ancl Power Company. They have fitted up a villa at Catford as a. permanent, exhibit, in which everything that is possible is done by electric apparatus from attic to cellar. The rooms are warmed by electric heating radiators, and in the morning no attendance of maids is required because hot water for early morning, tea, for the toilet, and the bath, is obtained almost immediately with no more trouble than turning on a swiftch. The cooking is all done with electric ovens, grills, and self- contained cookers, and there are various supplementary appliances such as fans, vacuum cleaner, knife cleaner, boot polisher, sewing machine, all worked by electricity. Doing without coal, gas, or oil, means not only an immense saving of housework, but also the, possibility of doing with fewer servants, and if such ad- vantages can be offered us without in- creased cost, it suggests the coming of happier times for many for whom house- keeping under the old system more or less spells drudgery.




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