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LONDON GOSSIP. THE QUEEN'S PERSONALITY. Queen Mary's mother, the late Princess Mary of T'eck, while always chaxio-ng and kindly, was royal and dignified beyond expression, and she took special care a,s regar-djs the girl friends of her only daughter-now the Queen Consort. That her Majesty is a woman of strong per- sonality is beyond all question, and to her early training may be attributed her character- istic dignity and reserve, which as a writer in the current 'Lady's Realm," remarks, some- times conveys an erroneous id.e,a of hauteur. Her Majesty is described as a thorough busi- ness woman., and a Spartan mother, who has never allowed, her dhlildrert to be pampered, and patted to the extent of spoiling them. She ,is a good linguist, a, ;ga-,oat reader of history, and is a politician with a practical knowledge of public affairs, and of the leading political events of the day. In the domestic circle, the King and Queen are a devoted couple, quite at one as regards social amenities, and setting an example of the highest ideals of family lif e. LADY ABDY'S AVIATION SCHEME. It seems to have been left to a woman—Lady Abdy-to, play the role of Count Zeppelin in this country. She is the lady who paid P,120 for the privilege of being the first passenger to be carried by Mr Grahame White at Brook- lands, when the aeroplane was wrecked and both occupants had a narrow escape from a serious disaster. That accident, however, has not in any way damped Lady Abdy's en- thusiasm fior aviation, and she is credited with the intention of setting up a .complete factory On her Surrey estate for the manufacture of airships and aeroplanes. She talks, of having an airship ready next spring which will travel be- tween London and Paris, and carry twenty pas- sengers. Lady Abdy is the wife of Sir William Abdy and iis a very wealthy woman. Although she fancies there may ,be money in it, Lady Abdy is not thinkii-ig of this enterprise as a commercial speculation, but more for the honour of placing Britain in the forefront in the science of aviation. SALE SEASON JOKES. From time immemorial the Chinaman has ordained matters so that his wife should have such lOttle feet that she could not very easily go out to shop. That is the sympathetic re- flection of numberless husbands who are called upon to readjust the' household finance, after their women folk have been engaged in a campaign of all' against all, at the summer sales. To the average man, the clearance sales are either a joke or perhaps something more than a joke, but the cleveir woman As not an- noyed by the usual j,ibes and, jeers, and she knows well enough that it is best for the family 'interest that sale shopping should be a feminine pursuit, and not one for men folk. Men may make money, but there is a science in spending it to. the best advantage, about which they know, as a rule, very .'Ilit,,tl.e. A good shopper is as rare as a good man of busi- ness, and lit lis too often the case that, this quality in women passes quite unappreciated. THE REAL PURPOSE. The double entente often-lurks where it is unsuspected. For instance the Post Office Sav- ings Bank proposes iin the autumn to supply to the public isfieel money boxes, at less than cost pitice. As a first experiment this system lis to be tried in 200 industrial centres,, not so much as one might suppose for tihei 'encourage- ment of thrift, after the holiday, are pver, as to save the Departments expense by -reducing the number of smaCl deposits and withdrawals by depositors in the Post Office Savings Bank. Then again some American houses have adopt- ed another shopping innovation, that of tying up their parcel: in paper and string to. har- monise with the customers' dresses. That is not so much to oblige the customers as to in- duce them to carry home their parcels, and thus reduce delivery expenses, and at the same. time it answers the purpose of a good business advertisement. The London dir^psiy houses seem to think that string and paper in suffi- cient variety of eolou.ro would not. be- forthcom- ing for the purpose required, but of them are adopting wrapping' paper and bags of one disiiinct-ve colonr. which it is- ha-ped tlhe public will come in course of time to associate w::th that particular house, when it will thus have the advantages of ar. advertisement* THE SLAUGHTER OF PLUMAGE BIRDS. The oft recurrent question of (tllle slaughter of plumage, birds for the decoration of women': i hats is again the subject -of agitation. According to Mr James Buckl.and, nearly all the Colonies of white herons or "snOwy egrets" >ln North America and Cihina, have been "shot out" by plume hunters, and the same proce.e is now going on iin South America. It is saicJ thar: it is no more oruel to shout herons than to shoot pheasants, but that is not true, be- cause hi the one case when the parent birds, are daitroyed, the young axe, left tel starve, and the plumage being ot its best during the mat- ing season it is then that the pirumo hunters are most busy. That is equaLly .true of all plumage birds,, 'which are everywhere, being I ruthlessly destroyed, a process which, despite all protests and talk of legislation, must lead to the extermination of many singularly beau- tiful species. A CHARMING COMBINATION. Black and white its admittedly a smart com- binattEon, but theie is alie,, hard and fat rule that cannot be broken with impunlity, in con- nection with it, namely, it must be worn in masses. The home worker frequently makes the miistake, of trimming black with close small designs of white, or of wearing a white yoke covered with black laciGi or guipure, or of adorn- ing a black da,ss with black and white passe- menterie, and even usually smart women and girls fail to manage a picturesque appearance when thus altered. A completely white dress, whether of muslin, cottion-of which we have such a delightful variety-or of cloth, with an ,an black hat, black gloves, black boa, and black sunshade (should the sun shine) black shoes and hosiery, has quite a different effect, so also has a black gown, with white hat, gloves, boa and sunshade, neither idea adding to one's years as the "patohy" notion does. THE "JUMPER" DREiSS. After afil their e is something to be said for the "jumper"—one piece dress—when one takes a 1 short trip on the Continent. If made of soft black satin it affords endless possibilities in the way of transformations. It should be cut low, and square at the neck, and trimmed with heavy black jet, or silver embroidery. For table d'hote a chemisette and long sleevs of black tucked chiffon, with a hiigh collar, is a s;lmple suggesrtGon for an occasion which offers many difficulties to travellers. Being unlined and tomelwhat scanty, it occupies the minimum of space, also a consideration. THE PRINCESS GOWN. The Princess dress iJs., however, to be pre- ferred. It is seen everywhere, and can be becomingly worn by young or middle-aged matron as well as by the maid' in her teens. It graces too, any occasion, just as it doeis all ages. It will be worn throughout the summer and autumn both short with deep flounce, and long with a. graceful train. Carried out in broderic Anglai-se a semi-princess looks re- markably wefcl, with deep embroidered flounce, and as it is easily made ait home, commend's it- sellf to the home dressmaker. I SPANISH COMBS AGAIN.. For evening wear the high Spanish comb has returned to favour, and the fashionable woman sees that lit is .studded w|ith the same jewels as she is. weairng in her eaca and upon her neck. At the mcsnenjt j eweUers report a great run upon amethysts, a state of affairs doubtless due to the mourning and .half-mourning still donned by Society women.