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LONDON NEWS. ROYAL FAVOURS. One often wonders how a good-natured monarch like King George and his illus- trious farther can find the means of con- ferring some mark of the Roval favour upon all those whom he desires to honour, as for instance! the doctors and nurses who attended on the late Prince Francis of Teck, who have. received from his Majesty i treasured souvenirs. Of course there are gradations in such matters. One case calls for a G.C.B., while in another all the conditions are satisfied by a, shake of the hand, hut hetwelell these extremes there must be a, great number of people who present a problem which can only be solved by a, very large exercise of grace- ful ingenuity, such as we find frequently reported in the Press. For example the King has had several walking1 sticks fashioned out of wood grown at Balmoral, whither he has recently been, and he. has thus been enabled to make to some of his friends a present which they will certainly value highly. In one way or another it would appear, all the Royal resources are drawn upon, and it is evident that our ¡ present King resembles his father, among J U other things, in this, that lie devotes a good deal of thought to the accomplish- ment of his desire to make other people pleased and happy. THE ASCENDANCY OF THE MOTOR- CAR. The announcement that Miss Marie Corelli has purchased a high-power motor. car, has evoked some comment on account of her well-known hostility to motorism in all its forms, In several of her books she bitterly attacks the "road-hog," and in her latest work "The Devil's Motor A Fantasy," published last month, she de- pictsthe aeroplane and motor car, as the | agents of the Evil One, It would seem that Miss Corelli is like a good many other people, who have for years in- veigled against the flying car, and all its nuisances, and end in becoming motorists themselves, Those who have always been attached to horses, and have the means and opportunities to indulge in motoring, seem sooner or later to fall victims to the attractions of the- car, and no one can doubt its growing ascendancy. Before long the names of many of the old country hotels and inns, such as the "Coa.ch and Horses," the "Flying .Horses" and so on, will seem, strangely out of date. THE DICKENS TESTIMONIAL. The Dickens Testimonial Stamp, of which the final design has been approved, will 'shortly be obtainable by those who wish to take part in this world-wide tribute to the memory of the great novel- ist. The scheme differs somewhat from the Shakespeare stamp issued in 1864 to commemorate the tercentenary of the birth of the poet at Stratford-on-Avon, in- asmuch as it is intended to financially benefit the Dickens family, some of whose members are not in over well-to-do cir- cumstances. It is .estimated that there are twenty-four million copies of the famous authors books in circulation, and it is hoped that lovers of Dickens throughout the world will buy the centen- ary stamps which will be sold for one penny each, and affix them in such of these books as they possess. Lord Rose- bery, the Lord Chief Justice, and many distinguished personages are on the Com- mittee, under' whose auspices the stamp will be issued, and which it is hoped will bring in a considerable sum of money. Mr Alfred T. Dickens, the eldest surviv- ing son of the great novelist, recently re- turned home from Australia after an ab- sence of forty-five years. He went there in 1865, when he was twenty, and remem- bers not only his parents., biit also some of the older generation of his family. He is confident that Dickens drew some of his relatives in his books, and firmly believes that his grandfather was the original Micawber, always "waiting; for something to turn-up:" A WOMEN'S COUNCIL. It is the fashion nowadays for every cause to have its special league or associa- tion to promote, its interests, but there does not seem to be anything very practical in the suggested formation of a great national Women's Council. The idea is that such a Council, elected by women and containing only women, should be formed to discuss subjects of particular interest to women, and to pass resolutions which would have the force re- presenting the feminine opinion of the country. It is pointed out that the Church gives expression to its collective opinion through the Council to the Houses of Con- vocation, and of course if we could have a Women's Council elected by a majority of the women of this country, its resolu- tions would have such weight that Par- lament could not long! afford to disregard them. For instance, if a Council, with such authority behind t, emphatically de- clared in favour of Women's Suffrag,er it would be difficult for Parliament to trifle any longer with that problem. The diffi- culty would be in the organising and elec- tion of such a Council. To vast numbers of women, it would only suggest that antagonism of the, sexes, which is destruc- tive, and they would have nothing to do with it, whilst a central body, represent- ing only a small minority of women, would have no authority at all. # THE, OOLOUR-PHONEI AND HOBBLE GARTERS. Among novelties may be mentioned the colourphone, and hobble-garters. The first is not only a clever, but, a most use- ful invention, for which many people have sighed in the past in vain. By its means any colours may be matched by artificial light,; as perfectlyrnson the most brilliant sunny J nne, day. Business in mills and warehouses has often been at a standstill on foggy, dark days, because to match colours either in the dim daylight, or in the artificial light was impossible. The invention of the colourphone has changed | all that, and the woman who wishes to j match silks or materials, can do so per- j fectly at night, provided her bag contains one of these useful inventions. With re- gard to the hobble-garter, that very ridi- n culous "novelty."—which iis worn under the knees-—is composed of three ordinary garters, and prevents any strain on the narrow skirt, by warning its wearer when she is inclined to make too wide a step, the result of which may be a fail 1 Hap- pily the "hobble-skirt" is passing, and the demand for the "hobhle-garter" therefore does not promise to be great.

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