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TEA TABLE TALK. Mrs. Emily Cobbins, an American lady whose ninety-fourth birthday anniversary was recently" celebrated, was the organiser of the first Woman's Suffre Association, and presented also the first petition on the sub- ject to a Legislative Assembly. This was in the year 1848. A Swedish schoolgirl named Karin Jurgen- sen has added five hundred Australian pic- ture postcards to her collection in a novel manner. Some months ago, she posted a card bearing a pretty rural scene of her home addressed in English:—"To the cleverest girl in the biggest school in Sydney, and would she please send a card in return? The postal authorities delivered the card at the Girls' High School in Elizabeth-street, where its receipt aroused a spirit of emulation among the five hundred pupils, every one of whom promptly posted a Sydney picture post- card to little Karin Jurgensen. The Paris courts have awarded X60 to Mile. Beruheim, a society lady, for damage done by a dish of green peas to her shoulder and her dress. Mile. Bernheim was standing in a restaurant when a waiter upset the peas over her. # When a young girl entered a pawnbroker's shop in Leipzig with fourteen rings she was suspected and detained. Inquiries proved that she was the rightful owner, and that the rings were souvenirs of fourteen fiances. Mrs. Willie James, who is a very popular hostess, and unlike many modern women, does not neglect the delicate art of conversa- tion this is said to be the reason that the Princess of Wales shows such a preference for her. Like her relations, the daughters of the Duke of Atholl, Mrs. James is very fond of acting in private theatricals, and she has organised private performances for charities very often. « In the social world the great event of the season has been the Royal Ball given by Lady Farquhar on the night of Derby Day. For many years the Queen dined with the Duchess of Devonshire on that day, while the King had his Jockey Club Dinner, His Majesty subsequently going on to Devon- shire House. Last year and this Lady Far- quhar was thus honoured. Lord Farquhar, who is Master of the Household to King Ed- ward, did not marry until somewhat late in life. Lady Farquhar is known as an admir- able hostess and renowned for excellent caste in dress. She is fair and slender. Madame Melba, the prima donna, has re- cently confessed that, as a child, she never possessed any dolls. She never had a wish for dolls, nor the time to play with them. Her favourite toys were a tiny harp and violin, and in their company she spent thou- sands of hours as a little girl. She was only four years old when her father began to teach her music, and at eight she could play almost any piece at sight. At twelve she wa's leading soprano in a church at Albany, and a little later she became organist and choir- master. A strange custom is still observed in ROll mania. When a servant has displeased his or her master the offender takes his boots in his hands and places them before the bed- room door of his master. It is a sign of great submission, and the boots are either kicked away, as an intimation that the fault will not be forgiven, or else the servant is told to place them on his feet, which shows that he is forgiven. In view of the paposed heavy duty on gloves, a number of prominent Chicago ladies, under the leadership of Miss Sander- son, have formed the "Women's (ilovcle.'s Society," and thousands have sent in their names, together with the required entrance fee. The object of the society is to discour- age altogether the wearing of gloves by women, except in the streets in the winter months. Many Yorkshire folk have a horror of see- ing a loaf of bread, on being knocked over, 9 fall or turn upside down. It is supposed to be a sign of a death in the family within a short tune. This strange superstition is par- ticularly prevalent among bargees, though in their case .they hold the incident to mean that either their own barge or one belonging to a member of their family will turn turtle. So strong is this idea that they will promptly throw the offending loaf overboard. Miss May de Sousa, who recently returned to America, has been saying some sarcastic things about English lovers. Among other things she says: "When an Englishman in- tends to propose to the woman of his choice, he puts on a top hat, a long coat, and a solemn face, and calls on his lady love. Each takes a seat in opposite corners of the room. After the grandfather clock in the hall has ticked out four minutes, he begins :_C Oh, I say, Miss Brown, I'm a perfect rotter, don't y' know. But really I can't help it, and really I love you. You're so rippin% don't y' know. And, I say, I must strike you as a perfect fool; and so I am don't y' know. So I beg your sincere pardon, Miss Brown; and if you will please excuse me now I will dress for dinner.' The lady generally tells him she is not in the least offended," adds Miss de Sousa, "and accepts him right away." It is generally known that King Edward is a very good bridge player. During a party the King desired a certain young lady for his partner for a game. When the lady was told of this she became very much concerned, as she could not play the game. She told the King this, but he, supposing that she was merely bashful, insisted, whereupon she said, "Indeed, sir, I cannot play at all. I assure you I know so little about cards that I hardly know the difference between a king and a knave." The amused smile from the King's face led her to think of what she had said. On the new Red Star Liner, Lapland, it will be possible to go shopping, as a regular shop has been fitted up where articles of all kinds will be sold. This is being done as an experiment, and if it is a success, the example will be doubtlessly followed on many another liner. A writer in a Brussels newspaper describes the boudoir of the Countess of Flanders as a ,'veritable storehouse of art treasures," in fact the most expensively furnished sitting- room in the world. Apart from the family portraits, which are in themselves of great value, the room is crowded with costly nick- nacks, old war medals, antique carvings, and articles-devertu of an estimated value of X25,000, nearly all bought by the Gountess of Flanders herself. The Countess was, of course, born Princess Maria of Hohenzollern. She is the only sister of the King of Rou- mania. The Japanese lover secretly brings a plant and places it in an empty jar set by his lady's door. If she cares for it and makes it live, he is accepted; if she neglects it, his suit is in vain. Princess Louise of Schleswig-IIolstein, the younger daughter of Prince and Princess Christian, is to be known for the future as Princess Marie Louise, in order to avoid con- fusion. At one time the Princess Royal used to be known as Princess Louise, but, of course, of late, her new title has avoided any possibility of confusion with anyone else, but the Duchess of Argyll is Princess Louise, and so it has been found desirable to make the change notified above.









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