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LADIES. A WARNING TO YOUNG LADIES. A verdict of death from tight lacing is, perhaps, still to be sought among the curiosities of law. But a Birmingham jury have come near it in a verdict of Death from pressure round the waist." The victim was a poor servant-girl who died after a fright, and her death was attributed by the medical witnesses to the fact that she was too tightly belted to enable her to stand the weur and tear of any sudden emotion. She was a notorious tight lacer; her collar fitted so closely that it was impossible to loosen it at the critical moment; and under her stays she wore a belt so remorselessly buckled as to prevent the free circulation of the blood. The Coroner expressed a wish to have a statement of the normal size of her waist in the interests of social science, or, as he put it, as a warning to other young ladies who are accustomed to tight lacing. In the old waxwork shows there used to stand a figure of a young woman who fell a victim to the impious practice of sewing on iI. Sunday. She pricked her finger with the needle, and perished of the wound. If it exists to-day, this might be replaced with advantage by an effigy of this unhappy servant-girl in her habit as she died. AMERICAN ADVICE. On receiving a proposal—"You ought to take it kind, looking down hill, with an expreshun about half tickled and half scart. After the pop is over, if yore lavver wants tew kiss you, I don't think I would say yes or no, but let the thing kind ov take its own course." UNLIKE HER SEX. Considerable excitement was caused at Ilfra- combe Station the other morning, prior to the departure of the 10.10 train, by the appearance of a man in a somewhat excited condition on the platform peering into the faces of several ladies. Presently he caught hold of a lady round the waist and pulled her by main force in the direction of the Brannton-road. After considerable difficulty he reached the road in front of St. Brannock's. Here the resistance of the lady and her cries attracted the attention of several of the residents, and k number of persons assembled round the struggling pair. In answer to expostulations, the gentleman said the lady was his runaway wife, and he waS trying to get her to Braunton. As the distance was eight miles, it did not, however, appear likely that he would succeed, more especially considering the progress that had already been made. Shortly afterwards a constable appeared upon the scene, and by dint of force liberated the wife, who quickly jumped into a cab and drove off at a rapid pace. The disconsolate husband at once commenced to renew the search, and went to one of the magistrates for aid, bat as yet his efforts have not been attended with success. It appears that the parties, who are well known at Braunton, were married about two years ago, and went to Ilfracombe for their honeymoon. The course of true love, how- ever, in this respect did not run smoothly, for the parties fell out on the eve of their wedding day. It is stated that they sat up all night, but towards morning the weary husband fell asleep, and the lady, taking advantage of his slumbers, left the house, and had not been heard of until last week, when she visited her mother's grave. The husband traced her to Ilfracombe, with the result above stated.

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