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SOCIETY AND PERSONAL. Perhaps owing to the Queen's influence, a distinct useful as well as ornamental strain was visible in the orders given to Mdme. Elise and Sims, The young Duchess of Fife has two bodies made to every skirt, a praiseworthy but rather quaint piece of economy. Past are the days when the King's (George III.) sixteen children had each a new pair of shoes on every day, which accounts for the look of settled depression and soreness observable in the countenances of Farmer George.s young family 111 the mezzotints and engravings of the time. The Queen has lately ordered to be bound in a handsome volume, about one inch in thickness, all the Christmas and New Year cards sent to her during the last few years by her immediate relatives. In cases where they bear writing, such as To my dear grandmamma," the binder has been specially ordered to mount them in such a manner as to permit of the inscription being seen. The Queen, who takes the greatest personal interest in the tiny garments of the Princess Beatrice's babies, and make many useful presents, like other fond grandmammas, to her many other small grandchildren, has just chosen a charming frock for the little Spanish king, who will make his first appearance, when he dons the Royal gift, as a sailor boy. Her Majesty has personally chosen the materials for the costume, which consists of the usual kilted skirt and blouse. These are of white silk Irish poplin, with the collar and cuffs, of blue silk, overlaid with handsome Irish point lace. A wide blue silk sash has also been sent to wear with this elaborate sailor attire, in which it is scarcely suitable for his Spanish Majesty to build sand- castles on the shore, or to command miniature fleets in pools of water. Amongst the curious facts connected with the Royal wedding is that the bride, in her hurry and nervousness, forgot her bouquet, and when she arrived at Buckingham Palace perceived the mistake she had made. An equerry was dispatched in great haste back to Marlborough House to fetch the bouquet, which, by the way, was made of orchids, white roses, orange blossoms, and heather. Some one had facetiously filled the Princess' parasol with rice, and when she had oecasion to open it during her journey to Sheen the result occasioned much merriment, in which Her Royal H ighnes and the Duke of Fife joined. V Lady Randolph Churchill was disgracefully mobbed on Thursday at a garden party given hy .1 9 Mr Joseph Rowlands to Birmingham Conser- vatives. Her ladyship carried a beautiful bouquet of roses presented to her at the opening of the Electrical Exhibition. A lady begged a rose as a souvenir, and Lady Randolph, graciously complying, was instantly surrounded by an excited crowd demanding like favours. The mob pressed upon her, scrambling, struggling, and snatching at the flowers, and the conse- quences might have been unpleasant if Mr Rowlands had not come to the rescue. Even then the bouquet had to be dismembered, and the ornamental holders thrown to be scrambled for, before her ladyship could escape from her frantic admirers. At the distribution of prizes at the Welsh school at Ashford, the other day, Mrs Gladstone told the children, how enthusiastic a Welshman, their own Prince, the Prince of Wales, was. When quite a boy he once reproached her for not wearing a leek on St. David's Day. # Lord and Lady Ashburton were Tmarried in the quietest way last week, and went straight off to the consequence. Our readers may remember how Miss Hood's wedding had to be postponed through the sudden death of her intended father-in-law on the very day fixed for the ceremony. There was not even time to let all the expected guetts aware of what had happened and many arrived at the church and only learnt it there. Strangely enough the bride had a presentiment of something untoward and passed a restless night, waking in the early morning from a dream in which she had seen Lord Ashburton lying on a couch while she strewed the orange blossoms from her bouquet about him. He had been ill it is true, but no one appre- hended anything serious and it was a terrible shock to her. V The other day 3 M.P's might have been seen on the top of an omnibus between Victoria and Westminster. One was a Scotchman, another an Irish man, and the third no less a man than Mr John Morley. The Scotch member asked his leader if it was not infra dig for him to be on the top of an omnibus. Well said Mr Morley, "I can't get up higher." # # On Tuesday, Colonel Lewis, of Llanlear, fishing in the Highmead water of the Teify, caught three salmon weighing respectively 7 lbs, 13 lbs, and 14 lbs.

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