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4 pleasant surprise awaits the Emperor William on his visit to Osborne. In the garden near the flag tower is a magnificent myrtle which has a pretty history. When the Princess Royal was married and was going off with her bride- groom, the Crown Prince of Prussia, she kissed her mother, and taking from her marriage bouquet a piece of myrtle laughingly presented it to her. The Queen kept the little sprig, had it sent down to Osborne and planted in the garden and now, under the genial skies of the Isle of Wight, it has grown into a spreading shrub, quite as grand in its way as the still young Emperor who is not so old by a year. • i Why ought the Royal Family to be pleased at Princess Louise's marriage ?—Because they have got. a Fife" into their German Band. Few people are aware that although the Duke and Duchess of Fife remained at home on Sunday ^.morning after their wedding, in the evening the happy couple might have been seen in an ordinary ,hanioni.driving rapidly towards a neighbouring village church for evening service^ unattended by [ any suite,, the Princess in theqtmetcst of Sunday dress, with a waterproof, and the Duke in ordinary, not to say shabby, morning attire. They had told the-driver to wait the close of the service, but the man misunderstood, and so, the little simple village, church service over, the Duke and his bride sallied forth with the other Worshippers, and in the gloaming of a summer's evening walked quietly back to their house across the park, hardly noticed. There is some- thing rather touching in this act of the Princess Louise. She has been brought up by a care- ful, fond mother in all the outward forms of her Church, and even on the first Sunday of her newly-wedded life she was not happy until she attended the service to which she had always been accustomed. # The phonograph has been turned to a new use-to record the sounds given by the heart and lungs under auscultation. This should be invalu- able in consultation, as a true account of the patient's condition can be sent to a doctor at a distance. • Lady Guinese has given an order for a diamond necklace, to a famous firm of jewellers which will take several years to execute owing to the present scarcity of stones of the first water. The design for the ornament is superb, and its cost will be about 925,OW V Colonel Masefield and the officers of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry had their annual inspection on Friday, the 9th, at the Race Course, Aberystwith. This is the second time that they have visited Wales, and the Mayor and Town Council echoed the sentiments of the neighbour- hood when they presented Colonel Masefield with a vote of thanks for selecting their town for their visit, and expressed a hope that they would come again. The corps was over 800 strong, and in- cluded 20 officers. The tents were all pitched on I. the flat land, underneath the picturesque grounds of Tan-y-bwlch, and presented a very animated appearance, though the grey uniforms with black facings were a little subdued in the eyes of those inoculated If with scarlet fever." Colonel Masefield, however, makes it a point that their uniform shall not be changed as he wishes them to remain distinctly volunteers. The day opened rather threateningly, but the rain kept off, and the evening was gloriously beautiful. The troops were inspected by General Colville and Lt.-Col. Warren. They acquitted themselves with great credit. At two o'clock the officers, Mrs Colville, Mrs Warren, and Mrs Murray, received the in- vited guests, who sat down to a sumptuous luncheon in a marquee erected in the camp. Amongst those present were the Lord Lieutenant of Cardigan, Mrs and Miss Davies-Evans, Mr and Mrs Powell (Nanteos), Major, Mrs, and Misses Bassett Lewis, Mrs Lloyd-Phillips, Mrs Richards (of Brynceithin), the Misses Bonsall, the Misses Davies (of Cwmgoedwig), Mr Vaughan Davies, Prebendary Williams, the Mayor of Aberystwith, Prebendary Williams, the Mayor of Aberystwith, and many others, between 100 and 200 covers being laid. The athletic sports then began, the running j high jump being particularly well contested. The prize for the smartest turned out volunteer wis very interesting, as the competition was so close that General Colville, who was adjudicating, at last declared that it was impossible to choose between four of the men. so the prize was divided. They were all so carefully got up that they were sent back for the most trifling things-a buckle an inch higher or lower, a speck on an otherwise brilliant bayonet, a crooked finger on a rifle, an improper slope of feet, ct-c. The day concluded with tugs of war and bayonet exercise. The prizes were given away by Miss Davies-Evars, and partaking of five o'clock tea the company then broke up after a most pleasant day. On the Saturday the corps returned home after a week's sea breezes. The conduct of the men was declared by all to have been most orcerly, and the outing generously afforded them by their officers was highly appreciated. # # # A Londoner, writing to a friend from a Car- marthenshire address, gives the following account of the postal arrangements "The posts aie a little awkward. In one place near the post a woman comes round with the letters in her apron, and asks you whether there are any for you i Our post woman has been dismissed because the letters were continually found in the ditch, she taking a quiet nap by the roadside, and her donkey grazing near. Now we have a very small boy and things are better." Can any of our readers recount similar experiences? # • Miss Lewis, No 10, Parade, Carmarthen, who is now staying with her sister, Mra Powell, of Nanteos, is recovering slowly, but surely, from her recent severe attack. V Mr and Mrs T. R. Roberts, Penywern, when, on their honeymoon abroad, were suddenly re- called, by the unexpected death of Mr Paull, the bride's father. %# Mr Son sail, of Fronfraith, last week narrowly escaped a_ serious accident wheu riding through Aberystwith. His horse suddenly took alarm at an arch of flags across the street, put up in honour of the Shropshire Volunteers. The horse bolted and plunged in a frightful manner, and, but for the able horsemanship of Mr Bonsall, the adventuse might have terminated with serious consequences. w • The Rev. Watkin Herbert Williams. Vicar of Dodel wyddan, Chancellor of St. Asaph's Cathedral, and Rural Dean, has been appointed Archdeacon and Oanon of St. Asaph.

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