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Society atio personal.


Society atio personal. Captain Jones-Parry, Tyllwyd, has resigned his appointment as District agent under the Primrose League. Lady Puleston of Emeral gave an "at home" last week, at which Mr Comey Grair assisted. Mrs Bell, a most fascinating Swedish lady, is creating a sensation by her charming singing, she is likely to become great snccess. # The Grand Council contemplate placing the whole of Wales under one agent, and supplement- ing his work by speakers to be sent free of charge to Habitations. This however, dapends on certain other contingencies. Four clergymen in priest's orders have entered upon a kind of half monastic, half communistic, life in a small parish within a few miles of one of our cathredral cites, and they may be seen any fine day, in their cassocks, busily working away in their garden. As yet, tilling the ground in order to raise a supply of the kindly fruits of the earth sufficient for their own wants is the only parish work they have undertaken. Last Saturday, the barracks of the Gardens du Corps, or 1st Life Guards, at Potsdam, were the scene of one of those festivals at which the Ger- mans are very skilful, and in which they and their rulers take great delight—a festival to com- memorate the 150 anniversary of the formation of that magnificent regiment by Frederick the Great. From the Seven Years' War onwards to St. Privat and Sedan, this regiment has always been foremost where hard fighting was to be done, and so the Emperor as its chief, determined that its existence for a century and a half should be fittingly celebrated. The scene of the festival was the spacious riding school of the regiment, which had been splendidly decorated with trophies, &c.,foi- the occasion, and with listsof those who had fallen in its ranks, and furnished with tribunes for the large and brilliant concourse of spectators, who included their Imperial Majesties and all their Court. The entertainment, which offered a most attractive panoramic view of the continuity of military glory in Prussia from the accession of Frederick the Great to the present reign, was closed by a sumptuous supper, spread in tents, at which the Emperor drank the health of the finest heavy cavalry regiment in his army. The death of Lady Ely made one more gap in the ever-decreasing list of the Queen's old and tried friends, and it is not surprising to know that Her Majesty, although anticipating the gravest tidings, was quite overcome when the sad news reached her. Needless to add that the Windsor garden-party will not be given. The funeral of Lady Ely was a most impressive though very simple, ceremony, and Princess Christian, Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lome, and the Duchess of Albany testified by their I presence to the sincerity of the regret of the other Royalties, from the Queen downwards, who were unable from various causes to be present at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. Sir Henry Ponsonby represented the Queen, who sent a beautiful wreath of lilies, roses, and immortelles, bearing a card with the tender inscription A mark of loving affection and gratitude from her devoted friend, Victoria, R.I." The Empress Eugenie's wreath bore a card with the inscription Souvenir de tendre amitie," and Lord Rosslyn, the poet-peer, who was in his youth engaged to Lady Ely, sent a single rose with the inscription, Faithful to the last." It is said that among other suitors for the hand of the Marchioness of Ely when she was still Miss Hope Vere was Count Cavour. # One of the earliest troubles-perhaps the very first crumbled roseleaf in the Queen's royal couch —was the proposed dismissal of her Bedchamber Ladies on the fall of the Melbourne Ministry. Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington tried to persuade Her Majesty that her ladies were on the same level as her lords, but the Queen would have none of it, and wrote the famous letter to Lord Melbourne, in which she said They wanted to deprive me of my ladies, and! suppose they would deprive me next of my dresses and housemaids they wished to treat me as a girl, but I will show them I am Queen of England." The Elizabethan ring about these words has echoed down the yeas until to-day, and Her Majesty has never failed to remember, and to make other remember, that above and before all else she is Queen of England."








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