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WOMEN'S CHAT. "J'r-j- The Queen has allowed the Oxford Vulgate to be dedicated to her, and recently receive the first volume, for which she forwarded her best thanks both to the editors, and to the delegates of the Oxford University Press. Her Majesty has also lately received presentation copies of the new revised Bible with references, and of tihe English folio edition of the new revised version. The Queen has always taken a deep interest in everything connected with the Bible, and it was fully shared by the late Prince Consort, who, like his ancestors was an ardent Lutheran. -0,- There is a story which goes to show that Her Majesty's study of the Bible has ever been scholarly as well as deeply devotional. She and the Prince Consort, soon after their mar- riage, were one morning reading a portion of Scripture together, and discussing its meaning, when a point rose in connection with the elifferent rendering of the passage in the En- lish and Lutheran versions. To settle it, the Prince sent a messenger to the British museum to borrow a copy of Luther's Bible. When the official from the museum arrived with the volume, the Prince was very pleased to find that it supported his views. —o— The most ancient Hebrew manuscript of any part of the Bible, is in St. Petersburg, and dates no earlier than the tenth century. More than two thousand copies of the Hebrew Old Testament have been compared and very few variations have been found. This is.accounted for by the fact that from the time when the Hebrew canon was formed, and even before that time, very strict rules werel-tid down for the scribes who copied the Bible. The lines and letters were counted, and each copy had to correspond precisely with the one from which it was taken. -0- Princess Edward of Saxe-Weimar, who has been indisposed for some time, suffering from sciatica and feverish chills, is now better, to the delight of her many friends and acquain- tances among whom she is a great favourite. Her position is a peculiar one. She is the daughter of the late Duke of Richmond, and nearly half a century ago, married Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar. Until 1887 she had no official name being known as the Countess of Dornberg. At the time of the Queen's Jubilee however, Her Majesty permitted the Countess to be styled Princess,' and intimated that she would henceforth be received at Court as Princess Edward. In Germany the Princess would not rank with her husband, and she steadily refuses to go to the Fatherland. — o— Whenever a Prince marries other than a Princess, there is always trouble. Princess Victor Dulep Singh had a sorry time. The Queen though, fully aware of the bare faced slights which she had suffered from those who should have upheld her, has shown her marked favour, ani supported by Royalty as she is, and with her charming manners, she will doubtless make for herself a brilliant position in English society. When the Duke of West- minster's daughter married Prince Adolphus of Teck, much jealousy was excited, and lovely Princess Henry of, Pless 'did not escape alto- gether. —o— The Duchess of Rutland, who with the Duke has left for Cannes, possesses the most wonder- ful jewels, and although she is a very simple dresser, nearly always wearing black, on great I occasions she is a blaze of diamonds. The Rutland crown of diamonds is superb. The Duchess is passionately fond of utusic, and in her time has frequently taken part in charity concerts. As Lord John Manners, the Duke was one of the most notable figures in the Commons, until, on the death of his brother, he entered the House of Lords as the Duke of Rutland. -0- Madame Albani, will, according to present arrangements, sail next month for a concert tour in South Affrica, returning towards the end of the London season. As is well-known, the prima donna is the Queen's favourite voca- list. Those who have heard the great singer will readily understand the reason for the Royal preference. Madame Albani has the rare charm of a sympathetic personality, a fact of which her singing gives evidence. Among the many gifts showered npon her by the Sovereign, Madame Albani regards with par- ticular affection, a photograph of Her Majesty with Prince Edward of York at her knee. Underneath in Queen Victoria's handwriting are the words Victoria and little Edward.' -0- A tour round Madame Albani's drawing rooms, at The Bottoms her beautiful London home, is quite an object lesson in the apprecia- tion of good Binging. Photographs of every member of the Royal Family, together with souveniers of various descriptions, are crowded on every table, and cluster even on the splen- did grand piano, which stands by one of the windows. Musical composers, managers, and critics are all represented with photographs, silver repousse knick-knacks, or gem encrus ted trinkets. The house stands in its own grounds, and has the utmost disregard for the usual limitations of space, which gives to the rooms the pleasant airiness of the country. Madame greatly dislikes change in her sur- roundings, and has allowed the retention of upholstery, which in other homes would pro. bably have been long since chased away by the uneasy advocates of Morris and Liberty. —o— If only young people starting in housekeeping I would be content to furnish their homes by degrees, instead of rushing off, as the majority do, to some large establishment, and choosing the whole of the furniture and fittings in one day, the artistic among us would be spared many a shock. A house must be a growth, if one wishes to create an atmosphere of one's own. And what is true in every other act of life, is tr.ue of selecting a wall paper, or a chair, no act is single, any more than the steps of the stairway are independent of each other. The agreement of the several acts, like the blending )f sounds or colours, is called harmony. Upon atmosphere and harmony depend all the charm of a home-though a house, like a woman, may be entirely comfortable and lack charm. The reason that few fashions in furniture are per- manent, is in the fact that few are artistic-or have any reason for existing. They are accep- ted and followed because they are fashions, and their lack of beauty, or their grotesqueness is overlooked because we become accustomed to them. But there is real beauty and fitness in the character of some things which insure them against ever seeming out of place. —o— Whatever be the mood of Dame Fashion, with regard to outline, the stout woman must I always bear in mind that surface is very im- portant in her case. She must indulge in nothing rough or large grained, but look out/ for the close grained finti surfaces. The stout woman has always to do battle with a ten- (wney to look course. Fine face cloth, cash. mere, crepe de chine, and close soft silks are her safest allies. C rep on was her deadly j enemy. It was on the other hand, the lean woman's best friend. -0- Coats which have very long basques, cut away from the front and hanging down at the back, are being shunned by the best dressed woman The basque arrangement, which is a kind of hesitation between a man's dress coat tails, and a magnified double tab, rarely proved becoming, especially to the 'well-proportioned' and one can only rejoice that so senseless and ugly a mode should so speedily depart into the limbo of dead and gon o fashions. —o— Just now there is quite an epidemic of buckles. They glitter at the waist, both be hind and before. They flash at the tnroafc, and upon the shoes,they assist a muff in its en- deavours to appear a lace cravat, and they are nearly as essential to a hat or toque as is a head. Some of these buckles are of great beauty and add considerably to the appearance of a toilette. Those of my readers who possess treasures of this description should forthwith unearth the same and exhibit them to the best advantage. T" «

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