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WOMEN'S CHAT. The Drawing Room at Osborne, is a truly delightful apartment, with a large bay window looking on to the East Terrace. The walls are distempered in a cool shade of blue, the doors are painted in white and gold, and the ceiling, like that in the Billiard Room, is pompeiian in decoration. Amid such surroundings the innumerable pictures, and the amber-covered damask furniture, show to extreme advantage. The grand piano, and the wall cabinets are of tulip wood, inlaid in plaques, of wedgwood jasper ware, mounted in ormolu. -0- Landseer's most famous picture The Deer Pass' hangs in the Council Room, a beautiful apartment overlooking the Upper Terrace. The Indian Room, with its exquisite carvings, and fairy like sense of whiteness is well known to the public, through the medium of the illustrated papers. The suite of bedrooms above it have proved a valuable addition to the accommodation of Osborne House. —o— At the marriage of Lady Maude Clements,— third daughter of Lady Leitrim-Iast week, the nine bridesmaids had their hats fastened under the chin, with narrow velvet ribbon, and the effect in each case was such as to win over the most disapproving among us. Velvet strings add greatly to the charm of a pretty young face, while to the middle aged, and elderly, they are most desirable additions to becoming headgear. Lady Leitrim looked charming in purple velvet and cloth, her toque being composed of violets in two shades with wings of embroidered gauze, and a white osprey. Lady Carew's black velvet and jet gown showed off to perfection her youug and graceful figure, while her sister Mrs. Clifford Cory, was resplendent in light green moire with a toque of cyclamen velvet. -0- Mrs. Clifford Cory is not quite so tall as her sister, but like her is very slender, and carries herself with that extraordinary grace which is only given to women whose heads are well set upon their shoulders. Her hair is brown, her eyes blue, and the delicately arched brows above them show that students of phrenology have guessed aright when they attribute intense love of music to one whose eyebrows are so curved. Music amounts almost to a passion with her, and she is undoubtedly one of the first amateurs in London. This is saying much in these days of high standards in artistic excellence. —o— An article appearing in a current magazine, deals with the question 'At what age should girls marry.' Sarah Grand-the writer-is of opin- ion that a girl runs a great risk of making a mistake, if she marries before reaching the age of five and twenty. Mrs. Fenwick Miller, con- siders that from twenty-two to twenty-eight is the most suitable time, while according to Gertrude Atherton, a law should be passed in all civilised countries prohibiting girls from marrying before they are twenty-five. I L. T. Meade,' Adeline Sergeant,' and Katharine Tynan, hold the same view. —o— In the United States, it is being seriously agitated that the word 'obey'should be elimina- ted from the marriage service, and the proposal has found supporters among the clergy as well as the laity. A large number of clergymen have been polled as to their views on the sub- ject, and while the majority adhere to the intention of the word, a considerable minority favour its removal. It is improbable that we, in this country, shall ever witness the elimina- tion of this much discussed word. That the marriage service would be better without it, there can be no possible doubt, but then there are a good many reforms badly needed, which we stand little chance of obtaining at least for some considerable time. —o— It has been often said, that compared with our French and American sisters, we are dull, desperately and hopelessly dull. There is unquestionably some truth in this remark, and when one considers the conditions under which we women lived, until a few years ago, when the Married Women's Property Act was passed, we can scarcely marvel that this should be so. Until then, a married woman could hold no property, unless secured to her by marriage settlements. Everything she had belonged to her husband, he could dispose by will of her property as well as his own, and if he wished, could leave her and her children penniless- they were absolutely in his power. In France the law treated husband and wife alike, and also at a man's death, allotted his possessions fairly amongst his family, leaving him the power of disposing by will, of a part only. Is it not natural- that generations of women liv- ing. under two such different systems should show greater differences than those of race ? —o— The position of women has been improved in many ways of late years, and there would be little left to complain of if a law were passed making it compulsory for a man to leave a cer- tain proportion of his possessions to his wife and children, before willing anything elsewhere. Fortunately most husbandd do this, but it ought not to be possible for anything else to happen, and the certainty of her worldly posi- tion would inevitably have its effect upon the character and intellect of woman. —o— Leading jewellers say that they are selling quantities of rings to fit the forefinger, which has been so severely let alone for many years. The mode is all very well for those of us possessed of beautiful, slender hands, but woman not blessed in this particular way should avoid the idea altogether. A limited number of jeweIJeri circlets are a great improvement to a really nice hand, but even under the most favourable circumstances, we should be careful not to overstep the mark, otherwise vulgarity will be writ large upon us. -0- The latest fciaras pass entirely round the head, and are so constructed that they can be worn as necklets when desired. A quarter of a century ago, only very great ladies possessed them, but nowadays almost every woman who has a certain income, proudly wears this beautiful form of head-dress. The Princess of Wales possesses several exquisite tiaras, of a particularly becoming style, so also does the Duchess of Saxe Coburg, one of diamonds and huge rubies being perfectly gorgeous. —o— Happily, the I Winter Sales' will soon be over, when it will once more be possible to go a shopping' without having one's hat knocked away, or one's clothes disarranged byfa crowd of excited women, bent on securing 'bargains.' At one establishment, last week, I witnessed a kind of free fight between two individuals, who both claimed to have selected the same garment, while the attendants, utterly unused to such proceedings, looked on aghast. At another counter, twelve hundred, five-tail, mink boas were going, at four and elevenpence three farthings each. This spot was simply besieged by women, and I could but marvel what attraction those boas could have for them. The fact that eleven hundred and ninety nine other women would shortly sally forth, each decorated with a similar five-tail mink necklet, would be quite enough to make me vow never to be found so ornamented. —o— Mink has been in high favour this winter, but its popularity among the well dressed is now distinctly on the wane, owing to the quantity of inferior imitations placed on the market. There is much scope at the present time for those who admire mixed furs. But few are worn alone, sometimes no less than three varieties appearing on one garment. There is one item in favour of this fashion, it is economical. By a judicious admixture, one can often turn out a collarette, or cape, that would be an impossibility, were we restricted to one description of fur only. —o— Little scarlet jackets, worn with black, or dark blue shirts, are much en evidence among our Parisian sisters, but this side the channel we have reversed this order of affairs, and don our black cloth or astrachan coats, with bright scarlet cloth skirt, plain, or with a little trim- ming. A black and red toque is a delightful finish to such a costume, which to the majority usually proves a becoming one. —o— Savoury Eggs.—Boil six eggs, twenty- minutes, throw them into cold water, take the shell off, cut them in halves, and remove the yolks carefully. Mash these up with an ounce of butter", a teaspoonful of anchovies paste, a teaspoonful of grated cheese, season with a little cayenne pepper, and a dust of grated nutmeg. Return this to the whites of the eggs, and serve with the cut parts turned up, and garnished with parsley-a tiny spry in the centre of each. MADGE.



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