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HUGH WILLIAMS. TAILOft AND DRAPER, CHAPEL PLACE, DENBIGH. Begs to inform the public generally that he has on view an excellent ASSORTMENT OF NEW GOODS o the latest design, and of the best quality that money cau procure. LIVERIES of every description execut on the shortest notice. Riding Breeches, a. Speciality. H.W. being a practical Tailor and Cutter (holder of a Diploma) and having a staff of experienced work- men fit and style is guaranteed, consistent with MODERATE CHARGES. A TRIAL ORDER RESPECTFULLY SOLICITED. DE M4 ASK FOR 'CAMBRIAN' SODA WATER, FROM THE NOTED ARTESIAN SPRING, RUTHIN Write for particulars— Address—Manager, Cambrian Works, Ruthin, North Wales. T. J. WILLIAMS' GREAT ANNUAL SALE COMMENCED MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH, And to be continued throughout February. TJHE IMMEJMSE STOCK In all Departments, at both Establishments, will be Sold at ENORMOUS REDUCTIONS. IMMENSE Stock of Wall Papers From 2d. to 2s. 6d. per piece. All Goods marked in Plain Figures. T. J. WILLIAMS' Motto is:—'Not to Advertize to Sell, but to Sell to Advertize.' Terms—Casli. 30 <% 34, HIGH STREET & TEMPLE BAR, DENBIGH. ..r.(,ooiY ■wnmwHWHWB ■H VI |l 11 II H 11111- ill I I11 tV|l HH VlllilllfinlUUILlUUIuiVI I' Lkt4CE.T 1'4A-1 281- TO N I C W 1 N E CIF TONIC VALUE-: TAKE A GLASS BfcFORE MEALS Sold by A. ANDREWS, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Denbigh. r~ Q r~' Balm o Gilead fu \J| I |\VJ3 Ll O GEORGE'S PILLS i mi," "They are more than Gold to me—they saved my life." 'One wonders that things so small should produce such mighty results," PILE & GRAVEL Many of my customers have been cured who have suffered for twenty years." The three forms of this Remedy:— 9o.l.—George's Pile and Gravel Pills Q I I j O Ifo. 2.- George's Gravel Pills | J | j «■<». 3.—George's Fills for the Piles. In Boxes, Is. lid. and 2s. 9d. each; by post, Is. 3d. and 3s. Proprietor :-J. E. GEORGE, M. R. P, S., Hirwain, Glam. AN ENGLISH AND WELSH DICTIONARY Wherein not only the Words, out also the Idioms and Phraseology the English Language are careful translated into Welsh, bv proper and equivalent Words and Phrases. T > which is added, a Dissertationon »he Welsh Language, with remarks on its Poetry, &c. By the Rev. JOHN WALTKBS. In 2 vols., 1 10s.Od. boards. A WELSH AND ENGLISH DICTIONARY: The National Dictionary of the Welsh Language, With English and Welsh equivalents. By W. OWEN PUGHE, D.C.L., F.A.S. Third edition, enlarged, by R. J. PRYSK With an Engraving of Dr. PTJCHF.. 2 vols, in boards, price £ 1 10s, 0<2.; half calf, £ 115s. 0d nd full calf, £ 1 17s. M. fHE MYVYRlAN ARCHAIOLOGY or WALES By WILLIAM OWEN PUGHE. D.C.L., F.A.S. (Idrihon); EDW. WILLIAMS (Iolo Morganwg), and DW ARD JONES (Myfyr). To which have been added Additional Notes th- GODODIN and an English Translation of the ws OF ROWEL THK GOOD with a Glossary of the Terms used therein. Also an Explanatory Chapter ANCIENT BRITISH MUSIC, by JOHN THOMAS ( Peneen/d waliaj. The present edition contains the whole the Original Work. besiiet, the above important and interesting additions which have been made to t. I one volume. £ 2 in boards Th? firvt potion wan <<»irftderpd .'•> vi: 'nat 1*1*11 v nave Hold for 2*V AN ENGLISH AND WELSH DICTIONARY, Adapte.1 to the present state of Science and Literature; in which the English Words are deduced from the riginals, and explained by their ynonyms in the Welsh Language. By the Rev. D. SILVAN EVANS. In 2 vols.; in boards, price j32 half calf. £ 2 5s. Od.; and ful calf. jE2 7s. 6d. BOARDS OF GUARDIANS. Their Constitution, Duties, &c. Compiled for the use of Guardians, in Wales and Monmouthshire. By j> T. BRcc-.(Am. General Inspector Local Government Board. Price 3d. May be had in English or Welsh. THE ENGLISH-WELSH HANDBOOK, AND VOCABULARY. ByRev. T. LL. PHILLIPS, B, A, Price Is. 6d .in boards. Poperv and Protestantism brought to the test of God's Holy Word, F: f ,-r In the form of a Cateelsm, for the use o Schools and Families. By the late Rev. T. FHOURL D.D., Anwn to the British k Foreign Bible Sooietj. FrioeM.
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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. St. David's Day will be commemorated this year in London by the usual gatherings at St. Paul's Cathedral and the City Tem- ple. 000 Elfed is going to introduce the Eistedd vod to his new charge at Harecourt Chapel, London. It will be in connection with the Literary Society of that church. 000 The Hebrew professor at Bala is making rapid strides in his Welsh studies. It is said that a Welshman makes a good Heb- raist. Will a Hebraist make a good Welsh- man ? 000 Twenty-five years ago the students at Aberystwyth College numbered 26. To day there are 26 professors and lecturers at that institution, and last session the students numbered 406. 000 It is said that the best tribute to Welsh character paid in recent poetry by one who has absolutely no Welsh blood in his veins is to be found in Mr. Watts-Dunton's ba-llad of' David Gwynn.' 000 Welsh eisteddvodwyr will regret to learn of the indisposition of the Rev. Thomas Edwards (Gwynedd), rector of Llanllyfni. The rev. gentleman, who suffers from a cardiac affection, has been recommended to seek complete rest for a time. 000 The committee of the Osborne Morgan Memorial have decided that the memorial shall take the form of scholarships open to scholars at Elementary schools and tenable at Intermediate schools. The movement appears to be a local one confined to the constituency which the late Sir G. O. Mor- gan represented in Parliament. ooo A good story is told of Watcyn Wynn's familiarity with the scriptures. On a sultry summer afternoon a bazzing fly wasannoying both teacher and pupils at the Ammanford School. At last it alighted on the book of a prominent pupil named Peter. Straightway the master commanded, Rise, Peter, kill and eat.' But Peter answered,' Not so, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.' 000 The Rev. J. Thomas, B.A., minister of Catherine-street Church, Liverpool, has just published a volume of poetry entitled The Gateway of Life, and other Poems and Hymns.' With some two or three excep. tions, the verses contained in the volume were written for the use of the author's daughter, who is working as a lady mission- ary in connection with the Welsh C.M. Mis- sionary Society in India. 000 It is stated inl the diocesan calendar for St. Asaph for 1899 that the cathedral library —a permanent home for which was provided by the late dean, now Bishop of Bangor- contains over 1,900 volumes, mostly of a theological character, of the 17th and 18th centuries, but latterly many useful modern additions have been made. The library con- tains a valuable collection of early Welsh Prayer Books, but no copy of the Prayer Book of 1567. 000 One of the distinguished visitors to the Cardiff National Eisteddvod next July will be Lord Castletown, of Upper Ossory. His Lordship will attend the Welsh festival to convey the fraternal greetings of the Irish Feis Cecil, of which he is president. Lord Castletown is a Celt of the Celts, a member of the old Celtic aristocracy, and is probably the only Irish landlord to day who speaks with his tenants in their native tongue. In this he doubtless affords a good example for many a Welsh Peer. 000 It is announced in the February number of the Antiquary that the first volumes of Mr. Charles Ash con's Welsh Bibliography is about to be printed at the Caxton Press, Oswestry, and that Mr. Ashton would' be greatly obliged if auy book collectors who have copies of rare works kindly send him particulars to Dinas Mawddwy. The Rev. W. Rowlands' well known 1 Cambrian Biblio- graphy,'of which an enlarged reissue was edited in 1869 by Chancellor Silvan Evans, ends with the year 1800, so that there are ample scope and justification for Mr. Ashton's book. 000 The expenses incidental to the holding of a Welsh National Convention would appear to be a good deal more than the £100 men- tioned in a previous issue. That sum represented the total spent out of the Welsh Parliamentary party funds, but to get at the actual costs of the convention there must be added to this the sums spent in Cardiff on the conversazione and the housing of the delegates, so that the aggregate expenditure would fall not very far short of X200. It may be noted by the way that every annual meeting of the National Liberal Federation costs about £ 2,000. 000 The Hollands of Wales-a patronymic very common in the 16th and 17th centuries -bad a tradition that they were descended from a Lord Holland, who, having commit- ted high treason, fled to Wales, and whilst here married a peasant girl, the daughter of a pedlar. A descendant of this Holland was Henry Holland, alias Harri ap Harri Hol- land, of Caegwigan, Llanllechid, near Ban gor, and was also a kin of Holland of Ter- nain and other Hollands of gentle birth. The male heirs of Terdain having become extinct, the estates were divided between the daughters of the last Holland, who mar- ried York of Erddig and Wynne of Coed- coch, in Denbighshire. < 000 The following example of colloquial Welsh was overheard in the course of conversation between two miners at the close of the afternoon service at a cwrdd mawr' recent- ly, where two preachers had as usual on such occasions been engaged :Wel 'na bregethwr odd y cynta. 'na ond efa V said one of of the men. 'Weddol,' replied the other; 'dicyn yn wyn tog o'n n i yn i ffindo fa.' Well gen i'r ail, odd a'n fwy dwfwn.' la,' was the retort, ond beth odd yn y gwilod ? Dim ond mowtal; ma'n llawar well cal wiffad o wynt na moci mwn mwd.' Falla hyny wir ond doi foi'n iawn on nw ta beth,' was all the other man could say. 000 Another Welshman who is making his mark in the English pulpit is the Rev R. Cynon Lewi?, who has just left Luton, Beds, for Lavender Hill, Clapham. Mr. Lewis is a native of Aberdare. He commenced preaching at Ebenezer Congregational chapel, and after four years' training at Brecon was ordained in 1881 at Morriston, whence he removed to Stockwell. He ac- cepted an invitation to Luton in 1890, and was eminently successful there, and on leav- ingwas presented by the church with a handsomely bound set of the Encyclopaedia :• Britannica in a revolving book case' Lavender Hill, his new charge, has a mem- bership of over 300 and one of the largest Sunday schools in the Metropolis, the num- ber of teachers and scholars being close upon 1,000. 000 Last week Mr. Beriah Gwynfe Evans visited Trevecca for the purpose of inspect- ing manuscripts dealing with the history of Nonconformity in Wales. Mr. Evans prev- ious to visiting Trevecca spent several days in the British Museum, and he has also visited several parts of the country for the purpose of inspecting manuscripts in priv- ate collections as well as in public libraries dealing with the history of Protestant Non- conformity in Wales. He has found half a dozen diaries kept by Mrs. Edwards, of Nan- horon, the lady who did so much for Non- conformity in Carnarvonshire, and has also made other interesting discoveries which throw much light upon the history of the great religious revival of the last century. Mr. Evans is arranging to publish the result of his researches. 000 A volume long-looked for and touching on Welsh place names, inter alia, is the import- ant forthcoming work by Professor Rhys and Mr. Brynmor Jones, M.P., which, we are finally informed, will be published soon after Easter. On the 23rd inst. Mr. Brynmor Jones will read a paper before the Cym- mrodorion Society on 'Early Social Life in Wales,' which is, we take it a liberal excerpt of the promised book and a sign that it is practically finished. To judge from the inklings we have had of the work-its original contributions to the history of the Welsh people, its revival of the great Aryan puzzle, and its argument in general-it promises to afford much subject matter for the critical students of Cymru Fu.' Mr. Fisher Unwin will publish it. 000 Dean Howell protested vigorously, by the way, in a characteristic digression during his London lecture upon Welsh hymns against the use of thenámeSnowdon in place of Y Wyddfa. We should be curious to know when the former term was first employed. Some of the early Elizabethan English chroniclers used it in their descrip- tions of the Welsh campaigns of Edward I, but it may have existed as a colloquial equivalent among English-speaking resid ents in the district long before that time. The mistaking and Anglicising of Welsh place names did not begin, of course, with the ingenious labours in that direction of the Ordnance Survey. A reasonable restora- tion of the original forms of some of the more foolish names invented after a fashion by such innovators, is greatly needed.
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C W M PLOUGHING MATCH. At the commencement of this year, several farmers and other influential gentlemen in the parish decided to form a ploughing association. Mr. Frank Bibby, Rhydorddwy, Rhyl, was elected president, and Mr. Thomas Roberts, Marl Cottage, vice. president. Mr. Samuel Jones, Hebron Cottage, acted as secretary. The new association was well supported by the pub lic, and a substantial sum of money was collec ted towards it, and consequently it was decided to hold a ploughing match at once, and this took place on Thursday, February, 9th, with the following results:- First Class (Wheel Ploughs):- 1. Thomas Owen, Pentre, Rhuddlan. 2. John Roberts, Mynydd, Llanasa. 3. Robert Morris, Glol. 4. David Davies, Marian Bach. 5. Edward Jones, Llanasa. Second Class (Open to ploughmen under 21 years of age): 1. Thomas Ross, Plas Captain. 2. Thomas Rice, Pen-y-Uefn. 3. John Roberts, Tyddyn y-Cyll. 4. Cadwaladr Davies, Mertyn Hall. 5. Robert Morris, Marian Mawr. For the best ridge in the field,-Ist, Thomas Ross. For the best headland let, Robert Mor- ris, Glol. At the distribution of prizes, Mr. Thomas Williams, Terfyn, proposed a vote of thanks to all who had given their support to the ploughing match, and to the judges, Messrs. Daniel Davies, Prestatyn; Edward Morgan, Ochor y Gop John Jones, Nant Meifod; David Jones, Cwm and Daniel Jones, Rhuddlan, whom he said had done theii work admirably. This was carried with acclamation.
THE PEACE CRUSADE.
THE PEACE CRUSADE. A GLEAM OF HUXOUji6 By W. T. STEAD. There is no stay in the progress of the Crusade of Peace. The opening of Parliament and similar matters may have temporarily di, l-iced it from the position it held in the columns "f the news- papers, but the movement inarches along irre- sistibly. Every week there is issued to the members of the General Committee a list of the meetings held and to be held. From one page of printed foolscap that catalogue has grown to nearly three pages. Yet it does not take cognisance of half the gatherings. With scarcely an exception the meetings noted are town's meetings. The smaller. gatherings which are not called by some local authority are left almost unrecorded. The more one sees of the great provincial centres the more one becomes convinced that the feeling in favour of peace is such as would never be con- jectured by those who seldom leave the capital. London is doing well, better than it has done for any like idea for many years, but iis efforts seem cold and formal beside the burning enthusiasm of many of the great centres of population which I have been visiting. Lancashire has given its enthusiastic co-operation to the Crusade. Man- chester, Lancaster, and Batley have all spoken with strong voices. The meeting at Batley, although held in a chapel and on a Sunday, was a town's meeting, and one of the most thorough-going in its adherence to the Czar's proposals that we have had. So intensely serious is the general note of the Crusade that anything which lightens the general earnestness of purpose is welcome. In the early days of the movement the Bishop of London and myself were bombarded with texts from Scripture. That form of amusement appears to have palled on the too-djligent students of their Bibles. But the same spirit was shewn at Grange-over-Sands on Thursday. The splendid meeting there listened with amazement and amusement to the letter of a clergyman, who said he could not attend the meeting because, according to an Isaiahan text, only when Jehovah judges in the midst of the nations can there be universal peace. Another man was unable to support the movement because the Scriptures speak of wars and rumours of wars, and if the Crusade was successful the Scriptures will be convicted of a mistake. A I am writing before the holding of the Cbhfeta ence of London Labour leaders in St. Martin's Town Hall, and it is only possible to say of it that the omens point unmistakably to a remarkable gathering of much of what is best in the working- class movement in the South. An admirable group of speakers has been got together, and among the others who will be present are Mr. Thomas Burt, Mr. Charles Fenwick, and Mr. Fred Maddison, three of the men who so worthily represent their fellows at Westminster. Nothing has been more gratifying than the honest, whole-hearted support accorded to the peace movement by the workers and those who speak for them. Even those who directly might seem to have much to lose from any scheme of disarmament have taken a broad view of the question. Only the other day a Crusader jokingly asked a number of shipwrights on the Tyne how it was that he found them supporting peace. The answer came from a thoughtful man that if there were fewer worships to build there would be more merchant vessels. The shipwrights, he said, would not suffer. When the national convention assembles in London it will be in some respects the most notable gathering of public men which has been seen in the metropolis for a generation. The great town's meetings are choosing their representatives at the convention with a due regard to the great- ness of the movement they are sent to support. Here are a few of the delegates, picked at random from many scores. From Westminster will come Cardinal Vaughan, Sir Joseph Pease, and Mr. Burdett-Coutts, M. P., the representative of the division in the House of Commons. Mr. Alfred Thomas leads the Welsh party in .Parliament. He is elected to the conference by Cardiff, which also lends Mr. Maclean, who is at present in India. Sir W. Hornby comes from Blackburn, Mr. W. H. Myers, M. P., from Winchester, Sir Thomas Lea, y M.P., from Kidderminster, and Mr. John Burns and the Rev. Guinness Rogers from Battersea. In the same hall will be the Mayors of most of the trreat provincial borouirhs. Much of the success ot the Urusade, awd more and siore as time goes on, must depend upon the exertions of the volunteers who are enrolled. Public meetings are not enough. They serve merely to shew that the national feeling on the subject of the Czar's Rescript is real and intense. When meetings have been held, however, in any particular town, it falls to the volunteers to see there is no back- sliding, that the aroused conscience of the place is kept on the move, and that lukewarmness is not allowed to deprive the sowing of the seed of its due fruition. There is abundant evidence that we have men who are giving themselves heart and soul to the movement. From Jersey, for example, one volunteer writes that he will undertake the organi- sation of the whole island. He has been supplied with great bundles of literature, and has disposed of a large stock of badges. Although unable myself to attend any of the meetings held in London during the week, the reports I have received shew that even in the metropolis there is no slackening of the work of the Peace Crusade. The gathering of Shoreditch is described by the London papers, which have on the whole taken no rosy view of the prospects of the Crusade, as "a great demonstration." When I say that the local vicar was supported by Mr. Lowles, the Conservative member for the division, the local County Councillors and members of the School Board, three or four ministers of religion (including the son of Dean Farrar), Mr. James Stuart, M.P., and Mr. W. B. Cremer, it is enough to shew that even in the course of this Crusade no sueb assemblage of speakers, with diverse views oa ordinary questions, has come together on a single platform in the cai)ifal-. Another ef the great working-class constituencies in London which has held a most successful meeting is St. Pancras. The Chairman of the Vestry presided, and among the speakers were Mr. Walter Hazell, M. P., and Dr. Collins, of the London County Council. As to the future in the Metropolis, everything is now practically arranged. The organisers report that the. whole ground has been covered, that they know of no great division in ieh a meeting has not been held or is not to be held. In Woolwich we are promised a lively time.: The meeting there will be held towards the close of the Crusade. There is expected to be much opposition. from the operatives in the great arsenal, and a speaker good at answering questions is demanded. The Vicar of Woolwich, however, is throwing himself into the task of organising a meeting, and no more fears the opposition than do we at the head office. On the Continent the peace movement progresses apace. Italy has responded sympathetically to the Czar's Rescript, and will take part in the Con- ference. In Germany Henri Dunant has issued a proclamation to the peace-loving peoples. His long connection with the cause of international peace enables him to speak with peculiar authority. To him we owe the International Red Cross Society, whose beneficent work has done so much to mitigate the horrors of warfare. Henri Dunant. was also the originator of the Geneva Convention. Like many other reformers, he hopes that if the International Conference does not result in the adoption of a plan for the arrest of armaments it will found an International Board of Mediation. Once some such organisation is in existence, he believes that nothing can stop the development of its at work. Mr. Samuel Rawson Gardiner, the historian, does not believe in the Crusade. He looks to other means to bring about more friendly relations between the nations. "Ifweask,"he says in a letter to Mr. Bunting, "how it is that people iB Yorkshire don't want to fight people to Northamptonshire, as they did in the seventh century, the answer is that they have been united by pursuing common objects and standing side by side against common dangers. The European* Powers, I believe, can only reach peace in similar way. Surely such an organisation as that Crusade is doing something to promote that fraternity between nations which 1Itr. ciardiust desires,
The chief reason why we can't see ourselves as others Bee us is that love is blind. The present is the future from which we so much.
WOMEN'S CHAT. Daring the Queen's sojourn in the Isle of Wight, much of her time was spent in the open air. In the morning, the donkey chair was in requisition, as usual, in the afternoon carriage exercise of an unusually prolonged character was the order of the d ty. Her Majesty can now drive at Osborne for more than eight miles without going outside her own domain. A most beautiful wood frames the velvety lawns, the terraces and gardens of Osborne House. The one break in the green belt is of a brilliant blue and silver It is the Solent, alive with white winged yachts, and huge steamships, and in its turn bounded by the misty, outline of the Hampshire shore. In such a fair setting, the Queen's house is proudly set. —o— The death of the Hereditary Prince of Saxe Coburg, will make a considerable difference to the pre-Easter London season, and trades folk are anticipating a bad time again. The Prince was little known in this country, but be was an important member of our Royal House, and though only 14 days general mourning has been ordered by the Queen for her grandson, black will be donned in the fashionable world until Easter is with uq. Black Loilettes lend them- selves so well to renovations, and various forms of trimming, and ornamentation, that folks will push on, and postpone ordering gowns, and this means a great loss to milhners and dress- makers. —o— At one time scarcely a week was allowed to pass by without some announcement being made regarding Miss Balfour's matrimonial in- tentions, but of late such little paragraphs have ceased to appear, possibly to the satisfaction of all concerned. It is well known in her own circle, that Miss Balfour will never leave her brother unless he should make ap his mind to take a wife. She usually dresses in brown, but always exceedingly well, and can hold her own conversationally, with any politician of the day. -0,- The recent deplorable weather has driven a good many folks abroad, but London is by no means so deserted as tome people would have us believe. Such baits and receptions as have already taken place, have been well attended, indeed rather too well attended for some of the guests' comfort: Will the aristocratic hostess, ever wake up to the fact that true hospitality charges itself with the comfort of her guests, and forbids the inviting of more people than her rooms will hold ? Who that has spent half an hour on a hot night in ascending a crowded staircase inch by inch, wedged in between an overflowing dowager, and a pair of sharp el- bows but must revile the practice of over, crowding, that now prevails? -0- There are a few great women who steadily set their faces against it, but the majority of London hostesses would not think their parties successful unless tney assumed a condition of congestion. It is bad enough in the afternoon, but a thousand time worse in the evening, when artificial light adds its inevitable heat to the discomforts of the crush, and when the danger of draughts from open windows is intensified by the low gowns of the women, and the thin garments of the men. Society stands in need of reformation in several little items. —o— When wecome to consider the matter, how very meaningless our native greeting—' How do you do ?'—seems. Frequently it is omitted altogether, and as we clasp hands, we plunse into conversation in a way most characteristic of the nineteenth century. I bad no idea, I should meet you here.' *I What an age it is since we met,' or some such words, instead of the old greetings. The French national greeting is familiar to most of us. How do you carry yourself?' The Italian greeting takes the form 'How do you stand?' The Swedish How can you ?' The Russian "How do you live on ?' The Spanish Go with God,' The Egyptian 'How do you perspire?' The Arabian 'Thank God, how are you.' The Persian May the shadow never grow less.' —o— Many and varied have been the conjectures, as to how the mode of shaking hands in mid air arose. As a matter of fact it owes its origin to an accident, and one in which the Princess of Wales played a leading part. Her Royal high- ness was bidding adieu to a guest—a well- known Society leader—at the entrance of Sand- ringham Hall, when the latter slipped down a step, and so the final motion of the greeting was necessarily conducted at a much higher angle than was then usually the ca&e. The out- come of the episode was, that on its being ref- lated in society, the 'Princess handshake' be. came a social vogue. -0- No Austrian would dream of receiving a woman's extended hand without having to kiss it. Girls and young married women too, do not, however lofty their station* consider it in ■ ■ any way beneath their dignity, to kiss the hands of women who have attained a certain age, and the result is, that in Austria, a greater degree of sympathy prevails between young and old women, than perhaps anywhere else in the world. Children, even when grown up, in variably touch the hands of their parents with their lips, before venturing to raise their faces for a kiss. —o— In one of the London weekly publications, a correspondence has been going on for some considerable time, concerning tight lacing. A goodly number of the letters are in favour of the practice, and far from doing any harm, the writers are convinced tihat good results follow from drawing the laces tighter and tighter, as time goes on. How anyone, with a grain of sense left, can write such rubbish, and, worse still, believe it, passes my comprehension. Cor- sets should be in reality, what they are some- times called-viz, stays, and should give just that support necessary, without causing the slightest feeling of compression. Tight-lacing not only means ill-health, but in numbers of cases it has led to fatal results, and when it is indulged in no real beauty is gained, for a small waist with big shoulders and hips is any thing but desirable. Moreover, a tmy wasp- like waist is no longer considered good form. -0- Foi evening gowns, the trimming of the hour is undoubtedly chenille, and lace is as lavishly used as ever. For cloth or serge coats and skirts, a silk mohair braid is appropriate and durable, and as it is by no means difficult to apply, any girl of average cleverness with her needle may renovate, and bring up-to-date, a plain coat and skirt. Some of the most elabo rate of afternoon toilettes fashioned of the finest cashmere, or smooth silky face cloth, have the skirt and bodice half covered with a floral and scroll design worked in narrow rib- bons, and the combination is exceedingly rich and elegant. —o— Pillow-lace work is the latest craze among fashionable women; It shows off beautiful hands and brilliant rings to perfection, and this may have something to do with its present popularity. Up to the commencement of the present, century, all lace was made with a needle, on a piece of green parchment upon which the pattern had been printed or traced. The main lines of the pattern are formed of threads laid over this tracing, and attached to the parchment by a few stitches. The needle is then employed to cover and connect these threads, so as to complete the pattern. — o— For pillow-lace, the implements used consist of a pillow or cushion, a series of bobbins, round which the thread or silk employed is wound, and pins, which are stuck into the cus- hion, and around which the threads are twisted the pattern being determined by the disposition of the pins, and this again being regulated by holes pierced in a piece of parchment, which is laid upon the cushion. —o— Savoury Devilled Roes.—Take some fresh fish roes of any kind, butter some hot toast, spread it sparingly with anchovy paste, lightly fry tne roes in hot butter, place them on the toast and raerve hot. Season with cayenne I peper and squeeze a few drops of lemon over each roe. MADGE.
Hobson's Choice—Kisses. An average of 1,000 pigs are eaten in London every day. Two thoueand species of fish are known to exist in the Amazon. She Women rarely talk in their sleep.' He: 'No, they talk too much in the day for that.' Woman at the Door Have yOU ever known what it is to live?' Waggles: Madam, I oncet wurked in a brewery.' Blink 'Is there anything worse than to have a guest that you can't amuse ?' Wink: f Yes, to be the guest of a man that: can't amuse you.' Doctor That ugly wardrobe had better be put where nobody ever sees it.' Buttons: 'Yes, sir. How would the con- sulting room do?' She: 'Jack is paying her marked attentions. He hasn't any money, has he?' He: 'No. But he has expect itions.' She: From whom ?' He: From her father.' Brown is weak financially, isn't he ?' 'He hasn't much;money, but he gives employ- ment to a great many mea.' Who are they ?' Other people's bill- collectors.' Boggs: 'How is it that your hair is quita white, while your beard is very dark.' Noggs: 'It's the most natural thing in the world.' Boggs: 'Indeed?' Noggs It is thirty years older.' Bobbles: I hear you are in business for yourself now.' Wiggins: 'I thought I was, but from the little I get out of it it appears that I am in business for other people.' Weary Watkins: You look like a kind lady, miss.' Miss 'I am.' And could you give a poor starving man a copper ?' No, I am not of that.knd.' He: Do you believe in woman taking man's place ?' She Yes; in a crowded railway carriage.' • Did you ever try to stop a dangerous dog by catching his eye ?' 'No I can't run backward.' Pa, what sort of a house is that ?' That, my son, is the blind asylum. Blind people liye in there.' They can't see, can they ?' No, my boy.' Then what has the house got windows ior if they can't see V