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WOMEN'S CHAT. The sad death of Lady Alice Montagu, places both the ducal families of Manchestsf and Devonshire in mourning. Lady Alice was the only sister of the present-ninth-Duke of Manchester, and the most beautiful debutante of her season. She inherited her remarkable beauty from her mother, who survives her. Senorita Consuelo Yznaga-a daughter of one of the old Louisiana settlers, who married in 1876, the eighth Duke of Manchester. The late Duke died in 1892, and the widow of the seventh Duke, the paternal grandmother of the late Lady Alice Montagu, is now Duchesa of Devon- shire. The Duchess of Devonshire, who is getting on for 70 years of age, is of German origin, being the daughter of Count von Alten of Hanover, and she married the seventh Duke of Manchester in 1852, and secondly forty years later, in 1892, the present Duke of Devonshire. —o— The late Lady Alice Montagu was only in her twenty-first year, when she passed away last week at Davos Platz. The beginning of her illness was a severe chill contracted about two years ago, and in spite of all that is said about the revised notions of the treatment of tubercular consumption, the utmost care and the highest medical skill failed to arrest the course of the disease. The village of Davos Platz is situated in one of the lofty Alpine valleys of Switzerland, and is famous for the exceeding dryness and purity of its air. Shel- tered from the north and east it has become the favourite resort for consumptive patients. The late Mr. John A. Symonds, who first dis- covered the Davos district as a health resort, and who added many years to his life by his residence there, has written much about its surroundings, and the village of Davos Platz is also the scene of Miss Harvaden's well-known book I Ships that Pass in the night.' —o— It is stated, with some show of reason, that the alarming spread of influenza is due in some measure to the war. No one can deny that the serious aspect of affairs in South Africa is causing a good deal of public anxiety, and a good deal of individual 'worrying' among those who have friends and relatives at the front. Now undue worrying most undoubtedly leads to those conditions of depressed vitality which are the starting points of most colds and chills, and of Influenza and other diseases which afflict humanity, and from which the elderly and feeble die. It is therefore not improbable that the war has had something to do with the prevalence of sickness, and influenza, which is responsible for the present alarmingly high death rate all over the country. -0- Dr. Haydn Brown has just issued a small book on Worry, and how to avoid it.' Most people know what worry means, though it is not easy to define, or to find a remedy for it. There are all sorts and degrees of worry. There is the nervous strain involved by busi- ness or family worries, and there are the mere petty vexations, such as the worry of delay over a late train, or ill-fitting frock, which up- set the even tenour of our way. Some people worry theinselves to death over such things, while others trouble little about them. There are people who habitually look upon the dark side of things, but Dr. Brown scarcely helps Them by the advice not to mind the matters that trouble. He suggests that we should try to neutralise worry by change of thought, scene, and action, but there is hardly anything new in this recommendation. Worry after all is largely a question of health, as well as tem- perament, and the only sovereign remedy is to try to avoid that condition of physical and mental exhaustion, upon which it thrives. —o— There is no doubt that one of the surest ways to secure a perfect complexion is to become a vegetarian. One may set up all kinds of ail- ments and weaknesses by abstaining from flesh foods, but a vegetarian diet is unquestion- ably the best for a clear skin. One is moved to these observations by the appearance of a new journal, Life and Beauty,' which aims at exposing the fallacies of vegetarianism. With a view to discrediting the complexion theory, it has collected the opinions of a number of well-knowu people who are authorities on this subject. Among them are Mrs, Brown Potter, Miss Vanbrugh, Mrs. Langtry, Miss Edna May, and others who all more or less declare that they live upon plain roast meat and boiled potatoes, or anything else that they like. All these however will not shake the general belief, which is founded upon experience, and the most careful observations, that vegetarianism, whatever its failings and fallacies, conduces at least to a clear skin. -0- America is the land of inventions, and among the latest, if we may trust the Scientific American' is an electrical charwoman.' The machine, we are told, consists of a number of brushes and dryers, which are set in motion by a small motor. It can be easily directed, and upon touching a button the 8 charwoman' forthwith commences scrubbing or sweeping the flour as the case may be. The idea seems all right, but so far the use of automatic labour saving machines have not been a great success in the household. What we want are inven tions which will do away with the causes which make work. If only someone would abolish coal fires by inventing a cheap satisfactory method of obtaining heat as well as light from electricity, the necessity for household cleaning would disappear. That this result will some- day be attained, is beyond all question, and the only thing to hope ior is that it may come quickly. —o— Dress for the little folks is particularly simple and therefore, delightful, this winter, tucks, rows of machine stiching, some little hand- work such as coral etiching, or conventional embroidery, being the most favoured form of trimming. Fussy outlines, and much mixture of colour are scrupulously avoided. White is always charming wear for children, and next to this comes red. Regarding headgear, the cloth or velvet cap edged with fur to match the coat, is in high favour, as is also the little turban of cloth trimmed in a similar manner. -0- Fawn, putty colour, and their kindred shades are well worn by the best dressed women, and provided they are not too delicate they can claim the very great advantage of not showing mud stains, an item not to be lightly considered when we have the British climate to reckon with. Skirts are still very long for walking, and the woman who would try to persuade a modiste to curtail it by an inch or so, so as to allow her to walk in comfort, would be brave indeed. For some inexplicable reason the modiste has a In bit of regarding all such re- quests as a personal insult. -0- An inexpensive custard may be made as fol- lows-Pour a pint of sweetened hot milk, on to a tablespoonful of flour, made into a smooth paste. Place in a saucepan and boil for five minutes, stirring all the while. Add two well- beaten eggs, and simmer gently, until the cus- tard is thick. MADGE.

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