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1 Our London Letter. (From a Lady Correspondent). LONDON, Wednesday. The Royal Circle. Kensington Gardens have been thronged with people the last few "days waiting for a glimpse of u, T»o-,aL f pu, c.¡,J.Hi on suveial occa- sions their patience has been awarded. There will be man. similar opportunity during the next few weeks, as he little Pr nee is to be left in the care of his grandmother, whilst his par- ents go on a round of visits. On Monday King Alfsono and Queen Victoria Eugenie journeyed from London to Sanunngham, and were re- pe, ved at Wolferton statioil, by the King and Pueen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, an] Prinoes3 Victoria, and on their arrival at Sand- ringham by the Queen of Norway, Prinoo Olaf, and the children of the Prince and Princess of Wales. One of the chief features of the King's birthday celebrations will be the presentation of the Cullinan diamond, the Transvaal's gift to the King. Sir Richard Solomon, Agont-Gen- eral for the Transvaal, is to go to San gingham ti, formally present it. '"anted an English Translation. I li is well known that the King w en he is ifi resideme at Balmoral dons a kilt and a ron, ilet in ths most approved Highland fashion, bat it is qui e another matter to be abie to read the loyal messages sent to h.m by his Highland Subjects. The Gaelic tongue, no doubt, has aU the merits claimed for it by is admirers, but it has not yet penetrated Royal oiroles, and ¡he Private Secretary of his Majesty was cornp.etely non-plusse-i when the telegraphic message from Mrs Burnley Campbell, on be alf of the High- land Assoc ation Bazaar at Glasgow, came in o his hands. And really it is no great wonder, for the charms of the language were concealed in such words as "dilseachd," "beannachdan," "iarraidh," "Ghaidhealaich "<ili-fhosgladh, "Bhana-Phrionnsa," and "soirb' eacha 1." There was only one thing to be done, and in due courso Ilrs Burnley Campbell reoeived a wire expressing the King's appreciation of the mes- sage having been sent in Gaelic, but asking her, "for convenience of reply," to send an exacc equivalent in English. If the Gaelio revival goes on it will be necessary to havo an inter- preter at Court who can translate the beauties of the Celtic tongue into the homelier language of the Sassenach. Perhaps the difficulty mig t be met by appointing a younger member of the Royal House as Prince of the Highlands, with a warranty that he had maatero i the Gaelic tongue. Buckingham Palace. The King's headquarters from now until Christ- mas will be at Buckingham Palace, where the Jmprovemente which have so long been in pro- gress are at last completed. Those who knew the Palace under the old regime, when Queen Victoria used it only as a place wherein to spend unwillingly a night or two, tell me the interior is modernised and made oomfortable almost out of cooognition. Several lifts—a modern institution -to which the late Queen had an unconquerable aversion—have been installed. Bathrooms, a necessity not recognised as such during the early Victorian era, have been added in large numbers, and their Majesties' personal suites have been entirely refurnished and redecorated. The Royal Apartments. A future of tha suites of both the King and the Queen is that all the rooms have communi- oating doors, so that when all the doors are opened one looks through quite a vista of beau- tiful apartments. All the King's rooms have green as their predominating colour. His sitting-room contains some beautiful eighteenth- Century furniture, but his writing-room is severely modern and business-like, a large flat writing- table with drawers down each side, not yet hav- ing been superseded in the Royal favour by the 'American and very undeoorative roll-top desk. Queen Alexandra's suite of rooms is rather French in character. Her bedroom is panelled in old rose silk, with hangings of white satin, the great low bed surmounted by the Imperial crown. The Bitting-room is panelled in ivory silk, with gold edgings, and the. furniture and carpet is Louis XVI., while there is some beautiful Beauvais tapestry. Her Majesty's bathroom, which is quite new, and was specially designed for her, is fitted with a bath of Grecian marble, taken from quarries which had not been worked for a thousand years. earah Bernhardt and the Cripples. The Lord Mayor has a very warm sympathiser in his work on behalf of the Cr ppICd. C lldren's Fund in Madame Sarah Bernhardt, who gave a recital in thd Egyptian Hall of tne Mansion House owards the fund. She was very warmly received, and was becomingly dressed in a 1 gat brown walking dress with a ha to match. Her rendering of Victor Hugo's poem, "La F.ancee du Timbalier." was most touching. At a con- I du Tnnbalier," was most touching. At a concert iaed by "Ye Ancient Society of Cogers," t e iLord Mayor announced that he was in s giit of the sum he had set hiuiself to rai-e for his jCripples' Home Scheme, and had no doubt that beforj he left office tho W doltJ ot tu-j money ,would bo for hcoming. He expected by the early spring there would be one or two hundred O. ildren at the home as a beginning, and t.ien he hopcJ to show what may be done to cure these little ones, and to teach them a trade by wh eh they may be enabled to earn their own livings. Sir William proposes to devote the rest of uis life to the movement he has so successfully in- augurated. ,Teavheral New College. One of the finest training colleges for teachers in Europe was opened last Saturday by Lord Roscbory, Chancellor of the University of Lon- don. T e building is situated in Southamp on Rc w, -nd has been built by the London County I Council. The college will be carried on in con- nection with the University, and only those stu- dents who have matriculated will be admitted, the building is a very fine seven storied otructu: e, containing generai classrooms, art-rooms, labora- tories, gymnasium, with dressing-room and bath- rooms adjoining, and a large lecture iheatre. Therj was a very representative gather ns at the opening, among those present being Dr. Sophia Bugant, one of the members of the Education Committee. Lord Rosebery made a most interesting speee recalling the fac. that in the vicin ty of Southampton Row Mrs Gamp resided, and entertained Mrs Prig to that im- mortal tea party where the mixture in the ea- pot was not altogether what it should have been. But, as Lord Roscbery reminds us, the dis ance that intervenes between Mrs Gamp as nurse, and I the present race of nurses to whom we owe so much is not much greater than the first educa- tion grant in 1834-about the time Mrs Gamp was commemorated—and the institution which he formally opened on Saturday. Music. One of the musical treats of the year is the "Song Recital" given by Mrs K.rby Lunn, and the Bechstein Hall was crowded on ihe occasion ef her concert. She was in splendid voice, and I her rendering of the French an German songs was very fine. She was ably accompanied by Mr Percy Pitt, a brilliant pianist. It is good news to Londoners to hear that JLady Halle, the "Violin Fairy," as the German Chancellor Von Bulow has called her, is for the lutur^ to make her home in London, and will be willing to take a few advanced pup Is for fcho violin. Before leaving Berlin she received A letter from Queen Alexandra assuring her of the very hearty reception she would receive in England. To Lady Halle alone is reserved the honour of the title "violinist to the Queen." The violin which she uses in public is one pre. sented to her in 1876 by the Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Dudley, and Lord Hardweke. I L, « Stradivarius, and was at one in the pos- session of Heinrioh Ernst, a great violinist, an 1 bears the da e 1709. The deat i of Joachim was a great blow to Lady Halle, as they were great friends. The audience at Covent Garden last Saturday had the pleasure of hearing Madame Tetrad ni, the new soprano singer, who achieved great sue oeas In South America. She appeared in "La Traviata." and by the en i of the first act er success in London was fully assured, and -the 13 -already ranked as a singer with Petti. Melba, and Chr stine Nilsson. Cheap Emigration Rates. •The New South Wales Government are offer- iag wonderful inducements to domestic servants to emigrate to Australia. The servant problem is puzzling the housewives there as much as it is here. For only £ 3—instead of £ 16. the i. i! third-class fare—a passage can be b.^?->i, nd the qual.ifoations necessary are by no meang 1 formidable. Health, a good character, and a I nea. appearance will pass any young girl who is anxious to make a change. The first contingent to take advantage of the greatly reduced fare consisted of 61 servants of various class s, and they are in charge of a matron appoin J,}d by the New South Wales Government, who will, on their arr val at Sydney, hand them over to the agent, who will help them to oecure suitable positions. Three other parties are arrangod, and will sail some time this month. Australia, however, is not tl.e only country w..ere there are splendid opportunities for domestic servants. I was talking to a lady from one of the Western States of America thia week, and she told me that servants cannot be had there under 25s or 30s a week, and very few of them will undertake the washing. The presen* cut- rate war between the Atlantic liners will offer great induoemonts to all those wishing to bet er themselves. The City and the Kaiser. The principal event of the coming week will be the visit ot the Kaiser and Kaiserin, who are to be in-it at Portsmouth by th) Princo of Wales, on behalf of the King. The family gathering at Saftdritigham will be followed by a meeting of Royalties at Windsor, and on the 13th inst. the Emperor will proceed to the city, where an address is to ba presented tj him. There has been some talk of a hostile demon- s.ration by the Socialists, but London does not readily lend itself to th s kind of thing. T e crowds are usually so dense that the cries of a few score dissentients are scarcely audible amid the general- enthusiasm. The general opinion seems to be tha: the reception in the metro- pol.s will be a very cordial one. Annual Exhibitions. This is the time of the year when the trade ex- hibitions are held, and during the week the Royal Agricultural Hall has been occupied by the "Sho3 and Leather Fair," and the Royal Hor- ticultural Hall by the Universal Cookery and Food Association. The former exhibition has grown until it has become thoroughly represen- tative of the machinery, raw material, and manu- factured article of the boot and shoe industry. For a time the American makers threatened to become formidable competitors, but the Britis manufacturers put in the newest machinery and modernised their patterns, and to-clay the home manufacturers fully hold their own. Th s year a new competitor has a place in the exhibition, namely, the Belgian Boot Manufacturing Ex- port Union. There is a capital display of ma- chinery, and the makers freely express the opin- ion that last year's Patents' Act will strengthen baeir position. At the Cookery and Food Exhi- bition there are 5000 entries this year against 3000 in 1906. A New Hotel. All doubt is now set at reat, concerning the building to bo erected on the site of Exeter Hall, which for so many years was the annual meeting place of the religious societies. Mr Ljons kept his own counsel for several months and all kinds of guesses were made concerning the use to wh:ch he intended to devote the half- acro of ground. At length, however, it is authoritatively announced bvat a great hotel is to be erected to contain about 450 single and double rooms, and provided with a winter garden and every modern comfort. It might be supposed that this part of London had more than enough hotel accommodation, but there is possibly room for an up-to-date hotel run upon popular lines and with reasonable charges.










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