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ACROSS THE TABLE. Society groups have been much interested writes a correspondent, in the nullity of Miss Torfrida Lethbridge's fun away Scotch mar- riage. The parties in the case, and those who are immediately associated with it, are all highly connected and well known among the "upper ten." The fair ward in Chancery's mother, Mrs. Yarde-Buller, was married in 1912 to Lord Churston's uncle, the Hon. Walter Yarde-Buller. Two years previously Mrs. Yarde-Buller had obtained a divorce from Sir Wroth Lethbridge. When she married Sir Wroth in 1892 6he was Miss Alianorc Pole, a granddaughter of the Earl of Harrington, and Miss Torfrida is a daughter of the union. The Hon. Walter Yarde-Buller had also been married before he joined his fortunes with Alianore Lady Leth- bridge, as she styled herself after her divorce.1 There has, therefore, been a good deal of marrying, remarrying, and unmarrying in these interesting families. Miss Torfrida's fatheV, Sir Wroth Leth- bridge, is a middle-aged ex Grenadier Guardsman, and very good-looking. He traces descent from a chief Baron of the Exchequer in tIe1 time of Queen Elizabeth. Miss Tor- frida's mother, Mrs. Yarde-Buller, has been a great traveller, with a taste for adventure in the wilds and placcs women do not usually penetrate. She has stalked elk in Norway, and motored many thousands of miles in vari- ous countries. She is one of the handsomest and best-dressed women in society. From town as well as country-house guests comes murmuring about "tips." It requires some moral courage to resist what are becom- ing the tyrannical claims of both men and maidservants. Hosts and hostesses are awakening to the fact that the tax must be put down. Nevertheless', says the Lady's Pic- torial, some strange stories are afloat of heavy prices that have to be paid, not only for week-end visits. but for; dinners in town. None of the diatribes against golf recently published in the Times can be said to equal Mr. H. M. Hyndman's description of that pastime as one which "combines boredom and complications in about equal measure; and for the development of human men- dacity, uncouth technicalities, and bad language transcends any diversion I have yet encountered in any part of this planet." The present Solicitor-General once gave a quaint definition of golf as he .plays' it. Pleading before Mr. Justice Scrutfon on a point of law with regard to land, his lordship interjected, "We must not forget that golf is not an agricultural pursuit." "Mine is," re- plied Sir Stanley Buekmaster. A pretty story is told of how Prince Oscar, the Kaiser's fifth sen, became engaged to the Countess Ina von Bassewitz, to whom he is to be morganatically married. The ec^mtess has a voice of wonderful purity. Two years ago, the Dciity Express says, at Schwerin, she became acquainted with the Kaiser's only dauglvr, who is now the Duchess of Bruns- wick, and sang to 1 er. They became close friends, and the Princess introduced the countess to her brother Orear, and was per- suaded to sing to him. Prince Oscar became infatuated with the countess, who then met other members of the,Imperial family, all of whom were in turn bewitched by her singing. When the Prince asked his father for permis- sion to marry the countess, the Kaiser, who did not know ber, opposed the match, but finally gave way to the eloquent support which was g iven to the F -ince by members of the Royal Familv who had met the countess and heard her sing. A' coincidence The young gentleman in the cafe was discussing his office colleagues, who, from his account, were not an attractive lot. One was "a regular cad," another "a swine," most of the remainder fools. After a long analysis of the present staff he became reminiscent, and ended with a sigh and this pronouncement: "By gad, what a lot of decent fellows have left since I've been there." Lady Heneage, who celebrated last week her golden wedding with Lord Heneage, is not the only one of Queen Alexandra's brides- maids of fifty-one years ago who will have a golden wedding this year, for Lord and Lady Thurlow will have a similar anniversary in October. Four more of Queen Alexandra's bridesmaids are still alive, namely, the Mar- chioness of Lothian .(sister of the Duke of Buccleuch), Emily Lady Ampthill (the widowed mother of Lord Ampthill), Lady Feo Bertie (the daughter of one noted British Am- bassador in Paris, the first Earl Cowley, and the wife of another, Sir Francis Bertie), and Lady Agneta Montagu (whose husband is the heir to the earldom of Sandwich). Only two are dead—Lady Diana Huddleston, who mar- ried the famous Judge, Baron Huddleston, and Lady Victoria Howard, the only one of the eight who never married. In the last Junior Scholarship examination of the London County Council the candidates were asked to explain the advantage it was I to children to be taught to sing. One youngster rather evaded the U"'J- epigramatieally answered that Singer's work I is like earning a penny for eating a piece of chocolate!

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