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G!RL8' GOSSiP. ).FROM TO-DAY'S "TRUTH."] Direst Amy,—Wo derived the usual after. noon's amusement from the private view at the Grosvenoro:tWednesday. Itisoneofthefunn- tions I won id not miss for the world. The crowd of celebrities by no means diminishes year by year; yet I missed a few wonted faces on this occasion. However,there were pientyof interest- ing peop'eteft, and not a fc.w amusing ones. Afnong the latter nmy be placfd the cmptv- headed geese who went about sighing to each other: "The worst of it is th:tt one knows nit the pictures by beart." The exhibition, as you are pro- bably aware, consists of a loan collection of Gains- borough's pictures, and among them are some of his masterpieces, the engravings from which have made them in a manner familiar enough. But it is not every day that one can see the and it made me feel quite cicss to hear the above observation repeated again and again. I quite longed to tel! the speakers that instead of dis- playing any special knowledge, as they doubtless intended, they were exhibiting a very special shallowness, and even ignorance. I am not going to toil you anything of the pictures, as the notices have nlied columns of the daily papers, which you must have seen. But I should like to bring before your mind's eve gome ofthepHopie. First, and taDest, come-! Gladys, Lady J.Jonsd,tle, looking superbly beautiful in her dark dress, short sealskin dolman trimmed with sable-tails, and small brown hat. Then, Lady Archibald CampbeII, the Rosalind of the open-air performance of As You Like It," given, at Coombs Lodge last season. She wore a long coat of some velvety material in mouse-colour, which was edged with wide bands of fur, and had a deep and high collar of the same, which came up to her ears. On her head, with its short, curled hair.wasquitethe most extraordinary headgear I have ever seen. It was a kind of long bag, of dark si)k, rather resembling a man's old-fashioned nightcap, such an one sees in old pictures, with a sort of jelly-bag point hanging down. This point drooped till it rested upon Lady Archibald's left shoutder. She, too, is more than common tail, so that this very original head dress was well in view of all observers. Now, here is another little sketch for vou. Imagine a' smalt, plump woman clothed in a. pehsae of ohve-green plush, with a Watteau pleat attheback. Abovearounda.ndhomelyface. rather like a russet apple, and with eyes of bead- like brightness and as restless as a sparrow's, p!ace ;). bonnet, a,!so of olive plush, crinkled in a.nd out in a wild and waving outline that a. painter might easily take for the bold sky-line of a dis- tant range of hills. There was something bright- coloured on this bonnet, but I do not remember what; stii), it harmonised with the restlessness of the wearer eyas. Another petite personne was all sleeves. These remarkable provisions for keeping the aims warm were, to put it mildly, startlingly adequateto the intention. They were made by dou'ohng the stutf up from the feet, to which the garment reached, and carrying it to the shoulders, thus making a sort of long bag, lined with red plush, the mantle itself consisting of dark blue, rough cloth. Does thia mean that we arengain to have an era of sleeves? A surprising person ha.d a s:arf of a pecuHar!y aggressive description. The colours were more absolutely depressing than anything I remember to have seen in the very height of the soi-disa)zt esthetic period of dress. A melancholy mauve formed tha ground, and on this was strewn a wan- dering. stark, and staring design of dingy gold. To make matters worse, this mad scarf was worn over a dress of spinach-green, so you msy imagine the lively effect of th whole. A very charming women had had the evil inspiration of trimming the top of her very tali. Lat with a g'ruup of majestic, downward- droopmg plumes, pretty enough in themselves, but quite hear:;e.like il their position. Some one else wore a bonnet that W;¡S ridicu- lously like a bre-,Ad basket—you know the boat shaped ones ?-turned upsicl', down. Agirlwho looked a,s though she had been that moment raised from the dead, had phmed a voluminous handkerchief of n, glaring :<jd colour over her shoulders rmd chest, thereby Increasing the Hvid- ¡lûs of hcr appcari'tlJœ. Two other unheatthy- !ooking girls wore go't'/ns of sickliest sadness. It was pleasant to turn to the bright faces present, and they were certainly in the majority, though most of the guests appeared to be looking tor some one they had lost in the crowd. Some of the men still make themselves took dreadful geese. One of thr'se, boid of design, being t'it and broad, wa,-i guitty of the eSeminacy of a redundant tie of softest sky-bhie silk, run through an antique ring. I loved the ring, but disap- proved of the wearer. I liked a mantle of grey pinab worn by a hand- some brunette, though tho shade of grey was rather cold. Another, of brocaded grey plush, warmer in tone, .'ind more ehborately fashioned, waswornbya,b!onde. ladmiredabrowncloth one, made in an indescribab!e way, with little sudden pleatiugs, and unexpected gusset; and headings in tints of garnet, go!d, and brown. When bRa,ds are very fine indeed, I like them, and also when they are cut into many facets. But there is a sort of coarse, middle-sized baa.dwork that always appears to me to be odiously vulgar. Isaw on Sa.urdaya lovely dress that has jus!; been completed for :). hunt ha)l in R"rc[ord°hire. The colours are doHciou- but the dittL'.itty is to describa them with ordinary black ink, and a poor, df)a.r, spavined little J" nib, such as the one with which I am struggling through this letter. Will no one ever invent a good, indus- trious, patient, and faithful littie pen ? But the gown'sthe thing." Wel),dea,r,thebociiceand train are of very soft, brocaded silk, the colour being a Iove]y shade, partly terra-cotta, and partly a. warm, rosy, salmon tint. The front of the skirt is of dead-icaf satin, in rather a, smiling phase of feuille-)no?-te, with plenty of yellow in it, just like the fading leaf of an apple tree in early October. This front is covered with a, long tabHerof psarl embroidery on white net, with little musical hara (as it were) of embroidered satin let in a,t intervals, repeating the coloura of the tia.tin and of the brocade. This Iove!y tablier ends in a, d<.ep and rich fringe of pea.rls, which falls ovsr and among the folda of a. pleated flounce, that edgea the skirt. The train is lined with the dead-leaf Fa,tin, and 19 folded over at tha sides in ztgzags (what a, horrid word to write !) so as to show the lining. A bit of embroidered net over satin is iet in down the front of the bodice, all the edges of which are outHned with p"arls. The basque I fal's over a short, double fr'H of the satin, which is abou' one of the best devices for sotting oS a pretty waist that I have everseen. The fan, gloves, and shoes all nutch tile terra-cotta bro- cade, an'l un tile fan, as well as ..budded o%er the dres- are groups of feather: shaded from dead leaf, through citron and pae gold, to a warm amber, and even orange. No.v, what do you think of it? I be- Meve the happy woman who it to wear it "as the ioveiiest diamonds, too. Some peopla ha-veevery- thing,havetheynot? We saw a prettv wedding on Saturday, at bt. George's. Hanover-square. The bi.de looked charming in her weddiug gown, ind "er four bridesmaid-<, two of whom ware tmy children, wore dresses of pale blue sura.h, trimmed with orev feathers and caps to match. The v'edding- party looked so happy an;j trl:si} and brLght as to ¡ in,)ke one realise that tnewor;d is not ail the tier rid place ore might imagme it to be frun study- ing the daily papers; and t!]::t ther? arc what our cultivated triend, Mr InaSIJir."t8. cal)s waysides (oases) in t.ne wUdernesg." I suppose he pictures to himseif, when ho says this, a nice litt,le sophis- ticated, banked-up footpath, safe to tread and welt- natten''d. with a gt'esn, protective be ige on either side. ladmiredthf ?eaponable, 8pn?io!e,and pretty frocks df-cribedaah?vin?bec' urn?ytha ,JJrldf'sma,d3 or Ludy MarKa.ret 'lJpton wh" wa. married to Mr Henry k.t iveok hwn cI,l, "l:eel c1 êjh 'Jl'apcd o-'er brown velvR!. Sk¡lt n-in';i)cd beaver. Their hat <md ;itu!Is ",f browD vervei: trimmed with Û;3:1V2f t,o m.')te!) the skirts. And what a charming h.).ru)ony in ,'7old and white ititi.it have been achieved by the bride-iQ'ud& "f Lord Auckland's daugrbter, Lhe Hon. DuleibeHa Eden, who was married iast week. They wore Gainsborough dresses or soft white sUk, with pointed bodices and fichus of tho same, largo caps, yellow shoes and stockings, and bouquets of yellow chrysanthemums. The two httle pages, the bride's bait-brother. wore Gainsborough costumes' of cremn coloured serere, three-cornered white hats, and cloaks lined with yellow Hille..Even better was the bride's R'oing-away dress, of white flannel, with cuKs, collar, and waistcoat of yellow embroidery, bat of golden brown velvet, trimmed with quaii.s, and long black velvet coat trimmed with wide bandofsab!e. I saw a erirl the other day with ivory earrb'K'' and necklet. Poor, m?uid?d creature -?-°t? thin? more hopelessly unbecoming can ?''° ?.y conceived. I have always thought ?°''a,y? unsuitable to the decoration of any ? ?u(: the the elephant and other tusky ?"?"'jreadfut vioience of the contrast between tna necktet and the b:ack sacin .,t )Il whicii it reposed would have been sumcient to co?nceme ofthetactiflhad ne.er?Y??-?h?ht ??IkinK costume, bctonRin? to a. trousseau I hivo nist s?on is well smted to the present cold we?. ? of very darl. blue velvet, the skirt beinE round and pleated. A Ion,, redingote, edged everywhere with a very deep sable border, falls over this skirt; the euSs, cap, and muS are of the s.ure fur, and of precisely tlw i'a:ne hue. 1.1'1' trimming ought to be pretty, for it cost thirty hundrpdpounds! ? An evening dreas (oa.rt of t)io same trou.se:tU) consists of a faiilc skirt the colour of a pink rose. Fiounce-' of exquisite Valenciennes border tD° sitk w'nc!) are cut into th" "hapn¿)f roso !e:<.ves. There i-; ncrevette tunic ;nd embroidered with pink Qowers. a Va!"ncicnn'!s waistcoat, and on tha side a most comp!ica,tcd and; graceful cascade of i):nk-coloured s-it,.ii ribbon. Your loving cousiu, ilIADGE,

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