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Or, the£ Lutest Development of Good Taste as Understood by he ' Soale y ' Qoßslpmonger.


Mrs F zzleton Skipplugs' muoh talkedofdtnceoamo off with Immense eclat at h*r nptoion* nnd commodious mansion m Battrrvea Flnids yesterday evening, and everything, from the strip of carpet unrollod at the Front door to tho tripo-and-onions — a perfeot dream norved at the sideboard at anppor with ths'ohamptgne, Jobson and Co 'a Oavee Reuerve'e Grand Yin, 1889. 23* the dczw — was as perfeot as tha most eztcting gueits of the evnrpttvldent and economically minded hostess who famished the entertainment could poclbly have desired. In an alcove on the half-landing a delightful rustic effect had teen attempted, with the aid of three pots of mignonette and a dimly smoking petroleum lamp ; but It wss not until tho drawlngroom was reached, and the ear caught the strains of tha inspiring dancemus'o furnished by the harp and cornet, whose services had been secured for the entire evntng, regardless of expense, f om the pnbllobouse round the corner, that the princely though judicious oharaoter of the whole entertainment could bo fully appreciated.

As might have been expeoted, none bu.t the very smartest people were present. Among the earliest arrivals as Lady Sbn&aßby, strikingly attired m a ditchcolored peignoir, supported by her husband, who had on a hired dress suit, and wore a magnificent button-hole of secondhand orchldc. and her five elderly bat sprightly daughters. \»h, 0 , In their pretty emera.ld / '&reen aireotoire frookf, trlmmecl with ruohes of saoklng of oharbSnne de lerre au nature!, created quite a sensation, and were much stared at, Mrs Maohoos'e, In a redlngote of rich orange brocade, out equate and looped In front with aaperges en branohe, with a single Spanish onion on the shoulder, who brought a plain little niece with bee In pepper and salt, also created mnoh astonishment. Lady Popplns looked magnificent In a brand new wig, and was severely mobbod. Oommeroe was adequately represented by Mrs OmnlHjjan Slickers, the wife of the well-known Millionaire Pork King, who s(mp T y bin zed with imitation jewellery ; her tiara, neoklaoe, corsage, and ftouKpber no elfstoning with inferior Blrmlnghmn paste, that she wai followed by an eager orowd, and bad eventually to be roped of! m a comer of the back drawing room by the boat himself, amidst tho 111---ruppressed BGeors of the inquisitive onlookers. Count Rooetß, (be noted Dutch ravant, who came In a fad<:d seoond-hund Windsor uniform, oreated much diversion by its evident misfit, and was fairly halloaed round the room, while the Countess, m a plum colorod Pompadour, relieved with a ruohlng of mashed tomatoes ohiffonne, with large bunches o^ variegated double bollyhook over a baui)lonne skirt of rloh amber bod ourtaln, was sdmttted on all hands to be one of the sensations of the evening. The Cotillon was poihapß the most characteristic feature of the entertainment. The presents which consisted of cocked hats for tho gen' lemen an 3 fans for the ladies, made of back numbem of varloue newspapers, created at firat some Jittto disappointment, bu^ greaj Ve r ve and go wore saddenly thrown iato <ho rrooeedingq, owing to the groongrooors who had ootno to wait, but had hflped himself eomawhat plontifslly to the chnmpogne on the ely, and seizin)? upon Lady Poppina, iutis ed on joining m tho final gftlop with hor. Pome little confusion was oause«S m the doparturo owing to the gas having been qnt o:ff at tbo main by tho Company for arrears ; but, with the aßßJßtanca of a few local polioniren tho pueats were eventnally got safely out of ih/J pron^iaeß and the goue^al verdict eeonqod to be ~that Mrs Fiz^'eton Skippingß had provided her numerous friends with a unique arid remarkable ent rta'nment

41 Buoha-Paiba"— Qalok, oanqplete oure, all annoying Kidney, Bladder and Urinarpiseaaee. At ohemiatß and drugftiats. Kemp thorne,«Pro&aer and Co., Agents Ohnatohuroh _K«mpthowt, Prosier i&a Op,, Agentv, GbrJitohutohj

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PURELY PERSONAL-AN EVENING OUT, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889

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PURELY PERSONAL-AN EVENING OUT Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889