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OVER THE TEA-CUPS.

INSPIRATION MISSING. The absence of the ladies from behind the grille in the House of Commons has already had some effect. Keen observers think they detect a Certain carelessness in the men's dress. The eye of beauty no longer directs inspiring radiance through those envious bars, and members feel forlorn, Z , WOMEN WHO HUSTLE. It is said that women -who hustle may be divided into two classes—the brainy ones, who, with an objective point ever before their mental vision, collect their forces, and eventually come out winners, and Miose who while perhaps gifted as the former, are really what might be termed "general hustlers." These are always in a hurry, always pushed for time; their minds are in a perpetual muddle, and they manage to keep things in a corresponding state of perplexity. ICE TUMBLERS. Drinking tumblers made of ice were first tried in Holland, where they are used considerably in hot we-atdier. They are made by pouring a little water into a. metallic outer mould, introducing a well centred inner form, and plunging the whole into a freezing mixture. The early tendency to break at the bottom has ibeen remedied by shaping the moulds so. that the bottom ia made thick and curved upwards. On taking from the mould, the cup is given an external wrapper of paraffined paper for protection in 'handling, and is then placed in cold storage until wanted for u§e. HOME LIFE FOR VASSAR GIRLS. That the uJtimate goal of women should be the home and the development of the family life as a means of postgraduate mental expansion, was the statement made by Dr. James M. Taylor, president of Yassa-r College, to the Vassal" Alumnae gathered at Philadelphia as g\.esU of the Vasaaj- Club. Dr. Taylor's address was a plea for the education of women away from the limelight; only he called it "the public eye, instead of the limelight. "Vaasar believes/ Jic said, "in the home life, in lnaniage and in children. It opposes the tendency to make the most distinguished service that service which seeks the public eye. VaSsar was not founded on and is not founded in any single purpose except education. It ia not the school's mission to reform society, but to educate women." Dr. Taylor urged the value of the quiet life of the person who contributes to the general good of the community without looking for the plaudits of the multitude, lie said the school believes in the right of the individual to do her own thinking, but it also belioves that she has a right to fully make up her mind what she thinks before giving expression to her views. Dr. Taylor's expressions on the essential value of a domestic retired life, with the home as a centre, and the rearing of children as its best service to humanity, appeared to meet the approval of all the women present. RAT'S FUR AS ORNAMENT. What woman is there who does not scream when she sees a rat? There is really no reason why she should do so— less nowadays than ever, for the time has come when she must recognise the rat as one of her best friends. So don't b« scared if you see one. It is only next winter's fur-lined gloves nodding to you on their way. As a matter of fact, a new fur has been discovered, and is much used nowadays for the manufacture of articles of outdoor wear for ladies. It goes by the high-sounding name of "Alsatian hare," and is *o handsome and shiny, so thick and glossy, that all modistes regard it as Invaluable for the decoration of a gown, the trimming of the yoke, or the slit skirt. Few people guess its origin, but we have the authority of a Parisian expert in stating that this Alsatian hare, domestic rynx, or Caucasian rabbit, is nothing less than a plain, everyday rat that lived in a sewer. There is really no reason wiry this thought should cause us any alarm. It was Emerson who said that every one of us had our particular place in life, something we can do so much better than anyone else, iiehold the rat has found his or her opportunity. This consists of lying upon the top of a lady's hat, dyed a handsome blue black, with dangling tails i attached by a large gold cabochon. What rat should not be willing to ...» for the pleasure of being worn around a fair lady's neck, in the shape of a cunning little tippet called a cravat? Or wouldn't it be ru-jch nicer to be the handsome fur trimming on a smart little velvet dress than a dreadful rat that lived in a depressing hole? Of course. A'o wonder thousands and thousands of rats have already been offered upon the altar of fashion! HOW AMERICANS DINE. The universal custom in America is i three meals a day, hut such meals ! Whether in the private house, the hotel, or the dining-car of the train the amount and variety of food, served simply amases an Englishman, accustomed to two ov three courses. All the big stores have first-clasa cafes on the premises, and I several times had meals at these places (says a correspondent of a London exchange). At Wanamaker's store in Broadway, New York, I had a 50 cent (i.e., 2/) breakfast. It is the invariable custom to begin breakfast with fruit. I kept one of the menu cards, and find that there are some 40 things on it to choose from—four kinds of fruit, three of oatmeal, etc., four kinds of fish, five kinds of meat, including stwed lamb and kidneys, with mushrooms, four varieties of potatoes, eggs in endless variety of ways, three kinds of bread, and tea and coffee and cream. I began with strawberries and cream and Graham bread, and they brought mc enough for a meal; followed that with oatmeal porridge and cream, and again they brought mc enough for a meal; then filleted sole and chipped potatoes, rolls, brown bread, tea and cream and fresh butter, and—but mere- material things imd but little interest for mc by this time, and when the negro waiter wanted mc to finish up, as the custom was, with hot cakes and maple syrup, I I waved him away. I thought I had not done so badly for a breakfast. Tablecloths, serviettes, finger-bowls, iced I water, etc., all these things are changed for every guest, everything is spotlessly clean, and everything is beautifully I cooked—and all this for 2/! ■

In the dining-cars on the trains the same thing prevails, as also on board-tho running between Britain and America; in the later case, no doubt, it is due to the fact that they have to' cater for so many It seemed to mc that the Americans eat far too much and that they eat far too rapidly; hence dyspepsia is a common complaint with them.

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OVER THE TEA-CUPS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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