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OVER THE TEA-CUPS.

A REFUGE FOR BACHELORS. There has just been founded at Prague a journal, entitled "Mladonec," which is specially devoted to the interests of bachelors, widowers, and divorced men. The paper will fight the claims of women for the equality of the sexes. In a foreword the journal warns young men against the artifices of women, of whom, since Adam, men have been the eternal victims. Tlie paper means to protect its subscribers at all costs. It is collecting subscriptions with a view to establishing homes of refuge for bachelors, and lays it down that in these institutions two subjects must not be discussed by the inmates—women and politics.— John Bell, in "Tlie Throne and Country." RED AX IRRITATIXG COLOUR. So many hotels, public places, and even private families are decorating their principal rooms in red that it is becoming noticeable. . From the standard of the artist and the trained decorator, this is, we are told, poor judgment, because red is the most irritating and unsatisfying colour that couid be used in decorating a big room. In a room where • there is red paper, red curtains, red carpet, and even red upholstery there i 3 nothing restful. Xo person can take comfort in such a room. The colour ig bad for the eyes. It irritates the optic i nerve, absorbs the light, and contributes to the general air of nervousness that exists everywhere. THE FRENCH HEEL. The high French heel is accountable not only for the distortion of the first joint of the great toe, but for innumerable feminine internal complaints; besides which, it is utterly impossible lor any woman alive to walk or dance gracefully in high French heels. It said that a fashionable Frenchwoman once asked a famous artist how to acquire a graceful carriage, and was told to take off her high-heeled shoes, place them on the top of her head, and practise walking until she could do so without tbe little shoes showing the slightest quiver of motion "When you walk," he said, "with those shoes perfectly balanced, you wilu have the gait of a goddess, and for the first time since French heels were invented they will really have served to help and not to disfigure a woman." THE AMERICAN WORKIXG GIRL.

A consensus of opinion, appearing from conferences with two high-grade employment agencies, four large commercial houses (not department stores), three large professional offices, arid a large number of miscellaneous men of experience in the business world of Xew York City, says

" Harper's Bazaar," which has been conducting a symposium of working girls' experiences, is that:

Taking education, family training and influence and persons' qualities and characteristics into consideration in determining what is meant by " the best" of the wages of "the best women employed in this city as clerks, bookkeepers, cashiers, stenographers, filing clerks, saleswomen, etc., the following serins to be true:

They (generally) begin at seven or eight dollars per week, and it takes about three years to advance to ten or twelve dollars per week. It {generally) takes about three years to advance to ten or twelve dollars per week. Advance In wages is very rare after ten years' service, except with the ten per cent who develop peculiarly strong characteristics and are advanced to administrative positions.

It must be remembered that this covers only employees who can properly be classed as " the best." THE LOYALTY OF WOMEN TO MEN OF GENIUS. A new point of view is advanced by Ella Hepworth Dixson, who contends that women arc more loyal friends, especially to men of genius, than arc men to each other.

Xo feminine friend, for"instance, could have found it in her heart to write the churlish and peevish essay on Robert Louis Stevenson with which Henley has soiled his fame. That is one reason, perhaps, why the Man of Genius usually surrounds himself with petticoats, rather than with admirers of the sterner sex. He wishes to be praised when dead, as well as when living. A case in point is the one of Lafcadio Hearn. Miss Elizabeth Bisland's brilliant and sympathetic memoir of her lifelong friend was soon followed by Dr. Gould's grudging book on the author of "Japan: an 'Interpretation." Happily, this book has been answered —and its facts disproved—by Mrs. Arthur Kcnnard in the current " Nineteenth Century," for the lady shows us conclusively J-hat nut only did Patricio Ilearn belong to a highly reputable

"county" family in Ireland, but that he was continually doing battle with racial prejudices in his efforts —as in his legalised Japanese marriage—to be chivalrous to women. It is poetic justice that two feminine pens have, up to now, written the most sympathetic and appreciative memoirs of' this extraordinary literary genius. THE VISITING MILLINER. Not long ago a clever French milliner, who has a large clientele in London, had a novel idea. Instead of her customers coming to her and choosing the collect hat to wear with (heir new i»own in her little shop, she would send to them. She engaged a staff of smart assistants, and sent them forth in the morning with a taxieab full of hat boxes. On each arrival at the house the milliner was shown into tbe bedroom of tbe mistress, who tried on the hats in front of her own looking glass. The idea proved a great success. Women who made a leisurely choice in this way of their hats amid familiar surroundings never complained of having hats that did not suit them. An American girl new has carried the idea of the visiting milliner a step further. This young woman was a milliner's assistant, and she was struck by the number who came to her employer's shop and asked if they could have their hats retrimmed, or couid some of the old i materials be used in the trimming of a I new hat. Customers who did this, she noticed, were regarded with scorn, anil were very often told that the shop did not do retrimming.

What becomes of all the old hat trimmings, the feathers that want recurlin" the ribbon that only wants a hot iron, and the flowers that require a little touching up? thought this young woman. There were visiting dressmakers that worked by the day iv their clients' houses. Why should there not -be visiting milliners, too? The visiting milliner has a prosperous connection, although her profession is still young.

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OVER THE TEA-CUPS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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