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OVER THE TEA-CUPS.

THE WEDDING-KING FINGER. ' The idea that the wedding-rinj| should be worn on,-; the third finger of the"■left hartd because' "a nerve connects this toger with the heart" is of Roman origin,: but, oddly enough, is not- continued on the Continent aa in England, for' in France, Belgium, and Germany, and most other European nations, the "engagement -finger" is the third finger of the left hand, whilst the "weddingrring finger" is the third finger of the right "Quaint Wedding Customs," lib "Woman's Life." f ;, BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS. -■ There is not "much scope for ality in the announcement of births. The old formula— still generally followed— was, "The of Thomas Brown—of a son." Within quite recent times an alternative has been introduced, suggestive Of the equality of the sexes —"To Mr. and -Mr 3. Brown, a son.' . An even more excellent way. has been discovered, by I "an advertiser in the first column of the 'London Mr. and Mrs. Soson." This suggests possibilities—what cricket reporters call "latest scores." In "Who's Who" one may find in the biographies of more or I less distinguished .persons their record ■6f service to the State in this fornix-: ''Three s., two ' d." It i would certainly add to the interest of birth advertise' mentis if. they afforded this kind of information. , GERMAN EMPRESS DRESSES SIMPLY. The Kaiserin is by no means a leader of fashion, and she invariably dresses as simply and as quietly as possible* The story goes that on one occasion when she and the Kaiser were visiting Queen Margharita of Italy, the Emperor and; Queen Margharita went together to a dressmaker's in Rome to choose a robe for the Kaiserin as a present. The dressmaker,' delighted at the prospect of scrying Royalty* brought forward the finest gown in her establishment, but' the Kaiser Waved it aside with the remark:, "Oh, that would be of no use to my wife. She always has half a dozen chil-, dren tumbling about her Bkirte, and they Would make short work of all that pretty atuffl" It is related, too, that during a Royal procession one day in the streete, ■of Berlin, a workman standing in the crowd was so struck with the raimple costume of the Kaiserin that he said loudly a3 he turned away: "I'm, going straight home to tear the flowers out of my girl's hats."—"M.A/P." b= SIS ONLY LOVE (1) Every woman by whom a man, is, strongly attracted is, for the moment, to him the '.'one and only" in all the world, but time passes, the slide in the magic lantern of his heart is filled .with another image, then another, and he, ,is equally sure that each in turn is-loved with the one love of his life. Constancy, -where it serves no good purpose, ceages to be a virtue, and becomes a tnisfoi'tune, if not a vice. As far as is publicly known, no statistics have yet been compiled upon the mibject, but observation and evidence go to prove that the average man marries somewhere about the fifth or Sixth girl with whom he falls in love. There have been four or five, young; women, each of whom, for a longer or shorter period, he hue regarded as the paragon of her sex; but he has already got over his infatuation and has married another, and probably congratulates himself upon the fact that he has done so— it would be most unfortunate for Mm Una for. his wife if he had not. . • Aβ most girls change their minds quite as often as young men. there is, after all; nothing more to say than—"Quits I" FORGnrEV BUT DON'T FORGET. Rather an unusual warning was that given to newly wed couples by a St. Louis pastof, who advised them against severing all their social relations on their wedding day tinder the illusion that they could be all in ' all to each other and require no relations with the world except those made requisite by securing a livelihood in it. This .is not the way that newlyrwefti "live :happy ever after." Wo are gratified that the clergyman has spoken so pointedly and opportunelyj for we may now hope that many a companionable man will not slaughter all hie male friends, the instant ho marries, and that his brido will be seen of her girl intimates under other circumstances than when they meet on the street car. But the work of conversion among the newly-weds will be slow, and sometimes their friends are reconciled to th,eir temporary disappearance from the wore public plabes until they can recover from the frenzy of sitting in each other's laps and saluting one another on • the ear or the top of the head and like blandishments which they (the friends) endure with a feigned complaisance. i After some years, if you have steadfastly refused to forget >your married friends in spite of their relentless determination, that you shall, you will be rewarded for your fealty by more than an al-dtrat welcome into the glow of the evening lamp when ybu call unexpectedly,, breaking recklessly into a domestic Conversation that has consisted of ten .words since the departure, from the dinner table; SECRETS OF A FAMOUS BEAUTY. Mme. Idna Cavalieri, the famous grand opera, singer, who has been called the most beautiful woman in the world;say3 that as a result of her, experience in preserving youth and good looks, she has framed ten simple rules which apply" to every woman seeking to retain, her attractiveness:— 1. When your mirror tells you you are not looking well, rest. 2; To keep the hair beautiful wash it oiice a week. 3. To keep the mouth young, massage With the little fingers tlie lines of petulance from nose to lips. 4. To have always a youthful contour, keep tlie line of th 6 jaw as thin as a knife edge.., 6. To keep the nose shapely, give it frequent massage. C. To take away the ugly, middle-aged rodriess of the nose, use hot compresses on it. 7. To keep the tired lines away from the eyes, bathe the lids and skin the eyes with water as warm as you caii endure it. 8. To-Inake the eyes always brilliahtj bathe theni as often as you do your face. Use an eyeoup filled with rOsewater. ?, To avoid the multiplied chin, sleep with the head low, the lower the better. 10. To refresh the dry, withered skin, bathe it often in water as warm as you can endure. "You see," ,says she, "they begin tfith rest. In practice they end with that. .1 might' drop half of them and iise Test instead. Rest is beauty's magic."

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OVER THE TEA-CUPS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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