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To make up for the miserable weather at tho last races, we had it exceptionally fine at the May meeting, tho second day especially being quite a summer one. On the Queen’s Birthday a Scotch mist rolled down from the hills about mid-day, but it was very slight, and the brilliant morning brought out a goodly number of smart costumes and filled the grand stand. Dark green was the prevailing color, and I noticed several dresses of that tint. In especial one with a dull terra-cotta bordering to the cloth; the vest, gracefully knotted sash, etc., being of soft silk, in terra cotta color; the hat, of green, having a touch of the brighter hue amongst its trimmings. Another dark green gown was enlivened with panels and vest of crimson braided with gold. One was prettily braided with black, the only relieving color being a knot of old gold ribbons amongst the dark green ribbons of the straw hat of the same shade, A comfortable, warm looking tailor-made dress was of crimson and black, with gleams of red silk lining showing in the skirt draperies. Amongst the brighter gowns was one of black hrochd satin, with a great deal of old gold satin-merveilleux on the skirt, and forming the folded vest. Tho bonnet worn with this was of black lace and gold thread, with a tuft of yellow blossoms. A lovely shade of heliotrope formed o*e of the

i prettiest dresses ; it was much embroidered, i and had a loose vest of cross - barred silk, while the hat which went with • it was of a darker shade of velvet, i trimmed with ribbons of the color of the ) gown. A rich-looking dark costume was of 5 deep brown, with many layers of pinked-out dark green cloth upon vest and panel, the bodice beautifully embroidered in dull gold. The wearer of this also had something exb ceptionally pretty in hats, it being brown, i with green wings amongst the brown trimming, j A light grey dress, very simply and well made, was relieved by a ruby velvet bonnet i with a redwing in'it, and a cluster of crimson chrysanthemums in the front of the gown. 1 Now these flowers are in their glory I i thought we should have seen many people with them, but a posy of them appeared to » be the exception. On the second day the ; stand was comparatively empty, and seemed i to bo looked upon by the many children b present as a convenient playground, much 1 to the inconvenience of their elders. What can children bo brought to races for? It seems . to me a moat outrageous thing, not at all good for the little mites themselves ; and when they Indulge in sugar plums and jam : tarts, leaving relics of the feast on the seats, the effect on the dress of the unwary is too r harrowing. L There really seems a prospect of our b having something in tho way of a theatre or b opera-house at last worthy of such a 3 town as Dunedin, and, indeed, it is time. 3 Perhaps then we shall bettor support any I company coming here for oar amusement, t Generally it is melancholy to see the empty I houses, and one wonders that companies 1 venture here at all. I have only been once or I twice as yet to see the present one, and was ' very much charmed with the prima donna, whoso acting and vivacity, combined with t her singing, make up in some measure for I the others. The choruses are indeed feeble, but until we have a better house, and give , better support, as I said before, we cannot • expect to have really good companies. It is to be hoped that the Exhibition time will 9 bring ua something extra good. What funny mistakes people make, to be 3 sure ! Surely it must bo an Irishman who writes to ono of the local papers saj ing that Gatling, the inventor of the famous gun r recently shown at St. Clair, has invented a ! torpedo boat. What would Maxim say to t this ? Both the Gatling and the Maxim are 3 machine quick-firing guns, but that is the i only connection between them. One might I as well say a potato was a tomato because it belongs to the same species. , A more important invention for us peace--3 able folk is this one for preserving food of all 3 kinds, of which one reads so much now. 3 If it is really as admirable as the inventor thinks, it will be a fine thing for us Antii podeans, as we can then supply a great part 1 of the civilised world with delicacies of

various kinds, just when they are out of season in the other hemisphere. We shall be sending presents of fruit, poultry, etc., by parcel post to our friends at Home, with a phonogram to make the presentation speech accompanying the gift! One may really imagine anything almost now without being thought extravagant, such marvels are being worked out for us in this inventive age, lam matter of fact and utilitarian, I suppose, for I would rather live in the time of Edison and such men than have known Shakespeare, Spencer, etc. For one thing, these latter never die for us, and in reality we derive very much more pleasure from their writings probably than their contemporaries did; so after all I need not have reviled myself perhaps as wanting in sentiment, etc. I have just read ‘John Ward, Preacher,’ and feel inclined to at once turn to the beginning and read it all over again. Though one sees the narrowness of the hero’s views, one can but admire the man, his splendid consistency, and intense faith. I suppose it is natural for Dr Howe and Lois to misunderstand him, but one wonders that all cannot see his actions in the same clear light that Helen and Gifford do. Little Mr Denner is a lovable character, and his love affairs with the Misses Woodhouao make a humorous, and at the same time a pathetic chord, running through the story. I have lately had a most useful little book sent me— i.e., the second edition of ‘Economic Cooking Lessons,’ published by tho Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Dunedin. For tho small sum of Is you get in it a variety of useful recipes, which are easy to make, and not extravagant, Though I have not yet had time to try them, I am enough of a cook to know by reading them only that the results will be good. I must confess I laughed over the “ tubsti tutes for brandy,” thinking that the “ ginger tea ” for one must be very nasty ; but I am told by a friend who tried it that, taken with cream, it was delicious, and most efficacious as a pain-killer, to put it enigmatically. I detected one little error, into which pitfall I hope no unfortunate would-be-cook will plunge unthinkingly. In the recipe for cocoanut pudding the cocoanut is omitted, and, instead, one is told to use 2oz grated nutmeg ! Imagine this quantity of the spice in a small pudding 1 It would be nasty. With the evidently intended cocoanut it would, I should think, be a dainty little dish. I shall give no recipes this week, but propose, if I have room next time, composing a bill of fare for a small dinner for six people, with suggestions as to rechauffe to be made from its relics. This will perhaps be of more use than occasional recipes having no connection with each other. Martha. Miss Gordon has presented General Gordon’s library and his portrait to the Southampton Free Library,

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FEMININE FANCIES., Issue 7922, 1 June 1889, Supplement

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