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y Having heard so much lately of the t j hospital, and all the various opinions upon e what should be done with the money collectfcd to make additions to it, I came to the it conclusion that I, too. would have an opinion on the subject, awl *s a preliminary ( paid it a visit. going a■< i eii< ..! :.iA about it. The m:iiu b:ui ; ]i,... ~. ;,.- ~ chequered c:ir«>or, !>u:ng firs? !,ui;i; '., : ;. u:v.rkei, tuough ( ; :-,. : v>:r made ,,::<•, it ;i<i then turned ■ jiito un exhibition Inloie being us>ed for its 1 present purpose. Seeing it was originally intended for a hospital it is surprising how l , well it answers as one, the upper wards espe- , cially being bright and airy. One can't say so much for those upon the ground floor, and the suggestion to turn the whole of the latter ' part into the executive department appears a very good one To do this new wards would be needed, and they can so very well 0 be added on the pavilion system by continu- ! e in S tne corridor in the direction of Camberj. land street, out of which the children's ward and the new operating theatre already open. The children's ward does not look J well from the outside, being perhaps east into the shade by its more ambitious neigh>e bor, the operating theatre, to which it makes | e a good foil; but it appears very snug inside, . which is after all the important part. The ; p money collected, with the Government '' subsidy, which more than doubles it, will . go a long way towards (if not entirely) build- ( ing the additional wards proposed, and pro- , bably further subscriptions would be readily ■ obtained for such a good purpose. The * churches have offered to set apart a Hospital ' Sunday, and this alone would bring in a goodly sum, I hope we shali soon hear that something definite has been decided, and n that Dunedin need not feel ashamed of her l e accommodation for her sick and needy when [ s comparing it with that provided by her e | northern sisters. l * We have had a variety of amusements ie lately. At All Saints' Schoolroom last week ?' there was a display of tableaux vivanis 13 illustrating readings from Tennyson. Mr 18 Wilson's reading was admirable, and the )T tableaux very pretty and effective, espeS cially those from ' Guinevere.' In the fare- ! ' well between the unhappy Queen and King *' Arthur, upon the curtain rising to the neverf 1 failing encore, Guinevere varied her pose by '• prostrating herself as Dord depicts her in his beautiful picture. The scene between her ® and the novice was a very charming one, and * one did not wonder at King CoDhetua's e choice when we were shown his beggar maid. " Mrs Rose's singing of «Home they brought ° her warrior dead'' was beautiful. She is * very good natured in so readily helping the * different churches in their entertainments. a We were much pleased, too, at hearing * another of our amateur singers at Mr Tow- '' sey's_ concert on Saturday evening, Mrs s Williams giving us two songs, which were niuch appreciated by the large audience, jj The arrangement by which we can engage a private room for two hours in an afternoon 9 for the purpose of entertaining our friends ? at afternoon tea in the Exhibition 1 is a splendid one, and I am * sure will be largely made use of. Indeed, I have already received one or two * invitations, which is, perhaps, slightly pre- * mature, seeing the town is not built and the Cingalese attendants and their tea still in H Ceylon. F.incy giving a large tea party - and not suffering agonies of doubt as to 3 whether one has ordered cakes enough or * put_ enough spoonfuls of tea into the pot! Besides the advantage of having plenty of * amusements handy should one's guests grow 1 bored and restive. I advise those of my readers who propose ' getting season tickets to be photographed j soon, before there is any rush of people. ' It is a work of great celerity. One goes } into Mr De Maus'a studio in the Exhibition, pops down on to a chair, and before one * knows anything about it the thing is done. Before describing our evening at the l f rink as members of the "Cripple Club," and the Orchestral Society's concert in the ' Garrison Hall the following evening, I will give one little recipe for a sweet dish, ; which, being a thoroughly Scotch one, j should be popular here. It was taught at J one of a series of cooking lessons given by different ladies at Anderson Bay last year, and is called crowdie. Jirst toast a handful of oatmeal on a tin plate, in the oven or 1 on the top of the range, till it is crisp without being at all burnt, sprinkle it and sugar, both of them "to taste," into a dish of whipped cream. It is simple enough, and, I think, delicious. I believe meringues filled with this mixture would be good, and could figure in the menu as "meringues d'Ecosse." We spent a very pleasant two hours at the skating rink on Wednesday evening, but I think the club is too humble when it speaks of itself as the Cripple Club. The cripples have all disappeared, and one does not now see anyone hobbling round clinging wildly any support within reach whether animate or inanimate upon his erratic career. The two secretaries were very attentive, and helped to make the evening the pleasant one it was. The Orchestral and Liedertafel Society's drawing room concert, too, was a brilliant success. The Garrison Hall looked splendid, with hangings of a rich crimson, which were in keeping with its martial character and the device over the stage. The arrangement of fans both large and small, Japanese folding screens, and plants, was most tasteful; and here and there the crimson draperies were relieved by hanging reed screens, also of Japanese make. In front of the gallery were handsome Benares trays, plaoed alternately with engravings, and along the sides of the hall hung parti-colored Chinese lanterns. What a large part our Chinese and Japanese neighbors contribute to all decorative arrangements, and one wonders now how one ever did without their aid, as one is apt to do with anything newly become universal in its adoption. The comfortable sofas and easy chairs, grouped round dainty little tables with ferns and palms upon them, took away from all stiffness, as well as adding much to the comfort of the audience. White and cream color seemed to be the prevailing fashion in gowns, the opera cloaks of every hue giving the necessary dashes of bright color. I sat near an exquisitely embroidered one, the masses of gold thread work upon it having a very rich effect. Another of peacock blue plush, with old gold silk lining the sling sleeves, was much to be admired; also a long one of deep crimson, plush. The old circular cloaks of black Bilk or cashmere, lined throughout with fur, seem to have receded into obscurity, after holding sway for many years. They are, I suppose, not smart enough for the present extravagant tastes, though all that can be desired in the way of comfort, The opening selection of Suppd's, played by the orchestra, was very good, and the dainty little gavotte ' Hertz und Hertz,' of Latann's, charming, in spite of stentorian words of command breaking into it now and then from the bowels of the earth apparently, some body of volunteers being drilled below us. Where all the music was so good it is difficult to mention one selection without mentioning all, and the same may be said of the gleesinging. At the completion of the programme, and while we were beiDg refreshed, upstairs with tea, coffee, etc., the carpets were rolled up and removed with the chairs and tables, so that we might enjoy four good valses, finishing with the ever-popular beautiful« Blue Danube,' by Strauss. ~_ Martha. Woman is a chameleon of sensitiveness

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FEMININE FANCIES., Evening Star, Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement

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FEMININE FANCIES. Evening Star, Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement