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FEMININE FANCIES.

Although we had two beautiful days for the Hunt Club race meeting, there were very few people in the grand stand, but amongst those few were several pretty costumes. The fates seemed adverse to coursing but favorable to racing; for we have had fine weather for most of the latter meetings lately, but it has been invariably cold, wet, and windy when poor pussy had to be chased. Really, too, it has required some ingenuity to find these stormy days this year, for Nature has been in her most amiable mood since Christmas time, and, like the proverbial angels' visits, "they have been few and far between." Terra-cotta must be a becoming color, for it is still the most popular one, I observe, at smart gatherings. On Friday and Saturday last week several gowns of it were to be seen. One made perfectly plain with a wide moiie" sash matching exactly wa3 of a very lovely shade—almost verging upon shrimp pink ; a velvet hat of a darker tone was worn with it. Another, not so brilliant, was trimmed with panels, etc., of a brocaded pattern. Grey, which is said to be the coming color, was not much worn, though there was one remarkably pretty gown of it. It was very light and made perfectly plain, with a black moire" sash at the back. The hat to go with it was of transparent fancy straw and jet, with a much-tumed-up brim, and trimmed with grey poppies, veiled in grey tulle and black velvet bows. One of the prettiest gowns was of a very soft, delicate green, approaching sage in its tint, with front and sash of brocaded satin, the sleeves being quaintly slashed on the shoulder with the same material. A very lovely hat completed this costume; it was of black lace, with poppies and knots of flowered ribbon to match the dress, some of the trimming being deftly tucked under the brim, which is very becoming to a young face. Some of the hats were a mass of flowers. One of brown, with green leaves clustering all over it, was worn with a handsome brown dress, with pinked-out layers of green cloth upon it. Another had greeny-blue poppies, and a third sprays of yellow roses. Mra Bland Holt went to the races each day with her husband and some others of the company. She wore a long cloth coat of a rich crimson, trimmed with opossnm fur, and a red felt hat with ribbon and wings. As it got chilly towards evening, many warm wraps appeared. One lady hid a most delicious pair of gloves, which, however, gave her such an ursine appearance that, after Bhaking hands with her, I felt as if I had performed a feat equal to that of the baker in • The Hunting of the Shark,' who

Onoe went a walk paw in paw with a bear. Parents still seem to think a racecourse, and the grand stand in particular, a suitable place for children of all ages, from an infant in arms upwards. As the stand was so empty last week we could not complain of the room they took up, though we might think it an unsuitable place for them ; but when they began, as usual, to turn it into a play-room and race up and down the Btepß, they certainly formed a disturbing element. As I have said before, in writing of a race meeting, where everything else is so well arranged, it is a pity this inconvenience is not put a stop to. There have been improvements mode lately in the driving entrance to the course, which (s very good. It is some time since I gave any recipes, so, for my more housewifely readers, I will now insert one or two. The following is a good way of using up remains of chicken or veal. I daresay rabbit too might be treated jn the same fashion:— Put the chicken, say, through the sausage-machine with some scraps of ham, and mix it in a bowl with some stock, choppad olives, a raw egg or two, pepper and salt, and cream. Have ready some buttered tin moulds (such as are used for castle puddings), fill them with the mixture, and stand in a saucepan with water coming about half way up, place a plate or saucer on the top of them, and let the surrounding water boil for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Turn them,on to a dish, and when cold pour some tartaj sauce over and round them. They may be good hot, but I have only eaten them cold, and of course the tarts* sauce should only be used cold. It is simply mayonnaise sauce with chopped parsley and a spoopfal or so of French mustard added to it. Rub fciue board .on which the parsley is to be chopped with an onjon or clove of garlic. Apropos of mustard, I will give a recipe lor a substitute for "Maille"or French mustard, which I always use in preference to the ordinary kind. Of mustard and flour each two teaspoons, of salt and sifted sugar each one teaspoon; mix these dry ingredients thoroughly, breaking all the lumps, and moisten jvith Worcestershire sauce and Tarragon vinegar each three teaspoons. In a covered jar this will keep any time almost. It is very gqad with cold meat, taking the place of pickle, is an improvement to sandwiches. From all sides 1 hear of people the Exhibition, Jn out-of-the -way parts oi

the Waikato they have been saving up for it for some time; while from "the other side " the name of the proposed is "legion." Dunedin will have its elasticity taxed to the utmost, when called uyon to house such an influx of visitors; and those with houses and rooms to ks should reap a goodly harvest. What a splendid season for the rearing of chickens. I might regret my decision to hatch none but that my procrastinating hens, only having begun to lay lately, have not as yet shown the least disposition to sit. It is possible they have an inkling of the penalty threatened, and know that, like Alice's Queen of Hearts, I shall cry " Off with her head," should any find her maternal feelings too much for her and not be able to restrain the motherly " cluck." A friend of mine has about forty young chickens, half of them already adolescent. I look at them with a smiling face, sternly repressing all Bigns of the envy which consumes poor Martha.

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FEMININE FANCIES., Evening Star, Issue 8018, 21 September 1889, Supplement

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