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(pkr favor of the editor.) Madam, —Permit me in-the name of my ill-dressed sisterhood to thank you for your gentle criticisms on our manner of dressing. “ Our sheeplike tendency,” as you elegantly phrase it, should make us apt pupils if we could find a leader with marked artistic tastes. But, alas ! where are we to seek for such a one? It is evidently easier to criticise than to satisfy criticism. You admit that you try to dress becomingly (believe me when I say that we all do); but I trust however, that some of us meet with better fortune than yourself, for you go on to say in forlorn tones that you probably don’t succeed, because (as you modestly put it) few are gifted with the art. Two per cent, you allow your sex. Some women you say dress, while others only put on their clothes; but how a woman can dress without putting on her clothes is slightly beyond me. I have heard, I think at least oa';e, somewhat similar platitudes on the subject of drees. No woman who ia not an Imbecile disregards the rwj'-'.ireirciits

of age, figure, complexion, and what you dll “etcetera.” You would load ua to believe that our grandmothers go about in blouses and tennis shirts; that our stout sisters favor full trimmings and light colors, whilst our slim ones lean to severe simplicity ; that oiir . blondes quarantine in yellow, whilst our brunettes compiit suicide in sage green, and our maidens anticipate the next century in rich black silks, with all the accompaniments of jet and lace. Now, 1 don’t sec this in Dunedin, and I fancy that the trial trip of some of your delicious little French dishes must have broken down, with a fatal result to your digestion. For the sake of filling a column do not be ill-natured. Why fling a Stone at the scores of hard-worked dressmakers who do their best? If you want strong individuality in dress, adopt yourself and advocate the adoption by others of the Barburton skirt, and prove afresh the truth of the old saying about the grey mare being the better mare.—l am, etc,, Mary Ask. Dunedin, November 5.

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TO MARTHA., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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TO MARTHA. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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