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ABOUT WOMEN.

It is noted that the women of the royal families of Europe are, on the average, much stronger mentally and pbysioally than the men., - In her private apartments the Queen allows, neither gas, electric light, nor coal bhe tolerates no fires except those made of wood, and her chosen illuminant is the candle.. ..- of Russia is of a praotical turn of mind and uses the typewriter with facility. She can type at fifty words a minute. . * .When the Princess of Wales was visiting Uielsea Hospital an old veteran remarked to his.neighbor "She don't shake hands with us." This remark caught the ear of the Princess Victoria, who at once repeated it to her mother. The Princess immediately turned back to the veteran, and, holding out her hand, told him she was glad to see him. Immediately half a dozen hands were held towards her, and it looked as if she would have to grasp the right hand of every one of the four hundred. With pretty toot she gratified those around her, and Bmilingly escaped. A story is told of a well-known great lady, and a lady who had been great, but who, owing to certain amiable weaknesses, found herself banished from the world she had once adorned. The two, who in London had for many years been Btrangers, met one autumn at Homburg; and the feigning representative of fashion delighted her exiled sister by welcoming her with an unlooked-for cordiality by dining with her continually at the Kursaal, and,- in fact, being her intimate companion for the.whole of a six weeks' season. Overflowing with a sense that she was at last recovering her position, the delighted friend, when the great lady was leaving, went with her to the station to say an affectionate good-bye to her. " Good-bye, my dear," said the great lady in return, kissing a hand to her as the train began to move. " I'm so sorry to think that I shall be unable to know you in London."

If (says the « World') the self-appointed representatives of the women of the Empire who lately presented a Jubilee address to the Queen cherished any hopes of obtaining an expression of Royal opinion capable of being interpreted as favorable to the cause of women's suffrage they must havo been grievously disappointed- by the result of their manoeuvre. That some such hope was entertained was strongly suggested by the wording of their memorial, which, with astute vaguenesß, begged "one expression of graoiouß confidence and hope in the happy results which may be expected to follow from Btill further enlarging the area brought under the influence of women." Sir Matthew White Ridley, in his reply on behalf of the Queen, made it discouragingly clear that no " expression" of the kind required was forthcoming. All that the memorialists obtained was an avowal of Her Majesty's belief that women " will use, as well in the future as in the past, the influence they must ever possess "—a declaration of contentment with the feminine status quo, which was the last thing in the world that they can have desired to elicit from so exalted a quarter. The Abney House (London) ladies' eight attract a great deal of attention on the reach of the Thames between Marlow and Cookham, when they are out for their periodic spins. The ladies row in very fair form (says the ' Daily News') in a clinkerbuilt out-rigged boat, with fixed seats. They are stroked by Miss Maud Griffin, and the other members of the crew are: Miss Bloxam (bow), Miss Skipworth, Mies Chandler, Mrs Rule, Miss Higginson, Miss Ellen Gold, and Miss Emily Gold. The crew are attired in white skirts and blouses, with light blue ties, and straw boating hats with the Abney Houbo colors—dark blue, light blue, and cerise. A swan's feather stuck in the hatband completes the uniform. , Madame Rizal, widow of one of the insurgent 'leaders in the Philippines, has taken the field in person against the Spaniards, and commands a company of Philippine Island rebels, armed with rifles, making her headquarters at Naic, Cavite province. In June definite information was received that she and her company were in Cavite, awaitr ing the expected activities of the Spanish troops in that section. Mrs Rizal is a stepdaughter of a retired Hongkong gentlemar, who went to Manila for his health. Thero his daughter met Dr Rizil, and married him against her parents' wishes. When her husband was captured and shot Mrs Rizal determined to devote her life to the cause he had espoused, and as soon as her preparations could be made she took the field. A WOMAN 1 OF THE WOBLD. . What is. that—a woman of the world ? A woman of the world is one who is court teouß to old people, who laughs with the young, and who makes-herself agreeable to women in all conditions of life. A woman of the world ia one who does not gauge people by their olotbes, or their riohes, but who condemns bad manners. A woman of the world is one who does not let her right hand know what her left t hand does. She does not disouss her ohari* ties at an afternoon tea, nor the faults of her family at a prayer meeting. A veritable woman of the world is the best type of a Christian, for her very consideration makes other women long to imitate her.

A woman of the world is one who in her dress is always the personification of neatness and good taste, whose hair is glossy, whose skin is like satin, and whose eyes shine with happiness. A woman of the world is one who is courteous under all circumstances and in every condition in which she may be placed. She is the woman who can receive the unwelcome guest with a smile so bright and a handshake so cordial that in trying to make the welcome seem real it becomes so. A woman of the world is one whose love for humanity is second only in her life's devotion, and whose watchword i"b unselfishness in thought and action. By making self last, even by the greatest effort, it finally becomes natural to have ic so.—' Ladies' Home Journal.' CLASSIFIES THE SEX. An English paper is responsible for the following:— And in the beginning women were divided into seven kinds, viz. : 1. The obstinate woman, who would attempt to cross the Atlantic in a bandbox. 2. The patient woman, who will roast an ox with a burning glass. 3. The curious woman, who would like to handle a rainbow to see it it is all wool, and whether the colors go through. 4. The vulgar woman, who resembles a spider trying to spin silk. . 5. The cautious woman, who writes promises with water on a slate. 6. The extravagant woman, who burns a candle to look for a lost match. 7. And the good woman, from whom writers and painters take thoir idea of angels. We can forgive the insolence of the first six on account of the truth contained in the last.

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ABOUT WOMEN., Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897, Supplement

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ABOUT WOMEN. Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897, Supplement

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