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MISS COLONIA IN LONDON.

CONFIDENCES TO HER. COUSIN ACROSS THE SEAS.

. : : London, August 13. Dear Cousin,—Like all the rest of the world, we are recruiting at the' seaside, father this year haying selected Cromer for our-anhual outihg. ' Cromer ia bh the^eastcoast of England and faces north, consequently it is u hat doctors call “very brae- .. has .its drawbacks.- -Forexample; we left, town on a hot summer day, but found Cromer enveloped in an icy sea mist- and- shiveringly cold. - “How long does this sort of fog last?” I inquired of the depressed - looking waiter at our hotel. “ About four days, mum,” was the cheering answer. However, next morning the sun shone forth from a dszzling blue sky, the sea was smooth, hnd the exhilarating quality of the air suggested the Engadine. Cromer was “ discovered ” about ten years ago by Clement Scott, who gushed to considerable purpose about “Poppyland” and “The Garden of Sleep” in the columns of the ‘Daily Telegraph.’ Up to that time the place had been a quiet, humdrum resort, sacred to Buxtons, Gurneys, and other notable county families. It is now by way of being fashionable and exceedingly expensive. The indeed, .the onlyattractions I can discover apart from the bracing climate are some superb golf links (one of the finest courses in England) and a series of interesting cycling excursions.

PETROLEUM HAIR WASH. One would have thought that tte awful death of young Mrs Samuelson from using petroleum hair wash would have prevented the stuff ever being mentioned in a respectable place of business again. On the contrary, ib'Seetns to have given the sale of the preparation, which is very expensive, an impetus. On Saturday, indeed, two detectives declared that one West End hairdresser had done a good business in the dangerous stuff the very day after the tragic story of the poor young woman’s end became public. It is no good theorising, much less moralising, anent the vanity.of woman or the greed of man. The feminine argument used would probably be that the concoction must be effective, otherwise it would not be employed when it was known to be dangerous. The logical reply is not, perhaps, quite obvious. The practical one has been adopted by our County Council inspectors, who prosecuted two barbers and got them fined for keeping the oil on their premises without a license from the local authority. This is the sort of gentle bint the retail tradesman can understand and will obey.

TUE CHIEF CAUSE OF FEMALE INTEMPERANCE. The surprise expressed in the papers anent the statements made before the Royal Commission on the Liquor Laws as to the mischief done by grocers’ licenses is not a little amusing. We women have long been aware that female intemperance-is mainly, if not completely, attributable to this cause. Mr Riley, who keeps a most successful retreat for ladies at Leicester, told the Commission that 90 per cent, of female drunkenness was traceable to grocers’ licenses. Statements to the effect that their presence in his house was due to them had, he said, frequently been made by his patients. Only on the previous day some of his patients expressed surprise that the Commission did not know that drunkenness among ladies was due to the facilities for obtaining drink at the grocers’ shops. They all said that a lady who would not enter a public - house would obtain drink from a grocer. Drinking ladies drank secretly. Men’s drinking and women’s drinking were two entirely different things. Men did not mind being seen drinking, and therefore drank openly. Women, on the other hand, did not like to be seen drinking, and therefore drank secretly. These women belonged to the middle and higher classes, but not lo the lower classes. Women of the lower classes did not mind being seen, and they drank openly'. Women who drank secretly rarely got into the hands of the police. The witness, however, remembered one peculiar case. A highly connected lady on a visit to Southport went into the street drunk, and was soon surrounded by a crowd. The police arrived on the scene and she was taken into custody. When taken to the court in the morning, to her surprise she was not charged with being drunk, but with another offence, and was sentenced to a month’s hard labor. Sho told the chaplain of tho prison her real name and the true facts, and he communicated with her father, but it was considered better for her to servo the month’s imprisonment rather than petition tho Home Secretary. The case had a startling sequel. The husband petitioned for divorce on the ground that his wife had been sentenced to a month’s hard labor for misconduct, and, he was granted a decree nisi. The witness did not think wine and spirit merchants produced the same amount of secret drinking as grocers without it being known that she was ordering drink. Ladies sometimes obtained drink at railway stations, believing that if they were noticed the person observing them would take them for travellers, either on a journey or about to lake one. In this country the drinking by ladies was done secretly, even in the large hotels. If a man wished for a glass of spirits he would probably go down to the bar, but the lady would, on the other hand, send a chambermaid for it.

THE ROYAL DUEL. The expected duels between Prince Henry cf Orleans and two gentlemen whom his statements have aggrieved are naturally leading to a lot of gossip in the Paris papers, the Jlamws of which are recalling other notable combats between crowned heads and commoners. One of the most dramatic stories of the sorb I ever heard of was told by Sir A K the other evening at a dinner party we were at. The incidents occurred some years ago in Germany, and Sir A guaranteed them absolutely authentic. A prince, whose regiment was quartered in a small town, invited his brother officers to a banquet at the hotel, and, unfortunately, drank more than was good for him. Not knowing what to do with himself in the evening he proposed lo get up a “spree ” which might have been injurious to his honor. All the officers agreed to it except one, the Count of X , who placed himself before the door and exclaimed : “Monseigneur, you shall not go out unless it bo over my dead body.” On which the Prince asked: “By what right do you speak to me thus?” The Count replied : “ By the right which every genii!, homme has to defend the honor of the royal house.” The Prince flew into a passion, called the officer “ an insolent fellow,” and finally slapped his face. The servants of the hotel rushed to the spot and interposed. The Count telegraphed to his Sovereign, who arrived the next day accompanied by one of his aides-de-camp. He summoned all the officers’ who had taken part in the banquet, and ordered the Prince and the Count to approach him. He then turned towards the Prince and said to him: “Apologise to this gentleman for what you have done.” The Prince hesitated, whereon the King said: “Remember that this officer saved your honor and spared your life.” The Prince ultimately consented, and apologised in public. “And now,” said His Majesty “ bear in mind that the Count would have had the right to kill you, and had he done so, he would have received my approbation. He could not fight with you, because your rank shelters you from such a reparation; but I, your Sovereign and chief of the Royal Family, owe him justice.” And the King thereon slapped the face of the Prince, although, it may be added, he was one of his relations. A MODERN BLOOD CURDLER. The tale of Head wood Hick and his fight on the hills for the blood-stained putty knife sinks into inaignificane when compared to the.little tale told before'a coroner at Camberwell towards the close of last week. It seems that a man named George Pickett York Leo took upon himself to shuttle of this mortal coil by taking spirits of lemon. Everything took its usual course, and tho, death not being in the ordinary way an intelligent British juryj with a coroner at their head, sat on that corpse to find but how it was that G. P. Y. Lea had seen fit to end his existence. The work of a coroner’s jury is usually a most uninterest-

iog biisiness, but on thia ocdoaion the storv unfolded was one which w’sitijd do' credit to' the imagination of : a >wHter r o{ ahillingahoekere. Mary Ann Leetfifefcido*.' aa# that she married deceased'invDeoember 1896. A kind friend took the; unfortunate 1 man into a common or wayside-pub, a montlior bo ago, and had married bis half-sister.This seemed to upset him to a considerable extent, and on more than on'n j occasion he said to his wife that he intended to take a “long sleep,” and suggested that she had better do the same. Possibly the diacovery, pLhia.pEimargjelaUon to thn-woman he had married unHingdd fiis raind a little, for just before his death he said he bad a dreadful scorst to divulgs. " I'prty-fivd years bnEpsbmDowns, his father, he .Baid,placed a dagger .?® t0 h^s irito ; the back of a woman, whom he subsequently'heard' was his mother. To this deceased added another tale to the effect that twenty years xT Waa P resenfc a murder at Salters HiU, •Norwood, known at the time as'“ The, Card Party. Affair.” .Just previous to his death deceased several times threatened to' go to Scotland Yard and give himself up for the Jbpsorn murder, as it was so much on his mind. Is early the whole of the night before taking the spirits of lemon Lee was pacing up and down his bedroom. Early dn the day of his death* ho went downstairs, and when his wife followed him she found him standing in the kitchen with a glass in his hand. “I’ve done it,” he remarked, ana fell forward on his face in an unconscious state. It is usual to blame a jury in most cases for bringing in a verdict of suicide while of unsound mind, but one cm agree with their finding in this ease. .

A TENNIS TEA. i? er i 6 - * S T, a suggestive menu by Uorclon Bleu,” who occasionally contributes to the *St. Jame/d,*. for a ternis tea. The anchovy eggs I take to be hard .1. . ®8S 8 > ybjks of which have been judicially mashed up with Burgess’s anchovv sauce or paste. Lobster rissoles I should eliminate as unsuitable, substituting encumber sandwiches. , Grape ice is, of course, made with water, syrup, and skinned fruit.

, MENU. Anchovy eggs hj la .Vatcl. , Lobster rissoles. Sandwiches: Ambassador, ham, tomato. Cornets k la Zermatt^ Macedoine de cerises aia Godwin. Tartelettes au chocolat. Pineapple cake. Ices:. Grape, Neapolitan, brown bread. Tea and coffee. Champagne cup, Granito claret. . . , r RECIPES. Ambassador Sandwiches.-Mince half a pound of cold chicken finely, and mix ib with two ounces u capped button mushrooms, an ounce of chopped truffle, and two ounces of minced bam, season with pepper and salt. Bring a gill nni a-half of good brown stock to the boil; add an ounce of brown thickening ; . stir until it dis-*,.es-hen lukewarm, stir in a gill and a-half of liquid aspic jelly. ■ Stand the mixture on ice; cut into thin slices, ond lay them between thin pieces of bread and butter. Cornets k la Zermatt.—Beat three eggs until very light, and add by degrees half a pound of castor sugar; add the sugar aud eggs to four ounces of ground almonds; flavor with vanilla essence. Put large spoonfuls of this mixture on a well-oiled baking sheet, taking care not to put them too Ciose together, and bake in a moderate oven. Before they arc quite done, take them out of the oven aud wrap each piece quickly round a greased cornet-tin ; then bake for another minute or two, and quickly remove from the tins and put on a sieve to cool. Sweeten some whipped cream with castor sugar and flavor with vanilla; put ™2 x^ure 1,1 a f° rc ipg-hag, and fill the cornets with it.

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MISS COLONIA IN LONDON., Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement

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MISS COLONIA IN LONDON. Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement

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