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LADY CYCLISTS AND RATIONAL DRESS.

Cycling (says the World) ha 3 become immensely popular among leading members of the theatrical profession. The following are the names of a few notable wheelmen and wheelwomen':—Messrs Bancroft, A. W. Pinero, Forbes Eoberteon, Lewis Waller, Herbert Waring, Cyril Maude, lan Robertson, Arthur Wiliisms, Fred Storey, Norman Forbes, Bassett Eoe; Misses Winifred Emery, Mabel Love, Lily and Hilda Hanbury, Edith Kenward, and Mrs Horace Nevill (Miss Annie Rose). Of course there are very many more.

At the AgricuHual Hall, on November 27, there was a large attendance at the annual meeting of the Lady Cyclists' Association OTer which Mrs Grace Goodall presided! Among tbe objects of the association is to " promote the wearing of rational dress," but all its members are not agreed upon the point. Therefore, among the new rules or amendments brought forward was one propossd by Miss A. De Pass— • That (without any desire to discourage the wearing of a rational costume, but simply in, justice to the many members now belonging to the association who ride in skirts) a skirted section be formed, to have mid-week rues, with a separate captain, place, and time of meeting." — Miss Earland, who seconded, said she did so with pleasure, although an ardent advocate of rational dress. She was in favour of a liberal rendering of the word "rational,"and thoaghtif tbe resolution ware carried there would be less friction between the two sections of riders. In time the skirted riders, by teeing the greater comfort of their sisters, would be converted and live.— (Hear, hoar.) It would not be long, however, before all lady riders discarded the skirts for the newer and batter costume. A Mambftr: It appssrs as though the ktsickorbockers will have to tolerate the skirts, while the skirts are to boycott the knickerbockers. — (Laughter.) — The Secretary said many members would not ride with ladies who wore rational*, and under those circumstances it would be well to pass the resolution. Personally she favoured the rational dress, acd always wore it when riding.—Miss Vance said it was a fact that all ladies, when they begau to ride, declared they would never wesr rational?, but many soon altered their opinion. Seme ladies, however, were hampered with husbands or brothers — (laughter) — who stronely objected to rational. Although in favotuTof that mode of bicycle dress, she thought it was noc fair to assume that skirta were not rational. One section had no right to force another section into knickerbockers because they themselves had forrad them comfortable. Ladies who wore skirts paid the same subscription as other ladies, and if they wished to be kept back by a good head wind there was no reason why they should not have their way. There was one lady in the room who would have her bicycle taken away from her if she either rode in raiionala or rode with those who did.—(Cries of " Shame.") A show of handsgave a four-Sc-one majority in favour of the new cor cession. The Countess of Malinesbtiry was elected president cf the association for the ensuing year.

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LADY CYCLISTS AND RATIONAL DRESS. Otago Daily Times, Issue 10707, 23 January 1897

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