"ALIEN'S " LETTER FROM ENGLAND.
(Specially Written for the Witness Ladies' Page.)
EADS AND FOIBLES.
LONDON, November 6. , The continuance of the fine autumn. ■ ■weather keeps the streets bright with people on the move, and the West End shops with their display of new fashions for the coming season attract a neverceasing stream of people, who gaze at the great plate-glass windows. There it is quite evident that the big hat of cartwheel dimensions is a thing of the past, the medium-sized brim and .Russian toque having taken its placed Fur, feathers, and particularly wings seem now more used than,^ the flowers of the summer 1 milMnery. The death through, tight-lacing of one of the waitresses of the Aerated Bread Company has broujght the subject of tightlacing under discussion. A fashionable West^End 'eorsetiere interviewed on-'the-question, says that this ifi decidedly the ■days of the 'woman with medium waist — that all model gowns have medium waists, and that whereas a> few seasons ago corsets, were made for 17in> 18in, and 19in •waiefe, 23in*is now the average measure- , xnent Tor young women. The question of woman's beauty is always to the fore, and the passionate de-e-ire to improve her locks is evidenced by the fortunes made by the beauty doctors. This week the methods of a Bond street specialist have besn exposed, through a case being brought by a client for fraud, &50Q damages being awarded to the lady by the jury. It seems that her attention had been drawn to advertisement, in ■\Vhich tihe specialist claimed a method of complete rejuvenation of face, neck, and hands, and the Temoval of wrinkles, scars, smallpox pits, freckles, birthmarks, moles, and all other face disfigurements, and the lady in search of a second youth pnt her-}-ell in the hands of the beauty doctor for tbe removal of marks on lier nose, ■vFitt t2xe- Tesult tlioifc- » deep wound vras> made, a serious illness followed, doctors and a specialist were called in t<o undo the damage caused. The lady stated in the witness box that the treatment to which she had been subjected by the beauty doctor was extremely painful, some liquid having been applied to her nose, which burnt the skin and ultimately caused a
desp wound. The verdict of the juiy without leaving the box was "on* of fraud, and £SCO damages with costs. It is to bo hoped that the publicity given to the case will save other credulous victims, of whom there are perhaps more than the public are aware of, for few women who visit the beauty doctor secretly, after they have been defrauded and disillusioned, would have the courage to seek redress, and £0 make their weakness and credulity public, and hold themselves up to ridicule. A^-Tecent writer on the subject asks: "Is there any secret of perennial youth?" The most beautiful woman in the world must think seriously of old agt», with its terrible- scourge, wrinkles. Xinou, de Lendos, Ihe well-known beauty of the seventeenth century, famous for both wit and good looks, once snid : " Had I created the human race I should have placed women's wrinkles on their heels." The writer continues that ths French woman spends more, as a rule, on aids to beauty than tihe Englishwoman, her complexion not being naturally so good, and quotes the yearly expenses of one wellknown Parisienne on aids to beauty as £120. How many women, would consider it happiness if she could command a like sum on which to keep herself entirely ■ " Beauty culture," says this writer, "should be begun ear'y; and be continuous,, not left till deep wrinkles and disfigurements make stringent means necessary — a daily struggle against time, the great enemy of oin sex. Unfortunately, so juany pretty women leave their beauty to s look* after itself until autumn, stealing ; np&n them, brings the dasoovery that they have waited too long for any treatment to be entirely satdsfactcoy. ... J?ace mask?, it would appear, are an old device, almost as old as man's admiration of a ■ youthful-looking face. The modern woman • seeking help from them is but inheriting a belief which was held by high-bom ■women of ancient Borne, and by some, at . least, of tlie celebrated women of antiquity. Face m?4>ks, I was told, iia\e toeen found among the heaped -up trinkets left by the side of t'be departed in ancient •tombs — pathetic emblem* of a ikm;.'ing common to womankind through all the ages. Linen masks apparently were chiefly used, and were placed on faces smeared over
with a thin coating of oil. Nowadays the beauty mask is often of india-rubber ; sometimes it covers 'the face, neck, ar.d. bust as well. Many and varied are these ■weapons of bsauty. -A man viewing the luassed appliances of the beauty specialist may well be'amaaed. . . . Here, however, is ths opinion expressed to me by one of the most beautiful women of the Parisian stage regarding the virtues of beauty culture: 'Madame, 1 I asked, what do you think is the best facial Jiygiene?' Her mswer was categorical. *No perfume or cosmetic ! I r.ever use perfumes because t.hay are bnd for the ekin. I only use eau de Colour e." As a matter o" fact, this lady, -tvou on the stage, is scarcely made up. Her face is beautiful, and her complexion is splendid. Being, in the full springtide of her youth, she laughs at systems. Other actresses pne great attention to baths. One with a distinguished career is said to like a profusion of fresh violets in the water. Milk baths, it would seem, are quite common. The juice of lemons is greatly used — a fashion started by the Queen of Holland." Lemon juice and eau de Cologne are surely harmless enough in the bath, and have tonic properties to •recommend their use to tliose women who fcave leisure and inclination to spare for t&e preservation o£ their beauty. * I
The latest development of the Suffragette movement is that Mrs Baines, the member of the Women's Social and Political Union — the first of the Suffragettes to be tried by jury — who was arrested at Leeds for causing an unlawful assembly on the occasion of Mr Asquith's meeting there on October 13, has caused subpeenas to be served both upon the Prime Minister and Mr Herbert Gladstone to appear as witnesses at the trial which will open to-day. All the subjects of the Crown, including the just subject the Prince of Walee, says an authority, must obey a subpoena, or, if he refuses to obey, a warrant may be issued to bring him up. But it may be certain that xhe Prims Minister and the Home Secretary will not^ obiy the subpoenas to appear at Leeds to-day, for he is to accompany Mrs Asjjuitli to Devonport for the launch of the Collittgwood to-morrow. The press comments that although there is no special protection for a Gabinet Minister any more than anyone etee against the power, of the subpoena, any subject can refuee to obey if it is held on frivolous grounds, and the Prime Minister probably regards these as most frivolous grounds — the whole course of the Suffragettes has been moist frivolous in his estimation. But that public opinion bears weight with powers that be has been evidenced by the unexpected release from prison of Mrs Drummond, the Suffragette "General," on the ground of ill-health. Stfe made no application for release, nor would she give any undertaking for the future, and to no oijs did her release come fs a greater surprise than herself. She was lying in bed ill in hospital, she says, when the matron and governor approached her 'and said that they were pleased to inform her that the Home Secretary had ordered her release, Mir Herbert Gladstone signing the document himself. Mrs Pankhurst, aloo in hospital, has been undergoing punishment for disiegarding prison rules by trying to hold communication with her daughter while exercising in the prison yard. The punishment meant the deprivation of exercise on two eonf-acutiv-e days and no chapel on Sunday. Thar, the Suffragettes are carrying their caueo with them within prison walls was evident by the fact that Mrs Pankhurst's punishment caused a
scene among the women prisoners, who protested by loud shoute in the yard. Miss Adela Pankhnrst, who visited her mother arxl sister a. day or two a,go, says she fourid them both seriously affected i.n. health. The latcet Teport of Miss Silvia Pankburst is : — My sister has not been allowed to attend chapel or to take any exercise since .Saturday. She is now in hospital, is unable to eat thn prison fare, ar.d is rapidly losiisj weight. Mrs Pankhurst is allowed to exercise by herself, but not to attend chapel, and she has been told that the punishment will continue until she promi;-£6 to make no attempt, to communicate with my sister. This she refuses to do. The doctor declined to be answerable for the consequences if she was not allowed to occupy her mind in i_ome way, and now she has been allowed to do a littJe sewing and Freuch translation. Mrs Leigh is al. r o in puniehment for inciting to mutiny.' As a protest, the Sr^ragettes propose to march in 'hundreds to Holloway Gaol to-night carrying lantcius, and to hold a meeting outside. During a speefh by Mis*! Gawthorpe in the Birmingham Town Hall, a body of studento at the back of the hall a disturbance. Knowing that the student* intended breaking tip the meeting, the Suffragettes were prepared, they had engaged the services of 150 ctaray men as stewards from among the ranks of the unemployed, and gave back in the like the treatment that is meted to themselves when they interrupt. As soon as -the uproar began, the valiant, but misguided fctudentG. were pounced upon, and hustled from tho building. Some of thorn resisted, and there were fcn'e struggle?, but in a few minutes 20 students were ejected. As each ejected student learlitd the door of the hall he found himself confronted by a long double row of constables, through which he had to run, being hurled violently from side to aide, and in many cases arriving in the street oollarloss. Outside a crowd of nearly 10.000 people, attracted both by the lavish advertisements of the meeting and the conduct of the student?, gathered round Victoiia equare. and several attempts were made to rush the doors. The (strong force of police, however, proved sufficient. The Creat White City closed last Sutur-
day, the exceptional weather making a record attendance possible, even to the last day. In a letter of thanks. Mr Imre Kiralfy. from whose clever brain the whole enterprise emanated, says : — The active inisre^ thrl hor Majesly the Queen and their Re-?' lligkrjess»= the Prnce and Princesses r,-; Wales have tpken in the exhibition from the time o: its inception to its closo is w-ell known to I3OUI the French and JBritish people. Tiie Duke of Argyll, our honorary president and the la'.e Lord Darby, cur president headed ft list of men of eminence in Church and State and commtrcs who, to the mi ml -r of over a thousand, have riven U3 tl 2n help and their guidance either as members c? the special or general committees, without which all my efforts v,-cu!d have been 7uti"e in such a vast undertaking. Although the Government of th>s country did not as<rist the exhibition financially, they gave it perFomd pupport by most of the Cabinet Ministers becoming honorary presidents oi the particular section in which their j office was interested.
My special - thanks are due to those msn:bsrs of the executive, finance, and group committees who have devoted an enormous amount oi tiaia to the affairs of the exhibition. No one but myself ia aware of the extent to which each individual member contributed to the success of fhe enterprise. Men of high position, who might well claim rest after lives of strenuous woik for the State, at Home and in our colonies, and in the spheres cf commerce and finance, spared neither pains nor time, day by day, ■week by week, and month by month, in striving for that result; but, nevertheless, many of them, recognising the far-reaching benefits ■which are likely to Accrue to nations -from such exhibitions in the direction of peace through the extension of commerce, have already expressed tbeir willingness to give their hearty support to another exhibition to be held next year in the White City.
And now the commissioners- of the various courts are returning to their own countries, and the white palaces, with their domes and spires will be left to the ghosts of Shephard's Bush, and an English winter. Already the word Chrustmas meets the eye and ear. The summer is over and the harvest past, and hints of a " London particular " are in the air.