Miss Gray was the acknowledged belle of Mrs Tonka' dance in the Remuera Hall last week. Mr and Mrs Osburn, of Mangapai, gave an evening parfcj, which was well attended by the respectable settlers of the district. Dancing was commenced at eight, and kept, tip till daylight. The music was excellent. Mr Fraaer presided at the pianoforte, and Mr McGill made a first-class M.O. The following were the dresses worn by a few of the ladies : — Miss McCracken, black yelvet ; the Misses Harrison, black cashmere, trimmed with black satin ; Miss Stone, pink sateen ; Miss Wilson, black velvet ; Mrs Bully, black silk. Miss Harrison was considered the best dancer ; Mr B. Hewlett, Mr J. McOullough, and Mr McCracken were considered a match among the gentlemen. The Helensville Bachelor's Ball took place in the Public Hall of that place, on Friday last, the 19th inst., when some 40 couples were present, including quite a number of ladies and gentlemen from Auckland. The programme consisted of 24 dances, and the music supplied by Messrs Hiscocks and Head was all that could be desired. Before commencing the second part of the programme several extras were played by Bliss Kate Donovan, the taste and skill displayed by this lady being much admired by all present. Tlae following are a few of the most noticeable dresses worn : — Mrs Isaac McLeod, cream satin witla pink roses ; Miss Kate Donovan, nuns-veiling with green satin body, pink sash ; Miss Bessie Donovan, white muslin, trimmed with pink ; Miss Wadham, cream satin skirt, cardinal bodice and paniers ; Miss O'Neill, black velvet skirt and bodice, drapped with black spangled tarlatan ; Mrs D. Donovan, fawn brocaded silk ; Miss Nelson, black cashmere. The honour of 'belle was divided between Miss Wadham (Auckland) Miss Kate Donovan, and Mrs Isaac McLeod. A word of praise is due to Messrs Norton and A. McLeod for the efficient way in which they carried out the duties of M.C.'s. The wedding between Mr W. Cullen and Miss Jane Kirk, at Maungaturoturo, which has been looked forward to with much interest, took place in church on Wednesday, the 10th. It being the first marriage in the church, the nowlymarried couple were presented with a handsome Family Bible. The bride was tastefully attired in a dress of fawn-coloured material trimmed with white satin, white tulle veil worked with white silk, and wreath of orange blossom. Miss A. Kirk and Miss L. Cullen, as bridesmaids, wore very prettily-trimmed dresses of grey lustre. After the breakfast, at which about fifty sat down, the ball was opened by the bridegroom. Amongst the. dresses most noticeable were the following : — Miss Cullen, grey lustre worked with crewel ; Miss Williams, white muslin, green sash j Mrs Booker, pale blue material, trimmed with blue satin and cream lace (very pretty) j Miss Campbell, black grenadine, cream lace and pink sash ; Mia3 Rogers, pale amber dress, lace overskirt ; Mrs W. Bailey, dark blue silk ; Mrs H. Cullen, black lustre worked with crewel. The party broke up at midnight. The happy couple are spending the honeymoon at the Hot Springs. The members of the Waikato Branch, H.A.C.8., Society celebrated their third anniversary with a ball at the Oddfellows' Hall, Hamilton East. The Hall was gaily decorated with flowers and evergreens. About fifty couples were present, and dancing was kept up until five in the morning, The ladies were neatly and tastefully dressed, the following being some of the most noticeable costumes : — Miss E. Allen, cream sateen, cream lace ; Miss Kate Allen, black velvet body, blue skirt ; Miss Davitt, white dre3s, with scarlet trimmings ; Miss T. Frost, white book -muslin, white lace ; Miss Kate Cassidy (the belle), cream, crushed strawberry, cream flowers ; Miss E. Cassidy, oatmeal-cloth, pale blue trimmings ; Miss M. J. Cassidy, cardinal silk, cream satin, cream lace ; Miss E. Carthy, white bookmuslin, pink bows ; Mis 3M. Bastable, pink figured sateen ; Miss Karl, black merino, cream ribbon and lace ; Miss S. Cassidy, black velvet body, pink skirt, silver flowers. The catering was admirable and reflects credit on the committee. Mr Holloway's band furnished the music, &nd gave general satisfaction. Mr A. Connelly, junr., was M.C., and performed his duties in a very creditable manner. Taking the affair right through, it was a complete success. A. pleasant evening was spent in the Public Hall, Russell, on Thursday, the 11th October. A ball was given as the winding-up of the quadrille class. There were about 50 present, everyone enjoying themselves. Amongst our Kawakawa visitors were : Mrs McPherson, Miss Wilson, Miss Armstrong ; Miss Middleton, of Kawakawa, looked very nice indeed. Messrs Grey, Howard, McPherson, and Wilson were the gentlemen visitors. The following are the Russell folks :— Mrs Omus, Mrs E. McCloud, Mrs laing, Mrs Redfern, Mrs Phipps, Miss Laing, Mias Annie Laing, Miss Bella Laing, Miss Brown, Miss Wilkinson, Mrs Anderson, Miss Doatie White, Miss Jessie McCloud, Miss McCloud, and Miss White. The gentlemen were : Mr Kelly, Mr Redfern, Mr Duncan, Mr Baker, Mr Gillfillian, Mr Harrop, Captain McCloud, Mr Rackstraw, Mr Laing, . Captain Oiiius, and several others. Miss Annie Laing looked very nice ; Miss McCloud and Misa White bewitching, as usual ; Miss Laing very neat ; Miss Doate White and Miss Jessie McCloud — it was hard to judge between them for good looks; Mrs Omus was charming. Dancing was kept up till four in the morning. Everything pagssed off well. The anniversary ball of the Kaitoki Assembly passed off very successfully on the evening of JTnday, the sth October. There were present about 35 couples, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, nothing whatever happening in any way to mar the enjoyment of the evening. The ball was held in Mr King's room, which is rery popular for such gatherings, though on this occasion it wa9 found to be rather on the small side. Nevertheless, dancing was kept up with
spirit till the small hours of the morning. Music was provided by Messrs J. Armstrong andG-ower (violin and piano), and was all that could be desired. It may not be out of place to mention here that both gentlemen are acknowledged to be the best dance music players in our town. The catering was very efficiently provided by Mr W. Hogg, who carried out his part of the arrangement in a very satisfactory manner. The M.C.'s were Messrs J. Bates and E. R. Morgan, who successfully performed the duties attending the office. The honour of belle was divided between Miss McDonnell (in cream sateen dress, trimmed wiih dark green satin) and Miss Higgie (white muslin skirt, with, lavender satin panier and bodice). The following also were some of the principal dresses worn :— Mrs A. Higgie, black satin, pink lace fichu, silver jewellery; Mrs A. Svmes, black silk, trimmed with, cardinal and Maltese lace, gold jewellery ; Mrs E. R. Morgan, black grenadine, brocaded bodice, and point lace, silver flowers and jewellery ; Miss Dolly Cameron, blue sateen, white flowers ; Miss S. Lomax, pink nun's cloth and white satin ; Miss McDonald, white cashmere skirt, cardinal pleating, black j velvet bodice ; Miss Lizzie McDonald, green silk and ecru lace ; Miss Morgan, white muslin skirt, green siik bodice, and silver jewellery ; Miss Lottie Morgan, black silk, and ecru grenadine ; Miss Southcombe, white muslin, lace and flowers, gold jewellery ; Miss G-erse, ]jink nun's cloth, silver' flowers' ; Miss F. Day, cardinal velvet bodice, black skirfc. Besides theso there were many other very nice dresses which became the wearers, and made them look quite bewitching ; and if the heart of some bachelor was not made captive, I venture to say it was through no fault of the ladies, as they all seemed to vie with one another to appear to the best advantage. The annual Bachelors' Ball was held on Friday evening last in the Ponsonby Oddfellows' Hall. The committee consisted of Messrs Riddling, Rutledge, Spiers, and Riley. Mr Laurence Riddling made an efficient master of ceremonies. , Mr Rowlinson, of Newton, was caterer, and gave great satisfaction. Messrs J. Davidson and Handley (violin and harp) supplied excellent dance music ; and everything wont off with great j eclat. Dancing commenced at 9.15, and did not I cease till five o'clock on Saturday morning. The I following are a few of the most noticeable dresses, many of which would have done credit to a much | more pretentious gathering : — Miss Grace McChattie wore a very handsome dress of black | velvet and pink sateen, alternate breadths, the pink gauged, black blonde lace,and silver jewellery; Miss Chapman, white muslin, and white satin ! ribbon ; Miss McCarthy, pale blue flowered sateen, white beaded blonde lace ; Miss Ryan, black flowered sateen ; <Miss Rutledge, pale pink nun's veiling, cream lace, and silver flowers ; Miss Mary McChattie, handsome black velvet and violet sateen dress ; Mrs Teague, pink sateen, black velvet, and beaded lace ; Mrs Renwick, black sateen, with blue flowers, black velvet body, and lace trimmings ; Miss Lomas, pink satin, and white lace — a pretty costume ; Miss McLeod, azuline cashmere, del trimmings ; Miss Perm, white muslin, blue satin trimming. There could be no two opinions as to who was belle, Miss Grace McChattie combining all the qualiflcations j for the honour — a handsome face, good figure, perfect dancing, and the prettiest dress in the room. The committee deserve a word of praise for the excellence of their arrangements. A return ball, tendered to Mr and Mrs Waite by the comraittee and members of the Mount Eden dancing-class, was held in the new hall, and proved a gre\it success in every way, there being no fewer than 70 couples on the floor. Mr W. Gr. Savers acted as M C, and acquitted himself to the satisfaction of all present. The committee (Messrs J. Wilson, A. Spalding, — Holland, R. Markham, and W. J. Sayers) are entitled to a word of praise for the able manner in which they carried out their arrangements, thereby gaining the thanks of all present for the very enjoyable evening spent, and no doubt many are looking forward to a repetition. The catering was done by Mr Rawlinson, of Newton, who provided a sufficient supply for double the number present, and nothing could have been more satisfactory than the provision made. A special 'bus was put on from Newton and one from town to convey the pleasure-seekers to and from the hall. Soon after the first 'bus arrived at the ball, Mr Reid (who officiated as pianist, accompanied on the violin by another gentleman), gave the magic touch to the instrument, and from then until the small hours of the morning dancing was kept up with vigour. The supper-room was thrown open at 11 o'clock, when all did justice to the spread. During the interval several songs were givon by ladies and gentlemen, one es]:>ecially being worthy of comment, a Thy Face," very sweetly sung by Miss Bella Wilson of Newton. By careful training she may become one of tho leading vocalists of Auckland. She has a very rich contralto voice and many of her notes are exqiu'sitely sweet. The honour of being bolle of tho ball was strongly contested between Miss Sayers and Mrs W. J. Sayers, but was finally decided in favour of Miss Sayers, who wore a handsome pale blue silk, white lace trimmings, silver flowers and spray. Mrs W. J. Sayers -wore cream coloured sateen, with spangles, blue silk and white lace trimmings ; Mrs Roid, black velvet trimmed with pink satin ; Mrs Markham, fawn coloured sateen, trimmed with fawn satin ; Mrs Sayers, senior, black brocade satin, black bead trimmings; Miss Taylor, black satin, cream lace trimmings ; Miss Mullally, black merino, trimmed with black satin, pale, blue sash ; Miss S. Sanclall, navy blue merino, trimmed with navy blue silk; Miss Markham, pale blue sateen, white lace trimmings, ] ;)oar l ornaments ; Miss Finch, drab dross, with satin trimmings ; Miss Bella Wilson, navy blue, pale pink polonise, silver ornaments ; Miss Waite, blue lustre, white laco trimmings ; Miss Griffiths, white pompadour, pale blue sateen lacing, white laco trimmings ; Miss Mary Griffiths, a very pretty pink cambric, white laco trimmings and flowers; Miss Elliott, pink sateen, wuite lace trimmings ; Mrs Waite very handsome checked silk ; Misses Crocket, white muslin, pink satin trimmings ; Mrs McLeod, black silk, cream lace trimmings ; Misses Haslott, pale bluo cashmere, blue silk trimmings. From Berlin we loam that there is a curious story told about the Throne of Roumania. We are given to understand that a separation is about to take place between the King and Queen of Ron-
mania for the very singular reason that the Queen, who has no children, and possesses strong literary tastes, wishes to live in retirement in Berlin and dovoto hersolf to literaturo. It will bo a now boast for the brethren of the pen to proclaim that the fascination of their craft is so groat that it outweighs the attractions of a throne, to say nothing of the pleasures of domestic life, which, we must conclude, have not in this instance beeu very groat. Yet, the King, when he married, wa3 chiefly attractod by the domestic virtues of Princess Elizabeth of Wied, considoz'ably to the disappointment of more brilliant and fashion- loving princesses. It is a new order of things for those who are marriod to ask for a divorco bocauso there is no issue of the marriage. The Queen has already returned to her family and if the King intends to marry again ho will have to ask for the Pope's consent.