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WOMAN'S WORLD.

Princess Pauline Metternich has just carried off the gold medal at the BudaPcsth Exhibition for tho splendid stock raised on her Hungarian estates.

Miss Agnes Geraldine Scott, a student of Alexandra College, Dublin, has just carried off a first-class exhibition of JSSO and the coveted gold medal for mathematics.

At a Salvationist wedding recently celebrated in New York by Commander and Mrs Ballington Booth, a collection for honeymoon expenses was taken up from tho largo attendance of onlookers.

Mr Raymond Blathwayfc says that feminine Japan is delightful. A Japanese woman he declares is always a lady : bright, dainty and sweet, sho shines in contrast with her sulky and conceited brother.

Lady barristers will soon be enabled to practice in Canada. At tho convocation of the Law Society- of Upper Canada, held a short time ago at Toronto, the committee was directed to frame rules providing for the calling of women to fche bar.

Miss Mary Scott, of Rosobank, Crieff, Avas formally ordained recently iv the presence of a largo congregation, previous to her departure for Darieehng, India, Avhere sho intends to take up the woik of missionary iv association with the Church of Scotland.

Queen Margharita of Italy takes pleasure in storing up curious old folk-tale 3, written out in her beautiful sloping handAvriting : Christine Nilsson scrupulously saves all her hotel bills, and has already papered one room with them, while one pretty burlesque actress is said to havo lined a cupboard with love-letters. Needloss to say, the door has a specially strong and original lock.

Fran Marie Stritt is the leading spirit of the AA-omen's movement in Dresden. She is Hungarian by birth, her mother is a Transyivanian Saxon, and her great-grand-father Avas an Englishman named Bacon. From her mother sho inherits her liberal opinions, that lady having been the friend of Frau Luise Otho Peters, of Leipsic, and Frau Augusta Goldschmidt, the pioneer Avomen of Germany.

Olive Cronwright Schreiner possesses a domesticated taste, shared by her husband, for her pastime is the management of t&A dairy, assisted by him in the turning' tho churn-handle. Lady Henry Somerset finds timo, in tho intervals of her many philanthropic Avorks, to excel in driving, Avater-colour painting, and in the designing of exquisite embroideries, many of Avhich her own fingers afterwards execute.

The Duchess of Fife used to be very proud of her skill as a fencer, and Madame Nordica actually Avenfc the length of taking a conrso of lessons in boxing from a famous teacher. The Duchess of Westminster takes high rank among titled cricketers, and one of our most beautiful society hostesses, avlio prefers to hide from the public all exhibition of her gift, is so skilled a rifle shot that none of the male members of her family can rival one of her scores.

In the Woman at Home for November is a very interesting interview Avith Miss Jane BarloAv. The author of " Irish Idylls " admits Avith compunction that she began her first novel afc the age of eight years, and that at five years of age she composed a hymn to Neptuno. Here is the first verse of ifc :— Nentune, thou monarch of the sea, Thy pala: c it is thero, "Where anions the brown mid green seaweeds Swim all the mirmaids fair.

Lady Beaconsfield, writes a contributor to Cornhill, when eighty years old still possessed much of the vivacity of manner which attracted Disraeli on his first meeting with her in 1832. Sho Avas fond of rich dresses, and one gOAvn she Avore not long before her death Avas of dark crimson velvet, made tunic fashion, and hi; n 'h at the neck. On her left breast she wore what appeared to be an order of some kind, but AA-hen seen close proved to bo.a framed oval miniature of her husband.

Herr Gregorius, tho author of "A Mediterranean Idyll,' tells us that the girl? at Capri are not so much beautiful as graceful. Their features are frequently strange; the outlines of their remarkably loAv-bi OAved faces are regular and often classical ; their oyes are either black and gloAviug, or of a deep sultry grey. The broAvn complexion, the black hair, the kerchief wound over the head, the coral neck-laces and golden earrings, give their faces an Oriental appearance. " Everything in Capri," Aye read, "is graceful, small, and dainty."

A Swedish woman in Chicago has started Avhat is called the " somersault cure " for Avoinen Avho desire to improve their figure. "Sometimes," she says, "it takes logicand patienco to persuade a stout, dignified lady to turn a somersault, and in the preliminary trials a difficult object has to h(helped over. At forty-five, you knoAV, such an action seems an aAvful and awkward enterprise ; but once you learn lioav to turn somersaults, even at fifry, the exhilaration of it groAvs ou you, and its effects on one's girdlo measure are simply astonishing. Tho somersault does more for a clumsy, fat Avoman than anything I can recommend."

The Empress of Germany celebrated her thirty-eighth birthday in due German fashion. Her birthday table displayed a magnificent birthday cake surrounded by caudles, one for each year of her life. Around it Avero the presents, and among these were the gifts of her husband, comrrising an Italian landscape painted by himself for her, a series of fashionable v/iuter hats and bonnets, glomes, parasols, jeAvellery, every kind of Avriting paper and some exquisite fans. Each of her seven children brought a little offering to their mother, bought and chosen by themselves. Bufc, perhaps, that of Prince Eitel-Fritz gavo her the^ most pleasure ; it was a beautiful frame in poker Avork, done entirely by himself during the hours that he has been obliged to spend ou the sofa since his accident.

In her " Study in Wives " Mrs Lynn Linton names among a bevy of noble dames who Avere at once true Avives and good Avonien Lady Rachel Russell, Avhose parting Avith her husband stands as one of the most pathetic as avcll as one of the noblest episodes of English history; Lady FanshaAve ; and that loA r eliest and sweetest lady of olden days, the Countess of Salisbury, Avho resisted tho monarch's blandishments Avith such a marvellous union of grace, tenderness, respect, and loyalty. In the still former ages Avas that deathless model of conjugal devotion, Alcestis, AA'ho devoted herself to the gods of the under-world that her husband's life might bo redeemed : and Pautheia, the wife of Abradates, Avhom Cyrus himself honoured for hor trusty love; Arria, the wife of Peetus — " It does not hurt, my Patus " ; and Lucretia, Avho preferred death to even guiltleaa dishonour.

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WOMAN'S WORLD., Star, Issue 5760, 2 January 1897

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