FEMININE FANCIES, FOIBLES, AND FASHIONS. 0 [By Muriel."] (ALL RIGHTS P, Reminiscences of Christmas. Christinas is over, and well over, many of til think, and not those who are churlish either. if or one am glad it is over, vet I had no fault to find with fortune on this occasion, since, though far a way from all dear re atives, [ spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day with Innd and true fricnds, and my place at the breakfast table was hardly to iic seen for piled up gifts from the same land friends, whose custom it is to make as many people happy as possible at this season, and other occasions likewise. "Goodwill towards men" is the motto they have made their own, and servants of the household are always as rich y* gifts as the visitors. 1 he coachman who drove us to church wore the warmest of warm gloves, and his pockets were well lined with silver in addition. Another member of the same family, who some .time ago left the 01d home for a husband's roof, invited us to dinner, and here I had opportunity for inspecting the many beauti- fill relics sh-3 had collected during her recent visit to India. On the centre of the dinner table was gracefully arranged a pink I II purdah," spangled with silver. A purdah is veil which the women in India fold about them when they go abroad. Equally well did it aerve as a centre for the hospitable board, Riving it quite a novel, Oriental character. The purdah was raised by means of some sort OF Scaffolding, describing a scries of tiers, Which served to support Benares brass vase*, holding flowers and bowls containing sweet- meats, crackers, and other edible trifles inter- mingled. The exquisite fineness of the glitter- lng purdah allowed of soft puckerings here and there, a far more effective arrangement than is produced by a flat surface, however handsome the table centre be. In various in the drapery pots of (lowers were Placed, and several quaint old silver lamps, ■Etruscan in design, shed a soft lustre around. # Christmas To-day Better Than tho Past. The Chiiatmas of our dav, if it has less of T«*elry, hi3 gained by what it has lost, and is honoured in a better and calmer spirit than la Yules of bygone years. As regards Christ- J&as fare, the crane and the bittern ar? °Qnd on our tables no longer. Tho ,F*uitionaj boar's head went out with Long Parliament, and no direc- V°ns for the culinary treatment of a swan or heron "occur in modern cooking books. Somewhere about the middle of the sixteenth c.e.^ury, when the crane and the bustard were still reoognised dishes at Iloyal feasts, the '>f'gan to supplant native fowls, iorkeys were imported from North America by Spanish explorers. In the time of James I. • writer speaks of them as those outlandish wrdt called ginny cocks and turkey cocks, which were not seen in this country before 1530." Turkey was a name commonly applied to the fowl which retains this cognomen and to the Guinea fowl. The tarkey of the Rocky Nountainsand Panama to the North of Canada surpasses in size the domestic breed, and th« beauty of its plumage is also greater. Some wild turkeys hailing from the placcs named weigh 301bs., 401bs., and even HOlhl. a-piece, while a bird that brings down the wale at 251 bs. is deemed a magnificent speci- nien".of the tribe in England. CliristmoLs- Games. t though Christmas proper is over the of the season extend far into the New Year, and many and varied are the games invented to ^beguile the time and amuse and entertain the invited guests at this hospitable season. The puzzles are more expemi ve"and elaborate, though those sold at a penny each have amused thousands. I bought several new puzzles costing .sixpence each, and these not of the selfish order, but allowing several Persona to assist. Not a new game, but «tm neatly diverting, is a large print donkey JBinus his tail. 'I here are a dozen detached tail., which are distribated to the players. The donkey is then pinned to the window curtain, and the players start at a distance of dozen feet or so, closing the eyes and turn- VMS thrice round before advancing *?ith tho object of pinning the tail on to the place indicated by Nature. 1\ is surprising how very few contrive to approach even distantly the desired point, -00 not a few essay to fasten the tail on the boads of the company who are quite out of the line of the donkey. The game "affords oonsiderable amusement, and includes any dumber of players. 5 i < The Influenza. 'The dreaded epidemic^ imported from the J^OQtinent is upon us. A few days before Christmas I was buying some Christmas gifts 1!1 1 •t Whiteley's, and finding it very difficult to get served, and noticing, too, the scarcity of *ttendants, I inquired why this diminishing of bombers, when time and the importunity of ^Wtomera seemed to demand increased at- I heard with dismay that not ?Ter than 250 of Whiteley's employes were ••ricken with influenza, and obliged to be at a time when "All hands to the IPURQP" was necessarily the order of the day. la the provision department whatever you Purchased had to be carried away by your- since there was no delivery as usual. Mr. f**oiteley had thrown himself into the breach. I saw.bim here, r.there, and every- ^nere. Winter Sales. Hardly has the'stress of^Christmas passed the winter sales begin, and only they *hp hare seen London shops, such as White- Shoolbred's, &c., at these seasons can £ Hliae the pressure'put upon shop assistants; by aoy effort of imagination Pih they realise the fearful crush strain that has to be borne by ^*r £ *in hunters. To find feal bargains yoa jP^atgo to the very best shops. The proprietors Among their clients only those who fgBfcnd the best at .any price, and, therefore, spftnot retain in stook any goods which bear impress of last season's fashions. The ail therefore, at the half-yearly k. *re 8ure be fashionable and bona fide I never purchase anything at the aauouuoed at second-rate shops. t:\ ?. > Where to Get Bargains. U(I here is a reason in point. Just before VBristnaas I bought a muff at a shop where r. r,aight reasonably expeot fair dealing, yet riotioed that just 2s. 6d. had been added to j £ jijPrwe I gave for my muff a week ago, the offered being precisely the same r^s *• But just because bargain," some easily-gulled will be taken in and exult in the **PPo»ed bargain, *#* A Warning About Furs, fe fur» b« oareful toieethat a<rt att>okc4 A friend of mine bought a set of ilussian hare at a really good furrier's, but fiiids the fur falls so much that she cannot possibly wear either muff or boa. # Tasteful Scarves. Among the more tasteful things which serve to twine round the shoulders at this time is a charming striped gauze square sold by Liberty for 7s. Gd. The sheen on the gauze is glitter- ing, and the square is made in delightful com- binations of coloiir-willow green and white, salmon pink and white, or rose and white, also white in stripes of satin and gauze. Any- thing more delightfully filmy than these gossamers cannot be imagined, and their price is most-moderate. Then very exquisite are the long scarves made of real Pongee silk, the selvedges run together and the oriiice at, the bottom drawn close with tassletofinish, '.these scarves co3t a moderate sum, and tiiey are tastefully worn beneath open-fronted out-of- door jackets, or may be used to fold round and round the neck on warm evenings when attending theatre or opera. Pongee :i!k Cushions. Hardly anything can be prettier than the cushions of l'ongee silk, smocked so as to form tasteful patterns. I saw one lovely specimen, the puckering being drnft to repre- sent flowers, the design being well carried out. Another cushion has a diamond pattern, formed by smocking in the centre of the sqnare. Anyone who is expert in the use of the needle can cany out the desi-ins I name. The rose pattern is really most lovely, and, moreover, quite new. Cushions of >si!k, with bands of plush laid i-cuii(l, ivitb margin of silk beyond, the four corners decorated with ttiangic) of plush, are much admired. Cushions of all kinds have been favourite and acceptable gifts lately, the small bolster cushion as well as the large square variety. » Coals and Smoking Chimneys. 11 I once heard of a lady who professed a liking for thiit-to me—sickening odour emitted by the wick of an expiring candle or when extinguished. It is poisonous as weli as offensive, I believe. But abnormal as the taste I refer to is, I never heard any human being express a partiality for a smoking chimney. A friend of mine says she has tried every known variety of coah without succeeding in curing an in- veterate smoking chimney. Now, instead of directing talent to combat the evil at the top of the chimney, a benefactor of his kind has turned his skili and inventive genius in the direction of the fuel. I bear there is a tluid to be bought at a cheap rate which, sprinkled over the coals prior to their introduction to thegrate, absolutely prevents any disposition to smoke. lam told that this is no catch-penny," but a real preventive. I believe a bottle costing less than two shillings is su/lieient to treat a ton of coals. Any way, a trial is solicited, and the chinii, x,, coal-smokers' occupation, like Otlwllv's, is said to be gone. If this be true, the discoverer of the "smoke preventer'' deserves well at the hands of his fellows, and the harassed housekeeper has one less dreaded domestic grievance to combat and to remedy if she can. Hopelessly in- ourable" is the verdict pronounced on many chimneys. What a saving of temper, expense, and personal discomfort there will be if the smoke preventive can accomplish what it professes to do. Interior House Decoration. 'Jhe fashion for interior decoration is a growing one, and the candle makers are pandering to it. In order to tone with the artistic draperies which hail from Liberty's, a well-known firm of soap boilers are dyeing their candles in twelve art colours, which harmonise perfectly with the aesthetic tints of the draperies I allude to. When lit up the combined effect is very brilliant, and during the daytime also the wax, so charmingly coloured, produces delightful colour-harmony in drawing; room and boudoir. # Some More Pretty Cushions, When writing about cushions I forgot to mention two special patterns-the Ilosetti cushion, which resembles a monster rose, and can be had in all colours of that flower, the petals exquisitely shaded, and made to look crumpled and as if about to fall, Another variety is made to resemble a prize cabbage. Some species appear in natural colour, others in shades which Nature does not select from this particular vegetable. The rose cushion is made in several sizes, and costs from 10.. 6d. to 27s. Cd., according to size. The new bolster neck cushion, ten inches long, covered with silk, cost 4s. The Nakomis oushion is made of covered folds of monotone colour, liberty silk radiating from a centre, and forming little soft puffe. The cushion is filled with Arctic down. The size ISin. by 18m costs 21s.; 20in. by 20in., 2os, A New Song. A song, which is refined but has plenty of C go" in it and a swinging chorus m which the company can all join with much eclat, is The Longshoreman music by E. Cbesham. This song has become very popular at good class smoking concerts, and has only to be heard to be appreciated. A Reply. I have received many letters since I described the Finger" Prayer Eook, asking where it can be procured? It can be bought from A. Jones and Co., 154, Kegent- street. It is possible to fix it to ohatelaine. It may also be put in purse or in vest jacket. The measurement, as I have said before, is one inch in breadth by three and a half in length. < « Forfeits, I have also been asked to give a list of forfeits for games. Some penalties imposed are vulgar, and some are highly absurd i so I venture to suggest the following :-— Mention the name of a. famous person and relate an anecdote about Iiina. Mention one of the mest recent modern dit- coveries. Keep a serious face for five minutes. A line of poetry given, find another to rhyme with it. The owner of forfeit to stand in the middle of the ro on, and each in turn request him to assume a particular attitude. Pay a compliment and undo it after to [everyone present. Kiss someone through the tango, Say five times without errorAround the rugrged rock the ragged rascal ran. Put yourself through the keyhole. Do this by writing "yourseH on a piece of paper and passing it through the'keyhole. Repeat: Robert Rowley rolled a round roll round. A round roll Robert Rowley rolled round. Thert is the round roll Robert 'Rowley rolled round. Rub one haad on your forehead, and at the Banae time strike the breast, without changing or ceasing the motion of either hand. Say to each persoa ia the room "You cannot eav, Boo' to a goose." Count twenty backwards. Place your bands behindj you and guess wko touches them. Dance a quadrille blindfold. The owners of four forfeits te redeem tbetn thus:- SaY Quizzical Quick, kiss me quick," nine times without aistake. 4ft 1-a reDidiv,.Villv.yite aad bis Tifa I vent to Vinds .r and Vest Vickham von Vitson j Vednesday." Repeat, without stopping, "Handy-legged Boracio Mustacio Whisker Fustieus, the bold, brave B'm- bardiho of B-tgdiHl, helped Aboinilique B'u;) Heard, Bashaw of Bibeiiiitnfleb, to beat down Bumble Bee at Balsorn." Hold one foot in tli& right hand and hop twice round the roosn. stand on a chair and cali out Here I s!and as stiff as a stake, 0 Take me down for pity's s;iiio. O." If tfont'emaD, soiin compassionate lady performs the office. ♦ Musioal Novelties. Two quaint ornaments designed for New Year's gitts are the 13 natural" brooch, music stave, made in fine gold and enamel. Another, A flat," gold scarf pin in gold and diamonds, for gentlemen.
Too Much Maligned. A good many things, many sharp and ooci- IsionaNy cruH, having been said of mothers- in-law, now comes one of that much-talked-of class, and tells her side of the story. Listen. Left a widow. after a few years of iliost un- happy married life, I retired, with my two children, to a small town where I intended to subsist upon my very moderate means and to devote myself to the care of their education. My girl and boy went to school in the morn- ing. In the afternon we walked together, and we three all enjoyed those long rambles. Then our tea-table and our evenings, when I read ro them—how delightful wasouv companionship! Ilow I tried every way to sow the good seed I have said that my means were small, but my wants were fnv, al;d 1 considered it my duty to make them fewer for my children's sake. I took care that they were always weli dressed, often working until late at night upon their clothes—my own were plain enough. They never knew, of eourso, the sacrifices I made that they might, have pleasure. That my children loved me. respected me. 1 | need not repeat. Their first thought always seemed to be of me. At Christmas they pre- I sented me with horrid little daubs, which [ still treasure, tied up in packages and dated. 1 All. pleasant days! l)ays when a paper of sweet cake is sullicient for happiness. The. years came when 'thev grew tal! and less dependent on me. Julian left scttoo); and as my means did not admit of his going to college, I obtained admittance for him into the place of business of a friend. One day I heard an acquaintance say that my son fHl- mired a Miss Morris. Then first shot -nto my heart that acute pang of jealousy whi eh I had heard a woman feels when another woman dares to lay claim to her son—a bitter, unreasonable feeling, but strong and fierce, trample on it as you may. I asked Julian about it: he laughed at the very idea. A year later he announced that he was en- gaged to this very girl, and asked 1)11> to go and see her. J went. !"he was tall and very thin, but stylish looking, with reddish hair. She wore a great many flounces and a great deal of jewellery of the pale gold kind. Her manners were very gracious tome: but some- how or other there was something about her that seemed to say she was the one who always bad a right to Julian, while I stood out in the queer and awkward light of one whose elaima upon him were very trifling and quite recent. A year afterwards thVy were married and remained some months with her family, during which time I siw her often, and cannot say that I ever had any fault to find with her.! Then Julian sought and obtained a very good situation in a town distant about one hundred miles. At first the news was very satis- factory. Ii Charming little house the perfection of servants; then, later, "the loveliest little baby," my grandson. Then, some months later, things were not quite so bright. The baby had the croup, my son himself had a touch of intermittent fever, servants were great plagues, housekeeping a dreadful trouble. Disturbed beyond measure by the reiteration of these lamentations, I decided to go and see for myself how they were circumstanced and be of what assistance I might for a short time. So one winter morning, leaving Jenny with an intimate friend, entrusting my house and all it contained to the care of one servant, I left home alone. Arriving after dark at my destination, I found the two young ser- vants enjoying a very comfortable meal in the kitchen and the baby asleep alone in a chilly nursery. My son and his wife were out, spending the evening with some friends. Their surprise and pleasure at seeing me on their return home appeared great. Upon conversing with Matilda the next day I found her to be very ignorant as regarded baby's l'e- quirements. H He does cry so dreadfully," she said. I stayed there a whole month. Perhaps it was too long, but there always seemed to be something for me to do. I took charge of the little creature whenever bis mother wanted to spend an evening in company, which was not seldom. Many and many a lonely hour did I pass in that dimly-lighted room, listening to that low breathing, rather than trust him to the awkwardness of the young girl who professed to fulfil the duties of a child's: nurse. I did a great deal of sewing for Matilda, of whom 1 became fonder than 1 bad ever expected to be. Julian had a relapse of his intermittent fever. His wife knew nothing about sick- j nesa. I nursed him. I, who had never known fatigue when he bad needed anything in former years, would surely not fail him now. I sat t up with him night after night, and showed the cook how to prepare nice dishes for him, such as I knew he liked that is to say, I prepared them while the cook looked on. "Whatever was wanted now, upstairs or down, I was the one to plan and to do. At last I bpgan to think I ought to return to Jenny; and seeing Julian fairly convalescent, I sought the train for my journey homeward. fitting in the carriage, a party of young people took places in front of me, laughing and talking with eager animation, principally about persons I knew nothing of, except by name. Presently one of them began to talk about my son's wife. f I used to see a great deal of them at one tiiiie," she said but j But what f" asked another. Oh! well, they had a mother-in-law i hanging about lately, so I have kept away." So have I." Here followed a laugh of derision. A mother-in-law exclaimed another that is hard: I do pity them, indeed." But I bear she is off now." Glad to hear it. Have you read the new novel ?" I was the mother-in-law on whose account friends kept away. I remembered the weary nights in that sick room; the weary days, when, suffering from the loss of sleep, I struggled to keep my eyes open, that I might I attend to the various little household duties, All this was the "hanging about" which excited the risible musoles of those lively young people. I thought of Jenny, her good looks, her intelligence, her affectionate nature, and found myself wondering what her future was to be. But here we are. There she was, waiting to meet me, dear ohild; but there was some one with her, a most insigni- ficant looking individual, with very prominent eyes and large whiskers. W by did my heart sink with a melancholy foreboding ? How dad she was to lee me ikgaia §?}»•: introduced her companion to me as Mr. Per- kins; and whereas L was all anxiety to be all alone with her, Mr. Perkins, with a great flourish of politeness, walked all the way home with us. Before I could untie the! strings of my bonnet he told me that Jenny bad promised to marry him. I was thunderstruck, having, in the annoyance of his presence, forgotten my forebodings of half an hour before. I had read with much attention, in various highly lauded books, of the great and imperative duty of bringing up a girl to be a helpmate for a nobleman-—this dapper little manikin! lie seemed amiable, but so utterly insignificant. He had un- < interesting parents, and weak, plain sisters, all of whom made a perpetual amusement of the engagement. My parlour was given up to them eii is, to him and his sisters, I seemed always dt Irop when I entered, judg- ing by the sudden silence which followed the j animated talk. My coming was an interrup- tion. I began to sit upstairs. 1 always walked cut alone. After two years they were married and aspired to the dignity of keeping house." After looking at many dwellings, one was selected—one which required a great many repairs; and now my services were in very great request J attended to all the directions Mr. Perkins wished given to the workmen. 1 stayed in the J cold, empty rooms all day, when there was nothing to sit on but all eitiply box. J did the necessary quarrelling with the plumbers and bore the snubbing of the upholsterers: and 1 put the furniture in the places I thought best, by degrees changing it all to suit his tastes. ] washed ail the ehina and glass, and someiimes fancied, when I got dirty doing all this, that I was happy. I had so long been accustomed to work for those I loved that it was hard to learn that there might be any reproach connected with it. I must do Jenny the justice to say that she was very kind and grateful to me. [ On the last day. after having some cold tea out of a pitcher on the corner of a mantel- piece, 1 overheard Mr. Perkins, who had! brought a friend in to admire his new dtvel- ling, say, Well, the carpets are down, the furniture is all here, and I think now, when we get our servants, aud are entirely rid of the mother-in-law, we shall be ready to move 111.. Both children married. I had the solitary liUle house to myself, and very solitary it was. 1 tried to get up some spasmodic friendships with my neighbours; but, being hollow, these forced intimacies soon fell through. Hut 1 ought not to complain; it is the way of the; world. I only wonder if, considering the love we have fur our children, young or old, the world is not apt to be a little hard upon that abnsed person, the mother-in-*law.—Ec-eniny World,
A WONDERFUL SHOOTER AND A REMARKABLE FEAT. [By Ci.ur.rrrf:] Dr. W. F. Carver, who will be remembered, for his wonderful feats of shooting pigeons aud glass balls some ten or fifteen years ago, is again amongst us astonishing us all with his clever shooting. In the first week of January Dr. Carver undertakes th arduous feat of at 100,000 glass balls in ten days. This feat is really for no less purpose than to test the lifting power of the herculean American. Some few weeks ago, fired wit)* the enthusiasm which has flooded London with Samson's and Sandorrs, A pollens and Hercules, Dr. Carver challenged one of these strong men to raise his gun—the rifle he uses at every performance—which weighs just ten pounds, to the shooting position, raising and lowering it for six con- secutive minutes. The most successful con- testant only succeeded in doing this for three minutes and forty seconds. Dr. Carver says that this raising end lowering should be in- eluded in the drill of every soldier, and urges, as an argument in favour thereof, that in the great American Civil War a detachment of j soldiers threw down their guns and ran away after some three minutes ot very hard tiring': I and that a similar mischance happened to a body of our troops during the Zulu War, owing to an exactly similar course. In each case, with the loss of their muscular power the men lost their nerve, and all they could do was to run away. Now, Dr. Carver is to enter upon this tremendous ten days' firing feat in order to show to what a state of perfection the powers of endurance of a man may be brought. lIe will fire at, on an average, 10,000 balls a day, which, supposing that he misses, say, fifteen in each hundred, will cause him to lift his gun j 11,500 times, which is equal to ]1.3,0<)01b. Add to this, which is the weight of the gun alone, that of the cartridges, which is calcu- lated at 4001b. of lead and 1501b. of powder, to the 100,000 shots, Tne entire lifting is done by the left arm and hand. Hut there is additional exertion needed by the right hand in loading and pushing the ejector. I should have said that the doctor uses a "Winchester rifle, the force requisite for this being equal to 481b., so, in the event of his shooting at 100,000 glass balls, it will be 480,0001b. a day. I present herewith a portrait of the great rifleman, taken from a photo which he gave me on Thursday last while giving me the details of his coming feat.
—— AGED COUPLE BURNED TO DEATH. I Watson Berriman, aged 84, and Racbael, his wife, aged 79, were found dead ia their bedroom on Monday at Kilhatu, near Driffield, under shock- ing circumstances. They had gone to bed on the previous afternoon, and the neighbours, detecting a smell of fire, brokt into the house, and dis- covered the woman dead on the bed burned all over, and her husband lying dead on the floor. The man. was very little burned. Both had died of suffoca- tion. The bedclothes were reduced to asbes. Deceased had formerly occupied a re-ovectable posilion £ a fomier of bit owa fatui.
"1" 'FRENCH ARMY LIFE AS IT IS. fFROM OUR PARIS CORRESPONDENT.] M. Descaves has written a book, Sous Offs —non-commissioned oflicers and lieu- tenants—which is making a great noise, because the author is to be prosecuted by the Minister of War for defaming the Army. This Ministerial step has been met byf counterblast from authors, who collectiveli protest against the attempt to fetter therigb^ to write. M. Descaves was himself a sub^ ollicer during four years, and he indicts tht lower strata of oflieers as being steeped to the lips in debt, dissolute in manners, and inattentive to their duties aad responsibilities. The latter cannot be exact of the French Army to-day—before 1870-71 it was—as discipline and instruction nevei were so severe. Ile who runs can read tbi, change. As for dissolute manners, the evi- dence of such is not at all visible: and did if exist, it could not lie permanently concealed If not better than the oflieers of other armies those of" France, at least, are not rich, ani poverty is a great check on licentiousness. IJespec'ing being stepped in debt, this is i question of degree. A private soldier, no mattei whether duke or miHionaire—and there art both in the ranks—will not be allowed to livij different from his more humble comrade. The captain of a company is the banker of his men: all family money they receive is to be lodged in his hands till they retire, he allow-} ing them a certain sum for pocket mone.v- the latter allowed by the Government is only one sou daily. On this allowance dissipation becomes limited. Hut the private is well fed, well clad, well housed; he purchases in the canteen his tobacco, beer, and wine, duty free. A drunken soldier is a vara avis, and <o!dier< a!e never encountered in tap-rooms. Tbe oflieers are not rich, nor do they pro- fess to be so. They have no mess. They, contract, if bachelors, for their meals at a restaurant. As a rule, they must always be in uniform, so as to avoid richer brother oflieers showing off in private clothes and even when they don the latter, they are miles behind -Afashei- standards. An ollicer cannot marry without permission from the War Oflice, and he must back his application by notarial proof that his wife has an income to support herself. If an officer falls into pecuniary embarrassmeiits his situation soon reac hes his confessor, the general. The latter treats his "boys" like a father. If he can pul! them through a diiliculfy he will; if he cannot, be will urge them to resign, and likely obtain for them some civil employment. 31. Descaves must, then, be deceived in his sweeping charges.
.CURIOSITIES OF MAD- NESS. [BY FLANEUR."] The celebrated alienist, Dr. Ball, dram attention to the number of mad pef§|^i> enjoying full liberty. They are mostly people who believe themselves to be persecuted. lie bad one patient labouring under the mania that if he slept in a house in Paris he would be killed, so he passed his nights in a oab driving round the fortification boulevards. Other people, chiefly among the working classes, flit every three months, to seek in a new quarter an escape from the persecution of neighbours who do not even know them. The lunatio visitor is terrible happily, he fastens on to the doctors themselves. He is cajoled to leave; but be remains outside on the door-mat, at tho foot of the staircase, at the street door he will follow you everywhere he runs if you run, dodges if you dodge—everywhere he relates how you have persecuted him. The professor lays down as a rule-Never listen to, or sym- pathise with the hallucinations of lunatics at large; they will take a mortal hatred to you. Monomania has its good side, following Dr. Ball; it is the cause of many endowments to humane institutions, the testators, out of hatred of their families, bequeathing their wealth to found a charity. Not very long ago a very rich foreigner died at an hotel leaving his fortune to the surgeon who would make the autopsy of his remains before tbej were calcined.
NOTABILITIES AND THEIR GASTRONOMIC TASTES. [BY "FLANEUR.] Louis XVIII, was a famous gourmand: Louis Philippe less so, but his son, the present Due d Aumate, is abstinence itself, and that in Chantilly, where Vatel committed suicide because a turbot did not arrive in time for Louie XfN- s dejeuner. Prince Napoleon is an accomplished gourmand. His cousin, Napoleon lII" kept the worst table and the best cigarettes in France. Thiers loved a good table, and Gambetta's best speeches were at dessert time. The President of the Senatd. M. Le Boyer doats, on the leg of a roast capon; the President of the Chamber, -If. Floquet, has R weakness for lobster salad and wild duck. AL Jales Ferry is partial to pigeon and peas, like the tx-Qncen of Spain Foreign Secretary Spuller likes every dish but ham, and he is neither a Jew nor a Turk Clemen- ceau is in the seventh heaven over potted Toulouse goose; Boulanger's delight is the indigestible dish, stewed beef and olives, bul he courts dinIcu'Ties Bochefort devours pastry, and his massive jaw-bones grip a tiny pitte like a foundry scissors; 31, Carnot hat an ostrich stomach, and so a pure conscience, His stiff figure facilitates deglutition, and each new dish lengthens his smile. He will live a long time, for he has capital teeth and has the courage to be helped a second time with iahtde liutse, j r The Emperor of Bussia is over six feet in height, and is a magnificent, a bizarre eater. He goes to bed at three in the morning, rises at seven and partakes of a cup of tea or coffee. He works till one, when his dejeuner is served he lunches at four, dines at seven; and sups at midnight. The Emperor of Austria is simplicity it-self at table he pre- fers chiefly the pastry and jams made by the hands of the Empress. The Sultan lives upon rice, mutton, bonbons, and spring water. The King of Spain is still on pap and a fresh-laid egg. His Regent-mamma is parallelly simple; her favourite drink is soda-water, as the 11 fizz makes the baby-King laugh. The Kiug of the Belgians is a noto- rious gourmand, and it is well known that the old King of i Holland is kept out of the grave by the attentive choking of the Queen herself. The King of Greece has, Danish, his Queen Russian dishes, plus French rookery for the guest-f. A wing of chioken, fruit, and a glass of claret, comprises the menu of h < Holiness. King Humbert is poor eater, the opposite of his father; but Qgeen Marguerite is the sole delicate gMrmandw that thelioyal fair sex can boast of. 2he Emperor of Germany does not remain longer at table than 27 minutes; it may surprise many to learn that he only drinks water, like the King of Italy and the Saltan. As he can only use his right baud, his chopstiokunites on one side a fork, on th# •tier » knife.