AIIOITT DRESSING-GOWNS, "¡OJ'6 th of to an once I have discussed the fashion tile tew and think quite lately I described ^y- J e Among the novelties to- f^° c^ronicle a dressing-gown which Part 0f .,° those. That is to say, the upper *H%n ^re,^ £ own which took my fancy p^tf« of th(5f '^ghtly open at the throat, the *ittlV ha ^rned back revers being fully frilled n some lace. One front crossed the ri Snd ?cllMaiihi the waist in the daintiest b«>lUsu °n *ma&inable, while the sleeves were a ^e elbow, and there finished ^•f-slse ^ace< underneath which full down to the wrist, and were with 7 ^htly in a plain band of silk over- of «offwhole gown, indeed, was whicK i *n a deep shade of violet, a .0 pinjj a great deal of blue in it, and ettl*mberi This is a wrinkle worth if f05 the invalid there is nothing 4 bluft "hade of heliotrope, while, .^Urly chosen, it will prove par- the *nd will throw up any colour tarer already owns.
8tin YACHTIHO GOWNS >*nWe2*lTins attention, and among these Pon,,i 8 in colours seem to be even n«»?r ^an the white and blue serges °oally, i aiwayS prefer. Still, I aWg ?*U8t have a variety, or the dress- 411 0 1 a ar manage to exist. The leading 8*c#PtioQajjer °* the day has turned out some co*n«^. pr#tty summer costumes of these l. ?«yeri We*ds. One of pink, with a white t,44 i 0,1,d au elaborate under-front of silk IQ Softest blues and pinks imagin- | 9> Ca Wywyji v v >ilt yfhJ while the pretty sailor- toW** in th» '»»' with » "» not y of del blue. Such a lnd8«a °?urse' be kept for yachting littu ^hich j«»t that particular in „f9 take such a fancy to the imount* /°n" Fw t0° often a s'rl to buy t° 8P«nd on her dress is 0l"y f!1110 her k ? which- afc the moment, is Sith,lt one « « which' alas 1 is suitable ^'» hi\v'rat<is h.^r ^ar occasion, and which wardrobe—beauti- ,eclru.se it is not appropriate.
>6^ *OW F0R TABT'B D'HOTK. *V6ry Witha,It °?nsic,0rin? what suitable thp lt at Var: °r d'hdie occasions, k° ^ot .kinrl e*S- course, blousea u31 thew alway« useful, while 1 ^HS, ^*n<1 so dio-.L* anything so stylish and •> c as ^e beautiful jetted w and I»-J ^ith steel, mounted on £ hit« U0> ailed "? %h to the throat, or, chiflftn ^Ult° to the throat, with tty 4carried oyai or having the spangled »t the 4,|H fa # • low-cut gown II Abnftd, crtnrost weirs a dress cut higli, wttiie. of couritf, a neces- sity is a very smart hat". Tiie kiu i of iiafc that in England one we rs at Ascot is suitable-for tvery-evfning dirinpr, and the Casino ait^rwar Is. Almost all the pretty gauzo-l;ke inateritis- ?noize.,eline de soie, open-work embroidery, silk crape, and crepe de chine-are fashionable for making up into table d'hote gowns of more or less elaboration, but it must be remembered that there is an much in the make of such gowns as in the actual fabric. The very smartest frocks of the kind are made in princess shapp. Any amount of lace is employed, and even different kinds of lace are blended together, while, again, they are as frequently as not embroidered with coloured silk or coloured beads, and almost always all such gowns are finished round the foot hem wish a deep flounce of lace and chiffon and tulle, one under the other.
CHILDREN'S FASHIONS. The child of to-day ha?, at the moment, hut one thought, and that is seaside, sands, and paddling—bathing and general enjoyment. As to their fashions it seems to me that we can scarcely V better blue serge for reefer coats, and possibly for skirts, duck, drill, canvas and piqu6 for blouses, and muslins and solt silks for bl'R wear. Brown holland proves an excellent alter- native for every morning on the beach. It is of a capital mud-colour, and washes and wears interminably.
UsFFtrt Hiirrs. I wonder if my country readers know of a novelty which has been introduced in order to help the pedestrian. Frequently folks who are given to much walking are not content with a heavy boot, they much prefer a walking shoe. Now, it is quite certain that the shoe out the heels of our stockings very much m-re quickly than a boot will do; but there is a new stocking and sock protector which will, I hope, help many. These are to be had of two kinds. One is a simple h^ci, and the other a thin crrk sole. covered in satin. The heel pro- tector is of velvet, and slips into the shoe, taking up no room. Its use will be found to entirely protect the heel of the stocking, and thus avoid the annoying and constant mending which is otherwise so necessary.
ABOUT HATRTIKRSSTVG. The hair is now worn combed over a r--ii,irt pari, with a twis ed knot of hair on the t."p cf the head. It is, however, iaip.GS.siMe to »rrs!-»e this without the right kind of parapiien>aiia. which consists of a frist tte or tilbe. Ti e b-st ii 1 > io home h; ir in s«ir>g is tho ;*lwav« u rf i1 triple mirror. Tnis folds up perfectly fhf. :»n-i is indispensable when travelling. e Wi .V to deride which stvie of liairdres-ing sni'sot c is lo go to a th< roughly good hairdressei and have one' liiir SS,I(I ,s I;e tlii,iks It. will he quickly seen whether or no tlvs is be-r.ming. If not, r,, her styl', and so on, u:,td the most iiig has b"H1 obtained. Watch the a r- dr; flS. r v, and afterwards at home, wi h the aid of t.h. trivia mirror, it will be qvii'e. po sible to continue to arrange one's own hair in the same style.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. "Pr.il%fRoiT, -Oil, Vflsl y(iii can cipail lace without-washing, and as voursis nucha valuable possession I should certainly advise you to dr- clean it. Spread the lace out on a clean cloili and sprinklt) powdered magnesia all over it. Cover the lace over with another clean cloth, ard place a heavy weight on it, and Ia<ve it like this for several days. After this remove the weight and upper cl >th, and brush off the powder with a light clean brush, when the bee should be quite fresh and clean. If, howev r, the. lnce was very dirty and you do not think it looks quite satisfactory, the process may be repeated. "E. O. T."—I quite understand how annoying it is to have biots and shoes that are constantly squeaking. You can prevent this by placing the offending articles in a dish into which sufficient castor-oil has been poured to cover the soles of the boots or shoes. Let them stand like this for a whole day, when I think you will find that they will not saueak any more; but you must be careful not to put too much castor-oil in the dish, as if this touches the leather it will not fthine afterwards. U MAIDSTONE. "-Ordinary common salt is ex- cellent for cleaning marble. You do not prepare It in any way whatever, but simply rub it on with a piece of house flannel, special attention being given, of course, to the most discoloured parts. I am afraid I cannot advise you as to your new hall floor-covering unless you let me know how mucfe you wish to spend, when I will help yov, vith pleasure, in the choice.
Treorchy Cc-operative Socsety. The general meeting of tlie Treorchy Work- men's Industrial Co-operative Society last week was the occasion of receiving the ninety ninth balance-sheet, an instructive pamphlet, set out in detail, and which reveals instructing figures. We find that the membership at present totals 1,116, an increase of about 60 on the previous report. The receipts show the total of £ 27,425 15s. 4d., including cash in hand from last quarter of over 1-7000, and goods sold amounting to £19,4H;3 lis. Dd. The interest received on receipts amounted to £ 58 10s. 3d. The expenditure includes £ 15,162 9s. lOd. as cash paid for "oods ( £ 2,175 12s.) withdrawals, the salaries being £ 4?4 15s. 10d., and after taking other minor matters into account, there was cash in hand £ 8,218 3s. 10d., the unpaid invoices only amounting to £ 1,494 17s. The liabilities of the Society amounted to £ 23.280 5s. Id., of which sum the members claims are 1:16,133 Is. 5d., with interest on same at £268 17s. 8d. There was a deposit in the London and 1 ro- vincial Bank of £ 4000, with £ 1,9/2 38, in the reserve fund, while an additional £1000 was voted at the meeting to be transferred from the current account to be placed on deposit, thus making a grand total of £ 6,9723s., from which interest is being derived. The profits realized reached the sum of £3,411 6d. The stock in trade is £ 4,131 16s. 5d., and value of buildings 1:1,720, Nvliile the average share per member is £ 14 13s. lid. We find that the working expenses are moderately low, show- in ing only in the the;e, dividend being 3/6 in the 9. The society is in a healthy and flourishing condition, and will undoubtedly compare with any of the kind in the Princi- pality, for which great credit is due to the genial manager, Mr Tom Jones.
Pupil Teachers' Trip to Llantwit Major. Last Saturday the teachers of the Porth Pupil Teachers Centre held their third annual outing. They journeyed to Llant- wit Major and left Porth at 8.38 in Barry coaches. Indeed, the weather did not bid fair for enjoyment but as the hand of nature rules these natural phenomena, it fell to the teachers' lot to have an ex- ceedingly fine day. It was enchanting. Those that did not turn up lost a lasting treat. They reached Llantwit at about 9.55 and when they journeyed from the station to the village and thence to the sea, the expression of satisfaction could easily be seen, as some of the students sur- rounding their genial headmaster, Mr R. D. Clialke, B.A., listened attentively to his remarks on certain parts. The walk to the sea beach is about a mile long, through a beautiful meadow, where the cattle fed on the brush wood and fine grass, and indeed so merry were some of them that they could not possibly prevent their childish passions ruling them and they wandered from the narrow path. At last the beach was reached, and in spite of the large boulders and rocks everyone scrambled along to dip their fingers in what is never seen in the na J-ihondda—the sea. Whilst scrambling thus over the stones, some of the most studious employed themselves in search of fossils, and their work was not in vain. Indeed, this woul-d be more likely to be a place ior a lesson on stratified rocks than the stuffy little room in Cymmer. Here nature itself is seen, but in Cymmer they have to obtain knowledge from pictures. Then came the separation—some lounged about, others, the more playful, threw stones and noticed how much greater the elasticity was in the stones on the shore than on the land. Here came another lit- tle lesson for explanation. Songs were sung on the shore and visits paid to the caves. The girls- rambled about, picking liowers, and boys were just as enthusiastic. Are they organising a botany class, or what? On their return journey they wan- dered through cornfields and hayfields and here again the pupils could not retain their dignity, and surely the staff could not also. The hay lying on the ground could not be left alone, and one exclamation, "I have a hayrick down my back' was heard. Poor fellow! Finally, they entered the Cross Keys Hotel, and sat down to a most wel- come and enjoyable tea. The invigorating sea breeze, unused to the Rhondda teacher, revived them, and they did eat! The whole affair was a matter of "once a boy always a boy." After tea a visit was paid to the old church, and by the foresight of the Welsh teacher sheets with the history of the church were printed and handed round to every student. Afte tea-, Llan ilityd Church was visited. This is very old church; some of the paving stones which formed tombstones had the remote dates of 1604, 1534, 1612. In the adjoining room were statues of iioman architecture, among which was the statue of a Prince, Princess, and their son, and also that of a coiiin. These were said to exist between the 3rd and 9th centuries. On a window sill was seen the statue of the 'Virgin and Habe,' which was found lately in the re- mains of an old staircase. In the church itself was an old font said to be 1,000 years old, and on the walls werewd paintings, which, owing to their Ions: standing, were rather indistinct, tû on one could clearly be seen the following inscription, "God save King J anies, 1004. Leaving the old church itll all its stillness and solitude, the pupil teachers wended tneir way through fields and iarmyarcis to the meadow where they held some sports. The winners are as follows —Long jump (itjrt.), Haydn Price Siamese Race ktiiree legged), Haydn Price and B. Reynolds high jump, Catuvor Tho- mas 140 yards race, 1st Reynolds, 2nd Price for the saying the most number oi words commencing in "Lian," Arthur Mor- gan. To each winner was awarded a book price. Cricket and other games were in- dulged in to their hearts content, and the witticisms of some of the students and staff arose loud peals of laughter. Alas! the time of departure came, and Llantwit was left with gloomy faces. Having about half all hour to wait at oiarry, the party pro- ceeded through some of the high streets, which contrast greatly with those of the Rhondcla. Leaving Barry, Porth was reached about 10 o clock. Those that went on the trip could not possibly say that all- other day is lost, as it was a great lesson, educationally and physicallv, and when they meet again will feel more energetic for their heavy tasks.
Treorchy Footba.ij Club. The adjourned general meeting of the above was neiti at tHe Uaruitt Anns, '118- orchy, on Monday evening, Mr J. T. Aus- ciii oeing in the chair. There was a fairly good attendance, the chief business being the election of a COMMlLuee-a very impor- tant procedure having regard to the wel- fare of the club. Last year's committee did good work and really deserved re-elec- tion, but four old members withdrew trom the nominations, and ultimately 19 names were submitted ior 15 places. The chair- man and Mr T. liavies were elected scru- tineers, anu very interesting voting ensueo. The following were declared elected: Mssrs J. Williams, X. Williams, D, Thomas, V aughan ileynoids, Rd. Thomas James Jones, Win. Thomas, J. C. Jones, Jno, Morgan, T. Miilwa^d, W. Davies, • jiivans, Jno. Price, Wm. Morris, (| Prothero. The question of raising a"^u AV was left to tne discretion of tne com- mittee, while the meeting decided that t colours remain unchanged, viz., black an white, the luckiest ever donned by club.
Success of a Welsh Student. Mr Thomas Arthur Levi, Aberystwith, was the recipient ol the aegrees oi M.A- B.C..L,. at uxforcl the outer day. AXl viva voce examination for the examiners stated that his work had re' such a high standard as to make it uul~ tl_ sary to ask a single question, and a licate and thereupon awarded to him itegtus Vrolessoi-, or which the following IS a copy: — '•All Saints College, Oxford, July 5th, lyU(jl I certify that Mr Thomas A. of Lincoln College, Oxford, was eKf ior the degree or B.C.L. tills toriiil by JDY- self, Principal Hopismson, of Owen iii Col- lege, Manchester, Mr Blake Odgei and Mr Thomas Barclay. The P^Pjm0US most excellent, and it was the en_ opinion of the examiners that ne Un_ titled to be placed in the I than fortunately, as he had COI1^^e tricUlation, 25 terms from the date of his m the it was not competent,^ accord g university regulations, to place class list. /TTT^"V HENRY GOUDY, Regius Professor of
Organ Recital at Peqtre. A Musical Treat. Those who wended their way to St. Peter's Church, Pentre, on Thursday ex- pecting to have a rich feast of good music were not disappointed. The occasion was the annual organ recital in connection with the church. The following were announced to take part: -The St. Peter's United Choir, under the conductorship of Mr R. W. Griffiths, the choirmaster, and who is also the sub-conductor of our world-famed Rhondda Glee Society; soprano, Miss Ber- tha Seaton, Margam: contralto. Miss Annie iviiies,, Pentre; tenor, Mr Ben Da- vies, Treherbert; bass Mr David Chubb Pontypridd; violinist, Miss Olive Seaton, Margam and organst, Mr David Jones, ji.S.M., organist of St. Peter's Church and musicmaster at Porth County School. The programme was commenced by the congre- gation singing the hymn, "Praise the Lord! ye heavens, adore LLlin" ti the tune of "Austria. This was followed by Mr Owen Treharne, Pentre, taking the place of Mr Ben Davies, who had not been able to turn up. That Mr Treharne is not losing any of ms vocal powers was easily seen; sufficient evidence was the clearness of his top notes. Miss Bertha Seaton then sang'rom mignty Kings he took the spoil" (Handel) with so much taste and ability that she quite car- ried her audience away. The next item was an organ solo by Mr Jones, who gave in a periormance which brought out the full capabilities of the instrument, "Homage a Thalberg" (Guiimant). This selection is based upon a weljrknown theme by Handel and has been made much of by the eminent jjrench organist, Mons. Guilmant. The second movement is in the fugai style and the conclusion is a broad and masterly ex- position of the popular Handelian theme. Miss Annie Miles then sang with much ieelmg and eitect Dr. Parry s well-known song, "Ceiswch yr Arglwydd.) This was followed by a violin solo by Miss Olive Sea- ton, who gave Mackenzie's "Benedictus." This item was quite in keeping with the high standard of excellence of the preceding part of the programme. Miss Seaton's per- formance oil this difficult instrument was so perfect in intonation and technique that the beautiful words of the "Benedictus' seemed to be coming from her instrument. This was followed by a really fine perfor- mance by the United vhoir who gave Men- delssohn's solo and chorus, "lihear my jfrayer." The solo part was rendered by bertha Seaton. Mr Griffiths, the con- ductor, is heartily to be congratulated upon the result of this performance. The man- ner in which Mr Griffiths ivept his choir under control marks him out as a conductor and trainer of the highest rank. ivLr".L). _üU1.iU then ctelignted the audience with a magnificent rendering of "Through the darkness" from Rossini s "Stabat Mater." The second part of the programme was opened by another delightful item, viz., an organ solo by Mr Jones. This consisted of venations on that grand and well-known hymn tune "Sicilian Mariner's Hymn." This is a most attractive but very difficult solo for the organ and is comprised of four variations on tnat grand and well-known pedals. Mr Jones gave such a masterly exposition of his solo that it was with d iili- culty that the audience remembered the sanctity of the edifice and refrained from applauding. The next item was a tenor solo by Mr Ben Davies. who had arrived by this time. Mr Davies gave "How vain is man, and quite sustained the high reputa- tion which he had already earned. This was followed by another excellent solo by Miss Bertha teieaton, entitled Weary," composed by the soloist's talented father, Mr beaton, oi Margam Abbey. To this solo a violin obligato was arranged, which was played by Miss Olive Seaton. In a per- formance which quite surpassed any of his former efforts Mr Chubb next gave Sulli- van's "Thou'rt passing hence." Miss Annie Miles then rendered with charming elfect and excellent finish Handel's most difficult air and recitative entitled, "U, Thou that -k O.Lio wiiig this item was one of the tit-bits of the evening, viz., a capitally ren- dered violin solo of Mtischeroni called "Re- verie Pathetique" by Miss Olive Seaton. This young lady's playing shews that she possesses complete mastery over this, the most difficult of ail instruments, her exe- cution, tone and fingering being all that could be desired. The quartette "God is a spirit (Bennett) was next rendered by the principal soloists, whose voices blended with most exquisite elfect. By special re- quest Mr Jones then rendered on the organ "The Storm" by Wesley. The solo is of the i'rench school and is a most dramatic selection, representing shepherd's life on the mountains. The solo opens first de- picts the calm and sweet peace of the even- ing as the shepherds sit quietly watching their liocks grazing below. Without any warning a most tearful storm breaks in upon them. Mr Jones, in his interpreta- tion of this storm, gave his audience a treat which few are privileged to hear. The rustling of the Wlllu. as tne storm commences and then howling, the terrific claps of thunder, the beating of the rain, and all the other elements which go to make up a storm were pourtrayed by Mr Jones with the most dreadiul realistic effect, and "on a sudden, lo! a calm comes on," which is followed by the shepherd's hymn of thanks for preser- vation during the dangers just passed through. Mr Jones cannot be too highly praised for his truly magnificent rendering of such a difficult solo,, ler it was a per- formance which at once shews him to be a musician of m&rked ability and power. The finaie consisted of the choruses, "Wor- thy is the Lamb" and the "Amen Chorus" rendered by the United Choir lead by Mr Griffiths. This was a fitting conclusion to a programme which was bristling with musi- cal gems.
Atlantic Record Broken. The new steamer Deutschland, of the Hamburg-American Line, arrived at lnew 1 OIK on Thursday of last week, having made the passage from Plymouth to Sandy 1100k in b days 15 hours and 46 minutes, beating all previous records on this her maiden trip. She has even eclipsed the Kaiser Wiihelm, which formerly held the championship. On reaching the pier at Hoboken all the neighbouring steamers turned on their steam whistles, and a large crowd cheered the champion. The Deut- schland is of 15,UUO tons one of the two largest ships afloat, the other being the Oceanic.
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MUSICAL NOTES. BY THE MAN ABOUT THE HILLS. I had thought that the concert season in respect to indoor performances, at least, was dead, even in musical Rhondda. In- stead of which I find it very much alive. Miscellaneous concerts, cantata representa- tions and oratorio performances follow fast upon each other, even though the hot and frizzling months of midsummer are at hand. Concert promoters in the Rhondda Valley have no reason to complain of the lack of support accorded their ventures. At this period of the year most people prefer the green fields and quiet country lanes to the stuffy atmosphere of the crowded concert room. Even Rhonddaites know how to appreciate the beauties of nature, and are not a wit behind the rest of mankind in their keen enjoyment of'the sights of wav- ing corn and flowery hedgerows. So in- tense and real, however, is his love for music, "The Divine Art' always holds the field against all other attractions, and it is in no way disparaging of the Welshman to assert that the beauties of music attract him even more than the beauties of nature, and it would be interesting to know what future historians will have to say upon this all absorbing and predominating element in the national life of Wales. I see by the press announcement that the "Welsh Choir" for Paris leave for the Prench capital on Saturday next, and after completing their engagements return on the following Thursday. That this self- chosen "Welsh Choir" is a good one I do not doubt, but I can hardly subscribe to the opinions of a Cardiff contemporary in describing it as the very best that Wales could produce, neither am I satisfied with the personel of the various organisations that make up this "Welsh Choir." In making the selection of conductor and choristers nearly all our best and ablest conductors have been ignored and left out in the cold, precedence being given to a comparateively unknown body of singers, who I do not consider to have any claim to represent Welsh singing on such an impor- tant occasion. And let me say but for the self-assertiveness oi the Barry Male Voice Party and their conductor it would never have occurred to anyone knowing the status and prestige of other well known choral combinations to have have gone to Barry for a conductor and singers to represent Wales in Paris. This is not my opinion alone. I am only voicing the feelings of many musicians upon this matter. 1 do not hold a brief for any of the ignored conductors or choirs, neither do I advocate the claims of any particular individual, but there are some names that will occur to everybody as having some claim to consideration in this matter, viz., Mr Dan Davies, Dowlais Mr William Tho- mas, Treorchy; and Mr Tom Richards, Mountain Ash, and others I might mention. The three gentlemen I have named have done much for choral singing in Wales, and to them more than anyone else Welshmen owe the position attained by their country- men as the most perfect choralists in the world. Whilst Parisians are enjoying in the Trocadero the singing of our countrymen, Mid-Rhonddaites will have a musical treat provided at their own doors, as on Thursday night next the performance of Jephtha will take place at the Tonypandy Town Hall, and irom what I can learn the tickets are nearly all sold, and for fear of disap- pointment I should advise all who intend hearing Handel's work to provide them- selves with the necessary passport, as the enormous expense connected with the pro- duction will nrevent a second performance. The Merthyr committee of the National Eisteddfod seem to be all "sixes and sevens" internal dissention and bickerings seem liliely to work mischief to next year's gathering. Une thing I am pleased to note, the threatened ban upon the time honoured peniliioli has been withdrawn, so 1 presume Eos Dar and his co-patriots can breathe freeiy once more. The Welsh composer, however, has not fared so well, by a majority of one this august body has decided that none of the local composers, who include such well-known musicians as Mr Harry Evans, Dowlais, and Mr D. (J. Williams, Merthyr, can reach the standard of their superior minds. The "Poor Welsh Composer' may well exclaim, "Save me irom my friends." In musical matters England is taking the wind out of the Yankee sails in the way of doing big things, ine other day, at the Crystal Palace, Handel's majestic works (or some of them) were rendered by a com- bined choir and band of 3,500, but for volume of sound this will pale in the pre- sence of the 2.000 brass, instruments that will play under the baton of Sir Arthur (Sullivan after the great English band con- test next week. 1 should think that this will almost be unique in the history of musical gatherings, wu am inclined to the opinion tnat distance will lend enchantment to the hearing, and personally, 1 shall not venture nearer than the extreme limits of the lthondda Valley.
Wonderful Chess. H. N. Pillsbury, the American champion, is a great chess expert, but in the art of playing a number ox &jnes simultaneously ne is absolutely unrivalled. Of this tact he gave proot in his play last week at the Met- ropolis tihess lJlUD, iloncion, wnen he played 12 games under the conditions indicated. The players were numbered from one to 1, and each man called out his number and move. jfillsbury sat in a corner starijig at a blank wall. In nine cuses out of ten he made his reply instantly, almost without ettort, though his oppenents were all play- ers 01 fair average strength. Play began at (j.45, and within about two hours he had made 15 moves on each board, or a total of 180 moves, a rate of progression unpre- cedented in any similar display. At 9 p.m., he won the first game, and on nearly all the other boards the positions were in his favour, thus foreshadowing the result. In the interval, Piilsbury, who wanted a little more brain exercise1 got the audience to write down 30 names, and after being read to him once he called them all over from memory, or gave the name correspond- ing to any number that was called out. Play was resumed at 9.30 as if nothing had happened in the interine, and one after the other the players succumbed to the mar- vellous skill of the blind-fold performer.
Recent Recorvds." A Splendid Shot. Bisley has a sensation this year in one Jm the boys of the Rugby Sehool Team. This young prodigy, Hyde by name, is a slim little fellow, standing four feet m his boots, and is the son of an old Rugbeian who shot for the school in the Wimbledon days. His performance at the Bisley shootmg last week was the talk" of the time. He J, stands as high as his Lee-Metford rifle only because the stock is a little shortened. His method is workmanlife to a degree. Wrap- ping the rifle while it is held vertically ne brings it down to the proper position, and taking aim with remarkable quickness he sends the bullet to the target. Rapidlv opening the breach to cast out the empty case, he lays the rifle down, thus taking the fullest advantage of his loading time. Young Hydfe came on the scene when the public school teams were competing for the Ashburton Shield. The spectators exten- ded the entire length of the butts and they clustered around the Rugby team. At 200 yards Hyde got on to the inner (^tor^ his sighting shot following it by two inners to count. Three successive bulls were then signalled fot him. He dropped. agaiIlto the inner on his two final rounds, finishing his seven shots for 31 out of a ]p 35. At the second range of 500 yarcte, Hyde's diminutive form in blue was again the centre of attraction. Getting an inner as a sighter, he followed it with four p • He was then signalled a couple of bulls and dropping to the "mag'(3) fimsh^d the distance with three successive bul s, a total of 32 out of a possible S5. Hy fhpir freely lionised. Ladies brought all their ingenuity into play to obtain a snap-skat of him, but the young fellow shunned the by command of his officer, who was evi- dently averse to having his young charge fluttered by interviews.
Clever Cycling. Mr Platt-Betts beat Irish week at Ballymona. He rode a mi Irish record time of T minute, 3 M onds, also beating the flyina ouarter-mile, half-mile, and threequarter. mi records. Later, he covered ten miles in 17 minutes, 51 4-5 seconds.
China Fragments. Many Chine se are Confucians. These follow the teachings of p)n 0f the are the worship of ancestors. gjjan provisions of this, creed is that live more expensively than ms p Wo i. Club life is not confinedi to em countries. The rich Chi the his club for centuries and, as 'Qaj de- elegance and splendour of t with corations, there is nothing compara it in London of New York. Most of the larger Chinese cities, like Canton or Pekin, contain a club for Man- feature. This is a room set strictly ligious evercises. In the ™ 10 a Chinese god is pW; "°r°tie 6auc- time members of the club Aoparent- tuary to otter thfeir devotion • ly it is no uncommon thing enterprise of successful ending a g f enemy or -such as, say, the the consummation of a P° fronl the —to see a Chinamani hastening 1 ff they enter the club, *Tthing before leav- prostrate themselves ° A war ing. The club god » 7here the divinity, but now, in the ce more Boxers hold sway undisturbe than probaoie that the Boxer g placed in all the clubs. The Chinese bride is usuaHy escorted y her friends to a point near the br gr home. They then take farewell o^- and for the rest of the way she is by the bridegroom's friends. Mounted Chinese like the very excellent ponies. They are b the northern part of China, where i droves run on the plains three or four red miles from Pekin, and the br bring them down every year for salQ i more populous districts. These Tonies can carry very heavy weights and their po of endurance are remarkable. Ine a powers will probably commandeer some of this stock when the opportunity arrives and their own mounts have been depleted by the wastage of war. Hark The whole Valley rings and re-echoes again and again, that 4 ran Thomas, "My Hatter," Pontypridd, sells the best 3s. 9d. Hat. 68
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FOR I OTHERS AND DAUGHTERS. 18-r MADAME ROSE. EFORE leaving home for the holidays there is much for the housewife to see to. All silver must be carefully cleaned and wrapped in tissue paper. Of course, where there is valuable silver in any quantity it is always safer to send it, in the plate-chest, to one's bank. All windows should ''liniJs an(j T«red with newspaper, to protect possible article of Clocks gho u k0 covered with dusting-sheets. a We<J to*1 carefully stopped, and not 'nust gi-1"11/1 ^own 5 steel fireirons and knives 'r°wQ Pacer' 8rneared with oil, and rolled in Pkce^ P0*" flowers and plants may be quit^ to th water added to reach 'lance fu.6 P °* ^he pot. This is the only ^'flfamiiT»4^°0r P^ants will have of living until 8')oul<J bg J Lavatory basins and sinks "taodln— J* ^'th a certain amount of water fixed firm]61*'11 a^ter the waste-tap has been smell ajjsi ^—this will prevent any r 0n> shoulrt8 r0QX P*Pes- The door of every ill comtjfof. >'8 on ^e outside; and this start jioijj.' '^tisfactorily, the housewife may •7-making with a light heart.