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Princess Henry off Battenberg, who is at Osborne Cottage, evinced her interest in the wounded soldiers now staying at the Convalescent Home, East Cowes, by taking
them for a trip the other day iti her steain. yac'hj Sheila. The cruise lasted for three • hours, and was by way of Alum Bay and the Needles. Princess Henry and three of her children were on t>oard. Prince Edward, eldest son of life Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, grows more clever and amusing every month, and is, indeed, in every way a*promising child. -" It seems we are all to be fclngs," he re marked, after the opening of Parliament, "•but I won.H be one. I mean to be a doctor." The ttlld had been sufferings from German measles, which illness he had given his father, and he had been much impressed bv the doctor who attended him, and thought that havlag your pulse felt and temperature taken was the greatest Tun possible. Although he looks the very pic ture of health, chubby df cheek, and round of limb. Prince Edward is a child of ner vous temperament. His younger brother, Prince Albert, and Princess Victoria, do not know what " nerves" are, and are' bonny and robust children. The story goes at Court that when Queen Victoria lay dying the two children were told how "dear grangran" was very ill, and that they laid their heads together, and after a whispered consultation brought all the picture books to their nurse, asking, " Send those to grangran ; she will look at the pictures, and they will do her good." Queen Wilhelmina of Holland was to have vUlted Germany the other day to have at tended a Royal baptism, but was unfor tunately provented, owing to a severe cold, which kept her a prisoner for a day or two. The young Queen is supremely happy, and Prince "Henry grows more and more in love with his glrM>ride, who is, moreover, the most influential young lady af her age all the world over. According to those about t*o Court It is a pretty sight to see the Queen ancTEer Coseort together, for Wll holmina, with all her wllfulness and love of power, has tha sweetest disposition pos sible, and is quite witling to lean on Prince Henry's woids. and Is anxious that the public Should give him his full meed of honours. The ceremony of laying the memorial stone of the massive and striking monu mental tower which 1b being raised oa Cortachy Hill to the memory df the late Earl of Airlle, who fell mortally wounded whilst gallantly leading his regiment, the 12th Lancers, at Diamond Hill, near Pre toria, in June, 1900. took place with full Mf.sonlc honours on Saturday, 31st August. Deputations from the various lodges fee longing to the province alone mustered nearly 400 representatives. Of the three competitors who ntnjiXT in the Jong-distance swimming rwWvZofTiHe) Kingston Xadies' Swimming dfX lAfltrtfcV Tuesday of 'the first week in Sj?tfujgrDer, one alone. Mis* Florence Harker* the b«Mftny> secretary of the club, was ableld caaJgafet*1 the course, The distance, belnc vom the bridge at Hampton Court to VpilhS near Teddington Weir, Is over four\nd fc-fcaU miles, and Miss Harker was In tW,wiler for ifour hours. The ladles' swimming championship. of Scotland was secured In a 200 yards race at Glasgow by Miss Jessie Wlshart ; the holder. Hiss Forrester, b« iog among four unsuccessful candidates. The Duchess of Maryborough drove on to the Kidlington flower show ground on the 27th August, accompanied by her children and the Rev. Waldo Burnett, in a regular downpour ; the people gave her a hearty welcome, and in presenting the prizes she very prettily congratulated the successful competitors, after which she was enter tained to tea at the rectory before return ing to Blenhefm Palace. The Duke of Marl borough was undergoing the cure at Harro gate, so was unable to Join, her that day in the good offices amongst his tenants. Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll and the Duke of Argyll are staying at Inverary Castle, and are likely to remain there for a long time. The Princess admires the old castle very much, and is already quite at home there, delighting in the many pic turesque "bits" that tempt her to use her pencil and brush over and over again. Queen Alexandra's expressed wish that the gowns worn by the ladies attending the coronation ceremonies shall be of English silk ought to do much good to the English silk industry, which will be all the better for a fillip. No doubt certain Parisian ateliers are rather disappointed over the little "command"—for a Queen's wish is, of course, a command—tut it is only right that our national Industries should be en couraged, and, after all, home-made eilks are every whit as lovely as those which come from Lyons. It is to be hoped that the Queen's desire regarding the encou ragement given by women of fashion to the British silk industry will remain a law. Many of the coronation dresses will be trimmed with lace, of course, and it is said that already the trade in Honlton lace for the great occasion is brisk, and that Irish lacemakers are as busy as they can be. The only daughter of the German Em peror, little Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, )s 9 years of age, and has much of the Empress's placid grace and the Em peror's vitality. She is adored by_ her parents, and was the pet of the Emm-ess Frederick. The Princess is a very merry child, and is regarded by the Kaiser as a njasco^te, for there is ah old saying that )Fnen & fevehth son fa born to a Hahenzol lern jll-iuck will befall the house. The seventh, child of. the Emperor luckily proved to be a daughter. Lady €ufzoh of Kedleston. who is at pre sent Staying In the Highlands, leaves again forludla towards the end of the month* The distribution of the prizes for the International Tennis Tournament at 'Horn-
burg took place on the 26th August, and as Prince Battbyany-Strettmann was unable i on account of a slight indisposition to be present, his place was taken by <Baron von Maltzahn, who was assisted by Mr. C. A, Voigt. Miss Lowther, the popular winner of the ladles' match, had the honour of re ceiving her prise from the hands of King Edward himself. His iMajesty, who gave a most beautiful gojd brooqh, the design con sisting of the letter B In blue enamel, the VII. in diamonds, and above a Royal crown of rubles and brllHants, as the Arst prize for the Ladles' Open Single event, sent foi Miss 'Lowther and presented the brooch to her, with a few kind words of congratula tion. It now appears that the Empress Frede rick did not destroy any documents or let ters of historical value, but only a few Jetters, which were of a strictly private na fOTVBo that in all probability, in due time, '•tar/jiWmolrs will be given to the world. Thty Ka\e now been placed in the Archive Otyii*e\pg. J^fleartW a^e some of the most fashionable of airjewels,' and by wealthy women are worn la,-'-mat' quantities. Pearl dog-collars, im^Msely wide, are fastened close YoJukT the throat, while below fall "ropes of these precious pearly gems Queen Alexandra, loves pearls, and al ways wears ttiem on evening occa sions. Apropos of the superstition that pearls should always be worn in order to retain their beauty, a Parisian expert says: " This notion is incorrect. So far from gaining by dally use, pearls deteriorate by being constantly worn. Also, It Is danger ous to wear them for any length of time on bare neck or arms, for perspiration injures them, especially 'if they are worn by a delU cate person or an invalid. Pearls should be gently and carefully rubbed after being worn, and if thus treated they will retain all their beauty and their high value." The Duchess of Hamilton (says "M.A.P.") ha* never cared for London life and smart society, but she is devoted to the country and outdoor amusements. She Tides well to hounds, and Is an ardent follower of the Quorn and the Cottesmore. When at Bsp dlck Castle, in the remote Isle of Arran, the Duchess is very popular with the pea sants and crofters. She rides an Iceland pony, sometimes with a shawl doing duty as a habit. Her ordinary costume is a short homespun gown, and she goos out toning, deer-stalking, and occasionally rat catching. At the time of her marriage she was a beautiful girl, and still retains mucj of her charm. She has an only child, Lady Mary Hamilton, one of the richest heiresses of the day. She will be 17 in November, and is destined to make her debut during the coming year of the coronation. The German €rown Prince, whose sudden visit to England has given rise to all sort* of conjectures, some of them matrimonial, and who is not far off 20 years of age, is a fair, rather slightly-built young man, less like his father in face and figure than the Emperor's second son. The Crown Prince has a frank, pleasant expression, mixed with timid innocence, that impresses one agree ably, rie tried his hand at punting on the river the other, day. and was rather 'sur prised to find the task not half so easy as he had imagined.
A new process now used in Germany of imitating wood carvings, &c, in piaster, bronze and other materials, is said t? supersede the old way of painting and lacquering, in so far as it reproduces per fectly the fibres and pores of the wood models. The model, which is best made from porous oak, is covered pretty thickly with a solution of 2 per cent collodion, and when this is dried up it leaves the usual dull and porous appearance of the wood unaltered, but the model is perfectly oil proof, and the casting is proceeded with .in the usual way.—" The Scientific Ameri can."