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We all talk "no gloves," but still wear them.

"The Stork" has left a small son with Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Logue.

Misses Dorothy Lepper and Laura J

Johnston leave early in December on a tour of New Zealand.

Lady Forrest will open the St.

Mary's Fete on the 9th and 10th inst. : It is good to see Her Ladyship once more taking her wonted-lead in social matters. $

The many Perth friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Webb will be interested to

learn of their daughter Dorothy's sue- J

cess in her musical examination in ; Sydney. I

Captain George Cooper, late Camp ¡

Commandant, Blackboy, has now taken ] up a position as area'officer near Ho- ' bart, after a spell as an orchardist in j

.Tasmania.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Davis have re- turned to their home, which is in Ger-

aldton, . after three weeks' honeymoon j spent visiting Bunbury, Mt. Barker, ]

and Albany.

On long service leave, "Mr. W. J. j

Rooney, principal of the Training Col-

lege, accompanied by Miss Rooney, left j

for the Eastern States by last week's : Great Western.

The Rev. C. S. Riley, M.A., LLB, Rector of St Hilda's, North Perth, is to

be the new Rector at St Mary's, West j

Perth, on the departure of Hey. Make

ham next month.

Dr. Craig and his wife have arrived j

in Perth from Meekatharra after vari- '

otis send-offs from the inhabitants of I that very lively place where they were j

very, very popular.

Two municipal records have been j

made by Messrs. Lathlain and T. IL Davey, who have been respectively ;

each returned for a fourth year as j

Mayors of Perth and Cottesloe respetr

tively-. ^ - !

The Hon.- Secretary of the Soldiers' I Children Scholarship Trust- acknow- ! ledges with thanks a cheque for £50 ; being the first portion from the dona-

tion by Bong's Park Rifle Club of their j

assets. -j

I Mr. and Mrs. Minchin semor have

left their lovely residence at Green- : mount and. purchased a home in Rail-

way Parade, Mount Lawley. Their I

monthly tennis parties'will bè much J

missed.

Miss ' May Gibbs is to be felicitated 1 ort the' tremendous success of her« little I book, "Little Ragged Blossoms," a com-

panion to - her popular "Snugglepot j and Cuddlepie," which is now in its '

second edition of twelve thousand. |

The many friends of Mrs. Odium, of j

Cottesloe, will regret to hear that her

husband Colonel W. H. Odium was ac- i cidentally killed last -week at Dublin. Mrs. Odium tras" Miss Gracie Sommers, eldest daughter of the Hon. Chas. Som-

mers.

Among the many giving np their

residences for "flat"-life are 'Dr. Hoi-"i

land, of Hay-street. West, and Mr. C. ; S. .Nathan, of Ord-street "~ Domestics -are at such .a premium, house-keepers are glad to curtail the ordinary every-

day life to' as fine a "point as possible. |

_Tfae Rev. H. T. Haining, of . ;May- !

lands, is the president of our Braille Writing Association, and as a recrea- tion spends a good part of his. leisure time in imparting -. this 'most ñseful knowledge -to the blind.' He is :inost successf ul in .helping the "poor fellows who have lost. their sight, as he hals quite a genius for-teaching;

The dancing pupiïs of -' Miss Olga.

Philp held their first entertainment in the Melrose Hall last Wednesday even- ing before-a huge audience Miss Philp displayed charming grace in the .Apache dance with Mr. Chas. Finch as her partner. The juvenile dancers especially distinguished themselves and exhibited unmistakable talent.

On board the R-M.S. Orontes, which passed through .Fremantle from Lon-

don a few days ago, was Mrs. .Ward,

the Australian, representative of^theJ Red Cross in?_. Brighton "and Howe tBngiand), wilipili, be remembered by many Australian, soldiers as the "Aus-.j sie Mother- lt is -Mrs. Ward's inten- i öon .to. get into, touch with as many ! as - possible of the wounded Aussies !

Wihom she "met in- England) Vand in ! whose, welfare she is. still much in- ' terested. .'. - J

? The Hon. Walter and Mrs..Kingsmill, ' the latter looking, very well after, her < Eastern -trip and. .wearing a' smart

gown of green and gold, received the ; numerous guests at the receptions to

Mr. and Mrs. Ossipoff at the Savoy i last Friday.. Mrs. -Ossipoff gowned in j a smart frock of lime georgette looked j extremely' youthful to be the mother 1 of daughter Beryl, whose rather pic* j turesque beauty was--accentuated by a ¡ powder blue glace frock sa ched with j pink, black and blue, worn with a j large, black, velvet hat. .-.,"' . ti

On December ll Major Howard, of ¡ the Salvation- Army, accompanied by Mrs. Howard and- family, will be leav- I ing for the East, as the Major has been i selected as divisional commander of a new division of the Salvation Army, comprising the River and South Coast

Districts of-N.SJSv". The Major's new

headquarters- will be at Goulburn. We wish him, ""bon-, voyage." Major Howard will be much missed, particu- larly by his young friends of the Sal- vation Army, as he has: acted as W.Á. secretary for the young people of the Salvation Army here for the last four and a half years.

The Sapper silhouette is something worth study these days. A skimpy skirt, and 'a shapeless shirt blouse or jumper which shows rather red elbows and is apt to blow up and show the -cache corset; a long neck is also well

displayed; the stockings are artificial! silk more or less free from "ladders"; the hat is pulled down over the ears, only a tuft of hair and nose and chin

being much seen in this get Tip. The flapper wriggles her graceless way along, keeping to the left (we don't think), tottering on high-heeled shoes, and her conversation usually runs "to .T' and "He." The flapper is a sad contrast to the many wholesome-look- ing lassies, with nicely laundered sum- mer frocks that are met amongst

Perth's business girls, and if the mis- I chief her little mind has done towards | her future motherhood ended with her- self it might be passed over, but in her potential motherhood lies a na- tional danger. ».

"A Country Subscriber" voices the I sentiments of everyone: "As Mrs. Hugh I M'Leod (nee Miss Elsa Langley) hns

been so good in. helping with our re- ' cent district Hospital appeal, I would be grateful if you would give her a paragraph in the 'Perth Prattle' page

of your next issue. The charming and | talented little lady has twice durinc the past three months taken the tedi- ous journey of 200 miles to Jarnadup, first to assist at a concert, and the second time at a bazaar one night and a concert the next. She took tbs long journey to help at these entertainments

immediately on top of a very strenu- i ous week in Perth, where- she had per- formed at three different charitable con- certs within a few days, and after last Saturday night's concert here she had to leave on Sunday per motor for Bridgetown in order to catch Mon- day's train for Perth, so that she could keep another engagement in the city on Tuesday. She has completely won the hearts^ of the people of this district, and the Jarnadup folk feel so grateful to her for her kindness and unselfishness that they want everyone to know about it. We feel that it is largely owing to her assistance that oar hospital appeal-Bas been such a huge success. We have cleared over £500, and £265 of that amount came from little Jarnadup, the remainder being raised by the State Sawmills and Manjimup between them. Our little hospital is now. I axa glad to sav qulte financial."

Our Vice-Regal lady and Miss Rux ton have been Red Crossing at Bun- bury.

On Tuesday evening the members of the W.A. Astronomical Society held their interesting annual reunion at the Perth Observatory.

There's- many a heart aching for the widow and three bairns of the Rev. W. Christiansen, B.A.. whose passing was so sudden and.unexpected.

Süss Harry, E.A_ the eldest daugh- ter of the Rev. and Mrs. Harry, left last Week for India, where she intends to devote herself to missionary work.

The baritoning of "The Rosary" by Ernest Parkes at the send-off to Drummer Harry Murphy, who left for Singapore last Thursday, was the fea- ture of the function.

Miss Gwen Callow, the youthful de- signer of the frocks worn in Miss Ethel Philp's entertainment by her pupils, showed great Taste and originality,   which should be valuable in theatrical work.

Miss Taaffe of "A Country Girl" and Miss Marie Le Varre, here with the "As Tou Were" Co, have "two things in coiffurish common-a head of silvery gold hair, if that burnish may be de- scribed in such mixed mineralogy.

The fete held at Government House

oh Friday and'Saturday last for the Parkerville Children's Home '.proved successful in every way, and the finan- cial result reached three figures and over. The organising secretary . and committee wish to thank all who- help- ed in any way-towards the success of the effort.

Mrs. T. Davies, a one-time popular hostess at the Federal Hotel, sailed away by the Gorgon to make her fu- ture home at Port Hedland. On the eve of. her departure a number of friends gave her a farewell, which took the form of a picnic to Attadale, where, sports; prawning, .. and singing ended

I with tea at the residence of Mrs. Sun

. nucks. '

The . annual strawberry fete and bazaar in aid* of the missions took place on Tuesday, in- the pretty grounds bf Mrs. j. c. Port, of Adelaide-terrace. Very satisfactory results were achiev- ed, as a goodly number of persons, gathered both afternoon and evening, and on so hot a day brisk, business was done with strawberries, ices, and cool drinks.

During our first heat wave this summer our dirty city-streets sizzled. The price of ice and cool drinks being "riz" was keenly felt The need of ac- cess to . our ocean beaches deprives many 'of our poorer, folk of the cool breezes they -so need. Fares to Cpt-r tesloe are almost prohibitive; in fact, most thing are "riz"-temperature, fares, -cool drinks and many etceteras.

Something for nothing ls always a big draw, as was .proved on Sunday night when the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Were advertised to render musical numbers in Trinity - Congregational Church. Long before 7 o'clock "there was not a vacant seat and- hundreds -of. persons -who had come to hear a free concert-and perhaps donate a tray bit to the collection. Were baulked at ¡the entrance. Strange that-collections ; do not always swell in 'proportion to i the congregations. .

The glories of Tom Molloy*s big hos- telry returned last Wednesday, when, at the re-named Hotel Ritz a send-off was accorded Drummer Harry Murphy, son of "Dryblower," prior to his taking a big orchestral appointment in Singa- pore. Fully 100 guests were entertained -by Mr. and Mrs. Trickey, a classy musical -and vocal programme being enjoyed. As souvenirs of the occasion, the departing artist a 3Ênd Batallón boy, was presented by Mr, Son Jacob- son with a beautiful travelling bag and by the s taft of the Shaftesbury "with a gold-mounted fountain pen. Mr. Harry Murphy departed by the Gorgon.

Returning- after a long world's tour, including the battlefields of Europe, Mrs. De Pedro and Wa«t»r Roy. De P, wife and son of our local bohemian buHslayer. While "across the world Mrs. De P. and Roy saw,all there was to see from Suez to Scapa Flow and from

I Belgium to the Bosphorus, they having

had -the ?. melancholy ' satisfaction of being allowed to land oh Gallipoli, and «ee what tens of - thousands' of Aus tra-' lian relatives will ia "time see the grave-sprinkled beaches, slopes, hills, and valleys of the Peninsula, where, Australians emerged jjrom happy-go-lucky citizens into .i^the finest warriors in the-world." N ' -

Matrimony seems very near for Edward P.

A pretty*Nor*-West maiden flutters

to East Africa early in the year on

Matrimony^intent. ^

Mr, and Mrs. Johnstone, of the W.A- ' Bank, gave a "Young Folks" dance in. honor of daughter Beth last Saturday ¡ evening.

The engagement is announced and the wedding will take place in Feb- ruary of Miss Myrtle Tassell, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Tassel, of Narro-

gin, to Mr. Jack Hamley, Clerk of ]

Courts. Narrogin and son of Mr. Ham- ley of Alice-road. Claremont.

A young Westralian who is "win-3 ning golden opinions" for himself in

the East is Eric Donald, who is play- 1 ing some of the leading roles with Mr. Alan Wilkie in the gems, of Shakes- pearian plays which this able actor

manager has set on foot at Melbourne, j

Noticed lately the wife of a vicar,; who is sometimes deemed . ultra-fash-' .onable take'a cross baby from a young mother's arms and nurse it outside ! until the mother had completed the service and taken communion. The

kindly act was quietly done, and no j

one noticed.

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Î Bright paragraphs on social ?J events or'incidents will be ac J ceptable. but must be quite au

Ïthen tic and must not contain any

tinge of "malice. ?"WWW

Miss Elsie Brickhill, organising sec- retary-for* the Parkerville Children's Home, who has had a very strenuous time during the_year, has been advised to take a complete rest for two or three months from all work. Miss Brickhill worked all through the war for our soldiers and since for charit-

able causes and the change should"! benefit her á great deal.

Itecently Sydney Millions- Club "dined" Conan Doyle,- and the chair- man {Sir Arthur .Rickard), in propos- ing the novelist's health, delivered him- self vt this literary dictum- He" said that Sherlock Holmes would, rank se- cond only to Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and probably would become even more famous than Dickens' Pickwick. Ric- kards is a big land agent, whose catchy advts. are a feature of the Sydney papers, so of course he ought to know.

The first lady candidate in the forth- coming -State election is announced. Miss Nell Dungev has decided to- woo the electors of Swan in the National interest. Miss . Dungey is well-known in the electorate, where'she did good work in connection with the Parker- ville Children's JSom'e. It is her inten- tion to put in a vigorous campaign,

and is sure to meet with good support.' Miss DUngey is a sister-in-law oMIr. Sayer, the Crown Solicitor, who has his home át Mundaring.

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Numbers of folks will sorrow at the news of the death on Tuesday after- noon, tie 30th inst., of the Rev. W. Christiansen, pastor of the North Perth Congregational Church. He was indeed a friend to all classes, self denying and true and greatly beloved. Appendicitis, too long neglected, was the immediate cause of his rdeath. A number of wee kiddies will miss their daddy, the youngest being only eight weeks. The young widow is incon-

solable at the loss of "her man."

A delightful little dance was given by' Mrs. M"Larty, of "Edenvale," Pin- jarra, on the 19th ult. as a welcome home to Dr. Joyce, the resident medico of that township. Mr. W. E. M"Larty. CMayor of Pinjarra) welcomed back the doctor in a few words and then about thirty couples indulged in jazz ing to the. good music of .Mrs.-Millar. The hostess received in a handsome black gown, and some visitors went up from Perth, among them being Miss Ada Brine, fiancee of Mr. Keil M'Larty. Their marriage takes place in a few weeks.1-" . e

The close, hot weather, and it certain- ly has been excessively disagreeable for the past, few days, does not condone the extent to which georgette sleeves are being worn by our office girls in the city. The partreyealed,part concealed, though of concealment there is but little, amounts to positive indecency. Evening dress of even the most ad- vanced type ls nothing compared with many street frocks onejSees in Hay street. No doubt pretty lingerie is an essential to the1 nice woman,- but the iiice woman is content to know that she is wearing it without disclosing the fact to her male oglers, and in

many cases even more apparent charms

are disclosed, charms with which wo- man was endowed in "the -Garden of Eden.

. There are jokes and jokers in a cer- tain club for sports. A lady of wealth' was recently invited to attend a gath- ering of members. On arriving" she was pressed to try her hand .at a game. "Yes, we know you can't play, dear," gushed the president, "but do try for a lark." "Dear" did try, was much ap-, plauded and.pettéd, and in the end told' she. did splendidly, would soon make an excellent player, and, in fact, had been the winner of the prize, which was duly .'presented.; to 'her. Later it was "suggested'that- she should be made a member of the club, and her en- trance fee and subscription were col- lected. "Cate have since let her know that she never won a game, that there was really no prize offered ; it was just a make up. of the gushy president wo- man to persuade her to join .¿he club. Since she found- all this out she re- grets .having- promised so valuable a trophy for the next tournament, and is '.ferOhdering If, now she is a member, it will ¡ever , come to her turn to play, and if it -does will anyone ever find time to -teach her the game. She ' has her "'?doots." Had she been wise she would have promised that trophy for - some date in the very dim and distant fu-

ture.

Gu Thursday last "members of the W.-A. Caledonian Pipe Band held' a pleasing function in Melrose-Hali' to pay tribute to Piper Jean Russell, now Mrs. Stanley Caporn. Pipe Major B_ Watson, in the unavoidable absence of the president (Mr. J. Maccallum Smith) presented Piper .Jean, on behalf of the |tmembers and officers of the band; with a silver tea service, suitably inscribed, and testified to the great loss the band would suffer in the absence of so en- thusiastic and efficient a member. The hon. secretary (H. G. Campbell) also supported 'the Pipe Major, mentioning that Piper Jean had been a member since the formation of the band, and had been champion juvenile piper of W.A. during the time she was a member. An excellent programme was sustained by Misses R. Rus- sell and Millar, Mrs. Somerville, Misses D. Dyson, Kerr, and May Wad- dell, Tot Campbell, and Messrs. J. Car- gill, Geo. Grant, arid W. Inch. Musical ¡terns were contributed by the Thistle quartet Party, and ."selections by the Caledonian Pipe Band. After refresh- ments-were served, dancing was en- gaged in . till a late hour. The singing jf "Auld Lang Syne" brought a most -njoj-able evening to a close.

Mr. Crocker has heard br cable of the safe arrival in England of Mrs. Crocker and her small daughter.

Mr. Andrew Kirkpatrick, of East Perth, left by the Gorgon during the week for a trip to the nor-'west.

Mrs. Fred Piesse, one of W.A-'s smartest frockers, who has just re- turned from England, spent a few days in Perth last week.

Mr. Harry Boan, who is visiting the Eastern States at present, intends visiting here before going on a trip to England early in April.

."Lynette" by Fedora St. Ledger, is all the rage. Miss Ledger composed the music and Dorrie Doolette, the words. It is a fine song.

The many friends of Mrs. SU vers ton (nee Alexander) will be pleased to hear that she is now convalescent after her sojourn in a private hospital.

Dr. Cass, well known in medical circles, has succeeded Dr. Craig at the Meekatharra Hospital, and Subiaco will be the gainer by Dr. Craig's loca- tion there.

Lieut Ball, who for a " considerable period was on the staff of the Tate Colonel Courtney at Perth, is now the head of a successful business as ' a broker in Melbourne. - ? -

Her many Perth -friends will be pleased to hear thal Mrs. Shirley Laid-

law is well and happy and is living at her uncle's house. Dr. Bob Laidlaw, of Hamilton, Victoria.

St. Mary's Bazaar neat week pro- mises to be a big success. A special feature will be the produce stall, where every variety of produce, including spring Iamb, will be-on sale.

After 44 years' practice in South Australia Dr. J. A. G. Hamilton has retired from the medical profession, and has arrived in Western Australia to settle on his property near Katan- ning.

'Tis said that some junior teachers are paying back the moiety of refund strike money before the allowances and increase agreed apon have been paid to them. The department is not slow in some ways, it seems.

Mrs. M'Carthy, senior,- that ^woman with the large heart who never allows her left hand to know of the great deeds the right is doing, has bought the very chic residence of Mr. C. S. Nathan in Ord-street, West Perth.

A thoughtful and most acceptable gift just now in this torrid heat was that of the fans sent by Messrs. W. H. Burford to the W.A. Red Cross for dis- tribution . among the sick "soldiers in the various hospitals, which are being much appreciated.

About the mast unstagey artiste (off stage) is Soprano Louise Meadows of the Humphrey Bishop Co. Come to think of it. Gela Hardie and the others are also' remarkable for that absence of swank «iliat is so refreshing in the profession, over-populated by poseurs.

"Sasslety" is dn the_qui vive re an expectéd ' engagement/ announcement between a dainty girleen in the "fash- ionable suburb" and a military male in Guildford. 'Tis said the gage d'amor has been purchased, and, as a kid bro- ther would put lt, "its a bonzer," and only waits the fair one's acceptance.'

The hearts of his many Perth friends

go out in sympathy and sadness ,to the widow and widowed mother 'of Neal Durack, who was drowned in the Ord Riven. 'His father was speared by natives some years ago so. the life of his mother seems shrouded by tragedy.

Mr. W. ÏI- Saunders, B.A.,- of the Mathematical and -Physics Department at Perth University, who is going through a post-graduate course as an

undergraduate on the books bf the

Caius Collège, Cambridge ("Keys,'' as

it is familiarly called up there) has been granted extended leave till Aug- ust, 1922.

The kindergarten movement in Wes- tern Australia bas performed, and is. still performing, one of the most" valu- able educational works in this State. The progress made by the free kinder- gartens «how how greatly the .-.work was needed." The Christmas Tree for the little kindergarten, students is to blossom , out on December 14.. <

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One'of the cleverest kiddies in Perth is undoubtedly little Max Praed, son of Mr. Jack Praed, of Palmerston-street. [Two years old at the end of last-June, he manages to get off by heart many of the latest songs and has a wonderfully correct ear. A very handsome child and not in the least precocious.

'.Two popular giris, the Misses Doreen Patten and Beata Jones, organised a. jazz evening fat 'ïvydene," Cottesloe, last week, and the little affair was a great success, the -wide verandahs mak- ing a good dancing door. A pet Iamb belonging to a. little girleen at the house wandered on to the floor in the middle of the jazz, and its plaintive baa-a and determination to stay caused some {amusement among the dancers.

The third Pierette to enmesh the son of a -big pastoral family in the silken bonds of matrimony is Miss Maxine M'Kenzie, who has become Mrs. Kerr.

Miss Elsa Langley -is Mrs. Hugh. McLeod, and Miss Billie Wilson is Mrs.' French, of the Nor*-West. Miss Max-j ine murmured the "I will" promises at] St. Bedes. Semaphore, South Austra- lia, on November 3, to Percival, only son' of Mr. and Mrs. "Edward Kerr, of ' "Opawa," Mingenew.

Slang is objectionable enough in any use. The average Australian youth, however, is credited-with mixing more than a moderate amount -of vernacular terms in ordinary speech. ' But why teach slang to infants in our public schools? In the readers supplied by the Education Department to the prim- ary classes, slang words are not un- common. For instance, why should a six-year-old child be instructed that a horse is a "nag." The correct name of the animal is jnst as simple, and not repugnant to good tastes.

A lady (?) in West Perth, renowned for her lovely afternoon teas, was dis- claiming recently at 'jthe way, my. deah, I am bothered with folks want- ing my recipes, but, I think I have found a way to prevent them ngtHng for any more, although I shall not tell you now I have done so." Unfor- tunately though she took her dearest friend into her confidence and her pal has broken faith with her. "Wherever it is possible without being noticed X leave out one ingredient, in other cases I just doable the item for I am not going to have all Perth copying- my cakes," quoth she.

Claremont's welcome to its returned soldiers, , if somewhat belated, was none the less hearty/: and all the men pre- sent on .Saturday week last must have felt that as they satrdownto the dainty

repast provided for them and heard the speeches thanking and extolling their services. The welcome also took the form of a fete, and a good trade was done in sweets, flowers, fruit and (w-hisper it gently) raffles. The enter- prising dames were determined to help on the funds of the R.S.L. in Clarer mont, and their efforts were most suc- cessful, something like £130 . being gained by their work.

"Magnetic" would perhaps be the

most suitable- term to describe the ef-

fect of Mr. Eugene Ossipsoff s splendid baritone voice upon his audience. His voice is of wonderful power and sweet- ness, the perfect training of which is shown in the utter* absence of strain or effort even through the most difficult passages at Friday's reception it would seem difficult indeed to select one of his. interpretations as being the more beautiful. These included the "Bride- groom's Aria" from "Nero," by Ruteu stein, sung in Russian; "Barcardille," by a Russian composer, sung in Eng- lish; "Toreador Hula" (Trotere) and some Russian folk songs. Mr. A. 3, Leckie accompanied Mr. Ossipoff. Miss Tessa Richardson, who was in good voice sang very prettily. Perth is to be congratulated upon having an ar- tist like Mr. Ossipoff in its midst aná his presence should tend to an improve- ment in our musical status.

Perth Prattle Co^ued

That useful association, fia. Perth Housewives' League, will Very shortly be receiving a large accession to its numbers in the Kalgoorlie "Women's Economic Association, which means to

affiliate with it,

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Mr. W. J. George (Minister ¿or Pub- lic Works) and Mrs. George. Üsrceri ^S^dijoh^'on^vemoer 27 in order to open the bazaar there. Later- in the day they went on to ByfordTvto attend the farewell given to Mrs. Tnrrer, one of the oldest inhabitants of that place, who is leaving that district

The Melville Cricket Club's first so- cial evening was a most enjoyable suc- cess, the Pavilion Tea Rooms, at Can- ning Bridge, -being the yenu. A euchre party, refreshments, and general bon- homie made up a delightful time. The prize winners were:-Mrs. Ferguson (ladies'). Mr. B. Spargo (gentleman), Mrs. Flannagan (ladies' booby), and Mr. EL Garland (gentlemen's booby).

In view of the sugar shortage, which is bad and threatening to be worse

soon, ' the sorely-tried housewives of j Perth are "anxiously looking forward to \ the days when this State will be pro-

ducing its own fine crop of beet sugar j and independent of the Eastern States ! and Java. One wonders now many j acres are already under cultivation,

and bow long it will b.e before they j will be "harvested," and the sugar |

prepared 'and put on the market Query?

Special mention is made of Mr. Í3. R, Banfes for his unselfish work in the cause of sweet charity. Only recently two big concerts were organised by him in aid of the members of the Perth Dinghy "Club and the Silver Chain Nursing League and Cottagu Homes, x"-each of whom received

cheque for I over £100, and is now as- sisting Mrs. Hugh M'Leod. to organise _ big concert to" assist the unlucky Perth Dinghy Club, to be held ia His Majesty's Theatre on-December: 16.

Over -one hundred friends gathered |at the Riversdale Hall, Burswood, on November 15, at the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. W. Perham,' to celebrate the coming of age of> their eldest son,.

George. A very Ijappy evening was

spent with songs, dancing, games, and a few little speeches of congratulation. Miss Head supplied the music most efficiently, and it was nearly midnight when the company said, "Good night."

¡ A large 'number of presents and tele-

grams testified to the popularity of the young gentleman.

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. A handkerchief and linen tea was given Miss Marjorie Willis on the jevening of Wednesday,' November' 24, -in honor of her approaching marriage to Mr. S. Pick, LJLB, A very enjoy- able evening "was spent by the guests present, and a large number of dainty and useful articles were received. Mrs. W. Bishop formally presented the "gifts, together with a lovely bouquet, the gift of . Miss Nell Burford, and wished Miss Willis every happiness. Mr. M. Moorhouse proposed the toast of the bride and groom, elect, whioh was drunk with musical honors, and. Mr. Pick responded on behalf of Miss Willis. The evening closed with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and tba National Anthem. .

They are. a handsome, elderly couple, and. when he, silvery-haired and frock-coated, and «he, also silver haired and black silk gowned, attend church they are spoken of as the Duke and Duchess, and "Such a de- voted couple, my dear." Last week, however, the female-half of the duo

had a nasty fall, and her "countenance.i

was disfigured by a black eye and I a damaged nose, while, stange to say, ]

the male when, nailing up the battens on the verandah of their -domicile re- ceived a nasty cut on the ear and temple. Now their dear friends are wondering if the Duke and Duchess haye had a row and descended to fisticuffs.

Soe- was a hard-working widow; 'tint had "one weakness-a liking for a humble half a crown on the gee-gees, and every Saturday after the week's work was done she wended her way with a girl friend to" the races, and invested. in a few place bets. One

day she and her friend were con- : versing in the train to Perth, and a -çinegar-looking school teacher, "who lived, in the same suburb as the two

pals, evidently took a catty interest, in the conversation between the pair. ' Catching (as one .thought) the widow saying, "Oh, weB, ten pounds will do me," jumped to the conclusion- that the dame was proposing; to invest-ten perfectly - good sovereigns ' on betting. Miss Stickybeak listened in -holy hor- ror, and later in the week proceeded to inform all and sundry that "Mrs. Blank took ten pounds to waste at

^the^ races, and was -leading a. young"; giri astray by encouraging her. ' to gamble." Of course this reached the

-ears of the widow, who "enjoyed a ; hearty laugh with her friend when they ' remembered the former'e joking remark; 'Ten pounds -will db. me," meaning that their humble £s. bets might win them that->?_ huge amount.

Verily^ the female sex is at times fall1 of .charity and the widow, who was left with a little son, ¿no money and

no previous knowledge of earning a i living, can afford to ignore such cats ;

after bringing up the son to he a j credit to -her and having always paid her way and worked hard, and now takes it a little easy and enjoys her

own earnings. . ,

O.L. writes: "Over Sydneyside !

much commotion, has been caused by I

profiteering indulged in by enterpris- ]

lng individuals who rent houses and i súb-let single apartments almost at 1 the price which <ss paid in rent for the whole house.. There is a howl, too. about the deplorable overcrowding the packing of people like ^sardines

into' rooms recalling the old yarn of: the London policy of having families; camping in the corner of each room ! and letting- the "centre to lodgers. But ! is the practice any worse in the Har- j bor" City than it is in Perth? We i doubt-it. The shortage of . houses in Perth is so acute that almost any price is being secured Cor rooms, and the game is so good that we know of instances where as much as" £25 has been paid for the key of a house-the new tenant paying a weekly rental of £2 10s. and £3 a week, re-letting sinjrle rooms at up to as much as 25s.

Writer knows a couplé who, having ? secured a single unfurnished room for ; 16s. a week, are the envy of their ;

friends-they have such a cheap place! j

As for overcrowding, one "has only to i stroll along, "say, the Terrace, to see j to what extent it is carried out Peo- I

pie are. sleeping and eating in one j

room; a gas stove in a corner of the

room, with a dining table çheek-by- j

jowl with the bed. There is barely a I house that basvnot a verandah enclosed with hessian to serve as a-bedroom. People simply exist There is no home comfort And the dirt of some oí these flats-whew! No, we shouldn't be amazed when we read about Syd-

ney; things are as had, if not worse,

in Perth."

An interesting event may be fore- shadowed by the visit of the Princess Margaret of Denmark, who has ac- companied "her uncle and aunt the King and Queen of Denmark, on their visit to King George and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace. According to rumor, the Princesa is the prospective bride of the\Prince of Wales. Such an

alliance would be very popular, owing to the respect and affection which Queen Alexandra has gained in her long life, which from her bridal, in her 18th year, has been spent in England. The Danish Royal Family, which re- joices in the short surname of Holstein Glucksburg-Sonófenburg-Augustenburg, is celebrated for its healthy longevity, and good temper, and for its numerous matrimonial alliances with most of the royal families of Europe. The por- traits of Princess Margaret present a pretty young girl of much grace, and with 'eyes sparkling with intelligence, but she does net as yet approach the striking beauty ot her great aunt Queen Alexandra, the Dowager Em- press of Russia, and the Duchess of Cumberland, a trio of sisters of the late King Christian of Denmark, who In their zenith were celebrated beauties one of them, indeed-Alexandra, like another Helen of Troy or Ninon de Eaclos-retaining her supreme loveli- ness to a phenomenal age, even when weal over seventy years of age. lt is noticeable that the age limit of royal brides, like other girls, has greatly ad- vanced. They used to be married out of the school room, at 16 and 17. Princess Margaret is 25, and Queen Mary was 27 when she married.

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