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I WOMAN'S ? REA LM.

[ "Tliotl art a woman,

And that is saying the best and worst of ilicc."

-Balley.

English papera are already beginning to talk of winter clothes and furs, and in a manner which appeals to any woman who was obliged to go out in the icy wind of Thursday, after the fierce heat of AVednes day. "M.A.P." says that all the little cnt o'-nine-t.iil affairs, with their glassy eyes, sharp cardboard noses, and wire claws, are doomed. These semi-lifelike trophies of the chase ard no longer good form, arid the woman who wears them must not bo in- jured if she is counted out of dato and old fashioned. The new* fins are on'a large scale, and very* expensive, hnd large nunv bor» are made stole pattern, to fit over the shoulders in a manner which a little sug- gests the fur cape of some 15 years back-. With many thete is lui admixture of lace, real lace, or excellent imitation, and'fluffy gathercd chiffon and Oriental embroi den'es. All this means that furs in pos- session will not be useless next year, but can be remade, and rcdeckod. The sable necklet, with ils many* tails, can bo flat- tened out, deprived of its unpleasant little claws, nnd transformed, with some other tur ind much lace and gold embroidery-, into ,i quaint and becoming afTnir for 'the winter. But it must be borne in mind that all the fashion papers speak strongly against ruflies and boas. Whether they will succeed in ousting them is ¡inbther thing; they arc endeavouring to do so, and. after all, the ruffle, witli its thousands of cheap imitations, lins more than had ita day and few persons would be sorry to see the' last of it. Anyone, therefore, who

owns n feather boa can have this flattened also, and given thal new, bontén-dôwn. flat appearance which is required for the neck garnitures of the coming season, and which is foreshadowed in the lace Collars or cipes which the summer has shown us. There seems n prejudice against anything round, even the muffs are to be flat next year.

It is probnble that a certain roundness vviil be permitted to hats, though many of the neal felt shapes arc shown flat nnd bont

shnped.

Tlic woman who cares about clothes' in

A'ictori.1 has much to put up with. Onç of her chief trials is the fact' that in the summer she mny never put away hor'lieavy coats, skirts, furs, and' mackintosh. They are quite ns necessary for~the' cold chKngës of November, December, arid ' January tis they are for anyi part of June or Julyi Winter clothes never can have «'rest, never be put away with the hope that"next'season they will come out nico'arid fresh,'ftUd al- most capable of deceiving onlookers 'into lmagimng they arc quite new. On a vvomnn who goes about a good deal her coat and skirt become so *well known that if it is al ill! showy hei* friends become as tired of it as she docs herself. Hut, as one victim complained, "The result is that everyone thinks you' have had your cloth costume even longer than you really have had it. Only the other day n friend re- marked to mc, 'How well that coat of yours is wearing. You've bad it more than two years surely?' I only got it last autumn, but I have towear it so continually." Sad to say. the useful Coat und skirt is very widely spoken of in English journals. "The coat and skirt stylo is now played, and has be- come the property-'of that hopeless* person known as' tile 'nondescript dresser." But we may trust that such a fiat is issued -with- out due authority; for what would we all do summer lind winter without the coat and skirtstyle? AVhcre materials are spoken of there is much difference of opinion. Ono

magazine declares m favour of very rough, shaggy stuffs in light shades, giving one Hie appenrnucc of a comfortable poodle or goat. Another declares that, the fashionable couturières linVc definitely disowned these same rough materials. It is piobablc that both nie right, that very rough and quite smooth cloths nie to appear, but all say that black with startling touches of colour lind queer eliibrtiitli-iic.s will be very much Worn. Also there is no difference of opinion As regards skirts. There are to be no more plain skirts, the skirt with a yoke, plain or shaped, making n strong bid for favour, while below the yoke thcro may appear crosswise or lengthwise tucks or any kind of strapping. One model is in pleats from the waist, and has a very'old worn .air about it. When a very neat skirt is de- sired, a plain-fitting one, strapped, is per- mitted, and with this model we wore all familiar last year.

So many letters ' have been received in- quiring in vi'hnt woy assistance may bo sent to the Mallee -settlers that suggestions ns to the form of help miiy'bo of Use. Clothes uro needed, of cotnve, but by no means so urgently ns food. Large numbera of the settlers' have n fair stock of clothes, for the reason that only this year have times been so bail that they could hot obtain them. In Melbourne, in times of distress, clothes are requited urgently, for in 'a city clothes ure articles of commerce, can be sold or pawned, and the money used for obtaining food. This is not so in the Mallee districts, and therefore, though clothes uro required, Uley arc by no menus the first need. When Hie household larder contains only flour, sugar, ten, treacle, and rather uninviting mutton, and a sndly limi- ted slock of these things, the children fare

badly, lu home after home the children (billie toa without milk. The water is

nasty, and it is no uncommon thing lo seo nu infant not able to walk drinking black tea out of a s.iuccr. To feed a family of quite young children throughout the Bum- mer on a diet of bread niul treacle and black tea is not satisfactory. There aro neither fruit nor vegetables, if there are any eggs (and on many farms the fowls have lind to bo sold) tlios-e eggs must he bartered for flour. Pood for man and beast is urgently needed, anti anyone who lins a large fruit

cn tien mel who coulil send some eases of

fruit to tint di ought shiel en distnet, w oulil bo doing a 1 uidness indeed An)

one who (oultl send sacks tf ] itutoes oi onions would be helping vin i li indeed In one home where a few ipplcs weie given ti Hie children the niothci nuneri tint no fruit hld been «con bl them foi a icni

1 hulk of tiwi, anv one who lins fruit to t-pnio Hunk of tint PI en townspeople, where foi n couple of shillings ion cm tun as much fruit na em be timed home If flint oi legptables should be sent thei could be distributed bv the local state school niiistei to the scholnis or b) the munster aftei sei vice lo Ins congregition lhere would be no diihcnltv in this dis (nbiition and the clultlien who were sent boult with poel cfs full of (heines, mil ennvuig some vteetubtes foi motliei would be bilpin children indeed (tifts of (loth me as before rein ni eli will 1 e most gmfe ililli loteived but foul is vv intcd lu-t anil foi children ind dein ite mothers anv of the patent foods condensed soup«, ind milks ure most nccts'iiii

Tt is timursally iel now lodged that in to idling afflicted persons to assist them selves the truest 1 uidness is being dom It lins been suggested in tonneetion with blind pel-sons that, their sense of touch being so acute and sensitive, thev would mid e ideal inissiurs Japan leads the wav tu this mat tei permitting onlv blind poisons to entci the profession and cvelutling those who hnve evesight on the ¿round tint it is i matter where the blind oval mid where thev mnv have sole conti ol of tin intlustii Japan in fact prelects the business ni fniour of the blind anti so fal the results have been peculiar 1\ rood It is not sug gesled that the blind nf A iel ma should thus be givtn the nioniipnlv hut that thev should bp given the oppoitimilv ot leinung a pioftssion foi windi thev nie pecuhail) fitted lo give afflicted persons an oppoi

tumi\ not onl) of oecupv ing theil time but also of em mug then living is the best aim of all philnnthiopie eniknioni nilli it is to lie hoped that ni tins niattoi we will talc n lead lioni om northern all)

1 had i coninlevion once ' nioiinetl nn I nglishivomiin but mi two icius in Mel

houille lins taught me that unless I take ns nindi cm of it as if it were a consumptive piticnt it would soon IK onlv wiinlletl piurhnunt Tienc hint, clouds of dust a stuing hot wind suecptded bv bittei cold

moie (hist and moie wind makes n courin nail in of weitliu windi would min nn\ si in, anti nuki s it quite undei-stantlabli whv the abot¡gilles ni blnek Hie sun is not stiflicient nu it was [ho ai rangement of an all wise Pi millonee who understood

the vvcathei Hie onlv nason wh) I ever look even denn and wh) f am not one net wml of winikie« is because [ get nins sngitl, and sprnved and treated with nil kinds of electric di v lees I shudder to think what I might bo lila if I did not If I could not do this I should havo my skin stained a detp brown, and merci) dust it like I do the furniluio when I como into tho house

is it is I must spend hours weekly merelv having mv fuco tleiuiid I could have my whole house «clubbed in the time it takes to got proporlv 'done, hut I am ginteful very grateful-for the 'doing', it is the only alternative till ive «all become hlack, ana whnt n blessing that will be« and hoiv de- lightfully reckless we will feel ot ami, wind,

and dust."

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