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veils only fall down the back, and do not cover the face. All the bridesmaids are dressed alike, and their bouquets are made of coloured flowers.

The older guests at a wedding should choose some rich material, trimmed with lace, and should wear a lace or other handsome shawl. Their bonnets should be trimmed with feathers and flowers.

If little boys are present at a wedding, they should be dressed in some fancy suit; black velvet, trimmed with gold buttons, is the best.

Mourning used to be worn much longer than it is now. A year is considered long enough for a father or mother, and six months for uncles, aunts, or cousins. It is now considered better taste to wear plain garments instead of the handsome heavy dresses in which our mothers and grandmothers mourned.

Widows wear their weeds, consisting of crape dress, large black silk cloak, crape bonnet and veil, and widow's cap for a year, and wear ordinary mourning after that as long as they like.

DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL NOTES

THE *HE chief events in matters musical that have hap- Zare Thalberg, a daughter of the famous pianist. The

pened since we last wrote, are the openings of the young vocalist, who is said to be only seventeen years of two Opera Houses. Mr. Gye had been first in the field age, chose for her debut the character of Zerlina, in with his prospectus, and he was also first with his per- Mozart's immortal “Don Giovanni;" and public curiosity formance, opening Covent Garden nearly a fortnight was raised to a high pitch, owing partly to the famous before Mr. Mapleson commenced his season at Drury name she bears, and partly also to the favourable reports Lane. The opera selected by Mr. Gye for his opening which had been current as to her powers. At her first night, Tuesday, April 6, was Rossini's master-piece, appearance Mademoiselle Thalberg by her youth and “ William Tell," which does not depend for its effect upon beauty gained the suffrages of her audience, but she soon the voices of the star sopranos, who are so very shy of showed that these were not the only charms she possessed. appearing upon an opening night. The prominent cha- She has a very sweet and pure soprano voice, and has racters in “ William Tell," as every one knows, are the been thoroughly well trained; and if she goes on as she tenor, baritone, and bass-Arnoldo, Tell, and Walter- has begun, a very brilliant future is in store for her. It is and these had worthy representatives in Signor Marini, only to be hoped that the enthusiastic welcome she received M. Maurel and Signor Bagagiolo. The female parts in at Covent Garden will not lead her to imagine that she has " William Tell” are of secondary importance, but they not much yet to learn, but will rather stimulate her to were very fairly supported--Madame Scalchi, Mr. Gye's further exertions. leading contralto, taking the part of Edwige, the wife of Mr. Mapleson's season, his best as he and all bis Tell ; Mdlle. Cotbiro being the boy Jemmy; and Malle. supporters hope, in Drury Lane, commenced on Saturday, Bianchi, the young soprano who made such a favourable the roth, with a performance of Beethoven's “ Fidelio." impression here last season, appearing as Mathilde. Pledged as Mr. Mapleson is to the support of classic was hardly to be expected that the young vocalist would

opera, and having among his ranks such an exponent of be able to obliterate the recollection of the many famous it as Mademoiselle Titiens, there was a peculiar fitness singers who have supported this character, but she made a that he should put Beethoven's immortal work in the very decided success, singing the music well, and acting forefront of his battle. The great German soprano was with intelligence. Signor de Sanctis, one of Mr. Gye's new as grand as ever in the trying part of heroine, though her tenors, made his first appearance on the following Satur- voice showed some traces of the indisposition from which day as the Duke in Verdi's “Il Ballo.” He achieved she had recently been suffering. Mademoiselle Bauermeisonly a moderate success, owing partly to the recollection ter made a decided advance in popular favour by her imperof the superb way in which Mario had filled the part so sonation of Marcellina, and was well supported by Signor many years, and partly to a want of charm and sweetness Rinaldini as Jacquino, but Signor Bignardi, the new in his voice, which appears to have lost much of its tenor, was somewhat overweighted with the part of original tone, and to the absence, on his part, of any Florestano. The glorious “ Leonora," No. 3 overture special qualifications as an actor. The cast was not a was given between the acts, and was repeated in answer particularly happy one in other respects, but Malle. to an unanimous call. Bianchi again asserted her claim to be placed among the Italian opera, however, is not the only attraction that most useful and versatile of the Covent Garden sopranos. Mr. Mapleson has provided at Drury Lane. On the “ off

The following Saturday, April 10, was an especially nights" the Italian tragedian, Salvini, appears in the interesting occasion, owing to the first appearance on character of Othello, in an Italian version of Shakespeare's any stage,” as the advertisements have it, of Mademoiselle grand tragedy. He made his first bow before an English

audience on the evening of April 1, and since then he has been the “talk of the town.” His chief fame has been gained in his own country, and he has also played with great success in America, but here in England his name was known to comparatively few, even of those conversant with dramatic affairs, and doubtless a very large proportion of the audience were quite unprepared for the astonishing performance they were to witness. The first appearance of the actor produced a good impression on the audience, who could not but admire the noble, expressive face, the easy, dignified gestures, and the rich, mellow voice, capable of expressing every variety of emotion. In the scene before the Duke and Council of Venice, where the grand speech, commencing “ Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors” occurs, the actor forbore to make any great effort, delivering the speech in a simply dignified manner, and a total absence of declamation. This was certainly an innovation upon established custom, but the value of it was speedily made evident; as the dramatic interest of the play heightened, the actor put forth gradually the power he had held in reserve, and gradually led up to a climax which was only saved from being repulsive by its real grandeur as a piece of acting. It is easy to see that Signor Salvini has formed a very distinct idea of the Moor's nature, and has not shrunk from carrying out his conception to its logical and necessary issues. His Moor is a gallant warrior full of the tenderest affection, but with the old savage nature still strong within him, ready to fame out at a moment's provocation. The scenes with Iago in the third and fourth acts were perhaps the most artistic of all. For a long time the Moor listens with confident carelessness to his Ancient's crafty insinuations, but, by degrees, bis suspicions are aroused; then they are confirmed by the confusion into which Desdemona is thrown; and as soon as this stage is reached, the man is transformed into a brute, incapable of listening to reason, and possessed entirely with a mad frenzy of revenge.

The terrible realism of the final act we have already hinted, still, terrible as it is, it is unquestionably defensible, only we cannot help thinking that a mistake is made in delivering the grand speech, "Soft you, a word or two before you go," with so much action, we prefer to see that “calm repose in the face of death," as it has well been called, which shows that all the passion is spent, and that the man is human once more. We have only space to dwell thus briefly upon the details of a most remarkable performance, which all the town is flocking to see, including the actors of the leading London theatres, for whose convenience Signor Salvini kindly consented to give a special morning performance. We may add, that Signor Salvini is supported by a thoroughly good working company, none of whom, however, are individually of special merit.

The Desdemona of Madame Giaragnoti, and the Iago of Signor Carboni, are performances decidedly above the average, but the chief merit of the company lies in the way in which they act together and support each other.

To return to matters musical, we find that although we are rapidly getting on to the very height of the season, there is really very little of importance to record. The winter series of concerts are dying out, and those which flourish in summer are just springing into life. At the Crystal Palace the last of the series of winter concerts was given on the 17th, to be followed in due course by Mr. Manns' usual benefit concert. The present series has been more than usually attractive, and most of the concerts, especially the last few, were distinguished by some special feature of interest.

The Albert Hall season ended at Easter with the usual Passion week performances of Bach's Passion Music (“St. Matthew"), Handel's “Messiah," and a miscellaneous concert given on Easter Monday. We understand that the choir are now engaged upon rehearsals of Verdi's Requiem, of which at least three performances are to be given, but the dates are not yet announced.

Beyond the appearance of Signor Salvini at Drury Lane, there is but little to record in the dramatic world. A few new pieces have been produced, but none of any great importance. At the Gaiety, the adaptation of “ Rose Michel,” a play which had been wonderfully popular in Paris, was a decided failure.

At the Prince of Wales's, Mrs. Bancroft has withdrawn “Sweethearts" and " Society," and has produced Shakespeare's play of “ The Merchant of Venice.” In our next month's Dramatic Notes we shall be able to record how this clever little company, who have already given satisfactory proof that their powers are not confined to one branch of dramatic art, have succeeded with one of the most famous plays of the great national poet. At the Royalty, Messrs. D. C. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan have co-operated in the production of one of the richest pieces of absurdity that has been seen on the stage for a very long time. The piece is entitled " Trial by Jury," and is a burlesque of the most extravagant order upon a case of breach of promise of marriage. “A Trial by Jury, set to music, is in itself a sufficient incongruity, but when to this is added the comicality of the defendant singing the story of his troubles to a guitar accompaniment; a judge describing also, through the medium of song, the account of his rise to the bench, supported by an occasional choral refrain from the spectators; a plaintiff in full bridal attire, with her attendant bridesmaids, and the final solution of the difficulty in an engagement between the wronged lady and the learned occupant of the bench, it will be easily seen that the fun is about of as outrageous a character as it can well be.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS. All letters re- a favour. She has taken the magazine for a con- Diana would feel obliged to Sylvia if she quiring answers in the following month's issue siderable time, and is highly pleased with it. could advise her what to do with a white pique must be forwarded to SYLVIA, CARE of EDITOR, GERANIUM would feel much obliged to Sylvia dress, trimmed with bands of pique piped with Messrs. Ward, Lock, & Tyler, Warwick House, if she will answer the following questions-I black cambric. It was a very expensive dres, Paternoster Row, E.C., before the 5th of each

have a dress same as pattern enclosed, made with but the first time it was washed, although every month. 2. All letters asking questions should be

two narrow frills round the skirt, and two rows care was taken with it, the black ran into the written on one side only of the paper, and a

of dark blue velvet 14 inch wide between them, white, and it looked shocking. I have had it space should be left for each answer.

a small panier trimmed round with one row of washed several times since, but never could wear 3. In writing for advice as to the making up

the velvet and black Maltese lace, jacket body it, as the dye still comes out. Do you think it and altering of dresses, it is advisable to men- trimmed to match the panier (the body is a little advisable to take the pipings out? It will be a tion height, complexion, and colour of hair, in small). What could I do with it to make it tiresome job, as there are so many of them, and order that the best combinations of colour may suitable for a walking dress for the summer, and all put on with a very fine machine stitch. If be given.

would it look old-fashioned? I am about twenty, you think it best to renew the black cambric, 4. Photographs sent for this purpose can- 5 feet 5 inches, rather fair complexion, but with not be returned, unless accompanied by a

could you direct me where I could buy one that little colour, and dark brown hair. [The silk is the dye could be warranted not to run? (There stamped directed envelope. 5. Letters for the Work-room must be

unfashionable in colour, and it would look best is nothing for it but to take the black all off and written on separate paper from those intended

worn with a tablier and sleeveless bodice of very trim with coloured cambric. If it had been for the Drawing-room or the Exchange Column.

dark blue material, beige, serge, cashmere-any- washed carefully the first time, the black would No charge is made for replies to any ques

thing but silk. Trim the skirt with the panier, probably not have run.) I have a fine silver grey tion in the Work-room: it is open to all comers, in addition to its own trimming, up the back. serge dress, made three years ago, that I should and all are welcome.

Trim the sleeves with the Maltese lace and bands like to make fashionable, if you would kindly As we give elsewhere all the latest informa- of silk.] Will the long tablier with sash at the tell me how to alter it to the best advantage. I tion as to modes and styles, we cannot answer back be more worn than the round panier for the has a very full trained skirt, with a flounce ten questions as to the way of inaking up new summer? (Yes.] I have taken the magazine inches deep round the bottom, and a band one materials, except when the quantity is so limited as to require contriving, in which case

some years, and like it very much. I hope I. inch wide, box-pleated, to head the flounce with; we are glad to give our best help.

have written this properly. (You have.] a plain bodice, with two points in front, and wide

Effie wishes to know if Sylvia will kindly sleeves. I should like to trim it in the tablier give a pattern of a sleeveless jacket. As they are style. I could not match the serge, I think, but

so much worn now, she is sure it will be very I have about four yards of black velvet on the Mrs. Eliza M.-See notice at the top of this useful to have a nice easy pattern suitable for cross about four inches wide. I should like the page. You have abundant material for a plain braiding. [We will give one very soon. There skirt still long. [You can spare a breadth from dress. See illustrations and descriptions. Black is one given this month with braid design in The the skirt to make new sleeves, which you can silk may be trimmed with velvet, fringe, satin, ENGLISH WOMAN's Domestic Magazine.). Should trim with cuffs made of the old sleeves. Trim jet, or passementerie.

the jacket be cut out and sent to be marked for the front en tablier with your black velvet, and Elsie would feel greatly obliged to Sylvia if braiding before it is made up? (Yes, or merely wear with a black velvet sleeveless basque jacket.] she would tell her how to alter a poplin dress outlined instead of being cut out, as the edges Dorah would like Sylvia's advice with regard (pattern enclosed). It is nearly as good as new, fray.] Have I addressed this rightly? (Yes.] to a very handsome black silk dress with long as it was only made last summer, but was cut so

EMILY would feel greatly obliged to Sylvia if skirt and polonaise that could be worn with any badly, it never fitted nicely. It is made now she would give her a little advice with regard to other dress. I have been in mourning for twelve with a cross flounce nine inches deep, headed with altering and making up a silk dress (pattern en- months for my little son twelve years old, and two bias bands edged with satin a shade darker closed). The dress is not much worn, but is old- should like to use the dress. Could Sylvia advise The front breadth has six flounces three inches fashioned. The length is 1 yard 8 inches, width with me how to put crape on it, as it is now deep, an open polonaise trimmed with satin and 1 yard 35 inches; there is a small panier at the trimmed with folds of black velvet, and below fringe Elsie forgot to mention the skirt is back, the depth of which is 19 inches. The that lace, and by laying away would get old. walking length. She is between eighteen and skirt is gored, and quite plain. Emily is fair, fashioned. My age is forty. Also, would a nineteen years of age, height 5 feet 7 inches. She about 5 feet in height, and has brown hair. black silk with lavender figure on it be suitable hopes Sylvia will not think her letter too long, Emily does not wish to gu to very much expense, to wear the second year for a girl of fourteen, and it and that she will receive an answer in the next

and as the dress is to be worn in the summer so, what would do for the shoulders with such a number. She has taken The Young ENGLISH- months, she thinks velveteen would be too heavy dress? And I should not like to take up more of WOMAN for three years, and has not troubled the to go with it; so would Sylvia kindly recommend your valuable magazine than I possibly can, but kind Editor or Sylvia before. She likes it very a more suitable material ? [You have surely my daughter has a blue serge with black velvet much. [You do not say what the fault was in made a mistake as to the width. Your dress trimmings. How could that be converted into the fit of

your dress, whether too tight, too loose, would look very pretty cut a little shorter, the a dress for mourning? Would it dye well, er etc. If you had done so, Sylvia would be better lower part of the front breadth trimmed with the could you suggest anything better for a useful able to help you. Perhaps a sleeveless jacket of panier, and worn with tablier, and bodice of school' dress? I have taken your magazine in velvet a shade darker than your poplin would muslin with white ground, and pansies or other some time, and find it exceedingly useful, esperemedy the misfit. Also, as polonaises open in flowers of the same class of colour. You could cially the Work-room, where there are families. front are not now so fashionable as the tablier, wear plain white muslin with it, also grenadine, This is my first query, and hope I have not treswould not the back of your polonaise cut the or some thin woollen material of the same colour, passed too much. [it is unusual to wear crape so tablier, and the front make the ends to hang at but a different shade, would also look very well.] long, but perhaps you particularly wish it. If so, the back? The trimming of your front breadth PATTIE would feel obliged if Sylvia would you could put the folds of crape wherever the could then be placed over the deep flounce on the kindly inform her how she can alter a grey Japa- folds of velvet are now, heading them with back breadths.]

nese silk (nearly new), which should have been narrow jet beading, if you like. Bands of silk CHRYSANTHEMUM would feel obliged if the walking length, but was made too short in front. would be quite deep enough mourning at present, Editor would give a paper pattern of the little It has no polonaise; the skirt is trimmed with and in six months more you could wear the dress girl's dress, 137 and 138, March number of The the same, and a puff behind. Jacket bodice, also without alteration. Figured black silks are not Young ENGLISHWOMAN, and also wishes to know trimmed with same, and black velvet buttons. very suitable for young girls, but the dress you if it would look well made up in print or holland ? Pattie is seventeen years old, 5 feet 9 inches, hair describe would be deep enough mourning, and [Madame Goubaud, 30, Henrietta Street, Covent rather light. [You must add to the length by could be worn with a cashmere jacket or fichu, Garden, supplies these patterns. I do not think putting additional material at the top of the front either braided or prettily trimmed. Serge dyes the style is too elaborate for print or holland.] breadth. The basques of the bodice will hide admirably. Nothing could be better for a useful This is the first time Chrysanthemum has asked the join.]

school dress.]

A SUBSCRIBER would feel greatly obliged if to make the skirt wide enough. Of the three complete dress. It would make a tablier and Sylvia would kindly advise her what to do with a plain breadths make a tablier, and you will have bodice, or would look very well made into a skirt black silk dress she has. The skirt is long, with enough over, with your new silk, to make a walking length, over which you could wear a a train, and very good, as it has not been very flounce round the skirt, and loops and ends at the tablier and bodice. of plain blue. You would much worn. The jacket body and tunic are not back of the waist. Wear with a pretty belt.] have enough silk for two or three flounces on good, as they have been a great deal worn with The striped I intend turning. It has a trained the skirt. The silk will not look old-fashioned other skirts. The body is quite worn done, the skirt, plain, round body, coat sleeves, about half a if made up in combination with plain blue silk.] tunic not so bad, but it is very soft, and there are yard of new, a small panier and fichu trimmed MYRTLE would feel greatly obliged to Sylvia many small cuts behind where it is tucked up. A with frills of the same, bound each side with if she will tell her at what age babies should Subscriber has a new plain body, without trim- satin, I bought a yard and three-quarters of plain leave off wearing hoods, and what should they ming, which she got to wear with the skirt, and silk last summer, and perhaps I can still use it. then wear? [At three months. Little white a lace polonaise over it, for dinner. Sleeves of [The plain silk will make you a sleeveless basque hats.] I have a black silk dress. The polonaise body are cut at the elbow, with a frill. She wants jacket to wear over your round body. Trim the is too much worn to do up, but the train is not at to make a walking dress of it for summer, but three front breadths of the skirt with small all worn.

Would you tell me how to trim it so does not know how to make it up or trim it. flounces made from the fichu, panier, and trim- as to look nice. It is a plain long train. My There is a silk fringe round the tunic, which is mings. Wear the back breadths plain, with a height it 5 feet 5 inches, figure rather slight. I very good, and some of the same on the old body, sash of handsome brown ribbon.] I am 5 feet have also a black and white gauze shawl, could which might be of use. A Subscriber is in 2 inches in height, rather fair, with light brown I make any use of that? [1 should keep the mourning, but would not like it trimmed with hair.

trained skirt as it is, and wear over it a long crape. Would Sylvia kindly tell her what would M. C. has a black silk dress, made three tablier and ends made of the shawl.] This is the be the way to make it nice for summer? [Cut years ago, with flounces 9 inches wide at the first time I have troubled you, although I have the skirt to a walking length. Of what you cut bottom of long skirt, eight widths in skirts, full long been a subscriber, but seeing you so kindly off, make coat sleeves, which you can trim with panier, trimmed round with frills all pinked like help others with your advice, I thought you could your elbow sleeves. Turn the tunic the best side the flounce. M. C. has been in mourning six also help me. Have I kept to the rules? (Yes.] out. Trim it with your fringe, and bands of silk months for a brother-in-law, and is now leaving E. W. N. writes-Seeing how kindly you made from the remainder of what you cut off the off crape. How could she have the silk dress answer the numerous questions put to you in the skirt, and make it as nearly as possible in its turned and altered to look modern and fresh ? magazine, I have ventured to ask you a few. I former shape, so that the cuts will not show. If Will Sylvia kindly suggest in the May number, have a good black silk jacket, have only worn it the tunic is worn up the front, lay a band of silk or if this is too late for May, please answer in the a very few times, so it is nearly as good as new, up each side of the front, and place buttons be- June magazine? 2. Will jackets be worn for and it is made with tight back and loose fronts. tween.)

middle-aged ladies ? [I should trim the three Could you suggest some way so that I could have VIOLET writes-Sylvia must excuse my ex- front breadths with the frills of the panier, and it made to wear this summer either for indoors or treme stupidity in not having explained how my make of the latter tunic ends to wear at the back out. (Make it into a tight basque jacket.] I Japanese dress is made. I hope she will answer of the waist. Sponged and turned, with this want a dress for spring. What sort of one would me in next number. The summer is near, and I slight alteration, the dress should look quite fresh you advise me to get, and how should it be made ? should like to have it for that month. It is for and fashionable, but you do not say how the ( There is an immense choice of materials, homea walking dress, and at present the skirt has two body and sleeves are made. 2. Yes.]

spun, beige, serge, cashmere, etc. See fashion flounces scalloped, each about a finger and a half ANNIE will be obliged to Sylvia if she will articles and plates.] I have seen an advertisement wide ; it is rather short, and not gored. I am answer the following questions in the May in the magazine, Mrs. Judd's book for teaching eighteen years old, 5 feet 3 inches, with fair hair. number-Would it be good taste to trim a black dressmaking and fitting. Would it enable you to The basque of my dress is rather full behind, and grenadine tunic with white lace, for out-of-door do a little without any lessons ? [I have never open down the front. It is such a wretched fit, wear, over a black silk skirt ? Annie thinks it seen the book, so cản not say.] I suppose when that I am afraid it will never make anything nice. would look more stylish than black lace, as black we ask any questions, we have to state appearI hope Sylvia will be able to understand my ex- and white is so fashionable just now. [It would ance, etc. Height about 5 feet, complexion dark, planation. What could I do with eight yards of not be good taste. ]

brown hair, rather thin than stout. Also, when very handsome point lace a finger wide? Is it Edith has had a very handsome black satin we write to you, have we to enclose a stamped entirely gone out of fashion for walking dresses ? quilted skirt given to her by her husband, who is directed envelope. Being the first time that I Will jet continue fashionable during the summer? rather fond of dress in a woman. Will Sylvia have ventured to write to you, I hardly know What way could I settle my hair? It is short, kindly tell her what would look very handsome how to begin. [We do not require stamp or and I find it hard to settle a Catogan. (Your over it for summer wear? It is quilted three- envelope, unless you expect replies from our cordress can be made to fit you by using some silk or quarters at the sides and back, quite to the waist respondents to be forwarded by post.] Is this velvet of a darker shade down the front of your in front. Could I wear it with that part at the written in accordance with rules? Have I left basque bodice to simulate a vest or waistcoat. back, as it is only slightly gored. I should prefer enough space for answers ? [Rather limited.] Lay the original material over this, and when you something black, as that always looks well, Also, would you kindly tell me the proper way, have got it to fit you, cut away all that is unne

Please answer

me in May. [With a little when you do not hear what a person says—is it cessary. You will see in many of our back management as to the length, you could wear the

proper to say, “What do you say?" or, “I beg numbers illustrations of the sort of bodice I mean. front at the back. A black cashmere tablier or your pardon?" I have heard some adopt the Your sleeves will have to be slightly trimmed polonaise would look very handsome over it.] I former, though I use the latter. [The latter with the darker blue. You can add to the beg to say I sent seven stamps to Heather Bell generally is perhaps the better.] Also, will length of your skirt by a join under the basques. for fern roots last month, but I have not received fichus be worn this summer? [Yes.] Your point lace will trim a dinner or fête dress the roots or the stamps. I found when I had NELLIE writes-Will black polonaises be very handsomely.]

posted my letter that it was November number worn over coloured skirts this spring, just for a ELLA would feel obliged for Sylvia's advice. 1 intended sending to Miss Clyde. Some one morning ? [No.] Can you infer from my letter I have a black silk jacket, half-fitting, bought must have received the stamps. I am glad I did that I am very deficient in grammar? Being very three years ago, cost 143. a yard, trimmed with not send more.

delicate, my education has been neglected. [Í passementerie and deep Maltese lace. It is 26 Hulda has a dress like the enclosed piece or can infer that you are young enough to be able to inches in front, 27 inches at back. It is slit up silk, several years old, but quite fresh, having make up for lost time.] Could you, or any of at each side, with two pleats to tuck it up. I been worn very little. It consists of six breadths your correspondents, give me the words of a hymn think it looks old-fashioned. It is very good, 21 inches wide, 50 inches long. The body has beginningbeing little worn. Could Sylvia kindly suggest been full and long. The back piece is 17 inches some way of altering it to be more fashionable? long, the frosts 20 inches. The sleeves seem to

“ How firm a foundation, It has wide sleeves. J am married, of medium be quite hopeless affairs, being very short and

Ye saints of the Lord"? height, and inclined to be stout. [Make it into a wide. They measure from the top to the bottom tight basque bodice. If your wide sleeves will at the back 19 inches, and the inside 10 inches. Have I written this in accordance with rules, not cut coat sleeves, put on deep false cuffs.] If Sylvia thinks it possible to make such a limited being the first time that I have ventured to ad

EMMIE writes-- Will Sylvia kindly inform quantity of silk into a dress of respectable appear- dress you? (Yes.] Also, would you give me me in the May number how to remake two silk ance, will she please say how it is to be done, and the proper address ? I did not know scarcely dresses (patterns enclosed). Of the violet I have also whether the silk itself would look old- where to send this to, not seeing the Editor's adthree plain widths, measuring 48 inches, ten fashioned ? A little expense not minded. Hilda dress in the magazine. (See notice at top of pregores round body, coat sleeves, and a yard and a is tall, rather stout, and old-looking for twenty- vious page.] What will the prevailing colours be quarter of new. [The ten gored breadths ought two. [I do not think this can be made into a for dresses this spring? (Neutral colours.]

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E. D. B. writes : Can any one give me the T. A. E. writes: As an old reader of THE Madame Dudevart.] She would also like to know address of a person who can tell character from YOUNG ENGLISHWOMAN, I have often thought how Undine" is pronounced. ("Oondeen handwriting? Address, E. D. B., Corford, it would be a great treat if you inserted a page or is the nearest approach to the pronunciation in Sidmouth. (Prepaid answers will be for- two of music monthly, inviting your subscribers English syllables, but the · ” has the soft warded.)

to contribute their own composition for your French sound as in eu.] And how long it A MOTHER writes : I am so much delighted selection and approval. If you agree to this I would take a young girl to learn German and with your excellent " Work-room" that I beg am willing to be amongst your eariiest contri- Italian. Pauline has been a subscriber for you will accept my thanks for having published butors. (We shall receive with pleasure any many years, and is very much pleased with it, such a very useful and valuable periodical. I original musical compositions that our sub- thinks it worth a shilling compared with the am sorry I did not know of it sooner; having scribers may wish to submit to us. ]

“Young Ladies' Journal" which Pauline thinks but lately become acquainted with THE YOUNG HOPE writes : I want to ask your advice very trashy: [It would depend greatly on the ENGLISHWOMAN, I find it the most sensible about a matter, which will, perhaps, be out of girl's capacity. Some learn as much of a lanand practical work of the kind I ever saw. I place in THE YOUNG ENGLISHWOMAN, but guage in three months as others do in a year. am a mother, having four dear children ; and which troubles me so much, that I must write Much also would depend on the teacher. make up all their clothing at home. I have to you. What must I do to prevent my eye- With a good teacher, a quick learner wiling long been seeking for such a book as yours, lids from swelling? I have bathed them with to devote two or three hours a day to a lanand now I intend to take it in always. The both warm and cold water, etc., but it does not guage, ought to become pretty well acquainted little night-dress has been already put into use ; take the swelling down in the least ; some days with it by the end of twelve months ] and I hope there will be further useful patterns they are not quite so bad as others. What M. W. will be much obliged if any reader of for the dear little ones. May I trouble you can be the reason? They did not used to be THE YOUNG ENGLISHWOMAN can tell herif there with just one question? Have you any agents so, it is not because I have weak eyes, for they is any book published on exercises, with exin San Francisco, or Sacramento (California), are very strong. If you, or any reader of the panders for girls, such as are usually taught in as I expect to go there within the next four magazine, can suggest a remedy that would dancing classes ? If so, where can she procure months, with my husband and family? [Any not injure the eyes, I should be for ever grate- it? M. W. does not know the form used in bookseller out there will supply it, without ful, for you know it makes them look so terribly asking questions in the magazine, and hopes extra charge for postage, which we should have ugly and small, as well as feeling so funny. that the Editor will excuse her if she has made to niake.] The reason why I ask is this, if you What is the best kind of soap to use for a any mistake. (See Rule 2. have not, I will send you a subscription before blotchey, rough skin? (Oatmeal soap.] I A CONSTANT SUBSCRIBER TO THE YOUNG I leave, to have THE YOUNG ENGLISHWOMAN trust my letter may be in time for your next ENGLISHWOMAN would be glad to know what forwarded to me, and I will introduce it to all number, as I shall be anxiously looking for- kind of dinner, tea, and breakfast service woud I can, as I have been doing already. I think ward to your answers. [If this be the same be most suitable for her. Ought she to have you are very obliging to your numerous readers "Hope" whose letter appeared in the February silver or electro-plate? Her intended husband to give them such very appropriate answers to number, there is a letter waiting for her, which has £300 per annum, and she has a dowry of their queries. I also thank you for your intro- Sylvia could not forward, as Hope had sent no £1000. (A silver breakfast service is the more duction to the new embroideries. I have sent address.]

economical eventually, but people with £300 to London for patterns. These intimations are JE SUIS would feel much obliged if Sylvia a year usually have electro-plate.) When valuable to us who live in a provincial town, would assist her in choosing a wedding- boiled eggs or meat are eaten for breakfast, and who do not often see the new trimmings, dress. She is about five feet, and fair. Would should a separate plate be given for the bread etc., until some time after they are in use. not a silk dress be too heavy-looking ? Je and butter? (Yes.] How should pickles be

ESMERALDA would feel greatly obliged to Suis thought of a white Brussels net dress over put on the table? (In a glass pickle jar, with the Editor of THE YOUNG ENGLISHWOMAN, if a low silk slip, as the wedding will be in glass stopper, and small silver pickle fork. he could inform her of the meaning of the word summer, but could she wear it afterwards as a How should boiled eggs be put on the table? " Excelsior?" ["Excelsior" means " higher"] dinner-dress? Would Sylvia be so kind as to (On a pretty silver or electro eggstand.] Would Are flannel and silk lightning non-conductors ? help her, and say how it ought to be made? a tipsy cake be suitable to serve instead of

HULDAH wishes that instructions were [Silk would not be at all too heavy, but Brussels pudding at dinner, when one dines about half printed with other directions in every month's net would be pretty, light, and unconventional, past one or two? (Yes, if you do not make it issue, as to the Editor's address, and to the if rather unfashionable. See bride's toilette in too strong.) And could it be served on a littie date in month when the communications our April number.] Je Suis has also a pale flat dish like a pudding? [No doubt it could be for the "Drawing-room" and “ Work-room?" blue silk to be made up for a dinner-dress. so served, but a glass dish is the correct thing. must be sent for insertion in the next month. What would be the most fashionable way? LOUISE MAY's compliments to the Editor, Huldah supposes she must address to the pub- [See dress articles and fashion plates. Also and would feel grateful if he will kindly answer lishers, as she finds no instructions on the point. see notice at beginning of “Our Work-room.”] her the following questions. Should the plates [Many thanks for your practical suggestions. Are mob-caps fashionable for bridesmaids, be placed between the carver and the dish with You will see they have been carried out.] To or what? [Bonnets. 1 And do they require meat ? (Yes.] And should the teacups or Agnes Neville, Huldah has a small Pocket veils ? [No.) If girls have a great quantity of teapot be placed next the one that pours the Dictionary, published in 1846, by W. Tegg and hair and very long, would it be bad taste to tea? [The teapot to her right, the teacups Co., 73. Cheapside, she does not know if that wear part of it hanging down? (Not at a ranged before her.} Of what size should round edition is still in print. But she thinks Agnes wedding. It would be bad taste in the street, and square pincushions be? [The round are N. will have no difficulty in obtaining a small but looks very pretty on an occasion like this, prettiest from 6 to 8 inches across. The square dictionary, as there are several published. or in the evening.] Can young married ladies can measure 6 to 8 inches each way, but square The one H. refers to, is 2! inches by 4, she has wear thin dresses for dinner, or is it imperative pincushions are not so pretty as oblong. And seen smaller ones. If Agnes N. mentions the for them to wear heavier ones? [They can how deep? [Two to four inches.] Should a size she requires to her bookseller, he will pro- wear thin dresses.] What would Sylvia sug- married lady wear a gold keeper and her bably procure it. Emma C. requested the gest for bridesmaids' dresses ? Je Suis thought engagement-ring, or only the latter? The name of an institution where young girls are of white tarlatan, the one half with dark crim- engagement-ring is often worn as a keeper over trained for service. Huldah thinks that there son sashes, and the other pale blue. Je Suis is the wedding ring. ] What could be done to preis one in connection with The National Society very sorry to trouble Sylvia with so many ques- vent cakes cracking in the oven? (Regulate the for Young Girls, of which J. B. Talbot is the tions, but she would be much obliged if they heat so that they shall not rise too quickly. secretary, office, 28, New Broad Street. There could be answered next month, as it would be Why is it that the milk always curdles in is also a Servant's Training Home, in connec- too late afterwards. [Tarlatan is scarcely a maccaroni puddings? tion with the Field Lane Institutions, Little suitable material for daylight. Fine Swiss MARY ANN will feel grateful if Sylvia will Saffron Hill, Farringdon Road.

muslin would be prettier. The sashes would kindly answer the following questions. Should A SUBSCRIBER would be much obliged to look very well as you suggest.]

one put the number on underclothing when Sylvia for information as to the disposal of JENNY B. begs to acknowledge receipt of one has three dozen of everything. fancy work ? herself and sisters have much onyx ring from Sophy, for which she is greatly thinks it would look ridiculous to put 36 on spare time; and wish to do some as an increase obliged.

her things. [I: would. Number them in of pocket money, and for charity purposes. PAULINE would be glad if the kind Editor dozens, thus : 1 1, I 2, I 3. etc.; then mark An answer in next month's number will much would tell her who George Sand is, or is it a the second dozen 21, 22, 23, etc.; and the oblige. Address, Secretary, 27a, North Audley "nom de plume" taken by a lady. [George third dozen, 31, 32, 33, etc.) Should coulStreet, W.

Sand is the assumed name of a French authoress, terpanes be hemmed? [It is sometimes neces

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