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Lord Buckmaster’s Bill to enable women to qualify as solcitors passed the second reading in the House of Lords without a single vote against it, although two ex-Lord Chancellors declared their opposition to the measure. As Lord Buckmaster observed. ” Into every avenue of Illfe into which women have advanced they have had to force the gatesl they have never been opened from within ” “lhis has In-en true of the profession of the Law in other countries VWomen are now able to appear as barristers in tihe highest Courts in France, in the UInited .States. and in mlot of our own Colonies; but in every iLcse the dtoors were jealously guarded by those within. and hadl tio I forcibly pushed open by Acts of Parlhament. These were paissed by legislators who, nevertheless were prepared to die in the last ditch rather than admit that women were equally capable with themselves of perform- Ing their own rxieedingly superior functions. At this moment, the taxi drlivers union is threatening a strike if ” one woman driver is tIcensed to take out a cabi ! So it is from the highest to the lowest! It is frequently p”issible to petrsutade men, however, that women are capal:e iof successfully undertaking some other man’s job; and this is fortunate, as it is by this means that the pre- viously unsuspected and even hotly or contemptuously denied albilities of our sex are proven. Once the thing is done, it is quite usual to find a large numln-r of the men working with women quite satisfied with the result This has especially been the case in Mediitne Womnlen had to be admitted to that close Iuorough by an Act of P’arliament. which was most strenuouisly oplposeld by the immense majority of those already within lthe pale, but, alter sufficient experience, the leaders of the profession have again and again, especially recently, testified to their satisfaction with the work of women in the profession of healing, and in surgery part icularly In America, quite a nunmber of men and women lawyers have married, and practise happily in partnership. IThe Bar is probably the best legal field for the extrc ise of women’s special allities. Is it not an age- olil reproach against us that we are too talkative ? But the samne natural fluency of speech and readiness of expression that are merely;- esasperattng when used by an empty headed or Illogical female are powerful and precious weapons when at the service of a trained and’self-controlled mind, filledl with knowledge, and skilled in ratiocination. When any suhstitute for meat or bread is largely adopted, the unfortunate but inevitable result is to bring alnout a scarcity in the substitute, but, so long as they last, dried foods may be now recommended as a simple device of economy. Thus. bloaters are much more eco- nomical as food than fresh herrings, supposing the prices are nearly equal, because in the fresh fish a very large lroportion of the size and weight is merely water. There are various brands on the market of dnred milk and dried eggs, which deceive themselves if they really think, as they boldlly state, that they are as nice as the fresh products;

but they do cc having been d and where the substitutes. I green peas, hat and will on so and thus the volume of foc Dried fruits. e used for the ui In preparing al take care that replaced, first, sufficient cooki how appetite is recorded in hi number of extr bad luck alwaN allowed no food of bread a day, e pounds he de, ammunition bi absolutely shed gorge, and ye which yet you , give a crust o than all the prol do this, and yo can we make eggs and cutlet Quite a chat very easy, comfi of stockingette. recently, and hi shores. It is o we are familiar skirts now mad extremely succe fitting one-piect stockingette, lik colourings made frock type. An yellow, the sill precious metal. little collar, cut the back only, belt of the same AN ARTISTIC TEA-GOWN. Of palest flsh-pink crepe-de-Chine and parchment-tinted Tace trimmed can now be boug; with shaded-pink chiffon rose. The hfichu-like drapery, which forms A feature of the a train at the back, is of Rose du Barri dull charmeuse, the exquisite sha

but they do contain the same nourishment, only the water having been dried out, and hence, being prepared when and where the articles were cheapest, these are economical substitutes. The dried pulses, again-oatmeal, lentils, green peas, haricot beans, and so forth-have parted with, and will on soaking again take up, a great deal of water, and thus the price per pound represents a far larger volume of food, weight for weight, than when fresh. Dried fruits, especially apples, prunes, apricots, can be used for the nursery with advantage, as long as they last. In preparing all such forms of food, it is most important to take care that the water which has dried out is fully replaced, first, by prolonged soaking, and secondly, by sufficient cooking. We are all well on the way to learn how appetite is Improved by scarcity. 3here is a prisoner recorded in history, named Trenck, remarkable for the number of extraordinary escapes that he eflected, with the bad luck always to be recaptured. In one prison he was allowed no food for eleven months but one and a half pounds of bread a day, and when this was raised to a ration of six pounds he declares that “a full feast of this coarse ammunition bread caused me extreme joy, so that I absolutely shed tears of pleasure. Remember this, ye who gorge, and ye who rack invention to excite an appetite which yet you cannot procure-the simple means that will give a crust of mouldy bread a flavour more exquisite than all the profusion of land or sea is to grow truly hungry; do this, and you can easily indulge in sensuality I” Thus can we make our families rejoice in omelettes of dried eggs and cutlets of haricot beans. Quite a charming new idea, yet fairly economical, and very easy, comfortable, and sensible, is the costume entirely of stockingette, which has had an immense vogue in Paris recently, and has now evaded all dangers and reached our shores. It is ordinary silk or wool stockingette, such as we are familiar with for jersey coats; but not only are skirts now made to match the coats, but the material is extremely successful in the guise of the fashionable loose- fitting one-piece dresses. Quite a novelty is a figured stockingette, like a brocade. A dark Paisley pattern and colourings made a very handsome garment of the coat- frock type. Another charming one was in plain golden- yellow, the silken surface shimmering almost like the precious metal. It was relieved with black; it had a little collar, cut so as to stand rather out from the neck at the back only, of black-and-gold brocade, and a narrow belt of the same; while on the shoulders and down the top of the sleeves to near the elbows the gar- ment opened, with eyelet-holes of black threaded through with black cord ending in small black-and-gold tassels; and some gold embroidery formed wide bands just under the waist-belt on either side of the front. This, of course, was quite sump- tuous; but very charming little frocks come also in the ordinary wool stockingette, which can now be bought by the yard at a quite reasonable price. A feature of the jersey material, whether silk or wool, is the exquisite shades in which it is dyed. FILOMENA.

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Issue 4064. - Vol CL

Mar, 10 1917

Illustrated London News