Stories of Another Nice Era and Days Gone By 


Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:50:33 AM  



The most correct engagement ring is said to be not diamond, but a ruby. The ruby is supposed to be of all stones the most lucky. Many of the old betrothal rings were set with rubies; these stones were the acknowledged love token of long ago. It is said the three rings which the Queen prizes the most highly are: her wedding ring; then small enamel ring, with a tiny diamond, which the Prince consort gave her at the age of 16, and an enamel serpent ring.


A late and pretty fancy is the making of satin bags in which to send wedding cake to absent friends. Make them in pink or blue, draw them together with a narrow ribbon like all fashioned work bag.

Decorate with monogram or initials of the bride and the groom. The cake should be wrapped in the kind of paper which confectioners use to wrap fresh candies.


Respect for each other is as necessary to a happy marriage as that the husband and wife should have an affection for one another. Social, equality, intellectual sympathy, and sufficient means are very important matters to be considered by those who contemplate matrimony.

Man requires a woman who can make his home a place of rest for him, and a woman requires a man of domestic tastes. While a woman who seeks to find happiness  in married life will never consent to be wedded to an idler or a pleasure-seeker, so a man of intelligence and good sense. Neither beauty, physical characteristics nor other external qualifications will compensate for the absence of intellectual thought and clear and quick comprehensions.


Exercise is one of the chief beautifiers as it is one of the chief aids to health. A young girl should walk at least two miles every day. Sauntering and dawdling along the streets is not walking, nor is it exercise. In a town or neighbourhood where there are number of young people they can form a walking society, and in this way add to their health and beauty, while enjoying each other's society. One may be upon ones' feet all day and feel very tired, but that is not exercise; and nothing is, save and except the sharp brisk walk which sends the blood coursing through the body, and brings a bloom to the cheeks.


There is an unspeakable charm about many of the bush types of woman, the clear-eyed, fresh-coloured, deep chested, mentally and physically robust women, who are everywhere in country life of Australia qualifying to be the mothers of the hardiest and finest Australian types of the future. I have seen the languid belles and matrons of Melbourne and Sydney, enfeebled by idleness and ennui with hardly enough energy to walk to the carriage on theatre or or ball nights, and I have seen western women of all ages ride or drive from twenty to three hundred miles to attend a ball, concert, or race meeting, and ride home again as if it were a feat of no consequence.


Riding on horseback is as useful as well as graceful means of exercise too much neglected by young ladies. A cantor for few miles is an admirable promoter of female beauty and health.



Do you want to be a successful hostess? Of course you do. It's very easy if you remember a few rules of the game and plan carefully. Don't try to have a good time yourself. Remember this time is your turn to give, not get. Keep out of corners, especially with the boy all the girls are crazy over. In your own home or at your own affair never over-dress and out-shine any guest. Plan your food carefully, and have everything ready for serving on time. Last and most important - Try and forget you are at the party at all. just make up your mind that you are going to give a good time to everybody at the party, and make them feel he real 'pep' of your welcome.

A new interpretation of the art of dining well has come into vogue during the past five years, and the innovation embodied have influenced corresponding modifications of table appointments. The long, tiresome dinners of a few years since have replaced by somewhat less pretentious if not less elegant and appetising repast, the simplest menus are considered in the best taste, and simplicity likewise prevails in the arrangement of the table service and the ornamentation of the board at which hospitality is dispensed.


Make a cup of coffee very strong and clear. About   a quarter of a pound of coffee to the cup. Put into the jug with 2 egg yolks and a ounce of sugar, then stand the jug in a saucepan of boiling water, and stir till thick; whip a pint of cream till quite stiff; add the coffee to it when cold, by degrees. It should be smooth and thick, and serve cold in teacups with saucers.


The youth of today apparently thinks the world has been created for his benefit alone, and his egotism is, unfortunately, his crowning fault.

Much of this however, is the fault of parents who regarded their children as little gods, and made themselves the slaves of those children, so that the children have grown to adult age in the belief that everyone should give way to them,  just as their parents have done.


Veracity is not always a strong point with grown up, yet they are apt to insist on a ridiculous standard in their children, quite forgetting that difficulty in expressing themselves and a fertile imagination lead children to say things that according to their lights are true, though to our blinded vision they may seem otherwise. Without going into subtleties of the subject, we can find out certain directions in which we may make children truthful; and the first point is always to believe them. We must take for granted that children will wish to speak only the truth, and when statements are made which are wide of the mark, it is best to show surprise.


When a girl holds a door open for her mother to pass first; when she withdraws her attention from book or work to acknowledge by smile that lady's entrance into a room, instead of ignoring it, or lays aside her occupation until assured that she is not wanted: when she is observant of her mother's comfort and quick to volunteer little services, we know that it is inspired by love,  respect and consideration for her mother that constitute her duty. Etiquette is its graceful expression, and the sense of duty must have little vigour that gives no  evidence and does not seek expression.