MY DEAR COUSIN, --
The amateur dramatic entertainment I alluded to last week in connection with
the Primrose League came off last Thursday night. It was a great success
and completely realised all anticipations concerning it; and it afforded an
evening's enjoyment that will not soon be forgotten in Whitehaven. The
Oddfellows' Hall was most tastefully decorated for the occasion; indeed,
its appearance was quite transformed with flags, draperies, etc., in the
arrnagement of which great taste was displayed. The audience was a large
one, and the demand for reserved seats was so great that two more rows had
to be added almost at the last moment. The performance, through perhaps
rather a long one, was most delightfully varied, and consisted of a
comedietta, two dramas, and a farce. The acting throughout was most
excellent, and gave great pleasure to the audience. I must especially
mention the part of "Spiggott" (an old family butler) taken by MR.
BURNS-LINDOW in "My Lord in Livery." He realised the character so
completely, in fact the farce all through evoked most hearty applause; and
the Whitehaven Habitation of the Primrose League deserves to be
congratulated by all who were fortunate enough to witness this
We are to have a very good concert next Friday, also to be held in the
Oddfellows' Hall; the funds to go to the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children. It is under distinguished patronage, and as the
Workington Male Voice Choir is again to be heard, and as the cause is such a
truly noble one, I feel sure it will also be a great success.
I heard the other day of an exhibition of pictures now on view in the Art
Gallery of Tullie House, Carlisle; that is sure to be most interesting to
people living anywhere in the neighbourhood. It consists of portraits of
some well known local magnates, many of them reproductions from REYNOLDS,
GAINSBOROUGH, KNELLER, LELY, and other famous painters, including
portraits of the HOWARDS, MUSGRAVES, GRAHAMS, CAVENDISHES, LOWTHERS,
and LAWSONS, as well of BISHOPS AND DEANS OF CARLISLE. Among those of
special interest are LORD WILLIAM HOWARD ("Belted Will") and his wife
"Bessie o' the Braid Apron", through whom the present EARLS OF CARLISLE
inherit Naworth and their other great possessions. There are also good
portraits of all the EARLS OF LONSDALE of the present creation, with the
exception of the existing Peer, as well as of COLONEL HENRY CECIL LOWTHER,
who was M.P. for Westmorland from 1812 to 1867, and was the "Father" of the
House of Commons. I am sure this exhibition is well worthy of a special
visit to Carlisle.
Some one was giving me some excellent adivce the other day, respecting the
eyes. As you are doubtless aware, some people have been foolish enough to
use belladonna as a means of brightening and increasing the apparent size
of the eyes, and always attended disastrous results.
But some vain girls are foolish enough to give themselves infinite torture
in order to appear beautiful, are they not ?
My friend's advice is most simple, it is this: Just bathe the eyes 20 times
each, every morning and every night with a small soft sponge, and the
coldest water you can get ; and the explanation of it is, that by this
means the blood in the numerous little vessels surrounding the eye is
circulated, and the eyes become bright and clear, and stronger in
consequence. Not difficult to follow, is it ?
This is the first day that I have felt the air at all Spring-like, but it is
certainly quite time that we should now be able to wear some thing a little
more seasonable in the way of dress. Some of the new blouses and shirts are
even prettier and smarter than they were last year. The smartest I have
seen are in various plaids with a great many shades introduced, so as to
produce a harmonious effect. I have also seen some charming models in silk
and also in Japanese silk, which, by the way, both washes and cleans
perfectly, and yet has all the appearance of an expensive silk. A great
many of the short sac coats are to be seen here now, in fact some have been
"en evidence" for a considerable length of time; but one does tire of
seeing the same individuals in the same inevitable "sacs" morning, noon, and
night, Sundays and week-days, and as a consequence I fear that the style has
been literally "done to death".
Don't you agree with me, that variety is always charming ?