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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:04 am 
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The Reynolds Newspaper

Sunday 30 September 1894

Women - Their ways and Doings

Boer Courtship.

A curious custom among Boers is the "op-sitting," Which forms a recognised part of the courtship. The Boer rides to the house of his loved one, and, having obtained the consent of her parents, sits up or op-sits, with his affianced when all the family have retired to rest. A candle is supplied to the lovers. So long as it burns he may woo her, but as soon as the candle burns out they must part. This Boer custom would prove rather a "bore" to English women.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:12 am 
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Poisonous Sweets

It is about time that it became somebody's business to examine the sweetstuffs sold daily to our little ones. If half the truth were known about the stuff used in their manufacture, mothers would take care that sweets should only be purchased at a cost allowing a fair margin for profit. Caramels are made of glucose, starch, and fat imported from America, while paraffin wax is used to impart the necessary "substance." Common glue is used for the French jellies and jujubes. Most of those sweets are coloured with aniline dyes, which are very poisonous. The well-known "acid drop" of our childhood's days now owes it's much-appreciated sharpness to alum, or sometimes to what is much worse, acetic acid. French nougat is largely composed of glue, starch, glucose, worm-eaten nuts, and plaster of paris!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:54 pm 
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Mel, is that a quote from the same source as your previous posting, or more recent inofrmation? If so it's not my little ones I need to worry about it's imindoors

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:57 pm 
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They are both from the same source, same date.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:29 am 
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Same paper, same date

THE "LADYLIKE" MAN.
Amid much talk of the "mannish" woman, it is well to remember that she is closely rivalled by the
feminine or lady-like man. Many of the "toilet" shops in Bond-street and other West-end resorts would have to put up their shutters if deprived of their male customers. Paint, powder, perfumes, dyes, creams for
the complexion, and washes for hair and moustache, are among the more innocent of the purchases of these dandies. Manicure sets to trim their dainty finger nails, irons for waving and curling that exquisite moustache, which, by the way, must be dyed to the latest fashionable tint of reddish brown, scented sachets to fasten inside his coat, perfumed cachous wherewith to sweeten his breath — all these and many other items of toilet trickery form part of the indispensable "get up" of our modern day "man (?) of Society." It reminds of the old doggrel—
A dandy is a thing which would
Be a lady if it could;
But since it can't, does all it can
To show the world it's not a man!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:02 pm 
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EAU DE COLOGNE INEBRIATES.
Dangerous, indeed, is the habit, so often indulged in, of taking "just a sip" of eau-de-Cologne to "brighten the eyes," give a "touch of colour," or polish the teeth of the young damsel bent on conquest. Nothing could be more pernicious than the taste thus fostered. It is highly prevalent amoung women of the upper idle classes. The dose is gradually increased, until the stuff can be taken a wineglassful at a time, and the craving still returns unsatisfied. Eau-de-Cologne alcoholism is among the most difficult forms of inebriations to cure. Not only is it made of immature and impure alcohol, but it contains large quantities of essential oils, which are deadly poison.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:36 pm 
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Quite a few years ago we went on a coach trip to Italy. One older lady used to dab a dab behind each ear then take a swig. Much to the amusement of the rest of the coach, to which she was totally oblivious.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:17 am 
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You meet some strange people on holiday Gloria!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:25 pm 
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If she kept swigging that stuff it's no wonder she was oblivious.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:49 am 
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She did it every couple of hours whilst on the coach :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:01 am 
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Sunday 30 September 1894

Women - Their ways and Doings

Marriage by Weekly Payments
"The Bachelor's Ready Marriage Club" is an organization now in process of formation in New York. The club is designed for the purpose of providing the necessary cash for any member who desires to be married and is nt in funds. Each member pays 6s. a week into the treasury. If there are fifty members, this means an income of £20 a week. Suppose that at the end of five weeks one of the fifty wants to marry. He draws out £70, and indulges in a bride, furnished flat, and a short honeymoon.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:56 am 
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His Wife Takes His Wages
In some of the German towns a man convicted of wife-beating goes to work as usual, but he is locked up every Saturday night until Monday morning for about ten weeks. His wife takes his wages.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:50 am 
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Warmth As A Beautifier

Just a word of advice to women, young and old, on this chilly early autumn weather. As you value your good looks, do not go about in thin garments now that something warmer is required. Blue noses, streaky complexions, and watery eyes, are neither comfortable not becoming, and are the resulf of cold. If you wish to be lovely, be comfortable. If your skin is soft and prettily tinted, keep it so, by wearing clothes sufficiently warm, instead of trying to harden yourself to east winds, and thereby catching an influenza cold.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:48 pm 
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Ha ha I can be wrapped up like Nanook and still have blue nose, watery eyes and the rest. :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:55 pm 
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I wonder what the author would make of the way young women out on the town dress these days...regardless of the weather?

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