Saturday, February 12th, 1898. The WH EELWOMAN. 21 EASTBOURNE NOTES. OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] HE last week of January was a gay o;ie for Eastbourne. On Wednesday, the 26th inst., a ball was given in the Devonshire Park Pavilion by His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Mayor of Eastbourne* to which about six hundred persons were invited- The guests all expressed warm admiration and approval of the arrangements. No expense or trouble had been spared to render the ball a brilliant success, the whole building being transformed by means of draperies, rich Indian tapestries, fine old antique furniture, and choice flowers from Compton Place. A white and gold canopy extended from one end of the Pavilion to the other; the whole being lighted by electric lamps hidden by pink flowers. The Duke and Duchess received their guest within the inner vestibule. Supper was served in the skating rink, at separate tables. All waiters wore the Duke's livery, and moved deftly about, while the band of the Scots Guards played selections. In the ball-room dancing was kept up with great spirit to the strains of the Blue Hungarian Band* in its full strength. The party from Compton Place included with the Duke and Duchess, her Grace's daughter, the Countess of Gosford, her grand-daughter, Lady Alexandra Acheson, the Earl of Gosford, Viscount Acheson, Lord Charles Montagu, the Earl and Countess of Mar and Kellie and Sir Charles and Lady Hartopp, &c. The following day the Duchess of Devonshire held a reception at Compton Place, to which there were a large number of callers, many of whom were guests at the Mayoral ball the preceding evening. And on the. 28th January a ball was given by the members of the Eastbourne Hunt at the Queen's Hotel, at which about 250 people were present. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with their party, arrived about 10-45, and were received by the Chairman of the Hunt and conducted to the raised dais at the end of the room. Shortly afterwards a set of lancers was formed, the Duchess danjeing with Mr. J. A. Maitland, chairman -of the rfunt. At 12 o'clock a sumptuous supper was served in the table d'hdte room, to which the Duke escorted Mrs. Cardwell, wife of the Master, the Duchess being taken in by the Chairman. The ducal party left soon afterwards, but dancing was kept up with great spirit until the early hours of the morning, the band of the Royal Marines playing. The Duchess' of Devonshire wore a handsome dress of eau de Nil satin with dark red roses, and necklace and tiara, &c, of magnificent pearls and diamonds. Lady Alexandra Acheson was in white. Among the other dresses was noticed a smart one of black sequin net over white tulle, and another of cream brocade with silver lace was beautiful in its simplicity, and admirably suited its fair wearer, who carried a magnificent bouquet of orchids. Most of the young girls were in white, and the pink coats of the members of the Hunt looked very well amongst them. SHERIFF DEWAR'S CHARITY SHIELD. MR. SHERIFF DEWAR entertained the gentlemen forming the committee connected with the above at luncheon at the Hotel Cecil recently, and afterwards a business meeting of the committee was held to consider the replies from the Football Association and Football League. In the unavoidable absence of Lord Kinnaird, who is abroad, the chair was taken bv Sir Reginald Hanson. % * # MR. N. L JACKSON was unanimously elected hon. secretary to the committee, and Mr. Wreford Brown (the well-known International), was elected assistant hon. secretary. Mr. J. Bentley, of the Football League, was warmly welcomed on the committee, and his advice and suggestions proved of great value. The replies being considered highly satisfactory, they were at once agreed to, and the date for the match will shortly be fixed. * * * ' * . • . A SUB-COMMITTEE, consisting of Mr. N. L. lackson, Dr. Kemp (the old United Hospital player), Mr. Bentley, Mr. Wreford Brown, and Mr. Sheriff Dewar, was appointed to carry out all the details of the match. * # * ' THE design for the shield was exhibited at the meeting and was very much admired. It is after the style of the now familiar Elcho Shield, which hangs in the Guildhall, and will stand about six feet in height. The centre-piece is a fac-simile of a well- known football picture. * * * BREAKING THE BANK. THE English cyclist who was accredited with "breaking the bank" at Monte Carlo is now worrying around in search of the wag who wired the "news" around the globe. It is no joke to have every morning and evening newspaper, to say nothing of the weeklies, making one the possessor of an imaginary ^"3 .000. FISHING. rPO be let for March, April, May, a large well- X appointed county house in Kerry. Carriages, horses, cons; servants left if wished; first-rate trout fishing (and salmon up in May). Reference and information in Lonc^n. Near good town, rail. Killarney, also golf.
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