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bonnets tism , the which neural _J \ g lr ic . Spurgeon pains , the would decay have ing teeth preaclied , tlie against inflamed , , but eyes that : yet looking the
round coroners him ' juries he , " or could by patriarchal not see any domesti , " have c authority not been , interfered any more with than the by tiht lacing which has tortured to death many a poor martyr to a
conventional g idea . This very evil of crinoline and hoop we have borne with now for above five years , with more or less discontent , but without interfering . The date is fixed , and will be remembered in history , by its being a trifle
older than the Prince Imperial of France . It suited his mother's convenience to adopt the fashion when his birth was expected ; and " all ladies in all lands" in which French fashions bear sway have senselesslfollowed the lead
of the Empress , till they have become responsible for more y deaths , as we before observed , than any other fashion ever caused . During these five years we have done best to be patient under an evil which we hoped would be
short-lived . We have had no comfort in social meetings , because no dinner-table and no ball-room , no box or stall at the theatres , no carriage , and no boat could accommodate both our families and ourselves . We
daug have hters found on it pavements difficult and and in disagreeable lanes and country to walk _footj witli _^ aths our made wives for peop and le more and the naturall most y cherished dressed . plants We hav in our e seen greenhouses the choicest cut flowers off by the in our lioop gardens . We ,
have paid a fare and a half each for wife and , daughters in travelling by coach in rural districts , a . nd have lost all our pleasure on board steamboats from the anxiety of watching lest any of our party should sweep a child
because over into the the women lake or of river the . famil Our y want wardrobes more space afford than no room they for can our get clothes . For , five years we have not had room to turn ourselves round in our own homes .
from The cost the wife of femal 's to e the dress cook in ' s a , is household twice as large when as every it oug gown ht to and be , is petticoat no small , consideration to the bread-winner of the establishment ; and a graver one
still is the effect on the morals , sense , and taste , of the maid servants . In the recent report of the Education Commissioners there is an anecdote of a school servants filled . Of by those 150 g 150 irls scarcel , nearly y all one of had whom a pocket would -handkerchief afterwards _^ be and domestic scarcel
one who had not a hoop—a thick , hard , heavy , unyielding hoop . After an y [ address Nightingale by 's a excellent lady who remark remonstrated s on crinolin against e petticoats the folly in , and her " cited lS " otes Miss on
_Cursing , " many hoops disappeared , and pocket-handkerchiefs became more common . The girls who did not yield had the example of ladies and their they maids went to . p ¦ lead But for what continuing a prospect to require was before yards them of ! space The ap cook iece could wherever not
pursue her business without incessant personal danger ; the housemaid may meet the fate of other housemaids , and be burnt to death upon the hearth ; and the nursemaid is more likely than not to push some one of the children
off a footbridge , or a river side path , or from the causeway into the road . Such things as these we have borne for five years without further resistance than a declaration of our distaste to the fashion , and an occasional hint of its
inconveniences mate of female , sense and of and the delicacy effect produced in our day by this and generation folly on the . general estican The be matter justified has in now permitting become 1 a more practice serious which . we It is were a question anxious whether to keep our we
life tempers . It would with as be a a nuisance public service , but which if somebod is now y would recognised publish as dangerous a list of the to known casualties from this cause . Besides the deaths bfire there have
been many by crushing under carriage wheelsand in machinery y , and in narrow spaces where a woman reasonably dressed , would be in no danger . There have been cases of actual disembowelling from the gashes inflicted by
broken crushings steel , burnings springs , —many and hoops torturing . There modes hav of e death been ; and drownings it is no , wounds wonder ,
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Nov. 1, 1861, page 204, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01111861/page/60/