--A meeting was recently convened in London
at the house of a duchess, at the desire of Queen Victoria, to which only the creme de la creme
of the fashionable female society were admitted, for the purpose of presenting a proposition from her Majesty to abandon hoops, on the ground of their danger, and the number of deaths which they had caused.
Of course the idea was generally received with consternation.
Some very aristocratic ladies could remember no person of rank who had suffered from wearing them, and couldn't see why they should relinquish hoops, because common people to whom they were an inconvenience, presumed to copy their modes.
A vigorous discussion ensued, and a proposition was finally carried which declared for the abolition of all steel hoops and springs in skirts.
What is to be offered as a substitute is not yet known.