to her husband's assassination by Ravaillac. The consort of James IV.
of Scotland dreamt of pearls three nights in succession before the
disastrous battle of Flodden Field in which he lost his life. These and
similar stories which appeal to a love of the mysterious and wonderful
have been perpetuated by writers of books, so that even to-day there
are women who coveting pearls still fear to own them.
to be out of the fashion is more dreadful to women than tears, so it
has come to pass that with the increasing vogue of the pearl, less is
heard of the superstition and it is dying, not of age or the contempt
of knowledge, but by the potency of fashion.
story already referred to in these pages, that has been current for
over two thousand years during which time it has been mentioned by
almost every writer about pearls, deserves, for its antiquity and
absurdity, consideration here. It is of Cleopatra and the pearl worth
upwards of three hundred thousand dollars she is said to have dissolved
in wine to drink in costly fashion to her lover. This was, of course,
impossible. She may, with the help of the wine