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"You!" said the chief. "Why, then, have you given all this trouble ?" Raymond told his story in so amusing a

manner that the anger of the chief turned into laughter. It got about, and was a jest against him for some time.

THE LADIES' PAGE.

CRAVAT OR NECK-TIE.

MATERIALS.

Boar's-head Crochet-cotton, No. 10, of Walter Evans & Co., and Tatting Pin No. 3 will make an effective and extremely quickly-worked Neck-tie; but if wished fine,r then use Cotton No. 14 and Pin No. 3; if worked still finer, then No. 2 Pin should be used.

THE FIRST SIDE.

Commence by working three quarters of a yard of the Trefoil Edging (in the December number, 1868), which will make a cravat of the usual size, but is can be worked any length wished. If the course cotton is used for the Edging, the space of thread between the Dots and Rosettes should be a quarter of an inch in length.

THE POINTED END.-The Edging being left off at the Rosette, tie a piece of coloured cotton into the 1st pearl loop of the last Dot, so as to mark it for a guide in joining, then leave the Edging for the present.

CENTRE ROSETTE.-Fill another shuttle, and leaving an end of a few inches of cotton commence a loop, work 2 double, (make an extra pearl and work 2 double alternately 4 times); then (work an extra pearl and 1 double four times); then (an extra pearl and 2 double 4 times); draw close, and instead of fastening off leave a few inches of cotton.

Return to the Edging and continue working as follows:

THE DOT.-Commence a loop, work 3 double, take the Centre Rosette and join to the 1st pearl of it, keeping the ends to the left; then work 3 double; draw close. Reverse. Work the Rosette as before, and repeat this

Dot and the Rosette until 12 Dots are made, ending with the Rosette. Reverse.

Then for the next Dot-Commence, work 2 double, 1 extra pearl, 2 double. Miss the last Dot of the first side and join to the next pearl to the right of the one marked. Work 2 double; draw close, and reverse.

THE SECOND SIDE.

THE ROSETTE.-Work the second Rosette as before, and reverse.

THE DOT.-Commence, work 2 double; put the pin into the extra pearl last joined and which connects the two Dots together, then drawing the pearl which was marked through it, make a joining to the pearl marked, so that the two pearls form a cross; work 2 double, then join to the extra pearl of the next Dot to the right, so as to leave one pearl between unattached; work 2 double. Draw close and reverse.

This is a new style of work. Procure some Irish linen of a coarse quality, and cut it into squares of the size desired. To produce thick and open-work stripes, it is necessary to draw threads out of the linen. To commence with, draw out forty threads for the fringe, then leave twenty threads undrawn for the border; draw out four threads, and after that leave and draw twenty threads alternately until the top border is arrived at. To form an ornamental design in

Repeat the Rosette and last Dot, until the 1st side is joined. In working the last Dot make an extra pearl instead of the second joining. Repeat the Centre Rosette, etc., for the other Pointed End.

Then with the threads left at the Centre Rosettes join the two pearls unattached, and knotting the ends together cut them off.

DESSERT D'OYLEY-OPEN-WORK ON LINEN.

MATERIALS.-Boar's-head Sewing Cotton, of Messrs. Walter Evans & Co., and sufficient Irish Linen for the

number of squares desired. The linen must not be very fine.

the thick stripes, take ingrain black coarse sewing silk, and work cross-stitches, taking up six threads on the needle at once. Work in the same manner all the thick stripes of the linen, and then commence with the open-work stripes. These are done on the wrong side. White cotton, and not black sewing silk, is used for the open-work stripes, taking up six threads as before, but tying them with a knot in the centre, which forms the open work.

THE TOILET.

(Specially from Paris.)

FIRST FIGURE.-Dress of green sultana, manifestations of the mode are all renewed. with petticoat and train superposed. The We have not, however, the simplicity with waistband, of the same, has a wide bow, orna- which the period has often been inaugurated. mented like the dress, and instead of long ends, The crepons brodés, the changeable silks, the two wide loops hanging down. The tight confections of guipure and of lace, the return sleeve is encircled by two cross-strips at the to flounces and of lace trimmings, all denote a wrist. In front, the corsage may be open or tendency to great luxury, and augmentation of closed; it has lappels ornamented with cross- expense on the part of les femmes riches. strips and frills.

Rice-straw hat, trimmed with black velvet cross-strips, a large bow behind; and a cluster of tea-roses, with a trail.

We see, however, that very pretty toilets can be made with less extravagant materials: black gauze and grenadine are very much worn, without being in mourning, and, beside being economical, are in excellent taste; also an envelope, very ample, of black grenadine, garnished with little frills, that may be worn with all dresses, to which it adjusts itself with remarkable elegance. The form that predominates is the Watteau, with square plaits in the back very much raised at the side, and decolleté in front en cœur and with large Syrian or Pagoda sleeves which permit that of the robe underneath to be seen.

Black lace barbs behind, rather short, and not brought forward to the front.

SECOND FIGURE.-Dress of straw-coloured grenadine, trimmed with five plaited flounces having a head formed of a narrow black guipure, or, which is still better, a row of lace supported by a narrow cross-strip. Jacket of the same, tight in the corsage and describing behind undulations ornamented in the same way as the flounce. An ample puff is formed out of the fullness of the jacket. Plain body, on which is placed a small mantelet in the pelerine form behind and with rounded ends in front, trimmed like the rest of the jacket.

English straw hat of a flat shape, with narrow brims encircled by a wreath of wheat-ears, with a brown velvet band presenting a large bow and long ends hanging down behind. Plain cambric collar and cuffs.

GIRL'S TOILET.-Frock of poplin, with a narrow flounce at bottom, ornamented at intervals with black velvet. Corsage plain, low, and square, across both in front and behind, shoulder straps crenellated and edged with black velvet. Small English apron of unbleached linen, cut shorter than the frock, and having braces festooned with red worsted. Pockets to match, rather large and surrounded with festoons. Russia leather boots, buttoned.

The courses of the earth are assuredly those which fashion follows, and at this season the

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENT S.

POETRY received and accepted, with thanks:
"An
An Irish Maiden;""Peace;" "To

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Old Story; the Sea.'

The elegant fashion of wearing light confections of lace and embroidered muslin is re vived, and will predominate with either black or coloured robes. The costumes décolletés carrés recall great luxury in lingerie, but do not impose it; nothing is more graceful than an embroidered or lace guimpe, but the simple fichu a la paysanne of muslin or tarlatane has an elegance of its own. We see again manchettes of lace or plaited tarlatane as deep as those of Louis XIII. It is a good style for aristocratic ladies who desire to air their heirloom laces. Narrow flounces are much worn at the bottom of the robe, so also are plaited ones; they are placed in series with a heading of lace above, or rather between them. The races have brought to light delicious little hats in the style Trianon, with the brim raised at the back, on which a great bow is placed. It quite poetizes the visages of the Parisians, and gives them a charming originality.

"C. J. B." will please to accept this answer.
PROSE received, with thanks: "Lord Byron's Let-

ters."

"The Second City in the Land" not yet decided on. "T. P. S." is thanked; but we have no space for the

translation.

Declined, with thanks: "A Pastoral for the Times,
after the manner of Virgil's 'Pollio';"
Artist's Dream;' "A Doubt."

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'The

"Cork."-Miss M. shall hear from us shortly.
"Longlands."-We have replied to this correspondent's
inquiry by post.

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