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material is white zephyr wool, and steel needles design, always alternately two stitches knit plain of medium size are used. The top and front are and two seamed, then three rounds knit plain, and

finally five rounds composed of alternately one round knit plain, one round seamed; then cast off.

Fold the last eight rounds on the outside, and crochet from the wrong side as follows:

ist round. Always alternately two d. c. (double crochet) on the next stitch of the last round (catching the edge stitch at the same time), two d. c. on the next two stitches of the preceding round; finally one s. 1. (slipstitch) on the first d. c. in this round.

2d round. * I s. c. (single crochet) on FIG. 12.-DESIGN, IN FULL SIZE, FOR FIG. II.

the next stitch in the preceding round, five

d. c. on the third following stitch, pass over trimmed with crochet-work. Begin at the sole | two stitches, and repeat from *; finally one s. I. by casting on a foundation of seventy stitches, on the first s. c. in this round. then work in rounds, going back and forth as 3d round. * one s. c. on the vein before the follows: 1st round. Knit plain. ad round. Seam. next d. c. in the preceding round, four times Repeat first and second rounds eleven times. In alternately two c. h. (chain-stitch), one s. c. on the last of these rounds, on both sides of the the vein before the next d. c., pass over two middle twelve stitches, cast off twelve stitches stitches, and repeat from *; finally, one s. I. on each, and on the first and last seventeen stitches the first s. c. in this round. work the heel seventeen rounds high, going back Next crochet with white split zephyr worsted and forth, and working always alternately three for a row of points bordering the front, on a founstitches knit plain and one stitch seamed, taking dation of suitable length, as follows: * one s. c. care that the centre stitch of every three stitches on the next stitch, four c. h., one d. c. on the knit plain on the right side comes on the stitch first of these, pass over two stitches, and repeat which appears knit plain on this side, and conse from *. On the same stitch (folding down the quently was seamed in the preceding round. Be. points of the preceding round on the outside) sides this, on the side nearest the front, in every work a similar round, and sew the points to the second following round to the eighth inclusive, front of the boot, taking one stitch through each narrow one stitch. On the middle twelve stitches s. c. The row of points should be long enough knit for the front thirty-six rounds in the design to extend from the ankle down over the instep to of the heel, but fasten the last stitch of each round where the shoe part of the boot commences, the to the first vein of the corresponding stitch, cast off, then fasten to the heel. For a row of holes (through which a cord finished with tassels is run) work on all the tassels stitches, always going forward alternately t. t. 0. (throw thread over) and two stitches plain. Next

FIG. 13.-A SUPERB CHAIR-STRIPE. follows one round seam and one round knit plain. For the upper part, fancy knitting representing the stocking and the of the boot, work thirteen rounds in a ribbed | plain the shoe.

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After making one pair, it will be easy to vary ored embroidery with painted velvet appliqué. To the style, if desired, by knitting the shoe part and work it, the outlines of the design are transferred crocheted trimmings of colored wool and the to light pearl-gray, almost white, cloth. The stocking of white. The cord and tassels passed flowers and arabesques forming the appliqué are through the holes around the ankle should in that velvet, painted by hand, and attached to the macase match in color.

terial with satin-stitch embroidery in filoselle silk,

matching either the colors of the flowers or the CHAIR-STRIPE.

colors of the cloth. Fig. 13 illustrates a superb chair-stripe in col- |

(To be continued.)

HOW I CAPTURED THE WIDOW.

By MAGNUS Dwight.

Away for a ride through the forests green,

of Jack's customers—who had failed to come up Away from the city's fierce heat;

to time—by way of emphasis to what I had Away for a breath of the ocean's breeze

already said. Where the woods and the waters meet

"Old man, look here,” said he, commencing For a splash in the briny wave,

in that sanguine voice and manner so peculiarly For the dash of a sail to sea; Away for a brief but happy sojourn

his own, “let up on that kind of talk for a In Atlantic sea city for me!"

minute, and listen. In the first place, I've made

arrangements to travel up and down for less In some such fashion my partner Jack was trol- ' money than it would cost me to run out to the de-rol-trolling in a very unbusiness-like manner Park, and in less time too, all things considered ; in the office, while polishing up the brasses on a I can go to and from the hotel where I've arranged dilapidated fishing-rod, which seemed neverthe- to stop in but a little more time than is required less to have some character about it from the to go to the Wissahickon or the Falls and back ; service it had seen.

and as for the intervening time, which is mostly “Now, Jack," I said, solemnly pausing from night-time, the difference is between sleeping drawing my quill through a long list of bad under a blanket, enjoying a refreshing and restful accounts, “I know you're going to keep as sober slumber, and kicking all night on top of a sheet as an alderman, and I know you're not going to and fighting the buzzing flies in the morning. be drawing money recklessly to spend like a goose Then, in going down and back, I can put in the in a mess of bad, headachy champagne; in fact, time running over my memorandum books and I know you're going to keep shy of all that set the prices current. There are also several good styled “jolly fellows,' that it takes such a jolly lot fellows who will be going down and up on the of money to run with.”

same trains. Oh! you needn't raise your eye“ Jest so, old man,” assented Jack seriously. brows in that fashion; these are all members of

“For you know as well as I do," I continued, Young Men's Christian Associations, T. A. B's., " that if we want to pull through this year we've salt water drinking societies, and all that. Then, got to work it out on a line that will take all there's the widow too; she's down— " summer, or, to use less elegant language, my dear! “The widow ?” fellow, you know that your time and your atten- Yes; she'll be stopping down there all the tion, your industry and energy, will be required summer.” almost every day and almost all day during this “I'm very glad indeed, Jack, that you are so whole sweltering summer.”

prudent in the matter, and intend to be regularly And when I had thus finished I again went to on hand and on time. Likely I'll take the run scratching at the bad accounts, adding a few down with you occasionally. By the way, where additional, perhaps forcible, remarks about some did you say the widow was stopping ?"

Oh! She's stopping with a friend; but le: it contained ; but Jack was not among the number. me tell you how I've fixed things. I said to What could be the matter? Where had he gone? myself, “Now, Jack, all other things being equal, But it was no matter where he had gone, I conin the first place choose the cheapest road to cluded, and felt inwardly relieved, as I might travel on.' I found that, of course, in the now enjoy my trip to the full, with the coast clear Narrow-Gauge; so when I had made arrange from obtrusive observation of my partner or anyments at about one-half the rates of other roads, body else. I said to myself again, Now, Jack, you've | In less than ninety minutes we had reached narrow-gauged it down in one thing, remember Pleasantville, having experienced no delays from to keep on the same track and gauge it down switching off for passing trains, there being ample narrow in all other things; for nothing will please stretches of double track along the line. Here an the old man better!'"

old angler, sitting next to me, began to rig up his I bardly liked the habit my youthful partner line. He was going for founders, he said, and had gotten into, of calling me the “old man.” proposed to commence operations at the railroad A man of fifty is but little beyond his youth, and bridge, and travel downward to the mouth of the it is a great deal more sensible for a young girl or Inlet. a young widow to pick out a steady, settled man “Why, I can come down here and fish all day, of that age for a husband, than one of your young and the very best fishing at that too, for fifty Ayaway, dreaming boys who has not yet been cents the round trip. Don't that beat all ?'' said brought down to his level. And the idea of Jack | he. flirting with the widow A— , who is old enough He was about to give me an account of what to be his mother. Umph!

little fighters and biters snapping-mackerel were, · Jack kept running up and down regularly, and when we arrived at the depot on the main avenue it had a wondersully invigorating effect upon his in the city by the sea. health through the trying hot weather.

“Carriage, sir ! Carriage !" greeted me from On one Saturday morning I concluded I would a dozen drivers, which first put it into my head take a trip myself in the same train—though not that a carriage was the very thing I wanted. with him—that I might observe the better what About the horses I found myself particular. So, kind of company he associated with. It was eight after taking a somewhat critical look at the several o'clock on a bright and beautiful morning that I teams, I at last selected a pair of spanking bays. took the boat at pier 8, Delaware avenue, for “Drive to the hotel H- ," I said, as I enCooper's Point. The boat was crowded with gay tered the carriage. excursionists, principally merry Sunday-school Just then it occurred to me that I had not been scholars, who were in glowing terms questioning particular about the price of the driver. What and answering each other concerning the bathing, was the matter that I should feel so much like a the fishing, the boating, and the glorious pros harum-scarum boy again? Was it the salt air or pects of the day before them.

the ocean breeze? For the life of me I couldn't We were soon aboard the train on the other divine, neither did I have any specified object in side, whirling along through green meadows going to the hotel H- , unless I might find luxuriant with growing grain, past numerous small Jack there-heaven forbid !-or maybe somebody lakelets, over tide-water creeks and through the else I knew. region of Oakland, with its pretty country-seats “No," replied the clerk to my inquiry; "Mr. dotted about here and there, while the fresh Soarer is not here; he left suddenly last evening.” breeze, redolent with the persume of blooming “Is Mrs. A- stopping at this house ?'' clover-fields, laved the heated brow through the “Yes, sir." open windows.

“Will you have the kindness to send up my I had almost forgotten to take a look into the card ?" smoking.car to see what use Jack was making of The card was promptly sent up by the clerk, his time. Slyly peering through the window from and I soon had the inestimable pleasure of being the platform outside, I could discern, through a seated by the girl I had loved when a boy—a girl cloud of smoke, either back or front, every man no longer now, but a mature and lovely widow;

Vol. XVII.-12

and how very thankful I felt I was a boy no lonely part of the beautiful beach presented me longer like that harum-scarum Jack, but a steady the opportunity to declare that from my early and stalwart man.

boyhood days she only had been the idol of my .“How very kind it was of you to come down heart. Need I, dear reader—as the novelists exat this time, Mr. Jones," she said.

press it—lift the curtain from the delightful secrecy Hardly so kind as such a very great pleasure of what we said? Will it not be enough to tell to myself, Mrs. A ," said I; “but I have so you that before the sun had reached the meridian little leisure, and excuse me—I took the very at noon the dear Alicia was my own; that, with great liberty of biring a carriage at the door ; all the eloquence of which I am possessed, I had won't you take a drive about with me and show persuaded the dear girl to agree to an early day, me somewhat of the place? I am altogether a and that everything seemed propitious ? stranger down here, though the railroad makes it On returning to the city I found a letter from so very near."

Jack, dated at Niagara Falls, in which he stated And the lovely widow acquiescing, soon had that he had unexpectedly been called away on herself in readiness; and beneath the friendly business of the greatest importance, though what shade of an intervening fleecy cloud we soon were it could be at such a place, save some wild-cat driving along the broad avenues and past scores of scheme for utilizing its water-power, I could not beautiful cottages in that queen city on the beach. for the life of me make out. I was glad, however,

“I am so utterly lonely without her, dear friend," that he was away, and thus left me free from any said she sighing, as we were gazing upon the sub- impertinent remarks. lime prospect of sky and ocean.

It was a lovely Fourth of July that Alicia and “Without who?" I asked.

I were made one. I thought it but due to my “Why, my ward, Mr. Jones. My poor dear partner to apprize him of the event, which I did, husband's only daughter. How could you ask?" after the wedding, through a brief telegram. A

“Is she drowned !" I was about to exclaim, few days afterward, and while on our bridal tour, when the widow continued :

I received the following very startling and imper"And to think of her running away to be mar- | tinent, yet, on mature consideration, very satisried without even a farewell. Oh, oh! it's too factory letter: much.”

“Dear Pop: I am delighted with you, that you “Do not cry, my dear," I said sympathizingly; should have taken such a very wise step, and one “it is no great matter. Young people will do which makes us so near and dear to one another. such things. I wish we had done so, too, dear . And then, mon pere, being partners, we can settle Alicia, twenty years ago."

amicably, without any litigation over the estate. “Oh! Mr. J-o-n-e-s !".

Mamie sends her love to mamma and papa. Ac“I sympathize with you deeply,” I said ear cept my earnest assurances, dear sir, that I shall nestly and tremblingly; “ but you really must for- prove a dutiful son. give me for being more interested in yourself than

«« Blessed be the lie that binds in your ward." Nor did she resist my taking her little hand and

In partnership our kindred minds.' pressing it warmly. The roar of the surf drowned

- Affectionately, our sweet converse from all but ourselves, while a

« JACK."

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CURRENT TOPICS.

Though living in an enlightened age, many superstitious | epoch in a young man's lise is the transition from academic people attach an ominous meaning to the appearance of training to a position in active life. This is true under even comets, and aver that the late sad and almost successful at the most appreciative recognition of a young man's capatempt upon the life of President Garfield was amply foretold bilities and situation. But when he is regarded from a false by the meteor so recently seen gyrating in the heavens. The stand-point by others, and does himself assume a false basis for this supposition that comets forbode evil is founded | attitude with respect to himself, his training, and the world, on the fact that the war of 1812, the Mexican war, our late his act becomes nothing short of suicidal, while the public rebellion, and several other unfortunale eras in history who thus wrong him may be called in unvarnished terms have been preceded by the appearance of these banshees of accessory before the fact. the skies. Still, we are inclined to doubt if any connection And yet such a false position with respect to young graduexists between the wanderings of itinerant heavenly bodies ates is annually taken by the less fortunate-perhaps envious and human affairs on this mundane sphere. Be that as it -sell-made men who pretend to interpret public opinion on may, the catastrophe to our President, stricken down at his this subject. post of duty, is none the less to be regretted, and that popu- ! It is, it seems, one of the duties of the younger men on lar sympathy is with him has been made clearly manifest; some editorial staffs to compose a yearly tirade for the not by the number and spirit of the meetings for prayer in editorial page as a wholesome antidote to the deleterious his beball, but by the tone of private opinion which may be dish of college news which is served up in another column. heard everywhere upon the open streets as friend meets With our higher institutions full to overflowing with the friend. It is true, some few persons, with more malicious sons of the best of our citizens, an almost incomprehensible brutality than decent respect for other's feelings, have made fact stares us in the face on beholding the patient submission offensive speeches; but where this occurred in public they re- to this “public opinion" misrepresentation. The best answer ceived summary treatment, and deservedly so. Mr. Garfield to those who would decry the advantages of a liberal edu. is now on a fair road to recovery, and every true American cation is the fact that increasing numbers of young men heart will rejoice thereat; while the assassin, Charles Guiteau, swarm to our colleges and universities. in his prison-cell is lamenting that he did his work so badly. Some years ago these same tamperers with public senti.

Against men of this class there should be some protection ment set afloat the idea that to turn our country into an afforded the President, and this protection can now be given | Arcadia all that was necessary was to give the young men a by a severe sentence upon the present malefactor, which practical business education. “ Teach your sons that which may deter other office-seekers from revenging their dis they will practice when they become men" was the utiliappointed hopes in like manner; and if fewer positions were tarian fallacy held up to the people for acceptance in the made vacant by party power at each succeeding election, it training of young men. At present we have grown beyond would also add greatly to the comfort of his office, perhaps this crude and gross theory, and even those brought up to his personal safety. Under existing circumstances the under its earthly teaching have confessed its falsity and President is continually harrassed by applications for ap- abandoned it for something better. pointments, made through the mails, in person, and by proxy, The hue and cry of our newsmongers still proceeds on the day and night. This is decidedly annoying and gives rise same stand-point. They cannot conceive how a mind can be to a suspicion that things are not properly conducted. Why | trained unless it is made a store-house for all the learning of must every one holding a public position be forced to resign the past, truth and error alike. And presuming that a graduthat position when the reins of government change hands, | ate should be or think himself to be a walking encyclopædia, whether faithsul and competent or otherwise ? If a man they show by direct and conclusive evidence that this claim has proved himsell capable of the duties incumbent upon must fall; hence the uselessness of our college training. him, and is in every way faithful to his trust, it is only When, however, they are dislodged from this position by reasonable to suppose that the public would be better served a clear, frank statement that the collegiate course does not by his continuance in office than if another man of the contemplate an opposition to established libraries, but aims opposite party was to take his place-a man, perhaps, not merely at the discipline of the mental powers of the young, half so honest, and certainly lacking experience. There is there is still another objection raised by the utilitarians. no good reason why the affairs of government should not, What can a young man do when he leaves his Alma Mater in this respect, be conducted in the same manner as a well- with (ah! me, that I must mention the horrid thing) his regulated mercantile business; and if this was the case, the diploma ? He is considered fit for nothing henceforth but people would soon have servants less intent upon pillering to be trodden under foot of men. from the coffers in their care, than upon the faithful dis- College faculties are sufficiently justified in their prescribed charge of their duties.

courses by the increasing number of fond parents who stint

and deny themselves that they may give their sons the The Commencement Season.-A most important privilege to qualify to be “good for nothing."

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