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into her eyes.
of the ride was their conversation so animated as she and Henry were left alone on the piazza, a before. Upon one thing she resolved: to renounce thing that both had earnestly striven to avoid. her purpose.
His hatred she could endure; his “Miss Eveleth-Blanche-I wish to ask you a contempt, never.
question," he said abruptly, “and I trust it will Toward the close of an afternoon in September,
not offend you.
my converthe following bit of conversation accidentally sation with Emma, day before yesterday ?" came to her ear:
She remained silent. “Don't you see whither you are drifting, “I am confident you did, and that it was the Henry ?”' in Emma's voice.
determination to leave us. What I “What do you mean?'' was Henry's reply. then said is true; I do love you as I never have
“You are allowing yourself to become com- loved, never shall love, another woman. pletely infatuated with Miss Eveleth."
loving you seems to you the veriest folly, I have “I do love her, I confess."
the satisfaction of knowing I but add one to the “ You must know she will never love you in by no means small number of imbeciles in the return."
world," bitterly. “ I presume she never will. At any rate, I “ Have I said it did ?" she returned archly. shall never be so unwise as to acquaint her with “What !” he cried, going nearer her. " Do my feelings.”
you mean my love does not displease you ?” Blanche heard no more than this, but she “No woman can be displeased with the love of decided to return to her home within a few days, an honorable man." and spare Henry the unhappiness she was confi- “ And do you, can you, give me love for love?" dent would grow to be his if she remained. taking her face in his hands and looking directly In the evening, she announced her purposed
-For God's sake do not trifle with return to Boston in a couple of days. Learning me!" this, Mrs. Mason and Emma made no comment; “No, Henry,"—it was the first time she had Henry, in a husky voice, asked:
ever addressed him by his given name,—“I will “Why this sudden departure?"
not trifle with you. During the earlier portion of “ It can hardly be called sudden, as I have my residence in your family, it was my constant already overstayed the time I anticipated being aim to win your love, as I had won that of other with you, on my arrival here," returned Blanche. gentlemen, merely for the sake of a conquest. “I must go home and prepare for the winter's The respect for you your manliness forced from campaign of frivolity."
me caused the renunciation of my despicable pur“ That is not the reason you go away,” he said pose, as the remembrance of it induced the strange nervously.
questions I asked you while we were at the “ Henry!" exclaimed Mrs. Mason rebukingly. "haunted house.' A moment ago you asked me
“I did not intend to be impertinent, and I if I heard any of your conversation with Emma, crave Miss Eveleth's pardon, if so I seemed." day before yesterday. I did a little of it. Till
“ Will you please sing?" asked Emma, anxious then, I was not aware that you cared for me, other to prevent any further conversation of this kind. than as a friend, as I had learned to care for you.
Certainly.” And Blanche seated herself at the Since I decided to go away, I have gradually come piano.
to realize how essential to my future happiness During the ensuing two days, Henry addressed you are; that to me you are more than a friend." scarcely a word to Blanche, save when she spoke And her fingers clasped his hands. to him, and then his tone and manner were quite “And will you become my wife?” unnatural. With each succeeding hour that "After this confession of my wickedness, do brought the time for her intended departure nearer, you still dare to trust me, still wish me to become she shrank from it more and more. Why, she did your wife?" not clearly comprehend.
"I do." But, as ever, whether of joy or sorrow, the " Then I am yours, 'till death do us part. moments wore away. The last evening of her Thus she, who had heretofore conquered, was purposed stay finally arrived, and it happened that vanquished.
DECORATION OF COTTAGE HOMES.
By H. Cox.
Having treated in a former paper, entitled cally. There will be but one sitting-room, and “ Artistic Homes,” of the embellishment of high that, if we are to have any comfort in it, must not class houses, and considered generally the subject come under the category of “best parlors" or of decoration, we now propose to show how small “ drawing-rooms.” It must be a room with space houses and cottages may be improved and raised for work, music, books, and flowers. A “best above the ordinary level of dull commonplace, parlor" recalls memories of cold, unaired rooms, and how art can beautify and refine even the cheerless, dull, and fireless in winter; close and smallest and plainest of tenements. A truer in- hot in summer, with closed windows and drawn sight, a clearer understanding, in all matters per- blinds, that the sun may not fade the carpet or the taining to art, is daily becoming more noticeable ; dust soil the curtains. Such a sanctum, generally individuals are beginning to think for themselves; considered too good for daily use, is shunned by decorators and upholsterers no longer have all all who love comfort. Children dare not carry their own way, but have to strive hard to meet the their toys into it; no girl's fancy-work makes the taste of the people. The rage for architecture and table bright with many-colored crewels; flowers furniture in Queen Anne style, though overdone, will not bloom in it; no open books tell of a few and consequently wearisome, shows a turn in the leisure moments spared from the day's toil, when right direction. Englishmen will have no more the tired worker rests with a feeling of infinite reof the untrue stucco imitation of stone houses, no lief, and culls a thought from a favorite author that more shams, and truth and art are winners in the will carry him cheerily through his remaining race for popular favor ; so, with interior decora- duties. tion, graining and marbling are giving place to The first consideration will be the wall spaces. plain paint or polished wood, that make no pre- Paint, silk, tapestry, embossed leather, are all tense to be other than what they are in reality. available, but all too elaborate for our purpose. The one objection to decorating is the expense Silk is too fragile; embossed leather and tapestry that is of necessity incurred by employing skilled hold the dust; paint is expensive if workmen's workmen, and the only alternative is, that the time is to be paid for; so our choice must needs owner must put his shoulder to the wheel and orna- fall on paper-hangings. But so many good patterns ment his own cottage, or at least be competent to may now be obtained that we need not despair of superintend the workmen he employs. But it is making our rooms presentable, even with the most by no means sufficient that he should think to him- economical of wall coverings. Artists have given self that he knows what he likes, and will have his their attention and brought their knowledge and home decorated entirely after his own taste; unless skill to bear on the subject, the result being exhe has some knowledge of the principles that have quisitely designed patterns, to which the · most been followed by our greatest artists—unless he fastidious can take no exception; the difficulty comprehends the motives that have guided them, that lies in our way is the selection of the most the rules that they have carried out-confusion and suitable. Wall-surface decoration must never be failure will be the certain result of his attempt. of such a decided character as to draw attention “ Order is Heaven's first law, and the way to order from those objects which it is intended to enhance, is by rules that art hath found.” With our exhi- and to which it should act simply as a backbitions and museums, and the many practical ground; if we have many pictures to adorn our works that have been written bearing on the sub- walls, we must select a paper that will not detract ject, few who have the desire for knowledge can from their beauty, but rather bring out their hues plead the excuse of ignorance.
to the best advantage; snall patterns carried out We will suppose our cottage to consist of six in subdued, retiring tones are obviously most derooms, and then consider how we may decorate it sirable. On the other hand, should we have no to the best advantage inexpensively and yet artisti- pictures to rely on for ornamentation, the design
of the paper may be somewhat more strongly ments, applied by one who possesses a knowledge marked. The prevailing tint, whether quiet nega- of chromatics and experience in decorating, will tive hues are employed, or positive colors so produce a far richer, more gorgeous effect than balanced as to give a “neutralized bloom," must the monotony produced by self tints; but he needs also be in accordance with the general scheme of an artist's eye, and to work according to the rules coloring. No paper that gives representations of of art, if he desires to achieve a master-piece of birds or animals will be found satisfactory, though decoration ; complexity and intricacy of design, they are constantly to be seen, especially in dado colors that contrast and harmonize, even though hangings; unsuitable at any time when treated in on the verge of disagreement, will but urge him a naturalistic manner, they become most objection-on to greater effort in overcoming the difficulties able when they are repeated at stated intervals a that lie in his way. Much gilding on paper is to few inches apart, as in a dado we have lately seen, be avoided for many reasons. It gives a vulgar where parrots perched on twigs inclosed in small appearance if too lavishly employed; it does not square panels, the intervening panels being filled wear well unless of the best quality, and even that with branches of trees. A paper may be safely is soon affected by damp air or by damp walls; it rejected as inartistic if the design is shaded, or if considerably heightens the price of the paper when an attempt is made to suggest that the ornament is the metal is good; and for a room in a small cotraised from the surface on which it is drawn. Two tage that is to act as a general sitting-room, it or three quotations from Mr. Colling's “Sugges. would be decidedly out of place. All papers contions in Design,” may enable us more fully to taining gilding can, therefore, be at once passed understand the nature of true ornament, and
For the use of those who intend to assist thereby more easily to choose a wall-paper that in their own home-decorations, we give the follor. will prove a constant source of pleasure to all who ing directions for paper-hanging. The worker has look upon it. “All ornament should be founded but few preparations to make before commencing on a geometrical basis." “ Natural growth should -a deal table placed in the centre of the room, a be the law in ornament, and branches or scrolls large pair of scissors for edging the paper, a pail made always to flow in their growing direction. containing paste, a duster or roller placed ready at Never make foliage grow two ways.” “Flat sur hand, and he may at once begin operations. And, faces should have a sufficient amount of flatness in first, as to the paste. Good flour and boiling water their ornamentation as not to destroy their quality are the only requisites for its manufacture; alum of flatness." From the design we may glance may be added in the proportion of two ounces of briefly at the coloring. If we require a paper to alum to four pounds of flour; it is not essential to harmonize easily with furniture coverings, etc., it paste-making, but Dr. Richardson recommends its will be best to find one that is composed entirely use in his articles on “ Health at Home." The of various shades of one color, or one containing most important point is to make sure that the but two tints of differing colors; there will then water boils thoroughly. Take some flour, and see be but little fear that it will clash with its surround that it is free from all lumps; now add cold water ings. If the pattern is darker than the ground, it sufficient to moisten it so that it runs thickly from will need outlining with a still darker shade. If the spoon. When the water is boiling hard and much lighter, 'no outline is requisite; but if the fast, pour it over the flour, never ceasing to stir pattern is only a shade or two lighter than the until the paste turns; when it loses its white apground, it will need an outline of a still paler tint pearance, and partially clears, it is proof that suffiof its own color. A decorator who has had butcient water had been added. The paste is then to little experience in the art is undoubtedly wise in be brought to the right consistency by thinning it choosing, both for the sake of economy and for with cold water, when it will work easily with the the small amount of trouble he will have in making brush. He will now edge the paper, cutting close his colors agree, some such simple combination as to the pattern on one side, on the other leaving we have mentioned; but at the same time we about the eighth of an inch beyond, which serves acknowledge that he loses one of his greatest for the underlap. After measuring one length, chances of showing his skill in bringing together the paper is laid on the table, the piece unrolled, a successful combination of hues. Positive pig. and the pattern matched for the second length; when a number are thus ready, the first may be requires a renewal, and yet dreading to efface with pasted. It is brought close to the edge of the a clean coat of whitewash that which was a labor table, so that no paste can reach the table itself, of love and took so long to execute. But al. or it will soil the next breadth that is placed upon though the ceiling is simply colored, there is no it. When the bottom of the length is pasted, it occasion that it should lack ornamentation. is folded over and the top is finished. Commence stenciled pattern at the corners will amply repay hanging from the side of a window or door, so the decorator for the time bestowed on it and the that there may be no more joins than are abso- trouble incurred. It is easy work, and quickly lutely necessary. Each length as it is hung re- done, so that there is not the same objection to it quires to be rolled or smoothed close to the wall as to painted decorations. If the carpet is russet, with a duster, that no air bubbles may reinain. A a harmony will be established between the several border or frieze will hide defects if there should portions of the room ; it is a color that wears well, be any, and add greatly to the appearance of the and being sombre in tone, gives the solidity that room. Whitewashed or colored walls will have to is desirable in a floor covering; the design must be sized and scraped.
give the same impression of stability, and should To return to the consideration of the sitting- be equally balanced over the entire surface, no
We would suggest that the prevailing tint shadows being introduced, or the flatness essential of the paper is citrine; it is a shade that harmo- to a good carpet-pattern will be endangered. nizes easily with many furniture coverings, is cool The furniture comes, perhaps, scarcely within and pleasant to look upon, and does not assert the limits of this paper; but we cannot refrain itself too strongly. As the room will probably from remarking that, whatever the style chosen, not be of large dimensions, we would not recom- it should be good of its kind, strong and yet tastemend a dado; but a border at the bottom and a ful. A sitting-room that must meet the requirefrieze at the top of the wall will give a good effect, ments of both dining and drawing-rooms must and break the monotony. The wood-work shall perforce contain some diversity of form and mabe olive-green of two shades, the styles and mould- terial; lounging-chairs cannot be excluded, while ings of the door dark, the panels light, the lower dining-chairs are indispensable; but though we part of the wainscot dark, the upper part light. must not forget that unity is one of the first laws And here we would advise the workman's aid to of decoration, yet “Unity without variety probe called in. Painting is not only arduous, but duces uniformity and insipidity, variety without the smell of the oils is strong and often disagreea- unity results in confusion or absence of design." ble. Then, too, so much preparation is indispensa- A design for book shelves we saw lately pleased us. ble, if it is to present a satisfactory appearance much, and might be employed with success in when completed. New wood requires priming, many small rooms; taking up but little space, it that it should not absorb the paint. The knots was both novel and useful. It would, however, have to be “killed," any cracks filled up with be only practicable where the doorway is conputty, and inequalities rubbed down with glass- structed near the centre of the wall, as the shelves paper. Then the coats of paint have to be laid are ranged on either side of it. First, there is a on and allowed their proper time to dry, so that, small cupboard at the bottom, with ornamental however assiduously the wood-work of a room is doors; above this the shelves, filled with books, worked at, it is, at the best of times, both a long reach as high as the door, which is surmounted by and trying performance. The ceiling is colored a an architrave, holding an Oriental jar, while on a pale blue-green. A painted ceiling, beautiful as narrow shelf above a china plaque rests against the it may be in itself, is unsuitable for a cottage home, wall; the shelves and cupboards are repeated on even though the owner should be inclined to deco- the other side of the doorway, and the whole prerate it himself, for the good reason that when there sents a unique, picturesque effect. It might be is only one sitting-room it is constantly in use, carried out in ebonized deal, light oak, polished and the ceiling needs renovating every year. We pine, or painted in conformity with the woodcan imagine the despair of the artist at seeing his work of the room, the panels of the cupboardwork becoming rapidly soiled day by day, knew doors being decorated after the same fashion as ing that cleanliness, and as a consequence health, the door and shutter panels. For the entrancehall we can choose between paint, tempera color, dry, and it is then rubbed down before the fresh and varnished paper. The paint, if varnished, paper is hung. If there are any indentations or will wash and wear well, but the expense incurred crevices in the wall, they are filled up with plaster will deter many from employing this mode of of Paris, or pasted over with strong brown paper. hall decoration. Flatted paint also admits of In selecting a paper it must not be forgotten that washing, if carefully performed, but no soap or the color will appear two or three shades darker soda may be used in the cleansing process. To after varnishing, or some disappointment may be the use of tempera color there can be no objection experienced when the walls are completed. Seen on the score of extravagance, but then it will re-through the coating of varnish that is slightly yelquire constant renewal. One thing to be said lowish, the color is often materially altered, as well greatly in its favor is, that the decorator has it in as darkened ; if there is any doubt as to its suitahis power to color his walls any hue or shade that bility, it is as well to try a piece before deciding he prefers. Now this is not always the case with finally. We will settle, then, on a distemper wall wall-papers. A book of patterns—it may be even for our cottage, as being the cheapest and the iwo or three books—are sent on approval, and yet easiest to renew. It shall have a claret-colored no color that exactly suits is found among them. dado, the upper part being a warm buff-rint. This will be found to be commonly the case when Raise the dado about three feet or so, according a dado and filling are both required. Unless they to the height of the ceiling, and just below the are made specially to suit each other, it is very top of it stencil a rich set pattern in the same difficult to find two papers that will blend harmoni- color, but of a darker shade. Then above the ously together; and of those that are thus made dado on the buff wall stencil another pattern lighter to use in combination, sometimes the pattern is in construction, with fine lines and more delicate not pleasing—it is too large, too small, or too for- tracery, in the light-claret color. Now stencil a mal; so that to obtain a thoroughly satisfactory frieze, about half a foot in depth, on the buff wall wall-paper is not an easy matter. Tempera or close under the cornice. The ground of the frieze distemper color obviates all trouble of this kind. is to be a lighter tone of the buff, the pattern a The decorator can mix his colors until he gets the bold tracery in claret. Tint the cornice and ceil. exact shade to suit his taste, and he also can ing a warm cream, and the walls and ceiling are change the appearance of his house as often as he complete. If the hall is too low to admit of a chooses, at a small outlay, by simply recoloring frieze being introduced, the cornice may be colored his walls. “Distemper is a term applied at the and the frieze omitted. The lowest row that meets present time to all colors diluted with water, and the wall can be of terra cotta color. Then a space rendered firm and adhesive by thin glue or parch- of cream, the remaining ornament being worked ment size. The ordinary process of whitewashing out in soft blue-greens and subtle yellow tints. It and other coloring with size is distemper work." need not take long to decorate the walls after this It is decidedly a more economical plan, if a paper manner, even though the two borders and frieze is used, to varnish it; marks are not so easily made are all desired. Stenciling is easy and quick work, on it, it cannot be readily torn off, and may be that makes a show with but little cost. washed down without injury. After the paper is tern is cut in metal plates; zinc, tin, copper, brass, hung, it requires sizing twice before the varnish is
are all used. It may be even cut out in card-board, applied, the first coat being allowed to dry before but this does not last long, and new cards are often the second is laid on. Size is composed of glue required; while if the metal plate is procured one dissolved in water; the allowance is four ounces is sufficient for each pattern. The plate is held in of the best glue to a quart of water. The glue is position on the wall with the left hand; in the soaked in cold water for some hours. Then hot right a stencil-brush (flat at the end) is held filled water is added until it is dissolved, or it can be with color; the plate is then brushed over with a more quickly made if melted over the fire, more circular movement, which leaves the color on the water being mixed with it afterward to bring it to wall through the perforations that form the patthe right strength. In repairing halls and stair tern. But as, for example, a circular line cannot cases the old varnished paper is often left on, in be entirely cut round, or the centre would fall out, which case it must be sized. This is allowed to all such interstices so left must be filled in after