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rent; but besides these there are foulards, fine; a similar cordón of daisies, which ascended. Alpacas, Mohair, and linen. The former are The corsage decolleté was gathered at the bottom very often made with double skirts; but the and sustained above by a cordon of the same latter fabrics are the best for travelling, and flowers. The coiffure tyas a little chef d'auvre country or sea-side wear.
of grace and simplicity. Fancy the hair unduThe toilets de bal for the season are composed lating, slightly crépés, and rising lightly in three of the lightest tissues, and their ornamentation ranks formed by field-daisies mounted on a plait : looks like the work of fairy needles. I have seen behind, a Greek koot fixed rather high. Bea robe of white crape, with two skirts, the first sides the obligatory ornaments of a toilet de bal, of which was trimmed with a cordon of field it is the fashion to surcharge the forehead, the daisies over a wide hem. The second skirt had neck, and ears with splendid parures.
THE LA DI ES' PAG E.
INSTRUCTIONS IN NEEDLE-WORK.
In working our patterns for Crochet, Knit from it; again put the thread round to form a ting, Netting, &c., we recommend the Boar's fresh loop, which slip on the left-hand needle, Head Cotton of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co., and repeat the process. of Derby, in preference to any other.
Plain Knitling.-Slip the point of the rightThe Simplest Way of Counting a Foundation hand needle in a loop, put the thread around it, Chain which is afterwards to be worked in Set and draw it out in a new loop. Patterns. Instead of counting the entire length: Purling.-Slip the right-hand needle through of stitches, which is both troublesome and con- a loop in the front of the left-hand one, so that fusing, count in the number required for a its point is the nearest to you. The thread single pattern, and then begin over again. Thus, passes between the two, and is brought round is each pattern requires twenty-five chains, the right-hand one, which is drawn out to form count so far, and then begin again ; this will a loop on it. The thread is always brought to insure your having the proper number to come the front before purl stitches, unless particular plete patterns,
directions to the contrary are given. KNITTING.
Twisted Knitting.-Insert the needle in the
stitch to be knitted, at the back of the left-hand Casting On.-Hold the end of cotton between one, and, as it were, in the latter half of the the third and little fingers of the left hand, and loop. Finish the stitch in the usual way. let it pass over the thumb and forefinger ; bend | Twisted Purling. - Insert the right-hand the latter, and straighten it again, so that in the needle in the stitch, not crossing the left-hand operation the thread shall be twisted into a loop; one, as is usual, but parallel with it. When the now catch the cotton over the little finger of the loop is on it, it can return to its usual place, and right hand, letting it pass under the third and be finished like any other purled stitch. second, and over the forefinger; take up a To Make Stitches. – To make one stitch, knitting-needle, and insert it in the loop'on the merely bring the thread in front before knitting forefinger of the left hand; bring the thread a stitch, as, in order to form the new stitch, it round the needle; turn the point of the needle must pass over the necdle, thus making one. slightly towards you, and tighten the loop while | To make two, three, or more, pass the thread slipping it off the finger; take the needle now in round the needle in addition; once, to make the left hand, holding it ligbtly between the two; twice, to increase three, and so on; but, thumb and second finger, leaving the forefinger | when the succeeding stitch to a made stitch is free. This' needle is kept under the hand; the purled, you must bring the thread in front, other rests over the division between the thumb and put it once round the needle, to make one and forefinger of the right hand, and the thumb, stitch. lightly pressing against it, holds it in its place. T. Take In.-(Decrease). Either knit two as The forefinger has the thread carried from the one, which is marked in receipts as k 2t; or, left hand over the nail of it. Insert the point of slip one, knit one, pass the slip-stitch over the the right-hand needle in the loop of the left- knitted. This is either written in full, or band one ; put the thread round it, and let it decrease 1. When three have thus to be made form a loop; transfer the loop to the left-hand | into one, slip one, knit two together, and pass needle, but without withdrawing the other needle | the slip over.
To Slip.-Take a stitch from the left to the , without a remainder. Bring the thread in right-hand needle, without knitting.
front, slip one, knit two together. It is To Raise a Stitch.-Knit as a stitch the bar of worked the same way backwards and forwards. thread between two stitches.
Garter Stitch.-Plain knitting in anything To Join a Round.-Four needles are used in which is in rows, not rounds. The sides appear stockings, mittens, gloves, and any other work alike. which is round without being sewed up. Divide Moss Stitch.-Knit one, purl one, alternately. the number of stitches to be cast on by three; In the next row, let the knitted stitch come over cast a third on one needle; take the second nee- the purled, and vice versa. dle, slip it into the last stitch, and cast on the To Knit Rapidly and Easily.-Hold the required number. The same with the third. needles as near to the points as possible, and Then knit two stitches off from the first needle have no more motion in the hands than you on to the third. The round being thus formed, can avoid ; keep the forefinger of the left hand begin to use the forth needle for knitting. free to feel the stitches; slide them off the
To Join the Toe of a Sock, &c.--Divide the needle, &c. The touch of this finger is so delientire number of stitches, putting half on each cate that by using it constantly you will soon of two needles, taking care that all the front be able to knit in the dark. ones are on one needle, and the sole on another. í Ribbed Knitting.--Knit and purl alternately Knit one off from each needle as one ; repeat; so many stitches as two. In rounds the knitted then pass the first over the second. Continue must always come over the knitted, and purled as in ordinary casting off.
over purled. But in rows the purled stitch will To Cast Off.- Knit two stitches; pass the one be done over the knitted, and vice versa. Thus, first knitted over the other; knit another; pass if you end a row with a purled stitch, that stitch the former over this one. Continue so,
must be knitted at the beginning of the next Brioche Stitch.—The number cast on for row to make it right. brioche stitch mustalways be divisible by three !
U N D E R THE P E A R-TR E E.
as crawfish,-brown, stupid, and leering. He
hated the feline yawling of their music. He Two years passed, and Swan Day was to all hated the yellow water, swarming with boats, appearance no nearer his return to the land of and settled with junks. He hated their pagodas, his birth ihan when he first trod the deck and their hidevus effigies of their ancestors, that bore him away from it. He was still on looking like dumb idols. Their bejeweled the first round of the high ladder to fortune. Buddhas, their incense-lamps, their night and Thus far he had wrought diligently and success-day, were alike odious to him. fully. He had been sent hither and thither : Stretched on a bamboo chair, in an interval of from Canton to Hong-Kong ; from Macao to labour, and when the intense heat brought comNingpo and Shanghai. He was clerk, super- parative stillness, before his closed eyes came cargo, anything that the interest of the Com- often up his home among the New Hampshire pany demanded. He worked with a will. His bills. He thought of his dead mother in the thoughts were full of tea, silks, and lacquered burying-ground, and the slate stones standing ware, – of exquisite carved ivory and wonder- in the desolate grass. Then his thoughts ran ful porcelains, -of bamboos, umbrellas, and eagerly back to the Fox farm, and the sweet, garden-chairs, --of Hong-Hi, Ching-Ho, and lonely figure that stood watching his return Fi-Fo-Fum.
under the pear-tree,- the warm kiss of happy There were moments, between the despatch meeting, life opening fair, and a long vista of one vessel and the lading of another, when through which the sunlight peeped all the more his mind would follow the sun, as it blazed along brightly for the shadowing trees. down out of sight of China, and fast on its way Then over the farm, broad and bountiful, towards the Fox farm,--when an intense long scanning every detail of the large red house, the ing seized him to look once again on the shady great barns and sheds, the flocks of turkeys, nest of all his hopes and labours. He hated the and the geese, kept for feathers, and not dreamed life he led. He hated the noisy Tarter women of for eating. (Our Puritan fathers held neither that surrounded him,-aquatic and disgusting to Christmas nor Christmas goose). Through
the parth up by the well-sweep, where the moss- , went by. The handsome erect youth, lithe and covered bucket bangs dripping with the purest active, with keen features and brilliant eyes, of water. Beyond the corn-barn to the butter- ruddy lips and clear oval face, was gradually nut-trees,-by this time, they have dropped fading and transforming into something quite their rich, oily fruit; and the chestnut burrs, different. The brilliant eyes became sleepy, and, split open, and laying on the sunny ground. from a habit of narrowing the lids over them, Then round to the house again, where the slant possibly to shut out the bright sun, receded October sun shines in at the hospitable open more and more beyond the full and flaccid door, where the llttle wheel burrs contentedly, cheeks, and even contracted a Mongolian curve and the loom goes flap-flap, as the strong arm at the outer corners. of Cely Temple presses the cloth together, and One May morning Swan sat alone in his throws the shuttle past, like lightning: stout Chinese-furnished room, luxuriously appointed, cloth for choppers and ploughben comes out of as became him, on his silk, shaded ottoman, that loom!
and dreamily fanned himself. His dreams were In all his peepings at the interior of the house, of nothing more than what occupied him waking. one figure bas accompanied him, beautified and If he glanced upward, he would see the delicate glorified the place; so that, whether he looks silk curtains at the window, and the mirrors of into the buttery, where fair, round cheeses fill polished steel between the carved ivory lattices. the shelves, or wanders up the broad stairs with Great porcelain vases, such as are never seen wide landings to the “peacock chamber," he here, were disposed about the room, and jars of seems to himself always to be going over a flowers of strange hues stood on mats of yellow temple of sweet and sacred recollections. Into wool. Furniture inlaid with ivory, mother-ofthe peacock chamber, therefore, his soul may pearl, and coral decked the apartment, and a Fander, where the walls are sparsely decked small, rich table, held an exquisite tea-set. with black-and white sketches, ill displaying the Swan had just been drinking from it, and the glorious plumage of the bird, and, like all old room was full of the fragrance. He toyed with pictures, very brown,-even to the four-posted the tea-cup, and half dozed. Then, rousing bed, whitely dressed, and heaped to a height himself, he put fresh tea from the canister into that would defy “the true princess” to feel a the cup, and poured boiling water over it from pea through it, and the white toilet-table, neatly the mouth of the fantastic dragon. Covering ornamented with a holder and a pair of scissors, the cup, he dallied languidly with the delicious both sacred from common usage. Asparagus beverage, and with the half-thoughts, halfin the chimney, with scarlet berries. General musings, that came with the dreamy indolence Washington, very dingy and respectable, over of the weather. Was it, indeed, ten years—ten the fireplace; and two small circular frames, -pay, fifteen years, that he had lived this Chinainclosing the Colonel and his wife in profile. life? The likenesses are nearly exact, and the two! The door swung softly open, and a servant noses face each other as if in an argument. brought a note, and stood waiting for him to Dutch tiles are set round the fireplace, of odd read it. · Scripture scenes, common in design and coarse Swan glanced disdainfully at the object,
in execution. Into the "sqnare room" below, which he could never quite consider humanwhere the originals of the black profiles sit and at his white and blue petticoats, and his effemismoke their pipes, Swan does not care to nate face, so sleepy and so mindless, as if he venture. But some day, he will show the expected him to turn into a plate or sugar-bowl, Colonel!
or begin flying in the air across some porcelain Many days these thoughts came to Swan.river, and alighting on the pinnacle of a pagoda. Months, alas, years, they came,-but few and “Hong man, he outside," said the servant. far between. The five thousand dollars that “Show him in, you stupid fool!” said the was to have been the summit was soon only the master, and get out of the room with yourself!" footstool of his ambition. He became partner, and then head of a house having commercial relations with half the world. His habits assimilated themselves to the country about him,
CHAP. V. and the cool, green pictures of his mountainhome ceased to float before his sleeping eyes or The Hong merchant's intelligence proved at soothe his waking fancies.
once to Swan Day the absolute necessity of his His busy life left him little opportunity for return to America to protect the interests of the reading. But he took in much knowledge at Company in Boston. With the promptitude first-hand by observation, which was perhaps which had thus far been one of the chief elebetter; and as he hit against all sorts of minds, ments of his success, he lost not a moment in he became in time somewhat reflective and philo- (so to speak) changing his skin, for the new pursophical. Through daily view of the yellow pose of his existence. water, and perhaps the glare of the bright sun It seemed as if with the resumption of the on it, or the sight of so much nankeen cloth, or dress of his native country (albeit of torrid texthe yellow faces about him, perhaps,-or what ture still, since a chocolate silk coat, embroiever the cause or causes,-Swan certainly al- dered waistcoat, and trousers of dark satin, tered in his personal appearance, 88 the years i speak to a modern ear of fashions as remote as China), Swan rosumed many of the babits and When the driver whipped up his modest team feelings therewith connected. With the flowing to an animated trot before the Eagle Hotel in flowered robes he cast off for ever the world to Walton, Swan felt as if he must have been in a which it belonged, and his pulse beat rapidly dream only, and had just now awakened. and joyously as the sails filled with the breeze Walton was one of those New-Hampshire towns, that bore him away. He gazed with a disdain-' of which there came afterwards to be many, ful pleasure at the receding shore, and closed which were said to be good to go from;" his eyes - to turn his back for ever on the Chu accordingly, everybody had gone everywhere, Sins and Wu-Wangs-to let the Hang dynasty | except the old inhabitants and the children. go hang-to shut out from all bnt future fire- | All the youths had gone towards "the pleasant side-tales the thought of 'varnish-trées, soap- Ohio, to settle on its banks;" and such maidens trees, tallow-trees, wax-trees, and litchi-never as had courage to face a pioneer settlement more to look on the land of the rhinoceros, followed their chosen lords, while the less enterthe camel, the elephant, and the ape-on | prising were fain to stay at home and bewail the girls with thick, protuberant lips, cop- their singlehood. All business was necessarily per skins, and lanky black hair-on the cor- stagnant, and all the improvements, architectural pulent gentry, with their long talons, and or otherwise, which had marked the route on madams tottering on their hoofs, reminding which Swan had come, now seemed suddenly to him constantly of the animal kingdom, as have ceased. He might have thought Walton figured to imagination in childhood, of the rat the Enchanted Palace, and himself the Fairy that wanted his long tail again, or of the horse | Prince that was to waken to life and love the that will never wiu a race, on the land of lan- | Sleeping Beauty. terns and lying, of silver pheasants and-of How unchanged was everything! The store scamps.
where he used to sell crockery and pins,-the The faster the good ship sailed, the stronger great elm-tree in front of it,-ihe old red tavern the east-wind blew, the swifter ran the life-cur on the hill, where they had the Thanksgiving rent in the veins of the returning exile,-frieud, ball, the houses, from one end of the street to countryman, lover.
the other, all just as when he left: he might As the vessel neared the coast of Massachu- bare found his way in the dark to every one setts, and the land-breeze brought to his eager of them. nostrils the odours of his native orchards, or At the Eagle Tavern the same men sat on the the aromatic fragrance of the pine, and the stoop, with chairs tilted back, smoking. A man indescribable impression, on all his senses, of in the bar-room was mixing flip or gin-sling for home, the fresh love of country rushed purely two others, who were playing checkers. Taftthrough his veins, bubbled warmly about the himself stood at the door, somewhat changed, place where his heart used to beat, and rose to indeed, though he was always fat, but with the his brain in soft, sweet imaginations. Vivid same ready smile as ever. pictures of past and future identical in all their | Swan's first touch of surprise was that Tast essential features, swam before his closed eyes, I did not recognize him-him whoin he used to languid now from excess of pleasure. Again see every day of his life! That was strange! and again he drew in the breath of home, and It looked as if time told on Taft's faculties a felt it sweeter than the gales from the Spice little. Islands or odours from Araby the Blest. Hover- Wrapping his travelling-cloak about him ing before his fancy, came sweet eyes, full of Swan asked to be shown directly into his room, bewildering light, half-reproachful, half-sad, and and, in his anxiety to avoid being recognized, all-bewitching; a form of such exquisite grace ordered a light supper to be sent up to him. that he wondered not it swam and undulated | First of all he wanted to see Dorcas, to settle before him; over all, the rose-hue of youth, and affairs with Colonel Fox, and to feel established. the smooth, sweet charm of lip and hand that Until then he cared not to see or talk with his memory brought him, in that last timid caress old acquaintances. It would be time enough under the pear-tree after sunset.
afterwards to take them by the hand-to employ As soon as he could possibly so arrange his them, perhaps. And as it takes almost no time affairs in Boston as to admit of his taking a to think, before he was half way up the stairs, journey to Walton, Swan determined to do so. Swan Day had got as far as the erection of a But affairs will not always consent to an arrange superb country-seat on the hill where the old ment; and although he exerted himself to gain Cobb house stood, and of employing a dozen a week's leisure, it was not till the Indian smart young carpenters and masons of his acsummer was past that he took his place in the quaintance in the village. The garden should stage-coach which plied between Boston and have a pagoda in it; and one room in the house Walton.
should be called the “China room," and should How very short seemed the line since be furnished exclusively with Chinese tables he was last on this road! Yet how and chairs; and he would have a brilliant lantern much had things changed ! Fifteen years ! féte, and -- Here he reached the top-stair Was it possible he had been gone so long ? and the little maid pointed to his room curtsied How rapidly they had gone ov er maelf! He and ran away. felt scarcely a day older.
| Swan dropped his cloak, snuffed the candle,
and, sitting down before the pleasant wood-fire, who declarés he has never for an instant lost his that had been bastlly lighted, proceeded to make consciousness, while the hystanders have withis own tea, by a new invention for travellers. nessed the dead fall, and taken note of the long
As people are not changed so quickly as interval-so this sojourner of fifteen years in they expect and intend to be by circumstances, strange lands felt the returning pulse of youth, it came to pass that Swan Day's plans for ele- without thought of the lapsing time that bridges gant expenditure in his native town soon re- over all gulfs of emotion, however deep. lapsed, perbaps under the influence of the In fact, that part of his nature which had been Chinese herb, into old channels and plans for in most violent action fifteen years before bad acquisition. The habit of years was a little too been lying as torpid under Indian suns as if strong for biin to turn short round and pour it had been dead indeed ; and his sense of reout what he hail been for so many years garner- turping vitality was inixed with curious specuing in. Rather, perhaps, keep in the tread-mill | lations about his own sensations. of business awhile longer, and then be the He dropped the pen, and placed his feet on nabob in earnest. At present, who knew what the top of the high stuffed easy-chair which these mutterings in the political atmosphere adorned the room. This inverted personal conportended ? A war with England seemed in- dition relieved his mystification somewhat, or evitable, and that at no distant period. It perhaps brought his whole nature more into might be better to retire on a limited certainty ; | harmony. but then there was also the manful struggle for “Dorcas !--hm! hm ! fifteen years! so it a splendid possibility.
is!-ahl she must be sadly changed indeed! A neat-handed maid brought in a tray, with At thirty a woman is no longer a wood-nymph. the light supper he had ordered.
Even more than thirty she must be.” The sight of four kinds of pies, with cold He removed his feet from their elevation, and turkey and apple-sauce, brought the Fox farm carefully arranged a different scaffolding out of and its inhabitants more vividly to his mind the materials before him, by placing a cricket than anything else he had seen. Pumpkin of on the table, and his feet on the cricket. To do the yellowest, custard of the richest, apple of this effectually and properly required the rethe spiciest, and mince that was one mass of ap-moval of the four pies, and the displacement of petizing dainty, filled the room with the flavor the cold turkey, of bygone memories. Every sense responded But Swan was mentally removing far greater to them. The fifteen years that had hung like and more serious difficulties. By the time he a curtain of mist before him suddenly lifted, had asked himself one or two questions, and and he saw the view beyond, broad, bountiful, had answered them, such as, “Whether, all the and cheery, under the sunshine of love, hope, conditions being changed, I am to be held to and plenty. He closed his eyes, and the flavour my promise?" and the like, he had placed one filled his 'soul, as sweet music makes the lover foot carefully up. Then, before conscience had faint with happiness.
time to trip him up, the other foot followed, and He took out his writing-materials, and wrote: he found himself firmly posted.
"I will write a note to-nuorrow- put it into “MY DEAREST, SWEETEST DORCAS,- Never
ver the post-office No, that won't do; in these for one instant has the thought of you left my
" places, nobody goes to the post-office once a heart, since"
week-I'll send a note to the house." “That's a lie, to begin with !" said he, Here he warmed up. coolly, and throwing the paper into the fire- “A note, asking her to meet me under the " try again!"
great pear-tree, as we met It is, by Jove! just
fifteen years to-morrow night since I left Walion! “ DEAREST DORCAS, I feel and I know what The
what That's good! it will help on some" you may possibly thiok of me by this time that
The little maid here interrupted his meditayou may possibly imaginc me false to the vows which"
ws tions by coming for the relics of the supper;
and Swan, weary with unwonted thought, It will be perceived that Swan had improved dropped the paper curtains, and plunged, body in rhetoric, since the day he parted from his ' and soul, into fifty pounds of live-geese feathers. lady-love. Still he could not satisfy himself in a letter. In short, he felt that expression outran the reality, however modestly and moderately chosen. Some vividness, some fervency,
. . But how in the
: he must bave, of course.
''Cuz."VI. world to get up the requisite definition even to the words he could conscientiously use? The The great clock in the dining-room whirred second attempt followed the first.
out twelve strokes before Swan opened his eyes. Swan Day is not the first man who has As soon as the eyes took in the principal features found himself mistaken in matters of import- of the apartment, which process his mental preance. In his return to his native country, and occupation had hindered the night before, he the scenes of bis early life, he had taken for was as much at home as if he had never left granted the evergreen condition of his senti. Walton. ments. Like the reviving patient in epilepsy, The great beam across the low room, the