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through and beyond me, as if I had been noon-excuse me, 0 ye fashionable ones! I nothing but gossamer, feathers, air; and the mean the next morning-I sallied forth from little black, bead-like eyes of the insect pierced my little barren room in the Rue des Vieux me maliciously an instant, as the barouche Augustins, and proceeded to Madam's ancient dashed past, and disappeared in the Rue de palace in the Rue St. Martin, dressed in my Rivoli. I was humiliated; I felt that I was re- best, and palpitating with a sense of the honour cognized-known as the rash youth who had I was doing myself. This time the concierge just called at the Hotel de Waldoborough, been smiled encouragingly, and ascertained for me told that Madam was out, and had stopped out that Madam was at home. I ascended the side to catch the hotel in a lie. It is very singu- polished marble staircase to a saloon on the first lar-how do you explain it ?--that it shonld floor, where I was requested to have the oblihave seemed to me the circumstance was some- geance d'attendre un petit moment, until Madam thing, not for Madam, but for me to be ashamed should be informed of my arrival. of! I don't believe that the colour of her It was a very large, and, I must admit, a peachy cheeks was heightened the shadow of a very respectable saloon, although not exactly shade; but as for me, I blushed to the tips of what I had expected to see at the very summit my ears.

of the social Olympus. I dropped into a fau“You may believe that I did not go away in teuil near a centre-table, on which there was a such a cheerful frame of mind as might have fantastical silver-wrought card-basket. What encouraged me to repeat my call in a hurry. I struck me particulrrly about the basket was a just coldly enclosed to her my cousin's letter of well-known little Todworth envelope, superintroduction, along with my address; and said scribed in the delicate handwriting of my aristo myslf, . Now, she'll know what a deuse of a tocratic cousin (my letter of introduction, in fellow she has slighted : she'll know she has fact), displayed upon the very top of the pile of pat an affront upon a connection of the Tod- the pile of billets and cards. My own card I worths! I was very silly, you see, for I bad did not see; but in looking for it I discovered 'not yet—but I am coming to that part of my some curious specimens of foreign orthography story,

-one dainty little note to Madame Valto“Well, returning to my lodgings a few days burea;' another laboriously addressed to ‘M. afterwards, I found a note which had been left et Mme. Jean Val-d'eau-Bèrot;' and still a for me by a liveried footman-Madam Waldo- third, in which the name was conscientiously borough's footman, O Heaven! I was thrown and industriously written out, 'Quâldôbeurinto great trepidation by the stupendous event, reaux.' This last, as an instance of spelling an and eagerly inquired if Madam herself was in English word à la Fragcaise, I thought a reher carriage, and was immensely relieved to markable success, and very creditable to people learn she was not; for, unspeakably gratifying who speak of Lor Berong,' meaning Lord as such an Olympian compliment, would have Byron ( Be-wrong' is good !), and talk glibly been under other circumstances, I should have about · Frongclang,' and Vashengtong,' meanfelt it more than offset by the mortification of ing the great philosopher, and the Father of his knowing that she knew, that her own eyes had | Country. beheld, the very humble quarter in which a lack “I was trying to amuse myself with these of means had compelled me to locate myself. orthographival curiosities, yet waiting anxiously

“I turned from that frightful possibility to all the while for the appearance of that illusthe note itself. It was everything I could have trious ornament of her sex, to whom they were asked. It was ambrosia, it was nectar. I had addressed; and the servant’s ‘petit moment' done a big thing when I fired the Todworth had become a good petit quart d'heure,' when gun: it had brought the enemy to terms. My the drawing-room door opened, and in glided, cousin was complimented, and I was welcomed not the Goddess, but the Spider. to Paris, and-the Hotel Waldoborough!

“She had come to beg Monsieur (that was “Why have you not called to see me?' the me) to have the bounty to excuse Madam (that note inquired, with charming innocence. 'I was the Waldoborough), who had caused herself shall be at home to-morrow at two o'clock; to be waited for, and who, I was assured, would cannot you give me the pleasure of greeting so give herself " le plaisir de me voir dans un tout near a relative of my dear, delightful Louise ?' petit moment.' So saying, with a smile, she

Of course. I would afford her that pleasure ! seated herself; and, discovering that I was an • 0, what a thing it is,' I said to myself, “to be American, began to talk bad English to me. I a third cousin to a Todworth !' But the two may say execrable English; for it is a habit o'clock in the morning-whow should I manage your Frenchwoman often has, to abandon her that? I had not supposed that fashionable own facile and fluent vernacular, which she people in Paris got up so early, much less re- speaks fo charmingly, in order to show off a ceived visitors at that wonderful hour. But, on wretched smattering she may have acquired of reflection, I concluded that two in the morning your language-froin politeness, possibly, but I meant two in the afternoon; for I had heard rather think from vanity. In the mean time that the great folks commenced their day at Arachne busied her long agile fingers with some about that time.

very appropriate embroidery; and busied her " At two o'clock, accordingly, the next after- long agile fingers with some very appropriate embroidery; and busied her mind, too, I before and the footman behind, in livery! Oye couldn't help thinking, weaving some intricate gods ! web of mischief; for her eyes sparkled as they "I was abandoned to intoxicating dreams of looked at me with a certain gleeful, malicious ambition, whilst Madam went to prepare herself, expression, seeming to say, “You have walked end Mademoiselle to order the carriage. It was into my parlour, Mr. Fly, and I am sure to en- not long before I heard a vehicle enter the tangle you!' which made me feel uncomfortable. court-yard, turn, and stop in the carriage-way. THE LADIES' PAGE.

" The 'tout petit moment' had become I tried to calch a glimpse of it from the window, another good quarter of an hour, when the door but saw it only in imagination, that barouche of again opened, and Madam (Madam herself, the barouches, which is Waldoborough's! I imaWaldoborough) appeared! Did you ever see gined myself seated luxuriously in that shell, Aounces ? did you ever witness expansion ? have with Madam by my side, rolling through the your eyes ever beheld the (so to speak) new- streets of Paris in even greater state than I risen sun trailing clouds of glory over the had rolled through London with my Todworth threshold of the dawn? You should have seen cousin. I was impatient to be experiencing the Madam enter that room; you should have seen new sensation. The moments dragged: five, the effulgence of the greeting smile she gave ten, fifteen minutes at least elapsed, and all the me; then you wouldn't wonder that I was while the carriage and I were waiting. Then apdazzled.

peared -- who do you suppose? The Spider, “She filled and overflowed with her inagnifi. dressed for an excursion. So she is going cence the most royal fauteuil in the saloon, and too!' thought I, not very well pleased. She talked to me of 'my Todworth cousin, and of had in her arms-what do you suppose? A my Todworth cousin's husband, and of London, confounded little lapdog, the spaniel you saw and America, occasionally turning aside to show I just now with his nose just above the crinoline. off her bad French by speaking to the Spider, Monsieur,' says she, 'I desire make you until anotqer quarter of an hour bad elapsed. know the King François. I hate lapdogs; but

, Then Paris was mentioned; one of us happened in order to be civil, I offered to pat his majesty' to speak of the Gobelins: I cannot now recall on the head. That, however, did not seem to which it was first uttered that fatal word to ine, be court-etiquette ; and I got snapped at by the the direful spring of woes unnumbered! Had little despot. Qur compagnon of voyage,' says I visited the Gobelins ? I had not, but I an- Mademoiselle, pacifying him with caresses. ticipated having that pleasure soon.

"So, he is going too?' thought I-80 unLong as I have lived in Paris, I have reasonable as to feel a little dissatisfied; as if I never yet been to the Gobelins !' says Mrs. had a right to say who should and who should Waldoborough • Mademoiselle' (that was not ride in Madam Waldoborough's carriage. Arachne] 'm'accuse toujours d'avoir tort, et “ Mademoiselle sat with her hat on, and held me dit que je dois y aller, n'est ce pas, Made- the pup, and I sat with my hat in my hand moiselle?'

and held my peace ; and she talked bad English " • Certainement !' says Madeinoiselle, em. to me and good French to the dog, for, may be, phatically; and in return for Madam's ill. ten minutes longer, when the Waldoborough spoken French, she added in English, of even swept in, arrayed for the occasion, and said, worse quality, that the Gobelins' manufacture of Maintenant nous irons.' That was the signal tapisteric and carpet, was the place the moz for descending : as we did so Madam casually curiouze and interressante which one could go remarked that something was the matter with see in Paris.

one of the Waldoborough horses, but she had C'est ce qu'elle dit toujours,' says the not thought it worth the while to give up our Waldoborough. But I make great allowances visit to the Gobelins on that account, since a for her opinions, since she is an enthusiast with coupé would answer our purpose and the regard to everything that pertains to weaving.' coupés in that quarter were really very respec

* Very natural that she should be, being a table! Spider,' I thought, but did not say so.

“ This considerate remark was as a

feather “However," Madam continues, 'I should bed to break the frightful fall before me. You like extremely well to go there, if I could ever think I tumbled down the Waldoborough stairs ? get the time. Quand aurai-je le tems, Made Worse than that: 1 dropped headlong, precipi

. moiselle?'

tately, from the heights of fairy dreams to low "'I sink zis af'noon is more time zan you actuality; all the way down, down, down, from have anozer day, Madam,' says the Spider. the Waldoborough’s barouche to a hired coach,

So the net was completed, and I was caught a voiture de remise, that stood in its place at the thus : Mrs. Waldoborough, with an hospitable door! glance at me, referred the proposition ; and I “Mademoiselle suggested that it would be said, if she would like to go that day, she must quite as well to go in a coupé,' says Mrs. Walnot let me hinder her, and offered to take my doborough, as she got in. leave; and Arachne said • Monsieur perhaps he Ob, certainly, I replied, with preter. like go too?' And as Madam suggested order natural cheerfulness. But I could have killed ing the carriage for the purpose, of course I the Spider, for I suspected this was a part of jumped at the chance To ride in that carriage! the plot she had been weaving to entangle me. with the Waldoborough herself' with the driver "It was a vehicle with two horses, and seats

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for four; one driver in a red face-the common And so forth, and 80 on. I continued my livery for your Paris hackmen ; but no footman, citations in order to keep Madam's mouth shut; nɔ footman, no footman!” Huburt repeated, for she annoyed me exceedingly by telling everywith a groan. “Not so much as a little tiger body she had occasion to speak with who she clinging to the straps behind! I comforted myself, however, with the reflection that beggars « Je suis Madame Waldoborough ; et je démust not be choosers ; that, if I rode with sire savoir' this thing or that-whatever she Madam, I must accept her style of turn-out. wished to inquire about; as if all the world

'Aux Gobelins,' says Mrs. Waldoborough, knew of her fame, and she had only to state, 'I to the driver; 'mais allez par l'Hotel de Ville, am that distinguished personage, in order to le pont Louis Philippe, et l'église de Notre command the utinost deference and respect. dame-n'est-ce pas ?' referring the questiou to

“From the show-rooms we passed on to the

work-rooms, where we found the patient “I said 'As you please.' And off we drove. weavers sitting or sianding at the back of

“We stopped a few minutes to look at the their pieces, with their baskets of many-coCatedral front; then rattled on, up the Quai loured spools at their sides, and the paintings and across the Pont de l'Archerêché, and they were copying behind them, slowly building through the crooked, countless streets until we up their imitative fabrics, loop after loop, stitch reached the Gobelins; and I must confess I after stitch, by hand. Madam told the workmen did not yet experience any of the sublime who she was, and learned one had been at work emotions I had counted upon in riding with the six months on his picture. It was a female distinguished Madam Waldoborough.

figure kneeling to a colossal pair of legs, des“ You have been to the Gobelins ? Il you tiped to support a warrior, whose upper propor. havn't, you must go there, not with two ladies tions waited to be drawu out of the spooland a lapdog, as I did, but independently, and baskets. Another had been a year at work on you will find the visit well worth the trouble. a headless Virgin with a babe in her arms, The establishment derives its name from an

finished only to the eyes. Sometimes ten, or obscure wool-dyer of the fifteenth century, Jean even twenty years, are expended by one man Gobelin, whose little workshop has grown to upon a single piece of tapestry; but the pa. be one of the most extensive and magnificent tience of the workmen is not more wonderful carpet and tapestry manufactories in the world. than the art with which they select and blend " We found liveried attendants stationed at

their colours, passing from the softest to the every, door and turning-point, to direct the most brilliant shades, without fault, as the work crowds of visitors and to keep out dogs. No they are copying requires. dog could be admitted except in arms. I

"From the tapestry-weaving we passed on to suggested that King Francis should be left in the carpet-weaving rooms, where the workmen the coach; when Mrs. Waldoborough asked, have the right side of their fabric before them, reproachfully, Could I be so cruel ?' And and the designs to be copied over their heads. the Spider looked at me as if I had been a Some of the patterns were of the most gorgeous complete savage. To atone for my inhumanity description--vines, scrolls, flowers, birds, lions, I offered to carry the cur. He was put into my

men; and the way they passed from the reflectarms at once; and so it happened that I walked | ing brain through the fingers of the weaver into through that wonderful series of rooms, hung the woolien texture was marvellous to behold. with tapestries of the richest description, of the I could have spent some hours in the establishtimes of Francis 1., Louis XIV., and so forth, ment pleasantly enough, watching the operatives, with a detested lapdog in my hands. However, but for that terrible annoyance the dog in my I showed my heroism by enduring my fate

I could not put him down, and I could without a murmur, and quoting Tennyson for

not ask the ladies to take him. The Spider was the gratification of Mrs. Waldoborough, who in her element; she forgot everything but the was reminded of the corridors of The Palace toil of her fellow-spiders, and it was almost imof Art.'

possible to get her away from any piece she be

came interested in. Madam, busy in telling 'Some were hung with arras green and blue,

who she was and asking questions, gave me Showing a gaudy summer-morn,

little attention; so that I found myself more in Where with puffed cheek the belted hunter blew the position of a lackey than a companion. I His wreathéd bugle-horn.

had regretted that her footman did not accom

pany us; but what need was there of a footman One showed an iron coast, and angry waves.

as long as she had me? You seemed to hear them climb and fall,

"In half-an-hour I bad become weary of the And roar rock-thwarted under bellowing caves, lapdog and the Gobelins, and wished to get Beneath the windy wall.

awayr But no

- Madam must tell more people

who she was, and make further inquiries; and 'Or sweet Europa's mantle blew unclasped, as for Arachne, I believe she would have reFrom off her shoulder backward borne.

mained there until this time. Another balf. From one hand drooped a crocus : one hand grasped hour, and another, and still the good part The mild bull's golpen horn,'

of another, exhausted my strength and the endurance of my soul; until last Mre. Waldo.


Oh! then how pleasantly,

Once more again, From the dimmed heaven

Falleth the rain.

borough said, “Eh bien, nous avons tout vu, n'est-ce pas ? Allons donc ! And we allonged.

“We found our coupé waiting for us, and I thrust his Majesty King Prancis into it rather unceremoniously: Now you must know that all this time Mrs. Waldoborough had not the remotest idea but that she was treating me with all due civility. She is one of your thoroughly egotistical, self-absorbed women, accustomed to receiving homage, who appear to consider that to breathe in their presence and attend upon them is sufficient honour and happiness for anybody.

• Never mind,' thought I, she'll invite me to dinner, and maybe I shall meet an ambassador!

(To be continued).

When golden Autumn-days

Once more have fled, When all their treasures are

Dying or dead,
When all earth's glories

Day by day wane,
Oh! then how gloomily

Falleth the rain,


Like tears in bitterness

Shed by the old, As life's light fadeth

As joys grow cold; When they no longer

Here may remain, Mournfully, mournfully

Falleth the rain.

Ere the Spring cometh

Gentle and mild, While the wind bloweth

Rudely and wild, From the dull cloud lino

Dark o'er the main Sharp as the arrow

Falleth the rain.


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MATERIALS. -Usual Cotton, of Messrs. Walter Evans & Co., Derby.

This tassel is worked in crochet with middle- | after every 2 treble stitches. Then work 3 sized knitting cotton.

rounds of double stitches worked backwards Work with a whole skein of cotton as fol- and forwards in ribbed crochot stitch, and then lows: * Make a foundation chain of 50 stitches, the miss the last 9, and work 6 times alternately in 7th. Alternately 2 double, 2 chain, missing 2 the next stitch, 1 double, 4 chain, inissing the stitches of the preceding round under the latter. same number of stitches under the latter, lastly On the other side of the tube-like part 2 inches 1 double, 8 chain, 1 double in the last founda- high, work a similar part as the one just detion chain. Repeat 75 times more from *. On scribed; then push the middle tube-like part the upper end of this fringe work 1 row of on a lead pencil, and wind cotton round it; double stitches, always inserting the needle into draw also cotton through the open-work crothe chain of 2 fringe skeins, thus drawing the chet parts on both sides, and lace them togeskeins tight together. Roll up the skeins and ther with fine cord crosswise, always drawing sew them together at the upper edge. Then the cord through 2 chain stitches of both parts. make a foundation chain of 16 stitches, join At the top of the tassel fasten 3 rows of loops them into a circle, and work in rounds till the of cotton, which are to be worked over a mesh work is 2 inches high, working in such a man- two-fifths of an inch wide, like fringe. ner that the right side of the work is turned in- piece of white cord ten inches long, fold it toside. Then work the outer covering of the gether in the middle, join the ends together with heading of the tassel in the following manner:- a knot, and draw it through the tassel, so that

1st round. I treble in every stitch, divided the knot is covered by the skeins of the tassel, 1 chain

and then through the tube of the heading. At 2nd. 1 treble in every chain stitch of the pre- the top of the latter, and at the same time on the ceding round, 1 chain stitch between.

cord, the rows of loops must be fastened, so that 3rd. Like the second, only working 2 chain the cord cannot slide out.

Take a


Cast on nine stitches on three needles (No. procured stiffened with wire, it will be sufficient 20); three stitches on each needle, with drab to fold the chenille in two for each leaf, and tie Berlin wool split in two; knit one plain round, one leaf alternately on each side of the branch; fasten on a bright pinkish scarlet shade of Ber- after ten or twelve leaves place one berry, and lin wool split, work one more plain round; in begin another similar bough. The boughs are the next increase one stitch at the beginning of afterwards added together in the same manner every needle ; knit four or five plain rounds and as the leaves have been, that is to say, one at cast off all the stitches. Cover a piece of leto, the top, and the others alternately on each side or very fine wire, with the thread of the same of the branch. scarlet wool; sew this round the scarlet edge of If Berlin is used for the leaves, cover with the little cup just made; when the two ends of green wool, split a few inches of the finest leto you the wire meet, continue to sew one of them can find; take a piece of Berlin wool, not split, round the edge so as to bring it exactly opposite of bright though rather deep shade of green, to the other; turn down both ends inside the place it across your leto near one end of it; cup, make a little ball of drab Berlin wool, or twist the leto tight two or three times, cut the cotton wool covered with drab silk, about the shortest end close to the twist, turn down both size of a young green pea; place it in the scar- ends of the Berlin wool along the remaining let cup, gather the drab stitches; twist the leto, fasten both Berlin wool and leto together wires together to make a stem, and cover it to a piece of wire, with a thread of brown halfwith green wool.

twist silk split in two, and continue as directed LEAVES.- If chenille is used, as it can be for the branch of chenille leaves,

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