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POINT-LACE COLLA R.
MATERIALS :—French-white Cotton Braid, No. 7; and a set of the Point Lace Cottons of Messi's. Wal
ter Evans and Co., of Derby.
From the section we give of this collar, the ground, and the Venetian edging, are worked in whole may very readily be traced, the inner and No. 120 Mecklenburgh. outer lines of braid forming one continuous As it is not easy to give, at frequent intervals, piece; whilst the two by which the pattern is repetitions the instructions for Point Lace, made are also united at each end.
crochet, and other stitches, and the terms used This collar will recommend itself to our friends in speaking of them, I have prepared a little from the ease and rapidity with which it may be pamphlet, small enough to be no encumbrance worked. The solid parts are worked in Cadiz in a lady's workbox, containing clear descripand Seville lace, with Evans's Mecklenburgh, tions of all the elementary portions of fancy No. 160; the English lace is done with No. 90, work, and will with pleasure send a copy to and the Brussels with No. 70, Evans's Boar's every lady forwarding me her address. Head Cotton; the Raleigh bars, which form the
CARRIAGE-BAG, IN CANVAS WORK.
MATERIALS :- Chalk-white and Black Beads, No. 2; Scarlet and Emerald-green Wool, Penelope
Canvas; and, if to be made-up at home, a frame, with leather top and handles ; also 14 yards Emerald Cord.
The entire pattern of this bag is done in beads, green with white. They should be sewed on the ground being filled-in with wool, in stripes. with very strong thread, of the same colour as From the manner in which it is engraved, the the beads. The ground is filled-in in crossdesign may be copied from it on the canvas; stitch. the
squares representing beads on stitches, as When made-up, a silk cord should conceal the case may be. The stripes are alternately of the joining of the edge of the canvas and the scarlet with a pattern in black beads, and of leather, at the sides. AIGUILLETTE.
MY SCHOOL-FRIENDS IN FRANCE. to obtain the first prize on this occasion, as (Concluded from page 155.)
Madame had promised, if she made sufficient
progress by that time, to take her as music. Time passed on; the winter evenings' dancing mistress to the younger classes, and as general and gathering round the stove were exchanged assistant in the school, and to consider her for the out-of-door games and romps of the services as equivalent to the instruction and little ones, and for the gatherings under the board of Suzanne; the three years having walnut tree, and sauntering up and down the elapsed for which the premium had been paid broad gravel walks, of the elder girls, while they for the sister's instruction ; and had also prodiscussed the approaching holidays and their mised to allow her certain hours in the week to amusements, and the grand fête of the year, attend pupils in the town, if she could obtain when the prizes were given away. In French any. schools, the holidays at Christmas consist only Thus it was an object of great importance to of two or three days. The midsummer ones Zelie to produce the most favourable imare the only time when the pupils go home; pression she could on this occasion, and and immediately before, there is a grand ex- the hours of the summer evenings that we amination in presence of the parents of the spent in the pleasant garden were passed by pupils, the clergyman, the maire, and all the Zelie in diligent practice, to Melanie's great dignitaries of the town; everything of the annoyance, as she was exceedingly anxious to sort in France being conducted with a degree of outshine her, yet was too indolent to take the publicity and éclat unknown to our more necessary pains to do so. The music-master reserved tempers and habits.
had selected an easy but brilliant sounding piece I think I have omitted to mention that Zelie's for her, and this she rattled off with a great greatest talent was for music; she sang better deal of spirit and execution; still she could not than any girl in the school, except Melanie; and be insensible to the superiority of Zelie's in her instrumental performance, she far sur- playing, and her annoyance vented itself in passed them all. I never heard a clearer or more sharp remarks and ill-humoured speeches. One brilliant touch than hers, nor certainly any one evening, coming in from a stroll in the garden, play with greater pathos and feeling. For music we went into the music-room where Zelie was enabled her to express the feelings which her shy practising as usual. temper and isolated situation forbade her showing “ You ought to know that piece pretty per: in any other way. She was particularly anxious fectly, and make some sensation with it,”
observed Melanie ; "you practise it enough- takes an interest in you: Madame Arnaud and no one else has a chance of getting near the Victor are here." piano.”
The colour flashed up in her pale cheek, her Zelie glanced round at the two others standing eye brightened, and she obeyed the summons to in the room, but said, good-humouredly, “If sing a duet, with so much more self-possession you prefer this one, Mademoiselle, I will go and courage than she had before seemed cato the one in the refectoire-I do not mind pable of showing, that I sat rejoicing at the which I play on."
result of my experiment. “Oh, I should not practise at this time of the After the duet there was a slight pause in the evening," said Melanie, throwing herself into a proceedings of the evening, and I heard M. chair; “ I always think if people have not genius Perrault, who was standing behind me, begin a enough to do things well at once, it is no good conversation with some one whose voice was working so hard-chey never do anything worth familiar to me, but I could not see the speaker hearing. What say you, Sempronie?” without turning completely round. Presently,
"If a person is of good family, I see no occa- in one of the quick movements which always sion for tormenting oneself to acquire frivolous accompanied M. Perrault's conversation, he accomplishments at all : that is quite sufficient threw down some books which were lying on a to distinguish. But for Zelie, who has to get her desk placed in a recess behind him, and I bread, it is all well enough.'
heard him dilating on the negligence of the The eventful day at length arrived. The young lady, who had left her books and music school-room was decorated with wreaths of in great disorder. His harangue was interflowers; seats were arranged at one end for rupted by Zelie's beginning to play-rather the visitors, in a semicircle, having for the nervously it is true, at first, but still artistically centre, Madame's throne, to the steps of which and well. I was listening with the most breath the candidates for prizes came to receive them ;
less eagerness, feeling, I believe, fully as agiour seats were ranged down both sides of the tated as herself
, when a hand was laid on my room, and at the other end was a kind of raised shoulder, and a voice whispered in my ear, “ Is platform, on which the piano was placed, and this leaf from the piece Mademoiselle Śt. Aubyn from whence the different recitations were to be
is playing? delivered. In the centre of the room was a table
I turned quickly, and beheld, with consternacovered with drawings, pieces of fancy work, tion, that it was, indeed, the two entire leaves of &c., &c. At the end was a pile of showily her piece. I knew it to be hers, as no other bound books, surmounted by a beautiful wreath girl in the school had a copy. “Oh, what is to of white roses, the first prize of merit. A be done?” I said. “She cannot play from handsome supper was laid out in the refectory, memory well, at any time; and now she is so and we were to dance afterwards in a room we
nervous, she will certainly break down."
“Can you," said Victor (for he it was), "go called the salle de musique, where the drawing and dancing lessons were also given.
round, pass on the platforın behind the piano,
and put the leaves in their place when she turns The room was well lighted up, and looked very pretty, with the wreaths of flowers, the cite so much observation. You could easily so
over? I would gladly do it if it would not excrimson-covered throne and table, and the do it, and save poor Zelie such a terrible emgroups of girls with their eager flushed faces barrassment. Pray do, Miss Bessie !” and sparkling eyes, and all dressed alike in
I knew Madame would be angry at my leavthin white dresses. Madame Arnaud was there; ing my place, but her wrath weighed light with a young man, whom I speedily recognized against my poor friend's distress, and I let him as Victor Fromont. They came late, and at a time when Zelie was occupied at the other end front of me, and caught hold of my frock as he
help me over the form. Sempronie was in of the apartment; so she did not see them. did so, saying, There were two rows of seats for the pupils be furious : you must not move.” But I got
“ Sit still, child :" Madame will down each side of the room; I sat on the last, and there was a passago behind them all around the seats, on to the platform, and crossing be
and hastened along the space left behind the apartment. I knew Zelie did not expect to hind the piano, came to Zelie's side just as she see her friends ; and when she came at length, turned over to the place where the missing page and sat by me, and I felt how cold and damp ought to be, and saw that in its stead had been her hand was, and how she trembled, I hardly inserted a large sheet of paper, with the “Song knew whether to tell her would act as a cordial of the Shirt” inscribed on it in large imitated or increase her nervousness.
print characters, at least an inch and a half long. “ It will soon be my turn,” she whispered, at Hood's famous poem of that name had not then length. “Ob, Bessie, I am so frightened-I been written; but never did it excite more infeel so alone-nobody seems to wish me well-dignation in the breast of the largest dealer in everyone is hoping Melanie will gain the prize, the labours of overworked needlewomen than and I am sure she will.”
these words did in mine against Melanie, whose “She does not play a quarter so well as you,” | love of mischief had, I felt sure, prompted her to I said, indignantly, " and I hope, with all my the ill-natured jest. I slipped it as quickly as heart, you will get it, for you deserve it; but I could from the desk, and substituted the Zelie, you are wrong if you think nobody I music I held in my hand, but not before poor Zelie's eyes had caught the taunting words. cult than the one performed by Mademoiselle She trembled, and grew so nervous as hardly to le Gand, and was executed without any of the be able to strike a note. The audience, however, hesitation and interruption which disfigured the who were much prepossessed in her favour, had performance of Mademoiselle St. Aubyn.” the good nature and tact to applaud her at this And at her signal Sempronie, colouring juncture; and after a little she recovered her deeply, came forward, and the beautiful wreath composure, and ended beautifully; while the of white roses was placed on her head, but no room rung again with the bursts of applause her applause; and in profound silence she returned performance elicited.
to her seat. In the meanwhile I had torn the obnoxious The comments that took place that evening paper, which contained verses on the other side, amongst ourselves may be imagined. Melanie into a thousand fragments, and placed them in whispered a few bitter words in Sempronie's ear, a crevice behind the stove as I returned to my who looked sullen, sneered, and turned away. All place. Zelie soon after joined me, and was re- crowded round the former to condole with her; ceived with a most animated look of pleasure and the prosperous rival was totally neglected : and affection from Victor. “What was it, dear but Zelie, whom I regarded as much the most child,” she whispered, “they put into my music? injured, as having undoubtedly the best claim I only caught one word. Was it about that to the prize, received no commiseration. One unlucky-shirt ?”
advantage, however, she gained—that SemIn spite of my sympathy, I burst out laugh- pronie, finding popular opinion decidedly against ing at the tragical tone in which Zelie pro- her, did not dare to torment her about the paper nounced the unromantic word; so, to make found in her music; and Melanie, I concluded, some amends for my want of courtesy, I told her was silent for her own sake. that it was Victor had found her music, and Happily, Zelie's failure in gaining the prize sent me with it.”
did her no permanent injury, as all had been At this moment my attention was drawn to the delighted with her performance, and grieved at awful interest of the next proceedings. Madame the injustice shown her; and before the holiwas standing on the upper step of the throne, days ---which we three, Zelie, Suzanne, and I, with the books and magnificent wreath on a little passed at the school together-were over, three table by her, preparing to read aloud the list of families in the town had engaged her services as names to whom prizes were to be awarded. The musical instructress in her spare hours. The younger ones received theirs first ; and I may, last weeks of the vacation came, and with them perhaps, be pardoned a little egotism, if I stop strange news. First, that Melanie's father had to relate the thrill of pleasure I felt when died a bankrupt; that his family were totally Miss Bessie Scott was declared to have won ruined, and that our gay, light-hearted comthree prizes, though it was a little chilled by the panion was not to return among us; next, that solemn and embarrassing ceremony of having she was to come back, but in the same sort of to walk up to the throne, curtsey gracefully to position that Zelie had hitherto occupied, teachMadame, receive the books in a becoming man- ing the younger ones in return for further inner, curtsey again, and walk back with as much struction bestowed on her, till she should be ease and grace as could be summoned, up on so able to pass her examen, and obtain her own trying an occasion. All had been given but the livelihood as a teacher. She had no relations last (the grand one), the wreath of wbite roses. left but her stepmother-a selfish, worldly This was usually the prize of general good con- woman, whose own jointure secured her a product, diligence, and progress in all the branches vision sufficient to maintain herself alone in of study. But on this occasion Madame had tolerable ease and comfort; and she heartlessly decided upon awarding it to the most accom- abandoned her husband's daughter to struggle plished musician. One or two of the elder and on through the world as best she might, lauding more influential part of the audience here came
herself in the mean time as the most generous forward, and spoke to Madame: there had been of women, in allowing her a wretched pittance a good deal of discussion already among them, of a few francs a year, scarcely sufficient to supand even M. Chèly, who hardly ever interfered ply her wardrobe in the scantiest manner-a in any of the school affairs, joined them in sad contrast to her former liberal allowance and urging something, to which Madame seemed to luxurious habits. oppose an inflexible determination; nor was it It was curious to observe the different manto be shaken by this last appeal; for, after a ners of her companions towards her, when she hurried reply, she turned round again towards reappeared among us in her altered position. us, and announced, with a clear and audible She did not come till nearly a fortnight after the voice, that Mademoiselle Sempronie Alexandrine, time the school had assembled; so all had plenty Baronne de Viesville, was to receive the prize of time to discuss the story; The prevailing destined for the most proficient in music! "We feeling towards her was kindly : she had been all stood aghast; for both Zelie's and Me. generous, good-natured, though a little arrogant lanie's playing was so infinitely superior to in her prosperity; and her misfortunes were hers, that we had never dreamed of her as a pitied by all but Sempronie. This most un. competitor for the first prize.
amiable girl rejoiced, almost openly, at the fall The piece Mademoiselle la Baronne played,” of the purse-proud parvenue, as she called her ; continued Mauame, "was infinitely more diff. I and commented with much bitterness on her in
solence in considering herself in any way equal. “My cousin Antoine,” she answered. “ He to a person of rank and family. When she at is very fond of me, poor fellow !" with a half-sigh; length came, some of the girls treated her with “but then, what is the good ? He is a poor a patronizing kindness: some seemed afraid of captain of chasseurs, with scarcely a thousand hurting her by showing any consciousness francs in the world beyond his commission; of the change; others condoled with her, and he will not be able to marry for years and years, a few took no notice of her whatever. But the and then I shall be hardly better off than I am saddest change of all was in Melanie herself. now.” It seemed as though the experience she had "Oh, but,” said I, in my juvenile romance gained of the world's harshness and sorrow had and simplicity, “it must be a great happiness to completely soured her temper. Now she could feel you are not absolutely alone in the worldbe no longer the patron and honoured friend of that there is some one loving and caring for you ; her companions, she seemed inclined to be their and even if you are poor, you may be very torment; and never did Sempronie, in her most happy." ill-tempered moments, say sharper things than "That is just like Antoine. He is as romantic daily fell from the lips of the once good and sentimental as you, Bessie; and he acts up humoured Melanie, on the slightest provocation. to it, too; for he quarrelled with his uncle, who The others at first pitied, and tried to soothe wanted him to marry some rich woman or other ; her; but growing at length weary of her but he would not, because he said he loved me, gloomy, impracticable moods, they either totally and that therefore it would be wrong. This was neglected, or teazed and annoyed her. Zelie some time ago; and as soon as ever he found tried in the most delicate, kind manner to al. M. Delfosse had broken off our half-engagement, leviate her sorrows : but she refused all sym- he came to Lyons and entreated me to promise pathy and the aid which in her rare leisure to become his wife, then and there I believes moments Zelie constantly offered, in teaching only of course it was no use listening to such the younger children. Her health gave way folly; and he wanted me to stay with his mother she grew sallow and thin, and constant head while he was in Algeria. He means to distin. ache made the labour of teaching almost insup- guish himself there, and get made colonel portable. She would sometimes let me- -whom quietly he says; but he is much more likely to she suffered near her more than any one-take get shot himself than to do anything of the sort. the book and hear the stammered lessons, while Oh, it is all very miserable!". she rested her throbbing temples on her desk ; I could not quite forgive Melanie for not rebut the moment Zelie approached she would turning her cousin's affection more warmly, and start up, and begin scolding and haranguing with being so exceedingly accurate in her calculations the utmost vehemence. And yet Melanie's lot of how many francs of annual income were eswas not barder than the one Zelie had borne sential to wedded happiness. The description with so much patience and sweetness; nor was I made her afterwards give me of Antoine the rich consolation of the undivided love of one pleased me greatly. Victor was a great favourite faithful heart denied to her, either.
of mine; but there was something chivalrous One holiday afternoon, all the girls, with and gallant about this young man that interested Madame and the teachers, had gone down to my imagination more, and I pleaded his cause the beach, no one remaining but Melanie (who to Melanie with all my youthful skill. She was suffering from a slight indisposition) and really did love him; but her mind was so imbued myself, who had obtained permission to bear with the love of wealth, and the distinction her company. When it grew cool, I persuaded it could procure for her, that it seemed her to leave the German lesson she had to have left no place for a deeper sentibeen trying to master, for the next day, and ment. Hers was a generous and impulsive, but come out to our favourite place under the great utterly undisciplined, nature; she had been kind walnut-tree; and there she repeated, over and and good-humoured as long as life went smoothly over again for the twentieth time, the story of with her, and nothing occurred to cross her will her misfortunes. Her father's sudden death, or humiliate her pride; but now she gave way to caused almost entirely by distress of mind, the most disproportionate regret at the loss of weighed, as may be imagined, very heavily on the frivolous distinctions of dress, ornaments,&c., her heart ; and her stepmother's unkindness and which she formerly possessed, and having deher miserable change of prospects, all were gone stroyed by her gloom and temper her influence over and dwelt upon. But,” said I, at length, over her companions, resented bitterly their de“ did every one forsake you in your sorrow? did sertion of her. no one love you as before?"
At Christmas Melainie received an invitation “Yes," she said, in a low voice, “there was to spend a week with a friend and distant conone loved me still, and even more than before; nection of her mother's, who had lately taken a or at least with more hope; because, as I was told, country house not far from B- The prospect I was to have married M. Delfosse--at least it of a dance and a little gaiety completely restored was always understood that he was to be my Melanie's spirits for the time. She chatted and husband, only he drew back and married Agnes laughed with the others, and seemed quite like Malines, as soon as he found I was penniless." her old self, till an unhappy chill was given to
“Who was it?" asked I. “Oh, Melanie, I her exuberant spirits on the examination of her am so glad !"
wardrobe, so scanty now to what it had formerly