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talent for conversation has an extraordinary value for the common, everyday uses of life. Let one who has this gift enter iuto a social circle anywhere. How every one's face brightens at his entrance. How soon he sets all the little wheels in motion, encouraging the timid, calling out unostentatiously the resources of the reserved and shy, subsidizing the facile, and making everybody glad and happy.

“Educated men, beyond all others, should settle it as a clear duty to learn how to talk well in compiny. Conversation is an art. But it is an art which can be acquired, and depend upon it, no acquisition gives a surer or more ample return for the amount of effort needed."

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This art of conversation is even more necessary for educated women, because it is their province to teach it in its best style, and make it the vehicle of home happiness, as well as of social enjoyment.

Another requirement of “educated men" is the duty of cultivating good manners, a section that should be carefully studied by the young of both sexes. of this winning accomplishment the author truly says: “ Men and women, in extreme old age, have been known to possess a sweet, attractive grace, an actual fascination, which the young could by no means equal."

As an illustration of the perfect “Charm of Manners," which gives beauty to the plainest face, and teaches words and ways of pleasing to the most ignorant, the eloquent writer introduces this touching episode :

Campbell among the best of our American poetesses. The thoughts and the language are truly poetical, and ihe melodious flow of the rhythm is quite remarkable. The work is dedicated to a child, but our readers must not be misled by the unassuming way in which it is issued into the world, that it is childlike reading. It will no doubt be enjoyed by children for the tender and touching story it recounts; but a mature mind is requisite to estimate its merits and appreciate its exquisite beauties. Wa give one stanza:

“Thus passed thoy to the pleasant land ;*

Around their path way shone
The starry lilies of the field;

Whilo all the night was strown
With stars (as lilies pure and pale!)

To light the wanderers on." Such is the native poetry our children may read now, written by one of the gifted and graceful mothers of our land; and issued from the press of Philadelphia* in a style of beauty and perfectness equal to the best London fashion. This is now.

Let us turn back two hundred and thirty years, and look at a picture of THEN.

TAE FIRST POETRY WRITTEN IN AMERICA. The following facts were taken from the archives of the Historical Society, Boston :

Soon after our forefathers landed at Plymouth some of the people went out into a field where Indian women were picking strawberries, and observed several cradley hung upon the boughs of trees, with the infants fastened upon them, a novel and curious sight to any Enropean. A gentle breeze sprang up, and waved the cradles to aud fro. A young inan, one of the party, peeled off a piece of bark, and wrote the following, which has been repeated thousands of times by thousands of American matrons, very few of whom ever knew or cared for its origin“Lul-a-by baby upon the tree top; When the wind blows, the cradle will rock; When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, And down will come cradle, and baby, and all."

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“There lives at this moment, in the town of New Hartford, Connecticut, in a small, unpainted house by the roadside, some two miles from the village, a poor woman, by the name of Chlog LANKTON, bedridden with an incurable disease. For twenty-seven years she has lain in that humble apartment, unable to rise or to be removed, the subject of continnal bodily pain, and, at times, of such excruciating pain as to make her continued life almost a continued miracle. Her father, her mother, her four sisters, have successively died before her eyes and been carried out to their long home. She has been for many years left alone in the world, with no means of support but that which occasional and unmolicited charity has sent her, and with no stated companionship but that of a common, hired domestic. Yet the grace of God has so wrought in the heart of that lone woman, that her very face is said to beam with angelic sweetness, and all who go to see her come away charmed, as if they had been to visit the abode of a princess. Young people for miles around visit her, not in the spirit of compassion, but for the pleasure they find in her companionship. The very children troop to her abode to show her all their latest treasures, and no new dress, or doll, or knife, or kite, is thought quite complete, till it has had the approval of their dearest contidant and friend. What has given this lone invalid such power to captivate and charm both old and young ? Nothing but the Spirit of the living God, working in her a heavenly sweetness of character, that finds a natural expression in all lovely and beautiful ways."

FAMILY READING AND CHILDREN'S LIBRARIES.-In our January number we named " Agnes and the Little Key," said to be written by Rev. Dr. Adams, of Boston. We have been requested to give some notice of the work, which we shall do next month. In the mean time we commend the other books by the same author, “Bertha and her Baptism," and "Catherine." The publishers, J. E. Tilton & Co., Boston, have all the works of this popular clergy man on their “ Trade List." The best way of selecting books for home libraries is this--write to booksellers for circulars, and you will fiud that the titles of the books and names of the authors will give you a general idea of the character of the work; and the price is marked. We give this explanation as a reply to many letters from our readers, asking such information.

JAMES MUNROE & Co., Boston, publish many valuable works. “Hudson's Edition of Shakopcare" is one of these-11 vols., $1 per volume-which we noticed as they appeared. It is a very excellent edition, as our friend, Mrs. M, will find. These publishers issne all the works of Miss Planche, which are delightful reading for children; also many of Mary Howitt's books.

NOW AND THEN.

We have just received from a dear friend, Mrs. Juliet TI L. Campbell, a copy of her beautiful poem, Legend of the Infancy of Our Saviour: A Christmas Carol.

This charining production places the name of Mrs.

* J. B. Lippincott & Co., publishers.

A NEW WAY OF CONTRIBUTING TO WOMAN'S

MISSION.*

Miss S. J. HALE's BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL FOR Young LADIES, 1826 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

This school is designed to give a thorough and liberal English education, to furnish the best facilities for acquiring the French language, and the best instruction in music and the other accomplishments. The moral training and the health and physical development of the scholars are carefully attended to.

References : Mrs. Emma Willard, Troy, N. Y.; Henry Vethake, LL.D., Wm. B. Stevens, D. D., Wm. H. Ashhurst, Esq., Louis A. Godey, Esq., Philadelphia; Charles Hodge, D. D., Princeton, N. J.; and others.

We have, during the past year, received many letters from ladies residing in different sections of our wide land, expressing deep sympathy with this Christian effort, and regretting that they had not money to give. To these friends, and to all young ladies in particular, we say, if you have no money, give the work of your bands; English ladies do this. The women of Great Britain bave had a society similar to ours in successful operation for twenty-seven years. The managers are among the noble and intelligent ladies of England. Their Report for 1860 gives two hundred and twelve schools for girls and little children in Heathendom, now supported by that Christian Women's Union. The amount paid last year to sustain these schools was over $25,000, of which sum upwards of $17,000, or more than two-thirds of the whole, was obtained from the sale of needle-work and fancy articles, sent as contributions by those who could not so well give money.

This is our new way of contributions. Ladies who desire to aid us can do so effectually by sending any of the articles enumerated below. Any lady who wants information may in her letter incloso a stamp (three cents), and she shall have the Reports.

The following is a list of useful articles best adapted for sule abroad to aid Woman's Mission in Heathen Lands:

Infants' long frocks, open behind.
Children's caps, cockades, gloves, and socks.
Bags embroidered in silk or beads.
Lambs-wool shawls, knitted or netted.
Baby blankets, knit or crochet.
Boys' frocks or coats of Jean or good print.
Boys'collars; dolls, prettily but not fapcifully dressed.
Gentlemen's shirt fronts, slippers, and socks.
Simple morning caps, trimmed with ribbon.
Good pen-knives, pen-wipers, table-mats.

White mousseline de laine and French merino frocks for children.

Also pieces of de laine, chintz, etc.; enough to make an infant's dress.

Berlin wool and canvas.
Pons, pencils, copy-books, needles, and cotton.
Rug-needles and netting-needles.
Ladies' collars; shirt-collars for gentlemen.
Remnants of chintz or silk, for bags.
Remnants of mull or Jaconet, for girls' spencers,

Colored pocket-handkerchiefs and ganze or muslin scarfs.

Pieces of gauze or satin ribbon, especially white satin, for cap strings.

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. --The following articles are accepted: “The Autumn Winds"-"Our Babe''-“Ululume"-"Dirge of the Beautiful" -“The Voices"“Nellie'-"The Young Lady's Ideal"-"The Poet's Dream"-"One only Daughter" – and “ Across the Hills."

We have a long list of pieces that we must decline; some of these are worth publishing ; but our drawers are full of MSS. We really cannot accept poetry unless of the highest merit; our young friends must send their effusions to the newspapers, and spare us the regret of refusal. We have no room for the following: “The roses are blooming''

'_“Under the Maple" (shows real genius)—“Song''-"The Fray'--"Letter to the Editor" -"Sonnet”—“They tell me that I shall forget”-“Qur Child"-"Lenlele''-"Falsehood"-"The two Lovers" -" The Tribute" etc.-"Have Faith"'-“Friendship"“ Voices" and the other poem-“We would not meet"“Our Patriot Heroes slain"-"Sighs"-"Annie Clyde" -"Shooting the Girl I love"-"The Adopted Son"“My little Brother”-“Elegies''-"Musa''-" Treason" -"Mount Vernon''-“ First Love"-"My Idol"_"Impromptu"-"Hope"-"The World deceives us"-"My Soldier" -“Adieu, gentle friend" -“Words without meaning''-and “The Wanderer."

We have many MSS. still on hand for examination,

The author of " Weary" and "Quiet Changes" will oblige us by writing and giving her address in fulltown, county, and State.

C. L. E.-Charade received. Should like to be favored with another. How are we to address the Book ?

Health Department.

BY JNO. STAIN BACK WILSON, M.D.

IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS ABOUT CHILDR EX. The Repose of Children should not be interrupted.The natural instincts and dispositions of babyhood are too little regarded by many mothers. There is no kind of regularity as to hours of repose, feeding or nursing, or anything else. The little sleeper is aroused from his slumbers, becanse, forsooth, the mother imagines that it is hungry and must have nourishment; as if & child would sleep soundly when suffering for the want of food. Or, perchance, it is convenient for the mother to nurse her child just now; and therefore she ruthlessly disturbs its repose, saerificos its comfort, and renders it peevish and fretful for the remainder of the day; and all that she may gratify some little whim, make some useless fashionable call, or visit some place of amusement. Again, a visitor comes in, and of course she must look at "the little thing's" eyes, or see it smile; and forth with it is dragged from the cradle, and its

Knit hoods for children, brown holland pinafores, and black silk aprons.

SUBSCRIPTIONS.-We have had only a few names to record for 1862; still, we have promises of more, and wait in hope. For this month we have

Miss E. Augusta Higgins, Somerville, Mass., $1.
Mrs. Laura Lizzie Woodbury, Natick, Mass., $1.

(The last name should have appeared in November, but was accidentally omitted.)

* The union of Ladies of all evangelical denominations in America to send single women as missionarios to heathen women. We also employ native Bible-wo. men, when such are found competent. Our Philadelphia Society has already provided funds for four of these teachers to the heathen women. Soe January number of the Lady's Book, page 93.

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low diet, the hot foot-bath, and cloths wet in warm or cold water to the ear; using them warm or cold according to the degree of relief. The ear should be gently and frequently syringed out with warm water. The laudanum, etc. prescribed above, may also be used to allay the pain. These remedies failing, a small blister behind the ear will generally have a happy effect. But if prompt relief is not obtained, the services of a physician should be procured, as the inflammation is sometimes deep-seated, and is not unattended with danger.

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Literary Notices.

Books BY MAIL.-Now that the postage on printed matter is so low, we offer our services to procure for our subscribers or others any of the books that we notice, Information touching books will be cheerfully given by inclosing a stamp to pay return postage.

When ordering a book, please mention the name of the publisher.

sweet slumbers broken. But what a sad disappointment generally. Nature rebels at such unreasonable treatment; and the "little thing," instead of softly cooing like a dove, yells like a young catamount; and instead of the smiling face, and gently beaming eyes, the fond mother is horrified by features distorted with pain and anger.

Mothers who thus manage are equally unreasonable as to the time of getting an infant to sleep. Whenever it suits their convenience for the little one to sleep, sleep it must, whether it wants to do so or not. Nature, regular habits, the future welfare of the child, and the happiness of the mother, must all yield to present convenience, and sleep is induced by rocking or drugging; in any way, by fair means or by foul.

Children raised after this fashion, will inevitably become soured in their dispositions; their crying and fretfalness will be a source of constant annoyance; and, in all probability, their physical health will become seriously impaired from the unnatural interruptions of the regular and harmonious operations of the system, and from the perturbation caused by the frequent excitement of the moral feelings. We are creatures of habit. All the vital processes are carried on by rule, and with clockwork regularity. It follows, then, that regular habits are the best safeguards of health, and conversely-that a disregard of the regular workings of the animal economy must result in derangement of the whole machinery. Children, therefore, should be eariy trained to regular habits; to regularity not only in hours of sleeping, but in eating, and everything else that can be made to conform to rule. It is much easier to train children thus than many imagine; because regularity is naturalis the liv ; while want of regularity is at war with nature-is, in short, an uphill business which must be carried through with great tribulation. And yet most people seem to think children have no regular habits, neither can have any. The notions of these people may be illustrated by the example of a certain Georgia swain who made a declaration of love to a young lady, rather precipitately, and without sufficient acquaintance. When called upon to define his position in society, and his circumstances, he said that his position could be satisfactorily established, but as to his circumstances, he “did not have any.” This is the category in which most persons place children-they have no habits; and the majority of those who manage them seem to think that it is impossible to train a child to any kind of regularity in early life. If not in early life, when? Is it easier to bend an oak than a reed ?

Earache from disordered stomach and bowels should be treated by proper diet, the warm bath, and the other remedies already prescribed in such cases.

Simple nenralgia of the ear, or common earache, can almost always be relieved thus: Take fifteen or twenty drops of sweet oil; warm it over a candle; then add five drops of laudanum; pour the mixture into the ear, and close the opening with a piece of wool. Steaming the ear over a hot brick will also often give relief; and the hot foot-bath will prove a valuable auxiliary to any other remedies that may be used. We have seen it stated somewhere that a few drops of sulphuric ether in the ear, or the vapor of ether blown into it, will give almost instant relief. The remedy is safe, and may be tried.

Earache from indammation will manifest itself by redness of the affected part, and pain on pressure. This form shoul be treated by purges of Epsom salts,

VOL. LXIV.-34

From T. B. PETERSON & BROTHERS, Philadelphia:

CHARLES O'MALLEY: the Irish Dragoon. By Charles Lever. This is the first of a series of Lever's Military Novels about being issued by the Messrs. Peterson. The cover, in blue, red, and gold, displays a fine original design. “Charles O'Malley” is a work too well known to need comment of any sort. Price 50 cents.

THE BROKEN ENGAGEMENT: or, Speaking the Truth for a Day. By Mrs. Emma D. E. N. South worth. This novelette is an amusing story with a profitable moral. The hero, Joseph Morriss, is challenged by his friend, Harry Blewitt, to speak nothing but the truth for a single week, warning him if he accepts the challenge, that before the end of the week he will lose his employment, be discarded by his sweetheart, disinherited by his uncle, and put in a lupatic asylum as a madman. Morriss, incredulous as to the result of simple truth, undertakes to deal in that article alone for the prescribed time; and it happens that all his friend predicted takes place before the close of the first day. However, it does not turn out so badly for the truthteller after all, But what the sequel is, we leave our friends to learn for themselves; as we do not like to spoil a story by revealing the end of it. Price 25 cents.

THE FLOWER OF THE PRAIRIE. By Gustave Aimard, author of "The Indian Scout," "The Trapper's Daughter," "Gold Finders," etc. A story of life in the West, descriptive of adventures among, and warfare with, the Indians. The hero, a Count, falls in love with a young Indian girl named Prairie Flower, and after serious strife with hostile relations and jealous lovers, succeeds in winning her affection and marrying her. Price 50 cents.

From J. B. LIPPIXCOTT & Co., Philadelphia:

LEGEND OF THE INFANCY OF OUR SAVIOUR. A Christmas Carol. By Mrs. Juliet H. L. Campbell. This charming poem must win the love of all who read it. See notice in Editors' Table, page 403. This little book is a great work of woman's genius in union with her piety.

From J. C. GARRIGUES, Philadelphia:

MISTAKES OF EDUCATED MEN. By John $. Hart, LL. D., Editor of the Sunday School Times, and late Principal of the PI

Sehool. 12no, muslin, gilt, price 50 cents; paper covers, 25 cents. We have noticed this book in the Editors' Table, page 402. It deserves a double notice.

From CHARLES SCRIBNER, New York, through J. B. LIPPINCOTT & Co., Philadelphia :

DINAH. A romance, published anonymously, the author of which we hardly think the public will take the trouble to inquire about. It sparkles with origi. nality and humor, but the effect of the whole is spoiled by a certain affected smartness in style, which degene. rates into flippancy, accompanied by a want of perspicuity. Some passages and descriptions are very fine. The heroine, Dinah or Diana is well and delicately drawn, but the other characters are either too shadowy or distorted to stand in harmonious relation with her. Price $1 25.

THE UPRISING OF A GREAT PEOPLE. The United States in 1861. From the French of Count Agénor de Casparin, By Mary L. Booth. This is a new edition of the work by the same title, published at the commencement of our political difficulties. This edition has been revised and corrected by its author, and contains an addition to the original work, under the title of " A Word of Peace," treating on the differences between England and the United States. Price 75 cents.

From HARPER & BROTHERS, New York, through PETERson & BROTHERS, Philadelphia:

PILGRIMS OF FASHION 4 Novel By Kinahan Cornwallis. What the title of this book has to do with the story we have not been able to discover. The book itself is a wishy-washy affair, which might not unreasonably be taken as a volume of genealogy, as it opens with an extended account of the father, followed by one of the daughter, then the grandson, and so on, until before the close of the book is reached, the representative of the sixth generation is introduced. For more than half the volume the reader is left in blissful ignorance of what it is all about; when it is finally discovered to be a romantic history of the Yelverton marriage case; the heroine of the former dying, according to the legitimate manner of heroines in poetry and romance, instead of remaining on this mundane sphere to go through the matter of fact performance of bringing her wrongs before a court of justice to be righted. Price $1 00.

PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY. A Treatise specially Designed for Young Men. By John S. C. Abbott, author of "The Mother at Home," " Life of Napoleon," " History of the French Revolution," etc. This book is divided into a number of chapters treating of various religious subjects, among them “The Resurrection," “The Evidences of Christianity," "The Reasonableness of Christianity," and others of equal interest and import. It is a volume that will attract the attention of the seriously disposed, and will unquestionably be the means of much good. Price 75 cents.

From RUDD & CARLTON, New York, through T. B. PETERSON & BROTHERS, Philadelphia :

FORT LAFAYETTE: or, Love and Secession. A Novel. By Benjamin Wood. This book, from the pen of the lato editor of the New York Daily News, will doubtless be the object of some curiosity in the literary world. Its title sufficiently explains its subject. As a controversial work it exhibits the peculiar political opinions of the author with a certain ability; as a novel it is dry. Price $1 00.

THE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOR THE SOLDIER. An Elementary Work on Military Tactics, in Question and Answer. By Capt. W. W. Van Ness. This is the first of a series, explaining in a clear and comprehensive manner every principle, movement, and evolution made in military tactics. The work is made to conform to the present army regulations, and is arranged expressly for use in schools and military institutions. A most valuable companion for the soldier. Price 60 cents.

From A. J. Davis & Co., New York, through PETERBON & BROTHERS, Philadelphia:

THE HARBINGER OF HEALTH ; containing Medical Prescriptions for the Human Body and Mind. By Andrew Jackson Davis. This book contains some valuable information, and a great deal of sensible advice. Its prescriptions for disease ignore drugs, and consist principally of directions concerning diet, exercise, habits, etc. The author is also a warm advocate of magnetism, aud indulges at some length in a disquisition upon its philosophy. The book is somewhat tinctured with the peculiar ideas of which he is the well-known promul. gator, but throwing this aside, its matter is plain, practical, and full of common sense. Price $100.

From TICKNOR & Fields, Boston, throngh W. P. HAZARD, Philadelphia:

JOHN BRENT. By Theodore Winthrop, author of " Cecil Dreeme. This is the second volume, published posthumously, by the late Major Winthrop, which confirms what the public discovered upon the production of his previous work, that the literature of our country sustained an irreparable loss in the death of this talented young man. The style is fine, without being finical, some of the descriptions are surpassingly excellent, and the characters tolerably well drawn. The chie incidents are made to occur on the overland route betwer California and the Eastern States, and one of the main characters, if not the hero is-a horse, one of the noblest specimens of his kind, seemingly almost possessed of human attributes. Price $1 00.

Godey's Irm-Chair.

GODEY POR APRIL.—“Ask for it, Nanny," is one of our very pretty series of plates. We have a goodly store of first-class engravings on hand, which our subscribers will receive as the months roll on.

To our Fashion-plate in this number we ask particular attention-we mean our colored one; for, in real beauty and variety, even we have never equalled it. It contains seven figures. We have also another extension Fashion. plate, containing five additional spring fashions; in fact, this number abounds in articles for spring.

Brodie, of New York, favors us with two engravings this month-front and back view of “The Valencian."

Spring costumes for children are also given.

Portrait and costume of the Prince Royal of France, we also give, that our subscribers may see how the visage and dress of the heir of France looks.

There will be found in this number nineteen full-length fashions for spring ; this, with twenty-one given in the first spring month, March, makes forty in all. Certainly four times as many given by any other magazine, and a great variety, from which our subscribers may certainly be able to choose something that will suit them.

“An April Shower" is certainly an appropriate engraving for this month.

OUR MUSICAL COLUMN. ALL the music of the season appears to have been crowded into the last month or two. With opera, concert, soiree, and first class private entertainments, we have been quite overcome. February brought with it the redoubtable Max Maretzek, and the Natali sisters of Philadelphia, the story of whose capture by the brigands of Mexico torns out to be a pretty fiction. The arrivals also numbered Gottschalk, and the Grand Opera Troupe, the former of whom has been playing as well with a lame hand as he formerly did with a sound one. Mas. ter Rice, a pupil of our fellow citizen, Carl Wolfsohn, has been concerting. The Saturday afternoon concerts continue crowded. The Old Folks, returned from London, have also been with us, Mrs. Nichols appearing in a court dress, once worn by Queen Elizabeth. And Sanford, always up to fun in a musical way, has been burlesquing them and every one else at his comical establishment down Eleventh St.

New Sheet Music for Piano.-We again have a large, varied, and excellent list of entirely new music, never before named in this Column, to enumerate to our friends. We will cheerfully purchase and forward to any address any of these pieces on receipt of price; orders to be sent to J. Starr Holloway, Philadelphia.

Songs and Ballads, from the press of Root and Cady, Chicago : Dream on, Lillie ; pretty song by G. F. Root. My Heart is Like a Silent Lute; with a novel and pleasing accompaniment. The Vacant Chair; suggested by an incident in the war. Home Far Away; arranged from Flotow, also by Mr. Root. Nellie Lost and Found; a touching song and chorus. Our Captain's Last Words. Song of the Egyptian Girl. Death Song of the Robin. Mine Own, answer to the favorite song, Call Me Pet Sames. Price of each 25 cents.

For 50 cents, Parting Song, by Freitag, for four female voices. Beautiful cantata of considerable length.

Polkas, waltzes, etc., from the same press; Fairy Polka, redowa, a fine composition by A. J. Vaas, 25 cents. The Lafner, waltz by Otto, 25. The Rogers Schottische, 25. Skating Polka, embellished with fine skating scene, 40. General Fremont's March, with equestrian portrait, 40. Hope Mazourka, by Klingeman, 30; Delusion, Mazourka Characteristique, by the same, 30; both fine practising pieces. Blanche, Valse Melodieuse, 40; Rosebud, Polka Rondo, 40; Marrie, Polka Mazourka, 40; these three are by Wollen haupt, and are beautiful compositions. Faribol, 35; La Gaillarde, 40; these are two exquisite Morceaus de Genre, by Theo. Hagen. Revere, by the same, 50 cents; a brilliant and beautitul composition. Polka Gracieuse, by W. Mason, 12 pages, 60 cents, a splendid composition.

Skating Quadrille, by Vaas, with moonlight skating scene, a beautiful and seasonable piece, 50 cents.

Enchantress Schottische, by Vaas, embellished with brilliantly colored title page, 50 cents. Root and Cady publishers.

Colonel Ellsworth's Galopade, with portrait. Price 50 cents. H. P. Danks, publisher, Cleveland.

Tom, If You Love Me, Say So. A lively, saucy ballad by Mr. Danks, sung with great success by Ossian E. Dodge. 25 cents.

Meet Me Beneath the Willow, same composer. 25 cents.

This is the finest list we have yet published. All orders and musical communications to be addressed to Philadelphia, to

J. STARR HOLLOWAY.

SCIENCE OF DRESS-CUTTING. Did any of our readers ever suffer the tortures of dresscutting by the old-fashioned method ? Did they ever obtain possession, after long and patient waiting, of a handsome and coveted pattern for a silk dress, and, putting themselves into the hands of a dress-maker in whom they had not entire confidenco, submit to be pinned up in a newspaper, and, in terror and torture, gagged here and there, 'under the pretence of being “cut out?" Doubtless they have, and must remember the cramped armhole, the flattened, compressed bust, the straight waist, without curve or line, which the self-satisfied modiste flattered herself was such an excellent "fit."

Some such experiences as these, and the conviction that scientific and mechanical rules could be applied to the human figure with better chances of success than an uncertain and indefiuite method, whose grace and beauty of form depended entirely on individual taste, originated Madame Demorest's model of foss-cutting, a system which is founded absolutely on scientific principles, which is as accurate and unfailing as the art of tbe photographer, which is easily comprehended by a child who knows its letters, and the signs of numerals can be adapted to all the changes and caprices of fashion, and enables any lady possessing a model to make her own dresses perfectly, without the trouble or necessity of “fitting," which always forms an insuperable obstacle. We will now proceed to give some very plain directions for the use of the model, premising that the first measure should be taken by some other person than the one for whom the dress is intended; the number of inches for shoulder, length and size of waist, etc., having been ascertained, can be used, of course, on all future occasions.

HOW TO USE THE MODEL. Lay on the table a large sheet of stiff white or brown paper, and upon it lay the model; have ready a card or a slip of paper, and pencil; and then, taking a tape ineasure in the thumb and forefinger of your left hand, make the person to be measured stand straight up, with her back toward you.

Commence by placing the end of the tape at the bone of the neck, bringing it down under the right arm, closely, and round up over the top of the shoulder, until it meets at the same point where it begun.

Now mark down the number of inches, say twentyfour, for the shoulder.

Hold the tape to the same place again, and measure down the length of waist, allowing half an inch for what it will take up in making.

Mark that down, also, say fifteen and a half inches.

Now place the measure across the fullest part of the bust, drawing it round under the arms loosely, so as to give freedom to the chest, and allowing an inch for padding, if it is desirable.

Mark down the number of inches, say thirty-seven and a hall, for the bust measure.

Last, take the measure tightly round the waist-most people like to feel the support of some slight compression there; and then mark down the number of incher, twenty-three for the waist, and you will find yourself possessed of the following table :

No. of inches. 1. Shoulder measure

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2. Length of Waist .

154
3. Bust measure
4. Size round the Waist

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