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OUE MUSICAL COLUMN.

All the music of the season appears to have heen 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 Natal i sisters of Philadelphia, the story of whose capture by the brigands of Mexico turns 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. Master Rico, a pupil of our fellow citizen, Carl Woifsohn, 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 Late; 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 .fames. Price of each 23 cents.

For 60 cents, Parting Song, by Freitag, for four female voices. Beantlful 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 Schottischc, 25. Skating Polka, embellished with fine skating scene, 40. General Fremont's March, with equestrian portrait, 40. Hope Mazourka, by Klingeman, 30; Delusion, Mazourka Characterise que, by the same, 30; both fine practising pieces. Blanche, Valse Melodicuse, 40; Rosebud, Polka Rondo, 40; Marrie, Polka Mazourka, 40; these three are by Wollenhaupt, 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 beautitnl composition. Polka Gracieuse, by W. Mason, 12 pages, GO cents, a splendid composition.

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

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

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

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

Meet Me Beneath the Willow, same composer. 23 cents.

This Is the finest list we have yet published. All orders and musical communications to be addressed to Philadelphia, to J. Stake Holloway.

SCIENCE OF DRESS-CUTTING.

Did any of our readers ever suffer the tortures of dreescuttlng by the old-fashioned method? Did they ever obtain possession, after long aud 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 confidence, submit to be pinned up in a newspaper, and, in terror and torture, gagged here and thore, 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 bo applied to the human figure with better chances of success than an uncertain and indefinite method, whose grace and beauty of form depended entirely on individual taste, originated Madame Demorest's model of ' "-'-"-cutting, a system which is founded absolutely on scientific principles, which Is as accurate and unfailing as the art of the 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 measure 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 half, 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 inches, twenty-three for tho waist, and you will find yourself possessed of the following table:—

No. of inches.

1. Shoulder measure 24

2 Length of Waist M»f

3. Bast measure 37>£

4. Size round the Waist 23

This is an exact and well-proportioned measurement

for a good-sized, full-developed person.

Now examine the model which lies on the sheet of paper before you (the diagram which accompanies these instructions will answer just as well for the purposes of Illustration), and note the figures, which commence at 20, as the smallest size, and 31, which is set down as the largest. With the pencil make a dot through the holes in the chart on the paper, at each number, marked twenty-four, aud also at the bottom of the back, through the hole left for that purpose. These dots will carry you across the lines for the neck, shoulders, arm-size, and arm-beam, as indicated in the engraving ; then, with

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your tape measure ascertaining the accurate length of waist, you may draw a straight line across, and the oaefc part of the body is sufficiently defined to cut out a correct paper pattern. You may draw lines from dot to dot, to enable you to cut It more accurately, as indicated in the following engraving:—

For the front- use the same No. 24, make a dot on the paper through the holes in the model at each twentyfour in the same way as for the back, and you will have an outline for the neck, shoulders, arm-size, and under the arm. Now obtain the front seam, and the easiest

way to do it is to double the bust measure (37}4 Inches), and take off the measure of the back from one-half, then lay the balance across the bust, aud draw the line straight down. To get the length of the waist, rest the pencil on the point under the arm, and sweep a line round, to the highest point on the shoulder; this will make a straight waist; if it requires to be pointed, draw the line to the middle hole in the neck of the chart, between the shoulder and the front, and if it wants to be very deeply pointed, to 4he lowest hole in the neck, directly in front.

To find out the quantity to be taken up In gores, take half the waist measure, subtract from It the size across the back, and take up the difference in the gores or "dart" seams. If the waist is slender, divide the surplus into three darts, if not, two will be sufficient. The first dart should be about oue Inch and a quarter from the line of the front, at a slope of two and a half inches. Get the size of the second dart seam, and then draw a line parallel between the first and second, three-quarters

of an inch in width, so also the third; If three are taken, use the curved end of the rule (which accompanies the model) to point the dart seams, and then cut out your pattern exactly in the outside line drawn. Lay the dart seams together, and slope them off to a point, and the pattern will be complete.

It will be seen that the pattern allows for no turning! In, the size of these being left optional with the individual, who can allow more or less, as she pleases, la cutting out the lining.

The models of Dress-cutting, with full instructions, are furnished at $1 each, or (6 per dozen; and are sent by mail, postage free, on receipt of price. For which address Madame Demorest, 473 Broadway, New York.

In some future number we propose to furnish fall directions for cutting children's dresses by Madame Demorest's children's dress chart.

We commence. In this number, " Eastern Rambles aod Reminiscences," with engravings. The portion now given is particularly interesting, as it contains "The Ground Plan of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem." This series of articles we commend to our readers.

Messrs. J. E. Tii.tok & Co., Boston, publish the following choice card photographs:—

A new copy from the original painting of T. Buchanan Read, Esq., of Prof. Longfellow's children, in card form, for the album.

Also photographs of Darley's celebrated painting of "The Courtship of Miles Standish." Also,

Whittior's "Barefoot Boy," and Miss H. F. Gould's "Little Match Girl," companion pictures, painted by C Swain.

Also the popular pictures of Barry's " Rector's Ward,"

Longfellow's "Hiawatha's Wooing,"

Longfellow's "Evangeline,"

Guldo's "Beatrice Cenci,"

Barry's "Mand Muller."

Also a great variety of popular subjects, including all distinguished persons, American and European. They will send a list, if requested, and mail selected photographs for 25 cents each, post paid.

They manufacture a very nice album for the carte de vteite, some fifty styles, of improved patterns, which they claim to be the best and cheapest in the market

Rev. Edward C. Jones.—We hare received the Thirteenth Annual Report of this gentleman, which gives a detailed account of his ministerial labors as Chaplain of the Insane Hospital, at Blockley. Mr. Jones is engaged In a truly a c aud has devoted his best energies for years to the amelioration of the suffering class to whom Providence has measured out the bitter allotment of mental disease. We hope his faith fain ess will be rewarded by the sympathy and the substantial cooperation of our citizens, and that he may b* so sustained as to feel encouraged to devote, the rest of his life to a work in which he has been hitherto successful inahlga degree.

A CHARADE IN THREE ACTS.—HUMBUG.

BT BELPHBUOB.

Dramatis Persona.

Mays. Felix Lb Box, a virtuose.
Mr. Mottlb Mute.
Miss Josephine Fkomc.
Isabbllb, her cousin.

ACT I.—HUM-.

8cene, a Parlor. Enter Josephine and Isabbllb.' Isabelle. Well, Jo»e7, what great secret is it that you would impart to me?

Josephine. No secret at all, my dear cousin; it is a mere piece of harmless deception which I have concerted in honor of this great day. IsabtUe. What great day, Miss Mischief? Josephint. And do you pretend, Miss Serious, not to know that this is the First of April, or, as the children call it, "April Fool's Day."

IsabtUe. True enough! I had forgotten; and what atrocity are you about to perpetrate in its honor?

Josephine. "Lend a serious hearing," as Shakespeare says, and I will enlighten you. You have heard of, and perhaps Been, that curious old Frenchman who lives In the stone house about a mile from here. IsabtUe. Ton mean Mr. Le Bon. Josephine. Precisely! Well, I Intend to make Mr. Le Bon the subject of a joke. Isabelle. In what way?

JoseiMne, In this: You know he is what is styled a philosopher, a curiosity hunter, a geologist, a botanist, a—in fact, all that sort of that. Now I am going to invite him over here to examine a strange and unknown animal—a sort of diminutive " what is it."

IsabtUe. And where will you be able to obtain such an animal?

Josephine. You silly goose! I intend that Mr. Mute shall make it Don't you see tbo point of the joke?

Isabelte. Clearly! But don't you think it a piece of unwarrantable cruelty to make an old man walk the distance of a mile simply to be made a fool of?

Josephine. Notatali! He never stirs out of the house, so that a little exercise will do him no harm.

IsabtUe. Perhaps not. Bnt how will you manage to get him here? Josephine. Oh, I '11 send Mr. Mute to ask him over! Isabells. Mr. Mute! ha! ha! a Why, I never know Mr. Mute to say over three words at a time. He '11 never do!

Josephine. True! Poor Mute seldom can Journey beyond Yes, No, and Hum.

Isabelle. Yes, hum Is a favorite word with him. (Both laugh.)

Josephine. Poor Mute I 'tis too bad to laugh at him. Though his tongue never does run away with him he has the best heart in the world. I don't know what I should do without him. He runs all my errands, and does whatever I tell him. PoorMute! Bntlamafraid I '11 be obliged to send the Frenchman a note.

IsabtUe. That would be the better way. Write a note and Mute can take it. A

Josephine.. True! I wonder where he is. (Calling ) Mr. Mute? Mr. Mute?

r err, (To be spoken as though clearing the throat.) (Enter Mute ) Josephine. Mr. Mute, will you carry a letter for me? Jfule. Yes. Ho—ha-linm. Josephine. You know where Mr. Lo Bon lives?

Mute. Yes. Ho—ha—hum.

Josephine. Ail right so far. Now, Bella, assist me to compose a suitable note. Here are pens, ink, and paper. (They sit at table.) You don't mind waiting a few minutes, do you, Mr. Mute?

Jfule. No. Ho—ha—hum.

Josephine. Then, Bella, we '11 commence

ACT II.—BUG.

Scene—A Studio. Dried reptiles, birds, and oOier curiosities hanging up and lying around. Books on take andjtoor. Lb Bob seated in a large chair reading a ponderous volume. He mars a long dressing-gown.

Le Bon (taking off his spectacles and yawning.) Je suis fatlguit! I am very weary. I have read zo mooch Anglais zat I am ziek in ma head. Vat for soy write ze books in so Anglais? 'Tis to etoopead as I know not which. It grinds ze ear like so rusty key In ze lock. Oh, 'tis no like ze langne Francis. (A loud knockatthe door.) Eh! Who knock at ma door? I want nothing. (Another knock.) Stop zat rap rap I I can no link If r.o you do! (Anotherknock.) Grand Dleu! I shall have no ze door to ma room if it is always rap rap. (Another knock.) Parbleu! I shall go mat. Vero Is ma baton! Now—(takes stick, rises and opens door. ED T Le Bon seizes him, gives him a shaking, and threatens him with the stick.)

Le Bon. Vat for you rap rap at ma door, you rascale?

Mute. Letter. Ho—ha—hum.

Le Bon (taking Vie letter). Ah! Vy you no put him nnzer ze door? (Opens letter.) Let me look. (Reads)

Mr. Le Box—Dear Sir: I have now in my possession a rare and curious specimen of a bug, which I am desirous of having you examine. Please call this afternoon, and believe me to be Yours, etc.,

Josephine Frolic.

Eh! a strange a bug. Say, you man, vat is like?

Jfufe. Don't know. Ho—ha—I

Le Bon. Did you no zee it?

Mute. No. Ho—ha—hum.

Le Bon. Veil! zay I come.

Mute. A Ho—ha—hum.

Le Bon. Zo zangulairo man I nevare zee! You go.

Mute. Yes. Ho—ha—hum.

Le Bon. Go to ze debel viz your ho—ha—hum. (Exit Mute.) Ho go. Now tie bug; vat is him? She give no description, zo I can no tell. Strange bug! I must zee! I must have him I By gar! slio no geeve me him, I shall steal. Imnstgo! OCl est mon chapeau? Ah, I zee! Now mon habit est mon baton. Ver good I now! go. O zat grand bug! (Puts on his coat and hat and exits.)

ACT III—HUMBUG.

Scexb—o Parlor. Enter Josephine and Isabelle meeting.

Isabelle. How does our joke progress?

Josephine. As well as we could desire it. Mute has Just returned, and reports that the Frenchman will be here immediately. I hope you are prepared to receive him?

Isabelle. 0 yes! only I much fear that I will not be able to preserve my gravity.

Josephine. But you must. To laugh in an improper moment would ruin all. But you haven't seen the bug yet; come and take a look at it! (Exeunt.)

Enter Le Bon. Le Bon. I am here. 'Twas ver good I meet ze vaggon, or I vould have to valk zo far. Ib there no one? Ah, here comes Monsieur Hohahnm! (Enter Mcte.) Ver« is ze bug?

Mutt. Don't know. Ho—ha—hum.

Le Bon. How, you don't know? Ton know noting! Tell somebody I come. {Exit Mute.) Great Btoopeed man, Hohahum, bah!

(Enter Josephine and Isabelle.)

Josephine. My dear Mr. Lo Bon, how can I thank you sufficiently for this visit?

Le Bon. How you do? Yon have ze bug?

Josephine. Pray be seated; you have walked some distance.

Le Bon. No, I ride. Can I zee ze bug?

Josephine. You don't look well; you study too much.

Le Bon. Na, I stoody ver little. Is zo bug—

Josephine. You see, Mr. Le Bon, we have asked you here—

Le Bon. To zee ze bug.

Josephine. For the purpose of examining —

Le Bon. Yes, ze bug.

Josephine. A singular curiosity.

Le Bon. Yes, I know, ze bug. Vere yon got him?

Josephine. In an adjoining room. I shall now order it to be brought here. (Calls.) Mr. Mnte!

Enter Mute, xoith a wooden bug.

Josephine (taking bug /row. Mute, and giving it to Le Bon). Here, sir, is the most remarkable curiosity of the age.

Le Bon (putting on glasses). Eh! (Examines it carefully, then looks curiously from Josephine to Isabelle several times, they being liardly aUe to suppress their merriment.)

Josepliine. How do you like the bug, Mr. Lo Bon?

Le Bon. Diablo! Zls is no real bug, zis is—zis is von infernale humbug. (All laugh loudly.)

Le Bon.. Haw! yon laugh. Vat for is zis? You deceive a me! Yon make ze fool of me! By gar! vat you mean? (All laugh again.)

Le Bon. Eh! Mone. Hohahum, you laugh at me, you shackauapesl Y'ou rap rap at ma door, an' you laugh, eh! Take zat for your dena, (Seises him by Uie collar and shakes him.)

Josepliine. Restrain your anger for a few minutes while I explain.

Le Bon. Veil, explain!

Josephine. You see, sir, this 1« All Fool's Day.

Le Bon. Yes, I know; 'tis ze day for all ze fools like a yon, but 'tis no ze day for zo vise men like a me!

Josephine. And we thought we would amuse onrsolves—

Le Bon. By making von fool, von humbug of me. You have explain enough. I hear no more. Oh, disgrace! made ze humbug of by ze girls; evciybody laugh at me, I Bhall die. (R<islies out.)

Isabelle. Poor fellow! he takes It very much to heart.

Josephine. Yes, he does not appear to relish the idea of having been made a humbug.

Josephine. Mote. Ibabelie.

Cdrtain.

Postabe On The Ladt's Book. — Postage for three months, If paid in advance at the office where it is received, four and a half cents.

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JUVENILE DEPARTMENT.

Articles that Cltildren can mate for Fancy Ihirs, or far

Holiday Presents.

BABT'a BOOTS.

Materials.—White silk, and fine lilac embroidering sill.

These useful and elegant little boots are made of silk

or merino, wadded with tine flannel. The toeB are made

in one piece, the soles in another, the heels In another.

The soles are simply wadded and quitted; the fronts and heels are embroidered. The former have a double row of herring-bone all round them, and a small flower worked In satin-stich in the centre. The heels are merely herring-boned all round.

As theso shoes come up very high on the ankle, thev are extremely suitable for cold weather. Another very pretty baby's boot may be made of chamois leather, and decorated with beads. It is cut entirely in one piece, sewed up tho front, and gathered in rather at the toe. Many colored beads should trim it, in imitation of the American Iudian moccason.

TOILET PISCU8HIOH,

Cct out two rounds of pinked glazed calico, as large as you require, in the middle of which cut a small round hole, the size of a scent bottle, or small tumbler to hold flowers. Cut off a strip of the same, large enough to go round the outside, and the depth you require; then en! another shorter strip to go inside the small, round hole in tho middle. Take one of the two rounds, and sew the longest strip to it on the outside, the two ends together; then sew on the shorter strip round the small hole in the centre, doing the same with the ends as already described. Take the other round and sew it on to the little strip, doing it on the wrong side; then sew the outer part to the long strip on the right side, leaving enough open te put in the bran. Having procured this, put It in th» hole which is left, and All it up as far as possible, <»« sew over the hole ; make a cover for this in lace, cutting out one round, the long strip and short one, and sew them together as already described. Put on some law

outside, and some narrow quilled ribbon round the bottom of the pincushion, and at the top of the lace, also roaud the small hole in the middle, in which you can place a small smelling bottle, or a tumbler with flowers in.

Bi.itz At ma Academy. — The complimentary benefit to Blitz, tbe kin? of conjurers, brought into the Academy of Music more persons than ever before graced that edifice. Tbe bouse was crowded, the aisles were all full, and woyunderstaud that two thousand persons did not succeed in getting an entrance into the building. The performance went off well, and Blitz has reason to bo proud of tho vast array of his friends who greeted him on that happy evening.

Coal Oils.—We have received a very Interesting letter from Delphi, describing tbe death of Mrs. Elizabeth M. Bowman. She was burned to death by the explosion of a coaloil lamp. The writer wisbos us to make the fact known as a caution to those who use the coal oil. We have, for many months past, pointed out to our subscribers the dangor of using these inflammable oils. We could fill acolumn with notices of those who have met their deaths by the explosion of kerosene aud other coal oil lamps. The establishments of several of the proprietors of coal oil works have been destroyed by their own inflammable materials. The Fi>e-Warden of Philadelphia has cautioned tho public against their use, and the Insurance companies bave issued % manifesto against them. But what is the use of these cautions? Persons will go on using this oil, each one supposing that, of course, no accident cau happen to them. Oar informant also asks information how to render dresses incombustible? We have repeatedly furnished this necessary Information.

Hbad Ccshiows.—About a year since we published the first pattern given in this country of a bead cushion. Now hardly a house can be found that does not contain one or more of these useful articles. This shows how -wide spread is the influence of the Lady's Book.

Pewxt Wisb Aitd Pouju) Foolish.— Our terms are four copies for seven dollars. Some person, to "try it on," .-.-jit us six dollars for four copies, with orders to return tbe money If we would not send tho Book on thoso terras- Wo did return it, and the money was stolen from the mail Now how much was made by that transaction. Our terms are low, but they are positive.

PLAIN MODEL COTTAGES.

Designed expressly for Qodey's Lady's Book by Samuel Sloan, ArctiiUct,
Philadelphia.

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TriEEE designs are presented to show how much convenience may be obtained in the least possible space, and also to show how much more economical is the square than the parallelogram as a form for the small cottage.

The two elevations it will be seen represent different designs of the same house—one quite plain, the other more ornamental. The Internal arrangements are quite simple; the first floor containing four rooms, of which the living-room, B, is 11 by 20 feet. The other rooms, a parlor C, dining-room D, and kitchen E, are respectively 14 \>y 16, 14 by 18, and 10 by 12 feet.

The second floor contains four well lighted and well arranged chambers.

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