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A BABY'S BLANKET.

Materials.—One pound of 6-thread white fleecy and a pair of pint No. 8.

Cast on 180 stitches, knit 4 plain rows.

9th row. Knit 3, knit the next stitch without letting it off the left hand pin, *, knit this stitch again with the next, let off 1 from the left hand pin, repeat from * till within 3 of the end, knit 3.

6th. Knit 3, seam the next stitch without letting it off the left hand pin, *, seam this stitch again with the next, let off 1 from the left hand pin, repeat from *, at the end knit 3.

Repeat the 5th and 6th rows alternately, until you have made rather more than a square, then

knit four plain rows, and cast off, then cast on J stitches, *, knit 5 stitches, pull the 2nd laststiteh over the last 4 times, slip the remaining stitch on to the left hand pin, cast on 4 stitches, repeat from * till you hare done enough to go all round the blanket, sew it on rather easily, and full it a little at the corners; this completes the blanket. If more convenient to do a smaller piece of work, the blanket can be done in stripes, and joined afterwards, 45 stitches is each stripe, and joined either with tewing or single crochet.

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PERIODICALS, ftc.

The Animal World. (Partridge and Co., Paternoster Bow, London.)—We are fain to attribute to the success and circulation of this journal some portion of the active interest which is beginning to animate whole communities at home and abroad in favour of its objects, and those of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organ it is. During the past month we find that Shrewsbury has set an example to other provincial towns by establishing a branch office in connection with that in Jermyn-street, and the manner in which the principles of the society has been responded to by the mayor and leading persons of the town

five pleasant testimony that the cause of the rute creation which has so long groaned under the burden of man's inhumanity has at last obtained practical and wide-spread attention, which must result in incalculable benefit to these our humble fellow-creatures. Undoubtedly the grandest result of this publication will be the educating the feelings of the next and succeeding generations. Half the cruelty, nay, by far the greater part of the cruelty exhibited to the so-called dumb creatures, whose very powerlessness to complain makes such cruelty the greater, is the result of thoughtless ignorance and that customary contempt with which the unobserving and indifferent regard the whole animal world aside from that portion of it of which they form • part. Once render children sensitive to the pain they inflict, and enable them to read intelligibly the book of nature that lies outspread before them, and the world will grow the purer and the better for it. The anecdotes, the histories, the touching traits of faithfulness, sagacity, and affection in animals, which the pages of this journal contain, cannot but lead to these results, and enlarge young minds to the

fact that the very meanest insect has a claim to their mercy and consideration as a portion of that great whole of creation in which they themselves share.

Our space does not admit of quotations from the June number, but we shall have pleasure from time to time in drawing attention to its contents and the cause it advocates.

Science For The People. By Thomas Twining, Esq. (London: 0. Goodman, 409 Strand)—We have great pleasure in recommending this work from the pen of s really practical philanthropist (a vice-president of the Society of Arts), and one whose personal observations of the labouring population of our own and other nations have awakened an active desire to enable the workman to assert bis selfdependence by the acquisition of what the author calls "Bionomy, or the Science of Common Life." For some years Mr. Twining has opened a museum in the grounds of Perryn House, Twickenhan, in which are exhibited everything appertaining to domestic and sanitary economy, in especial relation to the wants of working-people. This establishment serves as the model, and disseminates information to kindred ones wherever they exist, and the spread of such museums is greatly needed and much desiderated in all the great towns, nay, villages of the kingdom. The objects therein illustrate the economic knowledge it is Mr. Twining's desire to diffuse; but a series of lectures have been prepared in order to the comprehensive interpretation of this knowledge, and lecturers are employed to deliver them in a popular manner, so as to bring before their audiences of all classes of society, but especially of those whose incomes is small, how

"their dwellings should be constrnctsd in accordance with sanitary principles; what household impror*

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THE FIRST OF THE SERIES TO BE HELD IN 1871.

Her Majesty's Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 announce that the first of a series of International Exhibitions of selected works of fine and industrial art, and scientific inventions, will be opened at South Kensington, London, on Monday the 1st of May, 1871, and closed on Saturday the 30th of September, 1871. The programme of the forthcoming exhibition differs in many respects from the past ones, and the difference in each case is an improvement. The judgment of the fitness of the objects for exhibition is to be decided before their reception in the alloted buildings. These objects will be arranged in four grand divisions, subdivided into numerous classes, for each of which there will by a reporter and separate committee appointed.

Hitherto, say Her Majesty's Commissioners, the exhibition of works of art has been almost wholly limited to the display of pictures and sculpture, dissociated from purposes of utility. "It may be doubted whether a picture on enamel or on pottery destined to be applied to a piece of furniture, or a sculpture in wood intended for a picture-frame, however great its merits would find place in the exhibitions of the Royal Academy of London, or in any of the numerous other exhibitions of the works of artists. Still less would a Cashmere shawl or a Persian carpet, the chief excellence of which depended upon its combination of colours, find in any of these exhibitions its proper place." The Commissioners draw attention to the sug

gestive fact that in ancient and medieval times no separation existed between art and utility. The most glorious art beautified the meanest objects; the clay water-pots and vases of the old Etruscans afford us the finest models in point of beauty of composition and skilful drawing, "and the finest works of Raffaelle were designed as decorations for hangings to be made of wool."

In the annual International Exhibitions ornamentation and utility will go hand-in-hand, and workers in art will be encouraged to give refine* roent of form and beauty in ornamentation to every object whether domestic or monumental. Moreover, every artist workman—we copy from the official announcement, for it is one that should go forth to the remotest part of our island—"every artist workman will be able to exhibit a work of merit as his own production and every manufacturer may distinguish himself as a patron of art by his alliance with the artistic talent of the country,"

Another specialty of these exhibitions is that no rent will be charged for space, while Her Majesty's Commissioners will provide large glass cases, stands, and fittings, steam and water power, and general shafting free of cost to the exhibitors, and except in the case of machinery carry out the arrangements by their own officers. All articles are to be delivered at the Exhibition building between the 1 st and 28th of February, 1871, and certain classes are appointed for certain objects.

THE TOILET

(Specially from Paris.)

First Figure.—Skirt of green grenadine, round, and without a train, trimmed with a deep gathered flounce cut on the cross-. Tunic of white tarlatan or Indian muslin, having ample sliirts straight in front and forming a right-angle at the side; it is raised only by a large bell-plait, which is accompanied by two others, smaller, made in the part raised. This tunic is completely bordered by a plaited flounce of tarlatan surmounted by an embroidered muslin insertion. The toilet is completed by a very short paletot with five square basques; it fits tight round the waist, high behind, low and square in front, and ornamented with braces of insertion and plaited tarlatan. The tight sleeve has an ornament like an epaulet; a green ribbon is run under the insertion. Very wide waistband of ribbon to match the dress. Low hat of Belgian straw, trimmed with square loops of black velvet and a large king's-rose with buds and foliage-trail. On the hair rosebuds and black velvet mixed. Dark-green satin boots. Saxony gloves.

Second Figure. — Dress of mauve silk trimmed with narrow flounces of the same, reaching up to the waist and bordered by small points, which may be replaced by a feather fringe. High corsage, plain and close-fitting, ornamented in front with two rows of the same points. Plain sleeves; at the end two narrow flounces forming a double ruffle. Tunic of black grenadine, cut low in the shawl form, with very wide sleeves open quite to the shoulder. The tunic is entirely bordered by a grenadine plaiting put on a la vieille. It opens in front, leaving the dress visible down to the waist, and rounds off in the form of pointed wings at the sides; behind, similar wings with the same plaitings. Very large bows of black gros-grain between the wings of the tunic, at the opening of the sleeves, and in front, near the waist. Waistband of the same, fastened behind by a bow. Collarette with a double row of Valenciennes; under-sleeves to match. Small bonnet composed of a butterflybow of black lace fixed by a black velvet bow falling very low on the chignon. Saxon cloth boots, black. Saxon gloves.

The hats and bonnets for the present season are very charming, and harmonize marvellously with the coiffures; we cite as examples the chapeau Stella of white rice straw, with stars of great field daisies placed at the side with long tufts of grass, the diadem and brides of black velvet. The chapeau Parisian of natural straw with a couronne of field flowers fastened at the side with a knot of straw-coloured gros-grain which falls upon the hair. There is also the chapeau Anaalouse of black lace in the form of a mantilla, with a diadem of mingled lilac.

Amongst the most delicious novelties at our best houses are the new fichus of China crape of the most delicate shades, pale blue, rose th(, white, &c. Robes of China crape are much appreciated, and mingled with tarlatane compose the most elegant toilets. I have seen one of pale blue crape trimmed with rows of narrow flounces alternated with plaits of white tarlatane, which was charming; and another, a robe rote aurore, the fashionable colour, ornamented similarly was a grand success. Some who would be more luxurious substitute Valenciennes for the tarlatane. The complement to these robes is one of the fichus I have referred to above. Half long sleeves are preferred to short ones, and for robes of China crape, are like the skirts, surrounded with two or three ranks of little flounces of tarlatane and crape. These flounces are replaced by some persons with ones made of silk. Striped materials are much worn; maroon and blue on white are favourite mixtures, and the ornaments of these toilets are made of the deepest colour. Unbleached batiste is very much in favour, and is made up either richly or simply; the tunics take the form of a double shawl pointed before and behind. They are sometimes trimmed, but at others simply bordered with white, especially for robes de compagne. Ordinarily a deep flounce accompanies these unbleached robes, on which they place a heading of a double row of pointed dents. Great knots of black faille are disposed on these robes and relieve the tunic which accompanies them; this ornament gives an air of good style to these costumes.

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