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' "I have heard," said Jaggers to his friend Taggers, on the train the other day, "that your wife is a very expert needlewoman." "Indeed she is — indeed she is," replied Taggers, grinning from, ear to ear ; " and it is really a source of deep regret to me because she- does nothing but sew and sew and sew all day long, which is ruining her eyes and gradually bending her into a crescent." " I am not particularly interested in needlework," said Jaggers, " but I • am puzzled to see how in the world she can have so much sewing to do." "Well, it is this way," replied Taggers, with a pleasant smile— "You see, she is always embroidering all sorts of . designs in fancy silk on. chamois tobaccopouches to give to our friends, while I have to be satisfied to keep my tobacco in an old worn-out tea caddy. And then, she works out all sorts of historical and biblical pictures en a perforated fabric — pictures which are appreciated only too keenly by all people who have a true sense of humour and a reverence for real art." " I never heard of anything like getting fun out of such work," said Jaggers, with a puzzled expression. "Nor I," replied Taggers. "I should think she would rather play tennis or golf .or go a-whe-eling, and have some rational fun and healthful exercise. What do you think she is doing bow? Just guess, if you can." "Making sofa cushions out of last year's shirtwaists," was Jagger'e first guess. "No; guess again, said Taggers, laughing in a way that showed how keenly be appreciated the fact tnat Jaggers would 'never succeed in guessing aright. " Making shirt-waists out of last year s sofa cushions;" said Jaggers, in the wildest recklessness of desperation. " No," said Taggers ; " she is embroidering, dog-blankets for a home of homeless dogs. " " What?— dog-blankets for a home for homeless dogs?"' " Embroidering— dog - blankets— for— a; — horne — for — homeless — dogs I" Taggers repeated slowly, and with a deliberation that was more than, convincing. "Well, well, well!" said Jaggers; "if that' doesn't beat all I ever heard of ! I suppose she embroiders the Highlands of Scotland on the Scotch terrier blanket, the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the Italian greyhound's, and all sorts of the quaintest kind of tea-chest and fire- cracker conceits on the hairless Chinese terrier's. And I suppose she fixes the dachshund's so that it is a frieze when he walks, and a panel when he sits erect lik© a penguin. And does she put hunting scenes on the Irish setter's blanket?" "Not quite," replied Taggers ; "al-. though she has quite a lively fancy. She, is considered a very fanciful and artistic needlewoman by every one that knows • her. She can design landscapes to beat the ba-nd—^he is a sort of corot with the needle. Arcadian landscapes are one of her special pet delights — sheep capering on the rim of the horizon, and shepherds piping on the oatem reed, and lazy cumulus '. clouds loafing low in the sky, until they seem to be dreaming on the tranquil mere. I tell you, she's fanciful with the needle." "Can she sew on buttons," asked Jaggers. , "Not much," replied Taggers. '"She .has her limitations, and those '"imitations are the Castle of Chillon and Lake Oorno on a .tidy. I can beat her all to pieces sewing on buttons or putting in patches. Anything I sew on may not be done in a pre-Raphaelite or in any other kind of an aesthetic style, but, by gracious, it stays !" Jaggers smiled and smiled, and then a new idea struck him, and he said : — " How in the world, then, if your wife only does artistic sewing, do you and the children always look so neat and spic and span? Your buttons are always on tight, and your coat binding is never frayed, and—!' " Oh," broke in Taggers, laughing, "we give a woman a dollar and a half a day to come in once or twice a week to do the realistic sewing — a first-class needlewoman who couldn't embroider Napoleon at St. Helena on a doily to save her sweet blooming life." — Harper's Bazaar.

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MRS. TAGGERS'S NEEDLEWORK., Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 0, 28 October 1899, Supplement

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MRS. TAGGERS'S NEEDLEWORK. Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 0, 28 October 1899, Supplement

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