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new this year, John Burroughs' "Locusts and Wild Honey,” from which we present copious extracts elsewhere. The writings of Thoreau will be ever fresh to lovers of nature, and the mention of such names as these
will suggest to the reader other books by the READING FOR THE SUMMER.
A new writer of genuine charm has apHERE is summer come again, with delight-peared in the author of “ The Gamekeeper at ful days of leisure and pleasure, which are Home” and its companion. In this connection almost sufficient compensation for the miseries we may note also the pleasant collections of of the heat. And again comes the question poems about nature, of sea and shore, moun“What shall I do with myself?" which com- tain and prairie, which have been gathered tomonly results in that other question “What gether for the benefit of summer loiterers. shall I read ?" To answer this, and to give From nature to the practical use of it is an useful hints and pleasant bits about summering easy transition, and those who love nature are is the object of this SUMMER CATALOGUE. naturally lovers of out-of-door sports. It is
The first purpose for which one turns to a curious fact that the publication of one book, books in the summer is to find a solution for Maurice Thompson's “Witchery of Archery,” the regular summer problems, where to go and or rather of its material through the magazines, how to get there. Crowded as are the steamers has effected the remarkable result of turning that take the throngs of Americans across the our recreation into an entirely new direction. Atlantic ferry, there are still greater throngs that Archery is the rage this year, although croquet are quite content with the attractions of their is too much a settled institution to be altogether own land, every day becoming more accessible given up, and numerous are the manuals written and by more comfortable means. And among about it. Of boating and bathing and fishing all the accessories of modern travel in this and like recreations there is an abundant country, there has been no greater improve literature, partly represented in this little ment of late years than in American guide- catalogue. books. Baedeker's European guides, the com- The dernier ressort of the summer loiterer is panion of every tourist, have been patterned always a good novel. We present a list selectand indeed improved upon by Mr Sweetser's ed from old friends and the issues of the past admirable series (Osgood's American guides), three months, from which it would be a difficult that are in turn rivalled by the Appleton task to recommend this or that in particular. series, which for the Western and Southern There is great comfort in handling a book States are without a rival. Within a year or which is a book, rather than the flimsy" cheap two the several special localities have found libraries” now flooding the country, and we trust enthusiastic guide-makers, and the new guides many of our readers still appreciate that privito the cities and to favorite summer resorts lege. That a bright book can be appreciated have commanded the best services of wood is shown by the success of Mr. Howells' “Lady engraving. The completion this year of the of the Aroostook" and of other books by American volumes of “ Poems of Places,” by American writers, now published at very Mr. Longfellow, affords a pleasant supplement reasonable prices for really well-made books. to the ordinary books of travel.
With these few suggestions, we present to Among the most interesting books for the our readers our SUMMER CATALOGUE, hoping summer are those which devote themselves to they will find it of pleasure and of profit. We guiding the sight-seer not by the ordinary rail- acknowledge our indebtedness for the illusroad routes but into the delights and beauties trations which adorn it, to Harper's and Scribof nature, of the world at large. One of the ner's Magazines, and to "The Childrens' Almost charming books of this kind that was ever
BY GAIL HAMILTON.
How to Stay at Home without Grumbling. I fear I shall displease perhaps disappoint,
my readers, but nothing makes home so delight
ful as to have just got there. The feeling of The first thing is to go home, and this ownership, the sense of independence, the sometimes seems to be the hardest part of consciousness of responsibility, the universal all. There is no use in denying the fact; it is and absolute sovereignty, broaden your acres very charming to stay in other people's houses and heighten your walls. Your gate may be There is a good deal of the tramp in all of us. unhinged, and the paint flaking off your roof, One eats with a greater relish at a table he has and your cellar window broken, but the drag not ordered. The flavor somehow is apt to ging gate and the piebald roof and the haggard escape from the joint you have skewered (Hea- window are your own; and you will order up ven send that joints are skewered!); the the glazier and the cooper with a very delightcucumbers you have hunted down in three ful feeling that one little superficial spot on one markets; the pudding whose sauce has en- little star of the great Milky Way belongs to listed your own anxieties, not to say energies. you and to no other man or angel ! To come to a table spread for you as the ravens Keeping house is with most of us a misand the robins find theirs spread, to be sur- nomer. It is not we that keep the house so rounded by a gay and kindly folk, to be called much as the house keeps us. We strain every upon to take no thought for the morrow-it is nerve to build a costly box and fill it with costly exceedingly pleasant. You may feel that the goods and then we spend the rest of our lives mould is gathering on your books at home, that crouching inside of it. And all the while the the weeds are flourishing like a green bay-tree bending heavens are giving us such frescoes as in your paths, that the canker-worm is devour- no painter can imitate, and the careless greening your substance, and what the canker-worm sward, flecked with daisies, mocks even an hath left the caterpillar hath eaten ; and yet Eastlake carpet, and every day the birds and you linger, beguiled by pleasant words and the bobolinks-that are more spirits than birds friendly ways.
-put our wood-and-metal music to shame. It is pleasant even to take thine ease in thine inn. If the inn is perched upon a point of rocks, swept past by sunny waters rolling be- We may talk as much as we like of contenttween wooded hills into the distant sunset; if ment, and tranquillity, and the quiet joys of it crests a mountain cliff overlooking twelve home, but I firmly believe that nothing is so thousand miles of what seems to be a mere bad for the nerves, nothing so narrowing to the level plane, a checkered and lonely expanse i life, as staying too much in one place. There too far off for any life to be visible or any are many perplexities and entanglements which sound to reach-still it is vastly pleasant. The would be smoothed and soothed out by only steamers are but pointed white splinters glid-so much as a brisk little ramble up a high hill ing along a ribbon of river; the locomotive holding the mountains and the sea in sight. trains are but little curling trails of smoke; One month of sight-seeing to the weary housethe houses are but the toy-houses of toy- keeper who has been eleven months looking villages, the ponds are tiny bits of mirror glass-carefully to her cupboards and carpets, one ing the changing heaven. There is motion, month of lazy listening to the roar of the surf, color, a vivid splendor of sky and the grandeur one month of lounging in a hammock under of the great round world, but up from the val- trees, or lying on the grass watching the antley comes no voice, nor out of the heavens a hills, would do more to sweeten and sanctify sound. Only the birds sing in the branches the other eleven than all the precepts of all the that almost touch your feet from tall trees sages and all the preaching of all our pages. springing up on the nearest crags below. It is And if you ask, What shall we do who cannot pleasant, impressive, enlarging ; but it is not afford it? I should still say, Go and sel! all -staying at home without grumbling!
that thou hast and afford it!- From "How to Spend the Summer" (Christian Union extra).
Hints on Summer Dress.
and pongee are the materials usually employed
for the ulster, but mohair is preferable, as it In attempting to give a series of hints in re- does not crumple or require doing up. Quiet gard to summer travelling, which shall prove colors, such as gray or brown, are chiefly used. of universal adaptation, one feels almost in- | A blouse-waist of washing material might be competent to cover the whole ground. In leav- substituted under the ulster for the waist of the ing home, most people have different ends in dress. view, and to meet every case is clearly impossi
Lisle-thread gloves are worn, and there ble; but general suggestions may be given should be at hand a supply of linen or paper which can be modified to suit individual cases, collars and cuffs. As linen is very unbecoming and which on the whole may prove of value.
to some ladies, frills may be recommended. Ladies contemplating a visit in some quiet These can be bought in packages of a dozen, village or farm house, and who will pass the at prices ranging from fifteen cents a dozen, greater part of their time out of doors, will and are so cheap that they may be thrown away need at least two serviceable costumes devised after having done duty for a day. of material which will not easily crush or be
A rubber waterproof is a useful addition, and injured by the sun, the dust, or an occasional may be compressed within a very small space. summer shower which may come up too rapidly Rubber overshoes should not be forgotten; nor to be avoided. For evening one or two simple is it safe to travel without a shawl. muslin dresses may not be found superfluous, Mountain Costumes.—There are ample opporalthough the evening breezes in the open coun- tunities for delightful excursions up in the try are often so cool that a light shawl is neces- mountains; but nature is a little rugged in her sary,so that even for such purpose thin woollen grandeur, so that to be quite at home and at or silk goods are more to be depended upon. I ease, the traveller's dress should be strong and A couple of chintz wrappers are a desirable ad serviceable as well as pretty, and short enough dition, and also several light sacques, which all around to escape the ground. The shoes with a skirt will form a neat négligé.
should be light, with moderately thick soles One should not commit the unpardonable and flat heels, as a sprained ankle or perhaps a error of supposing that because one is among serious fall would probably be the result of people of plain habits all attention to attractive wearing high heels. ness in dress may be dispensed with. The
Appropriate and very pretty costumes are class of ladies who, when travelling, lay in a made of ginghams, which are so perfected now stock of torn and soiled kid gloves, which once that they have a silky appearance, and the newdid duty for a ball or dress reception, in order est shades are beautifully blended in them, to save what a neat pair of Lisle thread or dark Cashmere, bunting, and light qualities of wool colored kid would cost, would consider the so- suitings are also serviceable materials for these journ of some weeks at a farm-house a time for costumes. Plaid wool dresses are pretty, the laying aside of those small finishings and bright and warm for days when a fresh wind accessories of the toilet, the use of which als blows, and it is frequently quite cool in the ways mark the lady.
early mornings and in the evenings when one Ả polonaise once handsome, but now faded gets a few thousand feet above the level of the and showing rents, worn without frill or collar in the neck, can never by the memory of departed glories be made a substitute for a tidy,
Yachting Styles.- That delightful pastime, fresh garment, which, though of inexpensive yachting, takes one more completely out of the material, is ladylike and attractive, because ordinary city life than any visit to the country. cleanly and appropriate. Yet these substitutes When tossed about on the waves day and are sometimes made, and by persons who, when night, with a charming little cabin for a parlor in the city, would not set foot upon a pavement and the deck the only promenade, there is a deunless wearing an outfit faultless in detail. lightful sense of freedom, in spite of the obvi
vous fact there is very little real freedom at all, For Short Visits.--If a tour among different as one is actually confined on the little craft watering-places is intended, affording only a and there must remain, at any rate, until the few days or a week at each, a comparatively next port is reached. The fresh winds that small number of dresses will prove sufficient, blow health into the cheeks compel ladies to for the obvious reason that they are virtually dress seasonably, and light flannel suits, buntnew in each place. The travelling dress should ings prettily trimmed with plaids and stripes, be of a material which will stand sun, wind, cotton satines with bright flowers on dark and rain ; and for this there is nothing more grounds, and écru pongees richly embroidered serviceable than the light wool or silk and in darker shades, are all becoming and serviceawool materials of the day, or a dark colored ble. These dresses look well made as cossilk of light quality. By all means let the tumes, with trimmed skirts, with a coat basque travelling suit be made in simple style, as de- or long jacket with a vest, as the slightly masvoid as possible of trimming or anything which culine appearance of these garments suits well may prove a resting-place for dust. It is super- the careless, easy time spent on board a yacht. fluous to suggest the especial appropriateness Much trimming and many flounces are out of of the short costume for travelling.
place and inconvenient, so these dresses are Let the hat or bonnet correspond. Select a made rather plainly, which, however, does not kind of trimming which is readily brushed and detract in any way from their style or elegance ; which does not soil easily, and be provided with for, though a dress may be well made and a gauze veil. A broad-brimmed hat of some stylish, the real elegance and cachet is given by kind is indispensable. If rusticating in some the person who wears it. out-of-the-way place, it is quite as essential as A close-fitting, low.crowned sailor hat of on the broad piazza of a fashionable hotel. An coarse straw, or a moderately wide-brimmed ulster is also very desirable. Linen, mohair, | Leghorn or fine Panama, trimmed simply with
a gauze scarf, having ends arranged to carry around the neck, should be worn. Gloves that protect the wrists well from the sun and boots that fit so as to allow a secure tread on the slippery decks are indispensable adjuncts to a vachting toilet.
Boating.-All wool material will be found best adapted to resist the effects of salt water.
Green sloping fields o'er which cloud-shadows pass; The blouse waist, plaited into a yoke back and A quivering splendor tangled in the grass ; front, is appropriately worn with a plaited Sunrise-hued roses throbbing in the air; skirt; or a loose sailor blouse, cut out in a
The starry blackberry blossoms here and there
And on divinest skies white clouds that lay round low neck and worn over a chemisette As air of heaven in drifts had dropped away; gathered very full about the throat, with a full Rapture of birds at dawn-a hush at noonfrill standing up above a neckband of narrow
Ah! by my heart's wild beating-it is Fune!
Mrs. L. C. WHITUN. ribbon ,gives a piquant, dainty effect to a blonde type of beauty that cannot be excelled. A low
July. crowned sailor hat and a light, warm shawl, to
The summer harvest day begun be used after the exertion of rowing, should not With cloudless dawn and flaming sun : be omitted.
Ripe grain the sickle flashes through ; An excellent way to save the hands when
The sweep of scythes in morning dew;
The nooning underneath the trees rowing is to make a pair of long-wristed “half
Made cool by sea or mountain breeze; handed” gloves of chamois leather. These can The thunder shower, the clearing sky, be washed whenever they get soiled, and by
And sunset splendor of July,
John G. WHITTIER. pulling and rubbing them can be kept soft. Hints to be Observed.---One thing indispensa
August. ble to good rowing is to have the clothing fit
BUTTERCUP nodded and said, "Good-by!" easily at the armholes and waist, so as not to
Clover and daisy went off together,
But the fragrant water-lilies lie strain out the seams, as rowing is one of the Yet moored in the golden August weather. exercises that is particularly hard on clothing.
The swallows chatter about their flight, When a party take a sail on lake or river, for
The cricket chirps like a rare good fellow,
The asters twinkle in clusters bright, the pleasure to be derived from it, costumes of While the corn grows ripe and the apples mellow, any woollen or silk material may be worn, but
CELIA THAXTER. all wool is preferable. Cambrics or muslins - From "The Children's Almanac” (D. Lothrop & Co.). may be worn if one does not need to practice economy in laundry bills. In fishing or crab
The Open Sky. bing it is best to wear any old costume that
BY JOHN RUSKIN. looks at all respectable, for fish will splutter and spatter one in spite of all precautions, when
It is a strange thing how little in general they are removed from the hook, which is ruin- people know about the sky. It is the part ous to clothing. Old kid gloves, with the ends of creation in which nature has done more of the fingers cut off, will preserve the hands. for the sake of pleasing man, more for the
sole and evident purpose of talking to him Bathing Costumes.-A bathing suit, to be com- and teaching him, than in any other of her fortable, should be fitted to the neck, shoulders, works; and it is just the part in which we bust, and armholes just as carefully as the most least attend to her. There are not many of elegant dress. It need not fit so snugly, but it her other works in which some more mamust follow the curves of the form ; and while terial or essential purpose than the mere pleasallowing free motion to the arms, it must not ing of man is not answered by every part of drag about them and excoriate them with every their organization ; but every essential purmovement.
pose of the sky might, so far as we know, be The most appropriate material is twilled flan- answered, if once in three days or thereabouts, nel or moreen, as these do not cling to the a great ugly black rain-cloud were brought up figure when wet. The trimming should be rows over the blue, and everything well watered, of alpaca braid, either forming the entire garni- and so all left blue again till next time, with ture or in combination with bands of all-wool perhaps a film of morning and evening mist delaine of a contrasting color. A bow of black for dew. And instead of this, there is not a lutestring ribbon, which will not be injured by moment of any day of our lives when nature water, is tied at the neck. Turkish towel- is not producing scene after scene, picture ling is largely used for this purpose, and trim- after picture, glory after glory, and working med with a bright color looks exceedingly still upon such exquisite and constant principretly; but all-wool goods is better than any ples of the most perfect beauty, that it is quite other, as it keeps the body warm. Circulars certain it is all done for us, and intended for or cloaks made of Turkish towelling are used our perpetual pleasure. And every man, by ladies who frequent any of the fashionable wherever placed, however far from other
These are made in the “burnous sources of interest or of beauty, has this doing style," or with wide sleeves like the " Hor- for him constantly. The noblest scenes of the tense.” A garment of this kind is only used earth can be seen and known but by few; it is by those who have a maid or some friend in not intended that man should live always in attendance to relieve them of it as they enter the midst of them; he injures them by his the water, and to have it in readiness as soon presence, he ceases to feel them if he be always as the bath is over, as its use is to shield a with them. But the sky is for all; bright as it is, dripping figure from currents of air as well as it is not too bright nor good for human nature's from the gaze of spectators.-- From the N. Y. daily food;" it is fitted in all its functions for Herald.
the perpetual comfort and exalting of the heart,
for soothing it and purifying it from its dross His first food is milk; so is his last and all beand dust. Sometimes gentle, sometimes capri- tween. He can taste and assimilate and absorb cious, sometimes awful, never the same for nothing but liquids. The same is true through. two moments together; almost human in its out all organic nature. 'Tis water-power that passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, makes every wheel move. Without this great almost divine in its infinity, its appeal to what solvent, there is no life. I admire immensely is immortal in us is as distinct as its ministry this line of Walt Whitman : of chastisement or of blessing to what is mor
“The slumbering and liquid trees." tal is essential. And yet we never attend to it, we never make it a subject of thought, but The tree and its fruit are like a sponge which • as it has to do with our animal sensations ; we
the rains have filled. Through them and look upon all by which it speaks to us more
through all living bodies 'there goes on the clearly than to brutes, upon all which bears
commerce of vital growth, tiny vessels, fleets witness to the intention of the Supreme that and succession of fleets, laden with material we are to receive more from the covering vault bound for distant shores, to build up, and rethan the light and the dew which we share with pair, and restore the waste of the physical the weed and the worm, only as a succession frame. of meaningless and monotonous accident, too
Then the rain means relaxation; the tension common and too vain to be worthy of a moment in nature and in all her creatures is lessened. of watchfulness or a glance of admiration. If, The trees drop their leaves, or let go their riin our moments of utter idleness and insipi pened fruit. The tree itself will fall in a still, dity, we turn to the sky as a last resource, damp day, when but yesterday it withstood a which of its phenomena do we speak of gale of wind. A moist south wind penetrates One says it has been wet, and another it has
even the mind and makes its grasp less tenabeen windy, and another it has been warm. cious. It ought to take less to kill a man on a Who, among the whole chattering crowd, can rainy day than on a clear. The direct support tell me of the forms and the precipices of the of the sun is withdrawn ; life is under a cloud ; chain of tall white mountains that girded the
a masculine mood gives place to something horizon at noon yesterday? Who saw the nar: like a feminine. In this sense, rain is the grief, row sunbeam that came out of the south, and the weeping of Nature, the relief of a burdened
But tears from Nature's smote upon their summits until they melted or agonized heart. and moulded away in a dust of blue rain? Who eyelids are always remedial, and prepare the saw the dance of the dead clouds when the way for brighter, purer skies. sunlight left them last night, and the west wind
I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to blew them before it like withered leaves ? All vegetation. Who does not suffer in his spirit has passed, unregretted as unseen ; or if the in a drought and feel restless and unsatisfied ? apathy be ever shaken off, even for an instant, My very thoughts become thirsty and crave the it is only by what is gross or what is extra moisture. It is hard work to be generous, or ordinary. And yet it is not in the broad and neighborly, or patriotic in a dry time, and as fierce manifestations of the elemental energies, for growing in any of the finer graces or virnot in the clash of the hail, nor the drift of the tues, who can do it? One's very manhood whirlwind, that the highest characters of the shrinks, and if he is ever capable of a mean act sublime are developed. God is not in the or of narrow views, it is then. earthquake, nor in the fire, but in the still small voice.-From “ Ruskin on Painting" (Appleton.)
I suppose there is some compensation in a
drought; Nature doubtless profits by it in some The Blessing of the Rain.
way. It is a good time to thin out her garden and give the law of the survival of the fittest a
chance to come into play. How the big trees The great fact about the rain is that it and big plants do rob the little ones! there is is the most beneficent of all the operations not drink enough to go around, the strongest of nature; more immediately than sunlight will have what there is. It is a rest to vegetaeven, it means life and growth. Moisture tion, too, a kind of torrid winter that is followis the Eve of the physical world, the soft ed by a fresh awakening. Every tree and plant teeming principle given to wife to Adam or learns a lesson from it, learns to shoot its roots heat, and the mother of all that lives. Sun-down deep into the perennial supplies of moisshine abounds everywhere, but only where ture and life. the rain or dew follows is there life. The But when the rain does come, the warm, sunearth had the sun long before it had the humid distilled rain; the far-travelling, vapor-born cloud, and will doubtless continue to have it rain ; the impartial, undiscriminating, unstintafter the last drop of moisture has perished or ed rain ; equable, bounteous, myriad-eyed, been dissipated. The moon has sunshine searching out every plant and every spear of enough, but no rain ; hence it is a dead world grass, finding every hidden thing that needs --a lifeless cinder. .
water, falling upon the just and upon the unjust, The first water-how much it means ! Seven sponging off every leaf of every tree in the fortenths of man himself is water. Seven tenths est and every growth in the fields ; music to of the human race rained down but yesterday! the ear, a perfume to the smell, an enchantment It is much more probable that Cæsar will flow to the eye; healing the earth, cleansing the air, out of a bung-hole than that any part of his re- renewing the fountains : honey to the bee, mains will ever stop one. Our life is indeed a manna to the herds and life to all creaturesvapor, a breath, a little moisture condensed what spectacle so fills the heart? “Rain, rain, upon the pane. We carry ourselves as in a 0, dear Zeus, down on the ploughed fields of phial. Cleave the flesh, and how quickly we the Athenians, and on the plains." spill out! Man begins as a fish, and he swims There is a fine sibilant chorus audible in the in a sea of vital fluids as long as his life lasts. I sod and in the dust of the road and in the por
BY JOHN BURROUGHS.