Thacher shook her head two or three times with a dismal expression, and made no answer. She had pushed back the droning wool-wheel which she had been using, and had taken her knitting from the shelf by the clock and seated herself contentedly, while Mrs. Jake and Mrs.

Fanny stood above a medium height, and though she stooped a little at the wool-wheel, and in a ramble on the hills, she presented a comely figure and interesting mien. She was too white to please all tastes; her hair was almost a cream-color; yet it was long, abundant and glossy, and was greatly admired by some.

A woman stands at the great wool-wheel, one arm extended, the other holding the thread, her head thrown back to take in all the scope of her occupation; or if it is the lesser spinning-wheel for flax and it was this that Sylvia moved forwards to-night the pretty sound of the buzzing, whirring motion, the attitude of the spinner, foot and hand alike engaged in the business the bunch of gay coloured ribbon that ties the bundle of flax on the rock all make it into a picturesque piece of domestic business that may rival harp-playing any day for the amount of softness and grace which it calls out.

A woman stands at the great wool-wheel, one arm extended, the other holding the thread, her head thrown back to take in all the scope of her occupation; or if it is the lesser spinning-wheel for flax and it was this that Sylvia moved forwards to-night the pretty sound of the buzzing, whirring motion, the attitude of the spinner, foot and hand alike engaged in the business the bunch of gay coloured ribbon that ties the bundle of flax on the rock all make it into a picturesque piece of domestic business that may rival harp-playing any day for the amount of softness and grace which it calls out.

"It's a very good attic, and it's stuffed full of old things. There's a fender and two pairs of fire-dogs " Mrs. Joy's eyes sparkled. "Oh, do let us go up and see it!" she cried. "No, you don't!" said Miss Colishaw, taking a firmer grasp of the baluster. "There's a wool-wheel, and a flax-wheel, and a winder, and three warming-pans " "Dear me! What a delightful place!" put in Mrs. Joy.