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own blunder in allowing them to get such a start. The boys thought it might be well to get their They would easily be able to cut the boys down opponents at a little nearer range. Without lowwith their sabers if they overtook them. The ladsering their pieces, they advanced a dozen paces. could hear the heavy thump of the brigands' feet While doing this, Fred made a discovery which upon the ground as, with rapid strides, they bore greatly pleased him. down upon them. The guns were still fifty yards “Ben, glance over to the right, but don't move away and their pursuers were gaining on them your head an inch,” he said in a low tone. Ben every instant. Every ten yards they made brought did as directed; and there, half-hid by the pier of the brigands one or two yards nearer. The boys an old aqueduct, only their heads and necks being threw all their strength into the race and bounded visible, stood two fine Turkish horses; while, resting forward like deer. Twenty yards, thirty, forty, against a snowy capital, glittered two beautiful and now the brigands are within sixty feet of them. But the last ten yards were

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“THE BRIGANDS, THUS CONFRONTED, CAME TO A DEAD HALT."

made almost at a bound, and with a shout the rifles. “We'll ride into Ayasalook on those boys grasp their guns.

horses,” said Fred, in a determined manner. “We have them now, Ben,” exultantly cried “Those fellows meant to capture us. We'll show Fred, as they wheeled, and each covered his man them what we can do." with a deadly aim. “Don't fire,” he added, quick- But now came a rather difficult problem. The ly, as the brigands, thus confronted, came to a dead brigands stood in a direct line between our heroes halt. “We 'll save our powder and shot.” and the horses. The slightest suspicion of what

Events had taken a strange turn, and the as- the boys meant to do would cause them to hazard tonished brigands were now the ones to discuss the the fire ready to open upon them any instant. situation.

Should the boys succeed in only wounding the brigands, when they recovered their rifles they of one of the brigands fell powerless at his side. could easily pick off the boys at a long range, while “Aim ! fire !” was repeated, and another round the middies had nothing but their shot-guns with sent the brigands scampering. which to return their fire. While they held the It was an easy matter now to fall back to the brigands directly under their guns and made no horses. Their uplifted revolvers warned their andemonstration toward the horses, the boys knew tagonists that an advance from them would be they were safe. Now, the real generalship of the dangerous. When the boys reached the aqueduct, fight came in. It required but a moment. A they coolly placed their guns beside the rifles, and bright idea flashed upon Fred. Directly to the while Fred kept watch Ben went around the pier left of where they held the brigands under cover and led up the horses. They decided that it would of their guns was the pit where they had discov- be better to ride in all haste to Ayasalook and reered the silver box.

port the matter immediately to the governor of the “Ben,” said he, “we will fall back toward the place. Should they delay, the brigands might be pit. We 'll make them think we are going after reënforced. Gathering up their arms, they leaped that box. In that way we shall flank them; then into the saddle and, boy-like, could not refrain from we 'll make another run and slip in between them giving the brigands a parting salute of two guns as and the horses. We 'll keep them deceived until they gave rein to their horses and dashed over the they are nearly out of range, and then we 'll make plains of Ephesus. a jump to intercept them.”

They told their story in French, to the governor, The boys fell back about forty yards, the brig- at the same time informing him that they beands plainly not discovering the ruse. The field longed to the United States Navy. He at once of action now represented a triangle, with the offered them a detachment of cavalry and the horses at the apex and the boys and the brigands use of the captured horses; and that evening they at the angles of the base. Suddenly down came rode back to their camp. When they reached the the guns, and our heroes sprang for a point between Temple of Diana, they once more dismounted and the brigands and their horses. So completely had leaped eagerly into the pit to recover the silver the robbers been deceived that the boys had full box. But the brigands had been too sharp for them thirty seconds' start before the enemy saw through there, though. “Nip” and “Tuck” were found their maneuver. This time there were no pistol- where they had left them, and everything about shots to risk. Though hindered by the weight of the camp was undisturbed. the guns, the boys ran better than before. No “Fred,” solemnly observed Ben, as the donkeys base-ball player ever made his home-run more were again loaded and they were about to start for grandly than did they win the advantage which Smyrna, “great was Diana of the Ephesians, no was to bring them victory. At last they gained doubt, as the people in the Bible story declared; the desired position and again formed in line of but if those fellows had once captured us, it would battle. The sabers of the brigands flashed from have been the eighth wonder of the world if we their scabbards as though they were about to got away with whole skins.” charge.

“Or whole pockets,” added Fred; and with 'Fire kneeling! kneel! aim ! fire !

a sigh of relief, the middies joined their vessel command from Fred, according to the military for- in Smyrna harbor, and abandoned all further digmula. Two barrels were emptied, and the left arm ging and searching at the shrine of Diana.

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HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS.

BY ELLA S. WELCH.

What to make for a Christmas present, is the red plush drawn smoothly over it and glued puzzling question for many a girl and many a boy at to the back of the star. Cut away one end of a the holiday season. Every one knows that a gift small tin box, and cover the two sides and the that comes with the giver's own loving care and cover with red plush; run a band of fancy ribbon labor wrought into it, has more real significance, diagonally across its face. Paste a piece of sandand is often more appreciated than the costly paper on the lower end, and attach this box to the presents that any one with money can buy. Some star by strong thread passed through holes in years ago — in November, 1877 – ST. NICHOLAS the back of the box, and corresponding holes in the printed an article describing more than seventy sim- star. Ten cents will purchase half a foot of the ple gifts that could be made at home; light wire used as a secd protector around birdand that paper, with its useful sugges- cages; cut and fold this in boat form of the retions, proved very

popular. A large quired length; overhand the ends with red silk, advance in artistic ideas and designs

and attach it by this to has been made within the last

the star. eight years, however, and a new

2. A CUTTING-BOARD

can be made by any bright boy handy with tools, from a strip of halfinch pine, thirty

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3. JOCKEY-CAP TWINE-HOLDER.

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2. A CUTTING-BOARD.

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THE STAR MATCH-RECEIVER.

six inches long and collection of hints for Christmas presents is of- twenty-three inches fered in the following pages. All of the articles wide. Saw out a here named can be made by industrious young folk curved piece on one possessing taste and discrimination; and gifts, both side, and plane the useful and ornamental, may thus be prepared, at whole board nicely. a very moderate expense for material, but in a way Outline with a lead that will well express affectionate good-will. pencil the checker

squares, backgam

points, and I. THE STAR MATCH-RECEIVER

yard-measure ; get

a small quantity of is an attractive and useful wall decoration com- black-walnut stain from any paint or drug store, and bining a match-holder, burnt-match receiver and with a small brush go over the board, tracing the striking-surface. Cut from heavy pasteboard a star outline and making each alternate square or point measuring six inches in diameter; cover with in solid color, as shown in the diagram.

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4. ALLIGATOR POCKET-BOOK.

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A FAN
BOOK
MARK.

5. WINDOW-SHADE.

3. JOCKEY-CAP TWINE-AND-SCISSORS HOLDER. the edge as possible. If you try to do this on your

home machine, use a large needle and heavy silk. Cut out six wedge-shaped pieces of paste-board The clasp, which may for the crown of the cap, a small perforated piece be bought for a few for the top and a larger piece of proper shape cents at any pocketand dimensions for the visor bottom. Cover the six book manufactory, wedge-shaped pieces with plush on one side and should now be fastened silesia on the other, making three in dark colors and on, and an eyelet hole three in light-say

worked in the flap to make red and yellow,

it secure. A card-case can dark red and light

be made in the same way. blue, or purple and white. Overhand

5. WINDOW-SHADE. them together,

Purchase a sufficient quantity of hol

Ezzel leaving a small

land of desired tint,—“aqua marine" or hole where they

cream" are pretty colors, -and run a join at top; cover

hem 134 inches deep across the lower part the perforated

of the shade. With an ordinary-sized round piece for the

tea-cup, outline as many dotted circles as you button, and sew it

desire the pattern to include; then with a thimble on at the top. Cov

outline smaller dotted circles in the center of the er the visor with

larger ones; draw lead-pencil lines from the center two pieces of plush,

to the circumference. With a long needleful of silk, lapped in the mid

work these outlined circles on both sides of the hol. dle, so as to form

land, securing the ends so that they will not be seen. a pocket for the

The linen fringe to match the holland may be purscissors; cover the

chased at any shade store ; stitch it by machine, entire under part

across the bottom of the shade, slip the curtain stick with plush also. Sew the bottom piece on at the through the hem, and screw in a couple of curtainback only; fasten at the front with a loop and but- rings with cords to match the fringe attached. A ton. Place the ball of twine inside, passing the end more elaborate shade may be made by using one through the hole at the top. of the many“ transfer patterns,” to be found at any

fancy store. This may be transferred to the cur4. POCKET-BOOK OF ALLIGA

tain by means of a TOR SKIN.

hot iron laid on the A few cents will purchase

back of the pattern. two pieces of “scrap," at any

6. AN UMBRELLAshoe factory where goods of alligator skin are made. Cut

STAND. one piece to measure five and

Take a piece of a half inches long by three

stove-pipe of proper and a half wide, and another

length; covthree and a half by three

er the outinches. Round off the lower

side with corners of each piece ; line

Lincrusta both with the soft kid used

Walton, in facing the tops of ladies'

procurable shoes. (This may

by the yard be done on the

at almost machine at home any paper-hanger's; gild or bronze this with the or at the nearest liquid prepared for such purpose. Paint the inside shoe factory.) Lay of the pipe a dark red, and fit in a wooden bottom. the smaller piece and lining togeth

7. A FAN BOOK-MARK. er, and stitch them around the top; then place the Cut off one corner of a full-sized, linen-lined lining on the larger piece, and join the back and envelope (to be found at any stationery store), so front by stitching them all around, as nearly to as to have it fit over the corner of the book-leaf

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8. SCRAP-BASKET.

6. UMBRELLA-STAND.

like a cap. Outline the lines and figures with a

IO. A PAPER-RACK. lead-pencil, then go carefully over them with ink.

Get a wooden box - a starch or soap boxFor variety, draw on some bright little flowers or

from your grocer.

Take it apart, and plane and vines, a monogram, Christmas greeting, or such smooth it carefully. Use the bottom of the box other ornament as taste may suggest.

for the back of the rack. Cut one of the end

pieces to a width of six inches, for the shelf; saw 8. SCRAP-BASKET.

the brackets for the sides of the shelf from the Get or make two pasteboard boxes of the de- side-pieces of the box, and cut the lid down to the sired height, one of them two inches smaller in right dimensions for the slanting front of the rack.

diameter than the other. Ebonize all the parts with the “ebony liquid ”
Place one within the other, used by cabinet-makers; nail shelf, brackets, and
fastening the bases togeth- slanting front securely; putty the nail-holes and
er, and join at the top with blacken them, so that they will not be noticed.
a two-inch strip of paste- Cover the front of the rack with some neat border
board sewed strongly design in Lincrusta Walton, gluing it on, and gild-
around the tops. Sew ing it, or leaving it the natural color, as desired.
a neat cretonne panel Put strong cord or fancy wire through the back
on each side, with a of the rack to hang it up by.
band of plush at top
and bottom and a

II. FLAT-IRON PAPER-WEIGHT.
plush ball and tassel Cover the face of a common flat-iron with plush,
at each corner.

Line cut an inch larger all around than the size of the with silesia to match iron. Fasten on the thermometer — (which can be the plush. Or, the pan- bought at a slight expense) — as indicated in the els may be of satin with engraving; stitch a narrow piece of plush at the flowers painted in. lower end of the iron, turning down the upper

edge and stitching in three sections for postage-stamp pockets. Paint or embroider a few flowers on the face of the plush. Before covering the rim, glue upon it a layer of cotton, sprinkled with sachet powder.

Draw the plush smoothly over LEISTEEN=31

the cotton, and glue over the inner edge of the iron. Cover the inner edge with plush, and gild or paint in black such

part of the handle or iron as is not covered with plush.

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9. LETTER-RACK.

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IO. A PAPER-RACK.

9. LETTER-RACK. Select two smooth and strong wooden butterplates such as are supplied by your grocer; cut one down for the pocket, as the picture shows; place the edges together and glue a strip of black muslin over them. Give the whole two coats of black paint. Paste on daisies cut from cretonne or, better, For the back of this case cut a piece of crepaint them on -- if you can; varnish the whole rack tonne 33 inches by 28; also one of the same diinside and out with white varnish; add hanging mensions for the cover. Stitch these together. ribbons to match the daisies.

Cut the cover piece in points; stitch a piece of

12. A COVERED SHOE-CASE.

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