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It must not be supposed that we regard the completion of a half year of The House, and the consequent publication of the six numbers in volume form as providing any excuse for the neglect of the old saw respecting self-praise. On the contrary, we know well enough that the hawker who cries their own wares in any but the most measured terms of laudation runs the risk of earning from an intelligent public more kicks (or, perhaps, laughs) than ha'pence for his pains. Still, we feel that a word may be spoken without fear of reproach. We, with our readers, have reached, so to say, the top of a hill in our journey and it is permissible for us, as the guides, on gazing back over the country through which we passed, to draw attention to a few of its features for the benefit of those not so well acquainted as we are with its details.

It is for us to indicate; praise or blame, approval or disapproval we leave to our readers. And this renunciation of responsibility, by the way, does not, in reality, argue quite so indifferent a spirit as may appear at first glance. We should not so readily leave the verdict to others, if we were not fairly certain already what the verdict will be. The letters which have been dealt with from month to month under the heading of "Illustrated Answers to Correspondents," have alone, we may state, in confidence, contained far more flattering remarks about us than we should care to put into print, and other departments have gained similar commendation.

To assume, then, our róle of showman we would draw attention to some of the articles which have figured in our pages during the past few months. The volume before us contains the early numbers of the Letters on Photography which, though written by an expert photographer, have, by their minute treatment of elementary facts, excited the admiration of more than one amateur. The same may be said of the Hints on Designing. And if we may place reliance on the testimony of those who have actually constructed the various objects for which we have provided drawings, our articles on metal work gesso, tarsia, carving and other home arts and crafts with which we deal have appeared to some purpose.

Accordingly we do not hesitate to believe that many of our readers will be glad to have our suggestions in the convenient form for reference which is presented by a bound volume. And this more particularly is true of the purely aesthetic, as distinct from the practical features of the magazine.

An essay, for instance, in the nature of that on Some Interesting Old Furniture, must depend largely on chance to reveal its true utility. Genuine information on old furniture is of permanent value and the reader interested in such matters who has no immediate use for such facts will do well to have them by him in some shape which is easily accessible if the need for them should arise.

But sufficient has been said. With becoming modesty we make our bow and retire.

The House Editor

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