This number begins the sixth year of publication of this magazine. We take this occasion to thank our readers for the cordial support that they have given it, and to say that plans are now being perfected for increasing both the size and scope of the contents of future numbers. The; many complimentary letters which we are constantly receiving is most encouraging evidence that the magazine is of practical value to those reading it. Repeated instances have come to our attention where articles in this magazine have been utilized for direct monetary benefit. Two of these instances are given as illustrations: A carpenter in a ■ear-by city made, during bis leisure time, several pieces of furniture described in the magazine. A visitor, chancing to see them, was so much pleased with their appearance that he purchased them at a juice which gave the maker a substantial return lor the time spent in making them. The success of these articles being so satisfactory, be continued making furniture, finding a ready sale for the same, and is now giving a very considerable portion of his time to this work, finding it more productive than his regular trade. He has made in the interim, a foot power saw table and band saw, which greatly facilitates the work. Another carpenter, living in a sea-coast town, has made quite a number of skiffs which he sells readily to yachtsmen at good prices. It is quite probable that many other readers who have leisure time and a fair degree of skill in woodworking could develop a similar line of business.

We would again call attention to the necessity of giving both the old and the new address whenever change in the mailing directions is sent us. We have also received a number of letters recently, without signatures. Should any one have failed to have received a reply to their inquiry or letter, the reason for this may be as above.

The time is approaching when we begin to think of Christmas and what we will do in the way of Christmas gifts. For that reason quite a number of articles are described in this number which are particularly suitable for that purpose, all of which may be easily made by one possessing ordinary skill with tools. The i back numbers of the magazine also contain many.articles describing things equally suitable. The advertising columns of the September issue give a list of articles on furniture, and in this number is a list of games, etc. A gift which is the product of the giver's skill carries with it associations not found in things purchased, and the enhanced sentiment adds much to the pleasure of both the giver and the receiver.

The auxilliary yawl, a description of which begins in this number, is a type of boat which has become very popular during the last few years, and we are confident that readers interested in boat building will welcome these articles. The boat is large enough to be comfortable for cruising along the shore, and yet not too large to be beyond the capacity of the amateur builder. We shall in an early number give the lines for a boat 30 feet long, so that those who prefer a larger boat can build the same from the description given, which will be very complete regarding the details of construction.

the cordial reception given the recent articles on boatbuilding has been very gratifying, and we shall hereafter, in addition to the descriptions published, give the lines of various types of boats which would be of interest to amateur builders.

Owing to the large demand for back numbers containing the descriptions of small boats, we have published a reprint of the following boats:-20 foot speed launch, sailing dory, rowing skiff, 9 foot skiff tender, sectional skiff and canvas canoe, which together with "Boat Sailing for Amateurs " are issued in one hook, which will be sent postpaid for 25 cents.