Draper. Drap is a French word meaning cloth, and "draper" in England, and "drapier" in France are the terms used in those countries to designate a dealer in cloth or clothing, dry goods or textile fabrics of any description; as, a linen-draper, a woolen-draper; being synonymous with merchant, or dry goods merchant in the United States. The "Drapers Company" of London, is a very important and influential body of merchants, having been incorporated since 1364, and at the present time owning two large buildings, called Halls, where they hold regular meetings twice a month. The company is a combination board of trade and benevolent association, and their objects seem to be to secure special city legislation favorable to their business, and to assist unfortunate members who are worthy. Some of the company's rules are interesting. Apprentices are received as members by paying a certain initiation fee, after which the Company becomes responsible to an employer for their good behavior. If these apprentices become wayward and require correcting, they receive a flogging by two tall men disguised in canvas frocks, two penny worth of birch rods being expended on the moral improvement of each delinquent.