Shirt. The English speaking peoples are indebted to the Arabs for the article of apparel known as the shirt, the Arabic name for which was camis, whence comes Italian camisca, and French chemise. It was called by our Saxon ancestors indiscriminately sherte, camise and shift, at which time the undermost garments of both sexes were of similar shape and materials. The word "shirt" is derived from the Saxon word sceort, short; and that from Latin curtus, having a similar meaning; hence curtail, etc., so that shirt is literally a short garment. One-half inch in the length of the neckband constitutes a "size" in shirt-numbering. With this is associated the length of the sleeve, the difference in the lengths of which is one inch. The best stock shirt manufacturers make 6 lengths of sleeves, ranging from 30 inches to 36 inches long, but the neckband number is the one used in naming the size of the shirt. The size of collars and cuffs is one-half inch in their lengths. The regulation or "standard" dimensions of the bosom of ordinary open-back shirts is 7 1/4 by 13 1/2 inches. An open-front, or open-back-and-front should be 8 by 15. Anything beyond this is superfluous and injures the set. In the South, it is the fashion to discard the waistcoat in summer, and so the bosoms of Southern summer shirts are made 17 inches in length, in order that they may reach below the waistband of the trousers. The following singular calculation has been made by a shirt-maker, regarding the number of stitches required to complete a shirt: Stitches in collar, four rows, 3,000; cross ends of same, 500; button-hole and sewing on button, 150; gathering neck and sewing on collar, 1,204; stitching the wristbands, 1,228; ends of wristbands, 68; buttonholes in wristbands, 148; hemming slits, 264; gathering sleeves, 840; setting on wristbands, 1,468; stitching on shoulder-straps, 1,880; hemming the bosom, 393; sewing up side seams of sleeves, 2,554; cording bosom, 1,104; "tapping" the sleeves, 1,526; sewing all other seams and setting side gussets, 1,272; total number of stitches, 20,649. The embroidered bosoms, now so extensively used for dress shirts in this country, come largely from Germany, where men as well as women work upon them in the country districts, when field labor is suspended. Some years ago a damask manufacturer in Scotland made a shirt entirely in the loom, without any kind of needlework, and sent it to the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. The neck, wristbands and shoulder-straps were of double cloth, neatly stitched; the buttonholes properly worked with appropriate stitch, the buttons sewed on, the gussets inserted, and a ruffle added. On the breast the Glasgow arms were woven, and the motto, "Let Glasgow Flourish." One of the queerest of superstitions is that entertained by steamboat hands and raftsmen along the Mississippi river, regarding the finding of a drowned person by means of his shirt. The shirt is taken to the place where the unfortunate is supposed to have gone down, spread out upon the water and allowed to float away. If the shirt in floating along with the current crosses the spot where the body lies it will slowly and unsteadily eddy about the surface for a few moments, as if locating the exact spot, and then rapidly sink to the bottom.