Hosiery. All hosiery is to be judged by the fineness of the thread and the and ness of the texture, which, in the case of stockings especially, may be partly apreciated by Weighing, at it were, the articles in the hand. In ribbed stockings a deception is sometimes practised, against which it is necessary to guard. The spaces between the ribs, which ought to be formed by an inversion of the stitch, contains no stitch at all, but an open range of threads pervious to the weather, and utterly destitute of durability. As the ribs of stockings exposed to sale are necessarily almost in Contact, the fault cannot be detected without introducing the hand and opening the tissue, when it will be instantly apparent; and, indeed, will exactly resemble the flaw caused by a dropped stitch in a stocking in wear. In cheap cotton stockings the feet are often cut out and sewed together, but these seams invariably hurt the