subdivision of rank, as it comprises the makers of boots and shoes of the general character formen and woman. But the Savatier is, or was the first and foremost in this social strata of leatheren fraternity–the premier of his craft, the real artist. It was he that made, and may still bemaking, the dainty feet of the tairlook so bewitching; he is the specialist pour chaussures tinepour dames!Thus these lovely concoctions of costly materials, something richly embroidered, these sweetand delicate slippers–all these were, in trade parlance, called “Savates,” and the artists aSavatier. It is probable that envy and jealousy may like the French Boxers reach pretty high, forthey reached the Savatier and fought him with the most deadly of all weapons–derision andridicule.It was too much for him, and he seems to have succumbed; and today the lowest in the rankshave assumed his name, and the cobbler henceforth is known as a Savatier, and the worn out,shapeless, castoff shoe, as une savate–profanation of an art!And now let us return to our moutons. I am not prepared to assert that the Savateur or tireurs deSavate of old, and originators of the art, wore “Savate” as then understood, I will even go as faras to admit of certain doubts, but I am quite certain that they were not “shod” with thedisreputable article as understood today. In all probability they wore light, soft shoes, and onlycalled Savate by courtesy, a commodity at no time everlasting, so that as time went on thecovering of their feet resumed its proper and real name of Chausson.