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A PUZZLING INSCRIPTION. It is required to name the quotient of five or PRSV R Y P RF CTMN three lines of figures (each line consisting of five or more figures) only seeing the first line,

VRK PT AS PRC PTST Y. before the other lines are even put down. Any The two lines above were affixed to the comperson may write down the first line of figures munion-table of a small church in Wales, and for you. How do you find the quotient? continued to puzzle the learned congregation

for several centuries, but at length the inscripARITHMETICAL PROBLEMS.

tion was decyphercd. What was it?

To fifty, add full two-thirds of a ton,
Five hundred then annex, and when 'tis done,

Four people sat down in one evening to play; Add thereunto the centre of a pond ;

They play'd all that eve and parted next day. And, as by virtue of magician's wand,

Could you think, when you're told, as thus they A city, vast and populous arises, Whose name may cause, ye wits, some few sur

No other played with them, nor was there one mises :

bet : A city, to all Europe known,

Yet, when they rose up, each gained a guinea, Graced as the station of a female throne !

Tho' none of them lost to the amount of a

penny! 2. To one-third of six pray add the reversion Of half of a loaf, and, to increase diversion,

ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME. Add the end of a storm, two nothings between,

Page 180. With the head of a nation; and clear will be

PRACTICAL PUZZLE -- Request the person to The name of a monarch, whose father when give you the cards containing the number, and young,

then add the right-hand upper corner figures Won fame by the melodies which he sweet sung. together, which will give the correct answer.

For example: suppose 10 is the number thought 3.

of, the cards with 2 and 8 in the corners will be Place nothing before fifty-four,

given, which makes the answer 10, and so on To which add one-third of an ell.

with the others. To these annex one nothing more,

CONUNDRUMS-1. The road. 2. Because he is And add the centre of a mill;

attached to a bell(e). 3. Because he is an Ass. These, when arranged in line, express 4. Grow older. What's often used our hair to dress !

ENIGMA-Echo. 4.

NATURAL NOVELTYTo six add a cypher, and then quick annex, Now listen, Damsels, in my merry rhyme,

Fifty-one, and what's twice seen in nine; To clear my “Novelty" it seemis quite time. Ind plainly an instrument view, which you Who loves not beauty? be such but a bird, know

She doth the fancy with attractions gird : With others does oft sweet combine.

A pretty Paroquet, of East, wins fame,

For favourd graces ;-such is our first's name. ENIGMA.

Another beauty is our stronger next,

Who, for long essay, might produce fair text, Two men, with their two wives, and two sons, So wondrous are her ways in native woods ; stand thus related to each other :-the men are Her name is Parrot, showing checker'd moods. each other's fathers and sons, their wives The Vampire is our third; a mighty pest fathers and husbands, and their children's By the huge streams that mark the torrid West. fathers and grandfathers; the women are the The Bard of Avon, in his “Hamlet” Tale, children's mothers and sisters; and the boys Hath halo-girt my fourth, of Grecian vale: are uncles to each other. How can this be, and Few have not heard of such-the Porcupine, yet the parties be lawfully married ?

With barb-like quills that shows resentment's


Our fifth the Elephant, all will allow

Doth, as a Titan, by an Earthworm show. 1. What is it that a coach cannot go without,

An Oran-Otan our strong sixth appears yet is of no use to the coach or the passengers ?

Where Malay Palm its taking clusters rears. 2. When is it dangerous to walk the fields

vur Seventh, the Pelican, of lonesome shores. and when by the river-side ?

Destruction on the fin-lent creatures pours.

Hamster is title of our eighth : her bags 3. When is a bonnet not a bonnet?

With grain to furnish, steadily she fags. 4. When is a lady not a lady?

Such is my “Novelty," when fashion'd mist 5. When is a lady's neck pot a neck?

Quits all its precincts to display its list. 6. When is a baby not a baby?

Syiphs of green grove! nymphs of Minerva's

fame, 7. When is nose not a nose?

Try, through the product, science-lore to gaia.


PROBLEM XVI.-By Mr. M'COMBE. White playing first, mates in three moves.

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23. K. to Q.

23. Q. to K. B. 3. 24. Q. takes Q. Kt. P. 24. R. takes R. ch. 25. R. takes R.

25. B. to Q. B. 7. ch. @ 26. K. takes B.

26. Q. takes Kt. ch. 27. K. to Q

27. R. to K. B. 28. Q. to Q. Kt. 5. ch. 28. K. to B. 29. Q.takes B. and wins.


(a) The usual move at this juncture is Q. B. to K. 3.

(6) He would evidently have lost his Q. if he had taken R., by Black's B. to K. Kt. 4. ch.

(c) K. R. to R. 2. would have been preferable. (d) This is premature : he should first have played R. to K. B., after which his game would have been quite as good as his adversary's.

March 23rd, 1852.
White-Mr. Greenaway. Black-Mr.G.W.Medley

1. K. P. 2.
2. K. B. P. 2.
3. K. Kt. to B. 3.
4. K. R. P. 2.
5. Kt. to K. 5.
6. B. to Q. B. 4.
7. Q. P. 2.
8. Kt. to Q. 3.
9. P. takes P.
10. B. to K. B. 4.(a)
11. K. to Q. 2.
12. Q. B. P. 1.
13. Q. takes P.
14. Q. to K. 3.
15. Q. Kt. to R. 3.
16. Kt. takes Kt.
17. Kt. to K. B. 2
18. B. takes Kt.
19. P. takes P. (6)
20. Q. R. to K.
21. K. R. to Kt.
22. Q. to K. B. 3.

1. K. P. 2.
2. P. takes P.
3. K. Kt. P. 2.
4. K. Kt. P. I.
5. K. R. P. 2.
6. K. Kt. to R. 3.
7. Q. P. 1.
8. P. to K. B. 6.
9. B. to K. 2.
70. B. takes P. ch.
11. Q. Kt. to B. 3.
12. P. takes P.
13. B. to K. Kt. 5.
14. Kt. to R. 4.
15. Kt. takes B. ch.
16. B. to K. 2.
17. K. B. P. 2.
18. R. takes B.
19. B. takes P.
20. K. to Q. 2. (c)
21. R. to K. 3.
22. K. B. to Kt. 4. ch.



1. Q. takes Kt. ch.
2. R. to B. 6. ch.
3. K. Kt. P. 1. ch.
4. Kt. takes Q.P. Mate.

BLACK, 1. B. takes Q. 2. K. takes R. 3. K. to B. 2,

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THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. “I mean a little advanced, you know;

not old, certainly; but older than we are, -just a little.”

“Very well; what has that to do with “MAMMA,” said Catherine Clifton, one your strange way of talking ?” day, as she sat at work beside her mother, “Only this, that when people are young,

are all people silly when they are in and first begin to feel for one another love ?"

what you feel for papa, and he feels for My dear child,” exclaimed Mrs. you, we call it falling in love that is Clifton, “ what can you mean?

all." "I mean what I say,” replied Catherine; “You are talking very great nonsense, “I want to know if it is absolutely neces- Catherine ; and beyond that, you are sary to be silly when one is in love ?"

talking very improperly. The subject "My love,” exclaimed the mother, in itself is unsuitable for the lips of a young a still more deprecating tone than before, girl like you.”. you really astonish me; a young lady “ And for the heart, mamma?of your age, to speak out boldly on such “ Still more so for the heart.” a subject as-as

“Well, then, I won't vex you about my “As love, you mean, mamma?” poor little heart. I was going to talk “For shame, Catherine.”

about those who are older than myself. “You love papa, don't you, dear What do you think, mamma, of the promamma?

spects of your family at present ? There! “Of course I do ; but that is quite a is not that a proper, sober kind of different thing."

question ?" Only different in time.

You are

“I do wish you would be serious, Cagetting to be old people now."

therine." “ old ?"

“Surely, dear mamma, you are difficult VOL. IX.-NO, CVI.




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to please to day, just when I was I suppose all young men have at college. serious, to give me that reproof.”

At least so he tells us." “ You did not look serious, and I don't “I, also, am afraid that he has. We believe you felt so.”

shall have to make great efforts, Catherine, Yes, dear mamma, I am very serious in order to meet these demands." indeed, and serious about this love too." “ What kind of efforts, mamma? You You, in love?

don't mean there is anything that I can “Oh, dear, no, no, pray don't think that; do, surely ? " I have nobody to be in love with, poor “ You might be more industrious, unfortunate, that I am!”

Catherine." “You make me really uncomfortable, “My dear mamma, see how I stitch Catherine, by talking in this manner.” away. All this long morning, while the

“I am a little uncomfortable myself, others are walking out, haven't I been too, if the whole truth was known ; but hemming this handkerchief for papa ?” never mind, dear, proper mamma. I “ I don't mean in that way, Catherine. won't vex you again. We'll talk about You are a good little girl with your the family; my brothers especially. How needle, and often help me when no one do you think they are getting on now in else does." their different vocations? I am sure I “In what way, then, am I to make speak like a grandmother now.”

efforts, so as to help to pay Philip's "I think, Catherine, at least, I hope debts? I am sure I would pay them all if they are doing extremely well.”

I could; only there is one thing I know—" • All ?”

6. What is that?" Yes, all,”

“He should not run into any more. “ Philip ? is he doing well ?”

I would pay them once, but never again.” “ Yes, Philip especially. I had a long “That is just what I feel, Catherine, confidential conversation with him yester- and have told him. He is to tell me day, and I was very much pleased with exactly what he owes; I shall then consult him, I can tell you—very much pleased with Robert, for you know we cannot indeed.''

trouble Mr. Clifton now about such “He didn't commit himself by talking matters.” about love, then ?"

“ Still you said 'we,' mamma, when No, indeed, he was not so foolish.” you spoke of effort; and you said I might “ He talked about the church, did he?" be more industrious. You must have had

“Yes, and instead of speaking lightly, some meaning: Do tell me what it was.” as he used, you know, he expressed himself “ I meant that you might apply more quite satisfied with the choice which his diligently to your studies ; might practise parents had made for him, and he seemed more on the piano; might take up Italian determined to pursue his studies with again ; and altogether qualify yourself increased diligence.”

better for-for-" Did he tell you of any new reason he “For what, mamma?had found for making these excellent

you know, Catherine, when resolutions ?"

women don't marry~" “No; nothing more than his own in- “Don't marry! dear mamma. Shall creased seriousness of mind and purpose.” | I never be married, then ? " “ Did Philip say that ? ”

* My dear child, you have a very plain “ Perhaps not in so many words; but that little face, and men, you know" was what I gathered from his conversa- “ Don't say any more, mamma. I know tion."

my poor face very well. I see it, you know, And it was altogether satisfactory? in the glass every day, so there can be no

“ As relates to the future, quite so. need to tell me about it. Besides which, One thing only troubled me. I find he a sharp pain runs through me when you has been extravagant, and we can ill speak in that way. Please don't say afford that any of the family should be ex- that any more, dear mamma." travagant now!”

“It is better, Catherine, to speak the “I am afraid Philip has debts. But truth than to flatter you.:.


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Yes; and when you catch me acting lady taken by a gentleman-oh! so kindly or speaking as if I imagined myself pretty, —you cannot think how kindly! But I hope you will tell me this truth. Until the hand of the lady looked cold and then, be assured, dear mamma, that I lifeless; and when the gentleman, as I know my face, and its defects, better than believe, had pressed it to his lips, it any one else can know them.”

dropped down as if nothing had happened, “You were not always so sensitive on just like a dead hand, or a lump of lead.” this subject, Catherine.”

“Well, you foolish little" " Perhaps not; but I have thought a great “Don't interrupt me, mamma, just yet. deal about it lately, more than it is quite It wasn't about the hand I wanted to tell comfortable to think; and when you tell you, but something I felt here, at my me I shall never marry-never can marry, heart.” nor be loved, as other women are.-Oh! “What was it, child ? I do not underdear mamma”

stand you." Hush, my child; I did not mean to · Indeed, mamma, I cannot tell.

There are many excellent talking very foolishly, I know; but why women, and happy women, too, who never were hearts given to people, mamma, marry.”

along with plain faces ? And why are Living all alone, mamma ?

such cold, cold hands, to have so much Living in the midst of society, ad. tenderness bestowed upon them ?" mired and valued.”

“I don't know, I'm sure, Catherine. “I care nothing about socicty. I only But see, it is time to dress for dinner. want one person to talk to, always. I Do you think your brother and sister have could be quite content with Seymy-quite returned from their walk ?” happy, or very nearly so, only that he “Is that all you have to say to me, must be so much away. He doesn't mind mamma?my face, mamma, why should other “ Why, child? You are so foolish this people ?

morning.” "I cannot tell you, child. I only know “I know it, dear mamma. I know ihat they do; and I mention the fact as truth also, better than you can tell me.” stimulus to you to apply yourself more to “ I think you are wrong, Catherine, too, your studies; to make yourself, in short, as well as foolish. These subjects must a wiser woman. I am afraid, Catherine, you be dismissed from your mind altogether. have been thinking very foolishly of late.” When are your Latin lessons to begin

“I am afraid I have, mamma, and again ?almost wickedly, too. Do you know, the " When my brothers go away, if you other day—but I won't tell you.”

please. But it is all waste of money, dear “Yes, do, Catherine. What happened mamma. I don't make anything out to you?”

with languages.” “Oh! nothing happened. It was all “And your music ? " within this stupid little heart of mine. I “ Still worse.” never felt anything like it before. I hope “ This is a sad account, Catherine. I shall never feel the same again.”

Something must be done. Mrs. Jameson "What did you feel, Catherine ?” tells me her daughters are making won

"Something so burning, and so wicked. derful progress in their Latin under Dr. It seemed as if a hot coal was laid upon Greenwood. How would you like to join my breast, just here."

them ?" “You frighten me,

Catherine. What “Oh! dear, not at all." was it?”

“What would you like, then, Cathe“I won't tell you who, I will only tell rine ?you what.”

“To be let alone, I think; to do as * Very well, then. Go on."

other people do-as Helen does, for “You must know, then, mamma, that instance.” peeping out of these ugly grey eyes of

“Ah! but Helen's prospects are very mine, and they do see a good many things, different from yours.” I saw, once upon a time, the hand of a “ Then tell me plainly and distinctly


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