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THE SCOTCH PIPER.

5. Draw a design upon cardboard, similar to the Who is that who is a friend very convenient to

annexed engraving. Then have; but if you cut off his tail increases to
cutitout neatly with a pair of every one, both friend and foe?
scissors, and gum a piece of
black cloth or velvet over
the part intended as the cap;
attach two pieces of China

CHARADES.
ribbon to the side of the cap,

1.
and gild or paint the epau- My second my first need not be,
lettes. Sew a small band of

Unless we come close by his side,
tape or webbing to the back

And then 't were disgraceful to see partof the kilt, large enough

That my first could not well be applied ; to allow the two fore-fingers My next the philosopher thinks on to pass through it; and when

As the best of all creatures or worst; this is done, gum a portion My whole is that second's distinction, of tartan over the lower

And the birth of my whole is my first. part of the design, so as to represent the kilt, and other

2. wise ornament the figure so Do not my whole too often to your glass; that it may represent a Or shorten me, you to that state may pass, Highland piper.

And shorten health-nay, life as well, alas ! If the whole figure is only intended to be painted, the

3. band at the back of the kilt must be glued on My first is, forsooth, as I steadfastly hold, instead of sewing it. Thus far the figure is com- Yet I own it appears somewhat strange, plete, and you must now make the boots, which Though time roll away, what will never grow old, may be easily done from a piece of plaid ribbon But remain ever new without change; or stuff, and some black cloth, leather, or velvet. My second than my first is more mystical still, 'Take care that they are large enough to admit For I swear that since first it was found, the tips of your fingers at the tops, which should By misfortune, by chance, by art, or by skill, be ornamented with some strips of China ribbon Has never been lost, being firmly bound; of various colours. The figure is now finished. My third is a thing that in Europe is seen,

To make the piper dance, introduce the two În Asia, Africa, and America, fore-fingers of the right hand through the bands, From which all mankind must confess there have at the back of the kilt, so that the knuckles only

been are seen; then place the boots upon the tips of Vast riches derived magnâ curâ; the fingers, and as the back of the hand and My whole, I maintain, when correctly combined, other fingers are concealed, the Scotchman may The British do at present possess-, be made to dance, by moving the fingers in Which on the American coasts you will find, such a manner that the knuckles are bent during If you'll just take the trouble to guess. the performance.

L. J. G. D. This forms a very amusing trifle for children at this season of the year.

ARITHMETICAL QUESTION.

If I lend a friend £200 for 12 months, on RIDDLES,

condition of his returning the favour, how long 1.

ought he to lend me £ 150 to requite my kindness? In the town I am often red-in the country I 1 ought to be green : In the town I am sought for mineral productions-in the country for vege

ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME. table ones : In the country I may be frequented for love-in the town always for interest: I am

PAGE 382. as old as the hills in the country--but have not

ARITHMETICAL QUESTIONS seen many centuries in the town. 2.

1. 75 feet in a second. 2. 4166% yards. I may squeeze you to death, when complete, ENIGMASBeheaded, I'm still a worse fate ;

1. D eath, A nts, C rown (5s.), Ring, EastMy whole you would not fear to meet,

Dacre. 2. Shaft. 3. Brat-rat, 4. It makes If led : but if shortened, in all forms you hate.

Virgo a virago. 5. Great-toe. 6. Please, lease, 3.

ease.
Complete, I brought a giant down,
Shortened, a king's sad heart I won;

TRANSPOSITION-
Behead again, I am the one,

1. The Ivel, in Bedfordshire. 2. The Ivel, in Who power to do these things did own. Somersetshire. 3. Levi, the son of Jacob. 4. Levi, 4.

one of our Lord's disciples. 5. Evil (adj.). 6. Evil What babies sit on,

(subst.). 7. Live (coal). 8. Veil. 9. Vile. And a spoiled child's oft in,

10. Live. The French article le (the) taken from Is what ladies fit on

Levi (or Vile), VI., the Roman numeral for six For dress, with a pin.

remains.

EDITED BY HERR HARRWITZ. PROBLEM XIII.-Dedicated to Mr. HARRWITZ, by Mr. M‘COMBE.

mates in four moves.

White playing first,

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GAME XIII.-Played at the Glasgow Club. White-Mr.Knott. Black-Mr. M'Combe.

1. K. P. 2. 2. Q. P. 2. 3. P. takes P. 4. Q. B. P. 2. 5. Q. Kt. to B. 3. 6. Q. to K. Kt. 3. 7. P. takes B. 8. B. to Q. R. 3. 9. K. Kt. to B. 3. 10. B. to Q. 3. 11. Castles. 12. Kt. to Kt. 5. 13. B. takes P. 14. Q. takes B. 15. Q. takes Q. 16. Q. B. P. 1. 17. K. to R. 18. Kt. to B. 3. 19. K. R. to Q. B. 20. R. to K. 21. Kt. takes R. 22. K. to Kt. 23. K. to B. 24. Kt. to B. 3. 25. K. to Kt.

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

26. K. to R.

26. Kt. to B. 5. 27. R. to K.

27. K. B. P. 2. 28. Kt. to R. 4.

28. K. Kt. P. 1. 29. K. Kt. P. 1.

29. Kt. to R. 6. 30. Kt. P. 1.

30. R. to B. 5. 31. K. to Kt. 2.

31. R. takes P. ch. And White resigned.

NOTES TO GAME XIII, (a) Better than Q. B. P. 1, which would retard the development of his forces.

(6) We should rather play B. to K. 3. or Q. Kt to B. 3.

(c) Not so good as Q. Kt. to B. 3., and if (7.)P. takes P., Black plays (7.) Q. Kt. takes P. For if (8.) Q. takes B., he would lose his Q. by Kt, to B. 7. ch.

(d) From this point to the end, Black follows up his advantage with unrelenting energy.

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fond of children, as well as fond of THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE.

managing and scheming for those whom it was her business or her pleasure to manage; for it was said of her, that she extended the sphere of her operations

a little beyond what was positively deHAVING so far delineated the leading nanded of her by any direct business of characteristics of the heads of the Clifton hers. Five healthy and promising childfamily, we turn not unwillingly to the ren of her own, however, afforded at the younger branches of the house, and to present time abundant scope for the exerthose who are more especially to live and cise of all her provisional, as well as act in the further development of our matronly propensities. Five olive-branches story. It is, consequently, necessary at now graced the paternal board. this stage of its progress to overstep a The boys, especially, had begun to few of the less eventful years of their evince those characteristics which had been history, at all events so many as will clearly indicated by the dream which bring us again into acquaintance with preceded the birth of each, but to which the villa, after other portions of the esta- the mother paid so little respect in her blishment besides its nursery, have become prospective arrangements. For instance, enlivened by the stirring feet, the merry it was no uncommon thing to find the laughter, and the busy hands of a happy three brothers grouped together in the and hopeful little family.

garden, the oldest ever at work constructMrs. Clifton at this stage of her life ing houses, or bridges, or boats, out of was a woman of many cares, but also such materials as fell in his way; the of many enjoyments. She was naturally second gazing thoughtfully upon his bro.

care

arose

ther's work, but taking no active part appearing likely to be committed to in it; and the third, even while a mere her

for plans and settlement, infant, wielding some weapon of warfare, Mrs. Clifton had nothing left to do but with which he was apt to strike down to get her children trained and eduwhatever edifice his strength was able to cated. It would have seemed likely destroy.

enough, according to her theory of the Without recording the nature of future, that their education should have any of the mother's after dreams,-for had especial reference to what the children though regularly repeated they became, were expected to do, and to be, in after as already stated, less distinct, as well as life. But no such idea of adaptation ever less regarded,--it is important only to seemed to dawn upon the parental mind. state, that the little Cliftons

School was school to Mr. and Mrs. Clifand walked much according to their ton, and so long as the accustomed items parents wishes, in the following order :-- of what is called a first-rate education Robert, the oldest, destined to carry on were duly filled up in the catalogue, and his father's business,-Seymour, destined duly paid for, neither the father nor the to be an Admiral, Philip, destined for mother thought it necessary to trouble the Church,-Helen, destined to be a themselves about the result. Both, indeed, beauty, and to make a great connection seemed to have imbibed, and so rested in marriage, ---Catharine, destined to be satisfied in, the somewhat vulgar notion, learned and clever, because she did not that if they paid well they should be well appear very likely to be beautiful. It served. So they made up their minds to must be confessed that this last item in stint for nothing in the way of masters, the family catalogue had a very different &c., and only inquired in the different destination allotted to her in the mother's families with whom they visited as to calculations previous to her birth, because which schools they could most cordially she was not expected to be a girl. There recommend. Of course the recommendahad, in fact, been a whole life laid out for tions thus elicited were so many and so her, or rather for him, with perhaps more various, that the question increased in certainty than for any of the others. Of difficulty, instead of being cleared up by this we say nothing further, feeling a little this mode of procedure ; so that the delicacy for maternal feelings under so common consequences ensued—the childsignal a mistake. It would have been well ren were sent to many schools, and by for Mrs. Clifton's family had she made making trial of numbers, it was hoped no more practical mistakes than this. they would select and profit by what was

The youngest child, too, besides being good in each. a girl, evinced certain other characteristics To Robert, the oldest son, this constant which threatened seriously to endanger liability to change failed to afford the any ambitious structure which might be pleasure which most children experience built upon the foundation of her feminine in the prospect of escaping from one graces. As an infant she was singularly school to another, under the hope of plain-looking, and hence the popular des- leaving all that is disagreeable behind. tination for those who are so was adopted ; He was rather remarkable for being a boy and as a matter of necessity not at all in of one fixed idea, or rather one decided conformity with the vision which, in this tendency of mind; and he cared less than instance, at least, might have been under- many where he was, if only this constood, this child was to be clever, stitutional tendency was allowed indultalented, — distinguished perhaps as

gence and exercise.

At last he preauthoress, or as the leader of a literary vailed upon his parents to allow him to circle; which the mother thought, with remain longer than they had intended, reason on her side, would be really being indeed to finish his education, at one par. more distinguished, than if she wrote books ticular seminary, where he had attached herself, seeing writers were so common. himself in an especial manner to a mas

All these destinations being clearly ter whose business it was to superintend planned out, all these matters being the drawing department. Not that Robert finally settled, and no other little life was what is called a "genius" in this or

an

even

any other branch of art. The last thing particular gift or talent. He was allowed he would have dreamed of being was an to cultivate that for the sake of display, artist, as that word is generally under and thus in a proportionate degree to stood. Little, indeed, of the ideal of neglect those other talents from which he general beauty had begun as yet to fill was still expected to draw all his resources his heart, or fire his brain. He only in after life. It pleased the honest pride loved, and this he did love supremely,--to of the master to whom Robert had make all sorts of architectural drawings ; attached himself to exhibit those perfect, not so much for their beauty, however, and

wonderful drawings which as for their character of utility. Thus his pupil liked so much to execute. It strength, duration, capability of sustain- pleased him to know that Robert would ing weight, and resisting force, were the infallibly carry away the first prize in qualities to which he most frequently this department; and it pleased the whole endeavoured to give form. In short, all school that there was one boy belonging which belongs to the department of en- to it so eminently gifted. Thus many gineering, seemed to be implanted in his circumstances combined to render the young mind with a depth which no other indulgence of his native talent both a power, and no

other attraction, could temptation and a delight to the boy. Even reach; and only just as far as was neces- at home, such was the satisfaction with sary for such purposes would he give his which these drawings were exhibited, that attention to those mathematical exercises Robert would have been dull indeed to which he was sometimes told by his father outward impressions had he not gathered would prove the groundwork and founda- from circumstances, though not from tion of his success in life.

direct words, that to exercise with diliRobert could not see very well how the gence and skill this natural gift of his was higher branches of study, not even the really the best and the wisest thing he study of mathematics, should assist him could do. Such often-how often who shall as a merchant. For himself, if he thought say !-is the real and practical education at all about the future, it was only to which a child receiving from circumplan that, as a merchant, he should be stances, when the language, the advice, nay, come rich; and so, by escaping very even the prayers of a parent are vainly exearly from business, should be able to in- pended in attempting to turn the tastes dulge his natural tastes by projecting and employments of the child into a widely railways, inventing bridges, or planning different sphere of thought and action. improvements in any other way. He When shall we understand these things thought he should buy an estate in some better? badly cultivated district; and, after bring- So Robert Clifton grew to be what is ing it into the highest state of cultivation, called a splendid draftsman, and gloried should then institute a sort of model and delighted in the art. Robert was not school for engineers, where all sorts of proud of himself, still less was he a vain practical experiments could be tested; a boaster ; but he was proud of the gift school to which men of science would which God had given him, and he did resort, and which would in time become the sometimes boast of what that gift might centre of attraction to surrounding nations. enable any man who possessed it to do. Thus it will be observed Robert, also, Even at school, there was scarcely any was a dreamer, like his mother ; but there kind of accident or difficulty occurring was method and consistency in his dreams in the practical occupations of the boys -there was also that which, had it been which Robert's constructive talent did not attended to in early youth, and cultivated enable him to remedy or surmount; so with a view to his happiness and welfare, that on all occasions when a clear head might have made him a benefactor to his and a ready and methodical hand were country, and a blessing to the times in wanted, young Clifton was called in; and which he lived. But he is at school yet, if he could not set matters right, the and we must not anticipate

whole school was convinced that no living Robert Clifton shared the fate of many person could. Had the boy really been a other boys wko are distinguished by one little vain and self-conceited no one could

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