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and the brandy, and now I will show you
The merry-makings of Christmas-tide have ever been a favourite theme with the poet and the humourist; nor has the antiquarian omitted to take part in its games and gambols.
In Yorkshire the bells greet "Old Father Christmas," at eight o'clock in the eve, with a merry peal, and then the yule candles are lighted, and the youth of the towns issue forth with trumpets, drums, and bells, or other tinkling music, wandering from door to door. Then the Christmas-pie, of vast dimensions, is formally cut and served with good old ale to the gentry far and near, and humble yulecakes and good spiced ale delight the hardy peasants.
Many curious and now almost obsolete customs, are celebrated at Christmas-tide, when nearly all the world makes merry, for most people consider that
and hoodman-blind, with the bringing in of the boar's head, announced by its proper carol:
**Hospitality, Christmas, and mirth are akin,
And the heart's best of feelings bid welcome him in."
Alas! many of our good old customs are rapidly passing away; the carols
"And jestours for to tellen us tales,"
"The boare's head in hande bring 1,
are almost considered as things that were. In our young days we have sat and listened to the good old ditties of Christmastide, sang around the yule-log, which was brought in with all "the ceremonial and pomp of festival," and the wassail-bowl, the dancing feet, and dulcet voices of the damsels oft made us wish that Christmastide came more than once a year.
The days of the hobby-horses and dragons, the pipers, drummers, and chanters, have passed away, and little remains of the customs of Christmas-tide, except snapdragon and the lately revived Christmas-tree.
"Ah! here is good Uncle Robert again; he is leading us to see something pretty, or to get up a new game. No! he has made us a Christmas-tree; and hush! he is going to speak."
"My dear children," says Uncle Robert, you know that I always like to make you happy at Christmas; yes, and at all times, but especially at such a time, and, therefore, I have made you a Christmas-tree."
"Oh! uncle, how beautiful!" exclaim the children. "How did you make it? do tell us."
"Well, my dears, it is merely a young fir-tree, about eight feet high, which I have had placed in a square box, and you see that there are six rows of branches, each bearing ten small wax-tapers, while various kinds of sweetmeats, bonbonnières, small toys, and trifles, are suspended from the under part of the branches; and you will find that each of your names is placed upon the little present intended for you, which will prevent any quarrelling."
Since we met last year at Christmas-tide, "What myriad hopes and fears do we remember. That had their death or birth!
How many joys and sorrows, which have made
The kindred faces of the social ring. Since last the angel of the frost did whiten The landscape with his wing,
Hath misery from our firesides kept aloof?
RULES FOR SUCCESS IN
BY T. P. B.
Select the kind of business that suits your natural inclinations and temperament.-Some men are naturally mechanics; others have a strong aversion to anything like machinery, and so on; one man has a natural taste for one occupation in life, and another for another.
I never could succeed as a merchant. I have tried it, unsuccessfully, several times. I never could be content with a fixed salary, for mine is a purely speculative disposition, while others are just the reverse; and therefore all should be careful to select those occupations that suit them best.
Let your pledged word ever be sacred.— Never promise to do a thing without performing it with the most rigid promptness. Nothing is more valuable to a man in business than the name of always doing as he agrees, and that to the moment. A strict adherence to this rule gives a man the command of half the spare funds within the range of his acquaintance, and encircles him with a host of friends, who may be depended upon in any emergency.
Whatever you do, do with all your might. Work at it, if necessary, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can just as well be done now. The old proverb is full of truth and meaning-"Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well." Many a man acquires a fortune by doing his business thoroughly, while his neighbour remains poor for life, because he only half does his business. Ambition, energy, industry, and perseverance, are indispensable requisites for success in business.
Sobriety. Use no description of intoxicating drinks.-As no man can succeed in business unless he has a brain to enable him to lay his plans, and reason to guide him in their execution, so, no matter how bountifully a man may be blessed with intelligence, if his brain is muddled, and his judgment warped by intoxicating drinks, it is impossible for him to carry on business successfully. How many good opportunities have passed never to return, while a man was sipping a "social glass"
with a friend! How many a foolish bargain has been made under the influence of the wine-cup, which temporarily makes its victim so rich! How many important chances have been put off until to-morrow, and thence for ever, because indulgence has thrown the system into a state of lassitude, neutralizing the energies so essential to success in business. The use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage is as much an infatuation as is the smoking of opium by the Chinese, and the former is quite as destructive to the success of the business man as the latter.
Let hope predominate, but be not too visionary.-Many persons are always kept poor because they are too visionary. Every project looks to them like certain success, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, and always "under the harrow." The plan of" counting the chickens before they are hatched," is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.
Do not scatter your powers.-Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until you conclude to abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man's undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will continually be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain were occupied by a dozen different subjects at once. Many a fortune has slipped through men's fingers by engaging in too many occupations at once.
Engage proper employées.-Never employ a man of bad habits, when one whose habits are good can be found to fill his situation. I have generally been extremely fortunate in having faithful and competent persons to fill the responsible situations in my business; and a man can scarcely be too grateful for such a blessing. When you find a man unfit to fill his station, either from incapacity or peculiarity of character or disposition, dispense with his services, and do not drag out a miserable existence in the vain attempt to change his nature. It is utterly impossible to do so. "You cannot make a silk purse," &c. He has been created for some other sphere; let him find and fill it.
Their vigils around the red blaze in the hall. Crash!-'tis an avalanche!-silence no longer
Communes with night, and the winds cry aloud, The wrath of the tempest grows stronger and stronger,
Wrapping St. Bernard around with a shroud.
Holy St. Bernard! succour the dying,
Where but this instant the avalanche fell; Mother and child in the deep snow are lying, Making their grave in the cold mountain dell. No! there is one who is eagerly tearing
The hillock of snow from the child's freezing breast;
And now he in triumph is rapidly bearing
Her child, to the wolf or the eagle a prey. She reaches the convent-she faints at the portals
She is borne to the hall, and to life is restored: She sank at the gates the most hopeless of mortals;
And sought but in dying, the child she adored. She openes her eyes-on her babe!-on her trea.
Once more on its mother her darling has smiled. She weeps, but such tears have their fountain in
The dog of the mountain has rescued her child.
A COLLOQUY WITH MYSELF.
As I walk'd by myself, I talk'd to myself,
And the questions myself then put to myself,
Put them home to thyself, and if unto thyself Their responses the same should be,
O look well to thyself, and beware of thyself, Or so much the worse for thee.
What are Riches?-Hoarded treasures
She her worth can best express.
Go and learn of Idleness.
What is Truth ?-Too stern a preacher
What is Friendship?-If well founded,
Tell me not that he's a poor man, That his dress is coarse and bare; Tell me not his daily pittance
Is a workman's scanty fare.
That is all I want to know.
Has his character no blame? Then I care not if he's low-bornThen I ask not whence his name. Would he from an unjust action
Turn away with scornful eye? Would he than defraud another, Sooner on the scaffold die?
Would he spend his hard-gained earnings
On a brother in distress? Would he succour the afflicted,
And the weak one's wrongs redress?
Of my love and my esteem:
FATHER! that book
With whose worn leaves the careless infant plays,
THE priest-like father reads the sacred page, How Abram was the friend of God on high; Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny: Or how the Royal Bard did groaning lie, Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging
Or Job's pathetic plaint and wailing cry;
Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre.
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; How He who bore in Heaven the second name,
Had not, on earth, whereon to lay His head; How His first followers and servants sped;
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land: How he who, lone in Patmos banished,
Saw, in the sun, a mighty angel stand;
In several ages born, in several parts,
Or brewed liquor one Englishman drinks as much as four Scotchmen or nine Irishmen.
THE books in the library belonging to the British Museum occupy ten miles of shelf.
In the course of three and a half years 270,000 trees were felled, in order to get at the gutta percha.
THE eyes of needles are punched by a ma chine, which, superintended by one boy, can punch 20,000 in a day.
It was stated at a temperance meeting held in Liverpool, that there are now, throughout the world, about 16,000,000 teetotallers.
A railway train travels at 70 miles an hour, which may be called 105 feet per second, and this is little more than four times less than that of a cannon ball when discharged.
ENGLAND could pay her national debt in 14 years, if she would take the pledge, and devote all the money now spent in intoxicating drinks to its liquidation.
A ray of artificial light travels at the rate of 70,000 leagues in a second of time. Astronomers have given the rate of solar light at 192,500 miles in a second.
THE comparative value of keep for domestic fowls is as follows:-Geese, 5 per cent; ducks, 7 and a half; pigeons 10; duug-hill fowls, 40; turkeys and Guinea-fowls, 50.
A large railway engine consumes from 92 to 100 gallons of oil yearly for lubricating its working surfaces. The annual consumption of it by the London and North-Western Railway Company for this purpose exceeds 40, 000 gallons.
THE quantity of seed annually sown in Great Britain and Ireland amounts to 7,000,000 quarters. If two-thirds of this quantity should be rendered unproductive by some agency which has hitherto been uncontrolled, then 4,666.666 quarters of corn are annually wasted! The quantity thus lamentably wasted would support more than 1,000,000 of human beings.
In the formation of a single locomotive steam engine, there are no fewer than 5,416 pieces to be put together, and these require to be as accurately adjusted as the works of a watch. Every watch consists of at least 202 pieces, employing probably 215 persons, distributed among 40 traders, to say nothing of the tool makers for all these.
CALCULATIONS have been made, to show the number of different combinations which might be made in Chubbs' lock; and it appears that with an average sized key, having six steps, each ca pable of being reduced in height twenty times, the number of changes would be 86,400; that if the seventh step, which throws the bolt, be taken into account, the reduction of it only ten times would increase the number to $64.000. Further, that as the drill pins of the locks and the pipes of the keys might be inade of three different sizes, the total number of changes would be 2,592,000. In keys of the smallest size, the total number would be 648,000, whilst in those of the largest size it would be increased to 7,776,000 changes.