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entered the ravine. An almost perpendi- dizzy height that peered through the mist cular wall or bank ascended on each side till she could no longer see, and her eyes to the height of one hundred feet, com- filled with tears. posed of rocks and crags, fretted by decay Who but a woman can tell the feelings and storm into fantastic shapes and posi- of a woman's heart ? Fear came thick tions. A few scattered bushes and trees and fast upon the reeling brain of Hannah. sought nourishment from the earth that “ Oh, my boy-my brave boy will die !" had fallen from the level above, and and wringing her hands in agony, she excepting their assistance, and the unseen sank at her husband's feet. The pain of surface of the rock, this natural fort “hope deferred” had strained her heart. seemed inaccessible but to bird and strings to the utmost tension, and it beast. About an eighth of a mile from seemed as if the rude hand of despair had the entrance, a cataract closed the gorge, broken them all. The terrified husband throwing up its white veil of mist in seem- threw water upon her pale face, and strove ing guardianship of the spirit waters. The by all the arts he knew to win her back to verdant boughs hanging over the bank life. At last she opened her languid eyes, cast a deep bloom upon the bed below, stared wildly around, and rose trembling while so lofty was the distance, they seemed to her feet As she stood like a heart. to grow up to the sky. Blue patches of broken Niobe, "all tears," a fragment of water were seen peeping between them. rock came tumbling down the opposite
Hannah soon missed her boy, but as he bank. She looked up--she was herself had often wandered in the fields where his again, for half up the ascent stood her own father was at work, she concluded he must dear boy. be there, and checked coming fears with But even while the glad cry was issuing the hope that he would return at the hour from her lips it turned into a note of of dinner. When it came, neither Josiah horror. “Oh, mercy, mercy!” The crag nor any of his men knew where he was. on which the boy stood projected from the Then the agitated mother exclaimed- rock in such a way as to hang about twelve “He's lost-he's lost! my poor boy will feet over the bank. Right below one of starve in the woods !"
the edges of the crag, partly concealed Gathering courage, she hastily sum- among some bushes, crouched a panther. moned the family around her, and de- The bold youth was aware of the proximity spatched them all but her husband to of his parents and the presence of his dansearch in different directions in the neigh- gerous enemy at about the same time. He bouring forest. To her husband she said had rolled down the stone in exultation, to -“Scour every field you call your own, convince his parents of the high station he and if you can't find him, join me in had attained, and he now stood with another the gorge.” “He wouldn't go to the in his hand, drawing it back, and looking at gorge, Hannah ?
“ He would go any- them as if to ask whether he should throw it where.” She knew not why, but a pre- at the terrible animal before him. Till then sentiment that her boy had followed the the mother stood immovable in her suscourse of the stream dwelt strongly on her pense; but, conscious of the danger of her mind.
son if he irritated the beast, she rushed some "I can't find him, Hannah," said the distance up the rock. Yet, with the fearhusband, as he joined her at the mouth of less mind of childhood, and a temper little the gorge. An eagle flew past the mother used to control, he fearlessly threw the as she entered the ravine. She thought fragment with all his might at the feroci. to herself, " The dreadful birds are tearing ous animal. It struck one of his feet. He my child to pieces ;” and, frantic, she gave a sudden growl, lashed his tail with hastened on, making the walls of the fury, and seemed about to spring. “Get ravine echo back her screams for her your rifle, Josiah !” The poor man stirred offspring The only answer was the not. His glazed eye was fixed with a look eternal thunder of the boiling cataract, of death upon the panther, and he appeared which, as if in mockery of her woe, threw paralysed with fear. His wife leaped from its cold spray upon her hot and throbbing the stand, and, placing her hands upon temples. She strained her eyes along the her husband's shoulders, looked into his
face and said—“Are you a man, Josiah Eaton ?
FEMALE ATTIRE. Do you love your child ?" He started as if from sleep, and ran with furi- The style of ladies' dress which now preous haste from the ravine.
vails, has been much spoken against of Again the mother looked towards her late. An English writer defends it, howson. He had fallen upon his knees, and ever, declaring it to be,“ upon the whole, was whispering the little prayers which she in as favourable a state as the most vehehad taught him, not in cowardly fear, but ment advocate for what is called nature a thought came across his mind that he and simplicity could desire. It is a cosmust die. The distracted mother could tume in which they can dress quickly, keep still no longer. She rushed up the walk nimbly, eat plentifully, stoop easily, steep ascent with the energy of despair, loll gracefully, and, in short, perform all reckless of danger, thinking only of her the duties of life without let or hindrance.
The rocks crumbled and slipped The head is left to its natural size, the beneath her feet, yet she fell not. On, on skin to its native purity, the waist at its she struggled in her agony. The ferocious proper region, the heels at their real level. creature paused a moment when he heard | The dress is one calculated to bring out the wretched mother approach. True to the natural beauties of the person, and his nature, he sprang at the boy. He each of them has, as far as we see, fair barely touched the crag, and fell back- play. In former days, what was known of ward, as Hannah ascended the opposite a woman's hair in the cap of Henry the side. “ Ah!” said she, laughing deliri- Eighth's time ; or of her forehead under ously, “the panther must try it again her hair in George the Third's time ; or before he parts us, my boy; but we won’t of the fall of her shoulders in a welt or part.” And sinking on her knees before wing in Queen Elizabeth's time ; or of him, she fondly folded him to her breast, the slenderness of her throat in a gorget bathing his young forehead with her tears. of Edward the First's time ; or of the Unaltered in his ferocity, and his shape of her arm in a great bishop sleeve
of gratifying it, the panther even in her own time? Now-a-days all again sprang from his situation. This these points receive full satisfaction for time he was more successful. His fore- past neglect; and a woman breaks upon foot struck the edge of the crag. “He us in such a plenitude of charms, that will kill us, mother! he will kill us !” and we hardly know where to begin the catathe boy nestled close to his mother's logue. Hair light as silk, in floating bosom. The animal struggled to bring curls, or massive as marble in shining his body to the crag-his savage features coils. Forehead bright and smooth as but a step from the mother's face. “ Go mother-of-pearl, and arched in matchless away, go away," shrieked
symmetry by its own beautiful drapery. ther, hoarse with horror ; “ you sha'n't Ear, which for centuries had lain conhave my child !” Closer, still closer he cealed, set on the side of the head, like a came-his red eyes flashing fury, and the delicate shell. Throat, a lovely stalk, thick pantings of his breath came in her leading the eye upward to a lovelier flower, very face.
At this awful moment she and downward along a fair sloping ridge, hears the faint report of fire-arms coming undulating in the true line of beauty, to from the gulf below-the panther's foot- the polished precipice of the shoulder, hold fails, his sharp claws loosen from the whence, from the pendant calix of the rock, and the baffled beast rolls down the shortest possible sleeves, hangs a lovely precipice at the feet of Josiah Eaton. branch, smooth and glittering like pale
The sun's last rays gleamed on the pink coral, slightly curved towards the little group at the mouth of the gorge. figure, and terminating in five taper They were on their knees—the mother's petals, pinker still, folding and unfolding hands raised over the head of her son, and at your own sweet will,' and especially the voice of prayer going to their Guardian contrived by Nature to pick your heart for His mercy in thwarting the panther's clean to the bone, before you know what leap.
you are about."
TO THE OLD YEAR,
What of the dim and vanish'd year,
Its sunlight and its song, Chequer'd by many a smile and tear,
Among the restless throng, Who look'd upon its early hope, As some unchanging horoscope !
Through the long vista of its hours,
Its false and futile dreams-We sought no radiance in its flowers,
Nomusic in its streams; Only some sad memorial kept or all the visions vainly wept!
Time is the heart's historian,
Its records sternly read,
Breathe of the silent dead !
Its sudden solitude!
The heart by Hope renew'd !
Without affection's dower?
To chill the hallow'd hour,
But now some living voice hath fill'd
Another home with song-
Amid our festal throng:
We bend above the dreamy lore,
The earnest glowing page, That yields its tributary store
To student and to sage! Weaving a wreath around the lyre, That kindles with its ancient fire !
Upon the altars of the past,
Those visionary shrines ! , A thousand thoughts are crowding fast
From feeling's refluent mines, That linger with a latent spell, Around the dreams they loved so well!
The past !--that with its haunting words
And rays of fitful light
The willing neophyte,
Another year may rise,
To fairer, brighter skies-
ALICE FAY. Sipping out of Lethe's chalice, could I cease to
dream of Alice ? Not till all the past is blotted could I banish
Alice Fay. Fond of mischief was my Alice, but the minx
was void of malice, And the well of deep affection sparkled o'er
with bubbles gay. Through the leaves the sky is broken, in a thou
sand fragments broken, And they glimmer in the moonlight, in the
silver moonlight gleam, Till they show a certain token, in a language
sweetly spoken, of the light in eyes where archness hideth
half the fonder beam. In the breeze they stir and quiver, like the ripples
on the river, Like the lovely stars they twinkle, like the
happy stars they smile : With the light uncertain quiver, that delights the
saucy giver When he kisseth maiden Mischief by the olden
trysting stile. All around the zephyrs playing, with the golden
hours a-maying, To and fro the graceful branches; to and fro
the branches play ; And I see the pliant swaying, when the lovely
Alice straying, Free as breeze, and fresh as zephyr, gathered
violets in May. Like Aurora's fingers rosy, like the rosebuds in a
posy, Were the tips of Alice's fingers, were the taper
finger tips; And confounded with the posy, May-buds, tiny
all and cosy, They are nestling 'mid the flowers where a bee
in silence sips. When the leaves are thick above me, when the
stars do seem to love me, Thus it is in summer morning, thus it is in
summer night, Fairy memories do move me, and descending
from above me, Comes the spirit of my Alice, shedding over
me its light.
SWEDISH MOTHER'S HYMN.
All on the lily spray,
The little children pray.
And to heaven's gate hath sped,
The prayers which the children have said.
And brings--that dove so mild-
A blessing on every child.
It bears whatever you say
All on the lily spray.
Tapioca.--Choose the largest sort, pour cold FOOD FOR INVALIDS.
water on to wash it two or three times; then soak
it in fresh water five or six hours, and simmer it BY MRS. HALE.
in the same until it becomes quite clear; then put One of the loveliest accomplishments of a lady lemon juice, wine, and sugar. The peel should is to understand how to make the invalid in her
have been boiled in it. It thickens very much. family comfortable. Pood prepared by the kind
Sago.--Cleanse it by first soaking it an hour in hand of a wife, mother, sister, friend, has a
cold water, and then washing it in fresh water. sweeter relish than the mere ingredients can
To a teacupful add a quart of water and a bit of give, and a restorative power which money can- / lemon-peel, simmer it till the berries are clear, not purchase. These receipts will enable the
season it with wine and spice, and boil it all up watchful attendant to vary the food, as choice or
together. The sago may be boiled with milk insymptoms may render expedient. Jellies and
stead of water, till reduced to one-half, and meat broths, together with the various kinds of served without seasoning. farinaceous food, are the lightest on the stomach, as well as generally the most nutritious for an
Sago Milk. – Cleanse as above, and boil it invalid. Milk preparations are useful when the slowly, and wholly with new milk. It swells so lungs are weak. Food that the stomach can
much, that a small quantity will be sufficient digest without distressing the patient is the kind
for a quart, and when done it will be diminished
to about a pint. It requires no sugar or flathat gives actual strength.
vouring. To make Gruel.-Mix a dessert spoonful of fine
Ground Rice Milk.-Boil 1 spoonful of ground oatmeal or patent groats, in two of cold water, add a pint of boiling water, and boil it 10 minutes,
rice, rubbed down smooth, with 1) pint of milk,
a bit of cinnamon, lemon-peel and nutmeg. keeping it stirred.
Sweeten when nearly done. OT,-boil a quarter of a pint of groats in a quart of water for about 2 hours, and strain Restorative Milk. - Boil a quarter of an ounce through a sieve. Stir into the gruel a small piece of isinglass in a pint of new milk till reduced to of butter, and some sugar, nutmeg, or ginger, half, and sweeten. grated; or, if it be not sweetened, add a small Suet Milk.-Cut one ounce of mutton or veal pinch of salt.
suet into shavings, and warm it slowly over the Barley Gruel.-Wash 4 ozs. of pearl-barley ; fire in a pint of milk, adding a little grated lemonboil it in 2 quarts of water with a stick of cinna- peel, cinnamon, and loaf-sugar. mon, till reduced to a quart ; strain and return
Imitation of Asses' Milk.-Boil together equal it into the saucepan with sugar and three-fourths quantities of new milk and water; sweeten with of a pint of milk. Heat up, and use as wanted.
whito sugarcandy, and strain. Flour Caudle.-Mix, smoothly, a tablespoon- Or,--Stir into a gill each of milk and boiling ful of flour with a gill of water; set on the fire water a well-beaten egg, and sweeten with white in a saucepan a gill of new milk, sweeten it, and, sugarcandy. when it boils, add the flour and water ; simmer
Barley Milk.-Boil half a pound of washed and stir them together for a quarter of an hour. pearl barley in 1 quart of milk and half a pint of
White Caudle.- Make the gruel as above, strain water, and sweeten: boil it again, and drink it through a sieve, and stir it till cold. When to when almost cold. be used, sweeten it to taste, grate in some nut- Baked Milk-Is much recommended for conmeg, and add a little white wine; a little lemon- sumptions. The milk should be put into a mopeel or juice is sometimes added. The yolk of derately-warm oven, and be left in it all night. an egg, well beaten, may likewise be stirred in when the gruel is boiling.
Calves' Feet and Milk.-Putinto a jar two calves'
feet with a little lemon-peel, cinnamon, or mace, Rice Caudle.--This may be made with water of milk; when it boils, add some ground rice, them; tie over closely, and set in a slack oven
and equal quantities of milk and water to cover previously mixed smoothiy with a little cold
for about 3 hours; when cold, take off the fat; water; boil till thick enough, when sweeten it,
and sweeten and warm as required. and grate in nutmeg, or add a little powdered cinnamon.
Sheep's Trotters.--Simmer 6 sheep's trotters, 2
blades of mace, a little cinnamon, lemon-peel, a Arrow-root.-It is very necessary to be careful not to get the counterfeit sort; if genuine, it is
few hartshorn shavings, and a little isinglass, in very nourishing, especially for persons with
2 quarts of water to l; when cold, take off the weak bowels. Put into a saucepan half a pint warming with it a little new milk.
fat, and give nearly half a pint twice a day, of water, grated nutmeg, and fine sugar; boil up once, then mix it by degrees into a dessert-spoon
Isinglass.--Boil 1 oz. of isinglass shavings, 40 ful of arrowroot, previously rubbed smooth with
Jamaica peppers, and a bit of brown crust of bread, 2 spoonfuls of cold water.
in a quart of water, to a pint, and strain it. This Or, - Mix a dessert-spoonful of arrowroot,
makes a pleasant jelly to keep in the house; of with a little cold water, have ready boiling water
which a large spoonful may be taken in wine and in a kettle, pour it upon the arrowroot until it
water, milk, tea, soup, or any way most agreeable. becomes quite clear, keeping it stirred all the Gloucester Jelly.--Boil in 2 quarts of water till time; add a little sugar. Where milk may be reduced to 1 quart, the following ingredients : taken, it is very delicious made in the same hartshorn shavings, isinglass, barley and rice, way with milk instead of water, a dessert-spoon- one ounce of each. When this jelly, which is ful of arrowroot, and half a pint of milk; ada light and very nourishing, is to be taken, a few a small bit of lemon-peel.
tablespoonfuls of it must be dissolved in a little inilk, together with a bit of cinnamon, lemon- before there is time to let it get cold, put a piece peel, and sugar. It will be very good without of cork up the narrow end of a funnel, pour the the seasoning.
broth into it, let it stand for a few minutes, Bread Jelly.-Cut the crumb of a penny roll
and the fat will rise to the top; remove the cork, into thin slices, and toast them equally of a pale
and draw off in a basin as much of the broth as is brown; boil them gently in a quart of water till
wanted, which will be perfectly free from fat. it will jelly, which may be known by putting a
For a quick-made Broth.-Take a bone or two little in a spoon to cool; strain it upon a bit of
of a neck or loin of mutton, take off the fat and lemon-peel, and sweeten it with sugar.
skin, set it on the fire in a small tin saucepan Rice Jelly.-Boil half a pound of rice, and a that has a cover, with three-fourths of a pint of small piece of cinnamon, in two quarts of water, water, the meat being first beaten and cut in this for one hour; pass it through a sieve, and when bits; put a bit of thyme and parsley, and, if apcold it will be a firm jelly, which, when warmed proved, a slice of onion. Let it boil very quickly: in milk and sweetened, will be very nutritious; skim it; take off the cover if likely to be too add 1 pint of milk to the rice, in the sieve, boil it weak, else cover it. Half an hour is sufficient for for a short time, stirring it constantly, strain it,
the whole process. and it will resemble thick milk, if eaten warm.
Calf's Feet Broth.-Boil 2 calf's feet, 2 ozs. of Strengthening Jelly.--Simmer in 2 quarts of
veal, and 2 of beef, the bottom of a penny loaf, 2 soft-water, 1 ounce of pearl barley, 1 ounce of
or 3 blades of mace, half a nutmeg sliced, and a sago, 1 ounce of rice, till reduced to one quart; little salt, in 3 quarts of water to 3 pints; strain, take a teacupfulin milk, morning, noon, and night and take off the fat.
Hemp-seed Jelly.---Bruise hemp-seeds, boil them Chicken Broth.-May be made of any young fowl in water and strain; afterwards, simmer the which is afterwards to be brought to table; but liquor until it is of the thickness of gruel.
the best sort is to be procured from an old cock Tapioca Jelly.-Wash the tapioca, soak it for
or hen, which is to be stewed down to rags, with three hours in cold water, in which simme it till a couple of onions, seasoned with salt and a little dissolved with a piece of thin lemon-peel; then
whole pepper; skim and strain it. sweeten, and take out the peel before using.
A Weaker Kind. After taking off the skin and To make Panada in five minutes.-Set a little rump, put the body and legs of a fowl, from the water on the fire with some sugar, and a scrape white meat of which chicken panada has been of nutmeg and lemon-peel; meanwhile grate made, into the water it was boiled in, with 1 blade some crumbs of bread. The moment the mixture of mace, 1 slice of onion, and 10 white pepperboils up, keeping it still on the fire, put the corns. Siinmer till the broth be of a pleasant crumbs in, and let it boil as fast as it can. When flavour. of a proper thickness just to drink, take it off.
Beef Tea.-Cut half a pound of lean fresh beef Or, -Put to the water a bit of lemon-peel, mix into slices, lay it in a dish, and pour overit a pint the crumbs in, and, when nearly boiled enough, of boiling water; cover the dish and let it stand put some lemon or orange syrup. Observe to
half an hour by the fire, then just boil it up, pour boil all the ingredients, for, if any be added after,
it off clear, and salt it a very little. the panada will break and not jelly. Chicken Panada.- Boil a chicken, till about
Veal Tea-is made in the same way, and three-parts ready, in a quart of water ; take off Chicken Tea also. the skin, cut the white meat off when cold, and
To Drink Cold.-Take 1 lb. of lean beef, clear put into a marble mortar; pound it to a paste with a little of the water it was boiled in, season
it from every particle of skin, fat, or sinetr, rasp or with salt, a grate of nutmeg, and the least bit of
divide it into very small pieces; then put it into lemon-peel. Boil gently for a few minutes to the plunge the jar into a kettle
of boiling water, let it
a jar, and pour a quart of boiling water upon it; consistency you like; it should be such as you
stand by the side of the fire, but not near enough can drink, though tolerably thick. This conveys great nourishment in a small compass.
to simmer, and allow it to grow cold. Then strain
the beef-tea through a muslin sieve, and, if the Sippets.- When the stomach will not receive
patient be very delicate, filter it through blotting, meat, are very nutritious, and prepared in this
paper. This tea is to be taken when cold, and simple manner :-On an extremely hot plate, put will remain upon the stomach when other 1100two or three sippets (small square pieces) of rishment fails; it may be given to infants. bread, and pour over them some gravy, from beef, mutton, or veal, with which no butter has Eggs.-An egg broken into a cup of tea or been mixed. Sprinkle a little salt over.
beaten and mixed with a basin of milk, makes a Broths of Beef, Mutton, and Veal.-Put 2 lbs. of breakfast more supporting than tea alone. An lean beef, 1 lb. of scrag of veal, 1 lb. of scrag of
egg divided, and the yolk and white beaten sepainutton, sweet herbs, and 10 peppercorns, into a
rately, will afford two very wholesome draughts, nice tin saucepan, with 5 quarts of water; sim
and prove lighter than when taken together Eggs mer to 3 quarts, and clear off the fat when cold. very little boiled, or poached, taken in small Add 1 onion, if approved. Soup or broth made of quantities, convey much nourishment; the yolk different meats is more supporting, as well as
only, when dressed, should be eaten by invalids. better flavoured. To remove the fat, take it off Stew for Persons in Weak Health.-Cut real when cold as clean as possible; and if there be into slices, and put them into an earthen jar, still any remaining, lay a bit of clean blotting- with sliced turnips, and a little salt; cover closely, paper on the broth when in the basin, and it will set the jar up to the neck in boiling water, and take up every particle. Or, if the broth is wanted stew till the meat is tender.