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2. A part of my dress; The wearer; its colour, transposed,

Will name, you'll confess, An entrance quite snug with doors closed.

prize!

Two travellers trudged along the road together,
Talking, as English do, about the weather ;
When lo! beside their path the foremost spies
Three casks, and loud exclaims, “A prize, a
One large, two small, but all of various size.
This way and that they gazed, and all around,
Each wondering if an owner might be found:
But not a soul was there-the coast was clear,
So to the barrels they at once draw near,
And both agree whatever may be there
In friendly partnership they'll fairly share.
Two they find empty, but the other full,
And straightway from his pocket one doth pull
A large clasp knife. A heavy stone lay handy,
And thus in time they found their prize was

brandy.
'Tis tasted and approved: their lips they smack,
And each pronounces 't is the famed Cognac.
Won't we have many a jolly night, my boy!
May no ill-luck our present hopes destroy;
'Twas fortunate one knew the mathematics,
And had a smattering of hydrostatics;
Then measured he the casks, and said, “I see
This is eight gallons, those are five and three."
The question then was how they might divide
The brandy, so that each should be supplied
With just four gallons, neither less nor more.
With eight, and five, and three, they puzzled sore,
Fill'd up the five-fill'd up the three, in vain;
At length a happy thought came o'er the brain
Of one : 't was done, and each went home content,
And their good dames declared 't was excellent.
With those three casks they made division true;
I found the puzzle out, say, friend, can you?

RIDDLES.

1. I help to boil a gipsy's kettle, I delve in the ground, the haymaker wants me, and I came into genteel company with King Harry.

2. What is the longest and shortest thing in the world; the swiftest and the slowest, the most divisible and the most extended, the least valued and the most regretted; without which nothing can be done; which devours all that is small, yet gives life to all that is great ?

ENIGMAS. Like eastern monarchs, screen'd from vulgareye, With triple wall secured, at ease I lie; So grand my station, title so elate, E'en kings, submissive, my precedence wait. Awful's my presence, form exceeding bright, Emitting broken rays of borrow'd light; Which, when collected, in a focus end, A speedy flight, or instant death portend; To me the hero bends the stubborn knee, And dignifies remote posterity; The scourge of tyrants I, the patriot's guard, The city's glorious prize and just reward ; In point of honour nice, but friend sincere ; The badge of bravery, but the tool of fear. But why should I attempt to veil my pride, Or longer my perfections strive to hide ? When naked, I command respect aloud, And strike a terror in the obsequious crowd ! But gaily clad, I figure for your sport, And shine a harmless bauble at the court.

CONUNDRUMS. 1. Why is a nobleman like a book ? 2. What is that which will be to-morrow and

was yesterday? 3. Why is a drunken man like a windmill? 4. Of what profession was Adam? 5. Why is a bad wife better than a good one? 6. What word in the English language, of one

syllable, which, if two letters be taken from

it, forms a word of two syllables ? 7. Why is a trunk, doubly tied, like a judgment

of Court? 8. Why is the letter T like the tales of Brob.

dignag? 9. What is the word of four syllables, each syl

lable of which is a word ? 10. What part of a vessel is like a hen's nest? 11. What is the difference between Shropshire

and water thrown over? 12. What four letters will name an old woman's

employment, a tailor's squeezes, and an article in use among women since the days of Anne of Bohemia?

ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME.

PAGE 60. PUZZLE-998. CHARADE-Battle-axe: a tool by Bruce so strik

ingly employed. CONUNDRUMS - 1. Because he makes people

steel pens, and then persuades them they do write (right). 2. By tying a knot in his tail, and that would make a pig's-tye. 3. Because all his thoughts are on the rack, and his greatest bliss is woe (wh-o!) 4. It comes before T. 5. S X (Essex). 6. A coro-net. 7. XTC (ecstasy). 8. Because it is the universe I tie (university). 9. Because it makes old metal into G-old metal. 10. Reviver. 11. Civil. 12. A hole in a stocking. 13. Re-nown. 14. It forms our habits. 15. It is breaking through

the sealing (ceiling). 16. His foot. TRANSPOSITION-Blink-Link-Ink. ENIGMAS - 1. Jack Catch-pronounced as spelt.

2. The Merry-thought. 3. The letter H.

CHARADES.

1. Bly first is a measure by no means uncommon, My second a weight that three letters express, My whole an attendant on each man and woman, Forming a requisite part of your dress.

EDITED BY HERR HARRWITZ.
PROBLEM XIV.-By A. G. M'COMBE, Esq. White playing first, mates in four moves.

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35. Q. takes P. ch.
36. R. takes Q.
37. R. takes R.
38. Q. R. P 1.
39. B. takes P.
40. B. to K.
41. K. to Kt.
42. K. to B.
43. R. takes R.

35. Q. takes Q.
36. R. to K.3.
37. R. takes R.
38, P. takes P.
39. R. to Q. R.5,
40. R. to Q. R. 8.
41. B. to K. R. 5. (e)
42. R. takes B. ch.
43. B. takes R. and wins.

1, K. P. 2. 2. K. Kt. to B. 3. 3. K. B. to Q. B. 4. 4. Q. Kt. P. 2. 5. Q. B. P.1. 6. Q. P. 2. 7. Q. to Q. Kt. 8. Castles. 9. K. P.1. (a) 10, Kt. takes Kt. 11. K. to K. 12. P. tales P. (6) 13. B. to R. 3. 14. Q. Kt. to B. 3. 15. Q. R, to Q. (c) 16. Kt. to K. 4. (d) 17. R. takes Kt. 18. K. to R. 19. B. takes B. 20. Q. to Q. B.2. 21. K. B. P. 2. 22. R. to K. 2. 23. B. to Q. B. 24. B. to Q.2. 25. B. to K. 26. Q R. P. 2. 27. B. to K.R. 4. 28. B. to Kt. 3. 29. P. takes P. 30. R. to Q. 6. 31, Q. to Kt. 3. ch. 32. Q. to B.3. 33. R. to Q. 4. 34. B. to K.

1. K. P.2.
2. Q. Kt. to B. 3.
3. K. B. to Q. B. 4.
4. B. takes P.
5. B. to Q. B.4.
6. P. talies P.
7. Q. to K. 2.
8. Q. P.1.
9. Kt. takes P.
10. P. takes Kt.
11. Kt. to B. 3.
12. B. takes P.
13. Q. B. P. 2.
14. Castles.
16. R. to Q.
16. Kt. takes Kt.
17. Q. to K. B.3.
18. Q. B. to K. 3.
19. Q. takes B.
20. Q. Kt. P.1,
21. K. B. P.2.
22. K. P.1.
23. R. to K.
24. K.P.I.
25. R. to K. 2.
26. Q. R. to K.
27. B. to K. B. 3.
28. K. Kt. P. 2.
29. B. takes P.
30. Q. to K.5.
31. Q. B. P. 1.
32. K. B. P.1.
33. Q. to Q. Kt. 8. ch.
34. Q. to Q. Kt. 6.

NOTES TO GAME XIV.
(a) We should here have preferred R. to K.

(6) B. takes P.ch. looks tempting, but would not bare
been sound, for suppose-
12. B. takes P. ch.

12. Q. takes B. 13. R. takes P. ch.

13. B. to K. 2. 14. B. to R.3.

14. Kt. to K. Kt.
and moving his K. before White can bring more pieces to
bear on the point of attack, Black will maintain his advan
tage of a clear piece.

(c) Threatening to take the B, with R.
(d) Better to have played Kt. to Kt. 5.
le) The shortest road to victory.

SOLUTION TO PROBLEM XIII.
WHITE

BLĀCE.
1. Q. takes R. ch.

1, Q. takes Q. (a) 2. Kt, to K. ch.

2. K. to Q. 5. ch. 3. K. to Q. %.

3. Anything. 4. Kt, to K. B. 3. Mate.

(a) 1. R. takes Q. 2. Kt. takes R. ch.

2. K, to Q.5. 3. Kt. to B. 3. Mate.

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CHAPTER IV.

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THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. bad; but he was a fine fellow, the mother

thought, notwithstanding, and would do exceedingly well at another school, no

doubt. She had just heard of one where In conversation with her husband, when the discipline was much more strict, and she could catch his ear, but more fre- to that he was about to be sent. Then quently in her own private meditations, it | there was Helen, growing every year more was a source of great self-gratulation to Mrs. beautiful,- fine, tall, noble - looking Clifton that her children were going on so creature. To be sure, her manner well, and so much after her own plans far from easy, but that was owing to the and wishes; for those who have strong school she had been at, this time, for faith in their own previsions, seldom see, one whole year and a-half; she, also, until very late, that their plans are not was about to make a change. And Kitty likely to succeed.

1 —the mother could not in her conscience Robert Clifton had obtained high hon- even whisper to herself that this, her ours at school, though in a line about as youngest child, was walking, or likely distant from his business occupations to walk, in the way she was intended to as could well be; Seymour was much go; for, instead of poring perpetually over commended for his attainments a I learned books, as had been designed and classic scholar, which also had not much I expected, Kitty was much more frequently to do with the purposes for which he was detected with a kitten in her lap, or her to live ; Philip--she could not say much canary let loose that it might perch upon for Philip's character at school, to be sure, her head, or even with a doll, carried out for he had fallen under heavy penalties to take an airing, when she had no better for disobedience and conduct generally i company. Kitty, in fact, was nothing,

VOL. IX.-NO. CII.

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and seemed as if she could be nothing getting on in the usual way, by growing of and by herself. Like a flitting shadow, up to men and women,_and very much she moved about the footsteps of others, taking their chance as to what kind of now reflecting one form of character and men and women they would be,—when a then another ; but almost vanishing away change, at first slight and little thought when there was no sphere of sympathy to of, came across their family arrangements

. live in, no other life to exist upon besides Mr. Clifton, like many other gentlemen her own.

And this little girl was to make immersed in business, was in the habit of a learned woman-to stand alone-to create fasting all the day, and returning late to a foundation for herself !

eat a hearty dinner,-at which he someCould the two sisters, as well as the times did eat rather more than inclination two brothers, have changed their minds dictated, on the principle that, having and persons, the mother's schemes might fasted so long, he must make up for it by have answered better for them, for Helen, double duty at his own table. Mrs. Clifquite unexpectedly to Mrs. Clifton, ton held the same opinion, and if anything and for some time unknown to her, could be got to tempt his appetite, or to evinced a tendency to what are called awaken an agreeable surprise, under which dry and abstract studies, rather unusual ( he might be induced to eat a little more in a girl of her age.

Indeed when these than usual, both were of opinion that a attainments were first spoken of in a great good had been attained, and the ex. letter which Mrs. Clifton received from periment was tried again with renewed the principal of the school to which Helen assiduity. In process of time, artificial had been sent, the mother did not believe aids were resorted to. Popular pills, of it, but thought it must be a mistake. She infinite variety, were taken ; but still Mr. had never read of any beauty having this Clifton did not feel himself quite the propensity, unless it was Lady Jane Grey thing. In fact, a sort of vertigo fre—and her fate was not the most encourag- quently attacked him when stooping or ing-certainly none of those fictitious turning quickly round. This was said to characters which figure in romances. arise out of sheer weakness ;-he wanted There the plain-looking are the clever, more support, more nourishment must be and such books are said to afford the got into the system. So Mrs. Clifton set truest representations of real life. The about, with great alacrity, to devise thing was unnatural—it could not be. At schemes, for having this extra nourishall events, if it was so, learning at that rate ment provided, and conveyed in such a would spoil Helen's figure as well as her inanner as that her husband might eat complexion. Mrs. Clifton called to mind a often,-just when he felt faint, or in want good many learned people, who were all of support. He did so, and he ate his bilious and heavy-looking. This would late dinner, provided in great abundance, never do for Helen ; she must apply more too, and he was no better. to her music and her dancing. Mrs. Mr. Clifton made no complaint. He Clifton believed a good deal of the fault was thinking about his business all the was there. Helen must be sent to another while. The giddiness in his head was school, where her dancing would be more teazing to him ; that was all. One of his attended to. As for Kitty, she was very doctors — for, like the schools to which young yet; but Mrs. Clifton was already his children went, they were many-one of in treaty with a master, who was to come his doctors said that he applied too closely to the villa three times a week to teach and wanted relaxation. So Mr. Clifton the youngest Miss Clifton Latin.

dined out more frequently, and had more So, on the whole, the Cliftons were get- company at home, and still he was no bet. ting on quite hopefully, the mother ter. Indeed, whether the wines were unthought; and a hopeful family they cer- satisfactory, or whether it was from some tainly would have been, had a little more strange dish, or some other unknown rational attention been bestowed upon the cause, Mr. Clifton felt usually the worse eapabilities which Nature had so kindly, for these dinners, and for two or three and, in some instances, so lavishly be- subsequent days suffered more from the stowed upon them. They were certainl" giddiness in his head. But what could he

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do ?-this was the only relaxation he knew was to take away from them one whom all of, as lying within his reach. What could loved, though he was understood by none. he do?

Whatever there might have been at times, In a lucky moment for the children, in the temper or morbid sensitiveness of some one suggested the sea-shore; so Seymour Clifton, to vex or disappoint the away the family all went to the southern rest of his family, he was now so near coast for one whole month, and all were departing from the paternal roof, so near to be together, except Robert, now a fix- being consigned to a hard, severe, and, ture at his desk in the office; but even he at best, a very precarious fate, that a was to spend his Sundays with his brothers more than usual amount of tenderness and sisters, and sometimes even the Satur- was called forth at times towards him; day or Monday too.

and while none but Philip suffered the The sea, Mr. Clifton secretly thought, subject so much as to escape their lips, was well enough for those who had no- there was a marked attention shown by thing to do ; but how was he to get the all towards this brother, which often time over, strolling about idle on a sandy brought unbidden tears into his eyes, while shore ? However, he made the best he it had the melancholy effect of making could of his circumstances, and only re- his separate doom appear more hateful turned to his business for three days in each and more terrible than before. of the weeks that he professed to be away.

These fits of sadness, however, scarcely To the children these four weeks af- could be long or frequent, under present forded a very happy time to look back to circumstances. The children were in their after lives,—not the less happy, young, and youth is so happy when roameven at the moment of enjoyment, for ( ing at large amongst rocks, and waves, the conviction, felt by each, that they and shells, and sea-weed, with a bright were not very likely soon to meet all to- sky overhead, and a great towering cliff, gether, in the same manner, even if they shutting them off from all the world, and ever should meet again on earth. With a making them feel to be the undisputed good deal of external freedom and fa- possessors of a whole world of their own. miliarity of manner,

a good deal of There was nothing in this kind of life roughness, at times, on the part of Philip, -not even the little rural conventicle, to the young Cliftons were still warmly and vex or annoy the happy family. The faithfully attached to each other, and wanted cause of their being where they were, was no other companions, unless when some- no trouble to them, for none amongst thing had gone wrong with them in temper, them had the slightest apprehension of or some accidental trial had occurred. anything serious in their father's indisThat things did go wrong with them some position; so they enjoyed themselves to times it is scarcely necessary to say, for their hearts' content, only that Seymour out of the very familiarity of childhood felt sometimes a sudden gasp of apprehenand youth there almost necessarily arises sion respecting his approaching fate, like some jarring or irritation of temper. It what a bather feels who does not like the is experience alone which remedies this water, but knows that in a few moments he evil, by teaching us to judge by our own must plunge in. feelings, in the many wounds they have Still, though outward circumstances received, how far it is desirable or safe to were so pleasant, Seymour found his pergo with others. Hence, those families who sonal troubles even here ; where would he are early separated by what the world calls not find them? It happened one day-it misfortune, and who are thus sent out each was a great day to all, for Robert was to work his separate way amongst strangers, allowed to remain-it happened that on generally learn this lesson soonest, and his account, chiefly, a long ramble had come back, whenever they can meet be- been planned, in which Robert was to be neath a parent's roof, with the most lively the conductor. Mrs. Clifton felt no fear affection, good nature, and forbearance. as this was to be the case, and her husband

The Cliftons had never been separated being that day in town, she granted full yet ; but they were all looking into a permission to the juvenile party to go future, in which a wide separation, indeed, wherever Robert might choose to lead

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