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III. MOSS MANTLE.
new loveliness herself, and never imagined STORIES FOR THE YOUNG.
that she was considered by far the most Continued from page 353, Vol.2, New Series.
choice and elegant inmate of the garden.
By-and-by the butterflies swarmed about FLOWERS.
her, with flattering words ; but she knew
that they had honeyed whispers for every You have learned from your books, of flower, and so their praises were valueless; course, that the fabulous goddess Flora is then the zephyr murmured among her said to have once reigned over all the leaves, and begged some of her fragrance to flowers; and it was in obedience to her carry—as he said to less favoured climes, command that a white rose was sent to where her presence was unknown; but she bloom in a little shaded nook near the only bowed her head and granted his reconfines of an elegant garden.
quest; for he was proverbially inconstant. The white rose was a timid flower, and At length, the owner of the garden listened without envy to the tales which brought groups of visitors to see the the bees and butterflies brought her, about new flower; and when the modest rose the luxury and style in which her garden- heard the extravagant encomiums that relatives were reared, while she modestly were lavished upon her, a blush of ingehid her face behind the clustering foliage, nuous shame covered her face; and this when anyone chanced to pass.
was considered a crowning beauty. The The owner of the fine garden was one poor rose was overwhelmed with the attenday roaming through the woods, and find- tions she received, and frightened at finding the rose in her concealment, resolved ing herself the centre of attraction ; while at once to transplant her to his own do- her more brilliant compeers bloomed and main. He accordingly brought his gar- sighed in vain. The jealousy of the dener, who carefully uprooted the trem- flowers was excited by their new rival, and bling flower, and carried her in triumph they looked coldly upon her ; the cleto the garden. Here she was planted in matis used every artifice to supplant her; a favourable spot, and nurtured with un. the China-pink regarded her with averwearied care; but the timid rose drooped sion; and the laurustinus murmured com. and pined for her home in the still woods, plainingly, “I die, if neglected.” and for a long time all efforts to revive The dislike of her companions rendered her seemed in vain. When at last she the rose very unhappy; she endeavoured ventured to raise her languid head and to conciliate them by her sweetness, and look about her, she was dazzled and be resolved upon the first opportunity to wildered by all that she saw, and felt quite petition the goddess Flora to restore her out of place amid the brilliant galaxy of to her sequestered home. beauties by whom she was surrounded. The season of the Festival of Flora
Gradually, curiosity and admiration arrived; and all the flowers hastened to conquered her timidity, and she found present themselves to their queen. Bash. much to amuse her in her new home; she fully retiring behind the brilliant group smiled at the frivolity of the London- thať clustered about the sovereign, the pride, that seemed to turn her delicately- timid rose lingered until all had been painted leaves toward the butterflies, presented, and then slowly approached, hoping to win their admiration; and looked her cheeks glowing with blushes, and her lovingly upon the exquisite Rose Acacia, graceful head bowed to the ground. with whom she longed to claim com- “Come hither, timid one," said the panionship ; while the many strange and queen ;
“ we have heard much of your splendid varieties of flowers charmed and wondrous success, and the admiration you surprised her. She felt how utterly in- / have awakened. How like you the new significant she appeared in her simple home you have found ? ” white robe, and felt quite secure from “ It is very beautiful,” murmured the observation among so many brilliant and rose, “but I love it not; oh, send me graceful companions.
back to my home in the silent woods The simple rose was quite unconscious again!” that all this while she was expanding into The flowers exchanged glances of sur.
prise at these words; for they marvelled return to your garden-home, or have you why the rose should wish to leave a spot still another request to prefer ?” where she was surrounded with adulation “ Grant me yet one more," murmured and praise. The queen shared their as- the rose, bending forward ; "sirice I may tonishment, and said, with a slight shade not return to my shaded home, bestow of displeasure in her tone,
upon me a covering to veil my face, as. “ Know you not it is our pleasure that once did the clustering leaves in my own you should dwell in the woods no longer ? green wood.” Ungrateful rose! you, who are our youngest “ Ashamed of your blushes, are you?” and favourite child, why are you not asked the queen, playfully; "well, choose happy, when surrounded by admiration what you will; veiled charms are always and fed with praise?”
fairest." The rose was silent for a moment, and a “ Let it then be a mantle of moss," tear of wounded feeling, which mortals returned the flower, thinking only of the would have called a dew-drop, fell upon soft, close surface which the humble weed her bosom; then in low and faltering presented. tones she spoke :
The queen smiled, and gathering some “My queen,” she said, “ those praises, of the moss from the bank where she that admiration, make my unhappiness; reclined, threw it in graceful drapery over in my secluded home the voice of flattery the rose; then, struck with admiration, never reached me; the bees and butter- turned toward the flowers, exclaiming : flies told me only of the splendour of my “ Said I not aright, veiled charms are garden-sisters, and the violets and wild fairest ? ” daisies loved me, and were happy to bloom The whole assemblage of flowers sent in my shade.
Now my sisters shun me; forth a musical shout of admiration and they think I prize the praises that are delight. unworthily bestowed upon
“Your modest diffidence has but added than I do their love; they turn coldly to your charms,” they cried ; " nothing away and leave me to listen only to the can exceed your loveliness; we acknow. flatteries I despise, and the inconstant ledge you queen of beauty for ever.” sighings of Zephyr, who never sought me But the rose shrank from their praises, before. I do not care to be admired ; let and folding her moss mantle more closely me return to my home in the woods again, around her, hastened to conceal herself in and my sisters will love me once more.” the brilliant crowd from their admiring
“It may not be,” said the queen, gaze. kindly; for the faltering voice and glowing cheek of the rose left no doubt of her GENIUS NOT IMPAIRED BY AGE.-" It sincerity. “It may not be--it is your is worthy of notice,” says Disraeli, “ that destiny to dwell in the garden, and it must some of the most lively productions of be accomplished; but the modesty which several great writers have been the work now dyes your face in blushes shall never of their maturest age. Johnson surpassed become sullied by pride or boldness; it all his preceding labours in his last work, shall remain for ever as a lasting charm, the popular • Lives of the Poets. The and a reproach to the envy and ill-nature Canterbury Tales' of Chaucer were of others.”
effusions of his advanced age, and the “ We envy her no longer,” cried all the congenial versions of Dryden were thrown flowers with one voice; "we will turn from out in the luxuriance of his latter days. her no inore. She has our warmest love, Milton might have been classed among and deserves it too, beyond all other the minor poets, had he not lived old flowers; for who else could have borne enough to become one of the most elevation and flattery, injustice and envy, sublime. Let it be a source of consolawith so much gentleness and humility ? tion, if not of triumph, in a long studious
The grateful rose turned toward them life of true genius, to know that the ima. with a beaming face, and the queen said, gination may not decline with the vigour. kindly smiling :
of the frame which holds it. There has Are you satisfied now, little one, to been no old age for many men of genius.””
A small por
TREASURES. “SHAME, shame!" cried a bumpkin orator at TAE throb of the heart is the voice of fate. a parish meeting in the country, “our Clergyman
VIRTUE is little wont to look back after her pays no rate." "Yes he does," rejoined a wag. - What rate does he pay?" inquired the other.
shadow, Reputation. -“Why, the Cu-rate."
Do the frowns of Fate startle you ? Fear her An honest Norfolk grazier, who had
smiles yet more. Richard III. performed one night, waited upon The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance the manager, next morning, to say, that if the which it leaves behind it. gentleman who wanted a horse on the previous evening held his mind, he had got an abundance
The sun produces life, or causes death, acof cattle in his meadows, and should be happy to
cording as its rays fall-and so doth love. deal with him.
Forget not that human virtue is a polished A conceited fellow being asked by Mr. Sarto - steel, which is rusted by a breath. rius, the celebrated animal painter, his opinion ALAS! the flame of friendship shines but in of a picture then on the easel, proceeded, after the nights of life; for the sun of prosperity overthe manner of some other critics, to condemn powers its rays. what he didn't understand. "It is impossible to
" True," please everybody,” said the artist.
Let humility be the virtue of the wise man,
that he may appear like the fruit-burthened replied the coxcomb; “ you know the old man
bough, pressed down by the weight of his own and his ass ?" "do,” said Mr. Sartorius; “I
worth. am the old man, and you are the ass." A Cure for Love.--Take of spirit of resolution,
Joy makes us grieve for the brevity of life;
sorrow causes us to be weary of its length; cares 14 ounces; syrup of good advice, 12 ounces;
and industry can alone render it supportable. spices of employment, 13 ounces; spirit of indifference, 1 ounce; oil of absence, 2 ounces; SERENITY of mind is nothing worth, unless it powder of disdain, 2 grains. Put these ingre- has been earned : a man should be at once susdients into a saucepan of sound reason, with a ceptible of passions, and able to subdue them. good quantity of the best heart's ease. Stir it
MEMORY is like a picture-gallery of our past rip with a large quantity of time, and strain it through a long bag of patience.
days.-The fairest and most pleasing of the piction of this mixture to be taken frequently useful industry.
tures are those which immortalize the days of Should this recipe ever fail, the patient may be considered incurable.
If you wish to make yourself agreeable to
any-one, talk as much as you please about his or IMPORTANT.
her affairs, and as little as possible about your Recommended to the attention of M By a member of the
Those who are taken with the outward show Anti-poking-your-nose-into-other-people's
of things, think that there is more beauty in business-Society.
persons who are trimmed, curled, and painted,
ihan uncorrupt nature can give; as if beauty WANTED IMMEDIATELY.
were merely the corruption of manners. A person of fair character (age or sex immaterial) Put away presumptuousness and pride: if at a salary of
they assail thy heart, think of the beginning and
end of life. Narrow, indeed, are the cradle and £500 per annum,
the coffin : in both we slumber alike helpless, toMerely to mind their own business, day a germinating dust, to-morrow a crumbling and to increase to not more than
germ. £1,000 per annum,
NATURE has left every man a capacity of being Only to leave other people's alone. agreeable, though not of shining in company;
and there are a hundred men sufficiently qualiApplications, with Testimonials, to be addressed fied for both, who, by a very few faults, that to the lionorary Secretary of the
they might correct in half an hour, are not so “NEGLECTED HOME DEPARTMENT." mucli as tolerable.
SOME cases are so nice, that a man cannot Advice Gratis to Wives.--There are three things
recommend himself without vanity, nor ask which a good wife should resemble, and yet
many times without uneasiness; but a kind those three things she should not resemble. She
proxy will do justice to his merits, and relieve should be like a town clock --- keep time and
his inodesty, and effect his business, without regularity. She should not be like a town-clock
trouble or blushing.--Coleridge. -speak so loud that all the town may hear her. She should be like a snail-prudent and keep FRIENDSHIP is the most sacred of all mora within her own house. She should not be like a bonds. Trusts of confidence, though without snail-carry all she has upon her back. She any express stipulation or caution, are yet, in the should be like an echo-speak when spoken to. very nature of them, as sacred as if they were She should not be like an echo-determined guarded with a thousand articles or conditions.ilways to have the last word.
Sir R. L'Estrange.
COOKERY FOR CHILDREN.
nature of man, till he is hardly equal to the
brutes, BY MRS. HALES.
In many parts of civilized and Christian SOME preparations of food proper for the young Europe, the mass of the people suffer from being have already been given in the Family Friend ; over-worked and under-fed; few may die of nevertheless, we are sure a chapter on this im- absolute starvation, but their term of life is much portant subject, so generally neglected in cook- shortened, and their moral and intellectual ery books, will be welcomed by the judicious. powers dwarfed or prostrated.
It is of great consequence to fix the times of “Under an impoverished diet,” says Dr. Combe, taking food, as well as to regulate the quantity “the moral and intellectual capacity is deteriogiven to child. The mother should, personally, rated as certainly as the bodily"--and he adverts attend to these arrangements; it is her pro
to the work house and charitable institution vince.
system of weak soups and low vegetable diet, and There is great danger that an infant, under
to the known facts that children brought up on three years of age, will be over-fed, if it be left to such fare are usually feeble, puny, and diseased the discretion of the nurse. These persons,
in body, and are at best but moderate in capagenerally, to stop the screaming of a child,
city. whether it proceed from pain, or crossness, or
The rational course seems to be, to feed infants, repletion (as it often does)- they give it some- till about three years old, chiefly with milk and thing to eat-often that which is very injurious,
mild farinaceous vegetable preparations; a large to tempt the appetite; if it will only eat and stop portion of good bread, light, well baked, and crying they do not care for the future inconveni- cold, should be given them; after that period, to ence which this habit of indulgence may bring proportion their solid food to the amount of on the child and its mother.
exercise they are able to take. Children who Arrange, as early as possible, the regular times play abroad in the open air, will require more of giving food to your children, according to hearty nourishment, more meat, than those who their age and constitution. Young infants are kent confined in the house or school-room. require food every two hours when awake; after From the age of ten or twelve, to sixteen or three months old, they may go three hours-then eighteen, when the growth is most rapid and cautiously lengthen the time, as the child can the exercises (of boys especially) most violent, a bear it. But remember that all temperaments sufficiency of plain nourishing food should be are not alike. Some of the same age may re
given; there is little danger of their taking too quire more food than others. One rule, however, much, if it be of the right kind and properly will apply to all-never give a child food to cooked. But do not allow them to eat hot bread, amuse and keep it quiet when it is not hungry, or use any kinds of stimulating drinks. or to reward it for being good. You may as rationally hope to extinguish a fire by pouring on Food for a Young Infant.-Take of fresh cow's oil, as to cure a peevish temper or curb a violent milk, one tablespoonfull, and mix with two tableone by pampering the appetite for luxuries in spoonfulls of hot water; sweeten with loaf-sugar diet; and all the traits of goodness you thus seek
as much as may be agreeable. This quantity is to foster will, in the end, prove as deceptive as
sufficient for once feeding a new-born infant ; the mirage of green fields and cool lakes to the and the same quantity may be given every two traveller in the hot sands of the desert.
or three hours, not oftener--till the mother's “My children have very peculiar constitu- breast affords the natural nourishment. tions," said an anxious mother-"they are so subject to fevers! If they take the least cold, or even
Thickened Milk for Infants when Six Months have a fall, they are sure to be attacked by
old.--Take one pint of milk, one pint of water; fever." The family lived high, and those young
boil it, and add one tablespoonfull of flour. Dischildren had a seat at the table, and were helped it must be strained in gradually, and boiled hard
solve the flour first in half a tea-cupful of water; to the best and richest of everything. And their luncheon was cake and confectionary.
twenty minutes. As the child grows older, one
third water. It was suggested to the mother that if she
If properly made, it is the most would adopt a different diet for those children, food that can be given to young chiidren.
nutritious, at the same time the most delicate give them bread and milk morning and evening, and a plain dinner of bread, meat, and vegetables, Broth.-Made of lamb or chicken, with stale their liability to fevers would be much lessened. bread toasted, and broken in, is safe and healthy
“My children do not love milk, and won't for the dinners of children, when first weaned. touch plain food "-was the answer, with a sort of triumphant smile, as though this cramming of
Milk-Fresh from the cow, with a very little her children with good things till the blood of loaf-sugar, is good and safe food for young the poor little creatures was almost in a state of children. From three years old to seven, pure inflammation, was a high credit to her good milk, into which is crumbled stale bread, is the housekeeping.
best breakfast and supper for a child. But do not err on the other hand; and for fear
For a Child's Luncheon.-Good sweet butter, your child should be over-fed, allow it insuffi
with stale bread, is one of the most nutritious, at cient nourishment. There is not in our country the same time the most wholesome articles of much reason to fear that such will be the case;
food, that can be given children after they are the danger is, usually, on the side of excess; weaned. still we must not forget that the effects from a system of slow starvation arc, if not so suddenly Milk Porridge.-Stir four tablespoonfuils of fatal as that of repletion, more terrible, because oatmeal, smoothly, into a quart of milk, then stir it reduces the intellectual as well as the physical it quickly into a quart of boiling water, and boil
up a few minutes till it is thickened : sweeten sugar, and salt; put some of the rice in the dish. with sugar.
and put in the apples, and fill up the intervals Oatmeal, where it is found to agree with the
with rice, and bake it in the oven till it is a fine
colour. stomach, is much better for children, being a fine opener as well as cleanser; fine fiour in every A nice Apple Cake for Children.-Grate some shape is the reverse. Where biscuit-powder is stale bread, and slice about double the quantity in use, let it be made at home; this, at all events, of apples; butter a mould, and line it with sugar will prevent them getting the sweepings of the paste, and strew in some crumbs, mixed with a baker's counters, boxes, and baskets. All the
little sugar; then lay in apples, with a few bits left bread in the nursery, hard ends of stale of butter over them, and so continue till the dish loaves, &c., ought to be dried in the oven or is full; cover it with crumbs, or prepared rice; screen, and reduced to powder in the mortar. season with cinnamon and
sugar. Bake it well. Meats for Children. - Mutton, lamb, and poultry, are the best. Birds and the white meat
Fruits for Children,-That fruits are naturally of fowls, are the most delicate food of this kind healthy in their season, if rightly taken, no one, that can be given. These meats should be
who believes that the Creator is a kind and slowly cooked, and no gravy, if made rich with
beneficient Being, can doubt. And yet the butter, should be eaten by a young child. Never use of summer fruits appears often to cause most give children hard, tough, half worked meats, of
fatal diseases, especially in children. Why is this? Because we do not conform to the natural
laws in using this kind of diet. These laws are Vegetables for Children, Eggs, 8c.- Their rice
very simple and easy to understand. Let the ought to be cooked in no more water than is
fruit be ripe when you eat it; and eat when you necessary to swell it; their apples roasted, or require food. stewed with no more water than is necessary to steam them ; their vegetables so well cooked as
Fruits that have seeds are much healthier than to make them require little butter, and less
the stone fruits. But all fruits are better, for digestion ; their eggs boiled slow and soft. The very young children, if baked or cooked in some boiling of their milk ought to be directed by the manner, and eaten with bread. The French state of their bowels; if flatulent or bilious, a always eat bread with raw fruit. very little curry-powder may be given in their
Apples and winter pears are very excellent vegetables with good effect-such as turmeric
food for children, indeed, for alınost any person and the warm seeds (not hot peppers) are par- in health; but best when eaten at breakfast or ticularly useful in such cases.
dinner. if taken late in the evening, fruit often Potatoes and Peas.- Potatoes, particularly some
proves injurious. The old saying that apples are kinds, are not easily digested' by children; but gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at this is easily remedied by mashing them very night, is pretty near the truth. Both apples and fine, and seasoning them with sugar and a little pears are often good and nutritious when baked milk. When peas are dressed for children, let
or stewed, for those delicate constitutions that them be seasoned with mint and sugar, which
cannot bear raw fruit. Much of the fruit gathered will take off the flatulency. If they are old, let
when unripe, might be rendered fit for food by them be pulped, as the skins are perfectly indi- preserving in sugar. gestible by children's or weak stomachs. Never give them vegetables less stewed than would Ripe Currants are excellent food for children. pulp through a colander.
Mash the fruit, sprinkle with sugar, and with
good bread let them eat of this fruit freely. Puddings and Pancakes for Children.-Sugar and egg, browned before the fire, or dropped as Blackberry Jam.-Gather the fruit in dry fritters into a hot frying-pan, without fat, will weather; allow half a pound of good brown sugar make them a nourishing meal.
to every pound of fruit; boil the whole together
gently for an hour, or till the blackberries are soft, Rice Pudding with Fruit.-In a pint of new
stirring and mashing them well. Preserve it like milk put two large spoonfulls of rice well
any other jam, and it will be found very useful in washed; then add two apples, pared and quar
families, particularly for children – regulating tered, or a few currants or raisins. Simmer
their bowels, and enabling you to dispense with slowly till the rice is very soft, then add one egg, cathartics. It may be spread on bread, or on beaten, to bind it. Serve with cream and sugar. puddinys, instead of butter: and even when the To prepare Fruit for Children.-A far more
blackberries are bought, it is cheaper than butter. wholesome way than in pies or puddings, is to
In the country, every family should preserve, at put apples sliced, or plums, currants, goose- least, half a peck of blackberries. berries, &c., into a stone jar; and sprinkle among them as much sugar as necessary. Set the jar
To make Senna and Manna palatable.
Take in an oven or on a hearth, with a tea-cupfull of half an ounce, when mixed, senna and manna ; water to prevent the fruit from burning; or put put it in half a pint of boiling water; when the the jar into a saucepan of water till its contents strength is abstracted, pour into the liquid from be perfectly done. Slices of bread or some rice
a quarter to half a pound of prunes and two large may be put into the jar, to eat with the fruit. tablespoonfulls of W. I. molasses. Stew slowly
until the liquid is nearly absorbed. When cold Rice and Apples.-Core as many nice apples as it can be eaten with bread and butter, without will fill the dish; boil them in light syrup; pre- detecting the senna, and is excellent for costire pare a quarter of a pound of rice in milk, with children.