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Science, Popular Outlines of, 189, 288
The Magic Lantern and Dissolv-
Baths and Washhouses......
Bible for the Young
Mother's Mistake, The (with Illus-
Edging in French Embroidery
The Fay's Mission.... 109
Mandarin Sleeve in Embroidery 47
Scallop Border in Broderie An-
Sovereign Purse in Crochet ...... 196
THE EDITOR AND HIS FRIENDS.-APPENDIX.
No. of Par.
77 Children, Early Care of
Comedy, First, in England
72 Compass, Mariner's
Condolence, Visits of
23 Confectionery, Adulterated
84 Cookery, Plain.....
Bodily Strength, Degeneracy of
112 Duties, Household...
27 Eating, Best Time for
Ceremony, Breach of ........ 104 Education, English, Stability of..
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No. of Par.
140 Stammering .......
12 Store Candles
83 Street Etiquette ......
48 Observatory, Greenwich ....... 166 Sundower, Advantages arising from
the Cultivation of the
30 Tea and Coffee, Pouring out
117 Walking, the best Exercise
96 | Water, Filtered .......
148 Weather, Cold ....
121 Wheat, per Quarter, and per Barrel,
100 Difference between the Price of.. 15
51 Woman, Mental Qualifications of.. 9:
.. US, 135
and the truly happy couple had seated themselves in an apartment where nothing seemed left for the most fastidious taste to desire. It was not that the residence was particularly spacious or magnificent. If the truth must be told, it was only a suburban villa, very similar to hundreds of what are called genteel residences in the vicinity of London ; but it was so perfect in its furniture and general equipments, all having been arranged in reference to harmony, rather than splendour—to comfort, rather than display, -that the young wife must have
been deficient in feeling, as well as in THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. taste, not to have viewed with grateful
satisfaction the cheerful welcome afforded by such a home.
Those who imagine that a bride should only be accounted happy whose home is
a baronial mansion, surrounded by parks A joyful exclamation, almost simulta- and pleasure-grounds, will probably smile neously uttered, was the first sound which at the idea of our little villa being the broke upop the silence of an elegant and scene of any kind of enjoyment worth newly.furnished drawing-room, where a writing about; and yet, even this smug recently married couple exulted in the residence had its fountain, terrace, and happy feeling that they were now at their portico ; its grassy lawn and winding own home. The words in which they walks ; its bower, and its weeping willow; expressed their satisfaction were familiar all as picturesque, in their way, as art and common-place enough; but, in the could make them; but all on a scale so present instance, not without meaning, minute as to render the ingenuity of the for an exploring tour had just been made design as wonderful as the taste with around the house, garden, and premises, which it was carried out.
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It was the general grouping, then, of noticed ; and we do so with delicacy, this home scene—its completeness and scarcely knowing whether this peculiarity harmony, which so forcibly arrested the ought to be classed as an excellence, or attention of the beholder: nor was the as a fault. Mrs. Clifton was eminently exultirig husband afraid to put his few prospective. In all she did, in all she familiar words in the form of a question, said, and in ail she thought about, the as if, in fact, inquiring—“Is this not future was especially considered. Pity it sufficient?" or, “ have you any wish was, that while so many were wanting beyond this?” To which the wife re- this essential requisite to common pruplied with equal frankness, “ You have dence, Mrs. Clifton should have a littleindeed done all, and more than all, just a little too much of it. But so it I could have imagined, to make me happy.”
At first this characteristic looked amiSo far so good ; we will not, under pre- able enough, for the kind lady cared for sent circumstances, institute the ungra- other people's future as well as for her cious inquiry, how many newly-married own. At first this peculiarity looked pru-, couples liave sat down thus satisfied at dent, and promising in the highest degree; first, yet found, in an incredibly short for all changes and accidents in life seemed space of time, that a thousand things were to be provided for by this far-sighted woneeded which they felt no want of then, and man, who had a resource for every emerthat much of what looked so perfect on gency, and a plan for everything likely or first inspection, required to be altered or unlikely to take place. removed.
“ What a treasure of a wife Mr. Clifton The reader, however, has little of this has found !” was, consequently, the frekind of discontent to apprehend from quent exclamation of those who called on our happy couple, whose tendency of mind the newly-married pair ; and, “ If you were was rather in an opposite direction ; so that, only like Mrs. Clifton," was the invidious upon the whole, they were disposed to be ex- remark of more than one discontented ceedingly well pleased with their outward lord of creation, on finding his own domescircumstances, with each other, and with tic future not provided for according to themselves, “ Comfortable people,” they his taste. And no doubt this charactermight very properly be designated, and istic trait was a great excellence in the everything around and about them was young wife, as it would be in any wife in keeping with this epithet.
either young or old, only it wanted one Mr. Clifton, for that was the gentle- requisite for ensuring any amount of sucman's name, was a city merchant, the son cessful results--that the prospective vision of a city merchant, and highly respected should be true, as well as far-reaching ; or amongst his fellow merchants as a shrewd, the mistakes it is liable to make may be active, and promising young man. His fatal in proportion to its extent. ambition was reasonable, as the world The lady in question, however, did not goes; for he only wanted to be rich and think she could very easily make any miscomfortable, and these results he seemed takes, because she always looked at a subas likely to secure as half the men, or ject in every point of view, turned it over gentlemen, with whom he was in the and over, examined, reconsidered it, and habit of transacting business.
then acted upon the probabilities of the Mrs. Clifton,--and with her we shall case, as she believed them to be arrived at have more to do,-was in all respects a by this minute and careful examination. fitting match for such a husband. She
With this prospective vision, Mrs. Clifhad a comfortable amount of property ton soon began to look upon her little of her own, and the same might be said villa, and, although as a whole it was perof her beauty, her talents, and her vir- fect for the time being, there was an endtues in general. In none of these could it less variety of circumstances to be conbe pronounced, that her qualifications sidered, all bearing strict relation to the either exceeded, or fell short of, the com- villa, and any one of which might require fortable. Only one exception-one little some material alteration in its present exception, on the side of excess, must be arrangements.
At first, as we have said, this provisional faculty in the young wife appeared exceedingly hopeful and satisfactory; and Mr. Clifton exulted in the certainty, that his future, and that of his whole household, would be taken care of. Besides which, sufficient time had not yet passed to bring to light any glaring instance of miscalculation; so that all went well, and even triumphantly, for twelve months, at least, with the exception of a little more bustle than the husband saw to be absolutely necessary -a little more of the machinery of his wife's contrivances kept visibly at work, than he regarded as consistent with that domestic repose which all men seek in their suburban homes, on escaping from the dust and turmoil of business in a crowded city.
With these slight exceptions, all went well, until the wife had a dream-a memorable and important dream it might have been; but, occurring to one who trusted implicitly to her waking senses, and who kept her senses rather more than usually awake, it only faded away, like all those other dreams whose very evanescence has made them a proverb from the creation of the world until the present time.
The dream we speak of took place on the eve of a great domestic event in the Clifton villa-an event which might reasonably justify any amount of female calculation being set to work upon it, or any amount of imagination, investing the future with an interest unsurpassed by any which this life affords.
Mrs. Clifton's future would have been comparatively blank and empty, and, consequently, much of her native talent would have been unemployed, had no addition to her family cares been anticipated. So large an amount of prospective genius, however, was not destined to be thrown away. Additional cares, and additional joys were expected; and oh! what a field now opened what a day now dawned upon the far calculating wife! But in the mean time she had a dream a very foolish dream she considered it, when wide awake; and although it recurred again and again, and often mixed itself up in her after calculations, it was only to be cast aside as utterly worthless a vision of the night, and nothing more. The dream was strangely imaginative
for so practical a thinker, for it presented itself in a somewhat supernatural form. The sleeper had closed her eyes with such feelings locked within her breast, as none but an anxious mother can understand. She had commended herself, her husband, her household, and all that should ever be hers, to the care of a kind and watchful Providence, and with that she had slept. Very naturally, she soon fancied herself watching over an infant in its sleep, and very beautiful it looked to her, for it was her own child-very beautiful, had it been any child, for what spectacle can be more so than a sleeping infant? Gazing on the child, it seemed to the dreamer that a group of angels stood near, looking with benign expression of countenance upon the slumbering babe. She wished to ask the leader of the shining band if he came with any message for her respecting the future training, or the future destiny of that child; but ever as she began to speak, he placed his finger on his lip, and then pointed to the couch where the infant lay, as if to indicate that the attention of the mother must be centred there, and confined alone to what she should behold.
To comply with this intimation, she needed no further hint, after perceiving that some mystery was about to be disclosed; for, as she watched with intense anxiety, there appeared to be a misty curtain moving slowly over the head of the little sleeper. Gradually this filmy veil was entirely removed, and beneath lay the living brain of the future being, all spread out like a map, so minute in its various and distinctive characteristics and capabilities, and yet so clearly marked, that the eye could, without difficulty, discover the smallest vein through which the blood of life was flowing.
Nor was this spectacle appalling to the beholder, but beautiful, most beautiful; for all the inner structure and the secret office of each portion of the brain was brought distinctly into view the very working of energy and life in all displayed
the delicate and mysterious association, as it were, of soul and body—of nerve and muscle-of will and act: all these were made manifest, so that under the observant gaze might be seen to grow, as it appeared, out of nothingness, the future development of what each portion of the