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time than lacing in the bands. The edges may

now be coloured, sprinkled, or marbled, as reTo Read an Inscription on a partly obliterated quired.-M. Silver Coin.--Put the poker in the fire when rec?

To Make Artificial Red Corul Branches for hot, place the coin upon it, and the inscription

the Embellishment of Grottoes.-Take clear resin, will plainly appear of a greenish hue, but will

dissolve it in a brass-pan, to every ounce of disappear as the coin cools.-J. M.

which add 2 drachms of the finest vermilion; To Clean Bottles Infected with Bad Smells.- when stirred well together, choose the twigs and Put into bottles so affected some pieces of grey i branches, peeled and dried; then take a pencil or brown paper; fill them with water; shake the and paint the branches all over whilst the combottles strongly; leave them then a day or two in position is warm; afterwards shape them in imithis state, when, finding them more or less af- tation of natural coral. This done, hold the fected, repeat the process, and afterwards rinse branches over a gentle coal-fire till all is smooth them with pure water.--S. S.T.

and even, as if polished. In the same manner To Restore Ivory.-To bleach

white coral may be prepared with white lead,

card-case, and black coral with lamp-black. A grotto may expose it to the sun in a close glass shade, pre

be built, with little expense, of glass, cinders, viously washing it in spirits of wine and water,

pebbles, pieces of large ilint, shells, moss, stones, with a small quantity of soda in it. Allow it to

counterfeit coral, pieces of chalk, &c., all bound dry very slowly in a cool piace before exposing it

or cemented together with the above described to the sun. But, under any circumstances, carv.

cement.-J. MASON. ing in ivory is apt to split, and become unglued. For an ink spot, try a little salt of sorrel.-

To Renew Floating Tapers.-Having saved a MARY C.

sufficient quantity of old bottoms belonging to Paste for Sharpening Razors.—Take oxide of tapers that have been used, wipe them clean one tin levigated, vulgarly termed prepared putty, by one, and spread them out on a sheet of coarse one ounce; saturated solution of oxalic acid, a paper. Melt some white wax, and take some of suficient quantity to form a paste.

This compo

the very finest or smallest white cotton cord, sition is to be rubbed over the strop, and when such as is scarcely thicker than a coarse thread. dry a little water may be added. The oxalic Having melted the wax, dip the cord into it acid having a great attachment for iron, a little while hot, so as to cover it completely with a friction with this powder gives a fine edge to the coating of the liquid. Then dry it in the open razor.-J. R. C.

air, and when quite dry and stiff, cut it into

pieces of equal size, about an inch in length, and Best Position for Bee-hives - The best situa

put them through the holes of the old taper-bottion for hives is to face the south, or the south

toins, leaving a little bit beneath or on the under cast. From the north they should always be side to be turned up, and pressed hard against sheltered. As bees require a great deal of water, the wood with your finger, so as to stick fast they will not thrive unless there is a stream in and secure the wick from slipping out. Put their vicinity. The grass round their bench

the tapers into a box, and keep them for use.should be kept free from weeds, and some dwarf AN ECONOMICAL HOUSEKEEPER. or low flowers may come within two feet of it; but tall plants will assist destructive insects in To brush Clothes.-Have a wooden horse to getting to the bees.

put the clothes on, and a small cane to beat the To make the Oil in Lamps last longer, and

dust out of them; also a board or table long to Remove the thick Smoke.--Dissolve in a glass enough for them to be put their whole length of water as much salt as will fully saturate the

when brushing them. Have two brushes, one a water, and steep in it the wick, which must be

hard bristle, the other soft; use the hardest for afterwards dried ; pour into this water an equal

the great coats, and for the others when spotted

with dirt. Fine cloth coats should never be quantity of oil, and then put them into a bottle and well shake them, in order to mix them toge

brushed with too hard a brush; this will

take off the nap, and make them look bare in a ther : trim your lamp with this mixture and the

little time. Be careful in the choice of the cane; prepared wick.-The linseed oil is the principal oil which has been used in this experiment, but

do not have it too large, and be particular not to

hit it too hard; be careful also not to hit the other oils, it is said, will answer the same pur

buttons, for it will scratch, if not break them; pose.-S. S.T.

therefore a small hand-whip is the best to beat Method of Binding School-books.- When the with. If a coat be wet, and spotted with dirt, books have been cut, coloured, and backed, cut let it be quite dry before brushing it: then rub off the part of the bands intended to be laced out the spots with the hands, taking care not to the pasteboards, and glue on the back a piece to rumple it in so doing. If it want beating, of strong smooth linen cloth, which must reach do it as before directed; then put the coat at its within half an inch of the head and foot, turning full length on a board; let the collar be towards on the sides about an inch ; paste the boards on the left hand, and the brush in the right: brush each side of the cloth, fixing them close in at the the back of the collar first, between the two groove, and give the books a firm pressing in the shoulders next, and then the sleeves, &c., standing-press till dry. Square the boards, glue observing to brush the cloth the same way that the backs, and cover and finish the books in the the nap goes, which is towards the skirt of the usual manner. This method will secure and give ! coat. When both sides are properly done, fold strength to the joints, so as effectually to prevent them together; then brush the inside, and last the leather from breaking, and require no more of all the collar.-W. CHRISTOPHER.


ENIGMAS. Put down four nines, so that they shall make one hundred.

A thing, without which, 'tis my real belief,

You seldom would choose the best way to dress CHARADE.

beef; Fair, weeping England ! thou hast lost a Chief,

A song, though I own it appears a strange thing, Willing, all times, to speed to thy relief:

No one person on earth can possibly sing;

Together denote one who holds a good place,
What worthy son e'er valued mother more,
Than that bright one, now led to Lethe's shore?

Though some in high station turn from him their

face. Full oft, when world was shaken, did he view

2. My peril first, while strife exub'rant grew! He lived in times wher, my fell second shone,

Say, joyous riddlers, what am I? No more, in England, as a prop to throne :

You'll quickly guess if once you try! Then was its service superseded guite,

For I am often near the breast; Where life yet linger'd in the foes of might:

Yet seldom visit the distress'd. Nevertheless he oft, in the loved wood,

With happy mortals I am found, To laud such aidant felt in eager mood!

And make the hearty laugh go round. He never used my whole in his career,

Their joking sure proclaims me near, Where bayonet so oft created fear;

From rustic clown to courtly peer : Where the well wielded weapon of dragoon,

Nor dwell I with mankind alone; Glitter'd in fulgence of observant noon!

The birds may claim me as their own: Yet did he know its services of old;

And if you manage me with skill, When morions sported crests of orient gold.

I'll tell your fortune when you will; He did remember when the valiant knight

At least, as far as this, be said Threw terror thereby thro' the frantic fight:

I'll tell two folks who first shall wed, He knew an instance that a bard did sing,

And do all this without a head! Of its creating trust thro' northern king:

3. Yet he well saw, altho' so fraught with power, 'Twould never suit the present alter'd hour!

'Twas whisper'd in heaven, 'twas mutter'd in CAPTAIN JAMES RITCHIE, Edinburgh.

And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell;

On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest,

And the depths of the ocean its presence confest; 1. Why is Gillott the steel pen-maker like a 'Twill be found in the sphere when 'tis riven queer character ?

asunder, 2. If a pig wanted to make a stye for himself, 'Tis seen in the lightning, and heard in the thunhow would he proceed?

der; 3. Why is a horse the most unhappy animal in 'Twas allotted to man from his earliest breath, existence ?

It assists at his birth, and attends him in death; 4. Why is the letter S like your dinner ? Presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health, 5. Whát two letters form a county in England ? Is the prop of his house, and the end of his 6. What net is most likely to catch a handsome

wealth; woman?

In the heaps of the miser 'tis hoarded with care, 7. What three letters in the English alphabet ! But is sure to be lost in his prodigal heir; are expressive of excessive joy?

It begins every hope, every wish it must bound, 8. Why is my tying a string round the globe | It prays with the hermit, with monarchs is like Oxford College ?

crown'd; 9. Why is the letter G like an alchymist?

Without it the soldier and seaman may roam, 10. What word of seven letters reads backwards But woe to the wretch that expels it from home. and forwards the same?

In the whispers of conscience 'tis sure to be 11. What word can be formed of 101, 5, and 1 found, and 50 ?

Nor e'en in the whirlwind of passion is drown'd; 12. What is that which ladies look for every 'Twili soften the heart, but tho' deaf to the ear, day, and are sorry when they find it ?

'Twill make it acutely and constantly hear. 13. What noun is most admired by the am- But, in short, let it rest, like a beautiful flower, bitious ?

(Oh! breathe on it softly) it dies in an hour. 14. Why is education like a tailor ?

15. Why is opening a letter a very strange way of getting into a room?

16. What was the first thing Adam set in his ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME. garden?

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16 months,

RIDDLESPlaced in one form, my letters tell

1. Bank. 2. Bruin--ruin. 3. Stone, tone, Th' affected look of many a belle;


4. Lap-pet. 5. Ally-all. Take but one from them, and you'll view What gold connects, and iron too:

CHARADESAnother take, and you will find

1. Gentleman. 2. Fillill. 3. New-found What's daily used to tell the mind.



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secretly cultivated an intimacy almost as THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. close as with her brother. In fact, nothing

which had life, and youth, and tender. ness, came amiss to Kitty, from a calf to

a rabbit, a chicken to a gosling; or, Such was the intimacy established be- if it must be owned, a litter of very tween Seymour Clifton and his little sis- juvenile pigs. When Seymour approached ter, that seldom were they seen apart, her, while in the act of nursing one except when his studies required a degree of these, she did feel rather ashamed ; of close attention which her lively spirit but she would always leave the most excould not well endure. Still less, how- quisite little pet to walk with him, even ever, could she bear to be the cause of along those almost silent rambles in which vexation to one so tenderly beloved ; and he sometimes scarcely responded to her less even than this did she like to sit still prattle. But it seemed to be all the same and hold her tongue.

to Kitty. She could hold his hand, and So when Seymour was at his studies, look up into his face, and even guide his Kitty was free to roam the garden, or the feet sometimes, for her brother had a farm-yard, where she found infinite amuse- strange habit of not observing exactly ment in the young animals with which she ! where his feet were treading. So the child



actually led him after her own fashion, even in charity he sometimes seemed wantsometimes a little astray from the path he ing when he spoke of cruelty and wrong; had been intending to pursue.

but in his fature there had been implanted It happened one day, and, perhaps, for that earnest and insatiable longing after a the first time in his life, that Seymour was more spiritual life, which cannot always going to some place where he did not wish associate itself commendably with the nethat his sister should accompany him. cessary business of this; especially in the Perhaps the way was too long, or the even- season of youth, before the character is ing was too far advanced. At all

nts, deeply experienced, and has learned the he told Kitty so many times to return to inestimable advantage of being able to the town, and all without effect, *hat at live as it were two lives, by blending both last he spoke sharply, and said he did not in one. An earnest religious youth seems want her companionship just then. In- often to want actually to escape from the stantly her little lip began to quiver, and body. Hence those habits of neglect of a gush of bitter tears as quickly followed. health, and even punishment of the poor Seymour wiped them off, and kissed the body, to which so many earnest but mischild, and told her she should have a taken zealots have resorted in their eagerlong ramble with him on the following ress to live only in, and for, the soul. It is day. So Kitty sat down sobbing on the in the later stages of experience we learn branch of a fallen tree, and said she would that the body may be used as a worthy inbe a good child, and go home, only she strument, and so with that also that God must sit there a little while,--Seymour may be glorified. supposed to recover herself, which was Seymour Clifton was far from having all very natural.

arrived at this stage of wisdom. He was, Seymour walked steadily on for a little in his natural tenderness of character, distance, only once or twice looking back to eminently a devotee ; but he would more his sister with a smile and a nod. At last easily have thrown himself into a convent, his path turned round the corner of a hedge, and inflicted upon himself almost any and he was lost to her view. The boy might amount of bodily suffering, than he would well not want either of his sisters, stiil less have discharged a vulgar duty, or yielded his brothers with him on that occasion, a favourite position to another, especially for he was tracing a path which he had to one whose mental capabilities and already trod before to a little village con- powers of appreciating he considered venticle, where a poor old man, in whom inferior to his own. Well, indeed, might he had become deeply interested, had first people say, How was Seymour Clifton ever induced him to go, by telling him that a to get through the world ? few good people met there once a week to Even with all his serious earnestness, praise God and pray.

Seymour was a little ashamed of entering Strange! that to so young a boy there the low place in which the small comshould be any temptation in a place where pany were convened whose evening worGod was to be praised and prayed to! ship he had gone to join ; nor could Yet so it was. Seymour saw all the ab- he turn his face to the door, without surdity of the act, as his doing it would glancing hastily round him ; for the appear in the eyes of others; he felt all the humble edifice stood in the main street coarseness of the scene, and its associa- of the village, if street it might be called. tions; but there was just one thing which As he did so, a boy with a broad, laughhis often-wounded soul seemed ever pining ing countenance,' peeped at him, he for, and never yet had found, and that was fancied, from the window of a neighfellowship in earnest communion with his bouring house; and the face, he thought, God. It was not that his family were by too, was like that of his brother Philip, any means an irreligious family-rather but he could not be sure. He entered, the contrary; but his soul was unsatisfied. however, with very little discomposure, It was not that Seymour, in practical for that evening more than usual, his virtue, was at all more exemplary than thoughts were in unison with the purpose others in such matters as resignation of for which the few hardworking humble his own will, patience, long-suffering ; 1 people who summoned him there had

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met. Seymour knelt down with the rest soul may be compelled to return to earth, upon the rough stone floor, and sat with after its most elevated aspirations. Just them in an undistinguished place upon at that moment-the very moment when the same deal forms.

He did not care for Seymour had relinquished the hand of the things of this kind. Indeed he would have grave, hard-working girl, an explosion knelt on thorns if he could have enjoyed of laughter was heard at the door of the in no other position that communion conventicle, so loud, and so violent that of heart which he had so recently found, Seymour almost leapt from the ground. or fancied that he found, in the audible It is needless to say that the glories instantly language of prayer ; but he did care for departed; the humble worshippers were conthe coarse expressions, the untuned voices, verted into a company of vulgar and very and the sometimes vulgar and familiar common-place people, with whom the son appeals to the Supreme Being which jarred of a gentleman had no business to associate upon his ear, and made him actually look himself; and while the other members of round, more than once, to see if the broad the community only sighed and turned laughing face was not looking in at the peaceably away, as ifaccustomed to this kind door.

of persecution,--some of them as if rather This, however, was only in the early rejoicing in it than otherwise,-Seymour part of the service. Before its conclu- was struck dumb with shame and confusion, Seymour had forgotten everything sion, and could only make his escape from except that he had an eternal destiny to the place by an effort which sent the blood fulfil; and tears were streaming down his into his cheeks, making him look like anycheeks, while he lifted up his heart in thing rather than a mild and patient fervent prayer that he might walk this devotee. How indeed was Seymour Clifearth as one of the Saviour's chosen flock, : ton to get through the world ? even though he might be called to pass The question now was, however, how was through tribulation, persecution, or mar- Seymour Clifton ever to get home ? for tyrdom itself. Yes, this poor, weak boy, that the laugh was, in part, at least, his was one of those who would have walked brother Philip's laugh, he had not the shaunflinchingly towards the fiery stake; but dow of a doubt; and whatever reproof he was he one who could walk the earth as himself might choose to administer on it is, or tread the busy ways of men with the impropriety of making game of a reļiout failing in heart or hope, or losing | gious service, wherever it might be consight of the Star of eternal glory?

ducted, he sought through his mind in Seymour Clifton arose from his devo- vain for any plea which might justify his tions so entirely subdued in spirit, that shaking hands with a servant girl. The he could shake cordially by the hand any unlucky individual, too, would be so conmembers of that humble community who stantly before him in pursuing her domestic might choose to come forward and address avocations, and Philip was so unscrupulous the young gentleman ; and as might be in his raillery, that poor Seymour felt as supposed they almost all did so, for after if he had fallen irrevocably into a pit of disascertaining that he went there to pray, grace, from which it would be impossible and not to scoff, their welcome was cer- ever to escape. tainly not the less cordial because his coat It is very possible that the religious was of finer material than their own. frame of mind in which Seymour had gone Amongst others, a grave young woman out that evening, would scarcely have left came forward. At first Seymour did not a trace of its own nature to mark his recognise her face, but on looking a second return, had not one circumstance awaited time, he saw she was an inmate of the him, which, though natural and simple farmhouse in which he had found a tempo- enough in itself, his imagination converted rary home, and he shook hands with her, into a pleasing omen that he would never too, for at that moment the company around be utterly forsaken or borne down in his were all immortals to him, and might have attempts to walk according to that spiworn actual glories round their heads with- | ritual life, now, as it were, just dawning in out any impropriety in his eyes.

his soul. It is surprising, however, how soon the As the boy pursued his solitary way, in

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