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THE CARE OF CARPETS.—When carpets are DOMESTIC HINTS AND RECEIPTS. taken up, be careful in removing the tin-tacks,

so that the edges of the carpet are not torn, then

roll up the carpets with the npper part inside, A FIRST-RATE WELSH RABBIT. – Cut your and carry them away to be beaten. As soon as cheese into small slips, if soft; if hard, grate it the carpets are removed, throw a few old teadown. Have ready a spirit-of-wine lamp and a leaves, not too wet, over the

floor, sweep the room deep block-tin dish; put in the cheese with a out, and afterwards wash the boards with a wet lump of butter, and set it over the lamp. Have flannel, but be careful not to throw too much ready the yolk of an egg whipped, with half a water about, as it is liable to injure the ceilings of glass of Madeira and as much ale or beer; stir your the rooms below. While the floor is drying, beat cheese when melted, till it is thoroughly mixed the carpets, by hanging them over a stout line with the butter, then add gradually the egg and and beating them, first on one side and then on wine. Keep stirring till it forms a smooth mass. the other, with a long, smooth stick. After the Season with cayenne paper and grated nutmeg. carpet is beaten, it may be dragged over a lawn To be eaten with bot toast.

or else brushed on both sides with a carpet broom. If, in travelling, you want to get this up in a

If faded or greasy in many parts, an ox-gall hurry, do thus :-Take two soup plates, separate mixed with a pailful of cold water, or a little them from each other by pieces of cork placed on grated raw potato and cold water mixed together, the rim of the lower one. Put the cheese, etc., in and sponged over the places, and then wiped dry the top one, whiskey or spirits of wine in the with soft cloths, will make them look clean and lower one, and set it on fire. It is first-rate. It bright. may be made in a saucepan, if you cannot procure How TO COOK AN EGG.-What a wretched anything else.

thing is a badly-cooked egg! whether it be liquid To COOK A BEEFSTEAK.-Cut off the fat and as a lady's tear or as solid as a Somersetshire place it upon the gridiron first, and when warmed dumpling. If you want an egg well cooked, first set on the lean, which is to be removed before the try the plan recommended by a correspondent of fat. This makes the fat like marrow. Serve as the Cottage Gardener, who remarks: -“An egg usual.

should not be boiled; it should only be scaldedGROUND RICE PUDDING.–Take a tablespoonful vulg., coddled. Immerse your egg in, or, which of ground rice and a little suet chopped fine, and is better, pour upon your egg boiling water. For add half a pint of milk, sweeten to taste, and time : proportion your time to the size and having poured it into a saucepan let it remain number of your eggs, and the collateral accidents. over a clear fire until thickened. Beat up an egg, If you cook your eggs upon your breakfast-table with four drops of essence of lemon, and two more time will be required. But if you station tablespoonfuls of white wine; add this mixture to your apparatus on a good wholesome hob, where the ingredients in the saucepan, give it a shake or there is a fire, and so the radiation of heat is less two from right to left, then pour it into a greased positive, less time will suffice. The latter way is dish, and bake in a moderately heated oven. mine, winter and summer, and the differences of

TO CLEAN SPONGES.-- When sponges get greasy the surrounding circumstances equalize, or nearly and dirty, put them into a jar and cover them so, the time. I keep one egg under water 9 with milk; let them stand for twelve hours, and minutes; two, 9}; three, 10; and four nearly 11 then wash well in cold water.

minutes. The yolk first owns the power of the To CLEAN TIN, BRASS, AND BRITANNIA METAL. caloric, and will be even firmly set, while the white - Take of powdered rottenstone and soft soap, will be milky, or at most tremulously gelatinous." each half a pound, four drops of oil of vitriol RECEIPT FOR FACE-ACHE.-The following re(sulphuric acid), a teaspoonful of sweet oil, and a ceipt for the face-ache a friend of mine has found tablespoonful of turpentine. Mix in a basin until

very effectual:- Take 12 grains of sulphate of quite smooth (use a wooden spoon or a stick to quinine (cost, 6d.), 1 ounce of white sugar (in mix it), and keep it in a jar. Put this on the lumps), and pound them well together in & things with a piece of flannel, and while damp mortar; then divide it into twelve portions, two rub it off with a piece of soft linen, then polish of which should be taken each day in either wine with a leather dipped in fine dry whiting.


RECEIPT FOR REMOVING THE STAIN OF NITRATE After the general care required by the teeth or SILVER (OR CAUSTIC), FROM LINEN.-Drop a themselves, there is no article of personal comfort few drops of tincture of iodine on the stain, then and cleanliness demanding greater nicety of choice soak for a minute in a little solution of hyposuland management than the tooth-brush employed phate of soda (made one drachm of hyposulphate in our daily toilet. In the choice, that brush of soda dissolved in two tablespoonfuls of water), should be selected which is the finest and softest, gently rubbing it, then rinse in clean warm water. and has the bristles the most evenly and closely | The two articles required can be got from any set; and in the management, all that will be re- chemist.-J. E. quired to preserve it in an admirable condition

RECEIPT FOR WASHING MUSLIN OR PRINTED for the gums and teeth will be, after using, to DRESSES.- Boil soap and make starch according immerse it in a tumbler of clear water twice, to your number of dresses. With soft cold water pressing the bristles against the side of the glass make up a lather in two tubs. Wash one dress to wash out the powder, and then gently rubbing first in one, then in the other, and put into a tub quite dry over a cloth stretched tightly over the of clean hard water, where it may be till your fore-finger. This manipulation requires a moment other dresses are washed. When well rinsed, put or two in the execution, and if once adopted will a good handful of salt with the starch in the last not fail to be constantly employed.

water, and haug to dry in the shade.-CATIB,


FLOWERS OF THE SPRING, Fair flowers of the early Spring, A grateful offering do ye bring; Ye tell us winter's on the wane, Soon shall we have bright days again. The humble violet shows its head, And all around its fragrance sheds ; There's something in these early flowers, That calls to mind past happy hours. When by the brook, and in the glade, I wandered 'neath the Linden's shade, And listened to the murmuring rill, While all around beside was still. The flowers, all wet with morning dew, Around me in luxuriance grewI thought of fairer worlds on high, Of brighter flowers which ne'er can die.


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HE IS COMING. “He is coming," said a maiden,

“From the midst of foreign war, With the spoils of victory laden,

He is coming home once more. Thus a maid with golden hair,

And with ey of azure blue, Said, as on the breezy air

Waving her bright tresses flew. Hope within her breast was high,

But, alas ! hope oft brings sorrow; Yea! the young hopes often die,

Long before th' expected morrow. So the hopes we fondly cherish,

At the rising of the morn,
Long before the evening perish,

And so leave us all forlorn,
But as weeks and months they fleeted

Still beside the rippling tide,
Those three words the maid repeated,

But in sadness oft she sighed.
Oft she saw his dark-brown eye;

Oft she felt his sweet embrace: As in dreamings by the sea,

Oft she saw her lover's face. But, alas ! she little knew,

That that dark-brown eye was closed; That her lover brave and true,

In the sleep of death reposed. When, at last, the tidings came,

That her warrior-lover brave, Crowned with laurel leaves of fame,

Far away had found a grave. Tben no tear bedewed her cheek,

But her face grew deadly pale ; Not a word did she there speak,

Uttered not a single wail. But for many a weary day,

Wandered sadly by the tide; Gradually she pined away, Heart-broken at last she died.

P.R. E.

THE SNOWDROP. LOVELY harbinger of Spring, Joyous tidings thou dost bring,

As on thy form we gaze; Thy modest head just peeping through Some snow drift 'neath the holly bough,

To court the Sun's arm rays. Thou heedest not the driving storm, But gracefully thy slender form

Is bent before its pow'r; The rude wind shakes thee as he will; Gentle and cheerful art thou still,

Waiting the sunny hour. Sweet flow'ret! may we learn from thee A lesson of humility,

And gentle, hopeful love; That when 'mid storms of grief and care, Our hearts may look in faith and pray'r, To Him who reigns above.


I LOVE to see the flowers that grow

All in the wild uncultured dell,
Which Nature kindly doth bestow,

The primrose, violet, and blue-bell;
The flowers that bloom with sweet perfume,

And seem to wear a lovely smile,
The pride of Spring, the joy of Summer,

The loveliest that bedeck the soil. 'Tis sweet to wander forth alone,

The fairest scenes of earth to view, Where flow'rets round our path are strewn,

Of every shape and every hue;
But sweeter, love, with thee to rove,

Wiling away the pleasant hours;
I think thee fairer far than ever,
As we walk forth amid the flowers!

C. W. B.

Press on! across life's battle-field,

There are many foes to quell;
How soon the struggle may be o'er,

Not one of us can tell.
While Hope unfurls the banner,

Ere the day of strife is done,
Press on across life's battle-field,

There's victory to be won. Press on, and wield with all thy power,

Each weapon God has given,
And strive with all thy might and main

To fight thy way to heaven.
Fear not, for He shall nerve thy arm,

When fainting in the fight,
And place Himself upon thy brow

A crown of glory bright.
Press on across life's battle-field,

Though hard it may appear,
To bear the cold smiles of the world,

The scoffer's taunting jeer.
There's temptation to be conquered,

There are dangers to be pass'd, Till we help to swell the song of praise Around the Throne at last.

F. B. B.

which followered were the cause of his present FAMILY COUNCIL.

indisposition; but I can assure you that his ex•

treme penitence for his fault equals, if not preLADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.- ponderates over his anxiety to refund the money. sending us letters of so little mark. The subject he has been led. I have therefore undertaken on It our sad duty to admonish the Council again for He is unwilling to grieve the feelings of our beon which you were called to exercise your powers, it is true, was not of the most agreeable kind, yet sum of £20, which was the amount belonging to

his behalf to intreat you to assist him with the it was one that any of us-such

are our uncertain his employer which he lost, in order that he may fortunes here below-might be called on some day to have to indite to a friend. The only ex

refund it immediately; and I have his solemn pro

mise to repay you at the earliest opportunity. ceptions to these remarks are those of Emma M.P., Captain J. R., W. Y. Somerville, Lily H., an unsuccessful suppliant, but that you will re

Trusting, my dear aunt, that I shall not prove S. D., Viola, Emily A. C—th., Leila s., Marguerite; the hundred others were only fit for the will restore peace of mind to one, if not two indi

member that, by complying with my request, you waste-paper basket. The DEFINITIONS continue to hold their place. viduals, I am, your affectionate niece,

ROSA F. This month they abound in more variety of thought than usual.


We have oftentimes conversed HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

together on the truth of the old adage, “A friend

in need is a friend indeed," without either ima. DEAR AUNT,

gining we should be called upon to give practical Were I not fully assured from former proof of the assertion. Unfortunate it is that I experiences of your benevolence and kindness of am compelled to do so. You are aware of the heart, that this letter will meet with your sympa- vacant partnership existing in the firm of Bradthetic consideration, I should not venture to burn and Co., extensive sugar merchants. Knowrequest your assistance in my present difficulty. ing the desirability of a connexion with so estaIt is pecuniary aid which I ask, and I know that, blished a trade, and long having been waiting for even between the dearest relations, this is a sub- such an opportunity, I rejoiced at the vacancy ject which needs to be dealt with cautiously and occasioned by the withdrawal of Mr. Francis, a delicately; too often friends are friends while junior partner. Accordingly I presented myself you can exchange with them the civilities of life, at the office, and held a long conference with the and while you appear prosperous in the eyes of heads of the firm. My slight acquaintance with the world; but when the billows of adversity roll them, my well known respectability and experiover you, and you lose, perhaps, a goodly portion ence in trade produced a favourable impression; of that dross so prized by mankind, they forget but judge of my astonishment, when they de their ties of friendship, and you are to them as a manded

two hundred pounds more, as necessary stranger. But, my dear aunt, I feel almost cer- to my admission, than I can at present spare from tain that no such repulse awaits me from you, my other transactions. They affirm their inability and will proceed to state the cause of my present to take less, because the reduction of capital has request.

been great through the retirement of their My brother Herbert, who, as you aware, is partner. Mr. Francis, it appears, was young engaged in a mercantile house in the city, has when he entered, and to atone for his lack of exbeen for about a month seriously indisposed, and perience, advanced a large sum of ready, money, the last few days has been obliged to absent him- then needed; consequently, in the addition they self from the counting-house. He was advised to propose making, it is advisable to replace this consult an eminent physician, who prescribed for money as much as possible. Not wishing to lose him, but without effect. It appeared to me from so rare a chance, I have decided on appealing to the first that his illness seemed rather a mental you for the loan of two hundred for a short period, than a physical one, and I made several ineffectual purposing, if you comply, to repay you as soon as attempts to gain some clue to the cause of his possible. I need hardly mention that the security present indisposition ; but last night I was suc- is good. Perhaps you will oblige me by giving a cessful in inducing him to confide to me the secret speedy answer to my request ; and if I may de which had pressed with such leaden weight upon pend on your assistance, it will be requisite for his mind.

you to appoint a place of meeting. My family A short time since he became acquainted with a and myself will regard you with gratitude if you gentleman of fascinating and apparently amiable convey timely help for our emergency. manners, but whose fondness for company and With united esteem, believe me your sincere pleasure led my brother rather to shun his com- friend,

NICHOLAS GORDON. pany than seek it. However, he was sought out by him and introduced to other friends, not of LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE LETTERthe best character; and on one fatal night my WRITING COUNCIL.-A PARENT TO A MARRIED brother, unable, as he had done on previous occa- DAUGHTER ON THE INDIFFERENCE DISPLAYED sions, to withstand the shafts of ridicule aimed at

BY HER IN THE EDUCATION OF HER CHILDREN. him, was induced to enter a gaming-house. Fortune at first favoured, but afterwards deserted

DARING. him, and when he left he had staked and lost The charge of Balaklava.-AQUILA and S, D. £20 entrusted to his care by his employer. The The first human footstep on the summit of violent, remorse and reproaches of conscience Mont Blanc.-M. W. M.

Alexander taming Bucephalus.-CATIE.

A kind of coolness which often has the effect of Courage bordering on desperation.-L. W. heating the passions.-H. A. J.

The "Nothing venture, nothing have" system. -R. M. S.

NOVELTY. Leonidas and his Spartans at the pass of Ther

A young lady without crinoline.-S. D., F.B.B., mopylæ.- ELSIE.

and STEPHANIE. John Bull at school.--DI VERNON.

The march of fashion.- AMELIA. The ruling passion in the breast of the bull- The pet of the household's first day at school, dog.-R. B. B.

M. W. M. Van Amburgh in the lion's den.-STEPHANIE. A young lady with sense enough to wear thick The leader of the forlorn hope.-J. C. L. and shoes.--CATIE. ESTELLE.

A pow ful but temporary stimulus to exertion. Satan on the Mount of Temptation.-W. Y. S.

-L. W. The sublime of adventure.-J.C.

An original Valentine.-R. M. S. That power of the soul which conquers despair The last sweet thing in hats.---ROSEMARY and by facing it.-PINK.

H. I. H. The student Bacon rejecting the authority of The first sight of snow to the little Indian.. Aristotle.--ALEXANDER,

ELSIE. The grand leveller of obstacles.-J. T.

An apple with the core outside.-BRUCE. Luther's expressive determination to be present Sailing to the moon in an air balloon would at the “ Diet of Worms." —ELSPIE.

surely be a novelty.lago. Courage overstepping the bounds of prudence.- The rifle corps and their costume.-J. C. L. Rosa F.

A pearl from the flowery depths of the sea of Holding to the right in the face of scorn and wonder.-J. T. danger.-LILY H.

The profligate discovering that pleasure has The superlative of bravery. ETHOL.

stings.-ELSPIE. Tempting danger for danger's sake.- NELLIE. Life in the Bush to a Belgravian.-Rosa F. The eagle to protect her young.-EMILY A.

That of which ladies are so fond.-R. The beggar who ventures a second time past a An invader of the pockets of the head of the large dog which once flew at him.-LEILA S. family.---ROLANDO.

The man who walked over the Falls of Niagara A young man unbitten by the rifle corps mania. on stilts.-EMMA S. P.

G. L. S.
The attribute of a British soldier.-D. M. R. Old friends with new faces.-ETHOL.
A quality whose proof is in the doing.-H. A.J. Candour in critics.--NELLIE.
Leander's courtship.--COLE.

A charm that seldom fails to attract.--A, ce To ask an elderly unmarried lady her age.-

Younge. ALIN3.

A properly-dressed potato.-Our Cook. Disregarding the fashion.-H. I. H.

A really comfortable bonnet.-PAULINE and A word that is not always synonymous to cou.

ESTELLE. rage.-Fanny,

A glow-worm that lures on the children of this To tell mamma that baby is not quite a beauty. world to a continual pursuit.-MARGUERITE. -BERTHA.

Jouah's position when he was in the whale. Courage without prudence.--AGNESE.

Emma S. P.

Seeing London for the first time.-ELIZABETH M. NONCHALANCE.

The new baby to his little brother.-H, A. J. A combination of coolness, impudence, and

What the bride feels on being first addressed as Mrs.

ESTELLE. assurance.--AMELIA. “Oh! it's only a Valentine !"—W.C.

Contemplating the earth from a balloon.

ESTELLE. The art of avoiding awkwardness in the most embarrassing circumstances.-M. W.M.

Henry the Fifth with French princess.-CAPT. "I parpose dining with you to-morrow."


An only child who is not spoilt.-H. I, H. Baby's look of astonishment on seeing the

The idol of the multitude.--FANNY. sensation created by its upsetting the cream-jug

A friend in adversity:-NINA. at the tea table.-E. H.

The freezing of the Thames.-J. C. D. Being told your pocket has been picked, and

WORDS FOR DEFINITION. coolly to turn round and say “n'importe,”-STEPHANIE,

COHESION | EXPRESSION | INDUBITABLE. “You may think I am wrong, but it's quite immaterial.”-J.C. L. An iron sluice prohibiting the flow of the waters

GERMAN GAMES. of sympathy.-W.Y.S.

THE Germans of all ages join in little jeux The tyranny which artificial life exerts over the d'esprit in winter evenings. They are, therefore, noblest impulses.-PINK.

more intellectual and less boisterous than when Magnanimity shorn of all that makes it at once confined to the very young, who are generally heroic and amiable.- ELSPIE,

merry without being wise. One of these games “I care for naebody, naebody cares for me.". may be called "False Reports," or "Petty ScanLILY H. and H. İ. H.

The party are to be seated in a circle round Polite impudence.-ETHOL.

the fire. Some one at the head of them whispers “I'm sure I don't care."-WILHELM.

(once only) to his next neighbour a piece of extraThe mask of fashionable indifference.--ESTELLE: I ordinary news; he then whispers to his neighbour


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the same thing, and so on all round. None are Large compared with the table ?" allowed to ask questions. If they have heard im- “Small compared with a rug ?”

“Yes.” perfectly, they are still to repeat what they have “Made of silk ?" "No." heard as correctly as they can. When all have “ Made of leather?" "No." heard the news, the first person who spread the “Made of wool ?" "Yes.' report is to repeat aloud what he said to his neigh. “Coloured ?" "Yes.” bour, then the last person in the circle is to relate "Variegated ?" "No." it exactly as it reached him; and considerable “Black ?amusement is afforded by the alteration or mis- “ Green?” "No." representation of the original information : as for “Red ?" "Yes." example-Suppose the first person whispered to “Something to wear p" “Yes." his neighbour that “The Pope bad sent a Cardinal "Is it long?" "Yes." to England, with a large cape, a large hat, and red “Narrow P” “Yes." stockings, which displeased the Queen and Lord Here the judge suggested that it must be a red John Russell, and on the Fifth of November, a woollen comforter. great many more Guy Fawkes's were burnt than “No, no," exclaimed the party, “it is not a usual, and a great deal of bigotry and gunpowder single thing." were employed.” After various repetitions and Counsel : "Is it a pair of something?" "Yes.” alterations, it reacheth the last of the circle thus: “Are they English ?" "No." “The Pope had sent a Cardinal cape, a large red “Are they French P" "No." hat, and stockings to the Queen, for Lord John "Are they Italian." Russell, and the Queen did not like to put them Now in England ?" "YES." on; and on the Fifth of November a great many Here the judge pronounces the verdict, the disPopes were blown up, with bigotry and gun-covery is made. “They were made of wool, powder.” After several rounds of this game, the manufactured-red--and though Italian, pow in next fixed upon may be

England." Our readers will guess what these CROSS EXAMINATIONS,

extraordinary things are. A judge and counsellor are appointed, and then they are requested to leave the room. During their absence some remarkable thing is fixed upon

ENIGMAS, CHARADES, &c. for them to discover by the cross-questioning of the counsel. Something historical or something

RHYTHMICAL RECREATION, popular is the best kind of puzzle. The judge Spaces to be filled up poetically, and counsel are then called in, and the latter be

A WELCOME TO SPRING. gins his questions, going round the circle. The

Hail only answers to be given are, Yes or No. He may

sweet, commence thus:


impart; "Is the thing to be discovered animate ?" An- Thy.

............ eye,

And swer—"No."

heart. "Is it a simple thing ?" "No.".

.earth, “Is it an animal substance?” “Yes."


.................................... say, "Is it partly a vegetable substance ?” “Yes."

............................... come, “Perhaps it is also in part a mineral substance ?" To

away." Counsel to the judge: "Please to remark that The....................................


The this wonderful thing is composed of an animal,


Seem vegetable, and mineral substance.'

............................ give, Cross-examination continued :


....................... Spring. "Is it English ?" "Yes.”


respond. “Is it mentioned in history?”.

Come ................

.......... way, “ Is it a weapon ?” “Yes."

And.................................... beams The judge here remarks that as a sword, or a Dispel

sway. gun, or a spear, has no animal substance about it,

FANNY. it must be an arrow; and he should say it was

58.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA, an arrow. Now, what particular arrow it was, the counsel must elicit.

a. The god whom artists always grace Counsel: "Is it mentioned in the history of

By giving him a double face ; England ?” “Yes.”

b. The food divine that's eat on high "Before the Conquest ?" "No."

By all the inmates of the sky; "Not long after the Conquest.” “Yes.”

c. Also the liquor drank above “ About the year 1100 ?" “ Yes.”

Which Hebe hands to mighty Jove; The judge then decided that it was the arrow

d. He who for fair Calypso's smile that shot William Rufus. He was right.

Forgot his home and native isle; A fresh judge and counsel being appointed,

e. Now Thetis' son, whose choice was strife they went out of the room until a fresh subject

And warlike fame, instead of life; was fixed upon. The examination then com

f. That island where we're always told menced :

The brass Colossus stood of old; “Is it an animal ?" "No."

g. The time no efforts can regain, " Is it a vegetable ?" "No."

Tho' oft we spend its hours in vain Is it an animal substance ?” “Yes."

Take the first letters and they'll tell Is it a manufacture pu “Yes."

A month when firing pleases well.




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