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families it amounts to two or three shillings | root or two of mint in pots, as it is in deweekly, when the court in front, or patch mand for lamb very early in the year, and in rear of the house, afford ample conve. before it puts forth its young leaves in the nience for growing nearly all that is re-open ground. We have seen fourpence quired. We do not advocate the cultivation charged for a small bundle of mint and of vegetables (unless the garden is large) in that ou the 1st of May), scarcely sufficient the suburbs of great towns, particularly to make sauce for a joint of lamb. London; because the market-gardeners “Of all the birds that fly in the air," produce them much cheaper than any pri- says Cicely Cowslip, give me a roast duck, vate person can grow them; and even if stuffed with sage and onions." The onions the greatest pains is taken, and no expense may be omitted, but sage is indispensable spared, it is seldom or never that they can in the stuffing of goose, duck, or pork, and be produced so early or so good as by those also for various purposes in téas, infusions, who make it their business, and who have &c., therefore by all means nourish a few facilities, and above all, practical experience roots of this, which is propagated by plantfor the work. But this objection does not ing the young shoots about the month of apply, to pot-herbs, which are easy of June. Take some robust shoots, about six growth, and require but little trouble in inches long, remove all but the top leaves, the management. Having so far premised and insert them in dippled holes, quite up and shown the feasibility of thrift in this to the leaves, squeezing the earth at the item of household expense, we shall now bottom of the shoot, but pressing it lightly give a few directions for the information towards the top. Shade and water, and of those who choose to avail themselves of when the plants spindle and show an inclithe discovery; a novel one we are sure to nation to flower, cut them down, so as to many housekeepers in the suburbs of large induce the growth of side shoots. Or you towns.
may divide the old root, which is best Parsley is the herb most in use, indeed effected in spring or autumn. If produced in constant demand, both for garnishing from seed, it must be sown in a rich border and cookery. There are two sorts, the in April, thinned out when the plants are plain-leaved and the curly. The latter three inches high, and removed to its final should always be preferred, being more station in the autumn or the following beautiful, whether growing, or on the spring. Sage requires a dry soil and sheldish, and easily distinguished from the tered situation. Ethusa, or fool's parsley—a species of Thyme will grow anywhere, but it prehemlock, which is poisonous. T'he best fers a dry poor soil; if the ground is rich, mode of cultivation is by seed, sowing the plant will become too luxuriant and where it is to remain, any time between the lose its aromatic qualities. There are 1st of March and the middle of June; and several varieties, that preferred for culinary if the stalks are cut down occasionally to purposes is the lemon-scented, it is also the prevent their seeding, it will last for several handsomest in appearance. It is propayears. The seed, which should be buried gated by seeds, or slips. Sowing should be about an inch deep, is a long time vegetat- performed from the middle of March to the ing, the plant not appearing above ground middle of May; slips should be set out in for five or six weeks. Parsley may be cul- the spring. It may also be propagated by tivated by transplanting some young roots, layers, like carnations. Although a perenthe younger the better, watering and shad- nial, it becomes stunted after two or three ing until they liave taken root, and hold years, and to insure it in perfection, the their heads up. Many pot-herbs are almost seed should be sown annually. There are as good for use dry as green; but this is not other potherbs, such as marjoram, savory, the case with parsley, which is infinitely tarragon, basil, &c., all which may be culbetter for all purposes when fresh. By tivated in small patches for general use. covering it over with some loose haulm in The sweet marjoram is produced from the winter, the young leaves will be shel. seeds, and so is the basil; but the common tered, and it might be gathered as wanted, marjoram, savory, and tarragon, may be all the year round.
grown from cuttings or roots, like those Mint is best propagated by cuttings, or already described. by dividing the roots of an old plant. Some corners should be devoted to fennel February is the proper season for this; but and horse-radish, esculents in constant use. it may be done at any time in cloudy wea- The first is shy of moving, and unless the ther by shading and watering. Those who plants are very young, it can scarcely ever have conservatories or frames should keep a be done successfully after April.
surest mode is to sow the seed, either in and if well stopped the aroma of the herb spring, or autumn, and it will flourish in will be preserved. any soil. Horse-radish is propagated from Another plan is to infuse the herbs in as sets, by cutting the main root and offsets, much spirit, vinegar, or wine, as will cover into lengths of about two inches, including them, and after ten or twelve days to strain a joint. It delights in a moist loamy soil, off, repeating it with the strained liquor but will grow anywhere, requiring manure over fresh herbs if it is wished to have the if the ground is poor; it is, however, rather essence very strong: This impregnates an unsightly plant, and may be dispensed soups and sauces with the flavour without with, by the housekeeper purchasing a the appearance of the herb, and it will keep bundle or half a bundle at a time, and good for years, while a very small quantity keeping it for use in moist sand; but to suffices. buy a single root to garnish a single steak, The proper season for gathering the folis wretched economy.
lowing herbs to be preserved in either mode While upon the subject of herbs, we or in both, is as follows :- basil, from the append some directions for drying and middle of August to middle of September; preserving them, derived from the autho- knotted marjoram, from beginning of July rity of Mr. Butler, the celebrated herb- to end of August; savory, the same; thyme, alist in Covent Garden Market, who fur- throughout June and "July; mint, July nished the information to the late Doctor sage, August and September; tarragon aná Kitchiner,
burnet, July and August; chervil, parsley, “It is very important to those who and fennel, May, June, and July, are not in the constant habit of attending the markets, to know when the various seasons commence for purchasing sweet herbs.
THE GENTLEMAN'S ROOM. “All vegetables are in the highest state of perfection, and fullest of juice and fla- Far beyond drawing-room or spare-room, vour, just before they begin to flower : the and important above almost every other arfirst and last crop have neither the fine rangement in your domestic establishment, flavour nor the perfume of those which are is the consecration of one room to the espegathered in the height of the season; that cial use of the master of the house, should is, when the greater part of the crop of each his pursuits be such as to render occasional species is ripe.”
solitude and quiet needful, or merely plea“Take care that they are gathered on a surable to him. A sound and a lovely policy dry day, by which means they will have a is that which secures to a husband, in his þetter colour when dried. Cleanse your own family, certain privileges and comforts herbs well from dirt and dust, cut off the that he can never find elsewhere, and that roots; separate thc bunches into smaller are calculated to counterbalance the weight ones, and dry them by the heat of a stove, of the many other attractions which his or in a Dutch oven before a common fire, in immediate circle cannot offer. A room to such quantities at a time that the process himself—a home within his home—is such may be speedily finished, i.e. 'Kill 'em a privilege, and few sacrifices are too great quick,' says a great botanist: by this means if they may procure it for him ; few advantheir favour will be best preserved. There tages are great enough if they must take it can be no doubt of the propriety of drying from him; it will keep him from clubs and herbs, &c. hastily by the aid of artificial card parties abroad, or from being “always heat, rather than by the heat of the sun. about” at home; it will prove a sanctuary The only caution requisite is to avoid burn- from the numerous petty domestic troubles ing, and of this a sufficient test is afforded and annoyances that, as few men can comby the preservation of the colour.” The prehend or tolerate, it is much better that common custom is, when they are perfectly they should not see; or, should business dried, to put them in bags, and hang them or amusement induce a temporary absence, up to the roof of a kitchen, or lay them in a the image of his own room, and the gentle dry place; but a better method is to pick loving being presiding over its many inoff the leaves from the stalks, to rub them dulgences and comforts, will follow him over a hair sieve so as to extract the dust into “hall and bower,” and, creating a which generally adheres to them, parti- salutary yearning in the midst of greater cularly those which are purchased with the luxury and wealth, will guide him safely roots on, and to put them in wide-mouthed back again, where only he can rest in perbottles (taking care that they are quite dry), I fect happiness and safety.
CURE FOR WEAK EYBA:- Bathe the eyes wide DOMESTIC HINTS AND RECEIPTS. open in cold water every morning, and in about.&
fortnight a material improvement will be palTOAST AND WATER.—The universal adoption of pable. this beverage at our dinner-tables, or as a yrateful COLDS FROM EXCESSIVE FATIGUE IN WET diluent for the invalid, renders the preparation of WEATHER.- Those robust individuals whose occuthis simple, but delieate infusion, an object of pations are chiefly followed in the open air; on interest to a considerable number of our readers; taking cold and experiencing rheumatic or other. and we have therefore taken pains to ascertain muscular pains from too lengthened and violent the simplest. but most effectual method of pre- exertion in wet weather, have a specific for the paring it. The mode, we now communicate will cure of these affections which is regarded by them produce without the chance of failure, if the direc. as infallible, and this is, a tea or tablespoonful tions are strictly followed, a fresh sparkling of the oily fat which drips from slowly-toasted liquor, cool and grateful to the taste, of a bright bacon. brown colour, and of an almost fragrant empy- TO PREVENT MILK FROM TURNING. SOUR-To reumatic flavour. Take a small solid square each quart of milk, add fifteen grains of bicarpiece. of. bread, and place it on a toasting-fork at bonate of soda; this addition will not affect the about half a yard distant from the fire; let it re taste of the milk, and it promotes digestion.. main two hours at least, and as much longer as
A PLUM CAKE. convenient, and when it has assumed a light brown colour, plunge it while hot into a jug of There are few who can make what I term a good clear cold water. Cover it over, and let it remain
cake, till wanted for use. The longer the bread is And as such I intend to explain.; allowed to toast, the brighter and browner the Without further parade, how 'tis done, with the colour it becomes; and the longer the maceration
aid of the toast in the water goes, on, the better, to a Of a little attention. Obtain certain extent, and within certain limits, the Half-a-quartern of dough, which, when worked to result will prove.
and fro, MODE OF EMPLOYING SODA IN WASHING.- Máy be placed by the fire to rise,, Into a gallon of water put a handful of soda, and Where permit it to stand while you beat up by three quarters of a pound of soap; boil them to
hand gether until the soap is dissolved, and then pour Sixteen eggs of a moderate size; out the liquor for use. This mode of preparing And when finished procure fourteen ounces--not this detergent for washing, will be found far preferable to the usual mode of putting the soda Of fresh butter-the best you can buy-into the water, or of adding, as is usual, a lump With about the same weight of loaf sugar, and to the water in the boiler,, in consequence of
eight whicluso many iron moulds are produced in many Of large currants, picked,,, washed, and wiped. kinds of clothes. In the washing of blankets,
dry. this mode of proceeding will be found admirable, Having added all these to the dough by degrees, and render them beautifully white.
With four ounces of sweetmeats, select TO PREVENT CHILDREN'S CLOTHES TAKING A small tin deep and, wide, buttered nicely inFIRE.--So many lamentable accidents, with loss
side, of life, occurring from fire, we remind our readers That-when baked-it may turn out correct that, for the preservation of children from that
G. M. F. G. calamity, their clothes, after washing, should be DEVONSHIRE STEW.-Mix together the followrinsed in water, in which a small quantity of salt- ing articles, previously boiled and shred: Potatoes, petre (nitre) has been dissolved. This improves cabbage (or greens), and onions; season with the appearance, and renders linen and cotton pepper and salt; put the whole into a pan with a garments proot against blaze. The same plan lump of nice beef dripping, or butter; stir it until should be adopted with window and bed curtains. hot-it is then ready for use. Double the quantity
How to EAT AN EGG.–There is an old saying, of potatoes are required to the cabbage and taken from the Italian," Teach your grandmother onions. This is a cheap dish, and eats well with to suck eggs.
." This appears an unnecessary piece hot or cold meat. Potatoes and cabbage left at of information, as people do not suck eggs as they dinner the day previous will answer the purpose. do oranges; but as we believe there are few who The water should be changed at least twice know how to eat one properly, we shall give the during the boiling of the onions. secret. By the usual mode of introducing the TO CLEAN PAINT THAT IS NOT VARNISHED, salt. it will not mix or incorporate with the egg: Put upon a plate some of the best whiting, have the result is, you either get a quantity of salt ready some clean warm water, and a piece of without egg, or egg without salt. Put in a drop flannel, which dip into the water and squeeze or two of water, tea, coffee, or other liquid you nearly dry; then take as much whiting as will may have on the table at the time, then add the adhere to it, apply it to the paint, when a little salt, and stir. The results is far more agreeable; rubbing will instantly remove any dirt or grease; the drop of liquid is not tasted.
wash well off with water, and rub dry with A HINT TO HOUSEMAIDS.- Previous to sweep- a soft cloth. Paint thus cleaned looks equal ing a bed-room, mop it well over with a dry to new; and without doing the least injury to the thrum mop; by this means all the light dust will most delicate colour, it will preserve the paint be collected, and nothing but the heavy particles much longer than it cleaned with soap; and it remain, and the furniture, beds, &c., escape much does not require more than half the time usually dust.
occupied in cleaning.
SCRAPS FROM THE GERMAN OF JEAN
GEMS FROM EMERSON,
It takes a good deal of time to eat or to sleep, OCEAN.-Almighty, yet gentle power! Thou or to earn a hundred dollars, and a very little rushest in anger against the earth, and devourest time to entertain a hope and an insight which it, and thy vast Briareous arms encircle i's whole becomes the light of our life. circumference. Yet, dost thou silence the foam- I know that the world. I converse with in the ing stream, and subdue it into gentle waves, city and in the arms, is not the world I think. I gently dost thou play round thy smiling child observe that difference, and shall observe it. One dren, the little islands, and dost lick the careless day, I shall know the value and law of this dis-, hand that toys with thy surface, from the pass-crepancy ing skift.
We dress our garden, eat our dinners, discuss Mex OF TASTE.-There are some men who the household with our wives, and these things stand on the debateable ground between talents make no impression, are forgotten next week; but and genius without belonging to either; they in the solitude to which every man is always rchave a strong love for all that is beautiful and turn ng, he has a sanity and revelations, which in great, without the power of producing them. his passage into new worlds he will carry with Instead of all the radii of the mind tending, as in him. men of genius, to a sinule point, they stand in the Two human beings are like globes, which can centre and send forth.rays in every direction, but touch only in a point, and whilst they remain in these antagonist forces destroy each other. contact, all other points of each of the spheres are
Passion.--A man in passion is like Vesuvius in inert: their turn must also come, and the longer an eruption-vomiting forth flames and red-hot a particular union lasts, the more energy of appe. stones, which descend immediately into its own tenoy the parts not in union aequire. bosom, till chauce directs it over the edge of the I would gladly be moral, and keep due metes? crater, to deal destruction to others.
and bounds, which I dearly love, and allow the NOVELTY.-A nesv part is always more heartily most to the will of man; but I have set nıy heart and better performed than an old one. We brood on honesty in this chapter, and I can see nothing over our projects fondly at first, but let the eggs at lası, in success or failure, than more or less of grow cold as soon as they are fairly hatched. vital force supplied froin the Eternal.
MOBMULING.--Our hearts must be more con- Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her tracted than our eyes, or we should not murmur own tail? If you could look with her eyes, you: at every little cloud which we can plainly see is might see her surrounded with hundreds of tigures bat a speck in a universe of light.
performing complex dramas, with tragic and SELF-IMPORTANCE. We draw our map of the comic issues, long conversations, many characworld after the lines of our own little life; as ters, many ups and downs of fate --and meantime sailors, on their charts, lay down all the land in it is only puss and her tail. blank, and mark only rocks, shoals, and sand- I have le red that I cannot dispose of other's banks.
facts, but I possess such a key to my own, as perSORROW.-The depth of a wound may be judged sua les me against all their denials, that they also from its bandages, and the depth of our sorrow have a kıy to theirs. A sympathetic per on is by the self-deception to which we resort, in the placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among. vain hope to close it.
drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he STRENGTH OF CHARACTER.-A few ideas of our give so much as a leg or a finger, they will drown. own will save us from being too sensible to ex- him. ternal impressions, as a light in our room makes When I converse with a profound mind, or if lightning less blinding.
at any time being alone I have good thoughts, I ConsCIxNCR.-The wounds of conscience never do not at once arrive at satisfactions, as when, cicatrize; the wings of time himself do not cool being thirsty, I drink water, or go to the fire, them, but his scythe only opens them tlie wider. being cold. No! but I am at first apprised of my
FBANKNESS. -- Frank 'simplicity rather dini vicinity to a new and excellent region of life. By nishes a man's character for talent, as a straight parsisting to red or to think, this region gives road never seems so long as a crooked one. furthur sign of itself.
MEMORY.—The shadowy remembrance lasts Suffive it for the joy of the universe, that we longer than the real enjoyment. Flowers may be have not arrived at a wall, but at interminable kept for years, but not fruits.
Our life seems not present, so much as Love.--Love grows best among troubles; as prospective; not for the affairs on which it is trees are best transplanted in cloudy weather. wasted, but as a hint of this vast-flowing vigour.
COURTIEKS.-Courtiers behave like good boat. Most of life seems to be mere advertisement of men, who, as soon as one side of their boats sink, faculty: information is given us not to sell ourhang over the other.
selves; that we are very great. MARRIED; AND UNMARRIED WOMEN.-We get Murder in the murderer is no such ruinque better acquainted with a married woman in an thought as ppets and romancers will have it; it hour, than we can with a young girl in a week. does not unsettle hin, or fright him from his. The latter is a green walnut, from which you must ordinary notice of trifles; it is an act quite easy to strip off a half dozen coverings before you can get be contemplated, but in its sequel it turns out to, a glimpse of the inside; the former a ripe one, be a horrible jan zle and confounding of all relawhich opens of itself, and displays the fruit within. tions. Especially the crimes that spring, from
SELF-PRAISE. A man may talk of his past love, seein right and fair from the actor's point of deeds or sufferings, but may not of his present view, but, when acted, are found destructive of A hero may show his sores,
LINES TO AN ABSENT BROTHER,
'Tis night : yet fearless and alone
Upon the wild sea-beach I stray;
The diamond stars fade one by one,
And Luna hides her gentle ray. A LOVELY maiden, fickle as she's fair,
But, brother, I am here for thee, Veiling her beauty with each passing cloud;
Beseeching Heaven to calm that sea! Then smiling on us through a shower of tears,
Beneath yon dark and lowering sky, Which fall in pearly drops on swelling buds,
Rocked on the ocean's heaving wave, And tender blossoms that have burst to life.
A vessel carries from mine eye
The being I would die to save.
Yes, brother, I am by the sea,
Imploring Heaven to watch o'er thee! flowers;
I cannot sleep while tempests roar, The snowdrop lower droops its trembling bell
For every gust is like thy knell; To kiss her parted lips, and the pale primrose
But by this rocky wave-girt shore Paler grows, beside the glowing beauty of her
To Heaven my hopes and fears I tell. face.
Dear brother, I am by the sea, Yet, trust her not, she smiles but to betray
Breathing a heartfelt prayer for thee! Too well I know she's false as beautiful;
Tho' storms may howl, and nights be dark, Her heart is cold-no love her bosom warms;
There is a great Almighty hand, She wins thee by her smiles and tears,
Who yet can steer thy trembling bark,
That God who reigns o’er earth or sea,
And hears my earnest prayers for thee!
That He can guard thy life from harm;
And tears of grief no longer flow,
For He can still the raging sea, I always saw its earliest buds and mourned to see
And bring thee, brother, back to me! them fade;
MABIE, How often have I sat beneath its boughs at early morn,
THE FORGET-ME-NOT. And listened to the merry bees about the old pink Take it, this little flower, take it and think of me, thorn.
Think, in the hours of loneliness, of the one who And later, when we loved to dance upon the vil
gave it thee; lage green,
Place it within thy bosom, let it never be forgot, I mind me how the merry maidens chose me for But let it whisper oft to thee, the words, “Forget their queen;
me not." A rosy wreath they wove for me, how gaily was it Think of it in the joyous throng when all around worn,
is bright, I loved the garland made for me from off the old think of it when I'm far away and severed from pink thorn,
thy sight, And later still I stood with one I loved, and who Think of it whether far or near, whatever be thy
loved me; We always met at sundown 'neath this old and Oh! often let it speak to thee the words "Forget friendly tree;
KATE. 'Twas long ago, 'tis past and gone, but I must always mourn,
THE GRAVE OF LITTLE RICHARD. For him whose words of love I heard beneath the 'Twas a beautiful spot, and the turf fresh and old pink thorn.
[the wind, We met there, and we parted there, and ne'er to With its flowers and the willow that wav'd in meet again,
Told how fondly beloved the lost darling had been, He was among the first who fell upon the battle And how dear was the mem'ry that linger'd plain;
behind. Oh! very sad at heart was I, when weary and A stone at the foot of the hillock was placed, forlorn,
And a chaplet of flowers some dear friend had I came to weep those bitter tears beneath the old
[had traced, pink thorn.
Where the hands of the sculptor that lov'd name Then tell me not 'tis old and frail, I cannot spare Little Richard was all that the grave-stone it now,
declared. I love each leaf and tender flower, I love each Perhaps some fond mother the monument raised, knotted bough;
Where the form of her child to the dark earth For happy memories of the past its every leaf was giv'n;
And had smiled thro' her tears when upon it she Take all the finest trees away, but spare the old At the thought she should meet Little Richard pink thorn,