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FAMILY COUNCIL.

guide you in guiding your children in the right way. Store their minds with useful knowledge,

and then they will not feel awkward in the preLADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.-sence of educated persons; and, above all, dear We have no longer to complain. The letters of Ellen, teach them to love and reverence their the month are marked by considerable improve Maker: they may not always have earthly parents, ment, and would lose nothing in comparison with therefore impress upon their young minds the the best of the past. We are gratified that our necessity of early seeking the Lord; and then it recent observations on your epistolary efforts have may be said of you, “ The children arise and call had the effect of quickening your interest in the her

blessed." Oh, do not neglect this important subject, and arousing your usual devotion to the duty any longer, but from this time see to the standard of excellence. Besides those names dis.

education of your children; and may the blessing tinguished as the best in our last, and that may main, my dearest Ellen, your affectionate mother,

of God attend your efforts. With kind love, I rebe classed amongst the best in the present Council, we have much pleasure in adding thereto

ANNIE LINTON. the names of Anna Grey, Minima, Snow, Miranda, Ethol, C. Aston, Rosa, F., and Nina Gordon.

MY BELOVED DAUGHTER,— These are each in their way admirable compositions, and only inferior in want of concentration

With deep concern, I have observed to those selected for publication,

your almost utter indifference on the subject of

education. Very unwilling have I been to admit LETTER FROM A PARENT TO A MARRIED the existence of the fact; a mother's partiality was DAUGHTER ON THE INDIFFERENCE DISPLAYED

not likely to peer into failings with an eagle's BY HER IN THE EDUCATION OF HER CHILDREN.

eye, and yet it dares not wink at a neglect, which, MY DEAREST CHILD,

if not speedily repaired will be productive of the

most deplorable consequences. Perhaps, my dear It is with the utmost reluctance ! Mary, you may think I am too serious, but, now write to you; but I fear I should not do well believe me, it is a serious matter; and if you to keep silence on so important a subject; and as refuse to treat it as such now, by-and-by, when it you have from infancy ever listened to a mother's is too late to reform, you may have to lament in advice, I feel encouraged to write, hoping you bitterness of soul. will receive it in the spirit of love in which it is Do you think the precept is no longer of any written,

force, which says, “ train up a child in the way he I have, for a long time, imagined that you did should go ?" or while leaving the objects of this not manifest that anxiety about the education of training to their own sweet will, are you assured, your children which every mother should feel. that in your case, there is no danger of “a child There are many different methods of educating left to himself bringing his mother to shame?" children, varying according to their stations in But, my dear Mary, I cannot believe you err from life; but all should be taught not to live for intention; surely you have not deliberately con themselves only, but to be useful to their fellow cluded the subject to be unimportant, but be creatures. The minds of children are like young warned, I entreat you, or the effects will be the twigs, growing whichever way they are bent. same as if you had. Depend upon it this is not a Seldom will they grow straight of their own matter on which it is safe to be passive or indoaccord. They must be bent; and these immortal lent, and that mother would be unworthy of the twigs are in your hands, my dearest Ellen, to be trust committed to her charge who would bebent for time and eternity. Then, again, if their grudge any personal sacrifice in order to secure lives are spared, they will take their position in to her children that greatest boon of life a good the world. You have often condemned the giddy, Education. thoughtless girls who can talk of nothing but It is thought by many parents that the business dress and parties, and the foppish young men of education may be delegated, and that when who cannot converse for five minutes on anything they have engaged competent instructors for interesting or instructive ; and I have often told their children, their duty is performed. Now this you the fault was in their education: they had is a sad mistake; though far be it from me to never been taught that they had a nobler end to disparage ihe high calling of a teacher, yet I can live for. Train up a child in the way he should by no means yield to it the duties and responsi. go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. bilities that belong to the still higher vocation of Remember, my Ellen, God has committed these a mother. The one is a valuable auxiliary, not a little ones to your care; and He will Himself substitute for the other, and hand in hand they demand how you have fulfilled your trust. Think lead to a noble result. not slightly of it. A mother's cares are very

It is obvious that the ideas of many persons on great, but her joys are as great also. In you were this grand subject are far from adequate to its all my doubts and fears, my hopes and joys, cen- comprehensiveness; this would not signify if the tered; and you have exceeded all my expectations, matter was merely speculative, but the mischief and my anxieties are more than compensated in is, they act upon these narrow one-sided views, the love and confidence you have ever bestowed and hence we have so many specimens of halfon me. That you may also obtain a mother's educated people. But to come at once to the recompense is my earnest prayer ; but, remember point in hand, let us enquire what education you cannot obtain it without a mother's care, and really is ; I think we may answer, it is that process che care must come first. You will need great by which the precious germ of an immortal patience and perseverance; but you will obtain power is helped to expand itself in reference to its strength from on high, if you earnestly seek it, to twofold destiny, so as to realize to the utmost the

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intentions of its Creator while in this earthly soil, , and that that duty may become your delight, I reand become fitted for transplanting, to the un- mail, with deep solicitude for your own and your fading “bowers of bliss.” It begins with the first dear children's present and future well-being, your dawn of intelligence, and continues to the close of ever loving mother, life-thus you see it is ever progressive, never a

Lily H. work which in this state of existence can be said to be finished, and it is a question, if even in that higher state, we shall not still be its subjects; WRITING COUNCIL.–Favour us with a LETTER

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE LETTEB.. learning still, and ever, as its enrlless ages roll

INTRODUCTION FOR A

FRIEND IN THE developing new faculties, and acquiring higher and nobler ideas of the depths and heights of its COUNTRY TO PRESENT TO ANOTH&R IN LONDON. sacred mysteries.

COHESION. However, it is not my business, now to be speculative, but practical; "things secret belong

The hand. of family affection.-D. M., R. and

W.Y. S. unto God, but things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children;" now the duty of

The divine cement in the architecture of the

universe.-J.C. parents to their children in reference to education,

The rivets of the links of nature.-ALEXANDER! is plainly one of the things revealed, not by

The bad name whilk, settles on the perpetrator nature only, but also by the clear light of the

of a bad action.-ELSPIE. Sicred Word. Viewing, then, our dear little ones as treasures

Nature's longing for union.-LILY H.. committed to our trust by our heavenly Father, M. W. M.

The force that blends two natures into one. we should regard Him as saying, in reference to each, "Take this child, and nurse it for me.”

A quality for which lovers' lips are remarkable. This, then, is our high and holy work; and surely :-H. A. J. the motive is strong enough to sustain the most

Universal sticking plaister.-DAISY H.

“Birds of a feather flock together."ALPHA unweariod diligence. Oars, emphatically, is the

The ivy clinging to the wall.-J.C.L. “Delightful task to rear the tender thought, The cord which binds two kindred hearts toge And teach the young ideashow to shoot;"

ther-CHARLOTTE

Prepared glue in partnership with prepared ours the important office to plant the good seed

wood.-R. D. H. in the yet unsow.n soil; and thus, by pre-occupying

Mutual dependence. -R. MaS.. it with good, to form the most effectual barrier

The essence of sympathy in nature.-A. C. M.J.. against the entrance of evil. And though, we

A limpet adhering to a rocki-EMASSER. may sometimes have to complain that we see but

The friendship, that adversity will not sever few buds of promise, yet let us have patience, w. H. H. and not." despise the day of small things.” Tha

The relation of a stamp to its envelope.-MARS mighty river, at its source, is but a trickling GUERITE. streamlet; and the possessor of the sublimest

A mother-in-law.-JUANITA. genius was once a little child lisping his first

The force of habit on the powers of the mind. lesson at his mother's knee. By the way, I would

STEPHANIE and ECHOL. rimark, that the majority of those who stand

Sitting on a newly-tarred gate.-C. L.J. fremost in the ranks of the great and good have been blest by the dews, of maternal instruction,

EXPRESSION. and have been trained to walk in the pleasant A spark of the soul flashing out from the eye. ways of wisdom by the loving guardian of their LILY H.. early days. Encouraged by such considerations, The painter's last touch to his favourite picture. and urged by a sense of responsibility, let us use -M. W. M. our influence wisely and prayerfully; and, by That which no feathered songster fails to give. gentle words, giving“precent upon precept, and to his song.-H. A. J. line upon line,” let us ply our most earnest efforts; The twin sister of thought.-W.Y. S. and though the effect may not be immediately A lambkiu's froliekin joy. -Elspie. perceptible, yet still we may hope; for the drop- A direct youcher of the mind sometimes falsified, pings" of maternal instruction, accompanied by in the presenting: -J. C. the powerful sway of a holy example, sins deep Sunshine lighting up an old ruin.-Daisy H. into the soul; and by-and-by, perhaps, when no The language of the eye.-EUREKA. longer a child, the power of the mothers's influence The chief excellence.-J. C. L, CHARLOTTE, shall be felt as a defence from the deforming and ROSEMARY. allurements of evil; and her voice, though hushed Good portrait.-ALPHA.. in the silence of the tomb, be heard winning back That which lends a charm to the plainest.coun.. the wanderer to the paths of piety and peace. tenance.-AMELIA.

You see, my dear Mary, I have made no reference Squeezing the hand of the person you like. to any particular branch of instruction. My object 'W. H. has been to exhibit to you the importance of the The poetry of the countenance.-A..C.M. J., subject as a whole, and point especially to its Nature's hieroglyphics. moral bearing; and where this is practically ac- A lover's oratory.-F. S. M.. knowledged, there is no fear but that all the dif

Italies, periods, and long dashes.-NELLIE. ferent departments will receive a due share of That which we all see in the features of those regard.

we love.-W. H.H. Trusting that what I have said may be the. A crying child.-PROVIDENCE. means of arousing you to a sense of your duty, The index to the head. - JUANITA,

That which makes beauty lasting.–WILHELM | to take leave of me. I opened my book, and was and NINA, L.

already deeply engaged in a debeription of the The rippling stream over the smooth pebbles of famous city of Hong Kong, when the vehicle the brook.-STEPHANIE.

stopped at the town to which I was going. DinThe soul of music.-FANNY and ETHOL.

ner was ordered, and I was just going to partake Cæsar's look when he beheld Brutus amongst of a fine dish of mushrooms, when I discovered the conspirators.-C. L. J.

the-cook had by mistake, dressed some Toadstools.

I reached London in safety, and was requested by INDUBITABLK.

some friends to visit Italy, in hopes of finding A mother's love.-D. M. R.

some valuable works, said to have been lately disAn oasis of truth on which the bird of faith covered there. nestles and is refreshed.-J. C.

Some years had passed, and I was still in Italy. The basis of rectitude on which a man's credit I was saddened, for my mother's death had cast a rests.-J. T.

Cloud over my youthtul gladness. I received an A demonstrable fact.-LILY H.

invitation to spend a few weeks with Count MaThe power of love.-M. W. M.

rini, at Rome; wishing to be present at some of The improved appearance of the Family Friend. the Feasts, I accepted it. The Count's palace was -ALPHA.

spaeious, but, to an English eye, uncomfortable. The doom of the confirmed drunkard.-CHAR- In many places the Plaster had fallen off and left LOTTE.

bare walls, and there was a want of comfort which Thy word is truth:- ROSEMARY:

contrasted strangely with the Alabaster Vases A lady's right to wear crinoline.-A, L.,

which decorated the rooms. The Count was well I'm sure it is !-W. H.

acquainted with the English language and litera. Mental ideas in substantial form.-A.C. M. J. tuie. Judge of my surprise one morning, on en.. Too plain to need proof.-L, W.

tering the room, to find him attentively perusing British bravery.-NELLIE.

the Chimes, by Dickens, which he had just reA woman's will.--JUANITA.

ceived from an English friend. In the evening, I The eternity of the soul.- Nina G.

went with him to see a favourite Danseuse; he That too much crinoline is worn.-STEPHANIE.

ad me to beware of going out late alone, as The rifle corps enthusiasm.-WILL-o'-TIE- there where even then many bravi in Rome. We WISP.

next visited a popular demagogue, who, from his Where there's a will there's a way.-ETHOL. blustering speeches, was known to the English

inhabitants by the niekname of Boreus. The

Count also showed me the model of a Railroad, WORDS FOR DEFINITION

which was projected between Rome and Naples. CONSOLATION | PREVARICATION | PREJUDICE. had been given to understand, I might find some

We then visited a Capuchin Monastery, where, I

rare Manuscripts, but my search was fruitless. CONGLOMERATIONS.,

On leaving the monastery, we conversed on

many subjects; among others, on the power of Thx foHowing words are to be introduced in the Italians in preserving appearances. “Yes,” onder as they stand, in an original composition of said my host; “They starve at home, to blaze in prose or verse-story, essay, poem, all are admis- jewels before strangers. For example:-Do you sible,

see that lady with a Parasol, though no one else 1. Mathematics. 11. Feast.

thinks it necessary to-day?-observe how splen 2..Omnibus. 12. Plaster.

did!y she is dressed-what a princess she appears. 3. China Jar.

13. Alabaster Vase. Do you see that wretched cabin, nay, Hovel, near 4. Nymph. 14. Chimes.

the ruins of the Capitol ?- that is her home.” 5. Cabbage. 15. Danseuse.

The next day I quitted the Count's hospitable 6. Damask.. 16. Boreas.

mansion, and write this on board the Victory, 7. Curricle. 17. Railroad.

looking forward in a few hours again to see Old 8. Hong Kong 18. Manuscript.

England 9. Toadstool.

19. Parasol.
Jo. Cloud.
20. Hovel.

ALLITERATIVE POETRY.
EXAMPLE.

WHEN a twister a twisting will twist him a twist,
The Rambles of a Student.

For the twisting his twist he three times doth enWhen a poor student of Mathematics, the desire

twist; of travelling seized me, and I resolved to see the But if one of the twists of the twist doth untwist, world. The Omnibus passed our door every morn

The twine that untwisteth, untwisteth the twist. ing, at eight o'clock; I took my place in it to the Untwisting the twine that untwisteth between, nearest market-town, my travelling companion He twines with his twister the two in a twine; was a new novel, entitled the China Jar, then The twist having twisted the twines of the twine, much in vogue. The Omnibus soon after stopped He twisteth the twine he had twisted in twain... at a cottage, to take up an inside passenger. My new friend, though of the fair sex, was certainly The twine that in twisting before in the twine,. not possessed of a Nymph like form, and on her As twines were untwisted, he now doth untwine; arm hung-a basket of Cubbages! I looked com

'Twixt the twain intertwisting a twine more beplacently at my Damask ruse, the last gift of my tween, fair cousin Enma, who, with her father, had He twisteth his twister, makes a twist of the twine. that morning driven over in their new Curricle,

CURIOUS CROSS READINGS,

answers to the name of-Do you double up your

Perambulator? FOUND, on Monday last-The heade of several A young man of thorough business habitsrespectable firms in the Borough-Whom we have Left his home, the other evening, in company with the pleasure to announce- Were brought up to -The Great Globe in Liecester Square-A fight Marlborough Street, charged with obstructing- for the championship and £10 a side, will take Mr. Albert Smith in the performance of Mont place, on which occasion-Mr. and Mrs. German Blanc.

Read -- Who committed suicide - During the A lady of the highest respectability-Who ab- Christmas holidays—With a view of supplying the sconded from her employment with a quantity of best Newcastle coals--In sealed packets, signed-Luxuriant hair, whiskers, moustaches, &c.-Was What will you take with your chop?-G.M.F.G. found drowned on aturday last-In a cab at the Eastern Counties Railway.

A Meeting was held the other evening on behalf ENIGMAS, CHARADES, &c. of-Lord John Russel-A gentleman labouring under insanity, who-Is stated to have realized a considerable fortune in-The sale of spirits with

62.--HISTORICAL ENIGMA. out a license.

a. The king who was forced Magna Charta to sign, Notice is hereby given, that if the proprietor Or his crown and his kingdom for ever resign; does not remove-The Nelson column-A post-6. The term that fair England with Scotland did mortem examination will be made - And the whole join, will be sold at a considerable reduction - In canis- And the rose and the thistle agree to entwine; ters of 3 lb. and 4 lb. suitable for invalids.

c. No king can I find that will give my next letter, At a Vestry Meeting of the Parish of Fulham, So think of an admiral, can you do better? it was resolved that—The

Crystal Palace-Be re- Then think of the Trafalgar hero, whose name moved to Exeter Hall, Strand-To be hanged Stands high in the records of glory and fame; on Friday, for the wilful murder of—The Great d. Then the pride of Old England, that queen who Eastern.

alone, A lecture on the injurious practice of smoking Well guarded her rights, and protected her own; was delivered by—The shareholders of the Lon. If you join the initials, perhaps you may find, don General Omnibus Company-At the Court of A month in the year when bright Phæbus is Common Pleas, where-All the Year Round, by kind. Dickens, is published once a week, price 3d., post

63.-CONUNDRUMS. free. At a Meeting on behalf of the Society for the

1. What part of the church is most noted for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - The Chair will staunch Protestantism ? be taken by a lady-Who left her home under very

2. Why is a person who habitually associates suspicious circumstances - And the owner can

with the master of an inn, through love of drink, have her, on paying expenses, by applying to-The likely to become a papist ? Board of Inland Revenue, where-Sims Reeves

3. What diet do we all wish to avoid ? continues to sing his much admired song-Do you

4. What is that which a lady never had, and beat your carpets ?

never can have, and yet she has it in her power to The advertiser is desirous of obtaining-Ten present to another ? years' transportation, or--Five years' imprison

5. Why is a piece of widely-spread news like a ment with hard labour-For further particulars,

cigar? apply to-The Sanatory Commissioners, who

6. Why is the sun like a troublesome or disobeHave great confidence in recommending Glen- dient child ? field's Patent Starch, as the best-Food for

7. In what case did Adam place all the animals children,

when he named them ? Don Juan, the performing bull, is to be seen

8. Which renders us the most valuable services, daily-In a family where a footman is kept, and

a lawyer's clerk, or a “counsel ?” Children are taken in to nurse by–A solicitor of

9. Why are landed estates like hasty travellers? extensive practice, in want of Dr. Locock’s Pul.

10. Why may John Bull be deemed a hypocrite? monic Wafers, in boxes, at ls. lgd. and 28. 9d. each.

11. If a sermon has a good practical conclusion, This is to give notice, that an alarming collision why should we pronouce it good throughout ? on the Midland Counties Railway-will positively

Mica. take place on Thursday next-And a lecture in aid

64. of the above, will be given by -The late talking The tired and weary I restore, and performing fish-About to be erected in Tra- Behead, and I'm of use no more; falgar Square, where good black and green teas Behead again, a colour then may be had- At 28. 6d. per yard.

That act will bring within your ken As groom, where a stable-boy is kept, to-Ask

65. for Rowland's Macassar, and-Keep a large assortment of fancy stationery, for the use of - The Fire My first is a pronoun possessive, King, now performing at the Surrey Gardens, My next a political man, where--They pride themselves on the quality of My whole is a drama of life, Holloway's Pills, and for which-No Irish need Which with interest and profit we scan. apply.

G. GUYON. Lost, a purse, containing a gentleman well to

66. do in the world, who desires to borrow £50, and Leave me alone, and I shall starve you;

behead will give as security-A Newfoundland dog, who I me, and I will enrich you.

74. My first may I hope you will ne'er be without, For pitiable your state would then be; Though rolling in riches, I'd envy you not, If never my first you could see. My next I daresay you have frequently seen, When stopping a time by the sea; My whole of the good I'd advise you to seek, If happy and loved you would be.

FANNY.

75. I am taken from my home, the sea, by man, who converts me into things both useful and ornamental; my skeleton is often allowed the extreme felicity of clasping the waists of the fairest of the fair; but take off my head, and strange to say, I am then robust and strong, and have still another head, the loss of which turns me into a fluid that is not always imbibed with beneficial effect.

ROLANDO.

76. My first is an animal, found in all parts of the

earth, Brave, intelligent, noble, and oft of great worth; My second is a preposition in very great use, Yet often unwelcome, and open to abuse, Part of an irregular French verb now forms my

third; And my whole when you've guessed me, a most

à propos word.

67.
Four fingers and one thumb I own,
Though I've neither flesh nor bone;
I'm made of cloth, sometimes of leather,
And am valued most in frosty weather;
Behead me, and then you'll find,
That which conquers all mankind.

APPRENTICE,

*68.
Yon noble oak without my first

Would wither and decay;
My second doubtless may be found

In yon pellucid bay.
The stately oak was once my whole,
Though strictly under man's control.

A, G.
69.
My first is a title ;
My second's myself;
You and I are my third,
With another poor elf;
Now put these together
I own it's absurd;
You must look in the heavens
To find out the word.

70.
There is a word you must repeat,

How oft I don't decree;
My first and second, both you meet

In every ship at sea.
But come away, you need not stay,

To gaze at sea and sky;
On land you may, if there you stay,

My savage whole descry.
And yet I cannot wish that you,

This riddle should unravel;
For should you catch it-you will rue
The deed through life's long travel,

71.
There are four letters that will show,
The absence of all light below;
But if these letters you divide,
And only put the first aside.
Five hundred will be there descried ;
While the remaining three disclose,

A place of safety and repose. 72.-MENTAL SCENE FROM ENGLISH HISTORY.

It is in a scene of festivity that we now find ourselves. A person of high rank is giving a banquet to the nobles and gentlemen of the state; the door opens, and a stranger enters, and uninvited, takes his seat amongst the noble assembly. Their host commands him to retire ; but his orders not being obeyed, he rises and seizes the intruder by the hair, who, in an instant, to the terror and consternation of the whole company, plunges a dagger into the breast of their noble entertainer.

73.
My first is never placed behind;
My next a tiny verb you'll find;
My third is nothing but a part,
Though perfect it may be in art;
Now, as a whole, my aid I lend,
To every volume of "The Family Friend."

MARY DAVIS.

ANSWERS TO THE ENIGMAS, &c.

(On pp. 184, 185, Vol. 1860.)
A WELCOME TO SPRING.

(Poetically arranged).
Hail, beauteous Spring! what pleasure sweet,
Thy presence doth impart;
Thy coming gladdens every eye,
And cheers each drooping heart.
To every weary child of earth,
Thou seem'st, methinks, to say,
“Cheer up, ye troubled ones, I've come
To banish care away.
The flowers that gently ope' their leaves,
The birds that sweetly sing;
Seem, each in their own way, to give
A welcome to the Spring.
Welcome, fair Spring, our hearts respond;
Come quickly on thy way,
And with thy bright and cheering beams
Dispel cold Winter's sway.

58.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA. a. Janus b. Ambrosia. c. Nectar. d. Ulysses. e. Achilles. f. Rhodes. g. Years—January, 59.-A PRECEPT CONTAINING EIGHT WORDS

AND THIRTY-ONE LETTERS. What is truth? were the words of the Judge. He who never lied, has given this answer. The word of the Lord—that is truth. Let then your whole heart be set on Him, and He will sustain thee.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. 60,-Hen-bane. 61. Pan-try

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