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THE WINE MERCHANT AND HIS CLERK.

THE CURIOUS CROSS. A WINE MERCHANT caused thirty-two casks of COMPOSE a cross, with thirteen sixpences, shilchoice wine to be deposited in his cellar, giving lings, or any other coins, as No. 1, in which it orders to his clerk to arrange

No.l. No.2.

will be perceived you may reckon 171 them as in the annexed figure,

nine in three different ways; that is

0 so that each external row should

to say in the entire perpendicular 7 7

-000 contain niue. The clerk, how.

line, up the perpendicular line to

00000 ever, took away twelve of them

the cross line, and including the 1 7 1 at three different times; that is,

cross line, first on the right, then

O four each time; yet, when the

on the left. These are the qualities merchant went into the cellar, after each theft had

of the cross. The puzzle is to take been committed, the clerk always made him count

two of the pieces away, and still to nine in each row. How was this possible?

leave the same qualities in the cross.

o This problem may be easily solved by inspecting

This is done by taking away the two the following figures :

outside pieces of the cross line, and lifting the 2nd Order. 3rd Order.

4th Order.

two which remain one piece higher. The figure

will then be as No. 2.
5
3 3 3
4 14

QUAINT QUERY.
5
5 3
3 1

1

What is the difference between six dozen dozen,

and half-a-dozen dozen ? 2 5 2 3 3 3

4 1

Answer.—792:-Six dozen dozen being 864, and half-a dozen dozen, 72.

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contracts dependent on measures of capacity THE EDITOR TO HIS FRIENDS.

when otherwise indefinitely expressed. The ADDRESS :-9, BELL SQ., FINSBURY, LONDON. bushel must contain just 2150 42 cubic inches, THE Editor takes this opportunity of respect or legal bushel, there are several local bushels, of

though its form may vary. Besides the standard "fully intimating to his Contributors, that if on different dimensions, in different places.

At application as to the fate of their contributions, Abingdon and Andover a bushel contains nine they would kindly mention the titles of their papers, they would not have so much reason

gallons; at Applehy and Penrithi, a bushel of peas,

rye, and wheat, contains 16 gallons; of barley, big to con plain of his inattention. The Editor is malt, mixed malt, and oats, 20 gallons; at Carlisle extremely desirous of showing every courtesy

a bushel contains 24 gallous; at Chester a bushel towards those who enlist themselves in his service, and regrets that he is to often thwaited in oats, 40; at Dorchester, of malt and of oats, con

of wheat, rye, &c., contains 32 gallons, and of this desire, by the want of precision in inquiries tains 10 gallons; at Falmouth, the bushel of after MSS. addressed to his care.

stricken coals is 16 gallons, of other things, 20 FIRST CLASS.

and 21 gallons; at Kingston-upon-Thames, the E. R. (too late last month).-M. W. M.-Kate bushel contains ; at Newbury, 9; at Reading Sydnas.-H. A. J.-Lily H. (the Certificate for and Wycombe, 1; at Stamford, 16 gallons. warded Feb. 23rd, was the one we alluded to).- Joils titained by distillation from various plants

34. ROLANDO - ESSENTIAL OILS.- These are Alpha (prettily arranged).-J. C. L. (we think you of an odoriferous nature, such as Aniseed, Ane, are right in your observations).- Rosemary (there is no objection to the two signatures).---A. C. M.

thum or Dill, Bergamot, Carraway, Pepper and J-11 (our best thanks for your servier's ; the poem Spearmint, Rose and Rosemary, &c., all of which has some good points, but not good as a whole). are used medicinally; although it is the perfumers -F. S. Mills.-L'Eelair and Undine.-M. A. and who are the largest consumers of these oils, some 8.-Nellie (the omission was quite accidental).

of which they term Essences, a term derived from Azile (neatly arranged numbers).- Estelle--Ruhe Latin essentia, whose origin is an obsolete thenpharl.-W. H. H. mame and address only form of the verb esse, to be : so that the term required from those to whom Certificates are

actually means that which constitutes the being awarded). --Marguerite (we are happy to discover

of a thing; it is therefore often applied to any improvement). -Prudence.-Little Giggie (it is strong preparation. The essences included in the not our intention to curtail). --- Juanita.--Hamlet. modern Pharmacopeias are those composed of -Fanny.--Captain J. R.-Mary Anne.--Will-o'.

1 part of the oils above named, with some others, the-Wisp (very creditable for your age).

to 9 parts of Rectified Spirits; they are convenient

for making up exiem; oraneous prescriptions, and SECOND CLASS.

for all purposes in which Aromatic w ters are reD. M. R.-Leonatus (send name and address quired; 9 drops of Essence being sufficient for one for Certificate).--Anna Grey (your request shall ounce of water. have attention).-Amelia.- Daisy H.- Emily A. Or,-For a stone of flour: Into two quarts of C-th (we are glad to find our graphiologist at water put a quarter of an ounce of hops, two fault, and that you are firm in your attachment). potatoes sliced, a teaspoonful of malt, or sugar ; -Winnie.--Marie and Elise.-W. Garbutt.-K. boil twenty minutes, strain through a sieve, let D. Harlow.- Aurelia.--W. Homewood.--- Winnie the liquor stand until milk-warm, then add a -Irene.-Wilhelm.-Roberta yes, by all means). | liitle German yeast, for a first quickening; after-Eliza (the postage will be one penny).- Edwards some of this yeast will do. Let it stand in ward.- Jane Anne (we do not agree with you; the a large jar or jug till sufficiently risen. First put home sphere for woman).

into an earthen bottle a part of the yeast for a future quickening; let it stand in a cool place

nntil wanted for a fresh making. Any "plain QUESTIONS ANSWERED. cook” or housewife can easily make this yeast.

A. C. M.J-LL. 31. ANNIE J.-The largest number of visitors 185. JOHN BOWLEY. - SEA TERMS. - Windin one day at the Crystal Palace was 109,915, and wurd, from whence the wind blows; leeward, to the amount taken £5,231 10s. This was on Tues- which it blows; starboard, the right of the stern; day, October 7th, 1851, the last week of the larboard, the left; starboard helm, when you go Exhibition.-AGNESE.

to the left; but when to the right, instead of lar32. NAUTILUS. - The inland navigation of board helm, helm a-port; luff you may, go nearer Great Britain is estimated at 5,430 miles. This to the wind; theis (thus), you are hear enough; computation includes both river and canal com- luff no neur, you are too near the wind; the tiller, munication.

the handle of the rudder; the capstan, the weigher 33. NEW SUBSCRIBER.-BUSHEL.- A measure of the anchor; the buntlines, the ropes which of capacity for dry goods, as grain, fruit, puise, move the body of the sail, the bunt being the and many other articles, containing four pecks, body; the bowlines, those which spread out the eight gallons, or thirty-two quarts. Corn is now sails, and make them swell. Ratlines, the rope invariably measured by the imperial bushel. It ladders by which the sailors climb the shrouds; is of cooper-work, made of oak, and hooped with the con panion, the cabin-head; reefs, the divisions iron, and, according to the Weights and Measures by which the sails are contracted; stunsails, addiAct, must be stamped by competent au: hority tional sails, spread for the purpose of catching all before it can be legally used; and having been the wind possible; the fore-mast, main-mast, declared the standard measure of capacity in the mizen-mast; fore, the head; aft, the stern; being country for dry measure, it forms the basis of all 'pooped (the very sound of which tells one that it

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"Why didst thou build the hall? Son of the winged day! Thou lookest from thy tower today: yet a few years, and the blast of the desert comes: it howls in thy empty court !”-OSSIAN.

As soon as I had refreshed myself with some food, drink, and a wash, I related the whole of the circumstances connected with the loss of my horse to my companions, and one of them most kindly set

off with our dragoman in quest of the EASTERN RAMBLES AND

truant; and having made the sheikhs of REMINISCENCES.

the different villages acquainted with the

circumstances, they all promised their RAMBLE THE FIFTH,

assistance to recover him.

While my goodnatured companion was BAALBEC - THE EMIR HANGIAR HAR

FOOSH–THE LOST STEED RESTORED- racing over the valley of the Bekaa, in AN EASTERN DESPATCH – BAALBEC quest of my horse, I repaired with the AND ITS HISTORY.

rest of our party to the residence of the The foremost of the band is seen,

Emir, Hangiar Harfoosh—who is the An emir by his garb of green.”-BYRON.

governor and prince of Baalbec-in order “ Cypress and ivy, weed and wallflower grown, to interest him in my cause.

This prince Matted and mass'd together, hillocks heap'd On what were chambers, arch-crush'd columns is descended from the Shehab family, one

of the most warlike and daring of the In fragments, choked-up vaults, and frescces Moslem sects. The Metaweli, of whom

steep'd In subterranean damps, where the owl peep'd, he is the head, occupy the country around Deeming it midnight.

BYRON Baalbec, and are of the Sheite sect, or

strown

followers of Ali, and consequently op- his part, as far as the difficulty of proposed to the Sunnite creed. They curse curing the animal was concerned, for the Omar, and honour Ali: wash from the horse was in his stable at the very time wrist downwards, instead of the tip of the we were entreating him to use means to finger, like the Turks; and neither eat, recover it. drink, nor sit down with a stranger. Although the Emir returned the horse, Circumstances often oblige them to con- yet I have every reason to believe that ceal their real feelings, but inwardly he retained a small leather case, containthey hate the orthodox Moslems, and ing a thermometer, a compass, some mahave recently avowed their sentiments thematical and other instruments, and more openly during the insurrection at two letters. This case was firmly lashed Damascus, which was headed by the Emir upon the horse, but the Emir denied all Hangiar.

knowledge of it; and, as he would not The residence of the Emir was mean, afford me any clue by which it might be and surrounded with a court-yard, and recovered, I wrote to the Consul-General, scarcely having the recommendation of Colonel Rose, on my return to Beyrout, cleanliness to entice any one within its who kindly instructed Mr. Wood, the walls; but necessity obliged us, and Consul at Damascus, to cause the authotherefore we had no choice.

rities there to write to the Emir respectThe Emir was seated on a divan, smoking the case. As the order that was ing a tchibouque, and chatting to some of issued by his Excellency, Ali Pasha of his attendants who stood around him, Damascus, to the Emir Hangiar Har. forming an imposing group.

foosh, is a very good specimen of Oriental The men were mean in appearance; writing in the present day, I shall give they had none of the noble bearing that the translation of it below. marked the Bedauwi or Druse; for the “ That at this date we have learned physiognomy of the Metaweli is morose from his Seigneur, The Honoured, our and dull when they are peaceable; but if Friend, the Illustrious, Mr. Aud Bey excited, it displays a brutal ferocity. (Wood), Consul of the British GovernThe features are high and regular, with ment in Damascus, the well-guarded, piercing black eyes, fine white teeth, and That His Seigneury had received a letter remarkably bushy beards : they are about from His Siegneury the Consul-General five feet one or two inches in height, and of the English Government in Beyrout, active, though spare and deficient in that an English traveller was before the muscle.

date of this in Baalbec, and his horse ran The Emir is rather a handsome man, away from him, and then people found with a determined look about him; his horse for him, and brought it to him. somewhat above the average height-and But there was on the back of the horse a indeed he may be called

small box, containing instruments, and

things necessary and indispensable for "Robust, but not Herculean-to the sight, him. But the box was missing, and as it No giant frame sets forth his common height; Yet, on the whole, who paused to look again,

is indispensable to him, it is necessary Saw more than mark the crowd of vulgar men.” that we write to you this our Order, that

on receiving it you will make every posHe is an expert dejereed player, an ex- sible inquiry, and cause the said box to cellent swordsman, a daring soldier, a appear, whatever place it may be in, and wily courtier, and a thorough rebel. He that you will send it to this place, under received us very courteously, heard my perfect care, in order that it may be de. tale, smiled complacently, promised to do livered to his Seigneury, the above-men.' all he could for me, and in fact said that tioned Consul. And if the box was found if we would remain that night in Baal- open, you must inquire from those who bec, that the horse should be restored the opened it, and make them find all the following evening. He kept his word, contents of the said box, without a single and without any danger of breaking it on article being deficient from it; and send

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