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19. Come, solve my riddle if you can, sir,
a. A useful conveyance ; curtail it, and you You'll quickly find it, I've no doubt
Another conveyance will then have in view. But if you give my first, the answer
b. That which you will meet with alone in the I'm sure you never will find out.
Transpose, and a mischievous band comes to My second, then; to work at once, sir,
sight. And try to bring this word to light: c. The ruin of many a gambler I've been; If you don't find it, you're a dunce, sir,
Behead, on the water I often am seen, At least you can't be very bright.
d. Now search for a member of any man's face;
Transpose, and a measure will then take its If now you wish to know my whole, sir,
place. It is a quarrel or a row;
e. I may venture to say I'm what all men possess; And I shall think it rather droll, sir,
Transpose, and I'm vulgar and low, I confess, If you can't tell the answer now.
f. Tis true that mankind daily toils for me; W. H. H. g. What often is trod on, beheaded, will show 20.
That which in a garden is useful, I know.
h. I'm done at a concert and at a church, too; I am, when entire, a fine tasting fruit; When beheaded you'll find I'm a seed;
Curtail, and I'm that which the best of us do. This seed transposed, turns again into fruit,
i. Curtail what at dinner-time some people take, Now, reader, to solve me proceed.
I'm what you desire when a wager you make. ROLANDO.
j. I'm just what the doctor professes to do;
Curtail, and an animal then comes to view. 21.
W. H. H. My whole is of my second made,
27.-ACROSTIC ENIGMA. And by it is my first conveyed.
a. First, a seaport of France to you is shown; 22.
b. Next, an ugly bird, rather large, when full
d. And a mass of stony substance high;
e. A person insane is my next, you'll agree, In hedges, trees, or on the ground;
f. And a town in Russia now you shall see; My whole in season all enjoy,
g. My last a town in England will reveal, I'm welcome both to girl and boy.
Famous for articles manufactured of steel; LILIAN MAY. The “initials” downwards, "finals" upwards, 23.
Will give you the name
Of a "celebrated author" I am of great service to man, and am of a quiet
Well known to fame. and very reflective disposition, although I confess
EMILY A, C-TH, I sometimes get a little ruffled, and am ever heard to murmur, but I soon recover my wonted pla
28.-NUMBERED CHARADE, cidity; I have no legs, but I often run for many miles, and am even sometimes seen to dance. Í
I am composed of ten letters. My 1, 8, 5, 9, have a mouth, but never take any food, and though 10, is a place
where milk is kept; my 10, 8, 9, 1, I never sleep, yet I am provided with a bed, and I
a measure; my 4, 2, 7, 10, is small, puny; my 6, always rise regularly. confess I sometimes am
9, 2, 6, 7, à constellation of the southern hemivery dirty, and in consequence much abused, but I sphere; my 3, 8, 9, 9, 6, 4, a garden root: my 3, 8, am generally clean, and though oftimes rather 9, 4, a kind of carriage; my 1, 8, 7, one of the rough, yet it is my nature to be calm and yielding; twelve tribes; my 1, 6, 7, a Spanish title; my 8,1, you
have often seen and admired me. Now teli 6, 9, 7, to ornament; my 6, 9, 3, a sea-fish; and me what I am ?
my whole a very useful book, 24:-Towns IN AMERICA ENIGMATICALLY
29.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA. EXPRESSED.
The initials will form the name of a popular a. One of the sons of Noah; a French pronoun; Athenian general, celebrated for his love of the a weight.
fine arts. b. A wild bull.
a. A celebrated Roman general, whose ambition c. Not old; a town in the North of England. led to his country's slavery, and his own premad. A man's name; the French for a town, ture fall, e. A globe; a nickname; a mineral.
6. The paradise of the ancients. f. A rivulet; and a waterfall,
c. A powerful King of Egypt, who conquered MARIE and ELISE. Ethiopia and Persia.
d. À celebrated country of Europe. 25.
e. One of the Muses. I am an article of daily consumption, and yet I f. The celebrated
Spartan Lawgiver. last almost for ever, I am of all colours and sizes.
9. A tragic poet of high celebrity, who composed Take off my head and tail, and then I form a 92 tragedies. curious animal; cut off my two last letters, then h. The wise reformer, and improver of the AtheI name what all of us have partaken of when nian laws. young.
If you make a wrong guess
Then my first you will be;
In this riddle my next
Ost repeated you see;
My whole shows the form
Of whatever it be.
41. Undying British fame.
D. R. My first though a colour's no colour at all32.
At least this opinion I holdA troublesome insect; if transposed, forms an
For my next, on a journey, 'tis usual to call, animal's feet; take away one letter, and you find
Let the weather be sultry or cold. the past tense of a verb, which, if reversed, gives And when, to partake of their annual treat, the past tense of another, and also a useful instrument,
M. L. C.
By steamer the gentry repair,
With baste and with gusto each gent takes his seat 33.
For my whole is the principal fare. Three-fourths of a part of the head and a com
ALPHA. parison an exact resemblance. M. W.M.
ANSWERS TO THE ENIGMAS, &c.
(On pp, 60, 61.)
a. Fortuna. b. Endymion. c. Briseis. d. Rhea. 35.
e. Ulysses. f. Alcmena. g. Rhesus. h. Youth
February LADIES' NAMIS ENIGMATICALLY DESCRIBED. 2. Robin Redbreast. 3.-Humming-bird. 4.a. A copper coin used in India.
Gloom, loom. 5.-Oxlip. 6. lasect. 7.-Snuffers. b. A donier tic animal, male gender, and pickle 8.-Nutmeg. 9.-A net. beheaded. c. A Vehicle, an exclamation, and part of a rail
a. Wolf, fowl. b. Lamb, balm. c. Otter, d. A place of commerce, and food for animals rotte (n). d. Cat, act. e. Ape, pea. f. Doe, cde. curtailed.
11.-Marlborough. e. A foreign country and two consonants. f. A fish caught in one of the English lakes, 12.--MENTAL SCENE FROM ROMAN HISTORY. one of the Patriarchs, and a useful beverage
The guards sent by the Emperor Augustus to curtailed.
seize Cleopatra, discovering she had poisoned 9. A profit, a small bird curtailed, and a vowel.
herself, h. A measurement and a vowel. i. A great prophet, half of a fool, a nick-name
(On p. 364, Vol. 1860. for my whole, and a consonant.
4 j. One of the months in the year, and a vowel.
J. C. L.
2 91/4/1/21 218 01010 36.- A CROSTIC CONUNDRUM-A FLOWER.
3035 a. A dependent. b. An apostate. c. Omission
1 0 1 3 1 1 1 of business. d. To blindfold.
1010 642 3954 37. My first is a likeness, taken even after death;
02 03 290 2 2 344
02 08 66 6 31
33|1|4|6 012 2 110.253 38.
0011 4/0 0 1 2 3 My whole is a word of four letters, expressive of time; divide me and you will find I read back
6 04 1 30 15 6 0 0 wards and forwards alike, and am at once negative and progressive.
6 66 00 0.3 2 1 311 39,
4 3 3 1 3 14 3 811 50 A BATCH OF POETS. a. O perplex a dean. 6. Born but errs.
1 0 3 2 6 5 1 1 4 1 82 tax her smile. d. U let us ramble. e. Oh that comet rants. f. Ma I will throw sword.
130 12 3 3 032/12 J. G.
THE EDITOR TO HIS FRIENDS.
12. J. S. E.-ORIGIN OF EXCHEQUER BILLS.
-hi the years 1696 and 1697, the silver currency ADDRESS: 122, FLEET STREET, E.C., LONDON.
of the kingdom being, by clipping, washing, It has been suggested by a contributor to our grinding, tiling, &c., reduced to about half its Pastime, that we should take upon ourselves an nominal value, Acts of Parliament were passed additional labour, that of pointing out wherein for its being called in and re-coined, and whilst the solutions sent us are wrong. Now we do not the re-coinave was going on, exchequer bills were object to any labour that would in the least con- first issued, to suprly the demands of trade. tribute to the benefit or pleasure of our friends : but that now pointed out would, indeed, be use
13. J. HARDING.-PASTE FOR SHARPENING less. By publishing the correct solutions, we give Razors, Oxide of tin levigated, vulgaily termed everybody an opportunity of seeing for themselves prepared putty, one ounce, saturated solution of how far they are accurate. This is the only sen
oxalic acid, a sufficient quantity to form a paste.. sible course. Any other would hold
out a premium the strap, and, when dry, a little water may be
This composition is to be rubbed over the top of to indolence, and would defeat our object, which
added. is to make our Pastime conducive to the healthful
The oxalic acid having a great attachexercise of the intellectual faculties.
ment for iron, a little friction with this powder In conseqnence of the increased number of com- gives a fine edge to the razor. petitors to the Classes, we find it absolutely neces. 14. MATILDA.--SIEDLESS ORANGES are ofteri sary to request our correspondents to favour us with met with. Sometimes this is owing to a high their communications by the 12th of each month. degree of cultivation, sometimes to the age of the FIRST CLASS
tree, for it is well ascertained that while the trees
are young they have a great number of seeds and Little Giggie (we must trouble you for the thick skins, yet when the same trees grow old enigma and solution together).-Everard.—Rifle they produce fruit with thin skins and without man (we are proud to find a rifleman in our first- seeds. class). Agnese. - T. B. Dover, — Reformer. -
15. CUCUMBERS contain pinety-seven per cent Estelle (necessity demanded the alteration ; we should, indeed, be sorry if it prove inconvenient of water, and water-melons ninety-four. "Onions to our friends; we are obliged for your good
are remarkably nutritious. In Spain and Portugal wishes). - Lizzie E. R. – The Comet.-D. M. they form one of the common supports of life. R.- Captain J. R. (very good poetical solu- 16. AMBERGRIS used both as a perfume and tions), -- W. Garbutt.-Julius.--Alpha.- Lucinda a cordial. It melts like wax with a moderate B. (your poems are not lost sight of).- Nar- degree of heat. It is usually found on the coasts cissa, -Marie and Elise (it was an oversight). in warm climates, especially by the sea-shore in Jacob.-Jupiter (whenever you like to send).- Africa, and by the Red Sea. W. McGregor (we are glad that you acquiesced in 17. PARK VILLA.-GORDIAN KNOT. - The the soundness of our reasons).--Henri (you are name of the Gordian Knot has become a sort of mistaken; the lines were written by Keats, not technical phrase for all matters which are difficult Shelley).–Vandyke. - Egifrof.
to solve. Its origin arose from a knot made in SECOND CLASS.
the harness of Gordius, king of Phrygia, so in
tricate and interwoven that it was considered J. S. Mills (you are not often found wanting);- impossible for any one to discover either end of Anna Grey (we have no doubt it is kept by the
the cord. The oracle having declared that he opticians of Bristol).- Irene.-Jane Thomasina.
who could untie it should be master of all Asia, Marguerite. - - Wilberforce. – Mary Anne.-Hop- Alexander the Great having vainly made the scotch.—Amelia. -- Fanny.-Alexander (very good, attempt, drew his sword, and cut it through. send address.-Ada and Eva (our best thanks to you).-W. H. H. (it is glorious to forgive!).
18. A YOUNG MARRIED LADY.-MODERN ETIG. A.--Annie Linton.- Penlaleach.-Star-fish (we QUETTE requires that a guest should always pay the shall be glad to hear of peace having been esta
first compliments to the lady of the house. Forblished between you and your cousin).-Ruthen- merly it was the custom for the mistress of the pharl (we are proud of your approbation).-R. D. mansion to occupy some place at the furthest Harlowe.- Eliza (your request has been forwarded point from the entrance of the apartment, and to the work-table). - Oliver. - Littlegood. - In this obliged the visitor either to violate the law of Terrorem.
politeness by speaking to many mutual friends on the way towards her, or else to pass them with
apparent coldness; and to reconcile these diffeQUESTIONS ANSWERED.
rences it is now the fashion for the lady to cecupy 11. L.M.P.-- JERUSALEM did not continue in some place near the door, when the visitor may be the hands of the Christians more than a hundred at once received, and relieved from the difficulty years after it had been won by the Crusaders at which has given rise to the arrangement. the price of countless human lives. The celebrated 19. M.-OYSTERS.-- Oysters are not reckoned Saladin wrested it from the hands of its possessors, proper for the table till they are about a year and and since that time it has never been regained by a-half old; so that the brood of one spring are any Christian community, although many crusades not to be taken for sale till at least the September have been undertaken for that purpose, costing twelve months afterwards. When younger than the lives of some sovereigns. No doubt the eyes these happen to be caught in the dredge, they are of the world are more and more being attracted always thrown into the sea again. The fishermen towards the sacred city as the strange events know the age of oysters by the broader distances which seem to auger its final destiny become or interstices among the rounds or rings of the more marked in the eyes of the world,
20. DRASTIC.–BRYONY (Bryonia Dioica).- gorgeously covered with precious stones, as to The wild Bryony of our hedges, a plant formerly have exceeded the value of £6,600; and he had a
suit of armour of solid silver, with sword and belt
23. AMATEUR.-PUNCTUATION. - One of the most essential points in composition is correct punctuation, and yet it is surprising to observe the indifference with which this subject is regarded by writers generally. We have frequently
heard lazy scribblers rail at such "nicety,” and yet the consequences of this neglect are sometimes too serious to be ridiculed. An instance of this occurs in the following extract from the Times of September, 1818:-"A contract made for lighting the town of Liverpool, had been rendered void by the misplacing of a comma in the advertisement, which reads thus:-The lamps at present are about 4,050 in number, and have in general two spouts each, composed of not less than twenty threads of cotton. The contractor would have proceeded to furnish each lamp with the said twenty threads : but this being but half the usual quantity, the commissioners discovered that the difference arose from the comma following, instead of preceding the word each. The parties agreed to annul the contract, and a new one is now ordered." This is one out of numberless ex. amples that might be recorded to prove the im
portance of correct punctuation. Formerly it was held in considerable repute for its medical virtues, not the custom to pay much attention to this but now seldom used; the root has powerful subject... Butler facetiously gives the reason why drastic properties, which render it somewhat dan- punctuation was omitted in statutes and legal gerous, an overdose of it having proved fatal. instrumentsBryonin is an alkaloid extracted from this root, a
“Old laws have not been suffer'd to be pointed, yellowish white substance with a red or brownish
To leave the sense at large the more disjointed, tint; being much more powerful, of course it is
And furnish lawyers with the greater ease even more drastic and dangerous than the root
To turn and wind them any way they please." itself.-Family Doctor.
21, A MOTHER.-It is undoubtedly of th 24. EVERARD.-INK.-The ancient black inks greatest importance that the mother of a family were composed of soot and ivory-black, and should avoid inhabiting a new house until she is Vitruvius and Pliny mention lamp-black; but well assured that she can do so without danger they had likewise various colours, as red, gold, to her children, and we are happy to be able to silver, and purple. Red ink was made by them of supply her with the following test by which she vermilion and various kinds of gum. INDIAN may know whether the rooms are sufficiently dry. Ink is brought from China, and must have been Place a plateful of fresh lime, previously weighed, in use by the people of the east from the earliest in each apartment, shut all the doors and windows, ages, most of the artificial Chinese productions and leave it for four-and-twenty hours. Then have being of very great antiquity. It is usually the lime weighed; and if it should prove one per brought to Europe in small quadrangular cakes, cent. heavier than when it was first placed in the and is composed of a fine black and animal glue. newly-built house, it is a certain proof that it can- ---Invisible or Sympathetic Ink is the name given not yet be occupied with safety.
to fluids, which, when written with, will remain 22. MISS IN HER TEENS.-DRESS.-Excess in invisible until after a certain operation. Various dress was restrained by a law in England in the kinds were known at very early periods. Ovid reign of Edward IV., 1465; and again in the reign teaches young women to deceive their guardians of Elizabeth, 1574.---Stowe. Sir Walter Raleigh, by writing to their lovers with new milk, and we are told, wore a white satin pinked vest, close afterwards making the writing legible with ashes sleeved to the wrist, and over the body a brown
or soot. A receipt for preparing invisible ink was doublet finely flowered, and embroidered with given by Peter Borel, in 1653. Receipts for pearls. In the feather of his hat, a large ruby and making it were given by Le Mort, in 1669, and by pearl drop at the bottom of the sprig, in place of others.-Beckmann, à button. His breeches, with his stockings and 25. L. R.--THE CASHMERE Goat is an inhabiribbon garters, fringed at the end, all white ; and tant of Central Asia. It is remarkable for the buff shoes, which on great court-days were so 'length, whiteness, and silky texture of its hair.
GOOD AS GOLD;
tuses, bills, and advertisements of a com.
pany for the working of certain silver OR, THE OLD TOLL-HOUSE.
mines in Peru and elsewhere. He arose in utter surprise on the entrance of Lady
Randal, whose large, red face wore a CHAPTER III.
frowning expression as she threw back It happened that within a month of her widow's veil, and, resting herself on George Fielding's first journey to London, an office stool, began to read the papers Lady Randal was summoned thither by scattered over the table. She said not a her legal advisers on business admitting word to her former protégé, and gave no delay. She and her step-daughter him a very slight nod of recognition. drove straight to the Regent's-park, to Having read a bill of the mining company, the residence of one Major Tresilian and she put it into her capacious reticule; and his family, particular friends of the late then, hearing her brother's voice in an Sir John Randal.
adjoining room, she started up, swept The baronet's widow had a long inter- round the table, and entered that room view with her solicitor the same day, and without ceremony. George Fielding the next forenoon she walked out alone, then heard high words passing between and appeared, most unexpectedly, at the the brother and sister, and in a few private offices of her brother, in Ran- minutes they both came out and went dal's-buildings, situated to the north of away together, Mr. Ferris saying as they Holborn. George Fielding was there, passed, “You are making yourself exsitting in a large, front office, on the tremely ridiculous. I can account for ground floor, folding papers on a square everything.” To which Lady Randal mahogany table covered with prospec- replied, in a voice of stern resolution,