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FAMILY COUNCIL.

least, by silence, you can show your disapprobation of the subject. Really, on leaving those assemblies, one feels very inclined to say, with

Shakspeare, "Ladies, I leave my character with LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.- you.” And I trust that my dear Emily will look Your definitions of the month continue satisfac.at it in the highest sense, as a want of the law of tory; in many cases we are pleased to mark love, “the charity that thinketh no evil of their advance.

neighbour;" and, by realizing the entire feebleness The letters are fewer this month, as many of of human nature (of itself) to keep from this our friends are absent, tripping over the weedy sin, may be led continually to raise the prayer, rocks, and searching for matters "rich and “Lord, keep my lips from speaking guile;" and strange," on sandy shores, and we are glad, as to remember that we must do unto others as true friends should be, that our loss is their gain. we would that they should do unto us." With The pile of letters before us ought to be more

the hope that my letter may not prove useless to welcome, as coming from the faithful few. They my dear niece, are quite up to the average in merit.

“Snow" is

I must sign myself, lively and earnest, but hardly pointed enough, and her letter has narrowly escaped insertion.

MARGUERITE. Illa writes with truth and vigour, but she does not go far enough into the subject-breaks off before completing her good work. Rosa F., Nina

MY DEAR BERTHA,– Gordon, and Captain J. R., have sent good

My last letter to you was very letters. W. Y. Somerville, thoughtful and care. brief and hurried, in consequence, as I told you, fully composed, but too discursive. Annie Linton's of my just going off to my Aunt Harcourt's, to letter is of fair merit, and contains some very spend the evening with some friends whom she sensible reflections.

had invited. I promised to atone for the shortOur Council should look straight at the subject ness of my epistle, by giving you in my next proposed, and the leading idea of their composi- some agreeable reminiscences of that evening; tions should be confined to that subject, however but this I must confess would be a difficulty, various may be the modes of working it out. solely from the cause that I have very little of an

agreeable nature to relate; for upon the whole the

time passed away in as intolerably dull and in. MY DEAR EMILY,

supportably tedious a manner as it is possible to From the whole tenor of your last imagine. You will not be surprised at this, when letter, I gather that you have been dangerously | (who I had never before seen, nor greatly desire

I tell you that among the company were some wounded by that sneaking scoundrel Gossip, and to see again) who monopolized the whole talk, feel ready to exclaim, "He who steals my purse and that on subjects so exclusively personal, that steals trash,” &c. It will not be amiss, there.

I assure you fore, for me to show you how easily one joins in such a pastime (perhaps unwittingly), and point “ 'Twas the most asinine employ on earth out some of its evils. Doubtless you will feel

To hear them tell of parentage and birth, amazed, and deny that you ever did such a thing.

And echo conversations dull and dry, But wait awhile you are seated in the midst of

Embellished with "He said,” and “ So said I." some friends round the fire; a few disparaging remarks pass on some mutual, but absent friend; But it is not my intention to recapitulate this you add surmises, thoughts, &c.; it passes; other “table talk,” for by so doing I should be comsubjects are introduced, and you forget about it mitting the same faults which I condemn in till long after, when, on hearing it in an exag. others, and render my letter as dry and unin. gerated form, you fail to recognise your own teresting to you as their conversation was to me. handiwork, now grown to a disgraceful report; Hannah More has well said that “there are and the cause,-merely the surmises of a young few occasions in which we are more called upon lady, communicated in perfect confidence. Every to watch ourselves narrowly, and to resist temptaone has suffered during their lives from this tion, than in conversation;" and nowhere is this deadly enemy. I say " deadly" advisedly; for the remark more applicable than to our social meet. strong spirit lives it down, and it leaves to him ings, where so much of the profit and pleasure only a bitterness of heart; but to the sensitive it experienced from these gatherings depends on the is, alas! the cause of such misery that death mutual converse of those who compose them. seems their only release; and could we lift the An entertainment which promised a considerable curtain of mystery surrounding the suicide, how amount of social enjoyment, may prove dull, inmany we would find had sought refuge from sipid, and unprofitable, and the anticipated THIS fiery blast of the Great Tempter, bringing, pleasure of hosts and guests be completely marred as it does, dishonour to the merchant, broken by the obtrusiveness of one among them, who, hearts, madness, and other agonies too many to oblivious of the courtesy and attention due to the mention. But my letter would be useless did it rest, will intrude upon them, whether they will not show how to avoid the sunken rocks, and to hear or forbear, a mass of personal informationstem the tide of wickedness; and to do this, subjects intimately connected with his own pripreaching continually on the subject is of no vate affairs, such as business, or family mattersavail, but by storing your mind with valuable topics, no doubt, deeply interesting to himself, information, so that when you observe a ten- but of no value whatever to those he is addressdency to this propensity, you may try and guide ing. But what is perhaps worse, and productive the conversation into more useful channels, or, at of greater mischief, is, when the discourse consists

of gossipping accounts of neighbours or absent

The agreement on which society is established acquaintances, remarks on their conduct, detail. and maintained.-J. C. ing circumstances which have transpired con. That which Custom degrades, and Progress only cerning them, and drawing inferences and con- ennobles.- PINK. clusions from those circumstances.

An expression o'the relationship in whilk the Now, personal talk, whether in reference to our members o' society stand to one anither, as disselves or others, is incompatible with the ends of tinct from those o' Nature and God.-ELSPIR. these social réunions, which should be to confer Conversation à la mode.-NELLIE. mutual benefit and amenities on all assembled. A shake of the hand, and a “How d'ye do?”— How greatly are these designs frustrated when MARY D. anyone present will persist in these personalities ! Illogical concessions.-ROSEMARY. It is an unmistakable proof of vanity and igno- It was my father's custom, and it shall be rance on the part of the speaker: vanity to sup- mine.--ROLANDO. pose such individual themes should merit the Man's rules and regulations, often obeyed in attention of a mixed company; and ignorance as preference to the laws of God.-MARGUERITE. showing a mind feeble in conception, and limited The friend of fashion.- ALINE. in knowledge; and while it evinces an incapacity A marriage settlement.-F. 8. M. to discourse on subjects of general interest, puts to silence those who have something valuable to

DELUSION, say; and thus those who expected to hear or to communicate anything worth hearing or com

A belief in fortune-telling.--AGNESE. municating, will have to go away disappointed

The Dog and the Shadow.Fanny & NELLIE. and wearied--not wearied from over excitement,

The voice is Jacob's voice.-A. W. V-G. but from want of excitement,-bringing away with

Fancying we shall never grow old.-STRthem reminiscences certainly of a most permanent PRANIE.

Mr. Pecksniff's conduct to the world. — LITTLE nature, but not the most pleasant or agreeable. When the talk diverges from self into the

GIGGIE.

personal concerns of other people, though the subject

A soap-bubble, which looks beautiful in the may be less exclusive in interest, it is, nevertheless, air, but bursts in the grasp.-LOTTY. more pernicious in its effects, as it often leads to

A trap laid for the unwary. -ETHOL. slander, tale-bearing, false reports, and defama- A desert mind, which, though still deceived, tion of character,-vices whose evil influence will still pursues its own menàge.-W.Y.S. extend beyond the limits of an evening party or

Losing the solid hope and endeavour for good private assembly.

by flattering the evil.-PINK. How different is the result when everyone pre

Sacrificing comfort to ornament in the rain sent studies to speak only on subjects of general hope of enchanting.–ALEXANDER. interest; carefully avoiding lengthy discussions

A beautiful dream, but a sad awakening.

ELSPIE. on any particular topic; alluding only to such matters as would be acceptable to absent friends,

Grasping earth, and aspiring to heaven

R. M.S. as well as present company; and when those whose minds are deficient in sparkling intelli

The syren's smile.-D. M. R. gence, or valuable information, are content to

The mist rising from the marshes of error, give place to those of a higher calibre, preferring which sometimes hangs over the waters of truth to become a nobody rather than a bore; choosing

-COMET. to sink into silent insignificance, rather than be

Imagining you have won the affections of a conspicuous for obtrusive loquacity, knowing that coquette.-N. G. it is “better to say nothing than not to the pur

Saying one thing, and meaning anotherpose," and that "silence is wisdom where speak

NARCISSA. ing is folly,” and always safe.

The philsopher's stone.-ESTELLE. These, my dear Bertha,are the reflections induced A report that ladies are about to renounce by my experiences of that evening at my aunt's; crinoline.-A. L. and if they are not of the nature you expected or

A burning love for a maid to feel, * desired, I must beg you not to lay the entire With golden curls and soft blue eyes,

And voice as clear as the summer skies, Your sincere friend,

And heart as cold as steel.-W. H. H.

Giants perceived in great clouds.-J. R.

AGNESE, Worldly pleasure.- DAISY H.
CONVENTIONAL.

RAPTURE.

Joy in the superlative degree --AGNESE. Society's indisputable laws.--AGNESE.

The lover's ling on finding his love returned Kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas time. -Fanny. FANNY

That feeling the sensitive mind feels on be Wishing your friends "The compliments of the holding the beauties of Nature.-STEPHANIE, Season” at Christmas.-A. W. V

What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conI shall propose to the young lady if I find she ceal.”-Rosa F. possesses the fortune you say -Ada and Eva. The feeling of the angels over one sinner that Rigid adherence to etiquette.-ETHOL.

repents. -LITTLE GIGGIE. The mountain of society, where those who live The feeling of a mother clasping her babe. at the bottom wish for "royal roads" to the top. ETHOL. W. Y, S.

The fruition of hope.W.X. S.

blame on

The nectar which the angels of goodness and

44. truth prepared for their lovers.-J. Č.

I one day went to dine The feeling of the village maiden on learning

With an old friend of mine, that she is to be crowned “Queen of the May.”. PINK.

One always kind and hearty; The emotion with which a young bard first

I met there a throng

Of old and of young, sees himself in print.- ALEXANDER.

In fact, a first-rate

party. The harvest-home of the heart.-J. T.

When the dinner was o'er, The feeling of Columbus and his crew on first

He produced from his store viewing the Land of the West.-ELSPIE.

Wines fit for Queen or Albert; The poet's element.-NELLIE.

But my surprise was great, The experience of those who realize that which

When I saw in a plate eye hath not seen, or ear heard.”-MARY D. Oh! how sweetly pretty!"-R. M. S.

A single fruit for dessert.

That this fruit they all admired,
Childhood's laughter.-D. M. R.
A high-pressure power, that a very slight lever

And to possess it all desired,

Cannot be for a moment denied; called praise can readily set in motion.-ROLANDO. Adam's first view of Eve.-N. G.

But to prevent a dispute, A child and its first plaything.-NARCISSA.

He tooke one letter from this fruit,

And thus the wants of all supplied. Reading the first love-letter. ALINE and DAISY H.

CHARLES THOMAS. A mother embracing a long-lost child. — Es

45. TELLE,

One who uses the bow,

A tremendous hard blow,
WORDS FOR DEFINITION.

And a word which, defined, means reproach; GENTLEMAN 1 RELIC 1 SPECTRE,

Seven-ninths of to hurt,

To, declare, or assert,

That which' those want who try to encroach; WORDS FOR CONGLOMERATION.

To remove an abuse,

To oppose, to reducé. * Those of our friends who are unacquainted And one-half of to work a great deal. with the rules of this exercise, will find them

The initials of these, in our last volume.

If read downwards, will please INTERVENTION.

CALAMITY,

Those who travel, because they reveal
ABSOLUTE.
COMMISERATION,

A conveyance that needs
ABSTEMIOUS.
INTRIGUE.

Our praise, for it speeds
ACCOMPLISHED.

CYNICAL

At a rate to be equalled by none.
ADULTERATE.
COUNTRYMAN,

While the finals declare,
BENEFICENT.
INFANT.

When perused upwards where
This vehicle is destined to run.

G. M. F. G.
ENIGMAS, CHARADES, &c.

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My firsť: a word we often use,

A pronoun it is reckoned;
42.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA.

My third, when in a merry mood.

Perchance may do my second. a. The bard, though wanting sight inspir'd, Was with poetic rapture fir'd;

My whole is brought from other climes, His noble strains and verse to raise,

It's found in the inside Singing of heaven his tuneful lays,

Of something which has sported free In numbers born to lasting fame,

In some large river's tide.

G. GUYON. I beg you'll tell this writer's name. b. Next him, another author tell,

47. Who wrote in numbers soft and well; Whose lines were tutor'd to convey

The initials name a living poet; the finals one To every heart the moral lay :

of his poems. Whose “Cato” and “Spectator" shine

a. A noble passion. b. Half oval. C. A RusWith many beauties of the Nine.

sian river. d. What tradesmen seek for. e. A c, Now he whose gloomy thoughts appear

dried fruit. f. An ancient lady. g. An evergreen For ever damped with Sorrow's tear;

shrub. h. À son of Jacob. 3. Ån edible bulb. Whose discontented numbers show

j. A beverage. The cause from whence his murmurs flow;

DAMON. And disappointment marks the name

48. Of him who grumbling sought for fame. These writers, when their names you know,

My first is an animal found in all parts of the Will tell a month when flow'rets blow,

earth: my second is a preposition, seldom or never

welcome; my third is part of a French irregular 43.

verb; and my whole, when you have guessed me, is My whole is a species of my second, and often most à propos. grows on my first. M. W.M.

IRENA. Land enclosed by a railing of wood. I may charm, I may cheat, or relleve.

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49. In the city of Dublin, one day, when out walking, A Polish city bring to mind; I with a person, who's my first to me;

A lake you may in Naples find; And much pleased I was to discover when talking, What oft is seen on beauty's cheek; I was bound for the same Scottish county as be.

An animal that's swift and sleek; 'Twas long after luncheon, so into my second

A little town you may descry We got, and to my staying place safely rode;

Upon the banks of lovely Wye. When I told him that I on his company reckon'd, No man or beast, you'll own, could live To do my third with me in my new abode.

Without what these initials give; He did so, and finding him a congenial soul.

And of their finals you will find We travelled together to the county, my whole.

There are in England many a kind: ROLANDO.

United now, behold their course,

The subject of hydraulic force.
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IAGO FFYNONAU.
I am soft, soft as wax,
Sometimes red, sometimes white;

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I am light when it's dark,

My first is a trade quite as useful as any; And I'm dark when it's light.

My second we know has been fatal to many; JOKESPBARE. My total long famous in history's pages,

For horrible

deeds we've not heard of for ages. My first is placed in Chancery,

PAULINB, E. S.
And often wears my second;

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My whole to keep my second safe ;
A useful place is reckon'd.

My first and second, when combined, form the

name of a Greek letter, and are parts of the whole ; ALPHA.

my third is indulged in usually at races and 52.

similar amusements; whilst my whole is found in My whole is a fish that's oft laid in a dish;

every language.

M.L.C. Transpose, and by many I'm worn;

58. Transpose me again, and by us are beasts slain, Once more, and the mind we adorn.

There's a kind of defence From my whole do not fail to cut off my tail,

Known to persons of sense, Transpose, and in ships I am found;

Which transposed jumps exceedingly high; Then if backwards I'm read, we're bad for the

And when transposed again head,

Sends its lively strain And if hard are productive of sound.

Through the air, and ascends to the sky; If now from my whole one letter you bowl,

This transposed a third time A tool from the rest may be made.

Will disclose that which crime Then strike off its its head and history has said,

Causes many to look or become An ancient queen died by its aid.

It is also the sign This last thing you'll see is found in a tree,

By which doctors divine If the middle you put at its head;

The precise state of health, at least some. Now two heads remove from my whole and I'll

In conclusion I wish prove

To inform you of this : A quadruped some people dread.

Take the head from the word as it stood This latter reverse, and you must be perverse

First of all, and you'll see If a sailor you cannot perceive;

That which turns out to be These letters transpose, and as every one knows,

G. M. F.G. G. GUYON,

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I am a word of seven letters. My 3, 4, 2, is : Behold my first a lady fair,

part of the body, so is my 7, 6, 5, 3. My 5, 6, 7, is Adorned with flowers in her hair;

what every man has been. My 5, 3, 4, is an Now of my second pray beware,

element; my 1, 6, 7, is a heavy weight; my 7, 6, Lest you a watery grave should share. 1, is a negative; my 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, is a crime; My whole I trust you'll never see,

behead my whole and you have that which disWretched, indeed, your lot would be; tinguishes man from the beast; replace my head, Now, reader, mind

what you're about, and my whole is the highest offence of which a Then surely you will find me out.

subject can be guilty.

LEONATUS. STEPHANIE.

60. 54.-Towns.

The initials will give the name of a celebrated a. To urge; part of a river. 6. To keep guard; man who lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth a Latin conjunction. C. A bit of wood;

a place century, and the finals will disclose his profession. for sheep; part of a pig. d. Four-flfths of a hog; a. A part of the human body. 6. A letter in a Spanish title. e. A spasmodic affection; to the Greek alphabet. c. The ancient capital of load. f. A man of genius; a French marshal. Cabul, d. A river of England. e. A small animal. 9. A forest and a cravat. h. A young girl; part f. To receive or seize. 9. A female's Christian of the body ALPHA. rame,

FAM.

And

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66.-GEOGRAPHICAL ENIGMA. My first, a pronoun, is in French;

The initials will give the name of a county in My second's found on every face;

Ireland, and the finals its capital. My whole makes garden beds, or trench a. A town in "Cumberland. 6. A city in PorWith colours gay-a gaudy race.

tugal. C. A river in Scotland. d. An island of LILIAN MAY.

Russia. e. A town in Portugal. 62.

67. An animal, and a substance used for its capture. My first is a preposition. My second is a letter. a. A measure. 6. A vowel repeated. c. À de- My third you'll find is myself. My fourth we all sirable change. d. To disappoint.

like to have. My whole is dear to us all. G, E. C.

LITTLE GIGGIE, 63.

68. The initials will give the name of a king who Before your door my first you'll find; conquered the Saxons.

On my third you'll find my second; a. The introducer of the most useful art. 6. My fourth is myself; now mind, A beautiful woman, who was the cause of a

My fifth a hundred is reckoned. lengthened siege. c. A general much attached to

My last a friend who is not always true; a beautiful queen. d. A Roman who suffered

my whole I leave to be solved by you. much from the Carthagenians, e. A consul who

WALTER HOMEWOOD. brought his sons to justice. f. A favourite of one of our English queens. g. One whose patriotism consigned him to death. k. The divider of time, the name of a good man who lived in the fifteenth

The initials of the following words will give and a great encourager of literature. i. A comedian and an author of no mean importance. j. century, but who fell a martyr to his religious A naval commander to whom the English are zeal; and the finals will disclose the place of his much indebted. k. A good king that died at an

early age.

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birth and residence:

a. To leap:

6. A Jewish high-priest. 64.

c. A girl's Christian name. Miranda sat upon the ground;

d. A figure longer than broad. My first spread to the sun;

e. A French writer.
That in the ether's cheer was found,

A river in Devonshire.
As rabbit-groups did run.
My second clove the airy throng
Of clouds amid the sky;

The initials of the following show the name of
While in the wood the day-time song a place which has been rendered remarkable for
Arous'd shade's minstrelsy.

the bravery with which its inhabitants defended Beside the bog meanwhile arose

themselves when besieged by a powerful army:My whole, a watchful form;

a. A girl's Christian name. Who every art can well disclosc

b. A common fruit
In summer's strongest storm.

C. A river in Germany.
Capt. J. R.

d. A river in Switzerland.

e. One of the sciences, 65.

f. To harden. 'Twas a stormy night, and the billows white

g. A fresh-water fish. Were rolling mountains high;.

h. An island in the Indian Oceau.
My second was out and tossing about,

i. Full, plentiful.
While in vain did the sailors ply;
I thought in the wave

71.-TOWNS OF ENGLAND ANAGRAMMATICALLY

EXPRESSED.
They would find a grave,
And I breathed a həavy sigh.

a. A domestic beast; to go through a river on

foot. Not many, I think, had they been at the brink

b. A name of an English river; part of the Of destruction, would act as brave

body.
As those sallors who tried to save their crew c. A favourite; a heavy weight."
And themselves from the angry wave.

d. A storehouse for corn; a bent iron.
No land was in sight,

e. To have the eyes open; land. And the storm at its height,

f. Labo '; anything soaked in a liquid. Still my first they tried to save.

g. A name of an English river; a thrower. Just then, with a shock, they struck on a rock

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And oh ! how their shrieks rent the air!
And I think every soul had been lost, if my whole

My first is made by my second; my second is a

my whole, which is a bird.-APPRENTICR. Had not happened, by chance, to bc there; Both the sailors and crew

73. Were now saved, they well knew,

A monarch, a letter, and a weight combined, And they offered a thankful prayer.

The name of a town in England, you'll find. W. H. H.

APPRENTICE.

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