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SELECTIONS FROM DIFFERENT
AUTHORS. The most industrious dispositions often prove of little avail, for the want of a habit of very easy acquirement, punctuality; the jewel on which the whole machinery of successful industry may be said to turn.
Plain Englishman. A humble man is like a good tree; the more full of fruit the branches are, the lower they bend themselves.
Alexander Hales. If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains : If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.-Herbert. Dare to be true, vothing can need a lie, A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.-The same. To smell a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body, no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
Fuller. Never do a thing, concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.
Pliny. We should realize in health those resolutions we form in sickness.
The Scripture was not written to beget pride, and disputations, and opposition to government; but moderation, and charity, and humility, and obedience, and peace, and piety in mankind, of which no good man did ever repent himself upon his death-bed.
Hooker. Men of dissolute lives cry down religion, because they are unwilling to submit to its restraints: they are loth to be tied up by the strict laws and rules of it: it is their interest, more than any reason they have against it, which makes them despise it. They hate it, because they are reproved by it.
Extracts from the Public Newspapers. 431 Little do we know when we go out, whether we are to return home alive, or be brought home dead. This is often in my thoughts; and, as somebody says of sleep, “it is so like death, that I dare not venture upon it without first commending myself to God;" so say I, I dare not go out in the morning, till I have begged the protection of my Maker.
Bowdler. Learn to say NO. I have often suffered, by being so weak as not to be able to pronounce that little word.
EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWS
Cure for the Sting of Wasps. It has been found, by expe-, rience, that the best remedy for the sting of wasps and bees, is to apply to the part affected common kitchen salt, moistened with a little water; and even in a case where a person has accidentally swallowed a wasp in a draught of any kind of liquor, and been stung by it, the alarming symptoms that ensuo may be almost instantly relieved by swallowing repeated doses of water saturated with salt.—Mechanics' Magazine.
An experienced bee-man mentions, that bees have swarmed uncommonly well this season. There is scarcely an old hive but what has thrown off a swarm or two. A man in the Calton has a fine swarm that be set down in the country, and it had thrown off by that day four weeks a virgin swarm. A man in Anderston, who is accustomed to weigh his hives weekly, found that one of thom, in three weeks, was 50lb. clear of the board or stone that it stands upon. One very good day it gained no less than five pounds and a half.-Glasgow Chronicle.
Accident by a Lion.—On Tuesday, as a man, named Jonathan Wilson, was looking at the lion Wallace, in Wombwell's menagerie, exhibiting in this town, he imprudently and incautiously placed his hand upon the bottom of the den, between which and the grating there is a small aperture, when the ferocious animal made a spring at him, and with bis claws succeeded in drawing the unfortunate man's arm against the grate, when be immediately seized it with his fangs, and inflicted several dreadful wounds. At this critical and dangerous moment, the keeper happened to approach, and, by his prompt, spirited, and efficient exertions, it was that the man's limb, if not his life, was saved. Some of Mr. Wombwell's servants assisted in removing Wilson to the Infirmary, where he is now in a fair way of recovery.-Leeds Mercury.
Fighting.–Another of the seconds at the late fight at Pendle. bury, was on Monday committed to Lancaster, to take his trial for manslaughter. There are now eight or pine individuals in Lancaster Castle, awaiting their trial for manslaughter, arising out of the brutal practice of prize-fighting.–Manchester Mercury.
Mad Dogs..-In consequence of several instances having lately occurred in the neighbourhood of the parish of St. George, Hanover-square, the trustees under the act of Parliament of the 7th of George IV., entitled "An Act for paving, lighting, &c., Grosvenor-place, and several streets in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square,” but better known as « Lord Grosvenor's Act,” have determined to carry into effect one of the clauses of the act, which subjects the owners of dogs letting them go at large about the streets, to a penalty of 5l. Notice to this effect bas been given to the inhabitants, who are cautioned to confine their dogs during the months of July, August, and September, or they will be liable to the penalty.
Dreadful Accident. -A shocking accident occurred to the in. fant child of Mrs. Daley, who lives in Orchard-street, Westminster, by its clothes catching fire when playing with a lighted candle. It appeared that the mother of the infant (a fine female child, about two years of age), left it in a room with another child about two years older, and locked them in while she went out on some errand. On her return, in about ten minutes, she heard the most dreadful screams issue from the room, and on opening the door she found her youngest child, Hannah, enve. loped in flames. She instantly caught her in her arms, and rushed down stairs into the street, the child all the time in a blaze. Some neighbours seeing her with the child in her arms in this state, and from her distracted appearance, the poor woman scarcely knowing what she was about, snatched the child from her, and carried the little sufferer to the Westminster IIospital, where it was promptly attended to by the surgeons. The poor child is completely burnt from head to foot, and its features scarcely perceptible: its sufferings are of the most agonizing description, and without the slightest hope of its recovery. The mother is almost in a state of madness.- London Paper.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We have received the communications of E, E.; S. P.; M. M.; E. C.; another S. Pii Paper on Rush Candles ; I, H. T. and Onesimus.
Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
THOUGHTS ON ETERNITY.
Would one think it possible for the sons and daughters of Adam, who see all things round them upon the face of the earth in perishing and dying circumstances, to speak, and act, and live as though they should never die? The vegetable world with all its beauties seems to pass under a spreading death every year; the glory of the field, the forest, and the garden perish. Animal nature is born to die and mingle with its original dust; not the strength of beasts, the ox, or the lion, can resist their fate; nor the fowl of the swiftest wing escape it; nor can the nations of insects hide from it in their dark holes and caverns, where they seek to prolong their little beings, and keep the vital atoms together through the changing seasons. Our own flesh and blood is much of the same make, 'tis borrowed from the same materials as theirs, it has a similiar composition, and sin has mingled many more diseases in our frame than are known to the vegetable or brutal kinds. We see our ancestors go before us to the grave, and yet we live as though we should never follow them. We behold our neighbours carried away from the midst of us daily to their beds of earth, and yet we are as thoughtless
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of this awful and important hour, as though our own turn would never come.-Let us survey mankind a little : How are all their tribes employed ? What is the grand business of life? Are not all their powers of flesh and mind devoted to the purposes of this poor, short, mortal period, as though there were nothing to succeed it? And yet if we ask those who dwell around us in our nation, do you not believe a Heaven and an eternity of happiness for those who seek it sincerely, and labour for it? They confess this divine truth by the force of reason and conscience, and by the light of Scripture; but they forget it in a few moments, and return to their follies again, and with a greedy and incessant desire they repeat the pursuit of perishing vanities. Well would it be if we could keep ourselves awake awhile from the intoxicating pleasures and cares of this life, and shake off all these
golden dreams that perpetually surround our fancy; we should then surely employ our noble powers to a diviner purpose. If we did but dwell a little with a fixedness of thought upon the scenes of death, all around us here on earth; and if we now and then surveyed the visible hea. vens, their brightness, and duration, we might perhaps be put in mind of these momentous truths which might direct our conduct, might wean us from our fondness for these sensible and perishing trifles, and animate us in good earnest to pursue the durable glories of heaven. Thus far with regard to the bulk of mankind, whose souls are immersed in flesh and blood, who mind none but earthly things, whose God is this world, and whose end is destruction: but 'tis a melancholy thing also to consider, that where a divine ray from above has penetrated the heart, has begun to operate a heavenly temper, to kindle a new life into the soul, and set it a breathing after eternal things, that it should be ashamed to make this new life appear, and this divine ray discover itself, and shine like a son of God, in