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Ladies are requested to keep in a single line on PEACE AND WAR. — Peace is that beautiful either side of the street, walking in succession essence which flows undisturbedly from the pure one after the other, in order that there may be a and generous heart, and which so religiously possibility of passing them without the danger of says, “Though my neighbour offend me seventy being entangled in their clothes.

times seven, yet do I freely forgive him.” But Somebody says that a friend of his carries his war is a barbarous game of merchandise-murder sense of honour so far as to spend all his time in which says, “My neighbour has slightly offended perfect idleness, because he does not even like to me, therefore must I inflict upon him the punishtake advantage of time.

ment of Cain?” “Amelia, for thee-yes, at thy command I'd A WORD TO THE OVER. SENSITIVE.-A. strikes tear this eternal firmament into a thousand frag- me with a sword and inflicts a wound. Suppose, ments; I'd gather the stars, one by one, as they instead of binding up the wound, I am showing tumbled from the regions of etherial space, and it to everybody; and after it has been bound up, put them in my trowsers' pocket; I'd pluek the I am taking off the bandage continually, and exasun, that oriental god of day that traverses the mining the depth of the wound, and making it blue arch of heaven in such majestic splendour-fester till my limb becomes greatly inflamed, and I'd tear him from the sky and quench its bright my general system is materially affected—is there effulgence in the fountain of my eternal love for a person who would not call me a fool ? Now thee!” “Don't, Henry, it would be so very dark.” such a fool is he who, by dwelling upon little in

A High Rent.- A hole in the crown of your juries and insults, or provocations, causes them to bad hat.

agitate or inflame the mind. How much better “That's a flame of mine,” as the bellows said to were it to put a bandage over the wound, and the fire.

never look at it again. The man who was hemmed in by a crowd has SECRET OF COMFORT. Though sometimes been troubled with a stitch in his side ever since. small evils, like invisible insects, inflict pain, and

We suppose that a man who never speaks may a single hair may stop a vast machine, yet the be said always to keep his word.

chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles “Well, farmer, you told us your place was a to vex one, and in prudently cultivating an under good place for hunting; now, we have tramped it growth of small pleasures, since very few great for three hours and found no game.” “Just so, ones, alas ! are let on long leases. I calculate, as a general thing, the less game IDLENESS.-Beware of idleness; the listless there is, the more hunting you have.”

idleness that lounges and reads without the “Gentlemen," said a tavern-keeper to his guests, severity of study; the active idleness for ever busy at midnight, “I don't know whether you have about matters nelther very difficult nor very talked enough or not, but as for myself, I am valuable. going to shut up."

PEACE OF MIND.—Though peace of mind does If you would enjoy your cigar, and at the same not constitute happiness, happiness cannot exist time the society of the ladies, you should invite without it, our serenity being the result of our none but widows, for they will bring their own own exertions, while our happiness is dependent weeds.

on others; hence the reason why it is so rare; “Will you be a second?” said a gentleman, who for, on how few can we count! Our wisdom, proposed to fight a duel. “No, indeed, for you therefore, is best shown in cultivating all that wouldn't stand a second yourself.”.

leads to the preservation of this negative blessing, The landlord of a hotel at Brighton entered in which, while we possess it, will prevent us from an angry mood the sleeping apartment of a becoming wholly wretched. boarder, and said—“Now, sir, I want you to pay DECEIVERS. - We are born to deceive or be de your bill, and you must. I've asked you for it ceived. In one of those classes we must be numoften enough; and I tell you now, that you don't bered; but our self-respect is dependent on our leave my house till you pay it!” “Good !" said selection. The practice of deception generally the lodger, "just put that in writing; make a secures its own punishments; for callous indeed regular agreement of it; I'll stay with you as long must be that mind which is insensible of ignoas I live!”

miny. But he who has been duped is conscious, Mr. Bannister, passing by a house which had even in the very moment that he detects the imbeen almost consumed by fire, inquired whose it position, of his proud superiority to one who can was. Being told it was a hatter's, " Ah,” said he, stoop to the adoption of so foul and sorry a course. “then the loss will be felt.

The really good and high-minded, therefore, are Daniel Purcell, the famous punster, being de- seldom provoked by the discovery of deception; sired one night, in company, to make a pun though the canning and artful resent it as a huextempore, asked, “Upon what subject?” “The miliating triumph obtained over them in their King," was the answer. "O, Sir," replied Daniel, own vocations. "the King is not a subject.

PROMISE AND PerroRMANCE.-I had rather do An Irishman, being asked why he wore his and not promise, than promise and not do. stockings wrong side out, replied, “Because there REAL WORK. It is better to accomplish per. is a hole on the ither side ov' 'em.”

fectly a very small amount of work than to half An Irish paper, describing a late duel, says, do ten times as much. " that one of the combatants was shot through Easy WORK.-The easiest of all work is selfthe fleshy part of the thigh bone."



I have been induced to write to you, to

introduce to you the young lady who will present LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.- this letter, knowing you will do me the favour of The subject of last month's letter, although a exerting yourself in her behalf. She is a dear very useful one, did not admit of much display of and valued friend of mine, and I have engaged talent. Let us say that you have made the most with her many hours of delightful intercourse, for of it. The Definitions are better than some of her amiability of temper added to high intellectual the past, but not equal to others.

attainment and superiority of mind, make her a In drawing the attention of the Council to our companion to be loved and appreciated. From Game or Exercise of “CONGLOMERATIONS," (see wealthy independence, her family has by reverse Appendix, p. 9) we beg to announce that we in- of fortune, little remaining for support, and she tend to alternate this interesting piece of Pastime has at once overcome all scruples and fear of with our Letters; for we must have some con- struggling alone the wide world, and nobly desideration for the leisure of our friends, and not termined to do something to increase their scanty unreasonably overtask it with mental work. inconie. We have together discussed the most

We earnestly invite the attention of the Council feasible means of so doing, well weighing the to this new exercise, which will be found a very matter in all points, and have decided on her tryuseful one, and afford a pleasing relief to the ing to gain a school in the metropolis or its Composition of Letters. Next month the Letter suburbs. The guardians who have managed their Writing Council will be duly convened.

property, have saved from the wreck a small sum

for each member of the family, and my friend reLETTER OF INTRODUCTION FOR A FRIEND IN

solves to embark hers in taking and furnishing a THE COUNTRY TO PRESENT TO ANOTHER IN

house for the above purpose. I have, my dear Town.

Sir, briefly stated her great need of a friend, know

ing that you would feel a delicacy in asking, and MY DEAR GRISELDA

she in explaining her position to you, and being You will not, I think, consider me presuming if satisfied that her want will be supplied by one I endeavour to solicit your kindness and indul- who has an extensive influence and philanthropic gence on the behalf of a young friend who from benevolence to exercise it, I have no fear for her childhood has grown up beneath my eye. Know success, for she possesses great energy and pering and esteeming you of old, I am well aware of severance, valuable attributes indeed, and places the existence of that kind heart to which I have besides, such unwavering faith and confidence in never yet applied in vain.

her Heavenly Father, who will bless her in the Percy Lewis, in whose welfare I wish to awaken day of her need. your interest, is the eldest son of a dear friend in Trusting I have not presumed too far on your our village. He has arrived at that age, when I kindness, and wishing you every prosperity, believe all young men, more or less, become weary

Believe me, of their lives in a country village, and are anxious

Yours truly, to see more of the world than the limited confines

ETHOL. of their native place will allow. Having known

CONSOLATION. Percy so long; I can assure you that though still so young, he is worthy of your deepest respect and Sympathising with a friend in trouble.-NAlove, if his feelings only be engaged you will not find a warmer friend amongst all your acquain- “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be tances.

as white as snow."—R. D. I have the greatest confidence in his integrity When the loved one has departed from us to and honour, yet in a situation such as he is about feel that we have done our duty.-J. C. L. to take, temptations must assail him at every step. The chords that are tuned in sympathy with the As a safe-guard against these, will you let him mourner's sighs.-M. W. M. feel that he is welcome at your house, and in the A rainbow in the sky of sorrow.--A. C. M. J. pure atmosphere of your home find friends amongst Never mind, it's nobody's fault but your own.your children, that will not oblige him to depend A. D. V. upon strangers for companionship.

A wounded soldier in the battle of life, forgetting If I could have solicited your interest for a son his foes in the thought of a divine physician. of my own, I feel certain just such a welcome as W. Y. S. this you would have given him.

The mercy of heaven reflected in a life of goodReceive Percy, then, dear Griselda, as mine, for ness.-J. C. such he has been to me during my residence at The charm of Christianity which kindles light Merriton.

out of the gloom of suffering.-J.T. If you need any stronger incentive than the re- The houseless one seeing the minnow in the membrance of our old friendship, believe that brook, and feeling that God will give him too a every look or word of love you may bestow is fitting home.-ELSPIE. registered above, and God is well pleased with The silver lining to a cloud of sorrow.-A. DE every act of kindness towards a stranger, "Inas-YOUNGE. much as ye have done it unto one of the least of Never mind it might have been worse.-ROthese, my bretheren, ye have done it unto me,” Believe me,

Hope's fitful gleam.- LIZZY MŁY.
Ever, your affectionate friend,

I couldn't help it.-H. A.J.
Snow. To hear that one's rival has been rejected.

W. H. H.



The dying Christian's hope of eternal happiness. What prevents us making many friends.-WILL-Lago.

O-THE-WHISP. “She is not dead but sleepeth.-G. W.R.

Coloured spectacles for mental visions.-A. DE A quiet conscience in time of distress.-MARY D. YOUNGE. PREVARICATION.

A large magnifying glass.-NINA.

A verdict without a trial.--ALPHA. The shadow, but not the substance of truth. Locking the gates of the soul against reason.AMELIA.

H. A. J. To blend two meanings together.-J.C.L. One of the most difficult feelings to contend

A train on the railroad of life ruuning between against.-LEONATUS. the statious of deception and falsehood.-M. W.M. There is no land beneath the sky, The rust of falsehood.-A. C. M.

That can with thee, loved England vie.-IAGO. A tattered mantle, through which guilt and Disliking a person the first time you see them, falsehood is distinctly seen.-CHARLEY.

-G. L. S. Sailing round the whirlpool of falsehood till Firmness of opinion, in opposition to strength yon are engulphed in it.-A. D. V.

of reasoning.--AGNES E. Hesitation between truth and falsehood.-A. L. Ill nature grown destructive.-CAP. J. R.

A perpetual taunting witness of the imperfec- The poison instilled into the arrow of an enemy. tions of man.-W. Y. S.

-AQUILA. One who prefers crawling in the dark, to walk. The foundation of a bigot's principle.-GERALing boldly in the light.-ELSPIE.

DINE. A schoolboy's shuffle.-WILL-O-THE-WISP. A lover's feelings against his rival.-NELLIE.

Stumbling upon the threshold of truth.-A. DE Whatever that man thinks, is sure to be errone. YOUNGE.

ous.-M. A. H. Calling wild flowers weeds.--ROLANDO.

The feeling entertained towards step-mothers.A falsehood in disguise.--STEPHANIE.

LITTLE GIGGIE. The gateway to falsehood.-NINA.

A subtle poison against which we need conI didn't say that.-ALPHA.

stantly to watch.--MABY D. The mask of falsehood.-LEONATUS.

“Say all you like, you won't change me." “I am not at home to '

."-MARGUERITE. F.G.B.S. “But my love-,"-W. H. H.

A narrow-mindedness which often leads us to Answering one question by asking another.- form erroneous impressions. FANNY. Telling an unwelcome guest you are glad to see

WORDS FOR DEFINITION, him.-G. L. S. A door through which the guilty always strive

EVERLASTING | OUTRAGEOUS I PENSIVE. to escape.-RUTHENPHARL. “Yes-10 -that is, I'm not quite sure-I don't


An indirect answer to a straightforward question.--GERALDINE.

77.--HISTORICAL ENIGMA. Beating round the bush instead of boldly facing a. The first Roman Emperor whose forty years' the danger.-NELLIE.

sway, “Did you see the prisoner at the time in ques. tion ?" "It was either he, or some one like him.” 6. The general whom Cæsar contrived to annoy,

His people with pleasure did always obey; -M. A. and S.

And occasion his army in terror to fly; A shuffler's method of evading a direct truth,

By desiring his soldiers their faces to wound, and a downright falsehood.-LILY H.

Which soon made the combatants vacate the PREJUDICE.


C. The Roman whose firmness no sufferings could Telling a friend she sings well, because you like

move, ber.-NARISSA.

Tho' destined the cruellest torments to prove; Mahommedans breaking the vessel which has d. The name of that horse, whose master did say, been used by a Christian.-R. D.

He wished he all Romans could kill in one day; Pretending to argue a matter though quite de

e. The first Roman matron whose cause to termined to have your own way.-AMELIA.

espouse, Fancy fostered by dislike, and cherished with.

The long smother'd spirit of Brutus did rouse; out reason.-J. C. L

These names place aright, the first letters tell, Judging a case after hearing one side of the

A month in the year most people love well. question.-M. W.M. “Why don't I like him ? Because I don't.”

78. A. D. V.

My first is useful in every station, and finds itself Indirectly the meanest of slaves, directly the in every company, the poorest can buy and wear it; fiercest of tyrants.--ELSPIE.

reversed, it gives a feeling of acute pain, and is An icicle in the rays of the morning sun.-J.C. only merited by obstreperous members of society. The great barrier toimprovement. -ALEXANDER. My second is found in the drawing-rooms of the

A crookit mould whilk makes everything crookit wealthy; fair ladies exercise their taste in work. that gangs intil it.- ELSPIE.

ing it. Some poor gain their livelihood by work. A preconceived and hastily formed opinion.- ing upon it; and my whole is a handmaid of order, ETHOL.

although in the discharge of her duty she receives The grub in the core of the apple of life.-F.S. A. | many wounds.



84.-ENIGMATICAL LIST OF Towns IN There's a lad inclined to marry,

ENGLAND. He's searching for a wife,

a. A very hard kind of stone. And he says that he no longer,

6. A fruit and at a small distance. Will lead a single life;

c. A famous poet. Don't you think his resolution,

d. Anger, a consonant, and a vowel. Is worthy of much praise,

e. A garden herb. And think you not old bachelors,

f. A beam of light reversed and part of yourself. Have very stupid ways?

g. A disease and to counterfeit.

h. A kind of corn. Now this youth has found a maiden, That is suited to his mind;

i. Sick, minus a letter, and a city.

j. At any time and a reckoning. Though she boasts not of great beauty,

k. Not ancient and a beverage. She is loving, fond, and kind.

1. A useful sort of wood. And he vows that he will love her,

The initials of these together combined, As long as he doth live;

Give the name of a work that is much to my 'Ere long, unto my first, he adds,


Iago FFYNONAU. My second he will give.

85. And he says when he has done so, She will become his wife;

I'm meagre, or slender, I'm tall, or I'm thin,

Beheaded, I come in the garb of a kin. May they both be truly happy,

A. C. M, J-LL. And free from care and strife !

86. My whole's a living creature, No doubt well-known by you,

My first is underneath my whole. My second is Which I for your amusement have,

above my whole. And my whole is an article of Divided into two.

W. H. H. clothing.-LILLIAN MAY. 80.


On Alma's heights my first was seen,
It was indeed a bloody scene;

a. The highest part.
every room my next is found,

6. A game at cards. Some eight or nine feet 'bove the ground.

c. An universal medicine

d. A month of the Jewish year. An adjunct next, I now must place, And just fill up a little space.

e, Passsionate ardour.

88. With weavers now my next is seen, My next in yards, or on the green.

My whole is double. Behead me, I am a contest Young ladies high in air wilì Aling

of very ancient origin. Transpose, I am vexatious. This last a very simple thing,

Curtail, I am a conveyance. Transpose, I am a And with my first they strike me sore, mathematical figure. Reconstruct my whole, and If I attempt myself to lower;

I am used in Highland games. Now gentle ladies tell my name,

GEO. MATTHEWSON. My whole's a very pretty game.

A, G. 81.

ANSWERS TO THE ENIGMAS, &c. I am a large, lifeless, domestic quadruped, and

(On pp. 246, 247, Vol. 1860.) am composed of 10 letters. I can produce my 4 7910, which has my 9 7 4 10. I am always to be

62.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA. found at my 5 1 10 8 3, where I oft accompany my a. John. 6. Union. c. Nelson. d. Elizabeth9 10 45 8. My 13 4 is an instrument made of my June. 131 10 8, and used by ladies to move my 3 2 8,

63.-CONUNDRUMS. when they are my 6 3 2 4 9. My 1 10 3 8 is a

1. Spire. Very nice fruit when it is my 8 2 1 10. My 9 3 8 2. Because he makes too much of the Host. is the juice of my 1 2 4 10, which is my 9 8 10 3. The Diet of Worms, 10, of which my 8 7 5 9 is a part. Although I 4, A wife, an a noisy quadruped, I never suffer any of my 5. Because it is in every idler's mouth. 13 2 4, nor do I ever shed any of my 9 10 3 8, 6. Because it is refractory. though my 6 10 10 9 oft get kicked with the feet 7. In the Nominative. of my 6 3 2 8, with whom I am a great favourite. 8. A lawyer's clerk, because good deeds are bet.


ter than fair speeches. 82.

9. Because they must needs be conveyed by the

line. My first convey commerce of various character to different places, and great interest and anxiety

10. Because he is generally seen in sheep's is often expressed on my account. My second is


11. Because "All is well that ends well." also of great importance,

and frequently connected with my first, being a very great weight, not easy

64. — Slumber-lumber-umber. 65.- – His-tory. to carry; and yet my whole is a town in England. 66.–

Famine.-67. – Glove-love. 68.- Sap-ling. J. C. L.

69,--Sir-i-us. 70.-Tar-tar. 71.-DARK. 83.

72,-MENTAL SCENE FROM ENGLISH HISTORY. My second in my first is found;

Edmund stabbed by the robber Leolf. My whole lies buried in the ground.

73.-Front-is-piece. 74.-Friend-ship. 75.FANNY. Whale-hale-ale." 76.-Man-if-est,


ARITHMETICAL PUZZLES. again, shuffle it with each hand, and it will re

semble the shuffling of a pack of cards; close it,

and turn each corner inward with your fore-finger Take a sheet of stiff paper, fold it down the and thumb, it will appear as a rosette for a lady's middle of the sheet, longways; then turn down shoe, as C; stretch it forth, and it will resemble ? the edge of each fold outward, the breadth of a cover for an Italian couch, as D; let go your forepenny; measure it as it is folded, into three equal finger at the lower end, and it will resemble a parts, with compasses, which make six divisions wicket, as E; close it again, and pinch it at the in the sheet; let each third part be turned out- bottom, spreading the top, and it will represent a ward, and the other, of course, will fall right; fan, as F; pinch it half-way, and open the top, then pinch it a quarter of an inch deep, in plaits, and it will appear in the form shown by G; hold like a ruff, so that, when the paper lies pinched in it in that form, and with the thumb of your left its form, it is in the fashion represented by A; hand turn out the next fold, and it will be as H. when closed together, it will be like B; unclose it

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In fact, by a little ingenuity and practice, cut those triangles into two equal parts, in the Trouble-wit may be made to assume an infinite direction of the lines E F, and G H. You will variety of forms, and be productive of very con- then have two triangles, and two four-sided irresiderable amusement.

gular figures, which you are to place together, in

the manner they stood at first, and in each square THE GEOMETRICAL MONEY.

you are to draw the figure of a piece of money;

observing to make those in the squares through Draw on pasteboard the following rectangle, which the line A D passes, somewhat imperfect. whose side, A C, is three inches, and A B, ten inches. Divide the longest side into ten equal figure, you will count thirty pieces of money only;

As the pieces stand together in the foregoing but if the two triangles and the two irregular figures be joined together, as in the two last annexed figures, there will be thirty-two pieces.






Suppose a man have a wolf, a goat, and a basket parts, and the shortest into three equal parts, of cabbages, on the bank of a river; that he and draw the perpendicular lines, as in the figure, wishes to cross with them, and that his boat is which will divide it into thirty equal squares. only big enough to carry one of the three besides From A to D draw the diagonal line, and cat the

himself. He must, therefore, take them over one figure by that line into two equal triangles, and by one, in such a manner that the wolf shall have

no opportunity of devouring the goat, or the goat of devouring the cabbages.-How is he to do this ?

Answer.- First he takes over the goat; he then returns and takes the wolf; he leaves the wolf on the other side, and brings back the goat; he now takes over the cabbages, and comes back once more to fetch the goat. Thus the wolf

will never be left with the goat, nor the goat with the cabbages,



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