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the sage;


MERRILY, merrily, comes the new year,

Sang a maiden blithe and gay ;

And her heart beat high with hope at the thought How beautiful is Nature in its ever-varying scenes

Of coming festivity. Of peaceful glades, and grand cascades, of moun- Happily, happily, comes the new year, tains, hills, or streams;

Sang a young man in his prime; Its tall and spreading forests, its plains of arid And his eye was bright, and his heart was light sand,

As he thought of the coming time. And each and all of these the work of one All

Mournfully, mournfully, comes the new year, powerful hand.

Said a widow in sorrowing tone, How beautiful is nature in its ever varying shades, As she cherished tender memories From the lovely green of early spring to the yel- Of the loved ones who were gone.

low leaf that fades; If clothed in summer's loveliness, or winter's Solemnly, solemnly, comes the new year, snow-white robe,

Said an old man whose locks were grey, There's nought but beauty to be found where'er Nearer and nearer draws the hour, we chance to rove,

Closer the dawn of the day,

That blissful day when my sorrows shall cease, How beautiful is Evening, when the sun's last And I enter my home of perfect peace. golden ray

VENETIA Sheds a bright lustre on the hills, and o'er the

waters play; When the chiming of the village bells comes

LINES. whispering o'er the breeze,

O THERE is beauty in the face And all is hush'd and quiet save the murmuring However plain the features, of the trees.

That beams with love and tenderness
How beautiful is Youth, where contrasted with old On poorer fellow-creatures;

That turns not scorufully away
The simplicity of childhood’gainst the wisdom of From an honest toiling neighbour,

But hath a kindly word and smile
Those fond endearing terms of love, how beautiful To cheer him in his labour.
are they;

O there is love within the heart How sweet to watch the golden locks' com

Tho'rough be the exterior, mingling with the grey.

That gladly aids and comforts tirose
How beautiful is Love in its pure and holy form, By rank and wealth inferior;
The meeting of two faithful hearts to pass through That casts away the barrier
life's drear storm;

Of worldly elevation;
Her deep reliance and respect, his tender, watch- And scorn's the man whose sordid mind

Deems such a degradation. Combine to make them pass through life, a happy, loving pair.

And some there are who only strive

To gain a name immortal, How beautiful it is to hear an earnest, fervent

But ah! the life-bought vision fades frayer,

Ere they have pass'd death's portal. To see an infant point on high and lisp that God

Their glory ceases with the life is there;

Which was in mercy given; To know we have a Saviour who dwells in realms

The life which was to fit them here! above,

To live at last in heaven,
And say, with the apostle John, “Our God, our
God is love."

F. M, S.

And some there are whose noble deeds

Have from the world been hidden,

And in the ponderous scroll of fame.

Their acts have ne'er been written; 'Tis sweet to think upon the past;

But in the book of life above
For days now long gone by,

Their names stand now recordedi.
Impart a halo to the breast,

And not a word or work of love
Like star lamps in the sky;

Shall go by unrewarded.
And though, perchance, our early years,

LUCINDA B. Were mingled with regret, The emerald

beauty of the past, Deep in the heart is set.

At break of morn, or dawu of eve,

As dew descending on sweet flowers
Oft whispers in the ear,

Scorched by the sun's hot ray,
The voices of departed ones

Tends better far than hasty showers
Whom once we lov'd so dear;

To raise their petals gay;
Like guardian angels hov'ring near,

So when the human breast with grief
Those voices seem to tell,

O'erflows, kind words impart:
That we should love, but should not love

The sweetest balm to give relief,
The things of earth too well.

And cheer its drooping heart.

ful care,


pilau assumes a yellowish crust; it is served in DOMESTIC HINTS AND RECEIPTS. the same dish.


According to the quality and number of the

guests take either mutton, fowls, or pigeons; boil This very wholesome and cheap dish conists them till rather more than half done, then put of nothing more than rice swelled and softened the meat and broth into a basin. Having washed by broth of any description. The substances most the pot, melt some butter in it, and when very commonly used, and their proportions, are as hot, having cut up the half-cooked meat into bits, follows:

the fowls into four, and the pigeons in half, throw Three ounces of rice for each person; it should them into the butter and fry till of a light brown. be picked and washed in three rs. Half-a- The necessary quantity of thin

being well pound of mutton to each portion of riee. Half-washed, is then to be placed over the meat in the an-ounce of very fresh butter cut into small bits not, and the broth to be poured over the rice till for each of the portions. A sufficient quantity of it is covered to a full finger's depth; then cover water to allow, when the broth is made, one pint the pot, and keep a clear fire under it, and, from to be imbibed by each portion of the rice. The time to time, take out some grains of rice to broth is made tirst, and the meat should be but ascertain if it's oftens sufficiently or requires more two-thirds dressed.

broth; the rice must remain whole though Pilau is made in a well-tinned copper stewpan. thoroughly done, as well as the pepper which is with a cover of a sufficient size to allow the riee used for seasoning. As soon as the rice is done, to swell, over a charcoal brazier. The broth is cover the top of the pot with a cloth five or six poured into the saucepan, and when it boils the times folded, and the cover above it; and in a cleaned rice is gradually thrown into it; the rice little time melt some more butter and pour it into insensibly absorbs the broth, and when the whole holes made for the purpose, with the handle of the is imbibed the rice is swollen, but unbroken, and spoon; cover it quickly again, and then let it perfectly tender, and is done. When taken off simmer till served. It is served in large dishes, the fire and uncovered, a number of little holes with the meat nicely arranged at the top. One produeed by the evaporation of the broth will be may be white of its natural colour, another tinted observed ; into these the small pieces of butter yellow with saffron, and a third red with pomeare put, and the stewpan is carefuly closed: the granate juice. butter soon melts and mixes with the rice; it is Though the meat is fat enough for our stomachs, left to simmer for a quarter of an hour, and then the Turks add as much as three pounds of butter placed in a tureen or dish. The rice should not to six of rice, which makes the pilau disagree with be stirred while on the fire. The meat having those unaccustomed to it. been cut into small pieces and browned vicely in Some persons prefer rice simply cooked with fresh butter (whieh completes its cooking), is salt and water; it is served in many ways among placed neatly on the pilau.

the grandees of the Porte; and instead of meat, Pilau is improved by using pigeons and fowls, an herb, omelette, or nicely poached eggs are either added to the meat or alone. No vegetables placed on the rice; in this manner, it can disagree are to be used, as they impart a harsh unpleasant with none. flavour to the dish, A PILAU FOR FIVE PERSONS.

ANTIDOTE TO ARSENIC.--The efficacy of the Five ounces of rice; two pounds and a half of poisoning has long been known; but this is a

Hydrated Peroxide of Iron in cases of arsenical meat; two ounces and a half of fresh butter: five remedy seldom at hand when it is required. It pints of broth made from the meat, and salted as asual. After the broth is made, half an-hour is sesqui-oxide of iron will aet equally well, After

has recently been shown that the carbonate or sufficient for cooking this dish, which is the the free use of emeties or the stomach-pump this general food of the Turks.

should be given in seruple doses repeated every


SALT IN DIPTHERIA.-M. Roche mentions in Six ounces of rice, washed in three tepid waters; L'Union Medicale, of July, 26th, 1859, that he stew it gently in two pints of broth over a clear had saved six patients in six cases of diptheria charcoal fire, and closely eovered. When all the by the following mode of treatment. The false broth is imbibed, it is done, and is to be taken off membranes were first freely cauterized with lunar the fire; add three ounces of fresh butter, cut caustic, and injections then made every hour into small bits, that it may melt the quieker, and against the fauces with a solution of common salt, close the stew pan. Take six yolks and three the strength of the solution being such as not to whites of eggs, and beat them up well; untover create nausea. Chlorate of Potash was also given the stewpan and pour them into the rice, and then internally; and tincture of iodine as a topical close it again, but still off the fire, and let it application was used in half the cases; but M. simmer. Take a deep dish, butter it, pour into it Roche considers that the irrigations with the one-third of the rice, and add some small pieces solution of common salt were the chief agents in of butter, and a layer of meat, cut and browned the case. apart; then a second layer of rice, butter, and t'o MAKE SALT MEAT FRESH-Put half a meat; then a third layer; arrange the whole in a pound of saltpetre into two gallons of boiling dome shape : beat up the yolk of an egg in milk water, and let the salt meat be put into it, and or cream, and cover the outside with it, then put remain there twelve hours at the end of which the dish into the oven; the butter melts and the time the salt meat will have become fresh,


present inquiry is to enable you so to study it that you may profit spiritually and intellectually

by its hallowed truths. I need scarcely remind LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.— you of the advantages to be derived from being You have begun the New Year well—your letters able to read the Holy Scriptures in their original this month are in many respects valuable. It is tongue. Should your knowledge of Hebrew and impossible for us to enter critically into the merits Greek not be extensive enough to admit of this, of each of them, but we shall glance with freedom there are able commentaries which, if you consult at a few-taking them at random.

them, will, in a great measure, supply the dcJ. Eastman writes some good plain practical ficiency. advice, looking at the Bible solely as a spiritual I would not advise you to cull out miscellaneguide.—Stephanie and Annie Linton, are a little ous or detached texts for study, as although sach too meagre for the subject, and the writing is not a plan may sometimes be profitably adopted for easy to be read, but they have some sound re- daily meditation, yet for deeper research a more marks; we like the spirit of both, though of regular course of reading is, in my opinion, preopinion that they could have done better in the ferable. execution.-L.W. treats only of the New Testa- Make yourself thoroughly acquainted with the ment, and recommends a mode of studying it so geography of the Bible, that you may be able to simple, and get practical good from

it; but why follow the Israelites in their wanderings, to bedoes L. W. not go further into the subject? The come familiar with the dwelling-places of the Gospels should certainly be our chief study, but Seers, to track the path of the warrior, to find the what of the rest of the Scriptures ?– Marguerite abode of kings, to know the sites of once flourishhas given a clear and novel method for surround- ing, but now ruined cities, and to trace the ing the Bible with all the lights which modern journeyings of Paul, and the footsteps of our information and travel can supply.-" Little blessed Lord. Giggie's" is a creditable performance.—" Ex- The extensive knowledge, also, which ancient celsior's" admirable.—Lily H. writes with her history affords us, is too valuable to be dispensed usual ability, but this esteemed correspondent with. would do well to study condensation, to gain We will suppose you to have arrived at a parmore strength by the sacrifice of unnecessary ticular era-viz., the Exodus of the Israelites, the words and half-diluted or repeated ideas. She Building of the Temple, the Birth of Christ, or any will thank us, we are sure, for these remarks.- other period of extraordinary interest. Ascertain W. Young Somerville's epistle is finely conceived the condition of the Jewish and surrounding na. and expressed; we regard it with admiration; it tions at that period; the progress of the arts, makes a strong case against “Man's systems,” sciences, and commerce; endeavour to become as applied to this Book, whose “Imperial voice acquainted with the literature and philosophy of transcends all the sermon-tongued efforts of man; the age; the characters of the principal men who whilst "M. A. and S.,” by way of contrast, givé flourished then; the various modes of warfare, information likely to prove valuable to those who and what nations were engaged in it; and the have sufficient time and means to pursue the study state of the world at that time-physically, of Theology out of the beaten tracks. “Agnese morally, and politically, is certainly capable of higher flights than we are There are likewise other branches of knowledge favoured with on the present occasion : Christmas which will be useful to you in your researchespreparations must have interposed to supplant our viz., Astronomy, Geology, Botany, &c. By study, Council in her thoughts. “Minima's " letter, as ing these, in connection with God's Holy Word, a whole, ranks third best this month; she incul- you will be the better able to understand and apcates profoundest reverence for the Scriptures, preciate what you read. almost to that excess which bars inquiry; yet her Your object should also be to acquire spiritual point of view being a decided one, brings out much instruction from the sacred page. From Historic excellent thought. We can only find room to men- Christianity each person must pass to Vital Christion two more--"L'Eclair" and "Undine;" we tianity;" and "conscience is guided by the truths think their epistles the most suitable for publica of the Bible." Through that book “the soul is tion; at the same time we have no doubt, if our instructed in the character of God-enriched by readers had the whole before them, there would the study of the life of Christ-informed of its be no small diversity of opinion as to which Letter destiny-impressed with its duty--purified by its best deserved the houour of a public appearance. truths, and brought into communion with the

patriarchs and saints of old." THE BEST MEANS OF STUDYING THE BIBLE

How essential then is it that you should, with THROUGH THE NEW YEAR,'

simplicity and earnestness, search those Scriptures

which "are able to make you wise unto salvaMY DEAR GERTRUDB, –

tion;" carefully and prayerfully examine the You inquire of me which is doctrines they contain; arrive not at hastily “The best means of studying the Bible through formed conclusions respecting them, but en the New Year.” This is an interesting and im- deavour to profit by the investigations of wise and portant question; the answer to which should be good men ; yet be not influenced by their preThe result of calm, serious reflection, based on judices. Meditate frequently on what you read practical experience. I will, therefore, offer you a and, above all, make the Bible the guide of your for your guidance.

and I approve the right, but I follow the wrong: I presume that

you have already read the Bible With a consciousness of what is right, let not this entirely through, but that the subject of your be your sad case, but rather follow in the steps of

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one who said,"I have fought a good fight, I Mineralogy, Botany, History, or Philosopy. You have finished my course, I have kept the faith; will find all these will be required to perfect your henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of knowledge; and more than this, the whole circle righteonsress, which the Lord,, the righteous of the sciences will not be too much towards the Judge, shall give me at that day.”

elucidation of the sacred text. Commentaries, Trusting that the study of the Bible may un- too, may be used with advantage, but you must fold to you hidden treasures

see that they are fully borne out before you adopt Believe me,

them as your own opinion. Your's ever affectionately, By this mode of application you will find that

UNDINE. you have gained a more complete knowledge, not

only of the particular section you have studied, MY DEAR MARION

but a clearer idea of its connection with the rest “The Bible is a cabinet of precious of the Sacred Volume, and of its spiritual meanjewels,” and how best to use its valuable contents ing than you did before. By this means another during the New Year, is a theme of no slight advantage will

be obtained- viz., that of novelty.

Unlike other books which lose their freshness importance.

after a few times reading, this book retains its "As from the sweetest flowers the lab'ring bee

life and vigour to the very end. Each page preExtracts her precious sweets-"

sents new charms every time you read it. The 80 may our interchange of thought on this brightest flowers will droop and die, but this “Mirror of ancient faith !" prove to our mutual book, like the evergreen, is always beautiful, and advantage; thus "uniting together profit and may be handed down from sire to son as a predelight."

cious heir-loom, its lustre never dying out. Undoubtedly, by far, one of the best helps to

But to return. In order to render our study of wards the full understanding of the Scriptures, is the Bible complete, there must be meditation. the knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. To be able Reading without this will be useless, as Locke to read the Psalms, the Prophecies of Isaiah, and very truly says— " Reading furnishes the mind other portions of the Old and New Testament in only with materials of knowledge, it is thinking the original tongue, must indeed be a rich treat. makes what we read ours. We are of the ruminatBut this is a privilege enjoyed comparatively by ing kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves few-happy are those who have this advantage with a great load of collections ; unless we chew truly they ought to prize it well.

them over again. they will not give us strength Again, it is the duty of every one to read the and nourishment.” so with the Bible, it is not Bible through once as a matter of history. This enough to read cursorily chapter

after chapter, will make you acquainted with many facts which or cven smaller portions, without meditating. would otherwise escape your attention. This done “Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to you are the better prepared to adopt any course the body, it warms and invigorates.". So with that may be laid before you. And here you have the Holy Scriptures, in the words of the Collect this advantage, you can study it-collectively and for the second Sunday in Advent-we must" read, individually. The various books have as much mark, learn, and inwardly, digest them,” if we an individual cast about them as different treaties, would obtain knowledge and understanding. written on distinct subjects, have; as Dr. Bonar, In conclusion, one other requisite is required, in bis "Desert of Sinai," says—"The Book of that of fervent prayer. Without this you cannot Job is the Book of the Desert, as truly as Ec- expect success to follow. As good Bishop Hopkins clesiastes is the Book of the Palace; Proverbs, says, “Our prayer and God's mercy are like two the Book of the City; Canticles, the Book of the buckets in a well, while one ascends the other Garden; Romans, the Book of the Forum; descends." Pray then that your studies may be Hebrews, the Book of the Altar; and the Apo- blessed, and that you may be able to apply them calypse, the Book of the Temple." And yet they to the good of others; for that, I apprehend, is are so connected that, like an elegant chain, we the chief end of study. As our Divine Master may say that each book is as a beautiful link has said -"Neither do men light a candle and fitting so exquisitely into each other, that you put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;" SO could not take away one without destroying the then, dear Marion, “Let your light so shine beeffect of the whole.

fore men, that they may see your good works and But it is said, "Method gives light;" therefore glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Thus in reading this Holy Book we must “keep one you will find at the close of the year, that consistent plan” in view. The late lamented Dr. not have studied the “Holy Scriptures, which Amold, of Rugby, in secular studies, used to take are able to make you wise unto salvation," in a particular century, such as the 15th, and read vain. With every expression of love, believe me, up on every thing connected with it, so as to be

Very affectionately yours, come thoroughly master of the events, &c., that

L'ECLAIR, occurred during that period. Imitating the ex. ample of the worthy Doctor, I would say, take

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE LETTERany separate section (presuming you have already WRITING COUNCIL.-Letters to a Young Friend read the Bible through), read it carefully, see its ON THE ADVANTAGES OF SIMPLICITY, AND CULconnection with the other portions of the Sacred TIVATING A CONTENTED SPIRIT. Volume. “ Search the Scriptures.”, says our Divine Master (Jno. v. 39). “To the law and to

DECAY, the testimony," says the prophet (Isa. viii. 20). Time's corrosive.--ALPHA. Call in the aid of all the secular learning you are The first grey hair.-NELLIE, possessed of, whether it be Chronology, Geology, The remains of human grandeur.STEPHANIE.

you will

Nature unrobing for her rointer sleep.CHOTIE. The lover's persuasions for his fair one to "The lines and furrows on the once smooth brow,

"name the day."-Fanny. The threads of silver 'mid the sunny hair."


Kind words to an aching heart.-STELLA and The winter of irresolution without a hope of L. W. spring.-W.Y. $.

The bitter experience of life.-EVADNE VIOLA. The shadow o' the grave darkening o'er the A walk before breakfast on a frosty morning loveliest forms o' life.- ELSPIE.

S. D. and NELLIE. The footprints of ruin on the paths of earthly The sustaining power of virtue in adversity.glory.-ALEXANDER.

TIMON. The grave of the passions and cradle of immor

A reproof accompanied by encouragement.tality-PINK

MARGUERITE. Fading flowers, and falling leaves.-J. C. L. The music of a soft answer on the excited brain The two letters moet disliked by the ladies.-G.G. of the passionate.--Rosa F. The fruit of sin,D, M, R.

A summer morning walk to the hill-top. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou re- W.Y.S. turn.-E. 0. 8.

The spring-tide of love and hope bursting on The sweet flowers fading in the wintry blast.- the flowers of the heart.- ALEXANDER SANS CRAINTE.

The smiles o' an approvin' conscience.-ELSPIE. We all do fade as a leaf:-ROSEMARY.

The intrinsic worth of the pleasures of the sea. A canker worm in the tree of life.-H. A. J. side. --J, T. The final scene in life’o stern play.-FANNY.

A girdle of strength for the loins of the mind. The last rose of summer.-Nora.

Lily H. The fate of all created things.-LITTLE-GIGGIE.

An opera ticket to a young lady "tired to The grass withereth, the flower fadeth.-AGNESE death."--G. G. and J. E.

The formation of the Rifle Corps to England.An icicle exposed to the sun's rays.-Iago.

AMELIA. A merciless enemy, who commits dark ravages

Hope to the disappointed lover.-A. L. o'er earth's fair surface.-LILIL DAISIE.

Merited praise to a diffident performer.The enemy of beauty.--ALIDA.


That which follows a doctor's visit.-ALPHA. INSIDIOUS.

The breath of Heaven to the freed captive, If you love me and don't like to say 80, squeeze

NOEA. my hand.STELLA.

A safe tonic to the stomach The smile of a flirt.-S. D.

Will the bitter cup impart, A fox guarding the hen-roost.- ALPHA

But you'll agree a Kiss to be

The tonic for the heart.-JOKESPEAR. The serpent tongue that tempted Eve ---NELLIE. A snake in the grass.-- STEPHANIE and A. L.

The magic wand that turns weakness into Only this once.'-CHOTIE.

strength.-J. E. The worm 'i the bud.-DAISY H.

The purest tonic to the mind'is

prayer, The süre advance of death's consumptive dart.

And to the body, God's free gift, pure air. - EXCELSIOR and LILY H.

VENETIA. The spider entangling the fly in his web J. C. L. and LILY H.


The advances of the spendthrift nephew to the rich uncle on the verge of the grave.-EMILY C. Thc mirage of the desert:-D. M. R.

ENIGMAS, CHARADES, &c. A wolf in sheep's clothing.-AMY.

The thousand gentle ways with which love takes the heart captive.-PINK.

1.-HISTORICAL ENIGMA. The footsteps of spring amidst the slow-dis-a. First name the cinque port that is nearest to solving snows of winter.-J. T.

France, The golden spells in which innocence and virtue Where the despot of Paris would like to adentwine themsels round the heart.- ELSPIE.

vance; The lull of conscience.-W. C.

But he fears with the billows of Neptune to The suggestions which the mirror offers to the strive beautiful MARY D.

Well knowing he never should get back alive; A bad man's policy.-J. C. D.

6. Now' an island, wherein the same shire you The eage cat watching for a ouse.

will finds BERTHA S.

A university large, for great learning design'd, “Ye shall not surely die."-ROSEMARY.

The island the prayers of a bishop can claim, The allurements of vice.-L. W.

c. And the college boasts proudly of William Pitt's The fox praising the plumage of the crow. name; AGNESE.

d. Then a college in Bucks, founded long time ago, Looks of a captivated admirer.-J. R.

By Henry the Sixth, as the records will show Paying great attention to a rich relation whom e. Now the birthplace of Henry the Fifth yon you dislike. - ALINE.

may tell, The artful dodger.-M. A. and S.

Who, tho' wild as a prince, as a king gover'd The footsteps of loveVENETIA.


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