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certain hings to be executed.

** This is my time," said I ; and therefore WTES I let school my hua writing F23 i at once sat down, and wrote him an answer em wire than that a mis socibogs: in my best style, imitating his own handand the first thiaz that was given me te writing as closely as possible. expy was so barış written that na person When he returned home, Mr. Matthews emaid read it, and I was equairy puzzled for that was the name of my master) sent mgart. My master, for I was jast up- for me, and smi.ing blandly, said, “William, prenticed, told me nefer to write anything who wrote this answer from you?" mre, until it was properly written ; and - Vrself, Sir," I replied with pride, and atted, by way o' a congratia, that had a great feeling of triumph, not think I should ever be worth my salt. Emph! It is very well written, but the

Pusman! he is dead now; but the re- spelling is abominable." membrance of his many good qualities will Here wis 3 plain fact that fell like : long be tresejred up by others as well as sledge-hammer upon my pride, and at once my af But to come to the point. He dashed it into a thousand atoms. What wrote what is called an excellent, legible wis to be done? I could never work again hand, maarked by certain peculiarities; but the same as at my writing ; that was imthen, who is faultless

possible; nay, more, I would not,—that I * You will never be worth your salt,' would not. ranz in my eary by day, and disturbed my ** You will never be worth your salt," dreams by night, and yet I could not write rang in my ears again. My resolution was any better. How could it be expected, formed at once; and two hours afterwards

, when no effort had been made :

if any person had peeped into my room, I have said that my master wrote legibly they would have found me hard at work and well; and it occurred to me one day, learning to spell the first twenty words in that by copying his handwriting several “ Maunder's Treasury of Knowledge.” hours every day, my own would improve. I Day after day, week after week, and had tried all kinds of copy books, but with month after month, I laboured in secret and out success, and my forlorn hope was to with satisfaction to myself; for my master his style of writing. With this re- were progressing favourably, and I had solve, a stock of quill pens, the copy, and worked through Maunder three times. several sheets of paper, I sat down in my “ Once more will do," said I, and comown room, after locking the door, to accom- menced the task for the fourth time. plish the task. For six hours my hand One morning, soon after breakfast

, Mr. was solely employed in scribbling upon the Matthews sent for me to his study, and

, paper, and dipping the pen in the ink; and after telling me to shut the door and be at the end of that time my style had cer- seated, said, “ William, I have often tainly improved, for the writing was legible. thought about the improvement in your

You will never be worth your salt,” writing; who instructed you." still rang in my ears; but now it was not “Not any person, Sir.” so frequently repeated as before. Hope “Then how did you learn, if you had not stimulated me; and in the evening, when


instructors” all the family had retired to rest, I once By copying your handwriting, and more sat down to the task of improving my practising thus (see engraving) upon sheets writing. Hour after hour passed away, and of paper; sometimes making the figure from still my hand was busily employed in right to left, and at other times from left to tracing the same words upon sheet after right.” sheet of paper. The hour of two struck by " What was your object in making such the clock of old Lambeth Church, and re- figures?" minded me that it was time my caligraphic To make my letters rounder and more exercises had ceased.

legible, give greater freedom to my writing, Day after day, and week after week, did and facility in the use of the

pen. I die I labour at the 'self-imposed task, until,

at covered this method one day while attempt the end of three months, my handwriting ing to form an o quickly; and it then was nearly equal to that of my master. occurred to me, that by practising my


steel pens."

as in this manner, I should overcome the

PITY THE POOR DRESSMAKERS. 1 cramped style of writing so prevalent with 21 schoolboys.*

THAT the dressmakers in general are to be pitied there can be no doubt; but there is an old saying, that a little help is worth a world of pity; and, perfectly agreeing with this adage, we will offer a few remarks on one or two of the common errors which women have for years practised-not with an unkind intention, but simply from want of knowing better.

It is an every-day practice with the majority of women, young or old, to ask questions of a dressmaker that it is impossible to answer. If a dressmaker is requested to make a gown, jacket, cloak, apron, or any other article that comes

within women's ideas of what a dressmaker “What pens did you use ?”.

should or ought to know, the first question “Always quill pens; for I believe that the lady asks is how much material is my bad writing was owing to the use of required to make this or that article, what

ever it may be. I do not think one lady in "Ah! I wish that every person would how difficult it is to answer this question.

a thousand can by any possibility imagine only follow your example, William; what All who ask it should be able to state how a saving of time, money, and even life there would be ! for bad writing is a disgrace to many inches wide the material is, if there any properly educated person; bad spelling

is a right side and a wrong to the material, is even more pardonable than bad writing.”

or an up and down to be studied in the “Indeed! Sir; I always thought that the figured patterns cuts to great disadvantage,

cutting out. Any gown-piece with large latter was held in greater contempt than There are several things to be considered the former !”

before an honest answer can be given to "It is, generally, I admit; bad spelling that very common inquiry, , “How much at once betrays that the person is not well educated, even if the writing is good; but must I buy for a gown or cloak?” Some I have generally observed that bad writing it is a merino or a sisk, that the dressmaker

think if they merely mention that is frequently used to cover bad spelling.” "Yes, Sir; but now I can spell properly, But this is a great mistake; the dressmaker

surely knows the width of merino or silk. for I have laboured night and day very does not know the width of either, unless studiously. "Then you are a prodigy, a very model to pay; and even then she can only give a

she be told the price which the lady is going of perseverance,” said Mr. Matthews, “and the fruit of your labour is your reward.”

guess. The better the quality, and higher “Yes, Sir, and I shall always thank you greater will be the width. A right and

the price of the merino, cloth, or silk, the for making me persevere in the task.” “Me?”

wrong side has a deal to do with the cutting “Yes, Sir; for I am certain that it would out. How often the remark is made, “I do never have been undertaken if your remark If a dressmaker asks for too little she spoils

not think all my material is in my gown!" had not always been ringing in my ears.

the dress; and the owner of a dress would What remark was that, William ?” "YOU WILL NEVER BE WORTH YOUR

feel quite offended should she in any way SALT."

be required to give her opinion respecting

width, &c. The answer very often would * Several persons have improved their handwriting be, "I really, Miss Brown, do not underby adopting this plan, and

we are confident that any person who will persevere will be able to write a good

stand measures; I thought you knew all legible style by pursuing it. It is worth trying. about your business.' However strange it

may appear, it is certain that every woman

who wishes to be well dressed and well The best way to get help in this world is to fitted must help the dressmaker with regard help yourself. Show that you need aid, and all turn a cold shoulder; but prove that you can do

to taste, and the style that is most becoming; without folks, and they will beg to give you a Every new style of fashion will not suit

every figure, any more than every colour


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will suit every face. A great many persons him. The Ameer himself had a most be: within my own experience wish to be well tiful eye and pleasant countenance, s dressed, and to have everything put on to both he and all the other chiefs had a gara suit them; and yet they trust the making in their mouths, and were smoking. lii of their gowns to the first inexperienced other side were the Moollahs sitting; and young woman who will undertake to make the midst of them was a dervish of highthem at a small charge. It requires a clever pute, whose name was Hadjee Muhan. woman of some experience to make a lady's Jawad. Wolff was at this time in his dress with taste and judgment.

Persian dress, and carried a Bible under la One more hint before we conclude. When arm, as was his universal custom in trata you are having your body fitted on, do not ling. The Ameer first opened his mori

. talk to the dressmaker about the sleeves or and asked Wolff, “Where do you can skirt, but let her mind be fully employed from?”—Wolff said, "I come from Engle on what she is doing; by endeavouring to and am going to Bokhara.

- What do ta attend to what you are saying, it causes her intend to do in Bokhara ?” asked the Ame too frequently to make mistakes in the --Wolff replied, “I, having been a la fitting. "Wait till she has done fitting you, visit that nation all over the world, a and then talk to her about the other part of wish to go to Bokhara, in order to * your dress, for it is impossible to well under- whether the Jews there are of the ten tritic stand two things at the same moment. of Israel, and to speak to them about Jess:

Let us now hope, that as women them- All in the room exclaimed, “This selves will be greatly benefited by attend- must be devil-possessed !” ing to the suggestions here given, they will After this and various other interrup in other respects assist the poor dressmaker, tions, he was enabled to start once more. whose mind and body are too frequently but only to fall among thieves, to be stripe oppressed by late hours and close confine- from head to foot, fastened to a horse's ta. ment, to say nothing of the long walks, in and driven in front of his captors, who ir all weathers, which many persons oblige cessantly whipped him as he went. Chainei them to take for a trilling alteration. in a dungeon to a gang of fifty prisonen,

he was not released until the Khan hal DR. WOLFF'S ADVENTURES.

interfered. After which, visiting that his

potentate, he saw hundreds of men 2 THE “Travels and Adventures of Dr. women with their eyes cut out and then Wolff” states that

the Doctor, when on the noses and ears amputated. Upon the think road from Burchund to Herat, walked the stood a great prince in that land, who hi

. whole distance being forty miles; and just killed with his own fist his father, mother, as night had set in two hörsemen came up brother, sister, and son-in-law,

16 and behind him. They were of that mighty awful was his bodily strength, that he and brave race, the Pooluj, the bravest would sometimes take hold of a people of Central Asia, who were after- and tear his skull in two." He said to Dr. wards entirely defeated and subdued by Wolff, "For my part, I have no religion General Sir Charles Napier. When these I have already passed this world, and the two Pooluj came behind Wolff, they said, other world. I have got, however, or “We are sent by Ameer Assaad-Oollah-Beyk good quality, and that is, I am a man to bring you back, because you are a spy justice: I love strict justice ; and, theref.re from Abbas Mirza." Wolff had no resource, tell me the truth, and you shall see me but was forced to walk back to Burchund, justice. How much money have the a journey which he accomplished in three rascals taken from you ?"_Wolff said

, days, and then he was brought to the old * They have taken from me eighty castle, which was the residence of the mauns." —He repeated, “Eighty tomauns Ameer. Those castles are called, in the Per- Wolff replied, “Yes." —He then sail sian, ark, from which our English and Ger- “Now thou shalt see my justice.” Sobe 113 man word “ark” is derived, and it means instantly ordered Hassan Khan Coord, and

a fortress." Here Wolff was dragged all his followers, to be dreadfully flogget into a large dark room by the Ameer's sol- He extorted from them every farthing diers, in a rude disrespectful way. Each of and, after he had got back Wolff's money

it, hand, with a burning, smoking torch upon see my justice ;” and, putting the money it, which spread a sulphurous odour through into his own pocket, without giving Wolff:

On one side of the room sat the single penny, he added, “ Now you may go Ameer, with the chiefs of the desert around ! in peace.”


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THE COMMON SEAL.-(See p. 170.) act the imagination, but the interest shoulder-blade, arm, a two-boned fore-arm, and aching to the living creatures that float five parted fingers." those world-encircling waters, that dwell Surely this strong resemblance, together those awful depths, that haunt those with the mildness of the Cetacean natures, erminable winding shores, is of a prac- appeal strongly to us against unnecessary al as well as of an imaginative nature; cruelty, such as unthinking uninformed are there not fish enough in the sea to men have been in the habit of practising d the whole human race, if that race against them. Wholesale destruction of re reduced to feed on fish only? Are the mammalia of the northern seas has been ere not secrets of science yet to be learned for many years rapidly thinning their numm the denizens of the saline deep? Where bers, and extinguishing some of their most the ship that can travel through the water interesting varieties.

h the speed of a salmon or a tunny? t has been calculated that the former, in

RECENT EXTINCTION OF THE RHYTINA. hour, covers a span of 86,000 feet; a “The remarkable 'Borkenthier,' or Bark-Beast, ed which would enable it to make a cir- which the renowned and unfortunate Steller first t of the globe in a few weeks, if it thought discovered and described in Behring's Island in to rival a Cook or a Magelhaens.” 1741, seems to have been entirely erased from the Fome of our readers may not as yet have list of living creatures. This sea-monster, which on tempted to dip into this line of study; eight thousand pounds, had a black skin an inch

thick, which resembled the warty cracked bark of Life in the Sea; or, the Nature and Habits of an old oak, scarcely penetrable with an axe, and, ne Animals. Written and Compiled by Lascellas when cut through, was exactly like ebony in xall. Price 3s. 6d. London: Houlston and Wright, aternoster-row.

polish and colour, In lieu of teeth, it had, at

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SKELETON OF A TURTLE, -(See p. 171.) La. Shoulder-blade. 6. Collar-bone. c. Fore-arm. d. Humerus. e. Dorsal Vertebræ. f. Ribs.

g. Bones of the Pelvis. h. Tibia. i. Thigh-bone. top and bottom, two long quadrangular masti- harpoons; or he waits till the animal comes up cating plates, six inches in length and three in to breathe at an air-hole in the ice, and transfixes it breadth, between which it rubbed the sea-weed, with his spear. At times, too, he tries to entrap its ordinary food. The Russians kept up such an the sea.calves sunning themselves on the beach, incessant chase of the defenceless Rhytina, that by approaching them stealthily from the sea, and in 1768, according to Sauer's report, the last making a rush at them. Now and then he has specimen was killed in Behring's Island. It bas recourse to stratagem, wraps himself in a seal. never been found again, despite of repeated re- skin, and imitating, with all the cleverness of a searches and inquiries. History records no other savage, the head-shaking and clumsy movements instance of an animal so lately known, and so of the sea-calf, he creeps among his unsuspecting early destroyed. A single masticating plate, and victims." a portion of the skull, now in the St. Petersburg Museum, are the only relics of this once so nume

The sea-birds take rank next after the rous family.

mammalia of the great deep, and the chief Much has recently been written in popu- inmortalized by Coleridge in his ballad of

of them all we take to be that noble bird lar periodicals on whales and whale-hunting; the Ancient Mariner” (would that, for the but the seals and walruses of the aretie regions are no less eagerly pursued. To the

sake of its moral, it were taught to every Greenlanders these two last are as valuable man, woman, and child in Christendom). as the reindeer to the Lapps, or the camel

THE ALBATROSS. to the Bedouins."

“The albatross is the real king of the water, the “At times, he may be seen watching in bis boat, picture of a hero, who, beneath the most violent for hours, amid the frost and fog, till a seal storms of evil fortune, preserves the ur varying appears on the top of the water, which he at once! equanimity of a brave heart. Proudly and nobly

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