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VARIETIES. I whatever Midaa touched was turned into gold. In these days, touch a man with gold, and he'll turn into anything. Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands; in unskilful, the most mischievous. If we took as much pains to be what we ought, as we do to disguise what wo are, we might appear like ourselves, without being at the trouble of any disguise at all. VICK8 BEATTTY SPOTS.—-Some Women are apt to think that certain vices in a young man, like moles on a fair skin, are beauty spots; but they soon find out their mistake if they marry one of them. WisDOM IS DimDEXT.—Whoever is wise, is apt to Buspect and be diffident of himself, and upon that account is willing to "hearken unto counsel;" whereas the foolish man, being in proportion to his folly full of himself, and swallowed up in conceit, will seldom take any counsel but his own, and for that very reason, because it is his own. Russian women go out of doors with their children, but seldom with their husbands; and a man is not expected to take notice of another man's wife by bowing to her if she passes him in the streets. One of the sights which surprises a Russian of the mid- land cities most when he goes to St. Petersburg, Moscow, or Odessa is to notice the promiscuous flow of both sexes in the streets and in places of amusement. THE PRESIDENT'S DAY.-The following is the regular programme for the day with President M'Mahon:—He rises at six o'clock, and rings for Francois, his old African valet. Francois brings him a cup of coffee. After the president shaves himself and dresses, he goes to his study and works until half- past eleven, except on days when there is a minis- terial council. At half-past eleven he takes a light breakfast with his family, with whom he afterwards spends a few moments, and then returns to his study for another hour's woi-k. At three o'clock he receives the functionaries who wish to consult him. After- wards, if possible, he takes a ride on horseback, or goes on a hunt. At half-past five he returns and reads the newspaper. Then comes dinner with his family, and sometimes a few friends join him. Official dinners and receptions are given once a week. ORIENTAL WIT.-A young man, going a journey, entrusted a hundred deenars to an old man; when he came back, the old man denied having any money de- posited with him, and he was had up before the Kazee. "Where were you, young man, when you delivered this money?" "Under a tree." "Take ¡ my seal and summon that tree," said the Judge. Go, young man, and tell the tree to come hither, and the tree will obey when you show it my seal." The young man went in wonder. After he had been gone some time, the Kazee said to the old man, He is long—do you think he has got there yet?" "No," said the old man; "it is at some distance; he has not got there yet." "How knowest thou, old I man," cried the Kazee, "where that tree is, a ? i The young man returned, and said the tree would! not come. He has been here, young man, and given his evidence—the money is thine. "Yoble's Orientalist. FEMALE AUTHORS.—A far different person from Lady Morgan is Mrs. Shelley. I passed an evening Lady Morgan is Mrs. Shelley. I passed an evening with her recently. She is sensible, agreeable, and clever. There were Italians and French at her house, I and she entertained us all in our respective languages. She seemed to speak both French and Italian quite j gracefully. You have doubtless read some of Mrs. I Marcet's productions. I have met her repeatedly, and received from her several kind attentions. She is the I most ladylike and motherly of all the tribe of autho- resses that I have met. Mrs. Austin I have seen frequently, and recently passed an evening at her house. She is a fine person-tall, well-filled, with a I bright countenance slightly inclined to be red. She has two daughters who have just entered society. She is engaged in translating the "History of the j Popes," that was reviewed some time ago by Milman in the Quarterly," which she says will be the most important and valuable of the works she has presented to the public.-The Life and Letters of the Hon. Charlet Sumner. FOOTMEN OF GEORGE THE FIRST'S TIMB.-Court, and Parliament being agitated, the lackeys imitated their betters. The footmen, in waiting for their! masters, who were Members of Parliament, had free access to Westminster Hall. For six and thirty years they imitated their masters, by electing a Speaker among themselves, whenever the members made a more exalted choice within their own House. The Whig lackeys were for Mr. Strickland's man. The Tory liveried gentry resolved to elect Sir Thomaa Morgan's fellow. A battle royal ensued in the place of an election. The combatants were hard at it, when the House broke up, and the members wanted their coaches. Wounds were then hastily bandaged, but their pain nursed wrath. On the next night, the hostile parties, duly assembled, attacked each other with fury. The issue was long uncertain, but finally the Tory footmen gained a costly victory, in celebra- tion of which Sir Thomas Morgan's servant, terribly battered, was carried three times triumphantly round the hall. There was no malice. The lackeys clubbed together for drink at a neighbouring alehouse, t where the host gave them a dinner gratis. The dinner was made expressly to create insatiable thirst, and before the banquet came to a close, every man was as drunk as his master.—Dr. Dorant 1.8. A. A CHIP OF THE BLOCK. !—" Train up a child in the way he should go," says a wise writer, and when he is old he will not depart from it." If there is one profession more than another for the trials of which an early application of the above admirable admoni- tion will prove valuable, it is that of music; and anxious parents, eager to give to the world another Beethoven or Mozart, will do well to take heed to Solomon's word, ere they float their offspring upon the fickle sea of the profession. Not the least impor- tant fact he or she should learn is that talent is more or less valuable, and debutants should be able to gauge the true value both of Art and of money. Braliam, was a man who, we should imagine, knew something of the world, and an anecdote told concerning his little boy of five years old shows that somehow or other the had learnt what was worth listening to was also paying for. Here is the tale as told by W. T. Parke in his Musical Memoirs "A gentleman who was in the habit of visiting at Braham's house informed me that he one day asked Braham's little boy to sing a song, which the infant said he would do; if he paid him for it. Well, my little dear,' said the, gentleman, how much do you ask for one ?' 'Sixpence,' replied the child. Oh said the other, ♦can't you sing me one for less?' 'No,' said the, urchin, I can't take less for one, hut I'll sing: you three for a shilling J' "—From Musical JLnecdott*" l by Frederick Crow est. | THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM TELL.-Any one who: wishes to know the results at which researches on this; subject have arrived can easily do so by consulting I the exhaustive work by Professor Rochholz, "Tell und Gessler in Sage und Geschichte," which has been published at Heilbronn. In the historical part oF~his book he gives a full account of the Gessler family, traces the name of Tell through all its forms as a per- sonal or local designation, and discusses all the facts traces the name of Tell through all its forms as a per- sonal or local designation, and discusses all the facts recorded in history which agree with the legendary accounts of the hero and the oppressor. In the other and more generally interesting section he compares the Swiss tale of the patriotic archer's wondrous shot with -the similar legends current elsewhere, and attempts to render manifest the mythological signi- ficance of the whole cycle of stories. And this lie does, not with the wild impulsiveness of so many a reckless exponent of mythologies, but with a moderate enthusiasm ballasted with solid learning and tempered by good sense. Beginning with an account of the popular springtide customs which have preserved the old mythological idea of a conflict between the sun and the frost or the summer ahd the winter, and pro- ceeding to trace the likeness borne by the arrows of the ancient gods and heroes to the rays of the summer sun, he then narrates the various legends existing in different lands about an archer who cleaves an apple placed on some person's head, or performs seme similar act of skill with a bow. Thus we have the Persian story of the king who shoots at and hits an Learning, like money, may be of so base a kind t to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may requjL good management to make it serve the purpose sense or happiness. T Misery assails riches as lightning does the highc towers; or, as a tree that is heavy laden with frui breaks its own boughs, so do riches destroy the virtt of the possessor. PERMANENCE OP KiNDNEsa.—Write your name w 1 kindness, love, and tnercy on the hearts of the peop you come in contact with year by year, and you w. never be forgotten. A MASTER BUILDER.—To be a master builder, Y01 materials must be good, the foundations securely lai) and the superstructure duly proportioned; then tf future will affirm your knowledge to have been accura* and your judgment sound. BALLAST v. CARGo.-Some men seem to think th strengthen the barrier against unbelief by increasii the number of things they believe. They tui Romanists out of fear of infidelity, as if a man shoui think that by filling the bottom of his boat wit stones, he keeps the sea farther from him. Ballast good, but it is most profitable when made up of soul cargo.—Dr. J. Ker. in "Sunday Ataqazitie."