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HOWARD'S SINGULAR HABITS.—Howard, the philanthropist, was singular in many of his habits of life; for instance, he preferred damp sheets, linen, and clothes, to dry ones, and, both riding and going to bed, swathed himself with coarse towels dipped in the coldest water be could get. In that state he remained half an hour, and then threw them off, refreshed and invigorated, as he said, beyond mea- sure. He never put on a greatcoat in the coldest countries, nor had been a minute under or over the time of an appointment, so far as ife de- pended on himself, for six-and-twenty years. He never continued at a place, or with a person, a single day beyond the period prefixed for going, in his whole life and he had not, for the last sixteen years of his existence, ate any fish, flesh, or fowl, nor sat down to bis simple fare of tea, milk, and rusks all that time. His journeys were continued from prison to prison, from one group of wretched beings to another, night and day; and where he could not go with a car- riage, he would ride, and where that was hazardous, he would walk. Such a thing as obstruction was out of the question. SHOPPING.—The Des Moines (Iowa) Register says: "A small, dapper, bilious-looking man rushed into a wholesale book-store on Court-avenue, and asked one of the clerks if they had a book entitled Reveries of a Bachelor.' The clerk, who was very obliging, began to look for the desired article, but could not find it. Then he went down in the base- ment—the bilious-looking man following him—and dove' down to the bottom of several boxes of books that had been laid by for want of a demand for them, scoured the shelves, searched the drawers, but found it not. Then he went up to the second floor and resumed his search among more old books, unpacking several boxes and overturning a large quantity of goods. He was about to give up the search, and he told the man that he didn't believe the book was in the store. But the man said he wished he would find it if possible; so the clerk went up into the third story, and prowled around again for half an-hour, and finally fished it up out of the dust in a little box away off in one corner of the top row of shelves, after a search of over an hour. He brushed the dust from the cover, and said, Yes, here it is you can have it for SI 25c.' Oh, I don't want to buy it,' said the bilious-looking man. Don't want to buy it ?' said the clerk; 'why didn't you say so an hour ago ? Why did you make me search so long for an article you don't want to bny ? My time is valuable, and my employer expects me to put it to profitable use.' I Well, you see,' quietly remarked the man, I made a bet with Jeff Orandall. He said I couldn't find the book in Des Moines, and I bet him S5 I could, and I have won the bet. That's all. Sorry to trouble you so much.' And the man wended his way down- stairs anin." I WHAT is TEMPERANCE P-The Lancet, discus- sing "The Drink Question," gives the following formal Judgment: 11 Alcohol in any shape or form should never be taken except at meals, and, we believe, pre- ferably at only one meal in the day. The habit of drinking in the forenoon is pernicious in the extreme, and in our opinion wine or beer is best avoided at luncheon. In quality there are two things to be con- sidered, combination and dilution of the alcohol, and digestibility of the liquor. That natural light wines and light ales are better, when they do not disturb digestion by their other ingredients, than alcohol every one will admit, and, where these dMagreb, re- course must be had to stronger liquor diluted. In the opinion of many foreign authorities much of the evil of drinking in England is due to the fiery and and potent nature of our habitual drinks. As to quantity, it is far more difficult to lay down any rule, for that which may be taken with bene- fit by one person, or at one time, may injure at another. The quantity which is usually taken at a dinner party would, if taken habitually, be undoubted excess. For youag and active men a glass of beer, or one or two gJnas* of claret at dinner is, we believe, an ample suppi y while men of middle age may with advan- tage atop at the third g'ass of claret, sherry, or port, and fear no ill result. But beyond such general lnjui ions the infinite variety of constitution, habit, and digestion would make any detailed prescription worthless. The ultimate test in every case must be experience, and until men have enough moral control and discretion to limit their drinking to that which they absolutely require, all direction and rebuke will be thrown away. THE address in answer to the Speech from I the Throne win be moved in the House of Commons hythe Hon. Wilbraham Egrerton, M.P. for Mid-Che- seconded by Mr. Kobert Tennant, M.P. for '•us. PN^TMAS CARDS.—There is no doubt that w of sending Cbri«taia8 cards is getting for ever? more^nto favour throughout the country, of crl7.lS! • 8™ia the number j J the twenty-fo^ -Manchester, for instance, during J Christmas s5x o'clock on the ordina v corrSSJ,75'0*-0 ^elusive of ] through the Post Office, ^ce> of f ,5$^ t last Christmas, when ^°mpared with 162.0°0 z letters were posted extended t r -IS I doubt the postmen look upon this r.S f f °?5' ut their patience is tried eomewi.„i. lowed *"ear in mind how soon Christmas Day is f<F I bo7lLV0xins:^y> tho ^nrity of W | I it almost a matter of duty to 'VQvaeta^t» tl • si



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