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JACK'S MOTHER-IN-LAW.

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TEA AND SHBEMPS AT GREENWICH.—It is re- marked by more than one writer, that Greenwich is about the last place where the practice of touting for customers is kept up at the doors of small coffee. houses but, perhaps, the well-known cry of the butchers in the lesser streets on Saturday evenings, Oome, buy! buy! what will you buy ? may be re- garded as the last remnant of a custom once nearly universal. Here you cannot walk along the streets which lie between the town and the park with- but being solicited by ten or a dceen rival houses to step in and regale yourself. If you take every card that is offered you, you will have a good store in your pocket on returning home at night. Tea, eightpenoe, with a pleasant view of the river." "Tea made, with Shrimps, ninepence," and so forth. The inhabitants of Greenwich would seem to be the moat accommo- dating and hospitable people in the world. You can walk straight into almost every other house along the route and order tea, and can depart again only a few pence the poorer. Numbers of cockneys, however, come to the park already well provided and you may see pater and mateifamilias and half a dozen of their hopeful progeny all munching bread-and-butter, and drinking cold tea, in one group beneath the chest- nute.- Old and New London. THE PERIWINKLE.—The periwinkle is very commonly met with in woods and hedgerows, and when found at all, is generally in great profusion; and we can readily call to mind an embankment not half a mile from where we are now writing where a space some ten <:r twelve yards long and five or six yards broad seems to be the exclusive property of this striking plant, its hundreds of expanded blossoms making quite a grand display in the spring and early summer. The plant is a perennial on-, and retains its leaves throughout the winter hence, if a locality for it be once known, it may at any time be discovered. The leaves are sometimes met with having streaks of lighter green upon the dark rich colour that is characteristic of the foliage. Such varieties are, however, accidental, and comparatively rare. The plant seldom, if ever, ripens its seed-a fact that the opponents of its claim to be indigenous point to in confirmation of their opinion and, as in other and more southern countries it does oo, they have so far a point in their favour, though the fact is by no means a conclusive one. The plant propagates itself by its long trailing and rooting stems, and by their means not only extends itself rapidly in every direction, but manages to gain an almost exclusive possession of the soil, since little or nothing else can maintain its ground against the denso mass of matted stems that deprive all weaker plants of light and air. The leaves, as will be noticed in our plate, are always placed in pairs upon the stem, while the flowers grow singly from their axils, The calyx is deeply out.-Familar Wild Flowers.

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