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"I LOVED ONCE."

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VARIETIES. ChroM.—He who gives a trifle meanly is meaner than the trifle. CHARACTER.—Never does a man pourtray his own character more vividly than in his manner of pour- traying that of another. VICE.—Deceit is the false road to happiness; and all the joys we travel through to vice, like fairy ban- quets, vanish when we touch them. THE THREE SIEVES.—Before we allow ourselves to find fault with any person behind his back, we should ask ourselves three questions:—1. Is it true ? 2. Is it kind ? 3. Is it necessary ? FORTUNE.—There is no fortune so good but that it may be reversed, and none so bad but it may be bettered. The sun that rises in clouds may set in splendour, and that which rises in splendour may set in gloom. Many parents allow themselves to be dishonoured by economising in their own dress so as to dress their children richly; and their children, taking it all as a matter of course, find it comfortable to believe that their parents have no taste and no desire to look any- thing but shabby." MANNERS.—It is easier to polish the manners than to reform the heart, to disguise a fault than to conquer it. He who can venture to appear as he is, must be what he ought to be—a difficult and arduous task, which often requires the sacrifice of many a daring inclination and the exertion of many a painful effort. The sudden introduction and increase of garden vegetables in England about the time of Elizabeth did for leprosy, till then a never-ceasing plague, what medical art could never accomplish; it was banished by their providing the means of healthy blood. Pre- viously the food gave to the blood an excess of phos- phates and caused a nearly total absence of alkalies, so that its quality was depraved and its functions were destroyed. ORIGIN OF WORDs.-The word congruity has a singular origin. It means, of course, coming well together." It is compounded of con, together, and gruts, a crane; cranes being remarkable for their regularity and uniformity, when flocking together for the purpose 'of migration. This is the true etymology of the word congruity. Suffrage is a remarkable work. It springs originally from the Latin mffrago, which signifies the joint of a beast's leg." It may well be asked what earthly connec- tion has the leg of a horse, a cow, or a pig, or any other animal, with a man's vote? Why, the camel bends its suffrage, or knee-joint, to permit its rider to mount; and, figuratively speaking, a mounting spirit receives a similar favour from those who held him on his course by their votes. From the resemblance of the camel's condition to that of a supporting elector, his vote is called his suffrage, through the imaginative genius of some' word-coiner. VICTOIl-EMANUEL.-The late King of Italy is saidi to have made one pun in his life, and this was in the heat of battle. During the campaign of 1859, against the Austrians, he led an attack on an Austrian posi- tion at San Martino. Addressing his soldiers, he cried' out in stentorian tones, "Comrades, we must either take San Martino or make San Martino! — to make San Martino being an Italian equivalent for what used to be called long ago in England shooting, the moon," in other words, decamping from one's lodgings. It was in [this campaign, at the battle of Palestro, that Victor-Emanuel, then King of Sardinia, received the rare honour of being created by a French Zouave regiment Corporal of Zouaves on the battle- d Zouave regiment Corporal of Zouaves on the battle- field. This is an honour seldom conceded by French soldiers, and only where it has been earned by an ex- traordinary display of courage. It was enjoyed before by two great commanders—Marlborough, known as "Corooral John," and Napoleon, similiarly termed "Le Petit Caporal." ANECDOTES OF TURNER.—Turner, once visiting a. friend at Knockholt, had brought a drawing with him of which the distance was already carefully outlined, but there was no material for the nearer parts. One morning, when about to proceed with this drawing, he called in the three children of his host as colla- borateurs for the rest, in the following manner. He rubbed three cakes of water-colour—red, blue, and yellow—in three separate saucers, gave one to each child, and told the children to dabble in the saucers and then play together with their coloured fingers on his paper. These directions were gleefully obeyed, as the reader may well imagine. Turner watched the work of the thirty little fingers with serious attention, and after the dabbling had gone on for some time, suddenly called out" Stop!" He then took the draw ing into his own hands, added imaginary landscape forms, suggested by the accidental colouring, and the work was finished. On another occasion, after dinner, he amused himself in arranging some many-coloured sugar-plums on a dessert-plate, and when disturbed in the operation by a question, said to the questioner, "There! you have made me lose fifty guineas AN INDIAN BELLE.—Cha-cha was about twenty-two years of age, and possibly 11 stone in weight. But it was difficult to estimate what she did weigh, since, though light in the waist, and quite small -in the joints, her limbs were very full and well rounded. She had elegantly-sloped shoulders, and a wide, full, deep, well-muscled chest-a chest like an athlete's. As she stood on the edge of the river's bank, some fifteen feet above the water, taking a deep breath preparatory to a header, with her long black hair hanging down her back nearly to the ground, with a look of free fearlessness on her face, with the bright sun shining on her skin and making it look like copper-coloured satin-bringing a warm roseate under- glow through its clear texture, and revealing its soft shadow-tints of bronze—she seemed an impersonation of combined strength, grace, and beauty. She em- bodied a full, complete, and most convincing discourse on the divinity of the human form. Surely, if there are "sermons in stone," she was one in flesh and blood. She was at once a realization of grace in form and beauty in colour, biyond anything I have seen in marble or on canvas, or, before then, was able to have imagined. — Reminiscences of Wild Sports, Personal Adventures, and Strange Scenes. CHEAP WIVES.-In "Holmes' American Annals" we find the following curious information of the way wives were procured in Virginia 260 years ago. In 1618 Governor of Argall, of Virginia, ordered that to- bacco should be a legal tender at three shillings a pound, and, referring to the passage from Europe, says :—" The enterprising colonists being destitute of families, Sir Edward Sandys, the treasurer, proposed to the Virginia Company to send over a freight of young women, to become wives for the farmers. The proposition was applauded, and ninety girls, young and incorrupt, were sent over in the ship which arrived this year, 1620, and the year following, sixty addi- tional, and well recommended to the Company for their virtues, education, and demeanour. The price of a wife at first was 100 pounds of tobacco, but as the number became scarce the price was increased to 150 pounds, the value of which in money was three shil- lings a pound; this debt for wives, it was ordered, should have precedence on all other debts, and be first recoverable. Rev. Mr. Wains, a Virginia writer, in- timates that it would have done one's heart good to see the gallant young Virginians hastening to the water-side whenever a ship arrived frdtn London, each carrying a bundle of tobacco under his arm, and taking back a young wife." THE DREAD OF SMALL-Pox.—When Dr. Thomas, afterwards Bishop of Salisbury, was chaplain to the British factory at Hamburgh, a gentleman belonging to the factory died at a village about ten miles dis- tant. Application was made to the clergyman of the parish for leave to bury him in the churchyard. The parson inquired of what religion he was, and was told that he had died a Calvinist. Then," said he, "he cannot be buried here; there are none but Lutherans in my churchyard, and there shall be no other." On this being told to Dr. Thomas, he immediately took his horse, and went to argue the matter with the parson, but found him inflexible. At length the doctor gained, by ridicule, what he had failed to accomplish by the force of reason. You remind me," says the doctor to the intolerant priest, "of a circumstance which once happened to myself when I was curate of a church in Thames-street. I was burying a corpse, when a woman came and pulled me by the sleeve in the middle of the service. Sir, sir, I want to speak to you." "Pr'ythee," says I, "wait till I have done "No, sir, I must speak to you immediately!" 11 Why, then, what is the matter Why, sir," says she," you are burying a man who died of the small-pox next my poor husband, who never had it. This story had the desired effect; and the curate per- mitted the bones Of the poor Calvinist to be laid m a Lutheran churchyard. OLD JOHN FOXE.—Being once asked at a friend s table what dish he desired to begin with, he answered the last—which word was pleasantly taken as if he had meant some choicer dish, such as are usually brought for the second course; whereas he rather signified the desire he had to see dinner ended, that he might depart home. Going abroad by chance, he met a woman that he knew, who, pulling a book from under her arm, and saying, See you not that I am going to a sermon?" Master Foxe replied, "But if you will be ruled by me, go home rather for to-day; you will do little good at church." And when she asked, At what time he would counsel her to go ? Then," answered he, "when you tell nobody be- forehand." It happened at his own table that a gentleman there spoke somewhat too freelv against the Earl of Leicester, which, when Master Foxe heard it, he commanded a bowl filled with wine to be brought in, which being done, "This bowl," quoth he, "was given me by the Earl of Leicester;" so stopping the gentleman in his intemperate speeches without reprehending him. A young man, a little too forward, had, in presence of many, said that he could conceive no reason, in the reading of the old authors, why men should so greatly admire them." "No marvel indeed," quoth Master Foxe, for if you could conceive, you would then admire them yourself." Never attempt to do anything that is not right. Just as sure as you do, you will get into trouble. If you ever suspect that anything is wrong, do it not until you are sure that your suspicions are groundless. ON "THE Go." -The Queen's Head, in Duke-stret, London, was long known among its frequenters as "The Go." The fashion of the house, says the old chronicler, was to order spirits in a pewter quartern measure, which the drinker mixed with water accord- ing to his taste. It was frequently Sie fashion to say, aS'ow, I'll have another quartern, and go." In pro- cess of time the order was cut down to the last word, Waiter, bring me a go," and from that house and that mode of expression the word extended probably over the whole kingdom as synonymous with a quar- tern of spirits. A LISTENER'S FEATURES.—But it cannot be too forcibly impressed upon the incipient listener that the expression of the features is of far greater importance than words. As to the eyes, they cannot, without embarrassment, be fixed constantly on the speaker; so they should be cast down and raised from time to time according to taste; if they are fixed on a distant object, it gives the listener an appearance of saying to himself I am off as soon as this is over." A wander- ing eye is the worst of all, as it expresses a kind of despairing weariness; yet there are times when the most experienced listener cannot help his eye wander- ing; and there are talkers, who are callous to this Pe any other sign of being bored, in whose very faces ytní may yawn without stopping them. By the bye it is said that we are deaf while yawning: what an irre- sistible inducement to indulge in it!—Argosy, POULTRY AND EGGS.—The information given re- cently by Mr. George Manning before the Food Com- mittee of the Society of Arts concerning poultry cul- ture shows that as a flesh-forming food poultry meat is more nutritious than beef, but that it is less fatten- ing. In a letter from Mr. Mechi, read at the same time, it was stated that it costs no more to raise a pound of poultry than a pound of meat, and that, even at the present extravagant prices, there is an abundant demand. Mr. Mechi also said that his poul- try, about 300 birds, have free access to his cornfields at almost every period of the year. Mr. Manning gave the Custom-house returns for 1866, as those for 1867 are not yet made up, by which it appears that 438,878,880 eggs were imported, at an estimated value of £ 1,188,630. The value of poultry imported during the same year was £ 174,971. From this and from the fact that our own eggs maintained invariably higher prices, usually an excess of Is. per 120, he inferred that there is a demand unsatisfied, and a profitable source of food neglected. The objection usually urged by the farmer that the poultry does not pay the producer, was answered by the fact that although it costs no more in production than butcher's meat, it sells at 9d. per pound live weight, while the best beef and mutton are 4Jd. per lb. live weight (W. per stone of 81b. nett dead weight). The reasons why poultry does not pay in many farmyards are—1. That no attention is paid to the choice and management of stock. 2. That food is irregularly and wastefully administered to it. 3. That no regard is had to the roosting and particularly to the laying places of hens. 4. That the demand is restricted by the market system. 6. That farmer's wives have ceased to be hen wives. In the course of the discussion mention was made of the French system, which is more systematic and economical than our own.-Lantl and Water. THE ART OF LIBTBNING.-As soon as a person becomes aware of the immense social importance of the \rt of listening he is naturally anxious at once to acquire it. In vain he looks around him for a pro- fessor of the art, or even a treatise upon it, and he has to evolve the very first principles out of the depths of his moral consciousness. The following hints on the theory and practice of this art are therefore put for- ward for the assistance of such a person, and in the hope of awakening in others an appreciation of its high excellences. To borrow the words of certain advertisements, it may be learnt by persons in want of employment at their own homes. No knowledge of drawing required. Disraeli says in one of his novels, "Lady Everingham thoroughly understood the art of conversation, which, indeed, consists of the exercise of fine qualities—you must originate and you must sym- pathise you must possess at the same time the habit of communication and the habit of listening." Now this originating, communicating—in short, the fatllrmg part in conversation, we are not all of us fitted by nature to perform. Some, though full of ideas, are hindered by want of words; others lack both words and ideas; few or none, unhappily, are prevented from speaking by want of ide%9, for your unidea'd speaker is usually the most plentifully gifted with words. It is to the former class, viz., those with ideas but without words, that these observations are more especially addressed. They are implored to cultivate this accomplishment, in which a small amount of study will enable them to shine, and shortly distinguish themselves by "bril- liant flashes of silence.The Argosy. ABYSSINIAN W OMBN.-As none of the damsels of Wadela subscribe to the magazine, it is unnecessary to paraphrase their immensely buxom development as a tendency to embonpoint; but, this undeniable charac- teristic of theirs once admitted, it may be said that some of them are passing comely withal, and as notably superior to their sisters of Tigreh as they are to their own brothers and husbands. God help the latter! A sonsy smile and an open countenance, and a step that tells of mountain-side and forestrpath, are good things in woman; and they are all possessed in perfection by these daughters of Ethiopia. There hair, unhappily, is buttered according to the prevail- ing fashion-for where did any female society ever rise superior to fashion?—and, plaited in ridge and furrow from the forehead backward over the head, ia either gathered behind into a broad wisp, resembling the tail of a Cape of Good Hope sheep, or else is shed in a number of heavy flakes over the temples and cheeks, giving its mistress in the latter case much of that wild and amiable expression of countenance which a similar disposition of the wool on the top of the head gives to the large black spaniels that are bred on the banks of the Tweed. The whole commerce of the country is in the hands of the dominant sex. The old crones of the community-pictures, some of them, of misery and angularity—are to be seen on every road in long procession, bent double under loads of salt, which they are carrying inland in the form of small bricks or blocks, not only for consumption in their own villages, but to be used in place of tnlver, as an article of barter. These may be taken as repre- senting the charwoman of the population since they work for hire, and are employed in preference to porters of the other sex, partly bee ause the lives of women are safe at the hands of the robbers who infest the ways. Peasant girls of the better class, again, simply dressed in jacket of dingy cotton, with an upper toga, either of leather, or more commonly of black woollen blanket, which reaches only to the knees, and is drawn tight round the waist with thong of cow- hide, enclosing often in fts upper portion a couple of :if 0 babies and half-a-dozen hens, throng our camps from morning till night, in earnest endeavour to ascertain experimentally what will and what will not fetch a dollar. They are attended by a posse of their hus- bands and brothers. But whenever one of these good- for-nothings attempts to do a little traffic with any of us on his own account, or parts with a portion of the household produce in exchange for a coin which has not been scrutinised and passed as genuine by his wife, there arises a clamour as of sea-gulls from many a maid and matron, and the poor man straightway is made to feel he had better have stayed at home.Black- wood's Magazine. ICBD MUSLINS.—Iced muslins for øummer I-It has, doubtless, occurred to many a one while admiring the beautiful effects produced by frost on windows, to imagine how delightful it would be if a sensation of coolness could be produced in the sultry days of sum- mer by the aspects of those effects, artificially repro- duced. The imagination has beten realised. It is known that, by means of almost any ordinary salt, re- duced to a liquid, and applied with a brush to window- panes, those fairy like forms of crystalline foliage, may be successfully reproduced; and that, with a little chemical ingenuity, any tone or colour may be given to them, from snowy white to richest purple or coolest green. That process is well known; but another step in advance has recently been taken in the same direc- tion, by means of which muslins may be similarly iced for summer wear. The lines which separates a pretty experiment from a commercial product is that which may be drawn between results obtained by an original manipulation, which can only be reproduced by a repe- tition of the same original means, and those results which, once perfected, can be produced ad infinitum by mere mechanical processes. Daguerreotype was only a pretty toy till Mr. Talbot discovered the means of producing the same effects on paper, and a process for multiplying the image when once produced. An analogous method has boen discovered by Mr. Bertach, and practically applied by M. Kuhlman, for multiply- ing, as from an engraved plate, the exquisite effects of the crystalline foliage just described. The process is simply as follows :—The elegant crystalline ramifica- tions being produced in the first instance upon polished metal, instead of glass, a sheet of soft metal, such as lead, is then laid on the saline crystallisation, and a powerful roller is passed over it, by means of the steady and powerful pressure of which an exact im- press of the foliated ramifications, in every minute de- tail, is secured. The metallic seal thus obtained is, however, too soft to print from, but an electrotype in copper is readily obtained, by means of which any number of impressions can be taken, in any tone of icy grays, or pale silvery greens, or any other oool tint. In order to secure continuity of design, without stop or interruption, the first manipulation takes place upon a polished cylinder, by means of which a continuous pattern, "never ending, still beginning," is imparted to as many thousand yards of any textile fabric as may be required. So that, for the fanciful story of fashion, iced muslin, for the summer season, may be had in any quantity. 0 ye nymphs of icy heart, let me see you clothed in the appropriate livery of icy muslin.-OllCI a Week,