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RATIONALE OF NOT AT HOME.—There are various understood conventions in society, according to which words, spoken or written under particular circumstances, have a meaning different from that which the general laws of language would give them. I have already noticed such phrases as I am your-obedient ser- vant, at the foot of a letter; which, though not literally true, is not to be called a lie. The convention is here so established that no one is for a moment misled by it. In the same way, if, when I wish not to be interrupted by visiters, I write upon my door, Not at home, and if there be a common understanding to that effect, this is no more a lie than if I were to write, Not to be seen. But if I put the same words in the mouth of a servant, and if the convention be not regularly established in all classes of society, the case is different. It is a violation of duty in me to make the servant tell a lie; it is an offence against his moral culture. He may understand the convention to be so fully established in the class with which my intercourse lies, that the words, though not literally tnw, convey no false belief. In this give them this character, he should not be allowed to deviate from the form, or to add any false circumstance- as that his master has just gone out, or the like.- Whewell't Elements of Morality, How TO GET FREE QUARTERS IN LONDON.—Why the deuce don't you make yourself useful to the commonwealth by calcu- lating a gradient, laying down a curve, or preparing a table of traffic in order to obtain the proper qualification for a railway witness ? Nothing in this world is easier. You have only to sit at your window for a given amount of hours once a week, and note down the number of cabs and carts which jingle along the Broomielaw; and, if you like that better, to ascertain the quality of the soil three feet beneath your own wine cellar, and you are booked for a month's residence in London, free quar- ters in a first-rate hotel, five guineas a day, and all expenses paid.- Blackwood's Magazine. MR. HEADLEY, (AN AMERICAN), ON ITALIAN BEAUTY.—The streets were filled with loungers, all expressing in their manners and looks the Neapolitan maxim, Dolce far niente," (it is sweet to do nothing.) You have heard of the bright eyes and raven tresses and music like language of the Neapolitans but I can assure you there is nothing like it here, i.e. among the lower classes. The only difference that I can detect between them and our Indians is, that our wild bloods are the most h dutiful of the two. The colour is the same, the hair very like indeed and as to the soft bastard Latin" they speak, it is one of the most abominable dialects I ever heard. I know this is rather shocking to one's ideas of Italian women. I am sure I was prepared to view them in a favourable, nay in a po -tical light; but amid all the charms and excitements of this 10 in an tic land, I cannot see otherwise. The old women are hags, and the young women dirty slipshod slatterns. Talk about "bright-eyed Italian maids"! among our lower classes there are five beauties to one good-looking woman here. It is nonsense to expect beauty among a population that live in filth, and eat the vilest substances to escape the horrors of starvation. W holesome food, comfortable apartments, and cleanly clothing, are indispensable to physical beauty and these the Italians, except the upper classes, do not have. GET or GIRLs.-The Editor of the Portland Express, in dis- coursing upon early rising, talks in this wise Up with you • Don't sleep away this beautiful morning. Mary, Ellen, Sarah, Olive, Caroline. Jane, Eliza Jane, Hannah! and all the rest of you lazy girls, arouse -wake up, rise, and see the sun shine, and brush away the dew front the beautiful grass. You not onl) lose the best portion of the day, while you linger in your bed, but you depress your spirits, and contract sluggish habits. What if you are sleepy? Jump out of bed-fly round- stir about, and in a few moments you will be bright as larks. We wouldn't give a straw for girls who won't get up in the morning. What are they good for ? Lazy, dumpish creatures-they are not tit for wives or companions. Our advice to young men who •.i_ are looking for wives would be,—never select a female who Tltttefr-vrav the precious morning hours, She may help to eat byt wiU nevtr-jupve a helpmate,"


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