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THE CATECHIST. 1. Give in all cases tne number and xulme, of the question to which answers are sent. i. Write ca one side of thepaper only. 6, Make all propsr namas, and especially all scientific names, as clear and plain all pcssibe. 4. Semi each C'lu8tic,u and each answer on separate sheets, together with the nsms or nom de plume of the writer, though, of course, all can be enclosed in one envelope. 5. Always nan) c the book or publication from which ex- tracts are snide. 0. The r.-al luma and address mast accompany eaeh communication. ANSWERS. (164) NAUTICAL TERMS. Another list of nautical terms has been sent us for inser- tion in this column, Old Salt" will feel obliged for ex- planation. They arc Scud, sail, seams, sheet, shore, skipper, s'.orp, sound, spar, stern, stay, tack, taut, thwarts, tiller, trick, warp, watch, wake, weather, weigh, anchor, waist, windlass, windward, yacht, yard, yard-arm, yaw. Scud, to sail before a heavy wind or gale. Sail, the sheet of canvas which is exposed to the wind and gives motion to the vessel. Seams, where the ship's planks join. Sheet, a rope for con-rolhnga.nd moving a sail. fchore, a prop under a beam. Skipper, the name given generally to the master of a. small vessel. Sloop, a vessel with but one mast. Sound, to ascertain the depths of the water. Spar, name applied to a mast, boom, gaff, yard, &c. Stem, the rear portion of a vessel. Stay, a rope supporting or keeping in place a mast, yard, &c. Tackr io go against the wind in a zig-zag course, and to ehango a ship's course by shifting her rudder and sails. Taut, ti;ht. Thwarts, a boat's seats. Tiiler, a bar for moving a rudder. Trick, a sailor's duration of time in steering. Warg, to move a vessel by a line fastened at the end to an anchor. Watch, a certain portion of time for duty. Wake, the tract left in the water by a moving vessel. Weather, towards the wind, Weigh anchor, to raise the anchor. Waist, that portion of the deck between the quarter-deck and forecastle. Windlass, a machine for raising the anchor or cargo. Windward, the point from whence the wind blows. Yacht, a sailing vessel used for pleasure. Yard, a spar supporting and extending a sail. Yardarm, either half ol a yard. Yaw, a movement causing a temporary change of course. (185) BAKEKS' WEIGHT. What is understood by the term Bakers' Weight?" Are bakers obliged to use it ? HorSEWlFE. The following is what is known as Bakers Weight," which is in use in that trade: 16 ounces 1 lb of flour 7 pounds 1 gallon 14 pounds 1 peck 8 btcnss or 112 pounds 1 ewt 10 stones 1 boll 14 stones or 196 pounds 1 bar 2rJ stones or 2, cwt 1 sack A Quartern loaf should weigh 4 tbs; a bushel of flour weighs half-a-hundredweight. (1(6) FISHES OF Tiiii BIELE. What fishes are mentioned in the Bible ?-S". I)AY SCHOLAR. "Glan Towy "replies to the question ssfollows: —Beyond mention of the fact of the creation of fish generally, the Mosaic division of their species into clean and unclean, their incidental mention in Christ's history as an article of food. and of the occupation of fishing as a parabolic illustration, fish enter but little into the phraseology of the Bible, and not a single species is named, if we except the whale. TheToilowingisthelist:-Jonv.Ws fish, probably ashark,as whaleshavetoo contracted throats to swallow a man, but sharks eapable of doing so are found in the Mediterranean. Tobits's fish, probably a crocodile onychia, a shell fish; pearls, purple, a shell fish that furnished this colour; the whals. (167) VISITING CARDS. What are the established formalities or usage respecting visiting cards?—YOUXG WIFE. Governess has favoured us with the follow- ing note:— Care should be taken in the selection and design of visiting cards, as a person is frequently judged by this tiny evidence of taste. Coloured or tinted cards should never be used bevelled or gilt-edged, or any fancy design, is in the worst possible taste plain cream or white cardboard, of '.he size proper at the time, engraved plainly and simply, are the only correct cards to use. Married ladies should use a size-card between that of a Mr. and Mrs. and a Miss card. The title of whatever kind should invariably be prefixed. It is well to add the address, as it saves friends and acquain- tances much trouble this on a lady's is placed in the lower right hand corner, the receiving day, if any, in the lower left-hand corner. A written card is allowable, but not correct; better written in pencil than with ink, as the latter looks premeditated. A gentle- man's card is smaller than a lady's; in style and plainness it should follow the same rules. A married lady should always use her husband's name upon her card. The eldest daughter should prefix "Miss" before the family name; the other daughters should follow the "Miss" with the Christian name. (168) PARLIAMENTARY TERMS. So-no writest-I have written a list of Parliamentary terms as they cropped up in my reading from time to time. H^re are some: "All the talents," "Amendments," "Anpropriation Act," "Assessed Taxes," "Ayes" and Noes," "Brllot," "Blocking," "Blue Books," and" Boy- cotting." I shall thank any of your readers for an explana- tion. Westward Ho! sends us the following ex- planations :— All the Talents, a nick-name applied to the Grenville Administration. 1806-7. Amendment is the method by which the decision of the House on a question may be intercepted by submitting an alternative proposition for its con- sideration, which is or wholly different to the original question. Appropriation Act, an Act to carry into effect the resolutions of the Committee of Ways and Means, authorising the payment from the Consoli- dated Fund of sums voted. Assessed Taxes, the land tax and house duty. Ayes, members who vote in favour of any motion. Ballot, a method of secret voting introduced into Parliamentary elections in England in 1372. The word is derived from the French ballotte, a little ball. Blocking, to block a Bill is to put down a notice of opposition, which hinders it from being con- sidered after 12.30 a.m. Blue Books. Parliamentary reports are gener- ally issued-in England and Wales—in blue paper covers, hence the term. Annual reports from some of the British departments, generally thoso on agriculture, are issued in yellowish paper. Other countries use different colours for Government and Parlia- mentary reports; which colours are invariably adhered to. Boycotting—a political sending to Coventry." The term took its origin from the manner in which Captain Boycott was persecuted by the Irish Land League in Mayo in 1880. QUESTIONS. (169) PARLIAMENTARY TZRMS. "SOHO" sends the following.—Broad-arrow, broad-bottom administration, budget, Bulwer-Clayton treaty, cabal, carpet-bagger, caucus, and cave. (170) THE AVERAGE MAN. Will any of your numerous readers give me any informa- tion about the "average nirii "? I Came across the ex- pression the other day, and do not know its exact meaning.M EDIUNTER IGO. (171) QUOTATION. I shall feel obliged if any kind reader of the Weekly Post will mention the author of the following, which I cut out of an old magazine ? Shall I, wasting in despair, Die because a woman's fair; Or make pale my cheeks with care, 'Cause another's rosy are ? Be she fairer than the day, Or the flow'ry meads in May, If she be not so to me, What care I liow fair she be? (172) PARLIAMENTARY DIVISIONS. What are the rules and customs observed in Divisions" in the House of Commons ?—Pons. (173) AUSTRALIA. By whbm and when was Australia discovered? How came England to possess it ?—ANTIPODES.










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