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EDITED BY "UNCLE WILLIAM." "Who is 'Inquisitive Jack,' mamma? And where does be live, I pray?" 'Inquisitive Jack' is a very small boy, and he lives not far away. His hair is the colour of yours, my dear, and his eyes about the same, And a very big bump on his curly head has earned for him his name." "What is the bump, you'd like to know. 'Tis called 'curiosity,' dear. And it runs into feet, hands, lips, and eyes, and will bring him sad trouble, I fear. Into everyone's business 'Inquisitive .J aok' is prompted to peep and inquire, And to have a finger in everyone's pie he con- tinually seems to desire. "He meddles with this, he meddles with that— there's nothing safe in his way; Poor mamma is kept in a. state of alarm from morning till close of day. He talks, of course, and can talk, sometimes, as well as you or I, But his chief conversation consists of one word, and that is the question, 'Why ?' "You never have seen him? Oh! yes, you have. You look at him fair and square Whenever you're caught at my burcau-dra-Aver, in front of the looking-glass there; Oh! Teddy, you've guessed whom I'm telling you of, s.nd you never need ask again, 'Mamma who is Inquisitive Jack ?' since the mirror gives answer so plain." MARY D. BRINE. Ma-ny of "Uncle William's" nieces and nephews live in the country, and are able to keep few-Is. Nov?, in the "Church Monthly," the editor of "Fowls" (the Rev. J. Lacock) shows that keeping fowls is a source of profit, as well as of pleasure. Under the heading of EOOS, MEAT, AND A PROFIT, he srays:—"If each reader of this headline Avere asked which he most fancied—eggs meat! or a. profit !—we are fain to believe lie would experience some little difficulty in fixing his choice. An egg, perfectly new- laid, possessing that well-known bloom 'which bespeak? its freshness and the introduction of the spoon which reveals a rich golden yolk, instead of now and again a. half-developed chicken, is, indeed, a tempting morsel. To the strong, vigorous Avorker eggs prove excel- lent food, whilst in the sick ward what food is more, welcome? They can be taken raw as they are. whipped up with variou-g fluids, or cooked in a. hundred different -ways' to tempt the falling appetite. Used simply a.s an article of diet they are invaluable, and yet they prove of immense service in many other Avays. The white is used by the manu- facturer for fixing the colours in calicoes, muslins, &c. also in bookbinding, the facing of photagraphic papers, &c. Then, further, they are used for egg-powders, &c. and the dried yolk of egg is employed for finishing kid of the best kinds for gloves, boots, and in many other ways whilst tho-se who engage in party politics are aware that eggs—not new-laid, but otherwise—are not infrequently resorted to at election times, when argument has failed. "MEAT. "But, besides eggs, a poultry-yard supplies meat—the most costly item in the poor man's food. History tells us that when the Romans, under Julius Ctesar, invaded our shores they found both the fowl and the goose in a, state of domestication nevertheless, they were forbidden as food. That must have been very tantalising, for both form a very toothsome dish. Brillat Savarin—prominent in gastronomic taste-avers that he believed the Avhole gallinaceous family Avas made to enrich our tables, for, from the quail to the turkey, their flesh is a light aliment full of flavour, and fitted equally for the invalid as for the man of robust health. Now, a couple of fowls would make a very big hole in the wage of a working man but, depend upon it, if he will only set to work in a careful and intelligent way to grow his own chickens, his humble larder may be 'enriched' and his table 'furnished' now and again, without ex- trilvagance, with such wholesome and appe- tising fare. Then, last, but not least in the eye. of most folk, there is "THE PROFIT. "We have enjoyed all three portions our- selves—eggs, meat, and a. profit—and in this little series of articles we want to help many others to do likewise. Our experience is not an isolated experience; plenty of other peoplb have done the same more, may still do so. Many a working man to-day, by eschewing the public-house and devoting his leisure hours to his feathered friends, has found his poultry yard a source, not only of profit, but of considerable pleasure besides. Here is a. self-help opportunity within the reach of all. At a parochial tea, meeting on one occa- sion we seized a, plate of butter in one hand and a disb of cake in the other, whilst, a friend on our right followed our example with %sa-n-d-wiehes. Presenting them to an opposite neighbour, he cast a hungry glance at each. remarking at the same moment, 'Only give me time, and rn have some of each.' That is just what we want all the readers of these lines to enjoy, not to make a. of one item only, but to go in strongly for 'some of eacli'-eggs meat! and a. profit! As our friend at the tea- meeting found, it takes time—everything worth doing does—but it can be done, and success can be achieved by those who try." And it is quite as profitable to keep bees, as the folloAving incident will prove:- THE CURATE AND HIS CONVENT. A curate living in the South of France one day naci a messenger to say that his bishop was shortly coming to dine with him. The messenger went on to say that he was on no account to prepare s. costly dinner. When the bishop arrived he was rather offended to find that a luxurious meal had been prepared for lÚm. He scolded the curate for spending nearly his whole income on a single mnner. The curate replied that he had not spent a penny of his income as curate; he always gave that to the poor. "Then," said the bishop, "may I ask how you got this meal for me?" "I have a con- A-ent of young ladies," replied the curate, ''who supply me with nearly sverything." "Indeed," sa-id the bishop; "I had no irlea. that there -Mas .3.. convent near here." The curate said he vould take him to see it when dinner wap over. After dinner he fcook the bishop into a garden, round the sides of which were a number of bee-hives. "This is my convent," said he, "and these are my nuns. They bring me £ 90 a year, so the,t I can live comfortably without touching my income." The bishop was delighted, and whenever a young curate asked to be pro- moted to a, better living he told him "to be oootonsfc and keep bees." A HERO. He'd heard' about them every one, Those small, brave, story bovs He thought a battle must be fun, With all the guns and noise. He played he was an Indian scout, So brave to shoot and ride But when he had his tooth pulled out, This fearless hero-cried. PUZZLES. 1.—NUMERICAL CHARADE. I am a word of ten letters. My 5, 6. 8, 2, 3 is a criminal. My xO, 6, 8, 1 a place from which we get water. My 7, 9, 3, 6 is to be forlorn. My 4. 2, 3, 6 is departed. My 10, 9, 3 is to gain. My 10, 2, 9, 7 is an article of commerce. 7 My whole is the name of an American poet. MARY HUTCHINSON. 2.—SQUARE WORD. A stinging insect. Part of a church. A river in England. A movable habitation. MARY HUTCHINSON. 3.—RIDDLE-ME-REE. Eight letters compose the name of a well-known sweet-smelling flower seen in many houses during February. In each of the folioAving lines one letter is hidden:- I My first is in humble, but not in proud; My second is in cloudy, but not in cloud; My third is in table, but not in stool; My fourth is in current, but not in pool;' My fifth is in inkstand, but not in pen; My sixth is in many, and also in men; My seventh is in tulip, but not in crocus;' My eighth is in drench, but not in soak us. ETHEL CATLAH (Hull). 4.—CONUNDRUM. Mary Hutchinson wishes to know—Why have we reason to doubt the reality of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland? All answers to the above puzzles, if re- ceived by "Uncle William" not later than Friday next, will be acknowledged the ful- lowing week. ANSWERS TO PUZZLES OF JUNE 3. 1.—RIDDLE-ME-REE. Bloodhound. 2.—RIDDLE-ME-REE. Scissors. 3.-GHAR.ADE. Stephenson. 4.—CONUNDRUM. Potatoes and corn are like certain persons mentioned of old because they have eves and see not, and ears and hear not. Answers to the puzzles the numbers of which follow their names have been re- ceived from- Martha Ellin (Cardiff), 2. Eunice Fairbank (Cottingham), 1-2-3. G. H. Billamy (Ross), 4. Sarah Smith (Cardiff), 1-2-3-4. Richard Wanless (Cardiff), 1-2-3. Mabel Hicton (Swansea), 1-2-3. THE CARDIFF "WEEKLY MAIL" ANI- MALS' FRIEND SOCIETY. At present there are 290 members of the Cardiff "Weekly Mail" Animals' Friend Society. But any girl or boy can become a member by sending his or her name to "Uncle William," and promising to observe the following pledge — C> "I hereby promise never to tease or torture any living thing, or to destroy a, bird's nest, but to promote as much as possible the comfort and happiness of all the creatures over which God has given man dominion." All communications respecting the "Chil- dr.en's Corner" must be written on one sido of the paper only, and addressed to "UNCLE WILLIAM," 41, Broughtcn-larie, Maneke.it. r.