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A PoiNSOP CoVETnT.-There is one little piece of kindness which almost all, old and young, have op- portunities to perform, and by the practice of which they can very materially add to the comfort and hap- piness of less fortunate persons. It is to avoid looking at deformities or marks of disease when they are met in the street or the home. The keen suffering given to a sensitive person—and all persons with a notice- able deformity may well be supposed to be sensitive on that subject—is such as one who has felt it can alone understand to the full. Of course it is the most natural thing for the eye to fall upon that which is marked or usiusual; but that is a poor excuse for unkindness. We ought deliberately to sdhool our* nelves not to add by look or by word to the un- happiness of those who have already enough to bear. OTHERS.—It is good to be attracted out of ourselves; to be forced to take a near view of the sufferings, the privations, the efforts, the difficulties of others. If we ourselves live in fulness of content, it is well to be reminded that thousands of our fellow-creatures undergo a different lot; it is well to have sleepy sympathies excited and lethargic selfishness shaken up. If, on the other hand, we are contending with the special grief, the intimate trial, the peculiar bitterness with which God has seen fit to jpingle our own cup of existence, it is very good to know that our own overcast lot is not singular it stills the repining word and thought, it rouses the flagging strength, to have it vividly set before us that there are countless afflictions in the world, each perhaps rivalling, some surpassing, the private pain over which we are too prone exclusively to despond-Charlotte Bronte. ENDUJIANCE.—"A somewhat varied experience 0; men," says Professor Huxley, "has led me, the longer I live, to set the less value upon mere cleverness, and to attach more and more importance to industry and to physical endurance. Indeed I am much disposed to think that endurance is the most valuable quality of all; for industry, as the desire to work hard, does not comecto much if a feeble frame is unable to respond to the aesire. Everybody who has had to make his way in the world must know that, while the occasion for intellectual effort of a high order is exceedingly rare, it constantly happens that a man's future turns upon his being able to stand a sudden and a heavy strain upon his powers of endurance. To a lawyer, a physician, a merchant, it may be everything to be able to work for the space of 16 hours a day for as long as is needful without knocking up. Moreover, the patience, tenacity, and good humour which are among the most important qualifications for dealing with men are incompatible with an irritable brain, a week'stomach, or a defective circulation." AsPARAGUS.-The proper way to cook asparagus is not generally known. In the first place a pot of some depth is required, and it is well in preparing the grass to cut it rather short, taking care how- ever not to shprten it so as to diaeomiort tnose who eat it, for a "handle" is Squired by those who take asparagus in their fingers, which is the only true way of enjoying it. Having scraped and tied and cut the bundles ready for the pot, have the pot ready with boiling water and salt in the usual way, and stand the asparagus upright in it, with the heads an inch or so above the level of the water. Now let the cooking proceed in the usual way. At the end of it it will be found that the stalks are perfectly cooked while the heads ar^jerfectl.v cooked also. The fact is, this plan permits of more time to soften the stalks without wasting the tops, for, if the tops are immersed as well as the bottoms, they are cooked too soon, and we have to serve up the grass while the stalks are still as hard as sticks. Try this method fairly, and you will never go back to the olGr fashioned way of laying the bundles so as to be wholly covered by the wAmateur Gardening. WINTER DRESS FOR CHILDREN. For some years past it has been the fashion to leave portions of chil- dren's limbs uncovered. The recent researches of Onimus and Brown-Sequard on the diseases of nerve- centres arising from surface impressions have given new force and a clearer explanation, says the Sanitary Record, to facts which have long been observed by physicians. It is an error to believe that children are less susceptible to cold than adults the contrary is the truth-and we very much doubt whether adults could thus go about with naked limbs without ex-, periencing serious consequences. We repeat ^tna* the exposure of the lower extremities to aiJ atmos- pheric influences is a means of catching cold w. ich fre- quently bring on rheumatismal congestions of the nerve-centres, and we are persuaded that even the affections a frigore of the respiratory organs are often due to this mode of dressing, for itis known that the exposure of the arms and shoulders though perhaps less frequently than the wetting or chilling of the feet, gives rise to colds. "Keep the feet warm is a -very old hygienic maxim, notwithstanding which children a necks are better covered than their legs a,ndfeet. lne influence of cold upon the lower extremities certainly reacts upon the spinal circulation, and we know how frequently children are exposed to that almost incur- able affection, atrophicparaiysis. Every time, savs Dr. Onimus, that we have been able to trace exactly the history of such cases, we have found a chill as the cause of this affection. The vessels of the spinal, cord, and particularly those of the gray ™bstence, which are the most numerous, are congested by renex action, and thus bring on the various symptoms ot paralysis

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