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OUR MISCELLANY. -+-- An American Preacher's Bet.—There is one more characteristic of American humour which we must notice-the familiar use of Scriptural language. In certain cases this is perfectly natural and harmless. An uneducated man mixes up Scripture and common life more frequently in proportion to his belief in Scripture. Many of the stories which seem risky to us would be impressive to the original speakers. A certain Mr. Lorenzo Daw preached a sermon on the text from St. Paul, "I can do all things." "No Paul," he said, you are wrong for once; I'll bet you five dollars you can't," and he laid down a five-dollar bill on the desk. He continued to read, through Jesus Christ our Lord." "Ah! Paul," he said, that's a very different thing; the bet's off." This decidedly beats any anecdote we ever heard of Mr. Spurgeon.-Cornhill Magazine. Robins and Small Birds.—Robins are con- sidered as a sort of sacred bird in this country; but when I was residing in a well-wooded country in France I never was able to see or hear of a robin, so greedily are they killed and devoured by the inhabi- tants. Indeed, bho only small bird I was able to see during my visit was a cock chaffinch, who was utter- ing his oft-repeated and melancholy notes, as if de- ploriag the want of any congeners, so completely was the breed of small birds extirpated. The consequences were that the extensive kitchen-gardens attached to the house in which I was residing were so full of snails, grubs, and other insects, that they devoured the fruit which fell from the trees during the night. Such is the avidity of the French to feast on small birds, that I have seen even swallows, those graceful and welcome harbingers of the spring, hawked about Paris to be purchased for the tables of epicures. To return to robins. I recollect some years ago receiving a visit from a French abbe, who resided at his cottage at Ealing, and who boasted of the number of Rouge- gorges he caught in his garden in traps, saying what good eating they were! I told him that if it was known at Ealing what he had done, he would be mobbed by every boy throughout the village.E. Jesse, in Once a Week." The Mountains in the Moon.—It is an ascer- tained fact that there are three classes of lunar moun- tains. The first consists of isolated, separate, distinct mountains, of a very curious character. The dis- tinguished characteristic of these mountains is this Thev start un from a nlAIn onito BTKMATIITT-. On earth it ia well known that mountains generally go in ranges or groups; but we find these isolated lunar mountains standing up entirely apart, never having been connected with any range. The one named Pico is 9,000 feet high. This mountain has the form of an immense sugar loaf, and if our read ers can imagine a fairly proportioned sugar-loaf, 9,000 feet in height, and them- selves situated above'it, so as to be able to look down upon its apex, they will have an approximate idea of the Pico. There are many other mountains of a similar description scattered over the moon's surface; and these mountains not only stand apart from each other, but, what is still more remarkable, the plains on which they stand are bat slightly disturbed. How singular, then, the influence that shot the mountain up 9,000 feet, and. yet scarcely disturbed the plain in the immediate'neighbourhood! The second class of lunar elevations consists of mountain ranges. Now, this is the principal feature of the mountains on earth. This phenomenon is also found in the moon, but there it is the exception; only two principal ranges are found, and these appear to have been originally one- range. One is called the Appennines. It is so well seen, that just as the line of light is passing through the moon, you will thmk it is, generally speaking, a crack in its surface; but a tele- scope of ordinary power will at once manifest it to be a range of mountains. The lunar Apponnines may be compared with the loftiest range of mountains upon earth. It is 16,000 feet high, and there is another range still higher, rising: 25,000 feet above its base.— Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper. Never Give a Bishop a Blank Cheque.— Sir Richard was a man of most noble and generous disposition, and his charity was of a truly Catholic cast. Nathan Rothschild had actually asked him on one occasion for a contribution towards the erection of a synagogue, and had got it, and a liberal one, too. The Bishop of a prelate of distinguished piety and an insatiable craving for new churches and new livings, had on one occasion of many pathetically la- mented to his ",dear, though religiously mistaken, friend," Sir Richard Ellesdee, the spiritual destitution of one of the metropolitan districts. The banker had just had two slices of good luck: he had realised in a joint operation with the house of Baring and the house of Hope a net profit of about zC5,000 sterling, and had enriched his collection with an undoubted Sebastiano del Piombe-a dead bargain in the bargain. So the bishop had hit upon a good time for his pleadings. Sir Richard, even more than usually disposed to a generous liberality, handed the petitioning prelate a blank cheque, which that worthy ecclesiastic had the modesty to fill up to the tune of thirty thousand pounds sterling! to builfi a church and endoiv the living, to which he forthwith, and even ere the site for the sacred edifice had been chosen, desig- nated a deserving young clergyman, a near relation of his own, of course. Well, the cheque being for a large sum, and upon Sir Richard's private account, was presented in due time to the head cashier, who opened his eyes very wide, and, after some hesitation, decided, at the risk of a row with his chief, to proceed to the banker's sanctum, and endeavour, if possible, to obtain the cancelling of the obnoxious little document. When the cashier presented himself before his chief, and mutely handed him the cheque, it must be confessed Sir Richard was slightly staggered, and felt not a little wroth; poor easy man I he had given the bishop credit for some delicacy. He was annoyed; but his first im- pulse, and a very natural one, was to quarrel with the man who had, as it were, brought the annoyance home to him. So, addressing the cashier for the first time in their lives, Sir," he sternly demanded, pray, sir, had you any doubt about my signature ? Then, sud- denly struck with the consciousness of the gross in- justice of this rebuke, before the indignant cashier could find words to give vent to his outraged feelings, the banker added, in a tone of hearfelt contrition, "Wilson my dear friend, forgive me and shake hands; and if ever you catch me giving a blank cheque to any of God's servants again, I give you leave to tell me of it. Shake hands. You must confess it is very an- noying to be done in this disgraceful manner; but pay it, my boy, pay it, and let's have done with it, for Heaven's sake."— The Old Ledger, by Dr. Strauss. Kiesing in the Cars.—A recent correspondent tells the following story:—"I was spending the night n Freeport, Illinois. After breakfast I came into the sitting-room, where I met a pleasant, chattering, good- humoured traveller, who, like myself, was awaiting the morning train from Galena. We conversed pleasantly and freely upon several topics, until seeing two ladies meet and kiss each other in the street, the conversa- tion turned upon kissing, jast about the time the train was approaching. 'Come,' said he, taking up his carpet bag, since we are on so sweet a subject, let us have a practical application. I will make a proposition to you. I'll agree to kiss the most beautifnllady in the oars from Galena, you being the judge, if you will kiss the next prettiest, I being the iudee.' The oro- position staggered me a little, and I could hardly tell whether he was in earnest or in fun but as he would be as deep in it as I possibly could be, I agreed, pro- vided he would do the first kissing, though my heart failed somewhat as I saw his black eyes sparkle with daring. Yes,' said he, 'I will try it first. You take the back car and go in from the front end, where you can see the faces of the ladies, and stand by the one you think the handsomest, and I'll como in from behind and kiss her.' I had hardly stepped inside the car when I saw, at the first glance, one of the loveliest women my eyes ever fell on a beautiful blonde, with auburn hair, and a bright sunny face, full of love and sweetness, and as radiant as the morning. Any further search was totally unnecessary. I imme- mediately took my stand in the aisle of the car by her side. She was looking out of the window earnestly, as if expecting some one. The back door of the car opened, and in stepped my.Wmsl friend. I pointed my finger slilj? at her, never dreaming that he dare carry out his pledge, and iinagine my amazement when he stepped up quickly behind and kissed her with a relish that made my mouth fairly water. I expected, of course, a shrjap of terror, and then a row gene- rally, and a knock-down; but judge of my astonish- ment when I saw her return the kisses with compound interest Qick as a Sash he turned to me and said, i 'No m, sir, it is your turn, pointing to a hideously ugly, wrinkled old woman,who sat in the seat behind. 'You mutt excuse me,' I exclaimed. I'm sold this time.' I give up. Do tell me who you have been kissing?' And we all burst into a general peal of laughter, as he,' This is my wife. I have been waiting here for r her.' He told the story to his wife, who looksia-iii 1fold sweeter as she heard it." Ancient Manners and CListonis.-In € i Elizabeth's time, there is a report for the yeas IJK in which it is stated "that the maids of bonolr, desired to have their chambers ceiled, and tLe, partition that is of boards to be made higher, los ti&if the servants looked over." And about the same tisLt- it is said that certain young noblemen and gentlemes. were guilty of similar indecorous behaviour, beings fond of peeping over these boards, to the great aumc-v ance of the ladies when at their toilet, whereat e2" Majesty was hiarhl-v disDleased. and eaverelv rerrn-rWi them. Moreover, it seems that tho chamber for squires of the body was "ruinous and cold," acd quired to be ceiled overhead, and boarded aadei- foot; and tkat some part of the Castle was ao mnefe out of repair that the rain beat in! It is Dot meMf clirious than instructive to note the state of things isa- Scotland about the same period. There waa ever; a greater lack of personal comforts among the cobiEty in that country than in England. The a.i, Earl of Buchan, in his Antiquarian He- searches," gives the following rare piece of informa- tion, which at least shows linen to have been a gcarc# commodity in the time of James VI. In the axc&iwg:. of the Mar family, under the section dedicated tc antique costume, it is stated that the Royal charge (James) continuin g under the nurture of his govermii the Dowager Countess of Mar (as towards his meratk,, and ordering his person), had, in the dead of the night, been seized with a colic. The ladies of honour all summoned from their warm beds to attend ltis heeniss; when, as was remarked, none of the ladies had any shifts, except the auld Countess of Mar, h- ladyskip being tender (sickly)." Alongside of tM& fact, this other fact is not without interest. Wner. our gracious Sovereign is at Windsor, twenty-fois baskets, averaging 1501b. weight each, or something; like a ton and a half, of solid linen, are sent daily the wash," the which operation is performed by steam-engine, and thirty-four servants-, with a manages.* at their head.-Builder.



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