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-=-- Our ivjLxcjcciiaiiy. LATE AUTUMN.— The violet, white spring cloud, and summer rose, The slips of sunshine on the forest floor, The ocean's blue luxuriant repose, The long calm days and sunsets by its shore, Sweet air, that from the meadowy stretches flows, The lark, the dusky nightingale that sings To morn and twilight's star, when fields are green And golden-past and passing are I ween. And Autumn late from western evenings, Risen in the wild sad wind, that shadowing blows Up the dim void, murmurs, Winter is come Pile up the logs and dust the books, for soon Will swell the broadening tempest's sullen hum, From the white surf-line underneath the moon. -The Quiver. GALLAS MODE OF REMOVING FATNESS.—It is universally stated that the Gallas are in the habit of opening the stomachs of those who are too fat, and removing the superfluous load. This all agree in and in the country itself, the Gallas, to whom I had not mentioned the report, one day pointed out to me an old rich curmudgeon, who was said to have undergone the operation thrice he was stout enough to speculate on a fourth, and spoke of it as a matter of course.—" Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country." By Walter Chichele Plowden. REVERSING THE ORDER.—Henry Ward Beecher tells, in the Ledger, that when he was a youngster of nine winters, he had a long checked apron put on him, snd was set to do the housework—"to set the table, to wait on others during meals, to clear off the things, shake and fold the tablecloth, wash the dishes, scour the knives and forks, sweep up the carpet, dust the chairs and furniture," &c. "To these tasks," said he, "I soon added the hemming of towels and napkins, and of coarse fabrications—bags, ticks, and such like. During this period I also continued my stable work." Mr. Beecher avers that the knowledge obtained in this way has been of incalculable value to him all his life and he thinks that men should be made acquainted with such things in these days, when women are emerging from the house- hold, and learning trades, professions, and arts. We always thought that the woman's rights movement would come to this at last.—New York Times. THE DEVIL RoCK.-Did you ever hear of the Devil Rock ? If you look at a chart of the approaches to the English Channel, you will see the Devil Rock marked with a note of interrogation after it. The note of interrogation expresses doubt, the- fact being that nautical men have for years been at issue whether there is any such rock or not in existence. The curious thing is that it lies (that is, if it does net lie in another sense) in the centre of the most crowded maritime thorough- fare in tke world, and one would think it should be as familiar as a lamp-post in Fleet-street; yet some deny its existence altogether, saying that the back of a stray whale has been mistaken for a rock, while others have seen it (standing four feet out of water, black and hideous, and have exactly fixed its latitude and longitude, namely, forty-six degrees nine minutes north, twelve degrees fifty Minutes west. These persons suppose it to be the peak of a range of submarine mountains. I hope this autumn to go to the Azores on board of a fruit-clipper, whose captain is an old friend of mine and if the weather is favourable, I mean to persuade him to sail over the sup- posed site of the Devil Rock. Should I see anything of the dreaded reef, I will let my readers know of it.- Out in Blue Water," in Cassell's Magazine for October. A SIMPLE TEST AS TO SMOKING.—Physiolo- gists are familiar with abundant examples in which articles of food, eminently nutritious to the generality of human beings, act as poison3 on some exceptional organisms. There are many people who cannot eat fat, ethers who cannot eat butter, or eggs, or mutton, game, or peculiar sorts of game, without the most distressing effects. The late Dr. Prout knew a person on whom mutton acted as a poison. He could not eat it in any form. This peculiarity was supposed to be owing to caprice, and the mutton was repeatedly disguised, and given to him unknown, but uniformly with the same result of producing violent vomiting and diarrhoea." Tissot says he could never swallow sugar without vomit- ing. Hahn found that seven or eight strawberries sufficed to send him into convulsions. In presence of such examples, how can we help concluding that tobacco also must to some organisms be of quite peculiar dan- gerousness ? If the excretory action be not rapid, we know that tobacco will be a poison to all men and inasmuch as there are varying degrees of excretory vigour in different organisms, it is clear that the effect of tobacco will be strictly dependent on this varying susceptibility. It is in every man's power to answer very decidedly for himself the important question whether tobacco is injurious to him. Does he suspect any evil influence, let him abstain, and closely watch the result. If, with no other change in his way of life, he can detect the disappearance of any marked symptom, which reappears whenever he resumes his cigar, then he may be sure that it is wrong to smoke, or that he smokes too much.-St. Paul's, THE LATEST PARISIAN ATTRACTIONS.—The Boulevard des Italiens has for the last fortnight been lifted from the worldly prosaicness of its social reputation —it has its bit of romance. Everyone knows the small round glass stalls, brilliantly lighted with gas in the evening, within which the marchands de journaux dispense their daily heap of newspapers. In one of these stalls, opposite the Grand Hotel, there has lately appeared a young Provengale girl—almost Spanish, for on her black hair she wears a high comb and lace mantilla—whose winning face has made her the rage. Although this rare little marchande has large eyes with long dark lashes, brilliant teeth, and splendid hair, her features are by no means perfect; but her expression is so beaming, her smile is so charming, that it is not to be wondered at that every evening around her kiosque, spreading out like a huge fan from her little window, is constantly collected an eager crowd of purchasers, wnile around her, in her glass house, lie bouquets of violets and rosebuds offered her during the day. At five o clock last evening it was with difficulty one passed the place, and, peeping between the heads of her admirers, one could see, her eyebrows lifted, half in surprise, half in fear, the pretty face of Mdlle. de la Perine.—Paris Letter. EFFECT OF LIGHTNING ON METALS. -The following curious communication has just been made to the Paris Academy of Sciences. A woman was crossing a canal bridge, near Nantes, when a powerful flash of lightning seemed, according to her own expression, to envelope her she was not in any way injured, but the contents of her purse underwent an extraordinary change. A ten franc gold piece was in the small minor pocket oi thQtjportemonnaie, and two silver coins in the larger division of the same. A certain quantity of the sil^e!- Was vaporised by the action of the lightning through the leather lining of the purse, and e.s deposited with great uniformity on the gold coin, wlllC had all the appearance of silver, while the surface ° the silver coins had assumed the appearance of havill" been matted or frosted. M. Bobierre, who made the communication, said that he had examined the gold coin with a microscope, and found that the silver waS uniformly deposited apparently in the form of globules, without lany intervals between them. Having removed a small portion of the silver by means of a weak acid? M. Bobierre found that the surface of the gold coin ha been affected, and presented a very different appearance to that produced by the coining press, and was in faC nearly in the same condition as the deposited silver fusion had in fact commenced, but the effect had been instantaneous, and purely superficial, "POPULAR EPUCATOR" CLASSES.—Young me11 meeting together, and comparing notes of what each in P his own way has derived from his individual study oi any particular branch of learning, is so powerful a meaPs of impressing the details upon the mind and ntemorIP and of stimulating to further activity, that students °; the "Popular Educator would do well, where practi' cable, to avail themselves of the opportunity of takin part in such meetings. The association of a convene number of individuals engaged in one common pursuit is so mutually invigorating, that the strength and ex- perience of the entire body becomes the property of each member. We cannot, then, but feel great pleasure ill seconding the efforts of those wh0 seek to turn to full practical account the means of learning which the "Popular Educator" places within their reach. The success which attends the enlightened schoolmaster-- and here the "Popular Educator itself is the school' master-is foreshadowed in the wholesome spirit of emulation which he creates in his pupils. It is tle special office of this work to supply the instructive voice of the living teacher, and those of its students who can conveniently form themselves into bodies or classes of mutual improvement will assuredly master its con- tents with greater ease. Study, when pursued in con- genial society, becomes, moreover, a recreation rather than a labour.-From Cassell's New Popular Edu- cator" for- November. D

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