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IMMORTALITY OF MIND.—When I consi- them, and even their nostrils filled. Comder the boundless activity of our minds, ing back he found two dead, and three the remembrance we have of things past, others rolling about in agony; and these our foresight of what is to come when I also died soon after. The same swarms, reflect on the noble discoveries and vast sometime before, had stung to death eighimprovements by which those minds have teen goslings. advanced arts and sciences- I am entirely ADVERSITY exasperates fools, dejects persuaded, and out of all doubt, that a na- cowards, draws out the faculties of the ture which has in itself a fund of so many wise and ingenious, puts the modest to excellent things cannot possibly be mortal. the necessity of trying their skill, awes -Xenophon.

the opulent, and makes the idle industrious. FREE EXHIBITION OF PICTURES.—The WALNUTS AN EXCELLENT FAMILY MEDIDudley Gallery of Pictures and Sculpture, :-Everybody eats walnuts, everybody containing the celebrated statue of the knows how to make a pickle of walnuts; Greek Slave, by Hiram Power, also a Ve- few, however, know the medicinal virtue nus by Canova, is still open to the public of walnuts. Now, the fact is, walnuts, (free), at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, when prepared secundum artem are an exwithout orders or cards, every day but cellent medicine and alterative; and this Mondays. Visitors are only required to is the way to prepare them :-Get the write their names in a book kept for that green walnuts fit for pickling ; put them purpose.

in a stone jar filled up with moist sugar, MORAL INFLUENCE OF LITERATURE. He to the proportion of balf a pound to a score that can write a true book to persuade all of walnuts ; place the jar in a saucepan of England, is not he the bishop and archbi- boiling water for about three hours taking shop, the primate of England, and of all care the water does not get in, and keep it England ? I many a time say, the writers simmering during the operation. The suof newspapers, pamphlets, poems, books, gar, when dissolved, should cover the these are the real working effective clergy walnuts; if it does not, add more, cover it of a modern country. Nay, not only our close, and in six months it will be fit for preaching, but even our worship, is it not use; the older it gets the better it is. One too accomplished by means of printed walnut is a dose for a child of six years of books? The noble sentiments which the age as a purgative; and it has this great gifted soul has clothed for us in melodious advantage over drugs, that whilst it is an words, which brings melody into our excellent medicine, it is at the same time, hearts—is not this essentially, if we will very pleasant to the palate, and will be understand it, of the nature of worship ? esteemed by the young folks as a great Fragments of a real “Church Liturgy” treat. Who can say as much of salts, and® Body of Homilies,” strangely dis- jalap, and other doctor's stuffs? and in a guised from the common eye, are to be large family it will abridge the doctor's found weltering in that huge froth-ocean of printed speech we loosely call literature! HOW THE QUEEN'S CHILDREN ARE TRAINED -Thos. Carlyle.

-We have found the children of the Queen A GRATEFUL DRAYMAN.-A retired dray- at nine in the morning at the Museum of man, in the employ of Messrs. Truman, Practical Art; and ori another occasion, at Hanbury, Buxton and Co., came up from the same hour, amidst the Elgin marbles the country a few days ago and presented not the only wise hint to the mothers of £50 to the London Hospital, in token, he England to be found in the highest place. said, of his gratitude for the kindness and Accustom your children to find beauty in attention he had received when an inmate goodness and goodness in beauty. of that Institution thirty years ago. At A CELEBRATED character, who was surthe same time he gave £50 to the Licensed rounded with enemies, used to remark :Victullers’ Asylum.

“ They are sparks which, if you do not THE BEES OF GUILLIVELLE.—A farmer blow, will go out of themselves.” Let this at Guillivelle sent his carter, with a cart be your feeling while endeavouring to live and five horses, to remove some rubbish down the scandal of those who are bitter from a wall near which he had 250 hives. against you. If you stop to dispute, you Returning to the house for something, the do but as they desire, and open the way carter tied his horses to a tree. The bees for more abuse. issued forth; the horses were covered with THE wages of sin is death. O think!

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THE LESSON THE OLD WOULD TEACH US. part of the crypt. The sun-light gleams -It is astonishing how chilling the words amongst their graves. From the minds of age fall upon the glowing enthusiasm which dwell in the dust here gathered of youth. As we go on through life, what splendid fancies and lessons have doubtless we gather all the same cold been embodied and passed amongst the truths, but it is by degrees, not all at once, multitude. Few could be left on this spot, as when the freezing experience of many where the roaring of the traffic outside exyears is poured forth like a sudden fall of actly resembles the distant sound of the snow upon our hearts. Lucky, most lucky sea in times of storm, and not be impressed is it, that we cannot believe the lesson with a host of associations. The men which the old would teach us : for certain- themselves rise up like a reality to the ly if we were as wise when we came unto mind's eye. Their glorious works seem in life as when we go out of it, there would the darkness to form an exhibition; and be nothing great, and very little good done the companions of the men, Johnson, in the world; we mean that there would Newton, and a score of others, fill up the be no enthusiasm of wish or of demeanour. picture. It is greatly to be hoped that no

LONGEVITY OF QUAKERS.—Quakerism is other body may be interred within the cafavourable to longevity. According to thedral. So long as burial within churches late English census returns, the average be made a mark of honour, so long will age attained by members of this peaceful the injurious and improper practice be sect in Great Britain, is fifty-one years, generally persevered in. It was thus, intwo months, and twenty-one days. Half deed, that it arose.

e. Builder. of the population of the country die before A PATERNAL GOVERNMENT. -By a decree reaching the age of twenty-one, and the of the 2nd, the Grand Duke of Tuscany average duration of life the world over is has enacted that all young men leading an but thirty-three years; Quakers therefore, irregular life, or having contracted habits live a third longer than the rest of us. of rioting and debauchery, shall be subjecQuakers are temperate and prudent, are ted to military discipline. seldom in a hurry, and never in a passion. DUTY OF PARENTS.-The last duty of The journey of life to them is a walk parents to their children is that of giving of peaceful meditation. They neither suf- them an education suitable to their station fer nor enjoy intensity, but preserve a in life-a duty pointed out by reason and composed demeanour always.

for the greatest importance of any. For as THE CRYPT OF St. Paul's. We have Puffendorf very justly observes, it is not reached the spot shown, and see in easy to imagine or allow, that a parent has long perspective the glimmering sunbeam. conferred any considerable benefit on his We are now under the south aisle of the child by bringing him into the world, if he church—the monument on the right, of afterwards entirely neglects his culture white marble, on which is represented a and education, and suffers him to grow up female seated at the organ, is to the me- like a beast, to lead a life useless to others mory of the daughter of Sir Christopher and shameful to himself. Wren, who, besides being a good musician, GREAT MINDS.—How many minds-alhas the credit of having designed several most all the great ones were formed in of the City churches. On the left, the fa- secrecy and solitude, without knowing mous architect lies buried-next him his whether they should ever make a figure or son; and a new white marble tablet is in not! All they knew was, that they liked memory of the great grand-daughter of what they were about, and gave their Wren, who died at the age of 95 (Sir whole souls to it. Christopher was 91, and his son 97 at the HER MAJESTY'S HOUSEKEEPING.—' Do time of their deaths.) On opening the you think,' said Mr. Denison, M.P., at Wren tomb, to receive the body of the Wakefield, that Her Majesty is anxious above-mentioned lady, the last of the race, that her sugar should cost her 10d. per lb., the coffin of the architect was distinctly when she may get it for 5d. ? I can assure visible in good preservation. Close to the you, and I do not speak off the book, that Wren monuments, under an unlettered Her Majesty pays her bills as regularly as slab, lies J. M. W. Turner, the greatest any man I address. Nay, I tell you more. landscape painter of this or any other She knows the price of every article she country. Člose by are Sir Joshua Rey- orders before she orders it. She does not nolds, Lawrence, Opie, Barry, Mylne, order on oredit and take the chance of beFusseli, and a few others who have been ing able to pay; and she sets her subjects equally distinguished in their walks with in this respect, a most excellent example, the warriors who are gathered in another which I wish they would all follow.'

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MRS. BEECHER STOWE, HER FAMILY, AND to take the charge of Lane Seminary, CincinCLIENTS.— The November Number of Fra. nati-an institution intended to combine ser's Magazine contains “Some Account self-supporting labour with collegiate stuof Mrs. Beecher Stowe and her Family.” dies. He retired from the post in 1849 or Mrs. Stowe is one of a family of twelve. 1850. Harriet was born at Litchfield in Her father is Dr. Lyman Beecher, late 1812. In Boston, she received the best pastor of a Presbyterian church in Ohio. education that scholastic city cobld afford, Five of her brothers are pastors of Presby- and at an early age began to aid her sister terian churches—a sixth, killed by the in the conduct of a training-school for feaccidental discharge of a gun some years male teachers. She removed with her since, was one of the most eminent minis- father to Cincinnati, and married the Rev. ters of the Western church. A seventh Calvin E. Stowe, Professor of Biblical Literbrother is a Boston merchant. One sister ature in the College. She is the mother of conducts a flourishing female school: the a numereus progeny, of whom five are other two are married to lawyers. It is a living. {Every woman who has read “Uncle remarkably “talented family." Nearly Tom” knows that the writer is a mother, every one of its members has contributed and a bereaved one.] Entrusting houseto perpetuate and widen the renown con- hold cares to a relative, she devoted herself ferred upon it by the eloquence and energy to the education of her children and the of the father-thimself the son of a New instruction of the public, chiefly by imagiEngland blacksmith. He was of mature native contributions to the periodical press. age before he quitted the anvil for the It was her experience of slavery at Cincollege. Ten years later,

he was pastor of cinnati, however, that determined the bent a church at Litchfield. Thence he remo- of her genius. ved to Boston; which he quitted in 1832

STATISTICS.

IMPORTATION OF Eggs. There were Cost OF NATIONAL FUNERALS.—The sup10,205,787 eggs imported into this coun. plies granted by Parliament for the year try in the month ending the 5th ult. 1806, include the following items under

NEARLY £19,000 was received in 1851 the head “Miscellaneous Services”-the from soldiers who purchased their dis- information is of some interest at the charge from the British army.

present moment: For the funeral of VisHuman MORTALITY.—According to the count Nelson, £14,698 11s. 6d. For the most accurate calculation an astronomical funeral of Mr. Pitt, £6,045 2s. 6d. The year contains 365 days, 5 hours, 48 mi- cost of the funerals of statesmen may be nutes, and 48 seconds. Suppose one indi- nearly calculated by reference to the above vidual to die every second, then we have estimate. It is probable that the funeral 60 every minute, 300 every five minutes, of the Duke of Wellington will not exceed 3,600 every hour, 86,400 every day, and that of the great Nelson. 31,586,928 every year; and in thirty CHESHIRE SALT.—60,000 tons of salt are years 946,707,140. As this last number annually obtained from the Cheshire is equal to the present population of the mines, which are worked in a similar earth, and as thirty years are calculated to manner to coal mines. be the period of one generation, it seems The revenue of the Money Order Office probable that one death every second is as exceeded its expenses in the year 1851, by accurate a calculation of human mortality more than £7,000 of profit. The same as can be made.

office, before the important improvements The immigration into New York during of the last few years had been effected, July was 29,401 persons; since January 1, cost the country a Loss of £10,600. and

up to August 1, 179,051, being an in- In 1850 the doors of the Museum adcrease of 16,472 over the immigration for mitted 1,098,863 visitors; and in 1851 the the same period in 1851.

same doors admitted 2,524,754 visitors, or THERE is a cab-driver in London who above a million more. once held a commisson in the army, and The Taxes repealed during the last six had property to the amount of £1,500,000. years amounted to £5,859,373.

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