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scriptions of similar institutions contained in holy in the worst condition of almost any of our old poets, writ.]

all the appliances of criticism should be used to educe There is no mention in Scripture of a royal crown, his true meaning and to restore the harmony of his as a kingly possession, till the time when the Ama verse. I will, therefore, give a couple of instances lekites are described as bringing Saul's crown to of the use that may be made of transposition for this David. The Rabbinical traditions, however, con purpose. nect the first orown with Nimrod, in whose title, To begin with the meter. Can any thing be more Kenaz the “Hunter,” some persons affect to see the

inbarinonious than origin of the word “king." According to the tradi

“Well-fitted in arts, glorious in arms ?" tion-Nimrod was abroad one day in the fields, fol.

Love's Labor Lost, Act II, Sc. 1. lowing the chase. Happening to look up to the

But transpose, heavens he beheld there a figure resembling what was

"In arts well-fitted, glorious in arms," subsequently called a crown. He hastily summoned to his side & craftsman, who undertook to construct

and what is more harmonious ? a splendid piece of work modeled from the still glit Again, a la Steevens : tering pattern in the skies. When this was completed

“If the first that did th'edict infringe," it was worn by Nimrod, in obedience, as he supposed,

(Measure for Measure, Act II, Sc. 2,) to the declared will of Heaven; and his people, it is said, could never gaze upon the dazzling symbol of

is mere prose; but transpose, and see the effeet! their master's divine right without risk of being

“ If the first that the edict did infringe." blinded. It was perhaps to this story Pope Gregory

I could give many more, but let these suffice. VII alluded, when he used to say that the priesthood

Then for the sense. Is not the following pure nonwas derived direct from God, but that the imperial

sense? power of a crowned monarch was first assumed by

“Waving thy head, Nimrod. Perhaps the legend itself may have been

Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart, founded on the literal rendering of the Hebrew pas Now humble as the ripest mulberry, sage-intimating that Nimrod was “the hero of the That will not hold the handling: or say to them." chase, in presence of Jehovah.- English Notes and

Corielanus, Act III, 8c. 2. Queries.

Now read the second line thus: “ERASE” AND “CANCEL."-In the article on the “Often thus; which correcting thy stont heart," “Shakspeare Forgeries," in a late Edinburgh Review,

and omit the or in the last line, and see if the pasthe writer asks-p. 471, n.:

sage does not acquire sense-for the first time in its “Why has not our language two words--one to denote act life. The or was, as is so frequently the caso, put in ual obliteration by scratching or defacing; the other, the

by the printer to try to remedy the confusion he had sign--cross lines-denoting obliteration ?"

introduced. Our language has two such words:

Again: “ ERASE"_" to expunge, to rub out."

“And yet the spacions breadth of this division “ CANCEL"_"cancellis notare," "to mark with cross lines,

Admits no orifice for a point, as subtile to cross a writing."

JOHNSON.

As Ariach ne's broken woof, to enter."

Troilus and Oress., Act V, Sc. 2. It is true these words are often misused; but that is the fault of the writers, not the language. The A point as subtile as a broken woofl and Ariachno reviewer uses erasure " for "cancel" or " cancella written by one so well read in Golding's Ovid! tion."

Let us apply the talisman of transposition: Sans CULOTTES.—This name was given to the revo

“And yet the spacious breadth of this division, Jutionists, not because they went without the nether

As subtile as Arachne's broken woof, garments, but because they wore trowsers instead of

Admits do orifice for a point to enter.' the knee-breeches, which were then de rigueur part Subtile is the Latin subtilis, fine-spun;" and he of the costume of every gentleman. The pantalon says “broken woof" probably because Minerva tore thus became the mark of the anti-aristocratic, and Arachne's web to pieces. The printer introduced instead of sans culottes being a name of reproach, it Ariachne to complete the meter.- English Notes and was adopted by the party as a proud designation. Queries.

TRANSPOSITION.-It is, I think, a most just remark “CUTTING ONE's Stick."-This vulgarism of fast of Mr. Brandreth, in his curious edition of the Iliad, life would appear to be a corruption of a phrase not that no liberty is so lawful to an editor as that of uncommon in the high life of the last century. Waltransposition. He has himself used it, sometimes to pole, writing to Lord Strafford, October 16, 1770, in the great improvement of the text; and I met with, reply to his inquiries after his gout, says: not long since, but unluckily neglected to note it, a I came to town on Sunday, and can creep about line in one of the choruses of Æschylus, where a sim- my room even without a stick, which is more felicity ple transposition restores the meter, and yet no one to me than if I had got a white one. I do not aim of the editors seems to have observed it. It is, in yet at such preferment as walking up stairs; but fact, one of the very last remedies that an editor | having molted my stick, I fatter myself I shall thinks of having recourse to.

come forth again without being lame.- English Notes As our great poet is Shakspeare, and as his text is and Queries.

VOL. XX.-32

Cļildren's Corner.

Willy's FATHER TEACHING HIM What Faith is.- he will take you in his arms and bring you safe to There are a great many Willies in the land. Nearly heaven." all of them have thought and heard much about faith.

It is BETTER TO BE HONEST.-Jacob Sheafe was a They would like to know what it is to have faith in

merchant in Portsmouth, distinguished for his stern God. My little friends, the editor would like to come

integrity. The following well-authenticated anecand preach a sermon on faith to you. But as he can

dotes concerning him will teach our young readers a not do that, he will tell you a story about Willy and

good lesson: his father. Willy was a Welsh boy and you are an

A man had purchased some wool, which had been American, but faith is the same overy-where. Willy's

weighed and paid for, and Mr. Sheafe had gone to father bad been explaining the Scriptures to his fam

the back room to get change for a pote. Happening ily in the hall of what was once the manor house,

to turn his head while there, he saw in a glass, which but which was then occupied by a farmor, when the

swung so as to reflect the shop, a stout arm reach up little boy exclaimed, “Father, you said you would

and take from the shelf a heavy white-oak cheese. one day, when I was old enough, teach me what faith

Instead of appearing suddenly and rebuking the is. Am I old enough now?”!

man for his theft, as another would, thereby losing “Well, I think you are, Willy. Come to me,” said

his custom forever, the crafty old gentleman gave the his father, rising from his chair.

thief his change, as if nothing bad happened; and The boy no sooner approached than his father

then, under the pretense of lifting the bag to lay it raised him from the ground and set him on the top

on the horse for him, took hold of it and exclaimed, of a double chest of drawers that stood beside the

“Why, bless me, I must have reckoned the weigbt wall. The child's color went and came, and he was

wrong!" evidently afraid to stand upright in so unusual &

"0, nol” said the other, "you may be sure you situation.

have not, for I counted with you.” “Now, Willy,” said his father, placing himself at

“Well, well, we won't dispute the matter, it's so a little distance and holding out his arms, “now, easily tried,” said Mr. Sheafe, putting the bag into Willy, stand upright and jump into my arms."

the scales again. “There," said be, "I told you 80; The child's position and the father's command

know I was right-made a mistake of nearly twenty were alike calculated to produce alarm, and did pro- pounds: however, if you do n't want the whole you duce it. But the father's look was calm, and kind,

need n't have it; I'll take part of it out.” and serious, and the child had invited the lesson, 80

“No, no!" said the other, staying the hands of he had nothing for it but to turn his mind to compli- Mr. Sheafe, on the way to the strings of the bag, "I

guess I will take the whole." Raising himself somewhat, at length he made an

And this he did, paying for dishonesty by receiving effort to jump; but his heart failed him, and he drew

the skim-milk cheese for the price of wool. back farther from the edge of the drawers.

On another occasion Mr. Sheafe missed a barrel of Ah, Willy,” said his father, “ thou hast no faithtry again.” Willy thought a moment and perceived pork. A few months after a man one day asked him

the question, “ Did you ever find out who took that the nature of his father's experiment. He came

pork, Mr. Sheafe?” “Yes," was the reply, "you back again to the edge, and at this time he did make

are the fellow! for none but myself and the thief the spring, but so imperfectly, and with so divided a

ever knew of my loss." The fellow was thus demind, that he would have fallen but for a beam of

tected by the shrewd dealer, who possessed the valathe ceiling just above him, on which he clapped his

able faculty of knowing when to be silent. hands and recovered himself.

His father smiled and said: “Willy, thou hast no How God FEEDS THE Ravens.—No doubt many of faith yet; but that was better than the last. Come, the little friends of the editor often wonder when try once more."

they hear large people talk about God doing such The look of quiet love in the father's face, and his and such things. Now, if they will read this little still open arms, at length assured our hero there re- story, they will learn how God often does things: ally was no danger; or it may be so much reverence “ Mamma," said little Lucy Lee, one day, “what and trust in a parental smile, that he forgot the does it mean in the Bible when it says, 'God seedeth danger. Be this as it may, this time little Willy the ravens when they cry?'” stood bold upright and jumped over the dreadful The same way, dear," said mamma, "in which gulf into his father's powerful arms. He looked up | he feeds your little brother Henry when he cries and with a smile, and his father, setting him on the floor, reaches out his hand toward the store closet for milk said, “There, Willy, that was faith. There is the or crackers." gulf of hell between you and eternal life; your heav- “Why, mamma!" said Lucy, looking very serious enly Father holds out for you the arms of his love, and very much surprised, “it is you who feeds Henry. and sent his only Son to die and prove it to you. If You ask him if he is hungry, and he makes a little you trust him and obey his word, as you trusted me, grunt that means 'yes,' and then you go and get bim

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something, mamma. I know you do it, for I see you Henry will learn always to love him, and cry to him every day, mamma. I thought you always spoke the in every trouble.” truth."

Lucy sat thinking of it all for some time, and then These last words were spoken so low, that her ran off to tell her little friend Helen how “God feeds mother could scarcely hear them. But she did, and the ravens." immediately answered, “So I hope I do, my dear,

THE LORD'S PRAYER ILLUSTRATED.—The editor always, and it was the truth when I told you that God feeds Henry, and in like manner the ravens.”

hopes that each one of his little readers kneels down “But, mamma,” said Lucy, looking more and more

and says the Lord's prayer before he retires to rest.

Well, here is an illustration of that prayer. Study distressed,“ does God get them crackers and milk, and feed them with a spoon, as you do? or perhaps

it, children: he sends an angel to do it-what do you mean,

Orar Fathermamma?

By right of creation,

By bountiful provision, Get your Bible, love, and open it at the fifteenth

By gracious adoption, chapter of Matthew, and read it to the thirty-sixth

Who art in heaven verse."

The throne of thy glory, Lucy did so, and then waited for her mother to

The portion of thy children, explaio.

The temple of thy angels, “Well, Lucy, does not Jesus Christ say that our

Halloroed be thy name heavenly Father feeds and clothes us?"

By the thoughts of our hearts, “Yes, mamma, but I do n't see how."

By the words of our lips, I will tell you. How do we get this nice, sweet

By the works of our hands. milk for Henry's supper?”

Thy kingdom come“ Mooly cow gives it, mamma.”

of providence to defend us, « But who made the cow?

Of grace to refine us, “ God," answered Lucy, with a brightening face;

Of glory to crown us. she already began to see through her troubles.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, “ Yes," said mamma, “God made her, and made

Toward us without resistance, her to give milk; and what is this bread made of?”

By us without compulsion, “Flour, mamma."

Universally without exception, " What the flour?"

Eternally without declension. “ Wheat, I believe, mamma.”

Give us this day our daily bread “ Yes, and who makes the wheat?

Of necessity for our bodies,

Of eternal life for our souls. Lucy sat still, thinking.

“Do you remember, Lucy, going with me to your And forgire us our trespasses uncle's farm, last spring, and going out with him to

Against the commands of thy law,

Against the grace of thy Gospel, see him sow?"

“() yes; he took little mites of seeds, and buried A8 we forgive them that trespass against usthem up, and said he had sowed them.”

By defaming our characters,

By embezzling our property, “What did you see yesterday, in the same place ?"

By abusing our persons. “ Beautiful tall little trees, mamma.”

“Stalks, my dear. Well, these came from the little And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evilseeds, and they will all be gathered in and made into

of overwhelming afflictions,

of worldly enticements, flour, to make bread of, for Henry to eat. Don't

of Satan's devices, you see now that God feeds Henry?"

Of error's seductions, “Yes, mamma, but how does he feed the ravens?”

Of sinful affections. “By making the old ravens care for them, and fly

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever about seeking food. Just as I go to the closet to see

Thy kingdom governs all, if Catherine has got any bread there for my babies.

Thy power subdues all, The little baby raven can not fly, but must stay in

Thy glory is above all. the little warm nest, as Henry must stay in the nurs Amenery. So, when they get hungry, they open their little

As it is in thy promises, mouths and inake a noise, which means, 'Give me

So be it in our prayers,

So it shall be to thy praise. something to eat.' Then the old mother-bird hops up and flies off and finds some nice crumbs, or some Take GRUNDY ALONG, 100.--My little nephew is fat worms, and comes fying back to the nest, and the very much attached to his baby brother, whose name little birds open their mouths again, and in drops the is Grundy. One day grandma was talking to him nice little breakfast; then they feel as comfortable as about God, heaven, and the angels. “Grandma," little brother does there, laughing and crowing after said he, “why won't God let me go up in heaven?" his supper."

Grandma told him if he was a good boy God would “Why, mamma," said Lucy, with a smile on her take him up to heaven. The little fellow seemed round face, “how pretty and how kind in the great thoughtful for a moment, then looking up to grandGod; is n't it, mamma?”

ma with a bright smile, he said, “Well, grandina, I “Yes, my love. He is indeed full of loving-kind just tie string to Grundy and take him 'long, too." ness and tender mercy. I hope my little Lucy and

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GIRLS THAT STREWED FLOWERS IN THE PATH OF states depend on his will." Timur replied with equal baugh. WASHINGTON.- An incident connected with the recep

tiness, “I agree with your observation: I did not laugh at tion of Washington at Trenton, New Jersey, in 1789,

your misfortune, but at a reflection that just occurred to my

mind-how little value thrones and scepters possess in the has given to that reception a peculiar interest in his

judgment of God; who has taken a kingdom from a man tory. It was in the spring-- April 21st of the year.

with one eye, to give it to another with one leg." The flowers were in bloom, and young girls, dressed

LAUGHTER AND ITS Uses. The following paragraph in spotless white, stood by the wayside and strewed

reminded us of the old theological professor, who flowers in his path. The Trenton True American

exercised his pupils one hour daily in laughing: says:

Laughter is as healthful to the body as gladness is to the A lady of this city, whose indefatigable interest in patriotic

mind; and there is not a more beautiful spectacle than a antiquities may well shame the indifference of most of ns,

smiling face when you know it is the true index of the soul has been endeavoring to attain the necessary information,

within. We do not speak of that species of idiotic laughter and has found one survivor of the group in the person of

which is sure to follow the exhibition of any low trick, or the Mrs. Mary Chesnut, mother of the senator of South Carolina.

utterance of a coarse jost-but that genial outburst that en. Mrs. Chesnut is a daughter of Colonel John Cox, formerly of

livens the social circle when men, like true philosophers, for. that part of Trenton called Bloomsbury, and is now eighty.

got their past cares, and put ofr till the morrow all apprefive years of age. She gives the following as the names of

hensions regarding the future. the girls who strewed flowers in the pathway of the illustrious traveler: Sally How, Sally Airey, Margaret Lowrey, Bot.

Total ABSTINENCE AMONG MINISTERS.—The minissey Milnor, Sally Collins, Mary Cox.

ters of Jesus Christ have ever been the right arm of GRANDILOQUENCE.—There are few things more lu

the temperance reformation. It is now no time for

them to withhold their influence. A large number dicrous than the use of “great swelling words” in

of the clergy of England in an appeal to their brother the statement or description of common matters.

ministers, say: The following story has a touch of genuine humor:

We abstain ourselves because we believe that the drunkenIt is related of Governor Barbour, of Virginia, that he was

ness which prevails may be traced back to moderate drinking accustomed to indulge in the grandiloquent at the expense

as its great cause. We are convinced that moderate drink, of the simple, as well as for his own amusement. On one

ing, and not drunkenness only, supports the traffic, the traffic occasion he rode out to the field where his servant was plow.

tends to foster drunkenness, and drunkenness produces bodily ing, and looking at him with apparent solicitnde, he said, “I

misery, social degradation, and spiritual death. So long as perceive from the declivity of the hills, and the rotundity of

drink is supplied, there will be drunken nens. Which is most the soil, you proceed horizontally." The fellow, who had

in accordance with common-sense, to supply the cause and often to guess at his master's meaning, looked up and replied,

labor in vain to remove the effect; or to get rid of the effect “Yes, master, I 'spock the tobacco is dry enough for strip through the banishment of the cause? ping, sir,"

LADIES CARRYING THE CROPg.—The following origLOG-Book OF LIFE.--A"log-book" is the record

inated with the Terre Haute Express. It is applied of a voyage kept by the navigator.

The following

to ladies of the editor's locality. But its homely fig. is taken from “the Log-Book of Thomas Parker,"

ures have point and application elsewhere. We, who was a naval officer during “the war of 1812."

however, leave all such applications to our readers: The "voyage spoken of is the voyage of life:

Here is lady. No. I, with ten acres of wheat gracefully First part of the voyage pleasant, with fine breezes and

thrown around her person-twelve bushels to the acre. Ten free winds-all sail set. Spoke many vessels in want of pro

times twelve are one hundred and twenty, at eighty cents a visions—supplied them freely.

bushel; 120x80_$96. Middle passage.-Weather variable-short of provisions

Lady No. II toddles under four tuns of hay at seven dollarg spoke several of the above vessels our supplies had enabled to

and a half per tun; 4x$7.50_$30. She stands erect, as stifily refit-made signals of distress--they up helm and bore away.

as I see Norwegian women every day with a load of kindling. Latter part.-—Boisterous, with contrary winds-current of

wood on their heads. adversity setting hard to leeward-toward the end of the

Lady number III sweeps the path and circumjacent dog. passage it cleared up—with the quadrant of honesty had an

fennel with a train in which are exhibited two yoke of steers observation--corrected and made up my reckoning--and,

at $35—$70. after a passage of fifty years, came to in Mortality Road, with

Lady No. IV is enrobed in twenty acres of corn, forty the calm, unruffled surface of the Ocean of Eternity in view.

bushels to the acre, worth thirty cents to the bushel; 800x304 BAJAZET AND TIMURLANE.—Bajazet and Timurlane

$240.

Lady No. V has a mule colt suspended from each ear, at occupy a space in history that none can overlook.

$15-$30. The following anecdote relating to them will bear reproduction:

Tue GOOD AND THE BAD.—The following true and When Bajazet, after his defeat, was carried into the

pleasant passage occurs in one of Frederika Bremer's preg.

books: ence of Timur Lenk, that is, Timur the Lame, vulgarly Timurlane, on perceiving that Bajazet had but one eye, Timur There is much goodness in the world, although at a superburst into loud laughter. The Turk, who could ill brook ficial glance one is disposed to doubt it. What is bad is any incivility, said fiercely, “ You may deride my misfortunes, noised abroad-is echoed back from side to side, and newspaTimur, but remember they may have happened to yourself, pers and social circles find much to say about it-while what The disposal of kingdoms is in the hands of God, and their is good goes, at best, lske sunshine, quietly through the world.

Do mestie E c o no my. DOMESTIC HAPPINESS.-A connubial little sermon, it will be the most effectual means of guarding from the text, “Be happy as you are,” is thus against colds, and all the interruptions of the system, preached by a cotemporary print:

of which they are the fruitful source; it has a double “ Wife and mother, are you tired and out of pa- effect, it beautifies and it fortifies the skin. In adtience with your husband's and your children's de- dition to the above practice, we also recommend bathmands upon your time and attention? Are you ing, whenever circumstances will permit it. We tempted to speak out angry feelings to that faithful, have no traces of the decline of this most invigorabut, perhaps, sometimes heedless or exacting husband ting custom, yet we know that it was a constant of yours? or to scold and fret at those sweet and habit among the ancients. The Greek mythology beautiful ones? Do you groan and say, “What a represents the goddess of Love rising from the sea, fool I was to marry and leave my father's house, evidently indicating that the pure stream is the source where I lived at ease and in quiet? Are you, by of beauty. Lycurgus, the iron-hearted Spartan, enreason of the care and weariness of body which wife- | forced bathing by his laws, and the streams of the hood and motherhood must bring, forgetful of, and Eurotas daily assisted in the ablutions of the maid. ungrateful for, their comforts and their joys? 0! ens of Sparta. wife and mother, what if a stroke should smite your husband and lay him low? What if your children

SEWING ON Black CLOTH.—To remedy the difficulty should be snatched from your arms and from your

wbich persons with defective eyes experience when bosom? What if there were no true, strong heart sewing on black cloth at night, the Scientific Ameri

can directs: Pin or baste a strip of white paper on for you to lean upon? What if there were no soft little innocents to nestle in your bosom, and to love

the seam of black cloth to be operated upon, then you or receive your love? How would it be with you

sew through the paper and cloth, and when the seam then? Be patient and kind, dear wife: be unweary

is completed the paper may be torn off. The black ing and long-suffering, dear mother; for you know thread will be distinctly seen on the white paper, and not how long you may have with you your best and

drawing the stitches a little tighter than usual, good dearest treasures—you know not how long you may

work will be produced. This method is well adapted tarry with them. Let there be nothing for you to

for sewing by machinery as well as by hand. remember which will wring your heart with remorse

How to PROTECT FURS FROM Motus.—The largest if they leave you alone; let there be nothing for them to remember but sweetness and love unuttera

emporium for furs doubtless, Moscow; and apro

pos of the last-named city, we see it stated by one ble, if you are called to leave them by the way. Be

who was present at the first World's Fair in London, patient, be pitiful, be tender of them all, for death

in 1851, when the furs from Moscow for the exhibiwill step sooner or later between them and you. And

tion were being unrolled, he observed that each con0! what would you do if you should be doomed to

tained a swan's quill, one end of which was lightly sit solitary and forsaken through years and years? corked. On inquiring of the Russian gentleman who Be happy as you are, even with all your trials; for, had charge of the furs, he was informed that the believe it, thou wife of a loving and true husband, quills contained liquid quicksilver, and were a certain there is no lot in life so blessed as thine own."

preventive of the attacks of the moth. The PROPER CARE OF THE SKIN.-If the pores of the skin be stopped up, the operations of digestion

Bread CAKE.—To one cup of light-bread sponge, must be impaired, acridity and corruption of the

add one egg, one cap of flour, half a cup of butter, juices must ensue, ruining the surface of the skin,

half a teaspoonful of saleratus, spice to your taste; and laying the foundation for acute disease. The

stir well together, and put immediately in the oven;

bake as for bread. great object, then, is to keep the pores open by cleanliness, and to give it tone by bathing and gentle

INDIAN PUDDING.–Scald ten tablespoonfuls of Infriction; and here, at the risk of being thought tau

dian meal in three pints of sweet milk; add an ounce tological, we shall enforce the necessity of all per

of butter, and sugar or molasses to sweeten to the sons-ladies especially-passing a wet sponge over

taste. Bake two or three hours. the rohole surface of the body every morning and evening, or, at any rate, every morning, commencing TRANSPARENT PUDDING.-Beat eight eggs very well; with tepid water, and adopting cold water as soon as put them into a stew-pan with half a pound of sugar they can bear it; then let the body be thoroughly pounded fine, the same quantity of butter, and some dried with a soft towel, and rubbed with a soft flesh nutmeg grated; set it on the fire, and keep stirring it brush, or gently with horse-hair gloves; the latter, till it thickens; put a rich puff-paste around the edge at first, will not be very pleasant, but in a short time of the dish; pour in the pudding when cool, and becomes a luxury. This habit will not only beautify bake it in a moderate oven. It will cut light and the skin, and give it that transparency of complex- clear. You may add candied orange and citron, if ion for which the Roman ladies were so eminent, but I you like.

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