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SCIENTIFIC AMUSEMENTS. Method of obtaining flowers of different colours on the same stem.-Split a small twig of the elder bush lengthways, and having scooped out the pith, fill each of the compartments with seeds of flowers of different sorts, but which blossom about the same time; surround them with mould, and then, tying together the two bits of wood, plant the whole in a pot filled with earth properly prepared. The stems of th different flowers will thus be so incorporated as to exhibit to the eye only one stem, throwing out branches corered with flowers analogous to the seed which produced them.
TRANSPOSITIONS. There is a thing, I must not tell,
If you can find it, take it; Each potter knows its uses well,
Although he does not make it. Cut off its head, you'll then perceive
A cause of much complaining ; Cut off its tail, and I believe
You'll find a thief remaining.
A goddess come before ye,
Of Indians chiefly glory.
CHARADE. My first of unity's a sign
My second, ere we know to plant, We used upon my whole to dine,
If all be true that poets chaunt.
ENGLISH COUNTIES; HISTORICAL
ENIGMA. First him whose head a tribune took, And (where for brains you'd think to look), Fill'd it with lead, to make it weigh A heavy sum for Rome to pay. -Next him who unto Brutus true His friendship proved, bring to our view, Who, when with Anthony at strife, Took Brutus' name to save his life. -Now him who for th' imperial right Agreed with Vitellus to fight, Three battles his-the fourth his foe's, When his own hand his life did close. -The town which Cato strove in vain Against great Cæsar to maintain; But could not with his force contend, So did with life the effort end. -Then him who till'd his little field, And did not very easy yield, To quit his farm and peaceful home, To be the dictator of Rome. -Who, when great Anthony required A service he had long desired, Did, at his neble naster's feet, The death he should bave given, meet ? -Tell those Rome's policy betray'd And to their tents by force convey'd ; By which rough fraud they did provide Each victor with a blooming bride. -The Roman King who did decline To buy the Sybils books when nine; The six he also did deny, But the three last was forced to buy. -The people name who long were foes, And did the Roman power oppose; But were the first that e'er were seen To pass the Roman yoke between. --Lastly the man who firm did prove, Though Carthage tried with bribes to move; And who to raise the Roman state, Undaunted braved his cruel fate. -Now thesa initials in a row, Will a most fertile County show, For cheese renown'd, and also where Pin-manufactories there are.
Pride of the social table;
And twist him in a cable.
of just complaint and ample;
You'll find a bitter sample.
1. My first 's the position you hold in society, My next is increasing to give you anxiety; My whole is a tax on love, nonsense, and piety; Though once we paid more, by a much larger moiety.
2. What part of your body can you cut up so as to make another part-and what that other part does—what drops from a third part-what a fourth part does, and what you put into it-and what all these parts return to at last!
3. Why is weakness like wheat
4. What is that which cannot run, though it has three feet always ?
5. If you join to five, six, with an eighth of
eigtheen, You will find what in blockheads was never yet seen.
6. What is it that must stand before it can sit ?
7. When is a sailor not a sailor?
ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME.
PAGE 120. Chancery, Admiralty, Regent's-park, Magdalen, A sylum, Ring (in Hyde-park), Temple-bar, H erald's office, Exchequer, Navy oflice.--Carmarthenshire. TRANSPOSITIONS1. Palm-Lamp. 2. Stone-Tone---Note-Eton. RIDDLES
1. It is always in a rage. 2. Art-i-choke. 3. Alone. 4. Imp-rove. 5. Car-ouse. 6. Misan-thrope. QUERIES
1. Gad-fly. 2. Level. 3. Bank-note, 4. Cod. ling. 5. Lawsuit. 6. I should be in the middle. 7. i ap, Alp.
EDITED BY HERR HARRWITZ. PROBLEM NO. IX.-By A. G. M'COMBE, Esq.-White to move, and mate in three moves.
24. R, to Kt. 5.
24. B. to Q. 7. 25. R. to R. 5. (d) 25. K. to Q. 3. 26. R. to R. 6.
26. R. to Q. Kt. 27. R. takes Q. R. P. 27. Q. to K. 28. R. to R.
28. K. to Q. B. 2. 29. Q. to K. R. 7. ch. 29. K. to B. 30. K. R. takes Kt.P.(e)30. Q. to Q. 2. 31. R. takes R. ch.
GAME IX.-Recently played at the Glasgow Chess Club, in a little tournament, which took place to settle the Championship for a year. It was decided by Mr. M'Combe, the Hon. Sec. of the Club, beating all his antagonists. White-Mr. M'Combe. Black-Mr. 1. K. P. 2.
1. Q, B, P. 2. 2. K. Kt. to B. 3. 2. K. P. 2. 3. B. to Q. B. 4. (a) 3. Q. P. 1. 4. Q. Kt. to B. 3. 4. K. Kt. to B. 3. (6) 5. K. Kt. to Kt. 5. 5. B. to K. 3. (c) 6. Kt. takes B.
6. P. takes Kt. 7. B. takes P.
7. Q. Kt. to R. 3. 8. Q. P. 1.
8. Q. Kt. to B. 2. 9. B. to Q. Kt. 3. 9. Q. to K. 2. 10. Q. B. to K. Kt. 5. 10. Castles. 11. Kt. to Q. 5.
11. Q. Kt. takes Kt. 12. K. B. takes Kt. 12. Q. to Q. 2. 13. B. takes Kt.
13. P. takes B. 14. Q. B. P. 1.
14. R. to K. 15. Q. R. P.l.
15. B. to R. 16. Q. Kt. P. 2.
16. K. R. to B. 17. P. takes P.
17. P. takes P. 18. Q. R. to Kt.
18. Q. Kt. P. 1. 19. Q. to K. R. 5. 19. Q. to K. Kt. 2. 20. Q. to K. B. 5. ch. 20. K. to Q. B. 2. 21. Castles.
21. B. to Kt. 4. 22. R. to Kt. 2.
22. K. R. P. 2. 23. K. R. to Q. Kt. 23. Q. to K. 2.
NOTES TO GAME IX. (a) White is right in not taking the K. P., since he must have lost his own by Black's playing Q to K 2, followed, if necessary, by Q. P. 1.
(6) He ought to have played B. to K. 2, before playing out Kt.
(c) Q. P. I would have been better now.
(d) From this point to the end White plays in quite a masterly style, and as the position, thoug ever changing, is of unvarying interest, we engage the student to examine it carefully after every move.
(e) R. to R. 7. would have been equally good.
SOLUTION TO PROBLEM VITI.
BLACK 1. Kt. to R. 4. ch. 1. K. to Kt. 4. (best) 2. B. to K.
2. R. P. 1. (best) 3. B. to Q. Kt. 7. 3. K. takes Kt. 4. B. to Q. B. 6. Mate.
self may be called upon to fill the place of ELLEN LYNDHURST;
so good a man as you are.” A TALE OF TRIAL AND TRIUMPH. “No compliments, Charles, no compli
ments," said the Squire; "they have no (Continued from page 1:25.)
effect upon me. I am not so good a man CHAPTER X.
as I ought to have been. I have led a
life of almost aimless existence,-have been AN OLD BACHELOR'S STORY.
content to be, and have not endeavoured "Well, Charles," said the Squire, one to do. To be sure, by some trifling acts morning at the breakfast-table, " the time of charity I have diffused comforts around has nearly arrived for your departure. me, and have been blessed by the grateful But before you go, my boy, I must talk smiles of the poor. Still, charity, in old with you upon some matters of import- age, is but a poor compensation for use
lessness in youth and in the vigour of life. “ I shall be most happy," replied Like many others—too many, unfortuCharles. He had long been looking forward nately-I shall have to pass from the to this occasion. * But where is Mrs. world, having left behind me no great Davis this morning ?”
work to mark my existence, save it be the “Why, Charles, knowing that I wished great mistake of doing nothing, and provto speak with you upon some matters of ing to those who' may see my end, how a privacy, she has prudently absented her life full of glorious opportunities may be self."
thrown away." "All the better," thought Charles. “I fear you do yourself injustice, sir,"
“You know, my boy," continued the said Charles. Squire, “that I am getting old, and that I “No, not so. Good as your future life have no right to expect a greater clemency may be great as may be the works that from the laws of Nature than my fellow- , you achieve - when, towards the last,
It becomes me, therefore, to you sit down and contemplate the grave, make some settlement of my wordly affairs, and take the pen in your hand to settle —and like every man in my position, I am your account with the world, you will anxious to find a successor who will honour feel, as I feel now, that there are many the line from which he inherits his privi- | things to regret, and to ask the pardon of leges. But beyond this, as I have led a Heaven for." retired and frugal life, to such an extent Charles bowed acquiescence. as almost to be deemed an eccentric, and “ But there were some causes in my as fortune has been singularly kind to me, youth, Charles, of which you know noand enriched my possessions far beyond thing. People call me an old bachelor ; my merits or expectations, I feel that in and in times gone by, before I passed the the last important act of my life, I must age of love, not a day was added to my secure such a disposal of my property as lot, that I was not taunted with being will prove to the world that I have not dead to the susceptibilities of the heart. lived in vain."
I did, however, love once, Charles. Loved “ Your motives are very nobie,” said --aye with all the deep devotion of which the Charles, submissively.
human heart is capable. The lady of my “By law you are my heir," said the choice was one of gentle blood, tall. Squire. Charles was all attention. handsome, graceful—too beautiful, in fact,
“But I have the right of willing my pro- for me—it must have been a mad ambition perty to whomsoever I please,” —Charles | that made me woo her. I thought she was all excitement—" Yet I recognise in loved me---she said she did ; both by word you, Charles, the person whom by choice and pen, her avowals breathed the most I would name as my successor ; the law of | ardent attachment. Our marriage was the heart, and the law of the land unite talked of; the day almost fixed, when, ai to secure you in this position.”.
a splendid assembly, given in honour of "Sir, you honour me,” said Charles; the coronation of the late king, she met still, Í ardently hope that the day may be with one of his majesty's officers, who far distant when one so unworthy as my- poured the poison of Aattery into her ear;
VOL, VIII.-XO. XCI.
OPEN CONFESSION.- REVELATION OF
blessings to many. This has long been Mr. Lydhurst had several times delibemy object.”
rated upon the subject. Even Mrs. Davis's “What is coming now?” thought opinion had been consulted. The old lady Charles, inwardly. “Proceed without re- entertained a high opinion of Ellen, as serve,” said he; “ ‘your wishes shall be did everybody around her; and though her mine."
faith in the young Squire, as she already “Well, then,” proceeded the Squire, “I called him, had been somewhat shaken by have heard of your attachment to Ellen a few unaccountable incidents which came Lyndhurst. She has, of course, confided under her notice, she was desirous of your avowals to her father, and we have making a suitable match for Miss Ellen, several times talked the matter over with in whose favour she knew she would almuch anxiety,—at length we have both ways occupy a high place. Mr. Lyndhurst arrived at the same feeling, and are not had examined his daughter with much only willing, but desirous that the sugges- anxiety. He found that she was really tions of your own heart shall find expres- impressed with a strong attachment for
and that before you leave Windmere, Charles, and that his declarations to her Ellen shall be considered as your future appeared ardent and honest. He therewife.”
fore resigned the plans he had in his A confused feeling passed over Charles's daughter to the attachment thus formed, mind. He stood in the midst of a and centered the hopes of a loving father dilemma. That which he had commenced in the prospects of such a union. as a foolish freak, now assumed a serious aspect. He really bore no love towards Ellen, and only sought to make a conquest
CHAPTER XI. over the heart of a simple girl-a sort of thing he had many times done before. He knew, however, that he must not trifle In a few days Charles had returned to with his uncle's feelings, especially as he London, and was again moving amongst was so keenly sensitive of a deception his former acquaintances. He had cerpractised upon himself. So he determined tainly succeeded in his visit to Windmere, to accept the conditions, and treat the so far as his present purposes were condifficulty afterwards as he best could. cerned, for the Squire upon his departure
“You have spoken just as my own handed him a cheque for a thousand pounds. heart would have dictated,” said Charles, He therefore returned to town “in high with an air of much composure.
feather," and soon forgot the lessons of " Then all is understood," said the prudence and economy that had been read Squire. “ Before your departure we will to him. spend an evening with Mr. Lyndhurst and In a large and elegant room, at the hour Ellen, when matters will naturally disclose of midnight, beneath the dazzling light of themselves without much formality. But brilliant chandeliers, sat Charles Langford, between ourselves, the understanding is surrounded by a party of " friends.” They distinctly this,-that you marry Ellen, and knew of his visit to Windmere, its purpose, then become heir to my estates, that and its success, and just at this moment you may punctually carry out the motives he was a "great gun,” among them. and feelings which you now sufficiently There was a Captain Dent,-a tall man with understand.”
large black mustachios, and a true military “Precisely so,” said Charles; "and let air. He leant against a massive marble me express my deep obligations to you for mantel piece, twirled his mustachios, and your high consideration.” They shook drank brandy-and-water. There was a hands heartily, and the subject for the Count Smoleski,--a tall and slender man, present was concluded.
with extremely pale countenance and large The reader must not imagine that the black eyes; he stretched himself upon a end here detailed has been abruptly arrived | lounge, and attempted to crack jokes in at. Charles and Ellen had many other broken English. There was meetings than those which have been Elleswood, -a round fat man, with purple described in our pages, and the Squire and face and aldermanic cut of body, who sat