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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 the 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.
Behead again, the tail replace,

A goddess come before ye,
In whose dire worship all the race

Of Indians chiefly glory.
Transpose this fiend, a drink you have

Pride of the social table; Transpose the thief, and take the slave,

And twist him in a cable.
Transpose the cause the land endures

Or just complaint and ample;
And what it causes more than cures,

You'll find a bitter sample.

CHARADE. My first of unity's a sign

My second, ere we knew to plant, We used upon my whole to dine,

If all be true that poets chaunt.

RIDDLES.

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.

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 pot 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 have 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 thes initials in a row, Will a most fertile County show, For cheese renown'd, and also where Pin-manufactories there are.

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 wilĩ find what in blockheads was never yet seen.

6. What is it that must stand before it can sit ?

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ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME.

Page 120. Chancery, Admiralty, Regent's-park, Magdalen, Asylum, Ring (in Hyde-park), Temple-bar, Herald'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. iap, Alp.

EDITED BY HERR HARRWITZ. PROBLEM No. IX.-By A. G. M'COMBE, Esq.-White to move, and mate in three moves,

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GAME IX.-Recently played at the Glasgow | 24. R, to Kt. 5.

24. B. to Q. 7. Chess Club, in a little tournament, which took 25. R. to R. 5. (d) 25. K. to Q. 3. place to settle the Championship for a year. It 26. R. to R. 6.

26. R. to Q. Kt. was decided by Mr. M'Combe, the Hon. Sec. of 27. R. takes Q. R. P. 27. Q. to K. the Club, beating all his antagonists.

28. R. to R. 6.

28. K. to Q. B. 2.

29. Q. to K. R. 7. ch. 29. K. to B. White-Mr. M'Combe. Black-Mr.

30. K. R. takes Kt.P.(e)30. Q. to Q. 2. 1. K. P. 2. 1. Q. B. P. 2. 31. R. takes R. ch.

Resigned. 2. K. Kt. to B. 3. 2. K. P. 2.

Duration-Five hours. 3. B. to Q. B. 4. (a) 3. Q. P. 1. 4. Q. Kt. to B. 3. 4. K. Kt. to B. 3. (6)

NOTES TO GAME IX. 5. K. Kt. to Kt. 5. 5. B. to K. 3. (c)

(a) White is right in not taking the K. P., since 6. Kt. takes B. 6. P. takes Kt.

he must have lost his own by Black's playing Q 7. B. takes P.

Q. KI. to R. 3.

to K 2, followed, if necessary, by Q. P. 1. 8. Q. P. 1. 8. Q. Kt, to B. 2.

(6) He ought to have played B. to K. 2, before 9. B. to Q. Kt. 3. 9. Q. to K. 2.

playing out Kt. 10. . B. to K. Kt. 5. 10. Castles.

(C) Q. P. I would have been better now. 11. Kt. to Q. 5. 11. Q. Kt. takes Kt.

(d) From this point to the end White plays in 12. K. B. takes Kt. 12. Q. to Q. 2.

quite a masterly style, and as the position, though 13. B. takes Kt. 13. P. takes B.

ever changing, is of unvarying interest, we en14. Q. B. P. 1. 14. R. to K.

gage the student to examine it carefully after 15. Q. R. P. 1. 15. B. to R.

every move. 16. Q. Kt. P. 2. 16. K. R. to B.

(e) R. to R. 7. would have been equally good. 17. P. takes P.

17. P. takes P. 18. Q. R. to Kt. 18. Q. Kt. P. 1.

SOLUTION TO PROBLEM VINI. 19. Q. to K. R. 5. 19. Q. to K. Kt. 2.

WHITE.

BLACK. 20. Q. to K. B. 5. ch. 20. K. to Q. B. 2.

1. Kt. to R. 4. ch. 1. K. to Kt. 4. (best) 21. Castles. 21. B. to Kt. 4.

2. B. to K.

2. R. P. 1. (best) 22. R. to Kt. 2. 22. K. R. P. 2.

3. B. to Q. Kt. 7. 3. K. takes Kt. 23. K. R. to Q. Kt. 23. Q. to K. 2.

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 1:5.)

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. ance."

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, creatures. 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 acquicscence. as almost to be deemed an eccentric, and “But there were some causes in iny 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 1-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 vas 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, at 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, I 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 flattery into her ear ;

VOL, VIII.-20. XCI.

and polluted with his foul influences the which never broke my confidence. She heart, until that moment, chaste and pure. ' and her children were supported by an unI was then a young country squire, and known hand. Often she begged to know perhaps bore about me plebeian marks her benefactor; and sometimes refused to which my rural life imparted to me. I receive the never-failing aid, unless she was born to love, but not to dazzle. I was made acquainted with its source. She had no affected accent of speech. I em- would probably have kept this resolution, ployed none of the artifices of the toilette but for her children's sake. Many times to beautify myself. I could not lie and she would say, to the friend I employed, flatter, and had no trappings of royal that she knew me to be the giver, and she livery to decorate my person. My rival / wept over the sorrows she had caused me. had all these ; and he trampled upon She begged that I would see and forgive my hopes, crushed them in a night; her. I had forgiven her, unasked; but for for from that time a change came my own peace, and for the honour of manover the angel I had loved,-every act of kind, I would not see her. I have loved mine displeased her. My calls were at her in solitude ever since. At length she inconvenient hours, -at last they were died; and, after her death, a letter was pronounced too frequent. I reminded her brought to me, written in her last hour. of the ardent love that had subsisted be- It acknowledged that she had loved me tween us, and warned her against tempta- deeply,—that she had been dazzled by tion. She laughed, and said that the love flattery, and fell under the influence of she had professed, and perhaps slightly temptation; but that in her second attachentertained, was a mere girlish freak -and ment her heart had sinned against itself, that I ought to know enough of human as well as against me. Giving me her nature to have understood it as such! She last blessing, she died !” was so dear to me, that I lost my senses, The old man was so overcome with these when I heard the object of my affection sad memories of blighted hope, that he thus coldly disavow me, and smile at the concealed his face and wept. sufferings she had caused. I became for a "I ought not,” he continued, " to have time simple and unmanly ;-I still sought troubled you with all this; but it is a tale her, and implored, if not her love, her pity, of facts, which influenced my own life to The humiliation I put upon myself in- such a degree, that, as I am about to jured me still more in her estimation, speak to you concerning your future weluntil at last she treated me with contempt. fare, I thought it might assist the purpose Five years of my life were lost in a mise I have in view.” rable state of torpor,-in which I neither Charles wondered intensely at the import saw, felt, nor heard, but moved about of the old man's words. like an automaton, affording mirth, I sup. “In making you my heir, Charles, I am pose, to the giddy crowd around me. anxious not to exercise an undue influence During this time she married ! Before over you. Nor should I have ventured to half the period was over, she was deserted; touch upon such a subject at all, but that having led a life of utter wretchedness I am aware of your having already avowed from her wedding-day. The news was sentiments which delight me very much. brought to me by a friend whom I had not I should like to see you married, Charles ; seen for some years,--and who thought married to a lady in whom there is no that I should find in these facts an accept weakness, no deception. One who posable revenge. “No! my heart loved her sesses solid religious principle; who loves still, Charles; and I am proud only of God with all her soul, and who will ground this one quality in myself,--that I cannot her duties as a wife upon her responsibility cherish hatred, even when I suffer wrong. to God, as well as upon her love for the The heart that loved her first, loved her object to which she is united. Such an through every change,—through the grave union, Charles, will make you truly happy; to heaven! She was deserted-left with and in the hands of two people, affectionate two children-penniless! I awoke from to each other, and benevolent to all around my torpor. I sought her out,-not in per- them, I can have no fear that the riches I son, Charles, but through a secret agency, shall leave behind me, will be a source of

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the blessings to many. This has long been | Mr. Lys dhurst 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 sion; 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 OPEN CONFESSION.-REVELATION OF thing he had many times done before.

CHARACTER. 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 Ďent,--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 à Lord 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

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