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slip the last, knit the first of the side The receipt is for the right foot; for the stitches off a fine needle, pass the slip- left the joins in front should be at the stitch over. Now purl eight stitches, and other side, and the increase at the ends of with the last, purl one off the other fine the first green stripe must be reverted. needle. Knit and purl alternately these Those who are not au fait at knitting, nine stitches, taking off one from a fine ' may work these slippers in crochet. In needle, with the last stitch, at the end of either case, care must be taken not to every row, until you have done, with black draw the wools. It may interest our wool equal to the black stripe. Join on friends to know that the original pattern the yellow and continue in the same way, for this beautiful slipper was brought to only the nine stitches must gradually be us from Constantinople, by a lady of the decreased to five by purling 2 together. highest rank. The effect depends much It is also necessary, every alternate purled on the choice of tints. Our correspondand knitted row, to take two instead of ents will receive them, post free, for 3s. 6d. one, off the side needle. When as much is done as will equal the yellow stripe, CHICKWEED.—This humble plant is well join on the red wool, and continue in the known to bird - fanciers; and though same way, decreasing the five stitches to looked upon as a lowly weed, yet it has one, and knitting off all those of the side properties which prove the protecting needles.
hand of Nature for its preservation. This FOR THE SOLE. Turn the slipper on plant is found wild in most parts of the the wrong side, and take up, with the fine world. It is annual, and flowers almost needles, all the original cast stitches, as through the whole year. Dr. Withering well as the one stitch left at the toe, and says, “ That it grows almost in all situathe edges of the green stripe. Join on tions, from damp and almost boggy woods, the dark green wool. Knit the stitches at | to the driest gravel - walks in gardens; the edge of the green stripe, and 65 cast | but in these various states its appearances on ones, t knit two together, t eight | are very different; so that those who have times ; knit the remainder to the toe. only taken notice of it as garden chickRepeat this round.
weed, would hardly know it in woods, where Hold the two needles nearest the toe it sometimes exceeds half a yard in height, together, and cast off 17 stitches from and has leaves near two inches long, and each, knitting two stitches together. more than one inch broad. In its truly
Do another round, knitting three toge- wild state, in damp woods and hedge ther four times at the heel, then cast off, in bottoms, with a nothern aspect, it has the same way, twenty more from each side. almost always ten stamens ; but in drier
Do another round and cast off the re- , soils and sunny exposures, the stamens mainder in the same way.
are usually five or three. The flowers | Fasten off all the ends.
are upright, and open from nine in the These slippers are lined with a row of morning till noon; but if it rains, they netting, two yards long, done on the small do not open. After rain they become mesh, with pink wool. It is tacked inside pendant; but in the course of a few days the slipper, backwards and forwards, from rise again. It is a remarkable instance the toe to the heel, lining the sole and of the sleep of plants ; for every night the sides, but coming across the front only leaves approach in pairs, including within once, just beneath the instep.
their upper surfaces the tender rudiments A netted frill of black wool, done with of the new shoots; and the uppermost the widest mesh, is made long enough to pair but one, at the end of the stalk, is go round the entire top of the slipper furnished with longer leaf-stalks than the once, and twice across the front. A others, so that they can close upon the plaited cord of black and yellow wool, terminating pair, and protect the end of with a red tassel at each end, is run in the the branch. The young shoots and leaves open hem round the ankle.
| when boiled, are similar to spinach, and Cork soles may be added if desired, but are equally wholesome. It is a grateful for invalids, the slippers without soles are food to small birds and young chickens. incomparably warm and soft.
| It was formerly used for medical purposes.
- FEMALE EDUCATION. : ,
: pleasure, produces discontent, agitation of
the nervous system, tears, low spirits, Nothing is more remarkable in the bewailings, the vapours, or a hysteric fit. present age than the care with which, by The tendency to the latter exhibition of most of the prevalent customs and a sys- feelings injured or irritated, is found to tem of fashionable education, the minds of be partly under the control of the will, or the generality of females are consigned is at least often yielded to as the shortest to inactivity and utter uncompanionable way of putting an end to the disagreeable insipidity. Whilst the expression of almose opposition of parents or a husband. Youth every elevated feeling is repressed as in- gives place to iniddle age, and middle age consistent with refinement, every artificial leads on to declining years; and the mind want, every habit of selfish gratification, having no resources to retreat upon, the is as much as possible indulged. Active frivolity of early life is too frequently exercise in the open air, cheerful country- exchanged for a feverish devotion and a walks, a joyful participation of the hearty chronic hysteric sensibility. Vaiuly hoping pleasures of any society in which 'every to obtain from various stimulants that feels movement is not taught by the posture- ing of health which no stimulants can master; or conversation conducted accord- | bestow, so long as good atmospheric air ing to the rules' laid down in books is not breathed, and the voluntary muscles professing to teach female duty and be- are not exercised, the invalid sinks by ħaviour ;--all this would be inconsistent slow degrees into all the selfish inaeti. with the general aim of all classes to vity of a confirmed valetudinarian and imitate the manners and habits of the in these cases the double grievance of highest. All kind of reading, except of hypochondriasis and hysteria is often in. works the most frivolous, is considered curred by the same individual, and seems ungenteel, or, at least, singular; and any to furnish an excuse for the neglect of display of deep and unsophisticated sen every duty requiring the smallest exertion timent excites universal pity. The beau- of body and mind. ties of Nature, the triumphs of science, If any hope could be entertained that the miracles of art, excite no more than declamation against follies so notorious a languid expression of wonder. To apply and hurtful would be rewarded by success; the mind to read or understand such things or that advice given to counteraet them would destroy the apathetic elegance would be listened to, we would say to the which those desire to preserve, who parents of the present day," Let your still believe knowledge to be a very good first care be to give your little girls a thing for persons who live by it. With good physical education. Let their early as much care as the natural proportions years be passed, if possible, in the counof the female figure are destroyed by stays try, gathering flowers in the fields, and made upon abstract principles, is the partaking of all the free exercises in mind cribbed and cabined by custom and which they delight. When they grow older, fashion. Then, universal ambition leads do not condemn them to sit eight listless to universal difficulties as to fortune; and hours a day over their books, their work, their the only serious duty to daughters is to maps, and their music. Be assured that obtain an advantageous settlement, which, half the number of hours passed in real whether gained or missed, is too often attention to well-ordered studies will make thus the cause of cureless discontent, them more accomplished and more agreeinjured health, and all the nervous mala- able companions than those commonly dies incidental to an ill-managed mind are who have been most elaborately finished, and infirm body.
| in the modern acceptation of the term." Barely equal to sustain a life of indo- The systems by which young ladies are lence, from which all strong and noble taught to move their limbs aceording to emotions are shut out, the slighter pains the rules of art; to come into a room and disappointments of life induce suffer- with studied diffidence; and to step into ing in the frivolous and morbid mind; a carriage with measured action and preand any serious contradiction, any check meditated grace, are only calculated to to indulgence, any appeal of duty against keep the degrading idea perpetually pre
sent that they are preparing for the great restless gaiety ; by a love of home-duties, market of the world. Real elegance of de, country-scenery, and useful Occupations; meanour springs from the mind; fashion by a reasonable acquaintance with some able schools do but teach its imitation, of the sciences; by a taste for the arts, whilst their rules forbid to be ingenuous, and for the improving pleasures of elegant Philosophers never conceived the idea of literature, and the society of the virtuous so perfect a vacuum as is found to exist in and well informed. The divine, the phithe minds of young women who are sup losopher, and the physician, speak the posed to have finished their education in same language. The dictates of reason such establishments. If they marry hus and of duty are sufficiently plain, and, bands as uninformed as themselves, they few are blind to them; and they are the fall into habits of indolent insignificance dictates of health, bodily and mental ; without much pain; if they marry per but so opposed to them are the dictates of sons more accomplished, they can retain fashion, and the bits of what is called no hold of their affections.. Hence many the world, in a coui ry too much given to matrimonial miseries, in the midst of the worship of gold, that of all who prowhich the wife finds it a consolation to fess to acknowledge their truth, the greater be always complaining of her: health and number are still ever foundruined nerves.
"To see the best, and yet he worst pursue.” In the education of young women we would say, let them be secured from all the trappings and manacles of such a What MEDIOCRITY CAN 20.-- It is system; let them partake of every active not deep learning, but medioc. ity, which exercise not absolutely unfeminine, and is most commensurate with the exigencies trast to their being able to get into or of humanity, and in consequence, by a out of a carriage with a light and graceful wise provision, most amply provided. The step, which no drilling can accomplish. abstractions of theorists, and the subtleties Let them rise early and retire early to of metaphysicians, seldom avail for the rest, and trust that their beauty will not practical use of life. Projects and concepneed to be coined into artificial smiles in tions derived from such sources are only order to ensure a welcome, whatever room suited to the ideal world in which they they enter. Let them ride, walk, run, originate. They are little more than the dance in the open air. Encourage the stuff that dreams are of, and irrelevant and merry and innocent diversions in which out of keeping with actual realities. The the young delight; let them, under pro individuals most celebrated, those who per guidance, explore every hill and val- have made the most impression on their leys let them plant and cultivate the age, and, given to its shaping direction, garden, and make hay when the summer have rarely been distinguished by high sığn shines, and surmount all dread of a intellect. They possessed uncommon en shower of rain or the boisterous wind ; dowments no doubt but they were endowand, above all, let them take no medicine, ments for action, not speculation for the except when the doctor orders it. The multitude, not the cloister. Of this dedemons of hysteria and melancholy might scription were Whitefield, John Wesley, hover over a group of young ladies so Martin Luther, John Knox, and Mahomet, brought up; but they would not find one Extraordinary men they certainly were of them upon whom they could exercise men of great gifts, but they were gifts, of any power.
the heart more than of the head, of zeal The chance of freedom from all nervous and enthusiasm, of an untiring body and complaints, including some of the most spirit. In minds they were common place, dreadful mental visitations, is increased by appliances. They did not, in vulgar every rational means of increasing india phrase, try to cut blocks with the razor, vidual happiness; by that great blessing, but, shrewdly appreciating the wants and a contented mind, by a calm dependence capabilities of the masses, framed accoron a benevolent and e-wise Creator; by dingly the form and temper of their instru. a freedom from all mean forms of ambi- ments. In this they showed practical, if tions for establishment, equipage, and not abstract geniusani
thing. I am an outcast and a wanderer, WHO IS CONTENTED ?
destitute of every comfort of life. I am ONE day, as the dervish Almoran, the the most miserable of mankind; for in wisest of all the followers of the prophet, addition to my own sufferings, I see others and the oracle of the chief mufti of Stam- around me revelling in those luxuries for boul, was sitting in a shady grove by the lack of a small portion of which I am side of a bubbling fountain, on the shores | perishing.” of the Bosphorus, trying to find out the At this moment a third man aproad to happiness, in order that he might proached, with weary steps and a languid benefit his fellow creatures by cominuni- look, and casting himself down by the cating the discovery, his speculations side of the fountain, stretched out his were interrupted by a man, richly clothed, limbs, at full length, and yawning, cried who, approaching, sat down and sighed out, heavily, crying out at the same time, “ Allah! what shall I do? what will be. “O Allah, I beseech thee to relieve me of come of me? I am tired of life, which is life, or the burdens with which it is nothing but a purgatory of wants that, Jaden.”
when supplied, only produces my disapAlmoran, who was a sort of amateur of pointment or disgust." misery, because i', afforded him the plea Almoran, approached, and asked, sure of admi istering consolation, ap “What is the cause of thy misery? proached the man of sorrow, and kindly What wantest thou ?” inquired thu cause of his grief.
“I want a want," answered the other. • Art thou in want of food, of friends, “I am cursed with the misery of fruition. of health, or any of these comforts of I have wasted my life in acquiring riches life inat are necessary to human bappi. | that brought me nothing but disappointness? or dost thou lack the advice of ex- ment, and honours that no longer gratify perience, or the consolation of sympathy? | my pride, or repay me for the labour of Speak, for it is the business of my life to sustaining them; I have been cheated into bestow them on my fellow-creatures." the pursuit of pleasures that turned to
“Alas !” said the stranger “I require pain in the enjoyment, and the only want none of these. I have all and more than is that I have nothing to desire. I have I want of everything. I have all the everything I wish, and yet I enjoy means of happiness but one, and the want nothing." of that renders every other blessing of no Almoran paused a few moments, utterly value."
at a loss to find a remedy for this strange “And what is that?” asked the dervish. malady, and then said to himself, — :
“I adore the beautiful Zulema; but “Allah preserve me; I see it is all the she adores another, and all my riches are same whether men want one thing, everyas nothing. I am the most miserable of thing, or nothing. It is impossible to men; my life is a burden, and my death make such beings happy, and may I eat would be the greatest of blessings." dirt, if I trouble myself any more in so
Before Almoran could reply, there ap- vain a pursuit.” proached a poor creature, clothed in rags, . Then taking up his staff, he went on and leaning on his staff, bowed down to his way. the earth with a load of misery. He sat down, moaning as if in great pain, and · Two-AND-A-HALF COLUMNS OF THE casting his eyes upwards, exclaimed, - “ TIMES” REPORTED BY TELEGRAPH.
“Allah, be my star, for I have none On the occasion of the great banquet to other."
Cobden, the extraordinary quantity of The dervish went to him, and kindly two-and-a-half columns of the proceedsaid,
ings of the dinner, which did not termi“What aileth thee, poor man? Perhaps it nate until midnight at Manchester, was may he in my power to relieve thy distress. completely printed in the Times by four What wantest thou ?".
o'clock the next morning, and was in “Everything," he replied; “health, Manchester on that day by one at noon.food, kindred, friends a home-every- | Guide to the Electric Telegraph.
INTERCOURSE OF INSECTS.
the colony, it would appear impossible
for them to ascertain, at least before the Can insects talk? This may indeed lapse of a considerable time, whether she seem a strange question to those who was absent from among them or not. In would limit the meaning of the word to order to see whether bees had any power the capability of expressing ideas by of conveying news of this kind, the queenmeans of articulate sounds ; nevertheless bee has been stealthily and quietly aba little reflection will convince any one stracted from the hive; but here, as who is conversant with the habits of these elsewhere, ill news was found to fly apace. creatures, that though they may have no For some half-hour or so, the loss seemed tongues, they can express themselves in not to have been ascertained, but the some way or other“ with most miraculous progressively increasing buzz of agitation organ.” Various experiments might be gradually announced the growing alarm, quoted in proof of this assertion ; let us until shortly the whole hive was in an uphowever, select one of two which seem roar, and all its busy occupants were seen to leave no room for dispute about the pouring forth their legions in search of matter. Any one who finds himself in their lost monarch, or eager to avenge the vicinity of an ant's nest, may soon with their stings the insult offered to their be convinced that these industrious little sovereign. On restoring the captured labourers are by no means destitute of queen to her subjects, with equal secrecy, the power of commuvicating information the tumult speedily subsided, and the to each other, relative to the affairs of ordinary business of the community was their commonwealth. Let him, for ex- resumed.---Professor Jones. ample, place a heap of food in the neighbourhood of the ant-hill, and watch the LORD PETERBOROUGH AND THE CANARY proceedings of its inmates. A short | BIRD.--"Lord Peterborough, when a young time will probably elapse before the | man, and about the time of the Revolution, discovery of the treasure; but at length had a passion for a young lady who was some wanderer, in his morning's ramble, fond of birds. She had seen and heard a lias the good fortune to stumble upon it. fine canary-bird at a coffee - house near What does he do? He does not, like an Charing-cross, and entreated him to get it isolated individual incapable of asking for her; the owner of it was a widow, and for assistance, begin at once the task of Lord Peterborough offered to buy it at a removing the heap, but, on the contrary, great price, which she refused. Finding off he scampers with the glad intelligence, there was no other way of coming at the and running his head against that of bird, he determined to change it; avd, every ant he meets, manages in some getting one of the same colour, with mysterious way, not only to intimate the nearly the same marks, but which hapfact of the discovery, but also to give pened to be a hen, went to the house; the information relative to the locality where mistress of it usually sat in a room behind the provisions may be found, for speedily | the bar, to which he had easy access ; conit will be seen that troops of porters, I triving to send her out of the way, he summoned at the call of the first finder, effected his purpose; and, upon her returi, hasten to the spot, and all is activity and took his leave. He continued to frequent bustle until the store is safely warehoused | the house to avoid suspicion, but forbore in the ant-hill. Another still more striking saying anything of the bird till about two instance of the possession of a capability years after; when, taking occasion to speak of spreading intelligence, and that of a of it, he said to the woman, 'I would have somewhat abstruse character, is furnished bought that bird of you, and you refused by experiments that have been made by my money for it; I dare say you are by Huber and others upon bees. Every one this time sorry for it?' 'Indeed, sir,' ailis aware that the queen-bee is an object swered the woman, 'I am not, nor would I of the greatest solicitude and attention now take any sum for him, for-would to all the workers of the hive, and yet, you believe it ?- from the time that our among so many thousands, all busily em- | good king had to go abroad and lcave ployed in different and distant parts of us, the dear crcature bas not sung a note."