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SPECTATOR.-We are always pleased to hear from you: but do kindiy try to write in a little more
| legible hand. ADDRESS : 23, MIDDLE STREET, CLOTI FAIR, WEST SMITHFIELD, E.C.
ANNA GREY.-We do not recollect the book you mention; nor do we remember the poem “Linger
not Long.” Perhaps some of the Council can give FIRST CLASS.
you some information as to its whereabouts or KATE SYDKAS.—Your *** Family Friend' Quad- author. rille" is so pretty and so appropriate that we GIPSY.-No. Guess again. We welcome you gladly find room for it, although it occupies more back to the Council board very cordially. space than we usually give to musical compositious. For ourself and Council accept a warm tribute of
MIGNONETTE.-Thanks. Your wish has beeu thanks.
complied with. We are much flattered. MAGGIE SYMINGTON. – To your questions we
EMMA S. POWER.-Certainly. Welcome SPECwould readily reply seriatim, but we hardly know whether, if we did, we should not be telling you
TATOR, SOPHY E., ROSINA, CORDELIA, EMMA BUTwhat ought to be kept secret. However, just by IMOGEN, LEILA S., BETTY, ROSALIE (with plea
TERWORTH, ADELA, JANE C., LILY H., REBECCA, way of reward for all your good behaviour, we may sure), ADELINE A. Bella, and TREBLÀ are again say you are right in your suggestion, and successful
welcomed to the Council. in your guess. For the restZaxoxi.Yes! No! Of course! To under
Iago.--Your last poem is too sing-songy to stand these words, you must recollect your own
please us. The subject and the style should letter. Our old friend writes :-"
I was especially always accord. There is no real poetry in a verse glad to read this month's 'Friend,'
as many of our like this :old colleagues who have been absent are there. Would that all spears into pitchforks Caractacuz, Ruthenpharl, Daisy, Illa, and others And swords were to "pruning hooks" made, are represented, but one is conspicuous by his All cannon work'd up into ploughshares, absence. Where is Max? I trust he is not pro- And rifles laid up in the shade. Fented by illness from favouring us with his cha. Why the italics ? Parse the first two lines of racteristic contributions."
this stanza, and you will find them defective in We fear Max is lazy, but he sends an apology. grammar. Try again. Wellington said that a man who was good at apologies was seldom good at much else. But then
Busk.-We would rather not intrude our own smart sayings are not always true ones.
name into the “Friend” too frequently; and for ST. CLAIR, ALEXANDER ERSKINE, TRIP, IVAN-hat, and other reasons, we beg to be allowed to HOB, GILBERT ASHTON.
light our editorial pipe with the "Critical Tourna
ment." KATRINE.—We are always glad to hear from you.
HEATHERBELL. We must not reveal secrets; CAILER HERRIN' cannot be rude, but must
but you are not far wrong. There is such a thingalways be graceful and ladylike,- (but our album
as you know-as changing a nom de plume. We does not contain her carte). --She wishes to send to explanation. Write to the Councillors through us:
agree with you;
and as to the cartes, we can offer no bega leave to sympathise with Gipsy in her sorrows always accompany riddles, &c.
We admire the song very much. Answers must -and touching the other matter, no apology was Deeded. The denizen of the ocean is but too happy BELLA.--We give you a separate line of kindly to give pleasure to the 'Gipsy Queen,' or any of welcome. her tribe ; and, moreover, feels herself highly
STANTONVILLE.-Very successful. The Defini. honoured by such unlooked-for favour and appre- tion Prize will be continued or not, as the Counciation."
cillors determine. The question is one we have GEORGE MATTHEWSON.-Your continued loyalty very much at heart, and to which we are always to the “Friend,” is very gratifying to the con- happy to render what aid we can. duetor.
A DE YOUNGE.-We shall be happy to assist your IMOGINE.-We have pleasure in promoting you design as far as we can; but we fear to give you to the first class. “Amy Mackrose" shall ap- too much encouragement. pear.
EDWARD W. H.-Your contributions to the LUCINDA B.-The Councillors thank you for "Friend” are valued alike by the President and many delightful and touching poems. Pray conthe Councillors.
tinue to enliven our pages. TERRA COTTA.-An oversight. Thanks for your JUSTITIA.- Accept our thanks and best wishes. good wishes.
We do not altogether disagree with you in your NELLA.-Welcome back to the Council. Believe estimate of the anagrams. A good anagram should that the President and the members sympathise not only contain the letters of the name transposed, with your sorrows and rejoice with your joys. but should possess something of the character of an "Cousin Winifred” is very prettily told, and shall epigram. Those to which you refer are merely appear in our next.
transpositions. CARACTACUS. -The error is your own. Councillors CHARLIE F., GORGONIA, Max, and RUTHENPAARL will please make the correction in Rebus 100, and are always welcome
to the Council. But why, for head read tail.
Ruthenpharl, come with a do!eful countenance !
OUR LETTER-BOX. STONEY. - Nil desperandum. Your charade should have been inserted, but the answer did not 103. THE HAIR.- Perfect cleanliness is indisaccompany it.
pensable for the preservation of the health, beauty, ELLIE, Saxon, LIZZIE, E. R. (certainly). Lisa and colour of the hair, as well as its duration ; this (welcome; try again).
is attained by frequently washing it in tepid soft FLORIAN.– You must work hard to gain the First portion of alkali in their composition, as this sub
water, using those soaps which have the smallest Class. We like your “Serenade.” The “ Police stance renders the hair too dry, and by depriving it Intelligence” in last number has been much criti- of its moist colouring matter, impairs at once its cised.
strength and beauty. After washing, the hair Illa.—Your reasons are very satisfactory. When should be immediately and thoroughly dried : and did you find us ungenerous ?
when the towel has ceased to imbibe moisture, Daisy H.-The reply to Illa will equally apply brushed constantly in the sun or before the fire to you. Welcome,
until its lightness and elasticity are fully restcred; CHAS. NEWBOLD.-We advance you a step.
and in dressing it, a little marrow pomatum, bears' HATTIE, AMELIA, LITTLE GIGGIE, Cecilia, Macassar Oil is the best lubricant with which we
grease, or fragrant oil should be used. Roroland's MARIA, MAY B., CONSTANCE DANA (whose writing are acquainted. The belief that washing the has not improved), and EUPHROSYNE, are welcome head induces catarrh, or headache, or injures the as the flowers.
hair, is erroneous; as the application of water to M. A. Oxon.-Our corrector of the press declares the skin is the most natural and effectual method -and we think with justice—that the errors in of cleansing it, and of keeping open the pores your pretty little poem, the “White Jessamine," through which the perspiration must pass, in order are due to the handwriting of the original Ms. Poor to ensure its healthy condition : besides, scales printers! authors write in a cramped, unintelligible naturally form around the roots of the hair of the hand, and then complain of them if they fail to most cleanly person; and these can be only commake out every letter. In your particular instance, pletely detached by the use of soap. The constant however, the sense is not perverted.
and persevering use of the brush is a great means RUTI.-Always welcome. DAPHNE, CAROLUS, of beautifying the hair, rendering it glossy and FORGET-ME-NOT, CAROLINE.-We promise our suba elastic, and encouraging a disposition to curl. The scribers much pleasure from your contributions to brush produces further advantages, in propelling the Council, and we at once place you in the and calling into action the contents of the nume Second Class.
rous vessels and pores which are interspersed over the whole surface of the head, and furnish vigour
and nourishment to the hair ; five minutes, at THIRD CLASS.
least, every morning and evening, should be deMIZPEH, A. BROWN, TAPLIX, SAM, OLD Bor, voted to this purpose. If these rules be abided by, METEOR, STUDENT
there will be no ecurf in the hair.-The only true HEARTSEASE.- Welcome to the Council. Your mode of managing the hair is to dress it in a style “ Historical Mental Picture" is too easy of solution ;
consistent with the character of the face. Young otherwise it is well written. We shall always be ladies ought never to wear many flowers in their glad to hear from you; but you must try again hair, or many leaves, whatever be the fashion. If before you succeed to your wish.
a bud, it should just peep out now and then, while VETCHEN.-We never laugh at the efforts of siu. her ringlets to some pleasant whisper; if a full
the lovely wearer, with a light laugh, sweetly waves cere tyros. We are always happy to give a word of blown rose, let it as ye hope to be happily marencouragement; we say to you, Persevere !
ried-be a white one'; white for the hair, a NOTROG LEUMAS.—Welcome to the Council. “blush" for the blossom. DE LA SAUX.-Your verses on the “ Tenth of 104. How to HOLD A SICK PERSON.- Never March" are very creditable, but not up to publica- grasp him, or support any part of the body with the tion mark.
tips of your fingers, but with the whole breadth of CISTOS (welcome); ELIZABETH A. B. C., Zeus your hand laid smoothly on the skin. If you use the (certainly, with pleasure); ADELE.
finger-ends for holding any weight, they will press YOUNG SILURIAN writes : " I find that the and dig into the patient's flesh, causing him great Riddles Nos. 73 and 93, inserted in your last issue, discomfort, particularly if the part be at all inhave already appeared, almost verbatim, in page famed; but if your whole hand, with the fingers 148, vol. ii., and page 92, vol. i., respectively, of a little spread out, divide the weight over its surthe F. F. for the year 1850. Would Trip and face, no discomfort, or as little as possible, is pro
duced.-BARWELL. Justitia please explain the coincidence ?" ADELA will find that another Councillor in the
105. ECONOMICAL PUDDING.–Take two tableFirst Class has the same nom de plume. The later spoonsful of rice, put it into a small saucepan with
as much water as the rice will absorb. When comer will, therefore, kindly take some more dis tinctive name.
boiled enough add a pinch of salt; then set it by AUGUSTINE, who is welcome, also makes mention it up in a dish, add two ounces of butter, four
the fire until the rice is quite soft and dry. Throw of the non-originality of Pastime 93. “Thoughts tablespoonsful of tapioca, a pint and a half of milk, are Work" under consideration,
sugar to the taste, a little grated nutmeg, and two J. J. GORTON-An omission. DIONYSIUS, BLACK eggs beaten up. Let it all be well stirred together, DWARF.- Persevere.
and baked an hour.-A. M. W.
106. POMATUM FOR THE GROWTH OF THE HAIR. well stir it, and put it by till next day, und then -Melt together four ounces each of beef marrow stir it about well with a piece of stick; and let it and oil of mace, and having strained through a fine stand for another day, and it will be quite fit for siere, stir in (previously dissolved in half an ounce use, if the bees-wax bas been shred fine. Keep the of tincture of tolu) two drachms of balsam of tola, stick in the bottle to take a little out with when and one drachm each of oil of cloves, and the same you want to use it; as you must use only a very of camphor. A piece the size of a pea only to be little at a time. It must on no account be melted well rubbed in night and morning.- ELIZA. over the fire, as it is so inflammable it would burst
107. SHARPENIXG EDGE Tools.-We translate into a flame, and set fire to the house. the following from a German scientific journal:- 112. EGGS -To choose eggs, the safest way is to " It has long been known that the simplest method hold them to the light, forming a focus with your
sharpening a razor is to put it for half an hour hand. Should the shell be covered with small in water to which has been added one-twentieth of dark spots, they are doubtful, and should be broken its weight of muriatic or sulphuric acid, then separately' in a cup. If, however, in looking at lightly wipe it off, and after a few hours set it on a them, you see no transparency in the shells, you hene. The acid here snpplies the place of a whet- may be sure they are only fit to be thrown away. stone, by corroding the whole surface uviformly, The most certain way is to look at them by the so that nothing further than a smooth polish is light of a candle. If quite fresh, there are no spots necessary. The process never injures good blades, upon the shells, and they have a brilliant yellow while badly hardened ones are frequently improved tint. New-laid eggs should not be used until they by it
, although the cause of such improvement re- have been laid about eight or ten hours : for the mains unexplained.”
part which constitutes the white is not properly set 108. SULPEOR AND MILDEW.-Sulphur is one of before that time, and does not obtain its delicate the most powerful of known agents in destroying mil. flavour. Three minutes are quite sufficient to boil dex. It is to gardeners what vaccine is to surgeons. a full-sized egg; but if below the average size, two In horticulture, it has been used for many years minutes and a half will suffice. Never boil eggs without imparting a bad flavour to fruit or other for salads, sauces, or any other purpose, more than regetable products, though it is now asserted that ten minutes; and, when done, place them in a the application of sulphur to the hop p'ant proves basin of cold water for five minutes to cool. NoDjurious to beer.
thing is more indigestible than an egg boiled too 109. ROMAS AND ENGLISH ROADS.- The Ap.
hard. pran Way, which was the wonder of ancient Rome, 113. TO PRESERVE EGGS. -Take eggs fresh from would cat but a poor figure as contrasted with one the nest, place them in a tub, or pan, and pour d our commonest streets. This ancient consular boiling water over them; let them remain in it five way was but fifteen feet wide in the main, and was seconds, take them out, and when perfectly dry, filled in with blocks of all shapes and sizes, jointed pack them iu boxes of bran; they will keep for together and planed only on the surface; the months, and be perfectly fresh. They must all be length of its devious course, from north to south of perfectly fresh at first, for one stale egg will spoil a Italy, was under 300 miles. The paved streets of whole box. Landon number over 5000, and exceed 2000 miles
114. TEA.-On the continent tea is often used 110. BREAD WITHOUT YEAST. -- Some years
medicinally, where, from it not being the practice
to drink tea as a common beverage, it is often adsince, when unsermented bread was first becoming vantageously administered for the relief of many known, 1 had it tried very successfully in the fol- nervous affections. Green tea is the most powerful loaing manner; and I have since been told that an
in its effects, and acts strongly on the nervous sysalmost similar method of preparing it is common tem, causing sleeplessness, headache, and even
many remote parts both of England and Ire-violent itching of the muscles; but this is when it land, where it is almost impossible to procure a is taken to excess, or by persons of extreme irritaanstant supply of yeast Blend well together ability of constitution. The infusion of tea, taken teaspoonful of powdered sugar and fifty grains of in moderation tends to exhilarate, and will frethe purest carbonate of soda : mix a salt-spoonful quently relieve headache arising from fatigue, salt with a pound of flour, and rub the soda and stndy, or anxiety; it is the most refreshing beversugar through a hair sieve into it. Stir and mingle age that can be taken during a journey, as it raises them well, and make them quickly into a firm but the animal spirits, keeps up the insensible perspinot hard dough, with sour buttermilk. Bake the ration, and does not leave behind it any of those loaf well in a thoroughly heated but not fierce febrile symptoms which follow wine, beer, and oren. In a brick, or in a good iron oven, a few similar drinks. When the brain and nervous system minutes less than an hour would be sufficient to
are disposed to sthenic excitement, or in other hake a quartern loaf. The buttermilk should be terms to inflammatory action, such as follow the kept till it is quite acid ; but it must never be in
use of spirituous and vinous drinks, intense study, the slightest degree rancid, or otherwise bad. All and continued anxiety, green tea will be found to aufermented bread, it must be repeated, should be act as a salutary remedy; but in such cases as placed in the oven directly it is made, or it will be evince diminished excitement, sleeplessness and Leary.-J. B.
disturbance will follow the use of it. It has been 111. BEES-WAI. – The proper way to make observed, that persons who use tea are not liable teeswax and turpentine for mahogany furniture to calculous
affections; the fact may be, that those which is not French polished, is to shred half an who
do not drink tea, take other things which tend cance of bees-wax very thin and fine, and put it to produce those diseases. Green tea is the only into such a thing as a clean blacking bottle, with a beverage for the purse, who has the care of a patient gill or quarter of a pint of spirits of turpentine; (during the night.
115. TO PRESERVE PEARS.--Take small, rich, 119. FRENCH POLISH.-Take three quarters of fair fruit, as soon as the pips are black; set them an ounce of seed lac, three drachms gum juniper, over the fire in a kettle, with water to cover them; two drachms gum mastic, and four ounces spirit of let them simmer until they will yield to the pres- wine, avoirdupois; powder the ingredients, and sure of the finger, then with a skimmer take them mix them with the spirits in a glass bottle that into cold water; pare them neatly, leaving on a will contain double the quantity. Set the mixture little of the stem, and the blossom end; pierce them in a warm place, and shake it twice or thrice a at the blossom end to the core, then make a syrup day, taking care to loosen the cork during the of a pound of sugar for each pound of fruit; when shaking. Four or five days will be sufficient for it is boiling hot, pour it over the pears, 'and let dissolving the resin, when it will be fit for use. it stand till
the next day, when drain it off, make it bailing hot, and again pour it over; after a day or
120. ACTION OF WATER ON LEAD.--Dr. Medtwo, put the fruit in in the syrup over the fire, and lock has investigated the action of different waters boil it gently until it is clear; then take into upon lead, and the conclusions he has arrived at the jars or spread it on dishes : boil
the syrup thick, entirely due to the presence of nitrous and nitrie
are :-Firstly: The action of water upon lead is pare them and cut them in halves if large, or leave acids, resulting primarily from the decomposition them whole, if small; put them in a stew-pan with of organic matter, and of ammonia contained in very little water, cover them, and let them stew till the water. Secondly : Waters deprived of these tender, then add a small teacup of sugar to a acids, and of substances capable of producing quarter of a peck of pears, let them stew until
the them, have no action on lead, and may be con. syrup is rich; a lemon boiled with the pears, and vered with perfect safety through leaden pipes, or sliced thin when the sugar is put in, improves both stored in leaden cisterns. flavour and colour, or a wineglass of red wine may 121. PROTECTION OF PEASE.-A correspondent be used instead.-To bake pears, wash a quantity recommends the sowing of rough resin, ground to a of baking pears, cut the stems so as to leave only an powder, in the drills amongst the pease. He inch length; put them in an iron pot over the fire adopted this method last spring, and it bad the with half a pint of water and a pint of molasses effect of completely protecting his pease from the to them; cover the pot or kettle, and let them boil ravages of mice. rather gently until the pears are soft and the syrup rich, almost like candy; take care not to scorch
122. Pastils. The following is a good recipe: it. For pears in brandy, take fine, rich, juicy, but six ounces; ottos of thyme, carraway, rose, laveu
- Willow charcoal, half a pound; benzoic acid, not very ripe pears; put them into a saucepan der, cloves, and santal, of each half a drachm. gentle fire, and simmer them until they will yield Before mixing, dissolvo three quarters of an ounce to the pressure of your finger, then put them into of nitre in a half pint of distilled or ordinary rosecold water; pare them with the greatest care, so water'; with this solution thorougly wet the charcoal, that not a single defect may remain; make a syrup
and then allow it to dry in a warm place. of three-quarters of a pound of white sugar for each 123. Gibler SOUP.-The giblets should be well pound of fruit, and a cup of water to each pound of washed in warm water two or three times, the sugar : when the syrup is clear and boiling hot, bones broken, the neck and gizzards cut into con put in the pears, boil them gently until they are venient pieces; the head also should be split in done through and clear, and the syrup is rich ; now two. If goose-giblets are used, a couple of sets tako them with a skimmer into glass jars; boil the should be dressed; but if duck giblets are cooked, syrup thick, then mix with it a gill of white brandy four sets will be wanted ; a pint of water is to be to each pint, pour it over the fruit, and, when cold, allowed to each set. Put them into cold water, let put paper and a close-fitting cover over.- For pear them boil up gradually, take off the skum, and marmalade, to six pounds of small pears, take four when they boil, add some sweet herbs, pepper and pounds of sugar; put the pears into a saucepan salt, mace,. &c., and an onion. Let the whole with a little cold water, cover it, and set it over stew an hour and a half or two hours, until the the fire until the fruit is soft, then put them into gizzards are tender; take out the giblets, strain cold water; pare, quarter, and core them; put the soup, and thicken it with a little flour and a to them three teacups of water; set them over the bit of butter; and flavour it with a tablespoonful of fire; roll the sugar fine, mash the fruit fine and catsup, or a little of Harvey's or Reading sauce. smooth, put the sugar to it, stirr it well together Serve up the giblets and soup together. until it is thick, like jelly, then put it in tumblers
124. RIMMEL'S TERCENTENARY SOUVENIRS. or jars, and, when cold, secure it as jelly. 116. The BITTER CUP. — Goblets made of useful little articles appropriate to the Shakspere
We have seen a number of very exquisite and quassia wood are now sold at the druggist's shop: Festival, and suitable to the toilet-table, which we Water is poured into them, which, after being left beg to recommend to the notice of those of our for some minutes, is drunk as a cure for dyspepsia. readers who are fond of perfumes or in the habit of
117. AGUE.-Saturate chalk with vinegar, and, making presents. after the effervescence ceases, give a tablespoonful 125. COOKING POTATOES. - Peel them six or one hour before the expected chill. It acts on the eight hours before dinner, steep them in cold water, bowels and kidneys.
put them on the fire in cold water with salt, boil 118. HONEY CAKE.-One cup of nice sugar, gently till nearly dono, take the water from them. one cup of rich sour cream, one egg, half a teas and again put them on the fire with the lid on, till spoonful of soda, two cups of flour. Flavour to the quite done; take a fork and mash them; never use taste. Bake half an hour. To be eaten while a spoon, as that does not allow the moisture to