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98. Poor Ruth often craved food in vain. 09. The usual version is as follows.
Letter Enigma. The 1st is in mountains, the 21 in bills; The 3d is in fountains, the 4th in rills; The 5th is in printing, the 6th in words; The 7th is in swallows, the 8th in birds; The 9th is in apple, the 10th in plum; The 11th is in music, but not in drum; The whole is the name of a river.
Answers to April Puzzles. 55. “Love one another." 56. E
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LEAD Y 58. Barrow, arrow. 59. Ascribe, scribe. 00. Brink,rink. 61. Blithe, lithe. 62. Breach, reach. 63. Ethel Linda Sbeldon. 64. Brad, drab. 65. Par, rap. 66. Moat, atom. 87. Lift, fit. 68. Hint, thin. 69. Grab, bag.
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(O) PEN 71. Cripple, ripple. 72. Preside, reside. 73. Present, resent. 74. Abbreviate. 75. Abatement. 76. Abecedarian. 77. Abasement. 78. Dennocrat. 79. Shakspeare.
Decapitation. I am used in the homes of the rich and poor,
And on me the weary sweet rest can find; Beheaded, I'm owned by every boor,
By girls and boys, and all mankiud; Behead again, and strange to tell, Without me no one would be well.
103. Numerical Enigma.
The answer contains 12 letters, and gives the name of a shrub.
The 6, 11, 3,.1, is part of a house.
C. E. TITUS.
Double Acrostic. To rely on; Blissful; A water-fowl; The ocean; Assent; To issue out; Silence; A musical drama; A plant; To scatter.
The initials give the name of a poet and author, and the finals one of his works.
EMMA M. CHAMPLIN.
Cross-Word Enigma. The 1st is in head, but not in nose; The 2d is in arms, but not in toes; The 3d is in rose, but not in flower; The 4th is in might, but not in power; The 5th is in sweet, but not in sour; The 6th is in maid, but not in girl; The 7th is in hair, but not in curl; The 8th is in kitten, but not in cat; The 9th is in bonnet, but not in bat; The 10tb is in save, but not in keep; The 11th is in wake, but not in sleep; The 12th is in cake, but not in pie; The 13th is in fasten, but not in tie; The 14th is in wheat, but not in rye; The 15th is in silver, but not in gold; The whole is a proverb, wise and old.
Enigma. I am composed of 12 letters. My 3, 10, 5, 6, is a town in Spain. My 12, 7, 9, 8, 2, 1, is a young animal. My 11, 4, 9, is what it becomes when old. My whole the name of a young lady.
With hands, and feet, and face;
ELIZA H. MORTON.
E. E. F.
Buried Towns. Two in each sentence. on. She is the most artless woman I know.
Answcr, in Thoo Months.
CURIOUS MATTERS. .
INSANITY AMONG ANTS.-A naturalist mometer fastened to the end of a pole and in Nicaragua,says Don Francisco Velasques kept as close to the bottom as possible, the informed him, in 1870, lhat he had a powder · temperature of the bottoin water from which made the ants mad, so that they bit above the springs to a point below them and destroyed each other. “He gave me a was found to be very low. This stream is little of it, and it proved to be corrosive one of the many that form the head.waters sublimate. I made several trials of it, and of the Columbia River, and to this point, found it most efficacious in turning a large 1800 miles from its mouth, the salt water column of ants. A little of it sprinkled salmon cowe in hundreds in the spring and across their paths in dry weather has a
fall to spawn. most surprising effect. As soon as one of the ants touches llie white powder, it com- YULE-TIDE.-The yule-log is of ancient mences to run about wildly, and to attack origin, and is undoubtedly a relic handed any other ant it comes across. In a couple down to us from the Scandinavians, who of hours, round balls of the ants will be were accustomed at their winter festivities found biting each other, and numerous in- to burn, amid pomp and spleudor, bonfires dividuals will be seen bitten completely in to their god Thor. With less pomp and two, while others have lost some of their show the burning of the yule-log has been legs or antennæ. News of the commotion maintained as a Christmas Eve custom. is carried to the formicarium, and huge fel- We imagine it was not unlike the social lows, measuring three-quarters of an inch old black log of more modern time, but in length, that only come out of the nest now a relic of the past. The yule-log was during a migration or an attack on the drawn from the woods with great rejoicing, best of one of the working columns, are and every passer made obeisance to it as the seen sailing down.with a determined air, as emblem of welcome and cheer. At the if they would soon right matters. As soon, close of the festivities the partially burned however, as they have touched the subli- log was carried to the cellar until the next mate, all their stateliness leaves them; they anuirersary, when it was used to light the rush about; their legs are seized hold of new log. It was a popular notion that if by some of the smaller ants already affected the partly burned log was in the cellar the by the poison; and they themselves begin house was secure from fire. It was considto bite, and in a short time become the ered a bad omen if a squint-eyed person centre of fresh balls of rabid auts. The entered the house while the log was burnsublimate can only be used effectively in ing. As an attendant upon the yule-log dry weather.”
was the yule or Christmas candle, which
was a candle of magnificent proportion, that FISH IN A HOT SPRING.-A correspon- was placed upon the festive board, and shed dent writing from Eldo, Nevada, says there its joy-giving light throughout the house. are hot springs there in which numbers of The lighting of the yule-log was the comfish can be seen swimming about, though mencing of all manner of sports and games. the water is so hot that eggs are cooked in “ less than three seconds.” The explana- UTILIZING A CALAMITY.-In Saxony, tion of this phenomenon lies in the fact at a place called Niederplanitz, near that these hot springs rise in the banks of Zwickan, there is a coal mine which has streams the water of which is intensely cold. been inextinguishably on fire for more The cold water, on account of its greater than three hundred years, and a shrewd specific gravity, runs on the bottom without gardener who has utilized a section of mixing with the water above, and the fish the ever-warm ground above it as a nursery, keep in a cool stratum. The water above is able to cultivate there all the year the springs showed a mean temperature of round the most sensitive tropical plants forty-two degrees, and by means of a ther- and fruits.
THE HOUSEKEEPER. Potato SOUP.--Take large mealy pota- CREAM CAKE.-Take one pound of flour, toes, peel and cut in small slices, with an one of sugar, half a pound of butter, half a onion; boil in three pints of water till ten- pint of milk, four eggs, citron, raisins and der, and pulp through a colander. Add a spice to taste. little butter, a little cayenne pepper and salt, and just before the soup is served two OYSTER FRITTERS.- Make a thin batter spoonfuls of cream. Do not let it boil after with eggs and milk. Drain the oysters, the cream is added.
put them in this batter, and then fry them ANOTHER.—Two and a half lbs. of peeled
brown in lard. potatoes, cut once or twice in two, boil in three quarts of water for half an hour; then
CELERY SAUCE.-Boil celery and cut it put in two teaspoonfuls of salt, some pep
up fine, add half a pint of cream, a piece of per, and four ounces of butter; when the
butter rolled in flour, and a very little potatoes have boiled to pieces some, mash
water. Boil all up together. the lunips and stir in one pint of milk. Let
CREAM PIE.-Buil one pint of milk, then it boil up and it is done. If thickened with
beat together one egg, one cup of sugar, one or two soda crackers, it tastes very much like oyster soup.
two tablespoonfuls of four, a little salt; add this mixture to the milk, and thicken over
the fire. When cold flavor with lemon. DUTCH SAUCE.—Put into a saucepan one Bake two crusts and put the cream betweon tablespoonful of flour, two ounces of butter,
them, and you will have a good pie. two tablespoonfuls, each of vinegar and water, the yolks of two eggs, and salt to
FLOUR PUDDING.-Take five eggs, one taste; put over the fire and do not allow it
quart of milk, four tablespoonfuls of four, to boil, but stir it constantly until thick; if
and stir well together. Bake in a quick it happens to curdle, strain the sauce
oven and eat with cold saucc. through a strainer, add the juice of half a lemon, and serve in a sauce-boat.
BREAD PUDDING.-Beat the yolks of five
eggs; add a pint of sweet milk and five ISINGLASS JELLY.-Boil one ounce of tablespoonfuls of stale bread. Bake a light isinglass shavings with a slice of brown brown, and then put on a layer of preserves ; bread crust and a handful of Jamaica pep- beat the whites of the eggs very stiff, and pers, in one quart of water, until it is re- then beat in five tablespoonfuls of fine suduced to a pint. Strain into a mould. A
gar; pour it over the top, return it to the tablespoonful of this jelly taken in milk is
oven, and bake a pretty light brown. It a good tonic for dyspepsia.
you like, add extract of lemon or vanilla to
the white of egg before putting it on. STRENGTHENING JELLY.-Boil in two quarts of water, one ounce of rice, one PICKLE FOR HAMS. -For one hundred ounce of sago, and one ounce of pearl bar pounds of ham take six gallons of water, ley, until reduced one-half. Strain into a nine pounds of salt, one quart of molasses, mould; take a teacupful, morning, noon three ounces of saltpetre, and one ounce of and night. It can be sweetened and ila- saleratus. When ready to smoke, they can vored to taste.
be soaked and freshened to taste if too salt.
PUMPKIN PIES.- Pare the pumpkin, then LAMB STEW.--Take half a shoulder of grate it, and add sugar and ginger to taste, lamb, boil it in two quarts of water for two and milk enough to make it of the proper hours. Then put in potatoes, onions, tarconsistency; then line your tins with pie nips, cut in earters, two teaspoonfuls of crust, put in your pumpkin, and bake it salt, and pepper to the taste. Ten minutes in the ordinary way.
before serving put in the dumplings.
FACTS AND FANCIES.
come a little faint, then lay them on a railroad track, letting the freight trains run over them for a week or two. By that time they are likely to be dead, and can be used for coal-hole covers.
An anecdote is told of Parson Shute, the first minister settled at South Hingham, which for ready wit ought not to pass unrecorded. It appears that the reverend gentleman was very fond of pudding, so at a ministerial meeting one day, the hostess, in order to gratify the taste of her guest, had pudding for dinner. Unfortunately it came very near the fire while it was cooking, so tbat when it was served it was extremely hot. The parson, without allowing it time to cool, placed a piece at once in his mouth, and then followed the usual contortions incident to such an occasion, but all to no purpose. The pudding would not go, so the parson, who was a polite man, quietly slipped it out of his mouth and into his coat pocket, all of which was observed by his brother ministers, who, for the sake of a joke, said, “So you are putting the pudding in your pocket, are you?”. “O yes," said the parson, all unmoved, "I put a little piece in there merely to light iny pipe with after dinner.” The explanation, it is needless to add, was sufficient.
The inspiring sunshine of the season has touched the heart of an Indianapolis girl, who concludes a love letter thus: “The ring is round, the dish is square, and we'll be married the next State fair. The bell shall ring, the drum shall play, and we'll go dancing all the way. Answer soon.
“ MARY." A worthy Quaker thus wrote: “I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to my fellow humau being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I will not pass this way again."
A Kentucky farmer refused to look at a sample sewing-machine, recently, as he always "bowed wheat by hand.” He is related to the man who did not want a thresbing-machine on his farni, “for," said he, "give me a harness tug, or a barrel stave, and I can make my family toe the mark according to the law and Scriptur.”
A good story is told of a gentleman in -well, we will not mention the placewho has been unfortunate of late in his financial affairs. Wbile walking one evening in a lonely 'spot be was met by a ruffian, and told to “stand and deliver." We must let the victim tell his own tale: “I never was so pleased in all my life. The idea that I had anything to deliver was exceedingly gratifying, and I thanked the fellow for the compliment. It showed that all confidence in me was not lost, notwithstanding that little affair in stocks, and I felt once more with Mr. Micawber that I could look my fellow.man in the face. It was very pleasing to know that this gentleman thought I had money."
Sweet Emeline to her love, who is enjoying a nice sail: “Do you feel seasick, Richard dear?” Richard, with wondering bravery: “No, no. Umph! I think the shrimps I had for breakfast this morning must have been alive.”
“Which, my dear young lady, do you think the merriest place in the world ?” “That immediately above the atmosphere which surrounds the earth, I should think, because I'm told that there all bodies lose their gravity.”
There is no place on earth that can excel San Francisco in fieas. They are very large and healthy, and they are done up in a thicker crust than those of any other section. One way to kill 'em is to drill holes in their backs, blow 'em up five or six times with nitro-glycerine, until they be
The difference between having a tooth properly drawn by a professioual surgeon, and having it knocked out miscellaneously by a fall on the pavement, is only a slight distinction-one is dental, and the other is accidental.