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2.-Cross-Word Enigma. The 1st is in zebra, but not in horse; The 2d is in lose, but not in loss; The 3d is in bird, but not in wing; The 4th is in song, but not in sing; The whole is not anything.
ELIZA H. MORTON.
3.- Decapitation. Behead a husk, and leave sound; again, and leave a liquor.
EMMA M. CHAMPLIN.
Answers to May Puzzles. 80. Paper, Pear. 81. Goldsmith. 82. J
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Is relished by the best of men. 85. Amen, name. 86. Amble, blame. 87. Anew, wean. 88. Antler, rental. 89. Bare, bear. 90. The early fowers bloom bright and
The brook goes singing by. 91. Notion, potion. 92. Bright, fright. 93. Dollar, collar. 94. Pittsfield.
The Monthly Prize for February was awarded to Charles A. Seaver, Taunton, Mass. Elwin G. Davis, Mason, Me., is entitled to the March prize. We received very good lists of answers from J. H., and M. A. G.; F. M. Miles; Annie E.; Waldo E. Bassett; Emma F. Bryant; Emma M. Champlin, and Anna Kirk. For the next six months no prizes will be given, but we hope to continue to receive answers and original contributions from all our young friends.
6.-Diamond Puzzle. The end of Autumn; to abuse; a plant; a film; the beginning of Winter.
Curtailments. 7. Curtail a trefoil, and leave a spice. 8. To decline, and leave to spill. 9. To smooth, and leave to contrive. 10. Reality, and leave condensed smoke. 11. To burn, and leave a pretext. 12. A hand's-breadth, and leave a wateringplace.
1.-Transposition. My whole is always going to sea, but never sails; Is always reflecting, but never thinks, though it sometimes casts reflections upon the acts of others. Transpose it, and it becomes your superior; again, and wild beasts acknowledge their power. Remove the third letter, and it becomes more powerful than before. Remove the first and third letters, and you lessen its strength. Remove the first, third and sixth letters, and it becomes either strong or weak, but good either way. What is the whole ?
“ BEAU K."
Concealed Trees. 13. Put the dog in my lap, please. 14. I cried as he went away. 15. It is our duty to help each other. 16. I shall not stop in Europe.
EMMA F. BRYANT.
Answers in Twg Months.
CURIOUS MATTERS. INTERESTING EXPERIMENT.-The prin- POWER OF ELECTRICITY.-Recent studies ciples involved in the circulation of the have done much to determine what the waters of the sea were beautifully shown action of electricity really is in the excitabefore the Royal Geographical Society by tion of muscular irritability in dead bodies. a simple experiment. A trough with plate. The continuous current seems to act on glass sides, about six feet long and a foot muscular fibre after the manner of heat. deep, but not more than an inch wide, was If dead muscle be exposed to cold, the curfilled with water. At one end a piece of rent restores contraction fo: a limited ice was wedged in between the sides, to period, but finally destroys it by inducing represent the polar cold; while the tropic persistent contraction. If, on the other heat was represented at the other end by a hand, the dead muscle is left at its normal bar of metal laid across the surface of the temperature, the current inerely shortens water, the projecting end of which was the periods of irritability by quickening heated by a spirit lainp. Red coloring mat- contraction. Experiments lately made with ter was then put in at the warın end, and the Leyden jar demonstrate that, with a blue at the cold end, so that the currents sufficient current, small animals and birds could be traced. The blue water, chilled can be made absolutely rigid for the moby contact with the ice, immediately fell ment in the position in which they stand; down to the bottom, crept slowly along and and so suddenly is the work done, so comgradually rose toward the surface at the pletely is the posture of life preserved, that equatorial end, after which it gradually re- nothing but actual examination with the turned along the surface to the starting- hand can impress on the mind the fact that point. The red water crept first along the the creature has passed from the living. surface to the polar end, then fell to the
WEAR OF GOLD COIN.-It appears from bottom just as the blue had done, and
experiments in St. Petersburg that, conformed another stratum, creeping back
trary to the opinion generally entertained, again along the bottom and coming to the
gold coin wears away faster than that of surface. Each color made a distinct circu
silver. Twenty pounds of gold half impelation during the half hour in which the
rials, and as much of silver copecks-coins audience viewed the experiment.
of about the same size-were put into new
barrels, mounted like churns, which were COUNTING A BILLION.-What is a bil
kept turning for four hours continuously. lion? The reply is very simple-a million
It was then found, on weighing the coins, times a million. This is quickly written,
the gold ones had lost sixty-four grammes and quicker still pronounced. But no man
-the silver ones only thirty-four; but as is able to count it. You count 160 or 170 a
the number of gold pieces was twentyminute; but let us even suppose that you
eight per cent less than those of silver, the go as far as 200, then an hour would pro
proportion is, of course, greater to that duce 12,000; a day 288,000; a year, or 365
amount in favor of the latter. The silver days, 105,120,000. Let us suppose, now,
also contained more alloy than the gold. that Adam, at the beginning of his existence, had begun to count, had continued CURIOUS EXPERIMENT.—Take two wine, to do so, and was counting still, he would ale, or porter glasses, and set them on a not even now, according to the usually suf: table at a distance of about one foot apart; posed age of our globe, have counled near take a piece of dry wood, about thirteen enough. For to count a billion he would inches long, and as tbick as your finger; require 9512 years, 342 days, 5 hours, and place one end of the stick so as to rest on 20 minutes, according to the above rule. the edge of one glass, the other end of the Supposing we were to allow the poor coun- wood to rest on the edge of the other glass; ter 12 hours daily for rest, eating, and sleep- then with a poker strike the stick with all ing, he would need 19,025 years, 319 days, your force in the centre, it will fly into two 10 hours, 45 minutes !
parts, leaving the glasses unbroken.
THE HOUSEKEEPER. ARROWROOT GRUEL.-Mix à dessert milk is hot, stir in the eggs; keep stirring spoonful of arrowroot with a little cold till it thickens, and send it to the table imwater, and pour over one pint of boiling mediately. Try it; it is delicious. water; boil until it looks transparent. Add a little salt. If the patient can take mpilk, TO CLEANSE TAPESTRY CARPETS. substitute boiling milk for water, and flavor Beat and sweep them thoroughly, remove with grated lemon peel or vanilla.
all grease spots with ox-gall mixed with
water, put on with a scrubbing brush; then TAPIOCA JELLY.-Wash a teacupful of wipe the whole carpet with a weak solution tapioca--soak it for three hours in cold of ox-gall in warm water. This removes water-turn off the water and pour over it the dust and brightens all the colors. one quart of boiling water. Add the grated peel of one lemon; sweeten to taste, and
PLUM PUDDING.–Two eggs; six crackboil for one hour.
ers; three pints of sweet milk; a piece of
butter the size of an egg; one cup of raisins; How TO SAVE STALE BREAD.--Stale
a little salt and nutmeg. bread may be made as nice as freshly baked
PICKLED EGGS.-Boil the required numby dipping the loaf into clean cold water
ber until they are quite hard. After careand warming through in a bakeoven. Much
fully removing the shells, place in a widebread might be saved that is thrown away
mouthed jar, and pour over them scalding if this were more generally practised than
vinegar, well seasoned with whole pepper, it is.
allspice, a few cloves or garlic, and a race
of ginger if liked. When cold cover closeSTEAMED PUDDING.–One cup of sour
ly, and they will soon be fit for the table. milk sweelened with soda; one-half cup of cream; one-half cup of molasses; one cup ALMOND TABLETS.-Dissolve in the oven of stoned raisins; four enough to make a
one ounce of white wax in a small jelly jar, stiff batter. Boil in a farina kettle two
with half an ounce of almond oil and six bours. Serve with sauce.
drops of essence of almonds. When, melt
ed, pour into lids of pomade pots, or the GRAHAM BREAD.-Four quarts of un.
pol itself, having oiled them for turning bolted wheat; a teacupful of good yeast; out when cold. This whitens and smoothes half a cup of molasses; one tablespoonful the hands, when used on them, greatly. of salt; mix with warın water enough to make a stiff dough; let it rise six or eight POTATO BREAD.-Take six good-sized hours, wet your hands in cold water to put potatoes; boil and mash fine; add three it into the pans; let it rise an hour, or un- pints of boiling water, and put through a til it has risen an inch, and bake two hours. colander; then stir flour in till it makes a It should be very well baked.
stiff batter. When lukewarm add a teacup
of yeast and set in a warm place. In the BAKED INDIAN PUDDING.–Four eggs; morning add a teacup of hot water, a teaone quart of sweet milk; five large tea- spoonful of salt, and knead in flour until spoonfuls of Indian-meal; nutmeg and su- quite stiff. Let it stand until light, and gar to the taste. Boil the milk and scald then make into loaves that will half bill the the Indian-meal in it, then let it cool before baking pans, and when they have risen to adding the eggs. Bake three-quarters of nearly the top bake one hour in a moderan hour. Eat with butter or sweet sauce. ately hot oven. CUSTARD OMELET.-Two cups of milk,
LOAF CAKE.-Three eggs; one cup of ong tablespoonful of butter, four eggs. sugar, half a cup of buiter,one cup of cream, Put the butter and milk in a pan, and whilst ove teaspoonful of soda, one cup of raisins, it is heating beat up the eggs. When the one cup of currants, flour and nutmeg.
FACTS AND FANCIES. This is the way an old sport pictured the “Ah!” said Rose, a little surprised at story of the “Prodigal Son:" "Why, you these confident assertions. “What Scripsee, the prodigal was a young fellow as ture do you mean ?” lived along with the old man, a long time "Why in the book of Revelations. Don't ago, and the old man staked him pretty it give an account of a wbite horse and liberal, and he was happy. But by-and-by black horse, and gray horse. I've allers he thought he'd go abroad. So he packed s'posed that when it said Death rode on a up bis best clothes, and gettin' the old gent pale horse, it must have been gray, 'cause to 'ante up' for him, he started out tray- it had mentioned a white one already. In ellin'. Well, he did firstrate for a time, the ninth chapter, too, it says, there was till the 'cappers'got a hold of him and run an army of 200,000 horsemen. Now, I liim in to a . bank.' He wasn't up to the should like to know where they get so many banking 'bis,' and you see the boys played horses in heaven if none of 'em that die off him for a Granger. He got' whip-sawed.' here go there! It's my opinion that a good Every time he .coppered'the 'ace' to win, horse's a darned sight likelier to go to an' played the king' upon it, he warn't
heaven than a bad man." thar. The bank' bust' bim flat; and then he went to work a 'shovin' up' his clothes.
An amusing incident of childish humor An' every time he raised a little 'stake'
used to be narrated by a Mr. Campbell, of he'd come and leave it in the 'bunk,' until
Jura, the subject of it being his own son. by-and-by he didn't have enough to get a
It seems the boy was much spoiled by insquare meal with, an' had to look around
dulgence; in fact, the parents were scarcefor a job. He couldn't strike nothin' but
ly able to refuse him anything he demanda hog-ranche, though, an' he went to work
ed. He was in the drawing-room on one on it for his board and clothes. But it was
occasion when dinner was announced, and, mighty thin living. The boss kind o'
on being ordered up stairs to the nursery, played off on him, and made him hash'
he insisted on going down to dinner with with the hogs. So by-and-by he sickened
the company. His mother at first refused, on the hog-ranche, and made up his mind
but the child persevered and kept saying: he'd go home and see if the old inan
“If ye dinna let me, I'll tell you." wouldn't take him again. And he went. His father then, for the sake of peace, The old man was powerful glad to see hiin
allowed him to go into the dining room. · He give him a vew rig, au' a gold ring, au'
He sal at the table beside his mother, and set biin on his feet again. An' he got lots
when he found every one getting soup and of wealth, an' started on the banks,'
himself omitted, he demanded soup and playin' full limits every bet. That's what's
repeated : the • Prodigal Son.'"
“If I dinna get some, I'll tell you.”
Well, soup was given, and various other "I tell you,” said Hiram, turning slight things yielded to his importunities, to which ly to the doctor, “these horses are just as
he always added the usual threat of“ telling near buman as is good for 'em. A good you.” At last, when it came to wine, lis horse has sense just as much as a mau has;
mother stood firm, and positively refused and he's proud, too, and he loves to be
to let him have some. He then became praised, and he knows when you treat lim
more vociferous than ever about “ telling with respect. A good horse has the best
you,” and as he was still refused, he depints of a man, without his failin's."
clared : “What do you think becomes of horses,
“Now I'll tell you," and at last roared Hiram, when they die ?!' said Rose.
out, to the great amusement of all present, “Wal, Miss Rose, it's my opiuion that
My new breeks (trousers) were made out there's use for horses hereafter, and that o' the auld curtains!" you'll find there's a horse heaven. There's Scripture for that too."