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(THE CHILDREN'S PAGE.) H, that it were my chief
When I am bid, I'll freely bring
Whatever I have got;
Nor will I touch a pretty thing, my might,
If mother tells me not, To mind what I am taught.
When she permits me, I may tell Wherever I am told to go,
About my pretty toys ;
I must not make a noise.
Our actions to behold;
To do as they are told.
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
bear in mind is, that fevers, unA rash upon the skin attends like most diseases, have a certain almost all the fevers from which course to run, even if they are children suffer, and a different ever so mild, and that no skill of rash attends each different kind the doctor can cut them short; of fever. That of measles appears | while, further, the danger which as a number of dark red spots, in attends them, though greatest at many places running into each certain periods, may at once be other, and usually seen first about brought on by acts of imprudence the hair and on the forehead, at any period. while it is usually preceded by There are days of waiting and running at the eyes and nose and watching, and doing nothing, when all the signs of severe cold. to sponge the parched skin with
The rash of scarlet fever does lukewarm water, to give drink to not appear in separate spots, but relieve thirst, to keep the room shows itself more in a general well aired, the child's clothes bright red colour of the skin, not sweet and clean, are all that can unlike that of a boiled lobster; it is be done. To do this well, by usually accompanied by sore throat. gentleness and cheerfulness, to
The eruption of chicken-pox is quiet the child's fretfulness, these attended by fever, but not by so are your duties; and they are not much running at the eyes and
easy ones. nose as measles, nor with the The linen should be changed same frequent cough; the spots more frequently in fevers than in are small separate pimples which almost any other diseases. A come out generally all over the groundless objection is often body. In a day or two they turn raised to allowing cold drinks to into little bladders of water. the patient, though they are most
In measles the great risk is of refreshing; and lukewarm water, inflammation of the lungs; in or toast-water, or barley-water, scarlet fever of ulcerated sore afford a poor substitute for the throat; in small-pox the danger cold water for which the patient is in proportion to the quantity longs. The quantity given at of the eruption; and in remittent one time should not exceed one fever the danger arises from the or two tablespoonfuls, but that strength giving way in the second may be given quite cold, and or third week, or from the brain almost as often as it is asked for. becoming seriously affected. The No more should be given to a danger of measles is either just child than it may be safely allowed as the eruption comes out, or else to take at once; it will be conabout the fifth or sixth day. The tent with a tiny cup if quite full, chief danger of small pox does when it would fret at being not occur till the seventh or obliged to set down a large one eighth day. Another thing to unemptied.—Dr. West.
BOOKS RECEIVED. Children's Treasury—Illustrated Leaflets for Mothers (Book Society). Clarie's Little Charge (Shaw & Co.). The Converted Family (Nisbet 8 Co.). Family Friend (Partridge & Co.). Child's Companion (Religious Tract Society). Friendly Visitor (Seeley & Co.).
THERE are few sadder things in our times than the
dulness and wretchedness of the homes of our poor. Nine-tenths of the drinking in bright, warm, gay taverns and gin palaces comes from this source. It
is cheerfulness and fellowship which meu seek, and not the mere exhilaration of drink. And there is a moral dulness and squalor, quite as ghastly, to be seen constantly in rich and cultivated homes. It drives the men out for a little society and cheerfulness, and lays the foundation of habits which end in many a terrible wreck. Remember, you girls and mothers, the brightness of the home is your charge. You sweep up the hearth mechanically when the hour of the husband's, the brother's, return draws near. Sweep out too the dust and the grit of the day's work and care, the cobwebs of domestic industry, the spent ashes of evil tempers and contentions—sweep them out. Haye the face, the eye, the brow, the heart, clear and smiling as the hearth; and remember that, while the men are responsible for winning the bread, you are responsible for the beauty and brightness of the home. Cultivate your faculties sedulously, and perfect your accomplishments. Let the men of your households find nowhere such good, bright, enjoyable society as by your fireside. And if things go wrong--and they cannot go long without frets Vol. VIII. No. 7.
Oh, we do not sell them ; we let them out."
and jars in such a world as this—be you the one to recover most swiftly, and set things right again by a wise, kindly, and patient word. Make your home, in a word, the scene of your constant, patient, and cheerful duty. Sing to your home tasks; they are truly musical. Home is a fairer and goodlier field to work in than the noisy, dusty, storm-vexed field of battle in which so many of us have to spend our weary days.
Above all, have done with shams. Let the home-life, and all over which you rule, be honest. Let all that shows be real. There is a vain and sinful show in which the world loves to walk at present, which fills us with dreary apprehension as to the form in which the shattering shock will come to tear our hypocrisies to tatters, and set us sternly face to face with realities once more. That it is coming, that it must come, none can question, I think, who look with keen eye on the signs of these times, and who read aright the lessons of history. And the chief leaders in the vain show are our young maidens, the wives and the mothers of our future. False hair, false figūre, false height, false dress,— so much that is false, that sensible people ask themselves, How much is there that is real beneath ? And it runs through the whole scale. There is much that is ominously like the luxury of the first age of the Roman Empire in the luxury of our times. The frightful head-dresses of our women may find their originals in the busts of the empresses and courtesans who made that the most infamous age of the world's history. We have fallen into the basest habit, short of open vice, into which a society can fall; we surround ourselves in our daily lives with things which it is understood on all hands are simply for show, and not for use or delight. I was at a fruiterer's the other day buying a modest modicum of fruit. I saw a remarkable basket of pears in the window. I was curious enough to ask the price. "£12 12s. the dozen," was the answer. “And who is fool enough to buy them?” myself, caps the whole! The very fruit on what looks like a hospitable table a cheat! And there is something radically vicious-yes, and dangerous—in the condition of a people which loves to have it thus. We are full of pious reflections on the judgment which has fallen on Paris. Precisely the same mind is in us; though, thank God, there are noble restraining influences at work. And such judgment as has fallen on Paris is inevitably our doom, if we cannot apply the tonic of simplicity, sobriety, and honesty to our lives. It rests with you, young people, mainly. Be real, at any rate. Hate shows of all sorts that have no commensurate substance behind them; and let your homes have honest reality legible everywhere. Let all the surroundings and belongings of your being ring true to the hammer-strokes with which a stern critic is ever testing our lives.-From "Young Men and Maidens, a Pastoral for the Times."
PERSEVERANCE REWARDED. HE following striking illustration, from real life, of the blessed effects of looking to the Lord in and for education, is given in the Home Visitor :-A young Christian woman, in household service, in which she had peculiarly adorned the Gospel which she professed, had the most intense craving for cultivation of in