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HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
ascribed mainly to the free ad. TOTAL abstinence from alcoholic mission of out-door air to the drinks and other narcotic sub-patient's bedroom. stances will greatly augment health that the patient cannot suffer and lengthen life. Plenty of from the application of this wholesome food and fresh air are remedy, either in danger from the best strengtheners; and rest, other diseases, or from the temwhen we are fatigued, is the best perature of the atmosphere. If restorer.—Dr. Elliotson.
the patient is kept warm in bed It is remarkable that all the by artificial means, the free diseases arising from drinking breathing of pure fresh air will at spirituous or fermented liquors all times keep up the natural are liable to become hereditary, animal heat. even to the third generation, in
TO REMOVE MILDEW. .creasing, if the cause be continued, till the family becomes extinct.
Make a very weak solution of
chloride of lime in water (about Darwin. The drunkard not only injures quart of water), strain it carefully,
a heaped-up teaspoonful to a and enfeebles his own nervous
and dip the spot on the garsystem, but entails mental disease
ment into it, and if the mildew upon his family. His children are likely to be nervous, weak,
does not disappear immediately, eccentric, and to become insane lay it in the sun for a few minutes under the pressure of excitement
or dip it again into the limefrom some unforeseen agency or
water. The work is effectually the ordinary calls of duty.—Dr.
and speedily done, and the chloride
of lime neither rots the cloth nor Brown.
removes the delicate colours when It can be proven with mathematical certainty that as much
sufficiently diluted and the articles
well rinsed afterwards in clear flour or meal as would lie on the
water. point of a table-knife is more
FITS. nutritious than nine quarts of the best Bavarian beer.—Baron Liebig. remain on the ground, provided
fall in a fit, let him FRESH AIR IN TYPHOID FEVER.
his face be pale; for, should it be Dr. Hampton regards the disease as a sort of paralysis or
fainting, or temporary suspension
of the heart's action, death may be asphyxia of all the vital functions,
caused by raising him upright, or occasioned by breathing a poi. by bleeding. But if the face be sonous atmosphere,, emanating red or dark-coloured, raise him either from a typhoid patient or
up, throw cold water on his head, from some other morbid source.
and send for a surgeon. By his experiments he has practically demonstrated that great
FOR DIARRHEA OR SICKNESS. advantage is to be derived from Take of the best Bermuda arthe use of open air in treating rowroot a teaspoonful, cold water the fever. Moreover, he declares à wineglassful. Mix well; then that there is absolute immunity add five drops of chloric ether. from contagion in the open air. To be taken every three hours if The cures which he reports are required.
If a person
THE BIBLE IN THE FAMILY.
bilities of PARENTS AND CHILDREN are understood, and their mutual duties enforced. Nature, it is true, suggests the obligation of obedience on the part of a child ; but nature neither defines the proper limitations of parental authority, nor supplies the spirit requisite to the due discharge of the reciprocal offices it involves. The
Bible does both these things. A faithful adherence to its instructions would preserve both parents and children from the errors into which they are liable to fall, and greatly increase the number of happy households. Listen to its words : “ Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise ; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And ye, fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” This is a sample of its utterances on this specific subject. But the whole spirit of the Bible bears upon this, as upon every other department of life, and is eminently adapted both to guide and assist parents and children in their respective duties.
Parents, for example, may injure their children through excessive indulgence. This was Eli's fault: “his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” David, too, had a pet child, Adonijah, of whom it is recorded that “his father had not displeased him at any time, in saying, "Why hast thou done so ?»» (1 Kings i. 6.) And, as usual with spoiled children, both Adonijah and Eli's sons came to a disgraceful end. These parents were good men, but they could not bear to say “No” to their children. They would on no account “ displease" them. Instead of governing them, they reversed the Divine ordinance and were governed by them. Putting away their infallible guide, and following the impulses of a blind affection, they allowed their sons to have their own way. Solomon thought this was a sure method to ruin a child. He wrote a variety of proverbs embodying this sentiment, and recommending a discreet use of the rod. He had seen his brother Adonijah fall a victim to parental indulgence, and he sounded the alarm to other parents. The common feeling in our day seems to be, that Solomon was needlessly anxious on this point; or, at least, that however judicious his maxims might have been in
a rude age," they are not adapted to a refined state of society, like that which it is our felicity to enjoy. A large proportion of the present generation of youth are growing up under the benign sway of this improved code, the essential provision of which is, that parents may counsel, but must not command their children. A father is still allowed to say to his son, “I would advise you to do this; and a mother
may still venture to express her wishes to a daughter, “I should prefer your doing so and so;” but it would be very rigorous to put these suggestions into the form of commands. According to the Bible theory, the family has a head; the new theory makes the entire family assessors with the father on his throne; or, in other words, it demolishes the primeval constitution of the family, and turns the miniature monarchy into a democracy. The consequences are just what might be anticipated from this bold attempt to improve a Divine institution. On all sides the complaint is made of increasing wilfulness and insubordination among the young. Disrespect to parents has come to be one of the prominent characteristics of the times; one which stands out so conspicuously that he must be blind who does not see it. It is the injunction of God, “ Honour thy father and thy mother." Honour them by loving them. Honour them by confiding in them. Honour them by obeying them. Honour them by abstaining from whatever is disagreeable to them. Honour them by doing everything in your power to promote their comfort and happiness. Reason sanctions this, as revelation commands it. Habitual irreverence and disobedience towards parents affixes a stigma upon the reputation of a child for which no beauty of person, no splendour of endowments, no accumulation of accomplishments can compensate. You may garnish over a character like this as you will, the core of it is bad, radically bad. Whereever there is habitual disrespect to a parent, there are other evil qualities with it. It is as infallible a symptom of disease within as the spots which betoken the leprosy. What avails it that you are all amiableness and complaisance in company, if you can go home and treat an affectionate father or mother with sullenness or indecorum ? Your real character is that which you bear at home.
. If I could whisper a word in the ears of the young men who are casting about for a companion for the voyage of life, I would say to them,- See to it that, before you commit yourself, you learn the character of the other party at her own fireside ; and let no outward attractions ensnare you into a union with an undutiful daughter. She who is disrespectful to her parents will, after the heyday of marriage is over, be equally disrespectful to you. And as the tedious years go by, time will rob her of the personal charms which won your fancy, and leave you her temper."
This counsel is equally appropriate to the other sex. Nothing but the greatest infatuation could induce a young female to ally herself with a man whom she knew to be an unkind son. That
she would get a tyrant for a husband is almost as certain as her getting a husband at all. The best guarantee you can have for conjugal happiness is in marrying a man of decided and cheerful piety. Next to this, perhaps the surest pledge you can have lies in strong filial affection. The young man who loves his mother well, and cares for her comfort, will not neglect his wife. It is one of the finest eulogies pronounced in the familiar intercourse of society, when it is said of this or that man," He is so kind to his mother.” And the daughters who are wise, instead of allowing themselves to be fascinated by mere external glances or intellectual gifts, will inquire, before taking that irrevocable step, whether a is suitor is kind to his mother.”
It must not be forgotten, however, that very much of the prevalent irreverence for parents and for age in general is to be ascribed to the excessive indulgence with which children are trained. More firmness in governing the young would insure from them both more obedience and more affection. Multitudes are ruined through
" A kindness-most unkind--that hath always spared the rod;
A moral cowardice of heart, that never dared command.” But in shunning Scylla, we must beware of running into Charyb. dis. “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged." The sceptre placed in the parent's hands is a sceptre of love. Guided by love and wisdom, it will never alienate nor" discourage” a child, unless that child is one of rare depravity. It is a most disastrous mistake for parents to rule in such a way that their children approach them with the awe felt by Asiatic slaves in coming into the presence of their masters. Doubtless, the severity which repels children from their parents is often undesigned; but the effects it produces when it has become habitual are so pernicious, that we cannot guard too sedulously against it. It is alike our duty and our privilege to win our children's confidence, and to foster in their breasts a tender affection for us, blended with reverence. This is neither to be done by throwing the reins upon their pecks, and letting them run whithersoever they will, nor by holding them with an ugly bit, and using the lash freely. Either of these methods will as infallibly spoil a child as it will a horse. There is here, as in most other things, a golden mean, which it requires great care and even Divine assistance to attain; but which, being attained, will usually bring in a rich revenue of domestic happiness. The more we study the Bible, and the closer we keep to its infallible counsels in training our children, the more likely we shall be able to elude the dangers which meet us on the right hand and on the left. Not only is it requisite as an unerring chart of duty, but the earnest and prayerful study of it is peculiarly adapted to foster that spirit of wisdom, love, hope, and patience, which is daily called for in the management of a family.