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HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
OPEN YOUR WINDOWS.

rubbed in three or four times a The celebrated Dr. Darwin was day. For rheumatism in the head, so impressed with a conviction of or face-ache, rub all over the back the necessity of good air, that, of the head and neck, as well as being very popular in the town of the part which is the immediate Derby, once on a market-day, he

seat of pain. mounted a tub and thus addressed

FOR THE BREATH. the listening crowd: “Ye men of

Persons who suffer from diffi. Derby, fellow-citizens, attend to me! I know you to be ingenious culty of breathing and oppression and industrious mechanics. By from the following simple contri

on the chest, will find great relief your exertions you procure for

vance : A tea-kettle is to be kept yourselves and families the necessaries of life; but if you lose your

boiling, either over a fire or over health, that power of being of use

a common night-lamp or nursing

candlestick. A tin tube is to be to them must cease. This truth

fitted on to the spout of the teaall of you know; but I fear some

kettle, of such length and form as of you do not understand how

to throw the steam in front of the health is to be maintained in

sick person,

who will then breathe vigour; this, then, depends upon

in it. This prevents the distressyour breathing an uncontaminated air ; for the purity of the air being sensation occasioned by in

haling the cold night air, which comes destroyed where many are

will be felt by persons suffering collected together, the effluvia

from asthma or water on the from the body corrupt it. Keep chest, and which is not obviated open, then, the windows of your either by clothing or fire. workshops, and as soon as you rise open all the windows of your

TO CURE WARTS. bedrooms. Inattention to this Dissolve as much common washadvice, be assured, will bring dis- ing soda as the water will take eases on yourselves, and engender up; wash the warts with this for among you typhus fever, which

a minute or two, and let them dry is only another name for putrid without wiping. This repeated, fever, which will carry off your will gradually destroy the largest wives and children. Let me again wart. repeat my serious advice-open

TO CLEAN SILKS. your windows to let in the fresh air,

A quarter-pound of soft soap, at least once in the day. Remember what I say ; I speak now

a teaspoonful of brandy, a pint

of gin. Mix all well together. without a fee, and can have no

With a sponge or flannel spread other interest but your good in the mixture on each side of the this my advice.”

silk without creasing it. Wash it FOR RHEUMATISM, LUMBAGO, OR in two or three pails of cold water, STRAINS.

and iron on the wrong side when oz. of strongest camphorated rather wet. spirit, 1 oz. spirits of turpentine, one raw egg, half-pint best vine

Happier, happier far than thou

With the laurel on thy brow, gar. Well mix the whole, and

She who makes the humblest hearth : keep it closely corked. To be

Happy but to one on earth.

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"I SHALL NOT WANT."

(PSALM xxiii.) APPY and blessed is the true believer! He can look upward, and exclaim, “I shall not want," for the Lord Jehovah is my Shepherd! He who

sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high, and to whom all power in heaven and earth belongs, invites me to repose with confidence in His care; and promises to provide whatsoever may be necessary for

my body and for my soul, for my support in time, and for my happiness in eternity!

Happy and blessed is the true believer! He can look downward, and exclaim, “I shall not want!” This earth on which I tread is full of the goodness of the Lord. He clothes these fields with beauty, and covers them with abundance. He provides for the fowls of the air, for the fishes of the sea, for the beasts of the field, and for the meanest of creeping things. This rich Provider for the whole creation will much more certainly provide for me, His intelligent and redeemed creature !

Happy and blessed is the true believer! He can look inward, and exclaim, "I shall not want !” He who has kindled in my soul these new and heavenly desires, who has taught me to abhor sin and to hunger after righteousness, who has inclined me by His Spirit to love His name, to delight in His service, and to sigh for greater conformity to His image, will perfect that which concerneth me, and will abundantly satisfy every holy aspiration of my heart !

Happy and blessed is the true believer! He can look backward, and exclaim, “I shall not want!” Insignificant and unworthy as I was, the good Shepherd sought my lost and wandering soul. Innumerable and aggravated as were my trespasses, He shed His precious blood to secure for me a full and free forgiveness. His Spirit deigned to visit my thoughtless heart. His providence has strengthened my weakness, and supplied my wants, ever since I was born ; and, insignificant and unworthy though I still am, He will not fail to strengthen and to supply me in every time of need!

Happy and blessed is the true believer! He can look forward, and exclaim, “I shall not want !” Pressing as my necessities may become—irksome and manifold as may be the duties to which

I shall be called-painful, complicated, and prolonged, as may prove the trials that await me, my Shepherd has promised that “as my day is, so my strength shall be." He enables me with calmness to contemplate the vicissitudes of time, the solemnities of death, and the responsibilities of judgment; for the Lord Jehovah shall be my Friend in every vicissitude—that Friend shall be my Shepherd through the dark valley—that Shepherd shall be my Judge in the awful day—and that Judge will pronounce my everlasting acquittal : nor mine alone; but for all those also who love His appearing, He will say, “For these My brethren, I died. Their sins are blotted out by My blood. Their persons are justified through My righteousness. Their souls are sanctified by My Spirit. Come, ye blessed children of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world !”

Happy and blessed is the true believer! He can look onward for ever, and exclaim, “I SHALL NOT WANT !” He soars in thought above the horizon of men. With eagle eye he looks down the vista of time, to gaze upon the glories which surround the threshold of eternity. He beholds by faith the advent of his Lordthe splendour of the attendant seraphs—the resurrection of the sleeping, and the transfiguration of the living saints—their spiritual, glorified, and immortal bodies—the city of the living Godthe heavenly Jerusalem—the innumerable company of angels—the reign of universal righteousness—the kingdom of peace, and purity, and power-and the effulgent presence of Him at whose right hand are fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore! He contemplates with delight the removal of all sin, the subjugation of every enemy—the delivering up of the kingdom to the Fatherand God all in all! Thus, onward and onward, can the believer gaze, and exclaim with wonder, and gratitude, and adoration, “I SHALL NEVER WANT !” The Lord Jesus shall be my Shepherdthe ransomed flock shall be my companions-heaven shall be my fold—and God Himself shall be my portion for ever and for evermore!—Dr. John Stevenson.

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EDUCATION, 'NFORTUNATELY there is no one word in our

language, representing ideas of equal importance,

that is used in senses so different; and great would

he blessing conferred upon society if we could persuade mankind to introduce greater precision into their or

dinary language on this subject. Many misapprehensions, many prejudices would immediately disappear, and men would be brought to a greater unity of opinion, and consequently of action, in this matter. With many, education means no more than the

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acquiring a certain quantity of information, a certain skill in various accomplishments, in reference and in adaptation to the station in society which the pupil is likely to occupy; for instance, a knowledge of the classical languages and the higher branches of literature to the upper ranks; a knowledge of English, and perhaps some of the modern languages, of caligraphy, of geometry and arithmetic, to those who transact the trading business of the country; a knowledge of reading, writing, and elementary ciphering to the poor. And, when these several arts have been acquired in the respective schools,—and when all this has been done at no small cost of time, of trouble, and of money,-if it afterwards appear that the subjects of such instruction pursue unworthy objects and disgrace themselves by vicious conduct, it is supposed that education, so called, is of no avail towards correcting the bad principles of our nature, and forming a moral and responsible being to habits of virtue. But all this is sadly to mistake the matter, it is to take a part for the whole. What I have now described is not education in its full and proper sense. It is instruction; and I wish, unless any other phraseology be preferred, that we should generally use the word in that meaning. Education means much

This is to form the principles and to mould the habits of youth; it is not merely to qualify them to earn a livelihood by exercising some business or profession in the world, but to fit them, by the Divine blessing, to fulfil the several duties of domestic, of social, and of political life, in obedience to the great laws of righteousness, and in conformity with the high purposes for which they have been placed in their present state of being. This edu. cation is not given merely at stated hours of lessons; neither does it take its commencement at the moment when the pupil is first sent to school. It begins with the faintest dawn of reason, from the earliest moment when the child is capable of receiving impressions on his mind; and it lasts to the time when he is emancipated from subjection, and is prepared to take his own part on the great stage of human life. Nay, even then, I believe, many a man has found that his education is but to begin, a course of selfeducation, by which he still has to fit himself to act his allotted part with propriety.

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“Knowledge and Wisdom, far from being one,
Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men,
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own :
Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which Wisdom builds,
Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its place,
Does but encumber what it seems t'enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much
Wisdom is humble that she knows no more."

G. C.

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If thus Thy beauties gild the span
Of ruined earth, and sinful man,-
How glorious must the mansion be,
Where Thy redeemed 'shall dwell with Thee!

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