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43. Why does E always claim precedence ?
44. Why is this s like an ambitious man?
45. Why is V like a creditor ?
46. Why is a die like a king ?
47. Why is a hare that has young ones like the Prince of
Wales ?

48. Why is a bellows like slander ?
49. Why is Cupid like an overseer ?
50. Why is it useless to send a bird a bushel of oats ?

51. Though young I am a character well known to all the
Queen's subjects. I represent Majesty, and am more nearly
allied to royalty than Prince Albert himself. However high
and dignified the rank and title of any person in the kingdom,
my situation is above them all. Should Queen Victoria her.
self require my service, she would place me at her right hand.
I was created by the highest peers and greatest people of the
realm, wear a crown, and am continually in office; yet I never
issue a command, though I frequently authorize others to do
so. Though of an erratic disposition, and have an unlimited
and unrestricted range through the British dominions, I am
continually in one or other of her Majesty's prisons, and only
one person has the power of liberating me. I am a great tra-
veller, though I have neither arms nor legs. I am of a peaceable
disposition, and yet I have more scars on my face than the (Duke
of Wellington). I have only one rival, and though occasionally
he usurps my prerogative, he is but a base substitute and
never takes my place. I was born black although now of a
ruddy complexion, yet when over-burdened I become blue in
the face. The poor can buy me; but the rich may not sell
me. Under my protection the most ardent lover can success-
fully urge his suit and the most timid maiden return his vows.
I am so much esteemed that not a day passes but I am asked
for, yet there is scarcely a tongue in England that is not raised
against me. Though' much sought after, my acquaintance
generally cut me when they become known to me.
older every day; but I shall never become grey-headed, even
if I have no recourse to Macassar oil. Though I never learned
the alphabet, I cannot be called unlettered. My company is
not very select; I am as well known to the veriest rascal as I
am to goodness and virtue. I assist in carrying out and con-
cealing the basest schemes. Mr. Smith O'Brien himself might
not have been in prison, but for my assistance. I suppose

I must be called a liberal, both in politics and religion, as I favour Tories, Radicals, Churchmen high and low, and Dis

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senters equally, and withal it must be admitted that I am a loyal subject, as I assist in supporting her Majesty's Govern. ment. I must not conceal another failing : for a small sum I give my countenance to the most nefarious and wicked schemes, and closely connect myself with proceedings which under a fair outside, conceal the most artful and base transactions. Not to make myself, however, worse than I am, I must add that I am faithful in my services, and am a close adherent to those I once join and assist. If these hints will not suffice, watch everyone that approaches you narrowly, for there are few in a house who do not wish to have a frequent visit from me.

52. I'm one of many that perform

A thousand tricks of good and harm :
I'm first and last in gifts receiving,
Though always hindmost in relieving;
I'm sometimes soft, I'm sometimes hard,
And always held in great regard ;
Yet, strange to say, when in disgrace,
I help to make a smiling face.
When I am mute in company,
I yield the sweetest melody :
No singing would you have I know,
If you my friendly aid forego.
I have for ages been in glory ;

Yet never out of purgatory.
53. My friend and I from home did part,

He had some yards of me the start;
We ran a hundred miles or more,
And still he kept that space before,
Nor more nor less, we all agree,

Though he ran twice as fast as me! 54. My first often contains my second; my second often dreads my first; and though there is not a possibility of its following, runs away from it. By the account of many, my whole will never be so happy as in its present condition.

55. Why is a fender like Westminster abbey ?
56. Why is pen, ink, and paper like the fixed stars ?
57. What do you see people drink broth with ?

58. My first I hope you are, my second I see you are, and my whole I know you are. 59. Where did Noah strike the first nail in the ark ? 60. What is smaller than a mite's mouth?

61. What comes with a coach, what goes with a coach, what is of no use to a coach, yet the coach cannot go without it? 62. Cut off my head and singular I act,

Cut off my tail and plural I appear,
Cut off my head and tail tho' strange the fact,
My middle's left; but I am nothing here.
What is my head cut off ? A sounding sea.
What is my tail cut off? A flowing river.
Amidst their mingled deeps I gambol free,
Parent of softest sounds, yet mute for ever.
63. Can you tell me why,

A hypocrite sly,
Can better descry,
Than you or I,
On how many toes,
A pussy-cat goes ?

ANSWERS.

one mone.

1. Pipkin. 2. Bumpkin.

2. Bumpkin. 3. Pumpkin. 4. Catkin. 5. Firkin. 6. Catacomb. 7. Poplar. 8. Cross-stitch. 9. Truant. 10. Boyhood. 11. Ahitophel. 12. Conundrum. 13. Because their Pa-stilles. 14. Because without it music would make u sic. 15. Because it makes a lie fly. 16. Because it joins China. 17. One a tractator and the other a tract-hater. 18. They are a-pie together. 19. He makes a phiz. 20. It makes old people, cold people. 21. It makes

22. It makes all ball. 23. It makes one gone. 24. It is the place for her-mits

25. He is a queer ass.

26. You are poring. 27. It makes men mean. 28. He makes a point of a pint. 29. It makes Sail small. 30. Mow-I-can. 31. H. 32. Cowes. 33. The road. 34. It has M.P. at the end of its name.

35. He puts down three and carries one. 36. All the rest are in-audible. 37. Green peas. 38. In-violet. 39. It is a-version. 40. Furrow. 41. Expression. 42. It takes a blow from everyone. 43. It goes before everything and every body. 44. It is bent upon getting to the top. 45. It is sure to come after u. 46. It is nothing without it's thrown. 47. It is a hare a-parent. 48. It blows upon everything. 49. He continually sends people to the union. 50. He only takes it by the peck. 51. A postage stamp. 52. G. 53. The fore and bind wheel of a coach. 54. School-boy. 55. It contains the ashes of the grate. 56. They are stationary. 37. Your eyes. 58. Welcome. 59. On the head. 60. That which goes into it. 61. Noise. 62. Cod. 63. Since a man of deceit can best count-er-feit, I should therefore suppose, he could best count her toes.

THE LIGHT OF HOME.

My boy thou wilt dream the world is fair,

And thy spirit will sigh to roam,
And thou must go ; but never when there,

Forget the light of home.

Though pleasure may smile with a ray more bright,

It dazzles to lead astray ;
Like the meteor's flash 'twill deepen the night

When thou treadest the lonely way.

But the hearth of home has a constant flame,

And pure as vestal fire;
"Twill burn, 'twill burn, for ever the same,

For nature feeds the pyre.
The sea of ambition is tempest-tost,

And thy hopes may vanish like foam ;
But when sails are shiver'd and rudder lost,

Then look to the light of home.
And there like a star through the midnight cloud,

Thou shalt see the beacon bright,
For never till shining on thy shroud,

Can be quench'd its holy light.
The sun of fame 'twill gild the name;
But the heart never felt its

ray:
And fashion's smiles that rich ones claim,

Are but beams of a wintry dry.

And how cold and dim those beams must be,

Should life's wretched wanderer come;
But my boy, when the world is dark to thee,

Then turn to the light of home.

POLITE MANNERS OF THE LOWER CLASSES

IN NORWAY.

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MR. LAING, in his “ Journal of a Residence in Norway,” says, “I like the politeness of people towards each other in this country; the pulling off hats or caps when they meet either strangers or friends. The custom is universal : common labourers, fishermen, private soldiers salute each other with a

and do not merely touch the bat, but take it off. This is carefully taught to the children, and even the school-boys bow to each other in the streets. Such a custom is not to be laughed at, it has a humanizing effect. The exterior form of good-will, although but a form, introduces a pause before any expression of ill-will or passion can be indulged. There is something good even in the forms of goodness; and it is not unimportant, that though only mechanical, they should be observed by the very lowest class in their ordinary intercourse."

THE FLEA.

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THE flea, called by the Arabians “the father of leapers, and the locust, jump two hundred times their own length Supposing the same relative force to be infused in the body of a man six feet high, he would be enabled to leap three times the height of St. Paul's. Insects walk, run, leap, fly, glide, and swim ; thus combining all the movements of all animated beings.

GUESSES AT TRUTH. WOULD you touch a nettle without being stung by it ? Take hold of it stoutly. Do the same to other annoyances, and hardly will anything annoy you.

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A MOTHER'S LOVE.
Hast thou sounded the depth of yonder sea,
And counted the sands that under it be?
Hast thou measured the height of Heaven above ?
Then may'st thou mete out a mother's love.
Hast thou talked with the blessed of leading on
To the throne of God some wandering son ?
Hast thou witness'd the angels' bright employ?
Then may'st thou speak of a mother's joy.

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