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GAME OF HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS. knowledge of history is required either--the simplest

I do not know whether this game is familiar to most-op-the-surface incidents being perfectly suited the readers of the “ Family Friend;" I met with it to, and sometimes the best for, this pastime. some time since at the house of a friend, and found

ILLA. it so pleasant that I have determined to describe it, in the hope that it may be new to some, and may

CHRISTMAS IS COMING. therefore be a contribution to the amusements of O CHRISTMAS, dear Christmas, is coming! Christmas.

A few weeks and he will be here, It consists in each member of the company, being Bringing merriment, sunshine, and gladness, duly furnished with small pieces of paper (four While sorrow is left in the rear. inches by three is a nice size), and pencils, fixing on some historical incident, and to the best of his Yes! Christmas, gay Christmas, is coming! or her ability producing it on the paper The pic

The holly will hang in the hall, tures are then submitted to the company, who are

And faces with smiles will grow brighter, to guess the subject delineated, and to write their For joy upon many will fall. decisions on a slip of paper, turning down the At Christmas the message of gladness paper, after adding their names, in the manner

First came to the sorrowful earth, pursued in “ bouts-rimes." There is great amuse- When the angels brought tidings of pardon, ment in these guesses often; and as the sketches

Announcing their blessed Lord's birth. may be of the roughest kind, no one need plead inability. I am no adept at drawing myself,

And O, then, now Christmas is coming, having abjured such occupations as soon as i was May all breathe of peace and good will; my own mistress, except in one small line, and yet May our hearts grow more kind and forgiving, I can quite manage an illustration. No profound And every bad passion be still. ISABEL

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DEFINITIONS.

To gain a prize full many play this game,
Who in the end are doomed to lose the same

Lago
CHANCE.

Proud humanity's name for Providence.

HEATEEEBELL The hape and mishaps of coincidence to a worldly man.-IMOGINE.

Fate's dice-box.-ZASONI. That on which many stake their fortune and happiness; some succeed in their speculations,

MISTAKE. some just the reverse; for, like a weathercock, ever variable and changeful, it is not to be relied on for An unintentional action, which always peris a second.-WINIFRED.

forgiveness.—IMOGINE. The lightning of circumstance, apparently for- An error often arising from carelessness or inat. tuitous, yet really guided by unerring law. teution.-WINIFRED.

ILLA. The blind half-brother of Fault, often mistakes The presiding genius of card-playing, fortune- for him, and unjustly punished in consequence. telling, and marriage.-FLORIAN.

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To find a needle in a bundle of har; Kissing your sister instead of your cousin.
To meet an old friend in a far-off land;

FLORIN
To catch a feather that is flying away;

Asking a cripple to join in a waltz;
To receive a gift from a miser's hand.

C.T. Rre.
Taking white arsenic for Epsom sals.

C. T. RTE. Fortune's unpremeditated favours.—The spark which kindles the flame of hope.

The benighted traveller following a will-o'-theEMMA BUTTERWORTH.

wisp, believing it to be a light from some friends

homestead.-Judgment walking blindfold. A wheel, whose turning enriches a few but im

Emma BOTTERWONTE. poverishes many.-An alias for Providence.

KATE LESLIE.

Greeting an utter stranger with a hearty slap cu

the back, supposing him to be your oldest friendWhat occurs without premeditation.-LEONA. Passing by the modest violet to gather the gedy Uncertainty, as a number in a lottery, which tulip.-KÁTE LESLIE. may prove either a prize or a blank.

What is often made through carelessna o

STANTONVILLE. thoughtlessness, but is very hard, and sometimes The misnomer of Providence.

impossible to rectify.--LEONA.

CALLER HERRIN'. A convenient excuse for carelessness. The infidel's first cause and last resource.

BLACK DEART. GORGONIA. Doing the wrong thing in the roug place at the The god of the infidel, the impossibility of the wrong time. -MIGNONETTE. Christian.-BLACK DWARF.

A bitter fruit, which grows in Byepath Meader. 5 The unsteady chain that links event to event.

GIPST. Life's lottery-box.-MIGNONETTE.

Buying a pig in a poke.
A veiled fairy, whom some cannot recognise.

In money matters you must prevent,
GIPSY.

Otherwise to gaol you're quickly sent;

'Tis then your friends for you relent, The number drawn from the lottery-bag.-The And as for yourself, why, you repent vessel's safe arrival in the harbour.-J.J. Gorton.

JUSTITIA. Catching a weazel asleep.-Finding a policeman The simple genius who unwittingly makes when you want him.-HOTSPUR.

breaches in the dykes of order, admitting the The child of fortune.- ZINGARA.

waters of confusion.-CARACTACOS. A word (so says a learned divine) that is not

What father, inother, sister, friend, and brother, in the Christiau's dictionary; for how can events

Nay, all mankind, make some one way or other. happen by chance when an all-wise Providence

Laco. ruleth over all things ?-EMMA S. P.

Straying from the highways into the byways ar Impiety's mythical deity, supposed to govern

life.- HEATHERBELL. events without volition, and to work wonders with- That wbich man commits in depending upon out design.-CARACTACUS.

another.-J.J. GORTOX.

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The mirage in the desert.-An aberration of That which frequently causes direful results.mind produced by the absence of thought.

Being kept blocked up in a cab in & crowded HOTSPUR. thoroughfare when your time is important.

HOTSPUR, To think we can attain success without persevering.-ZINGARA.

The most dangerous kind of lay that there is.

ZINGARA. Error's husband—" they twaln are one flesh."

What we should never do, either in temporal or ZANOXI.

spiritual things.-EMMA S. P. Make no mistake in the selection of your friends.

The angel whose wings are weary.-ZAXONI. AXNA GREY.

Is it not foolish to delay
I said " no,” but I meant "yes.”

The good that may be done to-day?
CALLER HERRIX".

ANNA GREY. Something oftener made than owned.

Procrastination, which is the thief of time. GORQOXIA.

STANTONVILLE. An excuse often made by many when they have The “ Red-tape" knight who “ cross"-es the will been challenged of wrong committed.-SPECTATOR. of Progress.-CARACTACUS.

That which caused the five foolish virgins to be

shut out from the marriage feast.-lago. DELAT.

The rust that retards the needle of industry.

HEATHERBELL. Punctuality's adversary.-A dangerous bridge, spanning the river of Time.- MOGINE.

TIR WORDS COMBINED. A hindrance often causing irremediable evil.

WINIFRED. If, when in danger, we mistake Providence for A principle which, as applied to a deed, acts like chance, and deluy returning praise to God for storing on fruit-a benefit up to a certain point; timely deliverance, we are of all men the most

unthankful.-IMOGINE. beyond, it deprives it of its use and excellence.

ILLA, In all cases of offence there is such a chance that Sending your carte to the Editor to forward, and the conduct complained of may have originated in

muistake, that we must ever be ready to delay passgetting neither carte nor answer.-FLORIAN.

ing judgment on the apparent culprit.-ILLA. Putting off till to-morrow what may be done

A good chess.player should never give his adverto-day.-C. T. Rye.

sary a chance of discoveriug his plans, should not Letting Time's forelock slip through our fingers. be disheartened by making a mistake, and should - Putting off till to-morrow what can be done always seek to delay defeat if he cannot avoid

it. to-day-What is frequently met with at a railway

FLORIAX. station.-Emma BUTTERWORTH.

Nothing can happen to us by chance, or by

mistake of that Great Being who sometimes will That which causes many a hare to lose the race.

KATE LESLIR.

delay our happiness because we have not sufficient

grace to be entrusted with it.-LEONA. The postponement of a thing wished for.

Wheu delay is the check-rein, and chance the CHARLIE F.

untrustworthy steed we trust to, no wonder if we Anything we wish for very much postponed. are landed in that quagmire of doubt-a mistake. LEONA.

Zaxoni. A little hinge, on which oft turn the wheels of

Had I but got the chance to make

A fortune, then, without mistake, disappointment and regret.-CALLFR HERRIN',

Or yet delay, I'd cheerfully A receptacle in which things are put for a time, Embrace such opportunity.-Lago. and often lost altogether.-GORGONIA.

If a mistake is made, it should be rectified with A dangerous omission, by which many have chance of its evil results being irremediable.

out delay, as otherwise, in many cases there is a corne to ruin.-SPECTATOR.

BLACK DWARF. The evil habit of procrastination.

BLACK DWARF.
The train whose tardy speed is ever dangerous.

A FEW CONS FOR CHRISTMAS.
MIGNONETTE.

1. Why is the fifth milestone between Ross and The chisel which wears away patience.-GIPSY, Monmouth like the letter A?-Because it is midA fine adjustment in the scales between conve

way. nience and inconvenience; on the one hand,

1. What plant used in dyeing indicates the comanswering the purpose for a time; on the other, parative degree of “ crazy ?"-Madder. proring ruinous in the extreme.- JUSTITIA.

3. Why is the sap of a tree like the mercury in a

thermometer ?--It sinks in winter. Procrastination's twin sister.-J. J. GORTON. 4. If my daughter Catherine were filling up the schedule for the censas, what active verb might IRun-a-gate.-182. Sparrow-hawk.-183. Philip use to remind her to include Judy, the baby ?-pine.-184. Ear-wig.--185. Mar-ma-duke.-186. Adjudicate (Add Judy, Kate).

Her-ring.- 187. Curry.comb.-188. Katrine.-189. 6. When is a river like a tabid dog ?-When it Courtship.-190. Catherine.–191. Nightingale.foams at the mouth.

192. Herodotus.—193. . Al; b. Gihon; c. lan6. Why would a certain noble quadruped, in a spruck; d. NilE; e. CoRík): 1. (dessa) Nos mill, be equal to a great multitude ?-Twould be cow); g. UmeA; h. Ratisbon; i. InriN. Agim a mil-lion,

court; Inkermann.-194. Fore, ore, pore, cure, 7. What letter, placed at the head of a ship, more, bore, tore, pore, Nore, hore-bound.–199. woull represent military courage!-The letter S Coat, goat, boat.–196. Prussia, Russia. - 197. (prow-ess).

Bream, ream.–198. Wolf, blow, fowl.-19. Ate, 8. Why is the skeleton of a sermon a very unna- eat, tea.--200, a. BarB(el); ò. AglaiA ; c. DeaD; tural object?-It has several heads.

d. EvB; 4. NoN. Baden; Baden.-201. Rex, 9. Into what animals do servants metamorphose nose, hose.-202. Gorse, horse, morse, norse.-203. cats !--Into scapegoats.

a. Downpatrick; 5. Newry(e); c. Bandea; d. 10. Why is an unbecoming action like the letter Castlehar; e. Dingle ; f. Ferns; 9. Bray; A. Cors; G?- It is in-elegant.

Å Westport; j. Redcross; k. Marybrough; L 11. What is the difference between a policeman Blackwater. - 204. l. Because he is a rosiner and a tradesman -The first has his head above his (aroma); 2. When it is sat in; 3. Because whes number, the other his number above his head. his appetite is whetted (wetted, he can bardly be

12. When does a tailor make the worst of all dry; 4. Because it is certainly doing a miss (a miss “cuts!"-When he “culs" anold friend.

5. Calcraft the hangman, for he is the greatest (noore) 18. Why are Mandarins like old apple-trees ?- newsman in the country; 6 Because since then we Their low bows (boughs) occupy more room than have had no rex (wrecks) only a regina; 7. Ox they are worth.

likes dates and the other doesn't; 8. Because it is 14. What is the most wonderful part of a fish :- pastime (past time); 9. Attenuate (at ten you ates The fin, because it is in-finite.

10. Because it makes one whole (hole); 11. The 15. Why am 1, in walking towards a fire-place 12. When it has a uniform coat; 13. Because be

difference between piers (Peers) and Commons; in my own house, like certain birds in the autumn? -I am going to my grate (migrate).

would be indifferent (in different).-905. 1. Ado 16. Why are none but ill-bred ladies fitted to be ration; 2. Mango; 3. The body of schoolmaster's called “ducks ?"-Because ducks waddle, and are pu-pil(l)s; 4. When he puts his " noes " out of his by no means nice in their diet.

mouth; 5 Ideal; 6. Houses that have railing 17. What is the difference between a Mormonite round them; 7. There heads are fall of the idea, book-keeper and some celebrated racing-stakes ! - four-fifths of which is wood ; 8. By going to look as The one is the St. Leger, and the other a ledger He must be incumbent (in come bent); 11. The

a stream in Notts (knolts); 9. The margin; 10. "saint."

18. Why is a man, when about to accost a lady, legal; 12. It is (bread) bred on a common.like a man going to a certain crockery stand ?-He:; The plane; 2. The pine; 3. The nobizarch is going to address her (a dresser).

(larch); 4. Cordwood ; 5. The oaks; 6. The birch; 19. When do you see what is invisible?-When ?. Quirkus; 8. The tulip; 9. My hog and I (na. you see how you feel.

hogany); 10. The ash; 11. The beech; 12. The 20. Why cannot a man be comfortable or pre-box; 13. The ironwood; 14. The palm; 15. The sent a good appearance when well-dressed? - pear (pair); 16. The witch elm; 17. The pres; Because he is in a ft.

18. The alder(man); 19 The fir (fur); 20. The 21. In what sty ought a monarch to feel “ at lace; 21. The ivy (vie).-22. The elder; 23. The home ?"-In his maje-sty.

bay;

24. The elm; 35. The broom and brush; 22. What tables inay be very easily swallowed? - 26. The sago (say go); 27. The cabbage (cab age); Vege-tables.

28. The peach ; 29. The aspen (asspea); 50. The 23. What rice is generally indulged in, even by arbutus (are but us); 31 Yew (you); 32. Because the most scrupulous ? - Ad-vice.

it is pop(u)lar.–207. Waste not, want not; a friend 24. What dress conveys the best impressioni

in need is a friend indeed.-208. 1. Knitting her Ad-dress.

brows; 2. Because he could then not only make 3 25. What dress is most acceptable to an “injured table speak, but make a tart answer; 3. Because individual "Re-dress.

CARACTACLS.

nobody likes to be caught tripping; 1. Because, being completely worn out she has been soled (sold, by

England, and well hammered and welted by the ANSWERS TO ENIGMAS., &c.

Germans; 5. Because he is scouring the plain; 6.

Because it all goes ia ronts and pieces ; 7. Becake, (On pp. 455-460.)

though he starts with a wheelbarrow in the more160. Different kinds of net; net, the material; ing, he is sure to get a liule hoarse (horse) before hair-net; net for vegetables; net for fruit trees; night; 8. Because she rules the wares, and Russia net of the spider covered with dew; fishing net; only the (serf) surf; 9. Belfast (belle fast); 10. Be poacher's net. - 161. A Glove. - 162. Man

ucause they are compelled to keep their watches; (rew)-mission.-163. Honey-moon.-184. Care-less. 12. When he runs for a plate - 209. The heada at - 165. Day-light-166. Car-rot.-167. Wise-acre. the houses of York and Lancaster placking their -168. Ward-robe.-169. Pen-man-ship.-170. Ten, emblem flowers in the Earl's gardea.--210. Ina en.-171. Watch-word.—172.

Glow-worm.-173. lent behaviour of the Earl of Essex to Queen Elias Alpha-bet.-174. Molo-hill.-176. Rib-and.-176. beth at a privy council held to appoint a Lerda West-on-super-mare.-177. Bead-le.-178. Dew. deputy of Ireland.-211. Sir Walter Raleigh, edhe drop.-179. Un-i-form.180. Imp-488 alle.-181. I first introduced tobacco into England.

door ;

CLASS AWARDS.

And in saying farewell, let me ask my fellowlabourers, with whom may I still have the pleasure of exchanging cartes ? There are vacant places,

only waitng,' and I would fain gather some more ADDRESS : 23, MIDDLE STREET, CLOTH FAIR, of my friends under the command of our good WEST SMITHFIELD, E.C.

President. Will not the fair Estella deign to shine on me, even as her bright namesakes of

heaven beam upon the flowers of earth? And FIRST CLASS.

our gifted brother Ruthenpharl? Must I hide DAISY H, writes in so good a spirit that we are my diminished head' behind my handkerchiefinduced to give insertion to the rather long but complaining, like the Councillor of old, 'I am so very appropriate letter :

very shy,' that I haven't the 'face' to ask? or shall "MY DEAR FELLOW COUNCILLORS :

I hang up my stocking (of pale blue !) and trust ** Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking,' and brederen to make an "exchange' which is ' no

Santa Claus will incline the hearts of my sisteren perhaps our kind President will give mo leave, in consideration of the coming jovial season, to say a

robbery?" few words. Imagine yourselves seated in a semi

“ Pity the wishes of an F.F.C., circle round (!) the Council-room, and upon the

Whose trembling hopes have borne her to your door opening your eyes being greeted by the sight of an individual who approaches with a movement

Who would no longer empty pages see, something between the graceful gliding of a swan So, having some, she gently asks for more. and Lord Dundweawy – wun' being not quite so Dear President and Councillors! I feel conscious “sublime' as the one, and not quite so 'widiculous' of not having always done what I could for our as the other; and making a profound curtsey to the little Friend during the past year; but as it is assemblage in general, and to the Editor in par- never too late to mend,' I fully intend to reform, ticular, announces herself as-your's truly. Having and it shall not be from want of trying if I do made my acknowledgments to the President, not keep my place in the Classes; and I trust that whose past favours (even the smallest) have been we shall, individually and collectively, give a long thankfully received, I proceed to propitiate that pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether, and send stern judge, under whose critical criticisms our little craft off with full canvas, and under all the shortcomings that belong to us are brought. flying colours; and that we may in future have Caractacus and his little men' have been a the comfort of receiving it without a chance source of im-mense entertainment to me; and I of ‘mistake' or delay. In conclusion, I would trust, though he has only devoted a small space to offer to all my dear friends in the Council 'the the ladies, he may not through any mismanage-compliments of the season,' for though mon prement become a misanthrope, or else the mistie- mier vient trop rarement; mon second ra trop toe will have no charms for him this merry | vite; je vous souhaite mon tout; and beg to be Christmas time; and thus, losing his opportunity remembered as, to kiss Miss, he may leave some fair one to pine "Your affectionate sister in the Council, after a missed kiss. The Definitions have not been

“DAISY H." a success this month-evidently. I have looked, LUCINDA sends poems and apologies in a gracevainly, alas! for those names that so often cast ful letter, which we will answer by post. an additional charm over the pages — Lucinda,

MAGGIE SYMINGTON.-Pre-occupation and “the Max, Gipsy, Florian (who likes always to ills that flesh is heir to" have prevented our writlive and die alone'), Ruthenpharl, Maggie, Jing. We will. Maggie sends loving greeting to all where are they? And echo answers – Away. I friends. She also accepts Caractacus's conditions; presume they did object' to the tendency' of

on receipt of his carte, she will forward him one. the definitions for this month; but I trust they will a'tone for their absence by giving us something STONEY.—"The Fairy Mirror" arrived too late extraordinary next. If my fair sisters Lizzie, for insertion. Thanks and welcome. Anna Gray, and Forget-me-not, will take a word from one of themselves,' Í should advise

ZANONI.-Why, dear friend, do you persist in them to be quite sure another time that they writing so carelessly on such poor paper ? The number the words in their Charades correctly. poems are published for the author. Try ruled Now, my dear friends, allow me to say one word in paper in future, and avoid blots and erasures by

What is worth my own defence, concerning a little paper which copying your communications. made its appearance last month. The printer's doing at all is worth doing well. We would not mistake in putting recipients' for 'recreants

waste ink and time in giving you advice were we may be owing to my own carelessness. (In future, not certain it would be taken in good part. dear Mr. Editor, I roill put my mark a little plainer.) GORGONIA is thanked and welcomed. But I was horrified to see my poor favourite Longfellow in such a prosaic dress, which certainly did have made a great friend of a dear friend of our

Emma S. P.-We are happy to hear that you not add to his beauty, or say much for my knowledge of him; but as misfortunes will happen in own, whom

we can by no means spare from the the best regulated families, so, I suppose, our into consideration. Decalcomanio has already

Council. Your proposal is kind, and will be taken finest poets are liable to be misunderstood some been described. times. Now, Caractacus, you are down upon me, I know, for indulging in the too liberal use of great CARACTACUS.- We have read your criticisms and !; but you must not be too hard upon a poor agree with them; but at this merry Christmas seaDaisy

just stay the patent-leather magisterial son we put them aside in favour of merrier reading. boot'ere it crushes my bowed head into the dust. For other contributions, thanks.

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