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This elegant and most useful work is very easy in its exeeution, while the means and applianees for its performanee are within the reaeh of every one. The materials are simply yellow withered leaves, a little dissolved gum, blaek paint, and eopal varnish; while the objeets to be ornamented may be a box, euphoard, table, Ae., in faet, any old furniture that has been rendered unsightly by age or long use. A plain deal box, eosting about a shilling, may by this proeess, so far as the outside goes, be eonverted into a eostly-looking dressing-ease. An exquisite ehessboard may be made, with very little skill, from a square pieee of deal. Flower-pots, pole-sereens, folding and hand-sereens, may all be deeorated in this manner, and, from untidy-looking lumber, may be eonverted into artieles of use, eleganee, and beauty; and this at a merely nominal expense, taste being the ehief requisite in the produetion. The employment forms one of the most agreeable and pleasing amusements for summer days and winter evenings; in the summer giving a purpose and an aim to many a joyous ramble, for in these desultory walks a goodly eolleetion may be made of Nature's ambered jowels.
All leaves that are small, of uneven shapo, and serrated at the edges, are well adapted for this work. As they are eolleeted, they should be plaeed between sheets of paper, but not elose together, then pressed by plaeing a board on the top, with a weight upon it, to express any moisture that may be therein, and to render them quite flat. In the autumn, the sweet-seented geraninm-leaves, the maple, thorn,
ehrysanthemum, wild parsley, fern, and a multitude of others may be found, ineluding the smaller syeamore and small vine leaves; but they must all have turned of a golden hue, or reddish-tinted yellow. Prepare the artiele to be ornamented thus: First rub the surfaee smoothly down with sand-paper; then eoat it over with blaek paint, whieh ean be proeured ready mixed at any oil-shop; when dry, rub it down smoothly with pumiee-stone, and give two more eoats. When these are dry, arrange the leaves on the surfaee in a eareless manner, but not in groups, unless preferred* Butterflies, drawn and eolored yellow with gamboge, or eut out of prints, and then eolored, may be stuek at different spaees with advantage; but there should be no other eolor than the brown and different tints of yellow in the leaves. Gum the wrong side of the leaf, and press it on in its appointed plaee with a hard tuft of wadding, fastened tightly up in a pieee of silk. Continue this with the whole of the leaves; and when they are all gummed on, dissolve some gelatine or isinglass in warm water, and while rather warm, brush it well over every portion of the work, using the brush entirely one way, not forward and haek. When dry, give the work three eoats of the best eopal varnish, letting the artiele remain a day or two between eaeh eoat . This proeess, though elaborate in detail, is easily and even quiekly done, and will well repay any trouble that may be taken, as, with a renowed eoat of varnish every five or six years, it will remain, as long as the wood will hold together, as bright in appearanee as when first finished.
ounee eaeh of stone-eolor and shaded violet, 8-thread; half ounee of shaded amber, 4-thread Berlin wool; 4 yards of ordinary-sized blind or skirt-eord; 77 small eurtain rings, the size measuring aeross five-eighths of an ineh; Nos. 1 and 2 Penelope Hook; 2 bunehes No. 6 steel beads.
With No. 1 heok, and drab woodwork 11 stitehes de over the end of the eord; double in as small a eirele as possible, unite, and work 2 stitehes into every loop for three more rounds. bth round.—1 stiteh into every loop. 6tA.—Inerease 1 stiteh in every 2d loop. There must be 72 stitehes in this round.
7 th.—Plaee a pin in every 9th loop, and in this same 9th loop work with 8-throad violet, 1 stiteh; then 9 stitehes drab in the next 8 loops, that is, inereasing 1 stiteh in about the 4th loop; repeat this all round.
Sth.—Work 3 stitehes violet into the 1 violet stiteh; then 9 stitehes drah, working only 8 stitehes in the last eompartment, to eommenee next row.
9th.—In the last drab stiteh that was not worked into, work 1 violet stiteh; then 4 more violet; then 7 drah, inereasing 1 in 4th stiteh; in the last eompartment make only 2 drab after the inereased atiteh, in order to make 8 violet in next round.
10tA.—8 violet, the 1st to eome beforo the 5th violet of last row, and the last to eomo after the 5th
violet, but inereasing 1 violet on the 5th stiteh; then 7 drah, inereasing one in the 4th drab stiteh.
litA.—All violet, inereasing 1 in every 5th stiteh.
12th.—All violet, but witheut inereasing, unless required.
The diameter of the mat sheuld now measuro six inehes aeross; but, sheuld it be required larger, another row of eord, or even two, will give the inereased size.
Now de under all the rings, about 30 to 32 stitehes for eaeh ring are neeessary; unite and tio the knot very neatly, and sew six of these rings round a 7 th, sowing them with eotton the eolor, and sewing them at the parts whero eaeh ring is joined, about 6 stitehes in length; bo eareful that no stitehes are seen on the right side; then sew steel beads round the eentre ring, taking up fivo to six beads at a time on the needle; then plaee the needle between the joinings of the rings, take upon it about 35 beads, and draw the eotton aeross to the opposite point; repeat this twieo more, the beads will then form as given in engraving; sew the eireles of rings on to the mat by two of the rings, and sew the eireles together by one ring. Any other oolor beside amber will do for the rings. If the table-eover is searlet, green wool sheuld be used; if blue, amber j or if gree n, searlet or pink.
Ii the Mareh number, we made an "Appeal to Ameriean Christians on behalf of the ' Ladies' Medieal Missionary Soeiety of Philadelphia.'"
We are highly gratified by the reeeption given to our Appeal. The publie, generally, reeeived it with favor, as almost daily letters evinee. It has been notieed kindly, and republished, in part or wholly, in many publie journals and nowspaperst A large number of elergymen, eminent in station, talents, and piety, have written to express their interest in tho movement, and offer their eo-operation. We shall, in a future number, give extraets from these interesting letters. Now we will introduee the opinions of two ladies, whose merits and influenee are well known to our readers.
Letter from Mrs. L. H. Sigourney, dated Hartford, Conm, January 7,1852 :—
"The exeellenee of the design of the 'Ladies' Medieal Missionary Soeiety of Philadelphia,* sit well as the institution of that nature (N. E. Fem. Med. Col.) established in Boston, approves itself to wise and thoughtful judges, as not only eongenial to the eapaeity and sphere of woman, but as a measure of patriotism and philanthropy. I am, therefore, happy to eomply with your request to beeome one of its patrons."
Letter of Mrs. Franees M. BUI.—The seeond letter is from that Christian lady so highly distinguished for her long and able serviees in the Mission Sehool, established by the Ameriean Protestant Episeopal Chureh, at Athens, Greeee. Iler letter is dated Mareh 26, 1852 :—
"Your kind note of January last, together with the * Appeal on behalf of tho Ladies' Medieal Missionary Soeiety,' reaehed me some weeks sinee, but numerous engagements have prevented me from replying to it sooner. The 'Appeal' Itself exhiblts so fully the numerous reasons whieh make the aequisition of Medieal Seienee for Women highly desirable, that it la quite unneeessary for me to add anything more on the subjeet . There ean bo little doubt but that sueh knowledge would greatly inerease the sphert of usefulness to every female missionary. Perhaps a simple statement of my own experienee may serve as an eneouragement to those whose minds have been turned to the eonsideration of this subjeet .
"In the early stage of our missionary eareer,! a knowledge of medieine would have been a great benefit, both as
* The "Appeal" has also been republished, with many eommendations, in u Sharpe's London Magazine" for Mareh, and widely eireulated in England. We have reeeived most eheering sympathy, eneouragement . and approval, reaehing us from the intelligent and influential of the Old World as well as the Now. It is, indeed, true, as the Committee of the Legislature of Massaehusetts say, in their Report on Female Medieal Edueation:—
"The publie journals, having had oeeasion to allude to or diseuss the subjeet, have with great unanimity given their influenee in favor of the movement, many of them expressing their viows in the strongest terms of approval."
t Rev. John Hill and his wife, Franees M. Hill, were sent to Greeee in 1832, where they have ever sinee remained.
It respeeted ourselves and those around us. As it was, th* little quaekery whieh we must, more or less, beeome aequainted with, gave us a great reputation. A simple eathartie; a deeoetion of aniseed or liquoriee for a eough; and, above all, a solution of sulphate of zine for the eyes, have been attended with sueh benefieial effeets, that my reputation in the healing art is fully established; and I find it diffieult to evade the importunities to engage in higher praetiee. Even when physieians are, as now, numerous, and very good ones, too (all of whom pay great attention to the medieal wants of the poor), I find, among a eertain elass, that 'the teaelier's preseription' is held in higher estimation than that of the regular praetitioner; and sometimes our own physieian, who is somowhat faeetious, threatens to arraign me for praetising without a diploma, pretending to be jealous of the eonfidenee I have gained over the ignorant and superstitious, whieh seienee has, as yet, failed to obtain.
"As it may be gratifying to you to learn how far your viows respeeting female midwivos have been sanetioned by modern praetiee (tho aneient praetiee was entirely in the hands of women, all writers allow), I must inform you that among the first institutions provided for by government, after the establishment of the kingdom of Greeee, was one for midwifery. Tho native praetitioners—all females— were eompelled to attend. A well-instrueted, and, in all respeets, well-qualified woman, who had studied in Italy, was plaeed at the head of this institution.
"Young women who eould read were sought for, and indueements offered to them to beeome midun'ves. Some of the older pupils from our sehool entered, have sinee eompleted their studies, and are among the regular praetitioners in thin braneh. Male physieians are only ealled upon in eases of great emergeney, and tills is rather to give testimony that the ease has been properly eondueted than from any personal praetiee they may render.
"Some time sinee, the advantage of having Female Physieians for Protestant Missions was presented to me by reading the aeeount of the Institution of Kaiserswerth* (on the Rhine), sent me by a young friend who had previously been spending some weeks with us. The Institution at Kaiserswerth, under the direetion of the Rev. Pastor Fleidner, prepares pious young women for various departments of missionary operations. The study of medieine forms a part of this preparation. The graduates of this Institution are set apart for their work, and reeeive the title of Deaeonesses, Some of these have been sent to our own eountry, and have an institution at Pittshurg. In the spring of last year, Mr. Hill mot four of these Deaeonesses on the steamer between Corfu and Syra; they were aeeompanied by the good Paster Fleidner, and were on their way to Jerusalem, to take eharge of a hospital whieh the King of Prussia has founded at an expense of $50,000.
u We have heard of them reeently, and learn that the effort has been attended with great sueeess, and promises to be a most important aid in faeilitating the operations of the missionary on that most interesting spot . I hope
* See Fredrika Bremer's artiele on this Institution, in the '* Lady's Book" for .luue.
these details may prove eneouraging to all engaged in the exeeution of the plan; there ean bo no doubt that a wellqualified female physieian must be a great advantage to all missionary stations."
Mrs. Hill's letter needs no eomment . It must earry the eonvietion* to every unprejudieed mind, that medieal seienee is a proper study for woman—is (he tdenee for whieh the sex is peeuliarly fitted; and that as missionaries, women, when thus qualified, may render most essential serviee in the eause of humanity and the advaneement of Christian morals in heathen lands. Men ean never gain aeeess to the bomes and harems where the women and ehildren of Eastern nations dwell. If these poor, ignorant ones are heated and taught, it must be done by pious Christian women. Therefore, we feel sure our readers will rejoiee to learn that the two Collegess alluded to in our Mareh number are prospering greatly. The late ReI>ort (April 14, 1852) of the Massaehusetts Legislature, in favor of granting $10,000 to aid the Institution in Boston, helds this language: "Considered in its various features of usefulness, the institution eondueted and sustained by the Female Medieal Edueation Soeiety, it appears to us, must rank among the most Important edueational establishments in the State; and it eertainly appears to be a suitable and desirable objeet for legislative eneouragement."
It is greatly to be desired that Pennsylvania, either by legislative aid or privato donations, sbould eontribute to build up the Female Medieal College in this eity, as the New England people are eneouraging their own institution of the like design.
The Boston " Medieal and Surgieal Journal," the organ of the profession in New England, suggests to physieians the expedieney of eo-operating in earrying out the elearly expressed wishes of the publie.
Surely the physieians of Philadelphia will be as magnanimous in lending their approval and eneouragement .
Ws here subjoin two poems written for our ** Book," the first by a Greek gentleman, for several years a resident in our republie; the other by a German, autbor of the work on "German Literature" notieed in our Mareh number.
ALABAMA. —A SONNET.
BT ALEXANDER FANTOLEON.
Faom her Olympian and Castalian bome,
To Loeheepoke turkey sportsmen go,
Towards Tennessee ride hunters of the fawn;
How hushed, betwixt Tuseumbla and Moblle,
s The New England Female Medieal College in Boston, and the Pennsylvania Female Medieal College in Philadelphia, The third session of this College eommenees September 13. Tbose young ladies wbo wish to attend may address their letters to David J. Johnson, M.D., 229 Areh Street, Philadelphia.
BT FRANTZ A. XOBCBzISK S B.
Lomovrl most lonely, Is the human heart,
God is the heart's sure refuge when afflieted,
But oh I bow desolate and dark the heart,
If from this boly faith it sheuld depart 1
Nor ean the Infidel be made to feel
Till God his loving mereies doth reveal.
If sin in thy dark heart hath made its bed,
Destroy It by the blood whieh Christ for thee hath shed.
To Coanessonnents.—The following artieles are aeeepted: "Woman in her Soeial Relations," " The Lady of Haddon Hall," "Stanzas," "Herbert Leslie," "To my little Edward," " Fun in Earnest," "The Soldier's Dream of Home," "Reeolleetions," Ae., " To Sablna," and " You eannot hind his wing."
The following pieees are not wanted: "Pains of Faney," "Seenes in Paris," "Country Winds," "Night and Morning," "Sabhath Refleetions," "Solitude," "Ernest Essenberger," "A Vision," "To-Morrow," "An Indian War Song," "Ah, why so sadf" "The Lone Heart," "Wanderings," and " Melaneboly."
We have not had time to examine all the artieles sent last month, but shall report them in August .
BT LADT MORGAN.
I Asken the question, sbould I say "everybody is gone out only J," or "only met" and was answered "only I," beeause ** only P' means " I alone"—" remain," being understood.
Had I used the eonjunetion "but," Instead of "only," the proper eonstruetion would have been the same, beeause " but" means " be out," or, in more modern phrase, "I being out of the question." The modern "but," said my informant, represents two distinet words, both imperatives. When it stands for " be out," It is the preeise equivalent of "exeept," derived from the Latin. Sometimes it Is used for the imperative of an obsolete verh, signifying to add, whieh is now retained only in the Infinitive, "to boot." Let us look for an instanee: here is one in Sir Charles Grandison, whieh lies open before me. Harriet Byron writes, after some preliminary refleetions, "But , why sbould I torment myself? what must be, will." The interpretation of the passage is this: to what I have already said, boot (or, in modern English, add) this seeond tbought, that what must be, will; and, therefore, why sbould I torment myself? These two are the only real meanings of that Proteus-like eonjunetion; and one or other will explain all Johnson's hundred instanees, seareely one of whieh he understood properly. Johnson's industry was unwearied, but his researeh trifling. Autbority, and not analysis, was Its objeet. Autbority belonged to his day, inquiry to ours: So adieu to learning—and hey! for knowledge—d bat let savant! et viee le saeoirl
Alas! it makes one'a bead aebo to look over this grammatieal jargon: I wrote my first twenty volumes witbout mueh troubling my head on the subjeet. But now " the seheolmaster is abroad;" that is, he is at bome—with me— and my mareh of intelleet goes on witbout ever budging from the flresido. "Mm vogage autour at ma diemin4e," would not be the least intelleetual book I ever wrote. And yet my dear Mr. Colburu would not give me £20 for all the grammar that I may write for the rest of my life; tbough I rivalled in etymologieal philosophy " The Diversions of Puriug."
Before I drop grammar—what a droll pun is that of the grammarian presenting his book to the Aeademie, after the
Dukede - had advaneed his pretensions to be eleeted
one of the quarante, on the seore of his illustrious aneestors. uJe suis id pour mon grand-fire" said the duke. "Je suit id pom ma Ona>umaiak," said his ignoble philologieal eompetitor.;
By the by, grammar is the last thing that sbould be plaeed in tbo hands of ehildren, as eontaining the most abstraet and metaphysieal propositions, utterly beyond their powers of eomprehension; putting them to unneeessary torture; giving them the hablt of taking words for things, and ezereising their memory at the expense of their iudgment . But this is the original sin of edueation, in all its branehes.
BT ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWMNG.
The essenee of all Beauty I eall Lore.
The attribute, the evidenee, the end,
The eonsummation,-to the inward sense,
Of beauty apprehended from witbout,
I still eall love. As form, when eolorless,
Is nothing to the eye: that pine-tree there,
Witbout its blaek and green, being all a blank;
So, witbout Love, is Beauty undiseerned
In man or angel. ' ■
From Henav Caaev Batnn (sueeessor to E. L. Care)'), B. E. Corner of Market and Fifth Streeta, Philadelphia :—
THE PRACTICAL MODEL CALCULATOR, for the Engineer, Meehanie, Maehinist, Manufaeturer if Enginework, Naval Arehiteet, Miner, and Millwright. By Oliver Byrne, Civil, Military, and Meehanieal Engineer. Mr. Byrne is the autbor of a number of praetieal works relating to the duties of maehinists, meehanies, and engineers, all of whieh have been higbly appreeiated and warmly eommended by tbose best able to judge of their merits.
THE ASSAYEB'S GUIDE; or. Praetieal Direetions to Astagers, Miners, and Smelters, for the Tests and Assags, bg Heat and bg Wet Proeess, of Vie Ores of all the Prineipal Metals, and of G<Ad and Silver Coins and Allogs. By Osear M. Lieber, late Geologist to the State of Mississippi. A very useful book in this metallie, mining, and smelting age.
From Liprinoots, Gaamso A Co. (sueeessors to Grigg & Elliot), No. 14 North Fourth Street, Philadelphia:—
ROMANCE OF NATURAL HISTORY; or, Wild Scenes and Wild Hunters. By C. W. Webber, autbor of " Sbot in the Eye," "Old Hieks, the Guide," ete . ete. This Is an elegant volume of six hundred elearly-printed pages. The slvle of the autbor is vigorous, and well adapted to the ex
eiting ineidents and wild seenery he deseribes. The work is handsomely illustrated, and, in all respeets, is ereditable alike to the autbor and his publishers.
LIFE OF LOUD JEFFREY. With a Seleetion from his Correspondenee. By Lord Coekburn, one of the Judges of the Court of Sessions in Seotland. In two volumes. The lifo and eorrespondenee of Franeis Jeffrey will naturally exeite the attention and euriosity of literary men in every quarter of the world. He wbo, when living, was esteemed as the greatest of British erities, when dead eannot be forgotten, having left behind him a reeord as imperishable as the history and the monuments of his eountry. The work appears to have been written with great eare and equal eandor, attributing to Lord Jeffrey nothing that was not true of him, and, at the same time, exposing some of the "elap-traps" through whieh indisereet friends aimed to elevate his reputation. The blographer assures us that, out of many hundreds of letters that he had seen, "there was seareely three lines that might not be road with propriety to any sensitive lady, or to any fastidious elergyman."
From Chaales Sebtsnen, New York, through LimseoTT, Gnamro & Co., Philadelphia:—
PYNNSHURST: kit Wanderingz and Wags of Things. The poetieal language, the ineidents, and the eharaeters introdueed by the autbor, Donald MaeLeod, are all ealeulated to rivet the attention of the reader.
From LnffDsaY A Blakistos, Philadelphia :— HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN YERSE,/roro the Invasion of Julius Cersar to Vie Present Time. With illustrative notes, ehronologieal ehart of the kings of England, tables of eotemporary sovereigns, and a table deseriptive of the present eondition of Great Britain. The autboress tells us that this work has been written In verse under the impression that the faets referred to will be more readily retained in the memory than had they been written in prose. We hope she will not bo disappointed in her antieipations, her objeet being praiseworthy.
From M. W. Donn, New York, through Ltxdsay A BrakisTon, Philadelphia:— .
REVOLUTIONARY MEMORIALS, embraeing Perns bg the Rev. Wheeler Case, published in 177S, and an Appendix, eontaining Burgogne's PrixXamation (in burlesque), dated June 23,1777. A late Authentie Aeeount of the Death of Miss Jam M^Crea. The Ameriean Hero, a Sapphie Ode, bg Nat. Nilee, A. M., ete. Edited by the Rev. Stephen Dodd. of East Haven, Conn. As in eertain quarters, and among a eertain elass of autbors, there appears to be a disposition prevailing to smooth over the tyranny whieh preeeded tbo Ameriean Revelution, and even to eoneeal many of the eruelties whieh followed that event, as Instigated and praetised by the enemies of freedom, we look upon this little memorial as worthy of more than ordinary eonsideration. Tbo time for hatred and revenge has happily passed away; but that is no reason why wesbould eease to remember the eauses whieh produeed tbo separation from the mother eountry, and whieh eventually gave rise to our republiean system of government.
From Haarea & Bsotheas, New York, through Lrvsat A Blakiston, Philadelphia:—
THE HOWADJI IN SYRIA. By George Curtis, autbor of "Nile Notes." A very interesting volume, abounding in graphie and spirited sketehes of eastern seenery and eastern manners.
NOTES, EXPLANATORY AND PRACTICAL, ON THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS. By Albert Barnes. ThIs volume, we believe, is the sixteenth and last of the auther's