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Truly, the little bird does wisely who builds her nest in the wild-brier tree, (Rosa canina) The long, trailing, and overarching branches, well armed with large hooked prickles, form impregnable citadels against the attacks of prying school'boys, searching for nests. The cat too, who, leaving her master's cottage, prowls through the neighbouring fields in the beautiful nights of May and June, dares not venture within its precincts. Thus, well defended and surrounded with those blossoms, from which a perfumed water may be distilled, infinitely more fragrant than such as is extracted from garden roses, sings on the grateful bird, to cheer his mate while sitting on her nest; and when the quaking trees are forced by stormy blasts to wrap themselves in suits of mossy frieze, a banquet is prepared by the same hospitable tree, for the support of the tender household, who first trilled their songs of duteous thanks beneath her branches. And not for them only: innumerable birds are sustained during winter, by such berries as grow upon our hedges, and in the woods.

The common bramble, or blackberry (Rubus fruticosus), whose rich black fruit attracts many a loitering urchin, yields abundantly a delicious fare for such birds as remain stationary through the winter. All children well know where the blackberry best flourishes. They love to go forth with their small baskets to gather the ripe clusters; and he who looks upon them, and hears their ringing laughter and merry voices, may scarcely deem that either sin or sorrow is abroad. Yet not only in woods and hedges, on village commons, and beside the road, grow wild brambies in abundance; for they are found on mountains, at an elevation of at least two thousand feet, and

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In such wild haunts the mountain-ash (Pyrus accusaria) also displays his beauteous clusters of ripe berries in mountainous and boggy places. Vestiges of ancient superstitions are associated with this tree; and still the natives of North Wales adorn their houses with its branches, in remote and isolated districts, as preservatives against all spells and grammarie; a custom derived most probably from Druidic times, for no where does the mountain-ash, or roan, as it is termed in Scotland, grow more abundantly than among the circles of unhewn stones in places where the Druids haunted. In one part of the Highlands, at Strathspey, sheep and lambs are made to pass through a hoop of roan-wood on May-day; and the Scottish dairy-maid uniformly drives her cattle to the shealings, or summer pasturages, with a rod from her favourite tree.

Such is the garland of flowers which we have culled in all seasons, and blended with red berries and yellow leaves in autumn. Very pleasant to us has been the gathering of them: and sweet is the remembrance of our rambles through meadows. and by streams, on breezy commons, and in woods where the Linnæa borealis lifts up her head, and diffuses a pleasant fragrance. Gusty winds are now abroad, and snow storms are careering across the fields; the heavens are covered with clouds, and men feel the icy blast that warns of increasing cold: but the time will come when all leafless branches shall be reelothed with verdure, and flowers again peep forth. When, therefore, you next visit your favourite haunts, young botanist look for the familiar faces of such flowers as we have selected for you, and remember the associ tions connected with them,

HYACINTH-GLASS MAT.

HALF an ounce of shaded Green, two skeins of six shades of Scarlet-all 4-thread Berlin Wool; the lightest shade of Scarlet to be a bright Geranium colour, the darkest a rather light claret, the third shade from the lightest to be a military scarlet. Four yards of White Skirt Cord, the size of ordinary Blind Cord. No. 2 Penelope Hook.

To form the Cup.

WITH Green wool work De over the Cord for eight rounds, encreasing in the 2nd round two stitches into every loop, the next round the same, the next round one in every 2nd stitch; and so on in proportion as the encreasing may be necessary, till of sufficient size for a Hyacinth Glass. The bottom of the Mat should be one round larger than the size of the Glass, Then work an additional round without encreasing, but drawing the cord rather tightly about every twelve stitches. Now work eight rows up the side, without encreasing, being careful to draw the cord at intervals: fasten off neatly, and turn the

Mat inside out.

For the First Row of Leaves.

Take the four lightest shades, and coinmence with the darkest: make 12 chain, turn back, work 4 Dc up, 6 L; and into the end loop work 7 L; now work down the chain 6 L, 4 more Dc.

the first leaves, taking care to bend the end of the wire after the first and last stitches are made, to prevent it slipping. Seven of these leaves will be sufficient.

With lightest wool sew on the first circle of leaves at the points, leaving about an inch and a half above the cup; then with some wool sew each leaf together just where the top of the cup reaches, cutting of the wool every time-not carrying it on. Then, with darkest wool, sew on the outside leaves, taking care that neither ends of wool or wire show; then attach these also, about an inch from the bottom; now mould them into shape with the finger and thumb.

For the Broad and Dark Leaves. Commence with the darkest shade; make 9 chain, turn back, work 1 L into every loop except the last, when work 7 L.

Next shade; 7 L, with 2 L into every loop of the 14 L, with 3 L into the centre loop; now 7 L down.

KNITTED TOILET COVER.

STEEL Needles No. 14; 12 reels of No. 6 Evan's Boar's Head Cotton.

CAST on 258 stitches, and knit 12 plain 10 plain rows at the beginning and end of rows. Then begin the pattern, knitting each row. (The pattern is to be repeated till long enough for the table.)

By bringing the cotton forward, in the KNITTED rows, a stitch is made, but in the PEARLED rows it will be necessary to put the cotton ROUND the needles, to make a stitch; but in every place, the expression "bring forward" signifies making a stitch.

1st Row.-K 5, K 2 +, Tf, (a) K 1, Tf, K 2+, K 4.

Fasten on the next shade; work 5 De up, 5 L, 2 L into every loop of the 7 L excepting in the centre loop, where work 3 L instead of 2, 5 L down the leaf, 5 Dc. Fasten on the next shade; 6 Dc up, 4+, L, 2 L into every loop of the 14 L, with 3 Linto the centre loop.

2nd Row.-P 3, P 2+, Tf, P 3, (a) Tf, P 2 +, P 4.

3rd Row.-K 5, Tf, K 2 +, (a) K 4, K 2 Tf, K 4.

4th Row.-P 4, Tf, K 2 +, P 1, (a) P 2 +, Tf, P 5.

5th Row.-K 3, K 2 +, Tf, K 5, (a) Tỉ, K 2+, K 2.

Next shade: take some wire drawn from white ribbon wire, and work a row of Dc all round, enclosing the wire in the stitches; fasten off neatly. Eight of these light+, Tf, P 5. leaves will be required.

6th Row.-P 4, Tf, P 2 +, P 1, (a) P 2

7th Row.-K 1, K 2+, Tf, K 1, Tf, K 2 +, Tf, K 3, (a) Tf, K 2 +, Tf, K_1, Tf, K 2+.

8th Row.-P 1, Tf, P 3, Tf, P 2 +, P 3, (a) P 2 +, Tf, P 3, Tf, P 3+, repeat from *, and end the row by P 2+ instead of 3+..

9th Row.-K 1, Tf, K 2 +, K 1, K 2 +, Tf, K 2+, *K 1, K 2 +, Tf, K 2 +, K 1, K 2+, Tf, (end the row knitting 1 instead

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12th Row.-P 2, Tf, P 2+, P 5, * P 2 Tf, P 3. 113th Row. K 4, Tf, K 2+, K 3, +Tf, K 3. 14th Row P 4, Tf, P 2+, P 1, * P 2 + Tf, P-5.2 955 $15th Row-K 6, Tf, K 3+, * Tf, K 5. 16th Row Pearled.

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17th Row.-As 1st row, but beginning and ending the row at (a)..>

18th Row.-P 1; then continue the row

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19th Row.-As 3rd row, beginning at (a.) 20th Rows A 4th row, beginning at (a.) 21st Row.-K 3 continue as 5th row,

22nd Row. As 6th, beginning at (a) 23rd Row.K 2; continue as 7th, from (a,) ending with K 1 instead of 3.

24th Row-P 1; continue as 8th, from (a,) ending P 2 instead of 3.

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"Though numberless the insect tribes of air, Though numberless each tribe and species fair, All have their organs, arts, and arms, and tools." HENRY BROOKE. 23. Even a Doctor lent his dissecting skill,

And like a cannibal partook unto his fill. A "Doctor Beetle," to whom the keen ferocity implied in "Grandfather's" account of his "dis secting skill" and "cannibal" hunger is justly attributed, for "so voracious is he," (says an able naturalist), "that he not only feeds on other in sects, but actually devours the weaker of his own species."

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24. At length a Point of seeming land appeared, Which looked the fairer as the vessel neared;

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