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5. HJ. JHIThough my presence may often occasion you fear, You seldom deny me whene'er I

507 Indeed, by the greatest my worth is confess'a, Although in the cottage I am daily a guest;

1192 Though many the cheek I may wet with a tear, The lonely I gladden, and the weeping I cheer; Though I am used to confirm the ties of good-wil, I am often the agent of malice and ill: My word makes the balance of loss, and of gain; To all I give cause to rejoice or complain; .: No business too great for my strength or my speed, Yet I commonly

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6. My first an article is, though small; 'Tis one of two, yet found in all, You'll see it whether in cottage or hall. My second, when Christmas time comes round, And snow lies thickly on the ground, Will upon many a board be found. When festive strains in the hall are heard, Few are there who do not enjoy my third. My whole is a thing that we all love to see, Though what makes my whole mankind don't agree.

A. H. B.


1. 2. ICHTHYOLOGICAL ENIGMA. The fish which you tread on with vigour, (1)

And the one which disputes will begin, (2) The fish which is faulty in figure, (3)

And the fish which is verging on sin; (4)
The fish which, at times, strikes in battle, (5)

And the nick-name of soldiers in use, (6)
The exorbitant fish which will get all,
Although you may try to reduce. (7)
The fish we don't like to abandon, (8)

And the fish which holds birds in a cage, (9) The insignificant fish you could stand on, (10) And the mark of a blow in a rage. (11)

-R. E.

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å study much pursued in modern days, An instrument well worthy of our praise, A science from antiquity renown'd, A passion in mankind too often found: Now take the heads of these, and when combin'd, The name of a great city is defin'd. 3041 91 s

3. boric Oh, wond'rous first! source of perplexing thought

To learned sages since the world began; Poetic power and Prose alike have sought

Thy nature's various faculties to scan. Without my next time would unheeded roll,

And all appear confusion to the mind; But when subjected to my just control,

And mark'd with truth, you all in order find. My whole is powerful, and must be obeyed

By, all to whom its notice is conveyed.-M. O. bsoalq 918 "My first's the promis’d joy of man

And oft stands foremost in Life's plan,
To be a solace of his care,

And all his happiness to share.
My next from ancient days till now

A precious gift has to bestow,
Which ever will be valued more
Than richest gem or golden ore.
Unite these two, my whole appears,

the of some with fears, Such fears * Might have preserved from many a crime ; :

But if I do arot crime prevent, 2 s.
I give the culprit punishment.-M. O.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 GOODNESS IN

YOUTH PRO19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 MOTES HAPPINESS IN


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PROBLEM No. XVIII.-BY MR. A. G. M'COMBE, of Glasgow.-White playing first, mates in 5 moves.

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23. B. takes Kt. P. 23. R. to K. R. 8.(c.) 24. R. takes R.

24. B. takes B. (ch.) 25. K. to B. 2.

25. B. takes R. 26. B. takes R. P.

26. B. to K. 5. (ch.) 27. K. to Kt. 3.

27. K. B. to B. 5. 28. K. to Kt. 4.

28. P. to K. Kt. 4. and Mr. Hughes resigned.

White-Mr. Hughes.

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Black-Mr. H. E. Bird.

1. P. to K. 4. 2. P. to Q. 4.

2. P. to K. 3. 3. K. B. to Q. 3.

3. Q. to K. 2. (a.) 4. P. to K 5.

4. P. to Q. Kt. 3. 5. P. to K. R. 4.

5. Q. B. to Kt. 2. 6. Q. to K. R. 5. (ch.) 6. Q. to K. B. 2. 7. Q. takes Q. (ch.) 7. K. takes Q. 8. P. to K. B. 3.

8. Q. Kt. to B. 3. 9. P. to Q. B. 3.

9. K. B. to K. 2. 10. Q. Kt. to R. 3.

10. P. to Q. 3. 11. Q. B. to K. B. 4. 11. K. Kt. to R. 3. 12. Q. Kt. to Kt. 5. 12. P. takes K. P. 13. P. takes P.

13. P. to Q. R. 3. 14. Q. Kt. to Q. 4. (6.) 14. Q. R. to Q. sq. 15. Kt. takes Kt.

15. B. takes Kt. 16. Castles.

16. Kt. to K B, 4. 17. P. to K. Kt. 4.

17. Kt. takes R. P. 18. P. to K Kt: 5.

18. Kt. takes B. P. 19. P. to K. Kt. 6. (ch.) 19. P. takes P. 20. R. takes R.

20. R. takes R. 21. Kt. takes Kt.

21. B. takes Kt. 22. R. to K. Kt.

22. P. to K. Kt. 4.

1. Q. takes P. (ch.) 1. Kt. to K. 4. (A.) 2. Q. to K. B. 5. (ch.) 2. K. takes Q. 3. Kt. to Q. 4. (ch.) 3. K. takes P. 4. Q. B. to K. 7. (ch.) Mate.


IF 1. Q. to K. 4. 2. Kt. to Q. 4. (ch.)

2. K. to B. 2. 3. Q. to K. Kt. 6. Mate.

NOTES TO GAME XVIIT. (a.) This move was first introduced by Mr. Harwita, and immediately taken up by other players.

(5.) It is obvious why white declines taking the Q. B. P. if he retires his

Q. B. to K. 3, Black replies by playing (c.) Very ingenious, this wins a piece by force, because bis K. B, to K. Kt. 4.




story. Harvey expressed his great admi.

ration of Splasher's acquaintance with the FRANK MEAN WELL;

world, and Splasher felt rewarded. The latter, indeed, felt so highly satisfied with himself, and the applause of his companion, that he could not be satisfied until he had acted upon somebody else, and received a repetition of the expressions

of wonder, which he thought so highly The letters which had been received by flattering to himself. At this juncture, Mr. Keen were both upon the same sub- Harvey, on account of idleness, was in ject, the one being from the master of disgrace, and was punished by confinement the school, and the other from his son. At from his schoolfellows. Being exaspethat time, as now, it was not uncommon in rated, he determined to spend the time he schools for the masters to require that all was shut up in writing home, representletters from the boys to their parents or ing the wrongs inflicted upon him by the friends should be left unsealed, to afford master. them the opportunity to peruse them if

Having lost his patient listener, Splasher they pleased--a mistaken piece of dis- thirsted for fresh audience, and fixed upon cipline. As, however, the boys at Roches- James Keen, to whom, with new exaggerater had reason to believe that the master tions, he related his story; and the latter, rarely exercised his right, from want of knowing the interest his father had taken in time, they had been wont to communicate the circumstances attendant upon Parker's their thoughts very freely to their relatives death, wrote home, stating that there was a and friends, without any dread of super- schoolfellow who seemed to know a good deal vision by the master's eye. It appeared about the circumstances which had created that a friendship had been formed in the so general a sensation. In the meantime, school between a boy named Joseph guessing in how angry a spirit Harvey Splasher, and another lad, named Harvey, a would be likely to write home, the master distant relative of Parker, the secretary of of the school exercised his prerogative to the Grand Marine Joint-Stock Mining open and read his letter. At the close of Company. Joseph was one of a numerous a tirade against the cruelty which he had class in the school, who thought to gain endured, the boy went on to state that a importance among his fellows by the won- lad named Joseph Splasher knew some derful tales he could relate about himself, curious particulars with reference to the and what he had seen of the world. His death of his cousin, George Frederick Parintimate, Jonathan Harvey, was a quiet, ker, of Zara Cottage. The Reverend Dr. sly boy, who listened attentively and said Lyon, who was upon very friendly terms little; he was therefore well suited for with Mr. Keen, wrote to that gentleman, Splasher to inflict his rigmarole stories and by the same post despatched letters to upon. In one of his communicative the respective fathers of the two boys named humours, the latter related that he had been Splasher and Harvey, stating the circumone of a party who had found the body of stances, and requesting their attendance a man near the Kensington Gardens, and at Rochester on the following day. The garnished the outset of the story with letter from James Keen, and the communisome original variations and exaggerations cation from Dr. Lyon, had been delivered from his inventive brain. Harvey felt in- together, as related in the last chapter. clined at once to tell him that the man It was a delicious day, towards the end of who had been found was a relative, but June, when Mr. Keen and Frank arrived loving a romantic story, he let Splasher at the old-fashioned, but comfortable hotel

He proceeded to relate a new at Rochester; but though they had traversion of what he had learned from his velled long, the weather had made them companions had occurred to Gregory and more thirsty than hungry, and the dinner Sam at Mrs. Mallalieu's, substituting him was soon despatched. It had been exself for Sam, and representing Master plained to Frank, that if this story which Joseph Splasher as the hero of the whole had been related had any ground in facts,

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it might throw an important light upon nity to Dr. Lyon, who, even in the presence the circumstances attendant on the death of friends, could not entirely throw off the of Parker, and prove that his father was cast-iron demeanour which he had thought at least innocent of the theft of the jewels, it his duty to assume; and he opened the &c., which Parker was known to have subject, and explained the circumstances worn when last seen alive. While the with reference to Harvey and Splasher with benevolent surgeon spoke on these points, tedious precision and formality, just in the the light in his eye beamed out afresh, and manner schoolmasters are still accustomed his hopeful face grew radiant with cheering to dilate upon the construction of a Greek smiles. The boy dwelt upon each word, as sentence, or the far-fetched history of an if the lips which spake them had the power obsolete word, to a class of boys to whom of doom. With trembling hearts—for new it can never be of the slightest interest or hopes had brought new fears with them use. The date of the day of the discovery the surgeon and the boy walked up to the of the contents of Harvey's letter having school.

been mentioned, the time of the day was To a vaulted room, that appeared at some also to be described, and was stated to be, time to have been a portion of a sacred in the pedagogue's words, “pre-cisely sixedifice, and through whose gothic windows, teen min-yeuts ahf-ter the time of rising with diamond panes, no more light was ad- from dinner; which would, upon cálc-yumitted than was absolutely necessary, the lation, be found to indicate, by Green-wich visitors were shown by a servant; and there, time, forty-six min-yeuts ahf-ter one o'clock presently afterwards, a tall and muscular in the day." man, with stiff collars, and blue chin, bald The surgeon listened in patience, and head, and tusty black whiskers, entered to Frank in awe, till the schoolmaster had them, with a solemn, imperial demeanour, concluded, when Mr. Keen inquired if the that was calculated to strike terror into the other parties who had been invited to be hearts of all rebellious youths. The reve- present, had answered the letter. rend doctor believed that fear was a more The doctor replied by a solemn nod, powerful agent than love, and, acting ac- after the fabled manner of Jupiter of cordingly, did his part to perpetuate the Olympus. feelings of anger and revenge, and resistance The surgeon then inquired if any of the by force, in those whom he sent out into parties were likely to be present, and if so, the world. While he efficiently directed at what time they might be expected. the intellect, he left the heart worse than · Harvey's friends will come--Splasher's uncultivated ; and his influence, therefore, friends will not,” replied the doctor. "By was limited to his powers of detection. He my gold-repeater, it is now twenty-seven had no moral control over the actions of min-yeuts and a few seconds ahf-ter six the boys when they felt they were removed o'clock, and Harvey's friends cannot arrive from his surveillance; and instead of stimu- till half-past, and will occupy at least five lating their love of truth and honour, the min-yeuts in walking from the coach-office system (for that was at fault more than the to my door-step, as the distance by meaman) seemed to offer a premium to de- sure-ment is exactly five hundred and eightyception. Knowledge was dressed in a robe six yards, and two feet, which, as the arithof terrors, and her attractions and beauties metic master teaches, can be walked in the hidden; so that those who ought to have twelfth part of an hour, at the rate of four sought after Wisdom for her loveliness, miles an hour. Is that not so, my young were repulsed from her by the disguise in friend?" which the system shrouded her. And so The quiet and gentle boy, thus suddenly it happened that as soon as the compulsion appealed to, had been contemplating the to attend her shrine was removed, they awful doctor with reverential attention, but rushed to the temple of Pleasure, where was at once thrown into a state of excited Ignorance and Sin took them for com- confusion ; and, with the greatest difficulty, panions. The teaching by fear is a mis- could speak to the effect, that “ he did not

know." The occasion which had brought Mr. " Then,” replied the triumphant schoolKeen and Frank was one of mighty solem- | master, in his most pedantic manner,

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"then you ought to know, sir-you ought own son, whom he now wished to be called to know; you ought to be taught.” in the presence of the other two boys.

The pedagogue would have forthwith The testimony of James Keen confirming proceeded to have impressed upon Frank's that of Harvey, the author of the story was mind, that five hundred and eighty-six compelled to admit that he had mis-stated yards, and two feet, constituted the third of and misrepresented the facts, and that, pera mile English, and that consequently a sonally, he knew nothing more about the person could walk But poor Frank finding of the body than what had occurred was spared the infliction by the announce- in the park; the rest, he said, had been ment from the servant, that Mr. and Mrs. told to him by one of the other boys who Harvey, and Miss Harvey, were coming were there, whose name was Gregory up the stairs ; upon which the doctor di- Homespun. In the ineantime, Frank rected that Mrs. Doctor Lyon should be Meanwell listened to every word which requested to be present; and Mr. and Mrs. might tend to exculpate his father from the Harvey, and Miss Harvey, should be ad- charges against him. The doctor took mitted to the library, in which they were down the statements in writing, and having then sitting

required each of the parties to sign them, The conference lasted for some time, dismissed the boys, and declared that his inasmuch as the schoolmaster felt it his part in the business was now concluded. duty, with the same precision, to state to After interviews had taken place between Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, and Miss Harvey, the visitors and their relatives, Mr. Keen the manner in which the circumstances to and Mr. Harvey proposed to return to the which he had alluded in his letter, bearing inn, and there take legal advice upon the date the 18th instant, had come to his disclosures of the boy Splasher, and upon knowledge, and how it reflected the highest what steps should be taken to gain the more credit upon that system of supervision which important information which Gregory he (Doctor Lyon) exercised over the boys Homespun might be able to give. This under his control.” He then proposed to

was agreed upon. call in " the boy Joseph Augustus Splasher, At this point of the story incidents press of the second division of the third form," close upon each other. Mr. Keen and whom he had directed Mr. Stiff, the usher, Frank returned to London with Mr. Harto order to be in readiness to appear before vey the next day, and immediately comthem. The chairs were forthwith arranged municated with Gregory's friends. It in the shape of a half circle, in the centre appeared that the lad was fatherless, and of which sat the schoolmaster in his official that his mother, who had been in better capacity, with the letter of Harvey, and circumstances, had been reduced to poverty copies of his own, laid before him. Master by her desire to “keep up appearances,'' Splasher was then called in, and instantly and had been unable to send her son to the appeared, accompanied by Mr. Stiff, who school where he had been hitherto edubowed to the company in delivering his cated. Thus he had fallen into idle comprisoner, and disappeared.

pany, and had, she believed, gone to sea. It was a most humiliating scene. Splasher She had heard nothing of him for several equivocated, and attempted to excuse him- weeks, and the last news was, that he was self; but, being driven into a corner by in company with a dissolute companion, the doctor's cross-examination, he admitted named Samuel Oliver. Mrs. Homespun that there was some truth, but much false- stated that Gregory had come home on one hood, in the statement which had been occasion in rags, and that as she could made to Harvey. Master Harvey being obtain no explanation of what had become called, was frightened into the volubility of his better clothes, she accused him of which his friend had lost, and gave an am- having sold them, and beat him severely, ple detail of the matter. At the moment though he had denied the charge. when the judge was in doubt how to decide The pursuit was not relinquished. Mr. between the conflicting statements, Mr. Harvey and Mr. Keen forthwith put themKeen stated that he believed a similar selves cautiously in communication with communication to

that mentioned by the relatives of Samuel Oliver, who, as the Harvey had been made by Splasher to his reader will be prepared to find, was the

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