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CLASS AWARDS.

GORGONIA.-We are much interested in your description of the toad.

PERRYGOLD-Glad to hear from you-and

ADDRESS: 23, MIDDLE STREET, CLOTH FAIR, accept your promise Perrygold would "like to

WEST SMITHFIELD, E.C.

FIRST CLASS.

HEATHERBELL.-We always read your letter with pleasure. We congratulate you on your prize enigma.

TERRA COTTA.-Many thanks. We shall be glad to make your personal acquaintance. Sent. We trust you will like your prize volume.

ELIZABETH H.-We are glad to number you among our most valued friends; and for your successful cryptograph promote you to the First Class. SELINA. We congratulate you on winning the Prize for the most successful solution of the riddles in the April number.

STONEY.-Your poem, " Written in the Sands," is very pretty and very nicely written. Try that strain again.

KATRINE writes:-"Our little 'Friend' has been more charming than usual lately. I am delighted with the various effusions in the May number. I beg to tender my thanks to Caller Herrin' for her sweet and musical song, the prettiest in my estimation which has yet appeared in the F. F."

ILLA.-Welcome as the flowers.

MIGNONETTE is a sweet spring blossom, a favourite with all.

SPECTATOR writes :-"The sweet poetry from the pen of Lucinda I consider one of the most valuable contributions to the Family Friend,' and feel great pleasure through this medium to acknowledge such. Allow me also to say that there are many other contributions that I survey with equal delight, and consider not without talent." STANTONVILLE thanks Dora for carte. She is very successful this month in her solutions to the enigmas. She points out an error in 177, "which should be beheaded and transposed," &c. GEORGE MATTHEWSON.-We greet you with the

summer.

LUCINDA. Thanks. We will write.

MAGGIE SYMINGTON and VETCHEN are warmly welcomed-always.

GIPSY is lazy this beautiful weather. CALLER HERRIN'. We are requested by numerous Councillors to sincerely thank you for your valuable contributions. Accept their thanks -and ours.

ESTELLA is rather idle, we fancy.

ST. CLAIR.-Always welcome.
BUSK.-Apology scarcely needed.

LILY H.-We sympathise with you sincerely. KATE SYDNAS.-We accept your excuses in virtue of past services.

ZANONI thanks Caractacus for his kind letter, and trusts to answer the request contained therein in the pages of next month's "Friend" Thanks for enclosure, which is indeed curious; and for sug gestion.

change cartes with Blanche Alsington and Kate Sydnas." Thanks for facts, one of which is certainly new to us. "The bones of birds are hollow, so that if you were to break off a bird's leg, and tie a string tightly round its neck, it would not kill the bird, for the air could enter the body through the broken leg "

EMMA S. P.-Certainly. Our friend wishes to exchange carte with Kate Sydnas, to whom she sends all kindly words.

DAISY H.-We scarcely believe in characters told from handwritings, but we have great faith in the physiognomy. Judging from the evidence before us, we think we cannot go wrong in saying that a certain young lady is amiable, but given to hold her own opinions firmly; fond of argument, but easily persuaded through her affections; steady in her friendships, but not prone to quickly make chatty, and yet a good listener; delighted with acquaintances; lively, yet full of tender sympathy; music, and yet no musician; well read in English, but possessing no decided taste for the acquisition of languages; domestic, yet ever ready at the first note of the piano for polka or quadrille. JUSTITIA.-Thanks. We will write. FLORIAN writes to Blanche AlsingtonSuppose that I were you, Suppose that you were me,

Suppose we each were somebody else-
I wonder who we should be!
NELLA.-Better late than never.

There!

CHARLIE F, CORDELIA P., ROSINA, SOPHY E., and EMMA, are welcomed.

CARACTACUS.-Your long contribution was sent in so many separate portions that we have been unable to give it the time necessary for its preparation for the printer. Nor do we think it al ogether up to your mark. Therefore we take the libertywe think we hear you say, "Bless his editorial impudence"- of lighting our study fire with it. Welcome always-nevertheless.

EDW. W. H.-We expected to have heard from you.

ADELA -Always welcome.

A DE YOUNGE and IMOGINE are thanked. C. MARSHALL.-Thanks. We are always glad to hear from you.

RUTHENPHARL and IVANHOE are idle this month. ROSALIE, ISABEL, Kate LesliE, and HARKAWAY, are welcome.

FAIRY, CHLOE, CLARA S., EMILY, and DAPHNE, are welcome.

JAGO, ALEX ERSKINE, TRIP, and ST. CLAIR.-We give them each and all the right-hand of friendship.

SECOND CLASS.

LITTLE SUNSHINE, CATHERINE S, AMELIA, LITTLE GIGGIE, and CONSTANCE DANA are industrious, and deserve more ample recognition than our space will afford this month.

HEARTSEASE, M. A. OXON, EUPHROSYNE, JULIETTA, and 'ENRIETTA are welcome.

NIL ADMIRARI.- Welcome.

MAX. Your absence, without apology, obliges us to reduce you from the First to the Second Class. Take care we do not place you in the Third. Look to your lurels. Max.

T C. RYE.-You are very successful in solving the enigmas, and nearly won the Prize. Persevere SAXON. You improve.

JOHN-Please write, and say if the essay on a dead anchor of the Johnsonian age is strictly original."

NANCY.-Thanks. We will read your contribution with care.

J. J. GORTON.-You improve.

163. REMEDY FOR SINKING SPIRITS.-Take gum amoniac, one drachm; assafortida. half a drachm; dissolved and mixed in six ounces of penny-royal water; add to this mix ure half an ounce of syrup of saffron, and take two spoonsful twice or thrice a day.

164. FOOD FOR GEESE -Take turnips, and cut them in small pieces; put them into a rough of water. Six geese were lately put to feed, each weighing nine pounds lean; and in the course of three weeks' feeding as above, they weighed twenty pounds each: one being dressed, produced four pounds of oil.

165 GINGER BEER-Two gallons of ginger beer may be made as foll ws:- Pu two gallons of cold water into a pot upon the fire; add to it two ounces of good ginger bru sed and wo pounds of white or Then skim the liquor and pour it brown sugar. Boil, and continue boiling for about

HATTIE. Again promoted. Persevere, and you half an hour. will retain your place.

FAIRWEATHER.-Try again.

CECILIA and MARIA improve decidedly.

LISA. Your enthusiasm enchants us.
CAROLINE.We admit your plea cheerfully.
MAY BE is welcome in June.

FORGET ME-NOT cannot have read the "Friend" very carefully or she would have seen that we have extended the time for receiving answers to the enigmas. A plan we shall continue.

CISTUS. We are sorry the binder's error caused you inconvenience but trust it will not recur.

KALI REBE is thanked. His Shakespeare is well written, but it came too late for insertion.

THIRD CLASS.

HOPPIN, HATTIE, BLACK DWARF, OLD BOY.

ino a jar with one sliced lemon and half an ounce of cream of tartar. When nearly cold, put in a teacupful of yea t to cause he liquor to work. The beer is now made; and after it has worked for two days, strain it and bottle it for use. Ti down the corks firmly. Ginger beer should alway be put into small bottles, for any portion that may be left in a bottle is dead and useless.

juve, pour boiling water on a little of the peel, and 166. ORANGEADE OR LEMONADE-Squeeze the cover close: boil wa er and sugar o a thin syrup, and kim it. Whe all are cold, mix the juice, the infusion, and he syrup with as much more water as will make a rich sherbet; strain. Or. squeeze the juice, and strain it, and add water and capillaire.

167. LEMONADE. Another Method.-Take a quart of boiling water, and add to in five ounces of lump sugar, the yellow rind of a lemon rubbed off

F. PARDOE is welcomed to the Councillors; his with a bit of sugar and the juice of three lemous. cryptograph is clever. Try again.

FIREFLY will improve if she perseveres.

DE LA SAUX. SAM, HARRY C, and LOTTERY, are thanked. The first-named Councillor writes to inform Anna Grey that the author of "Linger Not Yet" is H. Grey.

T. K. Y. is requested to adopt a nom de plume instead of inicials.

Subscribers who merely send answers to a few of the enigmas, and perhaps an occasional definition, cannot expect frequent mention in the Class Awards.

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Stir all together and let it stand tll cool. Two ounces of cream of tartar may be used instead of the lemons, water being poured upon it.

168 AROMATIO VINEGAR Digest in wo pounds of ace ic acid one ounce each of the dried tops of rosemary and the dried leaves of sage, half an bruised clo es, for seven days; then express the ounce each of the dried flowers of lavender and of liquid, and fil er it through paper. Another aromatic vinegar, for sprinkling thro gh apartments during the prevalence of fevers, or any conagious complaints, is made thus: Take of common vinegar any quan ity, mix a sufficient quantity of powdered chalk with it to destroy the acidity, let it subside, and, pouring off the liquid dry the white powder in the sun, or by the fire. perfectly dry, put it into a stone vessel, and pour upon it sulphuric acid, as long as white acid fumes continue to ascend.

When

169. REMEDY FOR COUGH.- Oxymel of quills, two ounces; syrup of poppies, one ounce; two teaspoon-ful thrice a day.

170. CRYSTALLISED CHIMNEY ORNAMENTS.-Selec a crooked twig of white or black thorn; wrap some loose wool or cotton round the branches, and tie it on with worsted Suspend this in a basin, or deep jar. Dissolve two pounds of alum in a quart of boiling rain water, and pour it over the twig. Allow it to stand twelve hours. Wire baskets may be covere in the same way.

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171. GERMAN POLISH FOR BOOTS AND SHOES.-
Break into small pieces a cake of while wax, and
put it into a tin or earthenware vessel pour over
it as much oil of turpentine as will cover it; closely
cover the vessel, and let it stand during twenty-
four hours. During this interval the wax will have
dissolved, and with the turpenine form a pas e.
With this, incorporate as much finely-powdered
animal charcoal as will impart to the mixture
an intensely black colour. When required for use,
take out a little on the point of a knife, and with
a brush rub it into the boots or shoes previously
cleansed from dirt The essential oil of turpentine
will evaporate, leaving the wax upon the leather,
in the form of a fine rich varnish. Should the
composition become too dry, it may at any time be
moistened by the addition of a little oil of tur-
pentine.

172. A PLEASANT DRINK. Boil three pints of
water with an ounce and a half of tamarinds, three
ounces of cranberries, and two ounces of stoned
raisins, till nearly a third be consumed; strain it
on a bit of lemon-peel, which remove in an hour,

as it gives a bitter taste if left long.

173 BUNS.-Rub eight pounds of butter into a
bushel of flour; then set a sponge with eigh quarts
of warm milk, and six pints of good yeast if hick;
if thinnish, you must use eight pints; let your
sponge rise and become flat on the top; then put
four quarts more of milk into your sponge, and
break it a little together; mix ten pounds of good
moist sugar, and four ounces of ground all-pice
with the remainder of your flour, and wet up alto-
gether with your sponge; let your dough prove
about half-an hour, then put them on warm
buttered tins; let them get about half proved, then
cross them and wash them with milk; prove them
well, bake them in a good heat; wash them again
when they are done.

174. CURE FOR COUGHS.-A correspondent says
that the tender shoots of Scotch fir, peeled and
eaten fasting early in the morning, when the
weather is dry, has performed many cures of
pulmonary complaints among the Highlanders.
(Doubtful.-ED.)

175. AGREEABLE DRINK.-Into a tumbler of
fresh cold water pour a table spoonful of capillaire,
and the same of good lemon juice Tamarinds,
fresh or in jelly, make an excellent drink, with
or without a little sugar, as agreeable.

ICING FOR RICH CAKES, &C.-Put the
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whites of three or four eggs into a deep glazed pan,
quite free from the least grease, and mix in
gradually one pound of good loaf sugar that has
been powdered and sifted through a lawn sieve, till
it is as thick as good rich cream; then beat it up
with a wooden spoon until it becomes thick; add
the juice of a lemon strained, and beat it again all
it hangs to the spoon; then with the spoon drop
some on the top of the cake, and with a clean knife
smooth it well over the top and sides about an
eighth of an inch thick; then put it in a dry place,
and it will be dry in a few hours. Ornament it
while wet, if it is required to be ornamented,
by sticking figures of sugar or plaster on it, or
candied peel, or angelica, and drop coloured sugar
or millions, to fancy, or when it is dry, ou
may ornament it with pippin paste, gum paste;
piping, or paint it.

177. ASPHALTS FOR GARDEN WALKS, &c.-
Take eighteen parts of mineral pitch, and eighteen
parts of resi, and put them into an iron pot, and
it well up together, and lay it on the path of
place it over a fire, keeping them boiling a short
time; hen add to it six y parts of coarse sand, mix
This is a durable asphal. Ano her good
the thickness of an inch: then sift a little fine
gravel all over it, and heat it in before the asphalt
one part resin, seven parts chalk, and two parts
asphalt may be made with one part mineral pitch,
coarse sand, and boil them together. and lay it on
in a hot state, adding a little sif.ed gravel.

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178 AMERICAN BISCUITS-Rub half a pound
of butter in o four pounds of flour, and a full pint
of milk or water; well wet them up; break your
dough well, and bake them in a hot oven.

179. ENGLISH STEW.-English stew is the name
given o the following excellent preparation of
few pickles of any kind, or a small quantity of
cold meat: Cut the meat in slices; pepper salt,
and flour them, and lay them in a dish. Take a
Then take a tea-cup half full of wa er; add to it a
pickled cabbage, and sprinkle them over the meat.
Set the
small quantity of the vinegar belonging to the
pickles, a small quantity of ketchup, if approved
of, and any gravy that may be set by for use. Stir
altogether, and pour it over the meat.
This is a cheap and
meat before the fire with a tin behind it, or put it
an hour before dinner-time.
in a Dutch oven, or in the oven of the kitchen
range, as may be most convenient, for about half
simple way of dre-sing cold meat, which is well
deserving of attention.

180. TO REMOVE A SCREW RUSTED IN THE
WOOD.-Heat a poser in the fire red-hot, and put
it on the top of the screw for a minute or two;
it out, if you do it whilst it is warm.
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181. LIME-WASH FOR WALLS, &c.-Take unI he more slacked white lime, and dissolve it in a pail of cold water. This, of course, is whitewash. lime used the thicker it will be; but the conanother vessel d ssolve some green vitriol in hot Add it, when dissolved, to the whitewash, sistency of cream is generally advisable. water. and a buff colour is produced. The m re vitriol carefully got off all the old dirt from the walls. used, he darker it will be. Stir it well up, and Two or the coats are usually given. For a border, use it in the same way as whitewash, having first use more vitriol, to make it darker than the walls. This is cheap, does not rub off like ochre, and is pure and wholesome, b sides being disinfecting.

182. VARNISH FOR VIO INS, &C. - Take a gallon eep it in a very warm of rectified spirits of wine, twelve ounces of mastic, and a pint of turpentine varnish; put them all together in a tin can, and place, shaking it occasionally, till it is perfectly disso ved; then strain it, and it is fit for use. If you find it necessary, you may dilu e it with turpenune va nish. This varnish is also very useful for furniture, mahogany, or rosewood.

183. COLD CREAM -This is a simple and coolIt i chapped hand-, or for keeping the skin soft. ing ointment, exceedingly serviceable for rough or of almond oil. Place the basin by the side of th very easily made. Take half an ounce of whit wax, and put it into a small basin, with two ounce

if the process has been employed on a part written on with commou ink, or printed with printer's ink, it will experience no alteration.

fire till the wax is dissolved in the oil. When quite melted, add two ounces of rosewater. This must be done very slowly, little by little; and as you pour it in, beat the mixture smartly with a fork to make the water incorporate. When all is incorporated, the cold cream is complete, and you may pour it into jars for future use. This cold cream is better than that which is usually sold in shops, and which is too frequently made of inferiora domestic remedy, the efficacy of which I have ingredients.

184. CAMPHORATED VINEGAR.-Triturate half an ounce of camphor with a little certified spirit, and dissolve in six ounces of acetic acid.

185. TO REMOVE GREASE FROM THE LEAVES OF BOOKS.-After having warmed the paper stained with grease, wax, oil, or any fat body whatever, take as much of it out as possible by means of blotting-paper. Then dip a small brush in the essential oil of rectified spirits of turpentine, heated almost to boiling, and draw it gently over both sides of the paper, which must be kept warm. This operation must be repeated as many times as the quantity of the fatty matter imbibed by the paper, or the thickness of the paper, may render necessary. When the grease is entirely removed, recourse may be had to the following method to restore the paper to its former whiteness. which is not completely restored by the first process:-Dip another brush in rectified spirits of wine, and draw it in like manner over the stain, and particularly round the edges, to remove the border, that would still present a stain. By employing these means with proper caution, the spot w totally disappear, thepaper wil lassume original whiteness, and,

186. CURE FOR A COUGH.-A patient, who, for nearly two months, could not pass a night in quiet without large dozes of laudanum, has been cured of a most harrassing cough by suet boiled in milk, often had occasion to notice, and which, from its simplicity and harmlessness, well deserves a place in every family book of receipts.-LOUISA.

187. REMEDY FOR DEAFNESS.-Put a table. spoonful of bay-salt into nearly half a pint of cold Spring water; and after it has steeped therein for twenty-four hours, now and then shaking the phial, pour a small teaspoonful in the ear most affected, nightly when in bed, for seven or eight suc cessively.

188. SPRATS AS ANCHOVIES.-Take a gallon of fine fresh sprats, pick out the small ones and refuse, and, without either washing or wiping, put them in a wide-mouthed jar-having previously taken the heads off and drawn the gut-and scatter between each layer the following mixture:-Common coarse salt, one pound; saltpeter, two ounces; bay salt, one pound; salt-prunelle, two ounces-all beaten fine; cochineal, powdered finely, two ounces. Let them be pounded separately, and mixed with great care, and thoroughly If you wish, you may add a few nicely-washed currants. Put an edging of puff paste round your dish, pour the pudding in, and bake it in a warm oven till it sets. It will mprove it to add a wineglassful of brandy with the spice.

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