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in length; melt sealing-wax, and quickly apply it to the end of the stalk; the wax should be only so warm as to be ductile ; form a piece of paper into a cone-like shape, wherein place the rose; screw it up so as to exclude the air. Do so by each ; put them all into a box, and the box into a drawer, all which is intended to keep them free from air. On Christmas-day or any other day in winter, take them out, cut off the end of the stalks, place them in a flower-pot or bottle, with luke-warm water; or, if in a heated room, the water may be cold: in two or three hours they will blow as in the meridian of summer, retaining all their grateful fragrance.
forth the manner in which I have been plundered, and submitting it for publication in your valuable periodical, which doubtless circulates amongst those young fellows who, from inexperience and a plentiful stock of cash, are liable to become dupes to the system which has been practised upon me: it will, I trust, serve as a caution to them in pur. chasing horses.
On joining my regiment the other day at Rumford, I was told that a troop of respectable horse-dealers was at the inn, and about to proceed to some fair in Norfolk. I naturally enough took it into my head that this might afford me an opportunity d purchasing a good horse: I had one at this time, a most excellent animal, although, when I was master of him, I thought he shook me too much in trotting : now that I have lost him, I firmly believe he did not possess a fault in the world; but being all the former part of my life a midshipman, I knew nothing of riding, and therefore thought his gait was rather a rough one, unfortunately for myself, and perhaps for him too, as he may not have met with so easy a master. I mounted my horse, rode out, and called at the inn in my way, to see the horses which were for sale. On examination, I did not like any I saw, and rode away. When I returned to the barracks, a dealing or farmer looking man rode up to me at the gate, and after admiring my horse, asked me, respectfully, if I would part with him ? to which I replied in the negative. But he still pressed his question, adding, that he would not mind giving a good price.
Now, as I said before, I did not much like my horse, on account of his hard trotting; so I said I would take fisty guineas. He walked about the horse, and hum'd and haw'd, during which time another man came up, and began to admire a mare which the other fellow rode, and asked him “would he sell her?" as “he quite fancied the mare!” After some words between them (to which I was curious to attend), the bargain was concluded, and 451. was the sum to be paid.,
SWINDLING HORSE-DEALERS. The annexed letter has reminded us of noticing a nest of swindlers who infest the west end of towna set of horse-dealers. Their plan is, to dress up a fellow of straw in the first style, place another as his groom, set him up at a hotel, and mount him upon a dashing horse. His duty is to ride about the Park, attend Tattersal's, &c. &c. in order to pick up gulls, who will either give a high price for his apparently fine horse (not worth ten pounds), or, if he can, get the money without giving the horse in return. The swindlers alluded to in the following letter are part of the gang:
SIR;-I am a cavalry officer---a junior cornet; and having obtained leave of absence for the purpose of purchasing a horse to replace that out of which I have been swindled, I cannot employ an hour this evening, at my hotel, better than in setting
• The purchaser pulled out a pocket- sick. The cheese was examined by book, and took from a bundle of the attending physician, and judged notes, one pound, and gave it to the to be overlaid with red lead. The other as earnest, requesting him to same cheese was eaten by several send the horse up to the inn, and he others, the rind being previously taken should be paid the remaining 441. off ; they were soon very sick. When The man who sold his mare then thrown off the stomach, they were addressed me, and said, “Come, relieved. Sir, as I have sold my mare, I'll buy A few weeks ago, three of another your horse: you shall have your fifty family became exceedingly ill---cause guineas." I of course agreed, and unknown; but it was soon supposed to the bargain was struck. Now, for the be produced by cheese, covered with payment! He took from his pocket white lead. A dog which ate the 61. 10s. and in handing it to me, said, rind was extremely convulsed, and in “ If you will take this money, which a day or two died. Another ate of it, is the difference between the sum and became very ill; to which a dose I am to get for my mare, and the of lamp-oil was given, and having price of the horse ; and, if you will cast up the rind, which remained al. send up your servant with the mare most entire, recovered. A third dog, to the inn, as I wish to go on im which took but little, was sick. Fifmediately to town, you can receive teen or twenty persons in the town, the 441. from this gentleman.' I am during this and the last year, have been ashamed to say that I was weak made sick, and most of them very enough to submit. I saw this rascal sick, by means of lead on cheese. ride off with my charger ; nay, I ac- And doubtless many become sick, tually wished him a pleasant journey. and many die, by the same means,
When I sent up to the inn, my and know not the cause. Attending servant, of course, asked for the physicians say, the symptoms in these gentleman who bought the mare; but cases are what they should expect lead no such person was at the inn, and to produce, and can assign no other I found that this animal (the mare) cause of those affections. Besides, and 61. 10s. was all I had for my trial has been made, and satisfactory horse! I sold her next day for ol., the evidence obtained, that red and white veterinary surgeon having informed lead covered the cheeses in question. me that she possessed every disease The public are cautioned against in the catalogue !
using any cheese brought to our I have since learned that this trick markets without due examination. is practised by “a company of strolling And ought not cheese to be inspected, swindlers," who rove about from fair before sold in market, with particular to fair, and whom, even should you reference to this article? Human life catch them, you cannot proceed and health are too precious to be against by law, unless the conspiracy trifled with in this manner. Doubtcan be proved.
less thousands have thus been deI am, Sir,
stroyed, and never knew the cause of Your obedient servant, their excruciating distress, and have A SUBSCRIBER. little thought that their bane was
brought from the dairy-rooms of our CAUTION.
country. The public are cautioned against Should it be thought desirable, using cheese covered with lead, whe probably the venders of these cheeses ther red or white, as both are pois might easily be ascertained, and, if sonous.
necessary, shall be made known. The attention of the public is invited to the following facts :--
EAST INDIA SOAP. In the town of South Reading a There has lately made its appear. cheese was bought last year, and ance in some shops in London, an four of the family immediately upon article called East India Soap, reeating some of it were taken severely tailed at fourpence halfpenny the
pound; it looks fair to the eye, but it is a dirty, stinking commodity; the lather dries as soon as made; we tried it on our beard, on our hands, and our laundress on our linen, and declare it to be profitless: it is just worth nothing.
SHAVING A country farmer coming to London, and passing through the city, not a mile from the East India House, entered a dashing hair-dresser's shop; being directed up stairs, the operation of shaving was quickly performed by a light-handed dapper Knight of the Razor, who upon being tendered pay. ment, referred the farmer to the mistress below_“How much, Ma'am?” “ Half a crown, if you please, Sir," said she. “ Half a crown! I was only shaved,” said he. “ We always charge for dressing, and half a crown's regular.” “D n such regularity," said the astonished farmer, throwing down sixpence, and leaving the shop, muttering, “ When I get shaved in L- n-h- ll Street again, I'll pay half a crown."
coach travelling---the generous an the sparing. I have tried both, and give my voice decidedly for the former. It is all stuff that you bear about eating and drinking plentifully inducing fever, &c. &c. during a long journey. Eating and drinking cope ously produce nothing, mind and body being well regulated, but sleepiness and I know no place where that in. clination may be indulged less reprehensibly than in a mail-coach, for as least sixteen hours out of the fourand-twenty. In travelling, I make a point to eat whenever I can s down, and to drink (ale) whenever the coach stops. As for the interim, when I can neither eat nor drink, 17 smoke if upon deck, and snuff i inside.
N. B.-.-Of course, I mean when there is no opportunity of flirtation.
Maxim Forty-eighth. If you meet with a pleasant fellow in a stage-coach, dine and get drunk with him, and, still holding him to be a pleasant fellow, hear from his own lips just at parting that he is a Whig -do not change your opinion of the man. Depend on it he is quizzing you.
Maxim Forty-ninth. Show me the young lady that runs after preachers-and I will show you one who has no particular aversion to men.
Maxim Fiftieth. There are only three liquors that harmonize with smoking-beer-cof. fee- and hock. Cigars altogether de stroy the flavour of claret, and indeed of all red wines, except Auchmanshaüser ; which, in case you are not knowing in such matters, is the prom duce of the Burgundy grape transplanted to the banks of the Rhinewine for which I have a particular
MAXIMS OF MR. O'DOHERTY.
Maxim Forty-fifth. A husband should be very attentive to his wife until the first child is born. After that she can amuse herself at home, while he resumes his jolly habits.
Maxim Forty-sixth. Never believe in the intellect of a Whig, merely because you hear all the Whigs trumpet him---nay, hold fast your faith that he is a dunderhead, even although the Pluckless pipe symphonious. This is, you will please to observe, merely a plain English version of that good old udagium : .“ Mille licet cyphris cyphrarum millia
jungas, Nil præter magnum conficies nihilum.”
. Maxim Fifty-first.
He whose friendship is worth having, must hate and be hated.
Maxim Fifty-second. Your highly popular young lady seldom---I believe I might say never
inspires a true, deep, soul-filling
passion. I cannot suppose, Julie but such is the fact :---the best boots d'Etange to have been a favourite and shoes are made at York---] mean partner in a ball-room. She could as to the quality of the leather. not take the trouble to smile upon so .. Maxim Fifty-ninth. many fops.
Be on your guard when you hear Maxim Fifty-third.
a young lady speak slightingly of a 1. The intensely amorous tempera- young gentleman with whom she has ment in a young girl, never fails to any sort of acquaintance. She is stamp melancholy on her eyelid. The
probably in love with him, and will lively, rattling, giggling romp may be
be sure to remember what you say capable of a love of her own kind--- after she is married. But if you but never the true luxury of the pas
have been heedless enough to follow sion.
her lead, and abuse him, you must
make the best of it. If you have great Maxim Fifty-fourth.
face, go boldly at once, and drawing No fool can be in love.---N. B. It
her into a corner, say, “Aha! do you has already been laid down that all
remember a certain conversation we good-natured men are fools.
had ? Did you think I was not up to Maxim Fifty-fifth.
your tricks all the time?”-Or, better Nothing is more overrated, in
still, take the bull by the horns, and common parlance at least, than the
say,---" So, ho! you lucky dog. I influence of personal handsomeness in
could have prophesied this long ago.
She and I were always at you when men. For my part, I can easily
we met---she thought I did not see imagine a woman (I mean one really
through the affaire--Poor girl! she worth being loved by falling in love with a Balfour of Burleigh---but I
was desperately in for it, to be sure.
By Jupiter, what a fortunate fellow cannot say the same thing as to a
you have been !" &c. &c. &c.---Or--young Milnwood. A real Rebecca would, I also think, have been more
best of all-follow my own plan--. likely to fall in love with the Templar
i. e. don't call till the honey-moon is
over. than with Ivanhoe; but these, I believe, were both handsome fellows in . Maxim Sixtieth. their several styles. The converse of . It is the prevailing humbug for auall this applies to the case of women. thors to abstain from putting their Rousseau did not dare to let the names on their title-pages---and well small pox permanently injure the may I call this a humbug, since of beauty of his Heloise. One would every book that ever attracts the have closed the book had he destroyed smallest attention, the author is inthe sine quâ non of all romance. stantly just as well known'as if he
had clapt his portrait to the beginning . Marim Fifty sirth.
of it. This nonsense sometimes anWhenever you see a book frequently
noys me, and I have a never-failing advertised, you may be pretty sure it method. My way is this : I do not, is a bad one. If you see a puff as other people do, utter modest, quoted in the advertisements, you may mincing, little compliments, in hopes be quite sure.
of seeing the culprit blush, and thereby Maxim Fifty-seventh. betray himself. This is much too Employ but one tradesman of the pretty treatment for å man guilty of same trade, and let him be the first playing upon the public--and, beman in his line. He has the best sides, few of them can blush. I prematerials, and can give the best tick;
tend the most perfect ignorance of the and one long bill is, at all times, á prevailing, and, of course, just suspimere trifle on a man's mind, com
cion ; and the moment the work is pared with three short ones.
mentioned, I begin abusing it up hill
and down dale. The company tip Marim Fifty-eighth.
me the wink, nod, frown in abund. I cannot very well tell the reason, ancec-no matter. On I go, mordicus,
and one of two good things is the result, viz. either the anonymous hero waxeth wroth, and in that case the cat is out of the poke for ever and a day; or he takes it in good part, keeping his countenance with perfect composure, and then it is proved that he is really a sensible fellow, and by consequence really has a right to follow his own fancies, however ridi culous.
Maxim Sixty-first. Lord Byron* observes, that the daily necessity of shaving imposed upon the European male, places him on a level, as to misery, with the sex to whose share the occasional botheration of parturition has fallen. I quite agree with his lordship---and in order to diminish, as far as in me lies, the pains of my species, I hereby lay down the result of my experiences in abrasion. If I had ever lain in, I would have done my best for the ladies too---but to proceed. First, then, buy your razors at Paget's--a queer, dark-looking, little shop in Piccadilly, a few doors eastward from the head of St. James's-street. He is a decent, shrewd, intelligent old man, makes the best blades in Europe, tempers every one of them with his own hand, and would sooner cut his throat than give you a second-rate article. Secondly, in stropping your razor (and a piece of plain buff leather is by far the best strop), play from you, not towards you. Thirdly, anoint your beard overnight, if the skin be in any degree hard or dry, or out of repair, with cold cream, or, better still, with bear's grease. Fourthly, whether you have anointed or not, wash your face carefully and copiously before shaving; for the chief difficulty almost always arises from dust, perspiration, &c. clogging the roots of the beard. Fifthly, let your soap be the Pasta di Castagna. Sixthly, let your brush be a full one of camel's hair. Seventhly, in spite of Sir John Sinclair, always use hot water---boiling water. These are the seven golden rules.
N.B.---Use the strop again after you; have done shaving, and get old Paget, if possible, to give you a lesson in setting your razors. If you cannot manage this, send them to him to be see ---ay, even if you live 500 miles free London. People send to town abor their coats, boots, &c., but what ar all these things to the real comfort al a man, compared with a good razor?
Maxim Sixty-second. Ass milk, they say, tastes en ceedingly like woman's. No wonder
Maxim Sixty-third. A smoker should take as much care about his cigars, as a wine-bibbe does of his cellar, yet most of them are exceedingly remiss and negligent ! The rules are as follows: First, keep a large stock, for good tobacco in- ; proves very much by time---say enough for two years' consumption Secondly, keep them in the coolest place you have, provided it be perfectly dry---for a cigar that is once wet, is useless and irreclaimable. Thirdly, keep them always in air-tight canisters---for the common wooden boxes play the devil.
N. B.---The tobacco larrs are the greatest opprobrium of the British code. We laid those most extravagant duties on tobacco at the time when North America was a part of our own empire, and we still retain them in spite of rhyme and reason. One consequence is, that every get tleman who smokes smuggles; for the duty on manufactured tobacu amounts to a prohibition--it is, I think, no less than eighteen shillings per pound---and what is a pound of cigars? Why does not the Duke of Sussex speak up in the House of Lords ? « I like King George, but I can't afford to pay duties," quote Nanty Ewart; and I quite agree with the inimitable Nanty.
(To be continued.)
PREPARATION OF SOUR-KRAUT.
Every Russian family, from that of the boor to the nobleman, lays in its stock of cabbage to make sour-kraut, about the month of October, before the
• Rabelais said so, some time before Don Juan appeared. - Eort.