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will find it a great saving of trouble always to wipe your knives and forks as soon as possible after they bave been used; as, the longer they are left with grease and stains on them, the harder they will be to clean ; particularly, if they have been used for acids, or for salads, tarts, &c. Have then a jug of hot water, but not boiling, 'ready to put them into as soon as done with, and wipe them in the manner before directed. When your knife-board becomes round, or notcbed at the edges, by using, get it planed, or have a new one, as it is impossible to clean knivés properly, if the edges of the board be not square. Let it be kept dry also ; and choose your knife-bricks soft, and free from knots." • To clean steel forks, the author recommends" a small oyster barrel with fine gravel, brick-dust, or. sand mixed with a little hay or moss :- it is to be moderately damp, pressed well down, and always kept damp. By running the prongs of the steel fork a few times into this, all the stains on them will be removed ; then have a small thin stick, shaped like a knife with a leather round it, to polish between the prongs, and also the other parts, having first carefully brushed off the dust from them as soon as they are taken out of the tub. It often happens that a knife-board is spoiled by cleaning forks upon it; and likewise the backs of knives. By putting the points of the forks on the board, while polishing them, they are apt to stick in, and bring pieces out, and by cleaning the backs of the knives on the edges of the board, notches are made in it, which afterwards notch the edges of the knives when cleaning. To prevent this, bave à piece of old hat, or leather, to put on the part of the board where you clean your forks and the backs of your knives.” -. The method of cleaning silver forks belongs to the article on “cleaning plate.”
EXTRACTS FROM DIFFERENT AUTHORS.; I have found that a due observance of the Lord's day, hath ever had joined to it a blessing upon the rest of my time ; and the week that has been so begun, has been prosperous to me. I do not write this slightly, nor inconsiderately, but upon long and sound experience.Sir Matthew Hale.
Give me spiritual wisdom, that I may discern what is pleasing to Thee, and follow what belongs unto my peace; and let the knowledge and love of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, be my guide and my portion all my days.-Jeremy Taylor.
Give us spiritual strength, holy resolutions, a watchful spirit, the guard of angels, and the conduct of the Spirit, to be our security in the day of danger. Give us Thy Grace to flee from all tempo tations of sin, that we may never tempt ourselves, nor delight to be tempted ; and let Thy blessed Providence so order the accidents of our lives, that we may not dwell near an enemy; and when Thon shalt try us, and suffer us to enter into combat, let us be always on Thy side, and fight valiantly, resist the devil, and endure patiently, and persevere, con. stantly, unto the end, that Thou mayest crown Thy own work in us.--The Same.
In the morning resolve ; and, in the evening examine thy behaviour : what thou hast that day been, in thought, word, and deed ; for in all these, perhaps, thou hast often offended God, and thy brother. -Thomas à Kempis.
The good resolutions of the righteous depend not upon their own wisdom and ability, but upon the grace of God, in which they perpetually confide, whatever be their attempt.- The Same.
Sensual gratifications lose their force and delight, by repetition; whereas, I believe, indeed I am sure, the more yon think of the Almighty, the more delight you will feel in the contemplation of his attributes.-Mayow.
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EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, &c.
· BREWING. in . .. The art of brewing is very easy to be understood, for it is exactly like the art of making tea. Put a handful of malt into a tea-pot, then fill it with water, the first time rather under boiling heat; after it has stood some time, pour off the liquor just as you would tea, and fill up the pot again with boiling water; pour that off, and so go on filling up, and pouring off, till the malt in the pot is tasteless, which will be the case when all the virtue of it is 'extracted. The liquor, or malt-tea, thus extracted, must then be boiled with a few hops in it; and when it becomes cool enough, that is, about blood heat, add a little yeast to ferment it, and the thing is done. This is the whole art and process of brewing; and to brew a larger quantity, requires just the same mode of proceeding as it would to make a tea-breakfast for a regiment of soldiers. A peck of malt and four ounces of hops, will produce ten quarts of ale, better than any that can be purchased in London; and for which purpose, a tea-kettle and two pan mugs, are sufficient apparatus. A bushel of malt to one pound of hops, is the most usual proportion; and eighteen gallons of good light ale, or table ale, may be produced from one bnshel of malt and one pound of hops, which will not cost above nine shillings; that is, sixpence a gallon, three halfpencè a quart. Brewing utensils, consisting of a mashing tub and oar, a sieve, two coolers and wicker hose, a spiggot and faucet, together with a couple of nine gallon barrels, new from the cooper's, cost me no more than thirty-six shillings; and with those utensils I have frequently brewed, at one time, four bushels of malt. The plan I have adopted is, from one bushel of malt to extract nine gallons of liquor for ale; and afterwards nine gallons more for table beer, both of which will be excellent. -Birmingham Chronicle.'
Wednesday evening, an Inquisition was held on the body of Mr. Gilbert Gordon. The deceased had returned home about twelve o'clock at night; he was in liquor, but went up stairs without assistance. The witness, J. Watkins, soon afterwards went into his room, and saw bim at the window very sick. He was put to bed. Some time after this, a per: son entering the room, found the window open, and the de. ceased missing. On looking into the yard below, the poor man was lying on his back; he was alive; he groaned very much, but never spoke. A surgeon was sent for, who lanced the arm, but no blood followed. He was conveyed to the - Middlesex Hospital, where he died in about two hours. He had fallen from a height of forty feet!! Verdict," Accidental Death."- London Paper.
Thomas Burn was lately found dead in a cherry orchard, at Oare, near Faversham. It appeared that the deceased had, been up in one of the trees stealing cherries, when a large branch broke off, and he fell to the ground; his neck was dis.. located, and he died on the spot. A Coroner's Inquest has been held on the body. Verdict, “ Accidental Death.”—The same. :
A Country Paper records another grievous accident, ooca. sioned by a boy taking up a gun, not knowing it to be loaded, and pointing it to one of his companions, by which the latter was killeil.
The Plymouth Journal gives an account of a young female, whose death was caused by lacing her stays too tight!
Anne Boleyn.-In “ Houssaie's Memoirs," vol. I. page 435, a circumstance is recorded concerning the deca. pitation of the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, which illustrates an observation of Hume. Our historian notices that her executioner was a Frenchman of Calais, who was supposed to be uncommonly skilful; it is probable that the following incident may have been proved by tradition in France, from the account of the executioner himself. Anne Boleyn being on the scaffold, would not consent to have her eyes covered with a bandage, saying that she had no fear of death. All that the minister who assisted at her execution could obtain from her was, that she would shut her eyes. But, as she was opening them at every moment, the executioner was fearful of missing his aim, and was obliged to invent an experient to behead the Queen. He drew off his shoes, and approached her silently. While he was at - her left hand, another person advanced at her right, who made a great noise in walking, so that this circunstance drew the attention of Anne; she turned her face from the executioner, who was enabled by this circumstance to strike the fatal blow without being disarmed by that spirit of affecting resignation which shone in the eye of the unfortunate victim.
A West Indian Hurricane.- Mr. Stewart, in his view of the past and present state of Jamaica, says :-A hurricane is usually preceded by awful and certain prognostics. An unusual calm prevails: not a breath of wind is felt: the atmosphere is close and sultry, the clouds wild, broken, and perpetually and rapidly shifting ; at length a deep and portentous gloom gradually settles and overspreads the hemisphere ; the sun is enveloped in darkness ; a decp, hollow, and murmuring sound, is indistinctly heard, like the roaring of a dis-, tant cataract, or the howling of winds through remote woods: rapid and transient gusts of wind and rain speedily follow ;, various birds of passage are seen hastily driving along the
sky; or are thrown down by the violence of those gusts; even the cattle grazing in the fields, as if instinctively aware of the approaching danger, withdraw to the thickets for shelter. The blasts soon become more violent; at one moment they rage with inconceivable fury, and the next instant seem as if it were suddenly to expire. In a few hours, the hurricane reaches the height of its violence, and all the winds from every point of the compass, winged with destruction, seem let loose from their caverns. The largest trees are thrown prostrate, or shattered and stripped of their foliage; the provision grounds are laid waste, tbe sugar-canes level. led to the earth, and in more exposed situations torn up by the roots, and wafted about like chaff. Many of the dwellings are blown down, or unroofed ; and their inhabitants too often either buried in the ruins, or driven forth to perish unsheltered. Nothing can be more appalling than the wild howling and threatening violence of a hurricane during the night, when the vivid and quickly succeeding gleams of lightning darting across the sky, make “ darkness visible" and heighten the horrors of the scene.
Vans.-A yan was lately overturned owing to the improper manner in which it was loaded, and did great injury to the house and windows against which it fell. Fortunately no person was injured by its fall, The manner in which these Vans are loaded is absolutely terrific, and the only wonder is that accidents do not occur more frequently,
Small Pox.-From the bills of mortality for the month of July, we find that 64 persons died of the small-pox taken in the natural way. The number vaccinated in the small-pox hospital during the month amounted to 289. The poor are very generally convinced of the superior benefit of vaccination, and apply for it with eagerness, seeing the consequences of inoculation, which, though it may give security to their own child, may cause the deaths of many of their neighbours children, by spreading the infection. This lately happened, in a court in the city, where a mother, not being quite satisfied of the advantage of vaccination, bad her 'child inoculated. The infection was taken by the neighbours around, and no less than seven of them died." London Paper.