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Little Mary. mixed together make a useful diose, and one which is easily made. Put a couple of tea spoonsful of each into a tea pot, and pour about a cup of boiling water into it; let it stand tilt you get the strength of the senna, and it is then ready for use. Asmaller quantity will do for a child, and some persons will require more. A little powdered ginger put into the tea-pot makes the medicine more warm and comfortable,
In cases of pain in the bowels, a little rhubarb and magnesia make an excellent medicine ; about two good tea-spoongful of magnesia, and about as much powdered rhubarb as will lie on a shilling, is a fair dose for a grown person. A little ginger: added is often of great use. If there be a disagreeable acid taste on the stomach, this will often be res moved by a dose of magnesia alone. It is better to mix it with hot water, which is indeed itself often of use to a disorderedistomach.
LITTLE MARY. ..
(Continued from p. 360, vol. iv.). I'w [8h you had been well enough to have gone to Church yesterday, Mother, said little Mary.
And why, my dear, particularly yesterday?.
Because I thought there were so many things in the Psalms and Lessons that you would have liked; they seemed quite made to suit you-apdias if they were put there on purpose for sick people who were come to Church for the first time after being, very. ill.
I am glad, my dear, that..you. were attentive; for, this proves to me that you remembered you were in the house of God, and that you tried to keep your thoughts from wandering, and that you joined, as a Christian should, in the service..
I know which verses you mean, because I read to myself that part of Scripture which I should have heard, if I had gone to Church,
i And did not you think, said Mary, that it would have been a great comfort to have heard the Clergyman read those verses to you, Mother?
Yes, my child, you know I desire much to be again able to join in Public Worship.-But, happily, the blessed word of God is open to all who can read--and I had much satisfaction in reading it myself:-But Mary if you go on attending to all that you hear, you will find, that there will be every Sunday, something to suit and comfort me, and all others in the same state, which shews how beantifully our Church service is arranged, and how exactly according to Scripture.-Our heavenly Fa. ther is, indeed, full of compassion, in having given, in the Holy Scriptures, so many words of consolation to the sick and the afflicted, and so many words of instraction and hope to those who are seeking the right way, so that all who read, or listen, may find the road to happiness plainly pointed out to them.”
I delight in hearing you talk, dear Mother, for you seem to have such pleasure when you speak of these things. The Sermon seemed to suit you too;
—and I dare say, when I tell you the text, you will be able to fancy all that our excellent Clergyman said,-it was the 3rd verse of the 26th chapter of Isaiah_6 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is staid on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee."
Those are happy words indeed, Mary, and I dare say I may be able to fancy, as you say, part of the Sermon ;-But I should have liked very much better to have heard it, as I am sure our good Pastor must have said a great deal more upon the text, than my poor thoughts can fancy :--and then I never hear him on any subject, without trusting that, through the blessing of the Almighty, he teaches me to be better than I was before.--He teaches me where to rest my faith and confidence, and what sort of behaviour the goodness and mercy
89 of my Lord and Saviour ought to produce upon all those who know the truth of his Holy Word.
We gave some account of this curious shell fish in our Number for last November (p. 490.) But as it will seem strange to some of our young readers that this little creature can lift up a sail to the wind, and use his feet for oars and rudder, we here give a little drawing, for the sake of shewing this more clearly. We do not profess generally to give pictures in our book, but, as this was provided for the "National School Magazine," the Printer has kindly allowed us to make use of it here.
From the manner in which Providence has formed this curious creature, it is very easy to imagine that the idea of sailing may have been first taken from observing the Nautilus. Pope says,
Learn of the little Nautilus to sail,
Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale. Voyagers tell us that great numbers of these animals are sometimes to be seen in calm weather, diverting themselves by sailing about on the surface of the sea. M. Le Vaillant says that he saw several of them near the Cape of Good Hope, and
that he sent some of his people into the water to catch them: but, when the men had nearly approached them with their hands, the animals al. ways sunk; and, notwithstanding every art they could employ, they were not able to obtain a single one.
Kindness to Horses and other Animals. The following extract, from Wilson's Travels in Egypt, may serve to shame the barbarity of those of our own countrymen who seem to think that there is nothing wrong in forcing their horses and other animals beyond their strength, and of boasting how much these creatures may be compelled, by force and cruelty, to perform. "
"The Arabs treat their mules with great humanity and tenderness. They express great indignation at those persons who compel them to go a quicker pace than is natural to them, and will rather follow them on foot, than burden them by their weight, if they consider it too much for them to carry.”
How this kindness of the Arabians may put to shame many who are called Christians. Some persons have been known to argue, that if Christianity makes us no better than those who know not the Gospel, we might as well remain in ignorance. Let it however be remembered, that a man is not truly a Christian because he lives in a Christian country, and has a Christian name. Where the religion of the Gospel is really received into the heart, and acted upon, then there is an end of these cruel practices, and such dispositions are implanted in the mind as leads faithful Christians to forsake all that they know to be wrong, and to pursue what they believe to be right. The holy
The Lord's Day. .
91 Scriptures contain many direct precepts against cruelty to inferior animals: and, in every page, the Gospel exhorts us to such a disposition of gentleness and kindness, that we cannot understand for a moment how cruelty and Christianity can go together. We see that even nations who are called barbarous have often a tender regard to their beasts. Let us be ashamed to let them excel us in this kind. ness of feeling, and let us seek to add, to this all the other good dispositions to which our superior knowledge of the truth so loudly calls us.
THE LORD'S DAY.
One day in seven the Lord hath commanded us to keep holy. It certainly then is the duty of every Christian to attend to this divine command. God hath appointed this as a day of holy rest, as much as he has given the other days for the necessary occupations of life.
But it is grievous to see how the observance of this day is neglected by many, or made only a day of pleasure and of idle pursuits. Some persons will perhaps think that the merely resting from their daily labours on this day is sufficient. It is indeed a day of rest, and we ought to be thankful to our merciful Creator who hath made it so ; but we read that God not only " rested” on the sabbath-day, but also " hallowed” it, and hath bid us to "re. member to keep it holy.” Others perhaps will go to Church once or twice, and think that, by doing 30, they have kept the day “ holy.” But we ought to know that true holiness does not consist of outward observances only; it is a preparation of the