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6. Tea is served very hot; but it is a flagrant breach of etiquette in any one to notice this unpleasant fact. Should the weather be very warm, when the cups are emptied the master of the house says, “I invite you to take up your fans.” But should any unlucky guest have forgotten his fan, the rest of the company do not permit themselves the liberty of using theirs, for fear of hurting his feelings. Finally, after innumerable tedious acts of politeness, in which each individual aims to produce the impression that, in his own opinion, his insignificant person is by no means worthy the exalted honor of drinking with the illustrious company among whom he is infinitely surprised to be received, the signal for leave-taking is given oy the highest in rank rising and saying to the host, “ I have been troublesome to you a very long time”—which is probably the only true word spoken during the entertainment.
7. We might speak of American tea-parties also, but they are too well-known and appreciated to need description here; for even the poetic muse has been evoked, on more occasions than one, to give them notoriety.
" How they sit and chitter chatter',
O'er à cup of scalding water',
Of that one's death or marriage." 8. In the Mallow family, which contains a great variety of some of the finest flowers in nature, are found the various spe
cies of the altheas or hollyhocks, and the hibiscus, together with that famous plant, “King Cotton,” avowedly the most valuable of all the vegetable products which man converts into materials for clothing. The common cotton plant grows from three to five feet in height, with fivelobed, blue-veined, dark green leaves. The flower is of a pale yellow, changing to a pink color, purple spotted at the bottom, with five petals. On the falling of the
flower a kind of pod or boll is developed, Cotton Plant.–1. The ri- which, in process of ripening, bursts and pened boll. 2. Flower in the morning. 3. Flower at discloses the snow-white cotton, which is evening.
the hairy covering of the seeds. 9. The citron family embraces a number of species of handsome evergreen shrubs or small trees, mostly natives of the East Indies, and cultivated only in warm regions. They have odoriferous flowers, and bear some of the most brilliant, fra. grant, and delicious fruits, among which may be enumerated the orange, shaddock, citron, lemon, and lime. As with apples, many varieties of each have been produced by cultivation. The golden apples of the heathens, and the forbidden fruit of the Jews, are supposed to belong to this family. The orange blossom, distinguished no less for its beauty ihan its delicious fragrance, has very appropriately been made the emblem of purity and loveliness. The land where the citron and orange grow is proverbially the land of balmy fragrance, of gentle breezes, and azure skies.
Know'st thou the land, where groves of citron flower' ?
LESSON VII.-CHORUS OF FLOWERS.
We are the sweet flowers',
Born of sunny showers';
Utterance, mute and bright,
Of some unknown delight,
All who see us' love' us
We befit all places'; Unto sorrow we give smiles'—and, unto graces, races! 2.
Think of all our treasures',
Matchless works and pleasures',
Then think in what bright showers
We thicken fields and bowers',
Think of the mossy forests
By the bee-birds haunted', And all those Amazonian plains, lone lying as enchanted. 3.
Trees themselves are ours';
Fruits are born of flowers ;'
The lusty bee knows well
The news, and comes pell-mell,
Beneath the very burden
Of planet-pressing ocean We wash our smiling cheeks in peace-a thought for meek devotion 4.
Who shall say that flowers
Dress not heaven's own bowers'?
Who shall even dare
To say we sprang not there-
LESSON VIII.—THE CACTUS FAMILY.
1. Cac'tus hexago'nus, Four-angled cactus, xi. 1, w., 35 f., Jl.-Au., S. Am. 2. C. speciosis' simus, Beautiful cactus, xi. 1, cr., 3 f., Jl., S. Am. 3. Ć. flagellifor'mis, Creeping or Snake cactus, xi. 1, pk., 6 f., M.-Jn., Peru. 4. C. opuntia, Prickly-pear cactus, xi. 1, y., 2 f., Jl.-Au., Mexico. 5. C. curassa'vicus, Pin-pillow cactus, xi. 1, y., 6 f., Jn.-J., S. Am. 6. C. peres' kia, Gooseberry cactus, xi. 1, w., 5 f., 0.-N., W. Indies. 7. c. phyllanthoi'des, Winged cactus, xi. 1, pk., 2 f., Jn., W. Indies. 8. Echinocac'tus mammillarioi' des, Melon cactus, xi. 1, y. and r., 6 in., Jl.-Au., Chili.
1. Who hung thy beauty on such rugged stalk',
Who poured the richest hues,
Lone, o'er thy leafless stem,
Their rainbow coronets."1-MRS. SIGOURNEY.
poetess of a beautiful flower of the rough Mammilla'ria cospito's,
a Cactus flower of the Up? cactus family. And this family is excluper Missouri.
sively American, not one of its eight hund
red species having ever been found, as native, in any other part of the world. The name by which the kinds of cactus common in the Northern and Middle States are known, is prickly pear. The absence of leaves in most of the species, and the presence of very showy flowers, render this family remarkable. The plants consist chiefly of a fleshy stem, sometimes globular or egg-shaped, sometimes cylindrical, triangular, and even flat, but always armed with prickles.
3. The cactus is found abundantly in Mexico, and is painted on the flag of the Mexicans, and stamped on their money ; Of its many species, the night-blooming cereus is perhaps the most remarkable, not so much on account of its large white flower, although that is sometimes nearly a foot in diameter, as for the season of its unfolding its beauties, the short time which it takes to expand, and the rapidity with which it decays. It begins to open late in the evening, flourishes for an hour or two, then begins to droop, and before morning is completely dead.
"Now departs day's garish3 light
Beauteous flower', lift thy head'!
Haste, thy transient lustre shed'!
All vain thoughts be distant fi..,
Flora's radiant evening star.
Hail! thou glorious, matchless flower'!
In this solemn, fleeting hour.
Thou wilt bow thy head and die';
Thus our brightest blessings fly!
Bears a flower thus purely bright';
Friendship sheds her cheering light." 9. Other species of the cactus, more delicate in structure than the famous cereus? already described, a few of them leafy, some of them creeping plants, and most of them remarkable for their beauty and fragrance, also bloom in the night season; and it is one of these which has been made the medium, by a gifted writer, of conveying the following beautiful moral:
And its tall, thin, delicate stem,
But, in truth, there's no beauty in them'.
So you ask why I keep it—the little mean thing'?
Why I stick it up here, just in sight'?
For the flower. But I'll tell you to-night.
Looks down on that bastioned wall,
And heavy the night dewa fall-
On this spot-nay, do not say no,
And to hear its majestic flow.
Well, we're met here again, and the moonlight sleeps
On the sea and the bastioned wall;
But there's one, say you, sweeter than all.
What is it'? the myrtle or jessamine' *
Or their sovereign lady, the rose' ?
Far sweeter than any of those.
Far sweeter'? And where think you groweth the plant
That exhaleth that perfume rare'?
Why, 'tis that smells so sweet, I declare' !
Why I cherish that odd little fright'?
In the glare of the strongest light'.
As unlovely as that by your side,
In the heyday of pleasure and pride.
From the midday sun's broad glare,
May not yield sweet fragrance there.
The dark days of trouble and woe,
And see if 'twill serve you so.
Nor pass sentence hastily.
Little dreamt of by you or by me.-MRS. SOUTHEY. i €ÕR'-O-NET, a little crown.
13 GÅR'-ISH, gaudy; splendid. 2 CE'-RETS (cë' -rūse), in two syllables. 4 TRÒw, suppose or think.
* Equivalent to, “Do you ask, "What is it'? the myrtle or jessamine'?” etc., similai to the questions in the eleventh verse; and therefore they take the rising inflection.