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185 works shall dismiss them accordingly; and that if any master, working by task, shall not, upon admonition, reform the profanation among his apprentices, servants, and labourers, it shall be considered as his fault, and he shall be censured by the commissioners.'
Would it not be well, too, Sir, to forbid beer from being brought into the church? I do not wish to be superstitious, nor do I wish to have the church, as a building, respected rather than the purposes for which the church is built; but yet, it must be allowed that any thing which brings disrespect on places of worship leads to a disrespect of worship itself, and so lessens the power of religion on the heart, and thus opens the door to every sort of wickedness, and consequently to everlasting ruin.
I am, Sir, &c.
April. Do not forget to transplant your lettuces where they stand close : dig the ground and dung it moderately, and lay it even, with the rake. Sow more lettuce, not too thick; repeat the sowing once a fortnight or three weeks for a succession. Sow small salading, radishes, spinach,--and kidney beans late in the month. Transplant cabbages, if not already done: draw up earth to those already transplanted. Sow onions, carrots, and parsnips, if not done already. Plant rooted slips of pot-herbs. Hoe and thin turnips, and sow a few more, if you want them. Sow peas; plant potatoes, if you have not finished. Look well after the weeds ; cut them down whilst young; Fruit trees may yet be planted, of wall-fruit; and it is not safe to give up this
protection till the fruit has become of a tolerable size, at least as big as a large pea. Rub off the foreright awkward shoots of apricots, nectarines, peaches, &c. : thin apricots—leave the finest fruit. Look at your newly grafted trees, and see that the clay is all right; if not, repair it, and take off the shoots below the graft. Clean strawberry beds. Sow flower seeds, and divide flower roots. Plant evergreens. Turn gravel, or renew the walks. Clip box, or plant it where wanted. Roll, sweep, and mow lawns: clean and dress your borders.
Tom Jameson met with a gardening book, and he grew all of a sudden fond of his garden. Now he always comes straight home every evening when he has done a good day's work for his master, and after his tea he looks after his own garden. There is not a neater garden in the parish. It is a pretty sight to see his wife and his children all about him on a fine summer's evening. Before Tom took to his garden, he would often step into the Red Lion after work, instead of coming home; and it is easier to get into that lion's den than to get out again. But Tom now finds it better to have a little beer at home to go to. He has taught his children to be fond of the garden too, and they can any of them weed an onion bed. Tom says, that, what with the saving from the ale-house, and the profits of the garden, the looking at that gardening book was as good as twenty pounds a year to him. Yes! and more too, when we consider all the good ways
that it has brought him into, and all the comfort and benefit it has been to his family.
Method of teaching Children to say their Lessons. 187
METHOD OF TEACHING CHILDREN TO SAY
THEIR LESSONS WELL.
SIR, I THINK you are right when you talk of the power of kindness over children. The following hint may be of use. I have three children, and it is my habit to give them a short sentence or two to repeat every morning. I think it strengthens the memory, and is also an opportunity of introducing something good into the mind. I generally choose a verse or two of Scripture. I began with the Scripture texts in your « Visitor,” but I have, since, taken a chapter or a Psalm regularly on, which I prefer; and when they have gone through a whole one, I expect them to repeat it to me all at once. I have, however, a great dislike to having any thing, especially Scripture, repeated in a slovenly manner; and I had, also, a great dislike to scolding the children over a Scripture exercise, and thus teaching them to dislike it. I could not, however, for a long time, get all my young ones to repeat their verses so perfectly as I could wish : at last I thought of the following method, which has completely answered. I have a paper pinned up against the wall, and I make three columns in it, with the names of my
three children at the top. When they have repeated their verses, I make each of them mark, with a pencil, in their own column, the number of faults they have made. I say not a word, excepting merely to mention the number of faults. If one makes many, he has only to mark them down; so that there is no scolding or ill humour about it. If there is what we call a boggle, or a stammering, (even though the word is said right at last) this goes for half a fault; and
The effect is, that our marks are now almost all cyphers; we scarcely ever make a blunder; and one of the children, who was a very bad learner by heart, is now a very good one. Perhaps this method might be useful in village schools or families.
A CONSTANT READER.
TO PREVENT BEING CHOKED.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, HAVING read, in the Number for January of your very useful and entertaining Publication, an account, taken from the Liverpool Advertiser, of a Thomas Blevin, who had died in consequence of too large a piece of meat sticking in his throat, whilst in the act of eating and laughing at the same time, I beg leave to recommend that when ever any thing of the kind happens, some one present should immediately blow with force into the ear of the person so affected, holding the ear open at the same time as much as possible. I have heard of instances, where this was done, of the piece of meat being thrown out directly and I have myself twice relieved a friend in an instant, by the same means, who could not get rid of a bone. Putting down the fingers, or a wire, may produce inflammation; and after the throat is swollen it is not so easy to extract any thing without danger. Perhaps you may think this information, which I give from experience, worth publishing for the benefit of the public in general.
I am, Sir,
Extracts from different Authors.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor,
SIR, The remedy which I, my children, and grandchildren, have used for at least thirty years, and I have never known it to fail when it has been
persevered in) I beg to recommend for its simplicity and easy adoption. It is, “bathe the parts affected, whether feet or hands, every evening before you go to bed in warm water; let it be as warm as you can well bear it, and you will find that, in two or three evenings, the intolerable itching will abate; and a little perseverance will entirely remove it.”
N.B. If they are broken it will do no injury, but will require a longer time to effect a cure: but the remedy ought to be applied on their first approach.
EXTRACTS FROM DIFFERENT AUTHORS. What a difference there is betwixt our prayers in health and in sickness! betwixt our repentings in prosperity and adversity! Alas! if we did not sometimes feel the spur, what a slow pace would some of us hold towards heaven!
Baxter. Much time hath much duty. Beg therefore for grace to improve it better, but be content with thy share.
The Same. God has provided us a crown of glory, and promised to set it shortly on our heads; but we will not so much as think of it. He bids us behold and rejoice; but we will not so much as look at it : and yet we complain, for want of comfort! The Same.