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be avoided. A good knife, of moderate size, sufficient length of bandle, and very sharp, is requisite; for a lady it should be light, and smaller than that used by gentlemen. Fowls are very easily carved ; and joints, such as loins, breasts, fore-quarters, &c., the butcher should have strict injunctions to separate the joints well.

The dish upon which the article to be carved is placed, should be conveniently near to the carver, so that he has full controul over it; for if far off, nothing can prevent an ungracefulness of appearance, or a difficulty in performing that which in its proper place could be achieved with ease.

In serving fish, some nicety and care must be exercised : here lightness of hand and dexterity of management are necessary, and can only be acquired by practice. The flakes, which in such fish as salmon and cod, are large, should not be broken in serving, for the beauty of the fish is then destroyed, and the appetite for it injured. In addition to the skill in the use of the knife, there is also required another description of knowledge, and that is an acquaintance with the best parts of the joint, fowl or fish being carved. Thus, in a haunch of venison, the fat, which is a favourite, must be served with each slice. In the shoulder of mutton there are some delicate cuts in the underpart. The breast and wings are the best parts of a fowl. The trail of a woodcock on a toast is the choicest part of the bird. In fish, a part of the roe, melt, or liver, should accompany the piece of fish served. The list, however, is too numerous to mention here; and indeed, the knowledge can only be acquired by experience. In large establishments the gross dishes are carved at the buffet by the butler, but in iniddle society they are placed upon the table.

TINTERN ABBEY, 1851. The speed of the “iron horse” has now brought this most attractive spot within an easy day's journey of our vast metropolis; and indeed, if we remember rightly, during the last great year of sight seeing, excursion trains started from London early in the morning, whirled hundreds down to Bristol, who were there embarked upon steam-boats, carried up the Avon to its junction with the Wye, then passed Chepstow, another most beautiful locality, up to Tintern, and sufficient time being allowed for full inspection of its loveliness, were brought back by the same route, arriving at London on the evening of the same day. Sailing up the Wye, the traveller cannot but be impressed with the charming scenery that surrounds him on all sides; but his delight receives a fresh and vigorous impulse when he approaches the ruins of the old abbey, which afford the most striking indication of the wealth, magnificence, and taste of the religious brotherhood to whom it belonged. It stands on a gently rising eminence, and was originally built in the form of a cathedral, having a nave, north and south aisles, transcept, and choir, with a tower rising from the intersections. The roof and tower, have fallen, but the exterior, viewed from a distance, is still eminently beautiful, but excelled by the yet more striking appearance of the interior, as the visitor enters the western doorway. From this point the eye traverses along the range of stately columus, and passing under the lofty arches that once supported the tower, rests upon the grand eastern window at the termination of the choir. From the length of the nave, the height of the walls, the imposing form of the pointed arches, the style of the edifice is that known as Early English decorated, and the size of the east window the first impressions one receives are those of grandeur and sublimity: but, on a close examination, these feelings are combined with those of admiration at the regularity of the plans, the elegance and the lightness of the architecture, and the exceeding delicacy of the ornamental work, mingled and partly covered in, some portions as it is, with a profusion of wild Aowers, and masses of ivy and other climbing plants. We are accustomed to exclaim against the barbarisins of past ages, but how much have not these ages taught us of the noble and the beautiful !

SYDNEY SMITH'S RECIPE FOR A WINTER SALAD.

Two large potatoes passed through kitchen sieve
Unwonted softness to the salad give.
Of mordant mustard add a single spoon;
Distrust the condiment which bites go soon;
But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault
To add a double quantity of salt.
Three times the spoon with oil of Lucca crown,
And once with vinegar procured from town.
True flavour needs it, and your poet begs,
The pounded yellow of two well-boiled eggs.
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
And scarce suspected animate the whole;
And lastly, on the flavour'd compound toss
A magic tea-spoon of anchovy sauce.
Then, though green turtle fail, though venison's tough,
And ham and turkey are not boiled enough,
Serenely full the Epicure may say-
Fate cannot harm me— I have dined to-day,

VERY ACCOMMODATING. CABBY (politely)-Beg pardon, sir; please don't smoke in the keb, sir ; ladies do complain o' the 'bacca uncommon, Better let me smoke it for yer outside, sir.

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DISCONTINUING A NEWSPAPER. Mr. A believes he shall discontinue his paper, because it contains no political news; while B is decidedly of opinion that the same paper dabbles too freely in the political movements of the day. I declares he does not want a paper filled with the hodge, podge, doings and undoings of the Legislature. J declares that paper the best that gives the greatest quantity of such proceedings. K patronises the papers for the light and lively reading they contain. L wonders that the paper does not publish Dewy's Sermons, and such other solid matter. O likes police reports. P would not have a paper, in which these reports are printed, in his house. Q likes anecdotes. Rwont take a paper, that publishes them, and says, that murders and dreadful accidents ought not to be put into papers. S complains that his miserable paper gives no account of that highway robbery last week. X will not take his paper unless it is left at his door before sunrise ; while Y declares that he will not pay for it if left so early; that it is stolen from his house before he is up.

COBBETT'S NOTION OF A CORONATION. The king (God bless him !) is, it seems, to be crowned next Thursday. Some people are saying, that he might do very well without it. No, hang it; I don't think so; for a king without a crown and robes, is like a peacock without a topknot and tail.

RECOLLECTIONS OF WASHINGTON. The following is interesting for its subject, a reminiscence of Washington, at New York, in 1797. Day after day my departure was postponed ; and an invitation to dine with a gentleman, living at the same boarding house with General Washington, then at New York, induced me to postpone it still further. My recollection of that great man is, that he was very tall, perhaps six feet two inches to six feet four inches, very reserved and polite, clear and quick sighted, had an aquiline nose, and high forehead falling back. On being introduced to him as a British officer, he inquired if it were usual for gentlemen to enter the army as young as I appeared to be; he particularly asked if I were a Gerinan, the name belonging he thought to that country. On my replying, he asked if I were related to the Professor of Fortification, at Woolwich; he claimed me as an acquaintance, when he heard that I was his son. “Not personally, sir,” he added, “but I have read some of your father's valuable works, which I admire, and have introduced them into the course of education at our Military College.” No further conversation occurred worthy of being recorded. As soon as the cloth was removed, he rose, bowed, and left the room.Adventures of Colonel Laundman. VOL. J.

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DROPPING THE RENT. A HANDSOME plump widow went to the landlord, a widower, in Cambridge, to complain that she was paying too high rent. He gazed at her, was smitten, and exclaimed—“ You are to blame if you pay any rent again : marry me, and your difficulty is obviated P” “Well, I will," said the sprightly fair one, and as soon as could be the nuptial knot was tied.

THE GLOWWORM.
Beneath the hedge, or near the stream,

A worm is known to stray :
That shews by night a lucid beam,

Which disappears by day.
Disputes have been and still prevail,

From what its rays proceed;
Some give that honour to his tail,

And others to his head.
But this is sure, the hand of might,

Which kindles up the skies,
Gives him a quantity of light,

Proportioned to his size.
Perhaps indulgent nature meant

But such a lamp bestowed,
To bid the traveller as he went

Be careful where he trod.
Nor crush a worm whose useful light

Might serve however small,
To shew a stumbling stone by night,

And save him from a fall.
Ye proud and wealthy, let this theme

Teach humbler thoughts to you,
Since such a reptile has its gem,

And boasts its splendour too.

SPEAKING. THERE was a rule in an old debating society, which might be advantageously recommended to some of our public bodies, “ that any gentleman wishing to speak the whole evening should have a room to himself.”

Milton's description of a gentleman's great notoriety, on beholding his own offspring,—

Whence and what art thou execrable shape,
That dar’st though grim and terrible

Advance thy miscreated front athwart my way. “Why,” asks the lantern, “is the rudder of a steam-boat, like a public hangman ?” and answers the question thus—"Because it is a stern duty to perform."

FASHIONABLE. FASHIONABLE ignorance." Oh ! dear," exclaimed a fashionable girl, when she first beheld a cucumber, “ I always thought such things grew in slices.”

THE VACATION TERM TIME,

LAW. The Temple, Chancery Lane, Serjeants' Inn, and Lincoln's Inn even unto the Fields, are like tidal harbors at low water; where stranded proceedings, offices at anchor, idle clerks lounging on lop-sided stools, that will not recover their perpendicular until the current of Term sets in, lie high and dry upou the ooze of the long vacation. Outer doors of chambers are shut up by the score, messages and parcels are to be left at the Porter's Lodge by the bushel. A crop of grass would grow in the chinks of the stone pavement ontside Lincoln's Inn Hall, but that the ticketporters, who have nothing to do beyond sitting in the shade there, with their white aprons over their heads to keep the flies off, grub it up and eat it thoughtfully. There is only one Judge in town. Even he only comes twice a-week to sit in chambers. If the country folks of those assize towns on his circuit could only see him now! No full-bottom wig, no red petticoats, no fur, no javelin-men, no white wands, merely a close-shaved gentleman in white trousers and a white hat, with sea-bronze on the judicial countenance, and a strip of bark peeled by the solar rays from the judicial nose, who calls in at the shell-fish shop as he comes along, and drinks iced ginger beer! The bar of England is scattered over the face of the earth. How England can get on through four long summer months without its bar—which is its acknowledged refuge in adversity, and its only legitimate triumph in prosperity — is beside the question; assuredly that shield and buckler of Britannia are not in present wear.

NATURE AND ART. A LECTURER, addressing a Hampshire audience, contended, with tiresome prolixity, that Art could not improve Nature ; until one of his hearers, losing all patience, set the room in a roar, by exclaiming, “how would you look without your wig ?”.

FEMALE'S PHRASEOLOGY. IGNORANCE of female modes of speech often leads to misunderstanding. A lady, who says “ I would not make a fright of myself," means generally, that she neglects nothing, however minute, to make herself attractive. While another, “ to be decent,” means to have a mass of most beautiful lace, and a little fortune in diamonds.

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