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driver. But could She not answer for herself ?
Was she deaf, or dumb ? More probably, she was OnE very rainy morning, about a month ago, only mufied, and wrapped up to defend herself I was bound on that same journey which occa from the rigour of the day. However this might sioned such humorous perplexity, and loss of be, no woman had ever been more blessed in the temper to the worthy laird of Monkbarns; but, tender solicitude of a husband; for the anxious happier than that flower of antiquaries, had got on, interest of my fellow-traveller, I now clearly saw, through wet and dry, smoothly, though singly, glas- was of a far more intimate and anxious nature, ses up, and rain plashing, the length of Drum. than any that could be inspired either by calm pasheuch, or of what so lately was Drumsheuch, ternal, or steady brotherly affection. “Do ye think when the stage halted to pick up outsides and in- She'll no' be the worse of it?” said my uxorious, sides. The latter were three men, buttoned to opposite neighbour, addressing one of his friends, the throat, their bundles under their coat-breast,
“she'll get an awfu' shake up there; and it's an and not exactly of that appearance which could make even-down pour." a stranger be admired at first sight, on 'Change.
“ Tuts! de’il a fears o'her,” cried the gruff, One of them, to my serious inconvenience, kept unpitying fellow ; " it's just a bother to travel bobbing his head out and in at the window, with with you and her, with the work ye make about all the ease of a Frenchman in a French diligence ; her.” The poor man sighed or hemmed ; again but with more reason, as was manifested by such turned up his gaze through the dim glass; and as loud inquiries to the driver as “ Is she a' right, the rain beat harder and harder, stripped of his Geordie?-tak’care o'her, man!” It was not till this great-coat, and bawled to the coachman “ to wrap had been, at least, ten times repeated before we
that carefully around her.” His friends actually reached the Dean, that my sympathies were
sneered at this simple kind action of the honest touched, or my curiosity excited. Was she his wife? affectionate man, and thus effectually raised my this nameless She, his sister, or daughter? and, feelings :above all, what kept her up there in a day when “ Had she not better get inside? was my re" Mine enemy's dog?" &c. &c. I was always o mark, as we reached Barnton gate. a metaphysical turn, though my friends may call man drew in his head, " Lord bless you, Sir; it curiosity; and, once excited, my mind could you're very kind, but there is nae room; she find no rest, till about Blinkbonny, I had solved would fill a side herself.” the difficulty to my own satisfaction, by conjectur “ A Stout Gentlewoman," thinks I to myself, ing that she might be constitutionally apt to be internally smiling ; “ a female Lambert;" and at come sick, travelling inside of a close carriage. once dropping the gallant idea of bringing her inMany ladies are so ; and though the appearance of side, to my own expulsion, I also popped my head her protector forbade the idea of ladyhood on her out of the window to have a peep of her goodly part, yet I was adept enough to know, that in point person, but was met in the face by a blash of wet, of constitutional delicacy, there is often a wonder- and a waft of the skirts of her joseph, or other ful resemblance between those widely different frieze ridivg-gear. species of womankind—a female and a lady. On we “ I'm fear'd she's no half covered, Geordie ! trundled to Mutton-hole, my companions rather again bawled the husband. “ Will ye haud the chatty; and though the weather scarce permitted umbrellower her, man,” and as much in kindness us to hear each other, we, nevertheless, talked of to the kind-hearted husband as from any gallantry the crops, the cholera, and, inspired by our vici- towards - The Stout Gentlewoman,” I offered the nity, reasoned of the Lord Advocate's chances of cloak which lay across my legs. It was most bpcoming our member. Our steady driver, made thankfully accepted, and instantly hoisted alost the customary halt hereabout, and my opposite through the storm as “ the gentleman's cloak for neighbour seized the opportunity of banging up her.” the window to satisfy his tender conjugal solicitude. For the next mile, I indulged in a thousand vagrant, " All right !" was the satisfactory reply of the bachelor fancies, ruminating on the mysteries of
King Charles the Second naturally took a surfeit
conjugal affection; and the many strange vagaries wife?. She's just,,my ain Base; and I'll pit her played by the softer passion; which, in the present against ony instrument this side of LenonaA instance, had led to a mutual and tender attach- wife, indeed -Haud ye the umbrell-owes her ment between a sharg like my little weazened fellow head there, Geordie, down to the boat." traveller, and a female of the tremendous dimen. I had the pleasure of crossing the ferry with sions of She. Her size was all I had ascertained for She, and seeing her safely landed' on the North certain, and to that I assorted such features and side. complexion as pleased my own fancy in “ a Stout Gentlewoman;" and on what might have been very
TRIENNIAL PARLIAMENTS EX false premises, and actually turned out so, made
OLD SPEECHES IN PARLIAMENT, up her parcel of perfections in exaet opposition or contradiction to those of her helpmate; since
SIR JOHN ST. AUBIN'S SPEECH FOP REPEALING THE he was withered, lean, dry, swivel-eyed, and of
SEPTENNIAL ACT. parchment hue, She must be fair and florid, as
MR. SPEAKER, well as plump and voluminous. I speculated at
The subject matter of this debate is of such im. my ease on the known admiration of very small portance, that I should be ashamed to return to my men for strappers of the other sex, and framed a
electors, without endeavouring, in the best manner
I am able, to declare publicly the reasons which infeasible theory for this idiosyncrasy of the dwarf. duced me to give my most ready assent to this quesed, based on that broad foundation, man's vanity. tion. I recollected, among my personal acquaintance, se The people have an unquestionable right to fire veral instances of little dapper fellows who loved quent new Parliaments, by ancient usage; and this to perk by the side of a prancer of five feet ten at usage has been confirmed by several laws, which the least ;and thus put in a legal claim to sundry often as they found it necessary to insist on this
have been progressively made by our ancestors, as inches nature had otherwise denied them. I re
essential privilege. membered Captain Weazel and his lady, and internally went over the scene of Burns's “ Wee tinued more than three years, till the remarkable
Parliaments were generally annual, but never con Apollo,"
reign of Henry the Eighth. He, sir, was a prince “Her strapping waist and gaucy middle
of unruly appetites, and of an arbitrary will; he was He reach'd nae higherHad holed his heart through like a riddle,
impatient of every restraint; the laws of God and 5*** 'An blawn't on fire."
man fell equally a sacrifice, as they stood in the In the niidst of these riiminations, and of a thick He therefore introduced long Parliaidents
way of his avarice, or disappointed his ambition. pelting shower sweeping across the Firth, the coach he very well knew, that they would become the stopt at the Ha's, My curiosity was now, if not proper instruments of both; and, wliat a slavish wound up to a high pitch, yet to one as intense as
obedience they paid to all his measures, is sufficient: the case admitted, Out leaped my little nimble ly known.
91113 113. neighbour, much agitated, as it appeared to mo,
If we come to the reign of King Charles the First
, about how She was safely to descend from her ali trary temper; he had certainly an innate kete
we must acknowledge bim to be a prince of a com titude. and out leaped I to view the perilous de- for religion and virtue. But here lay the misforo scent, and, perhaps, lend a hand to the accomplish túne; he was led from his natural disposition by mont of what threatened to be a rather difficult sycophants and Aatterers; they advised him to die achievement. The unfortunate woman, bulky glect the calling of frequent new Parliameuts, and enough in all conscience, lay doubled up across therefore, by not taking the constant sense of his the top of the coach, buried under cloaks and people in what he did, he was worked up into su great-couts. One by one they were tossed off by bigh a notion of prerogative, that the Commoss, in the active Geordie,
whose gallantry, I was aware, power, which at last unhappily brought him to build had been stimulated by the reiterated promise o. a "something," in reward of extraordinary care; the whole constitution. And I hope we shall learn and out She came!-Yes ! there she stood revealed this lesson from it, never to compliment the crown in her full proportions, an enormous-certainly a with any new or extravagant powers, nor to deal monstrously overgrown
**',; * BASS FIDDLE !!
they are entitled to, but to preserve the just and She was now on her way to Kinross, to a ball, at- equal balance, from which they will, botla derive tended by the two humble violins, which my other
mutual security, and which, if daly observed, wild
render feltow-travellers had hugged concealed to their all the world.
our constitution the envy and admiration of bosoms, The fine bowing nose of the one of these artists, and the elongated chin of the other, might of Parliaments in his father's time, and have put any reasonable man on the true scent ;
extremely desirons to lay them aside. But but she had taken full possession of my imagina- this was a scheme impracticable. However, ia era tion, and allowed no room for either doubt or in fect he did so; for he obtained a Parliament, whicle quiry: - laughed outright as 1 mentioned my by its laug duration, like an army of veteraus, dass mistake
camo so exactly disciplined to his own measures “My wife!" exclaimer 'the lord of she,
that they knew dio other command but from that:
Do ve think I would make such a wark about only a
gave them their pay. This was å safe and most ingenious way of el.
slaving a nation. It was very well known, that ar- nity of getting acquaintance with members, of pracbitrary power, if it was open and avowed, would tising his several arts to win them into his schemes. never prevait here. The people were therefore This must be the work of time. Corruption is of amused with the specious form of their ancient con so base a nature, that at first sight it is extremely stitution; it existed, indeed, in their fancy, but, shocking; hardly any one has submitted to it like a mere phantom, had no substance nor reality at once ; his disposition must be previously underin it; for the power, the authority, the dignity of stond, the particular bait must be found out with Parliaments were wholly lost. This was that re- which he is to be allured, and after all, it is not markable Parliament wbich so justly obtained the without many struggles that he surrenders his viropprobrious name of the Pension PARLIAMENT ; and .tue. Indeed, there are some, who will at once was the model from which, I believe, some later plunge themselves into any base action; but the Parliaments have been exactly copied.
generality of mankind are of a more cautious vaAt the time of the Revolution, the people made a ture, and will proceed only by leisurely degrees. fresh claim of their ancient privileges; and as they One or two, perhaps, have deserted their colours had so lately experienced the misfortune of long the first campaign; some have done it a second; anddoomite Parliaments, it was then declared that but a great many, who have not that eager disposithey should be held frequently. But, it seems, tion to vice, will wait till a third. thetr ful meaning was not understood by this de For this reason, short Parliaments have been less claration, and therefore, as in every new settle-corrupt than long ones; they are observed, like mejt the intention of all parties should be specifi- streams of water, al ways to grow more impure the cally manifested, the Parliament never ceased strug- greater distance they run from the fountain head. gling with the Crown, till the triennial law was ob I am aware it may be said, that frequent new tuined; the preamble of it is extremely full and Parliaments will produce frequent new expenses; strong; and in the body of the bill you will find but I think quite the contrary; I am really of opithe word DECLARED before ENACTED, by which I ap- nion, that it will be a proper remedy against the prehend, that though this law did not immediately evil of bribery at elections, especially as you have take place at the time of the Revolution, it was cer- provided so wholesone a law. to co-operate upon taidly intended as declaratory of their first mean these occasions. ing, and therefore stands a part of that original con Bribery at elections, whence did it arise ? Not tret ander which the constitution was then settled. from country gentlemen, for they are sure of being His Majesty's title to the crown is primarily deriv. chosen without it; it was, sir, the invention of ed from that contract; and if, upon a review, there wicked and corrupt ministers, who have from time shall appear to be any deviations from it, we ought to time, led weak princes into such destructive to treat them as so many injuries done to that title. measures, that they did not dare to rely upon the And I dare say, tliat this House, which has gone natural representation of the people. Long Parlizthrough so long a series of services to his Majesty, ments, sir, first introduced bribery, because they will at last be willing to revert to those original were worth purchasing at any rate." Country gentlcstated measures of government, to renew and men, who have only their private fortunes to rely strengthen that title.
upon, and have no mercenary ends to serve, are But; sir, I think the manner in which the sep- unable to oppose it, especially if at any time the tennial law was first introduced, is a very strong public treasure shall be unfaithfully squandered reason why it should be repealed. People in their away to corrupt their boroughs. Country gentlefears, have very often recourse to desperate expe- men, indeed, may make some weak efforts; but us dients, which, if not cancelled in season, will them- they generally prove unsuccessful, and the time of selves provò fatal to that constitution which they a fresh struggle is at so great a distance, they at were meant to secure. Such is the nature of the last grow faint in the dispute, give up their country septennial law, it was intended only as a preserva- for lost, and retire in despair. Despair naturally tive against a temporary inconvenience; the incon produces indolence, and that is the proper disposivenience is removed, but the mischievous effects / tion for slavery: Ministers of State understand this still continue; for it not only altered the constitu- very well, afid are, therefore, unwilling to awaken tion of Parliaments, but it extended that same Par- the nation ogt of its lethargy, by frequent elections. Jisment beyond its natural duration ; and therefore They know that the spirit of liberty, like every carries this most unjust implication with it, That other virtue of the mind, is to be kept alive only you may at any time asurp the most indubitable, by constant action; that it is impossible to enslave ibe tost essential privilege of the people-I mean this nation, while it is perpetually upon its guard. that of choosing their own representatives. A pre- -Let country gentlemen then, by having frequent cedent of such a dangerous consequence, of so fa- opportunities of exerting themselves, be kept warm tal a tendency, that I think it would be a reproach and active in their contention for the public good: to our "statate-book, if that law was any longer to this will raise that zeal and spirit, which will at lasta subsist, wbich might record it to posterity. get the better of those undue infuences, by which
This is a season of virtue and public spirit. Let the officers of the crown, though unknown to the pois take advantage of it to repeal those laws which several boroughs, have been able to supplant couninfringe our liberties, and introduce such as may try gentlemen of great characters and fortune, who restore the vigoar of our ancient constitution. live in their neighbourhood.- do not say this upon
Haman nature is so very corrupt, that all obliga- idle speculation only. I live in a country where it tions lose their force, unless they are frequently re- is too well known, and I appeal to many gentlemen neveido Long Parliaments become, therefore, in' in the House, to more out of it, (and who are so for . dependent of the people, and when they do so, this very reason,) for the truth of my assertion, there always happens a most dangerous dependence Sir, it is a sore, which has been long eating into the elsewhere.
most vital parts of our constitution, and I hope the Long Parliaments give the Minister an opportu. timo will come when you will probe it to the ..
INFLUENCE OF DRESS ON THE SKIN.
tom. For if a minister should ever gain a corrupt and warmth of a healthy skin, and are habitually comifamiliarity with our boroughs; if he should keep a plaining of chilliness of the surface, cold feet, and other register of them in his closet, and by sending down symptoms of deficient cutaneous circulation. Their sufferhis treasury-mandates, should procure a spurious ing, unfortunately, does not stop here, for the unequal disrepresentation of the people, the offspring of his tribution of the blood oppresses the internal organs, and corruption, who will be at all times ready to recon
too often, by insensible degrees, lays the foundation of tucile and justify the most contradictory measures of bercles in the lungs, and other maladies, which show them
selves only when arrived at an incurable stage. Young his administration, and even to vote every crude indigested dream of their patron into a law; if the complain of this increased sensibility to cold, even before
persons of a consumptive habit will generally be found to maintainance of his power should become the sole they become subject to those slight catarrhal attacks which object of their attention, and they should be guilty are so often the immediate precursors, or rather the first of the most violent breach of Parliamentary trust, stages, of pulmonary consumption All who value health, hy giving the King a discretionary liberty of tax- and have common sense and resolution, will therefore take ing the people without limitation or control—the warning from signs like these, and never rest till equili. last fatal compliment they can pay to the crown :
brium of action be restored. For this purpose, warm cloth. if this should ever be the unhappy condition of this ing, exercise in the open air, sponging with vinegar and nation, the people, indeed, may complain ; but the water, the warm bath, regular friction with a flesh brush doors of that place where their complaints should
or hair glove, and great cleanliness, are excellent means. be heard, will for ever be shut against them.
But while sufficiency of clothing is attended to, excessive Our disease, I fear, is of a complicated nature, ought not to be sought for in clothing alone. The Creator
wrapping up must be as as carefully avoided. Warmth and I think that this motion is wisely intended to has made exercise essential as a means ; and if we neglet remove the first and principal disorder. Give the this, and seek it in clothing alone, it is at the risk or rather people their ancient right of frequent new elec- certainty of weakening the body, relaxing the surface, and tions; that will restore the decayed authority of rendering the system extremely susceptible of injury from Parliaments, and will put our constitutiou into a the slightest accidental exposures, or variations of temperanatural condition of working out her own cure.
ture and moisture. Many good constitutions are thus Sir, upon the whole, I am of opinion, that I can- ruined, and many nervous and pulmonary complaints not express a greater zeal for his Majesty, for the brought on, to embitter existence, and to reduce the sufferer liberties of the people, or the honour and dignity to the level of a hot-house plant. of this House, than by seconding the motion which
Female dress errs in an another important particular, the honourable gentleman has made you.
even when well suited in material and in quantity. From
the tightness with which it is made to fit on the upper part MEDICAL SELECTIONS.
of the body, not only is the insensible perspiration injudiciously and hurtfully confined, but that free play between
the dress and the skin, which is so beneficial in gently sti. As life advances, the respiratory and digestive functions mulating the latter by friction on every movement of the become more developed, and play a more conspicuous part body, is altogether prevented, and the action of the cutanein the support of the animal system. In youth, the skin is ous nerves and vessels, and consequently the heat generated, still delicate in texture, and the seat of extensive exhalation is rendered lower in degree, than would result from the same and acute sensation, but it is at the same time more vigo- dress worn more loosely. Every part and every function rous in constitution than it was in infancy; and the seve. is thus linked so closely with the rest, that we can neither ral animal functions being now more equally balanced, it act wrong as regards one organ without all suffering, not is less susceptible of disorder from external causes, and can act right without all sharing in the benefit. endure with impunity changes of temperature, which, either earlier or later in life, would have proved highly injurious. We can now appreciate the manner in which wet and The activity and restless energy of youth keep up a free and cold feet are so prolific of internal disease, and the cruelty equal circulation even to the remotest parts of the body, of fitting up schools and similar places without making and this free circulation in its turn maintains an equality adequate provision for the welfare of their young occupants of temperature in them all. Cold bathing and lighter The circumstances in which wet and cold feet are most apt clothing may now be resorted to with a rational prospect of to cause disease, are where the person remains inactive, and advantage ; but when, from a weak constitution or unu- where, consequently, there is nothing to counterbalance sual" susceptibility, the skin is not endowed with sufficient the unequal flow of blood which then takes place from the vitality to originate the necessary reaction, which alone feet and surface towards the internal parts: For it is well renders these safe and proper,—when they produce an abid- known, that a person in ordinary health may walk about or ing sense of chilliness, however slight, we may rest assu work in the open air with wet feet for hours together withred that mischief will inevitably follow at a greater or out injury, provided he put on dry stockings and shoes insshorter distance of time.
young persons of both mediately on coming home. It is therefore not the mere sexes are in the habit of going about in winter and in cold state of wetness that causes the evil, but the check to perweather with a dress light and airy enough for a northern spiration and the unequal distribution of blood to which the summer, and they think it manly and becoming to do so ; accompanying coldness gives rise. Wet and damp are more but those who are not very strongly constituted suffer a unwholesome to the feet than to other parts, chiefly because severe penalty for their folly. The necessary effect of de- they receive a larger supply of blood to carry on a higber ficient circulation and vitality in the skin is to throw a disc degree of perspiration, and because their distance from the proportionate mass of blood inwards, and when this condi- heart or centre of circulation diminishes the force with tion exists, insufficient clothing perpetuates the evil, until which this is carried on, and thus leaves them more sus. internal disease is generated, and health irrecoverably lost. ceptible of injury from external causes. They are also Insufficient clothing not only exposes the wearer to all the more exposed in situation than other parts of the skin ; but risk of sudden changes of temperature, but it is still more cold or wet applied any where, as to the side, for instance, dangerous (because in a degree less marked, and therefore either by a current of air or by rain, is well known to be less apt to excite attention till the evil be incurred), in that pernicious. form which, while it is warm enough to guard the body
USE OF FLANNEL. against extreme cold, is inadequate to preserving the skin The advantages of wearing Aannel next the skin are at its natural heat. Many youths, particularly females and easily explicable on the above principles. Being a bad corthose whose occupations are sedentary, pass days, and weeks, ductor of heat, flannel prevents that of the animal economy and months without ever experiencing the pleasing glow from being quickly dissipated, and protects the body in a
EFFECTS OF COLD FEET AND DAMP.
considerable degree from the injurious influence of sudden nefited by it in point of feeling. The perception of this external changes. From its presenting a rough and uneven, truth is gradually extending, and warm baths are now to though soft surface, to the skin, every movement of the be found in fifty places for one in which they could have body in labour or in exercise, causes, by the consequent been obtained twenty years ago. Still, however, we are far friction, a gentle stimulus to the cutaneous vessels and behind our continental neighbours in this respect. They nerves, which assists their action and maintains their func justly consider the bath as a necessary of life, while we still tions in health; and being at the same time of a loose and regard it as a luxury. porous texture, ilannel is capable of absorbing the cutane Many entertain a prejudice against the use of the tepid ous exhalations to a larger extent than any other material or warm bath, from an apprehension of catching cold after in common use. In some very delicate constitutions, it it. This fear is gronndless, if ordinary precautions be used; proves even too irritating to the skin, but, in such cases, and extensive experience warrants this assertion. Like fine fleecy hosiery will in general be easily borne, and will other good things, it may be abused, or taken at improper greatly conduce to the preservation of health. Many are times ; but, when used judiciously, it will often remove inin the custom of waiting till winter has fairly set in before cipient colds, and in severe cases, after the feverish state beginning to wear flannel. This is a great error in a vari. begins to yield, the bath promotes recovery very much, by able climate like ours, especially when the constitution equalizing the circulation, and relieving the internal organs, not robust. It is during the sudden changes from heat to as well as by restoring perspiration. We, therefore, hope cold, which are so common in autumn, before the frame to see it speedily rank as an indispensable part of every fa. has got inured to the reduction of temperature that protec-mily establishment. tion is most wanted, and flannel is most useful.
If the bath cannot be had at all places, soap and water VENTILATION.
may be obtained every where, and leave no apology for neThe exhalation from the skin being so constant and ex
; or, if the constitution be delicate, water and vinegar, tensive, its bad effects, when confined, suggest another rule
or water and salt, used daily, form an excellent and safe of conduct, viz. that of frequently changing and airing the
means of cleansing and gently stimulating the skin to vigoclothing, so as to free it from every impurity. It is an ex
rous and healthy action; and to the invalid, they are highly cellent plan, for instance, to wear two sets of flannels, each beneficial, when the nature of the indisposition does not being worn and aired by turns, on alternate days. The render them improper. A rough, rather coarse, towel is a effect is at first scarcely perceptible to the senses, but in the very useful auxiliary to such ablutions. Few of those who course of time its advantages and comfort become very ma
have steadiness enough to keep up the action of the skin by nifest, as the writer of this has amply experienced. For the above means, will ever suffer from colds, sore throats, the same reason, a practice common in Italy merits univer
or such like complaints ; while, as a means of restoring sal adoption. Instead of making up beds in the morning health, they are often incalculably serviceable. If onethe moment they are vacated, and while still saturated with tenth of the persevering attention and labour bestowed to the nocturnal exhalations which, before morning, become
so much purpose in rubbing down and currying the skins sensible even to smell in a bed-room, the bed-clothes are
of horses, were bestowed by the human race in keeping thrown over the backs of chairs, the mattresses shaken up,
themselves in good condition, and a little attention were and the windows thrown open for the greater part of the paid to diet and clothing, colds, nervous diseases, and stoday, so as to secure a thorough and cleansing ventilation. mach complaints, would cease to form so large an item in
But man studies the na. This practice, so consonant to reason, imparts a freshness the catalogue of human miseries. which is peculiarly grateful and conducive to sleep, and its
ture of other animals, and adapts his conduct to their conreal value may be inferred from the well-known fact, that stitution. Himself alone he continues ignorant of, and the opposite practice carried to extremes, as in the dwellings
neglects. He considers himself a rational and immortal of the poor, where three or four beds are often huddled being, and therefore not subject to the laws of organization up in all their impurities in a small room, is a fruitful which regulate the functions of the inferior animals; but source of fever and bad health, even where ventilation dur
this conclusion is the result of ignorance and pride, and not ing the day and nourishment are not deficient. In the abodes
a just inference from the premises on which it is pretended of the poor Irish residing in Edinburgh, we have seen bed
to be founded. (From an article on the skin in the Phre. ding for fourteen persons spread over one floor not exceed. nological Journal for December.] ing twelve feet square, and when morning came, the beds were huddled above one another to make sitting room dur
A DECEMBER EVENING WITHIN DOORS. ing the day, and at night were again laid down, charged with acccumulated exhalations. If fever were not to ap Picture to yourself, gentle reader, one of those blustering pear in such circumstances, it would be indeed marvellous ; nights, when a boisterous gale from the south-west, with and we ought to learn from this, that if the extreme be so rattling rain, threatens almost the demolition of everything injurious, the lesser degree implied in the prevalent practice in its way; but add to the scene, a snug and secure cottage cannot be wholesome, and ought, therefore, not to be retained, when it can be so easily done away with.
in the country, the day closed, the fire blazing, the curtains
drawn over the window, a barricadoing of window-shut. Another condition of health in the skin is frequent ablu- ters, which defy the penetration of Eolus, with all his tion. The liquid portion of the perspiration, being in the angry host, the table set for tea, and the hissing urn or form of vapour, easily passes off with ordinary attention to kettle scarce beard among the fierce whistling, howling, and change of clothing and cleanliness; but its saline and ani. mal elements are in a great measure left behind, and, if not roaring, produced alternately, or together, by almost every removed by washing or friction, they at last both interrupt species of sound that wind can produce in the chimneys and perspiration, and irritate the skin. Those who are in the door crannies of the house. There is a feeling of comfort, habit of using the flesh-brush daily, are at first surprised at and a sensibility to the blessings of a good roof over one's the quantity of white dry scurf which it brings off; and those who take a warm bath for half an hour at long in head, and a warm and comfortable hearth, while all is temtervals, cannot fail to have noticed the great amount of im- pest without, that produces a peculiar but real source of purities which it removed, and the feeling of grateful com- pleasure. Two or three intelligent friends sitting up over fort which its use imparts. The warm, tepid, cold, or shower a good fire, and interchanging their thoughts on a thousand bath, as a means of preserving health, ought to be in as fa- subjects of mystery, the stories of ghosts, and the tales of miliar use as a change of apparel, for it is equally a measure of necessary cleanliness. Many, no doubt, neglect this, olden times, may perhaps beguile the hours of a stormg and enjoy health notwithstanding, but many, very many, night like this, with more satisfaction than they would a suffer from its omission; and even the fornier would be be- midsummer evening.–Mirror of Months.
ABLUTION AND BATHING.