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great reverence, and never to use it in idle and careless conversation.
6. To be always doing something, and never to waste my time in idleness.
7. To take care to go to sehool in good time; and, when I am there, to try to get all the learning and improvement that I can.
8. To be thankful to my Instructors for the pains they take with me, and to pay them attention and respect.
9. Never to neglect my prayers at the regular times; and to remember my Creator at other parts of the day; to thank Him for the good that I enjoy, and to look up to Him for help in the time of trouble.
10. Never to talk in the Church, but to consider well what I am about; to offer up my prayers as if I felt that I was addressing my Father who is in heaven; and to listen to the Lessons which are read, and to the Sermon which is preached, for the sake of gaining knowledge and improvement.
From the National School Magazine.
TO MAKE A SEA WATER BATH. SEA-BATHING is recommended in many cases, where the patient is not able to take a journey to the sea-side, and it is therefore often necessary to try to make a salt-water bath at home. The usual method is to take common salt and water. But it is found that this mixture has not the exact taste of sea water, and it is said not to have the same effect. The following receipt—as we are told by Mr. Lockyer, an eminent chemist and druggist, at Kensington, will make a bath similar to that of the seawater on the British coast. The quantity will be sufficient for a grown person. For a child, the quantities of each article will, of course, be proportionably smaller.
" Common water thirty-two gallons, common salt eight pounds, Epsom salts two pounds."
Now a bath of this kind will not be very expen“sive, for common salt is cheap, and Epsom salts, if bought by the pound, may be had for a shilling; and, if several pounds be taken, for ninepence. The bath, moreover, if to be used by the same person, need not be changed every time. This is much cheaper than a journey to the sea-side.
A VILLAGE CONVERSATION ON THE CHURCH
ING OF WOMEN. (From“ Village Conversations on the Offices of the Church.")
Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Brown. MRS. W. How do you find yourself to day, neighbour Brown, I hope you are beginning to get about again, after your confinement; and how does the little baby do? • Mrs. B. Thank you, neighbour Walker, the baby is very well indeed; and I think I begin to feel myself a great deal better. I have had a longer confinement this time than usual, and I hare not been so well as I commonly have been at such times. However, I have a great deal to be thankful for. I feel as if I was getting pretty strong again, and I reckon upon being able to return thanks, next Sunday, at Church. It is a great satisfaction to me to think that I shall be able to get to Church again, and I am sure it is my duty to give thanks to the Almighty, when I think of the great mercies that I have just received from him.
Mrs. W. Yes, it is our duty, at all times, to he thankful; but, when we have lately received any particular mercy, our hearts will then be more particularly led to return our thanks ; I mean if we feel as we ought to do.
Mrs. B. Why, I should certainly wish to feel grateful, and I hope I do. I am sure I have great. reason to be thankful, when I think how mercifully I have been delivered, and I feel is a great privilege to be able to return my thanks, in the Church, for all the blessings which I bave received.
Mrs. W. Why, yes, neighbour, I have always felt it so, when I have been in the same situation ; and I bave often thought it a great happiness that there is a service provided, by the Church, for the
thanksgiving of women after child-birth.” Indeed, whenever we have been kept at home by sickness, and are at length enabled to go to Church again with our fellow Christians, our bearts ought to be lifted up, in thankfulness, to Him who has shown us such great mercies ; but, in the case of recovering from "the pains and perils of child-birth,” there seems a very particular call upon women to express their thankfulness. For, when we consider, that the pains and dangers which are connected with bringing a child into the world were inflicted on the first woman for her sin, and from her have come down to us all, this naturally leads us to think of our own sin and disobedience, and to pray that the pains we suffer may shew us the danger of sin, and the need of repentance;-and this should teach us to seek for pardon, and to pray for the help of God, that his Spirit may enable us to forsake our sins, and to turn unto Him in newness of life.
Mrs. B. Yes, this is indeed true. A long confinemerit gives an opportunity for reflection and consideration; and, when we are restored, we ought to return our sincerest thanks for our deliverance, and to seek, for the time to come, to live to God's. service, in humble thankfulness for all his favours. But how often we go to be “churched,” without thinking what we go for!
Mrs. w. Why it is sometimes so, indeed, neighbour, and this is a very sad thing! We ought not
to go to such solemn services as a matter of form ; we ought to know what we go for, and consider the matter well before hand, that we may go with a right mind. It is a great mockery to join in the solemn services of religion, and thus seem to honour the Lord with our
lips, while our heart is far from him. Mrs. B. To be sure it is !--It must be!
Mrs. W. I cannot, however, help hoping, that women do generally feel a good deal of thankfulness for their deliverance, and that they go to this service with more sincerity than we are apt to think. I know, even before I thought much of religion, I never could go 'to Church, after my confinements, without feeling very much indeed.
Mrs. B. Well, I hope it is so. It certainly is a time when our minds ought to be particularly turned to religion; and, as you say, I believe they often are.
Mrs. W. Oh, yes, I know several women, who never turned their thoughts to religion before, and yet whose minds bave received very devout and lasting impressions, from the danger of their confinement, and the mercy of their recovery, and from the call which the Church gives to them to return their thanks to their Almighty Preserver.
Mrs. B. I really believe it is so. The time of our confinement gives us great opportunities of serious reflection; and every consideration belonging to our situation is calculated to turn our minds to religion. And, when it has pleased God to restore us again, and we go to Church to return our public thanks, how well suited the service is to our condition, and how truly does it express the feeling of our hearts.
Mrs. W. The feelings, you mean, which ought to be in our hearts.
Mrs. B. O yes, I mean so. The minister begins by reminding us, that we have been lately delivered from a state of “great danger," that it is " Almighty God, of his goodness," who hath delivered us, and that we are, therefore, to give him our "hearty thanks."
Mrs. W. And then what a beautiful psalm of praise directly follows !
Mrs. B. Very indeed. I suppose, in such psalms as that, King David is describing bis own troubles, and then returning thanks to the Almighty for delivering bim.
Mrs. W. Yes, I suppose so. But these same psalms are equally suitable to us all, whenever we have experienced any troubles, and have been delivered from them. And, when we read such psalms, we cannot help seeing that all people, in every age, and in every condition, have had their trials.
Mrs. B. Yes; and they shew us that there is the same merciful Lord, to guard and protect his people at all times;—and that, as he always has been a great Deliverer, so he always will.
Mrs. W. Yes, we see that David, though a king, had great trials, and many of his psalms shew us how great were his sufferings;-but we always see that his puts his trust in the Almighty,--and we always find that he was delivered.
Mrs. B. It is very true; and this must always be a great comfort and encouragement to every one who wishes to live to the service of bis heavenly Lord and Master. There are two psalms put down in the Prayer Book, for the churching of women. The Minister sometimes reads one, and sometimes the other.
Mrs. W. Yes, they are the 116th and the 128th : the second of them shews the blessing of having children, and certainly this is a great blessing; if our children turn out well.
Mrs. B. It certainly is ;--and this should shew us the need of bringing them up to the service of God. If they become true Christians, they will be a blessing to their parents, and to all that belong to them. They will be kept from many of the miseries