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amples to this purpose, and shew us how great is the power of divine grace in "leading to repentance;" in changing the evil inclinations of men, or of directing their natural dispositions to high and holy purposes. “An examination of the characters of the several Apostles would shew in a very instructive manner how divine grace can call into action the different tempers and abilities of men of every cast. The indolence of Mark, the violence of Peter, and the flery zeal of Paul, were all over-ruled by the penetrating influence of that renewing Spirit, which when received into the heart, is able to leaven the whole lump. So, too, in the second century, Justin was an instance of the consecration of learning to the service of God; Valentinian, in the fourth, of a violent temper, in a great degree subdued by religious principle; while the change in the character of Jerome strikingly exhibits the
effect of divine grace on a disposition naturally antractable and rugged *."
A PLASTER OF MALLOWS.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor:
SIR, Having found the great benefit of using mallows as a plaster, I beg to recommend this application to your readers.
The leaves of the common mallow, boiled 'till quite soft, applied to a cut, or any other wound, stick like a plaster; and I have found, in many bad cases, that they have come off in a few days, and the wound has been healed; but if it is not quite well, fresh ones must be applied. The liquor in which the leaves have been boiled makes a good fomentation,
* C. R. Sumner.
A CONSTANT READER.
We have no great confidence in the usual plasters for cuts : the great object is to bring the separated parts of the wound together, and to keep out the air: the mallow leaves will, therefore, probably be useful if they will “ stick like a plaster, and exclude the air. All the hot oils and balsams which some people use had much better be thrown away.-ED.
CHARITY SCHOOL REGULATIONS. On the first morning of a child's admission, one of the parents must go with it to the school, and hear the rules read over; and these rules must be strictly attended to.
The children are to go with their master or mis. tress to Church, morning and afternoon, on Sundays, and other days when there is service in the Church,
No parent is allowed to come and interrupt the business of the school by making complaints. The children are to be taught and treated according to the rules; and parents who send their children to the school must attend to its regulations.
All new scholars are to be admitted on Mondays.
Parents are to send their children to school neat and clean, but not fine; and none are to with ear-rings, nor with their hair in papers.
Every child who is not in time for prayers in the morning will be marked down as late.
Three lates are equal to one absent, and a deduction will be made accordingly in the calculation of rewards for regularity.
No child is to game, or play for money, nor to be seen in company
with those who do game,
Children are to go directly home from school.
The children are taught to read, knit, darn, and 'mend their own clothes.
The Service of the Church forms part of what is taught in the schools, and the children are trained to the repetition, in audible voices, of those parts wherein the whole congregation are required to join with, or follow the Minister *.
THE COTTAGER'S GARDEN DIRECTORY.
OCTOBER Keep seed-beds free from weeds; for young plants, especially those of spinach, are in autumn very liable to decay, unless the air circulate freely amongst them. Plant out part of the cabbages that were sown in August, and leave part of them on the seed-bed, as a reserve, if the frosts should destroy those which have been removed. Break down a few of the inner leaves of those cauliflowers which are forming heads, for the purpose of protecting the flower from the sun and rain. Draw the earth around the stems of broccoli. Cut the runners off strawberry plants. Dig the alleys between strawberry beds; and, having rendered the earth fine, scatter a little over the beds, but take care not to cover the plants. Dig the ground between raspberry plantations; break down the old wood, but do not prune the shrub till spring. Sow acorns, masts, plumstones, hips, haws, holly-berries, pippins of the apple, and pear, &c. Treat the hips, haws, and holly-berries as directed page 364. Apple, plum, apricot, currant, and gooseberry trees
* If this last rule were attended to in all schools, there might be a prospect, in time, of seeing the old and right custom revived of the whole congregation joining in the responses, instead of leaving them, as is frequently the case, wholly to the clerk,
may be pruned, if the weather be open, till the middle of next month ; but never use the knife in a frost. (See pages 36. 39. 80.) After the currant trees are pruned, you may tie up the branches, and plant the intermediate spaces with coleworts, which, in this situation live well through frosts, when those which are planted on open beds are entirely destroyed. This is the best season for transplanting most kinds of fruit trees, unless in wet situations, and then spring is to be preferred. Do not head down your trees which are planted against walls till spring. A little straw should be laid on the ground around them in frosts. (See. page 78.) Prune forest trees and flowering shrubs. In doing this, cut the branches neatly out, either close to the stem, or immediately above a small branch or a bud, and do not leave long unsightly spurs. Plant out suckers of lilacs, roses, and other shrubs which are thus propagated. Lay (page 126) the lauristinus, and also elms, limes, and other deciduous* trees. In the first week plant cuttings of gooseberry, currant, laurel, Portugal laurel, sycamore, poplar, alder, &c. which should be taken from the present year's shoots; however, it is advisable to leave a small piece of the former year's wood attached to the cutting. Most kinds of hardy flowers and flowering shrubs may row be removed.
Observations. Keeping Geraniums.- The “ Directory" has hitherto been confined entirely to the culture of garden plants; but, as a few geraniums in a cottage window look neat, and are sometimes profitable, the following method of preserving them is given :
“ Let those who have not a conservatory, take them out of the earth in autumn, when the leaves begin to fall, and bury them in sand in a house, as carrots are, where they must remain till the first warm weather. Leaf-buds will be seen on them when they are taken out of the sand, and these will put forth immediately, if the geraniums are then planted in a shady situation.”-Sequel to Frank, by Miss Edgeworth.
* Trees whose leaves fall-not evergreens.
E. W. B. Birmingham, August 5, 1824.
In dust and ashes lie;
To God, the Father, pray,
H.D. M. L.
“ In the midst of Life we are in Death."
Who giveth, upbraiding not,
That His love be not forgot;
H. D. M, L
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, The following epitaphs are copied from stones in Benson church-yard. If you think them worthy a place in your useful little work, they are heartily at your service; though all other epitaphs fall very short of texts of Scripture, which are most abun