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nance ? or rather, where do we not use it? Which portion of the food that we have taken during our lives did not contain it? What part of our body, which limb, which organ, is not moistened with this same faithful servant? How is our blood, that free liquid, to circulate through our veins without it?
How gladly does the faithful horse, or the patient ox, in his toilsome journey, arrive at the water's brink ! And the faithful dog, patiently following his master's track, how eagerly does he lap the water from the clear fountain he meets in his way!
The feathered tribe, also, how far and how quick their flight, that they may exchange the northern ice for the same common comfort rendered limpid and liquid by a southern sun!
Whose heart ought not to overflow with gratitude to the abundant Giver of this pure liquid, which his own hand has deposited in the deep, and diffused through the floating air and the solid earth? Is it the farmer, whose fields, by the gentle dew and the abundant rain, bring forth fatness? Is it the mechanic, whose saw, lathe, spindle, and shuttle, are moved by this faithful servant? Is it the merchant, on his return from the noise and the perplexities of business to the table of his family, richly supplied with the varieties and the luxuries of the four quarters of the globe, produced by the abundant rain, and transported across the mighty but yielding ocean? Is it the physician, on his administering to his patients some gentle beverage, or a more active healer of the disease which threatens ? Is it the clergyman, whose profession it is to make others feel, and that by feeling himself, that the slightest favour and the richest blessing are from the same source, and from the same abundant and constant Giver ?
HINTS ON HEALTH.
PERSONs in health should never, under any circumstances, take medicine. The custom which prevails in some families of administering physic in the spring and fall, to prevent the attacks of disease, is preposterous in the extreme. The only sure safeguards are temper. ance in eating and drinking, and care fully adapting the clothing to the changes of the atmosphere. Persons in the vicinity of contagious disorders must care.. fully attend to these prescriptions, and, by proper exercise, cheerful recreation, and strict regard to cleanliness, preserve the mind in a state of cheerfulness and activity. It is absolutely necessary for those visiting warm climates to abstain entirely from the use of spirituous liquors. The great cause of the mortality among our seamen visiting the West India ports may be traced to the pre
vailing use of liquors, which heat the blood and induce fevers in those warm climates. One sick person only should occupy the same apartment. The bed should be a mattress, in case of fever, in preference to one of feathers. The room should be well ventilated, the light excluded, and it should be kept in a state of perfect cleanliness. The introduction of visitors in a sick chamber should always be avoided, as the air becomes vtiiated and unfit for respiration, and their presence and conversation are apt to disturb the patient. The room of the sick should always be kept quiet and free as possible from noise and talking.
THE TEETH.- A person cannot be too careful of his teeth, for much of his comfort depends upon attention to their
when you are near an infected place or person. It is said that four malefactors, who had robbed the infected houses, and murdered the inmates, in the course of the great plague in London, when they came to the gallows, declared that they had preserved themselves from the contagion by mixing the above liquid only, and that they went the whole time from house to house without any fear of the distemper. The above preparation may be profitably employed to sprinkle houses and rooms where infectious diseases prevail, or where the atmosphere is supposed to be tainted.
cleanliness. Care ought to be taken that no grit be in any composition he may use. Charcoal, however useful, ought to be used with caution, for even the finest contains sharp edges, which by friction, will wear away the outer coat, and produce speedy decay. Filing is very injurious : remove the outer shell, and acids will with ease be enabled to act upon and corrode the teeth. Avoid purchasing all compositions for beauti. fying and whitening the teeth ; they are in general composed of deleterious substances. I knew a lady who made use of magnesia : her teeth were exquisitely white; but before she arrived at thirty, her front teeth had decayed. Another used lime, and was not more successful. Water, with a few drops of the tincture of myrrh, will be fully adequate. The too frequent use of acids is the principal cause of the loss of teeth. Myrrh will cause the gums to adhere closely to the tooth, and will therefore act as a preservative. There is great connection between the stomach and the teeth; if care be not taken that the digestive organs be kept in order. the nerve of the tooth may be easily irritated, and cause great pain.
Salt, dissolved in vinegar, and held in the mouth, will relieve the severest pain, if the stomach be not the cause. A morbid stomach will generate both tooth and ear-ache.
Hot applications only irritate the nerves, without producing a cure. A blister is unnecessary, and will do no good. Patience, with a mild cathartic, will not fail to effect a cure.
SIMPLE CURE FOR THE RHECMATISA TISM.-Boil a small potfull of potatoes, and bathe the parts affected with the water in which the potatoes were boiled. as hot as it can be applied, immediately before getting into bed. The pains will be removed, or at least greatly allevi. ated, by next morning. The most obsti. nate rheumatic pains are known to have been cured by one application of this novel and simple remedy.
BRUISE IN THE FACE.-A writer in the Philadephia Advertiser, recommends the membrane or inner skin of the common hen's egg to be applied to recent contusions or bruises on the face, particularly in children, who are perpetually liable to them from falls, running against furniture, &c. If allowed to remain on a few hours, it will restore the part to a healthy state, preventing the extravasation of blood, which otherwise will remain unsightly for a long time.
REMEDY AGAINST CONTAGIOUS DisEASES.-Take rue, sage, mint, rose mary, and lavender, a handful of each ; infuse them together in a gallon of white wine vinegar; put the whole into a stone pot closely covered up, and pasted over the cover; set the pot, thus closed up, upon warm wood-ashes for eight days ; after which, draw off or strain the liquid through a flannel ; put it into bottles well corked, and into every quart put a quarter of an ounce of camphor. With this preparation wash your mouth and rub your loins and temples every day; snuff a little of it up your nostrils when you go into the air, and carry about with you a piece of sponge wetted with it, in order to smell upon all occasions ; especially
HOOPING Cough.-Dr. Archer, an able and experienced American physician, in addressing Dr. Mitchell relative to the cure of the hooping-cough by vaccination, says, “I have vaccined six or eight patients that had the hoopingcough, and in every case it has succeed. ed in curing this most distressing disease. The hooping-cough does not come to its height in less than six weeks from its commencement; and then, when a favourable termination is expected, the declension of the disease is gradual, and it does not terminate in less than six weeks more. To arrest this afflicting disorder in its progress, I would recommend vaccination in the second or third
week of the hooping-cough, i.e. when the symptoms are fully ascertained. Should the convulsive cough be violent, I should immediately vaccinate ; being well assured that the distressing symptoms are checked by vaccine disease. The termination of the vaccine disease will be the termination of the hooping. cough.
AN EFFECTUAL RECIPE FOR HEAL. ING BURNS.—After being scalded or burnt in any way, apply cotton wool, prepared for spinning, as soon as possible to the sore. Put it on thick, and so close as to exclude the air ; and do not take it off till the burn is healed. If the cotton gets wet, more must be put above it, but none taken off. Should there be a blister, the water may be let out by opening it on the under-side before putting on the wool. The writer of the above recipe knows of very many cases in which this remedy has been tried with the greatest success.
BATHING.–At this season of the year, when so many accidents occur to persons bathing, we think the following remarks may prevent the loss of life.-Men are drowned by raising their arms above water, the unbuoyed weight of which depresses the head. Animals have neither notion nor ability to act in a similar manner, and therefore swim naturally. When a man falls in deep water, he will rise to the surface, and continue if he does not elevate his hands. If he move his hands under wa. ter, his head will rise so high as to allow him liberty to breathe; and if he move his legs, as in the act of walking up stairs, his shoulders will rise above the water, so that he may use less exertions with his hands, or apply them to other purposes. Persons not having learned to swim in their youth, will find the above plain directions highly advantageous.
BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. In a pleasant part of Connecticut, was should select a spot where the water was the residence of a widow, an excellent very deep; and also, that he freed himwoman, and the mother of several chil self from no part of his clothing Soon dren. She instructed them to be in- he observed him to struggle, as if in disdustrious, to do good according to their tress, and saw that he appeared to be ability, and to pray to their Father in sinking. heaven. One of her precepts was to ask Ralph Edward knew well how to swim; strength of Him, when they had any and throwing off his boots, and his little difficult duty to perform. The name of jacket, hastened to the relief of the her youngest, was Ralph Edward. He stranger. He found the drowning boy was an intelligent and active boy, of eight nearly senseless; but by great exertions years old. Habits of exercise had con- gained the shore with him, though he firmed his health, and obedience to his was much larger than himself, and nearly mother made him happy. He was dili. twice his age. He supported him against gent in his studies, and beloved by his the bank, until he had thrown a quantity teachers.
of water from his mouth, nose, and ears, One Saturday afternoon, when as usual and was able to thank his preserver. there was no school, he was walking on He owned that he did not know how to the banks of a river which beautified the swim, and promised not to venture again scenery of his native place. It was fine in such dangerous and deep waters until summer weather, and he admired the he had learned. When he was in a place sparkling waters, and the verdure that of safety, Ralph Edward returned home. clothed their margin. Presently he ob- His heart throbbed, and his head was served a large boy plunge in for the pur- giddy, with the violent efforts he had pose of bathing. He wondered that he made. He went to his little bed, and wept bitterly. His mother heard him to find him anxious to do good to a mourning, and came to inquire the cause stranger, and mindful of that Great of his grief. He told her he could not Being, who is ever ready to help those forget the pale and distorted features of who call upon him. As she was a judi. the half-drowned boy, when he gasped cious woman, she reflected with par. for breath upon the shore. After he ticular pleasure upon his humility. He had succeeded in drying his tears, he re. did not come home boasting—"I have lated, at her request, all the circum. saved the life of a drowning person. stances.
He was twice as large and old as myself, “My son, she said, you have been in yet could not swim,-and I swim as great danger ; perhaps without knowing boldly as a man." No. He came home it. Did you ever hear how fatal is the without mentioning any of these circumgrasp of drowning persons ?"
stances; without complaining of fatigue, “Mother, what could I do? I could though every nerve was strained by the not stand and see him die. If I had labour and agitation he had endured. waited to call a man to help, he would He went quietly to his own little cham. have sunk to rise no more."
ber, and shed tears of pity, as he recol. « Was he a friend of yours?".
lected the painful struggles of the suffer“ I only know that he is a servant in er. He assumed no merit himself, he some family not far distant. I have only remembered that he had performed seen him driving cows; but never spoke a duty, and that his God had given him to him until to-day.”
strength. “But how were you able to swim My young friends, boys of eight years with and support a boy, so much larger old, who may happen to read this true than yourself?"
story, in what should you prefer to re“Mother, I remembered what you semble Ralph Edward ; in his courage, told us to do, when we had any difficult his piety, or his humility? I know you duty to perform, and I asked strength will join me in the wish, that he may from our Father in heaven."
“ lead the remainder of his life according The good mother comforted her little to this beginning ;” and that his wiboy, and blessed him; and afterwards dowed mother may reap the fruit of her he slept sweetly. Though she trembled instructions and example, in the obedi. at the risk he had run, she was cheeredence and happiness of all her children.
ON THE DEATH OF A WIFE, DURING THE ABSENCE OF
BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. The man of God, from distant toil, They told him; and he hasted down To his sweet home drew nigh,
To that oblivious cell, And kindling expectation rose
From whence no tenant e'er return'd, With brightness to his eye ;
Among mankind to dwell : But she, the sharer of his joy,
And there, the glory of his house
A lifeless ruin lay;
He kiss'd the unanswering clay.
But had not Faith and Hope been there, Came gathering to his side :
Whose strong, inspiring breath Tears glitter'd on those cheeks of rose; Had borne that parted friend above Why were those tears undried ?
The agony of death ;And one, a stranger to its sire,
Had they not stood divinely near, A new-born babe, was there;
To yield a sure relief, Its feeble wailing pierced his ear : What else could hold the soul unwreck'd Where was its mother ?-- where?
Amid that tide of grief?
THE SUMMER STORM. How suddenly the cloud arose,
How dark its shadows spread ;
Encamp'd above our head ;
And transient in its stay;
How soon it pass'd away!
Creation smiles again;
And joy succeeds to pain :
There is a happier sphere, A state of holiness sublime,
And pleasures bright and clear,
Or why so sad within ?
Beyond the reach of sin,
The forests now resound with praise,
And the wild Bushman sings to God; The Indians, their rude chorus raise, Within the covert of a wood :
So let thy Gospel, &c. Oh hasten, Lord, that time, when all
Each sovereign leave his jewell’dcrown, Before thy throne shall prostrate fall, And to thy rising glory come :
So let thy Gospel, &c. Then all around the Paschal Lamb, While songs of praise rise from this
ball, Shall raise the glittering diadem,
And crown the Saviour Lord of all ! Lord, let thy Gospel, then, be given To every nation under heaven.
WILLIAM Brighton, March 1835.
TO AN INFANT.
No terrors yet alarm ;
Thy shield—a father's arm.
That form for it a fragrant bower, In stormy nights no ill receives,
But woe awaits the full-blown flower. Sleep on-no worldly blight is near,
Sleep on secure from danger;
To woe alone a stranger.
Secure thy soul from guile;
And ever wake to smile.
ON THE SPREAD OF THE
From the frozen Polar sea,
To where the Ganges roll, Beneath the heaven's vast canopy,
And spread from pole to pole; So let thy Gospel, Lord, be given To every nation under heaven. Thy Gospel, Lord, is spreading wide.
O’er every land and every sea ; Beyond the blue Atlantic's tide, Proclaiming Jesus full and free :
So let thy Gospel, &c.
At the rude altar of their lands,
So let thy Gospel, &c.
TO HEALTH. Grant me, Health, to dwell with thee,
Eldest born of all the blest ! While my life remains to me,
Health! be thou my willing guest. For if wealth a pleasure brings,
If there's joy by children given, Or by power and pomp of kings,
Likening men to those in heaven; If in furtile toils of love,
Dear delights we strive to share, Or, what blessing from above
Comes beside to soothe our care ; All are thine--and still on thee
Vernal graces shed their ray. Oh! no bliss to man can be, Blessed Health! when thou’rt away!