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you would were you to deal with those except for Sunday. When you order who pretend to sell cheap, but you meat, poultry, or tish, tell the tradeswould be much more than in that pro- man when you intend to dress it: he portion better served. Every trade has will then have it in his power to serve its tricks and deceptions; those who you with provision that will do him follow them can deceive you if they credit, which the finest meat, &c., in pledse, and they are too apt to do so the world will never do, unless it has if you provoke the exercise of their been kept a proper time to be ripe and over-reaching talent. Challenge them tender.Kitchiner's Cook's Oracle. to a game at “Catch who can,” by 46. The Family Circle.-Under entirely relying on your own judgment, this title, a series of friendly parties and you will soon find nothing but have been instituted by a group of very long experience can make you acquaintances in London. The followequal to the combat of marketing to ing form of invitation, and the rules the utmost advantage. If you think a of the Family Circle, will be found intradesman has imposed upon you, never teresting, probably useful :use a second word, if the first will not

Will you do me the favour of meeting here, do, nor drop the least hint of an impo- as a guest, on next, at seven precisely, sition; the only method to induce him a few friends who have kindly joined in an to make an abatement is the hope of attempt to commence occasional pleasant future favours; pay the demand, and and social parties, of which the spirit and indeal with the gentleman no more; but tent will be better understood by the perusal do not let him see that you are dis- of the fow annexed remarks and rules from pleased, or as soon as you are out of

Yours sincerely, sight your reputation will suffer as “They manage it better in France,” is much as your pocket has. Before you a remark to be often applied with refergo to market, look over your larder, ence to social life in England, and the and consider well what things are writer fancies that the prevalence here wanting-especially on a Saturday. of a few bad customs, easily changed, No well-regulated family can suffer a causes the disadvantageous difference disorderly caterer to be jumping in and between ourselves and our more courout to make purchases on a Sunday teous and agreeable neighbours. morning. You will be enabled to manage much better if you will make out ing many to suppose that wealth is the stand

i. Worldly appearance; the phantom lead. a bill of fare for the week on the Sa- ard of worth in the minds of friends, a notion turday before; for example, for a family equally degrading to both parties. of half a dozen

ü. Overdress; causing unnecessary expense

and waste of time. Sunday-Roast beef and pudding. Monday-Fowl, what was left of pudding

ii. Expensive entertainments, as regards fried, or warmed in the Dutch


iv. Late hours. Tuesday-Calf s head, apple pie.

The following brief rules are sugWednesday-Leg of mutton.

gested, in a hope to show the way to a Thursday- Ditto broiled or hashed, and pan. more constant, easy, and friendly incakes.

tercourse amongst friends, the writer Friday-Fish, pudding.

feeling convinced that society is Saturday-Fish, or eggs and bacon.

equally beneficial and requisite-in fact, It is an excellent plan to have certain that mankind in seclusion, like the things on certain days. When your sword in the scabbard, often loses butcher or poulterer knows what you polish, and gradually rusts. will want, he has a better chance of

RULE 1. That meetings be held in rotsdoing his best for you; and never tion at each member's house, for the enjoythink of ordering beef for roasting ment of conversation; music, grave and gay;

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dancing, gay only; and card-playing at limited laudatory speeches (commonly called toasts, stakes.

or, as may be, roasts) be for the future for. RULE II. That such meetings commence at bidden, without permission or inquiry, for seven and end about or after twelve, and that reasons following :-That as the family circle members and guests be requested to remem- includes bachelors and spinsters, and he, she, ber that punctuality has been called the po. or they may be secretly engaged, it will be liteness of kings.

therefore cruel to excite hopes that may be RULE III. That as gentlemen are allowed for disappointed; and that as some well-informed the whole season to appear, like the raven, in Benedict of long experience may after supper one suit, ladies are to have the like privilege; advise the bachelor to find the way to woman's and that no lady be allowed to quiz or notice heart—vice versa, some deep-feeling wife or the habits of another lady; and that demi- widow, by "pity moven," may, perhaps, after toilette in dress be considered the better taste supper advise the spinster the other way, in the family circle; not that the writer wishes which, in public, is an impropriety manifestly to raise or lower the proper standard of ladies' to be avoided. dress, which ought to be neither too high nor RULE XI. (suggested by a lady). That any too low, but at a happy medium.

lady, after supper, may (if she please) ask any Role iv. That any lady infringing the last gentleman apparently diffident, or requiring rule be liable to reproof by the oldest lady encouragement, to dance with her, and that present at the meeting, if the oldest lady, no gentleman can of course refuse so kind a like the oldest inhabitant, can be discovered. request.

RULE V. That every member or guest be RULE XII. That no gentleman be expected requested to bring with them their own vocal, to escort any lady home on foot beyond a instrumental, or dance music, and take it distance of three miles, unless the gentleman away with them, if possible, to avoid loss and be positive and the lady agreeable. confusion.

RULB THE LAST. That as the foregoing reRULE VI. That no member or guest, able marks and rules are intended, in perfect good to sing, play, or dance, refuse, unless excused faith and spirit, to be considered general and by medical certificate ; and that no cold or not personal, no umbrage is to be taken, and sore throat be allowed to last more than a the reader is to bear in mind the common and week.

homely saying, RULE VII. That as every member or guest “ Always at trifles scorn to take offence, known to be able to sing, play, or dance, is It shows great pride and very little sense. bound to do so if requested, the performer P.8.-To save trouble to both parties, this (especially if timid) is to be kindly criticized invitation be deemed accepted, without the and encouraged; it being a lact well known, necessity to reply, unless refused within that the greatest masters of an art are always

twenty-four hours. the most lenient critics, from their deep know.

47. Evening Pastime. ledge of the feeling, intelligence, and perse. verance required to at all approach perfec

Among the innocent recreations of tion.

the fireside, there are few more comRULE VIII. That gentlemen present do pay mendable and practicable than those every attention to ladies, especially visitors; afforded by what are severally termed but such attention is to be general, and not par- Anagrams, Charades, Conundrums, tioular-for instance, no gentleman is to dance Enigmas, Puzzles, Rebuses, Riddles, more than three times with one lady during Transpositions, &c. Of these there are the evening, except in the case of lovers, privi- such a variety, that they are suited to leged to do odd things during their temporary every capacity; and they present this lunacy, and also married couples, who are ex. additional attraction, that ingenuity pected to dance together at least once during may be exercised in the invention of the evening, and oftener if they please. RULR II. That to avoid unnecessary ex

them, as well as in their solution. pense, the refreshments be limited to cold Many persons who have become noted meat, sandwiches, bread, cheese, butter, for their literary compositions may date. vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, negus, punch, the origin of their success to the time malt liquors, &c., &c.

when they attempted the composition RULE 1. That all personal or face to face of a trifling enigma or charade.

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48. ANAGRAMS are formed by the Why are bankrupts more to be pitied than transposition of the letters of words or

idiots ? sentences, or names of persons, so as to

Because bankrupts are broken, while idiots produce a word, sentence, or verse, of are only cracked.

Why is the treadmill like a true convert? pertinent or of widely different meaning.

Because it's turning is the result of convicThey are very difficult to discover, but

tion. are exceedingly striking when good. The following are some of the most to be all feathers ?

When may a nobleman's property be said remarkable :

When his estates are all entails (hen-tails). Transposed


50. THE CHARADE is a poetical or Astronomers

No more stars.
Got as a clue.

other composition founded upon a word, Elegant Neat leg.

each syllable of which constitutes a Impatient Tim in a pet.

noun, and the whole of which word Immediately

I met my Delia. constitutes another noun of a somewhat Masquerade

Queen as mad. different meaning from those supplied Matrimony Into my arm.

by its separate syllables. Words which Melodrama Made moral.

fully answer these conditions are the Midshipman

Mind his

map best for the purposes of charades; Old England Golden land.

though many other words are Parishioners I hire parsons.

ployed. In writing, the first syllable Parliament Partial men.

is termed “My first,” the second sylPenitentiary

Nay I repent.
Best in prayer.

lable, Presbyterians

My second," and the comRadical Reform Rare mad frolic.

plete word,

My whole.The folRevolution

To love ruin.

lowing is an example of a Poetical Sir Robert Peel Terrible poser.

Charade :-

There we sat.
Great helps.

The breath of the morning is sweet;

The earth is bespangled with flowers ; 49. CONUNDRUMS.—These are sim- And buds in a countless array ple catches, in which the sense is Have ope'd at the touch of the showers. playfully cheated, and are generally The birds, whose glad voices are ever

A music delightful to hear, founded upon words capable of double heaning. The following are

Seem to welcome the joy of the morning, ex

As the hour of the bridal draws near. amples :

What is that which now steals on my first, Where did Charles the First's executioner Like a sound from the dreamland of love, dine, and what did he take ?

And seems wand'ring the valleys among, He took a chop at the King's Head.

That they may the nuptials approve ? When is a plant to be dreaded more than a 'Tis a sound which my second explains, mad dog ?

And it comes from a sacred abode, When it's madder.

And it merrily trills as the villagers throng What is majesty stripped of its externals ? To greet the fair bride on her road.

It is a jest. [The m and the y, externals, How meek is her dress, how befitting a are taken away. ]

bride Why is hot bread like a caterpillar ?

So beautiful, spotless, and pure ! Because it's the grub that makes the butter When she weareth my second, oh, long may fly.

it be Why did the accession of Victoria throw a Ere her heart shall a sorrow endure. greater damp over England than the death of See the glittering gem that shines forth from King William ?

her hairBecause the King was missed (mist) while 'Tis my whole, which a good father gave ; the Queen was reigning (raining).

'Twas worn by her mother with honour beWhy should a gouty man make his will ? foreTo have his legatees (leg at ease).

But she sleepeth in peace in her grave,



'Twas her earnest request, as she bade them 53. Words which may be conadieu,

verted into Acting or Written That when her dear daughter the altar drew Charades : near,


Aid-less She should wear the same gem that her mother

Fire-man had worn

Air-pump Cab-in

Fire-pan When she as a bride full of promise stood

Ale-house Can-did Fire-ship there.

Ann-ounce Can-ton Fire-work

Arch-angel Care-ful Fir-kin 51. THE ANSWER is Ear-ring. The

Arm-let Car-pet Fish-hook bells ring, the sound steals upon the

Art-less Car-rot Flag-rant ear, and the bride wears an ear-ring. Ass-ail Cart-ridge Flip-pant Charades may be sentimental or hu- Ba-boon Flood-gate morous, in poetry or prose; they may Back-bite Chamber-maid Fond-ling also be acted, in which manner they Back-slide Cheer-ful Foot-ball afford considerable amusement.


Cheer-less Foot-man 52. ACTED CHARADES.—A drawing Bag-pipe Christ-mas Foot-pad room with folded doors is the best for Bag-dad Church-yard Foot-step

Clang-men the purpose. Various household appli- Bail-able

Foot-stool ances are employed to fit up something

Bale-ful Clerk-ship For-age

Cob-web For-bear like a stage, and to supply the fitting Band-age

Band-box scenes. Characters dressed in costumes

Cock-pit For-bid

Bane-ful made up of handkerchiefs, coats, shawls,

Cod-ling Fox-glove

Bar-bed Coin-age Free-hold table-covers, &c., come on and perform

Bar-gain Con-fined Free-stone an extempore play, founded upon the

Bar-rack Con-firm Fret-work parts of a word, and its whole, as

Bar-row Con-form Friend-ship indicated above. For instance, the Bat-ten Con-tent Frost-bite events explained in the poem above Beard-less Con-test Fur-long might be acted-glasses might be rung Bid-den Con-tract Gain-say for bells—something might be said in Bird-lime Con-verse Gang-way the course of the dialogues about the Birth-right Cork-screw Glow-worm sound of the bells being delightful to Black-guard Count-less Glut-ton the ear ; there might be a dance of the Blame-less Court-ship God-father villagers, in which a ring might be Block-head Crab-bed God-mother formed; a wedding might be performed;

Boat-man Cross-bow God-daughter

Cur-tail God-son and so on. Though for acting Charades Boot-jack

Book-worm Cut-throat God-like there are many better words, because

Bound-less Dark-some God-child Ear-ring could with difficulty be re

Bow-ling Day-break Gold-finch presented without at once betraying

Brace-let Death-watch Gold-smith the meaning. There is a little work

Brain-less Dog-ma Goose-berry entitled “ Family Pastime,” and

Break-fast Don-key Grand-father another work, “ Philosophy and Mirth

Breath-less Drink-able Grate-ful united by Pen and Pencil,” also “Merry Brick-bat Drug-get Grave-stone Evenings for Merry People; or, Drawing Brick-dust Duck-ling Green-finch Room Charades,'

,”* which supply a large Bride-groom Ear-ring Grey-hound number of these Charades. But the Bride-cake Earth-quake Grim-ace following is the only complete list of Brim-stone Ear-wig Grind-stone words ever published upon which Broad-cloth False-hood Ground-plot

Broad-side Fan-atic Charades may be founded :

Ground sel

Broad-sword Fare-well Guard-ship * “ Family Pastime,” One Shilling.

Brow-beat Far-thing Gun-powder “ Philosophy and Mirth,” One Shilling.

Bug-bear Fear-less Had-dock “Merry Evenings for Merry People ; or, Drawing Room Charades,” One Shilling.

Bull-dog Fee-ling Hail-stone

Field-fare Hail-storm All published by Houlston and Wright, 65, Bump-kin Paternoster Row, London,


Fire-lock Half-penny

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Ham-let In-crease Love-sick Ham-mock In-justice Low-land Hand-cuff Ink-ling Luck-less Hang-man In-land Luke-warm Hap-pen In-mate Ma-caw Hard-ship In-no-cent Mad-cap Harts-horn In-sane

Mad-house Head-land In-spirit

Mad-man Head-less In-tent Mag-pie Head-long Inter-meddle Main-mast Head-stone Inter-sect Main-sail Head-strong Inter-view

Main-spring Hear-say In-valid Mam-moth Heart-less In-vent Man-age Heart-sick In-vest Man-date Heart-string In-ward Marks-man Hedge-hog Ire-ful

Mar-row Heir-less Iron-mould Mass-acre Heir-loom I-sing-lass Match-less Hell-hound Jaco-bite May-game Hell-kite Joy-ful Meat-man Hence-forth Joy-less Mis-chance Hen-roost Justice-ship Mis-chief Herb-age Key-stone Mis-count Herds-man Kid-nap Mis-deed Her-self King-craft Mis-judge Hid-den King-fisher Mis-quote High-land Kins-man Moon-light High-way Kit-ten Moon-beam Hind-most Knight-hood Muf-fin Hoar-frost Know-ledge Name-sake Hob-goblin Lace-man Nap-keen Hogs-head Lady-bird Nap-kin Home-bred Lady-ship Neck-lace Honey-bag Lamp-black Neck-cloth Honey-comb Land-lady Nest-ling Honey-moon Land-lord News-paper Honey-suckle Land-mark Nick-namo Hood-wink Land-scape Night-cap Horse-back Land-tax Night-gown Horse-shoe Lap-dog Night-mare Host-age Lap-pet Night-watch Hot-bed Laud-able Nine-fold Hot-house Law-giver Noon-tide Hot-spur Law-suit North-star Hounds-ditch Lay-man North-ward Hour-glass Leap-frog Not-able House-hold Leap-year Not-ice House-maid Lee-ward No-where House-wife Life-guard Nut-gall Hum-drum Like-wise Nut-meg Hump-back Live-long Oak-apple Hurri-cane Load-stone Oat-cake Ill-nature Log-book Oat-meal Ill-usage Log-wood Off-end In-action Loop-hole Oil-man In-born Lord-ship

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Over-strain O-pinion Over-sway Over-act Over-swell Over-awe Over-take Over-bear Over-throw Over-board Over-took Over-boil Over-value Over-burden Over-work Over-cast Our-selves Over-charge Out-act Over-cloud Out-bid Over-come Out-brave Over-court Out-brazen Over-do Out-cast Over-duo Out-cry Over-eye Out-do Over-feed Out-grow Over-flow Out-law Over-grown Out-line Over-head Out-live Over-hear Out-march

ver-heard Out-rage Over-joy Out-ride Over-lado Out-run Over-lay Out-sail Over-leap Out-sell Over-load Out-shine Over-look Out-side Over-mast Out-sleep Over-match Out-sit Over-right Out-spread Over-pass Out-stara Over-pay Out-stretch Over-peer Out-talk Over-plus Out-vie Over-poise Out-ward Over-power Out-weigh Over-press Out-wit Over-rack Out-work Over-rate Out-worn Over-reach Or-gall Over-ripen Ox-lip Over-rule Pack-age Over-roast Pack-cloth Over-run Pad-dock Over-see Pad-lock Over-seer Pain-ful Over-set Pain-less Over-shade Pal-ace Over-shadow Pal-ate Over-shoe Pal-let Over-shoot Pan-cake Over-sight Pan-tilcs Over-size Pa-pa Over-sleep Pa-pal Over-spread Par-able


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