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ON THE AGE OF BIRDS. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
i ON ÍTHE AGE OP BIRDS. Connt Morozzo states that the swan will live about 200 years, the parrot, the cro w, and raven 100, and the goose about 80 ; but those most familiar to us re» semble in their duration that of our do mesticated animals. The peacock. 26 to iß years ; pheasant, 18 to 20 ; nightin gale, 17 or 18; the common fowl and pigeon, 16 or 17 ; the linnet and canary, 13 or 14; the goldfinch, 20 to 20; the skylark, 15 or 20.
LITTLE NELL. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
- I LITTLE NELL. \ THEY told him gently she was dead, ] And spoke of heaven, and smiled, [ Then drew him from the lonely room, "Where lay the lovely child : T' was all in vain, he heeded not Their pitying looks of sorrow, Hushl hush! he cried, she only sleeps, She'll wake again to-morrow. They laid her in a lowly grave, Where winds blow high and bleak, Tho' the faintest summer breeze had been Too rough to fan her cheek ; And there the old man would wain, In strange tho' childish sorrow, And whisper to himself the words She'll come again to-morrow. One day they missed him long, and sought Where most he loved to stray, They found him dead upon the turf Where little Nelly lay. With tottering 6teps he wandered there. Fresh hope and strength to borrow, And e'en in dying breath'd this prayer, 'Oh let her come to-morrow.j The old man dying bTeath'd the prayer , Oh, let her come to-morrow.'
THE BEGINNING AND THE END. A TALE IN TWO PARTS. CHAPTER XI. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
THE BEGINNING AND THE END. A TALE IN TWO PARTS. CHAPTER XI. . DAYS and weeks seemed to fly now at Noona. Philip did not fall, indeed he was kinder than ever, and Mary some times thought she had alarmed herself about nothing, but even now if she wished it, it was too late to change. The day before Harry was to leave they spent at Bevau. After dinner Mary, Hairy, and Mr. Brown went to see Annie's grave ; after twining the plants round it., Mary said to Mr. Brown, ' She is happy now, I trust.' ¡ . She deserved to be so, poor girl,' was the mournful answer ; ' for she had little happiness here ; but here at her grave, I have something to say to you, wno gave her all she ever had, that is, if you ever want help or assistance, in the name of my dead child, I offer it.' ' Thank you dear Uncle,' said Harry, taking Mary's hand and placing it in Mr. Brown's. There, Mary, is your guardian; I feel comforted in knowing you will have some one else to look to beside Philip.' 'Thank you,' was all M...
FACTS, FUN, AND FANCY. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
fACTS, FUN» AND FANCY. THE SAME HEUE.-A farmer in the neighbour hood of Doncaster was lately met by his landlord, who accosted him thus :-' John, I intend to raise your rent ;' to which John replied, ' Sir. I'm very much obliged to you, for I cannot raise it myself.' BENEFITS OF HABIT.-A benedict, upon being asked whether he was seriously injured when a steam-boat boiler exploded, replied, ' that he was so used to be blown up by his wife, that mere steam had no effect on him.' * WILL you have me, Sarah ?' said a young man to a modest girl. 'No, John,'said she, * but you may have me if you will.' GRAMMAR FOR THE MILLION.-A young lady at school, engaged in the study of grammar, was asked if'kiss'was a common or proper neun. After some hesitation, she replied, ' It is both common and proper.' THE NEGRO AND HIS LETTER.-A coloured dan lately went to the post-office, and putting his nose close up to the delivery box, cried out, ' Louder !' The clerk supposing the negro to be deaf, and tha...
MAIZR PAPER. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
-t MAIZR PAPER. Specimens of the new paper for punt ing, in Austria, and made entirely from maize straw, have just reached Paris. The paper differs littjje, except in colour from the ordinary paper in use for the daily journals. It is a shade more yellow, that is all. But the ink turns black, and the printing is perfectly legible. Some of the specimens are as fine as if intended for ladies' correspon dence, and support a high degree of glazing. This paper, colored pink or lilac, cannot be distinguished from the very finest qualities of writing paper now in use. The advantage in cheap ness is more than one-half.
ENIGMA. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
-« ENIGMA. When twilight takes its'deepest hue, And closed the dewy flo'rets lie, When the ^ars come twinkling, through, Then be sure my first is nigh. Next my second who can guess it ? 'Tis too hard, beyond a doubt, Althoui,'h two letters will express it Never will you find it out. Then my third, now sweeping by When angry with destruction fraught, In gentler mood must often sigh O'er the ruin it has wrought. My whole a bird of sweetest song Perchance fair reader strange to thee A J-"-""'tl Old world memories tell of me. M. A. B.
COLONIAL NEWS. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
COLONIAL NEWS. BOAT ACCIDENT, AND LOSS OF THREE LIVES.-Tuesday 8th instant, about half past four o'clock, a boat containing Mr. and Mrs. Ada ns, and Mr. and Mrs. Tyrrell and child, of about ten months old, was lying at anchor about thirty yards off / from Billy Blue's Point, when the schooner Martha Ellen, captain Hill, was observed coming towards them on the starboard tack, working down the harbour. As she appeared to be coming directly for the boat, Mr. Adams and Mr. Tyrrell called out as loudly as they could to the crew of the schooner, but no notice appeared to be taken until too late, as, when the vessel put her helm down, she came right into the boat amid ships, and, cutting her in two, passed over the parties in her. Mr, Adams caught the schooner's anchor and got on board, while Mr. Tyrrell swam for the ßhore. Several persons were on the steamers' wharf and observed the oc currence ; among others Mr. J Blue, who at once ran out on the steamer's bowsprit and plunged into the t...
"WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH OUR CHARLEY?' [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
"WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH OUR CHARLEY?' -4 lES,--that is the question ! The fact is, there seems to be no place in heaven above, or earth beneath, exactly safe and Buitable. except the bed. While he is asleep, then we have rest ; we know were he is and what he is about, and Bleep is a gracious state : but then he wakes up bright and early, and begins tooting, pounding, hammering, singing, meddling, asking questions : in short, overturning the peace of society ! generally for about thirteen hours out of ! every twenty-four. j Everyhody wants to know what to do [ with him ; everybody is quite sure that i he can't stay where they are. The cook can't have him in the kitchen, where he infests the pantry to get flour to make paste for his kites. If he be sent np to the garret, you think for awhile that you have settled the problem, till you find what a boundless field of activity is at once opened, amid all the packages, boxes, bags, barrels, and cast-off-rubbish there. Old letters, newspa...
GENERAL GARIBALDI. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 12 January 1861
GENERAL GARIBALDI. _ -.-1 THE 'Illustrated Life of Garibaldi,' from which the following particulars are derived, is a capital book, full of engrav ings, and containing a mass of most interesting information respecting the career of its illustrious object. The anxieties of the entire of the reasoning world, of every human being who re gards with interest and appreciation the progress and civilisation of his fellow men, are at the present time occupied with the acts of the illustrious subject of this biography. Not many weeks since it appeared as though despotism had consolidated itself into an irresisti ble power. To train a portion of the human race to the use of arms-to keep them from association with their fellows, and thus to extinguish half their sym pathies-to reward them for deeds of blood and violence, and to proclaim their profession honoured above all others, appeared a movement upon the part of the tyrants with which people, however oppressed, could not hope to struggle. T...
DOMESTIC DUTIES OF FEMALES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
DOMESTIC DUTIES OP FEMALBS. EVERY mother ought to teach her danghter -practically how to keep her house in order, how to make bread, and do all kinds of cooking ; how to econo mise, so as to make a little go a great way; how to spread an air of neatness and comfort over her household; how to make and mend her husband's clothes; in a word, how to be a good housekeeper. Then, if she has no domestics, she can make her family happy without them; if she has domestics, she can effectually teach them to do things as they ought to be done, and make them obey her. She can then direct her domestic affairs, and be mistress of her own house, which, sad to say, too many in these times are not. Domestics soon ascertain whether their mistress knows how to do things, and if she does not they have her in their power, aud almost always take advantage of it. But the domestic virtues of a wo man need not by any means preclude the highest and most accomplished educa tion. Some of the most intelligent, r...
CUBIOUS CALCULATION. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
CUBIOUS CALCULATION. IP London were surrounded by a wall, having a north gate, a south gate, an east gate, and a west gate, and each of the four gates were ot sufficient width to allow a column of persons to pass out four abreast, and a peremptory necessity required the immediate vacation of the °ity, it could not be accomplished under twenty-four hours; by the expiration of which time the head of the four columns would have advanced no less than seventy-five miles from the respective gates, all the people being in close file four deep.
LEABN TO BE SILENT. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
LEABN TO BE 8ILENT. IT is a great art in the Christian life to learn to be silent. Under oppositions, rebukes, contradictions, injuries, still be silent. It is better to say nothing, than to speak in an excited or an angry man ner, even if the occasion should seem to justify a degree of anger. By remaining silent, the mind has time to collect itself, and to call on God in secret aspirations of prayer. And thus you will speak to the honour of your holy profession, ag well as to the good of those who have injured you, when you speak from God.
CHILDREN'S FEARS. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
CHILDREN'S FEARS. CHILDREN are very imaginative beings: their fancy easily excited: and little service strike their young minds with awe. Susceptibility to impressions is especially characteristic of children. The inlets to feeling are vividly sensitive in them : and, during the first five years of life, the child perhaps learns more of the qualities of objects, their relations, ideas about them, impressions of things, and reeeives more lasting impulses to conduct and character, than he does during the whole of his future life. Unhappily, this keen susceptibility of children to impressions is often taken advantage of, greatly to their injury. Wise and careful training of youth re quires much forbearance, patience, and good guidance. The best culture is slow and gradual: but impatient nurses and educators cannot wait. They foolishly expect children to display a temper and wisdom which age and experience have not yet enabled themselves to acquire. Their mothers are too often hasty and...
WHAT CAN I DO? [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
WHAT CAN I DO? SOME of our readers have perused, and all of them ought to peruse, the report on the condition of the Working Classes of this city, as issued by the Committee appointed by our last Parliament. It contains many startling, harrowing, and disgraceful facts. There rests upon us a fearful responsibility in relation to the young of both sexes, who are growing up around us in ignorance and vice. Let us not ask, " am I my brother's keeper?" But let us rather confess " we are verily guilty concerning our brother" And having made this confession, let us not rest satisfied until each one of us has done what in him lies to prove his sincerity. But you ask, 14 What can I do ?" " If some society were originated," you say, " I would subscribe to it." If some reformatory were instituted, you ;?ay, " I would support it and advocate its claims." Do we not, many of us, depend too much upon organisation, and seek to silence the call 4to individual action by merging our responsibility in ...
THE AUSTRALIAN HOME COMPANION. The Australian Home Companion, AND BAND OF HOPE JURNAL SIR W. DENISON, GOVERNOR-GENERAL, &c., &c. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
THE AUSTRALIAN HOMK COMPANION. ^uskalian ||amt Companion, AXI) BAND OF HOPE JOURNAL ? SIR W. DENISON, GOVERNOR-GENERAL, &c., &c. THE departure from our shores of tlie G-overnor-General is ail event of marked importance; the high position of such a functionary would at all times com mand respect; but when we feel that that relationship which has so long existed between us is about to be dissolved-that he will shortly cease to be our ruler-it is but natural for us to look upon this separation as a question of either regret or indifference. In the present instance, indifference would convey our inability to appreciate the consecration of the highest office of the.State for a series of years to the social, moral, scientific, and religious advancement of the colony. We cannot but feel we have a friend as well as a governor in this respect. Unfortunately, throughout the history of the world, monarchs and men in power have, with but few exceptions, been ambitious, oppressiv...
THE CAESARS. NERO, SIXTH EMPEBOR OF ROME. (BEIGNED FROM A. D. 55 TO A. D. 69.) [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
THE CiESARS. NERO, SIXTH EMPEBOR OF ROME. (BEIGNED FROM A. D. 55 TO A. D. 69.) NERO is well known to have been one of the most cruel and wicked men who ever lived npon the earth ; he put hund reds of Romans to death ; destroyed as many Christians as he could find ; and murdered St. Peter and St. Paul, the Apostles of Christ. Yet, when Nero was a boy, no one would have expected him to turn out any worse than others, for he seemed to have bated cruelty, and could not bear even to see animals killed. Such feelings, however, are not sufficient to preserve men from the power of their sinful passions; these, if uncontrolled by right principles, habitually acted on, "will break out when excited by favouring circumstances. Children, as well as others, should know that there are two paths in human life leading in opposite directions, on one or other of which they and all men must arrive at the end of his course-the one is the path of religion and holiness, and the other of ungodliness and wi...
CHAPTER XIII. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
CHAPTER XIII. THE time passed on slowly to both sisters ; to one because she counted the days that must elapse ere Harry could return : and the other because she hope lessly looked to the future ; but sorne iioaes there was a dreary hope in her heart* which was, that she was sinking slowly but surely. One day after they had been walking rather farther than usual, she complained of being tired, but as they had started with the idea of gathering quandarys-one of the few indigenous fruits of Australia-she persuaded Mary to leave Minnie with her, and continve their walk. "Very well, said Alice, so they walked on briskly. When return ing Alice ?».sked her companion, if she thought Mrs. Page consumptive ? 41 No, not now," answered Mary decid edly. " I used to think she was when a girl, but since we came here she has been so well. *4 Have you it in your family ?M was the next question. " Yes, both our parents died of it; at least my mother, but my father's was more of a decline; but why do...
THE ECLIPSE. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
THE ECLIPSE. "Most of our readers, we imagine, i observed the eclipse on the 11th instant, bnt probably few of them gave a thought to the marvels of that science whicli enables the adept to predict with accuracy the moment when the pheno mena shall occur. To those who have given but little attention to the subject, even in our day, with all the aid of modern science, the prediction of an eclipse seems sufficiently mysterious and unintelligible. How then it was possible, thousands of years ago, to accomplish the same great object without any just views of the structure of the system, seems utterly j incredible. ] Follow me then, while I attempt to j reveal the train of reasoning which led to | the prediction of the first eclipse of the sun-the most daring prophecy ever made by human genius. Follow in Imagination this bold interrogation of the skies to his solitary mountain sum mit, withdrawn from the world, surround ed by his mysterious circles, there to watch and ponder through the ...
AUSTRALIAN NATURAL HISTORY. SEA ELEPHANT. Bottte Nosed Seal.—PENEANT. Miouroung—NATIVES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
AUSTRALIAN NATURAL HISTORY. SEA ELEPHANT. Bottte Nosed Seal.-PZNEANT. Miouroimg-NATIVSSS THIS enormous animal compared to . an ordinary seal, is like an elephant compared to a sheep. The male is furnished with a probacis from whence it is named. The3r are fond of wallow ing in fresh water swamps, and resort to lakes and rivers, whose waters they drink with apparent pleasure. They sleep both afloat and on the sands of the sea shore. When a flock reposes in the latter situation, some of them keep watch, and if alarmed hasten to the sea. Their gait is very singular, and is described by all who have seen them in progress, as a kind of crawling, during which their body trembles like ! a great bag of jelly. At every 15 or 20 paces they halt as if from fatigue. If any one gets before them, they stop; and if urged to motion by re peated blows, appear to suffer much. When lying on the shore during the day, they shelter themselves from the heat of the sun by covering themselves, with the aid ...
FISHES AND PH0CAE GIVE EVIDENCE OF THEIR ENJOYMENT OF LIFE. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal — 26 January 1861
FISHES AND PH0C2E GIVE EVIDENCE OF THEIR ENJOYMENT OF LIFK. THEIR motion of swimming being al ways governable as to its celerity by their own will, is gentle and rapid, just as their pleasing pastime to them. The dolphin and porpoise are often seen sporting on the water. Many fish dis play the same joyous activity on the water. Seals are often seen wallowing in their miry beds, and tumbling play fully over each other. Crantz Bays, that walrusses. when playing about the» ?water, have been frequently observed to draw with their long tusks, sea fowls beneath the surface, and after a little while to throw them up into the air. As they do not eat these birds, this can be done onlv out of wantonness and fro lic. A seal, tamed in an island near Edinburgh, had all the affection and playfulness of a dog. It fawned about its masters, licked their llands, and met tfcem on their return. It would snap up a stick or brush, scamper off to the V&ter, and swim about with it to a dis tance. I...