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business among our youngsters has been of immense use in many ways, besides being a diversion and an interest. I myself came to the knowledge of Queensland, and a great deal more, through its blue twopenny.
If any one wishes to know how far wise and clever and patriotic men may occasionally go in the way of giving 'your son' a stone for bread, and a serpent for a fish,—may get the nation's money for that which is not bread, and give their own labour for that which satisfies no one; industriously making sawdust into the shapes of bread, and chaff into the appearance of meal, and contriving, at wonderful expense of money and brains, to show what can be done in the way of feeding upon wind,-let him take a turn through certain galleries of the Kensington Museum.
'Yesterday forenoon,' writes a friend, 'I went to South Kensington Museum. It is really an absurd collection. A great deal of valuable material and a great deal of perfect rubbish. The analyses are even worse than I was led to suppose. There is an ANALYSIS OF A MAN. First, a man contains so much water, and there you have the amount of water in a bottle; so much albumen, and there is the albumen; so much phosphate of lime, fat, hæmatin, fibrine, salt, etc. etc. Then in the next case so much carbon; so much phosphorus-a bottle with sticks of phos phorus; so much potassium, and there is a bottle
with potassium; calcium, etc. They have not bottles. of oxygen, hydrogen, chlorine, etc., but they have. cubical pieces of wood on which is written the quantity of oxygen in the human body would occupy the space of 170 (e.g.) cubes of the size of this," etc. etc.' And so with analysis of bread, etc. etc. What earthly good can this do any one?
No wonder that the bewildered beings whom I have seen wandering through these rooms, yawned more frequently and more desperately than I ever observed even in church.
So then, cultivate observation, energy, handicraft, ingenuity, outness in boys, so as to give them a pursuit as well as a study. Look after the blade, and don't coax or crush the ear out too soon, and remember that the full corn in the ear is not due till the harvest. when the great School breaks up, and we must all dismiss and go our several ways.
'ATXÍNOIA-NEARNESS OF THE NOûs—
PRESENCE OF MIND.
ΕΥΣΤΟΧΙΑ: HAPPY GUESSING.
'Depend upon it, a lucky guess is never merely luck-there is always some Talent in it.'-MISS AUSTEN, in 'Emma.'