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Will any reader of the ‘Monthly Packet' lend me Homes' Tragedy of Douglas,' the poem beginning

My name is Norval.' I will pay postage both ways, and return it when desired.-Rev. A. D. C. Thompson, The Vicarage, Kildwick, Keighley. The remaining verses of this song wanted

THE CASTLE BUILDERS.

MUSIC BY LADY CAREW.
There were builders strong on the Earth of old,

To-day there are planners rare,
But never was temple, home, nor hold,

Like the castles we build in air-
We piled them high, through the long lone hours,

By a chilled hearth's flickering brands,
Through twilights heavy with wintry showers,
That found us in stranger lands.

MRS. C. Will you, in the 'Monthly Packet,' give me the whole of a poem in which every verse ends

"What do you think of that, my cat ?

What do you think of that, my dog ?'
I cannot remember the author or the context; also the authors of-

Not lost, but gone before,'
and 'Shakespeare and the Musical Glasses'?
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C. GUNNING. Shakespeare and the musical glasses' were the subjects talked of by the two London ladies in the · Vicar of Wakefield.'

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ANSWERS. L. D. P.

Beautiful, sublime, and glorious' is by Bernard Barton, to be found in ‘Select Poetry for Children' (Joseph Payne).-M. H. L.

Books of fiction on the Elizabethan Period ?-Dr. Neale's interesting series of “Tales on Church History contains two or three on this period, but I cannot give titles.

Ole-Luk-Oie'?-A native Dane told me to pronounce it 'Ola-Look-Oya.' The Luk and final syllables of the other words very short, and with a falling inflection ; the Oy as in boy.- JANE H. FFOULKE.

LIFE.
Life, we've been long together,
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather ;
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear ;
Then steal away, give little warning,
Choose thine own time;
Say not 'Good-night, but in some brighter clime
Bid me 'Good-morning.'

MRS. BARBAULD (1743-1825).

SUGGESTED BY A CONTROVERSY IN THE MONTHLY PACKET.'

Now which age is the best, you would bid me say,
Is't the spring.tide of life, when the heart is gay?
Or the time when the passion of youth is o'er,
And its fervour and folly will come no more?

But I ask you which time do you love the best?
Is't the time when the mavis is building its nest,
When the nightingale's note, in the quiet night,
Ringing out, ceases not till the morning light.
When the sun shines the bare leafless trees between,
Lighting up the wild hyacinth's purple sheen,
And the primrose looks up with its faint sweet breath,
And the ferns are awake from their winter's death?
Or the time when the rose-scent is filling the air,
And the lilies are drooping in noonday glare,
In the wood is the green of the leaves grown dark,
O'er the yellowing corn-fields is heard the lark.
When the wild bee is rifling the foxglove's bell
And the sweet honeysuckle to fill his cell,
But the seed-pods are brown where the hyacinths grew,
And the fruit on the bramble is forming too?
Oh! the air it is balmy, the sun is bright,
But methinks that the spring has a mystic light
Which can enter the heart with a joy so rare,
There is nought that with it we may well compare.
Oh! our youth it is foolish, and spring is coy,
There are pleasures the tooth of time cannot destroy,
But the glamour on youth and on Spring which rest
Can never come again—they are the best.

MARS.

Question.—During the last two years articles on various professions open to women have appeared in the Monthly Packet.' Is the pursuit of all or any of such careers incompatible with true womanliness?

I think the answer to this question depends very much on what our conceptions of 'true womanliness' are. Some people think these consist only of 'softness and sweet attractive grace. I yield to none in admiration of these, but surely the 'perfect woman, nobly planned,' has also a large share of firmness, courage, dignity, and self-respect, and these qualities are likely to be brought out in her conflict with the outside world involved in any of the professions treated of in the “Monthly Packet.' Let me review some of them. A very essential part of true womanliness is helpfulness and sympathy with suffering, and therefore the work of both a nurse and lady doctor seems peculiarly suitable for women. Some people complain that the character is likely to be hardened by the training gone through, but this is by no means invariably the case, and value for value, a woman might think it worth while bartering a little surface softness and sentiment, for the inestimable power of relieving her sisters from much unnecessary pain and suffering. Much patience, thought, and unselfishness must necessarily accompany that gift of healing.

Artistic careers depend so entirely on the temperament of the individual woman that it is difficult to generalise about them, and no one can deny that an actress's life especially is a very difficult one. Still, I was once much struck during a stay of some months in Germany to note the refining influence thrown over all the plays by the leading actress, a pure, sweet, refined woman. One who thus went forth to bless' must surely first have been “sure of her own ground,' and her womanly virtues shone out all the brighter for their background of temptation and difficulty.

The careers of authors and journalists are less open to objection, but, like the Englishman who had no prejudices, I do hate interviewing, and cannot see that it is compatible with true refinement and womanly modesty.

Then, again, I think that as the quiet domestic lives which used to be the rule are no longer possible for many women, it must be meant that the

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Nineteenth-Century women should show forth another side of 'true womanliness. Our grandfathers seemed to think many tears and much fainting essential to that ideal, and we cannot but think their 'help-meets' would have been much the better of a little of the self-control and presence of mind which the being in any degree a public character must impart to a professional woman.

Much, of course, depends on the individual temperament; for some girls it would be most undesirable to be placed in any position which might increase their vanity and giddiness, or hardness and want of sympathy; but I am inclined to think that the girl who, as an actress, gets her name lightly mentioned in the society papers, or, as a typewriter, loses her situation because she flirts with the clerks, would be likely to find opportunity for a good deal of second-rate flirtation even in the seclusion of home.

The Virtuous Woman of the Proverbs, who was famous for her business capacities and large-minded care for others, seems to me to be more akin to the thoughtful, hardworking professional woman of to-day than to the sentimental heroines of a bygone age, who were so ready on all occasions to shed 'the tear of sensibility.'

Lastly, I think many a girl of average conscientiousness has had her character insensibly raised and strengthened by the faithful and punctual discharge of the duties of a profession, and learned invaluable lessons in order, method, and energy-all very necessary qualities for the sex whose work is 'never done '—when otherwise she might have sunk into listless indolence for want of definite work. When one undertakes to do anything for money a feeling of common honesty makes one do one's best, and no one who has not personally experienced it can appreciate the bracing effect of having to face and overcome lions in the path. Moral courage in facing disagreeables has always been a womanly attribute, and it was not only in Deborah's days that when the men were afraid a woman arose !

These outside careers require special graces to overcome their special temptations, but granted that no home duties are neglected, that a woman tries to carry her unselfish care for others into all outside relations, and that she not only sweeps a room, but writes a book, sings a song, or nurses a patient as for Thy laws,' I think it is the faithful servant who does not bury her talent in the earth, but uses it to gain ten, five, or even one more, who shall receive the words of commendation, 'She hath done what she could.' Perhaps, however, I am prejudiced in favour of my class, for though not in the ranks of any of the professions so ably described in the Monthly Packet,' I am proud to sign myself

A WORKING WOMAN.

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ERRATA. Arminius ' for 'Herminius,' p. 117. Captain Geoff is by Ismay Thorne-one of a series of books about the same children, beginning with Quite Unexpected, when they suddenly descend from India on their helpless old uncles and aunts.

(The Editors of the Monthly Packet' will feel obliged if all Contributors will write their names and addresses clearly on their MSS., and will enclose stamps for return. Unless these conditions are complied with, the Editors cannot undertake to preserve, return, or enter into correspondence about MSS. Much trouble is saved if accompanying letters are enclosed in the parcel instead of being sent separately.

The utmost care is taken in returning MSS., but the Editors can only hold themselves absolutely responsible for such as are sent to them at their ‘MONTHLY PACKET' PRIZES, COMPETITIONS, AND

own request.)

DISCUSSIONS.

Correspondence is always invited, which should be addressed to CHELSEA CHINA.'

1.-CHRISTMAS NUMBER PRIZE COMPETITION STORY, 1893. 1. A PRIZE of TEN GUINEAS will be given for the best Story, to be inserted in the Christmas Number of 1893, dealing with the Proverb, ' Si on n'a pas ce que l'on aime, il faut aimer ce que l'on a.'

2. Prizes, not exceeding Five Pounds, will also be given for Stories sent in for this Competition which miss the first Prize, but are retained as worthy of insertion in the Magazine.

3. Stories sent in for the Competition must be (a) addressed to 'Arachne,' care of the Publishers, (B) marked Proverb Story, () sent not later than June 30th, (8) not more than 30 or less than 10 pages of the Magazine in length.

4. Contributions for the Christmas Number not intended for the Competition are not confined to the subject of the Proverb. II.-ITALIAN LITERATURE COMPETITION.-October, 1892, to March, 1893

This Series of Six Articles, accompanied each month by an Examination Paper, has been specially prepared by Mr. F. J. Snell for intending Competitors in the Cambridge Higher Local Examinations.

Rules for the present Competition.—(1) Competitors must send their answers on the 28th of each month to F. J. Snell, Esq., care of Messrs. A. D. Innes & Co., 31, Bedford Street, Strand. (2) The name and address of the Competitor must be written on her MS. each month. A nom de plume may be given as well, for Class Lists. (3) The first paper must be accompanied by an ENTRANCE FEE of 25. 6d. Competitors who desire to have their papers criticised must send an additional criticism fee of 25. 6d.

Prizes.-Prizes in books to the value of the whole of the entrance fees will be given ; but the First Prize will not in any case be less than £3.

The next Series, to commence in April, will be Astronomical, and will be undertaken by Miss Agnes Giberne, author of The Ocean of Air,' etc.

This will be followed in October by a Series on ‘Dante,' by Mr. A. J. Butler (formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge).

All Subscribers may enter for these Competitions, and will be placed'in the Class Lists ; but Prizes will be confined to Competitors under twentyfive years of age. This limitation does not yet apply.

III.—CHINA CUPBOARD COMPETITIONS.January to June, 1893. A. Variety Specimens.'-A prize of 55. is given each month for the best answer to the question set under this heading.

B. Who, When, and Where ? '-Annotations set monthly. A prize of £i is. is given for the largest number of correct answers in the six months.

C. 'Debatable Ground.'—A set of discussions on Authors or Books of note will open in place of the present Debates, in January. No prizes. All readers of the Monthly Packet' are invited to take part.

Conditions of Entry.—(1) There are no fees for any China Cupboard competition. (2) Papers must be sent by the 25th of each month, addressed to 'Chelsea China, care of Messrs. A. D. Innes & Co. (3) Papers must be marked outside with their special subject, and must not be addressed to the Editors. (5) These competitions are open to all readers of the Monthly Packet.' (4) The name and address of the Competitor should be written on every paper. A nom de plume may be given as well, for the Lists.

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DEAR father will let us do almost anything. When we ask mother for things, he always laughs and says, 'Oh, bless them, yes !' But mother often waits to consider it before she will promise, and though it is quite different from father's way, we know that it will be all right, because there is no one in the world at all like mother.

We told her about Bogy and his garden-but perhaps it was a little mean that we did not call him Bogy to her. We told her the same evening, and asked if we might go to see his garden in the morning. And Patricia said when we were going to bed that she wondered why mother had said yes immediately, even before father said a word about it. But mother said that she knew about the gentleman who had come to live at the old house, and we might go to see his garden whenever he asked us, but

we must never be naughty or rough there, because it was a great honour to us to be asked. We supposed that was because he was quite grown-up, and we were not at all so.

We went the next morning, quite comfortably, in our everyday clothes, with the little exception of nurse dragging Paul back to put on a clean blouse. She also said that Bobby's hands were a shame and a disgrace to him; but whilst she was busy with Paul, he escaped without washing them. I cannot VOL. 85 (V.—NEW SERIES). 17

NO. 505.

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