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short time to secure it, and may be secured at bottom by asa: sistants, or fixed to a stake. By this means, linen of all kinds, wearing apparel, papers, and many articles of furniture, may be safely conveyed to the earth. Children thrown into it can receive no material injury; and even the sick and decrepit may, by this means, be placed, in a moment, out of danger.

The cylinder may, in some situations, be conveyed into the window of an opposite house, or carriage placed for that pure pose. In short, I offer this in the cause of humanity, as a hint, which, perhaps, may be found capable of many improvements.

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A SAFE AND SIMPLE FIRE-ESCAPE.

FROM THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. THE following simple machine ought always to be kept in

- an upper apartment. It is nothing more than a shilling or eighteenpenny rope, one end of which should always be made fast to something in the chamber; and at the other end should be a noose to let down children or infirm persons, in case of fire. Along the rope there should be several knots, to serve as resting places for the hands and feet of the person who drops down by it. No family occupying high houses should ever be without a contrivance of this kind.

Prices of Grain.

HADDINGTON......May 28th. Wheat ..............48s. to 64s. Pease............30s. to 40s. 60. Barley...............35s, to 46s. Oats..............27s. to 43s. 6d.

DALKEITH......MAY 24th. Oatmeal, best...............36s. | Inferior........ Current.......................358. Retail...........25. 3d. per peck.

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Work to be done in the Cottager's Garden in June, , CONTINUE to plant Cauliflower, Cabbages, and Şayoys, for a late crop. Plant out Leeks and Brocoli. Sow fuli crops of Turnips, yel. low and white. Hoe Beans and Pease; top the former, and stick the latter A few of the earlier kinds of each may be sown beginning of the month, for the latest crop.

July.-PLANT more Cauliflower for autumn, and Cabbages, Savoys, and Leeks, for winter. If any vacant ground remains sow Turnips, Carrots, Onions, winter Spinage, Kidney Beans, &c. Dung and dig ground for full crops of winter Greens and Cabbages, to be planted next month.

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- Inscribed to Mr. J-- .A . . THE AUTHOR'S DESERVEDLY RESPECTED TEACHER,

(Communicated for insert on in The Cheap Magazine.)

My honour'd friend, the patron of my youth,
Beneath whose guiding eye, in days of yore,
My op'ning mind first caught the rays of truth,
While tojling in the paths of classic lore !
Think not your quondam pupil aims to soar
To Fame's proud dome, on l'egasean wing;
Parnassus' haunts he means not to explore,
Nor quaff the waters of Pieria's spring:
To cheeria vacant hour, in lowly strains I sing..

" .

II.
Mem'ry! be thou my muse, inspire my lays
With numbers suited to my humble theme;

Such as Time's wasteful hand may ne'er efface, - Nor Lethe sink in its oblivious stream:

Then tho' no warrior, bright in armour's gleam, Whose awe-inspiring brow appals the foe; Tho" with no plaintive tale my verses teem, Of love-sick maiden's sighs, or lovers' woè; Fondly by thee endear'd, even childhood’s trifles glow.

111.

111. Upon the verdant banks of winding FLEET, Where BROUGHTON's beauteous viła charms the eye, Amid the shady woods, in lone retreat, The cot of ALPHION's parents we desery. To guard the flocks, which roam the meads that lie Around these busy coverts, was their care: To view these flooks each morn would ALPHION hie, Muse o'er his tasks, and breathe die fragrant air, Then homeward bend his course, and for the school prepare.

The breakfast finish'd-each ablution o'er, With satchel slung, and ready for the way, His anxious parents, as he leaves their door, Fearing the pliant youth be led astray, Forewara kim thus_ Ne'er spend your time in play “ With idle boys, despisers of control: “ Be ever mindful what your Teachers say,

« And 'graye their counsels firmly on your soul: Thus only can you hope, to reach fair Virtue's goal

“ Seek ye the social friendship of the wise
“ Who makes his task his study and delight,
“ Who ne'er assistance to his friend denies,
“ Nor from his fellow-mates withholds their right.
" But idle boys who swear steal, lie, or fight,
“ Note well, and from their company refrain.
“ Those who with such in intercourse unite,

“ Oft bring upon their names a slur--astain, " Which loads their after years with shame, regret, and pain."

VI,
This said and now the parent pair withdrawn
Beneath their lowly roof-light as the breeze,
The younker hastens o'er the sunny lawn,
To where the road's inbosom'd thick in trees :
Behind, before, he looks-no comrade sees,
Then places on the niche his letter'd-stone,
That tells his play-matės, following at their 'ease :
Your comrade, ALPHION, is before you gone." -
The single mark set up, shows ALPHIon past alone

VII.
Bright Phoebus now had midway reach'd his height
And warmer rays dispell’d the morning dew;
House, field, and trees reflect his gtorious light,
And ev’n the road, where roads can meet his view ;
For here, in closest rank, the beeches grew,
With leaves thick interwoven o'er the head;

The lofty ash its dark’ning branch o'erthrew,

And tow'ring pines their sable mantle.spread,
That scarce a glimm’ring beam its feeblę lustre shed:

VII.
Here every tuneful tenant of the grove
In notes mellifluous pours his simple song,
Cheering the tender partner of his loye,
Who mid some neighbouring thicket tends her young:
There, on the topmost boughs, a, croaking: throngi
Astound the ear, with inharmonic noise,
Till ALPHION's footsteps, as he moves along,
Sudden the wary, sentinels surprise,
Upmounts the black’ning train, whose numbers veil the skies.

Now far behind, unheeding how the hours
On secret pinions fly, his comrades stray.;.
There one, among the pea-tree's golden flow'rs,
Culls for some female-mate a fillet gay:
Another, from the thorns that skirt, the way,
Dispells the little warblers of the wood ;,
Whilst here 2. party search each bush and spray,

Plund'ring the thrush or blackbird's harmless brood;,
Or tear their clay-built nests, in barb'rous sportive mood,

Atas! how youthful minds, with all the aid
Wealth can procure, tuition can supply,
Oft plung'd in vice, their nobler powers degrade
Beneath the bestial tenants of the sty!
Not such was ALPHIÓNyouthful passions high
Might tempt betimes to swerve from virtue's path,
Yet check'doby dread of an omniscient eye,
By dread of parents, or his Teacher's wrath,
He inly strove to shun those paths that lead to death.

. XT.
The school conven'd to curb the idle sound
Of thoughtless youth, to pastime e'er inclined;
Too oft the Teacher's cares unequal found;
'Tis hard to chain to tasks the infant mind!

To gain the favour of his master kind
Was ALPhION's pride, avoiding pranks and noise ;
His pleasure all, t' acquire the task assign'd,,
Proving a leader 'mongst the leading boys;
Aiding his weaker mates, bis leisure oft employs.
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XII.
Tho' light each task-tho' great the master's cares
Io ease the irksome labours of the day,
What sparkling joy in ev'ry eye appears
"When toil remitting, lends its turn to play;'

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Or when the ev’ning sun's declining ray .
Proclaims their bondage o'er, the gladsome throng.
Make hills re-echo as they hie away,

Cheering their homeward path with simple song,
Or morning sports renew'd. -Thus glides the year along

XIII.
Thus roll apace the fleeting' years of youth !
The happiest oft in this terrestrial state.
Tuition moulds the soul to virtuous truth;
Man's steadiest prop thro' after storms of fate.
And now of Alphion's age the ripening date
Compels him other scenes afar to view;
And as he leaves his home, and each lov'd mate,

In distant lands some calling to pursue,
He, with a parting sigh, bids friends and home adieu. -

XIV,
“ Adieu, companions of my tender years!
“ Parents belov'd, and TUTOR kind adieu!
“ Whatever realms I traverse, still with tears
“ My eyes shall flow, when I remember you. •
“ Whether I'm destin'd, o'er the ocean blue,
" To roam, the torrid plains of Mangalore;

“ Or ’neath the sun's departing beams, I view ." Columbia's strand, and hear th’ Atlantic's roar, ". “ My heart shall still be yours--my dreams of Fleet's green shore.

W. T.

and each lov'd mate

NOTES TO CORRESPONDENTS. The favours of A. M.--DUNCE.--W. B..-D. R.-T and H. are received: also, the Wise Shepherd from GAY, Lines on the disagreement of Parents, and Cries from a Jail, &c. The circumstancē said to bave taken place in the neighbourhood of B. H. M. may be true; but being of so singular a nature, cannot be inserted on Anonymous information,

From the offence taken by A. B. at the story of the MAGDALEN, and the pains he has been at to induce us “to limit ourselves to the communication of that knowledge which is independent of the habits of Society," we have some reason to suspect, that a darling babit has been attacked, and that he is in danger of losing the company of some favourite fair one, in consequence of our having alarmed her fears as to the perilousness of her situation. Should this be the case, we rejnice in our success, and hope our triumph will be complete. 19 We must again remind our Correspondents to pay Postage.

HADDINGTON; . : Printed and publisheci, Monthly, by G. MİLLER & SON,

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