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seems to answer to the name of Thom. This un. fortunate fish, who passed his youth in the open sea, was taken prisoner at the age of five, and has, since that time, lived in the pond of Port Nessock, for the space of twelve years, during all which time he has gradually increased in bulk and weight. He is now, however, so wholly blind, froin age or disease, that he has no chance whatever in the general scramble. The fisherman, however, is very kind to him; and it is really affecting as well as curious to see the huge animal raise himself in the water, rest his head on a projecting stone, and allow himself to be stroked, or gently patted, gaping all the while to implore that food which he has no other means of obtaining.-Dumfries Courier.

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A TABLE OF THE WEATHER.. We are not generally inclined to give much credit to those who, in this changeable climate, profess to tell us what weather we are to expect." We are not, however, disposed to reject all that is to be said on this or any other subject, if we know that we are not listening to the sayings of mere pretenders, but are attending to the observations of those who are qualified to give an opinion, and .who have bestowed time and attention on the subject. The late Dr. Herschel has been said to have made the following Weather Table: and, if it were really so, we may be assured that it was made from the careful observations of one well qualified to judge. We believe, however, that the table was not made by Dr. Herschel. Dr. Adam Clarke says, that “ the accuracy of this table is truly amazing." We do not ourselves rely much upon weather ta. bles, but merely insert this for the sake of those of our readers who have given more of their attention

to such subjects than we have. The observations are made from the four changes of the moon, and thence an attempt is made to conjecture what the weather is likely to be during the next seven days.

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It is said, as a sort of general rule, that the nearer the time of any of these changes of the moon is to MIDNIGHT, the fairer will the weather be during the seven days following; and the nearer to MidDAY these changes may happen, the more foul, or wet, the weather may be expected to be during the next seven days.

; A CHILD'S HYMN..
On Love and Duty to Parents.

.' 1.
My father--my mother-I know

I cannot your kindness repay; ..
But I hope that as older I grow,

I shall learn your commands to obey

You lor'd me before I could tell
• Who it was that so tenderly smiled;
But now that I know it so well, .

I should be a dutiful child,

. 3. i
I am sorry that ever I should

Be naughty, and give you a pain ;
I hope I shall learn to be good,

And so never grieve you again.

But lest, after all, I should dare

To act an undutiful part,
Whenever I'm saying my prayer,
I'll ask for a teachable heart.

Hymns for Infant Minds.

FROM A PAROCHIAL MINISTER'S ADDRESS TO A

NEWLY MARRIED COUPLE. The advantages which flow from real religion, even with respect to the comforts of the present life, are very great. 66 Godliness - hath the promise of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come." It prevents many evils, which, without it, cannot be prevented; and secures many blessings, which, without it, cannot be secured.

Real religion will prevent dissensions and quar. rels, which, in a greater or less degree, according to the disposition of the parties, arise in every fa, mily in which the fear of God does not prevail ;

and it will ensure harmony and peace. Notwithe standing the affection which you may now feel towards each other, in a short time your evil tempers will get the mastery over you, and produce dissensions between you, if your minds are not influenced by the grace of God, and your passions subdued by his Word and Spirit. You may not believe this at present; but you will, in the event, find it true. Domestic peace and comfort are only to be found where God is supremely feared and loved. . .

Nothing but real godliness can ensure sobriety of character, and an industrious disposition—both which are needful for the comfort and welfare of a family. Without the power of religion, the hus. band, as soon as he becomes weary of home, will be led to spend his evenings at the ale-house, where the earnings of his labour will be spent in drink, to the injury of his health, the beggary of his family, the inflaming of his passions, and the ruin of his soul. Without the power of religion, the wife will spend her time in gossiping and idleness, if she be preserved from more vicious scenes, instead of keeping her family clean and neat, and doing all in her power to make her husband comfortable when he comes from his daily labour. These consequences, if they do not always follow the want of religion, may, at least, be expected to follow it. There is no reason to expect that they will not. On the contrary, if the fear and love of God reign in your hearts, it will be the study and labour of each party, in the marriage state, to make the other .happy. Sobriety will be secured. Industry will prevail. The blessing of God will be upon you. You will have no reason to envy the rich their possessions; for peace and a sufficiency will be found in your dwellings; and you will have those comforts which the world can neither give nor take away.

"THE GRACE OF GOD LEADETH TO REPENTANCE:” It is very common for those who give way to an evil disposition, to consider it as the infirmity of their nature, and to think that this is a sufficient plea for the indulgence of sinful tempers and sinful babits. And even those who profess to walk by the rules of Christ's religion, will sometimes plead their natural dispositions as an excuse for their sins. But, if we understand religion aright, we shall see, that unless it improves the temper, and amends the heart, and reforms the habits, it has not performed its true office, and that there is very great reason to set about a serious examination as to our real religious state. We do well to think of the privileges of our religion; but we do not well if we forget to think of its duties. Now one of the great privileges of the Gospel, is that unspeakable mercy by which the believing penitent is received into favour, and his sins forgiven, in consequence of the atonement for sin which was made by our blessed Saviour on the cross. But, from this, a great duty arises, which is, « to love Him who thus first loved us,and to seek to serve Him“ in newness of life.”The Christian knows that it is to God's grace and mercy alone, that he owes all the privileges which belong to his profession--and he knows, too, that it is to the same grace that he is to look for the ability to live in the practice of his appointed duties. The faithful follower of Christ knows how far short he comes of the rule by which he ought to walk; yet it is his constant desire and his endeavour to. walk by it, and he is not contented with thinking that the divine grace is implanted in his mind, unless he can, at the same time, perceive that it is bringing forth some fruit. And this fruit is the amendment of the life, the correction of evil tempers, the conquest over bad habits. The Scriptures, and the history of the Church, afford us many ex

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