QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
GARDENING.slVhat book can I get that
deals with vegetable-gromhg? I have only
:2 (small garden and 'wz'rh to grow common
z-egetalzler chz'ejly.sOxinE or CALCIUM.
Flowers‘ and V: etable: all the Year
Round, published y Messrs. Sutton of
Reading, is a book which you wouldfind
exceedingly useful. As the name betokens,
it does not deal only with vegetables; but
this fact would probably be no disadvantage,
as you would doubtless like to have some
flowers in your garden as well as vegetables.
From your question, it is not plain whether
you Wish to grow vegetables for profit, or
only for home consumption. If the former,
“ common ” vegetables would be unremunera-
tive, as prices are very low for all ordinary
vegetables which can be grown with little
skill or expense. Prime, spherical tomatoes,
sealrale, and early asparagus are the things
that pay; but even these, of course, must be
grown in large quantities and be furnished to
some market where prices are good. If, how-
ever, you are growing for home consumption,
it would be best to aim at variety. It would
be worth while for you to turn your attention
especially to saladings, such as cndive, cos
lettuce, radishes, mustard and cross, and to
herbs such as sweet maijoram, thyme, tarragon,
savory, chervil, and shalots.
INQUISITIVE writes-“ Will you lvz‘na7ly
reply in your Anrwerr Io Correspondent:
whether ou can iv: t'nformafz'zm at to the
orzlgilz o the exprerxzbrz ‘jesxamy Bride ’ ” .9
The “Jessamy Bride " was Mary Horneck,
one of the delightful family whose other
members were styled “Captain” and “Little
Comedy,” and in which Oliver Goldsmith was
a familiar guest. After his death the young
lady received a lock of his hair, and it is
supposed that he was in love with her. lVe
cannot give the exact reason for the name
bestowed upon Mary Horneck. Possibly
some of our readers can make a suggestion,
There is a story on this episode entitled
“The Jessamy Bride,” by Frankfort Moore,
which might help INQUISITIVE.
IRIS says: "I have qfilen read in hook: in
the ‘ Gordizzn I('1zot ,' ' may I ask you to explain
what it 1: .9 ”
The legend runs that the people of Phrygia
were informed by an orac e t at :1 waggon
should bring them a king who would put an
end to many internal disturbances in the
country. “fhile they were consulting on these
points in the opular assembly, a poor easant,
Gordius, sud enly appeared, riding in is wag-
gon, and was accordingly hailed as king by
his fellow-countrymen. Out of gratitude,
Gordius dedicated his waggon to Zeus, and
had it placed in the Acropolis. The pole was
attached to the yoke by a knot of bark, so
ingeniously tied that no one could unfasten
it. The oracle declared that “ lVhoever undid
the knot should reign over the whole East.”
Alexander, on arriving at Gordium, heard this
saying. “VVell then,” said be, “it is thus I
perform the task,” and cut the knot asunder
with his sword. To cut the Gordian knot is,
therefore, to get out of a difficulty in a clever
or summary manner. Shakespeare says, in
[Ivory V., of the king-
“Tum him to any cause of policy,
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose
Familiar as his garter.”
OUR OPEN LETTER Box.
XVill any of our readers help AN INQUIRER
to find a humorous piece for recitation
entitled “Choosing Christmas Cards,” also
an American sketch which describes the
telling to an inquisitive child the sto of
George lVashington and his little hate ct?
XVe heard the latter piece ourselves a day or
two ago, but the rcciter could only inform us
that it was anonymous and in an American
]lAsi2L B wishes to know the author
of a poem entitled “ Lady Maud’s Oath.”
CLARICE asks--“ By whom and where is to
be found the following quotation: ‘The veil
which hides the future is woven by the hand
of Mercy.’ ”
LUCIE inquires the authorsliip and title of
the poem in which occur the lines :
“ Heaven is not gained at a single bound;
“'c build the ladder by which we
and wishes for the tract or sermon by Canon
KVilberforce on the text “The twelfth an
amethyst." The subject was temperance.
VEE asks us to find her a serio-comic parody
on “ Old Mother Hubbard," which she thinks
she has “ read in some magazine."
Can anyone direct “A New Reader” to
the humorous recitation, "How Bill Adams
“Won the Battle of “'aterloo "P
STUDY AND STUDIO.
THERE seems a little vagueness in the minds
of our correspondents as to the method of
procedure. “'e do not undertake to “rite,
nor to send addresses, privately. “'e simply
offer to publish requests for international
correspondence in this column. If A.B., for
instance. being French, wishes to exchange
lctters with an English girl, she can do one
of two things-cither send us her request with
name and address for insertion here, or write
direct to some English girl, C.D., whose
address appears under this heading. The
only drawback to the latter plan is, that C.D.
may already have found :1 correspondent, but
we rely on the courtesy of our subscribers to,
in such a case, write and explain. Matters will
soon arrange themselves.
XVe hesitate to publish addresses when :1
pseudon m is given, but it would expedite
affairs a ways to send name and address for
Miss C. A. LALIPIIT, 32, Tooting Bcc
Road, Upper Tooting, London, SJV., wishes
for a Freiicli girl correspondent.
“ SPERO ” (Ireland) would like to correspond
with a French or German girl, or both.
A. M. would he happy to exchange lctters
with a F rcnch lady.
Miss FLORENCE E. SMITH, Winfritli, The
Crescent, Bcdford, thinks “it would be
delightful to have lcttcrs from, and write to,
a French girl.”
Miss JANE M. M. CUNNINGHAM, aged
eightccn, exceedingly fond of music, French,
literature, etc., would be very glad if Made-
moiselle Jeanne Bossy of Avallon par Anvcrs
would open a correspondence with her. Her
address is, 6, Fcttcs Row, Edinburgh,
MADi<:uoIsELi.E PAULA DAHLIIOFF, En-
gclstrasse 22, Miinstcr, “'estphalia, having
seen our answer to PHCI-ZNIX of DEAD Moun-
TAIN (November), would like to correspond
with her. Miss Dalilhoff is a mcrcliant‘s
d.-iughter, fifteen years old, still at school,
acquainted with German, English, French,
and Italian, and much interested in the study
of literature and music. She writes an
excellent letter, and, if PrIo:NIx would like
a girl correspondent, they might suit one’
Miss G. E. BATCIIELOR, The Rectorv,
Letcomb Bassett, “'ant:ige, BCYl(S., wou d
like to correspond with a French girl.
LAURETIE H. (France) would be very glad
to write to an English girl, and thinks that
each correspondent should correct the otlicr's
mistakes. “le commcnd to her notice one of
the addresses given above.
Mani-:iioisEi.i.i: Yvoxxe BRUXET, 22,
Rue Joyeuse, Bourgcs, Cher, France, has long
wished for an English correspondent, and
impatiently awaits one.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Iiiisii Mor.i.v.-Tlie medical part of your question
resolves itself into-"Ought I to marry under the
following conditions? I am twcnt -two year: old.
Four years ago I had tubcrcular disease of the hip,
but X am better now. My father died fourteen
cars ago. 1 have three brothers and sisters alive.
lly mother is still with us." If ‘our hip is no
longer diseased, and if you do not su or from tuber-
culosis elsewhere, and if your father did not have
luhercular disease, and your brothers and sisters
are healthy, there I! no reason why you should not
marry. llut if your famil historv points to tuber-
cular tendency, or your hip is still aflcctcd, or you
areill in other ways, it is better for you to remain
single, but this is a point which requires further
investigation. The other part of your question
depends entirely upon yourself. “'1' cannot advise
- you whether to marry or not. You and your
relatives must decide that.
"I.vsou.x'i.'i.”-Of all the symptoms that a medical
rnan.is called upon to relieve, none is more dis-
(l’e<Sln$,', more complex in its causation, more
difficult to treat or more likely to lead to serious
results than sleeplessness. This condition may
ruin the health, prostrate the energy, oreven destro
the life of the most robust individual. You as
us for .1 remedy for this syrngltom. Read the above,
and see what a task you ave set us! In your
case insomnia is prohabl due to taking a heavy
supper before going to cd. Discontinue 'our
supper and take a glass of hot milk instead, an sor-
how you get on. Under no circumstances should
you take any drugs to make ‘on sleep; if you do,
you will rcpcnt when it is too late.
M. E. II.-lt is absolutely impossible for us to give
you any advice on your most distressing complaint
without :i most complete personal inquiry into your
symptoms and a thorough examination of nearly
every or an in your body. Therefore consult your
own mu ii-al man.
ANGELA.-Did it never strike you that "a swollen-
iip feeling in your throat, stuffincss in the nose and
loss of taste ’ might be due to a local cause, and
not to “something or other" in the blood? “'e
ft‘9l certain that your nose is the organ at fault.
You do not breathe through your nose, but through
your mouth; therefore your mouth gets dry. The
as: of taste and swollen feeling in ‘our throat are
secondary to some nasal condition, ut it is difficult
to say what that condition is without further
details. Make a wd-:r consisting of one table-
3 oonful each of orax, bicarbonate of soda, and
r lorate of otash, and two teasporrnfuls of finely.
pqwilcred Vt‘-ll!) sugar. Dissolve :1 tcaspoonful of
this powder in a tumlilcrful of tepid water, and use
it as a wash for your nose and as a garglc for your
throat. Do the best in your power to broatlie
through your nose and not through your mouth.
“Discs the taste ever go from an other cause cir-
rgptinp: rold? " Most iloridcdy it does. Any
disease of the nose may produce loss of taste.