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the amount of money due to each would purchase if laid out singly; that the poor know how to value these advantages, is proved from the eagerness with which application is made to be permitted to make their deposits.-At this time 262 persons are making their deposits, a number very far above that of any former year.

Rules and Regulations.

I. That the affairs of this society shall be conducted by a Treasurer, Secretary, and Committee.

II. That the Committee do meet on the last Fridays in March, June, September, and December, in every year, for the purpose of transacting the business of the society.

III. That every subscriber of two shillings and sixpence, annually, shall be entitled to recommend a depositor, and so on in proportion for every twoshillings and sixpence subscribed.

IV. That the benefits of the society shall extend to the residents of the town and parish.

V. That each depositor of a penny or more weekly, shall be entitled to a year's deposit, with the interest upon it'; and two shillings in addition, if they have obtained the recommendation of a subscriber; the whole to be expended in the winter in coals or blankets, according to the request of the depositor at the time of admission.

VI. That all deposits shall be made weekly, which, with all donations and subscriptions, are to be placed in the Savings Bank, quarterly, under the direction of the Committee, and to remain there until required, for the purchase of the different articles.

VII. That tickets shall be given by the Secretary to each depositor, to receive the articles required, on the 1st of January in every year, when the subscriptions shall close for the year, and new subscriptions commence.

VIII. That all donations, and sixpence in every halfcrown subscribed, shall remain as a fund for inci. dental expences, or any peculiar distress of the depositors, at the discretion of the Committee.

IX. That contracts at the summer price shall be entered into for the supply of coals and blankets.

X. That a statement of the receipts and expenditure shall be published annually, a copy of which shall be sent to every subscriber.

Deposits are to be made at the house of the Secretary every Monday between the hours of ten in the morning and one in the afternoon."

Our friend, who gave us the above account, was, at the time, busy in getting in twenty chaldrons of coals for the subscribers. The poor of many places will wish, this winter, that they had a deposit in such a society. It is perhaps noi too late for some. thing to be done in other places towards the supply of the poor for the coming winter ; but to do effective good there should, to be sure, be a wbole year's contribution. The rich cannot do a greater service than by assisting the industrious poor; they thus encourage people to exert themselves, and nothing but this sort of exertion will ever keep a man from the miseries of poverty. A man who sits down doing nothing, and looking for others to supply his wants, is sure to be poor all the days of his life.

BEES. The barbarous and cruel system of smothering bees may now be totally dispensed with by a plan recently adopted with complete success; it is called " driving" and is easily accomplished; thus--at dask, place a metal pot near where the old hive stands; have a new hive prepared with cross-sticks, aod cream and sugar smeared inside ; invert the old bive into the pot, and quickly place the new one over it; tie a cloth round the meeting of both hives, so as to prevent any of the bees escaping; then keep striking the bottom of the metal pot with an iron instrument, and in less than ten minutes all the bees will be driven by the sound from the old to the new hive; then untie the cloth, and lift the new hive to the place where the old one stood, at the same time quickly covering the honey hive with a cloth to prevent any of the bees returning to it. In the morning, lift a corner of the cloth so as to make a small aperture to let out any of the bees that should remain, and by striking the pot as before, they will instantly depart, and join their companions in the new settlement. It may be necessary to feed the bees well for a few days with sugar, and they will proceed to work immediately after.-New i'imes.

August 2d.

LADY-BIRDS. An unusual number of the insects called LadyBirds have been observed during the last summer.

At Brighton immense numbers fell in every part of the town, and the fishermen state that at sea they bave been actually covered with them. It may not perhaps be known to all our readers, that the larvæ (the grub before it comes to a perfect state) of this beautiful little creature preys most voraciously upon the aplis, or green fly, by which so many hundred acres of pulse have been destroyed. A close observer might have seen a few weeks ago, a small caterpillar of a dark grey colour, inclining to purple, with orange spots, actively employed in devouring the green fly upon almost every stalk where they bad settled. Thus beautifully illustrating the Providence of God, by which, even when one descrip tion of insect becomes most threatening, its numbers are brought within due limits by a corresponding increase of another. The connection of ills (or seeming ills) and remedies, is further shewn by the account from Brighton ; for not only does the coccinella * supply food to birds, wbich perhaps would otherwise suffer in a dry season like this from the scarcity of worms and other ground insects; but it also, as Mr. Kirby concludes, becomes the suste. nance of those fish in the sea, which at other seasons ascend the rivers in search of them. Of these flies Mr. Kirby gives the following account:• The coccinella seem to pursue the green fly; for I know no other reason to assign for the vast number that are sometimes, especially in the autumn, to be met with on the sea-coast, or the banks of large rivers. Many years ago, those of the Hunber were so thickly strewed with the common lady. bird, that it was difficult to avoid treading upon them. Some years afterwards, I noticed a mixture of species, collected in vast numbers on the sandhills on the sea-shore at the north-west extremity of Norfolk. My friend the Rev. Peter Luthbury made long since a similar observation at Orford,

Lady Bird.

on the Suffolk coast; and about five or six years ago they covered the cliffs, as I have before remarked, of all the watering places on the Kentish and Sussex coasts. These last probably emigrated with the Aphides from the hop-grounds. Whether the latter and their devourers cross the sea has not been ascertained ; that the Coccinellæ attempt it, is evident from their alighting upon ships. at sea, as I have witnessed myself."--Bury and Norfolk Post.


AUTHORS. If you make use of the faults of others, as warnings to avoid falling into the same errors, you may profit by folly, as well as hy wisdom. If you think of nothing but laughing at them, no great advantage can be expected.

To keep from gaming, drunkenness, or any other vices, you should lay down a firm resolution, and fix in your own mind a steady dislike to them. When once your humour is known, nobody will trouble you.

Better consider for an hour, than repent for a year.

Take care of falling out of conceit with your wife, your station, your house, your business, or any thing else; the consequence of doing so · will be discontent, envy, and unhappiness.

Be not desirous of scenes of grandeur, of amusements, and diversions ; it is the sure way to take your beart off from your proper station in life.

If you do not set your whole thoughts upon a business while you are about it, it is a great chance but you mismanage it.

In all things preserve integrity; the consciousness of your own uprightness will ease the toil of business, and soften the harshness of disappoint

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