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name of the second he called Ephraim,—“For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Now by this time the seven years of plenty in Egypt were ended, and the seven years of dearth began, as Joseph had said,-scarcity of food was in all the lands; “but in the land of Egypt there was bread.” And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried unto Pharaoh for bread : and Pharaoh told them to go to Joseph, and do what he told them.
While the famine lasted, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and people from all the countries round about, came into Egypt to buy corn, because the famine was so grievous in the lands.
In continuing Joseph's History, we shall give our readers a short account of the river Nile and its annual overflow, as it will explain to them, why there was in Joseph's time such a famine.
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F all the plants given to man for his use, perhaps
none contributes more to his comfort and enjoyment than the tea-plant. We have, therefore,
, , thought it might be interesting and instructive to
our young friends to describe it in its different stages of preparation, before it comes to us as our favourite beverage; first then, the tea-tree is a native of China, and Japan; and is a dwarf species of the camellia tribe. The tree grows to the height of six or eight feet, and is an evergreen : its blossoms are white, and not unlike the white
flowering myrtle, which plant, indeed, the tea tree somewhat resembles : the seeds are round and blackish, about the size of a pea; but the leaves are the only valuable part of the plant. The Chinese are said to have trained monkeys to gather the leaves when the wild tree shrubs have been growing in rocky situations. The plant is, however, generally grown on a gentle eminence inclosed by hedges and surrounded by a ditch.
After the leaves are gathered they are taken to the buildings to be dried.
The buildings where the tea is prepared for sale, contains a number of small furnaces, about three feet high, with a broad flat iron pan, fixed on the top, above the mouth of the furnace; when this pan is moderately heated, a few pounds of fresh gathered leaves are thrown in, which being full of juice, crackle as soon as they touch the warm pan; the workman's business to stir them as quickly as possible with the bare hand, until he is unable to bear the heat ; at this moment they are removed with a sort of shovel like a fan, and then spread upon mats to cool.
The men employed to roll the leaves rub them in their hands in one direction, while others keep continually fanning them to make them cool the sooner, for the more quickly they cool the more they retain the form into which they have been rolled. This process of drying and rolling is generally repeated two or three times before the tea is fit for use.
The tea is the common drink of all classes of the people of China. It was brought to our own country by Lord Arlington, in the year 1666.
JUNGO PARK, the traveller, relates that
when he was in Africa, a party of armed Moors made an attack on the flocks of a village at which he was stopping; a youth
of the place was mortally wounded in the affray. The natives placed him on horseback, and conducted him home, while his mother went before the mournful group, proclaiming all the good qualities of her boy; and by her clasped hands and streaming eyes showed how she suffered. The quality for which she chiefly praised the boy, formed of itself the epitaph so noble, that even civilized life could not aspire to a higher ; " He never,” said she, with pathetic energy ; " he never, never told a lie !"
COO00 The Little Child's Port's Corner.
THE DOVE OF NOAH.
BY CHARLES MACKAY, LL.D.
Hope on her wings, and God her guide,