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Journeyings of the Judges (The Strand, 1895)
The travels of a British court circuit judge were filled with pomp and circumstance, ancient rituals - and a personal retinue that often included one's own cook.
Talking Birds (GOP, 1892)
Accounts of a variety of conversational avians, including jackdaws, jays, magpies, starlings and mynah birds.
Simple Souffles (CFM, 1895)
A selection of delicious desserts, with a look at the Queen's kitchen in Windsor Castle.
Some Curious Inventions (The Strand, 1891)
A four-poster bed that can be converted into a shower bath; personal balloon chairs to avert sea-sickness; an electric hat designed to cure headaches; a cloak that doubles as a tent; and many other interesting ideas that never made it much farther than the patent office.
Stage Coaches (Harpers, 1876)
A look at the stage coach, past and present, in England and America.
Etiquette in Walking, Riding and Driving (GOP, 1884)
"Until within less than half a century ago, no young unmarried gentlewoman could walk through the streets and parks, or go on a little shopping expedition, unattended by a footman." Small wonder that new rules of etiquette are needed for this sort of modern excursion!
The Life of a Private Soldier in Times of Peace (CFM, 1882)
"The first thing to do is to show how a lad can most easily join the army, with least trouble to himself, and with the least danger of becoming mixed up with bad characters and making bad friends at the start of his military career."
Recent Escapes from Gaol (CFM, 1896)
How prisoners have found ingenious hiding places, created disguises from cleaning rags, picking locks, and that old stand-by, scraping away the mortar with one's dining utensils.
Embroideries New and Easy (GOP, 1898)
Some charming Norwegian patterns for working on linen (they look like cross-stitch but involve very different stitches).
Girls' Ideals (Demorest, 1873)
Dispelling some romantic notions young ladies might have about marriage.
Fiction: Too Much of a Good Thing (Peterson's, 1866)
In this case "a good thing" is relatives, of which the narrator has too many for comfort.
Poetry
A Winter Song
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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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