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EDITED BY ROBERT MERRY.

NEW YORK:
THOMAS O'KANE, PUBLISHER,
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many

familiar faces, lighted

same old

jovial laughter that greeted

time.

Our motto is
will see that

napkins

Museum

that of our noble State

we have

will liere

up by pleasant

them

" Excelsior

meet

smiles,

and

in the olden

Our readers

!"

not buried the talents of our contributors in

but seek to bring them out into the bright day For Genius
needs constant polishing to bring out
:

like the lamp of Aladdin


and

lustre

Our

its

full effect.

object has been to instruct

by smiles

not

the dear hearts of the young girlhood and boyhood

among
pages

the necessary thorns of existence.

to

make

the sad

happy

the happy

frowns; to cheer
;

to strew flowers

In a word,
still

we try

in these

happier.

Hence, pure fun will be found as beautiful in these pages, as honey amid the flowers of Hybla

Robert Merry.

Robert Mbkkt

to his

frauds

A kindly greeting sends,


With a general assortment

of questions^

Conundrums, Charades,
Puzzles, Riddles of all shades,

And Rebuses, as aids


To intellectual and social digestion.
If the

young Merry host

Acquaintance should boast,

Or kindred,

or authorship pat,

With some

of our jokes,

We confess('tis no hoax)
To amuse other

We

folks,

have riddled the Museum "Chat/3

Now we beg you will


If

you happen

to

show,

know,

Why the Editor, painstaking soul ?


Is like the cold

storm

Which, in climates bright and warm,

Where
Come

gallinippers swarm,

shivering

down from the

pole ?

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Bible,
4.
5.
6.

man
7.

eat

Wlio prolongs his work to as great a length as pos


and still completes it in time ?

Why are young ladies like arrows


Why is a philanthropist like an old horse
How can five persons divide five, eggs, so
?

and

shall receive one,

How many

still

that each
one remain in the dish ?

soft-boiled eggs could the giant Goliah

upon an empty stomach

8.

What

9.

Two fathers have

fishes

have

their eyes nearest together

each a square of land.

One

father

divides his so as to reserve to himself one-fourth in the

form of a square

thus

Ti;e other father divides his so as to reserve to himself

one-fourth in the form of a triangle

They each have four

among

sons,

thus

and each divides the remainder

his sons in such a

way

that each son will share

equally with his brother, and in similar shape.

were the two farms divided ?

How

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What

is

that

which

but never eaten

13.

is

PUZZLES.

Off

often brought to table, often

My first is four-sixths of a step that is long,


My second is a person of state
My whole is a thing that is known to be wrong,
;

And
14.

Why

is

a strong

symptom

of hate.

are your nose and chin always at variance

my first you can not stand,


second beauteous fair command
Together I attend your will,
And am your humble servant still.
Without

15.

My

16.

17.
18.

Why ought a fisherman to be very wealthy?


Why is a man in debt like a misty morning
Who was the first that bore arms

There is a word of seven letters; the first two reman, the first three refers to woman, the first four
signifies a great man, the seven a great woman.
19.

fers to

am a word
am the name

20. I

and I

of five letters. Take away


of what adorns the estate of

my

first

many

of

Take away my first and second,


and lam the name of a place where all the world was
once congregated.
Take away my last, and I am the
name of a beautiful mineral. Take away my two last,
and I am the name of a fashionable place of resort. I
the nobility of England.

am

small in stature, but capable of doing a great deal of


London in the year 1666.

mischief, as I once did in

21. Spell eye-water four letters.


22.

23.

24.

Why is swearing like an old coat


Why is a thump like a hat
Why is an inn like a burial-ground
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27. If a fender cost six dollars,

what

will a ton of coal

come to?
28.
it

What word

will

make

29.

My

it

is

that to

which

if

you add a

syllable,

shorter?

first is a very uncomfortable state,


In cold weather it mostly abounds.

My second's an instrument formed of hard steel,


That will cause the stout foe to stagger and reel,
And when
_

30.

used,

is

symptom

of hate.

My

whole is an author of greatest renown,


Whose fame to the last day of time will go down.

What

is

the longest and yet the shortest thing in

the world; the swiftest

and yet the slowest; the most


divisible and the most extended
the least valued and
the most regretted without which nothing can be done;
which devours every thing, however small, and yet gives
life and spirits to every object, however great ?
;

My first

31.

is

found in every house,

From wintry winds

it

guards.

My

second is the highest found^In every pack of cards.


My whole, a Scottish chief, is praised

By

ballad, bard,

Who for

And, dying,
32.
33.

and story,
gave his

his country
fell

life,

with glory.

Why are handsome women like bread?


Why is an avaricious man like one with

a short

memory?
34.
is

What

river in Bavaria answers the question,

Who

there?
35.

Why

is

man

an even bargain?

with wooden legs like one

who

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Why

39.

What

is

a parish bell like a good story

belongs to yourself, yet

used by others

is

more than yourself?


40. In

camps about the centre

In smiling

The

meadows

silent angler

And

all

views

must trace

I appear

seen throughout the year

me

me

in the streams,

morning dreams

in their

mob

conspicuous I stand,
Proud of the lead, and ever in command.

First in the

his tail is as
41. The head of a whale is six feet long
long as his head and half his body, and his body is half
How long is the whale ?
of his whole length.
;

hundred stones are placed, in a straight line, a


42.
yard distant from each other. How many yards must a
person walk, who undertakes to pick them up, and place
them in a basket stationed one yard from the first stone ?

My first is a part of the day,


My last a conductor of light,
My whole to take measure of time,

43.

Is useful

44. I

word

by day and by

am a word of three
my first is an article

night.

syllables,

in

each of which

common

use

my

is a

second,

an ariimal of uncommon intelligence; my third, though


not an animal, is used in carrying burdens. My whole
is

a useful
45.

46.
47.

art.

There was a man who was not born,


His father was not born before him,
He, did not live, he did not die,.
And his epitaph is not o'er him.

Why is agnail, fast


Why does a miller

in the wall, like

an old

wear a white hat ?

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My

a letter commanding to wed,


your sole till it reaches your head
Nothing worth as a whole, it is plain to all men
That divided in halves, it is equal to ten

Or

first is

to

lift

My second, though
Is

It

nothing, compared to the other,

worth more as a partner than its double-faced brother;


moans and it sighs, and when joined to my first,

Pronounces the doom of the sinner accursed.

My

third,

On

the worth and position of neighbors and friends,

you

will find his whole value depends

And, when both the other two following fair,


Changes doom to desire, and a curse to a prayer.

My

though it formeth no part of a hundred,


it can justly and evenly be sundered
found in the elements everywhere present,
found in all seasons, unpleasant or pleasant,
the chief of all lands, and yet can not wait

fourth,

Shows where
'Tis

'Tis
'Tis

On

continent, hemisphere, empire, or state.

Though

ne'er in Great Britain suspected to lower,


heart
of each quarter of that mighty power \
'Tis the

always belonged to the animal race,


In the mineral kingdom they gave it a place,
&nd, being impartial, they could not deny,
It

The vegetable order

Lnd

In beast, bird, or

My

its

virtue to try

yet, since creation, it


fish, root,

never was known


branch, stem, or stone.

and barngj
and yarns*
In England, in Saxony, France, and old Wales,
And in sundry more places it always prevails.
Of quadrupedal origin still it is known
[tiona
In bipedal families oft to be shown
But the strangest of all its strange forms, and cohdi-

whole you'll find growing

Or grown

in pasture

in coats, carpets, warm blankets,

Is seen in the covering of sage politicians.

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What

is

that

54:.

When

is

a boat like a knife?

55.

What

part of

56.

Plow many black beans

57.

Why

58.

What

kin

own

son

53.

Bight

which

but never out of

is invisible,

father's

Why

60/

What

in

is

France

will

make

five white ones?

a dandy like a haunch of venison

is

59.

London

is

that child to

is

its

father

who

is

not

its

a rose-bud like a promissory note

biblical

father calling his son

name

is

there which expresses a

by name, and

his son replying

61.

Why is

an orange not like a church bell?

62.

Why

the largest city in Ireland likely to be the

is

largest city in the

world ?

and a circle complete,


upright where two semicircles meet,
rectangle triangle standing on feet,

63. Three-fourths of a cross,

An

Two

semicircles,

and a

circle complete.

64.

What

smells most in a drug shop

65.

Why

should doctors attend to window-sashes

66.

G.a.J

67.

What

is

that

one can see where


68. Spell

69.

What

supper

which every one can

it

has been divided

hard water with three


letters of

the

divide, but no

letters.

alphabet come too late

foi

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Pronounced

and written with three,


and two only in me
I'm double, I'm single, I'm black, blue, and gray,
I am read from both ends, and the same either way,
I am restless and wandering, steady and fixed,
And you know not one hour what I may be the next.
I melt, and I kindle beseech, and defy,
I am watery and moist, I am fiery and dry.
I am scornful and scowling, compassionate, meek
I am light, I am dark, I am strong, I am weak.
I'm piercing and clean, I an? heavy and dull
Expressive and languid, contracted and full.
I'm a globe and a mirror, a window, a door,
An index, an organ, and fifty things more.
I belong to all animals under the sun,
And to those who were long understood to have

Two

as one letter,

letters there are,

none.

My language is plain,
And

though

it

can not be heard,

I speak without even pronouncing a word.

Some

call

me

a diamond

Others talk of

my

some say I am jet

water, or

how

am

set.

I'm a borough in England, in Scotland a stream,


And an isle of the sea in the Irishman's dream.
The earth without me would no loveliness wear,
And sun, moon, and stars at my wish disappear.
Yet so frail is my tenure, so brittle my joy,
That a speck gives me pain, and a drop can destroy.
73.
to

"What vessel

is

that

which

is

always asking leave

move?
(

74. Translate the following into Latin

42, 8 rocks, e e e e e e e e
75.

How is

with a forceps

with an awl

it
;

that

& e,

46. 2. 14. 8. 0.

you can work with an awl, but not

while I can work with a forceps, and not

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Add, was the word the master gave to Dick,


Dick scratched his head, and looking rather thick
Replied, " Hereafter it would make it stiek?'
"Dick," cried the master, " rudeness is a sin
Behold the stocks, I'll surely put you m."
" That," answered Dick, " won't alter it a feather.
Hereafter it would make it hold together"
" Dick," said the man, ".if you insult me so,
Your shoulders and my rod I'll put in Co?*
" "lis all the same," said Dick, " my worthy master,
Hereafter it would make it stick the faster?*

78.
79.
80.

"Why

is

Why is
Why is

France
a

woodman

82.

Why

is

like a stage actor

the hour of noon on the dial-plate like a

pair of spectacles
81.

like a skeleton

the best baker most in want of bread

Whether old Homer

tippled wine or beer,

Julep or cider, history

is

not clear

But plain it is the bard, though wont to roam,


But for one liquid, never had left home.

84.

Why is a coward like a mouse- trap


Why is green grass like a mouse

85.

What two

83.

not proper
86.

why

reasons

whispering in company

is

My

first is found on the ocean wave,'


In the spring, the pit, and the mine
My second below earth's surface you have,
Where seldom the sun can shine.
My whole your dinner-table must grace,
And seldom fails to obtain a place.
.

87.

Why

is

a gooseberry pie like counterfeit

money

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88.

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92
89.

Why

does a fisherman blow his horn

90.

Why

is

there no danger of starving in a desert ?

Take half of the needle


By which sailors steer

91.

Their ship through the water,

Be

it cloudy or clear
not really break it
This of all things were worst

Do

But

your mind take

in

And

this

makes

my

it,

first.

At thanksgiving

My

or Christmas,
second you see

With care well compounded,


From grain, shrub, and tree.
My whole like some people
Who make great pretense,
Of words have a plenty,
But no great stock of
$2.

How

is

that Methuselah

it

when he died before


93.

My

was the

oldest man,

his father?

a negative greatly in use,

first is

By which

sense.

when they mean to refuse


Fashion, or so called in France,
But, like other whims, is the servant of chance.
people begin

My

second

An

article

is

always in use

is

my

whole,

With

texture and form under fashion's control


But, alas not a thing can it see which goes by,
!

Although many have four

sights,

and

all

have one

eye.
94.

What

is*

that which, supposing

its

greatest breadth

be four inches, length nine inches, and depth threo


inches Anntains a solid foot ?
to

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My tongue is long, my

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And

My

breath

yet I breed no

voice

And

you hear both

yet I have no

is

strong,

strife

and near,

far

life.

waterman rows a given distance, a, and back


97.
again in h hours, and finds that he can row c miles with
the current, for d miles against it. Required, the time of
rowing down, the time of rowing up, the rate of current,
and the rate of rowing.
98.

As

Up

was beating on the

starts a hare before

far east grounds,

my

two greyhounds

The dogs, being light of foot, did fairly run,


To her fifteen rods, just twenty-one
And the distance that she started up before,
Was six-and-ninety rods, just and no more
Now, I would have you Merry boys declare
;

How far

they ran, before they caught the hare.

99. Is it possible to put twelve pieces of

rows, and have four in a


100.

row

in six

A gentleman sent a servant with a present of nine

ducks, with this direction


" To Alderman Gobble, with

The servant took out

three,

number

As

letters
all

form

ducks."

me

it

so diat i^o

of the ducks.

How

neither erased nor altered a letter.

Four

ix.

and contrived

direction corresponded with the

101

money

did he do

quite complete,

who breathe do show

Reversed, you'll find I

am

the seat

Of infamy and woe.


Transposed, you'll see I'm base and

Again of Jewish race


Transposed once more, I

To hide a lovely

face.

mean 5

oft

am

seett

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103.

My first is

name

the

to an article given

For ladies and dandies to put on their linen ;


It comes from the forest, IVe heard people say,

And

is

made from

My second is a
The juice of
mouth

the skin of an animal gay.

fruit that
it is

sour,

comes from the South,


and 'twill pucker your

found in candy shops all over the town,


And, stranger to say, it is almost round.
'Tis

My whole is an article that is often seen


In the gardens and fields almost covered with green;
It is very sweet, and also pleasant to eat,
And in hot summer days affords a rich treat.
104:.

My

first is

half of

what implies good-humor

my

second makes sense of my first ; my third sounds like the


cry of a kitten; my fourth is a consonant and vowel combined ; my fifth, with the addition of the initial of my
third, would imply silence ; and my whole is what many
boys and girls prize highly.
105. I

am composed

My
"
"
"
a

of twelve letters.
a substance dug out of the earth.
6, 11, 12, 8, is a numeral.
4, 2, 3, is an ancient instrument of war.
12, 8, 1, is a vessel used in former times.

2, 8, 9, is

a vowel.
4, 7, 1, 9, is a hard substance.
10, 9, is a pronoun.
My whole is now before you.
5, is

"
"

106.
if

My

first is

you guess

it.

appropriate,

My

my

second

whole elevates the

'tis

sole

nine to one

above the

earth.

107.

Why is

108.

What do we

a conundrum like a monkey


all

do when we

first

get into bed

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111. There is one


is

word

certain letter in
112.

My

may be

first

And

and you make

it,

which
change a

in the English language

universally considered a preventive of

harm

an act of cruelty.

it

fashioned of iron or wood,

window

or door for safety is placed ;


In village or town it does more harm than good,
Leading people their health, time, and money
at

to waste.

My second's

a lady, bewitching and fair,


people will labor and strive ;
Will rise before dawn, and be wearied with care,
And pursue her with ardor as long as they live.
My whole is what ladies admire and approve,
The shopkeeper's boast the purchaser's prize ;

And

for love of her

ninepenny chintz 'tis a one-shilling glove


is something which makes people open their

'Tis a
It

eyes.

113.

At what

distance must a

body have

quire the velocity of 1,600 feet per second


114.

Of what

115.

Why

116

My

is

is

the sun in

May?

a small horse like a young musk-melon?

first

With
Its

trade

fallen to ac-

must grace a legal deed,


companion, firm and red

its

help in marriage, too, they need,


Before the blessing can be said.

My

second half a hundred

If in the shortest

You
I

soon must guess

may

is,

way you

me

spell

after this,

as well the secret

tell.

My

whole, by his celestial strains


Bears the rapt soul to worlds above

The Great

And

Creator's

tells

power proclaims,

of the Redeemer's love.

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119.

My

for defense

the articles ;

whole

is

my

second

is

meant

my third is a preposition my fourth is one of


my fifth is one of the United States. My
;

a large city in Europe.

My

120.

PUZZLES.

a boy's nickname ;

first is
;

Off

first is

And

stationed near your heart,

serves to brace the mortal frame

Of young and

forms a part,
gives a name.
Who builds a ship must it employ,
To give it strength to stem the flood,
And Adam felt no real joy

And

to fair

Till in

old

it

woman

new form by him

it

stood.

My second may

be long or short,
Or tight or loose, or wet or dry,
Of cotton, silk, or woolen wrought,
Of any texture, strength, or dye-

Be made of iron, gold, or steel,


Of love or hate, of good or ill,

May gently bind, or heavy feel,


May give support, or rudely kill;

My

whole

And what

formed by fashion, skill, and care,


few ladies from their dress can spare.

is

121. How long would a ball be falling, from the top of


a tower that was 400 feet high, to the earth?
122.

Why

123.

The

same

are chairs like

men?

foot of a ladder 60 feet long remaining in the

place, the top will just reach a

on one side of the


other side.

How

street,

wide

is

window 40

and another 30
the street

feet

feet high
high on the

124. There is a pile of cannon-balls, the ground tier of


which contains 289 balls, and the top tier one ball. Require the whole number of balls in a pile.

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What

housewife does not know


to place my first ?
When nicely done, it will not show ;
Conspicuous, it is worst.
My second all the world must do,
Either with head or hand,

127.

skillful

When, where

In different ways the same pursue.

On

water, or on land.
whole
& picture is of life,
My
Yaried with good or ill,
With bright or dull, with light or dark,
Arranged with art and skill.
128.

What

cure the

is

that

which

cold and pay

will

make you

catch cold

the doctor's bill ?

12$.

Why is a joke like a cocoa-nut

130.

When did

Esau, the hairy man, lose his whiskers 1

Why do postmasters deserve the execration of


Americans ?

131.
truie

132.

all

Just equal are my head and tail,


My middle slender as can be,
Whether I stand on head or heel,

same to you or me.


head should bo cut off,

'Tis all the

But if
The

my

matter's true, although

'tis

strange,

My

head and body, severed thus,


Immediately to nothing change

133. If a loafer,

on his upper

Kv

134:.

smoking a

lip, is it

sin

ing

cigar, sets fire to the

procur damn
ed
ation.
pa purchas salv

transgre
ers

dy Redeem

brush

a case of spontaneous combustion

ssion

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135.

4
MAKES
E&W^

136.

ymmmM
UNDISSfWBlED

yvnuz

187.

What
2*

sailors dread.

!!

138.

i.

rv.

Go wide o'er the world,


And everywhere seek me
In earth, sea, or air,
Thou never shalt meet

Go wide

o'er the

I always

am

In whirlwinds I revel,
Yet in zephyrs expire
I flourish in warmth,

me

world

there

Wherever thou roamest,


In earth, sea, or air

And

I perish in fire

The winter I cherish,


Yet each season I shun
Half living in harvest,
In summer, undone
1

v.

ir.

Go speak to the woodland,


And question of me
Oh ne'er shall thou find me,

I go with the ghoul

With

I hoot with the owl

forest or tree

Go, speak

to the

am

there,

ever

And

woodland,

come with the warlock

I shriek with the wizard


I ride

on the hazel

Which witches have rent

live in its whispers,

Though

lighter than air

I fly on the

seek for

VI.

my

breath

Ah, ocean and river,


Reveal but my death
Go, winnow the wave,
Tho' with winter it shiver
There there shalt thou find
'Mid ocean and river
[me,

139.

Why is

Christian
140.

I perish in thought.

So

to all

and

to each,

I bid you adieu

Yet

to all

and

to each,

I stay double with

you

the boy that disturbs a hive like a true

is

which has eyes and sees not, ears


and smells not, yet is often regarded

that

not, nose

as the ieavrideal of a
141.

come and

I go
Oft unseen and unsought
I live but in words

What

and hears

wing

Which the eagle hath bent

m.
Go, winnow the wave,

And

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!;

human

being.

Why is the elephant his own

servant

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142.

Which

143.

Who

144.

146.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

as

of the forest trees bears gain ?

was the heaviest of mechanics

Fm

a heavy drag

Cut

off

And
145.

my

few things more slow.

head, and give

me

a bow,

swiftly through the air I go.

Why
Why

are two heads better than one

a cart-horse always in the wrong place

is

147. I follow the plough,

Have

and yet

1 never walk,

plenty of teeth, yet neither eat nor talk,

Am strongly barred^ and yet I never close,


I scratch and break, but never deal in blows.
148.

What

is

that

which has many

leaves, but

stem?
149.

Why

is

the letter

like an incendiary

no

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BOOK OF

PTJZZLflB.

150. Arithmetical Puzzle. This consists of six slips of


paper or card, on which are written numbers as expressed
in the following

columns
1

A
__
3
5

13
15
17
19
21
23
25
27
29
31
33
35
37
39
41
43
45
47
49
51
53
55
57
59
61
63

The

9
10
11

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63

32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50

2
3
6

18

19
22
23
26
27
30

31
34
35
38
39
42
43
46
47
50
51
54
55
58
59
62
63
slips

7
10
11
14
15

9
11

7
12
13
14
15
20
21
22
23
28
29
30

12
13

14
15

24
25
26
27
28
29
30

31

31

36
37
38
39
44
45
46
47
52
53
54
55
60

40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
56
57
58

61
62

63

59
60
61

62
63

being thus prepared, a person

is

51

52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
to think of

any one of the numbers which they contain, and

to give

mebry's book of puzzles.


expounder of the question those

to the

number thought

of occurs.

St

which the
number, the

slips in

To discover

this

expounder has nothing to do but to add together the numbers at the top of the columns put into his hand. Their
sum will express the number thought of.
Example. Thus, suppose we think of the number 14.

We

find that this

marked B,

number

is

in three of the slips, viz.,

and D, which are therefore given to


the expounder, who, on adding together 2, 4, and 8, ob-

those

tains 14, the

The

trick

C,

number thought

may be

of.

varied in the following manner

In-

stead of giving to the expounder the slips containing the

number thought of, these may be kept back, and those in


which the number does not occur be given. In this case,
the expounder must add together, as before, the numbers
at the top of the columns,

and subtract their sum from

The remainder will be the number thought of.


The slips containing the columns of numbers are usually marked with letters on the back, and not above the
columns, as we have expressed them. This renders the
deception more complete, as the expounder, knowing beforehand the number at the top of each column, has only
to examine the letters at the back of the slips given him,
when he performs the problem without looking at the
numbers, and thus renders the trick more extraordinary.

63.

151.

A pair of little quadrupeds,


Transpose them, and you'll find
The lords of ocean, or the aids
For disciplining mind
Or that which cheers the midnight hour,
;

Or

Now

gilds the flagstaff high

And
152.

When

your transposition power.


for the answer try.

test

is

a chair like a rich lady's dress

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153. One jp, one % four a's, two r's, two $'s, two Ts
what do they make, and who has made a fortune by them f
154.

What odd number

half clear of a fraction

will give,

on being divided,

155. I'm in the book, but not on

any

leaf;

I'm in the mouth, but not in lip or teeth


I'm in the atmosphere, but never in the air ;
I wait on every one, but never on a pair
I am with you wherever you may go
And every thing you do I'm sure to know ;
Though when you did it I should not be there,
Yet when 'twas done, you'd find me in the chair.
;

156.

What

Noah's ark
157. I

"
"
"
"
"
"

158.

the difference between Joan of

am composed

My
"

is

Arc and

4, 6, 10, is

of seventeen letters.

what we

5, 8, 14, 11, is

all do.

a great part of the body.

name

of a

1, 13, 9, 15, is

the

7, 16, 2, 10, is

a part of speech.

13, 8, 3, is the

name

6, 15, 14, is

fish.

of a fowl.

a girl's name.

17, 6, 10, 15,

is

very useful to vessels.

13, 6, 12, is a personal pronoun.

My whole is what we may all expect if we


My first is an instrument, which, though

live.

small,

has more power than any monarch on earth. It is the


lover's friend and the poet's pride ; yet has overthrown
kingdoms, ruined reputations, set folks together by the

and caused more destruction than plagues, pesti


My second, though not quite so mis
chievous, is very destructive when in improper hands, and
my whole, though employed against my first, is deemed
its friend and improver.

ears,

lence, or famine.

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LEAP FROG.
159. This

a most

is

excellent pastime.
It
should be played in a
spacious place, out of
doors, if possible, and

the

more there

are en-

gaged in it, provided


they be of the same
height and agility, the
better

the sport.

is

will suppose a
at play

of

Let

We

dozen
eleven

them stand

in a
row, about six yards
apart,

with

all

their

faces in one direction,

arms folded, or their hands resting


on their thighs, their elbows in, and their heads bent forward, so that the chin of each rests on his breast, the
right foot advanced, the back a little bent, the shoulders
rounded, and the body firm. The last begins the sport
'

by taking a short run, placing his hands on the shoulders


of the nearest player, and leaping with their assistance
of course, springing with his feet at the same time
over
his head, as represented in the cut.
Having cleared the
first, he goes on to the second, third, fourth, fifth, etc., in
succession, and as speedily as possible.
When he has
gone over the last, he goes to the proper distance, and

places himself in position for

all

the players to leap over

whom

him in their turn. The


him over the second,

first

has gone over, the one

who begun

self in like

manner

he passed, follows
and when he

third, fourth, etc.

for the others to

game places himjump over him. The

and so on

until the parties are

third follows the second,


tired.

over

the

:;

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40
160.

His heart was

When
With

sad,

and

pttzzlJes.

his foot

was

sore,

a stranger knocked at the cottager's door


travel faint, as the night fell

down,

He had missed his way to the nearest town,


And he prayed for water to quench his thirst,
And he showed his purse as he asked for my first,
The

cotter

was moved by the

stranger's tale,

He

spread the board, and he poured the ale


" The river," he said, " flows darkly down
Betwixt your path and the lighted town,

And far from hence its stream is crossed


By the bridge on the road that you have
Gold may not buy, till your weary feet
Have

lost

traversed the river and reached the street.

;
but the wandering moon
Will be out in the sky with her lantern soon
Then cross o'er the meadow, and look to the right,
And you'll find my second by her light."
My second shone like a silver floor,
When the traveler passed from the cotter's door ;
He saw the town on its distant ridge,
Yet he sighed no more for the far-off bridge
And his wish of the night soon gained its goal,
For he found my first when he reached my whole.

The thing you ask

161.

What two

162. I 8

letters of the

alphabet

make a prophet!

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jm

163. Plant an orchard of twenty-one trees, so that there


shall

be nine straight rows, with

five trees in

each row,

the outline a regular geometrical figure, and the trees


at

unequal distances from each other.


164.

B yy
r^ for V
JJ nice

what a

fool

b.

all

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BOOK OF PUZZLES.

165. "What part of the horse resembles

you

166.

"Why

is

a horse like the prophet Elijah

167.

Why

is

168.

Why

is it

169.

My

used

new married man

first is

whole

is

like a horse

profitable to keep fowl

a collection of water ;
of myself; my third

when speaking

41

my
is

second

a fruit

is

my

a town in Hindostan.

170. "

Thomas," said Charles, " you are good at figures, please give me & figurative answer to this question:
What ought one to do who arrives at a friend's houso

too late for dinner?"

Thomas,
1028,40.

after thinking a little,

What was his meaning ?

wrote the following

meeey's book of puzzles.

4B
171.

A teacher,

having

young

fifteen

ladies

under hei

to take a walk each day of the week.

wished them
to walk in five divisions of three ladies each
but no two ladies were to be allowed to walk together
twice during the week. How could they be arranged to
suit the above conditions ?

care,

They were

172.

My

first is

a letter, an insect, a word,

That means

My
?

next

is

to exist

letter, a

it

moves

like a bird.

small part of man,

Tis found in all climes

search where you oan.

My third is a something seen in all brawls.


My next you will find in elegant halls.
My last is the first of the last part of day,
never in play.
whole gives a light, by some men abhorred.
The blessings from which no pen can record.

Is ever in earnest, yet

My
173.

What number

100 and 164, shall

is that,

make them

which, added separately to


perfect squares?

174-.

Why

is

175.

Why

are mortgages like burglars

176.

the letter

I'm composed of

A turkey,

like death

letters four,

hen
Behead me, and I upward
Put on my head again,
cock, or

soar.

Transpose me, then a beast I am,

Both bloodthirsty and wild,


That preys on many a helpless lamb,
And oft devours a child.
177. I

am

or injure.
again^ I

am

a word of three letters, signifying to spoil

Transposed, I
a part of the

am an

human

animal.

frame.

Transposed

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178.

"Why

43

a grist-mill like the court-martial which

is

cashiered Fremont ?
*

have wings, yet never fly


I have sails, yet never go
I can't keep still, if I try,

179.

Yet forever stand

to

just so.

180.

Why

181.

What

Scripture character was a stupid sheep

182.

What

animal that always has a cold chin

keep the
183.

is

a grist-mill like an orange-tree

ladies' chins

What two

altar is certainly

184.

Why

reasons

What

is it

is

why

is

used

a young lady going to the

going wrong ?
dangerous

more than two reasons


185.

warm

for

teetotaler to

for the faith that is in

him

have

the most cheerful part of an arsenal?

mekby's book of puzzles.

44
186.

When

the teeth

187.

does the tongue assume the functions of

My

first is

my

pany, and

company, my second
company.

An emblem

188.

is

without com-

third calls

My
Up

first

of stupidity,

in forests found

in air oft rises high,

Though fastened to the ground,


But by sharp means it is removed,
And managed various ways
;

By

art or skill

may be improved,

Or, perhaps,

it

makes a

blaze.

My

second is of every kind,


Is good, or bad, or gay
;

Is dull or bright, to suit all minds,

By

night as well as day.

The patient seaman keeps with care my whole,


And well it knows his secrets night and day
And though it has no tongue, nor heart, nor soul,
the story of the ship's long way.

It tells

189. There

is

a word of six

letters at either end,

make one
190.

of the most useful

members

Tell

me why

But

forty dollars to a friend,

It

is it, if

What

if five

is

that

Take ofl three


and it will

letter,

of the body.

you lend

does your kindness more

Than
191.

letters.

and add another

commend

hundred you should send

which

is less

tired the longer

it

runs

Why

is a tailor finishing your pants like a polite


192.
host serving his guests with water-fowl ?

What was a month old


weeks old now ?

193.
five

at Cain's birth, that is not

merey's book of puzzles.

194.

What

stocking

looks worse on a lady's foot than a darned

195.

Which

196.

What is

197.

45

of the girls can answer questions best?


the shape of a kiss

My first is

a busy industrious thing,

Without which no bundle your porter can bring

My

second is nothing to speak of, yet stands


For thousands and millions, in money or lands ;
My third is a question we meet every day,
Relating to things we do, think, or say
My whole is the questioner once it was you,
whew
If not, 'twas your brother, or cousin, or
It was somebody else whom your grandmother knew.

merry's book of puzzles.

4:6

am composed

198. I
1

4 2

2 3, 3 4

3,

199.

My
"
"
u
"

200. I

of four

We

letters.

do not 4 2

3,

2.

a preposition.
second implies more than one.
third is a pronoun.
first is

fourth

some people do not pay.

whole

is

am

not consistent.

word of four

used in prayer.

letters often

Transposed, I become what every one professes.


Transposed again, I become an adjective, the qualities of which every one despises.
Transposed again, I am part of a horse.

My

201.

first is

poison, slow yet sure,

That preys on many frames

Compounded

oft of things

Many

has lost his soul,

impure,
And called by many names.
My first and second form my whole,
That's one of Satan's dens

man

Through meeting there with


202. I

am

a word of four letters

friends.

the name of a Cape.

Transposed, I am a portion of the earth's surface.


Transposed again, I am a kind of meat.
Transposed again, I become a verb signifying to
wash.

203. I prove 2

x
x2

1,

thus

then x 3

ax

(x

a = ax a
= a (x
+

a) (x

Who

2a
2

a)

will detect the fallacy

ft)

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204. In

what ship, and


engage?

in

what capacity, do young

ladies like* to

205.

Ethereal thing, on unseen wing,

Through space
It

nothing

Yet

sees,

all that's

my
it

first is

wandering

nothing knows,

known and

seen

it

shows.

Brick, iron, mud, stone, reed, or wood,

My second

in all climes

has stood

A lodge, a nest, where love may


Or

rest,

a prison, gloomy, dark, unblest.

Away

on the bleak and desolate peak


the rude tempests howl and shriek,
Like a friendly eye, looking out from the sky*
My whole to the wanderer gleams on high.

Where

206.

What

kind of a ship did Solomon object to

48
207. There are two

the

sum

numbers whose product added


is 109, and the difference

of their squares

whose squares

to

of

is 24.

In every hedge my second is,


As well as every tree,
And when poor school-boys act amiss,

208.

It often is their fee.

My

likewise

first

Yet

My

total for

Composed

My

209.

my

third

titude

210.

first is

we must

my

whole

What

Add

is

a pronoun
all
is

the

213.

is fitted,

of brass or

do

my

tin.

my

is

that

second

fourth

is

is

difference

between a grandmother

it

twenty.

which the dead and living do

When winter months have passed


And summer suns shine bright,

away,

You ope the coffer where I lay,


And bring my first to light.

My second is a valiant knight,


Who wears his crest and spur,
And when he's challenged to
He does not long demur.

My

a fight,

whole, as ancient fables say,

Was

once a friend of Juno,


In dress he makes a great display
His name by this time you know.
214.

not high

a pronoun of mul-

musical.

one to nine and make

212. "What

same time

always wicked,

my first

and her infant grandchild


211.

is

ne'er committed sin,

Why

is

a bullet like a tender glance?

at the

'

meeey's book of puzzles.

215.

When innocence first had its


In my first's lovely form it
And
In

My

still

to this time,

my first it

dwelling on earth,
alighted

from the hortr of

its birth.

has greatly delighted.

second's a part of a smart lady's dress,

Yet on age
Again,

'tis

it

may also be found


when the heart feels

a garb

And my whole
216.

49

Why

distress

does with pleasure abound.

are children at play like a bird in her nest?

merry's book of puzzles.

50
217.

My

male or female, young or old,


you are forced to doubt one
Much must we pity the false heart or cold,
'

first is

Tis very sad if

Who is so selfish as to live withomt


My second is a noble work of art,
Which
Though

brings together distant shores and lands

neither feet

it

'Tis often|furnished

My

one.

has, nor head, nor heart,


with a hundred hands.

whole in youth or age, sickness or health,

In joy or sorrow, charms to life can give;


Without it, all in vain are hoards of wealth,

By

we

unblest in solitude

it

live.

218.

What

219.
220.

Why is a dog like a tanner


Why are A B's successors seedy?

221.

What

spice are the

Hindoos fond of?


?

222. I

is

nothing good for

am composed

of four letters

the
the

initials

of the principal personages in Europe


river in Russia; transposed, I

am

of foui

name

of a

a part of the Crystal

Palace transposed again, I am not proud, although ele


vated above the heads of most people.
;

223.

My first is when
Sweeps

When

the

summer wind

rustlingly through the trees,

the jasmine spray and the eglantine

Are swayed by the whispering breeze


My second, a weapon of bloody strife,
Of steel, so cruel and cold,

Which

ruthlessly takes the soldier's

life,

The cowardly, and the bold;


My whole is a Poet, by every one known,
So wide is his renown.
224.

Why

is

the letter

like a

young spendthrift!

merry's book of puzzles.

51

Why is memory like the peacock?


My first in the garden luxuriantly grows,

225.
226.

Delicious and sweet, as every one knows;


a noisy, vain, garrulous thing,

My second

The lord of a harem,

My
227.

whole

is still

as proud as a king
prouder, and seems to rejoice

As much

in his tail as

One man

said to another,

he does in his voice.

" Give

me

one of your

sheep, and I shall have twice as many as you." The


other replied, " No, give me one of yours, and I shall
have as many as you."
many had each ?

How

228.

Where were

229.

Where

230.

*-

Why

is

potatoes

did cherries

first

found?

come from ?

a ship under full sail like Niagara!

;;

merry's book of puzzles.

52

231. O'er a mighty pasture go

Sheep in thousands,

As

to-day

we

silver white

see them, so

In the oldest grandsire's sight.


never waning old

They drink

Life from an unfailing brook

There's a shepherd to their fold,

With a silver-horned
From a gate of gold let

crook.
out,

Night by night he counts them over

Wide

the field they rove about,

Never hath he lost a rover


True the dog that helps to lead them,
One gay ram in front we see

What

the flock, and who doth lead them,


Sheep and shepherd, tell to me ?

232. I am a word of four letters.


Take off my hat, and
you have something which you do every day.
Take
off my head, and you have a preposition.
Leave off my
head and put on my hat, and you have something used
Entire, and taken backward, with my
before a door.
two middle letters transposed, I am a very convenient
thing.

I,

myself,

am

often eaten.

233.

What

234.

What animal

resembles the sea, and

why ?

235.

What

is

the most windy, and

why?

236.

What animal

237.

What

part of a ship was Cain?

animal

animal

is

like

is like

an apothecary

a stone-breaker

238. A man had a bar of lead that weighed 40 lbs., and


he divided it into four pieces in such a way as to allow
him to weigh any number of pounds from one to forty
How did he manage the matter ?

merry's book of puzzles.

239.

What

240.

Why

241. If a
tree

stand

242.

is

a farm-yard like a hotel

woman

stands behind a tree,

Wherein does a turkey-cock

men buy

on equal shares.

worn away his share.


must each one use?
244.

how

does the

243. Three
ter,

the best key to a good dinner

is

53

What two

differ

from a lady

a grindstone, 40 inches in diame-

Each one

is

to use it until

How many

letters of the

he has

inches in diameter

alphabet do children like

best?
245.

Why

are

Cashmere shawls

like deaf persons

MERRY

64
246.

Ye

mortals

BOOK OF

wonder!

! ;; ; ;

PTTZZLES4

I'm an

elf,

strange, mysterious thing;

More powerful than


Within a magic

the sprites

all

ring.

although I have no tongue


and
the soul
I sing and many a song I've sung
I speak

I speak,

thrill

Resounds, while ages roll.


a weapon, strong and keen,

am

made

All

But human

not senseless flesh*


sharp two-edges feel.

My
The

of glittering steel
souls

was born

greatest writer e'er

But, ah

For what

a thievish

elf;

I write is not, alas

Original with myself.


I often take a cooling bath

But, like the Ethiop's skin,

When

I have bathed, I'm blacker

still

Than when I did begin


Most kind am I; I glad the heart
Of many a wretched wight,
And many a sufferer is by me
Transported with delight.

Most

cruel I

With

I've pierced the soul

cutting,

burning darts

I've dashed the fondest hopes to earth)

I've crushed the lightest hearts.

Yet wise and powerful

A very slave

am

as I

am,

I;

I'm forced the mandates to obey


Of both the low and high.

Now,

witty brains,

tell

who

this

is.

Who blesses and who curses


Who has no hands, yet still who is
The

writer of these verses.

! ;

merry's 00 OF pxrzzLEs.

W\j

247.

248. TV

liy is

an Indian like a

flirt

an Indian like a scholar

How much

249.

balloon,

seams

is

55

silk is required to make a spherical


16 inches in diameter, without allowing for

250. All children love to go to sea, and


251. That gentle picture dost thou
Itself, its

know,

hues, and splendor gaining

Some change each moment can


Itself as perfect still
It lies

why?

bestow,

remaining

within the smallest space,

The smallest framework forms its girth,


yet that picture can embrace
The mightiest objects known on earth

And

Canst thou

to

me

that crystal

(No gem can with


"Which gives

Absorbed

all light,
is all

name

worth compare)
and knows no flame

its

creation there

That ring can in itself inclose


The loveliest hues that light the heaven,
Yet from its light more lovely goes
Than all which to it can be given I

MEEEY

56
252.

253.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

From 6 take nine, from


From 40 take 50, and 6

Why

9 take 10

remain.

marriage like truth?

is

254. Bequired to divide 45 in four parts, so that the


first

part with two added, the second with two subtracted,


by two, the fourth multiplied by two,

the third divided

shall equal each other.

255.

Where was Major Andre going when he was

captured 2
is a mansion, vast and fair,
That doth on unseen pillars rest
No wanderer leaves the portals there,
Yet each how brief a guest
The craft by which that mansion rose,
No thought can picture to the soul
Tis lighted by a lamp which throws
Its stately shimmer through the whole.

256. There

As

crystal clear,

The

single

it

rears aloof

gem which forms

its roof,

And

never hath the eye surveyed


The master who that mansion made.

257.

Why

is

a sculptor like a

man who

" splits his

sides with laughter ?"

258.

Why

conflagration

259.

used

My

were the Scribes and Pharisees like a great


?

first is

a collection of water,

when speaking

whole
260.

261.

is

of myself,

my

my

second

third is a fruit,

is

my

a town in Hindostan.

XUE,XDB,
X, 2

X U E 2 me.

Why

was Daniel

like

Nebuchadnezzar's image

meeky's book

ojf

puzzles.

67

SEE-SAV.

Several things are necessary to

make

tins sport

First, a strong bar on which to


and pleasant.
Secondly, a strong,
balance your board or plank.
straight-grained board or plank, which will not crack
Thirdly, an equal weight at each end, or
nor twist.
nearly so. Fourthly, a clear head, and a steady hand,
or foot, to keep up an even motion. With these all right 5
you will go up and down as easily and smoothly as men
safe

of business do, or political parties

but, hallo

there, boj^s,

John has tumbled off, and you will have a smash at the
other end, which will leave John's partner in doubt
whether he is up or down.
263.

What

island in the Pacific

264.

What

is

there at the

ungrammatical in
265.

Why is

this sport

is

always at this sport?

same time philosophical and


?

an elephant like a lady's


3*

veil

; ; ;;;;;; ;

mebby's book of puzzles.

68

was before the world begun,


Before the earth, before the sun
Before the moon was made, to light

266. I

With

Em

beams the

brighter

starry night

bottom of the sea,


And I am in immensity;
The daily motion of the earth
Dispels me, and to me gives birth
at the

You can not see me if you try,


Although I'm oft before your eye
Such is my whole. But, for one part,
You'll find in taste I'm rather tart

Now

become

the abode of

men

And now, for groveling beasts, a pen


I am a man who lives by drinking
Anon

keep a weight from sinking

To take me, folks go far and near


I am what children like to hear
I am a shining star on
And now, its pathway

high
through the sky;
My strength o'erpowers both iron and steel J
Yet oft I'm left behind the wheel
I'm made to represent a head ;
found in every loaf of bread ;
Such are the many forms I take,
You can not count all I can make
Yet, after all, so strange am I,
Soon as you know me, then I die.

Am

267.

sum

Henry

is

four feet high and William

of their heights multiplied by five

father's age, plus fifteen.

268.

My

first is

my

whole

is

the

name

my

third

old was their father?

of a river,
is

The

is five.

equal to their

my

second

what we are too apt


the name of an ancient city.

pleasant beverage,

and

How

is

is

to do,

MEfiSf

Soofe of Muzzles.

59

DEAF AND DUMB ALPHABET.

SINGLE HANDED ALPHABET.

269. The deaf and dumb converse with each other, and
with their teachers, by signs made with their hands.
There are two ways of making the letters with the
fingers; in one, both hands are used; in the other,
only one. Above, you see how the letters are made with

oue hand.
8Y0,

When

are the letters like the keys of a piano

MEEET

60

Up

271.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

and down two buckets ply

A single well within


"While the one comes

One

full

on high,

the deeps must win.

Full or empty, never ending,


Rising now, and now descending,

Always while you quaff from


That one

From

that well the waters living

Never both together

Come from my

272.
is

this,

lost in the abyss,

first

giving.

ay, come

the battle

dawn

nigh,

And

the screaming trump and thundering drum are calling thee to die
Fight as thy father fought, fall as thy father fell
Thy task is taught," thy shroud is wrought, so forward,

and farewell

my

Toll ye,

And

second, toll

sing thej

night

hymn

And
Go,

To

light,

upon his breast,


and the tear be shed so take

his head, the cross

Let the prayer be

him

high the flambeau's

,-

The wreath upon

said,

to his rest.

my

Call ye

Fill

of a parted soul beneath the silent

whole

ay,

call the lord of lute

him greet the sable

let

day

call

him by

his

name

no

and

pall with a noble

lay,

song

to-

hand may crave


fame on the turf of a

fitter

light the flame of a soldier's


soldier's grave.

273.

man's
274.

Once
life

the truth

in a minute, twice in a

moment, once

in a

man

said

"I

lie."

Did he

lie,

or did he

tell

meeet's book of puzzles.

61

J Am

275. Why is the butcher's dog in the parlor like your


mother receiving strange company ?

276.

Why

the house

277.

should a hound never be admitted into

Why

is

your favorite puppy like a doll?

278. How can a person live eighty years, and see only
twenty birthdays?

!!

62
279.
bottles,

280.

What

is the difference between twenty four quart


and four and twenty quart bottles?

How

will

you arrange four

9's so as to

make one

hundred ?
281.

Amid

the serpent race is one


That earth did never bear;
In speed and fury there be none
That can with it compare.
With fearful hissits prey to grasp
It darts its dazzling course,

And

locks in one destroying clasp

The horseman and the

horse.

It loves the loftiest heights to

No

bolt its prey secures

In vain

For

As

its

mail

may

haunt

valor vaunt,

steel its fury lures

slightest straw whirled

by the wind,

snaps the starkest tree ;


It can the might of metal grind,
How hard soe'er it be
Yet ne'er but once the monster tries
The prey it threats to gain
It

In

its

own wrath consumed

And
282.
boots.

while

it

A went to a shoemaker,
At

it

dies,

slays is slain.

B, and ordered a pair of

the time appointed for their completion,

A gave B a 20
dollar note, which, not being able to change, he went to
B gave A three of the
0, who gave him four $5 notes.
notes, and kept one.
The next day C came to B and told
him his $20 note was a counterfeit. B gave
four $5
notes, three of which he borrowed from D.
How much

called for his boots.

did

lose

The

price

by the operation ?

was $5.

MESBY'S BOOK OB PUZZLES.


1

283.
284.
285.
286.

When
When

a boy

he

is

falls,

what does he

fall

against?

caught stealing, what does he catch ?

How many feet ought a thief to have?


Why is Tom Tumbledown like Adam when he

the apple $

68

saw

merry's book of puzzles.

64
287.

A friend asserted

forty horses only

to me a day or two since, that


had eighty-four legs.
How did it

come ?
A RIDDLE WITHIN A RIDDLE.
288.

Moce ye
Ti

si

inugeison nose hist dilerd suesg

ton cufidlift ouy liwl socfens,

Thaw si hatt burmen hiwhc fi ouy ivdedi,


Ouy hent liwl hington veale no theire dies ?
289.

Our

family

Egypt.
often

but not much more than one


Jacob when he went to live in

is large,

third as large as that of

But, like the family of that ancient patriarch, we


migrate to other countries.
"We do not keep

whether at home or abroad we are scattered


at once masters, servants, and
slaves to forty-four millions of people.
Not a book is
printed without our aid and, what is stranger still, we are
all found at the same time in every book in every library
and country where the English language is spoken ; and
on almost every page. Sometimes, though rarely, two
together,

about in every direction,

of us stand side

by

side.

It is still

more rare

for us all

appear together arranged in the same order. Nothing


is more common with people than to place us in rows or
platoons; but whether in militia, army, or navy for some
of us are employed in all these we are seldom arranged
twice alike.
Sometimes one of us stands first; someto

times another. Sometimes a row or platoon consists of


only two or three of us ; at others of many more and
;

occasionally of twelve, fifteen, or twenty

and, strangest

we can be so placed as to make out about


50,000 rows, no two of which will be exactly alike. Must

to relate of all,

we
is

not, then, be a useful family


our family name ?

290.

six, so as to

make

nine.

Add

five

And

what, think you,

more marks

to these

MERRY

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

"What

291.
tree

that,

is

which has
twelve branch-

es,

thirty

leaves on each

and

branch,

each leaf white


on one side,
and black on
the other
l.

292.
is

What

the sociable tree?

& And
4.
6.

And
And

the tree which

And

2.

is

the busiest tree ?

The languishing

9.

And

tree

The most yielding

&

the tree where ships

7.

the dancing tree?

nearest the sea

tree

may

be ?

The

least selfish tree

the tree that bears a curse ?


chronologist tree ? H- The fisherman's tree
.

10,

The

12,

And

13

What's the

15-

And

16

The layman's

18

And the tree that makes one sad?


What the tree that in death will benight you ?
And the tree that your wants will supply ?
And the tree that to travel invites you ?
And the tree that forbids you to die ?
What tree do the hunters resound to the skies?
What brightens your house, and your mansion sus

19.

20.

21
22.
23,

24

26.

traitor's tree

the tree that

tains
26.

the tree like an Irish nurse?

is

tree?

14

And

warmest clad
17.

the tell-tale tree?


?

The housewife's

tree

What tree urged the Grecians in vengeance to rise


And fight for the victims by tyranny slain ? [you ?
The tree that will fight ? 27 And the tree that obeys

MERRY

28.
29.

And
And

B00j OF PtT22LlSS.

the tree that never stands


the tree that got up?

still ?

80.

And

the tree that

was lazy?
81.

And

the tree neither

82.

The

tree to be kissed?

84.

And what guides the ships to go forth ?


86. And the
The unhealthiest tree?

85

up nor down

And

83.

hill?

the dandiest tree?


tree of the

people?
87.

88.
40.

41.

43
44.

And

whose wood faces the north?


The emulous tree? 89. The industrious tree?
And the tree that warms mutton when cold?
The reddish-brown tree? 42. The reddish-blue tree?
And what each must become ere he's old ?
The tree in a bottle? 45. And the tree in a fog?

46.

And

47.

The

48.

And what

49.

5i

52

63.

54-

'

the tree

the tree that gives the bones pain


terrible tree

when schoolmasters

flog ?

mother and child have the name ?


The treacherous tree ? 60 The contemptible tree
And that to which wives are inclined ?
The tree that causes each townsman to flee ?
And what round fair ankles they bind ?
55 And the tree that
The tree that's entire?
-

is

split?
66.
67.

The
The

when ill ?
when we meet ?

tree half given to doctors


tree

we

offer to friends

68.

And

69

The

61

And

62.

The

68.

And in England we all


The Egyptian plague tree ?

the tree

we may

tree that's

use as a quill

immortal ?

60.

The

trees that are not?

the trees that must pass through the

fire ?

be forgot.
must admire ?

tree that in Latin can ne'er

64.

And

the tree that

dear?

is

65

And what round

66

The

67.

And

doth intwine?
must ever be near ?
the tree that by cockneys is turned into wine?
itself

tree that in billiards

merry's book of pttzzles.

293.

Which

to live in

294.

of the planets

would the

67

tortoise like best

Why

is

a picture surrounded by books like a

happy man ?
295.

Mother sent Mary

for

an evergreen.

The

gar-

dener brought a holly. Mary pointed to the sky, and the


gardener brought what she wanted.
What did Mary

mean ?
296.

When

the day breaks, what becomes of the frag-

ments ?
'297. Novus vir bonus vir ivit ad caudam
saam vestem homines mortuos.

298.

EE

299.

What

300.

Add

vel habere

Marriage be.
bird

is

that

which has no wings ?

something to 9 to make

it less.

merry's book of puzzles.

68
301.

Why is Satan

on a shed

like a

bankrupt ?

summer

302. How is it that trees put on their


without opening their trunks ?
303.

Of

three words

make

insertion of a

by the

one,

dresses,

single letter.

304.

Of a word of one

syllables,

305.

make

syllable,

by the addition of a single

Ages

ago,

a word of three

letter.

when Greece was young,

And Homer,

blind and wandering, sung


Where'er he roamed, through street or field,
My first the noble bard upheld ;

Look

to the

You'll see

Go

it

new moon

for

my

next,

there, but if perplexed,

ask the huntsman, he can show

My name he gives it many a blow


My whole, as you will quickly see,
Is a large

Which

town

in Tuscany,

ladies soon will recognize

A favorite head-dress
306.

Why

307. Mr.

supplies.

an elephant like a chair ?

is

wood being

mills for his

it

at the

of king of terrors, 10

quakers, and who, which and what.

They

to Dr. Hay
odor for Dr. Juvenile Humanity, who
preservers, and little devil behold scarlet his assistance
but, B 4 he arrived, the not legally good changed color,
[

and
i

taker
~j-

308.

ct lor.

Given the

number
309.

was

street

and the hour,

to find at

once the

city, to find at

once the

of children in the street.

Given the section of the

number of loafers and vagabonds' that

infest

it.

MEEEY

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

69

CHRISTMAS TREE.

a very curious and interesting kind of a


loaded with every variety of strange
It has no roots,
on
tables,
bare
floors, or carpets.
fruit,
but is most wonderful for its yielding powers, though it
bears only once a year, and that always on Christmas
310. This

tree.

is

It is found,

The last one that I saw was at Uncle Hiram HatchCousin Hannah thus describes it
u At last, when none of us expected it, he (Uncle H.)
threw open the folding doCrs, and let us into the little
parlor.
There was displayed the Christmas tree, in all
Every little twig bore some present; dolls
its glory.

Eve.
et's.

merry's book of puzzles.

70

and

furniture,

doll

pins,

bracelets,

ear-rings,

slippers,

watch-guards and purses, ships, windmills, and beautiful


books, besides all sorts of fruits and bon-bons, and all
blazing with light from the numberless candles that

seemed

to

grow out of the branches."

tree that, without life or root,

Without a blossom, bud, or flower,


Bears various and most precious fruit,
That comes and goes in one short hour.

My

first is an adjective, short and dry,


"Which an absence of moisture seems to imply,
Or, in reference to mind, that kind of wit,
Which is slack on the rein, and sharp on the bit

311.

My

second

a sort of hole, or den,

is

Unfit for the resort of timid men,

Whence once

the righteous came safely out,


While the wicked were wholly put to rout.

My

whole

classic fame,

me

know

312.

What

poet do miners value most?

313.

What

poet

Which
make a lion

314.
to

an author of

is

If you

Why

315.

speak

the man, please tell

is

name.

least distinguished for brevity

of the English poets


feel at

were

"

his

would be most

likely

home ?

the

never

Amalekites

allowed

to

316.

Which

317.

What

suitable
318.

of the reptiles

is

a mathematician?

Scripture character would have

husband

What two

for a tall laundress

syllables of the marriage

most interesting to the

priest

made a

ceremony are

merry's book of puzzles.

71

liPi^

hi r K 5 *

'&J-

^iZCS^

319. "What part of a house measures about

320

When

321

Why are ladies

ished house
322.

323.

824.

is

two quarts!

a door not a door?


sitting

on the stoop,

like

an unfin-

What

stone opens and shuts at your convenience!


see how me
Down will I love
And you love you
Up and you if

Read

Why is a thing purchased like

a shoe?

72
325. Why is a man who makes a wager of a cent, like
recovering from illness ?
person
a
326.

Why is

unpaid

an,

bill

like the moisture in the

morning?
327.

Why is

a sanguinary epistle like a surgeon

lamp of day,
night with paler ray

328. Ere from the east arose the

Or Cynthia

gilt the

Ere earth was form'd, or ocean knew its place,


Long, long anterior to the human race
In chaos I was found,
I did exist.
When awful darkness shed its gloom around.
In heaven I dwell, in those bright realms above,
And in the radiant ranks of angels move.
But when th' Almighty, by his powerful call,
Made out of nothing this stupendous ball,
I did appear, and still upon this earth
daily seen, and every day have birth.
With Adam I in Paradise was seen,
When the vile serpent tempted Eve to sin
And, since the fall, I with the human race
Partake their shame and manifest disgrace.
In the dark caverns of old ocean drear
I ever was, and ever shall appear.
In every battle firmly I have stood,
[blood.
When plains seem lav'd, whole oceans dy'd with
It now remains with you
But, hold no more

Am

To
329.
330.

331

find

me

out and bring

me

forth to view.

Why is a lost child like you


Why is Fremont equal to eight honest politicians?
How did Jonah feel when the whale swallowed
?

him?
332.

Why

were the Hebrews called sheep?

MEEBY

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

73

333.

Why is

334.

Under what

335.

Under what shade can you dance best?

Why

336.
ladies

is

dangerous

it

tree is

a dashing

to flirt in a hay-field

it

most proper

young buck a

to

make love?

favorite with the

am constantly in the midst of money. 2. I


continually putting people in possession of property.

337. 1. I

am
3.

I increase the

way.
for I

4.

number

am no

of most things that

come

in

my

needlewomen,
Yet whenever 1

friend to the distressed

render needles unnecessary.

undertake a dress, I infallibly


4

make

5.

it sit.

6.

am quar-

meeky's book

74

of' puzzles.

word and a blow is my maxim. 7. In fact,


a word becomes a weapon. 8. And merriment

relsorne, for a

with

me

becomes slaughter.

9.

men

drink converts

It is

commonly remarked

that

but I transform wine

into swine,

the same animals.


10. Deprived of me, certain
railway speculations come out in their true character
11. A team can draw a wagon well without me, still,

itself into

when

am

in front, the

speed

wonderfully increased.

is

Marvelous products may be obtained from peat, but


when I am extracted from earth, pure oil alone remains,
13. Let me go before, and a story is sure to be stale.
14. And if I am left out, it will be political.
15. I am
12.

strongly attached to pluralities.

16.

With

free trade, I turn corn itself into contempt.

respect to
17. I

the midst of Russia and Prussia, and abundant


the Swiss.

18.

Were

when

finished with

I take

my

in

withdrawn from that unhappy

country, Spain, nothing would be


ter sport,

am

among

left

but

grief.

departure, the evening

what remains.

At

20.

19. Afis

often

am

always
bent, though I

a soiree I

good time. 21. In person I am much


was formerly more upright. 22. As to my education, I
was always head of the school. 23. Though invariably

in

at the

bottom of

my

class.

24.

With me age

looks wise,

But a gentleman is better without me, as accompanied by me he appears feminine.


26. On the contrary,
25.

a lady ought not to part with me, for if she loses me she
seems masculine.
27. I am an unwelcome visitor, for
with me sorrow begins and happiness ends. 28. Sadness
commences, and, 29. Bliss terminates. 30. Yet it is in

my

power

to transform cares into

what

is

delightful.

338. Nebuchadnezzar's lions were very undevout when


Daniel was with them 3 and very poetical with his enemies. Please explain.
339.

Why

is

a hunter like an omnibus pickpocket?

SEEY

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

340. Figures, they say, won't


Is

something either

my

I find that, in

One

lie

Or

still

leaves

me

three.

two, by the same score,


four.

much used

a measure

first is

but here

family,

Leaves a remainder of just

My

false or queer.

taken from two

And two from


341.

in the East,

a close-covered vehicle drawn by one beast

My

second

Two

My

is

a prefix

a small preposition
a paid politician

thirds of a tavern

whole, though part of a vessel, has stood


prairie, or 'neath the great wood.

Alone on the

And
The

and mean,
proud palaces squatting between.

often is found, poor, wretched,


city's

75

meery's book of puzzles.

76

BLACK-EYED MARY'S ALGEBRAICAL PROBLEM.

Take two numbers, such that the square of the


plus the square of the second, shall equal 8; while
the first, plus the product of the first and second,
342.

first,

shall equal 6.

N B. If

any choose

be no trifling puzzle.

work

to

See

this out algebraically, it will

Merry's Museum

be found to

for 1856.

343. What's that the poor's most precious friend,

Nor less by kings respected


Contrived to pierce, contrived to rend,
And to the sword connected.
It

draws no blood, and yet doth wound

Makes

but ne'er with spoil


It prints, as earth it wanders round,
blessing on the soil.
The eldest cities it hath built,
rich,

Bade mightiest kingdom


Ne'er

Weal

345.

rise

it

nor roused to guilt

to the states that prize it

When

344.

guests

fired to war,

is

political

candidate

like

Samson's

What

is

the most suitable dance to wind off a

frolic?

346. Revolving round a disk I go

One restless journey o'er and over;


The smallest field my wanderings know,
Thy hand the space could cover
Yet many a thousand miles are passed
In circling round that field so narrow

My

speed outstrips the swiftest blast,

The
347.

Why

strongest,

bowman's arrow.

are buckwheat cakes like the caterpillar?

MERRY

348.

What

Why

350.

What

shadow
351.

it?

do

girls

is

blow bubbles better than boys?

the difference between a boy and hi*

Why is

352. I

a soap-bubble like

have no

life,

I bear,

A part

Adam?

yet, as I fly,

A thing of beauty

to the eye,

my glittering shape beneath,


of my Creator's breath

With ever-changing shade and hue


I rise

77

relation does the soap-bubble bear to the

boy who makes


349.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

and vanish from the view,

And, though a phantom deemed, I


In portions, water, earth, and air.

share,

merry's book of puzzles.

78

I go, but never

353.

stir,

I count, but never write,

I measure and divide, and,

You'll iind

my

measures

sir,

right.

I run, but never walk,


I strike, but never wound,

In
354.

When

thing he does

you much, but never

tell

my

boy

talk,

diurnal round.

falls into

the water, what

the

is

first

<

355. How would the proposed removal of the Pope to


Jerusalem be a false move for the Papacy, and a true
one for the Papal States ?

356.
357.
358.

Why is a coachman a generous man?


Why is a dog like a clock-maker's safe?
Why is the cook more noisy than a gong

359. Describe a partisan,

and answer a question

in the

same words.
360.

A word of one syllable call to your mind,


The

letters of which will, if rightly combined,


Provide you with two kinds of fuel ay, more,
warm piece of clothing and fasten your door.

361. Let

At

two

Koman

the right

fives at extremities meet.

hand of

these,

add two

circles

com-

plete;

Then five times one hundred place at the right hand,

And

a nice winters comfort they

make

as they

stand.

362.

What number

is

that which can be divided

2, 3, 4, 5,

and

and by

without a remainder?

363.

7,

How

6,

leaving, in each case, a remainder of

long ago were trunks

first

used?

by
I,

me&ry's book of puzzles.

864

I'm black or whit^ 1


brown or gray?
I'm tall or flat, Fm grave or gay,
As soft as wool, or siii Fas tin,

A nest for wits to nestle in.


I hold great intellects, yet oft

Am

bothered with the weak and

goft,

And

sometimes crusty, hard, and thick


They fill me with we' burned brick.
Fashion controls me, yet I wear

Some aspects to make fashion stare.


Though always for one place designed,
I change as often as the wind.

79

;;

;;

MEEEY SB00JS:0FPtJ2^LES*
y

80

I'm dumb, and

yet, in spite of that,

than half of every " Chat,"


I'm mild yet none can hate (don't doubt me)
Nor raise a fighting-cock without me.

Make more

365. In every

home

I stand confessed,

A friend of quiet, peace,


Take

My

off

my

and

streamers

black, brown, or red

rise,

my

Cut now again, and take

You

leave

rest

head, and on your head

my

neck

off,

substance not a speck

of,

But, with ethereal lightness gay,


I pass in idle breath away.
366.

What

367. In
368.

relation is the door-mat to the scraper?

what do grave and gay people

What

sea

differ at

would make the best sleeping-room?

Grab and Clinch,


They take an ell when you offer an inch
But I can do a smarter thing

369. "lis said of lawyers

Give

me

an

ell,

If for advice

When you
If

I will

are

it

ring

me

to

I call. for the fee

ill,

to

wend,

think you've reached the very end,

come and give

Tou

it

such a turn,

find there's something yet to learn;

If to the inn

I chuck

you

you seek for rest,


in a box or chest

The beggar's rags

He

make

you come

any road you chance

Tou

church?

make

so proud,

of his garments boasts aloud

The aged and infirm with me


Lose caution and timidity
For, young or old, to every one
I furnish, if not muscle, bone.

;;

; ;

merry's boos: Of MUZZLES.

370.

Why

is

a spotted dog most reliable

what does a dog

371. In

<*reatment of a horse

372.

One

from a groom

is

known

all earth's

Without me

Or

of a gallant vagrant band,

My name
In

differ

in every land ;
changes I am there
none may war declare,

treat of peace, or try their parts

On manufacture, tillage, arts


By me a patient saint of old
Was changed into a warrior bold
;

made

old Abner's father near

His wife was deaf, I made her hear;


His house I put upon his back
His jaw an iron bond I make
Bad spirit by my presence claims
To be the end of human aims
And a young bear is seen to be
;

A coveted jewel of the


4*

sea.

81

in his

meeey's book of puzzles.

82

373. Problem.

To make a

restless child quiet

and con*

tented.

374. Problem.

and

trious,

Why

375.

To teach

a child to be honest, indus-

useful.
is

Merry's

Museum

like a note falling

due ?

876. I consist of eleven letters.

My 9th, 7th,

and 1st, is where infants often repose;


" 3d, 10th, and 7th, is a foreign plant much used
^

::

by us;

and 11th, is to treat by


word of mouth
" 6th, 4th, 7th, and 8th, is a delicious fruit;
" 2d, 7th, and 3d, to do which affords great satis1st, 7th, 5th, 9th, 4th,

faction

"

4th, 7th,

and

an essential part of the

5th, is

head

" 3d, 10, 7th, and 8th, is often used for joy or
sorrow
" whole is the name of a distinguished writer

Museum.

for Merry's

Why

377.

378. I

W.
i,

6,

is

Merry's

Museum

like a

good wife ?

am composed

of twelve letters.
with 10, 5, 2, 9, which a 12, 8, 1, 7,
10, not to have, and which a 3, 8, 1, 12,

2, all 6, 2, 10,

6, 11, 4,

9, 11, 4, 2,

1.

5,

12,

i.

6, 11, 9, 2, 6.

379.

Why

380.

What was

the "difference

881.

What

does a bride wear on her finger?

382.

Why is

is

Merry's

Museum

like a

good mother ?

can you show


Between the Prodigal in his woe,
And Lazarus, in his low estate,
Feeding on crumbs at Dives' gate?
fish

Merry's

Museum

like a printing-office

5,

5,

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.
lc

The

rose shall cease to blow,

The second puzzle

is

way

The eagle turn a dove,


The stream shall cease to flow,
Ere I will cease to love.
The sun pliall cease to shine,
The world shall cease to move,
The stars their light resign,
Ere I will cease to love.

solved in this

2. Short shoes and^ long corns to


the enemies of freedom.

3.

The rope-maker.
The

Because they can not he got


without a bow (beau).
4.

off

5.

Because he stops at the sound

different colors represent th*


several sons' portions.
10.

The

6.

One takes the dish with the

One, after which his stomach


Qot empty.
7.

We

What men unto our wants deny


And so springs he.

is

1 1.
8.

The

9.

The

tiger couches in the wood,


waits to shed the traveler's
blood ;
So couch we.
spring upon him to supply

And

of wo.

Work, work, work

My

smallest.

labor never flags


And what are its wages ?
bed
of straw,
crust of bread and rags,
That shattered roofthis naked

first

solved in this

geometrical puzzle

way

is

floor,

table a broken chair,


wall so blank, my shadow

thank
For sometimes falling there
With fingers weary and worn,
With eyelids heavy and red,

And a

A woman

sat in

unwomanly

rags,

Plying her needle and thread-

ANSWERS

86
Stitch

stich

stitch

TO PUZZLES.
This song is well sung, I make
you a vow,
"And he is a knave that aileth

La poverty, hunger, and dirt,


And still with a voice of dolorous

now.

pitch.

She sang the " Song of the Shirt."


12.

A pack of

Nose, nose, and who gave thee


that jolly red nose ?
Cinnamon and ginger, nutnieg

cards.

and
13. Striking.

And
words

Because
between them
14.

are

Footman.

16.

Because his

me my jolly

red

nose.

passing
27.

15.

cloves,

they gave

To

ashes.

28. Short.

17. Because he
dues (dews).

is all
is

net

profit.

29. Shakespeare.

surrounded with

30. Time.
3J. Wallace.

18.

Adam.
32. Because they are often toasted.

19. Heroine.
33.

20. Spark.
21. Tear.

Because

it is

23.

Because

it is felt.

24.

Because

it

35.

is

a resting-place

There's a grim hearse horse,


In a jolly round trot,
To the churchyard a poor man
going, I wot.

The road it

Because he has

nothing

to

Full five hundred years I've hung,


In my old grey turret high,
And many a different theme I've
sung,
As the hours went winging by.
I've pealed the chimes of a wedding morn
Ere night I've sadly tolled to
say
That the maid was coming love

36

is

is

rough,

And the hearse has no springs,


And hark to the dirge the sad

lorn,

driver sings

And

" Rattle his bones over the stones,


He's only a pauper,
body owns."

whom

no-

37.

here I end

degree,
all the long day she sits in a

For

tree,

comes,

away

she,

To whit-to-whoo.
To whom drinkest thou
Noodles, to you.

lay.
spirit

wings

Of all the birds that e'er I did see,


The owl is the strangest in every

And when the night

my

The joyful can sing on


Each morn

flies

always for get-

boot.

for the traveler.

26

is

34. I, ser.

a bad habit.

22.

26.

Because he

ting.

his lofty height,

In rapt'rous

notes

he sweetly

sings,

And

hails
approaching
th'
light;
But I from grief no solace know,
No portal from the night,
All joys to me insipid grow,
Afford me no delight.

Sir
38.

Because it

is

often tolled (told)

;"

;!

ANSWEBS TO PUZZLES,
Shall behold

Your name.

89.

fair

The

40.

letter

M.

must walk two yards, one in going


and another in return-

the chief

mercy's

flag,

ensign,

wave

Then, freed from Death's terrors


and hostile alarms,
When we hear the last trump,
we'll stand to our arms.

41. Forty- eight feet.

42. In solving this question it is


clear that to pick up the first stone
and put it into the basket, the person

87

Doctor Long expects Dr. Short


misunderstanding between them.
49.

to explain the

for the stone

it
that for the second stone
he must walk four yards, and so on
increasing by two as far as the hundredth, when he must walk two hundred yards, so that the sum total will
be the product of 202 multiplied by
If any one does
50, or 10,000 yards.
not see why we multiply 202 by 50
in getting the answer, we refer him

ing with

to his arithmetic.

50.

To you who

live single, if this at


trouble you,
My first comes in kindness, commanding to double you.
And again, it will double you, if,
like a clown,
all

lift high your sole, and bend


your head down
Or, cut it in twain, two Vs will

You

appear,
counting five, both make
ten it is clear.
My second, alas comes shrouded
in gloom,
It is O, which makes wo, the
sinner's sad doom.

And

43. Hour-glass.

44.
45.

Pen-man-ship.

There was a

man who was

born,
His father
fore
*

was Nott born


him

Nott
be-

He did Nott live, he did Nott die,


And his epitaph is Nott o'er

him.

Now

see

what a change comes

over the scene,


If

my third, which is

O, be added

woo and what bacheheart does not beat,


To woo a sweet damsel, to keep

Now

'tis

lor's

46.

Because

it is

47,

To keep

his

in firm (infirm).

warm

18.

head warm.

the muffled drum sounds


the last march of the brave,
soldier retreats to his quarters, the grave,
Under Death, whom he owns hi3

Hark

The

Commander-in-chief,
No more he'll turn out with the

ready

his feet

To cheer by her smiles his lone


hours and thus
Escape, by good fortune, the

relief

But

in spite of Death's terrors


or cannon's alarms,
When he hears the last trump
he'll stand to his arms
Farewell!" brother soldiers, in
peace may you rest,
And light lie the turf on each
veteran breast,
Until that review when the souls
of the brave
!

bachelor's curse
fourth and

my

My

go on to tell,
Is nought more or

last, as

less

I'll

than a

capital L.
Now bQing"fifty, will even divide
One Hundred, or teachers and

books have

all lied.

examine with care, and


plain you will see
That to unlock a secret, an L is
the key
For woo, with L added, is chang-

Now

ed into wool,

Whether worn on a sheep, or an


African's skull.

ANSWERS

88
Whether made

TO PUZZLES.

into clothing, for

bed or for body,


For " sage politician" or some
other noddy.
It is used, the world over, in
commerce and trade

But

its last use, I

trow, was to

make a charade.
Not a rose that blooms,
Not a ring that assumes
The rainbow's beautiful

front,

66 J'ai grand appetit. Allonssouper.

70.

Those that come after T.

'Twas at night, when the bell had


tolled twelve,

And

't.

That around ye roll,


The systems ye can not discern,
Are warmed by my rays,

And partake of the soul


And the spirit that in me burn.
And nothing throws back with such

my

many

68. Ice.

But's indebted to me,


plainly see,
For the scent or splendor on
The moon and the stars

splendor

65 Because they have so


panes (pains).

69

As ye

rays,

As the sea's mighty mirror


summer days.

64 The nose

67. Water.

SONG OB THE SUN.

61.

poor Susan was laid on


her pillow,
In her ear whispered some fleeting elf

"Your

love is

now

tossed on

the billow"
Far, far at sea.
was
dark as she woke out of
All
breatn
Not an object her fears could
discover

in mid-

All

was

52. And like the temple of this


body, the cloud-capped towers, the
gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples,
the great globe itself shall fall, and,

still as the portals of


death,
Save fancy, which painted her
lover
Far, far at sea.
So she whispered a prayer, closed

this insubstantial vision faded,


leave not a rack behind.

But the phantom still haunted

her eyes,

like

her pillow,
53. Letter
64.

When

I.

it is

While in terror she echoed his


cries,

a cutter

As

struggling he sunk on the


billow
Far, far at sea.

65. Letter N.
66. Five

when

peeled.

'tis holy ground s


Countless dead hark, hark around
Angel guards their watches keep,
While frail mortals sink to sleep :
And the moon, with feeble rays,
Gilds the stream that bubbling

71. Lightly tread


67.

He

is

a bit of a buck.

58. His daughter.


69. It
60.

matures by falling dew*

Ben-ha-dad.

Because it is never peeled (pealed) but once.


61..

62. Because it is every year doubling 'Dublin).

6&

Tobacco.

plays,

And murmurs,

as soft

Music meet for

lovers' woes.

72.

it flows,

Eye.

73. Canister.
74. Forte tu, atrox
Sexto Fortinato.

tenes,

forti

;
;

AUSWEftS tO PUZZLES.
The forceps pmches, the awl

75

89

Sing we in harmony Apollo's praise.


sentiment
generous
every

Here

punches.
76. At the peaceful midnight hour,
Every sense and every power
Chained lies in downy sleep
Then our careful watch we keep,
While the wolf, in nightly prowl,
Bays the moon with hideous howl

Music inspiring our mutual joy,


Each social bumper giving and par-

Closed are bars, a vain resistance


Shrieks are raised, but no assist-

Because of the sand which


(sandwiches) under your feet.

ance

Locks, bolts, and


asunder,
to rifle, rob,

77. Ad-here.

78.

89.

bars soon

is

91.

Mag-pie.

92.

His father was translated.

and plunder.

94.

95.

is

his axe (acts).

80. XII., that is, a cross


(across two eyes).
81.

two

Because he kneads (needs)

i's

it

shoe.

On by
!

83.

the spur of valor goaded,

primed and rifles loaded,


Courage strikes on hearts of

Pistols

steel.

While each star through the


dark gloom of night,
Lends a clear and cheering light,
Who a doubt or fear can feel ?
Now through woods like serpents

most.
82.

creeping,

The

letter

Then on our prey like

R.

Calvert to the onset leads us.


Let the weary traveler dread

house,

a mouse- trap as you see,


For that will puzzle any mouse,
And pusillanimous is he.
Is like

84. Green grass is like a mouse, because the cattle eat it (cat '11 eat it).

85. It is not aloud (allowed).


Private earing (privateering)
is

lions leap-

ing,

The coward skulking round a

us.

Struck with terror and amaze


While our swords in lightning
pouring,
Thunder to our rifles roaring.
96.

A bell.
cbd

unlawful.
97.

TTq hours. to go

down.

86. Salt-cellar.

2a
87.
rent).

is

93. But-ton.

In-Mre. Co-here.

known by

coming.

is

fly

Because only the bony pai i

He

you know he

let

left.

79.

To

90.

Silence or you'll meet your fate


Your keys, jewels, money, plate.

Then

taking,

Song and good cheer our time employ.

Because

it is

88. Glorious Apollo

not currant (cur-

from on high be-

held us

Wand'ring

to find

a temple for his

praise

iT

average rate of rowing

c+b
d^+5 h0UrS
cb

t0

-^ time up.

db

Sent Polyhymnia hither to shield us


While we ourselves such a temple

r^ time down

might raise.
Thus then, Guards, hands and hearts

2a

joining,

S UP

r- miles per hour.

'

A tf S W E ft S TO PtTZZLES.

90

The hounds gain 6 rods in every


They must therefore run as

-98

21

many times 2 1 rods as 6


Therefore 96 -^ 6=16.

I'll

ing garland,

$
m
2

m m

100.

He wrote

before

it,

m m
@
Z

making

it six.

and

Klies

roses,

And
To

99.

weave a gay and fresh bloom-

With

will go into 96.


21=336 rods.

sweet, blooming posies,


give to the lad my heart tells

me

I love.

May

the brow of the brave never


want a wreath of laurel.

110. May the trees of liberty flourish round the globe, and every man

partake of, its fruit.


May the wings
of love never lose a feather

101. Live, evil, vile, Levi, veil.


111. Prescription proscription
102.

When

the rosy dawn awaking


Paints with gold the verdant

lawn
Flies,

on the wings of time dis-

porting,
Sip the sweets

and taste the


dawn.
Warbling birds the day proclaiming,
Singing sweet the lively strain;
They forsake their leafy dwell-

112. Bar-gain

117.

eyes.

was
118.

106. Pat-ten.

107
full of

Because it
nonsense

10& Make an

is

far fetched

spirit

and

mounts on fancy's

wing,
Anointing me a merry king.
While I live, I'll lave my pipe.
When I'm dead and gone away.
Let my drinking partner say
A morth he reigned, but that

Museum.

before you."

go.

Wave, thou royal purple stream,


Gilded by the solar beam

My

103 Musk-melon, if your second


turned inside out; thus, lem-on.

Now

makes a man

In my goblet sparkling rise,


Cheer my heart, and glad mine

Nature,all her children viewing,


Kindly bounteous cares for all.

"

X 16 =

116. Hand-el.

fall.

105.

50*

114. Tanner.

115. Because it

To secure the golden grain.


See ; content the humble gleaner
Picks the scattered ears that

104. Merry's

= 50.

40,000

ing*

is

113. 1,600 -r 32

ripe.

No gems which plumed

fortune
wears,
No drop that hangs from beauty's ears,

Nor the bright

stars which
night's blue vault adorn,
Nor rising suns that gild the

impression.

109 Sweet are the roses that bloom

by yon fountain,

And

sweet are the cowslips that


spangle the grove,
And sweet is the breeze that
blows o'er the mountains
But sweeter by far is the lad
that 1 love.
;

vernal morn,
Shine with such lustre as the
tear that breaks

For other's woe down

manly

virtue's

cheeks.

119. Frankfort-on-the-Maine.

120. Rib-band.

ANSWERS
121.400-t-16=25.
five

1/25

TO PUZZLES.

= 5-

and early to rise,


Makes a man healthy,
Wealthy, and wise.

135. Early to bed,

seconds.

122.

Because they have arms and

Music awa"kes
voice of undissembled

136.

legs.

123.

91

The native

^ 51.96152
Ci/60i V 60 - 402 = 44.72136
302

96.68288.

And thick around


hymns arise.

Am,

the woodland

Roused by the cock, the soon-clad


124. 1,785.

shepherd
Leaves his mossy cottage, where
with peace
He dwells, and from the crowded

125. 'Tis god to tread the church-

yard's walks,

And mark the graves on either side;

folds in

Or where the rough old sexton talks


With sheer contempt of human
pride

To contemplate the scattered bones


That meet the eye so often there
To read the inscription on the stones,
;

Order drives his


verdure of
The morn.

we

138.

W.

139.

He

think what fleeting things

the

137. Friday.

'Tis good at twilight's sober hour,


To sit on some neglected tomb,
And dwell on death's all-startling

And

flock, to taste

are.

power,

And muse upon'our certain doom.


Because these thoughts are sure to
win
The spirit more or
126.

less

from

Aching teeth are bad tenants.

140.

A portrait.

141.

He

142.

The oak (a-corn).

144.

own

trunk.

Harrow.

A draft.
till it is

146. Because the cart is before the


horse.

cracked.

When

his

brother

131. Because they blackenihe face

of Washington.

The

Harrow.

148.

A book.

149. Because it

makes

ire fire.

150. (Arithmetical Puzzle.)

figure 8.

133. Certainly

147.

Jacob

shaved him.

132.

carries his

145. They are four- sighted (foresighted).

129. It is good for nothing

130.

an earnest bee-leaver.

143. Ful-ton.

sin.

127. Patch-work.
128.

is

Webster

151. Rats

says

" spontaneous is applicable to animals destitute of reason."

living sinner's transgres134


sion procured damnation.

A dying Redeemer's passion purchased salvation.

12,

tarsarts stars.

When

it is sat-in.

153. Sarsaparilla.
154.

XI

divided

Dr. Townsend
gives six.

DC

divided in the same way, gives four.


155.

The

letter O.

ANSWERS TO

92
156.

The one was Maid of Orleans,


was made of chittim wood.

PtTZZLllS
175.

They secure (seek your) money

the other

176. Fowl, owl, wolf.

157. Sunshine "and shadow.


177.
1

Mar, ram, arm.

158. Pen-knife.
178. It breaks the kernel (colonel)

159. (Leap Frog.)


179. Windmill.
160. Bed-ford.

Always

180.
161.

CR

in flour.

(Seer).

162. I ate nothing

181.

Adullam

182.

The chin-chilla

(a dull lamb).

Monday
(chilly).

163.
183. She is miss-taken

and miss-

led.

1^4. Because three scruples

make

dram
185.

The ball-room.

186.

When

187.

Co-nun-dram

it

back-bites.

188. Log-book.
189.

164.
for

you

Be
see

not too wise, nor over nice,

what a

fool

you

be.

165.

The shoe U.

166.

He

is

fed from aloft.

167.

He

is

bride-led.

168.
peck.

For every grain they give a

169. Pondicherry.

170.

One ought

to wait fer tea.

171.
MON. TUBS. WED. THTJB. FBI. SAT.
abclad a k n a e laho a f plaim
be
b 1 o bfm b i p b dn bg k
d e f
gb. i cmp c f i c g njc d k c h l|c e o

Hannah

hand

190. It is but D sent, as you see,


If you 500 send,
But truly XL lent 'twill be,
When you the 40 lend.
191.

Awheel.

192.

He presses them with a

193.

The moon.

194.

One that needs darning.

195.

Ann,

goose

sir.

196. Elliptical

a-lip-tickle.

BXTtr.

Sim fko dhm d olemn eikldlp


nop i 1 n egp hkplf g 1 gmojh f n
l

197. B-o-y.
198.

(eat-meat-at-tea)

Mate

199. In-co-he-rent.

172. Bible.

200.

Amen, name, mean, man&

173. 125.
201. Grog-shop.
174. Because without
He, or it makes life a lie.

it life

is

a
202. Vela, vale, veal, lav.

ANSWERS
203.

Not

233.

I.

205

Light-house.

206

Sureti-ship.

and

TO PUZZLES.

204. In court-ship, as warry-ners.

207. 5

The

93

tiller.

234. The lion, because he roaics,


and has a flowing mane (main).
Leviathan, because he swallows up the rivers.
,

235.

The bull, because he bellows


The whale, because he blows.

236.

The

7.

208. Candle-stick.

because he brays.
horse, because a

ass,

Dr. Pott's

209. Me-lo-di-ous.

Pott he carries.
210. The one is careless and happy
the other is hairless and cappy.
211.

IX cross the 2, it makes XX.

237. The
and crows.

rooster, because

he picks

238. 1, 3, 9, 27, are the weights


of the several pieces.

212. Lie.
213. Pea-cock.

214. Because

239.
pierces hearts.

it

A tur-key.

240. It is generally patronized


gobblers.

by

215. Child-hood.
241. In the ground.

216. In earnest (in her nest).


242.

217. Friend-ship.
218.

Cayenne (K. N.).

219.

He

220.

They are C D.

221.

is

Good

known by

his bark.

for nothing

222. Neva, nave, vane.

223. Shake-speare.
224. Because

makes Pa-pay.

it

225. It has eyes behind

228.

and

flourishes his fan behind

243. 1st, 7.36.


08.
244. C-and-y

2d, 9.56.

candy.

245. Because we
them here (hear).
246.

3d, 23.

can not make

A steel pen.

The weapon's a

steel

pen, I think,

Unless I've made a blunder


When Hatchet dips it in the ink,
I'd like to stand from under.
" Old lady" quotha! think of that
My goodness heart-alive
I tell you, Mr. Hatchetflat
I'm scarcely sixty-five.

226. Pea-cock.
227. 7

He

him.

5.

In the ground.

247.

He has many

cast-off

bows

(beaux).

229

From

the tree.
248.

230. Because she shows her flow-

He

is

a wellre(a)d man.

249. 804,247,552 square inches

ing sheets.
231.

Moon and

stars.

250. Because c-and-y spell

282.

Meat

atmatteam),

251. Theeyei

(eat

candy

ANSWEES

9
252. S I

XL

IX
X

IX

TO PUZZLES.

is

253. Because
^certainty).

is

it

254. 8, 12, 20,

He

275.

L
a certain

a ma'

is

stiff.

276. He chases the deer i dear) and


never chased (chaste).

tie

277. Because he

is

a pup-pet.

He must be born on

278.

5.

the 29th

of February.
255..

To the gallows

256.

The earth and firmament.

279. 56 quarts difference.

280. 99|
257. Because he
busts (bursts).

makes

faces

and
281. Lightning.

258. Because they " devoured widows' houses."

282.

$15, and boots.

2837 Against his

259. I o^d i-cherry.


260. Cross you are, cross you be,
Cross, too cross, you are -for

284.

285.

16J

286.

He

me.
261. Because the lions could not
eat him.
262. (See-saw.)

will.

whipping.

= a rod.
about to

is

287. Forty horses

fall.

have

80 fore

legs.

263. Hi-lo.

264. It places the present


before the past (saw).

288. Come, ye ingenious ones, this


riddle guess,
It is not difficult, you will

(see)

confess.

265. Because there

is

What

a b in both.

if

266.

Obscurity, in which may be


city, sty, sot, buoy, tour,
orb, orbit, rust, rut, bust,

You

found sour,
story,
crust.

He was 30

years

that

number which,

on

divide,
then will nothing leave
either side ?

The number -289.

267.

is

you

The alphabet.

old.

NINE.

290.
268. Exe-te-r.

291.

269. (Deaf

and dumb alphabet.

270.

When

271

Day and

The

white.

they are fingered.


292.
night.

272. Camp-belL
273.

The year, 12 months, 30 days,


night and morning, black and

letter

M.

274. If he told the truth, he lied;


if he lied, he told the truth.
He lied. If he did lie, he
would not say so

The Tea

1.

tree.
2.

Hop

3.

Beech.

4.

Bee.

vine,

5.

India-rubber.

6.

Bay*

7.

Pine.

10. Date,
11. Bass.
12. Honeysuckle.
13. Judas.
14. Peach.
15. Fir.
16. Bon Chretien.
17. Broom.

8.

Yew(Y<m,notI).

18. Cypress.

9.

Fig.

19. Nightshade.

ANSWER'S TO PUZZLES.,
maid

20. Breadfruit.

Orange

21.

0-live).

24 Lime.
25. L nden.
26. Box.

49. Slippery elm.


50. Medlar.

Wll-o!
52 Man -go
58 Sandal.

28. Aspen.

29

Hose

54. Holly.

30.
31.
32.
33.

Sloe.

55. Clove.

Plane.

56. Coffee
Tulip.
fee).
57. Palm.
Spruce.
34. Tiller- tree or 58. Aspen
elm (helm).
pen).

Sycamore.

35.

59.

36. Poplar.

(cof-

38. Ivy.
39.

40.

Arbor

Vitse
(tree of life.

fire.

310. (Christmas tree.)

311. Dry-den.

ball."

61. The ashes.


Scrub oak.
Burning bush 62 Laurel.

312.

42. Lilac.
43. Elder.
44. Cork.
45. Smoke tree, or

64. Silver.
65. Woodbine.
66. Mace.

314.

316.

fir

ma' meant.

296.

They are dissolved in

297.

Newman Goodman went

298. Too (2) great ease before


riage, too little ease after it.

A jail

300.

IX SIX.

The

last

319.

The

stoop.

two (money).

320.

When

321.

They are without

it is

a-jar.

to
.

mar-

doors,

322. A-gate.

Bead down and up,

And you

will see
love you,
If you love me.

How

imp over a

They leave them

803.

IO

shed. (Im-

out.

324. It

325.

is sold.

He

is

little better,

326. It is due

W,

it

makes Iowa.

T,

A-re-a.

Are

318.

bird.

302.

was A-gag

The adder.

317. A-hi-tub.

323.

299.

Insert

Dry-den.

light.

have his coat mended.

301. He is an
poverished.)

315. Their king

294. It js in a good frame of mind.

tailor to

Cole-ridge.

67. Vine.

293. Herschell (her shell).

295. 'Twas the

313. Long-fellow.

63. Locust.

$04.

tree.

up a brawl, or an alarm

309. Get
of

41. Hazel.

flie

climb a

308. Beat a base drum, or grind a


hand-organ.

(as

Southernwood 60. Tallow, snow

37.

51.

Dogwood.

27

can

307. Mr. Dashwood, being at the


point of death, sent for his friends
hey sent for Dr
and relatives.
Childs who inclosed a few lines to
Dr. liarnes and imp-lo-red his assisBut before he arrived, the
tance.
invalid died, and the undertaker wag
sent for.

48 Damson.

Hound.

23.

Birch.

47

Leg-horn.

308. Because it

48 Bon^set.

range).
22. Olive

305.

the

o'

mist.

(0-

-95

"

Iota.

327. It is a letter of blood.


328.

The

329.

He

letter

gives

it

A.

up

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.

96

230. They are the candid 8 (candidate) of their party.

Down

331.

in the mouth.

863. In the Eastern wars,


elephants were employed.

Hathatehatch.

364.

from A-ram.
333. There are more rakes than
beaux there.
334. Under a pear (pair) tree.
335. Under a hop-vine.
336. Because he is a deer.
337. The letterS.
338. First, they were not inclined
to prey, and afDerwards they were
332. Descended

365. Chair.

366.

A step farther.

367.

The one close their eyes,


The other eye their clothes

368. A-dri-atic.

The

369.

Of

He rifles the deer (dear).


One child from two parents

340.

makes

He

370.

Two
make 4.

It

brags.
bold.

bone.

always on the spot

"
"
"
"

The shade on the dial.


347. They are the grub that makes

846.

the butter

fly.
is

his heir (air).

853.

A soap-bubble.
A clock.

354.

He

it

the

355. It would

make

would make

lie.

Italy.

356. He carries his reins (heart) in


his hand.

357. He may keep a watch, but he


can't tell the time of day.
358. The gong makes a din,

The cook makes a dinner.


869. One-sided,

Once

sir.

I did, sir.

oakcoal

60. Cloak
361. Wood.
362. 301.

876.

lock.

cot

near.
hear.
coat.

gin

gain.

cub

Cuba.

is

always expected with

The " lap" is the

place where infanta


repose,
u tea" is a plant that we use

And
To

" Parley"

by word, I suppose,
a fruit we all choose.
" to eat," I'm afraid, beyond measure,
And part of the head is the " ear,"
's

to treat

And " pear" is


Many youth like

Or
it

to Joab.
-

interest.

And what

gets wet.

her

373. Give him Merry's Museum.


374. Let him subscribe for Merry's
Museum, and always pay in advance.
375. It

They are more airy.


350. The boy can see his shadow,
The shadow can't see him.

849.

851. It has breathed into


breath of life.

letter A.'

changed Job

A reel.

It

bin.

"
"
"

made Ner

343.

is

bend.

>'

one

bell.
bill.

in
raga
old

The

372.

and 2
The ploughshare.
344. When he " gives it up."

342. 2

352.

"

end

The groom curries him


The dog bites him,
The groom bits him.

children from two pa-

Tents
341. Cab-in.

348. It

makes

ill,

371. The dog worries him.

3.

346.

letter B.
ell, it

"
"
"
"
"
"

roven-ous.
339.

whes

is

more common

than,

when we

feel pleasure,
grief, to give vent to

" Peter Parley"


a writer,

's

a " tear."
distinguished I'm sure as

And welcom'd by all with a smile


And surely no book is a greater exciter
Than this, which goes many a mile.
377. It is cheap at any price.
378 Merry's Museum.
379. It instructs and amuses chil;

__

dren.
380.

The one suffered wantonly


The other from want only.

381. Her-ring.
382. Because it contains valuable
.

articles, wood-cuts, etc.

ROBERT MERRY'S
SECOND

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

EDITED BY ROBERT MERRY.

NEW YORE:
THOMAS O'KANE, PUBLISHER,
130

NASSAU STREET.

PREFACE.

In presenting to the public


I

must present

my

this

New

thanks for the

Book of

many kind

Puzzi.es,

expressions

received in regard to those already published.

been compiled during

my

season, for the benefit of the

Museum, and

contains, in a

leisure

moments

etc.,

presented with the hope that

of interesting the

young

the past

compact form, many of the

peared in the Museum, together with


is

has

numerous readers of Merry's

Puzzles, Enigmas, Hieroglyphics,

and

of

It

folks

it

which have ap-

many new

may be

the

around their own

ones

means
fireside

homes, rather than seek amusement elsewhere.

ROBERT MERRY.

ROBERT MERRY'S
SECOND

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

ROBERT MERRY'S

My first

3.

my

whole

4c.

My

second

is

second often does ;

found in every country of the globe my


what we all should be ; my whole is the same

first is

my first.

as

5.

The XLlSTt

104i5lty
6.

food

7. Entire,

am

tion

FX

of a 100150500

am
;

a period of time

X500er

replace

behead me, I

am

again behead me, and I

am an emblem

a powerful liquid
;

l^F H

l?ab50.

Entire, I

article of

my

sound) what

is (in

a turning-point.

is

my

am

an

used for food.

; behead me, and


me, and I am a preposi-

of beauty

curtail

am

head, and I

a useful

article.

KUTL

PEAil
9.

"Why was Noah saved without a Pope ?

10. What is the only word in the English language that


can be written without pen, pencil, chalk, or any other
pigment ?

11. I
1,

am composed

title

2,

a metal

In

of 9 letters.
;

3,

a weight

4,

me may
a coin ;
7, neat ;

Merry cousins ; 6, part of a wheel ;


verb; 9 and 10, two prepositions. My whole
the

in

be found
5, one of
8, an adis

a place

New York State.


12. Entire^ I

am

prevent.

curtail me, and I am an in


behead and transpose, and I am to

a country

habitant of the same

BOOS: OF PtTZZLES.

13.

My first is

seen in pillared halls,

Where

kings and princes dwell


'Tis found in every woodland vale,

In every sunny

Upon

dell.

the yellow sandy beach,

The ocean billows

My

next

you'll find

roar,
it

in the foam,

Rippling upon the shore.

: ;

ROBERT MERRY'S
"Within the dark and gloomy cave,

Hid from

the sun's bright glare.

Precious jewels line the walls,

And my

always there.
is found in France,
But never seen in Spain
It has always been in England's clime,
In every monarch's reign.
My whole from Jupiter's court on high,
Descends to cheer the earth
Without his presence there would be
Of happiness a dearth.

My

14:.

third

is

fourth and last

am composed

of 14 letters

My 1, 4, 3, 1, 9, 6 is a handsome kind
My 2, 5, 11 is a conjunction.
My 8, 7, 5, 9 is a number.
My 10, 3, 12, 13 is to kill.
My whole is a celebrated day.
15. 1

YY

OWN
am

16. Entire, I

17.

and

am

c
- it.

a sentence; behead me, and I

fortress; curtailed, I

pose,

am

to strive violently;

inexperienced.

Behead a

of cloth.

slipping,

and leave the

slip.

18.

uLjU

no^

am

trans-

book of puzzles.

19.
fox, 90 rods due south of a greyhound, is pur
sued by the hound at the rate of 5 rods to 4 of the fox,
the fox running a due east course.
How far will the
hound run to overtake the fox ?
20.

What kind of morals

are most easily put on

Pray what
22. I

is

name ?

a species of animal

form a kind of rule


;

is its

am composed of four syllables, and am very popnow my first and second form a Latin verb my

ular just

row

off?

My first is a female,
My second the same,
My whole is much dreaded

21.

third

and

and

my

third

my
and

my

first,

second, and third

fourth, reversed,
fourth, without

lectual.

1*

is

my

thin

and nar-

final, is intel-

10
23.

gars

Why

are unprotected hearth-fires like insolent beg-

24. I

am composed

of 14 letters.

My 13, 11, 7, 3, 1, 12 is a dream.


My 8, 14, 10, 9 is a net.
My 1, 6, 8, 4, 13, 14, 2, 5 is a balance,
My whole is a celebrated man.
am a noun behead and transpose, and 1
my head, curtail me, and I am necessary to the accomplishment of any great object curtail me
again, transpose, and I am sometimes used as a seat
25. Entire, I

am

lean

replace

26.

27.

RNO

"Why

are most of the heroes and heroines in novels

like the letter

28.

29.

What

poet

is

like a sly piece of

bacon ?

I cheer the pilgrim's lonely way,

As

he on from day to day


am found
students do on college ground

toils

Curtail me, and I then

What

Curtail once more, and

You'll find I
30.

What

am an

kind of a diary

by inspection

interjection.

is

productive of mischief?

B00& OF PTTZZLE8.

11

am a murmur; curtail me, and I signify


produce omit my first and last, and I am a disturbance; and without my first two I am a bird.
31. Entire, I

to

32.

My first speeds proudly through our land


My next is what my first doth do
My whole is one of that noble band
Who signed the freedom of our land,
And

struggled bravely through.

nto the most foolish

My

34.

took

way

Transpose a wrong

33.

35.

manner

second, which,

my first

after using

Behead an animal,

of treating another's regard


of doing

it.

by the way,

my

whole

hope you have,

at dinner.

transpose, and find a flower.

ROBERT MEEBY

12

^s^^

^pP!

ED
37. I am a word of five letters in my normal condition
have a tendency to heal. Transposed. I still have a tendency to heel, and have been known to take to them when
;

opportunity offered.
posed, I

am good

article

much

posed,

is

to

Less one

used as

again trans-

preserve.

will intoxicate.

I bathe

fifth,

Four fifths transposed, form an


an ornament the same again trans-

to eat.

Three

fifths,

properly arranged,

Three fifths, in right order, make a prayer.

ME
39.

When

40.

Did Jonah cry when

did Job call nicknames

the whale swallowed

transpose,

42. Curtail a coin,

and transpose

"When

is

roast beef

him?

and leave a fastening.

41. Curtail a ruler

43.

it

into a country.

most valuable ?

i)

BOOK OF PVZZLJLS.

13

Fair Bessy promised to bestow


My first upon her lover.

44.

And much

hope that no dark clouds

Around the

pair

Sweet Bessy's age

Of gold

On

she has

may

is

hover.

just eighteen,

my

second ;
bearing off the lovely prize

How many

beaus had reckon'd

And now my riddle I'll conclude^


And hope you'll not me quiz,
For what I say is very true
My whole fair Bessy is.

Robert Merry's

45.

What

that

is

which every one

likes to have,

get rid of as soon as possible after he gets


46.

my

My

third

first is

is

and I'm a

to

found on a ship my second is a vowel


my whole is the name of an animal.

title

47. Entire, I'm a man's

Turkish coin

and

it ?

me

behead

name

again,

behead me, and I'm a


and I'm too close again,
;

prefix.

48.

5zr^

a y
49.

my

My

whole

53. I

second
is

is

a useful appendage to

am composed

My
My
My

my

first,

to abridge.

4, 9,

12

is

of 21 letters.

Greek preposition.

7, 5, 8, 14 a vessel used in the Scotch sea.


17, 13, 21 is entity.
18, 19, 3, 10 is a bed formed by birds.

My
My 1, 11, 15 is to dip.
My 20, 6, 2, 16 is to tarnish.
My whole is want of symmetry.

and

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

51.

from

A
it,

15

squirrel, finding nine ears of corn in a box, toot

daily, three ears

how many days was he

in re-

moving the corn from the box ?


52. My first is found in an oyster ; my second is possessed by the nobility every house contains my third ; my
whole no one applies to himself.
;

53.

"What word

is that,

of three letters, which, read back-

ward, indicates the quality of


54:.

my

many who

participate in

most generally find


kind
My second, an adverb of humble degree,
Combined with my first names a beautiful
In

An

first,

relations

interest of a peculiar

tree.

it \

16

IfcOBifiRT

MEEEt^

TOWNS IN NEW YORK*


55.

A color and

56.

An

element and a game.

57. Part of a
58.
59.
60.

An

a mineral.

gun and a

liquor.

animal.

A color and part of a house.


A hole and a heap.
SHRUBS, FLOWERS, ETC.

62.

A vehicle, and where it takes you.


A traitor, and the place where he died.

63.

To

64:.

Take a

61.

mode

hurt, a nickname,
(1) life

of using

it

and an engine of war.

preserver
(3)

(2)

decapitate

it

and show

again transpose and show

how

it

show what is used with


it
(5) transpose and give a Greek letter
(6) transpose
the original word and make a famous rock (7) transpose
and make a locomotive power (8) transpose and make it
dull
(9) transpose and it will utter a war-cry to dogs
(10) transpose it now into a girl's name; (11) curtail it
and express a concurrence; (12) again curtail, and see
what you may call yourself.
has been used

(4)

transpose and

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

66

Twas night

a stormy, tempestuous night,


All wakeful and anxious the crew,
As they watched my first in its wild, mad flight,

"While over the waves

And now,

it

flew.

midst of these wild alarms,


My second is dashed on the shore,
Till Ocean opens her treacherous arms,
in the

And gathers it home once more.


Let us turn from these dreary scenes away,
So solemn and filled with gloom,
And in meadows or pleasant gardens stray,
Where in beauty my whole doth bloom.

17

&OBERT MEkRY

18
67. I

am composed

My
My
My
My
My

1, 9,

3, 9,

4, 5,

of 12 letters
an animal.
10, 11 is a grain.
7 is part of a barn.

11

is

a stone.

12, 2, 6, 8

is

whole

body

is

politic.

68. Behead an article of apparel, and leave one


sometimes wears it.

S^TTHEIR
70.

too a

Not theory

wh

o^'

glides not towards rule of action twice

Roman com indefinite

ideas use of the needle

article original sinner revolves

pronoun boy's nickname theatrical

performance.
71. If you should
would you get ?

lose

your nose, what kind of one

;;

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

72.

Find a word of

people laugh at

six letters,

something that many

subtract one letter, and leave what

worship.

CHARADE.

A preposition my first

73.

My second's a number
My third a brisk motion
That drives away slumber
whole is a service
For which dearly we pay

My
At

least, 'tis

In hotel

charged so
they say.

bills

DUTCH PUZZLE.
74.

Add

75.

What

2 strokes to

II

19

and make nothing,

bird most resembles a peddler?

many

EOBKR T M

20

R RY

76.

77.

My 1st is in pie, but not in cake.


My 2d is in hoe, but not in rake.
My 3d is in house, but not in barn.
My 4tL is in wool, but not in yarn
My 5th is in take, bat not in give.
My 6th is in strainer, but not in sieve.
My 7th is in rye, but not in wheat.
And my whole

78.

79.

80.
81.
82.

is

sometimes good

to eat

Why is a weathercock like ambition?


Why is a Turk like a violin belonging to
Why is a used up horse like a bad play?
Why is a sick Jew like a diamond ring?
Why is a printer like a postman?

an inn

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

83. Entire I

a surname

am

now

a bird

cut off

transpose,

and I

my

21

and I shall be
he something sin-

tail,

shall

gular.
84.

keep

Why

are fowls the most economical things farmers

Why

is

85.

battle

a cricket on the hearth like a soldier in

Entire, I

86.

And

am

Beheaded

Where
87.

Why

of bloody mien,

spread destruction

all

around

cheerfully I'm seen


pleasure's votaries are found.

should a brigadier-general, with his troops, be

able to cross any river ?


88. Join a verb

and conjunction, and make a noun.

89. Join a conjunction

90. Join a

noun and

and a noun, and form an adverb.

adjective,

and make a verb

ROBERT MERRY

22
91. I

am

word of three

syllables

my

first

member

is

one of the family of fruits my second component part is


an article in very common use, at once a receptacle for
the most valuable and the most useless things my last
member is an interjection. Entire, I am a substance em;

ployed in writing and drawing.


92.

ERE
TJST
SCRIPTURAL ENIGMA.
93.

"Who cowardly a prince did

94.

Who

95.

Whose

96.

What

Persian queen preserved the Jews?

97.

What

Jewish king a leper died

98.

Whose wicked mother

99.

built a city on a hill

son profane his

The

initial letters,

A famous

Jew

life

kill?

did lose

" Treason" cried ?


joined aright,

will bring to light.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

23

V0WiK0yK

HOW TO MAKE ANAGRAMS.


"Now

that's too

her pencil

bad!" exclaimed

down quickly on

little

Bess, striking

the slate, which had for five

minutes been shaded by her brown curls, as she bent earnestly over it.
" I do say it's too bad."
" What is too bad, Bess ?" asked her oldest sister,
Mary,
who, apparently occupied with her history, had been
stealing occasional glances at the animated face over the
slate,

and watching with pleasing interest the busy fingers


down letters, and tripping back and forth among

putting

them with her


I

pencil-point.
"What is too bad, Bess?
thought something was pleasing you very much."

ROBERT

24

Oh did you ? "Well, I was just ready to have such a


good one these anagrams, you know. I surely thought I
had extra axes, and just because of an r it's all spoiled I"
" What were you going to make your extra axes out
of?" asked Mary, with a curious smile.
" Now, donH make fun of me, please. Artaxerxes was
"

my

word."

"Well, I should think that would just make it," said


Mary, thoughtfully. " Are you sure it will not ?"
"Don't you see that rf" asked Bess, holding up hei
slate and giving a bayonet thrust to the offending letter.
" Yes
but what has that r, all alone by itself, to do
;

with it ?"
" Why,

it's

my proof. You see

and rub out each

I write

letter of it as I use it in

down

my word,
my

picking out

words, so if none are left, my anagram is complete."


" So you found an extra y, instead of an extra axe, in

new

your way?

Well, that is rather trying; but then there


more words, and it isn't much work to get

are plenty of

You have a capital way. Besides, that


them out.
wouldn't have been so very good a one.
You know
' Aunt
Sue' says the word and the sentence should bear
some relation to each other. Now, if Artaxerxes had
been a famous wood-cutter instead of a Persian king, it
might have been too bad."
"But wasn't he a warrior, too and mightn't they be
battle-axes ?"

Mary admitted
went on

the force of this, with a smile, as she

to say

"When we
more

stars,'

no

see such anagrams as astronomers


and parishioners I hire parsons,' there
'

'

is

certain sense of fitness that produces all the pleasure I

can find in an anagram."


"I

mean

know

they're better

anything,

but, then, not half of

/never could make such

them do

ones,"

"

BOOK OF PUZZLES.
"I should
just right.

try, if

made them

out at

You must remember

to get them, as well as to


satisfaction of feeling paid

25

it

have them
some patience
You want the

all, to

takes

make them.
when you're through."

" Patience
I should think it did !" said Bess, laughing and repeating, " Oh, Sam, cut my pen !" in a very
" If that didn't take the patience of
comical manner.
Job
And what did it mean, after all ? I'm sure Web!

ster don't

know!

I think they ought to be fair, at

least!"
.
" So do I," said Mary, laughing at Bessie's earnestness.
"
try the word homestead, Bess, and see what you

Now

can make of that."


" Why. is it one ?"
" I'm not quite sure I was running it over in my mind
to day but I had no slate to prove my canceling correct"
;

"

What

did you think

it

made ?"

" Do-eat-hams."

" Oh, so it will," said Bess, hastily putting down the


" and you know they do eat hams at homesteads !"

letters

Then Bess began drawing the

tip of her forefinger slowly


through each letter, repeating slowly, u do e-a-t-h
If that e was
There, now, that's worse than Artaxerxes
only an a /"
Mary looked on the slate a moment, and then said,
!

!"
pleasantly, " But you see it isn't
"
easy you do take things,

How

would be

so good,

"That's the
Mary, gently

best

and

it

way

comes

Mary

Now,

that

so near !"

to take things, isn't it,

lifting Bessie's face

by the

Bess?" said

little fat

chin,

Ana-

and looking into her large blue eyes lovingly.


grams, you see, may teach us a lesson."
.

" Almost anagrams,


let's

try

you

something else.
it down."

should say," said Bess.


Shall

" Yes, put

we

try

'

Aunt

" Well,

Sue?'

"

ROBERT MERRY'S

26
" I can get

let

mean anything

me see yes,

like

'

Aunt

use-a-nut

but that don't

;'

Sue.'

" Oh, yes, that will do as well as your ' battle-axes.'


You know, she keeps nuts' for the 20,000 to crack in her
drawer J "
" Oh, that's it!let me send it."
u Very weii aT1(j if i get time, we will try and have
'

<

two or three more ready by the next number, and every


one with a meaning."
When Bess gave Mary her good-night kiss, she said to
herself, "Hike to get out puzzles; but I'd rather have
Mary's patience than all the anagrams in the world. 1
wonder if I should try very hard, if I ever could be like
her

!"

ANAGRAMS.
100.

Tom

101.
103.

Main race.
Amy's purple
Lo a slop.

104.

102.

can pet

111. Ira, run, go get

lions.

112. Cid

it.

common toad

113. Care on

net.

lip.

114. Sal I run.

is

hark

115.

harm the Chat.


Hen, I am he.
Mid nice rains.

A lion

capture

it

105. I

116. Bind sure.

106.

117. Priest tied guitar.


118.

Accord

108. I sent one part.

119.

Mend

it

109. Tore a limb.

120.

I can

110. Test Mars.

121. Is

107.

122.

if

it

Fi rwods locdu fiatsys het rhtea,


Eht threa gimth nidf sles earc
TJtb oswrd eilk

Dan

rumsem

veale tub

typem

I try not.
in a tree.

anger

sit so.

no.

isbdr padret,
rai.

A itleti dsainad yrtul isda


N"ac peeder yoj tarpim,

Naht

shots fo dowrs

Tbu venre

chwih chear teh dahe

chout het ahetr.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

THE PUZZLE

TO GET FROM THE ENTRANCE, A, TO THE CENTRE,


WITHOUT CROSSING ANY OF THE WHTTR LINES.
IS,

IS*

ROBERT MERRY

123.

124. Transpose a Persian

monarch

into a part of the

human frame
125. Transpose an article of food into a verb signifying
to abate.

126.

To what port was Henry VIII. bound when he

sought a divorce from his wife ?


127.

He

who came

was

to

Express a

truth taught in Scripture by the above, tilling the two

blanks with the same word taken

first

forward, and in the

second blank backward.


128.
129.

Why would it be sure to be better


My whole, I lightly swim
The smooth

Or down

lake's sparkling brim,

the river skim.

Transpose me,

all

The wide world's

around
endless bound,

In every clime I'm found.

jsillL

BOOK OF

180.

My

29

you hear its sullen roar


wandering by the ocean's shore

first,

When

My

FtTZZLES.

second

in

the gambler's art

Hath played no mean

or paltry part,

But, fired with sordid thirst to win,


It often aids

him

My

something that

whole

Upon
Yet
I

the face of

if

am

is

in his sin.

all

is

you take from me my


title commonplace.

face,

131. If the earth were annihilated,

pleasant pas ime to


?

132.

show

My

found

around,

first

make

it

again

why would

it

be a

describes a person, add An adjective and

that person's condition.

ROBERT MERRY'S

30
133. "What is

it

you must keep

giving

after

it

to

another ?
134:.

How

would you express

in

one word having met

a doctor of medicine?
135.

the one
136.

What

Why

as a regular

137.

is

that

which makes every person sick except

who swallows
is

it ?

who never

a person

lays a

wager

What

is

138. If I shoot at three pigeons on a tree,

139.

will

and

kill one,

remain ?

My first means more than one? my second means


my third is highly popular now (with boys

a solitary one

more than with

their parents.

A.

S.),

and

my whole you

are to guess.
140.

bad

the difference between a sun-bonnet and

a Sunday bonnet

how many

as

gambler ?

-s
AA TgEooNdT
I

5a50ue500.stoo500
&_
but

1000

- sfc 3*^

141. Transpose an animal into a bird.


142. Transpose part of our flag into spirits.

book: of puzzles.

143. In a
last

word

of eight letters, the first three

name

three (transposed)

same animal.

the

maining two (transposed), with the


er animal.

144. I

31

What

is

the

am composed

last letter,

and

The

name

ftie

re-

anoth-

word ?

of 12 letters

My 11, T, 2, 6, 1 is a place of trade.


My 9, 12, 3 is a locality where a certain individual
passed the night.

My 5, 4, 10,
My whole is
145. "What

beast

town

8 is a useful animal.
a well-known personage.
in Asia

is

fit

residence for a wild

146.

When

does the weather show a good disposition

ROBERT MERRY'S

82
147.

Behead a crime and leave common

148.

A raised floor and a letter of the alphabet.

149.

An

sense.

FLOWERS.

made by

article

farmers, and an article

made

by mechanics.
150.

An

animal, and what he possesses, unless he has

been very unfortunate.


151.

152.

My second will be
my

energetic as

better as

my first, if careful

and

whole.

153.

"Why is a drummer the greatest person of the times?

154.

When

155.

My

my

is

a sewing-machine a very great comfort?

first is

a preposition

Saxon, means a

third, in

my

meadow

second an animal
;

my

whole we

all

should be.

A,

B, and C traveling with their


which they must cross. The only
boat they can have will carry but two persons at once.
How can they all get to the opposite side, no lady being
left without her husband in company with the other gentlemen ?
156. Three

wives,

come

men

to a river

157. Straight as an arrow, swift as the lightning, and


bright as a sunbeam, I take
parts of the earth.

my

flight to the uttermost

Book OF PtTZZlES.

158.
cise

My first is

my

a color

my

33

second an agreeable exer-

third an article of clothing

and

my whole

ebrated character.
159.

What two

female names express a chemist

2*

cel-

ROBERT MERRY'S

34
160.

Pm

pretty,

But

if often

I'm useful in various ways,


you kiss me, 'twill shorten your days
I part with one letter, and then I appear
What young men are fond of all days in the year;
I part with two letters, and then without doubt,
I'm just what you are if you can't find me out.

[Fill the

Uanks in each with

the samie

word, differently

accented.)

to Fingal's cave woulda stranger.

161.

The

162.

Men

163.

To

164.

As an excuse

travelers fainting a
often a writer annoyance.

sometimes

select

in

to

for illiberality, persons

sometimes-

to the

165.

AND FIXED STARS ENIGMATICALLY

OOMETS, CONSTELLATIONS,

EXPRESSED.
166. Obstinacy
167.

and

A nickname,

deceit.

an

epistle,

168. Swifter, a forest, and an


169.

and a
affix.

A precious stone.

170. Past tense of a regular verb,

171.

laborer.

A prophetess and a color.

and a

security.

800& 0# PUZZLES.

being transposed into


different words: two nouns, two adjectives, and a

172.
five

35

Find

five letters capable of

verb.

173. Three circles have their centers upon the

same

has twice the area of the second, and


The third, of which the diamis externally tangent to it.
Reter is one foot, circumscribes the first and second.
quired the radius of the greatest circle which can be in-

right line.

The

first

scribed within one of the

two equal curvilinear

triangles

thus formed.
174.

"When does the weather resemble a lawyer ?

ROBERT Meery

36

175. My first, in sound, is a bird's nickname my second


and third are pronouns; my fourth is three-quarters of
what fashionable ladies like to do my whole is an adjec;

tive that has been sadly perverted.

176.

and

my

My first is
whole

a verb,

is to

my

second a nickname or verb,

circulate.

177.

vuce

U BUc

178.
to

Why is

a passenger by the 12.50 train very likely

be too late ?
179.

Nine

less ten,

"With
Is

fifty

180.

What two

181.

Behead an animal,

animal.

twice told,

what many feel


"When they 'are growing
letters

old.

give a word meaning to debate


transpose,

and leave another

Book of puzzles.

182.

What

does the boy, in his

first

37

surprise, say to his

water-wheel ?
183.

What

184. In

185.

the political character of a water-wheel?

what coin

What

186. I

is

am

is

is its

financial value estimated

the water-wheel paradox

a word of four letters

in

me may

be found,

1 a verb, 2 an animal, 3 a viscid liquid, 4 a science, 5 a


conjunction, 6 a preposition.

&0BERT MERRY'S

38

PLANTS, FLOWERS, ETC.


187. Part of every animal and part of every vegetable.
188.
189.

190.
191.

A beast of burden and a poison.


A sweet substance and a cluster.
A weapon and part of the body.
A household article and what often forms part of

192.

w Jtmd

93.

Dear friends, your notice now I crave,


For I'm a king, a queen, a slave
Each human being claims my name,
And rightly, too, so where's the blame?
Although I'm never more than one,
Just cross me once, you'll find I'm some !
Whate'er my state of toil or rest,
I always love myself the best.
I

may

be greater, never

less,

So now, young Merrys, please

to guess.

it,

89

BOOK OF PTT2ZLES.

194.

My

preposition,

and

my

my

whole

195. a
I

196.

first

a kind of tippet,

third

is

is

what

exact,

my

my

first

my

fourth

second
is

was named

"a

Latin

a conjunction,
after.

My first (in sound), second, and whole are birds.


My first, second, and whole are plants.

Both

the scale.

is

my

first

Entire, I

and second (in sound) are found in


a term of praise.

am

197. Transpose a coin into

some bonds of union.

198. Transpose a bird into an animal.


199. Transpose another animal into a bird.

what we often see on a creek into what


warm summer days) in a creek.

200. Transpose

we

often see (on

ROBERT MERRY'S

40

201. Transpose part of our flag into

spirits*

202. Transpose an animal into a vegetable.

a country into a

203. Transpose the inhabitants of


covered vehicle.

204. Transpose a part of day into a stick.


2C5.

G^jI
My second

206.

is

the same as

is

a shrub.

is

207.
first is a bird
" daddy-long-legs."

My

208. I

am

my second

a beautiful tree

into another tree

my

first,

and

an insect

curtail

my

whole

my

whole

and transpose ine

transpose the latter into a useful article

replace the last letter, behead and transpose, and you have

a boundary line. Curtail the entire word twice, and yon


have a picture take the second and third letters away
from the entire word, transpose the remainder, and you
have another tree.
;

Behead a hod, and leave a kind of

209.

am something funny ; beheaded, an enbeheaded again, I am a fragment.

210. Entire, I

trance
211.

cloth.

ElOlOOOlOOOlOOOUNllOOATXISr.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

212.

Deep

in the

wood

of spreading oaks,

Beneath the tangled boughs,


Where Nature dwells untouched by man*
My first in luxury grows.
next in gorgeous robes arrayed,
queen of all her kind,
Where Nature's touch is most displayed

My

Is

In beauty undefined
whole a lovely garden treasure,
Emblem of love, of joy, and pleasure.

My
213.

Why

is

the hottest country the best?

41

KOBEET MEREy's

i9,

With

the letters

214.

/ met a gunner

215. Bob,
216. Tie

I came not

/ mob

218.

219.

My

his

game.

to apply the -

that he did

was so

217.

my

of the words in italics form the original


words to fill the blanks

me an

seven cats owing to

my

mind

his

has often to
first is

body

map.

my

of water,

evil turn.

second a relative,

whole a time.

220.

Which

are the most entertaining of bats

221.

222.

my

head several times, and make (1) a


nickname, (4) to harden, (5) to
a mate, (7) an implement, (8) a fish, (9) to form

Change

color, (2) a regard, (3) a

excite, (6)

in mass, (10) a part of a coil, (11) to catch.

223. I

am composed

of 8 letters

My 7, 4, 6 is a tumor.
My 5, 3, 1, 8 is a fluid.
My 2, 6 is a pronoun.
My whole is sometimes

[man.

worn by a lady or

gentle-

43

book: of puzzles.
sigits

of the zodiac illustrated so as to be easily learned.

Taurus the Bull, is a


John Bull, reading

Ram, is a man
ramming down

Aries the

fat

twins.

a paper.

a gun.

Leo,

Cancer the Crab, i9 a boy


with a crab biting

is

a Pope

who lived

in Italy, by that

Virgo the Virgin, is a single


woman feeding a
parrot.

name.

his toe.

woman weighing

Scorpio the Scorpion, is a


fierce woman beating

fish.

her husband.

Libra the Scales,

Gemini the Twins, are the


famous Siamese

is

an old

Caprtcornus the Goal,

is

merry boy mounted


on a goat.

Aquarius the Water-hearer,


is a boatman on a
"river.

Sagittarius the Archer,

fat

Miss shooting
at a target.

Pisces the Fish,

is

two

fish

dealers blowing their

horns.

224.

BOBEET MERRY'S

The red-lipped morn rose fresh and everywhere


The sunbeams welcome found, save one,
Which fluttered through the close-barred windows
where
The gambling wretches, who the daylight shun,
With red wine flushed, and eyes bloodshot and
;

red,

Wearied my first. Again, and yet again,


They the uncertain tide of fortune fed
With gold ill-gotten, other p-old to gain.
Oh, what a ruin here
of God's most noble
I

work,

Of

life's

reat end, and of the deathless soul

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

45

~
A

My

second here

Where

**H

we

see

passions rule

In vain ray third

is

it_

*****

**

Ah, dangers lurk

not principles control

raised

a warning voice

Their hearts are hardened, and they will not hear.

46

my whole, or point to joys


but provoke the ribald jest or sneer
Let us be thankful that the sunlight glad
Useless to give

Which

Brings to our hearts but gladsomeness and praise


Ne'er be the daylight in our haunts forbade
Ne'er let us fear the noontide's searching gaze!

My

225.
fasten

226.

my

"Why

is

second

is

to

a wizard.

that miserly people have never quar-

it

is

my

to strive violently;

first is

whole

"

reled

227.

what

it

Behead a

beautiful product of nature and leavd

often falls into.

228. a.

European

sea.

A seaport of Russia.
A celebrated mountain.
d. A town in Tipperary, Ireland.

5.
g.

The

initials

form an

object

of

and

interest,

the finalt

its receptacle.

229.

My

first is

a fluid,

my

second a

solid,

my

whole

plant.

230.

Change

amateur
(5)

(2) to

my

head several times, and make (1) an


(4) a leader
(3) to hang about

hide

a pirate.

231. Curtail a man's name and leave a girl's name


behead, and transpose, and leave another man's name.
232.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

138

When

eyes and limbs are wrapt in sleep,

Within

My

With

My

one's comfortable bed,

first o'er

both will nightly creep,

thirsty fangs

and noiseless tread.

second prowls in every clime,


echoes not the human tread,

Where

And

thick the mountain forests twine


Their sunless branches overhead.
And when through groves of oak and birch?
The backwoods men and maids pursue

iS

For blackberries their jovial search,


How often have the startled crew
Fled with my whole from sounds they reckoned

Were

My

234.

like the hoarse voice of

first is

my

nickname,

boy's name,

whole

my

my

second

second

is

girl's

a science.

is

235. Transpose the inhabitants of a country into am

animal.
236.

237.

My

0.

(Good advice.)

my

whole has two of

238. Express with

five

first,

and

is

my

letters a sentence

second.

containing

four words and twelve letters.

ICE

239.

a horrid

took

bt his wife stoo500

lOOOan de provocation ed but she


THEINSTE5IIOLN for he JUcouldRE her came
e
she
500E1000O.50ISHE500
*
I m
with a
a time

bearing

100U500GE50.
210.

XA

100.

241. Enigmatical List of Animals.

A whip.
ers,

e.

c.

An

ore,

stamp,

f.

d.

To

-a.

weight.

5,

machine used by housekeep-

intimidate*

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

242.

The troop arranged for battle


Without my first would fly
And whether good or bad,
Without it you would die.

Go

seek the earth and ocean,


For smallest things you guess;
Yes, bring the atom from the air,

And
The

still

traitor,

May

my

second's

less.

when condemn'd

calm

to die,

and pray
Yet when the axe sounds "dust
My whole he's borne away.
243.

Change

my

his cares

head eight

to dust,"

different times,

and make

a plant, (2) a necessity, (3) a reward, (4) to nourish, (5)


an exploit, (6) to notice, (7) a pipe, (8) a produce.

(1)

EOBEET MERRY

so

A RIVER ENIGMATICALLY EXPRESSED.


Father plugs an abbreviation.

244:.

245. I

am composed

of letters five,

The part of speech is adjective,


From either way I spell the same;
Pray tell me then what is my name.
246. Entire, I

am

capital

behead and transpose, I

A liquor, a word

247.

am

curtail me, I am still capital


anything but capital.

signifying father; another

and a liquid measure. The


are the same, and spell a title.

for father, a coin,


final letters

248. Take a syllable of two letters from a


and leave a musical instrument.

word

initial

girl's

and

name

249.

250.

"When are

251.

Why

is

When

does a temperance lecturer say a

politicians particularly sweet?

my

inkstand like the leaning tower of

Pisa?
252.
lesson

grammar

Hanks with
253. By amachinemany
{Fill the

254.

Marks

of an

the

same word

reversed.)

can bemadefromone

are often found in

-.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

51

My first is an abbreviated name for a young lady;


second comes from the large end of a dog, runs up a
my whole is required of all
tree, and floats on the sea
255.

my

persons in time of war, before they leave for a foreign


land.

256. "When

257. I

am

a fish a rod

is

as black as black can be,

Yet by a curious fantasy,


See

my

when time has

tracings,

fled,

You'll find them black, though often red.


258.

What

yet does

that which
no injury ?

is

itself

259.

Why

260.

What

strikes itself frequently,

are different trees like different dogs

and

the difference between a chemist and an

is

alchemist ?
261.

Why

262.

Why is

263.
gl asses

a tree like a French dancing-master?

is

Why

are

mouse

like grass

some kinds of pigeons

like drinking-

264. If a bushel of potatoes comes to $1,

horse

come

what

will a

to?

265.

What

266.

Why is

is

that

which burns

to

keep a secret?

a tallow-chandler one of the most sinful

and unfortunate of men?


267.

Why

does a

public morals
268.

269.

Why
How

man

in

paving the

streets correct the

is

an obstinate

man

like a mastiff?

does the wood-cutter invite the tree to fall?

! !

'

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

58
270.

Up Stir the
And spread
!

For

rough logs

to

a ruddier glow

forth the gladsome cheer!

the night hangs dark on the plain below,

And

the swift-winged storm

my

(Full oft

When
Shelters

near!"

loud storms burst,

some wanderer from

"Let the white

How

is

first,

their worst

!)

and wide!

sail flutter free

our smooth prow cuts the laughing foam

may we

Faster, yet faster, oh,

glide

For we're going home, boys! going home!"


(May the good God's hand
Keep that gallant band
From my second's wrath, and guide to land!)
" Let the song be heard, the dance, and mirth
Glad be each heart, each step be light
Away with care and the woes of earth!
Gay be the festal hall to-night !"

(So the revelers sang,

And
While

the goblets rang,

my

third kept chime with a glimmering

clang

"To

!)

to the strife!

the strife!

'tis

the trumpet

calls!

The foeman comes


On,

soldiers,

on

To arms, ye brave

He

wins,

who

falls,

A lasting fame and a patriot's grave !"


(May God's own might,
In the hour of fight,

Help those who

strive

for

my

whole and the

right!)

271.
..

Why

do trees often change their places?

272 Can a leopard change

his spots

;;

ROBERT MERRY'S

54
273.

274.

White

as driven

snow are we

Black as ink or ebony ;


Red and yellow, gray and blue,
G-olden, pink, and purple, too.
Glittering like a spangled dress,
Every color we possess
Few and many, large and small,
Sometimes not beheld at all.
Thick and thin, and high and low,
Moving fast and moving slow
Fell destruction send we forth,
East and west, and south and north.
Fire and flame we fling around
With a fearful mighty sound;
Yegetation soon would fade
Did we but withdraw our aid
Dearth and famine would prevail
Death would reign o'er hill and dale
Never, two alike you'll see
Puzzled reader, what are we?

Add

a letter to an animal, and

make

a building.

275. Transpose a tree into a boy's nickname.

276. Transpose an animal into a famous battle.

277. Transpose a tree into a verb.


278. Transpose an insect into part of a book.

279. Transpose a
280. I

game

am composed

My

of 11 letters:

1, 4, 5, 2, 8,

we

are

of cards into a dress.

is

a Scripture

name with which

all familiar.

My 3, 7, 5, 6 is an article of food.
My 8, 10, 11 is a nickname.
My whole is a Scripture name.

BOOS OF

Why

281.

footed
282.

man

in

snow shoes

like a

man

bare-

How is it

faster than

283.

is

55

Ptf2LE9.

that a man with long legs can not travel


one with short legs ?

I'm worn by many a lady fair,


In ironing I need much care ;
Behead, and I'm a purling stream,

"Where

Behead

And

many

a poet loves to dream

again, oh

mortal

frail,

I will cause thy cheek to pale.

SOBEET MEREY'-S

&6

CHARADE.
284.

you a journey ever

If

take,

No

matter when or where,


My first you'll always have to pay,
Before you can get there.
My second you will seldom see,
If London through you go

But
..

still 'tis

Few

what I hope you are


know.

better things I

my whole till next we meet,


When well-known names I hope

I say

285. I

am composed

My 1,

2, 3, 4,

of 9 letters
5 has done

to greet.

more damage than my

6, 7, 8, 9.

My whole

is,

at present, deplorable.

286.

To remove the

shears from the ring

the

end of the

string being firmly fastened to a nail in the wall, or

some

other object, which can not be put through the handles


(Easily performed,

of the shears.

287. Entire, I
tile; curtail,

am

an

am an
am a

and I

article.

when you know how.)

and I am a repconjunction; curtail again, and

insect; behead,

BOOK

OIF

PtJZZLES.

WNuWi.o

288. In northern regions cold and wild,

My

first

you

In grandeur

And

My

mountain child,
from its bed of snow,

see, a

rise

smile on the iron-bound coast below.

second

With

is

loved by the school-boy bright,

cheek and eye of light,


he will truant play,
leave master and lessons far away.
In sunny lands, where the fire-flies glow,
And fragrant breezes softly blow,
My whole you may find so fresh and fair,

And
And

his rosy

to gain it oft

And who would

not wish in that treat to share I

289. Express with four letters a sentence


four words

and fourteen

containing

letters.

290. Transpose a dependent into a large party

3*

;;

ROBERT MERRY'S

58
291.

I'm found in every mountain,


In every running vale,
Though never in the breezes found,
I'm found in every gale.
You'll find

me

But never

in the dark,

in the light

You'll always find

But never in the

me

in the day,

night.

About your form, dear

little

one,

You'll vainly look for me,

And

yet in head, and hand, and arm


I'm always sure to be.

I'm not in nose, or eye, or lips,


Yet I'm in every feature,
In boys and girls I'm never found,
Yet I'm in every creature.

I'm found in Merry's Magazine


In Uncle Merry's face
And everywhere Aunt Sue appears,
I claim an honest place.
292.

Behead a noun and leave a piece of furniture;

behead again and transpose, and you will find a character


spoken of in the Bible; curtail me and leave the nick-

name

of a distinguished person.

293. Transpose

some animals

into part of an imple-

ment.
294. Transpose something bright into bulky.
295. Transpose a measure into a carriage.
296. Transpose a prop into a source of amusement*

297. Transpose a sudden roll into a clown.

'BOOK or PITZZLES.

298.

the cat

59

Transpose what a bear might give a


would consider it.

cat into

what

CHARADE.

My first gave us early support;


My next a virtuous lass

299.

To the

fields, if at

eve you resort,

My whole you will probably pass.


300.
eye,

Entire, I belong to the

and I belong

human

race

to a horse

curtail again,

and I
again, and I become

curtail again,

am

;.

United States; remove one


me, and I belong to the

curtail

and I am the

best

invisible.

known

child's best friend

to the printer,

curtail

60
ENIGMA.
301.

Though for years I had lived, I was unknown to fame,


Till I rescued a slave, and I gave him my name.
Though then Abolitionist still I enthrall,

And

unless I imprison

'Tis strange I

of no use at

all.

should be both a boon and a blow,

But when you discern me,

this fact

you

will

know.

Doctors' stuff I convey and small matters unfold,

Tet rare gems I preserve and great nuggets of

gold.

In form I am round or three-cornered or square,


And at once I am known as both common and rare.
If you wish to be safe when you look at a show,
You must pay for, and take me, and sit in a row.
Clothed in crimson, and purple, and black I am
seen,

Yet
I
I

in gardens in winter I'm constantly green.

am valued and dear, though 'tis equally clear,


am scorned and am hated when placed on the ear*

Both of light goods and heavy I carry the trade,


Yet in gold I'm oft clothed and in jewels arrayed.
If bad passion disturb, or should ill-will excite,
I become the forerunner of many a fight.
Yet stranger than all these remarkable things,
I'm a gift oft bestowed by princes and kings.

As I find

my qualities and peculiarities


more minutely in plain prose.
I am either animal, vegetable, or mineral, and though sometimes no bigger than a bright copper penny or a silver sixpence, yet I am at times as
large as a room indeed, I am a, room, and can contain several people and
then, too, I am made narrow, and can only contain one horse
In summer and winter I flourish as a vegetable, and am often cut, but never
served at table. I am most valued at the end of the year, when I am
often given and often taken. Though unlearned, I have given name to a
science a very sinking quality you will acknowledge, when you know me.
If you discover me, you deserve me as a reward.
If you are dull of comprehension, you deserve me as a punishment ! May you have your deserts
N.B.

it

impossible to display all

in verse, I will endeavor to describe myself

BOOK 0*

302.

61

PtfZZLES.

My

first you are when over the ground


You lightly trip to the river's bank,
Where my second may always be found

Beware

And

whole,

fatal, too, to

Who
303. I

my

cold and dank.

many

will not its

am composed

'tis

a one
danger carefully shun.

of 13 letters

My 9, 10, 7, 1 was a good man.


My 4, 5, 13, 2, 8 is an unhappy wretch.
My 11, 12, 3. 6 is an adjective.
My whole is an extraordinary tale.

ROBERT KERRY'S

62

CHARADE.
304.

My first in

well

cities is

And by me many

know

live,

Obtain their freedom in the town,

And

then a vote can give


we can never see,

ly second

Whether on

the land or sea;

My whole the
When he
805.

Why may

articles in

806.

market

sailor often braves,

plows the briny waves.

muslin and flour be considered

safe

Of what trade

are

we when we walk

in the

snow?

Takeaway the bees from something we


and make it read and speak.

807.
eat,

308.

An

animal before a mountain, with the right kind

of article, makes a
09.

810

frequently

tree.

Transpose some animals into a salutation.

Why strains my first his wearied

sight,

Across the silent main,


And loiters on the lonely beacn ?

He

looks, alas

Eor the

chilly

in vain.

hand of Death has passed

My second's stately side,

BOOK OP
And

its gallant

PTTZZLES.

63

crew are sunk beneath

The ocean's briny

tide.

^^-_^vs:-X:

Though time may pass with

And
Yet

My whole

And

Entire, I

311.

my

place

head,

silent step,

years go quickly by,


its

shall feed the vital flame

power

am

shall never die.

a companion; beheaded, a verb; reme, and I am found in nearly

curtail

every house; curtail again, I

am

a nickname; reversed,

a verb.
312.

nouns

My first is "for;" my second and fourth


my third is an article my whole is a god.
;

are pro-

ROBERT MERRY'S

64
313. I

am composed

of 15 letters:

My 9, 7, 8 is what wicked children often do.


My 14, 7, 3, 8 affords amusement to boys.
My 7, 13 is a preposition.
My 11, 2, 3, 4 is often pleasant in summer.
My 5, 1, 6, 12 is a girl's name.
My 15, 12, 10 is often taken from trees.
My whole is the name of one of our generals.
ENIGMA.
314. I

am

not found on any ground,

But always in the air


Though charged each cloud with thunder

loud,

can not find me there.


Now, if from France you choose to dance

You

Tour way
I there

In

am

hail,

Spam,
and near the queen,
in mist, and rain.
just into

seen,

FRUITS, FLOWERS,

AND PLANTS.

316.

A boy's nickname and a fruit.


A bird and a branch.

317.

Add what we

318.

The nicknames

319.

To

315.

all

love to what

of

we

all

have.

two popular persons.

deplore.

320. Curtail one of the fair sex, and leave one of the

unfair sex.

BOOK

321.

My first,
Full

Off

PUZZLES.

in distant lands

many

a temple stands.

Once builded by his hands;


The marble from the mine,
His hand hath caused to slime
In beauty half divine
My next in tropic lands
;

Grows where the roving bands

Roam

o'er the desert sands

65

H6beW

66

MBfca***

My whole went forththe world,


From chaos
Along

its

rudely hurled,

orbit whiiled.

322.
Take a letter from a piece oi kitchen
and make something furious.

furniture,

323.

Divide a sensibility, and leave a reward and a

324.

Divide a measure, and leave something

and

fish.

much worn

to desire.

325.

<

Divide something enormous, and leave a plant and

to rave.
326.

Curtail

an unenviable state of mind

to

be

in,

and

leave a path.
27.

Why

is

a hog just

purchased like 120 pounds

ef steel

NAMES OF PLACES.
28.

word

The name of a race of men, a vowel, and a Greek

signifying a city,

829.

330.

A state of equality
A letter on a title.

Behead part of a
331.
and leave tranquility.

and a verb.

vesse.,

and leave a

fish

curtail,

BOOK

PUZ2LiL

02*

67

332.

My first is a domestic animal.


My second is a very useful article.
My third in sound is a Hebrew measure of liquids.
My whole is a list of names or things.

333.

Hesolve what

household

My

334.

first

asks a question;
adverb,

and

My

335.

my

third

as

my

made Jackson

a President into a

article.

is

my

third

whole

first

is

my

a nickname;

is

my

is

is

an

a verb;

my

my

in

sound,

fourth

is

my

second

whole

my

is

is

seen in a hat;

fourth

the given

is

the

same

name of

Writer.

336.

am composed

of 10 letters

My 7, 5, 10 is a medicine.
My 6, 9, 1 is an adverb.
My 4, 2, 8, 3 may always be
My whole is a city.

seen on Broadway.

837.

Transpose a tree into a hollow

338.

D written

339.

XA100T.

oft*

an

a flower.

often used for a signal

second, and

second,

article;

for air,

vessel.

hinge learn a channel.

the

ROBEET MEBRy's

68

Explain
340. I

the sentences in italics in the following puzzle

knew

a man, not

many

years gone by,


Who had a Hock of timber in each eye,
Without impairing, in the least, his sight,

Or

filling those

who saw him

with affright

And what was more

amazing, free to roam,


Fur^covered thousands made his head their home;
Two heavy buildings also rested there,

By them

unnoticed, and no less his care.


upon his meals he often had,
And saw with joy it made another glad.

curse

all, for every house he let,


a score of insects did beset.
At length he did become a seasoned dish,
To grace a throne, which suited well his wish ;
And all this while an arrow, mind, was in him,
Which to the things he loved did firmly pin him

Strangest of

A half

341.

My first's a maiden's Scripture


My second's less than me,
My whole ah so unmerciful

name,

I hope I ne'er shall be.

Change my head several times, and make OH the


cause for some things, (2) to debate, (3) a foundation, \i)
that which often covers it, (5 and 6) two different noises,
342.

and

(7)

part of the soil of America.

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

343.

My first

69

half of what you do


yon are wildly dreaming;
My second our two horses drew
One day when Jack was teaming.
My whole the wolves eat when they can,
is

When

'Tis said

they love

me

dearly;

And when

I'm stripped to cover man,


I run about quite barely.

344.

What

beverage will surely change our pain

'i

ANAGRAMS.
Fill the blanks with the words in italics, transposed.
345.

Pray, Simon, that I may be cured

346.

certain

used green soap.

347. Gleon paints not in


348.
349.

Dire

or

loss is often sustained

by

can stand carbon pretty well.

350. Prejudice runs even through

351. Transpose a taker into a keeper.

ROBEET MESBYS

70
352.

Curtail a coin and

353.

Entire, I

am

eave a bird.

a mixture; transposed, I

am

false;

behead me, I am a tree replace my head, curtail and reverse me, I am a nickname; take out my third letter and
reverse me, I am part of the body replace the third letter,
behead and transpose, I am a verb.
;

354.

Why is

355.

Transpose an

356.

What

a very large
a:

my

man
into

always sober ?

what they

use.

flowers are always* under a person's nose?

357.
Entire I am a dog; behead and transpose, and I
used in almost every house,

358.

A planet and

359.

Two

360.

A certain man's instrument of torture.

girls'

a plant.

names.

am

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

361.

If you pull a rabbit's ears,

362.

How

does

what

71

will he say ?

appear that rabbit's ears are just long

it

enough.
363.
364.

Why is a rabbit like a tailor ?


Why is a rabbit not required to take the temperance

pledge ?
JL

365.

Me! men?

LATIN INJUNCTION,

Tom

or I?

72
366. I

am composed

My

3, 6, 11,

My

8, 1, 9,

of 12 letters

is

a jpuss-animalous noise.

5 can

make one very comfortable

some seasons of the

at

year.

My 4, 10, 12, 7 is a pronoun.


My whole is the name of a humorous writer.
367. I

am composed

of 19 letters

My 6, 7, 5 is an animal.
My 8, 19, 2 is a boy's nickname.
My 13, 14, 5 is an eatable.
My 18, 1, 4, 9 is government.
My 15, 17, 11, 12 are very painful.
My 16, 10, 1, 3, 17, 4, 9, 2, 11 is ferocious.
My whole is what we all wish for.
368. I

am composed

of 14 letters

My 1, 5, 7, 14 is a companion.
My 4, 8 is an interjection.
My 10, 11, 13, 12, 2, 11, 3 is a scoundrel.
My 6, 11, 9 is in very common use the kitchen.
My whole is a village on the Hudson.
iii

369.

My

first

is

an article of clothing

second combined form a trade

my

whole

is

the

name

my third

of a cape.

is

my

first

and

a conjunction;

BOOK OF PUZZLES,

76

370.

What

species of cat has

371.

What

species of cat

372.

What kind Of cat is most valued in Sunday-school ?

373.

Which

most

is

more than one

most

of the cats does a

to

tail?

be avoided ?

young man show the

affection for?

374.

With a hairy animal and an instrument

for the

hair, construct a burial-place.

am composed of 19 letters: my 3, 7, 5 13, 8,


1215,
14, 10, 217, 11, 19, 51, 7, 17, 16, 7, 2
18,
184,
15, 11, 9, 18 and 4, 7, 8, 17, 18, 13 are
6> 2, 7,
375. I

birds

my

whole

is

the

name
4

of a bird.

74
Entire, I

376.

my

am
am

useful to the

student;

deprived of

behind time; transposed, a bird in


the West deprived of my first two letters, I am what you
all have done; transposed, what you all do; again transposed, a beverage; my whole, deprived of the first three
first letter,

a Latin pronoun in the accusative ease. This


My whole, deprived
last reversed is a Latin conjunction.
of the first four letters, is a Latin preposition; my whole

letters, is

transposed

without

my

posed, I

am

am very little
used in building houses; transused in cooking; again transposed, I am used by

is

a crime

again transposed, I

last letter, I

am

shoemakers.

As an

enigma, I

My 1,
My 3,
My 5,
My 1,
My 3,
My 1,
377.

What

am composed

body of water.

5,

3 is a

2,

5 is a liquor.

3, 1,
5, 3,

is

3, 2,

of five letters

4 is a point of the compass.


4 is a place to rest.
a preposition.
5 occurs every day.

stream of water contains, (1) a chart, (2) an

animal, (3) a toy, (4) two kitchen utensils, (5) three nicknames, (6) an article of clothing, (7) two articles of furniture, (8) a river, (9) a bird, (10) a ditch, (11) a preposition, (12)

troops.

to strike, (13)

quick,

(14)

a resting-place for

BOOK OS PUZZLES.

75

378.
How near does a boy straddling a rail come to the
President of the United States ?
379.

When is

380.

When

381.

Why is a boy

an Indian

like a railroad

engine

are children in danger of forming bad habits

crying to be helped over a

rail

like a lawyer ?

382.

am in the men, but not in the boys.


am in the playthings, but not in the toys.
I am in the north, but not in the south.
I am in the nose, but not in the mouth.
I am in the minister, but not in his hat.
I am in the kitten, but not in the cat.
I am in the barn, but not in the floor.
I am in the window, but not in the door,
I am in the county, but not in the state,
I

am in the

pencil,

but not in the

slate.

fence

76'

383.

How

from the

384. If

man

that ever died

United States

a tough beef-steak could speak,

name would
385.

far is the President of the

first

pronounce

it

Why is

what

poet's

a side-saddle like a four-quart measure

386. "What is that without which a wagon can not be


made, and can not go, and yet is of no use to it ?
387. "What does a frigate weigh'

388.

"Why do pioneers march

when ready

at the

for sea

head of the

regi-

ment?
389.

Why is

"i" the happiest of the vowels?

390. Supposing

two ships of war, the San Jacinto and

Ironsides, to be 2,417 yards apart, at an

unknown distance

from a fort having a base of 666| yards. The angle from


the San Jacinto to the nearest corner of the fort is 71 1,
to the center of the fort 62| the angle from the Iron;

sides to the nearest corner of the fort is 56|, to the center

of the fort 49i. -Required the distance from each ship


to the corner

^Bd

center of the fort

also

the distance

from a point equidistant between the ships and the center


of the fort.
391. With what three letters can you express a sentence comprising ten letters?

BOOK OF PUZZLES.

though originally an animal, now-a-days


by steam though commonly used for eating,
now much used to punch holes with though hitherto
392.

My first,

often goes
is

77

considered rather sheepish than otherwise, in these times


second lies before you; waits to do
goes to war.
your bidding ; is both black and white at the same time

My

san draw tears or provoke laughter

carry messages and

;
;

ROBEfcE merey's

78

Entire, I imply a disturbed state of


convey instruction.
mind, "which, has extended itself to the body, leading a
looker-on to indulge great expectations that something is
going to happen.

CHARADE.

On

393.

this

green grassy ball of a structure called


earth,

I have dwelt unregarded for innumerable years,

And

none more attached to the land of their birth,


More deep in its pleasures, its grief and its fears

waves of the ocean and sea,


Or rest on the bank of some flowery glade.
Or join the fairies who dance on the lea,
Or play in the checkers of sunshine and shade,
But still I'm intent in my "welfare I trust,
And not to vain empty frivolity given.
When I come to the end of all time, as I must,
I'm safe in the hope of dwelling in heaven.

I sport 'mid the

Add

a letter to a pronoun, and make a preposition


and make a noun add another at either end, and
make a verb another, and make another noun.
394.

another,

395.

Add

396.

Add

a flower.

a letter to a man, and

make

a pearl.

a letter to a Scripture character, and

make

book o

rtrfcziBs.

79

ROBERT MERRY*S

80
397.

A and B set out from the

direction;

same

place, in tlie

same

travels uniformly 18 miles per day, and,

and goes as far as B has traveled during


he then turns again, and, pursuing his journey, overtakes B 22J days after the time they first set
out.
Required the rate at which B uniformly traveled.

after 9 days, turns

those 9 days

398.

To a word of consent join the first half of fright,


Next subjoin what you never beheld in the night;

Now,

these rightly connected,

What numbers have


399.

My

first it is

we

quickly obtain

seen, but will ne'er see again,

a curious thing,

Of Nature's own produce,


And many who have lost a limb
Have found it of great use.

By my

second's wondrous

Ships are

made with

power

ease,

against both wind and tide


Across the boundless seas.

To stem

My

whole is very often found


Together with my first,
And comes in very handy
"When you would quench your

400.

Add

a letter to a crime, and

make

thirst.

meditation.

fiOOK 0$ PTT22LES.

4:01.

How

402.

Which

is it

that a

81

hen knows no night ?


democrats does a hen show most,

class of

regard for ?
403.

Why is

404.

Add

405.

What

a large fresh egg like a virtuous. deed?

make

a letter to a heart, and


is flatter

a number.

than a flat?

406. I802500A.

407. Entire, 1

am

gidered very healthy

then transposed, I

a kind of rock
;

am

beheaded, I

again beheaded, I
a

meadow.
4*

am

am

con

a beverage

; ;;

;;

ROBERT MEBRY'S

82

ENIGMA.

lis found in our

408.

troubles,

mixed with our

'tis

pleasures,
'Tis laid

up above with our heavenly treasures


'tis muttered in

"'Tis whispered in heaven, and


hell,"

And

it findeth a place in each sybilline spell


In Paradise nestled, 'mid Eden's fair flowers,
It has sported with Eve in rose-perfumed bowers
'Tis muttered in curses, yet breathed in our

prayers

From

the path of our duty

Deep, deep in our

it

tempts us in snares.

hearts

you

will

find

it

en-

graved;

Though
'Tis

in misery sunk, yet from sin it is saved.


found in the stream that flows on to the ocean

Though

in bustle forever, 'tis ne'er in commotion.


wafted afar o'er the land in each breath
In the grave 'tis decaying you'll find it in death.
It is floating away on the broad stream of time,
'Tis

Yet

it

findeth a place in eternity's clime.

In the legends of nations it holdeth a place


There's no charm without it to the beautiful face.
In thunder you'll hear it, if closely you listen
In moonbeam and sunbeam forever 'twill glisten.
In the dew-drop it sparkles; 'tis found in the
forest

It whispers in peace
409.

third

is

My

first

is

a drink;

when our need

my

second

the cry of an animal; and

my

is

is

the sorest.

feminine;

whole

is

my

a city in

Scripture,

410.

Behead something

soothing.

irritating,

and leave something

BOOK OP PUZZLES.

My

411.

first is

83

not so often doled

To beggar sad and urchin bold,


As when the full amount in gold

Was

My

paid for paper one might hold,

second

is

a rank extolled

As beings of superior mold,


With virtues rare and manifold,

When

they by toadies are cajoled

A rank not made through ballots polled


By freemen

My whole,

legally enrolled.

a fragrant plant,

In parcels small

Who in their early life


.

is

sold

to grannies old,

were told

cure a cold,"

" 'Twill check a fever

84

MERRY'S

ftOBEftT

Take the

syllable (which

sometimes used
from a warlike instrument, then transpose the remainder, and leave some
412.

first

is

as an interjection to express contempt)


-

ends.

am found in Brooklyn; with my first


changed, I am a very strong and pretty kind
of crockery-ware ; when entire, my first is a kind of
413. Entire, I

two

letters

mountain
414.

my

second

My first is

415.

My

found

annoying,

cumstances), alarming

my

is

my

all

my second (under

whole

a nickname;

first is

third, a conjunction

over the world.

and

my

is

certain cir

something

my

frightful.

second, a pronoun;

whole, a

fish.

416. Transpose a ruler into a river.


417.

Why is

silver currency like Caesar's

army by

Eubicon ?
418.

What

419.

10050055K

420.

Behead an animal,

boat

is

found in every ocean?

transpose,

and leave a

coin.

the

BOOK OT PUZZLES.

85

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.
W

hAlIR over each eye (i) n


1.
18. A chin well
gander or a bound will p over t and charming feature.
hound.
(Where
overice
beef
v
19. 250 rods.
reaching and error abound, will poverty and vice be found.)

rounded

is

20. Bal-morals.

A little

patients over a parent


on g spree vents great miss under

2.

wr

stand in-g-s between men. (A little


patience over apparent wrongs, prevents great misunderstandings be-

tween men.)
3.

Crisis.

4.

Mankind.

5.

The

21. Malady.
22. Regimentals.

they

23. Because
of-fenders.
24.

are

destitute

"A celebrated man."

25. Plane, lean, plan, lap.

excellent effects of a mild


less h) tender civility are

and (hand

26. Fin e words r no t all wais t he


(Fine
ark s of a k in d heart.
words are not always the marks of a
kind heart.)

unquestionable.
6.

Trice, rice, ice.

7.

Pink, ink,

8.

Think twice before you speak

in, pin.

27.

once.
9.

He had no need

of a Hierarch

(higher ark)
10.

They

are always in love.

28.

Cunningham.

29.

Hope, hop, ho!

30. Incendiary.

" Written."
31.

Scowl, grow, row, owl.

11. Princeton,

Prince, tin, ton,


oent, Nip, tire, nice, not, in, to.
12.

33. Trifling, flirting.

Araby.

34.

13. Love,

Napkin.

35. Horse, rose.

14. Valentine's Day.


15.

Wise in one's own

16.

Award, ward, war, raw.

17* Elapse, lapse.

32. Carroll.

conceit.

36. T hay
hoe ark wick limb
maid 2 DO ill S hood beak on T in
ULE watch ED. (They who are
quickly made to do ill, should be

continually watched.)

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.

88

37. Salve, slave, lave, veal, vase,


save, ale, Ave.

64. Meat,
team, tame,

eat, ate, tea, Eta, Etarn,

'

at' em,

meta, met, me.

38. Curtail in g x pence swill lad


65. Hew hop lace S C on F I dents
Co me. (Curtailing expenses will in awl purse on swill short L C on
y
add income.)
P I D E in no body. (He who

in

39.

When

40.

He thought he was

blubber,

places confidence in all persons will


shortly confide in nobody.)

he said "Bildad."
going

to

66. Snow-drop.

but he didn't.

41. Pasha, hasp.

67.

Commonwealth.

42. Kupee, Peru.

68.

Brogue, rogue.

43.

When it is

44.

Hand-some.

69. A people intent on being overruled by a king, need not complain


if monarchs arrogate their ability to
over-rule opinions.

very rare.

45.

A good appetite.

46.

Mastodon.

70. Practice flows from principle,


for as a
thinks, so he will act.

man

47. Casper, asper, sper, per.


48.

When

there

is

a will there

is

71.

The

72.

Monkey, money.

first

that turned up.

a way.
73. At-ten-dance.

49. Curtail.
74.

NIX.

75.

A hawk.

76.

My

50. Disproportionableness.

51.

me ear

Nine

he took

his

own

of corn out each day.

52.

YOU.

63.

War, raw.

>4.

Willow.

ears

and

son, hear the instruction

of thy father.
77. P-o-u-l-t-r-y.
78.

Because

it is

often vain (vane)

to aspire (a spire).

55. Black Bock.

79.

He

66. Waterloo.

80.

He

is
is

an

infidel (inn fiddle).

not likely to have a

good run.
57. Lockport.
81.

He

is

82.

He

distributes letters.

83.

Dodo.

84.

They

a Jew

ill

(Jewel)

58. Buffalo.

69. Whitehall.

60: Pitcairn.

61. Caraway.
62.

Judas

63.

Marjoram.

tree.

are sure to bring

full crops.

85.

He

faces the fire.

86- Slaughter, laughter.

him

AffSWEES TO PTTZZLES.
Because there

87.

is

a bridge in

116. Burnside.

every brigade.
117. Prestidigitateur.

Donor.

88.

118. Contradictory*
89. Astray.
.

90.

Impeach.

91.

Plumbago.

92. Peace
justice.

to be

119. Indeterminate.
120. Ossification.

sure requires

96.

2 Samuel xviii. 14.


Omri Kings xvi. 24.
Shelomith Levit. xxiv. 11.
Hadaosoh Esther

97.

Uzziah 2 Chron.

98.

Ahaziah's mother

93.
94.
95.

121. Resignation.

words could

122. If

Joab

The heart might

like
birds, depart,

And

empty

air.

A little said, an d truly said,

2 Chron.

Can deeper joy impart,


Than hosts of words which

100. Contemplation.

Supplementary.

leave but

xxvi. 21.

reach the head,

But never touch the heart

99. Joshua.

102.

summer

But words,

sxiii. 13.

American.

feel less

care;

viii. 7.

101.

satisfy the

heart,

123. "Watch o\er your heart to


keep out all vice.
124. Darius, radius.
125. Sausage, assuage.

02. Apollos.

104.

Korah.

105.

Hiram Hatchet.

126. He was bound


(Have Anna).
127.

to

Havanna

He was reviled who came

deliver,

106.

Nehemiah."*
128. It

would be reformed.

107. Incendiarism.

129. Canoe, ocean.


108. Presentation.
130. Surface.
109. Baltimore.

131. It

would be recreatio

110. Smartest.
132. Miserable.

111. Regurgitation.
133.

Your word.

112. Disaccommodation.

134. Met-a-physician.
113. Porcelain.

135. Flattery.

114. Insular.

136.

He

115. Recapitulation.

137.

A day's difference.

is

no

better.

to

AtfSWE&S

90

138. Only the dead one


others would fly away.

the

tfO

tfz2LEg*
159.

Ann

Eliza (analyzer).

160. Glass.
139.

Conundrum.

140.

A good

161. Entrance;

intention, but un-

dervalued and misunderstood.

162. Desert.

141. Wolf, fowl.

163. Subjects.

142. Stripes, sprites.

164. Object.

143. Cataract.

144.

165. Piece of mind being secured


mile at miss fortunes.
(Peace of mind being secured, we
may smile at misfortunes.)

we maze

"Honest Old Abe."

145.

Aden.

146.

When

I'ts

mild

(it

smiled.)

166. Wilful lie (Wilforley*).

147. Treason, reason.

H. Coleman.

167. Willie
148. Daisy.

168. Fleta Forrester.

149. Buttercup.
150.

169. Jasper.

Hound-tongue.

151. Mode sty i s one oft he


chief or name nt sof youth.
(Modes y i s one of the chief ornaments of youth.)

170.

Had anchor (H. A.Danker).

171. Sibyl Grey.

152.

Husbandman.

Because Time beats all


men, and a drummer beats time,
153.

When

154.
lace (solace).

it

is

used to sow

(1)

173. The required radius,


1.922257 inches.
174.

cross

the river together, Mr.


brings the boat back.
(2) Mrs. B. and Mrs. C.
cross, Mrs. A. returns.
cross,
(3) Mr. B. and Mr.

1 77.

Mr. and Mrs. B. return.


Mr. A. and Mr. B. cross,

returns.
Mrs.
(5) Mrs. C. and Mr. B. go
over, and Mr.
for his wife.
.

A. returns

157. Light.
158.

When

raigning)

it is

feet

a raining

(ar-

176. Issue.

Mr. and Mrs. A.

(4)

Slate, tales, least, stale, steal.

175. Political.

155. Forbearing.

156.

172

Red- riding-hood.

Be not too wise nor over nice


For if you be, you little see,
How like an idiot you be.

178. It will

catches

'

be ten to ono

it.

179. 111.
180.

B and

Y (bandy.)

181. Zebra, bear.


182.

What

a wheel!

183. Revolutionary.
184.

In

mills.

if

he

ANSWERS

TO PUZZLES.

185. While it can not move without a head of water, it never gets
ahead of the water, and yet is always

213. Because it bears the palm.


214. Enumerating.

moving.

215. Embrocation.

186. Star, sat, rat, tar, art, as, at.

216. Yirulent.

187. Blood-root.
.

188. Ox-bane.

219. Season.

190. Arrow-head.

220. Acrobats

191. Bed-straw.

192. Patience and perseverance


will perform wonders.
I,

crossed makes X

etc.

a.

Rock

pigeon.

221. First be sure you are rigl$,


then go ahead.

222. Lake, sake, Jake, bake,

b.

Rose

mallow.

wah %

make, rake, hake, cake, fake, tak


223.

194. Boa-constrictor.
195.

217. Combativeness.

218. Midshipman.

189. Candy-tuft.

193.

91

Amethyst.

224. Direction (die- wreck-shun).

225. Warlock.

196. Selah

226.

197. Stiver, rivets.

They have always

agreed.

227. Flake, lake.

198. Kito, tike.

228. Book-Case.

Baltic, Odessa,

Olympus, Killanaule.

199. Wolf, fowl.

229. Liquorice.

200. Scows, cows.

230. Lover, cover, hover,


rover.

201. Stripes, sprites.

mover,

202. Ape, pea.


231. Oliver, Olive,

Levi

203. Danes, sedan.


232.

204.

Dawn, wand.

205. All

206.

is

not gold that

Pawpaw.

Time and

tide wait for

glitters.

233. Bug-bear.
234. Philosophy.

207. Crane-fly.

235. Turks, sturk.

208. Maple.

236.

209

Trug, rug.

210. Sport.
211.

Excommunication.

Owe

nothing.

237. Arm-chair.

238

R U A TT.

(Are you a tease f,

239. Once upon a time a horrid,


overbearing man undertook
to beat his wife upon a very small
cross,

212. Moss-rose.

no

man.

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.

92

provocation indeed but she understood and overcame his evil intention, for before he could injure her,
she demolished hi in in a little time
with a cudgel
;

240 Tennessee (10

A C).

241. Ounce, cat, pig, horse, seal,

cow.

261

It

has

many boughs

262. Because the cat


263.

They

264.

A bushel of

'ill

(bows).

eat

it.

are tumblers.
corn.

265. Sealing-wax.

266. Because his works are wickand all his wicked works come

ed,

242 Heah-iess.

to light.

243. Weed, need, meed, feed, deed,


heed, reed, seed.

267.

He

is

a-mending the public

ways.
244. Patapsco.

268. Because

he

Fa

it.

245. Level.
269.

246.

axes

is

dog-matical.

Fund.
270 Independence.

Mum, Abba, Dad, Anna,


Minim Madam
247

(Inn,

deep,

pendants.)

271. Because
spring.

248. Eebecca, rebec.


249. C low shoe r heart against
vice, butt open the door to wall
root h.
(Close your heart against

awl
t

all

vice,

but open the door to

all

they leave

every

272. Yes, when he is tired of one


place he can go to another.

273. Clouds.

truth.)

When

250.

they are candidates

(candied dates)
251. Because it is ink-lined (inclined)
.

252.

When

he declines a drink.

274. Sable, stable.

275.

Elm, Lem.

276.

Lama, Alma.

277. Ash, has.

253. Loops, spool.

278. Flea, leaf.

254. Animal, lamina.

279. Brag, garb.

255.

Em-bark.

256.

When it is

280. Jehoshaphat.

a perch.
281. Because

he

has- no shoes on.

257. (Often read) ink.

258.

A clock.

259.

Each has

282. Long or short, he only gets


ahead one foot at a time.
his

own

bark.

260 One is an analyzer (Ann Eliza)


the other a charlatan (Charlotte
Ann).

283. Frill,

rill, ill.

284. Fare-well.
285. Kebellion.

AKSWBE8

TO PUZZLES.

93

302. Quicksand.
303.

Les Miserables.

804.

Trade Winds.

305. One may be barred


other bolted.

and the

306. Printers.
307. Bread
utter.

and butter

read

and

308. Oatalpa.

309.

To remove the shears. Take the


end of the string; put it
through the right handle, and
carry the loop around to #, as
loop

shown by the dotted

Lamas, salam.

310. Friend-ship.

311. Mate, ate, mat,

ma, am.

312. Prometheus.

line here

Let the loop be carried


given.
still further toward b, until it has
passed entirely around the whole
shoars, and you can then remove
them, as they will slip out through

313. Nathaniel P. Banks.

the handles.

316. Larkspur.

814.

The

letter

I.

315. Bilberry.

287.

Wasp.

317.

Heartsease

288.

Pine apple.

318.

Sumac.

289. I

OU

(I owe

you nothing).

290. Eleve, levee.

291.

The

letter

A.

319.

Rue.

320.

Lady,

lad.

321. Mandate.

292. Stable, table, Able, Abe.

322. Range, rage,

293. Hares, share.

323. Feeling.

294. Glare, largo.

324. Furlong.

295. Yard, dray.

325. Flagrant.

296. Stake, skate.

326.

297. Lurch, churl.

327. It is a pig-got.

298.

One hug enough.

299. Milk-maid.

300. Maine.
801.

Box.

Apathy.

328. Indianapolif.
329. Paris.
330.

London.

331. Keel, eel,

EE

(ease).

ANSWEES TO PUZZLES.

94

332. Cat-a-logue.

360. Aaron's rod.

333. Votes, stoves.

361. Nothing.

He does not want them made

3o4. Polyanthus,

362.
shorter.

335. Isabella.

Washington.

336.

363.

He is
He

fond of cabbage.

never drinks.

837.

Gum, mug.

364.

338.

Depend not on fortune, but

365.

Memento

366.

Orpheus C. Kerr.

367.

Uncle Robert's Picture.

conduct.
339. Tenacity.

Beam, hairs

temples
a cur sup on his meals, tenants, eggs
340.

salted (exalted), a

(hares),

narrow mind.

341. Ruthless.

342 Root, moot,

mori.

368. Manhattanville.
369. Hatteras.
370. Cat-o-nine-tails.

foot, boot, hoot,

371. Catastrophe.

toot, soot.

372. Catechism.

343. Mutton.

little (t) will


344.
into paint.

345.

373. Catechist, (cat

374. Cat-a-comb.

375. Blackburnian Warbler,

Parsimony.

376. Slate.

346. Personage.

377. Potomac.

347. Constantinople.

378. One is a rail-sitter,


other a rail-splitter.

848. Soldiers.
349. Contrabands.

379.

(T

350. Jurisprudence.
351.

he kissed).

change pain

he travels on a

trail

rail).

383.

Drawer, warder.

When

the

When

they linger round

the bars.
352.

Crown, crow.

353. March, sham, ash,


354.

Sam, has.

He is a man of great gravity.

355. Host, shot.


356. Tulips (two lips.)

381.

He

382.

The

383.

A yard

pleads at the bar.


letter

Abe-L.

N.

and a quarter. Abe

384. Chaucer.

357. Tyke, key.

385. It holds a gal on.

358. Sun-flower.

386. Noise.

359.

Rosemary,

387. It weighs anchor.

ANSWERS TO PUZZLES.
888.

To axe the way.

389. Because "i"


of bliss, " e" is in hell, and
others in purgatory.
is

402.

in the midst
all

R U

L.

The hard

403. It

is

shell.

a good egg sample,

the

390. From San Jacinto to corner


of the fort, 1,843 66-100 yards.
From San Jacinto to center of the
fort, 1,971 10-100 yards.
From Ironsides to corner of the
fort, 2,096 53-100 yards.
From Ironsides to center of the
fort, 2,304 75-100 yards.
From point equidistant to center
of the fort, 1,763 47-100 yards.

891.

95

(Are you well?)

404. Gore, score.


405.

A flatterer.

406. I ate nothing to-day.


407. Shale, hale, ale.

408.

The

letter E.

409. Beersheba.
410. Teasing, easing.

411.

Penny -royal.

392.

Rampage.

412. Balista, tails.

393.

The

413. Ridgewood.

letter E.

394. I, in, pin, spin or pine, spine.

415. Halibut.

395. Earl, pearl.


396. Iri,
397.

414. Bug-bear.

416. Bashaw,

iris.

travels ten miles a day.

Wabash.

417. Because the die


they pass it.

is cast

before

398. Yesterday.
418. Canoe
"ocean").

399. Corkscrew.

400. Peculation, speculation.


401.

Her son never

sets.

419.

(transposed,

CLOWN.

420. Deer, ree.

fjrms

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Page

12.]

EOBEET MEEEY'S

BOOK OF RHYMES.

PREFACE.
Mebby nephews, merry
Merry cousins

nieces^

all,

Merry

aunts, with

merry

Merry

uncles, take

your places

Round the merry

faces.

hall.

Here's a book of merry jingles,

Made for merry times


Merry here with Merry mingles,

Merry groups, and Merrys


" Merry's

Book of Rhymes."

Aunt Sue glowing, Meta


Uncle Joe

single,

flashing,

in smiles,

Mattie warbling, Buckeye dashing,

Older crowing, Hatchet slashing,

Each in

his

own

style.

PREFACE.

VI

Merry nephs and

nieces,

meeting

Wheresoe'er yon may,

Robert Merry sendeth greeting,

Hoping he may have a

seat in

All your merry play.

"When in merry

circles chatting

Round the merry

hearth,

Merry wit with wit combatting.


Merry's

To

Rhymes

will

come

help on the mirth.

quite pat in

THE NEST BUILDERS.


Oh!

beautiful, beautiful things!

How they range


Dear Mary,

Oh

if I

wouldn't

at will through the sky!

could have wings,


I,

wouldn't I

fly ?

would

float far

away on

the cloud,

All vailed in the silver mist;

And

perhaps I should

I shouldn't

But

see, sis,

the sweet

Have each

feel so

come back

proud,

to

be kissed.

little

creatures

a straw in his beak

lesson of duty to teach us,

As

We

plainly as birds can speak.

think they are only playing,

As they

roaro to and fro in the sky;

But these busy


" 'Tis not

all

fellows are saying,


for pleasure

""We're building a snug

we

little

tiy.

nest

In the crotch of the old elm-tree

We

mean

And
"

We

it

for

one of the best,

busy enough are we.

would not

And when

live only for play

for a

song

we

take leisure,

Wo would show, in our caroling way,


How duty is wedded to pleasure."

BOOK OF RHYMES.

KIIDFESS.

A rose was faint,


One

When

and hung

head,

its

sultry summer's day,

a Zephyr kindly fanned

Then sped upon

its

its

cheek,

way.

That Zephyr now, where'er

it

roams,

Delicious perfume brings.

So kindness

gathers, as

A fragrance for its

it

goes,

wings.

Axnsrr Sub,

10

merry's illustrated

'

*, ~/<i?/af-i&&/?M

BOOK OF RHYMES.

11

SNOW-FLAKES.
Abb

the snow-flakes pearly flowers

That

And

in the skies

gently

Upon

fall

this

have

"birth,

in gleaming showers

barren earth ?

Or, are they fleecy locks of wool,

From
The

sheep that wander by

silver streams, that, singing, roll

Through valleys in the sky ?

downy feathers, cast


By little birds above,
And hurried earthward by the blast,
Or, are they

Bright messengers of love?

No, they are pearly blossoms, flung

From

heaven's airy bowers,

To recompense
.

us for the loss

Of summer's blooming

flowers.

Mattib Bell.

MERRY*S ILLUSTRATED

12

SPRING FLOWERS.
"With what a lavish hand

God

When

beautifies the earth,

everywhere,

all o'er

the land,

Sweet flowers are peeping forth

Down by the babbling brook,


Up in the silent hills,
The

glen, the bower, the

shady nook.

Their breath with fragrance

fills.

They creep along the hedge,


They climb the rugged
And, leaning

Blush in their

They seem

own

sweet

to breathe

They pour

height,

o'er the water's edge,

into

my

light.

and talk
ear,

"Where'er I look/ where'er I walk,

A music soft and clear.


They have no pride

Ko

of birth,

choice of regal

The humblest,

May

bower

lowliest spot on earth

claim the fairest flower.

BOOK OF BHYMES.

uo**W
TOP PHILOSOPHY.
Ohildebn must be busy,

Always something learning


Toys and

trinkets, for their secrete,

Inside-outward turning.
"While the top

is

spinning,

Boys are wondering

How

it

"Why

it

does not

While the top


Still

all,

stands erect unaided,

is

fall.

humming,

the wonder grows,

By what

art the little spinner

Whistles as

it

goes.

Children learn while playing


Children play while learning;
Pastimes, often

more than

Into knowledge turning.

lesson*,

18

14

merry's illustrated

BOOK OF RHYMES.

BY THE LAKE.
Moonxight gleams upon the lake
Noiselessly the waters break

On the
Then

white and pebbly shore,

return, to break once more.

Yonder moon, the

sky's bright green.

Glitters in its depths serene,

And

the

stars,

above that glow,

Seem another heaven below.

On the white lake

shore I stand,

"Where the waters meet the land,

Shadows

all

around

me lie,

Shutting out the starry sky-^-

Shutting out the world arpund,

In their close and narrow bound,

And

the past awhile doth seem,

But a

half-forgotten dream.

In the starry night, alone,


Earthly cares and thoughts are gone.

In this

Who

silence,

deep and

still,

could harbor thought of ill?

15

mejrey's illustrated
Far from

all

the care and

strife,

All the agony of life*

"Who wouid deem the sun could

On

rise

earth's thousand miseries?

One

"by

one

To the old,

And

my thoughts come back

familiar track,

I turn

me from

the shore,

To the busy world once more.


Adalbert Oldeh.

BOOK OF BHTMES.

17

GENTLE WORDS.
Kind words revive the weary

And

cheer

As dew

And

its

soul,

saddest hours,

refreshes drooping leaves,

brightens fading flowers.

They fall,

like sunshine,

round the path

Of those who weary roam,

And

are the

"open sesame"

To every heart and home.

We know
When

the spring will soon appear,

round us

flies

the swallow,

So kind words should be harbingers

Of gentle deeds which

Upon

the

brow of want and

The joys of life they

And
Its

Then

follow.

change the

soul's

care

fling,

dark night to-day,

winter into spring.

let

your deeds be gentle deeds,

Your words be words of love


They are the

brightest

gems which shine

In angels' crowns above.

Mattie Bell,

MBRRT ?S ILLUSTRATED

18

THE FROST.
The Frost looked

And

whispered,

forth one

"Now

still,

clear night,

I shall be out of sight

80 through the valley and over the height


In silence

I'll

take

my

way.

I will not go on like that blustering train-

The wind and the snow, the

Who make
But

so

I'll

much

bustle

hail

and the

rain,

and noise in vain;

bo as busy as they."

BOOK OF EHYMES.
Then he

He

lit

19

flew to the mountain, and powdered

on the

trees,

In diamond beads

Of the

its G*est;

and their boughs he dress'd

and over the breast

quivering lake he spread

A coat of mail, that

it

need not fear

The downward point of many a


That he hung on

spear,

margin, far and near,

its

Where a rock could

rear

He went to the windows


And over each pane, like

its

head^

of those

who

Wherever he breathed, wherever he

By the light

of the

slept,

a fairy, crept;

morn were

stepp'd,

seen

Most beautiful things; there were flowers andteees;


There were bevies of birds,

There were

cities

with

ui.
">(><

tei

'

>

unn>

'"

eeu;

>-* tn-v.^s- and thesa

All pictured in silver shee&

But he did one thing that was hardly

He peeped in the
That

all

had forgotten

" Now, just to


I'll

fair

cupboard, and finding there

set

for

him

them

to prepare

a-thinking,

bite this basket of fruit," said he,

"This costly pitcher

And the

glass of

I'll

burst in three;

water they've

Shall * tchiok

!'

to

tell

left for

me

them I'm drinking!"


Miss H. F. Gottld.

20

merry's illustrated

BOOK OF RHYMES.

23

SEATING-WOMAN'S EIGHTS.
"Why may not

a,

woman

She can walk, and


y

skate?

run,

and ride

In dance, or hop, she's always great

why

Prithee

Skating

not skate or slide ?

a useful

is

art,

Full of dignity and grace

Exercises limb and heart,

Gives the blood a healthful pace.

Why may not a woman

skate

Swan-like grace and queenly sway

Mark

the vigorous, blooming Kate,

down yon

Sailing

glittering

way.

Look what conscious grace and power


!

In those broad, out-sweeping

As down
"With

strides,

the silver-gleaming floor,

still

Why may

increasing speed she glides

not a

woman

skate ?

Often on the frozen Scheldt,

Buxom Dutch

girls, early, late,

For the prize of speed have

dealt.

22

MERRY'S TLLTTSTRATED

BOOK OF RHYMES.
Sometimes from the inland town

To the
They

in

And

city mart, or fair,

merry bands

glide

Why may not a woman


To a

down,

their precious burdens bear.

friend's,

Oft they

with heart

sail,

To make a

skate ?

long miles away,

call,

elate,

or pass the day.

Often so do lovers meet,


Whispering, wooing,

While upon

billing, cooing,

their iron feet,

Miles and miles of talk they're doing*

Why may not a woman skate ?


What though

ankles she reveal

"

Skater's ankles, critics state,

Are not over-much

What

of that!

genteel.

trifling

charge!

There's a right for every


If the ankle's

May

be

'tis

somewhat

wrong

large,

well set and strong.

Why may not


Six times

a woman skate ?
we have put the question f

No one rising in debate,


"Ho one offering a suggestion,

24

MEERY'S ILLUSTRATED
Silence gives consent.

Pretty

girls,

So, then,

and women,

too,

No less than rude boys and men,


May put on the iron shoe.
Try
/

it,

girls ay, it? the skate

Good

tired,

weight,

its

Never weak, nor

The

seUs^m

for service,

Able to sustain

loosely wired

well-tried ankle

you

will Jind

In your need-hour just the one

Bind your skates on

You

will find

it

never mind !

right good fun.

BOOK OF RHYMES.

SCHOOL SOUUET.
Spell,

spell, spell!

A dozen words or
To

more

your task and learn

it

well

School days will soon be

o'er.

Write, write, write!

A page

all

Seize the

bright and clean

moments

'No lost one

in their flight,

fall

between.

Learn, learn, learn!

Some nseM knng eaen day

From

early

morn um

nigiic returns,

Waste not your time

in play,

MERRY'S ILLUSTRATED
"

; ;

27

BOOK OB EHTMES.
1

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS.


It

is said

that the flowers, as well as the birds,

Have a language

And that
You may

oft,

peculiar,

in the

hear, if

I have doubted

you

till

with phrases and words

hush of a

lately,

warm summer

day,

whatever they say.

listen,

and thought

it

was

whom poet they

The whim of some dreamer,

all

call

But

since the sweet seventh of June, fifty-one,

My

doubts have

As

vanished, like mists in the sun.

all

walked in the garden I saw a sweet

Such as seldom on

With a

deep, deepening blush overspreading its cheek,

Leaning down to a

Behind a

tall

lily,

as if

it

would speak.

orange in bloom, as

Its rich fragrant

shadow

all

it

spread

over the bed,

TTnperceived by the parties, I paused in

And, in
First,

rose,

this side of Paradise grows,

truth,

overheard an intelligent

a low, distant

murmur

arrested

my walk

talk.

my

ear,

Like the memory of tones which in dreaming we hear;


Then, clear and

distinct,

though

subtile as thought,

Their simple, articulate language I caught.

28
*

Thou

"

Too sweet for the earth and too chaste

would thou wert

fairest of

gems," said the rose, bending down,

that here, in

taller,

for

a crown,

my place,

The world might appreciate thy sweetness and grace.*'


"Nay, nay, lovely
" It

is safer

in

rose," the fair lily replied,

humble retirement

Earth's praises I court not

To

my

to hide

graces were given

exhale, in their careless redundance, to neaven.

As the

Was

rest of their talk

was

of love, and as I

acting the part of an eaves-dropping spy,

I will

not report

it

but this I have

As conveying a lesson

for

told,

young and

for old.

BOOK OF RHYMES.

THE SONG OF THE EXILE


Blow, blow, ye winds, from the wide blue
Oh,

And

still

this heart

As yonr

sea!

brow,

cool the heat of this fevered

with such melody

fluttering

wings are wafting

now

Bear on, bear on, from that distant shore,

The loving tones

01 a household

Whose cherished forms

Ye
Such

voices
sad,

dim from

fatherland!

sweet thoughts to

Of my own

far

no more,

i see

my

band

home with

me

ye bring

its ivied- walls,

Of the vine-wreathed porch, where the zephyr


Through the

rustling leaves,

Of the threshold

stone,

stilly

eve

full

and the sunbeam falls

and the open door,

Of the kindred forms

At the

sings

that gathered there,

hearts to pour,

In a gush of soag on the listening

Of the noisy flow of the

little

Whose mossy banks our

air

brook,

footsteps haunted;

Of winds which half their sweetness took

From

fragrant bowers our hands

had

planted.

Fleta Fobrester.

30

MEBETS

ILLTJSTEATBD

BOOK OF RHYMES.

THE HARVEST.
Trusting in the patient earth

For the coming need,


"Went the hopeful sower forth,

Bearing precious seed.

Precious seed and

full

of hope,

Scattered far and wide,

O'er the plain

And by

along the slope

the river side.

Softened by the vernal rain,

Quickened by the sun,

Every

little

Peep'd

planted grain

forth,

one by one.

Nourished by the rain and dew,

And

the genial light,

Blade by blade

it

upward grew,

Growing day and

Waving

in the

Bowing

night.

summer

gales,

to the blast,

O'er the teeming intervales,

Eipening to the

last.

81

82
Duly

to the harvest white,

Goldenly

As with

it

glows,

grateful heart,

and

light,

Forth the reaper goes.


Brightly as the sickle swings,

Flashing in the sun,


Merrily the reaper sings,

While the moments run.

Onward

as the strong

man

goes,

Fall the golden heads,


Till

the grain, in beauteous rows.

All the

field o'erspreads.

Gather, gather

now with

care,

Binding up your sheaves,

Save what holy

thrift

For the gleaner

Now, upon

and prayer

leaves.

the groaning wain,

Pile your treasures high,

Thankful for the gentle

And

rain,

the genial sky.

Grateful for the bounteous earth,

Trusting

Now

all

to come,

with songs of cheerful mirth.

Bring the harvest home.

BOOK OF RHYMES.
Dance and

33

sing in joyous ring,

Ere the day grows dim


Kejoice, rejoice, with heart

Shout, shout the Harvest

and

voice*,

Hymn.

34

merry's illustrated

BOOK OF EHYME8.

35

THE SNOW-HOUSE,
See, Charlie, out there,

by the elm

tree,

The snow has been eddying round,

And

has made, for our winter snow-house,

A broad and beautiful mound.


Come,

And

your shovel,

Charlie, bring out

soon

we

will let

How nice, how snug,

them

and

Our winter palace can


The door

shall

shall

cosy,

be.

be arched and

the room within

see

how

lofty,

be round;

And we'll have a fireplace and chimney,


And a carpet of straw for the ground.
Then

we'll

And
With

On

all

have a magnificent party,

our friends receive.

chestnuts,

popped cprn, and candy,

Christmas or

The Merrys

New Year's eve.

all shall

be invited,

Around our board to

sit

They with our house will be delighted,

And

we'll enjoy their wit.

86

merry's illustrated

COLD WATER.
Cold water,

pure, sparkling,

Cold water forever for

Cold water you,

too,

and bright,

me

must drink

"Who have come to our apple

to-night,

spree.

BOOK OF KHYME8.
For nothing

else

Of that most

Fo

you

At our

stuff will

But pure cold water,


will

as

much

in these

An

you see

fresh

from the pump,

have at our apple

For nothing

And

may be
we allow

no rum, no lager Mer,

Or any such

Drink

will

red-apple spree.

$To eider,

We

will get to drink,

sure you

no "brandy

wine,

37

as

spree.

you will, good

it costs,

you

hard times

friends

and

true,

see,

it is

best to have

economical spree.

So a spree

And

we

will have,

none the worse

and a jolly one

shall

too,

we be

To-morrow, for having joined to-night


In a real red-apple spree.

RsrsiL

88

MEERt's ILLUSTKATED

BOOK OF EETTMES.

TIE GOOD OLD PLOW.


Let them laud the notes

that in music float

Through the bright and

glittering hall,

"While the amorous whirl of the hair's bright curl

Bound

the shoulders of beauty

fall

dearest to me is the song of the tree,


And the rich and the blossoming bough
Oh these are the sweets which the rustic

But

As he

greets,

follows the good old plow.

All honor be, then, to those gray old men,

When at last they


Their warfare then

are

o'er,

bowed with

toil

they battle no more,

For they've conquered the stubborn

And the chaplet he wears is his silver


And ne'er shall the victor's brow
With a

laurel

crown

in his grave go

soil;

hairs,

down*

Like the sons of the good old plow.


MERRY

40

ILLUSTRATED

WINTER.
Who

does not love the Winter,

When
The

all

on earth below,

houses, streams, the trees, and rocks?

Are covered

o'er

with snow

When all is fair which once was bare,


And all is bright and gay,
When down the hillside rush the sleds,
$far stop

till

far awsjr

BOOK OF RHYMES.

And

then the noise of all the boys,

"When snow-balls

The snow-king

With

And

% around

in the meadow-field.

icy jewels

crowned

sparkling as the purest gold,

The

scepter in his hand,

While icy

Await

And

4:1

courtiers,

his high

then

grim and

still,

command.

when evening

closes in

Around the household hearth,

We love to

sit

while jokes pass round,

And all is joy and mirth.


And then recount with ready
The

tongues

mishaps of the day,

Of plunges

When

at

in the deep snow-drifts

our joyous play.

And though the Spring may boast


And all its green-clad trees
Though Summer, with

its

its

flowers,

healthy showers,

a cooling breeze

Brings, many
And though in A utumn with

Of grain and
Yet

still

fruit

the crops

we're blest,

I can not belt) but say,

I love the "Waiter

'hesptv

&

"W"*

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43

BOOK OF RHYMES

JUUE,
Tis a truth that earnest students,

With hooks and nature who commune,


Are

in thought

By

and

feeling

quickened

the skies and breath of June.

While in boyhood, what could match


Schoolmates

"

it?

so opportune

call

Gome with me and

range the forest

Recreate, this day of June*"

Sister-schoolmates, gathering posies,

Stop to hear the red-breast's tune,

And laugh

at pretty squirrels running

TJp the trees, jn leafy June.,

Affcer-life, for prizes striving,

The student

toils for

lengthened

rune-

Spirit (so success) is wafted

To him by the breath


Month of months

let's

of June.

sing its praises

MusEUM-readers, join the tune

The

freshest leaves, the brightest flowers,

All are thine, sweet month of June.

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AO

WORK
With mamma
'Tis

PLAY.

for a teacher,

easy to learn

Her eye

gives her

As hard pages
She says,

boy courage,

turn.

"Now, my

dear

Fred^

Learn every word right


Ff

you're patient, the hard spots


Will vanish from sight.

When

this task is well finished,

Your work

will

he done

Then the time comes


Says every one.

for playing

BOOK OF RHYMBS,
" Your

fleet

rock-horse

And baby

shall see."

Freddy learned well

And

rides

Don't

tell

There

is

Ml

is

waiting.

his lessons,

of glee.

me of
much

to-morrow,
to d6 to-day,

That can never be accomplished,


If

we throw

the hours away.

Every moment has

Who

its

duty

the future can foretell ?

Then why put

What

off

till

to-morrow,

to-day can do as well

46

merry's illustrated

TIE BUTTERFLY.
"Don't

As
Upon

kill

me,"

caterpillar said,

Clara raised her heel,


the humble

As though

it

worm

to tread,

could not

feel.

kill me
I will crawl away,
And hide me from your sight,
And when I come, some other day,
You'll view me with delight."

"Don't

BOOK
The

caterpillar

OB"

RHYMES.

il

went and hid

In some dark, quiet place,

Where none

could look on

To change his form and

And then,

what he

did,

face.

one day, as Clara read

"Within a shady nook,

A butterfly,

superbly dressed,

Alighted on her book.

His shining wings were dotted o'er


"With gold, and blue, and green,

And

Clara

owned she naught before

So beautiful had

seen,

48

COLD WATER.
You may

boast of your brandy and wine as you pleas^

and

<3in, cider,

all

the rest

Gold water transcends them in


It is
It is

good

better

to

good for the young

It is better

their

the degrees,

It is better

'Twill revive

all

old,

it

for a frolic.

drinks for .quenching your thirst,

you

for

In sickness or health,

Oh

good for the

lot.

than gin for the colic

best of

try

it is

than wine for the generous mood,

Than whisky or rum


thf%

outward

than brandy to quicken the blood,

It is better

Tis

all

BEST.

warm you when you are cold,


cool you when you are hot

Whatever

'tis

good to

Good
It is

it is

work

'tis

you'll find

or for play

the best and the


it

will pay.

first

BOOK OF BHYMES.

49

THE TELEGRAPH-ITS SECRET.


Looking up

At

in

musing wonder

the silent wires above him,

And

profoundly meditating,

Suddenly says Pat


Suddenly says Mike

that's

Michael

that's Patrick

"

Can you show me, can you tell me,

How it is that news and letters,


How it is that big newspapers,
Full of news, and fun, and wisdom,

Travel ever back and forward,


Travel with the speed of lightning

Always

And

going, always coming,

yet never interfering

While we,

Can not

sitting under, watching,

see them, can not hear them,

Can not draw


Can not

tell

their secret

how

'tis

from them

they do

it,

Can not quite believe they do it,


T hough we all the while do know

it?"

50

" Should you ask me, Mike"


44

Should you ask," says Pat

"

How

that's

Michael

that's Patrick

these silent wires ahove us

Talk, and write, and carry letters

Carry news, and carry orders,

Though we can not

see nor hear them,

Sitting under, watching, listening

Can not

see them, can not hear them,

Can not catch the

smallest whisper

Of the messages they

carry

I should answer, I should tell you,

That those

little

wires are hollow,

them

"With a passage running through

From

the one end to the other

And they
And they

send, not papers through them,


send, not written letters ;

But they send' -these strange magicians

Through those passages so narrow,


Whispering

spirits, living fairies,

Flying ever back and forward,


Message-bearing, hither, thither
Faithful messengers, that

tell

not

You, nor me, though watching,

What the messages

listening,

they carry.'

" Och! indade," says Mikethat's Michael


u Do you know it, Pat" that's Patrick

" Do you

know

it,

Pat, for certain?

51

BOOK OF RHYMES.
Have you

seen the whispering spirits!

Have you

seen these living fairios?

Have you heard them


Have you heard
Tell me, do
Tell me, is

Then

you know

it

shooting

by us?

their fairy whisper?


it,

surely?

only blarney ?"

Patthat's

in anger,

Proudly answered, "Mike"

Patrick

know I'm Pat"that's


" Sure you know I was in College

" Sure you

Four long years in

fires,

Patrick

m College

Hewing wood and bearing


Kindling

Michael

that's

water,

and chores achieving,

For the great and learned scholars

m College.

Of the mighty F
So you
" Set

Mike"

needn't,

me down

for a

Needn't reckon

that's Michael-

Know-Kothing

me a Hindoo

Needn't doubt that what I


Is as true as if a

Should have told


a man

tell

you

lawyer

Or

as if

Or

in caucus said

it

to a jury

in Congress

and swore

it

On his everlasting honor,


On his faith and on his conscience
This, I trust, will satisfy you."

52

MEEEY

ILLTJSTEATED

BOOK OF BHYMES.

53

THE UMBRELLA, AND THE APRIL SHOWED


Keep

close

we'll crowd the

The harder

it

shall

closer,

pour;

seldom one umbrella

'Tis

Is called to shelter four

But ours

is

And has
Yet

faster,

The

And

and yet

faster,

pelting sheets arrive,

our one good umbrella

bound

Is

we

For

large and generous,

a heart for more.

As
23bw

to shelter five,

are packed as snugly

bees within a hive.

let it

come

in torrents

We're snug as snug can be

What
For

On

cares our brave umbrella


five,

or four, or three ?

every side

The
The

'tis

shedding

rain in careless glee.

clouds are very leaky,

The bottom must be

out>

64

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But, with our good umbrella,

We have no fear nor doubt,


Though every

above us

stick

Kains like a tiny spout.

Heigho!

The

'tis

coming

bottles *ure

But hark

faster,

have burst;

the brave umbrella

Says, " Clouds, do


If

now your

you would wet these

You must

destroy

worsts

children,

me

first."

They must have thrown wide open

The windows of the sky


But, with our good umbrella,
I think we'll get

home dry

Or, if we do get sprinkled,

We'll neither fret nor cry.

Step lightly, bonnie

Keep

close,

sweet

sister,
little pet,

With such a brave umbrella,

We

shall

But Prink

On that

not be

will
I'll

much wet

have a drenching,

make a

bet.

How like a river torrent


It

pours along the street J

BOOK OF RHYMES.

55

Prink cares not for umbrellas,

To him a

And

bath's a treat,

our good India-rubbers

Are umbrellas
What's that you
'Tis

for our feet.

say, dear Nellie?

dropping on your arm?

Indeed, our kind umbrella

Didn't

And

"Will

make

Ha ha
!

mean you any harm

soon the good snug parlor

all

dry and warm.

the wind

is rising,

But we are almost

there.

What if our good umbrella


Should

fly

away

in air

Run, Prink, and say we're coming,

And open

the gate

do you hear

; ;

56

MBBBT

ILLTT8TKATED

THE OSTRICH.
Let the

fur-clad Laplander boast

Of the

reindeer's bird-like speed

Let the Arab, for riding post,

Bet high on his mettlesome steed

Let the Briton talk loud of the chase

With the

fox, or

the hare, or the stag

Let the Yankee, stark

mad

in the race,

Count miles by the minutes, and brag

57

BOOK OF RHYMES.
b*

"bird

of the desert

Competitors

all

is

ours

we defy

A bird of suoh wonderful powers


"We scarce

You have

all

know

if

we

ride or

we fly.

of the hippogriff heard,

For mettle and speed a rare

thing,

Half-breed betwixt courser and bird,

Keeping pace with foot and with wing.

The bird of the


The

is

he,

ostrich of beautiful plume,

Skimming

Or an

He

desert

earth, as a

swallow the

sea,

eagle the lofty blue dome.

laughs at the speed of the hind,

For pursuers he

feels

no concern,

He travels ahead of the wind,


And leaves the dull lightning

astern.


58

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meeet's illustrated

THE PLOWMAN.
Tubus up the generous soil
-

'Tis rich in

And

hidden wealth,

well repays your earnest

With

plenty, peace,

Plow with a

and

bold, strong

toll

health,.

hand

Drive deep the glittering share

Eo

surface-scratching will

command

Earth's treasures rich and rare.

Then,

if

you'd freely reap,

"With bounteous freedom

sow

And while you wake, and while you


The precious grain

will grow.

!;

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BOOK OF EHTMEB.

59

ON A GOOD HOUSE-DOG CALLED "WATCH."


Poor

faithful

Watch

And mute and


Thou

thy watch of life

is o'er,

senseless near the kitchen

door

a breathless corpse, where thou stood to

lay'st,

guard before

Thy

pliant temper,

known and

Thy prompt obedience


Whether

Or

to climb the

praised

by

all,

to thy master's call

hill,

or scour the plain,

drive encroaching hogs from out the lane

Thy

quick return, on motion of his hand,

To guard the

Thy joy

to

Domestic

door, or wait a fresh

meet at

command;

eve, with fawning play,

faces, absent

but a day

Thy

bark, that might the boldest thief affright,

And

patient

watch through many a dreary night

All speak thy worth, but none could save thy breath,

For what

is

merit 'gainst the shafts of Death ?

Sleep, then,

my

dog

Where

and

trav'ler

thief

Content

Thy

t'

thy tour of duty

have gained

o'er,

can disturb no more

all

that thou

now

canst have

master's plaudit and a peaceful grave

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BOOK OP KHTMHS.

81

GONE-ALL GOIE!
By

the bubbling fount 'mid tne greenwood shades,

Tn the leafy world of the forest glades,

Ko more

the birds, at the blush of morn,

Trill their

sweet notes

they are

goneall gone

Voices of summer, I've listed long

For the witching

strains of

Through the woodland dim,


I

have sought you

ETo

more do you

oft

your matin song


o'er the rustling lawn,

but you're gone

start in

your

still

At the thundering tramp of the

all

goner

retreat

horses' feet,

Or the wandering note of the bugle horn


But the woods are mute,

for you're gone

all

gone

'Mid the wild wood's haunts, through your lonely

The rude winds

play,

and the snow-wreath

rests

In their yielding curve, while in jeering scorn

The

cold blast whistles, "

They say that ye

Of the azure

Gone

my

heart

all

gone

!"

sing 'neath a sunnier arch

skies,

where the

Brings but one endless vernal

But

is sad, for

seasons'

march

dawn

you're gone

all

gone

nest*

;!

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merry's illustrated

THE CHRISTMAS TREE.


The Christmas

tree

The Christmas

tree

gather around

it

now

Its fruits are free

For you and

And

for me,

they hang from every bough.

BOOK OF KFYMES*
Its flowers are "bright,

And they grew

in a ni^l

9w yesterday it was bare


Did ever you see

An
So

evergreen tree

fruitful

and so

Look! here

fair

arose!

is

And who would

An

suppose

orange and a pear


"Would grow by the side

Of the

garden's pride ?

But here, you

they

see,

And, stranger

are.

yet,

Here's a bon-bon, set

On

the

same

identical stem,

With two plums,

so big

That a neighboring

Seoms

lost in the

And here,
As

I live,

fig

shadow of tjaa

what's this?
'tis

And just where

kiss,

a kiss should ae;

A tulip full blown,


Hard by it
Indeed,

'tis

is

shown

a wonderful tree.

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64

Here, bravo

I've found

Mebry's Museum, bound


This must be the Tree of Knowledge
Besides which, behold

All lettered in gold,

A poem fresh out from the college.


Hold

hold

my

good

sirs,

Here's a nice set of furs


'Tis

you

fir-tree,

And here,

all

must agree

not incog.,

Is a sweet sugar-hog

Does that make a mahogany-tree?

Oh who would
!

Here's a nice

Of course
Not

'tis

have guessed t

little chest,

a chestnut-tree

so fast, cousin

Knox,

Here's a beautiful box

A box-tree it surely must be.


Your proof something
For here

is

You must own


Hallo

lacks,

an ax.

'tis

an axle-tree

now

here's a whip,

For your horsemanship


Tis a whipple-tree, then,

you'll allow.

BOOK OF EHYMES.
What now

shall

be said ?

Here are needles and thread


Let's see

we

shall

Oh, pshaw

call it

pray do

tre-mend(o)us?
stop,

I'm ready to drop

Your puns

are absurdly stupendous.

65

MERRY'S ILLUSTRATED

MT MOTHER'S BIRTHPLACE
It was just outside of the village,

In a

cool, sequestered nook,

On the right was the murmuring fores^


On the left was the babbling brook.
Behind, the overshadowing mountain

Beared

its

While before

gray old head to the sky,


it,

the widening valley

Stretched out like a sea to the eyit

'Twas a rare, sweet

As

spot,

ever this fair world

There spring came

and a lov&f

knew

earliest always,

And summer the latest withdrew.


Day reluctantly left it at evening,
And hastened to greet it at dawn,
And stars, birds, and flowers loved to visit
The place where my mother was born.

BOOK OF RHYMES.

67

THE SOUG OF BOB LINCOLN,


BY TJNOLE
It

was a

The

TIM.

May,

beautiful morning, quite early in

fathers all plowing, the children all play

The mothers

And the

all

spinning, as busy as bees,

birds quite as busy all round in the trees;

While some were singing songs over and over,


Sometimes in the tree-tops, then down

Young Robert was

And the

in the clover,

trying his very best notes,

strength of his song by the length of his throat,

Chorus

Envy me, envy me,


Cordially, cordially,
Fiddlesticks, fiddlesticks

Just act your pleasure,

Sometimes he was singing to

And then to
Ifext

And

he'd light on the top of a

sing

it

will give

you a sonnet while

I will sing

thistle,

be singing or trying to whistle

Miss Alice, Miss Alice

To

farmer,

Miss Alice, and trying to charm her

moment
either

Jemmy the

sir.

you a good

one,

And stop when I choose,


Ohorus

am

me much pleasure

at leisure.

and very

explicit,

or whenever you wish

it.

Certainly, certainly, etc.

68
While

My

Jemmy

wife

is at

In a neat

You need

is

plowing and learning to whistle,

home, in the shade of a

little nest,

not look for

The farmer

is

for

it,

you never can

plowing, and soon will be

While he's cutting the

When

thistle,

with a wild rose behind

it.

find

it.

mowing

daisies his corn will

be growing.

the heads on the barley are ripe, and the cherry,

Mary Lincoln and I

will

be singing so merry.

Cordially,

Choktjs

cordially,

Envy me, envy me,


Fiddlesticks, fiddlesticks

Just act your pleasure,

When

sir.

the leaves on the trees and the flowers on the


clover

Are withered and

When

faded,

the grass on the

and Summer

meadows

is

is

over

leveled and gone,

We will sing our last sonnet and leave you alone.


We will fly far away to the rice and the cotton
not our thistle and rose be forgotten.

But

let

We

are certain to

And

come again

early in Spring,

bring some choice music, which

we

promise to

sing.

Choktjs

Cordially,

cordially,

Envy me, envy me,


Fiddlesticks, fiddlesticks!

Just act your pleasure,

sir,

BOOK OF RHYMES.
4"

69
>\

AND A WAY.

A WILL

A Lapland merchant must needs,


To a

distant

But he had no

To

carry

"Yet go

" There

Each new

one day,

market go
horse,

and he had no

sleigh,

him over the snow.

must," said the sturdy


is

way

necessity has

its

For the earnest mind to

plan,
fulfill."

So he drew, from the ice-bound

And lined

it

river,

with furs and moss,

Then harnessed a
With a rope

man

for every will

reindeer to

its

his horns across.

prow,

a scow,

MEBRT

70

No

ILLUSTRATED

track was therebut the traveler

knew

The way over valley and plain


Like a well-trained steed, the reindeer flew,

And brought him


The

fashion he set

Among
They use

And

back again.

safe

is

in fashion now,

the fur-clad Norse;


for a sleigh a flat-bottomed scow,

a reindeer for a horse.

Said the resolute man, " They shall serve

my

Whatever we must, we may,

And

sooner or later each

That where

there's

man

a will

will learn,

there's

way"

turn;

BLOWING BUBBLES.
The boys

were blowing bubbles,

Bright red, and green, and blue,

And

every changing color

That ever mortal knew.

They

floated in the

window,

And glided past my


Bui

in a

chair,

moment perished,

And faded

in the air.


MERRY

72

ILLUSTRATED

The boys, with shouts and laughter,

Blew

till

quite out of breath,

While high in the-leafy

The bubbles gleamed


Too much

Seemed

Sweet

death.

like earthly pleasure

the bubbles, bright

They charm a

Then

maple
till

fleeting

vanish,

away

and gay

moment,

away.

love's ecstatic potion

Our

long to

spirits

sip,

But Death may dash the nectar

From

the unsullied

And he who
Whose

lip.

quaffs the longest,

heart divinely glows,

Finds clouds will gather round him,

For earthly joys must

Some

grasp at wealth's bright beacon^

And

follow where

Sometimes to

it

leads

fairest honor,

Sometimes to

And

close.

foulest deeds

often proves a bubble,

A floating thing of air


Eludes the weary victim,
JLnd leaves him starving there,

73

BOOK OF RHYMES.
J*' love's

And

so frail a treasure,

wealth

may

away i

fade

If earthly joys are changing,

And fame

lives

but a day

Then where are shining jewels


That

will not

And leave

us,

break at

last,

eager viewers,

All mourning for the past?

High in the holy heavens,

A pearl of price untold


Shines brighter far than rubies,

More
It

precious than fine gold.

can not fade or perish,

Can never
It is

pass

away;

a hope in Jesus,

A trust in God alway

M, A. L.

meeey's Illusteated

BOOK OF KHYMES.,

75

AFTER* SCHOOL.
Just look upon that group of boys,

Brim

full

When,

of

frolic,

at the

They rush

spunk, and noise,

word, " The school

and

to liberty

Pell-mell, they ran,

done,"

is

fun.

and jump, and

leap,

Tumbling in one promiscuous heap,


Until you

They

wonder by what token

'scape with heads

and limbs unbroken.

Bold, reckless, cunning, cool, or sly,

What won't they do? what won't they

try?

They're up to every kind of scheme,

To

test their strength,

'Tis

and

let off steam.

an epitome of life,

Without

shades of care and strife

its

Each has

his private joke,

Regardless

how

And there's
More

and cracks

the other takes

it,

it.

boys take rough jokes

the point

pleasantly than older folks,

Not heeding much what's

said or done,

So they can have

of fun.

their

fill

76

THE NIGHTINGALE.
Sweet

bird

Of the

that through the shadows

night, so sad

and

lone,

"Warblest thy notes of gladness,

With
'Tis

softly thrilling tone.

when the gloom

And

all is

is deepest,

hushed in fear,

Save that night-winds are moaning

Through the
'Tis

then thy voice

And
As

stillness

is

dark and drear;

sweetest,

seems wafted from above,

to the sad and sorrowing

Come words

of hope and love.

Thou'rt heard within the casement,

Through the weary night of pain

And

thy warble

is

an earnest

That the day will come again.


Methinks thou art a

spirit-bird,

Sent from a holier sphere

Such

spirits

do not linger

Amidst the sorrowing here.

BOOK OF KHYMES.

LEAP-FROG.
That's

Go

it

right,

high,

Benny, go

and go

it

it

strong,

long,

Swiftly run, and boldly leap,

Froggy Charles

is

quite a heap.

now

Charley Frog,

take your jump;

Benny, make yourself a lump


'Tis

a wnolesome sport and rare

Rest and

Now
Now

toil

an equal share.

you're down, and

now

you're up*,

you leap, and now you stoop

Now you

rest,

and

Any way,

'tis

right

now you run


good

fun,

77

78

WOULD

The

OF LOVE AT

HOME

earth hath treasures fair and bright.

Deep buried

And

in her caves,

gem

ocean hideth many*a

With

his blue, curling

waves

Yet not within her bosom dark,

Or

'neath the clashing foam,

Lives there a treasure equaling


?

A world of love at home!


True, sterling happiness and joy-

Are not with

Nor can

it

gold allied,

yield a pleasure like

A merry fireside.
I envy not the

man who

dwells

In stately hall or dome,


If,

'mid his splendor, he hath not

A world of love at home.


The

friends

'Tis

whom time hath proved sincere,

they alone can bring

A sure relief to hearts that droop


'Neath sorrow's heavy wing.

Though

care and trouble

As down
I'll

life's

heed them not while

may be

mine,

path I roam,
still

world of love at home.

I have

BOOK OF EfiYMES.

79

MUST HASTEN HOME.

I must hasten home, said a rosy child.

Who

had gayly roamed

I must hasten

She

home

will seek

to

for

hours

my mother dear

me amid

the bowers.

If she chides, I will seal her lips

And offer
I

her

all

must hasten home,

As

with a

my flowers.
said a beggar girl,

she carried the pitiful store

kiss,

MERRY'S ILLUSTRATED

RO

Of crumbs and

scraps of crusted bread,

She bad gathered from door to door


I must hasten

She
I

home

And

and poor!

old,

must hasten home,

As day began

my mother dear-

to

and

is feeble,

said the ball-room belle,

dawn

to

the glittering jewels her dark hair decked,

Shone bright as the dews of morn


I'll

forsake the joys of this changing world,

"Which leave in the heart but a thorn.

must hasten home,

said a dying youth,

"Who had vainly sought

Who

had vowed to win a

And

immortalize his

for

fame

laurel wreath,

name

But, a stranger, he died on a foreign shoreAll the hopes he had cherished w^re vain.

am hastening home,
As he gazed on the

WTiere

His

oft,

feet

Farewell
I

am

ere age

had

said an aged man,

grassy sod,

had

silvered his hairs,

lightly trod

farewell to this lovely earth

hastening

home

to

God

BOOK OF RHYMES*

81

THE EVENING PRATER.


With meek and

simple

faith,

A child's confiding love,


The

infant cherub kneels to breathe

His prayer to God above.

And
To

all

the host of heaven

is

there,

listen to that infant prayer.

" God, bring dear father home,

Qod make
y

God, make
All in

me

dear mother well,

good, and let us

Thy house

come

to dwell."

Then, while their watch good angels keep,


" God giveth His beloved sleep,"

; ; !

82

.ACROSTIC.
Roses and

tulips,

with

all

their

gay

train,

O'er garden and landscape cause beauty to reign.

By

the brook, or the hillside, or light

Enchanted delighted

on, smiling,

woody

we

grove,

reve

'Rapt up in fond thoughts of the verdure and bloom,

autumn's cold frost sweeps the whole to the tomb.

'Till

My

emotions,

when

life

seems thus passing and vain,

Even wisdom and prudence can hardly

restrain.

Rude winter now comes, and with sleet,

hail,

Right and

Yet

left

I see there's a chance,

Sitting snug

My

and snow,

sends his arrows, as shivering

by the

fire,

we

with old Robert Merry.

cosy old friend, no winter

is

found

Unfurled in thy pages the whole season round


Still

birds sing their songs in

Ever speaking

in music

clime^

and talking in rhyme

may

Making

of us merry, Old Merry, with you

tell

some warm, sunny

Unless you
all

go.

even now, to be cheery,

us some odd tale that's true,

B.

BOOK OF BHYMES.

OUR HEBBT.
I am, I do not

Suee

Why we love
But

am

know

our Eebby

sure, as sure

so

can be,

Uebby knows why he loves me.


Mattie feeds

And

'tis

as

ISTeb

every day,

good as any

play,

Just to see his pranks and freaks,

"When to

When

ISTebby Mattie speaks.

go home from the

ISTebby meets

me

store,

at the door,

And says, most eloquently dumb,


"Nebby 's glad that you have come."
ISTebby is a little pet

ISTebby don't

know how

to fret

But he knows the tender est part

Of our

Mattie's tender heart*

83

cH

merry's illustrated

THE NEW SONG.


"Whence that sweet, inspiring
Pealing on

Hark

its thrilling

From
u

my ravished

notes again

the courts of heaven I

Hallelujah to the

Who

strain,

ear?

hear

Lamb,

hath bought us with His blood

Honor, glory to His name,

We through Him are

sons of God."

Angels fain their notes would join

With that
But

vast,

triumphant song

though

their harps,

all divine,

Ne'er can reach that wondrous song.

Learned on earth, and new in heaven,

Only they

Who

to

its

God by

chords can

know

grace are given,

Ransomed from the depths


Angels can not know or
In their pure, unfallen

How

of wo.

tell,

bliss,

a soul, redeemed from

hell,

Sings the mystery of grace

They the chosen,

countless throngT

Ever round the throne above,


In their

new and

endless song,

Celebrate redeeming love,

BOOK OF RHYMES.

85

jyiSSpililSillil^i

THE CHINAMAN.
The Chinaman

On opium
The Yankee

his life consumes,

regaling
his tobacco

With equal

fumes

zest inhaling

Though trembling nerves and

Warn them

that health

For almost everything

Some reason wit


But

that's

done

supposes,

for the smoker's faith, not

The keenest wit


'Us

fitful

is failing.

discloses

filthy, vulgar, costly fun,

Hateful to

all

good noses,

one

glooms

merry's ILLUSTRATED

AH"
Well,

You
"With

INDIAN DANDY.

isn't that

a funny dress ?

think he must be cruel,

human hones

And

set

round his crown,

skulls in place of jewels,

BOOK OF EHYMES.
Yet

in his countenance

87

you see

^Nothing severe or savage,

As if,

with cannibal

intent,

Our whole domain he'd

ravage.

There's no accounting for our taste^


u
gustibus" and so forth
(

De

Some

;)

dote on very slender waists,

Some

like

hooped

cisterns go forth*

Sneer not at Indian or Malay,


!N"or

He

get into a passion

does as you do day by

day-

Follows the latest fashion.

White dandies
"White

Which

is

strut in stove-pipe hats,

women

go bare-headed

most proper, red or white,

We leave in doubt deep

shaded.

88

MEERY

ILLUSTRATED

THE SHADOW.
Ons sunny day

When lo,

a child went Maying-

while 'mid the zephyrs playing,

He saw his shadow


He turned and fled,

at his

The seeming goblin came

And

back

but on his track


apace,

step for step gave deadly chase

"Weary at

last,

with desperate might

The urchin paused and faced the

When lo,

fright,

the demon, thin and gray,

Faded amid the grass away


'Tis thus in life

when shadows chase,

we but meet them face to face,


What seemed a fiend in fear arrayed,

If

Sinks at our feet a harmless shade.

Petee Pabiot

CONTENTS.
The Nest Builders

Kindaess

Snow Flakes.

11

Spring Flowers

12

Top Philosophy

By

the

....

Lake

18
15

Gentle Words

IT

The Frost

18

SkatingWoman's Eights

21

School Sonnet

25

The Language
The Song

of Flowers

27

29

of the Exile

The Harvest

81

The Snow House

85

Cold Water

36

The Good Old Plow

89

Winter

40

June

43

Work and Play

44

TheButterHy

46

OoldWater

The Telegraphits

48
Secret

The April Shower

The

49

Ostrich

58

56

.....

The Plowman

The House-Bog " Watch*

58

,.

59

90

CONTENTS.
paq

Gone-

Gone

all

.......<<.

The Christmas Tree

My

Mother's Birthplace

The Song
A.

of

Bob Lincoln... .........

61
62
,

.... ,.,...-

Way

Will and a

71

Charley and his Boat

The

is

74

he that Considereth the Poor

Dissatisfied

Angler Boy

T5

77

The Destroyer Destroyed


v

The Kose
Of What

79

in the Yale

is

the Alphabet

81

Composed ?

83

Geography and Astronomy


Going

to

.......

to Do It.....
When One Won't Quarrel, Two

85
85

Can'l

87

Caterpillar

The Warning

88

84

School

The Way
The

6T
69

Our Garret

Blessed

66

88

Bell

Blowing Bubbles

89

93

After School

The Nightingale

94

Leap Frog

05

A World of Love at Home..


I

must Hasten

96

Home

97

The Evening Prayer

99

100

Acrostic

OurNebby

101

The New Song


The Chinaman

102

The Indian Dandy


The Shadow

103

104
106

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