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The approach of this dreadful disease has filled the minds of the whole nation with alarm; and it will be well for us if we make a good use of this alarm. The apprehension that we may be seized, at any moment, and carried off by a disease like this, is well calculated to make us think of our ways, and to ask ourselves whether we are prepared to meet our Judge ?? Whether our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ? And whether, by the help of the Holy Spirit, we are living like the servants of God? But this is the state of preparation in which we ought always to be; for, though we may not be carried off by this disease, and though this alarm may cease, yet still we shall be carried off in some way, and the time is not far distant. This should be our first consideration :-and then, when this thought is well settled in our minds, it becomes us, in a time when an infectious disease is prevailing, to guard against its dangers, both to ourselves and to others. We extract the following directions from a sheet of which many thousands have been circulated by the City of London Board of Health.
Guard against heaps of refuse matter in drains, cesspools, dust-bins, and dirt-heaps; and purify such receptacles by solution of chloride of lime, to be procured on application at the Medical Stations of each Ward.
To keep inhabited apartments clean, by frequently washing and very carefully drying the floors; and to air them thoroughly, as well by fires as by a free access of fresh air.
To have the windows, especially of bed-rooms, put in good repair, so that the occupants may not be exposed, during sleep, to currents of night air.
To change bed-linen and furniture frequently, and to clear out those spaces in inhabited rooms which are concealed by beds and other furniture, and which are so often made the depositories of filth and rubbish.
To wear flannel next the skin, more especially round the bowels, and to protect the feet and legs by woollen stockings.
To change damp clothing without delay.
DIET.-To let the diet consist of plain food, and well-boiled vegetables, rejecting all indigestible kinds of food, such as salads, raw fruits, nuts, rich pastry, and in general such articles as each individual may have found by experience to create acidity, Aatulence, and indigestion.
BEVERAGE.-To keep from spirits and acid drinks, and to be sparing in the use of sugar, especially if it give rise to a sour fermentation in the stomach.
To maintain regular habits, using moderate exercise, keeping early hours, and taking nourishment at limited intervals, so that fatigue or exposure may never be encountered during an exhausted and empty state of the stomach.
This disease attacks all sorts of people; but those who are given to spirit-drinking seem to have been particularly subject to it.
The attack of this disease generally comes on in the night. The blood seems to leave all the smaller vessels near the surface of the body, and to rush to the larger vessels in the region of the heart. Something should be tried immediately, to bring the blood towards the skin again : and, if the doctor is not close at hand, something hot should be given instantly: many different things are recommended ;-a tea-spoon full of sal-volatile in hot water, frequently repeated, or twenty drops of cajeput oil, or of oil of peppermint, or of cloves. Perhaps, where these are not at hand, a glass of hot strong brandy and water, at such a time, might be of great use :--there is generally a most painful sensation of cramp: to allay this, twenty drops
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569 of laudanum may be given, or even thirty or forty if required; and the body to be kept as warm as possible with hot blankets and flannels; and bags of hot bran or salt about the region of the stomach and bowels, where a warm bath cannot be had. It appears that the patient does not feel cold to himself, although to other people, his body is cold and clammy, like the skin of a frog. Persons in health wishing to keep the bowels in order, are recommended at this time, not to take cold medicines, like salts, but warm ones, like rhubarb. An equal quantity of rhubarb, magnesia, and ginger, is an excellent medicine at all times, and is not only good for the bowels, but corrects acidity in the stomach also. But much physicking and drugging is to be avoided.
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Call your children together every morning and evening to ask God's protection, and to thank him for the blessings which you have. Never neglect attending church on Sunday. More criminals at the gallows say they have been brought there by neglecting the worship of God on the Sabbath, than by any other thing. Take care every evening to search the Scriptures.--Cottager's own Book.
Mysteries are truths not discoverable by human reason, but made known by Divine revelation.–Archbishop Whateley.
Every step in sin is a step in sorrow.-J. Henderson.
Regard how men act, rather than what they say. Professions are easy, but actions are a sure and simple test.-J. C.
He who will not see when he should or could, shall not see when he would.-Lavater.
(EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, &c. IT CHOLERA.—A large paper has been_hawked about London, bearing the following inscription.
.-"Dram-drinkers must ex. pect to be the first sufferers from cholera.” It is said by others that those who are in a poor state of body from low living, or dirt, or breathing impure air, are particularly liable to attacks of this disease. These accounts come to the same thing; for
. for a short time above their natural state, and then they sink again to a very low state in consequence of this unnatural ex. citement. Bed-CURTAINS.
5.-A free circulation of fresh air being necessary to promote the health and prolong the life of man, it is difficult to conceive any more effectual means of hindering the operation of this most heneficial agent than bed-curtains. Where thick heavy bed-curtains are closely drawn around a family-bed, for instance, in which a husband and wife, and occasionally an infant pass a third part of their time, the air within the curtains must necessarily be breathed again and again by the unfortunate occupants of the bed, and every additional time that it is respired, it becomes more and more unfit to support life.-Henderson's Rules for Improving Health.
Lately, about 12 at night, a fight took place in the Fair-field, between two men, named Triggs and Mody. The fight lasted half an hour, when Mody struck his opponent a tremendous blow, and fell very heavily upon him at the last round. Triggs was attended by Mr. Dodd, surgeon, who took 40 ounces of blood from him. He was afterwards conveyed to the Infirmary, where he died about noon the next day.-Brighton Herald,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. We have received the communications of S. H.; L. S. R.; A. A. S.; W. A.; T. S. B.; J. C.; C. F. G.; L. A. F.: C. S. R.; Country Sketches ; A Yorkshire Curate; H. B. W.: A Prayer; S. W. Jonathan Hodges ; B. O. H.; A. R., G. L. Fenton ; Z.; Laicus ; E. F. E., with several Anonymous Communications.
The Papers of J. C. did arrive at the proper time in London, but did not reach the Editor in the country till some time afterwards. The Essay on Truth in our next. H. B. W. will find a parcel for him at our Publishers', in St.
he an for it. We are sorry that S. W's. excellent story of " John the Footman," was too late for this number.
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