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HORSES AND THEIR DISEASES.                        467
Lemon Cheese Cakes.—Mix 1-4 cup each of butter and sifted loaf sugar and melt it gently ; then add the yolks of 2 and the white of 1 egg, the rind of 3 lemons, chopped fine, and the juice of 1-2 ; 1 hard biscuit, some blanched almonds, pounded, 1 spoonful powder­ed coriander seeds, 3 spoonfuls of brandy; mixed well and put in paste prepared as follows : Eight ozs. of flour, 1 1-2 cups of butter, 2-3 of which mix with the flour first, then wet it with- 6 spoonfuls of water and roll the remainder in.
Our Own Cheese Cake.—Grate the rinds of 3 lemons and squeeze the juice over 3 sponge biscuits soaked in a glass of cream ; add this to a coffee cup of fresh butter and 3 eggs well beaten ; season with cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. Mix the whole ingredients thor­oughly and bake in pans lined with a light, thin paste. Lay a few long slices of candied lemon peel upon the top.
Our Aunt's Cheese Cake.—Grate the rind of 1 large lemon or orange, squeeze the juice, sweeten to taste with pounded lump sugar; 2 cups of clarified butter put in when the thickness of cream, 5 eggs, only 3 whites; 1 tablespoonful of brandy; mix well together, have a good paste and bake in pastry pans.
How to Judge a Horse.—If the color be light sorrel or chestnut the feet, legs and face white, these are marks of kindness. If he be broad and full between the eyes, you may depend pn him as a horse of good sense, capable of being trained to anything. As respects such horses, the more kindly you treat them the better you will be treated in return, nor will a horse of this discription stand a whip if well fed. If you want a safe horse, avoid one that is dish faced. He may be so far gentle as not to scare, but he will have too much go ahead in him to be safe with every body. If you want a fool of a horse, but of great bottom, get a deep bay, with not a white hair about him. If his face is a little dished, so much the worse. Let no man ride such a horse that is not an adept in riding, they are always frisky and unsafe. If you want one that will never give out, never buy a large overgrown one. Parti-colored horses are docile and gentle.
Age of a Horse.—Every horse has 6 teeth above and below; before 3 years old he sheds his middle teeth ; at 3 he sheds 1 more on each side of the central teeth, at 4 he sheds the 2 corner and last of the 4 teeth. Between 4 and 5 he cuts the under tusks ; at 5 he will cut his upper tusks, at which time his mouth will be complete. At 6 the grooves and hollows begin to fill up a little ; at 7 the grooves will be well nigh filled up, except the corner teeth, leaving little brown