Beds. In regard to the kind of beds most suitable for refreshing slumber, there are differences of opinion ; some are advocates for soft and some for hard beds. The difference between the two is this - the weight of a body on a soft bed presses on a larger surface than on a hard bed, and consequently more comfort is enjoyed. Children should never be allowed to sleep on hard beds, and parents err who suppose that such beds contribute to health, hardening and developing the constitution of children. Eminent physicians, Dr. Darwin among the number, state that hard beds have frequently proven injurious to the shape of infants. Birds cover their offspring with the softest down or the most velvety moss. The softness of a bed is. not evidence of its being unhealthy, and they have but a poor understanding of the laws of nature who think otherwise.