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dashing with breathless fury up to- the nations. Education, rational wards the scene of execution. He and moral education, will alone disarrived, and brought a full pardon pel the mental gloom of the Irish for Mat, and a commutation of sen- peasantry.
In the above scene tence to transportation for life, for there is full illustration of our asthe other two. What became of sertion. The danger, to an ignoMat I know not, but in Findramore rant mind, of the doctrine of absohe never dared to appear, as certain lution from a fellow creature, is esdeath would have been the conse- tablished by the guilty wretches quence of his not dying game. who make their exit from this life, With respect to Barney Brady, who and enter upon another and a fearkep: the shebeen, and was the prin- ful state of existence, uttering that cipal evidence against those who with their lips, which their hearts were concerned in this outrage, he know to be untruth. In Ireland, was compelled to enact an ex tem- not one criminal in ten, although pore death, in less than a month convicted, upon the clearest and afterwards; having been found most unquestionable evidence, acdead, with a slip of paper in his knowledges his guilt. On the conmouth, inscribed this is the fate trary, nine out of ten repeat unof all informers !""
called for declarations of their innoTruly lamentable is it, that there cence, even at the fatal tree, and should be such a state of society. in the full conviction that such proIreland is a fine country, and has testations can avail them nothing, prodigious natural advantages, but And to what is this to be ascribed, to what purpose have those capabi- but to the absolution given by the lities been applied ? None; the priest ? Where the horror and curse of the Church of Rome is upon misery of crime can be so easily her, and the dark cloud of supersti- esfaced from the conscience, it is tion hangs over her as an incubus, not to be wondered at that the comwhich prevents her rising among mission should be frequent.
THE SHEPHERD POET OF TIIE ALPS.
BY MRS. HEMAYS.
God gare him reverence of laws,
Singing of the free blue sky,
Wherefore, from a dungeon-cell
Darkly hung th' oppressor's hand
Wildly—and how mournfully!
And another power is moving
The turf, o'er their dead mother laid,
Now is their bearth a forsaken spot,
6 Thou'rt not where wild flowers wave
Alas, my brother!
Alas, my brother!
Alas, my brother!
Alas, my brother!
Alas, alas, my brother!"
He thought of the hunter's haughty life,
- Is the moment of rapture, or fierce despair ?
" There may not long be fetters,
Where the cloud is earth's array,
Like a hunter on the prey !
Where the white Alps have their towers ;
The chain is not for ours !
It is she !_She is come like a day-spring beam,
"It is, I think,” says Sir Walter supernatural occurrences by the Scott, in his Letters on " Demono- consciousness of the existence of a logy and Witchcraft,” “ conclusive, spiritual world, inferring in the gethat mankind, from a very early pe- neral proposition the undeniable riod, have their minds prepared for truth, that each man, from the mo
narch to the beggar, who has once ed, high in a particular department acted his part on the stage, conti- of the law, which often placed the nues to exist, and may again, even property of others at his discretion in a disembodied state, if such is the and control, and whose conduct, pleasure of Heaven, for aught that therefore, being open to public obwe know to the contrary, be permit- servation, he had for many years ted or ordained to mingle amongst borne the character of a man of unthose who yet remain in the body. Usual steadiness, good sense, and The abstract possibility of appari- integrity. He was, at the time of tions must be admitted by every one my friend's visits, confined princiwho believes in a Deity, and his pally to his sick rooin, sometimes to superintending omnipotence. But bed, yet occasionally attending to imagination is apt to intrude its ex- business, and exerting his mind, planations and inferences founded apparently with all its usual strength on inadequate evidence. Sometimes and energy, to the conduct of inour violent and inordinate passions, portant atlairs entrusted to him ; por originating in sorrow for our friends, did there, to a superficial observer, remorse for our crimes, our eager- appear anything in his conduct, ness of patriotism, or our deep sense while so engaged, that could argue of devotion—these or other violent vacillation of intellect, or depression excitements of a moral character, of mind. His outward symptoms of in the visions of night, or the rapt malady argued no acute or alarming ecstacy of the day, persuade us that discase. But slowness of pulse, abwe witness, with our eyes and cars, sence of appetite, difficulty of digesan actual instance of that superna- tion, and constant depression of tural communication, the possibility spirits, scemed to draw their origin of which cannot be denied. At from sume hidden cause, which the other times, the corporeal organs patient was determined to conceal. impose upon the mind, while the The deep gloom of the unfortunate eye, and the ear, diseased, derang- gentleman -- the embarrassment, ed, or misled, convey false impres- which he could not conceal from his sions to the patient. Very often friendly physician the briefness both the mental delusion and the and obvious constraint with which physical deception exist at the same he answered the interrogations of time ; and men's belief of the phe- his medical adviser, induced my nomena presented to them, however friend to take other methods for erroneously, by the senses, is the prosecuting his inquiries. He apfirmer and more readily granted, plied to the sufferer's family, to that the physical impression corres- learn, if possible, the source of that ponded with the mental excitement. secret grief which was gnawing the
The following strange story of a heart and sucking the lite-blood of fatal delusion illustrates one of the his unfortunate patient. The percases shown to be favorable to su sons applied to, after conversing toperstition :
gether previously, denied all know“Of the friend,” says Sir Walter, ledge of any cause for the burden "by whom the facts were attested, which obviously affected their relaI can only say, that if I found
tive. So far as they knew-and self at liberty to name him, the rank they thought they could hardly be which he holds in his profession, as deceived-his worldly affairs were well as his attainments in science prosperous; no family loss had ocand philosophy, form an undisputed curred which could be followed claim to the most implicit credit. It with such persevering distress ; no was the fortune of this gentleman to entanglements of affection could be be called in to attend the illness of supposed to apply to his age, and a person now long deceased, who in no sensation of severe his life-time stood, as I am inform- could be consistent with his charac