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pierce the shadowy gorge below. The tall sapling sixty-two is said to be the measured depth); and the ship-—not to speak of more delicate correspondences growth of buckeye and linden that spring within the only mode of advancing farther into the cave is by de. -however much to our taste, without the interven. dell, and lift their slender stems and sickly.coloured scending here, when you come to a flat surface, where. tion of some third anomaly, some impertinent clog leaves so aspiringly, yet faintingly, towards the light, on your farther progress is unimpeded. The sides of affixed to the relation—the understood dog in the sink into mere shrubs when viewed from this emi. the precipice are marked here and there by ledges proverb. The good things of life are not to be had nence; while the pines and oaks around you, which of rock, and the persons employed in manufacturing singly, but come to us with a mixture; like a school. had appeared equally insignificant when viewed from saltpetre had, with considerable ingenuity, adjusted boy's holiday, with a task affixed to the tail of it. below, seem now almost to interlace their branches

a chain of ladders, from one ledge to another, so as What a delightful companion is if he did not over the gulf. A thrilling incident is said to have to form, apparently, a continuous staircase down the always bring his tall cousin with him! He seems to occurred here a few years since. There is a cavern. perpendicnlar side of the cliff.

grow with him; like some of those double births, ous recess about midway in the face of the precipice, At the close of the war, twenty years ago, the cave

which we remember to have read of with such wonder whose height, you will recollect, is estimated at more became deserted. The population then was not dense and delight in the old “Athenian Oracle,” where Swift than three hundred feet; and some bold adventurer around, and there being but little travel along the commenced author by writing Pindaric odes (what determined to be let down to explore this fissure. He nearest highway, the place was seldom mentioned, a beginning for him!) upon Sir William Temple. easily found some of his acquaintance who consented and never resorted to. It chanced one day, about six There is the picture of the brother, with the little to assist in the experiment; and standing on the edge years since, that the man whom I wished now to guide brother peeping out at his shoulder-a species of fra. of the chasm, they began to lower him down by a me thither passed the mouth of the cavern, with a ternity which we have no name of kin close enough rope attached to his body.

companion, in hunting. Sitting down near it, to re- to comprehend. When comes, poking in his After descending some forty or fifty feet, our ad. fresh themselves, they began to recall their recollec. head and shoulders into your room, as if to feel his venturer discovered that the side of the precipice tion of those who had worked in the cave in by-gone entry, you think, surely you have now got him to shelved so much inwardly that it was impossible for years ; and the period seemed so recent, that they yourself-what a three hours' chat we shall have! him to touch the wall even at so short a distance from thought it worth while to look whether none of their But, ever in the haunch of him, and before his diffi. the top. It was necessary then to provide some point. implements, then used, were yet to be found in the dent body is well disclosed in your apartment, appears ed instrument by which he could hold on to the face pit; determining that any of the tools that might be the haunting shadow of the cousin, over-peering his of the cliff as he descended. He was accordingly pulled | left, after so long an interval, would be a fair prize modest kinsman, and sure to overlay the expected up once more, and then, after providing himself with for themselves.

good talk with his insufferable procerity of stature, a'gig,' or long fish-spear, much used in the adja- Entering the cavern, they first, by the light of a and uncorresponding dwarfishness of observation. cent rivers, he started anew upon his perilous voyage. pine torch, carefully examined the wooden ladders Misfortunes seldom come alone. 'Tis hard when a The gig appeared to answer its purpose extremely which had been now for sixteen years exposed to the blessing comes accompanied. Cannot we like Sem. well, though the task of thrusting it from time to time damps of the place. They had been made of cedar, pronia, without sitting down to chess with her eternal in the crevices of the rock, as the cord was gradually and still appeared sound. The cautious hunters agreed brother ? or know Sulpicia, without knowing all the slacked from above, was both tiresome and exhausting. that all was right, and both descended. They reached round of her card-playing relations? must my friend's The point proposed was just attained, and the patient the bottom in safety, and, as expected, they found se. brethren of necessity be mine also ? must we bo hand adventurer was about to reap the reward of his toil, veral neglected tools still remaining there ; and select and glove with Dick Selby the parson, or Jack Selby and plant his foot in the fissure, when his companions ing a pickaxe and a spade, they commenced their the calico printer, because W. S., who is neither, but shouted from above that their coil of rope had run ascent upon the ladders. The first fight was soon ac- a ripe wit and a critic, has the misfortune to claim a

complished; but their steps became slower as they got common parentage with them ? Let him lay down bis It was too provoking to be thus a second time dis. farther from the bottom, and as the implements which brothers, and 'tis odds but we will cast him in a pair appointed, when his object seemed almost within his they carried could not be balanced upon the shoulders, of our's (we have a superflux) to balance the conces. grasp, and but a few more yards of cord would have each had but one hand upon the ladder, and of course sion. Let F. H. lay down bis garrulous uncle; and enabled him to complete his purpose. He had given as that became tired, each was compelled to move

Honorius dismiss his vapid wife, and superfluous esta. too much trouble, and encountered too much peril, more and more carefully. Patience and steadiness, blishment of six boys things between boy and man. now to abandon his design completely. Thus rea- however, at last brought them near the summit. In hood too ripe for play, too raw for conversation soned the bold cragsman, as, clinging like a bat to the fact, the upper rung of the ladder was in view, when that come in impudently staring their father's old wall, he hung midway between heaven and earth; the foremost man taking hold of one more decayed friend out of countenance; and will neither aid nor and determining not to give up his point, he shouted than the rest, it broke in his grasp, and he fell back. let alone the conference: that we may once more meet to his comrades to splice a grape-vine to the end of the ward with his whole weight upon the chest of his upon equal terms, as we were wont to do in the disrope! The substitute was easily procured, and being companion; the other reeled and staggered with the engaged state of bachelorhood. quickly attached, more line was at once payed out blow, but still kept his one-handed hold upon the It is well if your friend or mistress be content with from above. He had now descended so far that the ladder. The iron tools went clanging to the bottom. these canicular probations. Few young ladies but in shelving precipice projected far over his head, almost There was a moment of intense anxiety whether he this sepse keep a dog. But when Rutilia hounds at like the Aat ceiling of a chamber; but still his fishing could sustain his comrade ; there was another of thrill. you her tiger aunt, or Ruspina expects you to cherish spear enabled him to keep close to the face of the ing doubt whether his comrade could regain the lad. and fondle her viper sister, whom she has preposterrock, and practice now taught him to handle it with der; and both were included in one mortal agony of ously taken into her bosom, to try stinging conclu. dexterity and confidence. He is at last opposite to fear and horror. But the falling man clutched the sions upon your constancy, they must not complain the cavernous opening he would explore; and with ladder instantly, and laying a frantic grip with both if the house be rather thin of suitors. Scylla must out waiting to measure its depth, he balances bimself hands upon the sides, they gained the top at last to have broken off many excellent matches in her time, against a jutting point of rock with one hand, while gether. '“Stranger, concluded the man, while his if she insisted upon all that loved her loving her dogs the other strikes his javelin at a crevice in the sides voice faltered at the end of the tale, 'we knelt to God also. of the deep recess before him. The spear falls short; at the mouth of that cave, and swore never to enter An excellent story to this moral is told of Merry, of the adventurer is at once detached from the face of it more.'

Della Cruscan memory. In tender youth he loved the cliff to which he had been so carefully adhering ;

and courted a modest appanage to the opera, in truth and the great angle at which the rope that sustains

a dancer, who had won him by the artless contrast be. him has been now drawn, sends him swinging like a LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG,

tween her manners and situation. She seemed to pendalum over the frightful gulf. The grape vine

him a native violet, that had been transplanted by so strong and secure as long as there is a perpendicu.

(By Elia.]

some rude accident into that exotic and artificial hot. lar pull upon it-now cracks and splits as if its fibres could not bear the strain ; while the weight at the embrace the offer of your friendship. We long have “Good sir, or madam, as it may be, we most willingly bed. Nor, in truth, was she less genuine and sin.

cere than she appeared to him. He wooed and won end of it spins round in the air, and the frayed bark known your excellent qualities. We have wished to this flower. Only for appearance' sake, and for due falls in strips upon the alarmed cragsman, as he have you nearer to us ; to hold you within the very honour to the bride's relations, she craved that she watches it grate off upon the edge of the precipice innermost fold of our heart. We can have no reserve might have the attendance of her friends and kin. above bim. He maintains his self-possession, how. towards a person of your open and noble nature. The dred at the approaching solemnity. The request was ever, while his companions pull carefully and steadily frankness of your humour suits us exactly. We have too amiable not to be conceded ; and in this solicitude upon the fragile cable. He soon sees the knot at

been long looking for such a friend. Quick-let us for conciliating the good will of mere relations, he which the rope is tied to it in their hands, and a shout disburthen our troubles into each other's bosom-let found a presage of her superior attention, to himself, of triumph hails his approach to the top, where he

us make our single joys shine by reduplication-But when the golden shaft should have " killed the flock is at last safely landed; perfectly content, one may yap, yap, yap! What is this confounded cur ? he of all affections else.". The morning came; and at conceive, to forego all the pleasure that migbt have has fastened his tooth, which is none of the bluntest, the Star and Garter, Richmond-the place appointed arisen from a more satisfactory examination of the re- just in the fleshy part of my leg."

for the breakfasting—accompanied with one English cess, from which he had made so expeditious and involuntary an exit. The bair-breadth escape of this

“It is my dog, sir. _You must love him for my friend, be impatiently awaited what reinforcements

sake. Here, Test-Test-Test !"_“ But he has the bride should bring to grace the ceremony. A cool climber of crags reminds me of one equally thrill.

bitten me."

rich muster she had made. They came in six coaches soon after entering these mountains.

“Ay, that he is apt to do, till you are better ac

- the whole corps du ballet_French, Italian, men

Monsieur De B., the famous pirouetter I had heard of a remarkable saltpetre cave, within quainted with him. I have had him three years. He and women. a few miles of the inn where I was staying, at Cum.

never bites me."

of the day, led his fair spouse, but craggy, from the berland Gap, and was anxious to explore it. There Yap, yap, yap!-“He is at it again.”—“Oh, sir, banks of the Seine. The Prima Donna had sent her

excuse. But the first and second Buffa were there ; was an individual in the neighbourhood who was said you must not kick him. He does not like to be kicked. to have worked in the cavern, in manufacturing salt- í expect my dog to be treated with all the respect due and Signor Sc—, and Signora Ch, and Madame

V-, with a countless cavalcade besides of chorusers, petre, at a time when there was a great demand for to myself.” gunpowder, during the last war. This man I at. But do you always take him out with you, when figurantes, at the sight of whom Merry afterwards de tempted to procure as a guide ; but though he acted you go a friendship-hunting ?"_“Invariably. "Tis clared, that then

for the first time it struck him seas a pioneer for me to several wild scenes, nothing the sweetest, prettiest, best-conditioned animal

. I call But there was no help for it. Besides, it was her day; with some emotion, assigned his reasons, which will No one can properly be said to love me, who does not assemblage, though whimsical, was all very natural. better appear after I have given you the features of love him.” the place, as they were described to me.

But when the bride-handing out of the last coach a The open

“ Excuse us, dear sir-or madam aforesaid_if, still more extraordinary figure than the rest-pre. ing of the cavern is in West Virginia, on the side of upon further consideration, we are obliged to decline sented to him as her father-the gentleman that was the Cumberland Mountains ; but one of its branches the otherwise invaluable offer of your friendship. We has been traced far into the adjacent state of Kentucky, do not like dogs.”—“Mighty well, sir-you know the pini bimself-with a sort of pride, as much as to say,

to give her awayếno less a person than Signor Del. and there are said to be several chambers of it in conditions you may have worse offers. Come along, See what I have brought to do us honour !-the Tennessee. I have myself, indeed, in exploring one Test.”

thought of so extraordinary a paternity quite over. of its supposed passages, that opened two miles from The above dialogue is not so imaginary, but that, came him; and slipping away under some pretence the main embouchure, passed the dividing line of two in the intercourse of life, we have had frequent occa- from the bride and her motley adherents, poor Merry of these states. The most direct of its branches has, sions of breaking off an agreeable intimacy by reason took horse from the backyard to the nearest sea-coast, in former years, been measured with a chain, to the of these canine appendages. They do not always come from which, shipping himself to America, he shortly extent of seven miles. The form of the cavern is as

in the shape of dogs ; they sometimes wear the more after consoled himself with a more congenial match in remarkable as its size : as, just far enough within the plausible and human character of kinsfolk, near ac- the person of Miss Brunton ; relieved from his in. entrance to shroud it in darkness, there is a precipice quaintances, my friend's friend, his partner, his wife, tended clown father, and a bevy of painted Buffas for of more than two hundred feet (two hundred and or his children. We could never yet form a friend. | bridemaids. Last Essays of Elia.

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A POPULAR FALLACY.

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Column for Anglers.

are few, or bite shyly, patience and a long line will must row after him, and turn him if you can before

carry the day. Remarkahly fine gut ought to be used BAIT-FISHING AND TROLLING.

he gets among weeds; never slack your line for sa by all ground anglers, whatever be the practice. instant, and look well about you. Land as soon as This being now the season for angling, we may ad. vantageously offer another chapter on that delightful her rivers run so strongly, and are maintained by so compa:.ion will assist you at the death."

To all bait-fishers, Scotland affords excellent sport; you are able, and play him from the shore. Your art, from the useful treatise of Mr Stoddart-taking many sources in the shape of mountain burns. These first the subject of bait-fishing.

romantic streamlets abound in trout; every stone “The first object of the ground angler is to obtain shelters its inhabitant

, and the meanest pool is peoples taught a number of tricks. On the 11th April 18,

Exhibition of Cats.-Cats, like dogs, may be and prepare his worms. These reptiles are to be with numbers. Burn tish, however, are generally of found in greatest quantities on a rich moist soil. Clay, a small size ; they seldom exceed a pound in weight,

an exhibition of cats (six in number) was opened in sand, and peat-moss, afford them in very small num. except in the spawning season, when larger ones as.

Edinburgh by a company of Italians. These animals bers. They will generate quickly under all sorts of cend' from broader streams, or lochs at a distance.

gave astonishing proofs of their intelligence. They manure and decayed substances, vegetable as well as animal. Four or five different varieties are known in cially when they bite eagerly at your worm, as they seemed perfectly to understand their duty. These Still the taking of them is a pleasant pastime, espe.

were kept in a large sparred box, and individualiy

came forth, at the command of the exhibitor, and this country; among which we find the large lob or do during rain and in discoloured water. dew worm, an excellent bait for salmon and sea trout. times you have only to drop your bait without art,

well-tutored creatures beat a drum, turned 3 spit, These may be picked up in any garden, by a ready and the fish will manage its own ruin.

struck upon an anvil, turned a coffee-roaster, and hand during the summer twilights, when they crawl

In ground-fishing for salmon, use lob-worms, fresh rang bells. Two of them, who seemed to be inore saout upon the surface in search of food. They are a beautiful and subtle worm, and require to be seized way. Angle with a long line, and give time before from ihe earth, and not toughened or prepared in any gacious than the rest, drew a bucket, suspended, by

a pully, in the manner water is raised from a drar. with some address. Secondly, we have the common striking ; you will fix bim at the second or third tug.

well. The length of the rope was about six feet; and earth worm, a smaller and more inactive sort. Third.

Akin to this sort of angling is roe-tishing, concern.

they perfectly understood when the bucket was high ly, the brandling, a beautifully streaked variety, found ing

which, we remark, that in autumn it is the most enough, when they stopped pulling. In the greater only in very rich and warrc soils, among hot beds, near

fatal method of capturing trout, and is growing

much part of their performances they stood on their hind common sewers, and at the side of tan pits; the red into practice in the south of Scotland. The roe is legs. We remarked an instance of great cunning ia worm also breeds along with it, and both are highly procured generally from the grilse of salmon, and

one of the animals, which was not at the time em. esteemed by anglers. We, however, reckon the used either in a raw state, made into paste, or salted ployed, but was in its box, and seemed to know that brandling a soft bait, and disagreeable to handle, be entire. We give the following receipt for salting roe:

its companion, who was employed in drawing the wz jug filled with a yellow liquid, which issues out on

Procure some pounds of the freshest-notice that it be ter, would be rewarded the second time with a small the slightest pressure. This reptile generates with red and firm; take off the membrane and broken parts; bit of meat, which was put into the bucket, It came wonderful rapidity; a dozen or two of them, in the wash the spawn in lukewarm milk and water, carefully slyly out, and, when the bucket was on a level with course of a few days, when placed among warm ma. separating

the individual particles; beat together three the place where it was sitting, caught bold of it with pure sufficient in quantity, will produce many myriads, parts of fine salt, and one of saltpetre, and rub the its claws, and purloined the

beef. There was also in as we have wituessed. The red worm is certainly whole carefully with the mixture, in the proportion the exhibition a tame white rat, which the exhibitor superior as a bait, although somewhat small and clear. of an ounce and a quarter to the pound of roe; spread brought out of a box, and desired one of the cats to

Worms may be dug up with a spade or 9 three. it thus prepared over a flannel cloth until quite dry kiss it, when it immediately licked the rat all over. pronged instrument, such as is used for raising pota. and tough; then stow it in pots, and run the top over

He afterwards put it on the cat's head, and it walked We, however, pefer another method of taking with lard to exclude the air. This preparation will

over her body, without seeming to give her any uithem. Iusert a thickish stick or dibble into the soil, keep good for a long time. In making paste, parboil pleasant sensation. One of the cats would tura : eight or ten inches deep.. Move it backwards and and pound the roe, salting it with the same mixture wheel, only when a piece of meat, stuck on a spits forwards with tolerable quickness, so as to agitate the as we have just described. One great object is to

was put before it ; but the instant it was removed, she earth round about. After a minute or so, every worm preserve and heighten the natural colour of the spawn, stopped, and however loudly the exhibitor called to within the circle of agitation, which may extend seve- a somewhat difficult matter we confess, and yet seem.

it, and even threatened to whip it, no attention was ral feet, will appear at the surface. The reason of ingly known better in England than here, where it paid to his orders till the meat was replaced.-Brown: this is, that some mole is imagined to be near at band is more angled with, and procured in greater quan.

Anecdotes of Quadrupeds. by these reptiles, who, accordingly, attempt their cities.

SPONTANEOUS BURNING OF THE BODIES OF escape by shooting upwards, and then travelling over In angling, cover the point of your hook with a DRUNKARDS.—The spontaneous combustion of the the top instead of working their way out of reach, piece of roe cut with a knife, as large as a horse-bean, human body would appear to be the result of long through a stubborn mass of earth, which their natural taking care, while attaching it, not to crush the ova; and confirmed drunkenness in the individual who enemy might penetrate much faster. This method and employ a short line, striking quickly. Always suffers. The constant drinking of ardent spirits ss. of capturing worms has the advantage of bringing tix upon one stream, and keep to it; you are not di. turates the whole fabric of the body, making it so them into your hands in a purified condition, free minishing the number of fish near you, catch them highly inflammable, that, under certain circumstances, from filtis and injury, both of which your delving in- as rapidly as you may. Some anglers previously bait when a flame is contiguous, the catastrophe of burning strument is apt to occasion. the ground by throwing in a handful or two of spawn.

to death ensues. The following account is given by In taking your worms, have a flannel bag near you This attracts and keeps the fish to the spot. Turbid Devergie, a French author, of the general manner of filled with fresh clean moss, into which drop them and swollen waters are the best for roe-fishing, and its occurrence :-“ Spontaneous combustion comwhen seized. They should be kept two or three days your likeliest month is October.

mences by a bluish flame being seen to extend itself in a cool place before used, in order to be thoroughly We now come to treat of minnow fishing, by far by little and little with an extreme rapidity over all purged and toughened. Take care that the moss be. the pleasantest method of capturing trout, next to the parts of the body affected ; this always persisos come neither too dry nor too wet; a spoonful of cream angling with the Ay. If vou wish to engage in this until the parts are blackened, and generally until they or sweet milk is a good remedy for the former defect pleasant sport, provide your minnows by means of a are burnt to a cinder. Many times attempts have -a better is to change it every other day for some small drag.net or hook. Select those of a moderate been made to extinguish this flame with water, but newly plucked. In preparing worms, a common size, and wbich shine whitest. They may be salted, without success. When the parts are touched, a faiflower pot is a good recipient. Some anglers redden but are best perfectly fresh. Fish in rapid streams, tish matter attaches itself to the finger, which still theirs with a mixture of pounded brick, oatmeal, and also in deep discoloured pools, and during a smart continues to burn. At the same time a very strong water : the effect of this composition is vevertheless curl. Manage the minnow as you would your Ay, and disagreeable smell, having an analogy to burnt entirely fanciful.

throwing it down and across as far as you are able : horn, spreads itself through the apartment. A thick The manner of fixing the worm we leave entirely bring it towards you about six inches or more below black smoke escapes from the body, and attaches itself to one's own taste : a general rule is to conceal the the surface, spinning rapidly by the aid of several to the surface of the furniture in the form of a sweat, book without injuring the appearance of the bait. swivels. When a fish rises, give him time before you unctuous to the touch, and of an insupportable fetor. Mlost anglers use two worms in this way. They in-strike; let him turn and gorge the bait, then strike In many cases the combustion is arrested only wbea sert the hook at one-third of its whole length's' disa sharply, and he is yours: all fly-fishers are apt to the flesh has been reduced to a cinder, and the bones tance from the head of one, and bring it out at the strike too soon, and miss the fish.

to powder. Commonly, the feet and a portion of the same distance from the tail; they then commence Trout seize a minnow by the middle or near the head are not burnt. When the combustion is finish. with the other in like manner, only the book is not head, and you generally hook them on the upper ed, an incinerated mass remains, which it is difficult brought out again at all, but the barb left covered books. In rivers where numbers of minnows are to believe can be the whole of the body. All this way near the extremity of the worm.

found, you must angle with the very smallest, not happen in the space of an hour and a half. It is rae Some anglers permit their worm to be carried for above an inch in length, and use a proportionate ther uncommon for the furniture around it to take ward by the current; others move it across with a tackle. The trout in such waters love delicate tit- fire; sometimes even the clothes are not injured.” heavy sinker appended, so as to keep it near the bot. bits, and are absurdly nice in their feeding. Artifi. IMITATION OF THE ANCIENTS.–The imitation of

And as to the manner in which trout take the cial minnows are sometimes employed by anglers, but the classics has perverted the whole taste of modern bait, it may be noticed, that at the first dart they generally fail, except in muddy waters and lochs.

Europe on the subject of composition : it has made engross the whole hook within their mouths; where- Trolling with par for large trout is a glorious pas- style a subject of cultivation and of praise, indepen. fore, many, knowing this, strike at the moment: the time, especially on a Highland locb, circled with dently of ideas; whereas, by the ancients, style was fish then let the bait go, and commence upon the mountain scenery-the crait of nature by incantation never thought of but in complete subordination to worm more leisurely, killing it with repeated bites wrought, when the morning stars sang together. It matter. The ancients would as soon have thought of before it is finally swallowed.

needs intellect to enjoy it well, and a poet's heart to a coat in the abstract, as of style in the abstract: the For quick striking, a very short line is necessary, know its luxury. Take with you some choice and merit of a style, in their eyes, was, that it exactly fitnot above the length of the rod; this ought always idle spirit, a rower he must be that can manage your ted the thought. Their first aim was, by the assi. to be kept at its full stretch, and moved in å half circle airy shallop as the winds do a weathercock-can chant duous study of their subject, to secure to themselves with the angler. It requires some degree of percep. a ballad of yore of ladye and chieftain, and prauksome thoughts worth expressing ; their next was, to find tion to know the exact instant when the fish first elf and kelpie wild-can speak to the echoes and to

words which would convey those thoughts with the seizes your bait; it does so with such softness, and yourself, cheering you with wit and wisdom, and ad- utmost degree of nicety; and only when this was made with no likeness of a tug, as one is apt to imagine; miring your science and skill; and the gorgeous tish sure did they think of ornamento Their style, therenay, it merely closes its jaws upon the hook, as a you are playing, twenty fathoms off, with a strong and fore, whether ornamented or plain, grows out of their gaping oyster would do upon one's finger. Then is steady hand, your heart 'high fluttering the while, turn of thought, and may be admired, but cannot be your opportunity for striking; if you neglect it, you like woman's when she loves."

imitated, by any one whose turn of thought is diffeallow the trout its more leisurely process of pibbling, Tackle for trolling should be dressed upon tried rent.--London Review. and its chances of escape. In striking with the short gimp: Bait as you do with a minnow: use a strong line, do it sharply, and never against the current, rod, heavy lead, and a long line of oiled cord, wound LONDON : Published, with Permission of the Proprietors, by OKR

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Comedy by heart, and bad been accustomed all his life But these, it must be owned, were artists of uncom. MANKIND are beset hy a number of small foibles, to enjoy it either in the original, or through the me- mon skill-regular diners-out. The ladies bave a which, though all must be more or less conscious of dium of Mr Carey. Nearly the same thing may be very pretty way of getting out of such scrapes by a them, have as yet been hardly ever made the subject said in regard to Milton, whom every body buys, dips peculiar simper, which, being applied to all remarks of literary remark. Among the least tolerable and into, tires over, and then lays aside, and praises for whatever, heard or unheard, whether referring to most dangerous is the aptitude, in certain circum. ever. Nine-tenths of even the well-educated are un. love or villany, to accidents costing hundreds of lives, stances, to fall into a panic. A slight crack, such as able to appreciate these poets ; but as no one likes or schemes for restoring the lost innocence of man. often takes place in furniture or any thing else com. to be supposed deficient in this kind of taste, which kind, passes without challengo, and really saves a great posed of wood, is beard in a full church, and immedi. looks like the characteristic of an exalted mind, the deal of trouble to all parties. ately the whole congregation rush to be smothered and nine-tenths are as ready, or even readier, to bestow

Till an extraordinary thing has been done, man. pressed to death in the doorways. Numerous instances commendation, than the remaining tenth of real ap. kind at large believe it to be impossible: when some have shown that, for once that damage occurs from preciators, simply in order that their ignorance and

one has done it, they wonder why it was not done the giving way of a gallery, it occurs twenty times, inferiority of understanding and feeling may not be before. While the weather is fine, mankind speak and in far greater extent, from the crowding of the detected. Besides, the very want of readers prevents of it as if they believed it would never again be foul : passages ; but still, when the crack is heard, mankind the real merits of the author from being ascertained. let but a sunny shower fall, they immediately sur. are found to be unconvinced, and, each believing that An author obtains a certain degree of reputation : in mise that it is broken, and will not again for a long he is to be one of the fortunate few who will get clear time, taste changes, and he ceases to be read : still, time be good. For this reason, no umbrellas are ever of all danger, away they rush from the one chance mankind, afraid that the fault lies with themselves, sold in fuir weather, nor light dresses ordered in the incurred by sitting still, to the twenty to which they praise on; and thus a book may, to all proper intents latter raw days of spring. But all at once, on some opwill be exposed in the attempt to escape. Experience, and purposes, be as dead as its author, without being pressively hot day which has suddenly occurred in the benevolence, reason, all seem incompetent in this case a wbit less celebrated than ever. In fact, it would course of May, the whole world flies upon ginghams and to resist the dictate of an alarmed and overpowering appear as if ceasing to be read were exactly what gave nankeens, which cannot be prepared nearly fast enough selfishness. Not much more respectable, if so much, the best assurance of immortality: an author is never for the demand, though a little foresight might have is the panic which sometimes takes place in reference safe till then.

allowed the milliners and tailors to execute their work to the credit of banks. Several thousand persons, de- The same dread of being thought inferior in learn. at leisure. Shops and theatres are apt to be most fre. siring to bave their spare money employed at interest, ing and taste to one's neighbours, may be frequently quented when it is reported of them that they are deposit it with a party who makes it bis business to observed, when a Latin or Greek quotation is intro- crowded with excess of custom. We fly from places mediate between the borrower and the lender. Sud. duced into conversation. Nobody can dare to appear where we can transact business and receive entertain. denly a doubt arises—often from the most senseless pon-intelligent on such occasions. The quotation, so ment at our ease, and rush to others where we cannot causes—as to the trustworthiness of the mediating far from being pat, might bear a contrary sense, or do either without great inconvenience, if not some party, who is immediately besieged by a host of cla- be otherwise inapplicable ; but no one would question risk to health itself. A bo k-auctioneer whom we morous creditors, each hopeful that he will be among it. It is related that Sheridan clenched an argument congratulated one day upon the respectability of his those who are to get out, though all must be sensible in the House of Commons by a professed quotation companies, and the high prices which he obtained for that to expect a ready presentation of such a vast from a Greek autbor, which, though a mere piece of the property entrusted to bim, assured us that the quantity of money, which has long since been lent out jargon with the sound of Greek, was received with companies were a consequence of the prices : sales at to others, and that expressly in order that an interest the greatest respect, assented to in particular terms, which books were understood to be generally cheap, might be allowed, is in the bighest degree unreason. by one bonourable member, and only discovered to be were apt to be neglected. It seemed to him to be al. able. To be able to answe

wer demands made in this what it was by the witty author himself. In reality, together a matter of excitement. The high prices at manner, the banker would require to keep the depo very few are able to follow or catch the meaning of a once attracted customers, and prompted them to bid. sits in his desk, without attempting to put them to few sentences spoken in a learned language. But then Individuals valued the articles because they saw others use, or to realise an interest from them; but, from the all must appear as apt as these few. And thus there value them, and a contagious briskness (which in the very fact of his stipulating for interest, it is clearly is sometimes a wonderfully general appearance of opposite circumstances would have been a contagious understood by the depositing party that this is not the learning, at the expense of a little candour.

languor) pervaded the assembly. That mankind be. way in which be expects his money to be treated. In polite assemblages, the case of the purblind coun.

come indifferent to what they are accustomed to, and Totally forgetful, however, of every honourable con.

tess who paid her compliments to the coal-skuttle in. are perpetually desirous of novelty, has always been sideration, wild only for their money, in pour the stead of the infant of the lady she was visiting, is re

matter of remark; but many of the little absurdities whole troop upon the unfortunate banker, whom they peated in many various forms. Where many are

into which they are led by this passion, have been both require to give his bread to be eaten and yet to speaking, and servants perhaps are creating some ad- overlooked. How often do we see a decorative object have it, and whom accordingly they expose to that ditional confusion by bringing and taking away dishes, of real elegance covered up and disgraced by something very derangement of affairs which they causelessly innumerable remarks fall to the ground even between paltry, but new! How often do we find ourselves ne. dread. That such a proceeding endangers the for.

persons sitting very near to each other ; but never is glecting the treasured wisdom of ages and the most tunes of the later applicants, never stands for a moany one wanting in a gracious assent to what is, or

relined modern literature, to grub amongst the very ment before the thought of one of the first. Let me

seems to be, said. Sometimes the speaking party is dregs of a newspaper ! make myself safe, and no matter how many should troubled on such occasions with a

In making a bargain for something of uncertain be worsted : such is the maxim which, on such occa. dam p" which not unfrequently fails to produce a dis- value, who is not conscious of often offering a suin sions, will animate men at other times able to resist tinct enunciation of the sentence. But as a second which, if less had been asked, he would have thought inany selfish impulses, and to perform very generous request of this kind would be troublesome iteration, exorbitant ? Let much, in any case, be demanded, actions.

the hearing party must then hear at all hazards, and, and, provided the demand be vigorously supported, The readiness of mankind to take upon trust the by some phrase, gesture, or play of features, as nearly it is ten to one that much more will be conceded than merits of illustrious deceased authors, is a weakness appropriate as he can guess to the nature of the re- if the claim had been moderate. Mankind are not which has been alluded to by Dr Thomas Brown. The mark, set the matter at rest. To form a conjecture yet sufficiently rational or sufficiently wedded to the fame and supposed excellence of these writers are so of meaning in these exigencies, requires some tact. spirit of justice, to give an effectual resistance to any overpowering, that the thousands who are unaoquainted some blundering people will reply with a pleased ex. strongly urged claim, however ill founded. Nay, try with their works never think of doubting, and thus it pression to what was intended to draw forth their in. to pass off an.y gross absurdity upon them—for in. is quite possible for an author to bave ceased altoge- dignation, or to a question with the “indeed !" pro. stance any outrageously erroneous opinion—and a ther to be read, and yet to be very generally praised. per to a statement of fact. But those who can rend very great proportion will be found ready to concede Dante is one of the poets whom every body allows to faces and interpret the language of the eyes, are less to something less grossly absurd, or less outrageously be most admirable, while very few are practically con. apt to go wrong, especially if, by a combination of dif- wrong. The demand establishes itself with them to versant with his writings. Let some one who knows ferent kinds of expression, they can contrive to pre- a ceriain extent as a just claim, and, when they can Dante-nay, let some one who does not know him-serve a prudentequivocalness. I have known nuen who, get off tor something less, they think themselves ne. make an allusion to him, every individual in company in answering something they did not hear, could throw gatively gainers, and eagerly close the negociation. will put on a face of intelligence and sympathetic ap- assent, doubs, denial, surprise, and satisfaction, tuge In argumentative conversation, men ofte-n take most preciation, as if he had every verse of the Divine Ither with a hybrid of shrug and bow, all into one. unreasonable and deceitful courses.

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calculated to arrest vur attention : and its feet are the profics of the mere transfer; for ibus Venice be. posite side of the question, when, let but the most not less remarkably accommodated to the road over came not only the mistress of the Adriatic and Medi. trifling error be made in point of fact by your adver.

which it travels, than is the structure of its stomach terranean, but in a measure the arbitress of the whole sary, you may, by a judicious use of that slip, easily to the drought of the region through which that road world. redeem your cause. Overlooking every thing else, passes. The foot of the camel, in fact, is so formed Although the route by the Cape has in a great mea. you instantly seize upon the error, which of course that the animal would be incapable of travelling, with sure superseded that by Alexandria, the commer. you speak of in round terms as errors, and, triumph. any ease or steadiness, over either a rough or a stony cial intercourse carried on by means of the camel be. antly asking what faich is to be placed in such state- surface; and equally incapable is it of travelling for tween opposite confines of the African and Asiatic ments, you have nothing to do but look around for a any long continuance over moist ground, in couse- deserts, is still sufficiently extensive to make the im. decision in your favour. It is an extraordinary case quence of the inflammation produced in its limbs from portance of that animal very considerable ; so that indeed which does not admit of some exceptions. Watch the effect of moisture. It is observed by Cuvier, that even now, as ages and ages since, the riches of an is. for these, make the most of them, keep the general

these circumstances in its pbysical history, and not dividual are estimated by the number of camels he merits of the question out of sight, and, though you

the incapability of bearing a colder temperature, ac. may possess ; and he still uses his camels either in have not a tenth of the justice on your side which the

count for the fact, that, while the sheep, the ox, the war, or for the transport of merchandise, or for the other party has, you will be a poor pleader if you do dog, the horse, and some other species, bave accom- purpose of selling thein. not at least arrest judgment. For defending hardly panied the migrations of man, from his aboriginal seat But it would be found, upon pursuing the history tenable points, there is another happy way, founded

in central Asia to every babitable part of the globe, of the camel, that, while under the point of view which upon the same principle with that which induces man. che cainel still adheres to the desert.

has been just considered, this animal contributes more kind to concede something to a large and bold de- And now observe how its interior structure meets largely to the advantages of mankind than any other mand. Instead of allowing that your point can be the difficulty of a region where water is rarely found. species of the ruminating order, it scarcely is inferior disputed, exaggerate its features-ask a great deal As in the case of all other animals which ruminate or to any one of those species with respect to other ad. more-set up by its side some superiluous absurdity of chew the cud, the stomach of the camel consists of

vantages, on account of which they are principally the same kind. The enemy, of course, has to remove several cunipartments; of which one is divided into valuable. Thus the Arab obcains from the camel not or reduce these exaggerations in the first place; and numerous distinct cells, capable of collectively coas only inilk and cheese and butter, but he ordinasily it is ten to one that tiris duty so worries iim, tbat he taining such a quantity of water as is sutlicient for also eats its flesh, and fabricates its hair into clothing is glad to leave the main sophistry untouched in your the ordinary consumption of the animal unring many of various kinds. The very refuse indeed of the di. hands.

duys. And, as opportunities occur, the camel in- gested food oi the animal is the principal fuel of the Every one must have remarked the easy success of stinctively replenishes this reservoir, and is thus en- desert; and from the smoke of this fuel is obtained any kind of evasive answer. Be the intention of the abled to sustain a degree of external drought, which the well-known substance called sal aminoniac, which question as pointed, and its terms is precise, as may

would be destructive to all other animals but such as is very extensively employed in the arts ; and of which be, if the questioned party can only say something, have a similar structure.

indeed, formerly, the greater part met with in com. no matter how vague, or apart from the purpose, the

Of the two species of camel, the Bactrian and Ara. inerce was obtained from this source alone, as may be questioner is seldom alle, at least for a time, to bring bian, the latter is that with the history of which we implied from its very name. his artillery again to bear upon the subject. The uni. are best acquainied; and though there is reason tu versal horror of iteration deters him. With equal believe, that, whatever is said of the qualities of the

THE INTEMPERATE. weakness, we find people accounting for their conduct one might with truth be afirmed of the other also, by reasons which are any thing true reasons. A little on the present occasion whatever is said is referable (The following simple and affecting story is abridged from a ro.

luine of Sketches (Philadelphia, 1834), by Mrs Sigourney, an Am girl came to her mother, and said, “ Mamma, I have

to the Arabian species. The camel not only con. rican authoress of living reputation. Like Our Ainerican brethuen given soine flowers from the garden to a miss, who

sumes less food than the lorse, but can sustain more of the press, who lose no opportunity of spreading a knowledge of said she wished them because she was to have a party: fatigue. A large camel is capable of carrying from

the productions of Englis'i writers, we always foel pleasure in be

ing able to present our rendrrs wiih peciners of the current arrd “ Well, my dear, you had no right to give away the seren to twelve hundred weight, and travelling with popular literature of the States ;-such an interehange of cours flowers, and ought not to have done it." " But, that weight on its back at the rate of above ten lvagues iesies, and the mutual i dulgenic in feelings which these cou.

in each day. mamma, she was to have a party." Exactly similar

The small cu:unier camel, carrying no

ti sies exciic, being in our opinion one of the happiest means of

drawing cre closely together two great kindrod nations in the are the reasons presented by many adult persons, to

weight, will travel thirty leagues in each day, pro. bonds of alieciion and esteein.] themselves and others, for taking some of the most vided the ground be dry and level. Individuals of

WIRE the lofty forests of Ohio, towering in unshorn serious steps in life. The mere sound of a because is

each variety will subsist for eigł:t or ten successive majesty, cast a solemn shadow over the deep verdure enough for them.

days on dry iborny plauis; but after this period of beautiful and ample vales, a small family of eni. Such are a few of the minor foibles of mankind, require more nutritious food, which is usually sup-grants were seen pursuing their solitary way. They described in terms, pointed perhaps, but I would hope plied in the form of dates and various artificial prepa: travelled on foot, but not with the aspect of mendi. not harsh or unduly sarcastic. To describe such rations : though, if not so supplied, the camel will

cants, though care and sufiering were variably de. foibles, is a task which surely no well-disposed person patiently continue its course, till nearly the whole of picted on their countenances. The inan walked first, would undertake, except in the hope of correcting or

the fat, of wluich the boss on its back consists, is ab. apparently in an unkind, uncompromising mood. lessening them by bringing them under notice. Alas, sorbed; whereby that protuberance becomes as it The woman carried in ber arms an infant, and aided how little occasion has any of us to set himself up in were obliterated.

the progress of a feeble boy, who seemed sinking with judgment of the errors or ridicule of the weaknesses The camel is equally patient of thirst as of hunger ; | exhaustion. An eye accustomed to scan the never. of his brethren, when be who pens these remarks can

and this happens, no doubt, in consequence of the resting tide of emigration, might discern that these hardly say in hów great a degree he has been enabled supply of fluid which it is capable of obtaining from pilgrims were inhabitants of the Eastern States, proto do so, by a retrospective view of his own life, and the peculiar reservoir contained in its stoinach.

It bably retreating from some species of adversity, to one an unsparing inspection of his own nature ! possesses moreover a power and delicacy in the sense

of those imaginary scenes, among the shades of the of smell (to that sense at least such a power is most far West, where it is fabled that the evils of mortality

naturally referable), by which, after having thirsted have found no place.
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James Harwood, the leader of that humble group,
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water at a very considerable distance; and it muni.

who claimed from him the charities of husband and Of all animals, the camel perhaps is most exactly fests this power by running directly to the point where of father, halted at the report of a musket; and while adapted both to those peculiar regii ns of the earth in the water exists. It is obvious that this faculty is

he entered a thicket, to discover whence it proceeded, which it is principally if not exclusively found, and exerted as much to the benefit of their drivers, and the the weary and sad.hearted mother sat down upon the to those purposes for which it is nsually employed by whole suite of the caravan, as of the camels themselves.

grass. Bitter were her reflections during tbat interman: to whose wants indeed it is so completely ac

Such are some of the leading advantages derived to val of rest sinong the wilds of Ohio. The pleasant commodated, and apparently so incapable of existing man from the physical structure and powers of this New England village from which she had just emi. without his superintendence, that while on the one animal; nor are those advantages of slight moment grated, and the peaceful home of her birth, rose up to hand we find the camel described in the earliest re. which are derived from its docile and patient disposi- / her view-where, but a few years before, she had cords of history, and in every subsequent period, as in tion. It is no slight advantage, for instance, consi. given her hand to one, whose unkindness now strewed a state of subjugation to man, and employed for pre- dering the great lieight of the animal, which usually her path with thorns. By constant and endearing at. cisely the same purposes as as the present day; on the exceeds six or seven feet, that the camel is easily tentions, he had won her youthful love, and the two other hand, it does not appear that the species has taught to bend down its body on its limbs in order to

first years of their union promised happiness. Boch ever existed in a wild or independent state.

be laden; and, indeed, if the weight to be placed on were industrious and affectionate, and the smiles of With scarcely any natural means of defence, and its back be previously so distributed as to be balanced their infant in his evening sports or slumbers, mete nearly useless in the scheme of creation (as far as we ou an intervening yoke of a convenient form, it will than repaid the labours of the day.

af. to , the ox, and other ofterwards transfer the weight to its back. Si fire. the ruminating species ; which are also rarely, if ever, and Cuvier, from whom the substance of much of the side. He permitted debts to accumulate, in spite of found, but under the protection of man, and to that preceding account is taken, assert, that, if after have the economy of his wile, and became morose and of. protection alone are indebted, indeed, for their exist. ing laid down and received the intended freight, the ferded at her remonstrances. She strove to hide, even ence as a distinct species. Let us ciimpare, then, the camel should find it inconveniently heavy, it will not from her own heart, the vice that was gaining the form and structure, and moral qualities of the camel, rise till a part has been taken off; and that when fa- ascendancy over him, and redoubled her exertions to with the local character of the regions in which it is tigued by long travel, it will proceed more readily and render his home agreeable. But too frequently her principally found; and with the nature of the services easily if the driver sing some familiar tune. This, efforts were of no avail, or contemptuously rejected. exacted of it by man.

however, is a quality not peculiar to the camel. The death of her beloved mother, and the birth of a The sandy deserts of Arabia are the classical coun. Considered only thus far in its history, the camel second infant, convinced her that neither in sorror nor try of the camel ; but it is also extensively employed easily stands pre-eminent, as the most useful, among in sickness could she expect sympathy from him to in various other parts of Asia, and in the north of all the species of ruminating animals, in the bodily whom she had given her heart, in the simple faith of Africa ; and the constant communication that exists or mechanical services which it renders to man; it is confiding affection. They became miserably poor, and between the tribes which border on the intervening sea almost indeed the rival of the horse, even when com. the cause was evident to every observer. In this of sand, could only be maintained by an animal pos- pared in a general point of view; but more than its distress, a letter was received from a brother, who sessing such qualities as characterise the camel-"the rival in its particular arena, the desert. The reindeer had been for several years a resident in Ohio, men. ship of the desert,” as it has emphatically been called assists the individual wants of the Laplander by con. tioning that he was induced to remove farther west. Luden with the various kinds of merchandise which veying his sledge over the frozen surface of the snow; ward, and offering them the use of a tenement which are the object of commerce in that region of the world, and the ox, on a more enlarged scale of labour, is his family would leave vacant, and a small portion of and of which a part often passes from the most east- employed in some countries in ploughing, or in the cleared land, until they might be able to become purerly countries of Asia to the extreme limits of western draught of heavy weights; but the camel was from chasers. Europe, and from thence even across the Atlantic to time immemorial, up to a comparatively recent pe- Poor Jane listened to this proposal with gratitude. America, this extraordinary animal pursues its steady riod, almost the sole intermedium of the principal part She thought she saw in it the salvation of her hus. course over burving sands during many successive of the commerce of the whole world. Thus the spices band. She believed that if he were divided from his weeks. And not only is it satisfied with the scanty and other rich merchandise of the East, being brought intemperate companions, he would return to his early herbage which it gathers by the way, but often passes to the confines of Arabia, were conveyed on the backs habits of industry and virtue. The trial of leaving many days without meeting with a single spring of of camels across the desert, and thence finding their native and endeared scenes, from which she wouli water in which to slake its thirst.

way to the trading cities of Phænicia, while they yet once have shrunk, seemed as nothing in comparisen In explanation of its fitness as a beast of burden, Aourished_and subsequently, after their destruction with the prospect of his reformation and returning for such desert tracts of sand, its feet and its stomach or decay, to Alexandria—they were distributed over happiness. Yet, when all their few effects were conare the points in its structure which are principally the continent of Europe, enriching whole nations by I verted into the waggon and horse wbich were to con.

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vey them to a far land, and the scant and humble of trees, cast a sparkling line through the deep un. lence of the father. Harshness and the agitation of necessaries which were to sustain them on their way changed autumnal verdtre.

fear deepened a disease which might else bave yielded. thither ; when she took leave of her brother and “ Here we live,” said their guide, “a hard-working, The timid boy, in terror of his natural protector, sisters, with their households ; when she shook hands contented people. That is your house which has no withered away like a blighted flower. It was of no with the friends whom she had loved from her cradle, smoke curling up from the chimney: It may not be avail that friends remonstrated with the unfeeling pa. and remembered that it might be for the last time; quite so genteel as some you have left behiud in the rent, or that hoary-headed men warned him solemnly and when the hills that encircled her native village old states, but it is about as good as any in the neigh- of bis sins. Intemperance had destroyed his respect faded into the faint blue outline of the horizon, there bourhood. I'll go and call my wife to welcome you ; for man, and his fear of God. came over her such a desolation of spirit, such a fore right glad will she be to see you, for she sets great Spring at length emerged from the shades of that boding of evil, as she had never before experienced. store by folks from New England."

heavy and bitier winter, but its smile brought no She blauned herself for these feelings, and repressed The inside of a log cabin, to those not habituated gladness to the declining child. Consumption fed upon their indulgence.

to it, presents but a cheerless aspect. The eye needs his vitals, and his nights were restless and full of pain. The journey was slow and toilsome. The autumnal time to accustom itself to the rude walls and floors, “Mother, I wish I could smell the violets that grew rains and the state of the roads were against them. the absence of glass windows, and doors loosely hung upon the green bank by our old dear home." The few utensils and comforts which they carried upon leathern hinges. The exhausted woman entered, “ It is too early for violets, my child. But the grass with them were gradually abstracted and sold. The and sank down with her babe. There was no chair is beautifully green around us, and the birds sing objeet of this traffic could not be doubted : the effects to receive her. In the corner of the room stood a sweetly, as if their hearts were full of praise." were but too visible in his conduct. She reasoned rough board table, and a low frame resembling a bed. “Mother,” he continued, “ I shall never hear the she endeavoured to persuade him to a different course. stead. Other furniture there was none. Glad kind birds sing again. I am dying. Hold the baby to me, Lut anger was the only result. When he was not too voices of her own sex recalled her from her stupor. that I may kiss her. That is all. Now sing to me, far stupitied to comprehend her remarks, bis deport. Three or four matrons, and several blooming young and, oh! 'wrap me close in your arms, for 'I shiver ment was exceedingly over bearing and arbitrary. He faces, welcomed her with smiles. The warmth of re. with cold." felt that she had no friend to protect her from insoception in a new colony, and the substantial services He clung with a death-grasp to that bosom which lence, and was entirely in his own power; and she by which it is manifested, put to shame the ceremoni. had long been his sole earthly refuge. “Sing louder, was compelled to realise that it was a power without ous and heartless professions, which in a more arti- dear mother-a little louder. I cannot hear you." generosity, and that there is no tyranny so perfect as ficial state of society are dignified with the name of A tremulous tone, as of a broken harp, rose above her that of a capricious ana alienated husband. friendship.

grief, to comfort the dying child. One sigh of icy As they approached the chose of their distressing As if by magic, what had seemed almost a prison breath was upon her cheek, as she joined it to his I journey, the roads became worse, and their horse ut. assumed a different aspect under the ministry of ac- one shudder-and all was over. She held the body i terly failed. He had been but scantily provided for, tive benevolence. A cheerful Aame rose from the long in her arms, as if fondly hoping to warm and

as the intemperance of his owner had taxed and im- ample fireplace ; several chairs and a bench for chil. revivify it with her breath. Then she stretched it ! poverished every thing for his own support. Jane dren appeared; a bed with comfortable coverings con- upon its bed, and kneeling beside it, hid her face in

wept as she looked upon the dying animal, and re- cealed the shapelessness of the bedstead ; and viands, that grief which none but mothers feel. It was a deep membered his laborious and ill-repaid services. to which they had long been strangers, were heaped and sacred solitude, along with the dead. Nothing The unfeeling exclamation with which her husband upon the board. An old lady held the sick boy ten.

save the soft breathing of the sleeping babe fell upon abandoned him to his fate, fell painfully upon her derly in her arms, who seemed to revive as he saw

that solemn pause. heart, adding another proof of the extinction of his his mother's face brighten ; and the infant, after a The father entered carelessly. She pointed to the sensibilities, in the loss of that pitying kindness for draught of fresh milk, fell into a sweet and profound pallid, iminovable brow. "See, be suffers no longer." the animal creation, which exercises a silent and salu- slumber. One by one the neighbours departed, that He drew near, and looked on the dead with surprise tary guardianship over our higher and better sym. the wearied ones niight have an opportunity of repose. and sadness. A few natural tears forced their way, pathies. They were now approaching within a short John Willians, who was the last to bid good-night, and fell on the face of the first-born, who was once distance of the termination of their journey, and their lingered a moment as he closed the door, and said, bis pride. The memories of that moment were bitter. directions had been very clear and precise. But his “Friend Harwood, here is a fine gentle cow feeding He spoke tenderly to the emaciated mother; and she, inind became so bewildered and his heart so perverse, at your dor; and for old acquaintance sake, you and who a short time before was raised above the sway of that he persisted in choosing by-paths of underwood your family are welcome to the use of her for the pre. grief, wept like an infant, as those few affectionate and tangled weeds, under the pretence of seeking a sent, or until you can inake out better."

tones touched the sealed fountains of other years. shorter route. This increased and prolonged their

This view family of emigrants, though in the midst Neighbours and friends visited them, desirous to fatigue; but no entreaty of his wearied wife was re. of poverty, were sensibile of a degree of satisfaction to console their sorrow, and attend them when they garded. Indeed, so exasperated was he at her expos- which they bad long been strangers. The difficulty committed the body to the earth. There was a shady tulations, that she sonight safety in silence. The little of procuring ardent spirits in this small and isolated and secluded spot, which they had consecrated in the boy of four years old, whose constitution bad been community, promised to be the means of establishing burial of their few dead. Thitler that whule little feeble from his infancy, became so feverish and dis. their peace. The mother busied herself in making colony were gathered, and, seated on the fresh spring. tressed as to be unable to proceed. The mother, af- their bumble cenement neat and comfortable, while ing grass, listened to the holy, healing words of the ter in vain soliciting aid and compassion from her her husband, as if ambitious to earn in a new residence inspired volume. It w:18 read by the oldest mar in busband, took him in her arms, while the youngest, the reputation he had torfeited in the old, laboured the colony, who had himself often mourned. As he w hom she had previously carried, and who was un- diligently to assist his peiglibours in gathering of bent reverently over the sacred | age, there was that able to walk, clung to her shoulders. Thus burdened. their harvest, receiving in payment such articles as on his brow which seemed to say, “ This h:13 been her progress was tedious and painful. She even en- were needed for the subsistence of his household; and my comfort in my aftliction.” The scene called forth dearvured to press on mure rapidly than usual, fear. the little household partook, for a time, the blessings sympathy, even from manly bosons. The mother, ing that it she fell behind, her husband would tear of tranquillity and content.

worn with watching and weariness, bowed her head the sufferer from her arms, in some paroxysm of his Let hone, however, flatter himself that the dominion down to the clay that concealed her child. And it was savage intemperance.

of vice is suddenly or easily broken. Harwood bad observed with gratitude by that friendly group, that Their road during the day, though approaching the begun to experience that prostration of spirits which the husband supported her in his arins, and mingled small settlement where they were to reside, lay through attends the abstraction of an habitual stimulant. His his tears with hers. a solitary part of the country. The children were resolution to recover his lost character was not proof The father returned from this funeral in much faint and bungry; and as the exhausted mother sat against this physical inconvenience. He determined mental distress. His sins were brought to remem. upon the grass, trying to nurse her infant, she drew at all hazards to gratify his depraved appetite. He brance, and reflection was misery. For many nights from her bosom the last piece of bread, and held it to laid bis plans deliberately, and, with the pretext of sleep was disturbed by visions of his neglected boy. the parched lips of the feeble child. But he turned making some arrangements about the waggon, which Sometimes he imagined that he heard bim coughing away his bead, and with a scarcely andible moan, had been left broken on the road, departed from his from his low bed, and felt constrained to go to him, asked for water, which she had not to give.

home. His stay was protracted beyond the appointed in a strange disposition of kindness; but his limbs The sun was drawing towards the west, as the voice limit, and at his return, his sin was written on his were unable to obey the dictates of his will. Then he of James Harwood was heard, issuing from the forest, brow, in characters too strong to be mistaken. That would see him pointing with a thin dead band to the attended by another man with a gun, and some birds he had also brought with him some board of intoxicat- dark grave, or beckoning him to follow to the unseen at his girdle. “Wife, will you get up now, and come ing poison, to which to resort, there remained no room world. Conscience haunted him with terrors, and along ? We are not a mile from home. Here is John to doubt. Day after day did bis shrinking household many prayers from pions hearts arose that he inight Williams, who went from our part of the country, witness the alternations of causeless anger and brutal now be led to repentance. The venerable man who and says he is our next-door neighbour.” Jane re- tyranny. To lay waste the comfort of his wife, had read the Bible at the burial of his boy, counselled ceived bis bearty welcome with a thankful spirit, and seemed to be his prominent object. By constant con- and entreated him to break off for ever from his inrose to accompany them. The kind neighbour took tradiction and misconstruction, he strove to distress temperate courses. Harwood listened, and seemed to the sick boy in his arms, saying, " Harwood, take the her, and then visited her sensibilities upon her as sins. endeavour to recover himself; but his reviving virtua baby from your wife ; we do not let our women bear Had she been more obtuse by nature, or more indiffe- was soon dissipated ; and the friends who had alter. all ibe burdens, here in Ohio.” James was ashamed rent to his welfare, she might with greater ease have nately reproved and encouraged him, were convinced to refuse, and reached his hands towards the child. borne the cross. But her youth was nurtured in ten- that their efforts had been of no avail. How dreadful But, accustomed to his neglect or unkindness, it hid dernesss, and education had refined her susceptibili- is the fate of the unhappy wile connected with such a its face, crying, in the maternal bosom. “You see ties, both of pleasure and pain. She could not forget husband ! no prospect of release from suffering but in how it is. She makes the children so cross, that I che love he had once manifested for her, nor prevent the dissolution of either. never have any comfort of them. She chooses to the chilling contrast from filling her with anguish. Summer passed away, and the anniversary of the ar. carry them herself, and always will have her own way There was one modification of her husband's perse- rival of the intemperate's family at the colony rein every thing."

cutions which the fullest measure of her piety could turned. It was to Jane Harwood a period of sad and “ You have come to a new settled country, friends," not enable her to bear unmoved. This was unkind. solemn retrospection. She was alone at this season of said John Williams: “but it is a good country to get ness to her feeble and suffering boy. It was at first self-communion. The absences of her husband had a living in. Crops of corn and wheat are such as yon commenced as the surest mode of distressing her. It become more frequent and protracted.

A storm, never saw in New England. Our cattle live in clover, opened a direct avenue to her heart strings. What which feelingly reininded her of those which had often and the cows give us cream instead of milk. There began in perverseness seemed to end in batred, as evil beat upon them when homeless and weary travellers, is plenty of game to employ our leisure, and venison habits sometimes create perverted principles. The had been raging for nearly two days. To this cause and wild turkey do not come amiss now and then on wasted and wild-eyed invalid shrank from his father's she imputed the unusually long stay of her husband. a farmer's table. flere is a short cut I can show glance and footstep, as from the approach of a foe. Throngh the third night of his absence she lay sleepyou, though there is a fence or two to climb. James More than once had he taken him from the little bed less, listening for his steps. Sometimes she fancied Harwood, I shall like well to talk with you about which maternal care had provided for him, and forced she heard shouts of laughier, for the mood in which old times and old friends down east. But why don't him to go forth in the cold of the winter storm. he returned from his revels was various. But it was you help your wife over the fence with her baby?” “I mean to harden him," said he. “ All the neigh. | only the shriek of the tempest. Then she thought is so I would, but she is so sulky. She has not spoke bours know that you make such a fool of him that he some ebullition of his frenzied anger rang in her ears. a word to me the whole day. I always say, let such will never be able to get a living. For my part, I It was the roar of the hoarse wind through the forest. folks take care of themselves till their mad fit is wish I had never been called to the trial of supporting All night long she listened to these sounds, and bushed

a useless boy, who pretends to be sick only that he and sang tooner affrighted babe. Unrefreshed she A cluster of log cabins now met their view through may be coaxed by a silly mother.”

arose and resumed her morning labours. an opening in the forest. They were pleasantly situ. On such occasions it was in vain that the mother Suddenly her eye was attracted by a group of neigh. ated in the midst of an area of culeivated lavd. A attempted to protect her child. She might neither bours, coming up slowly from the river. Å dark and fine river, surmounted by a rustic bridge of the trunks dsbelter him in her bosom, nor control the frantic vio- | terrible foreboding oppressed her. She hastened out

over.”

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