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J. JAEtVI, Editor.
natii::iay, aiu i;t 7, isii.
Vol. 2. No. O.
NOW AM) THEN .
nv jam: taylor.
di-itiint. days of wild romance,
OfniiJgio mist and fable;
j Whoa stones could argue, trees advance,
And brutes to talk were nolo;
hen shrubs and flowers were said to preach.
iid manage all the parts of speech;
was then, no d ubt, if 'twas at all,
(But doubts we need not mention,
(hat T nnv and Now, two adverbs small,
Lngngcd in sharp contention;
ut bow they made each other hear.
'Tradition doth not make appear.
'hex was a sprite of subtle frame,
1 With rainbow tints invested;
(J11 clouds of dazzling light she came,
4 And stars her forehead crested;
Iler sparkling eye of azure hue,
Qeemed borrowed from the distant blue.
low rested on the solid earth,
I And sober was her vesture; '
'Jie seldom either grief or mirth
JExpress'd by word or gesture;
niposed, sedate, and firm she stood,
id look'd industrious, calm, and good.
,'jiev, sang a wild fantastic song,
i Light us the gale she flics on;
Dill stretching, us she sail'd along,
(iTowaids the fair horizon:
-there clouds of radiance fringed with gold,
jer hills of e neruld beauty roll'd.
JIow, rarely rais'd her sober cyo
.'jTo view that golden distance;
Ijor let one idle minute fly
Xsln hopeofTnK's assistance;
Cut still with busy hands she stood,
latent on doing present good.
e ate the sweet but homely fare
f That passing moments brought her:
jfliile Then, expecting dainties rare,
, Despised such bread and water:
fnd waited for the fiuits and lluwera
Of future, still receding hours.
Iow, venturing once to ask her why,
She answered with invective;
Jul pointed, as she made reply.
Towards that long perspective
'years to come, in distant blue,
herein she meant to lice and do.
Alas," savs she, " Flow hard your toil,
With undiverted sadness;
fVliold yon land of wine and oil,
I Those sunny hills of gladness;
Oirse joys 1 wait with eager brow,"
'lAnd so you always will " suid Now.
) That fairy land, that looks so real,
I . Recedes as vou nursiie it:
('Aus while you wait for times ideal,
1 take my work and do it;
itcnt to form, when time is gone,
pleasant past to look upon."
Ah, well," said Turn, " I envy not
lour dull fatiguing labors:
spiring to a brighter lot,
With thousands of my neighbors,
pon as 1 reach the golden hill;"
out that," says Now, "you never will."
And e'en suppose you should," said she,
"(Tllminrll rmntnl n'.tr nllninM l N
'ir nature vou must chancre with n?o
I The moment you have gained it;
Jnce hope fulfilled, (you must allow,)
jurns now to the.v, and then to now."
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SALT WATER HL'lJU LKS.
BY H.WVSI.n MARriNiiALE.
v hint to jjkn or7hZo.:-o;t a dlt.l i ,
The practice of fighting, duels with
sword and pistol, as carri d on exten
sively at the Soutli and West i:i the pres
ent (lay, when we boast of haing made
rapid progress in civilization, is a poor and
unprofitable business, to say tin; least
and sometimes a dangerous one into the
bargain. It is an unpleasant thing, sure
ly, to a kind and benevolent man, to be
compelled by the laws of honor, to turn a
deaf ear to the whisperings of conscience
and benevolence, and strive to kill a res
pectable man. a good citizen nay more,
perhaps a neighbor or a friend ami some
would consider it still more unpleasant
to receive, while in the full enjoyment ol
health, social comforts, and domestic hap
piness, a bullet in the thorax, or a sm;ill
i i -it.. i -'waii; uMii u, emu mm i ( i -nea ( eu S W 5 W II
sword or a bovvie knife through t he ( a- i .1 ........ .
I i, . , . , , - "v. V.UIIUIIIH.U in uii iiunu u uas wncnev-
nnrno'tii. lint :i liuur no mr.n... ,L. i . . . 1
10 sport t!;e air and manners o a tlioi
men conceive themsehes bound to fe-ht
their neighbors and friends with stub
murderous weapons, on slight provoca
tions, so long, it may reasonably be ex
pected, will duelling be attended with
such disagreeable such oUgusling results.
I have never fought a duel, and think
it highly probable that I never shall light
one. My reasons are briefly these :
Firstly, I have an instinctive repug
nance to exposing my own precious per
son, where the chances are renin I that I
may receive my quietus by a lump of
lead, impelled by gunpowder. Secondly,
My life, I have reason to believe is neces
sary to the comfort and happiness of oth
ers consequently I have nu light to peril
it in this way without the consent of oth
ers a consent which I have the vanity to
think cannot be obtained. Thirdly, 'Du
elling is a savage custom, unworthy of the
present age and it is the duty of every
man who has any pretensions to civiliza
tion or refinement, to exert all his influ
ence by precept and example to set the
tile ,l urnal, and recommend jts ndoption Jim, hapj enrd to be the case with Ben.
by all men who feel any inclination to lie was not a man of many words, but
settle honorable disputes with honorable what ho did say was generally to the)
warfare. I believe that nil men will ad- point, Ho mcrejy called Jim a jjood-for-
nit that the plan adopted on this orea- nothing, lazy, gluttonous rascal, Who was
sion is far better calculated to nive satis- 'not woith his salt, and no sailor. He
faction, than to cut one another's throats, then seized him by the ears, and seemed
or to shoot one another through the head lor a few moment's resolved to ascertain
and in making it known I conceive that whether he could lonjtheii them by pull-
Hawser Martingale is entitled to the ing. The experiment was probably un-
thanks of a philanthropic community. I satisfactory, for he let go his hold of them
On board the ship Mucomacon of Prov- in a few moments, and with the fiat of his
idence, It. L, there was a chat. a thorough baud he fnvn D.n.ilv Tim n t ,!,
geii'lanun, by the way. named Jim i'en- the Fret. eh call a ft.vflkt, which caused
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mm .Mill etei came io ne in lore .niu to near a strange tnedlev of confused
the mast it is impossible to tell, as he pii- sounds, and sent him reeling against the
ded himself much on the respectability of windlass-bitts.
his connexions, and often talked for a Such unceiemonious and uncivil treat
whole dog watch about the property which menl displeased Jim very much all his
he expected shortly to inheiit. Hi's ward- gentle blood was roused within him. He
robe was somewhat limited lobe .sure, looked death and defiance at Hen and
notwithstanding which, by means of a assured him on his honor that he should
high shirt collar, bushy whM;ci , cm ling not put up with such an insult with iinpu-love-locks,
a second-handed and thread- nitv "but." :ihl l.n T ,.r;n
I bare coatee, and an ivory-headed switch, i you with fists, but with nobler weapons
hi: foiitiiiiiffl tit fiit rmiii. m lnl. .i l..,.,. ,. ii. Itl. .. i i . '
1 ti.uiis siicii as omy gentlemen use,
At;d 1 now demand satisfaction for the
insult you have put upon me an insult
which no man of honor can brook and
challenge you to single combat. "
lien cooly told ,im that he would fight
him, cither as a gentleman or a black
guard, at any lace, or at any time, with
any weapons which he might select that
it was equally indiflerent "to him whether
the weapons were fists, marlinspikcs, jack
knives, heavers, capstan-bars, handspikes,
or cook's tornicnters that he was ready
to fight him with any weapon ever in
vented to take the life of man, from a
sail-needle down to a howitzer."
Such a determined and trcntkmanly
spirit on the part of Hen Gangway, who
was one of the roughest specimens of man
hood that ever put two ends of a rope to
gether, was altogether unexpected by
i i.t' . . .
iamiy Jim ami there is no knowin"
ouh-bred gentleman. Indeed he was so
neat and trim in his dress whenever he
went ashore, although he was careless
enough of these things on board, that the
ship's company nicknamed him " Dandy
Now Dandy Jim, notwithstanding he
was so much of a gentleman, was the la
ziest fellow on board and could play the
old soldier in a style that would have done
credit to a "wuister" in a man-of-war.
He was fond of good eating, too and on
the passage out was always hanging about
the galley, with a view' to beg from the
cook or steward, or steal, some delicacy
which was denied the fore-mast hands,
lie was soon cured of this foible, howev
er, by the cook, who one day while he
was uearmg otl some " spoils," which he
had hlched, in the shape ol a couple of j what course the matter might have taken"
-ry-, 111 unih imew lino nis
if Captain Sheavchole had not listened to
seal of public odium upon this barbarous : H.tter end of one of his whiskers, which
ttrrwtt VV'liifll I1M1I t Ol'i'riii in tin. J...I.- I 1
n ...... vimj ,us ,,iz a queer appearance.
lw ,.1. . i - c 1 i- . 1 lM "' "in'i 1101 iisieueu 10
neOv a pauakm of boilmg wafer, winch the dispute, and being a dear lover of fun,
" "'' a iHin-Maugniered ami ianul:ar with all the laws of honor
lir miii I.. Iii. ......... " . 1' I 1 .. 1 1 1 ....
I.-,, .I..,, ivi ins fn.-ai izuei looseucil tne
ages aim rourimy, uueuuig is a prac
tice directly opposed to the laws of man
One day it was old lien (langwav's
had not interfered, and, having iust read
ne woiks 01 a distinguished Scotch nov
elist, suggested an expedient which met
With tlif lu'iili- ....... ..P I. ... I 1 .
1. ... .1 1 1 , . .. , .. 1 mmimui 01 doiii comuai-
la.o G.kI. IlUUSr. J """'.".. '". l.cn. .Im.ns l.otl, were
unlikely .ha. I .,l. ever k c " ZZ iZt" ,,, n'vl! .Tlr'11! dc
sati.-fi.olio,, lnr an ii.ult 1,, s.a.in- up ;, f, h u k , !, j "f :" '", " " a manner
infair eo.nl.al, and sl.oo.ini n,v , lt,' , , , l L ri,,".l..r ' " l.;n,orn!,le men. .he proper
Wcs.,"vil ever reli.nish .his al,nl cu- pni , I iel , I 'a J 1 ' 'I r f' ' W '" 10 Mi J'011'
... of .lnellin-kean.e ,! are all L, e n v " a le n "!"' 'I, ,K! ,lr,",, W
honorable men "-and none b honora- h 1,1 i. p ea e n ,0 Z7r" Tr 'I'T W,' Um" "''''"S '"'t
ble men fi.h. duel-. The n,ol e ean'u L a 'l l'ed .o Zu in.,. ,7'"" ' ' ,,0,,ll tamilh
expect . hat .hey will snlm.i. ,o w,IUo re or. u. 1 1 e v W'7iie V of I '10 r 1 1 i 5 . W" T "" ' " 'icl" ml,,,,cr
qnalifieanon of ,l,e present rales of honor, I . fkmt hear , e vi .er i ! 1 X 7 ' '" " ,S ?,'sn,,,lcl "Pres-
and perhaps a,ree .0 suhs,i,n,e some o,h- 6u(;k ,is lj" t llton 0 Itlou " I ' T'-o i'" n"T S,7,,M ''C M
er means of decidinS who U (he hel.er sailor and an lo,,e"l possihlc, I would sn-csl that
man." .han those which are fnrnisl,,,! In- ni,l r a,l ;, . Z . ' 1 "V. I''."'"s- ,a'J' gentlemen, shonld arm him-
Knpowder and lea.l and ste. I I reeoi-'t . , his S Ii 7 I ,S, J 7" " ''V'-'"1 1 ,Kim
lect of henri.lf? sre vears a :o of n n.o.le ' good ,1. al, and 1.7 , , "of el W ! ' "T '," "' ca'"''- " llicl' 1
of Ktllinir a dVpu.c on shiohoard. where .nd eirenn stao, , 1 ... 1! ? 1' " Ms..r for ll.is pnrpose-
boil, .he comha'an.s were of hon- hhnself and ,,0 fe sl.'i c , ," J i 'f "! " "l!.""mlc '"''
or " and the dm I was fon-ht with nmnil-1 that U-.iulv li, I 1 1 ' y,' i"'"' "-si.fti--lj.lri. relne to some close and
or .inu me iinu was ion. 11 witn iininii. that u. ml) Jim ,a, fe,,moi,,lv ohtain.-i seelnded nool; i the forecastle or the l.-.lf
itarv weapons without ac-lual danger to possess on of . s nro and had ui.l.i! 1 t . , . , . , !
lift..: and e. was conducted in a manner: o .. . Tl.'.." '.. 1 nml "'On, . seated on blocks of wood,
,I.W. M!f:,r.o,;iv ,..,! ,ll.l.,l ,l. iuir... I . i i. r. 1 . j"u' 1 1 , ,.,s-;r n sca-ch. sts, feco ooli other manful-
pidi.y and viudictiveness ol both the com
batants, and was attended with it result
which would satisfy .he most tenacious
mil i t t
. , . c , i " , ' . 1 "-'i-in.'six, in;: i iie 01 er l illl U
posed of it lor Ins own comfort and ad- lv. and r,ir nwnv in i.. r. .
vantage. ' , ,. r r . . . ,, -, '
. .i r. , ,. . a", lioev(;r first funks out, shall be rc-
Ou learning this, Den s indignation was ga.dedas ar.q.iishcrl and defunct-a vie-
.... ,i , c? i i , tiMJMy' jjm on the 01 l ol I ion or !
and choleric. man ol honor Such hem, ) ,a. or belter calculated to disturb This Pro,,si,ion was made will, a crave
Iheeflecl of Iheexpcnme,, , I wun I most ,10 e,,uauu,.y of one's temper, than toceand i. precluded lhe l,ib Hv
respec. fully ure tl upon .he aen ,o of lie robbed of a dmner-especially if par- of shedding blood, Dundy J C i t
all the honorable readers of the Mercan- t.eularly hungrys, unfortunately for it caRerlv, and a Untf d o vv i?h ml.