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THE SPRING OF LIFE IS PAST.
The spring of life is past,
With its budding hopes and fears,
And the autumn lime ia coming
With its weight of weary years
Our joyousness is fading,
Our hearts are dimmed with care,
And youth's fresh dreams of gladness '
All perish darkly there.
While bliss was blooming near us
In the heart's first burst of Spring,
While many hopes could cheer us,
Life seemed a glorious thing!
Like the foam upon a river
When the breeze goes rippling o'er
These hopes have Had forever
To come to us no more,
'Tis'sad yet sweet to listen
To the soft wind's gentle swell,
And think we hear the musio
Our childhood knew so well;
To gaze out on the even,
And the boundless fields of air,
And feel again our boyhood's wish
To roam, like angels, there!
There are many dreams of gladness,
That cling around the past
And from that tomb of feeling
Old thoughts come thronging fast
The forms we loved so dearly
In the happy days now gone,
The beautiful and lovely,
So fair to look upon.
Those bright and gentle maidens
Who seemed so formed for bliss,
Too glorious and too heavenly
For such a world as this;
Whose soft dark eyes seemed swimming
In a sea of liquid light,
And whose locks of gold were streaming
O'er brows so sunny bright:
Whose smiles were like the sunshine
In the spring time of the year
Like the changeful gleams of April
Tbey followed every tear!
They have passed like hope away
All their loveliness has fled
Oh many a heart is mourning
That they are with the dead.
Like the brightest buds of summer
Tbey have fallen from the stem
Yet oh it is a lovely death
To fade from earth like them!
And yet the thought is saddening
To muse on such as they
And feel that all the beautiful
Are passing fast away!
That the fair ones whom we love,
Like the tendrills of a vine,
Grow closely to each loving heart,
Then perish on their shrine!
And can we but think of these
In the soft and gentle spring,
When the troes are waving o'er us
And the flowers are blossoming!
For we know that winter's coming
With his cold and stormy sky
And the glorious beauty around us
Is budding but to die.
A ROMANCE OF REALITY.
Beautiful, peerlessly beautiful is the lady
Manuelita, the only daughter of Rosas, the
famous and. powerful President of the Ar
gentine Republic; powerful in the strength
of his mind, and in the iron resolution of
his character, which has enabled him to
control and sway a people whom none
save him can keep in order, and to defy tho
united attempts of England and France to
break up his commerce and bend him to
We say that the lady Manuelita is beauti
ful, but her talents, graces and accomplish
ments, alone sustain and render her beau
ties perfect and tfSrmonious.
It almost seems a subject of surprise
that this fair lady, so attractive in manners,
and so elevated in her position, should have
arrived at the age of twenty-five years,
without a thought of approaching the hy
meneal alter, yet so it hath been: not, how
ever, from lack of solicitation and oppor-tunity;-for
many a noble and brave cavalier
has knelt and sued for the love and hand
which might bless a king, but because:
First of all her suitors, not one, when
weighed in the. careful balance of her dis
criminating judgement, but lacked some of
those qualities of bead and heart which
alone could win and fix her pure and lofty
Second Had any cavalier presented
himself, possessed of all the qualities which
would gain her love, she could not leave
her father's side, for as necessary as dew is
to the flower, as light in darkness is to the
man, was she to him. She has ever acted
as his adviser and confidant; she alone can
guide and sway his stern will, she alone
can soften his heart when it is frozen in
its stern, resolves. He could not live without
her. She receives his company, writes his
private and important documents, keeps
watch and ward over his interests and
safety, and becomes even as it were a sec
ond self unto him. But to our story.
A short distance up the river above Bue
nos Ayres, General Rosas has a beautiful
country seat, where often in the warm sum
mer time he and his daughter retire to en
CEASES TO BE DANGEROUS, WHEN
joy the fragrant perfumo which arrives with
me evening breeze from tho groves of
peacn, lemon and orange, which cover it.
A few years ago, during a heavy gale, a
ship was driven high and drv bv tho wmili
and swollen waters into the very midst of
this javorito plantation of the President's,
and when tho galo abated she was left in a
position from which it was found impossi
ble to remove her.
To please his daughter, Gen. Rosas
bought this vessel, and refitted her beau
tifully, to serve the Lady Manuelita as a
summer house, and a unique and beautiful
one did it make; imbedded not in the azure
waves of the ocean, but in a nerftiri nn
of flowers and fruits. Iti the elegant cabin
or tins vessel occurred the first scene of
this brief but true story
It was on a lovely afternoon in summer;
the Lady Manuelita sat by the stern win
dow oi me vessel, enjoying the sweet
breathing zephyrs as they "came to her from
tlieir homes amid the fragrant flowers.
olio was alone, and as she sat and gazed out
upon tho waving trees and bright-winged
birds which flew from branch to branch,
sne signed as it she felt she had not been
tormcd lor loneliness.
At the same moment the door towards
which her back was turned was cautiously
opened. She heard it not. Then, between
the rich velvet hangings which hung in
crimson folds before it, quietly stepped a
noble looking cavalier; and as he slowly
advanced towards her, there could be read
in his face the written poetry of love, aye,
even ia a passionate idolatry of her who
tvas before him. Ho was young, not more
than twenty-five, his features regular as
Apollo could have desired, his eyesdark and
bright as a gazelle's, his lofty brow and
neck as white as alabaster, was wreathed
by dark and curling masses of jet and
glossy hair; a glossy moustache and beard
as soft and curling as the hair which crept
down upon his broad shoulders, contrasted
with the rich, rosy hue of health worn
upon his expressive and pleasing face. His
tall, manly form was dressed in a rich uni
form, which betokened that he had a com
mission in her father's cavalry.
Slowly and cautiously the vounar officer
approached the lady, still unseen and un
heard by her.
Again she sighed. He knelt by her side,
ana gazea upon the snow-white hand,
which, with its taper fingers covered with
jewels, hung down against the arm of tho
ottoman upon which she reclined. Again
she sighed. The cavalier bent down his
noble head, and the lady started to her feet
as she felt a warm kiss impressed upon her
Not terror stricken did she scream or
turn to fly, as other maidens would have
done, but with flashing eye, reddened
cheek, and frowning brow, as she drew up
iicr maieiy iorm in queenly dignity, she
"Who dare intrude" but ere she finish
ed the exclamation, she saw the sad but re
spectful gaze of the youth, who still knelt
at her feet, and her ancer seemed to van.
ish and her tone softened, as she continued:
"Ah! is it you, Don EJvardo! I might
have known none other would have dared
the liberty which you have taken."
"Pardon, lady, I could not have gazed
upon tho hand which I so loner have covet
ed, and refrain from telling it how much I
loved its mistress."
"Rise, Edvardo!" said tho lady, sadly; "I
wish you would never speak of love to me
again, at least while while "
The lady blushed confusedly, and paused.
The youth observing it, eagerly and pas
"While! Oh, what mean you by that
word? even it gives light to tho hope which
keeps my heart alive. Oh, lady, for the love
of holy heaven, tell me, have I cause to
hope? Am I more to you than the many
others who kneel inhomagc loyotircharms?"
"Were you not, do you think I would
permit him to live who has dared the fa
miliarity fur which you but now crave
humbly my pardon? '
"Oh, lady, then am I blessed indeed! Oh!
when may I call you mine?"
"When I am free from my present en
gagements." "Free! present engagements! Lady, it is
cruel to trifle with a bursting heart!"
"I do not trifle, Edvardo, I am willing to
acknowledge that I lovo you, but it may be
long before we can unite. I have a duty,
a sacred, imperative duty, to perform,
which love nor pleasure nor aught on
earth can induce mo to forego. If you
love me, your love will not fade, like yon
summer flowers, with age. My father can
not alone bear tho cares, fatigues, and vex
ations of his office. He cannot spare me,
and I cannot marry while ho is in office
indeed, he never will consent to part with
me, 80 necessary have I now become to
Lady, cruel, cruel, would be the delay!
Know you not that while he lives the peo
ple will have no other President? He
alone can please and govern them; they
will have no other oh, for the love you
have but now confessed, decide not so, else
years and years will roll away, and we
will still be as nowl His death alone"
"Oh! speak not of that, Edvardo," said
she, a the large dew-drops of the soul rose
in her lustrous eye; "I love my father."
"Lady, I must obey, and await my time,"
said the youth, and as he spoke a wild,
strango light beamed from his eyes, even as
if some desperate conceit had entered his
mind. She did not observe it, but rising,
"You may now escort me back to the
city, Ldvardo. I he evening dews will
goon begin to fall, and I must dress for the
REASON IS LEFT FREE TO COMBAT
SAllIiDAY, AlXitST 38, 1847.
tertullia which I givo to-nightyou will be
"I will angel mia!" responded the cava!
ler as ho led her forth.
It was the still hour of midnight, and
uen. kosos was in his private chamber,
seated beside a table filled with papers and
documents, now reading and signing one
then another. Yes, while his people were
. t. - . . t l . i
C"J v'"n mo muiui resi wincn nature cie
mands, he, tho greatest anions them, wa
toiling for their benefit, laboring both in
mind and body lor their good.
His daughter was besido him, busily en
gaged in copying a private letter for her
father, but started, as a gentle tap at the
aoor announced a visitor.
"Who is there?" said the stern General,
as ho laid his hand upon a richly mounted
weapon which iay near lum.
"The sentinel!" was the answer in a low
"What is wanted?"
"I bear a present for your excellency,
which has just been left, with strict orders
to be delivered to your excellency alone."
"Lnter! tins, meihinks, is a strange hour
for a present. From whom doth it come?"
"I know not, your Excellency," said the
soldier as he laid a neat, square box of
rosewood upon the table, and placing the
key on the card which was fastened on its
"Open it, daughter. I have not time." said
the General, as he again turned his eyes to
a military report which he was reading,
"Oh, I know who it is from! It is in his
handwriting!" exclaimed she, as she glanced
at tne card upon its top. "Oh, what pres
ent could he have destined for the father
of her whom he loves?"
"He, whom, daughter?"
"Father, the superscription on this card
is in the well known hand writing of the
brave cavalier, Don Edvardo Escudero, and
he has in this delicate way sent you some
Kingiy present, 1 II warrant me!"
"Well, well, open the box, my child, and
satisiy your curiosity."
I he lady took the key and turned it in
the lock, but as she raised the lid the report
of a volley of pistols almost deafened her.
and with one wild scream she reeled, and
fainting, fell to the floor, amid a cloud of
smoke from the now open box.
in an instant the President sprang to her
"Oh, God! my daughter is slain!" said he
in agony but his heart was cheered again
as she spoke.
"No no, not slain, my father, but he-
he would have slain you to win me!" and
again she fainted. By this time the room
was filled with soldiers and officers, drawn
thither by the report of arms, and a hasty
examination of the infernal machine, for
such it was, explained the plot against the
General's life; a row of loaded pistols had
been so placed along the box that anv one
standing in front of it to open it, would re
ceive the contents in his body. It had been
sent to Rosas, at this late hour, in expecta-
nun wsai no wuuiu open u mmsuii.
Narrow had been the escape of the
daughter. She had stood beside, instead of
in front of the box when she opened it,
but the fair hand which her lover hud kiss
ed but so shortly before, was now stained
n several places with blood where the balls
had grazed it, her arms and laced sleeves
were blackened with the smoke, but worse
than all was the wound her pure heart had
received, in the discovery of i his horrid
attempt upon her father's life, by one
whom she loved and trusted, and who
would have made her an orphan to hasten
her marriage. But she had named him to
her father, and within one hour after the
discovery of the plot, Edvardo Escudero
was arraigned before a drum head court
martial. Her danger, confession, and the
discovery of his hand-writing, had so
thrown him on" his guard, that when inter
rogated he made no denial. Brief was
the trial. He was sentenced to be shot on
the Kctiro, or military Plaza, at son-rise.
With haughty composure he heard his sen
tence, fur he yet dreamed she she who
was all powerful with her father, loved,
and would intercede for, and save him.
But he knew not her high, stern sense
of duty, if he thought that love and pity
would have pardoned him who would have
murdered her father. In vain he sent to
seek an interview with her. Her answer
to his message was brief, but she would
deign no other.
"Tell him to ask God's mercy there is
none for him on earth! No, not were he
And when at the morning's first light, the
weeping mother and sister of the condemn
ed knelt at her feet and prayed for one
word of intercession, (for they knew that
even yet she could save the son and broth
er, if she would but ask his life of her fath
er,) when in the agony of their souls they
spoke of his youth beauty and bravery
all now about to be buried in the tomb
of disgrace, with a cold, stern look, as if
her innermost veins were frozen, she an
swered: "He would have made me fatherless!"
And while in that energy of despair that
would not listen to a refusal, they yet knelt
in tlieir tears and supplications, the first
ray of the morning's sun cast its soft light
upon her pale cheek, a quick, rattling vol
ley of musketry was heard in the direction
of the Retiro. As its sound struck her ear
she gasped, her tall and graceful form quiv
ered like an aspen leaf amid the gale, she
staggered toward the window, and as she
saw the white wreaths of smoke rise light
ly toward the sky, over the spot where
now lay the corpse, the murmured
"God have mercy on his soul!" and fain
ted. Duty had triumphed over love and mer
cy, but terrible had been tho struggle.
T II E FEMALE SCOUT.
A REVOLUTION A RY INCIDENT.
The devoted patriotism find indomitable
courage exhibited by the American women
during the struggle for Independence has
been the eloquent theme of many an nb!e
writer, and the subject of many a gifted
pen. Numberless were tho instances whirh
these noble women, unavved by terrible
threats and cowardly insult, proved how
unmcasurably superior they were in mental
and moral courage, to their base and heart
Actuated by a sincere snd unbounded
love for their country, and their country's
welfare, they suffered privation and hard
ships without a murmur, and bore up tin
der trials the most severe, without com
plaint. To their determined courage, and
unceasing efforts, Freedom owes much.
Their fervent prayers, and, when neces
sary, tlieir individual example, had an un
bounded influence with the spirited colo
nists, and their approving smiles, and
heart-felt thanks, rendered our forefathers
doubly strong in their determination to
throw off the galling yoke of British ty-
In all ages of the world, the influence of
women over a people engaged in any great
and important undertaking has been felt
and acknowledged; more especially in
cases ot the invasion of a country by a
foreign power, has it made itself apparent.
The invaders knew this, and against them
directed their strongest efforts.
The fact is a notorious one, that the
American females were brutally treated,
wantonly insulted, and, in many instances,
cruelly wronged by the British soldiers,
the subordinate officers, and often by those
of high authority.
cya few ot the commanders, tis true.
they were always treated with the delicate
consideration and gentle care which is
ever their due, but many others, to their
everlasting shame, be it remembered, acted
as though literally devoid of all the enno
bling sentiments of the humon heart, and
totally lost to all feelings, except the grati
fication of their own base passions and
Kate Solma was young, the breezes of
but seventeen summers had kissed her
checks; still she was, in heart and mind, a
woman. She was not what the world
terms beautiful her countenance was not
one that at first sight would impress the
beholder with a profound admiration, or
attract much more than a passing glance.
Ihe uncommon regularity ot her features,
gave her somewhat of a plain, unattractive
ppearance, but the expression of firm re-
olve blended with atfectionale tenderness,
that sat upon her expansivo brow, ren-
lered her features, even when in repose,
Of education she couIJ boast but litt!;
but being possessed of gooj natural abili
ties, and habitually observant and reflect
ing, she had acquired a store of useful
knowledge, and was intelligent far beyond
what her years and advantages would seem
to promise. The teeming volume of Na
ture was her class book, her wondrous
works her constant study; nnd with a soul
sensitively alive to all the sublimity and
beauty of Nature's teaching, what wonder
that her progress was rapid and certain.
It is not in bustling towns or crowded
cities that the mental faculties are strongest
or earliest developed, or the emotions of
the heart deepest or most ardent. It does
not require the crowded ball room, the
fascinating quadrille, the voluptuous waltz,
the fashionable promenade, the unceasing
round of gaiety, the flattery and adulation,
or hypocritical sycophancy of a conven
tional life, to call into active existence finer
sentiments of the hur.ian heart. Far from
it. The God of Nature has implanted in
each individual breast an irresistible im
pulse a 'strong necessity' of loving; and
tho unsophisticaied, unlettered maiden of
the forest, nurtured among the wild hills,
in the humblest cottage, is us much the
object of his care and protection as the
susceptible sighing beauty in palace halls.
And Kate had learned to love! Not
with the cool, calculating, selfish affection
of the worldling, or the fickle, transient
flame of the impulsive, but with her whole
heart her whole nature her whole soul.
Her love was all devotion, pure, unselfish
and holy; every kindly feeling of her na
ture was engaged all her sympathies en
listed. Robert Welling, a young lieutenant in
the Jersey line, was the object of all this
affection; nor was it lost upon him. He
was a young man of education and deep
feelings, and appreciating her affection,
returned it with all the warmth, all the
sincerity and truth of which his ardent
nature was capable. He was the com
mandent of a company of scouts, and be
ing engaged in a service of great import
ance, was constantly perilling his life.
On the 21th of June, 1777, after the
retreat of the British army from Bruns
wick to Amboy, Gen. Washington tem
porarily removed his camp from Middle
brook to Quibbletown. Light parties of
dragoons were thrown out, to hover round
the enemy's lines, and the scouts were di
rected to use every means in their power
to ascertain the direction of the future
movements of the enemy. Welling'a com
pany was actively employed in small par
ties, some in British uniform, in the British
camp, some disguised as farmers and huck
sters, vending provisions; others moving
(o and fro, ready to convey to the Re
publican camp any intelligence their com
panions were enabled to obtain.
Among the party was a slightly built
youth who had joined them upon the break,
ing up of the camp at Middlebrook, and, in
sisting upon becoming one of their number,
had attached himself closely to the person
of their leader, finite 0f all his efforts ha
could not overcotno the determination of
the youth; and, after explaining the nature
and difficulty of tho service, and giving
him the necessary instructions, they procee
ded to their dangerous task.
The Captain of the scouts was a gallant
and daring fellow, and hod ventured closo
to one of the British outposts, and leaving
his horse had reached the barn of Mr. Hi
ram Hughes, near R.ihway, and entering
with his companion had secreted himself
in the straw, and was quietly awaiting the
movements of his foes. They had scarce
ly time to ensconce themselves in the 'lin
lorn' when several soldiers entered the
stable and commenced saddling their hors
es, and at the sam'itirne discussing the pro
priety of an attack which they were about
to make on a company of militia, stationed
about four miles distant. As soon as they
were gone, Welling and his comrade hur
ried forili to convey the intelligence of tho
intended attack, and by anticipating the
arrival of the British, to ensure them a
They had gone but a short distance
when the clatter of horses' hoofs was heard
directly behind them, and though his youn
tcr companion urged tho necessity of the
rliglit, Welling, who knew their jaded ani
mals were no match fur the fresh horses of
his pursuers, deemed it prudent to turn
aside, into the wood, and allow them to
pass by. They had barely time to attain
the shelter of a neighboring copse, when a
party ot dragoons numbering about twelve,
passed in hot pursuit the scouts, who had
been noticed to leave (We barn, and take the
direction in which they were now riding.
As they reached the spot where the fugi
tives had turned off, they divided into par
ties, and commenced the search of the sur
Welling reflected for a few moments
upon the course he would pursue, then beck
oning his comrade to follow, he dismounted
and retraced his steps towards the barn.
They reached it in safety, and, as they
thought, undiscovered; bjt a dragoon had
remained on guard, and seeing them enter
sounded a recall, which brought the whole
party instantly back. The soldiers rushed
in, and carefully securing the entrance!
commanded the scouts to surrender.
But Welling, who knew he could expect
no mercy from tho hands of the soldiers,
bade his companion prepare for the worst,
and stood like a lion at bay, bidding them
defiance. The boy, far from exhibiting
any symptoms of fear, appeared entirely
to forget his own danger, and to disregard
his own personal safely, in his anxiety for
that of his elder comrade.
The officer, nettled at the cool obstinacy
of the scouts, ordered his men to fire upon
them. At the first mention of the word
fire, the boy threw himself before his com
rade, and received the contents of the mus
ket levelled at him.
The youth fell, faintly ejaculating the
name of Robert !' The sound of the loved
voice, no longer disguised, told him at once
that it was ins own Kate.
'Fiends,' he exclaimed, 'you have slain
The soldiers full back, thunder-stricken,
ind poor Kate, breathing forgiveness to her
murderers nnd a prayer for her lover,
yielded tier spirit to tho God that gave it.
'Cowards!' he cried, 'you have robbed me
of ad I held dear on earth; you have taken
lVom me the only being for whom I would
wish to live; my life is no longer of any
worth to me villains, do your worst! but
stop 1 ef jrc you murder me, this to the
The soldier who had fired the deadly
shot, lay prostrate on the floor, and the
next instant Robert Welling fell pierced by
a d'-.? n bnlls! Not content, the blood thirsty
ruljians plunged their bayonets into his
prostrate body, and spurned it with their
A cry from one of tlieir number arres
ted the horrible butchery, and made them,
sensibla i f their own ih.ngerous situation.
The straw atone side of the bain had
taken fire from the wad of Welling' s pistnl,
and whilst they were engaged in their
blood-thirsty work, had g -lined fearful head
way. The gr.ldicrs rushed ot once to the
doors but in addition to their own fastenings,
a true hearted negro servant in the Hughes
family (who, with his household, had been
compelled to remove to make room for the
soldiers,) had securely bolted and barrica
ded them without, and deprived them of
any hope of escape.
The flames increased rapidly, and in a
few moments the whole building was envel
oped in a sheet of living fire.
Not one of the dragoons escaped un-
suffbeated by the smoke; they fell victims
to the fury of the flames, and perished in
the funeral pyre of Robert Welling and
the Female Scout.
Professor Risley, who is now in Italy
says that recently, when he was in i Venice,
an American captain -'and an Englishman
met at dinner. 'You are an American, sir?'
said the Englishman.
'I reckon 1 am, returned the captain.
'You have the name of being good war
riors.' Yes,' said the Yankee, 'we shoot pretty
'But how is it vou arc anxious to make
peace with Mexico? this does not appear
much like spunk.'
Yankee You are an Englishman?
John Bull Yes.
Yankee Well, I don't know what our
folks have offered to do with Mexico; but,
stranger, I'll jest tell you one thing I'll be
d d if we ever offered to make peace with
This home-thrust at the Englishman set
the whole table in an uproar of laughter.