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A D B E A M .
IiV WILLIAM CULI.K.N BRYANT.
I had n dream a strange, wild dream
Said a dear voice at early light;
And even yet its shadows ecem
To linger on my waking sight.
Karth, green with spring, and fresh with dow,
And bright with morn, before mo stood ;
And airs just wakened softly blew
On the young blossoms of tho wood.
fiirds sang within tho sprouting shade,
Bcos hummed amid the whispering grass,
And children prattled as they played
Beside the rivulet's dimpling glass.
Fast climbed the sun the flowers were flown ;
There played no children in the glen ;
For some were gone, and some were grown
To blooming dames and bearded men.
T was noon, 't was summer I beheld
Woods darkening in the flush of Day,
Ami that bright rivulet spread and swelled,
A mighty stream with creek and bay.
Ami hero was hive, and there was strife,
And mirthful shouts, and wrathful cries,
And strong men struggling as for life,
With kuuttud liuibs and angry eyes.
Nn'.v stooped the sun the shades grew thin:
The rustling paths were piled with leaves j
And sun-burnt groups were gathering in,
From the shorn field, its fruits and sheaves.
The river heaved with sullen sounds ;
The chilly wind was sad with moans ;
Black hearses passed, and burial-grounds
Grew thick with monumental stones.
SUU waned the day; the wind that chased
The Jagged clouds blew chiller yet;
The woods were stripped, the fields were waste ;
The wintry sun vuis near its set.
Ami of the young, and strong, and fair,
A lonely remnant, gray and weak,
Lingered, and shivered to the air
Of that bleak shore and water bleak.
Ah 1 Age is drear, and Death is cold !
I turned to thee, for thou wort near,
And saw thee withered, bowed, and old,
And woke, all faint with sudden fear.
'T was thus I heard the dreamer say,
And bade her clear her clouded brow :
" For thou and I, since childhood's day,
Have walked in such a dream till now.
" Watch we its shadows as they fly,
And wait tiic mom that soon must break,
And mark, with calm, undreading eye,
The viioii'.- meaning, till we wake."
For tho Voice of Freedom.
" Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor" Longfellow.
It is a sore evil (we are npt to murmur) that the
labor of man is for his mouth. That toil, by day
and night, should only ensure for the perishable body
which enshrines an undying, Ood-liko soul, a bare
often an insufficient subsistence ; while that " un
touched part" within, must look on, and in its lofty
ignorance, with its sublime and uninstructed pow
ers, labor for the " meat which pcrishoth" ! To
think; of tinU!
Yes, I, for one, sometimes feel a shado of discon
tent clouding over my heart, when I would willing
ly turn away from tho cares of a toilsome avocation,
but am forbidden. When I think of studious leis
ure of golden hours of intercourse with noble minds
of the wonders of Nature, capable of filling nnd
improving the heart of such opportunities as seem
adapted to assimilate a man to his Maker of things
intellectual, mental, spiritual, I confess to a feeling
These furdels seem heavy, then this merchandise,
profitless this ledger, waste paper and all kindred
concernments quite trifling, and unworthy. And
so, doubtless, in nnd for themselves, as ends, they
are. But certainly not, in their uses and purposes,
as menns to ends.
We are unphilosophical, short-sighted, and unwise,
if we suffer such thoughts to burden us. For they
It was, doubtless, the greatest blessing which, in
the nature of tho case, was loft for Gid to give us,
that having sinned, we should hereafter eat bread
" in the sweat of the brow." Many considerations
tench us that this is true, and especially experience.
It is easy to prove by argument, but, what is better,
or what is better for the conviction of an utilitarian
nnd faithless age, the experience of all times has
.shown, that those who from necessity lead indus
trious lives, are those who are purest in morals, firm
est in principle, kindest with their fellow men, and
happiest in Ufa and death. (Ot course I am aware
that degraded laboring classes form no exception to
this rule, because they are not, in any wise, of that
number of whom I speak ; being the victims of a
perverted and unnatural state of tilings.)
If men wore pure and sinless beings, invulnerable
to temptation and evil thoughts, it were possible
(abstractly reasoning) that they might be idlo, yet
innocent. But perverted as is the human will ; un
informed and in a degree rcsourceless, as most minds
are : and in tho intimate and subtile connection of
the mind and body, the health and happiness of tho
fonner depending much upon tho condition of the
latter; it is on all accounts expedient, to give the
physical powers full occupation.
Also, wo should remember, that in this present
state of living, we are but children Neophytes. Is
that parent unwise, who disciplines his child by te
dious nnd painful labors (sometimes) which aro not
always jtrqfilable except for the discipline alone ?
Or is it vain to study mathematics, because the sci
ence is unsusceptible of application to problems of
every day life ?
Doubtless wo should bo spared many aching
thoughts, if wo might but remember, that we are
only beginning to live, here. Yes, this is our appren
ticeship, this life wo now aro leading.
Many aro the golden lessons which the toiling far
mer may turn up with his spade from under the
sod, nnd which lie would find nowhere else. And
perchance, among thy wares, my fellow merchant,
there are some not mentioned in the invoices, " the
merchandise of which is better than silver, and tho
gain thereof than fine gold." If thou art in the way
of thy duty, believe me there is a blessing in that
way for thee. A blessing for thy body another for
thy mind and another still greater nnd nobler for
the peculiar soul undying, which includes the mind,
and inhabits the body, which constitutes, in truth,
The concerns of this world aro not on thy shoul
ders or on mine. We have (it is our interest to
know it) a humble place to fill, a humble mission to
discharge each one of us here on earth. If, with
honest intention, with a cheerful nnd unrcpining
heart, with unyielding and honest industry we occu
py that place, and fulfil that mission, when, at tho
closing hour, tho light from eternity shines back
ward over us, and shows the true aspoct of things
to our view, wo shall feel that wo have not lived in
vain and trusting in a merit higher nnd better than
ours, shall go
" To our last resting place without a tear."
Xkw-Yohk, Aug. 10, IS IS.
AN INCIDENT IN THE LAST WAR.
John Alien was captain of a schooner
running on the coast of Maine, in the timu of
the last war with Great Britain. Capt. Allen
with a vessel load of lumber, was bound to
Boston. While on his way he was chased by
the British armed vessel called the Brim,
which came on the coast for the purpose of
taking our coasters. His crew consisted of,
beside himself, John Smith, John Sellers,
John Earl Lane, and John Folsom, passen-
gers. Uapt. Allen not lining tne notion oi
going to liaiuax, a prisoner, conciuueu io
stand in his own defence. He run his schoon
er into a place called Pigeon-hill Cove, and
run her on the beach, hauled down her sails,
and placed his men behind the lumber, armed
with muskets well loaded. Capt. A. took his
stand on the quarter deck with his gun trail
ed by his side, and there awaited the approach
of the enemy. He soon saw a barge, manned
with seven or eight men, coming into the
Cove, armed with swords, cutlasses, small
arms, and a swivel on her bow. They hail
ed, " what vessel is that V"
" William and John, of Sedgwick.
The Cant, then returned the comnliment.
to which the enemy made no reply. lie re
peated it and had no answer. He hailed
again, with a threat that if they did not keep
off he would blow them through. He then
received for answer, they would soon let him
know who they were, and swung the match
to touch off the swivel. At that instant the
sound of Capt. A.'s foot was heard upon the
quarter, and no sooner heard by the anxious
crew, than their muskets spoke loudor still.
each man selecting his object. The effect
was, one man killed and one mortally wound
ed, and two others badly wounded. Capt. A.
did not discharge his gun.
After this the Captain of the barge mani
fested a willingness to keep off, but was hail
ed again by the brave Capt. Allen, in quite a
different way. It was, now, " Come on
board," with which order tbey must comply
and responded, " ay, ay 1" They came along
side and the brave Capt. A. feeling the honor
of a commander, and no small share of the
pride of a conqueror, demanded the hilt and
tho britch of their weapons of death. The
men were taken on board the William and
John ; as night came on the militia collected
to guard the schooner through the night.
The next morning a boat from the cruiser
came into the Cove, not so much for fighting,
as to know what had become of the barge
Capt. Allen was now ready to settle with
thcin, and demanded the barge with all its
contents, fifty dollars cash, the liberation of a
fishing boat with two men which they were
holding prisoners, and a passport to go to
Boston unmolested, to which they agreed.
Capt. Allen got off his vessel, made his
way for Boston, called at Scdgcwick, took
his wife and proceeded on his trip. He ar
rived safe in Boston, and after making known
what he had done, the Bostonians presented
to hiin an elegant sword which cost one
hundred dollars, with his own and the names
of all the crew, engraved upon it, at a cost
of twenty-five dollars. Bangor Whig.
" Sir Walter Scott told me tho story of a
placed minister near Dundee, who in preach
ing on Jonah said : ' Ken ye, brethren, what
fish it was that swallowed him ? Aiblins, ye
may think it was a shark; nac, nac, my breth
ren, it was nae shark; or aiblins, ye may
think it was a saumon ; nae, nae, ray brethren,
it was nae sauinon ; or aiblins, ye may think
it was a dolphin ; nae, nae my brethren, it
was nae dolphin.'
Here an old woman, thinking to help her
pastor out of a dead lift, cried out, Aiblins,
Sir, it was a duntcr.' (The vulgar name of
species of whale common to the Scotch coast.)
' Aiblins, madam, ve're an auld witch for
taking the Word o' God out of my mouth,'
was the reply of the disappointed rhetorician."
Memoir )' Rev. Richard Harris ilarnam.
THE PIETY OF THE FliENCII REVOLUTION.
Tho announcemenl of several clergymen
as members of the Assembly reminds mo
that there has been some sickly sentiment
anions us, about the piety that has been dis
played in this Revolution. In Boston we are
favored with some strange types of religious
enthusiasm ; in fact the type of Christianity
that provails among us is peculiarly our own,
and like our improvements in machinery, de
serves the proverbial name of a " Boston no
tion." Emerson, who is now illuminating
England, may give you some idea of what 1
mean ; and a queer story that is told of one
of his disciples, moy furnish you with an ex
planation of the fact, that some men see re
ligion in the sacking of tho Tuileries. The
youth was at the opera to see a celebrated
danseuse, and excited general attention by
his somewhat extraordinary applause. His
enthusiasm so transported him that the emo
tions of his heart became unconsciously audi
ble. As the dancer began to whirl, he
cried, " Ah, that is Poetry !" As she stretch
ed her toe to the horizontal, he exclaimed,
" That's Divinity .'" But when sho proceed
ed to an evolution that forced the ladies to
pay attention to their fans, he burst into the
climax" That's Religion 1" When
the blouses were gutting the palace ot its
pictures and marbles, they found, among
other works of art, an image of the Crucified.
As a blouscman was about lo dash it to atoms,
there was a cry " Save it save the "rent
Teacher of fraternity." Tho crucifix was
accordingly saved, and borne about the streets
amid songs and curses, and, very appropri
ately, with lanterns and torches. " Ah,
that's Religion .'" says your Emersonian. So
when recreant priests baptize a liberty-pole,
or join a procession of blouses with crosses
and curses, that's divinity, at least. Was
ever hypocrisy so revolting 1 If a re
volution thus begun is not destined to go
speedily through all tho ripening and rotting
of a godless anarch v, it is to be accounted
tor only on the principle that " lie who is
eternal can wait." The old scene at Not.rJvould not now have pressed forward to call
Dame may not bo actually revived, and the
Bible may not be literally dragged through
Paris again tied to an ass's tail ; but the un
disguised atrocities of the first revolution,
may, after all, be exceeded by the smooth
faced blasphemies of that which has already
degraded the World's Redeemer into the
patron saint of insurrection, and the father of
infidel fraternity. This thing only
will I venture as my surmise, though not my
hope, that kings shall reign again in France,
as if Lamartine had never lived; that tri
colored cockades shall be made no more, and
niiuB b cultivated again ; that there will
soon be longings for the stgtit or u. jf.
blanc, and a prince of the sons of St. Louis;
and that, fat as he is, and Bourbon as he is,
and half-Austrian as he has made himself,
Henry Duke of Bourdeaux will soon be
known as " Henry tub Djwibkd."
Blackwood, Amer. Corresp.
A SHARK STORY.
The wanderings and fortunes of some German
Emigrants by Frederick Gerstozcker.
In a short passage, of considerable power,
we have a glimpse at the perils of immigrants
on the deep. The ship was crammed with
men, women, and children. A mischievous
fellow, who had stumbled in the steerage re
peatedly over some great wooden shoes of a
set of Oldcnburghers, watched his opportun
ity, and threw them overboard. A erner, a
young physician, in search of his fortune in
the New World, had seated himself, as usual,
in the cross-trees, whence he could spy out
the wonders of the deep, or the beautiful
daughters of Pastor Ilehrmann, according to
Suddenly tho cry, " A shark ! a shark !"
was heard from the cross-trees. It was voung
Werner, above alluded to, who had chosen
that elevated place as his favorite resort, and
to whom all eyes were now turned, to learn
the direction m which the sea monster was to
Wernerpointcd to the streak of light formed
by the sun upon the water, and all the voya
gers distinctly perceived from the deck the
dorsal fin of the shark, standing six or seven
inches out of the water.
Although several of these voracious crea
tures had been already round the ship, still
probably few of the travellers had seen one
of them, and all pressed to the ship's side to
view the fish, as it came nearer to the ship
and the surrounding wooden shoes.
" Well, I should like to know whether lie
eats wooden shoos 1" said the Brewer, rubbing
his hands complacently, and watching every
movement of tho creature.
His wish seemed on the point of being ful
filled, for the fish approaching the first sabot,
described a circle around it, and all expected
the immediate disappearance of the same,
when a fearful cry such a cry as can only
issue from the breast of a terrified mother
was heard from the midst of the crowd which
had pressed, full of curiosity, to the bulwarks,
and the same moment a heavy body fell on
tho smooth surface of tho waters, and sank
" My child ! my child !" cried the woman,
in tho very act of throwing herself after the
helpless being, which now reappeared on the
surface, struggling nnd gurgling. But those
who surrounded her held her back, and gazed,
in apprehension of the worst, at the swiftlv
approaching shark, which now shot forward
like an arrow, its attention being aroused by
the splash of the object in tho water.
Both the daughters of Pastor Ilehrmann
had witnessed tho child's fall ; and the eldest
of them, in a voice nlmlst choked with terror,
cried, " Help ! help ! for God's sake !"
" Launch the boat !" cried the Captain. But
there was some delay. A few seconds more
must decide tho fate of the child for the
shark was scarcely ten yards distant from him
and already seemed to scent its prey. It was
then that a young man in tho cross-trees elid
ed down a rope with tho activity of a sailor,
and, before any one could guess his purpose
or hinder him, sprang into the crystal flood'
beneath, right before the jaws of the fish, and,
coming to the surface again, seized the child'
which had just reappeared for the third time!
A cry of admiration at this desperate bold
ness arose from sailors as well as passengers
but the shark, frightened by the loud dash!
and rendered uneasy by the cries and noise
on board the ship, drew bnck from the booty
ho had almost reached, and careered around
the brave swimmer in narrow circles.
" Strike with your hands splash kick
make as much noise as you can !" cried tho
seamen with one accord, liut the Uaptain
had caught up a rope, and threw it to the
young man, who, holding the child in his left
arm, seized the rope with his right one, and
held himself afloat by it, while he kicked out
with all his force, and splashed the water far
" Sling the rope round your elbow " called
the Captain, " and we can haul you up."
The young man did so ; but all his bold and
generous sacrifices seemed in vain ; for the
shark, who by this time had found that there
was no danger to be apprehended from this
quarter shot forward once more.
The sailors, indeed, hauled tho rope with
their utmost strength and good will, but their
help seemed to come too late ; for tho mon
ster was but a few feet from him, and was
just about to turn on his back, to snap at the
body of the unhappy man, when in that vcrv
moment when every one, in breathless and
fearful dread, awaited to see the worst a
heavy piece of meat fell into the sea, close to
the open fangs of the shark, and was swal
lowed by hiin as quick as lightning.
It is true that this mouthful only seemed to
have whetted his appetite for more, for he
turned again, and made a second movement
to seize the body of tho bold swimmer, who
was already half drawn up from his watery
grave ; but suddenly the shark began to
hush the water with his tail, started back scv
er.il feet, and dived down.
Nobody troubled himself at the moment as
to the cause of this almost inexplicable salva
tion, for all that had hands hauled away to get
the poor fellow, who whs almost terrified to
death, on board ; and he had scarcely handed
the living child to its mother before he fell
back senseless into the arms of those around
But there was not a woman on board who
(:k the fainted one into life ; and the moth
er of the saved child threw herself on her
knees, and audibly besought the Almighty
not to rob her so soon of the saviour of her
There was no surgeon on board as, in
deed, there hardly ever is on board of ships
destined for emigrants but the Captain had
abandoned his medicine chest to them, and
lloll'man's drops, sal volatile and several oth
er powerful remedies were applied, to bring
the color back to the p ile cheeks, and open
the closed eyelids.
At last a deep sigli escaped from the breast
of the unconscious one ; the women uttered
cries ot joy, ana n,i.. ,!,i0 .liIrhter
clasped her sister's hand fervently, and called
her a good dear girl, while a tear glistened in
her own eye.
Young Werner recovered, though but slow
ly ; and it was touching to see the woman,
with the rescued child on her arm, fall down
on her knees before him, and kiss his hand,
so that he could hardly prevent her. Even
the hardy sailors felt their hearts warm and
soften at the sight.
RANDOM SKETCHES OF A KENTL'CKIAX.
Who ever saw Bravo, without loving hiin?
His sloe-black eyes, his glossy skin, flecked
here and there, were blue ; his wide spread
thighs, clean shoulders, broad back, and low
drooping chest, bespoke him tho true stag
hound and none who ever saw his bouuding
form, or heard his deep-toned bay, as the
swift-footed stag flew before him, would dis
pute his title. List, gentle reader and I will
tell you an adventure which will make you
love him all the more.
A bright frosty morning in November,
1838, tempted me to visit the forest hunting
grounds. On this occasion I was followed by
a fine looking hound, which had been presen
ted to me, a few days before, by a fellow
sportsman. I was anxious to test his quali
ties and knowing that a mean dog will
often hunt well with a good one, I had tied
up the eager Bravo, and was attended by the
strange dog alone. A brisk canter of half an
hour brought me to the wild forest hills.
Slackening the rein, I slowly wound my way
up a brushy slope, some three hundred yards
in length. I had ascended about halfway,
when the hound began to exhibit signs of
uneasiness and at the same instant a stag
sprang out from some underbrush near by,
and rushed like a whirlwind up the slope.
A word, and the hound was crouching at my
feet, and my trained Cherokee, with car
erect and flashing eye, watched the course of
the affrighted animal.
On tho very summit of the ridge, full one
hiuidrcd and fifty yards, every limb standing
out in bold relief against the clear blue sky,
the stag paused, and looked proudly down
upon us. After a moment of indeoision I
raised my rifle, and sent tho whizzing lead
upon its errand. A singlu bound, anil the
antlercd monarch was hidden from my view.
Hastily running down a bull, I ascended tho
slope my blood ran a littlo faster, as I saw
the 'gouts of blood' which stained the with
ered leaves where ho had stood. One mo
ment more, and the excited hound was leap
ing breast high on his trail, nnd the gallant
Cherokee bore his rider like lightning after
Away away ! for hours, we did thus has
ten on, without once being at fault, or check
ing our headlong speed. The chase had led
us miles from the starting point, and now
appeared to be bearing up a creek, on one
side of which arose a precipitous hill some
two miles in length, which I knew tho wound
ed animal would never ascend.
Haifa mile further on, another hill reared
its bleak and barren head, on tho opposite
sido of the river. Once fairly in tho gorge,
there was no exit, save at tho upper end of
tho liver. Here then I must intercept my
game, which I was able to do by taking a
nearer cut over the ridge, that saved at least
Giving ono parting shout to cheer my dog,
Cherokee bore me headlong to the pass. I
had scarcely arrived, when, black with sweat,
the stag came laboring up tho gorge, seem
ingly totally reckless of our presence. Again
I poured fourth the 'leaden messenger of
death,' as meteor-like he flashed by us. One
bounil, nnd the noble animal lav prostrate
within fifty feet of where I stood. Leaping
from my horse, and placing one knee upon
his shoulder, and a hand upon his antlers, I
drew my hunting knife but scarcely had its
keen point touched his neck, when with a
sudden bound, he threw me from his body,
and my knile was hurled from my band. In
hunters parlance, 1 had only ' creased him.
I at once saw my danger, but it was too late.
With one bound he was upon me, wounding
and almost disabling me, with his sharp feet
and horns. I seized him by his wide spread
antlers, and sought to regain possession of
my knife, but in vain each new struggle
drew us farther from it. Cherokee, frighten
ed at tho unusual scene, had madly fled to
the top of tho ridge, where he stood looking
down upon tho combat, trembling and quiv
ering in every limb.
The ridge road I had taken placed us far
in advance of the hound, whose bay I could
not now hear. The struggles of the furious
animal had become dreadful, and every mo
ment I could feel his sharp hoofs cutting deep
into my flesh my grasp upon his antlers
was growing less and less firm, and yet I re
linquished not my hold. The struggle had
brought us near a deep ditch, washed by the
heavy fall rains, and into this I endeavored
to force my adversary but my strength was
unequal to the effort when we approached
to the very brink, he leaped over the drain.
I relinquished my hold, and rolled in, hoping
thus to escape him. But he returned to tho
attack, and throwing himself upon me, in
flicted numerous scvero cuts upon my face
and breast, before I could again seize him.
Locking my arms around his antlers, I drew
his head close lo my breast, and was thus, by
great effort, enabled to prevent his doing me
any serious injury. But I felt that this could
not last long; every muscle and fibre of my
frame was called into action, and human na
ture could not long bear up under such ex
ertion. Faltering a silent prayer to heaven,
I prepared to meet my fate.
At this moment of despair, I heard the
faint hayings of the hound. The stag, too,
heard the sound, and springing from the
ditch, drew me with him. His efforts were
now redoubled, and I could scarcely cling to
him. Yet that blessed sound came nearer
and nearer ! O how wildly beat my heart,
as I saw the hound emerge from the ravine,
and spring forward, with a short, quick bark,
as his eye rested on his game ! I released
my hold" of the stag, who turned upon the
new enemy. Exhausted and unable to rise,
I still cheered the dog, that dastard like, fled
before the infuriated animal, who, seemingly
despising uueh an enemy, again threw himself
upon me. Again did 1 suceeeu in throwing
my arms around his antlers, but not until he
had inflicted several deep and dangerous
wounds upon my head and face, cutting to
the very bone.
Blinded by the flowing blood, exhausted
and despairing, I cursed the coward dog, who
stood near, baying furiously, yet refusing to
seize his game. O how I prayed for Bravo !
The thoughts of death were bitter. To die
thus, in tliu wild forest, alone, with none to
help ! Thoughts of home and friends coursed
like lightning through my brain. At that
moment, when Hope herself had fled, deep
and clear over the neighboring hill came the
baying of my gallant Bravo ! I should have
known his voice among a thousand. I pealed
forth, in one faint shout. " On, Bravo, on ! '
Tho next moment, with tigcr-like bounds, the
noble dog came leaping down the declivity,
scattering the dried autumnal leaves like a
whirlwind in his path. " No pause he knew,"
but fixing his fangs in the stag's throat, he at
once commenced the struggle.
I fell back, completely exhausted. Blind
ed with blood, I only knew that a terrific
struggle was going on. In a few moments all
was 'still, and I felt the warm breath of my
faithful dog as he licked my wounds. Clear
ing my eyes from gore, I saw my late adver
sary dead at my feet and Bravo standing
over me. llo yet bore around his neck a
fragment of the'rope with which I had tied
him. Ho had gnawed it in two, and follow
ing his master through all his windings, ar
rived in time to rescue him from a horrid
I have recovered from my wounds. Bravo
is lying at my feet. Who does not love Bra
vo ? I ani sure I do, and the rascal knows it ;
don't you, Bravo V Come here, sir ! Knick
erbocker. From the Rochester Democrat.
SUSPENSION BRIDGE AT NIAGARA FALLS.
This Suspension Bridge is the most sublime
work of art on the continent. It makes the
head dizzy to look at it, and yet it is traversed
with as much security as any other bridge of
the same width. We were present while the
workmen were engaged in hanging the planks
over the chasm. It looked like a work of per
il but it was prosecuted with entire safety.
Not an accident has happened since the first
cord was carried across the river at the tail
of a kite.
It is impossible to give the reader a clear
idea of the grandeur of the work. Imagine
a foot-bridge of eight hundred feet in length,
hung in the air, at the height of two hundred
andthirty feet, over a vast body of water,
rushing through a narrow gorge, at the rate
of thirty miles an hour. If you arc below it,
it looks'like a strip of paper, suspended by a
cobweb. AVhcn the wind is strong, the frail
"ossanicr-looking structure sways to and fro,
as if ready to start from its fastenings, and it
shakes from extremity to centre under the
firm tread of the pedestrian. But there is no
dan"cr. Men pass over it with safety, while
tho head of the timid looker-on swims with
We saw the first person pass over it Mr.
Eliot, the builder. His courageous wife soon
followed him, and for two days, hundreds, at
tracted by the novelty of the thing, under
took the fearful journey.
It is worth a trip to the Falls, to sec this
rreat work, although it is not probable that
one in twenty will have the nerve to cross
upon it, For, strange as it may seem, there
were those who had no hesitation to slide
over the awful chasm in a basket, upon a sin
.to wire cable, who could not be induced to
walk over tho bridge. And this aerial excur
sion is thrilling'' exciting. A seat on a loco
motive, travelling at the rale of sixty miles
an hour, is nothing to it When you find
yourself suspended in the air, with the roar
ing, rushing, boiling Niagara two hundred
and fifty feet below you, if your heart don't
flutter, you will have nerve enough to swing
The ExrECTKD Comet. Public attention
has been recently drawn to the anticipated
return of the great comet of 1204, 155G, af
ter an absence from our system of 292 years.
This great comet made its first appearance
on the 5th day of March, 1556. passed its
perihelion on the 21st of April, and was lost '
to sight two days afterward. It was first seen
in the sign of Libra ; whence rushing with
immense velocity, (it completed 70 dog. W.,
and 30 deg. N. of its course within four days,)
it touched the wing of Virgo, passed below
the knee of Bostes, whence it ascended to
Andromeda, there to linger awhile, and re
cede towards the northern Fish and vanish.
At first its heliocentric motion was retrograde
at last direct. In the intermediate course
it was most swift, dispatching 15 degrees dai
ly. The nucleus (or body) presented the as
pect of a bright globe of llame equivalent to
half a moon, but the rays and colors varied
and interchanged like the flickering of a flamo
agitated by the wind. The tail was mode
rately long and much attenuated ; at first
presenting a martial aspect, but subsequent
ly dissolving into a pale and livid complex
ion ; the stream ot rays was denser near
the head, and more rarefied towards the ex
tremity of the tail, which at first pointed
eastward, but as the comet mounted to tho
north, the tram took a southerly direction.
This comet has been conjectured fo be iden
tical with that mighty one which startled
Europe in the year 12G4, so particularly des
cribed by Palaiologus, Zuinger, Calvisius,
Matthew Paris and other chroniclers of that
period, and should the" approach of this comet
crown the other wonderful occurrences of
this eventful year, it will afford another as
tronomical triumph ; as the comet will then
have completed its twentieth revolution
round the sun since tho creation of the world
Ixgkxl'itvop Science. Who would have
imagined, when gun cotton was produced by
Mr. Screbcin, and the world was threatened
with destruction by being blown up by this
terrible explosive material, that within a few
months it should be discovered to be an ex
cellent styptic for dressing cuts and wounds?
But so it is. Dissolved in ether and applied
to the severest cut, it forms an adhesive cov
ering of singular closeness and adhesiveness,
protects the wound and excludes atmospheric
air, or any irritating matter, so that the pro
cess of healing, is carried on speedily and ef
fectually ; and when all is well, the " pro
tectionist," having done its duly, is removed.
So also has Dr. Simpson, of Edinburgh, we
are informed, similarly applied chloroform
and gutta percha ! This mixture, in a liquid
condition, at about the consistence of tine
honey, is kept in a phial or bottle, and when
an accident of the kind to which we have re
ferred occurs, it is simply poured upon the
wound ; tho chloroform instantly evaporates,
and the gutta percha remains a perfectly
flexible seeond skin, over the injured part,
preserving it for weeks if necessary, without
the need of dressing, bandages, or any other
appliance, till there is no more occasion for
this admirable agent. When we call to mind
the much human pain that will thus be alle
vialed, how many cures effected where hith
erto there have been danger and uncertainty,
and how a number of surgical operations will
be simplified, it may not be considered too
much to rank such inventions among the
most valuable that could be discovered and
applied for the benefit of mankind. London
Anecdote or John Jacob Astok. "Do
you ever trust, Mr. Astor?" inquired Mr. K.
" I do not trust strangers, sir," was the reply,
" unless they furnish satisfactory city refer
ence." " Then," quoth Mr. K. " the skins I
have selected must suffice this time," and pay
ing for the same, he departed. In the after
noon of the same day, just before the sailing
of the New Bedford packet, the young trader
returned for his lot of furs. Throwing the
whole pack on his back, he left the store, but
had not proceeded a dozen yards from the
store when Mr. A. called his name, bidding
him come back. " Sir," said Mr. A., " you
can have credit for any amount of goods you
require, provided they are to be found in my
store." " But," stammered Mr. K., " but my
dear sir, I can give you no city references
I am a stranger here." " I ask no other re
commendation," responded the rich merchant
" than that already furnished by yourself.
The man who is not above his business need
never hesitate to apply to John Jacob Astor
for credit." Thus commenced a trade be
tween the two merchants, which was contin
ued to the mutual satisfaction and advantage
of both for a long term of yeais. Mr. K. is
now one of tho most eminent capitalists in
Niagara Outdone. Among the clifl'a
of the Eastern Ghats, about midway between
Bombay and Cape Coinorin, rises the river
Shirawati, which falls into the Arabian Sea.
The bed of the river is one fourth of a mile
in direct breadth ; but the edge of the fall is
elliptical, with a sweep of half a mile. This
body of water rushes at first, for three hun
dred feet, over a slope at an angle of forty
five degrees, in a sheet of white foam, and is
then precipitated to the depth of eight hun
dred and fifty feet more, into a black abyss,
with a thundering noise. It has, therefore, a
depth of eleven hundred and fifty feet ! In
the rainy season, the river appears to be
about thirty feet in depth at the full; in the
dry season it is lower, and is divided into
three cascades of varied beauty and astonish
ing grandeur. Join our Fall of the Genesee
to that of tho Niagara and then treble tho
two united, and we have the distance of the
Shirawati cataract ! While we allow to Nia
gara a vast superiority in bulk, yet in rtsrit?rt
to distance of descent, it is but a mountain
rill, compared with its Indian rival. Roclus
A Good Dicai. of Truth. A poor man
who had been ill, cm being asked by a gentle
man whether he bad taken any remedy, he
replied, " No, I ain't taken any remedy, but
I have taken lots of physic."