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VOL. 39, NO. 40.
MAY 23, 1 8 55.
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TO MY HUSBAND.
I woou be with thee 1
To share thy Jot and gladness.
To listen to thy rolce of (lee.
To chase sway thy boiom'a sadness.
By heartfelt sympathy :
To stay tnee in thy sorrow.
To bid thee trust In Ood and me,
- Zrer to hope a brighter morrow
WU1 light thy destiny.
I wool be with thee I
When mingling with the gay.
Borne simple .train ahall mind thee
Of hoora long passed any,
Hoara worth years to thee.
And when thy silent tears.
As memory's tribute fall
To the long-vanished years.
Those magic tones recall.
I woald be with thee I
At the day's decline.
To watch thine eye's deep meaning.
To clasp thy hand in mine.
On thy fond bosom leaning ;
Or when, in foreign clime.
At evening hoox alone.
The moetrniol Tcsper chime
Calls back die absent one.
I would be with tbee !
When weary and depressed.
Left by the world alone.
That precious head shall long to rest
On the heart ail thine own :
In dark temptation's hoar.
To warn, to guard, to shield.
By the resistless power
Undying lore can wield.
I weald be seer with thee ! '
In sickness and in health ;
Through fortnne good er ill.
Content, in poverty or wealth.
If thou did'st lore me still.
To counsel, to caress.
To lead thee on toward heaven.
8howing what power to bless
To woman's hand is given.
TO AN ABSENT WIFE.
BY GEO. B. PRENTICE.
Tis mom the sea breese seems to bring
Joy, health, and freihness on its wing;
Bright lowers to me an strange and sew.
Axe glittering in the early dew;
- Its perfumes rise in every grove,
like incense to the clouds that move
Like spirits, o'er yon welkin clear.
But I am sad thou art not here.
Tie noon a calm, unbroken sleep
Is on the blue wave of the deep ;
A soft hue like a fairy dream
Is floating over wood and stream.
And many a hroai jnanQlia.floer.
Withia its shadowy woodland bower.
Is gleaming like a lonely star.
But I am sad thou art afar.
Tia ere on earth the sunset skies
Are painting their own Bdea dyes :
The stars come down, and trembling glow
Like blossoms on the wave below.
And, like aa unseeu sprite, the breese
Seems lingering 'mid the orange bees
Breathing its music round the spot ;
But I am sad I see thee not.
Tie midnight with a soothing spell
The far oil tones of ocean swell
Soft as the mother's cadence mild.
Low bending o'er her sleeping child ;
And on each wandering breese are heard
The rich notes of the mocking bird,
la many a wild and wondrous lay ;
But I am sad thou art away.
I sink in dreams low, sweet, and clear,
Thy owa dear voice is in my ear ;
Around ay cheek thy tresses Urine
Thy own loved hand is clasped in mine
Thy own soft lip to mine is pressed,
Thy head is pillowed on my breast ;
Oh ! I hare all my heart holds dear.
And I am happy thou art here.
BY GEO. B. PRENTICE. Choice Miscellany.
From Sharp's London Magazine.
THE FISHER GIRL OF NEW HAVEN.
New Haven is the most famous fishing
place in Scotland or perhaps, in all
Great Britain. It is situated about a
mile from North Leith, and three miles
from Edinburgh, on the shore of Firth
of Forth, and is inhabited by a colony
of fisher folks, who are a peculiar race,
speaking a peculiar dialect, and as dif
ferent from the ordinary Scotch people
living around them, as the Indians of
North America are different from Ihe
pioneers who pierce their forests. They
intermarry solely amongst themselves,
and during my residence amongst them,
I often saw reason to believe that they
held all other people in contempt. It is
an interesting thing to take a stroll through
the Tillage, and watch the stalwart fish
ermen drawing their open boats ashore,
spreading their sails and nets to dry, and
overhauling their tackle ; and to watch
the fisher wives silting in groups mend
ing the nets or baiting the hooks, or pre
paring the fish for market. They carry
the latter in creel a species of huge
wicker-basket, borne at the back ; and
the weight they carry with the greatest
apparent ease is incredible. It is a joke
in the locality, that when the fisher wives
have trudged all the way to Edinburgh
with a heavy creel of "had dish," or
oysters, or "poortiss" (crabs), or what
not, and sold them, they feel so unchan
cy with the empty creel, and they fill it
with stones on their return. They are,
at any rate, a hard working people, and
perhaps present the most picturesque ap
pearance of any class in Great Britain,
wearing exceedingly short petticoats,
with gowns of yellow, and other bright,
gaudy colors, looped up in front, over
which is a huge jacket of dark coarse
bine cloth, and a handkerchief bound
snood fashion across their heads, and
anothercrossed over their bosoms. They
are frequently very good looking, and
many a time have I listened with delight
to their clear, powerful cries, as they
plod along the strer ts, seeking customers
for the contents of the creels at their
backs. There is something in all their
cries that has often struck me as being
remarkably plaintive especially "cal
ling herrin' " (fresh herrings). The
song of "caller Lerrin' " is truth of itself:
"Wha'U buy caller herrin' f
They bonnie fish and tullrom fairia ;
Wba'n buy caller herrin'
Kew drawn frae the Forth f
When ye were sleepin' oa your pillows.
Dreamed ye aught o' our puir fellows.
Darkling as they faced the billows,
A' to All the woven willows t
Wha'U buy my caller herrin' 1
They're no brought here without brave dariu'
Buy my caller herrin,
Te little ken their worth.
Wha'U buy my caller herrin' t
Oh ! ye may ca' them vulgar fairin ;
Wives and mithers insist despairin.
Cm' them ties sub f
The fishermen themselves are so ex
ceedingly superstitious, that when their
boats are quite ready to sail on a voyage,
if they happen to meet with any stranger
whose face they think "unlucky," they
actually defer their voyage a day or
two ! The story I am about to relate
has some connection with this supersti
tion. About twenty-two years ago, the pret
tiest girl in New Haven was Lillias Rae,
the only daughter of an old fisherman,
who was a widower, and possessed a half
share in one of the boats. She was be
trothed to a young man of course of
the same profession named Larry Stir
ling, who was reckoned the best dancer
and the smartest young fellow in the
place. Everybody thought it a good
match, and the preparations for the wed
ding were so far completed that it was
arranged to take place after the first re
return of Larry from the herring fishery,
which usually commences about the mid
die of July.
xnews arrived at JNew Haven that a
large drove of herrings had appeared on
the coast of Berwick and St. Abbs Head,
a fortnight earlier than was expected ;
and great was the bustle among the fish
ermen to set sail to share this god-send,
as in the early part of the season fresh
herrings sell for about two or three a
penny, and as it advances, and the fish
become abundant, they cheapen to a
dozen for the same price. A boat, there
fore, which is fortunate to get a good
haul at the very commencement of the
season, enriches the crew as much by
the first voyage as it does in a half a do
zen subsequent ones.
Larry Stirling and his three mess
mates were among the first to get clear
ed for sea. An hour before putting forth
on their adventure, Larry visited his
sweetheart, to whom ho was to be united
on his return from the voyage, accord
ing to agreement. He was full of hope,
and dilated on the cheering prospect that
this unlooked for early advent of the fin
ny tribe would provide him with the
means of solemnizing his nuptials with
" Eh, lassie, what does you think ? "
cried be.( "Jock, David and Allan, (his
three messmates and partners in the
boat,) are chiels wi' hearts o goultl, and
they a' swear they'll club their shares o'
profit frae the v'y'ge to me ain, to help
our wedding feast !"
"Eh, mon, it's no possible !" exclaim
ed the delighted Lillias.
"What for no ? I tell thee, lassie,
we'll hue siccan a plore as the like was
ne'er seen afore in these parts. We'll
hae the hail toun to our jinks, an' auld
Mellun, the blind gut-scraper, an' San
dy Maclaran, an' Wully Links, wi their
pipes, an they shall scrape an' drill till
a' the rafters ring ! An' a' the braw
lads an' bonnie lasses shall fling an' ca
per ; an' we'll hae beef an' bannock,
wi punch an' wasky enough galore to
swim a ship 1"
Gude grant it a'!"
"Ne'er doot it, lassie ; an' ye maun
noo kittle up yer we bliss o' finery, for
it'll no be abune sax days I gang back
and then hey for the gold ring ! An
see ye, my lassie, here's sum mat I hae
got for ye. I ganged till Edinbro' last
nicht, an' bou't it frae one o' the grand
shops i' the New Toun."
He produced a necklace of bright
beads, large as filberts, and exultingly
strung it round her neck ; and the girl
was as much delighted with the gift as a
tilled lady would be if her betrothed
presented her with a superb aigrette of
the most sparkling diamonds the mines
of Golconda ever yielded.
"An' noo I maun e'en gang, fcr Jock
an the rest are abroad, an waiting for
me. Wull ye gang wi' me down to the
Lillias readily consented, and after
caiefully putting up tlio precious neck
lace, and giving the donor I don't know
how many kisses as an acknowledgement
for it, 6hc accompanied him to the jetty,
where the boat lay. On their way they
met a stranger of peculiarly forbidding
exterior, whose sunken eyes gleamed
with a strange expression as he fixed
them on the shrinking fisher sir.
. The moment he was passed, Lillias
seized the arm of her lover in a convul
sive grip, and, pale as doath, whispered
to him, "Larry, did ye no mark him ?"
"Him, who?" exclairred Larry, much
astonished, for he had been too much
occupied with dreams of his coming hap
piness to notice anything.
"Yonder mon eh, Gude beward us!
It's a fearful sicht ! He has an evil eye
if ane ever glowered oot o mortal
head. Oh, La nr. Te maunna can? this
day. Sorrow and woe will befa' us. a' if
ye do go."
'-Deil hae me, what's come to ye ? I
wish the mon at the bottom o' the Bed
Sea afore he gev thee sic a turn. Pi-'gh!
it's a fancy."
"It's no fancy, Lairy, but the Gospel
ti uth. He has the evil ee I tell ye, and
maunna gang this day."
"Evil ee ! an auld wife's tale ! I
carena for a' evil ee's o a the heads o'
a' the ill faurd chiels frae John o' the
Groats to the land's end !"
"Dinna speak sae," cried the terrified
girl, who was profoundly impressed with
all the superstitions of her race. "For
the luve o' God, dinna set at naught sic
can a warning. Evil wi' befa if ye sail
Larry laughed, but not very heartily,
for he by no means was proof against
the notion.! of his people. He had set
his heart, however, upon sailing with all
expedition; and as he knew well that his
messmates themselves would obstinately
refuse to sail were they told what his
sweetheart had seen, he determined to
keep it from them.
"That, for a the evil ees, and a' the
auld wife's joucks !" cried he, snapping
his fingers with an air of a bravado.
"A the spells o' darkness shall no keep
our bonny boat frae hoisting its wings
to the blast, an' coming back in sax days
wi' caller herrin' to fill the creels. Ye
ken the auld song, lassie :
'Weel may the boatie row.
And weel may she speed,
Weel may the boatie row.
That earns the bairnies bread."
" Larry, dearie, ance mair, for the
luve o' God for the luve o' me dinna
be sae daft and reckless. Auld Tam
Fairly was .just sae. He wadna take
tent when he met the evil ee, and he
sailed the same nicht, an' was drooned
wi' a on board. An' then, there was a
young Abbie Suewlie, who used to
laugh at his auld grandmither when
"Ye're na better than an auld grand
mither yersel', to maunder at that rate.
The wiud's fair, an' the sky's clear, an'
a' promises weel. Gude sake, dinna
baud me back sae !" for they were now
on the jetty, and the poor girl, in her
terror and anxiety to detain her lover,
was clinging to his back. "See, if Jock
an Allan are na laughing at us enough
to split. We'll be the toun's jouk i' ye
carry on sae.
Hastily, and even roughly, disengag
ing himself, Larry gave her a hearty
kiss, and leapt into the boat, which had
its sails ready hoisted, and bagging with
the breeze. The rope was cast off, and
the little bark swiftly cut through the
waves, impelled by its heavy red sail
Poor Lillias waved her hand in adieu,
and burst into tears.
She watched the boat till it was but
a mere speck, and was hid from sight by
an island, as it sailed down the Forth
for the open sea. Filled with dire fore
bodings, she walked slowly home, and
mechanically set to work knitting a new
In five or six days several of the New
Haven boats returned, with the sad news
that not one herring had been caught.
and that the rumor of their appearance
was altogether false. Larry's boat was
not of the number, and when Lillias ea
gerly questioned the arrivals concerning
him, they one and all expressed their
surprise that he had not returned before
them, for they said he was the first to
give up the bootless adventure, and
spread his sail for home before any of
The poor unhappy girl was now half
distracted. She felt certain that the boat
had foundered, remembering the warn-
ing of the evil eye, and how madly her
lover had laughed it to scorn.
When Larry and his crew were on the
homeward voyage, they had outsailed
all their brother fishermen, and were
running up for the Forth. When off
Bass Rock, one of them noticed some
black objects rising and sinking to the
leeward. They bore up to them, and
found they were four or five rundicts of
French brandy, evidently cast overboard
by some smugglers. Here was a temp
tation to the poor fellows, dispirited as
they were by the ill success of their voy
age. But they all knew that the strict rev
enue law forbade them to pick up any
cask of spirits at sea, if of less capacity
than forty gallons the reason being that
frauds were frequently practiced by
smugglers bringing in small casks, and
alleging they found them floating on the
sea. The duty, therefore, of the fisher-
men was, not to touch the casks, but to
give notice to (he officers of the customs,
that they might secure the "waifs and
strays" in question.
Larry fell the temptation with peculiar
force, owing to his position. He was
returning with an empty boat to claim
bis bride, and, although at any other
time his natural rectitude would have
saved him, he now weakly yielded, and
his opinion, as skipper of the boat, de
cided any doubts of qualms of conscience
on the part of his crew. They therefore
hauled the rundlets on board, find hi
ding them under the nets, put towards
land, and at nightfall attempted lo run
the booty on the coast. They were
seized in the act by some revenuo offi
cers, and Lillias soon heard that her be
trothed was lodged in Leith goal, await
ing examination on the charge of smuggling-
The unhappy girl and mrny of the
fishermen attended the next morning at
the 1ip.11 of where the magistrate sat in
judgment. The evidence was too clear
for any defence to avail ; but Larry took
all the blame on himself, and so strong
ly averred that hisaown influence, as
skipper, had alone induced his crew lo
take part in the act, that the magistrates
mercifully discharged them, with a
strong admonition to beware of the fu
ture ; but the boat was forfeited, and Lar
ry himself was doomed. The presiding
justice read over in the court the clause
of the act defining the penalty incurred
by the latter, as follows :
"Every such person, so convicted as
aforesaid, shall, immediately upon such
conviction, pay into the hands of such
justices, fec, for the use of His Majesty,
the penalty of one hundred pounds, with
out any mitigation whatever, for acy
such offence of which he shall be so con
victed as aforesaid, or in default there
"A hundred pounds 1" ejaculated the
miserable prisoner ; "an' where, in
God's name, d'ye think the like of me is
to get a hundred pounds ?"
" In default thereof, the said justices,
or governor, fc c, shall, he and they is, and
are hereby respectively authorized, and'
requited, by warrant under his and their
hand and seal, or hands and seals, to
commit such person, so convicted as
aforesaid to any goal or prison, there to
remain until such penalty shall be paid :
'Providing, always, that if the person
convicted of any such o.Tence or offences.
shall be a seaman, or seafaring man,
and fit and able to serve his Majesty in
his naval service, it shall, and may be
lawful for any such justices, dec, and
he and they is, and are hereby required,
in lieu of such, by warrant under his or
their hand and seal, or hands or seals,
to order any officer, tkc, to carry and
convey, or cause to be carried or con
veyed, such persons on board his Majes
ty's ships, in order to his serving his
Majesty in his naval service for the term
of five years."
"Five years 1" again interrupted poor
Larry Stirling : "then hae mercy on me!
I'll never see New Haven again."
The fine could not be raised, and a
brisk demand was then required to fit
out a squadron for the West Indies. By
the law, a month grace was allowed to
each "seafaring man," convicted under
the act, and if he could not raise the
penalty in that time, he would be deliv
ered over to the officer commanding a
tender then lying in Leith Roads.
The month expired, and Larry Stirling
was conveyed and carried in a stale of
desperation, leaving Lillias broken-hearted
behind him. She subsequently as
certained that he had been drafted to the
Northumberland, a line -of-battle ship,
which had sailed for the West Indies.
Now comes the most extraordinary
part of this romance of reality in humble
life. For several months Lillias was ab
sorbed in grief and appeared to have
lost all relish for existence. She cried
"caller herrin" with as much vigor as
ever, and seemed quite reconciled to her
cruel lot. But suddenly she was missed
from New Haven, and nothing heard of
her till a sailor belonging to a Leith
smack .came to tell her friends that she
had made a passage in the vessel to Lon
don, and charged him to. bid them have
no concern on her b.half. What her
object was in thus secretly quitting her
home, and going to the great city, no
one could conjecture. Time rolled on,
and nothing further was heard concern
On her arrival in London, she bought
a sailor's suit of clothes, chest, and ham
mock, and dressed herself as a tar. She
was, like all the girls of New Haven,
very robust, and by no means unconver
sant with a portion of seamen's duties.
Her idea was to follow her lover, and
ship in the man-of war. She obtained a
berth before the mast in a merchant brig
bound for Havana, and during her whole
voyage nothing occurred to create any
suspicion of her sex. She performed
every sailor's duty alow and aloft, and
Jaid out on the yards to reef topsails on
stormy nights. All that was remarked
by her messmates concerning her was her
singular taciturnity and reserve, which
they set down as Scott habits and feelings.
On arriving at Havana she managed
to learn that the Northumberland was
cruising off Port Roval, Jamaica, and
forthwith shipped in a small schooner
about to sail for that port. When she
reached it, the man of-war in question was
anchored in the harbor, and her first
act was to hire a boat to take her along
side. When she came within hail, the
sentinel on the gangway called out to
her two boatmen to sheer off, as no boats
were allowed to approach.
There were at I his moment a group
of the officers under an awning on the
quarter deck, and numerous seamen vis
ible, but Lillias could not see him she
was in search of among them. Here her
mother wit stood her in good stead.
Standing up in her boat, 6he sang out at
the pitch of her clear and powerful voice,
" Collar herrin' Sax a penny, collar her'
The officers pricked up their ears at
this startling cry. Again and again it
was repeated, ringingout louder than be
fote. "In the devil's own name what docs
he mean 1" cried the Captain.
Nobody knew ; and, indeed, whoever
hears the cry of "caller herrin " for the
first time, will have no more conception
of its meaning than if he listened to Cher
okee. Still "caller herrin' " echoed across
the still and quiet waters of the bay, and
the boat drifted nearer the ship, in spite
of the threatening musket of the sentry,
and his angry hail to sheer off.
The seamen of the Northumberland
gazed anxiously over the nettings, and
among the number was Larry Stirling.
He knew what the extraordinary cry
meant ; but he did not recognize how
was it likely ? his betrothed in sailor's
" Do any of you men know what yon
mad fellow in the boat is calling out ?"
asked the Captain.
Larry touched his cap, and explained
the cry. The Captain was in good hu
mor, and also dimly fancied that the
young sailor in the boat wanted a berth,
and had adopted this novel method of
advertising himself as ready to ship.
"Let the boat come alongside, and
take the fellow on board, that we may
know what he means by his buffoonery,"
said the captain.
In a twinkling, Lillias ascended lo the
deck, and to the amusement of all, and
especially that of Larry himself, she in
stantly sprang into his arms with a wild
cry of joy, and then fainted away.
Larry then recognized her and, alas!
her sex was recognized also.
In a few minutes she was ordered into
the cabin with hei lover, and the whole
story told. So affected was the Captain
with this, that he gave Larry an imme
diate discharge. The news flew like
wild fire throughout the ship, and officers
and men alike joined in a subscription
for the happy pair, to enable them to re
turn to their happy country, and pur
chase a bout in lieu of the one forfeited.
Every soul on board, down to the young
est boy, gladly gave his mite, and nearly
eighty pounds was the sum total.
They were married the next day in
the presence of a large party of Larry's
messmates, permitted to attend ; and if
they had not old blind Mellum, the fid
dler, and Sandy Maclaren and Wully
Lings as the pipers, the weddiug was
not without music and dancing, you may
They safely returned to New Haven,
ana there they nourisn to inis nour.
Larry, however, never picks up rund-
letts of French brandy at sea.
The story below has been going tho
rounds of the press for several years ;
and as it can lose nothing by being old,
we give it for the benefit of non-paying
patrons, in the hope that they will save
us the trouble of publishing their obitu
aries by making immediate payment :
A lonjr-winded subscriber to a news
paper, after repeated dunnings, promised
that the bill should be paid by a certain
day, if he was alive. The day passed
over and no money reached the office.
Is the next number thereafter, of the
newspaper, the editor inserted among the
deaths a notice of his subcriber's depart
ure fioin this life. Pretty soon after
tie announcement, the subject of it ap
peared to the editor not with a pale and
giiastly countenance usually ascribed to
ajparati.ms, nor did he wait to be spoken
to, but broke silence.
" What, sir, did you mean by publish
ing my death !"
"Why, sir, I meant what I mean when
I publish the death of any person, viz :
ts let the world know that he is dead."
" But I am not dead."
" Not dead ; then it is your own fault,
for yon told me you would positively
pay your bill by such a day if you lived
to that time. The day passed, the bill
is not paid and you must be dead ; fcr
I would not believe you would forfeit
" Oh no, I see that you have got round
rue, Mr. Editor ; but say no more about
it here's the money. And harkee, my
wag, you'll contradict my death next
" 0, certainly, sir, just to please you ;
though upon my word, I can't help think
ing you were dead at the time specified
and you have come back to pay this bill
on account of your friendship to me."
[From the North-Western Christian Magazine.]
A THRILLING SCENE.
PUBLISHED BY REQUEST.
Permit me to illustrate my views of
the traffic in moderate drinking, by re
lating substantially a thrilling scene,
which occurred in Connecticut, while
the people were gathered together to
discuss the merits of the license ques
tion, and decide informally whether
neighbors should any longer be permit
ted to destroy each other by vending
The town had suffered greatly from
the sale and use of intoxicating liquors.
The leading influences were opposed to
total abstinence. At tho meeting, the
clergyman, a deacon, and the physician,
were present, and were all in favor of
continuing the custom of license, all in
favor of permitting a few men of high
moral character to sell alcohol ; for they
all agreed in the opinion, that alcohol in
moderation, when used as a beverage,
was a good creature of God, and also, to
restrict the sale or moderate use, was an
unjust interference with human liberty,
and a reflection upon the benevolence of
the Almighty. They all united in the
belief, that in the use of intoxicating bev
erages, excess alone was to be avoided.
The feeling appeared to be all one way,
when a single teetotaller, who was pres
ent bv accident, but who had been a
former resident of the town, begged leave
to differ from the speakers who had pre
ceded him. He entered into a history of
the village, from its earliest settlement ;
he called the attention of the assembly to
the desolation moderate drinking had
brought upon families and individuals ;
1IC pUIUlCU Mf IUO pUUI'UUUW, .lit fllOVU
house, and the grave-yard, for its nume
rous victims ; he urged the people by
every consideration of meicy, to let down
the flood-gates, and prevent, as far as
possible, the continued desolation of fam
ilies, by the moderate use of alcohol.
But all would not do. The arguments
of the clergyman, the deacon, and the
physician, backed by station, learning,
and influence, were too much for the
single teetotaller. No one arose to con
tinue the discussion, or support .him, and
the president of the meeting was about
to put the question when all at once
there arose from one corner of the room,
miserable female. She was thinly clad,
and her appearance indicated the utmost
wretchedness, and that her mortal career
was almost closed. After a moment of
silence, and all eyes being fixed upon
her, she stretched her attenuated body
to its utmost height, then her long arms
to their greatest length, and raising her
voice to a' shrill pitch, she called upon all
to look upon her.
"Yes," she said, "look upon me, and
then hear me. All that the last speaker
has said relative to temperate drinking,
as being the father of all drunkenness, U
true. All practice, all experience, de
clare its truth. All drinking of intoxi
cating poisons, as a beverage in health,
excess. Look upon me. You all know
me, or once did. You nil know I was
once the mistress of the best farm in this
town. You all know, too, I once had
of the best the most devoted of
husbands. You all know I had five noble
hearted, industrious boys. Where are
they now? Doctor, where are they now?
You all know. You all know they lie in
row, side by side, in yonder church
yard; all every one of them filling
the drunkard s grave ! They were all
taught to believe that moderate drinking
was safe, excess alone ought to be avoid
; and they never acknowledged ex
cess. They quoted you, and you, nd
you," pointing with her shrod of a finger
the minister, deacon, and doctor,
as authority. They thought themselves
safe under such teachers. But I saw the
gradual change coming over my family
and prospects w'rh dismay and horror; I
felt we were all to be overwhelmed in
one common ruin ; I tried to want on
the blow ; I tried to break the spell the
delusive spell in which the idea of the
benefits of moderate drinking had involv
my husband and sons ; I begged,
prayed ; but the odds were greatly
against me. The minister said the poi
son thai wss destroying my husband and
boys, was a good creature of God ; the
deacon (who sits under the pulpit there,
and took our farm to pay his rum bill,)
sold them the poison ; the physician said
that a little was good, and excess ought
to be avoided. My poor husband and
dear boys fell into the snare, and they
could not escape, and one after another
was conveyed to the dishonored grave of
the drunkard. Now look at me again ;
you probably see me for the last time ;
my sand has almost run. I have dragged
my exhausted frame from my present
abode your poor-house to warn you
all, to warn you deacon ! to warn you.
also, teacher of God's word," and with
her arm high flung, and her tall form
stretched to its utmost, and her voice
raised to an unearthly pitch, she ex
claimed, " I shall soon stand before the
judgment-seat of God ; I shall meet you
there, you false guides, and be a swift
witness against you all !"
The miserable female vanished; a dead
silence pervaded the assembly, the min
ister, deacon and physicia.i hung their
heads ; the president of the meeting put
the question, shall we have any more
licenses to sell alcoholic poisons, to be
drank as a beverage ? The response
was a unanimous No!
Friends of humanity everywhere,
what would have been your verdict, had
you all been there ? It must also have
been" No 1"
PUBLISHED BY REQUEST. BIBLICAL SCIENCE.
Lieut. Maury expresses his belief that
science had advanced to a nigh state of
cultivation in the days of Job. Many
passages in the bible convey a mysteri
ous meaning, which trie light of astro
nomical discovery can alone elucidate.
He shows that this passage, "The wind
drjveth away rain," contains a metero
logical fact of great importance in the
study of the circulation of the atmosphere.
"The bible frequently makes allusions
to the laws of nature, their operation and .
effects. Bat such allusions are often so
wrapt up in the folds of the peculiar and
graceful drapery with which its language
is occasionally clothed, that the meaning,
tho' peeping out from its thin covering all
the while, yet liesin some sense concealed,
until the lights and revelations of science
are thrown upon it ; then it burs' s out
and strikes us with the more force and
beauty. As our knowledge of nature
wl her laws has increased, so has our
understanding of many passages in the
bible been improved. The bible called
the earth the round world ;' yet for
ages it was the most damnable heresy
for Christian men to say the world is
round, and finally sailors circumnaviga
ted the globe, proved the bible to be
right and saved Christain men of science
from the stake. -
"Canst tho a teU the swset influence of the Pleaidest"
" Astronomers of the present day, if
they have not answered this question,
have thrown so much light upon it as to
show that, if ever it be answered by man,
he must consult the science of astronomy.
It has been recently all but proved that
the earth and sun, with their splendid
retinue of comets, satellites, and planets,
are all in motion aronnd some point
or centre of attraction inconceivably re
mote, and that point is in the direction
of the star Alcyon, one of the Pleiades !
Who but the astronomer, then, could tell
their sweet influences ? And as for the
general system of atmospherical circula
tion which I have been so loner endeav
oring to describe, the bible tells it all in
a single sentence, "The wind goeth to
ward the south, and turneth about unto
the north; it is whirled about continually,
and the wind returneth again according
to his circuits." Eccl. ii : 6."
In one of the departments of France,
a young girl on a visit to her friends was
so frightened by imaginary danger, while
walking in a wood, that on her return
she was attacked with fever, and the
next day her skin changed color and be
came almost black. This was the effect
of a very rare disease known as black
jaundice. Although the doctor assured
her that the discoloration would disap
pear, she took it so much to heart that
she watched an opportunity and commit
ted suicide by throwing herself into a
Thi number of the religious sects in
the United States is twenty, withoutcoun
ting the Chinese Budhists in California,
' sundry minor Christian denominations.
The whole number of edifices of worship
about thirty-six thousand, capable of
accommodating fourteen millions of peo
ple. The total value of the churcli pro
pel ly held by these twenty denomina
tions is nearly ninety millions of dollars.
The average value of each church and
i's appurtenances is twenty four hundred
Wht are postago stamps like lazy
schoolboys? Because you have to lick
their backs to make th-m stck to their
[From the Home Journal.]
PRETTY FEET AND HEELS TO
A writer is one of the English Quar
terliee says that the ladies of the United
States have, as a class, much tetter feet
than the ladies of England." He adds
however, that "they are said to victim
ize themselves wholesale by the', indis-
wathtrs." This writer's general philos
ophy as to shoes and their make and
wear, is worth commending to our fair
readers. He says :
"Many women who spend much time
and much money in adorning their bod
ies, utterly neglect their feet. But no
one is well-dressed who is not JcW
tee. Even a man well gloved and well
booted may carry off a seedy , rait of
clothes. With women it is essential to
anything like success in costume, that
they should pay attention to the decora
tion of their hands and feet. . The latter
may be little seen ; but they are seen.
As to the extremities , themselves, the
real state of the ease may generally be
gathered from inference and association.
It seldom happens that a woman with
large, misshapen, or . flat . feet, moves
gracefully and well, .
."We have said that women with large
of misshapen feet seldom or never move
gracefully. . They can neither walk nor
dance welL And running is an impossi
bility. To real grace of movement, it
would seem almost essential that the foot
should be arched. This is coming to b e
better understood among us. Flat feet
are too common in England- but dress,
as we have before said, is a great level
ler ; and high-heeled boots, now so gen
erally used, give an artificial hollow to
the foot. The frightful habit of turning
up the toes in walking, is thus almost en
tirely destroyed- Indeed, nothing is
mora observable than the improvement
wtich, in this respect, has taken place
in England during the last two or three
years. Our women walk better than
they did, and are better shod than they
were. How it happened that we were so
long in discovering that kid-iopped boots
are far more sightly than those made of
cloth or caohemere,. we do not pretend
to know; but certainly the discovery is
one of the best that has been made of
late years in the region of costume..
High heels came in simultaneously, and
may almost be regarded as part and par
cel of this becoming innovation. Our
streets are consequently far less disfigur
ed than they were by the spectacle of
shoals of women all showing the soles
of their feet to people meeting- them
from their front. These high, or mili
tary heels, necessarily force down the
toes, and compel the proper movement
in walking the proper exercise of the
right muscles. .The tendency of this
elevation of the heel is to throw the calf
of the leg out of the ankle, where, under
bad treatment , it is too apt to settle.
It is said, that, in this respect, the con -formation
of French women is better than
that of our own, because the absence of
trot'oirs, or side pavements, from so many
of their thoroughfores, and a very com
mon use, in the large(towns, of thin shoes,
compels them to pick their way onetheir
toes.- We think that it is Dr. - Arnott,
who, in his Elements of Physic, illustrates
the effect both of wearing thin shoes and
standing on one's toes, by comparing
the legs of two men, coeteris paribus, ta
ken from the same station of life, the
farm laborer, and the other a London
footman. The thin shoes of the latter,
and the habit of standing on his : toes,
behind her ladyships' carriage, develop
the cnlvco ami refine ue mhluu ufHw
as, whilst the heavy hobnailed boots of
Hodge have an opposite effect, and re
duce his legs to a perfect eylender.
" It may, perhaps, be thought that we
have devoted too much consideration to
this matter of the chaussvre ; but we
look upon it as the very keystone of 'the
architecture of dress, and that any inat
tention to it will loosen and destroy the
entire fabric. How common is it to see,
in this country, the becomingness of a
whole toilet entirely nullified by a mis
take of this kind, and, in spite of bonnet,
shawl, and gown of the best character,
the vulgarian betrayed by the boots.
It is essential that the chaussurc shonld
be in keeping with the rest of the appa
rel ; but the spectacle of really, in other
respects, well dressed women, ..with
heavy black boots, under dresses of
light color and fabric, is one of the com
monest in the world. Women so attired
look like men in disguise."
Spkculatioks ix Produce. At New
York, April 25th, there were some hea
vy operations in the produce market,
stimulated by the small stock on hand,
and the light receipts from the interior.
A sale of 3,000 barrels of flour was made
at 83 75 for common State, deliverable
in June, and 96 for July. A sale of 500
barrels of pork is also reported at $1 6 50
for mess, deliverable in June.