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Where the rocks arc gray, and the shoro is steep,
And tho waters. below look dark and deep;
Where the nigged pine in its lonely pride,
Leans gloomily over tho murky tide ;
Where the reeds and rushes are tall and rank,
And the weeds grow thick on the winding bank
Where the shndow is heavy tho whole day thro',
Lay at its moorings the old eauoo.
Tho useless paddlos are idly dropped,
Liko a sea-bird's wings that tho storm bath
lopped, . ,
And crossed on tho railing, cno o'er one,
Liko folded hands when tho work Is done)
Whilo busily back and forth between,
Tho spider stretches his silvery screen,
And the solemn owl, with its dull "too boo,"
Settles down on tho side tho old canoe.
Tho stern, half sunk in tho f limy wave,
Roti slowly away iu Its living grave,
And the green moss creeps o'er its dull decay,
Hiding the mouldering dust away,
Like the hand that plants o'er the tomb a
Or tho ivy that mantles the fillcn towor;
While many a bIo?nom of loveliest hue
Springs up o'er, the stern of tho old canoe.
The current'e?s waters ore dead nnd ttill
Put tho light winds play with tho boat ai. will,
And lazily in and out again,
It floats the length of its chain,
Liko tho weary march of the hands of time,
That meet and part at the noontido chime; ...
And tho shoro is kinscd at each turn anew,
Py tho dipping how of the old canoe.
O, many a time, with a careless hand,
I havo pushed it away from tho pebbly strand,
And paldled it down hero tho stronm runs
WLcro the whirls aro wild and tho eddies aro
And laughed as I leaned o'er the rocking side,
And looked below in the broken tide,
To eo that the faces and boots were two,
That wore mirrored back from tho old canoe !
Put now, as I lea o'er tho crumbling side,
"And look below in tho tlujrg'uh tide,
And the hands that lent to the light skiff wiis,
Have grown familliar with sterner th'ugs,
Put I love to think of tho hours that flew,
As I rocked where the whirls their vhito spray
r.ro tho blooms waved, or tho green moss grew
O'er the mouldering stern of the old canoo.
FANNIE CLIFTON'S ELOPEMENT.
ZX MARY GUACE IIALriXE.
" Fannie," Raid Jmlgo Clifton, to his
daughter, ono morning, hying down his
paper, over tho top ot which ho had been
r sionu moments lulentiy regarding ner,
" como hither, mv child."
Fanny very dutifully did as slio was
lidden. As sho stood by his side, tho
Judo-o took Loth of her small hands in
in ono of his, and smoothing caressingly
with tho other, her soft, shining hair,
looked tenderly into her face.
1 ou are a woman now, r aume, lie
"Eighteen List Christmas, father, re
turned Faunie, demuriiiLdv, trying to as
sume Iho dignity which belonged to that
mature ao. ihouali to tell tho truth
they looked strangely out of keeping, with
her blight form and girlisii taco, ana, in
spito of all her cHorls, her rosy moutli
would dimple witu smiles, anj ner eyes
woro tho arch, saucy expression that was
natural to them.
44 Can it bo iwssible I" exclaimed tho
old gentleman, heaving u deep sigh.
44 How tnno does go, to sure l l ou aro
a year older than your mother was when
44 Well, well," ho resumed after a pauo,
takinr olf his spectacles, and after wip
inc them carefully, re-adjustcd them on
his nose, 44 1 suppose I must como to it
sometime, and it may as well lo first as
last. All fathers liavo to loso their
daughters, and I bupjoso I shall havo to
make up my mind to loso you.
44 Loso ine, lather i cxciaimod tannic,
oroniur nor eves m asionismiienu
. , i ! 1 J
44 Why, what do you meanly i Jiopo
am not troinrr to dio vet awhile."
44 You know well enough what I mean,
you i.'.do. I mean that, like all tho rest
of tho silly young girls who never know
when they aro well oil, you win oo gci
44 For fchamo I father." exclaimed Fan
nie, blushing and laughing, 41 1 shall do
no such thing I"
44 Of courso not," returned the Judge,
dryly. 44 Never had such an idea during
the whole course of your life. I dare 6ay
Couldn't bo persuaded to do anything so
highly improper .
" But what put that idea into your
head this morning, father?" persisted
rannio, w hoso curiosity was aroused.
44 Tho visit of a certain young gentle
man, who has requested permission to
pay ins auuresses to you.
44 That homely and disagreeable Hajor
feinclair, 1 supjose, said k aume scorn
"aNo, my dear, it was not. it was
that handsome and very agreeable Mr.
Charles Ray. What do you think of that?''
44 To her fathers surprise, Fannio's coun
tenance fell ; her rose-bud lips showed a
very perceptible pout, and a frown actual
ly gathered on her smooth, open brow. !
44 Think 1" sho repeated, with a disdain
ful toss of tho head, 44 1 think ho camo on
a fool's errand, that is what I think !" ,
44 Hoity, toity I" exclaimed the old gen
tleman with a puzzled air. 44 What has
como over you now? It seems to mo
that you have changed your opinion very
44 As Mr. Ray never took tho trouble
to ask my opinion, it can matter very lit
tle to him if I have," retorted Fannie, in
dignantly. 44 Oh, ho I thero is where the shoapinch
es, is it?" said Judgo Clifton, laughing.
44 Well, never mind, my dear, ho is com
ing here sometimo to day to talk with you
about it. I have civen him mv full rer-
44 Without which he would have staved
away, I suppose," said Fannie, in an un
44 What is that, my dear f inquired the
old Judge, who was a little deaf.
44 1 said that it will not be convenient
for mo to see Mr. Ray," said Fannie in a
louder voice. 44 He may Come, if he choos
es, but 1 1 hall not bo at home."
4k Fannie," said Judgo Clillru, sternly,
what is the meaning of this folly? Of
course you will receive him. " Mr. Ray. h
a .worthy and honorable man, and I iii&ist
that ho shall be treated civilly."
44 1 suppose tho next thing you wHlJL lie,
i i ?- v.. :-. i .i .1..
at llus unwanion narsuness m ucr iuuui-
44 My dear clnld,' said the Judge, kindly
touched by the evi lent grief of his daugh
ter, though unable to understand the cause,
44 1 shall insist on no such thing. I really
thought you had a partiality for the
young man, and 1 was glad oi a, tor i
entertain a high opinion oi mm. mu n
it is not 6o we will say no more about it.
Only remember that I desire you to seo
him this evening and tell him so yoursf If."
44 Rut it so happened that business of
a very pressing nature, cahed f anmcovcr
to her sister's that evening, much to her
lover's disappointment, and her father's
chagrin, who was quite mystified at his
" Only to think, Marv," said Fannie,
as she drew a chair up to the table whrre
her sister sat sewing, 44 that Charles Kay
has asked father's permission to visit mo T
44 oil, it is just w hat 1 expected, ro-
plied Mary, quietly.
44 What 1 without saving a word to mo
about it ?"
44 1 suppose he was pretty well inform
od of your sentiment in regard to him,"
said her sister, smiling.
44 Well ho w ill hnd himself mistaken, if
ho thinks ho is going to marry me," nid
the little lady, with great dignity. 44 1
havo no idea of being bargained for liko
a piece of merchandise !"
44 uliy, ranniel 1 really thought you
liked Charley. I am suro it was very
proper and honorable in him to ask fath
er s permission before speaking to you
44 V cry proper, I dare say, returned
Fannie scornfully. Rut I can not abide
theso proper people that always do every
thing by rule. I suprose if father had
refused, ho would have walked away as
meek as a whipped spaniel, and never
como near us 1
44 How ridiculous, Fannie 1 f.ither thinks
a great deal of Mr. Ray. I heard him
say tho other day that he would rather
havo him for a sou-indaw than any ouo
44 IIo thinks a great deal more of him
than I do then," was Fannie's scornful
rejoinder. 14 1 havo no idea of having
husband picked out for me. I can make
mv own selection. And I would rather
never marry than havo for my husband
such a tame.sniritlcss man as Chas. Rav P
Fannie was as good as her word. Sho
took every opportunity of avoiding her
suitor, for whom sho had exhibited a pref
erence, which would, no doubt, m time,
have ripened into a warmer feeling ; nev
er giting him a chance of seeing or speak
ing with her alone.
Tin's obvious changoin her deportment
quite disheartened poor Charles, who was
sincerely attached to her, and was a source
of much annoyance to Judgo Clifton who
had set his heart upon the match.
44 My child," said tho Judge to Fannie
one morning a few days after, 44 1 quite
agree with you iu your opinion of Mr.
Ray ; he is an insufl'erable puppy P
44 Who ? Charles Ray P said l annie, in
44 Yes, Charles Ray, I repeat it, lie is
an insufferable puppy," said the old gen
tleman, in a still more excited tone and
manner, bringing his cane down on tho
floor with emphasis. 44 To keep hanging
around hero, when he knows he's not
wanted ! I shall take the very first op
portunity I havo of requesting him to dis
continue his visits."
44 Why, how you talk, father I" exclaim
ed Fannie, her color rising. 44 1 see noth
ing at all out of the way in tho young
man ; ho has always behaved remarkably
well, I am suro."
44 Perhaps you may not," replied tho
Judge, sternly, 44 but I do; which is of
some importance, whatever you may
think to tho contrary. And I shall make
it a point with you that you abstain
from all intercourse with him."
And so saying tho old gentleman went
out of tho room, banging the door after
him in a manner that quite frightened
her, who had never known her father to
be so excited before.
It so happened that "Charles called that
44 1 can't imagine what father can seo
but of tho way with him," thought Fun
nie, as the looked upon his handsome, an
imated counteuance. 44 He has a beauti
ful smile, and is so gentlemanly in his
manner, besides." j
Perhaps something of this was visible
iu Fannie's countenance. At any rate,
thero was something in its expression
which emboldened him to take a seat by
Ho yau ucmdy Jorw so, hwuvcr, when
tho door opened, and Judge Clifton walk
His brow grew dark, his eye fell on Mr.
44 How w this, l'annie? lie said stern
ly; 44 1 thought I had previously instruct
ed you in regard to your intercourse w ith
this gentleman. And as tor you, lie
added turning to Charles, 44 1 beg leave to
inform you that you are coming here for
what you won't get with my conseut. I
havo other views for my daughter, and
desiro that you will, for the future, keep
away from this house."
1 his tirade so shocked and astonished
Fannie that sho burst into tears. Upon
which her father told her, in no very
gentle toue, to leave tho room, which she
lost no timo in obeying.
. i , . f. i i i
Alter mauiging in a long, ueariy cry,
Fannie wiped her eyes, aud went over to
her sister's to pour out her grievances in
to her sympathizing bosom.
Mary consoled her as well as sue could,
but ended in advising her to soften her
father's feelings by avoiding Mr. Ray as
much as possible, lo which tho young
lady verv indignantly responded, 44 that sho
would dio first. That she would show
father that she was not a child, to be con-
troled in that way, not she 1"
Fnnnio stayed to lea; and in tho eve
nine who should como in but Charles
Tho meeting was rather embarrassing
lo both ; but Fannie, anxious to atone for
her father s rudeness to him m tho morn
in, was more than usually gracious and
conciliating and this soon wore away.
at its close accompanied Fannio to her
father's door, though ho did not deem it
advisable to go further.
44 How well Mr. Kay looked to-night,
said Fannie, to herself, as sho entered her
room. 44 1 never knew him to bo so
After this Fannio met him frequently
at her sister s and every succeeding inter
vir-w Lvrcned the favorablo impression
she received that evening. Until at last
tho little lady's heart was fairly caught,
brought to terms and obliged to surren
der, and to that 44 lame, spu-itless man,
When Fannio began to realize the state
of her feelings, tho strong aversion that
her father had so suddenly conceived for
her lover began to troublo her. Rut in
spite of all she could say, she was unable
to persuade him to renew his former prop
osition to the Judge, or make the least
attempt to conciliate him.
Weeks passed. As there appeared to
be no ho of obtaining Judgo Clifton's
consent, Charles at last proposed a clan
destine marriage, and after a severe strug
gle in Fannie's heart between her affec
tion for her father, and her love for him,
tho latter triumphed.
It was nearly eleven o'clock at night,
and Fannio Clifton sat at the open win
dow of her room, anxiously awaiting the
approach of her lover. An elopeineul
did not seem lo her quite so funny an af
fair after all ; her cheeks were pale, and
tears filled her eyes as she thought of the
indulgent father that sho was about lo
Suddenly a low whistle fell ujon her
ear. Fannie seized her bonnet and shawl,
and gliding noiselessly down stairs, was
soon in her lover's arms.
44 Dear Charles," sho sobbed, 44 1 am
afraid I am doing wrong. It seems un
grateful to leave poor father w ho has been
so kind to mo."
44 po you love him better than you do
mo, Fannie!" inquired Charles, a little
44 Oh, no, Charles, I did not mean
that ! Rut do you really think ho will
forgive me ?"
44 1 havo not the least doubt of it,
darling," he replied, a c.uiet smile plaving
around his mouth.
Soothed by this assurance, sho allowed
him to lift her into the carriage.
44 1 hope you are not going to stop
here, Charles," said Fannie, in alarm,
shrinking back into tho carriage, as, after
riding nearly a mile, they drew up iu
front of a large, white house. 44 Why,
this is Elder Kitigley'sl I know hini
Oh, that will make no difference, re
sponded Charles, raily jumping out and
then holding out his hands for her to get
out. 44 1 havo told him all about it. He
is expecting us."v
It seemed so; for tho venerable man
had nit vet retiredan
m Trar. it tin-vc;rnTr". .
I manifested n
They stood up, and JilJer ' Single rtflt'
a lew solemn word-, unneu mem ior ine.
Tho ceremony was so brief that Fan
nio could hardly realize mat sno was a
wife, and looked up bewildered into h-.r
husbands face, who . was looking down
upon her with a proud and. happy smile.
They were too much absorbed in their
own happiness to observe the approach of
a gentleman who had entered the room
unperccived, until ho stood directly oppo
site them. Fannio turned, nnd uttered
a cry of terror and surprise, for it was
Judge Clifton, whoso eyes were fixed up
on her with an exprossior oi severe dis
pleasure; though nn attentive observer
would havo noticed a slight twitching
around the mouth evidently prompted by
a strong inclination to laugh.
44 Forgive me, father!" exclaimed tho
new-made bride, bursting into tears.
44 Ha, ha, ha," laughed the Judge, un
able longer to contain himself. 44ror
give you ? Of course I won't. I'll cut
you off without a shilling banish you
from mv house forever, you deceitiiu tag-
gago you. Do you know what you nao
dono vou UTiPTateful minx! lou nave
inariiod tho very man I seleetcd for you
dono tho vory thing you declared over
and over again, that you never would do!
Ha! ha! ha! it is the most capital joke
I ever heard of!
When Fannio comprehended tho suc
cessful ruse that had boon practiced
ngainst her, she made a strong effort
to assume a displeased and ind'gnant
look, but it was a complete failure. Sho
was, in reality, too happy at tho unexpect
ed turn affairs had taken to look other
wise than pleased; and received the con
gratulations of her numerous friends who
now poured in from nn adjoining room,
with all tho smiles and blushes usual on
44 Aro you offended, dearest?" onquir
ed Charles, as soou ai they were tree
from observation. Fannie mbjht have
been; but there was certainly no trace of
anger in tho soft, blue eves that were
raised to his, ovci flowing with love aud
$3T Labor lost: An organ-grinder
playing at the door of ft deaf and dumb
J3T "Ma, has aunty got bees in her
"No; why do you ask such a question ?'
44 'Cause that lectle man with a heap o'
hair on his face cotch'd hold of her and
m.id he was going to take the hony from
her lip" and she said, ,4 well, make
Commercial Asrect of Ceutral Africa.
An interesting hvturo was recently de
livered by Rev. Dr. Rowen, before the
Mercantile Library Association, N. Yort,
upon the commercial resources of Ceutral
Africa, and tho practicability of opening
a large and profitable trade between that
section of tho world and tho United
States. Mr. Rowen is f opinion, from
jKMsoual experience, that a trade (now
paying 00 to .50 percent, profit,) to the
amount of thirty millious er annum,
can Ik? established with tho River Nier,
which ho calls tho Mississippi of Africa!
From its delta to its source, we are told
by Mr. R., it is more than, threo thou
sand miles in length. In no place is it
less than half a mile wide, and throughout
its entire length would be navigable to
Mississippi steamboats. Its principal trib
utaries are. navigable for more than fif
teen, hundred miles. Tho immense dis
trict drained by the Niger aud its
branch, is rich in undeveloped resources.
The palm tree grows in luxurious profu
sion, and frohv its nut, oil, for tho supply
of the world's tftvje.could be manufactur
ed. Cotton, of nW nnd firm staple, it
is believed can bo ca produce and an
immense trade in indig.y African silk,
ivory and skins, could bo orKl,Ihod with
! '111.. Tl. - 1-v .
Kicwt y. iho groat reason Wlljvjho. iili'r-li.-ih
have not succeeded better "h their
attempts to establish trade, is bemuse
tliey havo contmed their operations shv
ply to ports along the banks of tho Ni-y
ger, and left the great interior country
unexplored, trading pots should be
established iu the interior, in order to
break up tho vast traflie that finds its
way across the deserts. Around these
stations largo towns would spring "up,
which would soon become the nucleuses
of civilization. Mr. Rowen pictured tho
country in glowing colors. No ono ho
said, who had ever lived there, and be
came acquainted with tho resources of
jjir'a - ii - - - TJrrr"-r:; ri-4.-f.,'r'i
with steamers, to open M4 i " ie thoro,
will bo repaid in a marv lous manner.
Mr. bowens explorations havo been
confined almost wholly to that portion of
u esteru Africa, extending along the lliv-
ver Niger, nnd as far eastward as Lake
Tschak. The mountains of Africa are
somewhat remarkable as to their config
uration. There aro no regular chaius
thoy consist entirely of isolated peaks,
shaped like saddle-backs, and usually
densely covered with wood.. Somo are
but gigantic boulders of granite rock, ris
ing tlioUbauds of feet nlovc the plains.
Mr. R. traveled up tho St. Paul rivor
about a hundred miles from its mouth. -At
tlii i distance tho stream was over 300
yaids in width. Almost tho entire sur
face of Africa, presents but a vat undu
lating plain, which bears unmistakable
evidence of its once having been cultiva
ted, and the home of a mighty popula
tion. All oer the country aro to bo
seen "Irnvs," worn in tho rocks by a
process used by the unlives for grinding
their corn. Ret ween Lake Tschak nnd
the Niger,there is nn immense table land,
rising thousands of feel above tho ocean.
Tho Great Deserts, fiom the timo of Her
odotus, have been represented as vast
dobolatious. Nothing could bo moro in-
rrect according to Mr. Rowen's account.
It is every where inhabited, nnd contains
within itself two great Republics, having
a literature among the oldest in cxistcuco.
The mineral wealth of the country has
lecn but lit t lo explored. Iron, wo are
told, is found in every lull, the ruins of
ancient smelting furnaces are numerous.
Copper and lend aro to bo found m
abundance. Gold in quantities. Tho
gold region extend.! over a thousand
miles ot this district. 1 ho seasons are
characterized by U inporahs commencing
in March and September. The heat is
rarely abovo ninety degrees. Tho cli
mate is exceedingly healthy in certain
districts, none more so than tho country
along tho River Niger. Mr. Rowen dwelt
somewhat upon the capacity of tho na
tives, forseeing for tho educated Afric.au
an opportunity for developing tho vast
resources of the country to an almost un
Ji T When you havo lost money in the
streets, every cno is ready to help you
look for it ; but when you havo lost your
character, every ono leaves you to recover
it as you can.
JttT If rich, it is easy to conceal our
wealth; but, if poor, it is by no means
easy to conceal our poverty. It is less
difficult to hide a thousand guineas than
one hole in our coat.