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From tho Liverpool Mercury.
Tho Israelite murmured in wrathful despair,
And deep on hisbrqw wcru tho furrows of care, freed
While ho sighed for the bonds he had mourned nt ere
And repined at the travail the Lord had decreed.
" Oh, why wcro tho chariots of Egypt oVrlhrown ?
Oh, why spared the wild wave the bondsman nlone?
It were better the tyrant had trampled us down
Ere tho billow had swept away sceptre and crown I"
The Lord heard tho children of Israel complain,
As they wept in their tents that wcro spread o'er the
And his pillar of cloud, at the breaking of day, plain,
Slowly rolled from tho camp of tho desert away.
Then the trumpctsof Isreal, in notcsbrisht and clear,
Told the mourners the timcofihcir marching was near;
And the prince and tho ruler hied each to his post,
To assemble the tribes, and to marshall the host;
And tho tents were all struck, and the thousands
marched on,
While their sun gilded weapons all glin'rinply; shone;
As the waves to the shore in their power roll in,
So mov'd their full ranks in the desert of Zin.
There's shout in tho wilderness startling and strong,
And ti waving of plumes nf tho gathering throng I
tFor tho wordnis been given to halt in the plain,
And no w Israel looks for release from her pain.
Then tho favored of God, in the midst of the band,
Smiles the moss-covcrcd rock with Ins mystical wand;
And the waters gush forth as enchantingly bright,
As the first beam of morn when it springs from night;
And tho rebels fall down, for the glory of God
Shines round the dark rock when 'tis struck with the
Hut the heart of the smiter beats not as of old, rod;
for the bright Land of Promise he'll never behold.
Many well-authenticated instances arc re
lated of the amazing influence wliicli tho im
agination possesses, not only over the feelings,
but upon the actual stato and functions of the
bodily organization. Perhaps tho power
which a morhid imagination may exercise
over the body, was never more strongly il
' lustrated than in the well known caso of Lord
Littleton, a dissolute loung noblcninn of ex
traordinary genius and talent. Tho story
lias often been told. Lord Littleton one
night saw in a dream a young lady, who told
lii ni that on a Saturday evening, nt ten o'
clock, ho certainly would diet This he re
lated to sonic of his intimate acquaintances,
and invited n number of them to pass the ap
pointed evening with hiii) and witness the
falsehood of tho prediction. They did so ;
the evening came ; ho endeavored to make
himself merry ns tho hour approached, but
it had fastened on his imagination with a
firmer hold than ho was aware of, just before
tea, lie complained of being indisposed, pro
posed to retire and died in the act of getting
into bed ! A clergyman who then lived near
Hagley, has said that a Doctor Johnson, of
whom Littleton speaks in very high terms in
one of his letters, us a physician in Ij is neigh
borhood, told dim that had he been sent for
in season ho could have saved hint.
Tho following well authenticated tale was
originally published in tho Zoonomin, and
was subsequently versified by the poetWords
worth :
" A young farmer in Warwickshire, find
ing his hedges broken, and the sticks carried
away during a frosty season, determined to
watch for the thief. He lay many cold hours
under a hay stack, and at length an old wo
man, liko a witch in a play, approached and
began to pull tip tho hedge ; iio waited till
she had tied her bundle of sticks, and was
carrying them off, that ho might convict her
of theft, and then springing from his conceal
ment, he seized his prey with violent threats.
.4fter some altercation, in which her load was
Je't upon tho ground, she kneeled upon tho
candle of sticks, and raising her arms to
her, ver, beneath tho bright moon, then at tho
full, spoke to the farmer, already shivering
wtli cold, " Heaven grant that thou mayst
nfcvsr know again the blessing to be warm.
He complained of cold all tho next day, and
wore an upper coat, and in a tew days nno
ther, and in a fortnight took to his bed, al
ways saying nothing made him warm ; ho
covered himself with very many blankets,
and had a sieve over his faco as he lay.
From this ono insane idea ho kept his bed
abovo twenty years, for fear of tho cold air,
till at length Ire died."
Tho following remarkable and interesting
case, furnishing a strong illustration of tho
strength of the imagination, and the minor
tancc of sound judgment and practical good
snnso in a curcr ot mental disease, was pub
lished some years ago in an English pcriodi
'A student at Jena, about sixteen years
of aire, baying a weak and irritable nervous
frame, but in other respects healthy, left his
apartments during twilight, and suddenly re
turned with a pale dismal countcnanco, as
suring bis companion that ho was doomed to
dio in thirtv-six hours, or at nino o'clock in
the morning of tho second day. Tho sud
den change of a young mind, naturally alarm
ed his friend : but no explanation was given
of the cause. Every attempt at ridiculing
bis whimsical notion was fruitless ; and he
nersistcd in affirming that his death was ccr
tain and inevitable. A numerous circlo of
his fellow students soon assembled, with a
view to dispel these gloomy ideas, and to
convincd him ol Ins lolly, by arguments, sa
tire and mirth. Ho remained however un
shaken in his strango conviction ; being ap
parently inanimate in their company ; and
expressing his indignation nt the Irolics and
witticisms applied to his peculiar situation.
Nevertheless, it was conjectured tiiat a calm
repose during tho night would produce
mora favorablo change in his lancy ; but
sleep was banished, and tho approaching dis
solution engrossed his attention during tho
nocturnal hours.
Early tho next morning, hn sent for Pro
fessor Ilufeland, who found him making nr
rangemcnts lor his burial ; taking an affee
tionato leavo of his friends ; and on tho point
of concluding a letter to his father ; in which
he announced the fatal catastropho that was
speedily to happen. After examining his
condition of mind and body, tbo Professor
could discover no remarkablo deviation from
his usual state of health, excepting a small
contracted pulse, a palo countonancci, dull
or drowsy eyes, and cold extremities : theso
symptoms, However, suuicientiy indicated i
general spasmodic action of the nervous svs
tern, which also exerted its influence over tho
mental faculties. The most serious reason
ing on tho subicct. all tho nhilosomYical and
medical eloquence of Dr. Hufeland, had not
tho desired effect ; nnd though tho student
admitted that (hero might bo no ostensible
cause of death discoverable, yet this very
circumstance was peculiar to his case ; and
such was his inexorable destiny, that he must
die tho next morning, without any visible
moibib symptoms. In thisdilemna Dr. Hu
feland proposed to treat him as a patient.
Politeness induced the latter to accent of
such oiler, but he assured the physician that
medicine would not operate.
As no timn was to bo lost, tlicro being on
ly 24 hours left for his life, Dr. Ilufeland
deemed proper to direct such remedies as
prove powerful excitants, in order to rousn
the vital energy of his pupil nnd relievo him
from his captivated fancy. Hcnco ho pre
scribed a strong emetic and purgative ; or
dered blisters to bo aplied to both calves of
tho legs, nnd at the same lime stimulating
clysters to bo administered. Quietly sub
mitting to the doctor's treatment, ho observ
ed that his body being already half a corpse,
all means of recovering it would bo in vain.
Indeed Dr. Ilufeland was not a little surpri
sed, on his repeating his visit m tho evening,
to learn that tho emetic had but very little
operated, and that the blisters had not oven
reddened tho skin. Tho case became more
serious ; and the supposed victim of death
began to triumph over the incredulity of tho
professor and his friends. Thus circum
stanced, Dr. Ilufeland perceived how deep
ly and destructively that mental spasm must
have acted on tho body, to produce a degree
of insensibility from which tho worst conse
quences might unapprehended. All tho in
quiries into tho origin of this singlo belief
had hitherto been unsuccessful. Now only,
he disclosed the secret to one of his intimate
friends, namely that on tho proceeding eve
ning ho had met with a white figure in the
passage, which nodded to him, and, in the
same moment he heard a voice exclaiming
' The day after to-morrow, at nine o'clock
in the morning, thou shalt die !' lie contin
ued to settle his domestic affairs; made his
will ; minutely appointed his funeral ; and
oven desired his fiicndsto send for a clergy
man ; which request, however, was coun
teracted. Night appeared and he began
to compute the hours ho had to live, till the
ominous next morning.
His anxiety evidently increased with tho
striking of every clock within hearing. Dr.
Hufeland was not without apprehension, when
he recollected instances in which mere im
agination had produced melancholy effects
but as every thing depended on procrastina
ting or retarding that hour in which the event
was predicted ; and on appeasing tho tem
pest of a pertubed imagination, till reason
had obtained tho ascendency, be resolved
upon tho following expedient : Having u
complaisant patient who refused not to take
the remedies prescribed for him, (because ho
seemed conscious ot tho superior agency of
his mind over that of the body,) Dr. Hufc-
nd had recourse to laudanum, combined
with tho extract of hen-banc, twenty drops
of tho former, and two grains of tho latter,
were given to the, youth, with such effect
that he fell into a profound sleep, from
which ho did not awako till cloven o'clock
on the next morning. Thus the prognosti
cated fatal hour elapsed ; nnd his friends
waiting to welcome the bashful patient, who
had agreeably disappointed them, turned tho
whole affair into ridicule. Tho first ques
tion, however, alter recovering from his nr
tificial sleep was, " What is tho hour of tho
morning l" On being answered that his
presages had not been verified by experience,
lie assured tho company that all tlieso tran
sactions appeared but a dream. After that
time, he enjoyed a long state of health, and
was completely cured of a morbid iniagina'
Had this youth fallen intn less sagacious
nanus tno event would, it is moro than prob
able, havo answered to the prediction ; and
the occurrence would havo stood as irrefra
gable evidenco of that creed which imagines
that tno times have not long since passed of
individual nnd immediate communication be
tween the world of sense and the world of
spirit. How thu fancy originnlr-d it is diffi
cult to say ; but it is not less difficult to ex
plain tho phenomena of dreams."
But the most extraordinary case, showing
the power of tho mind upon the body, which
we ever met with, is tho following, related
by Dr. Warren, in ono of his medical lec
tures, delivered, wo believe, in 1832:
" Sometime since, a female friend pre
scnted herself to mo with a tumor or swell
ing of tho submaxillary gland of the neck,
which had become what is called a won. It
was about the sizo of un egg, had lasted two
years, and was so very hard, that I consul
ercd any attempt to dissipato it by medicine
to bo vain, and advised its removal by ope
ration. To this tho patient could not bring
ncr mind ; tlicrcloro to satisfy her wish I di
reeled somo applications of considerable ao
tivity to be madoto tho part, and theso sho
pursued for a number of weeks, without any
change. After this, sho called on me, and
with somo hesitation begged to know, wheth
cr an application recommended to her,
would in my opinion be safe.
I Ins consisted in applying tho hand of a
dead man thrco times to the diseased part
One of her neighbors now lay dead, and she
had an opportunity ol trying tho experiment
it 1 thought it not dangerous. At first 1 was
disposed to divert her from it; but recollect
ing tho power of thoimagination, I gravely as
sured her sho might mako tho trial without
apprehension of serious conscnunnccs
Awhilo after.sho presented herself onco more
nnd with n smiling countonanco informed
ino that sho had used this remedy and on ox
amining for tho tumor, I found it had disnp
Many well attested tales arc told of cures
lor scrofula, having beon perlormed by tho
touch of gifted individuals and tho seventh
son, nnd moro particularly tho seventh son oj
a seventh son, was supposed to bo vested
with an almost miraculous degreo of power
to cure diseases ol tins kind. Hero, as u
tho caso related by Dr. Warren, tho imagi
nation was undoubtedly tho principal agent
in tho operation. It is a woll established
fact that somo extraordinary cures for dis
eases, wero effected by Perkin's Metalic
Tractors, which wcro in great voguo at tho
close of the last century. Dut they received
their coup dc grace from Dr. Huygarth, who
made somo very neat wooden tractors,which
being painted to resemble the metallic, per
formed exactly the same ewes, of which ho
published n lull account in his work culled
" Of tho Imagination, as a causo and euro of
disorders, exemplified bv fictitious Tractors.
Until, (Eng.) 1800." Pieces of rusty iron
were used by other individuals for the sumo
purpose, and were tho means of relieving if
not permanently curing a number of cases of
chronic diseases, which had obstinately re
fused to yield to medicine!
In Mather's Magnalia, and works publish
ed at tho same period, written by learned
and good men, we see tho most strong and
convincing evidence in the shape of stubborn
facts, adduced to prove tho actual existence
of witchcraft. What share tho imagination
may have had in establishing this testimony
wu will not venture to say, but the facts re
corded in favor of witchcrafts and believed
to havo occurred by many highly respecta
ble persons of both sexes, wcro as conclusive
ns any thing which has been brought for
ward in support of what is called Animal
Magnetism at the present day.
Dr. Miller, a celebrated German author,
in an ablo work on Physiology, thus speaks
ol the influence ol the Imagination :
" Tho influence of ideas upon tho body
gives rise to a great variety of phenomena,
which border on tho marvellous. It may be
stated as a genera! fact, that any stato of tho
body, which is conceived to bo approaching,
and which is expected with perfect confi
denco and certainty of its occurrence, will
bo very prone to ensue as tho mere result of
that idea, if it do not lie without tho bounds
of possibility. Tho caso mentioned by Pic
tct, in his observations on nitrous oxide, may
bo adduced as an illustration of such pheno
mena. A young lady, Miss 13., wished to
inspiic this intoxicating gas ; but in order to
test the power of the imagination, common
atmospheric air was given to her instead ol
the nitrous oxide. She had scarcely taken
two or three inspirations of it, when she fell
into a state of syncope, which slio had never
suffered previously; she soon recovered."
Dr. Miller is evidently no believer in ani
mal magnetism, as will be seen uy the fal
lowing extract from his work :
" Among the well attested facts of physi
ology, there is not one to support tho belief
that one nerve of sense can assume the func
tions of another. The exaggeration of the
sense of touch in the blind, will not in theso
vs be called seeing with tho fingers; the
ccounts of the power of vision by the fingers
in d epigastrium, said to bo possessed in the
so culled magnetic slate, appear to bo mere
tables, and the instances in winch it has been
pretended to practise it, cases of deception."
It appears from the report of the French
commissioners, appointed in 1784. to invcs-
gato tho subicct of animal magnetism as in
troduced by Mosmer, and among whose
members wcro Bailey, Lavoisier, and our
own ranklin, that imagination was rcspon
siblo for many singular results, which were
ascribed to animal magnetism. The com
mittee in tiie conclusion of their report sav
" that there is no proof of the existence of
universal fluid, or magnetic power, excent
from its effects on human bodies : that these
effects can be produced without passes, or
other magnetic manipulations; that thoso
manipulations alone are insufficient to pro.
duco the effects, if employed without the pa
tient's knowledge that, therefore, imagina
tion will, and animal magnetism will not, ac
count for the result produced." We do not
wish to bo understood as expressing an oiiin
ion that all tho effects produced by what is
now caned lUcsmcrism, are brought about by
operating on the imagination exclusively.
Some of them are, perhaps, of a nature, if
accurately detailed, to preclude the possibili
ty of such a course. Nevertheless, wo be
lieve that tho loregoing facts show that manv
of tho cases, published as illustrating the
nuiiuLis ui annum lllclglieiisill, ill ;ill IIS pilU-
ses, and vouched for by persons of respecta
bility, may have been, and in all probability
wero produced by the power ol the imagina
tion over tho physical faculties the power
of the mind over thu body. Boston Jour.
Tun London Times. Tins extraordinary
Jntirii.il which possesses a more extensive es
tablishment than any other m the world, crea.
ted no little ttir in political circles some years
since, by a sudden change of politics. On one
day it wis Wing, on the next Tory. The price
paid for the transmutation of this powerful en
gine was 160,000.
The adierlitoments of the Times in a sinrrlo
day frequently exceed jCIOOO, and every one is
pmu uoioru insertion, uniiue tlio papers ot this
Continent it has no subscribers it supplies the
iovs agents, and tlicy the public. There are
two powerful steam engines on the promises,
the Indian campaigns. It has correspondents in
every land. Its expresses havo travelled the
desert, and anticipated the Indian Mails. Its
agents are in every court, and it lays hare their
most secret proceedings. Mr. John Walter, the
late .Member lor INoitingham, is the principal
proprietor, and he draws from it a yearly reve
nue of 80,000. It had forincrlv three regular
editors, Messrs Barnes, Lawson, and Delane,
besides a largo corps of occasional writers.
Sinco the death of Mr. Barnes, this number has
been increased.
Modern Definitions. Parasol A light
screen carried by a fashionable belle fur the pur.
pose oi overshadowing one quarter ot her bon
net. Friend's Your daily associates, who will do
any thing but assist you in distress.
OU Maid A lady who has attained the ago
of twentv-scven or eight, without having marri
ed a fool, a knave, a gamblor, or a drunkard.
Charily bonding to a poor, hard-working
family tho refuso of tho kitchen, which your
servants, cats, and pigs, havo successively dc
dined tasting.
Gentility Eating your meat with a three
pronged fork, though you havo not paid the
Cleveu Scholars 'Tho bov at tho head of
tho class Will state what wcro tho dark ages of
the world," Boy hesitates. 'Next Master
Smith, can't you tell what the dark ages were V
'l guess they wcro tho ages just before the in
veution ol spectacles.' Go to your scats.'
From the New Mirror.
(siscn discovered to dc diss Jones.)
Not long ago hut before poetry and pin-
money wero discovered to bo causo and ef
fect, Miss Phoho Jano Jones was ono of the
most charming contributors to a cerlain pe
riodical now gono over 'Letho's wharf.'
Her signature was ' lono S !' a neat an-
tigram, out ol which lew would nave picKcd
the monosyllablo engraved on her father's
brass knocker, She wrote mostly in verse ;
but her prose, of which you will presently see
a specimen or two, was her better vein as
being moro easily embroidered, and not
cramped with the inexorable fetters of rhyme
Miss Jones abandoned authorship before the
New Mirror was established, or sho would,
doubtless, have been ono of its paid contri
butors as much ('we' flatter ourselves) as
could well be said of her abilities.
Tho beauty of hectics nnd hollow chestc
has been written out of fashion ; so I may
venture upon the simple imagery of truth and
nature. Miss Jones was n handsome as a
prize heifer. Sho was a compact, plump,
wholesome, clean-limbed, beautifully-marked
animal, with eyes liko ink-stands running
over ; and mouth that looked, when slio smil
ed, as if it had never been opened before,
the teeth seemed so fresh and unhandlcd
Her voice had a tone as clear as the ring of
a silver dollar ; and her lungs must have
been ns sound us a pippin, for when she
laughed (which she never did unless she was
surprised into it, for sho loved melancholy,)
it was liko the gurgling ol a brook over pen
bles. Tho bran-new pcoplo made by Deu
calion and Pyrlha, when it cleared up after
the flood, wcru probably in Miss Jone's style,
But do you suppose that 'lono o
cared anything for her looks ! What val
uo the poor perishing tenement in which na
ture had chosen to ludge her intellectual and
spiritual part ! What care for her cover
ing of clay! What wasto thought on the
chain that kept her from tho Pleiades, of
which, perhaps, sho was thu lost sister
(who knows?) And more than all oh gra
cious ! to bu loved for this trumpery drape
ry of her immortal essence?
les infra dig, as it may seem to record
such an unworthy trifle tho celestial Phcbo
had the superfluity of an every day lover.
uidcon iJimmins was willing to take heron
her outer inventory alone. He loved her
checks ho did not hesitate to admit! He
loved her lips ho could not help specify
ing ! He had been known to name her
shoulders ! And in taking out a thorn for
her with a pair of tweezers one day, ho had
literally exclaimed with rapture that she had
a heavenly little pink thumb ! But of lone
S ' ho had never spoken a word. No,
though sho road him faithfully every effusion
that appeared asked his opinion of every
separate stanzas talked of' lone S ' as
the person on earth she most wished to see,
(for she kept her literary incog.)-Gideon had
never alluded to her a second time, and per
severingly, hatefully, atrociously, and with a
mundano motive only, lie mado industrious
lovo to the outside and visible Phcbo ! Weill
Well !
Contiguity is something, in lovo ; and tho
Flimminses wcro neighbors of tho Joneses.
Gideon had another advantage ; fur Ophe
lia Fli. Timings, his eldest sister, was Miss
JonoVcteni.illy-nitached friend. To ex
plain this, I must trouble tho reader to take
notice that there were two streaks in tho
Flimming family. Fat Mrs. Fliinmins the
mother, (who had been dead a year,) was a
thorough ' man of business,1 and it was to
her downright and upright management of
her husband s wholesale and retail hat-lining
establishment that tho family owned its pros
perity: for Herodotus Flimmins, whose
namo was on the sign, was a tlimsyish kind
of sighing-dying man, and nobody could
Phcbo met by night on tho sidewalk around
their mutual nearest corner deeply veiled
to concual their emotion from tho intruding
gaze of such stars as they were not acquaint
ed with and there thoy communed !
I never knew, nor havo I any, tho remo
test, suspicion of tho reasoning by which
theso commingled spirits arrived at tho con
clusion that there was a want in their deli
cious union. They might havo known, in
deed, that tho chain of bliss, ever so far ex
tended, breaks oil' at last with an imperfect
link thai though mustard and ham mav
urn two slices of innocent bread into a sand-
ivich, tlicro will still bo an unbutlcrcd out-
ide. But they were young thov wcro can-
uine. Phcbe, at least, believed that in tho
cgions of spaco tlicro existed 'wandering
ut not tost iiionciimg worscrhalf ol which
sho was tho 'better' somo lofty intellect,
capable of sounding tho unfathomable abys
ses of hers somo male cssoncc. all soul and
romance, with whom sho could soar finally.
irin-in-arni, to their native star, with no
changes of any consequonco between their
earthly and their astral communion' It oc
curred to her at last that a letter addressed
to him, through her favorite periodical might
possibly reach his eye. Tho following,
(which tho reader may very likely remember
to havo seen,) appeared in tho paper of the
luiiuwing auiuruay.
To my spirit-husband, greeting :
' Where art thou, bridegroom of my soul?
Thy lono S calls to tho from tho ach
ing void of her lonely spirit ! What namo
bcarcst thou ? What path walkest thou 1
How can I, glow-worm liko, lift my wings
and show theo my lamp of guiding love 1
Thus wing I theso words to thy dwelling
place, (for thou art, perhaps, a subscriber to
tho M r.) Go truants ! Rest not
till yo meet his eye.
' But I must speak to theo after tho man
ner of this world.
' I am a poetess of eighteen summers.
Eighteen weary years havo I worn this pris
on house of flesh, in which, when torn from
thee, I was condemed to wander. But my
soul is untamed by its cage of darkness ! I
d the ennsli sun. And sTunTITTnl
remember, and remember only, tho lost hus
band of my spirit-world. 1 perform, coldly
ind scornfully, the unhcavcnly necessities of
this temporary existence ; and from tho win
dows of my prison (black liko the glimpses
of the midnight heaven they let in) 1 look out
lor tho coming ol my spirit-lord. Lonely 1
lonely !
1 hou wouldst know, perhaps, what sem
blance 1 bear since my mortal separation
from thee. Alas! the rose, not tho lily,
reigns upon my cheek ! I would not dis-
ppoint theo though of that there is little
fear, for thou lovest for tho spirit only. But
believe not, because health holds mo" rudely
down, nnd 1 seem not fragile and ready to
depart ; bolicvo not, oh bridegroom of my
soul ! that I bear willingly my fleshy fetter,
or onduro with patienco tho degrading hom
age to its beauty, 1-or tlicro are soulless
worms who think me fair. Ay.in the strength
anu ircsliness ol my corporeal covering
there arc those who rejoice ! Oh ! Mocke
ry ! mockery I
' List to me, Ithuriel (for I must have t
namo to call theo by, nnd, till thou breathes!
thy own seraphic name into my ear, be thnti
Ithuriel t) List! 1 would meet the in the
darkness only ! Thou shall not seo mo with
thy mortal eyes ! Penetrate tho past, nnd
remember t.ie smoke-curl of wavy lightness
in which I floated to thy embrace ! Re
member the sunset cloud to which wc retir
ed ; tho starry lamps that hung over our
slumbers ! And on thu softest whisper of
our voices let thy thoughts pass to mine !
Speak not aloud ! Murmur! murmur! mur
mur !
' Dost thou know, Ithuriel, I would fain
prove to theo my freedom from tho tram
mels of this world? In what chance shape
thy accident of clay must he cast, I know
not. Ay, and I caro not ! I would thou
wcrla humpback, Ithuriel! I would thou
wort disguised as a monster, my spirit hus
band ! So would I prove to thee my eleva
.tion above mortality ! So would I show thee,
that in the range of eternity for which wc are
wedded a moment's covering darkens thoc
not ; that, like a star sailing through a cloud,
thy brightness is rcmctubeicd nhilu it is
eclipsed ; that thy lono would rccogni.c'thy
voice, bo awaro ol thy presence, adore thee
as sho was celestially wont; ay, though
thou wort imprisoned in tho likeness of a
reptile! lono caro for mortal beauty! Ha!
ha ! ha ! ha Ha ! ha ! ha !
Come to me, Ithuriel ! My heart writhes
in its cell for converse with thee ! I am sick
Ihoughted ! My spirit wings its thin fingers
to play with thy ctherial hair ! My earthly
check, though it obstinately refuses to pale,
tingles with fever for thy coming. Glide
to me in the shadow of eve softly ! softly !
Address ' P.' at the M office.
Thine, Ione S,'
Thero camo a letter to ' P.'
It was an inky night. The moon was in
her private chamber. The stars had drawn
over their head ihe coverlet of clouds and
pretended to sleep. Tho street lamps heart
lessly burned on.
Twelve struck with ' damnable iteration.'
On tintoo nnd with beating heart Phebo
Jano left her father's area. Ophelia Flim
mins followed her a little distance, for Ione
was going to meet her spirit-bridegroom, and
receive a renewal of his ante-vital vows;
and sho wished her friend, the echo of her
soul, to overhear and witness them. For oh
if words wero any tiling if the soul could
bo melted and poured, lava-like, upon, 'satin
post' if thero was truth in feelings magnet
ic nnd prophetic then was ho who had re
sponded to, and corressponded with Iuno S
, (sho writing to 'I,' and ho to 'P,'J tho
ideal for whom she had so long sighed, the
lost linn ot tno wiiolu so niournliilly incom
plete ncr soul s missing and ono spiritual
ly Siamcsed twin ! His sweet letters had
uchoed cverv sentiment of her heart. He
md agreed with her that outsido was nothing
mat earthly beauty was poor, perishing,
litiful that nothing tiiat could be seen,
ouched, or described had anv thing to do
,'ith the spiritually-passionate intercourse to
,'liicli their respective essences achiuglv
yearned that, unseen, unheard save in whis
pers faint as it roso's sigh when languishing
at noun, they might meet in communion
blissful, superhuman, and satisfactory.
Yet where fittingly to meet oh agony !
agony !
Tho street-lamps two squares off had
been taken up to lay down gas. Ophelia
Flimmins had inwardly marked it. Between
No. 126 and No. 132, moro particularly, the
echoing sidewalk was bathed in unfathoma
ble nigut tor mere wcro vacant lots occu
pied as a repository fur used-up omnibuses.
At tho most lonely point there stood a tree,
and, fortunately, this night, in tho gutter be
neath the tree, stood a newly-disabled 'bus
of tho Knickerbocker line and (sweet
omen !) it was blue ! In this covert could thu
witnessing Ophelia Iio perdu, observing un
seen through tho open door and beneath this
tree was to t.iko placo tho meeting of soul
tho re-interchange of sky-born vows tho
immaterial union of Ithuriel and lone ! Bliss!
bliss ! exquisito to anguish !
But oh incontinent vessel Ophelia had
blabbed ! The two fat Miss Flimminses
wcro in tho secret nay, moro ! They wero
in tho omnibus ! Ay deeply in, and nor
tontously silent, thoy sat, warm and wonder
ing, on cither side ot tho lamp probably ex-
tinguished for over! Thoy knew not well
what was to bo. But whatever sort of thing
was a 'marriage of soul,' nnd whether Mthu
riel was bodv or nobody mortal man or
angel in a blue scarf tho Miss Flimminses
wished to seo him. Half an hour before
tho trysting-timo thoy had fann'd their way
thither, tor a thunder-storm was in tho nir
and tho night was intolerably clnso : and
climbing into tho omnibus, thoy reciprocally
loosened each other s upper hook, and with
their moistened collars laid starchlcss in their
laps, awaited tho opening of tho mystery.
Enter Ophelia, ns expected. Sho laid
her thin hand upon tho leather string, nnd
drawing tho door after her, leaned out of
its open window in breathless suspense and
Ioho's step was now audible, leturning
from l'i2. Slowly she came, but invisibly,
for it had grown suddenly pitch-dark ; and
only tho far-off lamps, up and down the
street, served to guido her footsteps.
But hark, tho sound of a heel! Ho came!
Thoy met ! Iio passed his arm around her
and drew her beneath iho tree and with
whispeis, soft and low, leaned breathing to
her ear. Iio was tall. lie was in a' cloak.
And, oh, ecstasy, he was thin ! But thinkest
iiiou to Know, on rcnucroi mist, wnat pass
ed on those ethereal whispers 1 Futilo curi
osity 1 Lven to Ophelia's straining ear,
those whispers wero inaudible.
But hark, a rumble ! Something wrong in
the bowels nf tho sky! And pash ! pash !
on tho resounding roof of tho omnibus fell
drops of rain fitfully, fitfully !
' My dear!' whispered Ophelia, (for lone
had borrowed her chip hat, tho belter to
elude recognition, )'ask Ithuriel to stop in.'
Ithuriel started to find n witness near, but
a whisper from lone re-assured him, and
gathering his cloak around his face, he follow
ed his spirit-briuc into the 'bus.
Tho fat Miss Flimminses contracted their
orbed shapes, and mado themselves small
against the padded extremity nf tho vehicle :
Ophelia retreated to the middle, nnd, next
the door, on either side, sat the starrv bride
and bridegroom all breathlessly silent. Yet
there was a murmur for five hearts beat
within that biis's duodecimal womb ; and the
ram hcltcd on tho roof, pailsful-liko and un
llut slap! dash! whew! heavens! In
rushed a youth, dripping, dripping!
'Get out!' cried lone, over whoso knees
ho drew himself like an eel through a basket
ot contorted other eels.
Come, come, young man !' said a deep
bass' voice, of which everybody had some
faint remembrance.
' Oh !' cried one fat Miss Flimmings
'Ah?' screamed the other.
' What? dad!' exclaimed Gideon Flim
mins, who had dashed into the sheltering 'bus
to save his new hat 'dad hear with a girl !'
lint the tat rlimnunscs were both in con
vuImoiis. Scream! scream! scream!
A moment ot contusion Tho next mo
ment a sudden light A watchman with his
lantern stood nt the door.
1 Papa ' ejaculated three of tho ladies.
Old Flimmings my heart will burst?'
murmured lone.
Tho two fat girls hurried on their collars.
and Gideon, all amazement at finding himself
in such a family party at midnight in a lone
ly 'bus, stepped out and entered into converse
with the guardian of thu night.
Tho rain stopped suddenly and the omni
bus gave up its homogeneous contents. Old
Flimmins, who was in u violent perspiration,
gave Gideon his cloak to carry, and his two
arms to his two pinguid adult pledges. Gid
eon took Ophelia and Phcbe, and they miz
zled. Mockery mockery
lono is not yet gono to the spirit-sphere
kept here partly by the strength of the
fleshy fetter over which she mourned, and
partly by thu dovetailed duties consequent
upon annual Flimminses. Gideon loves her
after the manner of this world but she sigli3
'when shu hears sweet music,' that her bet
ter part is still unappreciated unfathomcd
cabm,d, cribb d, conhncd.''
Tlicro are three weaknesses in our habits
which are very common, and which have averv
prejudicial influence of our welfare. The first
is giving way to the case or indulgence of the
moment, instcid of doing at once what ought to
he done. This practice almost diminishes tho
beneficial efiecls of our actions, and often loads
us to abstain from action altogether; as, for in
stance, if at this season of the year there is
agleam of sunshine, of which wo feel we ought
to take advantage, but we havo not tho resohi-
tion to leave at the moment a comfortable scat
or an attractive occupation, wo miss the most
favourable opportunity, and, perhaps, at last jus
tify ourselves in remaining indoors on the
ground that tho time for exercise is past. One
evil attendant upon the habit of procrastination
is, that it produces a certain dissatisfaction of
the mind which impedes and deranges the ani
mal functions, and tends to prevent the attain
ment of a high state of health. A perception of
what is right, toiioweu by a promptness ol exe
cution, would render tho way of life perfectly
smooth. Children should be told to do nothing
but what is reasonible, hut they should bo
taught to do what they arc told at once. Tho
habit will stand them instead all their lives.
The second weakness is, when wo have made a
good resolution, and have partially failed in'exo.
cuting it, wo are very apt to abandon it altogeth
er. For instance, if a person who has been ac
customed to rise at ten, resolves to rise at six,
and after a few successful attempt?, happens
to sleep till seven, there is great danger that he
will relapse into his former habit, or probably
even go beyond it, and lie till noon. It is the
same with resolutions as to economy or tern
pcrance, or anything else ; if wo cannot do all
we intended, or mako ono slip, wo are apt to
give up entirely. Now, what wo should aim at
is, always to do tho best wo can under existing
circumstances ; and then our progress, with tho
exception of slight interruptions, would bo con-
timial. I he third and last weakness to which
I allude, is the practice of eating and drinking
things because thoy are on tho table, and espe
cially when they aro to bo paid lort llow eel
dom it happens that two men leavo a low- glas
ses of wine in a decanter at a coffeehouse,
though they havo both had enough ! and the
consequonco of not doing so is frequently to or
der a fresh supply ; but, at any rate, even the
first small excess is pernicious. 'Tlxccss, how.
ever slight, cither in solids of liquids, deranges
the powers of digestion, and of course diminitdi.
cs tho full benefit of any meal. A very small
quantity will causo tho dirt'erenco between
spending the remainder of the day profitably or
agreeably, and in indolence and dissipation.
iix. 1'aper.
RoT.vnv Knittino Machine. Mr. Eras
musrrcncli ol bpringheid has invented a
machine which knits stockings and hosiery
of all kinds of perfect shapo without scam or
blemish. Lach machine will knit ono sock
per hour, and ono girl can easily tend ten
machines ; nnd five hundred machines may
bo driven by a ono horso power. Hov. John
Picrpnnt of Boston declares it tho greatest
mechanical invention of tho age. Unlike
tho clumsy and cumbrous stocking machines
of former days, it weighs but throo pounds,
and may uo placed on tho centre tablo ot any
lady's drawing room. It will knit cotton,
woolen, silk, or any fabric from the finest to
the coarsest. Jnbune,
We all encounter difficulties and trials in
our early struggles for fame and fortune somo
very severe ones. The weak-hcartcd are euro
to miss the goal of their ambition tho persever
ing almost sure to attain it. There have been
but few men of ctninenco who have not been in
the greatest difficulties, but they fainted not.
Somo years ago, two gentlemen met on a
bright, bracing morning. Their appetites wero
as sharp as the weather. Neither of them had
brcaklastcu, and though ono of them was of a
very poetic temperament, there was at that time
no subject so sweet as ck'ee and rolls tho
things for which he was yearning.
'Lend me a bhilhng said he to his compan
ion, 'and I will stand the breakfast.'
A shilling! but a shilling ! to administer to
the wants of these gentlemen, and to keep them
from the pangs of hunger ! uut their pockets
were guiltless ot the possession of i-ny ot tha
coin of the realm.
'I haven't a shilling,' said the person address
ed, 'but there's a man I set up in a coffee-house
some time ago. We can breakfast there. It
is a mile otf, though.'
1 lie y mado nothing uf the distance, and in
duo course of time, arrived at the coffee-hoUBe.
'1 vn cups of hot coffee and two hot rolls, said
tha last speaker.
It was brought but as soon as it was placed
on the table, the money was demanded.
'U, charge it to me, Mr .
'Never give credit. 'No trust' chalked over
the counter,' growled tho fellew ; and the cof
fee and hot' rolls, which had been placed under
the noses of the hungry gentlemeu, were re
What's to bo done V cried one. They pon.
dcred a moment, and then tho coffee-houia
keeper's patron said
Do you write a song, and I'll set it to mu
The poet wrote one verse, and the musician
set it to music, while his friend was composing
the Beconu. i tic two now started to Walker
music store in Soho square, London, and offerad
for salo tho production.
'Play it over,' said the publisher.
Tho musician played and sang it.
'I'll give you a guinea for it.'
It was readily taken, and the two went back
to the coffee-house, regaled themselves heartily,
and gave the ungrateful proprietor a lectura
which would have been death to a sensitive
man, but which was, of course, lost upon him.
The ono is now the most popular 6inger in
this country, and the other is one of the editors
of tho London Morning Chronicle. Dollar
Weekly, X. Y.
An itinerate map.seller went into a mer
chant's counting-room in Boston the other day.
anu asKeu me occupant n no wished to purchase
a map. "No," was tho tart reply. "Will you
look at one ! "iVo ; I have more of my own
than I havo time to examine 1" "Will you al
low me to look at your's then!" "Yes; thero
they hang." "Well, while I am looking at
your's I'll just unroll mine; that, you know,
won't hurt anybody." So the map-vender dis
played several' of his best upon the counter, and
then quietly commenced looking at the mer
chant's which hung against tho wall. After
making a few observations abnut some curious
wator.falls, caves, &c at places which he tr-
ced out upon the map befere him, he managed
to engage tho merchdnt't attention, and at last
relerred to his own map, lying on the counter,
for a more perfect illustration of his description,
and finally so much interested the auditor that
he bought three difiierent map, at six dollars
each, ot tho pedlar, and very politely asked him
to call again when lie got out a new edition.
Fluency or Speech. Dean Swift says,
the common fluency of speech, in most men
and must women, is owing to a scarcity of
matter and scarcity ot words ; lor whoever
is a master of language, and hath a mind full
of ideas, will bn apt, in speaking, to hesitate
upon the choice of both ; whereas common
speakers have only one set cf ideas, and one
set of words to clothe them in, and theso are
always ready at the mouth ; so people coma
taster out ot church when it is almosUempty.
than when a crowd is at tho door.
Wo onco knew a seJite 'old bach' of a fellow,
who wore an enormous broad. brimmed hat ;
asking him one day to explain to us the reason
ho did so, 'With this hat,' said he, 'any eccen.
tricity of character I may possess is safe from
gossip.' How so .' we asked. 'Because,' was
tho reply, 'the officious public eye will readily
note the oddity of tho hat, and stop there ;
whereas, if I woro ono of the usual style, they
would seek out some other characteristic to ap.
ply to me ; I prefer it shall relate to my hat.'
Vo thought the moral good, and btorcd it. B,
S. Dsm.
Woman's Rights, Major Tochman, the Po.
lish exile, in a recent lecture, said, 'during the
war with Russia, even tho Polish women wers
engaged in raising forces, and taking command
of them. One was created a colonel, another
a captain, others lieutenants, and in one instanca
a lady was the first lieutenant of a troop in which
her husband was second lieutenant, and subject
to her command.'
A merchant in one of our northern cities lately
put an advertisement in a paper, headed 'Boy
wanted.' I'fie next morning ho found a band,
box on his door step, with tins inscription on tha
top, 'How will this one answer !' On opening
it, ho found a nice, fat, chubby.looking speci
men of the article ho wanted, warmly done up in
A boy being asked w ho was his father, repli
ed. 'I never had a father, mother won me at t
''Small bills are troublesome," as the man
said when he was waked up by musquitoes.
Marriage Notices. A Western paper gives
the following notice: " All notices of mar
riages where no bride cake is sent, will be set
up in Miiall type, and poked in some outlandish
corner of the paper. Where a handsome piece
of cako is sent, it will be placed conspicuously
in large letters ; when gloves, or other bride
favours aro added a piece of illustrative poetry
will bo given in addition. When, however, the
Editor attends the ceremony in propria pcrconae
and kisses tho bride, it will have a sfecial no.
tice verv large tvpe, and the most appro
nriate poetry that can be heggcd, borrowed, sto
len, or coined from the brain editorial. Alex.
Ci'aiovi Kicr. For cveral days tha Artesian well
of Crenelle has thrown up small black fishes, which
have no apparent eyes. Tho phenomenon was ob
served last year at the same period. The Academy
of Sciences had ordered a report to be made on thai
extraordinary fact. J-rtnch paptr.
A similar statement, says the Charleston Mercury,
was made, and the fact afterward verified by the most
careful scientific examination, of fit-It takeo in the
subterranean river of the Mammoth Cave, Ky, It
may theretbre turn out lhat fish in subterranean ni
ters are not uncommon, and that in their want of evss
they will furni.h anoiher striking proof lhat niture
(in no sense or I'jcuhy hut for us. JTr. .

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