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Rostov, November 18, 1850.
To the Editor o/ th> Notional Era :
ftk.ik Sir: I suppose you hare heard ere this
of the disturbance and breaking up of the meeting
called in honor of George Thompson. This
will be thought by the country at large very disgraceful
to Boston, but here, though an event
greatly regretted, it is scarcely looked upon in
that light. There was no regularly organized
mob, but all the noise ami confusion was caused
by a small part of the audience?a set of young
rowdies, reckless, and in some cases intoxicated?bent
more upon lawless sport than any
serious outrage. The Mayor and Marshal were
present with a strong enough body of police to
have quelled the disturbance at once. On them
rests the reproach of non-interference, and the
suspicion of a secret enjoyment of the discredit
able scene. It was very apparent troni me noisily-expressed
seutimcnts of the mob, that it wag ft
Whig confederacy Tbey were Mr. Webster's
friends to a man.
(ffc acroa of Saturday l#?t I. spent .at the
Asylum for the Blind, in South Boston. It was
my first visit to an institution of the kind, and I
* ?, m.euaiiy iutereeted. almost too pow?rfully
affected. Many of the pupils, 1 observed, had
some physical defect aside from their blindness,
yet there were some exceedingly pleasing in appearance.
I observed also that the faces of the
little girls wore a patient, quiet, sweet, and contented
expression, while the boys looked less
happy, and in some instances rebellious, under
their fearful misfortune. Yet in music all seemed
to forget the harduess of their lot. They sung
and played with an enthusiasm, a fervor, and a
pimi.mate abandon to the enjoyment, peculiar to
them. I thought. If there was more strength of
luugs thau sweetness of tone, and more of vigor
than skill in execution apparent, one could understate!
it >11, and the heart was more touched than
it could be by far sweeter And more artistic mubic
elsewhere. It were most unreasonable to ask
a measured flow and soft cadences from the outgush
of a long pent-up stream. But there were
some voices in the choir which struck me as very
fiue, unl promising much if carefully cultivated.
I saw Laura Brnlgmnn, who, with her interesting
teacher, was the ceutre of attraction while
she remained in the school-room. Laura is a
very neat and pleasing person, with a bright, intelligent
face, and almost a superabundance of life
nnd childish merriment in her manner and action.
Nbe will fling her arms around her teacher and
laugh immoderately at any little thing which
pleases her. She converses in the mute language
with the utmost rapidity and enthusiasm. While
we -were present, she was telling a friend of the
loss of a canary which he had given her. He
said he would send her another, and asked her
what nort of .a bird it should bo. Oh," she an wrH
" let it be a bird of bright plumage, and
a sweet singer, i would have no other."
Laura seems a mirthful, affectionate child, and
yet she impressed mc painfully, as a spirit which
knew no rest, no calm, no true content. Her
soul seemed like a great light burning in a prisoncell,
and only gleaming through one small barred
window, or like a strong bird in a narrow cage
struggling to be free. And so to mc it seems it
must ever be ; all the knowledge to which she
may attain, all the joy of love which may visit
her sad heart, can only render more intense and
Hhi liag the longing for that greater knowledge
to which she m?y never attain, for that strange,
i i .11. l !
1 t l? lI 11 1t>uiij'j'in* rjo nuitu ucrv duc
A 1 i'ly was tcllinp me the other day that she
once met Laura Bridgman at Miss Bremer's
room, in Boston, when Fanny Kemble was present.
Could the world furnish a more touching
contrast? That poor,deaf, dumb, and blind girl,
with nothing to speak for her but the play of her
fingers, her ijuick, nervous gestures, and the wan
sunshine of a smile unaided by the light of kindling
eyes; and that grandly dowered child of
genius, with her almost superhuman power of
expression, with her wondrous voice, through
which speiks every human affection and passion,
with her air, her action, and the splendid fire of
her great eyes, now gleaming out pride, or hate?
or defiance, from their dark depths, now reproachful,
now mournful, now sparkling and dancing
with joy, now drooping with a dreamy tenderness,
and now upraised in the trance of some divine
Laura Bridgman is said to be making constant
and wonderful progress in her studies, and in
her improvement and happiness her instructor,
Or Howe, must daily be receiving bis "exceeding
great reward " for all his patient toil and disinterested
We also visited the School for Idiots, established
by Or. Howe, but unler the care of Mr.
I'.iohirds, a young man who has given himself up
to a painful duty with a most noble and selfsicrificing
1 hive always shrunk with involuntary ami uncontrollable
dbgust from scenes tmch ?s 1 supposed
thi? s. h ,ol must present; but I summoned all my
strength, and entered, soon to find the pain and
ieknesa of the soul lost in a grateful and wonder
hi ' pleasure. Never before hail I felt myself cal1
iMp of anything better than a shuddering pity
for thoae poor mindless creatures, those living
' lien t,f death regarding them almost as the
outrt*isof nature and the disowned and disinherited
children of God. I had believed them by
a h.ird necessity abandoned to the narrowest,
darkest sphere of human existence, aimless, companionlesa,
utterly destitute. Hut here I found
th??ie some beings, whose condition I had looked
upon as in the last degree hopeless, steadily,
though slowly, advancing from one small degree
of intelligence to another?feeling emulation,
itching gleams of reason and sense?feebly putting
forth their long-benumbed mental feelers,
and grasping euch scraps of knowledge as they
hive room for in the uarrow chambers of their
J*"<r cramped brains.
The behaviour of those pupils who had been any
*ngth of time in the school was most remarkable
for .|iilet and propriety. The contrast between
them and a boy who had arrived but the day before
was very striking None could be more aware
than the pupils of the improprieties, eccentricities,
and 1 twlcssness, of their green companion They
seemed actually shocked at the outlandish ways
of the strange boy, and with the liberties he was
inclined to take with the visiters.
These unfortunate children are first taught to
vercise their limbs?in almost every case feeble,
?f deformed?to feed themselves, end hold up
heir heads. All, in time, learn to take some care
of themselves, and become leas and lass objects of
pninfnl commiseration and disgust.
Mr. Richards does not attempt to tench the al
phabet separa'ely, but puts the pupils at once
into words, printed in largo type on strips of paper,
and tenches them to spell by mcnns of letters
on small blocks of wood. One little fellow, with
a head scarcely larger than a pippin, spelt out for
us the Lord's Prayer, without an error This
wus one of the most profonndly affecting of sights
to me. That mindless child so unconsciously
praying to the Immortal Father, the thought of
whose existence was too great for the narrow head
to receive, but whose love lived in the simple
heart that strove to be "good," and leaped up at
the voice of encouragement and praise. It was
indeed a great pleasure to observe the happiness
of these children whenever they had acquitted
themselves well. When first they grasp a new
thought or fact, their joy in the possession is
touching to behold. When looking down into
those eyes, dimmed by the heavy mists of idiocy,
you can see the far, faint flash of the deathless
soul, as though for a moment gleaming up from
an abyss of shadows.
The unwearying patience, the unfailing kindness,
and the wise gentleness, of the teachers of
this school, are subjects of wonderiug admiration
to all visiters. May God's strength and blessing
continue to Bupport thorn and hallow their good
After all. if the just Creator regards not his
children according to the measure of their brains,
but by the innocence of their hearts, how much
higher in His light stand these poor witless ones,
than some to whom we pay our blind reverence,
yet whose grand brows, the high domes of intellects
shrine no thought of the true God, but a low,
mean idol of $>lf, before which the inceuse of
the world's praise is burned day and night.
Lynn, Novrmber 22, 1850.
The introductory lecture before the Lyceum of
this rowb </?//??red last night, )>y George
Thompson. It was on the present political condition
of Kngland, and on the position and aims of
tbk' ?vmoh y.vi f .uerr. Tiir ^ 1
however, with an eloquent and modest defence of
himself from tie harsh aspersions oast upon him
by certain prints, and the ungenerous suspicions
excited by his friendly visit to our country. Algether,
this was a most interesting and in some
portions an exceedingly beautiful lecture. It was
the first specimen of F.nglish oratory to which I
had ever listened. There is a marked difference
between the style of the speaker and that of our
native orators?a difference which cannot well be
described, but must be seen. There is genuine
poetry in the nature of Mr. Thompson, and he
possesses a ready wit, and a cool, quiet humor,
which, next to a strong will and fervid enthusiasm,
ik k 4 1 i l a d a/, A.
lire iut' must t*iiCCLU.U weupuus ui IUC ivciuiuici.
The personal appearance of Mr. Thompson is
very manly and impressive, his voice is fine, and
his few gestures natural and dignified. What
most strikes you, through ear and eye, is the hearty
earnestness of the speaker. Not for a moment
could one doubt his sincerity, his purity, nnd
worthiness of purpose.
May the kindness and confidence with which
he shall be treated during the remainder of
his visit, more than compensate him for the inhospitable
and discourteous reception given him
by the mob, who desecrated old Faneuil Hall by
denying to him nnd his friends the freedom of
speech. Very truly yours,
Grace Greenwood.
For the National Kit.
by mrs. emma d e. n south worth,
" I can bear scorpion's stints, tread fields of Are,
In froaen gulf* of cold eternal lie,
lie tossed a'oft through track* of endless void,
liut cannot lire in shame."?Joanna Haillie.
PART IV.?fontilined.
Unobserved by him, I, after the first involuntary
start, had fallen back upon my pillow.
The conflict was too unequal to last above a
minute. It was a deadly-silent struggle. He
evidently wished to secure without hurting her,
or making the least noise. He quickly succeeded
in mastering and bearing h<r out of the room.
Soon he came softly back. 1 was lying still;
he evidently inferred that I was asleep, for, after
throwing a quick, penetrating glance at me, und
looking hurriedly around the chamber, he silently
retired, cautiously closing the door after him.
Yoii may judge that I slept no more that night
I scarcely knew with certainty at what point to
separate my siuister dream from the mysterious
reality ; and doubts, and even aDxious fears, agitated
me. Who was that malign old hag? How
came she in the dead hours of the night into my
sleeping-room ? What motive brought her there?
How had Wolrgang known of her visit 7 Or,
whi'-n na<i coine nm, aim which nwi lunuim mc
other? Or, possibly, had they come together,
aud for what purpose? What meant that deadly
struggle? What meant that look of agonized
j dread and terrible purpose upon the ghastly face
of Wolfgang? That look of unutterable hatred
a determined malignity upon the fien lish features
of the beldame ?
I am no coward, but 1 say that I turned ice cold
with horror?not so much at what might hare
happened to either of the mortal foes, as at the
inconceivable hell of passion silently raging in
the bosoms of both.
All was dark an I still in my room now. The
lurid dull red glow of the smouldering coals on
the hearth r-renled nothing. Keen the image on
the wall was invisible in the deepening shadows
of that darkest hour that precedes the dawn of
day. I ay for an hour in the misery of an energetic
acutely anxious mind, fretting itself against
the forced inactivity of the body. At length the
unknown sounds that usher in the e irliest dawn
of morning began to be heard. I arose, drew on
my dressing gown, nnd taking some dry oak logs
from a wood pile near the fire-place, threw them
upon the smouldering coals, which soon kindled
them into a cheerful and genial bfrie. As, however,
the room was yet too dusky, I went to the
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windows, to open the shutters, x nau wnw umioulty
in hoisting the windows and in pnshing open
the shutters, for they were blockaded with snow
and ice. When I did so, however, the froxen
snow fell rattling down to the ground, and the
sudden daxzling sunbeams flashing in, nearly
blinded me with light. When I could look
oat, however, I saw that the dark and heavy
clouds of the preceding night had not Aulen in a
deluge of rain as had been predicted, but during
the still and silent hours of the night had noiselessly
deacended in one of those tremendous falls
of snow that fnrnish paragraphs for the marvellous
department of the newspapers of the day,
and make data in the history of a lifetime. All
around stretched fields of froxen snow, the great
depth of which might be partly guessed at by the
tope of high gateposts slicking a few inches above
the surface, and marktng the aite of a buried line
of fence?fields of crusted and sparkling snow,
which flashed off la undulating radiance to the
circle of mountains that shut in this white, capshaped
dell, and whose ley peaks scintillsted
gainst the oold bins horiaon. This vast snowcup,
snow-pit, snow-dell?the flashing, sparkling,
scintillating, dealing, loo-clad earth, glonood
brighter in the reflected rays of the morning sun
than the winter sky above.
It was certain that we were immured in this
snow-glen within the confines of these closely circling
and ice-cumbered mountains for an indefinite
number of days. There would be no foxhunting
that day, or that week. That was evident;
that I did not regret. Not life without)
but life within, the homestead, absorbed my
thoughts, nnd I turued from the Hashing fields of
snow and glancing peaks of ice, to look upon the
beautiful portrait on the wall, that had so powerfully
attracted me during the night. 1 wished to
exaynine it, to test its power.- of fasciuatio "/
sober daylight. 1 turned and looked for it. It
was gone ! I gazed, doubting my own eyes ! It
was certuinly gone! No sign of a picture ever
having been there?no pin, screw, or nail, or even
hole in the wall, wjS to be seeu! I looked all
around in an almost ludicrous state of bewilderment.
I half suspected the whole train of sinister
events of the past night to be merely the phantasmagoria
of a midnight dream, or the creation
of a morbidly excited imagination, and 1 began to
make my simple morning toilet. I had not got half
through when a rap at the chamber door arrested
my attention, and to my " Come in!" entered
old John?who seemed to be factotum to the
household?with hot water, towels, and offerB of
service. I gratefully accepted the hot water and
the towels, and as gratefully declined his assistance
at my dressing table. He then informed me
that breakfast would be on the table in half an
hour, and left the room.
A quarter of an hour afterwards, having given
the liibt and most graceful wave to my temple
locks, in honor of my superb Queen of logypt, I
descended to the hall. As 1 entered the old wainscoted
apartment?heated, as upon the previous
evening, by an immense fire of hickory wood?I
saw Mr. Wallraven, Wolfgang, and ohl John,
?n Wb?. broad hearth in sed
confidential conversation. " Secured"?" keep her
own room"?were the broken words that fell upon
t- f?r. a J Cime in, when the try? .r
erated at my approach, and Wolfgang came forward
to meet me He was dreadfully pale and
haggard, lie appeared really very ill. After
glancing at me furtively and keenly, he spoke to
me very affectionately, saying something about
regretting that the inclemency of the weather
should oblige us to postpone our hunt, in which
several gentlemen of the neighborhood had engaged
to join.
I told him that there was no fear but we Bhould
be able to amuse ourselves for the few days during
which the snow would confine us to the vale.
" As how. mv dear Fairfield ? tmnninir snnw.
birds and cracking hickory nuts ; for that appears
to be the only resource ! "
"Books. music, conversation, tales of old timesMiss
" Ah ! began Wolfgang; but before he could
proceed with his threatened sarcasm, Old John
appeared at the door, and announced breakfast.
1 followed Wolfgang into the breakfast-room;
and there we found a good fire, Hnd a fine Virginia
breakfast. Mr. Wallravcn was there and,
beside the servants, no one else. He invited us
to be scaled at the table, and we took our places,
I was helped to coffee, buckwheat cakes, broiled
partridge ; but my attention wi3 divided between
the savory viands before me, and the door at my
right hand, through which 1 hoped and expected
every instant to see mv'; wondrous (Xutiext of
pi can.!. i su iuu..!i tc bctr iiTT' i<y
daylight. At length, I could beor the suspense uo
longer; and, turning to Mr. Wallraven, I asked?
"Are wc not to have the happiness of Miss
Wallraven's presence at breakfast, this morning ?"
i was not answered.immediately 1 saw that
both the old gentleman and Wolfgang changed
color, and exchanged glances, as Wolfgang replied,
in a low tone of voice?
" My sister left home this morning, for an absence
of several weeks."
I bowed, as in politeness bound ; but how Miss
Wallraven could have left home through the avalanches
and icebergs that blockaded us that morning
was a mystery to me.
Without seeming to make any effort, both Mr.
Wallraven and Wolfgang certainly exerted themselves
to entertain me.
Th inks to their successful endeavors, the next
week did not pass heavily, although we were confined
almost entirely to the house and near
grounds. A well-stored library ; various musical
instruments , backgammon, chess, cards, billiards ;
conversations with the old gootleman. who possessed
a rich and highly cultivated mind, a profound
tone of thought, exalted sentiments, and a
brilliant style of conversing ; spars with the wilful
but fascinating Wolfgang?filled up the hours
of the short days. My growing friendship for
the old gentleman deepened almost into love?my
fn* l.irra af amounted to TAr.prfitinn
So patriarchal, so revereod, seemed his tall figure,
his snow white hair, and his clerioal black suit?
ho full of Christian love and benediction seemed
his serious smile and his sweet, grave tones. My
reverence for the venernble father greatly augmented
my respect, if it could not increase my
affection, for the son ; but?the mystery ! the
mystery !?What nas u'f My mind sometimes
naturally connected the midnight apparition of
Wolfgang and the malign hag in my bedchamber
with the terrible secret of the family ; and at
other times I entertained a rational doubt as to
whether the dread apparaiion were a dream or a
reality. Since that first night, my sleep hod been
The end of that week brought Christmas Kve,
and also a considerable moderation of the cold
and thaw of the snow, though the condition of the
ground still precluded the possibility of a pleasant
Christmas day, we had a small party of gentlemen
to dinner, and the long-tnlked-of hunt was
appointed for the ueit week. After dinner, and
when these gentlemen were nbout to take their
leave, we w?re all invited to return the visits
upon any day that we should fix, and I, as a
stranger, waa pressed to do so. I ol<*erved that
Mr. Wall raven, with a strange blending of humility
and pride, conrteonsly declined these invitations
These gentlemen, I heard long afterwards,
were a company formed for some enterprise,
and that they were trying to negotiate the
loan of a very large sum of money from Mr.
Wallraven?an arrangement they finally succeeded
in completing, much to their satisfaction,
however little it might have been to Mr. Wallraven's
Sunday after Christmas, Mr. Wallraven and
myself attended Divine service at the Kpiscop.il
church of St Stephen. Wolfgang remained
nt home After the sermon, Mr. Wallraven lingered
until all the congregation had left the
church, and then came out of his pew to meet the
young minister, who was coming down the aisle to
speak to mm. I ne.j inn an iuuiiibic intu'is wuu
had a great respect for each other. Mr. Wallraven
Introduced him ua the Rev. Mr. Davenport,
and then the; entered into a conversation for a
few minutes At parting, Mr. Wallraven pressed
the minister to come over and dine with him
the next day ? an invitation that he accept,
ed. The next day, Mr Davenport and his wife?
who by the way was not included in the invitation
extended to her husband?came over to
Hickory HalL Mr. Wallraven received the olergyman
with much grave cordiality, and hia amiable
wife with scircely concealed surpriae and emotion.
When we were once seated around the
great fire in the old wainscoted hail, Mr. Davenport
inquired with much interest for" Com?tano? "
"My daughter is from home for a few weeks,"
replied the old gentleman.
Mr. Davenport expressed some regret at not
beiog able to see ber, and the conversation dropped,
or rather changed. This day passed very
pleasantly The minister and Mr. Wallraven
had a game of cheaa. Mrs. Davenport?who was
an amiable, intelligent, and interesting little
lady?Wolfgang, and myself, played and sang
trios, or two of us duets. We dined early ; and
early in the afternoon our visiters departed, hav- J
ing very reluctantly drawn from Mr. Wallraven
a promise to diae with them on New Year's Kve.
The next day, being Tuesday, wis the day of
our grsat hunt. Mr Davenport of coarse did sot
join io it, from that irrational sod very deleterious
custom which debars ministers of the Oos
pel from amusement considered lawful and beneficial
to the lay members of their congregation?
thus separating religion from innocent, cheerful,
and healthful pleasure, greatly to the disparagement
of the former.
There was a large party of gentlemen assembled
early iu the morning, and the neighiug an I
prancing of the hunters, and the cries of the
hounds, made a gay and enlivening scene. We
set out very early, and had a highly exciting
hunt, and a rather fatiguing day. it was late in
the afternoon before the brush was taken Wolfgang
Wallraveu took it. We returned to a
sumptuous dinner at Hickory H ill. After the
dessert, the guests sat long over the wine, and it
was late in the night before they seprrated and
left the house. Wt were later than usual at assembling
to breakfast the next morning. After
breakfast, we were reminded by a note from Mr.
Davenport of our promise to dine at St. Sie
phens's rarsonage upon some day of the current
week, and invited for the n-xt day Mr. Wallraven,
after some considerable hesitation and evideut
reluctance, wrote to accept the invitation.
Accordingly the next morning wo set out for
the parsonage, distant some nine miles, and where
we arrived atout eleven o:clock in the forenoon
We found the excellent clergyman and his wife
friendly and hospitable as ever, but not so liveIv.Bfriifftvlinrr
in faft fit tin u t*Kiu>rfulnoaa
which was evidently maintained by Rre.it effort 1
The conversation, after some variety, turned
upon church affaire, in the course of which Mr
Davcuport inadvertently let escape him a hint j
that his congregation, especially his vestry, were '
much dissatisfied with him, and that his stay among
them was now unpleasant as well as doubtful.
Then old Mr Wallraven arose, and laying his
hand soltmnly and affectionately upon the shoulder
of the young clergyman, said, in a low
I have long feared this, my excellent young
friend! I know too well their ground of objection
! Come with me. I would talk with thee
apart!" and, excusing himself, Mr. Davenport
arose, and they walked slowly away in earnest
conversation together.
1 caught these words?" My dear, disinterested
young friend, you must not injure yourself by
your indiscreet attachment to me. Already one
dear, Christian friend has fallen a victim to bv?
love for mc ah<f * Tift? must not go on I,et
mo alone. Whatsoever a man soweth, that let
him reap Thirty years of sufferance, that has
whiteped n^v h?jr like snow at fifty, has ijeyert'neiess
accustomed me to my sorrow, and strengthened
me to bear it! You must"
The remainder of the speech died away, but at
the distant bay window I still saw them in debate?the
patriarchal old man, earnest, solemn,
impressive; the tones and gestures of the young
clergyman energetic, denunciatory. I think that
Mr. Wallraven convinced, at least | ksow he silenced,
the minister, for. on returning to the fire,
the old gentleman appeared satisfied, while Mr.
Davenport seemed melancholy, and even, perhaps,
remorseful. When we left in the evening, no
invitations were given on either tide, and the
parting itself was grave and ead.
Storm clouds were again mustering in the
Northwest, and we had a verjr brisk ride through
the cold and darkening twilight, in order to escape,
if possible, the storm of wind, snow, nnd
sleet, that nevertheless when we were within half
a mile of Hickory Hall broke out upon us in
boisterous fury. We reached the homestead nt
last, where the severity of the weather confined
us for a week. After it moderated, we had an
occasional guest at dinner, but went out visiting
no more duriDg our short stay.
Our time passed, however, more agreeably
than before. We were blessed with one of those
clear, mild, and dry spells of weather which sometimes
visit us even in the dead of winter. We
passed the remainder of our time?in the mornings,
iD sporting expeditions upon the mountains
and in the forests, from which we would return
laden with game, in exploring expeditious among
the wild and picturesque or awful and majestic
scenery of the Blue Ridge, or in aaila upon the
Shenandoah ; and in the evenings in games of
V;irW'iS,kiHf? CfrrtmV lair Jay
of our stay, and the next morning we left Hickory
Hall for the North.
1 need not say that during my stay, throughout
all the external circumstances of ray visit,
my thoughts and feelings were intensely interested
in the sinister mystery that enveloped the
unfortunate Wntlrnvens, which nothing tended
to elucidate, while everything helped to deepen
It is not to be supposed that all ] had read and
heard at Hickory Hall had not greatly increased
cause for uneasiness I ha.I also During my residence
at Hickory Hall?and in fact from the
time of my having written to Itegina of my proposed
visit to Virginia?I had not once heard
from hi r. Notwithstanding I had written two or
three letters, I had received no answer. I fancied
this proceeded from a feeling of resentment
on her part, upon account of my visit; but I also
feared that she might he ill or unhappy. Upon
reaching the University, however, I found one
letter from her, hearing a recent date, awaiting
me. IShe was well, had got all my letters, hoped
I had enjoyed my visit to Virginia, coldly regretted
that she had not h id the pleasure of my society
and that of my friend, Mr. Wallraven, at
Christmas, hut hoped to he compensated at the
end of the ensuing term. That was the first time
she had ever mentioned Wolfgang in any of her
letters to me I felt that she did ho now only for
the purpose of drawing me out. i felt it my duty
to enlighten her us much as I was able, whirb you
may judge was normuch. I sat down and wrote
her a long, long letter, filling six foolscap pages,
and giving her a detailed account of all that had
happened since my leave-taking of her?I mean
especially all events in which Wolfgang was concerned.
I folded and sealed this letter, and after
leaving it in my desk all night, took it out, and
consigned it to the flames! Hy a change of
opinio* ami feeling, irrational and erratic as any
of Wolfgang's own, it appeared to me the work of
u spy, to go into his domestic circle and expose
all that I saw there to the worst construction and
that, too, to the woman whom he loved and esteemed
above all others in the world. At least I
determined to think again before I did this, and
r#*H<i:vnl nt?v* r tn tin if utilfM Hi riot.
ly demanded it, unless in feet be should renew
his suit to my sister, in the way of which I purposed
to throw every sort of obstruction. 1
formed a resolution never again to go to Hickory
Hall, and never again to invite Wallraven to
Willow Hill. Do not suppose that I could determine
upon this course without deep grief, for
I dearly loved Wolfgang; and this very resolution,
growing out of a sense of duty as it did, now
solved to deepen, as well as sadden, my affection
for the strange fellow.
The current term was to he our last at the University.
During the whole of this term, Wallraven
applied himself to study with unparalleled
industry. It was predicted that he would take a
very high degree, and when the end of the term
came, this prediction was fulfilled in his highest
success, lie received marks of esteem from the
most distinguished of the professors, and the warm
congratulations of his companions. This eminent
success bad nstonished even those who predicted
great things for him, and I think surprised Wallraven
himself, ami?with the honor of the distinguished
and the sympathy of the warm-hearted
among bis associates?combined to warm and eirnd
his stiff, cold, reserved nature. Never had
seen him so nearly happy He invited me to
go with him to Hickory Hall, where he said he
should spend some months previous to going
abroad. I declined. Then he gave me every opportunity
of returning the civility, which I omitted
to do. I do not know how long my resolution
would have held out, for his eminent success, the
honor paid him, and, more than all, his own happy,
elated mood, were conspiring to bring about a
hopeful change in my sentiments?hid not a circumstance
occurred to put all choice out of the
question?an event that decided for time, perhaps
fop all ntsrnitv. the fete of my ill-starred sister,
and overwhelmed my life with sorrow ! had not
heard from Kegina for a month, and waa beginning
to feel very uneasy. 1 grew aminos for the
day to come when I should set out on mj journey
homeward, to meet her again
Upon leaving the University at the end of the
term, Wallraven and myself had taken up our
abode temporarily at a hotel, where we were mutually
engaged in preparations for our respective
journeys, and where I waa turning over in my
mind the ((ueetion of inviting or not inviting
Wolfgang to Willow Hill It was the third dav
) of our sojourn there, that Wallraven and myself
were sitting together in a private parlor that we
| occupied jointly, when, without any premonition
whatever, the door was gently thrown open by a
waiter, who announced Mise Fairfield; and, to
my extreme astonish meat, my sister Kegina, weary
and travel-stained, but fair end proud as ever,
advanoed into the room I
[TO ?b oo?tikiko J
For the National Kra.
I cannot write of Hope to tbee,
Whose otie bright star hath faded;
Wh >se pathway to the gra?e must be
F.y Sorrow darkly shaded.
I woul.l nut write of joy, and know
11? earthly eup is broken;
Twould seem a mockery of wo.
Should one light word be spoken.
" In the still watches of the night"
Oue angel form In near thee?
One apirit comes from realms of light,
On noiseless wing, to cheer thee.
Thou may'st not see the pure, bright eye,
That looks its blessing.
Vet heard is nsel^rwei. sigh,
?t from tl^y lips is I resting.
feMMt felt, wtevggyWes gloom
Rtrfh! might earns o rer thee?
Wl rn darker than the dread' I tomb
Tb#future Sc-med before thee?
A tweet inhtnissiOA to His will?
Thy Father, whom thou feared '
Then tmth he wljis|"-re^,*" Feaee, la? still,"
TU ft> true thy Lost om4 *"*' >st.
" He still and know tint I am God"?
To Hiui the iiinurndrhactens,
Who spareth not the chastening rod,
Vet loeeth whom be chastens
l.oved mourner! could we comfort thee,
Soon were that cumlort girea?
' fis only ours to bend the knee,
Aim look with thee to heaven,
Chicago, F'bruary, 1850.
Ni:w Vokk, Novnnkr 24, 18'>0.
To thr F.tUior of tli' Aiatiomil Era:
The Niagara's mails, embracing intelligence
from the other side of the Atlantic, a week later
than that commented upon in my loot letter, extike
political s.tut.0 of Getaway W V* ,
different from its appearance at this distance
seveu days ago. Then, all wub in doubt. Now.
the fate of the Confederation is clearly foreseen,
whil'e the I lease ami llolstctn questions taarchcen
solved. Naught but energetic, if not armed, interference
on the part of England, of neither of
which now can rationnl hope be entertained, will
save Eastern or Central Europe the shadotr of
any authority which fails to bow the knee abjectly
to the Cur. These were not fixed facts with
us a week ago. So the continental news is of momentous
importance, though It tells not of bloody
battles fought and won. The ttw. account of the
proceedings of the Council between Russia,
Prussia, and Austria, which took place at Warsaw
last month, concerning which 1 wrote in my
lust, has at length been spread before the world ;
its authenticity being made manifest by the subsequent
proceedings of the Prussian Government,
which (to use the very expressive phrase of the
b'hoy in the Bowery) has "backed square down"
out of all the positions in favor of at least the
constitutional rights of Germany, for which she
so long pretended to struggle earnestly The
great constitutional principle in issue, in Hesse
Cassel, was that of a people's right to refuse supplies,
in c.se u minister will not govern according
to the laws. Now, as the triumph of that
principle in llesac could not fail to lead to its
establishment as the law for all Germany, the
chances are ten to one that Prussia is secretly as
hostile to it as Austria. It is clear that its oscen^pcy
woubl be the^ signal for the downfall
antagonist This furnishes reason enough why
i PMiikla u,i far an tVin 1 I rami miMl tftti alum, in Mn.
cerued, is content with the interference and dictum
of the Ctar, however disagreeable they tuny
he on other accounts, of which I shall write you
presently Nicholas, after listening to the stories
which Pruesia end Austria had to tell, informed
the former that she must withdraw htr troops from
Hesse, leaving Austria to disarm the civic national
guuid, and force the ordidances of the Elector
upon his subjects at the point of the bayonet, if need
bj. Nicholas further ordered that Prussia should
withdraw her countenance from the Holstcin
Duchies, leaving Austria also to settle that <|ues
inn The latter has suhsenuentlv notified the
Duchies that they must submit to the demands
of Denmark, else she will despatch an army forthwith
to the aid of the Danes, sufficient to settle
that difficulty to her own liking in a single battle.
The matters in issue between these parlies belligerent
are so well known to the reading public,
that I will not describe them here. The llesso
question, however, is of recent origin; and, as
far as I know, has never been correctly stated in
an American print. It lies in a nutshell. The
present Klector is the grandson of the man who
sold to (leorge III, for about ?.1,000,000, the army
of his subjects who fought in the cause of Kngl>in
1 in our revolutionary war. The son of that
weak and blood-thirsty tyrant, who sucoeedcd him,
reigned from IHl.lto IH.'ll ; when, in consequence
of his odious tyranny, he was forced to ffy his
domiuions. From that time to bis death he remained
at Baden Baden, where he was noted only
for the pertinacity with which he attended the
gaming table, being to be seen there from moru
till night, until death overtook him. The present
ruler was placed on the F.lectoral throne by the
revolution which displaced his father. He at
once promulgated an elaborate and carefully
drawn Constitution, which has ever since been
the law of the land. According to its plain provisions,
no money can be applied by the ministers,
or be paid out of the treasury by the receivers
of the taxes, except in accordance with a
vote of the Assembly
Again the Assembly are forbidden, in that in'
strument, to vote an appropriation of the tixes
except on a budget being laid before them, specifying
the application of the various sums to the
various necessities of the .State. Now, this is
not only moot reasonable, but it in in strict accordance
with all principles of constitutionalism,
as understood in this country and England. The
Elector 2s wy rich, through his blood-bought
beredi'ary savings, but in comparison to the extent
of his dominions, and their population, he
han the largest civil list in all Oermany. He
feared that the Assembly wonld follow the economical
(retrenchment) faction of the Lour, and
apply tha shears to his emoluments. His late
Cabinet, composed of Kberhard, Wippermnn, and
Colonel Wysa, all of whom are moderately liberal
only, carried him and their State charge safely
through the terrible times of 184V and '0, to bs
dismissed by him early this year because they
were too acrupulona for bis purposes. Iletben
installed a ministry of bis blood relations?that
is, composed of bis own Haul cousins and connections?of
course to govern Hesse Cased for
the exclusive benefit of the family Thus, bis 1
new Premier, Ilassenpflug, is the husband of one
of Lis natural oou?ina,aod Baruarbsok, of another;
while the present War Minister, Hsynau, is him- i
self a natural cousin to the Elector. These min- !
inters delayed calling the Assembly to as late a
period as possible, and, without presenting a
budget, at once claimed right to dispose of ull the i
taxes. These taxes were regularly paid io, but
the officers of the treasury refused to permit a
penny to be drawn out illegally. To this legal
and temperate proceeding, the Emperor replied (
with a declaration of a state of siege, and order- i
ing the money to he paid over to the Minister of I
Finance. The Hupreroe Court of Appeals atCas- 1
set pronounced these orders to be illegal, and, as j
a oonse<|ueuoe, every refusal of civil sad military ]
officers to act aader these Electoral decreet, to be I
righteous and proper The Elector applied next
to the retired Austrian Diet, of Frankfort, for
aid, and, getting frightened in the meanwhile
ran swhj. lie ui unce ap( u< <1 io /iiininn uuu
Prussia for the aid which, being accorded, is now
working out his revolutionary purpose, Hsssenp- |
Aug, his Prime Minister, when not long since a
Prussian judge, was convicted of embezzlement. I
Such is the Hesse Caasel question, the solution
of which is the result of the conference at War- ;
saw. As before remarked, Nicholas intimated to j
Prussia, that resistance to what he determined on ;
as the course of Austria and Bavaria, in the prcm- !
ises. will be the signal for the invasion of his kingdom
by hordes of Kalmucks and Cossacks. Prus- !
sia, struck dumb as it were, succumbs without a ,
remonstrance. Count Brandenburg died, on the
d?y after his return from the conference at War- j
saw, as many believe, from mortification ; and Van j
Radowitz, the liberal Prussian minister, his vir- I
tual colleague, immediately resigned, giving place
to a successor whose sympathies are wholly in ;
unison with the policy of the complete supremacy
of Russia throughout Germany. On the termination
of the conference, 8.000 Austrians and
Bavarians immediately entered the territory of
I lease Cassel, and, leaving at ilanan, the 1
reat marched to Glenhawaeu. They have already
disarmed the civic guard, and suppressed the
II anan Gazette, the liberal proas of the Klectorate.
The llesse Ministry protest that their invasion j
has no other end in view but to reintroduce "a j
state of loyalty and orderOf course, the au-1
thorities. civil and judicial, and the people of j
llesse, will quietly submit, as further resistance
could but end in the robbery and plunder of
thousands of thehiselves.
I cannot regard the submission of Prussia to
the brutal dictation of Russia in the light in
which it appears to he viewod by the Liberal '
press of England. They proclaim it, for the most
pan, io involve me extincnon 01 nil nope ror me
political regeneration of the Continent. On the i
contrary, it striken me nn being n more on the i
ehees-boaid of Kuropenn affairs, to result most 1
surely in their eventual liberation. I have been
no believer that ambition for influence in the af- <
fairs of Germany would induce Prussia to hold c
long to any purpose promising in the end to ?
strengthen popular rights so far us the struggle c
betweenihe Cabinet a of Prvvwjie. Wid Austria for ?
supremacy in Germany is concerned. My sympathies
were with the former only so fur as she ?
was compelled to stand up for the rights of the k
people to be consulted in the arrangement of the s
t :f the tflT'i i/. l-VMTnmentg which was i
then under way at Frankfort. She threw herself c
on that plea only because it happened that the t
people favored plans which, if carried out, guar- i
untied German supremacy to her, rather than to
Austria. >
So far as the humiliation of Prussia is con- t
cerned, 1 care not a button for it. Indeed, with t
it falls the last rag clothing the nakedness of the 1
princes of Germany ; leaving, for the future, hut t
prospects of bloody and deep revengo against r
princes and rulers who have leatped and taught t
the principle of the old Austrian kingcraft? f
"iion populis cervamla fides" The people, who S
hare acquired capacity to remain quiet amid the ?
plotting and soldier counter-marching of their I r
rulers, will not again look for aid from crown- I '
etl heads, who one ami all however iealous of it
individuals of thpir own class, will instantly hi
combine anywhere to thwart a popular effort to b
loosen chains binding any Continental nation at p
the feet of Absolutism 1 regird this second sig- t
nal desertion of the popular cause by Prusaik as d
enough to satisfy the Liberalists of the Continent
that they may never again trust a crowneil t
head, or any of the class living upon privilege."
To cure them of this disease, by which they fail- f
ed in their enterprises of 18 IS nnd 1849. was
a matter of pure necessity, if they would hope
eventually to triumph. They have been cured by t
an event which, while thus strengthening them, ?
must generate bitter hatred against the new rela- ?
lions of Russia to the rest of the Continent in the I
breasts of h!1 aristocrats, who believe in the virtue |
of national, if not of popular, independence The i
prevalence of this sentiment among that class ?
taarf triumph?re* u }
must tend to produce strife in the councils of i
their adversaries.
This Prussian house of llohenzollern, proving
so dastardly in this generation, comes down to
this century with as many bright reminiscences,
if not more, than attach to the fame of any other
European family. Its genealogy is traceable as
far back ns that of any other on the Continent.
It was originally an untitled family of Krandrnburg,
and purchased just a small title, and then
the Dukedom, by its great and prudently managed
wealth The great-grandfather of the present
King, Frederick William, first made his Dukedom
a real Kingdom by purchase, and thin made that
Kingdom almost Empire by his economy, shrewdness,
just dealing, and enterprise. His son was
Frederick the Great, who boldly rescued by the
sword the triumph of h! 1 the grand plans of his
parent. He was, as nil the world knows, by far
the ablest general of the day?as able as any that
Europe has ever produced. He it was who secured
to Germany w hat of Protestant liberty she
possesses, not that he cared for Protestantism, ,
for he was an avowed infidel, but because his encmy,
Maria Theresa, would pcrseoute it.
J uflt lit tins moment, me army 01 rrusyia was |
in better condition to take the field than at any t
previous day since the death of old Frill. His ^
inglorious career proves that, though crowns tuny <
descend by " Divine Right," honor, talent, nnd (
fixity of purpose, are, "by the grace of Hod," t
anything but hereditary. {
This Romanist?for he has secretly abjured the c
Protestant faith of his ancestors?might have sue- f
ceeded in his every plan for making himself Km- f
peror of Germany ; for, as before remarked, the ?
peoples were at his buck with heart and soul. H
His want of nerve proves to be the very thing for J
assuring the seeming triumph of the schemes ol t
national aggrandisement which Peter the Great (
first conceived for his Government, and which his t.
successors Iihvc kept steadily in view from his day r
to the present. Peter, that centaur compound, be- 0
ij neat bed to them the asjii ration of universal domin- t
ion, with a policy for its achievement which has
been so far carried out with rapid aggressions and c
steady success. They have annexed Poland, with J
her teeming granaries, Finland and her valuable j
fisheries ; border Provinces of Persia by the wars c
of ls|:t and IHJS. They have mastered the Cau- c
casiun lowlands, assailed the Caucasian highlands, j
and wrested from the Porte half ita Kuropean pos- i
sessions. At this instant, we behold the last of the J
line, Nicholas, carrying out the remarkable predic- r
tlon of Napoleon, who saw in his own downfall the r
universal Kuropean rule of the Itlack Kugle of t
Russia. Again I write, I care not for the reault ?.
of Russian aggrandisement in crippling and hum- p
bllrg other crowned heads of the Continent. I j
regard its probable effect on the cause of progress v
us a matter of grave import, however. In addi- g
tion to her military supremacy, she holds Id her
bauds two tnorul or social bauds of sympathy ,
which sre most powerful for mischief when
brought to hear on Ihr half-civilized populations
of eastern Europe. Throe are?unity of religion
with th? scattered Ureek people, and uui'y of
tncff with the Sclavonic populations of Turkey
ami Austria. Unfortunately, by far the greater
portion of thoae nation* are but little in advance
of utter barbarian*, being totally untitled, aa yet,
for constitutional government. Russia pi iy*
the (irand Jesuit with them, sending out emissaries
periodically to iucito them to look to her aa
their natural head. The Servian Prince is but
the creature of the Oiar.
The Montenegrin Vladika receives his subsidies
" for the erection of schools and the payment
of certain officials." There is hardly a (J reck
priest in Europe who i* not directly or indirectly
bis agent, and he Instigates all the frequently
occurring insurrections in Bulgraria and Hornia ;
the latter, as per laat advices, having oomuirnced
their third attempt of the kind coming oft in this
year of our Lord, A. I)., 1850. These last mentioned
of her intrigues are directed to the possesion
of the Dardanelles, " without which," as
Aleiander remarked in IHOh, " Russia is without
the key to her door." So far aa continental I
P.urope is concerned, there remains now no obstacle
to her possessing herself of this key tomorrow.
Kngland alone migA/ dare to interpose
protests, if not armed resistance, to that atep,
which will be equivalent to the destruction of her
lucrative Levantine commerce seeking lbs route
to Persia and Central Asia through these straits.
I cannot bring myself to entertain for Nicholas,
as a politician affecting the future fate of
Western Europe, the dread which the Liberal
press of Europe la now manifesting, because I feel
ure that the subjects of the Western Prinoes,
uow clustering around his footstool, will chafs at
bis despotism until they at least relieve tbem- I
elves from the incuhue of royalty by revolution I
lie is most dangerous, however, aa the chief of <
Pansclaveism. As the head of tha senti barba- I
rous nations of Eastern Europe, he Is as formida- I
his to civilisation as another Zsnghia Khan and I c
hi* Moduli. Hut it may be, that before the regeneration
of the Western portion of the Continent
jealousy and dissensions among its peoples
will end in the graziog of the shaggy chargers of
the Bashkar and Culmuc on the banks of the
Elbe and the Loire, and that the Croat anil
Serbe will once more leave a vintage of blood iu
Italy, and ehout their masters' debince far above
their roar, on the hoarse breezes of the English
Channel. You will recollect that the Sclavouio
races of Europe number one-third of its population.
and that not one of them are more than half
civilized. Fortunately for Europe and progress,
her game is not yet won. Cireassia is a stumbling
block to her progress in the East, and England
must, for self-preservation, draw the sword
the moment she essays to take possession of the
Dardanelles. Better far better, for the latter
would it have been if she had met this question
half way?when Prussia. France (under Lamartinei.
Turkey, and the peoples of the whole Continent,
in revolution, stood ready to aid her,
prayed for efforts to clip the claws cf this grizzly
bear. A dread of the effect of war on their commerce
kept the business interes'iof Britain <|<iiet,
while a belief that Russia's reaction tendency
could not fail indirectly to prolong even their
own ill-gotten privileges, induced the aristocracy
of England to frown down the efforts of the Liberal
party at home, to force their Government to
draw the sword agaiust her when engaged in a
seeming doubtful content with Hungary But
England mmt fight this contest single hnnded in
the end, or be content to become virtually just
such a Province of the Emperor ag Prussia is at
this moment 1 have implicit faith, however, that
she will risk the contest, and that, when doing so,
she will call to her aid the peoples, rather than
the Governments of the Continent giving them
civil liberty as the reward of their assistance.
They remain her only hope, and the occurring of
this struggle between England and ituasia for
supremacy in India?for such is to he its cause?
is their only at present visible hope We must
wait patiently for the happening of these events
They are in the womb of no very distant futurity,
>r the past history of the world's progress is but
i lie. Thus there is no reason to despair for the
isuse of the people, as black as may be the
loud from the North now hanging over theui
t/ifh nnriont/Mitt olnnm
Mutters nre still in a iftiSef condition in Paris,
rhere Cbangarniet continue < bold the roonley,
Louis Napoleon, at hay. lis has had the
>udacity to issue an order tbrbhbling either
rlrg Ary/yriasat of th.3 army to?t<7\ a faU:U ,l
sry, on the grounll'uat it is the duty of the miliary
to ah?taki from ull interference in the politcal
nffairH of Ike country
This is sethid republican doctrine For so dong,
tinder his directhro, his (t baiiganjicr'B) ser>nd
in commfatijttfl summarily dismissed, us I
ivroto you last Of oourse, Changarnier'a
ast order causi^^&rrible splutter in the Cahi.
let Council. NonMg daunted, however, he deuanded
an inter? iea^^^Ba President, and proested
that in issuil^^^^Bmmnnd he was govrned
by no dispositio^^^^Btify the head of the
itate. lie was hut enmiH> proper discipline
morig the troops. It was hJQBd to him that his
esignation would be acceptable. That he perenipurily
refused to tender, saying that if his adminitration
of the chief command at Paris was not
itisfactory to the (iovernment, it could remove
im He conceived that he had obligations to
crforni to the Chamber, which made it his duty
o refuse to resigu in accordance with the Presient's
Louis Napoleon is said to have stormed, while
he impassible Changarnicr calmly notified him
hat if he wished him out of his way, he (Louiit*
Napoleon) must take the responsibility of thrustng
him out.
A great number of the permanent committee of
he Chamber ure (triennials ami Chauihordists,
ind are therefore anxious to play at Changarnier
it uny cost, ngaintt the President The real llemblicans
of the body desire to play at the sauio
mine believing that the commander is at least hh
surthy of publio confidence as the President or
ithcr of the two monarchical interests, which,
MninruttUTy'MitufaicVtfft Vatti tfoTenfses tvrr.nty
into their hands.
On the whole, there is no change in the condition
of tilings in I'.ranee, worthy of note Leaders
of all factions continue to intrigue an I ijnurrel,
while the People?the real State?seem to care as
little for the squabbles in which they are engaged,
as for tho flirting and buzzing of so many houseHies.
Ily the bye, the order of Chnngornier is in ex
cellent keeping with its author's turn of character?brief,
pungent, and forcible. It is
" According to the terms of the law the nrmy
does nut deliberate; in virtue of the regulations
of the army, it is bound to abstain from every
demonstration, and to utter no cries when under
arms The General-in-chief reminds the troops ,
placed under his command, of these orders.
" C it a nii a k n i i:r, U' nfjal-w-chuf.
" r<iris, Novemhft 'idP
The No Popery " excitement in Knglnnd appears
still to be on the Increase. ThL is manifest
in the greater enthusiasm with which the so-called
'Scarlet Lady," tho Church of Home, was anathematized
and ridiculed by the tuob throughout
[he United Kingdom on Guy I'awke.s day, just
nassed Kverywhere, colossal Guys nnd dimintiive
Guys perambulated the streeta ? some in
wagons with attending Bishops and Cardinals,
)thers on horseback, with a swarm of very littlo
>ncs on trucks. The Protestants, in their hatred
>f the Catholics of Rome, seemed to " the
xpt'iiHc ' of thin celebration , for the inscriptions
in the tfligles, and their expensive accompnnincnts,
proved that their fur/ knew no bounds.
Such such mock procession enrried a pail of
vhitewash, with which unlucky passers near wore
prinkled, in lieu (and contempt) of holy water,
n the evening, effigies of Cardinal Wiseman and
he eleven new Hishops were burnt on Hethuel
ircen, in the presence of several thousand spectators.
The Cardinal first caught fire, which wan
eceived by the insane and infuriate crowd as an
men of the failure of Wiseman to work much for
he benefit of Catholicity in Hritoio.
On the part of bigotod Protestantism, this unhristian
exhibition wus relished, because involvng
an insult?nothing more?to Rome. On the
mrt of the great mass, who hate an established
hurch of any kind, it served the place equally
>f an insult to the Church of Knglund. On ths
art of the vicious, it was judged a capital satire
ipon all religions. Thus it did infinitely more
u.rtn than good?serving to create jealousies and
minifies in Christian breasts, and to bring all
eligion and professions of good morals into concmpt.
Only fancy Kngland?liberal, enlighten
<1, lyuriNii&ii, iiiurui lMjjcuum?cumug mini
irauks, or rather, guilty of the Atrocity of dntnnng
a rirul Christian creed after this childish and
ulgar fashion, and you will realize one of the
;reatcst hindrances with which the cause of truth
ias to coutend, even in Ih.'iO. The spirit which
lictutcd the outrageous conduct of F.nglish Protatantism
on last Guy Fawkes day, would to-iuorow
hum at the stake, if it dared. Huch is tho
inclusion to which the irreligious world can
lardly fail to come I nm no professor of religion,
yat I attribute to the principles cf the New
i'estanient all the reforms in Uovernimnt, and,
:onse<|nently, ull the increase of civil liberty
vhich the world enjoys since the days of Christ,
t is no less the foundation of democratic princlilea,
than of spiritual religion A ught that tends
.(> bring it into disrepute shall always meet my
louty opposition, I care not whether manifested
a the Church of England, in that of Home, or
n the outside churches of the world. The teniency
of the uge is against the spread of vital
Jbristiunity. Valentine's Day was not more
dearly an era of infidelity than the present;
bough now it is the fashion to cloak sentiments,
if which men then boasted. For every man horn
if woman, who becomes a member of a Christian '
irganiiation in Christendom, nine live and die
rreligious. Thus, in spite of the exertions of the
philanthropic and Christian everywhere, society is
fit 1 t l-?. -a! 1 I ? A | ....I
hj'mjij running 1010 prtouuBi inmiciuj. a urn
inrdly remind your readers that the manifesto
'on.?? ^'8olr7 or lllib?rmlityr, come from what
Jbristiun quarter It may, *< r?e* greatly to th w irfc
Christian effort*. I would be liberal, eten to the
nfidel. If hi* creed work* better result* for soilety
than that of Christianity, it in the true faiib,
hough it be faith in nothing A belief an I a
tnowiedge that the hietory of cirilirttion prorea
he eternal fltneaa of the great truth* which
Chriat taught, render* me, at least, a firm belieeer
that they will stand and triumph under
toy opposition they hare to tnoouattr
A eery curious meilical diicoeery ho* lately
heen made in Paris?it ia the method of curing
instantaneously sciatica by applying a small jet
>f fire upon the ear of the side affected. This
reatment, known and employed for ag>* am?ug
be Uoytkiaa* in Persia and ia Portugal, 1* now
>oly in actual use la *ome porta of Corsica. Hee<

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