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VOL. 40, NO 19.
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DECEMBER 26, 1S55
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Poetry.
Poetry. THE PALACE OF IMAGINATION.
FRANCIS FULLER BARRITT.
Fall or Beauty, full or Art and treasure
Is that Palace where my Sonl ' hound;
Filled harmoniously with erfry pleasure
Sweet to tense or exquisite of sounJ.
Light whose softness rivals rammer shadows
6hadows only tetter thin the ligtit.
Like thoe clou.ls tint da.pl tlie June meadows.
Make its cham!rs rarely dark and bright.
Nightingales are nestled in its iowers ;
Unseen singers stir the frasrant sir ;
rounUins drop their musical, cool shadows
Into basins alalsler fair.
Ancient myths are Mo red here in marMe,
Dusts of Poets people every nook
Forms so like the living that the warble
Of their voices thrills you as you look.
Bwe creations of all times and ages
Wrought by inspiration of high art.
Live iu sculpture, speak from e;1 led paget.
- Throng with beauty its remotest part.
In this Palace did my soul awaken.
From what Past-it thirsted not to know ;
With the bright existence it had taken
Wandering, tranced like cherubim aglow.
Till, from dreaming, rose unqniet fancies :
FrigUful phantoms glided out :
Gnomes and ghouls read of in old romances
Haunted ait iu shadowy halls about !
Then my Soul tat with averted vision.
Cold and palli 1 in a nameless fear,
Boeing with inward eyes a new elj sian.
Dream of pleasure, inaccessible here.
And the uttered, sighing de.p and sadly,
"Here, tho' all is fair, yet all is cold ;
I would change my matchless Palace gladly
For one hour of life in Love's warm fold."
This she said, and straight the sapphire air
In the Palace roy grew, and gold ;
Statues pale and pictures heavenly fair
Blush'dand breath'd like forms of earthly mould
Happy laughter with the tephyra mingled.
Sweet young voices murmur' d tore's soft words
Light'ning joys along my soul-nerves tingled.
Till it Buttered like iu young brood birds.
Sow my Soul, no longer pale or pining.
With tweet mirth make its rare palace sound ;
Golden light thro' every thadow.ahining
Shows the beauty lyicg waste around.
CASTLES IN THE AIR.
Why bound Uij -heart so lightly.
Thou maiden young and fair T
Why beams thine eye so brightly,
Smo through Lhy waiving hair T
Thou hast bunt a fairy dwelling
In ere's rainbow tinted by ;
Thou v ill not list the knelling
That tells thee love will ilie."
Ah, build the gorgeous palace.
While life and love are young ;
Prink freely from life's chailce.
While joy's flowers are round thee flung ;
For 'tis only iu the morniug
Those cloud capped domes arise
Bright dreams their walls adorning.
As they gleam before out eyes.
Fair girl ! when age has drowned as
With its blossoms snowy white.
Then no more will com around us
Touiii's fancies, warm and bright ;
By our hearts in praise uplifting.
Age shall visions see more fair.
Than, when un youth's sem drifting.
We build castles in the air.
CASTLES IN THE AIR. Choice Miscellany.
From the N. Y. Journal fo Commerce.
From the N. Y. Journal fo Commerce. A WOLF STORY.
" Talking of wolf hunts," said Black,
"I can tell you a story."
Whereupon Joe turned over toward
the fire, and looked up at Black, but in
so doing struck ms loot against JNora s
nose, who sprung suddenly upoii him,
thinking it was somejof Joe's fun, whereat
Joe rolled out into the room and woke
Leo up , who joined the sport, and while
Joe was wrestling- with the dogs, Black
continued, in this wise :
"When I first came to the cabin,
there was no clearing within thirty miles,
and the only neighbor I had was George
B , who die.: last year, up by the
cedar hill, ten miles or so away. It was
a little lonesome, and yet I liked it for a
year, and I sa George thee times du
ring, that twelvemonth. But the next
six months I never saw a 'man, and I
used to si. and look at mjself in the still
waters over the side of my canoe, and
like it, for it seemed as if I bad compa
ny. But one d-y in November, I was
tired out from being alone, and I started
off toward evening to go up to George's.
I crossed the river just here, and went
along up the edge of the water, swinging
my rifle in my band, whistling for com
pany's Eake, for it made a pleasant cho
in the woods. The night was coolish,
very clear, and their was a pleasant
moon. Just as I reached the Rock
brook, close on the side of ihe pond. 1
heard a growl that started me, and stop
ping short, I saw a Wolf standing with
bis paw buried in the carcass tf a deer,
while bis jaws were full of the flesh. But
he was not eating, lor ho h id seen me
and seemed to be diseiissiag the compar
tive merits of his meal bel'oie him, an J
the possible meal which I presented for
him. He wasn't any of your dog wolves,
but a grizzly rascal, large as Leo yon-j
der, with Linger hair and stronger legs.
He snarled once or twi e more, and I
was f.iol enough t j show fight. If 1 had
let him alone, he would have been con
tent with lis feed ; for ilu-y are coward
ly nnima's, except when li.tre are droves
of them, or unless you disturb their tat
ing. Ito"ka short aim at him, and
shot. He jumped the instant I pulled
the trigger, and 1 missed his breast and
broke his fore paw. Then he yelled and
came at me, and I heard as I thought
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seconds before I was in thecro ch of the
nearest tree, and four of the grizzly
scoundiels were under i, looking at me,
whining and licking their lps as if their
mouths watered for me. I dMn't under -
stand their 1 ingi'tige, or I would have
suggested the idea of satisfy ing their appe
tites on the deer which lay a few tods off.
But I couldn't persuade them to take any
hints of that sort, and so I loaded my ri
fle and shot one of them dead as the
detr. There was more for them Jo eat
;f thty h;.d cht-sed to devour their own
sort, but I couldn't blame them fur re
fusing the lean, bony carcass of such a
comrade, especially when a tolerbly well
fattened ma i was in a small sapling close
by, and the more especially win n, if they
could see that the saoling was splitfng
in t oat the crotch, and I must soon
come, in spite of my repugnance to a
closer acquaintance with them. So it
was ihough, and before I had time to
reload my rifle and dispatch ancther of
them, crack went the tree, and I diop
ped my rifle just quick enough to catch
with arm and legs around the tree and
hold n for life, till I could get out my
knife from my pocket, open it, and shov
it in my belt. That done I watched my
chance, and if their ever was a scared
wolf, that was one when I lighted on his
back and wound my arms around him
and we rolled away together. The oth
er two didn't understand it all, and back-
ed off to watch the fight. a moonlight
iuss:e ttiat was. At length the woif got
under aud he and I both thought I
was done for. He planied bis two paws !
my breast and the claws left marks!
that are fhere yet while he seized my
shoulder with his villainous jaws."
Black paused to show us the scars on
his breast and arms, particularly the
large scar where the flesh was torn from
the bone on his shoulder, ll-i continued:
"I was a little faint when his teeth went
'D. It was unpleasant, and I bad lime
to th.nk or a dozen other ways of dying, i
any one of which I would have preferred ,
to -hat, had a choice been tossible. The
wolf apparently didn't like the hold he j
had. for he tore out his teeth, and tore
out my coat, shirt and fieh loo. and .
seized again on my fur cap. It was a ;
lucky mistake for me. I felt his wet lip
ou u,v .ureneau, anu naa jusi i.me io let :
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go my iioia n ins mroai ana ciutcn my j
knife, when he shook off the cap, and i
made ano.hei attempt to gel a mouthfull,
but his thr.iat was in nn fir lit strullnnr it
if lie got it. for my knife blade was work-:
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me point oi it was ieeung oeiween tue
vertebras for his spinal marrow. He was
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fairly whipped. I
"L bad bled considerbly when I rose, 1
hut I wasn't weakened a particle. The i
whole had passed in less than half a min-
ute. and I was ready for the other two,
that now came at me both together.
I seized my rifle and met one with the
barrel acsoss the nose and floored him.
As he picked himself up, I seized him by
he hind foot. If the first wclf was scar
ted when I fell on bim, this was
more so. I shall never forget the howl
which escaped him as I swung him into
the air, aud struck lhe other a blow with
the body . f his comrade. The other one,
the first I had wounded, T ightened at
this novel fighl, vanished in the woods,
and I was left with this one in my hands.
He seemed to let out his voice with tre
mendous force, as he went around my
head twice. The centrifugal force, as
they used to call it al school, foiced out
his wind, but as I let him fly, bis scream
was fairly demoniacal. He -ent a red
from the bank, and the ho 1 stopped only
when he reached the water. I was faint
and weak now and my visit to George
was of course out of the question ; so I
seized my rifle, and loaded it with diffi
cully as I ran, aud following the water,
at lt njth saw him come up. He struck
in foi the shore, but seeing me, he did
not dare to land. I leased him so for
two Oiiles, and each time he approached
the shore, I showed myself, and he kept
off. I saw lie was getting tired, but I
didn't want to shoot him yet, and I fol
lowed him till he went over the rapids,
and iu the deep hole by the haunted
Itock. Here I had to leave the river
bank, and so 1 watched him swimming
lo:ig il.e edge of ihe rock, until he found
little shelf, upon which he crawled
out ai.d shook his hide. But he couldn't
get up that rock that was pietty c r
t.iin, and while he was discussing, it all
alone by himself, I helped hira to settle
he question with a rifle bail in his side,
lie gave a mnd half bark and lmlf yell,
and s rang into the river, but didn't rise
again.
How I got to m canoe, I dou't know.
managed lo paddle over i'nd get iu
re, half dead, wiih my blood all over
me, an i my wounds frozen dry. Itoai
month before I was well enough lo
hunt aain, and I have been shy nf I
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As Black concluded, I lo-iked at him
with wonderment, knowing that this was
not the raot hazardous ad venture 01 liis
life by many. He gazed into the Cre a
little w hile without speaking, sight d
heat ily, and then resuming his kindly
look again, stopped to pat Leo, who was
sleeping with his broad lower jaw on
Joe's bieast, while Joe lay on his back,
looking np at the bark roof, and listen
ing to the roar of the tempest.
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For the Chronicle.
REVIEW OF LEO. MILLER'S LECTURES
AT EMPIRE HALL.
glmpse of hs ever-smiiing phiz, I trem
me bud for the cause of lruth- Buffoonery
anJ ridicuie, hung out like a Quack Doc
in ,or.s ..siliniTu And so it nroved: for
sound leading features of the thiee en
wolvcs tire Lectures, may be found embodied
"Hi.mbcj Exposed" was th head
ing ol a handbill thrown into our midst
but a short lime since, by one Leo. Mil
ler, of Rochester, X. Y., who professed
to demonstrate to the good people of War
ren, that Spiritualism, Mesmerism, Psy
chology and Clairvoyance, wre all hum
bugs. The Hall was tolerably filled, and all
classes represented. The Progressiva
came out to see what new thing had been
developed. Fogies to be confirmed in
an old opinion; and wags lo see 'he la
tHes; to laugh at all hazards, and have a
good time generally.
The tone of Ihe Lecturer was lively,
and to the last degree humorous, and the
incidental remaiks were many of them
too good to be lost. But as to the speak
er's positions, I purpose, in th:s, to look
after them a little. In a word, the audi-
ence ireiierallv weie tickled, dazzled, hum-
ingged! From the moment I caught a
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blessed with a wonderful gift f gab, and
conscious that an ounce of ridicule out
weighs a pound of facts, with a popular
audience, he applied stroke after stroke,
they responding with peals of mirth and
enthusiastic cheer ng.
The Science of Psycoology was duly
handled, but I filled u nerneivi lliedif-
fel ence butween the anJ theories
advanced by ,iim lo lnakt U R kmubug
d ,w ;ldvanceJ by ils friends to
h a science
wn, those who we,e present pt.a,e
,Q Vls remarks np0B .his piQt to
mjnd anJ compare lllem wUh the fo,
, r bel- ve x eorrecti nrPSi!nt.
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Psychology (from Psycho and Logh)
-Logic of the Soul, simply signifies, in
common plain English, Metaphysics. I
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illustrale it. It is srenerally believed
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lue suPerwr impression is imperative. De-
in.r Ihe fulcrum of a will force, without
which the mind has no power to act. In
the normal state, the involuntary is train
ed to act with the voluntary. In the ab
normal, when its natural itnpressor is
dormart, it instinctively connects itself
wi'.h the next imprecsing cause.
In order to illustrate the natural ope
ration of this principle, by a mechanical
method, the opeiator institutes a series
of ingenius experiments. He reduces
the subject by degrees, fr"m many ideas
to one, and from that to one of his own.
There is such a thing as a consciousness
of existence, without positive thought.
He then acts upon the conscious autom
aton, presenting idea after idea in quick
succession; thus launching him into a
new sphere of existence, until he lives,
sees and acts only in lhe miniature woild j
thrown around him by the operator.
Dods lemarks that many persons are j
so constituted as to pass to and from ibis !
stale na'uraily, and that in the absence j
of a more immediate impressing cause,
the involuntary daguerreo:ypes some ru- j
ling idea. Hope, fear or desire, acts
with it. In this manner he accounts for
Salem Witchcraft, mania polu, dancin"
mania, Kentucky jerks, and last, ihough
not least, the writings and other involun
laiy phenomenaof Spiritual mcUumship.
He further cites many examples to show
that those involuntary freaks, d,o in ma
ny instances, assume the form of a men
tal epidemic.
The speaker used all these facts and
the ries, to account for the same class of I
phenomena, and thus admitted all its i
friends claim for il. Hence he explained
nothing but the tallacy of his owu hum
bugging pretensions. IT efforts upon
this point, were a failure, and his bur
lesquing experiments decidedly flat. In
die mid.-t of ihe cackle of laughter which
followed his clownish jukes and griman
ces, (though can it d upon Ihe tide,) I
could not but stop and consider how eay
was lo mi-lea upon topics so litt'e un
derstood, ind to manufacture witticisms
float upon the popular current.
It is proper lo remark in this connec
tion, lhat all, except two or three of the
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Many passages from 'he Doctor's Psy
etiological Expose of Spiritualism, were
quoted verbatim.
It is singular that he should stigma-
t'ze the Doctor's science as a humbug,
wl.ile u-ing his facts and theories so free-
I must confess that I am ashamed of
havin.' undertaken the ta-k of this r. - -
view, for the most of his positions are so
weak, that my remarks appear loo much
in the liht of a second edition oi' "Much
Ado about Nothing."
Relative lo Alemuerixm, he said but lit
lie. He admitted ie Phenomena, but
said that itcoiild never be reduced to a
science. To wlJch I reply. Mesmerism
being founded in the nature of things, is
a Natural Science, and always was.
In his second' lecture, he dwelt at
some length upon the report of the French
Commiiie, of which Franklin was a mem
her; that it was all the work of imagina
tion. In that age, the philosophy of mind,
and its connections, was vague aud inde
finite. Iu France, Mental Galvanism,
Psychology, in (lot everything in tiie
line of ni'-ntai piieii.tm ;i i, wa classed
UH.Kl" ;i.e g.-iier-il in-a.l ot M '-i'-ier'.Mn.
Ft. I Hi i:V een'.uiies, science li.i i lea led
mole and nr.. re lo in tteri iliti.; dt moll
stn.ions; and the mum: ol all j in-ai une
n.t 'hat 1 ly beyond :iio reach of Iv dis-w-i'
i'. Liiife, an ! -.,it-h In 1 t ri i-rlv
bet a Hltributed i o .':n itio!i -j"-cial
Prov iJi-ti e, was u nv n . ii- 1 iijwa Mes
merism. But since Lis day, the bound
aries of ibis science have been more pro
perly obtaiued.
The speaker cited the instance of tiie
Mesmerized tree, .and ils results; which
was not Mesmerism, but mental galvan
ism, producing a s'mple shock, though
sufficient in some cases, to roase the uer-
vons system to healthy action.
Had Mr. Miller's research oa thoe
points, been equal lo that of the Fowlers,
Dods, Buchanans, Cad wells, Eliotsons,
and others who have made it iheir study
for year;, he would never have insulted
an intelligent audience by such an utter
disregard for all scientific classification.
Memerism is that great law of sympathy
through which the active attracts and
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.rate itself by its natural operations ,ni
the daily experience of all th.nk.ng me... ,
ho does not know that children become ,
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the feeble gain strength and vitality by I
Con,aCt Wi:h lhe S'ron-? V,ho bilS ,,0t !
leeuie uv sleeping w no tiie eu, nunc
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,,earJ ' tl,e se,PL'nl s Pwer to li"clnat
his victim? Why does the defiant eye '
of the hunter ketp the tiger at bay?-
v lias not shrank I.om the glance Ot .
me migiuy; or M: conscious o. nis pow-;
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trover otuers. i
I have, while sleeping w th delicately j
constituted persons, caused them to dream !
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test.
I have caught, from and given
to others, trains of thought, though not
wold was spoken between us. This,
at least to my mind, is proof that it is not
imaginary; and were it so, the dissect-
ing knife would detect the fallacy. Dr.
Eidale, BritUh Surgeon in India, has j
practiced it successfully for 12 years, per
forming every vaiiety of amputations
and other difficult operations, without
pain. So have hundreds of others, both
Europe and America.
But inasmuch as the speaker admitted
ihe phenomena, and advanced no theory
suuiciently comprehensive to cover the
facts of the science, I will dismiss this
portion of his lectures,
Clairvoyance. A series of experiments
were introduced, to show that ciairvoy-
ance might be counterfeited. Those ai
phabets of numbers, ifec, are school boy
tricks, and applied only to the peculiar
class of experiments performed by him.
Take them all together, ihey were bun
i g'ing, and had he not avowed them to be
humbug, could not have escaped de-
lection.
Now a word relative to Martha Loom-
lie asserted that as a committte
j man, he had detected her in the same
deception. It will be seen that his tx-
perinieiits account for sympathetic vision
by having clairvoyant instructed. Now
I mistake not, this lady's vision is not
confined to the sphere of her mother's i
knowledge, but that she reals sealed
If I am righily'iuformed, the j
did, while in this town, read a package j
taken froni among a number of County
papers, of the contents of which the bear- j
himself was ignorant. j
And here let me remark, diat inas-
much as Mr. Miller is a stringer in ma- j
of the places where he lectures, a i
written T printed statement by bis bro-1
ther committee men, would prove a ban- !
reference, ami lhat from 0.-.2 nature
the circumstances, equally strong doc- j
umeats will not be amiss relative ! ma :
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fires burn iow lbc ,ind dl;iuerreo
packagts. ,Vpt.s w;;u K.r,iblo distinctness the dying
j.ce.;e 0f a f,j,.n jf t;,e burning of tin ocean
steamer, the coming of a btorm, or the
cor.fl agra.ii n of a town; iu fact, anything
tj,at U in ,iy way impressive. The sci-
enlinc and medical journals of the day
tram with accounts of ihis kind, which,
the way, his theury of collusion will
twi cover, which loo, rationally selves
many of the wnn'orful phenomena of
modern spiritualism, which, f.r lack of a
sufficiently comprehensive theory, ho was
forced to pass without notice.
nv of l he statements am' statistics with
which I. is lectures wtre interspersed.
But be it so, that Mi.-s Liomis is a
humbug, and hundreds of others besides.
What dot s it signify? There are impos-
tors in science, politics and religion.
D'.-es ii then follow that these are hum-
' ugs? Coin can be counterfeited, devo
tioii imitated, an 1 the domain of magic
covers all phenomena. Is there, then,
ix'-J'iut? rc;tl? Is nature an 1 human ex-
istence one gigantic system of collusion,
got up by somebody, and played off on
everybody?
The speaker treated at some length,
upon the anatc my of the human eye
riJiculed the idea of a person seeing from
the back of tiie bead, soles of the fee:,
ifcc lie was probably noi aware that
such experiments are daily being made
at the Medical College at Cincinnati.
Sealed packages aie read and characters
dtlinea ed, uudcrcircumstances that ren
der collusion impossible. I met one of
the subjects who had been with Profes
sor Buchanan, while on a visi . lo Shaker
Village. lie there read various docu
ments which I chanced to have in my
pocket, by simply placing them on Li j
forehead; not their language horever,
but their correct import. He told me
the philosophy df the science, an! I have
since experimented iu it with success
proportionate to my experience.
I will now harmonize tiie philosophy
of clairvoyance with the speaker's own
hypothesis, the anatomy of ihe senses
and the known laws of electricity.
The rpeaker, no dou'it, showed to the
entire sat:sf.iction of till, that every. sense
resolved i'self into fee ing tint each
nerve was a telegraph whose office was
to convey outward impressions to inward
consciousness ihe optics conveying sha
dows the auditory vibrations .and the
others, more direct impressions of the
thing itself. Now these nerves, to be
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Aud litis subile medium, which (has
seems to act as the ag;ntof mind, passes
to and fro through the most solid sub
stances. Skuli and flesh tire no barriers,
aud from its knoivn tendency, we must
conclude that it seeks fibrous rather than
globular forms, and that its office is to
produce sympathetic relations between
two points or -.ibjects which it connects.
Could a saffi,.icnt nurab(.r of its fibn,9 be
l,t..j ja suspension between two given
(h , lnachi,w now
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we wi,h j; In
mL.ut of piojtcling electric auries, and
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nolam lliem m suspension tor this pur-
noiuing mem in suspension lor tins
,ias aIrt.;lJy beu tr:t.d wRIl
cess, and ihe operations of mind are .
sue
Derations ot niind are more
nice than those of gross matter. If then,
he decric fibre u (he tele:frapll where
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or glnnce from object to object is a tel-
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I will nowextenJ his own position rel
ative to natural light. The sun rays de
scending, are refracted from the object
to the nerve of the eye, thus forming a
perfect telegraph from the object to the
mind.' If, then, a simple electric connec-
tion of the mind with the object, produ
ces light, why may no', any or all of the
ihojsand nerves aud fibres of the human
system, under certain conditions of mind
and body, become poin sof contact, con
veying impressious to the grand feeler of
the mind? The rta ler will ask. why
was the eye formed? By an all wise
provision, the human soul instinctively
repels a more intimate connection with
surrounding objects, than that which
comes, softened and modified, through
the senses. The reason of this is appar
ent. It prevents too intimate contact
with whatever is offensive, giving its pos
sessor a chance to break oil' its connec
tions at will, and prevent the spread of
mental eriJemica through sympathetic
actiou of mind direct on mind. And so
long as the physical powers are strong,
and opera'e normally, the sensitive prin
ciple is safe in its citadel. But when, ei
ther by disease or strong desire, ihis in
stinct is overccme, or the bull work of
defence broken do.vn, then the im
pressions of events which transpire, tho'
far distant, are pictured on the mind with
wonderful illst'nctnes; as in ca;es of
briliiactcatalepsy, when the mind is
aculc and towering, and the constitution
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His remarks upon Spiritua'ism, as up-
on other points, was chaiacterized by ri
dicule and miscon-tiuction, rather than
truthfulness and reason. He thought it
strange lhat uothing could hammer on
nothing, with a hammer of the same
sort, and iepcated a thousand other little
witticisms, to the infinite amusement of
such as knew little or rothing of the phi-lo-oj-hy
taught aud hel.l by Spiritualists,
but which, with a thorough understand
ing u;on th.xis p)itr.t, n t only rendere
them po:ni!ess, but the speaker absolute
ly ridiculous.
His theory of memory, was, however,
an exception to the general tenor of- his
remaiks. The treatment of this point
alone, was worth the entire admission
fee, and I feel disposed to give him full
credit for it. But his position relative to
physical phenomena, was particularly
faulty. In fact, he could not account
lor them without admitting the basis of
Mesmerism, and he lacked the aid of in
dependent clairvoyance to account for
moth r class of f icts equally authentica
ted. By stealing Psychology and using it
anonymously, he accounted for involun
1 tary mediumship. The rest was patch
ed by ridicule aud denial.
I would remark that inasmuch as there
are several published theories, all pro
fessing to account for the manifestations,
and each differing nia'erially from the
other, we are left lo choose between them;
and our ouly guide to the true one, is
this: that theory which covers thegreat
' est number of known fac s, must, to us,
stand as the true one. And having read
no less than three others, the one ad-
vanced by the speaker, being the nar
rowesi and weakest of all, 1 can receive
his only in part, and must, as a whole,
account it a false one.
Mr. Miller caire into our midst, the
avowed champion of Reason, Religion
l.v n-i n.T
anu me oioie. tui i amrm, ana am
prepared to. demonstrate, that either he
misunderstands .he nature of his own po
sition, or came as a "Wolf in sheep's
clothing." And I challenge either hi n
or his friends lo sustain his pretensions
in accordance with his positions, as set
forth in his lectures.
I will even tak : the thing in an affirm
ative light, and with his positions demol
ish the Bible, root and branch, and that
beyond the reach of even an apology; so
that if he is not an Iufidel of the worst
stamp, the fault is with his own reflec-
live powers, and not his stand point.
Warren, Dec. '55. M. G. T.
From the New York Evangelist.
A REMEDY FOR MOTHS.
We were examining our wardrobe af-
ter summer, aud found to our surprise
and grief, many ol our most choicest ar
ticle of apparel, sadly damaged by the
mo hs. In the midst of our troub'e, and
the discussion as to the modes of protec
j tion against moths, which had been
handed down by tradition, Aunt Julia
came in.
" Aunt Julia, how do you keep your
wiutcrcloihing from the moths?" we both
asked eagerly, as lhat good lady pro
.' ceeded to lay aside her handsome shawl
which looked as fresh as ever after seven
years wear.
"I used to suffer from moths as much
as any one," replied Aunt Julia, taking
her knitting from her little basket, and
sitting down, but I found a receipt in an
old fashioned book which has releived
me of such solicitude on the subject.
It was many years b-.-fore I could be per
! sucded to try it. Iu my young days
money was not quite as plenty as now,
but provisions were cheap, and a farm-
er s daughter Degan uer married lite
better supplied, wiih linen, blankets, and
bed quills, that many a jewel-decked
city belle.
As I was an only daughter, and was
not married too young, a noble pile of
b ankets, feather-beds, bed quilts, fcc,
became my portion. For many years
after we removed to the city, I used to
d.ead my summer work of air'ng beds,
and packing very fine home-made
blankets, and quilts, stuffed with the
softest down. I tried snuff, tobacco,
camphor, pepper and cedar chips, aud
yet as we changed our place of resi
dence several times some colony of
moths, old squatters among the beams
of the garret, or in some unobserved
scrap ot woolen cloth would perforate
tiny holes ia my choice-.t possessions."
'Why, aunt Julia, I thought you had
cedar closet."
' Yes, when we moved into our new
house'; but by lhat t me my closet was
too small for my increased wealth, and
i ' 1 I used this receipt I seldom passed a
year without seme moth holes but now
have not seen one iu nine jears."
"What was it aunt? Have you the
? or can you repent from memory?
It is too late lo save these things, but I
will write il down and try it next spring."
So si in' Anna took out her little re-
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ceipt book and pencil, while Aunt Julia
prepared to record lhe moth preventa
tive. The book was an old one with the
title obliterated, and the title page lorn
out by some careless child, but the di
rections were there.
"Liy not for yourself, treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth cor
rupt." But lay ur for yourselves treasures
in heaven, whete neither moth nor rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through and steal."
"0, Aunt Julia, is that all ? Ho does
that help the matter ?"
"Wait, Anna, and hear my story out.
One day, as I was mourning over my
choicest blankets, eaten by the moths,
and ailing my down bed-quilts and
feather beds, which have been rendered
obsolete by the introduction of spring
matrasses; as I stood ready to cry with
vexation to see my choicest articles
eaten in the most conspicuous places, as
you have experienced to-day, my eye
rested on an old Bible, which lay on the
top of a barrel of phamplets in the garret.
I opened it, and almost unconsciously
read the receipt lor avoiding moths which
I have given you to-day. I then recol
lected lhat Ihey seldom troubled the
clothing in frequent us-, and that tbe
articles which caused me so much care
were not needed tice a year. I then
thought of Sophy Baker, with her large
family and sick husband. They had
been burned out in the Spring before,
and were just entering upon a cold, long
winter of poverty. I sat down, and
writing her a note, sent her two feather-
be Is, and four blankets, and an old
fashioned 'coverlid' that very diy ; and
I wo more blankets I dispatched to a poor
old rheumatic neighbor, whose destitu
tion had never occurred to me before.
I then began to breathe freely ; and be
fore another week two more blankets had
gone to comfort tired limbs, and aching
hearts. The cast-off coats, cloaks, and
old pieces of carpeting w'dch had long
Iain in my garret were given to the de
serving poor. A bag of woolen stock
ings and socks, which had been kept for
cleanirtg brass, were sent to the charity
institution, never again to become a
temptation to the moths. I inquired
particularly the next year, and found
the beds and blankets were in such ex
cellent preservation that 1 cheerfully
laid up more of my surplus property,
'in heaven,' and out of the way of moth
and mould. My cedar closet and trunks
holdall I wish to preserve, and when
they begin lo run over, I commit more
articles to the keeping of my widowed
and fatherless acquaintance."
"But. Aunt Julia, your's is a peculiar
case, loj had the home made outfit
of a rich rarmer's daughter, and could
not expect to make use of it ; beside the
Bible don't encourage wasting oar goods
extravagantly."
"I do think the Bible leans to what is
called the extravagant side. The rest of
lhe chapter following the verse I have
quoted gives little encouragement to
much forethought, either in food or rai
ment, and in another place, says : 'He
that hath two coats, let him impart to
hira that hat'i none.' This rule leaves
very little to pack away in a cedar closet.
Ia my opinion, God's providence is far
from encouraging extensive accumula
tion, either of money or possessions, es
pecially among Christians. Fire and
flood, drought, mildew, and moth, s'and
ready to rebuke that spirit of covetous-
ness which the Lord abhorreth."
"Surely, Aunt Julia, you wouldn't
have me give away Ihe new furs you
gave me yourself last winter ?"
"No, my child; but let us examine for
t momeut this moth-eaten pile. Here
are three coats of your husbands, which
he cou'd never possibiy wear again."
"Those are for fishing. Aunt."
"How often does he fish ?"
"Once in four or five years," said An
na, locking slightly discomfited.
" Well, here is a bag of out-grown,
shrunken socks and stockings, and these
old dresses of Ada's and these over coats
of the boys, that I heard you say were
unfit fjr wear, even at lhe play-ground ;
and besides I think you remarked that
the whole difficulty originated in an old
carpet, which has been harboring moths
many years when it might have been out
of harm's way upon r.ome poor widow's
floor."
"Well, Aunt, I believe you are Lalf
right."
"Try my rule, Anna ; not after your
properly is ruined, but when you find
you can spare it even at the risk of
sending some of your treasure to heaven
berore you have obtained all you could
from its ue. Many an old garret have
known to be infested with moths, ruin-
ning hundreds of dollars wortfc of valua
i ble articles, when the whole evil might
be traced to an eld coat, or carpet, s-If-is'n'y
or rarcles,sly withheld from lhe
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poor. We are God's stewards, and our
luxuries are not given us to feed a "cove
tousness which is idolalry ; but are tal
ents which may be increased ten times
before the great day of final account."
When people ask me how to prevent
moths, 1 always long lo say, "lay up
your tresaures in Heaven because I
have found fiom experience it is a sure
and convenient way."
"Well, Aunt, I own I never thought
much about it before as a matter of
Christian duty. I will try, before anoth
er year, to confine my case to the arti
cles I need, and shall hope for better
success.
THRILLING STORY.
The following was communicated by
Mr. E. Merriam to the Porthmouth Jour
nal :
As early as 983, Errick Rande, an
Icelandic chief, fitted out an expedition
of twenty-fire galleys at Suefell, and
having manned with sufficient crews of
colonists, set forth from Iceland to what
appeared a more congenial climate. They
sailed upon the ocean fifteen days, and
they saw no land. The next day brought
with it a storm, and many a gallant
vessel sunk in the deep. Mountains of
ice covered the water as far as eye could
reach, and but a few galleys escaped de
struction. The morning of the seven
teenth day was clear and cloadless ; the
sea was calm, and far away to the north
ward could be seen the glare of ice-fields
reflecting on the sky. The remains of
shattered fleets gathered together to per
sue their voyage, but the the galley of
Errick Rande was not there. The crew
of a galley which was driven further
down than the rest, reported that as the
morning broke, the large fi of ijj
that had covered the ocean were driven
by the current past them and that they
beheld the ga'ley of Errick Rande borne
by resistless force and the spsed of the
wind before a tremendous field of ice
her crew had I t all control over her
they were tossing their arms in wild ago
ny. Scarcely a moment had elapsed be
fore it w is walled in by a hundred ice
hills, and the whole mass moved forward
and w is soon beyond the horison. That
the galley of the narrator escaped, was
wonderfull it remained, however, un
contradicted, and the vessel of Errick
Rinde was never more seen.
Half a century after that, a Danish
colony was established on the western
coast of Greenland. The crew of the
vessel which carried the colonists thith
er, in their excursions into the interior,
crossed a range of hills that stretched to
the northward; they had approached
nearer to the pole than any preceding
adventurers. Upon looking down from
Ihe summit of the hills, they beheld
vast and interminable field of ice, undu
lating in various places, and formed in a
thousand grotesque shapes. They saw
not far from the shore, a figuie in an
iced vessel, with glittering icicles in
stead of masts rising from it. Curiosi
ty prompting then to approach, they
beheld a dismal sight. Figures of men
in every attitude of woe, were npon the
deck, but they were ice things then; one
figure alone stood erect, and with fold
ing arms, leaning against the mast. A.
hatchet was procured and the ice cut
awi.y, and the features of a chieftain dis
closed, pallid, and deadly, and free from
decay. This was doubtless the vessel,
and that figure the form of Errick Ran
de. ' Benumbed with cold, and in the
agony of despair, his crew had fallen
around him. The spay of the ocean and
the fogs had frozen as it lighted npon
them, and covered each figure with an
ice robe, which the short-lived glance of
Greenland sun had not time lo remove.
The Danes gazed upon the spectacle
with trembling. They knew not bat the
scene might be their fate. They knelt
down upon the deck and muttered a
prayer in their native tongue for the souls
of the frozen crew, then hurriedly left the
place, for night was approaching. -
As editor in Ohio thus writes to his
subscribers. "We hope our friends will
overlook our irregularities for the past
two weeks. We are now permanently
located in the county jail with sufficient
force to insure the regular issue of our
paper for the future."
As editor is not only a great bore, but
great fool, when he sets down to write
long "leader," under the impression
that his readers prefer it to the news of
he day, and a multitude of items and
scraps. So says lhe St. Louis Democrat,
and so sav we.
"You'll find it out," as the thief re-
marked to himself as he saw a gentle
aaan feeling in his pocket for his hand
kerchief. He who receives a good turn should
never forget it. Ha who docs one should
arvf r lemember ji.

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