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STANZAS. THEY SHALL LIE DOWN ALIKE IN THE DUST. Job. Ye hapless; who, repining, grieve At poverty and ill ; Who doubtful, question heaven’s decree, And murmur at its will. Think ye that affluence is the source Whence finite blessings flow ? Think ye that gold can satisfy, Or splendor peace bestow ? Think ye ambition’s boasted lure Can quenchless joy impart? Think ye the Syren’s draught can prove The gilead of the heart ? Mistaken race ! alas, how few This panacea can boast; Fe labor, but for bliss untrue, The care and toil is lost. Go, learn content, for riches yet Have never fed the mind ; Go learn content—the coffer’d wretch May ne’er enjoyment find. The choicest robe of Tyrian dye Oft hides some bosom care, And virgin smiles, and sparkling wit Conceal the latent tear. Art thou obscure ? the writhing cares Of genius are not thine; Unknown ? rejoice ! for thou art free, No slave at folly’s shrine. Thine are affection’s purest sweets, And thine is love’s caress ; Approving peace within thy heart, A Providence to bless. Thine are the beauties of the globe, The charms that sense allure; For thee, yon azure glories burn, Say, mortal! art thou poor ? The hopes that shine along life’s path, To cheer thee too, are giv’n ; The star that points the wanderer’s way Shall lead thee to the heaven. And while, lamented by the great, The rich repose in clay, Thou too shall seek thy final bed, And slumber sweet as they. MISCELLANY, ON THE ART AND FACULTY OF FLYING. As much has been said of late on the possibility of flying, in consequence of a petition to Congress, to grant the invent or of the art the exclusive privilege of risking his own life in the attempt, the following letter, written flue-und-twenty years ago by Dr. Waterhouse, to a physi cian in Hingharn, will show that the pre tension is by no means a novel one. The serious reflections connected with it, will be read with interest by those who have been taught “ to feel another's nvoe.” [Boston Patriot. CAMBRIDGE, MASS. FEB. 23, 1796. Dear Sir— Day before yesterday I re ceived your letter. I waited for more in formation respecting the unfortunate stranger, who is the subject of it, or you would have had an answer by the person who brought it. I knew not the name of the gentleman you inquire after, until I heard he had shot himself at Hingham, and that he had left a letter and some papers directed to me. All that I know of him I shall re late : About two months since he came to my house alone, and introduced himself with saying that he was a foreigner, and wish ed an acquaintance with some scientific man; that he had understood I had tra velled much in foreign countries, and for such and such reasons, which he men tioned, he chose to introduce himself to me in order to converse on a subject which had long been the object of his con templation. The subject was pneumatics, and mechanics. On these branches of science he talked sensibly and learnedly. Sometimes he spoke in French, some times Dutch, and frequently expressed himself in Latin. But what gave the whole a light and whimsical air, was its ultimate application ; which was neither more nor less than flying like a bird ! I endeavored to convince him, that the structure or anatomy of a bird was very different, even in their bones, from man, and from all animals that do not fly ; and that amongst other peculiarities I would remind him that there was no instance in cue vetat iuuc ui aiuiuaicu naiurC) vviicie there was such an extent of surface, and such strength, united with such levity^ as are found in the body of a bird ; and I ex patiated on the anatomy of a quill and of a feather, and of their faculty of filling each tube with air; and that I could not believe that any wings could be contrived, whether like that of a bird’s, or like a bat’s, (which was his favorite notion) that could raise the human body from the ground, by merely taking hold of the air. He then said he would remove my doubts by actual experiment, and took his leave, with a promise of calling again in three days. He came accordingly, and ex plained himself farther on his favorite scheme. I listened to him with attention, because he seemed to think, in general, like a man of sense, and speak like a gen tleman. I could, however, discern that his Cartesian philosophy had not been sufficiently corrected by later demonstra tions. From his good figure, dress, and ad dress, polite and easy manners, I conclud ed that he was some unfortunate emigrant from the continent of Europe, probably an officer in the service of the monarchy, who, destitute of money and friends, chose to apply some of the principles he had learnt at college, to the purpose of pro curing subsistence by a novel exhibition. On this account I never asked his name or nation. You ask me, if I suppose he was insane any time before he committed that shock ing deed ? The writings and drawings which he left directed to me, are so far from evincing a deranged mind, that they indicate a cool and vigorous intellect, be ing executed not merely with taste, but mathematical exactness. Nevertheless, had I been on the jury, I should have giv en my verdict a insanity for he shot himself in a paroxysm of despair, which implies a suspension of reason. I have been told that this unfortunate man quitted his home (Germany J in consequence of his father insisting that he should pursue the profession of divi nity. I have never heard any thing against his character; but have some evidences of his humanity in giving freedom to his slave, after binding him to a trade by which he could get his living. On the whole, I take him to be one of those un iortunate young men, who, having seen but the superficies of life, believed every thing to be what it appears; and whose rapid imagination conceived certain ends, without possessing fortune, or patience to pursue the means. He expresses himself to the following effect in the melancholy letter which he left to me : u All my plans having failed, my money gone, I resolved to put an end to my life ; but thought it my duty to leave to you the description of my machines. My death will make no one unhappy, there fore 1 go with satisfaction out of this world. Good sir ! live well and content ed—when you receive this, I shall be in another world, where I expect to enjoy more happiness than I have experienced in this J” With the horror such a deed naturally inspires, we cannot but mix a portion of commiseration ; especially when we re collect that the gifts of a vivid imagina tion bring the heaviest task on the vigi lance of reason; and that such endow ments require a degree of discipline, which seldom attends the higher gifts of the mind ; clearly proving to us, that na ture, without the commanding voice of religion, has left the noblest of her works imperfect. With esteem, &c. BENJAMIN WATERHOUSE. To Dr. Barker, Hingham. A DANDY OF THE OLD SCHOOL. Casanova, in his account of his visit to Voltaire, describes thus the Duke de Vi liars whom he met at Ferney:— “ The exterior of the Duke de Villars, then governor of Provence, attracted my principal attention. When I contemplat ed his figure and demeanor, I fancied I saw a woman of sixty years of age in men’s clothes, who, though now lean, shrunk, and feeble, might have been handsome in her youth. His copper-co loured cheeks were painted with rouge, his lips with carmine, his eye-brows black, and he had artificial teeth and hair. A well-scented pomatum kept the curls close to his head, and a large nosegay, fixed in the uppermost button hole of his coat, reached to his chin. He affected the amiable man in every thing, and spoke so affectedly and lispingly, that it was diffi cult to understand him. He was, in other respects, polite and condescending, but all his manners were of the taste pre valent in the time of the Regency.” A CATECHISM, A clergyman was lately catechising a little boy in a familiar way, when the fol lowing dialogue took place: Q. Do you know the nature of God ? A. I do, sir. Q. What is it ? A. God is omnipotent and omniscient. Q. Can God see every thing ? A. He can, sir. Q. Does God know every thing? A. He does, sir. Q. Does he know what we are talking about ? A. He does, sir, Q. Does he know what you have got in your breeches pocket ? A. He does not, sir. Q. And why does he not? A. Because I have got no breeches pocket, sir. While some convicts were passing through the streets of Glasgow, a woman, struck at their hardened conduct, cried out: “Ah! wretched creatures, how can you be so merry in your dreadful situa tion ?” “Merry! mistress, replied one of them, “ why, bless your funny heart, if you was in our situation, you would not only be merry, but actually trims ft or fed !” A jVice Distinction.—A soldier oi Use foot guards recently brought up a woman before the police magistrate for robbing him of 3s. 9d. The woman was placed at the bar, and the soldier began to state his complaint, when he was interrupted by the magistrate with a ‘Why you are drunk, sir.’ ‘ Your worship—(hiccup)— I’m not, as you may say, exactly drunk— (hiccup)—but my comrade there is more spberer nor what I am.’ (Hiccup.) The comrade was called forward, and, as he advanced towards the table, he had evi dently great difficulty in keeping his perpendicular. At the table he arriv ed, however, and setting himself in the exact attitude of ‘ Attention 1’ upon drill, he stared with all his might in the ma gistrate’s face. ‘Well, sir, are you so ber?’ he was asked : and twinkling his eyes for a moment or two, as if deliberat ing on a correct and proper answer, he replied, ‘ as nearly as possible, your wor ship.’ The magistrate himself could not refrain from laughing at the erect solem nity with which this discriminating an swer was given: but he declined interro gating further, and the woman was dis missed.—[Lond. pap. The Duchess of Kingston was always remarkable for having a very great sense of her own dignity. Being one day de tained in her carriage, by a cart of coals that was unloading in a very narrow street, she leant with both her arms upon the door, and asked the fellow, ‘ How dare you to stop a woman of quality in the streets ?’ ‘ Woman of quality !’ replied the man. ‘ Yes, fellow, (rejoined her grace) don’t you see my arms upon my carriage ?’ ‘Yes Ido, indeed, (he an swered) and a pair of devilish coarse arms they are-” The Tragic Barber.-—A. hair dresser in a considerable town lately made an un successful attempt in tragedy. To silence an abundant hissing, he stepped forward with the following speech : “ Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday I dressed you; to night I address you; and to-morrow, if you please, I will redress you. While there is virtue in powder, pomatum, and horse tails, I find it easier to make an act or than to be one. Five la Bagatelle l I hope I shall yet shine in the capital part of a beau, though I have not the felicity of pleasing you in the character of an empe ror.” Resemblance and Representation.-—A Prince, rallying the fatness of a courtier who had served in many embassies, said he looked like an ox. “ I know not,” said the courtier, what I am like; but I know that I have often had the honor to repre sent your majesty. A Jack tar having been long in a French prison, was asked on his return, whether he had got a smattering of their lingo? “ No,” replied Jack, “ they call things by their wrong names; they call a horse a shovel, and a hat a chopper A A learned schoolmaster being lately in terrogated by one of his scholars, with respect to the etymology of the word syn tax, replied, after some sage considera tion, that it received its meaning from the circumstance of the ancients having laid a tax on sin. Economy.—A person at a public house, observing an iron fore-stick, and a stone back-log, exclaimed loudly to the servant to bring a bundle of nail rods by way of kindling. HAUPMRS FIIK VA. Respectfully informs ins Mends and the public generally, that he continues to carry on business at his old stand near the ferry, where any of the fol lowing articles can be had at the shortest notice, viz: High and low priced gentlemen’s and ladies’ saddles; high and low priced coach, gigg, carryall, and wagon harnes ses ; trunks of every description ; saddle bags, valises, bridles, martingals, whips, and spurs; also, plated and common bri dle-bits and stirrups. He has just receiv ed a quantity of New England Hog Skins, of a very superior quality, and a few Alli gator Skins. Any of the above articles will be furnished as low for cash as they can be purchased in the county. Bailey’s Memoirs. SUBSCRIBERS to the above work, re siding in this place, and in the neigh borhood, are requested to call on Mr. Howland, and receive their copies. AGRICULTURAL. FROM THE AMERICAN FARMER. On the use of Plaster.—Several years ago I paid a visit to the late Dr. Charles A. Warfield, of Anne Arundel county. It was in the month of August; on enter ing the lane that leads up to the house, on my right hand was the finest field of corn I had seen. It had attracted my at tention so much that I observed to the doctor that his corn crop was superior to any I had ever seen ; that I was astonish ed, as I had believed the ground was not so very strong. He replied that he had just returned from the Berkley Springs, and had passed over some of the best lands in Berkley and Jefferson counties, where he had seen no corn equal to his own—that he was satisfied with his own ianu, poor as it mignt oe tnougnt, ana would not exchange it acre for acre for the best estate in Berkley county-—that he had discovered a secret by which he could make his poor lands produce corn equal to theirs, at a very small expence. He further said, “ I have reflected much on the effects of plaster upon different soils, and it appeared to me as likely that by a combination of slacked ashes and plaster that the effect would be very pow erful. I ordered my servants to be care ful to preserve all the ashes during the winter, which being exposed to the rains during the winter was sufficiently slack by spring. I ordered the proportion of two bushels of ashes to one bushel of plaster, mixed well together, which was carried out to the field, and my little ne gro boys, each with his bag of the mix ture following the droppers, and with a large oyster shell emptied the contents on the seed as it was dropped and covered over ; this, and this alone, said he, is the cause of my corn being so much superior to any you have seen.55 Recollecting this experiment, I was induced to try it, as did several of my friends in Baltimore and Frederick counties, to whom I had com municated it: all of whom have received equal benefit from the experiment. Mr. Robert Carnah stated to me that he had tried it on poor knolls, in his corn field, and found his corn on them equal to his best ground. When I am told why or how plaster acts, I will feel myself called upon to dis cover why it acts best when combined with ashes; until then, I may content myself with stating what has happened in my practice, that others may benefit by a knowledge of the fact. G. W. The practice of harrowing over wheat in the Spring is strongly recommended in the Plough Boy and other respectable publications. The effect of this process is the loosening of the earth and throwing it around the roots, in such a manner as to produce more scions, and of course^^^ more wheat. A writer states that he har-^P rowed over one acre of wheat as an expe riment, which produced about one-fourth more wheat than an adjoining acre. HALLOWELL, APRIL 27. Mr. Pope of this town has invented a Threshing Machine, which promises to be of great utility. The work is done by striking the grain with a wheel, by which every ear receives about 100 strokes in passing through the machine. The ker nels are not broken. The construction is simple, and the machine may be formed of any dimensions according to the power by which it is to be moved. The one which we have seen was of a size to be worked by a man and boy, and will thresh fifty bushels per day : it costs about $20. We believe threshing Jive bushels in the ordinary method is considered a day’s work for a man. Mr. Pope, the inventor, is well known for his wonderful skill and invention dis played in his celebrated Orrery now be longing to Harvard University. We trust that his genius is now about to receive an ample reward. All the wool raised in the union, and much that is imported, is manufactured in the United States. Our farmers do not keep sheep enough. Wool is now trans porting in wagons from this city to the interior of the state. Such facts are worth a volume of arguments. That labor is in demand has been shown by the increased number of chil dren employed in our manufactories dur ing the last year; however, as the fact is important, we will fortify it. Our Poor’s Rates, in this district, were, within a few years, one hundred and eighty thousand, dollars per annum. They are now redu ced to one hundred thousand dollars. \_Dem. Press. P. C. MAC CASE, ATTORNEY AT LAW, OFFERS his professional services to the public. He will attend the courts of C h arl e stow n, V inches ter , an d M ar tin s burg. He may be found at Fulton’s Ho tel, or at his office opposite to Fulton’s. All communications addressed to him shall meet immediate attention. Convey ancing executed at his office. Charlestown, April 24, 1822.