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A VISIT FJtOM ST. NICHOLAS,
nr rnorKssrtit Moons. 'Twha the night before Christmas when, oil thro' tlvo house, Not o crcattlro Waislirri'pg, n6t even a mouse; Tho stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Su Nicholas soon would be there ; The children Wcro nestled all snug in their beds, AVhilo visions of sugar-plums danced 'tlirough their licads; And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in ny cap, Had just nestled our brains for n long winter's nap: When out on tho lawn there aroso such a clatter, I sprahg from tho bcd.to see what was tho matter i Away to tho window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and throw up tho sash. Tlicfiioon, on tho breast of tho new fallen snow, Gavo "the lustro of mid-day to objects below, "When, wliat to my wondering eyes should appear, IS ut a miniature, sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer, With a little old driver, so lively and'fuicV, I knew in a moment it must be St. Jtfick. Moro rapid than eagles. his coursers tlSy'tfame, And he wliistlcd and shouted, and called them by name: ".Now, Dasher t now, Dancer 1 now,'Francer ! now, vixen I ,. . , On ! Comet, on ! Cupid, on! Dondcr and Blixcn ; t o the top ot the porch I to tho top ot the wall ! Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all 1" As leaves that before ho wild hurricane fly, . "When they meet with an obstacle, mount to tho sky, oo np to the lipuso-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And trfen,in a twinkling, I heard on the roof Tho prancing and pawing of each littlo hoof, As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas camo with a bound, He Was dressed all in fur, from IiU head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle oftoys ho had flung ori his back, And he look'd lik'6 a pedlar just opening his pack, Mis eyes how they tinkled; his dimples, how merry 1 His ch'ceks Were like roses, liis noso like a cherry ; 'His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow Tho stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like 'a wrcaln; lie had abroad face, and a little round belly, That shook, when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of , jelly. He was chubbv and nlumn : a rinht iollv old elf; And 1 laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself, A wink ot his eye, and a twist of his head, Soon gavo mo to know I had nothing to dread. He spojee hot a word but went straight to his work. And filled nil tho stockings ; then turned with ajerk. And laying his iingerB asido of his nose, And nivincr a nod. un tho chimnev he rose. 'He .sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle. And away they all flew like the down of a thistle : But I heard him exclaim, ere ho drove out of sight. "Happy Christmas to all, and Id all a good night From the Furget-me-Not for 1838. THE l'HHEXOLOGIST. ST It". SIIElAoiT J1ACKT.XZ1E, 1. L. Rabelais, that truest of all true liislori "an'3, relates that Gargantua, when a youth found employment in setting bows to catel hares, in carrying water in sieves, in fish ing for whales in tea-cups, in shoing gos lings, in hunting for needles in haystacks and such profitable and pleasant occupa. lions. What Gu'argantua did in youth Professor Richer) of the University of Hoi delborg; pursued iii age lhat is, his pur suits, if not exactly the same, were of similar business-like and philosophical na lure. A great man was the Professor! Ilowhe became Pi ofessor no one knew how he continued in that capacity every bnc wondered. His duties consisted in the receipt of a handsome income, paid quar terly. It was necessary, in 1817, that the students should have, certificates of atten dance on his lectures on the Philosophy 'of the Human Mind, as part of their carri tulum; So they paid tho fees and did not liear the lectures. Thus tho Professor had a sinecllre. A venerable youth was lie on the shady "side of seventy;. lie knew no language but his own', ami that not very well;' but his essays in the Heidleberg Mertury were well sprinkled with Greek & Latin extracts conveyed from a huge "Dictionary of Quo -tatlonsi" lie had commended life, as a spectacle:makcr ; but skill he had none, so Tie turned Professor; He ever had some hobby: now, lie would give a lecture oit swimming, to tho effect that little boys should practice on dry land, by aping the motions of frogs, and not go into the wa ter till they had adequate skill, nor even then unless they wore" eork-jackets of his town invention! anon he would wnx garru lous, if not eloquent, upon tho mystery of making a 'top spin on a clean pip to for half an hour at a time! Thus scientific and practical were all his experiments. Of late lie had been seized with a passion for Phre nology, which at tho tihie above indicated, was becoming popular in Germany After twclvo months' rnuding and muddling, (for he was rather a damp soul) he hit upon tho wonderful idea that) as tho character and condudt of human beings depended upon tho size of the bumps of their respec tive alid respectable skull?, the character could bo fixed, and tho conduct mainly gui ded, by elevating or dopressirig) bringing forward of reducing,1 tho nccosaary "or- gnnsjj; .lliSffiuca was that thoy. "might bc"'rc4uccd'by:6mpressioh anddcycTppcd by sdVh a simple "method as 1lio creation of vacuum by an air-pump, Accordingly, he had a compress made of cold, vltich. when he could get a suitable subiccVho resolved .to fix on tho head by a band, and sccuro by a tourniquet. This apparatus was intended by him to remain on the head day and night; and, by giving tho tourniquet a.slight turn each morning, When the cranium is most complianl,ho trusted that in a short time lie could 'compress any organ to what ho conceived to be its desiderated moral size. The 'use of a portable air-pump would cre ate a vacuum in a vessel of strong flint- glass, which, if placed over any bump not adequately developed, would, ho was confi dent, cause its'gradual emcrgement from the skull. The person operated upon would have only to wear the compress and tourni quet day and night for twelve months, and remain at and for the same period under the air pump, to effect all that the Profes sor's mighty wisdom anticipated. Unfor tunately, as yet he had not met with any one willing to make tho experiment! Had I the art of drawing portraits with my pen, I should certainly attempt that .of Caroline von Pichlefj us pretty a German maiden as ever, when a lover spoke parti cularly) blushed tho "Yes," which her lips would not utter at once. When I mention German beauty, you think, I daro say, of tho importations who annoy our sight with bronzed faces, mob-caps, thick legs, and chum-waists, and who makes music for our cars with "Buy a broom" discords. No; such is not German beauty. Walk down the Kohlmarkt, (the Regent Street of Vien na,) and you will see a thousand brilliancies of female beauty. Now you are justled in that thronged thorough-fare and the finest form in tho world flits by you and the most speaking eyes flash their bright apol ogies for the accident. A moment ere you have time to regret the sweet vision you meet another, and another and anoth er. Thoy are frequent as the flowers in June, or the stars in midnight. They are varied, too, in their brightness and their clime. The radiant freshness of the Eng lish features'; the beaming intellect of the Italian face; the sweet pathos which forms the expression of Polish beauty; the Asiat ic cast of the Hungarian aspect; the classic contour of the Grecian outline all are there but among them none is fairer than tllo ear nest loveliness of tho German. After such a preface, how can I describe Caroline von Pichlei! Fancy a lovely, loving, and loveablc maiden, of bright nineteen, and you may have a thought of Caroline. Then like Cardelia's, her voice was over soft, Gentle, and low: an excellent thing in woman; In fine, botii in person arid miiid, she was a delightful specimen of womanhood in its earliest prime well educated, too, though of this she was not proud good tempered, in spite of the vinegar disposi tion of Madame Amettc von Pichlcr, a crossgraiued old maid, her aunt and guar dian. When Madame scolded, which, to do her justice) was only five minutes out of every ten Caroline flew to painting, or to music. Or, if these did not please her, sue new to prepare net lessons lor ner pri vate tutor, Ernst Manheim. Ernst was young, not yet five-and-twen-ty. He was handsome Caroline, some how Or other, always identifying him with the Apollo Belvedere! Poor girl! she was not the first by thousands who had raised a mortal into an id6l, making her own heart tho shrine!" For twelve months Ernst Manheim had been visiting tutor to Caroline von Pichlcr. Much did he teach her, in language and sciences, and lie also taught her ore, which is the life of life A great crime, Ernst had been absent six whole days, and had only sent a for mal apology to Madame, that lie was com pelled by business to quit Vienna for a weoki Poor Caroline! she, appropriated" the note.from her aunt's table, and carried it next to her heart. What odd fancies Love has! She reclinetl upon the sofa in tho library, dull, dlstraile; and languid. lie! whose step is lhat? It is outside, in tho street, and yet she can distinguish it among every foot fall in Vienna: Oh, lover's eyes are quick to scd, And lovers) cars are quick hi hearing! She had intended something likes reproach the scholar to scold the mastcfl but, when ho cntorod) tho' intention vanished, So they sate down to vend; hut Ernst was, almost silent," and his ebunicna'neo had h very gravc.cxprcssion. ' ' " I T "You aro dull to-day ,"Ernst," said Caro line, in the 'sweetest voice and with the brightest smile in the world. "What has annoyed you? why arc you sad?" "For you, Caroline," said lie, tuking her while soft hand from tho table on which it rested. Site blushed, but did not withdraw that hand. "I liavo discovered how it matters not that your excellent aunt has bargained to marry you to Professor Richer, Your for tune, as she knows, is a thing of doubt; for there is a male hear somewhere, and if he claim it you aro penniless. Therefore, as she has lately received notice that this long missing heir is alive and at hand, she would marry you to the Professor, to secure you against want;" "All this is new to me," said Caroline, in a trembling tone; "I do hot wonder that it is so. Your grandfather, the Count von Fugger, of Augsburg, left you his estates, if your cou sin, then in the Bavarian army, and suppo sed to have been slain at the battle of Lcip zig, did not appear to claim them within five years. The time has nearly elapsed, and your cousin has made lias claim. Our good Emperor Francis could scarcely re fuse him speedy justice, for there is an her editary right on the part of tho head of your house, to claim a boom The Emperor Charles V., to support the war against the majority of the Princes of Germany-, bor rowed a million florins from one of your an ccstors, a merchant. He returned through Augsburg victorious, and his creditors not only entertained him and his retinuo for two days in the most sumptuous manner, but before lie departed burnt in a fire of cin namont made lor tho purpose, the umpc- roi's bond. In return for this generosity, he was made a Count of the Empire, and received lands fiefs in perpetuity for him self and his descendants. Your cousin's claim has been made, has been admitted by the Emperor; and, to day, if ho will, may take possession of your lands, your wealth. But of this enough. Are you incli ned to marry, and to marry tho Profes sor?" There fell no accent of reply from the ripe lips of Caroline, but Ernst saw her cheek pale, and then grow rosy as witli a fever-flush, and he felt her hand tremble within his. "Your intended will be here to day, you are to marry him to-mortow." "Caroline raised her eyes, and looked earnestly inlb his: still she spoke no word. There was such a silence for two minutes that lie could hear her heart-beats. Then he gently pressed her hand, again she blushed, but her eyes did not now rnect his; "You would avoid this marriage? Car: oline, you love another?" She did not speak, but silcnco is often more eloquent than spoken words. "Love him deeply) and havo loved him long?" "Alas! yes," she cried, "too deeply, but knew not until now that I loved him!" "Dearest Caroline!" And here", as if by magnetic attraction, their lips touched. It was the first, fond kiss of love! Let the prude blame them) if she will, (we know the fable of "sour grapes,") but for my own part; I think with old Stapylton, "it is all human nature." 1 he soft talk winch ensued must bo la belled "strictly privato and cdiifidential.' I here were gentle confessions, lender words, sweet as honey, soft promises; wel come as fairy-favours hearted smllcis, and joyful tears. As Keats says of Endyinion and Diana, they were to happy too bo glad. At last Ernst began to talk common sense. "I havo been absent," said he "for a week. I had heard of this intended marriage, and went to Heidelberg lo sco my learned rival. Such an exhibition On tho strength of his approaching happi ncss, ho has assumed tho airs and dress of apelit'mailre. Fancy a man old cnougl to be my grandfather, dressed like a mod ern exquisite, with ltyperioiu curls, his own by purchase; as fresh a bloom upon his cheeks as carmine can bestow; ti thin white moustacho, dyed to tho colour o Tiis peruke; a framo bending beneath the burden of seventy winters, yot decked ou like the juvenility of onc-andUwenly in a word, dearest Caroline, the dotago of did ago garmented in the. vanity of boyhood. Such is yonr intended) ",Wu must avoid this, nYarriage!" said the martletr, witli a smile " "77ia I. havo arranged,, lady-bird! I ;iav6 seen him, spoken to liinf, and he seems to make you tho victim of his great experiment in pihenology." "Phrenology! and wli.nl is that? "Nabonnc et belle Caroline, it means the knowing what is in the head from mere ly looking at Ihc outside. A Phrenologist thinks that the mind is in tho brain, so that there is no uso for the heart, except to send out blood through the arteries and get it back through tho veins. He does not believe, as you and 1 do, that hearts Were made " "For what, Ernst?" "For love, dearest Caroline," The morrow came, and with itscamo the Professor. Ernst was also there giving Caroline her lesson, as if nothing was to occur! Madame Annette, at breakfast had told her niece that it was full time to be married and Caroline said it was; The Madame praised her own discretion, and saulsnc had cnoscn rroicssor Kicncr as fit and proper ncphew-in-law and Caro line smiled. Then Madame told her all tho wedding clothes were ready and Car oline thanked Jicr. Lastly, Madame bade her take her last lesson from Ernst, "for she was to be wedded that night and Caro line; like a dutiful niece, went. A loud crack of the postillion's whip, : raltle of a caniage in the court yard. The Professor had arrived. What a scientific man! He had brought twenty volumes of the Heidelberg Mercury, containing all his essays, he had brought a box full of cork jackets, in case lhat ho should go boating; and ho had brought a magnificent spinning top. Nor was this, all ho had brought a collection of skulls and casts to teach phrc nology to his bride; and the gold compress for reducing, and the portable airpump for developing, the pumps on tho human era nium, forntcd part of his luggage. Wonderful things! But himself, to uso Coleridge's quotation, was the " voonder of voonders!" One might have thought he was turned out of a bandbox, ho was made up so well. Tho moustaches had received a fresh application of "Turkish dye' he had mounted a new peruke he had put pearl-powder as well as rougd upon his cheeks lie was quite a modernized art tiquc! -Having been shown into tho library, he saluted the fair Caroline, and expressed his delight at renewing his acquaintance with Ernst. Then Madame Annette came in sadly discomposed, for one of tho boxes of skulls had been broken, and the relics of mortality were rolling around tho hall. Then they all rctlied to luncheon, and the Professor divided his attentions between the champagne and darolino. Then they re turned to the library; Madame Annette introduced the subject of their meeting, and announced that the marriage would take place that evening. The Professor, with a grave air, said that Caroline must first submit to a Phrenologi cal examination. "A Phicn what ?" said Madame who never heard of the sciendc. "An examination, my dear madame, of her head," blandly replied the professor. But Madame appeared to disrelish the idea, so the Professor continued : " Wo take a scull, such as this, for installed drawing one from his huge pocket " on which the situation of tho organs is mapped out. Wc see how tho brain is disposed In the living subject, by comparing it with these organs, and thus we judge of the character, tho intellect, the disposition of tho 'person. You will find it all in ono of my essays in tho thirteenth volumo of the Heidelberg Mercury, page 157. 1 have brought the whole twenty volumes, to amuse Caroline during the honey moon !" " Nonsense !" muttered Madame, in an under-growl. ' "If the yotlng lady will sit down," con tinued the sago, 'I shall proceed witli the examination," Accordingly) Ernst, givllig her a nod, Caroline sat down. Tho Professor placed the scull on the table, and was about com mencing alas; ho had forgotton his specta cles at Heidelberg ! But Ernst volunteer ed his aid, rind the Professor accepted it. So the examination commenced. The parties were placed, as Mrs. Soyf farth had placed thorn. The ci dctfanl jetine homme, was behind j Caroline under the hands of Ernst j Madame leaning over her chair, in an ill temper at what she con sidered the folly of the Professor, and Bet iile, Caroline's tire-woman, standing a lit- tic way off, nursing a pet lap dog, and look ing askance with a fearful feeling ut tho scull upon the. table. "JNow, said mo rroicssor, "begin with tho affective organs'. Let mo judge what sort of a wife she will make." But it was not Ernst's game to speak of them as they actually Wore, he thus cata logued them : Comba'tlivcncss, largo De- iitructivcncss, lull Amativeness, small Philoprogcnittvcness, none ! . , Hold 1 cried tho l'rolessor ; ' tins will never answer. wc must subject her to my experiment. 'This,' said hc.tuniingjq. Madame Annette, 'this is only applying my compress and tourniquet to reduce Dcstruc tiveness and Combativcncss, and using my portable air pump and exhausted receiver to devclopc Amativeness and the other mat rimonial organs. The double apparatus does not weigh moro than forty pounds', and she will have to wear it, day and night, for no more than a twelve-month." Wc may as well apply them at once Madame, will you cut off your nfcice's hair, to facilitate the de'vclopciricrit arid depression !" Madame Antmette von Pichlcr, unfortu nately for the advancement of science, no soonor comprehended tho nature of his pro position than she quietly threw the mapped scull through the window and, calling up her servants, gave such decided orders for the house to be cleared of all ' the rubbish,' (as she irreverently called the Professor and his cargo,) that this eminent man ran out of the domicile, rind made the best of his way back to Heidelberg, where he might bo seen to this day, if had not died on the 1st of April, 1818 the anniversary of his birtlu 'There!' exclaimed Madame Annette, there ! the man is mad, and I had rather you had lost forty fortunes than gain such a loss as that-old creature. Never mind, Caroline , though your cousin has turned up, and takes your fortune from you, there is enough left of mine for both of us. But, oh, that beautiful wedding dinner! that will be all spoiled.1' 'Suppose we prevent it, Madame. If you read this order from the Emperor, you will sec that I; whom you have known as Ernst Maillieim; am the very cousiii who was to rob Caroline of licrfortune. If I do, it is only td make her mistress of it, and give lier tho title of Countess von Fugger.' To so sensible a proposition, involving the certainty that the dinner would, after all, bo consumed by a wedding party, Ma damo Annette could ofler no objection. The wedding took place that evening. Ernst had given invitations to all his friends, and before supper sketched for his bride and Ihem tho mdst striking incidents of his life. Wc regret ttiat these "moving incidents by flood and field," arc much too long to give at-preserit. From the Chroniclo of tho Church. HYMN 1'OK THE NATIVITY. JIT NATHAN L FOSTr.Il. 'Bchold, I bring you good tidings' of great joy, which shall bo to all people. For unto you is born thU day, in the city of David, a Saviour, who is CiiuibT the Lord," Luke ii. 10, 11. I s!ng the exalted Saviouii'b birth: What loftier theme exists on earth, Or wakes tho sons in Heaven 1 Let ransomed man take up tho song, And swell tho chorus loud and long, For Death's btrong bars arc riven; Infliiito Mercy formed the plan, Thus to redeem rebellious man ; For this was Jesus born; His heavenly Father to obey, Ho left the ladiant realms of day; On this auspicious morn; Oh ! could we catch the thrilling strain; That, (bating o'er Judea's plain, Announced Iswavuei's birth; When the blost star o'er Bethlehem stood; Ami poured in living light its flood, To bless tho sons of earth. Let tho loud anthem pierco tho sky 'All glory bo to God on high, And peace pervado the earth;" Let our glad voices join tho strain Which echoed through tho seraph train) Who sang tho Saviour's birth, 0 may this consecrated hour Drcatho in our souls devotions power, And oh, thou Heavenly Dove, Ktcrnal Spirit 1 tiro each heart, To bear an liumblo fervent part, in Hymning justs love, 5 'Please sir, I dont thiilk Mr. Dosom takes his physic reg'lar,' said a Doctor's boy tiie other day to his employer. 'Why so ?' ' Cause, vy he's getting veil so precious fast ?' Two rheii are exhibiting themselves in New York, ono of whom' is so tall that he does not know when his toes get cold, and tho other so Bhott that ho cannot button his own jackot.