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From the New Y>>rk Fleheian.
Fleeter tliau light, rorhless as lair, ail'!
stronger than llie ? hirlwiiid. isilie progress
of lime. Hope ran not quicken, happiness
retard, nor penitence recall. He is ileal'to
misery, or j??v, ami ireails as heedlessly
upon the opening blossoms of youth and
innocence, as :ip >n tli ? ashes of malignant
-passion, or lio.irv ivisilom. To the hermit
in his cell, the rohi| tu.iry in his revels,
ihe monarch or the begger, he isalike
inexorable a ml oniameable. On ihescorchi
10 il.-sprt, or the sc? thing ocean, through
the wilderness, or citv, his steps are untiring
and unfaltering. He breathes upon
>the strength of manhood, and it departs;
upon the cheek of beauty, and it is pale.
Touched by his wilheinig hand, the conqueror
is silent, and li< s down beside his
vassal; empires become their own ruined
monuments, the traveller ponders vainly
o-ver them, and the historian prolongs the
fainting echo of their splendors, and it is
in tuin forgotten. Nature itself yields a
certain, though reluctant obedience to the
- . L - I
flestrover; me ocean receucs, me mmiu
land crumbles, plains are ingulphed, rivers
dwindle, and mountains totter to their fail;
millions vanish before him, and millions
ure vet t.? die; the field is ever heavy witr.
the harvest, and ever insatiable the reaper.
Still his flight is onward?still hi* cry is,
"passing avvav!" "passing away!"
Anticipating the future from the past,
howdiligeutlv should we employ the pres*
entf And knowing that from the chaos
nl lime goodness sh-II litiperishably survive,
how should we school the heart in
virtue, ami fortify the soul with all that
.ran enable it to sustain the various ordeals
through which it must pass? Prudence
seems to suggest that the morning of life
should be devoted ivilli all its energies, to
providing aliment, both moral ami physical,
for m ?r" helpless'years. With iis increasing
infirmities, the body demands
protection and comfort; and the immortal
spirit should early make the primary advances
toward that wisdom, knowledge
and virtue, which through eternity shall
ever be expanding to its desires. But let
us reduce our views to the present exis
tence, ami consider tlie advantages ? f w i* 11
spent youth, and the effect produced upon
our seniority l?y tin* opposite.
Relaxation is necessary both for son!
and liodv. lie that prostrates his physical,
or intelleclnal nature, by too intense application,
ami thus curtails his years, ('mm
motives either of ambition or the love of
science, is as irrational in his martyrdom,
as the one, who making amusement his
only employment, heroines lite victim of
licentiousness or disease. Providence designed
us neither for anchorites, or debauchees;
although the first is certainly
preferable to lite last, and least obnoxious
to happiness or the Deity. A gulden mean
* should he adopted. I shall illustrate my
animadversion with a picture drawn from
a career of Cl ime and lolly; and elucidate
by another what I conceive to be a character
combining equally goodness, greatness,
and social happiness.
Prospero received a handsome patrimony,
which, by a lock," investment, soon
?1:_ t i... i-..i," i ..ii- ,t....
Ullplit nun ii? n n uini iwir 111
a position In taste busy idleness which
men misname employment. Neglected in
biiylio "'i his youth whs I it x u r in it i only of
criminal excesses, anil his frit-mis afi er a
few abortive monitions. resigned him tn
his perverted inclinations. K-1 ra n ^
from study, or reflection. a ceaseless r<>umI
of el i.-si pa I i t ti stifled the reproofs nf run.
grimcp, ami occupied his woithh-ss hours.
His nights were passed in debauchery ami
riot; and I'li-uig the day ihe race course,
cock-pit, and g-unhliug-luhle, each received
the aid of his pa!milage and example.
Collecting around him a circle of young
men, whom interest or frivolity made
friends, he looked down with callous indifference
upon the pursuits, or alienation
ot llic more Virmmn iinu >cnan-. i-.v....wliilc
I We origiml eapabilities ofliis mind
were left unemployed. or exercised only
for the injury of himself or hisspecics.?
The fine arts f >r l)i"i had no charms, and
farcing was his abhorrence; and if he
aide. IIp purchased bnoks from motives
of ostenation, ami sparingly aided literature
In escape importunity. Debilitated
by luxury, and fatigued with pleasures
which became daily more monotonous, he
married, procuring an attendant, to whom
'merest could alone render his grossness
visited the dratna or the academy, it was
but to displace the tedium of a solitary
| hour, or for purposes still more exceptionj
and increasing infirmaries tolerable. Ilis
wife grew tyranical in proportion as she
: became convinced of her own power and
'importance, and lavished the wealth acquired
by Iter union with him?till finally.
| the anxiety engendered by Iter profusion,
j together with the avarice of old age, em
bittered all his domestic comforts, and
| covered his declining years with deeper
shadows. Children had arisen around him,
which custom as well as pride had induced
; him to cducatc;l)til when he turned to them
for consolation, he was constantly mortified
by the discovery of his own ignorance
|?while superior in knowledge, and dis-j
jsimilar in their views, the respect which
' they might have entertained lor a parent,
j was almost counteracted by the contempt
| which thpv but ill-concealed for the man.
| Excluded by age and sickness, front earlier
! habits and pleasures ? discord at his hearth
j?with no mental resources of his own, not
! taste enough to benefit by those of others
j?wi'lt no delight in reading, and no pow!
ers ofeon versation?he lingered for a while, i
solitary in the midst of society, poor in
opulence, pitied a id despised, and finally j
concluded a short and valueless life, bur.
jdensome to himself and others. Frigid
j pomp attended his obsequies ? his grave j
| was sodded without tears, and his memo-,
ry remained only in the letters of his marble.
j Widely different in its course and sequel
was the life of Veritas. Necessity, made
him industrious, and frugality fortunate!'
lie lived as a titan desirous of sanity both
' of mind and body should; and when the;
turmoil of business allowed, he found
amusement and consolation in literary seclusion.
Generous ambition, or a thirst
for knowledge, in spite of circumstances,
; made him a scholar. Occasionally indulging
in liarml-ss recreation, he never ppr- ,
' milled the alureinents of pleasure to divert
him from the path of rectitude and honor. '
Neither avaricious nor prodigal, his mind
j expanded with his estate; and an accession
t Itis library, or the commencement of a
new science, always commemorated a successful
bargain or a prosperous year.?
Chosen for her virtues and intelligence,
his companion readily seconded his elf..rts,'
aod-made his home peaceful and attractive.
Thoroughly appreciating the relationship
of knowledge to true happiness, he spared
no expense to accomplish his children,
and was rewarded by beholding the rejected
lustre "f his own acquirements.? |
His mansion soon b<*rame the resort of
scholars and wise men, while advancing
veers increased liis comforts and his lame.
I For him old age brought no neglect. ?
j Hale and cheerful, surrounded by worthy
! friends, with a cunseience unsullied by
'painful remembrances?njth a hope for
the future, which kindled brighter as the
i day declined?Time hoi e him on, with his
serenity unalloyed. Able at all limes to
:dr:iw from the ga-tieretl treasure of years,
j the young were not less his companions
titan the old. lie had mirth without levi;
Iy, learning without pedantry, ami monitions
without asperity, lie was like a
goblet trembling to the brim with nectar'
i like :t classic fountain, from whose antique
urn flowed life and virdure; and when -it1
I last he slept with his fathers, literature
j embalmed his memory, the tears of good
men moistened his ashes, and the hearts
* - ? I I I _ _ ?.|
| o( nis posterity cnerisueu uis name wuri
grateful and continued remembrance.
V. E. B.
The Sarbatii.?The following is an oxtract
of an interesting letter from Sir Matthew
Hale, to his grand children. The
testimony of that learned and upright Jurist,
to the good effects resulting from a
strict observance of the Sabbath, cannot
be unimportant. The original is deposited
in the British Museum. It was first
published in the Christian Observer, in
London, 1813: ?
*' I will acquaint you with a truth, that
i above forty years experience, and strict
observation of myself, hath assured'v
taught mc. I have been near forty years,
a man as inuch conversant in business, ami
that of moment and importance, as mo-i]
nit-1.; and I assure you, I was never under
any inclination to iuoalicisui, enthusiasm,
or superstition.
"In all this time, I have most iirlustri
>u?ly observed in iuys?dfaiid my concerns,
I these three things: Whenever I ha"e no1
-I t * .11 II
| neriuMMi any secular ousiih'ssom uie icru s
lav, (which was mil absolutely neres*ary)
dial business never prospered and surreeded
with ini'. Nay, if" 1 had s^t mvselfthai
day hm in furrctist? r design any
temporal business, in be done nr performed
aflcrwnrds; though surli forecast were
j.ist as fair a prospect as could be effected,
yet I have always b? e i disappointed in the
effecting of it, or in the success of it. So
that it grew almost proierbial with me.
when any importuned me to any secular
business that day, to answer them, that, if
rife; *
lilt* y suspected it to succeed amis?, the
tlioy mi<?ht desire my undertaking it npo
that day. And I his was so certain an oli
serration of mine, that I feared to thin
of an) secular business that day, hecaus
iliu resolution then taken would be disati
pointed, <?r unsuccessful.
"That, always, the.more closely I ap
plied myself to the duties of the Lord'
jday, tlie .nore happy and successful wer
j inv htisiness and employments of the iveel
j following. So that I could, from the loos
or strict observance of that day, take a jus
prospect and true calculation of my tern
poral success in i1k> ensuing week. Tim
J my hands and o'imi have been as full'o
I secular business, both before and since
was a Judge, as it may be any man's ii
England, yet I never wanted time in m\
SIT Ami's it\ rinnn nnA fit -mi. srlfi ft if tlii
'business and employment J had to do
though I borrowed not one minute frun
the Lord's day. to prepare for it, by studi
or otherwise. I'm, on the other hand, i
I bad, at any time, borrowed from thisdui
any time for mv secular employments, |
found it did further me less, than if I hut
let it alone; and therefore, wlirn soim
years experience, upon a nmst aiteutiv<
and vigilant observation, had given mi
this instruction, I grew peremptorily re
solved never, in this kind, to make a bread
upon the Lord's day; which I have strict
ly observed for above thirty \ ars.
"This relation is mtrst certainly and ex
porimt ntallv true, and hath been declnret
I to me by hundreds of persons, as I nov
tleclare it to yon."
The Harvest Moon.?There are feu
persons probably, who have not perceivei
annually, in the month of September, tha
the moon rises on six or eight suc.Tessivi
nights apparently about the same time.?
This annual pecit iarity in the mooh's ri
sing was observed bv tlie ancients lont
before astronomers were able to explaii
the cause of it. On account of I lie run
venient light it afforded them in harves
time, it was called the Harvest Moon; ant
that in October (for a similar pec.uliaritj
is then observable) the J-|toiler's Moon.?
The cause of this peculiarity in the ri~in?
of the moon in September and October h
now perfectly well understood, ami it i
explained with a globe. Thp difference!
in tbe time of the moon'* rising are al-wayi
great when she passes through the sigi
Libra, ami small when she ii in Aries
hot we do not notice tlmir variations cxrep
in ihe autumn, as the moon must he ful
just in that point in herorhii, and place ii
the heavens, to produce this effect, am
thai can happen only when she is in Arid
? when the differPHee ill the times of he
ri^irii? is least?and the sun in or near Li
I?rn; tlisit is, ai or near the lime of the an
t;?mn<ii equinox.
These interesting phenomena are now
observable. The moon to-night, it vvil
lie perceived, will rise full in the southeast
Owing t?> the ureal obliquiiy of the mooii'
orbit to the eqii.ilor, ami her rapid move
ments from south lo north, she will ris<
la: liter aid further to thp left evtfrv nigh
fir a week or more, when late in the eve
niog^slte will he seen coming up in a gib
bolts stale in the northeast.
Boston Journal.
The following is'an extract front a Ian
u;.published English work on America
"[iccccs arc bluffs on American rivers
wh'-re the slaves congregate lo dance lliei
aboriginal dances; at which great quanli
lies of water-melons are drank. Paw
paws, a species of a large cherry, is usei
on the Mississippi In lord an uninial caller
Hoosier, and the same river abounds will
an odd lish called Sucker. 11 is great spur
in a town there called Kentucky, to shoo
at the Com-crackers, a species n! mrd
that inlesl the houses. The country 01
il>.. ...twill !o roll uoirlh a vinilr hot ,v a ml
nil. ?r. ?? ?! v.. -1
I vise a traveller to carry a life preserver
jfor when the steamboats on the rivers ar<
j heavily loaded, and after the passenger
have paid their fare, they open their hoil
or and lilniv some of the passengers over
hoard, to make room for those they expee
to get at the next landing."
Evorv body who knows of the locatim
I of VI ill on. is aware that the nearest poin
i of the Virginia line, from the heart of tin
itown, does not exceed two hundred \ardi
?anil that ('otinl\ line, a creek of unroiii
nian size, intercepts, as the line hetweoi
the too rS.ates. Now Milton is a very cle
ver place lor Iiijjiiivi-s; ;inn u a unity III :
'|iinud?rv, raft only sirl si^ln of civil ofH
err *111.1 king al him. before lie i3 artuailv
' collared,'' a foot race ensues, and ten li
n? he don't make his escape. \ ttt 11 f.p*i
riire of the soi l "cante off" ik>I|I(>ii^ since
which excited *a little fun.'
A tall, lean, slab-sided fellow, was 'hauleil
up' f..r stealing?it seemed that lie hail
!....? ? ltuS?... tiojrli.il' til I lw? fV>*j i Ito r??j* I
I *?i 1 g ur iriu |HU M.n?ur I ? <1
Iribp, hihI various ha'' been the sr hemes pl??lltd
to ca tcli the 'n in hi hawk," hut his "art"
screened hint niilillnuw. 'Hawks' are running,
but tliev are sometimes nniiriit wiili.
ill. It was wiiiIe he was engaged in *hawk
in(j* that he was caught. It ut-|>ears thai
he 'hookM* an old hen, from Iter roost, Ian
in the night, and, in his words, "not grubbing
her by the neck soon enough, jh?
n 'ding'd' tiling 'raiseda squall/ and squall'"
n so loud thai she wak'd every thing on tin
i- plantation,'' ami all at once a dog seizei
k him by the coat tail, and the next thing In
? knew some one collared him." The 'cits
' turner' was brought to town next day foi
examination before a magistrate; but ?>t
> tiial, he broke through the crowd and gavi
s 'leg hail'?the officer cot after him?am
e here they had it ? our hero's coat tail ris
k iog ami pitching about like a kite, but of
e | ten level with bis bead?the officer ran bin
l a 'close race' and was in the act of nabbing
- the tip end of his snrlont, as the 'cilstomet
' hounded into thecreek where water rneasnr
f ed hioi up to his neck, lie waded acrosi
I into Virginia, and deliberately turned room
i and griti'd at tin? officer?then, suddenly
j be flew into a rage, and wonted to fight
t be dared the officer to go to him, and swori
; that lie-was afraid of no man. "I wotildn'
i run," another peg." said he, addressing tin
'/ officer, "if it was to save your life, and m
(' lor lluit ilartiM old linn, 1,11 make hm
,* chickens suffer for ihis fuss."
I From the Oxford Merr.tiry.
Messrs. Editors: The bustle that was found thi
? other day in the closet of that old bachelor was dm
? sccted by a skillful ha'ud ut the business, and tin
- following was found among the numerous contents
Oh ye Bishops stuff'd with cotton,
Some that's raw and some that's rotten; >
Some with bran and some with straw,
I Against the fashion and the law!
7 What is this that fullers nrtor
Every old and young man's darter?
If it's fashion, if it's custom,
Give me a stick and let me bust 'em.
t Neither nge, nor sense, rhyme nor reason
j j Will head the bustle for a season ?
- I But "lovely woman stoops to folly,"
And this is one they've found by golly.
' Found did I say? they've not boon lost,
1 . Nor were they sent bv witch or ghost;
But were made by the lilly hand,
Out of meal, saw dust, sometimes sand!
f i
May you dif. among your Kindred.?
* It i< a sail tiling to feel that we must (lit
* a way fmm our home. Tell not the in
* valid who is yearning after-his distan
* Country, that the atmosphere nround !tin
* is soft; that the gales are filled with halm
and the. flowers ate springing from thi
-green eartn; lie Knows wiut me sonrsi ai
I to his heart would be the air which liniigi
^ over his native land, lhal mn/e gratefu
I than all the gales of the south, wouh
breathe the low whisper of anxious affer
lion; that the very ieiclos clinging to hit
own eaves, and the snow heating again*
his windows, would l?e far more pleasan
to his cy <>s, than the hloom and verduri
which only more forcible remind him how
I far he is front that one spot which iSenear
er to hiin than the world beside. He mat*
indeed, find estimable friends who will di
n all in their power to promote his eomfor
and assuage his pains; hut they canno
supply the place of the long known am
long loved: they cannot read as in n boo!
the mule language of his face; they havi
not harnil to wait upon his habits, am
anticipate his wants, and he has not learn
1 ed to communicate, without hesitation, al
^ his wishes, impressions and thoughts tc
lliem. lie feels that he is a stranger; am
: a more des date leeling than that could no
, visit his soul. How much is expressed hi
r that form of orientia! benediction; Mai
you die among your Kindred.
I New Sport.?The English spot tin;
I world has been agitated by an "extraordi
t narv trotting match." A gentleman back
t ed his poney, to he ridden by amonkcy, t<
t trot 14 miles within the hour. 'I'lle mon
s key was procured from Bully's eirctis, am
was hooted and spurred, a la Chifnc { OI<
- Father Time was hacked against potiej
; and in it n key, hni Father Time was beaten
n the distance being pcrf rilled in 3 minute
s and 7 seconds within the hour. Toemoti
key rude admirable, and came in with l:i
whip in his mmith, lo iking much innr
I know iii?r than many of his tribe who inn
l ist their money on the event,
Popping the Question ?Will yon tnnr
i ry me" said an eccentric looking youth
t sticking his head under a girl's bonnet las
f Sunday morning in the St. Louis catlie
s drill.
j 'Yes, I will, rnss your ugly pictur, jus
>: as quick as you knows on, said the girl
and the young people were married.
-| A Boy Shot by his Brother.?On Sat
| ordav last, two boys, one nhoiit fourteen
?I and the other eight years old, sons of Mr,
I Peter Johnson, living in Bangor, Maine,
, went out on a gunning excursion in the
woods. The oldest hoy attempted to firf
at some object ill a tree, when the rifle missI
ed lire, and on bringing it down to exam
I ine the lock it went off, and the whole
. charge of shot entered the neck of the lit.
1 tie hot who was about ten feel distant, just
below the jawbone, and a little in front ??f
_ I ? ??n t l\u oniiiicitnil cirln
. I III* r, II1111 Crtllir I Mil tru . 1.1^ w J,J,.
killing hi in instantly. They were almut a
mile in the woods. ami ufter in vain trying
t,i sininirli the wmni'l, anil to revive tnh?
sri.Misness in liis brother, tlie eldest boy
took his bleeding and dead brother iu^. his
, " *< ' t"*
I arms and proceeded homewards, fi'iftft
[> overcome with grief and fatigue, 'he luitii
ihe body <>f his brother upon tile grass^M*
i justed his limbs, and casting many anxioud
- looks upon him, he started for home to con^ *
r voy the sn'cl news to his parents and stiri
viving brothers and sisters.? M y. Po*ti
1 Shocking Murder.?Two frightful
murders Uwj^ place on the" 17th of August*
in Walton couutvvGeorjria. "Mr. Jordan
i J. Harris, who had separated fromhiswife
, about two months, went to the house ofEly*^" ^
' Whaley,-where she was. arrard with t gutt
and oilier weapons. After firing at her, .
> u ithout effect, he caught her andrtit -her v
f I throat from ear to ear; while in the act her
,! mother ran to her relief, and received front
; | Harris a blow that broke her skull, from ^
?j which site died. The alurm was soon girl
i ?mi by some nefcrors who were the only per**
?jsons ai the house, when Mr. A. Whalfljr
,! a son of the deceased, procured some gun*
r and two men and went to take him, Jbht
Harris swore he would not be taken, and
that he woul-J kill the first man the interfered.
Whereupon Whafey seeing him
3 approach him, shot him down. No one
-jean give any reason why Harris acted as #
s; he did. Thus have three beings been hur:
ried into eternity.
" V A
correspondent from fJamptonVjlfe
Surry county, N. C. writes to theeditomf
the Salem Gazelle, under date of Sept* 0,
as follows; "There came under my observation,
a few days since, three One Dollar.
bills, purporting to be of the Bank.of the
Stale of South Carolina, payable to John
Rosser, dntcd 7th August, 1841, 12th Oc- ,,
tuber, 1840, and 9ih August, 1840; Branch
of Columbia, letter D. and numbered 144, ,
142, 241. D. L. Dessassure, Cashier, and
Titos. Sullivan, Pres't.
"The above described bills have a net*.
and i.repossessing appearance, well caleSst'
. la led, especially ip these hard times, lode* >
ceive, but are undoubtedly base counterfeits*
The person who exhibited them to me,
said lie received them of a man in Wlljfce'ii
Comity, and I suspect there is an office of
d'scount in some of the coves of the mountains.
1 have seen counterfeit one dollar.
5 hills of the same bank, but these are differ*
enc froui any I ever, saw/' . ...
7 The last case of absence of mind we ha*#-.
* heard of, was. the foreman .of' the St*
R Louis (*rand Jury, now in session. Itap*
r pears a beautiful lady was summoned , t9g{
i answer some questions, and oh het
trance he was so struck whith her elegant
and gr:refol appearance, that he?bec#!n#-.
a little Confused, and after adminfefeffngf
'! the oath, as usual, instead of presenting tb?7
1 i bible, fie drew up his face.in (he most ffc*
' aiming manner, and said, "iyow kiss me*
! ma'am.'1 Me never discovered bis error un*
' till ihe whole jury burst out into ft roar, of
' : * / .*>
1 The following fairly eclipses those gum*
1 elasiic-air-tight concerns which is Bttid to
1 have be?'ij, if not invented in use by the
' fair ones of these diggins. We guess as *
c how, that Parson Hnwe will get two niorO*
? votes for the Presidency any How (e) lie
' can fix it. What say you Parson?
' 'Nahby?where's the children's bed&'1 ^
1 'Arn't it thar mam?' * " v .
' 'No?iior the bolster, neither;' ~ '
1 'What!?0! now 1 think on't mitm, I
i guess Miss Sysan put the bolster an for
V hustle?and now I think oa'^gatn} 1 fe<&?
on M iss Jane wore'il out thejLed, too, kftse
she had on an awful big hump this tnornX
in'. O! these gals, mam?never seed
- noth'n like' em,''
Hush! Nabbv." v .
? " ^ *
From Taxpico.?The schr. Doric atrived
i yesterday from Tampico, whence shd sailed on
11 the *J3d ult. Two days after she encountered a
heavy /*ale which lasted four days.
There appears to be but little intelligence.?
A rumor prevailed when the Doric left, that San!
ta Anna had removed the "government" from
' Mexico to his country seat, near Vera Cruz. It
s i was stated in addition, that a second expedition
f; had set out by sea from Vera Cruz to Yucatan.?*
1 The party comprised 400 men. We have a letter
from one of our correspondents; bntjt contains
only speculations upon the political aspect
.lot the times, Foreigners of all natiohs were
j looked upon mitigated, and liable daily to the infliction
of petty insults. The Diario d?l Gabernio
had only slightly .vindicated its wrathful
" and indecent expressions towards the United'
States, and showed plainly whSt Mexico would
t gladly do, had she tire power to acc6inpiieh iCii
No intelligence relative to soy measured*,
gainst Texas has been reported to us, and noth.
ing was learned relative to any expedition by sea
against Galveston/ * Tf Santa Anna has any
thought of it, he keeps his purpose-secret
[JV. O. Bulleliriy Tth intt.
' Cost of Sele-indulge^ce.?A single
gambling house in London cosi, not long
since, with its furniture, 8500,000, ami tne
receipts of the proprietor in ojte year amounted
to just about the same sum. The
money Just annually in all the gambling
houses in that city exceeds 835,000,000.
. In one house alone, 85,000,000, was recently
lost in one night. Oue nobleman
pays 81500 a year for a single box at the
Taking things as they go. and receiving things
as they come, may be set down as a very right

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