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THE EVENING HOUR.
This is the hour when memory wakes
Visions of joy that could not last ;
This is the hour when fancy takes
A survey of the past.
She brings before the pensive mind
The hallowed scenes of earlier years;
And friends who long have been consigned
To silence and to tears.
The vxw we liked—the one we loved—
A sscred band—come stealing on !
And many a form far hence removed,
And many a pleasure gone !
k rmi.irnsHirs, that now in death are hushed,
And took» avvECTion's broken chain ;
And hopes that fate too quickly crushed,
In memory bloom again !
Few watch the fading gleams of day,
But muse on hopes as quickly flown ;
Tint after tint they died away,
. 'Till all at fast were gone !
This is the hour when fancy wreaths
Her spells round joys that could not last ;
This is tue Horn when memory breathes
A sigli to pleasures past 1
WOMAN.—The good government of families
leads to the comfort of communities and the wel
tare of states,
is tiie centre.—Home, that scene of purest and
dearest joy, home is the empire of woman. There
she plans, directs, performs: the acknowledged
source of dignity ami felicity. Where female vir
tue is most pure, female sense is most improved,
female deportment most correct, there is most
propriety of social manners. Tiie eirly years of
childhood, those most precious years of lite and
opening season, are confined to woman's super
intendance ; she therefore may be presumed to
lay the foundation of all the virtue, and all dn
wisdom that enrich the world. Woman either
sweetens or poison tiie cut of life : so great is
their power of producing evil or good by tlieii
conduct. Under the influence of love a dull man
becomes brilliant, to please his mistress cu.ii
vates in himself every agreeable accomplishment
that can adorn a human being. When they know
the power of their sex and use it discreetly, ilie
philosopher, the man ol phlegm, the misanthrope,
and person of amiable qualities, alike confess
themselves but men. The dominion of their ses
subjuga »s these likewise, who appear to govern
olliers woman soon gains admittance to tiie
cabinet of lie politician ; to them every door i
oper, t * n d every secret disclosed. The magis
:< .-.es and tiie prince think no more of their lio
their power; all res
Of every domestic circle, woman
i'ov, their grandeur,
..ills, and all reserve is laid aside; and pue
rile freedoms of speech, succeed to studied ha
rangues and affected gravity of looks.
Being in love, like being in debt, is to be in a »ed
state of apprehension. From the first develope.
ment in our hearts ot that sensation w inch informs j n
OS that an object is not mddlerent to us, to the by
moment of certainty, there is a perpetual irma- J
tion that makes what may be styled the fever of scant
tiie passion which as medical men would say, tile
takes a variety of character, from tiie slower kind of
ot temperate climates to the intense paroxysms no
of tropical ones. The high spirited man, warm
in constitution and full of ardor, will generally'"
find love a tropical affection ; while tiie lover of
a thin diluted blood, will be scarcely sensible of ing
the insiduous advances of his disorder. With and
some, being iit love is merely a matter yf ealeu- | ()I1
of Sh"wl°!!S^ly^f ^iîtic"inM!^ p . d
ami impracticable expectations. Fart of the am-degrees
icties of this important period in human existence,lhasty
arise out of die conventional forms of society.—
The state of nature knows nothing but physical.yj
love: the other, general!'., has sprung from re- r
finement. Accordingly the must whimsical things
have prevailed in lové affairs, invented perhaps,|kle
to sea-on the approaches of the lover with vari-]often
ety. tine man advances, as certain, that love ex- | le
pires with the first kiss; he tlierefore prudently can
ai oids saluting ins mistress with lus lips fora,.
dozen years. A second confounds the means •»'«
ith the end, imagines tiie state of being in love on
is tiie happiest, and looks upon what the passion- ed
ate lover liai Is as toe summit of Ins wishes, the jj
possession ot his mtstiess, as t te list step o
loves decline. Another is so fastidious in Ills"
Views, and possesses so much of what Fhtenolo
gists would call " adorativeness," in his pericran-iremarked
ium, that being in love, with him, (and oftentimes
bending at a shrine at which no mortal being but w
himself would feel inclined to bow the knee) is:,.;
act of complete devotion. Titus, much of love
depends upon imagination, rallier than upon any
thing positive, for there are instances of being in
love with an imaginary object, as in some singu- t|
larly constituted dispositions with a statue, like'
the Par sign girl who fell in love with the Apollo ..
Bel vider e b the
The epoch ofbeing in love, notwithstanding
ail, is the most agreeable in the whole course of
lit -. Tiie soul inis then no craving to gratify. —
Existence la at it- Highest premium, for it is then
we are farthest lnditterence. He who is in ,
love cherishes life, and but enjoys it the bene. he
for little drawbacks in other affairs, which only to
heightens love's relish when we return to it. li
Is a better and pleasanter tiling than money get
courtiership. or sullen study, «
Lmbuion* or a thousand gaspmjç desirea that
ross us wholly without our satisfaction in theii
These are solitary objects ; being in
, , , . ,, , ,
its season lasts, alwaysmends the heart. Let an,
unbiassed and discriminating centenaire answer;-"
what »art of lift lie could look back upon
the most kindly feeling, what portion of his de
parted years lie most clierislied in his remrm-!
hrance, and lie will doubtless answer the time;
TlZ u. fittTei adventures,'its hopes feat>ut,
an'l'enjuvments, always come over us with a rush
of pleasing warmth, a sunbeam piercing thejuian
clouds of departed time, and irradiating for a mo-j|,i
ment our tottering su ps and grey hairs, lieu,g
t- 1 l'nJbm'uüfhï forms 'lérn'etuaMv'befnre thé eye
r fv"s US pleasing dreams,Elevates the spirits, am!
exalts our views, li tempers our harsher dispu
ith the gentleness of beamy, and subdues
, est pr. lesions to the government ot
ars ami caresses, of mildness anu persuasion —
nss tuver been in love is a miserable
blockhead, who is ignorant of the highest joy this
distempered life possesses for mortals, li.-ihg in
Sove is, in fact, a sort ot mellenium tar above all
1 would desire no better slat,
BEING IN LOVE.
V.
l
pursuit.
love is participated with another, and therefore it
is a more social pleasure. The romantic lingt
which often colours our conduct is an aRrceabli
characteristic—it increases the attraction, and
confer«'*» hallowed charm upon tiie passion, lb -
ill# in love is a restraint upon evil feelings—a sit
nation favorable to virtue. The love of woman
is a corrective of our perverse natures, and while
siiimis
Ke win
life's other good,
thill that ofbeing in love for a thousand years d
and, iS Quill wished iie had a mouth from Eng
la.d to Nova Scotia, and every inch of tiie w;.j
•aaiate, that he might fully enjoy John Dory, 1
would den-.ano tiie temperament of youth, from
twenty-five, for the ahove space of
lu ardent susceptibility, to heighten
trcncp «nd happiness.
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A MAJOR LONGBOW.
At the time when Mathews (says the London
Literary Gazette) is making the world laugh with
his Longbow stories, the following parallel may
amuse :—" A friend (says the relator) lately re
turned from abroad, calling on me one morning,
1 enquired if he had seen any thing very particu
larly interesting in his travels ? He replied ' No ;
with the exception, perhaps, of a curious mode
they have in Siberia, of procuring the skin ol the
Sable. Their fur is in the greatest pertection
tile dentil of winter, at which time the hunter
proceeds to the forest armed with a pitcher ot
water, and some carrion meat ; lie deposits the
bait at the foot, and climbs himself to the lop of
:a high tree. As soon as the animal attracted by
the scent, arrives, the man drops some water on
tile end ofhis tail, and it instantly becomes frozen
to the ground! On which, descending from his
elevation with incredible rapidity, Ids pursuer
with a sharp knife, cuts him transversely on the
face. The Sable, frqm the excess of pain, taking
an extraordinary spring forward, runs ofl) (his
tail being fast to the ground) out of Ins skin, ol
course, leaving it a prey to the hunter ! !' Upon
expressing a Blight doubt as to the probability of
this mode of skinning the animals, my friend assu
red me that lie never could have believed it, had
he not frequently beheld it himself "
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THE GOATHERD.
The following article on German Pop
ular and Traditionary Literature, taken
from a late English work, will doubtless
be acceptable to such as have read the
beautiful and romantic effusions of the an
thor of the Sketch Book.
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to
is
" Peter Claus, a Goatherd of Sittendorf,
who tended his flock on the Kyffauä Moun
tain, used to drive it every evening to a
wild spot surrounded by a ruined wall,
where he numbered his charge, and left it,
to rest for the night. For some days he
observed that one of his prettiest kids va
nished soon after she arrived at this place,
and appeared last of all the herd in the
morning. He watched her more closely,
md saw that she escaped through a cleft
in the wall. He followed her into a cav
ern, and found her busily engaged in pick
ing up the oat kernels which fell in conti
nual showers from the roof. He looked
upwards, the corn rattled about his head,
but with all his curiosity, the darkness
prevented his discovering anything more.
He listened, and at length heard the neigh
ing of a high bred horse, from whose man
ger he now guessed that the oats fell.—
The Goatherd stood fixed in astonishment.
Whence could the horse have fourni his
a
tvay through the almost trackless nioun
jtains that surrounded him? Presently ap
peared a dwarf, who made signs to hint to
. Peter entered the cave, and pas
a »ed first into a court surrounded by high
walls, and thence to a valley embosomed
j n |ofty ridge« of rock and overshadowed
follow.
of
n |ofty ridge« of rock and overshadowed
by t | lic k foliage, through which only a
J . p ' , " .. J
scant y twilight made its way. Here, on
tile cool plat of turf, were twelve knights
of grave deportment, who interchanged
no f a s j n jr| e word, but busied themselves
. • " f • • p t wai , or .
P,f ln g. at " ine P' n8 ' refer 0 '
dered by signs to employ himselt in fetch
ing the bowl. At first Itis heart quaked
and his knees trembled, as he stole a side
()I1 g glance at the long beards and glasli
p . d ,1,lublpts " f tlie venerable knights. By
am-degrees lie became bolder, he snatched
glances around him, anti at length
became hardy enough to drink from a can
la t s t ()0( ] pear him, whence arose the
r . c XT
fragrant perlume of generous wine. New
seemed to inspire his frame, anu a
vari-]often as fatigue appeared likely to return,
le drew fresh vigour from the overflowing
can _ g, at q, overcame him.—At
. I . . ,. ...
•»'« awakening he found himself once more
on the wild spot, surrounded by the min
ed wall where his flock was wont to rest,
jj e rubbed his eyes, but neither dog nor
t C nuld be discovered, and over him
. . ! , , , ,
hung shrubs and trees which he had never
pericran-iremarked till this day. He shook his head
and pursued his way over hills and dales,
w | )( ,
is:,.;
and at last lie rushed with hasty steps down
t| ie hill to enquire after his flock,
„ T | 1( . | e w , Q met on the vvav to
.. ... 1 1 , . , h . „ .
the vl '' a !s e > seemed to be all strangers ;
they were differently clatl, and did not
speak as his old neighbours did. They
stared at him too, when lie asked after his
t an( | 8troked t | ieir c |, in9 . At last,
, , , _.
he involuntarily did the same, and lound,
to his astonishment, that his beard was at
least a foot long. He now began to think
himself and all the world around him be
witci.e«l-ai.«l Vet he was sure that the
. , * 7 . v r
mountain bo was descending was the K.yr
faus ; and all the cottages w ith the gardens
and grass plats, were quite familiar to him.
Some children too, in answer to the ques
tions of a traveller riding by, called the
village Sittendof. Again he shook his head
and made his way through the village to
his owr. hut. It looketl sorely decayed ;
land before it lay a strange child in a rag
the side of a half starved
1 truck, Oy Me mile »I a uatl siarveu
witlijhound, who snarled between his teeth,
while his old master called him by his
name . n e went th ro ugh the opening,
vhich a door had once closed, into the
feat>ut, and found all there so desolate and
ruinous, that lie retried like a drunken
thejuian out at the back door, anti called for
mo-j|,i 8 wife anti children, but no one heard
1)im< an(J nQ voice an8were j # A crowd of
women and children soon collected to look
at the strange man with the long iron grey
beard, and all beset him with the question
,, What did he want?" To have to ask
ot ((|h p,,,. h ; 9 own house am | w ',f e children,
— . , ,. . . . ,
«n<l perhaps lor himself too, seemed so
strange, that to get rid of their enquiries,
in | le named the first person that occurred
all jp„ n « j^ ur f Stelle w !" said he. Most of
thcm , )e|d their l0 ngues and stared at him.
but at last an aged woman said, " He has
livid for these twelve years beyond Sax
onberg, you will not reach him to day."—
Velt-n Meyer, then !" " God bless him,"
said the old grandmother on crutches, "lit
has been bed ridden and never left the
tile
ed
tants,
tiie
and
and
up,
ed
all
of
they
into
in
tiie
re his goats were used to wander du
ring the day, but no where was there any
trace of them. Below him lay Sittendorf,
a
to
d
1
of
to
Ciuus began
house these fifteen years."
now to recognise some of his old neighbors,
though they appeared to bave grown old
very suddenly, but his appetite for asking
any more questions was gone. And now
a young woman who seemed the image of
his wife, made her way bursting through
the gaping crowd, with a child in her arms.
' What's your name r* said he, starting^—
•Mary'-'And your father's:' 'God
bless him, Peter Claus! It is now twenty
years since we sought him day and night
the Kyffaus Mountain ; his flock came
back without him ; I was then seven years
old.' The Goatherd could contain him
* I am Peter Claus' said
it
on
self no longer. _
he, 'and no other,' as he seized the child
from his daughter's arms and kissed it.—
All stood petrified with Astonishment, 'till
first one voice, and then another, cried,
'yes, it is Peter Claus! welcome, neigh
bor, welcome home, after twenty years
absence'!"
VARIETY.
h
THE WASTE OF LIFE.
This fable is ingenious nr.l impressive: the
subject is interesting, amt therefore deserving^at
tention in «II the progressive stages ot mortality
men of
"tOnce upon a time tiie seven wise
Greece were met together at Athens: and il was
proposed that every one ofthem should mention
what lie thought the greatest wonder in the ere
ation One of them proposed tiie opinionsof sonu
of the astronomers at,out the fixed stars, which
lie believed to. be so many suns, that had each its
planets rolling about it, stored with plants and
animals like tins earth
Fired with this thought, they agreed to sup
plicate Jupiter, that lie would at least pernti'
them to take a journey to the moon, and stay
order to see the
liiere three days
tiers of that place, an-1 give an account ot them
Jupiter consented, and ordered
mntain, where
101
at their return.
them to assemble on a high nu
tiler.' should he a cloud ready to convey them
. They pick
lin might ns
to tiie plac< that they desired to
ed out some chosen companions,
sisi them in describing aiul painting ilie objects
which thev should meet with.
A' length they arrived at 'lie moon, and found
a palace there well fitted up for their reception
Being very much fatigued with 'heir journey,
tin y kept at home ( ill noon ; anil being still faint,
they refreshed them-eives with a delicious enter
tainment, which they relished so well, that it
overcame their curiosity. This day they only
saw through die window dial delightful spot, ad
orned with the most beautiful flowers, to which
uncommon lustre,
the beams of the sun gave an
and heard the singing of most melodious birds
dll evening came on
The next diy they rorc very early in order to
begin their observations ; but some very beauti
ful young ladies of that country, coming to make
them a visit, advised them first to recruit their
strength, before they exposed themselves to the
laborious tank they were about to undertake.
The delicate meats, the rich wines, tiie beauty
of these damsels, prevailed over tiie resolution ot
A fine concert of music is intro
tile strangers,
duced, tiie young ones begin to dance, ail is turn
ed to jollity i so that this whole day was spent in
gallantry, till some of tiie neighbouring inhabi
tants, growing envious at their mirth, rushed in
ith swords.
The elder part of the company tried to appease
tiie younger, promising the very next day they
would bring tiie rioters to justice. This they
performed, and tiie third dav tiie cause was heard,
and what with accusations, pleadings, exception,
and rin judgment itself, tiie whole day was taken
up, on which tiie term set by Jupiter expired.
On their return to Greece, all tiie country flock
ed in upon them to hear the wonders of the moon
described; but all they could tell was, for it was
all they knew, that the ground was covered with
greeu intermixed with flowers, and that the birds
sung in the branches of tiie trees ; but what kind
of flowers they saw, or what kind of birds t hey
heard, they were quite ignorant. Upon whicii
they were treated every where with contempt.
These three days are tiie three ages of men
''neble to louk
Frst, youth, in which we are t
into the works of tiie Supreme Being, and give
ourselves up t
Secondly, haniiooii, Ui which inen ure employed
in marrying, educating their children, amt provi
ding fortunes for them. Thirdly, '
which they are overwhelmed with law-suits and
proceedings relative to their estate
qnently happens, that men never consider to what
end they were destined, and why they came into
tiie world."—[ussjtcs.
idleness, luxury, ami pastime
ZliC, 111
Vims it fre
prise,
" I rather think," returned the stranger,
. from the Eleventh"
1 snail preach irom me xitctenr«. .
1 Ins reply, and Ins persisting in it, al
most determined the other to request hi«
silence; he concluded however to let him
proceed. He began h.s exercise with that
order and zeal which clearly proved Inin
to be a tnan of sound judgment, and deep
penetration of thought. His prayer was
appropriate, solemn and impressive, and
the mystery was unveiled when he pro
uounced the following text:—•* A new
a
commandment I give unto you, that you
love one another." He urged the neces-by
sity of brotherly love and Christian meek
ness, with much fervency and zeal, so
clearly pointed out their beneficial influ
ence ori society, and forcibly contrasted
tliese virtues and their effects, that he ful
ly convinced them of their errors, and re
stored them to harmony and friendship.—
Would not the eleventh commandment
be a proper subject of discussion in all
moral and religious societies, and would
not the observance of it tend greatly to
promote the happiness of mankind.
THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT.
Some years since a clergyman being on
a journey stopped one Saturday night at a
vi'liage, with a view of spending the Sab
bath with the minister, who invited him to
preach. Thu stranger requested, as pre
paratory to his discourse, an account of
the state ofhis society, and was informed
that it was divided in sentiment, that jea
lousy, discord and hatred prevailed, anti
that many were displeased with their min
ister, who had in vain used every method
to bring them to a sense of their duty.
He then retired to his study, and noth
ing further was said till on their way to
church, when the stranger was asked from
what text he intended to preacli
think," said he,."I shall preach from the
eleventh commandment,
commandment !
1
The eleventh
replied the uther in sur
there are but ten."
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ANECDOTE OF AN INDIAN DEACON.
Elisha Naughaught, an Indian deacon,
was once attacked by a number of black
snakes, and being at a distance from any
inhabitants, he was to be sure in a very
precarious situation, for unfortunately, be
had not even a knife about him for his de
fence. What to do he knew not. To out
them he found utterly impossible, and
to keep them off without a weapon was
He therefore came to the ds
run
equally so.
termination to stand firm on his feet. They
began to wind themselves about him ; in a
little time one of them had made his way
_ to the Indian's neck, and was trying to
put his black head into his mouth. Nau
haught opened it immediately tor him-—
The black serpent thrust in its head, and
Nauhaught, putting his jaws together, bit
it oft in a moment! As soon as the blood,
streaming from the beheaded, was disco
vered by tiie rest of the snakes, they left
their intended prey with great precipita
tion, and Nauhaught was liberated from
the jaws of impending death.
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DR. JOHNSON.
The comprehensive understanding of
Dr. Samuel Johnson embraced all subjects,
and threw light on each. AVhen in the
Highlands, he was driven by contrary
tides to the house of a gentleman on the
coast. A large company happened to be
assembled ; and Mrs. C. feared the doctor
would be incommoded by the convivial
mirth of the gentlemen, and the dancing
lunior guests. In the course of the even
ing she took occasion to express how much
pleasure she felt in being honoured with
Dr. Johnson's presence, but regretted tiie
gav bustle around him, which she feared
could not lie agreeable. "Madam," re
plied the colossus ol literature, " it is in
large parties we find the quintessence of
society. A large table, covered with va
rious dishes, allows every man to gratify
his palate; and in a numerous assemblage
ot age and youth, we shall not search in
vain for some intellectual companionship.
In large parties there is a freedom never
to be found in a small company, and, Ma
dam, it i- economical to fill your dining
h al 1 with guests. The same fire, the same
lights; and nearly the same attendance,
will suffice. An entertainment provided
for sixteen persons will answer for two
dozen, and so in any increasing ratio. If
you would only kill time, subdivide your
visitors, and have a few in turns; but if
you wish for maintaining social intercourse
at the least possible expense, and with the
highest zest, make large parties when cir
cumstances render it convenient. I de
light in seeing happy faces, and these are
chiefly to be observed in the ease and
iety of large companies: I use the teruijleast
large in tiie common acceptation, which
means as many persons as a room or tablejthe
it
can receive.'
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From the New York Evening Post
-The enoi'mous
Monsters of the Deep.
marine animal now exhibiting in Broad
way, called " the Vampire of the Ocean,''
is certainly one of the most extraordinary
productions of the deep, and gives some
degree of probability to the many accounts
we have in books of travels and others, of
the existence of those vast sea animals.
The Vampire is so singular in its forma
tion, that it would take more space to de
scribe it, than our limits will allow ; but
idea may be entertained ot its bulk
when we mention that it weighs five tons.
The resistance it made when caught was
so great, that by a slight turn ot its body
it snooped off the head of the harpoon with
which it was struck, with as mucti ease as
if it had been a tobacco pipe.
Ill Captain Von Kotzebue's recent voy
age, we find a notice of a gigantic species
of polvpus, bearing a striking resemblance
to the terrific description given of the
Kraken by Bishop Pontopiddon. He says
that "the Aleutians speak of a polypus
with arms twice us thick ns those of a
strong man, which it once threw round
one of their baydaus, and would have car
ried it into the abyss of the Aleutian, had
they not had presence of mind to cut, with
a knife through the fleshy arm of the mon
ster, which was furnished with large suck
ers. The polvpus remains with his body
fast at the bottom of the sea, and gene
rally chooses a place from which it can
reach the surface with its arms." In the
last supplement to Ilorsburgh's Indian
Directory, we have an account extracted
from the log-book of the Herculese East
Indiaman, under date June 1816, of the
discovery, on her outward bound passage
from England, of two large marine ani
mals which at first were taken for rocks
the Slot Van Capplle Shoal." One
of them being right ahead the vessel, " we
were in the act of hauling away from it,
when we discovered it disappear all at
once, showing an immense fish's tail as it
went below tiie surface of the sea. The
ship, no doubt, had disturbed it a9 it lay
without motion before it got close, the sea
making a small break on the head or fore
part of the body, which was about sixteen
feet above water, and about 80 feet in cir
cumference, of a white grey colour, cov
ered with a mixture of barnacle, sea weed,
&c. like a wreck that had been long in the
water.—The length could not be deter
mined, but think it must have been great
the appearance of the discoloured wa
ter over the animal. If we had not got so
so suddenly close to it, should positively have
declared that we had seen tiie rocks above
water about a mile iistnnt from each oth
er, as these animals lay without motion,
re- part of them sixteen feat above water, and
the sea breaking over them.
However cr" ! dous many may be as to
all the existence o! sc S*.. Serpent, Krinkofs
description of a sea animal, which lately
to pursued him at iWn.ng's Island, is very
remarkable, and got ; far to remove the
■"line
1
or
as
a
prevailing doubt«. " It was very Fortu
nate for us, (says lie,) that we were so n»ar
land, or else the monster would have
swallowed us. It stretched its head far
above the water, looked about for prev
and vanished. The head soon appeared'
again and considerably nearer; we rowed
with all our might, and were happy to
have reached the shore before the seroent,
The sea lions were so terrified at the sight
that some rushed into the water, and
thers hid themselves on shore." Tillnch,
in a late number of the Philosophical Ma
gazine, observes on this account, that "if
a sea serpent really has been seen on the
coast of North America, it may have been
one of this frightful species."
Considering the immense extent and
depth of the ocean, it is surely no way un
reasonable to believe that it is inhabited
by animals of much greater bulk than
those we are accustomed to see. The ex
istence of the Mammoth and of the Maes
tricet was long doubted, until the diseove.
ry of their bones in different parts of the
world demonstrated the fact. Even in
England there were many who disbeliev
ed in the latter, so late as the year 1821,
although it was well known that the re
mains of one had been found in St. Peter's
Mountain near Maestricht, in Germany.
The discovery of three vertebra; in the
chalk of Lewis, dissipated all incredulity.
—Having the concurring testimony of so
many disinterested persons as to the ex
istence of the Sea Serpent anil other enor
mous marine animals, and having now be
fore vour eyes one of no ordinary bulk,
(the Vampire of the Ocean,) which cer
tainly exceeds in any thing of thp kind
ever seen in this country, it would be car
rying incredulity too far to persist in de
nying that the sea may cuntaiu others of
an equal, and even of a larger size, and a
species totally different from any with
which we have been hitherto familiar.
o>
NETTLES,
Every body knows that the leaves of
stinging nettles are thickset with sharp
prickles, that penetrate the skin when
touched, and occasion pain, heat and swel
ling, which symptoms were formerly iina
gined to ensue from the prickles being
left in the wounds they made. But the
microscope discovers something much
If more wonderful to this common vegetable
and shows that its prickles are formed and
if act in the same manner us the strings of
living animals. Every one of them is
found to be a rigid hollow body, terminât
ing in the most acute point possible, with
an opening near its end. At the bottom
of this cavity, lies a minute vessel or bag,
ga-containing a limpid liquor, which upon the
teruijleast touching of the prickle, is squirted
through the little outlet, and if it enters
tablejthe skin, produces the mischief before men
tioned by the pungency of its salts.—
lienee it comes to pass that when leaves
of nettles are considerably dried by the
heat of the sun, they sting but very little;
whereas such as are green and juicy pro
duce violent pain and inflammation.
«V. I". Minerva.
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r MATRIMONIAL CALCULATION.
State, of Marriage in London, in 181G.
1,132
. 2,34»
4,17i
. 17,345
13,279
. 55,2«
3,175
Runaway wives, . . . .
Kunawi y husbands, . .
Married persons legally divorced,
Living in open warfare,
Living in private misunderstanding,
Mutually indifferent, . . .
Regarded as happy,
Nearly happy, ....
Ferfectly happy, . ,
127
li
Total,
. 96,831
AN EXCELLENT REMEDY FOR THE
FOISON OF LOVE.
First you open the vein of considera
tion, and let out the blood of immoderate
affection, then make use of the following
directions :—Take the blossoms of sound
judgment, one handful; five handsfu! of
patience ; one handful of the root of un
derstanding; twelve ounces of resolution,
prudence and distinction ; two ounces of
dislike and resentment. Let them simmer
together in the brain, forty-eight hours;
then sweeten the close of the former re
membrance with the sugar of good beha
viour, and pour it through the funnel of
contentment into the heart, and stop it
with the cork of indifference Take a glass
full in the morning in a glass of water, and
the like quantity in the evening in a glass
of wine.
N, B. The ingredients are to be had at
the house of Resolution, next door.to Rea
son, in Content street, in the town of Faith,
in the county of Hope, in the province of
Truth, and in the kingdom of Forgetful
ness.
THE DYING CHILI).
Tiie taper was just glimmering in the socket,
as the weary and sorrowful mother awakened
from a momentary slumber to renew her anguish:
she turned lier eyes on her expiring infant, whose
dim orbs were slowly moving in their hollow
abodes. It was midnight and nothing was heard
but the strokes of tiie clock pendulum, and the
heavy sighs of a disconsolate father, which min
gled with the short deep hreatli of his suffer
ing darling.
Halt raised and leaning on his pillow, he had
been watching the dread moment wiien a sigli or
a atrugglc should anoounce, that hope and life
had together taken their everlasting flight. A
sudden flutter drew the attention of the wretch
ed parents from the melancholy object of their
meditation: it was the expiring innocent's fa
vourite bird, whose food had been neglected ev
er since the danger of its little admirer had ab
sorbed all other care ; and, as the sad presage of
iiis fate, it now expired ? The parents looked al
ternately on eaclt oilier, and on the bird ; and at
this instant, to add to their distresses, the candle
ceased to burn—tiie father seized tiie infant's
hand—the mother felt for its forehead, but tiie
pulse was still, and all was cold ! A

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