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Bit FaiBKLix PniHTiKO Home,
Cincinnati, O.
0 E X H If
Interilicd to tlie Rev. Abner Morse, ot Slicrlwrn, Mid
dlesex County, Mass.
by picas: oi.a.
When first the mislity power of Ood,
Spread the wide arch ill heaven abroad,
Anil hade the earth appear.
Chaos and all-perviuling ni''lit,
ISack from creation's dawning light,
Auiazed, recoild in fear.
Then iun and stars adorned the sky,
Filling the boundless void on high
With everlasting day.
Earth, with her Kden-bnwers of love,
Smiling to the glad worlds uhovc,
In radiant beauty lay.
Hut In! His noblest work He shrined
In man's (rail lirenst Immortal Mind
The soul w ill upward soar,
When time's (Treat cycle sluill he filled,
Creation's Ixsiting heart he stilled.
Its throbbing heard no more.
Ages have passed how dimly now
The stars (fleam o'er the night't dark brow,
Sonic genu are missing there;
Where arc the 1'leaids? No more their beams
Cheer the Chaldean's midnight dreams,
How changed the Earth! Where Wen smiled,.
The barren desert, bli nk and wild,
No buds or hlossoois grace;
No sparkling drups eve's robes aiorn,
DinU lurk in ev'ry beam of morn,
' And desolates the place.. " --
But Mind endures, here strength abides,
1 ruin roaring thunder clouds it guides
The messenger of fire;
O'er the wide earth and wat'ry deep,
Subdued by miud the lightnings leap.
Fulfilling its desire.
That wondrous power whose mighty force
Keeps the vast planets in their course,
Within Mind's orbit lies;
The blaring star whose track appears
Lost in the maze of distant years,
It traces iu the skies.
Were greater gilts with these combined,
Subservient to Immortal Mind,
" Before the birth of vice?
Say, were they lost when guilt a trace
OI sadness left on Adam's face,
And withered Paradise?
As wanderers in the Polar realms.
Where everlasting winter whelms
In gloom the rolling year;
Long for dear home, its flowery vales,
Where bulm in every breath prcvuils,
And luscious fruits appean
So Mind, though dimmed its lust'rom flame.
Highest created power that came
From God's almighty hand;
Pines in this chill benighted waste,
Till bersad pilgrimage be past,
To tread her native Laud,
Park scenes of tears, and toil and strife,
Flit o'er this vestibule of life
This childhood of the mind;
Short are our infant sports, and when
Wc fill our three score years and tell,
They're quickly left behind.
Beyond the clouds and mists of night.
Beyond those rolling orbs of light,
Which deck the heaven's vnst dome
Where first the morningstnrs uniurled
The glories of the spirit-world,
Is Mind's enduring home.
Cincinnati, 0.
From Arthur's Home Gazette.
"Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine,
Leave but a kiss within the glass.
And I 'll not ask for wine."
nng Henry Graham at he rose to
bid adieu
ins iaoy love, me lair ueien
Meredith, sue! at her invitation again took a
seat and refreshed himself with a glass of wiue
and aslice of cake.
"That does very well for the poet to say , but
tor my part i axe trie kiss ana me wine also,
he continued. "What say youlloleu?"
Helen smiled and declared that the eared
but little for either.
"Indeed, Helen! I am sorry for that. But
seriously, what think yon of the great temper -auce
reform? No doubt it does much good.
hut I must own that I like a cheerful glass.
Sly friend Shelby was married the other eve
ning, and if you will believe it, not a drop of
wiue was allowed at tne weaauig.
"That teems to be carrying the matter too
fAr." ranlied Helen. "Intemperance ii ecr-
laiuly a great evil, hut it appears to me that
there cau tie no narui in me woueruic use ui
" Knrelv not. or of brandy either." said
Henry, "We will hare bo lemonade wedding
Helen smiled assent, and after a few ruin
tue't conversation, the lovers parted for the
Alas. Hcnrr Grahaml Highly sifted in
mind, ot noble person and engaging manners
few could have imagined (that he stood on
the brink of a friglitf ulprocipico, from which,
could have recoiled with horror. y
And Helen, lovclv and amiable, with a well
cultivated mind, and a gentle; tentitivo dii-
.::.. .hih rendered her wholly depend
ent for happiness upon the loved ones erouud
her, 'she had given her young affections to one
whom the fondly believed most worthy to be
entrusted with the precious gift; and so indeed
k. hd U not been for that one fatal pro
pensity which rendered him an easy prey to
the fell destroyer of domestic happiness, peace
ana virtue. . .
Henry would have spurned with indigua
tiou the thought that he could ever become in
temperate; but he knew not how1, frequently
his excited spirits were producted by the un
natural stimulus on which he had already be
come too depeudent. Unsuspected, stealthily,
but, alas, too surely, even as the tiger springs
upon its prey, does intemperance teize its
A few shorts months passed on, and the
lovers stood at the altar and solemnly plight
ed their faith. Everything seemed to promise
fairly for their future happiness, and their nu
merous friends aud acquaintance hastened to
offer their warm congratulations.
The young conple were indeed most hnppy,
nearly a year elapsed before even a shadow
crossed their path. Aud yet the dangerous
habit was daily gaining strength. A few
glasses of wine or a moderate snare of good
Brandy, were now considered bv Henry as
quite csscntinl to his welfare, lie "needed
the stimuliis.aud could not attend to his busi
ness without it." Helen occasionally rallied
him upon taking what the cousidercda some
what immoderate quautity, aud threatened to
compel him to sign the pledge; but her remon
strances were made in playfulness. As yet,
uot a donlit or fear had crossed her miud.
Time passed on, and now another tie bound
thein still more closely together. A lovely
babe smiled upon them aud warmed their
hearts with its looks of love.
The duties of a mother had somewhat ab
stracted Helen's attteutiou Jrom her hus
band. Although he still possessed her most
devoted aud earnest affection, even more, if
possible, than previous to the birth of the
child, she did nut watch his every look and
action as she had done when there was no other
claimant to her love; and it was not until
long alter others had perceived and lamented
his altered looks and manners, that her eyes
were opened to the fearful change,
"Are you goiug out this evening?" asked
Helen, with something of disappointment in
her tone, as her husband rose from the tea
table, and took bis hut and overcoat.
Houry hesitcd. "I am sorry to leave yon,
Helen," he said, "but to tell the truth, there
is to be a social party among the young men
with whom 1 was acqnained before our mar
riage, this cvoning, and they urged me so
earnestly to attend, that 1 knew not how to re
fute. "
"Von have been absent much lately,"
said Helen. "I long to pass ouo quiet evo
ning with von. There are many things I want
to talk nboiit."
llcnrv blushed. Already he shrunk from
the thought of a long private conversation
wun liu pure-minaeu, ana as ne leu, ainwuy
injured wife; for iu the closest and holiest of
all ties, evil and its baneful consequences can
not be borne by one nlotic; thu iuuoceut must
suffer with the guilty.
iiccovcring nis gcii-possesBion, nc presently
fliv nusenco is generally causea ny busi
ness, Helen. 1 devote little tune to my own
"True," returned Helen, quickly. "I
would not willingly be self ish. forget what
I have said, and go to your friends. No doubt
yon need the recreation."
"Thank you, dearest," Baid her husband;
"to-morrow evening;Iwill be ntyonr'sorvieo,
and begging her not to wait his return, but to
retire at her usual hour, he kissed her cheek
and left the honse.
There was nu unusual depression in Helen's
spirits, for which she could uot account. She
tried to occupy her thoughts with an interest
ing book, but found it impossible to fix her
attention, and toon threw it nsido. She stole
softly to the crib, where her sleeping boy lay
in his innocent beanty, and bent over him to
listen to hit gentle breathing, almost wishing
that he would wake and demand that care
which might drive away the feeling of loneli
ness aud desolation which had crept over her,
but he slept on soundly and sweetly.
Where spirits are united in the interiors of
the mind, which we may regard as their hea
venly homo, it is impossible for one to be led
astray by the temptutions which constantly
beset our pattt, without tnc cognizance ana suf
fering of the other. The evil, which at thit
day obscures all spiritual things, mnv not be
sufficiently raised to enable the sufferer to
Cerceive the cause of tho mental disturbance,
ut the effect is sensibly felt. Anxietv, de-
j l-f: j ,
pression, ana an unueuuea icar oi evil in our
own minds, are often the result of tho errors
or misfortunes of those with whom we are in
intimate spiritual association.
To some it may appear strange that we can
tpeak of spiritual union between one who has
yielded to the more flagrant evils of our de
praved nature, and an innocent being, who
seems the personification of gooduess aud pu
ritv : but thus it is.
Good and evil cannot indeed be united, but
during our life in this world, there are few
whom we can class as wholly evil, and none
wnom we are prepared to call without sin.
Good and evil, truth and falsity, are strangely
blended together; and even in the poor wretch
who, in a moment of infatuation, fau i,l
the fatal cup to his lips, there may be fonnd
redeeming traits, which, when deep repontauee
and reformation have followed sin, may still
bring him into union with one, who, perhaps
lest tempted, has wandered let from the path
of virtue..
The weary hours wore on. llelcn could not
compose ner miud. sufficiently to retire to rest,
and resolved to wait her husband's return.
oiiunignt passea oy j out this eicited no sur
prise. It was not to bo expected that he would
leave his gay companions until a late hour;
but when one o'clock arrived, and still he did
not return, the heart of tha young wife grew
more and mora sad, and thousand dangers
which might have befallen her husband, were
conjnrcd up before her ; bnt, alas, her imagi
native pictnred not the real danger far more
fearful than thoto which fancy presented.
Two o'clock struck, and Helen still tat mo
tiouless and statue-like, in that state of am.
iout listening which all of us have more or lest
Another half hour and a ttep was heard ap
proaching. She started up j it came nearer
aud paused at their own door.
It must be Henry; bnt why did he not en
ter? Possibly he had forgotten to take the
night key, and hesitated abont ringing for
fear of disturbing the family. Filled with this
idea, Helen flew to the door aud opened it,
and her husband staggered into the entry al
most knocking her to the ground as he fell
against her.
Nearly tainting from alarm, Helen leaned
gainst tb wall for ' ' ' t-
ierinp ?mwi ...
"tin, lienry, what has happenuuf Are you
hurt? Are you ill? Speak to me for the love
r u.....ir .1.. i,., ..u.:.. t. i .u.
happy man gazed at her with a vacant stare,
out witnoui making any attempt to reply.
A loud and insulting laugh of derision wai
tho answer to her last appeal, and instantly
the dreadful truth flashed through the miud
of the poor wife. For nn iustant the thock
seemed too great to be borne, aud conscious
ness was suspended, hut the deep, devoted love
of a true woman overcame her weakness, and
trembling in every limb, the closed the door,
and inwardly congratulating herself that no
eve but her own would witness this disgrace,
she gently placed her hand on Henry's arm,
aud supported his unsteady steps to their own
room. Another dreadful hour passed before
her repented and patieut efforts had succeeded
in inducing him to take off his clothes and go
to rest; but at length this task was accom
plished, and befell into a deep, heavy sleep.
Through all this tho little one had slept,
protected by the guardian spirits around it; but
now he awoke and urged his claim to the
mother's attention ; a well-timed call, for
when the immediate necessity for exertion had
passed, Helen would have yielded to the orer-
i lowering sorrow which had come upon her.
iut the infant cried, and her own grief was
again hushed, while the ministered to its
It is ever thut with woman. No thought of
self intrudes, while aught remains to be done
for tho loved ones iu whom her thoughts are
Tho eastern iky was becoming bright with
the light of day, ere lleleu sought her pillow,
not to sleep for how could she sleep, when
he who had so betrayed her trust lay by her
side iu the deep repose of drunkenness bat,
her throbbing temples seemed almost bursting,
and her trembling form was unable louger to
retain an upright posision. Thought after
thought crowded upon her mind, She could
now sec that this was no sadden and accidental
downfall. Many little circumstances came to
her re collection, which at the time had passed
unheeded, but which sow presented them
selves in fearful array to prove that her be
loved husband had indeed becomo what she
shuddered to name even to herself. What
should now be her course? Surely he was not
yet irreclaimable. It should be her task to
win him back to virtue. She would exert her
Belt to make home even, more attractive tliat)
it had hitherto been; and for Henry's sake
she would eousent to leave her babe more fre
quently with its attendant, and again mingle
with the gay society in which he had formorly
delighted. Not a reproach should pass her
lips, and unless he forced the truth from her,
he should not even guess that she was aware
of his situation.
These thoughts trauquilizcd her, and feel
ing the insufficiency of her own strength, to
combat the trials before her, she poured out
her full heart in prayer to her hcaveuly Father,
and roccived in return that peace and consola
tion which earnest prayer never fails to bring.
A few hours of sound sleep brought return
ing consciousness, and a dim recollection of
what had passed, to the miud of Henry Gra
ham. His heart was filled with shame and
repentance, not so much for the evil itself, but
for the grief which he knew he must have oc
casioned his wife. He dreaded to meet her
eye or to hear tho tones of her gentle voice;
but her first words relieved him. They con
tained merely a kind inquiry for his health,
and whether he had recovered from his fa
tigue. Surely she could uot speak in this
manner, if she had inspected the tme state of
the cose. He endeavored to reply in au un
concerned and indifferent tone, but in vain; he
could not return her looks or words of love;
and when she placed the babo in his arms, he
shrunk from its touch as if he feared to con
taminate ouo so innocent and lovely.
Well had it been for him if he had then
paused in his course, and firmly resolved,
with the help of heaven, to transgress no
more. But he was again tempted and agniu
ho yielded Uthe temptation.
His almost heart-broken wife finding silent
endurance, aud devoted love of no avau, ven
tured to speak plainly on the subject, and
poured forth her feelings in earnest though
gfutle remonstrance and entreaty urging him
to pause ere it was yet too late, and save him
self and family from the rnin which awaited
them. But, alas I it was in vain. Henry's
whole nature teemed to have changed. The
payors of her whom he had so lately almost
idolized, were now unheeded, and ner fears
treated with contempt and ridicule. Hit for
mer unremitting attention to his business was
now exchanged lor idle, desultory habits,
which soon iuvolved his affairs to an alarm
ing extent ; but ttill he rushed Biadljr on.
The friends of Helen thought it time to in
terfere. Her father came forward and warm
ly urged her to leave one to unworthy of her
affection, and return with her babe to the
home of her childhood. But Helen was im
movable. If he had been led into error, there
was the more reason why she should remain
by his side and endeavor to lead him back to
the right path. If the left him, she felt sure
that there would no longer be a chance for his
reformation ; but if the ttill clung to him,
turely Providence would open the way by
which she could yet reach hit heart.
"This is niadnets.mv child," remonstrated
the afflicted father. "'You must be well aware
that your infatuated husband will soon be
ponuiicss, and if yon still retain yourconnec
tion with him it will ba nearly impossible to
aid you. Von and your child must share his
poverty and degradation."
"It matters uot," returned Helen firmly.
"I will abide by my husband'. It would be
little comfort tome to be surrounded with
all that should make life happy and to
feel that my husband was a wanderer ap
n the earth, without frieudsor home."
"But your child," atiU arged the disap
pointed parent. "Do you consider your
duty to him? Think of the evils to which he
will be exposed at a constant witness of the
tcenea which are enacted in the home of a
drunkard. Yon shudder, Helen, and think
me aukind, but I present to you the plain,
unvarnished truth. Your innocent boy, nay.
even yourself, may be treated with pcrtonal
f "Oh, father, father! in pity forbear," fx
claimed Helen, covering ner face with her
hands, and giving way to a burst of grief al
most alarming by its violence."
Bnt Mr. Meredith went on:
: "Promitu m t lt ll.l.n IW if what T
have mentioned ever dmu tnltn nlaen. von will
then consider yourself absolved from tha tie
' w'tVtV w,;!' w''n " hinding, and will re-
youf nappinest.' ... ..
"Ileiou's wild lobs had ceased, and calmly.
taongn saaiy, sne iisieuea to neriatner s earn
est appeal. A moment's pause, aud she answer
ed in low, sweet tones:
"Never, father. Never, while the breath of
We remains in my husband, will I forsake
turn, rersonal ill-treatment will not abate
my affection, for it is not he, but tho demou
who has for the time obtained possession of
nun, wno wouiu strike, liut my child, my
tweet boy I if thit dreadful crises arrives, he
shall be yours. His wretched mother wili
leave him to the kind friends who would glad
ly protect him ; and oh, if possible, conceal
from him the missery aud disgrace of his
Much affected, Mr. Meredith turned away,
and returuod to acquaint the mother of Helen
with the result of his mission.
V eeks. months, and even vears nasscd on.
and Henry Graham had notpauscd in his fear
ful course. At Mr. Meredith had foretold.
Poverty and degradation had come upon him,
ut still his gentle wife remained true to her
pnrpose; and to the con tinueden treaties of her
fiarents that she would come" to them, or at
east permit them to take her innocent boy
from his miserable home, she answered with a
quiet smile:
"The time hat not come yet, father. Henry
has never treated nt with personal unkinduess.
Even in his wildest moments, a word from me
will often quiet him, and I have teen tears on
hit cheek when little Authur kneels to repeat
hit evening prayer. There it yet hope. His
heart is not utterly hardened. Surely vou
would not have me leave him to destruction.
Tho shadow which has fallen upon nt will past
away, and we shall again be united in a pur
itiod and exalted love."
lo such anneals the father could onlv shake
his head mournfully, as if these were to him
vain anticipations.
iiittie coma be done for Helen s comfort,
excepting to protect her from actual want; for
nothing which could be tufd into money
was tale from the selfish graspef her husband.
Even her own personal nrooortv. articles of
jewelry, which she valued as remembrancers
from those the loved, had, one by one, disap.
- ......
ii was near tne close oi a sultry summer s
afternoon. Helen sat in her scantilv furnish.
ea apartment witn little Arthur, now a lovelv
boy oi four years, by her side. The husband
and lather was absent, and there was little
reason to expect him home until a late hour of
the night, for midnight carousing had now be
come an habitual custom. Still there was a
chance that he might return to the evening
meal; and Helen now laid aside her work, and
rose to prepare the tempting morsel which the
knew would tuit his appetite, and also the
more simple refreshment for herself and her
dov. it was ner own choice to perforin thit
task herself, for she shrunk from the thought
of another witness to the constant degradation
of her husband. The oppressive stnto of the
air increased the usual depressed state of her
spirits, ana tne signed so ireqneutly and
neav n y mat lime .irtnur stole to her side, and
slipping hit hand into her't. said softly:
"Are you tired, mamma? I will help you
set the table."
"Thank you, dearest," was the reply. "I
do not feel very well this evening. I thall be
glad of your help.
"You are not tick like noor father." eon
tinued tho little boy, as he carefully placed
the plates on the table. "Ho has been sick a
long time. Uow soon will he get well, mam
"I do not know, dear. Wo will pray to
onr Hcaveufyfather for him."
"Yes, mamma, I do always pray that the
i.oru win mane nim Dcttcr, aua one auy j
thought the Lord had heard mv Dravor. for
father patted my head aud gave me some sugar
plums; ana wncu i put my arms round hit
ucek and kissed him, he eried just as you do
sometimes, mamma; but he soon grew sick
again, and now he does not speak to me at
Tcars'rolled down the mother's checksas she
listened to the artiest prattle of her pure
minded boy; but sho endeavored to control
her feelings, aud bade the child still to pray
for hit father, for, the Lord would always
hear hit prayer, aud iu Hit own good time
would make'hiin well.
The beauty of the tnmmer't afternoon was
goue. The skv wat completely overcast, aud
one huge cloud of frightful blackness was ra
pidly rising. The w ind moaned and sighed
among the trees, and low peals of distant thun
der were occasionally heard. There was every
prospect of a violent tempest, and Helen has
tened her preparations for supper, in the hope
that her husband would seek refuge in hit own
home. In thit the was not disappointed. The
street door slammed heavily, and hit well
known ttep was head iu the entry. He came
in without apparent notice of hit wife or child,
and walked hurriedly to and fro in their
small apartment. Helen taw at once that he
had been drinking not enough to appease
his unquenchable thirst, but sufficient to pro
duce .irritation aud partial derangement of
the senses.
At her well-known sign, little Arthur seat
ed himself Quietly in hit chair, and with a
picture book in hit hand, remained almost
1 I 1 1 1 , L - 1 1 1 1
mOUOnieH. Jiau uuur fpoBsuu, inu tuc
hurried walk was ttill continued. Helen't
gentle summons to the table was disregard
ed, excepting by an impationt gesture. .
The storm had increased, and was now rat.
inff fn-irfullv.
Suddenly uenry nausea, ana turning to
Helen, demanded if she had not in her sossea-
sion a golden locket containing his miuiataxe
and hair.
Helen trembled. It was the lit trmkrt
he nossested. and it had been earef ullv art.
served that her boy might see what bis father
had once been. Sho could aot part with it
even u sne uicurreu ius uispicature ey a re.
lusai. Aiuaiy sne repneu:
"Yes, Henry, I have Uie locket, I am keep,
in i it for Arthur:"
"Give it to me. It it no longer of any
value to you or him," laid her hatband.
"Indeed. Henry, it it of inestimable value
to me, ana 1 cannot think of parting with
The miserable man uttered an exclamation
of impatience. . '
"Have yon any money thenl" he continued
"Something I must have."
"I have no money, Henry. But coma and
take the aice tea which 1 have provided for
10, 1852.
I you. And look, here is your favorite dish,"
. 'omovini? a cover as she spoke.
money t give me too ioenet at oace.
"I cannot. Henrv,"
Irritated by her refusal, he again placed the
room restlessly, while little Arthur crept close
to ins mother and whispered.
"I have the irold niece mv m-andfather crave
me, mamma. Shall I give that to poor father?
remaps it win make him well.
.rto, nearest; money wouiu maice nun worse
Dojiot say that you have any."
But the whisper had been partially over
heard, and Hcnrr turned to his bov.
nave vou any money, Artnuri uive it 10
me. 1 will bnug it to you again.
The child hesitated. Ho looked at his
mother for direction, but sho was unable to
help him. At length he said:
' I cannot give vou tho money, father, be
cause mamma says it would make you worse.
t 1L- .. .1... 1 1.
alio Knows uie ucsc. wue uuy x eui buiiic
raisins when she told me not to, and they
made me tick. W hen you are quite well, I
ill give yon all my money."
Unaffected bv the simplicity and sweetness
of the answer, the father replied, augrily:
"Whit uonsense jou have put into the
child's head, Helen. Give me the money,
at once, Arthur! 1 command you to do so.
The child still lingered, and exasperated by
his delay, the infuriated man raised his hand
to strike, but Helen sprang forward, and
throwing herself upon her knees before him,
flung her arms around the boy, cxclnimim;
"No, Henry, not that! for tlie love of hca
ven strike not our innocent boy! Sever not
the onlv tie which now binds us'togctlier."
But Iter appeal was lost upon one whose
better feelings slumbered too deep for au
earthly voice to awaken them.
His wrath turned upon her, and the blow
intended for the child would fallen upon the
devoted wife aud mother, had not the voice of
God Himself, arrested the uplifted arm.
a iiasn oi ugiiiniiig so viviu mar, tne eyes
nvoluntarily closed Defore it, followed or
rather accompanied by a deafening peal of
thunder, and the crash oi a part ol the house
ii which they stood, was followed by that
death like silence which often succeeds this
concussion of the elements.
In the middle of the room stood the husband
with his arm ttill raised over the lovley beings
who knelt awe struck and motionless at his
feet, all unhurt in the midst of the destruction
that surrounded them, fragments of glass
piles of mortar, aud larse splinters of wood.
gave fearful evidence of the mighty power
around them.
1 he arm of tho guilty one was still raised,
but no lonirer in iusaue wrath. The whole ex
pression of hit countenance had changed his
soul bowed before his Creator and Father,
and tho first sound which aroused Helen from
the temporary suspension of her faculties
which had followed that fearful crosh, was the
deen full tones of her husband's voice, which
thrilled to her heart as iu days of old, uttering
fervent prayers and thanksgivings for their
miraculous preservation from a sudden and
dreadful death.
Instantly her arms were twined aronnd him
her head rested upon his bosom, and by the
tide of their child they kneeled, while lienry
solemnly vowed that tho cup of intoxication
snouiu never again oe raised to nis lips; aim
with a full senBe of his own weakness, earnest
ly and humbly prayed to the Only Source of
The vow thns registered was never broken.
Yaxkei SnBEWDNEss. When tho prospect
of forming a large manufacturing tow n on toe
Alerrimac luver was in contemplation, some oi
the persons concerned tent up Mr. B ,
a young gentleman skilled as an engineer, and
who was also loud oi sporting, to view tne wa
ter privileges carefully, and to make inquiry
as to the nricos of land in the vicinity. He
went with his dog. enn and fishing tackle, and
nl...lnnJ Ln. -.1 in - fni-mn,', n,,iAA a Af v K
and spent bis time in viewing the falls, and
the canal, and the river, and grounds, with
occasional fowling and fishing. After spend
ing some time there, in talking with the farm
er, ono evening he told him, "that he liked
the plnce very well, aud thought he should be
pleased to come and live there." The man
said "he should be pleased to have him."
Well, Mr. F., what will you take for vour
farm?". "Why, I don't want to tell it, Mr.
B.: nor would I, unless I can get twice what
it it worth, at I am satisfied here, and don't
want to move. "Well, what do vou tav it
is worth. Mr. !'.?" "Why. it is worth
500, and I won't sell it for less than $3,0(10."
"Xbat is too much, says 15; 1 can t give
that." "Very well, you need not." Here
the conversation ended. Mr. B. continued
his sporting, and having received his instruc
tions in the course of a few days, renewed hit
task with Mr. F., aud said to him. "Well, Mr.
F., I have made up my mind that 1 should
like to live here very well, and though you
ask so much, I will take up with your offer,
and give you $3,000." "Why, as to that, Mr.
D., you uiu nut tune my iitriu wuen ouurea
it to vou. and I am not willing to sell it for
anything less than $0,000." "Yon are jok
ing, Mr. F." "Not so, Mr. B.; I am in ear
nest, ana i man t continue my oner more
than twenty-four hours.".
B., finding he was determined, went off for
instructions, and the next day told Mr. F. he
..M nivm kin. Hi; 1UII1 Tho ni.Mk... ..
made, deed passed, and money paid. Some
time afterwards, Mr. B. asked the farmer
1.VUIV ,1 I U Mill. AVlVr'U. X UU I, VII V UlHli M
what reason he had in the course of a few days
to double the price for his farm, and to insist
npon it. "W by, Mr. B., 1 will tell you; a
aay or two alter l oiierea you tne iarm ior
$3,000, 1 saw two men on the opposite tide of
me juerrimac xviver, sitting ou a rue, ami
talking for some time; then they got up, and
one went np the river, and the other down,
ana alter some time tney returned, sua "wm
in earnest conversation for half an hour or
more, when they arose and weut away, i am
not know what it meant, but I thought some
thing was in the wind, and I was determined
if you asked nn again to sell my farm, I would
demand double price." .
Thut began the purchase of land upon which
the city of Lowell hot been erected.
n- . T .. nUadimr CBSS that
m lawyer w wuw i n ,
brought tears into the jurors' eyet, nd."(r
one gave np tne case as guuo nu a
But the opposing counsel arose and sad:
, i . : . -.i .1. - rnpl I An not nmnose in
In hart for water, bnt. Here
the tears were suddenly dried, laughter en
sued, the ridiculousness of the ense was -posed,
and the defendant got clear.
Washinotox's Boyhood. He was born
with a physical constitntion aud conformation
-f th nuhlrst kind; his suture was of the lof
tiest and frrattdwt uiaiciuuuus. Ms mental and
moral facilities, hit aeanbiiitiaa and passions,
were also adapted, in their strength and vivac
ity, to the large scale of his superior nature.
In combination with these attributes, there
were traits and habits which could have been
the product of no other power thau that of a
most careful education aud culture. From
early youth he was distinguished for a degree
of m'cthiRl, neatness, caution, and self-control,
inch as hit natural formation aud constitution,
al organization cau hardly account for. Na
ture gave him certain striking and remarkable
powers and characteristics; parental vigilance
and assiduity superinduced other attiibutcs,
which would not h ve been likely to spring
spontaneously from his original constitution;
aud tho admitable combination which his
character presented of excellencies seldom
found united iu one person, was the result.
His childhood and youth, spent on the banks
of the KaDPahannock. under the vigilant in
spection of intelligent and virtuous parents,
naturally led to the formation and establish
ment of those principles of integrity and up
rightness which marked his whole life. Iu
rural retirement, the temptations and enfeeb
ling operation of worldly vice did not reach
him. The simplicity ana purity of his tastes
aud habits became fixed. The invigoratiug
exercises and sports of the field and forest
gave to his character and person a manly en
ergy and hardy strength. While the circum
stances and connections of his family brought
his mind ana manners mto contact witn the
best forms of the civilization aud refinement
of the period, at the same time tho incidents
and adventures belonging to a frontier mode
of life tended to impart an athletic power of
euuuruuce, ana a lainiuarity wau uuugcr auu
exposure, which could not have been else
where acquired. Vpham't Life of Washing
ton. ,
Ax English Ins Keeper. The following
humorous picture of an English Inn, is taken
from "Little Pcdliugton arid tho l'edliugto-
uians :
Arrived at Squashmire Gate, it was natural
that the weary and hungry traveler should de
sire a little comfort for the inner mau, and
between hint and the lady-kecper of the Inn,
this discourse ensues :
"What would you like, sir? "
"A boiled chicken."
- ."We have never a chicken, sir; but would
you like some eggs and bacon ? "
"No. Can 1 have a lamb chop ? "
"No, sir; but our eggs and bacon is very
"Or a cutlet, or a steak ? "
"No, sir ; but we aro remarkable here for
our eggs aud bacon."
"Have yon anything cold in your larder? "
"Not exactly, sir; but I'm sure you will
admire our eggs and bacon."
"Then what have you got 1"
"Why, sir, wo have nothing but eggs and
"Oh! then have the gooduess to give nic
tome eggs aud bacon."
"1 was sure you'd choose eggs and bacon,
tir ; we are so famous for it.
Having finished my dinner, I thought it
proper for the good of the honse, to inquire
what kind of wine I could have of course
not expecting that my choice would be per
plexed uy the variety offered.
"What would you like, sir ? "
"Some port."
"We have no port, sir."
"A little sherry, then."
"We don't keep sherry, sir; in short, we
have so littlo call Tor wiue, that we don't keep
any of no kind."
"Then pray give me some lemonade. "
"Yes, sir. I)o yon do you prefer it vith
lomon, or without?"
"Why, only wehappen, just now, to be out
of lemons."
Dkar Sleep. The Parkersbnrg Gazette has
the following good thing:
One night this week, a stranger hailed at
our wharf boat, took lodgings, and requested
to be called in time for the first boat goiug
An hour passed, and down came the packet,
blowing and whistling as only onr liners can
blow and whistle. Our passeuger was arousd
aud told to "hump himself," as the boat was
in tight.
"How long," inquired the drowsy traveler,
rubbing his eyes, "have I been asleep?",
"Abont an nonr," was the reply.
"What's the damage for lodgnig?"
"Two bits," responded the polite wharf
master, in hit blandest tone.
"Two bite I Well, mister, I'm mighty glad
vou woke me so toon. Two bits an hour !
Why, stranger, at that rate, if 1 had slept till
morning, I should have been dead broke I"
So saying, our calculating friend forked
over, stepped aboard the steamer, and went on
his way rejoicin g . He was one of the k'chaps,
and can journey on.
ETA. Scotch thief having been proved, in
the Glasgow police-court, lately to have ttolen
a barrel from a man in Stockwell street, the
priucipal accuser proceeded to address the
magistrate thus:
"Deed, Sir Bailie, the man at the bar is a
great rogue. The stealing of the barrel is
nothing to some of his trickt. He ttole my
signboard last week; and what does your
honor think he did wi't?"
Magistrate "Well, sir?"
Witness "I'll tell ye. He brought it into
my ain shop, wi' my name ou't, and offered
to sell me't, as he said he thought it would be
0' mair nte to me than anybody else."
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Th ArniCAN Slave Tkade. A letter
from Africa states that two steamers have
lately taken 1,000 slaves from the Gallinas,
and another vessel 400. The English brig
Crane had been in pursuit of an armed slaver,
having 10 guns, but wat nnable to overtake
her. The Governor of Sierra Leone has re
ceived information of 2,000 slaves being ready
for embarkation in the Rio Pongos.
Sad Atfuctios how Cured. A young
gentleman of Detroit, who has of late been
much afflicted by palpitation of the heart, poor
lad, says that ha has found considerable re
lief indeed, every relief by pressing another
palpitatingheart to his bosom l Quite homos
opathic. Those of the feminine gender pre
terred. Fact.
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