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desire to have the work would do weil to send of Bonaparte, partitioning the earth at his will, war, and particularly united in bonds of the

and devastating it with fire and sword; now strictest amity with these very whites, while

their names to them, as in distributing the the conspiracy of Kings, the successors of Bothe alternative subjected them to compulsion, copies, something may happen to cause a sur naparte, blasphemingly calling themselves the and to the invasion, from behind, of their fero; plus. Orders will be supplied, in the order in Holy Alliance, and treading in the footsteps of cious red neighbours, can any one be surprised at the readiness with which the intriguing Mowhich they are received.

usurping the government of other nations, hawks made a morit of assuming the authority, We have not had time to read much of the avowedly and in detail, but controlling by their or at the compliance of the unfortunate emi- work, but select two interesting passages, and armies the forms in which they will permit grants? To confirm the idea that the charac.

them to be governed; and reserving, in petto, ier in which the latter stood was not that of sball hereafter give further notices of it.

the order and extent of the usurpations further humiliation, but ot' respect and peaceful au.

meditated.” thority, we quote the following passage from

MR. JEFFERSON'S OPINION OF THE CAUSE OF an Indian writer of another tribe. Hendrick

IMPORTANT DINNER AT MR. JEFTERSON'S. Aupaunent held the rark of Chief among the " The King was now become a passive ma “ The Aristocracy was cemented by a comAlohegans; and, in conceding superiority to the chine in the bands of the National Assembly, mon principle of preserving the ancient regime, Delawares, must be considered as impartial- and had he been left to himself, he would have or whatever should be nearest to it. Making waiving, as he does, the claims of his own na willingly acquiesced in whatever they should this their polar star, they moved in phalanx, tion. He was an individual well known to, and devise as best for the nation. A wise consti: gave preponderance on every question to the confidentially employed by, President Wash lution would have been formed, hereditary in minorities of the Patriots, and always to those ington; and we have attestations to his cha his line, himself placed at its head, with powers who advocated the least change. The features racter from the late Col. Pickering. His words so large, as to enable him to do all the good of of the new constitution were thus assuming a are as follows

his station, and so limited, as to restrain him fearful aspect, and great alarm was produced “ 'The Delawares, whom we call Wenau- from its abuse. This he would have faithfully among the honest Patriots by these dissentions meeu, are our Grandfathers, according to the administered, and more than this, I do not be. in their ranks. In this uneasy state of things, ancient covenant of their and our ancestors, to lieve, he ever wished. But he had a Queen I received one day a note from the Marquis de which we adhere without any deviation in of absolute sway over his weak mind, and timid la Fayette, informing me, that he should bring these near 200 years past; to which nation the virtue, and of a character, the reverse of his in a party of six or eight friends, to ask a dinner Five Nations and British, after finding them. all points. This angel, as gaudily painted in of me the next day. I assured him of their belves incapable of completing a union of all the rhapsodies of Burke, with some smartness welcome. When they arrived, they were La who has one colour, have comunitted the whole of fancy, but no sound sense, was proud, dis. Fayette himself, Duport, Barnave, Alexander business. For this nation had the greatest in. dainful of restraint, indignant at all obstacles la Meth, Blacon, Mounier, Maubourg, and Da. fluence with the Southern, Western and North to her will, eager in the pursuit of pleasure, gout. These were leading Patriots, of honest ern nations."

and firm enough to hold to her desires, or but differing opinions, sensible of the necessity The picture, from the brush of our country. perish in their wreck. Der inordinate gam of effecting a coalition by mutual sacrifices, man, West, an engraving of which is before us, bling and dissipations, with those of the Count | knowing each other, and not afraid, therefore, presents the peculiar style of attitude and d'Artois, and others of her clique, had been a to unbosom themselves mutually. This last countenance of this unfortunate tribe with such sensible item in the exhaustion of the treasury, a material principle in the selection, peculiar accuracy, that a gentleman well known which called into action the reforming hand of With this view, the Marquis had invited the as an eminent naturalist, when taken to see the nation; and her opposition to it, her inflexi- conference, and had fixed the time and place the copy now in the Academy of the Fine Arts, ble perverseness, and dauntless spirit, led her inadvertently, as to the embarrassment under declared that he could at any time have recog. self to the guillotine, drew the King on with which it might place me. The cloth being renised the figures as belonging to the Dela. her, and plunged the world into crimes and ca moved, and wine set on the table, after the warcs, from their resemblance to those mem lamities which will forever stain the pages of American manner, the Marquis introduced the bers of the tribe with whom he had sojourned modern history. I have ever believed, that objects of the conference, by summarily reon the Arkansas. He described their air and had there been no Queen, there would have minding them of the state of things in the Asfeatures as peculiarly noble; and added that been no revolution. No force would have sembly, the course which the principles of the they actually preserve to the present day, the been provoked, nor exercised. The King Constitution were taking, and the inevitable style of painting the face as represented in the would have gone hand in hand with the wisdom result, unless checked by more concord among picture.' This, of course, our engraving can of his sounder counsellors, who, guided by the the Patriots themselves. He observed, that als not adequately represent. Aged individuals increased lights of the age, wished only, with though he also had his opinion, he was ready have staiod, that the figure represented as dis- the same space, to advance the principles of to sacrifice it to that of his brethren of the charging the duties of historian or secretary, their social constitution. The deed which same cause; but that a common opinion must and concentrating his attention, as he holds a closed the mortal course of these sovereigns, I now be formed, or the Aristocracy would carry large fan before his face, is a very good like shall neither approve por condemn. I am not every thing, and that, whatever they should ness of the celebrated Teedyuscunt: Others, prepared to say, that the first magistrate of a now agree on, he, at the head of the National and these are by no means few, profess to re nation cannot commit treason against his coun force, would maintain. The discussions, becognise the likenesses of several of our own an try, or is unamenable to its punishment; nor yet, gan at the hour of four, and were continued cestors in the patriarchal group towards the that where there is no writien law, no regulated till ten o'clock in the evening; during which right of the picture. The figure holding the tribunal, there is not a law in our hearts, and time, I was a silent witness to a coolness and sheet of parchment represents, we know not a power in our hands, given for righteous em candour of argument, unusual in the conflicts with what correctness, the Secretary, Thomas ployment in maintaining right, and redressing of political opinion; to a logical reasoning, and Story. The otherss probably filled up from

wrong. Of those who judged the King, many chaste eloquence, disfigured by no gaudy tinthe painler's acquaintance, bear strong resem thought him wilfully criminal; many, that sel of rhetoric or declamation, and truly worblance to the respective families of Shippen, his existence would keep the nation in perthy of being placed in parallel with the finest West, Logan, and Morris. Towards the inidst petual conflict with the horde of Kings, who dialogues of 'antiquity, as handed 10 us by of the piciure, and near his Indian friend, ap would war against a regeneration which might Xenophon, by Plaio and Cicero. The result pears the man

come home to themselves, and that it were was, that the King should have a suspensive Qui leges et jura dabat, parvaque suorum

better that one should die than all. I should veto on the laws, that the legislature should Et pater et judex idein regnabat in aula. not have voted with this portion of the legisla. be composed of a single body only, and that to

ture. I should have shut up the Queen in a be chosen by the people. This Concordate de. convent, putting harm out of her power, and cided the fate of the constitution. The Pa

placed the King in his station, investing bim triots all rallied to the principles thus settled, Memoir, Correspondence and Miscellanies, from with limited powers, which, I verily believe, carried every question agreeably to them, and the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by he would have honestly exercised, according reduced the Aristocracy lo insignificance and Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Charlottesrille. to the measure of his understanding. In this impotence. 4 cols. Sro.

way no void would have been created, court. • But duties of esculpation were now incumof this work we have procured a copy

ing the usurpation of a military adventurer, bent on me. I waited on count Montmorin the with

nor occasion given for those enormities which next morning, and explained to him, with truth some difficulty, having neglected to subscribe demoralised the nations of the world, and de- and candour, how it had happened that my house for it. The agents in Philadelphia received

stroyed, and is yet to destroy, millions and had been made the scene of conferences of

millions of its inhabitants. There are three such a character. He told me, he already exactly the number subscribed for, and under epochs in history, signalized by the total ex knew every thing which had passed, that so stand that the whole edition has been taken up. tinction of national morality. The arst was of far from taking umbrage at the use made of The death of a subscriber enabled us to obtain

the successors of Alexander, not omitting him. my house, on that occasion, he earnestly wish

self: The next, the successors of the first ed I would habitually assist at such conferpossession of his copy-and Messrs. Littell &

Cæsar: The third, our own age. This was ences, being sure I should be useful in mode. Brother request us to state that persons who begun by the partition of Poland, followed by rating the warmer spirits, and promoting a

that of the treaty of Pilnitz; next the confia. | wholesome and practicable reformation only. learwick

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the King, to the nation, and to my own coun. When Paine had afterwards fallen into disre.

THE MAGIC GLASS. try, to take any part in councils concerning pute, and was shunned by the more respectatheir internal government, and that I should ble of his friends on account of his drunken hapersevere, with care, in ihe character of a bits, he boarded in the house of one William How lived-how loved-how died they ?– Byron. neutral and passive spectator, with wishes C****, a farrier. This C**** and I being aconly, and very sincere ones, that those mea- quainted, I had free access to his house, and

“THE Dead! the glorious Dead !-And shall sures might prevail which would be for the frequently called to converse with Tom Paine. greatest good of the nation. I have no doubt, One evening he related the following anecdote. Shall they look on thee with their proud,

they rise ? indeed, that this conference was previously During the slaughtery of Robespierre, when

bright eyes? known and approved by this honest minister, every Republican that the monster could get

Thou ask'st a fearful spell ! who was in conference and communication in his power was beheaded, Paine was cast into with the Patriots, and wished for a reasonable prison, and his name was on a list with nino: What kingly vision shall obey my call?

Yet say, from shrine or dim sepulchral hall, reform of the constitution." teen who were ordered for execution next

The deep grave knows it well!
morning. It was customary for the clerk of
the tribunal to go round the cells at night, and
put a cross with chalk on the back of the door

" Would'st thou behold earth's Conquerors?-
of such of the prisoners as were ordained for

Shall they pass the scaffold in the morning. When the exe

Before thee, flushing all the Magic Glass Extracts from the Notes of an Obserrer. cutioner came with his guard to remove the

With Triumph's long array?WHEN Tom Paine escaped from the dun. victims, wherever a chalking was found, the Speak! and those dwellers of the marble urn, geons of the Committee of Public Safety in | inmate of the cell was taken forth and exe

Robed for the feast of Victory, shall return, Paris, he came to this city (New York,) and cuted.

As on their proudest day. put up at the city hotel. One morning, about In these horrible shambles there was a long nine o'clock, a person came into my store, and gallery, having a row of cells on each side. " Or wouldst thou look upon the Lords of said that Paine was standing on the steps at the The passage was secured at cach end, but the Song ?entrance of the hotel. As I lived next street, doors of the cells were left open, and sometimes O'er the dark Mirror that immortal throng and being curious to see him, I, with two gen. the prisoners stepped into the rooms of one Shall waft a solemn gleam! tlemen who happened to be in the store at the another for company. It happened, on the Passing with lighted eyes and radiant brows, time, want round the corner to have a look at night preceding the day appointed for the doom Under the foliage of green laurel-boughs, him; but before we got there he had stepped of Paine, that he had gone into his neighbour's But silent as a dream." in. At that moment I happened to observe cell, leaving his door open with its back to the S***** L****n the painter enter the hotel. As wall. Just then the chalker came past, and

Not these, O mighty Master:- Though their I knew Sam and he were compatriots through being probably drunk, crossed the inside of his the whole of the American Revolution, I pre- cell door.


Be unto man's free heart, and tears, and praise, sumed he was going to see his old friend, and Next morning, when the guard came with Hallowed for evermore! proposed to my companions to go in likewise, an order to bring out the twenty victims, and And not the buried Conquerors !-Let them saying, that as I was acquainted with Mr. finding only nineteen chalks, Paino being in

sleep, L****n, he would introduce us. They, how bed and his door shut, they took a prisoner And let the flowery earth her sabbaths koep ever, declined to go, so went alone. from the farther end of the gallery, and thus

In joy, from shore to shore !
"Is Mr. Paine at home?” said I to the wait. made up the requisite number.
“ Yes.”—“In his own room?"_" Yes.”—

About forty-eight hours after this atrocious "Can I see him?"_" Follow me ;' and I was

" But, if the narrow-house may be so moved, deed, Robespierre was overthrown, and his Call the bright shadows of the most Beloved, usbered into a spacious room, where the table own head chopped off, so that Paine was set at

Back from their couch of rest! was set for breakfast. One gentleman was

liberty, and made the best of his way to New writing at the table, another reading the news

That I may learn if their meek eyes be filled York. papers at the farther end of the room, and a

With peace; if human love hath ever stilled lengthy, lank, coarse-looking figure was stand

I asked him what he thought of his almost The yearning human breast." ing with his back to the fire. I saw a resem

miraculous escape. He said the Fates bad blance to a portrait I had seen in the “Rights ordained he was not then to die. Says I“ Mr.

" Away, fond youth!-An idle quest is thine: of Man." I knew it was Paine.

Paine, I'll tell you what;-I think you know These have no trophy, no memorial shrine; While following the waiter, presuming Paine you have written and spoken much against I know not of their place! was alone, I prepared a speech to introduce my

what we call the religion of the Bible; you Midst the dim valleys, with a secret flow, self to a plain Republican solus; but when I have highly extolled the perfectibility of hu- Their lives, like shepherd reed-notes, faint and thus found myself, in the presence of others, man reason when left to its own guidance, un

low, with the great author of "Common Sense," I

shackled by priestcraft and superstition. The Have passed, and left no trace. was at a loss for a moment; at last I recovered

God in whom you live, niove, and have your my self-possession, and said,

being, has spared your life that you might give
« Gentlemen, is Mr. Paine in this room?"
to the world a living comment on your doc.

" Haply, begirt with shadowy woods and hills,

And the wild sounds of melancholy rills, He stepped towards me, and answered, " My

trines. You now show what human nature is
when left to itself. Here you sit, in an obscure

This covering turf may bloom;
is Paine." I held out my hand, and

But ne'er hath Fame made relics of its flowers; when I had bold of his, says I, “Mr. Paine, and comfortless dwelling, stifled with snuff and and you gentlemen, will excuse my abrupt en

Never hath pilgrim sought their household stupified with brandy;-you, who were once

bowers, try. I came out of mere curiosity to see the

the companion of Washington, of Jay, and of man whose writings have made so much noise Hamilton. Every good man has deserted you;

Or poet hailed their tomb." in the world.” Paine answered, “I am very and even Deists, that have any regard for deglad your curiosity is so easily satisfied.” cency, cross the streets to avoid you."

" Adieu, then, Master of the midnight spell,

Some voice perchance by those lone graves Then, without a word more, I rejoined," Good He was then the most disgusting human bemorning;" and walking out, shut the door be ing that could any where be met with. Intemhind me. perance had bloated his countenance beyond I haste to seek, from woods and valleys doop,

That which I pine to know!
I heard them all burst out into a loud laugh. description. A few of his disciples, who stuck

Where the Beloved are laid in lowly sleep, Thinks I, they may laugh that win-I have to him through good report and through bad

Records of joy and wo." seen Paine, and, all things considered, have report, to hide him from the abhorrence of made a good retreat.

mankind, had him conveyed to New Rochelle, The gentlemen called the waiter, and in where they supplied him with brandy till it quired wbo I was; and he told thein. They burned up his liver. But this man, beastly as LOVE'S REPROACH; A RUSTIC reported the matter in the coffee house, and he was in appearance, and dreadful in princi.

PLAINT. among their acquaintances, and as the story plo, still retained something of humanity with.

BY JAMES KENNEY, ESQ. travelled, it was enriched with all manner of in the depravity of his heart, like the gem in garnishing. One of them was, that I had told the head of the odious toad. The man who Dear Tom, my brave free-hearted lad, Paine he was a d-d rascal, and bad it not been suffered death in his stead left a widow, with Where'er you go, God bless you! for his books I would never have left my native two young children, in poor circumstances. You'd better speak than wish you had, country. Are not people, who invent addi- Paine brought them all with him to New York,

If love for me distress you. tions to truth, liars?"

supplied them while he lived, and left them To me, they say, your thoughts incline, At that time I was procentor in the Scotch the most part of his property when he died.

And possibly they may 80: Presbyterian Church in Cedar Street, of which | The widow and children lived in apartments in

Then, once for all, to quiet mine, the famous Dr. John Mason was then minister. the city by themselves. I saw them often, but

Tom, if you love me, say 50. The Kirk Session caught the alarm, an extra never saw Paine in their company; and I am On that sound heart and manly frame meeting was called, and I was suspended from well assured, and believe, that his conduct to Sits lightly sport or labour, office for some months on account of having wards them was disinterested and honourable. Good-humour'd, frank, and still the same, visited Tom Paine.

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Then why postpone your love to own

For me from day to day so, And let me whisper still alone,

“ Tom, if you love me, say so?" How oft when I was sick, or sad

With some remember'd folly,
The sight of you has made me glad,

And then most melancholy !
Ah! why will thoughts of one so good

Upon my spirit prey so?
By you it should be understood -

Tom, if you love me, say so."
Last Monday, at the cricket-match,

No rival stood before you;
In harvest-time, for quick despatch

The farmers all adore you;
And evermore your praise they sing,

Though one thing you delay so,
And I sleep nightly murmuring,,

“ Tom, if you love me, say so. Whate'er of ours you chance to seek,

Almost before your breathe it,
I bring with blushes on my cheek,

And all my soul goes with it.
Why thank me, then, with voice so low,

And, faltering, turn away so?
When next you come, before you go

Tom, if you love me, say so.
When Jasper Wild, beside the brook,

Resentfül round us lower'd,
I oft recall that lion-lock

That quell’d the savage coward. Bold words and free you utter'd then:

Would they could find their way so, When these moist eyes so plainly mean,

· Tom, if you love me, say so. My friends, 'tis true, are well to do,

And yours are poor and friendless ; Ah, no! for they are rich in you,

Their happiness is endless. You never let them shed a tear,

Save that on you they weigh so; There's one might bring you better cheer:

Tom, if you love me, say so. My uncle's legacy iş all

For you, Tom, when you choose it:
In better hands it cannot fall,

Or better train'd to use it.
I'll wait for years; but let me not

Nor woo'd nor plighted, stay so:
Since wealth and worth make even lot,

Tom, if you love me, say so.

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Coxcombs, hardly worth the hurting, bursting of the earth, just below the village of
Tyrant! if you must be flirting,

New Madrid, arrested this mighty stream in
Pr’ythee, flirt with me!

its course,

and caused a reflux of its waves, by

which, in' a little time, a great number of boats Wherefore, Fanny! kiss and fondle

were swept by the ascending current into the Half the ugly brats you see?

mouth of the Bayou, carried out and left upon Waste not love among so many,

the dry land, when the accumulating waters Sweetest! if fondle

of the river had again cleared their current. any, Pr'ythee fondle ine!

There were a great number of severe shocks. but two series of concussions were particularly

terrible, far more so than the rest. They reWherefore wedlock's lottery enter?

mark, that the shocks were clearly distinguish. Chances for you, one to three!

able into two classes; those in which the moRichest ventures oft miscarry,

tion was horizontal, and those in which it was Fanny, Fanny! if you marry,

perpendicular. The latter were attended by Prythee, marry me!

the explosions and the terrible mixture of noises that preceded and accompanied the earthquakes in a louder degree, but were by

no means so desolating and destructive as the NOTICE OF EARTHQUAKES ON THE other. When they were felt, the houses crumMISSISSIPPI.

bled, the trees waved together, the ground sunk, and all the destructive phenomena were

more conspicuous. In the intervals of tbe From all the accounts corrected one by ano.

earthquakes there was one evening, and that ther, and coinpared with the very imper a brilliant and cloudless one, in which the wesfect narratives that were published, says Mr. Flint, I infer that the shock of these carth of lightning, and repeated peals of subterranean

tern sky was a continued glare of vivid flashes quakes, in the immediate vicinity of the centre

thunder seemed to proceed, as the flashes did, of their course, must have equalled, in their

from below the horizon. They remark that terrible heavings of the earth, any thing of this night, so conspicuous for subterranean the kind that has been recorded. I do not be

thunder, was the same period in which the falieve that the public have ever yet had any

tal earthquakes at Caraccas occurred, and they adequate idea of the violence of the concus

seem to suppose these flashes and that event sions. We are accustomed to measure this, by the buildings overturned, and the mortality parts of the same scene.

The people, without exception, were unletthat results. Here the country was thinly set. tered backwoodsmen, of the class least addicttled. The houses fortunately were frail and

ed to reasoning. And it is remarkable how inof logs, the most difficult io overturn that geniously and conclusively they reasoned from could be constructed. Yet, as it was, whole apprehension sharpened by fear. They retracts were plunged into the bed of the river, marked, that the chasms in the earth were in The grave-yard, at New Madrid, with all its direction from south-west to north-east, and sleeping tenants, was precipitated into the bed they were of an extent to swallow up, not only of the stream. Most of the houses were thrown

men but houses, and these chasms occurred down. Large lakes, of twenty miles in extent. frequently within intervals of half a mile. were made in an hour; other lakes were drained. The whole country to the mouth of They felled the tallest trees at right angles

with the chasms, and stationed themselves the Ohio, in one direction, and to the St.

upon the felled trees. By this invention all Francis in the other, including a front of three

were saved; for the chasms occurred more hundred niiles, was convulsed to such a de

than once under these trees.
gree, as to create lakes and islands, the num.
ber of which is not yet known, to cover a tract
of many miles in extent near the little Prairie,
with water three or four feet deep; and, when

the water disappeared, a stratum of sand, of
the same thickness, was left in its place. The

trees 'split in the midst, lashed one with ano-

Zech. xiv, 7.
ther, and are still visible over great tracts of
country, inclining in every direction, and at

At evening time let there be light:
every angle to the earth and to the horizon.

Life's little day draws near its close;
They described the undulations of the earth

Around me fall the shades of night,
as resembling waves, increasing in elevation

The night of death, the grave's repose • as they advanced; and, when they had attained a certain fearful height, the earth would

To crown my joys to end my woes,
burst, and vast volumes of water and sand and

At evening time let there be light.
pitcoal were discharged, as high as the tops of
the trees. I have seen a hundred of these

At evening time let there be light:
chasms, which remained fearfully deep, al-

Stormy and dark hath been my day;
though in a very lender alluvial soil, and after

Yet rose the morn divinely bright,
a lapse of seven years.
Whole districts were

Dews, birds, and blossoms cheered the way: covered with white sand, so as to become un O for one sweet, one parting ray! inhabitable.

At evening time let there be light.
The water at first covered the whole coun-
try, particularly at the Little Prairie; and it
must have been indeed a scene of horror, in At evening time there shall be light;
these deep forests, and in the gloom of the

For God hath spoken;-it must be : darkest night, and by wading in the water to Fear, doubt, and anguish take their flight, the middle to flee from these concussions,

His glory now is risen on me; which were occurring every few hours, with a Mine eyes shall his salvation see: noise equally terrible to the beasts and birds as — "Tis evening time, and there is light! to men. The birds themselves lost all power and disposition to fly, and retreated to the bosoms of men, their fellow-sufferers in this scene of convulsion. A few persons sunk in these

THE SONG OF NIGHT. chasms, and were providentially extricated. One person died of fright; one perished miserably on an island, which retained its origi. I came to thee, O Earth! nal level, in the midst of a wide lake created With all my gifts :—for every flower sweet by the earthquake. The hat and clothes of dew, this man were found. A number perished, In bell, and urn, and chalice, to renew who sunk with llieir boats in the river. A The glory of its birth.



If she be not fair to me,
What care I how fair she be.-Suckling.

WHEREFORE, Fanny, look so lovely,

In your anger, in your glee?-
Laughing, weeping, fair, capricious!
If you will look so delicious,

Pr’ythee, look at me!


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they were decidedly pleasing; and melancho. cluded all possibility of his recovery. My moFar amidst folding hills or forest leaves, ly, rather than gloom, appeared to me to be ther was thus left with myself and a younger But through its veins of beauty, so receives their habitual cast. I always piqued myself brother,-with no means of subsistence except A spirit of fresh dyes.

on being a good judge of physiognomy; and, the scanty earnings afforded by making fishI come with every star:

as I walked up and down the deck of the Aling-nets, and selling shells and weeds to those Making thy streams, that on their noonday phonse, I repeated so often to myself, “That whom curiosity and leisure brought to the track

man has a history,” that, at last, during all the beach. One of her little customers, who was Gave but the moss, the reed, the lily back, dull monotonous voyage, I came to have bul daughter to the captain of a small merchant Minors of Worlds afar.

one pervading wish, which gradually obtained vessel, offered to obtain a situation, as cabin I come with Peace; I shed

complete empire over me, to hear his story ,boy, for either of us, in her father's ship, -a

from himself. I cannot describe to you the proposition my inother acceded to the more Sleep through thy wood walks o'er the honey- burning intensity of my curiosity on this sub- gladly, as she had taken home the half-starred bee,

ject. Day after day, night after night, I re orphan of one of the men who perished, or The lark's triumphant voice, the fawn's young peated, almost with feverish longing, "Oh were taken, the night my father died. My glee,

that I could hear Walter Errick's story!" I brother and I performed the voyages alternateThe hyacinth's week head.

do really think that, at that time, I would have ly, and experienced the greatest kindness from On my own heart I lay

consented to lose an arm or a leg, if the loss the captain, who frequently assisted my moThe weary babe, and sealing with a breath

could have ensured the gratification of my ther and little Mary, the orphan girl, with Its eyes of love, send fairy dreams, beneath

wish. Time passed, and the desire increased small but useful presents during his short stay The shadowing lids to play.

in proportion as the likelihood of satisfying it on land. It was during the third voyage my

diminished. A thousand times. I was on the younger brother, James, had made, that I beI come with mightier things!

point of addressing bim, of telling him the in gan to think of the orphan Mary as a wife. Who calls me silent?-I have many tones terest he had inspired; but the cold gravity, Beautiful and gentle she was; and to live with The dark skies thrill with low mysterious the insouciance of his melancholy, always re her and not love her was impossible. We used

strained me: his was not a sorrow of the to ramble over the beach together during the Borne on my sweeping wings.

heart, which could be relieved by unbosoming bright summer evenings, and sit side by side

himself to a compassionate friend; it was a watching the waves rippling to the shore, or I waft them not alone

cloud over the soul, a dark veil thrown overlooking for the ships in the distance, and. From the deep organ of the forest shades, Or buried streams, unheard amidst their glades, life. Oh that I could discover how and when his natural feelings by some event of his past guessing their destinations and the feelings of

those within them. At length the line drew Till the bright day is done. it took place!

near when James was to return, and I should But in the human breast

My wish was at last gratified. Walter Er- take his place, and bid farewell to Mary for a A thousand still small voices I awake,

rick caught a fever when we were crossing while. The day, the hour came. I felt her Strong in their sweetness from the soul to the Line, and my profession, as a clergyman, last kiss on my lips, her warm bright tears on shake

obliged me to sit by him, and offer the conso my cheek; and the boal that brought me to The mantle of its rest.

lations which our holy religion affords to the the vessel, rowed away again with her and

penitent sinner. For some days he was deli. James and others, and became a speck in the I bring them from the past :

rious, and during that time he seemed happier distance. From true hearts broken, gentle spirits torn,

than I had ever seen him: he talked of the “ It was two years before I again saw the From crushed affections, which tho long o'er. scenes of his childhood, fancied bimself on the Isle of Wight, and my landing was an ominous borne,

shore of the Isle of Wight, and would take my The well known signal was hoisted, and Make their tone heard at last.

hand and gaze fondly into my face, murmuring I could see a white handkerchief fluttering in

some name in a low faint voice, or sometimes reply above the roof of our coitage. The boat I bring them from the tomb;

without speaking at all. One night, after put off from shore, and my heart told me, beO'er the sad couch of late repentant love,

lying in a stupor for some time, he roused him fore my eye could distinguish, that my brother They pass-though low as murmurs of a dove, self and asked for something to drink: after James was the one who pulled so stoutly, and Like trumpets through the gloom.

a few moments' pause, he inquired how long kept his glance so fixed on the deck of our vesI come with all my train:

it was probable he should live? The sur sel. I got a pocket telescope, and looked out. Who calls me lonely?-Hosts around me tread, geon replied, that at present there was no cer. to see his bright and blessed countenance a The intensely bright, the beautiful, the dread tainty of his death,-that he might and in all few minutes sooner: and, there he was, handPhantoms of heart and brain !

probability would, recover. “Nonsense !" said somer than ever; his sun-burnt face lit with

he; “I am dying: I feel it, I know it: it is gladness, his .while smiling teeth gleaming in Looks from departed eyes,

the plague-ihe plague of the body and tho the sun, and the fresh breeze waving his ring. These are my lightnings!-filled with anguish soul.” We thought he was relapsing into de leted hair. I never felt so fond or so proud of yain

lirium, when, suddenly seizing my arm, he ex. him: I kept repeating, in a tone of triumph, Or tenderness too piercing to sustain

claimed, “ I have a great wish to say some. to those near me, There's James,—that's my They smite with agonies.

thing to you, Sir, before I go. You have brother James,- do you see James?' never O, that with soft control

brought on this fever: you have watched me heeding or seeing their total indifference to Shut the dim violet, hush the woodland song,

-suspected me,- I know you have: for above the rapture which swelled my heart. Mary

a fortnight before I took to my bed, I could not tô0,-dear Mary! I could see faintly on the I am th' Avenging One!-the armed, the

hear your foot on the deck, (and, oh, how well shore the outline of a figure I felt must be strong The Searcher of the soul!

I knew your step from the others!) without hers. I watched impatiently the light boat

feeling my heart beat as if it would have burst; shooting over the waters, which lay as clear I, that shower dewy light

and when you looked at me so long and so and smooth as glass: suddenly there was a Through slumbering leaves, bring storms! - earnestly as you used to do, the veins in my momentary confusion; some one stood up, the tempest-birth

forehead swelled and throbbed, and my head leant forward, and the boat upset, plunging all Of Memory, Thought, Remorse :—be holy, grew giddy. Sir, I could not sleep for that into the sea. For one single instant I stood Earth!

look; and now you shall hear all,— why I did paralyzed, with my eyes fixed on the splashing I am the solemn Night!

it, and how it happened that no one but you glancing waters, as the sunshine played over ever guessed what I had done.” At that mo. the spot where fourteen wretches were strug. ment. I confess I felt almost in the state the gling for life: another moment and I had leapt wretched man had himself described : every into the ocean, and was swimming with all the

nerve in my body thrilled, and the drops stood | energy of love and despair to the place where WALTER ERRICK.

on my brow. I did not speak, however; and, the boat had sunk. As I swam from the vessel, after some time, he continued.

I heard the captain shout out orders to lower a

“I was born in a little fishing hut, at the boat: we had but one left,-the rest had taken It was on board the Alphonse that I learnt back of the Isle of Wight, I believe my father part of the cargo to land. I knew, and rethe history of this unfortunate man. He was had originally been a farmer; but distresses inembered as I swam along, that this was too first mate there; and, though exceedingly un had come upon him, and, under the ostensible small to hold all the sufferers; and though I popular amongst his messmates, there was trade of a fisherman, he connected himself could see boats in all directions putting off something about him which excited ny inte with a gang of smugglers, who carried on suc from the land, yet the time that must elapse rest. He was a short thickset man, about the cessful plunder in that part of the island. I before they could reach the spot rendered their middle age, with a singularly grave counte used always to accompany hinu on bis expedi. being of service very uncertain. At length I nance, which circumstance had probably ob- tions, and was with him the night he was shot swam into the centre of the eddying waves: tained him among his companions the name of by the King's officers:-he fell from the boat hands were extended, and faint efforts were

gloomy Walter," by which he was constantly in which he was standing, into the sca; after made to grasp me, by men already exhausted designated. There was, however, nothing the struggle was over, two men looked for his with rowing: but they were strangers; and, in harsh or forbidding in his general expression: body and brought it home: we then discover that moment of excitement, I shook them off on the contrary, when a faint gleam of some ed íhat the wound was of little consequence, as I would have done a troublesome animal. I thing like gladness stolo over his features, but the time he had been in the water pre- / gazed, I panted, the dreadful thought struck




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me that I might be too late : I sbrieked out, I word she spoke went through and through my She lived !-she loved me for my care! "James!' A faint voice called me by my heart. Two or three days passed, and their My grief was at an end; name:-a splash-an arm raised for a moment wedding drew near. Every morning I wan I was a lonely being once, above the head, showed me wbere my brother dered out, that I might see Mary as little as But now I have a friend! had been. He rose again-I struggled forward possible before she was James's wife; and -a dying wretch caught my arm-I shook every night I went out to fish. Sometimes he him off-I even struck his extended arm as it came with me, and sometimes I went alone. was again listlessly stretched forth to lay hold The last night we went out together, and of me:- I reached my brother; he rose once Mary carried the lantern and the heavy boat

A REMONSTRANCE. more with closed eyes—I caught him by the cloak down to the beach, and kissed my bro: Addressed to a friend who complained of being hair, and wept and howled in the agony of myther and bade him good-bye till sunrise; and

alone in the World. excessive joy. I saw the boat from the mer. then she stooped down and kissed me, as I chant vessel nearing us: I called, I shouted; was unfastening the boal-chain, and said, in I felt my limbs failing with fatigue and emo her low gentle tone, ‘Bring him home safe, tion, and every now and then one of the strug. | Walter.'

Oh say not thou art all alone, glers round us went down with a faint bubbling

(To be concluded.)

Upon this wide, cold-hearted earth; groan. I thought-again of the size of the boat,

Sigh not o'er joys for ever flown, and shuddered, it would not, at the most, hold

The vacant chair,-the silent hearth: more than eight:-useless, indeed, was my

Why should tho world's unholy mirth fear! The boat neared-took us in- I looked

Upon thy quiet dreams intrude, up to heaven in gratitude, and round upon the waste of waters:—there were but two living


To scare those shapes of heavenly birth,

That people oft thy solitude ! souls of the fourteen!

BY THOMAS H. BAYLY, ESQ. “ Death alone can erase the memory of that evening from iny mind: there is but one other

Though many a fervent hope of youth scene in my life which I can recall with equal I NEVER was a favourite

Hath passed, and scarcely left a trace;intensity; and that!-Oh James, my merry. My mother never smiled

Though earth-born love, its tears and truth, hearted, handsome, affectionate brother,". On me, with half the tenderness

No longer in thy heart have place; and the sick man clasped his hands, and shook

That blessed her fairer child:

Nor time, nor grief, can e'er efface with a passion of grief. He mastered it, and I've seen her kiss my sister's cheek, continued more calmly, “That evening we While fondled on her knee;

The brighter hopes that now are thine,

The fadeless love,-all pitying grace, were all at home to gether,-Mary, and my I've turned away to hide my tears, - That makes thy darkest hours divine ! mother, and James, oad I; and how they wept There was no kiss for me! over me, and hung upon me, and blessed me! I told them good news too, that the vessel

Not all alone ;-for thou canst hold wanted repairing, and that the delay neces And yet I strove to please, with all

Communion sweet with saint and sage, sary would give us yet a little while together, My little store of sense;

And gather gems, of price untold, before James would be obliged to leave us : I strode to please, and infancy

From many a pure, untravelled page :and they told me-what? that the brother I Can rarely give offence :

Youth's dreams, the golden lights of age, had saved, and Mary, my Mary, were to be But when my artless efforts met

The poet's lore,-are still thine own; married directly; that they had only waited A cold, ungentle check,

Then, while such themes thy thoughts engage, for my return to be present during the cere I did not dare to throw myself,

Oh, how canst thou be all alone! mony, and that now nothing remained but to In tears, upon her neck. fix the day. I hardly remember how I felt, or what I said; but I know that my eyes were ri.

Not all alone;—the lark's rich note, veted upon Mary like those of a person walk: How blessed are the beautiful!

As mounting up to heaven, she sings; ing in his sleep, and that Mary laughed and Love watches o'er their birth;

The thousand silvery sounds that float blushed, and looked down; and then came Oh beauty! in my nursery

Above-below-on morning's wings; and kissed my cheek, and hid her head on my I learned to know thy worth;

The softer murmurs twilight brings, bosom, and blessed me for having brought For even there, I often felt

The cricket's chirp, cicala's glee; home HER James from the wild and treache Forsaken and forlorn;

All earth-that lyre of myriad stringssous sea. I recollect tos, feeling bewildered,

And wished--for others wished it too Is jubilant with life for thee! and gazing round me; and that the fire seemed

I never had been born! to burn dimmer, and my mother's face to grow paler, and that I felt suffocated, and trembled


Not all alone;—the whispering trees, all over. However, I shook James by the

I'm sure I was affectionate,

The rippling brook, the starry sky, hand, and promised to be there on the wedding

But in my sister's face,

Have each peculiar harmonies, day and give the bride away. And when they

There was a look of love that claimed To soothe, subdue, and sanctify :had all gone to bed, I went out, and sat down on the beach, and looked across the sea to the

A smile, or an embrace.

The low, sweet breath of evening's sigh,
But when I raised my lip, to meet

For thee hath oft a friendly tone,
place where the boat had sank in the morn.
ing: and I thought over all that had happened

The pressure children prize,

To lift thy grateful thoughts on high,

None knew the feelings of my heart,

To say-thou art not all alone! that day,-iny joy at coming home, my agony

They spoke not in my eyes. of fear when I saw James drowning at a dis. tance and no help near; and then I thought of

Not all alone ;-—a watchful eye, Mary, and the choking pain rose in my throat,

That notes the wandering sparrow's fall; and I knelt in the cold moonlight on the sands

But oh! that heart too keenly felt

A saving hand is ever nigh, and prayed a dreadful and a fervent prayer to

The anguish of neglect;

A gracious Power attends thy call : God, that I might never live to see them man I saw my sister's lovely form

When sadness holds thy heart in thrall, and wife! Yes, I wished, I prayed that they

With gems and roses decked;

Is oft his tenderest mercy shown; might be happy, but that I'might be a cold

I did not covet them; but oft,

Seek then the balm vouchsafed to all, corpsc; and more than once I thought of When wantonly reproved,

And thou canst never be ALONE ! plunging in the sea, and so onding my life :

I envied her the privilege but I remembered the inorning and the sink. Of being so beloved. ing wretches, and the cold grasp on my arm,and I could not do it. At daybreak I went home, and I heard But soon a time of triumph came

ON THE LAND CRABS OF JAMAICA. every thing settled for the wedding; and Mary A time of sorrow too,lookod quite happy, and confided to me all her

BY ALEXANDER BARCLAY, ESQ. For sickness, o'er my sister's form little plans for the future; and how she had Her venom'd mantle threw:

Crabs abound in the eastern part of Jamaigradually guessed that James loved her; and The features, once so beautiful,

ca, at all seasons, but are considered to be best how they used to walk along my favourite Now wore the hue of death;

in the months the names of which contain the walks, talking of me, and wondering when I And former friends shrank fearfully letter R. They are most plentiful in May, the should come back, and what I would lhink of From her infectious breath.

season at which they deposit their eggs, or it; and the agony that filled her soul when

run as the Negroes express it, and when the the boat disappeared, and her gratitude when

earth is literally covered with them. At this at last, she saw me coming to shore with 'Twas then, unwearied, day and night season it is impossible to keep them out of the James. And then she talked again of him, and I watched beside her bed,

houses, or even out of the bed-rooms, where, told me all his merry jokes, and hor anxiety And fearlessly upon my breast

at one time scratching with their large claws, when he was out fishing at night, and every I pillowed her poor head.

and at another rattling across the floor, they

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