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BY CHARLES MACKAY.

“Help me, help!" cried he; "all my been dispelled by some words that folstrength is gone."

lowed. “ I cannot help you, my boy. I have “ I do not quite hear," kneeling and to carry your sister. Come, jump up like placing his ear close to her lips. a man; all the danger is over now-put “ See to your own clothes before you your arms round my waist, and I will walk catch cold.” slowly to the shore. Cheer up, my lad; “God bless you !” said Herbert, “I we will go and get a draught of wine and will,” pressing her fingers to his lips; and some dry clothes at the village inn, and then, as he covered them carefully over you will soon be all right.”

from the cold, he saw her gentle eyes “ (), I shall die! I shall die!"

close, and the big, bright tears gush from " Nonsense-die! You were very near under those long and darkly-fringed lids. it just now, and that is quite enough for you. Come along, come; put your arm out; that is it. There, now, clasp me

LITTLE AT FIRST, BUT MIGHTY AT round the waist with the other hand-so;

LAST. that is it. Make an effort to come along. You will soon be out of it. So, man, that is it. My eyes, what tremendous light

A TRAVELER through a dusty road

Strew'd acorns on the lea, ning! Ahoy there! - Dittisham ahoy!

And one took root, and sprouted up, Help!” cried Herbert, shouting with the And grew into a tree. voice of a stentor, overjoyed and restrung Love sought its shade at evening time

To breathe its early vows, with the delight of having saved two fel

And Age was pleased, in heats of noon, low-creatures.

To bask beneath its boughs ; That flash of lightning had done good The dormouse loved its dangling twigs, service, for some of the old fishermen, look

The birds sweet music bore ; ing out from the village inn, had caught

It stood a glory in its place, sight of the three strugglers, and perceiv

A blessing evermore! ing a lady lying helpless in the arms of one, A little spring had lost its way and the other floundering in the water,

Among the grass and fern; two or three men rushed down.

A passing stranger scoop'd a well,

Where weary man might turn. Here, sir, give me the lady,” cried He wall'd it in, and hung with care

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A ladle at the brink; “No, thank you-never while I live.” He thought not of the deed he did, said Herbert.

But judged that toil might drink, “Here, you may take this

He pass'd again-and lo! the well, gentleman off my waist if you like. That

By summers never dried, is right; so, well done. Now run, one Had cool'd ten thousand parching tongues, of you, over to the inn, tell them to make And saved a life beside! roaring fires in their best bed-rooms ; get A dreamer dropp'd a random thought; plenty of blankets and mulled port wine,

'Twas old, and yet ’t was newand if they have no wine, some hot spirits

A simple fancy of the brain,

But strong in being true: and water."

It shone upon a genial mind, “Ay, ay, sir,” cried the men, hearing And lo! its light became at once, from the decisive tones of Her A lamp of life, a beacon ray, bert's voice, that they were speaking to

A monitory flanie.

The thought was small—its issue great; one accustomed to command, and of a rank

A watchfire on the hill; superior to themselves; and, in five min It shed its radiance far adown, utes more, Herbert bore his lovely burden And cheers the valley still! into the little village inn, and, having A nameless man, amid a crowd moistened her lips with wine, she eventu

That throng'd the daily mart, ally opened her eyes, and uttered the Let fall a word of hope and love,

Unstudied from the heart; words, “ My brother!"

A whisper on the tumult thrown“ All safe,” said Herbert.

A transitory breathA gentle pressure of the hand returned It raised a brother from the dust, the lady's thanks more expressively than

It saved a soul from death. words could have uttered, and if Herbert

O germ! O fount! () word of love!

O thought at random cast ! had doubted how well his heroic labors

Ye were but little at the first, were appreciated, that doubt would have

But mighty at the last !

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A DINNER UNDER TRYING CIRCUM- was stark, staring mad. Which of these

surmises was the correct one the sequel STANCES.

will show. N moments when danger threatens our A day or two after the report above al.

selves or others, self-possession is luded to had been in circulation, I was undoubtedly a most valuable quality, and standing on the pier, conversing with the one which it would be well to endeavor captain of the local steamer which had to cultivate by all judicious means. In just arrived, when Mr. Johnson made up my own experience, an incident once oc to me in a hurried and excited way quite curred that powerfully illustrates this truth; foreign to him, and, shaking me warmly and, with my reader's permission, I shall by the hand, inquired after my welfare. now briefly narrate it.

As I before hinted, my acquaintance with Many years ago, when a very young him was but slight, so that I felt both surman, pursuing my professional studies, I prised and somewhat uneasy at the unwas resident, during the summer months, usual warmth of his salutation. This, at the lovely little village of -, on the however, he did not seem to observe, but shores of the romantic estuary of one of continued to talk in a rapid and, occasionour great rivers, in the hope of recovering ally, slightly incoherent manner health, somewhať impaired by too assidu- variety of subjects, concluding by asking ous application over the midnight oil. me home to dine with him in a way which Among the casual acquaintanceships which admitted of no denial. In vain I pleaded I formed, there was a very slight one with a prior engagement, in vain I asked leave a gentleman in the neighborhood whom only to run to my lodgings to change my I shall call by the name of Johnson. This dress; he would listen to no excuse, but individual was a stout, short, thick-set taking a firm grasp of my arm, which he single gentleman of middle age, of mild never for a moment relaxed, hurried me yet somewhat grave aspect and gentle toward the house where he lodged. Ushmanly manners. He possessed no striking ering me into his sitting-room, he gare peculiarities of character, and was gen-orders to the servant to bring dinner as erally respected as a quiet, unassuming, soon as possible ; and then, turning to and inoffensive man.

me, proceeded in a low tone, and with an I had been for some months in the vil- | air of mystery, to inform me how he had lage, and was on tolerably familiar terms of late been favored with certain visions with most of the ordinary residents, as and revelations of the most marvelous nawell as the few summer visitors who fre- ture; how the medium of these revelaquented the place, when a rumor of a most tions was a certain gentleman of ancient extraordinary character suddenly spread renown, and of erratic propensities, named abroad, and set every gossip on the alert. Orion, well known to students of mytholThis rumor was neither more nor less ogy in connection with his aquatic exthan that the grave Mr. Johnson had been ploits on a dolphin's back ; how he had seen at an early hour of the morning, on been endowed by this medium with the a certain common near the beach, pirou- power of saving himself and friends from etting and posturing in the most unac an impending terrible calamity. “But," countable manner, and finishing his extra- added he, fixing his eyes upon me," there ordinary performance by a dance somewhat is a condition which must be complied in the style of the Ojibbeway Indians. with before this power can be exercised Every one, of course, had his own comment with effect; and this condition implies a on this singular occurrence. One would sacrifice, and the shedding of blood, to have it that he had been returning in a purify me and fit me for my high mission." state of semi-inebriety, after dining with The conviction, which had been momenta half-pay captain in the neighborhood. arily growing, now burst upon me that I Another, that he was merely taking need was in the presence of a raving maniac; ful exercise, as he was much confined in and that the reader may appreciate the the office during the day; while a third trying nature, not to say danger, of my insisted that there was only one feasible position, I may state that the house, explanation of the mystery, when the man's though at no great distance from others, character and other circumstances were was secluded in its own grounds, and surtaken into account, and that was, that he rounded by trees; that the only other

person in it besides the madman and my- from the apartment in which we had dined. self was the servant girl before mentioned, Conceive, reader, my horror, when I heard as the family were all from home; while him rattle something which I felt morally the chance of relief appearing, in the form certain, from the sound, was a case of of a casual visitor, was very faint indeed. razors. Desperate at the thought of his While earnestly occupied in detailing to obtaining possession of those deadly imme the incoherent dreams of a disturbed

plements in his present state of mind, I fancy, the servant entered with the dinner ; hastened into the bedroom, and recollectand with evident marks of trepidation and ing his having spoken of some letters he terror, which did not serve to reassure my had to dispatch, I reminded him in a hurspirits, she deposited the materials and ried manner that the post-bag would be accompaniments of the meal, and hastily closed immediately, and, while his mind withdrew.

was thus diverted into a new channel, I It is needless to remark that my appe- quietly slipped the razor-case into my tite was somewhat of the smallest. In

pocket. Remembering my having heard fact, what with my uneasiness lest the or read something of the power of the unfortunate maniac should take it into his human eye over madmen, I tried the exhead to injure either himself or me, anx- periment on this occasion ; but every ious speculations as to the probability of attempt to catch his eye completely failed, assistance arriving, and with wonder how from my having to encounter the glassy it was all to end, I could scarcely swallow stare of a very unimpressible pair of speca mouthful. But my host was so pre- tacles which he wore, and which rendered occupied with his own thoughts and com- perfectly hopeless every effort to penetrate munications that he did not observe the them. But relief was now at hand. A lack of justice I did to his viands, and smart double rap at the door, which was continued to talk of his visionary expe- followed, when the girl opened it, by the riences in a strain of rapid and voluble authoritative demand,“ Show me into Mr. earnestness, boasting of his ability to per- Johnson's room,” in Dr. S—'s wellform all sorts of impossible exploits with known voice, was as music to my ears ; an air of the most grave and settled con- and though the worthy doctor had a comviction. "Ah! Mr. M-," said he, plexion approaching the color of brick“ you cannot form the slightest concep- dust, an exaggerated Roman nose, and no tion of the glorious visitants I am favored particular chin, I thought when he entered with. Surrounded by an atmosphere of the room I had never seen so pleasant a the most delicious music, their every ges- countenance. My equanimity was not a ture the very poetry of motion "-and, as little increased likewise by observing that if to give me an illustration of his waking he was followed by a stalwart gamekeeper dreams, he suddenly started up, and com- and one or two villagers, who seemed inmenced a kind of grotesque dance, while tended as a corps de reserve, and who he whistled, or rather hissed out through slipped into the kitchen as he entered our his dry and cracked lips, some wretched apartment. imitation of a popular air. Not knowing

It was curious to observe the effect of what else to do, I sat uneasily still and his appearance on the unhappy maniac. watched him; and really his powers of Advancing to the doctor with an air of endurance were wonderful. He shuffled, haughty coldness, yet with perfect goodgyrated, and pirouetted for an incredible breeding—“May I ask," said he, “to length of time without a symptom of fa- what cause I am indebted for this visit? tigue, and with a liveliness and vivacity I am not aware that it is by my invitation that were quite distressing. I was heart- you are here;

andily tired of the performance, and was “ No, sir,” said Dr. S., brusquely intercalculating when he should be obliged to rupting him, and evidently determined to give in through sheer exhaustion, when all carry things with a high hand, “ I am here at once “a change" seemed to come over by an authority superior to yours ; him ; for, ceasing his perpetual motion, then added sternly, “ Sit down, sir ; now and hastily muttering something about the show me your tongue.” " time for action having arrived," he rush- After a slight display of hesitation his ed into the little closet, which served both haughty mien deserted him, and he slunk as dressing and bedroom, and which opened to a chair with the subdued manner of a

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snubbed child. Thereafter he yielded centuries there were now and then quite passively to whatever was demanded of violent disturbances between these dighim while Dr. S. was present; but I af- nitaries and their adherents. In the ninth terward learned that it took four strong century a wide and most notable breach men to undress and put him to bed, so occurred; but it was not until in the powerful was his resistance when he un eleventh that, in consequence of the exderstood the doctor had taken his depart- communication of the Bishop of Constan

tinople by Pope Leo IX., an open and entire As the surgeon's arrival was the signal separation took place between the Churches of my release, I need not trespass further of the Levant and that of the West. Proon the reader's patience than to observe posals have been repeatedly made for that I saw him embarked next day, under uniting the two communions; but the judicious control, on his way to a lunatic hatred of the Latins to the Greeks, and asylum in a neighboring city. The cir- of the Greeks to the Latins, has hitherto cumstances of the case, which I have been insuperable. given as they occurred, are indelibly im At present the Greek Church embraces pressed upon my mind; and I sincerely nearly all of the inhabitants of Russiatrust it may never again be my lot to dine in Europe, Asia, and America—and some under such trying circumstances.

twelve or more millions of people residing in Turkey, Greece, Asia Minor, Palestine,

and along the northern shore of Africa. [For the National Magazine.)

It includes a population variously estiTHE GREEK CHURCH

mated at from fifty to sixty millions, and subsists in the form of several sects

or divisions, separated, however, by lesser fifty millions of people, and being the differences in doctrine and ceremonies national Church of one of the great powers than the various denominations of our in the world's affairs, the Greek Church Protestant Church. The largest, and to has ordinarily no little interest. Closely us most interesting division, is the Rusconnected with the origin, and greatly af- sian ; and after having stated some facts fecting and affected by the results of the with reference to the Greek Church in Crimean war, it is just now exciting much general, we shall add something with remore than ordinary interest and attention spect to the Russo-Greek Church in parin our own country as well as in England | ticular-simply premising that the Greek and the other countries more immediately Church everywhere, in learning and piety, affected by the conduct and results of that is hardly the shadow of what it was in

For, far distant from the field as we former times. may be, as republicans and as Protestants The following statements will exhibit we will be affected by what is really the the main tenets of the Greek Church. politico-religious war between Russia and They do not usually baptize their chilRome—the seven-hilled city of St. Peter dren until three, six, ten, or even fifteen and St. Petersburgh.

years of age ; but it is considered almost The Greek Church is ordinarily con sure damnation if they die unbaptized. sidered a schism from the Latin or Romish Their form of baptism is a treble immerChurch. Even after the removal of the sion. They require the laity to receive seat of government of the Roman empire the communion in both kinds, and adfrom Rome to Constantinople, there were minister it even to infants. They rehot and ill-concealed jealousies and con- baptize those admitted from the Romish flicts between the chief bishops (patriarchs) communion to their own. They deny the of the two cities. The patriarch of Con- procession of the Holy Ghost from the stantinople claimed higher dignity and Son, insisting that it is only from the superior authority, in consequence of his Father. They exclude from their sacrabeing over the see in which were the court ment the Romish ones of confirmation and and imperial residence. The patriarch extreme unction, and have no superstitious of Rome, on the other hand, based his reverence for the Host. They deny that claim to the supremacy upon the an- auricular confession (private confession to tiquity and wealth of his see and his suc a priest) is required by any divine precept. cessorship to St. Peter. For several | They deny that there is any such place

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as purgatory, though they pray for the in the form of the Greek cross, always dead. They deny that the pope has any occupy striking positions, and have very special authority, and at set times, in their much of the military air. They are ceremonies, hand him over to the “evil adorned with almost numberless pictures, one.” They have no very holy horror of and have the heads and members of nearly dissolutions of the marriage tie. They all the saints in the calendar-including condemn, however, all fourth marriages. the left hand of St. Michael, “ in good They deny that either usury or fornication condition, diffusing an abundant and deare mortal sins. They hold that such as lightful odor;" and the left foot of St. may have taken holy orders may become Anne, a right marvelous and savory laymen again, and they approve the mar- relic !” riage of their priests—provided that they The monks are divided into three promarry before ordination.

gressive classes. On entering the monasThe form of government of the Greek tery they undergo a novitiate of three Church is Episcopal. The highest prelate years, from which they advance to the over the largest districts is called a pa- lesser habit; and in rare instances, extriarch, and his see a patriarchate. At cept in the hour of death, (for it is said first, and for some time, the patriarch of that one dying with this habit on him is Constantinople was the head of the entire sure of heaven!) to the greater habit. Greek Church ; but at present his author- The discipline of these monasteries is ity is limited to the Greek Church proper very severe.

The monks never sleep -a very small part of the whole there more than five or six hours a day ; never being an independent patriarch of Jeru- taste flesh meat; on one hundred and fiftysalem, another of Antioch, and another of nine days of the three hundred and sixtyAlexandria ; and there being now, as we five have only one meal, and on no day shall see, no such dignitary over the Rus- more than two; and ordinarily, their diet sian dominions. The patriarch is elected consists of vegetables and bread, boiled in by the highest clergy of his patriarchate, water. By far the greater part of the and he, as well as his electors, must be monks are engaged in manual labor. unmarried. In the Turkish dominions the “Some of us pray, and the rest of us work,” election of a patriarch, before valid, must was the answer they gave to a .recent be confirmed by a grand seignor.

traveler, in reply to a question as to their The clergy of the Greek Church are employment. A great number are endivided into two great classes—the one gaged in tillage, others in various handicomposed of the priests or pastors proper, crafts—manufacturing articles for home and the other of the monks and higher consumption. clergy-bishops, archbishops, and patri- Convents are not so numerous in the archs. A provision with respect to the first Greek Church as monasteries. The of these classes is, that they must be mar- nuns are in no degree inferior to the monks ried before being ordained ; and it is said in their abstemious courses of life, their (though difficult of verification) that another penances, fasts, prayers, and other acts provision - founded doubtless upon the of devotion. Their heads are shaved precept of Paul to Timothy, requiring one close; their habit is of black woolen desiring the office of a bishop to have cloth. Each one has separate apartments his children in subjection”—requires -usually two rooms—and those in good them to be fathers ! The other class circumstances are allowed to keep a servmay marry, but with the loss of their ec- ant. They spend their time often in edclesiastical dignity. The clergy live on ucating young ladies, and occupying their the revenue of the churches, which they leisure moments with needle-work. manage to make a very considerable sum. The ceremonies of the Greek Church

Monasticism prevails to a very great are most like those of the Roman Catholic extent in the Greek Church. Upon Mount Church, though in some respects widely Athos, in Greece, is a most celebrated diverse. They have feasts and fasts, and interesting collection of monasteries, high-days and holy-days, set-days and numbering some twenty, with many con- Sundays, in abundance. Their fasts are nected and dependent habitations, and much more rigorous than those of the containing a population of several thou- Roman Catholics. They address prayers sands. The buildings are large, oftenest | to the Virgin Mary, and invoke the saints;

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