Imagens da página
PDF
ePub

of Mosaic sculpture, The faithful friend of Man, (the dog,) trampling under foot his most insidious enemy, (the serpent.) Of the models, there is one of the orchestra of the Sacred Harmonic Society, Exeter-hall; of the new County Assize Courts, at Cambridge ; of a cast-iron bridge over the Aire; of St. Nicholas Church, Hamburgh ; of Dinting Vale Viaduct; of a Railway bridge over the Ouse at Selby, Yorkshire. There is the model of a decorated Gothic Church, at Lever Bridge, Bolton : of a fountain, with small engine for working it; of the Britannia Suspension Bridge; of a wrought-iron suspension bridge over the Wye, at Chepstow ; of a bar-chain suspension bridge, in Russia. There are models of three thousand square miles of England, showing portions of various counties. There also was to be seen a colossal lion, fifteen feet long, and pine feet high, from Bavaria ; a large globe, in relief, from Prussia ; a statue of the wounded Indian, from America ; and a limestone model of the Plymouth Breakwater. These are some of the objects, amongst a thousand others, seen in passing up and down the transept and main avenue. But perhaps the most striking object was the mighty moving mass of living beings from all parts of the country, and of the world, all endeavouring to gratify their curiosity or improve their knowledge of the wonderful works of man. Here was to be seen a Lapland giantess, seven feet two inches high. People far off and near here met for the first, and perhaps for the last time, until they meet at the judgment-seat of Christ. The Peer and the working man for once met together, and royalty seemed to shake hands with industry. The following countries were represented-England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Russia, United States of America, Prussia, with about four and twenty States of Germany, called the “States of the Zollverein," and eight or ten other States ; China, Tunis, Brazil, Chili, Mexico, New Granada, Society Islands, St. Domingo, Persia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Portugal and Madeira, Switzerland, Italy, embracing Rome, Sardinia, and Tuscany. There were contributions from the following British Colonies — India, Jersey and Guernsey, Ceylon, Ionian Islands, Gibraltar, Malta, Cape of Good Hope, Western Africa, Gold Coast, and Ashantee, Canada, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, St. Helena, Mauritius, Grenada, Montserrat, Jamaica, St. Kitt's, Barbadoes, Antigua, St. Vincent, British Guiana, Bahamas, Trinidad, Falkland Islands, Bermudas, New South Wales, South Australia, Van Dieman's Land, New Zealand, Labuan, and other parts of the Eastern Archipelago. Let the readers of the “Juvenile Companion” get a map of the world, and trace out all the above places, and the different routes the articles inust have been brought to London, and the distances they must have come, and they may form some notion of the interest felt throughout the world in this glorious undertaking.

Immense labour has been bestowed on the articles; many of them were prepared exclusively for the Exhibition, and enormous expense has been incurred in their production. A walk through the Exhibition, is like a walk through the entire world. Over each department is the name of each country, city, or town that is represented, so that the visitor may make his choice as to whether he will stroll through Persia or Turkey, Switzerland or China, India or France ; or content himself by staying a little nearer home, and take a look through Sheffield and Birmingham, or pay a visit to Manchester, London, or Glasgow, If my young readers should be pleased with this short account of my first visit to the Exhibition, I may perhaps give them a little further information respecting it. In the meantime I hope they will prepare for that still greater Exhibition above, to which they are all invited by the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to go without money and without price; for glorious as that in Londun is, and all admire it who have seen it, that in heaven will infinitely surpass the Exhibition in the Crystal Palace.

A HARMLESS GLASS OF WINE.

BY KATE SUTHERLAND. Rose, dear," said Mrs. Carleton to her daughter, whom she met at the dining-room, with a decanter of wine and glasses on a waiter, "who is in the parlour ?"

[blocks in formation]

"You are going to take him some wine ?"

Yes. It is only hospitable to offer him some refreshment."

Mrs. Carleton stood with her eyes resting on the floor for some moments, in a thoughtful attitude.

" I rather think, Rose," said she, as she lifted her eyes to her daughter's face, “that it would be as well not to hand him wine."

“ Why, mother?" inquired Rose, looking curious.

“ We know nothing of the young man's previous life and habits."

Why do you say that, mother ?" asked Rose, who did not comprehend the meaning of what had been uttered.

“ He may have been intemperate."
“ Mother! How can you imagine such a thing ?"

“I know nothing of him whatever, my child," replied Mrs. Carleton, “and do not wish to wrong him by an unkind suspicion. My suggestion is nothing more than the dictate of a human prudence. I have recently had my thoughts turned to the subject of intemperance, and, by many forcible illustrations, have been led to see that the use of even wine, unrestrictedly, is fraught with much danger. We never can know whose perverted taste 'we may inflame, when we set even wine before guests of whose history we know nothing. It is, therefore, wiser to refrain. But you have left Mr. Newton alone, and must not linger here. Do not however present him with wine. After he is gone we will talk on this subject again, when I think you will be satisfied that my present advice is good.”

Rose left the wine on the sideboard, and went back to the parlour, wondering at what she had heard. After the young man had gone away, she joined her mother, when the latter said

“ You seemed surprised at my remarks a little while ago; and I was perhaps as much surprised when like suggestions were made to me. But when, from indisputable evidence, we become aware that our actions may wrong others, we are bound by every consideration to guard against such injurious results. You know how painfully afflicted the family of Mr. Delaney has been, in consequence of the intemperate habits of Morton ?"

“ Yes. Poor Flora! The last time I was with her, he passed us in the street so much intoxicated that he almost staggered. Her heart was so full that she could not speak, and when I left her a little while afterward, her eyes were ready to gush over with tears."

“Unhappy young man ! So young, and yet so abandoned."

“Until I met him, as just said, I thought he had reformed his bad habit of drinking,” said Rose.

“It was in order to refer to this fact that I mentioned his name just now,” returned her mother. “He did attempt to do better, and for some months kept fast hold of his resolutions. But in an evil hour he fell, and his temptress was a young girl of your own age, Rose. A few weeks ago he went to New York on business. While there he visited the house of a relative, where wine was presented to him by a beautiful cousin, and he had not the resolution to refuse the sparkling draught. He tasted, and you have seen the result."

“Oh, mother !" exclaimed Rose, “I would not have that cousin's feelings for the world !"

“She acted as innocently as you would have done just now, my daughter."

" Was she not aware of his weakness ?"

" No. Nor had she ever been told that, for one whose taste is vitiated, it is dangerous, in the highest degree, to take even a glass of wine."

“I am so glad that I did not offer wine to Mr. Newton," said Rose, drawing a long breath.

“Mr. Newton,” returned the mother, "may never have used intoxicating drinks to excess. He may not be in danger from a glass of wine."

“ But I know nothing of his previous life."

“And therefore it is wisest to take counsel of prudence. This is just what I want you to see for yourself. To such an extent has intemperance prevailed in this country, that the whole community, to a certain extent, have perverted appetites, which are excited so inordinately by any kind of stimulating drink as to destroy, in too many instances, all self-control. Another case, even more painful to contemplate than that of Morton Delaney, occurred in this city last week. I heard of it a day or two since. A beautiful young girl was addressed by a gentleman who had recently removed here from the South ; and her friends seeing nothing about him to warrant disapprobation, made no objection to his suit. An engagement soon followed, and the wedding was celebrated a few days ago. The father of the bride gave a brilliant entertainment to a large and elegant company. The choicest wines were used more freely than water, and the young husband drank with the rest. Alas! before the evening closed he was so much intoxicated that he had to be separated from the company; and what is worse, he had not been sober for an hour since."

“Oh, what a sad, sad thing !" exclaimed Rose.

“It is sad, sad indeed! What an awakening from a dream of exquisite happiness was that of the beautiful bride! It

appears that the young man had fallen into habits of dissipation, and afterwards reformed. On his wedding night he could not refuse a glass of wine. A single glass sufficed to rekindle the old fire, that was smouldering, not extinguished. He fell, and so far, has not risen from his fall, and may never rise."

“You frighten me !” said Rose, while a shuddering went through her frame. “I never dreamed of such danger in a glass of wine. Pure wine I have always looked upon as a good thing. I did not think that it would lead any one into danger."

“Even the best things, my child, may be turned into an evil purpose. The heat and light of the sun is received by one plant and changed into a poison, while another converts it into healthy and nourishing food. Pure wine will not excite a healthy appetite, although it may madden one that has become morbid through intemperance.

Here is the distinction that ought to be made."

now

« AnteriorContinuar »