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vanity, and curiosity, is a much more the proper sphere of action for him,mischievous one. A talkative man as the great Author of his existence will be heard, in spite of every reason bas furnished him with capacities and to be silent. No one can recollect an talents which cannot be developed in anecdote so well as he, nor relate it the obscurity of the hermitage, nor in without his assistance. No remark the seclusion of the cloister,- surely from any in the company is sufficient- he who endeavours to perform well ly clear without some comment from his part of the duties of social life, him. He waits not to hear a question will be rewarded with an abundance fully stated, but, promptly anticipating of self-satisfaction, and be secure of a it, pours forth a lengthened and pro- place in the public esteem. bably an irrelevant reply. Unhappily,
E. B. those who talk so much have not always the most wit. Sounding vessels are not frequently full. Their good sense is plainly not sufficient to teach
EXTENSION OF NOMINAL CHRISthem when to be silent. Nor can it
TIANITY. cause them to perceive that their volu- COLONIZATION seems to be the human bility is unpleasant to others. The means of preparing all the world to inordinate curiosity too often exhibit become one vast Christendom. The ed by such folks, has a very ill effect, great universal empire of the Romans as, by setting every one upon his guard, was a small portion of the surface of it imposes a restraint upon the tongue. | the globe, compared to what ChristenThe varied circumstances of life pro- dom now occupies; and although the duce in the breast many sentiments nations are not converted now, as and feelings, to the recital of which no they were by the spread of primitive ear ought to listen, or human know- Christianity, yet the progress by cololedge have access. These are our nies has extended over the earth nearsacred property, and he who endea- ly the same nominal Christianity as vours to work through our weakness the early Christian emperors and kings a passage to the precious deposite, established in their neighbouring procommits a breach of the laws of hu- vinces, for the enlargement of their manity, and may be considered a moral dominions, by which small states burglar. There is, however, a friendly merged into union with the greater as well as an inpertinent curiosity; powers. the latter soon produces disapproba- The primitive church lost ground in tion and disesteem, but the absence of the east and south ; but we behold the the former creates a gradual but seri- Turkish empire almost dismembered ous mistrust. To affect a total desti- by its provincial governors, and seemtution of curiosity, because the excess ing ready to fall under Christian of it is bad, is unwise, because unna- powers. The Mahometans and Jews tural; and, like all other affectations, in Turkey are less numerous than the it awakens unpleasant sensations in Christians; and the neighbouring emthose who witness it. A reserve of pires of Russia and Austria have enthis sort, if practised towards those croached on the Turkish provinces. with whom we are intimate, has a ten- Persia and China are approached by dency to destroy such intimacy, be- the British East India Company, cause it is opposed to that open and which has overspread the south of generous frankness which charac- Asia, as Russia has the north, on a terizes true friendship. Strangers system of government that not only. may be ungenerous, and inclined to may go on increasing, but that must dissimulate, without much injury, bat go on for its own safety. All the friends must 'speak the unaffected lan- Asiatic Isles and Australasia are unguage of the heart.
der Christian powers; and wherever It appears, then, that to succeed in they colonize largely, the natives de familiar conversation, some attention cline, and the increase of Christian and care is necessary, yet, perhaps, population gives it in a few years the the best rule is—follow nature: in as- appearance of a Christian land. sisting her by art, avoid the appear The north of Africa, and other pesance of it; betray not an ambition to tilential places, remain the abode of excel. .
Pagans; but on the west and south As man is a social boing, and society shore, Christian colonies are piercing
the interior, to take possession of the To bolster up this precious nonsense, unknown land.
the following theory is adduced : · The most of the north of Europe, to 1st. The dust carried about by the its remotest isles, have been long | wind, lodges in the pores of the lava. bearing the name of Christian, and no - 2nd. Moss grows thereon.-3rd. opposing power is found on the most | This moss rots, and produces meagre northerly of the Polar countries. vegetables. - 4th. These rotting in
The new world is in the bands of their turn, are converted into soil. Christians. The British colonies of There is nothing in revelation so North America have made the idola- incredible as this dust! But Brydone, trous savages retire, and the Roman who argues as above, admits what catholic states in South America are overturns the whole theory ;-that in the progress of revolution, which showers of ashes from the mountain opens the way to civil and religious may accelerate the process. In fact, liberty, as the first step to improve the mountain discharges not merely ment. Their superfluous priests are lava, or ashes, or stones, but sundry disbanded. All the Catholic countries matters, as various as its contents. in Europe are discontented with their The purest molten lava pouring into religious and civilinstitutions. France | the sea in thick masses, forms stone, garrisons Spain, Austria garrisons | according to its component materials; Italy. We saw France lately extirpate and this should be a hint to the chepopery, and Austria reduce the mo- | mists to compose an artificial stone, nastic orders. Prussia, punished for to pour into a mould like bronze, and her infidelity, is now enlarged, and thus form statues of a much more made the first Protestant power on the permanent substance than gypsum. continent. Holland, punished for her The discharge from the crater is so love of money, is enlarged, and made prodigious, that Pompeii was buried the second Protestant power. The under ashes, though ten miles distant. German empire has established reli- In March 1824, there were four acres of gious toleration ; its Catholic eccle- blue lupins, for feeding horses, growsiastical states on the Rhine, are abo ing on volcanic ashes, formed of ignilished, and Protestantism predomi ted clay of various sorts, which in ten nates.
minutes of a very moderate explosion, Nearly the whole surface of the seas or sublimation of earth, formed one belongs to Christians. There is no of Mr. Brydone's two-thousand-yearanti-christian maritime power. The old strata. This is not a solitary inanti-christian kingdoms are Japan, stance, but it is so remarkable, that China, Persia, and Turkey. Besides we perceive in it the fallacy of theory, these, there are one thousand eligible when opposed to fact. places in heathen lands, where Chris. If the lava overturns the side of the tians might flourish as colonists, who crater, it is partly mixed with clay, are now pining at home in want, a | and its remains on the side of the bili burden and nuisance to their country. do not form quarries of such solid
stone, as when it flows from its furnace
of fusion unmixed. Thus there are Age of VOLCANIC LAVA. many sorts of lava, according to the One of the futile attempts of the matters in fusion below, from the Deists to depreciate revelation, is, that great variety of earths, stones, and of ascribing an age to lava, greater minerals in the bowels of the mounthan the age of the world, and hence | tain, and a great variance in the apthey drew the following fallacious con-pearance of the lava as it lies on the clusions :
surface, from its adventitious mixIst. That its surface becomes a fer tures, and degrees of depth or solid tile soil.
contents. But it is evident, that as 2nd. That it is known to remain soon as fluid pure lava is completely barren for two thousand years.
cold, it is as hard as stone, and that 3rd. There are strata of lava and no process of time ever alters it. soil alternately formed of seven erup- The colour internally is a whitish blue, tions, as discovered in deep pits or like our limestone flags, forming build. chasms. Therefore the world must be ing and flagging materials, of great more than fourteen thousand years dimensions, bearing no marks of old.
perish than yield. The Dane, the Pole, HELL BROKEN Loose.
the Scot, nay, and the Turk himself, (From ERASMUS.)
are dipped in the broil and the de"The divisions of Christian Princes are the
sign. The contagion is got into Spain, scandal of their profession. The Furies strike the fire, and the Monks blow the flame.”
Britany, Italy, and France; nay, be
sides these feuds of hostility and Dialogue between Charon and Alastor. arms, there is a worse matter yet beC. Why so brisk, Alastor, and whi-hind ; that is to say, there is a maligther so fast, I pray thee?-A. Wby, nity that takes its rise from a diversity now I have met with you, Charon, I'm of opinions; which has debauched at my journey's end.-C. Well, and men's minds and manners to so unwhat news do you bring ?-A. That natural and insociable a degree, that which you and your mistress Proserpi- it has left neither faith nor friends!ip na will be glad to hear.-C. Be quick in the world. It has broken all conthen, and out with it.-A. In short, the "fidence betwixt brother and brother, Furies have bestirred themselves, and husband and wife; and, it is to be gained their point. That is to say, hoped, that this distraction will one what with seditions, wars, robberies, day produce a glorious confusion, to and all manner of plagues, there's not the very desolation of mankind; for one spot left upon the face of the these controversies of the tongue and earth, that does not look like hell of the pen will come at last to be tried above ground. They have spent their at the sword's point.-A. And Fame snakes and their poison, till they are bas said no more in all this, than what fain to hunt for more. Their skulls these very ears and eyes have heard are as bald as so many eggs; not a and seen. For I bave been a cona hair upon their heads; nor one drop stant companion and assistant to these of venom more in their bodies. Where- Furies; and can speak upon knowfore, be ready with your boat and your ledge, that they have proved them. vars, for you'll have more work, ere selves worthy of their name and office. long, than you can turn your hand to.-C. Right, but men's minds are vari-C. I could have told you as much as able, and what is some devil should this comes to, myself.-A. Well, and start up now to negotiate a peace? how came you by it?-C. I had it There goes a rumour, I can assure from Fame, some two days ago now. you, of a certain scribbling fellow, -A. Nay, Fame's a nimble gossip. 1 (one Erasmus they say,) that has enBut what makes you here, without your tered upon that province.--A. Ay, boat ?-C. Why, I can neither will nor ay! but he talks to the deaf. There's chuse ; for mine is such a rotten, leaky nobody beeds him now-a-days. Hewrit old piece, that it is impossible, if Fame a kind of a hue and cry after peace, speak truth, it should ever hold out that he fancied to be either fed or for such a job; and I am now looking | banished; and after tbat, an epitaph out for a tighter vessel. But, true or upon peace. defunct ; and all to no false, I must get me another bark, purpose. But then we have those on however, for I have suffered a wreck the other hand, that advance our cause already.-A. You are all dropping as heartily as the very Furies themwet, I perceive, but I thought you selves.-C. And what are they, I might have been newly come out of a l pray? bath.-C. Neither better nor worse, A. You may observe, up and down, Alastor, than from swimming out of in the courts of princes, certain anithe Stygian lake.-A. And where did mals, some of them tucked up with you leave your fare ;-C. Even pad- feathers, others in white russet, ashdling among the frogs.
coloured frocks, gowns, habits, or, call A. And what says Fame upon the them what you will, these are the inwhole matter?-C. She speaks of three struments, you must know, that are great potentates, that are mortally still irritating kings to the thirst of bent upon the ruin of one another, in- war and blood, under the splendid nosomuch, that they have possessed tions of empire and glory; and with every part of Christendom with this the same art and industry, they inflame fury of rage and ambition. These three the spirits of the nobility likewise, and are sufficient to engage all the lesser of the common people. Their serprinces and states in their quarrel; mons are only harangues in honour of and so wilful, that they will rather the outrages of fire and sword, under
the character of a just, a religious, or a board, and three or four thousand more holy war. And, which is yet more hanging at the stern, and your back, wonderful, they make it to be God's methought, never so much as felt it. cause on both sides. God fights for us, -C. That is all according as the is the cry of the French pulpits; and, ghosts are ; for your hectical, phthisi(what have they to fear who have the cal souls, that go off in a consumption, Lord of hosts for their protector ?) weigh little or nothing. But those acquit yourselves like men, say the that are torn out of bodies in a habit English and the Spaniards, and the of foul humours, as in apoplexies, victory is certain, (for this is God's quinsies, fevers, and the like, but cause, not Cæsar's.) As for those that most of all, in the chance of war; these, fall in the battle, their souls mount as I must tell you, carry a great deal of directly to heaven as if they had corpulent and gross matter along with wings to carry them thither, (arms and them. - A. As for the Spaniards and all.-C, But do their disciples believe the French, methinks they should not all this?-A. You cannot imagine the be very heavy.-C. No, not comparapower of a well-dissembled religion, tively with others; and yet I do not where there's youth, ignorance, ambi- find them altogether so light as feation, and a natural animosity to work thers, neither. But, for the Britons upon. It is an easy matter to impose, and the Germans, who are rank feewhere there is a previous propension ders, I had only ten of them on board to be deceived !--C. Oh! that it did at once, and if I had not lightened my but lie in my power to do these people boat of part of my lading, we had all a good office !-- A. Give them a mag- gone to the bottom.-A. You were nificent treat, then; there is nothing hard put to it, I find.-C. Ay, but what they'll take better.-C. It must be of do ye think, when we were pestered mallows, lupines, and leeks, then, for with great lords, hectors, and bullies ? we have nothing else, you know.-A.-A. You were speaking of a just war Pray let it be partridge, capons, phea- e'en now. You have nothing to do, I sants, they'll never bring their wel presume, with those that fall in such a come else.---C. But to the point: what war; these all go straight to heaven, should set these people so much agog they say.-C. Whither they go, I know upon sedition and broils ? What can not, but this I am sure of: let the war they get by it?-A. Do not you know, be what it will, it sends us such shoals then, that they get more by the dead of cripples, that one would think there than by the living? Why, there are were not one soul more left above testaments, funerals, bulls, and twen- ground ; and they overcharged, not ty other pretty perquisites, that are only with gut and surfeits, but with worth looking after, besides that a patents, pardons, commissions, and I camp-life agrees much better with know not how much lamber besides. their humour, tban to lic droning in A. Do not they come naked to the their cells. War breeds bishops, and ferry, then ?-C. Yes, yes, but at their a very blockhead in a time of peace, first coming they are strongly baunted comes many times to make an excel with the dreams of all these things.-lent military prelate.-C. Well! they A. Are dreams so beavy then ?-C. understand their business.
Heavy, d'ye say? Why, they have A. Stay, but to the matter of a drowned my boat already, and then boat; what necessity of having an- there's the weight of so many half, other ?-C. Nay, it is but swimming pence over and above.-A. That's once again, instead of rowing.--. something, I must confess, if they be Well, but, now I think on it, how came brass.-C. Well, well ! it behoves me the boat to sink ? -C. Under the at a venture to get a stout vessel.–A, weight of the passengers. -- A. I Without many words, upon the main thought you had carried shadows only, the art a happy man.-C. Wherein, not bodies. What may be the weight, as thou lovest me ?-A. Thou wilt get I pray thee, of a cargo of ghosts ?-C. thee an estate, in the turning of a hand. Why, let them be as light as water--C. There must be a world of fares, spiders, there may be enough of them at a half-penny a ghost, for a man to to do a body's work. But then my thrive upon it.-A. You will have vessel is a kind of phantom too.-^.) enough, I warrant you, to do your I have seen the time when you had as business.--C. Ay, ay, it would mount many ghosts as you could stow on to somewhat indeed, if they would
bring their wealth along with them. / men. They all take their turns, But they come to me, weeping and without any privilege or exception.wailing, for the kingdoms, the digni- 1. Well, I wish you a boat to your ties, the abbeys, and the treasures that mind, and so I'll away with my good they left behind them ; pay their bare news, and leave you ; and make what passage, and that's all. So that what haste ye can, or ye'll be smothered I have been these three thousand years in the cloud.-C. Nay, you will find a scraping together, must all go away at least two hundred thousand upon at a sweep, upon one boat.-A. He the bank already, besides those that that would get money, must venture are plunged in the lake. I'll make all money.-C. Ay, but the people in the the despatch I can, and pray let them world have better trading, they say; know I am coming. where a man in three years' time shall make himself a fortune.-A. Yes, yes, and squander it away again, perhaps STRICTURES ON CATHOLIC EMANCIin half the time. Your gain, it is true,
PATION. is less, but then it is steady and surer.
The following article has been in our -C. Not so steady neither, perchance.
possession several years. It first For what if some providence should dispose the hearts of princcs to a
made its appearance in Ireland, but
we are not aware that it has ever general peace, my work is at an end. A. My life for yours, there is no
been published on this side the water.
As it is not in the nature of time to imfear of that, for one half-score years. | The pope is labouring it, I know; but
pair truth, the arguments not only
contain all their primitive validity, but he had as good keep his breath to
they acquire an additional force from cool his porridge. Not but that there is a notable muttering and grumbling
their peculiar application to the preevery where. 'Tis an unreasonable
sent crisis.-EDITOR. thing they cry, that Christendom “Sir,-In taking up my pen to adshould be torn in pieces thus, to gratify | dress you on the merits of the Catholic a particular pique, or the ambition of Question, I should apologize for tbus two or three swaggering pretenders. intruding upon your columns, did not People, in fine, are grown sick of the vast importance of the subject afthese hurly-burlies; but when men ford a sufficient plea for my solicitude. are bewitched once, there is no place “The first point of inquiry that preleft for better counsels. Now to the sents itself to our attention is, the real business of the boat. We have work- amount of the Roman Catholic claims. men among ourselves, without need to We are often told, that the Roman look any further. As Vulcan, for the Catholics require nothing but civil purpose.-C. Right, if it were for an liberty; and, were this really the case; iron or a brazen vessel.-A. Or it will justice would support their claim, and cost but a small matter to send for a in this age of freedom, no degree of carpenter.-C. Well, and where shall power or influence could successfully we have materials ?-A. Why, cer- oppose its being granted; but liberty tainly you have timber enough. is not the object of Roman Catholic · C. The woods that were in Elysium importunity--for that, the Roman Caare all destroyed, not so much as a tholics have, in a perfect equality with stick left.-A. How so, I beseech you? the Protestants. Their object is not -C. With burning heretic ghosts. liberty, but privilege. These have alAnd now, for want of other fuel, we ways been viewed as differing most are fain to dig for coal.--A. But these materially from each other. Liberty, ghosts, metbinks, might have been in every well-organized community, punished cheaper.-C. Rhadamanthus belongs to all, if it is not forfeited by would have it so.-A. And what will crime ; but privilege belongs only to you do now for your wherry and oars? | those in whose hands it is not likely -C. I'll look to the helm myself; if to prove injurious. While liberty, the ghosts will not row, let them e'en therefore, is enjoyed by all, privilege stay bebind.-A. And what shall they is justly restricted, and that, too, for do that have ne'er served the trade ? the express purpose of securing the
C. Serve or not serve, 'tis all one to general enjoyment of liberty; for if me; for I make monarchs and cardi- privilege had no limits, while human nals row, as well as porters and car- | nature is imperfect, it would frequent