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and scatters far and near the remnants of many a lying in the great future of our virgin world, the noble fabric.
imperishable generations of men are to evoke into Of the vast changes which are to take place in living realities. The mighty and resistless ware the history of the American continent, few of us of empire rolls onward and carries with every can form even a remote conception, and what is to surge a feeling of strength and sublimity, and 23 be the destiny of the vast tribes of men, of which all action is but the embodied characteristic of the she is to be the parent, has entered into the mind thought of the age, almost every one shares in its of few to contemplate. A civilization, the basis formation-man, woman, child, all who lisp the of which we are to form and establish, must be the lettered significance of language. Words which ruling spirit of theirs, and they must parlake of the are to wander through Eternity in the full robed character of our thought and share the benefits of image of nature's loveliest guise, have an approour inventive wisdom; our deformities and beauties priate birth in our forest land, and how important is must be theirs; the spirit of our institutions—the the suggestion that they have that grace and unity development of the tendencies and capacities of our which gives them a home-like abiding place in haage, they are to analyze and digest. With these man sympathies. The vital question of political facts before us, it is not hazarding too much in con- reform, we fear, has been overlooked, and the rucluding, that the man who has a true life, “is not inous mistake that information is education, is fafor a day, but for all time.” That life, future gen- tally apparent. A knowledge of statistics, enabling erations are to take up, renew and enlarge into a the leaders to look upon men as mere machines, fruitful expansion. The future
or units of calculation, instead of beings with im
mortal souls, is recorded the highest grade of is“ Heroes in history and gods in song,"
formation which a statesman Deed possess. who are now the companions of our daily lives,
We have often thought that the notoriety giren are to go down the eternity of years. Like the
these vices, was the sure means of their contidogreat spirits of antiquity which we now copy
There is no such thing as a man entirely
and emulate, will the lights of our own age shed their vile, and when we behold a single amiable trait
, lustre. These men of the future are to tread in where evil predominates, we are led into extravathe paths of our meditation—to imbibe, with the gant praise ; while the humble Christian, whose
heart knows no guile, is forgotten. The praise of eagerness of intoxication, the golden visions of beauty, which the enchanted imagination produces.
real virtue, especially if it is not accompanied with
brilliant parts, is by no means commensurate with “Another race will be, and other palms be won."
those sew cominendable traits visible in hardened
crime. The next question is, how are we living in order We are a hearty advocate of reform and repeat to effect this purpose ? Do we act, think, or feel, with the earnestness of a prayer, the maxim of the as if there were the eternal truths of life and know-wise Edmund Plowden, “ blessed be the amending ledge within or about us? Is the "vision splen- hand,” but by amendment we do not mean destruedid” of heaven-remembered truth before us? Do tion. A true reformer ought to produce a substiwe feel the full force of our indebtedness to our tute for what he would renounce. Upon the altars own, in order that we may make another race out of wrong and error, he plants the high priest of debtors ? The sin of leaving a duty unaccomplish-justice and mercy. Progress is an inevitable law ed, is equal 10 those sins of commission whose pe- of nature, but it should be progress that runs nalty is prescribed by the moral law.
pari passu with every other kind of national adThere is no exaggerating the sacredness of this vancement, it should not be directed against gor. trust, for 10 transmit the mightiness of one age ernment, but against wrong; every struggle and 10 another and remote one is the grandest of human every step should raise this question. We sadly conceptions. We become reapers in the fields of require political philanthropy in this respect, we fame that others may share the harvest. We coin are in the rear of other departments of thought, the gold of our purest Thoughts in order that it may and it is accounted for in the questionable usages pass current with generations yet unborn. We employed to obtain political influence. The worst become workers of the mines of intellectual rich passions of men are appealed to, and their misness for a double purpose-the redemption of our fortunes taken advantage of; this begets mutual own and succeeding times. In a continent so vast distrust
, and all true progress is impeded. When as ours, this is not anticipating loo much, for it liberty is most prized, it may be necessary to raise must rear men whose characters parlake of the anew the question of liberty—it becomes a catchsame scale of vastness upon which every thing word in the perversity of its use. Slow and gradaround them is cast. A new soi) is broken up- ual reform is the surest evidence of enlightenment; new seed is planted, and a new growth repairing if the elements are permitted to stagnate
, abase is the degrees of its endless egression for a fruitful heaped upon abuse, until the wave must rise is gathering. These dim, but glorious revelations, highest
, and swell its heaviest to baptize the heads
of social life. When left to such conditions, the felt. We cannot judge of the grain of the oak by protest against wrong elicits the angriest denunci- the bark of the tree. Neither in outward resemation and the most obstinate resistance : society is blance can we measure the benignity of her acı. disrupted, and the effusion of blood irremediable. tions. The beauty of her ways is like the sunbeam
There is far more sympathy in the claims of the that leaves no trace upon what it falls, yet warms oppressed than formerly, but how trivial are the ef- into life and vigor every thing that sleeps in its fects of moral reform societies and philanthropic as- genial smile. Is she not, too, the great mother of sociations, to the tremendous effect of one political the Universe ? and is not her presence stamped on abuse! What is that religious reformation, whose all things, wherever we list our gaze. The spell of lasting effect is questionable, to a war that threat- her influence is almost exactly commensurate with ens 10 devastate and dissolve the nation ?
the condition of humanity. These may be called The lot of the reformer is to sow the seeds of mere fancies, but they are not " fancies which our beautiful flowers and rich fruits, that future genera- reason scorns;" for whatever tends to keep alive tions are to gather. In the infancy of his scheine holy and elevated love, to raise the affections and the contending elements are so violent, that it can build attachments in the heavens, and to keep the Bot be fully wrought out. The current of thought heart open amidst the contracting cares of life
runs in an adoptive channel, and he whose task it be it fact or fiction-should be ever welcome to the L is to change that current, has too short a life. In philosophic mind. Men associated kindness and se te sanctuary of his own heart, he would prepare commiseration with the mother of Christ, and fe
a place for every sufferer; and by his suggestive males hoped for sympathy from one of their own lessons gire importance to the alliances of noble sex and felt a calm reliance upon her who was conceptions and shed grace and dignity over all.
“ Last at the cross and earliest at the grave.” He kindles in each bosom the deepest emotions of delight, and all become partakers in the majesty of Woman, next to God, is the truest friend of man, his designs. In all this God has a share, for mind for his common doom, struggle, and strife she is is cognate with God.
Those ideas which come to to share, and spread a golden radiance around her, us and temper the actions of others and control our own, have a power and a lise destined to live be
“A quiet and peculiar light
Like the dim circlet floating round a pearl." yond us, or the hour that gives them birth. We recognise distinctly the hand of Providence in the It is in vain to analyse a spell whose secret silent growth of great principles; his spirit is im- charm is its greatest beauty,-in the serenity of planted io mea, as in the dry seed lies hid the germ the pure and exhaustless soul of woman, there is an of the fragrant flower, and is the evidence of this immortal fountain of happiness, and man finds a regard for the changing wants of humanity. Con- full and comprehensive aspiration of spirit in her sequently, we should give human greatness, through companionship. which the want is supplied, a higher relationship It is vain and futile to attempt to separate and than belongs 10 earth.
divide the interests of the sexes, for they “rise and Some one says that society resembles a pyramid fall together.” The strong and high existence of which is broad at the base, but gradually lessens man converts all desires and moral convictions into 23 we approach the top, ontil one man crowns the this single want. Engaged in outward and temsammit. This is as true in life as it is unalterable pestuous duties, he only knows the inward delight la nature, and illustrales strikingly the immutable of her refined and spiritual nature when some dark harmony of the Almighty's designs as conrected hour of fate unspheres the soul; it is then he turns with the affairs of earth. He creates His worlds to woman for peace and rest. because He is omnipotent; they create theirs be- Religion has ceased to make martyrs ; it is high canse it is a sign of His omnipotence and their di- time that politics should cease to make victims,
and it is becoming apparent by the course of things De Lerre says that a well-ordered society is the and the common tendency of serious minds, that fairest temple that can be erected to the Eternal. henceforth true progress is not to be accomplished Those who do most towards its perfect organiza- under violent conditions. Revolution, says Mation, are those who make the age great, not those chiavelli, is the surest evidence of bad government, whom the age makes great.
and he might have added likewise, that a bloody The loved companion of our better life, the true revolution was equally symplomatic of corruption. American woman,-she who scales with us Change is the life of Empire—to rise, to shine, shining steps of nature,” fulfils her allotted place, and to set, is that high law that moves the reasonand embalms with the grace and dignity of hering progress of the world, as gigantic shadows rest thought the treasured emblems of a pure and vigo- at times upon the face of nature, so that the dark fuus life. A great deal has been said and written and impending clouds hover over and surround the about the “ proper sphere of woman,” but though future of man's destiny ; but it only requires the her influence is not always seen, it is nevertheless 'arm of strength to furl them serenely away-to
vinity of power.
fertilize the soil without rending its bosom. Ho- Lamartine says, too, that almost all men who ly peace! the visible token of celestial harmony have performed great things are sparing of words. upon earth, it is a possession so estimable, that Their communion is with themselves rather than we can almost forgive the sentiment of Erasmus, the world—they feed upon their own thoughts, the when he says that “ quiet error is better than tem- development of which constitute the great characpestuous truth.”
The crimes of an individual may be expiated in Opinion ! by that simple word how much is comthe sincerity of repentance ; the vivid memory of prehended; it is a tyrant, before whose power men time misspent-of gifts and powers wasted, may bow more willingly than before the Most High. be atoned for in the sternness of a moral conflict True or false, just or unjust, at certain times and between spirit and matter, between the temptation places, it is equally omnipotent. Now with the and resistance; but with nations a higher power is harshest rigor blended ; now melting like the show appealed to, and works out an equivalent for crime. Aiake ere it falls; now alternating like the hot Above all the aspirations of man a silent principle and cold fits of an ague, bliod in the instinct of reigns supreme--an inspiring immortality of celes- undiscerning hate ; now mild, tolerant, harmless. tial hope guides and directs the way in our gradual Now craving in its voracity the choicest food; now egression from darkness to light. But
content with the offal : now devouring in its wild
lust the deliverer of an injured land; now living “ Wild words wander here and there,
in the unwholesome air of koavery. Ripening God's great gift of speech abused Makes thy memory consused."
into a fair luxuriance of being at times, the on
measured spell of sound opinion reigns inviolable. And oh ! how important is the injunction to And as us to protect with a sacred zeal those who protect us; those great spirits whom God in his expressed “Great offices will have will, as embodied in our actions, has appointed to
Great talents, and God gives to every man be our rulers. Their hearts bear the prophetic se
The virtue, temper, understanding, taste,
That lifts him into life, and lets bim fall curity of high and noble deeds. The pride of lofty
Just in the niche he was ordained to fill," purpose is the necessary exercise of healthful life, but it is often true with regard to their distinction, an obviously higher power than ours directs that it is not their own choice. Notwithstanding his aims. He has seldom contemplated the reall the honors that fell upon Demosthenes and Ci- sult when he begins, and has given the bright and cero-honors prompt, palpable and abiding, both precious hours of life to satiate the hunger of have recorded their deliberate regret that they ever the state, with hopefulness and content, and filed entered upon a career of ambition.
with a bounteous largeness the measure of ChrisBacon, in his will, says in a tone that rises into Lian dutysublimity, “For my name and memory, I leave them to mens' charitable speeches and to the next
" In the cold abstinence from evil deeds." ages.” Nature's assurance that he had “multiplied himself in others," dictated this observation. He had lived to know how uncharitable the world is to its truest benefactors. When the bright intelligence had gone-the orb had been extinguished, and men begin to miss its light, he only asked their charity! Shakspere was even more indifferent; he retired
LOVE IS OMNIPOTENT. into Warwickshire, in “proud contentment blest.” There was no angling for popularity there ; no "useful knowledge" huckstering—no national regeneration cant. And at present, who shall ques. lion his being the acknowledged legislator of men ?
Fair as thou art, Swift says with as much wit as sarcasm, that those
Love is omnipotent, whose opinions are worthless, are most ready and
Look to thy heart ! make the most noise in expressing them, as people always come out of the church fastest when it is
Lo! in the woodlands nearest empty. Few of the world's masters, cele.
Branches above brated for depth or originality of thought, have
Bend with the warblers been great talkers, and one of them has said by
Thrilling with love. way of apology, that the reason why men were
In their blue mantles supplied with two ears and one tongue, was to hear
Mountains are drest, more than they expressed. This was probably one
White bosom'd cloudlets of Carlyle's “great silent men.”
Lie on their breast.
BY WM. H. HOLCOMBE.
And in the gardens
as it is technically termed. There was then an Love is at play,
even chance that he would make a moody response Butterflies twinkle
and relapse into his osual taciturnity, or reply in a Sporting the day.
tone of bitter irony which little answered their ex
What the occupations of old Mr. Wintrysides
had been, no one could tell. He was not inclined Under the tree.
to be communicative, and he afforded very various
and imperfect grounds for the vague conjectures Call not the breezes
which his moods and manners almost solicited. Spiritless things,
One man conceived him to be a parson, but of what Sweet is the music
denomination it was hard to tell. He always wore Bome on tbeir wings,
his “customary suit of solemn black,” and so might Gathered in countries
pass for a minister of any of the thousand and one Fairer than ours,
creeds patronized in these United States. Often Given in whispers
he was taken for a physician. His habit of putTo the young flowers.
ling his finger oracularly to the side of his nose, of
pursing up his mouth, and delaying a minute or two When the May-blossoms
before he spoke, might have given rise to such a Sweeten the air,
supposition. That he was a country lawyer many When the dew.diamonds
averred, for he was learned in the doctrine of arSilver the hair,
rests, and of all civil and criminal process, and was When the pure starlight
accustomed to declaim at times on the insufficiency Beckons above,
of all penal enactments, to restrain or punish the When the night breezes
follies and delinquencies of mankind. Then again Murmur of love,
he would make cutting allusions to the fripperies and
fopperies of female and of male dress, with such inSummer-bright Beauty !
timate acquaintance with åll the materials of fashion Fair as thou art,
and all the mysteries of the toilet, that he was sagely Love is omnipotent, Look to thy beart!
supposed to be either a keeper of a miscellaneous
store, or a pedler divorced from his bundle for Medisor, Indiana
awhile, or the owner of a general auction mart, or any thing else under the sun. He was so nice and particular in his use of the English language that he might have been a Dominie : so grave and dignified that he might pass for a judge: so well ac
quainted with various countries that he might have MR. WINTRYSIDES-A CHARACTER.
been a navy purser-in fact, the words, looks, and
actions of Mr. Wintrysides offered a foundation for William Wintrysides was an old gentleman of the most dissimilar references. Certain it was that some fifiy or sixty years of age. He had seen a he had travelled much, equally certain that his disgreat portion of the habitable globe and had resided position to travel still continued. He had been seen in regions the most diverse, and among people the or heard of in Europe and America, and might still most dissimilar. His whole life had been an ex. be seen sometimes at the North and sometimes at emplification of the old adage, “a rolling stone the South. Whenever two or three were gathered gathers no moss.” And whether from his disap- together to speculate upon Mr. Wintrysides, his pointments or from the want of the said moss to character, disposition, and occupation, they had al} soften and conceal the asperities of his nature, cer- different fancies to expound and different arguments tain it is that he had either retained or acquired an to prove their plansibility : but, however plausible oecasional harshness of manner, which accorded they might seem to those who made them, they well enough with a vein of latent sarcasm which had were not equally so to those who listened to them. ever distinguished him, but formed no recommen- The friendly disputants never could agree, and usudation in the eyes of his casual acquaintances. He ally separated either in undisputed possession of was, however, ordinarily a silent and retiring man, their original convictions, or completely mystified so that his ill humors were not often exhibited, and as to the object of their conjectures. Now, the his fellow passengers in a stage coach might have truth was, that Mr. Wintrysides was a scribblereasily mistaken him for a modest and rather stupid a travelling, unsetiled man with the cacoëlhes scriman, if the workings of the muscles of his face bendi ever seducing him to commit to the irrevohad not tempted them at times to sift the workings cable custody of black and white the fancies that of his mind, and challenged them to 'draw him out,'' haunted his pericranium. If not an observant, he
BY A VIRGINIAN.
was assuredly an observing man, and made his re- with the valleys, every where coursed over by stone marks by the way-side, which to some would ap- fences, enclosing pastures, corn, rye, oats, and pear shrewd, to some paradoxical, and to many hay,-potatoes, &c. From one hill 3 or 4 miles foolish. He was fond withal of indulging in dreamy after passing Windham, was a prospect hardly yet reveries, and while others were speculating about surpassed ; extensive, varied, and striking. I could him, he speculated about them, perhaps with equal see where Windham stood; a glimpse of Willifallacy, but certainly with infinitely greater satis- mantic; Mansfield six miles off; and a horizon faction to himself. Of some of these visions by of woods and hills in several directions, hardly less the way-side we have been made confidants, and we than 20 miles distant. may at some future time give them to others with- Having walked nine miles, entered a farmhoose out informing the public whether we have possess on the road side to ask rest, and breakfast. The ed ourselves of the note-book of Mr. Wintrysides, dame rather shortly said, there was a tavern only or by some process of clairvoyance have been en- a mile further, and she was going out and could abled to follow and record the fitting fancies that not stay to wait on me. She, however, gave me hovered around the brain of our particular acquain- a draught of good water, out of a well, sunk within tance.
the house, close beside her kitchen fire-place. A
few seconds' pressure on the bucket carried it down ; and as much raised it, full. The well 10 or 12 feet deep. Saw two others to day, similarly contrived. I breakfasted at the tavern she recon
mended. The meal had the usual variety-tea, ONE DAY OF A FOOT TOUR IN CONNECTICUT.
milk, toast, butter, cheese, crackers, pie, and sweetmeats. It lacked two items of yesterday's breakfast-cake, and white strawberries.
Landlady and her married son—a fine, frank, Cotton-factories-Windham-Wells within doors-Silk- sensible young man-gave me much insight into worms, and silk-making—a Common School-A cousin of the ways of silk-worms, some thousands of which Major Jack Downing-Putnam's wolf-den.
they showed me, eating white mulberry leaves, in
a very open loft of an out house. There were com 183* July 11. Willimantic, or the Factory Vil. coons, raw silk, and spun silk. Little girls (landlage.
lady's children) at work-one of them only foar Rose at four-wakened by the factory-bells, rung cheerful industry and good order, I do not remen
years old winding yarn. So beautiful a pictate of to wake the operatives. They rang a second time,
where. Cleanliness, all over the house, some twenty minutes after ; summoning the hands to work-just as I set forth. I saw them trooping yard, and garden, which they showed me thoroughto their prisons. One, a man, tells me there are
ly, seemed a positive, tangible thing, and not the 14000 spindles, and four or five hundred hands. mere negation of dirt, as elsewhere. But the farThey work twelve hours or more, daily. No niture was all plain, of pine or oak. After stay. schooling except when withdrawn from work. No ing an hour and a half, which I would gladly hare lyceum, or library, or association for their improve
lengthened to a day, I left my kind hostess and her ment, even if they had time. Last evening, I saw
family, with hearty farewells on both sides. Their several samples of a most degraded population eagerness to show me every thing had visibly triabout the tavern.
pled, when they heard that I was from Virginia, Stopped at the bridge over the beautiful She- and travelling through curiosity. tucket,* to read an advertisement: when an elder
Called at several other houses to see silk-worms, ly countryman addressed to me some remark about
and their habits. For this has been the region for the weather. Made up to him, and we begun a
them, these many years. Mulberry orchards, of confab, in which it appeared that he had several large trees, now and then present themselves. At children in the factories, mostly weaving. Each
one house, the worms were shown me with moch weaves 30 yards a day, at 11 or 2 cents a yard. pains, by a homely but most civil woman,-in saHalf a mile further on-the sun now up-saw a
rious stages of their career. She gave me three man milking a cow, as it is common for men to do cocoons; one white, one bright yellow, and one here. He sat on a small stool. Says, the cow
pale yellow. The last two also become white, if gives 12 quarts daily.
boiled ; and must be dyed anew if wanted 80.Passed through Windham village. Population their nests on whortleberry twigs, set up with the
The worms were ai work, spinning and winding perhaps 1500. Some of the country is beautifully leaves on. Their life's poor play" contains these rolling--some of the hills almost mountains; and,
acts: they are hatched ; eat leaves for five or sis * Willimantic is on the Shetucket, a branch of the weeks; manifest their desire to spio, by a traaspaThames.
rent neck and by ceasing to eat; twigs are fur