Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, October 16, 1840, Page 4

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated October 16, 1840 Page 4
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1 Tie touched Ins harp, nml nations lican!, entranced." From tho Ladies' Companion for Oct. THU SACKED JIIXST1UX. DV I.VIU.V It. FlOOt'llNIIV. Tim King of Israel sat in state, Within his palace fair, Where fulling fountains, pure nml cool, Assuaged tho Minimcr air. But shrouded was the son of Kish, 'Mid nil his renal jjiiuvi The essence of n troubled soul Swept foatiiiiifj o'er hi face. In vain were pomp, or regal power, Or courtier's Haltering lone, For pride and hatred basely sat Upon his bosom's throne. He called upon his minstrel hoy, Willi hair as hrijsht ns Hold, Who inusid w iliiitt a deep rcce., Where dropped the curtain's fold. Upon hi minstrel boy he called, And forth the sjripplinc came, With beauty on his ruddy brow, I, ike morn's enkindling Manic. "Give niisie,"said the moody kins, Nor raised his uloomy eye "Thou sou of Jesse, bring the harp, And wake its melody." He thought upon his father's thick, Which long in pastures srern lie fed, where flowed with silver sound The rivulets betwicn. He thought of llethlchcmV Fiar-lit skies, I ten rnlh whose liiiiid rays He gatil upon the glorious arch, And sang its builder's praise. Then boldly o'er the sacred harp, He poured, in thrilling strain, The promptings of a joyous heart That knew not care nor pain. The monarch leaning on his hand, Drank long the wondrous lay, And clouds were lifted from Ins brow, As when the Min-lieams play. Tho purple o'er his heaving breast, That throb'd so wild grew still, And Saul's clearevcgbamed out, m when He did Jehoviih s will. O ve who feel the poison-fumes Of earth's fermenting care filtal o'er the sky of hope, and dim What ilcncn created fair Ask music front a guileless heart High tones with sweetness fraught, And by thatauuilrt divine, Subdue the sinful thought. A fiOOl) PASTOR. Oive me the prie.-t thee graces Nhall poneai : Of an ambassador the just address; A tattler s tenderness ; n "licpnerd s care; A leader's courage winch the cross can bear ; A pilot's skill, the helm in storms to nly; A fisher's patience, and a laborer's toil ;' A guide's dcUerity to disembroil ; A prophet's inspiration from above; A teacher' knowledge, and a Saviour's love. The great good man whom fortune doc dNplacc, May fall into distress but not disgrace; His sacred honor no one dares profane ; He may be poor, but never can be mean ; Remains his value with the wise and good, And, prostrate, is as great as when he stood. Thus ruined temples do an awe dispense j They lose their height, but keep their reverence ; The pious crowd, the fallen pile deplore, And what they cannot raise, they still adore. Til. LAG!'. "fis folly in the extreme to till Extensive fields and till them ill; The farmer pleased, may boast aloud, His bushels sown, his acres ploughed ; And pleased, indulge tho cheering hope, That lime will bring a plenteous crop ; Shrewd common sense sits laughing by, Tor when maturing season's smile, Thin sheaves shall disappoint his (oil. Advised, this onipt v pride expel ; Till little, and that'liltlo well. Of taxing, fcneinr, toil, no more Your ground requires svlieu rich than poor; And more one fertile acre yields, Thau the huge brca Ith of barren field". Neat bo your farms; 'tis long confessed The neatest farmer is tho best. K'icli bog and marsh industrious drain, Nor let vile balks deform the plain ; IVo bushes on your headland grow, For briars a sloven's culture show. Neat be your barn", your houses neat, Your doors bo clean, your court-yards swcot ; No moss the sheltering roof enshroud, Nor wooden panes the window cloud, No filthy kennels foully flow, Nor weeds with rankling poison grow ; Hut shades expand and fruit trees bloom, And flowering shrubs exhale perfiuno ; With pales your garden circle round ; Defend, enrich and clean the ground ; Prize, high the pleading ueful rood, And (ill with vegetables good. WONDERS OF ART. Vnu behold a majestic vessel bounding over tho billows on the other side of the globe; casi. Jy fashioned to float with safety over the fath omless sea, to spread out her broad wings and catch the midnight breeze, guided by a slow, drowsy sailor at the helm, with two or three companions reclining listlessly on the deck, gazing upon the depths of thu starry heavens. Tho commander of this vessel, not surpassing thousands of his brethren in iiitcllgcnce and skill, knows how, by pointing his glass at the heavens, and taking an observation of the stars, and turning over the leaves of his " Practical Navigator," and making a few figures on his elate, to tell the spot which his vessel has reach ed on the trackless sea ; and he can also tell it by means of a steel spring, and a few brass wheels put together in the shape of a chrono meter. The glass with which he brings the heavens down to tho earth, and by which he measures the twenty-one thousand six linn dredth partof their circuit, is made of a quail tity of Hint sand and alkali, coarse opaiio sub- stances, melted together in a beautiful medium, which excludes tho air and tho rain, and admits the light by means of which he can count the orders of animated nature in a dew-drop, and measure the depth of tho valleys in the moon. He has running up and down his maiu-mast an iron chain, fabricated at home, by a wonderful succession of mechanical contrivances, out of rock brought from deep caverns in the earth, and which has the power of conducting tho lightning harmlessly down the sides of tho ves eel into the deep. Ho docs not creep timidly along from headland to headland, nor guide his course along a narrow sea by the north star ; but he launches bravely on the pathless antl fathomless deep, and carries about him in a box, a faithful little pilot,who watches when the eye of man droops with fatigue a small and patient steersman, whom darkness does not blind, nor the storm drive from his post, and who always points to tho steady pole. If ho falls in with a pirate, ho docs not want to repel him, hand to hand : but ho puts into a mighty engine, a hand fill of dark twwilcr, into which is condensed an imnionse quantity of elastic air, and when it is touched by a spark of liro will instantly expand into its original volume, and drive an artificial thunderbolt beforo it against tho distant onomy When ho moots another voseol on tl0 son homeward bound, from u liku excursion to his own, ho niakcK a few black marki upon a iocp of paper, and sends it home, a distanco of ten- thousand miles, and thereby speaks to lint cm- ployor, to his family mid to hit) friends, as did tinctly ns if they were seated by his side. At the cost of half the labor with which the savage procures himself tho skin of a wild boast to cover his nakedness, tins chili! of civilized life, has provided himself with the most substantial, cu rious and convenient clothing-, to.ttiros nml tis sues of wool, cotton, linen, and silk, tho contri butions of the four quarters of tho globe, and of ovcry kingdom of nature. To (ill a vacant hour, or dispel a gathering cloud from his spirits, ho has curious instruments, which speak another language of now and strange significance to his heart; which makes his veins thrill, aim his eyes overflow with tears, without the titcr ancc of a word and ivith one sweet succes sion of harmonious sounds, sends his heart back over the waters to his distant home, where his wife and children sit around tho fireside, trem bling at the thought that the storm which beats upon the windows may perhaps overtake their beloved voyager on tho distant soas. And in his cabin ho has a library of volumes the pro- (taction of a machine of almost magical pow ers which as ho turns over their leaves, cna- blc him to converse with tho great and good of cvory clime and age, and which even repeat to him in audible notes, the laws of his (2nd, and the promises of his Savior, and point out to him that happy land, which he hopes to reach, when his tlag is struck, and his sails arc furled, and the voyage of life is over. Mechanic's Mug. " (Jo out beneath the arched heaven at mid night, and say, if you can, ' there is no God !' Pronounce that dreadful blasphemy, and each star will reprove you for your unbroken dark ness of mind every voice that floats upon the night-winds will bewail your utter hopelessness and despair. Is there no (Soil ! Who then un rolled that blue scroll, and throw upon its high frontispiece the legible gloamings of immortal! tv ! Who then fashioned this green earth, with its perpetual rolling waters, and its expanse of island and main! Who settled the foundations of the mountains ! Who paved the heavens with clouds, and amid the storm, attuned the voice of thunders, and unchained the lightnings that linger and llash in their gloom ! Who made thee, O man, with thy perfect elegance of in tellcct and fcrm ! Who made the light pleasant to thec, and the darkness a covering and a her ald to the beautiful flashes of the morning.' Who gave thec that matchless symmetry of inows and limb ! that regular Mowing of blood! Those irrepressible and daring; pasions of am bition and love .' And yet the thunders of hea sen and the wnters.of earth arc calm. Is there no lightning that heaven i not avenged ! Are there no floods that man is not swept under a deluge .' They remain but the how of reconcilia tion hangs out above and beneath them. And it were better that the limitless waters and the strong mountains were cominglcil together it were better that the very stars wero confla grated by fire, or shrouded in eternal gloom, than that one soul should be lost, while mercy kneels, and pleads for it beneath the altar of interces sion." THE SHIPWCECK. "Here, stained and lorn, a sliry flap wns cast; There lay a broken helm a shattered mast, Hut oh, the sadist relic of the storm, Yon Yac. conveys a seaman's lif less form." Tho day linil closed tlio last beam was shining. Its declining rays yet lingered on the mountain top, and threw back its fading lustre on a weeping willow, that spread its bending blanches over the dwelling of Lu cre! in. I had just retired from the world's busy scenes to enjov a sequestered walk nniiil tin; shades of evening, and was musing on tho mutations ol lortune, when hrst the roman tic little cottage met my view. It was beau tifully surrounded with nrnamctnl plants and Hewers, which she had tastefully arranged ml dressed with her own bauds. The twining ivy had crept over tho walls, and locked with a beautiful green tho piazza, in which tho young and beautiful iMr. was seated, and with whom she was lliat night to lie united in marriage. All was still iavotho wood robins1 plain tive notes which echoed from the lores! lade. Not a leaf was waved, not a breeze curled o'er the stream. It was to me a most mehnnling hour. I paused to listen and idore. The pale moon now displayed her silvery rays, as majestically she rode amidst the lamps of heaven. 1 stood spell-bound ! scarcely knowing Which most to admire, The sun's pai ling ray, Or the evening's ntlire. The rumbling of approaching carriages suddenly broke my meditations, and admon ished mo that 1 hail lingered there quite too. long. They wore the wedding gnosis ; come to share with Lucrctia thu felicities of the evening. The morrow dawned the parting morn ing; when the young lindu was lo receive a father's blessing, and a mother's last em brace. They had Honied on fortune's une ven tide had tasted the bittur cup of earth's affliction, and knew that thoy wero now about to commit their lovely mid only daughter lo iho saniu uncertain winds and fickle waves. To thorn it was a moment of intense inter est and anxious solicitude. There was a kind of melancholy joy in that hour. The mother sighed paleness was on her cheek. The father smiled, though a tear bodiniinod his eve. .Sadness was on his brow : for lie had known thu danger of the seas. Lucrctia was not so her heart was iov. and her step was light. Life and acti'vily was in all her niuvemenls. hike the mor ning rose that walls its fragrance on the early breeze, her fair forehead kissed the Inst beams ol the morning sun, am) reflected its beauteous rays which gently played upon her damask cheeks. Hope, sweet hope, painted toher sunny days of future joy. Alas ! how sudden and great (ho changes of fortune! Thu bright glory of tho present morning only seems to deepen the gloom of the succeeding night. Full of expectation, ana confidence m the liilure, sho fondly doated upon long years of pleasure here. .With such hopes she left tho paternal roof, and settled in thu beautiful village of O , on one of the great western lakes. It was the eve of Autumn the shades of mglit liati curiai ue.l the earth, the chilly winds of cold November wero wildly howliii". I had just. seatetl mysely in iho parlor, and 'was penning a few thoughts to an absent friend when a funinlo stranger entered tho room and seated hurstdt in tin opposite direction She sat in pensive silence, which was only now ant! then interrupted by a docp drawn sigh ; such as bereaved nnd brokon hearts utter, when sorrow is too deop to ho other wise expressed. A thousand coiijoctures wore awakened in my mind as to rnuso of her gr.iof, It h possible, thought , she is going to visit somo sick and dying friend or, she hud been driven by poverty and mis forluno tu seek u resting place and n quiet liomo in a laud of strangers, nnd is sighing for ttic loved ones she is leaving or, slio is mourning the recent loss of some dear rela tiveit may ho a husband brother child. At length ventured to ask the cause of her sadness and grief, hoping that 1 might be able to impart some convolution. Ah ! 1 had conjectured rightly. Her voicu faltered as sho replied, "i L am a widow." At the same time sho gave mo another implor ing look. 0, such a look ! t was sorrow mantled in grief. Hud I dared, I would have kissed away the big tear that rolled down her cheek. Yes, the cruel winds of heaven, and the waves of Ontario, had opened a grave for her husband. Hero sho gave inu a brief history ol Ins late. the bare mention ol the little cottage licneatli the willow's shade told that Lucretia was before me. She had lived with the companion of her loys bnt a few short weeks. His employ ntcnt was upon the seas, and ho was one of Neptune s bravest sons; ho delighted to ride upon the mountain wave, and smiled at the storm. Hut now the heavens were gather ing blackness a blackness of unwonted gloom . Clouds of dense darkness wen rapidly hurled in different directions, and the di-mal roar of distant winds foretold an approaching storm. His proud ship was on the wave, her linn nor gaily lloating on tho breeze. Night came en the last night the night of death The storm raged with unabated fury. On an island half covered with water, his frail hark was shuttered that night. That night brave William antl bis crew lounda watery grave. His dead body was washed ashore and decently buried. ITut no tear of grief was there it was a strangers grave. The little group of spectators that had gathered around, wete indulging in cold conjecture who the stranger might be. Ms he a father V says one; l0 his children.' 'Is he a husband?1 says another; 'O who will bear the sad in telligence to his wife !' The hist turf was pist placed upon tho tomb the company were nboiitto turn away, when a female, with a rapid step and anxious look, approached the spot. The size, the dress, were accu rately described to her. It was enough; it reached her heart and Hoods of tears told indeed that he was her husband. The grave was quickly opened, that she might be in dulged with the hist look of all that was dear toher en earth. Yes, it is, my own dear husband!' she exclaimed, and sank upon the earth. Shu had beard of the wreck, and through stormy winds and a rugged way she had hastened to the shore hoping to find him yet alive, possibly clinging to some broken tragment ol the vessel; but that hope was in vain. O, ye cruel winds! how manv tears have ye caused to flow, and hearts to bleed. L,ven now, in ur dismal roar mc thinks I hoar the wild cry, the expiring groan of some loved one, whom ye are making the sport ol your cruel rage and relentless furv. Shu was commended to tho God of the widow, who will soon command the earth and the sea to vieltl up tho dead. When the long lost husband, over whom a thousand seas have rolled, shall bo restored, the father and child shall again be greeted with the smiles ot immortal youth; where kindred spirits snail ro-unitc; where no storms shall ever rise, and where the cheek of immortality shall never be drenched with tho gushing tears of anguish. Krom the Ladies' Companion. THE REFEREE CASE oi.i uknti.kman's story. I lie outlines of the following sketch were related to me, by an aged and honored mem ber of a large family connexion ; a man who possesses an almost itiexli, instable fund of legendary lore, and whoso most interesting anecdotes and most comic tales are but rec- collcctions of past scenes, of which he can m tho language of .Eneas, "quorum magna pars fiii." "Manv vcars ago," said .Mr. E , "1 happened to be one of the referees in a case which excited unusual interest in our courts, from the singular nature of the claim, and the singular story which it disclosed. The plantitl', who was captain of a merchant ship, which traded principally with England and the West Indies, had married quite early in life with every prospect ol happiness. His wife was said to have been extremely beau tiful, and no less lovely in character. After living with her in the most uninterrupted har mony for live years, during which time two danghtors were added to his family, he sud denly resolved to resume his occupation, which he had relinquished on his marriage, and when his youngest child was but three weeks old, sailed once more for the West Indies. His wife, who was devotedly at tached to him, sorrow :d deeply at his ab sence, and found her only comfort in the so ciety of her children, and the hopes of his return. Hut mouth after mouth passed away and ho camo not, nor did any letters, those insufficient but welcome substitutes, arrive to cheer her solitude. Months lengthened into years yet no tidings wore received of the absent husband ; and after long hoping against hope, the unhappy wife was compel led to believe that he had found a grave be neath the waltering ocean. "Her sorrows were deep and heartfelt, but tho evils of poverty were now added to her alllictiens, anil the widow found herself obliged to resort to some employment in order to support her helpless children. Her needle was her onlv resource, and for ton years she labored early and late for the mis erable pittance, which is ever grudgingly uosiowod on ine iitiniino seamstress. A merchant of New York, in moderate but prospering circumstances, accidonllv became acquainted with her, and pleased with her gentle manners no loss than her extreme beauty, endeavored to improve their acquain tance with friendship. Aftut some months he ollorcrt her his hand and was accepted. As the wife of a successful merchant she soon found herself in the enjoyment of colu mns ami luxuries, such as she had never be foro possessed. Her children becamo his children, and received from him every ad vantage that wealth or affection could pro cure. Fifteen years passed away ; the daugh ter married ami by their step-fathcr wore furnished with every comfort requisite to thuir new avocation of housekeepers. Hut they had scarcely quilted his roof, when their mother was taken ill. Sho died after a few days' sickness, and from that timo un til tho period of which I speak, the widower had resided with tho youngest daughter. "Now comos tho strangest part of the sto ry. After an absence of thirty years, du ring which no tidings had boon roci.iv.wl from him, the first husband returns ns sud denly as ho had donuriml. II.. I.,., I ,.t .i Ills ship, adopted anothor nanio, ami spent tho whole of that long period of time on the ocoan, with only transient visits ,!, whilo taking or discharging cargo j having uuuu iniuiiii, tui never to como noaror homo than New Orloans. Whv ho had nctod in this unpardonable manner towards his family, no one could tell, and ho obsti nately rcliiiPd nil explanation. There woro strange rumors of slave Iradiug and piracy afloat, but thoso wero only whispers of con jecture rather than truth. Whatever might liavo ueeu ins moiivcs tor suun cuiiuuci, uu was certainly any thing hut indifferent to his family concerns when he returned. Ho raved like a madman when informed ol ins wile's second marriage and subsequent death, vow ing vougenco upon his successor, unil terri fying his daughters by the most awful threats, in caso they relusctl to ncKiiowiedgo ins claims. He had returned wealthy, and ono of those mean reptiles of tho law who nro al ways to be found crawling about the halls of justice, advised him to bring a suit against the .second uusoiiiiu, assuring iimi umi no cuuiu recover heavy damages. 1 ho absurdity of instituting a claim lorn wife whom death had already released from tho jurisdiction of' earthly laws was so mamlost, that it was at last agreed by till parties lo leave the matter to lie adjudged by livo relerees. It was on a bright and beautiful afternoon in spring, that we first met to hear this singu lar case. The sunlight streamed through thu dusty windows of tho courtroom, and shed a halo round the long grey locks and broad forehead of the defendant, while tho plautil'f's harsh features were thrown in still broader reliot, by the same beam which soft niicdthc placid countenance of his adversary The plantifl's counsel made a most eloquent appeal lor Ins client, and had we not been better informed about tho matter, our hearts would have been melted by his touching do scription of the return of the desolate litis band, and the ngouy with which ho now be held his house-hold goods removed to conse crate a stranger's hearth. Thu celebrated Aaron Burr was counsel for the defendent and we anticipated from him a splendid dis play of oratory. I had never before seen liiiii, and shall nover forgot my surprise at Ids appearance, small in person but rc markably well formed, with an eye as quick brilliant as an caglo s, and a brow fur rowed by care far more than timo, he seemed a very different creature from the arch trai tor nnd inurderor, I had been accustomed to consider him. His voice was one of the finest I ever heard, and the skill with which ho modulated it, the variety of its tones, and the melon v of its cadences, were inimitable But there was one peculiarity about him that reminded me of the depth of darkness that lav beneath that fair surface. You will smile when I tell you that the only thin that I discovered was his step. He glided rather than walked: Ins loot bad a ninot stealthy movement, which involuntarily makes me think of treachery, ami in the course ol a long life I have never met with a frank and honorable man to whom such a step was habitual. "Contrary to our expectations, however. IJurr made no attempt to confute his oppo nont's oratory. Ho merely opened a bool of statutes, and pointing his thin fingers to one of the pages desired the referees to read it, while ho retired for a moment to bring in the principal witness. We had scarcely finished the section which fully decided the matter in our minds, when Burr re-entered with a tall and elegant female leaning on his arm. She was attired in a simple white dress, with a wreath of ivy leaves encircling her large straw aonnct, and lace veil com pletely concealing her countenance. Burr whispered a few words apparently encour aging lur to advance, and then gracefully raising her veil, disclosed to us a faco of proud surpassing beautv. recollect well as if it had happened yesterday, how simultaneously tho murmur of admiration burst from the lips of all present. Turning to the pliintui, iiurr asked in a cold, quiet lone, "Uoyou know tins lady s

Answer. "I do." Burr. i'Will you swear to that ?" Answer. "i win; to the best ot my knowledge and belief, she is my daughter, llnrr. "L.an you swear to her identity t" Answer. "I can. Burr. "What is her age ?" Answer. "Sho was thirty years of age on the twentieth dayot April." Uurr. "When did you last see her. Answer. "At her house a fortnight ago Burr. "When did you last see her previ oils to that meeting" Tho plaintiff hesitated a long pause en sued the question was repeated, and the answer at length was 'On the fourteenth day ot Alay. 17 .' "When sho was nisi three weeks old," ad tied IJurr. "Gentlemen, continued ho turn tons, "I have brought this lady hero as an important witness, and such, I think, she 1 lie plamtill s counsel has pleaded elo quently in behalf of the bereaved husband, who escaped tho perilsof thu sen and returned only to find his homo desolate. But who will picture to you the lonely wife bending over her daily toil, devoting her best years to the drudgery of sordid poverty, supported only uy the hope of her husband's return t Who will paint the slow progress of heart-sickuess, tho wasting anguish of hope deferred, and finally, tho overwhelming agony which camo upon her when her last hope was extinguished and she was compelled to believe herself in deed a widow Who can depict (his without iwakcningin your hearts the warmest sym pathy for the deserted wife, and tho bitterest scorn for the mean pitful wretch, who could thus trample on thu heart of her whom ho had sworn to lovoand cherish? Wo need not in quire into his motive for acting so base a part. W nether it was love ol gain, licentiousness, or selfish indiirercnce, it matters not ; lie is too vilo a thing to bo judged by such laws as govern men. hot us ask the witness she who now stands bolero us with the frank, fearless brow of a truc-hoarted woman let us ask her which of these two has been to her i father." "Turning to thu lady, in a tone whose sweetness was in strange contrast which tho scornful accent that had just characterized his words, he besought her to relate briefly the recollections of her early life. A slight Hush passed over her proud and beautiful face, is she replied. "My hrst recollections arc of a small ill- furnished apartment, which my sister and myself shared with my mother. She used to carry out evcrySaturday evening the work winch had occupied her during the week, and bring back employment for thofollowliif one. Saying that wearisome visit to hor employer and her regular attendance at church, she uover ion iiiq nouse. &ho oltonspoko ol our fathor.and his anticipated return, but at length she ceased to mention him, though I unserv ed sno useil lo weep nioro Iretiuonlly than over.- i then thought she wept because wo woro so poor, for it somolimes happened that our only supper was a hit of drv broad, and she was accustomed to seo by thu light of the chips which she kindled to warm hor famish ing children, because sho could not afford to purchase a caudle without depriving us of our morning meal. Such was our poverty when j ii.ui.ii.-i luiiuiiLieu a second marriage, and the change to us was liko a suddou en trance into Paradise. Wo found a homo and a latlion" alio paused. "Would you oxclto nly own child against waved his hand for her lo be eilcnt. mot - encu mo plaintiff as ho impatiently 'The cyo of the witness flashed firens lie spoke. "You are not my father," exclaim ed she vehemently. "The law may deem you such, but 1 disclaim you utterly. What! ill you my father t you, who basely lelt your wife to toil, and your children beggars. Never! never I behold there my lather,' pointing to the agitated defendant, "there is tho man who watched over my infancy who was the sharer ol my childish sports, ami the uardiau of my inexperienced youth, llierc is he who claims my affection, nnd shares my homo ; there is my father. For yorder sel fish wretch, know him not. Tho best years of his life have hcon spent in lawless freedom from social ties; let linn seek else where for the companion of his decrepitude nor dare insult the ashes ot my mother by claiming the duties of kindred Irom her tie sorted children !" "Sho drew her vail hastily around Iter as she spoke, and giving her hand to Burr, moved as it to withdraw. "Gentlemen," said Burr, "Ihavo no more to say. 1 ho words oi law tiro expressed in tho book before you ; the voice of truth you have just heard from the woman's pure lips ; it is fur you to decide according to the room sitions of nature and tho decrees of justice." "I need scarcely add that the decision was such as lo overwhelm the plaintill with well- merited shame. ISronlclin L. J. THE THlt EE BRIDES. "Do you see," said the sexton, "those three hillocks yonder, side by side There sleep the three brides, whoso history I am about to relate. Look there, sir, on yonde hill, you may observe a little isolated bouse with a straggling fence in trout, and a few stunted apple-trees on the ascent behind it It is sadly out ol' repair now, and the garden is all overgrown with weeds and brambles and the whole place has a desolate appear ancc. If the wind wuro high now,you might hear the old crazy shutters Happing against the sides, and the wind tearing the gray shingles oil' the roof. Many years ago, there lived in that house and old man and his son who cultivated tho few acres of arable land which belong to it. The lather was a self taught man, deeply versed in tho mysteries of science, nnd, as lie could tell the name of every flower that blossomed in the wood and giew in the gar den, and used to sit up lute of nights at his books, or reading the mystic story of the starry heavens, men thought he was crazed or bewitched, and avoided him, and even hated mm, as the ignorant ever shun the gift ed and enlightened. A few there were, and among others the minister, and lawyer, and physician of the place, who showed sonic willingness to adord bun countenance; but they soon dropped hisuequnintunco, forthey found the old man somewhat reserved and morose, and moreover, their vanity w wounded by discovering the extent of his knowledge. "To the minister he would quote the Fath crs and the Scriptures in the original tongue and showed himself well armed with the we; pons of polemical controversy. I h: astonish ed the lawyer with his profound acquaintance with jurisprudence; and the physician w;i surprised at the extent of his medical know ledge. So they all deserted him, and the minister from whom the old man difl'crcd some trilling points of doctrine, spoke very slightingly of him; by and by all looked upon tho self-educated farmer with eyes ot aver sion. But he httlo cared for that, for bene rived his consolation from loftier resources and in the imtrackcd poths of science found pleasure ns in the pathless woods He ins tructeil tus son in all ins lore the languages literature, history, philosophy, science, were unfolded one by one, to the enthusiastic sou of the solitary. icars rolled away and the old man died. He died when a storm con vulsed the faco of nature, when the wind howled around his shattered dwelling and the lightning played above tin; roof; and thong' he went to heaven in faith and purity, tlx vulgar thought and said that the Evil One had claimed Ins own in the thunder and commo tiou of the elements. I cannot paint to you the grief ot the son at his bereavement! II was for a time as one distracted. The mi nister came and muttered a few cold and hoi low phrases in his ear, and a few neighbor: impelled by curiosity to sec the interior of the old man s dwelling, came to tho funeral Willi a proud and lofty look the son stood above the dust and the dead in the midst of the band of hypocritical mourners, with pang at his heart, but a serenity on his brow Ho thanked Ins friends lor their kindness ickuowlcdged theircourtcsy,and then strode iway from the grave to bury his grief in tho privacy of his deserted dwelling. "He found, sit first, the solitude of the mansion almost insupportable, and ho paced the echoing floors from morning till night, in all tho agony of woo and desolation, vainly imploring heaven for rebel. It came to htm first in tho guise of poetic inspiration. He wrote with wonderful ease and power. Page after page camo from his prolific pen, almost without an effort ; and there was a time when he dreamed (vain fool !) of immortality. Somo ot Ins productions camo liclore the world. They wero praised and circulated, and enquiries set on foot in the hope of dis covering the author. He, wrapped in the veil of impenetrable obscurity, listened lo thu'oico of applause, moro delicious be cause it was obtained by stealth. From the obscurity of yonder lone mansion, and from this remote region, to send forth lays which astonished tin; world, was indeed a triumph to the visionary hard. "His thirst for fame was gratified, and he now began lo yearn for the companionship of somo sweet being ol the other sex, to share the laurels ho had won, to whisper consolation in his ear in moments of despondency, and to supply tho void which the death of his old lather hail occasioned. He would picture to himself the felicity of a refined intercourse witli a higly intellectual and beautiful woman, and as had chosen for his molto whatever has been done may still bo done ho did not despair of success. In thisvillagolivcd three sisters, all beautiful and accomplished. There names were Mary, Adelaide, Madeline. I am far enough past the age of enthusiasm, but never can I forget tho beauty of those young girls. Mary was tho youngest, a lair-haircil, moro laughing damsel never danced upon the green. Adelaido, who was a few years old, was dark-hiiired and pensivo ; but of Iho three, Madeline, the eldest, possessed the most lire, spirit, cultivation and intullectua bility. Their father was a man of taste and education, ami being somewhat above vulgar prejudices, permitted the visits of thu hero of my story. .Mill ho iui not altogether eiicnu rago the afl'uctioii which ho found springing up between Mary ami the pout. When how ever, ho found that her affections were en gaged, he did not withhold his consent from her mnrriago, and the rocluso boro to his so litary mansion the young bride of his affec tions, Oh, sir, the house assumed a now appearance. ' within and without. Hoses bloomed in tho gardeiii jessamines peeped through tho lattices, and the fields iihuMt t smiled with tlig cfl'vci of cnrd'Hl cuHivulion, Lights wero seen in the little parlor in the evening, and many a time would the passen ger pause by thu garden gate, to listen to the strains of the sweetest music, breathed by coral voices from the collage. If tho myste rious student and his wife wero neglected by their neighbors, what cared they 1 Their en dcariugand mutual affection mndu their home a little paradise. Hut death came to Ivleii. Mary fell suddenly sick, and after a few hour's illness, died in the arms of her hus band and her sister Madeline. This was the tudunt's second heavy iillliction. "Days, mouths, rolled on, and the only solaco of tho bereaved was to sit with the sisters of the deceased and talk of the lost one. I'o Adelaide, at length, he offered his wid owed heart. Sho came to his lone house like the dove, hearing the olive branch of peace ind consolation. 1 heir bridal was not one of revelry and mirth, for a recollection brood ed over the hour. Yet they lived happily ; the husband again smiled, and with a new pring, the roses again blossomed in their mien. Hut it seemed as il a fatality pur sued this singular man. When the rose witli- red and the leaf fell, in the mellow autumn of tho year, Adelaide, too sickened and died, liko her young sister, in Iho arms of her hus band andol Madeline. Perhaps you will think it strange, young man, that alter all, thu wretciieu survivor stood again at the altar. Bnt he was a mys torious being, whose ways were inscrutable, who, thirsting lor domestic bliss, wastloom- ed ever to seek and never to find it. His third bride was Madeline. I well remember her. She was a beauty, in the true sense of the word. H may seem strange to you to hear the praise of beauty from such lips as mine; but I cannot avoid expatiating upon hers. She might have sat upon a throne, ind the most loyal subject, thu proudest peer, would have sworn the blood in her veins had lescended from a hundred kings. Sho was t proud creature, with a tall, commanding form, and raven tresses, that floated, dark ind cloud-like, over her shoulders. She was a singularly gifted woman, and posses sed of rare inspiration. She loved the wid ower and his fame, and sho wedded him. I hey were married in that church. It was on a summer afternoon rocollect it well. During the ceremony, thu blackest cloud I oversaw overspread the heavens liko a pall, and, at thu moment when the third briar. pronounced her vow, a chip of a thunder shook the building t tho center. All the females shrieked, but the bride herself made tho response with a steady voice, and her eyes glittered with wild fire as she gazed upon her bridegroom. He remarked a kind of incoherence in her expression as they rode homeward, which surprised him at the time. Arriving at his housesho sank upon the thres hold.' but this was the timidity of a maiden. When thev were alone he clasped her hand It was cold as ice ! He looked into her face "Madeline," said he, "what means this 1 your cheeks are as pale as your wedding gown !" The bride uttered a frantic shriek. "My wedding gown !" exclaimed she "no, no, this is my sister's shroud! The hour for confession has arrived. It is Cod th.it impels mu to speak. To win you have lost my soul ! es yes I am a murderess She smiled upon me in the loyotts affection of her young heart, but I gave her the fatal drug! Adelaide twined her wlnte arms about my neck, but administered the poison! I ake me to your arms ; 1 have lost my soul for you, and mine must you be! She spread her long white arms, and stood like a maniac before him," said the sexton, rising, in the excitement of the moment, and assuming th c attitudu ho described ; and then," continued be, in a hollow voice, "at that moment came the thunder and the flash, and the guilty woman fell dead on the floor!" The countenance of the narrator expressed all the horor that he felt. "And the bridegroom?" asked I ; the hus band of the destroyer and tho victims what became of him?" "Jfc stands before you!" was the thrilling answer. EXECUTION OF MAJOR ANDRE. Dr. Hall, of East Hartford, a surgeon in the army of the revolution, wns an eye wit ness to the execution of Major Andre.stnnd ing within four or five rods from the scene. Noticing some inaccuracies in the article wo published from the Knickerbocker a few days ago, ho has called and related to us the following particulars. He states that Andre walked to the place of execution behind the curt, accompanied by two officers, one on each side, and stopped under tho gallows. Arrived there, he immediately stepped into the cart, when the officer of tho day, Col. Scammell, said to him, if you have any thing to say, you have an opportunity. Ho repli ed, have nothing to say, but to have you bear witness that I die like a bravo man. Col. S. thou said to the hangman, do your duty. Ho went to work so awkwardly in attempting to put tho noose over Andre's neck, that Andre took it from him and mndu an ell'ort to do it himself. But bis hat being in the way, ho let go the rope, took oil his hat and stock and laid them down on tho cof fin, and unbuttoned his shirt collar, nnd turn ed it flown. He then put the noose over his head and adjusted it to his neck ; took out of his pocket a white handkerchief, with which he bandaged his eyes ; and a blue ribbon, which he handed the executioner, re questing him to tie his bands behind him. This being done, Col. Scammell directed the cart to be driven away. Andre was a smalt man and seemed hardly to stretch the rope, and Ins legs dangled so much that the hang man was ordered to take hold of them and keep them straight. The body was cut down after hanging fiftcun or twenty minutes, and buried near the gallows. From the location of the grave, Andre must have passed it in going to tho place of execution. Tho Doc tor thinks thu account relative to tho atiempts made by Washington to secure Arnold and liberate Andre, must bo incorrect. The court which sentenced Andre to death having been held on iho l)th September, only three days before his execution, iho timo nllowed was not by any moans sufficient to permit such plans to bo successfully carried out, rs pcciallytho one in which Champ was said to have been concerned. Hartford Courant. MARY'S WELL AT NAZARETH. A quarter of a league distant, is a well called Mary's. It is now enclosed in the church of tho schismatic Greeks, who have erected an altar close to it. Tradition re lates, that Mary was accustomed togo thither for what water sho wanted, and lo convince one's soil' that this must have been the case, it is sufficient to consider, as 1 have already remarked, that the water is very scarce, both at Nazareth and in tho environs. Tho road lending thitlmr, bordered with Nopols and fruit trees, forms a charming walk, which tho prospect of iho neighboring hills and the Holds, coYerod wilh corn, rplMltir? sj moro picturpsqtlc. 'J'ho water of this well, In creased, by tlml pf unetlior fprinf, coiutanily overflows, and runs into a spacious reservoir, constructed a hundred paces further oil", called Mary's fountain : it is thither most of the in habitants go to fetch it. Unfortusitely it is not very abundant, and a week seldom passes but tho eagerness of thu throng occasions qttarels and broken pitchers. The pitcher. are enormous earthen vessels, of dispropor tionate height. The women of Nazareth carry them on llicir heads; and under this heavy load, some times having with them a child in their arms, they walk with a lightness that is astonishing. Father Porpotus was with me, a few days since, at tho fountain. He wished, out of devotion, to drink of its water, and asked u woman for some, who readily gratified him- I drank in my turn, and I thought it right to- express my thanks by ofl'ering this woman a piece ol money. She peremptorily relusou it, and appeared offended, to judge from tho significant gestures which sho addressed to bur neighbors. I was the more surprised, as it wns the first timo I had met with a refusal from an Arab. At first I admired her beha vior, and remarked its delicacy to the good father, not doubting that she had complained because I could think her capable of taking payment for a draught of water. As, how evei, she continued to grumble, and, after all, the politeness with which I had made my ofler seemed to furnish a good excuse, I de termined to ascertain what it was that caused' her to talk in such an animated tone. Wo' called an interpreter, and soon learned that' she imagined I had offered her my piece as dic price of her pitcher, which she valued at a great deal more. When she was informed' that my intention merely wns to givo her w lia:skici,vr auger was changed into thanki. Ceramb's J'ifcrimage. A BOTTOMLESS LAKE. A writer in the Troy (N. Y.) Mail, gives the following account of a remarkable pond in Sussex county, in the State of New lork. "White hake is situated about one nnlo west of the Paulius Kill, in the town of Still water. It is nearly circular. It has no vi sible inlet, but its outlet is a never failing stream of considerable magnitude. Tho name is derived from its appearance. View ed from a little distance it seems of a milky whiteness, except a lew rods m the centre, which by the contrast appears perfectly black. The appearance itself is singular enough, but the causu is still more remarkable. From the centre or dark portion of tho lake, at stated seasons, innumerable quan tities of shells nro thrown up, of various sizes and forms, but all perfectly white. Theso float to the shore , and are thrown upon tho bench, or sink intushallow water. Hundreds of bushels might be gathered from the shoro after one of these periodical up-risings ; and the whole soil for several rods on every sid of the hike, is composed of these shells, broken or decomposed by tho action of thw weather. In the centre of the lake, bottom has never been found, although it bus been sounded to the depth of several hundred feet. Whero then is the grand deposite from which has been swelling up since the memory of man, these countless myriads of untenant ed shells ? Is it possible that though far re mote at an elevation of several hundred feet above them, this bottomless well may, by some subterranean communication, bo con nected with the grand shell marl deposito in the eastern part of the State?" E.xeiTiNf! Imjident. Wo savr a letter a days ago, written by a young lady who not many weeks since, was journeying from this place tu the Wot. It narrates a very exciting occurrence which took place oh board the steamboat in which he wns a pas senger, nnd of which she was an eyewit ness. In passing down the Mivissippi river, our narrator, was summoned from the cabin by alarming shrieks and great commotion upon deck. On going up, she found that a young lady had fallen overboard, and thu boat in its progress was fast leaving her be hind. A gentleman on board immediately divested himself of a part of bis clothing, and sprung into thu river. He reached the drowning person, and upheld her in the water until a small boat came to the rescue of both. The young lady thus snatched from a sudden death, was the daughter of an elderly gen tleman who was on board of the boat, for eigners, neither of whom could speak Eng lish. On reaching the deck, and recovered from her fright, she passionately embraced her deliver and bestowed kiss after kiss upon him, as the only way she could express her gratitude and thankfulness; while the father rushing from the cabin eagerly proffered him a roll of bank bills. These being refused, be ran to his cabin and returned with a bag of gold which he likewise pressed upon his acceptance ; nor could either father or daugh ter bo made to understand or feel satisfied, why the proffered reward was not accept ed. fiulcin Observer. FRUIT TREES. The following extracts from a foreign work will show the young people of our country how they keep up a succession of fruit trees in G'erinany, and perhaps it may stimulato sume of them to imitate so laudable an ex ample. "In tho duchy of G'otha, in Germanv, there are many villages which obtain a rent of many hundred dollars a year for thoir fruit trees, which are planted on the road side and on the commons. Every new mar ried couple is bound to plant two young fruit trees. The rent arising from the tree thus planted is applied to the use of tin parish or town. In order to preserve tho plantations fron injury or depredation, the inhabitants of tlu parish nro all made answerable; each of whom is thus on the watch over tho other ; any if any one is caught in the act of com mitting any injury; all the damago dono in the same year, the authors of which cannot bo discovered, is attributed to him, and ho is compelled to alone for it, according to it extent, either by fine orcorporal punishment.' "A gentleman at Colchester, England, makes il a rule whenever he builds a cottago to plant a vine against its walls, and two or three apple nnd pear trees near to it, or in tho garden, and thus he confers a greater ben efit on his tenant, by giving him an innocent source of gratification to his children, and an excitement to a little extra industry on his own part, than if ho had let him a comfort less, mean looking hovel, at half tho rent." A few ornamental trees and shrubs, dis posed wilh good taste about u farm-house, add much to tho beauty and pleasantness of tho scono ; and thoy never fail to make a fa vorable impression on iho mind of a visitor, of the character of tho inmates of iho man sion. A season should not be suffered to pass without some addition being made by ',,u young people to tho ornaments of the yard, garden or lane leading to Ihe hoiue. Sonui families have displayed jh.eir industry, taste, and good judgment rWfhis respect 'so con spicuously as to command tho admiration of thoir neighborhood, and to cxeito tho curios ity of travellers to inqtiiro"who Jiyej iLvie!"