Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, May 12, 1843, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated May 12, 1843 Page 1
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NOT TUB GLORY OF CJSSAR BUT THE WELFARE OF ROME. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, MAY 12, lS4n. VOL. XVI. No. 50 From Bentlov'a Miscellany. THIS WOULD OF OURS. BY. W. O. J. DAKER tnis world of ours if free from sin, Oh! would it not be fair! Sunshine shove, and flowers beneath, And beauty everywhere ! The sir, the earth, the waters teem With living things at play t 'Glad nature from nn hundred throats Pours her njoicing lay. Each balmy breeze that wanders by, Whisper" some angel tone i And th: clear fnunlsitu have a voice X-Ymnsin of tin ii own. Even the leaves of the fi-cst trees, Moved by the zephyr's wins, lake n low murmur of content To little birds that sing. The busy bees o'er garden-flowers A hdly song at'une, Joining with never tiring mirth, , The minstrelsy of June s And the great waves upon thedeep, Leaping like giants tree, Add, in their hollow monotone, The chorus of the sea. There's lcauty in the summer sky, When from his ocean bed, Like a strong man rtfresh'd by sleep, The Sun uplifts his htadj And when behind the western roc!s At eventide he goes, 5low beauteous are the crimson clouds That curtain his repose ! Are not the grassy valleys fair, Deck'd in their spring array? And the high hills with forests clad, How beautiful are they I Look 0:1 the sea, that girdle vail, Wherewith the earth is hound 1 Even in Fancy's wildest dreams Can aught more glad be found. Oh! 'twere indeed a radiant world, A paradise complete, So redolent of lovely things, So filled with voices sweet, If Sin had not in evil hour Entcr'd this pleasant clime, Yieldina them over unto Death, Bad consequence of crime! Hence it is that the choicest flowers Fall by a swift decay, And hopes It. which we fondly cling Pass suddenly awny : Yet, mid all trials of our life, This blessed thought is given, Earth is not our abiding place, Man's native chine is Ileaveu ! From Godcy's Lady's Hook for 3Iay. GERTRUDE, OR THE FATAL, PROPIICCV. A STciRV Of1 THE Ei'D OF THE WORLD. BY JOSEPH It. CHANDLER. ''Clouds of dark 1 lood shall bint the sun's broad lislit. wcau rouno ine immense, ana shroud (lie world in night ; With nle and dreadful The dun lone stars diffuse an ancui'hcd beam, Storms rock the sky, affVcted ocrnns roar. And sanguine I illowsdye the slui'ltlcting fhore, While round ,U ai it, thunders from iho Almichty throne The voice irrevocable, ii is done." It was a delightful morning, Stindny the 31 of May, 1812. Two young persons were seen walking across the fields in the northern pail of Philadelphia, in that free interchange of thought) which lo oven a 'distant observer denoted something more than mere acquaintance existing between the parties; especially if iisin iho present case, they were a young man and a young tvo man. " 3 Where the young people were walking a thousand flowers were springing up to give rcdolence to the morning, and to add variety -to the already rich herbage of tlm field ; fence after fence was crossed, but they pur sued their way nurthwestarJIy towards Broad street, indifferent to iho obstacles which the enclosures presented to their pro gress, and seeming much more occcupied with the subject of conversation than with the loveliness of the scene around them, lying in all the luxuriance of earthly veget ation, bathed in newly shed light of a Sab "bath sun. Tho scene has changed since that pair formed a part of it. The city Ins increased, and its overtecming population has laid out streets, erected houses, and fur bidden a blado of grass whom then only a farm house dotted tho luxuriance of the out spread meadows ; and Broad street, which the party soon reached, was a dusty road, in its whole length to and across the cily. The few dwellings erected near iis line. seemed to have been built without regard in" street regulation, but with reference to those conveniences which aro looked for in farm liocses, or temporary country rest- UBIICCS. Tho pair emerged from the fields near the lane that once passed through Green Hill farm, and standing beneath ono of those beautiful elms, thoy looked abroad Ihe distant city, undisturbed by the hum of Business, or tno senseless clatter of dissipa ted amusements. Tho morning sun was shedding askant his beams, and light col umns of smoke were hero and thcro strug gling up through tho atmosphere Between the couple and the city lay a broad expanse iof fields, whose greenness added to t he love liness of the scene, and invited tho heart to a contemplation of that power, whoso hand iidu guniisnrm tno neavons with its curtain of oiue, anu mottled tlm verdure of tho field with the beauties of a host or lowly and llovely flowers. If we have to return as vou nronnsn ' said the young woman ' by (he way of Cen Ire. Square, wo would better move on, or we s'nall bo too lato for church.1 f ' But before WO eo let lis rnnrlnrln nnnn n Jm ...:.! .1.. 1 t 9m uiu yuuug man. ' There is no necessity ; wlion you return . we will appoint tho day.' , Let us fix on it now. While I am nb Hsent let mo feel that there is an nppointcd time that only so many davs can inter vene ; thst these passod, and you will be mine." - v.i ' Biu,r ?ns!'ler', said lw you"? woman, fjoughtfully, you may ,ln, arrive fn M napoMponement is ominous of evil : you i know a bad sign it jSt ' I do not know much about such signs; but we'll fix the day, so that if I arrivbn aJ all I must arrive befijro the lime, the journ ey never exceeds' thrco weeks. This is the 3d of May, anS wo will say the 4i, 0 June.' n,. t. ' - r f uut n;iH wcismi response, ii any one had been listeiiing ho mieht have hoard something like k Kiss1 It is agreed then,' iu iv imam. L Why, said the young wonuu, 1 tho whole morning you have been making propositions to me, and before I could get time to say no, you have fallen to kissing by force, and said that meant yes.' ' Well,' said the youth, ' woMl make it tho 4tli of June, since 1 do not find that you say no, when I have donn kissing.' Gertrude, for the first time, took the. prof fered arm of tho young man, and they set forward towards Centre Square. The heart of tho youth heat stronger and his footfall was firmer; there was an important ar rangement iiiut'e, and ho felt easier in his miml happier, be it said. Aii'l (lerli'iiuo trod morn hghllv, ami a swell of pleasure rose towards her thinat as she fell that the engagement for u life of of happiness was made. lllessings upon the pair that undo with a parent s consent, to tlieir own arrangements. Hut it is a cold, wot Idly bargain, that parents drive and inform their child of its result; prudence may make the union comfortable but it will chill tho flower of happiness. 1 lie hour ot marriage is thought by some to be ono of pleasure, and the triumphs of affection and it has its claims to such a con sideration but the heart is 'lightest at the moment when ft conquers the obstacles to entire freedom of affection, and triumphs in an engagement. There is neither timidity nor rashness. Every thought is pure and and every desire is holy iho rapid gush of blood through the veins, is the result of men tal pleasure, and for once at least, the heart own: that it is satisfied. Tho name of Centre Square, in those das, was one of those misnomers with which the highways and pleasure grounds ol our cily abound. The place was a vast cir cular piece of ground enclosed with neat railings, and supplied with a considerable abundance of Coiiutliean and Lonibardy poplars. In tho middle! of this circle stood 1 1 io Cenlio House, a beautiful edifice, used fur ihu elevation of water brought from the Schuylkill in a subterranean nqunduct ; to a height sufficient lo supply the city. Half way between the castoi n front of the centre house, and the entranco lo the Square, was a small circular cnchisfcure, in the cen tre of which stood ono of Hush's finely carv ed female figures, holding over her shoulder a bird, from whose mouth issued a stieam of water, while around tho image were little jets whose gushing streams purified the air, and by tlieir gentle murmurs gave a dreamy influence to the scene. It was ono of much resort, and thousands flocked there :is they now do to the Washington and Franklin Squares. There were held in these days ihu sports of children, nnd tlimo llio bili orgies of the Fourth of July were celebra ted. Gertnido nnd William had nearly reach ed Centre Squaie, when they discover ed that there was an unusual crowd as sembled. Let its turn aside,' said she, 1 there seems to be something like u riot in tho Square.' They paused, and the sounds of sacred music reached their ear. ' There is preach ing,' said William, 'or woiship at least, let us see who and what are thcie.' Tho couplo entered the Square by the ' turn-style' at tho north side, and found a vast collection of poisons, between tho cen tre house and the little fountain already mentioned, and as they reached the outer edgo of iho crowd, tho last words of llio hymn had been sung, and all eyes turned at onco towards ihe building, as if expectant of the anpearanco of some distinguished per son. In a few minutes, a man of gigantic pro portions, rose slowly from tho ciowd, and took his stand upon the upper step of tho centre house ; his position was sufficiently elevated to show the whole of Ins form. Ho was more than six feet in height, and his frame of proportionate sizo though his flesh seemed attenuated by mental efforts. His longhhck hair slightly mottled by age, was parted from iho centre of bis head top, and thrown over his shoulders. His beard hung far down liia brcjst, while Ins dark eyes .eemct, lo wander with llio restleness of in s.inhy. The dress of the strange individual was ou I re in the extreme, and a loose black wrapper or gown was thrown over tho whole with an air seemed to mock all ideas of that clerical propriety, which It was ovidenlly in tended to imitate. When tho crowd had settled in to an easy standing position, for seals were nol thought of tho strange man drew himself up to bis utmost height, and cast his eyo around upon his audience. Ho then elevated his right baud, in which he held a small copy of Iho bible, into which his foro finger was thrust, whilo tho other fingers and llio thumb wcro usod to press together the parted portious of tho sacred book. Tho crowd was breathlessly noiseless. And tho man began. The words,' said tho preacher, 1 which I have selected for your consideration this morning, and which will annronriatelv in troduce my remarks, you will find recorded in tho Second Chanter of the I'ronhecv of joei, anu in the first verse, t ..... . ' Blow yo a trumpet in Zion,and sound nn ilarm in my bolv mountain : let all tho in habitants of tho land Iremble, for tho day of llio I..01U cometli, lor it is nigh at hand,' ' This is tho languagn of denunciatory prophecy, whether applicable to the present times or not it will not be mv duty this nior ning to inquire. Yet we should all tlo well to remember that what was written afore lime, was written for our instruction. 1 I canto not to calculate prophecies, bul to foretell, I came not lo explain, hut lo exhort. Why should I numbor the days of propuecy among the wicked among those who mi inker not thoirown days their hearts unto wisdom ? I havo been sent to you. on s people, lo declare, not to provo to ni.ire Known the things that are nt hand even now at your door.. Why should 1 then stand in tho shadow of llio thunder cloud, and talk lo yon of the terrors of a L-nllier ii" icmpen i way, il my voica bo not itself ihe foretoken of the storm that shall sweep' you ava, (hen no sign shall bo given. ' For, mark, I havo called to the people of the. valleys, nnd they have listened and , from the utmost peaks of tho mountains 1 have cried, and my warning has been heard it is not given to all men to know the signs of the times but when they arc dis closed, woo to him that refusethto acknowl edge them. Il is not a liltlo thing I utter it is not that which nations have seen nnd lived it is not that which has swept away one people mid left others to maik ils des truction, but il is that which shall destiny a wot It), mid leave no I eing upon ils surface lo describe ils desolation.' In thin strain, with ex'ceding emphasis and wonderful olubiliiy, the rcmni kuble man continued to attract intention, and nev er had I seen an audianee more deeply wrapt up in the subject to which their attention was called by the preacher. The gestures of tho speaker were rather abundant than disciplined, and yet seemed appropriate, be cause natural ; his voice was sometimes wild and offensive to the ear, and ihen again it would sink into delicate tones that charmed the listener, who readily forgot tho wild ap pearance of the preacher in the startling events he announced, and tho thrilling language in which ho conveyed his mis sion. 1 You start,' said he, 'at tho annunciation which I make; thank God you do not de ride no, you are spared thai tho day and the hour aro too near for skepticism itself lo sport with the awful f vent. You may dis believe the prophecy, but you will not lidi cttlo it vou ma' set down without prepara tion for the evenl, but you will not forgel ihe foretelling of its nppionch. Nay, at this moment, you slat tie, and stand closer to each other as you anticipate what I have to de clare and scarcely now is it necessary for nio lo deliver my mission to this audience, iho Irulli is on you, and you feel my errand. You .know whilu I delay its utterance, that I am commanded lo declare to you, thai the kindling wrath of Heaven is a blaze, and the lines of prophecy of earth's destruction centre, in ihu present year. Nay, llio angel now Mnndelh upon the sea and llio laud, with hand lifted to Heaven, and awaits the signal to swear by Him that livelh for ever, who ciealed Heaven and tho things that therein are, and Earth and llio things that therein are, and llie Sea and the things (herein are, (hat linio shall be no lunger. lou doubl but you do not doulit dial this event must come why then nol now ? may not this lie llio season prophecy con curs io lead lo the hultef the cali'ul.ilion ot the learned demoiislralo llio tiulli of this piopboes and 1 declare lo you hv levehi lion that this is iho vear. ' How cm il hot' you ask. ' How shall night come down up on the people and no sun rise? Shall the em ih ceau her diurnal motion, or shall an angel s arm annihilate the gloho V lie who created can destmv : i ho last is the smallest effort and under sun, now climbing into mid Heaven, may go down to us, and llie shadows that fide away in ove nitlg dirkucss never he renewed by a mor ning's light. But it is not thus. The quiet of creation and morning road of the sons of God shall not bo repeated in that dreadful day. But tempests shall bo iho .iiessengers nnd agents of destruction the thunder shall shake the thick foundations of man's highest effort, the lightning shall blast and bum - nnd the water of the firmament above shall min gle with thosn of the rivers and llie seas, and earthquakes heap in nno mass of destruction llio . unconsiiined materials of all earth's strength, her majesty and her beauty.' In this manner, though in more ener getic phrase, the preacher announced the consumation of all things, and held his im mense audience in breathless attention. Af ter some lime he paused and whether il was for himself, or from some ono of the company, it was difficult to say but tho in qui:y was heard : ' when shall Ihcso things be V Ah, that is well when shall ihcv he because, if a f,nv years may come and go, then you will eat mid drink as yon have done and laugh at llio calamity. But 1 sav until you, it is not a few vears, not even a single year that you mav wail for thus sailli the Lord ' On the sixth month nf this vear. and nn the fourth day of that month, and on the evening of that day, at the going down nf the sun, shall these things lie and you shall see it and tremble, ihu agonies of dealh, uiu uio ciy ot terror, and the wad of woo. Iho hitler scream of despair shall minglu with the crash of a ruined world, for the great day of his wrath has come, and who shall he able to stand. A few remarks by way of annlicalinn followed, and the preacher 'disappeared ; the crowd freed itself from iis compact position and seemed lo cover nearly one half of the iroa of the lot, talking In croups of the ihings that had boon uttered, nnd shewing tho effect which iho wild enthusiasm of the speaker had wrought upon llieir minds. William and Gertrude left iho square arm in arm, and in perfect silence. When they had reached llio side-walk in Market street, towards Thirteenth, William said : ' Tho old fellow seemed lo bo in earnest in his prophecy, ibqugh 1 would rather have heard his calculations, so as lo know whether thoy were according to Hamilton Moore.' (Hamilton Moore was in ihoso davs llio grand anlhorily for a sailm's calculations.) After a short pause, Gertrude hesitatingly rnl!.l i .1.... ;. p ' .i.n.-u, uiai ii was prouauto mat some higher authority would havo been ciled ; nav, ihe elements of a calculation ttwe offered from Iho biblo.' ' You do not beliove tlio fellow, do you V Willi ' ' I did not before, for I have heard much ol loin nnd of hi prophecy. Bill, some how, it seemed to-day as if the truth of eve ry word ho uttered was responded lo by my own heart and did you mark tho day ho uusiguaieu I ' No, I did not pay particular allonlinn, but it was something about tlm Sixth month ; which is that r Il is June, William, nnd lin said on tho evening of iho fourth of Juno. ' Why, that is tho very limo ihnt wo havo just agreed on for our weddinc-dav.' It is indeed and as tho pioachcr named the truth of all ho ultcred. William saw that Gertrude was deeply af fected by tho discourse of the prophecy, and especially by the coincidence of llio day, he therefore prudently forbore further remarks. it was not long helore llio lanuly ol Oer trude discerned that something was preying upon her mind ; nnd, loving her as they did, it was not strange thai they should have in quired for and found oul.thu cause. Meantime, William entered upon Ins jour v, inking leave of Gertrude in the ufiec- liiinato assurance thai lie would return at ist one week hefuru the lime appointed for their nuptials, and claim the fulfilment of her promise. I he pleaching of iS imrod Hughes and his emphatic prophecy were not without effect, even beyond the household of Ger trude's parents, and especially in the interior counties of llie htatc, not Ihen, ns now, ac cessible by railroads and canals. This proph et of destruction hud aeon for more than a jear lifting up his voice in the rich vallejs of our commonwealth, and making the moun tains echo with his Icrr'fving denunciations, and such had been the effect of his labors, his preaching and his explanation of sciiptural prophecies and types, and his own foretel ling, that thousands took up the idea and became convinced lliat all signs now indica ted the consummation of earthly affairs, and llie utter sweeping awny of the human race. To such an extent had iho doctrine gained credence, that we aro told in many townships the farmers in tho miiunin refused to sow their fields with wheat, and lltev nnd tlieir i families seemed lo ho looking " for that great and terrible da)1." In sooin places the con viciion of tho people led them to a reforma tion of life; in olivets it appeared only to prod no of this i studied indifierencu to llie things world, without auv preparation for that which is to conic Before the lime to wliich wo have alluded, when Xiinrnd stood in Centre Square, iho people of I'liilndc Iph'ri had heard of his prophery, and also nf the elfects which had been wrought iu some of llie interior conn lies, so that when he came to utter his moni tions, people were prepared to him. The address, therefore, to which we have alluded, created much talk throughout the city, and produced serious effects in many families, where lear of evil seemed to be easily ex cited. Gertnido continued to manifest her ap prehension of some impending evil, although she reinsert to conless that her tears had reference lo the prophery of Nimrod Hughes. I She prepared, however, for her, by purchasing mill making up bur dresses fur when did woman ever neglect such prepara lion but she evidently had liltlo pleasure in llie occupation some evil seemed to stand between lliat moment and her nuptial hour, and lo cast ils shadow ou what should have been lighted w itli llie clear sunshine ofy out h's brightest hope. I have heard those who were wilh her at these limes, say lliat a cloud appeared always to rest upon her high pol ished foiohend, and every smilo was checked

ns if treasonable lo some hidden woe. Meantime iho dav of Gertrude's marriage was approaching limn flies apace and wfll I continue to fly though its end ho full in sight and the people of Philadelphia though oc cupied with trade and professional calling, iiioiign marrying and given in nirirnage, still rememheied the nronherv : few of them, in-1 deed, suffered il In interfere wilh their plans, ' nut an seemed to tool; lor tho till ol June as sonin appointed day ; as at tha approach of anil eclipse, no one pretermit his occupation, whilu every one from limo to linio casls his 4 . . . . . .'yes upwards as il to see whether the phe- nomena is vet visible. Merchants miked of llie prophecy at the Coffee-house il was discussed by tho laborer in llio midst of his toil but tho women made it a lliemo of con tinued discourse, wondering somo of them whelher the day would begin in darkness, or whether tho -calamity would bo sudden, in the twinkling ofnn eye. But those who be lieved most firmly in tho prophecy, seemed less concerned about tho details than they wero about their own situation when the change should como upon litem. In the mean time the tourney on which William had entered was completed, and ho hastened to tho house of Gertrude to salute his affianced bride. He was shocked at the change which had come over her thcro was not an absence of affection still less any ap parent inclination to bo released from Iho engagement into which sho had entered, but sho manifested a solemnlly of feeling when conversing of the approaching wedding that seemed more appropriale to some agonizing scene ; still sho was tho snmo kind, thought ful, affectionate girl that William had woed and won, and his heart was as much knii with tier's ns when in llie loveliness of n May morning sho had consented to be his bndo, by iho hrighlnessof a coiinlenancothat secni' ed to shame tho sunshine of Iho hour. All iho preparations for the wedding were completed, and uertrudo had talked nnd talked over iho afl'iir fifiv times with her bridesmaids but never onco without a shud der of fearful apprehension, that was easily imputed in tho prevalent lerrorsol the times, but which all supposed would pass away with iho non-fulfilment of tho prophecy on tho fourth of litis next month. On Friday, the 4lh day of Juno, 1812, the sun rosn bright upon iho people of Philadel phia, It was a lovely morning, warm in deed, but without a cloud. Men and women wero abroad that day looking earnestly ns il half auspicious that tho prophecy might bo fulfilled many indeed joking about the cra zy prophet, and foolish believers, but feeling occasionally gratified lo hear somo bolter In formed person attempt to provo that tho prophecy could not bo fulfilled. In somo parts of tho town industry censod, and poo plo paused to nwait iho result of Ihn day unwilling In bo found in tho midst of active employment and yet ashamed if tho event should not lake place to be detected in any act of special devotion In n few churches llicro was continued worship, and in many houses the voice of prayer was heard rntiiinnally rising. Tho family nf Gertrude were willing to pay n respnctfol defurencu io tho fears of ono pari nf their neighbors, nnd the confi donee or lm that day, il seemed as if I fell doubly any rate, have postponed the wedding, bul fur the 1 bad sign ' which such an act pre sents. They therefore proceed, timidly, bul constantly, in the preparations which are never entirely completed, until the event takes place. The hour of noon had passed. Tho while satin dress of the bride, (rather an extravagant article in tho family ,) was laid out. Tho liltlo wreath, entwined with orange flowers, was above it. Around were llie appliances of the bridal hour, and near were Iho attendants of the bridal pair. And William had come up to lake possession nf his new home, and prepare himsell for the trying ceremony. Men were now seen at Ihe corners of the streets, talking gravely of iho prophet nnd his prophecy ; and while some ridiculed the whole, it was remarked that they cast furtive glances to different parts of the horizon, to see whether any signal oT danger presented itself, even if 'no bisuerthana man's hand.' But none was seen. The heat of llie day, meantime, grew more and more oppressive. The slight breeze of tho morning had died away ; and there came up from Iho slreel pavements a reflected beat, parching and dry, like that of a furnace. It was almost impossible to continue abroad, so fiercely did the sun pour down ils rays. ' It is now four o'clock, my daughter,' said JMis. bcheafler, with a smile, to (if Irude, nnd there does not seem to bo any signs of the fulfilment of Nimrod's prophecy.' Gertrude, who was silting near a bed upon w hich was spread out her nuptial robe, look- 'd up inquiiingly Mrs. Schcafier repeated ler remark. On llie six month,' said Gertrude so. emnlv, repealed the language of llie tiro diet ' on (he sixth month, on the fourth dav f lI'M mouth, and on tho evening of that day Mother, is ii evening yet V 'It is evening after mid-day,' said Mr: Schenlfer. Bul. mother, is it not evening, ulso, until midutght f Mrs. Schcafier turned lo make some ar rangement, and directed the attendants to prepare Gertrude, wilh the exception of the gown. This was completed at once, and Mrs. Sehcafi'iT went lo fulfil iilher duties in her household affairs, growing out of the ap proaching wedding. It was about five o'clock in the afternoon, and the heat was unbated. Men, however, bail gone forth, not to business, but to con verse. There was in the street, in the north' 'r" ni rt of llie cily, (and we speak of North v oiii'iu street in particular, a quiet so re markable, thai a fool-fall might have been heard nt the distance of a square. Men looked nrnund wilh some increasing confi dence, but ovidenlly withseciet forebodings. Suddenly n cry was heaid, and all eyes were turned towards the southwest, where was seen sweeping up the limizon a thick daik cloud. It was not cnliiely black, but was marked with velloi" streaks" Ils edges wuro jagged and wild, anil ils ascent was as rapid as if it were llio chaiiot of the winds. It came booming onwaids, and every face vas t ll r 11 I'd Howards In ils nmiro.irli Ii on,, 1,1.1 the sun, and so dark and dense was it, that lis shadow upon ihu earth was like ihe com ing in of a starless night. Meantime ihe thunder began to niuller. nitri'sisuig in joiiiiu as ine ciotiu approaciiet ten ininules ihu whole hoii.on wa covered by this dark pall ; a sudden burst of . iigiuiiiug, mii'imco, wiitioui a minute s pause, by an awful crash of thunder, gave voice to the growing fears of tho people, and scieams of horror nnd despair, and llie lones of ihe i., ..... ... inunuer, mat seemeu to Know no cessation, wero mingled with tho blasts of wind that stripped the trees uf their branches. There was in all this uproar a new source of won der and fear. So dense was llie cloud that hung over iho city, that thuro was upon its sm lace a reflection as if in a troubled water, of all thu prominent ohjecls below, and men thought thoy saw lull and lice and honsoand poopln in llio thick ceiling of the heavens above them. In thu midst of this w ild uproar of iho el ements, the rain commenced as if 1 ihe win dows of heaven had indeed been opened.' there was no prelusive drop, no thickening of the shower, but a down-pouring of tho el ements, as if iho incontinent cloiids had been rent by the lightning, and llieir treasures of wider poured forth without stint. In two minutes the streets wero inundated, and ap peared like mountain torrents, and tho al ready unmanageable fears of the people wero increased by ihn iip.pourlng of waler from llie. cellars, as if tho fountains of ihn great deep had been broken up, and Iho elements of the air and of tho nether world, the things 'of tho heavens ahovo and tho earth beneath, and the waters under the earth ' wero uniting lo break down ihn middle wall of partition, nnd to conlound all ol order that had result ed from their distinct separation. In all this, man lei t his insignificance there was nothing to which he could turn his hand with oven an appearance of usefulness; (ho thoughtful and the pious stood waiting ; tho voice ol prayer was heard amid Ihu deep thunder lones without ; and hero nnd there llio wild shriek of despair roso sharp amid tho turmoil and told tho progress of the day's disaster. One loud thunder-clap, and a flash of light ning thai blazed over tho wholo firmament, wero accompanied w ith additional out-pouring of waler ; trees camo prostrate to the earth, or crushed the windows of the houses ugainst which they fell, and tho wild uproar was doubled. After this (hero was a sudden pausoofthe rain nol a drop tell; here nnd thorn a stream of lightning playod fantastically in the edge of the horizon, and tho distant thunder kopt n low but constant muttering, and thosn who did not look forth, began to hopo that tho worse was past. In a fow moments people wrro seen at the windows and doors, somo in Ihn street, look in't upwards, but Iho glossy reflecting black of the clouds above them and the wild move ments of tho masses on the horizon told them that iho elemental strife had only paus ed as if for fresh efforts and tho wind an peered to bn gathering new fnrco beneath tho western horizon, where a stripe of grey upward to bear the munitions of additional horrors. Nut a breath agitated the remaining leaves of the trees. Scarcely a word from the gath ered groups interfered with the sound of prayer or the ".brick of continued terror thai broke from llio neighboring houses. There was a pause in nature, and man hushed the emotion of his fears as if silence was the true iltrihtitc of llie boor. A wide snreadini! hlnxo of lightning almost seered the upturn ed eye of tho people, and a peel of thunder seemed to break in the very midst many sunk down in sheer weakness and some screamed aloud in the agonv of fear. There was another pause, when ono univeisal cry of horror fixed every eye upon the south west portion of the horizon. There had sprung upward as if from tho earth, for ils base could hot bu seen, a mighty column of lire, it reared itsell toward the cloud a wild, lurid flame flashed from itssides quite across ihe whole heavens, leaving u sicklv light up on ihe northern and western sides of all the buildings. When the column had attained what seemed to bu nearly the height of the clouds, an inverted cone of vast dimensions appeared to reach downward lo the summit of llio eaith-bom pillar of fire. Then com menced the scene of wildest horror. Groans and screams rose wildly upon the air, while here and there was seen some silent waiter sitting in utter abstraction, folding himself about, and looking to be included in the gen oral dissolution. While this last fearful si n gleamed iu the eyes uf the affrighted people, the tempest was renewed the thunder and ihe lightning camo wilh i ('doubled force, and the wind whichji ad been gathered in the wot swept unwind and bore upon its wings and scattered downward jagged masses of ico that cut like winged swords. The inundation began again, and many who had scoffed at llie fust outbreak of the tempest, trembled at ihu awful demonstra tion of this, when the magazines of heaven seemed to be exhausting iheniselvcs fur the destruction of earth. In the midst of this awful uproar, William, who had more than once sought to gain ac cess to Gertrude's chamber, renewed his al tempi, nno lound her stretched out upon the hed, neaily dressed rr the even.iig ceremo- ny. II was a learlul sight on such a moment, inn it was iiouuiy paintiii to nnd her inscnsi - . , . . bio lo his piesence, and to the appalling up roar abroad. He kneeled beside her lied and called to her in every lono uf affection to lecoginze him but she gave no heed. A I length the thunder was silenced the rain and hail ceas ed, and William called lo the people of iho house lo aid him with Gel Irude. In a short limo ho took her in his arms and carried hot to tho dour of her chamber, w ilh ii view of showing to her that llie occa sion of her fears had been removed, and thai tho slorni wliich had so much alarmed her had passed away. He directed her .-mention to tho west', where henealh tho lifted masses of iho clouds the sun was sinking iu a gtoiioussot and all around seemed lo bo a trembling sea of light and heal of which tho sun was only a centre. 1 Do you sco how lovely the evening comes in V mid William. 1 I sen il,' said she il is beautiful, fur far more beautiful than r.AHTlli.v scenes.' 'And such an evening too for our mar' liage, helier than we had ventured lo hope,' added William. Is there mirriage in Heaven?' said Ger trude with hesitancy. William turned towards llio east, and look ing out saw that the sun was throwing a most brilliant rainbow on the waler clouds that had passed. It was a magnificent sight ihf! w hole horizon was spanned by the gor geous arch which was made doubly beautiful by tho dark cloud upon which it rested. Look, said William, 'what a heavenly sight how full of hope and promise is token Oertriido lined her eves towards the cast then dropped gently on her knees, and wilh her hands crossed upon her breast and eyes upturned, she rather sighed then titter ed ' Thcro was a taiubow round about the llirnni. ' William's heart sunk willim him as ho fell llio mind of his beiroihcd had received an irreparable shock, llo called her mother and placing Gertrude in her arms, turned with a smilted heart from her chamber.' The storm had indeed ceased ; to w ild up- roar had succeeded tho calm, soft loveliness of a summer's evening, doubly enjovedfrpm the tremendous terror which had been en dured. It was soon Known that the column of fire which had been seen near llio close of the storm, sprung from au immense mass of htm her and wood lying near and on a brick kiln m the south western part ol tho cily firo had , been communicated either Irom llie kiln or bj lightning, nnd tho peculiar state of tho at mosphere and tho density of the dark cloods abovo exaggerated llio terrific appearance. Poor Gertrude I saw her nl the closo ot 1815. and Ihe few words which sho uttered, , - 1 i th" only ones for many days, wero indicative of the st.ito of her mind. ' It is something,' said she, ' to esc.ipo the place of punishment bu'. 1 see not the pleasures l a belter slain this lingering on the conliues ol earth, win earthly feelings and heavenly hopes is a sad probation.' Moro than a year alter that interviow, her wounded spirit escaped. William, who had sat for hours by her side, received iho last look sho had to give. After lingering be yond nil expectation, and nppoaring Indeed ofion to have departed. Gertrude turned to ward her lover tho film had past from her oyos, there was a tusiru in iiiem utvyunu uiai of their early youth and soundest health. ' Gertnido Gertrude, oxcluimed ho with subdued voice ss ho pressed a kiss upon her forehead. William, is il you Indeed whero am 1 1 this looks likoearlh and yet such strange. slrango thoughts I havo had tell me, nro you hero, iho last to bid mo farewell on earth ' . ... 1 M ii or UIO lirsi iu wcnunia inn iu ut-nivii . Wo nro in tho houe of your mother, Ger trudn, shall 1 call her?' 'Not jet not yet I know now that 1 am of ea'nh, the lovo I feel is too confined, in my gloomy hours, since that dreadful day, that love has been my solace, it was the in ward lamp that lit the sepulchral darkness of my heart and made nie dream of paradise and now now 1 go lo the fountain of thai light, the centre and source of all love.' The eyo grew dim and fixed, and llie smile that played on tile lovely lips of Gertrude passed into a convulsive trembling that ceased iho smilo returned and Gertrude lay lovely in death. When the hand of improvement levelled the graves in Franklin Square a few years since, I caused the head stone of Gertrude's resting place to be sunk nearer her allies, in the hope that the remains of one so lovely and ihe record of her name, would rest to gether until the End oj the World. I'onTn.'iT or a French Woman. In a latu number of that mirth-exciling work, ' Ainsworth's Magazine,' wo find the follow ht pen-and-ink portrait of la belle Pttfiti ennc. A French woman, observes the wri ter, is all June June, de la tete au picds ! Even in the dog-days, an English beauty dn ,'sses as though afraid the wind may change or as if iho weather looked threatening. If not on her shoulders, there are always halfa dozen shawls and boas in ihu corner of the carriage. But the Parisicnne, like the cuk coo, has no soriowin her song no winlef in her year. Her draperies are as light as her heart. She comes forih for her parties ol pleasure, gay as a butterfly ; fresh gloves, fiesh shoes, her chip-bonnel trimmed wilh flowers ft oiu wliich one might almost brush the dew ; and a dress, concerning which ono lungs to inquiie, as Geoigo thu Third did of the apple in the dumpling, how she managed to gel into it so untumhled and neat In eve ry fold ! And then, she is predetermined to be amused, and consequently, suio lo bu amusing. Her day of pleasure has neither yesterday nor to-morrow; no unpleasant reminiscences ; no jarring appreliensionsdis turb her checiful mind ; prepared to enjoy the brtght sky which Heaven has placed ovet her head, the green herbage under her feet, the admiring liiends who share these Dleas- j tires in her company,' self seems to have , disappeared front her calculations when she t()oU ,.ave of it 0) quitting her toilet ;-that t. .if :, , nr,;c!,,.l.. ...... r .. i u itiuiiui ui wursuiu with her, that she has hit upon the exact mode of rendering it a matter of worship to other people. 1 hAVLSTIB OF AN t.XTKACT MOM BuLWER'j Ladv or Lvoss Tho Picayune, that witty journal of fun, frolic, and burlesque, makes its reader descend from the ideal enhl into tfi fka actual ridiculous, in the follow ing parody of a part of the scene between Claade Jlelnotte and i'aulmc, where tho former, with lover-like rhapsody, describes a' palace ou the lake of Uoino, and exclaims "If thou wouldst have me paint I he home to which, could loe fulfil its prayers, riua hand would ksd thee, listen!" Tho Picayune draws iho Hogs if Kilkenny rather than the poet's lake, and introduces the following happy dialogue between Clod and I'ully : Pclt-j. Tell me f.Riin about the cabin, Clod. thJ. O, iiiuha, thin, if I could hate me way, Id take ihce too the valle), troth I would, R ear a bin. margm'd be pitaly patches, J le-rc, the pis m ihe cabin parlor come, As sociable as can be! Polly. Arrah, Clod! Vied. A cabin liftin' jis! above ihe prass lis mud wall, where musical youn"pis Should squeal the naineof Polly, lie me soul! " c'J sit amoin. iho cabbages, and wondher Uow earth could bo so unhappy, Wtuln lh Slillieut us love au.l murphies! We'd have Save for y dhrop o' whiskey. " rn"d' The Jack-o'.I.anihern light U stahu through the amis and boggy And all Iho is heavy wid the grunts ""V"' Ol pood fat porkers, and ihe pigs run forth 1 the midsiof thepualies? iJowdojehke Uty.-O, Clod! Clod! let's be a(T there, ,'bl Arrah, what girl could love you like'yer Polly 7 .A .mxl'ote. Tho minister of tho town or . by somo strange concentration of events, be.ome somewhat unpopular among his peo ple ; and they, to .show tlieir spunk at a M irrh meeting, elected him hos-reei'tt 1 :"' c ntlcm.iu eleel happening to be pre- "' su !lnd addressed iho moderator thus t '"'"i 1 was chosen somo ears ago ns the of tins flock, but as my flock have '"n" d ,n s,v,,,L'i 1 this change of office exceedingly appropriate. I will endeavor to "''r" according lo llio best of my abilities." Marriage MxTRAonotAKri A correspon dent of the New York Courierj Writing from inh C.irulina, says : "On Thursday, 'April 13th, were married at V 'kes Co., j C, by Eldor Colbv Sparki., ol the Itaptist church, Meesr?, Chang and Eng the Siamcss twin brothers, to Muse Sarah and Adelaide, daughter of Mr. David Yeatee, of Wilkes county. X. C. From Florida. Giccn peas were receved from there by the lucky Editor of the Savannah Republ Can, on the lMlh ult. The orange tree 1,'f.rr, Kl.trwiiin.. ... . ...1 1 . , n, .i,ir ...i, nrfm. . fi... 1...1 "n , i'viihiiivb 1 uiu iiJUiciiiQ iittu ail disappeared, and the country was being settled by a hardy race of eutcrpri? iug norlhineu. j 1'rettv Keen. I he Albany Patriot says w m our on .uuimmisi clergymen, fast Sunday, remarked that ifall the world bclievml the Second Craning was to take place 011 the 23d of April, 1843, at three o'clock, P. M , two thirds of them would delay all preparation for it till half past two " Legal Hits Tho best thine in th WV fit "legal hit" that we have vet seen is the follow ing :...In an action for fees a physician cannot recover. In cases of ilness the patients are of. ten in the fame predicament, On a bill or not the statute begins to rundirectly It Is due. Th acceptor, if he cannot pay, had better follow tie statute's example... -iV. 0. Pic. 'How is Mrs. W., your client, Una morning V said one of the members of the bar to another. 'I think,' said the gentleman addressed 'she is dying, 1 drew her will yesterday.' 'Then 1 think,' replied the first will recover ; fur every one knows a woman it always better for hating htr trill,' Br Squeers To whst color docs a fluj 2