Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, September 29, 1843, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated September 29, 1843 Page 1
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t0tt fvtt fPw NOT TUB QZOBT Or OJBSAB BUT T H B W B I. T A B B Or BOMB. BY H . B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 29, 1843. VL. XVI No. 17. fee From Ihe New Mirror. A STORY BY WILLIS. Whether the following story bo true or not) discretion would requiro that wo should put it forward as a fiction. Those who wero in London some six or soven years ago will have their opinions as to the draft on the writer's imagination. Some half dozen years ago, Mrs. Wilfrid Lcfevrc, a widow with marriageable daugh ters, suddenly rose like a meteor into tho thin air of London fashion. Her first party was a faultless combination, and her subsequent parties went on not by ascending grada tions, for there was no choicer company, no better music, nor more ndmirablo disposi tion of light, supper mid decorations, to bo attained this side of Paradise, or Paris but they wcro equal to tho first, and the fickle beau-mondc remained constant. Of the small number in high society who owed their position exclusively to superiority of style, Mrs. Lefcvre was, in 1830, the indis putable star dominant. Shu vanished from her high orbit at the close of the season, hav ing brilliantly married all her daughters ! And her Napoleonic genius, more particu larly in this latter field of stratagem, remains to tills day tint sphink riddle to the managing mothers of May Fair. The patriotism of ladies in no country ev er required stimulus ; but it may add 'a rose leaf to the brimming cup' of American fe male patriotism to mark the difference be tween the situation 'of marriageable girls in England, and marriageable girls in the Uni ted States. The difference is almost told when we stop to explain why it should be a marvel that Mrs. Lefevre married all her daughters ; but a marvel it certainly was, highly accomplished, beautiful and stylish as were tho Misses Lefovre, without exception. In ouf country everv young man means to marry, and unless his abilities arc very infe rior, lie is able at twenty-five, or sooner, to ofTer tin lady of Ins choice a comfortable home. It is not the fashion, moreover, (and this is very wonderful to Europeans) for the lover to make any direct enquiries as to the lady's worldly substance, or to exact any thing whatever beyond the limpida camisa in which sho blushes into matrimony. The result is that all American ladies have a chance to marry, and most of them n 1 con siderable sprinkle ' of variety in choice, their success in winning the right one depending entirely on their own intrinsic qualities and attractions. From the liberal freedom of in tercourse allowed between young people, (tho most marked peculiarity of our national manners, by the way,) the dissimilarities of temper which tired repentance in wedlock are unstarcueu in nine, uimj uu iiuufiu.iu husband or wife has no apology for tho dis covery of flaws jjasl-nialrimnni.il. Audi alteram partem. Of all the young men, say fifty, who are on tho visiting list of a family of nice girls in England, not more than five or six are, or ever will be, good matches in point of fortune, and the remain dor aro not to be thought of, however agree able partly because the parents would op pose, and partly (a very essential ' partly ') because the young gentlemen, doomed to a limited income, arc as much resolved not to marry, except to better condition, as the young ladies; and mean tirnn aro not at nil forlorn as irresponsible bachelors. The five or six 'matches' are also 'sore beset' by hundreds ofothcr nice girls, (or bv their mam as for them,) and as 'rich and noble means not of course, gifted and wise,' the winner is not alwavs so much a subject of envy as she seems. With the forlv-fivo unmarriagcablo beaux, Made noiselln mav dunce and rlt.it, (properlv chaperoned ;) but to venture upon the uttermost limit of sentiment or flirtation, except to pique a marrying man, or hide a mortification, would be an unpardonable in discretion. Tho natural result is, that if a man is not a match ' ho finds unmarried girls very unamusing, and married ladies are so willing to supply the deficiency, that he seldom speaks to a Miss, except it is his sis ter or cousin, or some quite safe old maid, very useful or very literary. The changes in civilization, moreover, while they furnish no amelioration of female celibacy, tend con tinually (by the perfection of clubs, usages of hospitality, depreciation of married re serve, etc.) to cmbclisli and make more at tractive tho life of a ' bachelor,' added to which the name has ceased to bo a reproach whilo that of old maid ' has not; and there is a very common feeling in society that a man is not justified in marrying except with a certainty ot competence marriage not be ine an engagement.' foi better or for worse,' but for better only. The chances aro nt least ten to one that an English girl never receives a plausible offer, fifty to one that she never marries, and a hundred to one she docs not marrv the man sho would have chosen for tune asidu. With this contrast aro wo wrong in pronouncing America tho paradise of young ladies! This by way of digression And now for a story which will prove that there is no place like the heart ot .London for a mystery. Tim sun was apparently dropping into its tuburdan lodging at Bayswatcr, and tho ring in Hyde Park was deserted by all except the reche'rehes who fit with the bats by twilight. Lady Sylvia Trcnor haled a crowd oven in Rotten Row, and usually ordered her cha riot for a turn in tho park at tho hour when the impertinence of daylight becamo less in trusive. Her dashing blood grays, not tho less scornfully superb because pampered for dew and dust, had hardly spattered the grav el once round upon tho pedestrians in the circle, when the primrnso gloved hand of the best mounted man in London was laid upon her chariot window. The perpendicular coachman instantly moderated his pace, and )he equally intelligent annual ridden liy Mr Filzlierbet Powys (trained among other ac complislunents for chit-chat at carriage win dows) took care of his legs mid his master' and incorporated his momentum into that of her ladyship s equipage ns completely as tho flying grinin upon (lie panel, How d'ye do. Fiiz V ' How d've do ? just cornel' ' Before 1 forgot il, what do you do willi yourself to-night ? ' Sulk at home, unless you are to he alone, What's going 1 I'm so sick of every thing !' Lady Sylvia handed him an unsealed note. From tho Lefevrcs, and you must go,' said the little beauty, very positively. ' Isn't that the woman wilh.a dozen daugh ters to marry? Really I can't. What's ono to say to so many stuck up girls, and I'm never let alone, you know ! Besides, if ono wanted to air one's heels, it's Wednes day, the Duke's ball.' ' Well, don't put on that imploring air. There will be tho Duke's ball till dooms day' ' If doomsday comes on a Wednesday 1' said the dandy. Poll! listen! These Lofevres arc worth going to, my dear Fitz! Nothing was ever so perfect as their parties nothing was ev er seen like their toilettes nobody knows where lliny get their music no money can buy such flowers it's witchwork, the' style of the people ! Go you shall! Dine with me nt nine !' 'Sir Thomas V ' Sir Thomas dines out.' ' Convenu ! Adieu !' Mr. Fitz Hcibcrt Powvs had boon of ago and the possessor ofim enormous fortune just a year. Up to this time he had been care fully kept upon moderate means nt foreign Universities, and was well educated, good looking, and good tempered. His family be ing very respectable, there was nothing to qualify the fact that he was the best match of the season. His life was, of course, an amatory gauntlet. His past life, his tastes, his weak points, his resorts, and his opinions were, to Misses and Mammas, surprisingly familiar. From feeling flittered with all this, however, he had now got to fancy he was rather hunted ; and, in truth, Powys found it so much more agreeable to accept tho more disinterested attention of married belles, that his case was rapidly degenera ting into a chronic Missyphobia. With his lour in liand,lus great popularity at tho chilis. his seeming endless felicity of making favor wiui oriinaiu women, nnu a superb establish ment in Park Lano, the chanco of his sidl ing for a change in his condition seemed des perate indeed. As a supplement to this sketch of Fitz I'owys, I may as well quote a remark of Mrs. Lcfevro's, made just a week before the period at which ho is introduced to the rea der. This quiet person had, unobserved, listened for an hour to his conversation with Lady Sylvia at the last Almack's. Well, what is he like V asked her daugh ter Meliccnt, who had not yet muda hor up- jvuitiiiiu in uuuuuii sociuiy. ' Like a child stuffed with bons-bons, a longing for a piece of bread, my love ! His humors arc all surfeited, and his heart starv ing Tor a bit of romance or nature. D'ail- leurs, a very proper match for you.' 1 no weather seemed in tho conspiracy to embellish the Lofevre's ball, and the Re gent's Park, in tho soft moonlight, looked, trom tho rapidly whirling carriages, like a vision of restored ttal". In the vicinity of the gay scene, the coachmen, ranged ulontr tho Park palings, leaned with their elbows upon the hammer cloths, watching the swans oating in the sward-rimmed and moon-lit water ; the footmen wero crowded about tho door, feasting their profane oyes with glimp ses of satin slippers tripping across the car peted sidewalk ; heavenly music poured in to the street from tho open verandahs, and tor nan d mile either w.iv extended a linn of night-capped heads from tho upper stories. me tenner ncarls ol the neighbor's house maids (of the samo sex as the noble dame cognizance, he was aware, by an influonco ho could scarcely explain, that his presence was without its usual effect upon their Mis- scsslnps, that ho had just as much ice to break in making their acquaintance as a ' detri mental ' with ,200 a year. Piqued and out of humor at this refusal of his usual tribute, (indifferent ns ho really was to it when paid,) Powys turned towards a conservatory, which not being lit, did not seem intended to bo thrown open to tho com pany, but the class door of which was set njar by Miss Lefevre at his approach, proba bly for fresh air. It was a crescent shape, and filled with delicious flowers ; and sooth ed with its fragranco and coolness, the dis contented millionario followed its course, till the shining rooms ho had left were out of sight, and he stood alone with the moor, shi ning in upon him through the roof or glass. Tho sudden interruption of the music of the band made him aware nt this moment, that the door behind him had been closed again, and with a renewed feeling of piquo nt tho implied inattention of Miss Lefevre, who had seen him enter, ho turned to retrace his steps. Eilz I suddenly cried a shrill voice from the other direction. 'Fit.! Fit.!' Powys startpd. Could the conservatory lead round again to the ball-room 1 Who was calling him ( Not Lady bylvia s voice, surely 1 Fitz! Fitz!' called tho strnngo" voice, with more impatient emphasis. The litrlit of tho moon i list sufficed to show the alley of flowers loading into tho dark ness, and expecting presently to emerge in tho supper room, or lighted portion of the house, Powy, turned toward the voicc,which, with strange iteration in the same shrewish key, tempted him onward. Stumbling over tlie raised thrcshhold of a small vestibule, he now saw a light gleaming through the slight opening of a door before him, and from the room beyond, the call evidently proceeded. Using no ceremony, ho pushed the door in ward remarking that though it moved upon noiseless and easy hinge, it was unusually massive and found himself in an apartment which seemed, at first glance, to be a chapel. ' f Hz I t itz ! ' screamed tho voire again, directly over his head. He had barely dis covered that it was a caged parrot which was calling to him lustily, when, in the deep em brasure of a window opposite, he observed a female busied in opening a shutter. As she succeeded in turning a heavy bolt, the open ed window let in a rush of air, and the door by which he had entered was shut with a loud reverberation. The window he observ ed with surprise, also, was grated, and with a smile on his face nt the aspect of an ad venture which everything seemed to wear, ho advanced to the female, who apparently unaware of his presence, stood looking out upon the night through the burs of the gra ting. A scream of dismay followed the first word he uttered, and Powys beheld, with amaze ment a face turned to him, folded in the close-filling coif of a nun, yet of a beauty in tho highest degree impressive and striking. ' Who are you V she demanded in a voice husky with terror, but at the same time draw ing up her lofty person to its fullest height. With ultcrancu scarcely more assured than her own, Powys began his apology, and aid ed by tho parrot who broko in with the shrill repetition of Ins name, was in tho midst of an embarrassed account of his travels through tho dark, when the incoinilia sprang to the massy door, ueat upon it with her hands, ut tered cries of rage and terror, and finally fell ana uamseis at tne nail, tliough it requires upon her knees before the ailar crowned enmn mrlm-llim ... ...il!n Jt ,1. I. : '...!.! -i-... i i . .. . ... ,t.,,, ,,j uiuiiiuum iijiun wiim a rrni'iiix, aii'i nnried nor lace 111 tier the window sills in sleepless svmmithv Lady Sylvia was late. The beautv of the night had tempted her to come from Bel hands in a paroxvsm of (listless, Powys now began to fancy ho had inlrtf ded upon the prison of n maniac, and crossed grave Square by tho way of Ilampstead 1 to re-open the door, hut hero again ho was Mr. Fill 'niuL'e linviniT tm I.:., o -'-. r...i. r . , ,. , - . Mr. t itz Powys having on him a tertain of romance, to which ho was suhiect. i en Mrs. Lelevro s people not to an nounce me,' said her ladyship to her foot man before alighting, and so entering quiet ly on Powys' arm, sho avoided the reception room, and mingled with the dancers on tho floor. After this wallz,' said Powvs. I shall stalk round and seu tho rooms, a'nd then find some of the fellows and go to supper. Don't introauco mo to Mrs. Le what's her name, unless wo break our nocks oyer her and tho Misses' if you love mo ! What divlno mu sic, tho to bo sure !' he added, as ho encircled fled round waist of Lady Sylvia, and away in tho waltz. The house occupied by tho Lcfcvres was ono of tho most spacious in London, having neon uuiit ny tno eccentric Lord , who was nltcrwarJs confined in it as a madmant, Accustomed as Powys was to splendor, ho wandered round in admiring astonishment. The number of tho rooms seemed endless. and the arrangement a labyrinth, yet there wero just persons enough without a crowd, and no one seemed unoccupied oriinamuscd. Ul the larger rooms, tho walls wcro covered with plaited linen, dazzingly white, and over laid with gilded arabesquo knotted with bou quets of naturul flowers, cnmclias and water lilies predominating. There wero no doors visihlo, but the gorgeous boudoirs, hither and thither, showed each a double mirror of tho height of the ceiling, set in silk, or swung upon unseen hinge, (mirrors to those within and to those without) and closed nt pleasure ny the pressure ot the linger, leaving tho ex istence of the retreat unsuspected. Powys' acquaintance with tho guesls was nearly universal, but having mado up his mind to ' do ' the party as expeditiously as possible, ho nodded right and left and kept on his way ; yet ho began to think, after a while, that ' glamour ' was thrown over his oyes, for in every successive room he imme diately singled out a lady of singular superi ority of stylo and countenance, and on en quiring her name hoard immediately tho samo reply, ' Miss Lefovro.' Dressed in to tally different style, so much so at least as to disguise any family rcsemhlanco that might exist, they wero each tho most striking or nament of tho npartmont that scorned to bo allotted to her care ; and though in tho ex ercise of tho vicegerent of hospitality, eve ry successive Miss Lofuvro passed her eye over Mr. Powys with a vory perceptible re- Th fibhiflnilile tegmtnl of the ring in HydePstk, at fault, for it presented a solid mass of oak, without ahandluoi'iipeiture.and had evident ly closed with a spring lock, at the trust which followed the opening of the shutter. Through a smaller door at tho extremity of the room, lie saw the head ot a narrow, white bed, with a crucifix against tho wall above it, hut delicacy forbade him to seek an exit there, and he stood still in fixed and silent embarrassment. The lady rose. Tears glistened upon her long lushes, but her lips wero curled with pride and resentment. Thero was no mad ness, Powys thought in thoso glorious eyes, and looking at a clock which stood opposite tho altar, she said with a gesture of impa tience, ' take a scat, sir ; I rpgrct to say you aro a prisoncY in this room till morning. Fatal ! fatal chance !' and again sho bu ried her faco in hrr hands, and turned away to conceal iter passionato emotion. Powys thought ho never had beheld a moro exquisite lorni than that which now moved from him. 1 ho dress of spotless wluto was fitted simply and closely to a bust of the youthful mould and divine outline of a Hebe, and the contour ol the whole figure, and the simple flow and dignity of her movement, Kindled an admiration which lor the moment overpowered his surprise. In that interval of silence he observed also, that, though fur nished ns a chapel with oratory and altar, tho room contained a harp, implements of drawing, turners, and other signs of constant lomalo habitation Fitz.' Fitz!' screamed the parrot at this inopportune and delicate crisis. Powys bit his lips. The lady looked round at tho bird with a elance of voxation. and encountered tho half mirthful gazn ofl tho intruder. alio coloured angrily for an instant, but Powys' senso of tho ludicrous getting tho boiler of his gravity, he burst in to a violent fit of laughter, and, with the tears still in her eyes, tho offended nun hys lerically followed him. Evidently enraged at tho turn things had taken, she mado several attempts to control her own mirth and silence that of her com panion. Rut with the first word of allusion to their imprisonment, the picture of their situation provoked a rcnowal of laughter on the part of Pows, mid it was too contagious to resist. They were now scaled, vis-a-vis in two comfortable fauteuils, however, nnd n common sympathy, involuntary ns it wns had dnno much to remove the awkwardness of their position. Powys' good breeding como to his aid, and with his gravity, return ed the somewhat romantic sense of tho lady's .Monsieur- unparalleled loveliness. 'It is very unfortunate,' said she, with the least possible mischief trembling in tho bright corner of her mouth, ' that the husband of my German maid should answer to a name so nearly resembling your own. The parrot's lesson wns ' Fritz,' 'but ns the r troubled him ho learned it with a variation.' Powys smiled, but ventured upon the nat ural gallantry of calling tho circumstance anything but a misfortune. Respectful as his manner was, however, ho had driven the nun back again upon tho reserve, and it .was with very brief and reluctant narration that she explained the mystery of her own seclu sion in London. Sho had been permitted (so rnn her story) by the Abbess of the con vent of . in Germany, in which she wns destined to pass her life, to spend the closing year of her novitiato with her mother in En gland. 'And how much yet remains J pardon mo 1' interrupted Powys, coloring and check ing himself at the eagerness of his own voice. 'A month. I am to take the veil in Au gust. The peculiar construction of this house, with the addition made for tho confine ment of the insane Lord , favored my mother's pledge of complete seclusion for me during this indulgence ; and till this fated evening, it has seemed to me as far from the world as the cell of my convent. My moth er and sisters, and the German maid who ac companied me, alone enter here.' A discreet question or two elicited the further information that the door (usually closed after the vesper hour, and opening only trom the outside,) had been Icltopen by her sister, that she might hear some of tho new music of the band, and that Mr. Powys' liberation depended solely on the hour at which the said German maid should appear with the novitiate's breakfast. With the dissipation of a ball in the house, this prom ised, unluckily, to be later than usual. Apparently quite reconciled lo his share of the vigil, Powys took a volume of Ger man poetry from the table, on tho blank leaf of which ho observed tho name of Meliccnt, and, willi his continental education, soon found topics upon which conversation flow ed very freely. His companion was as well read in ucrmnn poetry and legend as him self, nnd with an exchange of enthusiasm on this nnd similar topics, tho rcscrvo of sister Meliccnt, nnd tho remaining hours of the night, wore away with equal rapidity. Morning dawned, and the nun betook her self to her matins. In adoration f perhaps muro distracted than her own.) Powys watch ed her graceful figuro kneeling in tho orato ry, and listening to tho lo murmur of her voice. Iter devotion had not power to calm the troubled flush upon her check, and with a beauty mom radicnt than sainted, the fair Meliccnt arose and let in the gold beam of Hie rising sun. And, lor tho first time in the history of that luminary, (as far ns we are in formed,) its chaste dawn looked upon a do duration of love. It was an exquisite hand with which tho sorely tempted novice crossed herself, calling on the saints to preserve her in this unex pected strait ; but the simplicity of a conven tual education, not having supplied tho art of gradually yielding lo a lover, and the saints not appearing at tho summons, ns sho had been taught to believe they would do, bodily his lily-white hand lay imprisoned in Fitz Powys', with no mortal means of extrication. Doubtless, with time to rally, the beleaguer ed nun would remember how she might have resisted, but it was not so ordained. Unex pectedly, as old llerlha arrived at ten o'clock,

with muffins and coffee, the lovers had still found time to arrange a surprise for the West End of London. ' Golt in IIimmcl!, exejaimed ihe faithful German, as sho opened the door of the sanc tuary and dropped the Coffee tray in her as tonishment. 1 he gliding nun, however, qui etly slipped between Bertha and tho door, and cut off tho chance of a too precipitate retreat, nnd when the muffin and el ceteras wcro re-gathered, it was explained to the slow comprehension of tho lay sister that her mistress ' would not be a nun !' Hold spec tacles wero not wanting to aid Bertha's im perfect vision, and she ended by seeing the expediency of letting Mr. Powys out of the garden gate, and of following him, with the novice, out of tho samo gate, just twelve hours after. Among thoso who wero surprised with tho return ot Mr. nnd Mrs. Powys from Gretna Green, was Lady Sylvia Trcnor, but not among tho surprised were Mrs. Lo- fevro and her daughters. Powys had only ono surprise during the honeymoon that of discovering that old uerthn had no husband whoso name was 1' ritz, and that the parrot was tho exclnstvo property of Mrs. Lefevro ! wot ot a very inquisiiivo nature, no never nnuired how it came to be taught the first syllable ol his aristocratic prenoiuen. What matter was it I lie had got u beautiful and highly educated wifu by tho menus, though very possibly indeed, but for tho singular combination of circumstances on the night of her mamma's ball, she might never have been tho controller ol a millionaire s million a better sphcro for a pretty woman than a cell in tho nunnery, to bo sure. With so much to in an a go in a single sea son, Mrs. Lelevro Had, ot course, no leisure for forming intimacies, and it wns even said that except on the occasion of her brilliant balls, nothing but a visiting card ever found id mission into her door. It was enough for the gay world to know that tho entree was desirable enough when she choso to accord it, and that sho had been introduced lo the loaders of fashion by very high sponsors. When Mrs. Lelevro disappeared, therefore, ut tho close ol tho season, and her wherca bout wns not even surmised by tho Court Journal, no thought was given to tho mailer, and there wns no bereaved intimate friend to tako to heart the mystification. Of what family tho Lofevres were, and what their dowries were, it was presumed by tho inquis itive that the six husbands had taken pains to ascertain yet no whisper on either of these points, reached, at tho lime, the avid car of rumor. - passed his time exclusive ly among tho ci-devan six Misses Lefevre. His striking resemblance to every one of mem, in a greater or less degree, provoked some curiosity among tho diplomats; and it is now believed, by Lady Sylvia, for one, (who, by tho way, resumed her confidential friendship with Mr. Powys,) that these young ladies were a dctatchment from a very large family, with several mothers of royal lineage on one side only ! To which of these demi princcsscs Mrs. Lefevre was tho natural pa rent, or whether she boro this relation to ei ther of them is, perhaps to themselves, mat ter of doubt ; but whether a 'frail favorite in her decadence, or a diplomatic ngent only in the mailer, she certainly acquitted herself with a Ichcity worthy of a white slone in his tory. N. P. W. ADVENTURE OF THE VIRTUES. FROM MNA, FREDERIKA BREMER. One day tho virtues became weary of living all together with the Bishop of Skara, and they therefore resolved to make a journey, in order to breath a little fresh air. As they were about to enter a boat for this purpose, a poor woman Willi a pale child approached anil implored char ity. Pitty put her hand immediately into their travelling purse and pulled out a piece of money : Economy, however, drew back the arm of her companion, and whispered in her car "What extravagance! give her a ticket for soup for the poor !" foresight, who constantly carried a number of these tickets about her, after she had made more exact inquiries into the circumstances of the poor woman, consented to give hor ono of them. Pitty, encouraged by a hint from Gen. crosity, pressed secretly the money into the meagre hand. Zeal, presented her with a co ny of the "I'cnnv Magazine ; and pleased and thankful, though with a glance of indifference at tho latter gift, she went away. The virtues now began hastily their voyage mild winds blew around them, and in edifying conversation on the last sermon of the Bishop, they were borne thence by the dancing waves. Suddenly, however, a black cloud drew itself over tho heavens. Foresight, who had bought a new bonnet for tho journey, begged that they might go ashore and seek shelter from the coming tempest. Courage was for defying the danger, but Prudence came to the support of Foresight, and they finally agreed to land. There observed they a boat which steered di rectly upon them, and whose passengers were in the highest degree jovial, and made a tre mendous noise. It was a little company of Vices to which good humor had joined herself, and who now pursued their journey with the greatest delight. In passing by, they gave, purposely as it seemed, such a rude jolt lo tho boat of the Virtues, that it was very nigh cap. sizing. Courage took lire, heseizetlthe strange boat, and was in the act to deal his blows among tho crew, when humanity threw herself between and received on her cheeks the cuffs which the contending parlies designed for each other. This pleased Good. humor so exceedingly that with one bound she sprang into the boat of the Virtues, and in doing this gave so violent a shove to that of t tic Vices that it nearly upnt, and was borne away. Zeal and love of Truth prepared tn send after the Vices a cargo of in sults, but Generosity gave them a signal to bo silent ; "for," said she, " vice carries its own punishment with it." In the meantime the storm clouds had disap pearcil, and they continued their journey amid the most agreeable conversation. The virtues visited many cities, one after another, and every where where they sojourned they diffused bles sings, l rauc nourished, men become cheerful, many marriages took place, and people could not comprehend how it happened that all went so gloriously on earth. One evening- as tho Virtues drank tea in the goou city ot Jonuoping, and ate gingerbread to it, they boasted of their effects. Prudence, en raptured with the beneficent achievements, was just rising to make a sort of roval speech on the influence of the Virtues on mankind, when h"r eye accidentally fell on Humility, who cast on tier uutnoiisgianrc. A meinberof the company here, after much exordium, mado the motion that Ihe Virtues, as thev could effect much more good if they did not all keep together, should separate, and spread themselves over all nuar- tcrs otitic earth, in order, like tho Apostles, to preach reformation to tho world. This motion was received by all with tho most zca ous an probation, though I must remark that Prudence and Moderation wero not present : they had withdrawn shortly before the introduction of this motion, in order to go in the city to replen ish tho company s stock of sugar and coffee, which hail pretty well melted awav. When they returned, they did not delay nutting them selves in opposition to the adopted resolution, but Courage and Zeal bawled so luud that the softer voices were scarcely hei.nl, and as final ly uenerosity evened by Zeal, declared herself tor the separation, f oresight dared no longo to raise her dove's voice, but bit her nails, and at length went out to order a new pair of shoes ior me journey. 1 he next day tho Virtues separated, and went each by hersell alone into the world, after hat ing agreed that day twelvemonth to meet again in Stockholm by the statute of Gustavus Vasa, in tho Parliament House square, and there to hold a 'plenum' on their own and the nation's affairs. Courage blackened his moustaches with la. dis injernalis, and directed his" course to the north. Un tho way he met the knight Don Quixote, who advised him to arouse tho ainbi. lion of the fair sex which had so long been sup pressed, and lo incite them to self aasistance and self defence. This pleased Courage extremely. While tho knights discoursed on the eventful meta morphosis of the hitherto so called weak so.v, they rode past a church out of which issued a married train. The now mado bride was an extraordinary beautiful young lady, who did not seem quite a stanerto Courage, for she nodded friendly to him as she entered tho carriage; this pleased Courage so much that he inimcdi. ately selected her to become tho mode, or her 6ex, and embraced the very first opportunity of introducing himself to her. What took place in tho new hmisehold after tho interview, is known in all the cofieo houses in the city of X, and they have pronounced their judgment there upon. It is related that the young lady becamo immediately after tho wedding as it wore met. ainornhoseii, and the husband thereupon nearly mad. Nothing was heard out of tho mouths of tho voting couplo but angry words and menaces. which speedily proceeded to blows. Finally the wife called out her husband to fight a duel; but upon this she was, on the recommendations of hor own sex, clapped into a lunatic asylum, and the affair gave great scandal in the city and country round. Foresight chanced in Stockholm to read long article in a newspaper on this occurrence. Horrified at tho mischief which the folly of Cnurago had occasioned, sho reflected on all the dangers and cross-grained accidents to which in ed hero is to escape with a wholo skin. In consequence of this conclusion, sho took lodg. ings with an old unmarried lady, who, from fear of thieves, inhabited a couple of attics four stories hig!i. Hero Foresight might have spent good and quiet days, if sho had not been tor mented with a thousand fears and fancies of all fiossible dangers. Outof terror of fire she scarce, y trusted herself to cook anything ; she was apprehensive of becoming ill from lack of fresh air, yet going out was not to bo thought of ; she might be run over by the very first carricgo ; a flower-pot might fall out of a window and kill her; sho might break a logon tho stops, etc. No, no! going out was quite imposiblc : and such was the repugnance to this, that out of fear that she must one day be obliged to 'purchase a new gown, sho had not courage to wear her old one, which was already torn in several places. At length it came to that pitch' that she could neither stir hand nor foot. She had infected her landlady, the old maid, with all her fears and scruples to such a degree, that when at length a fire bfoke out in the house, the two friends dared to make no efforts for their escape, and must certainly have pcri.-hed in the flames, had not a chimneysweep and a carpenter taken them on their backs and brought them out ol danger. In the mean time Zeal ran about the world, Sossipped, cried, preached, and drove mankind rst in one direction and then in another. He tore tho peasant from tho plow, the mother from her children, and the officer from his bureau, to give to each of them other employment. Then he ran suddenly olf. and left them to take care of themselves. As he turned himself from Eu rope toward China, in order to to convert the heathen, he came to near to a mine in Russia in tho moment of its explosion, was caught by tho powder, and lost alas, alas I both his eyes, Still he ran some time longer about tho world, creating naturally nothing but confusion, and came into collision with the police. Ho was ultimately compelled to provide himelf w th a conductor, who for a certain remuneration led him back to tho place whence ho had come. Humility, it is true, had not passed through such hazardous adventures : yet neither had it gone extraordinary well with" her. Separated from her companions, she cut such a pitiable and lamentable figure, that no one would have ai y thing to do with her. After she had drag, ged .hirnelf, wit'i bowirgs anJ curtseying?, though the whole world, alteractually crawling on her knees, knocking at all doors, and every where saying, "I am not worthy to loose the la'.chet of your shoes," and had been every, whore attacked and ill-used, the turned herself homeward, and reached Stockholm, completely in rag, and nearly dead. Hero, at the foot of tho statute of tho hero king, she saw, ono after another, all her early travelling companions arrive. But, great heav. cn ! how changed were they. They could scarloly be rerogniscd. Zeal had lost his fiery eyes, and was lame of the right leg. Courage carried an arm in a sling, and had in the high, est degree the lonk of a mauiaisc sujet. Mild- nes8 was covered irom head to loot with sores and blue weals ; o;i her former angelically soft brow, angry passion had seated itself, and eve ry third word was a curse. Generosity had all tho airs of a comedian ; he declaimed and rant.' ed incessantly. Patience and Pitty were be come so thin and transparent, that they could not bo seen, without the deencst enmnassion. Good-hurr.or was any thing hut sober Pru denre found herself in better case : but sho was become haughty and boastful : sho measur. cd with an air of deep thought her stops and worus ; iook smut every minute, carried her head aloft, cast looks at her companions over her shoulder, turned up her noso and was unbear-able. It may be imagined whether, under such re versed circumstances, tho meeting again of the virtues was a pleasant one. 'I'd confess tho truth, they resembled, in their present assem bly, the V ice3 far more than the Virtues. Hut scarcely wero they all together, had extended to each other the hand, and recognised each other, than their appearance began to change, and every virtue to acquire its former character Prudence took from her travelling medicine chest an ointment, rubbed therewith the dark cned eyes of Zeal, which speedily opened themselves, beaming with their former fires. Good-humor was so struck with the dry, ghost like appearance of Humility, that sho became sober on the spot : and tho irtues resolved to strengthen themselves in tho next hotel, with a banpuet and bowl of punch ; there should everv ono relate his traveling adiontures and tako a resolution for tho future. "Bravo.'" cvclaimcd Courage, and gavo Foresight tho hand; Good, humor took Humility under the arm and led the way, the rest all cheerfully followin It would be leading us too far to roDeat all tho adventures with w hich the Virtues enter tamed each other over tho bowl. Suffice' it lo sta(e, the resolve which at tho end of the Fitting was unanimously adopted by all present; this was, that from the time forward the Virtues should always travel together, and should sep erato as seldom as possible, since they found cacli one given over to herself, without the counsel and support nf tho rest, only played the fool. With this resolution all tho Virtues wero highly satisfied. They concluded this feast with a song which Good humor imprnvUed, and which they styled the "League of the Virtues." ltccollcctlons of John Itamlolpli or ItoanoUc. In '39, three years after llieso events, aL-.-i-nvnoscd in this world, and doterminerl certain gay continental sovereign was in En- hor wisdom tn withdraw entirely from it. satis gland, under a strict incognito, and at simple fied that the highest grcd lortune to be attain- Mr. Randoldi frequently mado what he used lo term ' unintentional hits;' some times they wero severely satirical, nt oilier times only amusing. One morning he came on deck rather later than usual, and, soon after he was seated, he observed that the companionway and wooden benches had been freshly painted, and not in the most artist liko manner. He called the mate (who was a great favorite) and said : ' Pray, Mr. Wilson, who has been thus exhibiting his great ignorance of the brush 1 I never beheld such rile dauoin" heforo I My man Juba would have painted in much better style, sir. Why, this fellow would never earn his bread in n western village, sir. uniy ten wo tcno tins anigurpu nut ship in this way, and 1 shall got the captain to break him.' Mr. Wilson, who was holding his sides with laughter all tho time, at length replied : ' II was J, sir. ' I really beg your pardon, Mr, Wilson,' replied Randolph ; ' I had not the most dis taut suspicion it was you, sir, and would not hurt your feelings for tho world.' ' Oh, sir,' rejoined Wilson, still laughing. ' I'm not in thu least offended. I nni a sail or and not a painter, sir ; and was only amusing myself this morning during the culm before breakfast.' ' You'ro n sensible man, sir,' exclaimed Randolph, 'not to take offence where nonu was intended, I esteem you tho more, sir, for it ; and I repeat to your faco what I liavo said behind your back, sir, that what you do understand, you know thoroughly, sir. I bope to seo you a captain, sir, before very long.' Trifling as this incident was, Mr. Randolph novcr forgot it, as 1 had occasion lo know subsequently. It had, however, passed from my memory, when, two months afterwards, I met him in London, and he recalled it to my recollection in tho following way. Ho and I were invited to dine with a large par ty at the house ol a distinguished philanthro pist, who was the intimate friend and corres pondent of the Emperor Alexander of Rus sia. During the dinner a gentleman present related an anecdote of the emperor. Ran dolph, who, from some cause or other, had formed a very bad opinion of his majesty's character, immediately said, addressing our host: ' I am nsloniscd and disgusted, sir, to find that this mighty autocrat of semi-barbarous nation has so completely gulled the good people of London. Believe ir.e, sir, he is a humbug; a spurious philanthropist, who cures for nought beyond the extension of his own power, sir. Why, sir, he is chief rob ber of those modern Goths nnd Vandals, who, having just lasted the good things of civilized Europe, want to over-run, if they dare, the fertile plains of the south, liko a cloud of locusts, sir. Look at Poland, sir ; verily, ' the tender mercies of the wicked nro cruel!' ay, and if you bo wise, look in time to France and to England, sir. Beware of his friendship. I trust him not. ' Timeo Danaos ct dona fercntcs ' He preaches 'Christianity ,to bo sure, but 'tis all lip service.' The company listened to this denuncia tion with a curious attention, ns every ono present, save orator, knew full well the intimacy which subsisted between the empe ror and our esteemed host, than whom a pu rer man lived not in England. With great good taste, nobody gave any explanation ; and our host simply gave one or two anec dotes, for the purpose of showing that there must be, at least, some good traits in the em peror's character. On our way home, I said to Randolph ; What on earth possessed you to-day to make such a terrible blunder 1 Don't you know that Mr. A. is the personal friend and correspondent of the emperor, and that he lias been on a visit to him at ot. Petersbutgh I God forgive me, sir,' exclaimed he, 'for telling the truth at an improper time ! I was not aware (hat he ever knew tho emperor. Why, sir, I assure you, upon my honor as a Virginian, I no more suspected it than that Mr. Wilson painted the ship ! But it must pass, sir ; it was ono of my Unintentional good hits. I must remioit you, however, to set me right with Mr. A. when vou see him next, sir. I prize his friendship, sir, tno high ly, and ho must not think that 1 would know iugly insult even his prejudices, sir.' This ' Wilson good hit ' was one of his standing quotations after his return to Ame rica. I heard him apply it frequently, both in New York and Washington, whenever he had given an unintentional rap similar to that just related. Mr. Kandolph had a thorough and critical knowledge of the English language, and his modesty never restrained him from bffnstins of it. He used to say that ho understood it as well as he did tho game of chess, and that any ono who caught hint ' making a false move was welcome to checkmate him.' Ho often deplored tho great want of attention on the part of our public men in the choice of language. He said that the speeches to which he was obliged to listen in Congress would disgrace schoolboys, (with some bright exceptions.) Such bad grammar, Involved sentences, and inaptly choso words, ero most grating to his susceptible ear, nnd be camo the more disgusting owing to his own correct taste. By way of shaming the prin cipal speakers of his times, he kept a record of their blunders nnd inelcgancies, with the dates and the subject-matter of debate, and this held ' in terrorem ' over them. He gave mo a copy of this singular memoradum ; but, ns somo of the gentlemen whom ho caught tripping aro still before the people,' I shall not expose their contempt of Lind- ley Murray and ' Johnson.' As thev have grown older, no doubtthey have grown wiser. Onu morning lie told mc the following anec dote : ' You aro aware, sir, that I prido myself upon my thorough knowledge of mir mother tongue ; if there be one subject which I nn; derstaud better than another, it is the English language. I never, therotnre, give up to any man, be ho lawyer or divine, student or amateur, but argue it out, sir, face to face, whenever wo disagree in opinion. You may call this vanity, sir, but a man has a right to be vain in such a case. This winter, it so happened that I was dining at the secretary nf slate's, with ralher a learned party, when the English language becaim- ono of the chief topics ul' conversation. A difference of opin ion arose between two of the gentleman, both distinguished scholars, on the construction of a sentence in Sliakspcaro. After they h id argued the question most ably on both sides, thev agreed to appeal to me, sir, as umpire. Feeling perfectly con scious that 1 was light, 1 gavo my decision at once, ' ex cathedra,' which was acquiesced in by all iho company except one young ' southern gentleman, n merchant ; he, to thu astonishment of every one, ex'-lainiod : ' Oh, Mr. Randolph, yon aro quite wrong. You misunderstand the author. Permit me to set) ou right.' This interruption was so ludicrous it only amused me, and therefore, very gently tapping his shoulder, (for ho sat next me,) I simply replied : ' My dear sir, take my advice, and stick to your ledger stick to your ledger, sir." Tho company laughed, and wo separated tn good humor. Tho next day tho young man (for whom I had a regard) called on mc, nnd complained of what hu termed my harsh conduct, thus to lecture him before so many' distinguished men. ' My dear sir, said I, '1 merit your thanks for reading you a good lesson, and not your reproaches. It was a great piece nf vanity on your part, sir, lo call in question any Jecision of so mncb older a scholar" than yourself, sir, in a matter of which ho w is perfect master, nnd in a large company, too, sir. Tako my advice, sir, and be morn mod est in future, for nothing bpromcs a young man so much as modi-sly. I mtant lp serve you, an'' you must not ike offtner

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