Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, June 13, 1845, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated June 13, 1845 Page 1
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NOT THE GLOB? OF 0 X S A R BUT TUB WBLFABB OF BOMB BY H. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1845. VOL. XIX No. 2. V PASS ON, ltUI.KNTl.L8S WOULD. Swifter and twitter, day by day, Down Time's unquiet current hurl'd, Thou passest on thy reckless way, Tumultuous and unstable world. Thou passes! on 1 Time hath not seen Delay upon thy hurried path t And prayers and tears alike have been In vain to stay thy course of wrath I Thou pas-est on, and with ihee pj The loves of youth, the cares of age t And smiles and tear, and joy and wo, Are on thy history's troubled pacel There, every day. I'ke yesterday, Writes hopes that end in mockery I But who shall icar the vail away, Before the abyss of things to be I Thou passest on, and at thy side, Even as a shade, Oblivion treads, And o'er the dreams f human pride Hit misty shn ud forever spreads I Where all thine iron hand hath traced, Upon that gloomy scroll to-day, With records ages ,ince iffaccd, Li'e them shall live, like them decay. Thou passest on, with thee the vain, Who sport upon thy fbiitnlini; blaze, Pride, framed of dust, and folly's train, Who court thy love and run thy waysi But thmi and I and be ii so Press onward to eternity j Vet not together let us en To that deep-voiced butehoreless sea. Thou hast ihy friends-t would have mines Thou hast thy thnushtt leave me my own ( I kneel not at thy golden shrine, I bow not at thy -lavish throne) I see them pass without a sigh They wake no swelling; raptures now ; The fier-e delights that fire thine eye, The triumphs of thy haughty brow. Pas. on, nleniless world I I grieve No moro for all that thou hast riven i Pass on. in God's name only leave The things thou never yet hast given A heari at eae, a mind at homi, Affections filed above thy sway, Faith set upon a wor'd tn t ome, And patience lliroujli hfe' little day. POOR BEN N V : OR THE POWER OF AFFECTION BV JOS. It. CIl.tNDLGII. If tho following a Hue Join (I cannot cull it a story) should prove of any benefit, by grat ifying 1MB lovers 01 light reading, or illustra ting til" effects of kindness :i nil the influences of tltu affliction upon I lie mind, 0110 object of its composition will Inve been accomplished Since llio article was prepared, it has been announced that benevolent and scientific. 1 men in Europe bavo been successful in their I attempts to educate idi.ils and eluvali; them (0 nnenvi.ililu and useiui activity 01 niind nnd body. The means aio not mentioned, but it is believed that they must be depen dent almost eiuiiely on afTi'dinn, evinced in the teacher and awakened in the pupil and perhaps the subjoined narrative will illus trate tho mode : 'Who was thnt whom the young folks laughed at so rudely last evening!' said a dear relilivt) to nm 0110 morning, as 1 was undergoing tho prescribed service of towel, Comb, and devotion. ' It was nobody.' ' Nobody !' 'Yes, ma'am, nobody nobody hut Poor Benny.' And is Poor Benny nobody!' Hh is not much more, at any rate.' ' As to body, Benny perhaps is as much as those who laughed at him,' said the good ludv ; 'but ho is certainly very infirm ol mind.' ' Well, is not that tho standard by which we are to be measured? Did you not, last Sunday, teach mo the verse "Were I so mil " to rench the Pole, And eratp the Oran Willi a Fpun, 1 would lie inwmired hy my soul Trie mind's the sinntard of the man.' There was a lillln symptom of boyish triumph in tho question, as if tho argumen turn ad humincm was wholly unanswerable. The one addressed had very Itttlo know I edge of, or solicitude about one aigouieni moro than another, excepting that in cases of emergency shn would apply, with much unction, tho argumtntum ad baculum. In the present cast.', she luuked mildly dnwn, and said I 1 That standard is ono by which each is to measure himself the stan dard is one bv which wo should measure an- ""iwIT ii clia,'." which Imperii all things and ondorelli all tilings, iou v.w 1101, 1 nope, loin in the ridicule!' The. truth is, I was quito too young tg have had part in the wrong-doing, and though I did Uugh with tbo older ones, my cun gcience coinfurtt'd itself that I had never, at .7 . .1.1.. . Ii 1- ..f l.iie. ridiculed Benny to lus fare It would havn been had policy, tosiy nothing o( ingratitude ; for Benny had, with his kn'ite cut"quitH a handsoino little ship out of a block and after painting and rigging it, he gave it 'to mo. Tbo species of aichitec- tore I was not competent to perform; and Bunny added other evidences of his.'p ir - IMrtialilv, as I thought, ' of thu kindness of! his heart," as my mother said. Poor Benny",' added she, somewhat pnz- tiled I do not know what to mako of him. He seems a perfect idiot in snme things ; nnd vpt there are movements and languages of l.ii ttial strike 0110 as tlm result of more ob- servatioo, more reflection, more mind than many young men exhibit.' Benjamin had toiled through tbo customs- , ..A..r ihH rod with an imneifiicl knowl- V I mil! in It vuiu'mi onw.ii, . dge'of his alphabet, and with tho sobriquet . prido, but mado him morn altatbed In Mer of Benny. II" was sent to a 'man's school,' icy, who never smiled at his eirnr, but en and alter wearing a dunce cap about half the 1...a nun becoming a fixed object of ridicule for th master, and a regular bun fur the bovs he was withdrawn by bis widowed mo- h'r.'who found that her son bad arquiied nntbingat the school but the additional lit ; "f , p0nr'' he was Poor Benny ' for old and voune. ignorant and learned. Bonny had the satisfaction of being the only person .1 I...U mon who could neither read nor wrilo-a distinction of which he did not appear to be specially proud, nor did he re. eaid it as much of a deprivation. He did pot lamtui "- , ... . sronery and positions, pleasure in certain because In: could not Mt 11 ml rend, or holu written correspondence with others. lli'nny li.ul litllu or nr tntfrcuurso with any one j Ins muliicr was ricii, ncn tor one in that section of llio country, whero tlm prnyer, give mo neither poverty nor riches,' seems to have been nnido nnd answered. She had a competence for herself nnd her on ly child ; but she was siting to the heart by what she culled the inisconceptiiiiis ot t lie child's powers by the vvotld. Slits forgave the taunts 11 ii J sneers ol llio course and un feeling; but she could not forget the quiet acquiescence of the boiler pot lion hi the judgment that her child was 1111 idiot. A mother a heart, noil wt is pari tit 11 mother s pride, rebelled ugiiiosl such 11 thought. ' Is lie not nil affection nnd kindness? Do they not see with what more than son like love ho watches over me, how his ryes follow nio when I inovo in health, and how he is my constant nurse, by mailt and day, when I Hin sick? They do not know, but I do, and bless God for it, how, on waking from iine.isy sleep, I have found him bend ing over mo with thn affectionate solicitude of a guardian angel, doubly paying back all ntv call's fur him to infancy. Thev do not know this, but they do know that he is a good, obedient, afTerlionatc son, and at least it liaimloss, iiiofiimsive neighbor. ' But ihev siv ho is sliiiid he can neither read nor utile! Blessed Lord!' would she exclaim, 'blessed p.ittern of llio filial l(t o which my pour, poor hoy exhibits, sustain my heart as thou siislainesl thy own mnlhei's. ill her fi-.irlol iillliciion. Of thee, too, lliev s lid, 'this man never learned his letters.' Oh, fountain of affection, open his lieait to the enjoyment of th it love he h is fur oilier. and, if ho may not be loarneil 111 hooks, make I, tn, ulci in tlii.ii If lot Int. id 111. iv not ho stored with kDovledne. 111.1v the fountain of III. I,.,l nrmflnl, u 1 1 1 1 li V...' How fervent are the prayers of a religious mother! they are sometimes effectual. Poor Benny, in llio meantime, hail grown j into ninnhnoii or a fine lurm, anil at a dis tance bis face appeared handsome if ob served more nearly, it lacked in the insphu linn of mind : a coldness was in it. There seemed to bo no play of the muscle ; the evo was cast down, and a want of express ion was so evident as to give it something of ; the nppearnnre ol idiocy. Benny divided Ins lime between Ins mo iheranda repeat un the hanks of a river. ' overhung with birch and maple, and carpet-1 ted with thick crass. Timber he repaired evervdav on w hiih the weather would allow, 1 and sat i'or hums eaziie' into vacancy, or dmniilne bis eve iiiifio the running stream, 1. miuld watch the little eddies that swept I ' These urn mailers, Benjamin, which the along, and seem fur a inonienl or two deeply 'young men usually provide for themselves.' imeri'-ted in thnde)lli and con 111111.1 net: lit'1 ' And so liny -do,' jail be. ' iwl so I t.snnir littlo whirlpool tint danced round, of' would ' "one; nut who wmiui marry, , the shape of a wine glass, and then sunk imo1"1"1 with, lr,,lt i,s " '"'"bund should die stream ; Inn the ciinent was smooth six ! yalil? below, anil so I lie interest soon ceased. siw pour Ileum' mice or twice, in deep' afllictiini, passing tip the sheet ; he had en- ! 'minified one or two females, of nearly his ow n age. mid w nil Hie iroe iiisliucls ol na ture, bo had luiweri and spoken to lliem. heir mniiner was nflensive, and when he left lliem to tin 11 into the path that led dnwn to his l.ivoille relieat, Hie noise ol the clos ing gain did not conceal that uf llio laugh of thn young women at Poor Benny's awkward salutation and attempt at conversation. Benjamin tinned round, and a flush of ir ritated fueling was 1111 his countenance. It passed away, and left his pain face still paler by tho contrast. Ho walked down llio field, liiuk his favorite .seat, and u gush of tears seemed In ease his hoiirt. ' What's the mailer, Benny!' said I. I ' Did von see it all !' asked Bentiv. I followed vnu from llio gale too see l.,.il.r vnu luni finishm! the shin vnu ivnr making for nit'.' ' I There was a coii-iilerablo pause. At ' I'M make y'nu two,' said Benjamin ; l''P'h Mercy said, ' 1 would nnilher deceive 'two just as good as John Thomas's if vnu yon nor iain )oo. I regret this circumstance, won't tell any body what 1011 saw. You I am pained, dear aunt, but I cannot con may tell your mother, hut no'one else.' j sent to let mo caiidid--! cannol consent to I promised 1 ho reward was magnificent, mairy a Mercv Churchill was one of the kindest' ' Enough, enough, Mercy spare my feel hearted girls in Plymouth county handsome logs you an. right you cannot consent to and poor. Shu was a fieqnent visitor at j marry nn idiot.' tho Widow ShurllilTs, Benjamin's mnlhei's, I ' Why, dear aunt, should you uso such n and learned peril ins lo appreciate thu good ; word to nm ! You do mu iuj 'slice, as much points in Benny's character. s you do it tn mir son. You know that I Shu conversed with him often, if his talk- havn never thus underrated Benjamin. His ing deserved llio name uf conversation, and ' infirmity I havn seen and deplored ; but I not iinlVenuenllv led him 10 mako remarks ! bavo never doubled that in tho soil of his which seemed hi bear with them the impress 111 uiisr-i v ni im, , tjui 1111-V st-i-iiii-u lF SI1IIH' the author q in as much 115 they did tbo hearer, aiidfurhilf an hour hu woold sit cogitating on his own speech. Mercy would resume the subject in 11 spirit of kindness, nnd lean lum In correct tils llinuglits 1111111 there was a tationaliiV evinced that would astonish even tho mother. No 000 had ever 1 before talked in Bonj imin no ono had ever 1 treated him with any feeling of equality it j was pity or contempt ; but Mercy seemed to j regard him as a 111 111 her equal, Hu knew Mm was mt her equil, bul he fell grateful ' for thu courtesy, until he began lo think it almost justice. Benj nuin seemed tn regard his iipw al- lainoient in thought and speaking as does a young schnlar hi progress in some modern 1 lan'tiiago ho was anxious to put ii into use, and this led him into fiequent conversations wiih Mercy. Once Im tried bis new puwets with some young persons who called at tho house. Thu thought of Poor Benny's hav, ing ideas tu conoert nnd improve was mom ridiculous th 111 bis long admitted idiocy, and . they laughed in his face. This aroused bis couraged lum inspuaK ami to reason. Onu day, after a week's sickness nf Ben jamin, Mrs. Sliuitliff called Mercy into her private clumber. ' My dear,' said shn tn tho young woman, ' I am about to mention something In ynu which I would willingly have avoided 5 no thing hot mv love as a mother should have induced mu to expnso my own feelings lo mortification, yours to the pain of denial , but I am bound tn proceed,' Mercy sat with astonishment at lengtl she said, 1 hope that my kind friend, my . nn. l,mU that t hnr it anv thine in tress, will not think that thore is any thing in my power to do which 1 would not cheer fully perform for her.' 'I have,' said Mis. Shtirlliff, 'so long ceased to live for myself, that you might be doing that for me which would have the up pearanrc of being done for another.' Will you, dear Hunt, explain V ' Benjamin's sickness, my child, is as much of niind as uf body,' said Mrs. Sliurtliff, in a subdued voice. In that case I nm doubly rejoiced,' said Mercy, ' for ho certainly seems to bo recov urine strength.' ' But only since lie has extorted from mn a promise,' aid tbo mother ; a promise which I inns', fulfil, though 1 bavo sought all ' means tn avoid it.' 'Am I concerned in tlio promise!' asked Mercy, with anxiety. ' You are you are all in all.' ' Then let me know how I may serve you, and what it is that yoo can suppose possible for nm to deny to your request. ' While nlleuipting to administer to my son certain medicines, a few days since, ho held my hand, and Inoking earnestly in my face, inquired about bis father, so long dead, and then uf others; ho then spoke of the mirriagu whirli tnok'pluco last week, nnd of thn one. or two near at hand in the town. I bad seldom known him to speak with so much interest on any subject, and marvelled what he was aiming at.' ' At length hi.- said to mn ; ' Mother, if I should outlive you, who nould lake cure of me ? Who, when I am sick, would nurse nm in my weakness! Who would bear with nir as have done, as you do nuw !' ' Nunc, my sun,' I said to him ; nono can do as a mother does.' ' But,' said be, 'did you not, in my fath er's sickness, watch over him us nu bavo l'"ided on 1110 i Dnl you not sit by your he died ? Thus then, the RtllCf, lllSO, llllll p-iient, tlm liushantl anil the Child, in their sickress and helplessness, had you, tlm wife, '0 daughter ami the mother, to watch over the in When I am "illin.it vnu, I shall be alum in sickness and in health, all, all alono. I shall have no child to love me, no mother In bless and care for me, no wife tn be the companion and comfort of my hours of suffering. I shall be friendless, solitary, miserable. I cannot have a mother nor 11 ! child to bless me, but might I not have a wifu ? I am licit rich enough need I bo !,lone. ",le" "ll"'rs "vu Inenus, mother, wife, and children ! ' .My heart lickencJ at the thought, and Vet 1 dired not tiller to 111 sis my sentiments ' i'"c1 not quench the dawning of teason 'hat seemed to spring up with hope. I'' treated, a man whom they ridiculed as lie pissed, an I in idu a by-w ord of teproach ! Who would marry a man that can neither read nor write, nnd you can never learn, or, at least, did never learn !' 1 But do llio females treat you thus!' ' All of them do ill but one and her 1 dare nm speak to nn this subject, because' she is too kind tu lined on feelings ifsbo could avoid it 10 good 10 utter or to act a false hood for any line's benefil.' ' These were his very words bow strange fur him but ho lias certainly improved much in his conversation of late, veiy much.' ' Did be tell you who was the female thai hn p irlicnlarly alluded tn!' asked Mercy. ' I should hope, however, that there were nianv who would not treat lum rudely, 'Meicy, mv son has extorted fiooi mn a promise that I should tell you what I have I"1'' "" "I'd that ho desires that yon should be, not my niece, but my child, my daughter that vou should bo his wife.' mind wore I ilent seeds, seeds of goodness if , which proper appliances and appropriate culture would bring into growth. What lliesu nrc is not te apparent ; but I have more hopes within a few iveekt than I ever entertained lieloro hopes foun ded on developenients of intellect that nut even your nflcction has ever credited him for.' Tho pathway which Merry bad that after noon cliiiseu, to reach .1 house nt a short dis tance, lay iilonp the river, shaded by a bold bill, out of which gushed a spring of pure water. It was a pleasant and a favorite walk with Merry. As sho was desceodiog thu bill, she saw Benj-imiii silling in bis fa voi ito Ii loot, gazing mi llio hubbies ihnt float oil by, and th masses of fonin caused by tho operation of tho mill whorl above. While she was watibing him with painful interest. hu turned his head and recogoir.eil his cousin. ' 1 havn been thinking, cousin Mercv.' said he, us bn ascended toward her ; ' I havo been thinking that when 1 die, I would ask to bo buried here. It is a cuol, lovely place ; ono that I havo sat in so long and so quiet ly, that I think I sl ould likn to lie hero for ever, Ii is better than In bn huddled to gether with tbo crowd on thn hill behind the iiicetiug-bouse. Hern grass will grow and flowers bloom on my grave there the chil dren will run above mo, mid the tiehblv soil refuse a single flower i) is belter lo bn here.' ' But, Benny,' said Mercy, ' it will make no difference, when you am dead, where you urn laid J you will not bo conscious of any thing ; you will not know about thn grass and flowers that grow here, or tho pebbles and sand that are in the gravo yard ; it is not worth while lo think about such things now, for yon cannot think about them when you nro dead.' ' That mat not ba of so much cnneAntiAnfM. "'"in Mercy, for I do not think much when ........ , 1 sit beie day by day now, and yet I love to romn and stay here. Now, why may I not also love to bo hero when 1 nm dead Be sides, cousin Murcy, 1 do not know that I have ever had, at least ever expressed, any particular wish. Every body has some cho sen lime, place, or person to be gratified. 1 cannot go from Kingston, as John Davis and William Bradford did, nor do I know that 1 wish to I cannot have and enjoy amuse ments such ns others have I cannot marry, as Charles Bradford will to-morrow is it, then, too murh th'.t I ask to bo buried in this liillo point of grnear,! It is not mine, in deed, but I cnulf.wITy it or Mr. Beal, who owns it, n ould, I ioubt not, pram the privi lege. 1 oil do not answer, Werry. I may nut enjoy society I may not marry I must die, and surely 1 might be allowed to choose inv burying-place.1 Mercy disliked the melancholy lono of benjamin s thoughts, and sought to rally linn. ' You may ainnso yourself us well as any one, and you may marry. There is -no law against it, and the town is well supplied with young women." ' Amiisl every one of whom has called me fool nnd idiot,' said Benjamin, with unusual asperity of voice. ' Cousin Mercy, how much time I have spent in that green nook below us, you know; years ot childhood have passed by me, and I iiavo sat thero almost as insensible 11s tho bushes that erew un around me. That I was different from others, I knew, but 1 did j not care: I would sometimes have inined tbo sports of thoso of my ngo, but when away from them I neither 'regretted mv loss 1 J . . . - . - . nor sighed lor aught else, but lur nearlv 11 a year a change h is been coining over mn , you have seen it ; I have felt it, but I know not whether to rejoice at the good attained, or to mourn over tho knowledgu of evil that b is exisled. Has my mother spoken to you, Muicy, of my wishes 1' ' My aunt mentioned to mo this morning a very strange wish of youis.' ' Why strange ! What is there strange in the wishl Who does not wish! Every body wishes. I have sal on that bank for days, and wished thai I were a bird to fly, lik'o yonder swallo.v, which is now dashing down the stream, and gathering fund from among thu water-flies. Why should it bo strango tint I should wish ! We wish and pray fur every good that God can send us we wish for happiness here nnd happiness beie iftei nav nun people hope for it, many expect it now I only wished, I could not, expect, could not even hupe I know tli.t diP-i ,ncnls ,0 1115 w"" 'us cravings lor Her con ferencn well. Is there anv luxury around tisl UM presc" seemed to imprison him with we do not wish to enjoy 1 When wo hear I'" walls of .her well ordeied house a of ha ppioesi, do wo not wish to sbaro ii !l species of detention not the most disagreea and when wo read of angels, do we not wish 1 10 a wif-'.who w ill generally overlook ma w; iilsn bail win;, njJi umld ily ..p to Unnv-I 'tV inconveniences that result from the iifiec en Or, rather", wljRi I hear of lliem, for I f niyfn'lti.imn.i. How umIeairubluistN.it c.iunot read, I cannot do any thing but wish,l ull'''s frec.Juu. ..hirh results fium thu 1 disre- wish, wish. 1 Yes, cousin, Cm amin, you can,' said Mercy, blushing, loved me?' Mercy, soolhio-lv ; 'you can love your w""' " 1 -v V,-V C!in nevur ,l""ve '"'r slc,t r mm ins siowiy down to ln favorite haunt,

good niolher and n.e.' husband. Alas, much more to bo pitied is! V?,' ' .f""".1' h" "eiker than tho last, and ' Will you let mo love you ? cousin Mer-! -n.an w ho c in seldom flod her w ell bus- cari, Sroachel u7ATu cy, ill you le, me love you !' ban- ; The bondage whose chaios are a I,,.,-, ln feiv Z,U, and' Z'SIS ' You havo always loved me, I hope,' said s ''np Wl" ni!V,'r break thu heart of a that he was 10 exnlaiu all before his death. It Havo you not alwayslwm'' J 11 ,vu mttime to describe thu home - ' Nay, cousin Merry, do not attempt to de ceive me now. You of all others havu nev er deceived 1110 do not attempt it now. You may confuse me ynu may make me doubt you may, by force of mind silunco me but I know that I feel toward ynu as I did not once, do not now. towaul mv nmilier. It is not wholly new the feeling b is grown,101 and strange wishes havo grown Willi 11 strange thoughts have como up in my mind. As I was leaning against that old oak a few evenings s'nee, Charles Bradford and Mary Cirver camo and srt dnwn on that bank. Perhaps they were there when 1 came, for their voice was the first notice I had of their presence. I would havu moved, bul could not. Charles explained to Mary his affliction for her. They were not like those I have tried to feel for all llioso around 1110 all hut you, Mercy and all his feeliags wero mine for you. I never knew before what had sprung up in my heart never till then could tell why 1 felt not for ynu what I fell for others. Every word ho tillered seem ed to bo drawn from my heal I, and what he said to Mary I could say to you at least Merry, I could siv it if 1 hud such words bul Charles is learned,' ' Yes, so he is, cousin Benny, so he is, and I guess hu had been studying his speech in a book ; ho must havn read it somewhere.' ' Perhaps so,' said tho young man, ab stractedly; 'perhaps bn bad lead it, for how otherwise could ho have known exactly what I fell ! how could bo havn so expressed what I cannot utter! I wish I could read.' ' I wish vnu could. Beniamin.' 'If I could,-Mercy, would you answer me as Mary answered Charles If any inducements could mako you read and wriie, why havo not Ihev been equally operative before, when other young persons icquired their education f ' I c.inuol tell that,' said Benjamin; ' but lo you sen that young apple tree ?' ' Certainly." ' Well, for years lint has stood exactly where it is, stretching nut its branches filled with leaves, and once or twice 1 thought I siw it blossoming but it boro no fiuil. Why is that t Simnlv, said Merry, ' because it was surrounded bv the thick growth of wood thai kept it from the sun, and tonk from ils root a wholsome nourishment. It will, this year, bear fruit better, perhaps, for not having burne before.' ' And so, Mcroy, may it be with me. Somo shadow has passed from my mind something nf sunlight has settled there oh, may it bo permanent. Let mo teel that somu one. besides my mother but you un derstand me, cousin Mercy.' ' Benjamin, you know I am dependent on vnur mnt'ier for all I enjoy, and what would thn people say If I should content to your jviihet I When my course ana yours are both considered do not be offended, Benja niin.but your situation would make my course more censured. ' The dependence, Mercy, is one that has bonn blessing to my mother and me. ' Out, Benjamin, do you not know that poverty here is moro tolerable than a certain degree uf of want of attainment that nn to have wealth is a misfortune to he relieved not to have somo learning is a disgrace not' ' No, Mercy, no, do not say not to bo wi ped out. Let that he the condition, nnd see how soon it will bo accomplished. Only say that. You shall bo the mistress of the less ons nnd the judge of the acquirement.' ' But not here. I left your mother under a mistake of my meaning. We must not hurt her feeling by disrespect ,to heruulhor ily and position The condition1! was accepted, and the pro gress of Benjamin in his studies seemed mi raculous. The powers of his mind had been enlarged, so that what be heard tie compre hended ; and his acquisition of tho elements of learning seemed likn somo scientific man forming implements for work which bo well understood. In two years Benjamin claim ed the fulfilment of Mercy's promise. Some sneered at a woman's earning a husband by such tabors, and some said n dependent or phan had been sacrificed by her aunt to the vanity of a stupid son. Mercy felt happy in tho happiness which her conduct nfforded her mother-in-law, and tho moro thin happiness which it gavo her husband. Benjamin could not cniov socie- '.v 1,l,,t bethought nil centred in his mother am' wile. The last ho regarded as his "otter angel, who had redeemed his mind from the wasld in which It had been lying. and stored it with what seemed to him a world of sweets. ' nn n . i 1... , . ., . t Wl icn Benjamin lost his mother, Mercy remarked some evidences of mental weak- Benjamin was watching a mass of foam that ness, mnrn than he usually exhibited. She j was floating by, and seemed to be deeply in watched with care the movements of her bus- ! teresled in the gyrations which It was mak bend, directed his attention frooi his loss, and , ing, as it yielded to the influences of tho in timo restored luni to bis domestic comforts, Bul she remarked that she feared that a sud den calamity would overcloud his reason again, and if thero weld none ,10'watch hioi with the solicitude and science of affection, ho woold relapse into his former mental im becility. 1 wo children, a boy and a girl, blessed the :do,,,,,ic circ,u of Benjamin and Mercy ; nnd the parents found their happiness in im proving tho minds of their beautiful children. Some years passed, and the children grow in the nfli;ctinns of their parents nnd thn re gards of tho neighborhood. Benjamin's ha bits however, uero not changed; his whole mind was bounded by home and his attach- '" " """" m an uer ways I'eople '"'Pi're nm wretcneu condition ol Hie wife slciiu 01 ueujauiiii nun .iiercy : 10 1110 it seemed as near perfection as earth can pre- sent, ami when l took leave ol them at the r ,l,,r I ilmimbi r ,l, r,.,...,..! ,t sc. was renping-for tho forbearance, kindness, i '( i i t i iii i and sacrifices sho had m.wle for the husband. It was the spring of IS, remarkable in iii.il suiiinn in mu luuiury niriiiu prevalence o srartci jevtr, that uenjamiifs family 11 111 us ursi visiidiiuu ui pain auer inn iieatli of his mother. Tho littlo boy was seized with that scourge of our country, and in a lew d ajs the sunn disease exhibited itself in the girl. Benjamin stationed himself at the bed side of bis children, and assisted bis wife in every office that kindness couhl suggest. It is enough lo say that tho body ol the boy was retained one day ncvnnd the usual lime of sepulture, thai one grave might receive him and sister nl the same tiine. Tbo day nfter the funeral Benjamin was not to be found he who was so seldom mis sed from the liooso or its imitiedi itu vicinity, was nmv Inokei tor 111 vain. ' Where thai we go !' said a kind-hearted neighbor. ' Let mo first go and look,' said Mercy, and she openod tho gale nt the road side and stepped hastily down thu field toward the li ver. Sho was not deceived. Benjamin sat up on the same grassy mound that ho had occu pied years heforo j bo was gazing downward upon tbo stream and watching tho foam as it floated by. Two bubbles that had sprung up phycil nlnng, and in tho sunbeams seemed ni irked by prismatic hues, caught the atten tion of Benjamin. Hu gazed at them with an apparent delight lI1.1t made the heart of bit wife ache. At length I lie bubbles burst, llw smile passed from bis face, and n Icar gath ered in his eye. Merry hastened forwaid and caught her husband in her arms. It was some time before sho could draw him away from the plncn sanctified to him by 11 loss of himself, lie returned to thu House and min gled bis tears with thoso of his wife. The shock which Mnrcy h id received by thn dentil of her two children was loo great fur her strength, in her condition, anil in a few weeks sho was driven to her chamber, sick, dangerously sick. All thai human skill could suggest, and all affection could peiform were done to savo her ; but in litllu more than a month, Murcy was laid beside her two chil dren; nnd on her breast rested tho latest born, ihe little one that knew nono ol tho pains or toys of that world through which it passed. r J , I ... ! I I I Uenjamin reiuriuuiu 111s iiuusu mn-.unriess, widowed and childless. There was nono n bn know how to comfort him not ono that could offer consolation not a being of all around him who knew how his heart had been sus tained how it was lo be bound up. There were enough to pity, enough to mourn with him, hut who should sustain himwho nou should draw him back from that dark gulf to ward which his mind always tended t Who was lo people hit solitude with thought ! She on whom he had leaned was removed, and he must U, He fell. 1 1 have come,' said the pious clergyman, as hn It id bit hands on rlrnjamtn s thoul lers, nnd drew lliem away liom tho watei jliding by' I have followed you hither to offer consolations.' Benjamin gized up into the faro of the venerable man, and nfiora moment ho seem ed to conceive the nature of tho visit. ' You have come to offer comfort t Well, who'o is it P . ' It is here.' said the clergyman, nnd lm drew from bis pocket a Bible.' Beni amiu's mind seemed to rallv npatn. and thu wonted expression returned to his leaturcs. lie look tho bonk, and opening n, pointed to tho passage: " Lover and friend hast thnti pin far from. nie, and mine acquain tance Into darknVss." The clergyman augured well from tho at tention thus exhibited. ' Sorrows in our day are as certain as in the time of the Psalmist man is born to them as the sparks that fly upward but tho consolations of re ligion are also as attainable now as then, and you may as readily as he exclaim ! ' It is good for me that I have been afflicted.' ' Could Benjamin havo fell f.-ee to contest a point with the clergyman, it might havo been useful ; but tn that vicinity "it woold have been deemed disrespectful toward any divine j bul toward that one, in moment's even of social intercourse, few ventured on familiarity, and Benjamin felt the chill of respect and deference come over him. He had no answer, and in the goodness of his heart the clergyman proceeded to ofler com fort to tho heart of his nfllicled parishioner, anil to try to awaken in luni hopes of a bet ter stale hopes that should animate him to renewed activity of mind nnd bndv. He paused suddenly, however, for ho saw tb.it wiod and the current. The good man led the nallnnt nniotk' nivau from the place, and conductoj him to Ins lonely, silent house. There was no greeting of a moth, er's voice, no affectionate welcome of his wife, ami the cheering ringing of his children's laugh, ter, fur which heTliad been wont to listen with no much earnestness, was all bushed, lie ale sparingly of the food that was set before him, and as soon as day dawned ho would go and sit upon his lavorito mound. It was unnecessary to follow or to reek bun. He returned at night, but returned wcakci and weaker. It was thuught that Benjamin had an inward fense of his losses and misery, which he hail lint the power to communicate, and that the lire of Ins mind was wasting away his body without in lonning it of the cause thero seemed to bo a loss of some link in the chain of connection. Thn body was wasting as if by grief, and yet there was evident mily the melancholy of eto tidily. Strange solutions of his case were sug. gesied, but Uenjimin seemed insensible to the m all. lie will explain all before ho dies,' said one rim final nv.mpi.. ...... I.. .tn .. I I . . I who had oxpcrnwice in death-bed sceiioi, 'and it will not be long before we shall know it, for he is failing last.' I he winter pissed away, and Benjamin was . was the UOthof .May, a clear, lovely morning, 1 " nunjauiin awone Irnni a lengthened sleep, ' ' ,ie a"enJant remarked that his" oice was un- ,,-?"''"' ",u, "ls eye nau tne clearness i and brilliancy of childhood. These tokens were j "i':1"''"011 j',' ,b" "j'f " ,'10 minister was soon ca ed in. He addressed a , few words to the dying man-not at that mo. ment of sin and its punishment, but of forgive. lies-, joy, anu nope. ' The good are there !' said Benjvnin. ' Yes.' ' And what is gnednps ' 'It is love and its fruits in the soul and con duct of man.' '.My mother, Mercy, and my children how wo loved each other! How I have loved them here, even when they had gone I How I have carried about in my heart, in beautiful compan. loiislnp, those thai had constituted my world of life I' ' 'And you would be with them, for whero they arc in heaven.' ' You should rely on merry, the free gift of heaven.' ' .Mercy !' exclaimed the dying man, in nn agony of affection, yet with a wandering eye ; ' Mercy ! oh, sho teas the gift of heaven.' Tho clergyman forbore ; he saw that the mind, but not the reason, had been aroused, and as ne Breathed a Iiooe-dtirrio'c ami a eip.au-a. I kin., nni'n. il. ........ r !....- ....:. I wy, Tho desire tn bo with his departed fain-1 ryum.. ily was literally construed, and ho was buried, I . y " " ! exclaimed his affec not in the moist, grassy inirgiu of the river I tionato wife, after listening to the account of where he had loved to sit, but aimd tho pebbles tho perils to which her husband had been el of ifi3 graveyard i and as one of theso pebbles ' posed, 'for Heaven's sako lake off that filth ..j i , uii; piiiih u: i uur utMii Jill ii d.acu uruppeo upon me cntlln, uelore the earth was ?in.b!J!il?"..,i. 5f. at this day look at the siinD.c Mate-slono ihai s'auds at the head nf the grave, and remember- tug the story of him that sleeps bc'ovv, heave a sigh for I'oon Benjamin I pisrc ; anu iiunureus AN IRISH HIGHWAYMAN. nv nENSO.V C. URL. M?,X.T . I 1 !'-ueller.tIeier.i.i.,e.l to peiforn, :z ; , wi, T' r".?';1; r- ' . , T "(' M'lll Ull It'll horses, instead of trust tup liU nnnos tr t tin lender mercies of an Irish nost.chai.n. and crazTvuS v, . . j Uuo part of his rotito was t hrounh n wild I ., . ft and mountainous district ; and the bishop, iieing a very liumano man, and considerate ot nis cattle, made a point of quitting hit carriago at thn foot ofovery hill and walking 10 I II) Ion. On nm, ,.f .1...... I... . i I . j ' " av v.v.,iui. ' i had loitered to look at the extensive prospect indulging in a reverie upon ilssleiile appear- mice, and thn change that agriculture might1 i,",l"'ri ""ii in so doing son. tcii his laniny and servants In be considerably in advance ; perceiving this he hastened lo make tip for lost lime, and was stepping out with his best speru ivuon a teltow leaped Irom Doliind u heap of loom stones, and accompanying the flourish nf a large Hub with a demoniac yell, demandt'd "Money !" with a ferocity of tone and manner perfectly appalling. The bishop gavo the robber all tho silver he had loose in his pocket, hoping that it would satisfy him ; but he was mistaken, for i.i .vri'ri lll'l uir iuijii.ii HU-.H II I" a capacious rent in Ins tattered garmenw than with another whirl of his bludgeon, and an awful oath, ho exclaimed, ' And is it with the likes nf this I'm nfief letting yon off! a few paltry tinpenniesl It's tho gnold I'll have, dr spalleryour brainr jArrab, dont stand shivering and shiverln, therec, like a quaker in an ague, but lug o.l' your purse, you devil, immediately, or I'll uatn you as uiue as a wlieatstone. His lordship most reluctantly yielded Ins well filled purse, saying in tremulous accents, Mv good fellow, there it is, don't ill use nm I've given you all, pray let me depart.' ' Fair and softly, tf yotl plase as sure at I'm no a pood lellovr, I haven't done with you yet. I must sarch for your note cast-, for I'll engage yott have a few bits of paper payable at the bank ; so hand it over imntc dialely, or you'll sup sorrow to-night,1 It was given up: a glance at tho roar! showed that all hope of assistance from his servants was unavailing, tho carrage bad disappeared, but the bishop made an instinct' ivo movement as though 'anxious to escapu from further pillage, ' Wait awhile, or may be I shall get angry' with ye; hand over your watch and sales, and then you may trudge.' Now it happened that the divine felt a particular regard for his watch not so much from its being of considerable value, but be causo it had been presented to him by bis first patron and he ventured to expostu late. ' Surely you havo taken enough J leavn mo my atcb, and I'll forgive all you havo done.' ' Who ax'd your forgiveness, you ould varmint! Would you trifle with my good nature ? Don't force me to do anything I'd bo sorry fur but, without any more bother, just give me the watch, or by" all that's holv I'll .' And he Jerked the bludgeon from his right hand to his left, spit in the horny palm of the former, and re-grasped tho formidable wea pon as though seriously bent on bringing it into operation ; this action was not unheed ed by bis victim he drew forth tho golden lime-piece, and with a heavy sigh handed it to his spoiler, ho, rolling the chain and seals round it, lound some wider aperture in his apparel into which he crammed it ; and giv ing himself a shako to ascertain if it found, by its own gravity, a place of safety, he said, ' And now bn ofl'with you, nnd thank the blissd saints that you lave me without a scratch on vour skin, or the value of your littlo finger hurt.' It needed no persuasion to Induce the bish op tn turn his hack upon the despoiler of his worldly goods, and having no weight to carry be set off at what equestrians term ' a hard canter;' scarcely, however, bad bo readied the middle of the precipitous road, when he perceived his persecute r running after him, Alas! what chance had he in a race with one nhnse muscles were as strong and elastic as highly tempered steel ' Slop, you nimble-footed thief of the world !' roared the robber, 'stop, I tell you ! I've a parting word with yon yet.' Tho exhausted and defenceless clergy man finding it impossible to continue bis flight, suddenly came to a stand-still. The , .., H,.nr ".i ., anj 1.:, r-ep -.....-.A f I lv apprnaiheil, and Ills lace instead of lls former ferocity, was lit up with a whim sical rogueisbness of expression, ns he said, ' And is it likely I'd let you off with a belter coal on your back than my own ! and will I be after losing the chance of that ele gant hat and wig! Off with them this mo ment, and then ynu will be quit o' me.' The footp id quickly divested the bishop of his single-breasted cnat laid violent hands upon the clerical hat and full bottomed wig put them on his own person, and then insist ed un seeing his late upptrel used in their stead ; and with a loud laugh ran off, as though his last feat had been the most meri torious nf his life. Thankful at having escaped with unbro ken bones, his lordship was not long in over taking his cairiage j.ilie servants could not repress their laughter at seeing their master in such strange and motley attire ; but there was in bis face such evidences of terror and suffering, that they speedily checked their risible inclinations, particularly when they learnt, by a few brief words, the danger h . . ackel, and throw it out of the window. You i put my war... cloak over your shoulders t ..it . ""V , , ' , ,hen -vou wl11 ",e ab,n 10 P"fcl"aso somu habit better suited to your station and calling,' I ' That is more easily said than done, my love.' bo replied : ' 1 have lost all the money M "" " ' 1 ""I i'r inn money. , I possessed ; tint a single guinea is Irft me to pay our expenses to-night. My watch, , too, that I so dearly prized I Miserable man now-only pull off that mass of filllt. I implore vou ; who know, what horrid can w. " M cmu " in wearing it !' The obnoxious garment was removed ; the youog lady was about lo place it under her 'seitwhen sho heard a jingling noise that niimiitu ii i "nxJiintiif. iii4 uii ciiiiiiiaiiuut r. i -o.,.m,t :., ...,t r.t. ,.. iimiiiu prvivibM in rniiuu) iiaiu ui lite wall nol only (ho watch, pocket-book, purse, and siveri 0f which her father had been deprif- ed, but a yellow canvas bag, such as is used by farmers, containing shoot thirty guineas. 'mi ' J -II -.V i ne surprise miu joy ui an panics may be imagined; they reached the inn where ,,By proposed stopping for the night, and as (bo portmanteaus htld escaped thn dangers of IU road, tho bishop was speedily able to attire himself canonieally. Before the parly retired for rest, intelligence arrived that the highwayman had been taken, after a detper- ate resistance Hie nonce ot the police being attrartrd by tho singular appearance of a mau of his station sporting a new black coat, and covering his shaggy, carroly locks with the well powdered and orthodox peruke of the right reverend thu Bishop of Cashel. Si. Lacu , alight shock of ac eartKutlr i. ill II PI, LUull nn ICr lf I Uli. -if

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