Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, August 1, 1845, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated August 1, 1845 Page 1
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.( NOT THE GLORY OP C ' S R BUT TUB WELFARE OP BOMB BUliLINGTON , VERMONT, FRIDAY, AUGUST J, 1845. BY II. B. STACY. VOL. XIX No. 9 Communication. Bi.teai.0, N. Y., July 14th, IS 15. In speaking of tho situation of the College buildings at Geneva in a former letter, I spoko of them as situ ated similarly to the U. V. M. buildings I they Iront towards the Lake, but are on the bank and near the lake. The situation is not as beautiful and sightly as that which our Collego buildings occupy at Burling ton. I was introduced to a Mr. 0. and family at Gene va, who kindly conducted seme friends and myself through his yards, garden, green-house, &c., where I had the pleasure of examining some rare and beauti ful plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Amongst oth ers worthy of notice. I observed a "China Hose, or Seven Sisters," which had seven distinct and differ ent colored roses on single stems, and I iouiueJ forty roses and buds growing together in clusters on many parts of the bush. Of these seven different colors, on the whole bush there must have been a thousand ro ses blooming. This grew from a slip taken fiom a bush which came from China seven years ago, and has not been budded. Mr. D. is a traveller, and has many rare and pretty articles in all lines and from all climes, besides fruit and flowers. He has also daughters " at home." In speaking of East liloomficld and tho "old neg lected burial ground," I did not mention that they have a new burial ground that is in good order, and that their public buildings and village look prosperous and pleasant. There is a good degree of public spirit manifest. Lima, the native place of Mr. II. J. It., is a pretty and prosperous looking town. There is a Wcslcyan Seminary a fine, large brick building with suitable and pleasant grounds attached. I was informed that it is prospering. The neat, white-painted buildingSj the shaded yards, the lovely scenery, all combine to render Lima attractive to the visiter. 11 Mr. K. visit ed his native place last fall, and spoke in public sev eral times in this vicinity, during the ' campaign,' nnd ' won golden opinions.' Ilia lady was much admired, ' she was so modest and unassuming in her deport ment, so plain and neat in her atlirc.'" Avon Spei.nqs is a place of much resort in the Ge neva Valley. It is a beautiful spot to spend some of the warm summer days. There are good Houses at the Springs and at the village of Avon, alout half a mile distant. They have one of Gilbert's tirand Ac tion Pianos, with Coleman's justly celebrated Altai h mcnt, at the Springs Hotel. Tho accommodations for bathing arc extensive and handsome, und every thing is arranged for the pleasure and comfort of vis iters. The Springs most used for drinking contain carbonate of lime, chloride of calcium, sulph. of limo magnesia and aoda. Leroy, where I remained two days or more, is a beautiful place, of which I shall speak hereafter more fully, when I have, more time to write. Whilst there I had an invitaiion to join a party of ladies and pen tlcmen, on an excursion to Avon Springs, but hating a cousin, sick and poor, lining about seventeen miles from Leroy. w horn I had never seen, I went to visit her. In gains and returning, I passed through "Wy oming," the mention of which name would have set the late lamented Editor of that old and c-tccmcd journal, the New York Spectator, in exstacics. At Middlibury I called lo pay my respects to the widow of the late Gen. Stanton. She is a smart, ac tive woman- She resides on the homestead. Her son-in-law, Dr. Baker, with his family, and several of her daughtets and one son, reside wi'h her. I had an animated, interesting visit, and saw several fine portraits there, painted by ono of her sons, who is lo cated in New York. His likencssesaregood.nnd his painting excellent. Mrs. Stanton was from Wood stock. Vt.. and I believe that Gen. S. was from our Mountain State, or had resided there, ficn. S., it will bo remembered by some, was connected with our ar my in days of trial. I may speak at another time of "him and his." I saw and handled his swords, nnd some articles collected by him during hii campaign. His portraits, in citizens' and in military dress, hang suspended by the side of his wife and among his clnl dren. I left, gratified with tho interview. I hear Mrs. S. doe not receive a pension, but that efforts are making to obtain a pension for lur. Her husband's affairs were affected by his absence from home, and a pension ought to be allowed her. I had the pleas ure of taking tea at Letoy, with some forty or fifty young ladies, mostly in the bloom of health and beau ty. Among them were two.daughters of Mrs. tJcn'l Stanton. I heard at tho Seminary one of Gilbert's Pianos, with Coleman's Attachment. It is a beautiful inatru mcnt, and was sweetly and skilfully played. There are several of these instruments, with Coleman's At' tachmeut, in this town and vicinity. Leroy is indeed a beautiful place. Batavia, of ' Morgan" memory, is also a pretty place. The dwellings are well surrounded with trees, which add greatly to the beauty of any place. It is situated on an extensive level or plain, watered by theTonawanda Creek. It is about 30 miles west of Rochester, and contains, as near as I can judge, about 2,500 inhabitants. There area Stale Arsenal, sever al churches, a flourishing Female Seminary, 2 Banks, several good Hotels, and the General Office of the Holland Land Company, at this place. I took the cars lor Buffalo, passing tlirrush Attica, an octive business place, containing, I should think, about 1,000 inhabitants. I am in the famed "Queen City of the West." Here I received a longed-for let ter from home, and learned that the " dear ones" were well. How much of sorrow is mixed with tho joy in hearing from and thinking of home. Home! how tho word vibrates on the soul I It touches a tender chord. Thought succeeds thought in wild commotion. I visited, conducted by ono of our " Burlington boys," now a resident of Buffalo, tho steamboat Em pire, on which I saw the most extensive Saloon that I ever beheld. We are wont to think much of our beautiful Like Champlain Boats, and richly do they deserve all that is said of them s but wo need to tee some of these Western Boats, with their long lines of nice state-rooms above deck, opening into a most splendid Saloon, the whole length of the vessel, fitted up with rcntre-taMc, sofas, and every thing neat, airy and comfortable, hko a nice parlor. With all the neatness and comfort of our Lake Boats, there are not eomfartablt, light, and airy places to sit and read or rest. This may appear to some n bold and start ling assertion t my orthodoxy may be doubted. 1 know from experience whether it is truo or not. Is it not time that Lake Champlain Boats have slate rooms for passengers? It may bo that the public will demand this and other "innovation!." The 8a. loon of the Empire is between two and three hundrod feet long, with an unobstructed view and walk the whole length of the boat. It is needless lo speak of her numerous centre-tables, solas, curtains, stained glass windows, and other luxurious trappings which add lo her beauty, and to the pleasure and comfort of her passengers. Another " Burlington boy," a res. ident here, took me in a carriage to visit the Barracks, where aro stationed somo companies of U. S. sol dicrs, the Fort, and various other points and places of interest in and around tho city. With him I went to the observatory of the American Hotel, from whence by far the best view ot the city, the bay, and the surrounding country, can be had. There are many fine residences in and around the city. Main street Is a wide and beautiful street, wider than Broadway, New York. There are many fine tores upon it. Notwithstanding all its beauty, its Bay, and its extensive business, I am disappointing Buffalo. It looks liko attempted splendor splendid poverty. It looks like n largo, half-finished house, half furnished, white-washed over, and poorly kept( an attempt at keeping up appearances wheto the "locker" has long been empty, 1 intend to leavo for the Kalis to-morrow. VERMONT. From Arthur's, LaJies Magazine for July. CATHARINE BLOOMEIt. OR, NEW AIMS IN LIFE. 11 V MISS S. A. HUNT. Louisa, ure you almost ready V asked it young lady, raising her eyes from tho book slio was reading, una glancing at lior friend. who stood telorc tlio mirror of her dressing room, preparing to go out. 1 1 shall not bo long, Catharine,' was tlio reply, mado in a sweet voice.' 'I'm afraid that book don't interest you much, for you look at mo, yawn, then road a few moments, in regular rotation.' 'Del? Well, I don't know what I do, and what is worse, I can't find out what I want lo ao. 1 believe 1 havo got that fash ionable complaint, ennui ; so 1 havo called this afternoon to tako you out walking in Broadway with me. That is tho proper and fashionable remedy, is it not?' ' I believe it is in vogue; us for ils proprie ty, I leavo that to your own judgment.' ' O, I don'l caro for punctillious proprie ties, if I can be amused by watching a thou sand different countenances, and thus killing time, it is all I ask.' ' It may bo all you ask, but is it all you ought to ask V No moralising, if you please, I came, that you might imparl to mo a littlu of your gayely. So don't ho obstinate, nnd make mo feel more doleful than I do at present.' ' Have you any teal cause for unhappi ness, Kate ?' Louisa inquired, turning round and scanning closely the countenance of her friend, ' No cause, except what every ono tins, or might have. Every body thinks I am very j happy; I havo kind parents, wealth, anil i;i..,.. ... i i ; uuciijr iu 9ieiiu iii v iiiiiu as i may cnoosc. have you, dear Louisa! vet ntv soul asks for something more. Will ils cravings over bo satisfied V Louisa did not answer, but an expression of sadness went over her countenance. Il was tho first time Catharino Bloomer had ever, in the slightest degree, given vent to ner real leelings. 1 lie friends had general- ly been gay and cheerful in each other's so- ciely. Now the face of Catlnrino was touch- ed wilh melancholy; her fino, proud lurcs, wero soltened and subdued. She was sell, you could impart a great deal of plea silent (or awhile, then arousing herself, she sure, oven to the class of people you speak ruse nnd approached lier mend, saying in '. "on t yield to what you consider silly her usual careless tone, 'Louisa, I really bo- in them, only so far os you may, by this Novo you aro a little vain ; I wonder how nieans, turn them your own way, to more long you have stood before that glass, pulling sensible things.' your bonnet this way and that, to make it ' Can't tako the trouble, Louisa ; it is out set straight, and look pretty.' of the question. 1 can't stem (ho torrent, ' A singular kind of vanity,' Louisa rclor- "hen it is so little worth stemming. So 1 ted, with a smile, 'for I was scarcely con- fall hi with il, or pass by.' scions of what I was doing.' Tho conversation was hero iutcrruptcd by ' You want mo to believe that speech, do tlio entraucu of Mrs. Belcher. ' Ah ! ladies vou, you vain little gipsoy ?' s lid Catharine, good morning I how are yo'i V she exclaim touching her chin, with u'n air of playful fund-led, tripping lightly into iho room. 'Very nts- I happy to suu you. Charming day, is il not ? 'Yes, want you to behove il, and I fur.il intend to go out shopping before this fine thcr desire you to retract your words, or w.' weather is gone. Can't you tako off your will surely have a duel.' hats, young ladies, and slay lo dinner 1'" ' Suppose we have a duel then, by way ofi Tho visitors politely excused themselves, v ariety. Hero is my gage,' andlonping 1 O, Stewart h is got sumo of the sweetest down Catharine picked up a tiny satin slip, muslins,' tho lady went on lo sav, 'They per uiai was peeping irom uuncatli the Iju- ' I accept your pledge, most noblo knight, 'replied Louisa, seizing her slipper. Afier flinging it in a corner, she threw lier arms around her companion's waist, and said as she led her from the room, ' niw I am ready to go in Broadway nud fight, ns bucomes a gallant lady chevalier. But, Catharine, lo bo serious, do you think lam vain?' For a moment tho yonng girl closed firmly in thought. Presently she answered wilh u frank decision. ' Yes, I think you are.' After a moment's pause, sha udded, 'You know wo entered in to o compact lo tell each other our faults, when wo noticed them.' Yes,' was tho brief and somewhat cold reply. They gained tho street, and walked about half a block without speaking. Louisa was slightly hurt, and tho deep glow of mor tification was upon her cheek. But sho was an affectionate girl and loved her friend loo well, lo fuel more than a momentary cold ness towards her. Sho broko their unwon toned silence, by pressing Catharine's band, and saying, 'Thank you, you ore a true friend. Whenever you think I betray any vanity, tell mo cf it. I am sure I desiro to got rid of all my faults.' ' I know it. I should bo a different per son, perhaps, if my desires wero as activo as yours always aro. I see my own faults of my neighbors. But in regard lo myself, I am indolenl careless. Give mo enjoyment and I suppose I am loo indifferent whether my faults or virtues aro called into action. You never tell mo of my faulls, Louisa, ex cept tho single one of sarcasm ; 1 am suro I have a thousand moro than ynu.' 1 Well, I think it is very hard to liston with palicnco and right feeling, to one who is pointing out our faults. Ho you know, Kato, I was almost indignant, when I found you wero in earnest about my vanity. It is so very agreeable to havo your friends think you aro just about right.' 1 Do you think sot' laughod lier friend, shaking her head a little. ' Don'l you 1 Is praiso and admirallon disagreeable to you t I thought you wero proud of your gifts. I have seen your eye flash with pleasure, whon your menial supe riority was full, und acknowledged.' Cath arino answered by an impatient, 'pshaw' and thus tlio subject was dismissod. By (Ins time they had reached the house of an acquain tance. Louisa paused, and laying her hand upon Catharine's arm, said, sonnosn wo civo Mrs. Belcher a call, sho would not liko it. if' sho know wo passed her houso without stop- ping in.' ' Just as you pleaso,' rolurned Catharine, l am perfectly indifferent.' ' You aro in a queer mood just now,' Louisa ropiieri, as tiiuy assendeil tho steps, I not very complimentary to Mrs. Belcher, I must say.' I tell "tho truth, if I am not very compli mentary. Tho society of Mrs. Belcher nev er adds ono whit (o my enjoyment ; why should I be othenviso than indifferent I wish society was so organized that wo would nover bo obliged to say nil sorts of pretty things about tho weather, fashions, &c. to people for whom vo don't caro a fig. It al most makes mo sick to rattlo on an hour or two about things in which 1 have no interest whatever. I would rather bo alono fifty times than willi such people. I wish (hero was a little more independence in tho world.' ' Sols tranqttillc, ma clicrc ." said Louisa touching tho shoulder of her friend, on hear ing u hand on tlio nob of tho door, They wero speedily ushered into the uleganlly furnished parlors of Mrs. Belcher, where they were left tilono for a time. ' I fuel very fluent this morning,' playful ly remarked Catharine, throwing herself on the sofa, 'I presume you havo observed it, friend Louisa. I could mount this sofa, at tho shortest notice, and deliver an extempore lecture on Ihe evils of visiting uncongenial acquaintances.' 1 Kate, you arc loo bad,' returned Louisa, trying to suppress a smilo. 'I have a good long lecture to give you, and you shall have il, depend upon it. Now promise mo you will bo a good girl during this call, nnd not act as if you wero perfectly unconscious of an tuatissaid. lie a good listener. 1 don I ask you lo talk much. You appear like a different person, when you caro to please, and when you do not.' ' I promise any thing lo please you. But then, afterwards I shall nrguo with you, un til you come over to my side of tho question, and ' 'How?' interrupted Louisa. 'Why this is my doctrine. I don't approve of spend ing hours in visiting und receiving persons, who aro the very antipodes of ourselves, in tastes, dispositions, and every thing else, that makes social intercourse delightful. Why can't wo cut short sucli acquaintance, and ,!.,i i :.t..i t. uwy iui uiusu inure cuiiguiuui It would ho heller for us. I hate this vapid, fashionable society.' ' You know wo should not regard our "' happiness entirely, in the company we go in.' ' Yes, yes, I know that. But wo confer very littlu happiness, where we aro not liap- !' ourselves." ' It is selfishness lli.it prevents us from being glad that wu can give pleasure to any fua-lone. You know if you should exoit your- aro spiunuiu lor dresses. Have you seen (hem t ' No we have not !' answered both the girls. ' Well, I can't find out whether straw hats or silk aro going lo lo worn most. Do you know, Miss Bloomer V ' I really do not,' tho young lady replied, looking intontly in Mrs. Belcher's face, and speaking in a slow, puzzled tone, ns if her ignorance was causo for serious and thought ful anxiety. Louisa bit her lip, to keep fiom sniilling. Mrs. Belcher then turned to Miss Hollnian and said, 'My milliner says straw will bo worn most, but I don't like to run tlio risk of making a purchaso on her as surance alone. What do you lliink V ' I can't tell, I am sure. I have not thought much about it.' There was a short pause, which Catharine broke, by saying, 'Shall you leavo the city early this summer, wrs. ueiciier I' ' I shall leavo in July for tho Springs I should surely dio if 1 wero not there. I wonder who will lead tho ton this year, I should liko to know.' Perhaps you will, Mrs, Belcher,' sugges ted Catlnrino gravely. ' O, no,' replied tho lady wilh a pleased smile. ' I supposo I must bo satisfied with Having been the belle before I was manied.' Ah! wero you over tlio hollo V nutation. cd Catharino in real astonishment, for sho had not imagined tho uninteresting faco of tue lauy ticloro lior, had over belonged to a bright, particular star. ' When such things aro past, young ladies, wu iuei ir3iiK to laiK auout them. Yes, I was tlio hello at Saratoga for several sum mors." No reply was mado lo this. Each of tho visitors had intuitively decided in her ..... 1 ., . M 1 i . own iiiiiiu, mat wrs. uoicnor nuu only been I.. .11.. - t I e i ... uiu uuuu ui uer own i.nr u reams. Alter u littlo moro conversation tho young ladies arose logo. 'Well,rsaid Mrs. Belcher, as they stood in tho hall, 'don't von incline lo think that straw hats will bo worn most? ' It is highly probably, they may,' return ed L,ouisa. ' Should'nl you think they would, Miss liloomerr 1 1 Ihin ' Ther instead o ' Tha Calharii lalizin Ai lady II ""to I Iviso, i ' Oi imo, le So tl 1 wont you Wo musl go now 1 good morn ing.' Tho damsel hurried off, as if they expect ed every moment to bo called back in order to sit in judgment upon now bonnets. I'm positively nervous!' said Catherine, hurrying nlong tho strcot with quick, impa tient stops. 'Do It'll mo Louisa, what earth ly good that call has done t I am suro you must ngrco with mo uovv, that thero is no use in visiting such harrassing people. I feel really fidgety after il. This is the last time I go there. ' I don't think Mrs. Bolchor would benefit any one, very much, I must confess,' rppliod Louisa. 'And I further say, I don't think you would either just now. 'Indeed, Miss tollman! Very grateful.' ' lint Mrs. Belcher is an exception to the generality of people," Louisa said, after a brief smilo at ho friend's remark. Sho rat tles on at such a dcspersle rale, that you can't say much, and whatever subject you may introduce, sho dismisses it wilh the tilmost nonchalance, if it does not suit her taste, and spins her own top again. Sho seems to pos sess a mind in which nothing will sink ; you can only strike tho surface which sends every thing back with a rebound. Yet wo know there are germs of goodness in her, as well as in other people.' Of course, I supposo so,' was Catherine's half indifferent reply. ' alill," pursued Louisa. ' it must bo our duly lo keep wilhin the sphere of the people, unless wo aro suru we may not bo influenced uy others, moro than wo can influence. I ;im perfectly willinjj. nnd even desirous to lessen an intimacy with Mis. Belcher, as far as wo may, without exciting unpleasant feel ings in her.' ' Nonsense,' returned Catherine. 1 it wont hurt her, if her indignation is a little roused. Her sphero, as you call il, nnd mine don't agree, 1 can assure vou. There aro some persons, I always leave in a somewhat fret led state of mind, even if nolhlir has occur

red, but what appealed perfectly pleasant. I am a great believer iu spiritual affinities, the tones of my heart don't harmonize with every one. I havo often onlv had one good look at a person, and my feelings have gone forth in glad friendship, which has grown a thousand times warmer. on acnuaint- mice. Again I havo met a norsnn dailv for moiniis, anu nave lelt little moio interest Ihan if an article of furniture had fallen in my way. i act upon sucli impulses.' ' 1 hat is not io say you act rightly. But wait until we get home, freo from tho noise ol llieso rattling carriages, then wo will have n talk 1 They quickened their nnco. ' Catharine,' said Louisa, seriously, when they were ngj.! i scaled In her dressing room, you loin me oi u lault this morning ; now lei mo tell you of ono; and listen to mo, i ... .. niiiiuui uiiy uursis oi impatience, iou aro very gifted, and you know it. You aro bril liantyou joyfully pour out the riches of your mind, where you know you will bo ap preciated nnd admired. Bui llioso who can not sympathise with you menially, you treat with an indifference, which, in my opinion, filings iruin setiisiiness. Catharine's proud lit) curved at this chamo. The impetuous blond rushed over her face, and retreated again, before sho made her calm reply. ' Why do you think il springs from selfishness V ' Because you onlv Irv to nlease where you will win iho meed of admiration from a superior mind You never try lo make a feeble heart lighter and stronger by your gifts.' ' It is only a noble intellect that can arouse my slumbering powers a weak ono cannot bid its treasures flow forth. Perhaps you aioiighl, perhaps I am selfish. I know 1 am. I am a strange being, I suppose,'- and Catharine's voico grew sad, ' 1 sometimes feel as f my powers aro bound in as if I am nothing. It is only when I touch a chord in somo gifted heart, that vibrates with a strangely joyful thrill, and tells mo what 1 am full of stifled, unsatisfied aspirations of glorious thoughts, which seldom, too sel dom meet and echo, then I learn what I might have been, if placed in a congenial at mosphere; if suffered lo enmmuno wilh kin dred und higher spirits. The society 1 go in chokes up both heart and mind ; what won der is it that I am, as I am ? Day after day, this ceaseless monotony ; when I lasto tho cup of mental joy, it is only to regret after wards, that it was dashed away. My God ! must it always bo thus!' Iho young enthusi ast paused ; the glow of her check had deep ened, and as sho raised her eyes upward filled wilh tho light of strong fee'ling, a hot tear full ; both wero silent for a lime, with iipspringing thoughts busy at their hearts. Catharino went on moro calmly : ' I have sometimes wished that I was a gontlo being, formed to soften and bless lo bo beloved by every one. I yearn for sympathy, to bo appreciated, I ask for one' deep draught oflliojoyof Heaven. And then again, o flood of biltorncss, such passionate biilerness falls upon my soul. Intellect and leeling ! Yes, ihuy are called gifts, blessed ciTts what have they mado life to me 1 What is life, but a tissue of pain and care, and crush ed feelings i a bright spot so rarely seen. Am I as happy ' Tho young girl slopped without finishing tho sentence, and leaned forward burst into a flood of passionate tears. Tho deep flush that had crossed her lisloner'r clieok, while she was speaking, Iho tears that sprun ner eyes, and me quiver ol tlio li to render lirm, show Catharino I bring ull to ourselves. Wu must look up wards for tho light upwards for ever, and tho radiencc of Heaven will not fail to lie poured upon our spirits. With hearts made strong, by puro thoughts and sweet affec tions, wo will go forward cheerfully, and steadfastly. We must not ask how much of joy will bo poured into my bosom j But rather, how much of God's love may my Heart shed a u road among my fellow crea tures? whoso sorrows may I sooth whose joys increase I o should bless God for his gifts, and uso them not selfishly, but g.atofully, for all.' When Louisa ceased speaking, Catharine clasped her hand lightly in nor own, and kissing her cheek, said in a choaked voico. Bless you, my friend, I will try to look upwards.' How sweetly thoso words fell unon the ear of Louisa ; with what a thrill of mingled joy and sadness, sho heard Catharino's softened sobs, and felt the frequent pressure of her Hand, in token ot gratitude for her gcntlo consolation. A vein of holier thought and feeling was touched in Catharine's heart ; her bitter emotions sho wept away, and from tho altar of her inmost soul, there went up a prayer that sho might no lonccr waalo nnd turn into a curso, what tho father of light had given lier so bountifully in his infinite love. What have I ever done to make ono human being better or happier ? sho asked sadlv. j ' You have mado me happier, dearest.' replied her companion, a tear trembling in her eye, nnd a smilo breaking gently over nor features. lour better nature is active now. You will yet bo all vou are canable of being, your influence will be exerted in their best und noblest ol all charities ; the awakening of pure thoughts in slumbering hearts tho strengthening of faint resolves.' ' Ah ! Louisa,' said Catharine, and her subdued face, suddenly lit up with an ex pression of flashing hope and joy. A smile with a volume of bright, unspoken meaning in il, parted her lips. ' If I could but stir up in other hearts, tho feelings you havo stirred in mine ; if in other hearts, 1 could but aid to stop tho current of ungrateful biilerness, and wako the sweet emotions, that flow from higher and purer fountains, if the influence of my soul could go forth as yours does, only In strengthen the tie that may bind us lo heaven ; but 1 am too hopeful ; my own heart is yet an untamed wilderness, oh ! will it ever bo othenviso t I tremble for my weakness.' ' God is our rcfugo and strength,' replied tho gentle Louisa. By this time tho shadows of twilight had fallen ; a haziness had breath ed over Ihe few golden clouds thai lingered in the west, and Iho blue sky line! taken n more dreamy lint. Tho young girls patted affectionately, with an assurance of soon meeting ugain. ' Ah ! my dearest, how do you do ?' cried Miss Hollman, flinging open the door of her friend's apartment, and giving her' a hearty greeting a few weeks after the foregoing con versation. ' Well, il loks oddly enough lo see you busy over any thing but a book or something of the kind. What little girl is ibis V she lowered her voico, and looked at a pretty child ; who was deeply engaged in sewing on a dress for her own little person. ' My protege,' replied Catharine smiling, 'she is tho daughter of our washerwoman, and 1 am sowing for her. Look at my fore finger ! I lie way it is scratched pronounces me a creditable seamstress, I'm sure.' Very,' said Louisa, lauihing, ' but tell meoflhis sudden freak. You used to say, you never would trouble yourself with sew. ing, unless you wero obliged lo do il.' ' I know it,' returned tlio new seamstress, shaking her head. ' But I have made better resolves, und I intend to follow them out. I shall conquer my indolent hahils. You set me to thinking the other day, Louisa, and I have mado up my mind to live n life of use fulness. I may not pass out of tho world without having performed my part. By em ploying my hands, and calling into cxerciso my best feelings, I hopo to grow belter and happier. You know, with mo a thing is no sooner decided upon, than it is dono if pos sible. What do you think I am going to do now ?' Educate thai child V ' Yes, don'l you approve tho plan, she is a bright affectionate littlo thing, and her mother is poor, to destitution.' Louisa threw her aim nround Catharino's neck and gave lier a heart warm-kiss. ' Don't give up my dear girl !' she said earnestly. ' Oh ! no, I am happier now, ihan I havo boon in a long lime. Every thing is sunny to mo now. Rainbow tints touch ull. A thousand blessings aro showered upon mo ; how could I speak so bitterly when I have kind, affectionate friends. How much more I shall try to do for their happiness than I havo doner. If wo would only do all tho good accident throws in our way, bow many beau tiful spots we could look back to, in after years. But I am an enthusiast, Louisa ; all comes to me so glowingly. My uims in life are fixed now, 1 hope. I have triumphed, but I havo had many prayers, and tears, and struggles since I last saw you. Is has been a hard thing fur mo to rcsolvo lo yield up my day dreams, my idle feelings, my talents, my all to belter purposes, than my own amusement. But now, nnw it seems a sweeter thing to pour out my sympathies to m ing miseries 1 Oh I 1 shall vet bo a happy creature, nnd a good ono too, I hopo.' Liouisa listened to this gusli ol happy feel ing, wilh a smile heauiiii from her bluu eyes, and suflening every feature. Never had tlio dear voice ot Catherine sounded so sweetly musical. Her OWn OXpellellCO, .1 1. t C t I ., . 11, , I uiougii unci, ioiu tier uiai ciouus lonuweu i was a balm to Iho wounded ppirit of the sutler Iho joyful sunshine ; but it also told lior that c. In conversation, gradually and slowly she ilinc ,-Im,Io ,i..,,,u i,r.,b ,.: i -,. I tho bosom of tho Heavens a flood of yet purer light would descend. She sought not to damp tho ardor of her friend, by reminding lior of 1 1 iu different stales of mind lo which we aro subject, the hours of stern conflict with fueling, and motives which wo thought wo had abandoned entirely. She had seldom seen Catharine's strength of character thor oughly roused, but it hid sometimes flashed forth wilh a light, that assured her that it could burn brightly and steadily, il principle, undying principle, were but there to feed tho flame. Casting aside these reflections, for the present, she yielded with her friend, lo that delicious freshness and childhood of the heart, which all must havo felt for a time at leas). She rummaged among the bonks on education, lying on Catharine's table, sometimes laughing and jesting about her now dignities, und again entering into a seri ous discussion. At last to little Susy's gieat delight she took her dress from her, and oc cupying her vacant seal, began lo sew with a charming energy. When iho protege had Catharine's permission to dissappear, Louisa said gaily, ' why, Kale, wo aro as happy ns queens here, in our capacity of seamstresses. So you arc really going lo give that little bright eyed damsel a first rato education; going to lake the whole charge of her ! Is she very smart V ' Yes, and generous sweet-tempered. I shall not waste any accomplishments on her, but I shall cultivate and strengthen her mind, and see that tho best affections of her nature arc called forth, as a mailer of (he first im portance.' Oh ! you will make a bewitching teach er, you talk like a book. Who would have thought ri wild, careless girl like you could speak so judiciously on such a subject All I indeed,' said Uallurine, with her hearty mischievous laugh, ' these wild gills don't get the credit of ever being in their sober senses. I suppose my acquaintances will think 1 am daft as the Scotch say : Well, be il so ! I can be laughed at, if it is distress ing, but I can't be moved.' Wo would bo in a pretty bad plight, if we depended on the opinions of our fi lends entirely, instead of our own convictions of duly, remarked Louisa. Asweeks rolled on, Catharino was fret ted, worried and tormented wilh littlo Susy, as only untainted children know how to fret, torment and worrv. Itastv words sometime sprung to her lip, but iho strong, upright will came off conqueror in the end. Sho went into society with a dillerenl spirit. Such a delightful timo we will have lo night,' were tho eager words that escaped her I ip? , as sho and Louisa were tripping along Broidway one nftornoon, ' we musl nol stay long at Mrs. Belcher's ; I hope sho is not very sick.' 'Oh! I hopo not,' answered Louisa; then taking up tho subject that mo.-t occupied her thoughts; she exclaimed in a lively tone, "I shall have just the kind of company you like, the talent and genius, and you shall be'lhc star. I won't have to coax you to he bright to-night will I V 'Taisezious! I don't like (littery. But here we are ; now wo must not stay long." ' No, indeed ; a quarter of an hour at most. I have oceitis of business ot home ; but as Mrs. Belcher expressed a wish that we should call on her, I think we ought.' 'Certainly, I think so too.' In a few nio. mentf, the young girls stooi.' by iho sick bed of the fashionablo l my. Her lace was pile and thin, and woro the sail, thoughtful look, sick ness and sorrow can give lo tho merriest or most inexpressible countenance. Ah I I am g'idyou havo come,' she said, ex tending her little white hands to the girls a they approached her. ' Bring your chairs here close by me. I am so lonely. All my friends just scud to the door lo inquire alter me. I knew you would nol bo careful to avoid a sick qed, so I sent for you. The greater part of the lime 1 only sco my nurse.' ' We had not heard if your sickness before,' said I.nuia. ' 1 thought not.' ' N your husband out of tho city.'' Catharine inquired thoughtlessly ; she hid heard some vaguo rumirs about Mr. Belcher, but had for gotten them. ' No, oh, no,' was tho brief reply, but in tint tone, and in the expression that crossed Mrs. Belcher's face, Iho young girls lead volumes. Her husband was a gambler, and his wife had learnt it but three weeks before, when lie .-tart-led suddenly for iho South. Her Kind hearted visitors stayed longer than thoy hail intended; Ihey felt that they had lightened the tedious hours of tho invalid. We will como and see you often,' said Cath arine tenderly. 'As often as you want us,' Louisa adJcd with a sweet sad smile. 'I cant bear to haie you leave me, girl,' Mrf. Ilolchcr said, in a half pleading voice. ' I don't expect to sleep all this weary night. If one of you could only slay with me 1 But I should not ask it,' ' I wish wo could !' answered Iiuisa. Calh arino was si'ent, her heart throttled with sud den disappointment. Sho thought of tho pleas lire tlio had been anticipating. It raino before her with glowing vividness arrayed in iho sun. nv warmth with which fancy prepares us for expected enjoyment. And then -ho thought of1 Ihe kindness by which she might soothe the There was a powcrlul strug-1 lumpiied. Kpe.ili. came in ppitc of a smile ; "Vou unman me, ycu charming littlo baby. Jutt look hare 1' and she pointed to a-crystil drop that was rolling with 'solemn gait and shoiv' down her chock. Lou isa disappeared, with a mischievous light cha sing away her pathetic tears. Catharine felt happy in the cutisciousnci-s of liavino done i,l ,nr li.ltr.nm.cit,. ,,.,ln a. ,t Inml.r vnlro. . .' - I . . nponcd in Mrs. Belcher's heart the good and tender leelings fo long hidden under the smile of prosperity. With the coloring of her own tuii.bnght fancy, she spoke of life am its ob jects. She cheered her desolate bosom with hopes and thoughts of all that future, expansive life we may all win by our lahors here. And the weary sock one listened earnestly, as Cath arine touched a chord in her breast no kind he ing had ever touched before ; sho felt she hail friends here, and friends in the watchful angels and a friend in our lather in Heaven. Tears rnurseil slowly and silently down her pale face. With a gush of feeling, Catharine leaned for ward, and folded her arms around her slender form, as if that might protect her from sorrow. The hope she had expressed to Louisa had now come to pas?. In that lonely bosom, sho had had awakened In a t-ad, yet sweet music, tho string that could xihrate to hopes higher than those ofeaith. When morning bathed all in its welcome light, did that young girl regret her act of telf.denial ! Lt those who haio had a similar experience answer. To change the whole current of our thoughts and feelings, is not the work nf a moment ; yet there must ho a tunc when thai work must commence. With Mrs. Belcher it had just begun, and through the influence of Cr.tharine and Louisa sho became, in tiuie, not Lrilliant nor gifted, but what all may become, gent c, upright, and good. Tup Aon or Tim Lauies. A pleasant, cheerful, lively, generous, chaiitable-minded lady is never oid. Her heart is as young at CO or 70 ns it was nl 18 or 20 : und tiiey who are old at CO or 70, arc not mado old by time. They aro made old by tho ravages of passions and feelings of an unsocial and un generous nature, which have cankered their minds, wrinkled their faces, und withered their souls. They arc mado old by envy, by jealousy by hatred, by suspicions, by un charitable feelings ; by slandering, scandal izing, ill-bred habits ; which, if they avoid, they preserve their youth lo the very last; so that the child shall die, as tho Scriptures say, a hundred years old. There aro many old women who pride themselves on being eighteen or twenty. They carry all the characteristics of ago about ihem without even suspecting that they aro old women. Nay, ihey even laugh and sneer, and make themselves merry wilh such mirth as malice can enjoy by sarcastic rellectiuns upon tho age of others who may step in modestly between ihem and admiration, or break down the monopoly of attraction which they havo enjoyed for a season, either in imagination or reality. Piidu is an old passion, and j " " erl.v 1110 "'ountnins. I hey arc are dry, heartless, dull. cold, indifferent. They want tho well-spring of youthful affec tion, which is always cheerful, always active, always engaged in somo labor of love whiih is calculated to promote and distribute en joyment. They piuo, repine, sigh and groan; they yawn and stretch themselves; thoy murmur, grumble long, fret, frown; they snap, snarl, carp, and vapor. They go to bed in tho morning ; they breakfast in bed ; they find fault with this, that, and t'other thing ; they make even their own children run away from them and take refuge in the cellar, or iho back kitchen, or any other place that may rid them of the old woman. And the children, on such occa sions, also call them old, by an instinct of nature. Old woman, old lady, old grim face old gripe, or any oilier nickname with the epilhel old prefixed to il, is as commonly ap plied by children to bad-tempered mothers, nurses, cir aunt, as pretty, kind, sweet, dear, and oilier youthful epiihets, aro instinctively applied lo the good-humored grand.tm with her wiinkleil lace. There is an old ago of the heart, which is possessed by many, who havo no suspicion that thero is anything old about ihem ; and there is a youth which never grows old, a Lovo who is ever a boy, a Psycho who is over a gii I. ITTownseiul 1). I'ettit, blacksmith, of Hemp stead, L. ., as we learn from the Inquirer, had a nirrow escape from death on Friday last. He was fixing a staple to a bombshell, for tho pur pose of suspending it as a balance from a xvell rope. lie was told by tho man who brought it t li at it had been fired oil'. Having heated an iron bolt red hot, he proceeded to drive it into the hule of the bomb, in which was a wooden plug. He had driven it in over an inch, the iron of courso setting the wood on fire, when ho withdrew it for tho purpose of sharpening tho point. While the iron was heating, he said to a young mm at work for him "Walter, there can't be any danger in putting this in, can there!" The young man went to the bomb and discovered that it was full of powder. The fine packet ship Henry Clay, now in Liv. crpool, i, wc hear, the admiration of all who see her there. Her beautiful cabins aro ron etautly thronged wilh viMtors, and numerous pas-engers w ero already engaged lo return in her. tiho was to leavo Liverpool on -Jd ult., and her next day of sailing from this port is the G:h of September. It is a curious fact that that tho Liverpool dry.dock gates were too smill to admit the Hen ry Clay ; her nieaureiiient, according to the British rule, is 1 1(37 Ions. Courier. A Frightful Leai A young ladv named i .Mottatt, winie viewing uie romantic scenery ol r an ureeK, near iinaca, un trie -tin inst. ten I Iron) tho rocKs into 1 no water, a distance ol Nf woo was round